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Singer Chris Rea is said to be in a stable condition in hospital after collapsing during a performance.

Fans posted on Twitter that they saw the 66-year-old “fall backwards” mid-song at the New Theatre Oxford.

Rea, who is known for his hits “Driving Home for Christmas” and “Road to Hell”, is on tour to promote his new album.

A concert due to take place in Brighton on Sunday has now been cancelled. A decision has not yet been made on a concert due in Bournemouth on Tuesday.

Darren Fewins, who was in the audience in Oxford, said Rea had been on stage for about 45 minutes when he collapsed halfway through a song.

He told the Press Association that Rea, who was born in Middlesbrough, was “playing the best I have ever seen” before his fall.

South Central Ambulance Service said it was called at 21:30 GMT to an incident at the venue and that one patient had been taken to hospital.

Staff at the theatre tweeted that they “appreciate everyone’s patience” and will update people with news when they have it.

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Rea had his pancreas removed in 2001 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

He suffered a stroke in 2016, but recovered to launch an album in September and embark on his tour around Europe from October.

He told BBC Breakfast in August this year that he still felt the effects of the stroke.

“I’m fine when I’m sitting down. I’ve just got a little bit of balance – it’s a bit dodgy, just in case anyone thinks I’m drunk on-stage.”

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Captain America star Chris Evans has invited a bullied child to the 2018 premiere of Avengers: Infinity War.

He was one of many stars to tweet a message of support to Keaton Jones after seeing a video of the boy speaking about being bullied.

Actress and singer Hailee Steinfeld asked Keaton to be her date for the Pitch Perfect 3 premiere.

While Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown said she wanted to be friends with him.

The footage was originally published on Facebook by his mum Kimberley on Friday and has since racked up 22m views.

In the video Keaton, who lives in Tennessee in the US, asks: “Why do they find joy in taking innocent people and finding a way to be mean to them? It’s not OK.”

“People that are different don’t need to be criticised about it. It’s not their fault.

“It’s hard. It’ll probably get better one day.”

Keaton also says he had milk poured on him and ham put down his shirt during one bullying incident.

In a post on Facebook, his mum said her son asked to be videoed after he had her pick him up because he was afraid to go to lunch.

She wrote: “We all know how it feels to want to belong, but only a select few know how it really feels not to belong anywhere.”

“Stay strong, Keaton. Don’t let them make you turn cold,” Chris Evans tweeted.

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“That fact he has sympathy and compassion for other people when he’s going through it himself, is a testament to who he is,” said Justin Bieber.

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“What makes you so special is that there is only one you,” said Hailee Steinfeld in a Twitter invite to her premiere.

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“I think you’re so cool Keaton,” wrote Millie Bobby Brown.

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Other messages of support came from singer Demi Lovato, Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo, Detroit star Will Poulter, Walking Dead actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Star Wars’ Mark Hamill and rapper Snoop Dogg.

Many other stars of cinema and sport shared messages of support for Keaton on Twitter.

Keaton spent Sunday with Tennessee quarterback Jarrett Guarantano, who said he was like his “little brother.”

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Chris Evans invitation has been liked more than 650,000 times on Twitter but there has been some backlash since the video went viral.

Photos of Keaton and family members posing with the Confederate flag and guns have been shared online.

The flag is controversial as it was first introduced in the US Civil War by the states fighting to keep slavery legal and some see it as a symbol of racial hatred.

This has led to some people accusing his family of being racist.

Other people have argued that bullying should be condemned regardless of a family’s beliefs.

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After finishing ninth at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, Australia is upping its game for 2018.

Pop star Jessica Mauboy will represent her country in Lisbon next May, broadcaster SBS announced on Monday.

The 28-year-old instantly becomes one of the most current, established artists to take part in recent years.

Mauboy, who is the first indigenous artist to reach number one on the Australian album charts, said she would “sing my heart out for Australia”.

She added: “I’m so proud to be officially representing my country and a little bit nervous – mainly about the dress!”

The star previously appeared at the 2014 Eurovision semi-final in Denmark, playing the song Sea of Flags during the interval.

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Like many modern Eurovision contestants, Mauboy shot to fame on reality TV, coming second in the 2006 series of Australian Idol.

