Tom Cruise in Top Gun 3D IMAX Trailer (in 2D)
Tom Cruise tells Anthony Edwards: “I feel the need … The need for speed.” High five. Whether you find that hip and cool, or if you feel the need to roll your eyes in disgust, thus begins the 2D trailer for the IMAX 3D rerelease of Tony Scott’s Top Gun, the bombastic 1986 action flick that solidified Cruise’s superstardom; enhanced Scott’s reputation as a master of slick and shallow filmmaking; and inspired loads of male teenagers with personality issues to join the air force of their respective countries so they could fulfill their need for aping Tom Cruise. (Please scroll down to check out the Top Gun 3D IMAX trailer.) The North American Top Gun 3D rerelease will last only six days, Feb. 8-13.
Written by Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr., Top Gun features Tom Cruise as trainee pilot Maverick, a cocky, obnoxious jerk who can neither sing nor act, but who becomes a hero once he learns to Follow the Rules. Needless to say, Maverick also gets to win the girl, played by the talented Kelly McGillis, whose once-promising film career went downhill in the ’90s. McGillis has mostly stayed away from the limelight in the last couple of decades, though she resurfaced a couple of years ago, when she publicly came out as a lesbian. (Regarding Tom Cruise’s acting, let me add that Cruise has become an infinitely more effective performer in recent years.)
Top Gun 2?
Back in the mid-’80s, Top Gun grossed $353.8 million worldwide (about $750 million today). In late 2010, there were talks of a Top Gun sequel possibly to be directed by Tony Scott and in which Tom Cruise would have a cameo as a middle-aged Maverick. Scott, who reportedly supervised (at least some of) Top Gun‘s conversion to 3D, killed himself in August 2012.
According to reports, Top Gun co-producer Jerry Bruckheimer “still has hopes” that a sequel will get made. Just don’t hold your breath.
Top Gun will be available in a new 3D/2D Blu-ray set on February 19. Once again, check out Tom Cruise and lots of fighter jets in the Top Gun 3D IMAX trailer below.
Tom Cruise toplines Top Gun cast
Besides Tom Cruise, Anthony Edwards, and Kelly McGillis, the Top Gun cast includes Val Kilmer, Tom Skerritt, Michael Ironside, John Stockwell, Barry Tubb, Rick Rossovich, Tim Robbins, Adrian Pasdar, and a pre-stardom Meg Ryan.
Tom Cruise Top Gun image: Paramount Pictures.
An Iron Man 3 trailer was shown during the Super Bowl (needless to say, U.S. only – or perhaps Canada, too) on Sunday, Feb. 3. Let me rephrase that: the Iron Man 3 trailer wasn’t really a trailer, but a TV spot. Anyhow, whatever you call it, the whole thing goes by in the blink of an eye, keeping you in tremendous suspense as to: Will Tony Stark / Iron Man ever utter an exclamation stronger than “Oh, boy”? (Please scroll down to check out the Iron Man 3 Super Bowl TV spot.)
Directed by Shane Black, whose previous directorial credit is Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, released about eight years ago, Iron Man 3 brings back Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, last seen delivering smart-ass remarks to (the much funnier) mad villain Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in Joss Whedon’s worldwide megablockbuster The Avengers.
Now, will Iron Man 3 be superior to Iron Man 2, considered a major letdown by numerous North American critics? Who the hell knows? But one thing seems clear: If Iron Man can (officially) save only four people stranded (quite literally) in mid-air, you can bet your panties that when push comes to shove he’ll be able to rescue four million air-floating humans if need be.
So, “does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?” Who cares about philosophical issues, as long as the Iron Man 3 visual and sound effects tickle the fancy of moviegoers? That’s all that matters.
