Matthew Goode named as face of Pink Shirtmaker

Matthew Goode is the new face of U.K. shirt label Pink Shirtmaker.The British actor, who is known for his roles on TV shows such as The Crown and Downton Abbey, has been tapped by bosses at the LVMH-owned company, formerly known as Thomas Pink, as a br…

Matthew Goode is the new face of U.K. shirt label Pink Shirtmaker.

The British actor, who is known for his roles on TV shows such as The Crown and Downton Abbey, has been tapped by bosses at the LVMH-owned company, formerly known as Thomas Pink, as a brand ambassador and will appear in upcoming campaigns, starting with fall/winter 2019.

“The craftmanship that goes into each shirt is what gives Pink such a strong reputation as an English shirtmaker – good tailoring is the ultimate luxury,” said Goode of the partnership.

In the first campaign, titled A life in the Pink, the Emmy Award-nominated star wears items from the brand while posing in a range of scenarios, such as in a bath and in a bed while sipping a cup of tea.

He also appears in a humorous short film and will front Pink’s ready-to-wear collection as well as its Bespoke service, which is based at a new workshop in Vauxhall, London.

Regarding the collaboration, Pink president and chief executive officer, Christopher Zanardi-Landi, praised Goode, 41, calling him a natural fit.

“We are proud to announce Matthew Goode as our ambassador. Matthew embodies not only the Englishness of Pink and the sharpness of our cut, but also the sense of humour that’s deep in our veins,” he praised in a statement. “His style, class and very importantly, his humour, underline the long-term vision of the brand. Matthew Goode is the perfect Pink gentleman.”

In addition to his new fashion gig, Goode is currently starring as Matthew Clairmont on the TV show A Discovery of Witches and filming Matthew Vaughn’s The King’s Man, a prequel to the Kingsman franchise.

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Michelle Dockery was into grunge fashion growing up

Michelle Dockery was “obsessed” with Alanis Morissette’s signature grunge style as a teenager. The British star became famous for playing the polished and proper aristocrat Lady Mary in TV show Downton Abbey, but the 37-year-old has now revealed her r…

Michelle Dockery was “obsessed” with Alanis Morissette’s signature grunge style as a teenager.

The British star became famous for playing the polished and proper aristocrat Lady Mary in TV show Downton Abbey, but the 37-year-old has now revealed her real-life style was far removed from her character’s when she was growing up as she was into the grunge trend, which became popular in the ’90s thanks to artists like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Morissette.

Dockery was such a big fan of the Ironic hitmaker that she even tried to copy all of her outfits and hairstyles when she was 13 and 14 years old.

“I was completely obsessed with Alanis Morissette,” she recalled to U.S. InStyle magazine. “So when I went to bed, I’d put two braids in and then take them out in the morning so my hair would wave just like hers. I’d wear white shirts and jeans and just want to be her.”

The Godless actress regularly wore skirts that her mother made for her as well as Dr. Martens boots, a staple in any grunge wardrobe, alongside plaid flannel shirts and stonewashed or ripped jeans.

“My mum used to make a lot of our clothes when we were growing up, and when I got to that grunge phase, she would make my skirts,” Dockery continued. “That was her way of going, ‘I’ll make it look pretty and not really horrendous as if you just bought it from Camden Market (in London) and it’s dragging on the floor.'”

And at one point, she decided to experiment with her hairstyle and chopped her locks down to a cropped look too.

“Then I went through a phase when I cut my hair really short. I had a crop,” the star stated. “And I feel like that was the beginning of me wanting to be an actress. I was sort of copying people and playing characters.”

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Michelle Dockery cried at first Downton Abbey movie fitting

Michelle Dockery was overcome with emotion when she first tried on dresses for her first Downton Abbey movie costume fitting. The British actress played Lady Mary Crawley in the hit period drama series, which originally aired from 2010 to 2015, and s…

Michelle Dockery was overcome with emotion when she first tried on dresses for her first Downton Abbey movie costume fitting. 

The British actress played Lady Mary Crawley in the hit period drama series, which originally aired from 2010 to 2015, and she has reprised the role for the upcoming big-screen version.  

