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Kicking ass and taking names for seven seasons of Game Of Thrones, speaking out against unreachable beauty standards, landing major covers (inc. Highsnobiety, NYLON and Dazed) and charming a 7.5 mill Instagram following, it’s safe to say that Maisie Williams has made an impact. This year, she’s stepping into a new side of film in Aardman Animation’s latest release, Early Man, and continuing the conversation for positive societal change. Here’s what happened when ASOS Magazine caught up with the 20-year-old actress to talk about work, film, style and power…

Is your new role in Early Man an indication of a broad range of genres that you want to cover?
‘Absolutely, I want to try comedy. I’ve got a comedy film coming out soon. I enjoy indie movies. I enjoy super-harrowing stories. I’m just like, “Try it all’.’ I’m in a position where there are times when I can choose and I want to choose wisely at this really crucial point in my career.’

Tell us about your newly launched a production company, Daisy Chain…
‘We’ve had scripts coming in all over the place, which is so exciting. I want to move my hand to directing. I have stories that I want to tell, and I think there are things that I have not yet seen done the way I’ve experienced them. I want to get at the effects that [one generation’s behaviour] has on another generation and what that pushes them to do or become. There’s stories I know that I can do.’

How would you advise the next generation?
‘I want to let people know, that from a young age, there’s going to come a time in this system where you’re going to think you’re stupid and you can’t cope and that everyone else can, but you have another gift, it’s just not been exercised yet. If you figure out what it is now, great! Never forget about it! But if you don’t, then it’s cool, because one day [school] is going to be over and you can go and figure out what that is, and you’re going to feel like you have a real purpose in this world.’

Do you have a style persona?
‘I feel like I’m quite eccentric. I’d be the auntie who everyone’s like, “Oh look, it’s red auntie Maisie!” and I’m there, head-to-toe in red, looking fabulous. I like prints, I like colours. There’ll be an outfit leader in the group, today it’s the trousers. It’s all very comfortable and always f***ing fresh.’

What would you most like to be remembered for?
‘I want to make sure I’m part of a generation that did better than the last, and to bring in the new generation and make sure that they do even better than we did. I don’t necessarily want people to know my name throughout history for the humanitarian things I did, but for them to know that if we all keep pushing forwards in a positive way, we can really make a change.’

Source: ASOS

February 25, 2018        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Magazine Scans , Photos , Photoshoots

On the heels of this morning’s news that Gore Verbinski has dropped out of directing Fox’s long-developed Gambit movie, the studio has revealed a new slate of release date shakeups, giving Gambit, Untitled Deadpool Sequel, and The New Mutants new release dates.

Good news first, Untitled Deadpool Sequel has been bumped up by two weeks and will now land in theaters on May 18, 2018 instead of June 1. Ryan Reynolds will return as the foul-mouthed vigilante alongside Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, and (cringe) T.J. Miller as Weasel and newcomers Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beets as Domino. The new release date puts Deadpool 2 a week ahead of the Star Wars box office domination that’s sure to come with Solo: A Star Wars story, a smart move considering the Star Wars films have proven to have long legs. Deadpool will now return to theaters up against Sony’s horror pic Slender Man.

Now the bad news. Josh Boone‘s horror-tinged take on The New Mutants is getting a major bump back on the schedule and will now land in theaters 10 months later than originally scheduled. The film moves from April 13, 2018 to February 22, 2019. Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams and Charlie Heaton star in the YA X-Men spinoff about a group of diverse teenage mutants kept in a research facility against their will. The shift prevents Fox from having two superhero films in theaters at the same time overseas, but the significant bump suggests that there are larger factors at play, either because the film needs more work before it’s ready for audiences or possibly due to strategy or fallout surrounding the Disney-Fox deal. Per The Tracking Board, the film tested OK, but the studio wants to rework it to be scarier in the wake of last year’s landmark year for horror.

