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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch Read a Poem at Richard III’s Reburial

The actor is also a distant relative of King Richard III, who died 530 years ago

Was ever a crowd in this humor wooed?

Actor Benedict Cumberbatch read a poem Thursday to the somber group that gathered for the reburial of King Richard III.

The poem was written by British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy to commemorate the event in honor of the last British King to die in battle, whose remains were rediscovered beneath a parking lot in 2012. King Richard III was given a ceremonious burial more than 500 years after he fell fighting Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth.

Cumberbatch, who is a distant cousin of Richard III, is set to play the monarch in BBC’s The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses set for next year.

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TIME Music

Listen to Rihanna Collect Her Debt on a Swaggering New Single

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The singer follows up the light and lovely "FourFiveSeconds" with the woozy urban banger "Bitch Better Have My Money"

Even in relatively quiet years, Rihanna casts a wide shadow over the world of pop music. The depth of her catalogue of hits is almost unrivaled, with 26 landing in the top 10 in the last decade alone, and she’s sharpened the tools she uses to create them to the finest possible points: a voice that’s flexible enough to fit into any genre, a preternatural sense for sounds and trends ready for a bigger stage, and a devil-may-care je ne sais quoi that resonates with young people in a way many of her contemporaries can’t manage. She’s been dangling her upcoming eighth studio album, widely known as R8, above the heads of fans and label executives for about a year at this point, and she’s just premiered the second single, “Bitch Better Have My Money,” on radio stations across America.

It’s a world away from the gospel-tinged campfire folk of the album’s first single, Kanye West/Paul McCartney collaboration “FourFiveSeconds.” This one is hypnotic, thudding, and confident, but the core’s the same: her voice, which seems to be reaching new heights. Here she’s strident and percussive, hammering out the hook with abandon; it’s surely only a matter of time until Vine’s littered with inspired, barking debt collectors. R8 is on the horizon.

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Jason Isbell: ‘Jon Hamm Should Be Proud of Himself’

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Andrew Toth—FilmMagic/Getty Images Jon Hamm attends a Mad Men special screening at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City on March 22, 2015.

Jason Isbell is a songwriter and musician from Muscle Shoals, Alabama.

The singer-songwriter, who has struggled with alcoholism himself, on how the shame is in staying on the barstool, not in getting off it

Many people were surprised to learn that Jon Hamm recently completed a rehabilitation program for alcohol abuse. It certainly seemed like Hamm had everything going for him, having finished filming the final episodes of Mad Men, a successful and popular show by anyone’s standards. A little over three years ago, I checked into a similar facility. When I first went in, after detoxing in a nearby hospital, I felt ashamed. I felt that I’d let down my family, my band, my business associates and my girlfriend. I thought I should’ve been able to keep working, to quit drinking on my own. I was afraid I’d be recognized by counselors or patients. Sure enough, on my first day of rehab I met a counselor who’d drank with me after a show years before. He remembered but I did not. Either that was the only time I was recognized, or nobody else cared enough to mention it. I may have overestimated my level of celebrity.

They woke me up every day at daybreak. I would make my bed, attend the morning meeting, take valium to soothe the delirium tremens and talk about my feelings all day to different groups of men who were in similar situations. Some were addicted to hard drugs, usually opiates. My first roommate in rehab, an opiate addict who used needles, said he was grateful to be a junkie rather than a drunk. “You don’t see ads for heroin in magazines or billboards with beautiful girls holding needles. You can’t buy junk in every corner bar. Drunks have a hard time,” he told me.

I bet every single person in rehab with Jon Hamm knew he was a famous actor. I’d wager that eighty percent of them knew he was the star of Mad Men. Chances are at least one of them called him Don. I’m sure Hamm’s rehab facility was a nice one. He probably ate good food and slept on a good bed. But you don’t notice these things, really. Your mind is occupied with the fear of change. How will I relax without a drink? Will I still be a creative person? Will I still be funny? Will people like me? Will my life be worth living?

Those fears turned out be nothing more than excuses to keep drinking, but sitting there without a hangover, listening to tough grown men talk openly about their fears, it was obvious that the future would likely be much better than the past. It also occurred to me that I shouldn’t be ashamed of seeking help from my girlfriend (who is now my wife), my manager and my family. I shouldn’t be ashamed of getting off the merry-go-round for long enough to get myself in working order. Rather, I should have been ashamed every time I’d ordered a drink in all the previous days since I had realized I couldn’t stop. Jon Hamm should be proud of himself. He’s taken the first step, which might be the hardest.

