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Oh No They Didn't! - LiveJournal.com

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    A new "Twilight Zone" could be coming to TV, thanks to "X-Men" director Bryan Singer. According to EW, Singer and CBS TV Studios are in early development stages to bring "The Twilight Zone" back to TV.

    Singer -- who directed NBC's "Mockingbird Lane," which was the network's attempt to reboot "The Munsters" -- is attached to executive produce the project. There are no writers or network or attached to the series.

    "The Twilight Zone" first aired from 1959-64 on CBS. The Rod Sterling anthology series featured a variety of famous actors very early on in their careers, like Leonard Nimoy and Robert Redford. The series focused on strange and unusual events and often had a moralistic ending. It was revived for three seasons that ran between 1985-89. A third revival launched in 2002 on UPN with Forest Whitaker as the host. It lasted one season.

    Reboots are all over TV these days. Besides NBC's "Mockingbird Lane," the network is also working on a remake of "Ironside." On CBS, "Hawaii Five-0" has been a success and Vince Vaughn is behind a modern-day "Brady Bunch" sitcom. TNT brought "Dallas" back to life with many of the original stars, including the late Larry Hagman, and found ratings success.


    Ha Ha Ha bitch. Over Rod Sterling's dead body. Don't blame me if Rod comes to haunt you in your dreams.....seriously though, why? This is not necessary.

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    I am being hacked because I am the most coldhearted bitch in the world. I have no feelings towards anyone, & I am boss bitch status. FWM

    The album I made sucks ass. I dont know what I was thinking. Thank God I autotuned it otherwise it would have been even more of a disaster.

    A number of the early tweets were soon deleted, most of which contained derogatory comments about Farrah personally as well as her parenting skills. The hacker even posted a nude photo of a young woman engaged in sexual activity and claimed it was Farrah, although the photo was zoomed in and could have been just about any young, thin and tan female.

    Alright guys that enough tweeting for the night... I need to give my mouth and legs a break and shut them for once.

    Even God makes mistakes. I mean look at my face... without makeup.

    My ignorance of other people and my selfishness is why I get treated the way I do.

    FYI Teen Mom was completely scripted ya'll!!!!

    MTV is a joke.

    Middle Eastern guys >>>

    In love with African American guys. They seem to pleasure me more than your average Caucasian.

    I have an ugly crying face.

    Farrah's Facebook Fan Page: Farrah’s Twitter account has been hacked! Please disregard the rude and ignorant tweets that the hacker is posting - Admins.

    Twitter Update: Farrah tweets... Hey Everyone! Hacker Control is happening, sad when people act out in disgusting ways but that is life and I’m better then that! Thanks fans.

    Farrah reveals that the culprit was a former male friend of three years that she turned in to police for selling prescription pills. Farrah says he did it because he was upset and/or envious of my artistic abilities, literary aspirations, and future success I will have.

    #HACKERS who hack me (what happened)?

    SO yesterday was a surprise

    as many of you noticed yesterday some crazy , attention crazed, disgusting, weak and spinless boy (dare I say man) hacked my account.

    The reason; other then clearly being upset with my and or envious of my artistic abilities, literary aspirations, and future success I will have out of my current achievments. I also new this person for three years and cuaght what I thought could be a stand up and successful person selling pharmasuetical pills.
    (my past has seen this before and normally I would just leave that person behind and hope one day they quit dealing drugs and ruining their life, but sadly in my past those people have died or are now in very poor conditions) so I turned this person in to the police and others who could maybe help him better then myself, so the good deed , encouraged an addict, drug dealer, who is also an A student to retaliate and try to spread his negativity further. (retaliate)

    Personally I do not care what was sad or done, but publically I feel very sorry for those who saw and read the negativity, or saw pornagraphic disgusting photos of some sort and could possibly have thought “WOW , I Can’t believe Farrah is doing this, or would treat her fans or anyone this way”

    So I feel bad for the young adults who saw this, but truly the real person who should be apologizing is the spinless boy who did so, just know all is taken care of.

    Others who deal with fake friends, or just people who have been brought up wrong and who are jaded, remember Judice will be served and you don’t need to worry about it.

