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Golden Globe prediction: ‘Succession’ will become 4th HBO drama series to win after ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Six Feet Under,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire’

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Golden Globe prediction: ‘Succession’ will become 4th HBO drama series to win after ‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Six Feet Under,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire’
The Sopranos.” “Six Feet Under.” “Boardwalk Empire.” Those are three of HBO’s most iconic TV shows of all time, and all were anointed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association in the Best Drama Series category. Now a fourth such program — “Succession” — is hoping to join this esteemed list by claiming victory at the upcoming 2020 Golden Globes. Can it pull it off? According to the predictions of Gold Derby’s staff editors who cover awards year round, the answer is yes.

Joyce Eng, Marcus James Dixon, Zach Laws, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Matt Noble and Tom O’Neil all have “Succession” in their #1 positions to claim the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series. Sure, the buzzy series was skunked last year for its first season, but Kieran Culkin still received a surprise nomination in the supporting race, proving voters were watching. For its heralded second season you can expect both
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How Royal Protocol Keeps Drama to a Minimum at the Queen's Christmas Celebration

How Royal Protocol Keeps Drama to a Minimum at the Queen's Christmas Celebration
You don't have to go to Christmas with the queen. Kate Middleton and Prince William have skipped it a couple of times in the nearly nine years they've been married. And in case you hadn't heard, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle aren't going this year, and will instead spend their son Archie Harrison's first yuletide with Meghan's mom, Doria Ragland—possibly in California, though, this being a private trip, they're not apprising the media of their destination. But when you do make the jaunt to Sandringham, where Queen Elizabeth II has spent the Christmas holiday for the last three decades with her husband, Prince Philip, and whichever royals show up to...
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No, Queen Elizabeth II Has No Plans to Retire at 95

She's still going strong!  It has been a very interesting year for the royal family. In the last month, Queen Elizabeth's son Prince Andrew was forced out of Buckingham Palace and resigned from his charities after his disconcerting BBC interview, in which he defended his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. An event that took place only a few days after she celebrated her 72nd wedding anniversary to Prince Philip.  On the heels of major life events, and at the age of 93-years-old, many are beginning to speculate that Queen Elizabeth is planning on retiring when she turns 95. However, A spokesman from Prince Charles' office spoke to People and shared that...
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Home entertainment details for ‘Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil’

Disney has just sent through the home entertainment details and planned bonus materials for the upcoming big-budget sequel Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. A release date has been set for the 10th of February on download, and the 17th for the physical formats.

Directed by Joachim Rønning, Maleficent: Mistress of Evil carries on the story of Disney’s most iconic villain. The years have been kind to Maleficent and Aurora. Their relationship, born of heartbreak, revenge and ultimately love, has flourished. Yet hatred between man and the fairies still exists. Aurora’s impending marriage to Prince Philip is cause for celebration as the wedding serves to unite the Kingdom of Ulstead and the neighboring Moors. But, when an unexpected encounter introduces a powerful new alliance, Maleficent and Aurora are pulled apart to opposing sides in a Great War, testing their loyalties and causing them to question whether they can truly be a family.
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Defending the Disney Princess: Why Even the Problematic Princess Movies Have Positive Messages

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Disney Princesses get a bad rap, but the truth is, they are uniquely suited to inspire young children - no matter the child's gender. Critics may claim that princesses lack depth and wait passively for a man to sweep them off their feet, but that plot line simply isn't present in Disney's modern films. Instead, these girls and women chase their dreams, show kindness universally, and even challenge the patriarchy.

These girls and women chase their dreams, show kindness universally, and even challenge the patriarchy.

Disney has come a long way since the release of its original princess film, Snow White, in 1937. The star of Moana (2016) saves the Polynesian Islands from complete destruction by being the only one who recognizes that the assumed villain is really the creator goddess transformed by emotional pain. To help restore the goddess to her former, loving self, Moana opens her arms to it with love and healing.
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Link Tank: 18 Great Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Books

Spencer Mullen Dec 5, 2019

Sword and Sorcery Fantasy Books, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, The Mandalorian, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Here are eighteen sword and sorcery fantasy books that are perfect for fans of the genre.

"The sword and sorcery genre is chock-full of compelling reads and iconic authors. Characterized by supernatural battles pitting good against evil, often waged by unlikely heroes, this subset of the fantasy genre delivers a highly immersive reading experience. You’ll want to delve into these eighteen action-packed sword and sorcery fantasy books right away."

