A quick chat with Game of Thrones’ Missandei

Confession: I’ve never seen Game of Thrones! I know right, I’m definitely in the minority and it is on my list of things to do. I have a feeling I’ll get addicted when I do get around to watching it so it needs to be carefully planned.

Recently though, I interviewed GOT newcomer Nathalie Emmanuel [British readers will know her as Sasha Valentine from Hollyoaks], who landed the role of Missandei in season three. Nathalie is a self-confessed GOT nerd, and confessed she tried not to get her hopes up after the audition because she was convinced she’d never get a role in the show she loves so much.

Obviously things worked out for her and she is now winning rave reviews for her portrayal of the former slave and servant of Daenerys Targaryen [Emilia Clarke].

Check out my article on Nathalie here

Nathalie Emmanuel

Nathalie Emmanuel

Nathalie as Missandei

Nathalie as Missandei


What celebrity gossip tells us about our own lives

LaineyGossip is the one celebrity gossip blog I make sure to read every day and the only one I recommend to friends.

Blogger Lainey, aka Elaine Lui, strikes a perfect balance of snark, analysis and breaking news in posts which often make me laugh out loud.

And for any of you who feel bad for taking part in celebrity gossip, check out her recent TEDx Vancouver talk in which Lainey argues that stars need the coverage to remain relevant, explains how today’s tabloids are not that different from ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and shows what gossip says about us a society.

If you have a spare 20 minutes today, I recommend taking a look at the video below.

The Much Ado trailer is finally here …. and it doesn’t disappoint

Much Ado About Nothing is one of my favourite Shakespeare comedies. And growing up as part of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer generation, it’s impossible for me not to love Joss Whedon. So the prospect of the director adapting this play for the big screen was always an exciting one.

The black and white movie, filmed at Whedon’s Santa Monica home over 12 days in 2011, also features a host of his frequent collaborators including  Firefly’s Nathan Fillion and Sean Maher, Angel’s Amy Acker and Alexis Denisof, Buffy’s Tom Lenk, Dollhouse’s Reed Diamond and The Avengers’ Clark Gregg. Exciting for anyone with even a passing interest in Whedon’s work, past or present.

Much Ado played to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) last year but since Acker’s Fred and Denisof’s Wesley were two of my least favourite characters from Angel [and in Wesley’s case, Buffy], I was worried that I would instantly hate Beatrice and Benedick on sight.

Well, the trailer has just been released and even though it’s only one minute and 42 seconds long, I’m pleased to report that’s not the case. All traces of boring Fred and Wesley are gone forever and we’re left with funny and sarcastic Beatrice and Benedick. Phew!

And if anyone’s wondering, that hip, jazzy tune is St. Germain’s Rose Rouge.

Much Ado About Nothing opens on June 7. Check out the official site at muchadomovie.com or Whedon has just started tweeting at @MuchAdoFilm.

Or if you can’t wait that long and you’re going to be at SXSW in Austin, Texas, this weekend, check out the panel with the cast. All details here

Much Ado cast and Whedon heading to SXSWCredit: Facebook/MuchAdoMovie

Much Ado cast and Whedon heading to SXSW
Credit: Facebook/MuchAdoMovie

Why I now love David Arquette

I can be pretty fickle when it comes to celebrities. Aside from a few firm favourites, I change my mind on which stars I love from one week to the next. However, after interviewing David Arquette this morning, I think he might jump to the top of the list.

First of all he broke two of the golden celeb rules. Instead of keeping me waiting like many do, David was early for our interview and he called me without a publicist! Small things I know, but after waiting ages for some ‘stars’ to call in the past [Rumer Willis – four hours!] or having a PR rep jump in whenever they weren’t happy with a question, it was a welcome relief to have an easy, free flowing conversation with him.

This could have something to do with David recently turning journalist for the Oscars where he spent the evening in the press room. Check out the Hollywood Reporter for a funny insight into how that went down.

