Lena Headey

22 Jul 19
SheKnows
Talk about strange fan interactions and outbursts. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was booed after defending Game of Thrones’ finale, and the video is pretty uncomfortable. The actor, who played Jaime Lannister on the Emmy-winning HBO series, defended the work of cast and crew on the final season of the series. But some fans in attendance at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend were not happy. The final season of the landmark HBO series was divisive among fans and critics. Some found the series too rushed and were left disappointed, while other fans took things a step further and petitioned HBO to redo the entire final season. There was even some contention among the cast. Lena Headey, who portrayed Cersei Lannister, had mentioned that she wanted her character to have a better sendoff than the one written for her. Nevertheless, the show ended, but fans disappointed by the finale haven’t let go of their grudge. #GameOfThrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau says that it was perfect for his character to "end in the arms of Cersei." The #SDCC crowd disagrees pic.twitter.com/CSCi9F6abE — Variety (@Variety) July 20, 2019 Members of the cast appeared at San Diego Comic-Con for a panel discussion when fans started to boo a response from Coster-Waldau. The actor defended the death of his character (Jaime and Cersei died in each other’s arms as King’s Landing fell around them) and much of the final season, which is where the crowd turned on him. “It made sense to me,” he insisted to an unamused audience, adding that he felt it was “great” and “perfect for that character’s ending.” That’s when the panel took a turn. A fan loudly booed while another shouted “Brienne!” as loudly as they could. The outburst didn’t bother the cast much. After the boos died down, the former King Slayer went on to explain his feelings. “It was surprising the level of absurdity of the online petition. Every season, we had huge controversies. From Ned Stark being killed, ‘I’m never going to watch that piece of shit show again!’ And then there was the Red Wedding. And obviously, the end. I feel so lucky to have met so may fans of the show, and to realize this show has brought so many people together. Watching it, loving it. So obviously, It comes to an end, it’s going to piss you off no matter what. It’s the end! But at the end of the day, it’s absolutely fine. If you hated the ending if you loved it, that’s great. Just don’t call people names.” It was a solid response in what should have been a fun final bow for the cast and crew. So let’s leave the booing and yelling for our TV screens and not for the folks who worked tirelessly to craft the product.
22 Jul 19
News Roulette

Welcome to what i’m hoping will become a weekly blog throughout the summer. As some of you may know, I just recently started work experience at a radio station, hence why you’ve been seeing less and less of me on this blog. However as I sat in the office doing the news this morning, I […]

22 Jul 19
Metro
Jon Snow got off lightly for killing Daenerys Targaryen (Picture: HBO) Game of Thrones fans were left with a mountain of unanswered questions following the controversial finale, most notably – why didn’t Grey Worm kill Jon Snow? The rightful heir to the Iron Throne gave up his seat to slay Daenerys Targaryen (played by Emilia Clarke) after recognising her ruthless massacre on King’s Landing went too far and whatever would come next with the Mother of Dragons in power was a destruction unimaginable. Regardless, Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) stood by Dany until the bitter end, while Jon (Kit Harington) was banished and exiled to live the rest of his life at the wall with the rest of the Wildings. So why didn’t the commander of Daenerys’ Unsullied get his revenge? [metro-tag-post-strip] ‘I think he thought enough was enough,’ Jacob – aka Raleigh Ritchie – told crowds at this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. ‘There was a sense he was willing for there to be a trial. He doesn’t want to kill him but he doesn’t want him alive.’ The actor and rapper was joined by several of his co-stars during Game of Thrones’ final panel at the annual event, including Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Isaac Hempstead Wright as they addressed the onslaught of backlash which drowned the fantasy epic’s final season. Grey Worm turned his back on revenge for Daenerys’ death (Picture: HBO) Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff pulled out of the chance to address the hate, which sparked an online petition amassing over 1.5 million signatures calling for the entire final chapter to be rewritten and left the duo with a legacy of being officially named ‘bad writers’ on Google. Jaime Lannister actor Nikolaj was even booed when he tried to defend the Kinslayer’s death, which saw the warrior die in the arms of his lover and sister Cersei (Lena Headey), in the most unjustifiably romantic demise across the show’s eight seasons. Game of Thrones seasons one to eight are available to stream on NOW TV. [metro-fact-box id=”7022752″ title=”Got a showbiz story?” icon=”exclamation” /] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/21/game-thrones-maisie-williams-joins-riverdale-cast-star-studded-comic-con-party-10434958/” title=”Game Of Thrones’ Maisie Williams joins Riverdale cast at star-studded Comic Con party”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2019/07/21/game-thrones-scene-bronn-grabbed-podricks-crotch-improvised-says-star-jerome-flynn-10435185/” title=”That Game Of Thrones scene where Bronn grabbed Podrick’s crotch was improvised says star Jerome Flynn”]
22 Jul 19
News Directory

