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2014 may well be the year of the ancient action epic. In addition to the two Hercules-centric action-adventures (Kellan Lutz’s The Legend of Hercules and Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars) set to storm theaters, we’re also expecting highly-anticipated midquel 300: Rise of an Empire, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, Ridley Scott’s Exodus and, of course, historical disaster flick Pompeii.
The final trailer for Pompeii, directed by Resident Evil helmer Paul W.S. Anderson, recently premiered online. Focusing heavily on the considerable special effects in the movie, the preview also finds time to highlight its leading man, Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington, specifically his washboard abs. Check it out below:
I’m hesitant to say that I’m excited for Pompeii, particularly given Anderson’s reputation for delivering second-rate action flicks (the Resident Evils, The Three Musketeers), but the special effects and cast both look surprisingly solid. In addition to Harington, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The actress - who plays Lady Mary Crawley in the ITV period drama - said that turning 30 changed her outlook on life.
She explained: "In my 20s I was a bit of a worrier; it bothered me what people thought of me, what job I was doing. But, the day I hit 30 I didn't give a s**t anymore."
Meanwhile, the 31-year-old added that working on Downton has afforded her "a sense of security" that she didn't have before.
"It's a very solid and successful job; it just gives you that sense of security, I guess. I mean, I own a flat now.
"I worked out I moved 16 times from the age of 19, just hopping about from different flats, because I couldn't always afford to stay. »
The new trailer for "Pompeii," Paul W.S. Anderson's 3D take on the destruction of that famed ancient Roman city by the eruption of nearby Mt. Vesuvius. A blending of a big-budget disaster movie, a star-crossed lovers tale, and even some rippling abs from Kit 'Jon Snow' Harington.
Actually considering Anderson's track record, the film looks surprisingly solid. He's downplayed his usual self-aware stylisation to deliver a straightforward tale. Probably helped along by a script this time by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes.
"Pompeii" is set to open February 21st 2014.
- Garth Franklin
The "Downton Abbey" Christmas episode has some more details and photos released, care of ITV, the network in Britain that produces the popular drama. Spoiler alert -- don't keep reading if you don't want to be spoiled.
We already know the two-hour special will take place heavily in London (Buckingham Palace, here we come!) and feature actors playing the real-life King George V and the Prince of Wales. Now we have a bit more information about the program. More of the episode description reads:
The family and servants are at Grantham House, their London residence, preparing for the busy social program. Not one to miss such a grand occasion, Cora's mother, Martha Levinson makes the journey from New York with her playboy son Harold, fresh from his recent brush with the law. Both outspoken and larger-than-life, they make quite an impression amongst certain members of London's high society, in particular with Lord Aysgarth, »
The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year … unless you’re a television addict. Mid-season finales always promise big cliffhangers, which won’t be answered until the calendar reads 2014. It’s basically cruel and unusual punishment. So, in order to make sure you don’t lose your mind this holiday season, we’ve rounded up all the many finales and premieres that December and January hold for us TV lovers. From fall finales and return dates, to season finales and premieres, here is your comprehensive list of television dates. Start your holiday countdowns now!
- Samantha Highfill
If you like dudes and ladies in olden times yelling, facing peril, and speaking gravely, then 2014 will be your year. Two "Hercules" movies are on the way, along with "300: Rise Of An Empire" and, in case you forgot, auteur Paul W.S. Anderson's "Pompeii." Sort of like a "Dante's Peak" but with better CGI and more robes, the film stars Kit Harington and Emily Browning in the story of slave Milo who has to rescue his love and his gladiator best friend (who is trapped in the coliseum) when a volcano erupts. And while we'll grant the visuals aren't bad, this looks fairy portentous everywhere else, though the movie does have a script by Julian Fellowes ("Downton Abbey," "Gosford Park"), so that's something we suppose. Shrug? "Pompeii" runs from the ash cloud on February 21, 2014. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The first pictures from the Downton Abbey Christmas special have been released.
Set six months after the recently completed series four, the special episode will focus on Rose's (Lily James) 'coming out' at Buckingham Palace, meaning that the family and their servants are staying at their residence in London.
Lady Rose is seen in one image wearing a white dress and headpiece as she curtseys for King George V and Queen Mary.
Shirley MacLaine has also reprised her role as Cora's mother Martha Levinson.
