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Can’t Wait For Bridgerton Season 3? Here’s What Happens in Benedict’s Book

By | April 15, 2021

With Bridgerton‘s renewal for seasons three and four, it’s official that we’ll be getting a season based on An Offer from a Gentleman, the third book in Julia Quinn’s series of novels and the story of Benedict, the second brother, finding his true love. Of course, it’s very likely that the TV version of the season will be a little different from the books, with more subplots for supporting characters and more depth to Benedict, since the show doesn’t focus quite as exclusively on two characters at a time. Still, if you’re curious to find out what to expect in season three, read on for some major spoilers from An Offer from a Gentleman!

Meet Sophie Beckett, The Ton’s Cinderella

The heroine of this book is another new character, Sophie Beckett, who is the illegitimate daughter of the Earl of Penwood. She’s fully aware of her parentage, and the Earl takes her in as his “ward.” Unfortunately for Sophie, the Earl marries Araminta, a “wicked stepmother” if ever there was one, who has two awful daughters too. When the Earl dies, his will includes a loophole: Araminta will receive a much larger allowance if she allows Sophie to stay until she turns 20.

We all know how this story goes. Sophie gets to stay, but as a full-fledged Cinderella, forced to become a servant to her stepmother and stepsisters. One night, though, she manages to sneak into Lady Bridgerton’s famous masquerade ball. There, with her identity hidden, she meets Benedict Bridgerton, and they’re instantly smitten with each other. Of course, things aren’t as simple as that.

Two Years Later

It’s been two years since the ball, and Benedict has sworn he will only marry when he finds his mystery woman from the ball again. Meanwhile, Sophie has been kicked out by her stepmother, who figured out that she attended the ball and gained a Bridgerton’s attention. Sophie is forced to work as a maid, and she meets Benedict again when he rescues her from the unwanted advances of her employer’s son. He helps get her a different job – working for his mother – and feels a connection with her instantly, but he doesn’t realize that she’s the woman from the ball.

As the story progresses, Benedict and Sophie find themselves drawn together more and more, as the rest of the Bridgertons grow very fond of Sophie as well. Benedict is absolutely attracted to her, but he can’t let go of his vow to only marry the masked woman from the ball. Between wanting to keep that vow and the fact that she’s a servant at the time (and thus not a suitable match), Benedict decides to ask Sophie to be his mistress instead. It goes about as well as you’d expect. Being illegitimate herself, Sophie absolutely has no interest in having children who will bear the same stigma, even though her feelings for Benedict are growing even stronger.

How Does An Offer from a Gentleman End?

Disinterested in any of the “suitable” women suggested to him as a bride, Benedict finally admits to himself that, if he could, he’d probably marry Sophie. When he hints at his dilemma to his mother (without directly mentioning Sophie), Violet promises him that she would never be angry at him if he chose to marry someone of a different social class. Still thinking about this conversation, he runs into the rest of his family playing a hide-and-seek game with Sophie. When he sees her blindfolded, he finally realizes that she’s the masked woman from the ball, and she confesses her identity and her backstory.

Benedict is angry and Sophie decides to resign and leave the household. As she leaves, though, Sophie’s stepmother accosts her, accuses her of being a thief, and has her hauled off to jail. When the Bridgertons find out via a report by Lady Whistledown, they head off to rescue her from jail, where Araminta is there taunting her. Between the Bridgertons’ arrival and a surprising moment of support from one of her stepsisters, Posy, Sophie is proven innocent – and Posy even reveals that the earl had left a dowry for Sophie that Araminta has kept for herself instead.

Violet calmly threatens Araminta with ruination unless she agrees not to stand in the way of Sophie and Benedict. She also invites Posy to stay with them as long as she’d like, in order to keep her from Araminta’s wrath. Sophie returns home with Benedict, where he has a bath drawn for her and they get a head start on their upcoming wedding night. They get married, and, in the epilogue seven years later, we learn that Sophie is pregnant with their fourth child. And, in the very last moments, Lady Whistledown – still unidentified – thinks to herself that she’s tired of being Whistledown and vows to be herself from then on.

