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Downton Abbey returns to offer comfort in today's 'whirlpool' of turmoil

Lady Edith is cheerful and contented — and that's saying something, given how life has given the middle Crawley sister on Downton Abbey a considerable dose of heartbreak.
So is Daisy, the under cook, who tells her sympathetic kitchen boss Mrs.
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Sega returns with a nostalgic console from the late 80s

(CNN) -- Another console-maker from the 16-bit era of video games is trying to tap into the nostalgia market.
Sega is making a return to stores on Thursday with a mini Genesis console based on the original system.
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Battle of the Blades is back and there are going to be bruises

Battle of the Blades is back and ready to entertain Canadian audiences with its strange hybrid of two of the country's best loved sports: hockey and figure skating.
The popular reality TV show makes its return to CBC-TV on Thursday night after a six-year hiatus, once again pairing hockey players with figure skaters to see who can perform the best on-ice routine.
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Trudeau absent from Lilly Singh's prime-time special

A group of stars joined late-night newcomer Lilly Singh for a prime-time TV special Wednesday night, but one special guest touted in advance — Canadian Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau — was missing.
Singh kicked off her debut as the sole female host of a main U.S.
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Battle of the Blades is back and there's going to be bruises

Battle of the Blades is back and ready to entertain Canadian audiences with its strange hybrid of two of the country's best loved sports: hockey and figure skating.
The popular reality TV show makes its return to CBC-TV on Thursday night after a six-year hiatus, once again pairing hockey players with figure skaters to see who can perform the best on-ice routine.
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'Game of Thrones,' 'Veep' make last Emmy Awards stand

LOS ANGELES -- "Game of Thrones" has dominated the Emmy Awards with the formidable power of, say, your average fearsome, flame-belching dragon. Same goes for "Veep," but picture a cutthroat politician instead.
The drama and comedy series are among the front-runners for Sunday's ceremony for their concluding seasons, a last chance to rule.
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Amazon Prime Video to stream Rihanna's lingerie show

NEW YORK -- Rihanna believes women of all shapes, colours and sizes should be celebrated, and that spirit of inclusion has made her lingerie and beauty lines massive successes.
"Women just need a little bit of validation," the superstar explained to The Associated Press ahead of her Savage X Fenty fashion show last week.
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No Britney Spears, no decisions made at closed court hearing

LOS ANGELES -- A hearing Wednesday on the future of the court conservatorship that for 11 years has controlled the money and affairs of Britney Spears ended with no decisions made and no appearance from the pop star.
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Brad Pitt opens up about fathers, sons and confronting Harvey Weinstein

Twice declared People magazine's "sexiest man alive," Brad Pitt might be an expert in American ideals of masculinity.
But masculinity was still a theme the movie star was eager to discuss when he spoke with CNN's Christiane Amanpour about fathers, sons and confronting Harvey Weinstein, ahead of the release of his latest movie, the sci-fi thriller "Ad Astra.
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Welcome to Orcland: Lord of the Rings to film in New Zealand

WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Amazon announced Wednesday it will film its upcoming television series "The Lord of the Rings" in New Zealand, marking a return of the orcs, elves and hobbits to the country they became synonymous with over the course of six movies directed by Peter Jackson.
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New esports network VENN aims to bring 'gaming as a lens into pop culture'

A new, 24/7 esports gaming network called VENN that aims to blend pop culture and gaming was announced on Tuesday, after generating $17 million (all funds US) in seed round funding.
Co-founders Ariel Horn and Ben Kusin told Reuters that the venture will launch sometime in mid 2020 and is angling to be a "universal network" with programs like first-run esports events, reality shows, documentaries and game shows.
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Benjamin Alexander performs routine barre exercises in his afternoon class in a large bright studio within Canada's National Ballet School (NBS).
The set syllabus is taught by a male instructor, and Alexander, 16, is also surrounded by nine other boys — something that's now completely normal.
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Celine Dion teams with hitmakers David Guetta, Sia on 3 new ballads

TORONTO -- Canadian pop superstar Celine Dion has teamed with contemporary hitmakers on three newly released ballads as she launches a world tour Wednesday.
Dion, who plays three shows in Quebec City this week to begin the Courage World Tour, drops her first English-language album in six years in November titled “Courage.
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