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TV on Tap: Mark Sheppard a “Supernatural” Regular, Meet the New “Game of Thrones” Characters and Lifetime Debuts “Petals on the Wind”

26 May 2014 3:48 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

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The faboo Kathy Najimy has joined the cast of Descendants, the Disney Channel’s upcoming movie about the children of the villains from classic animated Disney movies. Najimy will play the Evil Queen. This keeps sounding amazing.

I don’t know how I feel about this. Mark Sheppard will be a series regular in the tenth season of Supernatural. Sheppard is a great actor but I’ve long felt that the Supernatural writers ran out of good stories for Crowley a while ago.

Game of Thrones fansite WinterIsComing.net has descriptions of characters debuting in the fifth season. Watch out for spoilers if you follow the link, obviously. I’m certainly intrigued by the direction this is heading.

Quentin Tarantino says he wants to re-release Django Unchained as a mini-series. It wouldn’t be a remake but the original movie with 90 minutes of additional footage, shown as four one-hour episodes. »

- Lyle Masaki

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Report: Netflix Picks Up $170 Million Series About Queen Elizabeth II

23 May 2014 4:08 PM, PDT | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

If a recent report is to be believed, Netflix is planning its most expensive original series to date. The UK's Daily Mail first broke news of The Crown, which will follow the life of Queen Elizabeth II and may cost upwards of £100 million, a total that equals nearly $170 million. According to the report, The Crown will be a massive, 20-hour epic that could possibly be spread across two seasons. It will follow the current Queen of England across 67 years, with multiple women portraying her. There will likely be hundreds of roles, and The Daily Mail's source even framed the $170 million price tag as conservative. "Good luck if they can do this for £100 million," said the source. "I think you’ll find it’s going to cost a bit more than that, but for now, call it £100 million." As with Netflix's other popular original series, The Crown will be led by top-level talent. »

- Sam Gutelle

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Queen Elizabeth II Drama The Crown Could Be A Jewel For Netflix

23 May 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Netflix is having a very good year. Not only did House of Cards pick up some Emmys and Orange is the New Black pick up millions of viewers, but the network has earned enough to bid more than $100 million to make a series chronicling the life of Queen Elizabeth II. The drama, entitled The Crown, will dramatize her more than six decades on the throne and will come from screenwriter Peter Morgan, who already penned The Queen, a film about Her Royal Highness in the aftermath of Princess Diana’s death.

Sources say that the drama will cost more than $100 million, which would make it an even pricier bid that House of Cards. The Crown will air 20 episodes and feature three actors playing the Queen at different stages in her life. It will chart Queen Elizabeth II’s reign from the time she succeeded George VI, as a young woman »

- Jordan Adler

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Netflix Developing New Series About Queen Elizabeth II

23 May 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Netflix already chronicles the ruthlessness of American government with House of Cards, and now the on-demand service is venturing into UK politics with an upcoming "epic" series based on the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, The Guardian reports. 

Will Netflix Become the Next Big Hollywood Studio?

The Crown will be written by Peter Morgan – who penned the Oscar-winning 2006 drama The Queen – and inspired by his play The Audience, which focused on Elizabeth's weekly audiences given to prime ministers dating back to her 1952 accession. According to a Guardian source, »

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Netflix plans biopic of the Queen

23 May 2014 7:43 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Netflix has fought off competition from broadcasters the BBC and ITV and is on the brink of ordering its first original show from the UK – a £100m biopic of the Queen.

The subscription VoD platform is close to finalising a deal with Left Bank Pictures for the series, which is set to be 20 episodes in length and will be penned by Peter Morgan, the creative force behind Oscar-winning 2006 film The Queen.

ScreenDaily’s sister publication Broadcast understands that the drama, titled The Crown, will chart the monarch’s reign from her ascent to the throne at the age of 26, to the present day.

The drama will also focus on the political landscape during her time on the throne, with sources suggesting it will be “as much about Downing Street as the royal family”.

The Crown, which will also be shaped by director Stephen Daldry, will be produced for a 2016 release on Netflix. The casting »

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Netflix lining up biopic of the Queen as first original UK series

23 May 2014 2:46 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Netflix is close to commissioning a biopic of the Queen as its first original UK series.

The streaming platform has reportedly fought off competition from BBC and ITV for The Crown, which has been developed by Left Bank Pictures.

According to Broadcast, The Crown will chronicle the Queen's reign from her ascent to the throne at the age of 26, right through to the present day.

The drama will also focus on the political landscape in Britain over the last six decades.

The Crown is being written by Peter Morgan, who worked on 2006 film The Queen. Stephen Daldry, who recently directed Helen Mirren as the Queen in The Audience, will also work on the project.

The series - which will reportedly cost £100 million to produce - is set to debut on Netflix on 2016.

Left Bank managing directors Andy Harries and Marigo Kehoe will executive produce The Crown once it is officially commissioned. »

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Netflix nearing deal for royal drama 'The Crown'

22 May 2014 1:41 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Netflix is in talks with Academy Award nominees Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry to bring a series inspired by their play The Audience to the streaming service, EW has confirmed. The royal drama will be titled The Crown.

Written by Morgan and directed by Daldry, the 2013 play starred Helen Mirren in her second turn as Queen Elizabeth II; she won an Oscar for the same role in Morgan’s 2006 film The Queen. The story focuses on the weekly audiences Queen Elizabeth II has given to prime ministers since her accession in 1952.

The Sony Pictures Television series will be produced by Andy Harries, »

- Amber Ray

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New "Crown," "Hell," "V-Wars" Shows Announced

22 May 2014 1:37 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A bunch of film talent is shifting some of their attention to several new TV series.

The Crown

Filmmaker Stephen Daldry ("Billy Elliot," "The Reader") and scribe Peter Morgan ("The Queen," "Frost/Nixon") are set to team for Netflix's royal drama series "The Crown" based on the 2013 stage play "The Audience".

Helen Mirren starred as Queen Elizabeth II in the play which centered on the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to prime ministers that date back from her accession in 1952 to the present day.

South of Hell

"Hostel" filmmaker Eli Roth is set to direct the first episode and produce the horror thriller series "South of Hell" for We tv. "Dexter" and "The Shield" producer James Manos Jr. will serve as showrunner.

The eight-episode drama will premiere in 2015 and follows Maria Abascal, a female mercenary demon hunter who lives in Savannah, Georgia. She also has a demon inside »

- Garth Franklin

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Netflix Prepping Royal Drama Series From Stephen Daldry, Peter Morgan

22 May 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Netflix is prepping royal drama series The Crown. The streaming service is near a deal with Sony Pictures Television for a series from Academy Award nominees Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) and Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) inspired by the play The Audience, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The play, which bowed in 2013, centers on the weekly audiences given by Queen Elizabeth II to prime ministers that date back from her accession in 1952 to the present day. Helen Mirren starred as Queen Elizabeth II, marking her second time in the role after she won the Oscar for

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Netflix Ready To Receive The Crown

22 May 2014 7:59 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Following its success adapting a scathing look at British politics into the Us based House Of Cards, Netflix appears to be targeting the royal family next. The company is close to a deal for The Crown, a new series from Peter Morgan and Stephen Daldry.The show would be based on the pair’s celebrated 2013 play The Audience, in which Helen Mirren reprised her role as the Queen but played her at several points through the decades as she interacted with the Prime Ministers who have come to power during her time on the throne.Exact details on the show have yet to be announced, as the deal is still being made, but Morgan and Daldry would both be involved, producing the series with Andy Harries, Robert Fox and Matthew Byam Shaw, backed by Sony Television. Whether Mirren would return to play the Queen, and indeed how closely the series »

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Frank Langella Joins Cast of The Driftless Area

8 May 2014 8:47 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Oscar nominee Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon, Robot & Frank) has joined the cast of the unconventional romance The Driftless Area alongside the previously announced Anton Yelchin (Like Crazy, Only Lovers Left Alive, Star Trek), three-time Golden Globe nominee Zooey Deschanel (500 Days Of Summer, Elf, All The Real Girls), Oscar® nominee John Hawkes (The Sessions, Winter’S Bone, Lincoln), Ciaran Hinds (Munich, There Will Be Blood, HBO’s “Game of Thrones”) and Alia Shawkat (Fox/Netflix’s “Arrested Development,” Cedar Rapids), it was announced today by producers Unified Pictures and Bron Studios.

