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We all remember our first time, whether it was on the couch or in an actual bed, whether it lasted hours or multiple nights in a row. 

Netflix binging, we mean of course.

Netflix has revealed which of it's iconic shows Irish people first binge watched, and has compiled a list of the top 20 most popular. 

According to the professionals over at Netflix, binge-watching can be defined as'completing at least one season of a show within 7 days of starting it.' 

For us, our first was Mad Men – which surprisingly didn't make the list (we love you Jon Hamm).

According to Netflix data, Breaking Bad was the most popular first binge on the streaming service in Ireland.

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The cult drama is followed by Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards and Narcos, all excellent contenders to top the charts. 

If you're curious, here's the top 20: 

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Orange is the New Black
  3. House of Cards
  4. Narcos
  5. Stranger Things
  6. Peaky Blinders
  7. Making a Murderer
  8. Gossip Girl
  9. Prison Break
  10. Sons of Anarchy
  11. Power
  12. Suits
  13. Pretty LIttle Liars
  14. 13 Reasons why
  15. The Inbetweeners
  16. The Vampire Diaries
  17. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  18. American Horror Story
  19. The Killing
  20. Homeland

More than 90pc of Netflix members admitted to completing a first binge on the streaming site. 

Well, there's definitely a 100pc chance that we will be committing more of our time to binge watching in the future… 

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Okay, so when I was asked to review DisneyLife, Disney's new streaming service – I was a tad nervous.

Nervous, why nervous, I hear you ask? 

Well, because my expectations were sky high, and I was a little worried my sweet friends at Disney would disappoint.

Spoiler alert: they did not. 

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Anyway, last weekend, I cleared my not-so busy schedule, and dedicated a full Saturday to the true DisneyLife experience. 

The weather was shitty and grey, so I closed the curtains, wrapped up with a mug of tea, and let the magic unfold. 

First point of information – signing up is SUPER easy, which is a blessing for impatient humans like myself. 

Fill in all your details (name, card number etc), select your adorable character, Minnie Mouse thank you very much, and away you go. 

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Also, let's talk about the price for a little moment – DisneyLife is only €6.99 a month (cheaper than other streaming services – sorry Netflix), so its a no-brainer.

Next, there were the COUNTLESS choices, I hardly knew where to begin! 

Do I go old school and watch The Little Mermaid, or do I embrace the modern world of Disney, and watch Frozen for the 87th time? That's when I realised that the fun doesn't stop at animation, as I scrolled through I saw that SISTER ACT was an option. 

Sold. 

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There were so many amazing movies to choose from, which leads me to the discussion of my favourite DisneyLife feature – the offline mode. 

I travel quite a bit, and tend not to love the movies shown on planes, but that is no longer an issue for me! DisneyLife allows you to download movies and shows while in Internet, and then you can watch them forever – No wi-fi? No problem. 

All-in-all, I reckon there are a number of days in my future where I will be snuggled up in bed, binge watching Disney movies. 

DisneyLife is class. End of. 

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Niall Horan is no stranger to the Ellen De Generes studio set, and yet he still finds himself blindsided by the chat show's host unconventional approach to her interviews at times.

While appearing on the show this week, Niall fielded the standard questions; career, love-life and his relationship with the four guys he travelled the world with as part of One Direction.

Lulling him into a false sense of security, Ellen got Niall chatting about Liam, Louis and Harry before pulling a stunt which left the Mullingar-native shrieking in his chair.

"I honestly… eh… cardiac arrest nearly happened there," a distinctly uncomfortable-looking Niall told Ellen after having the bejaysus scared out of him in front of a live audience.

"Why is it not just straightforward on this show?" he asked Ellen who looked pretty damn proud of her 'Harry' stunt.

And if you suggest, for even a moment, that that didn't scare the life out of you, you're lying.

Oh, and one more thing while we have you! Don't forget that you can catch up on all your favourite shows for free for a month right here, so sign up now!

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Over the course of the last ten years, the Kardashian family have come in for a wealth of criticism.

Accused of being talentless, fame-hungry socialites with little more to offer than sex tapes and scripted spats, the blended family have endured their fair share of condemnation.

Reflecting on their ascension to superstardom following the launch of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Khloé has penned an essay for Glamour which provides an insight into what it felt like being one of the most filmed families on the planet.

"In 2007 my sister Kourtney and I were living together in a townhouse in Calabasas where we grew up. " Khloé explained.

"We were running our clothing store, Dash, and our kids’ store, Smooch, right next to each other in the mall. We were there every day, and we had no other employees."

