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Helena Bonham Carter: ‘The Crown’ Has a ‘Moral Responsibility’ to Tell Viewers It’s Fictional

Helena Bonham Carter: ‘The Crown’ Has a ‘Moral Responsibility’ to Tell Viewers It’s Fictional
Helena Bonham Carter believes “The Crown” has a “moral responsibility” to tell its viewers that events depicted in the series are fictional. The actress picked up the role of Princess Margaret from Vanessa Kirby in the third and fourth seasons of the Emmy-winning Netflix royal drama series. The fourth season of “The Crown” premiered November 15 and has faced backlash from family and friends of the British royals for its dramatization of events, most notably the marriage between Princess Diana and Prince Charles.

“It is dramatized,” Bonham Carter said on an official podcast for the series (via The Guardian). “I do feel very strongly, because I think we have a moral responsibility to say, ‘Hang on guys, this is not…it’s not a drama-doc, we’re making a drama.’ So they are two different entities.”

Over the weekend, U.K. Cultural Secretary Oliver Dowden urged Netflix to add a disclaimer
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The Best New TV Shows of 2020

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The Best New TV Shows of 2020
2020 was a year when many turned to television to distract and soothe.

And, against all odds, television — most of it made in the pre-covid-19 era, only to debut in a landscape where the world had irreparably changed — delivered an opportunity to escape and relate. Long derided as the pedestrian sibling of the entertainment landscape, it was the medium’s very quality of immediate accessibility that allowed it to shine at a time when nothing was certain and nothing made sense.

Below, in alphabetical order, are the shows — not limited series, chill out chess freaks who are already scrolling for “The Queen’s Gambit” — that debuted in this brave new world. Below you’ll find stories that inspired, engaged — and don’t dismiss the importance of this last one — entertained. It’s not just Peak TV, It’s Peak Cataclysm TV.

“Dave”

There’s something about Dave Burd’s straightforwardness that makes the show around him flourish.
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‘The Prom’: ‘Glee’ Redux, TikTok-Level Cringe & A Musical Tweens-Only Vibe [Review]

‘The Prom’: ‘Glee’ Redux, TikTok-Level Cringe & A Musical Tweens-Only Vibe [Review]
Beneath the affected spectacle of “The Prom” is a relatively compelling premise: a handful of out of touch New Yorkers— nay, Broadway actors, condescend to a small town under the guise of spreading progressive politics. As the outline for questions about how celebrity functions in the 21st century, how politics becomes more a form of brand and persona maintenance than a praxis that’s embedded into the lives of the people who slap it on, and whether, indeed, east coast elites do know better, “The Prom” had an out with its satire.

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‘The Toxic Avenger’: Peter Dinklage To Star In Macon Blair’s Reboot Of The Subversive Superhero Film

‘The Toxic Avenger’: Peter Dinklage To Star In Macon Blair’s Reboot Of The Subversive Superhero Film
Even though anyone familiar with the original “Toxic Avenger” film from 1984 would find it strange that a studio is interested in rebooting the franchise, the allure of a superhero IP that hasn’t been mined is too strong for Hollywood to pass up. So, it was announced more than a year ago that “The Toxic Avenger” is getting remade. And as strange as that is, you’ll never guess who’s going to star in the film.

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Dave Filoni Suggests Ahsoka Tano’s ‘Mandalorian’ Story Might Take Place Before The ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Epilogue

Dave Filoni Suggests Ahsoka Tano’s ‘Mandalorian’ Story Might Take Place Before The ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Epilogue
As you may recall, but perhaps not entirely care or understand, Lucasfilm kind of broke the internet on Friday with their latest episode of “The Mandalorian.” Titled “The Jedi,” the episode finally introduced the long-rumored Rosario Dawson playing fan-favorite character Ahsoka Tano—Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan learner who was featured on the animated series “Star Wars: Clone Wars” and “Star Wars Rebels,” series that was co-created and lead by Lucasfilm’s animation chief Dave Filoni.

