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Mel Brooks: Comedy As The Currency Of Friendship
By Eddy Friedfeld
(Photo copyright Steven R. Stack)
Mel Brooks is profiled in a superb American Masters documentary entitled Mel Brooks: Make a Noise, which premieres nationally on PBS stations on May 20th. One of 14 Egot (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony) winners, he has earned more major awards than any other living entertainer, and shows few signs of slowing down. With new interviews with Brooks, his friends and colleagues, including Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Cloris Leachman, Joan Rivers, Tracey Ullman, Rob Reiner, and his close friend, with whom he created The 2000 Year Old Man, Carl Reiner. A DVD with bonus material will be available Tuesday, May 21 from Shout Factory.
"When they called me to say I had been chosen as the next 'American Master,' I thought they said I was chosen to be the next Dutch Master. So I figured what the hell, »
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The pictures feature Smith (Dowager Countess) and Wilton (Isobel Crawley) shooting scenes in a graveyard in Bampton, Oxfordshire.
Downton will return for an eight-part fourth series and a Christmas special in the autumn on ITV.
It will air in the Us on PBS in the New Year.
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Downton Abbey fans have a new start date to highlight on their calendars. The cherished period drama will return to PBS on January 5th in the United States and series four will run through until February 23rd.
Season 3 at Downton was momentous. Mary was wed to her beloved at long last and bore her first child, a boy. Mary’s younger sister, Lady Sybil passed on, leaving former driver, Tom Branson to care for their baby girl. In a strangely anti-climactic move, fan-favorite John Bates was finally freed from prison. Thomas Barrow narrowly escaped disaster once again. And another rather important cast member tragically died.
I was trying to remain spoiler free, but by now any self respecting fan should know it. Matthew Crawley is no more. I know–I’m still heart-broken over it. But this event should make for a very interesting fourth season.
THR had the news »
- Sasha Nova
It still amazes me how big Downton Abbey has become. The fact that it was even included in Iron Man 3 was surprising and funny. I didn't jump on board the bandwagon until right before season 3 was released. I was surprised by how addictive the show is. It's just a beautiful setting with great characters. Anyway, PBS has announced that season 4 will premiere on January 5th and run through February 23rd.
Shirley MacLaine is reprising her role as Martha Levinson, Cora's (Elizabeth McGovern) mother, and there are going to be some new faces in the cast. That includes Tom Cullen as Lord Gillingham, a Crawley family friend whose history with Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) goes back to childhood; Nigel Harman as a visiting valet named Green; and Dame Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton, a friend of the Dowager (Maggie Smith).
I'm curious how many of our readers watch Downton Abbey. »
- Joey Paur
"Downton Abbey" will be returning to American TV sets on Jan. 5, 2014, Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton said Tuesday at the PBS Annual Meeting. It will run for eight weeks, through Feb. 23. The upstairs-downstairs period British series is the highest-rated drama in PBS history. Twenty-four million viewers tuned into the third season of "Downton Abbey," and its February 17 finale was the Number 1 show on television, beating all broadcast and cable in primetime. Also read: Ratings: 'Downton Abbey' Season Finale Draws 8.2M Viewers Season 4 will see the return of Shirley MacLaine »
- Tony Maglio
Season 4 of "Downton Abbey" has a premiere date!
The series is set to return to PBS on Sun., January 5, 2014. Season 4 will run for eight weeks, concluding on February 23, 2014.
The upcoming season will see the return of series regulars Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Jim Carter, Joanne Froggatt, Brendan Coyle and more. They will be joined by guest stars Shirley MacLaine, Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, Dame Harriet Walter, Joanna David, Julian Ovenden, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Gary Carr.
A couple of familiar faces will be missing from the "Downton" cast, however, including Dan Stevens, who played Lady Mary's (McGovern) husband Matthew Crawley.
The actor left the series behind last year to pursue other opportunities.
“We were always optioned for three years,” Stevens told The Telegraph in December. “And when that came up it was a very difficult decision. But it felt like a good time to take stock, »
- Leigh Weingus
Downton Abbey junkies now know when they will get their next fix. The drama is set to return January 5th and will run up to February 23rd with new episodes in the Us. PBS announced the premiere earlier today. Shirley MacLaine will return as Martha Levinson, and she will be joined by several new cast [...]
