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Farm Sanctuary Launches Holiday Auction

So what do you get the person who has everything? A 10 Minute Skype Call with Mayim Bialik, of course!

A very exciting charity auction has been launched, with all sorts of celebrity treats going under the hammer.

Proceeds from the celebrity auction will benefit Farm Sanctuary, America’s leading farm animal protection organization, and their lifesaving work to protect farm animals from cruelty and change the way society views and treats farm animals, who are the most exploited, least protected animals on Earth. Among the unique gifts available are:

· 10 Minute Skype Call with Mayim Bialik from “The Big Bang Theory

· Meet “Shameless” Star Emma Kenney & Tour of Farm Sanctuary in California

· Meet “Downton Abbey’s” Lesley Nicol & Enjoy Lunch & Tour of Farm Sanctuary in California

· Moby Autographed Electric Guitar

· Jason Mraz Signed Yes! Vinyl Records & Guitar String Bracelet

· Meet Richard Marx & Receive 2 Tickets to His Show Plus Hand Written Lyrics
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Joan Jett and Mayim Bialik Want to Meet You to Save Farm Animals

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Here's an odd pairing -- '80s rock stars, current TV stars and possibly you ... hooking up to protect farm animals. Any takers? The celebs are auctioning off meet-and-greets to raise funds for a NY based nonprofit called Farm Sanctuary -- and they've got quite a stable of talent.  Joan Jett, Richard Marx and Mary Chapin Carpenter are on board -- along with Mayim Bialik from 'Big Bang Theory,' Emma Kenney from "Shameless" and "Downton Abbey" star Lesley Nicol.
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Inside New York's 'Downton Abbey' Exhibit

Downton Abbey may have ended its six-season run in 2015, but the legacy of the show is still going strong nearly two years later.

New York's Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which opened for a limited engagement on Saturday, gives fans the opportunity for a fully immersive experience set inside the world of the historical period drama. The space features iconic sets from the series, as well as props and costumes that appeared throughout the show’s run.

In celebration of the exhibition, castmembers Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol and Allen Leech; executive producer Gareth Neame; and Kevin MacLellan, NBCUniversal's...
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Ray Romano Hosts International Myeloma Foundation 11th Comedy Celebration

On November 4th, the International Myeloma Foundation (Imf) presented its 11th Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting the Peter Boyle Research Fund and supporting the Black Swan Research Initiative (Bsri) at The Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

Ray Romano performs onstage at the International Myeloma Foundation 11th Annual Comedy Celebration

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Ten-time host Ray Romano was joined by fellow comedians Hannibal Buress, Rachel Feinstein, Nikki Glaser, Robert Klein, Marc Maron, Iliza Shlesinger, and Fred Willard, who each took the stage to perform for an unforgettable evening of comedy. Veteran comedian Rene Hicks opened the show in a big way drawing huge laughs from the crowd while also sharing her personal experience with myeloma noting the healing benefits of laughter.

Additional attendees included Patricia Heaton (The Middle), Howard Hesseman (Fresh Off the Boat), Jake Smollet (Food Network’s Smollett Eats), James Burrows (Director,
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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie: 8 Possible Storylines to Pursue Even After Everybody’s Had Their Happy Ending

‘Downton Abbey’ Movie: 8 Possible Storylines to Pursue Even After Everybody’s Had Their Happy Ending
Downton Abbey” ended on the best possible note possible when it wrapped up after six seasons in 2016. Every character that fans cared about had a happy ending. People paired off — even the ones downstairs — and some had babies or babies on the way, a new business venture was started – and better yet, nobody was accused of murder.

Now comes word, according to a recent report, that a “Downton Abbey” movie will likely start cranking into production in 2018. Creator Julian Fellowes has been diligently working and reworking the script, and the cast has publicly stated that they’re game to return to Downton.

But where can it go from here? Short of resurrecting Matthew (Dan Stevens) from the grave for some creepy zombie triad love story, this was as tidy and pleasant an outcome as a fan could hope for. It will be intriguing to see what conflict the movie brings as a matter of course while storytelling but not tarnish the happiness that was granted the characters after so many hard times.

