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Posted Saturday 2/17/18 at 1:46AM EST
The Crown's casting director: Picking actors for Seasons 3 and 4 is especially challenging
"Not only are we casting real-life characters,” says casting director Nina Gold, “but as we get closer to the present day, many of these people are very much alive. So we have to honor them by picking the right actor to play them—while making a link between the actors who played these characters in the first seasons.” For instance, Olivia Colman was picked to succeed Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II because they both have the ability to simultaneously convey a stoicism and emotional transparency. "They allow you to somehow see into them without really doing anything,” says Gold. “They each have such easy access to their humanity.”
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:34AM EST
Vanity Fair digitally removed James Franco from its Hollywood issue cover following sexual misconduct allegations
"We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him," a Vanity Fair spokespesrson says of scrubbing The Deuce star from the Annie Leibovitz photo shoot.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 3:37PM EST
Paul Bettany is too busy for The Crown
Scheduling conflicts has prevented the British actor from signing on to play Prince Philip in Seasons 3 and 4 of the Netflix series. The actor had been in active negotiations to star opposite Olivia Colman’s Queen Elizabeth II.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 10:20AM EST
Princess Diana will be introduced in The Crown Season 3
Princess Diana won’t become a regular character, however, until Season 4. Meanwhile, producer Suzanne Mackie says “you start meeting Camilla Parker-Bowles in season three,” referring to Prince Charles’ then-mistress and current wife.
Posted Sunday 1/21/18 at 3:26AM EST
Paul Bettany is in talks to play Prince Philip on The Crown
Bettany is set to take over the role from Matt Smith, joining Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II in the third season of the Netflix Royal drama.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Why do period TV shows have the best fashion?
From The Crown to Stranger Things to The Assassination of Gianni Versace, the best fashion on television these days comes from a bygone era.
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
It's hard to binge-watch The Crown when you have to do so much Googling
One fan of The Crown would like Netflix to add pop-up links to each episode to provide more information on whether a scene taking place is real or fiction. ALSO: Here’s what The Crown got wrong about the Queen’s visit to Ghana.
Posted Monday 1/15/18 at 3:55PM EST
The Crown’s Vanessa Kirby posts a photo of her and Helena Bonham Carter
Check out another indication that Carter will succeed Kirby as the new Princess Margaret.
Posted Sunday 1/14/18 at 1:04PM EST
Smithsonian Channel tonight features a rare interview with Queen Elizabeth II
The Queen talks about her 1953 coronation, in honor of its upcoming 65th anniversary, on the documentary The Coronation.
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
Why Victoria is preferable to The Crown
Netflix’s Queen Elizabeth II series has received more buzz and critical acclaim than the Masterpiece drama based on Queen Victoria, her great-great-grandmother. Of the two, Mike Hale finds Victoria to be more “immediately gratifying.” He adds: “So call me shallow, or just contrary, for preferring the breezy, full-blooded pleasures of Victoria to the more finely wrought, stiffer virtues of The Crown. Who would have thought that the person for whom the Victorian Era was named would be this much fun?”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:01PM EST
No, Helen Mirren won’t play an older Queen Elizabeth II on The Crown
“No, I’m not. No, no. Done with that,” Mirren said when asked if she’ll be reprising her role of Queen Elizabeth II that won her an Oscar for the 2006 film The Queen, which was penned by The Crown creator Peter Morgan.
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 12:04PM EST
Helena Bonham Carter is set to play Princess Margaret on The Crown
The two-time Oscar nominee is “all but confirmed to play the inimitable royal,” taking over the role from Vanessa Kirby, according to The Evening Standard, which adds: “Bonham Carter has a personal connection to the Princess Margaret part: her home in Oxfordshire, Mill House, was previously owned by Margaret’s former lady-in-waiting, Jane Stevens.” Carter will star alongside Olivia Colman, who is taking over the Queen Elizabeth II role from Claire Foy for Season 3 and 4 of the Netflix series.
Posted Thursday 1/04/18 at 5:21PM EST
The Top 5 most-read Wikipedia pages of 2017 include Queen Elizabeth II, Game of Thrones Season 7 and Meghan Markle
According to Wikipedia's statistical analysis, The Crown likely helped deliver more than 19 million page views to the Queen’s Wikipedia page. Her predecessor, Queen Victoria, ranked 13th thanks to the Victoria TV drama. Meanwhile, Game of Thrones Wikipedia pages ranked fourth and sixth. 13 Reasons Why placed 10th, while Riverdale came in at No. 18.
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 10:03PM EST
Gary Oldman binge-watched The Crown and was shocked to see Darkest Hour co-star Stephen Dillane working with another Winston Churchill
“I went, ‘That’s Stephen Dillane! In a scene! With Churchill!'" said Oldman, who plays Churchill in the new film Darkest Hour. "So I wrote to Stephen and I said, ‘you are a gentleman, because you never ever mentioned or gave away the fact that you worked with another Churchill,'” Oldman said. “And he wrote back, ‘I only work with Churchills.'” Oldman admits he exchanged notes with his John Lithgow, his Churchill counterpart. ALSO: The Crown rushes through time far too quickly.
Posted Friday 12/15/17 at 10:35PM EST
Hillary Clinton has been watching the “amazing” Handmaid’s Tale, plus The Crown
The former presidential candidate also still watches Madam Secretary. As for The Handmaid’s Tale, Clinton says, “it’s so amazing.”