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'Game Of Thrones': What's Next For The Stark Girls?
By JOLIE LASH
Times are tough for the Stark daughters in “Game of Thrones” Season 4, and Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, said to expect some big changes for Arya and Sansa.
“Arya is in a much darker place and I think we see a little glimpse of that in [Season 3,] Episode 10, but moving into the premiere of the new season, I feel like Arya… she doesn’t have a direction anymore,” Maisie said about where Arya begins the new season.
“She’s given up on trying to look for family,” Maisie continued, speaking to Access Hollywood at the “Game of Thrones” Season 4 premiere at Lincoln Center on Tuesday night in NYC.“She’s given up on trying to control her future. I feel like this year [she] feels nothing.”
Arya remains with Sandor Clegane/The Hound/The King’s Dog (Rory McCann), who had planned to bring her to her brother and mother at the Twins, where he hoped to trade her for a cash prize, until The Red Wedding happened. In Season 4, they are still together, Rory told Access.
“My character’s on a great road trip with Arya and it’s gonna be crazy this year,” he said.
Maisie also promised more shocks from the regularly shocking (for those who haven’t read George R.R. Martin’s books) show.
“If you thought like the end of last year was tough or shocking, you’re not gonna be able to handle the new season. Like, that’s honest,” Maisie said.
A prisoner of sorts at King’s Landing, Sansa remains married to Tyrion Lannister and she is grieving Robb and Catelyn’s loss as the new season opens on April 6 at 9 PM ET/PT on HBO.
“As the series begins, she’s pretty much the same old Sansa. She’s depressed,” Sophie told Access. “Her mum and brother have died – like, there’s no getting over that.”
Sophie did tease that Sansa won’t stay heartbroken forever.
“But then, as the series progresses, she becomes a lot stronger and she becomes very kind of manipulative. Sneaky. Yeah, sneaky Sansa,” Sophie said.
And Sophie too promised more dramatic bombshells.
“There are perhaps more giant shocks this year than there have been on any other [season],” she said.
“Don’t be lulled into a false sense of security,” Sophie said when Access asked her for her advice to fans gearing up to watch the show. “Not that ‘Game of Thrones’ does that anyway, but, ‘Valar Morghulis!’ All men must die!’ Just saying.”
The only reason I'm inclined to believe what Sophie is saying this time around (because lbr girlfriend sold the hell out of her storyline last season and it didn't really pan out that way, lol) is because Kit says in this interview that Sansa "starts to fight back a bit" this season:
I just got back from the screening at Barclays, and imo, this was the best premiere episode since the first season. I'll answer questions if you have them, but please please please be mindful of using spoiler tags.
The Netflix series “Orange is the New Black,” a dark comedy about women in prison, was last year’s surprise breakout hit.
The show was as popular as it was groundbreaking, with a mostly minority cast that features at least six Latinas.
Four Latina cast members sat down with Fox News Latino to chat about how their newfound stardom has changed life the past year and the show’s upcoming season.
Can you tell us what life was like before landing your roles for “Orange is the New Black?”
Selenis Leyva:… I was a working actress trying to make ends meet in New York City. I was that dreamer that dreamed of walking into rooms that I walk in now. Because of my faith, I always felt that it was going to happen. Now I am no longer dreaming it but living it and I take not a second for granted.
Dascha Pollanco: I was a manager of an operating room in a hospital. I worked and was earning a bachelor degree at the same time. I wasn’t happy within myself. Yes, I was working but I wasn’t fulfilled. It wasn’t about the job but about purpose. Now I am doing what I am supposed to do. I can do a 14-hour day on set without a problem because it is my passion.
Jackie Cruz: I was focused. I attended classes to strengthen and perfect my craft. I was also a waitress. I did what I needed to make it happen. I didn’t give up. When the opportunity came from “Orange is the New Black,” I felt prepared.
Jessica Pimentel: I believe that I am the same person. My family, friends and spiritual life are just as important to me, if not more as what they were before the show. I have the same routine. I don’t believe that success should change who you are. This is such a wonderful blessing.
How has life changed for all of you since the success of the show?
Selenis: Oh wow! There has been a lot of love and a lot of recognition! People recognized me from my appearance on an episode of Girls, but “Orange” is more crazy. It startles me at times to have so many people give such beautiful comments. There has been a lot of love!
Dascha: It has not set in yet. There is so much love, many compliments and support from strangers. The recognition from the fans means so much to me because it validates my work as an actor. The success has allowed me to have more auditions. I have been in places with people that I have admired. It has not settled for me yet. I feel chosen, blessed and extremely grateful.
Jackie: Wow! A lot has changed. I knew that the show was a big deal but I have been so surprised by the support and success. I have been working on my acting and singing since I was 16. “Orange” is the big break that I have been looking for. This has been really amazing!