Could We See Regé-Jean Page Return to Bridgerton in the Future? It’s Possible!

By | April 8, 2021

Bridgerton fans may be distraught over the departure of season one’s breakout star, Regé-Jean Page, but his decision not to appear in season two doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll never see Simon again! Although Simon’s story mostly wraps up in the first book in Julia Quinn’s series of novels, he does still exist in the Bridgerton universe and appears as a minor character in the other books. The door is definitely wide open, if everyone’s schedules and decisions line up, for the Duke of Hastings to appear in season three or beyond.

Like most romance novel series, the Bridgerton books are more of a loosely connected anthology than a “series” in the way you might normally think of a movie or TV series. Instead of following the same characters over a long period of time, each book centers on different characters. In this case, each of the eight Bridgerton siblings gets their own book – and, presumably, their own season. Although the previous characters are still around and make appearances, they pretty much retreat into the background once they’ve had their stories told.

Although Bridgerton the TV series seems to be working a little harder to integrate the other siblings’ stories into each season, rather than having them be tangential characters, it’s still essentially the same format. Simon and Daphne do continue to show up in the rest of the Bridgerton books, but their story is not foregrounded anymore, and their main arc is pretty much completed by the end of the first book (aka the first season).

With that being said, there’s absolutely no reason that, if both Page and the show wanted and were able to make the scheduling work, Simon couldn’t reappear in later seasons. He’s part of the Bridgerton family now, and he does pop up from time to time in the rest of the Bridgerton books, even a decade or so after his arrival as the series’s first romantic hero. If Page wanted to return, it’s easy to imagine the writers finding ways to create new plots for Simon and Daphne, just as they invented new, non-book storylines for other characters in the first season (and will presumably continue to do in future seasons). It’s all about what works best for both the actor and the show. But if you’re lamenting never seeing the Duke of Hastings again, I wouldn’t get too upset just yet!

17 New Netflix Original Movies to Keep You Company All Through April

By | March 28, 2021

It’s about to be a great month for movies, y’all. Tons of exciting new titles are set to debut on Netflix in April, including a slapstick superhero comedy starring Octavia Butler and Melissa McCarthy, an urban Western with Idris Elba and Caleb McLaughlin, a sci-fi space thriller with a totally stacked cast (which includes Anna Kendrick, Toni Collette, and Daniel Dae Kim), and a haunting thriller starring Amanda Seyfriend, among others. With films from Indonesia, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Turkey, South Korea, China, Taiwan, Japan, India, Germany, Mexico, and the US, here are all the movies you can look forward to watching this month.

Oscar Nominations: Confused About How Lead vs. Supporting Actor? Here’s How It Works

By | March 15, 2021

After a longer-than-usual season, the nominations for the 2021 Oscars are finally here! It’s a year full of firsts and historic nominations, but as always, there are a few nominations that raised eyebrows, especially when it comes to who got nominated in which categories. So who exactly is in charge of deciding what counts as “leading” versus “supporting” roles? The short answer is that the Oscars themselves decide, but the nomination decision mostly resides with the nominating voters.

Ultimately, the decision over who is eligible for which categories (or eligible at all) rests with the Academy. According to the official Oscars rules, “Eligibility for all awards shall first be determined by credits as they appear on the screen and/or as
certified to the Academy by the producing companies, but final determination in any event shall be
made by the Academy. The Academy shall not be bound by any contract or agreement relating to
the sharing or giving of credit, and reserves the right to make its own determination of credit for
purposes of Awards consideration.” That’s not the end of the rules, though – the actual nomination process allows for balloting of any actor in either lead or supporting categories.

