Director/Producer Tony Scott was found dead Sunday afternoon from an apparent suicide. The Daily Breeze reported that Scott jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge close to Long Beach, CA. They have suggested that police found a suicide not left his vehicle but that has not been confirmed.
Scott is best known for his directing duties in Top Gun with Tom Cruise, Beverly Hills Cop II with Eddie Murphy, to Unstoppable and The Taking of Pelham 123, etc with Denzel Washington. He was also a major producing force in Scott Free Productions along with his brother Ridley Scott (director of Alien, Prometheus, Gladiator). Together they have been a major force in bringing so many great films (Days of Thunder, Man on Fire, Crimson Tide) and shows to television (The Good Wife, Numb3rs, Gettysburg).
So sad to see that things weren’t going well for him that he felt he had to take his own life. The 68-year-old is survived by a wife, 2 children and a brother.
Rock of Ages is a film based on the hit Broadway musical about a small town girl Sherrie, played by Julianne Hough (Footloose) and city boy Drew (Diego Boneta; 90210), who meet on the Sunset Strip while pursuing their Hollywood dreams. Their rock ‘n’ roll romance is told through the heart-pounding hits of Def Leppard, Joan Jett, Journey, Foreigner, Bon Jovi, Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister, Poison, Whitesnake and many other 80’s hits.
When I saw the trailer for this movie, I thought this was going to be a disaster. It just looked a mess. So I was definitely going into this with lowered expectations. To my surprise, I actually enjoyed myself. I’m a big 80’s hair metal fan so I just had a wonderful time singing along and dancing to all those hits. The acting wasn’t anything to rave about but some people were clearly better than others. Tom Cruise really went for it with his role here as Stacy Jaxx. He played the part as a mix of Axl Rose and Mr. Rock of Love himself, Brett Michaels. He has definitely won me back with this movie and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. Mary J. Blige should keep her day job and Julianne Hough just needs to disappear (although she was better in this movie). If you don’t take this movie too seriously, you will be able to enjoy yourself and have a good time. Check out Rock of Ages in theaters this Friday.
A ton of trailers for different movies and shows came out in the past few days. Here are some of the big ones.
Tom Cruise in the musical Rock of Ages
The movie has a whole hell of a lot of people in it from Mary J Blige, Julianne Hough, Alec Baldwin to Russell Brand, Paul Giamatti and Malin Akerman. Its just looks like a huge disaster and I’m not sure how this is going to pan out especially with Julianne Hough in the mix. She’s just such a bad actress. See for yourself.
Rock of Ages opens June 15, 2012.
True Blood Teaser Clip
The residents of Bon Temps will be returning this summer and in order to whet your appetites before the premiere, HBO sent out this teaser clip. It looks even crazier than last season’s and last season was nuts. Hopefully it be a great one since it’ll be Alan Ball’s last one as showrunner.
Season 5 of True Blood premieres June 2012 on HBO Continue reading Trailers Galore
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol or Mission Impossible 4 is one of the best straight action movies I’ve seen this year. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. It is almost the best of the series. MI3 directed by one of my favorites, J.J. Abrams (Alias, Lost, Star Trek), is the best to me. This one is a very close second though.
The film directed by Brad Bird (The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Iron Giant) is your standard action formula film. The IMF team; Jane Carter (Paula Patton), William Brant (Jeremy Renner) and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), led by Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is framed for a bombing at the Kremlin by a crazed mad man intent on the world going into nuclear war. They have to go out to investigate and clear their names while the Russian police are after them.
The action is wonderful. Crazy landscapes, death defying stunts, crazy cool gadgets, beautiful international locales make up the backdrop of the movie. The shots in Moscow, Mumbia and Dubai were especially beautiful. There is a scene shot in Dubia with Tom Cruise scaling the tallest building there that is something crazy. Cruise is one insane man. All of the stunts for the Ethan Hunt character were done by Cruise himself. He did a great job of with those. The spy gadgets are pretty nice as well. Don’t get me wrong they are no James Bond but they were pretty nice. The vehicles in the movie were also crazy. Hotness.
The supporting cast was pretty good. I would say that this is the reason that this movie didn’t move up to number one for me. Simon Pegg (Shaun of The Dead, Hott Fuzz) and Jeremy Renner (The Town, The Hurt Locker) were good. Renner was greatly underused in this movie. If they make another movie and Cruise’s character has the same team, I would like to see them give Renner more to do. Paula Patton(Jumping The Broom, Precious) does not ruin the movie like some were thinking. She’s not the best actress but she isn’t awful. Her role in the movie is that of a supporting player and the story and action move along so quickly that you don’t really dwell on her acting. Go see this movie, It’s definitely a must if you like action movies and liked the other Mission Impossible films, just like I said in my Fall Movie Guide.
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol opens in IMAX on Friday 12/16 and everywhere 12/21
Fall is here!!! Leaves are falling, the weather is cooler, the boots and jackets have started to come out.Ok it’s been here for a while now but I’ve been so obsessed with tv lately that I forgot all about the movies that are coming this fall that I want to see.
Martha Marcy May Marlene
Elizabeth Olsen stars as Martha, a young lady that escapes from an abusive cult led by a charismatic leader Patrick (John Hawkes;Winter’s Bone, Contagion). After being missing for sometime, she returns home and tries to assimilate back into her family. She begins to have a difficult time when she becomes haunted by the memories of her time with the cult and becomes increasingly paranoid with the belief that the cult is watching her every move. This movie looks so good. From the trailer alone it looks like the cast is great, the story is intriguing and its going to definitely be an Oscar contender.
Opens in limited release October 21
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