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Princess Beatrice's Royal Wedding Date and Venue Revealed

It's almost time for Princess Beatrice's big day! After months of anticipation, the Royal Family has finally revealed the date of her wedding. The 31-year-old bride-to-be is set to tie the knot with her fiancé Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi on Friday, May 29, 2020. So, it's only a few months away! The venues have also been announced. Queen Elizabeth has given the couple permission to wed in The Chapel Royal at St. James's Palace in London. This won't be the first royal wedding to take place there. Queen Victoria wed Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg at that very spot back in 1840. King George V and Queen Mary also exchanged vows in the Chapel Royal back in 1893. Several christenings have...
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The Duchess of Cambridge Named Royal Patron of Family Action

The Duchess of Cambridge has become Royal Patron of Family Action.

Her Majesty The Queen has passed the patronage to The Duchess having held the role for over 65 years. Her Majesty took the patronage over from Queen Mary in 1953. To mark her new patronage, The Duchess is visiting Peterley Manor Farm where she will join families and children supported by the Family Action taking part in Christmas activities.

The Duchess of Cambridge has spent much of the last eight years meeting charities and organisations who work every day to make our families and communities stronger. There is a powerful correlation between a parent or carer’s wellbeing and their child’s development, which is why organisations such as Family Action that provide support are instrumental to a child’s future. This new patronage aligns with Her Royal Highness’ longstanding work on the early years, and the importance of supporting children
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Good News: The Downton Abbey Movie Isn't the Last of the Crawleys

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The Downton Abbey movie arrived in theaters four years after the TV series signed off. Will there be a sequel? This year's movie was, of course, itself a sequel to the beloved TV show, and its success has officially sparked work on a sequel!

"We're having those conversations. We're working on what the story is, and when we might be able to make it," Carnival Films chairman Gareth Neame told The Hollywood Reporter. "But it's the same as the first time around: We have to try to get everyone back together again. And that was very challenging . . . We started vaguely thinking about it before the release of the movie. But we were kind of holding our breath. The reaction to the film, the press tour in the [Us] and the buildup to release were so strong that we'd been thinking about it. And then it was clear from the first weekend
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‘Downton Abbey’ will make history if it claims a spot in Screen Actors Guild film ensemble category

Fans of PBS’ “Masterpiece Classic” series “Downton Abbey” clearly missed the aristocratic Brits known as the Crawley family after the series set in the 1920s went off the air in 2015 after six seasons. They gladly flocked to movie theaters in September to reunite with the likes of Hugh Bonneville as patriarch Robert, Elizabeth McGovern as wife Cora and the irascible Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess of Grantham as well as the earthier members of the downstairs serving staff who are all a-twitter when King George V and Queen Mary come for dinner.

Focus Features cashed in at the box office with a $31 million opening, a record for the studio. The movie has since grossed $90 million domestically and $165 million worldwide. The next step? Awards season, especially the Screen Actors Guild, which honored the TV series with its drama ensemble trophy three times, in 2012, 2014 and 2015.

SEEWhat critics had to say about
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Downton Abbey Movie review: Critics Review, Rating, Cast and Crew

There is something magnetic about this period drama. It holds your attention from the first frame to the last, in spite of its frothy and lightweight narrative.

"Downton Abbey", is a reboot of the television series of the same name. The film picks up the saga of the Crawley family and their mostly loyal servants in 1927, a year and a half after the series ended.

The saga is set into motion with Robert and Cora Crawley, the Earl and Countess of Grantham, receiving a letter from Buckingham Palace that informs them that King George V (Simon Jones) and Queen Mary (Geraldine James) will visit Downton Abbey as part of a royal tour through the country.

The excitement of receiving the royals keeps the momentum of the narrative racing, and this is maintained till the very end.

The spreading of the news deftly allows for an introductory montage, as each character
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Event Report: Dark Harbor 2019

Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is back this year with a maritime vengeance for its 10th anniversary, and we were there this past Thursday, September 26th to take a swim in its spooky waters. Read on to see what lurks in the bowels of the eighty-two-year-old ship which houses this long-running and immensely popular SoCal fright fest. Taking place as it […]

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Review: Downton Abbey Is a Wonderfully Perfect Continuation of The Series

I was one of those people who jumped in late to the Downton Abbey craze. I didn’t start watching the series until after Season 5. It seemed like the kind of show that I would have absolutely no interest in, but after hearing how great it was from everyone I know, I had to give it a shot.

Little did I know, I would get completely sucked in and hooked with the story and its characters. It’s just such a great series that was written extremely well and filled with wonderful and interesting characters that I wanted to get to know more about.

