This week’s best radio: Bing Crosby and the road to rock’n’roll

Elizabeth McGovern celebrates the 40th anniversary of the crooner’s last visit to the UK and his unlikely duet with David Bowie. The Road to Rock’n’Roll (11 October, 10am, Radio 2) is a slightly misleading title for a programme that should content itself with emphasising just how massive a star Bing Crosby was. This documentary features the voices of a number of the people who worked with Crosby on his final trip to the UK, which was 40 years ago this month, and is presented by Elizabeth McGovern.

Duke Robillard Premieres "Walkin' Stick" from New 'Dames of Rhythm' Album

Guitar great Duke Robillard—a founding member of Roomful of Blues and a former Fabulous Thunderbirds guitarist—has a new album, Duke Robillard & His Dames of Rhythm. The disc will be released October 13 via M.C. Records.

The album is an eclectic collection of jazz/swing tunes from the Twenties and Thirties.

Best of all, Robillard invited some swinging and sultry ladies to the party, including Maria Muldaur, Catherine Russell, Kelley Hunt, Sunny Crownover, E(yes, lizabeth McGovern, that Elizabeth McGovern—the one from Downton Abbey) and Madeleine Peyroux.

Downton Abbey returns

Coming to a cinema near you.

Yup! It’s happening! We’re thrilled to announce that Downton Abbey is coming to the big screen. Film production begins this summer - Elizabeth

History & Drama Come Alive at Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

The much loved television show Downton Abbey connected with viewers thanks to its unique combination of drama, history, and sense of place. Now, for the first time, visitors to New York can connect with Downton Abbey: The Exhibition, which makes its U.S. debut in Midtown Manhattan on Saturday, November 18th. Downton Abbey aired for six seasons on Masterpiece on PBS in the U.S. and reached more than 26 million viewers in its final season, making it the highest-rated PBS drama series of all time. High-end video throughout the exhibition links clips from the show and never-before-seen footage with stars like Hugh Bonneville (Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham) and Elizabeth McGovern (Cora Crawley, Countess of Grantham). 

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, November 18th at 218 W. 57th St. (btw. Broadway & Seventh Ave.), 866-811-4111, downtonexhibition.com. The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 8pm (last ticket sold at 7pm).

Liam Neeson is Caught in a Criminal Conspiracy in ‘The Commuter’

Liam Neeson proves that age is nothing and that he can still kick butt even at 65! Jaume Collet-Serra and Liam Neeson are back for the fourth time in the new action/thriller The Commuter. Together they’ve worked on Unknown, Non-Stop, and Run all Night and are back to bring more thrills to the big screen. The Commuter tells the life of a businessman (Neeson) who is approached by a stranger (Vera Farmiga) on the commuter rail and is eventually involved in a criminal conspiracy.

Stars appearing include Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Elizabeth McGovern (TV’s Downton Abbey), Jonathan Banks (Better Call Saul), and Patrick Wilson (The Conjuring). Filming began in July of 2016 in England and was later moved to New York City. The film is to be released on January 19, 2018.

Statue Stories Chicago Extends Through December 2018

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and Sing London announced the extension of Statue Stories Chicago until December 2018. Chicago's most renowned writers, actors, and comedians were commissioned to create monologues for statues across the city. The statues "talk" when a smartphone scans a QR code (or it is typed into a browser) on a plaque next to the statue. When the phone rings, visitors will get a call back from John C. Reilly as Abraham Lincoln or Steve Carell as a man clutching a giant fish by the Shedd Aquarium. Each statue has a story to tell. Together they tell Chicago's story. The biggest talkers to date are: Elizabeth McGovern as the Goddess Hebe in Grant Park, & at Cloud Gate, Bob Newhart and the lions guarding the Art Institute of Chicago.

Elizabeth McGovern, Patrick Fugit, Chris Parnell to Star in ‘A Name Without a Place’

Elizabeth McGovern, Patrick Fugit, Chris Parnell, Bryan Burton, and Charlotte Best are starring in Kenny Riches’ just-wrapped drama “A Name Without a Place,”

Producers are Anthony Pedone, Jesse Brown, and Ian Peterson. The film also stars Siddharth Dhananjay (“Patty Cake$”) and David Sullivan (“Flaked”).

The story is set in Miami Beach with Burton portraying a sheltered young man in a relationship with an aging movie star, played by McGovern. He lacks the drive to discover the world beyond until he suffers the loss of his twin brother — prompting him to retrace his brother’s travels to the Florida Keys, where he meets a young woman (played by Best) trying to find a ride to Miami. The two quickly find trouble and escape to a mysterious estate, where Fugit’s character lives and has discovered The Fountain of Youth. 

Blu-ray News Roundup:

New titles from Shout Factory include Jan Egleson's A Shock to the System starring Michael Caine, Elizabeth McGovern, and Peter Riegert, released on July 4. Newly announced supplements will include:

-NEW Audio Commentary With Director Jan Egleson
-Interview With Jan Egleson
-Alternate Ending
-Still Gallery
-Theatrical Trailer

Elizabeth McGovern returning to Broadway in Time and the Conways adaptation

 The production at the Roundabout Theatre Company is scheduled to premiere in September (17) and run until November (17) at the American Airlines Theatre. It is to be directed by Rebecca Taichman.

The production focuses on a wealthy Yorkshire, England family's life experiences over a difficult 18 year period following World War One. McGovern will play the matriarch of the family. The drama first premiered in 1938 and the new stageshow will serve as the first Broadway revival.

Former Downton Abbey star McGovern last appeared on Broadway in 1992's Hamlet.
July 27, 2018

Downton Abbey returns

Coming to a cinema near you. Yup! It’s happening! We’re thrilled to announce that Downton…
October 26, 2017

History & Drama Come Alive at Downton Abbey: The Exhibition

The much loved television show Downton Abbey connected with viewers thanks to its unique combination…
October 06, 2017

This week’s best radio: Bing Crosby and the road to rock’n’roll

Elizabeth McGovern celebrates the 40th anniversary of the crooner’s last visit to the UK and…
September 22, 2017

New Album

The new album is now in post production
September 19, 2017

Duke Robillard Premieres "Walkin' Stick" from New 'Dames of Rhythm' Album

Guitar great Duke Robillard—a founding member of Roomful of Blues and a former Fabulous Thunderbirds…
August 17, 2017

Liam Neeson is Caught in a Criminal Conspiracy in ‘The Commuter’

Liam Neeson proves that age is nothing and that he can still kick butt even…
August 02, 2017

Statue Stories Chicago Extends Through December 2018

The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and Sing London announced the extension of Statue Stories Chicago…
June 02, 2017

Elizabeth McGovern, Patrick Fugit, Chris Parnell to Star in ‘A Name Without a Place’

Elizabeth McGovern, Patrick Fugit, Chris Parnell, Bryan Burton, and Charlotte Best are starring in Kenny…
May 30, 2017

Blu-ray News Roundup:

New titles from Shout Factory include Jan Egleson's A Shock to the System starring Michael Caine,…

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