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Theyve made a career as TVs hapless aristocrats but, try as you might, its impossible to resent them
Arthur Fulford, heir to the Great Fulford estate, lays his cards on the table: If anyone turns around and tries to judge me for being in this amazing position, then frankly they can fuck off.
As British Class History For Beginners or, as its sometimes known, Downton Abbey has been carefully explaining over four years, things arent what they used to be for aristos. Where once serfs bowed, scraped, and toiled away in the turnip field for the honour of living under the rule of someone with a coat of arms, the few landed gentry that remain tethered to their enormous draughty piles in modern Britain have to think on their feet. Francis Fulford, current custodian of the Fulford estate, toff, advert for genetic diversity and previous star of How Clean Is Your House, »
- Filipa Jodelka
We’ve got a few casting announcements to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: The Wolf of Wall Street breakout Margot Robbie is looking to add another comedy to her resume, as she is in talks to join Tina Fey in The Taliban Shuffle—though this doesn’t take her contention for Suicide Squad. Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Lily James (Downton Abbey) are circling director Lone Scherfig’s (An Education) adaptation Their Finest Hour and a Half. Luke Evans is set to star in Kill List director Ben Wheatley’s shootout film Free Fire, which will also include Armie Hammer, Olivia Wilde, and Cillian Murphy. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Per THR, Margot Robbie is in talks to join Tina Fey in The Taliban Shuffle. Based on Kim Barker’s wartime memoir, Fey is onboard to play a war correspondent working in Kabul, »
- Adam Chitwood
DirectTV is trying to build up their own list of original shows and they do not appear to take it too seriously. The company recently announced that they picked up a Downton Abbey parody called The Britishes.. The show will be in the style of Monty Python’s Flying Circus, despite of their agenda to cover the current hit British series. It will premier on October 28. You can catch the clip of the upcoming Audience Network down below.
We are now sure how this show will go with fans. Since it is a parody instead of a real series, I am not sure if fans will flock to it. It may not give them the serious tone that they want to build up for their own network. Or at least we would think that they would want to do that. However, it could make for a fun expirement on their half to watch. »
- Sarah Peel
Downton Abbey doesn't return to American televisions until January, but CollegeHumor and DirecTV paired up to give us something to satisfy our British-period-drama thirst with The Britishes, a series of Downton Abbey parodies. Adolf Hitler visits the Britishes' (yes, that's the family's last name) estate in the first episode, titled "The Charming Mr. Hitler." In the sketch, Hitler woos the ladies with his Germandrawing skills, and desire to travel—and somehow escapes accusations of his evil. The Britishes will make its television debut Oct. 28 on DirecTV's Audience Network. »
- Ariana Bacle
A “Pride and Prejudice” sequel/murder mystery? That alone should be a sufficient come-on to rouse English-lit majors and awaken “Masterpiece” viewers, but “Death Comes to Pemberley” — a two-part movie adapted from P.D. James’ novel — has the extra advantage of being perfectly cast and extremely entertaining, even for those who might need a Jane Austen refresher course. The whodunit, frankly, takes a backseat to simply luxuriating in the atmosphere, as Anna Maxwell Martin and “The Americans’” Matthew Rhys portray one of literature’s most famous couples, with Matthew Goode as Wickham, the amiable rogue who nearly came between them.
The story begins six years after the aristocratic Darcy (Rhys) swept the poor Elizabeth (Maxwell Martin) off her feet, and she has become the lady at his sprawling estate. Of course, the path to true love in these environs is always complicated, though that discomfort here falls to Darcy’s sister »
- Brian Lowry
Arriving in theaters on January 16, 2015, the actors and filmmakers from the upcoming Paddington movie discuss the lovely Peruvian bear in this brand new featurette.
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (Harry Potter), Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home.
Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven.
It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.
- Michelle McCue
With just under three weeks to go until its release, a new poster has arrived online for The Imitation Game, which features Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as British mathematician and World War II codebreaker Alan Turing…
See Also: Read our review of The Imitation Game here
The Imitation Game is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, Alan Turing. The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on.
