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‘Men in Blazers': How Producer Michael Davies Became a TV Soccer Commentator

44 minutes ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

From Bravo’s “Watch What Happens: Live” to Gsn’s “The American Bible Challenge,” prolific producer Michael Davies has had no less than half a dozen series and pilots in the hopper at any given time during the past few years at his Sony Pictures TV-based Embassy Row banner.

With all this activity, what could make Davies take a detour into working as on-air talent himself? In a word: soccer. A podcast that Davies started with friend and fellow soccer nut Roger Bennett has evolved into a half-hour weekly series that bows tonight at 10 p.m. on NBC Sports Network. “Men in Blazers” will run Monday nights throughout the Premier League soccer season, which wraps in May.

“It was really very organic,” Davies said of the program’s transition to television. “It wasn’t any sort of grand plan. We just wanted to see where it took us and this is where it has. »

- Shelli Weinstein

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George Clooney Tries to Kiss Maggie Smith in 'Downton Abbey' Charity Special

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Just over a week after it was revealed that George Clooney would be appearing in a Downton Abbey short film for charity, the show's Laura Carmichael has spilled the beans on the star's appearance and a particularly amusing scene involving Maggie Smith. Read more: George Clooney Defies Rumors by Not Marrying in London on Friday Speaking on U.K. breakfast television, the actress revealed that Clooney attempts to land a smacker on Smith. "There's a very brilliant moment with Maggie and George — I don't know if I want to give away any more than that really — but George

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- Alex Ritman

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Netflix Canada Survey: People Now See TV Spoilers as a Fact of Life

5 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Netflix on Monday said Canadian users aren't clasping their hands over their ears or shooshing friends and family when they start discussing House of Cards or Downton Abbey. The U.S. video-streaming giant presented the findings of a Canadian survey that found spoiler alerts from people who are ahead in binge-viewing shows don't ruin viewing for too many others. Whether Canadians are just polite or pragmatic, a Leger Marketing survey for Netflix revealed 72 percent of those surveyed consider people revealing plot twists or endings in everyday conversation as a simple fact of life. Read more: Netflix Dominates

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- Etan Vlessing

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The Good Wife's Finn and Downton Abbey's Tom Talk About Their TV Shows and Cumberbatch Mania

19 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

These have been a great couple of weeks for friends Matthew Goode and Allen Leech, who play Finn on The Good Wife and Tom Branson on Downton Abbey. Not only did their new movie, The Imitation Game, win the Toronto International Film Festival’s People’s Choice Award—an award that’s been a harbinger for Oscar winners like The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionaire—but both of their hit television shows debut their new seasons tonight. (Downton doesn’t air on PBS in the U.S. for four months, but you know you’re going to find a way to start watching it before then.) The two were cast as part of the “Hut 8” team of cryptographers and linguists working out of London’s Bletchley Park under the direction of Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), who eventually built a machine to break the “unbreakable” code the Nazis used for communication in WWII. »

- Jada Yuan

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George Clooney Tries to Get a Kiss from Dame Smith on Downton Abbey's Christmas Special

20 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

During an appearance on the U.K. morning show This Morning, Laura Carmichael, who plays the hassled Lady Edith on Downton Abbey, revealed that George Clooney, who has been making the world swoon since 1994, dropped by the set to film a cameo for the show's special Christmas episode. Carmichael described the scene between Clooney and Dame Maggie Smith (the Dowager Countess): "There’s a very brilliant moment with Maggie and George — I don’t know if I want to give away any more than that really — but George wants a kiss and Maggie ends up on the floor, it’s wonderful," said Carmichael. After he goes in, Dame Smith is left doing a "comedy roll" off her chair. While that wouldn't be our reaction to George swooping in for a kiss, to each her own. Downton Abbey premieres for our friends across the pond tonight on ITV. Meanwhile, we'll »

- E. Alex Jung

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New Downton Abbey Season 5,Episode 2 Official Spoilers,Plotline Revealed By ITV

22 hours ago | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Recently, ITV delivered the new, official synopsis/spoilers for their upcoming "Downton Abbey" episode 2 of season 5, and it sounds like things will get quite interesting as Thomas runs into issues with Baxter, and more. In the new, 5th episode press release: "Robert is going to be left with a difficult decision to make. Mrs Patmore will have an idea which might solve everything as Daisy continues to struggle with her studies. Thomas will have issues with Baxter, however will his meddling ruin her friendship with Molesley? Rose will try to convince Robert of the positives of a wireless at Downton. Lord Merton is going to continue to pursue Isobel while Mary puts her reputation in danger when Anna is made an accomplice. " Episode 2 is set to air on Sunday night, September 28th at 9pm on ITV. »

- Eric

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'Downton Abbey' Draws Lowest U.K. Season Premiere Ratings Since 2010

22 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The season-five premiere of Downton Abbey drew an average audience of 8.4 million for Britain's ITV Sunday night, marking the show's lowest season debut since its first-season launch in 2010 with 7.7 million viewers. The figure compared with the 9.5 million overnight ratings for the previous season and the 9.0 million overnight audience for the third-season opener when Shirley MacLaine's character started her showdown with Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess, according to ratings consultancy Attentional. The second season had opened with nearly 9.3 million viewers. All figures include viewers for ITV1+1, a catch-

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- Georg Szalai

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Downton Abbey Season 5 Scoop: Edith's Mommy Issues and Mary's Reputation

20 September 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Will this finally be the Year of Edith on Downton Abbey? All signs point to ... probably not.

