Tom Cruise turned up the excitement around the production of “Top Gun 2” on Wednesday with a confirmation on Australian TV that the film will go ahead. It’s going to happen.” Cruise, Jerry Bruckheimer and co-star Val Kilmer have drip fed information about the film for the past two years.
Interviewed on the “Sunrise” show on Australia’s Seven Network, Cruise said that “filming will begin probably within the next next year.” Asked by the presenter if rumors of the long awaited sequel were correct, Cruise said “its true,” before breaking into cackles and repeating himself several more time. In addition, David Ellison of Skydance confirmed script development in 2015, and teased a potential plot.
Hot weather plus nostalgia makes for a potent mix(tape).
– the play took home a record breaking nine awards tonight including Best New Play! Elsewhere, Highlights: Christina Aguilera, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Train, Def Leppard, Goo Goo Dolls, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Montgomery Gentry, “Weird Al” Yankovic, K. and the Sunshine Band, Jeff Foxworthy Rationale: Locals Semisonic also made the bill, which included stars from the two previous decades in nearly perfect balance. Highlights: The Beach Boys, Willie Nelson and Family, John Denver, the Fat Boys, Kenny Loggins, Bangles Rationale: The first appearance of beloved windbag Garrison Keillor drags down a pretty awesome roundup of artists. Highlights: Aretha Franklin, Fall Out Boy, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Toby Keith, Kid Rock, Linkin Park, 30 Seconds to Mars, Paramore, Brother Ali, Doomtree, Har Mar Superstar, Bob Mould Rationale: A truly odd smattering of genres. Highlights: The Backstreet Boys, the Black Keys, Jewel, Paramore, Gnarls Barkley, the Black Crowes, Miranda Lambert, Phantom Planet, Dierks Bentley, Jack’s Mannequin Rationale: A nostalgia reach that actually pays of. Highlights: Peter, Paul and Mary, the Monkees, Willie Nelson and Family, Night Ranger, Great White, the Pointer Sisters, Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine Rationale: The most ‘80s lineup in history. Highlights: Marshall Tucker Band, Willie Nelson, Anne Murray, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Cash Show, Red Skelton, Sister Sledge Rationale: Sister Sledge is perhaps the biggest dark horse to ever play the grandstand. Highlights: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Third Eye Blind, the Wallflowers, Le Ann Rimes, Bonnie Raitt, the Turtles Rationale: About 30 years too late on the Turtles, but still awesome to see them. Riley, Sonny James, Bobby Vinton, Petula Clark, Art Linkletter, the Golddiggers Rationale: Sad to see Johnny Cash this low on the list, but his surrounding cast was dismal. Highlights: Liza Minnelli, Redd Foxx, Bob Hope, Jose Feliciano Rationale: The first year stand-up comedy was introduced -- a facet that definitely needs to return to the State Fair. Highlights: Faith Hill, Amy Grant, Chicago, Tony Bennett, the Little River Band, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bluestime Jam with J. Highlights: Johnny Cash, the Beach Boys, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Chicago, Don Henley, Vanilla Ice Rationale: Though Vanilla Ice was the Fair’s first experiment with hip-hop* -- a failure that the grandstand is still recovering from -- the rest of the lineup does a good job bridging the gap from the lackluster ‘80s into the ‘90s boom. Highlights: Taylor Swift, Fergie, Brad Paisley, Goo Goo Dolls, Fountains of Wayne, the Allman Brothers Band, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Def Leppard, Styx, Foreigner Rationale: The grandstand goes pop in a big way, but not without letting old-hat ‘80s rock share the spotlight. Highlights: Neil Young and the International Harvesters, Willie Nelson, Kenny Loggins, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Tom Jones, Night Ranger, the Suburbs Rationale: Some local love for Minnesotans the Suburbs. Highlights: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Talib Kweli, Chance the Rapper, Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Sheryl Crow and Dwight Yoakam, Depeche Mode, Trampled By Turtles, P. S, the Chalice Rationale: The best year for rap at the fair despite Macklemore. Highlights: The Supremes, Jerry Van Dyke, the Smothers Brothers, George Kirby Rationale: The Supremes were the first veritable superstars to make the grandstand, setting a precedent that follows to today. Highlights: Dolly Parton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash Show, Buck Owens, Susan Rye, George Kirby, Lynn Anderson Rationale: The first large-scale lineup leads with some heavy-hitters, but it’s also cluttered with nobodies (Don Rice III? Also the first year for the fair’s blues festival, which featured BB King. Highlights: The Osmonds, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash Show, Captain & Tennille, George Benson, Bob Hope, George Miller Rationale: The Minnesota State Fair people accidentally headlined 19 as “1974” in their official document, which just goes to show you how dramatically boring the Osmonds/Parton/Hope/Johnny Cash Show rut was during the 1970s.“It is very much a world we live in today where it’s drone technology and fifth generation fighters …It’s really exploring the end of an era of dogfighting and fighter pilots and what that culture is today,” Ellison said in June 2015.Jamie Parker – who plays Harry Potter in the play – took home the award for Best Actor while his co-stars Noma Dumezweni (who plays Hermione Granger) and Anthony Boyle (who plays Scoripus Malfoy) took home the awards for Best Supporting Actress and Actor.