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    The Is It Rape? controversy.

    I don’t want to take anything away from what people experience when they see it, but I think that to call it “rape” is, like, kind of forgetting about what happened before, and who these characters are. That whole relationship all these years has been grabbing these very secret, intense moments of physical intimacy when they could. Cersei didn’t want to have sex there, but she was…I mean, they were both so tormented emotionally. He was in desperate need for her, she was in desperate need for something else, and that happened in the most inappropriate place you could imagine. This is a one-armed man, she’s wearing a lot of clothes, it’s very difficult to...I don’t think it would be possible if she didn’t also play along in some way. But it’s a very tricky thing to talk about, because I understand that people have an experience when they watch it and that’s totally fine. The only thing I know that we wanted is that it was another low point in their relationship. But I think later, when this whole season is over, we’ll revisit their relationship, and then hopefully we’ll add some more depth to that discussion.

    What’s the aftermath of that scene for their relationship?
    She’s trying to make him whole again—she had this hand made for him because she couldn’t bear looking at his stump. And for that moment in the sept when she kisses him, it’s just such a relief, for just a moment she’s back, and he feels that he has her back. But the golden hand comes up to her face and she just can’t hide her disgust. And that’s very hurtful. And he says, “Why did the Gods make me love such a hateful woman?” It’s very complex. What I love about the show is that nothing is black and white—we work in grays.

    That’s why, sometimes, it’s easy to forget about the whole twincest thing and look at them as two people in love.

    We’re not doing social commentary with this. It’s about these people, these very specific, made-up people in this made-up world. But anyway, the aftermath: she wants to control him. She wants him to do what she wants. And he’s always done that in the past, more or less. Now she just wants him to do something that he can’t do—he can’t kill his brother, and he can’t kill Sansa Stark because he’s made a promise. That, of course, is infuriating to Cersei. Then, of course, the Brienne thing. At the wedding he saw that she had a conversation with Cersei, and he knows her well enough. He knows that Brienne is not safe. He has to get her out of there. He gives her the best weapon, and the best armor that he can get, and then he has to send her off. And part of him would like to go along, but he has to stay, he has to fulfill his obligations. And, of course, now his brother is also in this fucked up situation that he has to try to deal with. It’s not a happy family. It’s not a happy place to be.

    So, what is it about his relationship with Brienne that affects him so much, changes him?

    The show is full of people that are never honest. It’s called Game of Thrones, there’s always an angle to whatever people do. Now, suddenly, he meets someone who doesn’t play any angle. She says what she thinks, and she follows up. She’s honest. She’s truthful. That’s, I think, at the core, is the way he sees himself, and the way he wants to be. She helped him reconnect. She has something that he lost, and he lost it after the incident when he became known as the Kingslayer.

    Now he’s stuck watching his brother stand trial for a crime he hasn’t committed.

    It’s horrible! It’s devastating. Jaime does all he can. He’s willing to sacrifice himself in a way, by kind of giving in to Tywin. But also that devastating moment when he goes to Tywin and he realizes this was Tywin’s plan all along. He was just one step ahead. And then Tyrion just can’t hold back, and just basically sentences himself to death, which is horrible. It’s just heartbreaking.

    Right, the trial by combat—Tyrion hasnamed Jaime his champion before.

    Jaime knows if he has to save Tyrion in going up against The Mountain, he’s not going to save Tyrion. He’s going to get killed. He knows that he’s not good enough, and he doubts Bronn is good enough. It’s very difficult for him to see who could beat The Mountain.

    Does he feel responsible for Joffrey’s murder since it happened on his watch?

    I don’t think so. I mean, yeah, he is responsible. It’s the second king that died on his watch, now. The third king, actually. Yeah, it’s not good. He hasn’t got a good track record. But Joffrey had it coming, let’s face it.

    So there's that damaged relationship with their father, but they also both have a damaged relationship with their sister, in different ways.

    Yes. Yes. Wow. There was a lot of discussion after the scene in the crypt! It's funny, because when we did the scene, we thought there was going to be a lot of talk about it, but we always thought it was going to be about the fact that we were having sex in front of Joffrey. I never thought of it as a rape scene.

    In the book, when we get that scene, it doesn't read as rape, at least from Jaime's point of view. But it's a different timeline of events and a different situation on the show.

