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Top Gun: Maverick” hits theaters this weekend, marking the return of one of the biggest movie stars of the 1980s and 1990s.

We’re not talking about Tom Cruise.

Val Kilmer returns to the screen to reprise his role as Tom “Iceman” Kazansky in the long-awaited sequel to the 1986 blockbuster. Although Cruise is the marquee star of “Top Gun: Maverick,” Kilmer has a notable role, but some younger moviegoers may not realize just how big of a star he once was.

Kilmer’s films have made a huge amount of money over his long career — nearly $2 billion at the global box office, according to Comscore

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. (Cruise has racked up more than $10 billion at the worldwide box office.) Kilmer, like Cruise, became a major star in “Top Gun,” playing “Iceman,” the cocky but cool rival to Cruise’s Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

After that iconic role, Kilmer starred in a long streak of successful genre-spanning movies: Superhero films like 1995’s “Batman Forever” in which he played the Dark Knight, and memorable turns in Westerns as Doc Holliday in 1993’s “Tombstone,” biopics as Jim Morrison in 1991’s “The Doors” and in crime films as a bank robber in Michael Mann’s 1995 masterpiece, “Heat.”

But “Top Gun: Maverick” is a likely swan song for Kilmer, who underwent a tracheotomy that has completely altered his voice. Kilmer revealed he had throat cancer in 2017, and has largely stepped away from acting.

Kilmer’s off-screen health issues are woven into the story of “Top Gun: Maverick,” giving the sequel a real life emotional layer. If the new film is indeed Kilmer’s last role, it will conclude one of the most interesting — and bankable — careers in Hollywood history.

Last year, Kilmer was featured in “Val,” an intimate documentary that dealt with his health issues and explored his career. The documentary shares interactions he had videotaped with his family and on film sets for years.

David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporters’ chief film critic, wrote in his review that “Top Gun: Maverick’s” most “moving element comes during the brief screen time of Kilmer’s Iceman, whose health issues reflect those suffered by the actor in real life, generating resonant pathos.”

“There’s reciprocal warmth, even love, in a scene between Iceman and Maverick that acknowledges the characters’ hard-won bond as well as the rivalry that preceded it, with gentle humor,” Rooney wrote.

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Emma Stone is selling her cliffside Malibu home and it’s going for a cool $4.3 million dollars.

The breezy, midcentury dwelling — with three-bedrooms and two-bathrooms — was built in 1958. Stone and her husband, comedian and director Dave McCary, purchased and renovated the property in 2018, according to Architectural Digest. Four years later, it is being listed for sale by Sotheby’s International Realty.
Emma Stone's home in Malibu.

Emma Stone’s home in Malibu. Credit: Neue Focus for Sotheby’s International Realty

Details from the listing reveal a 1,764-square-foot, light-filled home with sweeping ocean views. The tranquil primary bedroom has ceiling-to-floor glass windows facing the Pacific and a sloped roof, creating a dreamy atmosphere.

The house also includes a recreation room, art studio and dining room, and features an airy open kitchen and living room with a cozy white central fireplace.

The home is situated at the end of a cul-de-sac and is surrounded by eucalyptus, yucca and blue agave across over three coastal acres.

Stone and McCary have been mostly private about their relationship but got engaged in 2019, with McCary announcing the news through an Instagram post showing off Stone’s nontraditional pearl engagement ring. The couple quietly welcomed their first child in May this year.
Emma Stone at the Met Gala 2022.

Emma Stone at the Met Gala 2022. Credit: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

