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Colossal Review

Very Good

It's rare to find a movie that so defiantly refuses to be put into a genre box. Is this a drama? A black comedy? A pointed exploration of alcoholism? A buddy adventure? A giant monster movie? The answer is that it's all of these things, often at the same time. And this offbeat tone makes it seriously riveting, anchored by wonderfully unshowy performances by Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis.

It opens in Manhattan, as Gloria (Hathaway) returns from yet another drunken night out. And her boyfriend (Dan Stevens) has finally had enough. He throws her out, so she returns to her childhood hometown, where she runs into old classmate Oscar (Sudeikis), another drunk who now owns the local bar and offers her a job there working with Garth and Joel (Tim Blake Nelson and Austin Stowell). Then she starts noticing that her inebriated behaviour seems to be controlling a huge monster that's currently attacking Seoul, Korea. And when she gets Oscar, Garth and Joel to help her test this theory, things really begin to get strange.

More: Anne Hathaway talks post-genre filmmaking

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Dan Stevens Wouldn't Rule Out Joining 'Beauty And The Beast' Sequel


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There's no denying the incredible grip Walt Disney Studios has over the world of movies. Recently surpassing $1 billion in box office takings worldwide with its recently released live action adaptation of the classic 'Beauty and the Beast' film, it's enjoying some massive success, but doesn't let the celebrations slow down its future prospects and upcoming movies.

Dan Stevens and Emma Watson as the titular characters in 'Beauty and the Beast'Dan Stevens and Emma Watson as the titular characters in 'Beauty and the Beast'

With the likes of 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales', 'Thor: Ragnarok' and 'Cars 3' still to be released later this year, the studio look likely to rake in some big cash before the end of 2017.

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Beauty And The Beast Review

Excellent

This remake of Disney's 1991 classic is remarkably faithful, using present-day digital animation effects to give the story a photo-realistic sheen. The addition of more songs makes it feel much more like a big movie musical. And the use of real actors adds quite a lot of detail and subtext in the character interaction. But basically, this is still the same romantic fairy tale: lovely to look as it makes the audience swoon and sigh.

It's set in a French village, where Belle (Emma Watson) is looked at with suspicion by her neighbours for her empowered-female ways, reading books, expressing her opinions and running the farm where she lives with her single dad Maurice (Kevin Kline). It's no wonder that the vain soldier Gaston (Luke Evans) pursues her, since she's the only girl who isn't chasing him. Then one day Maurice and Belle have a fateful encounter with a castle hidden in a deep woods under a curse. Imprisoned by its beastly master (Dan Stevens), Belle befriends the staff, who have been transformed into household objects like a lampstand (Ewan McGregor), clock (Ian McKellen), teapot (Emma Thompson), harpsichord (Stanley Tucci) and feather duster (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). All of them conspire to help Belle fall in love with the Beast, which would break the spell.

Director Bill Condon (who made Dreamgirls and the final Twilight movies) makes the most of the live-action cast, allowing them to stir all kinds of undercurrents into their roles, which adds weight and interest to the rather predictable storyline. The film still looks largely animated thanks to an extensive use of digital backgrounds and characters, but the actors add an earthy tone that breaks the surface, bringing in some more textured emotions and sharper humour. The whole cast is excellent, with particular scene-stealing energy coming from Evans and Josh Gad (as his super-faithful sidekick LeFou), who are both funny and villainous at the same time. And Kline is also a standout for a surprisingly thoughtful performance.

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Beauty And The Beast Trailer


Take a closer look at the cast of 'Beauty and the Beast' in the final trailer for the forthcoming live-action Disney re-boot. Gaston loves himself more than Belle, Belle loves books more than boys, and Maurice loves his daughter more than anybody else. Meanwhile, the Beast hates everything and everyone equally, but that's about to change when Belle volunteers herself as his prisoner in exchange for her father's freedom. She has much pity for the Beast and wants to make the best out of a terrible situation, especially when he presents her with the library of her dreams. He's relying on her love to rescue him from the curse that binds him in his monstrous form, and to rescue his friends and servants from their furnitural guises. But together they have an important lesson to learn about love and companionship.