After the show, she released a live album, The Journey, which reached the top five thanks to the popularity of her cover of Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful.

Her official debut single, Running Back, followed a year later, featuring a guest appearance by US superstar Flo Rida. It was certified double platinum and saw Mauboy win her first Aria – Australia’s equivalent of a Brit Award.

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The singer got her big break on Australian Idol

Since then, she has sold more than 3.4m albums globally, while her songs have been streamed more than 158m times.

She also starred in the 2012 film The Sapphires, playing the role of Julie McCrae, one of four indigenous Australian women who travel to Vietnam to sing for troops during the war.

The film won Mauboy an Australian Film Critics Association Award for best supporting actress and led to her being cast in the lead role of the hit TV series The Secret Daughter.

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Australia has been part of the Eurovision Song Contest since 2015, when it was given a “wild card” entry for the show’s 60th anniversary.

The competition has a huge fan base in the country, where it has been screened for more 30 years, with viewing figures regularly topping 3 million.

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Mauboy, whose mother is from the Indigenous KuKu Yalanji tribe and whose father is from Timor, said she had wanted to represent Australia at the contest ever since her half-time performance in 2014.

“I am a deeply a competitive person when it comes to music,” she said. “I almost feel like I was the permission for Australia to become properly involved.

“A year after that, the gate was opened for Australia [and] I almost feel like I’ve been waiting for this, like it’s unfinished business.”

The singer has yet to unveil the song she will take to Portugal, but said she intended to compose it herself.

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“I want my culture, background and history to definitely affect and be part of the song that I want to write,” she told SBS.

“I think as someone who represents Australia as a whole, within the song I really want to go deep and be able to tell a story, but also have something that sounds like it’s just been taken from the radio or a music video.

“I want to keep the vibe of it being music and that being the heart of it.”

The 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be held on 12 May.

Last year’s winner was Salvador Sobral, who performed the emotional ballad Amar Pelos Dois (Love for Both of Us).

The 27-year-old, who has a long-standing health condition, recently had a successful heart transplant.

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Jessica Chastain is nominated for best actress for Molly’s Game

The nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced in Los Angeles. Here is the full shortlist.

Film categories

Best motion picture – drama

  • Call Me by Your Name
  • Dunkirk
  • The Post
  • The Shape of Water
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best motion picture – comedy or musical

  • The Disaster Artist
  • Get Out
  • The Greatest Showman
  • I, Tonya
  • Lady Bird

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – drama

  • Timothee Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name
  • Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
  • Tom Hanks, The Post
  • Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
  • Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – drama

  • Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game
  • Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
  • Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Meryl Streep, The Post
  • Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

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Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep have both been nominated for awards for their roles in film The Post

Best performance by an actor in a motion picture – comedy or musical

  • Steve Carrell, Battle of the Sexes
  • Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver
  • James Franco, The Disaster Artist
  • Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman
  • Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best performance by an actress in a motion picture – comedy or musical

  • Judi Dench, Victoria and Abdul
  • Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker
  • Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
  • Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
  • Emma Stone, The Battle of the Sexes

Best performance by an actor in a supporting role in a motion picture

  • Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
  • Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
  • Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
  • Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
  • Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best performance by an actress in a supporting role in a motion picture

  • Mary J Blige, Mudbound
  • Hong Chau, Downsizing
  • Alison Janney, I, Tonya
  • Laurie Metcalf, Ladybird
  • Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

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Kenneth Branagh in Dunkirk, nominated for best picture

Best director – motion picture

  • Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
  • Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World
  • Steven Spielberg, The Post

Best screenplay – motion picture

  • Guillermo del Toro and Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water
  • Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
  • Liz Hannah and Josh Singer, The Post
  • Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Aaron Sorkin, Molly’s Game

Best animated film

  • The Boss Baby
  • The Breadwinner
  • Coco
  • Ferdinand
  • Loving Vincent

Best foreign language film

  • A Fantastic Woman
  • First They Killed My Father
  • In the Fade
  • Loveless
  • The Square

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The Shape of Water has seven nominations in total

Best original score – motion picture

  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • The Shape of Water
  • Phantom Thread
  • The Post
  • Dunkirk

