by Jill Pantozzi | 5:30 pm, December 28th, 2013
Dame Maggie Smith
Watch Game of Thrones‘ Olenna Tyrell and Downton Abbey‘s Violet Crawley Engage in a Battle of Wits [VIDEO]
by Rebecca Pahle | 5:45 pm, April 25th, 2013
When Vulture pits Game of Thrones‘ and Downton Abbey‘s resident sassmaster grandmothers against one another, who emerges victorious?
Ah, I can’t choose. Let’s just say that the combined wit of Olenna Tyrell (Dame Diana Rigg) and Violet Crawley (Dame Maggie Smith), if harnessed as some sort of weapon, could handily dispatch all the lessers in Westeros and win the Iron Throne for the two of them to share. But they’d replace it with something way more classy.
by Jill Pantozzi | 12:11 pm, February 15th, 2013
60 Minutes reporter Steve Kroft learned the hard way not to question Dame Maggie Smith. Which is problematic considering they were conducting an interview. Watch as she reveals she’s never actually watched the popular British drama she stars in and Kroft’s attempt to almost scold her on it. BIG mistake.
(via BBC America)
by Rebecca Pahle | 12:30 pm, January 17th, 2013
Downton Abbey executive producer Gareth Neame has confirmed that the Dowager Countess Violet Crawley will be back in season four of Downton Abbey to lord over all those peons who pretend they could be as good as her. Pish.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 2:00 pm, January 8th, 2013
The United States had to wait what felt like an excruciatingly long time to see Season 3 of Downton Abbey but boy, did we show up in style. The English drama not only had a record number of viewers on PBS, it demolished last season’s premiere, and it was second only to CBS in its time slot for the night.READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 1:13 pm, January 7th, 2013
Dame Maggie Smith is superb in any role but we take particular joy in watching her as Violet Crawley, the Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey. She delivers her lines with such class and whit you can’t be bothered with the fact that she’s usually talking smack about someone. Regardless, here are a few of her best one-liners (there are so many more) from Seasons 1 and 2.
(NowThis News via Buzzfeed)
by Rebecca Pahle | 11:47 am, December 13th, 2012
This morning saw the announcement of the nominees for the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, the lighter, boozier, less important cousin of the Oscars. (Hey, it makes a difference that attendees can drink at the former but not the latter.) Typical awards season films like Lincoln and Silver Linings Playbook picked up plenty of noms, but so did some more niche-interest (read: Geeky) fare.
The awards show, taking place on January 13th, is being hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. They did a short video promoting the Globes, which you can check out under the jump along with a rundown of the geeky movies, people, and shows to be nominated.READ MORE
by Rebecca Pahle | 11:45 am, December 3rd, 2012
Well, that didn’t take long. JK Rowling‘s The Casual Vacancy, a global bestseller and the first adult book by the author, is being adapted for the small screen by the BBC. As of yet there’s no specific information on anyone who will be involved in the projectsave Rowling herself, whom the BBC reports “will collaborate closely with the project, with the number and length of the episodes to be decided once the creative adaptation process has formally begun.”READ MORE
by Jill Pantozzi | 2:47 pm, March 8th, 2012
In honor of International Women’s Day, Britain’s Women in Film and TV industry organization published a list of the Top 50 Female British Power Players. It includes women from both in front of and behind the camera as well as those working in Hollywood and the news industry. So who did (and did not) make this year’s list?READ MORE
by Jamie Frevele | 11:42 am, November 2nd, 2011
“I don’t like the marginalization of women when the fighting breaks out. We get to fight too. I really wanted that. In the book, Minerva McGonagall is the one who does it and for me it was very important that she did that.” — J.K. Rowling, on fighting the decision to pit Harry Potter against Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 instead of McGonagall, who fought Snape in the book. Can you even picture it any other way? Of course it had to be McGonagall!READ MORE