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The Real Reason Daniel Radcliffe Was Cast as Harry Potter

30 December 2016 3:08 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

This year marks the 15th anniversary of the very first Harry Potter movie, 2001's Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, which started the lucrative franchise and introduced the world to three little-known actors who would go on to become global superstars, Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter), Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley). Like many big-budget blockbusters based on a wildly popular novel series, the casting has to be just right to ensure any kind of success, and it's safe to say that the filmmakers behind Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone certainly got the casting right. Today we have new details from casting director Janet Hirshenson, who reveals the casting process wasn't easy by any means, along with the unusual yet perfect reason why Daniel Radcliffe was cast in the role of a lifetime as Harry Potter.

The Huffington Post caught up with Janet Hirshenson to delve deeper »

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Premiere Interviews: Matt Smith, Claire Foy & More for Netflix’s The Crown

1 November 2016 2:47 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

We present our red carpet interviews from the premiere of Netflix’s new series The Crown held this evening in London’s Leicester Square. The film stars Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Jared Harris, Dame Eileen Atkins & Victoria Hamilton. It was written by Peter Morgan and directed by Stephen Daldry who previously directed Billy Elliot […]

The post Premiere Interviews: Matt Smith, Claire Foy & More for Netflix’s The Crown appeared first on HeyUGuys. »

- Jon Lyus

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Joan Collins Comedy ‘The Time of Their Lives’ Drives to Afm With Independent

28 October 2016 6:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Andrew Orr’s sales agency Independent has taken over international sales duties on Joan Collins comedy “The Time of Their Lives,” replacing Fortissimo Films, which went out of business in August.

Independent will screen first footage from the movie at the American Film Market in Santa Monica next week. Collins plays a former Hollywood star who’s on her way to crash her ex-husband’s funeral with a friend, played by Pauline Collins. The film also stars Franco Nero, is directed by Roger Goldby (“The Waiting Room”), and is produced by Sarah Sulick and Azim Bolkiah.

Lyricist Tim Rice, most famous for writing musicals “The Lion King” and “Evita,” is an executive producer and will be writing a song for the film. Music is being composed by Stephen Warbeck, whose credits include “Shakespeare in Love” and “Billy Elliot.”

As previously announced, Universal Pictures will distribute the pic in the U. »

- Leo Barraclough

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New trailer arrives for new Netflix original ‘The Crown’

21 October 2016 7:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ahead of its release onto Netflix next month, we have a brand new trailer for the monarch-themed drama The Crown to share with you.

A Netflix original series, focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline,  the political world is in disarray, and a young woman takes the throne….a new era is dawning. Peter Morgan’s masterfully researched scripts reveal the Queen’s private journey behind the public facade with daring frankness. Prepare to be welcomed into the coveted world of power and privilege and behind locked doors in Westminster and Buckingham Palace….the leaders of an empire await.

The Crown reunites acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours »

- Paul Heath

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New Featurette For The Crown Focuses On The Burden Of Carrying Such A Big Responsibility

13 October 2016 8:58 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

The cast and creators of Netflix's The Crown take us behind-the-scenes of the production that will give audiences a never-before-seen look into the private lives of the infamous royal family in 'The Weight Of The Crown' featurette, released by Netflix today.

Check out the featurette below.

The Crown stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary, among others. 

The series reunites acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen).

The Netflix original series focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, »

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New Trailer For Netflix's The Crown Tells The Inside Story Of Queen Elizabeth II's Early Reign

27 September 2016 6:08 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Netflix has released a new trailer for The Crown, the highly anticipated, new original series will premiere on Netflix, the world’s leading Internet TV network, to a global audience on Friday, November 4, 2016. 

The Crown stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary, among others. 

The series reunites acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen).

The Netflix original series focuses on Queen Elizabeth II as a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the daunting prospect of leading the world’s most famous monarchy while forging a relationship with legendary Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. The British Empire is in decline,  the political world is in disarray, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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'Frozen' Musical Taps New Director, Set Designer

27 September 2016 5:23 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Disney has tapped Tony Award-winning director Michael Grandage to serve as the new director of the Broadway adaptation of Frozen, Variety reports.

Grandage will replace original director Alex Timbers, who left the production in August. While no specifics for the change were given at the time, Disney Theatrical Productions President and producer Thomas Schumacher said the decision "was especially painful" and "we have chosen to go in another direction with this role" (Timbers previously helmed Disney's Peter and the Starcatcher).

Joining Grandage on Frozen will be his longtime set and costume design collaborator, »

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‘The Crown’ Trailer: First Look At Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth Drama Series

27 September 2016 2:40 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

The Crown must win, must always win.” That admonition comes at the end of the first trailer for Netflix’s new original drama The Crown, which chronicles the early days of Queen Elizabeth’s reign. The show is created, written and executive produced by The Queen scribe Peter Morgan. Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot) and Andy Harries (The Queen) also executive produce and Daldry directs. The series stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, a 25-year-old newlywed faced with the… »

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First Trailer Bows For The Crown – Stars Claire Foy And Matt Smith

27 September 2016 12:59 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The Crown

Anglophile: a non-English person who greatly likes and admires England and English things. Americans can’t help it – our fascination with the UK and the British Monarchy is seemingly unquenchable. On the horizon is the latest series about England’s longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II.

Premiering on Netflix on November 4, 2016 comes the one-hour drama The Crown.

The Crown reunites writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, The Crown tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.

Debuting today is the first trailer for the 10-episode series. Long live Queen Elizabeth.

