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13
Feb
2013
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  • I haven’t been posting for I long time, reasons?
    A non-updated gallery, it is so much work and it is impossible to do both new photos and old photos.
    So I hope to update the galleries soon and become active again.
    Sorry, greetings, Elisa


  • 16
    Jan
    2013
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    Gallery additions

    Gallery > Downton Abbey > Season 3 > Portraits > Set 1

    Sorry for not being so up to date, I hope to do some massive posting about some award shows soon, and some articles. Including the Golden Globe Awards and the BAFTA’s. And lots of article from LaTimes and theDailyMail ofcourse. Thanks for your patience ♥

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    12
    Jan
    2013
    Posted by under Behind the scenes, Cast, Gallery with 0 comments

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    Gallery > Downton Abbey > Season 3 > Behind the scenes > Los Angeles Times – January 2012

    • BERKSHIRE, England — It’s a midsummer afternoon in the English countryside, and a parade of aristocrats is gliding up a grassy hill toward Downton Abbey. There is Lord Grantham, in his crisp dinner suit, followed by his daughters Lady Edith and Lady Mary. And here comes Lady Cora a few paces behind, talking on her… iPhone.The fantasy is further shattered on closer inspection: Mary’s and Edith’s beaded gowns peek out from beneath white puffy coats that are distinctly 21st century. And grande dame Maggie Smith is swaddled in a robe — something the formidable Lady Violet would never countenance.

      This is Highclere Castle, where the cast and crew are midway through shooting the third season of “Downton Abbey,” which premieres Sunday on PBS.

      Read more here…

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    5
    Jan
    2013
    Posted by under Cast, Various, Videos with 0 comments
    • They may be too young to be fans yet of either Doctor Who or Downton Abbey but pint-size viewers of the Disney Junior channel will soon get their first exposure to Matt Smith and Michelle Dockery.The two British TV stars – Smith is on Doctor Who and Dockery in Downton Abbey – are among the celebrities who’ve signed on to narrate poems as part of Disney Junior’s “A Poem Is … “ series.

      Smith will make his debut – he’ll be heard reading while animated clips from various Disney cartoons appear on the screen – with “De Colores,” a traditional folk song, this Saturday, January 5 at 8:55 a.m. On January 19 at 7:55 a.m., he’ll read “Once They All Believed in Dragons” by Jack Prelutsky.

      Here’s an exclusive first look:

      Michelle Dockery will read “It’s a Pleasant Day” by Eliza Lee Cabot Follen this Sunday, January 6 at 8:55 a.m. (Her reading of “Pleasant Day” aired previously on Disney Junior in the U.K.) Downton fans might want to consider her presentation an appetizer before they feast on watching her as Lady Mary Crawley in the first episode of season three of the popular period drama later that evening on PBS.

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    5
    Jan
    2013
    Posted by under Cast, Interview with 0 comments

    Listen to the full interview here. And you can read the highlights below.

    • Elizabeth McGovern on the psychology of a rigid class system
      “In today’s world, we all live with the burden of feeling that anything is possible if we’re only clever enough, smart enough, work hard enough. … There is a … disappointment if for whatever reason you haven’t managed to earn a fortune or succeed in some huge way that you thought you would as a young person. And there’s something, of course, marvelous about that — personally I wouldn’t change that for anything; I wouldn’t go back to the old way. But I think there was a comfort for people to a certain extent in knowing this is their role, this is their place. There’s no pressure about it; you do the most wonderful job you can.”Hugh Bonneville, on losing the family fortune
      “This was a world before financial advisers; if you had money, it made money — it was as simple as that, in that post-Industrial Revolution era. So this is the big crisis point for Robert and for the estate. But at the same time, he wants things to go back to — to the certainties that there were before the war.”Jim Carter, on Carson the butler’s resistance to change
      “He’s like the fabric of Downton Abbey itself, really. He’s unchanging. He thinks happiness is two footmen in the dining room, and women [servants] kept out of the dining room. So like Robert, they see themselves as the guardian of the traditions of the house and the honor of the house. He resists the forces of change. … I think change is coming, but he can’t cope with it very well. … As Elizabeth was saying earlier, for some people, a static situation is a secure situation. That is his security. … People like this are fairly institutionalized — as institutionalized as a long-term prisoner. Our lives are dictated by gongs and bells, and the rhythm of the day, [which] is dictated to us by the people upstairs. We live to serve them, and to make their world perfect, and Carson takes immense pride in that. … And quite a bit of status goes with it, as well, so for a man of presumably fairly low birth, he’s attained considerable status. And he’ll protect that — and protect the family at the same time.”On the evolving character of Thomas, the malicious footman
      Rob James-Collier: “The more I play Thomas, I’ve started to think about why he is how he is. And I think it’s definitely rooted in his sexuality. We must remember this was a time when being [gay] was illegal, and it was also ‘against God.’ And it was a more Godly time back then. So you have society condemning anything to do with homosexuality, describing it as foul and twisted — and if society’s being negative and aggressive toward you, I think it’s only human nature to maybe react to that, as a defense mechanism, and be aggressive back toward society.” (more…)


