British actress Claire Foy has been offered the plum role of Queen Elizabeth II in Netflix’s forthcoming $100 million series The Crown, written by Peter Morgan. If the deal closes, Foy would likely play the younger Queen in Morgan’s ambitious drama, which charts the monarch’s reign from the moment she heard of her father George VI’s death in 1952 through to present day.
Stephen Daldry (Trash, Billy Elliott) is directing the high-profile 20-part drama, which represents Netflix’s first original UK-based production. Continue reading Claire Foy Crowned queen on screen?
Claire Foy, Amir El-Masry, Maziar Bahari, Jon Stewart and Dimitri Leonidas attended the red carpet arrivals of ‘Rosewater‘ during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon West End on October 12, 2014 in London, England. Longtime boyfriend Stephen Campbell Moore was there as well to support Claire.
The festival ran from 08 to 19 October.
– Public Events > Events in 2014 > “Rosewater” – Red Carpet Arrivals – 58th BFI London Film Festival
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Guess who’s playing Henry Percy, Anne Boleyn’s suitor? Harry Lloyd (BBC1’s Robin Hood, Game of Thrones)!
Here’s an excerpt from a recent interview for the London Evening Standard Magazine:
At 30 he is tall, dark and devilishly handsome, with floppy hair and a pointed courtier’s beard that he has grown to play Harry Percy, the hapless young suitor to Anne Boleyn in the BBC’s forthcoming adaptation of Wolf Hall.
Fresh from filming, he is still high on the experience. “I have these two big scenes with Mark Rylance [playing Thomas Cromwell], which is an actor’s dream. But they cut me a Tudor fringe which I’m trying to grow out.”
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The trailer for Claire Foy’s new project ‘Rosewater‘ was released. The movie premiered last Friday at the Telluride Film Festival and will also be screened during the Toronto International Film Festival next Monday. Claire Foy has a supporting role as the lead character Maziar Bahari’s wife Paola who is newly pregnant and staying in London while he goes on a trip to Iran. Here’s the plot:
The feature film Rosewater is based on The New York Times best-selling memoir “Then They Came for Me: A Family’s Story of Love, Captivity, and Survival,” written by the BBC journalist Maziar Bahari. A true story, the film marks the screenwriting and directorial debut of “The Daily Show” host and executive producer Jon Stewart, and stars Gael García Bernal, leading an international cast. Rosewater is produced by Scott Rudin, Stewart, and Gigi Pritzker, with Lila Yacoub, Eli Bush and Chris McShaneserving as executive producers.
Rosewater follows the Tehran-born Bahari, a 42-year-old broadcast journalist with Canadian citizenship living in London. In June 2009, Bahari returned to Iran to interview Mir-Hossein Moussavi, who was the prime challenger to controversial incumbent president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As Moussavi’s supporters rose up to protest Ahmadinejad’s victory declaration hours before the polls closed on election day, Bahari endured great personal risk by submitting camera footage of the unfolding street riots to the BBC. Bahari was soon arrested by Revolutionary Guard police, led by a man identifying himself only as “Rosewater,” who proceeded to torture and interrogate the journalist over the next 118 days.
In October 2009, with Bahari’s wife leading an international campaign from London to have her husband freed, and Western media outlets including “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” continuing to keep the story alive, Iranian authorities released Bahari on $300,000 bail and the promise he would act as a spy for the government.
Rosewater has a direct connection to Stewart, who since taking over as host of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in 1999, has turned the nightly half-hour satirical look at newsmakers and news-coverers into not only a perennial Emmy-winning juggernaut, but also an important touchstone on the zeitgeist. Stewart and “The Daily Show” covered Bahari’s saga nightly and had the journalist appear on the show to talk about his ordeal once he was released from prison.
Check out the movie’s official facebook page.
– Rosewater (2014): Trailer
– Trailers & Clips: Rosewater
Check out our project page for Claire Foy’s new ITV documentary. She plays Helen Bentwich, a clever young woman who chafed against the restrictions placed on her sex – and seized the chance to work in the arms factories at Woolwich Arsenal, before becoming appalled by the conditions there and joining a trade union.
The four part documentary started airing on ITV earlier this month. Claire Foy was first featured in episode 3 which aired last Sunday. She will also be featured in episode 4.
