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Joan Collins for 'Downton Abbey' role?

29 December 2011 3:51 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Joan Collins may be making a cameo appearance in the next series of Downton Abbey. According to the Daily Express, producers of the hit ITV drama are keen to recruit the veteran actress for a role in the show's third run, which will be filming in spring 2012 for an autumn premiere. It is alleged that Collins may play a cousin of Dame Maggie Smith's character Violet Crawley. "A number of cameos are being planned for the next series and Joan's name is top of the list," a source said. "It's hoped she (more) »

- By Amy Bell

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The best television of 2011: drama

28 December 2011 1:24 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

British drama had an ambitious but somewhat uneven year – while the Scandanavians produced a surprise hit. But what were your favourites?

It would be pushing it to suggest that 2011 was a landmark year for drama but viewers were certainly not badly served, with some fine new work emerging from both the UK and abroad.

In Britain, BBC2 led the field, in part thanks to the much-trumpeted extra investment that gave us The Crimson Petal and the White, The Shadow Line, The Night Watch and The Hour. A line-up that the BBC should rightly be proud of, but perhaps placed too much emphasis on.

Of that line-up, it was The Crimson Petal that played best for me, with Romola Garai capturing my attention as Sugar far more than she did as The Hour's Bel Rowley. Lucinda Coxon's adaptation of Michael Faber's novel was beautifully judged, with Chris O'Dowd a revelation as William Rackham. »

- Vicky Frost

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TV review: Downton Abbey

25 December 2011 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Julian Fellowes goads historians with some upstairs-downstairs mixing, but the Christmas special was still a return to form

Since Prince Edward left the television industry, Julian Fellowes, a lord married to one of the Queen's ladies-in-waiting, is the closest British TV has to royalty. And so it's fitting that, within the space of only two years, a special edition of Downton Abbey has become as much a fixture of the Christmas Day schedules as Her Majesty's speech.

But, unlike the monarch, Fellowes is under no requirement to avoid controversy. Though set at the turn of 1920, Sunday's two-hour episode often seemed to be commenting on issues that have obsessed the media during 2011. Hugh Bonneville's Earl of Grantham kept expressing gratitude and amazement that his family's scandals had not been reported. "I can't understand why it's not in the papers!" people kept saying, with perky topicality. "Why do the papers leave you alone? »

- Mark Lawson

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A life in the arts: Simon Callow

23 December 2011 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

'I actually wanted to be a writer long before I wanted to be an actor'

'Dickens was the most gorgeous person you could possibly meet. He was just amazingly affable. Your day would be absolutely made if you bumped into Dickens. More than that, he possessed the power to make you funnier and more attractive. He would laugh so generously that he actually empowered you. What a gift. No wonder that even during his lifetime people knew he was one of the immortals."

Simon Callow is explaining a lifelong fascination that has led him to write about Charles Dickens, to adapt his work, and to play the man – twice in episodes of Doctor Who alone – as well as his characters on both stage and screen. It is an engagement that reaches something of a culmination next year with the Dickens bicentenary, when Callow will publish a new book about »

- Nicholas Wroe

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Harrison Ford to star in Downton Abbey?

23 December 2011 1:00 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

Harrison Ford is eyeing a role in 'Downton Abbey'. The 'Indiana Jones' actor is said to have been glued to the first two series of the ITV1 period drama - which have both been a huge hit in the Us - and is even keen to appear alongside the likes of Dame Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville in a future episode. Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith Crawley in 'Downton', explained: "We're so popular Harrison Ford wants a part." Despite the potential of being joined on the show by a Hollywood actor, Laura admitted one of the downsides to being in »

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Hansel, Yemen, Haven, Marigold Change Dates

22 December 2011 10:54 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Paramount has pushed back the Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton-led action fantasy "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" from a March 2nd to a 'to be determined' date sometime next Fall.

The move isn't surprising as so far the only publicity for the film has been one still - a trailer has been long overdue but with the delay it gives the studio much more time to get its publicity and marketing campaign together.

