Jada Pinkett Smith on Girls Trip's box office success

Female-driven comedy Girls Trip exceeded all expectations at the US box office when it was released last weekend – a fact its star Jada Pinkett Smith puts down to the power of laughter. It made $ 30.4m (£23.3m) in its first three days, following behind Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk which took $ 50.5m (£38.8m). That makes it the biggest opening weekend for any live-action comedy this year. The film follows the story of four…

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Linkin Park cancel North American tour after Chester Bennington death

Linkin Park have cancelled their North American tour following the death of singer Chester Bennington. Promoters Live Nation said refunds would be made available to all ticket-holders for the tour, which was due to begin next Thursday. A spokesman for the company added: “We are incredibly saddened to hear about the passing of Chester Bennington.” The Los Angeles County Coroner said the singer, 41, and a father of six, hanged himself on Thursday. His body…

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The Walking Dead: What we learned from the season 8 trailer

Rick Grimes is back! Fans of The Walking Dead have been eagerly waiting for news of what’s to happen to Rick and the Alexandria community when season eight of the zombie drama returns to screens in October. That patience was rewarded with a five-minute trailer which was presented by the cast and creators at Friday’s Comic-Con panel. Ahead of the clip, the team began with an emotional tribute to stuntman John Bernecker, who died last…

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Two former Doctors clash over Jodie Whittaker casting

Two former Time Lords have had a war of words over Jodie Whittaker being cast as TV’s first female Doctor. Peter Davison, who played the Doctor from 1981 to 1984, said he “liked the idea” of a male Doctor and that he felt “a bit sad” the character might no longer be “a role model for boys”. His comments were promptly dubbed “rubbish” by his successor Colin Baker. “You don’t have to be of a…

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The history of allegations against R Kelly

On Monday, Buzzfeed published a long and detailed report accusing R Kelly of trapping six women in a sex “cult”. The article alleges that Kelly, best known in the UK for hits like I Believe I Can Fly and Ignition (Remix), targets young women who come to him for help with their fledgling music careers. It claims he seduces them before taking control of their lives – forbidding contact with the outside world, and taping…

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Game of Thrones is back – and it's 'epic'

Game of Thrones has returned for its seventh season – and the critics are generally quite happy about it. “It was a thrill to have the show back and it looked more stunning than ever,” wrote The Independent‘s reviewer. “By the end of the episode it is clear that the stage is now set for a war of truly epic proportions,” wrote Jess Kelham-Hohler of the Evening Standard. Yet Digital Spy’s Alex Mullane did feel…

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Clint Eastwood casts actual heroes in train attack film

Clint Eastwood’s new film about three Americans who stopped a terror attack on a train to Paris will star the real-life heroes of that 2015 incident. Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos and Spencer Stone will play themselves in The 15:17 to Paris, based on the book they co-wrote with Jeffrey E Stern. Actors will play younger versions of the trio in the film, which is thought to focus on the three men’s friendship. The men were…

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Charlize Theron blasts 'caveman-like' Hollywood

Charlize Theron has called Hollywood “caveman-like” for so rarely allowing women to direct big-budget films. “I am ashamed I’m part of an industry that has never allowed a woman to work with a budget higher than what the budget has been on Wonder Woman,” the Oscar-winning actress told Variety. Directed Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman was made for a reported $ 149m (£116m) and has made $ 746m (£582m) worldwide. Theron, 41, also bemoaned the lack…

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