The Telegraph had praise for Claire Foy:
Claire Foy gives a convincing, spirited performance as Helen Bentwich, who seized the chance to work in munitions factories.
– Trailers & Clips: The Great War: The People’s Story
ITV marks First World War centenary by telling the people’s story in partnership with Imperial War Museums
The extraordinary stories of ordinary people whose lives were transformed during the First World War will be told in their own words in a landmark new series for ITV, made in partnership with Imperial War Museums
Marking the centenary of the outbreak of the war in 1914, the experiences of men and women, young and old, from across Britain and the social classes that divided society at the time, are vividly brought to life in 4×60 series The Great War: The People’s Story, produced by Shiver [ITV Studios].
As part of ITV’s partnership with IWM, a book accompanying the series will also be published as well as three e-books. In addition to its partnership with IWM, ITV is also announcing two other programmes to mark the First World War centenary.
With narration from Olivia Colman, The Great War: The People’s Story tells the real-life stories of soldiers, from privates to officers, their wives and girlfriends left behind, and people from Britain’s villages and cities. They are portrayed by a cast of actors including Alison Steadman, Daniel Mays, Claire Foy, Brian Cox, Romola Garai, MyAnna Buring and Matthew McNulty, who speak their words as they were written in their diaries and letters.
These moving accounts, revealing their intimate thoughts and feelings offer a raw insight into the profound impact of being caught up in a conflict that would change their lives – and Britain – forever. Sourced from archives and libraries across the country, selected in partnership with Imperial War Museums, which provided much of the material, and brought to life by actors – each story conveys the hopes, fears, heroism and tragedies of countless ordinary British people… made all the more powerful by the fact that every word is real.
Diane Lees, Director General of IWM, said: “IWM is pleased to have worked in partnership with ITV on the development of The People’s Story – The Great War. The Imperial War Museum was established while the First World War was still being fought, to ensure future generations would remember those who contributed during the conflict. This series, featuring a number of people whose diaries and letters are held in the museum’s archives, gives an insight into some of the experiences and innermost thoughts of individuals from the time. Now that the war is out of living memory, it is up to our generation to ensure that their stories are and continue to be told – the stories of ordinary people living through extraordinary times.”
Richard Klein, ITV Director of Factual, said: “This programme gives the stage to the authentic voice of the British people as they endured over four years of the greatest violence in human history. The diaries, letters and memoirs of privates and officers, wives and mothers, working class and the well-to-do all brilliantly and emotionally document the journey from the patriotism and positivity at the start of war to the gradual understanding of the deadly and mind-shattering realities of modern warfare to the final days of simple endurance and exhaustion. This is a beautifully composed portrait of a country during a war that changed everything for everyone.”
Ollie Tait, Executive Producer of The Great War: The People’s Story for Shiver added: “Alongside the heartbreak and horror of war, Britain was changing at an amazing pace for everyone and there is something hugely powerful about reliving this through the people who never thought their voices would be heard. We really wanted ‘The People’s Story’ to be a world apart from the usual approach to the First World War and to make it about us, to bring to life the treasured letters that are tucked away in attics across the nation.”
That’s a wrap on Wolf Hall. Stay tuned.
According to This is the West Country, the scene “shows the journey of Anne Boleyn (Claire Foy) from the Thames into Traitors Gate at the Tower of London being re-enacted along the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal just off Bridgwater town centre.”
Thanks to Wolf Hall TV, we now know that “it’s a myth that Anne Boleyn entered the Tower through Traitors Gate. According to Charles Wriothesley’s chronicle, Anne entered through the Court Gate. Today it’s known as the Byward Tower.” Source: “In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn” by N. Grueninger & S. Morris.
– Movies & Television > Wolf Hall (TV, 2014) > On Set (Wells Cathedral) – July 15, 2014
Regarding Crossbones, tomorrow night, the Commodore will make his final stand. The series ends its run with its final two new episodes airing back-to-back. Catch the epic two-hour Crossbones finale at 8 ET/PT on NBC.
Here are a couple of stills from the finale below.
– Movies & Television > Crossbones (TV, 2014) > Production Stills
There’s an online petition going on to help save Crossbones. Sign it. Promote it. We don’t know what will come of it, but it doesn’t hurt to try.
Filming continued on the six part BBC adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall at Chastleton House, a Jacobean country house, built between 1607 and 1612. Now in the hands of the National Trust, the house has remained essentially unchanged for nearly 400 years. Seen filming on July 29th were Damian Lewis, Claire Foy, Bernard Hill and Anton Lesser.
