Tony Scott has really made it. In a news report broadcast on China’s state-run CCTV about an air force training exercise, there was a brief shot of an exploding aircraft. The shot is cut into the video to seem as if it is part of the footage shot for the segment, with the explosion being the result of a live fire exercise. But it is really from the final battle scene in the 1986 film Top Gun. Read More »
Produced by Ridley and Tony Scott, directed by Kevin Macdonald and shot by the world, Life in a Day is epic. Culled from 4,500 hours of videos submitted from 192 countries, all shot on July 24, 2010, the film provides a snapshot into how people of all cultures, ages and walks of life spend a nice, summer Saturday. Most of us have a daily routine and because of that, it’s easy to forget how much is going on in the world at any given second. There’s emotion, creation, destruction and while today might be mundane for you, it’s likely momentous for others. In 90 minutes, Life in a Day conveys all of this through breathtaking imagery or real people in real places doing real things. It simultaneously premiered at Sundance and on YouTube and will open in July 2011. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 12th, 2010 by David Chen
It’s difficult for me to remember the last Tony Scott film I unabashedly enjoyed. I’d probably have to go with his 1998 film, Enemy of the State, which had a great, frazzled performance by Will Smith and a kinetic style that actually dovetailed nicely with the film’s message about our surveillance society. Pretty much everything since then (e.g. Spy Game, Deja Vu, Domino, The Taking of Pelham 123) has either been headache-inducing or disappointingly mediocre, with the possible exception of Man on Fire.
Scott’s latest film, Unstoppable, hits theaters today and has Denzel Washington and a post-Star Trek Chris Pine trying to stop an unmanned train that’s gone out of control. Is it a step in the right direction for Tony Scott? Does Chris Pine prove he has more in him than just one good performance as Captain Kirk? Does Denzel Washington show us anything new? Hit the jump to hear some brief thoughts and share your own in the comments below. As usual, spoilers are allowed after this point and in the comments.
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Even as a kid, two films I never thought I’d see sequels to were Top Gun and Who Framed Roger Rabbit? Both Eighties hits certainly could have continued with their storylines but there wasn’t a need because each wrapped up in a cohesive and satisfying way. In fact, if it wasn’t for each film working so well, neither would have reached the “New Classic” status they currently enjoy. But of course, in today’s no-new-idea Hollywood, each film is getting sequelized over twenty years after release and the only thing fans can hang their hat on is that the original filmmakers – Tony Scott and Robert Zemeckis – are part of the process. Both recently spoke about the very latest on each film and when you get to hear from the big men themselves, it’s worth listening. We’ve got the updates after the break. Read More »
Briefly: This is just a quick update on the developing Top Gun sequel, but it is an interesting one in that you’ve got to wonder how it might affect the story as it goes through the studio mill. Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Wolverine 2) is being targeted to write Top Gun 2, and has written to Vulture to counter reports that Tom Cruise would have a reduced role in the film.
“There is no Top Gun 2 in which Maverick is not the starring role.” Now, he said ‘Maverick’ and not ‘Tom Cruise,’ so theorize around that if you want. But in light of the fact that director Tony Scott‘s recent comments suggest that he’s interested in a film about younger pilots and drone operators, how does Tom Cruise’s character Maverick fit in as the star? Let’s hope there’s not a new, younger, Maverick, which would get back to the whole silly idea of Cruise passing the torch to a different actor.
Recently when we heard that Paramount was looking to woo Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott back to the studio to make a sequel to the 1986 blockbuster Top Gun I cast aspersions upon the idea that Tony Scott might actually direct a sequel. But I was wrong — Tony Scott said this weekend that he is, in fact, interested in doing Top Gun 2, and that he’s on board for the sequel. It won’t be his next film, but it could happen not too far down the road. Mr. Scott’s comments about what might draw him back to the fold are after the break. Read More »
Tony Scott has a mile-high stack of projects on his plate and seems about as interested in talking Top Gun as Fred Phelps is in reasonable discourse, but that might not stop Paramount from trying to light a fire under him to make Top Gun 2. Word now is that, after years of rumors that would (hopefully) put Tom Cruise back in the cockpit, Paramount is pitching Jerry Bruckheimer, Tony Scott and Tom Cruise on the sequel. Quick, before the ’80s nostalgia wave becomes a ’90s nostalgia wave! Otherwise they’ll have to sequelize Days of Thunder instead. Read More »
Look quick at this poster for the Tony Scott thriller Unstoppable and you might think you’re staring at half an ad for the Lost movie we thought would never happen. Chris Pine has really been photographed and Photoshopped to put his best Josh Holloway forward. And Denzel Washington is probably thinking, “so…is this the Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 poster again?” See the full image, after the break. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, August 10th, 2010 by David Chen
This week, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley express little hope for Tony Scott’s Unstoppable, chat about the special features on the Kick-Ass Blu-Ray, and discuss the end of the superhero movie. Special guest Eric D. Snider joins us from film.com and Cinematical.
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Back in December, Mark Millar was talking up his new comic series, Nemesis, created with artist Steven McNiven. The concept is simple: what if a Bruce Wayne type became The Joker instead of Batman? Almost immediately there was discussion about a possible film. Some of that was discounted, because Millar talks up possible films rather often. He floated Guy Ritchie and Sam Raimi as possible Nemesis directors, for instance. But this one is moving forward, and possibly fast.
Furthermore, as if Tony Scott didn’t have enough projects on the fire (we just mentioned him being in talks to direct The Associate, and he’s got several other things going) the director is now attached to direct Nemesis. Read More »