Most recently, Stone made an appearance at the Met Gala, where she repurposed her wedding after-party dress designed by Louis Vuitton. This month, she modeled in a new campaign for the luxury brand and has been making appearances for her new short film “Bleat,” a silent black-and-white film by Yorgos Lanthimos, who also directed “The Favourite.”
In the episode, she learns that her then estranged husband is releasing a new song and she suspects he will use it as an opportunity to take a swipe at her as the pair had been having a contentious split.
“Most men are not trashing the mother of their kids like that publicly,” her sister Khloe Kardashian says. “We don’t have to sit here and throw stones back. Just take it on the chin.”
“I do recognize the impact that my relationship has had on my family and I’ve never had the opportunity to just say, ‘I’m sorry, guys,” Kardashian says to her family in the episode. “I protected that for so long, but I said I will never let that happen to you guys again.”
“For once in my life I feel strong,” she adds. “I’m not gonna let anyone treat you guys a way or myself.”
The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 5.10% in the week ending May 26, down from 5.25% the week before, according to Freddie Mac. It is still well above the 2.95% average from this time last year.
“Mortgage rates decreased for the second week in a row due to multiple headwinds that the economy is facing,” said Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Despite the recent moderation in rates, the housing market has clearly slowed, and the deceleration is spreading to other segments of the economy, such as consumer spending on durable goods.”
Buyers are finding homes even less affordable as inflation takes a larger chunk of their income and the cost of borrowing has reduced their purchasing power. Rates have risen sharply since January, pushing the cost of financing a home significantly higher for buyers.
At the end of May 2021, a buyer who put 20% down on a $375,500 home and financed the rest with a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage at an average interest rate of 2.95%, had a mortgage payment of principal and interest $1,258, according to numbers from Freddie Mac.
Today, a homeowner buying the same price house with an average rate of 5.10% would pay $1,631 a month in principal and interest. That is $373 more each month and $134,140 more in cumulative interest payments over the life of the loan, according to numbers from Freddie Mac.
For many people, that several hundred dollars in additional payment a month is the difference between deciding whether to buy a home and build equity or continuing to rent.
Analysts expect mortgage rates will remain at these levels or move higher, as long as the Federal Reserve is still working to stem inflation. Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has said the central bank will continue to raise interest rates until the goal of healthier prices is met.
Mortgage rates tend to track 10-year US Treasury bonds, but they are also indirectly impacted by the Fed’s actions on inflation. Yields on 10-year Treasury bonds were up and down this week, as investors looked for stability amidst a series of challenging economic data.
“Investors taking part in the stock market sell-off of the past five weeks have shifted their attention to the debt market, driving up prices on T-bills and mortgage-backed securities,” said Joel Berner, Realtor.com’s senior economic research analyst. “This allowed mortgage rates to fall, even amid inflation-cooling policies initiated by the Federal Reserve.”

Editor’s Note: This story contains spoilers about the season finale of “Survivor.”



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The jury has voted and the winner of “Survivor 42” has been selected.

With seven votes, 24-year-old seminary student Maryanne Oketch was crowned the winner, beating out firefighter Mike Turner and pageant coach Romeo Escobar, who joined her in the final three.

Heading into the episode, five contestants were still vying for the $1 million prize, but Lindsay Dolashewich was voted out in the first tribal council of the finale and Jonathan Young lost his shot in the final three after coming up short in a fire-making challenge.

Turner earned one vote in the final count and Escobar received none.

Throughout the season, Oketch was open about wearing her emotions on her sleeve, but in the end, won out the jury after revealing she’d kept an immunity idol a secret until the very end and laid out how she’d orchestrated the ouster of one of the season’s biggest players, Omar Zaheer.

US gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic activity, decreased at an annualized rate of 1.5%, adjusted for seasonal swings, according to the second estimate of the data.
Last month, the Commerce Department’s advance estimate of the data showed GDP had contracted at a rate of 1.4%. Economists had expected Thursday’s revisions to improve slightly, with a decline of 1.3%.
The update was driven by revisions to private inventory and residential investments, even as consumer spending was revised higher.
No matter the update, the first quarter was a sharp slowdown from the 6.9% growth rate recorded in the fourth quarter of 2021. It also marked the worst quarter since the pandemic recession in the second quarter of 2020.
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The Grammy-nominated boyband’s visit comes days after Biden returned from his first trip to Asia as president, which included a three-day stop in Seoul and meetings with newly-elected South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.
The group has found international success with songs like “Butter” and “Dynamite” and their fans, who call themselves the “Army,” span across the globe.
Last year, amid a spate of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US, including shootings at three Atlanta-area spas, BTS spoke out about their own experience with discrimination.
“We recall moments when we faced discrimination as Asians. We have endured expletives without reason and were mocked for the way we look. We were even asked why Asians spoke in English,” the band said in a statement retweeted over 1 million times.
They continued, “We cannot put into words the pain of becoming the subject of hatred and violence for such a reason.”
The uptick in anti-Asian crime and hostility toward Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) comes amid the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 10,000 hate incidents against AAPI persons were reported to advocacy organization Stop AAPI Hate between March 19, 2020, and December 31, 2021.
Biden, the White House noted in Thursday’s announcement, “has previously spoken about his commitment to combating the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes.” He signed a bipartisan bill aimed at addressing the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes into law in May 2021. It will create a new position at the Justice Department to expedite review of potential Covid-19-related hate crimes and incidents reported at the federal, state or local level.
Biden and BTS, the White House added, “will also discuss the importance of diversity and inclusion and BTS’ platform as youth ambassadors who spread a message of hope and positivity across the world.”

