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Queen Elizabeth II visits 'Game of Thrones' set, doesn't sit on pretend seat of power

Queen Elizabeth II paid a visit to the Belfast set of Game of Thrones Tuesday, touring the series’ vast armory, perusing its racks of lavish costumes, and meeting actors including Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Conleth Hill (Varys), and Rose Leslie (Ygritte). The real queen of seven independent Commonwealth countries did not, however, attempt to gain control of seven fictional kingdoms by taking a seat on the show’s fearsome Iron Throne—a chair constructed by a thousand surrendered blades, “heated white-hot in the furnace breath of Balerion the Black Dread.”

Naturally, the wildest and most lawless kingdom of all—The Internet—was most displeased: READ FULL STORY

BAFTAs 2014: The best and beardiest moments from the British film awards

The British Academy Awards are a lot like the American Academy Awards. Except when people give acceptance speeches, it’s obvious that they have rehearsed the speech at least a couple times. Also, they tend to quote Shakespeare — instead of, like, Bruce Springsteen, or whoever us Americans quote. Double also: Everyone is charmingly self-deprecating. (Basically, everything Love Actually taught you was the truth.)

These and other revelations came to you if you watched this year’s BAFTAs, hosted yet again by the irrepressible Stephen Fry. If you’re wondering how the Brit awards impacted the Academy Awards race, go check out Prize Fighter Anthony Breznican’s latest dispatch from Oscarvania. Forthwith, the best moments from the BAFTAs. READ FULL STORY

Royal Baby: Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog send their best wishes to Kate and Will -- VIDEO

With congratulations and well-wishes for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of His Royal Babyness pouring in from around the globe, the Muppets apparently didn’t want to miss out on the action.

So Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog — who are the Kate and William of the Muppet-y realm, if you think about it — have recorded a video for the royal family from the London set of their upcoming caper movie Muppets Most Wanted, which hits theaters March 21, 2014. As you might guess, the royal birth has Miss Piggy dreaming of bringing some Kermie Jr.’s into the world. “Can’t you just hear the pitter-patter of little tadpole feet?” she muses. Kermit, however, is having none of it.

Check it out:

Royal Baby: The most popular names on Facebook, plus 100 of our own

The Royal Baby isn’t even a day old, and it’s already more popular than you, loser. According to Facebook data, there were over 1 million interactions based around Royal Baby chatter yesterday… and that’s 1 million interactions in the first hour of the newborn monarch’s life.

But let’s get down to brass tacks here: What the heck are we going to call the pint-sized potentate, who will be King of England someday far in the future when you and everyone you know has passed away into dust and ruin? Based on the UK Facebook buzz yesterday, ten names have emerged as the most popular choices, among people who have no decision in the matter and should probably spend more time focusing on their own family. The top ten names are:

1. George
2. James
3. Louis
4. Henry
5. Philip
6. Richard
7. Daniel
8. Andrew
9. Arthur
10. Spencer

So basically, the list mostly comes down to “names of other Kings you’ve heard of,” with #10 as the awwww-inducing nostalgia dark horse (“Spencer” being dearly departed Grandma Diana’s surname.) Now, those names are all pretty good. But clearly, the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge could use a few more suggestions in the name box. Forthwith, EW’s own list of 100 Names For the Royal Baby. Put your own in the comments: William and Kate are probably reading, for all you know!

1. Edmund
2. Edgar
3. Æthelred
4. Robb
5. Robward
6. Cedric
7. Ralph
8. Harry Potter
9. Larry Potter
10. Hermioner (male form of “Hermione”)
11. Stuart Sutcliffe
12. John Paul George Ringo
13. Scaramanga
14. Napoleon
15. Emperor Napoleon
16. Dianer (male form of “Diana”)
17. O. Henry
18. Henry IV, Part II
19. Henry V Origins: Before Agincourt
20. Downton
21. Abbey
23. The Doctor
24. The Master
25. King, the King (so his full name is “King King, the King”)
26. Kong
27. Koopa
28. Leonidas
29. Alexander
30. ‘Xander (with apostrophe!)
31. Madison
32. Wisconsin
33. Captain Britain
32. Colonel Wales
33. Rear Admiral Scotland
34. Midshipman Northern Ireland
35. Keats
36. Shelley
37. Percy
38. Frankenstein
29. Simon Belmont
30. Vlad
31. Thad
32. Chad
33. Brad
34. Lad
35. Lancelot
36. Fancelot
37. Camelot
38. Richard Burton
39. North
40. Elizabert (male form of “Elizabeth”)
41. Anthony
42. Anfernee
43. Moon Unit
44. Prince Michael III
45. Cambridge (so someday he’ll be known as “Cambridge, Duke of Cambridge”)
46. Duke (so someday he’ll be known as “Duke Duke,” and then “King Duke.”)
47. Duke Nukem
48. Quicksilver
49. Quiksilver
50. ‘Silver (with apostrophe!)
51. Silvio
52. Grizzly Adams
53. Bucky
54. Bucky Buckingham
55. Bucky “Buck Wild” Buckingham
56. Bronco Billy
57. Forrest Gump
58. Michael Clayton
59. Lear
60. Titus Andronicus
61. Titus Welliver
62. Tytus, with a Y
63. Tytys, with two Ys
64. Sherlock
65. Holmes
67. Benedict Cumberbatch II
68. Cumberbatch
69. Cumberholmes
70. Cumbergump
71. Cumberpotter
72. Cumbercumber
73. Kal-El
74. Clark
75. Cumberclark
76. Nemo
77. Brigadier
78. Abercromby
79. Abercrombie
80. Abyrcromby
81. Adam
82. Adam Warlock
83. David
84. Beckham
85. Hambeck
86. Clambake
87. Rooney
88. Joffrey (HAHAHA but f’reals good name right?)
89. J. R. R.
90. George R. R.
91. T.S.
92. J.K.
93. Shakespeare
94. Shakespeare II
95. Shakespeare IV, Part 2
96. Thanos
97. Attenborough
98. Rattenborough
99. Zoltar, Lord of the Quickening
100. Steve

