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Moore emotional to discover Irish ancestor’s death

American actress Mandy Moore took part in the US version of Who Do You Think You Are and discovered that one of her ancestors died in a workhouse in Ireland during the famine.

The This Is Us star travelled to Cashel, Co Tipperary where she learned that her four times great grandmother, Mary Flynn, died aged 40 at a workhouse.

The 34-year-old actress was reduced to tears when she learned of her ancestor's tragic death.

This journey and experience is one I will never forget. I’m forever indebted to the folks at @Wdytya for bringing me closer to my grandmother Eileen and her family. Tonight on @TLC!! https://t.co/CuyjLHMENw

— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) December 3, 2018

Historian and author Turtle Bunbury travelled with Moore to Cashel, where he revealed the sad news about Mary Flynn's life and death at a workhouse, which is now a hospital.

He took Moore to visit Donaghmore Workhouse, which is located nearby and is now a museum, and told her that Mary and her two daughters spent time living in terrible conditions as the famine ravaged the country.

"They were hell on earth. This was the last resort," he said of the workhouses.

"They were death traps," he added.

Moore said: "To know that my four times great grandmother passed away in a place like this and the horrific conditions you described, is really… it's just very tragic."

The actress was told that her great, great, great great grandmother would not have had a wake or a funeral, or a marker on her grave, which caused her to become emotional.

"That's heavy to think about, you know. I didn't even know her name until just a few days ago and to think that no one has thought about or remembered her until now for all these years… it's a lot."

"I'm honoured and humbled that I could be a representative of the family to just tell her that she's not forgotten," Moore said. "I can feel her. I can feel the energy of everybody that's here, but definitely I can feel her."

Moore also discovered that Mary's daughter Ellen fled the workhouse when she was just 15. She travelled for four months on the Lady Peel ship with her older sister Mary to work as a domestic labourer in Australia. The actor also found out that Mary had died before Ellen set sail.

"It sounds like her life was so perilous in Ireland that this was by far a better option than staying home," she said. "It makes so much more sense now."

Moore visited the immigration hall in Australia where Ellen would have arrived after the four month journey. She described Ellen as a "survivor", saying: "I wouldn't be here, I would not exist, had it not been for the way in which Ellen led her life."

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Kinks star planned collaboration with Dolores O’Riordan

Kinks' guitarist Dave Davies has revealed that himself and Dolores O'Riordan had planned to collaborate on music together before she died.

Davies was close friends with the late Cranberries star and he revealed they had discussed working together on a song called Home'before she died after drowning in the bath of a London hotel in January.

Quoted in The Observer, he recalled: "We had a mutual respect. We talked about writing together – I had an idea for a song called Home, about being home again, and she understood what I was trying to say.

"But we never sat down to do it, and that makes me really sad. She was very kind to me, too. We said we'd meet when she was next in London, and that was that."

Dave Davies (holding award) with The Kinks

Davies also praised her voice and said he admired her distinctive talent from the outset, when The Cranberries first appeared on the music scene in the early 1990s.

He said: "Dolores hadn't had a great time in her life. But the music that came out of her despite everything was incredible. I remember first hearing Zombie in the 1990s – that was the first time I was aware of her.

"Her voice caught me straight away. The way it went from this beautiful, soft whisper with this real Celtic vibe, to this huge rock voice, was fabulous, really unique. She didn't get enough credit for that."

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Bohemian Rhapsody sets new box office record

Bohemian Rhapsody has become the highest-grossing music biopic in cinema history after it generated more than $600m worldwide at the box office.

The Queen biopic is currently at $608.7m and has earned more money in the US than previous record holder, Straight Outta Compton, while also outperforming several recent musicals, such as last year's The Greatest Showman and 2008's Mamma Mia!

It's box office performance, according to Deadline, has been aided by singalong screenings, particularly in Asia and Latin America. The film is also faring well in terms of award nominations.

In the Golden Globes, the film has been nominated for Best Motion Picture – Drama, while Rami Malek, who stars as frontman Freddie Mercury, has been nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama.

