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Stars: Angela Dixon, Nigel Whitmey, Lisa Eichhorn, Velibor Topic, Heather Peace, Rami Nasr, Sarah Perles, Samantha Bolter, Michael Xavier, Glenn Salvage, Sanita Simms, Darcie Lincoln | Written and Directed by Howard J. Ford
In truth, in my humble opinion Never Let Go is actually way better than those Taken movies. I know, I know, I liked them when they first came out as well, but this movie completely took me by surprise… In the best possible way. Ladies and Gents, Angela Bloody Dixon. This leading lady is fantastic, she grips the viewer by the balls and takes you on a thrilling, tour de force ride, leaving you wondering exactly how far would you go for your kids.
So I guess I should give »
- Kevin Haldon
For his first-ever film score, hip-hop artist Aesop Rock provides an exhilarating beat-heavy backdrop to Bushwick, the thriller directed by the Cary Murnion and Jonathan Milott, and starring Brittany Snow and Dave Bautista. “The score is gritty, emotional, unnerving and triumphant, taking us on a journey as we weave through the streets of Brooklyn,” the directors note. We had the opportunity to speak with Aesop Rock about scoring the film and bringing an added level of intensity to the thriller.
This movie was intense, following the amazing music in the opening credits, the film was void of music for more almost 20 minutes. Talk to us about some of the discussions that limited the music.
There were many phases. There were times when there were stripped-down drums playing in some of that stuff, and various other pieces were tried. I think ultimately their decision to leave the top of the movie »
- Marc Ciafardini
Nikki Baughan Aug 25, 2017
Canaries is a British feature getting a Horror Channel FrightFest screening this weekend. We've been taking a look...
Think of big screen science fiction, and it’s likely to bring to mind glossy images of alien spacecrafts obliterating the White House, monsters running amuck in New York or Tokyo, or a post-apocalyptic Los Angelean wasteland. It’s perhaps unsurprising that these are the moments which linger in our collective consciousness; on screen at least, such cataclysmic events are usually clustered around the world’s big cities, with filmmakers giving little thought to how they might play out elsewhere.
There have been exceptions of course, such as classics like Village Of The Damned (1960) and The Stepford Wives (1975) and, in more recent years, UK filmmakers have also been looking to redress the balance. Marc Price set his 2008 zombie movie Colin on a suburban British estate, for example, while Stephen Fingleton »
When you think of Quentin Tarantino, classic films like “Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction,” and “Django Unchained” certainly come to mind. But what about the critically reviled “Saturday Night Live” sketch adaptation “It’s Pat”? Or the Michael Bay Alcatraz action movie “The Rock”? Tarantino’s fingerprints have been all over the movies ever since his breakout debut in 1992, and some of his projects are way more bizarre than others.
The director is currently getting together his ninth feature, which will be his penultimate effort behind the camera if his retirement talks are to be believed. Sources say Tarantino is putting together a drama involving the Manson family murders and that he’s eyeing Brad Pitt and Jennifer Lawrence to star. As the filmmakers looks to the future for his next project, we »
- Zack Sharf
While Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” hits theaters touting large-scale practical effects shot on film, a year ago his brother Jonathan Nolan was doing the same thing for the small screen with HBO’s “Westworld.” “It was exciting to be on a set for a pilot that had the same cinematic approach and expectations as a bigger feature film,” says cinematographer Paul Cameron, a first-time Emmy nominee for the smash drama series, which received a whopping 22 nominations. The veteran D.P.—who’s worked with the late Tony Scott on Denzel Washington starrers “Déjà Vu” and “Man on Fire,” and with Michael Mann on “Collateral”—spoke with Backstage about capturing the look of the series (practical effects and shooting on film included), what his relationship with actors is like on set, and why Sir Anthony Hopkins had “more fun on [‘Westworld’] than he had in years working on movie sets.” Read: ‘Westworld, »
A French maxim denoting a particular experience of already having seen or experienced something, the term Déjà vu reached its pop saturation point long before Beyoncé and Tony Scott used it as a title for song and film in the 2000s.
