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'The Crown' still looks regal as Olivia Colman assumes the throne

(CNN)"The Crown" ushers in a new cast, but the Netflix historical drama's compelling and regal formula -- exploring the obligations and indignities associated with the seemingly sun-drenched life of the British Royal Family -- remains the same, and indeed has only deepened as the principals advance into middle age.While Olivia Colman, fresh off her Oscar for playing another queen in "The Favourite," is perfectly grand in the understated central role as Elizabeth, the most sympathetic and intriguing figures are the assortment of those surrounding her, each of whom wears a different sort of symbolic velvet handcuffs, as illustrated through key events in the 1960s and into the '70s.Foremost among those is Princess Margaret, played with boozy ...
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