Sad news out of Hollywood. Director Tony Scott, best known for films including "Top Gun," reportedly jumped to his death from a bridge in Los Angeles yesterday. Authorities are treating Scott's death as a suicide, and several notes to loved ones have been found.
The English director was the brother of Ridley Scott ("Blade Runner," "Alien"). He made his biggest splash with "Top Gun" and was lined up to direct an upcoming sequel.
I found Scott to be a rather adept director at the sort of slick crowd-pleasers that producer Jerry Bruckheimer features. He made pop movies, yes, but he was damn good at it.
Still, my favorite Tony Scott film remains the violent love-and-bullets opera "True Romance." Scott got a bit more gritty in working from a script by a young Quentin Tarantino. I still consider it his best film.
UPDATE: People magazine is reporting via an unnamed source that Scott was recently diagnosed with inoperable brain cancer.