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‘Game Of Thrones’ Stars Set For Potential Season 8 On HBO With Big Raises

HBO’s fantasy drama Game Of Thrones has been a rare combination of a ratings smash, cultural phenomenon and a critical darling, winning the Best Drama Series Emmy last year. I hear the stars of the series are sharing in its success with major new salary bumps for what is rumored to be Game Of Thrones’ final chapter.

I hear mainstays Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) will all be paid north of $500,000 an episode for Season 7, which has been officially picked up, and Season 8, which is widely expected. HBO has not specified the size of the order for Season 7, but speculation has been that both Season 7 and Season 8 would be shorter than the standard for the show 10 episodes, possibly seven episodes (Season 7) and six episodes (Season 8).

HBO said that it doesn’t discuss contract negotiations.

The move helps secure the key GOT cast for the series’ final run. However, I hear it does not guarantee that all five characters will survive til the end as the show’s last episodes are yet to be written. I hear the contracts of the other regulars who landed raises alongside the Big 5 in fall 2014, have not been redone yet.

I’d heard that the previous major GOT cast contract renegotiation in 2014 netted close to $300,000 an episode for Harington, Dinklage, Clarke, Headey and Coster-Waldau heading into Season 6 in exchange for the actors giving the network an option for a seventh season.

Now in a similar fashion, the stars are securing a major new salary increase for Season 7 as they also sign on for a possible Season 8.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

June 22, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Game of Thrones

Watch Maisie Williams Prank Unsuspecting ‘Game of Thrones’ Fans
And things get weird

If there are two certainties in this world, it’s that everyone loves Maisie Williams and hidden camera pranks. So it was a no-brainer to combine the two and ask our May cover girl to take on her toughest acting challenge yet, as the shop clerk at Aero Hobbies in Santa Monica, California.

Wearing an earpiece and taking directions from our team behind the scenes, Williams faced unsuspecting customers who swore they recognized her from that really popular HBO fantasy show, but couldn’t quite figure out what she was doing behind that counter. Like the pro she is, Williams didn’t break character once, and instead offered customers free GoT swag if they were willing to act out some of the show’s more memorable scenes. Naturally, utter chaos ensued.

Source: Nylon

April 21, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Videos

The Stark family was at the center of Game of Thrones when the hit fantasy premiered in 2011, but the shocking deaths of patriarch Ned, his wife, Catelyn, and eldest son, Robb, turned Winterfell’s rulers into Westeros has-beens.

But a new generation on the cusp of adulthood — daughters Sansa (Sophie Turner) and Arya (Maisie Williams) and son Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) — is bringing the noble clan back with a literal vengeance as the Emmy-winning HBO drama opens Season 6 (April 24, 9 p.m. ET/PT).

The three, along with youngest brother Rickon, are spread through Westeros – a continent of epic battles, royal intrigue, existential threats and dragons that echoes Europe’s distant past – and beyond. Political pawn Sansa escaped enemy-controlled Winterfell (and sadistic husband Ramsay); assassin-in-training Arya was blinded by mentor Jaqen H’ghar in Braavos; and Bran, absent in Season 5, returns with supernatural skills developed north of the Wall.

Could there be a family reunion? Williams isn’t holding out much hope: “I think that would be very cool, but it would almost be too much of a happy ending for this show.”

The British actors reveal how they (and their characters) have grown up on HBO’s biggest hit, which is based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling book series.

Maisie Williams (Arya Stark)

Faceless Men mentor Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) blinded Arya at the end of Season 5 as punishment for putting the killing of foe Meryn Trant ahead of subverting her identity and will.

“Arya is now learning to use her ears and other senses,” Williams says, which ultimately will “make her a better assassin. But the beginning will be spent as an underdog and will be a real struggle.”

The situation also finds Arya using a weapon other than her trusty sword Needle.

Arya met Jaqen in Season 2 when she was in disguise and on the run after her father’s execution. She later learned of her mother’s and brother’s Red Wedding murders.

“She definitely experiences more than any 12-year-old, more than any human, should have,” Williams says. “She’s got this (kill) list and she’s carried the pain of losing her family members. It changes a person. This season, we see her get lost in someone else for a bit.”

Williams, 19, who made her acting debut on Thrones, drew attention during a casting search for Arya, an unconventional girl more interested in sword-fighting than social niceties.

“I was Arya when I was 12. As I got older, I’ve become a very different person,” Williams says.

She appreciatesher burgeoning career, which includes The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, but growing up is difficult enough without having to do it in the spotlight.

