The New Top Guns: Meet Tom Cruise’s Young Mavericks

The New Top Guns: Meet Tom Cruise’s Young Mavericks

VANITY FAIR – Three years ago Tom Cruise set out to cast a new generation of magnetic, and chiseled, pilots for Top Gun: Maverick, the highly anticipated sequel scheduled to land on Memorial Day weekend next year. After scouring young Hollywood, he found his squad: Glen Powell, Jay Ellis, Lewis Pullman, Danny Ramirez, Monica Barbaro (playing the first female pilot featured in the franchise), and Miles Teller.

Cruise and director Joseph Kosinski wanted real stunts with cameras capturing actual flight patterns, so the star curated the training he wished he’d had back in 1986. “In anyone else’s hands, Top Gun is a CGI movie,” says Powell. “Only Tom puts real actors in real planes.” The aircraft were flown by pilots, but the cast were in the cockpit for such long, intense stretches that sometimes they had to do what they had to do: “I peed in the plane a few times,” says Ellis. “I peed in the plane almost every time,” says Pullman. The actors trained for three months in a progression of aircraft, then did maintenance flights for g-force tolerance. “Tom would go first,” says Ellis. “And then we’d have to go up there and try to keep up with what he just did.”

Fans of the original Top Gun’s immortal beach volleyball scene will be relieved to hear that our new heroes find time to play shirtless football on the sand. The younger actors worked out and skipped carbs for months to prep—and did some last-second moisturizing so their muscles would glisten. “I was eventually cut off from the baby oil,” says Powell. After sunset, the cast celebrated with wings, tater tots, and beer, but later learned they had to shoot the scene again. “We were devastated,” Ellis says with a laugh.

Moviegoers everywhere will thank them for their service.

Natalia Dyer, Rachel Keller and Danny Ramirez Starring in Queer Love Triangle Drama ‘Chestnut’

Natalia Dyer, Rachel Keller and Danny Ramirez Starring in Queer Love Triangle Drama ‘Chestnut’

VARIETY – Natalia Dyer is starring alongside Rachel Keller and Danny Ramirez in “Chestnut,” a queer love triangle drama that marks the feature film debut of director Jac Cron. Shot on location and named for the epicenter of queer culture in Philadelphia, Chestnut, the film quietly wrapped production this month. It’s eyeing an early 2022 festival premiere.

Dyer stars as a recent graduate who becomes unexpectedly entangled in a relationship with a man and a woman during an aimless summer after college, with Keller and Ramirez forming the other corners of the love triangle. The film also stars Chella Man (HBO Max’s “Titans”) and Caleb Eberhardt (HBO’s “Betty,” “Judas and the Black Messiah”), and features a score by composer Keegan DeWitt (“Her Smell,” “Hearts Beat Loud”). It was produced by Lizzie Shapiro (“Shiva Baby,” “Mickey and the Bear”) and Lexi Tannenholtz.

Chestnut reunites Shapiro with Utopia, who released “Shiva Baby” earlier this year. In addition to executive producing, Utopia is handling worldwide sales for the film.

Dyer is best known for her work as Nancy Wheeler on Netflix’s “Stranger Things.” She also appeared in “Yes, God, Yes” and “Velvet Buzzsaw.” Keller has appeared in “Legion” and in the second season of the FX series “Fargo.” She will star in the upcoming HBO Max series “Tokyo Vice.” Ramirez plays Mario Martinez in “On My Block” and Joaquin Torres in “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” He will appear in the upcoming “Top Gun: Maverick.”

Cron’s short “House Sit,” starring Keller, screened at film festivals nationally and internationally, including SF Independent, Philadelphia Film Festival, and Female Filmmaker Berlin.

Leo Blumberg-Woll, Rhianon Jones of Neon Heart Productions, David Betesh and Robert Schwartzman of Utopia are executive producers.

Dyer is repped by WME and One Entertainment. Keller is repped by UTA, Independent Talent Group and Suskin Management. Ramirez is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, Viewpoint and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman. Man is repped by McKeon/Myones Entertainment and attorney Cary Dobkin at Morris Yorn. Eberhardt is repped by UTA.

‘This Is Not a War Story’: WarnerMedia OneFifty Buys Movie for HBO Max

‘This Is Not a War Story’: WarnerMedia OneFifty Buys Movie for HBO Max

MADISON LEADER GAZETTE – WarnerMedia OneFifty and HBO Max have partnered to acquire the independent feature “This Is Not a War Story” from director Talia Lugacy and executive producer Rosario Dawson.

Lunacy wrote, directed, edited, produced and starred in the film, which also features Sam Adegoke, Danny Ramirez, Brian Delate and Frances Fisher. According to a description for the project, “This Is Not a War Story” tracks a ragtag group of combat veterans in New York whose anti-war art, poetry and paper-making keep them together, despite the specter of their friend’s suicide and the ever-crystalizing fact that healing from war is sometimes an impossible mission.

The movie will debut in November, released both in theaters and streaming on HBO Max, with special events in the works organized in partnership with OneFifty collaborators and veterans’ organizations.

