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Coming Soon: 'American Downton Abbey'

Julian Fellowes writing 'The Gilded Age' for NBC

(Newser) - We've got an early Christmas present for Downton Abbey addicts: The show's creator, Julian Fellowes, is writing a sort of American version of the show, the Telegraph reports. The Gilded Age will look at the lives of wealthy New York society members in the 1880s. NBC has commissioned... More »

Creation Has Potential, Doesn't Evolve

Critics agree Paul Bettany shines, but premise falls mostly flat

(Newser) - Critics agree that on paper, Creation has a lot going for it. But they don't think the flick delivers the thrill of Charles Darwin's groundbreaking work:
  • "Director Jon Amiel has reduced a crucial moment in science to a Lifetime weepie about a workaholic who needs personal tragedy to wake
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Haneke Wins at Cannes for His Finest Work

White Ribbon 'will be discussed for decades to come'

(Newser) - Even in a vintage year for Cannes, Michael Haneke's new film The White Ribbon stood head and shoulders above the competition, writes Xan Brooks of the Guardian. The Austrian director has time and again missed out on the festival's top prize, but his "icy black-and-white" pastoral  set in pre-WWI ... More »

'Tudors': Flashy Fiction Is Far From Fact

Historians balk at steamy soap, but fans aren't deterred

(Newser) - In the battle of fact versus flair, it’s pretty obvious which side “The Tudors” comes down on. Showtime’s steamy period soap opera, which premiers its second season tonight, trades a chubby, tight-wearing Henry VIII for slim, sexy Jonathan Rhys Meyers. “It’s sloppy filmmaking,” one... More »

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