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22 Jul 19
News Directory

Emmy trophies Greg Doherty / Getty Images On the TV show favorite favorite Emmy nomination? It's time to find out. The 71st Annual Emmy Award of Arts and Television Sciences will be awarded on 22 September at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but who will be running? On Tuesday, Ken Jeong ("Community") and Arcy […]

21 Jul 19
WFUmediaphiles

  Jordan Green Game of Thrones (HBO 2011-2019) saw a meteoric rise in its popularity since debuting in 2011 culminating in a series finale that reigned in over 19.3 million viewers according to Forbes and Nielsen.  While the show maintained fantastic ratings through its first 7 seasons from critics and fans alike, the final season […]

21 Jul 19
UPHINDIA

For all Game of Thrones fans out there, the season 8 must have been a little disappointing, but everything that has come out of the show is iconic, to say the least. Of all things iconic, the most iconic is perhaps the recent happening wherein Gwendoline Christie decided to submit herself for Emmy nomination and […]

20 Jul 19
StarMoon

Nominations for the 71st annual Emmy Awards were announced Tuesday morning , and “Game of Thrones” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” dominated nods for TV’s top honors. Other big nom totals today: defending Comedy Series champ Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (20), HBO’s Chernobyl (19), NBC’s Saturday Night Live (18), HBO’s Barry (17), FX’s Fosse/Verdon (17) and Netflix’s When They See Us (16). Comedy Series: ‘‘Barry”; ‘‘Fleabag”; ‘‘The […]

20 Jul 19
LILLIE ROSS

Not convincing the diehards. Fans booed Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as he and other members of the HBO hit’s cast…

