Friday, January 30, 2015

‘Downton Abbey' To End This Year After Six Series As Cast Go Job-Hunting In The US

The Huffington Post UK |  BY Matt Bagwell
Posted: 29/01/2015 07:20 GMT Updated: 29/01/2015 07:59 GMT

The next series of ‘Downton Abbey’ will be the last, according to reports.

The ITV period drama, which stars Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith, will end after the sixth series airs later this year.

The final installment is set to be filmed over the spring and summer and will hit our screens in September.

Writer Julian Fellowes is set to begin working on a brand new series, ‘The Gilded Age’, about 19th century New York, whilst agents for the cast are already in talks to find them new roles.

A source told The Mirror: “It’s an open secret that Downton is ending this year.

"Some of the actors are keen to let it be known they will be available for work after the summer. Some are interested in the US, where Downton is as popular as it is in the UK.

“Joanne Froggatt, Laura Carmichael and Allen Leech were in Los Angeles for the [SAG] awards last week and there were several meetings about both TV and film roles.”

Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, has spoken in the past about working in America.

She said: “It feels as though there are more opportunities for us over there. “I love spending time there.”


Keira Knightley Keeps Her Baby Bump All Bundled Up During London Outing—See the Pic!

January 29, 2015

Keira Knightley

Keira Knightley is taking a well-deserved break from all the hullabaloo of awards season to spend some quality time at home in London with her hubby James Righton.

The Imitation Game stunner was spotted on a midday stroll earlier today, doing her best to stay warm and keep her baby bump all covered up in an oversized shearling coat.

And before you go criticizing the Oscar nominees casual ensemble, we'd like to point out that Knightley herself just explained in Elle U.K.'s March issue that she isn't one to follow fashion trends too strictly.


First look pictures of Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson and Matthew Macfadyen in The Enfield Haunting

By Ben Dowell
Friday 30 January 2015 at 08:00AM

First look pictures of Timothy Spall, Juliet Stevenson and Matthew Macfadyen in The Enfield Haunting

Here is the first spooky glimpse of the cast of Sky’s new drama about the ghostly goings on in a north London house in the late 1970s.

Timothy Spall, Matthew Macfadyen and Juliet Stevenson star in The Enfield Haunting which tells the story of events purported to have happened in a house in Enfield in autumn 1977 - one of the most documented accounts of poltergeist activity in British history.

Timothy Spall stars as Maurice Grosse, a rookie paranormal researcher drawn to the house on Green Street in Enfield after a recent tragedy in his life. He is joined in his quest to investigate the strange incidents at the address by his wife Betty, played by Bafta nominated actress Juliet Stevenson.

Ripper Street's Matthew Macfadyen plays Guy Lyon Playfair, a sceptical but experienced investigator who helps Maurice and Betty.

The drama is adapted from Lyon Playfair's book, This House is Haunted which draws on extensive witness statements, recordings and documentation from the time.


Thursday, January 29, 2015

12 Characters Benedict Cumberbatch Could Have Played In 'Harry Potter,' Because He Would Have Fit Right In At Hogwarts



It’s a thing now, guys: Benedict Cumberbatch is everywhere. He’s been all up in the buzzy bits of the Internet for a long while now, but his meme potential has never lessened. The Cumberbatch obsession may have begun with the fervent exchange of Sherlock gifs on Tumblr, but it’s evolved since then to the wider world, who has gleefully embracing all of the possible mashups his name allows (Cumberbaby! Blunderbatch!) in addition to mercilessly mocking him for being in absolutely everything. Lovingly, though, of course. Most recently, even former Luna Lovegood Evanna Lynch joined the Benedict Cumberbatch obsession, and tweeted an image of Cumberbatch alongside the most amazing caption known to man (at least, for today): ”Crumplehorned Snorkack is my favourite actor. #sorrynotsorry #thankstumblr.”

It was some classic, Cumberbatch-inspired humor (Cumberhumor?), but it also reminded me of another important Cumberissue: We haven’t talked nearly enough about who he should have played in Harry Potter.

