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Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen’s new film ‘How to Build a Girl‘ releases in the United States

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Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen's new film, How to Build a Girl releases in the United States

Someone once said, “new is always better”. We know that cannot be true all the time, yet new things do bring a much-required freshness in our lives. And if that new thing revisits an old amazing thing, excitement seeps through us like blood and sweat. Moreover, that’s something we need in the middle of this global crisis we’re in. How to Build a Girl, the film adaptation of Caitlin Moran’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name, has arrived for audiences in the USA. IFC Films released the coming-of-age comedy film on May 8, 2020, and it stars our favorite lad from the Iron Islands, Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy). Read on to find out more.

How to Build a Girl is the story of Johanna Morrigan, a teenager from Wolverhampton, England in 1993. Cramped in the house with her eccentric parents and four brothers, Johanna is bored and confused, like most teens, about her path ahead. She wants to burst out of her cocoon and live out her fantasies. Her life changes when she comes across an opening for new writers as a rock music critic in a magazine. Although she doesn’t know much about contemporary music, Johanna seizes the chance. But when her earnest opinion doesn’t work, a new hyper-sassy alter-ego, Dolly Wilde, is born. Dolly is a harsh critic, very difficult to please, who assumes a high pedestal for herself. This edgy road leads to meteoric success and fame, but Johanna is nowhere to be seen. What happens when you make yourself up, only to realize the ingredients are not yours!

Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen's new film, How to Build a Girl releases in the United States

The film stars Beanie Feldstein (Lady Bird, Booksmart) as the 16-year old Johanna Morrigan. Her co-stars are Alfie Allen, Paddy Considine, Chris O’Dowd, and Emma Thompson. Alfie Allen plays a pop singer, John Kite who gets enchanted by Dolly Wilde. The screenplay is penned by Caitlin Moran and John Niven while Coky Giedroyc has directed the film. How to Build a Girl first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September 2019; where it won the FIPRESCI Special Presentations Award.

A few critics have appreciated the message, a tinge of magical realism, and the performances in the film. Beanie Feldstein received praise for her portrayal of a passionate yet wayward teenager whereas Alfie Allen’s cameo got reviews like “straightforward” and “endearing”.

Game of Thrones star Alfie Allen's new film, How to Build a Girl releases in the United States

The film could not hit the theaters due to the problems of COVID-19. It released on May 8, 2020, on-demand in the United States. It’s available on IFC Films and Amazon (on rent). The UK release was earlier scheduled for July 3, 2020, but it’s not confirmed at the moment.

Check out the trailer and give it a go if you find it interesting. You can tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.


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Game of Thrones writer George R. R. Martin applauds Joe Biden’s speech

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The political drama in the US Presidential election was no less than the hustle for the Iron Throne on the Game of Thrones. The twists and turns were similar to the epic fantasy, that ended with Joe Biden’s victory. Biden gave his first speech as the new US President on the night of 7th of November. The speech was very well received by the general public.

Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin welcomed Biden’s win through his blog Not a Blog. He lauded the new President’s speech with heaps of praises. He wrote:

Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin applauds Joe Biden’s speech

Joe Biden gave a marvellous speech tonight: eloquent, uplifting, stirring, a speech that spoke to all that is best in America, to our hopes and dreams rather than our fears. Time will tell what kind of president he will be, but everything about the campaign he waged confirms the fact that this is a good, decent, and intelligent man. 

It brought to my mind the classic Democratic hymn that was FDR’s campaign song, and later used by JFK, LBJ, and many others.”

Game of Thrones cast has often expressed their dislike for the former US President Donald Trump. Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) even raised a toast to Biden’s victory, mocking Trump at the same time.

What do you think of the US Presidential election? Talk to us in the comments below!


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Alfie Allen debuts as a sex-obsessed pimp in BBC’s Harlots season 3

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Alfie Allen debuts as a sex-obsessed pimp in BBC's Harlots season 3

Game of Thrones saw many ups and downs in the lives of its characters. For some characters, like Jaime Lannister and Theon Greyjoy, the series was a path to redemption. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, the actor who played Jaime, was satisfied with his character’s arc. So was Alfie Allen, who played Theon Greyjoy.

Theon went through a series of hardships to redeem his sense of pride and honour. He went from a sex-obsessed and self-indulged sidekick to a hero who sacrificed his life protecting Bran. Alfie, however, has landed another sex-obsessed role in BBC’s Harlots.

Alfie Allen debuts as a sex-obsessed pimp in BBC's Harlots season 3

Allen plays Isaac Pincher in the 3rd season of the 18th century period drama. Isaac Pincher is a sex obsessed pimp in Georgian London. He is enthusiastic about sex work both as a businessman and client.

Alfie’s entrance was a pleasant surprise for Harlot viewers who are also Game of Thrones fans. It would be worthwhile to see what he does with his new role. Whether he goes through some kind of redemption or gets his genitals chopped off (again). We can be sure of one thing though, Alfie Allen’s fabulous performance!

Have you watched the show? Tell us how you feel about Alfie’s debut in the comments below!


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Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (the Mountain) promotes Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

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Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (the Mountain) promotes Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla

The year 2020 has proved to be the Longest Night humanity has ever faced. Even though the skies seem stark red as the Red Wedding (pun intended), some people have managed to thrive in the current crisis. Just as the assassins of the Ubisoft game Assassin’s Creed: Valhalla.

Filled with battle scenes as brutal as the Battle of Bastards and the Battle of Winterfell, Assassin’s Creed is one of the most anticipated games of the year. The game is set in the period when Vikings were still around, conquering parts of the world. Nonetheless, Ubisoft has chosen a worthy ambassador for their upcoming game, someone who has the looks of a Viking. No man better suits the criteria than Game of Thrones’ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.

Once dubbed the World’s strongest man, Björnsson was definitely the strongest man on Game of Thrones as the Mountain. The Mountain was the most feared warrior on the show, who could crush skulls with bare hands. His stature alone proves how strong he is in real life. (Also check out how the strongest man welcomed his newborn baby!)

Assassin’s Creed games have been around for nearly two decades now. The game series is highly reputed for its story and gameplay. The new instalment is sure to up the level in that context, other than the fact that the Mountain himself is endorsing the brand. All these factors make Valhalla a must-try, if not, your head might hurt a bit! (Sorry Pedro!)

How do you feel about the upcoming game? Leave a comment below!


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