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Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer - Trailer and Clip


Norman Oppenheimer is a New York based hustler determined to climb the social ladder and make connections with all the important people. It's never really clear why he's so desperate to do often dubious favours for people of the elite that he barely knows, but he certainly uses his meetings as ammunition during social occasions, name-dropping where he can and wheedling his way into conversations that might benefit him in the future. He does everything he can to ensure that people meet and remember him, even if that means chasing people down on their morning jog or breaking into their homes. Nobody really knows the truth about his job, his background or even his family, but one thing that's for sure is that his life is about to be turned upside down after a down-and-out young politician he met three years ago becomes the Prime Minister of Israel.

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Dan Stevens: 'We've Brought Something Fresh The Story Of Beauty And The Beast'


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The upcoming live action Beauty and the Beast still contains many of the most important elements from the classic 1990 Disney animation, from the music to its humour.

But Dan Stevens, who stars as the Beast, is hoping the remake will being a whole new audience to the classic fairytale, who will find themselves just as enamoured with Belle and the Beast’s story as previous generations.

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Beauty And The Beast To Baywatch: The Movie Reboots We Can't Wait For In 2017


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Movie reboots are always risky business and in recent years we’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly, when it comes to studios trying to breathe new life into an old story.

But 2017 looks pretty promising for movie lovers, with some high-profile reboots coming our way that might just be better than the originals.

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First Real Look At Emma Watson In Action With 'Beauty And The Beast' Trailer


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The second 'Beauty and the Beast' trailer has finally arrived which means we get to see Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in action for the first time, and it's absolutely spellbinding. We are still yet to hear any singing, though there's plenty of dancing happening.

Beauty and the BeastDan Stevens and Emma Watson star in 'Beauty and the Beast'

It's a tale filled with hope, violence, fear and romance, and 'Beauty and the Beast' will finally make its live action debut 26 years after the animation was adapted for Disney. Emma Watson and Dan Stevens prove to be intense in the new trailer, and we also get to meet Belle's father Maurice (Kevin Kline), candlestick Lumiere (Ewan McGregor), clockface Cogsworth (Ian McKellen), teacup Chip (Nathan Mack) and the motherly teapot Mrs. Potts (Emma Thompson). 

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Dan Stevens , Susie Hariet - Opening night of Hamlet at the Barbican - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 25th August 2015

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Dan Stevens - BAFTA tribute to Downton Abbey at the Richmond Theatre - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 11th August 2015

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Dan Stevens - BAFTA Tribute: Downton Abbey held at the Richmond Theatre - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 11th August 2015

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Dan Stevens and Susie Hariet - Royal Academy Summer Preview Party 2015 - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd June 2015

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Dan Stevens - Dan Stevens arriving at the BBC Radio studios - London, United Kingdom - Monday 15th December 2014

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Ricky Gervais and Dan Stevens - Shots from the press conference for the movie 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' The Press Conference was attended by stars of the film such as Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Ricky Gervais in New York City, New York, United States - Friday 12th December 2014

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Dan Stevens and Susie Harriet - New York Premiere of 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' at The Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals at Zeigfeld Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 11th December 2014

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Dan Stevens - New York Premiere of 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' at The Ziegfeld Theater - Arrivals at Ziegfeld Theater - New York City, New York, United States - Friday 12th December 2014

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Dan Stevens - Dan Stevens outside the ITV studios - London, United Kingdom - Thursday 4th September 2014

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Dan Stevens - John Varvatos first European store launch - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd September 2014

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Dan Stevens - GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 2nd September 2014

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Dan Stevens - The GQ Awards 2014 held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 2nd September 2014

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The Guest Trailer


After Caleb Peterson dies whilst fighting on the frontline in the war in Afghanistan, his family back home are overcome with grief. Comfort appears to present itself in the form of a friendly handsome stranger named David, who knocks on the Petersons' door claiming that he fought alongside Caleb, and promised him that he would take care of his family if he should fall. Mrs. Peterson welcomes David with open arms, glad of some respite finally, and while Caleb's brother and sister Anna and Luke are wary of their guest, David's winning smile and unceasing helpfulness soon gains their trust. However, it seems there's more than meets the eye with their visitor, as the family discover how a set of unexplained deaths have been linked to him, and it seems his intentions may not be so honourable after all.

