Morning Must-Read: Hollywood Mourns the Loss of Director Tony Scott
Hollywood continues to cope with the horrific news that director Tony Scott passed away on Sunday, allegedly of suicide.
As we reported, Scott jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles, leaving a note in his black Toyota Prius which reportedly included contact information. Sources now say a suicide note was discovered in Scott’s office.
Many who worked with Scott over the years (or simply admired his work) took to Twitter to mourn the film community’s tragic loss.
“Such sad news about Tony Scott,” Tweets Jon Favreau. “Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
“Just heard about Tony Scott news. Horrible,” adds Source Code director Duncan Jones. “Tony was a truly lovely man who took me under his wing & ignited my passion to make films.”
Joe Carnahan Tweets, “Tony's influence on a generation of filmmakers is colossal. There isn't a more commercially successful director who pushed the form like him.”
Do us a favor. Post your favorite Tony Scott film in the comments section below. Share your favorite scene from a Scott film. Let’s remember his contributions to our amazing cinematic community, even as we mourn this tragic loss.
News & Notes
The fallout over Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson’s split continues to affect the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.
Creation Entertainment announced over the weekend that the Twilight duo is ducking out of the last four conventions planned for San Antonio (Aug. 25), Detroit (Sept. 29), Parsippany, N.J. (Oct. 5) and Los Angeles (Nov. 3).
"Although Rob, Kristen and Taylor will not be with us this time out we will have a super lineup of other Twilight stars and the weekend will be filled with special events, movie prop and costume displays, contests, panels, auctions, parties, exclusive merchandise, music and much more, including some surprises," convention organizers said in a statement. [The Wrap]
Spike Lee’s about to begin filming his English-language adaptation of Chan-wook Park’s outstanding South Korean vengeance film, Oldboy. And he’s bringing along a familiar face – Samuel L. Jackson, who previously appeared in such Lee films as Do the Right Thing, Mo’ Better Blues and Jungle Fever. [The L.A. Times]
Jennifer Lopez wants to be the next pop sensation with a 3D concert movie. [Vulture]
Tom Cruise has been talking about filming a Top Gun sequel for years now. But a Nevada source says the A-lister was in Fallon over the weekend meeting with Naval Air Station officials. Vacation? Or a research trip suggesting we’re getting closer Top Gun 2 becoming a reality? [MovieHole]
Also over the weekend, Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises took in $20.6M in overseas markets. It now has tallied $487M overseas … more than the $469.7M earned by The Dark Knight. The Wrap says Nolan’s third Batman film “will almost surely be the first Batman film to make more money abroad than in the U.S.”
How far is Shia LaBeouf willing to go for Lars von Trier’s Nymphomaniac? HIs answer may surprise you. [MTV News]
Guardians of the Galaxy seems like one of the most offbeat titles Marvel could choose to adapt in the coming years. The team’s nowhere near as popular and/or recognizable as Iron Man or the Hulk. But word that Marvel might hand the movie over to James Gunn, director of the angry superhero experiment Super, has me more than intrigued. [THR]
And finally, Darren Aronofsky Tweeted a link to videos of Russell Crowe, his Noah star, singing in three separate concerts around Reykjavik, Iceland. In the below clip, Crowe’s joined by Patti Smith!
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.