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Michelle Dockery Leads Netflix’s Female Western 'Godless' With Steely Confidence (Exclusive)

Michelle Dockery Leads Netflix’s Female Western 'Godless' With Steely Confidence (Exclusive)
Michelle Dockery is proving to be quite the chameleon on television.

After earning cred on the British stage in plays like Pygmalion and Burnt by the Sun, Dockery became a breakout star of the ensemble upstairs-downstairs drama, Downton Abbey, for her portrayal of Lady Mary Crawley. She embodied the snobbish yet endearing persona of an aristocratic daughter who eventually learns that her privileged life must change with the evolving times. By the end of the show's six-season run, Mary had become one of the show’s most likeable characters, having navigated unexpected hardships along the way.

In the years since the beloved series ended, the actress has been shedding the pomp and circumstance and corsets of Mary’s world for that of Good Behavior. The TNT drama, which is in the middle of its second season, has seen Dockery explore a life of addiction, troubled motherhood and cons as Letty Raines. It’s an impressive
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Wednesday’s best TV – Peaky Blinders, Detectorists, Raped: My Story

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Tommy prepares to wage war on his enemies, and Andy and Becky’s house purchase is stunted. Plus: 10 survivors share their experiences

The mighty M-Bez brings her grace and tastebuds to some of the nation’s loveliest stately homes in this new series. Her first stop is Highclere Castle in Hampshire, the real Downton Abbey. As well as checking out both the upstairs and downstairs, Berry takes a trip to the kitchen and whips up a dinner including cannon of lamb and gooseberry fool with honey biscuits and raspberry tartlets. A gentle watch with delicious-looking food. Hannah Verdier

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18 Gifts For a Perfectly Royal Holiday

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18 Gifts For a Perfectly Royal Holiday
Looking for the perfect gift for someone who is obsessed with the British royal family? Well, we've got you covered. We've rounded up the most elegant, funny, and adorable gifts that are sure to put a smile on any royal fan's face - ranging from cheap stocking stuffers to palace-worthy china. Keep reading for our top picks, and if you want something that has more Duchess of Cambridge flair, be sure to check out our best gift ideas for Kate Middleton fans. RelatedThe Downton Abbey Gift Guide That Will Help You Cope With It Being Off the Air
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Et Obsessions: ‘Godless,’ Disney’s ‘Coco’ and More This Holiday Weekend!

Et Obsessions: ‘Godless,’ Disney’s ‘Coco’ and More This Holiday Weekend!
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and this is what we’re most excited about the week of Thanksgiving:

Why We’re Obsessed With ‘Godless

From Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank (Logan screenwriter) comes a western saga that is both familiar and fresh in its telling of ruthless outlaws terrorizing a town populated only by women when a bandit turns to them for cover. “This story is an authentic western in many ways, but it's a story that hasn't been told. It flips the western genre on its head by having the narrative, at the heart of it, [told through] this town of women,” says Michelle Dockery, who, in the midst of a great post-Downton Abbey run as Letty on TNT’s Good Behavior, plays Alice, one of the town’s widows who takes in Roy (Jack O’Connell). “It's something that people won't have seen before.” Newcomer Audrey Moore, who plays
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Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and Talk of a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)

Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and Talk of a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)
Dan Stevens loves Christmas. Not in the way that everybody who Christmases loves Christmas, no, he is a Christmas tree up, hang the lights after Halloween kind of Christmas guy. "We enjoy it very much in our house. I have three kids now, so that's three times the fun," he says of daughters Willow, 7, and Eden, 1, and son Aubrey, 5, with his wife, jazz singer Susie Hariet. "It's a lot of board games, classic movies. We always screen The Muppet Christmas Carol every Christmas Eve. For us, it's a special time of year."

Their Christmas Eve screening may soon become a double feature, as the actor's new movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, out Nov. 22, makes a fitting follow-up to Kermit the Frog's starring role as Bob Cratchit, with The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens. In it, Stevens plays Dickens as he sets out to write a Christmas book on a six-week deadline and dreams up his unexpectedly
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Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)

Dan Stevens on 'The Man Who Invented Christmas' and a 'Beauty and the Beast' Sequel (Exclusive)
Dan Stevens loves Christmas. Not in the way that everybody who Christmases loves Christmas, no, he is a Christmas tree up, hang the lights after Halloween kind of Christmas guy. "We enjoy it very much in our house. I have three kids now, so that's three times the fun," he says of daughters Willow, 7, and Eden, 1, and son Aubrey, 5, with his wife, jazz singer Susie Hariet. "It's a lot of board games, classic movies. We always screen The Muppet Christmas Carol every Christmas Eve. For us, it's a special time of year."