CBS Films has pushed back the Ewan McGregor-led "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" by a week to March 9th, while Relativity have moved the Nicholas Sparks adaptation "Safe Haven" back by nearly four months to a June 1st release date.

Music Box Films have finally announced a date for the Rachel Weisz-led woman's sexual awakening drama "The Deep Blue Sea" - it will hit March 30th.

Lionsgate has set the dates for two more »

- Garth Franklin

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Hansel, Yemen, Haven, Marigold Change Dates

22 December 2011 10:54 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Paramount has pushed back the Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton-led action fantasy "Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters" from a March 2nd to a 'to be determined' date sometime next Fall.

The move isn't surprising as so far the only publicity for the film has been one still - a trailer has been long overdue but with the delay it gives the studio much more time to get its publicity and marketing campaign together.

CBS Films has pushed back the Ewan McGregor-led "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" by a week to March 9th, while Relativity have moved the Nicholas Sparks adaptation "Safe Haven" back by nearly four months to a June 1st release date.

Music Box Films have finally announced a date for the Rachel Weisz-led woman's sexual awakening drama "The Deep Blue Sea" - it will hit March 30th.

Lionsgate has set the dates for two more »

- Garth Franklin

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Top 10 films of 2011: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

19 December 2011 4:09 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

It’s the first in our run-down of 2011’s ten finest films. Here’s Mark to explain why Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 deserves so much praise…

Over the past few weeks, Den Of Geek writers have been voting for the films of the year. It's a democratic vote, which inevitably means that things end up in a slightly funny order that not one individual writer is likely to fully agree with. But it's still a fine list. Here's the first entry...

10th place:

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2

As we pointed out earlier in the year, in our retrospective articles about the Harry Potter saga, there has never been a motion picture endeavour quite like this one. Eight movies, telling one long story, made within the space of a decade? It's a staggering achievement, and an achievement that is also unlikely to be replicated. Well, »

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie poster 2

18 December 2011 1:54 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Poster 2 for John Madden's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Judi Dench and Bill Nighy. The second poster is in for the Oli Parker-scripted adaptation of the Deborah Moggach novel "These Foolish Things," which also includes Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton and Roland Pickup. Parker helmed Shakespeare in Love, so naturally, with a solid cast like this, I'm intrigued. The comedy drama opens on March 9th next year via Fox Searchlight Pictures and follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and »

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie poster 2

18 December 2011 1:54 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Poster 2 for John Madden's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Judi Dench and Bill Nighy. The second poster is in for the Oli Parker-scripted adaptation of the Deborah Moggach novel "These Foolish Things," which also includes Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton and Roland Pickup. Parker helmed Shakespeare in Love, so naturally, with a solid cast like this, I'm intrigued. The comedy drama opens on March 9th next year via Fox Searchlight Pictures and follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and »

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The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie poster 2

18 December 2011 1:54 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Poster 2 for John Madden's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Judi Dench and Bill Nighy. The second poster is in for the Oli Parker-scripted adaptation of the Deborah Moggach novel "These Foolish Things," which also includes Tom Wilkinson, Maggie Smith, Dev Patel, Celia Imrie, Penelope Wilton and Roland Pickup. Parker helmed Shakespeare in Love, so naturally, with a solid cast like this, I'm intrigued. The comedy drama opens on March 9th next year via Fox Searchlight Pictures and follows a group of British retirees who decide to "outsource" their retirement to less expensive and seemingly exotic India. Enticed by advertisements for the newly restored Marigold Hotel and bolstered with visions of a life of leisure, they arrive to find the palace a shell of its former self. Though the new environment is less luxurious than imagined, they are forever transformed by their shared experiences, discovering that life and »

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Phil Hogan's Christmas TV highlights

17 December 2011 4:54 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and The Gruffalo's Child are among the highlights of 2011's Christmas TV schedule

There's much talk of who will blow whom off the screen over the coming season of peace, love and understanding, but who can honestly summon the enthusiasm for a "battle" between Strictly and Corrie when we have perfectly adequate digital recording or catch-up facilities to watch neither at our own convenience?

