Is Sophie Turner’s hair color a ‘Game of Thrones’ spoiler?

Published: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
Updated: Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 8:00 AM


            Before they moderated the “Game of Thrones” panel at South by Southwest on Sunday, actresses Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner were at Rebel’s Saloon on Fifth Street to tape an episode of “Carpool Karaoke.”. 
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Before they moderated the “Game of Thrones” panel at South by Southwest on Sunday, actresses Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner were at Rebel’s Saloon on Fifth Street to tape an episode of “Carpool Karaoke.”. (Tamir Kalifa/ AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Sophie Turner’s blond hair might be a “Game of Thrones” spoiler revealing the fate of the elder Stark sister.

At least, that’s what Maisie Williams, who plays the younger Stark sister, Arya, would have you believe.

“Her hair is still blond, so she’s dead,” Williams said during Sunday’s South by Southwest Conference panel with “Thrones” showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff.

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Williams and Turner moderated the panel introduced as the “Holy Grail” of Game of Thrones panels. Williams’ theory came about while Benioff and Weiss griped about how the Stark sisters have a tendency to dye their hair between seasons.

Shooting for season seven has wrapped up, and the show’s penultimate season is set to premiere July 18.

But it was the beginnings of the show that concerned Turner and Williams as they asked questions of Benioff and Weiss.

Arya was the hardest character to cast, the show creators said. Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage were the only two actors picked before casting began. And Mark Addy was the only actor to impress so well on the first take that he became a shoo-in for Robert Baratheon.

Toughest character to kill? Jason Momoa’s Khal Drogo.

Speaking of, Momoa is rumored to reprise his role in the upcoming season. The speculation is fueled by Momoa’s Instagram photo of a much talked about bar outing with Benioff and Weiss.

But what hasn’t been publicized about their visit to the Belfast bar is a slap game Benioff had with Momoa that led to Benioff being taken to the hospital. After repeated slaps to the hand, Benioff said his hand swelled up and looked like a catcher’s mitt. “The doctors said ‘Your friend squished your hand.’ That was the medical term they used,” Benioff said.

“I thought, he’s big, but I think I’m quicker,” he said. “I’m not.”

And apparently the showrunners are practically George Clooney when it comes to pranks on set.

They once told Kit Harrington (Jon Snow) at one point that HBO thought he looked too much like a character out of Harry Potter for the gritty show. Their solution was to write a scene in which Snow’s hair is completely burned away and his upper lip permanently mangled.

“It was great acting by him pretending he wasn’t disappointed,” Weiss said.

Texas A&M is apparently home to a massive archive of ‘Game of Thrones’ memorabilia

Published: Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 11:52 AM

Hey, look, it's Needle.
Hey, look, it's Needle.

It’s called “the Wall” (apparently) but a better name might be the Citadel.

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As pointed out by Texas Hill Country via Texas A&M today, the Texas A&M University Cushing Memorial Library holds George R.R. Martin’s literary archive, which includes:

“Nearly anything from ‘Game of Thrones’ – swords, correspondence between publishers and showrunners, board games, more than 1,300 copies of books in various translations and even lunchboxes can be pulled for view.”

There are about 50,000 pieces contained in approximately 300 boxes. 

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Martin got into A&M in the 1970s while visiting AggieCon and was impressed with the school’s archival system.

Martin is slated to receive an honorary doctorate from A&M “though he has chosen to not officially receive it until he returns to the campus after he writes ‘The Winds of Winter.’” (Seriously, man, just sit there until it is done.)

While the majority of the collection is open to the public, “Researchers requesting access to closed materials must present a letter of permission from George R. R. Martin... prior to visiting the Cushing Library.” 

All manuscript materials for “A Dance With Dragons” will be closed until the publication of “The Winds Of Winter,” at which time they will be made available again.

And there is plenty of other Martin stuff, including manuscripts for the Wild Card moasic novels he continues to edit and drafts of various “Max Headroom” scripts.

But also, there are swords. 

Ryan Seacrest to return as host of 'American Idol' revival

Published: Thursday, July 20, 2017 @ 10:14 AM

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It’s official: Ryan Seacrest will return to “American Idol” to serve as host for ABC’s reboot of the singing competition.

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Kelly Ripa made the announcement on Thursday morning’s episode of “Live with Kelly and Ryan.”

“We’ve been talking about it for a little while but I am happy to confirm … with absolute confirmation that Ryan Seacrest is returning (as) the host of ‘American Idol,’” Ripa said.

“(I’m) very, very excited,” Seacrest said. “First of all, I don't know if you've ever been in a 15-year relationship and then, for a reason that you really don't know, you break up … I thought, 'Gosh, it'd be great to get back together at some point.’"

