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Downton Abbey: The Exhibition now open at Biltmore

Just in time for the holiday season, Downton Abbey: The Exhibition opens today at Biltmore and will remain on view through April 7, 2020. The immersive exhibition offers a chance to relive the story of Carnival Films’ beloved television series – complete with set recreations, exclusive multimedia elements, and an up-close look at more than 50 official costumes – while experiencing the real life story behind the Gilded Age estate at Biltmore.

Showcased across two locations at Biltmore, the exhibition transports guests on an incredible journey through the grand home of Downton Abbey, providing an inside look into the world of the Crawley family and those that served them below stairs. The exhibition also provides a fascinating look at the post-Edwardian era in which the popular TV series was set and insight into the remarkable events that shaped the world, such as World War I.

At Biltmore’s Amherst, guests can walk through some of the television series’ most recognizable sets, including Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen, the family’s glamorous dining room, Carson’s pantry, and the gossip-fueled servants’ quarters. Never-before-seen multimedia elements and artifacts will immerse guests in the social history, culture and memorable moments from the show. Audio guides are also available for purchase to supplement tours through Biltmore’s Amherst.

In a second location, Biltmore Legacy in Antler Hill Village, the exhibition experience continues with a display of more than 50 costumes from the series’ six season run, as worn by actors such as Michelle Dockery, Hugh Bonneville and Dame Maggie Smith. Guests will also get to view official costumes from the movie, as worn by the Royal Family.

Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is brought to you by NBCUniversal and Imagine Exhibitions. Biltmore marks the fourth stop on the exhibition’s U.S. tour, which has received wide critical acclaim. The exhibition made its U.S. debut in New York City in November 2017, where it was hailed by the New York Times as, “a cleverly immersive experience mounted with the same exacting care as the show itself.” The exhibition has since completed successful runs in Boston and West Palm Beach.

“Not just any location can offer an immersive experience for Downton Abbey fans like we can here at Biltmore,” said Biltmore Director of Entertainment and Event Programming Travis Tatham. “The costumes, sets and historic artifacts all feel like they belong. The many parallels between Downton Abbey and the stories at Biltmore make this experience truly multifaceted for our guests.”

Access to Downton Abbey: The Exhibition is included with regular daytime estate admission, Candlelight Christmas Evenings admission, or an overnight stay that includes daytime admission. Biltmore Annual Passholders need to purchase daytime admission to Downton Abbey: The Exhibition.

For the ultimate Downton Abbey getaway, special hotel packages are available which allow guests to stay overnight at The Inn on Biltmore Estate and Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate.

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Die Hard’s Bonnie Bedelia Joins Thicker Than Water

This one-day only event, produced by Christopher Barbour Productions Ltd., promises to be memorable for many reasons. Stop by and see what all the fuss is about. This high-powered staged reading will breathe life into what may well become a 21st Century American holiday classic. Thicker Than Water tips its hat to the classic traditions of American theatre storytelling… with a modern voice.

What happens when the clarity of a DNA test brings unwanted news? Can the harshness of today’s healthcare system destroy the American family? Nancy Middleton’s family is together for the holidays… for the first time in twenty years. This reunion brings home news that could expose Nancy’s long held secret… a dark secret that if revealed could save her beloved son’s life. A volatile relationship between an American mother and her American daughter hangs in the balance. The dialogue crackles with truth and energy. Will forgiveness and the power of truth redeem this family?

Thicker Than Water – Staged Reading with Classic Cast of Hollywood Actors
Come see the birth of an American play.
“It’s a Wonderful Life with a Jewish Deus Ex Machina.”
“She was in Die Hard 1 and 2!”
“He was in Kick Ass!”
“That guy is Sarah Silverman’s sidekick!”

