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TV Line’s Performer of the Week – Honorable Mention

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Last Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones could’ve been titled “The Maiden Fair Laid Bare,” thanks to Gwendoline Christie‘s heartbreaking performance. The actress’ quiet monologue about how mean boys ruined Brienne’s coming-out ball — “I realized I was the ugliest girl alive, a great, lumbering beast,” she spat — spoke to the way the character views the world, and the way she softened when remembering Renly’s kindness gave us a view of the lady knight we hadn’t seen before. “He saved me from being a joke,” Christie said simply, staring into the campfire, guard dropped, the lady knight’s reverence for her slain lord slowly giving way to determination as she vowed, “One day, I will avenge King Renly” (and we vowed to be there for every single minute of it).


Here’s the Version of Brienne’s Action Sequence That You Didn’t See


In “The House of Black and White,” Brienne of Tarth and her squire stand-in Podrick Payne close in on their rescue mission target by happenstance. One minute they’re sipping brews at a local pub, the next the sworn protector of Catelyn Stark is pleading her daughter, Sansa, to join their roaming party. Petyr Baelish won’t have it. The encounter ends like most of Brienne’s peacekeeping efforts: with swinging blades and sliced throats.


Though dwarfed by epically-scaled sequences like the Battle of Blackwater and the Wildlings’ attack on The Wall, Podrick’s escape from Littlefinger’s men combined with Brienne’s galloping rescue effort is one of the tightest action sequences in the show’s history. Angular and precise, the action beat plays like French Connection with swords and steeds. There’s not a lot to play with in terms of spectacle, but what director Michael Slovis has at his disposal—weapons, animals, woods, and a full spectrum of fighters, from the terrified Podrick to his lethal, bleached blonde ally—he wrings through staging. And yet, for everything the sequence gets right, what the audience saw wasn’t intended, says Slovis.

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New TIE Fighter Revealed in ‘Star Wars 7’ Concept Art

The new TIE fighter in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ is slightly larger than the original ship, which may tease a new Emperor.

Jan 2, 2015 by Brian Gallagher


With just under one year left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters in December, fans are still clamoring for more information about this highly-anticipated sequel, set 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Indie Revolver has gotten their hands on concept art which reveals a new design for the classic TIE Fighter ship. The new TIE Fighter design is quite a bit larger than the original, and as you can see in the photo below, this image could tease the presence of a new Emperor.

Standing at the base of the new TIE Fighter are two red-cloaked figures, which are likely Imperial Guard members. Indie Revolver notes that, in the original Star Wars trilogy, these members of the Imperial Guard clad in red were only seen when the Emperor was present, leading to speculation that a new Emperor could be revealed in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. There is also another black TIE Fighter spotted in the background, which was featured in a previous piece of artwork labeled “TIE Fighter – Special Forces.” There is speculation that this ship may be used by Gwendoline Christie’s character, the commander of these Special Forces who reportedly sets off on a journey to track down John Boyega’s Finn, a Stormtrooper who has gone AWOL.

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Wonderful Interview & Amazing Photos from “The Edit”/Net A Porter

The actress and fashion favorite is just as strong as her warrior character in Game of Thrones, finds HERMIONE EYRE

Photographs by EMMA TEMPEST


Gwendoline Christie arrives at the St Pancras Hotel in London looking magnificent in a Giles Deacon cape, exclaiming, “And WHY haven’t we met before?” in a swooping, resonant voice. “WHO has been keeping us apart?” Christie often speaks in CAPITALS, her expressive voice changing registers and layering emphasis as she delivers her conversational lines. “IT WAS DIVINE” (her verdict on Anna Nicole, the opera); “I’m BATS about Miu Miu and Prada.” She also uses my name frequently, in the teasing manner of a natural flirt. She is wittier and a thousand times more feminine than her most famous role (to date), the stern-faced, bone-crunching warrior Brienne of Tarth in HBO’s epic Game of Thrones, a television adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series.