As the acclaimed drama returns for its fifth season, Britain is reeling from the country taking a leftist turn in 1924. "It's the year the first-ever socialist government was elected, so they all feel very threatened by that," executive producer Gareth Neame tells TVGuide.com.

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- Hanh Nguyen

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Nick Cave, Terry Gilliam, Kevin Smith Films Among 14 Specialty Debuts

18 September 2014 8:05 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Films from notables Nick Cave, Kevin Smith and Terry Gilliam, and another featuring Downton Abbey vet Dan Stevens are helping fill this weekend’s box office, despite studio blockbuster debuts for The Maze Runner and This Is Where I Leave You.

In all, 14 specialty films are debuting this weekend, at the front edge of awards season and the time of year when “serious” films hit the screens left and right. We have The Guest, with Stevens; The Zero Theorem by Gilliam; Smith’s TuskTracks, the latest from the producers of The King’s Speech; and Cave’s doc 20,000 Days On Earth. 

And, like a TV informercial, there’s more: the doc Pump, boundary-jumper Stop The Pounding Heart; and Swim Little Fish Swim. Just to fill out the marquees, we also have Tribeca-winning doc Keep On Keepin’ On; Flamenco, Flamenco; Hector And The Search For Happiness;  Iceman; Hollidaysburg; and Not Cool. »

- Brian Brooks

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The Guest

18 September 2014 2:22 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Brit actor Dan Stevens couldn't have picked a better vehicle to explode his proper image as Matthew Crawley on Downton Abbey. In The Guest, Stevens plays David, a U.S. soldier who intros himself to a family in New Mexico as the Bff of their son, who was killed in Iraq. He's not what he seems. Cue the psycho rampage. It's hellish good fun. Stevens is mesmerizing as the avenger, helping director Adam Wingard turn The Guest into a blast of wicked mirth and malice. »

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Casting Net: Jack Huston to star as title role in 'Ben-Hur' remake

17 September 2014 5:23 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. »

- Jake Perlman

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The Guest | Review

17 September 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Lone Survivor: Wingard’s Latest a Near Perfect Mix of Subtext, Comedy and Satisfying Thrills

After contributing to several anthology films, including the V/H/S films and The ABCs of Death, director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett return to their first feature since 2011’s You’re Next, (a film that finally hit theaters to warm reception in 2013) with The Guest. Adept talents for entertaining, tongue-in-cheek scenarios, Wingard and Barrett exert equal levels of over-the-top bits with their latest endeavor, but with a sharper mix of subversive commentary and tightly plotted thrills that feels like an homage to the off-the-cuff glory days of John Carpenter. A penchant for comedic asides may cause fans of their previous works to favor something like You’re Next, but Wingard and Barrett deliver a fun, stylish, highly enjoyable throwback with their latest, the kind of film genre fans endlessly seek but so »

- Nicholas Bell

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Downton’s Cousin Matthew Is Great at Lying in The Guest

17 September 2014 9:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In The Guest, Dan Stevens (of Downton Abbey fame) plays a mysterious man who insinuates himself into a heartland family’s life. And he does it with such sustained you-know-i’m-really-up-to-no-good insincerity that it takes on the quality of performance art. Stevens is so good at looking us right in the eye, giving a half-cocked smile, and clearly lying through his teeth, that he keeps us watching long after the movie has lost our interest.We first see David (Stevens) as a pair of combat boots running along a rural road. Then he appears on the doorstep of Laura Peterson (Sheila Kelley), whose son Caleb has died while serving in the military. David, also a vet, says he knew Caleb well and that he promised his friend he’d find the Peterson family to tell each and every one of them how much the young man loved them. (“How’d you get here? »

- Bilge Ebiri

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Craig Ferguson tells Seth Meyers: 'You’re going to go f*cking crazy, Seth'

17 September 2014 1:43 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Craig Ferguson tells Seth Meyers: “You’re going to go f*cking crazy, Seth” Meyers admitted to his 12:30 counterpart, “I definitely don’t think I’m there yet” and Ferguson said it usually takes a few years to get the hang of hosting a daily talk show. “I think anyone who does a TV show over and over and over again, you’re going to go crazy,” Ferguson told Meyers. CBS is replacing Rihanna with an 80-person Croatian orchestra CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” will now open with an instrumental theme instead of a song by Jay-z and Rihanna after she blasted the network on Twitter. Report: Joan Rivers’ personal doctor took a selfie before performing a biopsy without her knowledge CNN is confirming a prior report that Rivers’ own doctor, and not a doctor from the Yorkville Endoscopy clinic, performed the biopsy on Rivers’ vocal cords without her consent. »

