On This Day — September 20th

george-rr-martin-3.jpg

September 20th is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. There are 102 days remaining until the end of the year.

Events

1260 – The second of two major Prussian uprisings by the Prussian tribe of Balts began against the Teutonic Knights.

1498 – A tsunami caused by the Nankai earthquake washed away the building housing the statue of the Great Buddha at Kōtoku-in in Kamakura, Japan.

1906 – The ocean liner RMS Mauretania, the largest and fastest ship in the world at the time, was launched.

1943 – World War II: Australian troops defeated Imperial Japanese forces at the Battle of Kaiapit in New Guinea.

2008 – An explosive-laden truck detonated in front of the Marriott hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing 54 people and injuring 266 others.

Celebrity Birthdays

Sophia Loren turns 84

George R.R. Martin turns 70

Asia Argento turns 43

Jon Bernthal turns 42

Advertisements

Daily Blind Item — Game of Thrones Clone

https_blueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.comuploadscardimage461303157f71b1-36b6-4255-b1da-147652ea3101

With the biggest show on television, Game of Thrones, ending early next year, there is going to be a huge gap in the market for epic fantasy and although many have attempted to capture the Thrones market in recent years, an industry expert tells us that it will be a much easier task when the show is actually off the air.

Well, one project is in the pre-production stage and has an advantage because they’re already got one of the Game of Thrones leads to star for a big, big payday.

‘It’s undignified of the actor,’ a source tells us. ‘It looks cheap and usually when an actor finishes a big run on a show or in a franchise, they don’t attempt to cash in on said brand by starring in a rip off.’

Apparently not our money-loving thespian.

So, tell me, Gossipers:

Who is our actor?

 

Blind Item Revealed — Maisie Williams & Sophie Turner

This B-list actress in on one of the biggest shows in the world, but whilst her B-list co-star is being offered tons of high profile and high paying roles, our less traditionally attractive B-list actress is struggling to find high calibre work outside of it. With the show winding down, her team’s nervous about the future. She’s never really liked the way she looked, so she’s considering seeing a doctor for some plastic surgery. She’s only 18 / 19.

Who is our actress?

Who is our co-star?

164116735.jpg

Maisie Williams & Sophie Turner

Blind Item Posting: 10/07/2015

Popular Guesses: Maisie Williams / Sophie Turner

The Story: Maisie Williams Thinks Her Looks Keep Her from Roles: ‘It’s a Very Shallow Industry’

Admittedly it’s one of the most obvious blind items that I’ve been guilty of posting, but what can I say? The truth is the truth and when it comes in, I try to deliver it to you.

Maisie Williams recently slammed Hollywood beauty standards, claiming they keep her from gaining roles.

In a recent interview with The Irish Times, the Arya Stark actress, 20, called out the industry for only portraying one traditional type of a “beautiful woman”, which she admits concerns her when it comes to getting future roles in film and television.

“It’s only now I’m starting to realise the characters that are available to me because of the way I look and the characters that aren’t available to me,” Williams said. “It’s a very shallow industry.”

I don’t want to call BS on what she is saying, but this is definitely not a new realisation of hers.

At the time I reported on this, Williams was newly 18 and the source told me was considering plastic surgery, feeling that it would help her chances as succeeding as an actress after her hit show HBO’s Game of Thrones went off the air. Her co-star and on-screen sister Sophie Turner had just landed one of the sought after parts in Hollywood, the role of Jean Grey in the X-Men series, beating out Academy Award-nominee Saoirse Ronan and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Ultimately Williams decided against plastic surgery.

 

 

TGL Round-Up: Game of Thrones Pirated A Billion Times, George Clooney Movie Earns Mixed Reviews, Lady Gaga Taking a Break

gaga

Game of Thrones broke ratings records for HBO in its latest season, but it paled in comparison to the amount of people watching the show illegally.

With its seventh season plagued by hackers, the popular fantasy show was pirated more than 1 billion times, according to anti-piracy firm Muso.

“Game of Thrones has become one of the biggest global entertainment phenomena of today and activity across piracy networks has been totally unprecedented,” said MUSO CEO Andy Chatterley in a statement. “In addition to the scale of piracy when it comes to popular shows, these numbers demonstrate that unlicensed streaming can be a far more significant type of piracy than torrent downloads.”

