Breaking News January 12, 2024: ‘Top Gun 3’ Starring Tom Cruise Takes Flight at Paramount, Martin Scorsese Tries To Coax Daniel Day-Lewis Out of Retirement

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Paramount is developing Top Gun 3 starring Tom Cruise. The movie follows the 2022 blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick, which made nearly $1.5 billion worldwide.

Although news just broke about Tom Cruise's new nonexclusive deal with Warner Bros., it seems that Top Gun will get another sequel at Paramount. Top Gun: Maverick cowriter Ehren Kruger is currently writing a draft.

According to Deadline, “The word is that the project would reunite Cruise with Top Gun: Maverick‘s Miles Teller and Glen Powell as well as producers Jerry Bruckheimer and David Ellison. Joe Kosinski will reportedly either direct or produce.”

Top Gun: Maverick is the highest-grossing movie in Cruise's long career. The first Top Gun sequel won the Oscar for Best Sound at least year's Academy Awards. Cruise is currently shooting Mission: Impossible 8 for Paramount.

Laurence Fishburne To Play Regis in ‘The Witcher’ Season Four

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Laurence Fishburne will play the character Regis on season four of The Witcher. The Netflix fantasy-drama is based on the book series The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski.

As reported by Deadline, “Introduced in Sapkowski’s novel Baptism of Fire, Regis is a world-wise Barber-surgeon with a mysterious past who joins Geralt on his journey in season four. Geralt will be played by Liam Hemsworth, who takes over the role from Henry Cavill, who exited at the end of season three.”

“I’m very excited to be joining the cast and look forward to exploring the wondrous world of The Witcher,” said Fishburne. The Emmy-winning actor recently appeared in John Wick: Chapter 4 and on Netflix's The School of Good and Evil.

Martin Scorsese Tries To Coax Daniel Day-Lewis Out of Retirement

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Martin Scorsese publicly tried to coax Daniel Day-Lewis out of retirement at the National Board of Review awards gala. Scorsese, 81, directed Day-Lewis, 66, in The Age of Innocence and Gangs of New York.

As reported by Deadline, Scorsese turned to Day-Lewis — who introduced the Killers of the Flower Moon director at the gala — and said, “We did two films together and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Maybe there’s time for one more?”

“I was a teenager when I discovered Martin’s work,” said Day-Lewis, who announced his retirement in 2017. He continued by saying that Scorsese “illuminated the vast, beautiful landscape of what is possible in film. And he clarified for me what it is that one must ask of oneself to work in faith.”

The lovefest continued with Scorsese saying, “This honor, presented by Daniel, is an honor in itself.”

Wes Anderson Reunites With Benicio Del Toro and Bill Murray for Next Movie

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Oscar-nominated director Wes Anderson will reunite with Benicio del Toro and Bill Murray on the director's next movie. Del Toro and Murray appeared in Anderson's The French Dispatch together, but Murray's on-screen relationship with Anderson stretches back all the way to 1998's Rushmore.

Deadline reports, “Anderson wrote the [new] film with Roman Coppola, his regular collaborator going back to The Life Aquatic. Details as to the plot are under wraps. Anderson hinted at the project in a September 2023 interview with Deadline, noting that he and Coppola had just finished the script for a del Toro-led feature before the start of the writers' strike. Further cast is also under wraps at this point, but given Anderson’s tendency to pursue huge ensembles, expect many more names to emerge in the coming weeks to months.”

One other confirmed cast member is Michael Cera, who has never starred in an Anderson movie before. Anderson's most recent movie is 2023's Asteroid City.

Vincent Gallo Accused by Three Women of Holding Inappropriate Auditions for ‘The Policeman’

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Three actresses have accused The Brown Bunny writer-director-actor Vincent Gallo of holding wildly inappropriate auditions for The Policeman, Gallo's movie about the Golden State Killer Joseph James DeAngelo.

Rolling Stone got hold of a formal complaint filed by a Portland-based actress about Gallo to the Screen Actors Guild. During the audition, the actress reported that Gallo allegedly said, “If I say to s– my d– or I will kill you, I want you, you the person, not you the character, not you the actor, but you, to truly believe you will die if you don’t do as I say. And just like you would in real life, if this were happening to you, I want you to do all of the actions necessary to do that. You won’t actually s– my d–, but you do not have the power, I have all the power. You have no control, I am in complete control.”

Two other actresses submitted complaints to SAG about how uncomfortable they felt about Gallo's inappropriate and explicit comments. A spokesperson for SAG confirmed the investigation to Rolling Stone in a statement, saying, “We are aware of these complaints and are investigating. We extensively engaged with production regarding the complaints and while shooting has wrapped, we continue to monitor and investigate. We also reaffirm our commitment to ensuring a safe and respectful environment on set. Because our inquiry is ongoing, we cannot respond to specifics of the complaint.”

A spokesperson for Gertner and Pacific Media Productions told Rolling Stone, “The casting director told the actors prior to their callback meetings and auditions that a SAG-AFTRA intimacy coordinator was being hired for the picture and she would be involved with all scenes in which any [nakedness] or sexuality was to occur. The coordinator that was hired worked closely with the director, Vincent, and other cast, and the cast involved felt that the environment was positive and respectful.”

Gallo's second feature film as a director — 2003's The Brown Bunny — received harsh criticism for an unsimulated intimate scene featuring Gallo's then-girlfriend Chloë Sevigny.

