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Has Val Kilmer Just Confirmed That 'Top Gun 2' Is Happening And Tom Cruise Is On Board?

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Nearly 30 years after we were first introduced to Iceman and Maverick, it seems a sequel to Top Gun could finally be on its way, according to star Val Kilmer. In a Facebook status shared late on Monday night, the actor seemed to confirm not only his involvement in the sequel, but also that of Tom Cruise and director Francis Ford Coppola.

Val KilmerVal Kilmer seems to be onboard for Top Gun 2.

“I just got offered Top Gun 2 - not often you get to say "yes" without reading the script... "It's starring Gene Hackman…" "Yes" "The director is Francis Coppola..." “Yes!”,” the actor wrote.

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Stoker Review


You could argue that this film is all lurid style over substance, but there's actually a lot going on behind the stunningly gorgeous imagery. Korean director Park (Oldboy) beings his lavish visual approach to this Hitchcockian story about a family infiltrated by a predator. Packed with references to iconic movies and books, the film is heightened and deranged, and its intense moodiness gets under the skin.

It centres on 18-year-old India Stoker (Wasikowska), distraught after the death of her beloved father (Mulroney). Without him to soften her, she's also even angrier than usual at her needy mother Evie (Kidman). Then the charming, handsome Uncle Charlie (Goode) turns up at the funeral and moves in to help them grieve. Actually he seems to be trying to seduce Evie, who is flattered by his attention. But the housekeeper (Somerville) and an auntie (Weaver) don't stick around long enough to see what's really going on, and it becomes clear that Charlie actually has his sights set on India.

Both the script and the direction continually echo familiar literary and cinematic icons, from the family's name to the Shakespearean family plot to the prowling interloper (see Robert Mitchum in the 1950s classic The Night of the Hunter). Director Park's camera prowls through the house like a ghost, catching tiny details in every lushly designed scene while finding all kinds of shadings in the performances. Wasikowska is terrific as the sensitive, rather cruel young woman at the centre of the storm, while Kidman steals her scenes with a haunted, conflicted performance. Between them, Goode is almost painfully seductive. And clearly dangerous.

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Does Killing Lincoln Capitalise On Lincoln Mania? Review Roundup

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The Killing Lincoln reviews are in, and it’s time to find out if the TV movie, which tells the story of John Wilkes Booth and the conspiracy that led to the 16th president's murder, adds anything to a story well told.

Given Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nominated Lincon, featuring Daniel Day Lewis as the man himself has done so well, there was perhaps no better time than now to portray Wilkes Booth’s story, but if the reviews are anything to go by, it hasn’t been done particularly well. “Fastidiously researched down to the arrangement of household items in certain scenes, "Killing Lincoln" wears its historical accuracy like a ball and chain, clunking where it should inspire, dragging where it should pulse with dread,” read The L.A Times’ review. “It grows quickly tedious, which is, in itself, an achievement considering the subject matter.” Produced by Ridley and the late Tony Scott, Killing Lincoln is based on bestselling book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and is narrated by Tom Hanks.

Slant Magazine’s Chuck Bown unflinchingly states, “Ultimately, Saving Lincoln is a bad film that's somewhat exciting for suggesting, however fleetingly, what a true visionary might do with this expressionistic lo-fi form of world-building.” And Kansas City Entertainment suggest that the the project could have been handled better, especially considering the recent focus. “During a surge in all things Lincoln, thanks to Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, National Geographic could have taken the time to do the job right.”

Top Gun Trailer

Maverick is a reckless but extremely skilled fighter pilot whose father died after his plane was shot down in the Vietnam War. Because of his talent, he is asked to attend the Top Gun school with co-pilot Goose. It is there he competes to be the top student on the program while simultaneously attempting to woo his chief instructor Charlie Blackwood who, although appearing critical at first, secretly admires his flying methods. His journey to become the greatest pilot in the world is tarnished with tragedy and the frustration that rumours of his father dying due to his own errors could be true. 

