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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

January 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Major “Downton Abbey” casting news

Well, I just about dropped my teacup upon hearing this one — but in a very, very good way. Shirley MacLaine, according to a press release from the “Downton Abbey” producers and reported by the Los Angeles Times, is joining the cast of the show for Season 3 playing — wait for it — Lady Grantham’s very American mother, Martha Levinson. Does this mean she’ll go head-to-head with Maggie Smith in a battle of the heavily corseted, trumpet-voiced mothers-in-law? And how amazing would that be? Excuse me; I need to go find a fainting couch now.

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