    Well, the thing about it is, it clearly starts with a lot of emotion, and it's very physical, and it's very aggressive, and I think with the history of their relationship, and the sex they had, and where they had sex ... Of course, with anything, people can take what they want, and what you see is what you see, and how you interpret it is how you interpret it. But we didn't intend it to be just a rape scene. That has nothing to do with that relationship. I mean, the only thing I want to say is, this guy has one hand. It's just not physically possible to ... I just don't think ... She's a very strong woman. It just couldn't happen. I think the point was more, she didn't want it to be there. She doesn't want to do it there. She's saying, "Not here. Not now."

    "Not here, not now, maybe somewhere more romantic? Not next to the corpse of our dead son?"

    [Laughs] Exactly. That doesn't mean she doesn't want to ... Never mind! I don't want to talk too much about this scene, though, because it'll be more interesting to talk about it at the end of this season. Definitely, no matter what, it's a very messed-up relationship that these two people have, that's for sure. And without giving anything away, we explore that relationship more.

    ok tbh i actually think he was less of an idiot in this interview than others, but the whole idea of "its not rape because she didn't fight back" is so gross.

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    You’re probably familiar with the rates by now: One in 10 women will have an abortion by age 20, one in four by age 30 and three in 10 by age 45. It makes it very likely that someone you know has had an abortion in their lifetime.

    Toni Braxton is the latest to reveal that she has had an abortion in the past. In an exclusive Entertainment Tonight interview, the singer revealed more than ten years ago she became pregnant by her then boyfriend, Keri Lewis. At the time she was in the middle of a six-month prescription for Accutane, a prescription acne medication which can cause serious complications in pregnancy.

    She decided to terminate the pregnancy, but admits in her new memoir “Unbreak My Heart” that she would’ve have come to the same conclusion even if she weren’t on the medication. The singer admits her decision was caused more by the refusal to inconvenience her lifestyle than any fear that her fetus had been harmed.

    She confesses that the decision was followed by a huge amount of guilt from being raised in a strictly religious home that did not support abortion. She also admits that when her youngest son Diezel was diagnosed with autism, at times she felt that was God’s way of punishing her. She writes in her memoir,”Is God punishing me for that abortion?” The singer confesses she questioned if her lupus diagnosis and her parents’ messy divorce were God’s payback for her decision.

    We are happy to see more and more women breaking their silence about such a very personal experience so that other women don’t feel so guilty and ashamed. Toni has had a lot of setbacks in her life so it’s nice to see her busy working again.


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    Out on Wednesday!

    source: instagram

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    Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which first appeared in comic books in Marvel Super-Heroes, Issue #18 (Jan. 1969), stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, featuring Vin Diesel as the voice of Groot, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Lee Pace, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Djimon Hounsou, with John C. Reilly, Glenn Close as Commander Rael and Benicio del Toro as The Collector.


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    Things are about to change in a big way for actor Matt Bomer.

    While he’s been on our radar for years now due to his role as con artist Neal Caffrey on USA’s drama “White Collar” and films like “Magic Mike,” nothing will prepare even his most diehard fans for his deeply profound work as Felix Turner in the HBO film, “The Normal Heart,” which premieres Sunday on HBO.

    In the film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s Tony-winning play, Turner is a journalist who meets activist Ned Weeks (Mark Ruffalo) and the two begin a love affair that, given the times of AIDS tearing through the gay community in the early 1980s, goes through some heavily tragic moments. And, as I stated in my recent preview of the film, this is the best work of Bomer’s career and will take him to a new level of work…and, I predict, his first Emmy Award.

    I talked to the actor last week about the challenges in the role, how his kids helped him shave his head as well as filming the final six episodes of “White Collar” and what his perception of marriage is now that he and his husband Simon Halls revealed they took the leap three years ago.

    Watching you play Felix, I felt like this is a whole new level of work I’ve seen you do. Do you feel like that about your work in the film?

    Matt Bomer: I felt so many things. This play has been sort of special to me for over twenty years, so I immediately felt an incredible sense of responsibility to the story and obviously telling Felix’s particular part of that story. So I was terrified, excited…you know, it’s weird but I became an actor by reading Larry Kramer and Tony Kushner and Brecht and Shaw and people like that and so these people changed my world view and educated me and challenged my point of view so when you grow up and you actually get to be a part of a story like that it’s a lot of pressure. But in many ways it’s profoundly liberating because you’re able to be part of something that’s much bigger than you and you’re able to just get out of your own way and try to tell the story.

    Before you actually started shooting, were you scared or were you excited or…?