Best original song – motion picture

  • Home – Ferdinand
  • Mighty River – Mudbound
  • Remember Me – Coco
  • The Star – The Star
  • This Is Me – The Greatest Showman

Television categories

Best television series – drama

  • The Crown
  • Game of Thrones
  • The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Stranger Things
  • This is Us

Best television series – comedy

  • Black-ish
  • The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Master of None
  • SMILF
  • Will Grace

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Claire Foy plays Queen Elizabeth in The Crown, which is nominated for best drama

Best actor in a television series – drama

  • Jason Bateman, Ozark
  • Sterling K Brown, This is Us
  • Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor
  • Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul
  • Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Best actress in a television series – drama

  • Caitriona Balfe, Outlander
  • Claire Foy, The Crown
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce
  • Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why
  • Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best actor in a television series – musical or comedy

  • Anthony Anderson, Black-ish
  • Aziz Ansari, Master of None
  • Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick
  • William H. Macy, Shameless
  • Eric McCormack, Will and Grace

Best actress in a television series – musical or comedy:

  • Pamela Adlon, Better Things
  • Alison Brie, Glow
  • Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs Maisel
  • Issa Rae, Insecure
  • Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best television limited series or motion picture made for television:

  • Big Little Lies
  • Fargo
  • Feud: Bette and Joan
  • The Sinner
  • Top of the Lake: China Girl

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Top of the Lake: China Girl starred The West Wing and Mad Men actress Elisabeth Moss

Best actor in a limited Series or motion picture made for television:

  • Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies
  • Jude Law, The Young Pope
  • Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks
  • Ewan McGregor, Fargo
  • Geoffrey Rush, Genius

Best actress in a limited series or motion picture made for television:

  • Jessica Biel, The Sinner
  • Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
  • Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
  • Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Best supporting actor in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television:

  • David Harbour, Stranger Things
  • Alfred Molina, Feud
  • Christian Slater, Mr. Robot
  • Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies
  • David Thewlis, Fargo

Best supporting actress in a series, limited series or motion picture made for television:

  • Laura Dern, Big Little Lies
  • Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Chrissy Metz, This is Us
  • Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies
  • Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

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Christopher Plummer has been nominated for a Golden Globe for the role in which he replaced Kevin Spacey.

The actor took over the role in All the Money in the World after a string of sexual harassment allegations were made against Spacey.

The nominees for best drama film include Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk, The Post, The Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.

Dame Helen Mirren and Dame Judi Dench are among the British nominees.

  • Golden Globes: Nominations in full

They are in the best actress in a comedy or musical category, alongside Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Emma Stone.

The Shape of Water received the most nominations of any film – with seven in total. The Post and Three Billboards each have six.

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L-R: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie and Emma Stone

It was announced last month that Plummer would take over the role of the late oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty in All the Money in the World.

According to Variety, Spacey had already filmed about two weeks of footage for the film, which is directed by Ridley Scott.

Spacey had also appeared in a trailer which was released in September.

Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams, who also star in the movie, had to take part in reshoots for the film, which is still scheduled for release at the end of the month.

But another film in which Spacey stars, Baby Driver, attracted one nomination – Ansel Elgort is up for best actor in a musical or comedy film.

Gary Oldman is nominated for best actor in a drama, for playing Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour – the film’s only nod.

Oldman faces competition from Timothee Chalamet (for Call Me by Your Name), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Tom Hanks, The Post and Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Nicole Kidman and Robert De Niro are among the nominees in the television categories.

Kidman and Reese Witherspoon are both nominated for best actress in a limited series for their roles in Big Little Lies.

The show received six nominations in total – making it the most-nominated TV series this year.

The pair are up against Jessica Biel, who is nominated for her role in The Sinner and Jessica Lange and Susan Sarandon, both of whom are nominated for Feud: Bette and Joan.

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Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman star in Big Little Lies

De Niro is nominated for best actor in a limited series for The Wizard of Lies, alongside Jude Law for The Young Pope and Geoffrey Rush for Genius.

The category is completed by Ewan McGregor, who is nominated for Fargo, and Kyle MacLachlan for Twin Peaks.