    AS my wonderful fans tell me: “your future is bright and the reason why people hate is because your doing a great job, keep your head up, because were watching”

    All my wonderful artistic accomplishments I love my envolvement I have had with MTV’s 16&Pregnant, MTV’s Teen Mom, my best selling book “MY TEENAGE DREAM ENDED”, and soundtrack, my wonderful collaberation with my talented and beautiful daughter for our children’s book “Passy Perfume”.I’ve made history, I’ve top new heights for single parents and teen mothers, and I never comprimise, sell out, or sugar coat truth. For that if I die tomorrow I’ve happily been passionate, caring and lived life right without out holding back, so good bye to the fakers, wanna be’s , lost denial people, negative haters.

    look forward to changing the world in wonderful ways , Happy Holidays Fans, Friends, REAL PEOPLE.

    - Farrah Abraham


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    Merry Christmas, Courtney Stodden!

    The blond beauty is celebrating the holidays by stripping down naked in this exclusive, brand-new collection of festive photos.

    In the pics, Stodden poses in the buff in a pink Santa hat and gloves while covering herself with presents and winter-time snow.

    "I thought these photos would be a fun way to spread Christmas cheer," Stodden tells E! exclusively of the super sexy photo shoot. "I think the pictures turned out fun and sexy!"

    Guess Christmas has arrived early for her hubby Doug Hutchison!


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    they're so cute

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    Despite occupying 18 hilarious pages of our January Comedy Issue (our first ever), Mark Seliger’s wide-ranging photographs of America's top comedians couldn't all fit into one Vanity Fair. Working with the issue's guest editor, Judd Apatow (our third ever), Seliger lined up the country's comedy greats, including Will Ferrell, Mindy Kaling, Chris Rock, Maya Rudolph, Jim Carrey, Ben Stiller, and more. They also gathered Apatow’s personal, lifelong comedy idols, like Mel Brooks, Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, Roseanne Barr, and Paul Reubens. Herein, the laughs continue beyond the issue.


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    For this week's quickfire, the chefs can cook anything they want, using any ingredient they want. The hitch is that the entire pantry -- every single ingredient -- is wrapped in Reynolds wrap aluminum foil. The chefs can unwrap any ingredient they want, but once it's unwrapped, they must use it in their dish.

    For this week's elimination challenge, the team will head to Remlinger Farms Berry Festival, where they will be cooking with assorted berries in head-to-head challenges. This means that two chefs will prepare dishes with the same ingredient, and each battle will have its own winner and loser.

    Quickfire Winner (+immunity)



    Elination Challenge Winner



    Who Packed their Knives




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    Psych-Os got an early Christmas present late Wednesday: another season of their favorite show.

    USA Network renewed its longest-running series for an eighth (and possibly final?) season.

    The announcement, which was made on Psych‘s official twitter feed, comes two months before the comedy’s Feb. 27 Season 7 premiere.


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    ABC has gone t Nashvill to round out the cast o JossWhedon' S.H.I.E.L.D pilot.

    Chloe Benne has been tapped to join the cast o ABC's Marvel TV adaptationThe Hollywood Reporte has learned exclusively.

    The project from ABC Studios is based on Marvel Comics' secret intelligence organization that has appeared in countless titles includin Iron Man, Captain America n The Ultimates ince being introduced in the 1960s. The military law-enforcement agency's moniker stands for Strategic Hazard Intervention Espionage Logistic Directorate, which also has evolved over time in the comics.

    Bennet becomes the sixth and final regular in the drama and will play Skye, a confident woman who is slightly obsessed with superhero culture and the shadow organizations that exist within it. She's edgy and can out-talk anyone with her unflappable nature.

    The actress, who recurs as record company assistant Hailey on ABC's country music soa Nashville, joins a cast that include ER' Ming-Na s Agent Melinda May The Avengers'Clark Gregg s Agent Phil Coulson Killing Lincoln' Brett Dalton s gruff rising star Agent Grant Ward Elizabeth Henstridge s science whiz Agent Gemma Simmons an Ian D Caestecke as tech guru Agent Leo Fitz.  

