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March 9, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's farewell tour has come to an end.

Harry and Meghan on Monday made what's expected to be their last appearance as senior royals ahead of their planned step back, The Associated Press reports. Harry and Meghan, alongside other members of the British royal family including Queen Elizabeth II, attended Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.

Last week, Harry and Meghan made their first official joint appearance since they announced in January that they would "step back as 'senior' members of the Royal Family," attending the Endeavour Fund Awards in London. Meghan over the weekend also met with students in London to commemorate International Women's Day. During these final appearances, Harry and Meghan have been "greeted by cheering crowds," NBC News reports.

AP reports that this year's Commonwealth Day event was a departure from 2019's, as "Harry and Meghan were ushered to their seats before the monarch's arrival instead of awaiting the queen and walking through the church with her as they did last year."

The New York Times also notes that some "awkwardness" was almost created with the original plan of having Prince William and Kate Middleton participate in the queen's procession but not Harry and Meghan; ultimately, "both couples ended up skipping the procession," the Times reports. Harry and Meghan sat behind William and Kate, the Times also says, and "the brothers did not exchange words as the service began."

Harry and Meghan are set to officially step back as senior royals on March 31. With no more scheduled appearances after today's event, Newsweek reports the two are expected to now head to Canada. Brendan Morrow

January 10, 2020

Jane Fonda's weekly series of climate change protests is going out with a bang.

The actress has been holding climate demonstrations in Washington, D.C., every week since October, a Greta Thunberg-inspired series of events dubbed Fire Drill Fridays. Her final one on Jan. 10 included a slate of guests like Joaquin Phoenix, the Joker star who just won a Golden Globe. Phoenix was among those arrested during the demonstration on Capitol Hill, Deadline reports.

Speaking at the protest Friday, Phoenix, a longtime vegan, told demonstrators that "there's something you can do today" to assist in the fight against climate change "by making a choice in what you consume." The actor previously spoke about this issue in his Golden Globes acceptance speech, thanking the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for "recognizing and acknowledging the link between animal agriculture and climate change" by going with a meatless menu for the event.

Also joining the protest on Friday was Martin Sheen, who praised his Grace and Frankie co-star as "one of my heroes" and delivered a passionate speech concluding with, "let our country awake." Sheen was also arrested during the event.

At the start of the Fire Drill Friday series, Fonda told the Los Angeles Times she wanted to keep it going for a full year but would have to wrap up after 14 weeks to get back to work on Netflix's Grace and Frankie. But she's far from finished with this Friday event, as Deadline reports Fonda plans to resume climate activism full time as soon as the show ends production in July. Brendan Morrow

November 12, 2019

One last Ricky Gervais celebrity roast has been set for the 2020 Golden Globes.

The comedian has been announced as the host of next year's show honoring the best of film and television, returning for his record fifth time. But this will supposedly be it for him, with Gervais saying in a statement it's "the very last time I'm doing this, which could make for a fun evening," per Deadline.

During his first four ceremonies, Gervais was known for spending much of his time on stage brutally roasting celebrities, from making fun of Johnny Depp's widely-panned but surprisingly still nominated movie The Tourist to Depp's face, to introducing Mel Gibson by saying, "I like a drink as much as the next man, unless the next man is Mel Gibson."

Gervais hosted three years in a row from 2010 to 2012, subsequently returning in 2016. If even the most recent show was any indication, expect plenty of buttons to be pushed this year. In 2016, one of Gervais' first monologue jokes was, "I'm gonna be nice tonight. I've changed. Not as much as Bruce Jenner, obviously."

Anyone being selected to host the Golden Globes at all is also notable, as some wondered whether the show would forgo an emcee after the Academy Awards did so this year to great success. But the Golden Globes has decided not to follow suit, perhaps taking note of this year's disastrous host-less Emmys. Between Gervais as host and likely nominations for Joker, the takes should be plenty hot when the show airs on Jan. 5. Brendan Morrow

May 20, 2019

Thought Game of Thrones was going to go out without leaving one last modern beverage in a scene? Think again.

After a coffee cup was spotted in an earlier episode of the eighth season, fans once again found an out-of-place drink in the show's series finale. During one of the episode's most crucial scenes, a plastic water bottle can be seen near Samwell Tarly's foot — although at least this one is slightly more hidden than the coffee cup was.

Minutes later, what looks to be another plastic water bottle can also be seen nearby Davos Seaworth, apparently giving us not one but two beverage bloopers in a single scene.

After the now infamous coffee cup gaffe, HBO released a joking statement saying it was a mistake because "Daenerys had ordered an herbal tea." The network was quick to correct the error, though, and by Tuesday morning, the cup had been scrubbed from the scene. An art director for the show told Variety the situation was "so blown out of proportion" because such a mistake "has not happened with Thrones so far."

Little did we know it wouldn't even be the last time this season. Then again, this scene did occur immediately following a time jump, so perhaps the frantically-paced final season merely skipped over the introduction of plastic water bottles into Westeros. And given the fierce debate the divisive final episode has already sparked, a drink of water may be much needed for everyone involved. Brendan Morrow

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