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Teen Queen Elizabeth I Drama ‘Becoming Elizabeth’ Ordered to Series at Starz

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While Netflix continues to tell the tale of Queen Elizabeth II with “The Crown,” Starz is bringing the story of the first Queen Elizabeth to a small screen near you with a series order for new drama “Becoming Elizabeth.”

Created and written by award-winning playwright and television screenwriter Anya Reiss, “Becoming Elizabeth” is the “fascinating story of the early life of England’s most iconic Queen,” according to Starz. “Long before she ascended the throne, young Elizabeth Tudor was an orphaned teenager who became embroiled in the political and sexual politics of the English court. With no clear heir, the death of King Henry the VIII sets into motion a dangerous scramble for power. His surviving children find themselves pawns in a game between the great families of England and the powers of Europe who vie for control of the country.”

“Elizabeth struggles to control her own destiny and take
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‘Vikings’ Sequel Series Set at Netflix From Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart

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‘Vikings’ Sequel Series Set at Netflix From Michael Hirst, Jeb Stuart
Fans of the History series “Vikings” rejoice!

Netflix has ordered the follow up series titled “Vikings: Valhalla,” which will be set 100 years after the conclusion of the original show. The sixth and final season of “Vikings” on History is set to debut on Dec. 4.

Valhalla” will be executive produced by “Vikings” creator Michael Hirst, with Jeb Stuart serving as writer and showrunner. Along with Hirst and Stuart, “Vikings” executive producer Morgan O’Sullivan will serve in the same role on “Valhalla.” MGM Television will produce. In addition, the new show will shoot in Ireland like the original with many original members of the “Vikings” production team returning in all departments.

“I am beyond excited that we are announcing the continuation of our ‘Vikings’ saga,” Hirst said. “I know that the millions of our fans across the globe will be thrilled by the belief being shown in our show by MGM and Netflix.
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Check out which Indian films bagged nominations for the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Award 2019

One of the biggest Indian Film Festivals outside of India, the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne has just announced its nominations for its annual awards ceremony. The festival is presented by the Victorian Government, is an annual festival that takes place in the cultural melting pot, Melbourne. This year's theme of the festival is Courage with over 58 films selected and to be screened in 21 languages.?

Apart from an exciting line up of some of the best Indian film talent set to visit the city to attend the celebrations at the festival, the annual award night will be held on 8th August the Palais Theatre, which is an iconic landmark of the city. ?

Each year the festival has had the privilege of some of the biggest Australian film talent on the jury panel. After a successful past few years, this year the jury comprises of some of the most renowned and
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Cate Blanchett Was Secretly Featured in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ Orgy This Entire Time

Cate Blanchett Was Secretly Featured in Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ Orgy This Entire Time
Eyes Wide Shut” is one of Stanley Kubrick’s most divisive movies, but it does contain one of his most iconic sequences: The orgy scene. Vulture critic and writer Bilge Ebiri has published an oral history on the sequence in which assistant director Brian Cook, choreographer Yolande Snaith, composer Jocelyn Pook, and more weigh in on its months-long making. One of the biggest revelations in the oral history comes from Leon Vitali, Kubrick’s assistant who gained fame in front of the camera as Lord Bullingdon in “Barry Lyndon.” According to Vitali, Cate Blanchett had a never-revealed cameo in the famous orgy scene as the voice of the mysterious masked woman, played on set by Abigail Good.

“It was Cate Blanchett!” Vitali said of the voice. “We wanted something warm and sensual but that at the same time could be a part of a ritual. Stanley had talked about finding
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2019 Oscars exclusive interviews: 5 chats with costume and production design nominees for ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite,’ and more [Watch]

2019 Oscars exclusive interviews: 5 chats with costume and production design nominees for ‘Roma,’ ‘The Favourite,’ and more [Watch]
Gold Derby has conducted exclusive video chats with five of this year’s Oscar nominees for Best Costume Design and Best Production Design over the last few months. How will they do when the winners are announced on Sunday, February 24? Follow the links below to be taken to their full interviews.