    Whedon is on board to co-pen the pilot alongside his brothe Jed Whedon nd Jed's wif Maurissa Tancharoen; the trio previously teamed on the three-part web serie Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along BlogAvenger an Buffy the Vampire Slaye mastermind Whedon will direct the pilot. The pilot -- and series, should it move forward -- is executive produced by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, Tancharoen Jeffrey Bel and Marvel TV' Jeph Loeb.

    Bennet is repped by CAA, Fewlas Entertainment and McKuin Frankel.


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    Amy and Rory are gone, the Doctor is considering retirement, the new companion bears an uncanny resemblance to a dead Dalek, and

    evil snowmen are on the loose
    — now what? With less than a week until the Doctor Who Christmas special (airing December 25 at 9 on BBC America, sans Ponds, sniff), Vulture rang up series boss Steven Moffat with all our burning questions, and boy did he oblige. He spills on what’s next (the Doctor on a submarine!), why he doesn't believe his version of Who is all that complicated, and how it would be “intolerable” for David Yates to bring the Tardis to the big-screen. Of course, we threw in a question about the delay to Sherlock. Read on to see why he pretty much told us to keep calm:

    One of the things critics who cover Doctor Who have said of the Eleventh Doctor seasons is that the stories have gotten overly complicated. River Song’s timeline, for example. Do you think that’s true?

    Well, we haven't actually had any complaints from the general audience at all. Not one single bit of audience feedback has even mentioned complexity. I don't know, I think people just say things. They used to go on about Russell's “gay agenda” and that became a subject discussed endlessly and you'd look at the show and say, “Where is it? What gay agenda?” He never had a gay agenda but people started saying it and everybody else started repeating it.

    Doctor Who can be complicated at times, it absolutely can be — but it's supposed to be. You're supposed to pay attention. I'm also addressing children, hugely the case in the U.K., and children are demanding of complexity. So no, I don't think it's true. I think we do some complicated stories, we also do incredibly simple stories. I always think this: I don't care if it's complicated or too scary or too grown-up or too childish or whatever they are saying this week, so long as they never say it's too boring. If anyone says "Oh, it was a bit dull this week" is when the show will start to die.

    David Yates attached himself to a Doctor Who film a year ago, one that would not stem from the current series. You’ve since shot that report down, but could it ever happen?

    Well, first of all, when? We spend all year making the series. The thing that I would find intolerable is that you get a film instead of the TV series because the TV series is more important.And I don't think any showrunner or future showrunner of Doctor Who would tolerate the idea that David Yates was talking about, of rebooting it and having a second continuity. That's just nonsense. Absolutely insane and a straightforward insult to the audience. We'd never, ever do that. The question would be how could we do it without delaying or harming the TV show?

    So the idea of a movie isn’t offensive, just the idea of rebooting it?
    I think it could be incredibly exciting to see that Tardis fly on the big screen. It would just be how do we arrange it? And how do we make sure we have … no offense, but you suddenly take American money and they expect to tell you what to do and all that. I wouldn't be happy with that. But it will happen someday, I'm reasonably confident.

    The whole interview can be read at the source


    *Sorry mods, I cut it down.

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    They were the fresh-faced boys thrown together by Nicole Scherzinger on TV show The X Factor who went on to achieve a US hit album. However, the clean cut image is long gone, as One Direction race to cover themselves in ink, as if it were a competitive sport. Not to be outdone by bandmate, Harry Styles, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson also decided some new etchings were in order during their current Stateside visit.

    Chowing down on pizza, and whiling away the hours with a game of pool, the boys are steadily assuming a tougher image which is worlds away from their early incarnation. The pair were accompanied by Liam Payne as they made their way to the legendary studio on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, California, on Wednesday to add to their already extensive collections of body art.

    Zayn, 19, opted for by far the most dramatic look, adding to the 'ZAP' and microphone tattoos adorning his right forearm with an intricate half sleeve design. Meanwhile, Louis, 20, appeared to have opted for a large compass etching, adding to the seemingly random collection of doodles on his right forearm. Although Liam, 19, accompanied his bandmates on their visit, he didn't appear to have gone under the needle, instead kicking back and relaxing while enjoying a game of pool.

