It’s just not Woking: Prince Andrew has already ruined The Crown 

The thought of having to wait a decade for the Netflix take on the most staggering spectacle of our time – Prince Andrew’s interview – is torture

Does anyone else wish The Crown would get a bloody move on? Because, sure, despite the new intake of actors, the third season of The Crown is exactly the same as the previous two. It’s slow and staid and sumptuous, and largely about a very rich woman who basically has a very nice time without any sort of incident most of the time. It’s good and impressive and all, but there isn’t exactly a lot of high drama.

I can’t speak for everyone but the reason I keep watching is because The Crown is, to all intents and purposes, Better Call Saul With Corgis. The drama isn’t in what we see onscreen, but what we all know will definitely happen later. There will be death. Divorce. Windsor Castle will burn down. Prince Charles will get married to Princess Diana, but declare his wish that he was another woman’s tampon. Prince Harry will dress up like a Nazi. And Prince Andrew will deny having sex with a minor at the behest of the world’s most notorious billionaire paedophile shortly after having a pizza in Woking.

This last one has prompted the biggest crisis the monarchy has had to face for over two decades, and there’s a real sense that the whole thing will end in total disaster if it isn’t handled with extreme care. Everything is going wrong, and we still cannot rule out the possibility that The Crown will end with Queen Elizabeth undertaking the royal equivalent of opening a Cinnabon in Nebraska. That’s dramatic tension, not countless scenes of Prince Philip demonstrating an appropriate level of excitement about the moon landing. Continue reading

Vanessa Kirby says playing Princess Margaret was ‘enough’ after Bafta win 

“I just felt like the luckiest person in the world to play somebody that was so colourful and vivid and brave and strong”

Actress Vanessa Kirby says the chance to get to know the character of Princess Margaret was “enough” of an honour after she won a Bafta award for her portrayal of the royal.


In May Kirby, 30, received the Bafta TV award for best supporting actress for her performances as the Queen’s sister in Netflix series The Crown.Kirby won the category after being selected by the judges over fellow actors Anna Friel, Julie Hesmondhalgh and Liv Hill [ . . . ]

Source: Vanessa Kirby says playing Princess Margaret was ‘enough’ after Bafta win | Irish Examiner

The Girl in the Spider’s Web trailer | Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander


The new Lisbeth Salander is grimmer and grittier than ever

 

Claire Foy needn’t have worried about being typecast by The Crown. The first trailer for The Girl in the Spider’s Web is here, and it features the actress as we’ve never seen her before.

Gone are her queenly trappings from the Netflix drama, replaced by the short hair, tattoo and biker leathers of hacker Lisbeth Salander as she takes down abusers before confronting a terrible danger from her own past.

It’s a far cry from her famous royal role, both physically and because it’s hard to imagine Her Maj tasering a man in the genitals. In fact, it’s probably light treason for us to even write that sentence. Oh well.

Salander has previously been played by Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara in different Swedish and English-language adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series (which feature Salander as the lead character), while the new film is based on a novel by David Lagercrantz, who took over the series after Larsson’s death.

The film also stars Sylvia Hoeks, Sverrir Gudnason, LaKeith Stanfield and Stephen Merchant among others.

The Girl in the Spider’s Web will be released in UK cinemas on the 9th October

Source: The Girl in the Spider’s Web trailer | Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander – Radio Times

The Crown, Season 2: How True Is It?

It sure seems real, sumptuously produced and beautifully acted. But how much truth? How much fiction?

Season 2 of the successful Netflix series The Crown that premieres Friday, December 8,  kicks off with a taboo subject: the rumored infidelity of the British monarch’s husband, Prince Philip, with a fictional ballet dancer (which is based on rumors at the time of an affair with the actress Pat Kirkwood.)

At the same time, some biographers like Sarah Bradford in her book Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in Our Times, present his infidelity as a fact, adding that she talked with two women who had been romantically involved with the royal consort.

The answer about how close is The Crown to the real life of the British royals, though, is very nuanced. After all, throughout its history the royal family has become quite adept at keeping secrets.

“The series is incredibly accurate and true to the history,” Robert Lacey, a historical biographer and consultant for the series who just published his new book, The Crown: The Official Companion, Volume 1: Elizabeth II, Winston Churchill and the Making of a Young Queen (1947-1955), told royal correspondent Tom Sykes. “If you go into the Left Bank offices—Left Bank being the company producing the series for Netflix—the first thing you see is a huge newsroom with eight full-time researchers working away, and that’s just the start, the raw material.” | Read More at : The Crown, Season 2: How True Is It?