Downton Abbey Season 4 Airdate Announced »
- Jon Lachonis
PBS has announced the Us premiere date for the upcoming fourth season of everyone’s favorite early 20th century soap, Downton Abbey. The drama series will return on January 5, 2014 and will run through February 23rd on PBS. Those hoping the new season would air alongside the UK run in order to avoid spoilers will be disappointed, as season four will again air overseas months before its Us premiere. Following last year’s abrupt exit of actor Dan Stevens, the fourth season will be chock full of new cast members like Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, and Dame Harriet Walter. Season four will also see the return of Shirley MacLaine as Cora’s mother. »
- Adam Chitwood
The news from PBS is in: The the most talked about shows on television has an official premiere date: Downton Abbey Season 4 will begin on Masterpiece on PBS on Sunday, January 5, 2014. Masterpiece executive producer Rebecca Eaton announced the U.S. airdates today at the PBS Annual Meeting. The hightest-rated drama in PBS history, Downton Abbey Season 4 will run for eight weeks, from January 5 to February 23, 2014. Casting news for season 4 includes the return of Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson and several new actors, including Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, Dame Harriet Walter, Joanna David, Julian Ovenden, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Gary Carr. They will join Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, Maggie Smith, Michelle »
- April Neale
Downton Abbey has an official return date: Season 4 of the period drama will premiere on Jan. 5, 2014. The series will then run for eight straight weeks, until Feb. 23.
Season 3 broke ratings records for PBS, becoming its highest-rated drama in history. Next season will air in Britain in the fall before coming to America, and will include the return of Shirley MacLaine as the moneyed and less-mannered Martha Levinson, as well as several new faces such as Tom Cullen, Joanna David, and Gary Carr (playing the show’s first black character), among others.
When EW talked to Abbey exec-producer Julian Fellowes earlier this year, »
- Adam Carlson
Downton Abbey, PBS' most-watched series, returns for a fourth season Jan. 5 through Feb. 23 in the U.S., PBS announced Tuesday As previously reported, Shirley MacLaine will reprise her role as Martha Levinson, Cora's (Elizabeth McGovern) mother, and there will also be some new faces in the cast. Among them: Tom Cullen as Lord Gillingham, a Crawley family friend whose history with Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) goes back to childhood; Nigel Harman as a visiting valet named Green; and Dame Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton, a friend of the Dowager (Maggie Smith). Per previous seasons, the fourth edition will begin airing
- Erin Carlson
The fourth season of PBS Masterpiece’s “Downton Abbey” will premiere in the U.S. on Jan. 5 and run for eight weeks.
A January premiere Stateside for “Downton” is typical for the cross-the-pond hit, but has become increasingly controversial because of spoilers coming over from the U.K., where each season launches the previous fall. The season-four premiere of “Downton Abbey” in Blighty is scheduled for September.
Interestingly, the season-four finale on PBS will come Feb. 23, the same night as the closing ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics on NBC — a night that most broadcasters are shying away from in terms of scheduling. This year, the “Downton” season finale was the top-rated show on television in its timeslot, »
- Jon Weisman
"Downton Abbey" Season 4 will begin on "Masterpiece" on PBS on Sunday, January 5, 2014. "Masterpiece" executive producer Rebecca Eaton announced the U.S. airdates today at the PBS Annual Meeting. The hightest-rated drama in PBS history, "Downton Abbey" Season 4 will run for eight weeks, from January 5 to February 23, 2014. In total, 24 million viewers tuned into the third season of "Downton Abbey," and its emotional February 17 finale was the #1 show on television, beating all broadcast and cable in primetime. Casting news for season 4 includes the return of Shirley MacLaine as Martha Levinson and several new actors, including Tom Cullen, Nigel Harman, Dame Harriet Walter, Joanna David, Julian Ovenden, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and »
In theaters September 6th, here’s the new trailer for Populaire.