    The boys - who jetted into Los Angeles on Tuesday - seemed to be taking some time in choosing their respective designs, looking through a tattoo book as they made their minds up. And as the pain of the inkings subsided, the group enjoyed some tasty pizza as they chatted and relaxed inside the relative peace of the studio, before heading outside and being mobbed by a plethora of eager female fans.



    (Sorry, this is the only one I could find lol)



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    The first chapters of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban have now been unlocked on Pottermore.com.

    Board the Knight Bus, enlist the help of Sir Cadogan, attend a Defence Against the Dark Arts lesson, and much more.

    There are also five new exclusive content entries from J.K. Rowling to discover, including additional information on Aunt Marge.

    Remember that you need to progress through Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets on Pottermore.com before you can explore Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. You will also need to collect all the items from your second-year shopping list, which can be found in Chapter Four, Moment One of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

    Share your discoveries with the Pottermore community and get the conversations going in your common rooms and the Great Hall. If you have a Twitter or Facebook account, you can join us there too.

    It’s time to visit Pottermore.com...

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    For the past couple of months, t had been rumored tha Michael Fassbender as quietly dating his ‘Shame’ co-star Nicole Beharie.  

    However, a new report surfaced from th
    Herald.ie hat Fassbender was ‘single’ and mingling with a large group of friends in the VIP area at the Lillie’s Bordello in Ireland.  

    This could mean one of two things: either Fassbender is actually single again, or he is just ‘acting’ single what sort of journalism?  Based on all the present facts, it really does seem like he’s single, especially as he hasn’t been seen with Beharie in a while now.  

    There have been no reports of the duo cosying up anywhere, and Fassbender is always a hot paparazzi target when he’s with a woman.
    Fassbender was previously dating his X-Men: First Class co-star Zoe Kravitz, but the duo broke off the relationship when Kravitz started datin Penn Badgley nd Fassbender started dating Beharie.  

    Michael Fassbender as had a busy year, with ‘Prometheus’ releasing over the summer and then filming the new Terrence Malick film wit Natalie Portman, and then filming Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated ‘The Counselor’.  If he really is single, he is likely to stay that for a while because of his busy schedule.  However, there’s really no way to confirm whether Fassbender is truly single, and we’ll just have to wait and find out.

    Michael Fassbender as had a busy year, with ‘Prometheus’ releasing over the summer and then filming the new Terrence Malick film wit Natalie Portman, and then filming Ridley Scott’s highly anticipated ‘The Counselor’.  If he really is single, he is likely to stay that for a while because of his busy schedule.  However, there’s really no way to confirm whether Fassbender is truly single, and we’ll just have to wait and find out.

    what sort of journalism is even this

    So all members of The Ivory Trinity are single now? Tumblr's appropriated ju-ju has clearly paid off



    AvengersTom Hiddleston s admitted he may not be asked to reprise his role as Loki in the movie' sequel.

    Th Thor ctor tol MSN at he has not spoken to director Joss Whedon about the follow-up, but believes audiences would prefer to see a new villain in the film.

    "I don't know. And that really is the honest answer. I know I've been known for obfuscation in other quarters, but I have no idea," he said when asked about revisiting the part

    "I haven't spoken to Joss. He's definitely doing it. So I suspect not, only because I think that probably the audiences are tired of Loki being the bad guy. Maybe the Avengers need somebody else to fight. But I'd love to be part of it again."

    Hiddleston will reprise his role as Loki for the upcomin Thor: The Dark World, which arrives in cinemas on November 8, 2013 - more than a year and a half befor Avengers 2.

    Robert Downey, Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L Jackson are all expected to return fo Avengers 2, which is scheduled for release in 2015.




    'Star Trek Into Darkness' star Benedict Cumberbatch was left shocked when eager paps mistook his niece for a new mystery date.

    The star of Sherlock spoke out on the error to the Associated Press, explaining "I went out with my niece, who is my PA Emily, and we got papped to the point that I couldn't actually see and I had to put my head down and just blink a couple of times."

    "I was trying to get in the car with her and so immediately they presume, 'Ah, beautiful blonde..."

    Benedict's real concern was for his young niece though as he added "poor girl, she's never experienced that before. I've never experienced that. (There was) like 15 of them hanging off the bonnet of the car."


    hopefully the html is fixed mods. i suck at computers.

