Sunday, March 30, 2014

Celebrate XFINITY's Watchathon Week with FREE episodes of Downton Abbey!


Celebrate XFINITY's Watchathon Week with FREE episodes of Downton Abbey!


Xfinity Watchathon Week begins today! It brings together the hottest content from the biggest networks for free on Xfinity On Demand. Customers can watch the entire current season of hit shows like Bates Motel, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Chicago PD, Downton Abbey, The Mindy Project, Nashville, Suits and The Walking Dead and go back to the very beginning of acclaimed series like Black Sails, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, House of Lies, Parks & Recreation and Parenthood.

In total, Xfinity TV customers will have access to over 40 percent more choices this year: 5,000+ episodes from more than 130 series from 48 premium, cable and broadcast networks, many of which are available across Xfinity On Demand platforms (TV, Xfinity.com/TV and the Xfinity TV Go app for tablets and smartphones).

"Watchathon Week is TV nirvana for every type of fan," said Matt Strauss, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Video Services for Comcast Cable. "Whether our customers decide to catch-up on current shows their friends have been talking about all year, or see as many different past programs as possible, Watchathon is a free, all-you-can-watch feast for the binger in all of us."

Xfinity TV customers can catch-up on hit shows like Awkward, Californication, Orphan Black and Veep before their new season premieres in April. At the same time, Watchathon is an opportunity to get current on programs like Archer, Da Vinci’s Demons, Hannibal, The Millers, Justified, and Trophy Wife before this year’s season finale.

Watchathon Week programming partners include premium networks: Cinemax, ENCORE, HBO, HBO Latino, SHOWTIME, and STARZ; cable networks: A&E, ABC Family, AMC, Animal Planet, BBC America, Bravo, Comedy Central, Discovery, E!, El Rey Network, Esquire Network, Food Network, FOX Life, FX, FXX, H2, Hallmark, HGTV, History, Lifetime, MTV, mun2, MundoFox, NatGeo, Ovation, OWN, Oxygen, Sundance, Syfy, TLC, TNT, tr3s and USA Network; and broadcast networks: ABC, CBS, The CW, FOX, NBC, PBS, Telemundo, UniMás and Univision.

Xfinity TV customers can visit the new Watchathon Headquarters site to get ready, plan their week and spread the word with their friends. Join the Watchathon Week conversation on facebook.com/xfinity and on twitter by using #Watchathon and following @XFINITY and @Comcast. Content availability will vary across Xfinity On Demand platforms (TV, Xfinity.com/TV and the Xfinity TV Go app), and in virtually all cases can be viewed regardless of customer’s subscription level.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Video: 2014 Cincinnati Teen Solo Dance Winning Routine "Lady Sybil of Downton"



Teen Dancing to Downton Abbey  Theme Wins Dance Competition


You have to see this amazing video of teen, Lauren Kot's winning dance routine "Lady Sybil of Downton" to what else, the Downton Abbey theme. The beautiful routine was choreographed by her dance teacher, Olivia Polivia, of All That Dance. The competition was part of Stage One Productions 'National Dance Competition' held at Mason High School in Cincinnati, Ohio.





Excellent job Lauren and a well deserved win!!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Michelle Dockery is Sticking with 'Downton Abbey' for the Long Haul



Lady Mary is sticking with Downton for the long haul.


At the end of February when Michelle Dockery was out promoting her film, Non Stop, she stopped by ITV's This MorningThe interview brought good news to Downton fans!

During her visit Michelle revealed that she is sticking with Downton Abbey for however long the show continues to air.

Speaking to hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, Michelle said, "I am sticking with the show for however long the producers want it to go. We don't know how long it's going to go on for."

Michelle said she is delighted with the shows global popularity and enjoys the six months on six months off schedule the show provides.

YAY! Michelle is a class act!

Dan Stevens New Film 'The Guest' to Hit US Theaters This Fall



Picturehouse has acquired all US rights to former Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens new film and Sundance hit The Guest.

The film tells the story of a young soldier, played by Stevens, who arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. The Peterson's welcome David into their home and into their lives, but when people start mysteriously dying in town, mayhem ensues as their teenage daughter Anna starts wondering if David is responsible.


The Guest stars Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, (At Any Price, Labor Day), Brendan Meyer, Sheila Kelley, Leland Orser, and Lance Reddick (American Horror Story, Intelligence). It was directed by Adam Wingard, written by Simon Barrett and produced by Snoot Entertainment.

