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'Jumanji' draws new players into the game

'Jumanji' draws new players into the game

(CNN) - Grading on the "Baywatch"-deflated scale of 2017 The Rock reboot roles, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" turns out to be surprisingly fun, infusing the premise with a "The Breakfast Club" twi ... Continue Reading
Five award-worthy Emmy speeches

Five award-worthy Emmy speeches

(CNN) - This year's Emmy winners didn't waste their time in the spotlight. From Reese Witherspoon's impassioned plea for more stories about women to Sterling K. Brown's tribute to the great actors ... Continue Reading
'Bachelorette' finale: Rachel Lindsay picked...

'Bachelorette' finale: Rachel Lindsay picked...

(CNN) - Rachel Lindsay's season of "The Bachelorette" may have been a first for the franchise, but it ended much like the others.The Texas attorney went into Monday night's finale with three men v ... Continue Reading
Ariana Grande's manager: 'Fear cannot rule' after Manchester attack

Ariana Grande's manager: 'Fear cannot rule' after Manchester attack

(CNN) - Ariana Grande's manager Scooter Braun has posted an emotional series of tweets reflecting on the deadly attack at the singer's concert in Manchester. 22 people -- including children and te ... Continue Reading
Chris Cornell dead at age 52

Chris Cornell dead at age 52

(CNN) - Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, died Wednesday night, his representative told CNN.Cornell, 52, was in Detroit performing with Soundgarden, which had embarked on a ... Continue Reading
See the first photo of Janet Jackson's baby boy

See the first photo of Janet Jackson's baby boy

(CNN) - Fans got a first glimpse of Janet Jackson's baby boy, Eissa, via the pop star's website and social media on Friday."My baby and me after nap time," Jackson wrote in the photo she shared th ... Continue Reading
'Big Little Lies' is over so now what

'Big Little Lies' is over so now what

(CNN) - Invariably these things always come to an end.Whether it be binge watching or enjoying a series, there's often a let down after it is all over.Thus is the life today for fans of the lim ... Continue Reading
'The Walking Dead' sets stage for war in tense season finale

'The Walking Dead' sets stage for war in tense season finale

(CNN) - "The Walking Dead" certainly seemed aptly named through the second half of this season, which didn't really go anywhere in much of a hurry. That ambling build-up set the stage for an extended ... Continue Reading
Grammys 2017 is music's biggest night

Grammys 2017 is music's biggest night

(CNN) - Even before the Grammy Awards broadcast begins Sunday night, Beyoncé has already won.The singer's "Formation" picked up a Grammy for best music video during a portion of the ceremony that ... Continue Reading
Hamilton stars add 'sisterhood' to 'America the Beautiful'

Hamilton stars add 'sisterhood' to 'America the Beautiful'

(CNN) - The original cast members from "Hamilton" kicked off Super Bowl LI with a powerful message of inclusion.Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones, the hit Broadway mus ... Continue Reading
Jackie Evancho, Lee Greenwood and other inauguration performers respond to backlash

Jackie Evancho, Lee Greenwood and other inauguration performers respond to backlash

(CNN) - Artists who are taking part in President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration festivities are not apologetic. Inauguration events kicked off Thursday night with a Make America Great Again! we ... Continue Reading
Famed Ringling Bros. circus closing

Famed Ringling Bros. circus closing

(CNN) - Ringling Bros. circus is closing down after more than 100 years in operation, according to a press release from Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus for the last 50 years."I have ... Continue Reading
Wham! star George Michael has died

Wham! star George Michael has died

(CNN) -- British pop star George Michael has died, according to Britain's Press Association (PA) news agency. The musician, who shot to fame with the 1980s duo Wham!, was 53 years old. He went on to have a successful career. A statement from his publicist said: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period."
'Gilmore Girls' actor on revival: 'I was a little nervous at first'

'Gilmore Girls' actor on revival: 'I was a little nervous at first'

(CNN) - Thanks to his work as Kraglin in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," Sean Gunn has had his fair share of exposure to a notoriously passionate group -- comic book fans. But even they, he said, aren't quite as fervent as fans of "Gilmore Girls."

"The 'Gilmore Girls' fans might be crazier, which is insane to even say that," Gunn, who played Kirk, told CNN in a recent interview leading up to the Netflix revival of the beloved show. "It's weird to see the parallel between 'Gilmore Girls' and a lot of the Comic-Con-type, sci-fi-fantasy fans. In a weird way, even though 'Gilmore Girls' is not in that genre, the way the fandom conducts itself and has created this community is similar."

That community is a big part of why the series is seeing a second life.

Despite wrapping up its run in 2007, the love for "Gilmore Girls" has never really died. If anything, it grew thanks to Netflix, who made all the seasons available for streaming in 2014.

Netflix greenlit a revival in January, a few months after much of the cast reunited at the ATX Television Festival in Austin to much fanfare.

Gunn was not at the Austin event, but remembers hearing rumblings about a possible return in the weeks and months that followed. He thought it was "strange and exciting."

