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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Gets A Suitably Epic Banner

The Predator isn’t the only 2018 blockbuster that has established a presence at London’s ongoing Brand Licensing Expo; Universal has also erected a suitably epic banner image for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Juan Antonio Bayona’s monstrous sequel that’s all set to become the dark and scary second chapter in Universal’s rebooted trilogy.

Pegged for a primetime June 2018 release, Fallen Kingdom has some mighty big boots to fill if it’s to emulate the success of its predecessor. Colin Trevorrow’s Jurrasic World revival was always tipped for box office stardom, but few would have predicted the film’s final tally to soar past $1.6 billion worldwide. Such an eye-watering total puts the Jurassic World franchise right up there with the highest-grossing films of all time – only Avatar, Titanic, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens have grossed more. So no pressure, right?

How Fallen Kingdom fares against such
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Downton Abbey Movie Is Officially Happening

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Downton Abbey Movie Is Officially Happening
The Downton Abbey movie is officially happening. The show creator, Julian Fellowes hinted that a movie was likely to happen last week, but didn't offer any other information regarding the subject of the widely successful television series. Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on ITV in the U.K. and on PBS in the United States, collecting Emmy Awards and becoming one of the U.K.'s biggest programs of all time. Fellowes admitted that a script had been worked on, but was waiting on the green light from the studio to make sure it was really going to happen.

The green light has officially turned on for the Downton Abbey movie as the Associated Press reports. NBCUniversal International president, Michael Edelstein had this to say.

"There's a movie in the works. It's been in the works for some time. We are working on getting the script right and then we've got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we're hopeful to make a movie sometime next year."

Edelstein is in Singapore at a red-carpet event for Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which features costumes, locations and never-before-seen footage from the television series. Apparently cast members learned of the news after it had been announced. Sophie McShera who plays Daisy Mason said, "Oh, well, you've got the information before us. We have no idea if it's happening." She went on to say that the cast would love to do it, if it happens for sure. Laura Carmichael who plays Lady Edith Crawley was just as surprised and said "Well, tell my agent, because we're still waiting to know, we're hoping it happens soon." Though it came as a surprise, the cast all seems excited at the prospect of a Downton Abbey movie.

The hit historical period drama series ended in 2015 after six seasons and showed the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family in England. The show takes place in between 1912 and 1926 in the fictional Yorkshire estate. Real news from history is depicted in the show, like the sinking of the Titanic, the outbreak of the First World War, the Spanish influenza pandemic, and the Marconi scandal, and more. It was the most watched show on both the U.K.'s ITV and the U.S.'s PBS in addition to becoming a worldwide success.

While rumors of a Downton Abbey movie have been swirling since before the end of the series in 2015, nothing official has been announced until now. But even the official announcement seems to be a little odd since the cast found out about it after it was in the news. It remains to be seen how many actors from the massive ensemble cast that they'll be able to pull for the big screen adaptation, but at least most of the cast has expressed interest and even excitement at the possibility. News is developing, but work is expected to begin next year, so hopefully all of the actors can clear some time for the project.
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‘Jurassic World 2’ First Look: Director J.A. Bayona Teases Mysterious New Character

‘Jurassic World 2’ First Look: Director J.A. Bayona Teases Mysterious New Character
Director J.A. Bayona has unveiled the first photo from “Jurassic World 2,” showing a mysterious young girl in a natural history museum with her back turned to the camera.

The unidentified actress is apparently looking into the eyes of a triceratops skull. “So excited to show you this! A first look of the new Jurassic adventure,” Bayona wrote.

So excited to show you this!! A first look of the new Jurassic adventure. #JW2 pic.twitter.com/U7eJRANXgg

— Ja Bayona (@FilmBayona) March 8, 2017

Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard are reprising their roles, along with newcomers Toby Jones, James Cromwell, and Justice Smith. In honor of International Women’s Day, Howard also tweeted a behind-the-scenes photo of the girl and wrote, “‘Though she be but little, she is fierce!’ Inspired by this kind, intelligent, and inquisitive little lady.”