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A Walk Among the Tombstones Trailer


Matt Scudder gave up his high-flying job with the NYPD after accidentally shooting dead a civilian while chasing away a group of criminals trying to rob the bar he was drinking in. Now working as an unlicensed private detective, this recovering alcoholic is enlisted by a man who wants Matt to find the kidnappers who took his ransom and murdered his wife. These kidnappers are no amateurs, however; they very meticulously choose their victims and it isn't long before they discover that Matt is looking for them. He may be used to taking down some pretty ruthless criminals, but he's never faced anything like this before and is constantly feeling as though he is one step behind his opposition. To nab criminals like these, he can't work within the law himself - but will that turn him into something he's tried so hard to avoid?

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Dan Stevens - Filming on the set of 'Night at the Museum 3' in central London - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th January 2014

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Dan Stevens - Downtown Abbey star Dan Stevens was super cool as he trolled around the Main St. at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. - Park City, Utah, United States - Saturday 18th January 2014

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Dan Stevens - BAFTA Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party At Four Seasons Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 11th January 2014

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Downtown Abbey Season 4 Opener Eclipses Viewing Ratings And Sets New Record


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The hugely popular British period drama 'Downton Abbey' is still the favourite among fans of the small screen as it shatters the previous rating records on the premiere of season 4. In a successful return on Sunday night (Jan 5th), 'Downton' was viewed by an impressive 10.2 million people.

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Lady Mary is still struggling with the death of Michael in the premiere 

These ratings have no competition from other favoured television programmes and its only competition proved to by the NFL game on Fox, which was watched by a massive 41.5 million viewers on the same day.

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Cast Changes And Cliff Hangers Abound As 'Downton Abbey' Kicks Off Season 4


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Hold on to your dinner jackets, people, because Downton Abbey is almost back on PBS. The fourth season of the show premieres this coming Sunday, bringing with it some exciting changes for the ever-troubled Crawley family and the other inhabitants of Downton. Here are just a few of the cliffhangers that need resolving this season.

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Paul Giamatti in Downton Abbey.

The sudden death of solicitor Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) in a car crash at the end of 2012 Christmas special shocked viewers to the point where series creator Julian Fellows reportedly received some very threatening letters.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Wins Praise For His Portrayal Of Julian Assange In 'The Fifth Estate'


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The Fifth Estate has received mixed reviews in time with its release in US cinemas. The film follows the rise of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks to prominence. Although many have described the film as lacking in detail and merely showing the bare bones of the plot, this is summed up by Henry Fitzherbert of the Daily Express who wrote: "if you want to know more about Wikileaks and today's information war the picture is an excellent starting point. As engaging human drama, however, it falls short."

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The official The Fifth Estate poster.

Benedict Cumberbatch's performance as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been highly praised by critics however. He stars in The Fifth Estate, which follows Assange's decision to publish the WikiLeaks website and his turbulent relationship with Daniel Domescheit-Berg at the height of the WikiLeaks controversy. The film, based on true events, shows politics on a local and global scale: from Assange's office to the centres of US government. Many governments worldwide considered Assange a threat to their national security whilst Assange was forced to wrestle with the consequences of his actions, namely that it would put others in danger. 

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The Fifth Estate - Featurette


'The Fifth Estate' stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Laura Linney, Daniel Bruhl and Stanley Tucci along with director Bill Condon talk about the upcoming movie in short featurette. The film tells the shocking story of WikiLeaks founders Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg and their quest to share classified information with the world.

