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    Could Rylan Clark be gearing up to replace Olly Murs on next year's Xtra Factor?

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    Well, the rumour mill certainly has gone into overdrive saying a big, fat Christmas Eve YES!

    It's believed that Rylan is being considered as a possible replacement for Olly Murs as it's reported that he won't be coming back next series.

    Olly is believed to be leaving the show, which he has hosted for two years, to concentrate on music as after all he is first and foremost a pop star!

    A source told The Daily Star Olly even has plans to crack America!



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    “2013 will be a huge year for Olly. His label is making him a massive priority both in the UK and internationally. Something has to go and that thing is Xtra Factor."

    Which leave a gaping Rylan Clark shaped hole we reckon!



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    Chris Pine ives a smoldering stare as his character James T. Kirk fro Star Trek Into Darkness n the cover o Empire agazine‘s February 2013 issue.

    The 32-year-old actor’s co-sta Benedict Cumberbatch s featured on a separate cover of the issue.

    Here’s an excerpt from the story in whic Chris alks about his co-sta Zoe Saldana: “Pine reaks into enthusiastic song, a bizarre riff on a Spanish TV ad that’s been driving him doolally all week (‘Veinte cinco!’ he warbles, ‘Go buy, buy, buy!’), before ribbing aldana, who is having her mascara touched up. ‘Her skill with eyeliner was legendary…&rsquo Pinesays, in spot-on Voiceover Man. ‘Zoe Saldana mdash; saving the world one eyelash at a time…’”

    Star Trek Into Darknes hits theaters on May 17, 2013. We can’t wait!

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    A new documentary about the story of the Spice Girls aired tonight on ITV1. Show your love for Queen V.






    Part 4 is missing because of Olympics footage, but you can download the whole thing here.



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    This past year was a pretty wild one in style. If last year was the era when dudes first started to experiment with tried and true formulas, then 2012 was the time when guys took serious risks with already established style. Tons of athletes, actors, and musicians may have appeared fashionable or caught our eye for a moment, but very few had a true sense of their own style that was consistently fresh throughout the year.

    We combed through the red carpets, street style, and performances to find the most stylish celebrities who weren't hopping on trends, but were forging their own steez in a sea of mediocrity. These are the dudes who know what works, but who aren't scared to switch it up either. After a full year of watching these guys lead the pack, here are The 25 Most Stylish Celebrities of 2012.
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    After finally convincing us to call him Yasiin Bey, the man formerly known as Mos Def took 2012 to prove that his style is definitely consistent. Bey is the current master of mixing prints with vintage-inspired garments with contemporary next level style. And he somehow never looks like he's trying too hard or reaching too far. Hopefully now that his style is incredibly on point he can focus on a 2013 album.

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    3. Pharrell
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    For about 10 years now, Pharrell has been setting trends and leading us into the unknown. Did you think 2012 would be any different? Besides having his hands in too many musical projects for us to even count, Skateboard P brought Mark McNairy on board to develop the Billionaire Boys Club Bee Line, proving that the producer/rapper/author/designer is as in tune now as he was ten years ago.
    2. Kanye West

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    2012 was quite the year for Kanye West, and that's saying something for the man who's dominated the music and style game for years now. In addition to putting out Cruel Summer, the album that was a constant presence no matter where you went, 'Ye also boo'd up the love of his life Kim Kardashian. And he did it all while creating a high-low style that's consistent enough to be signature 'Ye, but also keeps us guessing and talking about whatever it is he'll do next.
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    Without even releasing a proper album in 2012, A$AP Rocky sold out a national tour and made sure anyone looking to out-dress him in 2013 would have a ****in' problem. Besides usually being dressed in Raf Simons and Rick Owens, Dat Pretty Mother****er is doing what Kanye and Jay did in 2011 and educating us peons about high-end luxury brands that will undoubtedly soon be the next hot ****. Not to mention Complex's current cover star is homies with Jeremy Scott, Alexander Wang, and Raf Simons. With these friends and his continuously developing style, there ain't no way Rocky's gonna fall off from #1 anytime soon.

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    Chri Brown larmed fans when he recently took to his Instagram account to speak about a desire to leave the planet after his next album.

