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‘Victoria’ Review: The Romance Is Still Alive In a Bloated But Breezy Second Season

To deliver the next chapter in the life of one of England’s most influential monarchs, PBS’ “Victoria” is leaning into its soapier side. Although Queen Victoria led a fascinating life, creator Daisy Goodwin doesn’t seem content with merely dramatizing historical events. Instead, in Season 2 she adds a layer of “Downton Abbey”-lite shenanigans downstairs, along with a series of manufactured romances for good measure. What results is too much story and not enough impact.

Beyond this narrative bloat, the series feels too neatly turned out in both story and characterizations, while eschewing subtlety and depth. This makes for curiously bland melodrama, but at least it’s saved by some gorgeous visuals and notable performances.

Anchoring the series, Jenna Coleman and Tom Hughes are back as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, the royal pair who couldn’t keep their hands off each other after a brief period of trying to deny their feelings.
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‘Liar’ Renewed for Season 2 at SundanceTV

The thrills will continue over on SundanceTV, as the network announced Saturday its drama “Liar” has been renewed for a second season. Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”) and Ioan Gruffudd (“Fantastic Four”) are both returning for Season 2 of the psychological drama, which will premiere in 2019. The installment will again be penned and executive produced by series creators Jack Williams and Harry Williams of Two Brothers Pictures (“The Missing,” “Fleabag”) and co-produced with ITV and all3media International. “We are pleased that this story will return for its final chapter, and we can’t wait to be reunited with the brilliant Joanne and Ioan,” said the...
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Dave Johns gathers his wrestling troops to save the local pub in trailer for Walk Like A Panther

Author: Zehra Phelan

20th Century Fox has graced us with a first look trailer for British Comedy, Walk Like A Panther.

Taking on the aesthetic of a 21st century Full Monty but with ageing wrestlers taking on one last battle to save their local hang out… The Half Nelson Pub.

Written and directed by Dan Cadan, who makes his feature film debut, the film has a stellar British cast of BAFTA Award nominee Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge, “Boardwalk Empire”), British Independent Film Award winner Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) and Jill Halfpenny (“Humans,” “EastEnders”).

The ensemble British cast also includes Sue Johnston (“Downton Abbey,” “The Royle Family”), Lindsey Coulson (“EastEnders,” “The Level”), Julian Sands (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, “Crooked House”), Jason Flemyng (upcoming Mystery of the Iron Mask: Journey to China, Snatch), Stephen Tompkinson (“Wild at Heart”, “Dci Banks”), Michael Socha (“This is
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Downton Abbey movie could shoot this summer

It could be a big year for Downton Abbey fans, as the Mail on Sunday is reporting that production on the long-rumoured feature film is slated to get underway this summer.

The paper reports that some interior shooting is slated to take place at various locations including Highclere Castle in Berkshire, which is scheduled to close in the first week of June. Meanwhile, actress Phyllis Logan – who portrayed the character of housekeeper Mrs. Hughes, has revealed that the producers have been in touch with the cast about clearing dates in their diaries.

“Everyone’s been asked what’s going on between this date and that date,” said Logan. “So we just hope that all the elements – because there are so many – come together. To have a last hurrah with all the characters, going back to the castle and seeing all the old muckers will be fantastic. I’m certainly up for it…
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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’

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The Best Original Screenplay Oscar Winners of the 21st Century Ranked, From ‘Her’ to ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’
Compare the movies that have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards to those that have taken home Best Original Screenplay and you’ll find that, as often as not, the latter is the more impressive list. Sometimes they overlap, but when they don’t — “Pulp Fiction” and “Forrest Gump,” “Talk to Her” and “Chicago,” “Melvin and Howard” and “Ordinary People” — it almost feels like a tacit admission that the Academy is throwing a bone to the film that’ll be more fondly remembered than the ultimate winner.

It only makes sense, then, that any number of great filmmakers have been honored in this category without ever winning Best Director or Picture: Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Spike Jonze. These wordsmiths are worth celebrating, and these are the best — and worst — of them since 2000.

17. “Crash” (2005)

It likely comes as little surprise that Paul Haggis’ surprise Best Picture winner takes last place on this list,
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Will There be a “Downton Abbey” Movie in 2018?

Recently, rumors have been flying that there will be a “Downton Abbey” movie and fans couldn’t be more excited. Since the conclusion of the ITV period drama in December of 2015, a movie creation has been discussed, but now, it is something that is actually “in the works.” Created by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey is considered a historical drama, turned into a television series. It was co-produced by Masterpiece and Carnival Films. This show, which has since become an unparalleled hit, originally aired on ITV back in September of 2010. While the series was set at the fictional Yorkshire estate,

Will There be a “Downton Abbey” Movie in 2018?
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Win A Family Four Pack Of Passes To The Advance Screening Of Paddington 2 In St. Louis

Following the worldwide hit “Paddington,” one of the most successful family films of all time, this much-anticipated sequel finds Paddington (Ben Whishaw) happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.