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Are Tesco Finest And Downton Abbey A Match Made In Heaven?


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Tesco has tied up a shrewd deal with ITV to become the latest sponsor of the popular Edwardian drama Downton Abbey.

Britain’s biggest grocer announced on Friday (August 16, 2013) that it’s ‘Finest’ range – which consists of over 1,400 productions – would sponsor Downton Abbey for the new season.

According to Reuters, Tesco posted a drop in quarterly underlying sales in Britain, raising doubts about its $1 billion turnaround plan despite a host of new initiatives. However, with ASDA, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Waitrose performing strongly, Tesco has decided the time is right to sign a heavyweight TV deal.

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Downton Abbey Hands Out Golden Deals To Avoid Dan Stevens Style Exits


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Bosses behind the major British period drama Downton Abbey - which has also proved a huge hit stateside - have moved quickly to tie down the show's biggest stars in a bid to avoid another Dan Stevens-esque exit.

According to The Sun, stars including Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern have signed three year deals worth over £1 million each. The move was made to avoid another cast member leaving in the same way that Stevens did last year.

The 30-year-old, who played Matthew Crawley, was the ITV drama's major draw though left abruptly to pursue other interests. The actor is a keen fan of literature and has narrated several audiobooks including The Angel's Game, Wolf Hall and War Horse. In 2012, he was a member of the judging panel for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction and is currently editor-at-large for The Junket, an online quarterly is co-founded.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Stars As Julian Assange In WikiLeaks Thriller 'The Fifth Estate' [Trailer]


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Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) stars in The Fifth Estate as Julia Assange. The trailer was released yesterday (17th July) and the film is due out in US cinemas this autumn.

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Benedict Cumberbatch at the London premiere of Star Trek: Into The Darkness.

The Fifth Estate tells the story of Julian Assange, the WikiLeak's founder, and his relationship with supporter Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Their relationship is placed under pressure at the height of the WikiLeaks saga. It focuses on Assange wrestling with his morals as he decides whether or not to publish information which may have endangered his sources.

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The Fifth Estate Trailer


When Julian Assange began to leak damaging governmental information online through WikiLeaks, he was praised as a hero by many for finally showing the truth about unethical military operations such as the famous 'collateral murder' video showing an AH-64 Apache taking aim at some unarmed Iraqi journalists. One supporter, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, became good friends with Julian and eventually worked with him in his truth and justice exploits. However, when hundreds of names of government informers were under threat of being leaked, the pair were at a conflict as Daniel understood that many people's lives were at risk if the information got out while Julian remained determined to enlighten the public.

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Downton Abbey Will Play Host To Paul Giamatti - And Shirley Maclaine (Again!)


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Paul Giamatti who has starred in such films as Sideways,The Illusionist, Rock of Ages and The Hangover Part II will feature in British drama Downton Abbey. He will play Lady Cora's (Elizabeth McGovern) visiting American brother, Harold.

Last series ended with yet more tragedy with Matthew (Dan Stevens) following in the wake of Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) and 'going to a better place' i.e. the bright light at the end of the acting tunnel: Hollywood! Both died after having a child and both have left distraught spouses. Will Branson and Lady Mary overcome their differences and possibly get together? It's only a possibility but it does seem to be the sort of dog-legged plotline writer Julian Fellowes appreciates. 

Pail Giamatti is merely one of many American actors who will take up a part on ITV's hit show. We've already witnessed Shirley Maclaine appear as Cora's mother who according to Carnival Films' managing director Graham Naeme will return this season. This is one of the reasons the cast and crew are so excited about Giamatti's involvement in the drama, according to Naeme "We can't wait to see him work alongside Shirley Maclaine, who are both sure to upset the Grantham's apple cart in this year's Christmas Day episode".