PROFESSION: Actress/enemy slayer
MY STYLE IS: Mythic Space Horse with chocolate-box tendencies.
GO-TO LABELS: Gile Deacon, Miu Miu, Prada, Roksanda Illincic, Richard Nicoll and Louise Gray – being in her studio is endlessly fun.
FAIL-SAFE PIECES: For day, Acne Studios jeans. For evening, a black crepe Miu Miu dress – it’s a dear old faithful – and a cashmere cape by Giles that transforms any outfit.
FAVORITE ACCESSORIES: My Roger Vivier pumps are timeless.



So impactful is her performance that Barack Obama is reported to have asked the show’s producers after her character’s well-being, and Mike Tyson once accosted her on the red carpet for a joint selfie (with the stipulation that she put him in a headlock).


In 2015, Christie’s fortunes look set to rise further with roles in blockbusters The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part Two and Star Wars VII. Her coterie of influential friends insist this is simply nature taking its course: the actor Simon Callow, her friend and mentor after she left London’s Drama Centre, said he could “smell success” coming her way.
“I was incredibly lucky to leave drama school and work with [director] Declan Donnellan at the Royal Shakespeare Company for my first job,” says Christie. “I never had to go too long without being employed.” Still, for eight years, she walked Callow’s dogs to earn extra money. “I miss them so much,” she says. “They were the best friends I ever had! Two boxers called Biff and Roxy; two glorious beings that I fell in love with.” She was busy taking Biff and Roxy for four-hour romps across north London’s parks and canals when it came to her attention that fans of Game of Thrones were lobbying online for her to play Brienne in the TV adaptation of the novels.


“There was this wonderfully encouraging wave of support,” says Christie. “I read the books and I really, really wanted to play the part. I started kundalini yoga, kickboxing and running, and completely changed my diet. I felt I wanted to undergo what was necessary for the part.” This was all before her first audition. “I love a challenge,” she shrugs. “And I love defying limitation, gender stereotypes and people’s expectations of me as an actress.”


“I love DEFYING limitation, gender STEREOTYPES and people’s expectations of me as an ACTRESS”


Life had already set expectations for Christie to defy. Growing up in a hamlet near England’s South Downs, she was conspicuous, having reached almost her full height of 6ft 3in by the age of 14. She rejected the growth inhibitors offered by her doctor and struggled to belong at school. At home, she read, watched Hitchcock and  ellini films, and devoured fashion magazines. “By hook or by crook, I got my mitts on them,” explains Christie.



“My life was very quiet, sedate and bookish, and it was so exciting to me to see what was going on in nightclubs and communities of artists and subcultures around the world. It gave me a taste for transformation – the idea that  a woman could be a chameleon.”

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‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ has a title: ‘The Force Awakens’


If you feel a disturbance in the Force, it’s millions of voices suddenly crying out the new title of Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens.


The reveal comes as the movie finishes its final day of shooting (with many more months of post-production to come.)


Although there were still a few days left of shooting, the cast of the J.J. Abrams film already celebrated their wrap party last weekend, following a bumpy few months of principal photography thrown into crisis when Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford, broke his leg on set in an accident involving a falling door on the Millennium Falcon.


It was also plagued by spoiler leaks — or was it? The flow of rumors and apparent concept images has been non-stop, but how much of it is accurate remains an open question.


The film, which picks up three decades after the events of Return of the Jedi, is headlined by original trilogy stars Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca), and Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), with new additions including Lupita Nyong’o (the best supporting actress Oscar-winner from 12 Years a Slave) and Gwendoline Christie, the 6-foot-3 British actress best known as the female knight Brienne of Tarth from Game of Thrones.


Other new additions include Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), John Boyega (Attack the Block), newcomer Daisy Ridley, performance-capture maestro Andy Serkis (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), and the imperious Max von Sydow from The Exorcist.


Episode VII, er … The Force Awakens, produced by Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and veteran Abrams collaborator Bryan Burke, is set for release Dec. 18, 2015.

Source: EW

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