    MB: One thing that was nice about this particular project was it wasn’t like ‘White Collar’ where sometimes I’d get my lines the morning of or right before we shoot the scene. I first met with Ryan on this project in 2011 so I’ve had some time with the material and I worked so hard on that and put everything that I had into it. I even rented out this grungy little theater space on Santa Monica Boulevard and practiced my scenes there every day on stage.

    And so I was terrified but I felt that I could prepare and shoot to the best of my abilities and then once I met Mark and saw what an incredible human being he is…I knew he was an amazing actor but to also be such an open and heartfelt human being, I knew it was going to be a really comfortable process and so that alleviated a lot of my fears. And then seeing the incredible level of preparation that Ryan [Murphy] brought to the table as a director, it was like, ‘okay, I’m in a safe place to take risks here.’

    In regards to watching you and Mark fall in love on screen, it was so sweet.

    MB: Awwww…

    How did you two work on that because that chemistry has to be there or we’re not going to go on the journey with you but it was definitely there.

    MB: So much of it is due to Mark. When you’re working with a celebrity of that stature the ball is always in their court to make you feel comfortable and make you feel like, ‘oh wow, I’m accepted here at the party.’ He was so gracious and kind to me from day one and I learned so much from working with him.

    We didn’t have a lot of time to rehearse so our main strategy, I guess both of our prep work – I don’t want to say technique – but what we both brought to the table in this film was to stay in character, to relate to each other in character in between takes as well as when the camera was rolling so that when they called action we were already coming from a place that we created before they called action. So if it was an awkward scene we’d be awkward together. If it was an intimate scene we would sit down in close proximity to each other and tell a personal story and it all related to the relationship that was happening in the movie.

    I was watching the first scene you two have in bed together and it made me think about where we came from and, for example, that ‘thirtysomething’ episode ["Strangers" from 1989] when it was such a big deal to see two men in bed together. Did you think about that at all during the filming and how far we’ve come?

    MB: I’m certainly aware of it in my life, I mean, look at the times going on around us. We have an openly gay player in the NFL draft, we have all kinds of walls being broken down every day. So, yeah, I’m aware of it in my life, but I think in my work…certainly when you’re working with somebody that intimately I try not to think about those things that aren’t immediately applicable to the scene. I just was trying to think in terms of this is somebody I’m falling in love with and how do I want to relate to him in this scene. When you start hearing too many voices in your head, ‘oh my God, what’s my Grandma going to think?’ and then you’re not really in the right place as an actor.

    Well your Grandma is going to see your butt. That’s what she’s going to see.

    MB: [laughs] That’s true.

    There it is!

    MB: Yep!

    I remember talking to you after the TCA panel in January and I could tell how moved you were. I think you all had just watched the show the night so it was still very much with you. How does it feel now watching it?

    MB: Again, it’s such a privilege to be a part of this that hopefully a project like this culturally has such a repercussion and has the ability to really…like all of those great plays did for me and this play when I first read it, to challenge people’s point of view and to educate them, to remind them, to remember that horrible time in our history so that it doesn’t happen again or that we can at least be more humane to each other when it does happen again.

    So when you’re lucky enough to be involved with something like that you really do kind of remove your own ego from the equation. When I watched the film I was so invested in the story already that by the time I came on I was more interested in the story than I was any type of personal ego-gratification. It was more just I was very proud to be a part of this story.

    Felix’s final scene. Was that your last scene that you shot?

    MB: I was in the very first scene in the movie that we shot and the very last, and the very last scene that we shot was Felix on the subway train, he gets a glimpse into his future and that was the very last one.

    Tell me about shooting the death scene. What were the different challenges or were you already there because you’d been working on the movie for awhile?

    MB: We had lived with each off these characters for quite some time and so a lot of it was just letting the moment happen and having the courage when the camera was in your face to be there with your fellow actors. After it was done Mark and I just sobbed for like ten minutes holding onto each other because I think to really comprehend the way a generation of people had to say goodbye to each other – this was people’s reality – was so painful and we also had been on a pretty intense journey together and we knew that it was coming to a close. I think it was our last scene together. So it was tough but beautiful to get to be a part of and it’s one of those things. I just feel really lucky that I got to do it with him.

    And I remember you said your kids helped shave your head, right?

    MB: Yes, they did. I had several bald spots shaved on my head in the film because of the chemo treatments, and when I went home I had the option of either completely shaving my head down or letting my hair grow back with the bald spots in it and then maybe shaving it shorter later. It was very liberating to do after something like this so I figured since my kids had been through months of me being ‘hangry’ and they should be a part of helping me shed my skin a little bit.

    Were your kids concerned at all just because they might not have understood what you were doing. I’m sure you looked different to them.

