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Diana Rigg, who played Lady Olenna Tyrell on Game of Thrones, passes away at 82

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The year 2020 has been the Red Wedding of years. As if the COVID-19 pandemic wasn’t enough, tragedy has struck yet once again. This time, the wretched year has taken away another gem of the entertainment industry. Diana Rigg, who played the cunning Lady Olenna Tyrell on the series Game of Thrones, has passed away at the age of 82.

Diana was a decorated and esteemed performer. She was a venerable figure in Britain’s entertainment industry and was the recipient of the famed Tony and Emmy awards. Rigg was also famous for her role as intelligence agent Emma Peel on ‘The Avengers’ in the 1960s.

Diana Rigg played the role of Lady Olenna Tyrell, also known as The Queen of Thorns on HBO’s The Game of Thrones. She began in the third season in 2013. She was nominated for the esteemed Emmy awards for the category ‘Best Guest Actor’ for her work on the show, consecutively from 2013 to 2015.

Diana was a beautiful kind and generous human being that enhanced the lives of all that knew her as well as a great actress. She leaves a great void in my heart,” said Lionel Larner, who was Rigg’s long time friend and talent agent.

Enid Diana Elizabeth Rigg was born in Doncaster, Yorkshire, England. She spent her early childhood in India. Diana did her training as an actress at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1955-57 and made her professional stage debut in Brecht’s The Caucasian Chalk Circle in 1957. She died from cancer which was diagnosed back in March.

Her loss will be deeply felt and she will be missed all over the world. Our condolences are with her family and friends.


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Game of Thrones star John Bradley joins space epic ‘Moonfall’

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Game of Thrones was a life-changing experience for both the fans and the cast of the show. Many of the stars have moved onto new projects ever since the show wrapped up filming. John Bradley, who played the affable Samwell Tarly on the acclaimed TV series, recently joined Lionsgate’s space epic Moonfall.

Bradley was selected as a replacement for Josh Gad for the movie. The Frozen star couldn’t continue due to his scheduling complications. Other than Bradley, the space-epic boasts of a highly acclaimed roaster consisting of Stanley Tucci and Halle Berry.

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The casting update arrived via Deadline. Disaster-epic-specialist Roland Emmerich’s upcoming movie features the Moon being knocked from its orbit of Earth by a mysterious force and then heading straight for our planet. The description to the movie says,

With mere weeks before impact and against all odds, a ragtag team launches an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love and risking everything to land on the lunar surface and save our planet from annihilation.”

John Bradley plays the role of KC Houseman, who is an eccentric and unkempt genius. It is his character who discovers the Moon’s potentially catastrophic fall from orbit. Similar to John’s Game of Thrones character Samwell Tarly, KC prefers brains over brawn to deal with a situation. (Check out his views on the show’s finale)

Are you excited to see Bradley once again over the silver screen? Let us know in the comments below!


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Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon gets primary shoot location

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Game of Thrones wrapped up filming more than a year ago. Fans of the acclaimed TV series miss the show terribly. News and rumors regarding Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon have been around for a while now. Fans have been hyped about the series ever since its announcement by HBO back in 2019. The much-awaited Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon is set to start filming in Watford next year.

The reveal of the show’s primary shoot location is welcome news for fans all around the world. It also gives the fans another reason to visit the UK. Watford is sure to benefit in the tourism sector once the eager admirers start flocking at the site from all over the world.

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House of the Dragon will shoot at the acclaimed Leavesden Studios in Watford. The studio moved on from Game of Thrones’ original shooting location, Belfast, in Northern Ireland, where most of the series was shot over the last decade.

Earlier this month, HBO added to the hype by announcing the first confirmed cast for the series. Peaky Blinder’s star Paddy Considine is set to star as King Viserys Targaryen. Viserys was chosen by the Lords of Westeros to succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen, at the Great Council at Harrenhal. A warm, kind, and decent man, Viserys only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy.

Further filming locations are yet to be confirmed, but production is set to begin in 2021. The show has a tentative release date in 2022.

Are you hyped about the prequel series? Tell us in the comments below!


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Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon to star in a “real-life” Video Game

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Highly acclaimed TV series Game of Thrones rocked a great collection of some of the best villains in television history. A villain can make or break the TV show. An ambitious villain makes the viewers praise his motivations, while some are purely sadistic. Iwan Rheon’s Ramsay Bolton was a mix of both, though more sadistic than ambitious at times. His performance was so spot on, the audience loved to hate him.

Ramsay’s cruelest technique involved making his victims think they have control and can escape from him. He would then chase them down and fed them to his hounds. Iwan Rheon is set to appear in a real-life video game, with almost the same grim settings, but his role is reversed.

Screamfest 4: The Kraken’s Revenge will see Rheon be issued instructions by players using smartphones or computers. The actor then responds to the instructions immediately via a live video link. The game is described as tense, frightening, and chillingly dark. It was created by John Zurhellen, who worked on games including Grand Theft Auto IV, Manhunt 1 & 2, and Red Dead Redemption.

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I’m used to playing a character that did all the controlling but now the tables are turned,” said Rheon, “I’ll be at the mercy of people controlling my every move online from anywhere in the country, sending me from room to room in a particularly creepy location while I’m hunted by a monster. I do wonder how many Kraken fans will send me to my doom and how many will save me!”

Rheon will be playable for two hours from 4 pm to 6 pm on 28 October. Tell us what you’ll do with Rheon’s character if given a chance in the comments below!


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