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    Will 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' beat 'The Force Awakens' at the box office?

    "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" lands in theaters Thursday night and its biggest competition at the box office this weekend is not another big opening, but rather, a previous "Star Wars" film. "The Last Jedi" is the next installment in Disney's space saga and is the sequel to 2015's "The Force Awakens," which occupies the top spot for the biggest box office opening ever. Episode VIII, which opens in more than 4,100 theaters domestically and stars Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill, not only has to live up to the galactic hype that comes with any "Star Wars" film, but it has to follow in the footsteps of its predecessor. Box office analysts are predicting that "The Last Jedi" will open at around $200 million

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    What we learned from 'The Bachelor' special

    To possibly combat any confusion over the selection of race car driver Arie Luyendyk Jr., who last vied for the heart of Emily Maynard on "The Bachelorette" Season 8 in 2012, the audience was treated to plenty of info about him. Without romantic sagas, how could Harrison claim we were in store for "the most dramatic rose ceremony ever"?

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    Jean-Claude Van Damme gets kicks in Amazon series

    (CNN)Amazon wins the weird-TV Olympics with "Jean-Claude Van Johnson," a surreal flight of comic fancy starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, which begins with lots of manic energy and pretty quickly runs out of gas. Turning Van Damme into a madcap version of himself -- one who's really a covert operative when not shooting movies -- sounds inspired, but the show gradually makes one want to split more than watch the famously nimble action star do the splits. Van Damme's willingness to spoof his own image plays a central role within the show. When the story begins, he's retired, both from acting (which explains why a guy confuses him with Nicolas Cage) and espionage, having once used his international film work as cover for missions -- like "I Spy," only with brawnier residual payments.

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    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' falls short of sky-high hopes

    (CNN)If expectations for "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" were inordinately (and perhaps unfairly) high, thank "The Force Awakens," which had a huge donut hole in the shape of Luke Skywalker at its center. Running more than 2 ½ hours, the eighth "Star Wars" movie built around the Skywalker clan is the longest under that banner and showcases an abundance of action. To be fair, writer-director Rian Johnson delivers some genuine surprises, and has dotted the movie with its share of pleasurable moments, from disarming humor to the first space battle to callbacks to earlier films -- practically flashing a sign to ensure opening-night audiences will have opportunities to whoop and holler. "The Last Jedi" also adds a number of new characters, most of whom feel pretty disposable with the exception of Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), a plucky rebel whose vulnerability seems well calibrated to connect with the fan base.

  • BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat

    Here are the Fox/Disney movie mashups you didn't know you needed

    It means they'll now own the rights to the likes of Deadpool, The Simpsons and Family Guy. And that gives endless opportunities for character crossovers and movie mashups. Here are some of our favourite possibilities for future franchises. The super superhero movie This is the one that's provoked the most reaction online - partly because stars from the beloved franchises have been tweeting about it. While X-Men and Avengers are both Marvel comics, the film franchises were owned by Fox and Disney respectively. There's plenty of crossover of the characters in the comics - and Marvel have already snapped up Tom Holland's Spider-Man from Sony. We're not sure how that would work for Chris Evans, though.

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    Richest YouTuber on responsibility to fans

    DanTDM, the world's highest-earning YouTuber, has told Victoria Derbyshire he feels "loads" of responsibility to his young fans and their parents. The 26-year-old made more than £12m over the past year. He became successful by streaming videos of himself playing Pokemon and Minecraft.

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    How Lin-Manuel Miranda celebrated milestone

    "Hamilton," which blends hip hop and other musical styles to recount the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, has been the toughest ticket on Broadway since late 2015. The musical by composer-star Lin-Manuel Miranda (second from right) won 11 Tonys, including best musical, and has become a genuine phenomenon. It follows in a long tradition of hugely popular Broadway shows. Click through to see others.