Entertainment News Roundup: Jane Fonda reveals ‘best birthday present ever:’ her cancer is in remission; ‘Avatar’ sequel rings up $17 million in U.S. debut night and more

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Jane Fonda reveals ‘best birthday present ever’: Her cancer is in remission

Actress Jane Fonda, who turns 85 next Wednesday, said Friday she got an early birthday present when her doctor told her her cancer was in remission. Fonda revealed in September that she was undergoing chemotherapy for a treatable form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. She said she has now stopped chemo.

‘Avatar’ sequel tops $17 million in US opening night

Director James Cameron’s long-awaited “Avatar: The Way of Water” took in $17 million at the U.S. and Canadian box office in its first showing Thursday night, distributor Walt Disney Co. said. With international sales, the sequel has earned $50.4 million since opening Wednesday in theaters worldwide, the highest-grossing film of all time.

Angelina Jolie is leaving the UN refugee agency after more than 20 years

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is stepping down from her role as a special envoy for the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) but will continue as a humanitarian activist, the United Nations said on Friday. Jolie, who has done more than 60 field assignments during her 21 years with UNHCR, said she wants to continue working with refugees outside the global agency.

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Harry and Meghan’s Netflix series ends – but what will be the impact on the royals?

Beyond the drama of hostile brothers and Machiavellian royal aides working with a hostile media, the main issue arising from Prince Harry and his wife Meghan’s Netflix documentary is whether it will permanently damage King Charles and the British monarchy. Over six hours of televised Harry and Meghan launched a barrage of accusations against what they portrayed as a tone-deaf establishment so unconcerned with their emotional well-being that they were prepared to suffer if it meant better media coverage than other senior royals. .

Amazon is looking to give ‘Warhammer 40,000’ new powers with Henry Cavill

Amazon.com is trying to screen the popular fantasy minigame “Warhammer 40,000” with former “Superman” actor Henry Cavill after agreeing in principle to produce film and TV content with its British developer. Commercial terms of the deal were not disclosed by London-listed Games Workshop, and the move shows Amazon’s push to make the most of the streaming boom and take on rivals including HBO Max and Netflix.

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Burkina Faso filmmaker recalls the golden age of pre-rebellion cinema

Filmmaker Drissa Toure once peered through the locked glass doors of the Live Cinema in Burkina Faso’s southwestern city of Bobo-Dioulasso and remembered a time when locals could enjoy films from Africa and beyond on its screens. Today, the 70-year-old carries living people and parcels on his scooter, battling respiratory ailments. He treasures the magazine pieces that admired his previous film work and the medals he collected.

Harry accuses him of yelling at Prince William, and his aides spewing stories

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan heaped fresh criticism on the British royals in new episodes of their documentary series released on Thursday, accusing his older brother Prince William of yelling at him during a conference to discuss his future. In the final three episodes of the Netflix series, Harry said aides to William, now heir to the throne, were complicit in negative media stories about the couple, blaming the press for Meghan’s miscarriage.

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What Harry and Meghan said in the final Netflix episodes

Netflix on Thursday released the final three episodes of a documentary series on Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, about their battles with the media and why they stepped down as members of Britain’s royal family. Below are excerpts and descriptions of the series:

Golden Globes Honor ‘Glee’ Creator Ryan Murphy With Television Award

Television writer and producer Ryan Murphy, creator of hits from “Glee” to “9-1-1” and “American Horror Story,” will receive a lifetime achievement award at next month’s Golden Globes in Hollywood. Murphy’s appearance will add another big name to the lineup on Jan. 10, as organizers try to bounce back from the diversity and ethics scandal.

(With inputs from agencies.)


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