- Norman Weiss

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A Walk Among the Tombstones review: A towering Liam Neeson performance

16 September 2014 4:01 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Director: Scott Frank; Screenwriter: Scott Frank; Starring: Liam Neeson, Dan Stevens, Ruth Wilson, Boyd Holbrook; Running time: 114 mins; Certificate: 15

A man walks into a bar... behind him follow gun-toting thugs, sparking a shootout that spills into the street. It's a grand entrance for Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, the creation of novelist Lawrence Block, who leaves the NYPD and quits the booze after going 'Wild West' in the city. Sure, the film is littered with clichés, but a towering performance from Neeson and some delicate artistry from writer-turned-director Scott Frank (screenwriter of Out of Sight and Minority Report) lifts it above bog standard.

Even the opening credits are well-considered, with Neeson framed from below as he descends a flight of steps to finish off one of the gunmen. It's a subtle echo of the cop movies that were playing in the '70s when Block first put pen to paper on the long-running Scudder series, »

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Interview: Filmmaker Team Comes Together to Invite ‘The Guest’

16 September 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – War in on the country’s mind once again, and in this week’s film releases, “The Guest” is coming to theaters. The main creative team behind it – lead actor Dan Stevens, screenwriter Simon Barrett and director Adam Wingard – weave a tale of a soldier that metaphorically reminds us that something is wrong.

Dan Stevens is a British actor, best known for portraying Matthew Crawley on the mega-popular “Downton Abbey.” His cool and collected returning soldier, the title character in the film, is effectively detached and present at the same. He will also be featured in the upcoming “A Walk Among the Tombstones.” The screenwriter/director team of Barrett and Wingard are horror story veterans, having contributed to segments in “V/H/S” and “V/H/S 2,” and having made the feature film scare, “You’re Next.” There is a maturity and reflection in “The Guest” that places it above normal scary movies, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Director Adam Wingard and Screenwriter Simon Barrett Talk The Guest, the Fallacy of Boring Art Films, and Their Quest to Evolve

16 September 2014 1:17 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Guest is easily one of the best times you'll have in a theater this year.  It's funny, full of action, smart, and extremely stylish.  Three years ago I wouldn't have thought Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey would be a contender as an action star/serious badass, but I would have been wrong.  He's on fire here (as you can probably tell by the film's trailer).  So are director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S/2, You're Next), who continue to mine the genre field and find interesting ways to make their material relatable and exciting. I recently sat down with Wingard and Barrett to talk about the film.  I should note that I've interviewed the duo many times in the past, so I wanted to go a little bit off the beaten path with my questions here and focus solely on aspects »

- Evan Dickson

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Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery Reveals Her Secret Alias

16 September 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Sneaky, sneaky… Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery has devised a clever little plan for dodging unwanted attention. The British star confessed to the Radio Times that she often creates the alias of "rich Britney from Beverly Hills" when she wants to remain incognito in the U.S. Although the actress didn't specify whether her alter ego wears a costume or a wig, she did call the whole thing a "silly spoof." "It passes the time," she said. "We're always sending ourselves up. Even on set, when you're doing a serious scene, you can't help but see the funny version." So, how does the 32-year-old brunette really feel about fans coming up to her on »

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Theater List for The Guest

16 September 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Guest, the latest from You’re Next’s Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, arrives in theaters across the Us this Wednesday. Interested in seeing the movie on the big screen? We have the official list of theaters that will be screening it:

“From the director of You’Re Next and featuring a standout, badass performance from Dan Stevens (“Downton Abbey”), comes The Guest: a tense, action-packed and unpredictable film like everything and nothing you’ve ever seen before. Empire Magazine called it “a demented action-horror hybrid of sci-fi conspiracy thriller and gore-fest”, and Vanity Fair said, “The Guest is big, it’s bold, it’s badass, full of flavor Hollywood wishes it could pour over its vanilla blockbusters.”

“A soldier (Dan Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, »

- Jonathan James

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Angela Lansbury is taking her 'Blithe Spirit' on a North American tour

16 September 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Angela Lansbury is taking her Tony-winning performance in Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit on the road. The actress will be playing the medium Madame Arcati in a North American tour of the play, which will kick off in December at Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre. The run will close in March at D.C.’s National Theatre, a place of historical significance for Lansbury, since it marked the site of the 1957 pre-Broadway tryout for her Broadway debut, Hotel Paradiso. Lansbury won one of her five Tonys for her work as Arcati in 2009, and returned to the role earlier this year »

- Esther Zuckerman

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