Entertainment 

Jack Reacher creator Lee Child shares his thoughts on writing while working on 23rd novel

GETTY Lee Child shares how he hopes to allow readers an escape from messy world events His Jack Reacher novels, along with The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, have topped bestseller lists, while TV crime dramas attract huge viewing figures. Child says the depressing nature of world affairs, culminating in Donald Trump becoming US President in January, has inspired writers to become more creative. In doing so they have given readers a break from reality into a safe world where they know…

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Favourite Christmas album of 2017 REVEALED: Which album to listen to this Christmas

Tom Chaplin’s Twelve Tales Of Christmas ★★★★ (Island) After his wretchedly self-indulgent solo album ‘The Wave’, the former Keane singer exercises a lighter but far more assured touch, both vocally on excellent covers, most notably East 17’s Stay Another Day, and in his songwriting.  Among the originals, Midnight Mass is an intimate and cleverly observed piece of festive whimsy, superbly performed over muted piano. Under A Million Lights, meanwhile, is a slow-building heartbreaker that jumps into the most glorious melody and might be his most shimmeringly beautiful work since the…

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Toy Story 2 outrage: Are SEX dolls and vibrators ALIVE? Where’s the rabbit?

Is there anything more wholesome than Toy Story? Well… Toy Story 2 is back on UK television screens this afternoon. While the kids are enjoying all the innocent fun, from an adult point of view it could be a little Toy Story too, too much. To start with, consider the basic premise that all toys can come alive behind their unsuspecting owners’ backs. In a fair and equal world this must also mean the same for the poor old hidden away sex toys. In a story about prejudice and fairness,…

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Entertainment 

Twelve Tales Of Christmas: Tom Chaplin’s solo release is the album of the week

Among the originals, Midnight Mass is an intimate and cleverly observed piece of festive whimsy, superbly performed over muted piano. Under A Million Lights, meanwhile, is a slow-building heartbreaker that jumps into the most glorious melody and might be his most shimmeringlybeautiful work since the Keane debut. Simon Callow With The Brighouse & Rastrick Band: A Christmas Carol (Island, two discs) Currently having a ball on TV as The Rebel, a curmudgeoneonly former Mod with a prison record from the Clacton riots, Callow brings hisusual 100 per cent enthusiasm to this…

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Last Jedi’s Mark Hamill SLAMS The Force Awakens as less original than Star Wars prequels

Episodes I-III may be derided as poor films by Star Wars and movie fans alike, but Luke Skywalker himself thinks differently. In a new interview, Hamill highlighted how George Lucas was more original and enjoyed his use of CGI. Speaking with Metro, the actors said: “What I thought was great about the prequels was the different technology that I had never seen before. All that CGI.  “And the fact that [George Lucas] wasn’t trying to do the same experience all over again.” He said: “JJ is a sadist. If he…

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Lifestyle 

Alexandra Burke net worth: Strictly Come Dancing star is worth THIS surprising amount

Strictly Come Dancing’s 15th series comes to a close tonight, as four stars battle it out to hold up the winning trophy. Alongside Gemma Atkinson, Joe McFadden and Debbie McGee is Alexandra Burke who has waltzed her way into the finale. What is Strictly Come Dancing’s Alexandra Burke worth? Alexandra Burke, 29, found fame after winning X Factor in 2008, following an iconic duet with Beyonce. Her singing career started earlier than that, as the Islington-born star was one of the youngest contestants on TV talent show Star For a…

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Technology 

Facebook reveals whether using social network site affects YOUR happiness

Facebook has published an in-depth blog post analysing whether the social networking site is actually good or bad for our mental health. The social networking giant joined the conversation about the impact the site’s had on us after a former exec blasted the service. Last week Chamath Palihapitiya, who was Facebook’s vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” for the company he helped make. He said: “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”. The former Facebook exec…

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Peter Jackson seems to confirm Harvey Weinstein blacklisted actresses

On the night of the Oscars in 1996, 28-year-old Mira Sorvino delivered a tearful acceptance speech after her win for best supporting actress. It was her breakout moment. But just a few years later, Sorvino seemed to disappear from Hollywood. “There may have been other factors,” Sorvino told The New Yorker in October, “but I definitely felt iced out and that my rejection of Harvey had something to do with it.” Mira Sorvino and Harvey Weinstein at Miramax’s 1996 Oscar party on March 25, 1996. BEImages / Rex Features via…

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Sport 

Sean Dyche could be next Liverpool manager: Shock claim if Jurgen Klopp goes

Williams played more than 400 games in the Football League at the likes of Wolves, Coventry and Reading. He is good mates with Brendan Rodgers, the man who Klopp replaced Anfield, and he knows what it takes to make it at Liverpool. And Dyche, Williams says, has it all. The Clarets sit fourth – a place above Liverpool – after 15 games of the season. Williams told bwin: “I think Jurgen Klopp is great for the Premier League, so I don’t think they need to change manager.  “However, to be…

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Judd Apatow returns to stand-up comedy on Netflix – CNET

Time-traveling Judd Apatow watches himself perform his comedy special. He knew he could do the special because he saw himself do it before.  Mark Seliger Welcome back to your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime. The audio is about a minute or two long.  Judd Apatow is virtually a household name. If his name isn’t known, his work definitely is, with hits like “The 40-Year-Old Virgin,” “Knocked…

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