Val Kilmer will star opposite Tom Cruise in the "Top Gun: Maverick," an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap. Kilmer will join Cruise in the long-awaited sequel to Tony Scott's 1986 action blockbuster, in which Cruise's aviator Pete "Maverick" Mitchell is now a mentor to a new generation of U.S. Navy fighter pilots. A rep for Paramount declined to comment on the casting of Kilmer, who has been spotted around the San Diego hotel the studio has been using since production began last week. Kilmer, who played aviator Tom "Iceman" Kazansky and Cruise's chief rival in the original film, is repped by CAA and Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof and Fishman. Titled "Top Gun: Maverick," the new film is set to hit theaters July 12, 2019. Joseph Kosinski is directing from a script by Eric Warren Singer, Peter Craig and Justin Marks. (Tony Scott had been circling the sequel project before his death in 2012.) The original action movie — which also starred Anthony Edwards and Kelly McGillis — followed the exploits of a flight academy and its students. Kilmer previously teased on Facebook that he was "offered ‪#‎topgun2‬ — not often you get to say 'yes' without reading the script…" Shortly after the post, however, Kilmer updated his Facebook post and said he had been premature in making the announcement: "This is a long way off so calm down. This has been talked about for a long long time and being offered a role is very different from doing a role. I jumped the gun with my post. I jumped the topgun… An innocent mistake. It was just such a wonderful phone call with my agent…" "Top Gun: Maverick" is being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer for Jerry Bruckheimer Films and David Ellison for Skydance. Cruise also serves as a producer.
The Baby hitmaker and Hailey split in 2016, but they were seen getting cozy in Miami. In one picture published online, Hailey is seen helping Justin dry off on the balcony of their hotel room, and according to Us Weekly sources, the couple was spotted together at a VOUS church conference and dinner at Casa Tua and the LIV nightclub on Saturday (09Jun18) night. "(They) were being very flirty and dancing on each other (while) holding hands," a source tells the magazine. "Justin (put) his arm around Hailey throughout the night. (They) didn't shy away from the crowd or onlookers." The 24-year-old and Hailey's vacation comes a month after the model was linked to another Canadian singer - Shawn Mendes. She denied the romance rumors in May (18), insisting the Stitches singer was "super-lovely" but she was "single" following a reported date night at the Met Gala. She recently revealed she had become friends with Justin again. "Justin and I were friends for a long time," she told The Sunday Times. "I met him when I was really young and he was one of my best friends. Everybody knows that at a certain point in time that turned into something else, but that just happens when you're 18, 19. It was what it was. "We went through a long period of time when we weren't friends. We didn't speak for quite some time and there was a lot of weirdness that went on. We've moved past that... We just work much better as friends. He's somebody I really cherish. Now it's a very mature situation. It's good." Meanwhile, Justin was most recently linked to his on/off girlfriend Selena Gomez, but they split in May.
Cardi B might be having a baby girl -- and she's already pretty feisty! The "Bartier Cardi" rapper hinted at the sex of her baby at the 2018 Met Gala in New York City on Monday. "Oh, she wants to fight me!" Cardi said when asked about her baby kicking -- using "she" instead of "he" -- on the red carpet. "[My dress weighs] about 35 pounds plus baby. It's OK though, I used to go up the project stairs." The 25-year-old rapper, who confirmed she was expecting her first child with Offset during her April appearance on Saturday Night Live, also referred to her baby as a girl in a pre-Met Gala interview with The New York Times. "Shorty weighs three and a half pounds. She do!” Cardi shared. "She do weigh three and a half pounds." "That’s pretty good for seven months, right?" she asked, looking around. "Because I was born five pounds." Cardi isn't the only one who has hinted at the sex of her baby. In a since-deleted Instagram caption last month, Cardi's sister, Hennessy Carolina, wrote: "I use to wish I was older than you just so I wouldve gotten the chance to carry you and give you kisses when you were a baby because you were so cute and adorable! and NOW that ur baby is coming its like it’s coming true! I’m going to be able to hold baby you and give her all the kisses and hugs!"
"Harry Potter" author JK Rowling has announced a new story called "The Ickabog" to entertain children during coronavirus lockdown.Rowling started writing "The Ickabog" while she was still completing the original Wizarding World series, and intended to publish it following the seventh and final "Harry Potter" book. However, she decided to step back from children's books and left a draft of "The Ickabog" in the attic, where it remained for nearly a decade, according to a statement on her website.The author is keen to emphasize that the new story is not a "Harry Potter" spin-off, but a "stand-alone fairy tale," she wrote on Twitter. The new story will be serialized, with a chapter or more posted on "The Ickabog" website every weekday from Tuesday to July 10, according to Rowling.

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