“Teenage years are the time you make your mistakes. It’s what shapes you into being a good adult,” she says. “It’s very difficult to make those honest mistakes that every teenager makes when you’re in a position that you can’t make mistakes.”

Williams admires Arya’s “pure intelligence and individual drive,” noting Arya observes her elders but is selective about what she picks up.

“She doesn’t think The Hound is very smart, but she knows he’s a good killer because he’s brutal and gets straight to the point,” she says. “So, I’m going to leave his wit behind me. But the way that he kills, that’s really beneficial.”

She may have similar thoughts about Jaqen.

“Arya starts this season getting a little bit sick of his whole third-person” type of speaking, Williams says. “At the beginning, it seemed mysterious, but the more she learns about the House of Black and White, the more she starts to realize it’s not as all-knowing and scary as she thought.”

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Source: USA Today

April 20, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Photos , Photoshoots

In our May cover story

It’s a cool Thursday afternoon in Santa Monica, California, and Maisie Williams is skirting the paparazzi in a pair of purple vintage roller skates. “Arsehole,” she curses under her breath. “Ugh, it’s so bad in America. Back home in England, they just take the shot and go. Here, they’ll follow you for hours.”

The offending pap seemed to appear from out of nowhere, but then again, I’m not the 19-year-old sword-wielding star of the most talked-about fantasy series on television for six years running, and thus am not on the lookout for such things. I’m also not much of a skater, and have been spending the past hour desperately trying not to careen out of control and instigate a Red Wedding-style disaster, or, at the very least, injure the actress who plays Arya Stark, the fan-favorite character who sits firmly in the center of the zeitgeist otherwise known as Game of Thrones. In case you’ve been up in Wildling territory for the last half-decade, Arya, through sheer grit and a quiet toughness, is one of only a handful of characters to have survived every bloody season.

“It’s okay,” Williams reassures me. “I can help you if you fall.” There’s a deep sincerity to her delivery, as well as a casual confidence, and I believe her. After all, this is a young woman whose character spent an entire season living in freezing mud, another traversing the countryside with a giant on horseback, and as of late has been forced to find her way through a foreign country while blind. Except looking at Williams, in her sporty, skate-ready knee socks and dainty nose stud, one thing is clear: Arya Stark may be Maisie Williams, but Maisie Williams is not Arya Stark. Still, the fandom around her character has certainly turned into a fandom around Williams, who boasts over a million Twitter followers, nearly two million Instagram followers, and her own YouTube channel focused on “Random Moments of Madness With Maisie.” She’s known for her self-deprecating sense of humor and her support of Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project, and is quick to poke fun at Arya’s transformation from naive Northerner to poison-plying murderer.

“Online, I used to [present] a version of myself that was very clean and neat, and then I thought, ‘What’s the point?’ That’s the worst role model to be—to be someone else,” she says. Indeed, her Internet presence isn’t too far off from the girl skating effortlessly down the boardwalk, making jokes but also pushing herself to communicate more thoughtfully. “Being perfect is a bit disheartening,” she says. “Life’s too short and I want to inspire people to have fun and not take life too seriously. And if that means I make mistakes and say the wrong thing, then so be it. That’s kind of what being young and growing up is about. I’m learning like everyone else.”

Most profiles of teenage actresses spend plenty of time trying to convince the reader that said actress is “wise beyond her years” or an “old soul.” In fact, Jason Sudeikis, Williams’s co-star in the upcoming drama The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, argues that Maisie is “the living embodiment” of the concept of past lives. In the film, Sudeikis plays a widower who helps Maisie’s character, a homeless teen named Millie, build a boat to cross the Atlantic Ocean. While working together, he couldn’t help but notice Williams had “a certain ‘been there, done that’ wisdom, without a drop of cynicism.”

At the same time, Williams possesses an unfettered gleefulness, especially when discussing her new nephew or her blind pet turtle, Stevie, but it’s clear how this composed, thoughtful young woman was chosen to become one of television’s most dangerous characters: She has an undeniable self-possession and worldliness, and when she speaks about how the role of Arya Stark fits within the larger spectrum of popular female characters, she does so with a compelling weight and reverence. “I’m so grateful that the first job I ever landed taught me to never take a role that was ‘less,’” she says. “I’ve had the opportunity to play a lot of actors’ dream role—I don’t want to ever settle.”

When it comes to female characters, Game of Thrones has quite the spectrum: Cersei is a queen, Daenerys has dragons, Sansa is a survivor, but only Arya is a warrior. “Arya is really popular with a lot of people because she’s just a broadly funny character—witty, dry, ballsy, feminist,” she says. Her role stands out in a show where brutality against women is the norm. Last season saw heavy backlash when Arya’s older sister, Sansa Stark, was raped, an event that doesn’t occur in the book. Critics pointed to the fact that the women in the world of Thrones are all victims of sexual violence, and that no woman has control over her body—even Arya, who plays an entire season as currency for a character nicknamed The Hound.