Jessica: Wow! The caliber of people that I get to work with has been amazing. I have admired these actresses and directors for so long. When people recognize me from the show, it truly helps me to see how much the lives of people have been affected by the work on the show.
Why do you believe there is so much interest in this Latina cast?
Dascha: Because we are all so different. The diversity that we represent is becoming the face of America. This is the first time that there are six Latinas in a hit show. The show is very real and deals with real issues. I am not a size two and people say that I am sexy. We are exposing different forms of beauty. We are breaking away from the traditional norms.
Selenis: This has never been done. It is not about how sexy we are. There is no hiding behind makeup. We are raw and beautiful at the same time. People tune in to see these beautifully flawed women who are all so different, yet everyone matters. We want to see a little flaw.
Jessica, your character, Maria, suffered a great loss. Where did you have to go in your mind to relay that type of pain with no words?
Jessica: I have compassion. Although I have not suffered a loss like Maria, I know what it is to lose people that I love. I put myself in her situation. “What would I do if it were me?” I had to question if my only hope was the child, the one thing that provided hope and that was taken away, what is the purpose of life?
Dascha, how would you like to see the relationship between Daya and her mother change?
Dascha: I would like for it to be realistic. This is a woman who has been this way all of her life. I would like to see Daya accept her mother but become Daya outside of her mother. I want to see her move forward and make better choices. She is naïve and lives in a fantasy. She is in jail because she committed a crime. I would like to see her more mature, more realistic.
La Flaca is tough and feisty. Jackie how close is she to your personality?
Jackie: I say that she is my alter ego. She is very blunt. She says what is on her mind. She has no filter. I keep it all inside.
Do we get a more intimate look at La Flaca in Season 2?
Jackie: All I can say is keep watching! [Laughs]You will be surprised and love it. You will experience all of your emotions in one episode.
Selenis, how would you like to see Gloria evolve in the next season?
Selenis: What I would like to see happen, happens in season 2. When reading the first episode, I cried. I had to put it down and come back. The writers develop a beautiful voice for her. Her survival, her toughness will speak to a lot of women. Her story is one that many women will relate to. Season 2 you really get to meet a lot of new characters and you will be surprised at the situations the characters get themselves into.
Can you all clearly define the importance of what it is to be a Latina actress at this time?
Jessica: First, I see myself as an actress. This show has brought to light that we are not a specific color or look. It has exposed a wider variety of what we can be. We are very capable of the traditional roles that we are given. There is a lot more depth to us.
Jackie: It is amazing to be on a show with (six) different Latinas of different shapes, colors, sizes and personalities. I feel that “Orange” has opened new doors for the Latin community.
Dascha: I feel as a Latina actress I do not want to become a stereotype. I need to work on my craft, become better and get more work!
Selenis: We are still not in the clear. We have to continue to push the door. The fact that that it is such a big deal that there are six Latina’s on a hit show is an indicator that we still have so much more work to do. It shows that there is a lack of us in mainstream media and Hollywood. We can’t sit around and complain. We must be smart and knowledgeable. We must be prepared and supportive of one another.
Minutes before Beyoncé takes the stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, three teenage girls spot an actress in the audience.“That’s Laverne Cox!” “Who?” “She’s from Orange Is the New Black!” With their iPhones at the ready for selfies, the trio of fans makes its way toward her to say hello. It’s Dec. 22, 2013, the same week as the launch of Beyoncé’s surprise album and five months since the Netflix series catapulted Cox into a whole new sphere of visibility. The black kid in Mobile, Ala., who became a fast runner in order to avoid bullies hurling the word “sissy” like a stone is now the woman strangers point at in public just before asking for autographs and pictures. A striking figure in her coral dress, Cox greets the girls with the kind of warmth I heard in her voice a few days earlier.
“Oh, so we’re going in!” she chuckled when I asked her about leaving Alabama. It was 8 a.m. in Los Angeles where Cox was filming, but after months of waking up at 5 or 6 a.m. to be on set, an early morning phone interview about her life and career was, apparently, not a problem. “Well, OK! Let’s go in.”
People, even the kind of people we crown as breakout stars, don’t come out of nowhere. So, how did Laverne Cox, actress, writer and transgender advocate, happen? “I just knew I had to get out of Alabama. And this isn’t to disparage the South, but for me and my journey. I needed to be away to figure out who I was.” That journey — from a preteen delivering speeches at Bethel African Episcopal Church in Mobile, to a regular on the ’90s club scene in New York, to the first black trans woman on a reality television show, to a role on one of Netflix’s hit shows — is not all that different from the twists and turns countless actors take on the road to stardom with one crucial exception: “The system isn’t really set up to have these conversations about intersectionality and social justice when you’re an actress. I always feel like someone is going to come along and say, ‘OK, this has gone on for too long. We need to get rid of this girl.’” Laverne laughs at herself then, but it’s not false humility I hear so much as a woman very aware of just how high the stakes are for her.
