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It might seem like we know the British royal family based on how public their lives are, but when you really think about it, how much do you really know about the lifestyles of the most famous family in England? While we do know what Prince William and Kate Middleton do when it comes to their jobs - like being a part of the Royal Air Force, in William's case - not many people know where the family's money and wealth actually comes from. Spoiler alert: the bulk of the money that Queen Elizabeth II and her family have is inherited. What you might not know is how the family first received, and continue to receive, the bulk of that money. Essentially, there are three different ways in which the queen and her heirs make money every year and retain their wealthy status. RelatedQueen Elizabeth II's Royal Job Description and »
- Johnni Macke
It didn't take long for audiences to get swept up in The Crown, Netflix's decadent dramatization of Queen Elizabeth II's first few years on the throne, and it's pretty obvious why. Although there are a few things in the hit series that didn't actually happen, it still captures the essence of what it was like for the young royal to take over for her father, King George VI, after his shocking death in 1952. With season one in the bag (which reportedly came at a $130 million price tag), it's time to look forward: what do we know about season two? RelatedQueen Elizabeth II's Reaction to Watching The Crown Is Probably Not What You'd Think The Main Cast Lead actress Claire Foy took home multiple best actress trophies this award season for her spot-on, layered performance as the queen, so it should come as no surprise that she's signed on for season two. »
- Quinn Keaney
It’s been five years since the TV academy adopted the Supporting Visual Effects category in an effort to honor subtle, less dominant work. It’s hard for a prestige drama with set extensions and other environmental re-creations to compete with “Game of Thrones.” (Luckily that’s not an issue this year.) Previous winners include “Boardwalk Empire,” “Banshee,” “Black Sails,” “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” and “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride.”
This season it’s a battle between “The Crown” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” joined by “Genius,” “Gotham,” and “Taboo.” All feature splendid environmental work that help conjure the retro Gilead or recreate Buckingham Palace, gritty 19th century London, 1920’s Berlin, and present-day Manhattan.
“The Crown” — “Windsor”
For the episode in which Queen Elizabeth (nominated Claire Foy) negotiates her new life with Winston Churchill (nominated John Lithgow), One of Us in London provided supporting VFX (under the supervision »
- Bill Desowitz
The relationship between the royal, 32, and the Suits actress, 35, has been getting increasingly serious, with the prince showing a big display of affection by gallantly driving 100 miles to pick up Markle from London so she could attend Pippa’s wedding reception after the church service over the weekend.
But before there can be a wedding, there has to be a proposal — which means getting an engagement ring! Like Prince William before him, we assume that Harry »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Image Source: Getty / Keystone Prince Philip officially retired from royal duties this week. The 96-year-old leaves behind quite a legacy of appearances, engagements, and yes, a few controversies; he's become well-known over the years for his off-the-cuff remarks and sometimes insensitive gaffes, but he still remains a charming and gregarious presence. Philip is quite literally the queen's right-hand man, staying by her side at hundreds of events for royal charities while also enjoying personal hobbies like carriage racing and oil painting. Here are 12 things you may not have known about him. Related11 Things You Didn't Know About Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's Royal Relationship He was a prince before he married Elizabeth II. Philip was born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921. He had to renounce his Greek and Danish titles upon marrying then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947, which is also »
- Brittney Stephens
Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II are coming up on 70 years of marriage in November, and while that's a huge feat in itself, the journey to get there hasn't been all that easy for him. Philip - who is Elizabeth's third cousin - was originally born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark, but when he and Elizabeth decided to tie the knot in November 1947, he had to renounce both of his Greek and Danish titles on the morning of his wedding. As a result, Elizabeth's father, King George VI, made him the Duke of Edinburgh. Philip also switched to Anglicanism from Greek Orthodoxy to win the British public's favor and prove his allegiance to Elizabeth. When the king's health began to worsen in 1951, Philip abandoned his naval career to support Elizabeth and assume his royal duties. Philip had just acquired the title of commander of the Royal Navy at the time. »
- Monica Sisavat
Prince Philip is officially on retirement time. The 96-year-old royal attended his last official public engagement on Wednesday when he took part in a parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge, which raises funds and awareness for The Royal Marines Charity, at Buckingham Palace. Despite the pouring rain, Philip met with representatives from the organization, veterans, and cadets before receiving the 1664 Global Challenge baton and three cheers from the crowd. The event certainly holds special significance to the prince, who was appointed captain general in succession to Queen Elizabeth II's late father, King George VI, nearly 64 years ago. Buckingham Palace announced Prince Philip's last duty in a statement in July, saying, "The Duke of Edinburgh will no longer undertake his own program of public engagements. The Captain General's Parade will bring His Royal Highness's individual program to a conclusion, although he may choose to attend certain events, »
- Kelsie Gibson
Prince Philip braved the rain to make his final official public engagement as the Duke of Edinburgh. On Wednesday morning, the 96-year-old attended a parade at Buckingham Palace to mark the Royal Marines 1664 Global Challenge. According to a Buckingham Palace spokesperson, the parade brings "his Royal Highness's individual programme to a conclusion, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside the Queen, from time to time." This was a special event for the royal family member, as he is The Royal Marines' Captain General. He was given the distinction in 1953 after King George VI's death. Despite the inclement weather, he met with representatives from organization, »
Hats off to Prince Philip!