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Downton Abbey Star Dan Stevens' Film Summer In February 'Dull'


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Summer in February, the romantic drama starring Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens, Mamma Mia's Dominic Cooper and Sucker Punch's Emily Browning has received less than favourable reviews from critics following its release yesterday. 

The film is based on a novel by Jonathon Smith (who also wrote the script). His story is inspired by real people and events. Florence Carter-Wood (Browning), AJ Munnings (Cooper) and Gilbert Evans (Stevens) were bohemian artists who lived and painted in Cornwall at the turn of the 20th Century. The film follows the stories of this 'Lamora' art group and the love triangle between Stevens, Browning and Cooper. 

Stevens' involvement is a result of his friendship with Smith. He attended Tonbridge School, Kent where Smith teaches. Stevens left Downton Abbey last season to focus on his film career. Critics have complained not about the quality of Steven's acting but that the star hasn't stretch his talents in choosing a role entirely different from Matthew in Downton Abbey. He remains, according to Michael Hann of the Guardian, 'likeable' but continues to do 'his jolly-decent-Cousin-Matthew thing'. 

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Summer In February Review


Weak

A simplistic approach undermines this intriguing true story about a romantic triangle among artists in pre-WWI England. The actors do what they can to liven things up, but the writing and direction let it down, never injecting the spark of artistic invention that the project so badly needs. So while there's a certain amount of drama in what happens, the flatly cliched way it's assembled leaves us cold.

The story takes place in 1913 Cornwall, where a group of free-thinking artists live and work on the dramatic coastline. Away from the city, they also get up to all sorts of mischief, usually led by the roguish painter AJ Munnings (Cooper), who seems to be on a mission to seduce every woman in sight. His best pal is the dashing army officer Gilbert (Stevens), who is much more reticent about women. Then aspiring painter Florence (Browning) arrives, and both men are captivated by her. She's the sister of AJ's artist friend Joey (Deacon), and is flattered by the attention. But when she makes a pivotal decision she changes all of their lives.

Director Menaul and writer Smith continually smooth the edges of this story. Sure, there are plenty of naked antics, including a woman (Austen) who's happy to drop her clothing for any painter she sees, but it's shot and edited with the same coyness as a leery Carry On movie. We never get a proper sense of the anarchic nature of this community: they're all mopey stereotypes stuck in the one or two personality traits the filmmakers give them. Gilbert and Florence are particularly dull, giving Stevens and Browning little to do to catch our sympathy. By contrast, Cooper makes AJ both charismatic and cocky, and we like him even though it's clear from the script that we shouldn't.

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Video - Ethan Hawke, Andy Cohen And Dan Stevens Are Snapped At The 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards - Part 2


'Before Sunrise' star Ethan Hawke, Bravo executive vice president of development and talent and TV host Andy Cohen and Dan Stevens from 'Downton Abbey' all appeared on the red carpet at the very exclusive 2013 Cfda Fashion Awards held at Alice Tully Hall in New York City.

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Video - Claire Danes, Connie Britton And Amy Poehler At The 2013 White House Correspondents' Dinner - Part 3


There was a huge diversity of movie stars arriving at the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton including 'Nashville' star Connie Britton, 'Homeland' star with her husband Hugh Dancy and 'Parks and Recreation' actress Amy Poehler.

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Julian Fellowes On Gay Story Line And Matthew Crawley's Death In Downton Abbey


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Downton Abbey is safe viewing. Entertaining, witty and with great dialogue it's simply a pleasure to sink yourself deep into your sofa and while away an hour of your time in a marginally recent history, that presents you with a different world. Of course, it's only safe for the viewer.

As Julian Fellowes explains to the New York Times, for the characters, living in the early 20th century was anything but safe, not only because of the two world wars that took place during that era, but also because of certain laws that have since been turned over. In particular, the revelation that the servant Thomas is gay is somewhat radical for the period.