The Imitation Game is set for release in »
- Gary Collinson
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- Peter Sciretta
This week’s new Blu-ray releases include the latest from filmmaker Bong Joon-ho, one of the best shows on television, a Federico Fellini classic, and more. Briefly: Snowpiercer [Blu-ray] - $14.94 (50% off) The Purge: Anarchy (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $22.99 (34% off) Sex Tape [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (44% off) Mad Men: the Final Season-Part 1 [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) Life After Beth [Blu-ray] - $15.99 (36% off) Earth to Echo [Blu-ray] - $19.96 (50% off) The Fluffy Movie - Extended Edition (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD) - $22.99 (34% off) La dolce vita [Blu-ray] - $34.99 (12% off) Pee-wee's Playhouse: The Complete Series [Blu-ray] - $96.99 (35% off) Masterpiece: Downton Abbey Seasons 1, 2, 3, & 4 [Blu-ray] - $44.99 (59% off)
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- Adam Chitwood
Downton Abbey is going to heat up season five. Literally. The fifth season kicks off on Sunday, Jan. 4 at 9 p.m. with a fire that rages through the hollowed halls. But that's far from the only drama rocking the halls of the Crawley residence. Everybody's got secrets, secrets that will make the Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) make one shocking face. See for yourself in the trailer above! The trailer features some modern music with some very British Downton Abbey quotes over scenes from the new season. A sampling of the teasers: "I have a secret…a bad secret." "We have to be on our guard." "You're a very naughty boy." "No one must ever find »
If there isn’t enough bloodshed in Pride and Prejudice for your taste, Death Comes to Pemberley (premiering this Sunday on Masterpiece on PBS) has murder, a hysterical Bennet (played by Doctor Who‘s Jenna Coleman) and Matthew Rhys (The Americans) as the dashing Mr. Darcy.
Adapted from P.D. James’ novel, the miniseries picks up after the events of the Jane Austen classic, when Pemberley is rocked by a whodunit. In TVLine’s exclusive first look, Lydia Bennet (Coleman) arrives at the estate, screaming bloody murder, and a slap is the only thing capable of calming her down. (Naturally, the excitable Mrs. »
Secrets and fire are consuming the halls of Downton Abbey in this exclusive early trailer for the upcoming season documenting the further scandals of the Crawley family and their downstairs counterparts. The usually nefarious Thomas looks to show some feats of bravery as a fire rages at Downton. Some of the other intrigue previewed: Edith still has to contend with the little matter of her secret baby; Jimmy is getting felt up by Lady Anstruther, a new character played by Anna Chancellor; Lady Mary opens up her door to Lord Gillingham; and, despite hints of heroism, Thomas seems up to »
- Esther Zuckerman
Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Night at the Museum 3) outs on The Terminator‘s glasses in The Guest, a new action horror from Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, the duo behind A Horrible Way to Die, V/H/S, V/H/S/2 and You’re Next. While we await word on the U.S. home video release, […] »
Strictly Come Dancing bounced back to top the ratings on Sunday evening, according to overnight figures.
The BBC One talent show gained around 600,000 viewers from last week, climbing to an average 9.11 million viewers (38.8%) at 7.15pm.
On ITV, The X Factor dropped around 500k viewers, falling to 7.95m (33.6%) at 8pm, with an added 251k (1.0%) on +1. ITV2's Xtra Factor entertained 643k (2.6%) at 9pm (126k/0.8% on +1).
Downton Abbey gained back over 100k from last week, with 7.48m (30.6%) tuning in at 9pm (413k/2.5%). Earlier, Sunday Night at the Palladium attracted 3.35m (15.0%) at 7pm (205k/0.8%).