This classic romantic drama flick will soon be available to own on Blu-Ray from February 19th 2013. The movie was based on the California magazine article 'Top Guns' by Ehud Yonay and directed by Tony Scott ('Beverly Hills Cop II', 'Enemy of the State', 'Domino') in 1986 with writing credits to Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. ('Dick Tracy', 'Anaconda'). It won an Oscar and a Golden Globe on its release as well as a Brit award for Best Soundtrack. 'Top Gun' will appear in 3D cinemas for six days only between February 8th and 13th 2013.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Barry Tubb, Rick Rossovich, Tim Robbins, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Whip Hubley, James Tolkan, Meg Ryan, Adrian Pasdar, Randall Brady, Duke Stroud & Frank Pesce

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Excitement Builds For 'Killing Lincoln' As Trailer Is Released

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National Geographic aren't dipping their toes into the scripted drama, rather plunging themselves in with 'Killing Lincoln', an adaptation of Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's bestselling book of the same.

Tony Scott was working on adapting the book when he committed suicide on August 19th, 2012. Production had already begun in Richmond, Virginia, and Ridley Scott also exec produces. "This is really the Lincoln story you've never seen before. Booth wanted to make his mark," Scott said in a statement. Actor Billy Campbell, who co-stars with Jesse Johnson, called the documentary, "amazingly detailed, accurate, exciting and immensely tragic."

The trailer - considering there are no real spoilers in this story - doesn't reveal much, other impeccably stylised depiction of the murder, with a Tarantino-esque cut away from the scenes crescendo. "Lincoln is so adored, so universally revered today that it's easy to forget he was a controversial president -- one with many enemies -- in fact he repeatedly dreamt of his own assassination," said Billy Campbell, who plays America's 16th president. "We felt it important to convey this hidden side of Lincoln, this sense of his almost wasting away with premonitions of death, even as he was outwardly so poised and steadfast through the closing of the war."

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Top Gun Sequel Falls Apart, But 3-D Version Headed For Cinemas

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The Top Gun Sequel - which was set to star Tom Cruise - has fallen apart in the wake of director Tony Scott's death. The filmmaker committed suicide on August 19, 2012, leaving Paramount Pictures executives with no choice but to scrap the sequel and focus attention on a 3-D version of the original movie.

According to the New York Times, the 3-D version was completed earlier this year by Legend3D, who specialize in converting conventional movies into three-dimensional films. It had been scheduled as a way to whet the appetite for the sequel that was being planned by Scott, Cruise and producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Now, with the second movie no longer in pre-production, Paramount are left with a 3-D movie that could be perceived as a tribute to the director's death. It could still be a box-office success, though only if it's not perceived to be exploitative of opportunistic. In its 3-D format, Titanic took over $342 million worldwide, with a conversion cost of just $18 million. Top Gun - with its aerial action and motorcycle stunts - would probably lend itself well to the format and seems a natural candidate, though Scott's death makes things a little more complex.

The director had responded enthusiastically to the conversion in the weeks before his death, though his attention was solely focused on the fresh new sequel. 

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Top Gun Sequel: Is It Ever Going To Happen?

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The Top Gun sequel was purportedly thrown around the table at Paramount before the tragic death of the film's creator, Tony Scott, who surprised and shocked Hollywood by committing suicide.

"I said to Tony I want to make another movie with him. He and I haven't made a film since 'Days of Thunder'. Tony and I and Jerry, we never thought that we would do it again. Then they started to come to us with these ideas of where it is now. I thought, 'Wow, that would be ... what we could do now.' " That's what Tom Cruise told MTV in last year, which first got 80's film fanatics excited about a possible sequel to their much-loved aviation action classic. Now, though, according to The New York Times, the sequel has fallen apart in the wake of Scott's suicide, and all that's left is a possible rehash of the film; a 3D remake, that will offer nothing new to the viewers, apart from a third dimension of course, and perhaps some HD touch ups. But what fans really want is another dimension to the story; another plot line, more conflict, more planes. Alas, it looks like the suicide of one of Hollywood's greats also heralded the death of one of his finest creations.

The medical truths are now known about Scott's death; he didn't have inoperable cancer, and had a comfortable level of medication his body - nothing that would worry a doctor - but the psychological reasoning behind his suicide have left many in Limbo. 

