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Who Are Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Royal Neighbors?

If Prince Harry and Meghan Markle need to borrow a royal cup of sugar, they don’t have to go very far!

The newly engaged couple have plenty of royal neighbors just a stone’s throw away from their cozy cottage on the grounds of Kensington Palace.

First on the list is, of course, Prince William, Kate Middleton — and Harry’s adorable niece and nephew, George and Charlotte. The family of four (soon-to-be five!) reside in Apartment 1A. But this isn’t just any apartment — it boasts an impressive 22 rooms. Will and Kate moved into the large residence in 2012 after announcing their first pregnancy.
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Claire Foy Owns "The Crown"

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Sneak Peek footage, images and synopsis from the upcoming 'royals' TV series "The Crown", created by Peter Morgan and produced by Left Bank Pictures, starring Claire Foy as young 'Queen Elizabeth II' debuting November 4, 2016 on Netflix:

"...'The Crown' will trace the life of 'Queen Elizabeth II' from her wedding in 1947 to the present day, spanning 60 episodes over 6 seasons..."

Cast also includes Matt Smith ("Dr. Who") as 'Prince Philip', Jared Harris as 'King George VI', Vanessa Kirby as 'Princess Margaret' and John Lithgow as 'Winston Churchill'.

Also starring are Greg Wise as 'Lord Louis Mountbatten', Victoria Hamilton as 'Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother', Stephen Dillane as 'Graham Sutherland', Andy Sanderson as 'Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester', Michael Culkin as 'Rab Butler', Nicholas Rowe as 'Jock Colville', Rita McDonald Damper as
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5 Things to Know About Benedict Cumberbatch's New Fiancée, Sophie Hunter

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5 Things to Know About Benedict Cumberbatch's New Fiancée, Sophie Hunter
We already know that Benedict Cumberbatch is devastatingly fluent in pillow talk, having recently ignited the Internet with the sexiest violin metaphor ever. As his alter ego Sherlock Holmes, "I'd know exactly how to please a woman, I'd know exactly where to put my fingers, where to put my tongue, where to put my - his, I should say - his fingers, his tongue," he recently told Elle UK. "Think about violinists, think about what they can do with their fingers." (Breathe.) More of a mystery, however, is the woman who captured his heartstrings: fiancée Sophie Hunter. Here are five
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Dench Joins Cumberbatch In "Richard III"

Judi Dench is set to play Cecily, Duchess of York opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of The BBC's upcoming TV adaptation of Shakespeare's "Richard III".

The telemovie will be part of the second series of "The Hollow Crown," following on from 2012's successful four telemovie adaptations of Shakespeare's historical plays. That series, starring the likes of Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston and Ben Whishaw, adapted "Richard II," "Henry IV Part 1," "Henry IV Part 2" and "Henry V".

"The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses" will adapt the other famed historical tetralogy of Shakespeare - the three parts of "Henry VI" and "Richard III". One difference this time out is that the telemovies will be trilogy with "Henry VI" being shrunk from a three-part play into a two-part telemovie.

Tom Sturridge ("On the Road," "The Boat That Rocked") has been cast as Henry VI in both parts of that production.
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Martin Freeman & Gina McKee Confirmed For Jamie Lloyd’s ‘Richard III’

I’ve been a fan of Gina McKee’s work since the glorious Our Friends In The North, so it’s great to hear that she’ll be taking on the role of Queen Elizabeth, alongside the previously announced Martin Freeman as Richard III in Jamie Lloyd’s first production of his second season at Trafalgar Transformed, running from 1st July to 27th September. McKee has a fine record in numerous genres, and has also been involved with Di & Viv & Rose, King Lear, Ivanov, and Notting Hill to name just a few.

In the aftermath of civil war, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, makes a hateful resolution to claw his way to political power at any cost. A master of manipulation, subtle wit and beguiling charm, he orchestrates his unlawful ascent by spinning a ruthless web of deceit and betrayal. His staunch ambition soon begins to weigh heavy, as the new
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Barbara Hicks obituary

Stage and screen actor known for playing battle-axe aunts, village gossips and servants

When Mel Brooks visited the film set of Up at the Villa (2000), in which his wife, Anne Bancroft, was starring, he proclaimed Barbara Hicks, who has died aged 89, the funniest woman he had ever met. This stalwart character actor, always lodged some way down any cast list as if to prove the truth of Stanislavski's dictum that there are no small parts, only small actors, was a fund of stories, many of them unprintable. And Hicks, though slight of build, with a long face and asymmetrical features, was certainly not a small actor.

