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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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"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.

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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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Cheryl addresses ‘abuse’ over X Factor performance

By Lucia Binding, news reporter

Cheryl has spoken out after receiving "relentless abuse" for her performance on Sunday night's The X Factor.

The 35-year-old singer, who used to be a judge on the ITV show, sang her new single Love Made Me Do It during the results programme.

Her performance included an energetic dance routine which saw her licking her hand while wearing a black bodysuit with over-the-knee boots.

Media Ofcom said on Monday it had received 15 complaints "objecting to sexual tone and clothing in Cheryl's routine".

After reading negative comments about her performance, Cheryl posted a long statement on Twitter.

It read: "I wanted to start by saying thank you all so much for your lovely comments and support for my performance on Sunday. You may not have read about them but I definitely saw and felt them!

Hey… 🥰 pic.twitter.com/D6izQ3NBTT

— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) November 20, 2018

"Having spent 16 years in the public eye I have always been accepting of people's opinions. Me personally, my music and performances are never going to be for everyone. And that's OK."

"I let a lot of things lie but the sheer level of unbalanced negativity towards me in the tabloid press these past few days has been frankly shocking and I need to address it".

She continued: "This level of relentless abuse should not be tolerated in any walk of life. From my appearance, my body size and shape to my performance and even dragging innocent people into this like they did to Nile Rodgers simply for a clickbait headline is totally uncalled for. It also gives the trolls a bigger voice and platform.

"What's even more surprising to me is that some of these people are the first to write that we should be being more socially aware and conscious of online bullying and mental health awareness. Is this any different?"

Cheryl ended the post by thanking fans for "being strong minded enough to not be influenced by the negativity", adding: "PS… I did watch my performance back and I LOVED IT!"

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Following Sunday night's show, Chic star Nile Rogers dismissed suggestions he had "snubbed" Cheryl by not standing after her performance.

The 66-year-old, who has been filling in for The X Factor judge Robbie Williams, tweeted two photographs from the show with an explanation which said he would "never snub anybody".

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So I get to the lounge, open my powerbook and it says: @Xfactor fans are "convinced" that I snubbed Cheryl. With this pic on left as proof. Pic on right was me before I just happened to sit down. I'd never snub ANYBODY. It's not my nature. Really folks? This is what we've come to pic.twitter.com/2Soi1Qt473

— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) November 19, 2018

Cheryl last appeared as a judge on the 2015 series of the The X factor and appeared in last year's show alongside head judge Simon Cowell during the judges' houses stage.

The singer, who has a son named Bear with ex-partner Liam Payne, will take on the role of dance captain on BBC One's new Saturday night show, The Greatest Dancer, which is due to air next year.

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Cheryl slams critics of her X Factor performance

Cheryl has spoken out following her performance on Sunday night's X Factor, saying in a lengthy post on social media that the "sheer level of unbalanced negativity" towards her has been "shocking".

The singer, who used to be a judge on the ITV show, sang her new track Love Made Me Do It during the results programme.

The performance saw her licking her hand while dancing in a black bodysuit.

UK media regulator Ofcom said on Monday it had received 15 complaints "objecting to sexual tone and clothing in Cheryl's routine".

Cheryl posted a long statement about the reaction to her performance on Twitter.

Hey… 🥰 pic.twitter.com/D6izQ3NBTT

— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) November 20, 2018

It read: "I wanted to start by saying thank you all so much for your lovely comments and support for my performance on Sunday. You may not have read about them but I definitely saw and felt them!

"Having spent 16 years in the public eye I have always been accepting of people's opinions. Me personally, my music and performances are never going to be for everyone. And that's OK."

The 35-year-old, whose new single is her first release since 2015's Only Human, went on to say she "let a lot of things lie but the sheer level of unbalanced negativity towards me in the tabloid press these past few days has been frankly shocking and I need to address it".

Cheryl: "I did watch my performance back and I LOVED IT!"

She continued: "This level of relentless abuse should not be tolerated in any walk of life. From my appearance, my body size and shape to my performance and even dragging innocent people into this like they did to Nile Rodgers simply for a clickbait headline is totally uncalled for. It also gives the trolls a bigger voice and platform.

"What's even more surprising to me is that some of these people are the first to write that we should be being more socially aware and conscious of online bullying and mental health awareness. Is this any different?"

She ended her post thanking her fans for "being strong minded enough to not be influenced by the negativity", and added a note at the end of her message saying: "PS… I did watch my performance back and I LOVED IT!"

Following Sunday night's show, Chic star Nile Rodgers took to social media to dismiss suggestions he had "snubbed" Cheryl by not standing after her performance.

Rodgers denied snubbing Cheryl

Rodgers, 66, who has been filling in for X Factor judge Robbie Williams, tweeted two photographs from the show and a long explanation saying: "So I get to the lounge, open my powerbook and it says: @Xfactor fans are "convinced" that I snubbed Cheryl.

