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Lifetime's Prince William, Jordan Whalen, on Stepping Into Royal Shoes

On Monday, May 27, you'll have the opportunity to tune into Lifetime's original movie, Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance.

Jordan Whalen is a young actor who got to step into the shoes of Prince William, Harry's brother and Meghan's brother-in-law. Married to Kate Middleton, Prince William has spent his entire life in the public eye.

We chatted with Whalen about what it was like to take on the role of someone so beloved and well known. Enjoy our interview below.

What can you tell me about Harry and Meghan becoming royal, and how you got involved?

Well, how did I get involved? You know I suppose, like most other actors, it's just an audition to come down to shoot and it's something I threw on tape and recorded and sent out.

About a week later, I heard that I was their guy, and about five days after that I was flying to Vancouver,
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Notting Hill Turns 20! Why Julia Roberts Almost Passed on Movie and More Surprising Facts

Notting Hill Turns 20! Why Julia Roberts Almost Passed on Movie and More Surprising Facts
Notting Hill turns 20 and the Richard Curtis romantic drama is still a classic.

The film, which came out in 1999, starred Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant in the lead roles of movie star Anna Scott and bookstore owner William Thacker.

Directed by Roger Michell and written by Curtis (who would go on to write and direct Love, Actually), the film also boasted a delightful ensemble including Rhys Ifans, Emma Chambers, Gina McKee, Hugh Bonneville, James Dreyfus, Tim McInnerny and Emily Mortimer.

But while Roberts, 51, and Grant, 58, gave fans of the film a relationship to root for, Roberts wasn’t always interested in the movie.
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Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal Teaser: First Look at Lifetime Sequel

Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal Teaser: First Look at Lifetime Sequel
Do you miss Meghan Markle on Suits? Well, we can’t do anything about that, but we can give you the next next best thing: a highly dramatized look into what her new life as the Duchess of Sussex might possibly resemble somewhat.

Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, a sequel to 2018’s Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance, “continues the love story of newlyweds Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, pulling back the curtain to reveal the untold joys and challenges of life inside the Royal Family during their pivotal first year of marriage.” According to the official synopsis, the
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Lifetime Sets Spring Premiere Dates For 3 Movies Including ‘Harry & Meghan’ Sequel

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Lifetime Sets Spring Premiere Dates For 3 Movies Including ‘Harry & Meghan’ Sequel
Lifetime has set premiere dates for three upcoming movies: Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal will debut Memorial Day, May 27 at 8 Pm; Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta will premiere at 8 Pm Saturday, June 1; and Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine is set for at 8 Pm. Saturday, June 8.

Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, the sequel to the 2018 movie, continues the love story of newlyweds Prince Harry (Charlie Field) and American actress Meghan Markle (Tiffany Smith). Jordan Whalen, Maggie Sullivun, Timothy Temple, Charles Shaughnessy, Deborah Ramsay, Natalie Moon, James Dreyfus, Louise Bond and Bonnie Soper also star. Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal is executive produced by Merideth Finn and Michele Weiss. Menhaj Huda directs from a script by Scarlett Lacey.

Pride & Prejudice: Atlanta, featuring an all-African-American cast, is Lifetime’s modern take on the Jane Austen classic. It follows Reverend Bennet (Reginald VelJohnson), a pastor of a prominent Southern Baptist church, and his wife Mrs. Bennet (Jackée Harry
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Mount Pleasant would make a brilliant movie, says star Neil Fitzmaurice

Mount Pleasant has quietly gone about its business since launching on Sky1 in 2011, and it returns on the channel for a fifth series tonight (September 11) after three years on Sky Living.

Neil Fitzmaurice - perhaps best known for the dastardly Jeff in Peep Show and his Phoenix Nights work with Peter Kay - is also back as office manager Fergus, and he told Digital Spy that he is impressed by its continued popularity.

"Like anything on TV, it's a business, and if you put a show on and it does okay and sort of trundles along, maybe you'll get two series out of it," he said. "The special thing about Mount Pleasant is that it just steadily got bigger and bigger every year. That's not something that happens all the time.

"The fans have been fanatical since day one, and they have been joined by fans who have steadily watched
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Gimme Gimme Gimme creator says the BBC would never make the "risky" show today

Gimme Gimme Gimme's creator was told by the BBC that the sitcom would never have been commissioned today.

