Ohio State’s marching band gets special gift from Tom Cruise after ‘Top Gun’ halftime show
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- When the Ohio State University Marching Band offered a tribute to the movie “Top Gun” as its halftime show for the Purdue game on Nov. 13, a lot of people seemed to enjoy it. Tuesday, the Twitter account for Ohio State’s Marching Band (@TBDBITL) shared the news that Tom Cruise saw the performance and was so impressed, he offered the band a special thank you. “Dear Band, The Top Gun tribute was fantastic. “Top Gun: Maverick” is due to be released in May, 36 years after the original movie. Cruise also sent “Top Gun: Maverick” T-shirts for the band.mlive.com
'War destroyed our dreams': Syria's children forced out of school and into work
Syria's decade-long conflict has forced Mohammad, Amer and Nadim out of the classroom and into child labour, where they work long hours to support their families in difficult conditions to put food on the table and provide their siblings with an education, so they don't have to suffer the same fate.news.yahoo.com
Biden details plan to increase gas supply with emergency measure
President Biden spoke Tuesday about how his administration is tapping an emergency oil reserve to increase supply and help lower gas prices at the pump. He also spoke broadly about the state of the economy. CBS News congressional correspondent Kris Van Cleave joined CBSN to discuss.news.yahoo.com
Fighting gas prices, US to release oil from reserve
President Joe Biden orders 50 million barrels of oil released from America's strategic reserve to help bring down energy costs. It is aimed at global energy markets and also helps Americans coping with rising prices ahead of holiday travel. (Nov. 23)news.yahoo.com
Russian film crew bids farewell to ISS, returns to Earth after filming first movie in space
A Russian film crew bid farewell to the International Space Station crew before returning to Earth after spending 12 days on the International Space Station (ISS) shooting scenes for the first movie in orbit. The Russian crew is set to beat a Hollywood project that was announced last year by "Mission Impossible" star Tom Cruise together with NASA and Elon Musk's SpaceX. The crew travelled in a Soyuz MS-19 spaceship to film scenes for "The Challenge".news.yahoo.com
U.K.'s initial handling of pandemic cost "many thousands" of lives, new report says
British lawmakers are denouncing the government's early response to the pandemic, saying it resulted in thousands of avoidable deaths. CBS News contributor Simon Bates unpacks the scathing report in this week's installment of "London Calling."news.yahoo.com
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro jumps into governor's race
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro on Wednesday became the first Democrat to jump into the 2022 governor's race. CBSN Pittsburgh's Chris Shapiro reports on Shapiro's announcement and the state of the race so far.news.yahoo.com
White House reaches agreement with Port of Los Angeles to address supply chain issues
The White House says it has helped broker an agreement for the Port of Los Angeles to operate 24/7 to help address supply chain issues. CBS News' Natalie Brand reports on conditions driving up prices for consumers, and CBS News senior White House and political correspondent Ed O'Keefe joins CBSN's Tanya Rivero with more on the administration's response.news.yahoo.com
UAE's Korean Cultural Center holds 'Squid Game' event
The Korean Cultural Center (KCC) in Abu Dhabi holds an event where participants can join a bloodless, real-life version of the Netflix smash hit "Squid Game". The show blends a tight plot, social allegory and uncompromising violence to create the latest South Korean cultural phenomenon to go global.news.yahoo.com
"The Fairness Project" aims to protect ballot measures
A group called The Fairness Project is launching a new campaign aiming to make ballot measures accessible across the country. Kelly Hall, the executive director of the organization, joins Tanya Rivero on CBSN to discuss their goals.news.yahoo.com
Made-in-Cameroon incubators aim to give babies a fighting chance
A team of Cameroonian engineers has developed smart incubators to stem the high neonatal death rates in their native country. This will allow parents and doctors to constantly monitor the health of premature babies at a distance.news.yahoo.com
Novelist Anthony Doerr on "Cloud Cuckoo Land"
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "All the Light We Cannot See" returns with a new historical novel that spans more than 700 years. Correspondent Lee Cowan talks with Doerr about his lifelong love of writing, his previous bestseller's overwhelming success, and the power of telling stories that transcend time.news.yahoo.com
Lifelong space enthusiast becomes latest civilian to buy his way into space
It is unclear who might join Whitson and Shoffner on their mission. An Axiom spokesman said that would be revealed at a later date. But recently, the Discovery Channel announced it was hosting a competition for a seat on a future Axiom mission to the space station. Former NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine also said last year that Tom Cruise was working with the company to shoot scenes for a movie on the station.washingtonpost.com
John Travolta selling $5M oceanic mansion with 20 bedrooms
FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019 file photo, actor John Travolta attends the LA premiere of "The Fanatic" at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles. The Maine mansion that Travolta shared with his late wife, actor Kelly Preston, has been put up for sale. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)ISLESBORO, Maine – The Maine mansion that actor John Travolta shared with his late wife, actor Kelly Preston, has been put up for sale. Built in 1903, the 10,830-square-foot home has 20 bedrooms and sits on a 48-acre estate along the ocean. Travolta became a Hollywood star in the 1970s and was nominated for an acting Oscar for his 1977 performance in “Saturday Night Fever.” He was nominated again for his role in 1994's “Pulp Fiction.”
