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Joanne Froggatt ("Downton Abbey") reaped a Best Drama Supporting Actress bid in 2012 but was snubbed last year. This year she contends again with her character of dutiful housemaid Anna Bates having been put through the wringer. Indeed, her Emmy episode submission includes a shocking sexual assault. -Break- Joanne Froggatt embraced 'responsibility' of explosive storyline on 'Downton Abbey' (Exclusive Video) Synopsis: In "Episode 4.2," the family and servants are all anticipating a house party that will welcome Australian opera singer Nellie Melba to Downton. Lord Gillingham comes to town to flirt with Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) and he brings along his valet Mr. Greene, who becomes infatuated with Anna. At first, Mr. Greene and Anna exchange pleasantries and play games. But later on during Melba's performance, he violently attacks her in the basement and sexually assaults her. Anna tells Mrs. Hughe...' »
A long time ago in another TV galaxy — we’re talking eight, even 10 years ago — the “guest star” appearance was a pretty well-defined event; the famous Hollywood actor or Broadway actress would turn up on an episode of a hit show, interact briefly with the well-oiled cast, toss off a few bon-mots, and depart, never to be seen again.
That’s all changed. Today, series creators, writers and showrunners carefully craft stories and arcs for “guest” spots, as evidenced by such varied turns as Jane Fonda’s in HBO’s “The Newsroom,” Nathan Lane’s in “Modern Family,” Joe Morton’s in “Scandal,” Diana Rigg’s in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” Beau Bridges in Showtime’s “Master of Sex,” Bob Newhart’s in CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory,” and Paul Giamatti’s in PBS’ “Downton Abbey,” all Emmy nominees.
For Lane, who just earned his third nomination on ABC »
- Iain Blair
After two consecutive triumphs at the Emmys (2011, 2012), Maggie Smith was bested by Anna Gunn ("Breaking Bad") last year as Best Drama Supporting Actress. This time around, Smith submitted the two-hour "Downton Abbey" season finale and could win a third trophy for playing fan-favorite Violet, the Dowager Countess of Grantham. -Break- Exclusive: Emmy episode entries for 'Downton Abbey,' 'Modern Family,' Melissa McCarthy Synopsis: In the season finale "The London Season," the characters all travel to London to attend Rose's royal coronation ceremony. Cora's American mother (Shirley MacLaine) and brother (Paul Giamatti) travel across the ocean to join in the celebration, and Violet and Martha immediately start up their catty feud again. Some of the servants are curious as to Lady Edith's (Laura Carmichael) tiredness, but Violet knows the truth, that she briefly moved away to give birth to her...' »
Downton Abbey's Lady Mary Crawley and Tom Branson won't have a romance, insists Michelle Dockery. Fans have speculated the grieving pair - who both lost their respective partners in the third series - may find comfort in each other, but the 32-year-old actress is adamant her alter-ego won't fall for her brother-in-law. Mary's husband Matthew Crawley perished in a fatal car crash in the Christmas 2012 special, while her sister Lady Sybil - Tom's wife - died during childbirth earlier in the same series. Michelle told The Sun newspaper: ''Mary and Tom's friendship has really grown. They are both looking for love - »
Let's take a break from festivals and comic book news for a (brief) moment and pivot toward some casting that's going on. Uma Thurman is the latest to join the massive ensemble—Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Emma Thompson, Daniel Brühl, Riccardo Scamarcio, Lily James, Jamie Dornan and Alicia Vikander—in the John Wells directed "Adam Jones." The cooking world movie started production today, and tells the story of the title chef who had it all—and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene. Former "Downton Abbey" dude Dan Stevens continues to put the period drama behind. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Recently, ITV served up this new, first teaser promo clip (below) for the upcoming "Downton Abbey" season 5. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer up any new scenes. It just features some well arranged cutlery, along with Carson's voice in the background, talking about a shaking in the ground. "The nature of life is not permanent, but always in flux. Things are changing." Check it out,below. As previously reported, season 5 is due to make it's USA premiere on Sunday night, January 4th ,2015 on PBS. It's going to debut in the UK about a month or two earlier. Possibly 3 months earlier if things go down like they did last season. No official UK premiere date has been announced yet. »
Honeymoon has released its first trailer.
