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They’re not as famous as the Beatles, but the stars of the hit TV series “Downton Abbey” have launched their own British invasion. And it is likely to intensify with last week’s news that next season will be the show’s last. Two “Downton Abbey” alums have already landed high-profile roles in Disney films — Lily James in the recent hit “Cinderella” and Dan Stevens in the upcoming “Beauty and the Beast.” Several others appear close to hitting it big stateside as well. But the path to Hollywood’s glitz and riches hasn’t happened overnight for any of them. »
- Todd Cunningham
London — “Downton Abbey” producer Carnival Films has joined forces with comic-book writer Stan Lee on his first TV drama for the U.K., super-hero crime thriller “Lucky Man,” which has been commissioned by U.K. pay TV operator Sky.
The 10-episode one-hour series is based on an original idea by Lee and is being made in collaboration with Lee’s company Pow! Entertainment. It will debut on Sky 1 in 2016.
It is the story of detective Harry Clayton (Nesbitt), a cop from Central London’s notorious Murder Squad, who is given a charm that seems to confer upon the wearer the ability to control luck.
Harry is down on his luck: his wife (Best) and child have left him due to his gambling habit, his boss thinks »
- Leo Barraclough
Sky1 is partnering with comic book legend Stan Lee for a new television series.
Lucky Man will star James Nesbitt as Harry Clayton, a London detective possessing a special charm that imbues him with fantastic luck, according to The Guardian.
Lee said: "Luck has always been a fascinating subject to me, and I am excited to finally share that fascination with audiences around the world. With all the creative projects I have worked on, I sure am a lucky man myself."
Lucky Man will be made by Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films, in partnership with Lee's Pow! Entertainment. »
Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films is pairing with comic book icon Stan Lee on UK drama series Lucky Man. The 10-part hourlong project commissioned by Sky1 is Lee’s first foray into British drama and will star The Missing‘s James Nesbitt. He’ll play Harry Clayton, a cop from Central London's notorious Murder Squad, who’s given a charm that seems to confer upon the wearer the ability to control luck. Also starring are Eve Best (Nurse Jackie, The Honourable Woman)… »
Lucky Man, a 10-part series for Sky1, will be made by the production company behind ITV’s Downton Abbey.
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- John Plunkett
“Downton Abbey” creator Julian Fellowes will be feted with the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ 2015 International Emmy Founders Award, the academy announced Monday. Fellowes will be honored on November 23 at the 43rd International Emmy Awards Gala in New York.
“People everywhere know, follow and are passionate about ‘Downton Abbey,’ and the Academy is thrilled to honor its writer and creator Julian Fellowes,” said Academy president and CEO Bruce L. Paisner in a statement. “Julian has brought a career’s worth of experience and ideas to this landmark television series, and we look forwarding to welcoming him and members of the ‘Downton Abbey’ cast at our Gala.”
“Downton Abbey” chronicles the lives of the upper-class Crawley family and its servants in Edwardian England. It was recently announced that the series’ upcoming sixth season will be its last.
Fellowes expressed his gratitude for the award in a statement. “This is an extraordinary honor, »
- Marianne Zumberge
Days after word arrived that next season will be Downton Abbey’s last, the series’ creator-writer is getting his due from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Julian Fellowes has been tapped to receive the 2015 International Emmy Founders Award, which will be presented at the annual trophy show in New York. "This is an extraordinary honour, both for me and for the Downton team, and I can only say that I feel simultaneously unworthy and very, very… »
McDonald starred in television’s Private Practice but is best known for her roles in musicals Porgy and Bess, Lady Day in Emerson’s Bar and Grill, A Raisin in the Sun, Ragtime and Carousel (all of which won her Tonys). She joins a cast that includes The Perks of Being a Wallflower actress Emma Watson as the lovely Belle, Downton Abbey alum Dan Stevens as the Beast, Dracula Untold‘s Luke Evans as self-centered villain Gaston and The Comedians‘ Josh Gad as Le Fou, Gaston’s sidekick.
