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The cast of Downton Abbey have kicked off filming for the final ever episode of the ITV drama that has taken the world by storm.
The sixth and final series of the period drama from Julian Fellowes will air in the autumn, so in the lead-up to our fond farewell to the Crawleys and the Granthams, here is a list of everything we know so far.
Downton Abbey: Why it had to end after its 6th series
When will the final episode air and be set?
There are no precise dates yet, but the final ever episode of Downton Abbey will be its Christmas special, so the likelihood is it will be broadcast on Christmas Day as with previous years.
The eight-part final series and its Christmas special will take place in 1925, the year of John Logie Baird's first TV with greyscale images and The Great Gatsby. The finale »
On February 5th, manners will meet the macabre in Screen Gems' Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the upcoming film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name. At Comic-Con last week, Daily Dead participated in roundtable interviews with the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies director and cast, who discussed the film's physicality, investable characters, formidable zombies, and much more.
Writer/director Burr Steers on his vision for the film:
Burr Steers: It was actually something I knew was out there because a lot of people had taken shots at trying to get it made. I looked at it and had a take on it that I was really confident would work. I went in there and rewrote it, and made it happen.
I saw it in my mind the way you'd approach a play. We'd set up this alternate world where there's a zombie pandemic that »
- Derek Anderson
I’ve been working on a brand new game to add to the rotation and got the opportunity to give it a go last week at San Diego Comic-Con. Welcome to the very first edition of Collider’s movie-themed “Would You Rather!” The goal is to have some fun, but a top priority of the game is also to give a little insight into how a filmmaker likes to work, his or her on-set preferences, etc. Shortly after the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Hall H panel, I got the opportunity to sit down with Matt Smith who plays Mr. Collins and Jack Huston who plays Wickham. Lily James leads the adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith book as Elizabeth Bennet. She’s basically the same Elizabeth Bennet featured in the original Jane Austen novel except for the fact that she and her four sisters, Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady »
- Perri Nemiroff
Pride And Prejudice And Zombies I was not particularly excited for this movie after the fairly forgettable Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but Pride And Prejudice And Zombies looks like it could be fun if it gets the tone right. The one thing the panel.comprised of cast members Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston, former Doctor Who Matt Smith, writer/director... Read More »
- Jason Adams
One movie we've heard very little about at Comic-Con is Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. The Jane Austen horror mashup did have a panel in Hall H midday, but the Seth Grahame-Smith adaptation was outshined by heavy hitters such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Deadpool, Suicide Squad and X-Men: Apocalypse. We're not sure what was shown, but no new trailer appeared in any official capacity to share. We're not empty handed, though. We did get get 6 interviews with the cast, including Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth and Matt Smith.
Earlier in the week, before Pride and Prejudice and Zombies could turn Hall H into a 19th Century blood bath, EW released 4 very sexy, very gory photos from the thriller. They proved that this generation was about to get a Jane Austen interpretation like non-other before it, with Seth Grahame-Smith's tome hitting the »
Here’s a first look at new photos from Sony Pictures’ Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.
The cast were at Comic-Con’s Hall H for a panel discussion on the film.
— Ppz Movie (@PPZmovie) July 11, 2015
Bella Heathcote, Jack Huston, Sam Riley, Matt Smith, Lily James and Douglas Booth seen at Screen Gems’ “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” Presentation at 2015 Comic-Con on Saturday, July 11, 2015, in San Diego.
A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in this reimagining of Jane Austen’s classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty »
- Michelle McCue
Of all the literary/horror mash-ups you can think of - Moby Dicknado, War And Peace And Piranhas, Lord Of The Flyblown - Pride And Prejudice And Zombies is the one that’s actually happening. That it’s an even more far-fetched conceit than anything you could possibly invent is a joy that was not lost on the Hall H throng. Comic-Con came to have its minds (and English text books) blown and the film’s cast and filmmakers did their best to oblige in a panel that showcased a chunky first trailer.In attendence were writer/ director Burr Steers, cast members Lily James (Elizabeth Bennet), Sam Riley (Mr. Riley), Bella Heathcote (Jane Bennet), Douglas Booth (Mr. Bingley), Jack Huston (Mr. Wickham) and Matt Smith (Mr. Collins), and the masher-upper-in-chief Seth Grahame-Smith.The movie’s set up is simple: after seven decades of zombies roaming 19th century England, cluttering up »
Comic-Con 2015 has kicked off in San Diego, and below you'll find Digital Spy's mega-guide, listing all of the major movies and TV panels for each day.
