She may have been a "lady" on Downton Abbey, but Jessica Brown Findlay had a very nonladylike moment in the 2011 film Albatross. It was 23-year-old Jessica's first, and probably last, topless scene in her first starring role before Downton made her famous as the most lovable Crawley sister. On the onscreen nudity, Jessica said it "was naivete and not knowing that I could say no," adding, "It's not something I would do again."
But some stars have no regrets when it comes to stripping for a role. The stars of last year's Magic Mike weren't afraid to expose their thoughts on taking it off on screen. Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, and Adam Rodriguez got cheeky chatting about their naughty roles, but the faux penises in the stripper flick don't compare to the most-talked-about "member" of recent years, the one belonging to Michael Fassbender in Shame. (Even George Clooney complimented Michael on his package.) We've also seen a new wave of female nudity with Kirsten Dunst, Carey Mulligan, and Elizabeth Olsen going topless in nonsexual ways on screen. So let's hear from the stars themselves on their revealing experiences with nudity: from stripping on screen to naked husbands to leaked nude photos.
Newlyweds Kate Winslet and Ned Rocknroll joined a slew of British stars when they attended the London premiere of Book of Mormon last night. The couple skipped the red carpet but were spotted leaving the theater hand in hand. Plenty of celebrities did walk the red carpet, including Homeland's Damian Lewis, Rufus Sewell, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Downton Abbey stars Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, and Laura Carmichael. These stars aren't the only celebrities who are fans of the hit musical — last week Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake saw Book of Mormon on Broadway in NYC.
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively didn't get caught up in the Oscar mayhem last weekend, instead they stayed in the tiny Canadian town where Ryan is filming and visited sick children at a local hospital. Get an update on the low-key couple's Saturday of giving back — plus Anne Hathaway apologizes to Valentino for her last-minute gown switch on Oscar night, Downton Abbey finally gets some diversity, and more headlines!
For those yet to be shocked by Sunday night's Downton Abbey season finale, the Internet, filled with spoilers lurking from behind every link, may be the last place you should be today. But let's be real: with smartphones and social media, it's a force difficult to avoid. This is the time to use browser extensions and Twitter clients to shield the drama of a favorite TV show from your yet-unspoiled eyes. Here are three ways to keep your tweets, tumbls, and web browsing from ruining a climactic reveal.
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American fans of the British TV series Downton Abbey learned the tragic fate of one of the main characters when the season three finale aired on Sunday. This season there have been many emotional ups, like Matthew and Mary's long-awaited big day, and downs, including multiple untimely deaths. But the complex characters and sharp-tongued dialogue — especially when it comes out of Lady Violet's mouth — continue to make the series stand out. The women of Downton, both upstairs and down, have plenty of wise and witty words to say on life, love, and being a woman. To hold you over until season four, check out some of our favorites from the season now.
The happiness, however, comes to a screeching halt when Matthew, high on the joy of meeting his newborn son, crashes his convertible into another car and dies. We'll have to wait until season four for the fallout, but Downton creator and writer Julian Fellowes explained why such a tragic end had to come to one of the show's main characters. Dan Stevens, who plays Matthew, did not want to renew his contract past the original three seasons, so Matthew's departure was inevitable. But sending him away from Downton alive and well wouldn't make sense for the story, according to Fellowes, who said: "By him dying, their love can remain intact."
If Stevens would have signed on for two or three episodes in a future season, Fellowes says, "we could have had a foreign posting or invented a career that would have made it possible for him to be away." But since he wouldn't, Fellowes explained that the only option was to kill Matthew, because otherwise, "we would have had to make this tremendously successful love affair between Mary and Matthew unhappy, which I didn’t feel would be believable." So we have true love to blame. Weigh in below on what you made of Matthew's dramatic exit.
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Leave it to Sesame Street to transform Mama's favorite cult show into a hysterical skit for toddlers just learning their ABCs. To kick off the show's 43rd season on Feb. 4, two Muppets transform into Downton Abbey's Violet Crawley and Charles Carsongain — complete with English accents and period costumes — in a parody skit called "Upside Downton Abbey." The puppets try their hands at eating traditional British foods like tea and crumpets, but keep dropping everything, leading the colorful Dowager Countess to exclaim, "Well, of course everything is upside down. This is Upside Downton Abbey!”
Sesame Street has a long history of spoofing popular culture to capture the attention of both tots and their parents. Among our favorite recent parodies are "True Mud," a take on True Blood, and Cookie Monster's perfectly toddler-friendly "Share It Maybe," a fun rewrite of "Call Me Maybe". Take a look at how they turn things right side up, and be sure to tune in to the 43rd season of the legendary show, which will also feature visits from Kristen Bell, Jon Hamm, Melissa McCarthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dax Shepard, and more.