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Star Wars: The Last Jedi has critics in raptures

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has critics in raptures

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"Rousing." "Thrilling." "Addictively bold." Just a few of the superlatives the critics are using to describe the latest film in the Star Wars saga.The Last Jedi, writes the Telegraph, is "enormous fun" and "will leave fans beaming with surprise".The Guardian calls it "an explosive sugar rush of spectacle" possessing "a tidal wave of energy and emotion".Variety, though, swims against the tide, describing it as "the longest and least essential chapter in the series".Rian Johnson's film, says Peter Debruge, is "ultimately a disappointment" that "gives in to the same winking self-parody that is poisoning other franchises of late."Writing in The Verge, Tasha Robinson tends to agree: "Audiences will likely come away from The Last Jedi with a lot of complaints and questions." Released in the UK o...
No-spoiler review: Star Wars has changed forever

No-spoiler review: Star Wars has changed forever

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A long time ago, I gave up on Star Wars. Grew tired of bad acting and vague catchphrases. "What this franchise needs is a rebel," I thought. Now it has found one.Light and darkness. Good and evil. Empire and rebellion.There is a reason why this binary vision of the world is the cornerstone of any nutritious blockbuster. Kids love it because they get it, while older fans accept being tricked into seeing the world as black and white.That's why we have heroes and villains. Sometimes the hero breaks bad but, once that happens, there is seldom any hope left for him.Since the Star Wars franchise was reinvented nearly two decades ago, it has been plagued by cliches and bad characters.Video:Questions The Last Jedi needs to answer::The Last Jedi: First reactions to the new Star WarsEpisodes went fo...
Tearful Kimmel appears with son after surgery

Tearful Kimmel appears with son after surgery

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US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had tears in his eyes as he held his baby son in front of the cameras and made a passionate plea over children's healthcare.Kimmel was returning to his late-night show after taking a week off for the boy's second heart surgery.His voice cracking at times, Kimmel gave a monologue calling on the US Congress to restore a children's health insurance programme that has recently lapsed.He said it was "disgusting" that politicians had prioritised "getting tax cuts for their billionaire and millionaire donors".Kimmel's son, Billy, had surgery soon after he was born in April and the eight-month-old had another operation last week.The host wants US politicians to restore the Children's Health Insurance Program, which has been unfunded since September because of a polit...
EXO celebrates its album 'The War' going platinum

EXO celebrates its album 'The War' going platinum

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Dec. 11 (UPI) -- South Korean boy band EXO is celebrating its album The War going platinum.The K-pop group tweeted an elated message Sunday after selling more than 1 million copies of the record, which was released in July.Gaon monthly album charts confirmed The War has sold 1.086 million copies, according to The Korea Herald. The repackaged album The War: The Power of Music, which debuted in September, has sold an additional 506,485 copies.EXO's previous three studio albums, XOXO, Exodus and Ex'Act, also reached platinum status. The combined sales figure of The War and The War: The Power of Music, however, surpasses the other records.The achievement follows EXO's win for The War at the 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards this month. The International Business Times reported the group took home A...
Famous birthdays for Dec. 11: Rita Moreno, Hailee Steinfeld

Famous birthdays for Dec. 11: Rita Moreno, Hailee Steinfeld

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Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Those born on this date are under the sign of Sagittarius.They include:-- U.S. statesman George Mason in 1725-- New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia in 1882-- Football Hall of Fame member Doc Blanchard in 1924-- Actor Rita Moreno (first performer to win an Oscar, Tony, Emmy and Grammy) in 1931 (age 86)-- Singer David Gates in 1940 (age 77)-- Former Secretary of State John Kerry in 1943 (age 74) File Pool Photo by Olivier Douliery/UPI -- Singer Brenda Lee in 1944 (age 73)-- Actor Donna Mills in 1940 (age 77)-- Actor Teri Garr in 1947 (age 70)-- Actor Bess Armstrong in 1953 (age 64)-- Rock and Roll Hall of Famer member Jermaine Jackson in 1954 (age 63) File Photo by David Silpa/UPI -- Rock musician Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue) in 1958 (age 59)-- Actor Mo'N...