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Friday, January 6, 2012

Countdown has begun for Downton Abbey's Season Two premiere on PBS Sunday night at 9 p.m.





PBS video: Downton Abbey Co-creator and Executive Producer Gareth Neame explains the dramatic changes that take place in Season Two as the series picks up in the summer of 1916, with British soldiers in the trenches of northern France during WWI.


In 1969, his grandfather, Ronald Neame, directed Downtown Abbey star Maggie Smith in her Academy Award-winning performance of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie."


PBS video: Downton Abbey: The cast comes to New York City to meet their devoted fans http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/watch/downtonabbey2_newyork.html



PBS video: Downton Abbey, Season 2: A Special Q&A with the Cast
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsP_Rw8FA9A



Press Association video: Some of the stars of ITV1's Downton Abbey discuss their hopes for Series 3 in 2012, which begins filming in February.
http://youtu.be/6asjGH6PZWc


Alessandra Stanley of the New York Times reviews the new season with her oh-so predictable mixture of faint praise and mock disdain. 
(But if it was about Obama, then watch out for the flow of superlatives!)
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/07/arts/television/downton-abbey-stokes-flames-for-season-2-review.html

As for those photos of Lady Sybil (Jessica Brown-Findlay) dressed as a nurse, that's the most intense and longing shot of a nurse since longtime HBB favorite Juliette Binoche in The English Patient. More use of Jessica in season three next year, PLEASE! 
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2046800/Downton-Abbey-Jessica-Brown-Findlay-shakes-Lady-Sybil-shocking-lead-movie-role.html 

Series Two runs Sunday January 8th to Sunday February 19th
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/downtonabbey/season2.html

Twitter: #downtonPBS


Inside Downton Abbey: 
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/inside-downtown-abbey-277442

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Thumbs up! What a night! #HOLLYWOODFL based photographer and entrepreneur Esther Chuang with a very elated Hollywood Mayor-elect Josh Levy at his Victory Party, held at Leo Anato's Atelier3/AT3 on Harrison Street & S. 19th Avenue, Hollywood. AT3's great environment and the amazing variety of food prepared by chef Kevin Dreifuss, former owner/chef of ENDS MEAT restaurant, was SUPERB! November 8, 2016

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Above, perhaps my most-favorite photo ever of Esther, which is really saying something considering the THOUSANDS that I've actually seen of her, from all over the world. But despite the fact that you can't actually see it here, trust me, her amazing smile and inner and external beauty are there. This photo is an even more amazing achievement when you know the backstory of what it took for Esther to get to the top of the mountain, since it's NOT for the faint of heart. Next time you see her, ask her about that! Morro Dois Irmãos, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on her birthday, July 10, 2015. That's the Christ The Redeemer statue way out in the horizon on the top of another mountain, to the left of her head. �� In case you forgot what the Christ the Redeemer statue looks like, up close, here's another Brazilian beauty to connect-the-dots for you: Gisele Bündchen, aka @Gisele.

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