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Austinite Glen Powell stars alongside Tom Cruise in Top Gun sequel

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Austin native and former Longhorn Glen Powell is starring alongside Hollywood megastar Tom Cruise in the long-awaited iteration of “Top Gun.”

The sequel to the 1986 classic, “Top Gun: Maverick,” debuted in theaters Friday, and grossed an estimated $124 million at the box office on opening weekend, according to Paramount.

Cruise revisits the role of Pete “Maverick” Mitchell as he returns to the naval flight academy to train a new class of pilots—including bad-boy Lt. Jake “Hangman” Seresin, played by Powell. The 33-year-old actor told USA Today he was a big fan of the original film and had auditioned for the role of Goose’s son.

“‘Top Gun’ made me want to be an actor," Powell told USA Today. "If you don't want to be a fighter pilot or an actor after watching that movie, you're crazy."

Powell shares the silver screen with actors Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm. The Longhorn committed to the role, which he said was created with Val Kilmer’s Iceman character in mind, by getting his pilot’s license and learning how to fly an F-18.

“I've been pinching myself every second of this whole journey," Powell said. "This is what Hollywood is. It's dramatic, it beats you down a lot. But sometimes your dreams can come true in ways that you never even imagine."

Powell has starred in “Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over,” which was famously filmed in Austin, “NCIS,” “Scream Queens” and “Hidden Figures.” Paramount skipped a streaming option but the film is still in theaters.


Lake Travis mansion catches fire

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Local fire crews are assisting Lake Travis Fire Rescue in putting out a fire at a home along Lake Travis.

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Valencia Hotel Group Presents Live Music & Longnecks - All Summer Long

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Live music and beer? Say no more. With a location in Austin, and others throughout Texas, the court hotels by the Valencia Hotel Group have a new offering for weekend stays: Live Music & Longnecks.

Enjoy live music all weekend long and check out the hotels’ state-of-the-art amenities between sets. Make a splash in the pool, enjoy outdoor fire pits, or challenge your friends in a yard game while enjoying a weekend full of live music! Did we mention the package includes deluxe accommodations and a bucket of beer? Oh, and if you needed more convincing, this pet-friendly hotel means the whole family can join in on the fun.

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