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Arquette is a respected indie veteran (Tony Scott's "True Romance," David Lynch's "Lost Highway," Martin Scorsese's "Bringing Out the Dead") who has never been nominated for an Oscar (she won an Emmy for "Medium" in 2005) and is overdue. She has more screen time than anyone besides title star Ellar Coltrane, aging over 12 years and enduring a series of often abusive husbands. At a climactic moment as she faces the empty nest, she sighs, "I thought there would be more." In the Gold Derby's poll of Oscar experts (I'm one), Arquette ranked eighth in the lead actress race, while in supporting, she was the frontrunner. The critics and Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild could go another way, as Oscar voters did with Kate Winslet and "The Reader," promoting her to Best Actress after several wins in the supporting category, but it's unlikely. They usually take their cue from the distributor. »
- Anne Thompson
James Gandolfini‘s final film opens this weekend. Written by Dennis Lehane, The Drop, is a crime drama starring Tom Hardy and multiple pitbulls, and has been getting strong reviews after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival. After the actor’s sudden death in 2013 we’ve spent the past year celebrating the abundance of memorable film and television roles he left us with — many of which you can watch by simply logging into your Netflix account.
Below are eight films you can stream from the comfort of your home, office, or park bench (bearing said park has WiFi) this weekend. And why not? The weather’s probably going to be crummy anyway.
Not Fade Away (2012)
Written and directed by Sopranos creator David Chase, Gandolfini plays the conservative New Jersey father to a creatively driven son who’s discovering rock and roll during the ’60s. (This one gets extra points for its killer soundtrack. »
- Emily Exton
Director: Antoine Fuqua.
Running Time: 128 Minutes.
Synopsis: McCall is a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri, he finds himself face to face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened. If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
There are a few things that stick in ones mind as we look back at the great 1980s TV series that was The Equalizer. A juddering, memorable theme tune, sweeping vistas of the New York skyline, scenes of reprobates lurking on the subway/ random lifts, and a silhouetted Edward Woodward stood, »
- Paul Heath
Written by Paul Logan
Directed by David Gordon Green
David Gordon Green has never allowed himself to be easily pinned down as a filmmaker. After making his name with dreamy independent films about relationships and growing up, he moved onto big budget comedies of varying quality. While even his most dire efforts bring a certain amount of style (even the awful Your Highness had a compelling visual softness not usually associated with medieval stoner comedies), many have mourned the direction of his career. His newest effort, Manglehorn, feels like a bastard child of these two worlds. In many ways it’s his most visually adventurous film since his career began, but it’s hardly a return to his early work in terms of feel, theme or style.
Al Pacino stars as the titular character of Manglehorn, an old grizzled locksmith who spends his days yearning for the lost love of his life, »
- Justine Smith
The film, an adaptation of the 1980s television series of the same name, reunites Washington with his Training Day director, Antoine Fuqua. It follows Robert McCall, a seemingly normal, quiet man who works at a home improvement store by day. At night, he reads the books his wife never got to before she died, and sits, drinking tea at a local diner. Chloë Grace Moretz, who plays a young woman named Teri, befriends McCall at the diner over the course of many nights.
But this isn't just two lonely people talking about "The Old Man and the Sea." McCall is an ex-special ops agent, and Teri is a Russian prostitute who's about to get in a whole lot of trouble.
Here are five things »
- Sasha James
(Cbr) Maverick is gearing back up for one more flight. A sequel to "Top Gun" is once again back on the flight deck, after an extended period of radio silence about the project’s development. Plans for "Top Gun 2" seemingly stalled following the 2012 death of original director Tony Scott. Now, buzz is building once again, with The Hollywood Reporter passing along word that Paramount Pictures and Skydance has hired "The Jungle Book" scribe Justin Marks to rewrite the script. Details on "Top Gun 2" are under wraps, although it’s expected that Tom Cruise will reprise his role as hotshot pilot Maverick. Cruise certainly seemed game to make the movie as recently as 2011, saying in an interview, “If we can find a story that we all want to do, we all want to make a film that is in the same kind of tone as the other one and »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Long-awaited sequel Top Gun 2 looks to be moving forwards once more, with THR reporting that Paramount is in negotiations with a potential screenwriter. Justin Marks is the writer in question, having recently penned the screenplay for Disney’s update of The Jungle Book, which is currently in production. With Jerry Bruckheimer having recently joined the studio, the wheels appear to be turning again on a project that had stalled since the tragic passing of the late Tony Scott. A screenplay had previously been drafted by Peter...