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Back to One, Episode 134: Aubrey Plaza

Back to One, Episode 134: Aubrey Plaza
From Parks And Recreation to Legion, from indie film queen to The Happiest Season, Aubrey Plaza is not done surprising us. Everybody’s favorite late-night talk-show guest and hilarious awards-show host rarely gets to show off the serious roots of her acting chops. Enter Black Bear. The Sundance hit from Lawrence Michael Levine stars Plaza as a former actress on a writing retreat opposite Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon. Further description is not only pointless, it can be detrimental to your enjoyment of the film. Let’s just say it’s worth your time, in large part because of the emotional territory Plaza […]

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Back to One, Episode 134: Aubrey Plaza

Back to One, Episode 134: Aubrey Plaza
From Parks And Recreation to Legion, from indie film queen to The Happiest Season, Aubrey Plaza is not done surprising us. Everybody’s favorite late-night talk-show guest and hilarious awards-show host rarely gets to show off the serious roots of her acting chops. Enter Black Bear. The Sundance hit from Lawrence Michael Levine stars Plaza as a former actress on a writing retreat opposite Christopher Abbott and Sarah Gadon. Further description is not only pointless, it can be detrimental to your enjoyment of the film. Let’s just say it’s worth your time, in large part because of the emotional territory Plaza […]

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‘The Prom’ Review: Meryl Streep Charms in the Feel-Good Musical This Year Needed

‘The Prom’ Review: Meryl Streep Charms in the Feel-Good Musical This Year Needed
It’s every teenage girl’s dream: The high school PTA has just announced they’d rather cancel prom than let you bring your girlfriend, when a gaggle of garishly dressed Broadway stars you’ve never heard of storms in singing, “We are gonna help that little lesbian…”

Although these colorful coastal elites cause quite a stir while managing to muddle everything up, they give you a mall shopping spree, a sequined shoulder to cry on — and some killer song and dance routines. That’s “The Prom.”

Aside from its impassioned overtures for LGBTQ+ rights, “The Prom” has all the makings of a classic Hollywood musical: Haughty urbanites descend reluctantly on a small provincial town seeking validation and instead find love, connection, and renewed life’s purpose. It’s like if the strivers from “The Philadelphia Story” went to Allentown to help Peggy Sawyer find her way to “42nd Street.
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‘Soul’: Pixar Gets Ethereal in Animating the Characters of the Great Before

‘Soul’: Pixar Gets Ethereal in Animating the Characters of the Great Before
Pete Docter was at his most inquisitive on “Soul.” That’s because, unlike the Emoji-like personalities that embodied “Inside Out,” the animated characters that inhabit Pixar’s celestial fantasy are more abstract. “What do souls look like? What are they made of? Where do they come from?,” asked director and chief creative officer Docter. “There must’ve been something before we were born that somehow infused us with the essence of who we are.”

And so Pixar went on its most ambitious exploration yet to solve the problem of creating these ethereal characters of The Great Before. That’s the pre-birth training center where aspiring jazz pianist Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) finds himself after eluding death in The Great Beyond. He teams up with risk averse new soul, 22 (Tina Fey), on a journey to discover the meaning of life in Pixar’s first Black-led feature. “Fundamentals that came through again
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Covid-19 Testing Center Reopens Amid Backlash Over Closing for ‘She’s All That’ Reboot Shoot

Covid-19 Testing Center Reopens Amid Backlash Over Closing for ‘She’s All That’ Reboot Shoot
A Covid-19 testing center at Los Angeles’ Union Station will remain open following backlash over news the location would temporarily close to accommodate a film shoot for the upcoming “She’s All That” reboot. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti took to social media early Tuesday morning to announce the decision to close the testing center had been reversed. The original decision to close the location resulted in testing delays for over 500 Los Angeles residents who had scheduled appointments.

“Working with Lafd, Curative, and Metro Los Angeles, my team has worked to reopen testing at Union Station on Tuesday,” Garcetti wrote in a social media post. “The 504 Angelenos who were scheduled for a test there can visit the kiosk as originally planned or any of the other 14 City sites, where we offer 38K tests daily. Since March 20, the City has administered more than 2.5 million free tests. City sites offer free tests to
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Jon Favreau Told Baby Yoda’s Real Name to ‘Mandalorian’ Team ‘Early On in Season One’

Jon Favreau Told Baby Yoda’s Real Name to ‘Mandalorian’ Team ‘Early On in Season One’
The fifth episode of “The Mandalorian’s” second season dropped a bombshell on “Star Wars” fans: Baby Yoda’s real name is Grogu. How showrunner Jon Favreau and his creative team landed on the name Grogu remains unknown, but it’s not like the name was decided upon during the development of the show’s second season. Writer-director Dave Filoni told Vanity Fair the Grogu name “has been around for a while.” Filoni found out about Baby Yoda’s name in the early days of Season 1, which more or less means Baby Yoda had a real name for the show’s entire run.