The film centres around a couple who arrive at a secluded cabin for their honeymoon.
After the young wife has a strange experience in the woods at night, her new husband begins to notice sinister changes in her.
Leigh Janiak made her directorial feature debut on the movie.
Leslie is also known for her role in Downton Abbey.
Honeymoon will be screening at London's FrightFest in August and will arrive in the Us on September 12. »
Honeymoons are meant to be a dreamy, sex-filled celebration of newly minted nuptials. But for the newlyweds at the center of the upcoming horror-thriller Honeymoon, their getaway quickly turns into a nightmare as something evil begins to change them. As you can see from Magnet's trailer above, Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie star as the plagued pair, while the movie itself seems to offer serious chills and scares. Scottish ingénue Rose Leslie broke through on British television in 2010 with a recurring role on the critically celebrated mini-series Downton Abbey, playing a maid with secretarial ambitions. But to Game of Thrones fans, Leslie will always be Ygritte. With Ygritte's arc regrettably ended, Leslie is looking to movies for her career's next step. And it seems she's made a solid choice with this thriller that.s been gaining buzz--some of its featured in pull quotes above--from the festival circuit. Honeymoon made »
We're sorry we had to use one of the world's most disgusting verbs to describe this Stella McCartney style, but we blame Joanne Froggatt. The British beauty went from being our favorite Downton Abbey character (sorry, Mrs. Patmore, but you're obviously a close second) to our most disappointingly dressed star to date! Who in their right mind wears a frock with a giant squiggle of tartar control paste strewn across the chest? Take that stream of cream away and this look still doesn't have much to offer. The black-and-white pattern is a little dizzying and the boring tank shape could be far more interesting. Sexy sandals do a tiny bit to save the look, but some color or bling would do even »
When we weren't captivated by the tennis matches at this summer's Wimbledon tournament, we were busy trying to catch all the celebrities in attendance. And out of all the familiar faces we spotted, one famous pair caught our attention a little more than the rest. We found ourselves asking: Why were Michelle Dockery and Pippa Middleton sitting by each other? Turns out, the Downton Abbey star has enjoyed a long friendship with Kate Middleton's famous sister. "She actually came on-set with her brother, James, a few years ago," Dockery told E! News at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. "They are good fans of the show. I met her then and bumped into »
Recently, TV line revealed some new Downton Abbey season 5 spoiler intel in their latest spoiler chat session, via executive producer, Gareth Neame. It turns out that more possible deaths could go down as the storyline moves forward. In their spoiler chat session when asked about that, they explained: "No one’s safe,” executive producer Gareth Neame tells TVLine — rather bluntly — about the PBS drama’s fifth season, which premieres Stateside on Jan. 4. “We’ve lost so many key characters already. Although the show’s only been on for four years, we’ve actually covered 10 to 12 years, so it’s reasonable that within any family, there’d be deaths in that timeframe.” (In other words, have your funeral attire ready, just in case.)" The season 5 United States premiere is set for January 9th, 2015 on PBS. »
According to a recent report from Deadline, PBS finally revealed the new USA premiere date for the upcoming "Downton Abbey" season 5. With no further ado, it's scheduled to premiere on Sunday night, January 4th, 2015, so be sure to jot that date down on your TV calendars. Paula Kerger, who is the PBS chief, delivered the big announcement yesterday morning, July 22nd, and talked about how great the show did, saying: “We’re extremely proud of this growth and continue to focus on Sunday night drama.” The statement was given at the recent TV critics at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2014. »
The following clip is Nsfw, assuming you’re a repressed 19th-century manservant.
If you’re not: Here’s a first look at Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie, a period piece based on the 1888 Strindberg play of the same name. Jessica Chastain plays the titular character, the feisty daughter of a count; Colin Farrell plays Jean, the valet who’s loved Julie since she was a girl. (“Loved,” here, means he’s had “nasty thoughts” about her since childhood.) Naturally, things get complicated when the two become entangled—more along the lines of Quills than Downton Abbey, if this slow-burning international trailer is any indication. »
- Hillary Busis
The channel, which launched six weeks ago, shows reruns of crime series but is there is any intrigue left in Broadchurch when you already know who the killer is?