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- Nicholas Bell
Author: Daniel Goodwin
Writer/director Thomas Kruithof’s French, forceful debut feature recalls classic conspiracy thrillers such as The Parallax View, All The Presidents Men and Marathon Man, while standing matchless amongst its predecessors due to inherent timeless qualities; stark realism, bleak cinematography and an ability to efficiently subvert/meld several sub-genre styles and components. Mostly resembling Coppola’s The Conversation due to the nature of protagonist Duval (comfortably alone, introvert), similar to Gene Hackman’s Harry Caul, along with his comparable occupation and the central story of a Government surveyor/transcriber in over his head. Scribe also incorporates traits from 90s political thrillers with conspiratorial sub-plots about corrupt officials with ulterior motives. Meanwhile the subtle suggestion of grittier, higher octane latter Bond and Bourne films slightly informs its style, augmented by a lo/sci-fi edge and embellished by the score.
François Cluzet plays Duval, a recovering alcoholic, ex-office clerk, »
- Daniel Goodwin
Simon Brew Jul 18, 2017
Scarface and Magic Mike look like coming together for the Chippendales origin movie...
The backstory of 1980s male stripping group The Chippendales is quite a dark one. Even as their act was playing to audiences around the world, there was a backdrop of murders, racketeering and more. And a new film – that’s already being described as a real-life Boogie Nights – is set to bring that story to the big screen.
Dev Patel will be playing Steve Banerjee, who turned a run-down L.A. bar into a male exotic dance bar. Then there’s Ben Stiller, taking on the role of Nick DeNoia, who recruited the Chippendales and choreographed their shows. »
The true crime saga, based on Rodney Sheldon’s manuscript, surrounds the founding and expansion of the Chippendales nightclub and male strip show during the 1980s by Paul Snider and immigrant Somen Banerjee — who eventually pleaded guilty to attempted arson, racketeering and murder for hire, and was found dead in his jail cell in 1994.
Patel is in talks to play Banerjee while Stiller has been attached since 2014 to portray Nick De Noia, who became Bannerjee’s partner and was murdered in 1987. Snider killed himself and Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten — who had designed the Chippendale collars and cuffs — in 1980.
Producers are seeking a director with “Bubbles” writer Isaac Adamson having written the latest version of the script. “Chippendales” will be produced by Permut Presentations’ David Permut, Bold’s Michel Litvak and Gary Michael Walters, and »
- Dave McNary
It looks like the long-gestating Chippendales murder movie is finally moving forward, with Deadline reporting that Bold Films has agreed to finance the picture, which has Dev Patel and Ben Stiller in talks to star.
Patel will play Steve Banerjee, a Bombay-born immigrant who turned an La dive bar into a multimillion-dollar cultural zeitgeist sensation, while Stiller will portray Emmy-winning children’s show producer Nick DeNoia, who was responsible for recruiting and choreographing the troupe of male strippers.
Banerjee and his partners would soon preside over an empire worth $8 million a year, although things would take a sordid turn, leading to the murder of DeNoia, for which Banerjee would subsequently plead guilty of orchestrating before taking his own life.
“It is the Horatio Alger story gone horribly wrong,” said Bold Films’ Gary Michael Walters. “It is a true life Boogie Nights, a wild ride through the seamy underbelly where entertainment and criminality meet, »
- Gary Collinson
Skydance came on to the project, which has been in development for two decades, last year. Jerry Bruckheimer, Skydance chief David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Don Granger are producing. Don Murphy and Chad Oman are executive producing.
Lee became attached to the project in April. His most recent film was “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” for which he used an unprecedented shooting and projection frame rate of 120 frames per second — five times faster than the normal rate of 24 frames per second. He won Academy Awards for directing “Brokeback Mountain” and “Life of Pi,” and was nominated for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
In 2009, the late Curtis Hanson had been attached »
- Dave McNary
The film will feature the return of Tom Cruise as Maverick, who is now working as an experienced flight instructor for young pilots. It will be directed by Joseph Kosinski, whose previous directorial credits are frustratingly limited to “Oblivion” and “Tron: Legacy.” Tony Scott he is not.
