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‘The Crown’: 7 Reasons Why the Netflix Series Should Dominate the Drama Emmys

19 July 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Do not buy into the idea that Netflix’s “The Crown” is just another dowdy “Upstairs Downstairs” period fantasy for tea-drinking “Downton Abbey”-loving Anglophiles. The most expensive series ever made brings the English royal family to vivid life, from building a life-size replica of Buckingham Palace, to designing a $35,000 wedding dres, to finding a series of vintage coupes.

Emmy voters showered the show with 13 nominations, including Oscar-nominated showrunner Peter Morgan, director Stephen Daldry, and star Claire Foy, supporting actress Vanessa Kirby, and supporting actor John Lithgow. Last week, BAFTA laid five television award nominations on the series as well.

Season 2, which takes place 1956-1964 and has an even bigger budget, will air later this year. In the meantime, here’s why “The Crown” could win the competitive Emmy race for drama series against “Stranger Things,” “This is Us,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” among other fierce competitors.

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- Anne Thompson

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‘The Crown’: 7 Reasons Why the Netflix Series Should Dominate the Drama Emmys

19 July 2017 9:21 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Do not buy into the idea that Netflix’s “The Crown” is just another dowdy “Upstairs Downstairs” period fantasy for tea-drinking “Downton Abbey”-loving Anglophiles. The most expensive series ever made brings the English royal family to vivid life, from building a life-size replica of Buckingham Palace, to designing a $35,000 wedding dres, to finding a series of vintage coupes.

Emmy voters showered the show with 13 nominations, including Oscar-nominated showrunner Peter Morgan, director Stephen Daldry, and star Claire Foy, supporting actress Vanessa Kirby, and supporting actor John Lithgow. Last week, BAFTA laid five television award nominations on the series as well.

Season 2, which takes place 1956-1964 and has an even bigger budget, will air later this year. In the meantime, here’s why “The Crown” could win the competitive Emmy race for drama series against “Stranger Things,” “This is Us,” and “The Handmaid’s Tale,” among other fierce competitors.

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- Anne Thompson

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Emmy Nominee Reactions 2017: Millie Bobby Brown, Ryan Murphy, RuPaul, and More Celebrate Their Nominations

13 July 2017 2:47 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 2017 Emmy nominations caused quite a stir when they were announced this morning, causing mixed reactions from fans that ranged from excited to disheartened. But no one was more elated than this year’s nominees, many of whom expressed their gratitude with written statements, while others took to Twitter and Instagram to share their excitement.

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If at first you don’t succeed, try try try try try try try try try try again! #Emmys2017 #Hoc pic.twitter.com/NkABF5qRTb

Kevin Spacey (@KevinSpacey) July 13, 2017

David Gelb, Creator, “Chef’s Table”

“We are honored and thrilled for this recognition of the hard work and talent of our relentless production and post teams. We are deeply grateful to our incredible chefs for letting us into their lives (and feeding us), and to »

- Gabrielle Kiss

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Emmys 2017: nominees 'chuffed', 'thrilled' (and determined to try harder)

13 July 2017 11:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

What Thursday morning’s nominees are saying.

There were plenty of smiles after the nominations were announced. Click here for the list.

Outstanding Drama Series

“Chuffed, thrilled, proud, honoured! So delighted for everyone involved. A proper fat cigar moment, if only I smoked. Drinks all round, if only I drank. I shall have to make do with turning cartwheels.”

Peter Morgan, The Crown

“Best morning ever! So thrilling to be recognized especially in such a wide range of categories! When we at 21 Laps first read the Duffer Brothers’ pilot two years ago, we knew it and they were something special. My collaboration with these mad genius twins, and the way our incredible cast and crew have helped bring the Duffer brothers’ vision and voice to life, is thrilling. We set out to make this weird little show because we loved it. The way it’s been embraced by fans, critics and now the Television Academy has turned »

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Indie Film Invades the Emmys: Jean Marc-Vallée, Reed Morano and More Cinematic Voices Dominate

13 July 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

They say television is the new film, and that’s certainly true when you look at how many actors, directors, writers, cinematographers and more from the film world are counted among this year’s Emmy nominees. A majority of the biggest contenders, from “The Handmaid’s Tale” to “The Night Of,” “Big Little Lies” and “The Crown,” brought some of the best film talent to the small screen over the last year, and their work resulted in major recognition from the TV Academy.

Read More: 2017 Emmy Nominations List: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Westworld’ Nominated for Best Drama Series

All of these nominations for film stars and behind-the-scenes talent shouldn’t come as a surprise in the era of Peak TV, but they confirm that the small screen is offering certain opportunities that Hollywood just isn’t these days. Between stronger female roles and a directorial freedom studios don’t allow, TV is »

- Zack Sharf

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Emmys 2017: Thandie Newton, Benedict Cumberbatch lead Brit charge

13 July 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ewan McGregor, Riz Ahmed, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Claire Foy have also been nominated.

