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‘SNL’ prepares for fall audiences, casts Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

Saturday Night Live will return to business as usual for its Oct. 3 premiere, with new episodes filmed in front of a limited New York audience and Jim Carrey joining as a guest star to portray presidential nominee Joe Biden. Creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels revealed that and more in a Vulture interview, confirming as well that Maya Rudolph and Alec Baldwin will reprise their roles as Kamala Harris and Donald Trump, respectively. The plan is to release five(!) consecutive new shows leading up to the 2020 presidential election. “There was some interest on his part,” Michaels said of Carrey. “And then we responded, obviously, positively. But it came down to discussions about what the take was. He and Colin Jost had a bunch of talks. He and I as well. He will give the part energy and strength, and … Hopefully it’s funny.” Michaels also provided more insight on how SNL will incorporate an audience while continuing to provide safety measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus. But he insisted that the audience is an integral part of SNL, particularly in how its response informs which sketches will hit or miss and make it into the final performance. “The physical problems of doing it — number of people who can be in the studio, number of people who can be in the control room, how you separate the band so that they’re not in any jeopardy — all of those are part of the meetings we’ve been having,”…Continue reading‘SNL’ prepares for fall audiences, casts Jim Carrey as Joe Biden

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‘The Crown’ casts Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret for Season 5

Netflix’s The Crown is gradually rolling out the casting for its fifth and final season — and now we have a Princess Margaret.  English actress Lesley Manville will take on the role of Queen Elizabeth II’s younger sister in Peter Morgan’s series — Princess Margaret has been formidably played by Vanessa Kirby in the first two seasons, and Helena Bonham-Carter in the third. Manville, who was nominated for an Academy Award and a BAFTA for her role in Phantom Thread, joins Harry Potter actress Imelda Staunton, who was announced as Queen Elizabeth II for The Crown‘s final season in Jan. 2020, replacing Olivia Colman. “I could not be happier to be playing Princess Margaret,” reads a quote from Manville shared by The Crown‘s Twitter account. “The baton is being passed on from two formidable actresses and I really don’t want to let the side down. Furthermore to play siblings with my dear friend Imelda Staunton will be nothing short of a complete joy.” Princess Margaret passed away on Feb. 9 2002 at the age of 71. Exactly how Manville intends to prepare for the role of Princess Margaret remains to be seen, but we’ll be watching — Bonham Carter consulted a psychic for the princess’s “blessing,” after all.  Princess Margaret in 1997. Image: Tim Graham Photo Library via Get There’s no release date for Season 4 of The Crown, let alone Season 5. For now, Seasons 1-3 are streaming . Source linkContinue reading‘The Crown’ casts Lesley Manville as Princess Margaret for Season 5