Alexandra Byrne (“Mary Queen of Scots”): Costume designer Byrne returned to the Oscar race with this historical drama about the conflict between Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie). Byrne’s last film about the famed monarch, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007), earned her a victory in this category. She previously competed for “Hamlet” (1996), “Elizabeth” (1998) and “Finding Neverland” (2004). (Click here to be taken to her full interview)

See Watch 3 Gold Derby pundits argue over predictions: Thelma Adams, Paul Sheehan, and Tom O’Neil

Eugenio Caballero (“Roma”): Production designer Caballero competes for his work
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Will Best British Film curse strike down ‘The Favourite’ at the BAFTAs?

Will Best British Film curse strike down ‘The Favourite’ at the BAFTAs?
The Favourite” reaped a leading 12 nominations for the BAFTA Awards. Among these are bids for both Best Picture and Best British Film. But these two categories could cancel each other out in the minds of the BAFTA voters. Since the British academy reintroduced Best British Film in 1992, separate from the top award for Best Picture, only two movies have won both races.

“The King’s Speech” was the first film to pull off this double act at the BAFTAs in 2010 and it went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars. Last year, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” repeated this feat on home turf but lost the top Oscar race to “The Shape of Water.”

For Best Picture, “The Favourite” is up against two seven-time nominees — “Roma” and “A Star is Born” — as well as five-time contender “BlacKkKlansman” and four-time nominee “Green Book.” Its rivals for Best British Film are seven-time nominee “Bohemian Rhapsody,
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‘On The Basis Of Sex’ Doesn’t Break The Biopic Mold But Its Story Still Inspires [Review]

With “On the Basis of Sex,” director Mimi Leder has made the type of movie that usually drives Oscar prognosticators and history-loving dads alike into a popcorn-scented froth, but this time – gasp! – it’s about a woman, so all bets are off. For every female-centric entry like “The Queen” and “Elizabeth,” there are literally dozens of dude-driven films based on doorstop-sized biographies about the mark they made on the world, simply because it’s been far more challenging for women to make an impact in centuries past.

Continue reading ‘On The Basis Of Sex’ Doesn’t Break The Biopic Mold But Its Story Still Inspires [Review] at The Playlist.
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’: Could Margot Robbie’s surprise SAG nomination open the awards floodgates for historical film?

‘Mary Queen of Scots’: Could Margot Robbie’s surprise SAG nomination open the awards floodgates for historical film?
Margot Robbie (“Mary Queen of Scots”) was among the more surprising nominations last week for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, which was a big surge for her film after it had underperformed at other awards season events. Pundits had pegged Robbie and co-star Saoirse Ronan — both Oscar nominees for Best Actress just last year — as major contenders early on this season, but then another film about British royals, “The Favourite,” stole some of its thunder with critics and prognosticators. Is “Mary” once again in it to win it?

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Ahead of the film’s theatrical release on December 7, the 18th Whistler Film Festival opened with the Canadian premiere of “Mary,” which Director of Programming Paul Gratton introduced as a “feminist-revisionist” take and an “acting exercise above all.” True to its title, the film centers on Ronan as Mary Stuart, who navigates the politics
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‘Mary Queen of Scots’ Hair, Makeup Artist Gave Substance and Style to Battling Queens

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Jenny Shircore has done the makeup and hair of several queens over the years: Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth” and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (she won an Oscar for the former) and Emily Blunt in “The Young Victoria.”

In fact, she had to be convinced to do it again for Saoirse Ronan’s Queen Mary and Margot Robbie’s Queen Elizabeth in Focus Features’ “Mary Queen of Scots,” released Dec. 7, because she felt she had already thoroughly covered the period. It was costume designer Alexandra Byrne, her good friend and collaborator, who told her that this time was going to be different.

“When I first talked to [director] Josie [Rourke] about Margot Robbie, who plays Elizabeth I,” Shircore recalls, “I asked her if she would want her to look like ‘Margot Robbie’ on that screen or if I could change her — change her eyes, her eyebrows, her nose, her lips. She told me
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Iffam: Shekhar Kapur Plans New ‘Elisabeth’ Film (Exclusive)

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Iffam: Shekhar Kapur Plans New ‘Elisabeth’ Film (Exclusive)
Shekhar Kapur, best known outside India for “Elizabeth,” his 1998 biopic about the 16th Century British queen, is readying a new “Elisabeth” film. Based on a musical about one of the most famous members of the Austrian royal family, the film is to be shot in German.