Finally, there’s the Gambit movie, which has seen a tortured pre-production process, losing directors Doug Liman (American Made) and Rupert Wyatt (War for the Planet of The Apes), and as of this morning, Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean). The Channing Tatum vehicle has been pushed from the recently set February 14, 2019 to a summer slot on June 7, 2019. Per The Hollywood Reporter, the film has a “heavy comedic tone as it revolves around a heist” and the thinking is that it’ll do better as a summer Marvel movie.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is still slated to hit theaters on November 2, 2018.

For more of the latest of Fox’s growing X-Men verse, check out our recent coverage in the links below.

Source: Collider

January 12, 2018        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , New Mutants

Josh Boone is directing the Fox movie from a script he co-wrote with Knate Gwaltney.
Fox’s long-awaited X-Men spinoff New Mutants is finally getting casting up.

Anya Taylor-Joy, the star of The Witch and Split, and Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams have signed on to star in the project, the ensemble young adult super hero movie being directed by Josh Boone.

The movie is headed towards an early July start and is armed with a script by Boone and his writing partner, Knate Gwaltney. Simon Kinberg and Karen Rosenfelt are producing.

New Mutants, created by Chris Claremont and Bob McLeod, was the first X-Men comic spinoff, launched in the early 1980s as the franchise began two decades of dominating the comic book industry.

The movie will focus on the angst-driven adventures of a diverse group of teens that include Native American Danielle Moonstar, Scots girl Wolfsbane, Brazilian ladies man Sunspot, a Kentuckian code-named Cannonball, and Russian teen Magik. Also in the mix will be an alien named Warlock.

Taylor-Joy will play Magik, a girl who has learned sorcery and uses teleportation discs to travel. She is also the sister of Colossus, an X-Man who appeared in Deadpool.

Williams will play Wolfsbane, a girl struggling to reconcile her religious beliefs with her power to turn into a wolf.

Boone has been eyeing the actresses since last year but was only able pull the trigger on them once the movie was greenlit earlier this year. The movie has a April 13, 2018 release date.

The studio is making serious efforts to find ethnically appropriate actors, conducting wide searches for a Native American to play Moonstar and a South American for Sunspot.

Taylor-Joy broke out with the 2015 award-winning period horror movie The Witch and starred with James McAvoy in M. Night Shyamalan’s surprise hit, Split. She is repped by CAA, Felker Toczek and Troika in the UK.

Williams plays Arya Stark in Thrones, which launches its seventh season in July. She is repped by WME, Jackoway Tyerman and UK’s Louise Johnston Management.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

May 11, 2017        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , New Mutants

After growing up being bullied in school, Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams is focusing on how younger generations can make social media a positive place. As one of PEOPLE’s 25 Women Changing the World, the 19-year-old exclusively tells PEOPLE the reasoning behind her inspirational mission.

“I think we have an idea of who victims of bullying are, and actually it’s anyone really,” shares Williams. “There’s no separate thing about me that made me, ‘the bullied.’ ”

“It can happen to absolutely anybody,” she adds, “And I wanted to get that across and let young girls know that you shouldn’t feel different for being bullied and you shouldn’t feel singled out.”

Williams also emphasizes that there’s “no reason” for bullying. “There’s nothing about you that made you the victim. It’s just mean people,” says Williams, who personally “didn’t enjoy school” as a kid.

“I loved being in the classroom and I loved my group of friends, but school as a whole, I actually didn’t get on very well,” she admits.

In fact, it surprises people when they learn Williams, who plays Arya Stark in the hit TV series, was bullied.

“People say, ‘Oh, that’s so strange that you got bullied,’ ” she shares. “And I’m like, ‘It’s so strange that anyone gets bullied.’ We are the most developed generation
 in terms of talking about difficult subjects, homophobia, and sexuality, and racial issues. That’s what I love about us.”

Still, if Williams could change the world in just one way, she would “love for people to wake up one morning and be more accepting. Wake up and not just turn a blind eye to what’s going on in the world, and wake up and want to make a change,” she explains.

