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Downton Abbey

  1. Why Maggie Smith Has To Die At The End of Downton Abbey

    What should the final episode look like?

    It appears the mutterings about Downton Abbey ending were rooted in truth: series six is likely to be the ITV costume drama’s last.

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  2. Downton Abbey’s Rob-James Collier Gives Us the Downton/Star Wars Mash-Up We Didn’t Realize We Wanted

    "Why must you always walk in the light, Bates?"

    I always knew that Thomas Barrow on Downton Abbey used the Dark Side of the Force. Thankfully, the actor who plays him, Rob-James Collier, is much less dark. Using only his iPhone during his down time on the set of Downton (they apparently have a lot of it on this set), he's created a Downton/Star Wars mash-up film for charity.

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  3. The Ladies of Downton Abbey Get Gloriously Crass in a Round of Cards Against Humanity

    Do you think they were on drugs when they made this?

    I wonder what the Dowager would think of this?

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  4. Things We Saw Today: A Life-Sized Downton Abbey Dowager Countess Cake Shaped Like Maggie Smith

    I feel bad for wanting to eat it?

    This cake was made by cake and chocolate artist Karen Portaleo for the Downton Abbey Season 5 premiere party. It took 18 hours to make. May there be many more Maggie Smith cakes and statues to come. (via Jezebel)

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  5. Princess Benedict Sparklefists and More: The Mary Sue’s Favorite Photoshops of 2014

    Whoops, our hands slipped.

    Here at The Mary Sue, we try to report on all the news that's fit to geek out about in comics, gaming, pop culture, science, and more. But c'mooon. Let's not kid ourselves here. You all tune in because you want to see our ridiculous photoshop skills, right? Screw having nuanced, critically-minded opinions when we can just throw a picture of '90s Dwayne Johnson wherever we want and call it a day, right? Yeah, you get us.

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  6. Things We Saw Today: Quick! To the Batmobile (Slippers)!

    There's no time to sleep, Robin!

    I've got to get me one of those.

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  7. Scarlett Johansson Making the Move to TV in Edith Wharton Period Drama

    The average person only uses 10% of their corsets.

    We all know Scarlett Johansson can kick butt literally, but it's been a while since we saw her BAMF-ery demonstrated in a less overtly action-packed role. But that's all about to change—thanks to Sony Television Pictures, Scar Jo is about to ditch her gauntlets and grace the small screen as one of American literature's most ruthless female characters.

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  8. ATTN ALL: Erotic Downton Abbey Vacations Are a Thing Now

    "Why hello."

    I'm just going to jump into this one like Thomas jumps into making questionable decisions: There's a Downton Abbey-themed sexcation, and everything about it sounds A M A Z I N G.

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  9. Pyro Baby Daenerys Wins All the Awards In This Video of Kids Reenacting 2014 Emmy Nominees

    I will take what is mine with cookies and juice boxes.

    The 2014 Emmys take place this Monday (yeah, not Sunday—I know, it's weird), and to celebrate, Mom.me has put together this video of children acting out imagined scenes from the six Outstanding Drama Series nominees. If you're worried about what Game of Thrones scene would even be appropriate for children to reenact, don't worry, they went creative with it and came up with the best possible solution.

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  10. Downton Abbey Uses Water Bottle Goof To Raise Money For Charity

    "Caaaaaaaarsooooooooon!"

    What do you do when you make a giant goof and leave a water bottle in the frame of a 1920s era photoshoot? Turn it into something hugely positive, of course! (Or, if you're us, photoshop tentacle dildos into the picture.)

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  11. What Other Anachronistic Items Were Left In That Downton Abbey Promo Pic?

    MAAATTHHEWWWW!

    It's been a really tough week in general, so I think I speak for all of us when I say we needed something like this Downton Abbey promo pic to come along. Look at it. Look hard. See something that shouldn't be there, considering Downton is set in the 1920s? Yeah. The person who was supposed to take that water bottle off the mantle just made everyone's week a whole lot more fun.

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  12. Marvel’s First Netflix Original Series Casts Boardwalk Empire’s Charlie Cox As Daredevil

    Excelsior!

    You might also know him as dreamy Tristan from Stardust or despicable Philip, Duke of Crowborough from Downton Abbey but soon audiences will know actor Charlie Cox as the Man Without Fear, Daredevil.  

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  13. “Chuffed” Spiked in Merriam-Webster Online Searches Yesterday, Here’s Why and What it Means

    Peter Sokolowski seemed pretty chuffed about it.

    "Chuffed" didn't make my list of 10 Piece of British Slang I'd Like to See Adopted in America, but a lot of readers suggested it after the fact. That's why when lexicographer Peter Sokolowski pointed out that it was spiking in searches on Merriam-Webster's site it caught my attention. Why'd it spike, and what's it mean?

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  14. Things We Saw Today: Gender-Bent Ice King From Adventure Time

    Things We Saw Today

    This great gender-swapped Ice King/Queen from Adventure Time by Kida-Takashi is pretty fabulous although a little scary. (via Fashionably Geek)

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  15. Downton Abbey + Cats = Downton Tabbies [Video]

    What is a weekend?

    We've featured other mashups of Downton Abbey and cats before and of course they were delightful.  There's even a Downton Tabby book.  But this video of cats modeled after the Downton Abbey opening credits is pretty much the best thing ever, not in the least because it was made for the good cause of getting these cats adopted from no-kill animal rescue Pets Alive! Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  16. Graphic Posters For Your Library, Word Nerds

    Why Not Do It With Some Style?

    Etsy shop Folio Creations has some fantastic prints with pretty graphic design available for sale for the word nerds, writers, editors, readers, and lovers of shenanigans out there. Currently available posters include quotes from Gilmore Girls, Downton Abbey, The Princess Bride, Mary PoppinsEmma, and Anne of Green Gables. They also have a line of posters featuring punctuation that's pretty great.  Plus, they'll do custom quotes for you!

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  17. This LEGO Downton Abbey Would Not Be Allowed At Downton Abbey

    What It Says On the Tin

    This LEGO Downton Abbey set created by Eric Stevens allows me to remember the simpler times at the majestic household. A time when the Dowager Countess never would have allowed toys, let alone toys with tiny parts, anywhere near the house.

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  18. Lady Mary Gets Tough in Tough Justice [Video]

    What is a weekend?

    Tough Justice with Michelle Dockery from Michelle Dockery
    Season 4 of Downton Abbey starts tonight in the United States, which is super exciting. Non-US fans, please avoid spoiling anything from the new season in the comments! To celebrate, enjoy this video of Michelle Dockery, aka Lady Mary, teaming up with Michael Chiklis in an exciting new (not real at all) cop drama... Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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  19. Things We Saw Today: Frozen Meets Abba And It’s Adorable

    Things We Saw Today

    James Silvani has created the Abba-Frozen crossover art we didn't even know we needed, and it's adorable.

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  20. The UK’s “Downton Law” Seeks to Let Women Inherit Titles

    Olden Lore

    At first I was going to go with a happy image of Downton Abbey's Mary Crawley, since doubtless if this bill had been passed back in her day she'd have been very pleased to be able to inherit her father's title herself instead of having to marry her cousin Matthew. You know, assuming she weren't fictional. But the allure of the Mary Crawley "judging you" look is just too strong.

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