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    Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are no strangers to a sea of cameras aimed at them. But when they decided to marry, they wanted to celebrate in privacy—and in style. And while they remain protective of images of them on their most heartfelt occasion, they graciously let us share pictures of the elements we created together.

    Blake's cloudlike silk tulle gown featured a fitted bodice, illusion crystal beading on the shoulders, and rose-gold embroidery. Jeweler Lorraine Schwartz forged Ryan and Blake's wedding bands.


    Weddings' style director Kate Berry created Blake Lively's lush bouquet of pink jasmine, andromeda, dusty miller, and blushing bride hydrangea. She dipped select petals in subtle rose-gold glitter to play up the embroidery of the same color on the bride's couture ballgown by Marchesa.

    Mini strawberry shortcakes by Caviar & Bananas in Charleston.

    Various pates de fruits from La Maison du Chocolat tempted guests.

    Another dessert table option was tiny lemon tartlets with meringue toppings by Caviar & Bananas in Charleston.

    Guests enjoyed blueberry cheesecake tartlets by Caviar & Bananas in Charleston.

    Gold foil cupcake liners held coffee-and-cream espresso beans from Nuts.com.

    On the dessert table, s'mores bars by Bakehouse Charleston were contained in pretty wrappers.

    An avid cook, crafter, and baker, Blake envisioned an abundant dessert table overflowing with their favorite treats. The focal point was their vanilla-and-sour-cream wedding cake with peach-apricot preserves and Earl Grey-milk chocolate buttercream made by Maggie Austin Cake in Alexandria, Virginia.



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  • 12/20/12--07:37: Tom Hardy As Mad Max
  • Tom Hardy has only just got back from South Africa, where he's been filming Mad Max: Fury Road… And now the first picture of him in character has leaked online!

    A signed photo of Tom as Mad Max was posted to Ain't It Cool News today, showing Tom in Max's signature leathers in a desolate landscape, with what looks like a bandaged hand.

    Fury Road stars Tom alongside an amazing cast that includes Charlize Theron, Riley Keough, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Nicholas Hoult and Zoe Kravitz.

    When Tom was asked about the movie at the Jack Reacher premiere, he said it would come out "next year, or the next… or the next" but that he was excited for people to see it:

    "It was an amazing experience. It’s a big live action, fully articulated stunt piece which picks up where Mel Gibson’s Mad Max left off and takes it to the next level."


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  • 12/23/12--04:00: Twelve Days of ONTD: Day 3

  • Every day until Christmas, we'll be randomly giving away $25 Amazon gift cards to a lucky commenter! 

    How do you enter? All you have to do is comment!  We'll be randomly selecting winners from the comments section.   To keep it fair, you can only win once, but you can comment as much as you'd like, which increases your chances of winning.  


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    When it comes to leading a hard-knocked life in Mystic Falls, we’ll always name Matt Donovan as the local expert. However, it seems that, lately, many of his friends are challenging his prime standing as the town’s most unfortunate resident: Elena became her worst nightmare — a vampire. Stefan discovered that his brother and ex-boo got down and freaky back at Chez Salvatore. And now? Tyler, who had lost his father (Mayor Lockwood) to supernatural circumstances in season 1 of The Vampire Diaries, is in mourning after Klaus drowned Ty’s mom, Carol, at the winter wonderland event. Plus, he discovered that his good friend, Hayley, had tricked him and her betrayal led to Klaus killing all of his wolf pack.

    Hence, Tyler wins this round for worst week ever. (Sorry, Matt! Maybe next time.) The only thing the poor hybrid has going for him in upcoming Season 4 episodes is that Caroline Forbes is going to be less Team Klaus and more Team Tyler. (Forwood time!) She’s going to set aside the post modern snowflake analyzing and Original ballroom waltzing to comfort her main squeeze. Here’s what TVD’s showrunner, Julie Plec, dished to Hollywood.com in a recent interview:

    What’s Tyler’s mindset once he finds out about his mother?
    Tyler’s first order of business actually is to mourn. This is the last thing he ever expected that would happen, and the loss of his mom is a pretty powerful thing for him. When we come back we’re going to see he’s not actually doing so well. He’s got some stuff to deal with before he’s going to pull himself together.

