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Downton Abbey Finale Sneak Peek: Will a Shooting Trip Go Horribly Wrong?

Originally posted 02/27/2015 09:00AM

[BRIGHTCOVE "4080634843001" "" "" "auto"] Before Downton Abbey finishes its fifth season, many questions must be answered: Will Anna (Golden Globe winner Joanne Froggatt) remain in jail for the murder of her rapist? Will Mary (Michelle Dockery) officially settle on a suitor? And will Violet (Maggie Smith) please deliver a zing – or six – to lighten the mood?

In the midst of all those questions, an exclusive clip sees Lord Grantham (Hugh Bonneville), accompanied by Branson (Allen Leech) and Thomas (Rob James-Collier), heading for a sporting week with the judgmental Lord Sinderby (James Faulkner), aka Lady Rose's new father-in-law.

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Which Acting Greats Got Kisses from the Royals?

Judi Dench and Maggie Smith Get Kisses from the Royals!

Originally posted 02/17/2015 06:40PM

Acting royalty mingled with real-life royalty at a special film premiere in London Tuesday.

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This Downton Abbey Cake Looks Exactly Like Maggie Smith – Creepy or Cool?

This Downton Abbey Cake Looks Exactly Like Maggie Smith – Creepy or Cool?

Originally posted 01/06/2015 09:30AM

Like a mini Madame Tussauds figure, but with batter!

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Romance, Scandal and that Secret Baby: What to Look for in Downton Abbey's New Season

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Romance, Scandal and that Secret Baby: What to Look for in Downton Abbey's New Season

Originally posted 01/04/2015 03:35PM

No meth labs. No superheroes. No steamy sex scenes. So what exactly is it that's got me – an avowed avoider of most things period, British and cozy – hooked on Downton Abbey?

As Season 5 kicks off (on PBS at 9 p.m. Sunday), I think it's the show's sense of human decency – amid rapidly changing times and trying circumstances – showcasing the Granthams' (and most of their circle's) ability to maintain stiff upper lips along with soft hearts.

Season 5 is a quiet but pleasurable one – nothing truly major happens, and that's just fine. After the devastation of World War I and, closer to home, the sudden death of Lady Mary's husband Matthew Crawley back in Season 3, there's enough tragedy still reverberating. As the characters all consider the next steps in their lives, here are some highlights of the new season (mild spoiler warning):

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George Clooney Takes Over Downton Abbey in Hilarious 9-Minute Video

Originally posted 12/19/2014 07:25PM

He's already Hollywood royalty, but now George Clooney has become an Earl – in the world of Downton Abbey, anyway.

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Why Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith Should Win an Emmy

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Why Downton Abbey's Maggie Smith Should Win an Emmy

Originally posted 08/22/2014 05:45PM

If there were an Emmy Award for scene stealing, Maggie Smith would win it every time.

Whether she's delivering lines with deadly precision or arching an eyebrow to withering effect, it's obvious why Dame Maggie has won a Golden Globe, two Screen Actors Guild awards and two Emmys for playing Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess, on Downton Abbey.

Smith, 79, nominated again this year as outstanding supporting actress in a drama series, is "the Queen of the Double Take," says costar Jim Carter, who is also nominated for an Emmy this year for playing Mr. Carson.

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Check Out the Best Reactions from This Year's Emmy Nominees

Emmy Nominations 2014: Read the Nominees' Best (and Funniest!) Reactions

Originally posted 07/10/2014 04:00PM

Now that the Emmy nominations are here, some of the day's deserving nominees are weighing in – many in wry fashion.

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See Downton Abbey New Season 5 Teaser (VIDEO)

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Downton Abbey Unveils New Season 5 Teaser (VIDEO)

Originally posted 06/25/2014 11:35AM

When last we left the good folks at Downton Abbey, Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) had to choose between suitors, one more handsome and wealthy than the other.

Such a dilemma.

So, where is the show going with this?

Thanks to this newly released teaser for season 5, fans of the acclaimed British period drama can get a glimpse of what's to come – and seemingly without spoilers.

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See Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the Upcoming Season of Downton Abbey

UpdatePosted 06/18/2014 02:00PM

See Behind-the-Scenes Photos from the Upcoming Season of Downton Abbey

Originally posted 06/18/2014 10:45AM

When last we left Downton Abbey, the Crawley family was teaming up to rescue the Prince of Wales from a royal scandal, while Paul Giamatti was making his first appearance as Cara's boorish brother.

Now, The Hollywood Reporter has a first glimpse at the set of the British drama's upcoming fifth season, currently shooting at England's Highclere Castle.

From the looks of it, the British drama is about to enter its P.G. Wodehouse years, with the ornate finery of the pre-war era giving way to a more casual definition of elegance. (That means tweed. Lots and lots of tweed.)

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Dame Angelina Jolie? The Actress Gets an Honorary Title from the Queen

Angelina Jolie Is Made an Honorary Dame by the Queen

Originally posted 06/13/2014 07:30PM

Just call her Dame Angelina!

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