Their Christmas Eve screening may soon become a double feature, as the actor's new movie, The Man Who Invented Christmas, out Nov. 22, makes a fitting follow-up to Kermit the Frog's starring role as Bob Cratchit, with The Great Gonzo as Charles Dickens. In it, Stevens plays Dickens as he sets out to write a Christmas book on a six-week deadline and dreams up his unexpectedly
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My So-Called Life Star A.J. Langer Is Now a Countess Who Lives in a Castle!

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My So-Called Life Star A.J. Langer Is Now a Countess Who Lives in a Castle!
A.J. Langer became a fan favorite as rebellious best friend Rayanne to angsty teen Angela (Claire Danes) on the ’90s cult hit My So-Called Life.

Today, she’s living a world away from her Hollywood roots. In 2005 she married Charles Courtenay, who is the 19th Earl of Devon, and the couple are raising their children Joscelyn, 10, and Jack, 8, in his ancestral home of Powderham Castle in the English countryside.

“Countess is a work title,” Langer, 43, tells People in this week’s issue of her aristocratic title. “We’re still A.J. and Charlie.”

Having lived most of her life in Los Angeles,
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The Man Who Invented Christmas movie review: but would Charles Dickens approve?

MaryAnn’s quick take… There’s charm and wit in its fanciful depiction of the creative process, but the film downplays the social activism that Dickens fully embraced in his work. I’m “biast” (pro): love Dickens and A Christmas Carol

I’m “biast” (con): haven’t been the biggest fan of Dan Stevens

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Did Charles Dickens really invent our modern observance of Christmas? Well… he certainly contributed to it, with his beloved 1843 novella A Christmas Carol bringing to it a spirit of family celebration and togetherness and moving the holiday away from its religious grounding to a more secular one focused on ecumenical kindness and generosity. But we also have Prince Albert to thank, for importing his German Yuletide customs — such as evergreens and Christmas trees — to England when he married
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Inside New York's 'Downton Abbey' Exhibit

Downton Abbey may have ended its six-season run in 2015, but the legacy of the show is still going strong nearly two years later.

New York's Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which opened for a limited engagement on Saturday, gives fans the opportunity for a fully immersive experience set inside the world of the historical period drama. The space features iconic sets from the series, as well as props and costumes that appeared throughout the show’s run.

In celebration of the exhibition, castmembers Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol and Allen Leech; executive producer Gareth Neame; and Kevin MacLellan, NBCUniversal's...
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‘Downton Abbey’ Exhibit Makes Its Way Stateside + More NYC Events 11/17–11/23

New York is the city that never sleeps, and with so many events and activities each week across all five boroughs, it can be hard to know what’s actually worthwhile. Here are the events New York City actors should have on their radars this week. “Downton” exhibit arrives stateside.Do you still mourn the loss of “Downton Abbey”? If so, you will certainly not want to miss “Downtown Abbey: The Exhibition,” beginning Nov. 18 at 218 West 57th St. A direct transfer from across the pond, this will be the exhibit’s North American debut, and will include everything fans loved about the PBS drama, specifically, the couture and culture. (Tickets: $30) Carnegie Hall pays tribute to female composers.Two of Broadway’s current mainstays, Betsy Wolfe of “Waitress” and Adam Kantor of “The Band’s Visit,” will take a night off from their respective shows to sing to a different house.
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Five Things You Didn’t Know About BBC’s “Howards End”

While many international productions do not achieve great popularity in the Us, the British television industry has had several shows break through. Shows like Downton Abbey, for example, have become smash hits all over the world. The BBC recently premiered a miniseries that appears poised to have an incredible impact in many areas. With the first episode debuting earlier this week, Howards End has already made waves. This four-part series may be a period piece, but it speaks to modern issues as well. Fans can look forward to thoughtful and entertaining discussions about issues like class and race in the

Five Things You Didn’t Know About BBC’s “Howards End
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Netflix’s ‘Godless’ Is The Best Western Of 2017 [Bingeworthy™ Breakdown]

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After “The Punisher,” and “Stranger Things” “Alias Grace,” and “Mindhunter,” Netflix is on a serious roll of quality programming and therefore the Bingeworthy™ Breakdown is back and busier than ever.