She makes the journey from New York to mark the occasion and is joined by her playboy son Harold, represented by highly-anticipated guest star Paul Giamatti.
The episode, which takes place during the summer, was filmed in a number of locations in London and the south, with Lancaster House standing in for Buckingham Palace. »
Look out royals, TV characters are coming after your. A new report from the Baby Centre shows that more newborns in the UK were given names inspired by characters from TV shows than members of the royal family in 2013.
One name that has landed in the Top 100 for girls is Aria. The name is a variation of Arya, a popular "Game of Thrones" character played by Maisie Williams. There could also be a connection made to "Pretty Little Liars" character, portrayed by Lucy Hale.
"Breaking Bad" also experienced a nice bump in popularity with it's final season. The names Skyler and Jesse moved into the Top 200 for girls and boys, respectively. "Downton Abbey" isn't doing too shabby either, with names like Isobel, Violet, Elsie and Ivy all landing in the Top 100 for girls. Meanwhile, "Homeland" fans might be pleased to learn Brody appeared in the Top 100 boys names.
While TV is on the rise, »
Clooney directs and stars alongside Matt Damon in the Second World War film, which will arrive in cinemas in February.
The movie, which is based on Robert Edsel's book, is centred around the true story of a WWII platoon given the task of rescuing cultural objects from Nazi thieves in Germany.
In October, the release of The Monuments Men was delayed from December to February, meaning it is no longer eligible to be nominated at the 2014 Academy Awards.
The film has slipped in the schedule to allow more time for work on its visual effects.
"We just didn't have enough time," said Clooney. "If any of the effects looked cheesy, the whole movie would look cheesy. »
Mild season-four spoilers follow, but yes: the Downton Abbey Christmas special will involve a trip to see the queen. Lady Rose (the new Sybil) will apparently be "presented" at Buckingham Palace, meaning the whole Crawley family will descend upon London — at which point Cora's American brother, played by Paul Giamatti, will arrive to embarrass them. (Shirley MacLaine will be back, too.) While we are on the subject, here is what Paul Giamatti looks like in Downton attire: That is a snazzy coat. See you at Christmas! »
- Amanda Dobbins
NBC has given The Blacklist an early second season renewal. Most freshman TV shows don’t get a second season this early (Sleepy Hollow did, but it’s airing a short season).
According to a report from RadarOnline, ABCis hoping to fill the cast for the next season of Dancing with the Stars with Oscar winners and Renee Zellweger headlining. Are there that many Oscar winners that would do Dancing with the Stars?
CNN chief Jeff Zucker says that the news channel needs “more shows and less newscasts.” With Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown as its top show, he’s talking about airing documentaries as part of the weekday primetime lineup and revamping news programs to have an “attitude »
- Lyle Masaki
For once, it feels good to be a Canadian with access to Netflix. Netflix Canada has struck up an exclusive deal with NBCUniversal Television ensuring Canadians will be able to stream Downton Abbey long before their U.S. counterparts. If you don’t already know, Netflix Canada just doesn’t have the sizable library of the U.S. Netflix. But the balance is being tipped ever so slightly with this new deal, which was made in the hope of bridging that gap between U.S. and Canadian subscribers. I could just about belt out our National Anthem with all the immense pride for our new Netflix selections!
On top of Downton Abbey, Netflix Canada will also be getting a first look at Suits. The early seasons of both Downton Abbey and Suits have already started streaming exclusively as of Dec. 1. But the good news doesn’t stop with just those »
- Brody Gibson
Picking what to watch at Christmas time can be a tricky challenge, so Digital Spy has created a quick handy guide to the biggest shows and movies airing across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.
Check out the Christmas TV schedules for the big channels below:
EastEnders - 7.30pm
Holby City - 8pm
Last Tango In Halifax - 9pm
Not Going Out Christmas special - 10pm
Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special - 5pm
Call The Midwife - 6.15pm
Doctor Who: 'The Time Of The Doctor' - 7.30pm
EastEnders - 8.30pm
Mrs Brown's Boys Christmas Special - 9.30pm
Gangsta Granny - 6.05pm
EastEnders - 7.15pm
Still Open All Hours - 7.45pm
Death Comes To Pemberley - 8.15pm
Victoria Wood's Mid-Life Christmas - 8pm
Qi Xl Christmas Special - 9pm
The Awakening - 11.25pm
ITV, the U.K. station that produces popular drama "Downton Abbey," has released some details about the upcoming two-hour Season 4 Christmas special. Don't keep reading if you don't want to be spoiled.