    Is it safe to say the cure is the last thing on his mind?
    Oh yeah, for sure. He’s if anything reeling and looking over his shoulder wondering if Klaus is there to chop his head off. Also, I’m sure [he's] trying to figure out if there’s any move he can make or anything he can do to regain the upper hand against Klaus, although it looks pretty bleak. It’s not without its solutions, but it ain’t pretty.

    How is the state of his relationship with Caroline?
    It’s currently a little bit tested because of the events of this episode, but thankfully they were able to make things right with each other before tragedy struck. Caroline’s going to be more concerned about him when we come back and really want to reconnect with him and make him open up to her so that she can help him heal from this experience. Ultimately, both of them as we get deeper into the next chapter, will have to finally sort of face the Klaus problem head on and figure out what to do.

    Caroline had warmed up to Klaus recently; how has that changed?
    Well, I definitely think it’s a setback. [Laughs]

    read more of her interview here


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    Rob Kardashian can't go shopping because he is hoping to "lose weight".

    The brother of Kim, Khloé and Kourtney is an avid follower of fashion and has his own range of socks.

    The 25-year-old may be hoping to sit front row at all the hottest catwalk shows, but it doesn't look like he will be making any purchases for himself.

    "Yeah. I want to go to all the shows I can. Definitely. I really want to be there," he told Racked.

    "I'm also trying to lose weight so I can't go too crazy [with shopping], because I know I'm going to end up buying a bunch of stuff and I don't want to waste money. I'm the most casual guy ever, though. I wear sweats most of the time."

    Earlier this month Rob launched his line Arthur George.

    The collection features socks in bright colours and loud patterns and the TV personality explained where all his ideas came from.

    "The wallpaper at the Beverly Hills Hotel; that was one of my first inspirations," he explained.

    "I'm a big scarf person, and I like to frame scarves to hang [like] paintings. There are so many patterns that I'll try to translate to socks. It's tricky, though, because the machines you use to make the socks can't create certain patterns."


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    Rob James-Collier

    On “Downton Abbey,” Rob James-Collier plays Thomas, the handsome valet always cooking up a scheme or jockeying for a position. Back in season one of the period drama — the third season begins airing on PBS on January 6th, having already played in England — we learned that Thomas was gay, an aspect of his character that gets much more fully explored in the coming season. James-Collier, wearing a blue sweater and some stubble, spoke with me about the series while he was in New York promoting the show. (The cast rode the subway while visiting because, as James-Collier joked, “We’re keeping it real. There’s a recession on. Saving PBS money; that’s what we’re all about.”) He talked about what’s to come on “Downton,” the show’s appeal and Americans’ love of dogs.

    Thomas’s storyline this year, which has to do with his sexuality, feels like the most modern and relevant of any this season.

    I think Thomas is quite a modern thinker, in terms of the show. He doesn’t believe in the class system; he’s always questioned it. He’s always wanted to see it ended. He ventured out to become a businessman, an entrepreneur when he attempted to go on the black market. In them days, that was unheard of. So that’s modernistic. And he’s not ashamed of his sexuality, which in a time when it was illegal and against God, was no mean feat. There’s a great line in this season where he says to Mr. Carson, “I am not foul; I am not like you, but I am not foul.” And he says it with such dignity, and holding his head high, ’cause he’s like “I’m not apologizing for who I am,” which, again, is extremely modern attitude. He’s ahead of his time.

    Speaking of the black market, how was doing that flour scene last season?

    Oh, that was great. It was an added scene. I don’t think it was in the script originally that Thomas trashes the shed. So I went up to the director James and I said, “Listen, how mad do you want me to go on this scene, James?” And he just looked back at me and said “very mad.” And we’ve only got one take, so the stakes were very high, and I knew we couldn’t go again. So the adrenaline was going. How many times in your life do you get the chance to smash up an entire shed? Fate was on our side because I was throwing stuff around so much the door smashed open, and thankfully, it let in a shaft of light, which really lit the scene and made it look great, but also thankfully there were no crew members standing across the road. Everything worked. It’s a scene that everyone will always come up and talk to me about. They love the scene where Thomas trashes the shed.

