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The Christmas Candle

The Christmas Candle from EchoLight Studios is a family-oriented holiday tale that aims to become a new holiday touchstone. Here’s a look.
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Bastille Day
Jul. 14, 2014
July 14 is La Fête Nationale, when France celebrates Bastille Day and the beginning of the French Revolution. Here’s a look at the history behind the day and how it’s celebrated. Vive le 14 juillet!
The storming of the notorious prison on July 14, 1789, was the flashpoint that started the French Revolution and a symbolic end of the ancient regime. Pictured, The Storming of the Bastille by Jean-Pierre Houël.
Bastille Day became an official French national holiday in 1880, but the event had been observed long before then. Bastille Day is celebrated each year with huge parades and crowds along the Champs Élysées in Paris.
The parades feature a stunning display of France’s military might, pageantry, and history.
Fireworks also light by the night sky at the Eiffel Tower.
The skies over Paris are also filled with color by the French air force. Pictured, a formation flies over the Louvre.
French president François Hollande and his companion Valérie Trierweiler arrive at Bastille Day ceremonies in Paris, July 14, 2014.
Bastille Day celebrations occur all over the world. Pictured, Lady Liberty (a gift from the French) helps celebrate Bastille Day in New York City.
REVOLUTIONARY MOMENT: The Bastille was a medieval fortress in Paris later used as a prison. Over many years it became a symbol of the despotism and harsh rule of the French monarchy.
Political opponents of the crown were often held inside the Bastille, as were ordinary French citizens, often detained without trial. Pictured, a 1785 sketch of the Bastille’s courtyard. (National Library of France)
After months of rising tensions broke out into riots in Paris, a mob stormed the Bastille on July 14, 1789, demanding access to the arms and munitions stored there. Pictured, a bronze plaque depicting the storming of the Bastille at Place de la Republique.
On that day the Bastille held only seven inmates: Four forgers, two madmen, and a young rake who had displeased his father. All were freed.
The mob also beheaded the Bastille’s governor René de Launay. The arrest of Launay has been depicted numerous times. Pictured, detail from Jean-Baptiste Lallemand’s 1790 view.
Another version of Launay’s arrest.
King Louis XVI was informed of the fall of the Bastille the following day. When he asked: “Is it a revolt?” the Duke of Rochefoucauld replied: “No sire. It is a revolution.” Louis was beheaded in 1793 during the French Revolution.
The Bastille was later demolished by order of the Committee of the Hôtel de Ville. Today the Place de la Bastille sits where the fortress once stood. The symbolic July Column commemorating the revolution of 1830 now towers overhead.
Stones from the Bastille in a grove on Boulevard Henri IV.
FUN FRENCH FACTS: Formally known as the Bastille Saint-Antoine, the fortress was built during the Hundred Years’ War to defend the eastern approaches of Paris from English attacks. It was first used as a state prison in 1417, and was actually under English control from 1420 to 1436.
Consisting of eight towers rising 100 feet high, all linked together by walls equally tall, the Bastille towered over the Paris skyline of the day. Outside its walls was a mote 80 feet wide.
By 1789 the Bastille was actually little used and was scheduled to be demolished, part of the reason why there had been so few prisoners there that day. But its reputation and symbolism to the Revolution remained strong.
Napoleon Bonaparte considered the site of the Bastille as a location for the Arc de Triomphe in an attempt to rid the nation of its revolutionary sentiments, but opted to build the Elephant of the Bastille in that place, a full-sized plaster model originally intended to be fashioned from bronze.
The Elephant of the Bastille was later immortalized by Victor Hugo in Les Misérables; in the novel, the street urchin Gavroche seeks shelter beneath the Elephant. Pictured, the Elephant in the 2012 feature film.
After the French Revolution, the Marquis de Lafayette — who had served under General George Washington during the American Revolution a decade earlier — later presented Washington with the Bastille Key, which is still displayed at Mount Vernon in Virginia.
