July 10, 2016
Julian Fellowes' Belgravia By Julian Fellowes Grand Central. 416 pp. $26. Reviewed by Ellen Dunkel Julian Fellowes' Belgravia is a great summer read, a lighter-than-light tale much like Fellowes' world smash Downton Abbey . It has landed gentry, social climbers, and polite traditions, but it's as fluffy and scrumptious as a fresh-baked scone. Offered first as an 11-part serialized podcast ( www.julianfellowesbelgravia.com ), beginning in April - just weeks after we in the United States said goodbye to Lady Mary and the rest of Downton's Crawleys - Belgravia has been released in hardcover in time to be tucked into a beach bag. It has many of the same elements as Downton Abbey : A pregnancy that must be hidden, like Lady Edith's.
July 1, 2016 |
Comedian Natasha Leggero is having a pretty good year. She's starring on two TV shows - Showtime's Dice , as the long-suffering girlfriend of comedian Andrew Dice Clay, and Another Period , her Comedy Central satire of celebrity culture where she's a member of a Downton Abbey -style family by way of the Kardashians (its second season began June 15). Plus, she got to go on tour with her husband, fellow comedian Moshe Kasher, which she likened to getting paid to go on vacation.
June 11, 2016
Doctor Thorne Julian Fellowes loves a good thwarted romance, especially one involving money and class. So it's no surprise that the Downton Abbey creator is also a fan of Anthony Trollope, whose 1858 novel Doctor Thorne Fellowes recently adapted, in four parts, for Amazon's streaming service. Tom Hollander ( The Night Manager ) stars as Thorne, a physician and bachelor who has raised his niece, Mary (Stefanie Martini), with the local gentry, only to find she's not considered good-enough (or rich-enough)
April 22, 2016 |
When last we met Julian Fellowes, it was at Downton Abbey , where modernity was creeping into the Crawleys' way of life. Fellowes was creator, writer, and producer of TV's beloved costume drama, whose finale in March coincided in the story with the demise of the landed gentry. But great estates are a prized topic for Fellowes, an actor, writer, and member of the House of Lords. He has also written novels, movies such as The Young Victoria and the Oscar-winning Gosford Park , and the Broadway musicals Mary Poppins and (more surprisingly)
April 16, 2016
Antique & Vintage Flea Market Furniture, jewelry, collectibles, clothing, glass & more. Historic Headhouse Square, Second & Pine Sts.; 215-413-3713. www.PhilaFleaMarkets.org . 4/16. 8 am-5 pm. Auction Jimmy Knoll will be the auctioneer. Bethany Lutheran Church, 401 Martin St. 4/16. 8 am. Berry Basket Quilt Show Berry Basket Quilters present "Out of Hibernation" at Kirby's Mill Elementary School, 151 Hartford Rd., Medford. $8. 4/16. Friends Spring Flea Market, Book & Plant Sidewalk Sale Pots, flowers, used books, children's activities & more.
March 10, 2016 |
Piers: Give it up, Kim Cultural analyst Piers Morgan has applauded Kim Kardashian 's skill for cashing in on her bod. But he says her latest nude selfies make her look desperate: After all, the 35-year-old mother of two already is famous. Writing in Britain's Daily Mail, Morgan says he believes Kim's selfies are prompted by jealousy: "Other younger members of her family have been grabbing all the scantily clad attention recently. " So are the 15 minutes of fame earned by Kim's derriere really up?
March 8, 2016 |
SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of the series finale of "Downton Abbey," which aired Sunday on PBS' "Masterpiece. " In the end, no member of the household staff was hanged, for murder or anything else, and no member of the audience was left hanging. In a satisfying, occasionally too satisfying, two-hour finale written by Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes, we learned to pronounce "marchioness. " That's the title Lady Edith (Laura Carmichael) acquired upon her marriage to Bertie Pelham, marquess of Hexham (Harry Hadden-Paton)
March 7, 2016
Here's how Downton Abbey won't be ending: In the middle of a Journey song, with an abrupt cut to black. Fans have weathered a nasty surprise or two over the last six seasons, but Sunday's two-hour series finale, airing at 9 p.m. on WHYY, is as tidy and richly appointed as only a great house with a staff of servants could be. Which doesn't mean you shouldn't keep tissues handy. The Masterpiece British import that became the highest-rated drama in the public network's history has always been a period potboiler, its airs and graces supported by a plot structure that, like the class system it depicted, weakened over time.
February 22, 2016 |
Spoiler Alert: This column discusses a thorny aspect of modern TV-watching that has divided spouses, friends, and the East and West Coasts while causing headaches for people who write about television. If you've ever googled Downton Abbey and stumbled across a plot development that hadn't yet occurred on this side of the pond, where the finale that aired in Britain on Christmas Day is still a few weeks away, or ventured onto Twitter halfway through Netflix's House of Cards to find RIPs for characters you didn't know were dead, you know the pain of the TV spoiler.
January 18, 2016 |
When Josh Radnor makes his first appearance Sunday as a Civil War surgeon in PBS's new drama, Mercy Street , he will be trying to take down more than a gun-waving patient. At 10 p.m. on WHYY-TV12, viewers will hear, "Soldier, this is a place of peace and healing, not a place for guns," but what some may see, at least at first, is Radnor's How I Met Your Mother character, Ted Mosby, in an unironic beard and mustache, playing dress-up. They should give him time. It's not easy being an American in a PBS drama.