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Kevin Jonas and wife Danielle chat with Access Hollywood.com about their new reality show. What convinced them to do it? Are they worried about the reality show curse affecting their marriage? And is there pressure for them to crank out a baby Jonas?
It's from a couple of days ago but I didn't see it posted. I have a feeling Kevin will be doing all the talking on the reality show as Danielle isn't the greatest interview subject...
A new report reveals the couple is no longer speaking — Rob’s more heartbroken than ever after she cheated with Rupert Sanders!
Kristen Stewart‘s heartbreaking affair with Rupert Sanders absolutely devastated Robert Pattinson, and now it’s been revealed that Rob is only communicating with her via emotional text messages!
Rob, 26, can’t bear the thought of talking to K-Stew, 22, the Daily Mirror reports.
“Rob is angry –- he’s left the mansion and not spoken to her since,” a source close to the situation says. “They have exchanged heated text messages only.”
What’s the first word that comes to mind when someone says “Michael Bay”? Is it negative? I’m willing to bet that it’s anything from hack to asshole to all style and no substance, and all of those things wouldn’t be too far from the popular consensus. Michael Bay is a genre director who chooses aesthetic appeal and juvenile, brain-dead humor over the core emotional drama of his movies, and that’s a driving force for this negativity. His movies range from bad to decent, to pretty good, to absolutely awful with little to no projects that fall in-between. He has no gems, flawless masterpieces or works of art in his collection of films and he probably never will. When he tries to tackle heavier subject matter that needs to grip audiences emotionally he fails miserably (Pearl Harbor). His best flicks bring little creativity to the world of movies but you could argue that their action scenes and visual appeal are both so striking and so distinctive that they look better than 95% of other movies in that genre. Seriously, this man knows how to shoot the living crap out of a chase scene. It’s undeniable that he has a talent for chaos and carnage but the problem is that he can’t get out of his own way. Instead of focusing on pure thrill rides like we know he’s capable of bringing us he tries to add humor and drama into his movies that turn them into a muddled mess. You can compare Transformers (a guilty, fun pleasure) to Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (a convoluted, clunky, offensive mess) and know exactly what I’m talking about. He needs to stay in his comfort zone and focus on the fun and carefree experience of a thrilling action movie instead of trying to reinvent the genre.
When you look at Bay’s earlier work it feel that his projects have a simple and interesting narrative with a collection of memorable characters. Are they flawed? Of course they are, but they’re fun and much easier to watch and enjoy then his jumbled, bursting-at-the-seems mess of a Transformers franchise. Bad Boys and Bad Boys II gave us a great comedic team-up that packed a hell of a punch in the action genre. With Armageddon he gave us a patriotic underdog movie with a rag-tag group of cast-offs going from zeroes to heroes and saving the world. The Rock, known to most as Michael Bay’s best and most audacious work, is a relentless and engaging movie that owns a spot in the Criterion Collection and seems to have turned into an action movie staple. The Island is a rare and creatively underrated SciFi/Action mash-up that offers one of the best ensemble casts in Bay’s arsenal. Though the movie lacks “soul” at times, it’s interesting and fast paced enough to keep you thoroughly engaged in the story as well as the spectacle. Even the first Transformers movie sort of fits this mold, even if it does stray further away from his traditional projects. It has the right mix of comedy (that seems appropriate), action and dramatic punch that works in a cohesive enough pattern to give us a fun summer blockbuster. Those 5 movies aren’t popular with critics or getting nominated come award season but they are visually stimulating an action crowd that feeds off of these movies. In those 5 films alone you get Bruce Willis, Sean Connery, Nicholas Cage, Will Smith, Billy Bob-Thornton, Scarlet Johansson, Ed Harris, Ben Affleck and Steve Buscemi. Wow. That’s some damn talented actors and there are a ton of smaller but well-known performers in those movies as well. They’re harmlessly relentless thrill rides that have their fair share of movie fans both with the general public and the cinephile community. Armageddon is a B-movie disaster flick loaded with humor, a great cast, a damn good soundtrack and some visually stylistic action scenes, not to mention some genuinely moving moments. It’s the perfect “love/hate” movie that Bay has become so used to being associated with. When I look at Michael Bay I see someone promising dumb, over the top and obnoxiously loud action movies, and delivering on that promise. He doesn’t beat around the bush and say that they’re Academy Award hopefuls or small indie dramas. He tells it like it is and gives the people that want visually striking, loud, shallow movies, exactly that. So when did he get the perception of a cinema-killing hack of a director? Two words: Giant Robots.
The last 2 Transformers movies failed to capture an emotional core because the human characters are throwaways and the robots don’t get enough development, so these movies have turned into the quintessential Michael Bay turnoff. Why? Well, because their fan base genuinely consists of the younger, ADD-crazed teenage crowd that cares for nothing more than mayhem, Call of Duty and poop jokes.
And that’s what they’re directly associated with.
He turned a franchise that could’ve been something really special into a franchise that runs on product placement, loud noises and infantile humor. They’re riddled with horrible acting, plot holes, pace-killing moments of comedy, throw away characters, subplots that go nowhere and some overly complicated action scenes. My eyeballs want to vomit everytime Bay gives us a sequence of more than two robots fighting at the same time. It’s confusing at times, hard to follow in others and drawn out as a whole. Those movies suffer from “George Lucas Syndrome” where every single frame has so much crammed into it that your mind has no idea where to look or how to react. The first movie tempered this idea and managed to give us a decent blend of action, comedy and enthusiastic chase sequences. When they raised the scale (and budget) of the next two we were treated to bogged down action movies that were too ambitious for their own good. When you throw in the poop jokes and racially offensive humor of the stereotyping variety you get the recipe for utter disaster.
Those movies aside this guy really has a solid lineup of explosive fanfare that delivers to fans what they’re looking for in an action movie. He offers them the ability to escape and see some gorgeously stylistic chase scenes coupled with your standard characterizations that get the plot moving from point A to Point B. Zack Snyder is throwing feces like Sucker Punch in our faces but gets a free pass because.. well, why isn’t he getting blasted as much as Michael Bay? He gave us women in skin-tight fetishistic school girl outfits fighting gigantic dragons, Nazis and robots in front of a green screen with painfully boring CGI but people are eating it up and praising it as original artistry. No Thanks. That movie was just as bad as the last two Transformers movies but flew under the radar in terms of overly negative feedback.
