Out this week
- Charli by Charli XCX: Third album by the English singer; comes after 2014’s Sucker; includes the songs ‘1999’ (with Troye Sivan), ‘Blame It on Your Love’ (featuring Lizzo), ‘Gone’ (with Christine and the Queens), ‘Cross You Out’ (featuring Sky Ferreira), ‘Warm’ (featuring HAIM), and ‘February 2017’ (featuring Clairo and Yaeji).
- Also out this week: American rock band Goo Goo Dolls’ twelfth album, Miracle Pill; Beneath the Eyrie, the seventh set by alternative rock band Pixies; and rock band Puddle of Mudd’s fifth record, Welcome to Galvania.
- Downton Abbey (starring Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith) - drama, continuation of the television series (2010 - 2015); a royal visit causes a stir among the wealthy Crawley family and their servants.
- The Goldfinch (starring Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Oakes Fegley, Aneurin Barnard, Finn Wolfhard, Sarah Paulson, Luke Wilson) - drama, based on Donna Tartt’s 2013 novel; a tragedy changes the course of a young man’s (Elgort) life and leads him to the world of art forgery.
- Hustlers (starring Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo, Cardi B) - comedy drama; a group of strippers start embezzling money from the wealthy who visit their club.
- Jim Gaffigan (@JimGaffigan): The good part of having 5 kids is that there is always at least one having a horrible morning.
- Conan O’Brien (@ConanOBrien): A new study found the safest city to travel to is Tokyo, Japan. Unless, of course, you’re a dolphin.
- Whitney Cummings (@WhitneyCummings): If we were half as outraged about climate change as we are about pumpkin spice lattes I feel like our species might just survive
Where’d You Go, Bernadette
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Billy Crudup, Kristen Wiig, Emma Nelson, James Urbaniak, Judy Greer, Troian Bellisario, Zoë Chao, Laurence Fishburne
Director: Richard Linklater
Tagline: Disappearances can be deceiving.
- Comedy drama; when a woman (Blanchett) who hates leaving her house disappears, it is up to her daughter (Nelson) to find out what really happened to her.
- Is based on the 2012 novel of the same name by Maria Semple.
- Had a budget of $18 million; has made around $8 million in three weeks.
- Has generated a mixed to negative reception, with reviewers deeming the film messy and some even finding Blanchett’s performance weak.
- Score composed by Graham Reynolds and Sam Lipman.
Niall James Horan
- Born on 13th September 1993 in Mullingar, Ireland.
- Has an older brother, Greg.
- Parents divorced when he was a child.
- Taught himself to play guitar when he was 11.
- Auditioned for the seventh series of The X Factor in 2010. Was eventually put together with Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik to form One Direction. The group finished in third place in the competition, but went on to achieve massive global success, releasing five albums before going on indefinite hiatus in 2016.
- Released his debut solo album, Flicker, in 2017.
- Is currently working on his second album.
- Enjoys sports, especially golf and football.
- Has mild obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety.