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George R. R. Martin discusses Brexit and what it could mean for Northern Ireland’s showbusiness

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George R. R. Martin discusses Brexit and what it could mean for Northern Ireland's showbusiness

As most of you might know, Game of Thrones was possible because of its strong production, the home base of which was set up in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The Game of Thrones prequel series seems to have kept the affinity to Northern Ireland. However, a potential political move might change how ripe Northern Ireland’s showbusiness is, and that is none other than Brexit. In a recent interview, author George R. R. Martin discussed Brexit and what it could mean for Northern Ireland’s flourishing film industry. Read on!

The Belfast Telegraph reports that George was speaking at ‘Return to Winterfell: An evening with George R. R. Martin’ event at Castle Ward in Strangford. Speaking of Northern Ireland and its entertainment industry, he said:

“You look at other shows out there and you can still go to New York City and do the Seinfeld tour, and that ended 10 years ago. If the new shows also shoot here then that will reinforce it, certainly.

I keep hearing about Brexit and what effect is it going to have? Is there going to be a hard border? Is there going to be a return to violence? If people are reading in the newspapers about people being blown up or shot then tourism is going to go right in the toilet, so you can’t go back to that.”

He said that the tax incentives were a big part of Northern Ireland’s appeal as a filming location:

“Money from film and television is often very good for a city or country and there’s a lot of people that want it so they offer various tax incentives to go here or there.

We chose Northern Ireland for a variety of these reasons, but one of them was that we got a very attractive deal from Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness. They flew together to Hollywood and made the pitch to HBO and offered a very attractive package of tax incentives.

If that future package is still there for future shows, it will work.”

Well, let’s hope Northern Ireland is able to hold on to those sweet deals. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Kristofer Hivju confirms Game of Thrones filmed an alternative ending

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Kristofer Hivju confirms Game of Thrones filmed an alternative ending

Game of Thrones was always prone to leaks, and as such HBO took a lot of precautions to control leaks towards the end of the show. We had previously heard about the show filming multiple endings, but now Kristofer Hivju, who played Tormund, has confirmed that the show did indeed film an alternative ending we’ll never get to see. Read on!

Previously, actors like Emilia Clarke had claimed the show was filming multiple endings, but this was denied by HBO President Casey Bloys. Speaking to Metro, Hivju revealed that the show filmed an alternative ending that the fans will probably never get to see:

“Well, we shot an alternative ending. That was mostly for fun but I don’t know if I’m allowed to tell you about that.”

When asked about which characters were involved in the alternative endings, Hivju didn’t reveal it:

“I won’t tell you! But it was fun.”

He also talked about how his theories for Season 8 didn’t quite pan out:

“The funny thing is after season seven I had my theories, fans ahead theirs, everybody the cast had their theories so there were thousands of theories. To choose one path would be difficult to say but there were many things I didn’t see coming; there was the element of surprise which I liked.”

What do you guys think? Would you like to see the alternative ending? Talk to us in the comments below!






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Emilia Clarke says she was pressured into nudity on Game of Thrones

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Emilia Clarke says she was pressured into nudity on Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones was known for its boldness with sex and violence on TV, in a time where it wasn’t prominent. While the fans might have loved that, it is understandable that it wasn’t really as fun for those involved in the making, especially the stars. Emilia Clarke, who played Daenerys and is arguably one of the biggest stars from the show, recently revealed that she was pressured into nudity on the show. Read on!

Clarke was recently on Dax Shepherd‘s Armchair Expert podcast, where she discussed the show, and how the nudity wasn’t really her choice.

“I’m a lot more savvy [now] with what I’m comfortable with, and what I am okay with doing. I’ve had fights on set before where I’m like, ‘No, the sheet stays up’, and they’re like, ‘You don’t wanna disappoint your Game of Thrones fans’. And I’m like, ‘Fuck you.’”

She also talked about how she was taken aback by the amount of nudity on the show:

“I took the job and then they sent me the scripts and I was reading them, and I was, like, ‘Oh, there’s the catch!’ But I’d come fresh from drama school, and I approached [it] as a job – if it’s in the script then it’s clearly needed, this is what this is and I’m gonna make sense of it… Everything’s gonna be cool.”

Listen to the full podcast, below:

She continued:

“So I came to terms with that beforehand, but then going in and doing it… I’m floating through this first season and I have no idea what I’m doing, I have no idea what any of this is. I’ve never been on a film set like this before, I’d been on a film set twice before then, and I’m now on a film set completely naked with all of these people, and I don’t know what I’m meant to do and I don’t know what’s expected of me, and I don’t know what you want and I don’t know what I want.

Regardless of there being nudity or not, I would have spent that first season thinking I’m not worthy of requiring anything, I’m not worthy of needing anything at all… Whatever I’m feeling is wrong, I’m gonna cry in the bathroom and then I’m gonna come back and we’re gonna do the scene and it’s gonna be completely fine.”

She also said that Jason Momoa, who played Khal Drogo was her only comfort during the early nude scenes:

“It was definitely hard. Which is why the scenes, when I got to do them with Jason, were wonderful, because he was like, ‘No, sweetie, this isn’t okay.’ And I was like, ‘Ohhhh.’”

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Not a fan of fanfiction, says George R. R. Martin

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Not a fan of fanfiction, says George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin is definitely a great writer, and there is no doubt that he will go down in history as one of the most notable popular writers in the English language. The author recently discussed a few things about his life as a writer, and apparently he’s not a fan of fanfiction. Read on!

George recently accepted the Carl Sandburg Literary Award at an annual gala sponsored by the Chicago Public Library Foundation, where he gave a speech. The full speech is 40 minutes long. Check the video out, below:

Winter is Coming did a roundup of the most important bits from the interview. Starting off, George talked about finishing The Winds of Winter:

“It’s very important to me to finish A Song of Ice and Fire,[…] and I want to finish it strong, so people look at it and say, ‘This entire thing is an important work, not a half-finished or broken work.’ I know some of the more cynical people out there don’t believe that, but it is true.”

He also discussed his writing process, and said that he needs a distraction free chunk of time:

“When I’m really in a writing groove, my real life falls to pieces.”

He also talked about how there’s a pressure to finish the books, especially from some impatient fans. He then discussed violence in his works:

“If you’re gonna write about violence and killing, I think you should present it honestly. Just because you include dragons doesn’t mean that the whole thing should be removed from our human experience that we know about.”

He then said that he didn’t like fanfiction, and talked about why he didn’t:

“I don’t think it’s a good way to train to be a professional writer when you’re borrowing everybody else’s world and characters. That’s like riding a bike with training wheels. And then when I took the training wheels off, I fell over a lot, but at some point you have to take the training wheels off here. You have to invent your own characters, you have to do your own world-building, you can’t just borrow from Gene Roddenberry or George Lucas or me or whoever.

The other thing is there are all sorts of copyright issues when you’re using other people’s work…My understanding of the law is that if I knew about I would have to try to stop it, so just don’t tell me about it and do what you want there.

It’s not for me. I don’t wanna read it and I would not encourage people to write it.”

Well, he makes some great points. What do you guys think? Talk to us in the comments below!






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