The actress believes that if everyone took responsibility then “everything would be a lot easier” and “the world would be put to right a lot quicker.”

“I’m not the reason that five million refugees are in refugee camps in Greece, but I’m going to do everything I can to try and change that,” adds Williams, who got the opportunity to go to Greece earlier this year and work with the International Rescue Committee.

“I’m going to make the second half of this year my mission to try and better their lives,” says Williams of how she’s turned her efforts to helping better the lives of Syrian refugees.

“You can’t have a small percentage of the population living like this,” she adds, while raising her hand, “And the rest in dire poverty. It’s not acceptable.”

Source: People

December 8, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews

Yet again, private pictures of a celebrity are circulating online, and yet again, we’re here to remind you not to look at them. According to Marie Claire, a hacker published half-naked pictures of Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams online. Maisie is the latest in a line of celebrities to have her privacy violated in this terrible way, but the fewer clicks those links to her pictures get, the less power those hackers have over her. So, don’t click!

Marie Claire reports hackers published photos of Maisie that are reportedly to be from a private Facebook or social media account. The pictures circulated on various sites like Reddit over the weekend. Even though it seems like many people have already seen the photos, this is a reminder that private images of someone without their consent is never okay, and neither is looking at them. She may be OK with sharing those images with her friends, but she definitely doesn’t owe the public access to those photos.

While the images are reportedly not sexually explicit, they apparently show a topless Maisie at a spa with friends, and while there’s nothing inherently sexual about breasts or nipples, the photos belonged to Maisie and she didn’t give permission for them to be distributed. If Maisie had posted these photos on a public social media account, there would be nothing wrong. But since someone stole these photos and distributed them, Maisie’s privacy has been violated.

While some may argue that the person in the pictures shouldn’t have taken them because they know there’s a risk of hackers, but honestly this argument is garbage. First of all, no one should have to expect that someone will re-publish naked or half-naked pictures without their consent. And second of all, that argument is victim blaming. Carrie Goldberg, a lawyer known for her defense of victims of revenge porn, demolished this argument in a single quote.

“Are you just supposed to never take your clothes off?” Carrie told the New Yorker. “You can’t get naked, you can’t take a shower? Are you never supposed to go out in public in a skirt? Or what about images where somebody’s face has been Photoshopped onto somebody else’s naked body? What’s getting distributed isn’t necessarily images that were consented to in the first place. That’s why it’s the distribution you have to focus on.”

Exactly. Maisie can take whatever type of pictures she wants, and it’s no one’s right to repost them. We saw the same thing when apparently Photoshopped photos of Justin Bieber hit the internet, and when Jennifer Lawrence’s photos were released.

Beyond it being a huge breach of privacy, posting someone’s private photos can have severe consequences. In some states, posting someone’s naked photos without their permission is against the law. It’s always illegal and can be considered distributing child pornography if the person in the photos is under 18. Posting the photos can also lead to bullying — and in some cases suicide — for the person in the pictures.

Posting someone’s private pictures without permission is wrong in every way, regardless of how much of their body is in the photo. And so is viewing them. There are just some photos that we only want to share with our close friends, and that’s something everyone can relate to.

Source: Teen Vogue

December 8, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Photos

HBO has just answered a huge lingering question about Game of Thrones.

EW asked the network’s new programming president Casey Bloys if he plans to go along with showrunners’ David Benioff and Dan Weiss’ oft-stated desire to end their fantasy hit with season 8.

Bloys said yes, that is the current plan – the first time somebody at HBO has confirmed this.

“Yes, they have a very specific plan about the number of seasons they want to do,” Bloys said at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Saturday. “Believe me, as the new [programming executive] coming in, if I could get them to do more. I would take 10 more seasons. But we take their lead on what they think they can do the best version of the show.”

The showrunners have also planned for the eighth season to consist of merely six episodes. On that front, however, Bloys said the exact number of season eight episodes is not yet final.

