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Your Majesty, the doctor will see you now.
The series is based on Peter Morgan's play "The Audience" and is set over several decades around two of the world's most famous addresses - Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street.
This explores the inside story of those two addresses and the intrigues, romances and machinations behind the events that shaped post-war Britain. Foy will play Queen Elizabeth II, Smith will play her husband Prince Philip, Lithgow will play Prime Minister Winston Churchill.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Netflix has found its cast for “The Crown,” an original decades-spanning drama about Queen Elizabeth II and the prime ministers who shaped post-war Britain. The 10-episode series will premiere in 2016.
Claire Foy (“Wolf Hall”) will play Queen Elizabeth II; Matt Smith (“Doctor Who”) will play Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh; and John Lithgow (“Third Rock From the Sun”) will play Winston Churchill.
The series is based on Peter Morgan’s play “The Audience.” Morgan also serves as writer on the series, which is described as telling the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world — Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street — and the intrigues, romances and machinations behind the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.
“The Crown” is produced »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Netflix has already delved into the darkest corners of Washington D.C. in House of Cards, and now the streaming service is looking across the pond for another political drama. Today brings news that Dexter alum John Lithgow, Wolf Hall‘s Claire Foy and former Doctor Who lead Matt Smith have secured major roles in The Crown, a period piece that spans decades of British history.
Lithgow will portray Sir Winston Churchill, while Foy will play Queen Elizabeth II and Smith will take on the role of Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh. The show looks inside Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street, the two main seats of British power, to explore the personal interests, love affairs and political machinations that were at the heart of some of the latter 20th century’s most pivotal events.
- Isaac Feldberg
The former Doctor Who actor will play Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, and join an all-star cast in the drama, which also features Wolf Hall's Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II and John Lithgow as Winston Churchill.
The Crown, which is believed to be costing $100m and is inspired by the play The Audience, follows the story of Queen Elizabeth and her relationships with various prime ministers in the post-war era.
According to Netflix, the show "tells the inside story of two of the most famous addresses in the world - Buckingham Palace and 10 Downing Street - and the intrigues, love lives and machinations behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th century".
Each season will focus »
Innovations include showing Utopia as part of first TV offering at a Croatian festival.
Croatia’s Pula Film Festival (July 18-25) has announced the programme for its 62nd edition.
The Croatian programme saw 75 films submitted - 28 features, 47 shorts - of which 14 features, including Cannes hit The High Sun by Dalibor Matanić, and 16 shorts were selected.
The International Competition includes 14 features, and 12 shorts out of competition.
Pula’s offerings also include the Short Matters short programme presented with the European Film Academy; the Dizalica strand for 16-to 21 year-olds; and the children’s programme Pulica.
Croatian Features We Will Be The World Champions, Darko Bajić The Girls - Life of Another, Andrea »
- email@example.com (Wendy Mitchell)
After winning the Best Actress Oscar for Stephen Frears' 2006 "The Queen," Helen Mirren was reluctant to reprise the role but unable to turn down director Stephen Daldry and writer Peter Morgan when they wanted her to topline their Broadway play "The Audience." But it paid off, as Mirren and her costar Richard McCabe both took home acting honors for the play. Meanwhile, veteran Hollywood producer Scott Rudin took home Best Revival of a Play kudos for "Skylight," whose stars Carey Mulligan and Bill Nighy walked away empty-handed. Rudin has also produced big Tony winners in the past, including "The Book of Mormon" and last year's revival of "Raisin in the Sun." Though Harvey Weinstein's "Finding Neverland" musical failed to nab any nominations, the movie mogul showed up anyway for Broadway's biggest party. Read More: Watch: Helen Mirren on Playing the Queen Again, and How Al Pacino Inspires Her (Video) Women won. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
“Everybody’s very, very nervous,” runs the most memorable lyrical refrain in “London Road,” and one imagines the filmmakers found themselves singing it often. An avant-garde musical based on the recorded testimonies of concerned residents following the Ipswich serial murders of 2006, Alecky Blythe and Adam Cork’s unique piece was a bold enough proposition for the U.K.’s National Theatre a few years ago, let alone for the bigscreen. Yet while Rufus Norris’ stage production was an unlikely triumph, its film adaptation — in the same helmer’s hands — emerges as something of a curate’s egg. Though performed with stalwart conviction by an ensemble including Olivia Colman and Tom Hardy, Blythe’s much-celebrated verbatim technique translates in surprisingly mannered fashion to camera, while Norris’ season-based visual treatment of the material cloys. Commercial appeal beyond Blighty is limited; even at home, this may prove a “Road” less traveled.