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker screenwriter Chris Terrio hinted at Anakin Skywalker's return.

"Star Wars creator George Lucas has always maintained that Anakin Skywalker is the Chosen One meant to bring balance to the Force. With The Rise of Skywalker fast approaching, fans have long wondered whether Hayden Christensen would reprise
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Inside the Unique Royal World of the Unflappable Princess Anne

Inside the Unique Royal World of the Unflappable Princess Anne
On March 20, 1974, Princess Anne was almost kidnapped. The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip was on her way to Buckingham Palace with her then-husband Mark Phillips after a film screening when their maroon Rolls Royce was waylaid on the Mall by a white Ford Escort. Anne's Scotland Yard-issued bodyguard, Inspector James Beaton, got out of the car and was shot in the shoulder by Ian Ball, a 26-year-old unemployed laborer from north London. Beaton fired back once but then his gun jammed. Ball approached the Rolls and ordered Anne to get out—or he'd shoot. "Bloody likely," the 23-year-old princess retorted. Ball ended up...
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Tobias Menzies (‘The Crown’) could finally win Golden Globe after all those ‘Outlander’ snubs

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Tobias Menzies (‘The Crown’) could finally win Golden Globe after all those ‘Outlander’ snubs
Despite appearing on Golden Globe fave “Outlander” for several seasons, Tobias Menzies only received a single nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the 2016 ceremony (he lost to Christian Slater of “Mr. Robot”). At least the Globes nominated him — the Emmys cruelly snubbed the English actor year after year. Now that he’s left Starz’s “Outlander” and joined up with Netflix’s “The Crown,” Menzies could finally win the Golden Globe that’s eluded him all these years. In fact, he places second in Gold Derby editors’ racetrack odds for Best TV Drama Actor behind only Billy Porter (“Pose”).

See‘The Crown’ season 3 reviews: Olivia Colman and company are ‘magnificent,’ but does it still have the same ‘urgency’?

For its third year “The Crown” underwent a planned cast overhaul as the narrative jumped forward in time. Menzies has taken over the role of Prince Philip from Matt Smith,
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Editors say ‘Succession’ will win Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, but watch out for ‘The Crown,’ ‘The Morning Show’

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Editors say ‘Succession’ will win Golden Globe for Best Drama Series, but watch out for ‘The Crown,’ ‘The Morning Show’
Last month when we polled Gold Derby’s staff editors about what would win Best Drama Series at the 2020 Golden Globes, “The Crown” was the favorite. However, with the nominations just around the corner (they’ll be announced December 9), the majority of our editors now believe HBO’s “Succession” will prevail, with Netflix’s “The Crown” and Apple’s “The Morning Show” rounding out their top three. Do you agree with the predictions of our website crew? Sound off down in the comments section.

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Joyce Eng, Marcus James Dixon, Zach Laws, Rob Licuria, Daniel Montgomery, Matt Noble and Tom O’Neil are the seven editors who have “Succession” in their #1 positions to claim the Golden Globe for Best Drama Series. Even though the buzzy series was snubbed for its first season, Kieran Culkin still received a surprise nomination, proving voters were watching.
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Fact or Fiction: What Did ‘The Crown’ Get Right in Season 3?

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Fact or Fiction: What Did ‘The Crown’ Get Right in Season 3?
The third season of “The Crown” premiered Nov. 17, jumping forward a few years into Queen Elizabeth II’s (now played by Olivia Colman) reign. Now following the royal family into the 1960s and ’70s, the Netflix drama sees their rule plagued by a Russian spy in Buckingham Palace, a massive amount of debt that can only be settled by the United States, political turmoil at home with the changing prime ministers and multiple problems related to the mining industry. All of these things actually happened, although Peter Morgan and his team of writers dive deeper into the emotional toll of these events than history has reported.

Here’s what the show’s writers got right — and what they fictionalized — in Season 3 of “The Crown.”

The third season of “The Crown” opens with Prime Minister Harold Wilson’s (Jason Watkins) introduction — and a tough meeting at that. He’s not only
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The Crown Season 3 Shows the Queen's Silver Jubilee - Take a Look at the Real Thing

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Season three of The Crown shows us some major milestones for the royal family, ending the season on Queen Elizabeth II's Silver Jubilee. The celebration, held in 1977, marked the 25th anniversary of Elizabeth's accession to the throne, which was depicted early in season one after the death of her father, King George VI. The celebrations included royal visits to 36 British counties, a Commonwealth tour for the queen and Prince Philip, and a culminating series of celebrations in London during the Summer of 1977.

