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'Downton Abbey' Cast Members Reunite for ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’

Downton Abbey’s Lily James stars as Juliet Ashton in ‘The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society’. (Photo courtesy of Studiocanal ©2017)

While fans of Downton Abbey patiently await updates from creator/writer Julian Fellowes on his plans for a theatrical movie of the mega-hit Masterpiece historical drama, a new movie featuring four of its cast members has been filming in England and The Channel Islands. 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, adapted from the international best-selling novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, is somewhat of a mini-reunion for Downton cast members. The World War II period drama will star Lily James as free-spirited journalist Juliet Ashton and feature Jessica Brown Findlay as Elizabeth McKenna, Matthew Goode as Sidney Stark, and Penelope Wilton as Amelia Maugery.

‘The Full Monty' is 20 Years Old: Where is the Cast Now?

The cast of The Full Monty (Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures/Channel Four Films)

Hard to believe but this week marks two decades since movie-going audiences were introduced to a group of unemployed misfits from Sheffield, England desperate to make a few quid. So bad are their prospects, in fact, that the impulsive idea to form a local Chippendale-esque troupe morphs into a reasonable money making idea.

In case you don't recognize it, this is the premise for British underdog comedy, The Full Monty. In honor of the 20th anniversary of the film's release this past August, we thought it might be fun to see what has happened in the careers of a sampling of its cast members.

Dunkirk On-Screen

2017's Dunkirk movie poster (Photo: Image courtesy of Warner Brothers and Syncopy)

The narrative of the Dunkirk evacuation has graced the big screen since the 1940s. Telly Visions takes a look at the cinematic history of this military rescue from Mrs. Miniver to Christopher Nolan's epic take on this historical event.

Music Films to Get You in the Glastonbury Mood

GlGlastonbury in lights in 2011 (Photo:By Flickr user jaswooduk, used under Creative Commons via Wikimedia Commons)

The 2017 Glastonbury Festival is underway in Somerset in the Southwest of England. This five day event is a celebration of contemporary performing arts, but is particularly known for being a mecca for live music.

Of course most of us won’t be making the trip to this iconic festival. Whether it’s a lack of funds (I've read tickets are sold out anyhow) or an aversion to large crowds and mud, there are some films out there that bring the British live music experience directly to you. Hopefully one of the following selections can fill your Glastonbury void.

British Films for Summer 2017 Take Audiences Back in Time

Summer is prime movie season in part due to the lovely air-conditioned darkness that can transport you to different places and eras.

And it would appear that this summer, British films will be doing just that. The offerings range from the Victorian era to the Cold War and beyond. With an impressive list of actors paired with the many compelling, and often true, stories on offer, I predict you’ll want to make a point to see at least a few of these films.

The Trailer for the 'Love Actually' Sequel is Here

Keira Knightley in a shot from the "Love Actually" sequel trailer. (Photo: NBC)

Love is actually all around us, folks – a sequel to beloved holiday romantic comedy Love Actually is happening! 

Now, before anybody gets too excited – this isn’t the feature-length Love Actually sequel that we all (or at least me) truly want. It’s a special ten-minute sketch in honor of the annual Red Nose Day charity telethon, penned by original writer/creator Richard Curtis. And it will star….virtually everyone who took part in the original film. 

Dated or Delightful? Howard's End

Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson in "Howard's End" (Courtesy of Ivory Merchant Productions)

How well do British movies from the past hold up? This time our Dated or Delightful series takes a look at the Academy Award-winning Howard's End on the occasion of its 25th anniversary.  Is it as enchanting and timeless as it was in 1992 or has it lost some of its Edwardian charm?

British Film Directors You Should Know

The cast of Gareth Edwards' "Star Wars" prequel "Rogue One" (Photo: Lucasfilm)

So the 2017 awards season has come to a close with that wild finale of an Oscars ceremony no less! While no British directors were nominated for an Academy Award this year, there are plenty working today who are making their presence felt in the UK and around the world. Veterans like Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Stephen Frears and Oscar-winner Danny Boyle are active and continue to tell important and innovate stories. For this post, however, I’d like to concentrate on a younger generation of influential British filmmakers you may want to check out. Here are five under 50 that you might see holding that golden statuette one day.

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