Movie Preview: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Jul. 11, 2014
Get ready to go ape again with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the latest film in the modern reboot of the classic 1960s-70s science-fiction franchise, out in theaters on July 11. Here’s a spoiler-free look at the new film and the amazing special effects that bring intelligent apes to life.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes picks up a decade after the events of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, after much of human civilization has been wiped out by a deadly virus.
Ceasar (Andy Serkis), an intelligent ape who was raised in a genetic laboratory, leads a group of fellow simians as they carve out an existence in the Redwood forests of northern California.
Small pockets of human survived the virus, but struggle to survive in the ruins of human civilization. One group is led by Malcolm (Jason Clarke, in blue shirt).
While many humans distrust apes, Malcolm finds a special bond with them, striking up a something of a friendship with Ceasar. But can it last?
Ellie (Kerri Russell), a former CDC nurse and Malcolm’s wife, shares a moment with a baby ape
Dreyfus (Gary Oldman) leads of a band of surviving humans in the ruins of San Francisco. Malcolm wants to deal with the apes, but Dreyfus doesn’t trust them, and readies for war.
After a chance encounter in the forest, the fates of both humans and apes are thrown on a collision course.
Some among the apes counsel war, chief among them Koba (Toby Kebbell), another refugee from human experimentation who has no patience or pity for humans.
Rocket (Terry Notary) is a skilled fighter and one of Caesar’s closest allies.
Maurice (Karin Konoval), a former circus performer, now serves as Ceasar’s consigliere.
GUN CONTROL: In an echo of the original films, the issue of guns enters into the plot when the apes take possession of human weapons. Whether or not to use them, and whether to wage war with the humans, becomes a decision of deep import to Ceasar and his fellow simians.
Some have accused director Matt Reeves of putting an anti-gun agenda into the film, which he denies, telling the Daily News: “The issue of gun control involves lots of complicated reasons why that is or isn’t a good idea. This film takes place in a post-apocalypse in which there’s a different meaning behind guns.”
“The gun symbolizes human technology dedicated to violence. In that sense here, guns are like the serpent in Eden.”
SIMIAN THESPIANS: Dawn expands on the groundbreaking motion-capture and computer animation technology that brought the apes to life in the previous film. The days of long sessions in the makeup chair that marked the original films are long gone.
Andy Serkis, who has been the key mover in defining the art of motion-capture acting in the Lord of the Rings films — where he portrayed Gollum — returns as Ceasar.
On the set, Serkis and the other “mo-cap” actors wear a full-body suit and a camera that captures facial expressions. Pictured, Serkis with his rig (left) and the final visage of Ceasar.
Serkis on the set, acts out a scene.
The final shot. After Serkis’s performance is recorded, a team of digital artists refine and adjust it as needed, and add environmental lighting effects to blend the resulting image seamlessly into the live-action image.
Serkis (on horseback) on the set with Jason Clarke.
Other mo-cap actors go a little ape.
SUMMARY JUDGMENT: Critics have given Dawn of the Planet of the Apes high marks for its action quotient and special effects, and many have also praised the ideas it explores beneath the war paint. Here’s a look at some early reviews.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: Critic no kill plot twists, except to say that the climactic battle is a humdinger. Save the biggest cheer for Serkis, whose triumphant performance is the gold standard in mo-cap acting.”
A.O. Scott, New York Tmes: “Dawn is more than a bunch of occasionally thrilling action sequences, emotional gut punches and throwaway jokes arranged in predictable sequence. It is technically impressive and viscerally exciting, for sure, but it also gives you a lot to think, and even to care, about.”
Dan Stevens, Slate: “Dawn is a straight-up war film, with a story that alternates an escalating series of ape/human battles with scenes of intra-species conflict and betrayal in both worlds.”
Matt Jul, “The plot and imagery in Dawn may parallel previous apocalyptic, sci-fi films, however, its strong thematic content makes it more akin to a Shakespearean tragedy with a contemporary twist.”