The Oscars rules for acting nominations lay out the complicated process:

  1. Any eligible film may submit a list of up to ten eligible actors and ten eligible actresses to be considered overall (at the moment, the Oscars have no gender-neutral acting awards, nor language that considers gender outside the binary).
  2. The five performances in each of the four acting categories that get the most nomination votes get the nominations.
  3. It’s pretty much up to the voters to categorize a performance. The rules state, “A performance by an actor or actress in any role shall be eligible for nomination either for the leading role or supporting role categories . . . The determination as to whether a role is a leading or supporting role shall be made individually by members of the branch at the time of balloting.”
  4. If a performance receives votes in both the leading and the supporting categories, that performer will be nominated in the first category in which they reach the threshold of votes needed to be nominated. If both happen at the same time, the category in which they got the higher percentage of votes will be the one used.

So this year, for instance, the Oscar nominations mean that enough voters decided to put Chadwick Boseman in the leading category, rather than supporting, whereas both the leads of Judas and the Black Messiah, Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield, crossed the threshold as supporting actors first.

Complicating matters further is the fact that Oscar voters are human and are prone to outside influences, intentional or not. For instance, Boseman’s performance has been categorized as leading by previous award shows like the BAFTAs, the SAG Awards, and the Golden Globes; it would have been odd for the Oscars to break with that categorization.

There’s also the matter of producer campaigning. It’s common for industry insiders to talk about Oscar “campaigns” in which studios heavily push for certain actors to be considered in one category over the other as a way of maximizing the chance of nominations and minimizing the chance of multiple costars “splitting the vote” from supporters of their one movie. While these campaigns can be successful, they don’t always work out as hoped. For instance, one would imagine the the team behind Judas and the Black Messiah didn’t intend for both their stars to be nominated in the same (supporting) category this year! The long and short of it is, Oscar nomination rules are complicated, and even people whose job it is to figure them out don’t always get their way.

For Rupert Grint, Filming Harry Potter Wasn’t Always a Magical Experience

By | March 9, 2021

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Rupert Grint had some of his best experiences while portraying Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film series, but that isn’t to say that every moment was magical. During an interview on the Armchair Expert podcast on March 8, Grint spoke with Dax Shepard about some of the more “suffocating” moments in his 10 years as the character. “There was a time where it felt quite suffocating because it was heavy going, because it was every day for 10 years in the end,” Grint said. “It was a great experience, such a nice kind of family atmosphere. It was always the same crew we kind of grew up with, so it was a great place to be. But sometimes it definitely felt like, ‘I want to do something else, see what else is out there.'”

At the time Grint was cast as Ron, around 2001, only four books had been published and two movies had been planned. “It just never ended,” he said. “Every year, we came back. And it was kind of like Groundhog Day because it was the same sets. It was the same people. But it was great. I loved it.” If you’re wondering whether he’s relived his Weasley days, Grint’s actually only seen most of the movies once. “It still feels too soon really. I can’t detach myself fully. I can’t face it,” he said. “I’ve got a very different perspective of it now that a long time has passed. I can appreciate what a feat it was.”

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He’ll likely rewatch the films with his daughter, but for now, it’s not something he enjoys. “It wasn’t like it was a bad experience. It made me so conscious of my face of, like, what I’m doing . . . I like being in the moment and creating it and then just leaving it,” Grint said. He also has one major regret when it comes to the series. “My hair in film four is one of my biggest regrets,” he revealed. “I think everyone actually had a phase of having this really long hair. They liked it – it was kind of wizardy. We went through our puberty on camera.”

Being a part of such a major series also made it difficult for Grint to be a “normal person.” “I’m quite a shy, private person and suddenly to be put in that world it was overwhelming for sure,” he divulged. “You can never quite relax, because I guess you are kind of this role-model figure. It’s hugely important to these fans. It didn’t really stop me from having fun, but it was always kind of a bit of a shadow.” Since the end of Harry Potter in 2011, Grint’s kept busy with roles like Cheetah Chrome in CBGB, Jonny in Moonwalkers, Daniel Glass on Sick Note, and Julian Pearce on Apple TV+’s Servant.