    MB: I did but I prepared them really well. I sat and I spoke to a professional on how to talk to them about this so it’s a real testament to kids’ imaginations because if you’ve read these Flat Stanley books where he’s as flat as a piece of paper, I think that’s what they expected. So when I came back and I’d already lost like, thirty pounds, they’re like, “Oh, I thought you were going to be skinnier than that!” [laughs] I was like ‘What do you want from me?’ They’re all boys so they were really great about it. They never seemed to have a concern.

    Your marriage news came out a couple weeks ago and created a big stir but my question to you is once you got married did it change your opinion of marriage?

    MB: Yeah. There’s a reason why the incredible fight to make it a reality for us is so profound. Beyond just the civil rights of it all and equality, it’s different. It’s different. It’s different for us. It’s different for our kids. One of our kids was so sweet and will sometimes [say] to one of us, ‘I think you need to take your husband on a date night.’ [laughs] It really hit home to them that we were a family and that this was real and it’s like what their other friends’ parents have. It also meant something to us to stand in front of the people who love and support you and be able to make your vows and legitimize something and create a community that supports you and to promise each other to support each other in good times and bad, in sickness and health. It’s profound. It’s real. When you get the certificate it gets real.

    In the best way!

    MB: Yeah.

    You’ll start your last six episodes of ‘White Collar’ soon. Is it going to be a relief, in a way, to get back to Neal after what you’ve gone through with this project? Neil must be a comfortable old shoe to step back into.

    MB: I guess so. Felix has been a really sticky character for me because he changed me as a person, hopefully for the better. So, yeah, I’m excited to get back to ‘White Collar’ but I’m trying to be in the moment now and help bring ‘The Normal Heart’ into the world to the best of my abilities so that I can give it a good send off before I move on and shift gears. Right now I’m still not ready to let go. But I’m very excited about the last season and we’re going to get some real closure on the show.

    “The Normal Heart” airs Sunday, May 25th at 9pm on HBO.


    HBO is getting all the Emmys, tbh.

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    Ryan Giggs has announced his retirement from playing football at the age of 40. The Manchester United and Wales legend confirmed his decision to quit playing after 24 years. He will now become United's assistant manager, after Louis van Gaal was also confirmed as manager earlier today (May 19).

    Giggs is the most decorated player in the English game, winning 13 league title, four FA Cups and two Champions League trophies, among others.

    In a statement, Giggs said: "Today is a fantastic day for Manchester United. Louis van Gaal is a great appointment and let me begin by telling you how delighted I am to be working with someone of his calibre. His credentials are second to none and I'm positive the club will thrive under his leadership over the coming years.

    "I would also like to take this opportunity to announce my retirement from professional football and embark upon a new and exciting chapter in my life, as assistant manager of Manchester United. I am immensely proud, honoured and fortunate to have represented the biggest club in the world 963 times and Wales 64 times.

    "My dream was always to play for Manchester United, and although it saddens me to know I won't be pulling on a United jersey again as a player, I have been lucky enough to have fulfilled that dream playing with some of the best players in the world, working under an incredible manager in Sir Alex Ferguson, and most of all, playing for the greatest fans in world football. I have always felt and appreciated your support."

    He continued: "I want to also give a huge thanks to the backroom staff and support teams we have and have had at Manchester United over the years. I would not have achieved the success I have without your continuing dedication and commitment to creating the best environment to enable the players to thrive.

    "I would not have won 34 trophies in my career without you. I would also like to say a special thanks to my friends and family for all your love and support."

    He ended his open letter by stating: "For me, today is a new chapter filled with many emotions - immense pride, sadness, but most of all, excitement towards the future. United fans I hope will share and echo my belief that the club, the management and owners, are doing everything they can to return this great club to where it belongs, and I hope to be there every step of the way.

    "To the greatest fans in world football, thank you. I have loved every minute of playing for you and representing the biggest and best club in the world."

    Ryan Giggs was appointed interim player-manager at the end of the 2013-14 season, following David Moyes's sacking.

    He was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2009.


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    Game of Thrones’s unfortunately nicknamed Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, might be the most dangerous guy on the show He’s schemed his way from nothing to wealth and influence, and heliterally gets away with murder: Ned Stark (basically), Ros (definitely), Joffrey Baratheon (possibly). But he isn’t so bad! At least according to the actor who plays him, Aidan Gillen. We had Gillen take our villain-themed questionnaire—with some burning GoT questions too, obvs—to learn more about one of the show’s most mysterious characters. Highlights:


    GQ: On a scale of one (Samwell Tarly) to ten (Joffrey Baratheon), how evil is Littlefinger?
    Aidan Gillen: I don't really think of Littlefinger as particularly evil—practical and clever and ruthless, yes. In other people's estimation I may be malicious or evil and probably would score a seven or eight. But that's just me doing what I do. I'd rate a nine or ten, maybe, for determination and execution.