We then asked if the team is considering a Thrones spin-off to continue the valuable franchise. Thrones is one of TV’s most watched shows with 25 million total viewers this year across all platforms.

“We’ve talked about it,” he said. “It’s something I’m not opposed to, but of course it has to make sense creatively. I’m not sure that [Benioff and Weiss] could really wrap their heads around it when they’re just about to start production [on season 7]. It’s a pretty intense production, they’re about to start production soon. I’m open to it. The guys weren’t opposed to it, but there’s no concrete plans for it at this point.”

Also, with the production delay of season seven – which will debut its seven episodes next summer – the executive confirmed the plan will take Thrones out of the running for the Emmys next year. Thrones received 23 prime-time 2016 Emmy nominations, more than any other show, but requires a heavy amount of winter location shooting for the next season (locations include a production unit filming in Iceland).

Still, Bloys pointed out, “Even if we took Thrones Emmys away this year, we’d still have more than anyone else.”

The executive was also asked about the fate of True Detective, and had this to say.

Read More | Source: Entertainment Weekly

August 11, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Game of Thrones

Maisie Williams, Tracy Morgan, and more Emmy nominees react on Twitter

Social media is the place you want to be on after the Emmy nominations are announced because that’s where you’ll see the nominees initial reactions to being honored by the Television Academy. The 68th Emmy nominations were annnounced this morning, and the stars are already reacting to the news on Twitter. Below, we’ve compiled a list of the best reactions so far. Read on to see what they have to say, and come back later as the reactions pour in.

Maisie Williams wasn’t prepared for her nomination.

And, Lena Headey, who was also nominated, congratulated her young co-star with an on-point Game of Thrones reference.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

July 14, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews

You might assume that celebrities who have hit the big time would just go and spend mega-bucks with a pedigree breeder when the time comes that they decide they want a furry friend, but that line of action didn’t sit right with internationally acclaimed actress Maisie Williams (aka Arya Stark from Game of Thrones).

Maisie actively supports the #adoptdontshop message and adopted her dog Sonny from the RSPCA in Bristol earlier this year. She felt that it was of the utmost importance that she avoided inadvertently supporting the cruel puppy trade, and would like to encourage others to follow her lead (pardon the expression!)

Maisie recently returned for an impromptu visit to the Bristol dogs home to check in with staff, visit the animals and proudly show off a healthy and happy Sonny and I (Carly) was lucky enough to be asked to photograph the occasion.

Many walls at the RSPCA have been recently decorated walls by a talented local Bristol-based graffiti artist, Ollie at Gage Graphics, so I was spoilt for choice when choosing a backdrop.

Sonny and Maisie had a good laugh on the shoot and an effortlessly relaxed relationship that was beautiful to capture on camera.

I wasn’t sure what to expect of Maisie but she was kind, funny, and totally down-to-earth, certainly not someone who has let fame get to her head.

It was not just an exciting day because it was the first celebrity shoot for The Pet Collective, but also due to the fact that we’re always thrilled to hear other people actively promoting rescue centres over back yard breeders and puppy farms.

When the #adoptdontshop message is coming directly from an intelligent and respected celebrity such as Maisie Williams with easy access to a huge audience spanning all ages, the potential for positive action is massive.

If you’re thinking of getting a pet why not consider visiting a rehoming centre?

Bristol has some fantastic places like the RSPCA (where Maisie adopted her dog Sonny) and Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary (where we adopted our 3 kitties) that are sadly always overflowing with the sweetest animals patiently waiting for their forever homes.

If you’re anything like us at The Pet Collective, you’d feel much more comfortable knowing you’ve supported a struggling charity instead of lining the pockets of some of the many irresponsible and heartless breeders out there.

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Source: The Pet Collective UK

Adorable shoots!

Studio Photoshoots > Photoshoots from 2016 > Session #13 – The Pet Collective

June 25, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Photos , Photoshoots