“TOP GUN” RELEASE PUSHED BACK
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The “Top Gun” sequel is going to take a little longer to land in theaters. Paramount Pictures says Wednesday that “Top Gun: Maverick” is being pushed back a year to a June 26, 2020 theatrical release. The Tom Cruise-starrer is in production and had been previously set to fly into theaters next summer. The studio has also set a May 15, 2020, release date for a sequel to John Krasinski’s breakout creature thriller “A Quiet Place.” Krasinski is writing the follow-up, but no director has been set.
JOHN KRASINSKI TACKLES TERROR, CAREER SHIFT IN ‘JACK RYAN’
LOS ANGELES (AP) – John Krasinski is shaking up his image from “The Office” and romantic comedies including “Away We Go.” In the new Amazon series “‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” he plays a smart young CIA analyst who’s willing to throw punches when needed. Krasinski also is proving himself as a film director, making noise with the critically acclaimed “A Quiet Place.” “Jack Ryan,” which also stars Wendell Pierce and Abbie Cornish, debuts Friday on Amazon.
HACKTIVIST DRAMA ‘MR. ROBOT’ TO END WITH 4TH SEASON IN 2019
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The hacktivist thriller “Mr. Robot” is coming to an end. USA Network said Wednesday the drama series starring Emmy Award-winner Rami Malek will air its fourth and final season in 2019. In a statement, “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail says he decided that it was time to bring the story to a close next season. “Mr. Robot” will conclude the way he’d envisioned it since it began, Esmail says. Malek plays Elliot, a troubled cyber-security engineer and hacker who’s drawn into a revolutionary movement. Christian Slater also stars in the Peabody Award-winning drama. An air date for the final season of “Mr. Robot” was not announced.
COMEDIAN KEVIN HART BACKS NEW MMA LEAGUE
UNDATED (AP) – Kevin Hart is an investor in the Professional Fighters League. The PFL emerged from the ashes of World Series of Fighting and has fights shown on Facebook and NBC Sports Network. Perhaps you would not have pegged Hart as a mixed martial arts fan, but he is often sitting cage side. He says he wants to be the guy who people see at the fights as a true fan. The PFL ends its first regular season Thursday at Ocean Resort Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, before a break for a postseason that will award championship winnings out of a $10 million prize pool.
COMPUTER-SCREEN THRILLER ‘SEARCHING’ TRANSCENDS ITS GIMMICK
LOS ANGELES (AP) – The computer-screen mystery “Searching” may have started out as a gimmick, but with strong reviews and a grassroots campaign behind it, the film has become a late summer must-see. Featuring an Asian-American lead and opening on the heels of “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Searching” debuted last weekend in nine theaters earning an impressive $390,000. The film stars John Cho as a father trying to find his missing teenage daughter. Cho became a symbol of the lack of Asian-American representation in film with the viral hashtag (hash)StarringJohnCho. Cho says it might not have made him an Avenger or James Bond, but the last two movies he’s starred in have been directed by Asian-Americans. “Searching” expands to 1,200 theaters nationwide this weekend.