- George Wales
It's been decades in the making, but "Top Gun 2" may be inching closer to actually happening, with the project currently courting a new screenwriter.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Justin Marks -- who penned the screenplay for Disney's upcoming adaptation of "The Jungle Book," directed by Jon Favreau -- is hammering out negotiations to rewrite the script to the long-gestating sequel, set to be produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. Bruckheimer recently switched over his producing loyalties from Disney to Paramount, which is making the follow-up to the 1986 Tom Cruise flick.
The last time the "Top Gun" sequel script got an overhaul was in 2012, when "The Town" scribe Peter Craig took a crack at it. But that iteration faltered, held up in part by the suicide that year of director Tony Scott, who helmed the original and was set to take the reins on the follow-up, too.
It seems that this time, »
- Katie Roberts
Justin Marks, the screenwriter behind films such as Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and Jon Favreau's upcoming Jungle Book movie has been hired by Paramount Pictures and Skydance to script Top Gun 2.
The Jerry Bruckheimer production has been in slow development for years, but it looks like they are ready to try and move forward. Tom Cruise is set to reprise his role in the film as Maverick, and the story will focus on "the relevance of good old fashioned pilots in today’s high-tech, drone-centric war environment."
The only movie that I've seen from Marks is Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, and it was terrible beyond belief. I'm honestly shocked »
- Joey Paur
We’ve been talking about a Top Gun sequel for years and years now, but it looks as though we might actually have some legitimate movement on the project courtesy of Jerry Bruckheimer’s move from Disney to Paramount. It’s being reporting that Top Gun 2 may have just found a screenwriter, The Jungle Book scribe, Justin Marks. Apparently Tom Cruise will return as Maverick and take part in a storyline that highlights the relevance of old fashioned pilots in a war environment loaded with high-tech drones. Hit the jump for more on the plans for Top Gun 2. According to THR, Marks isn’t locked yet, but he is currently in negotiations to pen the script. We’ve also got Skydance’s David Ellison on board to produce with Dana Goldberg stepping in as an executive producer. Peter Craig wrote a draft of the script a couple of years ago, »
- Perri Nemiroff
Despite the passing of original director Tony Scott, it seems that producer Jerry Bruckheimer and star Tom Cruise aren’t giving up on their plans for a sequel to Top Gun, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that screenwriter Justin Marks is in talks to work on the script for Top Gun 2.
Should they reach a deal, Marks – whose credits include Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li and the upcoming The Jungle Book, Shadow of the Colossus and Fbp: Federal Bureau of Physics – will develop the screenplay originally written by Peter Craig (The Town).
Little is known about the plans for Top Gun 2, although Cruise will be back as Maverick “in a story that aims to show the relevance of good old fashioned pilots in today’s high-tech, drone-centric war environment.”
The post Top Gun 2 gets a new writer appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
I feel the need, the need to open my copy of Final Draft: a potential sequel to "Top Gun" has been gestating for awhile, with the project officially going into development a few years ago, with Peter Craig ("The Town") penning a script, and original director Tony Scott and star Tom Cruise said to be returning. But the project ground to a halt two years ago when Scott passed away, and little's been heard since. But it looks like something's happening: The Hollywood Reporter reveals that the Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer have hired a new writer for the project, one Justin Marks. The scribe has been around for awhile, though his only produced feature so far is the rather ignominious "Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-Li." But he's clearly hot right now, with his screenplay for "Disney's The Jungle Book" going before cameras shortly with Jon Favreau directing. Will he »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Top Gun 2 began to take steps away from being one of those belated sequels that’s often discussed yet never actually happens a few years back, but that was before the death of director Tony Scott led to the project being (temporarily) scrapped. Earlier this year, however, producer Jerry Bruckheimer once again started talking up the Top Gun sequel again, not that long after he had set up base camp (read: a first-look deal) with Paramount Pictures intend of Walt Disney Pictures.
