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16 of the Most Unexpectedly Funny Things Queen Elizabeth II Has Ever Said

16 of the Most Unexpectedly Funny Things Queen Elizabeth II Has Ever Said
Queen Elizabeth II has been the Hbic of the British royal family for over six decades, and she's made some pretty badass moves during that time. She has spearheaded a history-making trip to Ghana, ordered divorces, and even critiqued episodes of Downton Abbey for historical accuracy.

Because of her serious veneer and commanding presence, we don't often think about the fact that the queen is actually really funny. One recent example? During an interview reflecting on her coronation, Elizabeth manhandled the hell out of the Imperial State Crown, poking and prodding it while saying, "It's very solid, isn't it?" The humorous moment put the queen in a relatable light, but there are even more quotes from the queen that show off her biting sense of humor. In her book The Wicked Wit of Queen Elizabeth II, Karen Dolby compiled the monarch's best one-liners - and we've highlighted 16 of them here.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington Married in Scotland

‘Game of Thrones’ Stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington Married in Scotland
The Royal Wedding, part two?

Game of Thrones” stars Rose Leslie and Kit Harington were married Saturday in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The pair began dating in 2012 after meeting on “Game of Thrones” and announced their engagement in September 2017. The ceremony was held at Rayne Church with a reception at nearby Wardhill Castle, which is owned by Leslie’s father.

Their nuptials were attended by several members of the “Game of Thrones” cast, including Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, and Emilia Clarke.

Harington starred in BBC One’s “Gunpowder,” about the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 and in which he played Robert Catesby,
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‘Outlander’ at the Emmys: Top 3 reasons ‘Freedom & Whiskey’ will win Best Period Costumes

‘Outlander’ at the Emmys: Top 3 reasons ‘Freedom & Whiskey’ will win Best Period Costumes
Season three of “Outlander” may have been torture for its fans since it separated soulmates Jamie (Sam Heughan) and Claire (Caitriona Balfe) for the first six episodes. However, their separation has improved the show’s Emmy prospects. It is the front-runner to win Best Period Costumes for designer Terry Dresbach, who previously won an Emmy in 2004 for costuming the HBO series “Carnivale.”

Outlander” has scored three Emmy nominations to date. For its inaugural season it contended for Best Music Composition (for the episode “Sassenach”) in 2015. And for its second season it received a pair of bids in 2016: Best Period/Fantasy Costumes (for the episode “Not in Scotland Anymore”) and Best Period Production Design.

While it didn’t win any of those the show’s prospects, I can think of three good reasons why “Outlander” will win Best Period Costumes.

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J.K. Simmons (‘Counterpart’): Emmy voters love to honor two performances for the price of one

J.K. Simmons (‘Counterpart’): Emmy voters love to honor two performances for the price of one
Emmy voters know a good bargain when they see one, so they’re often eager to reward two performances for the price of one. Sally Field (“Sybil”) and Toni Collette (“United States of Tara”) won for playing multiple personalities. And Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) prevailed as a combo platter of identical clones. Now Emmy voters could give the nod to J.K. Simmons for playing two versions of the same man in the Starz sci-fi thriller “Counterpart.”

The series premiered in December 2017 and stars Simmons as Howard Silk, a United Nations bureaucrat in Berlin who works for an agency whose purpose he doesn’t quite understand. It turns out his agency oversees a gateway to a parallel world with another version of Howard who crosses between worlds on dangerous field missions.

Now Simmons is an Emmy contender for Best Drama Actor for his performance. He has never been nominated for an
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‘Westworld’ episode 9 preview: Ed Harris & James Marsden finally deliver the goods in ‘Vanishing Point’

‘Westworld’ episode 9 preview: Ed Harris & James Marsden finally deliver the goods in ‘Vanishing Point’
This Sunday’s “Westworld” could be an important episode at the Emmys this year. Although it airs outside of the normal June to May eligibility period for the Emmys, it and the other three June episodes of “Westworld” are in contention at the Emmys this year as per the “hanging episodes” rule.

Vanishing Point,” which is the ninth of 10 episodes in season two, is the best showcase yet for Ed Harris and James Marsden. They were the only ones from the six core cast members not to be nominated for their performances last year and this episode might have been what voters were waiting for.

SEEour interview with “Westworld” guest actor Jimmi Simpson.

Vanishing Point” might be what inspired HBO to campaign Harris for Best Drama Actor, having submitted him for Best Drama Supporting Actor last year. The episode delves into the back story of his character William, specifically his home life,
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Will the Emmys continue its British love affair with Starz’s ‘Howards End’ in Best Limited Series?

