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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


Excellent

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: 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 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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Prometheus Review


Excellent
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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Domino Review


Bad
The opening text of Domino informs the viewer that the film is based on a true story "sort of." It should also inform the viewer that it makes sense, entertains, and maintains focus on its main character "sort of." What it does far more consistently is annoy, disappoint, and remind the viewer of far better films they could be spending their time watching.

The story, very loosely based on the exploits of female bounty hunter Domino Harvey (Keira Knightley), follows our heroine as she grows dissatisfied with her socialite upbringing and embraces the darker side of law enforcement. Her mentor on this journey is legendary bounty hunter Ed Mosbey (Mickey Rourke), assisted by pseudo-comic relief Choco (Edgar Ramirez). That she meets these gentlemen as they try to scam hundreds of dollars off of would-be bounty hunters (including herself) doesn't dissuade her from trusting them with her new life.

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Man On Fire (2004) Review


Good
An overstuffed, pricey, and smashingly gorgeous bag for a variety pack of clichés, Man on Fire represents director Tony Scott taking somewhat of a step backwards after fun, spry thrillers Spy Game and Enemy of the State; but damn if he doesn't try his hardest to make it all mean something.

In the film (a remake of a 1987 flick of the same name) Denzel Washington coasts through his role as John Creasy, your average ex-undercover operative now saddled with a drinking problem and a yen for his own death. His buddy from the bad old days, Rayburn (Christopher Walken), now a wealthy Mexican businessman of ill repute, gets Creasy a job as bodyguard for the nine-year-old daughter of Mexico City industrialist Samuel Ramos (Marc Anthony). The average parent might have noticed that Creasy might not have been the best man for the job, seeing as he drinks, is temperamental with the daughter, and tries to off himself one lonely night. But the girl herself, Pita (Dakota Fanning), takes to crusty old Creasy anyway, saying to her mother (Radha Mitchell) that "he's like a big, sad bear" and filling her notebook with moony scribblings about how much she loves him. Creasy finally warms up to Pita, an irresistibly personable ball of energy as played by Fanning, who also brings a powerfully adult presence to her scenes with Washington, complementing his character's world-weariness: they're like the only two adults in a world full of corrupt, venal teenagers.

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Stoker Movie Review

Stoker Movie Review

You could argue that this film is all lurid style over substance, but there's actually...

Top Gun Trailer

Top Gun Trailer

Maverick is a reckless but extremely skilled fighter pilot whose father died after his plane...

Prometheus Movie Review

Prometheus Movie Review

There are clear echoes of Scott's last outer space thriller (1979's Alien) in this big,...

The A-Team Movie Review

The A-Team Movie Review

Jarringly over-edited with virtually no space for character or plot coherence, Carnahan's noisy movie strains...

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Tristan & Isolde Movie Review

Tristan & Isolde Movie Review

Kevin Reynolds is one of Hollywood's most unjustly maligned filmmakers. I'm frequently astounded by the...

Domino Movie Review

Domino Movie Review

The opening text of Domino informs the viewer that the film is based on a...

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Man on Fire (2004) Movie Review

Man on Fire (2004) Movie Review

An overstuffed, pricey, and smashingly gorgeous bag for a variety pack of clichés, Man on...

RKO 281 Movie Review

RKO 281 Movie Review

Not terribly compelling but interesting for Welles and Kane buffs, RKO 281 (the production number...

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