"Though she be but little, she is fierce!"

Inspired by this kind, intelligent, & inquisitive little lady.
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James Cromwell Joins Universal’s ‘Jurassic World’ Sequel

James Cromwell Joins Universal’s ‘Jurassic World’ Sequel
James Cromwell, currently starring in HBO’s “The Young Pope,” has been cast in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s “Jurassic World” sequel.

The studio is keeping details about Cromwell’s character information under wraps. “Jurassic World” generated $1.67 billion worldwide in 2015 — the fourth-best grosser of all time, trailing only “Avatar,” “Titanic” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

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Cromwell joins Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, who are reprising their roles, along with Toby Jones and Justice Smith. Shooting begins next month with “A Monster Calls” director J.A. Bayona helming.

Universal has already set a June 22, 2018, release date for the untitled project, where it has no competition. “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow wrote the script with Derek Connolly.

Producers are Frank Marshall, Pat Crowley, and Belen Atienza. Steven Spielberg and Trevorrow are exec producing. VP Sara Scott
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A Downton Abbey film is quite possibly happening

Downton Abbey film: Julian Fellowes has apparently already started writing the screenplay. There isn’t an official green light on a Downton Abbey film yet, but that hasn’t stopped the award-winner putting pen to paper.

Julian Fellowes has confirmed that he has started writing the Downton Abbey film. The film hasn’t officially been given the official go-ahead yet, but the award-winning writer has confirmed in an interview with London’s Evening Standard that he doesn’t want to be left on the back foot if and when the studios come knocking.

“I’ve done some work on it because I don’t want to be caught out if [the producers] suddenly say yes and then it’s all go,” Fellowes said. “Can we round up all the cast? Can we get them? Also we just need the green light at the beginning. So I don’t know anymore than that
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John Ostrander: Happy Christmas, Doctor Who

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There are all kinds of traditions connected to Christmas. One tradition in our house is the Doctor Who Christmas Special playing here on BBC America. If you don’t know, Doctor Who is the looooong running BBC series about an alien time traveler and his (usually) human companion(s) who all travel through time and space having adventures. The Doctor regenerates into a new body – and a new actor – when his current body is at its end. If you don’t know the series and/or don’t care, you can probably skip this column.

There was a sort of Christmas Special as far back as the first incarnation over a half-century ago, but mostly it’s only been over the last ten years. The latest one will be tonight (if you’re reading this on Sunday). The first in this series began after the show returned from a sixteen-year
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Emmy Contenders: ‘Downton Abbey’ Stars Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol Talk Show’s Epic Run, Movie Plans (Video)

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Emmy Contenders: ‘Downton Abbey’ Stars Joanne Froggatt, Lesley Nicol Talk Show’s Epic Run, Movie Plans (Video)
A version of this story on “Downton Abbey” first appeared in the print edition of TheWrap Magazine’s The Race Begins Emmy Issue. It lasted for six seasons and spanned almost 20 years, from the sinking of the Titanic to the first murmurs of a new menace rising in Germany. It garnered 58 Emmy nominations in its first five seasons, winning 12 times and setting a record as the most-honored foreign show ever. It gave Maggie Smith dozens of quotable lines, made stars out of little-known British actors and gave its creator, writer Julian Fellowes, a calling card even more impressive...
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Review: ‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Closes PBS Hit’s Sentimental Journey (Spoilers)

Review: ‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Closes PBS Hit’s Sentimental Journey (Spoilers)
Watching the final few episodes of “Downton Abbey,” including the series finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t yet), brought to mind the accusation leveled at Rick, Humphrey Bogart’s character in Casablanca,” by Claude Rains’ Captain Renault: “As I suspected, you’re a rank sentimentalist.” Not that there’s anything wrong with that in this case, as series creator Julian Fellowes clearly exhibited an affection for his cast, and a desire to see them enjoy the equivalent of an uplifting ride into the sunset on this towering PBS drama.