Local auds, »
- Guy Lodge
"Not too bad, if I say so myself..." If I may take a quote from this year's Best Musical winner as I went 20/24 with my predictions for this year's 2015 Tony Awards. Undoubtedly, the two big winners of the night were the musical Fun Home and the play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, both of which took home five awards including honors for their leading men, directors, and, of course, Best Musical/Play. Right behind those two was the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I, which picked up four awards, including Best Revival and for their long overdue leading lady Kelli O'Hara, who easily gave the best speech of the night (including dancing off the stage). I may predicted Tony co-host Kristin Chenoweth over her, but I am so happy to be wrong. yt id="MneMh2c-y0M" width="640" And what about Chenoweth »
- Mike Shutt
The 69th Annual Tony Awards honored Broadway's best and brightest on Sunday, June 7 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. A slew of star-studded nominees, including Bradley Cooper and Carey Mulligan, were in attendance as Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming shared the event's hosting duties. Find out the big winners below!
Fun Home - Winner
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time - Winner
Hand to God
Wolf Hall: Parts One & Two P
Best Revival of a Musical
The King and I - Winner
On the Twentieth Century
Best Revival of a Play
Skylight - Winner
This Is Our Youth
Best Direction of a Musical
Sam Gold, Fun Home - Winner
Casey Nicholaw, Something Rotten!
John Rando, On the Town
- Alana Altmann
Here is something a bit different for Rope of Silicon. Sure, we have award predictions for the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes, but that makes sense, considering this is site is 95% about movies. But there are plenty of other stories out there being told in theaters that get plenty of respect. Except these are stories performed live right in front of your face. So, I took it upon myself to comb through the absurd amount of categories of the Tony Awards, which is this Sunday June 7, to give you my predictions on what will win. I am doing this not just because it is fun to predict things and hope I get them all right, though that is certainly part of it, but I also want to shed light on these projects that a lot of people don't know about. Film and television people often have on blinders when »
- Mike Shutt
To celebrate the release of the extraordinary story of three young boys from the slums of Rio De Janeiro with Trash, available to own on Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Download from 8th June 2015, we’re giving 3 lucky winners the chance to get their hands on a copy of the Blu-ray!
Academy Award®-nominated director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and BAFTA award-winning writer Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Notting Hill) bring you the latest adventure from Working Title Films. Starring Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The Departed) and Rooney Mara (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), be prepared to witness a mountain of chaos unfolding from an innocent discovery in Trash.
Trash follows two young boys from Rio’s slums, who find a wallet amongst the daily detritus of their local dump – a discovery that will change their lives forever.
Join the courageous boys as they »
- Dan Bullock
Director: Stephen Daldry
Special Features: None
Political corruption and intrigue form the backdrop to Trash, an involving action thriller set apart by two things. First, the unusual location – the slums of Rio De Janeiro, dominated by their mountains of litter. Second, the perspective – it’s seen mainly through the eyes of three kids who stumble upon a hotbed of deception that changes their lives forever.
Raphael (Teves), Gardo (Luis) and the delightfully-named Rat (Weinstein) earn their meagre living sifting through what society dumps quite literally on their doorstep. But when Raphael discovers an abandoned wallet pitched into a passing garbage truck by man-on-the-run José Angelo, he finds it contains a strange document. Unbeknownst to the boy, Angelo has been apprehended and murdered by the police at the behest of a prominent politician, »
- Steve Palace
With Harrison Ford back as Rick Deckard, Denis Villeneuve in the director's chair, and Ryan Gosling eyeing a key role, the Blade Runner sequel was already in good hands, but now fans have another big reason to get excited, as it was recently announced that cinematographer Roger Deakins joined the film's crew:
Press Release (via The Playlist) -- "Los Angeles, CA, May, 20, 2015 – Twelve-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will join director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) on Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22 reteams with Villeneuve on what will be their third feature collaboration, havingpreviously worked together on Alcon’s Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Villeneuve’s upcoming film Sicario, a drug-trafficking drama starring Emily Blunt, »
- Derek Anderson
Cannes –Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”) stars in “A Movie Life,” the third feature from Brazilian megastar-turned-director Selton Mello, which wraps production in South Brazil on May 29. Variety has had exclusive access to images from the highly anticipated film.
