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Why ‘The Crown’ Went To America To Find Its Winston Churchill

27 July 2016 3:28 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Winston Churchill is one of Britain’s most internationally famous figures; a man who epitomizes England beyond the realm of the royals. He’s thus a prominent figure in Netflix’s upcoming drama “The Crown,” which tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascendance to the throne. But when it came to casting, writer Peter Morgan and director Stephen Daldry went with John Lithgow — an undisputed star, but also an American.

Morgan’s reasons for that made a lot of sense, as revealed at the TCA Summer Press Tour this morning.

“There’s a point where every Knight of the Realm does his Winston Churchill,” Morgan said. Thus, within the British acting community, “there’s a little bit of Churchill fatigue.”

Morgan credited casting director Nina Gold with the suggestion of Lithgow, who he described as “so startling and imaginative that it was an unanimous yes.”

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Why ‘The Crown’ Went To America To Find Its Winston Churchill

27 July 2016 3:28 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Winston Churchill is one of Britain’s most internationally famous figures; a man who epitomizes England beyond the realm of the royals. He’s thus a prominent figure in Netflix’s upcoming drama “The Crown,” which tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascendance to the throne. But when it came to casting, writer Peter Morgan and director Stephen Daldry went with John Lithgow — an undisputed star, but also an American.

Morgan’s reasons for that made a lot of sense, as revealed at the TCA Summer Press Tour this morning.

“There’s a point where every Knight of the Realm does his Winston Churchill,” Morgan said. Thus, within the British acting community, “there’s a little bit of Churchill fatigue.”

Morgan credited casting director Nina Gold with the suggestion of Lithgow, who he described as “so startling and imaginative that it was an unanimous yes.”

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- Liz Shannon Miller

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The Crown writer Peter Morgan: 'I bet the queen would've voted Brexit'

27 July 2016 12:12 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The writer, whose new Netflix series The Crown tracks the queen’s reign, spoke about Brexit, as well as the royal family’s reaction to the show, in Los Angeles

Although it’s unknown whether Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip are subscribers to Netflix, the pair are allegedly “very, very aware” of the much-hyped series The Crown, said the project’s writer Peter Morgan.

The epic royal drama, which marks Netflix’s first UK production, was inspired by Morgan’s hit play, The Audience, which imagined the Queen’s weekly meetings with the British prime minister of the day. Each season of The Crown is dedicated to a decade in Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, with the first 10-episode installment, directed by Stephen Daldry (The Hours, Billy Elliot), centering on her ascension to the throne while forging a relationship with war-hardened prime minister Winston Churchill.

Related: Netflix confirms epic drama The Crown, »

- Nigel M Smith

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"Wicked" Film Boasts Four New Songs

22 July 2016 3:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

At least four new songs will be added to the Stephen Daldry-directed 2019 film adaptation of the long-running Broadway blockbuster "Wicked".

The musical's composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz revealed the news at a Behind the Music panel at Comic-Con yesterday: "At least, as of now, there will be probably four new songs in the movie" he said, adding that one of them was cut from the original Broadway production.

Although Schwartz wouldn't name the old song, he's likely talking about the now near-legendary lost song "Making Good" which was reportedly the first song Schwartz wrote for the musical. Winnie Holzman is currently working on the film's script.

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The ‘Wicked’ movie will get four brand new songs

21 July 2016 11:23 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It has been revealed that the movie version of the smash hit West End and Broadway musical of Wicked will contain four brand new songs not previously heard on the stage.

Deadline reports that the musical’s composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz told a panel at Comic Con yesterday that “At least, as of now, there will be probably four new songs in the movie,” one of them which was cut from the original Broadway production.

Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.

Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’sunflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, »

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‘Wicked’ Movie Getting Four New Songs, Composer Says – Comic-Con

21 July 2016 5:51 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

At least four Wicked new songs will be added to Stephen Daldry’s 2019 movie adaptation of the long-running Broadway blockbuster, the musical’s composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz said at a “Behind the Music” panel today at Comic-Con. “At least, as of now, there will be probably four new songs in the movie,” he told fans, before adding that one of the songs was cut from the original Broadway production. Although Schwartz wouldn’t name the old new song, musical theater geeks… »

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27 Actors Who Would Be Perfect For Parts in the Wicked Movie

22 June 2016 10:15 AM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Broadway's hit musical Wicked is getting the big-screen treatment, and we can hardly contain our excitement. With Stephen Daldry set to direct and the show's original producers, Marc Platt and Universal, returning, we already have a good feeling about the remake. Even though we have to wait until 2019 for the movie's release, that hasn't stopped us from brainstorming a few cast ideas. While we would love to see Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth reprise their roles as Elphaba and Glinda, there's also a whole slew of actors who would be perfect for the parts. Check out our top picks. »

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Netflix in July: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)

21 June 2016 5:39 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

What’s Coming July 1: “Back to the Future” trilogy Robert Zemeckis‘ iconic time-travel adventure trilogy, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd, comes to Netflix on July 1. What’s Coming July 1: “Big Trouble in Little China” John Carpenter‘s “Big Trouble in Little China” hits Netflix next month. Meanwhile, Dwayne Johnson is in development on his own remake of the 1986 cult classic. What’s Coming July 1: “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” Starring Tom HanksSandra Bullock and Thomas HornStephen Daldry‘s film adaptation of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” earned a Best Picture nomination in 2011. What »

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Wicked movie set for release in December 2019

18 June 2016 5:20 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal Pictures has officially set a December 20th 2019 release date for its long-gestating adaptation of the smash hit Broadway musical Wicked.

Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) is set to direct the film, while stage show writer Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz will also reunite for the project.

Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the musical presents an alternative telling of L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, exploring the tale from the perspective of the two witches.

Wicked has grossed over $1 billion on Broadway and more than $4 billion around the world, so there’s sure to be plenty of interest in the movie adaptation, which will go head-to-head with one of Disney’s as-yet-unrevealed live-action fairy tale movies.

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Art Film Fest Honors Stephen Daldry, Karl Roden

17 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stephen Daldry – Golden Camera Prize

The immersive worlds created by British helmer and producer Stephen Daldry are feted at Kosice this year, where he will receive the Golden Camera prize for work of outstanding quality and professionalism behind the camera. Since the trophy was launched in 2001, the roster of honorees has included such unconventional filmmakers as Ulrich Seidl, Andrzej Wajda, and Slovak auteur Juraj Jakubisko.

Daldry’s international reputation and work with top stars make him a major score for Art Film Fest, says artistic director Peter Nagel.

Daldry’s three Oscar nominations [“Billy Elliot,” “The Hours,” and “The Reader”] are “clear evidence of his exceptional talent,” Nagel adds. In a recent stage production, Daldry cast refugees from the French “Jungle” camp in Calais to play themselves. Nagel notes that exposing Slovak auds to the filmmaker’s work fits in with the educational mission of Art Film Fest.

“I think it will be very good showcase,” Nagel says. »

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Art Film Festival: Tips For Visitors to Kosice

17 June 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Explore the City

A two-hour train trip from Budapest and an overnight ride from Prague, Kosice is the biggest city in eastern Slovakia, near Hungary’s border. Once a smoke-belching, Soviet-built ironworks center, it rapidly declined after the Velvet Revolution. But the city of 240,000 is reboundingwith new public spaces and converted old ones, including the hopping Tabacka, once a humming cigarette factory and now a restaurant and music venue. Most fest sights are concentrated in the historic center or easily reached by tram.

