Dan Stevens joins cast of CW’s “The Tomorrow People”

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First he leaves Downton Abbey.  Then he takes on Broadway and a few movies.  Now, Dan Stevens is back to television.  Apparently, he likes things to come around full circle because it was just announced that Dan Stevens will join the cast of the CW’s upcoming drama The Tomorrow People.

The Tomorrow People is based on the 1973 U.K. series of the same name and is about several young people from around the world who represent the next stage in human evolution.  They possess special powers such as teleportation and telepathy and work together to defeat the forces of evil (aka the Ultra) with the help from “TIM”, a computer mentor who helps get them through sticky situations.

Dan Stevens will be lending his voice to “TIM”.

The Tomorrow People will premiere on the CW on Wednesday, October 9th at 9:00 p.m.

Joanne Froggatt dazzles at Venice Film Festival

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Looks like JoFro (Joanne Froggatt for the uninitatied) has left Anna Bates and her stodgy Lady’s Maid uniform at Downton Abbey and stepped out in Venice and dazzled everyone.  Joanne was seen at the 70th International Venice Film Festival recently promoting her new film Still Life.

Joanne Froggatt attends a photo-call for new film Still Life on Tuesday Star turn: Joanne Froggatt attends a photo-call for new film Still Life on Tuesday

Who knew all of that fabulousness was hiding under that white cap she wears on Downton Abbey???

Joanna Froggatt looks good in red as she attends the Still Life photro-callJoanna Froggatt looks good in red as she attends the Still Life photo-call

Joanne Froggatt and co-star Eddie Marsan hit the red carpet at the premiere of Still Life (left) and attending a photo-call for the new film at the 70th International Venice Film Festival (right)

Joanne Froggatt and co-star Eddie Marsan hit the red carpet at the premiere of Still Life (left) and attending a photo-call for the new film at the 70th International Venice Film Festival (right)
Joanne Froggatt and co-star Eddie Marsan hit the red carpet at the premiere of Still Life (top) and attending a photo-call for the new film at the 70th International Venice Film Festival (bottom)
Joanne Froggatt arrives in Venice with husband James cannon the previous day Joanne Froggatt arrives in Venice with husband James Cannon

If you haven’t heard of Still Life, Joanne Froggatt plays Kelly Stoke along with Eddie Marsan as John May.  It is due to be released sometime in 2013

A poignant, quixotic tale of life, love and afterlife.
John May is a council worker whose job is to find the next of kin of those who have died alone. Meticulous to the point of obsession, he goes beyond the call of duty to see a job through. Only when all leads have been checked and all doors shut will he organize the funeral of his forgotten “clients”, for whom he chooses the appropriate music and writes eulogies, which no one but him will hear.

His life is neat, calm and ordered till his new case, the elderly alcoholic called Billy Stoke has been found dead. When May visits the flat to search for clues to his neighbour’s life, he sees the mirror image of his own – except that Stoke’s is full of rubbish bags and dirty dishes. As May starts to research Billy Stoke’s life his boss brings devastating news: the department is being downsized, and John May is being made redundant. What will he do without his job, without his routine?

For the moment though, John May’s most pressing concern is his last case and he begs his boss for a few extra days to finish it. Those who knew Stoke paint the picture of a larger-than-life personality who inspired love and exasperation in equal measure. Most significantly, his investigations lead him to Billy Stoke’s estranged daughter, Kelly, who Billy had abandoned when still a child; the two lonely souls are naturally drawn to each other. As he liberates himself from the routines that have ruled his life, John finally starts living life – with all of its exciting and dangerous unpredictability…

Gary Lewis is cast as Outlander’s Colum MacKenzie

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STARZ has been busy today in the Outlander casting department.  They just announced that Gary Lewis has been cast as Colum MacKenzie in the Diana Gabaldon best-selling book series TV adaptation.

Colum MacKenzie is the clan leader and maternal uncle of Jamie Fraser – also the older brother to Dougal MacKenzie (Graham McTavish)

Lewis has had extensive movie and TV roles since 1993 according to imdb.com.  (Gangs of New York is the only one I have heard of – guessing most are across the pond and not on U.S. TV.)

Outlander will hit the TV screens on STARZ in 2014.

I think Lewis and McTavish will be great as the brothers MacKenzie.  They look enough like brothers to pull it off.  Now if they would only cast Claire, I would be a happy Outlander Fan.

Graham McTavish in Outlander as Dougal MacKenzie

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STARZ announced today that actor Graham McTavish was cast as Dougal MacKenzie in the upcoming TV adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series.

If you aren’t familiar with the Outlander book series, Dougal MacKenzie is the War Chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, secret supporter of the rebel cause against the British, and uncle to Jamie Fraser.
New addition to the “Outlander” Clan today. We are pleased to announce that Scotsman Graham McTavish will join the cast of @[524783437580870:274:Outlander] as Dougal MacKenzie, the War Chieftain of Clan MacKenzie, secret supporter of the rebel cause against the British, and uncle to Jamie Fraser.

McTavish has had a long career and had roles in many TV shows and films – Lost, NCIS, CSI: Miami, Rambo, Pushing Daisies, Prison Break, 24, Secretariat, and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – just to name a few.  He has also done extensive voice work for many video games.

