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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 01/8/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin Today News, discoveries and fun … 1. It got so cold in Kentucky that an escaped prisoner turned himself back in. (Learn more at Associated Press) Tweets about “#polarvortex” 2. Eating certain foods can reduce your risk of developing cataracts. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Siri, Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant, isn’t so keen about her purring counterpart in the new movie Her, but suggests seeing the movie anyway. (Learn more at Wired)   4. A newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., discovered an undeveloped roll of …

Death Becomes Downton: It’s Still Great

Posted on 01/5/2014 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentWho needs Matthew Crawley? That may be the question lingering in the minds of Downton Abbey fans after Sunday’s dishy two-hour season premiere on PBS stations.  The opening episode of Season Four was a welcome return to form — that being high class soap opera — and it reversed most of the sluggishness that accompanied the final episodes of Season Three. Picking up six months after Downton heir and resident hunk Matthew Crawley’s (Dan Stevens) stunning death-by-automobile-crash in the finale of …

Stiff Upper Lips Rejoice: ‘Downton Abbey’ Returns

Posted on 01/3/2014 by | Movies & TV | Comments

EntertainmentThe holidays are over, but to an awful lot of TV viewers Downton Abbey creator/writer Julian Fellowes is Santa Claus and this weekend’s season premiere is their most anticipated Christmas present of the year. Of course, Fellowes did leave fans with a rather unpleasant lump of coal at the end of last year’s finale.  We’d all been tipped that a major character was going to go to that great Afternoon Tea in the Sky, but virtually no one was prepared …

‘Downton’s’ Season 3 Brings Later in Life Love, Match-up of Matriarchs and More

Posted on 12/30/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Entertainment“Downton Abbey’s” third season rolls out Sunday (Jan. 6) with a fresh batch of episodes that, judging by the first five, are as savory and delicious as ever.  Yes, Shirley MacLaine is aboard as rich, social climbing New Yorker Martha Levinson, mother of Lady Grantham (Elizabeth McGovern).  And, yes, her scenes with Dame Maggie Smith as Dowager Countess Violet Crawley are all fans heard and hoped they would be — a new defining moment in the Anglo American special relationship, class versus crass …

Primetime Emmy Nominations: 8 Takeaways

Posted on 07/19/2012 by | Television and Entertainment | Comments

EntertainmentThe Primetime Emmy nominations were unveiled this morning, honoring the best in television during the 2011-12 season. AMC’s juggernaut Mad Men and the FX mini-series American Horror Story led the way with 17 total nominations apiece, while PBS’ Downton Abbey and the History Channel mini-series Hatfields & McCoys each nabbed 16. Among comedies, ABC’s Modern Family led the way with 14 nods. Here are 8 things we learned from this morning’s Emmy nominations: Experience pays off: In the acting categories, …