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Idris Elba's got some serious testicular fortitude ... 'cause his new car-stunt show really put his family jewels to the test. TMZ's obtained the first images from the actor's new show coming to Quibi. Idris and elite rally driver Ken Block are teaming up for an 8-episode series dubbed "Elba vs. Block." They'll go head-to-head in car stunts to see who can outlast the other. It's unclear if these are death-defying stunts, but with names like "Wall of Death," "Car Tightrope" and "Flaming Obstacle Course" it sure as hell seems like it. In one of the images, either Idris or Ken drive a go-kart through a vertical loop. The 'Hobbs & Shaw' star has gone on record to say he loves speed and counts himself as a "wheel man" ... and no doubt this new show puts him front and center in some grueling challenges. ICYMI ... Quibi is short for "quick bites." It's the first-ever entertainment platform designed specifically for phones to deliver episodes and movie-quality shows in 10 minutes or less. It launches April 6 with original content from Jennifer Lopez, Liam Hemsworth, Zac Efron, Kendall Jenner, 50 Cent, Steph Curry, Chrissy Teigen and Kristen Bell ... plus our own celebrity show with a TMZ edge. The 30-second Super Bowl ad made/WILL MAKE its debut Sunday just after kickoff. (TMZ)
The Crown Will End After Season 5 -- and They've Cast Imelda Staunton as the Final Queen Elizabeth! The Crown has found the "perfect time and place to stop," according to creator Peter Morgan. The Crown has found the "perfect time and place to stop." Creator Peter Morgan has revealed the Netflix hit will wrap after the fifth season. "At the outset I had imagined The Crown running for six seasons but now that we have begun work on the stories for season five it has become clear to me that this is the perfect time and place to stop," said Morgan. "I'm grateful to Netflix and Sony for supporting me in this decision." The show has also cast their final Queen Elizabeth: Imelda Staunton will succeed Claire Foy (seasons 1 and 2) and Olivia Colman (seasons 3 and 4) in the royal role. "I have loved watching The Crown from the very start," said Staunton, who has earned five Olivier awards and a BAFTA award. "As an actor it was a joy to see how both Claire Foy and Olivia Colman brought something special and unique to Peter Morgan's scripts. I am genuinely honored to be joining such an exceptional creative team and to be taking The Crown to its conclusion." Film and theatre star Staunton is most popularly known for playing Dolores Umbridge in the Harry Potter films and also recently starred as Lady Bagshaw in the Downton Abbey movie. She was also nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for her role Vera Drake, a 1950s British drama about illegal abortions. Familiar with keeping royal company, Staunton has not only received an OBE but also a CBE for her services to drama, which was presented to her by Prince William at Buckingham Palace in 2016. "I'm absolutely thrilled to confirm Imelda Staunton as Her Majesty The Queen for the fifth and final season, taking The Crown into the 21st Century," Morgan said. "Imelda is an astonishing talent and will be a fantastic successor to Claire Foy and Olivia Colman." Although Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's exit from royal life and the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew's friendship with Jeffrey Epstein have dominated headlines in recent months, the storylines will not make it to The Crown -- and it was never the intention to cover the royal family up to the modern era. Executive producer Suzanne Mackie told the Press Association earlier this month: "To be honest, whatever the life of The Crown is after where we are now, I doubt we'll ever go as far into the present day." Morgan made similar claims during a 2018 interview, telling Entertainment Weekly that the show wouldn't include Meghan "because it's too close to the moment." "I feel uncomfortable writing about events within a certain time period," he said. "Let's wait twenty years and see what there is to say about Meghan Markle," Morgan added. "I don't know what there is to say about Meghan Markle at the moment. I wouldn't know and I wouldn't presume. She'll only become interesting once we've had twenty years to digest who she is and what her impact has been. If I were to write about Meghan Markle I would automatically be writing journalistically. I've got nothing to say about Meghan Markle." (People)
Owen Wilson Joining Marvel's 'Loki' Series. Tom Hiddleston stars as the god of mischief. Owen Wilson is headed to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The actor is in talks to join the Disney+ show Loki, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. His character details are hidden in Odin's vault. Loki stars Tom Hiddleston as the trickster god he has played since 2011's Thor. The character died in 2018's Avengers: Infinity War, however due to a time travel storyline, Loki appeared briefly in 2019's Avengers: Endgame. It is that version of Loki that audiences will follow in the Disney+ series. Rick & Morty writer Michael Waldron is writing the pilot for Loki, and will act as show creator and exec produce the series. Loki is one of multiple shows Marvel Studios is producing for Disney+, including Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Hawkeye and What If? Wilson, who is repped by UTA, next appears in Wes Anderson's The French Dispatch, due out in July. (Hollywood Reporter)
The Items The Good Place Cast Took From Set Will Bring a Tear to Your Eye. On NBC's The Good Place, the actual Good Place (heaven, if you will), occupants can live out all their dreams. They can travel anywhere, they can eat anything, it's what makes the dead person happy. For Eleanor (Kristen Bell), there's endless margaritas and a bedpan used by Stone Cold Steve Austin in a WWE fight. For Kristen Bell? Well, her Good Place is a little different. "I would have my family. I would also have every corner would be a nook to nap," Bell told E! News after The Good Place series finale. "I love to nap, and I love to just go offline, like, 'I'm out, see you in 20!'" "When you said every corner, I thought you were going to say, 'Every corn,'" D'Arcy Carden chimed in. "My Good Place would just be every corn." "Every kernel. Every piece of corn," Bell laughed. "Popcorn," Carden said. "Hominy, maize," William Jackson Harper added. "I would have an abundance of tacos." For Carden, she said her Good Place was working on NBC's The Good Place. A sentiment shared by Ted Danson. "My family, yeah, my friends. What would be in my Good Place? You know what, to be honest, I'm in my Good Place. I have to say, I'm very blessed. I'm with someone I love. I have family, grandkids and I get to work with sweet, talented people. I am in my Good Place. That's very Pollyanna, but it's also true," Danson told us. Jameela Jamil has a different Good Place: "Snacks and orgasms." And as for what physical items they took away from The Good Place, both Danson and Jamil snagged some wardrobe, Harper took some loafers and the calendar his character Chidi made for Bell's character Eleanor, and Bell a sign to hang in her garden. Manny Jacinto took something for Carden: the necklace his character Jason made for her character Janet. "Last night after we watched the finale together and we were drinking and crying, Manny pulled me aside -- the lovely Manny -- pulled me aside and he gave me this... practically proposed to me in a ring box and then I cried more. And then I showed you guys and they cried more and everybody and we all just cried," Carden admitted. "So, I have this forever and ever." In addition to the suits and ties, Danson took the wallet that Carden's character gave him. Inside are pictures of the cast members. "I thought that was a keepsake that I will genuinely keep," Danson told us. The Good Place series finale is now streaming on the NBC app. (Eonline)