Gallery Update – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Thanks to the early release of the digital copy, I’ve added the HQ screencaps from the movie to the gallery. And thanks toMouzer at John Boyega Fan, I’ve been able to add the screencaps from the bonus feature “The Secrets of The Force Awakens” as well. Enjoy! I’ll be adding Gwendoline’s clips to the video gallery this week.

 

 

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The Fate of Jon Snow

Game of Thrones: Brienne to ‘burst forth’ in season 6

EW – Brienne is done waiting around in the snow. Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie spoke with EW about her character’s storyline in the upcoming sixth season, and revealed Brienne of Tarth is going to have a more active arc this year.

 

“After season 5, people would come up on the street moaning about why wasn’t Brienne wasn’t doing more,” Christie says of her character, who spent the back half of last year patiently watching for a distress signal from Sansa (Sophie Turner). “I’d say, ‘I’m terribly sorry, I’m not really in charge of that.’ I got the scripts for season 6 and I thought the story was so fantastic. It’s really exciting to see Brienne burst forth again.”

 

Of course, more screen time on Thrones also typically means a character faces more dire peril. Up until now, Brienne’s ferocious combat skills have kept her alive despite being saddled with traits that usually prove quickly fatal in Westeros (you know, like being a decent person). This time, she won’t be able to rely just on her brawn to survive, an evolution that Christie embraces. “Brienne is so unique and unconventional and so strong, and I love the writing hasn’t allowed her to just rest there,” Christie says. “[Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] are so terrific about how they develop characters. We see her develop like the way a human being might through life.”

 

And once again, Brienne will be encountering characters she has never met before (speculate away). “So many characters for so long had their isolated storylines and as a fan of this show as well, I’ve been wanting and dreaming — ‘I wonder what it would be like to see this person interact with this other person?’ And that’s what starts to unfold.”

 

Last season’s relatively modest on-screen duties did have benefits, however, as Christie was able devote time to her coveted big-screen roles as Commander Lyme in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and playing the chrome trooper Captain Phasma in Star Wars: The Force Awakens — with more to come in Episode VIII (Brienne may never earn a royal title, but Christie could be dubbed The Franchise Queen).

 

Yet for Christie, high-profile roles are not just about her own career — the actress says she felt like an unusual-looking outsider prior to joining Thrones and hopes her rise helps inspire Hollywood to create more diverse roles. “Women talk to me about how Brienne is important to them and they’re really happy it illustrates an unconventional side of femininity and womanhood compared to what we’re used to seeing,” she says. “There’s a shift in the kind of things people want to see in entertainment, and I hope this breeds in people’s minds and we see more different incarnations of women.”

 

And while she’s keeping busy with other roles, Christie says she has zero interest in exiting Thrones to work on movies — if she can help it. “I really am in a position now where I’m very lucky to do other things,” she says, “But I don’t ever want to stop playing this part.”

 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Deleted Scenes Teaser

Photoshoot Update and Addition

I’ve updated the EW photos in the gallery with higher quality ones with no watermark and added the cover photo as well.

 

 

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Game of Thrones Season 6: March Madness Promo (Vid)

Gallery Update: Entertainment Weekly Scans

Thanks to Claudia at The McDonnell Rule, I’ve added the digital scans from the Entertainment Weekly Game of Thrones edition, as well as the photos, to the gallery. Enjoy!

 

 

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Top of the Lake series two set for 2017 release

RAPID TV NEWS – Filming on the second series of Jane Campion’s critically acclaimed drama Top of the Lake is underway, in a co-production between the BBC, Foxtel, See-Saw Films and SundanceTV.

 

Gwendoline Christie Paul Scala Headshot 2The six part crime-mystery, directed by Campion, will see Mad Men’s Elisabeth Moss reprise her Golden Globe winning role in the Australian series. She will be joined by Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakes).

 

“I am so delighted to be working on Top of the Lake Season Two. Jane Campion has been a major creative influence throughout my life and I could not feel more privileged to be working on the next instalment of her unique and enthralling drama, alongside the brilliant Elisabeth Moss,” said Gwendoline Christie.

 

Also joining the cast for season two are David Dencik (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell) and Ewen Leslie (The Daughter).

 

The series is being made by See-Saw Films for BBC Two in co-production with BBC First and Foxtel in Australia, BBC UKTV in New Zealand and SundanceTV in the US and in association with Hulu in the US, ARTE in France and BBC Worldwide.

 

“We believe season two will continue to thrill and enthral audiences worldwide. The fact that we have been able to bring back broadcast partners from different corners of the world is a testament to the quality of the show and Jane’s extraordinary talent. We are delighted that our previous partners on Series One did not hesitate to board the second series to help bring to the world this stand-out drama,” said Jamie Laurenson and Hakan Kousetta from See-Saw Films.

 

Top of the Lake Season Two: China Girl will premiere in Australia on BBC First through pay-TV platform Foxtel in 2017.

EW Cover Story – Game of Thrones women are set to rule S6

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EW – Now it’s their turn: On HBO’s Game of Thrones, the show’s powerful female characters are about to take center stage more than ever before. So for this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, we go behind the scenes of the Emmy-dominating drama’s ultra-mysterious new season, plus profile six of the show’s leading ladies whose storylines are about to change Westeros forever.

 

“The women are rocking this season — and I’m not just saying that because they’re on your cover,” says HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) always does, but also Brienne (Gwendoline Christie), Arya (Maisie Williams), Sansa (Sophie Turner), Cersei (Lena Headey), Margaery (Natalie Dormer), and other characters too, like Yara (Gemma Whelan). They power this season. It’s organic to the storytelling, yet a radical shift. It’s the women that are the hope that we’re watching as the chess pieces move this season, and it’s very exciting.”

 

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‘Games of Thrones’ Star Joining Elisabeth Moss in ‘Top of the Lake’ Season 2

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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Confirming a year of talk and speculation, Elisabeth Moss is officially on board for a second season of Jane Campion’s celebrated Top of the Lake — dubbed Top of the Lake 2: China Girl. Joining the returning star will be Game of Thrones and Star Wars: The Force Awakens actress Gwendoline Christie.

 

“I’m so excited to be back in Australia working with Jane on exploring this wonderful character,” Moss said Monday in a statement on reprising the role of detective Robin Griffin. “I can’t wait for audiences to see where we take Robin’s journey.”

 

The second season moves the action from New Zealand to Australia, picking up four years after the events of the first season when the unidentified body of an Asian girl washes up on to Sydney’s Bondi Beach. The case seems hopeless until Robin discovers that she was not the only victim.

 

Top of the Lake premiered in 2013 to much critical acclaim (and a Golden Globe win and Emmy nomination for Moss), but it was billed as a limited series — something echoed by the creative team. A second season was announced in 2014, but there was little word from writer-director Campion and co-scribe Gerard Lee on what (and who) it might entail.

 

See-Saw Films will again produce the project for BBC Two in co-production with SundanceTV in the U.S. Top of the Lake 2: China Girl is slated to premiere in 2017, with Campion again on board to write with Lee and direct with new co-director Ariel Kleiman.

 

“I am so delighted to be working on Top of the Lake 2,” added Christie. “Jane Campion has been a major creative influence throughout my life and I could not feel more privileged to be working on the next installment of her unique and enthralling drama, alongside the brilliant Elisabeth Moss.”

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