Dhaka, June 29 (UNB)- HBO’s Game of Thrones will make its last appearance at San-Deigo Comic-Con. The network itself confirmed this, according to TVLine. The insanely popular fantasy TV show ended on May 19 this year after an eight season run that began in 2011, reports The Indian Express.
HBO also revealed who will represent the show at the San-Deigo Comic-Con panel. Cast members including Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iain Glen, Conleth Hill, Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead Wright will attend San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss will also be present at the event.
There is no mention of Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie and so on. Nor is it known whether George RR Martin, the author of the book series on which the show is based, will make an appearance.
The panel will be held in Hall H, which is reserved for the most popular shows and movies at the event. Last year, Warner Bros, which is skipping the event this year, showcased the trailers for Shazam!, Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Godzilla: King of the Monsters at the venue. This year, there will probably be no new DC announcements.
Marvel Studios is expected to dominate the event this year. There have been reports on many new original franchises within the MCU (like Black Widow and The Eternals) and the continuation of franchises like the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange.
The final season of Game of Thrones has been its most divisive to date. It has been criticised for not giving a satisfying send-off to the story and diverging from the character and story arcs.
Dhaka, June 28 (UNB) - Kit Harington has made a handsome donation to a fundraising campaign which was started by the actor’s fans in his honour, reports The Indian Express.
The actor’s followers started the campaign on JustGiving to honour his “dedication and commitment” to Game of Thrones, in which he essayed the role of Jon Snow for over ten years until its finale recently.
The proceeds from the campaign will got to Mencap, a learning disability charity that Harington has been a part of since 2017.
“Kit Harington has given so much to the fans of Game of Thrones over the past decade playing the King in the North, Jon Snow…This fundraiser is here to show Kit that we’re incredibly thankful to him for the sheer amount of love and skill he put into Jon Snow for us to enjoy,” the description on the fundraiser page read.
“To show our gratitude, /r/Freefolk and other fans want to contribute to the charity Mencap, which Kit has been supporting for several years. Mencap supports people with learning disabilities to live independent and fulfilling lives,” it added.
The page had set a 50,000 pound target, and Harington donated 7728.75 pound to help them achieve that goal.
In a message to the fans, Harington said, “To those of you who set this page up in my name and to those of you who contributed and left messages, please accept my deepest and most heartfelt thank you.”
“This donations page lifted my heart and brought tears to my eyes, what a beautiful gift to receive….how generous of all of you,” he added.
The actor, who previously revealed that his cousin suffers from the learning disability, also hailed MenCap.
“Mencap is truly a wonderful charity and the money given here will go to the most incredible cause,” he said.
“With love and respect from beyond the wall…Kit x,” the actor ended his message.
Dhaka, June 28 (UNB) - Madonna has defended a graphic music video depicting a nightclub massacre, saying people need to understand "this is what happens when people shoot".
The pop superstar's song God Control calls for people to "wake up" about the reality of gun violence in the US.
The scenes in the music video recall the 2016 Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were killed.
Pulse survivor Patience Carter said she was "truly disturbed" by the video.
The eight-minute video shows actors playing revellers being shot and lying lifeless and covered in blood in a fictional nightclub called The Globe.
"I couldn't even watch after the first 45 secs @Madonna," Carter wrote on Twitter.
"There are so many creative avenues that could've been taken to bring awareness to gun control. The victims of these mass shootings should always be taken into consideration. I applaud the attempt, but I am truly disturbed."
Another survivor, Brandon Wolf, wrote: "Appreciate the message, but please remember that there are people behind the prop you're using."
The singer told CNN her response to those who had a problem with the graphic violence in the video was that "this is what happens when people shoot".
She told People: "Seeing the reality, and the brutality of things makes you wake up. This is really happening. This is what it looks like. Does it make you feel bad? Good, 'cause then maybe you will do something about it."
She also said gun violence "is the biggest problem in America right now", adding: "I cannot take it any more."
Actor George Takei, who set up the anti-gun group 1Pulse4America after the Orlando tragedy, was among those to praise the singer.
March For Our Lives, the lobby group founded after the 2018 Parkland school shooting, also thanked the pop star.
The Guardian's music editor Ben Beaumont-Thomas said the video would be "very triggering for anyone disturbed by the Pulse nightclub terror attack", but added Madonna was making her voice heard about gun reform "louder and clearer than almost anyone in pop culture".
Dhaka, June 27 (UNB) - Maisie Williams has bagged her next gig and the Game of Thrones star will feature in a comedy, tentatively titled Two Weeks to Live, reports The Indian Express.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Sky original is described as “a comic tale of love and revenge born from a seemingly harmless prank that goes terribly wrong”.
As per the plot summary, Williams will play Kim Noakes who is “a strange young misfit who was just a little girl when her father died in murky circumstances. Following his death, her mother whisked her away to a remote rural life of seclusion and bizarre survival techniques”.
“Who would have thought a few drinks and an ill-judged prank could go so violently wrong?”
The now in trouble trio go on the run from a gangster and the police with a bag of stolen cash.
Williams, who played fan favourite Arya Stark in the HBO series, said she is excited to be a part of a new project.
All grown up, “Kim sets out into the real world for the first time to begin a secret mission of honouring her father’s memory. Meanwhile, socially awkward Nicky isn’t good at impressing girls, and when Kim walks into his and brother Dave’s local pub, it sets in motion a chaotic series of events that puts all their lives in danger.
“Looking forward to getting into something new, I think ‘Two Weeks to Live’ has really great potential and I want to make something incredible with this wonderful team,” she said.
Gaby Hull is set to write the script and the series will be produced by Kudos, part of Endemol Shine UK.
“With Maisie Williams leading from the front, Two Weeks to Live is to die for. Bold, British and very, very original, we can’t wait to wow audiences with even more great comedy,” Jon Mountague, director of comedy at Sky added.
Dhaka, June 27 (UNB) - A Harry Potter book believed to contain Daniel Radcliffe's first autograph has been sold for £2,600, reports BBC.
The actor, then aged 11, signed the hardback during filming of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in North Yorkshire in 2000.
He told the book's owner - an extra in the film - she was the first person to ask for his signature.
The book, which was also signed by Emma Watson and Rupert Grint, was auctioned by Teesside-based Vectis.
Vectis said the book's owner, Verity Collins, approached Radcliffe as he sat alone in a marquee on set at Goathland on what is believed to have been the first day of filming.
The North Yorkshire village was shown on screen as the fictional Hogsmeade.
He wrote: "To Verity, best wishes Daniel Radcliffe."
Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in the franchise, was another star to give his autograph while the film's director, Chris Columbus, wrote "Believe in magic" as Ms Collins was having chemotherapy to treat leukaemia.
Kathy Taylor, from Vectis, said the book had smashed its "conservative" £500 estimate.
"It's such a lovely story. It's always difficult to gauge the price when something is unique," she said.
"The seller, who now lives in the south, has great memories of her time on the film and the way the cast treated her during a difficult time while she was ill but her mum said recently it had been sitting in a drawer.
"It became apparent when we promoted the sale on social media it was likely to have been signed on the first day of filming on what was the first Harry Potter film, with actor Chris Rankin, who played Percy Weasley, confirming he had signed the book as well."
Sold alongside the book were photographs of Ms Collins wearing a Hogwarts school uniform, cast documents and her invite to Leavesden Studios for a tour of sets used in the film.
In addition to the hammer price of £2,600, the buyer will pay an additional 25% commission - taking the total to £3,250.