Granted, the way of life represented in the series has been living on borrowed time for a while. And just as “Downton” began with the sinking of the Titanic and encompassed the tumult of World War I, the specter of World War II looms over the future of all these characters, or at least those likely to be around another 15 years or more.
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‘Downton Abbey’ Landed at Right Time to Make a Big Splash

‘Downton Abbey’ Landed at Right Time to Make a Big Splash
Timing can be everything. And in the case of “Downton Abbey,” which ends its storied six-year run on PBS this weekend, the mix of factors that helped a British costume drama become an enormous stateside hit aligned, in hindsight, as perfectly as the ingredients in a vodka martini, shaken but not stirred.

Series creator Julian Fellowes and his sprawling cast deserve enormous credit for making this upstairs-downstairs tale so pleasing. Yet as that reference implies, this was hardly the first splendid “Masterpiece” production to which Americans were treated via public television, which raises the question why “Downton” attracted ratings as gaudy as the Crawleys’ massive estate – at times topping 10 million viewers a week, a plateau few commercial dramas reach these days – where others haven’t.

For starters, “Downton” premiered in the U.S. in January 2011, a few months after “The Walking Dead” – a program with which it shares more than
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Iggy Pop thriller 'Blood Orange' gets UK deal

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Iggy Pop thriller 'Blood Orange' gets UK deal
Exclusive: Metrodome inks UK deal with Carnaby for Spain-set thriller.

Metrodome Distribution has acquired UK rights to thriller Blood Orange, starring iconic singer-songwriter Iggy Pop (Coffee And Cigarettes), Kacey Barnfield (Resident Evil: Afterlife), Ben Lamb (Divergent) and Antonio Magro (Titanic).

The deal was struck between Carnaby International’s CEO Andrew Loveday together with Metrodome’s managing director Jezz Vernon.

Coinciding with Iggy Pop’s 2016 world tour, Blood Orange is due to be released in April or May.

The UK pact follows deals in Us (Invincible), Scandinavia (Sandrew Metronome), Korea (Entermode) and Australia/Nz (Eagle).

Produced by Chris Bunyan and Gary Sangha Blood Orange is directed and written by first-timer Toby Tobias. Colin Vaines (Gangs of New York) is an executive producer.

Set in the hills of southern Spain, Blood Orange follows the life of an ageing rock star and his younger, beautiful wife. However, beneath the perfect surface of their lives, dark secrets
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TV Review: ‘Downton Abbey,’ The Final Season

TV Review: ‘Downton Abbey,’ The Final Season
The final season of “Downton Abbey” starts slowly, even by the show’s stately standards. Gradually, though, the plots deepens, building toward addressing long-festering issues, set against the backdrop of the receding of the great house’s way of life, with characters well aware of the inexorable tide. Series creator Julian Fellowes seems understandably sentimental in penning these episodes, exhibiting a fondness for this world shared by fans who made the program such a rousing success for PBS. Whatever the finish holds (eight of nine chapters were previewed), Masterpiece’s crown jewel will be worth savoring until the last note of John Lunn’s score.

As always, Fellowes explores the lives of his sprawling cast – both the aristocratic upstairs family and the downstairs servants who attend to them – with wit, unabashed romance and no shortage of humor. At least in the early going, moreover, he largely steers clear of the
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Doctor Who: 42 characters who died and came back to life

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It's not just Rory. These 42 Doctor Who characters have all, in their own way, died and been resurrected...

Spoilers! Lot of them, for Doctor Who of old and new lie ahead. Including the (publicised) return of a face or two to Doctor Who series 9.

Cheating death is a fundamental part of the make-up of Doctor Who. It's lasted for 52 years so far, whether on television or in spin-off media, and that's in no small part because of the original idea to recast the title character in 1966, thus creating the concept of regeneration.

