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Emilia Clarke turned down ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ because she was sick and tired of being asked about nude scenes

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Emilia Clarke has already played one of the most iconic characters in film and TV history, Daenerys Targaryen. But she was very close to playing another, very different kind of iconic role – Anastasia Steele from the Fifty Shades of Grey franchise. In a recent Actress Roundtable with Hollywood Reporter Emilia spoke in detail about why she turned it down. The reason, turns out, was the nudity requirement.

As Daenerys, Emilia has done nude scenes, but those were a long time ago and always in context. However, Emilia found that she was being asked about the nude scenes in interviews years after they aired, and a lot of her public image seemed to be defined by it.

In her own words, “the last time that I was naked on camera on [Game of Thrones] was a long time ago, and yet it is the only question that I ever get asked because I am a woman. And it’s annoying as hell and I’m sick and tired of it because I did it for the character — I didn’t do it so some guy could check out my tits, for God’s sake.”

emilia turned down 50 shades of grey because of game of thrones experience

Emilia Clarke in an exuberating and powerful nude scene from Game of Thrones Season 6 Episode 2.

Emilia felt that the media pigeonholed her in this way because she is a woman, and this was affecting her reputation as an actor. So when Fifty Shades of Grey came up, she had to say ‘no’ despite its director Sam Taylor-Johnson being a dear friend.

Emilia says, “I did a minimal amount and I’m pigeonholed for life, so me saying yes to that, where the entire thing is about sensuality and sex and being naked and all of that stuff, I was just like, “No way am I going to voluntarily walk into that situation and then never be able to look someone in the eye and be like, ‘No, you can’t keep asking me this question.’ “

Emilia is one of the many actors who have spoken up against the sexism and objectification of women in Hollywood productions in recent years. That an actor of her calibre had to turn down a project she wanted to do because of these things is just plain sad. Here’s looking at you, Hollywood!






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Game of Thrones fans raise more than $55000 for Kit Harington’s charity, Mencap

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Game of Thrones fans might have hated the final season of the show, but they aren’t holding off their love for the stars of the show. Only recently, we had reported that fans of the show from Reddit had helped raise over $30,000 for Emilia Clarke’s charity, a figure that has hit $137,000 by now. Looks like the fans didn’t stop there. They have now raised over $55,000 for Kit Harington’s charity, Mencap. Read on!

The campaign was started by Redditor u/AlpineJ0e, and is hosted on JustGiving.com. It’s dedicated to Mencap, a charity Kit Harington has supported for years, which works for equal rights and opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

JustGiving fundraiser for Kit Harington’s charity Mencap from freefolk

Watch Kit Harington explain the purpose of Mencap in the video below:

At the time of writing this article, the campaign has collected over $55,682 (£43,686) for Mencap, and is still going strong. Mencap themselves responded to the effort on Twitter, and even sent a letter to the campaign creator, along with a signed photo of Kit:

If you want to donate, the campaign is still open and can be found here. Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Maisie Williams’ X-Men movie “The New Mutants” gets its release date delayed again

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Maisie Williams' X-Men movie "The New Mutants" gets its release date delayed again

Game of Thrones might be over, but the careers of its stars are far from it. The stars have moved on with other big projects already. Notably, the Stark sisters, i.e, Sophie Turner (Sansa) and Maisie Williams (Arya) both landed roles in the X-Men Universe. Sophie’s film, Dark Phoenix, recently released in theatres, but Maisie’s The New Mutants has been delayed, for the third time now. Read on!

Now, some of you might be aware that Disney bought Fox out, bringing the rights to the X-Men films back into the family. This means that the fate of ongoing projects hangs in the balance, and The New Mutants is one of them. The movie, which stars Maisie Williams, was initially set to release on April 13, 2018, which was then pushed to February 22, 2019, and once more to August 2, 2019. A new press release by Disney reveals the film has been pushed one more time, to April 3, 2020.

The New Mutants producer Simon Kinberg told Digital Spy the reason behind the latest rescheduling:

“What’s happening is we’re gonna do reshoots this year on that film and it has a new release date from Disney. That’s really it.

Part of it was figuring out what the reshoots were gonna be, the pick-ups, and the other part of it was getting that cast back together.”

Well, let’s just hope that it’s good when it does get released. Disney is surely bound to pick up feedback from Dark Phoenix, which bombed at the box office, with the worst reception for an X-Men movie, ever.

What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Johnnie Walker to launch new Game of Thrones scotches

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Johnnie Walker to launch new Game of Thrones scotches

Game of Thrones and merchandising go hand in hand. You what else goes hand in hand? Game of Thrones and alcohol. We have seen the perfect combination of these three things, with a lot of Game of Thrones co-branded alcohol coming out. Even though the show is over now, it looks like we might have one last update to the range Game of Thrones-themed alcohol. Johnnie Walker is releasing two new Game of Thrones scotches. Read on!

Johnnie Walker has previously made a scotch with the Game of Thrones branding before, called White Walker. After that, they released a series of eight whiskies, each for one great House of Westeros. and this time around, they’re going with an Ice and Fire theme, one for each. The new pair will be straight up called A Song of Ice and Fire. Take a look:

We have no more details about the taste of the new scotch range, although we expect the two be in contrast with each other. However, preorders are now open, with one 750ml bottle marked at the price of $43. You can pre-order yours, here. They will be available in October 2019.

Are you guys gonna get a bottle, or maybe two? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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