"I don't know about in America, but here, there are so many people under 40 who were hardly aware of the fact that it was actually illegal until the 1960s," he said. "Perfectly normal men and women were risking prison by making a pass at someone. Their whole life was lived in fear, and ruin and humiliation and career after career would be smacked down." 

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Downton Abbey Christmas Shocker, Both Dreary And Dramatic?


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It seems a paradox to describe anything as both 'dreary' and 'dramatic' but as the reviews roll in for the highly anticipated Christmas special of the much loved period drama, Downton Abbey, that's precisely as its being described. 

Despite the Daily Mail reporting that the show "failed to draw in a big audience", it still managed over 7 million viewers, playing 6th most watched show of the big day (Metro). Nevertheless, it appears the millions of viewers weren't entirely impressed with the slow plot. According to the tweets that the Mail published, it was "the most boring episode of Downton Abbey EVER" while another described it as the "worst programme ever". 

However, out of 7 million people there's bound to be a mixture of opinion, and although some found the episode boring, many others were simply left distraught at the death of central character Matthew Crawley. As the Metro reports, other viewers claimed that the show was "killing my soul", "shattered my heart", while another said "I AM 100% DONE WITH THIS SHOW. I CAN'T BREATHE." So, despite the mixed reviews, it seems very few of them were positive.

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Downton Abbey Series 4 To Hit Autumn 2013, But Will Everyone Still Be There?


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Christmas is best for weight gain, uncomfortable family gatherings, warmed alcoholic beverages and most importantly, period dramas. So, the news that a fourth series of Downton Abbey, including a feature length Christmas special, has been confirmed is pretty much the best Christmas gift we could ask for. 

Filming for the 8 episode series is set to begin in February next year with it premièring in autumn 2013. Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley, was said to have declined to sign up for a fourth series back in October, but his character is really rather crucial to the whole affair. Having killed off Sybil and the Turkish diplomat back in series 1, another untimely death would render it rather unbelievable. New reports from the Daily Mail say that negotiatiions are still ongoing for the contracts of all the characters.

Both Stevens and Michelle Dockery, his on air wife, have made a great impact in America and are both planning on taking their careers there. Stevens has in fact already moved his entire family out to New York while he performs in The Heiress on Broadway. Dockery's and Steven's characters are absolutely central to Downton Abbey as they are the inheritors, so it really will be an enomrous challenge for Julian Fellows, the creator of Downton, to find his way around that hurdle. But apparently, he "hasn't started writing series four yet so there is time to work out how the story will go and who will be in it." 

Thumbs Up For Dan Steven's Broadway Debut In The Heiress


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It seems there were plenty of Downton Abbey fans in the house when Dan Stevens debuted in The Heiress on Broadway, alongside Jessica Chastain. This was the first time that both Stevens and Chastain had appeared on Broadway. With both actors playing against type, only one appears to have done so convincingly.

The casting of Dan Stevens in the role of Morris Townsend is praised by the Hollywood Reporter’s reviewer David Rooney, who writes “the actor is a savvy casting choice in a part that requires beguiling charm and sufficient sincerity to keep us wondering about his character’s motives” and later adds “Stevens brings such unsullied earnestness to the role that we want to believe in his honest intentions, just as he appears to want the same. Morris is so bewitched by the material comforts of the Slopers’ swanky home on fashionable Washington Square that he seems as much a victim of his desires as the architect of any calculated scheme.”

Jessica Chastain, however, does not seem to have fared so well at the hands of the critics. The same review suggests that, despite her recent run of untouchable success in the world of film, the “underpowered Jessica Chastain (is) hampered by questionable directorial choices, dilutes the emotional impact of this nonetheless compelling melodrama.” Not such great news for Chastain, then, but an excellent Broadway debut for Dan Stevens, who has managed to impress the Downton fans, despite breaking from the confines of his nice-guy TV character.