Together with Michael Kunze and Sylvester Levay, Kapur is developing “Elisabeth.” This one is based on the life and death of Empress Elisabeth of Austria, the wife of Emperor Franz Joseph I, and better known as Sissi. Kunze and Levay’s “Elisabeth” is a stage musical based on the Empress’ life that has been watched by more than 10 million people and which rates as the most successful German musical of all time. There have been 12 language adaptations of the stage show, with the most popular Asian adaptations being in Korean and Japanese. Kapur will direct the film adaptation of the musical in German.

“Sissi,
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How Alexandra Byrne incorporated denim in the ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ costumes [Exclusive Video Interview]

How Alexandra Byrne incorporated denim in the ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ costumes [Exclusive Video Interview]
Alexandra Byrne is one of the top period costume designers in the world, winning an Oscar for “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007). But when she joined “Mary Queen of Scots,” she took an entirely different approach.

“If I’m going to be a purist, [‘Mary’s’ costumes are] totally historically inaccurate,” Byrne said at Gold Derby’s Meet the Experts: Costume Designers panel, moderated by this author (watch the exclusive video above). “But I think the freedom to make those decisions comes from knowing the period sufficiently to know what it should’ve been to make informed decisions to underline the story and what to tell.”

“Mary” chronicles the well-known saga of cousins Mary Stuart (Saoirse Ronan) and Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), which ended with the former’s execution under the latter’s orders in 1567. With two queens at the center of the story, Byrne didn’t want the costumes to be of “another queen in another frock.
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Memo to the academy: Bring back Whoopi Goldberg to host 2019 Oscars

Memo to the academy: Bring back Whoopi Goldberg to host 2019 Oscars
Following the resignation of Kevin Hart as Oscars host over past homophobic remarks, the academy need look no further than its board of governors for a replacement: Whoopi Goldberg. She has a rich history with the Academy Awards. This Egot champ was the first woman to solo as Oscar emcee.

Before she was tapped as host, Goldberg had already made Oscar history as the first African American actress to reap two Oscar nominations. While she lost her 1986 lead actress bid for “The Color Purple,” she won Best Supporting Actress in 1991 for “Ghost.” As she revealed in her heartfelt acceptance speech: “As a little kid, I lived in the projects and you’re the people I watched. You’re the people that made me want to be an actor.”

See Kevin Hart resigns as Oscars host with belated apology to Lgbtq community

Before her four well-reviewed turns as an Oscar host,
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Oscars should bring back Whoopi Goldberg to host 2019 Academy Awards

Oscars should bring back Whoopi Goldberg to host 2019 Academy Awards
It has been five weeks since the academy confirmed on Oct. 22 that Oscar-winning producer Donna Gigliotti (“Shakespeare in Love”) and Emmy-winning director Glenn Weiss will produce the Oscars for the first time. They have yet to announce a host for the 2019 Academy Awards, which take place on Feb. 24. They can stop looking as we have the perfect person to preside at the podium: Whoopi Goldberg. She isn’t afraid of speaking her mind, which would make for must-see-tv and bring more viewers to the ratings-challenged Oscarcast.

Goldberg has a rich history with the Academy Awards. She was the first woman to solo as Oscar emcee. She was the first African American actress to reap two Oscar bids, losing lead actress for “The Color Purple” (1985) before winning supporting actress for “Ghost” (1990). As she revealed in her heartfelt acceptance speech: “As a little kid, I lived in the projects and you’re the people I watched.
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Join Us: Special panel with costume designers of ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ ‘First Man,’ ‘Green Book,’ ‘Mary Queen of Scots,’ ‘Widows’

Join Us: Special panel with costume designers of ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs,’ ‘First Man,’ ‘Green Book,’ ‘Mary Queen of Scots,’ ‘Widows’
Don’t miss our upcoming special Q&A panel as Gold Derby welcomes four of the best costume designers in the world on Tuesday, December 4. Join us at the Landmark Theater on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles for the event at 7:00 Pt. It’s free to anyone who wants to attend, but top priority in getting one of the limited seats is to be a guild member or Oscar voter.