Two episodes of Game of Thrones were leaked online before airing, which may contribute to the high numbers of piracy.


George Clooney’s latest directional effort,  Suburbicon, has earned mixed reviews.

Suburbicon is described as being about a deceptively peaceful community hides a violent underbelly and stars Julianne Moore, Matt Damon and Oscar Isaac.

It currently holds a rotten 59% on Rotten Tomatoes.


Lady Gaga will be “taking a rest” for a little while, the pop star announced at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday.

“I’m going to take a rest. I don’t know how long,” Gaga said at a press conference for her upcoming Netflix doc “Gaga: Five Foot Two” when asked what the next steps in her career might look like.

Gaga has been focused on acting over music in recent years.

Blind Item Revealed — Game of Thrones

Rumour has is that the next episode of this A list television show is set to feature the biggest special effects sequence in the show’s history and involves the end of one of the most famous parts of the show.

The cost is reportedly mind blowing and is partially funded by the budget from the next series.

So, tell me, Gossipers:

What is our show?

thewall.jpg

Game of Thrones 

Blind Item Posting: 24/08/17

The Story: A zombie dragon destroyed the Wall on ‘Game of Thrones’

Popular Guesses: The Walking Dead / Game of Thrones

We posted this rather obvious blind item just before the series finale of Game of Thrones and, as usual, the Gossip Life delivered with a blind item right on the money.

Our source insists the Game of Thrones team spent more on that SFX sequence than in any other in the series’ history. He claimed by featuring the destruction of the Wall, as well as the White Walkers and the Dragon, the scene left for a very high price tag from Zoic Studios.

Game of Thrones will return in approximately 18 months time for its final series.

TGL Round-Up: More Celebrity Nude Leaks, Game of Thrones Filming Date Set, Chloe Grace Moretz Dating Brooklyn Beckham Again

 

cgm

More naked pictures of celebrities found themselves online over the weekend.

Media featuring WAG and reality star Danielle Lloyd as well as American Idol’s Katharine McPhee, several WWE female superstars,  Instagram stars and a urinating Miley Cyrus has leaked.

No word on who is leaking the images and videos, but popular rumour claims the media was originally obtained several years ago along with the original “Fappening” material that featured Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton.


The final and upcoming series of Game of Thrones is set to start filming in October, actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau has revealed.

He said as much while promoting his newest film Shot Caller in an interview with Collider, revealing, “I knew what was going to happen for the first three seasons. After that, it’s been a season at a time. You get the scripts a month before we start shooting, or six weeks, and then you know what’s going to happen that season. But, I don’t know what’s going to happen next season. We go back in October, so maybe in the next few weeks, we’ll get the scripts and I’ll find out. I’m very curious.”

The final episode of the current series of Game of Thrones airs on Sunday next week.


Chloe Grace Moretz has reportedly romantically reunited with Brooklyn Beckham again.

Sources tell The Sun: ‘Brooklyn and Chloe arrived together and she was chatting with other guests about how they had got back together.’

Moretz, 20, dated Beckham, 18, until September of 2016 after a relationship that was on and off for years.

 

TGL Round-Up: Justin Bieber Cancels Tour, George R.R. Martin Gives Game of Thrones Book Update, Doctor Who Showrunner Responds to Backlash

gurm

George R.R. Martin has given fans an update on his long-awaited and long-delayed book series, A Song of Ice and Fire.

“I’ve seen some truly weird reports about [‘Winds of Winter’] on the internet of late, by ‘journalists’ who make their stories up out of whole cloth,” Martin wrote on his Livejournal. “I don’t know which story is more absurd, the one that says the book is finished and I’ve been sitting on it for some nefarious reason, or the one that says I have no pages. Both ‘reports’ are equally false and equally moronic. I am still working on it, I am still months away (how many? good question), I still have good days and bad days, and that’s all I care to say.”

Martin is also working on a history anthology called Fire and Blood based on the series.

“Whether WINDS or the first volume of FIRE AND BLOOD will be the first to hit the bookstores is hard to say at this juncture, but I do think you will have a Westeros book from me in 2018… and who knows, maybe two. A boy can dream,” he said. He cautioned fans by saying that no publication date has been set for “Fire and Blood” at this point, though he expects volume one to be published in 2018 or early 2019.