"We did everything ourselves, from the taxes to the housekeeping and inventory. We would take our 15-minute lunch break together and eat in the back."

Khloé remembers the family dinner which ultimately signalled the beginning of a whole new chapter in her family's story, writing: "At my mom’s house, we’d always have these big family dinners. Ryan Seacrest came to one and was like, “You guys are crazy. You need to be on TV'."

"My mom and my sister Kim wanted to do the show, but Kourtney and I were really against it. We were like, “No – we love our little life. We love what we’re doing.” But Ryan said, “We need the whole family or nobody at all.” So my mom kind of sold it to us as a great commercial for our stores. We were like, “Ugh, fine.”

The show's popularity intensified massively as the year progressed, with Khloé recalling how the family began by shooting just three days a week – minimal in comparison to the current schedule.

"Now our lives have evolved. We film six days a week, 12 to 18 hours a day, every single day. When you compile that much footage into 13 or 14 44-minute episodes, you can find a lot of drama."

And while this means that millions of viewers are kept glued as the seasons progress, the family often second-guess their decision to capture certain trials and tribulations.

"If you put a microscope over any family for 10 years, you’re bound to find cracks in the foundation," the 33-year-old reasons.

"Not every episode is juicy to us; it’s only juicy to the audience. Things like Kim’s robbery or Caitlyn’s transition? That’s the kind of stuff we wish we had never filmed," Khloé admits.

"We aren’t ever like, “Oooh! Let’s do this for season nine.” This is our life, and these are the things that happen. And it’s funny – when we decide not to shoot things, people feel slighted. But when we film too much, they’re like, “Oh, you never should have filmed that.” It’s a catch-22."

And yet despite these regrets,  Khloé continues to support her family's approach to the show, writing: "This is what we’ve chosen, and we’ve chosen to be as raw and honest as we can."

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The Coen brothers, AKA the directing duo behind the critically acclaimed Fargo and The Big Lebowski, will release their first ever TV series on Netflix.

The filmmaking siblings, Joel and Ethan, have created a six-part western anthology, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, with each episode set to feature a distinct story about the American frontier.

“We are streaming motherf******”, the Coens said as they announced the series which they will write and direct, as well as serve as executive producers.

Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle are also set to work alongside the brothers, while The Incredible Hulk actor, Tim Blake Nelson is set to take on the series' leading role.

“The Coens are visionary directors, masterful storytellers, and colourful linguists. We are thrilled for Netflix to become home to the full range of their talents,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President, Original Content for Netflix.

While no official release date had been confirmed, it's reported that the series will being streaming some time in 2018.

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Earlier this year, Modern Family fans were delighted by the news that the hit sitcom had been given the go-ahead for two more series – however, it looks like that's all we'll we getting.

That's right, prepare to say goodbye to Phil's epic one liners and Manny's pockets of wisdom as the heart-warming comedy looks sets to end with the show's creators hinting that season 10 will be the last.

The beloved ABC show first hit our screens back in September 2009, and while the creator's original intention was to keep the show on air for as long as possible, they have now revealed that they are begining to play around with ideas as to how the story will come to an end.

Speaking to Deadline, co-creator Steve Levitan said: “Our original goal was to just stay on the air.”

“But after awhile we thought we may be in control [of] our own fate, and 10 sounded like a nice round number.”

When asked how the Modern Family will end, he said: "We haven’t had that exact conversation yet how we want to end the show episode-wise, those discussions will start in earnest as the writers start mapping out the second part of the current ninth season. We’ve talked about areas that we want to go and tonally what we want to do."

It's not yet clear how exactly the Emmy award winning series will conclude but creators have admitted that they want to finish the way they began – with a big family event.

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Reckon you could give the Cavan twins a run for their money?

Well, now's your chance, because Gogglebox Ireland are looking for opinionated telly lovers to join the popular TV3 programme.

The team are particularly interested in hearing from  “long-term couples, brothers and sisters, retired people and sporty lads”.

They also added that they would never say 'no' to a nun or priest.

Sound like you?

To apply for a spot on one of Ireland's most loved series simply email casting@kiteentertainment.com and tell them who's in your gang, where you're based and what you like to watch together.

G'wan, what've you got to lose? 

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Been blessed with gorgeous red locks? 

From fiery red to strawberry blonde, a brand new TV show is looking for wannabe ginger actors in Ireland. 

MovieExtras.ie, who cast shows such as Redwater and Fair City, put out a call this week for flame-haired extras fo a currently unknown show. 

