Top Gun salute to Tom Cruise

French Air Force fighter jets streaming red, white and blue smoke shot over the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday in a salute to Top Gun star Tom Cruise.

Moments earlier Tom Cruise walked the red carpet up the steps of the Palais des Festivals with Top Gun: Maverick producer Jerry Bruckheimer, screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie and cast members Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm and Miles Teller.

Top Gun flyover for Tom Cruise

The 59-year-old movie star was awarded an honorary Palme d’Or for a career of big-screen films.

Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 hit Top Gun, will open in American movie theaters on May 27.


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‘Elvis’ premieres at Cannes

Elvis the movie coming June 24

Elvis, the movie, will have its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival on May 25 and will be released in theaters in the United States on June 24.

It will be a huge summer hit, despite one possible flaw. Full-face singer Harry Styles was the early front runner to play Elvis but in the end lost out to thinner-faced actor Austin Butler. 

Missed out on Elvis role
Harry Styles
Elvis the movie coming June 24
Austin Butler

There’s more to casting than appearance, and Butler does have the moves down, which is why he was chosen, but the lean face is a distraction, compared with the real Elvis.

Elvis the movie coming June 24

Physiognomy aside, Butler does a convincing job in capturing the spectacular charisma and character of the greatest rock and roll and pop singer of all time.

Tom Hanks plays Elvis’s manager Colonel Tom Parker. The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann, whose previous movies include Shakespeare in Love, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby.



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Val Kilmer Forever

Documentary

‘Batman Forever’ star Val Kilmer has been documenting his life on video for the past 40 years and the result is so good it will premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

The festival opened July 6 and runs through July 17.

The film, simply titled ‘Val,’ was made from thousands of hours of footage that Kilmer shot himself, including 16mm home movies of his childhood and behind-the-scenes clips from his movies, including ‘Top Gun,’ ‘The Doors’ and ‘Batman Forever.’

The home movies were also shot by Kilmer’s younger brother Wesley, who had epilepsy. Wesley drowned in a jacuzzi in 1977 when he was 15.

His life story

“I have behaved poorly,” Kilmer says of his life. “I have behaved bravely, bizarrely to some. I see myself as a sensitive, intelligent human being but with the soul of a clown.”

That last sentence echoes the words of doomed rocker Jim Morrison who Kilmer played in ‘The Doors.’

Now 61, Kilmer continues his battle with throat cancer which he publicly admitted having in 2017 after trying to keep it quiet.

The documentary is described as “raw, wildly original and unflinching, revealing a life lived to extremes.”

’Val’ will open in theaters on July 23, and begin streaming on Amazon Prime Video on August 6.

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