No. The only question is, what's worth watching? Actually, lots, as it turns out. I was impatient with the bizarre turns of fortune in Downton Abbey earlier this year, but it seems that whoever's in charge is back off the drugs with a gripping two-hour Christmas night special, which manages to be funny (cue Maggie Smith, baffled in the presence of a nutcracker) without being laughable. The story carries on where it left off, but with the corpses of flu and war »

- Phil Hogan

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The Artist leads the nominations for the 69th Golden Globes

17 December 2011 2:23 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The contenders for the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards have been announced earlier today by the Hollywood Foreign Press, with Michel Hazanavicius' silent drama The Artist leading the nominations with nods in six categories including Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy, Best Dirtector, Best Screenplay and Best Actor (Jean Dujardin). In terms of the Globes' top honours, The Artist was joined in the Best Musical or Comedy category by 50/50, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris and My Week with Marilyn, while the Best Drama field saw nominations for The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, The Ides of March, Moneyball and War Horse.

The Golden Globes typically have a strong bearing on the nominees for the Academy Awards and George Clooney will certainly be hoping that's the case with nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay (The Ides of March) in addition to Best Actor - Drama (The Descendants). Clooney will contest »

- flickeringmyth

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Sci-Fi Gets Some Golden Globes Love

16 December 2011 4:00 PM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced its nominations for the 2012 Golden Globe Awards. The important ones, meaning sci-fi including horror and comics-based, are listed below, along with their competition. If there are no sci-fi nominations, clearly the category is unimportant. If you are a member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, we have made it easier for you to know how to vote. You’re welcome.

Hollywood Foreign Press Association

2012 Golden Globe Awards

For The Year Ended December 31, 2011

Nominations Press Release

Best Motion Picture – Drama

The Descendants

Sofia Vergara Ad Hominem Enterprises; Fox Searchlight Pictures The Help

DreamWorks Pictures, Participant Media; Touchstone Pictures Hugo

Paramount Pictures presents a Gk Films Production; Paramount Pictures The Ides Of March

Columbia Pictures, Cross Creek Pictures, Exclusive Media Group, Crystal City Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing Moneyball

Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures Releasing International War Horse

DreamWorks Pictures; Touchstone Pictures

Best Animated Feature Film

The Adventures Of Tintin »

- Erin Willard

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Downton Abbey, Public TV's Cult Hit, Goes for Gold (video)

16 December 2011 10:26 AM, PST | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Downton Abbey, the thoroughly English production about life on a lordly manor at the turn of the 20th Century, elevated its U.S. profile with four Golden Globe nominations. But the show is already a cult hit on public television. The period drama, produced by British media company Carnival Films for the ITV network, has been nominated for best mini-series/movie, best supporting actress (Dame Maggie Smith), best actor (Hugh Bonneville) and best actress (Elizabeth McGovern). Cast members Joanne Froggatt, McGovern and Michelle Dockery, who just turned 30, were at a special screening in New York yesterday (Dec. 15) to promote the second season of their drama. »

- kgirard@theimproper.com (Keith Girard)

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Downton Abbey Christmas special accused of fashion faux pas

16 December 2011 4:27 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Expert claims costume drama's dress sense is woefully out of step with the times

It is nine days until the nation settles down on the sofa to watch the Downton Abbey Christmas special but a row is already brewing over alleged fashion faux pas on the eagerly anticipated ITV1 drama.

At stake is the reputation of Downton Abbey's carefully costumed characters, with one "expert" claiming that the show's fashion sense is woefully out of step with the times and that the show's army officers fail the military moustache test.

Tony Jackson, former editor of Shooting Times magazine, seized on a publicity still for the two-hour special which showed the men of the house going on a pheasant shoot wearing leather gaiters.

"The episode is set in 1919-1920, but the guns are dressed in the garb of the 1890s. No driven game shot in the 20s would have been seen wearing leather gaiters, »

- John Plunkett

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Golden Globe Nominations

15 December 2011 11:03 PM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Of course you don't care. I understand. This is just for the record. And if, on January 15, for whatever reason, you decide to sneak a peek at Ricky Gervais skewering his hosts, who knows, this might come in handy.