    What’s the trick to conveying ambiguity of Littlefinger’s evilness? Even when he’s doing good—like saving Sansa—his intentions are always questionable.
    I don't know that there's much trickery involved on my part as a performer, as the character is written that way. Ambiguity is indeed a key trait, and a not-uncommon one in the Game of Thrones world. He needs to be ambiguous to ensure access to the various circles that he operates in. As for this infatuation with Sansa everyone keeps going on about? I don't know what that's all about—I do feel a responsibility towards her. Maybe it’s misunderstood. I'd say Littlefinger’s often been misunderstood.

    How has Littlefinger evolved? Has he changed morally?
    I think as time goes on, he gets more secure amid the insecurity of others. He’s calmer and more collected, and can ponder the world and his place in it a little more. Of course, he has always been conscious of his place socially and of climbing up, and outside of, where he'd been expected to reach. I'd say over this season we may see something of a sweeter man—with maybe even a trace of humility.

    Does he ever feel guilt?
    I don’t know that he actively feels guilt, but you never know when it’s going to creep up on you—you can bury bodies in the garden but they're always going to be there, just out in the garden.

    What drives him?
    Early rejection and humiliation. The drive to be in a position that will never happen again.

    Tell us about creating Littlefinger: his mannerisms, his speech, his close-talker ways.
    I first thought of him as some kind of magician—or a politician who thinks of himself as a magician—and two people came to mind, the comic strip character Mandrake the Magician and Peter Mandelson, the British politician who sometimes went by “The Prince of Darkness.” We tried the Mandelson moustache and there was something vaguely
    feline about it, not leonine though, which put me in mind of Top Cat or one of the Aristocats. This also fit in with the outfits, which are quite slinky. I thought he should sound patriarchal, like John Huston in
    Chinatown or a bit Hammer Horror. I also thought that these characteristics should be allowed to shift around from time to time. If I'm leaning in when I speak sometimes it’s just to let the other person know that I want them to hear me properly and because I want to see them, really close.

    rest at the source!!!


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    British Academy Television Awards - BAFTA (May 18h)

    In london on May 19th

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    well hello there handsome <3

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    Obligatory "you touched mah chaaaald"


    You thought fans were kidding when we said Mama Tina put the fear of death in all of them.

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    A man suffering from ‘constipation’ turned out to have a running vibrator in his large intestine.

    Unsurprisingly the patient, who remained anonymous, had been reluctant to tell doctors the reason for his discomfort when visiting a hospital in Fresno, California.

    But after an X-ray it became apparent he had been up to something strange in the bedroom.

    ‘We could see, perfectly, a large object that was lodged in the large intestine,’ said nurse Stevey Pope, who treated the man.

    ‘This is the first time I’ve encountered a running vibrator still inside somebody.’

    It was later revealed by the man’s wife the dildo had become stuck after they ‘got adventurous’.

    ‘Things got out of control and the vibrator got lost inside him,’ Pope added.

    The nurse said if the vibrator had not been removed the man could have suffered a number of problems, including internal bleeding.


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    [WARNING: The following contains spoilers from Sunday's Game of Thrones episode, "Mockingbird." If you haven't watched yet, it's best to sit this one out.]

    Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish finally had to lift a finger.

    On Sunday's Game of Thrones, the wily political schemer killed a third person this season, but this time, he did the honors with his own bare hands. After his clingy wife Lysa (Kate Dickie), the Lady Regent of the Vale, flew into a jealous rage and threatened to throw Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) to her death out of the Moon Door, Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen) intervened.

    "My sweet silly wife, I have only loved one woman, only one my entire life," he told her. But just as she took this as a declaration of love, he clarified, "Your sister [Catelyn Stark]," before shoving her out the Moon Door so she could "fly."

    Littlefinger hasn't balked at the idea of killing people before. After all, he was behind the death of former Hand of the King John Arryn (Lysa's husband), the prostitute Ros (Esme Bianco), King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and poor drunkard Ser Dontos (Tony Way). This is the first time, however, that he actually got his own hands dirty.

