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Shirley MacLaine Reveals More On Her Upcoming Role On Downton Abbey!

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Oscar winner Shirley MacLaine, who will next be seen in season three of the hit Masterpiece Classic, Downton Abbey on PBS revealed to TV Guide a bit more about the character she plays!  Shirley appears in the first two episodes as Martha Levinson, mother of Lady Cora played by Elizabeth McGovern.

MacLaine revealed,  “I sort of had to make her personality up!  She is from Long Island and finally lands at Downton Abbey and sees what’s happening to the place when everyone’s coming back from the war. What makes Martha interesting is her reactions to tradition and the class system.  I do my best to be kind to tradition, but frankly think it should shift.”

Shirley did have highly anticipated scenes with Downton series star and Oscar winner, Maggie Smith (Dowager Countess) as well!  She detailed,  “Our characters’ relationship is probably not what you’d think!  Maggie and I are both so old, we have a lot of time on us to discuss.

MacLaine who is a big believer in reincarnation stated about playing in the period piece soap, “It was like stepping back in time. The whole place seemed haunted and full of otherworldly spirits.”

Are you looking forward to seeing Shirley on Downton Abbey? Let us know!

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Bert
Bert

Most definitely. Wish it was for more than 2 episodes. However will be glad to get her back to Santa Fe for opening night at the opera. Bet she and Maggie Smith will be magnificent together. Shirley needs to be on screen more. Of course, if she desires……

david
david

Yes, I am looking forward to seeing Shirley on Downton Abbey and excited about its third season. PBS just broadcast the first episode of the first season last night on Masterpiece. The first two seasons will be repeated before the start of the third. Downton Abbey DVDs can be borrowed from many public libraries too.

lisa
lisa

Most definitely !!
I just started watching Downton Abbey in season 2,and have become an avid fan.
Can`t wait for season 3.

Nancy Wizner
Nancy Wizner

Downton Abbey is one of my favorite shows now. I have been catching up through Netflix and loving it. Looking forward to season 3, and yes, Shirley McLaine will most definitely add to the elegance of the show. Would love to see her on more than 2 episodes.

Susan M.
Susan M.

I like the old movies she did with Frank Sintra (can-can)………..The one with Paul Newman when he was a artist in this movie and all her husbands died once they got sucess…(What A Way To Go) Etc………… Don’t know much about her new stuff…….

Susan M.
Susan M.

Is this on-line????????? Or on the T.V. if so what channel???????????

SZima
SZima

Love, love this show and I’m looking forward to Shirley being on it. ## Nancy Wizner, I think 2 episodes is just fine. The cast is so large now and really doesn’t need another regular, but an occasional visit would be nice.

Theresa
Theresa

I can’t wait for the first episode to begin. I know Shirley will will give an outstanding performance. Those two ladies have so much stage appeal and knowledge!

Diliz
Diliz

OH YES…this is brilliant casting, and I too am disappointed that she’ll only be in TWO episodes? REALLY? Perhaps they are just “teasing”? I cannot WAIT for this outstanding series to continue….about the only show on tv worth watching if you ask me!

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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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