Nancy Middleton: Bonnie Bedelia (Die Hard, Presumed Innocent, What/If @Netflix)
Kate: Jaime Ray Newman: (Eastwick, Bates Motel, Some Girls)
Tom: Mather Zickel: (Veronica Mars, Bones, Sarah Silverman show)
Arthur: Garrett M. Brown: (Emily or Oscar, Uncle Buck, Kick Ass!)
Marge: Meagen Fay: (Big Bang Theory, Bones, La La Land)

Garry Marshall Theatre
4252 West Riverside Drive
Burbank CA 91505
Free easy parking at venue

November 17th – 7PM

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Movies Coming Out this Week – November 7th

Last Christmas – PG13 – Drama, Romance
Emilia Clarke (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Henry Golding (A Simple Favor, Crazy Rich Asians) and Emma Thompson star for director Paul Feig (A Simple Favor, Spy, Bridesmaids) in Last Christmas, a romantic comedy inspired by a George Michael beat and written by Academy Award® winner Thompson (Sense and Sensibility, Bridget Jones’s Baby) and playwright Bryony Kimmings. Kate (Clarke) harumphs around London, a bundle of bad decisions accompanied by the jangle of bells on her shoes, another irritating consequence from her job as an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. Tom (Golding) seems too good to be true when he walks into her life and starts to see through so many of Kate’s barriers. As London transforms into the most wonderful time of the year, nothing should work for these two. But sometimes, you gotta let the snow fall where it may, you gotta listen to your heart … and you gotta have faith.

Emilia Clarke, Henry Golding, Emma Thompson, Paul Feig, Bryony Kimmings, Michelle Yeoh

Midway – War, Drama
The four-day battle in 1942 took place six months after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, and saw the U.S. Navy decisively defeat an attacking fleet of the Imperial Japanese Navy.

Tadanobu Asano, Luke Evans, Woody Harrelson, Patrick Wilson, Keean Johnson, Ed Skrein, Roland Emmerich, Yu Dong

Doctor Sleep – R – Sequel, Horror
Centers on the Danny Torrance character from “The Shining,” carrying the trauma from the events at the Overlook Hotel into his adulthood.

Jon Berg, Ewan McGregor, Mike Flanagan, Akiva Goldsman, Rebecca Ferguson, Jocelin Donahue, Jacob Tremblay, Trevor Macy

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Annette Bening to Receive Career Achievement Honor at AARP The Magazine’s 19th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards

AARP The Magazine announced today that Annette Bening will receive the 2019 Movies for Grownups Career Achievement Award. Bening – a recipient of two Golden Globes, a Screen Actors Guild Award and four-time Academy Award-nominee – will be honored at the 19th annual Movies for Grownups (MFG) Awards ceremony on January 11, 2020, in Beverly Hills.

For nearly two decades, AARP’s MFG program has championed movies for grownups, by grownups, by advocating for the 50-plus audience, fighting industry ageism and encouraging films that resonate with older viewers.

“Annette Bening has captured our hearts and entertained us for years with her performances,” said Myrna Blyth, Senior Vice President and Editorial Director for AARP Media. “We are thrilled to award Annette with our highest honor and recognize a remarkable career.”

Bening will receive Movies for Grownups’ highest honor at the awards ceremony, which will also include recognition for 2019’s best films and filmmakers, including Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director and more.

Bening said, “I’m really honored that the AARP has selected me. Especially since there are so many people that they could have recognized. These awards acknowledge the kinds of movies we need and don’t get enough of. In that way, the awards are advocates for good moviemaking, for meaningful moviemaking. And to be a part of this is very gratifying.”

She joins a prestigious list of previous AARP Movies for Grownups Career Achievement honorees including Kevin Costner, Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Shirley MacLaine, Helen Mirren, Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, and Sharon Stone.

Annette Bening began as a leading light of the American stage, stunning her teachers at the American Conservatory Theatre and going on to earn the Drama Desk and Clarence Derwent Awards as well as two Tony Award nominations for Coastal Disturbances in 1987 and for All My Sons in 2019. Bening broke out as a movie star at age 33, earning the first of her four Oscar nominations for Best Actress in landmark films in The Grifters, followed by American Beauty, Being Julia and The Kids Are All Right. Many pundits predict a fifth Oscar nomination for Bening’s 2019 movie The Report. Throughout a career that spans several decades, Bening often chose fearlessly artistic, challenging or noncommercial roles. She’s also given grownup gravitas to the superhero genre, playing a character called Supreme Intelligence in Captain Marvel. Her films have grossed more than $2 billion and had a resonant impact on our culture. A remarkable number of her honors arrived after age 50: her seventh and eighth Golden Globe® Best Actress nominations (and second win), two nominations each for Critics’ Choice, BAFTA, Screen Actors Guild, Gotham Film Independent Spirit Awards and three Movies for Grownups® Awards. She brilliantly portrayed cult actress Gloria Grahame in Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, one of many outsider characters she’s immortalized, and Bening has inspired a cult of her own.

