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November 24, 2022

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Paramount+ announced Tuesday that Top Gun: Maverick will be available on the streaming service Dec. 22. A new trailer touts the film's box office records, critical acclaim and impressive flight footage.

Top Gun: Maverick is currently the highest grossing movie of the year. It earned $716 million in the U.S. and Canada and $1.4 billion worldwide since its Memorial Day release.

The film became available for digital purchase in September and DVD, Blu-ray and 4K UHD on Oct. 31. Since the physical media release, digital prices dropped and added a rental option.

In IMAX theaters, flight sequences filled the entire frame. That footage is reproduced in the 4K UHD edition.

Tom Cruise returns as Captain Pete "Maverick" Mitchell. After a test flight accident, Maverick is assigned to train a new class of Top Gun recruits for a dangerous mission.

One of those recruits is Rooster (Miles Teller), the son of Maverick's late co-pilot Goose. Maverick also romances his old flame (Jennifer Connelly) and reconnects with his former rival Iceman (Val Kilmer).

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'Women Talking,' 'Everything Everywhere' lead Spirit Award nominees

Film Independent announced the nominees for the Independent Spirit Awards in the Film categories on Tuesday. Awards will be given out March 4 in Santa Monica, Calif.

Women Talking earned nominations for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay and has already won the Robert Altman Award.

Everything Everywhere All At Once is nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Michelle Yeoh's lead performance, Jamie Lee Curtis's supporting performance, Ke Huy Quan's supporting performance, Stephanie Hsu's performance, Editing.

Bones and All is nominated for Best Feature, Taylor Russell's lead performance and Mark Rylance's supporting performance.

Tár is nominated for Best Feature, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Cate Blanchett's lead performance, Nina Hoss's supporting performance, Cinematography and Editing.

Our Father, the Devil is also nominated for Best Feature. After Yang writer/director Kogonada has a Best Director and Best Screenplay nominations.

Bodies Bodies Bodies director Halina Reijn is nominated for Best Director and writers Sarah DeLappe and Kristen Roupenian for its screenplay. Lena Dunham is nominated for her Catherine Called Birdy screenplay.

Dale Dickey, Mia Goth, Regina Hall, Paul Mescal, Aubrey Plaza, Jeremy Pope, Andrea Riseborough, Taylor Russell, Bryan Tyree Henry, Brian d'Arcy James, Trevante Rhodes, Theo Rossi, Mark Rylance, Jonathan Tucker and Gabrielle Union have acting nominations in new gender neutral categories.

The Best First Feature nominees are Aftersun, Emily the Criminal, The Inspection, Murina and Palm Trees and Power Lines. Best First Screenplay nominations also go to the writers of Fire Island, Palm Trees and Power Lines, Emergency and Emily the Criminal.

A new award for Breakthrough Performance nominated Frankie Corio, Gracija Filipovic, Lily McInerny, Daniel Zolghardi and Hsu.

The complete list of nominees is posted at

Mandy Moore joins 'Dr. Death' Season 2

Thankful21Peacock announced Tuesday that Mandy Moore has joined the cast of Dr. Death Season 2. Moore joins previously announced Edgar Ramirez in the second season of the true crime drama.

The Dr. Death of Season 2 is Paolo Macchiarini (Ramirez). Macchiarini was convicted of research fraud and performing experimental surgeries on otherwise healthy patients.

Moore will play NBC News producer Benita Alexander. Alexander ended up in a romance with Macchiarini while investigating him.

Season 1 of Dr. Death told the story of Dr. Christopher Duntsch (Joshua Jackson). Jackson paralyzed multiple patients in botched spinal surgeries. It was based on the first season of the Wondery podcast.

Dr. Randall Kirby (Christian Slater) and Dr. Robert Henderson (Alec Baldwin) exposed Duntsch's malpractice.

The Macchiarini story is based on Season 3 of the podcast. Season 2 of the podcast covered Farid Fata.

Writer/producer Ashley Michael Hogan is promoted to showrunner for Season 2 of the Peacock series, and creator Patrick McManus remains an executive producer.

Jennifer Morrison and Laura Belsey are attached to direct four episodes each.

'Back in the Groove' trailer: Taye Diggs hosts Hulu dating show

Hulu is giving a glimpse of the new series Back in the Groove.

The streaming service shared a trailer for the dating reality show Tuesday featuring Taye Diggs.

Back in the Groove follows three single women in their 40s as they check into the Groove Hotel in the Dominican Republic, where they "rediscover their youth, live joyously, and hopefully find love" with men half their age.

"Whether they find the perfect fling, friendship, true love, or something in between, this is their chance to take charge and break through the double standards older women face every day. And they're going to have a lot of fun doing it!" an official description reads.

Diggs, an actor known for Private Practice and All American, hosts the new series.

The show features Sparkle, 43, from Atlanta, Steph, 41, from Miami and Brooke, 42, from Los Angeles.

Back in the Groove premieres Dec. 5 on Netflix.

WATCH IT NOW: Back in the Groove - Official Trailer

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'Avatar: The Way of Water' trailer shows Sully family take to the ocean

20th Century Studios is giving a glimpse of the new film Avatar: The Way of Water.

The studio shared a final trailer for the sci-fi movie Monday during Monday Night Football.

Avatar: The Way of Water is a sequel to the 2009 film Avatar. The movies follow the struggles between the Na'vi race and humans on the fictional moon Pandora.

The trailer shows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña) and their family meet the Metkayina, a Na'vi clan who live near the ocean along Pandora's reefs.

The preview focuses on Jake and Neytiri's children and also features the Metkayina character Ronal (Kate Winslet).

Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Britain Dalton, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, Bailey Bass and Filip Geljo also star.

"Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water begins to tell the story of the Sully family, the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure," an official description reads.

Avatar writer and director James Cameron returned to write, direct and executive produce the sequel.

Avatar: The Way of Water opens in theaters Dec. 16.

WATCH IT NOW: Avatar: The Way of Water - New Trailer