One of the things that is criminally overlooked about Michael Bay is his use of stunt work and minimal reliance on computer generated images. He seems to only use CGI when it’s needed in context with the story. He built an asteroid set for Armageddon in place of a green screen with a CGI backdrop. He filmed on location for The Rock and built massive set pieces for The Island and Transformers. He totals tons of vehicles, buildings, and stationery objects and opts for real explosives and stunt work instead of digitized fire and cartoonish looking human designs. Too many action movies these days suffer from computer-generated sequences that stick out like a sore thumb and make them look like video game cut-scenes. We as movie fans are constantly criticizing filmmakers for the abundance of CGI in their projects but don’t step back and look at what Michael Bay does with every single movie. Look at the highway chase scene from The Island and tell me that it’s not better than 90% of the CGI car race we got from the 4th Fast and the Furious movie. Even in the Transformers series he filmed real stunt work and explosives but added in the robots later in post-production. A majority of the time something is exploding in The Transformers movies it’s actual smoke and pyrotechnics instead of computer generated explosives, and that’s why it looks so realistic compared to other movies. I love that he uses CGI as a tool instead of a medium and he never gets the praise he rightly deserves for it. I also appreciate his work-ethic behind the lens and his commitment to delivering the most thrilling and organic performances possible. He’s notoriously hard on his actors and puts them through vigorous training regimen to get into peak physical condition. Why? Because he wants to film everything as real as possible and often uses actors in place of stunt-men in his movies. He also works hand in hand with the United States military and a lot of the extras in his action scenes are active-duty or now retired veterans. He brings as much detail as possible to his movies and it’s nice to see someone reaching out to our armed forces and having a patriotic love for their country (and it shows in his trademark flag-waving screenshots).
At the end of the day everyone has their own opinion on Michael Bay and mine is that he makes a wide variety of movies that range from downright terrible to surprisingly effective. I think he gets a ton of flack for his egotistical and immature personality that translated terribly on screen with the last 2 Transformers movies, but there’s more to him than that series. Deep down I believe that there’s a brilliant action movie lurking inside of his mind that may never get out. It certainly won’t if he keeps getting caught up with the Transformers franchise and pushing complicated CGI robot models instead of a story-telling narrative and emotional core. Will we ever see something great from Michael Bay? Who knows. Maybe we already did. Maybe his best work was something as fundamentally sound but inherently flawed as The Rock. People seem to really view that movie as his best work so maybe that was the only time it all came together for him.. and unfortunately it happened at the beginning of his career instead of the middle. So, how do you feel about Michael Bay?
Who are your favourite Playmates, ONTD?
Harry Potter star Rupert Grint talks to Metro about the Olympics, faking playing the guitar for CBGB and having his own ice-cream van
How did you end up being an Olympic torch-bearer?
It was through Lloyds. They nominated me. I’ve always loved the Olympics and it’s exciting it’s in London. It was a complete surprise but a great honour. I’ve kept the torch. I might put it on display. I’ll find a use for it. I’m not the most athletic person so it’s probably the only time I’m going to run this year. I’ve got tickets for the swimming and some athletics – I can’t remember what the events are.
Some people say spending £15billion on it is a waste of money – have you got any thoughts?
It’s a lot of money, isn’t it? But I’m a big supporter. It’s worth it.
What do you get up to in your forthcoming film CBGB?
It’s about the New York club CBGB and the punk scene of the time. I play a guitarist called Cheetah Chrome who was in a band called The Dead Boys. I had to be a rock star. It was refreshing. He’s a snotty-nosed punk rebelling against everything and quite morose – he’s the complete opposite of Ron. I’m still finding it strange breaking out of the whole Harry Potter thing because it was such a huge part of my life.
You’ve also recently worked with Shia LaBeouf – what was that like?
That was the film before CBGB – The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. That’s quite a strange one. Shia LaBeouf plays a character who travels around the world. It’s quite a drug-fuelled journey and he meets various crazy characters along the way. I play a character he meets in a youth hostel. I can’t give away what he does but it was quite a transition for me.
Have you been actively looking for stuff that’s dissimilar to Ron?
The roles have just come up but it’s always quite an attractive thing to move away from things connected to the wizard world. They’re quite low-budget films, which I enjoy. It’s a very different process to the huge machines of the Potter films. They’re more rough and ready and I feel part of the team. They don’t have the same weird hierarchy, which I found uncomfortable.
What sort of hierarchy?
Just getting a chair with your name on and having a trailer. Stuff like that. On smaller films, you’re all in it together. It’s weird how actors are put on a pedestal – we’re part of the crew like anyone else and everyone has their job to do on a film set.
What was playing a real person like for CBGB?
Cheetah Chrome was actually on set. It’s the first time I’ve played a real person and there’s a pressure to get it right. I also have to play the guitar, which I can’t do – I was faking it. I learned the chords and rough shapes but you won’t see my hands too much in the film. It’s amazing he’s still alive, given the amount of drugs he did. He’s got a young son who was a big Harry Potter fan, so it was nice to meet him. Cheetah had some advice about my performance and I had to get his voice right – he had quite a distinctive drug-affected mumbling voice and I had to do an American accent. We’re both ginger so look similar. Hopefully people will buy it.
Do you miss Harry Potter or is it a relief its over?
I go through different feelings. It was ten years of my life and it could get a bit suffocating – everything was Harry Potter. It’s nice to step away but part of me will always miss it because it was great fun and I miss working with the same crew.
Do you watch your own performances?
Yes but not out of choice. I’ll watch things once. I only ever watched the Potter films at the premieres. I’ll watch short bits if they’re on TV. When I see clips from the first one I think I look ridiculously small. It doesn’t feel that long ago in some ways. I’m proud to be part of it but watching it is a different story.
(probably because they've fucked Ron up so badly and he can't bear the travesty)
Who have you learnt the most from working with?
Harry Potter was like going to film school. We worked with a different director for each film so got to learn their different approaches. The cast was amazing, too – Alan Rickman, Gary Oldman, Julie Walters – they’re all great people. You learn just from watching them work.
Did they give you any specific advice?
I had a problem with laughing during serious scenes. For some reason, I found Dumbledore’s death absolutely hilarious. Alan taught me if you completely relax your face, it’s difficult to laugh so that was good tip.