    Are there other scenes people often bring up to you?

    The scene where I hid the dog in the Christmas Special. They do not like that. America does not like people being not nice to dogs. I got a bit about it in England, but over here, even more so. You can try and get an innocent man sacked and frame him for stealing. You can trip up Bates, who is essentially disabled. That’s all fine apparently, but put a dog in a shed overnight over here, and people are not happy.

    He becomes much more sympathetic this season; he’s less the bad guy.

    When I first started playing him, I thought he was a bad guy. But one of the benefits of being on a show like this is it gives you time to expand the role. You start thinking about it more. He’s an outsider. He’s built up these walls, and I think he’s a lonely soul who is quite sad in a way. He has weaknesses and insecurities, but he’ll never show them. It was really last year, I was thinking, “Well, why is he so angry?” Everyone’s got a reason. And we don’t have back stories, we have to make our own up, and I think his is rooted in his sexuality. That’s why I was glad when series three kicked off that we finally got to deal with the crux of Thomas’s sexuality and how that affects his view of the world, and his world’s view of him.

    What do you think about criticism that the second and third seasons aren’t as good as the first?

    I think this is one of our strongest series yet. And episode seven, which is the key point of Thomas’s journey, is my favorite, and I’m not just saying that because I’ve got a big storyline in it. It’s the other staff’s attitudes toward Thomas and his sexuality that I find fascinating, and how what one person does in the Abbey affects everyone in the Abbey. I think it was one of our grittier, darker episodes. “Downton” doesn’t normally do dark, but that episode, I think we did, and it was very suspenseful. In terms of the second series, I always thought it was different, because it had to tell the story of WWI. It wasn’t less good; it was just a different show. It was almost a completely different show to the first one. The public had gotten attached to the house and the Abbey, and they were taken out and transported to WWI. Obviously, it went back to the Abbey, too, but it became a different show. But three is my favorite series so far.

    Why do people love “Downton” so much?

    I think it’s the glamor of it — a bit of escapism. The nostalgia of yesteryear when everything seemed simpler, even though I’m pretty sure it wasn’t; we still had the same problems. The opulence of it. You know there’s a lot going on in the world today, and for an hour a week, you can sit down with your family — three generations, grandmother, mother and daughter — and watch the show together, as a family. It’s kind of wholesome. Jim Carter who plays Mr. Carson always says “It’s not cynical.” We are who we are. We deliver a specific kind of entertainment tailored for a specific audience, and we do it well, I think.


    I enjoyed reading this interview! I love how grateful he sounds towards the show and how much effort he puts into playing his character (unlike some others - cough -), even if Fellowes gives  him quite a few WTF-worthy storylines.

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  • 12/23/12--07:51: Love for the mini-series
  • bye bran
    The recent win for Game Change (HBO’s 2012 political drama about the last to last election) at this year’s Emmy awards got me thinking about my all-time favourite TV category: the mini-series.

    I seem to even prefer them to most movies. I like them because they are often dramatised versions of real events, or adaptations of fat or difficult novels that movies don’t want to or can’t touch.

    As a mini-series with a longer running time than a movie, they can do a more in-depth treatment of a subject or a book or a factual event. Game Change stars Juliane Moore as Sarah Palin and Ed Harris as McCain, and dramatises the 2008 campaign trail. Last year, there was the six-part Mildred Pierce with Kate Winslet playing James M Cain’s long-suffering heroine. And Too Big To Fail, also from last year, was a detailed, insider account of the 2008 financial meltdown.

    Game Change now has a Golden Globe nomination and is viewed as the favourite to win. All three happen to be HBO dramas — who usually take the lead in this category, but other networks and cable studios are catching up fast. (The ones to be avoided are the made for TV movies from Hallmark).

    They don’t always work, these mini-series, and when they backfire, they can be very testing and dull. (They go on and on, over several hours, with no end in sight). Two dramas that failed to hook me were Georgia O’Keefe, on the modernist painter, and the more recent Mildred Pierce. Too Big to Fail and Game Change are also not among HBO’s best — they are serviceable dramas, but not as compelling as Recount or You Don’t Know Jack from previous years.