    "I guess the closest we got was when he pulled the dagger on Ned Stark (Sean Bean) in Season 1," Gillen tells "What was it about this one? It was just an inspired moment. There's also something else there though. It ties Sansa closer to him. She's there and she is a witness and she also has partaken in this in a way... They've got a secret."

    Check out the rest of our interview with Gillen about Littlefinger, the most dangerous man in Westeros:

    That declaration Littlefinger made is pretty intriguing. We assume he was just using Lysa for her title, but does he still have lingering feelings for the late Catelyn (Michelle Fairley)?

    Aidan Gillen: True love never dies. I mean, he does have quite a neck to even assume that Catelyn would have any feelings for the guy who shows up with Ned Stark's bones in a box as a gift. There's a certain amount of delusion there.

    What is his obsession with Sansa? He's tried to get her to go with him several times already, but this time he succeeded. And he was caught kissing her...
    Gillen: I'd like to think there's a certain amount of good-heartedness in there.Her being Catelyn's daughter, obviously I'd want to look out for her. But [there are] other self-serving reasons as well.

    Does he want her as a political pawn or does some of it have to do with Catelyn?
    Gillen: For sure, and I think Sansa views him as a political pawn too. Or she's probably not thinking politically, but she's playing him. She's becoming something, she's changing. And I think it wouldn't be beyond her to be playing me.

    Does he think of himself as Sansa's mentor? Or perhaps a father figure?
    Gillen: I think kind of a mentor. I think we're also going to see that with Lysa's son Robin Arryn (Lino Facioli) as well. These two young people need some guidance, and I do put myself in that position. I traveled to the Eyrie with Sansa. She assumes this identity, this alias Alayne Stone. She likes it, she likes role playing. It's more like a surrogate avuncular uncle-like relationship.I think a lot of this stuff is complicated.

    Has Littlefinger actually helped her to play the game better?
    Gillen: I think so, yeah. It's quite interesting to see someone else get clever like that. I think she can be surprising. I don't really know what's going to happen with Robin yet either but you can see that there's some of that guidance maybe going to come into play there. And I'd like to think a softer side and that there is somebody in there who is genuinely sweet you know?

    Let's not forget that he was the mastermind behind Joffrey's death, not poor Tyrion. Why did Littlefinger want Joffrey dead?
    Gillen: Joffrey was unstable and already a fascist dictator. Where would we be in 15 or 10 or five years' time? He was just too dangerous.

    So he had Joffrey killed as a public service?
    Gillen: Not really for the good of the realm. Not just for himself. With a facist dictator in power, it's not very chaotic. He thrives on chaos. And we all don't know where this ends either. So there's a certain amount of projection I can do about where it's going, but the final two books haven't been written yet, which is one of the most exciting things about it actually.

    And was killing Ser Dontos just collateral damage for him?
    Gillen: No. I mean I think the line is, "I wouldn't trust a drunk fool." He's untrustworthy. If I could buy him, somebody else could buy him too and probably will. So that's just the way it goes.

    What drives Littlefinger? Why do you think he's so ambitious? He's been such a stealth player up until now.
    Gillen: Rejection and desire. Humiliation early on, very early on. And not just from being a poor kid from the back of beyond, which is what he is, but you know he's been unlucky in love. So, there is something of that in there. It's not really that apparent. It should be apparent that he's been rejected, if you like, by Cately Stark and humiliated then by Brandon Stark and slit from navel to here. I do have a scar there you saw somewhere in season 1.

    It's not just that, but being put down and humiliated by people generally. I don't think it's a quest for absolute power. That's not the drive. It's just to put yourself in a position where people are not going to humiliate you again. He's not totally defensive. There's a lot of glee actually in playing the game the way he's playing it. It's very satisfying to see your longterm plans come to fruition. He's one of the smartest guys in the land. His plans are very well laid, and he sees way further ahead than a lot of other characters, so there's an amount of actually enjoying the game. I don't think it's coincidental that he used the term "chaos is a ladder." We've seen that as the kingdoms become more unstable in the wake of the Red Wedding or some other stuff that comes up, he is calmer and calmer.

    We have to ask: We've heard you speak normally (like on The Wire), but where did you get Littlefinger's dramatic whisper/hoarse growl from? What did you try to infuse into this characterization?
    Gillen: This could be categorized loosely as a fantasy series, very loosely. It's not set in the past. It's not set in medieval England or whatever, but my own accent is a bit modern ... I think what I was going for was a kind of patriarchal thing that something like John Huston had in China Town. I'm not saying that's what I got or that I was trying to pull it off or I did pull it off. It's just something different. There is something about that character that you want people to tell you things. You want to be able to make people feel relaxed or comforted or scared or whatever so you want to have some kind of a voice where you can achieve these different ends with. [LOL OK CARCETTI]

    What do you think of Littlefinger? How far will his ambition take him? Wasn't Lysa's death satisfying?



