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These Game of Thrones Actors Are Becoming Movie Stars

These Westeros natives are exploring the silver screen

Game of Thrones, HBO’s sprawling fantasy series, is often described as “cinematic” in its use of exotic locations, its well-choreographed action, and its very talented cast. It makes sense, then, that the show’s most recognizable stars are now getting very close attention from Hollywood’s top studios. Even those who entered Game of Thrones with busy careers have seen their dance cards grow yet more full as the show gained popularity, while those who had done relatively little beforehand have experienced a rapid rise to the top of the game of moviemaking.

Here are the six stars who’ve gotten the most career lift from their adventures in Westeros.

  • Emilia Clarke

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    Daenerys is perhaps the show’s signature character, cut off from the crowded main action in Westeros and thus better able to own each and every one of her scenes. She’s going to bring her charisma and surprising power to bear upon the Terminator universe as iconic heroine Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys, due out July 1. But Clarke will also show off her more emotive side in Me Before You, an adaptation of Jojo Moyes’s romantic novel currently in development.

  • Natalie Dormer

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    One of Game of Thrones’s most eye-catching supporting characters, Margaery Tyrell approaches the world with a keen sense of strategy. The actress who plays her is as sophisticated when it comes to climbing to the top of Hollywood’s heap: She got attention for her drastic haircut for the the third installment of The Hunger Games franchise, and will return as propaganda videographer Cressida in this fall’s concluding film. She’s also signed on for the promising zombie flick Patient Zero, from Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, whose The Counterfeiters won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar. Dormer has a nose for great collaborators: Recent projects of hers have included Ridley Scott’s The Counselor and Ron Howard’s Rush.

  • Lena Headey

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    Headey’s pre-Game of Thrones résumé was impressive: Like Clarke, she played Skynet’s adversary (in Fox’s TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), and had been the female lead in 300. But Headey’s role in the long-gestating Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, in which she’ll be joined by TV dad Charles Dance, might be the project to push her to a new level of fan adulation.

  • Peter Dinklage

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    Like Headey, Dinklage had a long career before he joined George R. R. Martin’s universe. But the recognition he’s obtained for his performance as Tyrion Lannister surely helped drive fans to see his villainous turn in 2014’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. He presently has six projects in various stages of development, including this year’s Adam Sandler would-be summer smash Pixels and the animated adaptation of the game Angry Birds.

  • Sophie Turner

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    Like her TV husband Tyrion, the actress who plays Sansa Stark is joining the X-Men cinematic universe; she’ll be playing the young Jean Grey in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse. She’s also been announced as the titular Frankenstein novelist in the gothic drama Mary Shelley’s Monster.

  • Gwendoline Christie

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    Standing over six feet tall, Christie has attracted much praise since she entered the Game of Thrones fray as the fearsome Brienne of Tarth. Her next moves are as likely to garner attention, and as action-packed: She’s to appear as a rebellion leader in the final Hunger Games film, and as an unspecified character in the newest installment of Star Wars. Both are due out this holiday season.

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Watch Cate Blanchett Drop the F-Bomb in a Cinderella Interview

"Seriously, that's your f**king question?"

Cate Blanchett, one of the stars of the new Cinderella, recently turned the airwaves blue in a highly unorthodox interview about the movie that aired in Australia.

First, Channel Ten’s Jonathan Hyla said he’d planned to add alcohol to the mix: “I was going to bring like a six pack of beer. You seem like the type of person that we should just crack open a beer and just have a chat,” he says to Blanchett.

To which she responds: “This date is not going well, I do not drink beer.” But she goes on to suggest potato vodka might help on a hypothetical date.

After a bit of flirtatious banter, the two eventually agree to “start over” and reintroduce themselves to each other. But Blanchett can’t keep a straight face when Hyla asks about how she wrangles a cat on a leash in the film.

“I tried to put my girlfriend’s cat on a leash, and it just never works for me,” Hyla says. Blanchett fires back, “Seriously, that’s your f**king question?”

Here’s the full clip:

Correction: The original version of this story relied on an incomplete version of the video to report Cate Blanchett’s comments. The post has been updated to include the full video.

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See Historic Photos of Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash in Nashville

A new exhibition looks at how Dylan changed the Tennessee city's music scene

Nashville has a reputation, and a well-earned one too: the Tennessee city is the home of country music.

But, as the Country Music Hall of Fame points out with a new exhibition opening Friday (Dylan, Cash, and the Nashville Cats: A New Music City, from which the artifacts and photographs above are drawn), that deserved reputation doesn’t mean that Nashville’s musical horizons are limited to one genre alone.

