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'Chimerica,' 'Book of Mormon' win at Oliviers

Irreverent musical The Book of Mormon and hit geopolitical drama Chimerica were the big winners Sunday at Britain’s Olivier stage awards, on a night when London’s small theaters flexed their substantial muscle.

The Book of Mormon — which stormed London just as it earlier wowed New York — won four prizes, including best new musical and best actor in a musical, for Gavin Creel.

Choreographer and co-director Casey Nicholaw said the success of the show — written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone — came down to its blend of “good contemporary satire and good old-fashioned entertainment.”

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I miss you, S Club 7: Remembering the Brit-pop group's 20 best songs

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Do you know what today is? It just happens to be the 15th anniversary of Miami 7, a little TV show about a cheery pop band that premiered in Britain in the spring of ‘99.

When S Club 7 in Miami came to the States on Fox Family (yes, Fox Family) a few months later, I had no idea who these people were or whether they were famous in Britain. Back then, children couldn’t look up transcontinental artists on Wikipedia, and there was certainly no Encarta entry for S Club 7. But for whatever reason, I accidentally grew to love this utterly random show about seven British band members who go live in Miami for some reason. By they time the group got the hokey second series S Club 7 in L.A. a year later, in which they rented a Venice beach house from the demon girl in The Exorcist, I was completely hooked on this absurdly optimistic and painfully happy band.

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10 things we learned from Benedict Cumberbatch's 'T Magazine' interview

Oh hey, look — your boyfriend Benedict Cumberbatch scored another magazine cover and photoshoot! (We’d say he’s never looked better, but, uh, we’re kind of biased.)

The Cumbermeister’s latest interview isn’t exactly his most revealing ever, but it does include plenty of tasty tidbits about how his first major acting role, how the “accidental superstar” reacts to Cumbermania, and which animated character he thinks he bears a resemblance to. (Hint: It ain’t Prince Charming.) Here’s what we learned:

He’s still self-deprecating to a fault
“Why does anyone want to know my opinions?” he asks his interviewer at one point. “I’m not interested in reading my opinions.”

He’s in your computer, taking over your Internet
According to the article, last year, Cumberbatch was tweeted about a staggering 700,000 times. That’s a lot of name jokes.

He’s got a sense of humor about his unique look
“He says he looks ‘like Sid from Ice Age.'”

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How can Paul Bettany play The Vision in 'Avengers 2'?

Because comics! And robots! That’s the short explanation behind the news — reported by the Daily Mail — that beloved British person Paul Bettany will apparently be The Vision in Avengers: Age of Ultron. The average Marvel-loving moviegoer might recall that Bettany essayed the voice-only role of J.A.R.V.I.S., Iron Man’s robo-butler, in the Iron Man movies and the first Avengers. “So how could he play a totally different character?” asks the average moviegoer. “Is this a Rhys-Davies-in-Two-Towers thing?” READ FULL STORY

Take note, Julian Fellowes: Anjelica Huston wants to be on 'Downton Abbey'

In a recent interview with USA Today promoting her new memoir A Story Lately Told, actress Anjelica Huston revealed her desire to appear on the hit British period melodrama Downton Abbey.

“I love Downton,” said Huston, last seen on the small screen on NBC’s Smash. Although American-born, Huston spent much of her childhood in Ireland and England, stating she “could pop into a part.”

She even has her own suggestion for a part. “Somebody like the Countess Markievicz [an Irish rebel], who they mentioned last season. Maybe I could make a guest appearance,” she continued.

Countess Markievicz was mentioned in the fourth episode of season 3, when Sybil and Tom Branson go on the lam in Ireland after Tom is suspected of being involved in Irish rebellion activities. The Countess, not to be confused with the Dowager Countess Grantham played by Countess of the Universe Dame Maggie Smith, was a real-life Irish rebel, who fought for an independent Ireland. But how she would logically appear on Downton Abbey may be difficult, because the political figure would have either been busy working as the Minister of Labour in Ireland or in prison.
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Pop Culture Pet Peeve: 'British' is the universe's only accent

Don’t get your knickers in a twist, mate! I know that technically, there is no such thing as a “British” accent. But what else would you call the English-ish dialect that’s long been used as a catchall in American-made movies and TV shows set anywhere ancient, foreign, and/or magical?