You’ve got some unusual pets – which are your favourites?
The miniature donkeys are quite cool – Shakespeare and Pandora. You can’t ride them, they’re too small but they make a cool noise.
What’s been your most extravagant purchase?
An ice cream van. I’ve had it for a while now. It’s pretty special. It’s a 1970s one and I did it up – a new paint job and it’s got all the ice cream stuff in it. I can’t park it anywhere because people start queuing up so I keep it at home in the garage.
Andrea Cremer Inks Erotica Book Deal
YA author Andrea Cremer has landed a book deal with Penguin Group (USA)’s Dutton imprint to write an erotica trilogy for adults. The not-yet-titled first book will be available in October 2013.
Cremer established her career as a YA author with the Nightshade trilogy, a fantasy series starring teen werewolves. The new adult books will be set in this Nightshade universe.
According to Publisher’s Weekly, Dutton publisher Brian Tart negotiated the deal with InkWell Management literary agents Richard Pine and Charlie Olsen. Associate editor Jessica Horvath will edit the books.
Fan fiction writers have certainly been known to add an erotic spin to some of their favorite books. What do you think?
Philomel Books, an imprint at Penguin Young Readers Group, published all three original Nightshade books. In August, Cremer will release a Nightshade prequel called Rift. A second prequel called Rise will follow in summer 2013. Prior to her full-time writing career, Cremer worked as a history professor.
YA and erotica should not cross. Fifty Shades of Grey has inspired authors to come out of the woodwork with erotica stories, and writing erotica in a world that was a bestseller with tweens? This is just not going to end well, but hell, it'll be a bestseller, mark my words. Especially when it's clearly a cash grab in the wake of Fifty Shades. Twelve year olds reading erotica just creeps me out.
Zooey Deschanel Getting Some Frozen Yogurt at Menchie's with screenwriter Jamie Linden. July 28, 2012.
lol he got a parking ticket.
Oh. I see he didn't opened the door for her....
While Paris Hilton may currently be enjoying a summer vacation in Europe (even angels need a holiday once in a while), that hasn't stopped others from talking about the hugely successful entrepreneur. DJ Poet, who has been working with Paris on her long delayed, and eagerly awaited sophomore album, spoke to Hollyscoop about the pop culture revolutionist..
Featuring appearances by Snoop Dogg, Riff Raff & Dirt Nasty
During Robert's rebellion, what brought a simple smuggler like Davos to take sides in the war by helping Stannis and the starving garrison at Storm's End?
(George laughs) Simple: onions. He had onions to sell. He could have taken them to King's Landing, but he wouldn't have made much from them. But Stannis and his men were dying of starvation. It was clear that Stannis would be willing to pay their weight in gold, so he took the chance.
Everything else contains MASSIVE spoilers so follow the cut...
Will we learn more about Rhaegar in the next book? Why did he take almost a year to join the fight against the rebels, or why did he kidnap Lyanna?
You will learn more, but I can't promise it'll be in the next book. Keep reading.
Is there a closer relationship between the children of the forest and the Others than there might seem to be?
Possibly, possibly. It's a topic that will be developing as the story continues, and so I can't say much more right now.
At the end of A Storm of Swords we learned that Jon Arryn was poisoned by Lysa at the instigation of Littlefinger, but who ordered the death of Ser Hugh of the Vale? Cersei? Littlefinger?
It could very well have been either of the two, that's for you to decide. But, it could also just have been a Gregor thing. He's a murderous brute, and really needs no reason to kill someone.
If Doran and Mellario had discussed the reasons for why he wanted to send his children away, why did she leave?
Well... this marriage, unlike the other marriages in the saga, wasn't a political marriage, nor one to win alliances. It was a love match. Doran was a prince, and he was attractive when younger, and Mellario fell in love with him. Just like in real life, two people are attracted, and they join their lives together. But later, love can start to fade, and the things that separate you can start to drive you apart. Also, the culture Mellario came from -- Norvos -- didn't have this custom of fostering children away, and she couldn't accept it. All of these things were a part of it, and in the end nothing could keep her in Dorne any longer.
There's a story in the books about a horn that can raise krakens from the deep. Will we ever see a kraken?
Hmm... it's possible. Not a very great possibility, but it exists.
Regarding the dead direwolf and her pups: was this a sign from the gods, or from the three eyed crow? Some also see some symbolism in the way the direwolf died, with a stag's antler in her throat presaging a Stark-Baratheon conflict.
Man, I think this is something for the readers to solve. If it is a symbol that I've worked on and that I put in the book with a certain subtlety it's because I'm making suggestions. And if I put suggestions or clues, I did it on purpose. What I'm not about to do now is (starts singing and making gestures with his arms): "It's a symbooooool! It's a symboooooool!" so that it jumps on the reader's faces. Each reader has to read the story and decide if this is a symbol, what it symbolizes and what it means. I think this is part of what one must look for in a work of art: that it is complex, that it has a well-formed structure and that it is relatively ambiguous, so that each reader can have his/her own experience.
The Starks do have distant relatives, the problem is to define what "distant" means. There are relatives like the Karstarks, who have their own keep and are basically a lineage created by a second son who wasn't an heir of House Stark, but this was over a thousand years ago. Yes it's true that the Starks were united with other families. In fact, it was mentioned in one of the books that when Robb believes that Bran and Rickon are dead there was a conversation with his mother, because even though he had just married Jeyne, he needed and heir and yet he hadn't produced one yet. He told his mother: "Mother, I need an heir", she answers: "Well, yes, we have a close relative... the closest we have is a descendant from an old aunt of yours - aunt not in the sense of the same generation, but a grandaunt or what have you - who married a noble from the Vale. This is the closest there is to a Stark heir", and Robb tells her: "No, there is someone else, who is closer to me", and his mother says to him: "No. Your closest relative is your cousin from the Vale". Both characters are saying something clearly, with no need to make explicit what each one is trying to say.
But as I say, there are different relationships between different characters and the problem is the legitimacy of the claim of certain characters to the throne, in the sense that in Westeros, after all, wars are started because of things like these. If they say "No, I'm the heir because I'm from two generations since a certain option", "Yes, but I'm from three generations since this other, closer, option", etc... By things like these, by questioning who has more right than the other to a throne, there have been wars in Westeros.
