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Doctor Who Christmas special 2014 was a real dream amid all the shouting

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The volume was up on the night’s TV – with even Downton Abbey joining in the yelling – but it could not drown out Let It Go

If there was anything tying together this year’s Christmas night TV, it was the volume. There was an awful lot of shouting on Downton Abbey, quite a bit of shouting on Doctor Who, standard soap shouting on EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale and, in case you haven’t had your fill of the earworm of the decade yet, a whole hour dedicated to the Disney phenomenon Frozen and its song Let It Go. It was enough to drive anyone back to the brandy.

There was the obligatory howl of a woman in labour, too, on the resolutely grim Call the Midwife, which offered up a second fix of Miranda Hart in one night, following the penultimate episode of her eponymous sitcom.

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- Rebecca Nicholson

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Downton Abbey Christmas special recap – it worked as retro festive wallpaper

56 minutes ago | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Beautifully shot and wonderfully acted, yet all a bit too overcomplicated and drawn out. It must be the Downton Christmas special!

The labrador’s backside is back for Christmas. And let’s hope it’s not just for Christmas, eh? Actually, my Christmas wish would be that it is just for Christmas. Because if this convoluted outing proved anything, it’s that this series has outstayed its welcome. Unlike Isis the dog, whose absence in this Christmas special finally disproved the conspiracy theory that she was just absent from the last episode to tease us. Sorry, people, but Isis really is dead.

As always this was a beautifully made and wonderfully acted confection showcasing all the shortcomings of the Downton Abbey brand. In the opening sequences, it felt as if the actors had been directed to speak the dialogue slowly and carefully in order to help viewers a) worse for »

- Viv Groskop

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What to Watch: Tonight's TV Picks - Doctor Who, Downton Abbey

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Doctor Who: BBC One,6.15pm

Peter Capaldi is back as the time-travelling adventurer in this festive special in which he must fend off terrifying creatures attacking an Arctic base.

Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz) and Michael Troughton (son of second Doctor Patrick Troughton) co-star in this year's Christmas special.

Miranda: BBC One, 7.15pm

Miranda is back on screens in the first of this two-part Christmas special, which sadly marks the end of the series forever.

The first episode picks up where the last one left off, with the unlucky-in-love shop owner having received two proposals of marriage - one from dreamboat chef Gary and the other from new boyfriend Mike. Who will she choose, if anyone?

Call the Midwife: BBC One, 7.50pm

It's a Miranda Hart double bill on this BBC Christmas, as the comedy actress appears in this special Christmas edition of Call the Midwife.

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The Guest Blu-Ray Review

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The Guest is a thriller that knows exactly what it wants to be. Playful, kinetic and riotously entertaining, it’s a slick throwback to the sexy, noirish actioners of generations past, a winking tribute to the films of John Carpenter and other ’80s horror directors, as soaked in blood as it is stylishly lit in colorful neon. Director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett, who so fruitfully toyed with the home invasion horror subgenre in You’re Next, have even more success tackling the action-thriller, emerging with an absolute blast of a film that could be held up as a new classic of the genre in a few years from now.

The kind of movie we’re in for is made clear from the get-go, as the title appears in bold, neon letters. We open on a man running down a country road, his movement brisk and almost robotic. There »

- Isaac Feldberg

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5 Most Overlooked Movies of 2014

24 December 2014 10:40 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's that time of the year again, when not-so-jolly critics start making those lists, checking them twice, to break down an entire year of movies in list form. Last year, I split up my year-end piece into three separate stories, Most Overrated, Most Underrated and my Top 10. This year, I'm changing things up again, ever so slightly, discarding the Overrated category entirely. It's a category I always seem to have trouble with it, and, this year, only two of my picks were wide releases, with another that hasn't even hit theaters yet. I'm also changing the Underrated list to "Overlooked," since it fits better with what I'm trying to say: that these five movies below are truly fantastic, but simply weren't given their just due in theaters.

