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Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga among those awaiting word on homes as California wildfires rage

Kim Kardashian West, Lady Gaga and Alyssa Milano were among those who had to flee their homes late T..

Kim Kardashian West, Lady Gaga and Alyssa Milano were among those who had to flee their homes late Thursday and into Friday. By Saturday, that list had grown to include the likes of director Guillermo del Toro, Cher, Martin Sheen, pop singer Liam Payne, and many others.Kardashian West said that she was forced to evacuate her Calabasas, California, home due to the looming threat the fires posed. "Pray for Calabasas," Kardashian West wrote on an Instagram story. "Just landed back home and had 1 hour to pack up & evacuate our home. I pray everyone is safe."Related: 3 California wildfires destroy thousands of structures and force emergency evacuationsThousands of residents were forced to evacuate as firefighters worked to contain the blazes. As of Friday morning, more than 20 million people were under red flag warnings across the state. On Friday afternoon, Kardashian West tweeted that flames had hit the property she shares with her husband, Kanye West.Kardashian West's sisters, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian, also had to leave their homes."I can not sleep! I am too nervous with these fires #MamaKoKo," Khloe Kardashian posted on Twitter.Alyssa Milano wrote on Twitter that she evacuated as well, and after initially believing her horses to be in safe hands, later expressed concern for their safety. "If anyone can get 5 horses out the fire please help me," she wrote. The horses were saved, Milano later said. As of late afternoon on Saturday she was still waiting to hear the fate of her home.Singer Lady Gaga was also among the evacuees, sharing a series of photos on an Instagram story. "Sending my prayers to everyone today," she wrote on one photo."Shape of Water" director del Toro said he evacuated Thursday night. His non-primary residence, a well-known museum of creepy art and memorabilia called Bleak House, was also in the fire's path, he said. "Bleak House and the collection may be endangered but the gift of life remains," he wrote on Twitter. Singer Cher said is also among those who is worried about her home, which is in Malibu."I can't bear the thought of there being no Malibu. I've had a house in Malibu since 1972," she wrote on Twitter. Actor Mark Hamill and his family safely evacuated their home, which is "dangerously close" to the fire, he said. He added that he was "rooting for our #FearlessFirefighters in their battle vs #MeanMotherNature." Musician Iggy Azalea also wrote on social media that she was "genuinely concerned" about her residence. Late on Friday, actor Charlie Sheen sent up a flare of concern on social media over his inability to reach his parents, Martin and Janet Sheen.Hours later, a reporter from the local Fox station located Sheen around Zuma Beach."There's little chance that our house survived," Sheen said in an interview. "We haven't lost any lives, so we've got that to be grateful for." On Saturday morning, Payne said his home was also in the fire's path. "I think I'm about to lose my house and its memories," he wrote on Twitter. "Even worse tragically people have died. Thoughts and prayers with everyone. it's been a tough day let's hope it gets better."Firefighters in California are contending with three major wildfires, the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, the Hill Fire in Ventura County and the Camp Fire in Butte County, the latter of which has killed nine people.

CNN's Nicole Chavez, Sarah Aarthun, Emanuella Grinberg and Cheri Mossburg contributed to this report.

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Shockingly Evil : Efron as notorious serial killer Ted Bundy

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Zac Efron has spoken about how he got into the ps..

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Zac Efron has spoken about how he got into the psyche of serial killer Ted Bundy at the premiere of his new film about the notorious US murderer.

The Hollywood star spoke to Sky News on the red carpet for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile alongside his co-star Lily Collins, who plays his long-term girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer (called Liz Kendall in the film).

Image: Ted Bundy was executed in 1989

After maintaining his innocence for years, Bundy finally confessed to the murders of more than 30 women and girls across several states in the 1970s before his execution in 1989. However, it is believed the real number of victims is still unknown and that the real number could be far higher.