The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will take place on 7 January, hosted by US comedian Seth Meyers.

The nominations were announced at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in California by Kristen Bell, Sharon Stone, Alfre Woodard and Garrett Hedlund.

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Veteran TV presenter Keith Chegwin has died aged 60 after a long illness, his family has said.

They said he had endured a “long-term battle with a progressive lung condition” which “rapidly worsened towards the end of this year”.

He died at home on Monday with his family by his side, who said they were “heartbroken”.

Tributes have been paid from the world of entertainment for the “true telly legend”.

His career spanned five decades.

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‘Life and soul’

Chegwin was perhaps best known for hosting programmes including children’s game show Cheggers Plays Pop, Swap Shop and Saturday Superstore.

The Liverpool-born star began his career as a child actor, starring in films such as Roman Polanski’s Macbeth and TV shows including The Liver Birds, The Adventures of Black Beauty and Z-Cars.

He went on to appear in reality TV shows including Celebrity Big Brother.

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Chegwin also starred in Ricky Gervais’s Extras and ITV’s GMTV

The larger-than-life character, described by his family as “a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend”, leaves his wife Maria and two children.

Chegwin had been cared for at a hospice in recent weeks.

His last tweet was posted on 28 September.

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‘Childhood memories’

Chegwin was previously married to fellow TV presenter Maggie Philbin, whom he had met on Swap Shop.

Philbin paid tribute to her former husband, saying: “It is incredibly sad. Keith was a one-off. Full of life, generous and with a focus on things that mattered – his family.

“I saw him two months ago at his sister Janice’s wedding, where he was still attempting to be life and soul of the party despite being on portable oxygen and made sure he knew how much he meant to us all.

“Our daughter Rose flew home from San Francisco to be with him over the last few weeks and I know he was surrounded by so much love from his second wife Maria, their son Ted, his sister Janice, his twin brother Jeff and his father Colin.”

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Fellow Swap Shop presenter Noel Edmonds said in a statement: “I’ve lost my first real telly chum and I’m certain I’m not alone in shedding tears for a true telly legend.

“The greatest achievement for any TV performer is for the viewers to regard you as a friend and today millions will be grateful for Keith’s contribution to their childhood memories and like me they will mourn the passing of a friend.”

Ricky Gervais, who created the series Extras which Chegwin starred in, described him as a “national treasure”.

‘Great character’

Gaby Roslin, who worked with Chegwin on The Big Breakfast, described him as “so generous and kind” and a “happy and joyous man”.

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Chegwin had two children, including a daughter with his first wife Maggie Philbin

John Craven, who worked with Chegwin on Swap Shop told BBC News that his colleague “never lost his cool. I never saw Keith when he wasn’t happy. He was a great, great character.”

He added: “We were great friends for many years, but we lost touch a bit and [his death] came as a huge shock for me.”

Presenter Chris Evans, who worked with Chegwin on the Big Breakfast, tweeted: “Very sad and shocked to hear of the passing of Keith Chegwin. The king of outside broadcast.”

Bobby Davro said Chegwin was “one of the nicest guys” in showbiz.

And Tony Blackburn said he was “devastated” at the loss of his friend.

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Blackburn told BBC News that Chegwin was “exactly the same (off air) as he was on television” and that he never saw him with a script.

“He was the most lovely person I’ve ever met and I’m so sad he’s no longer with us,” he added.

‘Saturday morning hero’

Breakfast presenter Lorraine Kelly said he was “a kind, funny, brave man”.

And Fiona Phillips, who also worked with him on breakfast TV, also paid tribute to her friend.

Phillip Schofield, who presented Saturday morning show Going Live, described Chegwin as “one of my many original Saturday morning heroes”.

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Chegwin also had a hit single with I Wanna Be A Winner in 1981. The novelty hit, which was recorded by Chegwin and his Swap Shop co-hosts under the name Brown Sauce, reached number 15 in the charts.

His career fell away in the 80s and 90s and he had a well-documented struggle with alcoholism for many years. But it was revived by a stint on the Big Breakfast.

He went on to make infamous Channel 5 nudist gameshow Naked Jungle, appearing naked except for a hat – which he later described as the “worst career move” of his “entire life”.

