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Kate Middleton To Visit The Set Of Downton Abbey!

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There was some soapy news out of Buckingham Palace late this week, when official word got out that the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is set for a visit to the set of Downton Abbey on March 12th!

Kate, who is a big fan of the series, will not be traveling to Highclere Castle where the beautiful exterior shots are filmed, but instead she will be visiting Ealing Studios in West London where the downstairs servants’ scenes are set.

According to PEOPLE:Kate will watch one take of a scene set among the servants, and then will head to the ‘video village’, where she will watch as the producers watch the scene played back.”

Kate will happen upon the action that is being taped for season six of the hit British series.  However, Palace sources can’t say yet which actors will be taking part in the scene that Kate, who is around eight months pregnant, will see. But series stars including: Dame Maggie Smith  (Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham), Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham) and Elizabeth McGovern (Cora, Countess of Grantham) are currently filming the show’s sixth season.

When Kate arrives to the set, she will be met by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, and shown around the studio.  Later, she will join a reception, where she’ll chat with cast members, writers, and producers.

What do you think of Kate’s upcoming visit to Downton Abbey? Wouldn’t it be fun to see her mingle with the Dowager Countess and the gang?   Comment below!

 

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I’m sure it’s against protocol; but, it would be a kick to see her do a walk on in a scene with the Dowager Countess.

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I love Downton Abbey! I thinkk it is wonderful that Kate will be visiting the set! Looking forward to seeing series 6.

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A show with the international prestige of “Downton Abbey” deserves no less than a visit from the Queen herself! I would love to see a meeting of “Her Majesty” with Grantham’s regal grand dame, the Dowager Countess Violet, aka “Dame Maggie!” Now THAT would be a real royal reception!

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IT’S OFFICIAL: Downton Abbey The Movie To Go Into Production This Summer

The highly-anticipated and rumored revival of Downton Abbey to the big screen is on!  Production is slated to begin later this summer.

From what we understand, all of the original cast is set to reprise their signature roles in the motion picture, written by series creator Julian Fellowes.

Fellowes will also serve as the executive producer along with other ‘Downton’ notables behind the scenes: Gareth Neame, Liz Trubridge, and Nigel Marchant. Brian Percival is set to direct.  Percival also directed the pilot episode of the critically-acclaimed and beloved period soap opera series.

In a statement, Gareth Neame expressed: “When the television series drew to a close it was our dream to bring the millions of global fans a movie and now, after getting many stars aligned, we are shortly to go into production.  Julian’s script charms, thrills and entertains and in Brian Percival’s hands we aim to deliver everything that one would hope for as Downton comes to the big screen.”

Focus Features chairman, Peter Kujawski, shared: “Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter. We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

Downton Abbey ran for six seasons on PBS  and received 15 Primetime Emmy awards and 69 nominations.

Actress Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates, took to Twitter with much enthusiasm at the news: “Delighted to announce we’re getting the band back together! #DowntonMovie #DowntonAbbey”

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Downton Abbey Movie Project Moving Forward; Projected For Production In 2018

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It looks like all of those earlier reports months ago about a production being put together for Downton Abbey: The Movie, may finally becoming to fruition. Numerous items detail that motion picture project is moving forward with production slated for sometime next year.

Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the AP: “We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year.”

Currently, the cast and writer Julian Fellowes have been on hand at the Downton Abbey exhibition which debuted in Singapore. However, some notable members of the company seemed surprised by the news including Laura Carmichael (Edith): “Well, tell my agent, because we’re still waiting to know. We’re hoping that will happen soon.”

Variety reports that an NBCUniversal spokesman confirmed the studio hopes to put the movie into production in 2018.

The Downton Abbey exhibition however, is set to travel to the United States and Australia with dates to be announced. (more…)

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SAG AWARD NOMINATIONS: Downton Abbey Scores Drama Series Ensemble Nod; This Is Us Star Sterling K. Brown Tapped For Two!

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Nominations were announced this morning for the 23rd Annual SAG (Screen Actors Guild) Awards for performances in motion pictures and television.

The awards ill be handed out Sunday, January 29th at the Shrine Exposition Center in Los Angeles. The ceremony will air live at 8/7c (5 p.m./PT) on both TBS and TNT.

For its sixth and final season, the British period soap, Downton Abbey once again made the finals in the Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama.  They will go up against, The Crown, Game of Thrones, Stranger Things and Westworld.  On the snub side: the widely acclaimed and highly-rated This Is Us failed to score a nomination in the category.

In addition, this is the first time that Dame Maggie Smith did not wind up with a Lead Actress in a Drama Series nomination for her performance as the Dowager Countess on Downton Abbey. (more…)

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