- Eli Fine
Paramount Pictures have finally announced the release date for Top Gun 2. The film, which is titled Top Gun: Maverick, will debut in cinemas on July 12th, 2019, according to Deadline. The same source has also confirmed that the film will be directed by none other than Joseph Kosinski, which was previously rumoured a number of weeks ago. More on the Top Gun 2 release date and further sequel news below.
Top Gun 2 release date firmed up: The film will land in the summer of 2019.
The trade blog states that the film will see Tom Cruise reprise his role as Maverick, now a flight instructor teaching the young macho pilots how to do it. Jerry Bruckheimer, one of the original 1986 film’s producers, will also return for some more high-octane action.
Related: 6 Things That Must Happen In Top Gun 2
- Paul Heath
Simon Brew Aug 30, 2017
The planned Top Gun 2 is still heading our way for the summer of 2019, with the June 12th 2019 release date still inked in the calendar. This is in spite of the broken ankle that Tom Cruise has picked up whilst filming Mission: Impossible 6, that'd led to a temporary hiatus in filming on the movie.
Furthermore, a new writer has been hired for Top Gun 2 to punch up the screenplay. Eric Warren Singer (American Hustle) is reworking the script originally penned by Justin Marks. Filming is expected to start next year...
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From July 2017
The movie, which will star Tom Cruise, has been chatted about for many years now. At one »
Paramount Pictures has finally firmed up plans for the long-awaited Top Gun 2, setting Joseph Kosinski to direct, reuniting him with Oblivion star Tom Cruise, and announcing a July 12, 2019 release date. We first reported that Joseph Kosinski was being sought to direct this sequel last month, and now his deal has been finalized. While it hasn't been confirmed when filming will begin, a previous report claimed the sequel will start filming next year, which may be accurate given this new release date.
Deadline broke the news about this sequel today, although it didn't confirm a previous report regarding the title. Earlier this month, while promoting The Mummy, Tom Cruise teased that that this Top Gun sequel will be called Top Gun: Maverick, because he "didn't want a number" in the title. This report did reveal, though, that the story will follow Maverick, who is now a flight instructor, "teaching the young »
As far as movies that are so bad that they're good, it's incredibly difficult to come up against Tony Scott's Top Gun. I first saw it on television in junior high school while under the influence of more than one inebriating substances and didn't like it at all. Since then, Top Gun has ended up on my TV well over a dozen times and I've never changed the channel. There are very few bad movies that spur me to return in that way. [caption id="attachment_564083" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Paramount[/caption] Most … »
- Chris Cabin
After seven years of rumors and delays, Paramount announced that Top Gun: Maverick is in the works with Joseph Kosinski – who helmed Cruise-starring sci-fi flick Oblivion – the frontrunner to direct, The Hollywood Reporter writes, with Cruise on board to reprise the role of pilot Pete "Maverick" Mitchell.
Cruise's reckless naval pilot will play a flight instructor in the upcoming sequel. “Aviators are back, the need for speed. We’re going to have big, »
Skydance CEO David Ellison and Jerry Bruckheimer, who produced the 1986 original, will produce with Cruise. This latest project will be set in a world of drone technology and fifth generation fighters along with exploring the end of the era of dogfighting.
Cruise said recently the title would be “Top Gun: Maverick” although Paramount listed the title Friday only as “Top Gun.” “Maverick” was Cruise’s character’s nickname in the film in which he played Naval aviator Lt. Pete Mitchell.
The movie is the first title to land on the July 12, 2019, release date. It will open a week after Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” sequel.
