Everything We Know About The Crown Season 3

Olivia Colman stars as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.
Olivia Colman stars as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown.
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Oscar-winner Olivia Colman takes over for Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown’s third season, which covers history from 1964 through 1976. With Outlander’s Tobias Menzies as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter as Princess Margaret, season 3 will dramatize events like the moon landing, the Queen’s 1972 visit to France, and the devolution of Margaret’s marriage to Antony Armstrong-Jones.

Directed by: Ben Caron
Written by: Peter Morgan
Starring: Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies, Helena Bonham Carter

TV Facts

  • Though Princess Diana won’t appear in season three (she didn’t meet Prince Charles until 1977), we will get to see Camilla Parker Bowles, played by Call the Midwife’s Emerald Fennell.
  • MCU star Paul Bettany was almost cast as Prince Philip, but had to drop out because of scheduling conflicts.
  • Josh O’Connor, known for his work in God’s Own Country (2017) and the television series The Durrells in Corfu, will portray Prince Charles.
  • This isn’t the first time Olivia Colman goes royal—or even the second time. In addition to her Oscar-winning performance as Queen Anne in 2018’s The Favourite, she also played Queen Elizabeth II’s mother, Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, in 2012’s Hyde Park on Hudson.
  • According to Tobias Menzies, Philip and Elizabeth’s contentious marriage has calmed down in season 3, but that doesn’t mean Philip has fully settled into his station. The moon landing serves as the impetus for “various midlife crisis questions” like “‘What have I done with my life?’” Menzies said in an interview.
  • Season 3 will tackle the 1966 Aberfan disaster, in which mining waste rock collapsed on a Welsh school, killing almost 150 children and adults. Producers consulted with survivors and other town residents to discuss how best to depict the incident.

Netflix will release season three of The Crown on November 17.

Rewind Time With This Blockbuster-Themed Party Game

Recapture that '90s vibe with this Blockbuster-themed movie trivia game.
Recapture that '90s vibe with this Blockbuster-themed movie trivia game.
Big Potato Games/Hot Topic

With only one Blockbuster location left in the world, the good old days of wandering video rental store aisles and getting chewed out for late fees are definitely a thing of the past—but like so many relics from the '90s, the pull of nostalgia has ensured that Blockbuster (or at least the brand) won't disappear for good. Now the video store is back in the form of a party game from Big Potato Games that is designed to test the movie knowledge of you and up to 11 friends.

Marketing itself as “a movie game for anyone who has ever seen a movie,” the Blockbuster party game consists of two parts. In part one, players from each team compete head-to-head to name as many movies as they can that fit under specific categories (e.g., movies with Tom Cruise, famous trilogies, movies with planes). In the second half, two teams face off against each other to test their skills at a game of movie-related charades. The catch? Players can only describe movies in one of three randomly chosen ways: acting out scenes, rattling off a famous quote, or describing the films with one word.

The real selling point of the whole package is that Big Potato fit all the game cards and buzzer into a box that is virtually identical to the old-school Blockbuster VHS rental cases, right down to its distinct color scheme and shape. All it's missing is the membership card. 

The Blockbuster board game costs $24 at Hot Topic. That’s a fair price for getting the chance to rewind time.

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Friends Cast Confirms Reunion Special is Coming to HBO Max

David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston in Friends.
David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston in Friends.
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Could we be any more excited? After months of reports that the cast of Friends might be coming together for a reunion of sorts, it looks like it's officially a done deal.

According to Variety, all of the six original actors—Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer—have signed on for an unscripted special from HBO Max. While previous reports claimed each star would likely earn between $3 and $4 million for their appearances, it's now believed their paychecks will be "at least" $2.5 million apiece.

And to make everything even more real, the beloved actors behind the iconic series are personally confirming the news. All six stars took to Instagram quickly after the news dropped to share their excitement. "It's happening," they captioned the posts.

In a statement, HBO Max's chief content officer Kevin Reilly had this to say of the news:

"Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together—we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library. I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends—and audiences—gathered together in real time, and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans."

The Friends reunion does not have a release date yet, but HBO Max is debuting this May.

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