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Is anyone immune to the charms of George Clooney? Clearly, the famously frosty occupants of Downton aren't - even the stiff upper lips of butler Carson and housekeeper Mrs. Hughes have been turned into glowing smiles by the Oscar-winner's presence. The selfie was taken during the filming of Clooney's appearance in a special charity sketch of Downton Abbey. The hit period drama airs on British TV on Friday at 4 p.m. Et. Photos: George Clooney & Amal Alamuddin's Whirlwind Wedding Weekend A new teaser clip is also going to be released in the lead-up to the annual Text Santa fundraiser, »
- Philip Boucher
Lights, camera, selfie! George Clooney's appearance on Downton Abbey wouldn't be complete without photographic proof that the newlywed fit right with the cast of the period drama, right? The 53-year-old is shown posing alongside the main characters of the mega-successful miniseries and seems to have no problem being the center (well, slightly to the right, but you get the idea) of attention. And while Clooney's debut at Highclere Castle isn't exactly for the main show, it is for the network's Text Santa Christmas Charity, which is an annual fundraiser benefiting six U.K. charities. According to recent report, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville was »
The third Night At The Museum installment hits theaters this weekend with one of Robin Williams‘ last performances, plus amusing turns by several series regulars, as I say in my video review above. The cast is led by Ben Stiller as the nightwatchman dealing with lively exhibits at the museum, played by Owen Wilson, Ricky Gervais, Steve Coogan, Rebel Wilson and Ben Kingsley with a terrific performance by Downton Abbey alumnus Dan Stevens as a gung-ho knight.
Veteran comedy helmer Shawn Levy directed from a script written by David Guion and Michael Handelman, from a story by the pair and Mark Friedman. Producers are Levy and Chris Columbus. Fox is handling distribution.
Are you going to see the film? Watch my review and let us know.
- Pete Hammond
Food spotlight: In anticipation of the return of “Downton Abbey” to Masterpiece on PBS beginning January 4, 2015, Martha Stewart and her team have created a “Gingerbread Abbey”—a stunning likeness of the Grantham family home made entirely of gingerbread.This year, the PBS network asked her to take on a significant gingerbread construction that you might recognize: a version of the grand home of the Grantham family from the Masterpiece series “Downton Abbey.” Gingerbread Abbey is stunning. It’s a sizable construction — 48 inches wide, 11 inches deep, and 28 inches high. But believe it or not, Martha says this isn’t […] »
- April Neale
The Really Useful Group is working with Warner Music Group on the production, which will have its world premiere on Broadway in November 2015.
Previews will begin on Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Winter Garden Theatre, with an opening set for Sunday, December 6
As well as featuring songs from Richard Linklater's 2003 film, there will be new music written by Lloyd Webber with lyricist Glenn Slater, and there will be a book produced by Downton Abbey's Julian Fellowes.
The show will be directed by Laurence Connor, who is currently working on Broadway's Les Miserables.