That's not to say I'm completely surprised that this quintet is overlooked. After all, the "widest" release for all of these films was a whopping 63 theaters, »

- MovieWeb

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Michelle Dockery Previews 'Downton Abbey' Season 5

24 December 2014 9:46 AM, PST | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

When we last saw "Downton Abbey's" Lady Mary, the eldest Crawley sister was recovering from the loss of Matthew and entertaining suitors.

When the show returns to the U.S. with its Season 5 premiere in January, Michelle Dockery (who plays Lady Mary on the PBS Masterpiece series) says her character will be indulging her less-dour side.

"Mary's having fun this year. For me, it's like the new Mary," Michelle told Access Hollywood, when asked about the state of Lady Mary's Season 5 love life. "She's through the grief, she's over that. She's just decided to move on with ...

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- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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Christmas Gift Ideas for Our Favorite TV Characters

24 December 2014 3:30 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

They've given you the gift of entertainment all year long. Don't you think your favorite TV characters deserve a gift at Christmastime? Granted, being fictional makes them hard to shop for. Still, here are some gift suggestions for some of our favorite small-screen personalities. After all, even the naughty ones have been nice to watch.

Adam Goldberg ("The Goldbergs"): A membership card for Blockbuster Video. (Okay, it'll be a Hanukkah gift.)

Howard Wolowitz (:The Big Bang Theory" ): A Flowbee. (Also a Hanukkah gift.)

Sheldon, Leonard, and Penny ("The Big Bang Theory"): An elevator repairman.

Hannibal Lecter ("Hannibal"): A vegan cookbook.

The cast of "Orange Is the New Black": A more colorful wardrobe.

Joe McMillan ("Halt and Catch Fire"): An iPhone.

Marty Hart ("True Detective"): Noise-blocking headphones

Mrs. Patmore ("Downton Abbey"): A Ninja blender system. With an instruction manual.

Louis C.K. ("Louie"): A Hungarian-English dictionary. »

- Gary Susman

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First trailer and poster for Woman in Gold starring Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Bruhl

24 December 2014 12:40 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Weinstein Company and BBC Films have released the first trailer for director Simon Curtis’ (My Week with Marilyn) upcoming drama Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren (The Hundred-Foot Journey), Ryan Reynolds (R.I.P.D.), Daniel Brühl (Rush). Check them out here, along with the official synopsis…

Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars in the incredible story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II. Decades later, determined to salvage some dignity from her past, Maria has taken on a mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold, a portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele. Partnering with an inexperienced but determined young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks on an epic journey for justice 60 years in the making.

Woman in Gold is set for release April 3rd in North America, with a cast that also includes Charles Dance »

- Gary Collinson

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Top 10 Scores of 2014

23 December 2014 3:30 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Filmmaking is a collaborative medium.  There are many, many moving parts that must come together just right to create a cohesive moviegoing experience, and when key aspects of the filmmaking team excel, the final product is all the better for it.  This is especially apparent in the world of film composing.  There were a number of original scores this year that were notable for one reason or another, and so whittling it down to a list of the 10 best scores was no easy task.  The final compilation is as eclectic as it is impressive, which just goes to show there’s no one right way to score a movie.  Check out my Top 10 film scores of 2014 after the jump. 10. The Guest For their follow-up act to the excellent horror film You’re Next, director Adam Wingard and screenwriter Simon Barrett decided to go old school with an 80s throwback thriller called The Guest. »

- Adam Chitwood

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News Nuggets: Will Helen Mirren match her Oscar with a Tony for playing Queen Elizabeth II?

