July 31, 2013

Laugh of the Week - LOVE this one

Two churches located across the street from each other. 

At least the Catholics have a sense of humor.


July 27, 2013

Quote of the Month


NEW Downton Abbey photos

United in grief? Poor Mary and Branson both lost their significant others, Matthew and Sybil, during Season 3 of Downton Abbey. Now both single parents, they’ll have to raise their young children on their own. 

United in grief? Poor Mary and Branson both lost their significant others, Matthew and Sybil, during Season 3 of Downton Abbey . Now both single parents, they'll have to raise their young children on their own. Oh, and with the help of a fleet of servants.

Ahead of the return of Downton Abbey for its fourth series, here's a look at the first images from the set.

The third series ended with the tragic car crash of Lady Mary's husband, Matthew (Dan Stevens), leaving her to raise George on her own as Tom is doing with Sybil or Sybbie, following the death of his wife Sybil in childbirth.
However it seems Branson will not be lonely for too long as according to Digital Spy, Daisy Lewis has been cast as his new love interest.

How cute does Lady Mary Crawley's (Michelle Dockery) baby George look next to his cousin Sybil and her dad Tom Branson, played by Irish man Allen Leech?

Elsewhere Lady Rose MacClare is set to continue to cause havoc and thankfully regulars Sophie McShera (Daisy) and Jim Carter (Carson) are set to return to Downton for the new series in September.
Speaking about the new series, Irish actor Brendan Coyle who plays John Bates, said: "I'm going to stick my neck out and say it's our best series ever.

"It's certainly my best series ever. I'm really, really grateful for Julian [Fellowes] for that. My storylines are phenomenal... And I'm not going to die in a car crash!"

In the next new Downton Abbey season 4 photos posted below,  we get our first look at actor Paul Giamatti who is playing Cora Crawley's maverick brother, Harold Levinson. Harold and Cora's mother Martha (Shirley MacLaine), also in the photos, will make an appearance in the Downton Abbey S4 Christmas Special.

We also have our first look at James Fox, no word yet on who he is playing.

Other cast we see, Maggie Smith (The dowager Countess), Sophie McShera (Daisy) Ed Speelers (Jimmy).

Stunning!!! Appears to be a garden party.

Paul Giamatti as Harold Levinson. Who is that woman in the hat?

Shirley Maclaine, Maggie Smith, James Fox, Paul Giamatti

Shirley MacLaine, Maggie Smith, James Fox

Sophie McShera, back of Ed Speelers. Is that a new footman?

July 13, 2013

Downton Abbey News - Love 4 Branson

Actress Daisy Lewis is being brought in as the nanny,  to heal the broken heart of widower Tom Branson in the new Season of Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey's New Nanny

And those haunting lips and sultry looks seem bound to remind him of wife Lady Sybil Crawley who died in childbirth in the last series.

Newcomer Daisy, 35, who has starred in Doctor Who, will play the live-in governess of Tom’s daughter, also called Sybil in memory of her tragic mum, played by Jessica Brown Findlay.

She will quickly strike up a ­romance with the handsome Irishman, the family’s former chauffeur, played by Allen Leech.

A source said: “Daisy will become one of Downton’s most prominent characters. She wowed producers in her audition and they are delighted to have secured such a brilliant young actress.

“Her romance with Tom will be one of the main storylines of the series. He will begin to develop feelings for her and they start a secret affair.

"Tom will have an even bigger role in the new series after ­becoming the estate manager of Downton.

"The writers know he is a very popular ­character and the ­viewers were gripped by Lady Sybil’s traumatic death.

“In the Christmas special one of the new maids tried to kiss Tom although, at the time, he wasn’t quite ready to move on.

“But viewers will see that’s all going to change in the new series.”
Tragic: Sybil died giving birth

Daisy already knows what it’s like to move in posh Downton-style circles.

She is the daughter of multi-millionaire business man John Lewis and the family own a £700,000 Grade II listed country retreat in Dorset and also a property in Chelsea.

Her dad is chairman of London’s exclusive celeb haunt The Groucho Club and owns a 40 per cent stake in the four-star Sloane Square Hotel.

Daisy, who trained with the ­National Youth Theatre, has previously made a guest appearance in Doctor Who ­playing Javit and appeared alongside model Agyness Deyn as a drug-addict in the 2011 film Pusher.

The versatile actress has also ­appeared in ITV’s Lewis and has written for the Sunday Telegraph as well as producing short films Snap Shot and The Door, starring Charles Dance.

She first met Downton creator Julian Fellowes when she appeared in the 2009 film From Time To Time which he directed.

Daisy is one of five new cast ­members joining the period drama. Big name additions include Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giamatti as the playboy brother of Lady Cora, and opera singer Dame Kiri Te Kanawa who will play a house guest.

Former EastEnder Nigel Harman is set to star as a visiting valet.
Romance: Tom will start affair

Death in Paradise and Bluestone 42 actor Gary Carr has also joined the cast as a “charming and charismatic” jazz singer named Jack Ross – the programme’s first black character.

Joanna Davis, Julian Ovenden, Tom Cullen, and Dame Harriet Walters have also been added to the line-up.

Shirley MacLaine will return to play Martha Levinson for the eight-part series and another Christmas feature-length episode is planned.

Several key cast members have quit the show since the end of the third series, including Dan Stevens who played Matthew Crawley and Siobhan Finneran as Downton’s vindictive housemaid O’Brien.

Speculation is rife that this could be the last series.

It has won nine Emmys, two Golden Globes and a Screen Actors Guild Award for the cast – but failed to be nominated for this year’s Baftas.

July 05, 2013

Downton Abbey Extra -New Photos from Season 4

The first photos of "Downton Abbey's" new cast member Gary Carr in character as Jack Ross have surfaced.

The photos, taken in late June 2013 in England, feature Carr in a boat with actress Lily James. James, who appeared in Season 3 as Rose, the Dowager Countess' (Maggie Smith) great niece, will be a part of the main cast for "Downton Abbey" Season 4.
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