Percolating plots came to a boil last night on Downton Abbey‘s series 3 finale, and we speculate on what may be coming next. Spoilers ahoy!

Series 3 of Downton Abbey often ran like a freight train, but its finale played like a soft symphony. Though it thundered strong and intense at times, the overall theme was of resolution, and hope for a brighter future for almost everyone at the Abbey.

Perhaps the most sustained conflict of the episode centered around Thomas, whose fate hung in the balance after his attempts to seduce Jimmy were reported to Mr. Carson. Carson’s offer of a “fair” reference in exchange for Thomas’ resignation was quickly nullified by Jimmy’s insistence (by way of O’Brien’s advice) that he would press charges against Thomas unless he was released in disgrace.

Utterly distraught, Thomas reluctantly confided in Mrs. Hughes, who in turn tried to sway Carson to a more generous position. Matters looked grim for Thomas until Bates – having had his share of experience with Ms. O’Brien’s skills as a saboteur – shared his suspicions with Thomas that O’Brien had been behind Jimmy’s threats all along. Anxious to give O’Brien a dose of her own medicine, Bates used an obscure bit of information from Thomas to blackmail her into advising Jimmy to stop Thomas with the police. White as a sheet, O’Brien reversed so fast on her previous advice to Jimmy that she all but strangled herself trying to untangle her own web of snide suggestion.

Bates, meanwhile, attempted to settle into his new domestic life with Anna – who was much less sympathetic to Thomas’ plight than her husband. Ultimately, Bates’ good turns wound up reaping quite a few more than he had intended, initiating an accidental reorganization of the hierarchy of the male staff at Downton.

Upstairs, Robert was preoccupied with beating the village team at their yearly cricket match, while bitterly battling the waves of change sweeping over his life. Matthew and Tom made their stand for modernizing the estate’s business model, to which Robert finally capitulated – at a price.

At the same time, Edith found herself the reluctant chaperone for Violet’s young relative Rose (Lily James) who was mysteriously eager to return to London immediately after her arrival at Downton. Edith’s work at the newspaper seemed to be going well, until she sensed a romantic spark in her interactions with her editor, which led to a surprising confrontation. While in London, she, Matthew and Rosamund were forced to intercede in Rose’s wild goings-on and tow her back to Downton under promises of good behavior and silence. Lady Violet, however, neatly sussed out their secrets and arranged a satisfying comeuppance for Rose’s misbehavior.

Meanwhile, Matthew and Mary began the work of ensuring Downton’s succesion, Tom confided his plans for baby Sybil’s rearing in a hopeful Cora, and Isobel found herself forced to concede to Violet’s not-entirely-insensitive manipulation of The Edith Situation. In the end, everyone dressed in their finest whites and the men played a marginally awkward game of cricket.

And that was that for the third series of Downton Abbey! Overall, a much lighter installment than the previous episodes (both in content and in resolution) but it does give us certain expectations for the future. Will Mary become pregnant? Will the new servants hierarchy be successful? Has O’Brien finally been humbled, or will she swear revenge (once again) on Bates and Thomas? Will Edith take up with her editor? Will Isobel ever win one out on Violet? And perhaps most importantly, will all crucial members of the cast return for next season?

Viewers can expect at least a few answers in December, as Downton Abbey‘s Christmas special will air around the holidays. Still, it’s uncertain exactly how much farther the show will press on. “I think we definitely have one more series in us,” actress Elizabeth McGovern recently told the Mirror. “Nothing has officially been said, but I think we are going to go for one next year.” McGovern added, “I would hate for it to outstay its welcome.”

Is there such a thing as too much Downton Abbey? We shall see! In the meanwhile, Hypable will keep you updated on all information breaking from the Abbey, and the show will be televised for American viewers on PBS beginning Jan. 6.

What do you think the future holds for ‘Downton Abbey’?

In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

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In interesting but potentially brilliant casting news, comedian Amy Schumer will be taking on the role of Barbie for a live-action film.

Take a moment to soak in the news. Now revel in the idea. This could be awesome.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Schumer is not only leading the project on screen, but she’ll also have an influence on the script.

Last year, Sony had their pick of three complete scripts for a live-action Barbie movie. Of those three, they chose Hilary Winston’s. Now that Schumer is on board, THR says to expect her and her sister, Kim Caramele, to rewrite Winston’s original idea.

The plot, given that Schumer doesn’t change the major details, “begins in a perfect land of Barbies where one woman slowly awakens to the fact that she doesn’t fit it. She is expelled from the idealistic land and journeys to the real world, where she discovers that being unique is an asset.”

The outlet also addresses the fact that Mattel has had to deal with plenty of criticism regarding body image and race when it comes to the Barbie toys. Schumer’s casting is a great way to speak to some of those issues, and will hopefully provide a positive and uplifting message by the movie’s end.

There will be, of course, some hesitation given Schumer’s previous work. One only has to look as far as Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer to see her comedy is often brutally honest and raunchy. Barbie would be shocked.

But Schumer is an actress, after all, and a brilliant comedian. For this “contemporary spin on beauty, feminism and identity,” she seems like just the right fit.

What do you think of Amy Schumer as Barbie?

It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

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It’s arguably the biggest day for Hamilton fans since the release of the original Broadway recording: The Hamilton Mixtape has arrived!

Following years of development, the Hamilton Mixtape was released around the world on Friday, December 2. Mixtape features, well, remixes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton hits, sung by artists both big and small from various genres.

To celebrate the album’s release, a special #Ham4Ham was hosted at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Thursday night, where names like Ashanti, Ja Rule, Regina Spektor, and Andra Day performed their songs from Mixtape:

Stream ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’:

Spotify users can easily stream The Hamilton Mixtape below. You can also listen here via Apple Music.:

And you can purchase a physical copy from Amazon here (you know all the Hamilton fans in your life will want a physical copy):

Hamilton Mixtape tracklist

1. No John Trumbull (Intro) – The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] – The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out – Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It – Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] – Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) – Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) – Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It’s Quiet Uptown – Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough – Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) – K’naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
12. You’ll Be Back – Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
13. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) – Ashanti
14. Take A Break (Interlude) – !llmind
15. Say Yes To This – Jill Scott
16. Congratulations – Dessa
17. Burn – Andra Day
18. Stay Alive (Interlude) – J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
19. Slavery Battle (Demo) – Lin-Manuel Miranda
20. Washington’s By Your Side – Wiz Khalifa
21. History Has Its Eyes On You – John Legend
22. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) – The Roots
23. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) – Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights

What are our favorite performances on ‘The Hamilton Mixtape’?

Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

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Chris Pratt is currently on a press tour for Passengers. Jennifer Lawrence may or may not be there too.

Passengers, the new sci-fi epic starring Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, comes out later this month. The promo tour has kicked off in Europe, with the two stars on hand to answer all our questions.

To entertain himself (and his fans!), Chris Pratt has been updating his Instagram with funny photos and captions from the tour.

There’s some real gold in there, but the best part is when he realizes that fans really want to see some pictures of Jennifer Lawrence — who doesn’t have her own social media accounts — and proceeds to very decidedly not include her!

Update: He did it again.


See some of the hilarious posts from Chris Pratt below:

Finally got that selfie with Jen y'all wanted. #passengersmovie

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Just hanging with my bestie Jen. #passengersmovie

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Here Jen and I pose with @elrubiuswtf

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Here's an extremely artistic and meaningful video I made in which Jen is heavily featured. #passengersmovie

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Another day down with me and my best buddy Jen. #London #passengersmovie

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Not going to lie — we’re almost as excited for the press interview videos as we are for the movie itself!

‘Passengers’ hits cinemas on December 21