Savor a Meal

The historic, high-ceilinged Cafe Slavia is a surprisingly affordable brush with old European elegance, while Carpano, one of Kosice’s most venerated old-school dining rooms, serves Mitteleuropa classics and Camelot excels in “Westworld”-style medieval kitsch. Villa Regia is the rustic, Slovak home-style place to ply a producer with a classic plum brandy but clubby Maraton’s the place for tender beef and dumplings. »

- Will Tizard

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"Wicked" is Finally Officially For Real Coming Soon

17 June 2016 4:17 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Musical lovers have finally gotten the long rumored news they've impatiently waited for: Wicked is officially a go! The film will be directed by Stephen Daldry and open on December 20, 2019 - a likely guaranteed holiday hit like Into the Woods and Les Miserables.

While that is still awhile to wait for the big screen adaptation, this announcement comes after more than a decade of crumbs and non-starting rumors for the fanbase. The hope for original stars Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth has long gone out the window, so casting is the next phase to obsess over. While Universal likes to keep their musicals star loaded (think Les Mis and Mamma Mia), my suspicion is that some expected names won't be in the running... sorry, Lea Michele.

Which is all the better for the green leading lady. Daldry has a gift for finding new talent, so why not give us a »

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'Wicked' Film to Hit Theaters December 2019

16 June 2016 3:02 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

After years of development, the film adaptation of Broadway's long-running smash Wicked will officially hit theaters in December 2019. The musical premiered in San Francisco in 1998.

Director Stephen Daldry has been attached to the project for at least four years and will helm the film adaptation. Winnie Holzman, who wrote the musical's book, will co-write the script with lyricist-composer Stephen Schwartz.

Wicked is based off Gregory Maguire's 1995 novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, which reworks the classic Wizard of Oz to tell »

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Universal’s Wicked Will Finally Take Flight In 2019

16 June 2016 2:10 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been a long time coming, but Universal has finally zeroed in on a release date for its movie adaptation of Wicked – December 20, 2019.

Stephen Daldry remains attached to helm The Wizard of Oz prequel, which has enjoyed a long and successful run on stage. Producer Marc Platt, who oversaw production on the boards, will reunite with scribe Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz on the feature film.

Based on Gregory Maguire’s novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, it’s still early, early days, meaning it’ll be some time yet before Universal begins its casting spree in search of Elphaba and Glinda, who go on to become the embodiments of good and evil in the mystical land of Oz.

Wicked is now due to take flight on December 20, 2019. Other than an as-yet-untitled Disney movie – one thought to be a live-action fairytale – Universal’s long-in-development musical holds the pre-holiday window on its lonesome. That is, until a Star Wars movie stakes out the late-2019 corridor.

With Universal finally making some tangible process on the musical adaptation, tell us, who would you like to see clinch the role of Elphaba and/or Glinda? Let us know your early predictions in the comments below. »

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Wicked Movie Gets Christmas 2019 Release Date

16 June 2016 1:21 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

After languishing in development for several years, Universal Pictures is finally moving forward with their adaptation of the Broadway sensation Wicked. The studio announced today that this long-awaited project has been given a December 20, 2019 release date. As of now, the movie's only direct competition is an untitled live action fairy tale project from Disney.

Deadline reports that producers Marc Platt and Universal Pictures had initially developed this story as a movie, before changing directions and crafting it as a stage show. The play opened in 2003, and quickly recouped its $14 million budget in 2004, en route to becoming one of the biggest Broadway musicals of all time. The production has grossed more than $1 billion on Broadway, and over $4 billion worldwide.

The play featured an original cast that included Idina Menzel, Kristin Chenoweth and Joel Grey. Based on Gregory Maguire's novel Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, the play retells L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz from the perspective of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, while offering untold stories of other Oz characters such as Glinda the Good Witch, Prince Fieryo and the Wizard of Oz himself.

Universal first started developing the movie adaptation in 2010, with Marc Platt returning to produce. At the time, coveted filmmakers such as J.J. Abrams, James Mangold, Rob Marshall and Ryan Murphy were being sought to direct, but in 2012, Stephen Daldry signed on to direct, and he has been attached ever since. The filmmaker will work from a script by Winnie Holzman and composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who wrote the story, music and lyrics for the play.