    In a rant that was later removed by the 23-year-old R&B singer, but already copied by fans and various publications, Brown spoke about not getting enough credit for what he does.

    "Real artist are an endangered species! This gimmick age is (expletive) corny as (expletive)! Be you but (expletive) get credit for the work u do," Brown wrote in the message posted on Instagram. "Not becuz someone cosigns who knows absolutely nothing abou music nd culture! (SIC)"

    The singer went on to speak about leaving after the completion of his next album.

    "After this album I wanna leave this planet (SIC)," Brown wrote before deleting the message.

    A number of fans and publications copied his message before it was taken down, prompting responses from Brown's peers and fans. Chrisette Michele, a fellow singer in the music industry, took to her own Twitter account to tell Brown not to leave.

    "Chris Brown. Please don't leave the planet," Michele pleaded with her peer. "Earth would be so wack without u. Love your craft. An incredible inspiration you are."

    However, other people seemed more worried about the context of Brown's message.

    "Take suicide warnings seriously," one person tweeted after reading a link to Brown's message.

    Another person seemed to follow the same sentiments tweeting, "umm... someone needs to put Chris Brown on suicide watch..."

    While Brown quit his Twitter account last month following a feud with comedic writer Jenny Johnson, his team seems to be busy on his revamped social networking site documenting and promoting all of the stops on his Carpe Diem world tour.

    The singer explained his reasons for trying to keep his social networking websites strictly professional in the December/January issue of XXL Magazine.

    "I used to use my Twitter account to vent, but now I mostly use it for marketing and promotions," Brown said in the magazine. "Even if the media asks me something, if it's cool then it's, 'What's up?' But if it's anything that's too negative, I don't care to respond."

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    Nancy Reagan kissing Santa Mr. T in front of one of the White House Christmas trees, 1983.





    Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, and their son Stephen.




    Michael Jackson.  leitao  proved that this is photoshopped... flop source, tbh.




    Elvis Presley at his home in Memphis. 




    F. Scott, Zelda, and Scottie Fitzgerald in Paris, 1925.




    Jayne Mansfield, 1950s.




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    Lou Reed and John Cale in front of a pretty bare Christmas tree.




    Boris Karloff and Ginger Rogers.




    JFK and Jackie’s 1961 tree.


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    What are you doing for Christmas ONTD? I'll be opening presents with my family while they'll be constantly asking why I don't have a bf. Yay!

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    Marina performing Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas for MTV US as part of their '12 Holidaze' Christmas series of videos.

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    The One Direction hunk and the blonde singer - who were pictured enjoying a skiing break in Utah over the weekend - won't be spending the festive period together as Harry will be in his native UK while Taylor will be in Australia.

    A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Harry and Taylor have spent a lot of time together recently as they really enjoy each other's company, which is why they decided to go on the skiing mini-break together this weekend.

    "They're both massive stars and Taylor already had the commitment to go to Australia and Harry's family were really keen to see him over the holidays. But they're already planning their next meet up - Taylor has suggested to Harry that he flies out to Australia to meet up with her there."

    However, Taylor isn't too disappointed about spending time away from Harry because it will be hot in Australia and she can work on getting a tan.

    She said: "It's gonna be non-stop sun. So it will be weird to have a tan around Christmas but I'm really excited about it."

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    Robert Pattinson was spotted by a number of fans at London’s Sun Inn pub on Dec. 24. Sadly, Kristen Stewart was not with Rob for Christmas.
    Twitter user @bugzzb said,  ”R patts at the sun inn #wotusayintwilight.” Another user, @ChloeLoubet, said, ”Standing next to Robert pattinson in a pub.”
    Other fans noted Rob’s sexy jawline and complimented his black hat. (He must still be hiding his new short haircut!) @Mazdem said, “Yes, that’s Robert Pattinson in the black hat in my local!”
    @Benbogle91 added, ”Just clocked Robert Pattinson at my local. Great jawline. #Starstruck #RPatz.”
    In the photos, Rob, 26, looks to be having a great time on Christmas Eve, laughing with friends and enjoying himself. After spending months promoting Breaking Dawn Part 2, Rob deserves to kick back and relax during the holidays!
    Rob recently spent a week in New York City, shooting a commercial for his new men’s Dior fragrance
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    he better get some rest before he starts shooting all those 62542728 movies he's got lined up for 2013.

