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The Cast Of Downton Abbey Responds To Inaccurate Press Photo With Now Notorious Plastic Water Bottle! See How They Did It!

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The “watercooler” moment of last week was a recent press photo for the upcoming fifth season of Downton Abbey!

In the photo, the Earl of Grantham (Hugh Bonneville) and his daughter, Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) are standing in front of a mantle, only on the right side of the picture is a plastic water bottle! Something that would have never been present in this period drama.

In fact, plastic bottles were not in wide use in the UK until the 1960s – 36 years after the new series of Downton takes place.  The image was later removed from Instagram and the ITV press site.  But one fan, according to the BBC News,  offered a potential get-out clause for the makers of the period show.  “Obviously the Crawley family invented the water bottle, and that’s how they were able to support the estate,” tweeted Diana Pearl.

But yesterday, the cast of Downton Abbey had some fun with the gaffe! In fact, they and the show’s PR team smartly gathered together to take this fantastic photo for the official Downton Abbey Instagram account where each of the actors does a hilarious look holding a plastic water bottle up, which goes with the photos tag line of hashtag “wH2oops.”

What do you think of the plastic water bottle mishap? And are you loving this photo as much as we are?  Looking forward to Downton Abbey season five when it premieres in the U.S. in January 2015? Let us know!

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It was a honest mistake– and they found a very funny and gracious way of handling it.

bettyrj
bettyrj

Love it! They were not mortified in the least and made lemonade out of the lemons!

Rodd
Rodd

Great take on the bottle mishap!
Looking forward to next season!

Shay
Shay

Too funny! And what great sports laughing at their own expense. Also a kick to see the cast in their modern-day attire. Mrs. Patmore and Mrs. Hughes are especially fetching and SO unlike their dowdy Downton counterparts! Cannot wait for Season 5….have just been re-watching the 4th and it definitely whetted my appetite for more Crawley family antics.

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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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