Victim of pandemic, Hong Kong floating restaurant towed away
A landmark floating restaurant that fed Cantonese cuisine and seafood to Queen Elizabeth II, Tom Cruise and millions of other diners was towed from the Hong Kong harborfront Tuesday after being closed by the pandemic. The parent company of Jumbo Floating Restaurant couldn’t find a new owner and lacked funds to maintain it after months of COVID-19 restrictions. The massive floating restaurant designed like a Chinese imperial palace on Aberdeen Harbour was known for its Cantonese cuisine and seafood dishes.news.yahoo.com
Paramount sued over ‘Top Gun’ copyright claim
Film-Top Gun Lawsuit This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Tom Cruise portraying Capt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in a scene from "Top Gun: Maverick." The lawsuit contends that Paramount, which produced and distributed the sequel, did not reacquire those rights before releasing the film in May. Soon after, Paramount Pictures acquired the exclusive motion picture rights. "Top Gun: Maverick" finally opened in theaters on May 27, has spent two weeks atop the box office and has already made over $557 million in ticket sales worldwide.wftv.com
Hamlin vows to get even with Chastain after Gateway wreck
Hamlin spent the rest of the afternoon trying to exact some revenge. At one point, he nearly drove Chastain into the grass along the backstretch while they were running side by side. Elliott nearly nudged Chastain into the wall before Hamlin, right behind them, took another swipe at the No. “It’s good he takes responsibility," Hamlin said of Chastain, "but ultimately it ruined our day.”Ruined his night, too. “We all have learned the hard way," Hamlin said.wftv.com
'Top Gun' stays aloft with $86M in its 2nd weekend
Britain Top Gun Maverick Premiere Tom Cruise poses for the media during the 'Top Gun Maverick' UK premiere at a central London cinema, on Thursday, May 19, 2022. “Top Gun: Maverick” debuted with $124 million last weekend. In 64 overseas markets, “Top Gun: Maverick” dipped only 20% in its second weekend with $81.7 million. But whereas “No Way Home” had little-to-no big-budget competition through January, “Top Gun: Maverick” kicks off a string of more closely packed summer movies. ___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPCopyright 2022 The Associated Press.wftv.com
Taiwanese cheer as ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ restores Taiwan flag after alleged removal for Chinese censors
One of the changes previously made to “Top Gun: Maverick” to allegedly appease Chinese censors has been reversed, which means it may miss out on screening in the world’s largest box office. Taiwanese and Japanese flags, emblazoned on the bomber jacket worn by Tom Cruise’s character Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in the original 1986 film, were seen replaced with original designs using similar color palettes in the 2019 previews for its sequel. Seen as a representation of Taiwan's independence, the Taiwanese flag is considered an affront to China, who lays claim over the territory.news.yahoo.com
House Republicans on Oversight Committee request Hunter Biden's financial information
Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are requesting more information about Hunter Biden and his associates. CBS News has obtained 14 letters sent by ranking member Rep. James Comer to numerous banks and the Tresury Department. CBS News senior investigtive correspondent Catherine Herridge has the latest.news.yahoo.com
'Top Gun: Maverick' wins Tom Cruise 1st $100 million opening
Britain Top Gun Maverick Premiere Tom Cruise poses for the media during the 'Top Gun Maverick' UK premiere at a central London cinema, on Thursday, May 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali) (Alberto Pezzali)Forget breaking the sound barrier: Tom Cruise just flew past a major career milestone. The 59-year-old superstar just got his first $100 million opening weekend with “Top Gun: Maverick.” In its first three days in North American theaters, the long-in-the-works sequel earned an estimated $124 million in ticket sales, Paramount Pictures said Sunday. According to projections and estimates, by Monday’s close, “Top Gun: Maverick” will likely have over $150 million. And it is major, with 4,735 North American theaters (a record) showing "Top Gun: Maverick."wftv.com
Cruising: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ takes off during Memorial Day weekend opening