Robert Downey Jr toplines Iron Man 3 cast
Besides Robert Downey Jr. the Iron Man 3 cast features Don Cheadle, Guy Pearce, Ben Kingsley, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rebecca Hall, James Badge Dale, Stephanie Szostak, Wang Xueqi, and Iron Man and Iron Man 2 director Jon Favreau. Additionally, Paul Bettany returns as the voice of JARVIS. Screenplay by Shane Black and Drew Pearce, among whose credits are (the announced) Sherlock Holmes 3, which will also star Robert Downey Jr, and (the also announced) Godzilla, which may or may not star Aaron Johnson (a.k.a. Aaron Taylor-Johnson).
Iron Man 3 release date
Iron Man 3 opens in late April in a couple of dozen countries, including Australia, Mexico, Japan, The Netherlands, Brazil, Spain, Sweden, and the UK. In early May, the latest Iron Man movie will open in another batch of countries, including France, Argentina, Germany, South Africa, and the United States (May 3).
Robert Downey Jr Iron Man 3: Marvel / Disney Enterprises.
‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ trailer: The Coen Brothers and Oscar Isaac in 1960s Greenwich Village
The Inside Llewyn Davis trailer is out. Academy Award winners Joel and Ethan Coen’s first directorial effort since the Oscar-nominated True Grit more than two years ago, Inside Llewyn Davis stars Oscar Isaac in the (mostly) title role of a struggling folk musician with woman trouble (in the person of Carey Mulligan) and, much like Art Carney in Harry and Tonto, with a cute orange (beige?) cat as his pal. (Please scroll down to check out the Inside Llewyn Davis trailer.) [Photo: Oscar Isaac in the Inside Llewyn Davis trailer.]
In other words, Inside Llewyn Davis has absolutely nothing to do with either Peter Pan or J.M. Barrie. For the record, the family that inspired Barrie – and that was portrayed (in outrageously fictional form) in Marc Forster’s Finding Neverland – was called Llewelyn Davies.
Inside Llewyn Davis trailer: Coen brothers’ trademarks
There isn’t much to be said about the Inside Llewyn Davis trailer, except that fans of Joel and Ethan Coen’s work will be excited, while non-fans will likely take a wait-and-see attitude. (If they bother to check it out at all.) In fact, several of the Coen brothers’ trademarks are to be found in the trailer. Examples range from the presence of John Goodman (featured in Raising Arizona, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) to the unnatural-sounding dialogue, from Bruno Delbonnel’s low-key but striking cinematography to the awkward, deadpan humor. (The Carey Mulligan dialogue bit about the safety of double condoms is both unnatural-sounding and deadpan; it’s also very funny.)
Inside Llewyn Davis cast
Loosely based on Dave Van Ronk’s posthumously published book of memoirs, The Mayor of MacDougal Street, Inside Llewyn Davis was adapted by the Coens themselves. Besides John Goodman and Drive players Oscar Isaac and Carey Mulligan, the Inside Llewyn Davis cast includes The Social Network‘s Justin Timberlake; Garrett Hedlund, who did some folk singing in Country Strong and who was recently seen opposite Sam Riley and Kristen Stewart in Walter Salles’ On the Road; and Academy Award winner F. Murray Abraham, who made life hell for Tom Hulce in Milos Forman’s Amadeus. Also in the Inside Llewyn Davis cast: Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky, Max Casella, Ethan Phillips, Stark Sands, and Jake Ryan.
Curiously, Inside Llewyn Davis lacks a U.S. distributor. The film will have a special screening hosted by Nonesuch Records and T Bone Burnett at Sony Pictures (the old MGM lot in Culver City) on February 9. See the Inside Llewyn Davis trailer below. Of course, you never get to hear Llewyn Davis playing anything in the Inside Llewyn Davis trailer; the music we hear throughout is Bob Dylan’s – and then the trailer comes to an abrupt halt. Perhaps the trailer should be called a teaser instead.
Oscar Isaac in the Inside Llewyn Davis trailer image: Scott Rudin Productions / Mike Zoss Productions / StudioCanal.