Monday, June 17, 2024

Downton Abbey Shocker: Spoiler Alert So Read Only if You’re Strong


Downton Abbey Shocker: STOP READING RIGHT NOW IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW. Remember that when Dan Stevens and I crossed paths the night “The Heiress” opened on Broadway, he wouldn’t answer any questions about his future on Downton Abbey. His obnoxious publicist pulled him away from me so fast I had razor burns. More recently, when I ran into him at a movie premiere, Stevens was calmer. But he still said, “Wait. You’ll see.” And on the Christmas special shown in the UK on Tuesday, the sad news was confirmed: Matthew Crawley is dead. Dan Stevens has left the building. And the show. Will he be able to leverage Downton Abbey into movie fame here in America? Hard to say. He’s going to try. But I guess it’s the difference between being Jeremy Irons or Anthony Andrews– the two stars of “Brideshead Revisited.” Alas, Matthew dies in a car crash. Who will manage Downton Abbey now? Read more here:

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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