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Hollywood couple join forces in horror debut

By Claire Gregory, Entertainment Reporter

Emily Blunt has described her husband John Krasinski's new film as an "intense family member" as well as "the perfect project to do together".

The Hollywood couple's new horror A Quiet Place tells the story of a family trying to stay alive in a world where deadly creatures will come for humans – but only if they can hear them.

It's directed by Krasinski and stars both him and Blunt as parents desperately trying to protect their children by keeping silent.

Blunt, who has two daughters with her co-star, told Sky News that while they didn't let it take over their home life, the project did become a big part of their worlds while they were making it.

"I think inevitably breakfast with the kids is the barrier," Blunt told me.

Image: The two actors are also married in real life and have children together

"So we don't discuss it at breakfast and we just hang out but, on the drives in and drives home, it was a rather intense family member for a while this film.

"I think I really saw the benefits of us being a married couple for this specific project, and I think inevitably, whether it's consciously or sub-consciously, a lot of our life experience that we've had together, and then with children, sort of made its way by osmosis into this film.

"I felt very deeply connected to him during the process, not only because it was our first experience in it together, but because of the nature of the subject matter and it being so much about family – it just seemed like the perfect project to do together."

Krasinski agrees that it was the ideal movie for the them to tackle as a pair.

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Video: How to cast your star wife on your first horror film

"I think that she saw my script was all about family – I mean it really is a metaphor for parenthood – so this is a love letter to my kids, which sounds ridiculous, but it's true," he said.

I asked Krasinski how you go about casting your wife in a film – if he asked her to audition.

"Man I wish I had, that would have been so much cooler if I had like tape of her auditioning for me," he said.

"No, what happened was I actually did the complete opposite – I didn't tell her anything, I told her ideas, what I was doing with the script… and it wasn't until she actually read the script herself that she said 'Can I be in the movie?'

"And the reason I didn't do it was because I thought it would go one of two ways: One, I say will you be in it and she says no. That's an awful dinner conversation. Or two, I say will you be in it and she says 'yes I'll be in it for you', which I don't think I could live with.

A Quiet Place
Image: This is Krasinski's third movie behind the camera

"I think it's even worse than her saying no because I've seen the intelligence, the taste level, the incredible dedication that it's taking her to make the choices that she's made.

"I needed her to fall in love with it for herself, I always wanted her to do it, and so weirdly, it organically happened that way."

Blunt admits she was won over by her character who she describes as "fierce".

"She's the heart of that family and yet it was also tough to do because what she experiences would be my worst nightmare, so it was a very personal role," she said.

But she admits the nail-biting moments when the family accidentally makes sound are a lot scarier to watch than they were to make.

"Being on a film set is just not necessarily as precious as you might think – I mean we had to remind the crew members that this was a film where sound was so important, they wanted to hear the slightest little creak, so I think the crew members were like 'this is a silent movie now' so they were just like chatting while we were acting.

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A Quiet Place is out in cinemas in the UK now.

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Game Of Thrones locations to become visitor attractions

Locations and sets in Northern Ireland where filming took place for Game Of Thrones are due to be opened to the public next year.

The epic TV drama about families struggling for supremacy in the fictional world of Westeros recently completed filming its eighth and final season, which is to be released next year.

The HBO show, which starred Aiden Gillen, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington, was shot in locations and studios across Northern Ireland for nearly 10 years.

A tapestry chronicling the story of the epic tale was unveiled at the Ulster Museum in Belfast last year

The Press Association reports that HBO plans to celebrate the show's legacy by converting several filming locations into tourist attractions. Film sets, displays of costumes, props, weapons, set decorations, art files, models and other production materials are among the planned visitor attractions.

There are also plans open up production archives to share with fans and a formal studio tour of Linen Mill Studios, close to Banbridge, Co Down.

"HBO is thrilled to celebrate the work of the Game Of Thrones creative team and crew by preserving these locations and inviting fans to visit Northern Ireland and explore Westeros in person," said Jeff Peters, vice president of licensing and retail at HBO.

"We look forward to opening the gates and sharing the excitement of stepping inside these amazing sets with Game Of Thrones fans from around the world.

The show was filmed in Northern Ireland for nearly ten years

"The opportunity to celebrate Northern Ireland's pivotal role in the life and legacy of the show and share its culture, beauty and warmth is also a huge inspiration behind these legacy projects."

John McGrillen, chief executive of Tourism NI, said: "We couldn't be more excited about the Game Of Thrones legacy project coming to Northern Ireland.

"While fans have seen the stunning landscapes, coastlines and mountains in the series, we are thrilled they will now have the opportunity to fully experience the charm of Northern Ireland and immerse themselves into the world of Westeros.

"The Game Of Thrones legacy project will be a game changer for Northern Ireland on a global tourism level.

"We very much welcome this exciting announcement by HBO and look forward to attracting many more visitors to our beautiful country as a result."