Earlier on BBC One, Countryfile appealed to 6.05m (30.7%) at 6.15pm, while Antiques Roadshow brought in 5.42m (21.9%) at 8pm. Our Girl continued with 3.73m (15.1%) at 9pm, and Match of the Day 2 scored 2.35m (19.2%) at 10.35pm.
BBC Two's Human Universe was seen by 1.12m (4.9%) at 7pm, followed by Wonders of the Monsoon with 1.54m (6.2%) at 8pm and Sacred Rivers with 1.78m (7.2%) at 9pm. »
ITV hit drama Downton Abbey and BBC ballroom dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing on Sunday drew bigger overnight ratings than a week earlier, but fewer viewers tuned in to Simon Cowell's X Factor on ITV. Downton Abbey, from NBCUniversal-owned Carnival Films, attracted an average audience of 7.9 million, for a market share of 32.3 percent of people watching TV in the U.K. at the time. That was up 160,000 viewers from the previous Sunday, according to ratings consultancy Attentional. The show's overnight ratings, however, have been running behind last season's. Read more 'Downton Abbey' Draws
- Georg Szalai
A trailer has been released for Elijah Wood's new film Set Fire to the Stars. The film is set in the 1950s, and Wood plays an aspiring poet named John M. Brinnin "who has his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas." He has basically been given the task of coordinating the first trip to the Us for Thomas, who is played by Celyn Jones. It's a road trip movie that kind of has the same plot as the Jonah Hill and Russell Brand comedy Get Him to the Greek, only this one centers on a poet instead of a rockstar, and it's a black and white movie that takes place in the '50s.
- Joey Paur
The X Factor: ITV, 8pm
It's time to face the music, as the remaining 14 acts - after performing '80s classics on Saturday - all hope to survive tonight's double elimination.
The finale covers Molly's (Turner) return home from Afghanistan, as she struggles with the events that happened during her service and what the future holds for her.
Downton Abbey: ITV, 9pm
Passions are running high in the fifth episode of the period drama's latest series.
The drama's fourth season continues with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes »
Evans spent time auditioning for roles in Los Angeles before joining Strictly.
He said: "Ideally I'd like to do theatre stuff here and do things in England before I go anywhere else – it's just the opportunity for auditions over there [in Los Angeles] at certain times are obviously substantial so that's why I was over there."
The former member of boyband Twen2y4se7en believes that his sports background has given him a taste for how hard actors work.
"It's so similar – what you put in is what you get out, I think that's the same in sport.
"A lot of people think they're going to make it on their looks or whatever, especially somewhere like La, and I think that's why English actors do so well over there because they harness their craft, they've worked relentlessly on it and that's what it is. »
In addition to appearances by some of the show's regulars, the cast of Miranda, Moss and Gallagher were joined sofa-side by Naomi Campbell as they gave their verdict on the week's X Factor performances, Strictly Come Dancing and watched emotional footage of young people fighting cancer.
The former Oasis guitarist could be seen nodding along in approval to Andrea Faustini's performance of 'Earth Song', while Campbell smirked as Moss referred to former The Face contestant Chloe Jasmine as "more Essex than Downton Abbey".
"There's some juddery movements," observed Hart, as the »
"The Courtship Of Eddie’s Father” is getting a Fox remake, co-starring Willie Garson Conan O’Brien and Garson are producing the project based on the 1969-72 comedy that co-starred Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz. The sitcom was based on the 1963 film starring Ron Howard, which itself was based on a 1936 book. Garson is set to play Eddie’s father’s work colleague. “Lost’s” Mr. Eko is reportedly joining “Game of Thrones” Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje is reportedly playing a character named Malko, who doesn’t appear in the books. “The Walking Dead” sets a new record for DVR viewership DVRs added 5.086 million viewers, bringing the total viewership for the Season 5 premiere to 22.372 million. Click Read Full Post For More How “Grey’s Anatomy” made last night’s flashbacks look authentic Editor Susan Vaill explains: "We found every episode that Kate Burton had been in in seasons one, two and three — something like 12 to 20 episodes. »
- Norman Weiss
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