This week, we’re looking at Scott Frank’s western “Godless.” Scott Frank is known for writing “Minority Report,” “Logan,” ‘Get Shorty” and for directing “The Lookout” and “A Walk Among The Tombstones.” The self-contained, seven episode mini-series stars Jeff Daniels, Jack O’Connell (“Starred Up”), Michelle Dockery (“Downton Abbey”) and Scoot McNairy (“Halt And Catch Fire”).

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Stana Katic's Absentia Thriller Finally Finds U.S. Home on Amazon

Stana Katic's Absentia Thriller Finally Finds U.S. Home on Amazon
Stana Katic’s Castle follow-up has finally found a U.S. home.

Amazon has acquired the rights to Absentia, the streamer announced on Wednesday. The 10-episode thriller is slated to premiere sometime in 2018, with all 10 episodes being released at once.

In addition, Amazon will also stream the series for Australia, Austria, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Turkey and the U.K.

Absentia has been available to more than 15 other countries, Spain and Russia included, since as long ago as Sept. 25.

Created by Gaia Violo and Matt Cirulnick, Absentia centers on Emily Byrne (played by Katic), an FBI agent who,
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Michelle Dockery’s ‘Uncomfortable’ Harvey Weinstein Encounter: ‘I’d Heard the Rumors’

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Michelle Dockery’s ‘Uncomfortable’ Harvey Weinstein Encounter: ‘I’d Heard the Rumors’
Michelle Dockery has a Harvey Weinstein story of her own, one that the “Downton Abbey” star says took place midway through her tenure on the celebrated BBC drama. Though the former Lady Mary clarifies in a Guardian interview that “it was a very brief meeting” during which “nothing much happened,” she still remembers “feeling un-com-fort-able.”

Read More:Rebel Wilson Accuses a ‘Male Star’ of Sexual Harassment: He ‘Asked Me Repeatedly to Stick My Finger Up His A—s’

Dockery says that, since the first few stories about Weinstein broke, sexual harassment has been “the only conversation in town. Oh yeah, everyone’s talking about it. And I have huge admiration for those women who have come forward.” Asked whether she was surprised by any of the allegations, her response is unequivocal: “No. I’d heard the rumours.”

Read More:‘Supergirl’ Producer Andrew Kreisberg Suspended as Warner Bros. Investigates Sexual Harassment
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Michelle Dockery’s ‘Uncomfortable’ Harvey Weinstein Encounter: ‘I’d Heard the Rumors’

Michelle Dockery’s ‘Uncomfortable’ Harvey Weinstein Encounter: ‘I’d Heard the Rumors’
Michelle Dockery has a Harvey Weinstein story of her own, one that the “Downton Abbey” star says took place midway through her tenure on the celebrated BBC drama. Though the former Lady Mary clarifies in a Guardian interview that “it was a very brief meeting” during which “nothing much happened,” she still remembers “feeling un-com-fort-able.”

Read More:Rebel Wilson Accuses a ‘Male Star’ of Sexual Harassment: He ‘Asked Me Repeatedly to Stick My Finger Up His A—s’

Dockery says that, since the first few stories about Weinstein broke, sexual harassment has been “the only conversation in town. Oh yeah, everyone’s talking about it. And I have huge admiration for those women who have come forward.” Asked whether she was surprised by any of the allegations, her response is unequivocal: “No. I’d heard the rumours.”

Read More:‘Supergirl’ Producer Andrew Kreisberg Suspended as Warner Bros. Investigates Sexual Harassment
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Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery Reveals That She Considers Herself a Widow After the Sudden 2015 Death of Her Fiancé

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Downton Abbey's Michelle Dockery Reveals That She Considers Herself a Widow After the Sudden 2015 Death of Her Fiancé
Former Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery revealed in a new interview that she considers herself a widow after the shocking death of her fiancé John Dineen.

“I refer to myself as a widow, yes,” Dockery said in a new interview with The Guardian. “We were engaged, and married at heart, and so I do consider myself a widow.

