From friendships to romantic entanglements to inevitable family bonding, here are six relationships we hope get the chance to develop this upcoming Downton Abbey season.

Mary and Tom

Downton Abbey Mary and Tom
Mary and Tom’s friendship has been one of the most fully developed in the series because it seemed to happen so organically. While they started off as relative antagonists, each fighting for what they believed was best for their beloved Sybil, over time they found that their opinionated, outspoken personalities actually got along really well. Once married to Sybil, Mary was the biggest proponent of embracing Tom as a family member, and their practical but differing world views meant that they could each provide the advice that the other needed to hear.

Once their spouses died, they obviously became much closer due to their shared tragedy. Mary encouraged Tom to find his place at Downton after Sybil’s death, and when Matthew died, Tom became the catalyst for finally getting Mary out of her depression. Both underdogs of sorts when handling estate affairs, they respect each other’s mind and spirit and have proven what a great and innovative business match they can be.

When Mary’s suitors became the focus of the second half of the season 4, unfortunately her blossoming friendship with Tom got set aside, but here’s hoping that their playful chemistry (which out-sparks Gilly’s even on his best day) gets a chance to shine in season 5.

Anna and Thomas

Anna and Thomas Downton Abbey
Thomas and Anna started off the series guns-a-blazin’ as Thomas had his eyes set on ruining Bates’ career at Downton. But Lady Sybil’s death showed Anna a softer, more genuine side to the presumed soulless Thomas, and in return Thomas found himself endeared to one of the few other people who could share in his loss.

In season 4, their bickering wore on, but Thomas finally seems to respect Anna, and although she still finds him petty, in many ways she now recognizes his behavior as that of an angry child acting out. After a spectacular third season, Thomas really got the short end of the stick in season 4, so we can only hope that as he continues his scheming, season 5 brings him some more of Anna’s good influence.

Jimmy and Rose

Jimmy and Rose Downton Abbey
The two self-absorbed darlings of Downton, Jimmy and Rose just want to have fun. It was a treat to see them wiggle their way out of the whole dancing hall mess of season 4, and with any luck season 5 will bring us more of their accidental shenanigans.

As the youngest member of the upstairs family, Rose rarely gets the chance to let her hair down and interact with some of the roaring ’20s kids her own age, and as a progressive-minded young woman, it would be a real treat to see her stick her nose in the downstairs social affairs. As for Jimmy, always the player, we rarely get to see him interact genuinely with the ladies, so it was a delight to see him drop his guard with Rose and stand in confusion over her behavior. A true Downton innovator, we think our Rose has it in her to pluck some sincerity out of this jealous, petty footman.

Thomas and Daisy.

Daisy and Thomas Downton
Once upon a time, Daisy was so naïve and in love… but four seasons later she’s got her groove back and she ain’t got time for Thomas’ nonsense. Once smitten with the former footman, she’s since learned not to trust a word he says. This has in turn made for some amusing moments, as Thomas’ endearment to Downton has grown, and Daisy has become one of only a handful of people he seems genuinely fond of.

He has a funny way of showing his fondness though, which is why we can’t really blame Daisy for dismissing him as toying with her when he tries to inquire after her well being. As friends, a person like Daisy could teach Thomas a thing or two about caring for others, and he would be an ideal candidate to bump up her ego and encourage her to chase after what she wants, so we hope we get to see more of this pair come next season.

Edith and Mary

Downton Abbey Mary Edith
Mary and Edith have never had it easy. From the start of the series, Mary teased Edith mercilessly, and mounting jealousies eventually led Edith to take it upon herself to destroy her sister’s moral reputation. After some time, the two have learned to make amends; Mary still teases Edith, but keeps the humiliation to a minimum, and Edith has learned to find her own way in the world, having confidence in herself as her own person outside of Mary’s shadow. After Sybil’s death, they learned to appreciate each other a little bit more, but they’ve still never been the best of friends, and though they love each other as family does, as far as companionship goes, they only tolerate each other at best.