Prior to the queen's celebration, only a handful of queen regnants had reached a silver jubilee: her own ancestor Queen Victoria celebrated hers in 1862, while Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands reached the milestone in 1923 and, only a few years before Queen Elizabeth's celebration, her contemporary (and Wilhelmina's successor) Queen Juliana celebrated 25 years on the Dutch throne. Ahead, you can check out some of the photos of the queen's
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Claire Foy to Return to ‘The Crown’ in Season 4 Flashback Scene

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Claire Foy to Return to ‘The Crown’ in Season 4 Flashback Scene
Turns out fans of “The Crown” didn’t have to say goodbye to their first queen after all — at least not entirely — as Claire Foy will be reprising her role as Queen Elizabeth II for the upcoming fourth season of Netflix’s royal drama to play the monarch in a flashback scene, TheWrap has learned.

The scene in question appears to be Queen Elizabeth’s 21st birthday speech, according to the Daily Mail, which first obtained photos of Foy on set.

Netflix declined TheWrap’s request for comment on Foy’s return.

Also Read: Imelda Staunton Hasn't Been Cast as Queen Elizabeth II for 'The Crown' Seasons 5 and 6, Netflix Says

As viewers know, Foy, who portrayed Elizabeth on Seasons 1 and 2, was swapped out for Olivia Colman for Seasons 3 and 4, as the entire cast was aged up, with Tobias Menzies replacing Matt Smith as Prince Philip, Helena Bonham Carter
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Imelda Staunton Hasn’t Been Cast as Queen Elizabeth II for ‘The Crown’ Seasons 5 and 6, Netflix Says

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Imelda Staunton Hasn’t Been Cast as Queen Elizabeth II for ‘The Crown’ Seasons 5 and 6, Netflix Says
Contrary to reports you might have read, Imelda Staunton has not been cast as Queen Elizabeth II for “The Crown” Seasons 5 and 6, according to Netflix.

“We are currently filming season 4 of The Crown but have not commissioned any further seasons as yet, therefore any news on casting remains pure speculation,” a Netflix spokesperson told TheWrap Thursday.

Earlier Thursday, The Daily Mail reported Staunton would be taking over the role from Olivia Colman, who just made her debut as the British royal monarch in the Netflix drama’s third season, which launched Sunday. Colman — the actress who took over from Claire Foy, star of the show’s first two seasons — will continue to play the queen through the end of Season 4, at which time someone else will need to lead the next two installments.

Also Read: 'The Crown' Stars Promise More Royal Heartbreak in Season 4 With Introduction of Princess Diana
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'The Crown': Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter on "Inheriting" Roles From "Celebrated and Loved" Actors For Season 3

Signing on for a prestige TV project with two seasons of critical acclaim and awards sounds like a no-brainer, but it was a much more complicated prospect for the would-be royals on season three of Netflix's The Crown. Not only would they be playing powerful real-life figures, many of whom are still alive, but they'd now have to follow in the footsteps of heralded performances created by different actors.

Ultimately, Olivia Colman, Helena Bonham Carter and Tobias Menzies joined the show as royal trio Queen Elizabeth, Princess Margaret and Prince Philip, taking over their roles from seasons one and two ...
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‘The Crown’ Season 3: Did Queen Elizabeth Really Think Harold Wilson Was a Russian Spy?

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‘The Crown’ Season 3: Did Queen Elizabeth Really Think Harold Wilson Was a Russian Spy?
(Some spoilers ahead for “Olding,” the first episode of season 3 of “The Crown” on Netflix)

In the first new episode of “The Crown” with its revamped cast, the series takes on an amusing and strangely topical storyline — that of the 1964 Parliamentary election that brought the leftist Harold Wilson (Jason Watkins) to power.

As the episode starts, the residents of Buckingham Palace are at least mildly upset that the Labour Party looks poised to take enough seats in the election to hoist Wilson to the Prime Ministership. Ahead of the election, Prince Philip (Tobias Menzies) mentions to the queen over dinner that he heard that Wilson has been turned by the Soviets when he had visited Russia on a trade mission. The queen is at first skeptical of this idea, saying that if he was really a spy then MI5 probably would have dealt with it by now.

