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Paul Bettany Joins The Crown's Third Season

The cast list for Netflix's third season of The Crown continues to add impressive new names to its call sheet.

The latest British thespian to join the royal fold is Paul Bettany, who'll take over Matt Smith's old post as Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Bettany is expected to star opposite Olivia Colman, as she steps into the award-winning role of Queen Elizabeth II from Claire Foy, as well as Helena Bonham Carter, who'll become Princess Margaret after Vanessa Kirby's tenure is done.

The new season of The Crown is expected to follow the Queen, Prince Philip, Margaret and their families into middle age as they grapple with the political and personal dramas under the weight of their titular crowns.

No word yet who will be cast to replace Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jeremy Northam as Antony Eden, or Matthew Goode as Margaret's initial husband Tony Armstrong-Jones.

The first two seasons of The Crown are currently streaming on Netflix.



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Tracee Ellis Ross Clarifies her Black-ish Contract Renegotiations

Tracee Ellis Ross, Black-ish | Photo Credits: Byron Cohen, ABC

Tracee Ellis Ross has spoken up to clarify the status of her renegotiation process for her black-ish contract, after a report in The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Ross's paychecks are significantly less than co-star Anthony Anderson.

Initial reports indicated that she may limit the amount of episodes she would appear in during the show's fifth season if her salary did not match Anderson's, but Ross clarified the process in a Twitter post Saturday night, writing, "I wanted to be compensated in a way that matches my contribution to a show I love for many reasons, including the opportunity it allows me to reshape what it is to be a fully realized black woman on TV. The words and thoughts that were in the original article were not mine; there were never any threats."

Even though she takes issue with the exact description of the issue contained in the article and its resulting conversations, Ross added, "Having had my renegotiation become a public conversation was awkward, but I'm grateful for the outpouring of support. I'm truly thankful that important conversations are taking place about fighting for women's worth and equality, and tightening the pay gap in every industry."

Black-ish airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on ABC.



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Saturday Night Live Presents Robert Mueller by (Who Else?) Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon proved, once again, that she is Saturday Night Live's MVP this weekend as she suited up for yet another critical role in the show's continued lampooning of the Donald Trump administration.

Adding to her political imitation repertoire -- which already includes Hillary Clinton, Jeff Sessions, Kellyanne Conway, Betsy DeVos, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Angela Merkel -- McKinnon strapped on some boxy jaw prosthetics to become none other than Special Counsel Robert Mueller for "Weekend Update."

Mueller is currently spearheading the federal investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign's possible ties to Russia. The former FBI director has been a centerpiece of the last few months' news, having secured several guilty pleas from former Trump campaign officials for misleading the FBI and indictments against others for similar charges.

Although Mueller and his team have been remarkably silent about the details of the on-going investigation, and Mueller's public persona is professionally mum, McKinnon's version is literally chomping at the bit to spill the beans on what they've got and where this is all going.

"I wanted to come out here tonight to assure the American people that our investigation's progressing smoothly and we're looking forward to a timely and orderly conclusion," McMueller tells us. "Obviously I can't discuss particulars of an on-going investigation, but, uh ... yeah, we good."

Playing on the fact that former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has since signed a plea agreement with Mueller to cooperate with the investigation, McMueller says that the Special Cousel's office isn't going anywhere, even if Trump does try to shut it down as he'd done by firing FBI Director James Comey. The reason? It's just too darn late by now.

"Cat's out of the bag, and the bag's full of, how do I say this, Michael Flynn's wire taps," McMueller explains. "You gotta understand, the guy didn't leave me a trail of breadcrumbs. He left me full loaves. Fresh seven-grain loaves straight from Panera Bread. I'm having a blast, you know?"

As for how this is all going to end, McMueller has hope: "You know how you loved the show Lost, but it never really came together? There was no satisfying ending? This ain't Lost."

McKinnon's new impersonation wasn't the only new face to join the fold during this week's "Weekend Update" segments, either.

Cecily Strong appeared as Stormy Daniels, the porn star who reportedly had an affair with Trump just months after his wife Melania gave birth to their son Barron.

"I'm like a liberal hero, even though I'm a Republican porn star who loves Sarah Palin. Things are so bad right now," she says of her revelatory interview that offers embarrassing details about Trump's extramartial relationship with the wannabe Apprentice star.

"I get it that I'm not what these people envisioned their hero would look like. But guess what America? I'm the hero you deserve right now," she adds. "Take for instance the Steele dossier. When the information about Russia was important enough that somebody wound up dead, but all you wanted to talk about was the Russian hookers, that's why you get me ... When I was hanging out late at night with Donald Trump and Ben Roethlisberger, and the one I trusted to get me home safe was Ben Roethlisberger, and then you guys went and made the other guy president, you get a Stormy. And ladies, when it's the one year anniversary of the Women's March, and ya'll are arguing about who gets to say 'Me Too' and who doesn't? You get a Stormy."



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