Williams defends the show’s depiction of women, noting that its girl-power quotient can be found in the way that, even in subjugation, each woman is given as much motivation, backstory, and depth as her male counterparts. “They’re written as whole characters,” she says. “Of course, there are elements in the show where women are treated badly, but it’s representative of that era. And yes, it is disturbing watching a woman get raped on-screen, but it’s also disturbing watching kids getting killed, babies getting killed, horses being killed, basically everything you can think of on the show being killed, murdered, tortured.”

So, yes, Westeros is a brutal world, especially for someone as young as Williams was when she landed the part seven years ago. Still, her mom always let her watch the show. “For a lot of the most violent scenes, my character was there. I was there for the filming of Ned Stark’s beheading, I was there when Joffrey got his arm bitten. I was there for a lot. So it was more intriguing than scary for me to watch how it was all cut together.” And the nude scenes? “My mum was cool with that, too, like, ‘It’s where babies come from,’” she explains, matter-of-factly.

Williams’s on-screen sibling, Sophie Turner, cites Maisie as one of her best friends. “I’m very protective of her as a friend and as a quasi-sister,” says Turner. “It’s important for people to know that, despite all of her badassery and extraordinary circumstances, Maisie is still just a normal teenager and isn’t immune to the effect that words on social media can have.” Turner is likely referencing the complexities tied to mass popularity, something both she and Williams are more than familiar with. “Sometimes my fans say things like, ‘That’s not Maisie,’” says Williams. “I’m like, ‘How do you know what is not me? One, I have never met you, and two, I am not yours. I am myself.’”

Naturally, when the world is introduced to your character as a child—and your child self is available for viewing 24-7 to anyone with an HBO Go account—it can be hard to convince the public that you are anything but. “When I step out with a shorter skirt on, or a little bit more makeup, people say, ‘What’s happening?’ But this is what I do in everyday life. It’s who I am.’” And it’s true: A quick search pulls up headlines depicting shock over how pretty Williams looks on the red carpet, as if everyone had expected her to show up in character, her sword Needle by her side.

For Williams, navigating the dichotomy between wearing rags and dried blood on set and glamorous gowns at the Emmys or the SAG Awards is a nonissue, having done so now for about a third of her lifetime. Frankly, she’d rather be hanging out at home. “It’s really important for me to be in my own bed. That’s how I get back to reality—not living out of a suitcase, moving back home again, unpacking my stuff. I say that Game of Thrones is negative numbers, and red carpets and stuff are positive numbers, so I always come back to zero every time just to regroup.” Williams is also the baby of her family, and her siblings and mother help keep her feet firmly planted. Her professional team does the same: “I have a really great group of people around me who I trust 100 percent. They are very honest and let me be who I want to be, and nurture that rather than giving me a personality. It’s easy to let yourself take off, but I am so in love with my life, everyone at home, and the life I used to have that I have no intention of changing.”

Still, she admits that sometimes she worries she’ll lose her Maisie-ness to the madness of Hollywood. “Honestly, this industry frightens me—it scares me seeing people who are evil,” she says, before stopping herself and then laughing. “No, not evil. But seeing people change. Seeing what this industry has done to me, and then having to pull it all back again. I am very happy with who I am, and people always say, ‘Don’t change,’ but no one ever intentionally changes. It is frightening.” She pauses. “If I saw myself in 20 years’ time, and I was a dickhead, I would be like, ‘Why did this happen? Who did this to you?’”

Sudeikis, who belongs to one of the maybe five households in America that don’t watch Game of Thrones, witnessed firsthand the frenzy surrounding his young co-star during the making of The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. “She’s in the eye of a storm that has a great deal of modern repercussions, mostly Internet-based. Whether it’s photos being leaked, or home addresses being shared, this is a position that mostly females find themselves in in this day and age,” he says, adding that, at times, such external forces can cause “a callousness” to develop. Still, he is not concerned in the least that such factors could ever erase Williams’s signature quirky charm. “She’s already ahead of the game,” he says.

Indeed, Williams is part of a new generation of stars, one that is growing up in front of our Insta-eyes, receiving comments and likes on their every move. “It is quite a natural thing for teenagers to be confused,” she says. “There is a label for everything now, which is okay, because some people need labels.” This refreshingly laissez-faire attitude extends to her personal life: “I’ve never sat up and thought about my sexuality for hours. It’s like what Shailene Woodley said: ‘I fall in love with personalities and not people or genders.’ I have no problem with anyone who would want to be labeled, but I also think that it is no one’s business.” Then, in a very un-Stark way, she adds, “Do what you want.”