Jason Isbell is a singer-songwriter whose next album, Something More Than Free, comes out in July.

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TIME Books

How the Harry Potter Books Might Have Had Different Titles

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Harry Potter and the School of Magic, anyone?

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive excerpt of Philip W. Errington’s new book, J.K. Rowling: A Bibliography 1997–2013, and even the most ardent Potter fans will be surprised to learn a few things about the beloved series. In particular, what the books were almost called.

The first book, called Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the U.K. almost went out in the U.S. as Harry Potter and the School of Magic. And thankfully Rowling dismissed that as a possibility. But other books in the series almost had other titles, too, like Harry Potter and the Death Eaters or Harry Potter and the Three Champions for Goblet of Fire.

Head to EW.com to read the entire excerpt, where you’ll learn more about how publishers transported top-secret manuscripts and how editors kept track of every spell in the Wizarding World.

TIME Television

Downton Abbey Will End After Season 6

The hit British period drama is closing its doors

Time to put away your teacups and scones: the coming sixth season of Downton Abbey will be its last.

“We wanted to close the doors of Downton Abbey when it felt right and natural for the storylines to come together and when the show was still being enjoyed so much by its fans,” executive producer Gareth Neame said in a press release Thursday. “We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up.”

TIME asked creator Julian Fellowes in February whether the show might leap ahead in time before it ended to follow the characters as World War II broke out, but he poured cold water on the idea. “[Lady Mary’s son] George would have fought in that war because he was born in 1921, I think,” he says. “He would be called up by 1941 or 1942. We’d have to hope he’d get through it. Of course fewer people died in the Second World War [than the First] but people did die, and we have to just hope little George gets through.”

Downton Abbey is the most nominated British show in Emmy history, according to ITV, with 51 nominations. The series will air its final episode in the United Kingdom on Christmas Day, and is likely to be shown in the United States in early 2016.

But that might not be the very last of it – a Downton movie could happen after the show ends. “[A movie is] definitely something we’re contemplating, it would be great fun to do,” Neame said, according to Entertainment Weekly.

For now, look at this farewell post on the Downton Facebook page and start emotionally gearing up to say goodbye to everyone in the Crawley household.

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TIME Television

Empire’s Taraji P. Henson to Host SNL

Cookie fans, rejoice

Taraji P. Henson, who plays Empire’s standout character Cookie, will host Saturday Night Live on April 11.

Shoes. Will. Be. Thrown. (We hope.)

SNL announced that Mumford & Sons will be the musical guest. The sketch show also said that Michael “Birdman” Keaton will return for his third hosting gig on April 4, when Carly Rae Jepson will make her musical guest debut.

TIME Congress

Watch Ben Affleck Drop a Batman Reference in His Congressional Testimony

Ben Affleck, actor, filmmaker and founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, testifies before a Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on "Diplomacy, Development, and National Security" on Capitol Hill in Washington March 26, 2015.
Yuri Gripas—Reuters Ben Affleck, actor, filmmaker and founder of the Eastern Congo Initiative, testifies before a Senate Appropriations State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs Subcommittee hearing on "Diplomacy, Development, and National Security" on Capitol Hill in Washington March 26, 2015.

Acknowledges a co-star on the Senate Appropriations subcommittee

Ben Affleck testified before the Senate Thursday as a philanthropist, not an actor. But he still found a way to mention Batman in his opening remarks.

The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs hearing was on diplomacy and national security; Affleck is the founder of Eastern Congo Initiative, an advocacy and grant initiative focused on helping communities in eastern Congo.

As he addresses the ranking members of the panel, Affleck turns to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy and says, “I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge my costar in Batman. The role is marginally smaller than mine, but I understand that you are quite good.” Leahy laughs.

Affleck is starring as Batman in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but Leahy is a known Batman fanatic who has appeared in cameos in previous Batman films. So it seems he’ll be joining the caped crusader once again in 2016.

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TIME Television

Sutton Foster Talks Younger, Bunheads and Broadway

Sutton Foster attends 92Y Presents The Cast Of 'Younger' in New York City on March 24, 2015.
Esther Horvath—Getty Images Sutton Foster attends 92Y Presents The Cast Of 'Younger' in New York City on March 24, 2015.

Foster plays the 40-year-old Liza, who pretends to be 26 to reenter the job market

Darren Star’s new TV Land series Younger made its own star, Sutton Foster, feel like she was “cheating” on Amy Sherman-Palladino.

