Olivia Colman Cast as the Next Queen Elizabeth in Netflix's The Crown
Netflix's hit series The Crown has found its new Queen Elizabeth: Olivia Colman. The show, which follows the current British monarch's reagin decade by decade, is due to replace the current cast of actors after series two. Claire Foy will return to role for series two, as will Matt Smith as Prince Phillip. Colman is best known for her roles in Broadchurch, The Night Manager, and Hot Fuzz. She can be seen in the upcoming film Murder on the Orient Express. Series Two of The Crown will be available to stream on Netflix in December.
BBC Reveals the Release Date for Series 4 of Peaky Blinders
The fourth series of BBC Two's brooding gangster drama has got a premiere date. The new series will return to BBC Two on November 15 at 9. Netflix, distributer for the program in the US, has yet to confirm a North American release date. The announcement also came with the release of the first trailer for the new series. Series four will see the return of the show's main stars, Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, and Tom Hardy. Adrien Brody, Charlie Murphy, and Aidan Gillen will round out the cast this series as new additions.
Channel 4's First Series of The Great British Bake-Off Concludes
Channel 4's inaugural series of the treasured British classic baking program, The Great British Bake-Off, has come to a close. The finale saw three contestant Steven Carter-Bailey, Sophie Faldo, and Kate Lyon compete for the title of Britain's Best Baker. The bakers were asked to complete a bread signature, a biscuit technical, and a entremet showstopper. After a close finish, Sophie eventually took home the cake stand. Bake-Off judge Prue Leith may have spoiled the surprise though, when she accidentally tweeted out the winner hours before the program aired. Channel 4 acquired the rights to Bake-Off last year after the BBC lost the program due to funding.
BAFTA Los Angeles Hosts the 2017 Britannias
The annual Britannia Awards were held 27 October in Los Angeles to celebrate the partnership between the British and American film industry. Each year the ceremony honors a number of influential people in the industry for their dedicate passion and outstanding work to the craft. This year's ceremony honored Dick Van Dyke, Ava DuVernay, Matt Damon, Claire Foy, Aziz Ansari, and Kenneth Branagh. The whole program can be viewed on BAFTA's website.
Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Director and writer Paul Thomas Anderson brings to life the 1950s London couture world in his new film Phantom Thread. Renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) finds his muse in a strong-willed young woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps). She soon becomes his fixation, inspiration, and lover, leaving his meticulous life disrupted. The film is cited to be the final film for acclaimed actor Daniel Day-Lewis. It also stars Lesley Manville, Vicky Krieps, and Richard Graham. Phantom Thread is set to be released on 25 December 2017.