the crown season 5

Netflix is rolling out the red carpet for The Crown again. Production on The Crown season 5 is set to start this summer, with an all-new cast of actors set to replace the previous ensemble led by Olivia Colman. The filming begins as the U.K. begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions this spring following a third national lockdown that’s been in place since January.

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2021 Critics Choice Awards Winners

Continuing the march through an odd awards season, the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards were held over the weekend, honoring the best in film and television. In a hybrid virtual ceremony hosted by Taye Diggs, the nominees appeared remotely from across the world, just like the recent Golden Globes. Also echoing the recent awards show, Nomadland and The Crown took some of the biggest prizes of the night, including respective wins for Best Picture and Best Drama Series.

Get the full list of 2021 Critics Choice Awards winners below. Read More »

The Crown with Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, find out why Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar stars Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo got fired from The Crown. Plus, see how Saturday Night Live‘s most seasoned cast member Kenan Thompson handles the wings of death on Hot Ones. And finally, check out some of the royal props from Disney’s coming-of-age teen comedy The Princess Diaries. Read More »

the crown disclaimer

For three seasons, Peter Morgan’s drama series The Crown has received praise and accolades for its complex character work and lavish depiction of the British royal family. But then season 4 hit Netflix, introducing the popular Princess Diana (played by newcomer Emma Corrin) to the fray. And it stirred up enough controversy that snowballed into the U.K. government sending a request to Netflix to add a disclaimer deeming The Crown “a work of fiction.” Netflix has denied that request.

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the crown season 4 review full

The Crown season 4 might be the most interesting season of the Netflix show yet, for one key reason: it seems determined to make us dislike, even downright loathe, every member of the House of Windsor, from Queen Elizabeth on down. Previous seasons of the ornate monarchy melodrama were not without judgment or criticisms for its main cast of flawed characters, but in season 4, Elizabeth II and family descend to their lowest point as the royals sets about destroying their newest member, Diana Spencer. It makes for a bleak, but fascinating, season of television.

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the crown season 5

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Series: The Crown

Where You Can Stream It: Netflix

The Pitch: A dramatic series that chronicles the life and reign of Queen Elizabeth II, with each season covering roughly a decade of her life and the entire cast being replaced with different actors every two seasons to mark the passage of time. It’s all very glossy, very expensive, and so much more enthralling than it may sound.

Why It’s Essential Viewing: If your eyes glazed over a bit reading that The Crown is a glossy costume drama about English royals…look, I don’t blame you. I was hesitant to dive into this series at first, despite the talent in front of the camera and behind it, expecting some kind of awards bait without much bite or meat. And I judged a book by its cover like a moron. Because The Crown may appear to be a stuffy TV show about monarchy, but it’s actually as vital and alive as any prestige TV show being made today. It’s addictive and powerful in equal measure, finding avenues in which to explore these potentially stodgy historical figures in ways that resonate down to the bone.

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the crown season 4 trailer

Heavy is the head that wears the crown, but heavier is the wig that Gillian Anderson wears to play the Iron Lady herself, Margaret Thatcher. Britain’s first female prime minister makes her debut in The Crown season 4, immediately crossing (proverbial) swords with Queen Elizabeth (Olivia Colman) and making enemies left and right. But the royal family have even more things to worry about, with the arrival of Princess Diana, played by Emma Corrin. Watch The Crown season 4 trailer below.

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the crown cast

Dominic West is heading from one Affair to another. Netflix’s The Crown has tapped The Affair actor to play Prince Charles in seasons 5 and 6, covering the period of the 1990s and early 2000s when the crown prince split from Diana and embarked on an affair with Camilla Parker-Bowles.

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the crown season 4 trailer

Netflix’s The Crown is back, and it’s the stuff “of which fairytales are made.” Until the “happily ever after” part is over, of course. The royal drama returns for its highly anticipated fourth season, which introduces two titans in British history: the divisive first female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, played by a steely Gillian Anderson, and the beloved Princess Diana, played by newcomer Emma Corrin. Watch The Crown season 4 trailer below.

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In this edition, director Alfonso Cuarón break down a pivotal sequence in Roma for the American Film Institute. Plus, Adam Savage meticulously builds Hellboy‘s big beefy gun the Good Samaritan. And finally, the cast of The Crown teaches you some royal slang that our American minds probably don’t know. Read More »