Writer Jonathan Harvey doesn't envisage a return for the comedy, which starred Kathy Burke and James Dreyfus and ran for three series from 1999 to 2001, because the TV climate has changed.

"I came up with an idea about four years ago for a new house-share sitcom that I knew was the best thing I'd written comedy-wise since Gimme Gimme Gimme," he told the Radio Times. "But the BBC turned it down because they thought it was too rude.

"And I said, 'It's only as rude as Gimme Gimme Gimme was'. And they said they'd never commission Gimme Gimme Gimme now because they can't be that risky. The climate changed. There's less space to try out something a bit different."

Harvey also works as a scriptwriter on Coronation Street, and described the soap's
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10 largely forgotten UK sci-fi sitcoms

Remember Kinvig, Clone, Not With A Bang? These are the UK sci-fi sitcoms you’re unlikely to see on comedy best-of lists…

With E4 sci-fi comedy commissions, Tripped and Aliens, and in-development Channel 4 projects, Space Ark and Graham Linehan/Adam Buxton collaboration The Cloud, in the works, a new crop of sci-fi sitcom could be making its way to UK TV.

Making funny sci-fi on a small-screen budget is tough enough without the additional pressure of having to attract viewers more traditionally down-to-earth in their sitcom tastes. Sci-fi sets and effects can be seen as prohibitively expensive by comedy commissioners (which is perhaps why the best UK sci-fi sitcoms of recent years has been on BBC Radio), and the genre’s niche status doesn’t scream mainstream hit. Over the years, one or two stand-outs have managed to straddle the sci-fi and comedy TV worlds, but plenty more have stumbled in the attempt.
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Talulah Riley begins directorial debut

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Talulah Riley begins directorial debut
Martin Compston, Joe Thomas star with the St Trinians star in rom-com.

Shooting is underway in Glasgow on ‘eco-rom com’ Scottish Mussel, the debut writer-director project from Talulah Riley (St Trinians), with Martin Compston (Sweet Sixteen) in the lead role alongside The InbetweenersJoe Thomas.

The cast also includes Harry Enfield (Kevin & Perry Go Large), Emun Elliott (Filth), Paul Brannigan (The Angel’s Share) James Dreyfus (Notting Hill), Rachael Sterling (Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) and comedians Russell Kane and Rufus Hound.

In Scottish Mussel, Compston plays a Glaswegian chancer who meets a pretty English conservationist while trying to make his fortune as an illegal pearl fisher.

Jason Maza, Noel Clarke and Phil Dore are producing for Unstoppable Entertainment (Storage 24).

Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club) is executive producer alongside Wayne Marc Godfrey, David Gilbery and Robert Jones for The Fyzz Facility Limited.

The film will shoot on location in and around Glasgow for four weeks from October
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Kathy Burke interview: 'Work non-stop? That's not me'

It's been 10 years since Kathy Burke stuck two fingers up at stardom. Here she talks about loving theatre, hating writing – and why Richard Dawkins gives her the hump

'Don't write about how much I'm chain-smoking," grumbles Kathy Burke. "Everyone opens with, 'After the fourth cigarette … ' and it's boring. So don't be doing that, Ryan, else I'll say you're just the same as everyone else." She releases a tight laugh and takes another puff. I mean: takes another sip of rosehip tea.

We're up on the roof of London's Tricycle theatre, sitting on two rickety chairs beneath a blank November sky. Downstairs, Burke has spent the morning directing a new production of Once a Catholic, Mary J O'Malley's comedy set in 1957 at Our Lady of Fatima convent school. Burke is a versatile actor, adored for her populist, prickly comedy: she was Linda, the voracious ginger foghorn with porthole specs in
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Kathy Burke interview: 'Work non-stop? That's not me'

It's been 10 years since Kathy Burke stuck two fingers up at stardom. Here she talks about loving theatre, hating writing – and why Richard Dawkins gives her the hump

'Don't write about how much I'm chain-smoking," grumbles Kathy Burke. "Everyone opens with, 'After the fourth cigarette … ' and it's boring. So don't be doing that, Ryan, else I'll say you're just the same as everyone else." She releases a tight laugh and takes another puff. I mean: takes another sip of rosehip tea.