The fact that crime novels almost never win major literary prizes is often attributed to cultural snobbery, and that can be a factor. But, as a devotee of detective fiction who has been a judge for many book awards, I have noticed another problem. In the stage of deliberations at which panelists re-read the shortlist, mystery stories are inevitably disadvantaged because a large part of the narrative power the manipulation of suspense and concealment of identities has become redundant.
For this reason, the concept of a TV re-run channel for whodunnits seems peculiar. But, six weeks ago, ITV launched Encore, a service available to Sky subscribers (channel 123), which began with a repeat showing of Broadchurch. The channel isnt limited to detective series on Wednesday nights, »
- Mark Lawson
Downton Abbey had a disappointing fourth season. While its 12 Emmy nominations—including one for Outstanding Drama Series and one for Michelle Dockery for Outstanding Lead Actress—suggest otherwise, many complained of lackluster storylines that fell flat compared to previous seasons.
Looking ahead to the show’s fifth season, however, Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates), Allen Leech (Tom Branson), Gareth Neame (executive producer, Downton Abbey), and Rebecca Eaton (executive producer, Masterpiece) spoke at the Television Critics Association, addressing season-four criticism and what fans can look forward to in season five.
Neame spoke to the »
- C. Molly Smith
Rejoice, Downton Abbey fans! Even though the Us premiere of the PBS drama's fifth season is still almost six months away—Sunday, January 4—some of the cast gathered on Tuesday night for the last night of the TCA Summer Press Tour to give preview the new season and reveal a few tidbits about their feelings regarding season four. Stars Laura Carmichael, Allen Leech, Michelle Dockery, and Joanne Froggatt took the stage along with executive producer Gareth Neame to answer questions about everything from guest stars to Mr. Bates' status as a murderer, and we've compiled the Top 5 things we learned about the upcoming season to help satisfy your Downton craving. 1. Season five will »
Last year, Downton Abbey went through a transitional season dealing with major loss but also laying the groundwork for what could be a very intriguing fifth season.
Before the series returns stateside on Sunday, Jan. 4 on PBS' Masterpiece, the cast -- Michelle Dockery, Laura Carmichael, Joanne Froggatt, Allen Leech along with executive producer Gareth Neame -- attended the Television Critics Association fall previews on Tuesday to present select clips from the upcoming season. Here's what we can expect:
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- Hanh Nguyen
Downton Abbey Spoilers
Downton Abbey’s executive producer Gareth Neame had a lot to say about the show's upcoming season, which will premiere in the UK this fall. Neame promises that season 5 will have a little bit of everything that fans have come to love and expect from the period drama – in addition to some surprises to keep fans on their toes.
“In the new season, we have the high-stakes drama, the laugh-out-loud comedy and the romance,” Neame told TVLine. “We have all of the characters doing the things people love to see them doing, but we have a few really nice twists and turns as well.”
One of the shocks from last season – Anna’s rape – will continue to be fleshed »
The fifth season of "Downton Abbey" won't premiere on PBS until January 4, 2015. That's a long way away and, by that time, many of you will have already watched the full season through illegal means (or legal if you happen to live in England). On Tuesday (July 22) evening, the Television Critics Association is going to get at least a taste of Season 5. Since the show is still in production, creator Julian Fellowes is absent, sending Gareth Neame in his stead. Similarly, much of the cast is shooting Across the Pond, but we've got Laura "Lady Edith" Carmichael, Michelle "Non-Stop" Dockery, Joanne "Anna" Froggatt and Allen "Branson" Leech. Click through and follow along with my live-blog. Don't expect too many spoilers. 7:15 p.m. We're' being strung along by an assortment of other "Masterpiece" productions, none of which is "Downton Abbey." 7:22 p.m. "I feel a-shaking of the ground I stand on, »
- Daniel Fienberg
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