Well, if you’re like me and you enjoyed the series, you’re going to love the Downton Abbey movie! Not only was it great to see all of these characters again and see their story arcs continue, but it was just a perfectly made film
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As ‘Downton Abbey’ Hits the Silver Screen, the Music, Too, Gets ‘Bigger, Better, Grander’

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As ‘Downton Abbey’ Hits the Silver Screen, the Music, Too, Gets ‘Bigger, Better, Grander’
When “Downton Abbey” fans hear that familiar strings-and-piano theme, a Pavlovian response ensues: Get to the television immediately, because you don’t want to miss a minute of the addictive Crawley family melodrama to follow.

This week, with the “Downton Abbey” movie reaching theaters on Friday, fans can’t wait for their fix of Lady Mary and Lady Edith, Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, Daisy and Mrs. Patmore. But what can they expect from the music?

“Bigger, better, grander,” says Glasgow-born composer John Lunn, who scored all 52 episodes over six seasons and won two Emmys in the process. Fans will agree, particularly when they first glimpse England’s Highclere Castle on the big screen with Lunn’s new, richly scored recording of the theme.

“It’s not like a movie remake of a TV series,” says Lunn by phone from New York, where he attended Monday’s premiere. “It’s
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Downton Abbey Movie: A Royal Visit Reunites the Crawleys, Exposing Painful Family Secrets (Grade It!)

Downton Abbey Movie: A Royal Visit Reunites the Crawleys, Exposing Painful Family Secrets (Grade It!)
Friendly warning: Like Mrs. Patmore’s unwanted groceries, this article spoils the events of the Downton Abbey movie. (Hey, even that was kind of a spoiler!) Anyway, if you haven’t seen it yet, you might want to check back later.

The Downton Abbey movie — which feels a lot like an episode of the show, only longer and more lavish, with more sweeping aerial shots than ever before — picks up two years after the series finale, with the Crawleys learning that the King and Queen of England are set to visit as part of their upcoming royal tour. In true Downton fashion,
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Downton Abbey Cast Surprises Fans at Movie's Opening Night in Los Angeles: ‘Don’t Tell Them!’

Downton Abbey Cast Surprises Fans at Movie's Opening Night in Los Angeles: ‘Don’t Tell Them!’
Talk about a very special screening!

As the long-awaited Downton Abbey movie arrived in theaters on Thursday, several of the film’s biggest stars surprised an audience full of fans in Los Angeles.

Michelle Dockery, Elizabeth McGovern, Allen Leech and Hugh Bonneville were all on hand at the Landmark theater on Thursday, as was director Michael Engler, creator Julian Fellowes and producer Gareth Neame.

“It’s opening night of the Downton Abbey film here in La and me and my friends are here to surprise an audience,” Dockery, 37, shared in an Instagram Story from moments before the big reveal, as
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The ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Raises the Sartorial Elegance Bar With Lavish Royals

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The ‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Raises the Sartorial Elegance Bar With Lavish Royals
In bringing Julian Fellowes’ beloved “Downton Abbey” British series to the big screen, the lavish wardrobes became the glam selling point, thanks to costume designer Anna Robbins. She not only had to raise the bar for the Crawleys and their servants but also faithfully recreate the wardrobes of King George V (Simon Jones), Queen Mary (Geraldine James), and their royal staff, who visit the Yorkshire country estate in 1927.

“For the family members, the idea was to put on costumes that belonged on the big screen,” said Robbins, who joined the series for Seasons 5 and 6, and took a deeper dive into researching 1920s wardrobe for the movie, frequenting the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum. “The level of detail that is seen is much higher so the quality control on the construction and finish and the restoration of original pieces had to be top-notch. My goal was to raise
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Downton Abbey Stars Tease the 'Epic' New Movie and a Possible Sequel About the 'Next Generation'

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Downton Abbey Stars Tease the 'Epic' New Movie and a Possible Sequel About the 'Next Generation'
The beloved TV show Downton Abbey wrapped its final sixth season in 2015, but the cast never lost touch.

“There was a WhatsApp group,” Hugh Bonneville tells People.

“Isn’t there one called ‘Da Bitches’?” Allen Leech asks.

“That’s with me, Lily James and Laura Carmichael,” Michelle Dockery says of her on-screen cousin and sister, respectively. “Just the girls. But there are a few now.”

Once everyone returned to Downton Abbey to shoot the anticipated movie, “It was this great reunion,” Dockery, 37, says.

Rumblings of the series heading to the big screen began even before Downton Abbey ended, but the
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Downton Abbey Catch-Up: Everything (and Everyone) to Know for the Movie

Downton Abbey Catch-Up: Everything (and Everyone) to Know for the Movie
With the Downton Abbey movie finally arriving in theaters, you probably think you’re ready to party like it’s 1927 — but what if you’re not?