– Movies & Television > Wolf Hall (TV, 2014) > On Set (Chastleton House) – July 29, 2014
Claire Foy was spotted as Anne Boleyn on set filming Wolf Hall on July 29, 2014.
– Movies & Television > Wolf Hall (TV, 2014) > On Set (Chastleton House) – July 29, 2014
Claire Foy was pictured in her full period costume on Friday as she filmed scenes for the anticipated new drama at Gloucester Cathedral.
– Movies & Television > Wolf Hall (TV, 2014) > On Set (Gloucester Cathedral) – July 25, 2014
Episode 7 of ‘Crossbones‘ will air later tonight as scheduled. NBC announced yesterday that they will be airing episodes 8 & 9 next Saturday, August 2 from 8pm – instead of on August 1 and 8 – thus effectively cancelling the series after bad ratings. The article talks about these episodes being the final two episodes. I’m a bit confused because I thought they filmed 10 episodes. Well, the series will come to DVD soon, on September 2, and I think those 386 minutes of runtime listed on Amazon.com would suggest that there will be 10 episodes on the DVD. Also Amazon lists deleted scenes as special features. Don’t forget to pre-order!
In other news, we are all caught up with screencaptures of Claire Foy as Kate Balfour in episodes 3 to 6. And there are 3 new stills, 2 from tonight’s episode. Enjoy!
– Crossbones: Episode 3: The Man Who Killed Blackbeard
– Crossbones: Episode 4: Antoinette
– Crossbones: Episode 5: The Return
– Crossbones: Episode 6: A Hole in the Head
– Crossbones: Production Stills
As promised here the screencaptures of Claire Foy as the spirited and gorgeous Kate Balfour. What is her story? I’m intrigued!
– Crossbones: Episode 1: The Devil’s Dominion
By David Bol
Damian Lewis will play Henry VIII in a BBC adaptation of Wolf Hall – due to be filmed in Sherborne this summer.
The Homeland and Band of Brothers star will play the lead role in the series, based on the first of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize-winning novels, with part of the feature being shot at Sherborne School.
The six-part mini-series, to be broadcast next year on BBC 2, also includes Mark Gatiss and Jonathan Pryce in the cast.
Pryce will play Cromwell’s early mentor and protector, Cardinal Wolsey, while Gatiss will play Stephen Gardiner, Secretary to the King. Continue reading Homeland star Damian Lewis to film BBC’s Wolf Hall in Sherborne
by Sophie Miskiw
The BBC adaption of Hilary Mantel’s historical novel ‘Wolf Hall’ seems like it’s finally making some headway.
It may be nearly two years since BBC Two first announced that it would be adapting Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize historical novel Wolf Hall, but details about the series are only just beginning to emerge. The series was announced in August 2012 and at the time director Peter Kosminsky, who was chosen to bring the book to life, said, “It is an intensely political piece. It is about the politics of despotism, and how you function around an absolute ruler…When I saw Peter Straughan’s script, only a first draft, I couldn’t believe what I was reading. It was the best draft I had ever seen.” Continue reading BBC Adaption Of ‘Wolf Hall’: What We Know So Far
By Baz Bamigboye
Charity Wakefield is brushing up on her court etiquette as she prepares to portray the other Boleyn sister in the television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels, about how Henry VIII’s urges caused bloodshed and upheaval in Tudor England.
The actress will play Mary Boleyn, described as a ‘vivacious blonde’, who was wooed and bedded by the king before he took up with her younger, ruthlessly ambitious sibling Anne, who will be played by Claire Foy in the six-part drama based on Mantel’s Man Booker-prize winning historical books Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies, to be broadcast next year.
Charity joins a growing ensemble led by Mark Rylance as Thomas Cromwell and Damian Lewis as the much-married monarch.
The Boleyn women were the key part of their father’s plan to secure political influence. Continue reading Wolf whistles for the racy Tudors
– Movies & Television > Vampire Academy: Blood Sisters (2014) > Blu-ray Screencaptures
BEWARE OF SPOILERS!!! — Stop reading now if you never read the VA books and don’t know who is Ms Karp and what happens to her. Continue reading “Vampire Academy” Blu-ray Screencaptures