Like many of her co-stars on "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS, 2010- ), British actress Jessica Brown Findlay, who played the socially conscious Lady Sybil Crawley on the series, was elevated from relative ob...
The real life Jamaica Inn immortalised by Daphne Du Maurier and Alfred Hitchcock has been put up for sale. Du Maurier based her creepy 1936 book on the real life pub of the same name in Cornwall, England, and the tale was later brought to life by Hitchcock in his 1939 film Jamaica Inn, starring Charles Laughton and Maureen O'Hara.
The real life Jamaica Inn, which was built on moorland near the town of Bodmin in 1750, was originally used as a coaching inn and later became a notorious smugglers' haunt.
The bar is now on the market for around $3 million (£2 million) after its current owners decided to retire from the pub business.
Du Maurier stayed at the inn in 1930 and the pub now contains her original writing desk and a large number of her possessions as a tribute to the woman who made the venue famous.
Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay appears in a new BBC adaptation of the book, which is due to air in the U.K. in the spring (14).
Much like the somber melodies that float throughout its 105-minute runtime, Inside Llewyn Davis will remain lodged in your head weeks after you and the film first meet. With Oscar Isaac's "Fare thee we-e-ell..." ringing daintily in your ears, you'll shuffle out from the grasp of the Coen Brothers' wonderland of gray, but you won't soon be able to relieve yourself of what is arguable the pair's best film yet. Llewyn's is a story so outstandingly simple — he's a man who's s**t out of luck, and not especially deserving of any. He wakes up, loses his friend's cat, plays some music, and wishes things were better. And yet his is the Coens' most invigorating and deftly human tale yet.
Llewyn Davis makes the bold, but practical, choice of never insisting that we love its hero. He's effectively a jackass, justifying all the waste he has incurred with the rudeness he showers on the majority of those in his acquaintance. But Llewyn Davis isn't the villain here, either. The villain is the industry, and all the uphill battles inherent to its machinations. The villain isn't Llewyn's substantially more successful contacts — an old pal Jim (Justin Timberlake) and new fellow couch-surfer Troy (Stark Sands), but the listening public that prefers their saccharine pop to his dreary drips of misery. The villain isn't Llewyn's resentful old flame Jean (Carey Mulligan), no matter how many volatile admonitions she might shoot his way, but the act of God surrounding their unwitting adherence to one another. And it's not even the cantankerous and foul Roland Turner (a delightfully hammy John Goodman), but the endless, frigid open road of which each man is a prisoner (if the film has one flaw, it's that this segment carries on just a bit too long, but that might very well be the point). The villain is the cold.
Call it all a raw deal. But the real dynamism isn't in the challenges that happen outside Llewyn Davis, but in the determined toxicity brewing inside as he meets each and every one.
But this isn't the Coen Brothers' Murphy's Law comedy A Serious Man — we don't watch a chaotic pileup of every imaginable trick that the devil can manage to pull. Llewyn is steady throughout, not burying Llewyn deeper but keeping him on the ground, with the fruit-bearing branches forever out of his reach. In its narrative, Llewyn Davis is as close to natural life as any of the filmmakers' works to date. Perfectly exhibited in a late scene involving a trip to Akron, Llewyn isn't a cinematic construct, but the sort of person we know, so painfully, that we are very likely to be... on our bad days.
Still, working in such a terrific harmony with the grounded feel of Llewyn himself, we have that Coen whimsy in their delivery of 1960s New York City — rather, a magic kingdom painted in the stellar form of a 1960s New York City. And not the New York City we're given by the likes of Martin Scorsese or Woody Allen. Closer, maybe, to Spike Lee or Sydney Lumet, but still a terrain unique to moviegoers. A New York that's always recovering from a hostile rain, and always promising another 'round the bend. One that flickers like a dying bulb, with its million odd beleaguered moths buzzing around it against the pull of logic. There is something so incredibly alive about the Coens' crying city; this hazy dream world's partnership with half-dead, anchored-to-earth portrait like Llewyn is the product of such sophisticated imagination at play.
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And to cap this review of one of the best features 2013 has given us, it's only appropriate to return to the element in which its identity is really cemented: the music. Without the tunes bobbing through the story, we'd still likely find something terrific in Llewyn Davis. But the music, as beautiful as it is, is the reason for the story. As we watch Isaac's hopeless sad sack drag himself through Manhattan's winter, past the helping hands of friends and into the grimaces of strangers, as we struggle with our own handfuls of nihilistic skepticism that any of this yarn is worth the agony (or that our attention to its meandering nature is worth the price of a ticket), we are given the rare treat of an answer. Of course it's all for something. Of course it's all about something. It's about that beautiful, beautiful music.
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Lady Sybil is back, ya'll — well, the actress who played her is, at least. In the trailer for the romantic fantasy Winter's Tale, Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay is romanced by Colin Farrell (although we wish she were still madly in love with her Irish rebel back at the Downton estate), and... time-travel is involved?
