'Jumanji' draws new players into the game

    (CNN)Grading on the "Baywatch"-deflated scale of 2017 The Rock reboot roles, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" turns out to be surprisingly fun, infusing the premise with a "The Breakfast Club" twist while accentuating the comedy. "Jumanji" receives a videogame-informed upgrade from the 1995 movie that starred Robin Williams, which requires transacting a whole lot of business in the first 15 minutes to get the board set up. Four high-school students -- two nerds, a popular girl and a jock -- all land in detention, where they discover the play console that yanks them into the peril-filled world of Jumanji. One of the nerds thus becomes musclebound Dr. Smolder Bravestone (the aforementioned Dwayne Johnson), the other skilled fighter Ruby Roundhouse (Karen Gillan), the jock Bravestone's sidekick "Moose" Finbar (Kevin Hart), and the other girl scientist Shelly Oberon (Jack Black), owing to some confusion about the name.

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    World wonders recreated in Lego

    Model makers have created more than 70 Lego sculptures, with many built as tributes to some of the world's greatest landmarks. The Brick Wonders exhibition, at The Forum in Norwich, has been made with hundreds of thousands of Lego bricks.

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    'Star Wars' fans, box office analysts brace themselves for 'The Last Jedi'

    "Star Wars" fans in galaxies both near and far, far away are less than a week away from watching "The Last Jedi." The next installment of the "Star Wars" saga opens in U.S. theaters next Thursday night and with it comes some of the biggest buzz for a film since, well, the last "Star Wars" movie, 2015's "The Force Awakens." Analysts have a hard time predicting opening weekend numbers when it comes to movies with a lot of hype. "The Last Jedi" could make anywhere from $190 million to $215 million, and falling anywhere in that range would give it one of the biggest openings of all time. "Movies with such a high level of interest, demand, and secrecy are more sensitive to the flow of buzz, especially

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    'Star Wars' galaxy leaves plenty of space to navigate

    (CNN)With "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" about to arrive in cinemas amid all the hoopla that entails, add to the list of great unknowable questions when we might reach the point -- assuming there is one -- of "Star Wars" fatigue? Based on the available evidence, while fans fret about such things -- as a search of "Star Wars Saturation" reveals -- there's little to suggest that the Disney empire, which now presides over the franchise, has reason to lose any sleep. The debate about Disney's grandiose plans for "Star Wars" began not long after the studio acquired Lucasfilm in 2012 for $4 billion. The company's blueprint included not only the new trilogy, of which "Last Jedi" is the second chapter, but stand-alone movies and spinoffs.

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    Paddington 2: How we made the film

    An exclusive look at the visual effects behind the film Paddington 2.

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    Steven Tyler opens home for abused girls

    "You can see in their faces and hear in their voices how broken they are," he said. Witnessing such despair is what led to his philanthropic endeavor, Tyler said. The singer said a stint in rehab years ago allowed him to meet many women who were there partly because of struggles resulting from abuse. "While I was in (rehab), I found out most of women in there were battered and beaten and abused verbally and sexually in huge numbers," he said. "It was like seven out of 10, eight out of 10." The magnitude of the issue began to occur to Tyler after the success of "Janie's Got a Gun," his band's 1989 hit about a girl sexually abused by her father. The powerful video, directed by Oscar-nominated director

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    Royal pleasure, parties and politics

    There is something hauntingly contemporary about this exhibition. It starts with a disgruntled England, which has made a cataclysmic decision to break with an imperfect but effective Europe-entwined institution that has been the basis for the country's social, economic, and political life. We'd be better off without 'em, is the feeling. The Irish and Scots are not so sure, but the will of a group of charismatic and self-righteous metropolitan politicians prevails, and people are warily readying themselves for a collective leap into the dark. The population is divided on the matter, split like a pair of cheap trousers. The fact is this scepter'd isle is going to be run differently from now on.