Spring, 1958. 21-year-old Rose Pamphyle lives with her grouchy widower father who runs the village store. Engaged to the son of the local mechanic, she seems destined for the quiet, drudgery-filled life of a housewife. But that’s not the life Rose longs for. When she travels to Lisieux in Normandy, where charismatic insurance agency boss Louis Echard is advertising for a secretary, the ensuing interview is a disaster. But Rose reveals a special gift – she can type at extraordinary speed. Unwittingly, the young woman awakens the dormant sports fan in Louis. If she wants the job she’ll have to compete in a speed typing competition. Whatever sacrifices Rose must make to reach the top, Louis declares himself her trainer. He’ll turn her into the fastest girl not only in the country, but in the world! But a »
- Michelle McCue
Press Release: Champaign, Ill. -- Terrence Malick's 1978 film "Days of Heaven" won an Oscar for best cinematography, and Roger Ebert likely found that no surprise. It is "above all one of the most beautiful films ever made," Ebert said in a 1997 review. So it's only appropriate that the film will open the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival on April 17 in the big-screen, newly renovated Virginia Theater in downtown Champaign.
Also among the 12 features and two shorts to be screened during the five-day "Ebertfest" -- running through April 21 at the Virginia and at the University of Illinois -- will be a kabuki-inspired drama from Japan; a recent silent film from Spain that deserved as much attention as "The Artist," according to Ebert; a sympathetic take on the "mad" painter Vincent Van Gogh, directed by frequent festival guest Paul Cox; and a documentary, which will close the festival, about »
Even super heroes love "Downton Abbey" ... at least they do in "Iron Man 3." According to several reports, including one from Yahoo! TV, a scene from "Downton Abbey" appears in Marvel's latest "Iron Man" installment.
In the movie, in theaters May 3, former "Iron Man" director Jon Favreau -- in character as Happy Hogan, Tony Stark's (Robert Downey Jr.) chauffeur/body guard -- watches a scene featuring Branson (Allen Leech) and Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay).
Leech took to Twitter saying he heard several reports of his appearance.
And Favreau also tweeted about the scene.
"Downton Abbey" is currently filming Season 4 without Dan Stevens and Siobhan Finneran, but in addition to the returning cast members, the new season will feature Gary Carr as the show's first black character, a jazz singer named Jack Ross, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Dame Harriet Walter and the return of Shirley MacLaine. »
- Chris Harnick
It wasn’t so long ago that Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes promised fans he would diversify his cast. That dynamic ensemble is a big part of the charm of the British period series. And speaking of charm, I daresay the show’s freshly reported, brand new, Black actor, Mr. Gary Carr has got that in spades.
How does it feel to be the Abbey‘s first recurring cast member of color? I’d imagine it is both exhilarating and nerve wracking. Let’s not forget that Carr is cast in the first season, the upcoming fourth for the popular show, that will have to get along without Lady Mary’s formidable love interest, Matthew, acted by Dan Stevens, who is now dead.
Giving female fans more fellas to fall in love with should aid the show in leaping over this hurdle created by missing fan favorites. I read not »
- Sasha Nova
Downton Abbey has cast its first African-American character.
“We are delighted to introduce another fantastic, dynamic character to Downton Abbey. His addition will bring interesting twists to the drama which we can’t wait for viewers to see in Series Four."
Downton Abbey Season 4 is filming now in Great Britain and will air overseas later this year.
Other new cast members set to come on board include Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Dame Harriet Walter. Shirley MacLaine will also return as Martha Levinson. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
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Carr, who will play a "charming and charismatic young jazz singer," joins returning regulars Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Jim Carter and Shirley MacLaine. Some of the other new faces for Season 4 include Tom Cullen, a new love interest for Mary (Dockery), Dame Harriet Walter as Lady Shackleton, an old friend of the Dowager Countess, Nigel Harman as a visiting valet Green, Julian Ovenden as aristocrat Charles Blake, and Joanna David as the Duchess of Yeovil.
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- Robyn Ross
ITV announced Carr's Season 4 casting. Carr's jazz singer character is described as a "charming and charismatic young man."
“We are delighted to introduce another fantastic, dynamic character to 'Downton Abbey,'" Gareth Neame, an executive producer of "Downton Abbey," said in a statement. "His addition will bring interesting twists to the drama which we can’t wait for viewers to see in Series Four."
Carr joins previously announced new cast members Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Tom Cullen, Julian Ovenden, Nigel Harman, Joanna David and Dame Harriet Walter. Eagle-eyed "Smash" viewers will recognize Ovenden from his time playing Simon, JFK in "Bombshell," opposite Megan Hilty as Ivy Lynn.
Shirley MacLaine will also return to the series as Martha Levinson, »
- Chris Harnick
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