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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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    Will Smith returns as the 'Fresh Prince'

    Watch Will Smith and Ellen DeGeneres recreate the intro to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" for the actor's new Instagram page.

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    Review

    Star Wars fans, relax. Rian Johnson, the writer-director of the latest instalment, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has not ruined your Christmas with a turkey. His gift to you is a cracker, a blockbuster movie packed with invention, wit, and action galore. It starts with several bangs. General Hux (Domhnall Gleeson in full pantomime villain mode) is standing on the bridge of the First Order's mighty intergalactic spacecraft watching the Resistance's maverick top gun, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), cause havoc at close quarters. There are bombers, battles and banter a-plenty, setting the tone for the next two hours and 32 minutes, in which Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis channelling Davros from Doctor

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    How Strictly has changed finalists' lives

    "It's a really life-changing thing that we've done. It feels like we've been altered, in a really good way." Joe McFadden is musing on his Strictly experience before he steps on to the dance floor for the last time during the show's grand final at 18:30 GMT on BBC One on Saturday. "It's made me so much braver and more adventurous than I was before," he says, talking about the 13-week roller coaster that's taken him from ballroom beginner to debonair dancer. Adventurous is one word for the daring cantilever move he and professional dance partner Katya Jones executed in the semi-final. 'Beyond thrilled' Jones hoisted the former Holby City actor to his feet in a tricky balance during their Argentine

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    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' has second biggest opening day ever

    Box office numbers for the opening day of Episode VIII are second only to its prequel, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which made $119 million when it opened in 2015. The Thursday night box office for "Last Jedi" is rolled into Friday. "The Last Jedi" opens in more than 4,100 theaters domestically this weekend. The movie will likely come up short against the opening for "The Force Awakens," but Friday's box office windfall bodes well for the space franchise as it heads into the weekend. The box office record for an opening weekend belongs to "Force Awakens," which premiered to $248 million two years ago. Living up to the galactic hype of its predecessor is a challenge for "Last Jedi," but the

  • Sexual harassment allegations swirl around ESPN

    ESPN is denying allegations of sexual harassment against one of its anchors, John Buccigross. In addition to denying the allegations, ESPN also on Thursday released text messages between the alleged victim and Buccigross to show that they had, in ESPN's words, a "consensual, personal friendship that spanned months." The Boston Globe had reported Thursday evening that Adrienne Lawrence, a former on-air personality, lodged a complaint in which she claimed she was sexually harassed by Buccigross and then faced retaliation from ESPN for having brought his alleged actions to the attention of superiors and HR. ESPN said in a statement that it "conducted a thorough investigation and found these claims

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    Disney-21st Century Fox and the war with Netflix over streaming

    Odds are, if you're reading this story, you're a subscriber to Netflix. In two years, will you be a subscriber to Disney, too? That's what Disney head Bob Iger hopes. In fact, that's the premise of this week's $52 billion Disney-21st Century Fox deal. Executives at the two companies are talking openly about taking on Netflix, which is a fundamental change to how Disney and Fox currently operate. "When Disney pull all their -- and Fox -- pull their programs back, or stop selling anything to Netflix, it will be interesting how that affects them," 21st Century Fox (FOX) patriarch Rupert Murdoch said Thursday. Murdoch is basically telling Netflix "we're turning off the spigot." The Fox assets will