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Wednesday 19 June 2019
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Pink on stage at the RDS .
Music fans tickled P!nk as RDS is turned into 'Funhouse' Music fans were tickled P!nk last night as their American idol jetted into Dublin and transformed the RDS into one giant Funhouse.
 
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Love Island: SR5: Ep14 on ITV2. Pictured: Caroline oversees the dumping. Love Island 2019: The obvious choices bite the dust as Lucie opts to stay without Joe Sheena McGinley Wow, tonight was a slo-mo overload, between the challenge and the arrival of Caroline Flack. Indeed "The Flack" was back after two whole weeks – if you didn't know about Love Island: Aftersun you'd think she was a right lazy so 'n so.
Emma Thompson plays dangerous populist politician Vivienne Rook in Russell T Davies' searing new dystopian drama series, Years and Years (BBC One) BBC's Years and Years: Is this the scariest of all dystopian tales? Pat Stacey Television drama has been gazing into the future for decades and imagining some pretty grim scenarios: alien invasions, robot overlords, nuclear disasters, militaristic dictatorships, plagues and pandemics and pesky zombies.
The Porpoise The Porpoise: Brave book tackles incest and rape Barbara Clinton Perhaps there will never be a good time to explore the central theme of Mark Haddon's latest novel. Just this month, the Government announced plans to seal records on child abuse cases for 75 years, consigning this evidence to a metaphorical lead-coffin death for many of those affected. It may even be because of the era that gave rise to #MeToo and #HerNameIs that Haddon's story shifts suddenly and dramatically from the present day to Ancient Greece. Perhaps Haddon too found that child sexual abuse and the abuse of women is the collective secret hiding in plain sight that nobody has the courage to witness.
Lucie and Joe on Love Island. PIC: ITV2 Aoife Kelly: Love Island is starting to make for uncomfortable viewing Aoife Kelly In an early episode of Charlie Brooker's dystopian sci-fi series 'Black Mirror' a woman battles for survival in a town where she is pursued by a gang intent on killing her, as members of the public record her every move on their mobile phones. It turns out she is a contestant on a reality show and, having commit a heinous crime, has been sentenced to spend every day waking up to the same nightmare, for the entertainment of the masses.
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Movies
 
Story time: Pixar’s fourth instalment in the franchise is as funny and charming as you'd expect Toy Story: How Apple boss Steve Jobs almost pulled the plug on Pixar's first success Paul Whitington No other film franchise is quite as universally loved as Toy Story. I remember the palpable tension in the cinema when I went to the press screening of Toy Story 3, as grown critics fretted about having to write a nasty review if Pixar messed it up. They didn't, of course, and one of the reasons why the studio has managed to maintain the series' extraordinary high standards is that they haven't made that many of the films.
Tom Hanks at the Toy Story 4 premiere in London (Ian West/PA) Making Toy Story 4 was lonely but sent me back in time, says Tom Hanks By Alex Green, Press Association Tom Hanks has said making Toy Story 4 was a “very lonely process” but that recording its final scenes transported him back in time.
 
 
Music
 
Bon Jovi post with statue of Phil Lynott in Dublin. PIC: Jon Bon Jovi/Instagram 'Dublin thank you... for Phil Lynott' - rock band Bon Jovi pose with statue of Irish legend Callum Lavery Rock'n'roll royalty Jon Bon Jovi decided he couldn't keep touring without paying homage to an Irish legend.
Pink performs on stage at the Brit Awards (Victoria Jones/PA) Pink at the RDS - here's what to expect from tonight's Beautiful Trauma concert Melanie Finn American superstar Pink has arrived in Dublin ahead of her sold-out concert in the RDS this evening.
 
 
Television
 
Screen icon: Streep jumped at the chance to join the cast for season two 'Women can be pretty f***ing toxic too...' - Meryl Streep talks joining Big Little Lies Jane Mulkerrins How do you follow up a television show that became an instant and enormous success, scored a raft of Emmys and Golden Globes, dominated water-cooler chat for the entirety of its seven-week run, pre-empted the explosion of the MeToo movement by a matter of months with its themes of sexual assault and female solidarity, and featured an unprecedentedly starry cast for TV of five Hollywood big hitters, namely: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Shailene Woodley and Zoë Kravitz - but was never intended to run beyond one season?
Lucie and Joe on Love Island. PIC: ITV2 Aoife Kelly: Love Island is starting to make for uncomfortable viewing Aoife Kelly In an early episode of Charlie Brooker's dystopian sci-fi series 'Black Mirror' a woman battles for survival in a town where she is pursued by a gang intent on killing her, as members of the public record her every move on their mobile phones. It turns out she is a contestant on a reality show and, having commit a heinous crime, has been sentenced to spend every day waking up to the same nightmare, for the entertainment of the masses.
 
 
Books
 
American author Emily Ruskovich, winner of the 2019 International Dublin Literary Award. Photo: Conor McCabe 'I wrote my dark psychological thriller while cradling fluffy ducklings' - Emily Ruskovich Niamh Horan She's the largely unknown 33-year-old who beat off stiff competition from literary heavyweights, including Man Booker Prize winner George Saunders and Irish writer Sally Rooney, to win this year's €100,000 Dublin Literary prize.
Breaking the silence: Mary Cregan says people with depression get good at hiding it. Photo: Owen Breslin 'I was told English publishers don't like this kind of story' - Mary Cregan on writing about major depression Maggie Armstrong Who would want to read a book about depression? It's a question Mary Cregan asked herself a lot as she came to write her first book, The Scar: A Personal History of Depression and Recovery.
 
 
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