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The Crown: Season 3 - Netflix shares first Helena Bonham Carter and Ben Daniels photos

NETFLIX has shared two new images for The Crown: Season 3, of Helena Bonham Carter as HRH Princess Margaret and Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones.

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The photo release comes in the same week that a first-look photo of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II was also released from the hit series. View here

First-look photos of Michael Pena and Diego Luna in Narcos: Mexico

Narcos: Mexico

Story by Jack Foley

NETFLIX has released first look photos of Michael Peña and Diego Luna in Narcos: Mexico.

The addictive drama continues to follow the drugs and the money as it moves into new territory with Narcos: Mexico, launching as a new original series on Netflix this year.

Narcos: Mexico will launch as a new Netflix original series later this year.

Shifting away from Colombia, where Narcos spent three seasons, Narcos: Mexico will explore the origins of the modern drug war by going back to its roots, beginning at a time when the Mexican trafficking world was a loose and disorganized confederation of independent growers and dealers.

Witness the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel in the 1980s as Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna) takes the helm, unifying traffickers in order to build an empire.

When DEA agent Kiki Camarena (Michael Peña) moves his wife and young son from California to Guadalajara to take on a new post, he quickly learns that his assignment will be more challenging than he ever could have imagined. As Kiki garners intelligence on Félix and becomes more entangled in his mission, a tragic chain of events unfold, affecting the drug trade and the war against it for years to come.

Diego Luna will play Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (‘Félix’), the leader of the Guadalajara cartel, one of the biggest narcos in the history of Mexico and the founder of the modern Mexican drug trade. Quiet but bold, inscrutable but sharp-minded, to all appearances he is a benevolent leader, loyal to his friends, associates, and employees…but his ambition comes before all else.

Narcos: Mexico

Michael Peña will play Kiki Camarena, a family man and an undercover DEA agent who garnered valuable intel through a series of informants around Félix and his newly minted Guadalajara cartel, but quickly found himself in c as he realized he had completely underestimated the sophistication of Gallardo’s system.

Narcos: Mexico is produced by Gaumont Television for Netflix. Eric Newman is Executive Producer and showrunner. José Padilha, Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard are Executive Producers.

First-look image of Olivia Colman in The Crown: Season 3

The Crown, Olivia Colman

Story by Jack Foley

NETFLIX has released a first-look photo of Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth in season 3 of The Crown.

Colman is replacing Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in the hit Netflix series.

Series creator, show-runner and writer Peter Morgan has decided to recast the royal roles every two seasons in The Crown because, in his opinion, “you can’t ask someone to act middle-aged”.

“Someone has to bring their own fatigue to it,” he explained. “The feelings we all have as 50-year-olds are different than the feelings we all have as 30-year-olds.”

Hence, The Crown: Season 3 is ringing the changes. As well as Colman in the lead role, Tobias Menzies will replace Matt Smith as Prince Philip and Helena Bonham Carter will succeed Vanessa Kirby as Princess Margaret.

In addition, Line of Duty actor Jason Watkins will also appear as British PM Harold Wilson following on from John Lithgow, who won an Emmy for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in the first season.

The Crown is expected to return to Netflix later this year.

Patrick Melrose - DVD Preview

Patrick Melrose

Preview by Jack Foley

BENEDICT Cumberbatch (Sherlock) returns to our TV screens with a mind-blowing performance as the eponymous Patrick Melrose, a deeply troubled man struggling with his past and out-of-control drug-fuelled present.

Based on the much-loved novels by Edward St Aubyn and adapted by renowned writer David Nicholls (One Day), this Sky original production arrives on DVD from Acorn Media.

The critically-acclaimed series depicts five chapters in the life of the troubled Melrose, from his abusive childhood to his drug-addled adulthood and co-stars Hugo Weaving (The Lord of The Rings) and Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) alongside an outstanding ensemble cast. Following its run on Sky Atlantic this sometimes dark but sparklingly sharp drama is released on DVD on July 16, 2018.

We first meet Patrick Melrose the professional gadabout and hedonist extraordinaire in the early 1980s. He’s a witty, privileged 20-something who’s partial to pretty much every narcotic imaginable, but when news of his father’s death breaks, who knows if it’s the heroin or their terrible relationship that causes him to react with such
indifference.

Patrick must dutifully collect his father’s remains from New York, where, he confidently declares, he will get clean.

But getting sober in the Big Apple is less a piece of cake, more a rancid slice of cold turkey. He’s soon hitting the city’s seedier back streets to score a fix of anything and everything on offer.

Prepare for the extreme highs and the crashing lows of Patrick Melrose in this riveting drama featuring a performance of a lifetime from one of Britain’s acting greats Benedict Cumberbatch.

Emmys 2018: Game of Thrones leads nominations

Game of Thrones

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HBO’s Game of Thrones leads the nominations for the 2018 Emmy Awards with a total of 22 nods.