McDonald’s casting indicates that, as previously rumored, this Beauty and the Beast, to be directed by Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate, Dreamgirls), will include song-and-dance numbers. As Garderobe, a lady-in-waiting transformed into »
- Isaac Feldberg
Scott Disick clarifies his rehab stay: “I was going for a week for one treatment that they have there. I’m not done. I plan to go back to this place.” [People] Meet Trevor Noah, the new, 31-year-old host of The Daily Show. [E!]
Liam Hemsworth brings us straight to the ’90s with the new haircut he had at the Kids’ Choice Awards. [BuzzFeed]
The debut of my latest @nyandcompany collection has me throwing back to my first red carpet. I did my own hair and make up and that's a $6 dress from Goodwill. I've always loved a cheap find. Viva thrift shops! #tbt
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- Taylor Ferber
Since it began, ITV's (and a few months later, PBS's) Mr. Selfridge has been like Downton Abbey's spunky, half-American cousin. It's not quite as gorgeously costumed or as sweepingly scored, but it's fun and it's plucky. The show's myriad, swirling subplots keep the hours jam-packed, yet plots don't get burned through particularly quickly. Time jumps (like the one that starts Season 3) are purposeful, and serve the story -- one which picks up this year stronger than any other. Selfridge's third season starts in 1919, skipping over World War I, but not forgetting it. Unlike Downton Abbey (it's impossible not to compare the two, especially since they are treading along the same timeline), Mr. Selfridge doesn't want to forget about the war as a pesky thing that dampened country life for a few years. The ghosts of Verdun and the Somme haunt Selfridge's London streets, both in the form of unemployed and maimed soldiers, »
- Allison Keene
The Atx Television Festival has announced the currently running shows that will be attending the event in Austin, Texas from June 4th to the 7th. The main highlight of the new entries is the presence of the FX series Justified. The appearance of the creators and castmembers at the Atx Festival will mark their first public interaction since the series finale airs in a few weeks, and will also give the show’s crew one more chance to go around the victory lap. Attendees have not been announced yet, but it has been confirmed that creator Graham Yost will be present.
Yost will also be on hand to discuss the show Boomtown, which he also created, and which will be part of a panel titled “Cancelled Too Soon”. Yost will be joined by numerous individuals involved in the show, including producer Jon Avnet and castmembers Neal McDonough, Mykelti Williamson, and Jason Gedrick. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Since the royal family announced Kate Middleton's second pregnancy in September, the Duchess of Cambridge and her baby bump have made more than a few stunning appearances. She and Prince William have not only stepped out for charitable events and star-studded galas, but they also headed overseas for a headline-grabbing trip to NYC. Who could forget when she captured the attention of Harry Styles or when the British royals met music royalty - Beyoncé and Jay Z?! Most recently, Kate made her last pregnant appearance before the baby's arrival with Prince William in London, just a couple weeks after she visited the Downton Abbey set to meet with the cast and crew. As the royal family prepares to welcome royal baby number two, take a look at all of Kate's official appearances from throughout her second pregnancy, then look at her memorable maternity moments from when she was pregnant with Prince George! »
After yesterday’s brilliant news of Big Finish extending their Doctor Who audio licence until 2020, today they have released even more fantastic news about Doctor Who: Doom Coalition, which is expected to go on sale in November 2015
Doom Coalition is an epic saga that will span four box sets (a total of sixteen episodes) forming one breathtaking inter-connecting saga that will push the Doctor’s bravery and resourcefulness to its limits. Starring Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor and his companion Liv Chenka (Nicola Walker) they will both head into a brand new era of Doctor Who, as the Tardis is recalled to Gallifrey by the Time Lords. And they will be battling a new foe known only as The Eleven.
Directed by Kenneth Branagh.
When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her daughters. Never one to give up hope, Ella’s fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger.