Rather, the fact that the city has long been home to accomplished session musicians — like the “Nashville Cats” of the 1960s and ’70s who are the focus of the exhibit — has attracted rock, folk and pop musicians to record there as well. And one of those not-totally-country musicians was particularly powerful in starting that trend: Bob Dylan, who came to the city to record Blonde on Blonde in 1966. Nashville’s conservative country rep was solid, but the results he achieved with local musicians — and his fruitful relationship with Nashville’s Johnny Cash — spoke for themselves.

“His decision to record here in the ’60s was a catalyst for many others to look at what must have seemed like an unusual destination at such a polarized time,” says the Hall of Fame’s Michael Gray. “If Dylan is doing it,” he says other musicians thought, “we should think about going there and checking out those musicians and studios too, in spite of its reputation as a conservative town.”

The dozens of rock and folk albums produced in Nashville during the ’60s and ’70s opened the door for the many artists who followed, a broadening that Gray says continues to this day; he cites Jack White and the Kings of Leon as examples of Dylan’s Nashville descendants. And that’s only part of the reason why Nashville has been proclaimed “the South’s Red-Hot Town” by TIME.

“Nashville is changing now,” Gray says. “The story we’re telling with this exhibit is that Dylan was changing perceptions of Nashville 50 years ago.”

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Chelsea Handler Says Bill Cosby Once Tried to ‘Cosby’ Her

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Michael Tran—FilmMagic Chelsea Handler arrives at a screening of Orange Is the New Black held at DGA Theater in Los Angeles on Aug. 4, 2014

Chelsea Handler has turned Bill Cosby’s name into a verb, stating in her recent Esquire interview that the comedian once tried to “Cosby” her.

As more and more women continue to come forward with accusations of sexual assault against Cosby, Handler says she has no doubts “he’s guilty,” pointing to a past incident with the comedian a decade ago in an Atlantic City hotel.

She and Cosby were both doing stand-up routines at the hotel and she was asked to go back to Cosby’s hotel suite. “And I thought, That’s really weird. And I said, ‘That’s really weird. I don’t want to go alone.’ I go, ‘I don’t know him,’ ” Handler said.

She had three men with her at the time who were filming her and was grateful to have them along. “I brought them up with me to his room and thank God I did, because now I know what would’ve happened if I went up there alone.”

Handler didn’t remember the incident until a friend recently brought it to her attention. “I was like, I didn’t even think of it. Then my friend texted me the other day saying, ‘Do you remember that night we went up to, or that afternoon we went up to Bill Cosby’s and you were so freaked out you made us come with you?’ And I said, Yeah, and he said, ‘Hello! You could’ve been one of his victims if we weren’t there.’ And I went, “Oh my gosh.'”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Rihanna Just Dropped a Teaser of Her New Single

While you were sleeping...

Correction appended

After much anticipation, Rihanna released a teaser of her new single early Thursday and tweeted the news to her 42.7 million followers. To hear it, you’re going to have to download the Dubsmash video messaging app from the iTunes store or from Google Play.

The rumors around her much-anticipated eighth album — her first in over three years, have been swirling for awhile but intensified on Wednesday with a somewhat mysterious Instagram post.

It’s just this tidbit of the single for now, but hopefully the album is coming soon.

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Correction: The original version of this story mischaracterized the music Rihanna released. It was a preview of her new single.
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The Director of Fifty Shades of Grey Will Not Return for the Sequel

Sam Taylor-Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and E.L. James pose for photographers upon arrival at the UK premiere of the film Fifty Shades of Grey in London, Feb. 12, 2015
Joel Ryan—Invision/AP Sam Taylor-Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson and E.L. James pose for photographers upon arrival at the UK premiere of the film Fifty Shades of Grey in London, Feb. 12, 2015

There could be a new screenwriter too

The director of this year’s biggest Hollywood release Fifty Shades of Grey announced on Wednesday that she will not be directing the film’s sequels. The move is thought to be because of reported creative differences with E.L. James, the author of the erotic novel on which the movie is based.

“While I will not be returning to direct the sequels, I wish nothing but success to whosoever takes on the exciting challenges of films two and three,” director Sam Taylor-Johnson said in a statement, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The movie, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, has earned a total of $558.6 million worldwide so far.

THR reports that screenwriter Kelly Marcel will also probably not be involved in the sequel, and the film’s producers will most likely assemble a new creative team for the next installment of the trilogy.


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Fully Animated Smurfs Film Set for 2017 Release

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The Smurfs are going back to the drawing board in a fully animated take on the franchise to be released in 2017, Sony Pictures Animation announced Wednesday.

