‘Bridgerton’ season three to explore Penelope and Colin’s love story

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It’s official: The third season of the Netflix’s hit Bridgerton will focus on the love story between characters Penelope Featherington and Colin Bridgerton, played by Nicola Coughlan and Luke Newton, respectively.

The announcement regarding the period drama, which is based on Julia Quinn‘s books, was made during Sunday’s FYSEE panel, Variety reports, and is a change for the series, which previously followed the book order. The first two seasons of the show aligned with the first two novels, with season one focusing on the love story of Phoebe Dynevor and Regé-Page Jean‘s characters, Daphne Bridgerton and Simon, and season two moving on to Anthony Bridgerton and Kate, played by Jonathon Bailey and Simone Ashley.

Penelope and Colin’s love story is actually the fourth installment in Quinn’s collection; the third novel dives into the love life of Luke Thompson‘s Benedict Bridgerton.

The season-three reveal, which ABC Audio predicted, comes after it was reported that Hannah Dodd will play Francesca Bridgerton in the bodice-ripper series, taking over for Ruby Stokes. Stokes, who played the dry-witted character for two seasons, left during production of the sophomore frame to star in a new Netflix series called Lockwood & Co., based on the Jonathan Stroud book series.

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Charlize Theron teases her MCU character, “Meet Clea”

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(SPOILERS) Charlize Theron is giving fans a glimpse of her MCU character.

Taking to Instagram Tuesday, the actress shared two photos — a close-up headshot showcasing the deep purple eyeshadow around her eyes and her long, straight, ash blonde hair, and another of her standing in a full purple costume alongside Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Dr. Strange.

“Meet Clea,” she captioned the post.

Theron’s character appears in a post-credits scene of Marvel’s Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, where she recruits the sorcerer to help with a Multiversal emergency.

Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Theron’s character first appeared in the Doctor Strange comic Strange Tales #126, back in 1964.

According to Marvel lore, the sorceress is the niece of Dormammu, the planet-faced baddie Benedict Cumberbatch‘s Strange banished and prevented from conquering the world at the end of 2016’s Doctor Strange. Clea becomes a love interest, and eventually Strange’s wife in the books.

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Weekend watchlist: Oscars edition

In honor of the 94th Academy Awards ceremony this Sunday, here’s a look at some of the nominated films that are available to watch on streaming. Let’s start with HBO Max.

Witness the sci-fic epic Dune, which earned an impressive 10 nominations and became the sixth film in Oscar history to be nominated in all seven technical categories. The Japanese film Drive My Car, which was nominated for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best International Feature, can also be streamed for free on HBO Max.

Over on Disney+, discover the magical Madrigal family in Encanto, which picked up nominations for best animated feature, best score, and best original song. There’s also West Side Story, which racked up seven nominations, including best supporting actress for Ariana DeBose as Anita –- the same role which won Rita Moreno her Oscar in 1962.    

On Apple TV+, watch the heartwarming drama CODA, which earned three nominations in the best picture, adapted screenplay, and best supporting actor categories.   

On Hulu, you can catch up with Spencer, the Princess Diana biopic that earned Kristen Stewart a Best Actress nomination, as well as The Eyes of Tammy Faye, which earned a pair of nominations: Best Actress for Jessica Chastain, and Best Makeup and Hairstyling for the team that transformed her into the titular televangelist.

Amazon Studios produced Being The Ricardos, and it’s streaming on Amazon Prime. The film earned a trio of nominations: Best Actor for Javier Bardem, Best Actress for Nicole Kidman and Best Supporting Actor for Whiplash Oscar winner JK Simmons.

And, finally, on Netflix, you can watch Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, which leads the pack with a whopping 12 nominations, including Best Picture.

The streaming service is also home to tick…tick…BOOM!, which earned a pair, including a Best Actor nom for Andrew Garfield.

Nightmare Alley, Academy Award winner Guillermo del Toro‘s noir drama starring Oscar winners Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett can also be found on Netflix. The film picked up nominations for  Best Picture, Production Design, Costume Design and Cinematography.

The streaming service is also home to Don’t Look Up, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence, which earned nominations for Best Picture, Original Screenplay, Editing and Score.

If you don’t have any of these paid streaming services, you can rent the nominated films for a price on YouTube, Apple TV, Vudu, Google Play and Amazon Prime Video. That’s where you can catch up with Belfast, which scored nominations for Best Picture, Best Director for Kenneth Branagh, Best Supporting Actor (Ciaran Hinds), Best Supporting Actress (Judi Dench), Best Original Screenplay, Best Sound, and Best Song, for Van Morrison‘s “Down to Joy”.

Make sure to tune into the live Academy Awards ceremony Sunday, March 27 at 8 p.m., only on ABC. Happy streaming!

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