While you were sleeping: the biggest overnight news stories 21/3/17

By Marni Dixit March 21, 2017
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman

All the stories you need to know

Reese Witherspoon furious with co-star Nicole Kidman for not promoting Big Little Lies

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman

According to New Idea, Reese Witherspoon is furious with her Big Little Lies co-star Nicole Kidman because she refuses to promote the show and will choose to only speak about Lion when being interviewed. 

“Had Reese [who is an executive producer on the show] known that Nicole would put the show so far on the backburner, she would have cast some random.”

While the show has been doing really well in Australia, it hasn't been doing as well in the US, with a source telling the magazine that we don't have a big enough marketplace to justify another season of the show.

Kidman allegedly told her people to "keep Reese away from her" during the awards season earlier this year following some "tense arguments" between the pair. Witherspoon's rep has denied the reports to New York Daily News. 

FBI investigating Russian interference during US election

Donald Trump

The FBI director, James Comey, has revealed the agency is investigating claims Russia interfered during the US election last year. Comey added that they're looking into any links to the Trump campaign. The news comes after the intelligence boss denied allegations Trump's home had been "wire-tapped" by Barack Obama.

During an open hearing, Comey said, "I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside the FBI." 

It wasn't long before Trump took to Twitter to unleash:


Sesame Street introduces the first Muppet with autism

Sesame Street has introduced the world to its newest character Julia, the first Muppet with autism who is set to educate both children and parents alike on the importance of inclusion for children with autism. Rose Jochum, director of internal initiatives at the Autism Society of America told NPR:

"She's one of the kids, she's one of the gang... It's really meaningful to see her there, singing with Elmo, Big Bird, and all the other characters. It's great."

The US 60 Minutes visited the set and showed a scene in which Elmo introduces Big Bird to Julia, when Julia doesn't say hello back Big Bird is confused, but they soon find ways to play games she's comfortable with. The show also highlights the character's drawing skills to show the unique gifts autism can bring out in a child.

The Big Bang Theory set to return for another two seasons

The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory has got a two-season renewal which will see the show stay on air until at least 2019 according to Entertainment Weekly. Executive producer Steve Molaro told the publication he was hoping this season wouldn't be the last, but he does have an idea on how the show could end:

“I have personal thoughts that have been floating around in my head, but we haven’t really talked about it."

"It always seems like this thing that’s off in the distance forever. Until it becomes closer to a reality, I’m not going to think about it all that much, because it makes me sad.”

The news comes after it was revealed there would be a spinoff called Young Sheldon which will follow a nine-year-old Sheldon Cooper and be narrated by Jim Parsons who plays adult Sheldon.

Word of the day

Muckrake (verb):  to search for and expose real or alleged corruption, scandal, especially in politics.

Example: The FBI is muckraking to find the truth about Russian interference in the US election last year.

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