The fantasy epic, which was ineligible last year given the two years it took between seasons, is shortlisted for best drama, while both Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Peter Dinklage are pitted against each other for supporting actor in a drama series.

Lena Headey is also among the nominees for best supporting actress in a drama series.

HBO also saw its shows Westworld and Barry land multiple nominations. But despite landing 108 nominations for its various shows, 2018 marks the first time in 18 years that HBO did not have the highest number of Emmy nominations.

Netflix leads with a total of 112 nominations, with last year’s best drama winner The Handmaid’s Tale recognised with multiple nominations.

Several actresses from the dystopian drama have received nominations, including Elizabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski and Alexis Bledel.

Several British actors have also received nominations for the awards.

Millie Bobby Brown is up for the best supporting actress award for her performance in Netflix’s Stranger Things, while Claire Foy, from royal drama The Crown, is shortlisted for the best actress award alongside her cast mates Matt Smith and Vanessa Kirby, who were nominated for the best supporting actor and best supporting actress awards.

Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for Patrick Melrose, while The Late Late Show with James Corden is up for the outstanding variety talk show award.

The 70th annual Primetime Emmys will be announced on Monday, September 17, 2018.

The main nominees are as follows…

Best drama series
The Americans
The Crown
Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
Stranger Things
This Is Us
Westworld

Best comedy series
Atlanta
Barry
black-ish
Curb Your Enthusiasm
GLOW
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Best limited series
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose

Best TV movie
Fahrenheit 451
Flint
Paterno
The Tale
USS Callister (Black Mirror)

Best lead actress in a drama series
Sandra Oh – Killing Eve
Keri Russell – The Americans
Tatiana Maslany – Orphan Black
Claire Foy – The Crown
Evan Rachel Wood – Westworld
Elisabeth Moss – The Handmaid’s Tale

Best lead actor in a drama series
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Matthew Rhys – The Americans
Milo Ventimiglia – This Is Us
Sterling . Brown – This Is Us
Ed Harris – Westworld
Jeffrey Wright – Westworld

Best lead actress in a limited series or movie
Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story: Cult
Michelle Dockery – Godless
Edie Falco – Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
Regina King – Seven Seconds
Jessica Biel – The Sinner
Laura Dern – The Tale

Best lead actor in a limited series or movie
Antonio Banderas – Genius: Picasso
Darren Criss – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Benedict Cumberbatch – Patrick Melrose
Jeff Daniels – Looming Tower
John Legend – Jesus Christ Superstar: Live in Concert
Jesse Plemons – U.S.S. Callister (Black Mirror)

Best lead actor in a comedy series
Anthony Anderson – black-ish
Ted Danson – The Good Place
Larry David – Curb Your Enthusiasm
Donald Glover – Atlanta
Bill Hader – Barry
William H Macy – Shameless

Best lead actress in a comedy series
Pamela Adlon – Better Things
Rachel Brosnahan – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Allison Janney – Mom
Issa Rae – Insecure
Tracee Ellis Ross – black-ish
Lily Tomlin – Grace and Frankie

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau – Game of Thrones
Peter Dinklage – Game of Thrones
Joseph Fiennes – The Handmaid’s Tale
David Harbour – Stranger Things
Mandy Patinkin – Homeland
Matt Smith – The Crown

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alexis Bledel – The Handmaid’s Tale
Millie Bobby Brown – Stranger Things
Ann Dowd – The Handmaid’s Tale
Lena Headey – Game of Thrones
Vanessa Kirby – The Crown
Thandie Newton – Westworld
Yvonne Strahovski – The Handmaid’s Tale

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Louie Anderson -Baskets
Alec Baldwin – Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Brian Tyree Henry – Atlanta
Tony Shalhoub – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Kenan Thompson – Saturday Night Live
Henry Winkler – Barry

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Zazie Beetz – Atlanta
Alex Borstein – The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Aidy Bryant – Saturday Night Live
Betty Gilpin – GLOW
Leslie Jones – Saturday Night Live
Kate McKinnon – Saturday Night Live
Laurie Metcalf – Roseanne
Megan Mullally – Will & Grace

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Television Movie
Jeff Daniels – Godless
Brandon Victor Dixon – Jesus Christ Superstar
John Leguizamo – Waco
Ricky Martin – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Edgar Ramirez – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Michael Stuhlbarg – The Looming Tower
Finn Wittrock – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Television Movie
Sara Bareilles – Jesus Christ Superstar
Penelope Cruz – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Judith Light – The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story
Adina Porter – American Horror Story: Cult
Merritt Wever – Godless
Letitia Wright -
Black Museum (Black Mirror)

Documentary or Nonfiction Series
American Masters
Blue Planet II
The Defiant Ones
The Fourth Estate
Wild Wild Country

John Malkovich to join Jude Law in The New Pope second series

John Malkovich

Story by Jack Foley

TWO-time Oscar nominee John Malkovich is set to star alongside Jude Law for the keenly-anticipated second season of HBO drama The New Pope.

