Recently today, news broke that Claire Foy, Queen Elizabeth in the acclaimed Netflix series The Crown, was paid less than her on-screen Duke of Edinburgh Matt Smith. Now, there are a plethora of rumours to why this is the case, we are here to explain the truth behind the fiction.
According to the shows co-producer, Andrew Eaton, the reason to why Duke of Edinburgh Prince Phillip Matt Smith was paid more was due to his previous fame on 'Doctor Who' whereas Foy was a relative newcomer. They said it would not be the case for the third series, when Olivia Colman replaces Foy.
Although it is unclear to this date what Smith was paid, Foy, who before The Crown appeared in the BBC's Wolf Hall, was reportedly paid $40,000 (£28,000) per episode for the first two series, which portrayed the monarch in the 1950s and 1960s.
The Crown co-producer Suzanne Mackie told a television industry conference in Jerusalem that the pay difference would be rectified.
"Going forward, no-one gets paid more than the queen," TV, Film and Entertainment news source, Variety quoted Ms Mackie as saying.
For the third series, which moves into the 1970s, Prince Philip will also be played by a different actor.
The ongoing disparity between men and women in the entertainment business is reflected in annual lists published by Forbes magazine.
With hope on the horizon for more equal pay, we can hope to hear more stories where salaries are rectified to appropriately pay actors the right amount for their role, not their gender or previous works.
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Monday 5th March 2018: Rampage moves up one week after Avengers shift
Warner Brothers have moved up Rampage one week after the reveal of Marvel moving up Infinity War one week. Warner Brothers understandably moved it up, so Rampage could dominate for two weeks in the Box Office rather than one if it stayed as it was. Originally it was going to be released on April 20th, but has been moved to April 13th. This gives it a 2 week cushion, before Infinity War is released and a steep decline for Rampage happens.
Tuesday 6th March 2018: John Boyega wants a longer fight scene in Star Wars 9
Finns arc was subject to much criticism in 'The Last Jedi' as his mission to Canto Bight felt unnecessary and his relationship with Rose was forced. He also didn't see much action in the film until the end with Phasma which fans were unhappy about.
Boyega was asked about his role in 'The Last Jedi' during an interview with IGN and he says "Yeah, man, I didn’t expect it to be that quick if I’m being honest with you. I was like, wait, wait, what? He’s been like ramped up for a big fight and then it was over in a second. [laughs] But, hopefully, Finn gets to face someone else or has a fight that’s much longer by the way [in Episode IX]."
Wednesday 14th March 2018: Suicide Squad 2 may start filming in October
Warner Brothers is moving Task Force X to London this autumn as they look forward to getting the sequel of the ground. Even though the film received terrible critics reviews, it received an Oscar for best makeup and hair styling and also did really well in the box office gaining $750 million worldwide. The team consisted of characters that audiences really enjoyed and wanting to see more off, specifically Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and Will Smith's Deadshot. Warner Brothers have a major studio in London and is where a number of DC films have been shot in the past and is where Wonder Woman 2 will be filmed, but it is clear that they are not moving all projects there as Shazam is currently being shot at their studio in Toronto.
Thursday 12th March 2018: Terminator 6 adds Mackenzie Davis to cast
Mackenzie Davis (Tully, Blade Runner) is in talks to join the cast of Terminator 6. This will be a direct sequel to Terminator 2: Judgement Day as James Cameron does not want to count any movie that he himself did not guide. That means Terminator 3 onwards will no longer count.
Mackenzie Davis will join Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton in this reboot. She will reportedly be playing a soldier-assassin on a mission who sets up the action. It remains unclear how prominent her role will be.
Friday 9th March 2018: Spiderman 2 will film in multiple European countries
A new report has confirmed that Spiderman 2 will start filming in May and will film in multiple European countries. The only 2 films that have been confirmed for phase 4 have been Spiderman 2 and Guardians of the Galaxy 3, and with Spiderman 2 releasing 2 months after Avengers 4 fans wont have to wait long to see whats in store for phase 4. The film is casting a James Bond esque femme fatale and some agents who will appear along side her. There has been rumours that this character could be Spiderwoman.
Saturday 10th March 2018: A Wrinkle in Time beats Black Panther at friday box office
Black Panther was knocked off the top spot on friday with the release of A Wrinkle in Time. A Wrinkle in Time grossed $10.2 million on friday, which was lower than originally estimated, but was enough to knock off Black Panther which gained $10 million. This is the first film to surpass Black Panther at the domestic box office since its debut 3 weeks ago.
