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Tomb Raider, And Other Top Movie Remakes

This weekend Tomb Raider opens, which is a remake of the 2001 and 2003 films starring Angelina Jolie. Of course those films themselves were based on a popular video game series that has seen its story line change and evolve ever since it first appeared in 1996. As you are more than likely aware, remakes are a common thing in Hollywood, and they don’t always work. They are always being compared to the original, and in a lot of cases the original is better. Here are some of the top remakes though that stand out for being better than the original. 

Ocean’s Eleven: Sure the 1960 original had Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr., but the 2001 version had George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. Plus, the remake was more stylish. The basic story of robbing casinos is still the same, and of course the character name of Danny Ocean, but other than that the two films are pretty different from one another. 

Scarface: Admit it, you didn’t know Scarface was a remake. When you hear the movie title you automatically think of the quote”Say hello to my little friend,” and think of Al Pacino playing a greedy Cuban who takes over a drug cartel. The original though was released in 1932, and while it is critically acclaimed, it doesn’t have the punch of the remake.

Casino Royale: This one should almost not count, since the original Casino Royale was played as a spoof of the James Bond series. While the movie was sort of based on the novel by Ian Fleming, which happened to be the first James Bond novel, it really goes off the rails quickly. The 2006 remake however is considered to be one of the best James Bond movies of all times. 

True Grit: John Wayne may have won an Oscar for the 1969 original film, but it looks dated and lacks, well grit. In 2010 a lot of people wondered why they would remake a film that a lot of people loved, but after receiving 10 Oscar nominations those doubts disappeared. 

The Maltese Falcon: As long as their have been movies, Hollywood has been remaking them. Even this 1941 classic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor was a remake. The original came out ten years earlier, and although it was still a good film, it was missing Humphrey Bogart who quite simply was born to play the role of private detective Sam Spade. 

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Meghan Markle Is Pregnant!

Rumours have been spreading for weeks that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry were expecting their first child, but there had been no official word on it. That is, until today when Kensington Palace confirmed the news.

In a released statement, Kensington Palace said “Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the Spring of 2019. Their Royal Highnesses have appreciated all of the support they have received from people around the world since their wedding in May and are delighted to be able to share this happy news with the public.”

The new comes five months after the couple’s very public royal wedding back in May. The couple started dating in July 2016 after being set up on a blind date, but the announcement that they were dating wasn’t announced until October 2016. While dating they spent time in both London and Toronto, but now live together at Kensington Palace.

The pair are currently touring Australia to promote the upcoming Invictus Games and are expected to stay on their first tour together for 16 days before heading back home.

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Model Karlie Kloss And Designer Christian Siriano Join Project Runway

When Project Runway returns next season, it will have a pair of new faces joining the cast. It was announced yesterday that model Karlie Kloss will be hosting the long time series, while and designer Christian Siriano will take over as mentor, respectively. Kloss will also play the role of executive producer when the reality show returns to Bravo next year.  They will be taking over from longtime host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn. 

In a released statement Kloss said “As someone who grew up watching ‘Project Runway,’ I could not be more excited to host and produce a series that provides a platform to aspiring American designers as they pursue their creative and entrepreneurial dreams. I am equally as thrilled to work alongside an incredibly talented group of fashion innovators — Brandon Maxwell, Elaine Welteroth, Nina Garcia and Christian Siriano — to inspire, support and help guide these designers as they realize their visions and build everlasting brands and businesses.” As for Siriano, he said “‘Project Runway’ has offered such wonderful opportunities for so many and I’m excited to take on this role as a mentor. I hope to guide and inspire the new talent on the rise.”

As for the judges for the upcoming season, Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia will return, and this time she will be joined by fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and journalist Elaine Welteroth.

An exact release date has not been announced as of yet, but it is expected to air sometime next year on Bravo.

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Taylor Swift Wins Big And Makes History At The American Music Awards

Taylor Swift has been making headlines lately for involving herself in a politics for the first time, and last night after making history by becoming the most decorated woman in the history of the American Music Awards, she continued to encourage people to vote.

“This award and every single award given out tonight were voted on by the people, and you know what else is voted on by the people,” she said, “the midterm elections on November 6.”

All in all, Swift won four awards, including Artist of the Year, Favourite Female Artist Pop/Rock and Favourite Album for Reputation. With those awards she has now won a total of 23 during her career, beating out Whitney Houston for the most ever by a female artist. 

Drake came into the night tired with Cardi B for the most nominations, but didn’t win a single award. Cardi B on the other hand won 3 trophies, including Favourite Hip-Hop/Rap Artist. Other winners included Migos, Shaun Mendes, Kane Brown, Post Malone, Carrie Underwood, Khalid and Camila Cabello.

Photo: Getty Images For dcp via ABC/Emma McIntyre/AMA2018

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