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Prince William Names J.K. Rowling Royal Companion of Honor

J.K. Rowling is now a royal Companion of Honor!

The Harry Potter author was granted the prestigious title by Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, saying she was "deeply honored and proud" to receive the honor, which is limited to 65 people "of distinction" at any one time.

"To be included in the distinguished and diversely talented company of the other Companions of Honor, especially as a female writer, is a particular privilege," added Rowling, who was honored for her services to literature and philanthropy.

The decoration comes nearly 20.5 years after the U.K. release of the first novel in her best-selling fantasy series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. In 2001, she also received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) from His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales, for services to children's literature.

Rowling -- chic in a head-to-toe blue ensemble with a freshly painted red manicure -- seemed to be in good spirits while accepting the medal
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The Secret Tapes and Leaked Calls That Led to Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s Divorce: ‘It Rocked the Royal Family’

The secret tensions between Princess Diana and Prince Charles didn’t remain behind closed doors for long.

Throughout the 1980’s, many viewed the couple as a fairy tale come to life — especially after their extravagant 1981 wedding. Quickly, Diana became one of the most photographed (and talked-about) people in the world.

By the time the ’90s rolled around, the press attention on Charles and Diana’s marriage was at an all-time high. So high, in fact, that Parliament called the editors of U.K. newspapers to Westminster to debate a person’s right to privacy versus the public’s right to know.
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William Hoyland obituary

The actor William Hoyland, who has died aged 73, was a stalwart of the plays edited from public inquiries or trials that Nicolas Kent directed at the Tricycle theatre in Kilburn, north-west London. The texts were realised by the great band of Tribunal Players, as we came to call them. For those that I provided, Bill played John Major in Half the Picture (1994, about the Scott inquiry), Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel in Nuremberg (1996), the confrontational detective John Davidson in The Colour of Justice (1999, about the murder of Stephen Lawrence), and Colonel Derek Wilford, the unapologetic Paras commander in Bloody Sunday (2005).

In Guantánamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom (2004), compiled by Victoria Brittain and Gillian Slovo, he “spookily” donned “the mantle and manner” of Donald Rumsfeld, the Us defense secretary, wrote Nicholas de Jongh in the Evening Standard. After a West End transfer, the play was later read in the Us Congress.

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Mikhail Gorbachev feature doc, series in the works

Mikhail Gorbachev feature doc, series in the works
Werner Herzog collaborator Spring Films plots ambitious project.

UK documentary producer and director André Singer (The Act Of Killing) has revealed he is working on an ambitious new project about iconic former Russian statesman Mikhail Gorbachev and his role in the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Singer, the regular Werner Herzog collaborator who produces under the banner of London-based Spring Films, unveiled the project – titled The Enigma Of Mikhail Gorbachev – as one of the central pitches at Sunny Side Of The Doc (Ssd) on Tuesday (June 20).

The feature documentary and series will focus on Gorbachev’s six-year reign as general secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (Cpsu) from 1985 to 1991, during which time his policies of “glasnost” (openness) and “perestroika” (restructuring) hastened the dissolution of the Soviet Union, fall of Russian-style communism and the end of the Cold War.

“There’s a surprising amount of material about Gorbachev in film but there has not been
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Edwina Currie: ‘The love of my life? Most people who know me would say it’s me’

The former Tory MP and junior health minister on her most unappealing habit and why she never has to buy her own drinks when in Brighton

Born in Liverpool, Edwina Currie, 70, won a scholarship to Oxford University where she read philosophy, politics and economics. She became an MP in 1983 and served in Margaret Thatcher’s government. Since losing her seat in 1997 she has written novels and non-fiction, including her diaries, which revealed her affair with John Major. She appears in The Baby Boomers’ Guide To Growing Old, now on More 4. She is married and lives in Derbyshire.

When were you happiest?

I am happy now.

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'Pilgrimage', 'Maze' and 'Song Of Granite' heading to Galway Film Fleadh

'Pilgrimage', 'Maze' and 'Song Of Granite' heading to Galway Film Fleadh
Exclusive: The first batch of titles to appear at the Irish festival have been announced.

Pilgrimage, which stars Tom Holland and Richard Armitage [pictured], prison drama Maze and Joe Heaney biopic Song Of Granite will all bow at the Galway Film Fleadh (11-16 July).