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: Without pummeling the viewer, the only thing so many action, big-budget-oriented directors seem to know how to do these days, Reeves delivers the goods with a fluid sense of imagery and an intelligence more philosophical than geeky or scientific.”
Michael O’Sullivam, Washington Post: “The apes’ feelings are conveyed beautifully, mainly through facial animation and sign language. Though only one or two of them actually speak, they are remarkably expressive characters.”
Richard Corliss, Time: The viewers’ brain may be moved by Caesar’s statesmanlike sagacity, but their guts want war. This is an adventure film, not a Pacifica radio pledge drive. As one of the humans says of the apes, “They’re talking animals! With bad-ass spears!”
Guy Lodge, Variety: Serkis must by now be used to the superlatives heaped upon his agile fusion of performance and image in many a CGI spectacle, though he’s in particularly empathetic, emotionally specific form here; Kebbell’s brute physicality and wild-eyed animosity, meanwhile, burns through the digital disguise.”
A Very Hairy History of The Planet of the Apes
Jul. 11, 2014
The release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes marks the latest chapter in the long-running science-fiction franchise, the eighth film in a series that first debuted 46 years ago. Here’s a look back at the various incarnations of everyone’s favorite monkey tales.
GOING APE: French author Pierre Boulle first created the world of talking and civilized apes in his 1963 novel La Planète des singes. Unlike the fairly primitive ape societies portrayed in the feature films — a budgetary decision by the studio — Boulle’s novel depicted a highly advanced civilization. Boulle also wrote The Bridge Over the River Kwai.
PLANET OF THE APES (1968): Written by Twilight Zone maestro Rod Serling and starring cinema icon Charlton Heston as a disillusioned astronaut named Taylor marooned on a world ruled by intelligent apes, the original film was unlike anything that came before it. Combining action with serious discussions of science, faith, and questions of race, it found a wide audience and was an instant hit.
The film featured Academy-Award winning makeup effects by John Chambers which made possible extended scenes between Taylor and two sympathetic chimpanzee scientists, Cornelius (Roddy McDowall, center) and Zira (Kim Hunter), who ultimately help him escape.
Cornelius reads from the Sacred Scrolls, which begin: "Beware the beast man, for he is the Devil's pawn..."
Smile! In ape society, gorillas are the soldier class, hunting the primitive human tribes.
Heston shows he's already handy with a gun as Taylor has a word with Dr. Zaius (Maurice Evans). As an orangutan, Zaius occupied a sort of senior clerical role, dispensing ape religion and philosophy and presiding over Taylor's trial for being, well, human.
Evans relaxes on the set, none the worse for wear.
To save time and money, background actors and extras wore pullover masks, not the fully articulated prosthetics of the main actors. BONUS POINTS: Can you identify what famous line of dialogue these apes just heard Heston read? (Answer coming up a few slides later.)
The early scenes of the astronauts in the “Forbidden Zone” were shot near Lake Powell and Glen Canyon on the Colorado River north of the Grand Canyon. The ape villages were constructed in rural California and Utah.
The film’s final shot — which situates the entire story not on some distant world but in Earth’s own future — is among the most famous in cinema history.
TRIVIA ANSWER: Heston yells "Get your stinking paws off me you damn dirty ape!" after being trapped in a net. It's the first time any ape has heard a human speak.
BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES (1970): Owing to the runaway success of the first film, a sequel was inevitable. This time a second astronaut arrives on the scene just as the ape society is falling under the influence of a militaristic gorilla general (James Gregory) bent on waging war on the remnants of human civilization.
That civilization, living in the bombed-out ruins of New York City, has become a race of radiation-scarred mutants worshipping a doomsday weapon, and are seen as infidels by the apes. In the final clash between the two species, Taylor (Heston again) ignites the weapon and destroys the planet.
ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES (1971): Since they couldn’t go forward they went back, as Zira and Cornelius fly Taylor’s crashed spaceship through the same time warp that brought him to their time. They land in then modern-day Los Angeles, where they are taken captive by suspicious government agents.
While retaining a mix of overly serious dialogue and action, the satire also got a big boost, as in a sequence where the Cornelius and Zira are given a tour of Los Angeles and indulge in all manner of human luxuries, from bubble baths to Brooks Brothers suits.
When Zira admits to having engaged in human surgical experimentation, the decision is made to stop the apes from reproducing in order to forestall the ape-dominated future. The two are killed, but their offspring escapes and finds refuge in a circus (run by Ricardo Montalban).
CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (1972): Conquest takes a decidedly dark turn in portraying a human society that enslaves and brutalizes apes, adding to the story’s racial subtext. McDowall returns as Cornelius and Zira's offspring, now named Ceasar.
The ultimate ape revolt by Ceasar is a violent set piece featuring swarms of armed apes that bears clear visual allusions to the Watts riots.
The original ending was to be violent and nihilistic — ending with the apes murdering their human oppressors as flames light up night the sky — but test audience reactions forced the studio to add a glimmer of hope for reconciliation.
BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (1973): The last installment of the original series finds ape society taking hold after a nuclear apocalypse has destroyed human civilization. Once again the divisions in ape society are exacerbated when a ragtag band of human survivors attack their forest encampment.
Pictured, Claude Akins as General Aldo, who is out for human blood but, critically, sheds ape blood first. Battle is framed by a speech from the Lawgiver (John Huston) who reveals that humans and apes went on to live peaceably for centuries — at least until Taylor arrives to mess things up in first film.
SMALL SCREEN: The Apes franchise had two television incarnations in the mid-70s, starting with the live-action Planet of the Apes (1974), which starred original franchise regular Roddy McDowall (at left).
1975’s Return to the Planet of the Apes was an animated children’s series which had the freedom to portray an advanced simian society closer to Boulle’s original vision.
PLANET OF THE APES (2001): Filmmaker Tim Burton reimagined the first film’s basic story while adding in state-of-the-art makeup and special effects and his own signature bold design touch, but floundered in finding the original film’s balance, opting for too many in-jokes about the entire enterprise of talking apes.
Helena Bonham Carter (left) and Paul Giamatti in Burton's Apes
Heston has a cameo as a dying patriarch ape, and in the final scene back on Earth Abraham Lincoln is revealed to have been an ape.
RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2011): A completely separate reboot of the original franchise, Rise somewhat resembles the storyline of Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, updating the origins of ape intelligence in genetic experiments by human scientists, and portraying the initial outbreak of violence between apes and men. The film used state-of-the-art computer-generated ape effects.
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (2014): Dawn drops all of the previous film’s human characters to focus on Ceasar and the apes as they carve out a life in the forest outside of San Francisco — at least until those damn dirty humans arrive and mess everything up. The new film takes some cues from Battle for the Planet of the Apes, though only superficially.
The Cleveland Show
Jul. 11, 2014
The Republican National Committee is taking its 2016 convention to the battleground state of Ohio, announcing this week that scenic Cleveland will be the place to be. Here’s a look a some fun facts about “C-Town” for Grand Old Partiers planning on attending.
The GOP's timing could not have been better. BREAKING NEWS: LeBron is Back! More on that in a minute...
Holding the convention in Cleveland — also known as the "Metropolis of the Western Reserve" — will focus Republicans on a virtual must-win state for any White House hopeful. Some 50,000 people are expected to attend the event, along with national and world media.
Other cities that had been considered include Dallas (which ended up being the runner-up), Denver, Kansas City, and Las Vegas. The 2016 convention will also probably take place earlier than in recent years, possibly late June or mid-July, in order to shorten the primary season. Pictured, beautiful downtown Cleveland.
