DOWNTON ABBEY Renewed for Season Five

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In a surprise to absolutely no one, the British drama series Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fifth season.  The show ended its fourth season in the UK on ITV this past Sunday night with the highest ratings of any UK drama this year, so clearly the series is not dwindling in popularity.  Season four doesn’t premiere here in the US until January, and presumably season five won’t air on PBS until January 2015.  Creator Julian Fellowes recently stated that Downton “won’t be like an American show that goes on for 12 years,” adding that he doesn’t know what there will be after season five, so it’s possible that next year could be the last run of new Downton episodes.

Of course, the studio behind the show will likely work to keep it going as long as possible, so who knows how long Downton Abbey will continue to grace our TV screens.

Screenwriter Julian Fellowes Talks ROMEO & JULIET, Adapting Shakespeare, DOWNTON ABBEY Season Four (and Five), GILDED AGE, and More

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Romeo & Juliet is the timeless story of star-crossed lovers from warring families.  The families of Montague and Capulet will use any excuse to publicly fight in the streets of Verona, so when Romeo (Douglas Booth) falls for Juliet (Hailee Steinfeld), it quickly receives the wrath of both of their families, when all they want to do is be together forever.  Written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Carlo Carlei, the film also stars Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Lesley Manville.

At the film’s press day, screenwriter Julian Fellowes (who is also the creator/writer of the hit drama series Downton Abbey) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he was excited to tackle Romeo & Juliet for the big screen, how he worked exclusively from the play itself, and watching actors Douglas Booth and Hailee Steinfeld bring it to life.  He also talked about how viewers seem to hold him personally responsible, anytime an actor leaves Downton Abbey, how Paul Giamatti came to be doing the Christmas episode for this season, that he doesn’t know exactly how long the show will continue to run for, even though there will definitely be a fifth season, and how he’s writing a series for American television, called The Guilded Age, that he will do after Downton Abbey is finished.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

Creator Julian Fellowes Might Leave DOWNTON ABBEY

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It’s been a few days since the season three finale of Downton Abbey aired here in the States, but some fans are likely still reeling from the abrupt departure of one of the show’s main characters in the episode’s final moments—assuming you weren’t spoiled when it aired in the UK back in December.  Now it looks like another major departure could be in store for the wildly popular period series, as creator/showrunner Julian Fellowes has revealed that he might be stepping down from his head position at Downton Abbey in the near future.  Hit the jump for more.

DOWNTON ABBEY Creator Julian Fellowes To Create New Period Drama, THE GILDED AGE, for NBC

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Looking to class up their schedule, it seems that NBC has ordered a new series from Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes.  Since the formerly ignored Edwardian period has found a TV and filmic renaissance of late, (which Downton Abbey has been largely responsible for), the new series will move back in time slightly to the vastly more chronicled Victorian Era, specifically the American Gilded Age.

The series, called — wait for it — The Gilded Age, will center around the wealthy titans of industry in 1880s New York.  For more on the series and what Fellowes has said about that historical era, hit the jump.

DOWNTON ABBEY Renewed for Season Four

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The upstairs/downstairs shenanigans of Downton Abbey are poised to continue for at least another year.  Hot off its highest U.K. ratings to-date for the show’s third season, THR reports that the British drama Downton Abbey has been renewed for a fourth season by ITV.  Series creator/showrunner Julian Fellowes recently opined that it would be strange to see ITV not order another season of the addictive soap, and it appears that his intuition was spot-on.  Season three averaged 9.7 million viewers on ITV when factoring in same-day DVR viewing, which is a rise over season two’s 9.5 million average.

We’ll finally get to see the continued adventures of Lord and Lady Grantham over here in the states on PBS on January 6th, when season three has its U.S. premiere.  A two-hour Christmas special will air on ITV on Christmas Day, which finds The Granthams taking a summer break in Scotland.  Season four will be set in the early 1920s and is expected to air on ITV in Fall 2013.  Production begins in February.