In a new interview with U.S. InStyle magazine, Michelle opened up about how lovely it was to reunite with castmates such as Hugh Bonneville, Maggie Smith, and Joanne Froggatt, but also how odd it was to be back in her old costumes.  

“For my first Downton fitting, I felt quite emotional putting those dresses back on. Some were reused, but because it’s a film, we also dialled it up a notch. We could afford to go slightly grander,” she told the publication. “It felt like no time had passed at all. (I realised) I’d taken some things for granted. Like driving up to that house, it honestly took my breath away. But I think the three-year gap was perfect, because we’d all been off doing our own thing, and it was enough time to really, really miss it.” 

The movie focuses on the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary at the Crawley family’s English country estate, and London-born star assured fans that narrative follows on from the beloved TV programme.

“The film is very much a continuation of the show and everything that people loved about it. It really is for our brilliant, loyal fans,” the 37-year-old gushed.   

Elsewhere in the chat, Michelle sweetly credited Downton Abbey for helping to shape her career and personal life.   

“Downton played a huge part in shaping me as a person. We all went through our ups and our downs over the years, and in some ways the show supported us. Going back every year kept our feet on the ground,” she stated. 

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Jim Carter expects Downton Abbey sequel

Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter is already making plans to star in a sequel to the upcoming movie version of the hit TV period drama. The actor won hearts with his portrayal of the aristocratic Crawley family’s uptight butler Mr. Carson during the ITV seri…

Downton Abbey’s Jim Carter is already making plans to star in a sequel to the upcoming movie version of the hit TV period drama.

The actor won hearts with his portrayal of the aristocratic Crawley family’s uptight butler Mr. Carson during the ITV series’ original 2010 to 2015 run.

And Jim, who will reprise his role for the flick, expects fans of the show will love the new movie, which picks up in 1927 – where the TV series left off.

“For the fans, I think they will be very happy. It is everything people like about Downton Abbey in a two-hour film,” he told Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper, before noting that a sequel is in the realm of possibility. “It’s a business and I don’t make these decisions but if the film makes an awful lot of money there will be pressure to do another one.”

However, the 70-year-old confessed the final decision is down to the show’s creator, Julian Fellowes, and added: “If Julian is free to write it then they can put us back together. Never say never, anything is possible. But let’s get this first one done and see how it goes.”

In the film, which is due out in September, Mr. Carson is brought out of retirement to help oversee the royal family’s visit to Downton – an event that creates friction between the stately home’s staff and their regal counterparts.

Detailing the plot, Jim commented: “Queen Mary and King George V come to Downton Abbey and there is all the drama, excitement and worry that entails. That is the main event, but all the familiar characters are there and their foibles and their fears.”

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Laura Carmichael: ‘It was mad to be back at Downton Abbey’ 

Laura Carmichael found it “mad to be back” with her old castmates while shooting the Downton Abbey movie.The film, slated for release in September, will see Michelle Dockery return to her role as Lady Mary, alongside Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Hugh…

Laura Carmichael found it “mad to be back” with her old castmates while shooting the Downton Abbey movie.

The film, slated for release in September, will see Michelle Dockery return to her role as Lady Mary, alongside Joanne Froggatt as Anna Bates, Hugh Bonneville as Robert Crawley and Elizabeth McGovern as Cora Crawley.

And now Laura, who plays Lady Edith, has revealed to Collider that she had a lovely time filming with her friends.

“It was really cool. We had a really nice time. It was fantastic. Being around the dining room table again was like, ‘I can’t believe we’re back here!’ It was kind of bonkers. It was mad to be back, but just delightful to be back with friends,” she gushed.

As a huge fan of the programme, Laura was very happy to see Michelle and Jim Carter, who plays butler Carson, back in their roles.

“As someone who loves the show, it was a thrill to see Jim Carter be Carson again, and (Michelle) be Lady Mary. It was like, ‘There you are! It’s you again!’ We see each other quite a lot, but to see them return to those characters, I found exciting. I hope we translate that, on screen.

“It feels like it’s been a long time, but also no time, at the same time. I think it’s a good distance. It’s good timing,” the 32-year-old shared.

Laura is currently starring the Starz drama series The Spanish Princess, which is adapted from the novels of Philippa Gregory and follows the story of Catherine of Aragon, who became the first wife of King Henry VIII.