After announcing his plans to retire in May, the royal, who turned 96 in June, attended his last official royal engagement on Wednesday at a parade to mark the finale of the 1664 Global Challenge at Buckingham Palace.
“The Duke of Edinburgh will no longer undertake his own program of public engagements,” a statement from Buckingham Palace read. “The Captain General’s Parade will bring His Royal Highness’s individual program to a conclusion, although he may choose to attend certain events, alongside The Queen, from time to time.”
Philip’s ties with the Royal Marines dates »
- Erin Hill
Image Source: Getty / Jason Laveris Jonathan Groff has been in the spotlight for quite some time now, but with his wide range of roles, more and more people are becoming fans of his every day. While he is most recognizable for his "gleeful" musical background, the 32-year-old is getting ready to try his hand at the crime-thriller genre with Netflix's anticipated 10-episode series, Mindhunter. The show is about FBI agents who interview convicted serial killers in order to help them solve current murders. Since you'll probably be hearing his name everywhere soon, brush up on these key facts about Jonathan and his impressive career below. 1. He Was Accepted to Carnegie Mellon University, but Didn't Attend In 2003, Jonathan graduated from Conestoga Valley High School in Pennsylvania with the intention to attend Carnegie Mellon University. However, he deferred for a year when he was cast as Rolf in the national tour of »
- Kelsie Gibson
The release will be timed to lead up to November’s Native American Heritage Month, the annual celebration of indigenous culture and heritage.
The production company on “Te Ata” is Chickasaw Nations Productions. Paul Sirmons is the producer. Nathan Frankowski (“To Write Love on Her Arms”) directed from a script by Jeannie Barbour and Esther Luttrell, which is set primarily in the early 20th century and tells the story of Mary Frances Thompson, a young Chickasaw woman born in Indian Territory (now Oklahoma), better known as “Te Ata,” which means “bearer of the morning.”
She was an actress, dancer, model, and »
- Dave McNary
It was announced in May that Prince Philip's public career would be coming to an end, and now we have the date for his last official engagement. The 96-year-old Duke of Edinburgh will step down from his royal duties next week when he attends the Royal Marines charity parade outside the queen's London residence on Aug. 2. The event also holds special significance for the prince, as he is the Royal Marines captain general, a title that was given to him after King George VI's death in 1953. Related11 Things You Didn't Know About Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's Royal Relationship A Buckingham Palace spokesperson said that while Philip "may choose to attend certain events alongside the queen from time to time," the parade, which raises money for members of the royal military and their families, would "bring His Royal Highness's individual programme to a conclusion." Despite Prince Philip »
- Caitlin Hacker
Image Source: Getty / Pool Prince George has made quite an impression during his short time on Earth. The young royal has traveled the world with his parents, Kate Middleton and Prince William; mingled with the Potus and prime minister of Canada; and played a major role in one of the biggest weddings of 2017. Even though he's done more exciting things than we have in our whole life, the third in line to the throne is still just a normal little kid who doesn't have the slightest care in the world about official royal duties. As the little prince gets ready to celebrate his fourth birthday on July 22, look back at the most fascinating details about his royal birth. His birth was a major news event. As the first child of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the press had a field day as reporters camped outside the hospital for days to cover his royal arrival. »
- Kelsie Gibson
