Maggie Smith Doesn’t Watch ‘Downton Abbey’

In an upcoming interview with 60 Minutes, Dame Maggie Smith, badass septuagenarian, admits that she doesn’t watch Downton Abbey. Ha, you fools! Maggie comes over to my apartment every Sunday night for the Girls / Englightened block on HBO. She would not shut up about this week’s episode of the former, and how she just couldn’t believe that someone who looked like Patrick Wilson would have sex with someone who looked like Lena Dunham. I kept trying to explain to Maggie why that kind of thinking is pretty offensive, but she fell asleep in her chair so I just let it go. Anyway, take a look at my BFF Maggie Smith being a lovable old British coot.

[via EW]

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‘Sesame Street’ Adorably Parodies ‘Downton Abbey’

We’re not sure when Sesame Street began putting so much care into expertly parodying very adult television shows to teach kids the importance of directions, counting to 30 and more, but it’s pretty entertaining and usually pretty on-point. Today, the team from the ‘Street returned to their PBS roots, in the tradition of Monsterpiece Theater with Alistair Cookie, with a spoof of everyone’s favorite Edwardian melodrama, Downton Abbey.

From the opening title music to the interior shots of the stately manor, as with each of these spoofs, "Upside Downton Abbey" goes for accuracy. The Muppets introducing the concepts of upside-down and right-side-up strongly resemble the butler, Mr. Carson, and the Dowager Countess, and whoever was in charge of that Muppet definitely studied Maggie Smith’s inflection.  All I know is, if they keep this up, we can’t wait for the Sesame Street take on Breaking Bad. It would be a great way to teach kids about measuring and following recipes!

Celebrate Boss’s Day Like a Boss With These Cinematic Honchos

It’s that time of year again: Boss’s Day. (What’s that, you ask? When is Employee’s Day? Everyday is Employee’s Day! Now shut up and get back to work, you peons!) (Yes, one could say I am blogging like a boss today.) To celebrate, here’s a list of the best bosses in movie history. "Best," of course, is a relative term, but hey, this is the internet and all I know is that I’m the boss of listicles today, so deal with it or you’re fired. 

1. Sigourney Weaver as Katharine Parker in Working Girl

2. Dabney Coleman as Franklin M. Hart, Jr. in 9 to 5

3. Diana Rigg as Lady Holiday in The Great Muppet Caper
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4. Christopher Walken as Max Shreck in Batman Returns

5. Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada

6. Bette Midler as Sadie Shelton in Big Business

7. Michael Keaton as Captain Gene Mauch in The Other Guys

8. Garry Marshall as Walter Harvey in A League of Their Own

9. Dan Hedaya as Richard Nixon in Dick

10. Harvey Keitel as Matthew "Sport" Higgins in Taxi Driver

11. Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker in In the Loop

12. Anthony LaPaglia as Joe Reaves in Empire Records

13. Meg Ryan as Kathleen Kelly in You’ve Got Mail

14. Maggie Smith as Mother Superior in Sister Act

15. John Cusack as Rob Gordon in High Fidelity

16. Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest

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When Robert Met Cora: ‘Downton Abbey’ Prequel in the Works

For our lovely readers in the United Kingdom (or for our lovely readers elsewhere who know how to use the Internet), the third season of the hit series Downton Abbey is underway. The ‘20s are roaring, old feuds were rekindled and new ones sparked and Shirley MacLaine has entered as a Yankee foil for Maggie Smith’s ever-fabulous (and Emmy-winning!) Dowager Countess.

Following the success of his hit show, Julian Fellowes told a crowd at the BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture series this week that he’s working on a prequel to the show, following the meeting and courtship of the couple in charge of Downton Abbey, Robert and Cora, a.k.a. Lord and Lady Grantham.

"They had a slightly troubled courtship, because she was in love with him before they married, as we know, and he married her entirely for her money," Fellowes explains. It would be a point of internal conflict for Robert, as Fellowes explains, as he’s “a decent cove.” Although Fellowes will likely write the prequel as a book, a TV spin-off would be pretty inevitable after that and after the end of the actual series, with younger actors taking on the roles of Earl and Countess.

Even though the show itself isn’t ending any time soon (although certain cast members are rumored to be leaving after Season Three), Downtonites will be awaiting more turn-of-the-century shenanigans. And although casting speculation over this will probably begin before the book that the hypothetical show would be based on is even written, the real question is who could play young versions of Maggie Smith and Shirley MacLaine. If no suitable stand-ins exist, the show ain’t worth making. 

Trailer for Third Season of ‘Downton Abbey’ Leaks Online

Deep breaths, everyone. Got it? OK, let’s go.


[Via Vulture]

Sneak Peek at Shirley MacLaine in ‘Downton Abbey’

It’s about Damnton time! During the airing of the American Film Institute’s tribute to Shirley MacLaine last night, viewers were given a special treat—an almost 30-second sneak peek into next season’s Downton Abbey.

MacLaine plays the American mum of Lady Grantham and a new tongue-waggling sparring partner for our beloved Countess of Grantham, played by the ever-so-crotchety-yet-endearing Maggie Smith. The clip opens with MacLaine’s character, Martha Levinson, awkwardly hugging the Countess of Grantham. An extremely snarky schoolyard exchange follows.

Ooh, we’re practically soiling our knickers in entirely unhealthy anticipation. Does this mean there’ll be lots more stuffy English shade being thrown around and even more old-lady gossip about who Lady Mary should and shouldn’t screw? I can’t rightly wait! 

Morning Links: Paparazzi Confuse Debby Harry for LiLo, Waka Flocka Flame Plays With Puppies

● Paparazzi were shocked to find that the sunglass-wearing platinum blonde they caught outside the Mercer Hotel on Sunday morning was 66-year-old Debbie Harry and not, in fact, the 25-year-old Lindsay Lohan they thought they were shooting. [PageSix]

● Kim Kardashian’s color-coded closet is very pleasing to the eye. [Us]

Downtown Abbey-heads, brace yourself! Beloved Dowager Countess, Dame Maggie Smith, has yet to sign on for the fourth and possibly fifth season. [DailyMail]

● Jessica Simpson has already begun embroidering the "nontraditional" name she’s chosen for her still nascent baby girl on things. “We’re sure,” she says of her choice.  [PageSix]

Jersey Shore‘s The Situation has launched a gossip website, Named Sitch News. The site has so far covered The Situation’s Jersey crew with a light touch — musicals, ab creams, etc. — but who’s to say we can’t expect a good Snooki scoop someday soon? [SitchNews]

● Waka Flocka Flame put his shirt back on and picked up a puppy for his second round of PETA ads. "Pick with someone your own size," he says. Awww! [RapRadar]

● The beautiful 1954 red vintage Chistian Dior gown Natalie Portman wore to the Oscars sold in an online auction for $50,000. [PageSix]