After years of bullying, culminating in a suicide attempt at age 11, Cox begged her mother to put her in a performing arts school. Her mother, a teacher, eventually agreed. That change, Cox says, saved her life. When I ask her about the bullying, she admits, “I’ve been talking about that so much lately.” In an interview with I’m From Driftwood she elaborated: “Whenever something would happen [at school] and my mother would find out, she would yell at me and say ‘Well, why didn’t you fight back? […] What are you doing to make them treat you like that?’” There isn’t pain in her voice this morning so much as a clear interest in moving on. Instead of going into particulars, she simply tells me, “If you have something you love, that will get you through.” For Cox, that love was about dance and theater.
She studied theater at Indiana University briefly before transferring to Marymount College in Manhattan. She has refined the art of laughing off questions about her age, so let’s just say she landed in New York in the 1990s.“I had this idea of moving to New York and, like, within a year, I’d be a star. [laughs] That was my naïveté. I thought I was going to take the city by storm. And that did not happen.” [more laughter] What did happen was an introduction to the city’s club scene — no drinking, no drugs, she interjects — which allowed her to do her “gender thing.”
“I mean, 10 years ago, I could go to Lot 61 [the now-defunct Chelsea nightclub]. I wasn’t famous. I wasn’t anybody really. I was just doing me. And they’d let me in because I had my own look and I was doing my own thing. I met a lot of people who kind of introduced me to myself.” Cox points out that nightclubs have traditionally been a space where queer people, trans women in particular, can explore gender with relative safety.
In the 1970s, Candy Darling, a trans model and Warhol muse, considered this very scene her stomping grounds. The same goes for the 1990s for trans icon Amanda Lepore, who is credited with inspiring a great deal of photographer David LaChapelle’s work. As Lepore writes about going to nightclubs after her gender reassignment surgery, “I started going out all the time and became a star overnight — the girl of the minute. It felt so good to finally be appreciated.”
Cox says it’s not a coincidence that trans women become underground “muses.” “There’s this freak factor where you become this thing for people to gawk at. And I feel like it started with Andy Warhol and Candy Darling. There’s this interview where Warhol is talking with her and he says ‘Candy is a man.’ And I’m like — I didn’t know Candy Darling, obviously — but I’m pretty sure she didn’t think of herself as a man.” Cox observes. “Andy Warhol was very much exploiting her trans identity and you see that in the New York clubs still. And I’ve been a part of that.”
That trans women are often conflated as being drag queens certainly doesn’t help, nor does the insistence of many drag queens, RuPaul among them, referring to other queens as “trannies.”
“I’ve worked in clubs where I know now I was being exploited. But I needed to make a living. And, like, look: The unemployment rate for trans people of color is four times the national average. We often find ourselves doing what we have to do to survive and I’ve certainly found myself doing what I have to do to survive in New York. But I guess that’s capitalism.”
The balancing act between opportunity and exploitation is something Cox has had to negotiate throughout her career. (“I’ve literally played a prostitute seven times,” Cox told BuzzFeed last July in an interview timed with the premiere of Orange Is the New Black.) Which brings us to Laverne Cox’s best known role prior to Orange Is the New Black, her appearance as a contestant on the VH1’s I Want to Work for Diddy in 2008.
“I never wanted to do a reality television show.” Cox admits. “But, at the same time, for years I wondered what it would be like for a trans person to be on a show like MTV’s The Real World. I just never imagined I’d be that person.” [laughs] The show, a hip-hop take on Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, featured 13 people vying to become P. Diddy’s personal assistant. A short film challenge in Episode 4 features Cox chasing down and tackling an overweight man dressed in a purple hat and cape known as “The Applesauce Bandit.”
Cox says she knew what she was getting into as well as her limits: “I remember being really conscious of not wanting to fight with another black woman on camera. I did an interview and the producers were like, “Well, this [other black woman on the show] said this about you. What do you have to say about that?” And I said I’m not fighting with another black woman on TV. Even during my elimination episode, when it came down to myself and another black woman, my mother — after watching — said, “Why didn’t you defend yourself?” And I just didn’t want to give television the satisfaction of seeing two black women going at it. We see that so much.”
Her concern wasn’t unfounded. The first name of Omarosa Manigault, a black woman who competed on The Apprentice in 2004, is still reality TV shorthand for “angry black woman.” And few mediums have seized upon the trope of the entertainingly enraged black woman quite like reality television. Combine that tendency with the way television and film continue to depict trans women as pariahs (or worse), and Cox’s experience on the show is nothing short of a marvel. Though the actress admits, “Being known as the first black trans woman to appear on a reality TV show is a dubious distinction in a lot of ways.”
