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Box Office: ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Beats ‘Downton Abbey’ Sequel as Older Adults Remain Skittish

In another universe — i.e., before the pandemic — Downton Abbey the movie blew away all expectations when opening to $31 million in September 2019, a record best for specialty house Focus Features. Much has changed in the time since. The 2019 big-screen adaptation of Julian Fellowes’ hit British TV series was fueled by moviegoers […]

‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Serving Up Solid $18M Box Office Opening

Downton Abbey: A New Era grossed $7.4 million on Friday to come in second at the domestic box office only behind Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which took in $8.4 million. That puts Downton Abbey on course to gross $18 million for the weekend, a solid opening for a movie depending upon older […]

‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’ Cast Weigh In on Likely New Direction With Mary at the Helm

[This story contains mild spoilers to Downton Abbey: A New Era.] After 2019’s Downton Abbey movie and now its sequel, Downton Abbey: A New Era, there’s the scent of succession in the air as Michelle Dockery’s Lady Mary is being positioned to run the estate, with the blessing of Dame Maggie Smith’s Dowager Countess of […]

Why Julian Fellowes Wanted to Disrupt ‘Downton Abbey’ in the Movie Sequel — and Where the Franchise Could Go Next

The future looks hopeful for Downton Abbey. After six seasons on television and one cinematic outing (2019’s Downton Abbey feature, which focused on a royal visit to the estate), the extended Grantham family above and below stairs is now forced to move with the times, as they were in 1928, for the movie’s sequel now […]

Focus Features Touts ‘Downton Abbey 2,’ Todd Field’s ‘Tar’ at CinemaCon

Focus Features — which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year — came to CinemaCon on Wednesday to woo theater owners with a diverse slate of specialty films, including Downton Abbey: A New Era. “Movie theaters are sacred spaces and vital to our culture,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski told theater owners gathered in Las […]

‘Downton Abbey: A New Era’: Film Review

The familiar characters from the long-running Yorkshire country house saga are joined by new faces as a film shoot comes to the estate and an inheritance stirs up mysteries from the Dowager Countess’ past.

‘The Gilded Age’ Finale: Writers Talk Mrs. Russell’s “Ultimate Triumph” and Their Progress on Season 2

[This story contains major spoilers from the finale of HBO’s The Gilded Age season one.] Carrie Coon’s Bertha Russell emerged triumphant on Monday night’s finale of The Gilded Age, having enticed New York’s snobbish elites into attending her daughter’s debutante ball by ruthlessly leveraging her child’s friendship with a member of the old-money set. It […]

Golden Age Hollywood — and Dominic West’s Thin Mustache — Come to Downton Abbey in ‘A New Era’ Trailer

“A moving picture, at Downton!?!” The Crawleys are going slightly meta for Focus Features’ Downton Abbey movie sequel, which includes a major storyline about a film being shot at the castle. In the new trailer for Downton Abbey: A New Era, Hugh Bonneville’s Lord Grantham appears rather unimpressed by the prospect of “actresses plastered in makeup and […]

Inside the Long Journey to Get ‘The Gilded Age’ to the Screen

In mid-March of 2020, The Gilded Age was just five days away from its first day of shooting when production shut down due to the burgeoning COVID-19 pandemic. As the show stopped before it really ever got started, writer and creator Julian Fellowes thought the virus “might be the death knell” for the project. COVID […]

‘TV’s Top 5’: Julian Fellowes on His ‘Downton Abbey’ Follow-Up ‘The Gilded Age’

Welcome to the 152nd episode of TV’s Top 5, The Hollywood Reporter’s TV podcast. Every week, hosts Lesley Goldberg (West Coast TV editor) and Daniel Fienberg (chief TV critic) break down the latest TV news with context from the business and critical sides, welcome showrunners, executives and other guests, and provide a critical guide of what to watch (or skip, as […]

HBO’s ‘The Gilded Age’: TV Review

'Downton Abbey' creator Julian Fellowes turns his eye from British opulence to New York City circa 1882 for a look at America's empire-on-the-rise starring Carrie Coon, Christine Baranski and Cynthia Nixon.

‘Belgravia’: TV Review

In Epix's 'Belgravia,' the latest period drama from Julian Fellowes, Tamsin Greig and Harriet Walter star as two mothers haunted by the secrets of their long-dead children.