Note: All timings are in California's Pacific Standard Time (Pst), for GMT (UK time) add 8 hours. So 12 noon in San Diego will be 8pm in London.
13 things we're most excited about at Comic-Con 2015
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Open Road (10.45am local time/6.45pm UK time, Hall H)
The Autobiography of James T Kirk (10.45am local time, 6.45pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 / The Last Witch Hunter (12pm local time, 8pm UK time, Hall H)
New footage presentation, plus cast and filmmaker »
Below is Digital Spy's daily guide to the major movies and TV panels happening in San Diego this Saturday, July 11.
Once Upon a Time (10am local time, 6pm UK time, Ballroom 20)
Cast members Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Emilie de Ravin, Colin O'Donoghue, Sean Maguire and Rebecca Mader appear for a Q&A alongside co-creators and executive producers Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. The session will be moderated by Community's Yvette Nicole Brown, and also features a sneak peak at season five.
Footage presentations and Q&As.
R-rated Puppets: Best known for The Muppets, the Jim Henson Company is now preparing to make a "raucous" comedy featuring puppets that will likely earn an R-rating. The project, which is not yet titled, will follow a human/puppet detective team charged with investigating a mysterious series of murders victimizing the puppet stars of a popular TV show. Brian Henson (above) will direct. [Deadline] The Kaiser's Last Kiss: Jai Courtney (Terminator: Genisys) will star opposite Lily James (Cinderella) in The Kaiser's Last Kiss, a spy thriller that takes place in the Netherlands during the early days of World War II. Courtney will play a German officer who falls for a local Jewish woman (James), which makes for a dangerous romance as the Nazis close in...
- Peter Martin
The Kaiser's Last Kiss: Jai Courtney (Terminator Genisys) will star opposite Lily James (Cinderella) in The Kaiser's Last Kiss, a spy thriller that takes place in the Netherlands during the early days of World War II. Courtney will play a German officer who falls for a local Jewish woman (James), which makes for a dangerous romance as the Nazis close in. Christopher Plummer will also star. [Deadline] Jim Henson: Best known for The Muppets, the Jim Henson Company...
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David Leveaux will make his feature debut on the film, an adaptation of the Alan Judd novel which is set in the aftermath of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in 1940. Living there is exiled former monarch Kaiser Wilhelm and the Dutch resistance works covertly with Winston Churchill to insert an agent into the Kaiser's household.
In this environment a love affair ignites between a German officer (Courtney) and a young Jewish Dutch woman (James) with devastating consequences as the Nazis race to identify and eliminate the agent behind the potentially disastrous defection of their former Emperor.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Despite the fact that he’s proven lethal to nearly every project he’s participated in to date, from A Good Day to Die Hard to Terminator Genisys, Jai Courtney is inexplicably still landing plum roles left and right. Now, he’s signed on to lead drama The Kaiser’s Last Kiss, opposite the genuinely talented Lily James and Christopher Plummer.
Written by Simon Burke and based on Alan Judd’s book, the film is set in early WWII in the aftermath of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in 1940. The Dutch resistance covertly allies itself with Winston Churchill in order to undermine the Nazis by planting an agent in the home of former German monarch Kaiser Wilhelm (Plummer), who has been living in exile there since 1917.
James plays a young Jewish Dutch woman who embarks on a torrid, treacherous love affair with a German officer (Courtney), which becomes of »
- Isaac Feldberg
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Film House Germany’s Egoli Tossell Film has tapped Jai Courtney to star opposite Lily James (Cinderella, Wrath Of The Titans) in The Kaiser’S Last Kiss which will be directed by David Leveaux. The film will also star Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer (Beginners, The Last Station, Remember) as the Kaiser.
