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11 Literary Servants Tell Their Own Stories

Off The Shelf | Posted 03.04.2017 | Home
Off The Shelf

By Emma Volk | Off the Shelf The glamorous gowns and sparkling jewels might be the upstairs, but as anyone who's seen "Downton Abbey" can attest, th...

I'd Rather Live Downstairs at Downton

Rachel Levy Lesser | Posted 02.03.2017 | Entertainment
Rachel Levy Lesser

What I've come to realize though (and yes it took me almost all of six seasons to get there) is that despite what seems to be the very charmed and carefree lives of the residents upstairs, I'd so much rather live downstairs.

7 Oldies But Goodies To Binge-Watch On Netflix This Summer

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 07.01.2014 | Entertainment

Summertime, and the living's easy ... right? Sure, except that there's almost nothing on TV. Although the "Scandal" and "Game Of Thrones"-free nights ...

Giving Up on Downton Abbey

Lev Raphael | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Lev Raphael

I've always been an Anglophile. So I was predictably intrigued with Downton Abbey when it debuted. Beautiful noble house, fascinating family turmoil, class conflict, lovely setting, well-drawn characters.

Why I Love (and Teach) Author Fay Weldon

Gina Barreca | Posted 02.02.2014 | Home
Gina Barreca

What gives a writer a reputation as "teachable" but not "great"? In Weldon's case, is it because her writing is forever associated with her successful television work that we're suspicious of her?

Actor Ed Stoppard On Codebreaker -- A Film Bio of Alan Turing

Sean Martinfield | Posted 09.16.2013 | Entertainment
Sean Martinfield

Codebreaker, a 2011 docudrama originally broadcast in the UK as Britain's Greatest Codebreaker, was a mind-bending entry in the recent Frameline37 film festival at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco.

Popcorn Preview: Quartet

Leslie Sisman | Posted 03.28.2013 | Entertainment
Leslie Sisman

Film: Quartet (2012) Cast includes: Maggie Smith (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Tom Courtenay (The Golden Compass), Billy Connolly (The Boondock Sa...

DVDs: Not Crazy About Mad Men, The Very Cool Peter Gunn, Goofy Carol Burnett And More

Michael Giltz | Posted 12.31.2012 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

Here's a rundown of some terrific sets that came out just in the last two or three weeks. It's impossible to put them in order of preference: many of these are gems we've been waiting a long time for.

A Literary Icon Reaches 80 and Starts a Trilogy and a New Teaching Position

Gina Barreca | Posted 11.21.2012 | Home
Gina Barreca

Novelist, journalist, screenwriter, and playwright Fay Weldon, whose 80th birthday is being celebrated on September 22nd, is every woman writer's fairy godmother: she's an inspiration, a formidable figure in the world of arts and letters, and a powerful model for both good and bad behavior on the page as well as off.

BBC Cancels 'Upstairs Downstairs'

Posted 04.23.2012 | TV

"Upstairs Downstairs" won't return to BBC. The network has canceled the drama after two seasons. "From 'Call the Midwife' to 'Bird Song' and 'The S...

First Nighter: Upstairs Downstairs Makes Sparkling PBS Return

David Finkle | Posted 06.07.2011 | Entertainment
David Finkle

Those Upstairs Downstairs purveyors have woven their now chilling, now heart-warming, now belly-laughs-inducing intrigues into a tapestry worthy of hanging next to the first series.

DVDs: Downton Abbey Frothy Fun

Michael Giltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Giltz

The plot twists are just that -- twists meant to keep us watching -- rather than the dramatic developments of a genuinely great show. But it is definitely great fun and the cast is jaw-droppingly good.