It's true that the Starks have recently grown scarcer, in the last generations there aren't many of them. Some say that it could be because all of Ned's siblings are dead. Brandon died before he could have children, Lyanna is dead too and Benjen is sworn to the Night's Watch, so he can't have heirs either. Maybe it is also due to the fact that their father, Rickard, was an only son and we have to go back as to why he was an only son. Either way, it is possible that I'm wrong about some of the details, because I'm saying them by memory. At home I have my little cards, my family tree to check this information, because I can't always remember the difference between people.
It's true that currently there are many more Lannisters. One has to consider also that in the North there have been revolts frequently, that there have been many rebel lords in the past, who had problems with the Kings Beyond the Wall, with the whole Skagos episode and all that happened in the last 100 years. All of this influenced in the fact that maybe there aren't as many Starks as there were in the past.
Jaqen refers to the Red God, and elsewhere to the god of fire. Is he referring to R'hllor? When we see Arya being educated by the Faceless Men, R'hllor doesn't seem to be particularly important to them.
(George thinks for a moment) Well, remember when Jaqen names him: he had very nearly died in flames inside the cart. So it makes sense.
As you know, they were slaves who fled from Valyria and they found a place as far away from Valyria that they could get. What basically happened was that a Valyrian fleet, which was rowed by slaves, was taken over by the slaves after they mutined. And they decided to get as far away to the north as they could, sailing through the narrow sea to find a refuge. The founded Braavos and kept the city secret for about a hundred years. For those first hundred years, practically no one knew of the city's existence. Because the city is founded by slaves, it's not a homogenous population, there were slaves from all sorts of different places with different ethnicities, different homelands, different customs, different religions. So they create a new religion, one with one god that can be applied to all the other fatihs and is tolerant of all the other faiths. Braavos has people of all kinds, all ethnicities and colors, so there's no standard appearance for a Braavosi because it's a conglomerate of differnet people. In the case of the Lyseni, they do have distinct ethnic features because it was a Valyrian colony: it was only and entirely Valyrian, so the Lyseni have common features with the Valyrians. It's another religion, the moonsingers, and they basically continue to follow this religion that I discussed, that's very tolerant and open. They were very important in the founding and early history of Braavos, but they still exist to this day. Beyond that, I don't expect they'll have much importance to the present story.... and where's Elio when I need him?
Were Varys and Illyrio aware of the betrothal contract that Prince Doran and Ser Willem Darry had made? And why didn't Darry or someone tell Viserys about this agreement before his death?
To the first question: no. As to the second, Viserys was an immature child when it was decided, and he wasn't ready for the information.
Arthur Dayne has been presented as the quintessential chivalrous knight. How could he support the atrocities of Aerys, that even Jaime was horrified by?
Well... keep reading.
Could you tell us some of the family words for those families we haven't seen yet, for example the words of House Frey?
I'd have to see whether I've created those words, I can't remember off-hand. I've a mountain of notecards at my home where I put down all this information. You have to realize I've made up more than 400 houses, and I haven't created words for all o them yet. I make them when I need them. Where's Elio when I need him?
Could you tell us something of what happened in the relationship between the first Daenerys, Daemon Blackfyre, and the prince of Dorne?
Despite Daemon and Daenerys being in love, her brother the king, Daeron the Good, was more concerned with matters of state than matters of love. There had been many years of fighting with Dorne, and failure to bring them into the Seven Kingdoms while not being able to keep them from harassing the Seven Kingdoms. So he realized that where violence failed, perhaps marriage could bring an end to hostilites and so he uses his sister to make an alliance with the prince of Dorne. It's a political marriage, pure and simple, a convenient marriage to guarantee a union between Dorne and the Seven Kingdoms. And also, he prefers to give his sister to the prince of Dorne over a bastard brother with whom he'd already had a few clashes and whom too many people were looking one as a legitimate claimant to the throne or rightful king. That was the straw that broke the camel's back, and helps lead to Daemon becoming the first Blackfyre Pretender.
In A Dance with Dragons, we learn more about Brandon Stark and his interest in women, similar to Robert's. Did Brandon have any bastards as well?
It's exaggeration to say that Brandon died before making a son. It has been established in the book already that Brandon didn't die a virgin. It could be that he has conceived many Snows all over, boys or girls, among all the lands he visited and more, could be that there's a Snow yet out there. What's clear is that he left no legitimate heir, conceived within the bonds of marriage.
The Targaryens saved themselves from the Doom of Valyria by going to Dragonstone with their dragons. But there are other Valyrian descendants in other places that don't seem to have dragons. Were the Targaryens the only ones?
Yes. It's safe to say that the Targaryens were the only nobles with dragons who escaped the destruction of Valyria,.
Now that we know how the "Meereenese knot" played out, what was the problem with this? For example, was it the order in which Dany met various characters, or who, when, and how someone would try to take the dragons?
An essential part in the development of Dance and the series is to see what was happening in Mereen. Basically, the story of Dany is there, once she arrives what she wants is to take control and become Queen, but she has a series of problems..
For starters, the rebellion of the Son's of the Harpy with almost-terrorist attacks and stealthy assassinations on the street, which creates instability in her court. On the other side she has the external danger with her Yunkish enemies, who have rearmed and are preparing and alliance, and sending emissaries to parley with her and make her submit to their wishes. There is also the situation in Astapor, she had sacked the city but from the ruins a new King emerged who proposes marriage to create and alliance between the two cities.
There is also the decision of whether open the fight pits or not (Remembering she has to try to calm the Yunkish noblemen), Daenerys is trying to solve this problems to settle her power as she tries to find different solutions and different agreements. For example, there is Daxos's offer with his thirteen ships fleet, which she rejects, therefore going from possible ally to enemy and trying to blockade the city. All this creates instability in the city and outside the walls the Yunkish are preparing for battle with a ready army.
Dany's hand is one of the most valuable assets along the novel, different men seek her favor, Hizdahr, for example, which is the favorite among the Mereenese nobles to make a reconciliation. Or Daario, this dangerous and charismatic mercenary, the only one who really gets her interest. On top all this is the plague ravaging the city and the releasing of the dragons..