Two Trailers for DOWNTON ABBEY Season Three, Which Premieres September 16th in the UK and January 6th, 2013 in the US

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The Crawley family is set to return for the third series of Downton Abbey this fall  (unless you live in the States, in which case you have to wait until the New Year).  Two new trailers have dropped in anticipation of the hit series’ return: one from Britain’s ITV and one from PBS.  The Golden Globe-winning series from Julian Fellowes stars Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Rob James-Collier and many more in this outstanding ensemble cast.  Downton Abbey returns September 16th on ITV and on January 6th, 2013 on PBS.  Hit the jump to watch the two trailers.

DOWNTON ABBEY Season 3 Trailer Teases New Characters and Plenty of Drama

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After an uneven second season (that was mercifully saved by a stunning Christmas Special), PBS’s exceptionally successful series Downton Abbey is ready to return.  The series is co-produced with Britain’s ITV, who will air Downton first in September, followed by a second run on PBS in January.  The new season will feature all of the principle cast, plus the addition of Shirley MacLaine as Lady Mary’s other grandmother.  Things are sure to get heated between the American (MacLaine) and the Queen of Quips, The Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith), as the trailer already suggests.  To view the trailer and read more about the series, hit the jump.

Joanne Froggatt and Brendan Coyle Talk Season 3 of DOWNTON ABBEY, Emmy Nominations, War Wounds and American Television

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Returning for Season 3 in September in the UK and January 2013 on Masterpiece on PBS, the hit drama series Downton Abbey will see wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises that grip the majestic English country estate, now that the Great War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on.  Written and created by Julian Fellowes, the show has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, breaking records with all of its nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards.

While at the PBS portion of the TCA Summer Press Tour, co-stars Joanne Froggatt (who plays head housemaid Anna Smith) and Brendan Coyle (who plays currently incarcerated head valet John Bates) talked about how all of the Emmy nominations feel, what it’s been like to have the show become such a cultural phenomenon, how surprised they were when they learned the fate of Mr. Bates, and the possibility of working in the U.S., once the show is finished.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

Creator Julian Fellowes Talks DOWNTON ABBEY, Adding Shirley MacLaine to the Cast, and Teases Season 3

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Returning for Season 3 in September in the UKand January 2013 on Masterpiece on PBS, the hit drama series Downton Abbey will see wrenching social changes, romantic intrigues, and personal crises that grip the majestic English country estate, now that the Great War is over and a long-awaited engagement is on. Written and created by Julian Fellowes, the show has become a worldwide cultural phenomenon, breaking records with all of its nominations for the Primetime Emmy Awards.

While at the PBS portion of the TCA Summer Press Tour, Fellowes talked about how this season will be about the recovery from the war, the advantages of being able to create a story set in the past but with a modern mind-set in writing it, what actress Shirley MacLaine will add to this season, how amused he is by the people who wrongly point out inaccuracies in the show, and how far he’d like to take the story. Check out what he had to say after the jump.

DOWNTON ABBEY Creator Set to Write GYPSY Remake for Producer Joel Silver; Barbra Streisand Will Star

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The feature film remake of the popular Broadway musical Gypsy is back on. Over a year ago we learned that Barbra Streisand was in talks to star in an update of the Tony Award-winning musical from Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents, and today it was announced that producer Joel Silver has set Julian Fellowes to write the screenplay for the remake, with Streisand officially onboard to play Momma Rose. The musical is based on the memoirs of burlesque dancer Gypse Rose Lee and centers on Lee’s relationship with her mother, the OG “stage mom” prototype now prevalent in pop culture. Hit the jump for more on Fellowes and Gypsy.

Damian Lewis Cast in ROMEO AND JULIET

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Television’s Homeland star Damian Lewis has been cast in the adaptation of Romeo and Juliet directed by Carlo Carlei (The Flight of the Innocent). Production is currently underway in Italy, with Paul Giamatti recently joining as Friar Lawrence and with Hailee Steinfeld and Douglas Booth playing the star-crossed lovers. Lewis has been cast as Lord Capulet in the strict adaptation written by Oscar-winner Julian Fellowes of Gosford Park and Downton Abbey fame. The film, aimed at drawing in a younger audience, also stars Ed Westwick as Tybalt and Kodi Smit-McPhee as Benvolio. Hit the jump to see who else has recently joined the cast of Romeo and Juliet.

