Tanya Sweeney on five news stories this week you may have missed
The phrase ‘actors play parts, stars play themselves’ came to mind this week when the trailer for the Home Alone remake dropped this week. Film fans seemed very put out that Aisling Bea’s character had a British accent, as opposed to her own Kildare ‘lilt’ (as the Brits would call it). One fan tweeted: “You made Aisling Bea change her (beautiful, beautiful) Irish accent to an upper-class English one because you knew the Americans would bitch about it!” The comedian herself took to social media to point out the bleeding obvious — she was playing a character and that character was British. “If she’s from England and spoke with an Irish accent, it would be a bit strange,” Bea offered.
Star Trek actor William Shatner has boldly gone where… well, his most famous character went a few decades ago. This week, 90-year-old Shatner became the oldest human in space during a brief second crewed flight on Wednesday of Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket ship from the west Texas desert. After returning to the landing site after 11 minutes in space, Shatner was very visibly overwhelmed. “I’m so filled with emotion about what just happened,” he said. “It’s extraordinary, extraordinary. It’s so much larger than me and life. Everybody in the world needs to do this. Everybody in the world needs to see this.” Well, if you’re paying…
Adele proved that she’s very much the same lass from Tottenham as before, despite her much-documented Hollywood ‘glow-up’. After fielding random questions from fans on an Instagram Live chat (including, “Will you adopt me?” and “Are you going to do a collaboration with Peppa Pig?”) Adele revealed that she wasn’t au fait with Instagram Live’s various fancy functions. The site appeared to be causing the singer much confusion, until Alicia Keys offered some IT support. “You need help baby?” Keys commented during the chat, to which Adele replied, “Well yes Alicia, I do need some help — someone’s trying to take me into a room.”
To most of us, it’s a video of an Irish toddler making a very typical Irish phonecall, full of “check your messages” and “ring you back” and the obligatory “bye, bye, bye, bye”. And Hollywood’s A-list seemed mightily entertained by ‘Crazy Daisy’, as she is known on Instagram. Diane Keaton was first to repost a video of the toddler, captioning it with “THIS IS A YOUNG REESE WITHERSPOON IN THE MAKING!!!” It prompted Witherspoon herself to post the adorable video, noting, “Someone get this little lady an Oscar ASAP!”
Gangland drama Kin is proving to be one of the biggest hits of the year for RTÉ, even trumping the cultural behemoth that is The Late Late Show in the ratings. The series, which charts the comings and goings of a fictional Dublin family caught in a gangland war, is reported to have an average audience share of 46pc or 650,000 viewers per episode. Naturally, hopes are high that these healthy viewing figures will lead to the commissioning of a second series.