The first season saw Law playing the fictional first American pope as an outrageously conservative figurehead who seemed hell-bent on turning the world of the Vatican upside down.

Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, the cast of the 10-part series also included Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando and James Cromwell.

Details of Malkovich’s character are being kept under wraps, as are any plot details at this point.

But the sophomore season is being penned by The Young Pope‘s Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello and Stefano Bises.

Production on the new season begins in November in Italy.

Law earned a Golden Globe nomination for best actor in a mini-series for his role in The Young Pope.

Malkovich, meanwhile, has been increasingly drawn to TV roles, having enjoyed a recurring arc on season 3 of Billions and agreeing to play the legendary detective Hercule Poirot in an Agatha Christie adaptation of The ABC Murders for the BBC.

Jeremy Irons joins Damon Lindelof's Watchmen for HBO

Batman Vs Superman

Story by Jack Foley

JEREMY Irons is to head the cast of Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen pilot for HBO.

The Oscar and Emmy winner is set to play an aging and imperious lord of a British manor.

Lindelof’s take on Alan Moore’s comic series will be set in an alternate history where ‘superheroes’ are treated as outlaws.

According to Lindelof, the series will embrace the nostalgia of the original graphic novel while attempting to break new ground of its own.

Lindelof penned the script and will executive produces alongside Tom Spezialy and Nicole Kassell (The Leftovers), the latter of whom will direct the pilot.

Irons joins the previously announced ensemble cast members Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens and Andrew Howard.

Piper Perabo and JJ Feild join Idris Elba in Netflix comedy series Turn Up Charlie

Piper Perabo

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PIPER Perabo (Covert Affairs, Looper), JJ Feild (Turn, The Romanoffs) and newcomer Frankie Hervey have been cast in the upcoming original comedy series Turn Up Charlie, which went into production earlier this month in London.

They join the previously announced Idris Elba, who co-created and executive-produces the series in which he will also star for Netflix.

Turn Up Charlie focuses on Charlie (Elba), a struggling DJ and eternal bachelor who is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a ‘manny’ to his famous best friend’s problem-child daughter.

The series will consist of eight 30-minute episodes.

Perabo will play Sara, a super star DJ, feminist icon and vivacious trendsetter, who has chosen to abandon the chaotic and exciting life she lived in America, to put roots down in London in an attempt to give her badly behaved daughter more stability and normality.

Field will play charming and charismatic Hollywood actor David, who is adored by both fans and friends. A North London boy done good, David is ambitious and hardworking, but his return to his hometown brings new opportunities and uncertainties in equal measure.

And newcomer Hervey will play the spoiled and savvy Gabrielle, a character who is wise beyond her years. Neglected by her career driven parents, Gabrielle pushes the boundaries – and the sanity of her nannies – to the extreme, in order to get her mum and dad’s attention.

Her spiky retorts, mischievous adventures and epic tantrums hide a lonely young girl with a distorted view of reality.

Netflix has yet to confirm an air date for Turn Up Charlie.

Mark Wahlberg and Peter Berg to reunite for Netflix movie Wonderland

Lone Survivor

Story by Jack Foley

MARK Wahlberg is to reunite with director Peter Berg for a fifth time for new Netflix movie Wonderland.

An adaptation from Robert B. Parker’s detective novel series, which ended up on the New York Times best-seller list, the story follows a man fresh out of prison who is sucked back into Boston’s underbelly while he uncovers the truth about a sensational murder.

Sean O’Keefe wrote the screenplay, while Neal H. Moritz will produce via his Original Film banner.

Wonderland marks the fifth feature for Wahlberg and Berg, whose joint credits include Lone Survivor, Deepwater Horizon and Patriots Day.

The duo’s most recent team-up, Mile 22, is due to be released in cinemas this August.

Wonderland continues Netflix’s foray into A-list movie making, following the likes of Will Smith-starrer Bright and the forthcoming Six Underground, which will see Michael Bay directing Ryan Reynolds.

Toni Collette, Merritt Wever and Kaitlyn Dever to star in Netflix's An Unbelievable Story of Rape

Hereditary

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TONI Collette, Merritt Wever and Kaitlyn Dever are to star in new Netflix limited series An Unbelievable Story of Rape.

The eight-episode limited series is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning article by The Marshall Project and ProPublica. It tells the true story of Marie, a teenager who was charged with lying about having been raped, and the two female detectives who kept investigating until they uncovered the truth.

Collette and Wever will play the detectives whose lives become intertwined in their mutual pursuit of a possible serial rapist but Netflix and producers CBS Television Studios are keeping details of Dever’s character under wraps.

Lisa Cholodenko will direct and executive produce the first three episodes.

Collette is currently basking in the critical success of her performance in horror hit Herditary. Her other credits include The Sixth Sense and In Her Shoes.

Wever is a veteran of Nurse Jackie and Netflix’s critically-acclaimed Western Godless, while Dever was most recently seen in Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit.