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4 items from 2016


Production begins on 'Victoria And Abdul'

26 September 2016 10:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Focus Features holds worldwide rights to the Working Title drama from Stephen Frears starring Judi Dench in what will be her second on-screen portrayal of Queen Victoria.

Shooting will take place at locations across Scotland, India, and England. Focus is financing Victoria And Abdul in association with BBC Films.

Ali Fazal of Furious 7 plays Abdul Karim, a young clerk who forges a close friendship with the queen that is frowned upon by her inner circle after he travels from India to participate in her Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Dench played Queen Victoria in Mrs Brown (pictured) in 1997.

Billy Elliot screenwriter wrote the Victoria And Abdul script based on Shrabani Basu’s book Victoria & Abdul: The True Story Of The Queen’s Closest Confidant.

The cast includes Adeel Akhtar, Simon Callow, Michael Gambon, Eddie Izzard, Ruth McCabe, Tim Pigott-Smith, Julian Wadham, Olivia Williams and Fenella Woolgar.

Focus will open the film in limited release in North America on September »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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‘King Charles III’ Adaptation to Air on Masterpiece

28 July 2016 1:55 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Masterpiece will co-produce an adaptation of “King Charles III,” the play by Mike Bartlett that imagines the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the ascension of her oldest son to the throne, executive producer Rebecca Eaton announced Thursday. The movie will air on Masterpiece on PBS in 2017.

Bartlett will adapt his own play — nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for best play — into a 90-minute film, with Rupert Goold set to direct. Masterpiece will produce with the BBC in association with Drama Republic.

Tim Pigott-Smith (“Jewel in the Crown”), who played the character on Broadway, will star as Charles.

“’King Charles III’ is an ingenious play that promises to be as riveting on television as it was onstage,” Eaton said. “It’s a play set in the near future, but with Shakespeare never far away.”

Bartlett and Goold will serve as executive producers, with Eaton exec producing for Masterpiece and Greg Brenman and Roanna Benn exec producing for »

- Daniel Holloway

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Tony Awards 2016: Complete Winners List

12 June 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Broadway's best has come out in full force. The 2016 Tony Awards made history before it even started, when Hamilton nabbed a record-breaking 16 nominations - but will they also raise the bar with wins? Along with Hamilton, this year's nominees include Jeff Daniel and Michelle Williams for their performances in Blackbird, Lupita Nyong'o for Eclipsed, Steve Martin for his music in Bright Star and Sara Bareilles for her music in Waitress. View a complete list of winners below. (Winners' names are in bold; stay tuned as more winners are announced.) Best Play Eclipsed The Father The Humans King Charles IIIBest Musical »

- Stephanie Petit

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'Hamilton' gets record 16 Tony nominations, of course

3 May 2016 9:16 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Tony nominations were announced today, and Hamilton got a record 16 of them, because of course it did. The ridiculously popular and critically acclaimed musical was nominated in basically every possible category, with its writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda alone earning three nominations: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Original Score Written for the Theatre.  Other big names with nominations include Steve Martin, Lupita Nyong'o, Jane Krakowski, Jeff Daniels, Jessica Lange, and Michelle Williams. The Tony Awards will be broadcast on June 12 at 8 p.m. on CBS. You can find the full list of nominations here, but here are some of the major categories: Best Play Eclipsed The Father The Humans King Charles III Best Musical Bright Star Hamilton School of Rock - The Musical Shuffle Along, or the Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All »

- Sara Morrison

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