Look for the films release sometime this fall.


The Season Premiere of Oprah's 'Super Soul Sunday' Features Shirley MacLaine

 

First Look: Oprah and Shirley MacLaine on "Super Soul Sunday"


Downton Abbey's Mrs Martha Levinson, the incomparable Shirley MacLaine, will be the first guest for the 2014 season kick off of Oprah's Super Soul Sunday!



Get ready, Super Soulers! An all-new season of "Super Soul Sunday" kicks off when Oprah sits down with legendary actress Shirley MacLaine to discuss her illustrious career, her longtime interest in spirituality and her latest book, What If...: A Lifetime of Questions, Speculations, Reasonable Guesses, and a Few Things I Know for Sure.

Tune in Sunday, March 23, at 11 a.m. ET/PT.

Now that is legendary and exciting!

Lesley Nicol Meets The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall




Downton Abbey's Lesley Nicol (Mrs Patmore) meets with Prince Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at a reception held to formally announce that The Duchess had become a patron for Medical Detection Dogs, a charity that Lesley is an Ambassador for. The event was held yesterday, March 11, 2014 at St James's Palace in London, England.

Medical Detection Dogs is a non-profit charity that trains dogs to detect human disease through smell. With correct training, dogs can warn their owners when they are on the point of having an episode such as an epileptic seizure or a drop in blood sugar. This allows individuals to prepare themselves and manage their medical conditions effectively, while achieving peace of mind. Some dogs involved in the charity are also used to assist scientists in cancer detection research.

Here are some tweets from the event:






The dog Lesley is holding was named after her character Mrs Patmore. You can read more about the event here.

Video: Brené Brown Tells Oprah How 'Downton Abbey' Helped Inspire Her Book 'Daring Greatly'



This is an older video but the story is new to us and was recently on the Huffington Post.



















While speaking with Oprah on an episode of Super Soul Sunday, Dr Brene Brown revealed how negative online comments, Downton Abbey, a jar of peanut butter and Theodore Roosevelt helped inspire her book, Daring Greatly.

Despite being warned by her therapist and husband not to read online comments, Dr. Brown couldn't help herself. "One day, I was reading the comments and I was devastated," she tells Oprah. "They were comments like, 'Of course she's embracing imperfection. If you were Brené Brown, you'd have to. What choice would you have?' Or, 'Less research, more Botox.' Or 'Maybe you'll be worthy in 20 pounds.'"
Feeling devastated, after her husband left for work and children to school, she needed to be distracted from the pain. "I stay in my pajamas and I sit down on the couch and I watch about 10 hours of Downton Abbey reruns," Dr. Brown admits. "Just numb myself out."
When the marathon ended Dr. Brown wasn't ready to return. "I'm like, 'I don't want to go back to my world where all that hurt is,'" she says.
So, she did an internet search to learn about what was happening in the U.S. during the Downton Abbey era. That's when she came across an inspiring Theodore Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” --Theodore Roosevelt
Dr. Brown says "It changed my life, that moment, from that millisecond forward, I made a commitment that if you are not in the arena getting your butt kicked on occasion, I'm not interested in your feedback."

Now that is some seriously great results from a Downton Abbey binge!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Canadian Friends - Win a Trip to Visit 'Downton Abbey'



Vision TV has partnered with VisitBritain, DH Tour - London and UK Specialists and the City of Toronto Historic Sites’ Spadina Museum to offer Canadian residents a chance to win a 9-day Trip for 2 to England on DH Tour’s Royal Residences and Castles Tour including a visit to Highclere Castle, the real life home of Downton Abbey! 

Here is how to win:

All you have to do is watch Downton Abbey on VisionTV, Wednesday nights at 10pm ET starting March 12, 2014 (9pm ET on March 12 only). Right after each episode, we’ll post a Weekly Dressing Downton Question about something fashion or style related in each episode. Fill out the entry form that will be posted below along with your answer to the weekly question and submit your entry for your chance to win! The contest will run from March 12 through April 15, 2014. 
Note: Trip will take place from August 11 – 22, 2014. Grand Prize includes return air travel from Toronto ONLY.

Visit the Vision TV contest page here.

Good luck to all! If you win let us know!

Thanks to @Hey_itsG for the tip.