Doing what she wants, even if it doesn’t follow a traditional Hollywood trajectory, is certainly Williams’s M.O. Case in point: She actually dates like a real teen. “I have a boyfriend,” she shares. “I met him at school.” She pauses, and then smiles. “He’s really sweet.” Of course, even this comes with a self-aware levelheadedness: “I feel like I’m in love right now, but I don’t know what I am going to feel like down the line. That’s why I am kind of closed-minded about marriage—I don’t even know if I want to get married.”

Life, for Williams, seems normal—relatively speaking. Aside from the lone paparazzo, our somewhat wobbly, uncoordinated efforts have gone mostly unnoticed by passersby—until a teenage boy tentatively approaches Williams to ask for a picture. She exudes a near-sisterly warmth, thanking him for saying hello but politely declining, wishing him a lovely day. He doesn’t seem dejected, but instead smiles, apologizes, and goes on his way.

“I still don’t feel like I owe anyone anything,” she says, as we skate past the young fan. “If I don’t want a picture one day, I don’t have a problem saying no. I know some people get really weird about that, like, ‘You’re so mean.’ But if I was really in love with someone, I wouldn’t just want a picture. I would want to hang out with them,” she says.

Judging by Instagram, it’s quite clear that she’s more than generous with her willingness to pose. And yet it’s understandable how one might find it difficult to get “back to zero” when everyone in your vicinity is pestering you about whether Jon Snow is dead or alive. (Sidenote: I asked. She expertly deflected.) “I can do normal things, but not in a normal way,” she explains. “When I go out clubbing, it’s like, ‘Oh, you’re that girl from that show!’ So I wear caps.” (Another sidenote: Turner says Williams is an excellent dancer.) “When I go to a music festival, I wear a mask, because, well, it is fun to wear masks, and also it is nice to walk around without taking pictures all the time,” adds Williams.

Music, it seems, brings Williams to that zero sweet spot. So does roller-skating. As she glides down the path following Santa Monica Boulevard, her enthusiasm is contagious, even with the approach of one of the most anticipated premieres in television history weighing heavily on her shoulders. Here is Maisie Williams: straddling adolescence and adulthood, normal life and Hollywood pageantry, Westeros and the real world. And, to her, finding that tricky balance is the only game worth playing.

Hair: Bryce Scarlett for The Hair Shop at The Wall Group. Makeup: Jen Fiamengo at Walter Schupfer using Chanel Beauté. Manicurist: Stephanie Stone at Nailing Hollywood using Formula X in Infinite Ombré Kit.

NYLON’s May issue hits newsstands April 26.

Source: Nylon Magazine

April 15, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Photoshoots

We’ve been hearing about Fox’s X-Men spinoff, The New Mutants, for a while now, and finally, it appears that the wheels are starting to turn on the project. Earlier this week, producer Simon Kinberg talked a little bit about the YA-vibe that the film is going for, and tonight, we have some potential casting updates to share with you.

According to HitFix, the studio is eyeing Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams and up-and-comer Anya Taylor-Joy for parts in the film. They’re also hoping to have Alexandra Shipp reprise her role as Storm from X-Men: Apocalypse.
As for the newcomers, Williams is said to be up for a “werewolf-like character named Wolfsbane” while Taylor-Joy could potentially step into the part of Illya Rasputin, aka Magik. Alongside them, it’s being reported that Fox is hoping to cast Cannonball, Sunspot and Mirage, thus completing the line-up of heroes who will make up the New Mutants.

Finally, HitFix mentions that James McAvoy will return as Professor X and he’ll have a substantial role to play.
The New Mutants, or X-Men: The New Mutants as it seems to be called now, will be with us in 2018.

Source: We Got This Covered

April 14, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Rumors

Sorry ‘Doctor Who’ fans, Maisie Williams isn’t coming back

One of the best parts of “Doctor Who” Season 9 is gone from the series, much to the chagrin of fans. Maisie Williams has confirmed she’s done with the show, meaning Ashildr blasting off into space and time with Clara (Jenna Coleman) is the last she’s going to be seen.

Williams confirms the news to Bang Showbiz (via Digital Spy). “I’m not going to be working on ‘Doctor Who’ again,” she says. “Everyone’s hyping about it, which is very exciting, but I guess that’s more of a publicity thing. But no, I’m not going to return, I have a lot of other really exciting projects lined up instead.”