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  • 12/25/12--09:51: CHRISTMAS MIRACLE Y'ALL!
  • Confirmed: J. Simpson Expecting 2nd Child



    It’s official: the stork is once again headed to Jessica Simpson‘s house!

    Just seven months after the singer and actress delivered daughter Maxwell Drew, Simpson and fiancé Eric Johnson are expecting their second child, the couple announced via Twitter Christmas Day.

    Amid growing pregnancy speculation online, the Fashion Star mentor, 32, shared a photo of her baby girl wearing holiday pajamas and smiling in the sand atop the words, “BIG SIS.”

    Recently, Simpson has been spotted around Los Angeles in loose-fitting clothing. She also appeared, in a figure-hugging black dress, at best friend Cacee Cobb‘s recent wedding to Donald Faison, where she served as maid of honor.

    Simpson also had been touting her recent post-pregnancy weight loss of 60 lbs. after starring in commercials for Weight Watchers and working out with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak.





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    NEW YORK - On a recent airplane ride, actor Peter Billingsley - you know him as the blond and bespectacled fourth-grader Ralphie in "A Christmas Story" - was almost recognized. Almost.

    "I had a flight attendant come up to me and say, 'Boy, you look so much like the kid from "A Christmas Story," but you can't be because that movie was shot in 1940,' " Billingsley said.

    Actually it was filmed in 1983. But Billingsley, who chuckles remembering the encounter, didn't bother setting the record straight. "I just said, 'Oh, that's so sweet,' " he said.



    "A Christmas Story," which the television network TBS still broadcasts on a 24-hour loop every Christmas eve, traces Ralphie's December-long quest for a Red Ryder BB gun. The cult classic captured the essence of 1950s main-street America so well that plenty of people mistakenly assume the movie was made back then, a coup for filmmakers constrained by a "very low budget," Billingsley said.


    "A lot of people don't realize we had to do creative things to get the production value," he said. "We asked downtown Cleveland to keep their Christmas decorations up - we shot in January - so they did. But it was like Christmas morning every morning going to work, which was fun as a kid."

    Three decades later, Billingsley is producing the musical adaptation of the story on Broadway. "A Christmas Story: The Musical" is showing through Dec. 30 at Manhattan's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

    Many have tried reviving "A Christmas
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    Story" before but Billingsley says he has had "zero" participation until now. (Instead, he's been busy writing, directing, producing and acting in various movies and television shows.) One 1994 sequel focused on Ralphie - played by another then-child star, Kieran Culkin - and his summer vacation misadventures. Another, which was released straight-to-DVD this year, depicts a different actor as teenaged Ralphie as he tries to get the car of his dreams.

    "There have been a lot of bad ideas out there," Billingsley said. "I never wanted to participate in anything. But this [musical] was so inspiring, I just couldn't be more proud."

    Reviews have been good. "You'd have to have a Grinch-size heart" not to warm up to the tale, New York Times theater reviewer Charles Isherwood wrote last month. But fans often get uneasy when a beloved story is rejiggered. Billingsley says you have to be especially careful to find the right balance between featuring parts of the story people love and want to revisit, and adding enough so that you're not just producing a weaker duplicate.

    "There are certain things the audience wants to see, so there are certain iconic moments: The flag pole is there, the leg lamp becomes a leg-lamp kickline,"

    Scott Schwartz (tongue stuck on poll) and Peter Billingsley in a memorable scene from the movie "A Christmas Story," made in 1983. (TNT Network)
    he said. "There are also some moments that aren't in the film. You get to go deeper and really understand some of the characters, like the mother."

    The adaptation works so well, he says, because there were already daydreamy sequences built into the original. A series of cutaway moments in the film made for a seamless way to add music and dancing numbers. But the underlying tone at the heart of the story - Ralphie's persistent earnestness, his mother's concerned refrain of "You'll shoot your eye out," the family's sweet dysfunction - remains the same.

    The original film felt authentic largely because it was based on writer Jean Shepherd's own memories of growing up in the Midwest. Shepherd, who narrated the film, died in 1999. On Broadway, actor Dan Lauria takes his place. (You know Lauria as Jack Arnold, the dad from "The Wonder Years," another nostalgia-heavy favorite.)