“Jon told me early on in Season One what it would be, which made me start to think about how people could learn the name,” Filoni said. “This gave me the idea that Ahsoka, who is very compassionate, would be able to connect with the child, and
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‘Let Him Go’ Thrives as Early PVOD Release While ‘New Mutants’ Still Strong

‘Let Him Go’ Thrives as Early PVOD Release While ‘New Mutants’ Still Strong
Two recent films shared top honors this week on leading VOD charts. Of top significance is the early success of “Let Him Go” (Focus), one of several current releases from Universal and its specialty unit that is available for $19.99 only three weeks after its theatrical debut. “The New Mutants” (Disney), which was released in August and has a lower $5.99 cost placed #1 on two charts.

Let Him Go,” a contemporary Western starring Kevin Costner and Diane Lane, soared on FandangoNow and Apple TV, two charts that provide the most immediate response. The former ranks by dollars paid; the latter lists by number of transactions. Placing ahead of films with much lower prices suggests very strong interest and hints that the Universal/Focus strategy could be working. The film also placed #6 at Google Play. With an earlier deadline, Spectrum usually lags behind the others; expect it to show up next week.

Also scoring well this week,
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‘Black Mirror’ Creator Charlie Brooker Sets Netflix Mockumentary About 2020 with Hugh Grant

‘Black Mirror’ Creator Charlie Brooker Sets Netflix Mockumentary About 2020 with Hugh Grant
The year from hell, i.e. 2020, is about to get the mockumentary treatment courtesy of none other than Charlie Brooker, the creator of “Black Mirror.” Leave it to the maker of some of television’s darkest dystopias to conjure a new one, and once again at Netflix, now the home to ongoing seasons of “Black Mirror.”

While details about the mockumentary remain hush-hush, Hugh Grant let it slip earlier this year during an interview about “The Undoing” with New York Magazine that he’ll be featured in the project.

“Charlie Brooker has written a mockumentary about 2020. It’s for Netflix,” Grant said, adding that he will be “an historian who’s being interviewed about the year. I’m pretty repellent, actually! And you’ll like my wig.” Anyone who saw “The Undoing,” the HBO miniseries co-starring Nicole Kidman that wrapped on Sunday, realizes Grant knows a thing or two about being repellent.
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‘Aquaman 2’ Petition to Remove Amber Heard Exceeds 1.6 Million Signees After Depp ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Exit

‘Aquaman 2’ Petition to Remove Amber Heard Exceeds 1.6 Million Signees After Depp ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Exit
An online petition calling on Warner Bros. to remove Amber Heard from the upcoming comic book tentpole “Aquaman 2” has garnered over 1.6 million signatures and is fast approaching the 2 million mark (via Deadline). The petition gained traction over the holiday weekend after Warner Bros. confirmed Mads Mikkelsen would be replacing Johnny Depp as the villainous Grindelwald in “Fantastic Beasts 3.” IndieWire has reached out to Warner Bros. for further comment.

Depp announced in a November 6 Instagram post he was exiting the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise at the request of Warner Bros. following the end of his libel case against The Sun. The judge in the case sided with the publication, which referred to Depp as a “wife beater” in a story detailing his marriage with Heard. The petition to remove Heard from “Aquaman 2″ alleges the actress is a “known and proven domestic abuser,” and thus the studio should request her exit if
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‘Euphoria’ Special Episode Trailer: “Trouble Don’t Last Always” Airs December 6

‘Euphoria’ Special Episode Trailer: “Trouble Don’t Last Always” Airs December 6
You’ll recall the story: HBO’s “Euphoria” was caught in the middle of the pandemic and wasn’t able to start season two in earnest. In fact, season two won’t even start shooting until early 2021. But HBO found a workaround and stopgap to give fans of the acclaimed drama series something: a “special Covid episode.” Now, we’re getting a first glimpse of what that means as HBO debuted the official trailer and key art for the first of two upcoming “Euphoria” special episodes.

