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JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode IX

JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars: Episode IX

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JJ Abrams, who launched the new era of Star Wars films with The Force Awakens in 2015, is returning to the series as director of Star Wars: Episode IX.Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said "JJ delivered everything we could have possibly hoped for" in the earlier instalment, and she was excited he was returning to "close out this trilogy".Abrams replaces Colin Trevorrow, who dropped out of the film last month.Meanwhile the release has been delayed by six months, to December 2019.The announcement was made on Twitter by Walt Disney Studios, which owns Lucasfilm, on Friday.Chris Terrio will co-write the ninth instalment with Abrams. He won an Oscar for writing Argo in 2013 and his other scripts include Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and the forthcoming Justice League.Analysis - Lizo Mz...
Sir Peter Hall: Theatre giant dies aged 86

Sir Peter Hall: Theatre giant dies aged 86

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Founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company and former National Theatre director Sir Peter Hall has died at the age of 86.He died on Monday at University College hospital in London, surrounded by his family, the National Theatre said.During his career he staged the English language premiere of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot and the world premiere of Harold Pinter's Homecoming. Sir Peter had been diagnosed with dementia in 2011.There will be a private family funeral, with details of a memorial service to be announced at a later date.Sir Peter Hall: A giant of British theatreSir Peter - from the archive on BBC ArtsSir Peter became director of the National in 1973 and was responsible for the theatre's move from the Old Vic to the purpose-built complex on the South Bank. He founded the RSC at...
Aussie bombshell melts Instagram with drool-worthy topless exposés

Aussie bombshell melts Instagram with drool-worthy topless exposés

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Our Instagram Babe of the Week title goes to Kristina Mendonca.The blonde bombshell has over 355,000 followers, with admirers flocking to her page to check out her latest skin-baring antics.Following the likes of Lindsey Pelas and Demi Rose Mawby, the online sensation is known for her love of skimpy bikinis.Proving nothing's off limits when it comes to the flash-ion industry, the starlet has stunned fans by yanking down her swimsuit to reveal her breast assets.So just what do we know about the brazen model?InstagramNUDE STRIPTEASE: Kristina Mendonca flaunted her assets in this flesh-coloured bikiniThis summer's sexiest bikini bodies Get ready for summer with our pick of the sexiest bikini babes.Instagram Sexiest bikini bodies this summer InstagramRED HOT: The Aus
James Blunt crowd-surfs in a dinghy – and other things we learned at Radio 2's Hyde Park show

James Blunt crowd-surfs in a dinghy – and other things we learned at Radio 2's Hyde Park show

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Media playback is unsupported on your deviceJames Blunt set sail over the audience at Radio 2's Hyde Park festival on Sunday - perched precariously inside a rubber dinghy.The star's take on crowd-surfing came at the end of a mid-afternoon set, which featured the hits You're Beautiful, Bonfire Heart and 1973.But he came to a sticky end when the Union Jack dinghy capsized about 30 rows back from the stage."Can we have him back, please?" compere Ken Bruce asked the crowd.Blunt later emerged unscathed, after posing for selfies with (some of) the 35,000-strong audience.Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park: Full coverageRadio 2's rain-soaked "festival in a day" also saw performances from Stereophonics, Rick Astley, Emeli Sande and Blondie.And country star Shania Twain gave her first UK performance in 13 ye...
Noel Edmonds left suicidal after corrupt bankers robbed him of £300million

Noel Edmonds left suicidal after corrupt bankers robbed him of £300million

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GETTYDESPAIR: Noel Edmonds was driven to suicide after corrupt bankers stripped his assetsHe claimed their ruthless stripping of assets from his business empire drove him to a suicide attempt.The star was left so depressed by the demands of Halifax Bank of Scotland that he took handfuls of pills and washed them down with a bottle of vodka in 2005.He revealed: “HBOS robbed me of my marriage, my family, my businesses, my long-standing friend and business partner, my income, my investments, my self-respect, my reputation, my privacy, my physical and mental health. It cost me my security, my image rights and collection of classic cars – and very nearly my life.” “Bankers are financial terrorists” Noel EdmondsNoel, 68, has launched a legal bid to reclaim the millions he