There is also a series of characters going towards Meereen to take into account, there's Quentyn Martell, Tyrion, Victarion Greyjoy with his iron fleet, archmaester Marwyn of Oldtown an Aegon with the Golden Company. There's also to stand out the situation in Volantis, which didn't happen to be as it was expected.
What worried me about this matters was knowing when each of this characters arrived to the city. When they arrived depended of when and where they departed from, and the medium of transportation. For that I had to consult what I wrote on Storm and Feast. Logically, I'm not hand tied and can take certain liberties, I can make some of the ones who departed later to arrive earlier by saying that one of the others had a drift, a shipwreck or an attack or whatever. But I did needed to exactly control the chronology and moment of arrival of each one of them, because each arrival has an impact in the dramatic development of the plot.
If Qentyn arrives with his marriage proposal much before Dany gets married, or if he arrives after she is already married, logically the result is going to be very different. So in order to know how everything would work out, I wrote those two possibilities, and finally also a third: That Quentyn arrives a day before the wedding, when there was practically no time to change anything. As you can see, all this changes the different dynamics of the group.
And on top of all of that, there is the return of Drogon, where Dany makes the decision of reopening the fighting pits that have been closed for decades, this decision initially was going to be the first chapter of Dance, before Dance was a separate book from Feast.
I know the answer I'm giving you is a bit ambiguous and I'm drifting a little, but basically I'm trying to transmit to you the uncertainty and bewilderment I had at the time, trying to solve this situation... And that's why I always talked about of the knot. The material could only be one, I needed to develop correctly each one of the situations because they had influence in the general argument of the novel. In the end I got all of them to arrive but one, who finally, doesn't even appear in the book.
Why did Melisandre seek out Stannis? Did she see him in her flames and decided to seek him out on her own, or is she on a mission on behalf of the red priests? It doesn't seem at any point as if the latter is the case, when you compare to Moqorro who has been sent out by the priesthood.
You're right. Melisandre has gone to Stannis entirely on her own, and has her own agenda.
Dragonstone is basically a volcanic island and because of this, the deeper you go into its caverns, the hotter it is... but could there be something of ancient Valyrian magic in its depths that accounts for this heat?
If you look at how the citadel of Dragonstone was built and how in some of its structures the stone was shaped in some fashion with magic... yes, it's safe to say that there's something of Valyrian magic still present.
We see marriages that are almost always between families seeking to ally themselves to one another. Given this context, it always seemed strange that the marriage of Tywin Lannister was to a first cousin, and even stranger when you consider how pragmatic and ambitious Tywin was. Or was it truly a love match?
(George apparently pauses for a long time before answering.) Well.... it could have been just for love, sure. But you might also consider that he may have been motivated by the same things as the Targaryens: he didn't want to unite his blood with that of some other family, so as to maintain purity. That way you can keep the blood pure, and avoid problems like different aspirants who are related trying to for the throne or to take over the house. If you have five brothers in a generation and each one has sons, in a couple of generations you'll find thirty possible heirs. That creates conflict, because they'll be involved in fights over inheritance so they can get closer to the throne. In the end, that's what was the origin of the War of the Roses: an excess of candidates for the throne, descended from Edward III. It's as bad to have no heirs, as happened to Henry VIII, a it is to have to many. If you've five brothers and want to avoid problems, it's not a bad idea that the heir through primogeniture marries another member of the family to avoid these conflicts and keep the blood united. So that could have been Tywin's motivation. It's also possible that his father Tytos arranged the marriage, or possibly even Tywin's grandfather. it depends on the exact moment of the betrothal, and I can't remember off-hand.
Is there any chance we'll see Valyria?
Well.... there may be. Not a great chance, mind you. The question is, is it going to be a look at Valyria now, or Valyria in the past?
jenna can disappear for all i care.
Pitbull went to Kodiak, Alaska on Monday because of a contest by Walmart. The contest was about which Walmart could get more likes on Facebook and some people thought it would be cool to send Pitbull to a random Walmart, this prank was elaborated by David Thorpe from Something Awful and the chosen Walmart was in Kodiak, Alaska
After Kodiak was declared winner, Pitbull sent a youtube video thanking Thorpe for the opportunity to visit Kodiak and invited him to visit the place too. And guess who was there to check out Pitbull?? David Thorpe himself
"Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer." Sun-tzu.
Nice weather in Kodiak today ;)
Pitbull, whose real name is Armando Christian Perez, wrote on Twitter that he heard in the establishment of Kodiak bears sold the repellent.
And now what everyone wants to see. Pics
David Thorpe's twitter, Pitbull's twitter, Pitbull's facebook, Walmart Kodiak's facebook,, my local newspaper
I personally think is really cool he kept his word and also invited Thorpe, too bad we are not that lucky and bears didn't want him
Hope has a stipulation for Liam before she decides to take him back and this one is going to blow your mind and so Loganish that we'll see the bitch in Hope grow. What of Steffy? Will she finally give up and walk away? No one know at this time because TPTB keep changing things at the last minute due to fans disgust with this particular story.
If you are a Marcus and Dayzee fan get ready for some interesting twists coming our way let's just say that Marcus isn't the only one that may be a father soon.
Plans are in the works to bring back Deacon, but we were told months ago that Brooke would be putting Deacon in his place the last time he came back and ironically Brooke and Deacon never had even one scene together. I guess we all know who we can thank for that one, but this time I'm hearing that TPTB are considering going full steam ahead because of the sinking ratings and the fact that he only has 1 guaranteed year left. There may be a certain diva crying
With the recent turn of events and new Executive Producer and Head Writer at Y&R it should be interesting to see how Genie Francis and Jill Farren Phelps get along. It was stated back in the GH days that Jill and probably ABC refused to give Genie her 3 month vacation like Geary always gets over at GH which made her decision to leave GH? What will happen when these two come face to face.
Sharon feels alienated because Victor is having a hissy fit that Jack and Nikki are getting married, but that doesn't stop Victor from marrying Sharon, quite the contrary.
Victor informs Kyle of Nikki and Jack's wedding which seems a bit off the wall in my opinion, explain to me how Kyle does not know this is going to happen?
It appeared that MAB and co had no intention of ending Sharon and Victor. We will see what happens with the new writing team. It is hard to believe that they will continue with this boring couple. Neither one of them will recover from this perverted relationship especially now that they actually marry.