Foster’s previous TV series was Sherman-Palladino’s beloved but tragically axed Bunheads. Ever since, she and the Gilmore Girls creator had been attempting to find a way to reunite. “I loved Bunheads and our relationship so much. It felt so strange doing something else without her,” Foster tells EW. “I also knew I was going to be in good hands with Darren and all the people on the show. She took such good care of me on Bunheads, and it was such a great experience, and I was so afraid that Younger wouldn’t live up to that—but it did. It was a really great experience.”

In Younger, Foster plays Liza, a 40-year-old mother who pretends to be 26 to reenter the job market. In her adventures, she befriends a (truly) young co-worker played by Hilary Duff, and starts dating a hunky Brooklyn tattoo artist played by Nico Tortorella. Debi Mazar plays Liza’s friend who knows her secret, while Miriam Shor plays her demanding boss. Just don’t expect Foster to exercise her Tony-winning pipes on the series. In fact, she tells EW she doesn’t think Liza can “carry a tune.”

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Many people, myself included, feel like Bunheads was canceled before its time. What made you eager to return to TV after that experience?
SUTTON FOSTER: Thank you, and I agree with you. ABC Family waited about six months before they canceled us, so we finished filming [in] January and then didn’t get canceled until July. It was this total limbo period. In my naive heart of hearts, I was like, we’re coming back. How can they cancel it? And then when they canceled it I was totally heartbroken, but I wasn’t necessarily looking to come back to TV.

Amy Sherman-Palladino and I have become really good friends, and we were in talks of trying to figure out something that we could do together to keep that relationship going, just because we loved working together so much. We were having trouble sort of figuring out what that would be or what that would look like. There were a couple of other projects that sort of had floated through, but nothing that really felt right. The Younger script came by and I read it, and I was like, this is funny and interesting. I thought that the concept was intriguing and had a lot of possibilities and potential. The character spoke to me, and so I began to pursue it. I met with Darren and went in and read for it. The first thing I thought of was, I’m cheating on Amy. I remember when the pilot got picked up, and I told her, I said, “the pilot got picked up.” And she goes, “I know. It’s okay.” And I was like, “I feel like I’m cheating on you.”

You said you weren’t necessarily looking to return to TV. What was it about the Younger script that made you decide to do it?
I think the opportunity of working with Darren Star. When I read the script, I went, oh wow, where’s this going to go? It just seemed like it had a lot of room for storylines. Also, it felt like it would be fun. I thought it would be really fun to play this character and to sort of flip back and forth and kind of delve into this other world. It seemed like something I could do and it would be fun to do.

You take Liza back and forth from twentysomething mode to “mom” mode when she’s on the phone with her daughter. What’s it like to play that?
Sometimes I have to be reminded. They’re like, remember you’re 26. I’m like, oh yeah yeah yeah. If I was just playing a character that was 26 that would be one thing, but to be able to play a character who’s 40, pretending to be 26, but also has a daughter and an ex-husband and is trying to balance all of these things and now she’s having this romance with this guy. The thing that’s really fun is I get to have all these different relationships with all these characters.

I just have to remind myself of who am I right now. What role am I playing? With the boy [Tortorella], there are issues later in the season that flare up that highlight some of our age issues, but I think we have an innate understanding and chemistry and age doesn’t really come into play. With Diana [Shor], we are the same age, and I can sort of empathize and sympathize with where she is and why she behaves the way she does. I can tolerate her behavior even though she treats me like an imbecile. With Kelsey [Duff], I see in her all of the mistakes I made when I was 20, and I want to protect her and mother her, but I can’t because I’m supposed to be making all the same mistakes. But I’ve already done that, so I’m trying to figure all that out. It’s fun. I get to chameleon, kind of change it up between whoever it is I’m in a scene with.

Did you do any Brooklyn-based research or young person research to tap into that millennial mindset beforehand?
I just turned 40. The thing that kills me now is I realize all the clothes that I used to wear in the ’90s are now coming back. As soon as the overalls came back I was like, I’m so screwed. The best gift I have is Hilary [Duff] and Nico [Tortorella], because they are both in their 20s. I pay attention a lot to what they’re up to. I just sort of watch them a lot. Also we shot a lot in Brooklyn. That was incredibly informative. I have the best wardrobe team in the history of the world, and so my clothes and my wardrobe play a huge part in my look and vibe. The good thing is that Liza’s trying to still figure this out, so I wanted to go on the journey with her. I didn’t want to do too much figuring out, because she doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing.

