ROTTEN TOMATOES REVAMPS RATINGS: Rotten Tomatoes has updated its critics’ policy. Freelancers and critics from established publications will be included, and it’s also opening the door to podcasts and digital video reviews. "Over the past few years, our team has added hundreds of new voices to the Tomatometer on top of the thousands we currently have, with the goal of creating a critics pool that closely reflects the global entertainment audience," said Jenny Jediny, Rotten Tomatoes' critics relations manager. "We took another key step today by revamping our critics criteria that both shifts our focus to approving critics individually rather than through publications, and introduces updated guidelines for newer media platforms to be a part of the Tomatometer." The site has come under fire, most recently for its 0% rating of the John Travolta-toplined Gotti. Many attributed the sub-level rating to its complete commercial failure. Do you turn to Rotten Tomatoes before you see a film?
FIRST LOOK AT TOBIAS MENZIES AS PRINCE PHILIP: Prince Philip is back. After introducing Olivia Colman as the new Queen Elizabeth II, Netflix is sharing The Crown’s new Prince. Tobias Menzies replaces Matt Smith, and in our first gander, captioned "ambition," we see him adorned with medals. Helena Bonham Carter is also starring as Princess Margaret, with Ben Daniels as Antony Armstrong-Jones and Josh O’Connor as Prince Charles.
VANESSA REDGRAVE RECALLS NOTORIOUS 1978 OSCARS SPEECH: Vanessa Redgrave is opening up with The Hollywood Reporter about her long career ahead of receiving a lifetime achievement award at the Venice Film Festival on August 30th. The 81-year-old recalls calling the Academy "a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums" during her acceptance speech at the 1978 Oscars. (She made and appeared in a documentary about Palestine). "I had to do my bit," she tells THR. "Everybody had to do their bit, to try and change things for the better. To advocate for what's right and not be dismayed if immediately you don't see results."
ORPHAN BLACK PRODUCER TO ADAPT P.T. BARNUM STORY FOR TV: Susan Swan’s novel The Biggest Modern Woman of the World is being adapted for TV by Temple Street Productions, the company behind Orphan Black. The book tells the story of a seven-foot woman who exhibited with P.T. Barnum, and follows her from a child of poor Scottish immigrants in Nova Scotia, through her death in 1888.
ADAM BRODY JOINS CURFEW: Adam Brody (aka Seth Cohen on The O.C.) has joined Curfew, a Fast and the Furious-style street racing drama from Sky. Brody, who will soon be seen in Shazam!, joins Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Adrian Lester (Riviera), Phoebe Fox (Blue Iguana), Malachi Kirby (Roots), Billy Zane (Titanic) and Miranda Richardson (Churchill). Curfew will head to the U.S. via Spectrum Originals.