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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — It’s been almost 30 years since Back to the Future hit theaters in 1985, but the movie starring Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson is just as iconic as ever.

Thompson, 53, who played Lorraine, Fox’s mother in the film, spoke to US Weekly about the movie and her favorite memory of filming.

“My favorite memory of Back to the Future actually is seeing it! I was engaged to Dennis Quaid at the time and the movie had been out for like two months and we went to the Cinerama Dome,” she said. “They gave me a free parking spot and it was completely full and we stood in the back and watched the whole movie. People were just ecstatic!”

Thompson said her favorite of all the Back to the Future movies — where Marty McFly travels either back in time or into the future, usually to save his family or his close friend Doc Brown — was the original.

She also kept the “pink dress” she wore in scenes with Fox from the first film almost three decades ago.

The actress, who was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars earlier in the month, said she doesn’t keep in touch with the cast “too much,” but “I love [the cast]. I do see Claudia [Wells, who played Jennifer Parker] a lot and Chris Lloyd [who played Doc Brown] here and there.”

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ABC/Craig Sjodin(LOS ANGELES) — It’s been almost 30 years since Back to the Future hit theaters in 1985, but the movie starring Michael J. Fox and Lea Thompson is just as iconic as ever.

Thompson, 53, who played Lorraine, Fox’s mother in the film, spoke to US Weekly about the movie and her favorite memory of filming.

“My favorite memory of Back to the Future actually is seeing it! I was engaged to Dennis Quaid at the time and the movie had been out for like two months and we went to the Cinerama Dome,” she said. “They gave me a free parking spot and it was completely full and we stood in the back and watched the whole movie. People were just ecstatic!”

Thompson said her favorite of all the Back to the Future movies — where Marty McFly travels either back in time or into the future, usually to save his family or his close friend Doc Brown — was the original.

She also kept the “pink dress” she wore in scenes with Fox from the first film almost three decades ago.

The actress, who was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars earlier in the month, said she doesn’t keep in touch with the cast “too much,” but “I love [the cast]. I do see Claudia [Wells, who played Jennifer Parker] a lot and Chris Lloyd [who played Doc Brown] here and there.”

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Ethan Miller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Angelina Jolie would consider a career in politics “if I felt I could really make a difference,” she told a British television network.

“I’ve always gone where I felt I was needed,” the actress and activist, 39, told ITV on Tuesday. “When I started working with the U.N., I loved working in the field.”

Jolie began her humanitarian work in the early 2000s and since then has served as a United Nations goodwill ambassador, traveling to places such as Darfur, a war-torn region in Sudan, and neighboring Chad. She’s also met with members of Congress over the years, championing causes focused on children in developing nations.

In June, Jolie was appointed an honorary dame commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George for her work with the United Kingdom and efforts to end sexual violence in war zones.

Jolie added that after her U.N. work, she got more involved with going to Washington, D.C., to “plead” for certain cases.

Of that work, Jolie said she “doesn’t know what that means or where that will lead me.” But if she’s useful in making change, then politics might be in her future.

The Oscar winner also spoke to ITV about “all of the people who are starving and dying at the moment.”

“We simply aren’t doing enough,” she said.

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The kitchen is where the holiday meal magic happens, but it can also be a danger zone, especially on Thanksgiving.

Steven McGill, the battalion chief of Engine Company 9 in Jersey City, New Jersey, said Thanksgiving is typically the most dangerous day of the year.

“Everybody’s cooking in the kitchen and it’s one of the few days where almost everyone is preparing a meal,” he said. “The house is more congested than normal. … So you have to control the flow in your kitchen to make sure there’s no accidents.”

More fires start in the kitchen than anywhere else in the home. And on Thanksgiving, in particular, there are three times as many house fires than any other day of the year, according to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“We’ve had fires where people took the turkey right out of the freezer, put it right in the oven, forgot to take the plastic off and next thing you know, you have an oven fire,” McGill said.

McGill and his five firefighters feasted on Thanksgiving eve, a tradition for his crew, because Thursday is expected to be one of their busiest days.

They shared some safety tips for the holiday:

1. Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing around open flames.

2. Don’t leave your food unattended on the stove or in the oven. McGill said to make sure a person is always in the kitchen watching the food that’s cooking.