Chegwin – known affectionately by the nickname Cheggers – also appeared in Celebrity Big Brother, Bargain Hunt Famous Finds and Dancing on Ice.

He was due to appear in the 2012 Dancing on Ice series but had to pull out after breaking his ribs during the first day of rehearsal. He returned as a contestant the following year.

He also took part in Pointless Celebrities and Masterchef.

The disease Chegwin had is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which causes scarring of the lungs.

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Stormtroopers, an AT-AT Walker and a panoply of droids brought the Star Wars universe to downtown Los Angeles at the premiere of The Last Jedi.

The much-anticipated first screening of the franchise’s latest episode was dedicated to the late Carrie Fisher, who died last December aged 60.

Fisher, playing General Leia, finished work on the movie before her death.

Writer-director Rian Johnson opened the screening with a tribute, urging fans to “have a blast… for Carrie”.

“I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping me the bird, saying ‘Damn it Rian, don’t you dare make this night a solemn tribute,’” said Johnson, who brought the stars of the film onstage to introduce it.

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Actors Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Gwendoline Christie and Domhnall Gleeson were applauded at the premiere

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Carrie Fisher died last December after completing her work on the movie

Is it any good?

Formal reviews of the film have been embargoed until later in the week, but guests at the premiere have already been pouring out their thoughts on social media.

Joshus Yehl, editor of IGN Comics, said he gasped, laughed, screamed and cried at what might be “the best Star Wars movie ever”.

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Grae Drake, a senior editor with movie and TV review site Rotten Tomatoes, described it as “as epic and sweeping as all the other films combined” with moments “that will make your head pop off” – in a good way.

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Film critic Scott Mantz said The last Jedi was “a little too long and dragged in the middle”, but said it was a “worthy Episode VIII” – and that Luke Skywalker actor Mark Hamill was “awesome”.

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Meanwhile, Mark Hamill himself referenced the lyrics to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with a tweet from the auditorium, ending with a plea to fans to “keep the secrets of VIII”.

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What’s it about?

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Episode VIII in the movie franchise that started in 1977) follows on from the 2015 film The Force Awakens, and opens with the Resistance trying to fight off Supreme Leader Snoke’s First Order, which is trying to take over the galaxy.

Meanwhile, leading character Rey (Daisy Ridley) is trying to persuade Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to join the Resistance fight and bring a spark of hope to the rebels.

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Daisy Ridley met fans and signed autographs on the red carpet

“There hasn’t been a Star Wars movie yet that has explored war the way The Last Jedi has,” said John Boyega, who plays the heroic stormtrooper-turned-rebel Finn.

“It’s very messy. The categorising of good and evil is all mixed together.”

Oscar Isaac, who plays X-wing fighter pilot Poe Dameron, added: “It’s a dire situation, it’s critical. The Resistance is on its last legs.

“When you’re trying to survive, the First Order’s right on top of us, it is like war, where you’ve got to keep moving to try to survive. You feel the momentum of everything that happened in The Force Awakens just pushing to a critical mass.”

What will success look like?

Experts are predicting the movie – which opens on 15 December – will gross about $220m (£164m) on its opening weekend in the United States. That would push it into second place on the all-time list, ahead of Jurassic World but behind 2015′s The Force Awakens, which made some $248m on its opening weekend.

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Longtime characters R2-D2 and C-3PO were among the droids represented on the red carpet

Gwendoline Christie, who plays stormtrooper commander Captain Phasma, said the franchise had an enduring appeal.

“I think it’s because the world we live in is a changing and evolving place that it retains the simplicity of those elements,” she said.

“But it really resonates with what it is to follow your own human, dark, narcissistic tendencies, where that will take you.”

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Queens of the Stone Age musician Josh Homme has apologised after a female photographer said he kicked her in the head during a concert in Los Angeles.

Chelsea Lauren posted a video on social media that appeared to show Homme kick her as she took pictures close to the stage on Saturday night.

“I now get to spend my night in the ER. Seriously, WHO DOES THAT?”, she said.

In a statement, Homme apologised and said he would never intentionally cause harm to someone.