20 Jul 19
Us Weekly
Not convincing the diehards. Fans booed Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as he and other members of the HBO hit’s cast attempted to justify the divisive final season. [ami-related id=”1488666″ url=”https://www.usmagazine.com/?p=1488666″ title=”‘Game of Thrones’ Stars: From Their First Red Carpet to Last” target=”” inset=”true”] The actor, 48, was met with some critical — and quite vocal — feedback during the show’s Friday, July 19, panel at San Diego Comic-Con. In a video shared by Variety on Twitter, Coster-Waldau received boos from the crowd when he claimed that Jamie Lannister’s conclusion with Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) was “great” and “perfect for that character’s ending.” “It made sense to me,” he added before fans launched into disagreement. Coster-Waldau took the negative response in stride, laughing as he continued to detail his stance on the matter. Nikolaj Coster-Waldau at “Game Of Thrones” Comic Con Autograph Signing 2019 on July 19, 2019 in San Diego, California. Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth) and Conleth Hill (Varys) also spoke on the panel. Creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss as well as Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont) and executive producer Miguel Sapochnik were scheduled to appear, but all dropped out ahead of the event, with many blaming scheduling conflicts. [ami-related id=”1525464″ url=”https://www.usmagazine.com/?p=1525464″ title=”‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel: Everything to Know” target=”” inset=”true”] Hill, for his part, attributed the season 8 backlash to an overblown perception of viewers’ displeasure. “We’re very grateful for your fandom over the years and I think this is the reality rather than a media-led hate campaign,” he told the audience. Meanwhile, Coster-Waldau claimed that fans would not have been satisfied with the final season, regardless of its content. “It comes to an end, it’s gonna piss you off no matter what because it’s the end,” he noted. “If you hated the ending, if you loved the ending, that’s great. Just don’t call people names.” [ami-related id=”1520603″ url=”https://www.usmagazine.com/?p=1520603″ title=”‘Game of Thrones’ Errors Eagle-Eyed Fans Caught” target=”” inset=”true”] The Game of Thrones series finale aired in May. Viewers largely slammed the episode and the ones that led up to it, which prompted a petition to remake season 8. [jwplayer tVeafz47-l3ahXupL] Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) spoke out about the controversy in May. “So many people worked so, so hard on [the show], and for people to just rubbish it because it’s not what they want to see is just disrespectful,” the Dark Phoenix star, 23, told The New York Times. Kit Harington (Jon Snow) expressed a similar sentiment. “I think no matter what anyone thinks about this season — and I don’t mean to sound mean about critics here — but whatever critic spends half an hour writing about this season and makes their [negative] judgement on it, in my head they can go f–k themselves,” he said in an April interview with Esquire. “’Cause I know how much work was put into this.” [podcast_block]
20 Jul 19
GoldDerby
The final season of “Game of Thrones” made a major splash with the Emmy Awards nominations, garnering a record-breaking 32 bids. Once again, Lena Headey finds herself back in the Best Drama Supporting Actress race, which brings her nomination total to five, making her the second most nominated “Thrones” actor. But could it finally be Headey’s time to be the second “Thrones” actor to win an Emmy? The only “Thrones” star to have taken home an Emmy is, of course, Peter Dinklage, who is aiming for his record-breaking fourth drama supporting actor statuette this year. He’s the most nominated actor in the cast, earning a bid for all eight seasons. Before this year, Headey was tied with Diana Rigg, who earned four drama guest actress nominations for playing Olenna Tyrell, as the second most nominated cast members. As Cersei Lannister, Headey had  sparse screen time in the show’s final season. But when Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), bristling with rage, carried out her attack on Kings Landing in the fifth episode “The Bells,” Headey finally had the opportunity to shine. The transition from overconfidence, to fear, to admission of defeat as Cersei watched Daenerys unleash dragon fire on her naval force, then the Golden Company, and finally the city’s innocent civilians exposed a bundle of emotions we’d never seen from Cersei. Even more so when she and her brother/lover Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) escape to the tunnels below the Red Keep, where she, teary-eyed, begs him to not let her and their unborn child die, just before they’re ultimately killed by the crumbling walls of the fortress. SEE 2019 Emmy nominations: Here’s the complete list of nominees Viewers knew Cersei as the cunning, remorseless and power-hungry queen who would take any measure necessary to secure her seat on the Iron Throne, even if that meant blowing up a church filled with hundreds of people. Headey had been invariably great at delivering Cersei’s cheeky one-liners and expressing an array of emotions with small facial mannerisms, but when everything crashed and burned for the ruler of the Seven Kingdoms, Headey emanated Cersei’s nearly unseen vulnerability. Her death scene is the type of ambivalent moment voters may remember, especially since Headey arguably managed to elicit sympathy for a character we shouldn’t necessarily pity. As evidenced by the nominations, voters are seemingly in the mood to give “Thrones” a big goodbye hug, in which case its poor non-Dinklage track record in the acting categories may not carry as much weight as it once did. Headey is now not only the second most nominated actor from the show, but if she doesn’t win this year, she’d go home empty-handed for playing Cersei Lannister. We’ve recently seen the “last chance to award them” narrative work, whether it be Jon Hamm (“Mad Men,” 2015) and Matthew Rhys (“The Americans,” 2018) for the final seasons of their shows, or Claire Foy (“The Crown,” 2018), who passed the torch on to Olivia Colman to play Queen Elizabeth II in the upcoming third and fourth seasons. SEE ‘Game of Thrones’ makes history with 32 nominations, more than any drama ever But what these three aforementioned actors didn’t have was internal competition. Headey is nominated alongside three of her co-stars — Gwendoline Christie, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams — and could split the vote with them; both Christie and Turner are enjoying their first bids for the show and in their careers, while Williams is celebrating her second one. With Arya (Williams) killing the Night King, Brienne (Christie) being knighted and Sansa (Turner) becoming the Queen in the North, they all had material that makes them viable contenders in this race. Voters can only pick one choice for the win, versus the old format of ranking your choices, so a potential vote-split is possible and could benefit the other two nominees in this category, Julia Garner (“Ozark”) and Fiona Shaw (“Killing Eve”). Then again, the support for “Thrones” could be so massive that even a vote-split doesn’t hurt any of the four ladies’ chances, in which case you can argue Headey could have the edge since she’s been nominated so many times. PREDICT the Emmys now; change them until September 22 Be sure to make your Emmy predictions today so that Hollywood insiders can see how their TV shows and performers are faring in our odds. You can keep changing your predictions as often as you like until just before winners are announced on September 22. And join in the fun debate over the 2019 Emmy taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our television forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news. SIGN UP for Gold Derby’s free newsletter with latest predictions
20 Jul 19
Arcynewsy

It doesn't seem that the Disney remake machine has already experienced some kind of fatigue. While critics may not love too much "The Lion King" and "Dumbo" may have been a bit of a disappointing performer, the CGI-powered remake of Jon Favreau's 1994 animation movie "The Lion King" is raking in the money this weekend. […]