The Kaiser’S Last Kiss takes place around the 1940 invasion of Holland which brings the Nazis face to face with their former monarch, Kaiser Wilhelm (Christopher Plummer) – exiled to the Netherlands since 1917. In an effort to thwart the Nazis, the Dutch resistance work covertly with Winston Churchill in inserting an agent into the Kaiser’s household. A lethally dangerous love affair ignites between a German officer (Courtney) and a young Jewish Dutch woman (James) with consequences that neither they nor the Kaiser himself could have foreseen. As the Nazis race to identify and eliminate the agent, »
- Michelle McCue
James will play an agent in the World War II Dutch resistance, which works covertly with Winston Churchill to insert an agent into the home of the Kaiser, who will be played by Plummer. A dangerous love affair ignites between a German officer — played by Courtney — and the agent as the Nazis race to identify and eliminate the agent to block the potentially disastrous defection of their former emperor to England. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Jai Courtney will star opposite Lily James and Christopher Plummer in The Kaiser’s Last Kiss. Film House Germany's Egoli Tossell Film is producing. Five-time Tony-nominated theatre director David Leveaux will make his feature debut with the spy thriller set in the early years of World War II, in the aftermath of the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in 1940. Living there is former monarch Kaiser Wilhelm, in exile since 1917. In an effort to thwart the Nazis, the… »
It took a long time for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to get the green light and I assume that's for a reason. I wasn't as large a detractor when it came to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as most (he threw a cow people!), but I have to assume the major selling point behind getting this adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's revisionist novel is the fact not only will Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters be hunting zombies, but they'll be embracing keeping their weapons in some of the most discrete of places. Along with a batch of new pictures from the film, Entertainment Weekly has a quote from star Lily James, who plays Elizabeth Bennet, saying, "Rather than knitting and crocheting, they're polishing muskets... She's the most badass zombie slayer there is." The Bennet sister are trained to fight like ninjas by Mr Darcy (Sam Riley) and the film has »
- Brad Brevet
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have a bunch of new photos from the upcoming "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," starring Lily James (Cinderella), Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Matt Smith, Charles Dance and Lena Headey. Check everything out below. Plot: A zombie outbreak has fallen upon the land in Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers from different social classes in 19th century England. Feisty heroine Elizabeth Bennet (James) is a master of martial arts and weaponry and the handsome Mr. Darcy (Reilly) is a fierce zombie killer, yet the epitome of upper class prejudice. As the zombie outbreak intensifies, they must swallow their pride and join forces on the blood-soaked battlefield. The new movie is directed by Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) and is set to hit theaters on February 5th, 2016. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
EW’s rather fantastic San Diego Comic-Con Preview continues with fresh new images from the long in development, at last in production adaption of Seth Graheme-Smith’s famous literature/zombie mash-up, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, starring Lily James, Sam Riely, Jack Huston, Matt Smith, Lena Heady, and Charles Dance. There’s not much zombie action on display here, but plenty of Jane Austen’s heroines as bad ass zombie fighters, and a real sense that director Burr Steers (Igby Goes Down) is going for a very grounded tone to the material. As he tells EW, “The idea was that it was Pride and Prejudice set in this alternate world and then for everyone to play it straight. The movie’s big wink is that there is no big wink. It’s definitely not camp.” Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is released in the U.S. on February 5th 2016, and »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
"She's the most badass zombie slayer there is." Can't wait to see her kick ass. Even more previews of movies that will be hitting Comic-Con next week. Entertainment Weekly, once again, has debuted new photos, this time they're for Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith's book that revises Jane Austen's classic to be a zombie tale. Now it's a zombie movie, starring a lovely cast. "Lizzy" leads the way, played by Lily James. Plus: Ellie Bamber, Bella Heathcote, Millie Brady & Suki Waterhouse. The cast features Sam Riley as Mr. Darcy, Matt Smith as Mr. Collins, Jack Huston, Douglas Booth, plus Lena Headey, but these photos are mostly the main girls. We hope to see a trailer soon. Until then... Here's the new set of photos, direct from Entertainment Weekly. Click to read more about the adaptation: Jane Austen's classic tale of the tangled relationships between lovers »
- Alex Billington
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