Tony Scott's Death Remains A Mystery

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Despite the release of the coroner's report, confirming that Tony Scott committed suicide, there are still so many questions yet to have been answered, and his death still seems shrouded in mystery.

The report said that he died of multiple blunt force injuries, following jumping off the Vincent St Thomas Bridge in the USA. Scott, who directed some excellent thrillers including True Romance and Man on Fire, was also found to have 'therapeutic' levels of anti-depressants in his system, as well as another drug to help the director sleep. 

Whether or not Scott was suffering from other, more physical ailments than depression remains unclear. At the time of his death ABC falsely reported that he had been suffering with cancer. Coroner's office official, Craig Harvey saw no evidence of illness, "There was no evidence of neoplasia -- cancer - identified," he said, reported by the LA Times. Plus, while some sources claim that he had mentioned back and hip pains, Mark Bomback who wrote Scott's movie 'Unstoppable' saw none of that "In a million years, this isn't something I'd have thought he'd do," Mark explained. "I never had an inkling he had any health problems.... You'd think he was making his first film from his level of energy and enthusiasm." At the time of death, Scott still had numerous projects in the pipeline, he also leaves behind a young family, his wife and two sons. 

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Tony Scott Death Explained By Report

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True Romance Director Tony Scott died from multiple blunt force injuries and drowning after jumping from Vincent Thomas Bridge into Los Angeles Harbor, ABC News reports. 

Preliminary autopsy results showed the Top Gun director had "therapeutic levels" of the anti-depressant Mirtazapine and the prescription sleep-aid Lunesta in his system. It had been revealed previously that the director left notes behind in his car including messages to friends and loved ones, but did not explain his suicide, which has now been confirmed. ABC News had previously reported that director Tony Scott had inoperable brain cancer and cited it as a possible reason for his suicide, but considering The Los Angeles County coroner's report on Mr. Scott's death listed no evidence of brain cancer, ABC News retracted that Aug. 20 story and extended a formal apology to Mr. Scott's family and friends on their website. 

A coroner's spokesman said the final report would be ready in two weeks, so more news will be available. Scott directed Enemy of the State, Beverly Hills Cop II and Crimson Tide. At the time of his death, he was reported to be involved in a number of film projects including a sequel to Top Gun, where Tom Cruise was expected to reprise his role as fighter pilot Maverick.

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Autopsy Report: Tony Scott Committed Suicid, But We Still Don't Know Why

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Tony Scott’s autopsy has been made public. Although the cause of death has been confirmed as suicide, the coroner’s report provides few other insights into why the film director chose to take his own life.

Scott - whose brother is fellow movie director Ridley Scott - died on August 19, 2012 when he jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles harbour. The cause of death was listed as “multiple blunt force injuries,” according to a report from the Daily Mail and added the he also drowned by jumping into the harbour. It was widely assumed that Scott had intended to commit suicide; he left several notes, including a list of contact numbers in his car so that the police would be able to contact his wife. However, what was not clear was why he chose to take his life. The notes gave no indication as to a reasoning.

Rumors that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer proved to be untrue; the autopsy found no evidence to support this. What the investigation did reveal was that he had been taking anti-depressants and sleeping pills prior to his death. The level of Remeron (an anti-depressant) and Lunesta (a sleeping pill) in his system is described as “therapeutic.”

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Prometheus Review

There are clear echoes of Scott's last outer space thriller (1979's Alien) in this big, bold film, but this is something very different. It's certainly not a clear prequel. And even if the plot is full of holes, it's utterly mesmerising.

When archaeologists Shaw and Holloway (Rapace and Marshall-Green) figure out that ancient civilisations share a map to a specific star system, the Weyland CEO (Pearce) funds a two-year mission to get answers about the origin of humanity. Led by Weyland crony Vickers (Theron) and Captain Janek (Elba), Shaw and Holloway are accompanied by a helpful android (Fassbender) and a team of not-so-enthusiastic scientists. But what they find on this distant moon isn't what they expected, and the remnants of this civilisation aren't as dead as they seem.