But resurrection has also affected the characters around the Doctor and with a new series about to start, that looks to be as prominent as ever. Heck, series 9 even has a two-parter called The Girl Who Died and The Woman Who Lived. Plus, we already know that apparently dead characters such as Missy, Osgood and River Song will
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Relive your childhood with the Sinclair Zx Spectrum Vega, full list of 1000 games revealed

Retro gamers will be able to relive all the joys of the classic Zx Spectrum – minus the load screens – this month, with Retro Computers set to release the officially licensed Sinclair Zx Spectrum Vega this month.

The brainchild of developer Chris Smith and back by Sir Clive Sinclair, the Vega boasts an impressive 1000 titles, while further games can be added via an Sd card.

The Vega is set for release on August 24th, and will retail for £99.99. Via Funstock Retro, here’s a full list of all 1000 games…

1999 2088 1994 – Ten Years After 20-20 Vision 3D Noughts & Crosses – V1 3D Noughts & Crosses – V2 3D-Tanx A Bomb Under Parliament A Day in the Life of Arnold A Dungeon Romp A Harvesting Moon A Hero for Sorania A Legacy For Alaric A Serpentine Tale A Stroll in the Bleak Forest A Touch Too Much A Visit to Trev and Carol’s A.T.A.
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Preview: Get lost in ‘Wayward Pines’

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Fox’s Wayward Pines stars Matt Dillon as rugged secret service agent Ethan Burke. Investigating the disappearance of two fellow agents, Burke finds himself marooned in a middle-of-nowhere town after a car wreck kills his partner and leaves him dashingly banged up. Early comparisons to Lost and Twin Peaks don’t look far off the mark, with promotional material mostly focused on cultivating the mystery of the titular backwoods Idaho town and its population of grinning suburban drones.

M. Night Shyamalan has been given the helm, which seems kind of like handing the guy who sank the Titanic the keys to the Lusitania and saying “go nuts.” But hey, Fox probably knows what it’s doing. Stuck in grim Idaho purgatory alongside Dillon’s Burke are Carla Gugino as his old flame and Piney convert Kate Hewson and Terrence Howard as a thick slice of ham who really loves rum raisin ice cream.
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‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Takes ‘Christmas Episode’ to Heart (Spoilers)

‘Downton Abbey’ Finale Takes ‘Christmas Episode’ to Heart (Spoilers)
Given how fashionable it has become to grouse about “Downton Abbey,” Sunday’s fifth-season finale offered a welcome reminder of just how splendid the show can be – warm, funny and emotional on a dazzling assortment of fronts. Taking the term “Christmas episode” to heart, series creator Julian Fellowes advanced so many storylines to satisfying points it frankly wouldn’t have been a bad place to end the show entirely; still, for those who eagerly anticipate a new journey into the past each January, PBS’ show horse happily gallops on.

Admittedly, the continuing arc surrounding the murder mystery and police suspicion directed at Anna (Joanne Froggatt) and her husband Bates (Brendan Coyle) has grown a bit tedious. Even with a British gift for stiff-upper-lipped understatement, Robert (Hugh Bonneville) wasn’t kidding when he said, “Lord knows they don’t deserve their luck, those two.”

Then again, it’s hard to build
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Doctor Who blogging: “Mummy on the Orient Express”

[previous: “Kill the Moon”]

warning: spoilers!

I’m about to say the saddest thing I can imagine saying about Doctor Who: I just don’t think I care anymore.

I have never felt like this before. Of course a show that has run for this long will have its ups and downs. But now that every episode is apparently meant to be epic and every season has a big arc, it’s tough to say, after a crappy episode, “Well, next week’s will be better.” This is no longer a guarantee. Next week’s episode might be completely awesome. But I don’t hold out a lot of hope for that.

