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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
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 Tusk; Tracks, 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
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. »
• 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
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
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
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
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, »
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, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
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
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 »
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
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
This piece was originally published on November 12, 2013. Hey Girl, watcha doing? Are you staging elaborate games of True American with Vulture's New Girl paper dolls? Now you are, courtesy of illustrator Kyle Hilton, who created a new series of paper dolls for your enjoyment. Each comes with its own accessories, from a woman’s trench coat for Nick, to a douchebag jar for Schmidt, to a fruity drink for Winston, to a bunny-eared phone for Jess. Print them out and stage a rousing match of True American! Whatever you do, feel free to record the results and tweet them at us here at Vulture, as some of you did with our Downton Abbey and two Girls sets. For all you Winstons, think of this like a puzzle but way easier. (You can see more of Hilton's work over at his website.)Print out Jess here. Print out Nick here. Print »
- Kyle Hilton
Director: Scott Frank
Running Time: 113 Minutes
Synopsis: Private investigator Matthew Scudder is hired by a drug kingpin to find out who kidnapped and murdered his wife
If waiting until January 2015 for the next instalment of Liam Neeson putting the world to rights in Taken 3 seems like a wait you just can’t handle, A Walk Among The Tombstones could just be the intermediary tonic you need.
This is director Scott Frank’s second foray as the main man behind the camera following 2007’s The Lookout, his main experience lies in screenwriting. Interestingly, Frank also wrote the screenplay for A Walk Among The Tombstones, which is one possible explanation for the timer being allowed to hit the 113 minute mark when a 90 minute non-stop action thriller may have suited the storyline better.
Matt Scudder (Neeson) is an unlicensed private detective who, »
- Victoria Bull
Dan Stevens has proven that he’s more than capable of handling dramatic roles, with titles like Macbeth and Downton Abbey under his belt, but perhaps his most striking performance to date is also his most unlikely in The Guest.
In this love letter to 1980s thrillers, Stevens proves just how versatile he can be as David, the Southern gentleman who harbors a dark secret.
In the film, the grief-stricken Peterson family is in the midst of dealing with the loss of their son when a man named David shows up at their door, claiming to have known Caleb when they served together in the military, shortly before his untimely demise.
- Ryan Turek
'Downton Abbey' star Rob James-Collier fears his character will be axed. The 37-year-old actor plays twisted Thomas Barrow in the ITV period drama and although he loves the role, he's confessed he's constantly worried about him being axed because of his bad behaviour. He said: ''I check for death first in every script - the first thing I want to know is, 'Am I alive at the end?''' Series five of the hit drama is to kick off this weekend and will see blackmailing under-butler Thomas increase the pressure on new lady's maid Phyllis Baxter (Raquel Cassidy). Following on from the 2013 »
It starts well. Liam Neeson, with facial hair, is knocking back his customary two shots and a coffee. It's morning, he's a New York cop, it's 1991, and he's sat in a bar where the light bleaches the windows. Suddenly, he's chasing down bad guys. Things happen. It's all framed really well, the film grabs your attention, and then? Afraid so. It spends the next two hours very gently letting it go.
Post-credits, the action moves forward to 1999, which director Scott Frank signifies time and time again with reference to the Y2K millennium bug. He notes it so many times you end up convinced it must be a brilliant plot device. It isn't. It's a bludgeoning reminder of the year the film is set in, that underpins the many »
The ITV drama's Christmas special saw Carson (Carter) and Mrs Hughes (Logan) enjoying a paddle in the sea together while holding hands, showing the first signs of romance between the pair after four series of near-misses.
When asked if viewers could expect more romantic scenes, Carter told Digital Spy and others: "[Writer] Julian Fellowes is a big tease.
"You're all hoping that having a paddle together is going to lead to more things. It proceeds at a stately pace, we can say no more. It doesn't gallop ahead, but it's always lurking in the background."
Speaking about what he'd like to see more of in the next series, Carter said: "I'd like to see more of the day-to-day life. What do they do with a day off? »
The acclaimed curmudgeon comedy about a middling author's (Jason Schwartzman) self-destructive ego has toured the festival circuit from Sundance to London, and will hit Nyff this Fall. It costars indie dreamboats Elisabeth Moss (as his former paramour), Krysten Ritter, Jess Wexler, Kate Lyn Sheil, Dree Hemingway and Jonathan Pryce as Schwartzman's Roth-esque literary idol. "Philip" is Perry's followup to his 2011 darkly comic road movie "The Color Wheel." He will reunite with Moss -- and team up with "Downton Abbey"'s Michelle Dockery -- on his next film, the psychological thriller "Queen of Earth." We interviewed Elisabeth Moss about "Listen Up Philip" at Sundance. Read it here. The film hits theaters via Tribeca Film on October 17, and iTunes on October 21. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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