BMX bike rider T.J. Lavin, who hosts MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenges, is in critical condition after a bike accident last night at the Dew Tour Championships in Las Vegas. Lavin was reportedly thrown from his bike and knocked unconscious while also suffering a shattered wrist and broken ribs. MTV released the following statement to EW: “Our thoughts are with T.J. He is an important part of MTV’s extended family and we’re all praying for him.”
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Christopher McQuarrie, Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Usual Suspects, has been approached to pen a sequel to the 1986 Tom Cruise blockbuster Top Gun, a rep for the writer confirms to EW.com, though no deal is in place. (The news was first reported by New York Magazine.) Paramount Pictures hasn’t yet confirmed that it is making a Top Gun sequel.
A source with knowledge of the situation tells EW that Cruise’s 1980s flyboy character Maverick would likely be the main character in any script McQuarrie writes for a sequel. McQuarrie’s rep would not comment on that claim.
Reporting by Jeff Labrecque.
Scream‘s Courteney Cox and David Arquette have announced they have separated after 11 years of marriage. The pair released a joint statement today saying, “We have agreed to a trial separation that dates back for some time. The reason for this separation is to better understand ourselves and the qualities we need in a partner and for our marriage. We remain best friends and responsible parents to our daughter and we still love each other deeply. As we go though this process we are determined to use kindness and understanding to get through this together. We are comfortable with the boundaries that we have established for each other during this separation and we hope that our friends, family, fans and the media also show us respect, dignity, understanding and love at this time as well.” The couple has one daughter Coco, 6.
The producers of The Amazing Race will launch a new reality contest web series next year, according to Variety. The show, sponsored by Ford, will feature six two-person teams as they race cross-country, competing for $100,000. “Focus Rally” will be a showcase for Ford’s sedan and is part of the company’s product integration strategy. The show will appear on Hulu and other sites, and viewers will be eligible to win cars themselves.
Damon Wayans has a new multicamera comedy in the works for ABC. The still untitled project centers on “Wayans as an actor who plays America’s favorite dad in a sitcom — but whose family is not nearly as functional in real life,” according to Variety. Don Reo, who was a creator and executive producer on Wayans’ previous ABC sitcom My Wife and Kids, will be the executive producer for this series as well.
Variety reports that Emily Blunt has been cast in the time-travel thriller Looper with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The Brother’s Bloom director Rian Johnson will direct his own script about killers who send their victim’s bodies back in time. Blunt will play a mother protecting her son.
Ciaran Hinds has been cast in Spirit of Vengance, the sequel to Ghost Rider, according to HeatVision. He’ll play the devil himself alongside Nicolas Cage reprising his role as Johnny Blaze. Hinds’ previous credits include There Will Be Blood, Rome, and Margot at the Wedding.
Star Trek‘s Chris Pine is in “preliminary discussions” to star in the upcoming family drama Welcome to People, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Alex Kurtzman, who wrote the screenplay with Roberto Orci and Jody Lambert, is set to direct.
Welcome to People is about a man who, per his recently deceased father’s will, has to bring $150,000 to an alcoholic sister he didn’t know he had. He then involves himself in her life and the life of her “angry 12-year-old son,” without letting on about their family connection.
Warner Premiere, a division of Warner Bros. that specializes in creating content for digital platforms, announced it is developing two new multi-platform digital series with directors Bryan Singer and McG. Singer, whose films include The Usual Suspects, the first two X-Men films, and Superman Returns, will produce H+, an episodic science-fiction tale set in a futuristic world in which an implanted computer system allows a person’s mind to be connected directly to the Internet at all times. Stewart Hendler (Sorority Row) will direct. McG, the director of Charlie’s Angels and Terminator Salvation, will produce a teenage action thriller called Aim High about a high school sophomore who has a double life as a secret government agent. Aim High will be directed by Thor Freudenthal (Diary of a Wimpy Kid). Both series are in pre-production and scheduled to begin filming by the end of this year.