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Jada Pinkett Smith on Girls Trip's box office success

Female-driven comedy Girls Trip exceeded all expectations at the US box office when it was released last weekend – a fact its star Jada Pinkett Smith puts down to the power of laughter. It made $ 31.2m (£23.9m) in its first three days, following behind Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk which took $ 50.5m (£38.8m). That makes it the biggest opening weekend for any live-action comedy this year. The film follows the story of four lifelong friends who re-unite for a weekend getaway in New Orleans. The fact it’s an…

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Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, and the Music of Success

One of the most striking aspects of “4:44,” Jay-Z’s thirteenth studio album, is that it’s largely bereft of exaggeration. There are rhymes about being a billionaire, a milestone that he and his wife, Beyoncé, comfortably passed earlier this year; references to real-life business deals and to his art collection; reflections on the ambient pressures of keeping a marriage afloat. Over the past two decades, the Brooklyn rapper reached the apex of an art form that was built on flamboyant, oftentimes impossible boasts—there was an aspirational cool when, in 2005, he…

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Federer 'surprised' by 2017 success after Wimbledon win

Media playback is not supported on this device Roger Federer said he always believed he could win Wimbledon again, after ending a five-year wait for his eighth title with victory over Marin Cilic. The Swiss, 35, won 6-3 6-1 6-4 to become the most successful man in Wimbledon singles history, and claim a 19th Grand Slam title. Federer’s previous triumph at the All England Club was in 2012, and he has since lost in the 2014 and 2015 finals. “It’s special, Wimbledon was always my favourite tournament,” he said. Feature:…

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Konta thrilled at British success – but Murray wants more

Media playback is not supported on this device Wimbledon 2017 on the BBC Venue: All England Club Dates: 3-16 July Starts: 11:30 BST Live: Coverage across BBC TV, BBC Radio and BBC Sport website with further coverage on Red Button, Connected TVs and app. Click for full times. Johanna Konta says the British success at this year’s Wimbledon is “great to be part of” and these are exciting times for home fans at the tournament. Konta, Andy Murray, Heather Watson and Aljaz Bedene all won on Wednesday as four British…

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Was ITV's The Nightly Show a success?

ITV’s The Nightly Show didn’t get off to the strongest start – but its fortunes improved over its eight-week run. The new entertainment series, which ended on Friday after being broadcast every week night since February in the 10pm slot normally occupied by the news, saw a different celebrity take over presenting duties each week. It struggled at the beginning – viewing figures quickly dropped after the first episode hosted by David Walliams and critics weren’t too keen on it either. But things improved as the series progressed, with the…

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Portsmouth couple's joy over surrogacy success

A couple conned out of hundreds of pounds as they tried to find a surrogate mother have finally become parents. Tracy and Pete Akoun had also suffered multiple miscarriages as they tried to conceive a baby. But now they are celebrating after two daughters arrived within a month of each other, from two different surrogate mothers. The couple, from Portsmouth, had found the women via social media. It comes after 47-year-old Mrs Akoun suffered a miscarriage following accidentally falling pregnant not long after meeting her husband. After several more miscarriages,…

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An overnight success 10 years in the making

US singer-songwriter Courtney Marie Andrews released her first album at the age of 16 and, at the age of 26, has just released Honest Life, her self-produced sixth album. In short, it has taken six albums for the wider music press to sit up and take notice of her. Hands up, how many people would have given up before then? “I never imagined stopping because it was such a part of me and my life that it would feel like a big blow to just quit,” she says backstage at…

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