Outlander will hit the TV screens on STARZ in 2014.

Now, if they would only cast Claire, I would be a happy Outlander Fan.

Dan Stevens is ‘most stylish man’ at GQ Men of the Year Awards

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Matthew Crawley may have bit the dust at the end of Season Three in Downton Abbey but Dan Stevens is anything but dead.  He was just named “Most Stylish Man” at the GQ Men of the Year Awards last night.

Downton's Dan named 'most stylish man' at GQ Awards
Stylish: Actor Dan Stevens (Picture: PA)

After leaving Downton Abbey for the bright lights of Broadway and Hollywood, the 30-year-old Dan Stevens cut his blonde locks, lost a few pounds, and got a stylist to become a Hollywood heartthrob.

He may have gone Hollywood on us but he will still always be Matthew Crawley to me.

Congratulations, Dan!!

Michelle Dockery seen with New Mystery Man

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Is life imitating art for Michelle Dockery? It appears so, as the Downton Abbey star, who plays Lady Mary on the show, has been seen with a new mystery man in Venice last week. I guess since Lady Mary is being wooed in Season Four by eligible bachelors it only seem right that Michelle gets the same treatment in real life.

The mystery man putting a smile on the face of Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary Crawley has been revealed, and the romance is believed to be thanks to the Downton chauffeur.

Michelle Dockery with financial PR director John Dineen in Venice Photo: FameFlynet

Love birds: Michelle Dockery's new man has been unveiled as John Dineen, 31, a financial PR

Apprently, Allen Leech, who plays Lady Mary’s brother-in-law on Downton Abbey, introduced John Dineen to Michelle Dockery.  It seems the pair hit it off since she was photographed in Venice with the 31-year-old financial PR director.

Very little is known about the new mystery man in Michelle’s life.

An associate of Mr Dineen, who works at FTI Consulting, told the Daily Mail:
“John is also from Ireland and went to University in both Cork and Dublin before
coming to London.

“He is very private and softly spoken but he has really been taken by Michelle.
Allen is an old friend and appears to have played Cupid.”

This blogger did a quick google search and found John Dineen’s LinkedIn profile.   It didn’t provide much new information (unless I upgraded my account) but it did have his “unsunglassed” picture for your viewing pleasure.

John Dineen

They do seem to make quite the cute couple and have that “new relationship” glow.  (I’m jealous!!!)

The pair were first spotted in Italy this weekend when Mr Dineen accompanied Michelle to the Venice Film Festival

Hopefully, Mr. Dineen won’t end up with the same fate as Lady Mary’s Mr. Pamuk or Matthew Crawley though.

Smitten: According to sources close to the financial PR, Mr Dineen is very taken with the Downton actress

Good luck, Michele and John!!!  Downtonians everywhere are pulling for your relationship.

Downton Abbey Merchandise Monday – Dolls & Jewelry

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It’s just another manic Monday
I wish it were Sunday
‘Cause that’s my fun day
My I don’t have to run day
It’s just another manic Monday

(Did I just age myself by quoting a Bangles’ song???  Oh well.  The 80’s were a great decade for music so who cares!!!)

The Bangles did have it right though because Monday’s can be manic but it also means it is time for Merchandise Monday!!!!!  Woohooo!!!

The creators of Downton Abbey have been busy merchandising and licensing products for the show recently.  We’ve seen cosmetics and beauty aids, candles, fabrics, paints, Christmas ornaments, and wine.  And those are just the recently authorized merchandise!!!

The products don’t stop there though.  Figurines and collector dolls from Bradford Exchange as well as fine collectible jewelry from Danbury Mint are just around the corner.

•Bradford Exchange (www.bradfordexchange.com) has been granted the license to manufacture and market a line of figurines and collector dolls based on popular Downton Abbey characters. Since the early 1970s, The Bradford Exchange has been recognized as a premier source for a vast array of unique limited-edition collectibles and fine gifts that offer an exceptionally high level of artistry, innovation and enduring value.

•Danbury Mint (www.danburymint.com), a division of MBI Inc., has been granted the right to produce Downton Abbey fine collectible jewelry that are replicas of actual jewelry featured in the show. These products will be sold directly to consumers online and via direct mail. The Danbury Mint is a world leader in the design and development of a varied and ever-changing assortment of fine collectibles. For over four decades, Danbury Mint has served the needs of collectors to acquire keepsakes of lasting meaning, beauty and importance. Danbury Mint jewelry is produced to exacting standards of quality and workmanship with glorious gems, brilliant metals and exquisite designs to create timeless treasures.

There aren’t any pictures of the potential products from either company but I am thinking there will be at least a few things I might put on my Christmas List this year for Santa Claus.

If you just can’t wait to buy a Lady Mary doll, you could always go ahead and buy a Princess Kate Wedding Doll or the Kate Middleton Commemorative Porcelain Bride Doll.

Princess Kate Bride DollPrincess Catherine Royal Elegance Bride Doll

You can’t have a Kate without a Prince William Wedding Doll and a Prince William Royal Wedding Commemorative Porcelain Doll.

Happy Shopping!!!