The original film, directed by the late Tony Scott and set »
- Dave McNary
“Kong: Skull Island” is not the only Hollywood movie to employ dizzyingly fast editing, but the latest installment of Legendary Entertainment’s MonsterVerse is taking some hits for its rapid cutting pace. A YouTube video entitled “Terrible editing in Kong: Skull Island” reveals that an early sequence in the film averages one cut every two seconds during a nearly five-minute span.
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While that is a lot of cutting, Hollywood in general has tended to use faster editing in action movies, with some scenes even averaging less than two seconds per cut. Both “Taken 3” and “Resident Evil: Apocalypse” include scenes with average shot lengths of 1.7 seconds, No Film School reported last year. Tony Scott’s 2005 film “Domino” also features sequences with an Asl of 1.8, while “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “Mad Mad: Fury Road” clock in at 2.0 and 2.1 respectively. »
- Graham Winfrey
Top Gun 2 is right around the corner. Actually, we should be referring to the film as Top Gun: Maverick, which is the the ‘official title’ revealed by Tom Cruise back last month in an interview just before The Mummy hit cinemas. Of course, the least said about Universal’s first Dark Universe title the better, as the film only managed to pull in $58 million in its opening weekend Stateside. Reviews were poor and the public stayed away sadly, but while it has still managed to pull in around $300 million globally, sources say it will cost the studio around $95 million after publicity costs are added to the film’s reported $125 million budget.
Tom Cruise is being blamed, rightly or wrongly, for his involvement for the film’s dire box-office take, but we’re guessing that he’s not all that bothered considering the films he has in the pipeline. The Cruiser is currently hard at work on Mission: Impossible 6 and, after shooting a bunch of action scenes over in Paris, has moved on to New Zealand to polish off the film’s massive intercontinental shoot. There’s also American Made, an action-drama based on real events, a film directed by Doug Liman, due for release later in the year. Following that should be Top Gun: Maverick, but little has been said yet about the high-octane big-budget Jerry Bruckheimer movie, set to shoot next year.
Here at Thn Towers, we’ve been scratching our heads and thinking what this sequel absolutely must contain to win over the fans, and less importantly, those darned critics.
Get The Right Director
So, obviously a biggie, and a no-brainer. Sadly, the first film’s director is no longer with us. Tony Scott would have celebrated his 73rd birthday on the very day that I am writing this (June 21st), but the director of such modern action classics as Beverly Hills Cop and The Last Boy Scout passed away back in 2012. A worthy successor is still to be found (at the time of writing), and while nobody will replace the filmmaking genius of Scott, producers will have to match the filmmaker’s style and high-octane, well choreographed action set pieces, along with the sun-soaked look that the original so magnificently displayed.
Joseph Kosinski is one filmmaker that has been mentioned in the same breath as Top Gun: Maverick, but while I love his work on Tron: Legacy and even Tom Cruise’s sci-fi movie Oblivion, I can’t help but think he’s the wrong choice for this. I’m going to put my film writing life on the line here and name one person who absolutely would nail a Top Gun movie – this man.
This is Michael Bay. Before you attempt to come ’round and give me a good old kick in the shins, please bear with. The Rock is a magnificent action film. So is Bad Boys, and its sequel; as is Armageddon (I don’t care what you say). Pre-Transformers, nobody could touch Bay for high concept action movies, and its no coincidence that all of those aforementioned movies were produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, who will produce the Top Gun sequel. I can’t think of a better choice, both in grand filmmaking style and overall look. Bay is the man for the job and I will accept no substitute.
Tom, Give As Much Input As You Like
I have no idea how much influence Tom Cruise has over the movies he appears in. The Mummy supposedly failed because of his alleged meddling, but Tom, you are Maverick, and we’ll always dig you for it, so please, give up as many ideas as you like, but while doing so, leave as much stuff to the guys behind the camera as possible and really trust them. I’m sure you do this anyway, and while I personally don’t believe all the guff we’ve been reading recently, I truly believe Jerry Bruckheimer knows what he’s doing, and now that I’ve officially hired Michael Bay to direct, we’re already on to a winner. Just roll with it.
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- Paul Heath
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