Mello’s follow-up to “The Clown” Brazil’s Oscar entry, and one of Brazil’s most notable breakout arthouse hits in recent years, “A Movie Life” adapts the book “A Distant Father,” from Chilean Antonio Skarmeta, one of whose other novels was turned by Michael Radford into the Academy Award-winning “The Postman.”
A rites-of-passage and family drama of big dreams in small-town Brazil, whose landscapes look set to capture the tone of a heartwarming tale of family reconciliation, it turns on Tony, »
- John Hopewell
Denis Villeneuve to direct sci-fi sequel.
Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow (May 22) reteams with Villeneuve.
Deakins received his latest Oscar nomination this year for his work on Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. He was previously nominated for Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and True Grit; Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption; Martin Scorsese’s Kundun; Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Stephen Daldry’s The Reader, which he shared with Chris Menges; and, more recently, Prisoners and Sam Mendes’ Skyfall.
Film is scheduled »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
While we know next to nothing about the plot for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, we do know that at the very least, it's going to look gorgeous, as renowned cinematographer Roger Deakins has joined the team. Come inside to learn more.
Blade Runner 2 is moving full steam ahead. Just a couple months ago it was announced Denis Villenueve had been hired on to direct the sequel, with Harrison Ford set to return, and it looks like they're starting to build up the rest of the necessary behind the scenes crew to get production moving. Announced at Cannes, Roger Deakins, the cinematographer behind Prisoners, Skyfall, Fargo, and Many others has been hired on as the Dop for the new movie. Deakins has worked with Villenueve on his last two movies, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
The original Blade Runner is still a visually striking movie, and »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
As if we weren’t already excited enough about Blade Runner 2, today brings word that cinematographer Roger Deakins has signed on to shoot the long-awaited sci-fi sequel, reteaming with director Denis Villeneuve after two extremely fruitful collaborations on Prisoners and Sicario.
The 12-time Oscar-nominated lenser is without a doubt the best in the business. Over the years, he’s teamed with everyone from Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) to Stephen Daldry (The Reader). A frequent collaborator of the Coen Brothers and Sam Mendes, Deakins has excelled in every genre he’s ever attempted, never failing to create atmospheric, fully realized worlds for filmmakers to explore.
He’s certainly not best known for futuristic dystopias, having shot just two films – In Time and Nineteen Eighty-Four – that can be considered sci-fi, but it’s going to be absolutely thrilling to see how Deakins recreates the world of Blade Runner (previously lensed by »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Crime-drama, James Ellroy novel, TV series on slate of new La-based production outfit.
Producer Vincent Sieber (The Hive), former Archery Pictures development executive Kitty Kaletsky and editor John-Michael Powell (Obselidia) have launched La-based production outfit Midnight Road Entertainment.
First up for the joint-partners is The Killing Kind, an original drama written and to be directed by Powell, which is scheduled to shoot in Louisiana this summer.
Set in a sleepy southern town, casting is underway on the dark drama that follows a man trying to avoid a life of crime but whose morals are put to the test when a member of a rival family guns down his fiancée.
Kaletsky, a development »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Exclusive: German actor David Kross, who appeared opposite Kate Winslet in Stephen Daldry’s Oscar-winning The Reader, has been cast as the legendary German-born goalkeeper Bernd ‘Bert’ Trautmann who was in goal for Manchester City from 1949 to 1964.
Trautmann will be Bavarian director Marcus ‘Rosi’ Rosenmüller’s first English-language feature film and will be produced by Munich-based Lieblingsfilm with UK producer Alex Boden’s Pistachio Pictures.
Principal photography is set to begin this autumn, with most of the shoot concentrated in Germany and some location work in Northern England. In addition, extensive visual effects will be deployed to recreate the period atmosphere of post-war England.
“The action on the football pitch will provide the backdrop for the story of the former German Pow Trautmann falling in love with his coach’s daughter Margaret,” producer Robert Marciniak told Screen. “This is a love that shouldn’t have been so soon after the end of Second World War.”
Rosenmüller and Marciniak »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
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