Rejoice, American Downton Abbey fans, the soapiest costume drama in the land returns to TV on Sunday and hopefully you haven’t been so much Internet searching on the goings on of the Crawley family and their employees that you haven’t had the entire season spoiled for you yet. (Seriously, stop searching, because those spoilers will catch up with you!) One of the best things about the show’s return to PBS’ Masterpiece — especially now that it’s at the height of popularity — is seeing the cast in their modern street clothes, laughing and joking like their fictional counterparts never would. We’ve seen Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley) tweet from the subway, Robert James-Collier (Thomas) talk sexual politics in Out and those two joined by Jim Carter (Mr. Carson) in a silly Downton/Breaking Badmash-up on The Colbert Report. Guest star Shirley MacLaine trotted out her paranormal expertise to talk about the ghosts haunting Highclere, the estate where the show is shot. Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) has been gracing the New York stage with Jessica Chastain in The Heiress all season, while Joanne Froggatt and Sophie McShera showed that when they put on makeup and get out of those dreadful maids’ uniforms, they’re total knockouts.
Sure, it must be fun to traipse around a fancy English estate for a living, but we get the feeling the cast revels in the chance to show the world what they’re like in real life. See for yourself in the gallery below:
It’s New Year’s Eve — time to get out the bubbly, steal a midnight kiss, watch the ball drop in Times Square, and hope the pressure doesn’t build too much to have the most epic night ever. Maybe instead you want to leave the partying to the amateurs and spend the night in with one of these great (and terrible) movies about what can be the best or worst night of the year. From all time classics like The Apartment to not so great movies like New Year’s Eve, here are five flicks to get you through to 2013.
When Harry Met Sally – It’s the rom-com that begot all rom-coms of our time, this Rob Reiner classic is filed with so many one liners and memorable moments, I find myself reenacting this scene every time I’m at Katz’s Deli in New York. But seriously, Mindy Kaling isn’t the only one who was fed on Nora Ephron films. Of course, the final New Year’s Eve scene is the climactic moment when Harry furiously runs through the abandoned streets of New York as “It Had to Be You” plays in the background has set the standard for every romantic scene in every movie we’ve seen since then.
The Poseidon Adventure – The classic action film starring a very young Gene Hackman follows the passengers of the SS Poseidon after their ship has been overturned from a massive tsunami. As the clock strikes midnight, guests are drinking, dancing and celebrating the New Year as usual. The next moment, their lives are literally turned upside down, as the guests try to find a way safely out of the capsized ship. Now that’s a way to start the new year!
200 Cigarettes – Even though this film takes place in 1981 in New York City, 200 Cigarettes could not seem more like a ’90s Gen X film. Courtney Love? Check. Janeane Garofalo? Check. Cynicism? Check. Kevin, played by the never-aging Paul Rudd, laments how New Year’s Eve creates “an obligation to enjoy oneself.” We have to admit, this is pretty true. As much as we are excited about 2013, there is always pressure to make the night of the most memorable event as possible. But if Paul Rudd were at our party, we would not be complaining. Read more…
Is it 2013 yet? Vulture brought our attention this morning to a bootleg version of ITV’s trailer for series three of Downton Abbey, and man, does it make January seem like a long way away. A previous bootleg video from TV Land’s tribute to Shirley Maclaine already had us super excited for her character, Martha Levinson, Lady Grantham’s mother, and her priceless interactions with Maggie Smith‘s Dowager Countess. But this is our first peek at what else is going on at the Abbey now that the war is over and Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Mary (Michelle Dockery) are finally together for real. … Or are they? Read more…
Classic movies transcend time.The impact of iconic movies leads to the inevitable remake decades later. The 1989 Steel Magnolias film is no exception, and is being remade as a Lifetime movie starring a predominantly black cast. And like the original with heavy hitter actresses such as Sally Field, Julia Roberts and Shirley MacLaine, the 2012 remake has enlisted some of Hollywood’s top A-listers to bring a group of six friends together in more modern times.
Howdy, partner! While last night’s Bernie premiere wasn’t the first time Matthew McConaughey has shown off his new ‘stache, his decision to top off his ensemble with a cowboy hat certainly brings out the Marlboro Man vibe—or the John Holmes vibe depending on your cultural reference point. Do you dig the look, or would you rather he bring back the smooth-faced Surfer, Dude aesthetic we’ve seen for years? Check out the gallery below for shots of mustachioed Mateo with wife Camila Alves and co-stars Jack Black and Shirley MacLaine. You have to assume movie is relatively serious if Jack isn’t pulling his Kung Fu Panda craziness on the carpet.