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Nicholas Hoult’s Passion for Racing Ferraris: “Terrifying” — In a Good Way

As he drove toward the Sonoma Raceway in a $275,000 Ferrari Roma, Nicholas Hoult was becoming increasingly nervous. “I’ve loved car racing since I was a kid, so the opportunity to actually do it, I would be absolutely insane to pass up,” the 32-year-old actor said, his sharp blue eyes widening behind oversized Fendi tortoiseshell […]

‘The Great’ Star Nicholas Hoult Says His Character Can “Turn on a Dime”

“I’ve had probably more fun playing this character and being in this world than I had for a long time,” says 32-year-old Nicholas Hoult as he considers the impact of portraying the often-impulsive, venal, cocksure and imperious yet increasingly evolving Russian Emperor Peter III on Hulu’s The Great opposite Elle Fanning’s Catherine the Great. “And […]

‘Awards Chatter’ Podcast — Elle Fanning (‘The Girl From Plainville’ and ‘The Great’)

Elle Fanning is a gifted actress who is already a widely respected veteran at the age of just 24. She is the younger of two sisters — Dakota is four years older — who both made tremendous impressions as child performers en route to impressive careers as young adults, with no major personal bumps along the […]

How Elle Fanning Went From Saint Petersburg to Plainville Through Costume Design

“The way Elle transforms like that is incredible,” says The Girl From Plainville costume designer Mirren Gordon-Crozier. Just two weeks after wrapping season two of the historical comedy The Great, Fanning pivoted from 18th century Imperial Russian regalia, by Sharon Long, into the oversized T-shirts and printed leggings of a suburban Massachusetts teenager dealing with […]

‘The Great’ Creator Tony McNamara Inks Overall Deal With ABC Signature

Huzzah! ABC Signature is bringing Oscar- and Emmy-nominated writer Tony McNamara in-house. The creator of Hulu’s The Great, who most recently penned Disney’s live-action Cruella, has signed a two-year overall deal with the Jonnie Davis-led TV studio. Under the pact, McNamara will create, develop and supervise projects for the division of Disney Television Studios. “Tony’s […]

‘The Great’ Renewed for Season 3 at Hulu

The Great will return for a third season on Hulu. The critically acclaimed Catherine the Great dramedy has been renewed for a 10-episode third season. The announcement was made at Disney’s Television Critics Association winter press tour session. The satiric series from showrunner Tony McNamara (The Favourite) stars Elle Fanning (Maleficent) as the longest-reigning female […]

Daniel Fienberg: The 10 Best TV Shows of 2021

The Hollywood Reporter chief TV critic’s favorites include two satires of the filthy rich, alt-histories about the space race and Russian royalty, and a pandemic-set drama that you've probably never heard of.

“I Don’t Think Catherine Is a Maternal Person”: ‘THR Presents’ Q&A With Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and the Executive Producers of ‘The Great’

In the second season of The Great, Hulu’s comedic and frequently fabricated biography of Catherine the Great, Elle Fanning’s lead becomes a mother twice. Once is to her son Paul, with whom she’s pregnant for most of the season. The other is to Russia, the country she has officially taken from her husband, Peter (Nicholas […]

“I Wanted It to Be Honest and Real”: Acting Contenders Share Tales From the Sets of Their TV Series

ELLE FANNING (The Great) The first season of Hulu’s historical comedy was all about Catherine the Great’s rise to power, and the second begins with her grabbing the crown from her husband, Peter (Nicholas Hoult). “The second season is asking the question, ‘Once you have the power, what are you going to do with it?’ […]

Nicholas Hoult: A Tsar Is Born

“Are you interested in how I got dog poo on my face when truffling?” asks Nicholas Hoult one chilly October morning, seated at a tucked-away eatery in North Hollywood. Something in the way the 31-year-old Englishman says it — brightly, eagerly, as if he’s offering a tea cake — makes it sound not entirely unenticing. […]

How Hulu’s ‘The Great’ Balances Fact, Fiction and Funny in Season 2

Welcome to Episode 144 of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executive and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as […]

Gillian Anderson Joins Hulu’s ‘The Great’

Gillian Anderson will move from playing the prime minister of the U.K. to the mother of a future empress in her next TV role. Anderson (The Crown, Sex Education) has joined the cast of Hulu’s The Great in a recurring role. She’s set to appear in two episodes of season two as Joanna, Catherine’s (Elle […]