Read More: ‘Downton Abbey’ Creator Julian Fellowes Reveals He’s Working on a Film Version

With very few clues to go on though, it’s not clear what will be in store for the Crawleys and friends when they return. The series’ timeline ended around 1925, and Fellowes had stated that he didn’t want to bring the story into the 1930s, so that leaves a window of five years for a time jump. Based on our knowledge of the characters and of general history, here are some of the things we’d want to see in the “Downton Abbey” movie:

The Crawleys in the Workforce

This was already in the works with Tom (Allen Leech) and Henry (Matthew Goode) teaming up to be used cars salesmen. Hopefully that business is flourishing, and maybe even Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) will get involved because of course she’s not going to be a very involved mother even though she’ll have two (or more?) kids by the time the movie rolls around. We could see her taking charge of some innovative business ideas like driving around town to draw in female customers or arranging motor tours to Downton.

Mary Softens

Mary has been and can be a really garbage person at times, but Matthew brought out the best in her. It’s no accident that Mary only after she’s with Henry, that she commits a completely selfless act by not stealing Edith’s wedding-day thunder to reveal she’s pregnant.

A Really Good, Modern Nanny Arc

With the exception of the horrid Nanny West, who had called poor little Sybbie a “wicked little cross-breed,” the nannies haven’t been part of the fold either upstairs or downstairs much. Although it’s accepted that the nobility don’t really have a hand rearing their children, this could all change. Edith is far more involved with her daughter Marigold anyway, and who knows how Tom’s experiences in America may have changed his views. Mary is probably the most traditional, but with the lines blurring between classes, the nanny or nannies could become an indispensable family friend. Or it could be a friend they have already.

Stop Before the Great Depression

Given that this is probably going to be the last time we’ll see the “Downton” cast together since they’re no longer under contract and have been scattered to the winds on different projects, let’s not end on a really depressing (heh) note or cliffhanger. Besides, 1929 is also when frozen food was invented, and we really don’t want the knowledge of that to send the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) into an early grave. That said, the age of innovation can’t stop, won’t stop, and we’d love to see someone talking about the wonders of TV or talkies.

Ripped From the Headlines

While we don’t want to see the Great Depression happen, it’s always intriguing to see events of the day pierce the Crawley bubble. We can’t imagine that Edith (Laura Carmichael), the new Marchioness of Hexham, will fully give up journalism, especially since she’ll want to be a good role model to Marigold, and so we could see her getting involved with the biggest news items in some form. The British occupation of Shanghai and the resulting protests could create some new dramatic situations in which lines are drawn about imperialism. And we could see someone, maybe Daisy (Sophie McShera) or Edith getting pulled along the tide of women’s suffrage when women over 21 finally get the vote. Oh, and since Princess Elizabeth is born in 1926, there must be some diehard royalists who will be obsessed with her every move and appearance.

Read More: The ‘Downton Abbey’ Series Finale Brings All the Ships Into Port

Thomas Barrow Tries to Find Love

Sadly, this wishlist item is probably one of the most difficult storylines to make happen given the time period. As with Rose’s interracial romance that “Downton” tried and failed to make happen, a straightforward romance for Thomas (Robert James-Collier) would be improbable or at least incredibly difficult, and we do not wish Thomas any more pain. Homosexuality at that time was seen as indecent and criminal, consent not even part of the discussion, and it’s no wonder Thomas had issues. That said, despite society’s condemnation, queer people still existed and yes, even loved. We’ll leave the logistics to Fellowes.

Anna and Bates Will Continue to Live Happily Ever After

Nothing bad can or will happen to them ever again. They get as many babies at they want and are very, very happy. We don’t care if that makes for boring storytelling. With rape, accusations of murder, jail time – and hey did we mention rape? – they’ve been through enough already. Ok, maybe some new medical treatment can give Bates (Brendan Coyle) some false hope about losing his limp, but it doesn’t, and Anna (Joanne Froggatt) can tell him how much she loves him because of his bum leg anyway. But that’s it.