As another admirer, Alan Bennett, once told her wistfully: "When you go, Barbara, there'll be a terrible hole in Spotlight." And so there is, for since first appearing on television in 1962 playing Miss Print, a comedy sidekick to Richard Hearne's popular Mr Pastry,
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Barbara Hicks obituary

Stage and screen actor known for playing battle-axe aunts, village gossips and servants

When Mel Brooks visited the film set of Up at the Villa (2000), in which his wife, Anne Bancroft, was starring, he proclaimed Barbara Hicks, who has died aged 89, the funniest woman he had ever met. This stalwart character actor, always lodged some way down any cast list as if to prove the truth of Stanislavski's dictum that there are no small parts, only small actors, was a fund of stories, many of them unprintable. And Hicks, though slight of build, with a long face and asymmetrical features, was certainly not a small actor.

As another admirer, Alan Bennett, once told her wistfully: "When you go, Barbara, there'll be a terrible hole in Spotlight." And so there is, for since first appearing on television in 1962 playing Miss Print, a comedy sidekick to Richard Hearne's popular Mr Pastry,
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Holly Willoughby: a bridge too far | Media Monkey

Holly Willoughby may have already had the honour of co-hosting This Morning and Celebrity Juice, but residents of a town close to her birthplace have been campaigning for a greater accolade – opening a bridge. Residents of Shoreham in Sussex are unhappy with plans for the Queen's cousin, the Duke of Gloucester, to cut the ribbon on a £10m footbridge, and have started a Facebook drive for Willoughby to get the role. The Daily Telegraph reports that the group, which dismissed the duke as too boring and claim he's a man who "frankly none of us care about", now has 2,600 members. But it seems Willoughby doesn't want to displace nobility despite the "flattering" request. "I'm extremely flattered that the residents of Shoreham would like me to open the new Adur Bridge," told the Telegraph. "I have very fond memories as a child playing on Shoreham beach but when it comes to the grand opening of bridges,
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Royal Christening: Prince William, Kate and Prince George Pose for Official Portrait

Royal Christening: Prince William, Kate and Prince George Pose for Official Portrait
The joy of succession. On Thursday, the Palace released four official portraits showcasing the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their son, Prince George, taken after the young royal was christened on Wednesday. In one of the historic photographs taken by celebrity photographer Jason Bell Queen Elizabeth sits with three generations of heirs - the Queen, 87, poses with son Prince Charles, 64, grandson Prince William, 31, and 3-month-old Prince George. The image pays homage to a photograph taken in 1894 of Queen Victoria with her four living immediate heirs at the christening of then Prince Edward Albert of York. Taken in the Morning
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"The White Queen"- August 10, 2013

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Sneak Peek new images from "The White Queen", Season 1, airing August 10, 2013 on Starz.

Set in the year 1464, the series is based on a trilogy of books by author Philippa Gregory, narrated through the perspective of three different, yet equally relentless women - 'Elizabeth Woodville', 'Margaret Beaufort' and 'Anne Neville', who in their quest for power, will scheme, manipulate and seduce their way onto the English throne.

'Edward IV' is crowned 'King of England' with the help of  master manipulator, 'Lord Warwick'. But when Edward falls in love with  'Lancastrian' commoner, 'Elizabeth Woodville', Warwick's plan to control the throne comes crashing down.

Cast includes Aneurin Barnard as 'Richard Duke of Gloucester', Rebecca Ferguson as 'Queen Elizabeth', Amanda Hale as 'Lady Margaret Beaufort', Faye Marsay as 'Anne Neville', David Oakes as 'George Duke of Clarence', Max Irons as 'King Edward', Tom McKay as 'Jasper Tudor', Ben Lamb as 'Anthony Rivers',
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'White Queen's Aneurin Barnard defends show's historical inaccuracies

The White Queen star Aneurin Barnard has defended the show's historical inaccuracies.

The BBC show's supposed lack of authenticity has displeased some viewers and critics, who believe the series should portray the true events of the time.

However, Barnard has claimed that the show would be "pretty boring" if it told the truth all of the time.

He told the Radio Times: "This interpretation is based upon historical events but it has to reach certain standards of entertaining the audience.

"What kind of scene will entertain them more than if we just played the truth? Because the truth can be pretty boring. You have to up the stakes and make something up or twist it to make it a little bit more exciting."

Barnard plays Richard, Duke of Gloucester (later Richard III) in the adaptation of Philippa Gregory's 2009 novel.

The 26-year-old actor said he supports the series's more favourable portrayal of Richard III.
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Moonfleet

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Aneurin Barnard is set to star alongside Ray Winstone in Sky1's brand new family drama Moonfleet, a two-part adaptation of the much loved John Meade Falkner novel, written by Ashley Pharoah.