Let’s face it, a lot has happened in our world (and on our TVs) since the titular estate closed its doors in 2015, so we wouldn’t blame you for forgetting a few characters’ names or current situations. Heck, even when this show was airing, it was sometimes difficult to keep up with its ever-evolving Game of Thrones-sized ensemble. (Never mind that the Crawleys employed a future Wildling to work in their kitchen.
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‘Downton Abbey’ Film Review: Adorable PBS Aristocrats Win the Class War, Again

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Imperialist propaganda doesn’t get any more tender-hearted than “Downton Abbey.” The ITV series about extremely rich people in 1912 and their sweetly devoted staff of obedient servants always paid a certain amount of lip service to the inherent injustice of British aristocratic oligarchy, but not enough to make any of the moneyed characters retaliate, and certainly not enough to disrupt the show’s real reason to exist: coziness.

The Crown,” for all its sumptuousness and elegance, will never make viewers truly love Britain’s royals, but this sweeping soap about compassionate lords and ladies and the underpaid staff they treat like family is the television equivalent of being tucked into a warm bed on a cold rainy night.

For this theatrical sequel, set in 1927, two years after where the series ended, creator-screenwriter Julian Fellowes and veteran TV director Michael Engler have delivered a densely packed two-hour episode that manages to
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‘Downton Abbey’ Review: Return of the Stiff Upper Lips

‘Downton Abbey’ Review: Return of the Stiff Upper Lips
No need to kid ourselves: Downton Abbey is less an actual movie than a special episode of the very British TV series that Yanks devoured like crumpets for six seasons from 2011 to 2016. Still, it’s fun to see the old gang again. As soon as John Lunn’s Emmy-crowned theme kicks in, the film version, written by franchise creator Julian Fellowes and directed by series vet Michael Engler, plays like old home week — unless you’ve never seen a single episode, in which case the script might as well be written in Sanskrit.
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Not Everyone Can Wear the Crown Jewels, but Royals Can Borrow Them

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Queen Elizabeth II is the longest-reigning monarch in the UK and has more property and power than most probably know, so when it comes to her jewelry collection, it's not that surprising that she has a lot of jewels and gems to share . . . if she so decides!

The British royal family is one of a kind, which is made clear by the fact that they're still heads of the British monarchy, reside in a palace, and have a jewelry collection so vast that most of it is stored in a special tower. In fact, the short list of who gets to wear the crown jewels is even more telling of the royals and their prominence than one might think. So, who has access to these coveted gems, jewels, and crowns? The reigning monarch of course has full access to the crown jewels, but Her Majesty isn't the only one who
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UK box office preview: how big can ‘Downton Abbey’ open?

Further releases include For Sama and Hustlers.

This week sees the release of Universal Pictures’ period drama Downton Abbey, adapted from the enormously popular ITV series that ran from 2010 to 2015.

Michael Engler directed the feature, having helmed several episodes of the series, from a screenplay by its original creator Julian Fellowes. Returning cast members include Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael and Jim Carter. The film sees the Crawley film await a visit from King George V and Queen Mary.

The project is tailor-made for a UK cinema-going audience thanks to the popularity of the series combined with the typical success of
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‘Downton Abbey’ Is An Unnecessary Film That Doesn’t Live Up To The Landmark Series [Review]

At a time when theaters are filled with world-ending stakes, here’s a film where the greatest drama is how the steak is prepared. Yes, “Downton Abbey” is back. The PBS show, which gave viewers charming comfort amidst their busy lives, has been repackaged for the big screen. But it’s a present that’s been stuffed, in a package that can’t fit six seasons worth of characters. It’s 1927. King George V and Queen Mary are blessing the Crawley family with their presence.

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Film Review: ‘Downton Abbey’

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This new feature film about the lives of a family scrapping to preserve their fortune, and those of the servants attending them, is . And, just like that series, the “Downton” film looks back even further than the early-to-mid-2010s, recalling a time of innocence and of understated glamour. That the film opens with the revelation that King George V and Queen Mary are to visit the estate and tracks the visit to its conclusion provides, among other things, an opportunity for the cast to dress in decadent, richly jewel-toned formalwear.

Not that they need a reason. The Crawley family, inhabitants of the massive estate that gives the film its name, dress for dinner nightly. But a big, multistage party in honor of the royals gives “Downton Abbey” something at its center with high enough stakes and the requisite amount of retro luxury. It also provides an opportunity for writer Julian Fellowes
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Best Movies to See in September: ‘Hustlers,’ ‘The Goldfinch,’ ‘Downton Abbey,’ ‘Rambo’

Goodbye, summer movie season; hello, biopics, prestige dramas and oh-so-much-more-humbler character-driven fare. A popular PBS period piece spins off into theaters; an even more popular page-turner gets the awards-friendly adaptation treatment; and a space epic gives us a 2001 for the father-issue crowd. Plus there’s a killer clown on the loose, a crew of strippers robbing men blind and one famously pissed-off Green Beret out for blood one last time. Here’s what’s coming to a theater (remember those?) near you in September.

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