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Joseph Kosinski Front-Runner to Direct ‘Top Gun 2’ Starring Tom Cruise (Exclusive)

7 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Cruise is getting ready to head back to the Danger Zone — and he’s bringing an old friend along for the ride.

Sources tell Variety that Joseph Kosinski — who directed Cruise in “Oblivion” — is the front-runner to direct “Top Gun 2” for Paramount and Skydance Pictures. While no official offer has been made, several insiders believe one is imminent.

Paramount had no comment.

Cruise met with potential helmers prior to and while filming “Mission Impossible: 6” in London to ensure the “Top Gun” sequel was ready to go after production wrapped. Even with Cruise and Kosinski having previously worked together on the 2013 sci-fi action film, sources say it was Kosinski’s vision the sequel’s direction that officially won him the job.

Cruise recently confirmed to a British talk show that the sequel was moving forward and would hopefully shoot »


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‘Deadpool 2’ Sets Jack Kesy As Villain: Could He Be Black Tom?

10 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: 20th Century Fox has set Jack Kesy to play a major villain in Deadpool 2.

While insiders said it isn’t entirely clear which baddie he will play, sources have pinpointed a character called Black Tom. In the comics, he is a nemesis in the X-Men universe, a Dublin-born mutant who can manipulate, bond with, and project energy through plant life. He is also capable of issuing concussive blasts with a wooden object, usually a shillelagh.

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First Look At Benicio Del Toro In ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Plus New Details

12 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The cautious curtain raising for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” continues this week as Vanity Fair reveals more from their latest issue dedicated to the upcoming blockbuster. And some fresh details have spilled about a couple of a new characters joining the ranks of the franchise.

Most significantly, it’s been revealed that Benicio Del Toro will be playing the enigmatically named DJ (which I’m sure is short for a much longer, more spoilery name), who plays an “unscrupulous drifter,” which the galaxy seems to be filled with.

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‘The Get Down’ Canceled by Netflix

17 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Netflix has canceled Baz Luhrmann’s “The Get Down” after one season.

The cancellation draws brings an official end to a series that was plagued by behind-the-scenes troubles and failed connect with viewers in the way that buzzy Netflix hits such as “Stranger Things” and “Orange is the New Black” have. Season one premiered in two parts, with the second part debuting on the streaming service in April to little fanfare. The first part of season one, which premiered last year, drew 3.2 million total U.S. adults 18-49 in its first 31 days, according to Symphony Advanced Media — roughly one fifth the audience that viewed “Orangie is the New Black” season four in its first 31 days.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, “The Get Down” was the most expensive original series in Netflix’s history, costing at least $120 million to produce. at $7.5 million per episode, the series was one of the most costly in Holywood history. As »


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