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Top Gun 3, Amy Winehouse Biopic, Hollywood’s Latest and More

TLDR: Highlights of the Week

Featured Stories:

  • Tom Cruise in “Top Gun 3”: Tom Cruise is set to return to the skies in the eagerly anticipated “Top Gun 3,” reuniting with stars Miles Teller and Glen Powell. The sequel promises more high-flying action and drama.

  • “Back to Black” – Amy Winehouse’s Story: A biopic capturing the tumultuous and brilliant life of music legend Amy Winehouse, played by Marisa Abela, exploring her extraordinary talent and personal struggles.

  • “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga”: Anya Taylor-Joy takes the lead in this prequel to “Mad Max: Fury Road,” promising a gritty narrative set in a dystopian future.

Industry News:

  • Johnny Depp and Al Pacino Team Up for the first time since 1997 in ‘Modi’.

  • Disney announced spin-off Mandalorian and Grogu movie, set to star Pedro Pascal and explore deeper lore within the Star Wars universe.

  • Mario Van Peebles’s Western Return: Van Peebles is back with a project reminiscent of his 1993 film “Posse.”

  • Box Office Predictions: Insights into the potential success of “Mean Girls” and “I.S.S.”

  • Radio Silence & Project X Collaboration: A new venture into horror and thriller films.

  • Jodie Foster’s Star Wars Decision: Insights into why she turned down the role of Princess Leia.

  • Christopher Landon lines up a werewolf thriller titled “Big Bad” after exiting “Scream 7.”

  • The Los Angeles production scene is gradually recovering post-strike.

  • Juliano Krue Valdi has been cast to play young Michael Jackson in upcoming biopic.

Movie Quote of the Week:

  • “All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain.” – Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty in “Blade Runner.”

Released This Week:

  • Highlighted films include “The Beekeeper,” “The Book of Clarence,” and the “Mean Girls” musical adaptation.

Lights Camera Distraction:

  • A nostalgic look at “That Thing You Do” and “Back to the Future” at the First United Methodist Church, showcasing cinematic moments from two different eras.


Oh, Hey Bouncers! This week we’re diving into the cinematic universe where the noir meets the neon, and biopics get a shade darker. The reel is spinning with the sultry tunes of “Back to Black,” a biographical film that promises to blur the lines between the stage and stark reality. Meanwhile, we’re revving up with the high-flying announcement of “Top Gun 3,” featuring Tom Cruise back in the cockpit as Maverick. And fasten your seatbelts because “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” is ready to take us on a wild, petrol-fumed ride into dystopia. Buckle up as we decode the buzz, trends, and behind-the-scenes snippets that make these stories the talk of Tinseltown!

Featured Stories

Tom Cruise feels the need for Top Gun 3

Hold onto your aviators, Bouncers, because Tom Cruise is not done ruling the skies just yet! After the roaring success of “Top Gun: Maverick,” which soared past box office records to become Cruise’s top-grossing film ever, Hollywood is abuzz with the news of a third installment in the adrenaline-pumping Top Gun saga.

The film, tentatively titled “Top Gun 3,” is already taking shape with Ehren Kruger, the mastermind co-writer behind “Maverick,” officially at the helm of the script. The project aims to reunite Cruise with his fellow “Maverick” stars Miles Teller and Glen Powell, promising another high-flying adventure. While the director’s chair is still up for grabs, whispers in the industry suggest Joseph Kosinski, the maestro of “Maverick,” might just be the frontrunner.

But it’s not all smooth sailing. This announcement comes amid a whirlwind of studio politics, with Warner Bros recently snagging a deal with Cruise for future projects, while Paramount, the guardian of the Top Gun legacy, gears up to oversee this anticipated sequel. And let’s not forget, Paramount is also steering the ship for the “Mission: Impossible” series, with its eighth installment on the horizon.

In a world where reboots and sequels often feel like cash grabs, “Top Gun 3” stands as a testament to Cruise’s unwavering commitment to cinematic excellence. It’s not just a sequel; it’s a celebration of a legacy that has defined action cinema for decades.

Are you ready for another ride into the danger zone, Bouncers? Because this one promise to be a cinematic experience that defies gravity!