He told me it made him appreciate how difficult it can be for the press at big events like that and he admitted he was surprised by how badly some journalists are treated. A celebrity sticking up for the press, makes a nice change!

The other reason is that nothing was off limits. I didn’t get a list of what I could and couldn’t bring up as is happening more and more lately. Fair enough, he didn’t really want to talk about certain things but instead of turning grumpy, angry or, and this is a personal pet peeve, pretending the connection had dropped out [I’m looking at you Dizzee Rascal], he artfully deflected away from them without making me feel like an asshole for asking!

Obviously he’s a performer and was promoting a product [in this case hosting a pop up version of his L.A. club Bootsy Bellows at Le Bar du Plaza Athenee in Paris during Fashion Week] but you would be surprised by how many stars act like they’re doing you a favour when interviewing them about their movie/single/TV show etc.

So yeah I know it’s a sad state of affairs when you have to praise someone for acting like a decent human being but there you go!

I’ll post the full interview soon but for now, enjoy David talking about boobies for a good cause.

Best of the rest

What I’ve been reading about today …

Katniss Everdeen and Bella Swan don’t hate each other Laineygossip

I love Beyonce but how many animals had to die for her new footwear? Dlisted

Can Rachel McAdams now please make us all happy and get back together with Ryan Gosling? Celebitchy

I like Miley and Liam together so am choosing to believe this isn’t true The Superficial

Cute or creepy? I can’t decide Celebuzz

This doesn’t help with my aversion to giant back tattoos ICYDK

Jack Reynor: The new George Clooney?

It wasn’t that long ago that most of us hadn’t even heard of the 21-year-old American born Irish actor but Hollywood is a fast paced place and now Jack is one of the most buzzed about young stars around. He’s winning acclaim for his work in Lenny Abrahamson’s What Richard Did, has landed the lead role in Transformers 4 and his name is being linked to a host of high profile movies.

One of Jack’s first major roles was in Kirsten Sheridan’s Dollhouse and her father Jim Sheridan is a huge fan of the actor. I spoke to Jim last week at the Oscar Wilde: Honouring The Irish In Film pre-Oscars event and while he was reluctant to compare Reynor to Farrell, he thinks Jack is comparable to another major movie star.

 Jack Reynor is good but I think he’s different to Colin. He’s the new George Clooney really. He’s different to Colin. Jack is a bit of a star though. I’m amazed by how many great young actors there are coming out of Ireland like Saoirse Ronan, Jack, Robbie Sheehan. It’s fantastic.”

 High praise indeed from the man who directed Daniel Day Lewis to his first Oscar!

 Reynor has also been linked to the role of Four/Tobias in the big screen version of Veronica Roth’s Divergent, which is set to become the next big teen franchise. [Think The Hunger Games rather than Twilight.] One of his competitors for the part is Alexander Ludwig, although the Canadian actor didn’t seem to think so when I spoke to him at the Montblanc and UNICEF Signature for Good 2013 charity brunch over the weekend.

 It’s a great role and I have read for it but I’m not sure what’s going to happen. I am really interested in the part but the movie may be too similar to the Hunger Games so we’ll see.”

 Wise words or just a young actor covering himself in case he doesn’t get the part? Who knows, but either way it looks as if Reynor is unstoppable for now.

George Clooney

George Clooney

Jack Reynor

Jack Reynor

Colin Farrell

Colin Farrell

Alexander Ludwig

Alexander Ludwig

Best of the rest

What I’ve been reading about today…

Aww I loved these two together but maybe the Muppets room freaked her out? Laineygossip

A 75 year old hitting on a 22 year old is always gross but Jennifer Lawrence’s reaction here is adorable Celebitchy

Why must James Franco continually ruin the memory of  Daniel Desario by acting like a douche? And this time, a sexist douche Dlisted

I think Hugh Jackman is incapable of saying mean things JustJared 

Ponies and elephants at the Jolie/Pitt wedding I’m Not Obsessed