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Game of Thrones crew talks about the filming of ‘Battle of The Bastards’

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Game of Thrones star on the brutal Battle of the Bastards death: It isn't fair

After the epic end of Game of Thrones, we’ve been left with a lasting impact because of the amazing direction of the finale episode and also episode 9 of season 6. Game of Thrones season 6 episode 9 ‘Battle of the Bastards‘ was one of the best episodes on television, and it left a lot of fans wondering how such an epic episode was created by the cast and crew of the show. The episode has also been nominated at the Emmys for a number of categories including direction, writing, sound mixing, visual effects etc. Director Miguel Sapochnik and his hundreds of crew members created an episode so brilliant that we couldn’t wait to know how it was made in the first place.

In an interview with LA Times, some of the crew members revealed how it was to film episode 9 of season 6. “We wanted to shoot a battle on a TV show that films would be referencing and trying to emulate,” said Emmy-nominated stunt coordinator Rowley Irlam. “That was our goal. To create something on an epic, cinematic scale that would stand up to anything shot on film.”

He spoke of how Miguel Sapochnik drew up the creativity and brought everyone on the crew together to film the episode.

“Miguel was the driving force behind the creativity, and together with VFX, we all sat down in a big melting pot to throw out ideas that complemented each other,” he continued. “What we were trying to accomplish with Jon Snow’s [Kit Harington] journey, even though he’s a skilled fighter, was to make you feel that any random event could possibly remove our hero from the game at any second.”

The most interesting moment of the episode in the initial part happened when Jon Snow was about to be attacked by a hundred horses running towards him until he was effectively saved by his cavalry. Joe Bauer, the visual effects supervisor said, “All those horses you see galloping toward Snow are real. When the more violent actions take place we laid out ahead of time where the real horses would go and where the gaps would be. We then would populate those spaces with CG horses for the hard falls and impacts you clearly couldn’t do without killing a person or a horse.”

Sound mixer Ronan Hill then spoke about the amazing sound effects of the episode. He said, “For me, it’s never enough to just record the dialogue. We try to record stereo effects in addition to a mono boom where possible, to get a real sense of drama. We even fitted mics to cameras on tracking crane arms and placed wireless mics on the horses to get clean horse hoof effects for the charge into battle.”

We now know how much effort went into the creation of such a great episode, and we surely hope the show grabs more Emmys this year than expected!






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First look at Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer’s Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

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First look at Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Game of Throne’s success has paved the way for its entire cast and crew. While some have joined new shows as costume designers, some have even been nominated for the Oscars! Natalie Dormer aka Margaery Tyrell of Thrones too has now got many exciting projects in her kitty. The first look of her next project Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is out now and it looks intriguing! Read on to find out more!

As reported earlier, Natalie Dormer is playing the lead role in the upcoming show. She will be seen portraying the role of a demon named Magda. Speaking about her role recently Dormer said:

“There was an opportunity to get in the dressing-up box and play a range of iterations. You have a number of characters all under the guise Magda morphs into for the price of one.” plus, she adds, “every good protagonist needs an antagonist.”

First look of Natalie Dormer's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels launched

She further explains:

“We can heighten the life and death and the violence by using a supernatural figure within the storytelling. She brings the sauce, basically, is what I’m telling you.”

Revealing more about her character’s nature, Dormer says “she’s fundamentally a skeptic of humanity. She says in the first episode, ‘I give human beings a choice, but they choose time and time again to be seduced by the more baser, selfish roles.’”

Apart from Penny Dreadful, Dormer also has a production house under which she has decided to launch many interesting projects.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is set to premiere on Showtime on 26th April 2020. Let us know your thoughts on the first look in the comments below!






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Trading card company Rittenhouse to release Game of Thrones Season 8 cards

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Trading Card Company Rittenhouse to release Game of Thrones season 8 cards

If you had thought that post its finish the popularity of Game of Thrones would have waned think again! As per the trading card website Beckett, the trading card company, Rittenhouse is releasing a trading card set based on Season 8 of the show. Read on!