We're up on the roof of London's Tricycle theatre, sitting on two rickety chairs beneath a blank November sky. Downstairs, Burke has spent the morning directing a new production of Once a Catholic, Mary J O'Malley's comedy set in 1957 at Our Lady of Fatima convent school. Burke is a versatile actor, adored for her populist, prickly comedy: she was Linda, the voracious ginger foghorn with porthole specs in
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

Acorn Media’s Midsummer Midsomer Mania

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Midsomer Murders ITV

Kieran Kinsella

It is midsummer which means blood is flowing in the streets of England’s most dangerous county – Midsomer. Over the next few weeks, Acorn Media are releasing not one, not two but Six boxsets of the beloved hit series Midsomer Murders on DVD. Not only that, but they are also releasing the Alec Guinness classic Smiley’s People on Blu-ray. So without further ado, let’s begin.

Midsomer Murders Set 22

The four stories in this set were originally broadcast in the UK in late 2011 and have never been shown in the U.S. All four feature Neil Dudgeon as Barnaby and Jason Hughes as his ever-reliable sidekick. The first of the stories is Sleeper Under the Hill. It centers around a group of Druids and a Stonehenge-like monument that they use during rituals. A local farmer plans to plough up the surrounding meadow, an endeavor
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Harman and Womack join Mount Pleasant cast

Nigel Harman and Samantha Womack have joined the cast of 'Mount Pleasant'. The 'EastEnders' veterans will appear in the third series of the popular Sky Living comedy drama alongside Sally Lindsay, Daniel Ryan, Sian Reeves, James Dreyfus, George Sampson, Paula Wilcox, David Bradley and Bobby Ball. Glamorous couple Tanya (Samantha) and Bradley (Nigel) are set to shake things up when they move to The Close with teenage daughter Ella (Nicola Millbank). Their fun-loving spirit is a hit in the neighbourhood and they soon find themselves being the life and soul of the party, but their perfect façade masks a darker secret. Nigel said:
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Nigel Harman and Samantha Womack join Mount Pleasant cast

Nigel Harman and Samantha Womack have joined the cast of 'Mount Pleasant'. The 'EastEnders' veterans will appear in the third series of the popular Sky Living comedy drama alongside Sally Lindsay, Daniel Ryan, Sian Reeves, James Dreyfus, George Sampson, Paula Wilcox, David Bradley and Bobby Ball. Glamorous couple Tanya (Samantha) and Bradley (Nigel) are set to shake things up when they move to The Close with teenage daughter Ella (Nicola Millbank). Their fun-loving spirit is a hit in the neighbourhood and they soon find themselves being the life and soul of the party, but their perfect façade masks a darker secret. Nigel said:
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Six to watch: TV redheads

Karen Gillan in Doctor Who and David Caruso in NYPD Blue – but who else is on TV's all-time auburn A-list?

The return of the It Crowd's marvellous Jen, along with Karen Gillan's promotion to the nation's favourite redhead – she's even on the cover of the Radio Times this week with Matt Smith behind her, relegated to the background - has got us thinking: which flame-haired stars would make television's all-time auburn A-list? Chris Evans perhaps, following his appointment to The One Show? Damian Lewis fresh from his turn on Soccer Aid? Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell now that she's infuriatingly got a slot as a guest judge on The X Factor? Surely not any of these. But who would make out six top television redheads? We'll kick off with these flaming contenders.

Amy Pond, Doctor Who (Karen Gillan)

With her cascading orange hair, Matt Smith's Tardis-sharer is like Daphne from Scooby Doo made flesh.
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Colin Firth Discusses Bridget Jones 3

Bridget Jones? Bridget Moans more like it! Yes, the literary sensation turned crap films is in development for a third outing. It’s nothing concrete, mind. Talking on BBC 4’s Front Row, the always excellent Colin Firth was sounding off his opinion of appearing in a new Bridget Jones flick. The Firthmeister said:

“I think that could be very interesting because Helen (Fielding) is such an interesting writer.”

Asked for further comments, he said:

“Sometimes a third film is an improvement on a second. I don’t really want to be part of a perpetual franchise, but we’re all getting so old! I think the idea of Mark D’Arcy and Daniel Cleaver and Bridget Jones in advanced stages of deterioration could be quite fun. We’re making a comedy after all.”

So does this mean Renee Zellweger, Hugh Grant and Firth will be returning to the fray for
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