23 December 2014 8:50 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Dame Helen Mirren is going after her first Tony Award even earlier than expected. Producers of the upcoming Peter Morgan play "The Audience" will begin previews February 14 on Broadway. Opening night under the direction of Stephen Daldry will be on March 8 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Mirren has been nominated twice before at the Tony Awards but has never won. She will be reprising the role of Queen Elizabeth II, the same part that won her an Oscar for the film "The Queen" in 2006.  Mirren is also a four-time Emmy winner, so this would place her as one of the few people to earn the triple crown of acting by prevailing at the Tonys. Only a Grammy would keep her from the exclusive Egot club at that point. Playbill -Break- Watch a funny new video featuring the "Downton Abbey" cast in support of the "Text Santa" charity in Great Britain. »

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Game of Thrones, Doctor Who win in 2014 Digital Spy Reader Awards

23 December 2014 2:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Game of Thrones and Mrs Brown's Boys are among the TV winners in the 2014 Digital Spy Reader Awards.

26,942 readers voted in the complete annual poll, with Sherlock and Doctor Who also being recognised by readers as the top scripted TV shows of the year.

Benedict Cumberbatch was voted Best Drama Actor for Sherlock ahead of Doctor Who's Peter Capaldi, while the latter's co-star Jenna Coleman topped the Best Drama Actress vote ahead of Happy Valley's Sarah Lancashire.

Game of Thrones was named Best Drama, with Doctor Who finishing in second place.

The Big Bang Theory triumphed ahead of Mrs Brown's Boys in the Best Comedy category, while the BBC sitcom's star Brendan O'Carroll was voted Best Comedy Actor.

Finally, Ant & Dec were named Best TV Presenters, with The Great British Bake Off's Mel & Sue in second place.

The top five in each TV category were »

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TVLine Items: George Clooney's Full Downton Spoof, Gabba Guests & More

22 December 2014 2:36 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Only Downton Abbey could spin a visit from George Clooney into a nightmare.

The UK’s ITV over the weekend posted both halves of its “Text Santa” charity spoof, in which Lord Grantham discovers what life at the abbey would be like had he never been born — courtesy of a Fabulous angelic tour guide — and it turns out, it would be a lot boozier.

In addition to Clooney, the dual videos — watch Part 1 above, Part 2 below — also include a cameo from Entourage‘s Jeremy Piven.

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* ABC Family is re-airing several classic »

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Is It Just Us or Is Dan Stevens Suddenly Really, Really Hot?

22 December 2014 12:05 PM, PST | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Dan Stevens is perhaps best known for playing Downton Abbey's lovable (but not exactly sexy) leading man Matthew Crawley but has changed quite a bit ever since he left the show in 2012. Since then, Matthew started to focus on his Hollywood film career - landing roles in The Fifth Estate, The Guest, and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb - and he had a very noticeable transformation, shedding his softer, more posh Downton look to become a scruffy, messy-haired hottie. Keep reading to see how Dan has transformed over the years and, if you are missing seeing him in period costumes, be sure to check out these other hot guys in historical garb! »

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Watch George Clooney Make the Downton Abbey Ladies Faint

22 December 2014 11:57 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

George Clooney's Downton Abbey sketch has finally aired, and just as he tells Lady Violet, he was as beautiful and charming as ever.

The two-part segment, which was part of British channel ITV's "Text Santa" charity, featured Clooney as Lord George Oceans Gravity, Marquis of Hollywood, who is married to Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern) in an alternate Scrooge-like dream sequence. Naturally, the whole clan is smitten with him, including Lady Violet (Maggie Smith), who faints at the mere touch of his hand.

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- Robyn Ross

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What if Downton Abbey told the truth about Britain? | Polly Toynbee

22 December 2014 10:17 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The period detail is impeccable but the series is a far cry from the brutal reality of upper-class attitudes

Downton Abbey is back. Christmas day brings a two-hour wallow in heritage visions of our feudal yesteryear, as glimpsed through rose-tinted decanters. There will be snow and grouse shooting, we’re told. Escapist fantasy, National Trust nostalgia, here is history scrubbed clean – absurd, silly, enjoyable and vastly popular, in my family too. But it’s not harmless. Far from it.

