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What to watch on IFC: “Domino” tonight at 10:15 p.m. ET

Article: What to watch on IFC: “Domino” tonight at 10:15 p.m. ET

Director Tony Scott (best known for “Top Gun” and “True Romance”) always had a knack for the sensational and in “Domino” he cranks it all the way up. The fractured, feverish visual style he mastered in 2004′s “Man on Fire” breathes a frenetic energy into the true-crime tale of Domino Harvey, played by Keira Knightley.…

Tom Cruise talks “Top Gun 2″ and why he wants to see it made

Article: Tom Cruise talks “Top Gun 2″ and why he wants to see it made

Not only is “Top Gun 2″ actually in the process of being developed right now, it also has Tom Cruise‘s backing. The actor has been making media rounds promoting his upcoming flick “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” and during an interview MTV News asked him about his commitment to the project. It turns out that…

“Top Gun 2″ gains “X-Men: First Class” screenwriters

Article: “Top Gun 2″ gains “X-Men: First Class” screenwriters

Here’s some bad news if you were hoping that Tony Scott‘s planned “re-thinking” of “Top Gun” was going to fall by the wayside. Variety has the news that Paramount has hired Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz to write the untitled follow-up to 1986′s hit Tom Cruise flick. The writing duo are responsible for one of…

“Top Gun” is getting a 3D conversion

Article: “Top Gun” is getting a 3D conversion

Upon its 1986 release, “Top Gun” was a colossal hit, and a perfect storm of successful 80s movie ingredients, including Tom Cruise, Kelly McGillis, Cold War-era jingoism and Kenny Loggins. But finally, after waiting for a quarter of a century, fans will be able to see “Top Gun” as director Tony Scott no doubt intended:…

Tony Scott to remake “The Wild Bunch” whether you want him to or not

Article: Tony Scott to remake “The Wild Bunch” whether you want him to or not

Sam Peckinpah’s 1969 flick “The Wild Bunch” is a stone cold classic: A brutally violent western that showed that graphic genre films could be beautiful and technically dazzling in their own right, while telling a timeless story of hard men past their prime, setting out for one last score. Somewhat fittingly then, another hard man…

Connecting Ridley Scott’s color schemes, from his commercials to his films.

Article: Connecting Ridley Scott’s color schemes, from his commercials to his films.

By his own estimation, Sir Ridley Scott has directed over 2,000 commercials — valuable training for his career as a visual stylist and a trail-blazer in the field of commercials directors who transitioned over to the movies. That’s an enormous body of work, but the stylistic transitions from each decade are surprisingly consistent. In the…

A clockwork gray.

Article: A clockwork gray.

As The Playlist points out, the first poster for the upcoming remake of British noir classic “Brighton Rock” pays reverent homage to that iconic, dorm-room staple one-sheet for “A Clockwork Orange.” Sam Riley’s thug has the same hat, ditto the thrust-upwards knife. What’s different are the colors — the lurid orange, white and black combo…

The seven strangest faces of Gary Oldman.

Article: The seven strangest faces of Gary Oldman.

When I first saw the trailer for “The Book of Eli,” I thought “Wow, that bad guy looks familiar, but I can’t place him.” It was irritating. Then I looked it up and realized it was Gary Oldman, and the reason I didn’t recognize him is because we almost never see his real face. Almost…

Night Fever: The World of Obsessive Fan Movies

Article: Night Fever: The World of Obsessive Fan Movies

A crowd eagerly watches as a man dressed in a white suit performs an elaborate disco routine to the sounds of the Bee Gees’ “You Should Be Dancing.” Sound familiar? It should; it’s the signature sequence from 1977′s “Saturday Night Fever.” But now the scene belongs to another film as well, “Tony Manero,” named after…

The Action Movie Auteurs

Article: The Action Movie Auteurs

Michael Mann, Kathryn Bigelow… Tony Scott? It takes a certain type of action movie director to earn the love of the Film Comment crowd. This week on the IFC News podcast, we look at which action filmmakers are taken seriously as artists and why. Download: MP3, 36:50 minutes, 33.7 MB Subscribe to the podcast: [iTunes]…

The Timing of “Pelham 1 2 3″

Article: The Timing of “Pelham 1 2 3″

I first saw Joseph Sargent’s original “The Taking of Pelham One Two Three” at Film Forum less than a month before September 11th. The theater’s later revival of the classic 1974 heist movie unspooled two weeks after the blackout of 2003. The coincidental timing of both engagements reinforced what makes Sargent’s film (with a script…

What’s Old is New Again

Article: What’s Old is New Again

This week sees a couple of golden oldies trotted out alongside the customary summertime family fun, docs on science both good and bad, and another lesson from the Tony Scott school of flash-bang filmmaking. Download this in audio form (MP3: 9:09 minutes, 12.6 MB) Subscribe to the In Theaters podcast: [XML] [iTunes] “Betty Blue: The…

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