Sunday 11th March 2018: Black Panther surpasses Dark Knight and Rogue One at US box office
Black Panther continues to dominate as it surpasses Rogue One and Dark Knight over the weekend. A film hasn't maintained #1 position in the box office this long since The Force Awakens. Black Panther gained $41.1 million over the weekend raising the total to $562 million, beating Rogue One $532.1 million and Dark Knight $534.8 million. It currently ranks seventh behind The Last Jedi $619.4 million. It is only $61.3 million away from besting the Avengers and becoming the MCU's highest grossing film.
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With Avengers: Infinity War mere weeks away, and marketing quickly beginning to kick into full throttle, we were treated to a conglomeration of posters, merchandise and goodies this week to whet our appetite for the film. So, to help you out, we've found every single poster, still from the movie and magazine cover, officially released and put it right here for you! Share them if you enjoy!
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Monday 26th February 2018- Benedict Cumberbatch hunts at MCU multiverse
On a bonus feature of Thor: Ragnarok Cumberbatch stated "What we’ve seen happen within the Marvel Cinematic Universe is this ever-expanding couture of superheroes. And I think now we’re at the stage where this universe, even within our world, has gotten quite crowded and it’s just about to explode into other dimensions."
The multiverse was first introduced in 1993 and is the idea that there are multiple versions of the universe. The MCU is stated as Earth-199999, where as the main comic universe is Earth-616. This would provide the MCU with limitless story opportunities and it certainly is something we wish to see in the future.
Tuesday 27th February 2018- Get Out is the most profitable 2018 picture Oscar nominee
Get Out is the by far the most profitable movie among the nine Best Picture 2018 Oscar Nominees. The film did extremely well gaining $255 million worldwide and an amazing score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes which has now fallen to 99%. Get out has also been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor for star Daniel Kaluuya, Best Director, and Best Original Screenplay.
Even though Christopher Nolan's WW2 epic Dunkirk gained $525 million worldwide, it cost $100 million to create which makes a return on investment of 425%, however Get Out only cost $5 million to create, which means it had a return on investment of 5,000%.
Wednesday 28th February 2018- Chris Hemsworth in talks for Men in Black reboot
Chris Hemsworth is in very early talks to star in Sony's Men in Black reboot. The franchise originally kicked off in 1997 and found success, which spawned two sequels, however the 3rd installment was released in 2012 and didn't revive the franchise like Sony wanted it to.
THR reports that Hemsworth will be playing a leading role in the film, as he stars with two other agents a black woman and a older man. This film is supposedly set in London which is a nice change from New York.
Chris Hemsworth is mostly known for his role as the God of Thunder, however with Infinity War and Avengers 4 just round the corner no-one knows whether he will survive these outings so attaching himself to a new franchise is a jump that the actor needs, especially since he hasn't been a box office success outside of the MCU
Thursday 1st March 2018- Avengers Infinity War release date moved to 27th April worldwide
Marvel has moved up the Infinity War release date to the 27th April across the whole world. Originally it was set for the 27th for the uk and most other countries had to wait to the 4th May.
Marvel studios have been leading up to this event for the past 10 years and are even releasing special merchandise to commemorate that fact. Fans are extremely excited to hear this news, as the film has less than 2 months until its release. Sadly there has only been 1 teaser trailer and 1 tv spot so far, but it has been enough to get fans extremely excited, as this will be the first movie to contain all of the characters on one screen.
Friday 2nd March 2018- Highlander reboot script finished
Recent reports have indicated that Lionsgate have finally completed a script that they think is satisfactory after being in development for 10 years after acquiring the rights. The script is supposedly written by Ryan Condal and the studio will start pre production later this year.
The first Highlander film is highly regarded as a classic fantasy movie that spawned multiple sequels and tv shows. In addition to Ryan Condal the film is supposedly being directed by Chad Stahelski (John Wick films) and produced by Neal H Moritz ( best known for Preacher, Prison Break, The Fast and Furious franchise.) All of this shows that Lionsgate are putting everything into this film to make it the best it can be. They also want to release an extended franchise with at least three movies.
Saturday 3rd March 2018- Avengers Infinity War projected for best MCU opening weekend.
Even more Infinity War news now and it's not surprising news as Infinity war is being projected to have the best opening weekend of any Marvel Studios film yet. Box Office pro have predicted an opening weekend of $215 million domestically, which would be enough to knock the Avengers of the top spot which gained $207 million. This would also make it the third highest opening weekend of all time falling just behind The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens. Black Panther's early projections were $90 million but gained $202 million.
Sunday 4th March 2018- Witcher tv series reportedly received first script.