Maze, which recounts the true story of a mass escape from Northern Ireland’s Maze prison in 1983 - will receive its world premiere at the event.

The film, set during The Troubles and told through the eyes of two very different characters across the political divide, is one of several new Irish titles which will screen at Galway.

Director Stephen Burke’s feature centres on the relationship between a prison officer and one of the chief architects of the escape, which saw 38 Ira prisoners break out in what was the biggest prison escape in Europe since World War II. It stars Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Martin McCann and Barry Ward.

Brendan Muldowney’s new feature
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Every Shocking, Tumultuous Moment From Prince Charles and Princess Diana's Marriage

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Every Shocking, Tumultuous Moment From Prince Charles and Princess Diana's Marriage
Image Source: Getty / Anwar Hussein Although season one of Ryan Murphy's Feud is just barely upon us, FX has already renewed the drama for a second season, and it's going to be a doozy. Titled Feud: Charles and Diana, season two will follow the tumultuous marriage of Prince Charles and the late Princess Diana, who were married from 1981 to 1996. Diana - whose legacy still lives on in her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry - died in a tragic car accident in August 1997 with her partner, Dodi Fayed, whom she began dating after the end of her and Charles's 15-year marriage. Before their divorce, however, their troubled relationship was the subject of plenty of tabloid speculation. The Early Years On Feb. 24, 1981, Diana and Charles announced they were engaged after meeting four years earlier while Charles dated Diana's older sister, Lady Sarah McCorquodale. It seemed that their union was
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‘Feud’ Season 2 Dream Cast: 12 Actors We Need to Play Charles, Diana, the Queen and More

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‘Feud’ Season 2 Dream Cast: 12 Actors We Need to Play Charles, Diana, the Queen and More
Princess Diana

As played by Emily Blunt?

We already know that Emily Blunt can totally kill the Princess Di look, thanks to a Halloween costume she wore in “The Five-Year Engagement.” But Blunt is also an incredibly nuanced actress who deserves a meaty lead role like this — and if the film world isn’t going to give it to her, then we happily welcome her to the world of television.

Read More: ‘Feud: Bette and Joan’ Review: Why Care About the Facts When a Show Feels This True?

Prince Charles of Wales

As played by Ben Mendelsohn?

Just look at that side-by-side above. Just look at it. Originally from Australia, the Emmy winner is simply perfect. We did briefly consider Tom Hiddleston, but then we looked at Ben Mendelsohn again. Yeah.

Queen Elizabeth II

As played by Jessica Lange?

The grand dame of Murphy-dom may as well have a literal crown at this point.
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T2 Trainspotting Review

It’s been twenty years since Ewan McGregor’s Mark Renton strolled across Waterloo Bridge, £16,000 stolen from his best friends slung over his shoulder, explaining that he was going to “choose life.” Now, he’s back and it’s time to see if he lived up to his words in the awkwardly named T2 Trainspotting.

Danny Boyle’s 1996 Trainspotting was one of those rare films that perfectly encapsulated its time and place. It arrived just as John Major’s Conservative government was gasping its last fart and Tony Blair was promising us that “things could only get better,” as Britpop exploded into a frantic burst of coke-fuelled creativity and people started excitedly blathering on about ‘cool Britannia.’

Renton returns to a very different Scotland, one reverberating from its failed bid for independence from the UK, paranoid about the impact of Brexit and gradually crumbling under economic austerity. The country isn
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Nostalgia on TV? It's nothing new

Louisa Mellor Jul 19, 2016

Netflix's Stranger Things may be a nostalgia-fest, but that's not new. TV has always let us escape into comforting stories about the past…

Remember the good old days? They were good weren’t they? Not like now. It’s horrible now. That’s why everything on TV is comforting, coddling, backwards-looking fluff. We all just want to dive onto a feathery pile of period television and forget about the cruel, unsettling world of today. A world where, get this, the Soviets have gone into space. And there’s that war in Korea. Everyone’s testing hydrogen bombs all over the place, Castro’s taken over Cuba and innocent people keep getting lynched. I ask you. It’s little wonder all we want to watch on TV are cosy Westerns. Switch on Gunsmoke and all that worry melts away.