The Crown reunites acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, »

- Michelle McCue

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The Crown: new trailer reveals royal frictions

27 September 2016 12:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Kayti Burt Oct 21, 2016

The Crown plans to follow Queen Elizabeth's reign from her 1947 to present-day, over six seasons. Here's a trailer for the first one...

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The latest trailer for Netflix original TV series The Crown is here. As someone who is a big fan both of Peter Morgan's previous fictional interpretations of Queen Elizabeth's life — the 2006 film The Queen and the 2013 stage play The Audience, both starring Helen Mirren — I am 100 percent ready for Netflix's latest series from the writer. In addition to Morgan, The Crown has a wonderful cast (including Doctor Who's Matt Smith), as well as director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hourse) behind the camera.

See related  Michael Keaton headed to Kong: Skull Island Looking back at Peter Jackson's King Kong Godzilla Vs King Kong set for 2020

Here's the new trailer, followed by the previous two promo videos...

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New look at Netflix drama ‘The Crown’ with new poster and trailer

27 September 2016 4:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Netflix have unleashed a new look poster and trailer for their upcoming 10-episode series The Crown.

The Crown reunites acclaimed writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen). Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, The Crown tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s early reign, revealing the personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries behind the great events that shaped the second half of the 20th Century.

The Crown stars Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II, Matt Smith as Prince Phillip, John Lithgow as Sir Winston Churchill, Victoria Hamilton as the Queen Mother, Jared Harris as King George VI, Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret and Dame Eileen Atkins as Queen Mary, among others.

Check out the brand new poster for the new series above, and the new trailer below. The Crown debuts on Netflix from Friday, »

- Paul Heath

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Netflix Releases First Official Trailer for The Crown

27 September 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

[Youtube "JWtnJjn6ng0"] Royal fans, clear your schedules for Nov. 4. Why? That's the date Netflix's new historically-inspired, royally-inclined show, The Crown drops online. Though the next five weeks might be agonizing to wait through, People can exclusively reveal a taste of the show in its first official trailer. The series follows Queen Elizabeth II's - played by Claire Foy - last years as a princess and her first years on the throne, including her wedding and the beginning of her marriage to Prince Philip (Doctor Who's Matt Smith) and her relationship with Prime Minister Winston Churchill - played by John Lithgow. »

- Diana Pearl, @dianapearl_

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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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Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams Join Stephen Frears’ ‘Victoria and Abdul’

26 September 2016 8:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams and Simon Callow have joined the cast of Stephen Frears’ “Victoria and Abdul,” which has started filming in Britain.

The period drama sees Judi Dench return to the role of British monarch Queen Victoria opposite Bollywood actor Ali Fazalas playing Abdul Karim. Dench first played the long-serving 19th-century queen on the big screen in 1997’s “Mrs. Brown.”

Victoria and Abdul” tells the true story of the queen’s unexpected friendship, in the later years of her reign, with a young Indian clerk who had traveled to Britain to participate in the queen’s 1887 Golden Jubilee celebrations. Written by Lee Hall (“Billy Elliot”), the film is based on Shrabani Basu’s novel “Victoria and Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidant.”

Dench received the first of her seven Oscar nominations for “Mrs Brown.” (She won a supporting-actress Oscar the following year playing another queen, »

- Robert Mitchell

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Tessa Ross and Juliette Howell launch House Productions

8 August 2016 1:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Production company launches with investment from BBC Worldwide and Access Entertainment.

Former Film4 head Tessa Ross and ex-Working Title TV chief Juliette Howell have joined forces to launch TV and film production company, House Productions.

The independent outfit launches in partnership with international distributor BBC Worldwide and Access Entertainment – a division of Access Industries, the media, industrial and technology group owned by Us industrialist Len Blavatnik.

House Productions will be based in London with Ross and Howell as joint CEOs, and will collaborate with talent with whom they have previously worked as well as striking up new relationships.

Announcing the new company, Ross said: “Juliette and I are truly excited about what we can achieve together, and with our partners at BBC Worldwide and Access Entertainment.

“We’re going to build a creative and supportive home at House Productions and look forward to growing something unique and long lasting with both new and old collaborators.

Howell added: »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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36 Actors Who Could Be The 007th James Bond

4 August 2016 12:39 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Simon Columb with 36 actors who could be the 007th James Bond…

Straight off the bat, we’ve got to be open-minded about what defines James Bond. I’d argue that James Bond needs to be have a smart, smooth presentation with a brawling, rough depth beneath the surface. The whole backstory needs to be buried in the character. He needs to be ever-so-slightly uncomfortable in a tuxedo but to such a small extent that it carries the swagger that demands the attention of others in the room. There’s no particular figure, height, age or race that defines this presentation. Being a bit smarmy with the ladies is almost an expectation – especially as ‘Bond Girl’ is so rooted in the series. But, considering M was the Bond Girl in Skyfall, I can appreciate this may need a slight update. Nevertheless, a Jane Bond can’t be entirely off the table. »

- Simon Columb

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Two Neighbors Form an Unlikely Friendship Across Generations in ‘Kotchebi’

4 August 2016 8:16 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

Kotchebi

Logline: “Kotchebi” is about a friendship between a mysterious young girl and a bereaved old man. On the surface they have nothing in common apart from inhabiting different sides of a semi-detached house on a very ordinary suburban street.

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“Kotchebi” translates as “wandering swallow” – North Korean slang for the orphans who roam the streets searching for food.

The film follows an unlikely friendship between a mysterious young girl and a bereaved old man. On the surface, they have nothing in common, other than living on opposite sides of the same semi-detached house.

Mi Young is a North Korean refugee who doesn’t speak, »

- Steve Greene

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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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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, »

- Paul Heath

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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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- Gary Collinson

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