Cleveland last hosted a presidential convention in 1936, and lost a bid to host the GOP in in 2008. Since then the city has added a new convention center and many more hotel rooms. Pictured, the Fountains of Eternal Life in downtown.
BY THE NUMBERS: Cleveland represents some of the important demographic opportunities and challenges facing the GOP as it seeks to build a winning coalition. With a population of just under 400,000, Cleveland is 53% black and about 10% Latino, according to 2010 Census figures.
“THE MISTAKE ON THE LAKE”: Cleveland has had its share of struggles over the years, many typical of northeast Rust Belt cities, including a declining economy, fleeing residents, and crime. In 1978 it became the first major city since the Depression to enter financial default. An agenda of economic renewal could definitely find a receptive audience. Pictured, Terminal Tower.
HOT TIME IN THE CITY: In addition to sitting on the shores of Lake Erie, Cleveland is built on the outlet of the Cuyahoga River, a waterway so polluted in the late 1960s that it actually caught fire — something that had happened numerous times before — in an incident that received nationwide news coverage and seemed to capture the city’s woes.
THE UNION LABEL: Cleveland is a heavily Democratic town with strong unions, both of which will likely mean rowdy protests at the convention. In 2011 unions helped decisively defeat an Ohio law that sought to limit collective bargaining for public employees, so if Scott Walker is attending in any important capacity (hint, hint), expect even more discord.
EMERGENCY ROOM: Cleveland is home to the Cleveland Clinic, one of the nation’s premiere hospitals, and CEO Toby Cosgrove has not been shy about speaking the truth about Obamacare, citing higher premiums and blaming the law's onerous regulations for staff and service cutbacks.
COMMAND PERFORMANCE: Cleveland may be a long way from Broadway, but its Playhouse Square Center is the largest performing arts center outside of New York City. Here’s hoping the local theater group will stage a special Hobby Lobby-themed edition of The Vagina Monologues.
BIG MAN ON CAMPUS: Basketball superstar LeBron James broke Cleveland’s collective heart when he skipped out on the city for sunnier climes in Florida in 2010. But just days after the GOP picked Cleveland, so did James, announcing his return to the Cavaliers. Coincidence?
WHO LET THE DAWGS OUT?: The Cleveland Browns have never made it to the Super Bowl, and in 1995 then-owner Art Modell absconded with the team to Baltimore. But the limited success of the franchise’ second edition has not dimmed the enthusiasm of diehard fans, who gather in the east-side end zone’s infamous “Dawg Pound.”
INDIAN AFFAIRS: The Cleveland Indians have so far not attracted the kind of ire directed at the Washington Redskins over their American-Indian mascots. But it’s certainly an arrow in the quiver of Lefties on the hunt for the slightest micro-aggression. The team’s travails were dramatized in the 1989 comedy Major League starring the pre-“winning” Charlie Sheen.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT: Can you name a famous Clevelander? Start with Superman creators Joe Shuster and Herry Siegel and… end with Price is Right host Drew Carey, a longtime booster who has touted the city and Ohio on his eponymous primetime sitcom. Maybe he’ll bring his gameshow back home for a special federal budget-themed episode.
REALITY SHOW: Cleveland was in the news last year after the discovery that three young women had been held captive by Ariel Castro for more than a decade. Castro’s house has since been demolished, and he committed suicide just months into a life sentence. Pictured, neighbor Charles Ramsay enjoys his 15 minutes of fame.
UP IN THE AIR: While the GOP convention will likely be held elsewhere in town, the Cleveland IX Center, a former aerospace hangar, is one of the largest convention centers in the world, and houses an amusement park with the world’s tallest indoor ferris wheel, more than 120 feet tall.
STAMP OF APPROVAL: Far be it from conservatives to rubber-stamp any government spending or regulation, but they might just take a shine to the giant “Free Stamp,” a 28-foot tall sculpture in Willard Park near downtown. CLIMATE CHANGE BONUS: It was commissioned by Standard Oil!