Game of Thrones was a legendary show and yet another testimony to its popularity is that the trading card company is putting out a line of cards based on the eighth and final season of the show. As per Beckett, there are lots of different kinds of cards included in this new line, and 60 new ones in all.

Trading Card Company Rittenhouse to release Game of Thrones season 8 cards

The most popular feature of them all is undoubtedly the autographs and notes from cast members. As per the website, actors with autographs include Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Nikolaj Coster Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Sean Bean (Ned Stark), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), Rory McCann (The Hound), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and more.

The cards also feature costume pieces from the characters of Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Sansa Stark, and Cersei Lannister. A release date has not been confirmed yet, but we expect it to drop soon.

Well, isn’t that something. The show managed to touch and impact many lives during its run of eight seasons. Now that its run is finished, it is quite fitting that fans get something out of it.

Write to us in the comments below and let us know your thoughts on this news!






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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau expresses his love for his favourite soccer team, Leeds United

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Nikolaj Coster-Waldau expresses his love for Leeds United

Everyone needs saviors. It’s hard to say why but there is some instinct inside all of us that wants someone to come up and save the day for us. For instance, now that Game of Thrones is over, we wish for similar new shows to come and fill up our leisure; or a tidbit about how something from Westeros will return to enchant us again. The hit series actors-turned-celebrities are no different. They too are fans who turn their attention to things that would thrill them inside out. Today, we are talking about the intense lover from the seven kingdoms who would burn cities to the ground to reach his beloved; Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) and his love for the football team of Leeds United.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau expresses his love for Leeds United

In a short clip by BBC Sports taken before the FA cup match between Leeds and Arsenal, Nikolaj briefed his journey of being a Leeds United fan and the trust and belief the fans have in Marcelo Bielsa; the manager/coach of the English Club from Yorkshire. The Danish actor was at a dramatic high and as serious as he would have been in Game of Thrones while explaining his love for Cersei. Sitting in the stands as a fan, he reminisced:

“The things I do for love. Game of Thrones and Leeds have more in common than you’d know. Drama, intrigue, love and loss, a battle for the throne. Fans from the Arctic to the Amazon via Belfast and Buenos Aires. Leeds United coursing through our veins like an all-consuming virus. I grew up in a small town in Denmark, my dad an Arsenal fan. Dad wanted me to be a Gooner too but I had grander plans. Early 90s, come to England, visit Elland Road, and once I’d heard the Leeds fans sing, a seed of love was sown. Though in 30 years, Leeds have had their ups and their many downs. Matteo and Beckford. Points deductions. Third division grounds. A long and winding list of failure, a swordsmith called the Hock.

21 coaches later, look who just rocked up. There’s a new ‘King in the North!’  You can smell it in the air. The ‘best coach in the world’ come to save us from despair. And tonight, the thoughts of ’72 when Leeds last won this cup. Beating Arsenal. ‘Clarke, 1-0!’ Billy Bremner lifts it up. Now whisper it quietly Leeds, but we think Marcelo Bielsa may be the one. The Godfather who coached Leeds to play again, just like they did for Don. Come on Leeds!”

Watch the video to see how he made his fan-love into a lovely dramatic monologue.

In between shots, Nikolaj held a banner as an audience; which read, “Leeds United. In Bielsa We Trust.” This is not the first time he has expressed his faith in Marcelo Bielsa. Just before the final season of Game of Thrones was about to air, he appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and teased the audience into believing that there’s a secret character called Bielsa who would show up and magically transform the world into a paradise. He did quickly reveal though that it was the manager of Leeds United that he was talking about.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau expresses his love for Leeds United

It’s strangely beautiful to see our favorite characters be as human and goofy as their fans. The golden Lannister boy was always cheeky, and seeing Nikolaj we can certainly tell how! So, what are your reactions? Talk to us in the comments.






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