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    Which Oscars films should I bother seeing?

    This year's Oscars are nearly here, and chances are you haven't had time to watch all the nominated films. Yet. And let's be honest, you won't catch up in the next 10 days. But don't worry - we've spoken to a man who has. Ali Plumb, Radio 1 and 1Xtra's film critic, has given us his tips on what you should spend your time on between now and next Sunday's awards. And his first piece of advice is pretty simple: "Watch Get Out. It was my number one movie of 2017." Jordan Peele's horror, starring recent Bafta winner Daniel Kaluuya, is about a black man who enters a white community which isn't all that it seems. Ali says it was a bit of a surprise entry in the best picture category. "If you've already

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    Fergie and National Anthems that didn't sing

    "Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game?" Barr tweeted. "I think mine was better lowkey." Here are a few other performances that also got the thumbs down: Michael Bolton in 2003 The crooner is known for being smooth on the mic but his 2003 National Anthem performance at a Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees baseball game was pretty choppy. There was a weird echo and then, horror of horrors, Bolton had to peek at his palm where he had written the lyrics. R. Kelly in 2005 Kelly tried to put his own stamp on the anthem with an R & B flavored version at a Bernard Hopkins vs. Jermain Taylor boxing match. There were even some dancers Chicago stepping in the ring with

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    Bill Gates to guest star on 'The Big Bang Theory'

    (CNN)The tech-loving characters on "The Big Bang Theory" are about to find themselves severely star-struck. The comedy series has booked Microsoft founder Bill Gates to guest star as himself in an upcoming episode, CBS and Warner Bros. tell CNN. In the episode, Penny (Kaley Cuoco) will find herself hosting Gates at work, and her friends go to great lengths in their effort to meet the billionaire innovator. The episode is set to air in late March. "The Big Bang Theory" frequently recruits figures from the science, tech, engineering and math fields to appear as guest stars. Some have included astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Stephen Hawking, Telsa founder Elon Musk and Apple's Steve Wozniak. This, meanwhile,

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    Winston Duke's M'Baku heats up 'Black Panther' fans

    (CNN)He may be a villain in "Black Panther" but fans are loving M'Baku. The character is portrayed by Winston Duke, a 31-year-old actor who trained at Yale. The Tobago native has become one of the breakout stars of the blockbuster film, with fans praising everything from his performance to his look. In my opinion though #MBaku was one of favorite characters in this film.

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    Jennifer Lawrence hits back at dress critics

    Jennifer Lawrence has hit back at people who questioned the dress she wore to an outdoor photo shoot. Some critics wondered why she was wearing a revealing dress on a cold day for an event to publicise her new film Red Sparrow in London. Her male co-stars wore long trousers and coats and several people pointed out the contrast. Now the actress has hit back saying, shaming her outfit "is not feminism". In a post on Facebook, Jennifer said the comments were a "distraction" from the real issues women face and the Versace dress with a thigh-high split was her choice to wear. "Wow. I don't really know where to get started on this," she wrote. "This is not only utterly ridiculous, I am extremely offended.

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    Jessie Ware: I'm ready to go mainstream

    Jessie Ware says she's finally ready to go "mainstream". The London singer, nominated for British Female Solo Artist at the Brit Awards, says she hasn't always been comfortable with fame. But now, with three albums under her belt, she tells Newsbeat she's ready to be a star. "I've always fought with the idea of being mainstream, but now I think I just want my music to get to as many people as possible." It's the third time the 33-year-old has been nominated for Best Female, but she says she's prouder of her latest album, Glasshouse, than anything she's done before. "Winning this would really be the icing on the cake of a wild couple of years," she says. Jessie faces fierce competition from Dua

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    My brother communicates only by blinking

    Simon Field has been partially paralysed for the past 10 years. On New Year's Eve in 2006 he tripped and fell on a night out in Bournemouth, hitting his head and causing severe brain damage. The 30-year-old from Hampshire has extremely limited movement and can only communicate by blinking.