Expect to see the Starz program “Howards End” reap a Best Limited Series Emmy nom on July 12, along with nominations across the board for its actors and below-the-line talent. The series debuted stateside in May, 26 years after the acclaimed 1992 film adaptation that garnered nine Oscar nominations including Best Picture and Best Director (James Ivory) and won three including Best Actress for Emma Thompson.

Based on the acclaimed 1910 novel by E.M. Forster, this new spin on the timeless classic was adapted by Oscar champ Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”). It stars Hayley Atwell and Philippa Coulthard as the independent and unconventional Schlegel sisters navigating their way through turn-of-the-century England, whose lives become intertwined with the wealthy Wilcox family and the working-class Bast family. The series also stars Emmy winners Julia Ormond and Tracey Ullman, alongside Matthew Macfadyen, Joseph Quinn and Alex Lawther.

See Emmys 2018 exclusive: Starz categories for ‘Outlander,’ ‘Counterpart,
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‘Godless’ Fyc event: Michelle Dockery, Jeff Daniels, Merritt Wever and Scott Frank discuss feminist western [Listen]

Netflix transported Emmy voters back to the Old West with a recent Fyc event for their limited series “Godless.” Gold Derby was on-hand at Netflix’s Fysee space at the Raleigh Studios in Hollywood where a panel discussion was held with stars Michelle Dockery, Jeff Daniels and Merritt Wever, writer/director Scott Frank, and executive producer Casey Silver. Listen to the entire 33-minute Q&A above.

Godless” centers on Frank Griffin (Daniels), a violent outlaw gang leader hunting down his ex-protege, Roy Goode (Jack O’Connell), who’s hiding out in the town of La Belle, New Mexico. The town is inhabited almost entirely by women after a mining disaster killed most of the men.

See Scott Frank (‘Godless’ showrunner): ‘Feminist western’ was originally about fathers and sons [Exclusive Video Interview]

A two-time Oscar-nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay (“Out of Sight” in 1998 and “Logan” in 2017), Frank first conceived the idea for “Godless” as a feature film.
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‘Scandal’s’ final season (*sniff*) submits 9 actors on Emmy ballot including Kerry Washington and Viola Davis

ABC’s Emmy-winning series “Scandal” may have left the airwaves, but it still has one last chance to add more trophies to its mantel. Shonda Rhimes‘ White House drama previously took home back-to-back Emmys for Best Drama Guest Actor — Dan Bucatinsky in 2013 and Joe Morton in 2014 — in addition to earning Best Drama Actress bids for series star Kerry Washington (2013-14). Washington is back in contention for the final time as White House fixer Olivia Pope and she’s joined by eight others on the 2018 Emmy ballot, including guest star Viola Davis, who crossed over from “How to Get Away with Murder” in one of the TV season’s most memorable twists.

Seeabc Studios’ 2018 Emmy Fyc mailer highlights 19 shows including ‘Black-ish,’ ‘The Good Doctor,’ ‘Htgawm’/’Scandal’ crossover

As law professor Annalise Keating on “How to Get Away with Murder,” Davis made history in 2015 by being the first black woman to win Best Drama Actress.
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Here’s why ‘The Americans’ will kill the competition at the Emmys for its final season

Here’s why ‘The Americans’ will kill the competition at the Emmys for its final season
Acclaimed FX spy drama “The Americans” will be given a fitting farewell at the Emmys this year, without the need for any collusion or Russian meddling in the voting process.

Although “The Americans” was a slow-burn at the Emmys to begin with, managing a total of five nominations over its first three seasons (including a guest acting win for Margo Martindale in 2015), it finally broke through in a big way 2016 with five bids, including for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor (Matthew Rhys), Best Drama Actress (Keri Russell) and a second consecutive win for Martindale. Last year, although it missed the cut in Best Drama Series, it racked up four big nominations, including for both leads, writing and Alison Wright taking Martindale’s place in Best Drama Guest Actress.

SEEHolly Taylor (‘The Americans’) reveals what happens to Paige after the explosive series finale [Exclusive Video Interview]

According to our combined odds, “The Americans
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Examining Emmy’s Complicated History With the Limited Series Race (Column)

Examining Emmy’s Complicated History With the Limited Series Race (Column)
One of the hottest races at the Emmy Awards last year was the limited series category: “Big Little Lies” eventually triumphed, but when your runners-up include “Fargo” and “Feud,” you know it’s a quality race. Quite a shift from the start of the decade, when only two shows, “The Pacific” and “Return to Cranford,” were nominated in 2010. The year before, only “Little Dorrit” and “Generation Kill” earned noms. Things looked so bleak, the category was combined with the TV movie category for a bit. While the two categories still share acting nominees, the limited series category has been back
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Could Margo Martindale (‘The Americans’) get a farewell Emmy hug like Maggie Smith (‘Downton Abbey’)?