Well it looks like Ewen is not who he seems to be but I am betting many of you knew that all ready. Now the question is who is Ewen working for? Is he a Cassadine and working for Helena? Ron Cavarlati is retaining parts of Ewen's connection to Helena. Or is there another enemy he answers to? Look for a surprise return but just briefly of a certain character who has come and gone several times and has caused so much havoc that on this return is there to inform that toxins running a muck, this is soon to be huge mystery that is the major umbrella story that involves Robin and many many more.
Keep you eye on the hospital there are many things we do not know about it yet, like how was Robin taken out of GH, and is there toxins in certain characters? Will this story tie back to mental patients, so I am hearing. If all goes as sources are saying this may tie into OLTL (no surprise there) when Irene Manning had a most successful experiment in memory alteration with Todd and Victor Manning. And as we have seen last week Robin looks to be going down that same path. Hopefully RC will be tying OLTL and GH villains together.
Still hearing September is the month to pay attention to, Florencia Lozano (Tea) will be back taping very soon as my information held Llanview sets would first air in the new time slot. I was told to expect a huge cliffhanger for the Friday before the new time slot change.
Joe Scully is setting up business in Port Charles. He is now moving in, big time, on Sonny's territory, and his one supporter just might be Johnny.
Jason faces jail time after evidence emerges implicating him in the death of Franco. Because of his brain issues, he is sent to Ferncliff rather than Pentonville. Guess who he runs into there?
Forget the Olympics, because the ex games have officially commenced!
Amid reports that Demi Moore has found a new man, her eventually-to-be ex-husband Ashton Kutcher has stepped out once again with former That '70s Show costar and rumored girlfriend, Mila Kunis. The two have said they are only "friends," but could this latest night on the town be their officially coming out? Hardly. The duo was caught leaving Duplex on Third restaurant in West Hollywood, after enjoying what some reports are calling a "romantic dinner together." We've learned the event wasn't exactly the quaint date night it seemed.
What would their celeb couples name be ONTD? Ku2, KuKu, Mishton? Whatever it is it would be ridiculous imo
Sources: 1 2 3 4 5
Ashton and Mila joined approximately 300 guests for the official Jobs wrap party, including costars Lenny Jacobson, Lesley Ann Warren and Dermot Mulroney as well as Sean "Diddy" Combs. We're told that guests munched on hors d'oeuvres such as lamb meatballs and grilled cheese sandwiches while sipping on raspberry mojitos.
The rumored couple seemed surprised—and not particularly pleased, in Mila's case—to be photographed exiting the party together, as they've spent considerable energy to reinforce the idea that they're just pals. "Friends" who like to steal secret kisses when they think no one
And on the other side of the country, Demi fueled rumors of romance when she was recently spotted out on the town in Connecticut laughing over lunch with actor Martin Henderson, though sources have since revealed to E! News the two are simply friends and their supposed romantic East Coast getaway was a group affair.
And while they may actually only be friends for now, photos of Demi and Henderson—who, at 37, is 12 years her junior—dining at Nine Main Bakery and Deli seem to support claims that they two seemed "very comfortable with each other."
Between these two exes, that's a lot of palling around. But surely they've all seen Mila's flick Friends with Benefits, right?
When news broke that Rupert Sanders had cheated on his wife, Liberty Ross, with his leading lady Kristen Stewart, Liberty stayed relatively quiet as we wondered if her marriage was over. As we’ve just learned, she’s actually giving her cheating husband a second chance. Perhaps this explains why he’s just been seen still wearing his wedding ring?
A source close to Liberty tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively, “Liberty has decided to give Rupert a second chance because of the kids.” Liberty, 33, and Rupert, 41, have two children together: daughter Sykla, 7, and son Tennyson, 5.
But the children aren’t the only reason Liberty is giving Rupert an opportunity for redemption. Our source reveals that Rupert has agreed to go to couple’s counseling. “Liberty has not been happy in the relationship for some time. When they moved to Los Angeles, she felt very isolated and neglected,” our source explained. Just weeks before news of the affair broke, Liberty said the same during an interview with YOU magazine. “I went from the glamour of working with Karl Lagerfeld and John Galliano to living on an isolated hilltop, with my husband gone most of the time,” she said during the interview.
Hopefully counseling will provide Liberty and Rupert the strength to repair their relationship, if that’s they both want.
Madonna's rep has already clarified that fans got exactly as much Madge as they were supposed to last week when the singer played a special 45-minute set at Paris' legendary l'Olympia club.
Then, over the weekend, Madonna stepped forward herself to clear up the confusion with a statement in which she explained that the flap over the show was not caused by her die-hard fans, but by some knuckleheads who conspired to ruin her special night.
"Playing the Olympia was a magical moment for me and it was real treat to do this special show for my fans and be so close to them," the 53-year-old pop icon wrote. "Unfortunately at the end of the show - after I left the stage - a few thugs who were not my fans rushed the stage and started throwing plastic bottles pretending to be angry fans. The press reports have focused on this and not the joyous aspect of the evening. But nothing can take away or ruin this very special evening for me and my fans. When I looked out in the audience, everyone I saw had a smile on their face. I look forward to having this wonderful experience again."
Last week on “Louie,” Louie met a fetching, adorable bookkeeper, played by Parker Posey, and asked her out on date. On last night’s episode, they went on that date, and what seemed like it might be a cute, lighthearted romantic comedy-inflected storyline got much more complicated. Parker’s character turned out to be both darker and more complex than Louie guessed, energetic but also sad, possibly an alcoholic, and carrying around an untold amount of psychic baggage. As the two walked around the city on a long date that included stops at Russ & Daughters, a clothing store where Louie tried on a dress, a pharmacy where they bought a prescription for a homeless man, and a trek up to the rooftop of a skyscraper, they revealed and hid themselves from each other.
I spoke with Posey about the two episodes, her character, the way people can surprise you — and how Louie was being a creep.
Were you a “Louie” fan before appearing on the show?
I had just seen clips before I did the show. I met Louis when we did a benefit reading for the school where his kids go. We did it right before the holidays to raise money for the school and there was a little party just next door to the theater, and we all sat around and had a few drinks, and he said, “I think I’d like you to play my therapist on my show,” because I was playing a therapist in the reading, and I was like “that would be great!”
