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Alex Jones: Pregnant BBC star 'in pieces' after 'mistake' during evening away from husband

She told Closer: “It’s a huge gift. I suppose deep down I would never have said it because we were so lucky to have two lovely boys, but having a girl was always something that was there.

“I thought our time had passed and it wasn’t going to happen,” Alex shared.

“We both said how amazing three boys would be.

“Then when we opened the email which told us what sex the baby was, his little face was a picture,” Alex said.

The presenter added: “We both secretly thought it would be amazing if it was a girl. 

“It’ll be really interesting to see the different dynamics.”

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Met backlash after claim they weren't 'in vicinity' of BBC reporter ambush – new statement

Yesterday, outside Whitehall, in central London, a crowd shouted “traitor” and other slurs at BBC journalist Nicholas Watt as he walked near Downing Street. A video of the incident then went viral on social media and shows Mr Watt running away from anti-lockdown demonstrators towards a line of police officers. The police then faced a public backlash for not rushing to Mr Watt’s aid and for then releasing an initial statement, which claimed the police were not “in the immediate vicinity of the incident”.

One high profile Twitter user, James Felton, then replied to the initial police statement and said: “Define vicinity.”

However, this statement was later revised and a new one was released.

The new statement released by the Met Police said: “An initial statement issued earlier today suggested officers were not in the immediate vicinity of the incident.

“It was drafted based on the 45-second video of the incident which was shared very widely on social media this morning.

“That video began on Richmond Terrace and out of sight of officers on nearby Whitehall.

“We were subsequently made aware of a longer piece of footage lasting 3 minutes and 28 seconds which shows the incident in full.

“It is clear that the incident began on Whitehall where officers were present.”

The statement continues: “We are aware of a video that has been shared online which shows a journalist being aggressively confronted and chased by a group of protestors in the vicinity of Whitehall on Monday, 14 June.

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“A second man has been identified and is being actively sought by officers.”

The Met police added: “Anyone with information that could help to identify others involved in the incident should call 101 or tweet @MetCC.

“Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers, anonymously, by calling 0800 555 111.

“We also acknowledge the concerns that have been raised about the police response.

“We take those concerns seriously and will be reviewing our actions with a view to improving the policing of events for all Londoners.”

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'In the Heights' makes muted debut, edged by 'A Quiet Place'

After a string of good box office weekends, the opening of “In the Heights” was a reminder of the challenges movie theaters are facing.

NEW YORK — Just when a party was poised to break out in movie theaters, the below-expectation debut of “In the Heights” dampened Hollywood’s hopes of a swift or smooth recovery at the summer box office.

Jon M. Chu’s exuberant adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical opened with a modest $ 11.4 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Forecasts had ranged from $ 15-$ 20 million. The release of “In the Heights” — a lavish song-and-dance musical accompanied by glowing reviews from critic s and considered a milestone movie for Latinos — was widely seen as a cultural event.

On opening weekend, though, the Warner Bros. release narrowly missed the top spot. Instead, “A Quiet Place Part II” edged it with $ 11.7 million in its third weekend of release. (It’s close enough that the order could flip when final figures are released Monday.) On Friday, John Krasinski’s thriller — playing only in theaters — became the first film of the pandemic to reach $ 100 million domestically. Its cumulative total is $ 109 million.

Sony’s “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway,” a film originally planned to open around Easter 2020, also opened softly, debuting with an estimated $ 10.4 million

After a string of good box office weekends, the opening of “In the Heights” was a reminder of the challenges of the marketplace. Most theaters are operating at reduced capacities to allow social distancing. Canada’s theaters are largely closed. And getting crowds to come out for a movie that was simultaneously streaming on HBO Max, as “In the Heights” was, adds another complication.

Starring a mostly fresh-face cast including Anthony Ramos, Melissa Barrera, Corey Hawkins and Leslie Grace, “In the Heights” didn’t have the star power of musicals such as “Mamma Mia!” to give it a boost. Miranda, who performed the lead on Broadway, ceded the part to Ramos. Miranda plays a minor role.

Instead, the film will depend on strong word of mouth (it received an “A” CinemaScore from audiences) to propel a long run in theaters. Its hopeful comparison would be a movie like 2017’s “The Greatest Showman,” which opened to $ 18.8 million but held firmly for months, ultimately grossing $ 174.3 million in the U.S. and Canada.

“We always thought that the movie has to do the heavy lifting,” said Jeff Goldstein, distribution chief for Warner Bros. “Even though it came in at a lighter level than we had expected, we’re proud of the movie that’s there and over time the hope is that we can get an audience to sample the movie and tell their friends to.”

Warner Bros., as is standard throughout the industry, didn’t release viewing data for “In the Heights” on HBO Max. The studio’s day-and-date approach, planned to last through the end of the year, has been much-debated. But previous Warner releases — particularly “Godzilla vs. Kong” (which managed a $ 32.2 million three-day opening in early April ) and last week’s No. 1 film, “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” ( a $ 24 million debut ) — performed solidly while also being available in the home. The “Conjuring” sequel added $ 10 million in its second weekend.

HBO Max, Goldstein said, couldn’t be blamed for any disappointing results for “In the Heights.”

“Our experience, which is backed up on ‘In the Heights,’ is that if the movie hits a high level in theaters, it hits a high level on the service,” said Goldstein. “If it hits a low level in theaters, it hits a low level on HBO Max. They’re really very comparable.”

Last weekend, Disney’s “Cruella” may have also made a somewhat muted arrival in theaters because it opened at the same time on Disney+, for $ 30. In its second weekend, “Cruella” earned $ 6.7 million, bringing its total to $ 56 million.

“In the Heights” had originally been set to open in June of last year. The studio and filmmakers, believing its impact would be felt most powerfully in theaters, opted to wait for cinemas to reopen. Ahead of release, Warner put its marketing weight behind the film. Oprah Winfrey hosted a virtual block party for the film. On Wednesday, the film opened the Tribeca Festival with a yellow carpet premiere and screenings scattered throughout New York.

Regardless of box office, “In the Heights” is the rare bigger-budget spectacle film to feature a predominantly Latino cast. Though Latinos make up one of the largest groups of regular moviegoers (accounting for as much as 29% of tickets sold) their representation in Hollywood is still a fraction of that. According to audience surveys, about 40% of the opening-weekend audience for “In the Heights” was Hispanic.

The director Chu has previously helmed a breakthrough release for Asian Americans in 2018’s “Crazy Rich Asians,” which opened to $ 26.5 million over three days and then kept a multi-week lock on the box office. Recalling that — or perhaps sensing that “In the Heights” wasn’t going to debut like a blockbuster — Chu urged people to “vote with their wallets” by supporting the film.

“Even ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ you couldn’t really tell. It was only the second weekend when people started coming back and the third weekend when people who didn’t go to the movies started to come,” said Chu a week ahead of release. “Buying tickets to this thing — putting your money where your mouth is — was the democratic statement that no studio could make up.”

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National Insurance contributions changes 'in short-term' predicted for the self-employed

Commenting on the report, Sarah Coles, personal finance analyst at Hargreaves Lansdown, said: “The government’s reply to the ‘Tax after Coronavirus’ report was an emphatic ‘not now!’

“Some potential tax changes have been taken off the table entirely, while others have been pushed very firmly down to the other end of it.

“While the economy is still recovering, and we’re still uncertain whether new variants will divert the path out of the crisis, the government isn’t going to make any sudden moves.

“Nobody is going to touch pensions tax relief, capital gains tax, inheritance tax or stamp duty until we’re on a much firmer footing.

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