Minutes before his deadly assault in Uvalde, Texas, the shooter, Salvador Ramos, allegedly sent a series of chilling text messages to a girl he met online, describing how he had just shot his grandmother and was going to “shoot up a(n) elementary school.”

According to screenshots reviewed by CNN and an interview with the teenage girl, who said she had been in contact with the gunman for weeks, Ramos complained about his grandmother being “on the phone with AT&T abojt (sic) my phone.” 

“It’s annoying,” he texted.

Six minutes later, he texted: “I just shot my grandma in her head.”

Seconds later, he said, “Ima go shoot up a(n) elementary school rn (right now).”

It was sent at 6:21 p.m. Central European time (CET), which was 11:21 a.m. Central time (CT) in Texas. It was his last message to the girl.

The 15-yearold girl, who lives in Frankfurt, Germany, said she began chatting with Ramos on a social media app on May 9. Ramos sent the girl selfie videos and discussed a plan to go visit her in Europe, according to videos and text messages. 

In one message, he sent her a screenshot of a Google flight itinerary from nearby San Antonio. “I’m coming over soon,” he wrote.

She said Ramos told her on Monday that he received a package of ammunition.

She said he told her that the bullets would expand when they struck somebody.

At some point, the girl asked what he planned to do. She said he told her it was a surprise and to “just wait for it.”

On Tuesday, at 11:01 a.m. CT, Ramos called and told her he loved her, she said. Then, about 20 minutes later, at 11:21 a.m. CT, he texted her that he had shot his grandmother.

The girl, whose mother gave permission for her to be interviewed, said she spoke daily on FaceTime with Ramos. She said she also communicated with him via a social livestreaming app called Yubo and played games with him on a gaming app named Plato. In their conversations, she said he asked about her life in Germany. “He looked happy and comfortable talking to me,” the girl said. She said he told her that he spent a lot of time alone at home. 

There were other text messages, however, that alarmed her. In one case, she said, he told her that he “threw dead cats at people’s houses.”

She said she got the impression that he kept to himself.

“Every time I talked to him,” she said, “he never had plans with his friends.”

Correction: An earlier version of this post misstated the amount of time between Ramos’ text messages.

The scene outside Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, on May 25.. (Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Authorities in Texas are working to “gather the facts” to establish a concrete timeline for the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lt. Chris Olivarez told CNN on Thursday.

Here’s what we know and what questions remain about the massacre:

School resource officer was armed

Olivarez told CNN’s John Berman that officials are “trying to establish and corroborate exactly what was that role” for the school resource officer when he encountered the gunman at the school.

Texas Rangers conducted an interview last night with the school resource officer, Olivarez said. The officer was armed at the time of the shooting, he said, but it’s unclear if he fired his weapon.

Yesterday, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Erick Estrada said that the suspect dropped a bag full of ammunition outside of the school prior to entering.

School door was unlocked

The gunman was able to enter the school “unimpeded” by any locks, Olivarez said, and gunfire was exchanged inside the school hallway between the gunman and officers who were right behind him.

Those two officers were shot, and then the gunman barricaded himself inside a classroom, Olivarez said. Officials are still trying to determine exactly how he barricaded himself inside.

CNN previously reported that the gunman was on the school premises for up to an hour before law enforcement forcibly entered a classroom and killed him. 

When asked why it took tactical teams so long to respond to the shooting, Olivarez said that they are working to establish an accurate timeline, which is part of the investigation. 

“Right now, we do not have an accurate or a concrete timeline to provide to say ‘the gunman was in the school for this period,’ so we want want to obtain that factual information once we’re able to attain that,” the lieutenant said.

Parents seek answers

The father of a victim of the shooting told The Washington Post that he and other dads wanted to storm the elementary school to retrieve their children as they heard gunshots from inside. Video posted to social media appears to show frustrated and distraught parents and other adults outside the school clashing with law enforcement officers, urging the officers to go inside and get the gunman or let them go inside themselves.

“I can tell you right now, as a father myself, I would want to go in too. But it’s a volatile situation. We have an active shooter situation. We’re trying to preserve any further loss of life. … We cannot have individuals going into that school, especially if they’re not armed,” Olivarez said.

FBI involvement

Olivarez also said local authorities are working with the FBI to obtain surveillance video from the school.

The FBI is also doing cell phone forensics for the gunman to “establish or obtain information from the suspect’s phone, if there was any social media posts that was posted, any other facts that would help the case in terms of as far as there were any indicators for this shooter leading up to this mass shooting,” he said.