Thandie Newton, Sir Anthony Hopkins and Benedict Cumberbatch are among British nominees for the 2017 Primetime Emmy awards.

Hopkins and Newton are both nominated for Westworld in the best drama actor and supporting actress categories.

Westworld and Saturday Night Live led the nominations with 22 nods apiece. Next up are Stranger Things and Feud: Bette and Joan with 18 each, followed by comedy Veep on 17.  

Cumberbatch is up for best actor in a limited series or a television movie for Sherlock, which is also up for best TV movie. He will compete against fellow Brits Riz Ahmed (The Night Of), and Ewan McGregor (Fargo).

Claire Foy also claims her first Emmy nomination for The Crown. She has already won a Golden Globe for playing Elisabeth II in the Netflix drama.

The Crown earned 13 nominations in all, more than any other series - including for outstanding drama, writing »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now

10 July 2017 9:36 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Working Title producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, whose latest hit is Edgar Wright’s wheel-and-disc-spinning breakout “Baby Driver” (June 28, Sony), which has tracked $64 million worldwide to date.

Bottom Line: This brainy duo with plummy British accents have been turning out a consistent slate of smart global hits since the ’80s. The London-based co-chairmen of Working Title boast the best taste in the business. They chase mainstream quality fare. That’s their gig. But even so over the years, partnering with Universal Pictures, with freedom to greenlight movies up to $35 million, their films have grossed an impressive almost $7 billion dollars worldwide.

Career Peaks: From the start, Working Title founder Tim Bevan gravitated to local stories with global potential like “My Beautiful Laundrette,” Stephen Frears’ searing »

- Anne Thompson

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Why Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner Are the Best Indie Producers in the World Right Now

10 July 2017 9:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Working Title producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner, whose latest hit is Edgar Wright’s wheel-and-disc-spinning breakout “Baby Driver” (June 28, Sony), which has tracked $64 million worldwide to date.

Bottom Line: This brainy duo with plummy British accents have been turning out a consistent slate of smart global hits since the ’80s. The London-based co-chairmen of Working Title boast the best taste in the business. They chase mainstream quality fare. That’s their gig. But even so over the years, partnering with Universal Pictures, with freedom to greenlight movies up to $35 million, their films have grossed an impressive almost $7 billion dollars worldwide.

Career Peaks: From the start, Working Title founder Tim Bevan gravitated to local stories with global potential like “My Beautiful Laundrette,” Stephen Frears’ searing »

- Anne Thompson

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The 81st Academy Awards: If I had been a voter

4 July 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Happy Independence Day everyone! With the 4th of July being a holiday, today I’m doing something relaxing. About a year or two ago, I stopped a series I had been doing, but today it has officially returned. Yes, once again I’m going to be taking a look back at a recent (or now recent-ish) Oscar lineup and explaining what my vote would have been in each of the big eight categories we all follow so intently each season. I previously mentioned that potentially I could do this once a week with previous Academy Award ceremonies, and while I’m not going to be attempting to do that, time will still tell if it’s something that gets consistent play or not. Again, if nothing else, this continues to give you an interesting look into my cinematic tastes. Over the course of the year you can sort of get »

- Joey Magidson

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‘The Crown’: What It Takes to Play Royalty in an Age That Questions Their Worth

29 June 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Heavy is the head that wears the crown, but it’s not easy being the sibling of a monarch either.

On Netflix’s “The Crown,” Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby play father and daughter royals, King George VI and Princess Margaret, both of whom had their fates changed by divorce. Today, their stories have been overshadowed by Queen Elizabeth II, who has reigned for more than 60 years. “The Crown” has dredged up their stories for a new generation.

Read More: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’: How Stephen Daldry Romanticized a Royal Wedding

Before ever tackling a role such as these though, most British actors have already formed some sort of an opinion about the Royal Family.

“That relationship [with the monarchy] has changed over time, and I think there is a conflict about that which is still ongoing,” Harris said in an interview with IndieWire. “What is the relevance of the Royal Family? »

- Hanh Nguyen

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Big-Screen Directors Relish Small-Screen Opportunities

14 June 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

There’s a new rejoinder in Hollywood: “But what I really want to do is direct television.”

Established directors with nothing left to prove on the feature side have been flocking to the smaller screen at an accelerating pace, a migration reflected in the crowded Emmy race for director. Everyone from up-and-coming indie specialists to venerable A-listers is benefiting from the influx of billions of dollars into original content production, especially on commercial-free and notes-averse streaming services. Freed to execute their visions in six or more hours instead of squeezing them into just two, they are gleefully hopping over what for decades used to be a virtually impermeable wall between feature film and episodic television.

