Sarah Palin and Donald Trump: “When Palin turned out to be utterly unqualified and unintelligible, spouting her own special Yoda-like language, it did not reflect poorly on women as a whole – only on her and John McCain.” Photograph: Cassi Alexandra/Bloomberg

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US director JJ Abrams arrives at the European premiere of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in Leicester square in London. Photograph: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

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