The British actress plays Maggie Pole, the aunt and mentor to Prince Arthur, and said she was able to understand her character’s loss in the first few lines of the script.

“It’s a really cool part. I really like how you really know where she’s coming from,” she added.

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Julian Fellowes honours mum with new Louise Brooks movie

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes jumped at the chance to adapt a story that imagined silent screen star Louise Brooks’ first trip to New York into a film, because his mother was often mistaken for the actress. Fellowes was still working on the Do…

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes jumped at the chance to adapt a story that imagined silent screen star Louise Brooks’ first trip to New York into a film, because his mother was often mistaken for the actress.

Fellowes was still working on the Downton Abbey TV series when his leading lady, Elizabeth McGovern, brought him Laura Moriarty’s book, The Chaperone, and asked if he would be interested in developing it for the big screen with her.

“At the time, I was fairly buried in Downton,” he tells WENN, “but I am very interested by Louise Brooks, who is the central character in both the book and the film.

“She was a silent film star and rather unusual in that she was also very prominent in the German film business at the time. She wasn’t just a kind of Hollywood cutie. She was rather more than that. So, I became very intrigued by this idea of tracing her origins.

“When my mother was a girl, she used to be mistaken for Louise Brooks, because, in those days, with silent pictures, nobody knew what their voices were like. So, the fact that my mother was English didn’t put fans of the real Louise Brooks off.”

Fellowes’ mum was mistaken for Brooks so often she started signing autographs as the actress.

“Presumably, her signature is in some movie museum at this very moment,” the writer chuckles.

McGovern, who plays the title character in The Chaperone, reteamed with Fellowes for the Downton Abbey movie, which is released later this year (19) and she admits he was the only person who could adapt Moriarty’s book: “Julian has an uncanny ability to tell a story incredibly economically.

“He writes in a very kind of spare way, but they are words that spring to life. I’ve found it time and time again, over the years working with him, that I’ll read something he’s written and not quite understand what he’s up to until I read the words aloud with other actors and it’s suddenly completely clear.”

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Julian Fellowes hints at Downton Abbey film follow-up

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has hinted that a sequel to the upcoming film version of the hit period drama is a very real possibility.The wait for a new instalment of the beloved TV show is nearly over for Downton devotees, with the feature no…

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes has hinted that a sequel to the upcoming film version of the hit period drama is a very real possibility.

The wait for a new instalment of the beloved TV show is nearly over for Downton devotees, with the feature now in its post-production stage.

It’s been more than three years since fans last checked in with the Crawley family and their servants, but Julian, who wrote the movie’s script, has now hinted that more could be on its way.

“I haven’t killed off half the cast in a (British soap opera) Coronation Street-style tram crash so a follow-up is definitely a possibility,” he coyly told The Sun newspaper.

Show favourites Maggie Smith, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Hugh Bonneville and Jim Carter, among many others, are all back for Downton Abbey the film, which is slated to hit theatres in September (19).

Talking about what fans can expect, Joanne, who has played lady’s maid Anna Bates since the show’s premiere in 2010, told The Times newspaper that cinemagoers won’t be disappointed with the movie continuation.

“The people who love the TV series are the people who are going to want to see the movie, for the most part, so I think it’s got all the things that people loved about Downton, but elevated. It looks very cinematic; there are big, beautiful set pieces,” she smiled.

She also hinted that a follow-up could be in the pipeline.

“If people still want it. One step at a time, but if we can do something really quality, then yes. Never say never,” she teased.

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Alison Brie and Dan Stevens to star in Dave Franco’s directorial debut

Alison Brie and Dan Stevens are to headline Dave Franco’s directorial debut.The Disaster Artist actor previously made a foray into directing with video short Dream Girl w/ Dave Franco & Alison Brie in 2013, with the project featuring his now-wife Aliso…

Alison Brie and Dan Stevens are to headline Dave Franco’s directorial debut.

The Disaster Artist actor previously made a foray into directing with video short Dream Girl w/ Dave Franco & Alison Brie in 2013, with the project featuring his now-wife Alison, who he wed in 2017, and Olivia Munn.

Now, Dave has confirmed that he is making horror-thriller The Rental in partnership with Black Bear Pictures, with shooting set to kick off in Oregon next month (Apr19).