“I really like what’s going on,” says Jean-Marc Vallée, who has segued from such films as “Wild” and “Dallas Buyers Club” to making his TV debuts on HBO series including “Big Little Lies” and the forthcoming “Sharp Objects.” “It »

- Dade Hayes

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Stephen Daldry On ‘The Crown’ and Royal Fascination

7 June 2017 5:26 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Director Stephen Daldry brings our fascination with the Royal Family front and center in the award-winning Netflix drama, The Crown. Director Stephen Daldry received 3 Oscar nominations for directing such films »

- Jazz Tangcay

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Considering Michele Clapton’s Costume Designs For ‘The Crown’

6 June 2017 5:56 AM, PDT | AwardsDaily.com | See recent AwardsDaily news »

Costume designer Michele Clapton talks to Awards Daily’s Jazz Tangcay about creating the sumptuous costumes for Netflix’s The Crown. Stephen Daldry’s The Crown takes us inside British »

- Jazz Tangcay

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Netflix’s ‘The Crown’: How Stephen Daldry Romanticized a Royal Wedding

5 June 2017 3:19 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like “The Godfather,” Peter Morgan’s “The Crown” kicked off with a wedding to set the grandeur and intimacy for the entire series. The marriage of Elizabeth (Claire Foy) and Philip (Matt Smith) marked a new beginning for England in 1947 — it was like a Phoenix rising from the ashes of World War II.

In real life, the actual wedding was modest. But director Stephen Daldry and his team opted not to hold back. It would give the wrong impression. So the crafts team played a few tricks while delivering pageantry at its most personal.

Production Designing a ‘Jewel Within That Ashen World’

For Oscar-winning production designer Martin Childs (“Shakespeare in Love”), there were two difficult challenges: the austerity of the wedding and shooting in Ely Cathedral (where they also shot the coronation) in place of Westminster Abbey.

“In my very first meeting with Stephen, I did a digital drawing summary »

- Bill Desowitz

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Ed Harris’ ‘Westworld’ Turn Was A Perfect Late-Career Move For One of Our Best Actors — Career Watch

5 June 2017 12:30 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Ed Harris, who’s doing what he’s always done: owning character roles in film, theater and television.

Bottom Line: Harris has an iconic masculine American gravitas. The camera loves him and you can count on Harris to deliver a character’s emotional spine with subtle and sturdy grace. That’s why this hard-working actor never falls out of demand. And he seemingly can do anything, whether stalwart hero (John Glenn in “The Right Stuff” or the Mission Control voice in “Apollo 13” or “Gravity”) or contemptible villain (see “The Firm,” “Enemy at the Gates,” “Swing Shift,” or “The Rock”).

Director Peter Weir (“The Truman Show,” “The Way Back”) once told me that shooting Harris is “spiritual, a man that has a past and regrets, »

- Anne Thompson

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Claire Foy, Matt Smith on Their Future in ‘The Crown,’ Season 2’s Focus on Philip

25 May 2017 12:03 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It was a mutual admiration society as James Corden moderated Netflix’s “The Crown” FYSee chat with fellow Brits Claire Foy and Matt Smith. When Smith ribbed Corden about hearing that Queen Elizabeth II is a fan of Corden, the “Late Late Show” host demurred humbly, saying, “Let’s not make this about me. But yes, she’s a big fan.”

Foy, whose performance as the younger Queen has been critically acclaimed, recalled that she was five months pregnant when she received the script for the show. Impending motherhood affected the way she tackled the role. Foy explained, “She’s been visibly a mother and held down a job. I related to that. She’s an icon, someone to look up to and respect.”

Both stars praised “The Crown’s” principal creative team, Peter Morgan, Stephen Daldry, and Andy Harries. Smith, who plays Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, said that though the idea of playing a royal was »

- Diane Gordon

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Stephen Schwartz: ‘Wicked’ Movie to Feature ‘At Least Two’ New Songs

15 May 2017 2:38 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Stephen Schwartz, who will receive the founders award at Tuesday night’s Ascap Screen Music Awards in Los Angeles, says the forthcoming movie of his Broadway mega-hit “Wicked” will feature “at least two” new songs.

“Director Stephen Daldry is waiting on us for a draft of the screenplay,” Schwartz tells Variety, referring to himself and original book writer Winnie Holzman. “We’re just having so much fun, revisiting that material we love so much, and thinking about everything you can do on screen to retell the story.”

Schwartz says he hasn’t written any new music yet, “but there are new songs planned.” And, he says, fans expecting a carbon copy of the Broadway show should steel themselves for a new experience. “There are things that work on stage but won’t work on film,” the songwriter notes. “In order to do something that will work on its own merits, »

- Jon Burlingame

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6 tips for kids getting into filmmaking

4 April 2017 1:58 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Danny Stack Apr 6, 2017

Danny Stack, the man behind Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg?, has some tips for young filmmakers trying to break into the industry....

