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Tuesday
Aug212012

Tony Scott Was Preparing for "Top Gun" Sequel Before Death

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Director Tony Scott was busy with a number of projects before he apparently committed suicide on Sunday.

The Hollywood Reporter says Scott and his Top Gun star, Tom Cruise, toured a naval air station in Nevada last week as part of research for a planned sequel to their 1986 hit.

Cruise remembered Scott in a statement Monday, saying, "He was a creative visionary whose mark on film is immeasurable.  My deepest sorrow and thoughts are with his family at this time."

Scott and Cruise also worked together on the 1990 race car driving film Days of Thunder.

Aside from a Top Gun sequel, Scott was poised to direct a movie titled Narco Sub and had his eye on other projects, including a remake of the 1969 Western The Wild Bunch, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

An autopsy was completed Monday, but an official cause of death won't be known until toxicology test results come in in six to eight weeks, according to California's The Daily Breeze.

The Los Angeles coroner's office said on Sunday that Scott, 68, jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge near Long Beach, Calif.

His brother, fellow director Ridley Scott, has flown from London to Los Angeles to be with family members.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on his upcoming drama The Counselor, starring Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz and other A-listers, has been suspended in light of Tony Scott's death.

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Monday
May162011

'Top Gun' Turns 25

Paramount Pictures(NEW YORK) -- Monday, May 16 marks 25 years since Tom Cruise flew into the danger zone in U.S. theaters in the movie Top Gun.

His role as hot-shot Navy pilot Maverick, opposite Val Kilmer and Kelly McGillis, made the film a huge hit and spawned hit songs, aviator-inspired fashion and a new appreciation for fighter pilots.

But just how accurate was the film?  Not very, says Ward Carroll, the editor of the website Military.com, who was himself a Navy fighter pilot when the film debuted in 1986.

For example, he says the jargon the pilots use and the depiction of dog fights is miles away from reality, and he calls the plot "inaccurate and hackneyed." Still, Carroll says Top Gun was such a hit, it significantly boosted Navy recruitment numbers from its premiere through 1991, due in no small part to it being what Caroll calls "fighter porn."

As for why Top Gun still holds up a quarter-century later, Carroll says it's a story based on "the age-old themes of camaraderie and competition and living a life that is fast-paced, not something everybody can do, and is of great consequence."

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