The plot will follow two couples who rent a vacation home for what should be a celebratory weekend getaway, with the film also set to feature Sheila Vand and Jeremy Allen White.

“(I) couldn’t be more excited about partnering with Black Bear and to be working with such an amazing group of actors for my directorial debut,” Dave said in a statement to Deadline.

Alongside co-writing the script with Joe Swanberg, the 33-year-old will be producing the film under his Ramona Films banner, with Michael Heimler and Sean Durkin serving as executive producers.

And it appears that Alison is equally thrilled to be working with her husband in the film.

“Very excited to work with this new director…I hear he’s excellent,” she jokingly captioned a screenshot of Deadline’s article about The Rental on her Instagram page. “Thanks @deadline for spreading the good word! Feeling very proud and honoured to bring this man’s vision to life.”

Dave was most recently seen onscreen in films such as If Beale Street Could Talk and 6 Balloons, while Alison, 36, has been playing the lead character of Ruth Wilder in wrestling TV show GLOW. Dan, who is perhaps best known for his role in Downton Abbey, starred as the Beast in Disney’s live-action adaption of Beauty and the Beast in 2017.

A potential release date for The Rental has not yet been set.

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Elizabeth McGovern recruited Downton Abbey creator and director for new Louise Brooks film

Elizabeth McGovern has teamed up with her Downton Abbey director and creator to bring one of her favourite books to life on the big screen. The actress, who played the American Countess of Grantham in the popular TV series – and will reprise the role …

Elizabeth McGovern has teamed up with her Downton Abbey director and creator to bring one of her favourite books to life on the big screen.

The actress, who played the American Countess of Grantham in the popular TV series – and will reprise the role for a much-anticipated movie later this year (19), took the idea for The Chaperone to Julian Fellowes and he jumped at the chance to adapt it.

McGovern then recruited Downton’s Michael Engler to direct the film version of Laura Moriarty’s book, which imagines 1920s movie star Louise Brooks’ arrival in New York City, before she became a pin-up.

“It’s the same period (as Downton Abbey) but it’s a script that Julian adapted from a book that I brought to him and we both love it,” McGovern explains. “It’s about Louise Brooks, who is a famous, iconic movie star, who, as a young girl, travelled from Kansas to New York – and she’s accompanied by a middle-aged housewife.

“It’s the story of their journey before she became a big movie star.”

McGovern’s title character has a secret agenda for volunteering to chaperone the teenage dancer in the Big Apple, as she sets off to discover the truth about her parents, who put her up for adoption as an infant.

The movie, which also features Geza Rohrig, Blythe Danner, Campbell Scott, and Haley Lu Richardson as Brooks, opens in New York on limited release at the end of this month (Mar19). It opens in Los Angeles in April.

Meanwhile, the Downton Abbey movie will hit the big screen in September.

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Laura Carmichael: ‘It was a thrill to see the Downton Abbey characters come together’

Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael is hoping the film version of the TV hit is a smash, so the gang can get back together again and make a sequel. The actress, who has portrayed Lady Edith Crawley on and off for over a decade, joined her old castmate…

Downton Abbey star Laura Carmichael is hoping the film version of the TV hit is a smash, so the gang can get back together again and make a sequel.

The actress, who has portrayed Lady Edith Crawley on and off for over a decade, joined her old castmates for the upcoming movie adaptation and admits it was great to watch them all get back into character.

“It was really lovely getting the gang back together for a lush couple of months,” she told WENN at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour. “We kind of knew when we were dispersing that it would take a while to get everyone back together again in one go, and so it was really magical to see each other and to become those characters again. We all had a dreamy time.

“It was great seeing Jim (Carter) become Carson and seeing Phyllis (Logan) become Mrs. Hughes; it gave us all a thrill. And there are some new exciting cast members.”

The TV show ended in 2015 and it took three years to get the cast back together for the movie, which began production late last year (18).

The finished film will hit cinemas in September (19), but little is known about the plot.

As well as Carmichael, Carter and Logan, Downton Abbey favourites Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, and Joanne Froggatt also reprised their roles, and Laura feels sure fans will like the movie.

“I think everyone will be pleased,” Laura added. “We’ve upped the ante, it’s like we turned the volume up!”

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