Back in 2014, Stephen Schwartz insisted that the movie adaptation was still coming together, and last year, Marc Platt teased that the Wicked movie was being eyed for a 2016 release date. Since we still have more than three years before this long-awaited stage adaptation hits theaters, it remains to be seen when casting will get under way. While we wait for more details, take a look at Universal Pictures' tweet, announcing the release date.

The musical phenomenon Wicked comes to the big screen. In theaters 12.20.19. pic.twitter.com/rFojgh56oH

Universal Pictures (@UniversalPics) June 16, 2016

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The Wicked Movie Is Finally Happening, With a Theatrical Release Date and Everything

16 June 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

We bet a few Broadway fans are defying gravity right about now. Wicked, the hit musical seen by nearly 50 million fans worldwide, is finally headed to the big screen after years of anticipation. You only have to wait a few more years... Universal Pictures announced today that the feature-film adaptation of the Tony-winning stage production will be in theaters Dec. 20, 2019. Surely timed to make a splash during the holiday season, the story tells the real story about the Wicked Witch of the West—the green-tinged Elphaba—and good witch Galinda in the land of Oz before Dorothy's arrival. Billy Elliot's Stephen Daldry will direct the film, which is being produced by Marc Platt, »

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A ‘Wicked’ Movie Will Try Defying Gravity in 2019

16 June 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There has been talk of bringing the beloved Broadway musical Wicked to the big screen for years now. Once upon a time (actually 2010), J.J. Abrams was supposedly in the running to make it. A year later, it had somehow transformed into a television miniseries. A year after that, director Stephen Daldry was being courted to […]

The post A ‘Wicked’ Movie Will Try Defying Gravity in 2019 appeared first on /Film. »

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Mark your calendar: the ‘Wicked’ movie just got a release date

16 June 2016 10:38 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Wicked will finally be on the big screen, 16 years after opening on Broadway. The movie musical adaptation of Elphaba’s story will be our Christmas gift when Universal StudiosWicked musical hits theaters on December 20, 2019. The studio revealed the film’s release date today. Producer Marc Platt (Into the Woods, Wanted) had previously said a 2016 release date was a “loose goal.” Platt and Universal (the company’s Stage Productions arm) were also behind the hit Broadway show retelling the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Since opening in 2003, it’s become the 10th longest-running Broadway show and was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning three. Stephen Daldry, known both for his Oscar-winning (The Hours) and Tony-winning (Billy Elliot) work, is set to direct the film. No word on casting yet. Also no word on whether we’ll ever see a non-musical screen adaptation more directly adapted from Gregory Maguire’s Wicked novel. Salma Hayek was previously developing a mini-series based on the 1995 book. »

- Emily Rome

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‘Wicked’ Movie Gets 2019 Release Date

16 June 2016 10:17 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The long-awaited “Wicked” movie adaptation will be released on Dec. 20, 2019.

Stephen Daldry is directing the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical for Universal.

The Tony Award-winning stage musical was adapted from Gregory Maguire’s bestselling novel by book writer Winnie Holzman and Oscar-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, who are also collaborating on the screenplay adaptation.

Wicked” is produced on Broadway by Platt, Universal Stage Productions, the Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone.

The original Broadway production about the untold story of the Witches of Oz starred Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth.

More to come.

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- Maane Khatchatourian

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‘Wicked’ Movie Gets December 2019 Release Date

16 June 2016 10:09 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Universal has staked out December 20, 2019 for its feature adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Wicked. It’s been a long journey for this Wizard of Oz prequel to the big screen. To give you an idea of how long it has been in development, Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr broke the news of Stephen Daldry’s attachment as director back in July 2012. Wicked has been seen by more than 50 million fans worldwide and in March crossed the $1 billion mark in Broadway ticket sales… »

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