‘Downton Abbey,’ Oprah and More: 7 Things to Know in Pop Culture This Week – The New York Times

‘Downton Abbey,’ Oprah and More: 7 Things to Know in Pop Culture This Week – The New York Times

“The first teaser for the wildly popular TV drama’s big-screen version keeps its cards frustratingly close to the vest,” writes Bruce Fretts. The minute-long clip focuses on the title home and simply lists the characters by name at the end. “The result takes the idea of British reserve to an almost ridiculous level.” The film will hit theaters next year. Watch other trailers from this week here.

Vulture spoke to 35 filmmakers about the toughest special effect they’ve ever pulled off, including moments from “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” “True Detective” and “Die Hard.” The amount of work that can go into a few seconds on the big screen will never not be stunning to me.

Richard E. Grant is something of a national treasure in Britain (where I grew up), beloved for his film roles in everything from “Withnail & I” to “Spice World.” Now he also seems to be getting the attention he deserves in the United States: He’s out and about on a press tour promoting his role in the Oscar contender “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Kyle Buchanan hung out with him at several stops.

Did you wonder how Kim Kardashian West’s meeting with President Trump (the one that led to the pardoning of Alice Marie Johnson) came about? I certainly did. This Glamour piece breaks it down: how Kardashian West’s friend Shawn Holley, a lawyer she met when Holley was a part of O.J. Simpson’s defense team, coordinated the monthslong effort, and how Kanye West’s declaration of support for the president in April helped expedite the meeting. It’s a fascinating insight into celebrity and influence.

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