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    Helena Bonham Carter will star in World War I drama “The Guns of August,” portraying her real-life step-great grandmother Margot Asquith.

    “The Guns of August,” based on the Barbara W. Tuchman book, traces the misunderstandings, missed opportunities and aristocratic follies of the summer of 1914, which led to the outbreak of the First World War.

    Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”) will star as British Prime Minister Henry Herbert Asquith and Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones,” “Terminator: Genesis”) will play Violet Asquith.

    “Downfall” director Oliver Hirschbiegel is attached to direct from a script by  writer-producer Frank Doelger, joint managing director of Rainmark Films.

    Doelger’s producer credits include “Game of Thrones,” “Rome” and “John Adams.”  Production will begin on “The Guns of August” in early 2015.

    Arclight Films has signed a deal to represent sales on “Guns of August” and on Rainmark’s comedy drama “Woolly Faces” from writer-director Pearse Elliott. Both are being presented to buyers for the first time in Cannes.

    “Woolly Faces” is the second feature for Elliott following 2005′s “The Mighty Celt,” starring Gillian Anderson and Robert Carlyle. It is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in West Belfast in 1981 with a mother struggling to keep three unruly teenagers on the straight and narrow while her feckless husband serves time for stealing a milk van.

    Paula Malcomson, Ciaran Hinds and Michelle Fairley are attached to star with production set to start later this year. The project has been developed with the support of Northern Ireland Screen and the Irish Film Board.

    The U.K.’s Feature Film Company will co-finance both films with principals Mick Southworth and Martin McCabe attached as executive producers alongside Rainmark.

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    Supernatural‘s Winchester brothers have been through it all. Well, they’ve at least been through a lot. In the show’s previous eight season finales, we’ve watched Dean get sent to hell, Sam get sent to hell, Dean get sent to purgatory, Sam die, and believe it or not, this list keeps going. But this season, the finale is going to focus less on where the brothers are sent and more on what’s happening internally, specifically with dear old Dean.

    In the penultimate episode, we got a glimpse at what the Mark of Cain was doing to Dean when he attacked Gadreel with the First Blade and was all but foaming at the mouth for more. So can things get worse for Dean? Jensen Ackles hopes not. “It’s been a tough season for me,” Ackles told us at the CW Upfronts. “I don’t usually have to play Dean this dark for this long. Usually it’s an episode, and then he comes back and is happy-go-lucky and a Dean we all love to hate or love to love, whatever side of the fence you’re on.” Obviously we’re on the love-to-love side of things.

    “I’m hoping that season 10 might lighten him up a bit,” Ackles added. “[Season] 9 took a bit of a toll, but at the same time, that’s something I don’t expect. Because the show is every evolving and it constantly changes, the characters have to do the same, so even though it was a rough tough season, I still think it was a good season. We’ll see.”

    However, we first have to make it through the season 9 finale, which, when asked to rank the finale on a scale of one to Hell, Ackles said: “It’s not so much the place that he’s in as opposed to the issue that’s surrounding him, and that I think is the shocking part.”

    Speaking of shocking, Ackles guaranteed that the finale is one of those don’t-miss-the-final-60-seconds deals. Also, expect one of those Winchester brother-bonding moments that will “probably” make you cry, “considering [Jared's] tears were all over my shoulder,” Ackles said.

    The Supernatural finale airs Tuesday, May 20 at 9 p.m. on The CW.


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    While Oscar season is a long way off, and the long march to the end of the year often discards films whose buzz can’t be sustained, a good movie is a good movie is a good movie. But we don’t always measure Oscar contenders that way. We measure them, usually, by who made them, how important they are in the business, what their career arc is. For instance, Julianne Moore in Maps to the Stars might ordinarily be dismissed for playing too controversial of “difficult” a character. But given that Moore is so long overdue for an Oscar, given her place in the industry, it’s a good bet that she’s potentially in line for a lead nod.
    There are four, maybe five solid Oscar contenders for the major categories so far, without having yet seen Michel Hazanavicius’ new film, nor The Clouds of Sils Maria.

