Almost legal, ‘The Full Monty’ turns 20!

Recently, someone told me that when you start trying to remember any kind of anniversary of a favorite movie, the standard rule is you come up with a number as to how long ago you think it premiered and then add five years to the total and, generally, you will be correct at that point. […]

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Downton Abbey 1 & 2 – 16 hours in 5 minutes

Downton Abbey I & II – 16 hours in 5 minutes It’s hard to believe that a mere two years ago, the world had never heard of Downton Abbey, the Dowager Countess, Matthew & Mary, Carson or Bates. It was January 2011 that the Julian Fellowes penned drama series crashed the U.S. television party as […]

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It's never too early to plan that Downton Abbey 3 watching party

With the welcome thought that, no matter where you find yourself in the UK or in America, every day that passes is one day closer to the premiere of Downton Abbey 3. Writer Julian Fellowes had me with just the thought of the first Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith)/Martha Levinson (Shirley MacLaine) Kodak moment. Don’t really […]

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Julian Fellowes' Titanic

By creating Downton Abbey, you’ve now written the most successful British costume drama since the 1981 television serial version of Brideshead Revisited. How does Julian Fellowes, the creator/writer of what is now considered by the Guinness Book of Records as the most critically acclaimed English-language television show of 2011, occupy his time between the end […]

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Julian Fellowes' Titanic. Downton Abbey at sea?

You’ve just written one of the most successful drama series in the history of ITV in the critically-acclaimed, award-winning, Downton Abbey. You’ve had a second season commissioned almost instantly with shooting completed and a Fall 2011 target date sent for UK transmission (January 8, 2012 premiere set in the U.S. on PBS stations nationwide in […]

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Begin the weekend scattershooting

Julian Fellowes….Titanic….can’t wait What’s next from the mind of Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park, Downton Abbey) you might ask? Titanic, what else. Thankfully, not quite a spin-off in the American sense of the word (i.e. The Cleveland Show from The Simpsons or Joey from Friends or The Jeffersons from All in the Family) but there is […]

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Upstairs Downstairs – the beginning

Belgravia, 10 April: Thankfully, 165 Eaton Place recently took down the “To Let” signage and opened it’s doors once again after some 40 years of being on the market. The BBC signed a long-term lease on the newest incarnation of a television classic with the commissioning of a second series for a late Fall 2011 […]

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