“This film is not only the product of years of research and the painstaking effort of our team, but a tactile representation of trust built with our veteran partners,” Lugacy said in a statement announcing the acquisition. “Being able to distribute our film to a wide audience has always been our dream and with our partners at OneFifty and HBO Max, we will be able to release our film with the same level of care that went into making it in the first place.”

Lugacy produced the movie under her Acoustic Pictures banner alongside Noah Lang and Julian West. Dawson, Lugacy’s longtime collaborator, served as executive producer.

“This Is Not a War Story” was a New York Foundation for the Arts grant recipient and has since played at festivals, including Cinequest, Woods Hole and San Francisco Independent, where it won the audience award for best narrative feature. The movie is also set to screen at Dances With Films, Cinelounge Presents and Whistler in the coming months.

Steven Beer brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, with Amanda Trokan, director of content acquisitions at HBO and HBO Max, negotiating on behalf of OneFifty and HBO Max.

“When our team saw the film, we were deeply moved by its distinctive voice and the intimacy of its storytelling,” added Axel Caballero, VP of artistic and cultural innovations and head of WarnerMedia OneFifty. “This film truly captures the vision of the artists involved, and that of OneFifty. We look forward to audiences experiencing it in theaters and on HBO Max this fall.”

“This Is Not a War Story” was a New York Foundation for the Arts grant recipient and has since played at festivals, including Cinequest, Woods Hole and San Francisco Independent, where it won the audience award for best narrative feature. The movie is also set to screen at Dances With Films, Cinelounge Presents and Whistler in the coming months.

Steven Beer brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers, with Amanda Trokan, director of content acquisitions at HBO and HBO Max, negotiating on behalf of OneFifty and HBO Max.

“When our team saw the film, we were deeply moved by its distinctive voice and the intimacy of its storytelling,” added Axel Caballero, VP of artistic and cultural innovations and head of WarnerMedia OneFifty. “This film truly captures the vision of the artists involved, and that of OneFifty. We look forward to audiences experiencing it in theaters and on HBO Max this fall.”

‘The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’s Danny Ramirez To Produce & Star In Thriller ‘To Die Sane’

‘The Falcon And The Winter Soldier’s Danny Ramirez To Produce & Star In Thriller ‘To Die Sane’

Exclusively from Deadline:

Danny Ramirez (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier) has signed on to produce and star in thriller To Die Sane.

The genre pic centers on a brutally effective Mexican-American ICE agent who becomes increasingly paranoid and unhinged after a detained young immigrant commits suicide and his fellow agents fall victim one by one to El Cuco, the mythic child-snatching figure of Latino lore.

Moises Zamora and Carlos Cisco wrote the script; Ramirez will produce alongside Zamora and Bianca Quesada. A director for the project, from Zone One Productions, has not yet been disclosed.

Ramirez recently co-starred opposite Anthony Mackie in Disney+ and Marvel’s Falcon and the Winter Soldier. In the hit superhero series, which on Tuesday scored five Emmy nominations, he portrays Marvel character Joaquin Torres. The actor will next appear opposite Tom Cruise in anticipated Paramount sequel Top Gun: Maverick.

Ramirez recently wrapped production on the 20th Century Studios for Hulu suspense thriller No Exit, which was produced by The Queen’s Gambit co-creator Scott Frank. He is currently in production on Netflix’s dual-timeline drama Plus/Minus opposite Lili Reinhart.

The actor is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content, Viewpoint and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman.

Danny Ramirez, Dennis Haysbert Lead Ensemble for 20th Century Thriller ‘No Exit’

Danny Ramirez, Dennis Haysbert Lead Ensemble for 20th Century Thriller ‘No Exit’

THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTEREXCLUSIVE The Falcon and the Winter Soldier actor Danny Ramirez and Dennis Haysbert, perhaps best known for his work on the long-running series 24, lead the ensemble cast of No Exit, a thriller Damien Power is directing for 20th Century Studios.

Havana Rose Liu, David Rysdahl, Dale Dickey and Mila Harris are also starring in the thriller, which just wrapped production in New Zealand.

Scott Frank, the co-creator of The Queen’s Gambit, is producing the movie that will stream in 2022 as a Disney direct-to-consumer original feature on Hulu in the U.S. and internationally on Disney+ as a Star feature.

Written by Andrew Barrer and Gabriel Ferrari, the script tells of a college student (Liu) stuck with a group of people at a mountain rest stop during a blizzard. Things take a turn for the dangerous when the young woman discovers a kidnapped child in a car belonging to one of the people inside, setting in motion a terrifying life-or-death struggle to discover who among them is the kidnapper.

Ramirez co-starred opposite Anthony Mackie in Winter Soldier, Disney+’s Marvel series that is generating Emmy buzz, playing Marvel character Joaquin Torres. The actor, who appeared in Netflix’s well-regarded On My Block, will next appear with Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick. He is repped by CAA, Anonymous Content and Hansen Jacobson.

Haysbert recently appeared in several episodes of Lucifer, where he played God. He also appeared with John Cena in the family comedy Playing with Fire. He is repped by Paradigm and GS Management.

Power, repped by ICM Partners and Brillstein Entertainment, previously directed horror movie A Killing Ground that premiered at Sundance and was released by IFC.