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June 12, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes appeared at a recent event at the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and to hear him tell it, there won't be much mourning following one of the series' most shocking character deaths. Here's the part where all "Downton Abbey" fans not completely caught up with the show should click over to some other post. Fellowes was, of course, speaking of the death of Matthew Crawley (played by Dan Stevens), who died in a car crash at the end of season three.
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February 24, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
The most delightful moment in Sunday's season finale of “Downton Abbey” comes at the very end, as Carson and Mrs. Hughes, throw caution to the wind, grasp each other's hands and wade barefoot into the cold salty ocean water together. “You can always hold my hand if you need to feel steady,” Mrs. Hughes assures a nervous Carson. "I don't know how, but you managed to make that sound a little risque,” he replies. “And if I did? We're getting on, you and I -- we can afford to live a little," Mrs. Hughes replies, as millions of "Downton Abbey" viewers across the country squealed with delight and no doubt inspiring reams of fan fiction.  The image of Carson and Mrs. Hughes hand in hand is a wonderful, unexpected and quietly thrilling way to wind down the season, and it's certainly a more pleasant send-off  than this . While it's not exactly the sort of cliffhanger we've come to expect from this series, it also lays the groundwork for exciting developments next year.
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January 9, 2011 | By Irene Lacher, Special to the Los Angeles Times
British film hyphenate Julian Fellowes, 61, who won an original screenplay Oscar for "Gosford Park," returns to early 20th century England for the script of his latest TV drama, "Downton Abbey. " The four-episode series about life on a great country estate, starring Maggie Smith, Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville, last year became ITV's most-watched costume drama in the U.K. since 1981's " Brideshead Revisited. " "Downton" makes its American debut on PBS' "Masterpiece" on Sunday night.
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February 14, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"Downton Abbey" has become a regular AirBnB vacation home. It was announced Friday by the show's makers - Masterpiece on PBS and Carnival Films - that three new cast members are joining the show in Season 5. British actor Richard E. Grant will join the cast as Simon Bricker, who visits the wavering estate as a guest of the Crawleys. It's a world Grant is quite familiar with, demonstrating his footman skills in 2001's "Gosford Park," which was penned by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes.
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January 2, 2014 | By Lisa Rosen
When last we left Downton Abbey, the miracle of birth met with the tragedy of death. Poor Matthew Crawley met his end in a ditch - because actor Dan Stevens decided to move on. What would become of Lady Mary, new mother and widow? What would become of the rest of the lords and ladies, and those who attend them? When last we found Julian Fellowes, the series' creator and sole writer, he was in Manhattan promoting Season 4, which premieres on PBS' "Masterpiece" on Sunday. Having just heard the good news about the show's Golden Globe nod for dramatic series, as well as Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Maggie Smith and the ensemble, he was about to head out for a celebratory drink with members of the cast, including Stevens, who now lives in New York.
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July 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The British are known for maintaining a stiff upper lip, even in moments of triumph, which is why Julian Fellowes was glad to have a friend from Los Angeles with him at lunch when he learned that “Downton Abbey” had been nominated for a whopping 12 Emmys. “She was the one person who understands how important these things are, she was screaming around the restaurant,” he said via telephone from a London taxicab. “Downton Abbey's” impressive haul included a writing nod for Fellowes as well as nominations in each of the four acting categories for Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Jim Carter.
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June 27, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Rapper, actor and mogul Diddy announced in May he was an avowed fan of the hit PBS series "Downton Abbey," or "Downtown Abbey," as he insists on calling it. And to play off the news of the first-ever black cast member joining the show, Diddy filmed a Funny or Die short positing that he was actually the first black cast member. The short film featured Diddy and some clever editing to make it appear that he was Lord Wilcot, the new owner of Downton Abbey. The video has received more than 700,000 views since its debut and at least one of those views came from "Downton's" creator, Julian Fellowes, who told the British newspaper the Telegraph that the idea of Diddy appearing on the real show one day was not out of the question.
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March 24, 2002 | CHARLES DENNIS
How's this for a story pitch? A bald and avuncular character actor turning 50 comes to the painful conclusion that life has no marvelous surprises in store for him. The actor, a child of an "imperial family" who's done a bit of writing on the side, will continue to play upper-class snobs on British TV series with the occasional bit in James Bond movies when toffs and/or twits are required.
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October 10, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When it comes to the star-crossed love of Romeo and Juliet, whether you use the language of Shakespeare or the discourse of Twitter, the passion must be scorching, the angst and the irony feuding, the desire unquenchable, the deaths unending. Anything less and you're left with an ordinary affair of the teenage heart. The newest "Romeo & Juliet" rendering, with Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the desperately devoted, is something else entirely. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments So reverential is this play of the play, the Bard would likely blush.