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Ms Lauren described the “obviously very intentional” incident to Variety magazine.

“I saw him coming over and I was shooting away,” she said. “He looked straight at me, swung his leg back pretty hard and full-blown kicked me in the face. “

She says she will file a police report.

Ms Lauren posted an update to Instagram along with two photographs she had taken seconds before the incident. She said her eyebrow was bruised and her neck was sore.

“I hold nobody accountable for this but Josh himself”, she added.

Homme, 44, issued an apology through the Queens of the Stone Age Twitter account.

He said he was “in a state of being lost in performance” when he kicked over some equipment on stage and made contact with Ms Lauren.

“I hope Chelsea will accept my sincere apology”, he said.

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But the apology was criticised by some Twitter users, including Mr Homme’s friend, celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain, who branded it “weak”.

Ms Lauren later thanked the Queens of the Stone Age fan base for their support following the incident.

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It is not the first time Mr Homme has been criticised for his on-stage behaviour.

In 2008, he was accused of homophobia after insulting a fan during a concert in Norway. He had threatened to kick the fan in the face before throwing a bottle at him.

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Georgia Toffolo has been named the winner of this year’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

The shocked reality star, known as Toff, was crowned by Ant and Dec on Sunday evening after more than nine million votes were cast.

She was odds-on favourite to win the ITV show, but said: “I am so taken aback. Is this real?”

Former Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas came in second place, with radio and TV presenter Iain Lee coming in third.

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Toffolo, 23, is known for appearing on E4′s Made in Chelsea, joining in the seventh series. She also works for The Lady magazine and is head of events for think tank Parliament Street.

Fellow campmate Stanley Johnson – father of Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson – said: “I knew she was going to make it. I said right from the start that Toff is the one.”

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Jamie Lomas came second in the ITV series

Toffolo said her favourite moment of the show was going to collect water with Johnson, who she grew a strong friendship with over the show.

She follows in the footsteps of previous reality TV star winners including Scarlett Moffatt and Vicky Pattinson.

Moffatt, who became “Queen of the Jungle” in 2016, said: “It’s girls like you that make me feel proud to be a young woman, I am so proud of you.”

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Iain Lee was voted into third place by the public

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Molly Bloom says it was “deeply emotional” to see her life made into a film

It’s a bit of a strange experience, sitting down in a hotel to chat to someone whose life you’ve just seen portrayed on a big screen, witnessing their biggest triumphs and personal disasters.

Imagine how it feels then for “poker princess” Molly Bloom herself, seeing Jessica Chastain slip into her shoes and present her story to the world in Molly’s Game.

It could all have gone very differently – with a prison sentence instead of a film premiere.

She’s the first to admit it, and indeed very keen to do so, saying (seconds after the interview begins): “I feel it’s important to establish that the difficulties of the last six or seven years were of my own making.

“I just never imagined I would be here. Particularly after pleading guilty to a federal sentence, not knowing what consequences, long-term, that was going to hold for me. Having such exorbitant debt and no money.

“You know, I made a giant mess. So to be here in London… it feels very magical and fairy tale-ish. It’s an extraordinary moment that was not foreseen.”

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Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba star in Molly’s Game

Bloom, a former world-class skier whose sporting career was cut short after an accident, was meant to be going to law school. But instead, she ended up setting up exclusive high-stakes poker games for Hollywood’s elite.

Hundreds of millions of dollars changed hands – she says one of the most surreal moments of that period was when she counted out a million dollars in cash by hand.

But for all the wealth and excitement of that lifestyle, there was a very dark side. She was beaten by the Russian mafia, started using drugs and had her assets seized after a 2011 FBI raid.

Two years later, they arrested her in New York, and she was charged with profiting from hosting illegal games.

She was among more than 30 people charged with a variety offences relating to a vast illegal gambling and money laundering operation. Bloom faced up to five years in prison, but after entering a plea deal was sentenced to probation and fined.

Afterwards, Bloom wrote a book detailing her experiences, and then approached her “favourite writer” Aaron Sorkin to adapt it for the big screen.

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Aaron Sorkin directed the film

The first time Bloom saw the film was at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this year – in an audience along with hundreds of other people, watching her as she watched someone else play her.