“You should have a zone, around anything around the stove, within like a 3-feet range for children,” he said.

3. If deep-frying turkey, do it outside.

4. Never put water on a grease fire.

5. Store fire extinguishers in plain sight and near an exit — not under the sink, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Because fires can double every five to 10 seconds — and can consume a room in just one minute — call 911 first.

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Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, standing outside the Ferguson Police Department Monday night. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The family of slain Ferguson teenager Michael Brown is hurt and “taken aback” by Officer Darren Wilson’s statement that he has a “clean conscience” and couldn’t have done it any differently.

Brown’s parents appeared in New York with the Rev. Al Sharpton and the families of other African Americans who were killed by police. Sharpton said it would be the first Thanksgiving for these families “with an empty seat at the table.”

They spoke a day after Wilson emerged publicly for the first time in months and told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos his version of what happened on Aug. 9 when he shot and killed Brown following a confrontation.

Earlier this week Wilson was cleared by a St. Louis County grand jury of any criminal activity in Brown’s death.

At one point during the interview with Stephanopoulos, Wilson said he doesn’t believe he could have done anything differently that day and that he had a clean conscience. “The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right,” he said.

Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Brown family, said on Wednesday the parents have been doing media interviews in New York and he said it is hard “listening to them break down over and over again” as they discuss Wilson’s comments about their son.

“It was very hurtful to the parents when he said he had a clear conscience… They were taken back… They thought he had no regard for their child,” Crump said.

The lawyer said that Wilson “tried to villify” Brown, who was 18, by saying the teenager had a fierce look and that Brown had stared at the officer “like he was trying to intimidate me.”

“I expected him to say my heart is heavy, my conscience is troubled. He didn’t say that,” Crump said.

Sharpton said that in Wilson’s grand jury testimony, which has been released, the officer said the area where the shooting occurred was a high crime area. “That shows prejudgment… It goes to his state of mind,” Sharpton said.

In the interview with ABC News, Wilson said, “I’m sorry that their son lost his life. It wasn’t the intention of that day. It’s what occurred that day. And there’s no … nothing you could say that’s going to make a parent feel better.”

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ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) — There was a lot of talk surrounding former Dancing With the Stars pro Julianne Hough when it was announced prior to season 19 that the 26-year-old would be joining the judges table on the show.

Hough, whose brother Derek still performs on DWTS, has done splendidly, says host Tom Bergeron.

“I think she’s been doing wonderfully. I think there was more on her shoulders and for Carrie Ann [Inaba] and Bruno [Tonioli –the other judges], as well when Len [Goodman] took a month off,” Bergeron explained to ABC News. “I think they all stepped up wonderfully.”

In fact, Bergeron, 59, thinks Hough only got better as the season wore on.

“I think Julianne’s really hit her stride,” he said. “She knows what it’s like to be on that floor competing, her comments are concise, are empathetic, are knowledgeable. I don’t think you ask any more of a judge.”

Along with Hough, Erin Andrews enjoyed her second season as co-host, aiding Bergeron by interviewing the Stars, even asking the personal questions fans want to know.

“Erin’s been doing great. She breaks me up, keeps me on my toes,” he said, laughing. “I never know what she’s going to say, I’m always paying close attention! That can be her role there and she has embraced it, of almost being the voice of the viewer, the person who has access and can ask or say what the people in the audience are wondering.”

Season 19 ended on Tuesday night with a dramatic finale, where Alfonso Ribeiro took home the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

“I cannot believe this,” he said after the win. “I’ve wanted it forever … I don’t even know what to say. These are happy tears.”

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Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(FERGUSON, Mo.) — NFL player Benjamin Watson is one of countless Americans still struggling to understand Michael Brown’s shooting death at the hands of a Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

Watson, a tight end for the New Orleans Saints, poured his heart out in a viral Facebook post late Tuesday. He described himself as confused, embarrassed, offended, angry and sad for a variety of reasons.

“I’m angry because the stories of injustice that have been passed down for generations seem to be continuing before our very eyes,” he wrote.

The post has been shared more than 150,000 times on Facebook, and it appears Watson’s honesty is what made the update go viral. Fans commented that they are “proud” of the athlete and “in awe.” “Tears running down my face,” one woman wrote.

Watson also addressed the racial tension that’s sparked demonstrations across the country, saying the problem is “sin,” not “skin.”

