Everything to Know About the Downton Abbey Movie — Including When It's Coming Out!

The Crawleys are moving on to bigger and better things than their castle — the silver screen!

The acclaimed PBS “Masterpiece” series Downton Abbey, which ended its run in 2015, is making a comeback as a big screen adaptation, with production to start this summer.

On Wednesday, Focus Features announced the film continuation of the beloved award-winning series will hit North American theaters on September 19, 2019. Internationally, the film will debut on September 13, 2019.

Welcome back to Downton! We’re thrilled to announce that #DowntonAbbey is coming to the big screen. Film production begins this summer.

— Downton Abbey (@DowntonAbbey) July 13, 2018

The television series, which won three Golden Globe Awards and 15 Primetime Emmy awards during its six-season run, took place in the 20th century and followed the lives of the elite Crawley family and the servants who worked in their home.

Though plot details on the film have yet to be announced, the original cast is set to appear in the upcoming film, including Michelle Dockery, Maggie Smith, Hugh Bonneville and more.

Brian Percival, who directed the original series pilot, as well as notable films such as The Book Thief (2013) and About a Girl (2001), will also be returning to direct the highly anticipated film.

“Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family’s next chapter,” Focus Features chairman Peter Kujawski said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen.”

To much surprise, Lily James, who starred as Lady Rose MacClane on Abbey confirmed to PEOPLE that she will not be featured in the movie.

“I’m sadly not, but I’m so excited for it — I’m going to be front row,” James, 29, said.

WATCH: Take a Look at the Downton Abbey Exhibition 

The British actress, who stars in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, in theaters on Friday, explained why bringing her character back into the movie would not make much sense: “My character Rose moved off to New York, so it would be farfetched to bring her back.”

“I would have loved to have come back for a scene, but for a movie it can’t be like a Christmas special and it needs to be a focused storyline,” Jame

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NeNe Leakes Says Husband Gregg Is Doing 'Really, Really Well' After 5-Hour Cancer Surgery

NeNe Leakes Says Husband Gregg Is Doing 'Really, Really Well' After 5-Hour Cancer Surgery

Gregg Leakes is recovering after undergoing a 5-hour surgery for his cancer treatment, his wife NeNe Leakes said Tuesday.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, who went public with his health diagnosis back in June, had the surgery on Monday. The exact procedure — along with which form of cancer he’s been battling — has been kept private for now. 

Prior to surgery, NeNe had asked fans on Instagram to keep Gregg in their thoughts.

“My hunni is having what we hope and pray is his last surgery towards a full recovery today!” she wrote. “It will be a long surgery so we are asking you to pray for the surgeon’s hands, pray for Gregg’s comfort please! Prayers, strength, peace and kindness for myself, his children and family during this time! Amen (come on pray warriors🙌🏾).”

She later did an Instagram Live, showing Gregg’s hospital bed being wheeled into his room after surgery, where his family and friends were waiting. “The hard part is over,” NeNe, 51, said. “Now it’s time to heal.”

Back at home on Tuesday, she told her followers in another Instagram Live that “Gregg is doing really, really well” though had asked for no visitors on Wednesday so he could “reset and get himself together.”

“His surgery was very long — longer than we expected. He came out of surgery about 7:45 p.m. last night,” NeNe said. “He’s doing really good. He looked amazing when he came out of surgery, actually. He looked really, really good.”

“Today he’s really, really, really, really sore, so he’s not doing much of anything,” she continued, explaining that he was still getting fluids through an IV. “He’s super sore. … Other than that, he’s doing really, really well.”

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Celebrated my hubby’s blessed Bday dinner last nite! Love you @greggleakes ❤

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Gregg, 64, is expected to remain in the

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Watch Brett Kavanaugh Joke in 2015: 'What Happens at Georgetown Prep Stays at Georgetown Prep'

As Brett Kavanaugh prepares to testify before the Senate Monday about a sexual misconduct allegation, an old joke he made about his high school days is resurfacing.

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump‘s Supreme Court nominee, of pinning her down to a bed, groping her and trying to remove her clothes at a high school party in the early 1980s. Ford, a 51-year-old research psychologist and professor at Palo Alto University, will also testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.

In a 2015 speech at the Catholic University of America’s law school, Kavanaugh said that he and some friends “had a good saying that we’ve held firm to, to this day, as the dean was reminding me before the talk, which is, ‘What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep.’

“That’s been a good thing for all of us, I think,” he added to laughter from the crowd.

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted a video of the moment on Tuesday, writing, “I can’t imagine any parent accepting this view. Is this really what America wants in its next Supreme Court Justice?”

