What does $156 million dollars for 10 episodes of TV look like? Well The Crown, Netflix’s next big series, throws every penny on the screen for a new ongoing series about the rise of and reign of Queen Elizabeth II. I’m guessing that season one is mostly about the rise, despite what the trailer makes it appear, because Claire Foy, who is playing QEII, only appears in two of the 10 episodes for season one. Not many big names other than John Lithgow as Winston Churchill and Jared Harris as King George VI.
Queen Elizabeth II, for most of the world, is the only British monarch we’ve ever known. She has ruled since 1952; 65 years on the throne. The Queen, who turned 90 earlier this year, is the longest-reigning ruler in the history of the British Monarchy. She surpassed her grandmother, Queen Victoria, late last year. Her family has been explored on the big screen before. Her father’s brief reign won a best picture for The King’s Speech, and Helen Mirren has won an Oscar for playing Elizabeth II in The Queen. There’s so much history and over such a tumultuous period of change, that this could really be fascinating. With House of Cards ending next year, Netflix is looking for a new flagship program aside from the Marvel shows and this could be it. The first 10 episodes will premiere on November 4, 2016.
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. September 30th offers both compelling reasons to go to the theater with four new releases and stay at home to binge-watch Marvel’s newest Netflix series. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (9/30/2016) – Deepwater Horizon, Miss Peregrine, Masterminds, Luke Cage, The Queen of Katwe
Fences will be the fourth time Denzel Washington has stepped behind the lens as director. Fences will be his third feature film following Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters. Washington also directed an episode of Grey’s Anatomy earlier this year.
Washington has also starred in all the films his directed, which is one of the most draining undertakings in the field. Both his previous films were well-received, if not wildly so. Personally, I thought The Great Debaters was very good and an intelligent film that showed a growth in Washington’s prowess behind the camera. Then he didn’t direct another thing until .the episode of Grey’s earlier this year (which has one of the highest ratings on IMDB for any episode in the series). Nine years away from directing is a long time. Washington is adapting August Wilson’s award-winning play Fences, and the trailer is an intense look at African-American family life. Fences is set to open Christmas Day 2016.
Very abbreviated trailer for Doctor Strange, but all-new footage from what I can tell. Marvel will be doing what it did with Guardians of the Galaxy (the last film to stray outside the Avengers-verse) and offering a 15 minute IMAX preview on October 10th, and this mini-trailer was released to accompany the announcement. I’m already sold and will be there when the film opens November 4, 2016.
The story opens in 1926 as Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident…were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.