Best Picture, Comedy/Musical:

The Artist — leads the race with six nominations.

Bridesmaids

Midnight in Paris

My Week with Marilyn

50/50

Best Picture, Drama:

The Help — five nominations.

The Descendants — also five nominations.

Hugo

The Ides of March

Moneyball

War Horse

Best Actress, Comedy:

Michelle Williams, My Week With Marilyn

Charlize Theron, Young Adult

Kristen Wiig, Bridesmaids

Kate Winslet, Carnage

Jodie Foster, Carnage

Best Actor, Comedy

Jean Dujardin, The Artist

Owen Wilson, Midnight in Paris

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, 50/50

Brendan Gleeson, The Guard

Ryan Gosling, Crazy, Stupid, Love

Best Actress, Drama:

Meryl Streep, The Iron Lady

Glenn Close, Albert Nobbs

Viola Davis, The Help

Rooney Mara, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Tilda Swinton, »

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Evan Rachel Wood Is Blissful Over Her Second Golden Globe Nom

15 December 2011 10:20 PM, PST | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

Evan Rachel Wood is celebrating her second Golden Globe nomination which she receives through her role as Veda Pierce in HBO's miniseries "Mildred Pierce". She's quick to express her excitement by tweeting, "The only time it's ok to wake me up at 5 30 In the morning is when you are telling me I have been nominated for my second golden globe!"

The 24-year-old movie beauty receives the nod at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actress in Series, Miniseries or Television Film. To win the title, she has to compete against Jessica Lange ("American Horror Story"), Kelly Macdonald ("Boardwalk Empire"), Maggie Smith ("Downton Abbey"), and Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family").

Wood was first nominated for a Golden Globe award in 2004. Back then, she vied for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama, thanks to her portrayal as Tracy Louise Freeland in movie "Thirteen". She fought against Uma Thurman, »

- celebrity-mania.com

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Golden Globes 2012 Television Nominations: Homeland, Maggie Smith, Jessica Lange, Kate Winslet

15 December 2011 5:29 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

James Gandolfini, Diane Lane, Tim Robbins, Cinema Verite

Golden Globes 2012 Nominations: From Asghar Farhadi, Pedro Almodóvar, Zhang Yimou to Madonna, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney

Television Categories

Best TV Series, Drama

American Horror Story

Boardwalk Empire

Boss

Game of Thrones

Homeland

Best Actor, TV Drama

Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad

Kelsey Grammer, Boss

Jeremy Irons, The Borgias

Damian Lewis, Homeland

Best Actress, TV Drama

Claire Danes, Homeland

Mireille Enos, The Killing

Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife

Madeleine Stowe, Revenge

Callie Thorne, Necessary Roughness

Best TV Series, Musical Or Comedy

Episodes

Glee

Modern Family

New Girl

Enlightened

Best Actor, TV Musical Or Comedy

Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock

David Duchovny, Californication

Johnny Galecki, The Big Bang Theory

Thomas Jane, Hung

Matt LeBlanc, Episodes

Best Actress, TV Musical Or Comedy

Laura Dern, Enlightened

Zooey Deschanel, New Girl

Tina Fey, 30 Rock

Laura Linney, The Big C

Amy Poehler, Parks and Recreation

Best TV »

- Andre Soares

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Nominees for 2012 Golden Globes Announced

15 December 2011 5:13 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominations for "The 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards" that will once be hosted by Ricky Gervais on Sunday, January 16th, 2012 at 5pm Pst on NBC. There are several people missing from the list, including Steven Spielberg, who directed both "Tintin" and "War Horse." Melissa McCarthy, who has been mentioned for every other award for her performance in "Bridesmaids" was also snubbed. Her co-star Kristen Wigg, however, got a nomination. Check out the full list of nominees below. Best Motion Picture - Drama: * The Descendants * The Help * Hugo * The Ides of March * Moneyball * War Horse Best Performance By An Actress In A Motion Picture - Drama: * Glenn Close (Albert Nobbs) * Viola Davis (The Help) * Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) * Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady) * Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture »

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