The Requisite Giant Celebration

It’s not “Downton Abbey” without a really big set piece gathering everyone together. While we wouldn’t say no to a ball, a picnic or outdoors village activity might be the best because that would mean the servants wouldn’t be required to work too much, even though so many of them have their own separate lives now. A picnic is more egalitarian. But for old times’ sakes, maybe Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nicol) and Daisy could bake something up again. And we’re not exactly sure what a happy and married Mr. Carson (Jim Carter) and Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan) would look like, but we imagine them dancing and maybe partaking in some drinks. Who else? Lord and Lady Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) doting on their grandchildren, and Cousin Isobel (Penelope Wilton) finally enjoying a life of her own with Lord Merton (Douglas Reith) would be essential, with wry commentary by the Dowager Countess of course.

What would you want to see in a “Downton Abbey” movie?

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Michelle Dockery Reveals the Biggest Hurdle to Getting a Downton Abbey Movie Made

Michelle Dockery Reveals the Biggest Hurdle to Getting a Downton Abbey Movie Made
The U.S. run of Julian Fellowes’ award-winning series Downton Abbey aired its finale in March 2016 after six seasons and now, exactly a year after later, the show’s star Michelle Dockery remains hopeful the doors on the fictional Yorkshire country estate are still open for a film adaptation.

There’s just one problem — getting the entire cast back together.

“I think there is still potential for a Downton film,” the 35-year-old actress told the Associated Press at the New York City screening for her film The Sense of an Ending on Monday. “These things take time. It seems to
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The Ladies of Downton Abbey Get Goofy in Charming Disneyland Reunion

The Ladies of Downton Abbey Get Goofy in Charming Disneyland Reunion
It’s a small world after all!

On Friday, Downton Abbey costars Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary Crawley) and Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith Crawley) enjoyed quite the magical reunion at one of the happiest places on earth — Disneyland!

The British stars, joined by Michael Fox, Jessica de Gouw and Kelly Paterniti, embraced hugs from the lovable Goofy outside of the Sleeping Beauty Castle at the Anaheim, California theme park.

Though the BBC show came to an end in 2015, the cast has remained tight with one another.

Recently, the Downton cast, including Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Lesley Nicol, Allen Leech, Phyllis Logan and more,
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Everything You Didn’t See on TV at the 2017 SAG Awards

Everything You Didn’t See on TV at the 2017 SAG Awards
It was a red-hot red carpet at the Screen Actors Guild Awards 2017 Sunday as some of Hollywood’s biggest stars faced 80-degree temperatures while hoping for a big win. Many did not go home disappointed.

From happy post-victory celebrations to red carpet reunions, here are all the moments you didn’t see televised.

On the red carpet:

As the one-year anniversary of Downton Abbey‘s final episode approaches, the cast already seems to be getting nostalgic. Michelle Dockery was all smiles while greeting friends and hanging out with Laura Carmichael before having a sweet reunion with Lesley Nicol.

Elsewhere, Orange Is the New Black
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Downton Abbey: New Movie Talk Following 10 Emmy Nominations for Final Season

Fans of the Downton Abbey TV show on PBS and ITV would love a sequel movie. Creator and writer Julian Fellowes and Ep Gareth Neame are inclined to make one and are constantly asked about it by the entertainment press. Since the drama's sixth and final season has just been nominated for 10 Emmys, the two are back in the hot seat.Fellowes and Neame talk about a follow-up feature to the drama starring Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGoverny, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, and Maggie Smith.Read More…
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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Made Dame, Rod Stewart Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II

‘Downton Abbey’ Star Made Dame, Rod Stewart Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II
Move over, Maggie Smith. “Downton Abbey” now has two dames. Penelope Wilton, who played Isobel Crawley on all six seasons of the popular British drama, was made a dame — the female equivalent of a knight — by Queen Elizabeth II on Friday. Wilton, a prolific stage actress who has also appeared in films ranging from “Shaun of the Dead” to “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” was honored for her services to drama. Her “Downton” costar — and on-screen rival — Maggie Smith was made a dame in 1990. Also Read: Emmy Contenders: 'Downton Abbey' Stars Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol Talk Show's...
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2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama

2016 Emmy Contenders: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama
Voters love Crazy Eyes; Uzo Aduba has landed two consecutive Emmys (in 2014 she was submitted in the guest actor category) including last year’s supporting actress win. She could well repeat this year, but faces some serious competition from previous nominees.