Tom Cruise - What You Need to Know Tom Cruise - What You Need to Know (NCD)Pete Mitchell is taking off to unprecedented heights this weekend. >> Read more trending newsTom Cruise’s envelope-pushing, legendary Navy test pilot character in “Top Gun: Maverick” opened at 4,735 locations in time for the Memorial Day weekend and is projected to earn $150 million in domestic box office ticket sales, Variety reported. Box Office: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Cruising to $150 Million Memorial Day Opening https://t.co/d8FbdjjSg2 — Variety (@Variety) May 28, 2022The movie’s three-day projected haul of $123 million -- and the four-day prediction of $150 million -- would top the record of $139 million set by Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End” in 2007, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “Top Gun: Maverick” lifted off quickly, drawing $51.8 million on Friday -- a number that included a $19.3 million haul on Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In “Top Gun: Maverick,” Val Kilmer reprises his role as rival “Iceman,” while Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Ed Harris also star, the entertainment outlet reported.wftv.com
‘Top Gun: Maverick’ star Val Kilmer’s daughter says watching his film was ‘extraordinary,’ ‘trippy’ experience
Val Kilmer first played Iceman alongside Tom Cruise's Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in "Top Gun" at 26 years old, and his role in the newest installment sees his character as a commander in the U.S. Navy.news.yahoo.com
'Top Gun' and Tom Cruise return to the danger zone
Britain Top Gun Maverick Premiere Tom Cruise poses for the media during the 'Top Gun Maverick' UK premiere at a central London cinema, on Thursday, May 19, 2022. 1 film of 1986, a rocket-boosted, testosterone-fueled sensation that established the then 24-year-old Tom Cruise as a major star. But watching it last week, it did feel like Tom Cruise is talking about the movie business,” says Kosinski. The director, who came with a poster adorned with the title “Top Gun: Maverick,” had 20 minutes to make his case. “Top Gun: Maverick” is hoping to show that, when done well, big Bruckheimer-styled blockbusters can still outrace anything else in theaters, or at home.wftv.com
Prince William, Kate join Tom Cruise for 'Top Gun' premiere
Britain Top Gun Maverick Premiere Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge are accompanied by star actor Tom Cruise, right, as they attend the 'Top Gun Maverick' UK premiere at a central London cinema, on Thursday, May 19, 2022. (Dan Kitwood/Pool via AP) (Dan Kitwood)LONDON — (AP) — Tom Cruise has said he and Prince William “have a lot in common” as Britain's royals joined the Hollywood star on the red carpet in London for the U.K. premiere of the new “Top Gun” movie. William and his wife, Kate, joined Cruise Thursday on a star-studded red carpet at Leicester Square for the premiere of “Top Gun: Maverick,” in which Cruise reprises his role as U.S. Navy pilot Pete “Maverick” Mitchell more than three decades after the release of the original film. Speaking about William, Cruise told reporters: “We have a lot in common. Cruise was seen introducing William and Kate to the film's cast members — including Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm — in front of a model of the fighter jet from the movie.wftv.com
Top Cruise and 'Top Gun: Maverick' touch down in Cannes
France Cannes 2022 Top Gun: Maverick Photo Call Tom Cruise poses for photographers at the photo call for the film 'Top Gun: Maverick' at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Wednesday, May 18, 2022. But with plenty of media disruption challenging the theatrical experience, Cannes and Cruise exuded the vibe of long-last pals. “I make movies for the big screen,” Cruise said to applause in an interview on stage at Cannes' Debussy Theatre. The Cannes stopover for “Top Gun: Maverick” is part of a worldwide tour for the film ahead of its Memorial Day weekend opening. Paramount Pictures delayed its release two years during the pandemic, a move that appears to be paying off with glowing reviews and box-office expectations that “Top Gun: Maverick” will easily mark Cruise's biggest opening weekend.wftv.com
Back to normal? Cannes Film Festival prepares to party
After the 2020 Cannes Film Festival was canceled by the pandemic and the 2021 edition was scaled back — even kisses were forbade on the red carpet — the lavish French Riviera cinema soiree is set to return with a festival that promises to be something like normal.