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Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens Declines Fourth Series In Favour Of Broadway


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Downton Abbey has been a surprise international success. Period dramas for many years have been limited to reruns of remakes of Jane Austen novels or Sherlock Holmes, and very little else. Nevertheless, it has been a rip-roaring success in the UK and in the USA, where it has garnered some star-studded fans including Tom Hanks and Katy Perry, this however, may all be coming to an end. 

Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew Crawley, the only male heir to the Downton Estate, has revealed that he may not be returning for the fourth series, or indeed ever again. Crawley is pivotal to the plot of the entire concept, and his leaving will raise some serious problems for the writers. The Daily Mail reports that Stevens is choosing to leave to further pursue Broadway in New York, where he will be starring in The Heiress later this year. "New York for me is going to be one big adventure. I will be taking the whole family out and we will be there for six months." He said "I don't know if I will be returning to Downton."

Fans have already had to deal with the loss of three unexpected, youthful deaths in the mere 3 series so far, and for another 30-something to die would be a real stretch of the imagination. Having begun his career on the stage, Steven's move across the Atlantic to pursue his Broadway career, will in many ways be a return home. 

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Downton Abbey Prequel On The Cards


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The writer of ITV's period drama series Downton Abbey is planning a prequel that explains how the Earl and Countess of Grantham first met, reports The Telegraph.

"I do actually have an idea of doing a prequel of the courtship of Robert and Cora, when all those American heiresses were arriving in London - the Buccaneers, as they were called," explained Julian Fellowes. Downton has become a remarkable success in the U.K, constantly performing well in the viewing figures table, and being placed in The Guardian's top 10 TV programmes of 2010. Fellowes said the drama would be shown when the full show draws to a close. "I don't think you can continue a narrative in more than one area at once," he explained. "I never really liked those Coronation Street Christmas specials where they all go to Haiti, and you don't have to watch it. Somehow it doesn't feel very organic." Despite its success, some of its leading stars, including Dan Stevens and Michelle Dockery, are expected to leave at the end of this series in pursuit of Hollywood stardom. Downton Abbey season 3 returned to ITV1 on Sunday, 16 September and it will air in the United States beginning 6 January 2013. The next episode will be this Sunday (September 30th).

Asked whether he wished he'd stumbled across Downton earlier in his life, Fellowes gave a humorous response: "People say to me, 'Wouldn't you rather this had all happened when you were 30?' Well, the short answer to that is yes, but the long answer is that by the time you're 50 you've made a fool of yourself so many times that the thought you might make a fool of yourself is no longer a deterrent. So you just cheerfully take it on board and have a crack."


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Stacey and Goody are two vampires cursed to remain young and beautiful forever after being bitten and changed in the 19th Century. Whilst they have dated numerous men in the past, they still prove to be putty in the hands of love when Stacey falls for the son of the notorious vampire hunter Dr Van Helsing. Joey Van Helsing is equally as taken with her as she is with him, however his father immediately knows Stacey's secret and tries to warn Joey but to no avail. He gets together an angry mob of hunters who threaten to expose the coffin-lounging lady vamps to the sunlight they hate so much - always being slaves to the night when they spend their time partying. When Goody meets her dream man from years ago, both girls are faced with a choice: eternal immortality or love.

This side-splitting Rom Com is a brilliantly light-hearted take on the classic vampire; the perfect comic relief after the serious subject matter of modern vamp stories 'Twilight', 'True Blood' and 'Vampire Diaries'. It has been directed and written by Amy Heckerling; the writer of high-school parody series 'Clueless' and movies 'Loser' and 'Look Who's Talking' and has the same hilarious style of humour that has captured audiences since the '90s. 'Vamps' is set for release on November 2nd 2012 in the USA.

Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter, Richard Lewis, Sigourney Weaver, Wallace Shawn, Justin Kirk, Malcolm McDowell, Zak Orth, Marilu Henner, Scott Thomson, Todd Barry, Kristen Johnston, Natalie Gal, Meredith Scott Lynn, Joel Michaely and Dan Stevens.

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Dan Stevens

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10th October, 1982

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