Another Downton Abbey Movie Is in the Works—Here’s What We Know

The Downton Abbey movie surprised and delighted longtime fans when it hit theaters in September. The film gave us so many big screen gems—a ballroom scene, a royal plot line, tons of Violet Crawley zingers. It was so well received, in fact, that a second film is in the works. The news was confirmed in November 2019 by a producer. Here’s what we know about it so far:

The cast wants to work together again.

The Downton Abbey regulars have talked about how much fun it was to get the team back together for the movie. Michelle Dockery, who plays eldest Crawley sister Mary, indicated that she definitely welcomes another chance to work with the cast. “Because we loved doing it so much, [when we wrapped] it was definitely that feeling like, Oh, we could do this again, and it would be wonderful to all get back together,” she told *Harper’s Bazaar*. She added that a lot of it would be up to the film’s reception, which has been great so far. “We have such a good time. But that really depends on how it’s received. It will be really interesting to see the reaction,” she said.

Joanne Froggatt, who plays Anna Bates, also seemed excited about the idea and said that, to her, the story “never ends.” But she added, “I guess it’s down to the fans, isn’t it? I mean, if it’s popular and people love it, and, of course, there’s scope to do something else.”

Writer Julian Fellows is already thinking about ideas.

The Sun also reports that the show’s writer, Julian Fellowes, is already writing a script. He didn’t confirm or deny the rumors, telling *Vanity Fair* simply, “I mean, I wouldn’t mind making another film. We were very happy making this one. So let’s see what happens.”

Allen Leech, the actor who plays Tom Branson, made it clear to the Hollywood Reporter that Fellowes is prolific and probably already finalizing a plot. “What I love about what Julian always does is when it looks like he’s finishing a storyline, he’s actually starting one,” he said. “It would be very interesting to see what would happen. I think we would all be up for it. It all comes down to how this one does. If people really love it and there really is an appetite, then why wouldn’t we do it?”

This Awkward Dakota Johnson and Ellen DeGeneres Interview Will Keep You Up at Night

Most people know Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele from Fifty Shades of Grey, but I know her as “celebrity who gives the most iconic interviews on talk shows.” Seriously, if you haven’t gone down a Dakota Johnson interview hole, then I strongly suggest you do. She is refreshingly unfiltered with a dry, almost awkward sense of humor. Look at this clip from The Tonight Show—when she shut down Jimmy Fallon for not letting her talk—or her acceptance speech from the 2016 People’s Choice Awards as proof. (Before getting to the microphone she had a slight wardrobe malfunction and said, “It’s not like nobody here hasn’t already seen my boobs.”)

The latest example of Johnson’s quick wit happened last week during her interview on The Ellen Show. Host Ellen DeGeneres claimed Johnson didn’t invite her to her birthday party in early October—which Johnson countered in a cheeky, deadpan tone.

“Actually, no. That’s not the truth, Ellen. You were invited,” Johnson said. “Last time I was on the show, last year, you gave me a bunch of shit about not inviting you, but I didn’t even know you wanted to be invited.”

“Who doesn’t want to be invited to a party?” DeGeneres asked, to which Johnson said, “Well, I didn’t even know you liked me.”

“Of course, I like you! You know I like you! You’ve been on the show many times,” DeGeneres replied.

But Johnson contests that she did invite DeGeneres to her party. Their exchange gets even more hilariously awkward from there, with DeGeneres ultimately realizing she was out of town the weekend of Johnson’s birthday. (A few people have pointed out Johnson’s party was the same weekend DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi were photographed at a football game in Dallas with former president George W. Bush.)

Watch the interview for yourself, below:

Twitter is having an absolute field day with this—though it’s important to note there probably wasn’t any actual tension between Johnson and DeGeneres, as some have suggested. This was clearly just a funny miscommunication between two celebs, and Johnson’s sense of humor just gave off the illusion of awkwardness. Nevertheless, the reactions are gold.

One thing is for sure: You can count on Ellen DeGeneres attending Dakota Johnson’s birthday party next year.