21 Pilots singer says Tom Cruise 'fired everyone' in 'wholesale swap' during 'Top Gun: Maverick' filming
21 Pilots singer Tyler Joseph recently revealed he was set to write music for "Top Gun: Maverick" but was fired by Tom Cruise. The film is set to release on May 24 after coronavirus pandemic delays.news.yahoo.com
Watch: Tom Cruise arrives by helicopter to ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ premiere
Watch: Tom Cruise arrives by helicopter to 'Top Gun: Maverick' premiere Tom Cruise attends the "Top Gun: Maverick" world premiere on May 4, 2022, in San Diego. Tom Cruise just arrived to the #TopGunMaverick premiere in a helicopter he flew himself pic.twitter.com/uA4X0UL4DZ — The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 4, 2022Although some outlets reported that Cruise, who has a pilot’s license, was flying the N547SA Airbus, he told “Entertainment Tonight” that he wasn’t controlling the chopper Wednesday. He landed in a helicopter at the #TopGunMaverick premiere on the USS Midway aircraft carrier. Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Val Kilmer, Jon Hamm and Manny Jacinto also star in the film, according to the entertainment outlet. Expand Autoplay Image 1 of 26 Photos: Tom Cruise arrives by helicopter to 'Top Gun: Maverick' premiere Tom Cruise attends the "Top Gun: Maverick" world premiere on May 4, 2022, in San Diego.wftv.com
Movies love a comeback story. This summer, it's their turn.
Hollywood is bringing out some of its biggest and most reliable players for the 2022 summer movie season, which unofficially kicks off this weekend with the help of Marvel and Disney’s “Doctor Strange and the Multitverse of Madness” and runs through the end of August.
'Top Gun' to star at Cannes film fest under Ukraine shadow
France Cannnes Film Festival Festival delegate general Thierry Fremaux, left, and festival president Pierre Lescure attend a press conference to announce the Cannes film festival line up for the upcoming 75th edition, Thursday, April 14, 2022 in Paris. The International Cannes Film Festival will run from May 17 to 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Francois Mori) (Francois Mori)PARIS — (AP) — With tensions around the war in Ukraine as a backdrop, the Cannes Film Festival plans a special honor for Tom Cruise’s “Top Gun” comeback and to host some 35,000 people as the movie industry looks to reclaim its pre-pandemic allure. But organizers said no Russian delegations would be welcome at the most global of film festivals this year because of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine. Cannes is showing a film about composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky by Russian director Kirill Serebrennikov, who recently fled Russia for Berlin, Fremaux said.wftv.com
‘My dad believed in you’: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ trailer released
Bradley Bradshaw, Goose’s son, is played by Miles Teller. While Maverick himself is still the pilot whose “ego is writing checks your body can’t cash,” the Navy and the world have changed a lot over the past 30 years, AV Club reported. At one point Bradshaw tells Maverick, “My dad believed in you. Iceman is once again played by Val Kilmer and appears in the film not only in the photo featured in the trailer but also in person. “Top Gun: Maverick” also stars Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, Charles Parnell, Bashir Salahuddin, Monica Barbaro, Jay Ellis, Danny Ramirez, Greg Tarzan Davis and Ed Harris, Entertainment Weekly reported.wftv.com
Next 'Mission: Impossible' movies delayed to 2023, 2024
Mission Impossible Delay FILE - Tom Cruise, foreground, and Hayley Atwell appear during the filming of the movie "Mission: Impossible 7" in Rome on Oct. 13, 2020. It will be another year before a new "Mission: Impossible" movie hits theaters. "Mission: Impossible 8," previously set for July 2023, will instead open June 28, 2024. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File) (Andrew Medichini)NEW YORK — (AP) — It will be another year before a new “Mission: Impossible” movie hits theaters. “Mission: Impossible 8,” previously set for July 2023, will instead open June 28, 2024.wftv.com
Golden Globe Awards carry on, without stars or a telecast
Golden Globes FILE - In this Jan.. 6, 2009, file photo, Golden Globe statuettes are seen during a news conference at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File) (Matt Sayles)If the Golden Globe Awards aren’t on television, will anyone care? Tom Cruise even returned his three Golden Globes, while other A-listers condemned the group on social media. They pledged reformlast year, but even after a public declaration during the 78th show, their longtime broadcast partner NBC announced in May that it would not air the 2022 Golden Globes because, "Change of this magnitude takes time and work." Though often ridiculed, Hollywood had come to accept the Golden Globes as a legitimate and helpful stop in a competitive awards season. HBO’s “Succession” led the TV side with five nominations, including nods for best drama.wftv.com
Golden Globes to announce noms to a skeptical Hollywood
