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  • Evening Standard

    Big Little Lies, The Undoing and beyond: How Nicole Kidman became the queen of prestige TV

    Is there a Hollywood star who has embraced the era of peak TV as whole-heartedly as Nicole Kidman? We don’t think so.The actress’s latest prestige mini-series The Undoing, her latest collaboration with Big Little Lies showrunner David E. Kelley, premiered on HBO and Sky Atlantic earlier this week. Clearly not one to rest on her laurels, Kidman has now revealed her next TV project: an adaptation of Things I Know To Be True, a play by Andrew Bovell, which will stream on Amazon Prime Video.

  • The Independent

    The Queen’s Gambit star Harry Melling says weight loss means people no longer recognise him from Harry Potter

    Actor stars opposite Anya Taylor-Joy in new Netflix drama about a female chess prodigy

  • The Independent

    The Queen’s Gambit: Netflix chess drama leaves viewers stunned by how good it is

    ‘I never knew Anya Taylor-Joy and Thomas Brodie-Sangster playing chess could be so hot,’ one unsuspecting fan tweeted

  • The Guardian

    John Kerr's letters to the Queen's private secretary: 'A raw display of devastation'

    John Kerr's letters to the Queen's private secretary: 'A raw display of devastation'. Newly released letters written by the former governor general show he regarded his forced resignation under the Fraser government as the ultimate betrayal

  • The Telegraph

    Howard Morgan, ebullient portraitist who painted the Queen and other society figures – obituary

    Howard Morgan, who has died aged 71, was an artist considered one of the most daring of modern portrait painters, whose fluent and bravura technique and singular character marked him out as one of the greatest society portraitists of his age. In the 1980s Morgan famously painted three Queens; Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. For the first of these, he was typically ebullient, dodging the Queen’s request to include 20 torchères in the background of the painting at Buckingham Palace by warning her that she would look like “a demented antiques dealer from the King’s Road”. Morgan said he found the Queen quite different in private than in public: “She talks like an Italian, she waves her hands around. She was always gesticulating when you spoke to her.” Morgan was a friend to many in the Conservative Party, and the swaggering brio and virtuoso effects of his conversation pieces were hugely popular during the 1980s at a time when politicians, aristocrats and writers embraced his socially self-confident and, occasionally, sexually suggestive, paintings. Watching him paint was a fascinating experience: he attacked the canvas with ferocity, handling foot-long paint brushes, moving back and forwards with a kinetic energy, forever telling stories or singing the hymns and sea shanties of his youth. In a 2014 interview with the Daily Mail he recalled how, when painting the Queen Mother at Clarence House in the late 1980s, he accidentally kicked one of her corgis which flew through the air before landing in a crumpled heap: “It was like seeing a furry rugby ball cartwheeling between us. I was struck dumb. I didn’t know what to say.” Luckily no harm was done.

  • The Telegraph

    The Queen is depicted in previously unpublished image found in renowned Dutch photographer's archive

    A never-before-seen image of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh by a leading Dutch photographer has been published for the first time after being kept by his widow for almost 30 years. The black and white picture captures the royal couple during a state visit to the Netherlands in March 1958, when the Queen, wearing Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara, was just 31. Surrounded by photographers and dignitaries, they are shown chatting with Queen Juliana of the Netherlands at a banquet at the Ridderzaal in The Hague. The image was taken by Ed van der Elsken, deemed one of the leading street photographers of the 20th century. It is thought to be the only one of his pictures of the Queen ever to have been made public. Van der Elsken died in 1990 and for almost three decades, his widow Anneke Hilhorst looked after his estate at their wooden house on IJsselmeerdijk in Edam. But late last year, she decided to transfer the estate to the Rijksmuseum and the Nederlands Fotomuseum, allowing curators to begin a lengthy research project into his archive, comprising 11,000 objects.

  • The Guardian

    The Queen's Gambit review – from an orphanage basement to the top of the chess world

    The Queen's Gambit review – from an orphanage basement to the top of the chess world. Anya Taylor-Joy plays a 64-square prodigy in Netflix’s gorgeous Walter Tevis adaptation, which – while heavy on rags-to-riches fantasy – proves great fun

  • Evening Standard

    Reese Witherspoon’s literary takeover: All the upcoming adaptations from the queen of book-to-screen

    The past few years have seen Reese Witherspoon establish herself as one of Hollywood’s most prolific readers — and one of the publishing world’s most influential tastemakers.The multi-talented actress launched her online book club back in 2017, using it as a platform to spotlight writing by women. Her commercial instinct and chatty synopses combined with her massive social media reach (her @reesesbookclub account alone boasts 1.8 million followers, while her personal account has 24 million) has since helped propel countless titles onto the bestseller lists.

  • The Independent

    Imelda Staunton reveals ‘pressure from every angle’ to play the Queen on The Crown

    ‘I am following two extraordinary actresses, but I am also following one extraordinary human being, which is the Queen,’ she said

  • The Guardian

    Kim Kardashian West at 40: how the queen of social media changed the world

    Kim Kardashian West at 40: how the queen of social media changed the world. By exchanging her privacy for eyewatering wealth, Kardashian West defines our time like no one else. Now, she has dialled back the nudity, presented a family-oriented image – and even appealed to Donald Trump’s compassionate side