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October 19, 2018

Six months after his horror debut A Quiet Place tore up the box office, John Krasinski is ready for round two.

Krasinski confirmed this week that he will write the sequel to A Quiet Place after directing, co-writing, and starring in the first movie, which follows a family who must remain silent in order to survive in a world overtaken by monsters with sensitive hearing. He said at a Wednesday event that he originally planned to not be involved in the second movie at all, and although he did come up with a "small idea," he told Paramount Pictures to go ahead and find new writers for it.

But as Paramount began to hear pitches, he thought about that "small idea" more and more. "And then I thought, 'this might really work,'" Krasinski said, per The Hollywood Reporter. So now, he's in the midst of writing the film, although he may or may not he return as its director. From the sounds of it, Krasinski is writing the movie alone, whereas the original was rewritten from a script by Bryan Woods and Scott Beck.

Krasinski has admitted that he never thought of a second movie while making the original Quiet Place. But after it became a total box office juggernaut, a sequel was announced almost immediately, scheduled for release in May 2020. While there's no word yet on what Krasinski's idea might be, he previously teased that a follow-up could revolve around a completely different set of characters, telling Deadline, "I think it would be interesting to see what’s going on elsewhere at this same time." Brendan Morrow

March 10, 2017

The FBI has 15 to 20 agents working on a top-secret probe into Russia's potential election meddling, government officials familiar with the matter told CNN. In an article published Friday, CNN detailed the inner workings of the FBI's Counterintelligence Division, the "super-secret world" that is home to the bureau's "spy catchers." The Counterintelligence Division — referred to as simply "CD" by bureau employees — handles high-level intelligence work, including protecting state secrets and keeping weapons of mass destruction out of hostile hands.

The Russia probe hinges around how the Russian government affected last year's presidential election — if at all — and whether the speculation over improper contact between President Trump's team and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak truly amounts to any concrete, improper behavior. The level of confidentiality is so high at CD that one agency source declined even to specify how many agents are working on the FBI's Russia investigation, resorting instead to a "mathematical equation to divulge ... the number of agents assigned to the matter," CNN explained.

Investigations conducted by the Counterintelligence Division can take years, and one former CD supervisor told CNN the work requires an extreme dedication to secrecy. "My wife knew where I worked. She did not really know what I did," the source said. "You're working in the shadows. You don't want to be noticed."

Read more about the FBI's top-secret investigators at CNN. Kimberly Alters

June 2, 2016

Republican and Democratic presidential nominees receive a routine pre-election intelligence briefing once they have been officially nominated by their parties. While the briefing does not cover the most sensitive government secrets, it does involve the candidate being brought up to speed on information that is classified as Top Secret — information that eight senior security officials expressed concern Trump wouldn't be able to keep his mouth shut about.

"I would be very concerned with Mr. Trump's ability to know what he can and can't discuss," Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, told Reuters.

"People are very nervous," a senior U.S. security official who asked not to be named also said. Another anonymous official said that intelligence and security officials are trying to figure out who on Trump's team is "trustworthy," pointing out that "we've never had a situation like this before. Ever."

The officials confirmed that both Trump and the Democratic nominee will get identical briefings to avoid favoritism or bias, but one suggested that Hillary Clinton would have an advantage in such a situation because her experience in foreign policy will lead her to ask more probing questions than newcomer Trump.

But a spokesman for the Republican National Committee said that the officials' concern is misguided. "The only candidate who has proven incapable of handling sensitive information is Hillary Clinton. If there is anyone they should be worried about, it is [her]," spokesman Michael Short told Reuters. Jeva Lange

December 8, 2015

MSNBC's Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough wasn't willing to put up with Donald Trump's question-dodging tactics during an interview Tuesday morning, going as far as to cut to a commercial break when the GOP presidential frontrunner wouldn't let the MSNBC host and former GOP congressman get a word in. Scarborough and the rest of the Morning Joe team were pushing Trump on his widely criticized proposal to ban all Muslim immigrants and tourists from entering the United States when Trump began talking over Scarborough.

"All right, Donald. Hold on. Donald, you've got to let us ask questions. You can't just talk," Scarborough said as Trump went on. As Trump continued without stopping, Scarborough added firmly, "We will go to break if you keep talking."

"Okay, go to break then, Joe," Trump replied — and Scarborough, clearly irritated, took him up on his offer, signaling to people behind the camera, "Go to break. Go to break. Go to break right now. We'll be right back with more Morning Joe."

Watch below. Jeva Lange

October 16, 2015

In order to test equipment and work on voice recognition projects, Microsoft needed to build an incredibly quiet anechoic chamber on its campus in Redmond, Washington. It turned out the room they made was so quiet it shattered a world record.

Guinness has verified that the chamber, which is lined with wedge-shaped sound absorbers, reaches -20.3 decibels, an amazing feat considering the fact that when air molecules bounce off of each other, the noise barely registers -23 decibels. The chamber is in Building 87, but it's far away from the other rooms in order to keep vibrations out. The previous record of -13 decibels was set at Orfield Laboratories in Minneapolis, NBC News reports. Catherine Garcia

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