Adapted from award-winning author Tom Drury’s novel of the same title, The Driftless Area will be directed by Zachary Sluser, who co-wrote the screenplay with Drury.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin on May 14th in greater Vancouver.

The film is being produced by Keith Kjarval, through his Unified Pictures production/finance banner and Aaron L. Gilbert, via Bron Studios, »

- Michelle McCue

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Exclusive: FilmRise Will Make David Frost's Richard Nixon Interviews Available Digitally For The First Time

18 March 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The 12 extensive interviews that President Richard Nixon did with journalist David Frost will be released digitally for the first time in the U.S. courtesy of FilmRise, who've picked up the exclusive U.S. digital and DVD rights. The interviews, which equal nearly 29 hours of footage, were conducted over four weeks, beginning March 23, 1977, and were edited into four 90-minute programs that were broadcast in May. Nixon had resigned in 1974 and retreated from public life until Frost proposed the interviews, for which Nixon was paid. Nixon's admissions in the interviews led to widespread public belief that he had indeed obstructed justice, something he continued to deny until his death -- his successor, President Gerald Ford, had pardoned him. The interviews were the basis of Peter Morgan's play "Frost/Nixon," which was adapted into the 2008 film directed by Ron Howard starring Michael Sheen as Frost and Frank Langella as Nixon. "We »

- Alison Willmore

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Exclusive: FilmRise Will Make David Frost's Richard Nixon Interviews Available Digitally For The First Time

18 March 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The 12 extensive interviews that President Richard Nixon did with journalist David Frost will be released digitally for the first time in the U.S. courtesy of FilmRise, who've picked up the exclusive U.S. digital and DVD rights. The interviews, which equal nearly 29 hours of footage, were conducted over four weeks, beginning March 23, 1977, and were edited into four 90-minute programs that were broadcast in May. Nixon had resigned in 1974 and retreated from public life until Frost proposed the interviews, for which Nixon was paid. Nixon's admissions in the interviews led to widespread public belief that he had indeed obstructed justice, something he continued to deny until his death -- his successor, President Gerald Ford, had pardoned him. The interviews were the basis of Peter Morgan's play "Frost/Nixon," which was adapted into the 2008 film directed by Ron Howard starring Michael Sheen as Frost and Frank Langella as Nixon. "We »

- Alison Willmore

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Director Dexter Fletcher Exits Sony's Freddie Mercury Biopic Starring Ben Whishaw

14 March 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

The upcoming film that will center around the iconic rock band Queen and their eclectic front man Mercury is currently in development at Sony Pictures and Gk Films with production scheduled to start later this year. Almost a year after Sacha Baron Cohen dropped out of starring in the upcoming film, due to creative differences with the remaining members of Queen Brian May and Roger Taylor who are also acting as producers, director Dexter Fletcher (Sunshine On Leith) has exited the project too. This is only the latest bit of trouble for the film whose story will follow the band, spotlighting their titular front man known for his outrageous stage persona and powerful vocals, during their formative years leading up to their famed appearance at Live Aid in 1985. Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Freddie Mercury Biopic Loses Director Dexter Fletcher Over Creative Differences

13 March 2014 3:19 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Another one bites the dust... It would seem that ambitious plans to mount a Freddie Mercury biopic are being continually undone by that pesky phrase "creative differences." It was the reason Sacha Baron Cohen, first chosen to take on the lead role, bailed on the project and now, the film's director has left the movie, after just three months on job. Deadline reports that Dexter Fletcher, who first boarded the movie in December, has exited the production. The reason is a clash of vision over the R-rated movie, which will track Queen's rise all the way to their gig at Live Aid in 1985 but will not focus on Mercury's death or last days. The Peter Morgan ("The Queen") penned film was in "soft pre-production" but will now have to find someone to step in fast, if producers want to keep a summer shoot scheduled in place. And they'll have »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Dexter Fletcher Leaves Freddie Mercury Biopic

