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'Summer in February' trailer: Dan Stevens right at home in another period romance -- VIDEO

No, Summer in February isn’t a lighthearted beach party movie set on the Australian coast — it’s a romantic drama set in England before the first world war, a time and place that star Dan Stevens knows all too well.

The story, adapted by Jonathan Smith from his eponymous novel, centers on the real-life love triangle between young Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper) — an equine painter who would eventually find fame and knighthood — his friend Captain Gilbert Evans (Stevens), and his fellow artist Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). Even though the film technically has nothing to do with Downton Abbey, the two seem to have plenty of similarities — expect lots of smoldering, longing looks, gorgeous costumes, and a tragic ending that may as well have been scripted by Julian Fellowes himself. (Are we absolutely certain he didn’t time travel here from 1914?)


Dan Stevens in negotiations to star in 'Swallows and Amazons'

Downton Abbey‘s loss may be the film industry’s gain. EW has confirmed that ex-Matthew Crawley Dan Stevens is in negotiations to star in Swallows and Amazons, producer Nick Barton’s upcoming adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s children’s book. Another film based on the novel was released in 1974.

The story, first published in 1930, follows a group of six children — the four Walkers, John, Susan, Titty, and Roger, and the two Blacketts, Nancy and Peggy — who meet one summer and unite against a common enemy: the Blacketts’ uncle James Turner, a withdrawn writer whom the children dub Captain Flint (after the pirate immortalized in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island). Stevens is in talks to play Turner.

The former Downton heir can next be seen in Scott Frank’s A Walk Among the Tombstones and Bill Condon’s WikiLeaks movie The Fifth Estate, both currently in production.

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'Captain America 2': Who should play Steve Rogers' next love interest?

In a way, Captain America has a little in common with Austin Powers. Both of them were international men of mystery from a bygone era who once pined for a stunning brunette. Then, after they’re both defrosted in the present day, their lives and relationships are complicated because the object of their love has aged while they remain in pristine health.

After Captain America, Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter was doomed to flashback scenes in subsequent sequels once it was decided to bring Cap into the 21st century. So Marvel is currently searching for the hero’s next main squeeze. According to Deadline, five actresses are in the running: Emelia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), Teresa Palmer (I Am Number Four), Imogen Poots (Fright Night), and Community‘s Alison Brie. The first four ladies are three Brits and an Aussie, keeping with the notion that Steve Rogers has a soft spot for clipped accents; and Brie is a Californian who just so happens to work on the same sitcom as Captain America: The Winter Soldier directors, Joe and Anthony Russo.

‘Vamps’: Matthew Crawley pals around with vampires -- VIDEO

Mark your calendar for a new camp classic in the form of Clueless meets Twilight meets the best idea ever. In the trailer for Vamps, Alicia Silverstone and Krysten Ritter star as gal-pal vampires who are young, fabulous and secretly undead. When Stacy (Ritter) falls in love with Joey Van Helsing (Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens), the son of a vampire hunter, things get complicated. They also get sexy, as evidenced by some shirtless coffin time.

Best exchange from the trailer:
Wallace Shawn (!!!): Do you plan to suck the life out of him?
Krysten Ritter: No more than any other girlfriend!

Check it all out — complete with a random Sigourney Weaver appearance — below: READ FULL STORY

Tribeca Film Festival: Elizabeth McGovern on playing English matriarchs

In Cheerful Weather for the Wedding — the kind of fun, exceedingly British film where the humor is the only thing drier than the Sunday roast — Elizabeth McGovern plays the matriarch of an English estate during the early half of the 20th-century trying to make sure her daughter gets married to the right man. Now if that sounds familiar, that means you’re a fan of Downton Abbey, in which McGovern plays Lady Grantham, the show’s Made-in-the-USA queen of the castle.

“It’s definitely in a style, a riff, that’s reminiscent of Downton,” says McGovern, who sports an English accent in the film. “And it’s great if that’s what people think.” READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Reese Witherspoon going to 'Princess Boot Camp'


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Newly expectant mother Reese Witherspoon has another bun in the oven, by which I mean her brand new production company Pacific Standard has snagged the rights to M.A. Larson's children's book series Pennyroyal's Princess Boot Camp. Witherspoon will produce and likely take a supporting role in the potential fantasy franchise, about a school that trains young princesses to combat a coven of evil witches. [THR]

• Downton Abbey’s Lady Sybil Crawley — a.k.a. Jessica Brown Findlay — has landed the lead female role in Akiva Goldsman‘s adaptation of Mark Helprin‘s acclaimed 1983 novel Winter’s Tale. In the heightened period fantasy/drama hybrid, Findlay will play a wealthy young woman dying of consumption who, as one does, falls in love with a desperate thief when he breaks into her massive mansion. Aaron Johnson (Kick Ass) and Garrett Hedlund (TRON: Legacy) are reportedly in the running for the thief role, and Russell Crowe is likely to join as the thief’s main antagonist with the most excellent name Pearly Soames. It will be Goldsman’s directorial debut. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

'Harry Potter,' 'Glee,' Clint Eastwood receive Costume Designers Guild Awards

The winners of the 14th Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards were announced last night. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Oscar-nominated W.E. took home the big awards for film. TV honors went to Glee, Boardwalk Empire, and Downton Abbey. Swiffer’s “Country Dirt Cowgirl” took home the sole commercial prize.

Four honorary awards were also presented to Kate Beckinsale, costume designer Marlene Stewart (Real Steel, Tropic Thunder), Glee designer Lou Eyrich, and longtime collaborators Deborah Hooper and Clint Eastwood. Jane Lynch hosted the event. Glee creator Ryan Murphy, actor Columbus Short, Marcia Gay Harden, Ken Watanabe, and supermodel-turned-Revenge star Amber Valletta were on hand to present a few of the night’s awards. See the full winners list below. READ FULL STORY

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