The Fox network had big plans for its Wild Blue drama series, which aimed to describe life on a Navy aircraft carrier from an “upstairs/downstairs” perspective. The series, pitched as a mixture of ER, The West Wing and Top Gun, was developed by Taylor Elmore and Graham Yost, the guys who brought you Justified. Tim McGraw, the country singer and occasional actor, was said to be interested in taking a lead role. +Continue Reading
If you’re in Jacksonville or Virginia Beach this week and want to see the new IMAX 3D version of Top Gun, Paramount has 5 pairs of tickets for Military.com readers in each city for special advance screenings. Details are below: +Continue Reading
Not only Top Gun is the Citizen Kane of Naval aviator movies, it’s the picture that invented (or at least perfected) the conventions of the modern popcorn movie: loud action scenes that (sometimes) emphasize excitement over making sense, even louder rock songs that are destined to take over the radio once the movie hits theaters and incredibly attractive young actors taking advantage of their break into the big time.
There may (or may not) have been better movies released in 1986, but there’s no film that’s had the same long-lasting cultural impact. Plus, let’s not forget the Best Song Oscar it won for “Take My Breath Away.” After the great response to an excellent Blu-ray edition in 2011, Paramount decided to modernize the film and rerelease it in theaters. +Continue Reading
Here are the missing audition tapes from the massive 25th anniversary Blu-ray edition of Top Gun, featuring Tony Danza, Al Pacino, Alan Alda, Crispin Glover, Prince, Bobcat Goldthwait and a host of other stars.
Saturday Night Live opened its 37th season with Alec Baldwin as host and this skit was definitely the highlight. You can watch a video of outtakes at the SNL site. It’s worth watching just for the Cyndi Lauper auditiions and the rest of Baldwin’s Al Pacino imitation.
2011 is the 25th anniversary of Top Gun and Paramount has released a Blu-ray + Digital Copy edition.
Top Gun is still a complete contradiction. It’s a total rush that features some of the best action sequences ever in a Hollywood movie, absolutely deserving of every last bit of its cultural influence. It’s also a total mess with a plot that doesn’t really make sense and only the weakest nod towards important stuff like motivation and character development. +Continue Reading
Last week I tried to get a rise out of our editor Ward Carroll by sending him a link to this incredibly long story* in GQ by Mark Harris that pretty much blames Top Gun for the decline of American cinema. Since he never responded to what I thought would be considered fighting words, I’m bring it up here, right now. +Continue Reading
As part of our ongoing efforts to keep a global perspective here at UTR, today we have a Russian TV news story on how the Chinese government’s news channel faked a January 23rd report on an air force training exercise by stealing footage from Top Gun. +Continue Reading