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce nominations to the 79th Golden Globes, early Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) (Jordan Strauss)NEW YORK — (AP) — The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will announce nominations to the 79th Golden Globes on Monday morning. The press association, often ridiculed, even by its own hosts, this year went from punchline to pariah. The press association believes it has made the necessary reforms. NBC, the Globes' longtime telecaster, in May said it won't air the 2022 Globes because "change of this magnitude takes time and work."wftv.com
John Travolta selling $5M oceanic mansion with 20 bedrooms
FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019 file photo, actor John Travolta attends the LA premiere of "The Fanatic" at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. The Maine mansion that Travolta shared with his late wife, actor Kelly Preston, has been put up for sale. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)ISLESBORO, Maine – The Maine mansion that actor John Travolta shared with his late wife, actor Kelly Preston, has been put up for sale. Built in 1903, the 10,830-square-foot home has 20 bedrooms and sits on a 48-acre estate along the ocean. Travolta became a Hollywood star in the 1970s and was nominated for an acting Oscar for his 1977 performance in “Saturday Night Fever.” He was nominated again for his role in 1994's “Pulp Fiction.”
1st private space crew paying $55M each to fly to station
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, Axiom announced they will be the first private space station crew, a year ahead of the planned launch. (Courtesy Axiom Space via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The first private space station crew was introduced Tuesday: Three men who are each paying $55 million to fly on a SpaceX rocket. “This is the first private flight to the International Space Station. It’s never been done before," said Axiom's chief executive and president Mike Suffredini, a former space station program manager for NASA. Russia has been in the off-the-planet tourism business for years, selling rides to the International Space Station since 2001.
Q&A: Clooney on 'Midnight Sky' and his twilight as an actor
“The Midnight Sky,” which Clooney directed and stars in, is an apocalyptic sci-fi drama with some striking solitude. Debuting Wednesday on Netflix, “The Midnight Sky,” based on Lily Brooks-Dalton's novel “Good Morning, Midnight," is Clooney's seventh film as director and his biggest scaled production yet. ___AP: You finished shooting “The Midnight Sky” in February, right before the pandemic began. AP: What drew you to “The Midnight Sky”? I know people who are older -- older than me, even -- who live with real regret.
On a mission: Tom Cruise insists on social distancing on set
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, actor Tom Cruise wears a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he greets fans during a break from shooting Mission Impossible 7, along Rome's Fori Imperiali avenue. Tom Cruise has launched an expletive-laden rant at colleagues on the set of his latest Mission: Impossible movie after he reportedly spotted two workers failing to abide by social distancing rules. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)LONDON – Tom Cruise has launched an expletive-laden rant at colleagues on the set of his latest "Mission: Impossible" movie, after he reportedly spotted two workers failing to respect social distancing rules. Many movies have either been delayed until after the pandemic is over or because of COVID-related delays on set, including the seventh instalment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. During his outburst, Cruise notes the higher costs for insuring a movie in these times.
World’s space achievements a bright spot in stressful 2020
The European and Russian space agencies skipped the 2020 Mars launch window, their life-sniffing Mars rover grounded until 2022 because of technical issues and COVID-19 restrictions. Three weeks later, SpaceX launched its biggest cargo shipment yet to the space station for NASA. If the repairs work and the capsule finally reaches the space station, the first Starliner astronauts could be flying by summer. The actor was in talks with NASA this year about filming a movie at the space station. “Whatever else can be said about the four years of the Trump administration, they have been positive for the U.S. civilian space program,” noted John Logsdon, professor emeritus at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute.
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
Venice reclaims spotlight as 1st COVID-era film fest opens
Festival attendees cycle in front of the main cinema ahead of the start of the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. The 77th edition of the worlds oldest film festival opening Wednesday looks nothing like its predecessors. Italys strict 10-week lockdown largely tamed the virus, but infections are now rebounding after summer vacations. Guests to the glamorous film festival are not exempt. Italian films are well represented, including the first Italian opening-night film in years, the out-of-competition family drama Lacci by Daniele Luchetti.