While searching for the perfect present for his beloved Aunt Lucy’s hundredth birthday, Paddington sees a unique pop-up book in Mr. Gruber’s antique shop, and embarks upon a series of odd jobs to buy it. But when the book is stolen, it’s up to Paddington and the Browns to unmask the thief.

Reuniting many of the original film’s cast while welcoming those in new roles, Paddington 2 stars Golden Globe nominee Hugh Bonneville (“Downton Abbey”), Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), three-time Golden Globe nominee Brendan Gleeson (“The Guard,” “Into the Storm,” “In Bruges”), Oscar nominee Julie Walters (“Billy Elliot,
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Five Things You Didn’t Know about Daisy Lewis

Daisy Lewis is a British actress who has demonstrated an interest in directing and writing as well. A lot of people will know her for playing the part of the outspoken Sarah Bunting on Downton Abbey, which is a role that resonated with her own thoughts and opinions. With that said, Lewis’s name has recently come up in the news because Tatler magazine wrote an article stating that Lewis seemed like she would be “fun in bed,” which was rather tasteless to say the least. As a result, Lewis spoke out about the issue on social media, thus prompting the

Five Things You Didn’t Know about Daisy Lewis
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Netflix Renews Jason Momoa's Frontier For Season 3

If you're not watching Jason Momoa's Netflix series Frontier, you should be! It's a really freakin' good series. I'm still in the process of watching it and I've been enjoying it. I put off watching it for awhile, but once I started I was hooked. So, it's good to learn that it's been renewed for a third season.

Season 3 is said to consist of six episodes and will premiere in 2018. If you aren't familiar with the series, Momoa stars as Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-native American outlaw campaigning to breach the fur trade.

The series was co-created by Rob and Peter Blackie and it also stars Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove), Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, Braveheart), Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey, Sons of Anarchy), Jessica Matten (A Red Girl’s Reasoning), Allan Hawco (Republic of Doyle) and Katie McGrath (King Arthur: Legend of the Sword).

‘Frontier’ Renewed For Season 3 By Netflix

Frontier is returning for third go-round. Netflix has ordered a six-episode third season of the period drama series starring Jason Momoa for premiere in 2018. Co-created by Rob and Peter Blackie, Frontier centers on Momoa’s Declan Harp, a part-Irish, part-native American outlaw campaigning to breach the fur trade. Cast also features Landon Liboiron (Hemlock Grove) and Alun Armstrong (New Tricks, Braveheart), Zoe Boyle (Downton Abbey, Sons of Anarchy), Jessica Matten (A Red…
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Princess Diana’s Childhood Home Is Ready for Christmas — See the Giant 25-Foot Tree!

Princess Diana’s Childhood Home Is Ready for Christmas — See the Giant 25-Foot Tree!
Princess Diana’s brother Charles, 9th Earl Spencer, has opened up his family home at the most wonderful time of the year.

Spencer installed a magnificent 25-ft. tree dominating the Saloon, which boasts Althorp House’s main staircase. It’s “the largest tree we’ve ever had here,” he tweeted Wednesday.

Spencer, 53, and his wife Karen, the founder of Whole Child International, are expecting to host a large family celebration over the holidays.

The towering tree was unveiled as the cameras for a local TV station caught the finishing touches being made to the laying of a grand new carpet.
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Joan Jett and Mayim Bialik Want to Meet You to Save Farm Animals

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Here's an odd pairing -- '80s rock stars, current TV stars and possibly you ... hooking up to protect farm animals. Any takers? The celebs are auctioning off meet-and-greets to raise funds for a NY based nonprofit called Farm Sanctuary -- and they've got quite a stable of talent.  Joan Jett, Richard Marx and Mary Chapin Carpenter are on board -- along with Mayim Bialik from 'Big Bang Theory,' Emma Kenney from "Shameless" and "Downton Abbey" star Lesley Nicol.
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Fact Vs. Fiction: Princess Margaret's 'Raunchy' Marriage (Affairs! A Love Child!) on The Crown

There is much more to know about Princess Margaret than her doomed love affair, her taste for liquor and her epic put-downs.

Now a new generation of royals fans will be introduced to her wild marriage to society photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, a central theme of season two of The Crown.

Margaret (Vanessa Kirby) married Armstrong-Jones (Downton Abbey‘s Matthew Goode) in May 1960 — but even while they planned their engagement, the groom-to-be was still conducting another affair.

As he prepared to head to Queen Elizabeth’s Scottish retreat of Balmoral in the fall of 1959, Armstrong-Jones was sleeping with Camilla Fry, who
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The Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2017

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The Most Disappointing TV Shows of 2017
In the age of peak TV, there’s a lot of bad television out there. But rather than take the time to highlight what everyone should already be forgetting, IndieWire is examining the heartbreaking misses of 2017; the shows that felt like they had something special — either in concept, talent, or early episodes — but failed to fulfill that promise.