13 March 2014 2:36 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The team behind the long-gestating Freddie Mercury biopic has suffered another setback, with news arriving via Deadline that Wild Bill / Sunshine On Leith director Dexter Fletcher, who was attached to the project back in December, has now left the project.The cause of his departure hasn’t been revealed; the report simply mentions that he didn’t see eye-to-eye with the producers, which includes Brian May and the rest of Queen. We’re hopeful he may one day be more candid on the matter when enough time has passed.Fletcher’s hiring alongside Ben Whishaw (who replaced Sacha Baron Cohen) meant that the filmmakers, who include writer Peter Morgan, could kick off pre-production on the film. Whishaw is still aboard, and all involved are now looking for another director to keep things on track and the planned summer shoot alive.At its core, the film will focus on the formative »

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Fox Taps Charles Leavitt To Adapt ‘Those Who Wish Me Dead’

28 February 2014 10:45 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Charles Leavitt has just landed another high-profile adaptation gig, inking with 20th Century Fox to adapt Michael Koryta’s book Those Who Wish Me Dead, which Steve Zaillian’s Film Rites is producing. The project has been out to several top guys since Fox acquired rights to the thriller last fall and it was Blood Diamond scribe Leavitt’s take that impressed. The novel revolves around a teenage murder witness lost in the Montana wilderness, the twin assassins hunting him, a survival expert tasked with protecting him, and a forest fire that threatens to consume them all. Little Brown publishes the book in May. The Paradigm-repped Leavitt has been busy. He’s jumping into this job after delivering Wild Bunch, the Warner Bros pic to which Will Smith is attached to star and Jerry Weintraub will produce. He also adapted World Of Warcraft for director Duncan Jones, Universal and Legendary, »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Daniel Radcliffe wins WhatsOnStage best actor award

24 February 2014 7:01 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Former Harry Potter star recognised for performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan while Rupert Grint also wins prize

Michael Grandage rules out second season of West End shows

Former Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has won the WhatsOnStage best actor award for his performance in The Cripple of Inishmaan, part of the star-studded Michael Grandage Company season in the West End, which took three other awards including best director for Grandage himself.

Radcliffe's former co-star Rupert Grint won best newcomer for his performance in the revival of the Jez Butterworth play Mojo.

The other big winner was the musical The Book of Mormon, which among four awards won best new musical, beating both Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Light Princess, and best actor in a musical for Gavin Creel.

Helen Mirren was awarded best actress for her role as the Queen in The Audience, which also won best »

- Maev Kennedy

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Berlin Film Review: ‘Diplomacy’

19 February 2014 3:36 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The time is August 1944, and as the Allies march toward Paris, the city’s artistic and architectural riches lie in danger of Nazi dynamiting. No, it isn’t “Return of the Monuments Men,” but rather Volker Schlondorff’s “Diplomacy,” another movie set at the same historical moment that may be far smaller in scale than George Clooney’s limp epic, but proves to be vastly more passionate, engaging and emotional in its depiction of the relationship between Dietrich von Cholitz, the German military governor of occupied Paris, and Swedish consul-general Raoul Nordling. A fine return to form for the veteran German helmer (“The Tin Drum”), adapted from French playwright Cyril Gely’s 2011 stage success, this classy drama of political manners should stir plenty of patriotic fervor in Gaul (where it opens March 5) and score brisk sales to offshore arthouse shingles.

In reality, there never was an all-night powwow between Nordling »

- Scott Foundas

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The winners of the BAFTA Ee British Academy Film Awards 2014 are...

17 February 2014 7:42 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rounding up all the winners from the 67th annual BAFTA Ee British Academy Film Awards..

Tonight marked biggest occasion in the British film calender as the stars of the big screen descended upon London's Royal Opera House as BAFTA hosts the 67th annual Ee British Academy Film Awards, with Stephen Fry once again serving as master of ceremonies for the ninth time.

Steve McQueen's drama 12 Years a Slave may have walked away with the top prize, fending off competition from American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Philomena and Gravity to win Best Film, but it was also a great night for Alfonso Cuaron's space-set thriller, which walked away with six awards including Best Director and Outstanding British Film.

Check out all the nominees from the 2014 BAFTA British Academy Film Awards, with the winners highlighted in red (and be sure to take a look at Oliver Davis' live coverage from »

- Gary Collinson

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