Expect to see “Game of Thrones” ladies Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey return; both are coming off a strong season. A previous nominee for “ER,” Maura Tierney is fresh off a Golden Globe win for “The Affair” and could break in to the Emmy race this year.

With “Downton Abbey” having wrapped, it’s likely previous winner Maggie Smith and previous nominee Joanne Froggatt will break into the category. Also bidding farewell was “The Good Wife,” for which Christine Baranski has amassed six nominations.

There’s also some new blood to consider. Prior to Aduba, the category was won in 2012-13 by Anna Gunn for “Breaking Bad.” That show’s spinoff,
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Downton Abbey: Cast and Director Discuss Finale and Movie Sequel

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It is looking more and more likely that a Downton Abbey TV series sequel movie is going to happen. Lesley Nicol (Mrs. Patmore) says she has heard creator Julian Fellowes is already working on the script.

Nicol, Allen Leech (Tom Branson), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates) and Downton Abbey TV series finale director, Michael Engler, discuss the long-running drama, the finale, and that hoped-for sequel with Deadline's Nellie Andreeva.

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Downton Abbey Vet Joins The Catch In 'Substantial' Recurring Role

Downton Abbey Vet Joins The Catch In 'Substantial' Recurring Role
Downton Abbey‘s lead chef is cooking up some intrigue for Shonda Rhimes.

Lesley Nicol, whose six-season stint as Downton‘s beloved Mrs Patmore ended in January with the show’s series finale, is joining ABC’s rookie drama The Catch, TVLine has learned.

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The network confirmed Nicol’s casting, but declined to provide details on her character, except to say that the British actress would have a “substantial recurring role.” (We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out Nicol’s resemblance
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‘Downton Abbey’s Lesley Nicol Joins ABC Series ‘The Catch’

Downton Abbey alumna Lesley Nicol has joined the cast of ABC's new thriller drama series The Catch, from Shonda Rhimes' Shondaland, as a recurring. No details, other than it’s a substantial role. Executive produced by Rhimes, Betsy Beers and showrunner Allan Heinberg, The Catch centers on Alice Vaughan (Mireille Enos), a strong-willed forensics accountant who will stop at nothing to get to the truth. Nicol played the cook Mrs. Patmore on PBS’ Downton Abbey, which recently…
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‘Downton Abbey’ Star Lesley Nicol Joins ABC’s ‘The Catch’

‘Downton Abbey’ Star Lesley Nicol Joins ABC’s ‘The Catch’
Downton Abbey” star Lesley Nicol has joined ABC’s “The Catch,” Variety has learned.

While no details on her character or storyline have been made available — in typical Shondaland fashion — sources say Nicol will have a substantial recurring role on the Thursday night drama.

The latest series from Shondaland, “The Catch” stars Mireille Enos as private investigator Alice Vaughan, who is the victim of fraud perpetrated by her fiancé (Peter Krause). The cat-and-mouse thriller also stars Sonya Walger, Rose Rollins, Elvy Yost, Jay Hayden, Jacky Ido and Alimi Ballard.

Nicol starred on “Downton Abbey” as Mrs. Patmore for the series’ entirety.

Nicol’s casting comes after another British actor, John Simm, joined the cast, first reported by Variety. The “Doctor Who” and “Life on Mars” alum will play the mysterious benefactor behind Ben/Christopher (Krause) and Margot (Walger), who’s been footing the bill for their elaborate financial cons. As
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Downton Abbey: Series Finale Hits Ratings Record

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The sixth season and TV series finale of Downton Abbey drew more viewers than any of Downton Abbey's prior season finales. PBS and Wgbh announced that the finale, which aired Sunday, March 6, drew an average audience of 9.6 million viewers (Nielsen Fast National data, 6.1 household rating) across PBS stations nationwide.