Susan Sarandon and More Than Two Dozen Actors Support South Africa's Genocide Charges Against Israel

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Susan Sarandon, Charles Dance, Cynthia Nixon, Carice van Houten, Lena Headey, Khalid Abdalla, and Tobias Menzies represent a few of the more than two dozen actors who have contributed to a video supporting South Africa's genocide claims against Israel.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, “According to health officials in Gaza, more than 23,000 Palestinians have been killed since the start of the Israeli-Hamas war, which was sparked by the October 7 attacks by Hamas and other armed groups in southern Israel which killed around 1,200 people and resulted in around 240 hostages.”

South Africa presented its case charging Israel with genocide to the International Court of Justice in the Hague, the top judicial body of the United Nations. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The video shows the actors reading key sections of South Africa’s 84-page dossier, which argues Israel is guilty of violating the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in its actions in its war in Gaza against the terrorist group Hamas.”

The article continues, “The charge of genocide is a particularly significant one in Israel, a state founded after the massacre of Jewish people in the Holocaust. Under the UN genocide convention, to which Israel is a signatory, there must be a proven intent to destroy — in whole or in part — a national, ethnic, racial or religious group. Proving intent is often the most difficult element in genocide cases.”

Although the legal proceedings could take years, the court in the Hague could call for an emergency ceasefire in the coming weeks. Whether or not Israel would comply with such a directive is unclear at this time.

‘Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes' Release Date Bumped Up Two Weeks

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Disney has moved the release date for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes from May 24 to May 10. The fourth movie in the rebooted Planet of the Apes series follows 2017's War for the Planet of the ApesKingdom of the Planet of the Apes stars Owen Teague, Freya Allan, Peter Macon, Eka Darville, Kevin Durand, William H. Macy, and Dichen Lachman.

According to Variety, the move happened to avoid a crowded Memorial Day weekend featuring new releases such as Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga and The Garfield Movie. With its move to May 10, Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes will now face off against the Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black

The ape character Caesar died at the end of War for the Planet of the Apes. According to a 20th Century Studios press releaseKingdom of the Planet of the Apes is set “several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike.”

PGA Awards Make History by Nominating Two International Titles for the First Time

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For the first time, the Producers Guild of America has nominated two international titles — Anatomy of a Fall and The Zone of Interest — for the PGA Awards. 

As reported by Variety, the nominees for the Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion Pictures are American Fiction, Anatomy of a Fall, Barbie, The Holdovers, Killers of the Flower Moon, Maestro, Oppenheimer, Past Lives, Poor Things, and The Zone of Interest.

The nominees for Outstanding Producer of Animated Theatrical Motion Pictures are The Boy and the Heron, Elemental, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, The Super Mario Bros. Movie, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem.

The 35th Annual Producers Guild Awards — which also hands out honors to producers of television series and movies — takes place on February 25.

Jonathan Majors Will No Longer Play Dennis Rodman in '48 Hours in Vegas'

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Jonathan Majors will no longer play basketball player Dennis Rodman in the tentatively titled 48 Hours in Vegas. The Jordan VanDina screenplay follows Rodman's wild trip to Sin City during the 1998 NBA finals.

According to Deadline, Lionsgate has abandoned the project and released it to producers Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Aditya Sood.

Shortly after news broke of Majors' guilty verdict for assault and harassment, Marvel officially dropped him from the MCU. Since then, Majors showed up on Good Morning America to shed crocodile tears about his conviction. “I’m standing there and the verdict comes down,” said Majors. “I say, ‘How is that possible based off the evidence, based off the prosecution’s evidence, let alone our evidence? How is that possible?’”

Mia Goth Sued by ‘MaXXXine' Extra for Allegedly Kicking Him in the Head

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An extra on the set of MaXXXine is suing Mia Goth (pictured, left) for allegedly kicking him in the head. MaXXXine serves as the final chapter in Ti West's trilogy that began with X and continued with Pearl. In MaXXXine, Maxine (Goth) moves to Los Angeles in the early 1980s to pursue her dream of becoming a star.

TMZ obtained documents that say the extra is suing Goth, West, and A24 for an incident that happened during a late-night shoot. The background actor said that the scene required him to wear a robe and be covered in fake blood while he laid in the dirt and played dead for several hours, “enduring ants and mosquitos.” Goth was supposed to run to the actor, step over him, look at him, and continue running. After a few takes, the background actor said that Goth “nearly stepped” on him. He says that he asked Goth show caution, but she “intentionally kicked” him in the head with her boot in the next take. The alleged incident caused the background actor extreme pain, neck stiffness, and — according to doctors — a concussion.

TMZ reports, “He claims no medical assistance was provided on set. Instead, he says Mia approached him in the bathroom and ‘taunted, mocked, and belittled' him — daring them to do anything about what went down. What's more, he says the fake blood had stuck to his body, so peeling off the blood-stained robe caused more pain — and he claims he experienced headaches on the drive home and ‘nearly passed out twice' during the trip.”

After the incident, the background actor got kicked off the production entirely. He's now suing for $500,000 for battery, wrongful termination, and punitive damages. TMZ reached out to Goth's team for comment, but didn't hear back.

A24 will likely release MaXXXine in 2024. 

Author: Robert DeSalvo

Title: Entertainment News Writer


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