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Royal Family Celebrates Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's 72nd Wedding Anniversary

Royal Family Celebrates Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's 72nd Wedding Anniversary
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip's love story is going strong.  On Wednesday, the monarch and Duke of Edinburgh rang in their 72nd wedding anniversary. The world-famous wife and husband, now 93 and 98 years old, tied the knot inside London's Westminster Abbey on Nov. 20, 1947, four months after their engagement was announced in July. At the time, the bride was 21 years old and the groom, previously a Royal Navy lieutenant, was 26.  Of course, the regal couple's special day did not go unnoticed by their well-known family members. "Wishing Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh a very happy 72nd Wedding Anniversary!" the Duke and Duchess of...
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The royal treatment: the majestic role of fashion in The Crown

By recreating the royals’ outfits and ramping up the glamour, the hit TV drama constantly blurs the line between fact and fiction. That is what makes the show so compelling

All publicity is good publicity, they say, but the royal family is the exception that proves that rule. And recent television coverage of the royals has been – to put it mildly – a mixed bag. The new series of The Crown launched on Netflix within hours of that Prince Andrew interview. One was dependably glorious, which is precisely what royalty is supposed to be. The other was, well, a car crash seems to be the go-to analogy, although I can’t help feeling car crashes are slightly bad-taste imagery when it comes to describing royal PR disasters.

The upshot of all this is that the third series of The Crown will be required to do more heavy lifting than the previous two,
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‘The Crown’ Stars Promise More Royal Heartbreak in Season 4 With Introduction of Princess Diana

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‘The Crown’ Stars Promise More Royal Heartbreak in Season 4 With Introduction of Princess Diana
(Warning: This post contains spoilers through the end of “The Crown” Season 3.)

Ok, so maybe there aren’t actually that many spoilers for “The Crown,” seeing as the lives of the British royal family are pretty much an open book to anyone who has access to the internet or, well, any number of books on the topic. But that doesn’t mean viewers of the Netflix drama who have already finished the show’s third season already know what will happen come the next, because creator Peter Morgan takes certain artistic liberties with history and weaves together well-known facts with behind-closed-doors drama.

So even though we know Princess Diana (played by Emma Corrin) will be arriving in Season 4, we have no idea what to expect to be told from the story we know — and the story we don’t. And while cast members Josh O’Connor (Prince Charles), Erin Doherty (Princess Anne
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‘The Crown’ Season 3: Tobias Menzies Breaks Down Prince Philip’s Made-Up Moon Obsession

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‘The Crown’ Season 3: Tobias Menzies Breaks Down Prince Philip’s Made-Up Moon Obsession
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Episode 307 of “The Crown,” titled “Moondust.”)

The third season of “The Crown” contains one episode that is almost entirely devoted to Prince Philip’s obsession with the 1969 moon landing — or rather, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband’s obsession with middle age and what he’s accomplished with his life up until that point, as shown through his obsession with Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, who landed on the moon.

Philip (played by Tobias Menzies) ends up meeting with the astronauts when the come to Buckingham Palace and realizes they are three men who are “pale-faced with colds” and says they have a “total absence of originality and spontaneity.” This is what leads him to seek guidance from Dean Robin Woods (Tim McMullan) at his “center of recovery and renewal,” which Philip had originally mercilessly mocked.

Now, if you are as obsessed with
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'The Crown' Season 3 review: Not a crowd-pleaser but stays true to its subject

NetflixLike the infamous London fog, the unhappiness and repression of England’s most famous family creep up on you slowly.Saraswati Datar'Uneasy is the head that wears the crown' is a terribly overused line. But in season 3 of The Crown, all 10 episodes now streaming on Netflix, the head is not just uneasy but unhappy, worried, bored and often unsure. The Crown, a historical period drama on the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, is created by Peter Morgan who is also the principal writer. Season 1 covered the period from 1947-55 and saw the marriage and coronation of the new Queen, Churchill’s re-election as Prime Minister, and her sister Margret’s engagement with Peter Townsend being called off. Season 2 began in 1956 with the Suez crises and covered the period to the birth of Prince Edward in 1964. Season 3 sees a new set of actors taking up the principal and supporting roles, with
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