You’re working with Patricia Field, who is a legend, especially given her work on Star’s Sex and the City. What has that been like for you?
It’s been awesome. She has finger on the pulse of fashion and, like, eight steps ahead. The thing I love most about her is she knows how to dress a character. When we first met she sort of was trying to get a vibe of what my style was, and since I have no style, I was like, “Pat, I’m a blank canvas. You can do whatever the hell you want with me. I have no idea what the young people are wearing; I wear jeans and T-shirts and TOMS and I’m a very basic type of gal.” So I really threw my faith into my makeup and hair team and the wardrobe. I was like, just have at it. It’s been really fun to try on things and to see how things made me feel.

After Bunheads, you did Violet on Broadway. What’s gratifying about doing TV versus doing Broadway, and how do you hope to integrate the two going forward?
I just want to be challenged and I want to work with people that excite me. Bunheads I got to work with Amy Sherman-Palladino; I got to do a project that I felt so passionate about. Violet I got to work with Jeanine Tesori and Leigh Silverman and Brian Crawley, all these people I just admire. And Younger I work with Darren Star, with these incredible actors—Hilary and Nico and Debi and Miriam—and work on something that is so fun and so different.

I think when I was first starting out, especially in theater, I was more narrow-minded and especially just wanted to do theater. Now I’m broadening my horizons. TV was something I didn’t know, and it scared me. I didn’t have any experience. Bunheads was such a turning point, because I learned so much. I was like, oh. Moving forward I have no idea what it will be, career-wise. I would love to do Younger for as long as I can keep pulling off that I look younger than my age. But I would love to do theater in there too, because they both inspire me and challenge me.

Speaking of, how long can Liza pull this off? Will people start to figure it out as the show goes on?
It wouldn’t be realistic if someone didn’t find out. I can say that. But you’re right. I don’t know where the shelf life is. After a while, when Liza’s grey and in a wheelchair, she can’t keep telling everybody she’s 35. It will be interesting to see where it will go. Hopefully the characters are strong enough, and people want to follow them that no matter which way the show goes.

You’re doing The Wild Party this summer with Joshua Henry. Why did you want to do that show?
Again, it was just something completely different—it’s naughty and dirty and sexy and nasty, and I was like, yeah! There’s something intriguing about that. It’s drugs and sex and deceit, and I’m just interested in doing the left turn. I find that exciting. We’re doing it in July. We haven’t really started working on it yet. We’re still in the very beginnings of it.

Will we ever get to see Liza sing and/or dance?
I don’t think so. I don’t think Liza can sing or dance, and if she ever did sing, like if there was ever that karaoke night I don’t think she could carry a tune.

That’s disappointing to me.
I know, I know, but I really don’t think that’s in her cards. I don’t think she has any hidden talents.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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TIME Television

Watch Mariah Carey Kill at Car Karaoke on The Late Late Show

James Corden continues his streak

After convincing Tom Hanks to recreate his most famous movies in an seven-minute video, new Late Late Show host James Corden set about getting Mariah Carey to do a little car karaoke with him and the results are equally memorable.

In the video, Carey and Corden are engaged in the popular Los Angeles pastime of driving around endlessly until Corden “accidentally” turns on one of the diva’s hits. As the opening bars of “Always Be My Baby” played, Carey announced, “I’m not singing today. I was up all night.” Then she gamely started singing along with Corden anyway. As they drove, they chatted and sang through a medley of Carey’s greatest hits with Corden giving it his — although he might not want to give up his day job quite yet.

TIME Music

Get Ready to Whistle Along to Hilary Duff’s New Single

"Sparks" is a bubbly slice of Swedish dance-pop

Hilary Duff recently told TIME that her new single was coming soon, and she’s promptly delivered.

The star of TV Land’s upcoming series Younger gave a lengthy preview of her single “Sparks,” which arrives in full April 7. And you don’t need to download a random app to hear it. (Looking at you, Rihanna.) The track is a collaboration with “Habits (Stay High)” singer-songwriter Tove Lo. It’s one of four songs Duff recorded in Sweden that shift her sound from the folk-pop of her past to something more appropriate for the clubs.

“The album has taken on a lot of different lives, which I guess is to be expected when you’ve taken such big break,” she said of her first album in eight years. “It is a little bit of electro-pop, a lot of it is just straight-forward pop and some of it has gotten pretty dance-y, which is cool.”

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