I mean, it’s not that farfetched a question: If you squint, you can see half the population of Britain’s actors passing through the Harry Potter movies at one point or another, and yet Cumberbatch was nowhere to be found. This Cumberloss is understandable, but it also seems like a bit of a missed opportunity! So, with Lynch’s tweet as an excuse, let’s combine nostalgia for the first series of films and hope for an eventual reboot: Let’s fancast Benedict Cumberbatch in Harry Potter. Dude’s got range, the options are nearly endless!

Here are some characters he could have played:

Severus Snape

We already know about his Alan Rickman impression, and he’s actually a much more suitable age to play someone from the immediately-pre-Harry generation. Plus, you know…he could pull off intimidating and mysterious well. (However, I don’t know how I’d feel about being inexplicably attracted to Severus Snape.)


He’s already proven his ability to play CGI’d characters, why not give him the chance to play this self-sacrificing house elf?

James Potter

A character who did not get nearly enough page- or screen-time. He’s got the dark hair, and could totally help inspire audience waterworks as a spirit guiding his son.

All Of the Marauders At Once

He could really play all of them. James? Yeah! Remus? Hell yeah! Sirius Black? With the right costuming! Peter? Sure, I guess! Give him a chance to really challenge himself with one Cumberbatch mega-movie extravaganza.

James McAvoy is magnetic in caustic class comedy

By Kate GoodacreWednesday,
Jan 28 2015, 7:01pm EST

Serena Evans as Lady Claire, James McAvoy as Jack and Kathryn Drysdale as Grace in The Ruling Class
Serena Evans as Lady Claire, James McAvoy as Jack and Kathryn Drysdale as Grace

Originally penned in an era between the Profumo and Jellicoe political scandals, Peter Barnes's The Ruling Class is a caustic, uncompromising and deeply underrated character study. Anyone who may have feared that its notions of rigid hierarchy, polite expectation, jumped-up patriotism and reactionary politics would be outdated in the 21st century need not worry.

Trafalgar Transformed's artistic director Jamie Lloyd has reunited with James McAvoy for The Ruling Class following their successful reinterpretation of Macbeth at Trafalgar Studios in early 2013, and McAvoy's troubled Jack - who becomes the 14th Earl of Gurney after his father dies in an unusual accident - is a supremely skilled orator.

Diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, the 14th Earl believes he is another kind of Lord entirely, returning to the family seat after seven years away proclaiming himself to be the resurrection and the life. Jack argues his case with the skill and duplicity - deliberate or otherwise - of a politician on the Radio 4 Today program, most notably when he's trying to convince his family that his fictional wife actually exists in a bid to avoid being married off.

McAvoy clearly relishes the opportunity to work with a surreal script packed with puns, innuendo and intricate wordplay, and his silver-tongued delivery and performance oozes with the kind of easy charm that these days wins votes and election to the seat of power. He breaks the fourth wall at regular intervals with a glint in his eye, at one point quipping: "What a lovely crowd. God bless you."

Mental illness doesn't care for class or background or breeding, and for all of the mania so skilfully and physically portrayed by McAvoy, it's the quieter moments that leave the greatest impact.

When Jack laments that his greatest regret is his "many wasted years", it's sentiment that may well resonate with many who have experienced the black dog's indiscriminate grip first-hand. The 14th Earl's quiet crisis at the end of the first act as all his safety mechanisms collapse around him, his responsibilities as a husband and father really hit home, and the brutal, real world around him reveals itself, is utterly chilling. You can't help but feel for him in that moment.

Elsewhere Joshua McGuire - recently seen as John Ruskin in Mike Leigh's Mr Turner - is note-perfect as simpering, snivelling, self-serving Conservative politician Dinsdale, Jack's cousin, while Anthony O'Donnell (as communist Gurney family butler Daniel Tucker) and Elliot Levey (Jack's psychiatrist Dr Herder) also turn in magnificent performances.

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