    "I was taught that no actor ever leaves the theater so this is like my 59th play," Lauria said. "Especially with all the computers and the iPads, all of the sudden things swing back to where when something's live it becomes very, very special."

    Lauria says he has watched the film "at least every Christmas," and that the fictional family in "A Christmas Story" reminds him of his longtime TV family.

    " 'The Wonder Years' was very much a real family, a realistic family," he said. " 'It's a Wonderful Life' has a very real family. And this has a very realistic family. That's why we return
    to 'A Christmas Story' every Christmas."


    Yet Lauria and Billingsley both agree that the movie isn't really about Christmas.

    "It happens to be over the holidays, but so many of the moments - trying to cook a turkey, trying to deal with school, daring your friends to do something that they shouldn't be doing - it's just all those things and they become such heightened things when you're a kid," Billingsley said. "It's just so relatable."

    At the end of the "A Christmas Story," Ralphie finally gets his wish: a Red Ryder BB gun complete with a compass and a sundial. Billingsley says he got to keep the toy gun after filming ended.

    "You know," Billingsley said. "I still have it."






    Merry Christmas ONTD !!! Feel free to use this poast to talk about ur gifts and things like that



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    And speaking of foolish video, Chad Ocho Cinco apparently has a sex tape that has hit the net. And he actually gave authorization for it to come out (at some point)--because his production company shot it!  Yes, he agreed to shoot a porno with intent to sell...at some point recently.  And his co-star is a tatted up Latina chick.  Surprise surprise.  When your NFL career is kaputz...apparently this is what we do.

    Chad says the tape is indeed real and was shot 3 years ago.  But he wasn't behind it leaking.  And he's getting on it ASAP to get it removed from the web.  Where have we heard THAT before?

    We see how well a produced sex tape, made to sell to the highest porn company bidder, works out for certain celebs. So we guess Chad was trying to get a piece of the sextape-to-celeb-status pie too...






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  • 12/25/12--14:36: Love Triangle Continues
  • Well...we said Rihanna would have a comeback any minute now after Karrueche posted her "support" for Chris Brown by snapping a pic of herself rocking his new Bathing Ape collabo tee this AM...in bed. Check out Breezy & Rih Rih boo'd up at the big Lakers vs. Knicks Christmas game happening as we type...





    This was Chris Brown yesterday in LA



    and Karrueche posted this picture on her Instagram this morning but later deleted it once it was known that Rihanna and Chris were at the LA lakers game



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    I don't think it's a publicity stunt, because why would Rihanna want this nobody to get famous off her name when she clearly doesn't like her? I think Rihanna is holding on, and Karrueche is getting back at Rihanna for interfering in her and Chris' relationship. Kae was def blind sided by the LA Lakers game. Plus Karrueche has a clothing line and is still getting financed by Chris. Despite rumors, SHE IS NOT his stylist, that was never confirmed by anyone.

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  • 12/25/12--15:33: FLOPCHIN STOVENS INTERVIEW
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    Dan Stevens looks shaken. We are in an empty restaurant in New York and I have just
    become the first outsider he has ever told about his death in Downton Abbey.
    “It is very odd,” he says.



    After the Christmas special yesterday, the entire world knows that honourable, handsome,
    happy Matthew Crawley has died at the wheel of his car, reducing a nation to
    tears of dismay and disbelief. At the time of our interview last month, there
    was a lot of speculation, but no actual confirmation. “It is very strange to
    make it official especially since we are talking about it in the future
    perfect,” he says, with a laugh. “I am not sure exactly what tense it is, but
    it is something very weird.”



    That is an almost perfect Dan Stevens joke. He is the charming, well-spoken,
    Cambridge-educated actor who has become as famous as any movie star thanks to
    his role as the romantic lead in Downton. But his literary aspirations, his
    desire to be more than just another TV sensation, meant that though his fans
    wanted him to stay, they knew that he would probably choose to go.



    In fact, he made the decision in February before he even started filming the third
    series. “We were always optioned for three years,” he explains. “And when that
    came up it was a very difficult decision. But it felt like a good time to take
    stock, to take a moment. From a personal point of view, I wanted a chance to do
    other things.