Zac Efron, Lily Collins and director Joe Berlinger at the European premiere
Image: Zac Efron, Lily Collins and director Joe Berlinger at the European premiere

For Efron, who is best known for films including the High School Musical series, The Greatest Showman and Hairspray, playing the infamous Bundy was a very different challenge.

"We had a plethora of footage, so much source footage from his different trials," he told Sky News. "There was a lot to go on.

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"I worked on studying his mannerisms and all the classic stuff… There was a fine line between keeping it a real, honest character and doing an impersonation. It was a fair amount of work."

Ted Bundy's murder spree ranged across several states
Image: Ted Bundy's murder spree ranged across several states

Handsome, intelligent and charismatic, Bundy was the monster hiding in plain sight; how could a man who was so charming, so good-looking, be capable of such evil?

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Shockingly Evil : Efron as notorious serial killer Ted Bundy

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Zac Efron has spoken about how he got into the ps..

By Gemma Peplow, arts and entertainment reporter

Zac Efron has spoken about how he got into the psyche of serial killer Ted Bundy at the premiere of his new film about the notorious US murderer.

The Hollywood star spoke to Sky News on the red carpet for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile alongside his co-star Lily Collins, who plays his long-term girlfriend, Elizabeth Kloepfer (called Liz Kendall in the film).

Image: Ted Bundy was executed in 1989

After maintaining his innocence for years, Bundy finally confessed to the murders of more than 30 women and girls across several states in the 1970s before his execution in 1989. However, it is believed the real number of victims is still unknown and that the real number could be far higher.

Zac Efron, Lily Collins and director Joe Berlinger at the European premiere
Image: Zac Efron, Lily Collins and director Joe Berlinger at the European premiere

For Efron, who is best known for films including the High School Musical series, The Greatest Showman and Hairspray, playing the infamous Bundy was a very different challenge.

"We had a plethora of footage, so much source footage from his different trials," he told Sky News. "There was a lot to go on.

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"I worked on studying his mannerisms and all the classic stuff… There was a fine line between keeping it a real, honest character and doing an impersonation. It was a fair amount of work."

Ted Bundy's murder spree ranged across several states
Image: Ted Bundy's murder spree ranged across several states

Handsome, intelligent and charismatic, Bundy was the monster hiding in plain sight; how could a man who was so charming, so good-looking, be capable of such evil?

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That was how many saw him. (more…)

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Avengers: Endgame ‘tragic, uplifting – and the perfect goodbye’

After 11 years and 22 films, this is it – the fate of the Avengers is due to be revealed.

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After 11 years and 22 films, this is it – the fate of the Avengers is due to be revealed.

Avengers: Endgame has been hailed the "perfect goodbye" and both "tragic and uplifting" by critics ahead of its highly anticipated release this week.

It looks set to be a box office record breaker, with some analysts saying it could see a huge opening weekend of $1bn (£772m) in global ticket sales.

Image: Avengers: Endgame could break box office records

The epic three-hour superhero film follows on from last year's Avengers: Infinity War, which ended with half the universe being wiped out by evil villain Thanos, played by Josh Brolin.

Fans will finally get to see the remaining Avengers – including Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Chris Evans' Captain America, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, Brie Larson's Captain Marvel and Mark Ruffalo's Hulk – taking one final stand in the Marvel Studios conclusion.

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Image: Avengers: Endgame is the 22nd film in the Marvel series

Here's what the critics are saying.

:: In The Guardian, Peter Bradshaw awarded Endgame a perfect five-star score, saying: "As an artificial creation, the Avengers have been triumphant, and as entertainment, they have been unconquerable."

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:: The Atlantic magazine says the film is the "perfect goodbye", and that it "earns its length not by overstuffing the frame with opulent action, but by slowing things down and basking in the charisma of its ensemble".

:: The Hollywood Reporter praised the performances of Endgame's A-list cast members, writing: "What comes across most strongly here, oddly enough for an effects-driven comic-book-derived film, is the character acting, especially from Downey, Ruffalo, Evans, Hemsworth, Brolin and Paul Rudd as Ant-Man." (more…)

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