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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

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

‘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.

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Source: Nylon Magazine

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