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With 'Downton Abbey' Over, Creator Julian Fellowes Wants a Movie—and a Cup of Tea

16 May 2016 12:57 PM, PDT

Why did "Downton Abbey" work so well with Anglophiles in America? Were we longing for a past elegant civility missing in our culture? "It's not elegance and silver and footmen and all that stuff," said Julian Fellowes, his pinky ring glinting in the sunshine as he stirred his tea at the Four Seasons. "It's more fundamental. It has to do with order, knowing what’s what."  Fellowes has the Aaron Sorkin problem — as a writer, his plummy British voice is so unmistakable that he had to write every episode of "Downton Abbey," which ended its sixth season late last year and now faces its last shot at an Emmy. (It's won 12 over the years, the bulk in its first two seasons.)   Now, Fellowes wants a "Downton" movie to come together sooner rather than later. When "Downton" star Allan Leech recently revealed that negotiations were in the works, the project abruptly screeched to a halt. »


- Anne Thompson

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'Preacher' Trailer Shows Arseface, Cassidy's Vampire Abilities And Jesse Custer Kicking Ass

16 May 2016 10:47 AM, PDT

With only a week left until the premiere of "Preacher," AMC has revealed a new trailer that introduces us to the slew of characters that we will meet this season.  In the latest teaser we start off by seeing Ruth Negga as Tulip O’Hare standing next to a van with the phrase "Someone’s gotta pay." We then get a range of personalities such as Joseph Gilgun as Cassidy, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, W. Earl Brown as Sherriff Root, Ian Colletti as Arseface and the star of the show, Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer.  Read More: 'Preacher' Trailer: Wild New Footage Shows Full Extent of Show's Supernatural Comic Mayhem Based on the Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's popular '90’s comic book franchise of the same name, 10-episode series was developed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. This supernatural show follows a West Texas preacher (Cooper »


- Liz Calvario

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Review: 'The Simpsons' Live Episode Stood Out For the Wrong Reasons

16 May 2016 9:19 AM, PDT

"It only took 27 years to do what they could do in 1954." With that, Lisa Simpson (Yeardley Smith) introduced the first live television broadcast of an animated series. Homer, voiced by Emmy winner Dan Castellaneta, answered questions for three minutes as a wide array of James L. Brooks-created characters paraded across the screen (including Bender holding a sign campaigning for more "Futurama"). On the West Coast, Homer/Castellaneta got through four questions ranging from what he would do if Donald Trump becomes President ("I'm for Bernie Sanders. I love his chicken.") to his favorite thong ("the Brazilian one"). Everyone's favorite yellow father figure got through more on the East Coast feed, including his type of car ("a hybrid" of "old and terrible") and who he's endorsing for President ("Jeb Bush, assuming I'm not too late.") Yet intentional or not, Lisa's line also noted the disconnect between where...

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- Ben Travers

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'The X-Files' Cast & Crew 'On Board' For Another Installment, Says Fox CEO

16 May 2016 6:44 AM, PDT

The truth of another "X-Files" installment is out there... and fans aren't going to like it. The good news: Discussions are ongoing about brining Mulder and Scully back to resolve this year's big alien cliffhanger. The bad news: According to Fox Television Group chairman Dana Walden, such an announcement is still a year away. (Which means the show won't be back until the 2017-2018 TV season). "We've had conversations with Chris Carter and David [Duchovny] and Gillian [Anderson], and I believe everyone is on board to do another installment of the show," Walden said. Read More: The 49 Most Important Characters of 'The X-Files,' Ranked The issue remains Carter's, Duchovny's and Anderson's busy schedules. "Right now as we've talked about before it's a little bit difficult," Walden said. "The three of them are working in different places around the world. Trying to coordinate schedules, and hopefully that will come together this season, »


- Michael Schneider

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Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 6, Episode 4, 'Book of the Stranger' Gets Lit

15 May 2016 8:45 PM, PDT

Every week this season, Indiewire will be bringing you a unique collection of viewpoints on "Game of Thrones," as it is a show that elicits a unique sort of reactions. Our writers are well-versed in the world of the show and the culture surrounding it, and we look forward to seeing how their opinions fare in the cutthroat world of Westeros... Sorry, that is, the cutthroat world of television criticism. Last Week's Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Episode 3, 'Oathbreaker' Could Have Done More What Happened This Week?Jon Snow's plans to leave the Night's Watch and head south (or, you know, anyplace that's not freezing cold) get the best sort of thwarted when Sansa Stark, accompanied by Brienne and Podrick, arrives safely at Castle Black. They hug joyfully, and two Starks have an on-screen conversation for the first time since approximately Season 3 of this show. It's great »


- Indiewire

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Review: 'Veep' Season 4 Episode 4 'Mother' Tests the Limits of Family

15 May 2016 8:00 PM, PDT

Last Week's Review: 'Veep' Season 5 Episode 3 'The Eagle' Can't Land Immediate ReactionRemember when we reviewed "Veep" as a season? Remember when we went on that extended rant regarding the sheer brilliance of Julia Louis-Dreyfus? Remember us saying, "Within the first four episodes of any given 'Veep' season, Julia Louis-Dreyfus — who, frankly, deserves some sort of formal title denoting her landmark status as a living TV legend, like 'Queen' or 'Emperor' — will deliver a moment, series of moments or series of scenes that are like nothing you've ever seen her or anyone else perform before"? Well, this was that moment. Louis-Dreyfus' presentation of Selina's sheer joy in learning that the vote count would continue in Nevada overwhelmed the requisite reaction of mourning she needed to convey for her daughter, and as she struggled mightily to try and empathize with Catherine, the President's true self leaked out. It's such an incredible scene, »


- Ben Travers

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Review: 'The Last Man on Earth' Season 2 Finale Triumphantly Concludes a Sincere Comeback

15 May 2016 7:00 PM, PDT

"The Last Man on Earth" has always been a series unafraid to approach the darkest elements of humanity. After all, the Fox comedy began with Phil Miller (Will Forte) driving across the United States in search of one more human soul, and when he couldn't find any, he was prepared to kill himself. Such an intro established the idea that if you're going to come up with a show about the only human survivor of a deadly global plague — as Forte, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord did here — you have to be willing to spend a lot of time thinking about, you know, death. And so does the audience watching at home.  Read More: Why Racist Financing is Sending Filmmakers to a Colorful Television Landscape Season 2, however, took this to an authentically frightening place. It opened with Carol (Krsten Schaal) literally killing new group member Gordon (a short-lived cameo by Will Ferrell, »


- Ben Travers

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