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Posted Monday 7/16/18 at 7:14AM EDT
The Crown releases the first image of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II
Colman plays the Queen in her late 30s and 40s. Meanwhile, Variety reports that actor Josh O'Connor is a strong candidate to play a young Prince Charles.
Posted Wednesday 7/11/18 at 1:35PM EDT
BBC throws shade at Netflix over The Crown's exorbitant cost
The BBC Press Office tweeted this morning that Netflix spent £97 million, or $128 million, on the first two seasons of The Crown --- the same amount the BBC spent on 18 of its shows, including Sherlock and Call the Midwife. (Actually, Season 1 of The Crown reportedly cost $130 million.) The BBC Press Office also pointed out that The Crown was viewed by 14% of UK adults, 74% of watched BBC's 18 dramas.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 1:18PM EDT
Downton Abbey creator: I have one complaint about The Crown
Julian Fellowes says the Netflix Royal family drama is "a wonderful piece of work and a brilliant, brilliant writing from Peter Morgan. It was very well done, it was beautifully acted, beautifully written. Yet Fellowes adds: "For me, I'm not completely comfortable with dramatizing people who are still alive and still living their lives because I think it's possible to be unfair. And in the second (season), I didn't think it was fair to Prince Philip, to the Duke of Edinburgh, based on very little."
Posted Friday 6/22/18 at 5:17PM EDT
The Crown finds its Princess Ann
Call the Midwife's Erin Doherty will play the daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip on Season 3 and 4 of the Netflix series.
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
The Crown casts a new Lord Snowdon
Ben Daniels will succeed Matthew Goode in the role of Antony Armstrong-Jones on Season 3 of the Netflix series.
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
Helena Bonham Carter: The Crown's new cast looks nothing like the previous season and real-world counterparts
“None of us look at all like our previous generation,” says the actress, who begins filming Season 3 of the Netflix series in a few weeks. “We don’t actually look like our real people either. I don’t look like Margaret. I don’t think Olivia (Colman) looks particularly like the Queen, but it’s interesting. We just have to try and create some sort of essence. The good thing is that all the characters are so multifaceted, so we will probably capture different bits.”
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Check out pics from The Crown exhibit
Props and costumes from the Netflix series are now on display at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. ALSO: Vanessa Kirby claims The Queen likes The Crown.
Posted Thursday 5/03/18 at 10:55AM EDT
The Crown officially casts Helena Bonham Carter as Prince Margaret
Carter succeeds Vanessa Kirby as Queen Elizabeth II's sister in Seasons 3 and 4 of the Netflix series. “I’m not sure which I’m more terrified about: Doing justice to the real Princess Margaret or following in the shoes of Vanessa Kirby’s Princess Margaret,” Carter said in a statement. “The only thing I can guarantee is that I’ll be shorter (than Vanessa).” ALSO: The Crown adds Jason Watkins to play former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson.
Posted Monday 4/30/18 at 6:42AM EDT
Report: Claire Foy to receive "back pay" to plug The Crown's salary gap with co-star Matt Smith
Foy, who reportedly earned £29,000 per episode, will receive an additional £200,000 for her work.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 5:36PM EDT
Claire Foy says The Crown pay-gap controversy "really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about"
“It definitely opened my eyes to a lot," she tells The Associated Press. "And I certainly won’t be naïve about those things,” Foy said in an interview on Monday in Las Vegas. “It’s really opened my eyes about what I am allowed to have an opinion about, and what I’m allowed to stand up for myself about. And I think that’s really changed my approach to myself and other women in this industry. It’s been only a positive thing — even though, embarrassing.”
Posted Monday 4/23/18 at 5:51AM EDT
The Crown's Matt Smith finally responds to Claire Foy pay-disparity controversy
"Claire is one of my best friends, and I believe that we should be paid equally and fairly and there should be equality for all," he told The Hollywood Reporter, adding: "I support her completely, and I'm pleased that it was resolved and they made amends for it because that what's needed to happen. Going forward, I think we should all bear in mind that we need to strive to make this better and a more even playing field for everyone involved — but not just in our industry, in all industries."
Posted Wednesday 3/28/18 at 6:02PM EDT
The Crown gets Tobias Menzies to play the older Prince Philip
The veteran of Rome and Game of Thrones and current star of Outlander and The Terror has signed on to co-star along with Olivia Colman for Seasons 3 and 4 of the Netflix series, playing Queen Elizabeth II's husband. He succeeds Matt Smith, who is eight years his junior. Menzies, 44, and Colman are the same age, born weeks apart. Paul Bettany was originally in early talks to play Prince Philip.
Posted Sunday 3/25/18 at 1:59AM EDT
Claire Foy responds to The Crown pay gap: It's odd to be at the center of a controversy you didn't ask for
“I’m surprised because I’m at the center of it, and anything that I’m at the center of like that is very very odd, and feels very very out of ordinary,” Foy tells EW. “But I’m not (surprised about the interest in the story) in the sense that it was a female-led drama. I’m not surprised that people saw (the story) and went, ‘Oh, that’s a bit odd.’ But I know that Matt feels the same that I do, that it’s odd to find yourself at the center (of a story) that you didn’t particularly ask for.”
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 2:35PM EDT
The Crown alum Jared Harris calls Matt Smith-Claire Foy pay gap "an embarrassment"
"I think it's an embarrassment for Left Bank Pictures," says Harris, who played Elizabeth's father King George VI in Season 1 and who is the first The Crown cast member to speak about the equal pay controversy. Harris says Smith shouldn't be blamed.. "That's a function of the fact that, at the time when they made the deal, Matt Smith would have had a larger profile around the world (than Foy)," he says. "But they could've, at that point, paid her as much as him. That was their choice. And, right now, they're probably wishing they did."
Posted Thursday 3/22/18 at 1:53PM EDT
The Crown producers weren't responding to a "gotcha" question in revealing the Claire Foy-Matt Smith pay disparity
Deadline's Peter White, who moderated the INTV conference panel last week where Smith's higher pay than Foy was revealed, writes that he had met with executive producer Suzanne Mackie to discuss the #MeToo and Time's Up movements two days before she publicly admitted to the unequal pay.