'Downton Abbey' does One Direction in a cracking good mashup

You’re insecure? The residents and servants of Downton Abbey don’t know what for — you’re turning heads when you walk through their (elaborately designed) do-o-or!

Need even more reassurance? Just watch mashup artist Richard Sandling’s awesome new video, which features Matthew, Mary, Bates, Anna, and even the Dowager Countess herself “singing” One Direction’s romantic/insidious hit “What Makes You Beautiful.” Though some of the clips repeat after the first chorus, you’ll want to watch all the way to the end anyway — especially to see how Sandling handles the “na-na-na-na” part.


Royal Mail to release 'Doctor Who' stamps

Image Credit: Royal Mail/AP

Sure, bow ties are cool, but stamps are even cooler.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who, Britain’s Royal Mail is releasing a series of stamps featuring the 11 actors who have held the title role, the British postal service announced Wednesday. Everyone from William Hartnell, who first portrayed the Doctor from 1963-66, to Matt Smith, the current star, will be included.

And don’t forget about those pesky foes: Daleks, Oods, Weeping Angels, and a Cyberman will all get their due on a miniature sheet with Second Class stamps, along with a stamp featuring the Doctor’s time travel machine, TARDIS.

'Downton Abbey' star Dan Stevens crowned Britain's best-dressed man by GQ

British GQ has released its annual list of Best Dressed Men in Britain 2013 and the most dapper man of this new year is (drumroll please)… Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens. Yes, he of the aquamarine eyes and swoon-worthy sideburns has beat out favorites like David Beckham and Prince William to land at the top of the list.

While we certainly have no qualms with Matthew Crawley being named top dog (he sure looks good in uniform, doesn’t he?), the list — comprising 50 people in all — did contain a number of surprises and, well, outright misfires. Take a look at GQ’s full gallery here, then see if you agree with our objections (and additions) below!

Should 'Downton Abbey' air in the U.S. at the same time as the U.K. broadcast? -- POLL

News of Dan Stevens’ departure from Downton Abbey hit the States 12 days before season 3 of the series hits our airwaves. And while many American news outlets, EW included, stayed away from saying exactly how Stevens exits the show, simply knowing that Matthew won’t return for the fourth season is a enough of a spoiler.


Got a spare two hours? Why not watch every James Bond movie as a single James Bond movie?

So much for getting any work done today.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the James Bond movie franchise, not to mention the release of Skyfall tomorrow, the folks at Eon Productions have stitched together all 22 movies featuring Agent 007 into one single omnibus James Bond movie. (Sorry Never Say Never Again fans, wherever you are — it didn’t make the cut.) More intriguing still, this super-Bond film was constructed in chronological order, with the opening sequence from 1962’s Dr. No, followed by roughly the fifth through tenth minutes of 1963’s From Russia With Love, the tenth through fifteenth minutes of 1964’s Goldfinger, and so on up through the final five minutes from 2008’s Quantum of Solace.

It makes for a remarkably cohesive storytelling experience; Carey Lowell wondering where she’s going to get a small prop plane in 1989’s License to Kill, for example, segues perfectly into Pierce Brosnan flying a small prop plane in 1995’s GoldenEye. Whether that’s an indictment of the Bond formula, or a testimony to its resilience, I leave to you to decide.

Check it out below, and be sure to have that window with the TPS reports handy should your boss stroll by:  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: An election, Bond, a 'Twilight' battle in late night, and new 'Top Chef'

Soon, you can look forward to a life free of pesky presidential political ads interrupting your favorite shows – well, for the next fours years anyway. This week of course, brings the much-anticipated election, along with live Daily Show and Colbert to get you through it, the premiere of Top Chef’s new season in Seattle, and an event certainly sexier than the election — Bond, James Bond.

Have a great week!

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