It may be Christmas Day when the episode airs, but it won't be Christmas during the episode. It's actually the summer season and the Crawley family will head to London for Rose's coming out.
Viewers will get to see the Crawleys' impressive London residence, Grantham House, for the first time and will also be treated to "Buckingham Palace" (though the show did not film at the real palace).
There will be a series of galas and parties as Lady Rose is presented to society, while a scandal will threaten to engulf the British monarchy and Robert will be forced to act to protect both the royal family and his own.
In addition to already-announced guest stars Shirley MacLaine »
Downton Abbey will head to Buckingham Palace for its Christmas special.
ITV confirmed that the festive episode of the series - which is actually set in the summer season - will focus on Rose's 'coming out' at the Palace, meaning that the family and their servants are staying at their residence in London.
Shirley MacLaine will reprise her role as Cora's mother Martha Levinson, who makes the journey from New York to mark the occasion. She is joined by her playboy son Harold, who is played by highly-anticipated guest star Paul Giamatti.
Elsewhere in the episode, Isobel discovers that she has an admirer, Edith struggles with a "moral dilemma", Carson takes the staff on a day out, and Daisy gets an "unexpected invitation".
But when the Crawleys are implicated in a scandal that threatens to engulf the monarchy, Robert goes to "great lengths" to protect both his own family and the royals. »
George Clooney's all-star WWII heist film "The Monuments Men" was recently moved from Oscar season to a quieter release date in February, and the film's new trailer seems to reflect a change in objective from award-winner to crowd-pleaser. Clooney leads a stellar cast -- including Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Bob Balaban, "The Artist's" stars Jean Dujardin and John Goodman, and "Downton Abbey" star Hugh Bonneville -- as they attempt to recover priceless works of European art plundered by HItler and his Nazi war machine toward the end of WWII. Starting with the presence of Clooney and Damon, "Monuments" is certainly not shying »
- Dave Lewis
The Producers Guild will give its annual awards on Jan. 19, 2014. Here's the full list of TV nominees:
"30 for 30"
"Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown"
"Jimmy Kimmel Live"
The producers of “Breaking Bad” can extend their victory lap into next year at the Producers’ Guild Awards, which unveiled its slate of nominees for TV series, specials and digital series Tuesday. The guild will announce its nominees for the film categories in January, and the show will take place Jan. 19 at the Beverly Hilton hotel. “Breaking Bad,” which wrapped its final season this fall and then won the Emmy’s top dramatic prize, is one of five nominees for The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama. Other nominees include “Downton Abbey,” “Game of Thrones,” “Homeland” and. »
- Lucas Shaw
The rest of the drama series pack is comprised of usual suspects: AMC’s “Breaking Bad,” PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones” and Showtime’s “Homeland,” which won the 2013 trophy. Notably absent from the race this time around is AMC’s “Mad Men,” and HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” is sitting it out for the second year in a row after winning in 2012.
Broadcast network shows fared better in the comedy series heat: NBC’s “30 Rock,” CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” ABC’s “Modern Family” got noms along with HBO’s “Veep.” “Modern Family” has taken the trophy for three consecutive years.
The non-fiction category repped a range of genres and formats: Espn’s “30 for 30,” CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown,” A »
- Cynthia Littleton
Related: Analysis: Netflix, ‘Duck Dynasty’ Enter Series Fray For First Time The Producers Guild of America announced today the Television Series/Specials and Digital Series nominees that will advance in the voting process for the 25th annual PGA Awards. Nominees for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama are Breaking Bad (AMC), Downton Abbey (ITV-United Kingdom; PBS-u.S.), Game Of Thrones (HBO), Homeland (Showtime) and House Of Cards (Netflix). Nominees for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Comedy are 30 Rock (NBC), Arrested Development (Netflix) pending eligibility, The Big Bang Theory (CBS), Modern Family (ABC) and Veep (HBO). All other nominations for the categories will be announced January 2, along with the names of the eligible producers for the nominated documentary motion pictures. Winners will be announced January 19 at the Beverly Hilton. Here’s the complete list of TV nominees: The Norman Felton Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, Drama: Breaking Bad (AMC) Producers: Melissa Bernstein, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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