Brett Kavanaugh talking about his high school in 2015: “What happens at Georgetown Prep, stays at Georgetown Prep.”

I can't imagine any parent accepting this view. Is this really what America wants in its next Supreme Court Justice?

— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 18, 2018

Ford, who wrote a letter about the alleged incident to Sen. Dianne Feinstein in July, also told The Washington Post that Kavanaugh covered her mouth when she started to scream. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”

Ford said that she managed to escape when Kavanaugh’s friend, Mark Judge, who she said was in the room at the time, jumped on them. Judge told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday that he has “no memory of the alleged incident” and does not want to testify.

“Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford’s letter. More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes,” Judge said in a statement to the committee.


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2 Mental Health Patients Drown in Florence Flood While Being Transported in Back of Sheriff's Van

2 Mental Health Patients Drown in Florence Flood While Being Transported in Back of Sheriff's Van

Two women in South Carolina drowned when the vehicle they were being transported in was swept away by floodwaters caused by Hurricane Florence, the Horry County Sheriff Office confirmed to ABC 4.

On Tuesday night, two Horry County sheriffs were transporting two mental-health patients to medical facilities in Florence and Darlington when floodwaters overtook the van and carried it off of the road, the department said in a statement. The deputies tried to rescue the women, who were in chained restraints, but they could not open the doors to the vehicle as the waters surged.

“Despite persistent and ongoing efforts,” the statement from the sheriff’s office reads, “floodwater rose rapidly and the deputies were unable to open the doors to reach the individuals inside the van.”

The Horry County Sheriff Office has yet to respond to PEOPLE’s requests for comment.

As of Tuesday night, the van could not be retrieved from the area. The Marion County Coroner identified the two patients as Windy Newton, 45, of Shallotte, North Carolina, and Nicolette Green, 43, of Myrtle Beach.

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The two deputies were later rescued from atop the van by a high-water rescue team.

The van was traveling in the area of the Little Pee Dee River, which CBS News says is a body of water officials in South Carolina have been keeping watch on for flooding following the heavy rains of Florence.

“We are currently working with the SCDNR to recover the vehicle,” Horry County Sheriff Phillip Thompson said on Wednesday morning. “Due to dangerous conditions and rising waters, additional search and rescue teams are arriving to assist in the recovery of the vehicle.”

According to ABC 4, the two women may have been in chained restraints in the rear of the vehicle.

“Just like you, we have questions we want answered,” the department said on Tuesday. “We are fully cooperating with the State Law Enforcement Division to support their investigation of this event.”

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The department is working with the State Law Enforcement Divis

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Demi Lovato's Mom Breaks Silence on Overdose: 'We Didn't Know If She Was Going to Make It'

Demi Lovato's Mom Breaks Silence on Overdose: 'We Didn't Know If She Was Going to Make It'

Demi Lovato‘s mother Dianna De La Garza is opening up for the first time about the harrowing overdose that left the singer fighting for her life last July.

La Garza, who has detailed her family’s struggles in her memoir Falling with Wings: A Mother's Story, says she first learned of the health crisis through a phone call from Lovato’s then-assistant, Kelsey Kershner.

“She said, ‘Demi overdosed,'” De La Garza recalled in an interview with NewsMax TV on Tuesday. “I was in shock. I didn’t know what to say. It was just something that I never, ever expected to hear as a parent, about any of my kids. And I hesitated to ask, but I had to ask her — I remember it just seemed like the words took forever to come out of my mouth. I said, ‘Is she OK?'”

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De La Garza continued, “ stopped for a second, and she said, ‘She’s conscious but she’s not talking.’ And so I knew that we that we were in trouble.”

The shock rendered her unable to drive herself to the hospital, so De La Garza tapped her eldest daughter Dallas to take them to Lovato’s room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

“We got there as quickly as we could. Dallas, Madison and I jumped out of the car and ran into the emergency room to be by her side and she just didn’t look good at all. She was in bad shape but I said to her, ‘Demi, I’m here; I love you.’ And at that point she said, ‘I love you too.’ So from that point on I never allowed myself to think that things wouldn’t be OK.”

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Over the next few days, while her daughter was held in critical condition, De La Garza says she relied on her faith to help her though. “We just didn’t know for two days if she was going to make it or not.”

In addition to the swift work from medical professionals, De La Garza credits Lovato’s survival to “the millions of prayers that went up that day.”

Lovato, 26, remained in the hospital for more than a week before she was released on Aug. 4 to enter an in-patient treatment facility.

“I can honestly say today that she is doing reall

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