Fast-forward a few decades to now, when the release
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David Beckham & Queen Elizabeth II Have a Royal Reunion at Buckingham Palace

David Beckham & Queen Elizabeth II Have a Royal Reunion at Buckingham Palace
Two of the most famous Britons are back together! David Beckham, 41, joined Queen Elizabeth II, 90, as a special guest at her second annual Young Leaders Awards event at Buckingham Palace in London Thursday. The soccer stud was on hand to celebrate 60 winners ages 18 to 29, who are "taking the lead in their communities and using their skills to transform lives." Other royals in attendance included the queen's grandchildren Prince Harry, 31, and Princess Eugenie, 26, as well as her cousin Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, 70. At the ceremony, David stood next to former U.K. Prime Minister Sir John Major, 73.  "It's the second year...
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BBC flocks to Thatcher drama Dead Sheep as EU referendum looms

Play examining Geoffrey Howe’s split with Pm over Europe looks more timely than ever

On the day of Geoffrey Howe’s memorial, Monkey hears that Dead Sheep, the play written by ITV’s Tonight reporter Jonathan Maitland about the former chancellor’s savaging of Margaret Thatcher in his resignation speech, may be made into a BBC film. A reading of the play – described by the Guardian’s Michael Billington as “extremely entertaining” – went down well at the corporation and producers are now in talks to raise funding. At Howe’s service in Westminster, attended by his widow Elspeth, David Cameron, George Osborne and John Major among others, Michael Heseltine reminded people of how dismissive the anti-European Thatcher could sometimes be towards Howe – something highlighted in Maitland’s play. Given Howe resigned over Thatcher’s policy towards Europe, saying, “the European enterprise is not and should not be seen … as
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9 reasons why Harry Potter author Jk Rowling is pure magic - you won't believe how much money she donated to charity

9 reasons why Harry Potter author Jk Rowling is pure magic - you won't believe how much money she donated to charity
As Jk Rowling celebrates her 50th birthday, one thing is clear about the Harry Potter author - she is a magical force to be reckoned with in the world of literature and entertainment.

In honour of her big day on Friday (July 31), we revisit nine times we fell in love with the incredible lady.

1. She takes down Twitter trolls

.@sjosiah0 The Internet doesn't just offer opportunities for misogynistic abuse, you know. Penis enlargers can also be bought discreetly.

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 8, 2015

Where some celebs go straight to the block button, Jk isn't afraid to confront idiot tweeters head on. When one user made unsavoury comments about her opposition to the Scottish National Party, she hit right back with a crack about penis enlargers.

.@diegtristan8 "she is built like a man". Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You're an idiot. pic.twitter.com/BCvT10MYkI
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9 reasons why awe-inspiring Harry Potter author Jk Rowling is pure magic

9 reasons why awe-inspiring Harry Potter author Jk Rowling is pure magic
As Jk Rowling celebrates her 50th birthday, one thing is clear about the Harry Potter author - she is a magical force to be reckoned with in the world of literature and entertainment.

In honour of her big day on Friday (July 31), we revisit nine times we fell in love with the incredible lady.

1. She takes down Twitter trolls

.@sjosiah0 The Internet doesn't just offer opportunities for misogynistic abuse, you know. Penis enlargers can also be bought discreetly.

J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 8, 2015

Where some celebs go straight to the block button, Jk isn't afraid to confront idiot tweeters head on. When one user made unsavoury comments about her opposition to the Scottish National Party, she hit right back with a crack about penis enlargers.

.@diegtristan8 "she is built like a man". Yeah, my husband looks just like this in a dress. You're an idiot. pic.twitter.com/BCvT10MYkI
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Question Time and Mock The Week: how do BBC's Thursday night veterans keep it fresh?

Though David Dimbleby has presided over Question Time since the time of John Major, the injection of new blood to the panel gave the programme a fresh feel. The comedy show, by contrast, was business as usual

Having so far run for 35 years and 10 years respectively, the BBC’s Thursday night double-bill of topical panel shows – Question Time (BBC1, 10.35pm) and Mock the Week (BBC2, 10pm) – are both veterans by televisual standards. Mock-nervously aware of this fact, Dara Ó Briain started last night’s opening episode of the latest series of Mock the Week with an in-the-news quip about BBC2 having just axed Never Mind the Buzzcocks, so you never knew which long-running joke show might be next.

