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June 17th, 2020  No Comments Articles, Interviews, Press, The Great, TV

If you’re put off by stuffy biodramas of kings and queens, don’t fear the period series “The Great.” Rest assured: so is the show’s creator.

“I hate period things. Everything I wrote was contemporary,” says Tony McNamara, the Australian TV veteran and Oscar-nominated screenwriter of “The Favourite.” So of course his new Hulu show is set in 1740s Russia and is about Catherine (you know, … the Great). “I read about her and thought, ‘I really want to write about her. … What would it take for me to like it?’”

“The Great” is a splash of cold water to the face of the “Masterpiece Theater” crowd and straight-no-chaser to “The Lion in Winter” fans, who like their royals sniping and snarling, but impeccably written all the same. It’s shockingly direct, even abrupt, but all in service of a compelling narrative with a whole country at stake. Just don’t take it as, shall we say, biographically precise.

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June 17th, 2020  No Comments Interviews, Press, The Great, TV

If history was taught the way that The Great teaches history, we might be in better shape. The Hulu series doesn’t concern itself with telling a historically accurate biography of Catherine the Great, but it gives us a captivating heroine to root for in the performance by Elle Fanning. While Fanning has grown up almost literally before our eyes, her performance as the Russian empress is bold, sexy, and cunning.

At the very start of the series, Catherine has a romantic, sweeping idea of marriage. When she meets her husband, Peter (a dastardly Nicholas Hoult), those dreams are automatically dashed after she sees how he runs his court like a royal frat house. She quickly realizes that she is just there to produce an heir, but she hatches her own plot to overthrow her husband and rule a country that she feels a powerful tie to, despite not being born there. Catherine coddles, humors, and spars with Peter, and Fanning takes her from a delicate girl to a badass in a matter of episodes.

How Fanning hides her strength from Hoult is the best thing about the series. It makes you wonder if Catherine is surprised by her own moxie and manipulative mind. Catherine declares war on a man who takes her life and her body, and Fanning’s performance is a loud cry in taking back her power.

Awards Daily: This is the third series to come out about Catherine the Great in the last 8 or so years. Why do you think we are so fascinated with her?

Elle Fanning: It’s interesting, right?

AD: Yeah.

EF: Everybody wants to talk about her right now. I think it tells something about the world we are living in right now. I’m happy that there are all these different versions about her story. Obviously, our version has a very specific tone and not completely historically accurate. We want to create our own version of her, and that’s what Tony [McNamara] does so well. He merges in facts and what she did in a very specific way. I didn’t know much about Catherine the Great before I read the script. I had heard the horse rumor.

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June 16th, 2020  No Comments Candids, Gallery Updates

Yesterday (15) Elle and Dakota were seen leaving their cousin’s Presley Panaro’s birthday party in Studio City, you can check the images in the gallery:

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June 16th, 2020  No Comments Gallery Updates, Photoshoots

New outtakes of Elle taken during the Berlim Film Festival are available for the new edition of FOCUS Magazine, this time taken by Alena Schmick.

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June 11th, 2020  No Comments Interviews, Press

Fanning discusses her new Hulu series, TikTok dances, how to perfect the poached egg and her reality TV obsession

In late March, Elle Fanning was supposed to go off to Budapest to film The Nightingale, based on Kristin Hannah’s bestselling novel about two sisters struggling to survive in Nazi-occupied France. Her co-star—for the first time since they made plays together at home as toddlers—was meant to be her older sister, Dakota, who is four years her senior.

But, as happened with most Hollywood movies and television series in production during the COVID-19 crisis, just a few days before the siblings were set to depart from Los Angeles for Hungary, shooting on The Nightingale was canceled, its release date postponed indefinitely.

“We’ve dreamed of this for a long time, and we talked for a while about what project could get us together,” says the 22-year-old Fanning, who underlines that they will star in The Nightingale at some point in the future. “We thought maybe we didn’t want to play sisters, but we’ve grown up in this industry and have a unique understanding of what it means to be sisters. So, at least the sister part we’ve got down.”

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Elle and Nicholas Hoult are featured on the May edition of the Emmy Magazine, check the scans with Elle in our gallery:

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May 22nd, 2020  No Comments Interviews, Media, Press, The Great, TV, Videos

Backstage, known for being a source for career advice and casting opportunities, had a Instagram interview with Elle and it’s on their IGTV, check it out:

May 22nd, 2020  No Comments Interviews, Media, Press, The Great, TV, Videos

The cast of ‘The Great’ reunited via video chat to talk about the show and answer fan questions, watch it below:

May 22nd, 2020  No Comments Interviews, Media, Press, The Great, TV, Videos

Quarantine is bringing out the artistic side of a lot of us with nothing better to do. That’s exactly the case for Hulu costars Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult, who talk about their new historical comedy miniseries, The Great, while sketching each other in our latest episode of Portrait Mode.

Fanning (who plays Russian empress Catherine the Great) and Hoult (who plays her lackluster husband, Peter III of Russia) put their artistic skills to the test while recalling hilarious incidents on set and reminiscing over previous projects they’ve done together.

ON ELLE NOT BEING ABLE TO CONTROL HER STOMACH GROWLS ON SET…

“The scene towards the end, I don’t know what was going on with me, but my stomach was growling so much,” Fanning divulges. “And Nick had to put his ear up to my stomach and it was just talking back. It was so loud. … I think it was the corset, I’m blaming it on the corset.”

Hoult adds, “You’re very good, though, when I forget my lines, you’re very supportive. ‘Cause sometimes I find it quite frustrating and embarrassing, and I feel like I’m not good at my job. But certainly that scene at the end—because I had to pretend to be talking to our unborn son in your stomach—and your stomach was communicating back, so it was quite nice actually. It was probably the best method acting ever.”

ON WORKING TOGETHER…
“We work in very similar ways, don’t we? So it’s quite easy for us to work together,” Hoult says of his costar.

Fanning recalls that they previously worked together on the 2014 film Young Ones, in which they again play a married couple. “Another weird, very messed-up marriage,” Fanning says. “You killed my dad in that movie.”

“I did,” Hoult concedes. “I killed [actor] Michael Shannon. He was your father, and then I kind of took over the family.”

Fanning continues, “You’re a bad husband.”

Watch the full episode here to hear more behind-the-scenes details.

Current Projects
The Nightingale (2021)
Elle Fanning as Isabelle

The lives of two sisters living in France are torn apart at the onset of World War II. Based on Kristin Hannah’s novel ‘The Nightingale’.

The Great (2020)
Elle Fanning as Catherine

A royal woman living in rural Austria during the seventeenth century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor.

All the Bright Places (2020)
Elle Fanning as Violet Markey

The story of Violet and Theodore, who meet and change each other’s lives forever. As they struggle with the emotional and physical scars of their past, they discover that even the smallest places and moments can mean something.

Maleficent 2 (2019)
Elle Fanning as Aurora

The complex relationship of Maleficent and Aurora continues to be explored as they face new threats to the magical land of the Moors.

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