The announcement followed three months of negotiations, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Seacrest will join pop star Katy Perry, who was confirmed in May as a judge for the series, on the reboot.

ABC announced in May that it planned to bring back “American Idol” for the 2017-2018 season. The show aired 15 seasons on Fox before the network announced in 2015 that 15th season would be its last.

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“‘American Idol’ is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a news release.

The show launched the careers of artists including Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood and Adam Lambert. Contestants on the show have sold more than 60 million albums and made more than 450 Billboard No. 1 hits, according to ABC.

Stuntman injured on 'The Walking Dead' set declared dead

Published: Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 9:03 AM
Updated: Friday, July 14, 2017 @ 3:15 PM



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A stuntman seriously injured on the set of AMC hit “The Walking Dead” has been declared dead.

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Richard Hawk, coroner for Coweta County, Georgia, confirmed to WSBTV.com that John Bernecker died Wednesday.

Bernecker had been seriously injured in a fall and was taken by medical helicopter to a hospital.

“They were doing a stunt and something went wrong,” Hawk told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He was flown to Atlanta Medical Center where he was pronounced brain dead July 12 at (6:30 p.m.).”

Hawk didn’t have further details about the circumstances that led to the accident. According to an accident report, Bernecker fell 25 feet onto concrete.

Production on the AMC action-packed zombie series has been halted following the fall.

Bernecker had a long and impressive list of film credits. His work included Marvel blockbuster “Black Panther,” due out next year, and “Rampage,” which just wrapped. Production temporarily halted on “Rampage” when another stuntman, Dave Macomber, was injured.

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Friends, loved ones and industry figures have been flooding social media accounts with words of grief and tribute. “Transformers” series executive producer Michael Bay posted this somber message:

Bernecker’s girlfriend, Jennifer Cocker, posted a message of anguish while he remained hospitalized.

“John deserves to be seen by every neurosurgeon and doctor there is until one of them sees the life we all know he has in him and bring him back to us,” she wrote. “This isn’t fair.”

Other messages of support came from those who have worked with Bernecker:

The tragedy happened to coincide with the latest legal action stemming from a fatal accident on the set of “Midnight Rider.” Crew member Sarah Jones, 27, died when a train came hurtling down the track where the film crew was setting up for a scene. The production did not have permission to film on the train trestle outside Jesup.

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Director Randall Miller reached a plea deal that avoided a trial and absolved his wife and business partner, Jody Savin. In pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespassing, Miller received a sentence of two years in jail and eight on probation, in addition to a $20,000 fine.

Jones’ parents, Richard and Elizabeth, settled a lawsuit filed against numerous plaintiffs involved with the case, but CSX, which owns the tracks where the unauthorized production work was taking place, is mounting a defense.

In his testimony on Thursday, Richard Jones acknowledged that the crew was trespassing but said CSX should have taken action to prevent the fatal wreck, Deadline reported.

Oakwood-raised Allison Janney earns another Emmy nomination

Published: Thursday, July 13, 2017 @ 3:04 PM

Actress Allison Janney poses atop her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Actress Allison Janney poses atop her new star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame during a ceremony on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)(Staff Writer)

No parent is perfect, but it’s clear that Allison Janney plays America’s favorite imperfect mother perfectly in the CBS sitcom “Mom.”

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The Boston-born, but Oakwood-raised, actress has been nominated for her eighth Primetime Emmy Award for her portrayal of Bonnie Plunkett, a recovering addict struggling to regain the trust of her daughter, also a recovering addict. 

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Janney — along with Pamela AdlonJane FondaEllie KemperJulia Louis-DreyfusTracee Ellis Ross and Lily Tomlin — is up for the category of Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series.

"Mom” has won two Primetime Emmys, with Janney being nominated in each of the show’s first four seasons, and winning  Best Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015.

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Other accomplishments?

Former Dayton resident Allison Janney is up for her eighth Emmy Award.(Kevin Winter)

Janney was a part of the Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture winning casts of “The Help” in 2012 and “American Beauty” in 2000. 

She, along with fellow Daytonians Rob Lowe and Martin Sheen, were “West Wing” cast members when the TV show won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series awards in 2001 and 2002. 

The Miami Valley School grad won Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series for her work on the show in 2002 and 2001.

In this image released by CBS, Allison Janney, left, and Anna Faris appear in a scene from “Mom.” Janney was nominated for a Golden Globe for best supporting actress in a TV movie or mini-series for her role. The 72nd annual Golden Globe awards will air on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 11. (AP Photo/CBS, Darren Michaels)(Darren Michaels)