Still, as this upcoming season unfolds, Edith will surely have mounting grief at the loss of her baby, and we can’t help but feel that as chastising as Mary can be, she might be one of the few people who could empathize with Edith. We hope that in a series that so wonderfully explores the complex relationships between women, this upcoming season finally brings us some closure between the two Crawley sisters.

Violet and Isobel

Dowager and Isobel Downton Abbey
The Dowager has never been one to contend with, but if there was ever anyone at Downton who could ruffle Violet’s feathers, it’s been Isobel with her confounding middle-class, social activist ways. When she initially arrived, Violet and Cora often teamed up to shut down Isobel’s newfangled ideas, but as the years have gone on and the children have died, the Dowager has finally seemed to accept Isobel as a member of the family.

This pair is always delightful to watch because they open each other up to new ideas and force each other out of their comfort zones. And though Violet has always found Isobel to be a little grating, her immense kindness in caring for Violet while she was sick really showed a new side to their inevitable friendship. With any luck, season 5 will continue to bring the two classiest ladies at Downton even closer.

What new relationships do you hope get developed in season 5 of ‘Downton Abbey’?

Major changes coming to ‘Sense8’ season 2

And I'm excited about what happens next.

11:00 am EDT, May 30, 2016

Sense8 is currently in production for their second season, and they’ve gotten pretty far. Here are some important things you need to know about what’s to come for your favorite cluster!

Ever since Sense8 debuted on Netflix a year ago I’ve been obsessed. Not only because it was such a fantastic premise of connecting 8 people, but because it was so immensely diverse and represented so many people from all over the world. Now that we’ve got a season 2, it’s about time to start learning what it’ll be about.

There’s some major things about Sense8 season 2 that are going to be dramatically different, and we’ve gotten an update on what our favorite characters will be up to this season thanks to BuzzFeed.

There’s only 1 Wachowski left

One of the biggest draws of Sense8 was the fact that it was a Wachowski sister production. These sisters have brought us The Matrix and Cloud Atlas so we knew when we heard that last name that this was going to be an epic series.

This year, only Lana Wachowski is staying on to direct the show. Lilly Wachowski is taking the much-deserved time off after having just come out as transgender in March, and is using the time to focus on herself. Should the show return to Netflix for a third season then she’ll probably return.

The return of only one sister isn’t something that should affect the show too much, and I’m sure if it does then any changes will be welcome and give the show a fresh vibe — not that it needs it.

Sense8 Nomi Amanita

Capheus has been re-cast

For those who enjoyed Capheus’ story in Kenya the most prepare yourselves for a major change. Due to disagreements between Lana and Aml Ameen, who portrays Capheus in season 1, Ameen left the show before production began.

Capheus’ story isn’t one you can just replace and end so suddenly, so instead of writing him out Wachowski opted instead to re-cast him. Toby Onwumere will now play the part.

For those of you concerned with any disagreement between Ameen and Wachowski being over her being transgender, Jamie Clayton, who plays Nomi, was adamant about stopping that rumor.


The good news is that Onwumere has been completely welcomed by the cast and he felt immediately connected to them upon meeting them at dinner for the first time. This makes me more confident that his chemistry with the actors will show on screen, which is one of the reasons I love Sense8 so much – the chemistry has been fantastic in every episode with all 8 actors.

But these changes can be amazing!

Even though they’re major changes from how the show operated last year, I feel like the new single director and the new actor is going to bring a welcome fresh take for the new season.

Every show can use something new in each season they come back just to keep it interesting and unique every year. I feel like, thanks to these changes made to the cast and crew, the story isn’t going to have to change too drastically just for the sake of change. Obviously it’s going to probably take to places we don’t expect, but that will be because the story is naturally progressing, instead of them trying to change actors and plots already set.