Re-boot, Re-imagining, Re-telling, Re-make, Re-hash, regurgitation… There are a lot of “Re’s” in Hollywood lately, some of them work… (Dredd, Evil Dead, True Grit) and some of them don’t… (Spider-Man, Total Recall, any recent Tim Burton films). Unfortunately the latest uh… re-telling, I guess… Cinderella falls into the latter, but its not all bad…
We all know the story so I’m not going to bore you with the glass slipper routine, it’s just a shame that the makers of this »
- Martin Burgoyne
Maggie Smith's Lady Violet has some of the best one-liners on Downton Abbey, not just because she's wise, but because the woman is straight-up sassy. Now that the series is officially ending after its sixth season, we're becoming contemplative of all the times Countess of Grantham says what's on her mind - regardless of who's within earshot. Take a look at some of her greatest moments, in GIFs! »
The Veep actress is in talks for a new version of the Swedish film - Vulture Kendrick Lamar's album made a mark on history - HuffPost Entertainment This Marvel character will not be appearing in the new Avengers movie - Hitfix That time Sarah Jessica Parker forgot Sex and the City existed - Moviefone The 6 most unintentionally creepy sitcom characters - Cracked If you love Downton Abbey, you need to watch Call the Midwife - BuddyTV 25 valuable lessons you learn while watching Tvd - The Vampire Diaries Watch the trailer for Blunt Talk, starring Patrick Stewart - Splitsider Inside Vin Diesel's emotional interview about Paul Walker - Popsugar Celebrity & News »
All good TV shows eventually end. Sometimes too soon (HBO’s Rome, FX’s Legit) and sometimes they stick around longer than they should.PBS’s “Downton Abbey” was one of those boomerang series that caught up multi-generations, cultures and ethnicities with its central themes of class, gender, and familial politics. The acting elevated this “Upstairs Downstairs” like drama into one where each character had a faceted and complex back-story, as we rooted for our favorites. Now the Downton phenomenon is ending. Few shows have achieved their status of quality and addictiveness for such a large audience. Yesterday showrunner Gareth Neame spoke to reporters […] »
- April Neale
Hugh Bonneville believes bringing 'Downton Abbey' to an end will be an ''extraordinary experience''. The 51-year-old actor, who plays Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in the ITV period drama, is currently filming for the sixth and final series and admits he's excited to see his character's story come to an end. He shared: ''It's still so loved around the world and, really, when it came towards the conclusion of our last contract [writer] Julian [Fellowes] personally said I want to write one more, there's one more push I want to do in terms of bringing all the characters in to land properly »
The actor told Good Morning Britain that saying farewell to the ITV period drama will be "extraordinary".
Downton Abbey: Why it had to end after its 6th series
Downton Abbey to end with series 6: Is the timing right?
Bonneville - who plays Lord Grantham in the series - admitted to knowing about the decision to end the show for some time, but said that he has yet to see the scripts for the final three episodes.
He said: "Bearing in mind that we were amazed that it went beyond series one - those who follow the show might remember at the end of series one there was a slightly odd feeling because some of it was wrapped up in case the show never returned and some of it was left open in »
A classic fairy tale is brought back to life this month with the release of Disney's new live-action Cinderella movie. Downton Abbey's Lily James is the latest star to become a Disney Princess, donning the glass slippers to take on the title role for director Kenneth Branagh.
Though Cinderella is very much a princess in the traditional mould, the ever-expanding Disney tendrils mean that new female characters are being inducted into the studio's roster all the time. The House of Mouse now owns Star Wars, Marvel and Pixar, and when you add the studio's Touchstone Pictures arm into the mix there's a wealth of memorable movies out there.
Everyone knows about Cinderella, Snow White, Aurora and the rest, but Digital Spy wants to highlight those who are part of the extended Disney Princess family. Read on to see our alternative choices below...
1. Princess Leia (Star Wars)
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