Nearly ten million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Downton Abbey's residents, including: Lord Robert and Lady Cora Crawley (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern) and their daughters Mary (Michelle Dockery) and Edith (Laura Carmichael). Just as beloved (or more so) are the Downton staff, including: Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), Mrs. Patmore (Lesley Nichol), Mrs. Hughes (Phyllis Logan), and Thomas Barrow (Rob James-Collier). Last but not least is this reporter's scarecrow, that dazzling doyen of the Dower House, Lady Violet Crawley
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Review: ‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Closes PBS Hit’s Sentimental Journey (Spoilers)

Review: ‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Closes PBS Hit’s Sentimental Journey (Spoilers)
Watching the final few episodes of “Downton Abbey,” including the series finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t yet), brought to mind the accusation leveled at Rick, Humphrey Bogart’s character in Casablanca,” by Claude Rains’ Captain Renault: “As I suspected, you’re a rank sentimentalist.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that in this case, as series creator Julian Fellowes clearly exhibited an affection for his cast, and a desire to see them enjoy the equivalent of an uplifting ride into the sunset on this towering PBS drama.

Granted, the way of life represented in the series has been living on borrowed time for a while. And just as “Downton” began with the sinking of the Titanic and encompassed the tumult of World War I, the specter of World War II looms over the future of all these characters, or at least those likely to be around another 15 years or more.
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Toodles, Lady Mary! Downton Abbey Concludes with Lots of Tea and Sympathy

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Toodles, Lady Mary! Downton Abbey Concludes with Lots of Tea and Sympathy
After six seasons, PBS Masterpiece's beloved British series about aristocrats and servants has rolled to a gentle, satisfying close. In the final episode, Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), finally gave up complaining that this or that setback at Downton represented the twilight of the gentry. Everyone, upstairs and down, seemed to agree instead to pretend they were basking in an eternal, sentimental gloaming. Even long-suffering Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) walked down the aisle, although her escort into the future will be a twit. Life wound up "happy enough," said Lady Violet (Dame Maggie Smith), "which is the English version of a happy ending.
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Review: Toodles, Lady Mary! Downton Abbey Concludes with Lots of Tea and Sympathy

Review: Toodles, Lady Mary! Downton Abbey Concludes with Lots of Tea and Sympathy
After six seasons, PBS Masterpiece's beloved British series about aristocrats and servants has rolled to a gentle, satisfying close. In the final episode, Robert, Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), finally gave up complaining that this or that setback at Downton represented the twilight of the gentry. Everyone, upstairs and down, seemed to agree instead to pretend they were basking in an eternal, sentimental gloaming. Even long-suffering Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) walked down the aisle, although her escort into the future will be a twit.

Life wound up "happy enough," said Lady Violet (Dame Maggie Smith), "which is the English version of a happy ending.
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Spotlight, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Brie Larson And Alicia Vikander Big Winners At 22nd SAG Awards

The Screen Actors Guild Awards presented its coveted Actor statuettes for the outstanding motion picture and primetime television performances of 2015 at the 22nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards held Saturday, Jan. 30 at the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.

Honored with individual awards were Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Brie Larson and Alicia Vikander for performances in motion pictures, and Uzo Aduba, Viola Davis, Idris Elba, Queen Latifah, Kevin Spacey and Jeffrey Tambor for performances in television.

The Screen Actors Guild Awards originated awards for the outstanding performances by a motion picture cast and by television drama and comedy ensembles. The Actor for a motion picture cast performance went this year to Spotlight, while the Actors for television drama and comedy ensemble performances went this year to “Downton Abbey” and “Orange is the New Black”.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presented Carol Burnett with the 52nd Life Achievement Award, following a filmed salute to the comedic trailblazer,
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