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Downton Abbey, Edith Wharton, and the Jews

Overwhelmed by the cascading changes at Downton Abbey, Maggie Smith's snarky Dowager Countess complained way back in Season One, "Sometimes I feel as if I were living in an H.G. Wells novel." Wells, of course, wrote The War of the Worlds...Show More Summary

Maggie Smith will stay off 'Black Sails,' Toby Stephens won't go to 'Downton Abbey'

Toby Stephens is ready to play pirate again.The Starz adventure series "Black Sails" casts the British veteran of screen ("Die Another Day"), stage ("Private Lives") and radio drama as the famed Captain Flint, who nurtures young disciple...Show More Summary

Major Minor Characters

In the Downton Abbey thread the other day, people were mentioning that Maggie Smith, who plays the Dowager Countess, as a minor character who has a big impact on the show, due to a combination of great acting and good writing. I’ve been re-watching Six Feet Under as my exercise motivation and Joanna Cassidy, who plays [Read more...]

Richard Gere checks in for 'Exotic Marigold Hotel' sequel

3 weeks agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

film, movie, Second Best Marigold Hotel, Richard Gere, Celia Imrie, Dev Patel, John Madden, Tena Desae, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Ronald Pickup, Diana Hardcastle, Maggie Smith

Food artist creates Downton Abbey-themed sponge bust

What better way to celebrate the launch of the show's fifth season than to recreate Dame Maggie Smith's character as a sponge bust?

Twilight Time Brings Maggie Smith’s The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and More to Blu-ray

Twilight Time is a boutique label known for showing love to older, occasionally but not always obscure films in the form of limited-run Blu-ray releases. Their releases are capped at 3000 copies each and sold exclusively at Screen Archives Entertainment, so check out their latest while you still can. Show More Summary

This Lifelike Dowager Countess Cake Masterpiece is a 20 Lawyer Buttercream Retort: VIDEO

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

No, that's not Dame Maggie Smith in the flesh, it's a cake! The season premiere of Downton Abbey is mere hours away, and no matter how lovely the spread is for your viewing party, you can't top this. Georgia Public...

Things We Saw Today: A Life-Sized Downton Abbey Dowager Countess Cake Shaped Like Maggie Smith - I feel bad for wanting to eat it?

3 weeks agoOdd : Geekosystem

This cake was made by cake and chocolate artist Karen Portaleo for the Downton Abbey Season 5 premiere party. It took 18 hours to make. May there be many more Maggie Smith cakes and statues to come. (via Jezebel)

Dame Maggie Smith's Best One-Liners From Downton, As Told By Gifs

Happy birthday Dame Maggie Smith -- or should we saw Lady Grantham? The Dowager Countess turns 80 on Sunday and though her "Harry Potter" days are over, we thank our lucky stars we can still get our weekly dose of her sharp wit and biting...Show More Summary

Dame Maggie Smith's Best One-Liners From Downton, As Told By Gifs

Happy birthday Dame Maggie Smith -- or should we saw Lady Grantham? The Dowager Countess turns 80 on Sunday and though her "Harry Potter" days are over, we thank our lucky stars we can still get our weekly dose of her sharp wit and biting...Show More Summary

Watch: George Clooney makes an appearance on ‘Downton Abbey’

last monthArts : Arts Post

Move over, Amal. George Clooney just kissed the hand of Maggie Smith. She fainted, of course. That’s the best part of this holiday “Downton Abbey” sketch, a commercial for a charity telethon called “Text Santa.” With nearly all the cast in tow, “Downton” makes fun of itself, setting up a bit in which Lord Grantham […]

George Clooney Makes Maggie Smith Swoon off the Couch in Downton Short

The Downton Abbey cast has gathered for a delightfully zany (British-humored) and very special Christmas short for the TV fundraiser Text Santa. With cameos by Jeremy Piven (Mr. Selfridge) and Absolutely Fabulous' Joanna Lumley, it pokes just enough fun at itself to remind you why you have spent hours watching rich white people worry about how rich they are. Read more...

Maggie Smith on Her Husband's Death and 'Deafening Silence' of Grief

3 months agoPop Culture / Celebrity : Jezebel

In a recent interview with The Telegraph, Dame Maggie Smith, ever the quick and cutting wit, took a dry (and occasionally sad) approach to reflecting on grief, fame and her life's work. "Everything's an icon," Smith told the interviewer. "If you have been around long enough you are an icon. A rather dusty icon… or a national treasure." Read more...

Maggie Smith talks loneliness after her husband's death

Maggie Smith, who plays the crusty old dowager in the TV smash “Downton Abbey,” has spoken about her loneliness in real life.

Kevin Kline and Israel Horovitz Talk About MY OLD LADY With Katherine Brodsky At TIFF 2014!!

Starring Kevin Kline, Maggie Smith, and Kristin Scott Thomas, the film is currently in its limited release in the US, expending into the UK and other countries in November. Read the full article on AICN If Kevin Kline happened to inherit a house that came with an old lady as its chief tenant, he would not try to smoke her out. Show More Summary

Kim Kardashian would 'love to be on' Downton Abbey

Downton Abbey recently opened its doors to George Clooney, who filmed a recent sketch for a charity special (and even planted a kiss on Dame Maggie Smith). It's a tough act to follow — but if the popular costume drama ever wants to enlist another high-profile celebrity, Kim Kardashian says she's up for the job. Show More Summary

Lord Matthew Blows Up ‘Downton’

4 months agoNews : The Daily Beast

From playing Matthew Crawley in ‘Downton Abbey’ to a buff lunatic in ‘The Guest,’ Dan Stevens talks about Hollywood ambition, his sex-symbol rep, being adopted, and the “demon eyes” of Dame Maggie Smith.

The Crawleys Are Back: Why The World Loves Downton Abbey

Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and the rest of the gang are back on Sunday in the UK for Downton's fifth series (although PBS will keep law-abiding Americans waiting until January 2015). High50's Kirstie Brewer looks at why, from China...Show More Summary

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