The 11 Best Cyber Monday Luxury Beauty Deals in 2019: Violet Grey, SkinStore, & More

As someone who writes about things you should be adding to cart, and happens to sit riiight next to the Glamour beauty team, I’m lucky enough to test out some of the most talked about skin care products on the market (read: the Tatchas and Tata Harpers of the world).

Other than, you know, great skin, the outcome of said exposure is that I’ve developed an obsession with the luxury skin care products you’d find at places like Violet Grey and SkinStore—and as much as I’d like to buy them whenever I want, I’d rather wait to get them on sale because, you know…bills and such.

Enter Cyber Week 2019. While it’s mostly known as the day to buy the best tech on Amazon, I see it as the perfect time to load up on Cyber Monday luxury beauty deals. I’m talking about the skin care products you actually use until the very last drop. The ones that are actually worth the full-price tag—except today. Ahead, check out the 11 Cyber Monday luxury beauty deals you’ll regret not taking advantage of.

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

The 11 Best Cyber Monday Luxury Beauty Deals in 2019: Violet Grey, SkinStore, and More

As someone who writes about things you should be adding to cart, and happens to sit riiight next to the Glamour beauty team, I’m lucky enough to test out some of the most talked about skin care products on the market (read: the Tatchas and Tata Harpers of the world).

Other than, you know, great skin, the outcome of said exposure is that I’ve developed an obsession with the luxury skin care products you’d find at places like Violet Grey and SkinStore—and as much as I’d like to buy them whenever I want, I’d rather wait to get them on sale because, you know…bills and such.

Enter Cyber Week 2019. While it’s mostly known as the day to buy the best tech on Amazon, I see it as the perfect time to load up on Cyber Monday luxury beauty deals. I’m talking about the skin care products you actually use until the very last drop. The ones that are actually worth the full-price tag—except today. Ahead, check out the 11 Cyber Monday luxury beauty deals you’ll regret not taking advantage of.

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.

Khloé Kardashian’s Response to Tristan Thompson Saying ‘I Love You’ Is So Awkward

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have been estranged ever since earlier this year, when news broke that he and Kylie Jenner‘s best friend, Jordyn Woods, kissed at a party. The two of them play nice for the sake of their daughter, True, but they very much are not a couple right now. Remember in April, when that video of Kardashian ignoring Thompson at True’s first birthday party went viral? That about sums up their relationship status.

But something happened on this week’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians that’s even more awkward. In one scene, we see Kardashian FaceTiming True and Thompson from Connecticut. When Thompson ends the conversation by saying, “I love you,” Kardashian’s response is a bit tense. All she says is “Thank you.”

The reply is so icy, in fact, that Kardashian’s friend Malika Haqq calls her out for it. “I love you. ‘Thank you,'” she says in the clip, laughing.

“I don’t know what to say,” Kardashian says. “I just think now, I’ve already seen how this ride goes, and I don’t enjoy it. Why would I want to do it for a third time?”

Watch this go down for yourself in the video, below. The episode aired this past Sunday on E!

Khloé Kardashian has been quite open with her followers and fans about the Tristan Thompson-Jordyn Woods situation. “This has been an awful week & I know everyone is sick of hearing about it all (as am I). I’m a rollercoaster of emotions & have said things I shouldn’t have. Honestly, Tristan cheating on me & humiliating me, wasn’t such a shock as the first time,” she tweeted shortly after the incident happened.

The reality star continued, “What’s been harder & more painful is being hurt by someone so close to me. Someone whom I love & treat like a little sister. But Jordyn is not to be blamed for the breakup of my family. This was Tristan’s fault. I have to move on with my life & count my blessings, my family, my health, & my beautiful baby True.”

Keeping Up With the Kardashians airs Sundays at 9 P.M. on E!

Khloé Kardashian’s Response to Tristan Thompson’s Saying ‘I Love You’ Is So Awkward

Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson have been estranged ever since earlier this year, when news broke that he and Kylie Jenner‘s best friend, Jordyn Woods, kissed at a party. The two of them play nice for the sake of their daughter, True, but they very much are not a couple right now. Remember in April, when that video of Kardashian ignoring Thompson at True’s first birthday party went viral? That about sums up their relationship status.