The Awards ceremony will be broadcast for the third consecutive year on Sunday, January 19, 2020, at 6 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org/gperf and the PBS Video App. The Awards are co-produced by Great Performances and AARP Studios.

“One of the highlights of the Movies for Grownups Awards each year is the presentation of the Career Achievement Award,” said Great Performances Executive Producer David Horn. “We are thrilled to again be presenting this unique program to PBS audiences and to join in honoring Annette Bening’s notable career.”

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Trevor Noah’s Tour is being Extended

Trevor Noah is traveling the globe and expanding his Loud & Clear Tour to 2020 due to popular demand! With over 75 sold-out North American shows this year, including his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden with an expected 14,000 in attendance, Trevor is bringing his wildly successful tour to new cities.

The 2020 shows kick off January 10th in Buffalo New York, and will now visit arenas across the U.S., Europe, Ireland, Germany, India, and many more. With already one sold out show at the iconic 02 Arena in London selling over 15,000 tickets, this announcement includes a newly added second show on April 3rd.

The Emmy-winning The Daily Show host and celebrated comedian is known around the world for his insightful and authentic take on politics and current events. Trevor has written, produced, and starred in 8 comedy specials, most recently including “Son of Patricia” on Netflix.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, November 8 at 10:00am local time at trevornoah.com/shows.


Fri, January 10, 2020 Buffalo, NY Sheas Performing Arts Center

Sat, January 11, 2020 Syracuse, NY Landmark Theatre

Sat, January 18, 2020 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Seminole

Fri, January 31, 2020 Leeds, UK Leeds Arena

Sat, February 1, 2020 Manchester, UK Manchester Arena

Fri, February 14, 2020 Charlottesville, VA John Paul Jones Arena

Sat, February 15, 2020 Albany, NY Times Union Center

*Fri, February 21, 2020 Salt Lake City, UT Maverik Center

Sat, February 22, 2020 Aspen, CO Wheller Opera House

Fri, March 13, 2020 Tulsa, OK River Spirit Casino

Fri, March 20, 2020 Glasgow, UK The Hydro

Sat, March 21, 2020 Dublin, IE The 3 Arena

Fri, March 27, 2020 Huntsville, AL Von Braun Center

Sat, March 28, 2020 New Orleans, LA Saegner Theatre

Thu, April 2, 2020 London, ENG O2 Arena

Fri, April 3, 2020 London, ENG O2 Arena Sun,

April 5, 2020 Brussels, Belgium Forrest National

*Thu, April 9, 2020 Mumbai, India NSCI DOME

*Sat, April 11, 2020 Delhi, India Indira Gandhi Arena

Fri, April 17, 2020 Kennewick, WA Toyota Center

Sat, April 18, 2020 Eugene, OR Matthew Knight Arena

Fri, April 24, 2020 Missoula, MT Adams Center

Sat, April 25, 2020 Bozeman, MT Brick Breeden Fieldhouse

Fri, May 8, 2020 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena

Sat, May 9, 2020 Cincinnati, OH Aronoff Center

Fri, May 15, 2020 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium

Sat, May 23, 2020 Birmingham, UK Arena Birmingham

Sun, May 24, 2020 Newcastle, UK Utilita Arena

Tue, May 26, 2020 Reykjavik, Iceland Laugardshollin

Wed, May 27, 2020 Amsterdam, Netherlands Ziggodome

Fri, May 29, 2020 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe

Sun, May 31, 2020 Copenhagen, Denmark Royal Arena

Mon, June 1, 2020 Gothenburg, Sweden Scandinavium

Tue, June 2, 2020 Oslo, Norway Oslo Spektrum

Thu, June 4, 2020 Frankfurt, Germany Jahrhunderthalle

Sat, June 6, 2020 Geneva, Switzerland SEG Geneva Arena

Fri, June 26, 2020 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Grand Theater

Sat June 27, 2020 Mashantucket, CT Foxwoods Grand Theater

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