Lloyd Webber said: "School of Rock is hugely about how music can empower kids. Tim Rice and my first performed piece, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, was written for a school. Ever since then, I and my Art Foundation have been actively »
Jack Black, Downton Abbey, and The Phantom of the Opera don’t necessarily go together, but that changes with the arrival of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest musical passion project on Broadway. School of Rock—The Musical, a stage adaptation based on the hit 2003 film starring Black as a wannabe rocker who forms a band at a prestigious prep school, will make its world premiere in New York at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theatre. Previews begin Nov. 2, 2015 in anticipation of a Dec. 6 opening. »
- Marc Snetiker
Martha Stewart can't make normal Christmas treats, you peasant. When she goes gingerbread house, she goes gingerbread mansion — and that mansion happens to be a reproduction of Downton Abbey's Grantham estate. "It’s in the Anglo-Italianate style," Martha says. Downton's version is made of "bath stone, lots of lead, and finials," while Martha's version is a "gingerbread facade, [with] royal icing in place of lead (much tastier), and gum paste finials." Do you even know what a finial is? We don't. Go back to your pathetic gingerbread studio-apartment. Now let Martha show you how: »
- Lindsey Weber
Channel 4 debuted their much-anticipated Christmas-themed Black Mirror special this week, and it was very much worth the wait. Black Mirror exists as one of those frustrating British show that trades short, three-episode seasons with yawning gulfs in between them for high quality offerings. It’s probably worth it (like the similarly formatted Sherlock), but the waiting and scarcity of episodes can be exhausting. Series three of Black Mirror is in fact coming, but they wanted to participated in another British tradition in the meantime, the extended Christmas Special, something we’ve seen from The Office to Doctor Who to Downton Abbey over the years. Though Black Mirror has poached familiar faces over the years for its ensemble casts, the Christmas Special is the first to pull someone really, truly recognizable for its main lead, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm. It’s also the first time the show has had an American actor/character in… »
Source: Getty Queen Elizabeth II has officially departed London to prepare for her Christmas break, so we thought it was a great time to take a look at how the royal family traditionally celebrates the holidays. Unfortunately for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Christmas with Granny doesn't mean they'll be spending the holidays in a relaxed family atmosphere. In fact, Christmas at the queen's official Winter retreat, Sandringham, is a different beast altogether. If your only knowledge of British aristocrats comes from Downton Abbey, we've put together a handy guide to how the most famous family in the world celebrates the holidays. The Protocol Source: The Sandringham Estate While most of us think of Christmas as being a quiet, casual time at home, the holidays are hardly a low-key affair for the royals. Attendees to the queen's Christmas celebrations are required to adhere to court protocol, »
John Madden’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has been selected for Britain's annual Royal Film Performance, organized by the Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund (Ctbf). The royal and world premiere of the sequel will take place on Feb. 17, with members of the British royal family, cast and filmmakers in attendance. The Ctbf, established in 1924, is a big charity for the film and TV industries, supporting professionals and their families in times of need. The Royal Film Performance has been the charity’s principal fundraising event since 1946. Read more 'Downton Abbey' Fans in U.K. Get Chance to
- Georg Szalai
According to THR, Manu Bennett (Arrow, The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies) has booked a series regular role on MTV's Shannara TV series. The 45 year-old Kiwi actor will play a character named Allanon, who will serve as a mentor of sorts to the hero of the tale, Wil Ohmsford (Austin Butler). The site describe Allanon as "a wise, perceptive and serious man, who knows something incredibly important has begun when the wise tree Ellcrys starts to die." Poppy Drayton (Downton Abbey, When Calls The Heart) will play Amberle, an Elf princess. Jon Favreau and Smallville duo Al Gough and Miles Millar will produce the show, which is based on the 20-strong series of novels (there has been one graphic novel also - The Dark Wraith Of Shannara - published back in 2008) in Terry Brooks' Shannara saga. The story is set after the destruction of our civilization in »
Ever wondered what Gogglebox would be like if the cast were replaced by talking turkeys?
Well wonder no further. TalkTalk TV has put a festive twist on the Channel 4 show, replacing all the armchair pundits with poultry for new show Gobblebox.
Gogglebox gets turned into raunchy porn parody
Meanwhile, Steph and Dom's counterparts watch on with pride as the Queen delivers her Christmas Day speech.
Gobblebox will premiere on Thursday (December 18) at 1pm, taking a look at the best of Christmas telly.
Gogglebox special Steph & Dom Meet Nigel Farage was seen by nearly 2 million viewers on a quiet Monday evening (December 15), overnight data has revealed. »
Gaiman previously wrote a pair of episodes, 'The Doctor's Wife' and 'Nightmare in Silver', for the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith).
The writer recently explained that he is currently too busy to make the "enormous time commitment" necessary to write for Doctor Who.
"I'm not writing for series nine right now, just because of ridiculous work commitments I'm trying to get out from under," Gaiman told the Radio Times. "I am determined to write for Peter Capaldi.