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Los Angeles Premiere Of Unstoppable

Tony Scott - Tony Scott (R) and family Westwood, California - Los Angeles Premiere Of Unstoppable Tuesday 26th October 2010

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The A-Team Review

Jarringly over-edited with virtually no space for character or plot coherence, Carnahan's noisy movie strains to turn the corny 1980s TV show into something achingly hip and cool. But this only works in very brief moments.

Eight years after meeting during an action caper, four fast-thinking US Rangers are an unstoppable military team: organisational expert Hannibal (Neeson), charm-merchant Face (Cooper), tough-driving BA (Jackson) and riotously unpredictable Murdock (Copley). But when a CIA-sponsored raid goes wrong, they end up on the wrong side of the law, pursued by a slippery CIA operative (Wilson) and a hard-as-nails military officer (Biel) who has a history with Face. And they'll need to blast rather a lot of things to smithereens to prove their innocence.

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The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3 Review

Adapting a steely 1970s hit into a glossy 21st century blockbuster, Tony Scott indulges in his usual flashy pyrotechnics, which almost cover up the gaping craters in the plot. He also encourages his cast to really go for it.

Walter (Washington) is working at the dispatch desk for the New York Subway when crazed gunman Ryder (Travolta) hijacks the Pelham 123 and demands a huge ransom, or else he'll start killing passengers. Ryder refuses to talk to the know-it-all terrorism expert (Turturro), so Walter is pressed into service as a negotiator while the mayor (Gandolfini) gets the cash together. But Ryder and his goons are serious about this and, as the body count grows, the clock is ticking.

Director Scott and writer Helgeland aren't known for their subtlety, and this film is all whizzy style that's more about pure entertainment rather than establishing any actual suspense or character tension. The whole film is a collection of crashing edits, freeze frames, countdown graphics, loud sound effects and cheesily hysterical dialog. In other words, it's great fun. And it gives the cast plenty of scenery to chomp on--especially Travolta, who shows no mercy as he snarls and spits out every line.

Since this is a film about a Subway carriage sitting still in a tunnel, Scott keeps the camera moving at all times. He also manages to throw in a crazed car chase and loads of big crashes for no real reason, as well as orchestrating a painfully contrived reason to get Washington in on the gun-waving action. Not to throwing in several rather overwrought back-stories. By the end, the film has turned into a full-on Die Hard movie, complete with over-the-top violence and some real brutality.

Amid the fabulously enjoyable actors, it's Gandolfini who walks off with the movie using sardonic understatement. The whole film is pretty hilarious, although this clearly wasn't the intention. Scott zooms past plot holes like a runaway train; we barely have time to say "Huh?" before the next bit of action mayhem assaults all our senses. There's not a moment of actual suspense, but it's so big and outrageous that we can't help but hold on for the ride.

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The Taking Of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) Review

Excellent acting can save almost anything. Even the most mediocre script or hamfisted direction can usually be manipulated and salvaged by a couple of pros performing at their thespian peak. It doesn't always work -- the actors can and often do make their obvious attempts known, stealing so much of the limelight that the project can't help but implode. But for something like The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, a routine remake of a '70s pulp novel/post-modern thriller, star power is the all-important ingredient. The work of Denzel Washington and John Travolta elevates material that otherwise sits flatly on the screen. No matter how hard director Tony Scott and screenwriter Brian Helgeland try, the hijack/hostage material here plays as dated, and in some instances, dull.

For recently demoted NYC Transit Authority official Walter Garber (Washington), working the dispatcher's desk is just the latest in a rash of embarrassments. Under investigation for taking bribes, the longtime civil servant is resolved to do his job and not make waves. Naturally, all that changes when the subway out of Pelham City station is hijacked by four gun-toting criminals. Led by the mysterious "Mr. Ryder" (Travolta), their demands are simple -- $10 million in one hour. If the delivery is late, they will kill one hostage for every minute over 60 they have to wait. Initially, the Mayor (James Gandolfini) is convinced that the NYPD, under the direction of hostage negotiator Camonetti (John Turturro) will get the situation under control. But Ryder will only deal with Garber, and when he makes his deadly intentions known, the former front office man must save the day.

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