Could Margo Martindale (‘The Americans’) get a farewell Emmy hug like Maggie Smith (‘Downton Abbey’)?
Could Margo Martindale make an Emmy comeback for “The Americans”? She won Best Drama Guest Actress twice (2015-2016) for her role as Kgb handler Claudia, but she missed the cut in 2017 when she was eligible to compete in the supporting category. With the show bidding farewell this year voters could get sentimental and send her off with a final Emmy hug, just like they did with Maggie Smith (“Downton Abbey“).

The circumstances for Martindale and Smith are quite different in a few ways. Smith was eligible as a supporting actress every year she contended, including the first year of “Downton” (2011) when it was considered a miniseries instead of a continuing drama series. But Martindale has spent most years of “The Americans” as a guest, graduating to the supporting category in season five when her number of episodes exceeded the limit for guest stars.

However, there are a few striking similarities.
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Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Emmy Predictions 2018: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie
Last Year’s Winner: Laura Dern, “Big Little Lies

Still Eligible: No.

Hot Streak: FX and HBO have both earned nominations in this category since 2012 (and HBO’s streak dates back to 2003).

Fun Fact: For the first time since “Downton Abbey” made the jump from limited series to drama series in 2013, not a single anthology series (or other franchise) that was nominated the year prior is in contention this year.

It’s the movie stars vs. the TV favorites in a surprisingly competitive Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or TV Movie race. Penelope Cruz (“American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace”) and Nicole Kidman (“Top of the Lake: China Girl”) are looking to crack in for respected turns in prestige projects; Cruz as the sister of a fashion icon who became a star, Donatella Versace, and Kidman as an Australian mother, Julia, whose story dovetails with Elisabeth Moss’ detective.
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Why TV Podcasts are the ‘Director’s Commentary of the Internet Age’

It’s obviously not safe to take your TV in the shower or to watch it while driving, but with podcasts available on smartphones, voracious consumers of all things TV can take conversation about their favorite programs with them anywhere. In addition to a slew of unofficial TV show audio spin-offs — do a Google search for the CW drama “Riverdale” and the word “podcast” and you’ll be awash in options — more series are opting for official podcasts as another way to cement established relationships with fans and maybe draw in more viewers, too.

Not that podcasts devoted to TV
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Where the 2018 Tony-Nominated Musical Stars Began on Broadway

Every triple threat on this list of 2018 Tony Award-nominated musical stars put in a lot of work acting, singing, dancing, and auditioning to get to this point. While some are making their debuts on the Great White Way for the first time, others have been treading the boards for years. Want to know where each of them began and in what roles? Check out this year’s nominees for musical theater’s highest honor. Leading Actor In A Musical Harry Hadden-Paton, “My Fair Lady”Playing Henry Higgins in “My Fair Lady” marks Hadden-Paton’s Broadway debut, but he is no stranger to theater. On the West End he starred in “The Importance of Being Earnest,” “Flare Path,” and “The Pride.” He is also known for such television roles as Bertie Pelham on “Downton Abbey” and Martin Charteris on “The Crown.” Hadden-Paton has also picked up nominations with the Drama Desk,
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2018-2019 Upfront Studio Scorecard: Volume of New Scripted Series Drops as Biz Faces Big Transitions

The logline on the 2018-2019 network TV development season: A glamorous business in the throes of transition grapples with unseen forces of disruption and the empire-building ambitions of its alpha-executive leaders.

The major studios ended upfront week with fewer orders for scripted series from Big Four networks and CW compared to the past few years: 34 this year compared to 37 at this point last year. So far, enthusiasm among ad buyers and industry-ites for the new shows has been fairly muted, with none of the newcomers showcased during the week’s parade of programming presentations generating heat a la NBC’s
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‘Little Women’ Review: Maya Hawke Dazzles in PBS’ Faithful and Joyful Adaptation of the Beloved Novel

The main title sequence for PBS’ “Little Women” is sublime in its simplicity. As a tune is plucked out on a banjo, soon joined by a fiddle and guitar, watercolor flower and bird sketches either bloom or fly thanks to stop-motion animation. It only lasts 30 seconds, but it’s modest, clear, heart-stirring, and utterly without guile. It’s the perfect encapsulation of why Louisa May Alcott’s 19th-century tale of the four March sisters continues to appeal to this day.