"As long as Peter is Doctor Who, I will write for him. And every time I'm in the UK, I go and see the Doctor Who people. I go see [producer] Brian Minchin and Steven Moffat, and none of us are going to let me go off the boil. »
As Christmas approaches and the year draws to a close, Facebook has revealed the “most Facebooked” movies and TV shows of 2014 as part of its Year in Review, and it will come as little surprise that Frozen and Game of Thrones have topped their respective lists…
Most Facebooked Movies of 2014
8. Gone Girl
9. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
Most Facebooked TV Shows of 2014
1. Game of Thrones
8. True Detective
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- Gary Collinson
Well, we just got over ice-bucket-challenging each other, so we'll see how this new thing takes off. Bob Geldof is attempting to launch a new charity trend amongst his celebrity friends. The challenge is pretty simple, actually: You sing Bono's line from the Band Aid 30 re-release of "Do They Know It's Christmas": "Well tonight we're reaching out and touching you." (You also donate money to Band Aid, naturally.) Geldof nominated The Affair (and yes, The Wire) actor Dominic West, Homeland's Damian Lewis, and Richard E. Grant (known variously from Doctor Who, Withnail & I and Luther). West, for his part, »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
Disney's Cinderella has released a new trailer.
Cinderella will open on March 13 in the Us and March 27 in the UK. Watch a previous trailer for the movie below: »
Disney has released a new international trailer for director Kenneth Branagh’s live-action Cinderella, this time with considerably more magic. The film finds Downton Abbey alum Lily James filling the titular role, while Cate Blanchett takes on the part of the evil stepmother and Game of Thrones’ Richard Madden (The King of the North!) plays Prince Charming. The first trailer wasn’t particularly encouraging as it simply looked like a scene-by-scene recreation of the animated film, but this new international trailer shows the spectacle and wonder that Branagh brings to the story in live-action form. I’d still really like to see the version that Mark Romanek was planning, but I imagine the audience for this kind of big, sweeping, romantic iteration will be quite large. Check out the new Cinderella trailer after the jump. The film also stars Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell, Stellan Skarsgard, Holiday Grainger, Nonso Anozie and Sophie McShera. »
- Adam Chitwood
A new trailer has arrived online for Walt Disney Pictures and director Kenneth Branagh’s (Thor) upcoming live-action fairy tale Cinderella, and you can check it out right here after the official synopsis…
The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s »
- Gary Collinson
Blame “True Detective,” in part, which helped kick off 2014 in rousing fashion, but the blurred line between “limited series” and just plain old series has complicated the definition of a “drama.” But for the purposes of a year-end list, the two can coexist, encompassing any program presented on an episodic basis, even if the story offered closure.
By that measure, both “True Detective” and “Fargo” — the latter categorized as a miniseries for Emmy balloting — as well as Starz’s “The Missing” can join an array of dramas that, frankly, could easily fill a “top 20” list. But who on Earth has time to click through that?
Obviously, reducing the current age of drama to an arbitrary tally is going to overlook several heavy hitters, and the roster underwent considerable tinkering right down till the end. Series like “The Walking Dead,” “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey” – -which all would have qualified in the past –- didn’t, »
- Brian Lowry
We've been voting for our favourite films of the year. The countdown starts here, with the films that ranked from 20 to 11...
Over the past few weeks, our writing team has been voting for their choice of their favourite film of the year. It's all very democratic, with everyone getting their chance to rank films from 5 to 1, with weighing applied appropriately. We have not reinvented the wheel here.
Still, over the coming week or two, we're going to be talking about the films that made the top 20, and we're kicking off with the ones just on the outside of the top 10. Democracy, as you are about to find out, has its drawbacks, as we'd imagine that one or two of these would be breaking into the top 10 had a few more seen the movie in question. Without further ado, though...
Steven Knight's second film as director showed an expertise »
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