'We are urgently seeking Redheads for an exciting new TV Series shooting in Dublin and Wicklow,' reads the description. 

It's also an added bonus if you drive. 

According to the post: 'Not all of the locations will require own transport, but some of them will.'

'It will increase your eligibility for days on set if you have your own transport.'

The actors are needed this month, and if you're interested, you can fill out the application form here to be in with a chance. 

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Gardaí have issued an appeal after more then 50 televisions were stolen from a shop in Lucan Retail Park.

According to The Irish Times, at around 1.50am last Thursday morning, a number of suspects broke into the Co. Dublin retail park store and proceeded to steal 50 TVs, as well as a safe filled with cash.

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Gardaí are now calling for witnesses to come forward and ask that if you were in the area between 1.30am and 3.30am, to make yourself known.

They noted that the van used in the robbery had a number of ladders tied to the roof, which may spark a witness's memory.

Gardaí in Lucan Garda Station are conducting the investigation, and have also asked the public to get in touch if they see any TVs for sale in the area.

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“During the course of this burglary a number of TV’s were taken and we would again ask the public to contact gardaí if they have any information or are offered a TV for sale," a Garda spokeswoman said.

You can contact Lucan Garda Station on 01-6667300.

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For those of you who watched Big Little Lies earlier this year, there's no denying that Nicole Kidman put her heart and soul into the role of Celeste.

Regularly abused by her husband – both physically and emotionally –  the outwardly poised mother-of-two sets about concealing the domestic hell in which she is living.

And if you found it almost unbearable to watch, the Australian actress found it even more difficult to act.

Reflecting on the role which won her new-found acclaim, Nicole revealed that the nature of the scenes she portrayed with Alexander Skarsgard left her traumatised.

Referring to one particularly harrowing scene, she told The Hollywood Reporter: "I remember lying on the floor in the last episode, being in my underwear and having just been really thrown around."

"I just lay on the floor. I couldn't get up. I didn't want to get up. And I remember Jean-Marc [Vallée, the show's director] coming over and putting a towel over me in between the takes."

Nicole went on to explain that those feelings didn't disappear with the sound of the director's clapperboard.

"I just felt completely humiliated and devastated. And angry inside. I went home and I threw a rock through a glass door," she revealed.

Remembering a phone call she received that particular evening, her co-star, Reese Witherspoon, agreed that Nicole's role in the programme brought about a shift in her perspective.

"She says, "I've just done the craziest thing." Reese recalled.

"She got home from work and she had one of these horrible scenes and she goes, "I couldn't get into my hotel room so I threw a rock through the window…I don't do stuff like that.'"
 

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Don't fancy going out tonight? 

Well, the line-up for tonight's The Ray D'Arcy Show has been revealed and it looks like it's like we're in for a treat.

Fair City actors Johnny Ward and Amilia Stewart (Ciaran and Katy) will be on the couch discussing their dramatic story line that finally came to a conclusion this week. 

They will be revealing what it was like to be involved in one of the soaps biggest plots to date and discuss their plans for the future.

Funnyman and Dublin native, Jason Byrne will also be stopping by to tell Ray all about what he got up to while on tour in Australia and rumour has it he plans to have a but of fun with some unsuspecting audience members.

Government Chief Whip, Regina Doherty TD, will be in studio giving her two cents about Enda Kenny's decision to step down and outlining her hopes for the future.

And last but not least, Ray will be joined by Panti Bliss (aka Rory O'Neill), who has also agreed to act as judge and mentor to our very special guest performers  in the grand finale of this year's Ray D'Arcy Show Lip Sync battle.

This and much more on The Ray D’Arcy Show this Saturday at 9:35pm on RTÉ One.

 

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Remember when Ireland pretty much owned the Eurovision?

Oh, the other countries would show up alright, but we'd basically wipe the floor with them, and that is exactly why the Irish have a very special place in their hearts for the annual song contest.

If you're one of the thousands who tune in year in and year out then you'll be pleased to hear that by simply parking yourself in front of the box and popping a bottle or two of vino, you'll be in with a chance to get up front and centre with the one and only Graham Norton.

If you want to get your hands on a VIP trip to The Graham Norton Show, pick up a bottle of Graham Norton GN Sauvignon Blanc or Shiraz in Centra this week, and simply tweet a snap of yourself tucking in.

Don't forget to stick the #CentraLovesGraham hashtag on your post, and then sit back and prepare your story for the Corkman's Big Red Chair.

Cheers, ladies!
 

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