“It was deeply emotional,” she says, emphatically. “I don’t know why I wanted to do it that way.

“The studio and Aaron said I should sit down, see it with my family in an empty theatre. I said, ‘no, I’ll just see go see it at Toronto’. With 2,000 people. And then there was a moment five minutes in, sitting in that theatre, where I was like, what was I thinking? This is crazy. And how am I going to get through the next two hours and 25 minutes, because I feel like I can’t breathe.

“But halfway into that opening scene, I was just watching a movie. And I was able to get outside of myself – even though I couldn’t have possibly brought more personal baggage. I was able to just watch it as an extraordinary film. And then of course there were some deeply connective and emotional experiences, when the audience is experiencing these things with you.

“Your scariest moments, your darkest nights. Your biggest triumphs. And they’re with you. They’re crying at the sad parts, and they’re laughing. That was such a cathartic experience for me. Because you suffer alone, mostly. Even if there are people around to help you, you don’t suffer with an audience, you don’t triumph with an audience. But this was. And it was an extraordinary night.”

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Bloom organised the poker games in hotel suites

She admits her life felt stranger than fiction “all the time”.

“Getting the book published and the movie made was not an easy task,” she says. “But it helped. Because even though it’s a difficult life to explain, I lived it.

“So I knew there was a real story there and something that we haven’t seen. Because there were these moments continuously of – ‘is this real life? This feels like a movie’.”

One side of that story is what she calls the “cinematic wish fulfilment” with the “makeovers, shopping sprees, lots of cash, access to celebrities”.

Blooms adds: “But the biggest moments for me were when you take this calculated risk in which the odds are so stacked against you.

“You’re going up against the billionaire boys’ club or trying to find your way into something you have no basis for, and it’s bigger than anything you ever imagined – and then actually having that work. Having that risk pan out. It taught me to be very fearless – maybe too fearless in the end”.

But although others had been speaking to her about the project, the questions Sorkin asked “were markedly different”.

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The film’s UK premiere took place in London earlier this month

“He wanted to know about my relationship with my father. He wanted to know about my sports background. A lot of time, they came out of left-field but they all came together.”

She said it makes the film, instead of being about that flashy lifestyle, look at the wider human experience – albeit “set on a strange, larger than life stage”.

And Bloom is full of praise for “extraordinary” Jessica Chastain, who stars alongside Idris Elba (who plays Bloom’s lawyer) and Kevin Costner (who plays her father).

“She blew my mind,” she says. “Because she didn’t get to spend much time with me – she has a packed schedule and this was a short prep time.

“I was wondering as they were filming, ‘is she just going to do her own creative interpretation of this?’. But when I watched that movie, the handle she has on emotion! She was able to communicate the intricacies of how I felt in those moments. This was such a weird world and not one that’s so easy to intuit your way into. She just captured it, all of it, so beautifully. She blew me away.”

The film being released feels like “a fresh start” for Bloom. She says after her work on it was done, after she’d completed 200 hours of community service, she went back home.

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Bloom says she did not get to spend much time with Chastain – but loved her performance

“I did a little soul searching to explore where I had gone wrong, why I made the decisions I did, how my definitions of success and ambition were off,” she says. “I love a great new pair of shoes, I love to look at my bank account and see zeroes, but what is it attached to?

“Making it about something larger than myself is certainly a lesson. If I’d had that understanding, when I started being dealt bad cards, I wouldn’t have played them. I would have understood it’s time to walk away and try something new. But I was so identified by the money and this position.”

She says despite the power and the wealth, she felt an “emptiness”. She now wants to fill that by doing something “purposeful” – to that end, she plans to work with female entrepreneurs and create co-working spaces and networking events.

But just how much of Sorkin’s film is actually true to what happened in those crazy years of Bloom’s life?

“He inflated my LSAT (law school exam) score, gave me a few extra points,” she smiles. “But for the most part he made a movie that was very rooted in the truth. I had a lot of trauma – so there’s a lot to choose from. But I feel he cherry-picked the best moments and wove them all together, in this incredible story.”

Molly’s Game is released in the UK on 1 January 2018.

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