August 31, 2015

Downton Abbey Season SIX - sneak peek

Brace yourselves, Downton fans. ITV dropped the first trailer for the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey Saturday and announced that the season will premiere in the U.K. Sept. 20.

The one-minute clip previews the farewell season, but doesn’t give away too many details. We hear Robert Crawley (Hugh Bonneville) tell Mr. Carson (Jim Carter), “If I could stop history in its tracks, maybe I would. But I can’t, Carson, for neither you nor I can hold back time.” Foreboding! It was also previously announced that Downton will pick up in 1925, six months after season 5’s finale.

After announcing the show would end after season 6, executive producer Gareth Neame explained the decision. “We wanted to leave them with wanting more, leave while the show is in really robust health and a year or two earlier than you might expect just so you can be sure to maintain the quality of the work,” he said. “And hopefully people will look back on what was a well-formed show, and not say what people often say, which is ‘Well, it was a great show, but it ran out of steam.’”

August 25, 2015

Trials? Adversity? I Choose Coffee.

A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her.  She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up.  She was tired of fighting and struggling.  It seemed as one problem was solved a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen.  She filled three pots with water.  In the first, she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and the last she placed ground coffee beans.
She let them sit and boil without saying a word.  In about twenty minute she turned off the burners.  She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl.  She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.  Then she ladled the coffee into a bowl.  Turning to her daughter, she asked, “Tell me what you see?”
“Carrots, eggs, and coffee,” she replied.
She brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots.  She did and noted that they were soft.  She then asked her to take an egg and break it.  After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard-boiled egg.  Finally, she asked her to sip the coffee.  The daughter smiled, as she tasted its rich aroma.
The daughter then asked, “What’s the point, mother?”

Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity… boiling water – but each reacted differently.  
The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting.  However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. 
The egg had been fragile.  Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior.  But, after being through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.  
The ground coffee beans were unique, however.  After they were in the boiling water they had changed the water.
“Which are you?” she asked the daughter.  “When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond?  Are you a carrot, an egg, or a coffee bean?”
Think of this:  Which am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity, do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat?  Did I have a fluid spirit, but after death, a break up, a financial hardship, or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff?  Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and a hardened heart?

Or am I like the coffee bean?  The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain.  When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor.  If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.
When the hours are the darkest and trials are their greatest do you elevate to another level?
How do you handle adversity?

August 12, 2015

Downton Abbey Couple Together Again

Downton Abbey’s  Mary and Matthew Re-united. . . 

and There Is a Picture!

Courtesy of PBS.

Be still, our beating hearts.

With the final season of Downton Abbey quickly approaching, we worried that we would never see Lady Mary re-united with her one and only true love, Matthew Crawley. Certainly there were some logistical barriers preventing this reunion—Matthew being dead and all—but we hoped that Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes would work his magic, with a final season flashback to Mary and Matthew’s happier times. Or else a scene showing the ghost of Matthew watching over our deliciously bitchy Downton heroine. Fortunately for us, however, actors Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens, who play(ed) the beloved characters, got together outside the constraints of the period drama.
On Wednesday, Dockery posted an adorable Instagram of the handsome Downton husband and wife. Both decked out in formalwear—would you expect anything less?—the two posed at a special BAFTA event in Richmond, England, on Tuesday night that celebrated the period drama. Dockery captioned the adorable photo: “Reunited. I've missed this face.”Swoon.
Stevens, being the gentleman he is, posted the same Instagram with a different, colorful filter and equally sweet caption: “Me & M’Lady together again...”
The reunion between Dockery and Stevens—who is playing the Beast to Emma Watson’sBeauty in the upcoming live-action adaptation of the Disney classic—arrived at the perfect time for Lady Mary, who probably needed some spirit lifting after the cast said good-bye on Twitter this weekend.

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August 11, 2015

Downton Abbey final scenes filmed

- and there's not a dry eye among the cast

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Actors posted pictures on Instagram as members of the crew announced “that’s a wrap”, signalling the end of filming on the sixth and final series
Downton Abbey is officially coming to an end with its sixth season. If that isn't enough to break your heart, the cast and crew have documented the show's final days in a way their characters never could — a hashtag.

Social media may not have been available for the Crawleys, but thankfully, their modern-day equivalents can share behind-the-scenes photos from the set of the final season via #LastDaysofDownton.
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The cast of Downton Abbey revealed they cried their eyes out after shooting what will definitely be the last ever scene – period.
Actors posted pictures on Instagram as members of the crew announced “that’s a wrap”, signalling the end of filming on the sixth and final series.
Michelle Dockery and Laura Carmichael
Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, said: “It was very strange saying goodbye to the castle.
“It felt like, in a split second, it wasn’t our home any more. And, of course, it was never our home. It was the Highclere Castle.
“But it felt like it for over six years. And as soon as they said ‘cut’, you realised it was just pretend. It’s full of so many fond memories and it was very emotional. We had a big cry.”
She said: “One of our grips - the big, hefty guys who shift the cameras around - they cried when we were leaving.”  Close friend Michelle Dockery, who plays Lady Mary, added: “Laura and I wandered around for the last time and suddenly we didn’t want to go home. We had a bit of a cry, yes.”
All the cast were attending the evening hosted by Jonathan Ross and filmed for a special tribute programme to be screened later in the year.
Tantalisingly for fans, Michelle, 33, revealed her character is set for another roller-coaster ride when the series airs on ITV this month.
She said: “Her journey in this series, it was very unexpected. She goes through a whole other ordeal.
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"Just when I thought it was kind of coming to an end and wrapping up for Mary,Julian [Fellowes] kind of threw a cat among the pigeons.
“So there is a really great arc storyline in this series. It’s something I wasn’t expecting and it’s really clever what he does.”
  • Downton Abbey's final season starts the end of next month!
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Final series - Downton Abbey - ITV
We can promise a final season full of all the usual drama and intrigue, but with the added excitement of discovering how and where they all end up...
– Gareth Naeme, Executive Producer

August 01, 2015


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