"With this pic on left as proof. Pic on right was me before I just happened to sit down. I'd never snub ANYBODY. It's not my nature. Really folks? This is what we've come to."

Cheryl, who rose to fame as part of girl group Girls Aloud after winning Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, and ex-partner Liam Payne, 25, became first-time parents in March last year to a baby boy they named Bear.

She last appeared as a judge on ITV's The X Factor in 2015 and featured in 2017 alongside head judge Simon Cowell during the judges' houses stage.

Cheryl's next television project sees her take the role of dance captain on BBC One's new Saturday night show, The Greatest Dancer, due to air next year.

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Tributes paid to RTÉ Radio presenter Sandy Harsch

Tributes from friends and colleagues have been pouring in for RTÉ Radio 1 presenter Sandy Harsch, who has died at the age of 76.

Steven Averill of Dublin band The Trouble Pilgrims, said, "It was with a deep sadness and loss that I learnt that my friend and colleague Sandy Harsch – a giant of radio broadcasting – had passed away. All who knew her will miss her greatly."

It was with a deep sadness and loss that I learnt that my friend and colleague Sandy Harsch – a giant of radio broadcasting – had passed away. All who knew her will miss her greatly.

— Stephen Averill (@StephenRapid) November 20, 2018

Radio 1 presenter John Creedon said, "Few have known and loved their music like our colleague Sandy Harsch #RIP. Still play this box-set she sent me 20yrs ago. A generous spirit."

Few have known and loved their music like our colleague Sandy Harsch #RIP. Still play this box-set she sent me 20yrs ago. A generous spirit. pic.twitter.com/2tthtJ8pWl

— john creedon (@johncreedon) November 20, 2018

Sandy's fellow Radio 1 presenter Lilian Smith tweeted, "My lovely friend, my brilliant colleague, my Radio sister #RIP Sandy Harsch xx"

My lovely friend, my brilliant colleague, my Radio sister #RIP Sandy Harsch xx pic.twitter.com/kVjX97cMZL

— Lilian Smith (@Lillylatelee) November 20, 2018

RTÉ Radio 1 presenter Sandy Harsch has died unexpectedly after a short illness. Nighttime radio is defined by likes of herself and @Lillylatelee. Sandy's voice picked you up, flew you over the great plains, dragged you into real America and brought America into your home. RIP pic.twitter.com/WVPyzvGqgX

— Declan Varley (@declanvarley) November 20, 2018

So saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Sandy Harsch last night. Sandy was a superb on air CMA award winning talent and possessed an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Country. Our national airwaves will… https://t.co/Z2jXA8uA15

— Howard Dee (@HowardDee2) November 20, 2018

Sandy Harsch passionate about music and a wonderful and warm person has died. https://t.co/BnHctuqzsL via @hotpress

— willie o reilly (@willie_oreilly) November 20, 2018

Rhode Island native Sandy is survived by her She is survived by her two daughters and a sister

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Dublin act Subplots chart a A Silent Phase

Dublin trio explore new depths of mystery and uneasiness on their excellent third album

Dublin trio Subplots build on their glacial enigma with this superlative third album. Patience is the key when exploring the mysterious depths of the work of Ross Chaney, Phil Boughton and Daryl Chaney, who are now ten years into their career as architects of minimalistic art rock.

A Silent Phase is a rhythmically absorbing work, from the jazzy modulations of Unfurling to the vaporous Constitution Hill and the Alt-J indebted The Signal Drop.

The likes of Radiohead post OK Computer and Talk Talk are obvious touchstones too but there is something even more oblique and, indeed, bleak about Suplots’ slowly-paced and revelatory sound.

A slowly-paced and revelatory sound

It rarely lifts its head out of a state of sullen ennui – it can also be overly studied – but Boughton’s falsetto, and the chiming guitars married with woodwind, horn arrangements and vintage snyths make this an immersive listen. A nervous tic of an album.

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Mason gets behind Maggie on Home and Away

There's a lot of drama coming up on Home and Away, as Mason supports Maggie's latest venture, Jasmine expresses her misgivings about Robbo taking part in IVF treatment with Tori, and Dean confronting his father.

In Wednesday's episode from Summer Bay, Dean approaches his father, who has been notably absent from his life.

"I wanted to meet you," Dean tells him.

"Well you've done that, now go", his father replies abruptly.

"They don't know about me, do they. Your family", Dean responds as his father walks away…

Elsewhere on the show, Mason gets behind Maggie and asks her what she wants to achieve from her training. They are upbeat about her programme.

And Tori tells Robbo the clinic called and he can go in to get the IVF treatment started the next day.

When Jasmine asks Robbo if he's nervous, he says it's a "good nervous, kind of like when Lauren told me she was pregnant."

"But this is completely different right?", Jasmine responds, leaving Robbo confused.

"What do you mean?" he asks her.

Watch the drama unfold when Home and Away airs on RTÉ One at 1.30pm and RTÉ2 at 6.30pm on Wednesday, November 21.

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