I couldn’t wait, because I thought what he was doing was something that was missing on television. And a couple of days later we hung out and then he went into his cage and came out with these episodes.
In which you are not playing his therapist.
It’s interesting, because I think in a way she’s a therapist for him. She’s a lot of different people. She’s the one that’s changing him, waking him up to something, getting him out of his head and seeing something. You’re always wondering if Louie’s going to see what’s in front of him. She is trying to help him.
Over the course of the two episodes the character changes a lot, as we learn more about her. The first episode she seems to be this very adorable bookseller, and then we learn she’s much darker, sadder and complicated than we, and Louie, imagined.
Yeah, this idea that people aren’t who we think they are when we meet them, and there’s actually a lot more to them than we could ever imagine, and what’s attractive about that? You meet someone and you’re like, “Oh my god, this guy’s together on the outside,” and then on the inside, you know, is a haunted house. It’s a haunted house and you can’t imagine what happened to them as a child. I think it’s kind of true to life this idea of meeting someone and having them be much more passionate and dynamic than you could ever imagine. You don’t really know how a person’s going to affect you.
When you were reading the script, did you know your arc, or were you surprised at how sad the character became?
You know, I don’t remember. He was explaining it to me just as stories that he’d heard from his own life about this girl who was sick. The core came from a real person who had this outlook on life, to live in spite of what’s going on inside of her, this joie de vivre. She goes about her life trying to instill this desire in people. And then there’s Louie, this character who doesn’t even want to run up a flight of stairs. And she’s the one that’s changing him.
But even though there is the joie de vivre, there’s also so much sadness. In the scene on the roof at the end of the episode she says, “I’m having too good a time” to consider suicide, but then her face falls, what was going on in that moment?
She’s haunted. That’s what you see in that moment is not someone pretending so much but, you know, something that came up that made her shut all the doors. That kind of depth of pain in someone can be very real, and the happiness and the force that you see in how much she wants to live and connect is medicine. She’s reaching out. All of that is to save herself. You heard about her cancer, right? She tells him everything, she really opened up. And I don’t know if you’ve ever seen this, but a person can frost over. Like, I said too much!
It’s also unsettling because she’s talking about suicide and even though she doesn’t jump and even though she’s saying how much she doesn’t want to jump, as she’s talking it becomes very clear that …
Right. So it just ends very close to this very real, really dark thing.
Good. That’s great. I think it’s great, it sounds like you liked it. As a woman it’s like, Thank god for “Louie” and Lena and “Girls.” In comparison with most of what we have it’s like, it’s so dynamic, it’s so compelling and this breath of fresh air. But in a really classic way. It’s like little 22-minute independent movies.
In the episode, it seems like she has a much better handle on who Louie is than on who she is. Does he see her, or does he just see this woman who he thinks is out of his league?
I think guys can think, how do I learn to dominate someone who is hot? That is what these guys can do. But women are different and her attraction to Louie isn’t just to what he looks like, it’s that he’s funny and that’s what’s attractive. But then the way that he’s being funny is — he doesn’t see her at all! And I think she goes out on this little journey with him to play a part, to lose herself. I mean she has the potency in this situation. But he doesn’t see her at all, at all. Some of these guys can’t see past their nose.
He’s too wrapped up in his own insecurities to really look at her.
And he’s a creep too!
He’s a creep?
You don’t think he’s a creep? He’s like skulking in there in a bookstore? Are you kidding? He’s telling her who she is! It’s somewhat sadistic, right? I mean he’s already written her dialogue for her. He comes up to her and he’s talking and what he’s saying is just like a mouthful of what he thinks she’s thinking. And she goes, ‘Yeah, I’ll go along, I’ll be your projection,’ you know?
Does she actually like him, too?
I think, yeah, she likes him. I think she likes him but I also think she really wants to help him. I think she’s really trying to show that things can be exciting, to help a stranger, to have him go with his instincts.
You mentioned some of this character was based on a person Louis knew. Were you thinking of a real person?
It feels like Hal Ashby and “Harold and Maude” to me, the tone and what happens when people take each other by surprise, what that connection is and how it happens. It felt like a composite of Ruth Gordon from “Harold and Maude,” and there’s kind of Mary Poppins, Mary Tyler Moore too, like is this for real? Is she for real? What’s going on? What’s going on inside of this person? I had no idea! These people you meet in the city that have come from so many places, to reinvent themselves, to reinvent the moment, to change, to transform situations, she’s that. It’s a thing that is very particular to this city. And especially in Woody Allen. People have more dimensions to them than we give them credit for. The person you meet on the street that you think is someone and it’s someone else. I’m mistaken for someone else all the time.
Like, for someone who is not Parker Posey?
Mm-hmm. Or, like, I met a girl outside of a cafe and I thought she was someone else, and I was like, “Are you …?” And she said no. Her name was Catherine. And I said, “Here’s someone who is your doppelganger, someone who looks just like you.” And she said, “Is her name Elaine?” And that’s who I meant.
And I’ve had people say things like, “You live in my building.” “No I don’t, I promise, my name is Parker.” “No, you don’t, you live in my building.” That’s a little different for me because I’m, I don’t know what, a famous person. But people do have that thing, like the scene in the bar is this idea too, that you can be mistaken for someone else here in the city. It can be read as like she’s someone who desperately needs to have a drink or not.
Oh, that’s interesting because that scene played to me totally like the bartender really knew her and was cutting her off from the previous night, not like she was mistaken for someone else.
I don’t know, but I think it’s interesting. I’m so happy to play this part. Acting is a really strange thing to do, it’s very strange. I love this character, this woman. She had a lot going on. And that’s what people are missing in what they watch; a lot of television lacks who people are, right? And that’s because it’s a formatted genre, mostly procedural, but comedies have a format to them too. But what Louie does is give breadth to characters that he feels are real and funny and sad. She did make me sad.
She made me sad.
There’s something going on with her. There’s something going on! What’s going on with her? You know, it’s so interesting, we’re having a talk about a character and you’re going, “Are you really sad?” It’s almost like we’re not used to watching this kind of thing, right? She’s fun to talk about.
From "somewhere" in Albany, Louie executive producer and star Louis CK greeted members of the Television Critics Association Saturday with his thoughts on fashion, comedy and FX's standards and practices division.
Here's a look at the many topics he tackled during his half hour before the press.