    When all is said and done the film that probably has the best chance overall getting to the big show is Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. This is a film that will likely hit all of the major nominations, starting with Picture, Director, Actor, Supporting, Screenplay, Cinematography, Editing, etc. The director is usually the star of the Best Picture race and right now Bennett Miller is riding a career high.
    The second possible contender for major categories would be Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, which should enjoy many tech nods, like Cinematography and Art Direction, but could also land for Picture, Director, Screenplay, Actor.
    Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman is a wild card. It has sadly not yet been picked up by a distributor and its Oscar chances will depend on which studio takes it. It needs a passionate advocate and with that it could go far.
    David Cronenberg’s brilliant Maps to the Stars is likely going to either hit or miss with voters. Remember how The Player did the same? Maps to the Stars is even darker and uglier than The Player. If it exposes this industry as an ecosystem driven by, as John Cusack said, fear, greed and desperation, that industry might just want the movie to movie to disappear as quickly as possible. Remember, voting happens in total isolation. The Academy isn’t ready for nor open to Cronenberg’s work overall so it won’t really matter how much the critics praise it, the Academy still might reject it. Too bad, because supposedly film awards are about rewarding quality.
    Here is a quick and dirty rundown of possibles:
    Best Picture
    1. Foxcatcher
    2. Mr. Turner
    3. The Homesman
    Long shots: Maps to the Stars, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
    Best Director
    1. Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
    2. Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner
    3. Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman
    Long shot: David Cronenberg, Maps to the Stars
    Best Actor
    1. Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
    2. Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner
    3. Channing Tatum, Foxcatcher
    Best Actress
    1. Jessican Chastain, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
    2. Hilary Swank, The Homesman
    3. Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
    Best Supporting Actor
    1. Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
    2. Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman (or lead)
    Best Supporting Actress
    1. Mia Wasikowska, Maps to the Stars
    Original Screenplay
    1. Bruce Wager, Maps to the Stars (should/could win)
    2. Mike Leigh, Mr. Turner
    3. E. Max Frye, Dan Futterman, Foxcatcher
    4. Ned Benson, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby
    Channing is getting the best reviews of his career for Foxcatcher and many people are saying that his performance overshadows Mark's.

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    Justin Bieber's ex-bodyguard says the 5-year old video of J.B. telling a joke using the n-word multiple times does NOT make the singer a racist ... just a bad joke-teller.

    Kenny Hamilton -- Beiber's bodyguard during his rise to fame -- took to Twitter to defend his former employer ... saying, "We all make jokes about people's size, look, or race. That doesn't mean it's right but comedians make millions of dollars profiting off these jokes."

    The ex-bodyguard adds, "If someone is racist or prejudice you would know from a persons actions. Not because of a joke a 15 year old says. Yes he said some bad jokes and I know if he could he would take back what was said."

    As we previously reported ... sources connected with Bieber say the singer is "frustrated and sad" about the video being released and will address it publicly.

    "As a black man I am telling the world that @justinbieber is not a racist." says Kenny. Adding, "I have known him since he was 12 years old and I know his heart."

    For what it's worth, we're told the tweet wasn't done at the behest of Scooter or Justin.

    Kenny recently took an executive position at Beats Music -- but is still in regular touch with Biebs.

    sources: 1234567

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    Stars like Lupita Nyong'o, Julianne Moore and Nicky Hilton flocked to the 7th Annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic in Jersey City, New Jersey for some fun in the sun. The Oscar winner looked stunning in a black sunhat and Alexander McQueen black-and-white dress as she enjoyed the event with her brother (and Ellen's Oscar selfie crasher) Peter Nyong'o.

    "Polo dates. @nyongolaflame @sahlovestravels #VeuveClicquotPoloClassic," the 12 Years a Slave star captioned a shot of herself, Peter and a pal riding in a car on the way to the event.

    Meanwhile, Dakota Johnson was also on hand for the event. While she stayed mum on detalis about her upcoming flick Fifty Shades of Grey, the actress did give us the scoop on what she thinks the sexiest thing is that a woman can wear.

    "I think the sexiest thing is a hat. It's very sexy!," she told E! News exclusively. And it just so happened that she wearing just that, along with a black and white sundress and matching heels. Before heading out for the day, the actress also decided to play a bit of a prank while she was there, running off with a loaf of bread…and then posing for pictures with it.

    Busy Phillips with Dakota Johnson

    Aaron Paul and Lauren Parsekian

    Olivia Munn

    Nyong'o siblings

    Shanina Shaik

    Pasty Queen Karen

    Julianne Moore with Olivia Munn

    more @E!Online, Zimbio

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