Little Women” was part of many young girls’ childhoods, required reading from mothers who had also been inculcated in the March sisters’ lessons on how to be good and find meaning in domesticity and virtuous deeds. Incredibly moral and square by modern standards, this should feel dated but it doesn’t. The “Masterpiece” adaptation manages to do what previous versions didn’t execute nearly as well: transport the viewer back
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‘Patrick Melrose’ Bosses on the Journey to Showtime Limited Series, Telling a Tale of Abuse and Class

‘Patrick Melrose’ Bosses on the Journey to Showtime Limited Series, Telling a Tale of Abuse and Class
Class, privilege, wealth, abuse, recovery, drugs, drugs and more drugs. Showtime’s foray into scripted Saturday night series with the debut of “Patrick Melrose” has it all, including Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character.

Not that it was an easy road getting there.

The five-part miniseries is based on the semi-autobiographical novels from Edward St. Aubyn, and finally comes to television after spending half a decade in development. Not only was the task of translating St. Aubyn’s notoriously beautiful prose to the small screen a massive undertaking, but finding the right vehicle in which to tell the best-selling saga
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BBC, ITV, Channel 4 Joining Forces for New Online Service

With easy-to-access online streaming services redefining how the world consumes entertainment, several large companies are responding to the media revolution and vying for their slice of the pie. According to a breaking report in the Guardian, the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4 (the United Kingdom’s entertainment power players) are planning to unveil a streaming service of their own to battle the prominence of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Per the Guardian’s report, NBCUniversal is also engaged in the talks, as it owns the megahit show “Downton Abbey” and has worked with the companies in prior years to lay the groundwork needed to move into the field of online streaming. In 2009, the three British companies attempted to launch an online service, Project Kangaroo, which was ultimately regulated and restricted by the U.K. government, citing that the service posed a too-significant threat to the nation’s entertainment market.
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TV News Roundup: Kate Walsh Joins Netflix Series ‘Umbrella Academy’

In today’s roundup, YouTube greenlights “Edge of Seventeen” spinoff and Kate Walsh joins Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy.”

Casting

Kate Walsh is joining the cast of Netflix series “The Umbrella Academy,” which follows five estranged members of a family of superheroes as they work together to solve their adoptive father’s mysterious death. Walsh is set for the recurring role of The Handler, described as a composed and confident leader of a mysterious company. She joins previously announced cast members Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hopper, Cameron Britton, Robert Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Adam Godley, Aidan Gallagher, David Castañeda.
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Olivia Munn, Emma Greenwell From ‘The Path’ to Star on Starz Spy Show ‘The Rook’

Olivia Munn, Emma Greenwell From ‘The Path’ to Star on Starz Spy Show ‘The Rook’
The Path” star Emma Greenwell has been cast as the lead in Starz’ new spy thriller “The Rook,” with Olivia Munn along for the ride, an individual with knowledge of production tells TheWrap.

The actresses will be joined by Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”), Adrian Lester (“Hustle”), Ronan Raftery (“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”), Catherine Steadman (“Downton Abbey”) and Jon Fletcher (“Genius: Einstein”) on the series, which hails from Lionsgate and Liberty Global.

Based on a novel of the same name by Daniel O’Malley, the spy drama is adapted and co-produced by playwrights and screenwriters Sam Holcroft and Al Muriel, with “Twilight” creator Stephanie Meyer and Stephen Garrett (“The Night Manager”) also executive producing. “The Handmaid’s Tale”s Kari Skogland lined up to direct the pilot episode.

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Greenwell will lead the series as Myfanwy Thomas, a young woman who wakes up in a London park suffering total amnesia and is pursued by shadowy paranormal adversaries. Grappling with supernatural abilities of her own, she must fight to uncover her past and resume her position within Britain’s secret service, the Checquy, before the traitors who stole her memory can finish what they started.

Munn will play Monica Reed, a bold American intelligence officer with subtle supernatural powers who crashes into the Checquy investigation of her former lover’s death. Richardson has been cast as Lady Farrier, Myfanwy’s mentor and ally who sits at the head of the Checquy, defending her tenuous hold on its secrecy. Lester is set as Conrad Grantchester, the suave and charismatic deputy to Farrier, who ultimately challenges her role as King.

The four Gestalt siblings will be played by Raftery as Robert, Steadman as Eliza and Fetcher as twins Teddy and Alex.

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Production on “The Rook” is currently underway in London. It will air on Starz in the U.S. and Liberty Global’s international platforms, with Lionsgate handling worldwide distribution.

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