The untitled project is set to have much more in common with the beloved ’80s cartoon than the current half live-action, half computer-animated Smurfs franchise.

“With a fully animated feature close in tone and design to Peyo’s original creation, we’re embracing everything that has made the Smurfs so special for audiences worldwide,” Rory Bruer, Sony Pictures president of worldwide distribution, said in a statement.

Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2) is set to direct, with Jordan Kerner (The Smurfs) producing and Mary Ellen Bauder (Hotel Transylvania) co-producing. The film’s final title and voice cast will be announced in the next few months.

The film is set for March 31, 2017, global release, in order to line up with Easter.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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Watch UFC Champ Ronda Rousey Do Her Trademark ‘Armbar’ on Jimmy Fallon

“They call you the arm collector”

UFC star Ronda Rousey was a guest on Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show Tuesday and the late-night host asked her to demonstrate her infamous armbar hold on him.

“They call you the arm collector,” he says to the UFC bantamweight titleholder. “Because you almost snap people’s arms in half when you’re fighting.”

A very nervous Fallon then chooses a safety word and holds his arm out for Rousey to “safely” show off her MMA maneuver, known in judo as a jūji-gatame.

She then pushes Fallon’s arm back, forcing him to tap out.

Rousey was chatting with Fallon about her upcoming autobiography and her acting roles in Fast and Furious 7 and Entourage.

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Jon Hamm Breaks Silence on Rehab: ‘Life Throws a Lot at You Sometimes’

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Stuart C. Wilson—Getty Images Jon Hamm attends a screening of Million Dollar Arm at May Fair Hotel in London on Aug. 21, 2014

The last 24 hours haven’t been easy for Jon Hamm.

As the cast of Mad Men promotes the final season of their hit show (set to premiere April 5), the star has been forced to take his private struggle with alcohol addiction public after news broke Tuesday he recently completed a 30-day treatment program.

“Life throws a lot at you sometimes, and you have to deal with it as much as you can,” Hamm told Australia’s TV Week on Wednesday. “I’ve been very fortunate that throughout the most recent 24-hour period, I’ve had a lot of family and friends support me.”

And though it’s easy to draw parallels between Hamm and his troubled character Don Draper, the actor, 44, demurred to make a concrete connection between his personal life and onscreen work.

“Obviously there can be a lot of discussion about how much of this is related to that, and honestly I don’t have much to say about that either,” he said. “I’ve said in varying ways that acting can be a difficult endeavor, certainly not as difficult as the recent example I used of being a baby heart surgeon. But it does present its own challenges, and so does life.”

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Duck Dynasty Star Finds New Controversy in Anti-Atheist Speech

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson and The Duggars Speak At CPAC
Kris Connor—Getty Images Phil Robertson of A&E's Duck Dynasty addresses the 42nd annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Resort Hotel and Convention Center on February 27, 2015 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Phil Robertson is no stranger to scandal

Phil Robertson, the paterfamilias on A&E’s Duck Dynasty who also frequents the Christian speaking circuit, has stirred up controversy yet again by inventing a bizarre parable in which an atheist family is raped and murdered.

The conservative reality television star has a reputation for sounding off about controversial issues. In 2013, he came under fire for making homophobic remarks in an interview with GQ. This time, his focal point was atheists, whom—he asserted—have no moral compass because they do not believe in God. Here is the graphic story he told, per the audio from Right Wing Watch:

I’ll make a bet with you. Two guys break into an atheist’s home. He has a little atheist wife and two little atheist daughters. Two guys break into his home and tie him up in a chair and gag him. And then they take his two daughters in front of him and rape both of them and then shoot them and they take his wife and then decapitate her head off in front of him. And then they can look at him and say, ‘Isn’t it great that I don’t have to worry about being judged? Isn’t it great that there’s nothing wrong with this? There’s no right or wrong, now is it dude?’

Then you take a sharp knife and take his manhood and hold it in front of him and say, ‘Wouldn’t it be something if this [sic] was something wrong with this? But you’re the one who says there is no God, there’s no right, there’s no wrong, so we’re just having fun. We’re sick in the head, have a nice day.’

The moral of the tale? “If it happens to them, they probably would say, ‘Something about this just ain’t right,'” Robertson said.

Some fundamental Christians, like Robertson, believe that morality is dependent on the existence of God and by rejecting God, atheists also reject morals. A writer at the Friendly Atheist blog responded, “I don’t know a single atheist or agnostic who thinks that terrorizing, raping, torturing, mutilating, and killing people is remotely OK, and I frankly think that Robertson doesn’t either.”

A&E declined to comment on Robertson’s speech.

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