    5
    Jan
    2013
    Posted by under Various with 0 comments

    Lots of thanks to Byron for informing about this article.

    • Culinary historian Pamela Foster started her own blog after watching a marathon of Downton Abbey with her husband.Though he, who she affectionately calls Lord D. was the original fan in her household, she soon became interested in every meal and cup of tea the Crawley’s sipped. She began wondering if other fans were interested in exploring the cuisine of the era.

      With her blog, Downton Abbey Cooks, and new cookbook, Abbey Cooks Entertain, she combines food and history, while offering fans of the show original recipes that recreate the meals of the era.

      “I hoped to inspire cooks to bring a touch of Downton elegance to their own Abbey,” she told Radio.com. “And to take pointers from thrifty country house cooks like Mrs. Patmore who cooked seasonally and preserved the excess for the long winters.”

      When it comes to the food on the show, Foster says creator Julian Fellows has been spot on with his luxurious dinners of multiple courses.

      “The Edwardian era was a time when food was used by the aristocracy to display wealth and power,” she explained. “Many deals and political alliances were forged across the dining table.”

      When season three, which premieres January 6 in the United States, first begins it is 1920. World War I is over and rationing is no longer in effect.  But that didn’t mean those in the English upper class were ready to expand their palates. For families like the Crawleys maintaining traditions and keeping appearances was much more important.

      “The British Empire had already brought flavor influences from all over the world,” Foster explained. “So within the walls of this great house they tried their very best to keep high standards for cuisine served.”

      The working class though embraced packaged foods, which were easy to make for those who had little time to cook.

      Another item that will make things a little easier for the cooking staff at Downton is the introduction of the electric toaster, which was actually invented in 1893 by Crompton and Co. in the United Kingdom.

      This season fans will also see the Crawley’s enjoying a bit of what we’ve come to know as Jell-O.

      Foster says it was the great French chef of the Edwardian era, August Escoffier, who started the jiggly jelly phase, which comes into play during several episodes this season.

      When it comes to Foster’s favorite gelatin dessert, she says she likes wine jelly, which was served as a palate cleanser.

      “It is a grown up version of Jell-O shots,” she said.  “It is an easy dish for beginners to learn and adds a touch of class to your dinner.”

      Check out more of Foster’s Downton-inspired recipes in her new cookbook, Abbey Cooks Entertain, out now.

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    5
    Jan
    2013
    Posted by under Style with 0 comments

    Lots of thanks to Byron for informing me about this article.

    • Gone are the days of austerity, Downton Abbey is heading into the Twenties and ready to shine. And more often than not, they’re shining literally thanks to the introduction of Swarovski crystals.For season three, which premieres in the U.S. on January 6, the show’s costume designer Carolyn McCall wasn’t afraid to go overboard. World War I is over, so gone are the days of basic evening dresses and fitted corsets. Now the ladies of Downton will all be showing off a little leg in shorter hemlines and more relaxed silhouettes.

      Lady Mary Crawley, played by Michelle Dockery, is known for her strong will and her lavish taste. She once remarked that her dresses “cost twice the national debt,” and this year, she’s certainly not scaling back.

      Mary looks more sophisticated than flapper when the decade begins choosing beaded dresses and bold, rich colors like the below wine colored satin gown by Vionnet, a French designer known for showing off a woman’s natural shape with her slim fitting dresses, something new at the time.

