Posts tagged with "The Hollywood Reporter"

Will ‘The Crown’ address Queen Elizabeth’s death?

September 14, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II died peacefully on Sepember 8  at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland, her family verified in a statement. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” the announcement revealed, reports Bustle.

The news led to an outpouring of responses from royals, celebrities, and “man-on- the-street interviews” around the world.

But, if you got to know the royal family (as many viewers did) through the Emmy-winning Netflix series, The Crown, you may be wondering: How the popular series will deal with the Queen’s death?

The show doesn’t claim to be a completely accurate retelling of Queen Elizabeth II and her family’s lives, of course. A Netflix spokesperson once told Variety it’s “a work of fiction that’s broadly based on historical events.” But it does try to get close with the help of “a dozen exceptionally bright researchers, script editors, and historians,” showrunner Peter Morgan told The Hollywood Reporter.

In other words, an event as significant as Queen Elizabeth II’s death would definitely be explored in detail by The Crown — if the show had plans to cover this portion of history, that is. However, Morgan never intended for The Crown to get so close to the modern era. “I try to keep focused on history and not the present day,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “I like to make sure there is at least a generation between the events I’m writing about and what’s going on all around me.”

The Crown, Season 5, which is scheduled to debut in November, will reportedly include the death of Princess Diana in 1997— and Season 6 will reach as far as the early aughts, according to Deadline. The sixth and final season “will not bring us any closer to present day,” Morgan reiterated to the outlet. “It will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”

While you can be sure that Morgan isn’t rushing to make any edits or script changes, The Crown may still be affected by Queen Elizabeth II’s death in a major way. A source recently told The New York Post that the show has its “own version of Operation London Bridge”—referencing the protocol (which was discussed in The Crown) of what should happen after the monarch dies.

“This is particularly pertinent for if we are filming,” the source added. “Filming will shut down immediately if we are in production, for at least a week. There would also be lots of discussion about when to restart.”

This indeed seems to be the plan for filming Season 6, as Morgan told Deadline in a September 8 email. The Crown is a love letter to her and I’ve nothing to add for now, just silence and respect,” he wrote. “I expect we will stop filming out of respect too.”

Even though Season 5 is just two months away, The Crown’s reported Operation London Bridge could feasibly include other changes, too, like postponing the season premiere out of respect for the royal family. It wouldn’t be the first time a project related to the royals has been pushed back for this reason.

Last year, for example, Netflix indefinitely postponed the premiere of the UK Channel 5 documentary, Diana: The Interview That Shocked The World, following the death of Prince Philip —and today, the doc is not streaming on Netflix. Granted, this was not a Netflix original like The Crown is, but it still shows that the streamer treads carefully when the royal family is involved.

Research contact: @bustle

Disney defends its ‘Snow White’ remake amid criticism from Peter Dinklage

Janaury 27, 2022

Disney has gone on the defensive after actor Peter Dinklage criticized its plans to release a live-action remake of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs as “hypocritical,” reports HuffPost.

The film studio has insisted they are “taking a different approach” after the Game Of Thrones star said it “made no sense” to produce a live-action reboot.

Th star, who has a form of dwarfism known as achondroplasia, said it “made no sense” for the production to go ahead—describing it as “a f*cking backwards story”, during an appearance on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

Following his comments, Disney issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, January 25. “To avoid reinforcing stereotypes from the original animated film, we are taking a different approach with these seven characters and have been consulting with members of the dwarfism community,” a Disney spokesperson said, adding, “We look forward to sharing more as the film heads into production after a lengthy development period.”

The remake follows the huge box office success of live adaptations of other Disney classic—among them, Beauty And The Beast and The Lion King.

Peter accused Disney of “hypocrisy” for pushing for a racially diverse cast but reverting to harmful stereotypes.

“There’s a lot of hypocrisy going on I’ve got to say,” he said.

“No offence to anything but I was a little taken aback by [the fact] they were very proud to cast a Latino actress as Snow White, but you’re still telling the story of Snow White And The Seven Dwarves.

“They were so proud of that, and all love and respect to the actress and the people who thought they were doing the right thing but I’m just like, ‘what are you doing?’”

He continued: “Take a step back and look at what you’re doing there. It makes no sense to me. You can be progressive in one way but you’re still making that f*cking backwards story of the seven dwarves living in the cave.

“What the f*ck are you doing man? Have I done nothing to advance the cause from my soapbox? I guess I’m not loud enough.”

Research contact: @HuffPost

Curtain call: Ellen DeGeneres to leave her talk show after 19th season

May 13, 2021

Ellen DeGeneres has decided to step away from her popular talk show after her upcoming 19th season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The longtime host announced the news to her team on Tuesday, May 11, according to the outlet

“When you’re a creative person, you constantly need to be challenged—and as great as this show is, and as fun as it is, it’s just not a challenge anymore,” the 63-year-old said.

However, there may be a more clearcut reason: The show—which currently is in its 18th season—has suffered a ratings decline that many say is a direct result of the accusations of a “toxic workplace culture” that were leveled at  DeGeneres last summer.

DeGeneres will discuss her departure in her opening monologue for her show on Thursday, May 13, The Daily Beast confirmed. The comedienne will also have Oprah Winfrey on as a guest to chat about the decision.

The news was first reported by the Daily Mail, as a source claimed the DeGeneres “knew her time is up.” “The show has bled viewers since the toxic environment around Ellen and her show was made public,” the UK-based news outlet said.

Last summer, DeGeneres faced a public reckoning over claims that she ran a toxic workplace environment—with nearly a dozen current and former employees coming forward with various accounts.

According to The Daily Best, they described racist comments made by other staffers and intimidation tactics. Some claimed they were fired from their positions after taking medical and bereavement leave.

As a result, DeGeneres’ ratings tanked, and the one-time queen of daytime talk shows found herself in an unfamiliar position. This year her audience plummeted by 1.1 million, a drastic 43%  decline.

A humbled DeGeneres, who often signed off her show with the mantra “be kind,” was forced to make three apologies, one on-air, another in an email to staff, and a third in a video call.

“I learned that things happen here that never should have happened,” she said on her show last September. “I take that very seriously. And I want to say, I am so sorry to the people who were affected. I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power. And I realized that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.”

DeGeneres claimed to The Hollywood Reporter that her abysmal ratings had nothing to do with her decision to leave, saying she originally wanted to stop doing the show in its 16th season. Instead, she was convinced to stick around for a little bit longer. “We [settled] on three more years and I knew that would be my last. That’s been the plan all along.”

Research contact: @thedailybeast