On Comedy’s Boundaries
It is rare for FX to have to reign CK in. “I’m like a dog with a shock collar. You can take the collar off after a while; I know where the fence is,” he said via satellite (CK is en route to the Adirondacks to retrieve his daughter from sleepaway camp), recognizing the valuable “service” that the net’s standards and practices division provides. Still, exceptions exist, including a bit that was potentially offensive to Catholics in the God episode earlier in the series’ run. “It certainly didn’t upset me any,” CK said of FX Networks president John Landgraf’s note, “because he’s usually right.”
On His Emmy Record
If people expected CK to start gushing about his seven Emmy nominations (for both his FX series and his stand-up special), they don’t know CK. The very idea of records and competition, he said, should be “more of an athletics things.” Not that he isn’t flattered, and pleased for his cast and network. “The record was previously held by David Lynch, who was a big hero of mine,” he added. “To take something away from him is bittersweet.”
On CK’s Personal TV Habits
When CK is asked about his favorite TV shows, the roomful of TV reporters anticipate titles like Sons of Anarchy, Breaking Bad or Curb your Enthusiasm. Instead, CK starts praising Lifetime’s Project Runway. “I love it because I actually really enjoy fashion… And I love that Tim Gunn guy. He’s got a really great work either,” he quips, adding that he’ll watch big-tent competition shows like American Idol and America’s Got Talent, too. “I’m a real sucker for very maudlin emotional stuff,” he said, claiming he used to “cry like a baby” while watching Deal or No Deal.
On his Stand Up Future
To hear him tell it, CK will never stop doing stand-up. In addition to loving the format and the comedic inspiration born out of the live experience, he acknowledged that he still makes “way more money” on tour than he does on TV. "Stand-up takes the pressure off of doing other things," he continued. What’s more, it keeps his “blood moving” and is what he argues he’s best at.
Other Louie Imitations
Following on Landgraf’s stated desire to have more multi-dimensional comedians sign on to do Louie-like shows, CK was asked who would be capable. He mentions a multi-hyphenate like Chris Rock, who appeared earlier in the day to peddle Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. His advice for those who attempt the model: “You’ve got to educate yourself technically,” he allowed, noting the importance of respecting the craft and knowing how such things as cameras work. “Some people draw a line between the technical and the creative, and that’s a mistake.”
Louie post! How great has this season been? With every episode it gets better and better.
The Hayemaker, who has been admiring the actor’s impressive frame, said: “Me and Tom Hardy, that would be a good fight for sure.
“He has got in fantastic shape — he looks like an absolute tank. He can be my next opponent.”
And with a cheeky wink and a smile, Tom has agreed — on the condition any money raised goes to Help for Heroes, the Prince’s Trust, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Bowel Cancer Research and homeless charity FLACK.
I’m sure there would be no shortage of money in the pot to see this one happen for charity.
Tommy told me: “Hardy v Hayemaker? No problem. Let me take my make-up off first. I’ll fight him as soon as I get back from the Congo with my mates if he wants.
“I’ve never fought a professional heavyweight, it’ll be an experience.
“I would obviously prefer my first professional fight to be against someone in my weight category but hey-ho.”
And with a cheeky grin, he added: “Let’s have it. We all know how this is going to end don’t we... not good for Tommy.
“I’ll have Clay O’Shea as trainer and Joe Calzaghe on cuts in my corner.”
Tom’s not short of bottle. When not filming, he goes off with his ex-SAS and RAF mates to places like Afghanistan and the Congo.
He also co-owns Raven’s Wing, under Pilgrims Group, a company providing seriously handy lads to look after people in dangerous places.
He bulked up to play hellraising prisoner Charles Bronson a few years back in a chilling performance. His ’tache was impressive, too. And he got in incredible shape for Warrior, playing ex-soldier Tommy Conlon in a brutal cage-fighting story. He was brilliant in that film — utterly convincing as a mixed martial fighter.
And he carried that on as Batman’s terrifying nemesis Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. He’s being tipped for big honours in the years to come. But he played himself down, joking: “This is sort of like Mickey Rourke. But Mickey’s a better actor and boxer than me. How about singing lessons instead?”
The Hayemaker is desperate to make it as an actor. I’m sure he’d be up for a masterclass from one of the best Brits in the business right now.
Thurston Moore Joins Black Metal Band Twilight
Recording a new album for Century Media, out this fall
In his post (?) Sonic Youth career, Thurston Moore has taken a bit of an aesthetic turn: he's joined the black metal supergroup Twilight. Nachtmystium guitarist/vocalist Blake Judd, also a member of Twilight, revealed this in an interview with the 1st Five.
For their upcoming album, out this fall on Century Media, the Twilight lineup will consist of Moore, Judd, producer Sanford Parker, Stavros Giannopoulos from the Atlas Moth, Wrest of Leviathan, and Imperial from Krieg. Judd told the 1st Five that he hopes to get Isis' Aaron Turner, Lichens' Rob Lowe, and Malefic of Xasthur to also contribute.
Judd told the 1st Five:
You know Century Media could offer us a hundred thousand dollars to make that Twilight record and say: 'Blake, you get ninety percent of that money but Thurston Moore's not gonna be on the record, or, you can be on it and we'll give you ten grand and that's what you have to make it work.' And I would, I would take the ten grand and work with Thurston. That's like how much I love Sonic Youth.
Judd alluded to Moore's involvement in an interview with Brandon Stosuy for a recent "Show No Mercy" column, and explained how they met:
Pitchfork: It's the same lineup as the last record?
BJ: Pretty much. I know [the Atlas Moth's] Stavros [Giannopoulos] and Sanford will be involved and there's talk of Thurston Moore being involved. He was really interested in doing it and he's a big black metal fan. Sanford knows him because his old studio was run with a guy named Jeremy Lemos who was Sonic Youth's sound man for a long time, so that's our connection to them. Sanford had spoken to him when we were doing the last album about maybe getting involved. Timing wasn't right then, but he said he was super interested in doing something down the line. So if we add anybody else, that's who it will be.
Moore is also playing with his new Matador-signed band Chelsea Light Moving, which he fronts. Just over a week ago, Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo told the BBC that the band is preparing archival recordings and films for release.
Watch Thurston Moore perform his solo track "Benediction" at last year's Pitchfork Music Festival: