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'Quiet Place': John Krasinski compares horror role to parenting fears
The Office alum John Krasinski says he never wanted to make a horror movie until the script for A Quiet Place came his way.

The film Krasinski eventually agreed to direct and star in with his wife, Emily Blunt, holds a 100 percent positive rating on the review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com after its showing last month at South by Southwest and premiering Monday in Los Angeles. The film, which opens nationwide Friday, follows a married couple with three kids as they try to survive an apocalypse of mysterious origins on an upstate New York farm where terrifying monsters attack anything that makes noise.

"This is exactly what I didn't want to do," the 38-year-old Massachusetts native said at a recent New York news conference. "I am not good with horror movies. I am a scaredy cat."

Krasinski said the timing was perfect for him to say "yes," however, because he read the screenplay just a few weeks after Blunt gave birth to their second child.

"I was legitimately in that world of terror and thinking every single minute of every single day about protecting my daughter and keeping her safe, keeping her alive," he recalled. "And then a script comes about, basically, the exact same thing. So, that immediately connected me to the whole project and I called [the producers] and said I wanted to do it."

A Quiet Place, which is set to open in theaters nationwide Friday, marks the first time A-list lovebirds Blunt and Krasinski have shared the screen.

"We had people joking, 'You're going to be divorced by the last week,'" Blunt laughed.

"And we are," Krasinski teased. "Big headline."

"Yeah, but it was actually kind of amazing. We really creatively aligned ourselves. It was special and I would do it again, for sure," Blunt said.

The shared, real-life experience of raising two children together -- ages 2 and 4 -- appears to have helped Blunt and Krasinski empathize with their characters.

"The back story of imagining what this family's life must have been like before the horror ensued was sort of gut-wrenching to us," she said. "Imagine if this happened to our family. What would that be like? And I think that was really helpful. . .I think we just tried to bring as much of what we'd want for our children into this film."

Blunt said she is more similar to her nurturing mom character, Evelyn, than Krasinski is to Lee, the "old-school guy" he plays.

"John is a communicator. He can emotionally engage and connect," Blunt said. "All [Lee] wants is to keep these kids alive and love is, like, secondary. We talked about it a lot -- over a lot of whiskey -- which we drank throughout this process."

"The idea of surviving/thriving was something I found was one of the most fun dichotomies to play in this because I think it is very real," Krasinski chimed in, saying the characters in A Quiet Place are like the flawed, ordinary heroes in Steven Spielberg's early sci-fi movies such as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial or Close Encounters of the Third Kind, which he has loved since childhood.

"I know a lot of people who wake up on Monday and just want to get through until Friday. That's it. And then I know other people, who wake up Monday and say, 'Today is going to be the best day I have ever had in my life.' And I think that is the two ways [Lee and Evelyn] were parenting. ... I very much understand both sides."


Dwayne Johnson says he witnessed his mother's suicide attempt at 15
Dwayne Johnson said that he witnessed his mother Ata Johnson attempt to commit suicide when he was 15-years-old.

"She got out of the car on Interstate 65 in Nashville and walked into oncoming traffic," Dwayne said during an interview with The Express Sunday where he also talked about his previous battles with depression.

"I grabbed her and pulled her back on the gravel shoulder of the road," he continued.

Dwayne also said that his mother does not remember what happened. "What's crazy about that suicide attempt is that to this day, she has no recollection of it whatsoever. Probably best she doesn't."

Dwayne, who dominated the WWE throughout the '90s and early 2000s before becoming a Hollywood star, said that he had a secret battle with depression and said he was in a bad place mentally after his dreams of becoming an NFL star were ruined due to multiple injuries.

"That was my absolute worst time," he said. Dwayne also said that his girlfriend at the time broke up with him after he was let go by the Canadian Football League. The depression, Dwayne said, could have pushed him to attempt suicide like his mother had he not found the will to carry on.

"We both healed but we've always got to do our best to pay attention when other people are in pain," the 45-year-old said about himself and his mother. "We have to help them through it and remind them they are not alone."

Dwayne, on Twitter Monday, shared an article about his remarks on his depression and his mother's suicide attempt. "We all go thru the sludge/[expletive] and depression never discriminates. Took me a long time to realize it but the key is to not be afraid to open up. Especially us dudes have a tendency to keep it in. You're not alone," he said.


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"It's hilarious to me that you can work for six years on a show, 120-something hours, and it gets boiled down to three seconds."
--James Van Der Beek, on his Dawson's Creek ugly cry-face meme, to Entertainment Weekly



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Which music superstar performed a surprise concert where she was first discovered?


Ron Howard says 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' is in 'final stages'
Ron Howard gave fans an update on his upcoming Star Wars prequel film Solo on Twitter saying that the project is in its "final stages" of completion ahead of its May 25 release date.

"Final stages of post on #Solo It's gratifying to see everybody's dedication to this story - going back to 2012 - adding up in such a fun & satisfying way," the filmmaker said alongside a black and white photo of himself sitting down and watching a television screen.

The television displays the phrase "A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...." which has accompanied the opening scrawl of every previous Star Wars film except for 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

"So much talent involved," Howard continued. Alden Ehrenreich stars as the title character Han Solo with Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke as love interest Qi'Ra and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett who brings the characters together to take on a special job.

The official Twitter account for the film posted a short clip of the Millennium Falcon flying by the Solo logo on Sunday to mark 54 days before the film's release.


CW renews 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,' 'Arrow,' 'Supergirl' for 2018-19
The CW announced Monday it renewed Black Lightning, Dynasty, Arrow and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend for additional seasons.

Mark Pedowitz, the cable network's president, said DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, Riverdale, Supergirl and Supernatural also will be back for the 2018-19 television season.

"As The CW expands to a six-night, Sunday through Friday schedule next season, we are proud to have such a deep bench of great returning series for 2018-19. By picking these 10 series up for next season, we have a terrific selection of programming to choose from when we set our fall schedule in May, with more still to come," Pedowitz said in a statement Monday.

"And I'm especially happy that we'll continue to work with the incredibly talented casts, producers, and writers who create the series our fans are so passionate about."


??? Guess Who ???

Which music superstar performed a surprise concert where she was first discovered?

Taylor Swift held a surprise concert in Nashville at the Bluebird Cafe where she was first discovered as a teenager by Scott Borchetta of Big Machine Label Group.

Swift was joined by country songwriter Craig Wiseman who welcomed the singer onstage Saturday in front of 40 patrons in celebration of the Bluebird's 35th anniversary.

"I wanted to say a big thank you to the Bluebird Cafe," Swift said, The Tennessean reported. "I think any songwriter in town would echo my sentiments and say that this is kind of the only place where this exists -- this particular place where you get to come and hear the writer's take on the songs they've put out into the world."

Swift, with an acoustic guitar in hand, performed "Shake It Off" and "Better Man," a song she penned for country band Little Big Town.

"When I would play writers nights ... I didn't have the experience of a writer writing something and then it going out into the world and you hearing it from someone else's perspective until recently," she said of performing at the Bluebird Cafe and "Better Man." "Little Big Town gave me the opportunity to feel that way ... to be at the Bluebird and play a song you've maybe heard on the radio. I will always be forever grateful to them for that."

Swift and Wiseman also reminisced how they shared Fireball Whiskey shots at Wiseman's CMT after-party with Swift saying that she stole a giant inflatable Fireball bottle with her fellow musician friend Ed Sheeran.

Swift recently made headlines for releasing a second music video for her single "Delicate." The 28-year-old's Reputation stadium tour in support of her latest album of the same name, begins May 8.

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