    Recount, staring Kevin Spacey, tells the story of election rigging. You Don’t Know Jack is about Jack Kervokian, the courageous doctor who medically assisted people in chronic pain to end their lives. Kervokian is played powerfully by Al Pacino; a comeback role for this respected actor who has either been hamming away in his newer movie characters or sleepwalking through them. In this moving, revealing mini-series, he is finally handed a role that challenges him. (Something Robert Di Nero is yet to find).  &nbsp

    The people who do this kind of thing really well, even longer and possibly better than HBO, are the British — BBC2 primarily, but other studios too, like ITV. In fact, most of the best recent mini-series are from over there — from Downton Abbey to Sherlock to The Hour. This year has seen more interesting additions: David Morrisey as DCI Thorne, an adaptation of Mark Bellingham’s acclaimed detective novels, Parade’s End (starring Benedict Cumberbatch) by Tom Stoppard, and Secret State. (Secret State happens to be a new reworking of a classic political thriller from the 90s called A Very British Coup).

    Probably the best ever mini-series has to be the Prime Suspect series from Britain. It set the standard for good television. The various directors of the show, and especially Christopher Menaul who did the first, should be credited with establishing the unmistakable style of Prime Suspect — busy, crackling, terse, restrained, ironic, understated — that brought a new television verite atmosphere to not just a mystery series, but to the mini-series itself.

    The most popular mini-series in recent years again has been British: Downton Abbey, the crossover hit. This is something entirely new in television: a series that hooks you with an entrancing plot and ravishing characters, without depending on a literary source. It has a crisp, contemporary feel to it that is generally missing from most period stuff.

    This series, basically, as I’ve noted before, is about that whole British class thing about upstairs and downstairs (the owners live up, the servants below). The characters, both upstairs and downstairs, are sympathetically and warmly drawn, and you care for them immensely. The details are uber-meticulous, and hypnotise with the daily ritual of life at this large aristocratic house. If Prime Suspect is the best mystery series and Downton Abbey the most absorbing drama series, The Office and Extras, both from creators Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, must rank as the funniest mini-series since Fawlty Towers. However, rather annoyingly, the same can’t be said for their new shows: An Idiot Abroad and Life’s Too Short. Simply not as funny.

    There were several other disappoints this year: while Downton Abbey 2 fulfilled its promise (at least, I felt so, even though critics in Britain seemed to increasingly grow disenchanted with it; I look forward to Series 3 which will release in January 2013 on DVD), Sherlock 2 couldn’t sustain its earlier brilliance. The single exception was the first installment: A Scandal in Belgravia, after which there were only flashes of genius (OP: NO.)

    I enjoyed Game of Thrones as much as the next fan, but couldn’t get caught up in Homeland. The series is terribly overrated (or else, competing series are so mediocre that it allows for this one to stand out), and I didn’t feel inclined to watch the second series currently on.

    Even Titanic from Julian Fellowes, the man who gave us Downton, is only mildly engaging. Also disappointing is the other overrated show: American Horror Story. A series that was trashed by the critics turned out to be not so bad after all — a new mini-series remake of Coma. An expensive production from Ridley Scott with an ensemble cast, updating medical horror. Yes, it was far-fetched, but entertaining. Two new political series show promise: Political Animals with Sigourney Weaver and Veep with Julia Louis Dreyfus

    (Veep is from the creators of the cult British political satire, The Thick of It). Also enjoyable are the new shows House of Lies and Luck. The most engaging HBO series this year, however, is Lena Denham’s Girls, which cleverly uses a grungy, home video style to tell the stories of young, underemployed women still living with their parents, swapping their sad, funny stories.

    A fairly enjoyable new mini-series has been Elementary, another new Sherlock Holmes pastiche where, for some strange reason, Holmes is now living in New York City and Watson is a woman! The mini-series I most enjoyed this year — and I’m hoping there will be many more — is Endeavour: The Origins of Inspector Morse, which imagines a young Inspector Morse (played by Shaun Evans) and how he came to be at Oxford, and how his love for classical music offers the solution to his first mystery on which he cuts his detective teeth.


    I'm afraid to admit he might be right about Homeland, I still haven't be able to make myself watch the last episode. Also, Elementary isn't a mini-series. I really, really liked Veep

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