There are already several Game Of Thrones themed bus tours operating in Northern Ireland, along with visitor maps and phone apps.

A tapestry chronicling the story of the epic tale was unveiled at the Ulster Museum in Belfast last year, and a series of decorated doors depicting key scenes from the show were also exhibited at venues across the region.

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Mel B says Spice Girls reunion is definitely happening

Mel B has confirmed that the highly-anticipated Spice Girls reunion is "definitely" happening with "at least" four members of the group hitting the road.

The 43-year-old singer, known in the hit band as 'Scary Spice', delighted fans by admitting the '90s power girl group is set to reform.

Appearing on Loose Women on Monday, Mel said: ''There is a reunion happening, now it's going to be – I'm not supposed to say when – but it is happening."

Asked who will feature in the line-up, she replied: ''Definitely, definitely. Yes, kind of [all of us]. It's definitely four of us.''

In June, it was reported that the reunion tour was reportedly axed after Victoria Beckham refused to take part.

At the time, a source told The Sun on Sunday: ''The Spice Girls are in disarray. While Victoria has always insisted she'd never tour, the others believed manager Simon Fuller would get her on board.

''They had a £150million proposal in the offing – with a headline performance at Wembley – and even Mel C, who had previously been reluctant, was signed up.

''With things still up in the air, there were a few heated debates between the girls and Victoria.

''Simon was brought in to convince her to take the offer but now he's failed they feel he's used them to put his name back on the map."

The Wannabe hitmakers last toured after reuniting in 2007, with their greatest hits shows wrapping up in 2008. The final time they performed as a five-piece, was at the 2012 London Olympics closing ceremony.

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Aliens star Al Matthews dies aged 75

Al Matthews, the American actor and singer best-known for his role as Gunnery Sergeant Apone in 1986's Aliens, has died at his home in Spain. He was 75.

Spanish newspaper El País reported that Matthews was pronounced dead at his home in Orihuela Costa, Alicante on Sunday after a neighbour had called the emergency services. An autopsy is to be carried out to determine the cause of death.

A Vietnam veteran, New York-born Matthews had a Top 20 UK hit with the song Fool in 1975.

His screen acting career also began in the Seventies, and he went on to have roles in the television series Grange Hill and The Professionals, and the films Yanks, Ragtime, Superman III and Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies, among many others.

But it is as the no-nonsense Apone in Aliens that Matthews will be best remembered – the character went on to be the reported inspiration for Sergeant Avery Johnson in the hit video game series Halo.

Matthews moved to Spain in 2005. His last film, the Western The Price of Death, is currently in post-production.

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What’s on? TV highlights for Monday September 24

There's a new, self-explanatory drama called The Bailout, Today with Maura and Dáithí returns, and there's a documentary about Belfast boxer Carl Frampton . . .

Pick of the day

The Bailout, 10.00pm, Virgin Media One

This two-part drama tells the story of how the battle to save Ireland’s economic sovereignty was fought, and lost.

Adapted from Colin Murphy’s acclaimed theatre play, the story begins with the decision of the Irish Government to guarantee the domestic banks, then heads off on a whirlwind global tour from the corridors of power in Dublin and Brussels to the IMF, the ECB, the US Treasury Department and back.

New or Returning Shows

Strictly: It Takes Two, 6.30pm, BBC Two

Zoe Ball is back to give the run-down on the latest run of Strictly Come Dancing.

As ever, Strictly: It Takes Two is packed full of the latest headlines, backstage gossip, expert opinion and exclusive interviews.

Sam & Shauna's Big Cook Out, 7.00pm, BBC Two

Five years ago, Sam Evans and Shauna Guinn left their city jobs to embark on a road trip across America to learn the secrets of American barbecue.

Enthused with the spirit of smoke and fire, they returned to Wales with a mission – to spread their passion for outdoor cooking and change the way people barbecue.

Sam and Shauna kick off their cookouts by barbecuing a whole pig with Barry Town United Football Club. They want to celebrate the team's promotion to the Welsh Premier League and the work they do in the community.

Today with Maura and Dáithí, 3.30pm, RTÉ One

Maura Derrane and Daithi Ó Sé return for a new season of their infectious blend of afternoon craic, celebrities, gossip and chat, along with the best in lifestyle; fashion and beauty, competitions and all the taking points of the day.

Frampton: Return of the Jackal, 9.00pm, BBC One

This documementary tells the story of Belfast boxer Carl Frampton, aka the Jackal, at a career-defining moment: a fight at his beloved Windsor Park.

As a working-class Protestant who has harboured a lifelong dream of walking out at the venue in front of an adoring crowd, this is his Mecca, his one-in-a-lifetime spiritual homecoming.

Ending Tonight

Reported Missing, 10.45pm, BBC One

On a cold wintery morning in Northwich, Cheshire, Claire wakes up to find her 40-year-old partner Michael has not come home. She calls his mother, who hasn't seen him, and they agree it's totally out of character.

