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Watch: All Your Favorite British Actors Remake Classic American Films

It's a long running joke among anglophiles that British actors are positively taking over American film and television. Seriously, they're everywhere. Just take a look at this year's Oscar nominations, or turn your TV in the next few days (seriously, you'll trip over a Brit on some major network property within an hour or two).

Well, it appears that Vanity Fair also noticed this trend while putting together its 2015 Hollywood issue and, with the help of photographer Jason Bell, has created the ultimate tribute, in the form of a cheeky fake newsreel about Great Britain's war on Hollywood, which also re-imagines a bunch of your favorite classic American films remade with British actors. Spoiler alert: The whole thing is awesome. Really awesome. 

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Sir Patrick Stewart Wins at Christmas

Okay, fine - technically Christmas is over. However, thanks to the internet, we're able to keep the holiday spirit alive and well for days after the presents are opened and the egg nog consumed.  Which, thank goodness, becuase otherwise we'd miss out on utter gems like this video, which is basically the best present that the web could possibly provide for us this holiday season. 

It is, basically, watching acting legend Sir Patrick Stewart crack up while wearing a dancing, musical Christmas elf hat. His reaction to the antics of his hat is so great, you'll be hard pressed to keep yourself from smiling as well. (And also you may start wondering where on earth such a horrific energetic Christmas accessory came from. No, seriously. Where?)

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Watch: George Clooney Guest Stars on ‘Downton Abbey’ for Charity

We heard about this momentous occasion earlier this month, and now it’s finally here – the mega popular actor George Clooney joined forces with the mega popular costume drama Downton Abbey. This Voltron of cultural awesomeness combined for charity and its end result is sure to make every fan of the world’s most successful period drama smile.

Clooney appeared as part of a Downton skit for ITV’s Text Santa campaign, a charity effort which benefits such organizations as Alzheimer’s Society,Guide DogsMarie Cure Cancer CareTeenage Cancer TrustTogether for Short Lives, and WellChild. Much like the BBC’s annual Children in Need event, the telethon features all sorts of fun, including celebrity hosts, pop stars performing their latest hits and a variety of skits and clips from popular network programming. 

The clip, which features Clooney as the Most Honorable George Ocean’s Gravity, opens during the holiday season, just as Lord Robert Crawley has discovered that he’s managed to lose the family fortune.

Again.

Luckily, Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley appears before disaster can strike, portraying an It’s a Wonderful Life-style angel sent to educate Lord Robert about what his family and estate might be like if he’d never existed. Hilarity ensues. 

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Take Our 'The Paradise' Personality Quiz!

The Paradise Season 2 is officially underway and subsequently, we’ve all been transported back into all the Victoria-era relationship drama we can handle.

The lavish department store-based series is definitely upping its game in Season 2, adding in new faces, more complicated relationships, and a fairly involved plot to return The Paradise to its original owner.

To celebrate the return of the show that’s proven to be one of the most popular topics on the blog over the past year – seriously, this post is still going, and it’s been more than a year, and new episodes are actually on-air now – we put together a new character quiz that’s mean to determine where you’d belong in the The Paradise.

Are you more of a Denise or a Katherine?  Or maybe a Moray or a Jonas? 

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The ‘Doctor Who’ Theme Done Classical Music Style is Everything

The instantly recognizable theme music of iconic sci-fi series Doctor Who has been adored by fans for decades and has subsequently been re-mastered and re-imagined in every possible way, up to and including as the Sherlock credits. (Yeah, that really did happen.)

So, therefore, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that this fan-made cello version of the theme exists. In fact, there are probably several similar takes out there in the depths of the internet that I just haven’t found yet. But this one, I feel safe saying, definitely has to be the coolest. 

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This Fan-Made ‘Sherlock’ Series 4 Promo is Pretty Amazing

Now that we know we’re a pretty long wait before we see Sherlock again in any form (the new special seems likely to drop at Christmas 2015, with Series 4 TBD), it’s more vital than ever to keep ourselves well-stocked with consulting detective-themed goodies to take our mind off the fact that we still don’t know how Moriarty survived or that we don’t really know what’s up with Mary’s past and that we’re all slowly fading away without Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on our screens.

Luckily, this fan-made Series 4 trailer is here to kick your brain into gear about what you’d like to see when the show returns. 

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The 'Doctor Who' 50th Anniversary Special Redone in LEGO is Everything

Making LEGO versions of things has become a popular trend in fannish circles over the last few years (spurred on, no doubt, by the financial and critical success of The LEGO Movie, which is basically what it says on the tin). You have a favorite show or movie? Chances are, some uber-creative soul out there has LEGO-ized it for you, whether it’s bits from Sherlock episodes or Star Trek trailers or the Downton Abbey estate or  The Hobbit redone with mini-figures

Now someone has re-done last year’s Doctor Who 50th anniversary block-for-block and it is incredible. 

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Watch: ‘Sherlock’ Fans Put on Amazing Flashmob Dance Routine in Russia

Oh, Sherlock fans, never change. Seriously, don’t.

In case you needed further evidence that the Sherlock fandom is populated by some of the most creative and, frankly, fun people around, look no further than this new fan tribute from Russia.

Several hundred fans in St. Petersburg gathered to pay tribute to their favorite show, and since it’s 2014 now and it’s what people do because the internet exists, they put together an intricate dance routine and filmed it for YouTube.

And it’s awesome. Seriously, this will be one of the coolest things you see this week. 

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Celebrate the 200th Anniversary of 'Mansfield Park' with Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant

The potential combination of Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Doctor Who’s David Tennant would be high on any Anglophile’s wishlist – for virtually any kind of production, whether it was a children’s cartoon, a BBC period drama or a Shakespeare play.

Sadly, the schedules of both these stars are so crowded now that seeing them perform in, well, anything together any time in the even vaguely foreseeable future seems like a pretty big pipe dream. Luckily, that wasn’t so true a few years ago.

Way back in 2003, before either of these actors had ever played the Doctor or the consulting detective, the pair was cast in a BBC Radio Four production of Jane Austen’s classic Mansfield Park. And since it’s highly likely that you had no idea who either of these gentlemen were at the time, you probably missed out on it. But, not to worry – the radio version is about to get a special repeat broadcast. Radio 4 is pulling the production out of the station archives to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the classic novel’s publication, and also probably just to make a lot of fans around the world very happy. 

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