 

Steven Moffat, the outgoing showrunner of Doctor Who, has responded to the backlash over the casting of female actress Jodie Whittaker as the titular character.

“There has been so many press articles about the backlash among the ‘Doctor Who’ fandom against the casting of a female Doctor,” Moffat said Sunday at Comic-Con. “There has been no backlash at all. The story of the moment is that the notionally conservative ‘Doctor Who’ fandom has utterly embraced that change completely — 80 percent approval on social media, not that I check these things obsessively. And yet so many people wanted to pretend there’s a problem. There isn’t.”


 

Justin Bieber has cancelled the remainder of his Purpose World Tour.

No reason was given for the decision beyond “unforeseen circumstances.”

Bieber had 15 more shows remaining.

TGL Round-Up: Game of Thrones Breaks Ratings Record, R Kelly Denies Cult Accusations, Disney Confirms Dumbo Remake Cast

rkelly

Game of Thrones smashed television records on its return to the silver screen on Sunday evening, reeling in a stunning 10.9 million live viewers before pulling in an additional 6 million through streaming.

Prior to Sunday, live-plus-same-day telecasts for Game of Thrones had maxed out at 8.9 million viewers — the tally for the sixth-season finale, the most recent episode prior to Sunday.


 

R Kelly has been forced to deny Buzzfeed’s story he’s been harbouring women in a cult for sexual relationships.

In a statement released to Variety, Kelly’s lawyer,  Linda Mensch, says:

Mr. Robert Kelly is both alarmed and disturbed at the recent revelations attributed to him. Mr. Kelly unequivocally denies such allegations and will work diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name.


 

Disney has confirmed the cast of the upcoming remake of Dumbo.

Set to be directed by Tim Burton, Michael Keaton, Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and Eva Green are set to star in the movie.

Dumbo will be released on March 29, 2019.

 

TGL Round-Up: New Doctor Who a Woman, Game of Thrones Returns & Crashes HBO, Martin Landau Dies

got

The new Doctor Who actor has been announced and the role has gone to Broadchurch actress Jodie Whittaker.

The first female doctor, Whittaker’s casting was revealed in a trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who series that aired at the end of Wimbledon men’s singles final.

Whittaker, 35, said it was “overwhelming, as a feminist” to become the next Doctor.


 

The new series of Game of Thrones returned to television last night on SkyAtlantic for the British and HBO for the Americans.

Fan excitement over the premiere crashed HBO’s official website, which went down with an error message for the majority of the series 7 premiere.

HBO Now, the network’s over-the-top video streaming service, also wasn’t loading for some viewers and was criticised for slow buffering times.

A spokeswoman for HBO told The Hollywood Reporter that HBO Go was experiencing outages in Latin America on Sunday and that the team in the region was working to resolve the problems.


 

Academy Award-winner Martin Landau has died, the Hollywood Reporter confirms

The Ed Wood star recently had a “brief stay” at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, but died yesterday due to “unexpected complications.”

Landau was 89.

TGL Round-Up: Lucy Liu To Direct, BoJack Horseman Return Date Announced, George R.R. Martin Producing New Show

bojack

Lucy Liu will direct the first episode of Marvel’s Luke Cage series 2.

It’s not the first time the Charlie’s Angels actress has stepped behind the camera. She has already directed four episodes of her hit CBS show Elementary.

Luke Cage executive producer executive producer Jeph Loeb said of her debut, “When you’re dealing with a bulletproof man,” Loeb said, “it helps if you have a bulletproof director.”


 

BoJack Horseman’s fourth series will debut on Netflix on September 8th.

The animated show, which stars Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris and Alison Brie, shared the news on Twitter with the series’s main character tweeting out a picture.


 

Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin has signed on to produce a new show for HBO, Variety reports.

HBO is developing an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s book Who Fears Death, which is about a girl named Onyesonwu—or “Who fears death?”—in a post-apocalyptic Africa who realizes she has magical powers as she grows up, which threatens the rule of a genocidal tribe that is enslaving her people.

Okorafor announced the news herself on Twitter, noting that George R.R. Martin will be an executive producer.