The Warner Bros. film, which is based on Mark Helprin's 1983 novel of the same name, follows a thief named Peter (Farrell) who falls in love with a dying woman named Beverly (Findlay). (Side note: Why is Findlay always dying?). Decades later, we find an un-aged Peter in New York City with no recollection of his former life. Yes, it appears that we've got another time-traveling romance on our hands (we're looking at you, About Time), or as IMDB says, a story of reincarnation.
The trailer makes the film's plot seem a little bit scattered, but what we can discern from the two-and-a-half minute peek is that Jennifer Connelly eventually steps in to help forgetful, time-jumping Peter remember who he is and what happened to him and Beverly. Oh, and Russell Crowe plays a mobster with a gigantic scar on his face who's out to kill Peter, and Peter's mystical horse might be able to travel through time as well. Yup, that's all we can put together. Take a look at the trailer and try and figure out if you can solve the Winter Tale mystery.
Winter's Tale, which is directed by Akiva Goldsman (A Beautiful Mind), is set to hit theaters on Feb. 14, 2014. If the film is being released on Valentine's Day, it has to have a happy ending, right?
Downton Abbey star Lily James was bombarded with online abuse after she landed her role in the hit British period drama. The 24-year-old actress joined the show as Lady Rose MacClare in the third season, which was shot in 2012, and she has now revealed her Twitter.com account was swamped with nasty messages after her casting.
James is convinced fans of the show were unhappy with her arrival because it came so soon after the exit of Jessica Brown Findlay, who played Lady Sybil Crawley, and they simply took out their anger on her.
She tells Wonderland magazine, "I got loads of nasty tweets when I started on the show. I got, 'She's not even pretty, she's just nasty'. It was kind of taking over my life for a while. I think everyone liked Lady Sybil so much."
James admits she confided her troubles in her co-star Tom Cullen, who plays Lord Gillingham, and he helped her deal with the online abuse. She adds, "Tom reminded me you have to stay true to a character and that I should not worry about the negativity from the fans."
Downton Abbey star Jessica Brown Findlay has landed a leading role in the new Frankenstein adaptation opposite Daniel Radcliffe and James Mcavoy. The actress, who played the late Lady Sybil Crawley in the period drama, has beaten out a host of other leading ladies to land the role of an injured trapeze artist in director Paul McGuigan's retelling of the Mary Shelley horror classic.
Radcliffe will play hunchback Igor in the film, while McAvoy will portray monster-maker Victor Frankenstein.
Downton Abbey star Michelle Dockery is convinced the future of the show lies in the hands of veteran star Dame Maggie Smith as she fears the period drama won't survive if she quits. The popular TV programme has been rocked by exits as key castmembers, including Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown Findlay, have left to pursue careers in Hollywood.
The show is poised to return for a fourth season, but Dockery, who plays Lady Mary Crawley, is convinced Downton Abbey won't continue if Smith decides to leave.
She tells Vulture.com, "If more people start leaving, that's when it can't go on. Like if Maggie Smith decided not to do any more, I think that really is the end. One of the great things about the show is the ensemble... So if more people start dropping off, I just don't think it will work."
The stars of popular period drama Downton Abbey have been offered $150 million (£1 million) deals to keep them signed to the show for the next three years, according to a U.K. report. The British drama, which has become a huge hit around the world, was plagued by character exits during the last season as castmembers including Dan Stevens and Jessica Brown Findlay quit to pursue careers in Hollywood.
A new report now suggests TV bosses have locked in the remaining stars, including Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael, with massive pay rises and three-year contracts.
An insider tells British newspaper The Sun, "Downton's charm is tradition so bosses were desperate to secure the show's big names. All the major characters are now on big deals."
Filming on the upcoming fourth season of Downton Abbey is currently underway in the U.K.
Downton Abbey, a Victorian dollhouse where no member of the family is safe, has lost another cast member who won't be returning for the show's upcoming fourth season. This time it's O'Brien, Lady Grantham's evil maid and one of the best love-to-hate characters on all of TV. With all of the deaths from last season, does anyone even live in this house anymore?
Siobhan Finneran, who plays the scheming character, announced, "I’m not doing any more. O’Brien is a thoroughly despicable human being - that was great to play." ITV, which airs the show in the UK, confirmed that she would not be back for Season 4, which started filming this week (but PBS has not set a date for its return State-side). Finneran did not give a reason for wanting to leave the show, but it probably wasn't money, especially considering reports that some stars were offered double their salary for this upcoming season of the English-speaking world's most popular telenovela. It's not like Finneran is going to be out of work. She also stars on the ITV sitcom Benidorm and will co-star on the next season of the BBC hit The Syndicate. This lady is certainly not going to retire on just a maid's salary.