"It was very, very cool," he said. "I'm ready to see what the fans think of it --- how much they like it."

Four "Gilmore Girls" mini-movies debut on Netflix November 25. Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel and most of the supporting cast will reprise their roles.

"I was a little nervous at first, sure," Gunn said of stepping back into quirky Kirk's shoes. "Then I walked onto set and I'm walking around and here I am in Stars Hollow and everything looked exactly how I remembered it looking ... he came back pretty quickly."

The hope is also that the warm, joy-filled feelings fans got from watching the original series comes roaring back, too.

With creator Amy Sherman-Palladino back at the helm -- she was not part of Season 7 -- chances are they will. But also, Gunn said, the show's message about community is still one that resonates.

"I think the idea that the community you live in is an extension of your family is a really nice thing for people to think about and to wish for in their own lives," he said. "The idea that a place like Stars Hollow exists, that's safe and comforting and the people there actually look out for one another, that's what appeals about the show to me."

Saroo Brierley's inspiring search for family roars to life in

Saroo Brierley's inspiring search for family roars to life in "Lion"

(CNN) - Saroo Brierley's search for his birth mother is a story about unwavering determination against incredible odds, the strength of the human spirit and one man's faith in the capabilities of Google Earth.

Brierley was 5 years old when he was separated from his older brother one night while at a train station in rural India.

Brierley's older brother had left him sleeping on a bench, but when he returned, Brierley -- then known as Sheru -- was gone.

Young Sheru had awoken from his nap and boarded a train in search of his older brother. His day-long journey landed him more than 700 miles east of his home, in a place where he didn't speak the language.

He'd later learn he'd ended up in Calcutta.

For weeks, he lived on the streets, escaping a bevy of dangers. Eventually, he was taken in at an orphanage and adopted by a couple in Australia, after officials failed to locate his family and hometown.

Since Sheru did not know how to spell his name, Brierley ended up going by an incorrectly spelled version -- "Saroo."

Twenty years later, Brierley decided to launch a search for the mother, siblings and home he remembered only in fuzzy childhood memories. To do this, he decided to retrace his steps using Google Earth.

Those who don't know the rest of the story soon will. (Warning: Some movie spoilers follow below.)

Brierley's journey to find his family in India is the subject for The Weinstein Co's "Lion," a movie due out November 25 that is a likely Oscar contender.

But when he started his quest, Brierley said the possibilities -- the interest in his story, his subsequent book and the film starring Dev Patel that now tells his tale -- were the farthest thing from his mind.

"I was just so high on hope and so determined to find what I'd been sort of yearning for for some time and defuse the weight off my shoulders," Brierley told CNN in a recent interview.

Brierley has now seen "Lion" a few times, he said. And even though he lived the experience, he said the film was a "roller coaster of emotions."

"I tried to suppress my tears but I couldn't," he said. "It was just so hard to."

He wasn't the only one. Brierley said his Australian mother Sue, played in the film by Nicole Kidman, was "enchanted" by the movie.

"She was speechless at some times, to the point where she grabbed my leg and almost dug her nails into it," Brierley said, laughing.

Brierley's warm relationship with his adoptive mother is one of many emotional drivers in the movie. And though some parts of the movie were "heightened" for storytelling purposes, Brierley said it was important to him and the filmmakers that the characters be portrayed authentically.

He was especially pleased with one key scene between Patel and Kidman, in which they talk about her motivation for adopting him as a boy.

"The way that was acted out was just so organic and pure," he said.

There's one key opinion Brierley is still waiting to get -- that of his birth mother, Fatima Bi Munshi.

He said they're working on getting the movie translated into her native Hindi, as she does not read. Though he's recounted his experience to her before, he thinks the movie will put the journey into a greater perspective.

"I think it's going to give her a shock as in, 'Whoa, I didn't realize that this is actually what happened,'" he said.

CNN's Sara Sidner visited Brierley's mother back in 2012, shortly after the two had been reunited.

Then, she recounted the disappearance of her son and spoke about the devastating second loss she experienced the same year. Brierley's oldest brother, who had accompanied him that fateful night, was killed a month after Brierley went missing.

"I would go to sleep at night and my mind would wander in madness," she said. "I didn't feel like eating. I kept looking out for him on the streets, asking people about his whereabouts. I found him nowhere. It was a very difficult time."

Brighter days have fallen upon the once fractured family.

Brierley said he's been back to India about 14 times since they were reunited, in part thanks to the trips he's taken as a result of the interest in the story of their reunion.

"It's worked pretty well and I'm so touched and humbled about everything --- that things like this can happen," Brierley said. "I wish there were more stories like this."

He's working to make that happen.

Brierley said he hopes to get into script writing, with a focus on penning films that lift people's spirits. He wants them to walk into the theater "thinking about things that are going to change their minds in a positive way [or] ... who they are as humans."

Brierley's life has undoubtedly changed as a result of what started as an against-the-odds quest. And though the ultimate result came with some sadness, he said at the end of the day, "that's just life."

"I guess this was my destiny," he said.

CNN's Sara Sidner contributed to this report.

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