Aneurin (represented by Ken McReddie Associates), won an Olivier award in 2010 for best actor in a musical for his West End debut as Melchoir in musical Spring Awakening after graduating from Rwcmd in 2008. He will next be seen as the lead in feature film Mariah Mundi and the Midas Box and on TV as the Duke of Gloucester in BBC One's The White Queen.

Set in the small Dorset village of Moonfleet, Aneurin plays young John Trenchard who is desperate to join the local band of smugglers led by Elzevir Block (Winstone). Together they embark on an adventure full of action, friendship and humour, and hunt for a fabled lost diamond. Their journey takes them from 18th Century Dorset,
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First Clip & Images For BBC One’s ‘The White Queen’

There’s a very interesting and major BBC drama on the way that’s set against the iconic backdrop of the War of the Roses. The White Queen is a major new ten hour adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s vivid bestselling historical novel series The Cousin’s War for BBC One.

The White Queen is set to be the thrilling story of the women caught up in the on-going conflict for the throne – they are some of the most ruthless players in history and will stop at nothing to support their own causes and those of the ones they love. The drama airs on Sunday, June 16th at 9pm, on BBC One.

We’ve got the image above from the BBC but also scroll down below for a few stills and with more to come! Check out the brand new episode one clip below:

For those just finding out, here
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Criterion Collection: Richard III | Blu-ray Review

More than 500 years later, historians and archaeologists have unearthed, and then validated the skeleton remains of the two-year term King of England, and in the same token, the Criterion folks issue the crisp, restored Blu-ray edition of Laurence Olivier’s Richard III, his third feature as a director following 1944′s Henry V and 1948′s Hamlet. In 1957, the film earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. During the same year, the film won Golden Globe Award for Best English-Language Foreign Film.

The great Olivier is Richard the Duke of Gloucester, a man with an insatiable appetite for power. He often smiles but his heart is full of poison. Assisted by the corrupt Duke of Buckingham (Ralph Richardson, Doctor Zhivago), he plans to kill his brother George (John Gielgud, The Elephant Man) and two nephews, while winning the heart of the vulnerable The Lady Anne (Claire Bloom,
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Now and Then: Olivier and the Bard

Now and Then: Olivier and the Bard
"I can smile, and murder while I smile," confides that notorious noble, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, "and frame my face to all occasions." For Laurence Olivier, pronouncing "frame" like "feign," it's an auspicious beginning. In Shakespeare's words, he finds his performer's credo. Spoken in the opening moments of "Richard III" (1955), the third in actor/director/adapter Olivier's cinematic trilogy of Shakespearean works, they are the Bard's words, and Gloucester's, too. But they do not in fact appear in "Richard III" -- rather, Olivier's pilfered them from Gloucester's monologue in Act III of "Henry VI, Part 3." The lines flow seamlessly from the original text -- it was only in searching for an accurate quotation that I discovered the discrepancy -- and yet illuminate Richard's damaged dissembling. Olivier knew, almost preternaturally, that the interest lay in the interpretation, in twisting the page to fit the screen, though only to a point. This
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Hyde Park on Hudson' and More

This week: Bill Murray as President Franklin D. Roosevelt is the highlight of "Hyde Park on Hudson," which should in no way be considered a historically accurate account of Fdr's meeting with the King and Queen of England in 1939.

Also new this week are two Criterion Collection Blu-ray debuts: Laurence Olivier's "Richard III" ("My kingdom for a horse!") and David Cronenberg's "Naked Lunch" ("Exterminate all rational thought").

'Hyde Park on Hudson'

Box Office: $6.4 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 38% Rotten

Storyline: Based on the private journals and diaries of Margaret 'Daisy' Suckley (Laura Linney) that were found after her death, this biographical comedy drama takes a look at the events surrounding a pivotal historical meeting in upstate New York between President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Bill Murray) and the King and Queen of England on the eve of World War II. The British royals walk into an awkward domestic situation as Fdr's wife,
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Richard III

Blu-ray Release Date: April 23, 2013; DVD Release Date; April 9, 2013

Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

With the 1955 historical war drama film Richard III, director, producer, and star Laurence Olivier (Hamlet) brings Shakespeare’s masterpiece of Machiavellian villainy to mesmerizing cinematic life.

Olivier is downright diabolical—and captivating–as 15th Century England’s Richard, Duke of Gloucester, who, through a set of murderous machinations, steals the crown from his brother Edward.

Co-starring including Ralph Richardson (Long Day’s Journey into Night), John Gielgud (Arthur), and Claire Bloom (The King’s Speech), the classic Richard III is filmed in the gloriously widescreen VistaVision format and Technicolor, making it one of the most visually inspired of all big-screen Bard adaptations.

Criterion previously issued a single disc DVD edition of Richard III back in 2004. The new Criterion release is a two-disc set that includes all the bonus features that appeared on the first incarnation, as well
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