This is a show I am extremely excited to talk about. The hit books and amazing video games are getting a tv series produced by Netflix. The writer Lauren S Hissrich has confirmed that she has finished her first draft for the pilot episode for the show plus she has revealed detailed breakdowns of what characters could appear on the show.
The writer has confirmed only two things about the show so far. 1) Geralt will be the main character, which is not surprising since he is the main character of the franchise. 2) The show will not be watered down. She has done multiple character breakdowns for potential characters on her twitter: https://twitter.com/LHissrich, but some of them are :Geralt, Yennefer, Triss, Roach (yes she even did the horse) and Emhyr. This series is shaping up to be a really good series and if it's as good as the games then we're all in for a real treat. Hissrich also photographed her computer that she had done 23 pilot outlines before creating the first draft. It seems that she is taking this show very seriously and we cannot wait.
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The newest Warner Bros Animation & DC collaborative movie is here in the form of "Batman: Gotham By Gaslight", an interpretation on the DC Elseworld tale by Brian Augustyn. Our review will contain spoilers for this film however due to its non canonical nature in relation to the DCEU, the spoilers here will only apply to the plot points of this movie. Batman meets Jack the Ripper, is the subheading of the movie- and it certainly delivers on its promise. The R Rated tale of a Victorian Gotham with old foes and friends merged with the historical time period has the makings of a perfect animation- however at times it does fall flat.
The tale begins with Ivy- this films interpretation of Poison Ivy- an orphan turned exotic dancer and prostitute, who becomes the first on screen victim of "Jack the Ripper". The murders keep happening night after night in and around the secluded back streets of Gotham with young girls being the target- only until Bruce Wayne gets involved. This murder happens minutes into the films opening which certainly left myself and others online shocked and excited to see where it heads next. Ivy's appearance first gives the impression of the recent "Batman: The Killing Joke" movie which lead to much criticism over the over-sexualisation of the women and overall sexist remarks, luckily, the film diverts from this route and accurately represents the thoughts of the time as regards women without being overtly rude about it.
As the citizens of Gotham including the police force James Gordon and Chief Bullock believe Bruce Wayne is Jack the Ripper, the tension rises surrounding the true identity of the serial killer stalking the streets however we all know that it cannot be Bruce Wayne as he's been seen in a fight with him and Selina Kyle, down in Skinners End. Selina Kyle later becomes Catwoman in this Universe. At the Monarch Theatre with his friend Harvey Dent- aka Two Face, Bruce meets Selina and the two bond at the Dionysus Club. Bruce realizes that not only were the two of them taken in by Sister Leslie, but that some of the murdered girls were orphans formerly under Leslie's care. Bruce rushes out to save Leslie from Jack the Ripper but is too late as Jack has already murdered her. This second twist in the story again comes as a shock as you expect Batman to save her but he misses it by mere seconds. This causes the issue of Marlene, a crazed drunken old lady who mistakes Batman for the Ripper as she sees him running from the scene. At the funeral of Leslie, Bruce is met by Doctor Hugo Strange, claiming he knows the killer and wants to meet with Batman. Strange later becomes the first male victim to the killer as he attempted to discover the identity behind the mask.
As the climax arrived, it had to be admitted that when Selina said Harvey Dent was a "Jekyll and Hyde of a person" it clicked that he must be the Ripper, and sadly, I was right. This anti-climatic reveal of the man behind the mask left me feeling flat as the film ended as I was expected a much more grandiose and shocking twist to compliment the shocking murders we had throughout the film. Unfortunately, the reveal that Harvey Dent was the Ripper let the film down and lacked impact and suspense- it's surprising that Bruce didn't see it coming.
The main selling point of the film is it's setting which is even lacking in quality. The animation style here is really quite poor and lacks any uniqueness like the upcoming "Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse" has. Bruce Greenwood as the caped crusader here takes a more watered-down approach to the role as he steps back into the shadows, only popping in to break up a fight or appear shirtless to appease fans. However his best scene is by far the scenes alongside Jennifer Carpenter's Selina Kyle as they work perfectly as a duo and make their mark within the film- unlike any of the other characters who are (pun not intended) two dimensional.
To conclude, the idea of Batman in a Steampunk-Gothic setting is truly thrilling however the film lacks solid characters apart from perhaps the 2 main protagonists. Even the villain that the whole plot is centred around seems weak and underwhelming. The little easter eggs such as Jayson Todd and Dick Grayson being the orphan pickpockets was a nice touch however the film left a lot to be desired. It's an enjoyable watch however lacked any sort of depth that was required for such a rich concept.
Batman: Gotham by Gaslight is available now on Digital HD and on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD in stores and online.
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