1st private space crew paying $55M each to fly to station
On Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021, Axiom announced they will be the first private space station crew, a year ahead of the planned launch. (Courtesy Axiom Space via AP)CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – The first private space station crew was introduced Tuesday: Three men who are each paying $55 million to fly on a SpaceX rocket. “This is the first private flight to the International Space Station. It’s never been done before," said Axiom's chief executive and president Mike Suffredini, a former space station program manager for NASA. Russia has been in the off-the-planet tourism business for years, selling rides to the International Space Station since 2001.
Q&A: Clooney on 'Midnight Sky' and his twilight as an actor
“The Midnight Sky,” which Clooney directed and stars in, is an apocalyptic sci-fi drama with some striking solitude. Debuting Wednesday on Netflix, “The Midnight Sky,” based on Lily Brooks-Dalton's novel “Good Morning, Midnight," is Clooney's seventh film as director and his biggest scaled production yet. ___AP: You finished shooting “The Midnight Sky” in February, right before the pandemic began. AP: What drew you to “The Midnight Sky”? I know people who are older -- older than me, even -- who live with real regret.
Tom Cruise insists on social distancing on set: ‘If I see you doing it again, you’re f—-ing gone’
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 file photo, actor Tom Cruise wears a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as he greets fans during a break from shooting Mission Impossible 7, along Rome's Fori Imperiali avenue. Tom Cruise has launched an expletive-laden rant at colleagues on the set of his latest Mission: Impossible movie after he reportedly spotted two workers failing to abide by social distancing rules. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)LONDON – Tom Cruise has launched an expletive-laden rant at colleagues on the set of his latest “Mission: Impossible” movie, after he reportedly spotted two workers failing to respect social distancing rules. Many movies have either been delayed until after the pandemic is over or because of COVID-related delays on set, including the seventh instalment of the “Mission: Impossible” franchise. During his outburst, Cruise notes the higher costs for insuring a movie in these times.
World's space achievements a bright spot in stressful 2020
The European and Russian space agencies skipped the 2020 Mars launch window, their life-sniffing Mars rover grounded until 2022 because of technical issues and COVID-19 restrictions. Three weeks later, SpaceX launched its biggest cargo shipment yet to the space station for NASA. If the repairs work and the capsule finally reaches the space station, the first Starliner astronauts could be flying by summer. The actor was in talks with NASA this year about filming a movie at the space station. “Whatever else can be said about the four years of the Trump administration, they have been positive for the U.S. civilian space program,” noted John Logsdon, professor emeritus at George Washington University’s Space Policy Institute.
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
Venice reclaims spotlight as 1st COVID-era film fest opens
Festival attendees cycle in front of the main cinema ahead of the start of the 77th edition of the Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. The 77th edition of the worlds oldest film festival opening Wednesday looks nothing like its predecessors. Italys strict 10-week lockdown largely tamed the virus, but infections are now rebounding after summer vacations. Guests to the glamorous film festival are not exempt. Italian films are well represented, including the first Italian opening-night film in years, the out-of-competition family drama Lacci by Daniele Luchetti.
'Top Gun’ actor opens up about the iconic movie
It is National Top Gun day. A day that celebrates the 80s classic starring Tom Cruise and Val Kilmer as navy pilots. He spoke to Jason Carr about playing the role “Slider” in the film. He also shared what it is like working with Cruise and Kilmer, and that famous volleyball scene. See what he has to say about the movie’s legacy and the upcoming sequel in the video above.
Help Me Hank: The fight against deepfake videos
DETROIT - Fake videos of political figures and celebrities have gone viral, highlighting the power and reach of deepfake videos. Artificial intelligence is making it easier for people to create or alter video content so it looks like something that it was not originally. A video went viral online last month shows comedian Bill Hader morph into actor Tom Cruise. It shows how sophisticated and far-reaching deepfake content has become. This is causing increasing concerns over the potential for deepfake videos to do harm.
Ukraine's Zelensky talks movies with Tom Cruise amid political storm
Volodymyr Zelensky may have been swept into the center of a major political storm in Washington, but the Ukrainian President still made some time to meet Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise this week. (CNN) - Volodymyr Zelensky may have been swept into the center of a major political storm in Washington, but the Ukrainian President still made some time to meet Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise this week. Zelensky hosted Cruise in his office in Kiev on Monday evening, his administration said in a statement. "At the invitation of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, the world-famous American actor, film director and producer Tom Cruise arrived in Kiev," the administration said Tuesday. In the video, Cruise mentions seeing cobbled streets.
Virginia's basketball coach turns down big raise after championship title
You have to wonder if the Virginia head basketball coach has ever viewed the 1990s Tom Cruise flick, famous for its "show me the money" catchphrase. Bennett, who led the Virginia men's basketball team to its first national title earlier this year, declined what the university described as a "substantial" raise. Instead the coach asked that financial investments be made to improve the basketball program he's run for a decade, and other sports under the school's athletic program. "This just does not happen in our industry," said Virginia athletic director Carla Williams, who was tasked with making revisions to Bennett's contract. Instead of taking the big raise, Bennett got another year tacked onto his current deal, which now runs for seven years.
Is Val Kilmer's 'Iceman' in the new 'Top Gun: Maverick' movie?
But what about his adversary and fan favorite, Tom "Iceman" Kazansky, played in the 1986 original by Val Kilmer? The trailer for Top Gun: Maverick is out. "Friends said it's official - #TOPGUN2 was announced today," Kilmer wrote with a photo on Instagram showing him in an Iceman T-shirt. Now that the movie is actually done and headed to theaters in 2020, Kilmer is even more excited. He posted the trailer on his official Facebook page with the caption "You up for this one, Maverick?"