In Theaters This Weekend: Bill Murray is an artful codger; Michael Keaton wings his way to Broadway; Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer discover it’s never too late to find love.
The 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.
"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 with sneering and sniping, two Oscar-winning greats in a match-up of the matriarchs. You can almost feel Violet's flesh crawl in the presence of this awful woman.
The 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.
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