From last night’s evidence, the two schedule perennials are taking very different approaches to the challenge of remaining fresh. Although the miraculously consistent David Dimbleby is at the start of his
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Linda Smith cheerfully skewered the Tories with her brilliant barbs

She always came across as reasonable and down-to-earth, but Linda Smith articulated her anger at injustices with vitriolic precision

In the 1980s, Linda Smith and I were part of what might laughably be called the Sheffield alternative comedy scene. There were no more than about eight of us, and when I first met her, Linda was the only one with a proper career. She had already built quite a following in the city, and was regularly performing in London, where the new comedy was really happening. I was just some jumped-up new kid on the block, full of youthful arrogance, but she talked to me as an equal and answered my questions with care and consideration.

There were people she was less polite to. Politicians generally, and Tories in particular, were often the target of the barbed wit she so expertly wielded in her standup act. Not that she was a furious ranter.
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Theater Review: Helen Mirren Holds The Audience

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Theater Review: Helen Mirren Holds The Audience
Seldom do costumes provide the bulk of a play’s drama, but in Peter Morgan’s The Audience, starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II, the greatest surprises and transformations are all in the clothes. As the curtain rises we find Mirren styled as Elizabeth circa 1995, in a very red dress and gray-frosted wig, talking with Prime Minister John Major during their regular Tuesday-evening meeting at Buckingham Palace. The politics of the discussion are not very exciting — Major is mostly whining about his historically low popularity — but when we soon flash back to Elizabeth’s first such meeting, with Winston Churchill in 1952, the fireworks, such as they are, begin. While the director Stephen Daldry distracts your eye with doings stage right, Mirren, stage left, sheds 44 years in just a few seconds, with a new wig, a new voice, and, seemingly out of nowhere, handsome mourning clothes. (It’s 1952,
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Oscars In Memoriam: The Best Fan Art Honoring Fallen Stars

Oscars In Memoriam: The Best Fan Art Honoring Fallen Stars
ETonline is paying tribute to the stars that passed away in the past year with our "Oscar: In Memoriam" fan art collection. Check out some of the highlights below and check back in on the Et Tumblr page for more.

Photos: In Memoriam: Stars We Lost In 2014

Robin Williams

The legendary comedian committed suicide on August 11, 2014.

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Maya Angelou

The inspirational author and poet passed away on May 28, 2014 at age 86.

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Lauren Bacall

The actress, who was Humphrey Bogart’s real-life wife and on-screen co-star in iconic films like The Big Sleep, passed away one month before her 90th birthday on August 12, 2014.

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News: Was Joan Rivers Snubbed in the 2015 GRAMMYs In Memoriam Segment?

Joan Rivers

The legendary comedian and fashion critic died at age 81 after complications during surgery on September 4, 2014.

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James Garner

The Maverick and Rockford
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I'm a Celeb Edwina Currie: 'I used to meet lots of rats - in politics'

Former MP Edwina Currie will be swapping politics for the jungle when she enters I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! alongside X Factor star Jake Quickenden. Why did the 68-year-old decide to tackle the jungle reality show? We caught up with Edwina Down Under for the lowdown…

Why did you decide to sign up for I'm a Celebrity?

"I turned I'm a Celebrity down in the very beginning. I was one of the first people to be asked. I've got a letter from 10 years ago saying, 'Would you like to come and do a TV programme in Northern Australia?' At that time, it was made near Darwin and my husband was very excited about it. He said, 'Wow, this is great! We can go to North Australia.' But I said, 'No, I don't fancy it. Sorry.' I turned it down. Now, it's a slightly different story.
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Veep: the Washington political comedy that's as delightfully vicious as The Thick of It

If life has not been the same since Malcolm Tucker's final F-bomb, the team behind The Thick of It and In the Loop have just the thing for you. Meet Us vice president Selina Meyer

Once, a charisma-deprived politician named John Major unleashed his secret weapon. His plan was to stand on a soapbox during campaigning, in an attempt to muster the common touch and gravitas that had hitherto eluded him. It worked, and the Tories won the 1992 general election.

Twenty two years later, pint-sized, foul-mouthed, policy vacuum of a maladroit MachiavellianSelina Meyer is deploying the same tactic in Veep. Could it help propel her to the Oval Office? Could she become the first woman president of the United States of America (at least, since Geena Davis in Commander in Chief) by standing on a box? Probably not. She's just lost New Hampshire. "I came in third, Amy. Okay?" she
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