Oscar voters have long shown an affinity for World War II. Furthermore, members of the Academy make no secret how baity a good biopic is to them. Earlier, we finally got a Trailer for a film that checks off all of those boxes. It’s Darkest Hour, the Winston Churchill biopic that seems tailer made for awards season. As an added bonus, it features acclaimed actor Gary Oldman in the starring role, giving him a chance to truly contend for a statue, as he only has a single nomination to his credit so far. You can see the Trailer at the end of this piece, but as always, a bit of discussion is in order first. The movie looks at the time at the outset of the second World War, specifically as Winston Churchill (Oldman) became a comprise and unpopular choice for Prime Minister. Literally within days of taking the »
- Joey Magidson
First footage revealed of Oldman’s much-hyped performance as Britain’s wartime prime minister, set during the early years of his premiership
Directed by Joe Wright (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement, Hanna), Darkest Hour follows Churchill immediately after his appointment as Prime Minister, as he agonises over whether or not to explore a negotiated peace treaty with the looming force of Nazi Germany. Gary Oldman stars as Churchill, with Kristin Scott Thomas playing his wife Clementine, and Ben Mendelsohn appearing as King George VI.
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- Guardian film
Winston Churchill is the hot ticket into the awards race right now. Following John Lithgow’s lauded turn as the Prime Minister of Great Britain in Netflix’s “The Crown,” for which he’s expected to earn an Emmy nomination, Gary Oldman is stepping into the politician’s shoes for Focus Features’ biopic “Darkest Hour,” and the role has all the makings of an Oscar contender. Historical figure? Check. Dramatic physical transformation? Check. Oldman was previously nominated for Best Actor in 2012 for “Tinker Tailor Solider Spy.”
Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor
The official synopsis reads: “Within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: Exploring a negotiated peace treaty with Nazi Germany, or standing firm to fight for the ideals, liberty and freedom of a nation. As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, »
- Zack Sharf
“Easy Does It” is a co-production between Efi Productions and Worklight Pictures with Lizzie Guitreau producing and Alexa Georges exec producing. It marks the feature directorial debut of filmmaker Will Addison, who co-wrote the script with Ben Matheny.
“I love working with new talented directors, and seeing works that are personal and so hard-won come into full bloom,” Hamilton said.
“Easy Does It” centers on Hamilton’s King George character sending her daughter and personal bounty hunter on a cross-country chase after the film’s anti-heroes, portrayed by Matheny and Matthew Martinez. The daughter is portrayed by Susan Gordon. Bryan Batt (“Mad Men”) plays a cocky cop and Dwight Henry (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) portray a weary sheriff who is also in pursuit.
Addison said, “It’s a weird and wild role and Linda is »
- Dave McNary
Linda Hamilton, known for her role as Sarah Connor in the Terminator film franchise, is set to star in Easy Does It, a crime film from Efi Productions and Worklight Pictures. Will Addison is directing the pic, which marks his feature debut. It follows King George (Hamilton), a corrupt and ruthless Southern crime matriarch who sends her daughter and personal bounty hunter on a freewheeling cross-country chase after the film's anti-heroes, Jack and Scottie. Ben Matheny… »
Queen Elizabeth had to fight for the love of her life.
As depicted on the hit Netflix series The Crown, whispering courtiers – along with Elizabeth’s father King George VI – had reservations about Philip Mountbatten, a young, dashing naval officer. But the young Elizabeth only ever had eyes for Prince Philip. And 70 years after their royal engagement, the couple is still going strong.
Biographer Sally Bedell Smith, author of Elizabeth the Queen, tells People, “She fell in love at age 18 and she never looked at anyone else.”
Says Crown executive producer Suzanne Mackie: “One of Elizabeth’s greatest achievements »
- Simon Perry
Major Nana Kofi Twumasi-Ankrah is the Queen’s first black equerry — a role that will see him helping the Queen at official engagements and welcoming VIP guests to royal residences. He is said to be currently preparing for the role by undergoing transition training alongside a senior officer.
The army officer, 38, came to Britain from Ghana with his parents in 1982, and after college and Sandhurst Military Academy »
- Simon Perry
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