But something happened on this week’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians that’s even more awkward. In one scene, we see Kardashian FaceTiming True and Thompson from Connecticut. When Thompson ends the conversation by saying, “I love you,” Kardashian’s response is a bit tense. All she says is “Thank you.”

The reply is so icy, in fact, that Kardashian’s friend Malika Haqq calls her out for it. “I love you. ‘Thank you,'” she says in the clip, laughing.

“I don’t know what to say,” Kardashian says. “I just think now, I’ve already seen how this ride goes, and I don’t enjoy it. Why would I want to do it for a third time?”

Watch this go down for yourself in the video, below. The episode aired this past Sunday on E!

Khloé Kardashian has been quite open with her followers and fans about the Tristan Thompson-Jordyn Woods situation. “This has been an awful week & I know everyone is sick of hearing about it all (as am I). I’m a rollercoaster of emotions & have said things I shouldn’t have. Honestly, Tristan cheating on me & humiliating me, wasn’t such a shock as the first time,” she tweeted shortly after the incident happened.

The reality star continued, “What’s been harder & more painful is being hurt by someone so close to me. Someone whom I love & treat like a little sister. But Jordyn is not to be blamed for the breakup of my family. This was Tristan’s fault. I have to move on with my life & count my blessings, my family, my health, & my beautiful baby True.”

Keeping Up With the Kardashians airs Sundays at 9 P.M. on E!

‘Red, White & Royal Blue’ Did the Unthinkable. Then it Went Viral.

Romance is a billion-dollar industry. In 2016, these novels made up 23% of the overall fiction market, and they consistently out-perform all other genres. But while we’ve reclaimed the rom-com in film, these books are still often relegated to being “guilty pleasures,” or considered “mommy porn.” This week we’re discussing these overlooked, often powerfully feminist books—that just so happen to have a happy ending.

It spread like wildfire. First there was Twitter chatter, then came the New York Times bestseller list, and soon a film adaptation was in the works. Red, White & Royal Blue is the little novel that could. Without an Instagram endorsement from Reese Witherspoon, a shout out on Today from Jenna Bush Hager, or any major traditional publicity pushes, Casey McQuiston’s debut romance novel about the first son of the United States and the Prince of Wales managed to do what few books in any genre manage—it went viral. With seven printings and 100,000 copies in circulation, the book’s popularity was fueled the old-fashioned way: word of mouth. (Which I saw the power of first-hand at Glamour. After one editor raved about it, there quickly became a staff-wide waitlist as we circulated one dogeared copy around the office.)

“It’s been amazing. Last week I got an email from an immigration lawyer who was like, ‘Obviously my job is really depressing right now. But I would go home at night and read your book and it would make me happy and give me hope. I’d go back to work with more energy the next day,'” McQuiston tells Glamour. “That’s what I wanted to do. I’m not a legislator. I’m not a lawyer. I’m not an organizer. Those aren’t my skills in this life. But what I can be is the person who creates something that those people can sustain themselves with, or use as an escape.”

Griffin

Red, White & Royal Blue is a world that many of us, understandably, would like to escape into. It’s set in an alternate reality where in 2016, a Democrat from Texas became the first female president of the United States. President Ellen Claremont has the aura of Connie Britton, with the political prowess of Elizabeth Warren. She’s also the mother of Alex Claremont-Diaz: a twenty-something, mixed race, modern-day Kennedy, who begins questioning his sexuality. The story kicks off after Alex accidentally ruins a royal wedding, and is forced to make-nice with his childhood nemesis, Prince Henry of Wales. Alex and Henry pretend they’re best friends for the press and, in a classic rom-com twist, their fake bromance turns into a full-blown “secret romance.”

McQuiston swears that her idea for Red, White & Royal Blue predates the union of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, despite the uncanny parallels. “I feel like I shouted into the universe and the universe shouted back. I was like, ‘Wow, okay, so the youngest prince is going to marry a famous biracial American,” she jokes.

Your Romance Novel Glossary: A-to-Z Terms You Need to Know

Mary Sue: A goody-two-shoes. A character who’s absolutely perfect, with no flaws. She’s beautiful, good at everything, probably a philanthropist—but is super boring and not always fun to read about.