ROCK OF AGES: Cleveland landed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, opening the music mecca in 1995 and attracting large crowds for the annual induction ceremonies. Presumably Fleetwood Mac will not be available to perform since they lent Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow to the Dems in ’92. And we all know what happened after that...
HELLO CLEVELAND!: Any big city will have its share of cinematic jokes at its expense. The catchphrase “Hello Cleveland!” comes from the 1984 comedy Spinal Tap, where the fictional British rock band gets hopelessly lost backstage at a Cleveland performance, repeatedly thinking they are about to find their way out. Sort of like enduring a Congressional conference committee.
HANG ON SLOOPY: Three music items in a row! You might want to learn the lyrics to this 1965 hit single from the McCoys, which is played at home games for the Browns, Cavaliers, and Indians, and is even now making its way through the Ohio House to become the official state rock song.
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Running of the Bulls
Jul. 10, 2014
The bulls are loose in Pamplona, Spain, as the annual Running of the Bulls got underway this week. Here’s a look at the fast and furious — and always dangerous — celebration, which runs July 7-14.
The origins of the the run date back to the 13th century, when townspeople needed to herd the bulls from corrals to the main arena for the evening spectacle. Urging the bulls on, men would jump into the street and run alongside to prove their bravery.
In Pamplona, a city in the Navarra region of Spain, the Encierro is part of the annual Festival of San Fermin, performed in honor of Saint Fermin, the patron Saint of Navarra. The event draws thousands of spectaors and hundreds of brave souls who take part in the run.
Onlookers crowd the windows of buildings along as the route as runners fill the streets below.
Each run begins at 8 in the morning and is preceded by three chants to the saint before the bulls are released. Man and beast run through barricades set up along a narrow 930-yard course on the streets of Pamplona that leads the city bullring; the barricade also ensures the safety of onlookers.
A series of rockets are fired throughout the course of the run. The first signals the release of the bulls, the second that all the bulls are running, the third that they have entered the ring, and the fourth that all the bulls have been corralled and the event is over.
Injuries both minor and serious occur nearly every year. So far this week, five runners have been wounded, two severely. Red Cross medics are on hand to provide needed attention.
And they're off!
Bulls and runners reach the Estafeta corner.
At the end of the run, bulls and runners stream into the bullring.
Some bulls are made to leap over piles of two-legged participants.
Runners try to distract a bull as it lunges towards a colleague.
Emmy Nominations
Jul. 10, 2014
The Television Academy on Thursday rolled out the nominations for this year’s Emmy Awards. Here’s a look at the nominees in the major categories. The Emmys will be handed out on August 25.
HBO’s violent, sprawling fantasy series Game of Thrones captured the most nominations for a single show with 19, including best drama series. The show was part of 99 total nominations for the cable channel.
The streaming-video service Netflix continues to set an impressive awards pace with 13 nominations for House of Cards, 12 for the prison comedy Orange is the New Black (pictured), and one for Ricky Gervais in Derek. Netflix received 31 total nominations.
AMC’s Breaking Bad is up for its last batch of Emmy Statues, having concluded its run last fall. The show was nominated for 16 Emmys including best drama series, with its top three actors — Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, and Aaron Paul — all receiving nominations.
This year’s Emmy competition features plenty of big-screen names, from Kevin Spacey on House of Cards to Oscar best actor Matthew McConaughey in True Detective. Not to be outdone, President Barack Obama helped the Web series Between Two Ferns earn a nomination for short-format live-action program thanks to his appearance on the Zach Galifianakis Web series.
Modern Family
Orange Is the New Black
Silicon Valley
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
William H. Macy, Shameless
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Tony Hale, Veep
Julie Bowen, Modern Family
Anna Chlumsky, Veep
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New Black
Downton Abbey
Game of Thrones
House of Cards
Mad Men
True Detective
BEST ACTOR IN A DRAMA SERIES: Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA SERIES: Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex
Claire Danes, Homeland
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin, Homeland
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey
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