Back in November, the New York Times reported that a planned sequel to Top Gun, with Tom Cruise aboard, had fallen apart in the wake of director Tony Scott's suicide last August. So, I did a double take a few minutes ago when I read this Tweet from what is supposedly Val Kilmer's official account: more »
Oh, Top Gun. The Sullivan to Rambo's Gilbert, it cemented pop-culture love for Reagan's aggressive foreign policy, established the late lamented Tony Scott as a successful director, and catapulted Tom Cruise to A-list status, where he has remained ever since. Now, 26 years after its initial theatrical run, Top Gun's barely stifled masculine angst and jingoistic pro-military message (wait, isn't that the same thing?) feel more relevant than they did in 1986. (I blame Dr Pepper Ten for that.) What the world clearly needs is a chance to experience the film's many delights with fresh eyes. more »
Tony Scott's dramatic and still-mysterious leap to his death in August has grounded the Top Gun sequel. The New York Times reported that the film, which was being planned by the filmmaker, the star of the original, Tom Cruise, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer, has "fallen apart" in the wake of Scott's suicide. If there is a silver lining to the story, it's that a 3D version of the original Top Gun may be released in February 2013. more »
Skyfall Heads For Royal Premiere; Tony Scott Had 'Therapeutic' Drug Levels At Time Of Death: Biz Break
Also in Tuesday morning's round-up of news briefs: Shameless star Emmy Rossum set for Hilary Swank project; Colin Firth is set for a charity gala at the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival; And Oscar submissions for Best Animated Feature are almost due.
Batman And Spider-Man Battle At Chinese Box Office With Simultaneous Launches; Michael Fassbender Eyes Jane Got A Gun: Biz Break
Also in Tuesday afternoon's round-up of news briefs, anti-Obama documentary 2016 continues its box office surge after the weekend as Republicans gather for their convention. Scott Pictures teams with Exclusive Media for new sales label. Venice Film Festival opener gets a sale. And Tony Scott's family sets up a scholarship.
Tony Scott did not leave a reason for his suicide. The news came Friday from the Los Angeles County coroner's office, which said that notes left behind by the Top Gun filmmaker did not give a motive for his self-inflicted death south of Los Angeles last Sunday.
Also in Thursday morning's round up of news briefs, Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock scores a CNN show. For the first time, the Venice Film Festival will screen some of its films via the internet alongside their premieres. And a boxing pic is in the works for a Red Riding Hood actor.
Also in Tuesday morning's round-up of news briefs, the New York Film Festival will debut a portion of a new Oliver Stone project. Paramount nabs Kevin Costner for Kenneth Branagh project. Jim Carrey is being courted for super-hero project. And Italian television warns of a "racy" Venice lineup.
As Hollywood processes the apparent suicide of filmmaker Tony Scott reports — included a report that he jumped to his death wearing the lucky (faded) red baseball cap that he first donned on the set of his blockbuster his Top Gun — I prefer to dwell, not on Scott's tragic death, but his life in movies. In Roger Ebert's review of Scott's essential True Romance, the critic wrote: "This is the kind of movie that creates its own universe, and glories in it." I actually think that assessment applies to most of Scott's work and is what made him special as a filmmaker. Even when his movies weren't cohesive — Domino or The Hunger come to mind— they were still worth watching and impossible to dismiss because they were filled with provocative ideas, images and themes that amounted to something more than a collection of scenes, acts and dialogue. Below, my list of Scott's best movies. If you have a different list in mind, check out our Movieline poll where you can vote for your favorite Scott movie. more »
Tragic news: British filmmaker Tony Scott, who directed films including Top Gun, Crimson Tide, Man On Fire, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 and 2010's Unstoppable, died today after jumping from the Vincent Thomas Bridge between San Pedro and Terminal Island, multiple sources confirm. "Scott, 68, climbed a fence on the south side of the bridge's apex and leapt off 'without hesitation' around 12:30 p.m., according to the Coroner's Department and port police... A suicide note was found inside Scott's black Toyota Prius, which was parked on one of the eastbound lanes of the bridge," reported The Daily Breeze.
Coma Girl Dangles Again! Ridley and Tony Scott Revive Story Using Suspended Naked Lady Image From Original '78 Film
Ridley and Tony Scott know a thing or two about indelible movie scenes. So it's not surprising that the filmmakers behind, respectively, the chest burster scene in Alien and the "Bela Lugosi Is Dead"-accompanied blood-drinking scene at the opening of The Hunger would rely on an iconic single image to connect their A&E Network reboot of Coma to Michael Crichton's original 1978 movie adaptation of Robin Cook's novel about organ harvesting.
Can Bill O'Reilly, Ridley & Tony Scott Top These Other Past and Future Retellings of Lincoln's Assassination?
In 1865, actor and Confederate loyalist John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in the balcony of Ford's Theatre, committing one of the most notorious crimes in American history. In 2013, Fox News talking head Bill O'Reilly will team up with Tony and Ridley Scott for a two-hour National Geographic documentary exploring the events surrounding Lincoln's death, adapted from Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever, co-written by O'Reilly and Martin Dugard. But with so many previous Lincoln assassination projects in the ether, what new ground can O'Reilly and the Scott brothers tread in Killing Lincoln?
Fans of Sam Peckinpah's The Wild Bunch, steel yourself: The guy who last put Denzel Washington on top of a runaway train (and made bank at the box office doing so) wants to remake the groundbreaking 1969 Western. Deadline reports that director Tony Scott -- whose most recent film was last year's Unstoppable -- is negotiating to reboot the classic Peckinpah film. He also wants to remake his own Top Gun, so clearly nothing is sacred. Read the news after the jump and weep into your cowboy boots.