Amy Winehouse Bio(e)pic

“Back to Black”: A Tribute to Amy Winehouse’s Turbulent Genius

In the shadowy corridors of fame where the limelight dims, “Back to Black” emerges as a cinematic ode to the tumultuous life of music legend Amy Winehouse played by Marisa Abela. This week, the official teaser unfurled, a veil lifting to reveal a story draped in talent and tragedy. The film promises a visceral journey through Amy’s highest highs and lowest lows, set against a backdrop of soulful melodies that once echoed through the alleys of our hearts.

Crafted with a narrative as poignant as Amy’s lyrics themselves, “Back to Black” isn’t just a biopic; it’s an expedition into the psyche of an icon whose voice became a sanctuary for the broken. The teaser alone whispers of award-winning performances, with critics already heralding the lead’s portrayal as a tour de force set to resonate across the canyons of show business.

As the curtain rises on this much-anticipated feature, it beckons audiences to once again walk the tightrope between public persona and private pain—a reminder that behind every spotlight, there lies a shadow. “Back to Black” is not just a film; it’s a promise of an unflinching gaze into the art of falling apart and the beauty that arises from the wreckage, encapsulating the profound impact and enduring legacy of Amy Winehouse.

Anya Taylor-Joy is Furiosa!

“Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” – The Epic Prequel Starring Anya Taylor-Joy

Buckle up, Bouncers, as “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” roars into the dystopian horizon, heralding the return of George Miller’s visionary filmmaking to the Mad Max universe. Leading the charge in this epic prequel is the incredibly talented Anya Taylor-Joy, known for her mesmerizing performances in “The Witch” and “Peaky Blinders.” She steps into the role of Imperator Furiosa, a character that demands a blend of raw power and nuanced emotion​​​​.

Joining Taylor-Joy in this high-octane adventure are Chris Hemsworth, known for his iconic role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Tom Burke, celebrated for his performances in “The Souvenir” and “Mank.” Alyla Browne also joins the cast, adding her unique flair to this tale of survival and rebellion​​​​.

Directed by the legendary George Miller, “Furiosa” is set to be a cinematic spectacle, a prequel that promises to delve into the backstory of one of the most iconic characters from “Mad Max: Fury Road.” The film is not just a journey through the post-apocalyptic wasteland; it’s an exploration into the heart and soul of its central character, Imperator Furiosa.

The trailer alone is a testament to Miller’s mastery, with visually stunning landscapes and heart-pounding action sequences that have become the hallmark of the Mad Max franchise. “Furiosa” is poised to be more than just a story of survival; it’s a narrative about finding one’s strength amidst chaos and adversity.

So, as we gear up for this exhilarating ride, “Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga” stands ready to take us on a journey through the wilds of a dystopian future, where the roar of engines and the will to survive reign supreme. Get ready, Bouncers, for a cinematic experience that promises to be as unforgettable as its predecessor.

Quote of the Week

“All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain"

Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty in “Blade Runner”


“Blade Runner” is a visionary sci-fi film directed by Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. Set in a dystopian future, it follows Rick Deckard (Ford), a “blade runner” tasked with hunting down rogue replicants, bio-engineered beings. The film is renowned for its stunning visual effects, thought-provoking narrative, and profound exploration of themes such as identity, humanity, and morality.

Why you should watch/re-Watch this film:

“Blade Runner” is not just a film; it’s a piece of cinematic history that has shaped the science fiction genre. Its compelling narrative, coupled with groundbreaking visual aesthetics, makes it a masterpiece that is both intellectually stimulating and visually mesmerizing. The film’s exploration of complex themes, including the essence of humanity and the impact of technology, remains relevant and engaging. Rutger Hauer’s unforgettable monologue, from which our quote of the week is taken, is one of the most poignant moments in cinema, encapsulating the fleeting nature of existence. This is a film that truly stands the test of time, offering a unique and immersive experience with every watch.


New Movies

Released This Week (January 12, 2024)

The Beekeeper

Director: David Ayer

Cast: Jason Statham, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Josh Hutcherson, Bobby Naderi, Minnie Driver, Phylicia Rashad, Jeremy Irons

Summary: “The Beekeeper” is an action thriller about a former operative of a clandestine organization known as “The Beekeepers,” who embarks on a mission of vengeance against scammers. The story is steeped in the mythology of beekeeping, blending action-packed sequences with a unique narrative. Jason Statham stars in this intense thriller, promising a captivating performance as he navigates a plot of national significance and personal revenge.