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A Celebration of Strength: Garrett Bradley Discusses "Time"

A Celebration of Strength: Garrett Bradley Discusses
Garrett Bradley’s Time is many things. It’s a portrait of perseverance and faith amidst loss; a penetrating look at the casual cruelty of our criminal justice system and the lives stolen through mass incarceration; a paean to the resilience of family and the radical power of love; and a memory artifact of one woman’s yearning to be reunited with her soulmate. A co-production of The New York Times’ Op-Docs in partnership with Amazon (which picked up the film’s distribution after its Sundance premiere earlier this year), Time lyrically embodies the sweeping temporal scale of its title, as it tells the 21-year story of Ms. Sibil Fox Richardson (“Fox Rich” as she’s called), her husband Robert, and their six children—a family devastated by the modern day slavery that is our nation’s prison industrial system. Patriarch Robert was sentenced to 60 years to life without the
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‘Bob Hearts Abishola’: Hollywood Agents Encouraged Folake Olowofoyeku to Change Her Name

‘Bob Hearts Abishola’: Hollywood Agents Encouraged Folake Olowofoyeku to Change Her Name
A Google search for the star of the CBS comedy “Bob Hearts Abishola,” Folake Olowofoyeku, will result in video interviews like this one, in which the American interviewer struggles to pronounce the Nigerian actress and musician’s last name. But she’s never considered changing it. If she did, she certainly wouldn’t be the first to do so. Ben Kingsley was born Krishna Pandit Bhanji; Natalie Portman was Neta-Lee Hershlag; and musician Bruno Mars was Peter Gene Hernandez. And in her “defiance,” Olowofoyeku is forcing the industry to meet her on her own terms — although she admits that she has been pressured.

“There have been a couple of agents when I was in New York who suggested or advised that I change my name,” she said. “There was an agent that I was with who I liked, so she was the only one whose opinion could have possibly swayed me.
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Oscars 2021: International Film Contenders & Predictions

Oscars 2021: International Film Contenders & Predictions
After a landmark Academy Awards where “Parasite” became the first film not in the English language to win Best Picture, the International Film category is at a pandemic induced crossroads. With film festivals forced to mostly adjust to virtual screenings and major bellwethers such as Cannes and Telluride scuttled, the Oscars are looking at the most wide-open race in at least a decade. And that’s not just talking about the eventual five nominated films, but the 10 selections on the ever-important shortlist.

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‘Euphoria’ Special Episode Trailer Picks Up the Pieces After Rue’s Season Finale Relapse

‘Euphoria’ Special Episode Trailer Picks Up the Pieces After Rue’s Season Finale Relapse
[Editor’s Note: The following article contains slight spoilers for “Euphoria” Season 1.]

The first season finale of “Euphoria” left viewers buzzing about the fate of Rue, the series’ protagonist played by Zendaya in an Emmy-winning performance. Season 1’s final episode ended in ambiguous fashion after Rue relapsed and got thrown into a surreal musical fantasia that left some fans convinced the character was dead.

The cast of the hit HBO series quickly shut down those theories, and now viewers will get to see the aftermath of Rue’s relapse in a special “Euphoria” Christmas episode airing in December. The episode is one of two new “Euphoria” installments that will bridge the first and second seasons.

The official “Euphoria” episode synopsis from HBO reads:

“In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, the first special episode follows Rue as she celebrates Christmas. Written and directed by series creator Sam Levinson, the episode, titled “Trouble Don’t Last Always,
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‘All Rise’: Kamala Harris’ Debate Performance Influenced Simone Missick in Season 2

‘All Rise’: Kamala Harris’ Debate Performance Influenced Simone Missick in Season 2
CBS’ “All Rise” is a courthouse drama that follows the chaotic lives of its judges, prosecutors, and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks, and cops to get justice for the people of Los Angeles, against the backdrop of a flawed and not always fair legal system. Now in its just-started second season, at the series’ center is newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (played by Simone Missick), a highly regarded former deputy district attorney. As the lead and a Black woman, she challenges expectations of what a judge is expected to be, and for her performance Missick channels both her own real life experiences as well as what’s in each script.

“It’s definitely a combination,” she said, singling out the second episode of the current season, titled “Keep Ya Head Up,” in which Judge Carmichael reflects on the angry Black woman trope with a powerful monologue. “That
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