Bohemian Rhapsody also received two nominations at the SAG (or Screen Actors Guild) Awards, with Malek once more nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role, while the entire cast is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

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Sandra Bullock wants more complex mothers in movies

Sandra Bullock – who plays a reluctant mother in dystopian horror Bird Box – reckons unconventional female roles needed to become more common.

In the film, Bullock fights an unseen monster which has decimated the world's population. Whoever sees it is driven to kill themselves, and those that survive use blindfolds when they go outside.

Bird Box charts Malorie (Bullock) as she leads her two children down a treacherous river path blindfolded to a place she hopes will keep them safe.

The actress said the complexities of motherhood had not yet been properly examined by the film industry, and that she hoped the Susanne Bier-directed film could go some way to correcting this.

She told the Press Association: "Something that I knew, I didn't necessarily learn it, the way motherhood has been represented on film needed to not just change, it needed to expand because the complexities of being a mum, I don't think, have not been fully represented cinematically.

"And Malorie is someone who is not a natural parent, or at least you think so. This is not someone who has a natural inclination to be mum, not the desire, the drive, or the want.

"And you go, 'This is not a good representation of a mother'. But you go, 'Is it really not?' Because she fights. She is using everything she knows and understands to save these little creatures' lives. Her fear is driving her.

"I learned that we need to start showing women in a more complex fashion when it comes to motherhood, the same we need to show men in a more complex fashion when it comes to those who are incredibly maternal and who are very demonstrative and loving and hopeful with their kids.

"It's happening all over the world but we are just not seeing enough of it on film."

Bullock, who has two adopted children, added that she had struggled with the film's portrayal of motherhood, which had left her feeling "hopeless".

She added that playing an apparently uncaring mother had made her feel uncomfortable but it had been important to shatter the "fairytale" idea that all women are natural mothers.

The 54-year-old said: "What was odd was that it was more uncomfortable for me to play Malorie in her flashbacks, when she is pregnant, when she is sort of disconnected from the idea of being a mum. I felt hopeless. I felt weak in a way.

"We have got to stop thinking about this idea, which comes from a very fairytale makeup, of what a family looks like, what a partnership looks like, what a mother looks like, what a father looks like.

"That's what I loved so much about this [film]. It was just people being there for each other, loving each other at the worst of times. You know, where they came from, what they look like or what their past was had no bearing on their current situation."

Bird Box will become available on Netflix on December 21.

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Monopoly Pizza Is Here, and You Better Believe It Comes in a Takeout Box

Has a board game ever made you drool? . . . No? Well get ready, dear reader, because that's about to change now that Monopoly Pizza has arrived. In this tasty twist on the classic game, players buy pizza rather than properties, advancing around the board and snatching up as many toppings as they can – from pepperoni and spinach to mac and cheese and pineapple. Players must aim to assemble a color set that corresponds to a certain type of 'za, such as barbecue chicken or veggie lovers. At the end of the game, whoever collects the most slices is crowned victorious.

Of course, the game pieces are pizza-themed, with shiny silver tokens shaped like a chef, cheese grater, pie slicer, and more. Oh, and we almost forgot to mention a very vital detail: Monopoly Pizza comes packaged in a takeout box that looks like the real deal – except, y'know, it's not covered in pizza grease. Check out a few photos of the foodie-approved Hasbro game ahead, and be sure to preorder it on Amazon or Walmart before the other pizza-lovers of the world beat you to it.

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Kate Middleton’s Midi Dress Is as Chic as They Come – and You Need 1 in Your Life

Another day, another gorgeous outing from one of our favorite duchesses. After Meghan Markle's surprising appearance at the British Fashion Awards – where she wore a stunning Givenchy gown and gold heels by Tamara Mellon – it was Kate Middleton's turn to take our breath away. On Tuesday, the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Evelina London Children's hospital in London, of which she has just become patron.

For the occasion, she wore a beautiful polka-dot midi dress by L.K. Bennett, one of her go-to brands. Featuring a fitted waist, pussy-bow detail, and classic button-down design, it was incredibly elegant and feminine, and Kate accessorized it with suede pumps, the L.K. Bennett Dora clutch, and her chic Annoushka pearl earrings. Ahead, get a closer look at her latest ensemble, then shop her exact dress, as well as similar options.

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