The Book of Clarence

Director: Jeymes Samuel

Cast: LaKeith Stanfield, Omar Sy, Anna Diop, RJ Cyler, David Oyelowo, Micheal Ward, Alfre Woodard, Teyana Taylor, Caleb McLaughlin, Eric Kofi-Abrefa, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, James McAvoy, Benedict Cumberbatch

Summary: Set during the times of Jesus, “The Book of Clarence” is a biblical musical epic that tells the story of Clarence, portrayed by LaKeith Stanfield, a Jerusalemite who starts his own religion for personal gain. The film, directed by Jeymes Samuel, is a clever, contemporary take on a biblical story, featuring new music by Samuel, JAY-Z, and others. This innovative narrative explores faith, ambition, and the unexpected paths life can take.

Mean Girls (2024)

Directors: Arturo Perez Jr & Samantha Jayne

Cast: Angourie Rice, Auli’i Cravalho, Reneé Rapp, Jaquel Spivey, Avantika, Ashley Park, Bebe Wood, Christopher Briney, Jenna Fischer, Busy Philipps, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Jon Hamm

Summary: This modern rendition of “Mean Girls” is a big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, bringing a fresh musical twist to the iconic 2004 film. The story follows Cady Heron as she navigates the social hierarchy of her new school, entangled with the Plastics, the elite girl clique. With a talented ensemble cast and a screenplay by Tina Fey, the film promises to deliver a unique blend of humor, music, and high school drama.

The Settlers

Director: Felipe Gálvez

Cast: Camilo Arancibia, Mark Stanley, Benjamin Westfall

Summary: “The Settlers,” also known as “Los Colonos,” is a Chilean indie drama that offers a visceral and visionary perspective on colonialism. Set at the turn of the 20th century, the film follows three horsemen on an expedition across the Tierra del Fuego archipelago, tasked with securing property for a wealthy landowner. This frontier epic boldly addresses national myths and the violence associated with colonialism, offering a fresh and thought-provoking take on the Western genre.

Industry Insights (At a Glance)

Johnny Depp and Al Pacino Team Up: Johnny Depp returns to the director’s chair for the first time since 1997 with the film “Modi,” featuring Al Pacino. Set in war-torn Paris during WWI, the film follows artist Amedeo Modigliani over a pivotal 48-hour period.

The Mandalorian Movie Announcement: A spin-off film from “The Mandalorian” series, focusing on the beloved character Grogu, is set to star Pedro Pascal and explore deeper lore within the Star Wars universe.

Post-Strike Recovery in LA Production: The Los Angeles production scene is gradually recovering post-strike, with a renewed emphasis on better working conditions.

Mario Van Peebles Returns to Westerns: Van Peebles is back with a new project that serves as an unofficial sequel to his 1993 film “Posse.”

Box Office Predictions for ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘I.S.S’: “Mean Girls” expected to repeat its success, while “I.S.S” faces a tougher reception.

Radio Silence and Project X Team Up: The creators of “Scream” and Project X collaborate with MRC studio on a slate of horror films.

Jodie Foster on Declining Princess Leia Role: Jodie Foster turned down the role of Princess Leia due to other commitments and personal reasons.

Christopher Landon’s New Werewolf Thriller: Landon lines up a werewolf thriller titled “Big Bad” after exiting “Scream 7.”

Kate McKinnon, Jennifer Coolidge & Jemaine Clement Join ‘Minecraft’ Movie: McKinnon and Clement have been announced as the latest additions to the ‘Minecraft’ movie cast, starring alongside Jason Momoa.

Young Michael Jackson Cast in ‘Michael’ Biopic: Juliano Krue Valdi has been cast to play young Michael Jackson in Lionsgate’s upcoming biopic ‘Michael,’ directed by Antoine Fuqua.

Lights, Camera, Distraction

Let’s swing back to a time of catchy tunes and classic films at the First United Methodist Church, the charming setting that witnessed not one, but two iconic cinematic moments.

“That Thing You Do,” Tom Hanks’ directorial debut that captures the exhilarating rise of the fictional ’60s band, The Oneders.

This very location also transported us to the nostalgic “Enchantment Under the Sea” dance in “Back to the Future.”

Take the FREE Lights, Camera, Distraction App-Navigated Tour Experience, in Los Angeles, and relive your favorite movies right where they happened.


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