New to Download

Quincy, Netflix

This documentary profiles music and culture icon Quincy Jones, offering unprecedented access to his private life and stories from his unparalleled career.

Most people probably only know him – if at all – as Michael Jackson's producer, but he's been in the music business since the 1960s and has received a record 79 Grammy nominations.

His film score and TV theme work includes The Italian Job, The Pawnbroker, Ironside and Banacek, while he's been an arranger for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald.

Don't Miss

Black Earth Rising, 9.00pm, BBC Two

It's episode three of eight, so you can still jump on board this classy legal thriller from the impressive pen of Hugo Blick.

Kate (Michaela Coel) works with Michael (John Goodman) to defend Alice Munezero (Noma Dumezweni) from the charges laid against her in France.

As shadowy forces try to prevent the truth being unearthed, Kate faces threats to her personal safety. Meanwhile Michael struggles with his health back in London. Can they both continue forward to gain an acquittal for Alice?

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Ofcom to investigate Big Brother and Loose Women

By Mary O'Connor, news reporter

Ofcom, the TV watchdog, has launched an investigation into episodes of Celebrity Big Brother and Loose Women.

It received 25,257 complaints after Roxanne Pallett claimed housemate Ryan Thomas had physically abused her on Celebrity Big Brother.

Thomas, who went on to win the Channel 5 show, was accused of punching her in an episode on 30 August.

Winner Ryan Thomas leaves the Celebrity Big Brother house. Pic: Ian West/PA Wire
Image: Ryan Thomas went on to win this year's Celebrity Big Brother

Many viewers defended the Coronation Street actor as play-fighting and criticised Pallett for trivialising domestic abuse.

The former Emmerdale actress, who slept in a spare bedroom after claiming she was uncomfortable sleeping in the same room as Thomas, decided to leave the house on 1 September. Thomas was later given a formal warning.

In an interview with host Emma Willis two days later, Pallett apologised to Thomas for making a "horrible mistake" before saying she was the "most hated girl in Britain".

Roxanne Pallett accused Ryan Thomas of deliberately hitting her in the Celebrity Big Brother house
Image: Pallett later apologised to Thomas for her 'horrible mistake'

Viewers voiced offence and concern at Pallett's claims and the way the situation was handled by the show.

Ofcom will examine whether "appropriate information" was shown by Channel 5 which may have assisted "in avoiding or minimising offence" to viewers.

An Ofcom spokeswoman said: "We are investigating whether this programme broke our rules on offensive content."

Coleen Nolan, Janet Street-Porter and Kim Woodburn
Image: Viewers accused Nolan and her co-hosts of ganging up on Kim Woodburn (right)

The watchdog is also investigating the Loose Women panel's treatment of Kim Woodburn, after receiving 7,900 viewer complaints.

The former How Clean Is Your House? presenter clashed with Coleen Nolan and later walked off the set in tears.

Coleen Nolan said she 'stayed as calm as possible'
Image: Nolan said she 'stayed as calm as possible' during the Loose Women row

Woodburn was invited on the panel show by ITV bosses for a "reconciliation" with Nolan after the women previously argued on an earlier series of Celebrity Big Brother.

Viewers accused Nolan and other members of the panel, which included Linda Nolan, Janet Street-Porter and Linda Robson, of "ganging up" on Woodburn.

A statement posted on Nolan's Twitter account on 6 September said she was taking a break after being subjected to a "horrifying torrent of online abuse".

It also said the singer's words and actions had been misrepresented.

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— Coleen Nolan (@NolanColeen) September 6, 2018

The news follows today's Ofcom ruling that ITV's Good Morning Britain (GMB) breached its broadcasting code when presenter Piers Morgan refused to read a council's response to a segment about a homeless SAS veteran, saying he couldn't "be bothered".

Morgan was interviewing ex-soldier Bob Curry on 22 January about a petition calling on Hertfordshire County Council to give him social housing.

Morgan, who called Curry "a national hero", refused to read the council's response, and told it to "stick your statements and get action and get him a council home today".

Piers Morgan arrives at Old Church
Image: Piers Morgan refused to read out the statement from Hertfordshire County Council after interviewing veteran Bob Curry

The council said it was treated unfairly because its views were not represented.

ITV argued it had contacted the council multiple times and been sent a generic statement, which it published online.

Ofcom upheld the council's claim, stating that "Mr Morgan's decision to dismiss the Council's statement outright and not read it, or to reflect in summary what it said in response, meant that at no point in this programme was the council's view reflected".

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"As a consequence, we considered that viewers were not provided with an opportunity to understand the council's position and that this had the clear potential to materially and adversely affect viewers' opinions of the council in a way that was unfair."

In a tweet, Morgan called the ruling "ridiculous", adding: "Why should I read out bull**** self-serving statements from a council that failed to house a homeless SAS hero until we bullied them into doing it?"

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