Click the following link to register: https://meettheexpertscostumedesign.splashthat.com/

Our senior editor Joyce Eng will moderate the Q&A with the following contenders for 2019 awards consideration:

Alexandra Byrne represents Focus Features for “Mary Queen of Scots”

Byrne is an Oscar winner for “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007). She was also nominated for her work on “Hamlet” (1996), “Elizabeth” (1998) and “Finding Neverland” (2004).

Jenny Eagan represents 20th Century Fox for “Widows

Eagan is an Emmy nominee for her TV work on “Olive Kitteridge
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Cate Blanchett Just Revealed Prince Philip's Hilarious Request During Their Palace Lunch

Cate Blanchett Just Revealed Prince Philip's Hilarious Request During Their Palace Lunch
When actress Cate Blanchett was invited to Buckingham Palace for a lunch date, she thought the Queen and Prince Philip would want to talk about her acting — including playing the original Queen Elizabeth I in the 1998 film Elizabeth.

But Prince Philip, 97, had something else on his mind.

“There were 12 of us, and I couldn’t work out for the life of me why I’d been invited,” the Oscar winner tells U.K. talk show host Jonathan Ross on an episode airing Saturday. “Playing Queen Elizabeth and sitting next to her, I thought, ‘Maybe she’s seen the movie and
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Cate Blanchett Goes "Bazaar"

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Sneak Peek new images of actress Cate Blanchett ("Thor: Ragnarok") in the September 2018 issue of "Harper's Bazaar" (Australia) magazine, wearing Giorgio Armani, lensed by Steven Chee:

Blanchett has won two 'Academy Awards', three 'Screen Actors Guild Awards', three 'Golden Globe Awards' and three 'BAFTA Awards', as well as appointed 'Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters' by the French government in 2012.

Blanchett first gained international attention as 'Elizabeth I of England' in director Shekhar Kapur's "Elizabeth" (1998), followed by her portrayal of 'Katharine Hepburn' in Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator" (2004). In 2013, she starred as 'Jasmine Francis' in "Blue Jasmine".

Blanchett's other notable films include "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (1999), Peter Jackson's "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001–03) and "The Hobbit" trilogy (2012–14)...

...."Veronica Guerin" (2003), "Babel" (2006), "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (2008), "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (2008) and "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017).

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10 Best TV Episodes of 2017: 'Girls'

10 Best TV Episodes of 2017: 'Girls'
This year, we've asked 10 writers to pick some of their favorite TV episodes from 2017 and weigh in on why they were great stand-alone eps and the highlights of our viewing year. First up: Sean T. Collins on Girls' "American Bitch."

When 2017 lies dead and buried in the ground, "Separate the art from the artist" will be chiseled on its tombstone. But what will we find in the grave?

If it's the idea that creators are shielded from scrutiny by the strength of their creations, then goodbye and good riddance.
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If they lose this year... there's always next!

by Nathaniel R

Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart in "Mary Queen of Scots"

Remember when Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett were locked in battle for Best Actress 1998 with Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth? Before that famous Oscar battle was even over Gwynnie & Cate were co-stars on the set of their follow-up The Talented Mr Ripley (1999) one of those rare Oscar intendees that actually won far more fans After its underperformance at the Oscars. (Usually when intended Oscar giants underperform in awards season it's because people they aren't very good and/or people just don't like them.)

19 years later we have a vaguely similar situation happening...
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History Channel's Vikings, paganism and organised religion

John E. Meredith Dec 12, 2017

John offers a personal look at a key thematic conflict running throughout The History Channel's Vikings. Spoilers...

Warning: contains spoilers for Vikings up to and including episode 5.3 Homeland. 

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"I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself."

Though D. H. Lawrence never met the Meredith boys, he could easily have said these words about my brother and I. Cursed with a poverty-stricken childhood, we nonetheless never let that get us down, finding a world rich with imagination right there in our minds and our own back yard. When we were still quite young, our parents had moved from the relative civilisation of the suburbs to a dilapidated house in the woods of Kalamazoo,
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Kangana Ranaut to play 85 year old woman in Shekhar Kapur’s next

Kangana Ranaut to play 85 year old woman in Shekhar Kapur’s next
Shekhar Kapur is one of the most prolific directors of our times not only in India but also globally. The director who has given us iconic films like Masoom, Mr India, Bandit Queen and also international classics like Elizabeth has been missing from the film space for a while now. Post the shelving of hisRead More

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