Are you excited for season 2 of ‘Sense8’

Hollywood reacts to ‘Begin Again’ director’s candid criticism of Keira Knightley’s acting skills

Should the trust between actors and directors ever be broken?

10:33 am EDT, May 30, 2016

After Begin Again director John Carney’s candid comments about Keira Knightley’s acting went viral, Hollywood has taken to Twitter to defend the British actress.

In case you’ve somehow not heard the story, here’s the sitch:

Over the weekend, The Independent released an interview with Irish director John Carney, in which he had some harsh words for former colleague Keira Knightley.

The pair worked together on the 2013 musical rom-com Begin Again, where Knightley starred opposite Mark Ruffalo as a promising young folk singer recovering from a broken heart.

Carney evidently wasn’t satisfied with Knightley’s performance, claiming she “always has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done.”

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Going on to praise both Ruffalo and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s performances, Carney said, “I think that that’s what you need as an actor; you need to not be afraid to find out who you really are when the camera’s rolling. Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.”

“I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars,” he continued. “I don’t want to rubbish Keira, but you know it’s hard being a film actor and it requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don’t think she’s ready for yet and I certainly don’t think she was ready for on that film.”

Carney concluded, “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”

Now, Carney clearly had a frustrating experience working with Knightley on this film, and his distinction between ‘proper film actors’ and ‘movie stars’ may be legitimate in theory. Begin Again certainly wasn’t the great critical hit that Carney’s Once had been, and at the time of the movie’s release, Keira Knightley herself admitted that she struggled with the material, not being a singer-songwriter herself and having no great appreciation for music.

“It’s terrible. I know nothing about music whatsoever,” she told The Guardian. “I was always more into reading and drama. I was such a geek. … There’s often a huge link between music and memory. And I’ve got such a bad memory.”

But the issue Hollywood professionals have with Carney’s comments seem to have less to do with Knightley’s specific performance, and more about the fact that Carney made these comments at all.

Ava DuVernay certainly makes a great point about why Carney should have stayed silent:

Both industry professionals and notable journalists have joined DuVernay in speaking out against Carney. Here are some of their reactions:

All the same, there are some that find Carney’s candidness refreshing.

What do you think? Should John Carney have held back his criticism of Keira Knightley out of professional courtesy? Or was he right to share his negative experience?

John Carney rose to international fame with Once in 2007, and this year he’s coming out with a musical drama titled Sing Street.

Spectre director Sam Mendes is officially not returning for more James Bond movies.

While we wait for (almost certain) confirmation that Daniel Craig won’t reprise his role as 007 in the next James Bond film, we can at least contend with the knowledge that Sam Mendes will not direct Bond 25.

The two-time James Bond director came on board the franchise for the wildly successful Skyfall, but his follow-up Spectre was not considered as great of a success.

Even before Spectre‘s release, Mendes was talking about quitting the all-consuming franchise, saying at the time, “I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold.” But it was only during a Welsh literature festival that he finally confirmed his departure.

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“It was an incredible adventure. I loved every second of it, but I think it’s time for somebody else [to direct],” said Mendes, as quoted via The Sydney Morning Herald. “I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”

Bond 25 is likely to be completely new chapter of the franchise, with Daniel Craig set to follow Mendes’ lead and officially announce his departure soon. Everyone’s been expecting him to bow out ever since his controversial promotional campaign for Spectre, and it’s even more likely now that his two-time collaborator has called it quits.

On the speculation about who might replace Craig, Mendes says, “I can guarantee that whatever happens next it will not be what you expect.”

“[Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli chooses who is going to be the next Bond, end of story. And without that there would have been no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero. It was her saying: ‘That man over there, he’s going to change the whole tenor, I’m going to cast him.’ That turned the whole thing on its head,” says Mendes.

Rumor has it that Tom Hiddleston is in talks to be the next James Bond, but until we learn more, we can speculate away as we wish! It’s also time to start making those Bond 25 director wishlists. Anyone know if Ava DuVernay is available?