She did enjoy the experience though, telling Ireland’s TV3, “I had such a wonderful time shooting that series, it was really great to work with Jenna and Peter [Capaldi]. It was such a different experience to shoot working in blocks, because I work on ‘Game of Thrones’ and we do everything all at the same time so it’s a different way of working.”

At least fans won’t have to wait very long to see Williams back on their TVs. “Game of Thrones” returns to HBO on April 24.

Source: Zap2it

February 27, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , News

New photoshoots of Maisie for InStyle UK Magazine Issue April 2016, to the gallery. Enjoy!

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Studio Photoshoots > Photoshoots from 2016 > Session #1 – InStyle UK

Maisie Williams On Meeting Fans And Those Boyfriend Rumours…

Meet our gorgeous April cover star…

For our April issue, Team InStyle headed off to a studio in East London armed with a rail full of pieces from the best British designers, think Gareth Pugh, Preen and Erdem. The reason? To shoot our fave Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams AKA Arya Stark for our April Brit collections shoot. But that’s not all that rocked up to the shoot. There was also a van full of birds of prey. We’re talking real not stuffed. There was Arthur the European Eagle Owl and Alfie the Barn Owl but our fave had to be Maggie the Hooded Vulture who blushed bright red when she was having her picture taken. Yep, vultures actually blush! Check out a sneak peek of the shoot below plus stay tuned for even more photos coming tomorrow and the ultimate behind-the-scenes video next week…
On a personality trait that helps her play Arya…
‘I’ve never said this in an interview before, but yeah, I have a temper. And I hate it! But that’s what worked with [playing] Arya. I know what it’s like to be really mad!’

On if as an actress she has to appear perky and grateful at all times…
‘I always used to say and do the right thing,’ she agrees. ‘But as I got older and formed my own opinions, I said things wrong [sic] and got in trouble. After going through all of that, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m never going to please everyone and so I should just be happy. You know, selfishly, that’s really all that matters. I’m not going to go out of my way to upset people, but if someone asks an honest question I’ll give them my honest answer. So I’ve come back to that point where I don’t want to do the tits and teeth, but I also don’t want to be angry and mean about everything. I’ll just be somewhere in the middle where I can be myself.’

On if she has a method for dealing with fans approaching her at irritating times…
‘No. Well, my friends do, if we’re on a night out. If they’re quite pissed, it’s funny. They’re like, “It’s not her!” And I’m in this awkward position, since it is me. And I don’t want to upset anyone. But like I said, sometimes I’m really quiet. And so I’m stood with a fan and it’s like, silence. Sometimes they walk away and I just think, god, they’re really disappointed.’

On her somewhat secret boyfriend…
‘We’ve been together for over a year. I guess you could say things are getting pretty serious,’ she says in a silly voice. ‘He’s not famous. I met him at school. And now he’s my boyfriend!’ She giggles. ‘People feel it’s strange that someone who’s famous can go out with someone who’s normal. I don’t meet anyone else. Maybe I’m doing it wrong, but I don’t go to all these parties. I don’t meet the other young, male actors.’ She pauses. ‘I just like normal people, I guess.’

For more check out the April issue of InStyle, on-sale the 3rd of March.

Source: InStyle UK

February 26, 2016        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , Photos , Photoshoots

Maisie Williams skydives for charity wearing a Harry Styles-inspired T-shirt

What’s a 15,000-foot free-fall to Arya Stark?

Maisie Williams leaped from a plane at the maximum possible height over the weekend in support of Mencap and the Dolphin Project.

Interestingly, the Game of Thrones actress was wearing a Harry Styles-inspired T-shirt, with a quote reading, “Does anybody like dolphins?” It’s a question Styles posed to San Diego concertgoers over the summer, and in response to the crowd’s roar of affirmation, he replied, “Don’t go to SeaWorld.” Williams agreed with Styles’ sentiment to the point of posting video of the PETA-pleasing moment on Instagram, urging fans to head to Dolphin Project’s website for more. (The T-shirt also mirrors a few of Styles’ many tattoos, though it’s sadly lacking an enormous butterfly smack-dab in the middle of the banana-colored shirt.)

Williams called for donations on Thursday, linking to her JustGiving page in support of Mencap — a U.K.-based charity that advocates for those with learning disabilities — and to her Crowdrise in support of the Dolphin Project. As of this writing, Williams has yet to reach her fundraising goal for the latter charity.

“I just loved spiraling fast through parts of the cloud and when you come out — it’s so beautiful,” Williams said following the experience. “I love the whole thing.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly

October 20, 2015        Posted by Ann        0 Comments        Articles & Interviews , News