“That’s the first time I’ve said that, and it’s a bit of a relief to say so,” the British actress added, saying it helped her connect with her Good Behavior character Alice.

Dineen, who worked as a commercial public relations executive,
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Michelle Dockery: 'I consider myself a widow'

After five years in Downton Abbey, Michelle Dockery is back – playing a gun-toting rancher and a ruthless TV exec. She talks typecasting, the Weinstein effect and the sudden death of her fiance

If Michelle Dockery’s latest role had been written in the last 12 months, the part might look like a lazily drawn cliche. She is about to appear at the National Theatre in a stage adaptation of the film Network, playing Diana, a savagely ambitious TV executive (played by Faye Dunaway in the original), whose editorial and commercial values would be indistinguishable from those found at Fox News today. Despite being written long before cable news was even invented, it eerily foretells reality TV, viral videos, ratings wars, YouTube terrorism clips, fake news and the triumph of sensation over truth.

Her co-star is Bryan Cranston, playing an ageing presenter with plummeting ratings, about to be fired by his failing TV station.
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The Crown Season 2 Trailer Sees Tensions Run High Between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip

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The Crown Season 2 Trailer Sees Tensions Run High Between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Season two of The Crown looks even juicier than the first!

We’re just over a month away from the premiere of the second season of Netflix’s smash hit series, which chronicles the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, who is portrayed by actress Claire Foy. The first season started with the Queen’s wedding to Prince Philip — played by Matt Smith — and saw the death of her father, King George VI, her coronation and relationship with then-Prime Minister Winston Churchill.

Though Churchill (played brilliantly by John Lithgow) is gone this season, there’s still plenty to be excited about.
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‘Stranger Things’: Bob’s Alternative Fate, Will the Killer, and More Secrets From the Show

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‘Stranger Things’: Bob’s Alternative Fate, Will the Killer, and More Secrets From the Show
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from the first two seasons of “Stranger Things.”]

Stranger Things” isn’t afraid to kill off certain expendable characters, but in Season 2, the show almost bumped off one beloved person even earlier. While fans were horrified to see nerdy good guy Bob (Sean Astin) become a snack for a pack of hungry demodogs in the penultimate episode, the Duffer Brothers had actually considered a different storyline in which he would’ve died much earlier… and at the hands of someone he knew.

On the Netflix after-show “Beyond Stranger Things,” the Duffers revealed that originally, Will Byers (Noah Schnapps) was going to become gradually evil as he was possessed, be fully evil by Episode 4, and then kill someone midway through the season.

Read More:‘Stranger Things’: All the Pop Culture References and Homages, Episode by Episode

“He was going to kill Bob,” Matt Duffer said, adding that it would’ve been the Mind Flayer working through Will. Poor Bob.
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Trailer Watch: The Monarchy Struggles to Keep Up with the World in “The Crown” Season 2

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“Britain has changed beyond recognition,” Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy, “Wolf Hall”) watches a commentator say on television. “Yet the monarchy continues its pre-war routines as though nothing has happened.” The struggle to preserve the traditions of the monarchy while the rest of the world evolves looks like it will be the main conflict of Season 2 of “The Crown,” which has just released a new trailer scored to “I Only Have Eyes For You.”

As her sister Princess Margaret (Vanessa Kirby, Thea Sharrock’s “Me Before You”) embraces herself as “a woman for the modern age,” Elizabeth just wants to avoid scandal, especially when it concerns her adulterous, dissatisfied husband, Prince Philip (Matt Smith, “Doctor Who”). “This restlessness of yours — it has to be a thing of the past,” Elizabeth tells him. “One more scandal, one more national embarrassment, and it would all be over.”

Margaret’s affair with a photographer (Matthew Goode, “Downton Abbey”), the eventual downfall of Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, and an apparent flirtation with a mystery man (Danny Sapani, “Harlots”) are just a few other plotlines “The Crown” has in store for Elizabeth this season.

The Crown’s” first season collected 10 Emmy nominations and earned Golden Globes for Best TV Actress (Foy) and Best Television Series.

Season 2 will stream on Netflix beginning December 8. Check out the trailer and poster below.

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Trailer Watch: The Monarchy Struggles to Keep Up with the World in “The Crown” Season 2 was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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