    “It is a very monopolising job. So there is a strange sense of liberation at the same
    time as great sadness because I am very, very fond of the show and always will
    be.”



    As yet, he can’t say what future projects he will take on, though “there are some exciting
    opportunities”. Until February, he is on stage in New York, playing opposite
    Jessica Chastain and David Strathairn in The Heiress, an adaptation of Henry
    James’s Washington Square. Stevens is Morris Townsend, who may or may not be a
    fortune hunter. He has sideburns and an American accent and when he walks on
    stage, there is the strange frisson of seeing him play someone who is not
    Matthew Crawley – and convey the ambiguities of a darker character very well.



    This ambition to do something different is what has spurred him on. “It is a desire
    for freedom really,” he says. “I don’t see money or a particular status as an
    actor as a goal but I want to do the best work I can in as interesting a range
    of roles as I can. And I think a moment like this is quite unique and presents
    those opportunities more than ever before.



    “That may not be the case,” he adds, with another laugh. “I genuinely don’t know exactly
    what is around the corner but I hope it will be something a little bit
    different. Morris Townsend is a little bit different, and that for me is good
    enough.”



    His voice
    trails away, and he looks down at his hands. When he is talking about books or
    theatre, there is no stopping him. When he talks about Downton, he is more
    cautious. At the time he signed up, Stevens was mainly a theatre actor familiar
    on television for his part in Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty. But he
    was neither a household name, nor a heartthrob. Downton, playing on his boyish
    handsomeness and his passionate affair with the stand-offish Lady Mary, has
    made him a star, both in the UK and America. When he walks on stage in New
    York, he commands a round of applause just as great as that of his movie-making
    co-stars.



    ‘None of us had any idea of how successful Downton was going to be,” he says. “I thought
    I was signing up for another period drama that had a slightly modern feel. It
    had a freedom about it because it was coming out of the head of Julian Fellowes.
    Anything could happen and generally did.”



    Its appeal, from the first, was its company feel – rare in TV. “There was no main
    character. Everybody owned their storyline. And it was fun. It had a tongue in
    cheek element which set it apart. I had done quite a few period dramas at that
    point and I was ready not to do another one and then these scripts came along
    and the Matthew/Mary relationship was just such fun – I am really glad I didn’t
    turn it down.”



    Stevens’s affection for Downton is unmistakable – he generally tweets “Hound’s bum abbey
    time” as each episode starts, a reference to the dog’s bottom that opens the
    credits. “In terms of its popularity,” he explains, “there is a kind of ironic
    enjoyment as well as a serious enjoyment. One of my ways of coping with the
    attention that it has received is to join the ranks enjoying the mania of
    Downton rather than take the whole thing too seriously. But that is my way with
    most things. Not to take them too seriously.”



    That much is clear. He laughs a lot while he talks, and makes rather good jokes. But he
    also uses this charm to deflect questions. If he has felt any frustration, he
    does not show it: but he did make his decision to leave after the second
    series, the one in which Matthew – apparently paralysed in the war – was forced
    by the plot to rise from his wheelchair like Lazarus from the grave.



    “I think it was harder for the people who had to react to me getting out of the chair,”
    says Stevens, with a grin. “That was a particularly strange point in the
    narrative. I think there were some justifiable criticisms of series two and its
    pace. I think from what I have seen, series three has been a lot stronger. But
    from the actor’s point of view all the bombs and the mud and everything were
    great to film and I had a great time.”



    Nevertheless,for so intelligent a man, it must have hurt when his peer Benedict Cumberbatch
    was quoted as describing that second series as “f------ atrocious.” “From what
    he has told me, and from what I understand, he was misquoted or certainly
    quoted out of context,” says Stevens, loyally. “But the thing that upset people
    was that there is a sort of unwritten rule that whatever you think of other
    people’s shows you don’t diss them to journalists.”



    He insists, however, that it is Downton’s capacity to surprise – whether it is a
    Turkish diplomat expiring in Lady Mary’s bed or the unforeseen death of Sybil
    in childbirth – that sets it apart. “You think you are trotting along with a
    nice Sunday night drama and something happens. It wouldn’t be Downton if it
    wasn’t for all the big twists and shocks.”