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July 9, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
As if the opportunity to watch “Downton Abbey” three months before everyone in America weren't enough, here's yet another reason to move to England:  An enormous statue depicting Colin Firth as a dripping wet Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries “Pride and Prejudice” has been installed in the Serpentine lake in London's Hyde Park. While Jane Austen would likely blush at the sight of a 12-foot statue of her most enduring romantic hero wearing a clingy, soaking wet white shirt -- especially since the scene in question never took place in her novel -- fans of the blockbuster miniseries are nevertheless thrilled.
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January 2, 2014 | By Lisa Rosen
When last we left Downton Abbey, the miracle of birth met with the tragedy of death. Poor Matthew Crawley met his end in a ditch - because actor Dan Stevens decided to move on. What would become of Lady Mary, new mother and widow? What would become of the rest of the lords and ladies, and those who attend them? When last we found Julian Fellowes, the series' creator and sole writer, he was in Manhattan promoting Season 4, which premieres on PBS' "Masterpiece" on Sunday. Having just heard the good news about the show's Golden Globe nod for dramatic series, as well as Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for Maggie Smith and the ensemble, he was about to head out for a celebratory drink with members of the cast, including Stevens, who now lives in New York.
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November 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
"Downton Abbey" fans, in January it'll be time to jump on a plane and head to ... Georgia. That's where Irish chauffeur and Lady Sybil's widower Tom Branson (a.k.a. actor Allen Leech) will be holding court in mid-January at Sea Island, a coastal resort about 80 miles north of Jacksonville, Fla. Leech, along with Jessica Fellowes, niece of "Downton Abbey" writer Julian Fellowes and author of "The World of Downton Abbey," will oversee a slew of activities about the popular PBS show that begins Season 4 on Jan. 5. The weekend begins with a pub quiz and dinner ($35 a person)
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October 10, 2013 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
When it comes to the star-crossed love of Romeo and Juliet, whether you use the language of Shakespeare or the discourse of Twitter, the passion must be scorching, the angst and the irony feuding, the desire unquenchable, the deaths unending. Anything less and you're left with an ordinary affair of the teenage heart. The newest "Romeo & Juliet" rendering, with Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld as the desperately devoted, is something else entirely. PHOTOS: Hollywood backlot moments So reverential is this play of the play, the Bard would likely blush.
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September 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Hailee Steinfeld and Taylor Swift are besties? Apparently! And it turns out "The Amazing Spider-Man" star Emma Stone introduced them.  "We met, oh my gosh, like three years ago through our mutual friend Emma Stone," Steinfeld  told E! on Wednesday at the Los Angeles premiere of her latest film, "Romeo and Juliet," at the Arclight Cinemas, where she was joined by the Grammy-winning singer.  Away from the spotlight, the celebrities are normal girls who " just love to kick back, listen to music, watch TV, bake, watch movies and all of that kind of stuff," Steinfeld previously told the site.  And, boy talk is like totally  required.
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July 18, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The British are known for maintaining a stiff upper lip, even in moments of triumph, which is why Julian Fellowes was glad to have a friend from Los Angeles with him at lunch when he learned that “Downton Abbey” had been nominated for a whopping 12 Emmys. “She was the one person who understands how important these things are, she was screaming around the restaurant,” he said via telephone from a London taxicab. “Downton Abbey's” impressive haul included a writing nod for Fellowes as well as nominations in each of the four acting categories for Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith and Jim Carter.
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July 9, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
As if the opportunity to watch “Downton Abbey” three months before everyone in America weren't enough, here's yet another reason to move to England:  An enormous statue depicting Colin Firth as a dripping wet Mr. Darcy in the 1995 BBC miniseries “Pride and Prejudice” has been installed in the Serpentine lake in London's Hyde Park. While Jane Austen would likely blush at the sight of a 12-foot statue of her most enduring romantic hero wearing a clingy, soaking wet white shirt -- especially since the scene in question never took place in her novel -- fans of the blockbuster miniseries are nevertheless thrilled.
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November 27, 2012 | By Scott Collins
Julian Fellowes is going to repaint "The Gilded Age" for NBC. Fellowes, the writer-producer behind PBS' smash period drama "Downton Abbey," will team with NBC for a series about the robber barons who monopolized American business in the 1880s. "This was a vivid time, with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record-breaking ostentation and savage rivalry; a time when money was king," Fellowes said in a statement.  Sounds a bit like today, doesn't it? But viewers should expect the typical Fellowes flourishes, including careful attention to period detail, allusions to historical events and juicy arch-villains.
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May 14, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
“Downton Abbey” fans, start polishing the silver and dusting off those morning suits: The dishy costume drama will return to PBS on Jan. 5. That means devoted viewers will have to wait 235 days to find out how the Crawley family is coping in the wake of dear Cousin Matthew's death -- that is, assuming they're able to avoid the rampant online spoilers that are destined to follow the series' broadcast this fall in the U.K.  “Masterpiece” executive...
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