THR is reporting that screenwriter Justin Marks is now in negotiations to put together a fresh Top Gun 2 script draft for Paramount, Bruckheimer, and the other producers on the project. Marks, if he signs ...
- Sandy Schaefer
When Tony Scott was alive, his "Top Gun" sequel seemed like a top priority not only for him, but also for Paramount Pictures. But then he committed suicide, leaving a project that everyone loves without a director and without a leader. Paramount Pictures, Tom Cruise, and producer Jerry Bruckheimer refused to simply drop the sequel. And now comes word that things are back on track with Justin Marks (The Jungle Book) in negotiations to re-write the script for "Top Gun 2." Cruise is already set to return as pilot Maverick in a story that aims to show the relevance of real pilots in today's high-tech, drone-centric war environment. »
Top Gun 2 was getting ready to take flight when the 2012 death of Tony Scott left the project grounded. But now it’s preparing to try and launch again. Justin Marks, the writer of Disney’s upcoming The Jungle Book, has been entered talks for the sequel. Tom Cruise remains attached to reprise his role as […]
- Angie Han
Paramount and Skydance have stated that the sequel will "show the relevance of good old fashioned pilots in today's high-tech, drone-centric war environment".
Watch the trailer for the original 1986 film below: »
It has been in the works for years now, but Top Gun 2 is still chugging along with a new screen writer brought to pen the sequel. The Holly Reporter has revealed Justin Marks (Disney's upcoming The Jungle Book) has been brought in, replacing Peter Craig (The Town, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1) who wrote a previous draft of the script. Nearly thirty years later, I don't see why there should be a sequel in all honesty, but both producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Tom Cruise have been actively pushing this project forward for the last number of years. Even the originals director Tony Scott was interested in stepping behind the camera for it, before he tragically passed away over two years ago. I have no doubt we will finally see Cruise flight suit up again as Maverick at some point down the line, but will audiences flock to see it? »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
The writer behind Disney's upcoming live-action take on The Jungle Book, Justin Marks, has landed a new writing gig. The scribe will pen Top Gun 2 for Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions. Peter Craig (The Town) wrote the first draft of the 80s sequel.
The Top Gun sequel, a follow-up to Tony Scott's 1986 hit, has been in the works for some time. Tom Cruise is slated to repirse his role as United States Naval Aviator Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell.
- Laura Frances
All set to take our breath away again, Top Gun 2 is one of those belated and long discussed sequels we await with both excitement and trepidation. There’s been talk for years about a sequel in which Maverick (Tom Cruise) returns to tutor the next generation of Top Gun pilots, and the film has finally landed a writer in the form of Justin Marks. Justin Marks has recently written the screenplay for Jon Favreau’s adaptation of Disney’s The Jungle Book, but we must also remind ourselves that he was responsible for Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun-li.
Top Gun 2 seemed to have stalled after the death of Tony Scott, the man behind the original film, but it looks as though producer Jerry Bruckheimer is ready to push forward. Some sequels suffer from such a huge gap, but we’ll wait and see how the final film turns out. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Top Gun 2 remains an active project it seems, with Paramount and Skydance continuing to explore a sequel to the late Tony Scott's 1980s original. With Jerry Bruckheimer producing and Tom Cruise open to returning to one of the films that made his name, the latest news on the project is that a new writer has been hired.
Peter Craig, the man who penned The Town for Ben Affleck, had put the previous draft together. However, Justin Marks - who's delivered the script for Jon Favreau's upcoming live action take on The Jungle Book - is Top Gun 2's new writer. There's no word yet as to who will direct the film.
There's still a long way to go on this one, but as we hear more, we'll pass the news on. »
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