“Sin is the reason we rebel against authority,” he wrote. “Sin is the reason we are racist, prejudiced and lie to cover for our own. Sin is the reason we riot, loot and burn.”

Watson said he will never really know what happened between Brown and Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot the unarmed teenager this summer.

“I’m sympathetic, because I wasn’t there so I don’t know exactly what happened. Maybe Darren Wilson acted within his rights and duty as an officer of the law and killed Michael Brown in self defense like any of us would in the circumstance … Or maybe he provoked Michael and ignited the series of events that led him to eventually murdering the young man to prove a point.”

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Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — After losing his starting spot to Michael Vick Week 9, Geno Smith has gotten his old job back.

The New York Jets announced Wednesday that Smith will be the starting quarterback during their game Monday night against the Miami Dolphins.

“As an organization, all of our decisions are organizational driven,” Jets head coach Rex Ryan said during a conference call Wednesday. “We just want to get Geno another opportunity to show what he can do. Obviously we like the way he finished last season. We’ve had some bumps in the road this year. We sat him down for a few weeks and we’ll see how he responds.”

Smith relieved Vick during the Jets’ 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills Monday. Vick had completed 7 of 19 passes with an interception before giving way to Smith. Smith played solid completing 10 of 12 passes for 89 yards.

The 24-year-old Smith, who the Jets selected with the 39th overall pick in the 2013 Draft, has played in 25 games during his career with Gang Green. During that time he has completed 56.4 percent of his passes throwing for 4,505 yards, 19 touchdowns and 31 interceptions. Smith has also ran for 509 yards and seven touchdowns.

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Jim Rogash/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New England Patriots extended the contract of special teams’ specialist Matthew Slater through the 2016 season, according to ESPNBoston.com.

ESPNBoston.com also reports that the 29-year-old Slater, who is a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the Patriots’ captains, will receive $3 million in guarenteed money with incentives that could earn up to $4.2 million.

“Matt does a lot of things for us,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said. “Obviously he’s a very good player on the field, professional, works hard. (He) does a great job with all the players — younger players — but also his peers. He’s very well-respected in the locker room, not just by the players but by the entire organization by the way he goes about his job, how dependable he is, his work ethic, his attitude, his toughness. He’s really such a model player. I’d love to have 53 guys like him.”

Slater has played in 98 regular-season games making 99 tackles for the Patriots since they selected him in the fifth-round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

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Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, standing outside the Ferguson Police Department Monday night. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)(FERGUSON, Mo.) — The family of slain Ferguson teenager Michael Brown is hurt and “taken aback” by Officer Darren Wilson’s statement that he has a “clean conscience” and couldn’t have done it any differently.

Brown’s parents appeared in New York with the Rev. Al Sharpton and the families of other African Americans who were killed by police. Sharpton said it would be the first Thanksgiving for these families “with an empty seat at the table.”

They spoke a day after Wilson emerged publicly for the first time in months and told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos his version of what happened on Aug. 9 when he shot and killed Brown following a confrontation.

Earlier this week Wilson was cleared by a St. Louis County grand jury of any criminal activity in Brown’s death.

At one point during the interview with Stephanopoulos, Wilson said he doesn’t believe he could have done anything differently that day and that he had a clean conscience. “The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right,” he said.

Benjamin Crump, a lawyer for the Brown family, said on Wednesday the parents have been doing media interviews in New York and he said it is hard “listening to them break down over and over again” as they discuss Wilson’s comments about their son.

“It was very hurtful to the parents when he said he had a clear conscience… They were taken back… They thought he had no regard for their child,” Crump said.

The lawyer said that Wilson “tried to villify” Brown, who was 18, by saying the teenager had a fierce look and that Brown had stared at the officer “like he was trying to intimidate me.”

“I expected him to say my heart is heavy, my conscience is troubled. He didn’t say that,” Crump said.

Sharpton said that in Wilson’s grand jury testimony, which has been released, the officer said the area where the shooting occurred was a high crime area. “That shows prejudgment… It goes to his state of mind,” Sharpton said.

In the interview with ABC News, Wilson said, “I’m sorry that their son lost his life. It wasn’t the intention of that day. It’s what occurred that day. And there’s no … nothing you could say that’s going to make a parent feel better.”

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