Tom Cruise to be replaced as Jack Reacher

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Tom Cruise: Not to scale Action hero Jack Reacher is to get a reboot for the small screen with a new actor in the lead role after creator Lee Child admitted Tom Cruise, who played him in two films, is too short. In Child’s …

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'Shock' as late mum spotted in Strictly Come Dancing tribute

Image copyright British Pathe Image caption Black-and-white footage of Penny Mason during a parachute jump appeared on Strictly Come Dancing’s Remembrance Day tribute on Sunday A man has told how he has been left “emotional” after old film footage of his wife, who died in childbirth, appeared on Strictly Come …

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'Offensive' student T-shirts are 'hate speech'

Image copyright Getty Images A students’ union officer who leaked photos showing students wearing “offensive” T-shirts says what was written on them was “hate speech”. Members of a Lancaster University sports club were pictured wearing outfits with slogans which referenced child abuse and rape. The officer says she leaked the …

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BBC boss Tony Hall hits back at 'disgraceful' Twitter critics

Image caption Tony Hall said journalists were “under siege” in a number of ways The BBC’s director general has spoken out against the “disgraceful” attacks made on journalists on social media. Tony Hall said journalists received “constant anonymous threats” on Twitter for “simply reporting on opinions that some people might …

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Hollywood red carpets cancelled out of respect after wildfires

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Destroyer stars Sebastian Stan and Nicole Kidman at AFI Fest Red carpets at Hollywood screenings of new films starring Nicole Kidman and Viola Davis have been cancelled as wildfires rage in California. Stars were expected to step out before screenings of movies including Davis’s …

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University 'not for people like us'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Is social mobility through education getting easier or more difficult for today’s young people? Going to university was not on the cards for “people like us”, says a US academic who next month will receive a major education prize. Growing up in a poor …

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Spitting Image archives donated to Cambridge University

Image caption Spitting Image co-creator and caricaturist Roger Law with the donated puppet of Margaret Thatcher The co-creator of TV satire series Spitting Image is donating his entire archive to Cambridge University. The collection – including original scripts, puppet moulds, drawings and recordings – will be conserved and held in …

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Children In Need: 'You mourn the child you would have wanted'

Two-year-old Thomas suffered brain damage which has left him with life-limiting disabilities. But thanks to Nottingham-based charity Footprints, he gets therapy to help him improve his mobility and communication skills. His mother Helene, from Cotgrave in Nottinghamshire, said they had to work out “how to get him stimulated and interested …

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