Marriage of Convenience: It’s just until this date or that event, and then we’ll go our separate ways because this is a marriage in name only. Spoiler: it never works out like that.

Mighty Wang: Shorthand for how the story’s heroine will describe the sexual prowess of what romance novelists often call a male’s “throbbing member.”

Mommy Porn: A derogatory term people outside of the romance community will use to describe the genre. It perpetuates the stereotype that romance novels are only for lonely, horny housewives.

M/M: A subgenre of romance novels, that follows the love story between two men. Popular examples include Red, White and Royal Blue and Call Me By Your Name.

Paranormal Romance: Novels set in a fantasy world where science fiction elements are essential to the story.

Regency Romance: A popular subgenre set in England during the early 19th century.

Second Chance at Love: A heroine finds love after loss (or a divorce), like in Eat, Pray, Love or How Stella Got Her Groove Back.

Secret Romance: For whatever reason, the heroine’s relationship needs to be kept under lock and key.

Sexy Billionaire: A Christian Grey-type businessman, who falls in love with an unassuming—and often naive—younger woman, and sweeps her off her feet. These stories have fallen out of popularity post-Me Too.

Slow Burn: How romance fans will describe a story where it takes a while for things to get steamy. The build up is there, and the payoff is great. Or to put it in terms of heat levels: it goes from clean to spicy.

Taboo Romance: A love affair between two people who really shouldn’t be sleeping together. Whether it’s because of their age, prior relationships, or other extenuating circumstances. The hot priest romance in Fleabag is just about as representative of this type of entanglement as you can get.

Samantha Leach is the associate culture editor at Glamour. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @_sleach.

Romance Is a Billion-Dollar Literary Industry. So Why Is It Still So Overlooked?

Still, the genre persists. In 2016, romance made up 23% of the overall fiction market. And these novels, whose readership is 82% female and have a rabid fandom, are more progressive and relevant than ever. “Whatever is going on in the world, and whatever is happening to women or marginalized people, is happening in the pages of romance novels,” says novelist, Washington Post columnist, and co-host of the “Fated Mates” podcast, Sarah MacLean. “But with the promise that everything will be okay. That no matter how bad it gets, happily ever after will come.”

Some of the issues in today’s society we’re currently seeing reflected on the page include, “Stories about immigrants starting businesses in small towns in New York State, or women surviving domestic violence to rebuild their lives. Romance fiction is also becoming more inclusive, with more queer protagonists in different sub-genres, more characters of color, from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and of different religions,” says Wendell.

So this week we’re celebrating these novels in all their glory. From a surprise summer smash hit—the queer love story Red, White & Royal Blue—that took over Twitter and beach blankets across America alike. To the books that should be required reading for those looking to portray sex scenes that are hot and consensual. Or the new crop of novels that look at relationships post-happily ever after. And even an exploration of why sexy male models will always have a place on the cover of a romance novel.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan, a skeptic, or just in need of a good book—follow along as we honor the women and novels dismantling the very idea of a bodice ripper, and making romance one of the most exciting and thoughtful spaces in fiction today.

Samantha Leach is the associate culture editor at Glamour. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @_sleach.

Amazon Cyber Monday Deals 2019: 13 Products That Make Perfect Gifts

It’s the first Monday of December, which means the holidays are here—and so are Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals. It’s the perfect day to splurge on the things you’ve always wanted, and the best time to score on those big-ticket you-shouldn’t-have gifts.

But in case you missed it—though we can’t imagine you did—practically everything on the internet is on sale for Cyber Monday. We know that all this choice can be overwhelming—especially if you’re looking to add a few gifts into the mix—so we went ahead and narrowed the field for you. (At least on Amazon.)

So if your cart is already brimming with discounted boots, designer bags, and luxe beauty buys for yourself, it’s time to handle your gifting situation with Amazon’s Cyber Monday deals. Whether you’re interested in gifting a new Apple product (like the Macbook Air for $300 off—yes, really), a new gaming console for your niece or nephew (we recommend the ridiculously entertaining Nintendo Switch), or a popular beauty set, find the 13 best gifts on sale at Amazon here.

All products featured on Glamour are independently selected by our editors. However, when you buy something through our retail links, we may earn an affiliate commission.