For the shows that weren’t cancelled, hope rings eternal. TV is a medium that allows for development, improvement, and the virtual erasure of bad first impressions. The shows below might be a long way from getting good, but their break bad hurt enough that even for the most disappointing, we still hope for the best.

And if you like any shows on the list, then good luck and godspeed. You found something there that we only wish we could have seen. Maybe next year.

Read More:The 25 Best TV Episodes of 2017, Ranked
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SAG Awards TV Predictions 2018: Why ‘The Deuce’ and ‘Glow’ Could Disrupt the Race

SAG Awards TV Predictions 2018: Why ‘The Deuce’ and ‘Glow’ Could Disrupt the Race
The Golden Globes are traditionally TV’s awards disrupters. With so many new shows nominated, it elevates them long enough to (potentially) make a difference at the Emmys. But the SAG Awards are a more telling barometer of industry enthusiasm.

Actors make up a large chunk of the TV Academy membership — much more so than the 80-odd members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association — which means seeing what they’re rewarding in December can often predict what might be a player when Emmy season begins next spring.

With so many shows launching in April to take advantage of Emmy voting, series that premiere in the fall need Globes and SAG Awards love to keep buzz alive through the winter and into the spring. Shows like “The Deuce,” “Glow,” “Ozark,” “Mindhunter,” “Godless,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” and “Smilf” are aiming for a little extra attention right now.

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‘Big Little Lies’ May No Longer Be a Limited Series, But It Can Still Get Away With Competing As One — For Now

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‘Big Little Lies’ May No Longer Be a Limited Series, But It Can Still Get Away With Competing As One — For Now
This may be the biggest little lie of “Big Little Lies.” The show won eight Emmys this September, and now dominated this year’s Golden Globes TV nominations — but as a limited series. Now, with a second season on the horizon, “Big Little Lies” faces a category conundrum.

HBO said it hasn’t yet determined whether “Big Little Lies” will continue to be produced as a limited series, or if it will graduate to full drama series status. Much of that decision will now come down to episodic order, per TV Academy rules.

The org, which generally sets the standard that other awards shows then follow, classifies a “limited series” as “programs of two or more episodes with a total running time of at least 150 program minutes that tell a complete, non-recurring story, and do not have an ongoing storyline and/or main characters in subsequent seasons.”

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The Downton Abbey Gift Guide That Will Help You Cope With It Being Off the Air

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Downton Abbey is no longer with us, and we're still looking for ways to cope with our great loss. There are only so many sassy Lady Violet GIFs you can use to cheer yourself up, so we've thought of another way to lift your spirits: a plethora of Downton Abbey-inspired gifts. What better way to mend after such an emotional end? We've got gifts both earnest (the Christmas album) and cheeky (the cat parody), so something in here is sure to cheer up even the most Dowager Countess-y friend in your life. RelatedJohn Legend Adds Lyrics to the Downton Abbey Theme Song, and It's Hilariously Accurate
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iZombie Season 4: Liv Feeds on Snobby Dowager Brain — 2018 First Look

iZombie Season 4: Liv Feeds on Snobby Dowager Brain — 2018 First Look
Chew on this: iZombie brain-eater Liv and Dame Maggie Smith have something in common — or at least they will, when the CW series’ undead heroine chows down on her next meal.

In Season 4’s second episode, Liv feeds on the noggin of a rich, haughty dowager, and as you can see in TVLine’s exclusive first look, she really gets into character as she takes on the widow’s mannerisms and fashion.

But while Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey was feared but respected by her servants, Liv’s food
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New images from Mary, Queen of Scots featuring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie

EW has revealed two images from the upcoming historical drama Mary, Queen of Scots giving us a new look at Saoirse Ronan as the titular character and our first official look at Margot Robbie as Queen Elizabeth I; take a look here…

Mary, Queen of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth 1. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion,
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Film Review: Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’

Film Review: Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’
We find ourselves at a curious moment in Hollywood history when producers seem obsessed with turning every property, from the Avengers comics to Agatha Christie’s mystery novels, into a potential franchise. Earlier this fall, the twist at the end of Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” wasn’t whodunit (practically everyone knew the solution going in) but the tantalizing suggestion that Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot couldn’t stick around, since his services were needed to investigate a “Death on the Nile.”

The trouble facing studios with this “extended universe” impulse is that they can’t always maintain a monopoly on characters (the X-Men lived at Fox, and Sony had Spider-Man at the moment Disney started making Marvel movies), allowing others to swoop in and take advantage of the goodwill a successful tentpole builds for any associated characters. Take Christie’s murder-mystery oeuvre. The British crime novelist wrote at least 70 books, and Fox can
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