Sure, this episode was better than last week’s abomination, but not by a lot. We’ve had the Titanic in space, so now we get the Orient Express in space… inhabited by another gimmicky monster. The Weeping Angels, say, might be gimmicky,
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'As Above's' Ben Feldman and Perdita Weeks ain't afraid of nothing down 'Below'

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'As Above's' Ben Feldman and Perdita Weeks ain't afraid of nothing down 'Below'
Paris - Coming up with a new twist for a horror film without going down some very disgusting roads hasn't been that easy in the 21st Century.  It's one reason franchises like "Saw," "Paranormal Activity" and "The Purge" have hit such a cord with viewers and spawned a ton of sequels.  One film that's trying to add a new twist to the supernatural thriller (with more than a touch of horror thrown in) is the Dowdle brothers' "As Above/So Below" which arrives in theaters on Friday. Originally, Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh had an idea about staging a film in the catacombs of Paris, a labyrinth of tunnels and quarries beneath the streets of the city that stretch over 200 miles.  Shockingly, very few films had used the centuries old underground spaces as the setting for a movie.  Considering approximately 6 million human remains were buried (or re-buried) there it seemed like
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Emmy Watch: The Decline and Fall of 'Downton Abbey'

Emmy Watch: The Decline and Fall of 'Downton Abbey'
As hulking and lavish as the Titanic, "Downton Abbey" appears unsinkable -- especially when it comes to Emmy voters and fans. But the series, whose first episode began with news of that famous ship's North Atlantic disaster, is not immune to rough seas. Does the disappointing fourth season of "Downton" foretell a coming crash? At the outset, creator Julian Fellowes' progressive twist on "Upstairs, Downstairs" fleetly commanded a sprawling cast of masters and servants through the domestic melodramas of pre-World War I Britain. Though never as diamond-sharp as Fellowes' own "Gosford Park" (2001), directed to perfection by Robert Altman, "Downton" enjoyed the same lively energy. The title sequence, a fluid montage of sunny grounds and open shutters, gas lamps and chandeliers, distilled the series to its bright essence: "Downton" suffused even its bitterest developments (drowned heirs, miscarriages, dead Turkish paramours)...
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Dad's Army feature film announced, Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson

A new feature film for Dad's Army starring Toby Jones and Bill Nighy has been announced.

Jones will play Captain George Mainwaring - a role which belonged to Arthur Lowe in the original BBC comedy - while Nighy will take on Sergeant Arthur Wilson, made famous by John Le Mesurier.

The film will be produced by original Dad's Army writer Jimmy Perry and BAFTA-winning Damian Jones, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Damian, who has worked on Adulthood and The Iron Lady, praised the "universal appeal" of the franchise.

The plot will remain faithful to the show, with Captain Mainwaring commanding a makeshift troop of soldiers and defending his hometown against the invading German army.

80 episodes of the comedy were aired between 1968 to 1977, while a feature film also launched in 1971.

Toby Jones has featured in the Hunger Games series as Claudius Templesmith, as well as ITV's Titanic miniseries and 2006 film Infamous.

Nighy
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Dad's Army feature film announced, Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson

Dad's Army feature film announced, Bill Nighy as Sergeant Wilson
A new feature film for Dad's Army starring Toby Jones and Bill Nighy has been announced.

Jones will play Captain George Mainwaring - a role which belonged to Arthur Lowe in the original BBC comedy - while Nighy will take on Sergeant Arthur Wilson, made famous by John Le Mesurier.

The film will be produced by original Dad's Army writer Jimmy Perry and BAFTA-winning Damian Jones, reports The Daily Telegraph.

Damian, who has worked on Adulthood and The Iron Lady, praised the "universal appeal" of the franchise.

The plot will remain faithful to the show, with Captain Mainwaring commanding a makeshift troop of soldiers and defending his hometown against the invading German army.

80 episodes of the comedy were aired between 1968 to 1977, while a feature film also launched in 1971.

Toby Jones has featured in the Hunger Games series as Claudius Templesmith, as well as ITV's Titanic miniseries and 2006 film Infamous.

Nighy
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