The fantasy thing, at least, makes a certain amount of sense. That genre has its roots in stories like J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia; naturally, those authors’ homelands (and, therefore, their way of speaking) are associated with the stories their work has inspired.

Perhaps more importantly, made-up fantasy lands tend to have cultures and customs based at least partially on those of medieval Europe — and even if people in medieval Europe didn’t sound remotely like denizens of present-day London, using modern British inflections makes fantasy characters’ speech sound more authentic to most people’s untrained ears. Hearing knights and princesses speak like they were brought up in Cincinnati just seems wrong — possibly also because the United States has existed for only 237 years.

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'Parks and Recreation' premiere recap: London, baby!

[Caution: Spoilers for tonight’s season 6 premiere!]

Okay, so nobody actually uttered Joey Tribbiani’s temporary catchphrase during tonight’s supersized Parks premiere. Still, I can’t be the only one who thought of Friends‘ big season 4 trip  when Leslie, Ben, Ron, April, and Andy briefly ditched Pawnee for stately London, home of goofy nobility, multiple rom-com bus tours, and something called Picadilly Circus that isn’t even a real circus. (Quoth Andy: “There’s no elephants, there was no cotton candy, there’s no clowns. One bearded lady — she got all rude when I marveled at her.”)

But while the Friends went to London to celebrate a wedding, the Parks and Rec crew were there to celebrate a major professional achievement. (Obviously, the achiever was Leslie; less obviously, April was the one who nominated her for a big award.) While there, each member of the group had his or her own separate adventure — as their pals at home experienced subplots of their own. Maybe it’d be easiest if we took things character by character:
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'Doctor Who': In a parallel universe, could Bill Nighy be the Doctor?

In an interview with The Express, veteran actor Bill Nighy shared that he was contacted to play the TARDIS-traveling Time Lord for the latest series of Doctor Who but turned the offer down. “I will say that I was approached,” said Nighy to The Express. “But I didn’t want to be the Doctor. No disrespect to Doctor Who or anything, I just think that it comes with too much baggage.”

Peter Capaldi, known for his swear-tastic performance as Malcolm Tucker in the political comedy The Thick of It, was just chosen as the Twelfth Doctor. It’s unclear whether Nighy recently turned down the offer, though, so he might not have been in competition with Capaldi, but a different Doctor. Nighy praised the choice of Capaldi for the role, continuing in The Express, “He’s a marvellous actor. He’ll be very good as the Doctor. He’ll bring a lot of wit and dry humour. He’s elegant and he looks great.”

Nighy briefly appeared on Doctor Who, making a cameo as Dr. Black, a bow tie-rocking art historian, who encounters the Doctor (Matt Smith) and companion Amy Pond (Karen Gillan). In the episode, titled “Vincent and the Doctor,” the Doctor and Amy bring new friend Vincent Van Gogh (Tony Curran) to a gallery exhibition of his work at Paris’ Musée d’Orsay. The emotional and erratic Van Gogh is brought to tears when overhearing Nighy’s Black describe Van Gogh as the “finest painter of them.”
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Royal baby begets a royal flood of tweets: Read our favorites so far

It’s a boy! More importantly — it’s a meme!

Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, welcomed a baby boy this afternoon — and naturally, Twitter hasn’t been able to shut up about it since. Don’t feel like wading through a sea of groaners to find the gems? Don’t worry — we’ve done all the work for you.

From the Department of General Jokes:

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Ten life lessons for the royal baby... from 'Game of Thrones'

It’s official: The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to the future monarch of the United Kingdom. Of course, as I write this mere moments after the blessed event, very little is known about the newest member of the House of Windsor. Will the little prince have its mother’s good looks or its father’s good looks pre-baldness? Where does it stand on the phone-hacking controversy? Will he marry North West or Blue Ivy Carter?  READ FULL STORY

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