Our live-action family film Who Killed Nelson Nutmeg? is coming to the end of its big screen tour around the UK. Why? Because it’ll be out on DVD and streaming sites from 10th April (details here) so you can enjoy it from your own front room. Sweet!

To celebrate the end of the tour/DVD launch, we’re having a special London screening on Monday 10th April at Picturehouse Central at 4.30pm (more info and tickets here). There’ll be a Q&A with director Tim Clague and Nelson Nutmeg himself, so it promises to be lots of fun. 

Previously on Den Of Geek, I wrote about how we made the film (from microbudget to world premiere in a year!), but this time around, I »

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‘Planet Earth II,’ ‘The Crown’ Rule Over BAFTA TV Craft Nominations

28 March 2017 5:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

BBC wildlife show “Planet Earth II” ruled the factual roost after nominations for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts’ Television Craft Awards were revealed Tuesday, while Netflix’s royal saga “The Crown” courted the most nominations among drama series.

Planet Earth II” nabbed nine nominations, including for editing, original music for a team that included Hans Zimmer, and a clean sweep, four nominations, for photography on various episodes.

The Crown,” produced by Left Bank Pictures, took seven nominations, including those for writer Peter Morgan, director Stephen Daldry and cinematographer Adriano Goldman.

Other drama series with multiple nominations included thriller “The Night Manager,” adapted from John Le Carre’s novel, with six; the adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” with five; and sex-scandal drama “National Treasure” and science-fiction series “Black Mirror,” with four each. “The Durrells,” based on author Gerald Durrell’s Corfu trilogy, and “Sherlock: The Abominable Bride” received three nominations apiece.

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- Leo Barraclough

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Film About Olympian Swimmer and Syrian Refugee Yusra Mardini in the Works

17 March 2017 1:02 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Yusra Mardini: Mardini’s Instagram account

In 2015, Yusra Mardini and her sister Sara saved themselves and the fellow refugees on their dinghy by jumping into the freezing Aegean Sea and swimming the boat to safety. The Mardini sisters had fled Syria and were en route to the Greek island of Lesbos when the dinghy began to sink. Mardini’s story came to light when she swam at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, and now it’s getting the big screen treatment. Deadline reports that Working Title Films has acquired the rights to Mardini’s life story and is planning to develop it into a film.

According to the source, Stephen Daldry (“The Reader”) will direct the project, while Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner will produce with Ali Jaafar (“The Idol”).

After surviving the journey from Syria, Yusra and Sara settled in Berlin. “Without any other family or friends, Mardini and Sara were forced to fend for themselves before Mardini met local swimming coach Sven Spannekrebs, who took her under his wing,” Deadline writes. “During the 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, the [International Olympic Committee] launched for the first time ever a Team Refugee. Against the odds, Mardini made it to the Olympics and won her qualifying heat during the games. Since then, she’s become an impassioned champion and ambassador for refugees across the world.”

Since becoming an activist, Mardini has met with leaders like President Barack Obama and Pope Francis and delivered a series of keynote speeches at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

As xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiments in the U.S. become more widespread and normalized, it’s vital that stories like Mardini’s are shared. The true story of a young woman trying to find a better life for herself and others, and becoming a hero along the way is inspiring in itself. But it’s especially important considering the United States’ shameful response — or lack thereof, really — to the refugee crisis. This film about Mardini has the potential to further galvanize the current resistance to Trumpian policy, inspire empathy in those who equate refugees with terrorism, and provide a much-needed wake-up call in the face to those who are indifferent or ignorant.

This certainly seems to be Daldry’s view: “I am thrilled to be involved in bringing Yusra’s extraordinary story to a wider audience through the medium of film,” he said. “Yusra reminds us of the human cost of the tragedy and the incredible fortitude, perseverance, and hope of one young woman who struggles for a future.”

“In a time of such uncertainty and fear, Yusra’s incredible story is a shining reminder that what binds us together is so much stronger than what keeps us apart,” Jaafar agreed. “At its heart, this is the story of someone who had a dream and was able to overcome the most immense obstacles to achieve it.”

Yusra Mardini will not be the first high-profile woman Daldry brings to the big screen. The director did the same with Virginia Woolf in “The Hours,” and Queen Elizabeth II in the play “The Audience” as well as the Netflix series “The Crown,” on which he serves as a producer. Daldry is set to direct the film adaptation of the musical “Wicked.” Here’s hoping the team behind the Mardini project taps a talented female scribe to write the screenplay.

Film About Olympian Swimmer and Syrian Refugee Yusra Mardini in the Works was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Rachel Montpelier

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