First Synopsis and Promo Image for Paul W.S. Anderson’s Volcano Disaster Flick POMPEII

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Straight from AFM, we’ve got the first synopsis and promo image for Paul W.S. Anderson’s (Resident Evil) disaster film Pompeii. While Anderson is best known for sci-fi action pics like the Resident Evil films and Alien vs. Predator, the director took a bit of a departure recently for The Three Musketeers, and he’s set to take on another period flick with Pompeii. The film takes place in ancient Rome and centers on a young slave who races to save the woman he loves and his best friend from the violent eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, which threatens to destroy the entire city.

Anderson is directing from a script by Lee Batchler, Janet Scott Batchler (Batman Forever), and Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park). If you missed Steve’s interview with Anderson where he spoke about his plans for the film, click here. Hit the jump for the first full synopsis and promo image for the film.

Director Paul W. S. Anderson Talks POMPEII, Reveals Julian Fellowes Is Rewriting the Script; Plus 5 Things to Know About the Film

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With Paul W. S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers opening this weekend, I recently got to speak with the busy director during the London press junket.  While I already posted what he said about Resident Evil 5 (Resident Evil: Retribution), I was also able to get an update on his disaster film, Pompeii.  As we reported in May, Anderson has signed on to direct the film and he’s planning on making it after RE5.  For those that don’t know their history, “Pompeii was destroyed and completely buried during a long catastrophic eruption of the volcano Mount Vesuvius spanning two days in the year AD 79. The eruption buried Pompeii under 4 to 6 m (13 to 20 ft) of ash and pumice, and it was lost for nearly 1700 years before its accidental rediscovery in 1749.”  Via Wikipedia.

During the interview, Anderson told me that Pompeii is in pre-production and Julian Fellowes (Downtown Abbey, The Young Victoria) is rewriting the script.  He also said his team is scouting for locations for where they can shoot and unlike his R-rated Resident Evil movies, Pompeii will be PG-13.  In addition, he talked about the similarities to James Cameron’s Titanic since both movies are based on historical events that end in disaster.  He hopes to achieve what Cameron did, engaging the audience in the story enough so they briefly forget about the impending doom.  Hit the jump for more.

2011 Primetime Emmy Award Winners Announced; Winners include Peter Dinklage, Kyle Chandler, and Martin Scorsese

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Tonight was the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards and the winner’s list included some great names.  Perhaps the best win of the night was Peter Dinklage picking up Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for Game of Thrones.  Not far behind was Kyle Chandler finally picking up an Emmy for Best Actor in a Drama Series for the final season of Friday Night Lights (the show also picked up an Emmy for Best Writing in a Drama Series).  Martin Scorsese picked up an award for his direction of Boardwalk Empire‘s pilot episode, and ubiquitous character actor Margo Martindale won Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Mags Bennett on FX’s Justified.

The top awards for Best Drama, Best Comedy, and Best Variety, Music or Comedy Series went to last year’s winners Mad Men, Modern Family, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, respectively.  Best Miniseries or TV Movie was awarded to  PBS’ Downtown Abbey while CBS’ The Amazing Race picked up another Emmy for Best Reality-Competition Program.  Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

Hailee Steinfeld May Star in Indie Adaptation of ROMEO & JULIET

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Oscar-nominee Hailee Steinfeld has recently become attached to the upcoming novel Forgotten and a re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty, and now she has a third project on her slate.  THR reports that Steinfeld is in talks to star in an indie adaptation of Romeo & Juliet.  Julian Fellowes (Gosford Park) wrote the screenplay and Italian director Carlo Carlie (Flight of the Innocent) will direct with Gabriele Muccino (Seven Pounds) attached as a producer.  There are currently no details on how Carlie plans to differentiate his Romeo & Juliet from the countless other adaptations, but the budget is in the $15 million range and shooting is expected to begin in Italy later this spring.

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