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'Top Gun 2' is becoming a reality! No, seriously!

Tom Cruise himself posted on Twitter Thursday a teaser image for the upcoming sequel to Top Gun in celebration of the film entering into production.

"#Day 1," Cruise captioned an image of himself in full pilot gear as he looks on at his F-14A Tomcat.

The phrase "Feel the need," is also present on the photo, a reference to a famous line from the original 1986 film, "I feel the need...the need for speed."

The Top Gun sequel, officially titled Top Gun: Maverick in reference to Cruise's character Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell, will be directed by Joseph Kosinski with Jerry Bruckheimer returning to produce along with German composer Harold Faltermeyer who created the score for the original film.

Kosinski is known for helming Tron: Legacy and worked with Cruise on Oblivion.

Top Gun: Maverick, set for release on July 12, 2019, will follow Maverick in the present day as he deals with the rise of drone technology that is making his style of jet fighter flying obsolete.

Cruise said that the sequel will retain the same tone as the first film.

"Stylistically, it is going to be the same. We're going to have the same score," the actor said. "Aviators are back. The need for speed. We're going to have big, fast machines. ... It's going to be a competition film like the first one and it is going to be in the same vein, the same tone as the first one, but a progression for [my character] Maverick."

I don't know why, but I really want to see 'Top Gun 2'.

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Steve


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Tarek El Moussa: 'Flip or Flop' is 'absolutely different' after split
Flip or Flop star Tarek El Moussa says the show is "absolutely different" following his split.

The 36-year-old television personality discussed the HGTV series with E! News ahead of the Season 7 premiere. El Moussa filed for divorce from wife and co-star Christina El Moussa in January 2017.

"We do our best to be professional as possible but every now and then we have to jab at each other -- sometimes more serious than others," Tarek said. "It's kind of how it goes nowadays."

"I just watched the first episode last week and it is absolutely different than anything you've ever seen from us. We got into a few arguments that I didn't think were going to make camera and they did," he added.

Tarek and Christina, who share two children, announced their split in December 2016 after seven years of marriage. The pair later confirmed they would continue to co-star on Flip or Flop, although the show's future is again uncertain.

"Right now, it's up in the air. We're not sure," Tarek said when asked if Season 8 will be the final season. "I think time will tell. In the next few weeks, I'll have some answers for you."

Christina previously said in a news release that filming Season 7 was an awkward experience.

"This would be awkward for any exes," she said. "Since we have to see each other every day it's beyond awkward. I'm planning on staying friendly and keeping things light."

Flip or Flop will return to television Thursday, May 31.


Jason Momoa exits 'The Crow' remake: 'I'm ready when it's right'
Jason Momoa is exiting a pending remake of The Crow.

The 38-year-old actor apologized to fans in an Instagram post Thursday following reports he and director Corin Hardy formally withdrew from a remake of the 1994 movie.

"I've waited 8 years to play this dream role. I love you @corinhardy and @sonypictures unfortunately I may have to wait 8 more. Not our team. But I swear I will," Momoa wrote.

"James O'Barr sorry to let you down I won't on the next," he added, referencing The Crow comic book series creator. "This film needs to be set free. And to the fans. Sorry. I can't play anything but what this film deserves and it needs love. I'm ready when it's right. Love u Corin aloha j."

Deadline reported Momoa and Hardy exited the project Thursday morning. Pre-production on the film was underway, while production was to begin within the next five weeks in Budapest, Hungary.

Sony Pictures reportedly picked up The Crow remake in September, although sources said the deal hasn't closed. Insiders said Samuel Hadida, whose Davis Films was financing the film, had creative and financial differences with Sony, leading to Momoa and Hardy's departures.

The Crow debuted as a comic in 1989. The original movie adaptation starred Brandon Lee, who died at age 28 in March 1993 after being unintentionally shot with live ammunition on the film's set.


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Which 'Westworld' star has been cast in the upcoming 'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie?


Brigitte Nielsen expecting fifth child at age 54
Brigitte Nielsen is going to be a mom of five.

The 54-year-old Danish actress announced she's expecting with husband Mattia Desi by sharing a baby bump photo Monday on Instagram.

The picture shows Nielsen sitting and cradling her baby bump. The expectant mom wears a white dress and sweater in the snapshot.

"family getting larger #me #family #brigittenielsen #babybump," she captioned the post.

Nielsen followed up Wednesday with another photo of her growing belly.

"happy time positive vibes #happyness #positivevibes," she wrote.

Nielsen is parent to four sons: 34-year-old Julian with Kasper Winding, 28-year-old Killian with Mark Gastineau, and 25-year-old Douglas and 23-year-old Raoul with Raoul Meyer. She married Dessi in July 2006.

"The children have kept me going. After I do Playboy, we want to try IVF," the star said in an August 2008 issue of Hello! "It's asking a lot, but if it's possible, it would make our package complete."

Nielsen is known for such films as Red Sonja, Rocky IV and Beverly Hills Cop II. She has also appeared on the German version of I'm a Celebrity...Get me Out of Here!


Reports: ABC considering 'Middle' spinoff starring Eden Sher
ABC is exploring the possibility of a spin-off of The Middle, the family comedy which wrapped last week after nine seasons.

EW.com cautioned no deals have been signed yet, but it reported the network is considering giving Eden Sher's eternally optimistic Sue Heck her own show.

If ABC does go forward with the series, it likely would not be ready until the end of 2018, beginning of 2019.

The Hollywood Reporter said ABC and Warner Bros. TV declined comment.

Sher has not publicly commented about the buzz, but Patricia Heaton, who played her mom on The Middle, tweeted: "Keep your fingers crossed, @TheMiddle_ABC fans - I would love to see this happen as much as you - I need my Middle fix too! @edensher"

The news comes a day after ABC canceled Roseanne after its star Roseanne Barr made racist remarks on Twitter.


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Which 'Westworld' star has been cast in the upcoming 'Sonic the Hedgehog' movie?

James Marsden has been cast in Paramount's upcoming film based on iconic video game character Sonic the Hedgehog.

Marsden's role in the project remains unknown. The film will be a mix of both live-action and CGI, Variety reported.

The film will mark the feature-length debut of director Jeff Fowler who is best known for helming 2005 Oscar-nominated short Gopher Broke, The Hollywood Reporter noted.

Pat Casey and Josh Miller penned the first draft of the script with Oren Uziel writing the most recent draft. Deadpool director Tim Miller is executive producing.

Sonic the Hedgehog is set to race into theaters on Nov. 15, 2019.

Video game maker Sega first published Sonic the Hedgehog in 1991 for the Sega Genesis. The series to date has sold more than 360 million copies across various gaming platforms. Sega on Wednesday announced a new Sonic game titled Team Sonic Racing.

Marsden currently stars on HBO's sci-fi drama Westworld as Teddy.

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