    Now Mathew’s death is the melodrama that has left viewers reeling. “It was very
    emotional shooting the end of this series, because those guys are like family.
    We have been living together for three years and have been on the most amazing
    journey. I don’t think any of us, with the possible exception of Maggie, have
    had this kind of explosion in our career paths, and may never again. It has
    been so bizarre, and only those who have been through it can understand it.”



    His closeness to the Downton tribe is obvious: he describes Hugh Bonneville and
    Allen Leech (Branson) as being like “hilarious brothers” to him and the
    experience of working with Maggie Smith as a joy. “There are certain takes
    where you can see us still half-chuckling from some remark she has made just
    before ‘action’.” He will miss Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) because “after
    everything we have been through it will be sad not to see the relationship
    continue”.



    “On the other hand, I won’t be sorry to see the back of that dining room,” he says,
    with a roar of laughter. “It may have held some of the key plot points, but it
    is just a nightmare to shoot in. There are so many angles and edits and it gets
    very airless and stuffy – and it is blacked out so even at 10 in the morning we
    are in the dark.”



    For all his expressed sadness, he almost glistens with the excitement of what is to
    come. He has left after what he describes as the “busiest year I have ever had
    professionally. I hope I never have another year that is quite like this.” Even
    listing what he has done is exhausting: seven months of shooting Downton, being
    a judge for the Man Booker prize, producing the film Summer in February, in
    which he also stars, co-editing an online literary magazine (thejunket.org),
    writing a column for the Sunday Telegraph, passing 30, becoming a father for
    the second time (a son, Aubrey to join Willow, aged three), starring on
    Broadway.



    This may have had some effect on his choice. “I was in Cornwall producing my first film.
    I had 145 novels on my plate with the Booker, I was writing and editing, we had
    our second baby on the way [his wife is the jazz singer and teacher Susie
    Hariet] and things were getting kind of crazy.”



    His natural curiosity is revealed by the way he talks about each aspect of the
    year. The Booker judging, in particular, allowed the bright boy who sailed out
    of Croydon via public school and Cambridge to fulfil his intellectual
    ambitions. “Whenever we met as judges it was like some of the finest supervisions
    I had at university, talking about literature with brilliant people.” On the
    other hand, in the early stages of trying to read so many novels, “I can’t even
    begin to describe the depths of despair I was in at some points.”



    He feels he can reveal that thanks to his liking for the experimental, he was
    particularly fond of Will Self’s Umbrella. “It is without question an
    extraordinary novel but ultimately the question was, are we choosing the most
    ground-breaking book or the best work of literary fiction that year. Hilary
    Mantel’s Bring Up the Bodies is a brilliant, brilliant novel. And if you have
    written the best work of literary fiction you should win the prize, so in that
    sense it was unanimous.”



    Next on the cards, I suspect, though he is guarded, is not theatre or literature, but a
    big film. “I haven’t done as many films as I would have liked,” he says. “A lot
    of my contemporaries have done more. I don’t have ‘I will be a movie star’
    emblazoned on anything, but I’d like do a bit more screen stuff and then when
    the time is right come back to theatre. When it is good, theatre takes a lot of
    beating both to watch and perform.”



    It is possible, I suggest, that his life will never again reach this high point of
    fame. “Oh it is quite possible that none of us in Downton will ever again get
    the ratings this has had,” he smiles. “But from a career point of view, it has
    opened so many doors.



    “I genuinely don’t feel ‘I must play this role’ or ‘I must take this much at the
    box office’ in order to fulfil my happiness quotient. As long as I am given the
    opportunity to keep performing and keep exploring in whatever medium, I’ll be
    happy. As long as I get to spend time with my family, I’ll be happy. As long as
    I can write in some form, I’ll be happy. It is the essential things like that I
    equate with happiness.”



    However sad the end of Matthew Crawley, the happiness of Dan Stevens is likely to grow
    and grow.


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/downton-abbey/9765334/Dan-Stevens-Why-I-left-Downton-Abbey.html

    Sorry Mods for all the missteps.



    Long Ass post...who else is looking forward to Flopchins Stovens appearance in Vamps 2..Also this is an excuse for a discussion of the Downton Christmas Episode. I have so many feelings....

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