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The good news for O'Brien is that the character won't be killed off, so she's welcome back to the fading manor house in the future — unlike Lady Sybil and Future Lord Matthew, both of whom were surprisingly killed off during Season 3 because the actors, Jessica Brown Findlay and Dan Matthews, wanted off the show. Julian Fellowes, the Oscar-winning writer and creator of the show, said he had no choice but to kill off the members of the family when the actors wanted out. "“If he [Stevens] had been prepared to come back for maybe two or three episodes in a series, that would be different. Then we could have had a foreign posting or invented a career that would have made it possible for him to be away," Fellowes told the Telegraph. “Otherwise we would have had to make this tremendously successful love affair between Mary and Matthew unhappy, which I didn’t feel would be believable. For them to then separate and Matthew never set eyes on his son again would not be believable either. So we didn’t really have any option.”
At least O'Brien lives to snark another day, but who are we ever going to get to give a side-eye as icily perfect as hers?
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The two stars played sisters Lady Mary and Lady Sybil Crawley in the hit U.K. period drama until Findlay's recent exit from the show, but Dockery has revealed they are anxious to work together again on a new music project.
Dockery is a keen singer, and has even appeared on stage with her onscreen mother Elizabeth McGovern and her band Sadie and the Hotheads, and she is now hoping to start her own group with Findlay.
She tells Britain's Daily Express newspaper, "I can sing and play the acoustic guitar. I've actually been teaching Jessica Brown Findlay. We might even start a band."
Were you having a Merry Christmas? Were you excited to see the Downton Abbey Christmas special, followed by some good ol' fashioned Doctor Who? Was your world then torn apart by the events of said "Downton Abbey?" We're with you, buddy. Here's what went down, and warning: MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD.
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Okay, so. Matthew Crawley (Dan Stevens) died in a car crash during the Christmas special. He was so overjoyed at the birth of his son and heir, that he didn't pay attention to the road and crashed. After the death of Sybil (Jessica Brown Findlay) earlier this season, this one might be too much to bear for many Downton fans, who are losing their beloved characters left and right. What's next... Mr. Bates? We'll still be here through thick and thin (and our own Brian Moylan will recap what already aired in England, once Series 3 hits the US), but we're curious to hear your thoughts — will you still tune in after Matthew's death?
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Like many of her co-stars on "Downton Abbey" (ITV/PBS, 2010- ), British actress Jessica Brown Findlay, who played the socially conscious Lady Sybil Crawley on the series, was elevated from relative obscurity to worldwide fame with the groundswell of popularity that rose around the show's debut. She was also able to parlay that attention into a successful film career, beginning in 2011 with her starring turn in the critically acclaimed independent film "Albatross." Featured roles in U.K. television productions soon led to major roles in American projects like the drama "Lullaby" (2013) and the female lead in the all-star fantasy "Winter's Tale" (2013). Findlay's ascent from British television player to Hollywood film actor on the strength of both the international popularity of "Downton Abbey" and her own undeniable talent underscored her status as a major star on the rise.<p>Born Sept. 14, 1989 in the Berkshire county village of Cookham, England, Jessica Brown Findlay was the elder of two daughters by financial adviser Christopher Findlay and his wife, Beverley, a former nurse teacher's assistant. Her unusual surname was the result of her great-grandfather's decision to incorporate his middle name into his family name. Findlay fell in love with ballet at an early age, training with the National Youth Ballet and Associates of the Royal Ballet before receiving an invitation to dance with the Kirov Ballet at the Royal Opera House for a summer season. After completing her secondary education, she attended the Arts Educational School in London, but a series of operations on her ankles effectively ended her dream of becoming a professional dancer. Findlay then fell back on her second choice, acting, which she studied at the Tring Park School for the Performing Arts and Central Saint Martin's College of Arts.<p>After making her debut opposite Michael Fassbender in the 2009 short "Man on a Motorcycle," Findlay was cast as a rebellious teen who became embroiled in the lives of a failed writer and his neurotic family in the independent drama "Albatross" (2011). While the picture made the festival circuit prior to theatrical release, she was cast as the headstrong Lady Sybil Crawley on "Downton Abbey." The youngest daughter of Lord and Lady Grantham, Lady Sybil was a fierce campaigner for the rights of the oppressed, most notably the women's and Irish nationalist movement. Her romance with chauffeur Tom Branson (Allen Leech) introduced her to the latter conflict, which eventually prompted the couple to leave London and marry in Dublin. The happiness of reconciliation with the Crawley family was soon shattered by the death of Lady Sybil during the birth of her daughter in the series' third season.<p>The worldwide acclaim showered upon "Downton Abbey" was soon echoed by critical praise for Findlay's performance in "Albatross," which reached theaters in 2011. She earned Most Promising Newcomer nominations from both the British Independent Film Awards and the <i>Evening Standard</i> British Film Awards in 2011 and 2012, respectively, before embarking on several television projects, including the epic miniseries "Labyrinth" (Channel 4, 2012), produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. She soon returned to features, making her American film debut with the drama "Lullaby" (2012) with Garrett Hedlund and Amy Adams, and the grand fantasy "Winter's Tale" (2013), which cast her opposite star Colin Farrell and a supporting cast that included Will Smith, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt. <p><i>By Paul Gaita</i>