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Tom Cruise Surprises Comic-Con Fans with ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Trailer

Approximately 8,000 people attending San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday got the surprise of their lives when Tom Cruise showed up with a trailer to the upcoming “Top Gun” sequel.

The fans were actually attending a panel for “Terminator: Dark Fate” when Cruise walked onto the stage to a deafening roar. He told the crowd all the flying in the “Top Gun: Maverick” trailer is real, not CGI, and producers are working with the U.S. Navy to make the film, which is still in production.

The trailer, which is heavy on action but reveals little about the plot, seemed to go over well with the Comic-Con crowd. “Top Gun: Maverick,” which also brings back Val Kilmer and introduces Jon Hamm and Miles Teller, is due next June.

Have producers waited too long to make this sequel? What film would you like to see a sequel to?

Florida Carjacker Caught Because he can’t Drive Stick Shift

A Florida man is behind bars after trying to steal a car he didn’t know how to drive.

Orlando resident Jaelyn Alexander, 25, faces auto theft charges in connection with the incident, which occurred Tuesday in Orange County, sheriff’s officials say. Alexander reportedly approached an elderly man who was putting his walker in his trunk and slammed the trunk down on him, his arrest report indicates. He then climbed into the driver’s seat, ready to take off with his ill-gotten gain — until he realized the vehicle had a manual transmission.

Undaunted, he grabbed the stick shift and tried multiple times to speed away — but he only made it a few feet each time, the victim reported. “He kept stalling my car,” the unidentified elderly man said. “Starting it, stalling it, starting it, stalling it. So obviously he got nowhere.”

Actually, Alexander did go somewhere — to another car on the other side of the street. Fortunately for him, it had an automatic transmission and he was able to drive away. Unfortunately, all the time he wasted trying to drive a stick gave cops plenty of time to show up. They stopped him just a short distance away.

What are some advantages of driving stick? Have you ever been embarrassed when you realized you didn’t know how to operate something?

Is Dave Grohl Joining Rush As The Drummer?

Last month, Dave Grohl was spotted driving Geddy Lee to a music festival outside Toronto. Of course, that got Rush fans talking. After all, the band needs a drummer these days.

Despite what whispers you may have heard, the Foo Fighters frontman isn’t auditioning to take Neil Peart’s place behind the kit.

Speaking to the Talkin’ Rock podcast, Lee details the friendship the two have developed, even noting that their mothers have become fast friends.

“It’s pretty unusual, it’s pretty surreal, I have to say to sit there and just laugh about it,” admits the Canadian rock legend.

What do you think is the strangest pairing in rock?

Man Behind ‘Storm Area 51’ Comes Forward; Says it was Meant to be a Joke

As nearly 3 million enthusiastic supporters rallied behind a call to storm Area 51 over the past three weeks, at least one person watched the out-of-control plan unfold with horror: Matty Roberts, the guy behind the original Facebook post.

Roberts, a California resident, says he created the page “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” as a joke, never dreaming the event would garner 1.6 million “going” clicks and 1.2 million “interested” clicks. “I waited for like three days and there were like 40 people,” he says. “And then it just completely took off out of nowhere. I was just like, ‘The FBI’s going to show up at my house and it got a little spooky from there.'”

Apparently, the U.S. Air Force, which operates the base, took the post as seriously as the page’s followers. A rep responded to the planned September raid by telling the Washington Post, “We would discourage anyone from trying to come into the area where we train American armed forces.”

Do you think anyone’s going to show up in September? What do you think goes on at Area 51?

Howard Stern Says O.J. Simpson Shouldn’t Be Allowed on Twitter

Howard Stern says O.J. Simpson shouldn’t be allowed on Twitter.

During a radio interview with Kim Goldman, the sister of Ron Goldman who was killed alongside Nicole Brown in 1994, Stern said he was “triggered” by Simpson’s Twitter feed.

“When someone kills your brother and they’re on the golf course and they’re sitting out there in their golf cart, living the life that most people don’t get to live … it’s got to be maddening,” Stern said. He then asked Goldman if she thought he should be thrown off Twitter.

Instead of responding she asked what the radio host thought, Stern said “yes, to save the Goldman’s from grief,”

O.J. took to Twitter in response basically saying he thought it was crazy that Stern said he should be denied freedom of expression when Simpson once supported his freedom of speech when he was almost banned. How do you feel?

David Crosby Pushes For CSN&Y Reunion

David Crosby is open to reuniting with his former bandmates, admitting that it’s time to put the bad blood behind them.

Appearing on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon earlier this week, the Woodstock legend says fans have been yelling at him over Twitter to “get your act together” and makeup with Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young.

“Never say never, man. I have no bad stuff in my heart about any of those guys, man, I made too much great music with them. I love them,” Crosby tells the late-night host.

As for which capacity Crosby could see such a reunion taking place, he feels perhaps a “get out for the vote tour” before the 2020 election.

Which other bands need their voices out there today?

“Jackass” Stars Interested in Another Film

There’s a rumor flying around that the members of “Jackass” are interested in getting back together for a fourth movie.

Chris Raab, former Jackass member and host of the Bathroom Break Podcast, seems to believe that the guys are ready to get together and have some fun again.

“I get the feeling that everyone’s pretty interested in it,” Raab said. “I’m not sure that it would ever happen. Ryan Dunn was a huge part of that, so it’s sort of weird without him.”

The show “Jackass” was on MTV for three seasons with the three movies to follow.

Would you like to see a fourth Jackass movie?

Foo Fighters Get Mashed Up With “The Lion King”

Well here’s something you probably never expected to see and hear. DJ Cummerbund has given fans the Foo Fighters mixed with The Lion King.

The person behind many a strange mash-up came across a clip by Exightly, which has Dave Grohl singing “All My Life” over the music from “The Circle of Life”. Doing what he does best, DJ Cummerbund created a full version.

“I figured I’d take on the challenge only to realize that it was a stupid, impulsive idea even though I love the Foo Fighters and elephants and s**t. So… here,” he jokes on his YouTube site.

Also appearing in the video, Carmen Twillie, Lebo M., Randy ‘Macho Man’ Savage, Elton John, Tim Rice, and Prince.

Which two songs would you like to see receive the mash-up treatment?

Area 51 Raid Has Reached Over 1.5 Million

What started off as an Area 51 joke on Facebook has snowballed into a movement with over 1.5 million people planning to take part in “Storm Area 51”.

if you’ve been under a rock, “Storm Area 51” is a movement that started on Facebook with a few people planning to meet up at Area 51 in Nevada and raid the center to see if there are really aliens being held there.

Even celebrities like Danny Trejo and Guy Fieri have joined the cause, and Lil Nas X has even offered to perform at the event.

Despite the interest, no one really knows if the event will really happen. The Air Force has already warned people that if you come and try a raid they will have to protect their assets.

Do you think there are really aliens at Area 51? Do you think people will really go through with the raid?

Metallica Show Attended by 1 Percent of Finland’s Entire Population

While Metallica’s current tour has been drawing record crowds, this tops them all: Tuesday night’s concert in Finland attracted a full 1 percent of the country’s entire population.

While the claim might sound like a Gene Simmons publicity ploy, the math works out: Approximately 55,000 people were on hand for the show in Hämeenlinna, and Finland’s most recent head count shows 5.5 million people live in the country. The concert now holds the record for the most-attended show in Finnish history.

As they’ve done with previous concert stops, the members of Metallica gave part of their earnings to a local charity — this time, handing over 55,000 euros to Hope Ry, a Finnish children’s charity.

Could Metallica draw a crowd like that in the U.S.? Excluding bands from England, how many foreign bands can you name that found success in the United States?