      “You try whenever possible to recreate the feel of the period,” McCall told The Daily Beast. “I bought a lot of vintage fabric. It’s much easier to start with something real and work with that than start from scratch.”

      What fans really want to know though, is what will she be wearing when she finally marries Matthew Crawley?

      For the epic gown, McCall looked for inspiration in the French fashion house Lanvin and the wedding dress of the Twenties. The look– a long-sleeved lace dress fitted with tiny Swarovski crystals and rice pearls–took McCall eight weeks to create and is the series’ most expensive costume to date.

      ”Sometimes the character can be quite hard,” the costume designer told Entertainment Weekly. ”I wanted her wedding dress to have a bit of softness. I wanted her to look really romantic, really elegant.”

      From the looks of it, McCall did not disappoint.

      What’s your favorite Downton Abbey look?


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    5
    Jan
    2013
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  • Each day of advent we’ve been ripping open LOVE’s video advent calendar. We’ve seen Cara Delevingne rolling about in her underwear and Lily Donaldson dressed up as a sugar plum fairy, so now that the Big Day is here, how to end the fash-extravaganza? With a super-special nativity video, of course!Yes, Katie Grand, LOVE’s Editor in Chief, has persuaded her fabulous friends to dress up for a cheeky retelling of the traditional tale. For starters, thespian Simon Callow CBE is the santa-hat-wearing narrator, telling us that ‘this story is as old as time; it invented Like a Virgin and Home Alone and reinvented Mariah Carey.’ Snort!

    LOVE’s celeb-packed cast consists of Laura Carmichael as Mary, Edie Campbell as Baby Jesus, Pixie Geldof as The Angel, Abbey Clancy as the, err, Donkey, her sister Elle Clancy as the sheep and Gwendoline Christie as the star. As for the boys, we’re treated to fashion’s three wise men including Giles Deacon, Henry Holland and David Waddington. Genius! Felipe Sanguinetti is Joseph, Johny Dufort and Luke Raymond are The Shepherds, Busta the Chihahua is Gold, Latrice the Checkered Giant rabbit is Frankincense and even Katie Grand’s Lop rabbit Clara gets a cameo as Myrh.

    ‘I love Christmas, and a nativity is always so jolly,’ Katie tells us. ‘Everyone always wants to be the Angel, but I always got to play the shepherd. So I went through my phone book and came up with this illustrious cast. Many thanks to Gwendoline Christie for persuading Simon Callow to narrate it.’

    See, who needs a chocolate calendar when you have THIS? So grab your bulging stockings, gather the family and click play on the video below…

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    4
    Jan
    2013
    Posted by under Cast, Shows with 0 comments

    Two videos were placed on youtube of Elizabeth mcGovern on Loose Women.
    Thanks to Elizabeth mcGovern online for placing these videos on youtube.



    4
    Jan
    2013
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    January 2nd: Elizabeth McGovern attends on Loose Woman.
    Elizabeth McGovern attended on Loose Woman. I’ve found 1 article, and some gallery additions outside so far.


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    Gallery > Television appearances > Elizabeth mcGovern > 2013 > January 2 – Loose Women (outside)

    • A far cry from The Countess style: Elizabeth McGoven wears suede shearling jacket and grey beanie as she leaves studio on a motorbike.
      On screen she shows off an elegant style as The Countess of Grantham but in real life Elizabeth McGovern chooses a much more relaxed style.
      The 51-year-old Downton Abbey actress was seen leaving studios in London and looked a far cry from her character Cora.
      Elizabeth was wearing a large suede shearling jacket, and a wooly hat as she made her way home.
      The American actress was also wearing a black skirt that fell just below her knee and black opaque tights.
      As well as her relaxed style, the actress was seen carrying a handbag and a large dust bag.
      After emerging from the studio Elizabeth put on another jacket and climbed onto the back of a motorbike to be driven away.
      Elizabeth’s mixed up look could be down to her musical career.
      As well as starring in the hit period drama the actress is also part of a band called Sadie and The Hotheads.
      Next month she and her band will embark on a nine-day tour performing at venues across the country.
      The mother-of-two, is said to have renegotiated her Downton salary, as bosses fear cast members will quit the show in order to pursue Hollywood roles.
      Dan Stevens, 29, who moved his wife and two kids to New York while he appearing in Broadway play, The Heiress, has left the show to move on.

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