To control history by rewriting the past subtly influences present attitudes too: every dictator knows that. Downton rewrites class division, rendering it anodyne, civilised and quaintly cosy. Those upstairs do nothing unspeakably horrible to their servants, while those downstairs are remarkably content with their lot. The brutality of servants’ lives is bleached out, the brutishness of upper-class attitudes, manners and behaviour to their servants ironed away. There are token glimpses of resentments between the classes, »

- Polly Toynbee

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10 best movie trailers of 2014: Star Wars, Mad Max, Avengers and more

22 December 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

How did we get to the stage where trailer launches seem like bigger events than the movies they're promoting? Hype and buzz rule all, but that said we'll admit we still get a giddy thrill out of seeing a good trailer. The 2-minute promo has become an art form in itself, and in 2014 Hollywood went to town when it came to selling the biggest and best films.

Digital Spy looks at 10 of the best trailers of the year below...

10. Gone Girl

David Fincher knows how to put a trailer together, and the tease for his adaptation of Gone Girl used Richard Butler's rendition of 'She' to gloriously unsettling effect. On first glance this looks like a fairly routine disappearance thriller, but in keeping Rosamund Pike's Amy Dunne in the background there's a sense that maybe Fincher and author/screenwriter Gillian Flynn are holding something back.

9. Guardians of the Galaxy

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Here's Your Full Look at George Clooney in Downton Abbey

22 December 2014 8:17 AM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

What would happen if George Clooney replaced the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) on Downton Abbey? Well, it appears that fans will soon find out. The full footage from Clooney's highly anticipated cameo on the hit British series has been released, and it looks like George isn't the only star in the sketch. The actor will be inserted into the world of Downton Abbey as part of a Text Santa Christmas fundraiser for ITV, the British network that airs the show. The sketch is a spoof on A Christmas Carol, showing what life would be like at Downton if the Earl of Grantham had never been born. Watch the full bit above, and be sure to keep an eye out for Jeremy Piven and Joanna Lumley! »

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Downton Abbey cast in 'talks' for film version

22 December 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Virgin Media - TV | See recent Virgin Media - TV news »

'Downton Abbey' may be made into a movie. The show's cast has revealed there is a ''definite possibility'' that the hit ITV drama will be heading for the big screen. Raquel Cassidy explained: ''There have been talks and there is definitely a possibility of a 'Downton' film. ''There is real hope. It's been mentioned more than once and there's a lot of commercial and artistic interest. Stranger things have happened, so watch this space.'' Meanwhile, Raquel - who plays housemaid Phyllis Baxter in the period drama - has admitted that Maggie Smith, who stars as Countess of Grantham Violet Crawley, can be ''intimidating'' to »

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Watch George Clooney Make the Downton Abbey Ladies Faint

22 December 2014 6:57 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

George Clooney's Downton Abbey sketch has finally aired, and just as he tells Lady Violet, he was as beautiful and charming as ever.

The two-part segment, which was part of British channel ITV's "Text Santa" charity, featured Clooney as Lord George Oceans Gravity, Marquis of Hollywood, who is married to Cora Crawley (Elizabeth McGovern) in an alternate Scrooge-like dream sequence. Naturally, the whole clan is smitten with him, including Lady Violet (Maggie Smith), who faints at the mere touch of his hand.

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- Robyn Ross

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Strictly Come Dancing finishes on top with 10m viewers

22 December 2014 3:46 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

BBC1 celebrity talent show reaches lowest series climax since 2009 with Caroline Flack victory

George Clooney’s Downton Abbey debut attracts 3.4 million

BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing final averaged more than 10 million viewers on Saturday night for Caroline Flack’s victory, putting the seal on another year of ratings dominance over ITV rival The X Factor.

However, Strictly was about 1 million down on last year’s final and the lowest for any climax to the long-running celebrity talent show since 2009.

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- Jason Deans

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