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Stars flee homes in California wildfire terror

The blaze is sweeping the wealthy Montecito area of Santa Barbara, aided by gusts of up to 60mph. Lowe, 53, tweeted: “Praying for my town. Fires closing in. Firefighters making brave stands. Could go either way. Packing to evacuate now.” Oprah, 63, added: “Still praying for our little town. Winds picked up this morning creating a perfect storm of bad for firefighters.” Singer Katy Perry, 33, said: “Woke up to wish my mum a happy 70th birthday today to find my brother evacuating them. Praying for the firefighters and first…

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Entertainment 

Star Wars 8: What audiences REALLY think of The Last Jedi after opening weekend

There have been divided reactions to The Last Jedi over recent days, with fans who disliked Rian Johnson’s story direction complaining loudly across the internet. Many have even managed to drag the film’s audience score on Rotten Tomatoes down to below 60%, considerably lower than other movies in the series. But do those fans speak for the majority, or are they in the minority? CinemaScore, ostensibly the only audience rating system that verifies whether participants have actually seen the film, surveys all kinds of audience members immediately after a screening…

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Sport 

Garth Crooks’ Team of the Week: BBC pundit picks ultra-attacking best XI after GW18

BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has selected another wild Team of the Week with an array of attacking Premier League stars making it into his line-up. Wilf Zaha and Raheem Sterling both wowed the crowds with lethal displays, while Kevin De Bruyne continued to stake his claim for the Player of the Year award. To accomodate the wide range of forward-thinking heroes in his line-up, Crooks has opted for a 3-4-3 with De Bruyne as his most ‘defensive’ choice across the midfield. Do you agree with his Premier League Team…

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Arsenal news: Wayne Rooney makes HUGE Alexis Sanchez, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud claims

The former Manchester United forward thinks that Giroud should be one of the first names on the Arsenal team sheet. He also believes that Wenger was wrong not to sell stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in the summer – despite the latter’s decent start to the season. Giroud has made only one Premier League start this season which came against West Ham last week. However, the 31-year-old has eight goals already this term, and Rooney thinks he should be ahead of £46million forward Alexandre Lacazette in the pecking order….

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Entertainment 

Puccini’s La Bohème opera: Sensitively portrayed, well-focused with light-hearted comedy

The story is pared to the bone, with four singers taking the roles of the two central couples, Mimi and Rodolfo (renamed Ralph) and Musetta and Marcello (renamed Mark). The characters are recognisably Generation Rent, living on their mobiles and takeaway meals, and the setting is Dalston, East London, during Christmas. One pivotal change is that Mimi is no longer suffering from tuberculosis but from heroin addiction. This is sensitively portrayed, unlike Benedict Andrews’s crass update of La Bohème at the Coliseum two years ago. Lizzie Holmes, the Mimi in…

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Technology 

Netflix, Will Smith bring the blockbuster home with ‘Bright’ – CNET

As far as early film screenings go, this one’s a bit unorthodox. I’m in Hollywood to watch Netflix’s “Bright,” a buddy cop film starring Will Smith as a grizzled veteran and Joel Edgerton as his orc partner. (You read that right, a goblin cop.) The movie will be released three days before Christmas, but I get to watch it now. Rather than filing into a traditional theater, I enter a small screening room on the sixth floor of Netflix’s Hollywood offices. There are a half-dozen plush leather chairs decorated with…

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Sport 

Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho facing uncertainty over future at Old Trafford

Mourinho goes to The Hawthorns amid simmering unrest at the club following last week’s defeat by Manchester City – and the unsavoury bust-ups that followed it. And with the £30million Armenian midfielder Henrika Mkhitaryan the latest star to clash with the volatile Mourinho, critics in Old Trafford’s corridors of power are understood to be seriously considering whether there should be a change at the top. Some behind the scenes were privately critical of his appointment in the first place and now fear that the controversies that blighted his reign at…

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Man City boss Pep Guardiola hails ‘humble’ stars after 4-1 thrashing of Tottenham

City went into Saturday evening’s showdown with Tottenham knowing a win would move them 14 points clear at the top of the table. And Guardiola’s men delivered with Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling getting on the scoresheet to secure a 4-1 victory. Guardiola hailed his side in the wake of the result, saying his talented squad continues to knuckle down despite their 16 match top flight winning run. “It was solid, good, against one team demanding to be intense without the ball,” he said. “They have good…

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Technology 

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ best and worst: Our global review – CNET

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has finally landed in theaters, and CNET writers and editors the world over made the Kessel Run to go see it right away. Opinions? Star Wars fans, with opinions? You know it, and we aren’t holding back, so be warned that the impressions we share below are full of spoilers. Haven’t seen the movie yet but need details now? Click on our official, spoiler-free review and head over to our guide outlining everything we know about the film. And here’s another warning: You WILL find spoilers ahead, so if…

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How to spot the huge asteroid behind the Geminid meteor shower – CNET

An asteroid-like object called 3200 Phaethon is the source of the debris that becomes the Geminid meteor shower. B. E. Schmidt and S. C. Radcliffe/UCLA/NASA The 2017 edition of the spectacular Geminid meteor shower is past its peak, but you can still spot the ginormous space rock thought to be the source of all those shooting stars. The asteroid (or perhaps extinct comet) 3200 Phaethon is making its closest pass by Earth since the discovery of the “rock comet” in the early ’80s, and you may be able to see…

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