Her appearance on I Want to Work for Diddy came at a time when Cox says her career was all but nonexistent. “I’d done some off-Broadway theater, independent films, student films, but I hadn’t had a breakthrough. So a lot of it was about advancing my career professionally. And I just thought it was so powerful, you know. Diddy, a black mogul, embracing me, a black trans woman, on national television.” The overwhelmingly positive experience on the show, as well as the emails she received from trans women inspired by seeing one of their sisters on television, convinced Cox to take an even bolder step: producing and starring in a reality television show of her own.
VH1’s TRANSform ME featured Cox and a team of trans women giving cisgender women “internal and external” makeovers. Once again aware of the problems with the medium she was stepping into, Cox hoped to give the makeover format a makeover of its own. “What I don’t like about makeover shows is that so often it’s about dictating what women should do and reinforcing really outdated ideas of femininity. And I hate that stuff. I hate that shit. I’ll say it. [laughs] I hate that shit. So, I wanted my show to be different.”
Shot in 2009, the show premiered in March 2010 with Jessica Simpson’s show as the lead-in. Cox says the show was intended to be a kind of “gateway drug” to introducing mainstream audiences to trans women and their stories.
“You know, there hadn’t been a show with trans women on VH1 before. We all felt like we were doing something important, the cast and the crew,” Cox says. “And then when the show premiered, we didn’t have any viewers!” What’s worse, she says, is that many viewers didn’t even realize Cox and her cast members were transgender. The show Cox had hoped would lead to a cultural breakthrough regarding trans issues barely made a blip on the radar, and the attention it did get was often critical.
Trans women, in particular, took issue with the show’s premise. As Cox explains, “The critique was — and now, I think it was right — that the premise of the show presupposes that all trans women are hyper-feminine and that trans people exist for the entertainment of cis people.” Like Queer Eye for the Straight Guy before it, TRANSform Me is certainly part of a “magical queer makeover” genre. In addition to RuPaul’s Drag Race, Logo currently is running episodes of RuPaul’s Drag U, which features drag queens giving women “drag makeovers” to help them get in touch with their self-confidence. In all three reality television shows, LGBT people exist for the sole purpose of helping straight people work out their self-esteem issues. It’s like the “magical negro” trope but with glitter.
Talking about the show’s poor reception brings up insecurities that Cox says she still faces however far she has come. “I still walk down the street and will hear people say ‘That’s a man.’ So, yeah, I’ve been bullied and harassed by cisgender people, but I also have gotten criticism from some trans people because I’m not passable. I look trans.”
The issue of trans people passing has received particular attention in media recently, in no small part due to Grantland’s now infamous “Dr. V” feature, which outed the story’s subject — a trans woman who had been passing for years — and allegedly played a role in her suicide. To people who suggest a trans person not wanting to be outed is deceptive, Cox counters, “Being able to walk down the street and not having strangers recognize you as trans is about survival. We become targets for violence. So, I absolutely understand trans women who want to live under the radar. ” She cites the example of Islan Nettles who died in 2013 after being beaten by a group of men in Harlem who confronted her on the street after realizing she was trans.
In the midst of talking about reality television or more recent projects, Cox weaves in asides about the implications of New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy, the lack of HIV/AIDS research regarding trans women, unemployment rates, and misogyny into our discussion with an ease (and command) you might not expect from an up-and-coming actor.
And OK, I’ll admit it: I caught myself saying “Yaaass!” a few times during our conversation. It’s difficult, frankly, not to be moved by what Laverne Cox says and the ferocity with which she says it. You can hear the experience of someone well versed in both “call and response” and the nuances of advocating for herself in an arguably antagonistic industry.
And though the television and film industry may not be “set up,” as Cox says, for such earnest conversations about trans issues and social justice, her hearty embrace of the “personal as political” ethos is perfect for a show like Orange Is the New Black.
“Because Orange is set in a prison, it’s an inherently political show. You can’t even talk about America without talking about prisons,” says Cox. Her character, Sophia Burset, is a former firefighter who is in prison after committing fraud to pay for her transition. When the prison begins to withhold Sophia’s estrogen pills, she confronts the warden. “This is an emergency,” Sophia says during the scene.
“What’s interesting about Sophia’s storyline,” Cox says, “is that, usually when we see trans people on screen their stories are all about their transition, but this is a health care issue. And just because you’re in prison doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have health care.” Cox says Sophia’s relationship with her wife and son is what she finds most fascinating, and that the topic will be explored more in the show’s second season, which airs this June. I wouldn’t be the first person to point to the irony in a show about a women’s prison becoming a critical darling in large part due the diversity of female characters and stories it examines. Cox says it isn’t a coincidence. “Everything about the prison-industrial complex is designed to dehumanize the women who are incarcerated. So, it means so much to me that our show is about doing the exact opposite.”
Like Candace Cane before her, Cox bears the burden of having to succeed on Orange not just as an actress, but as a living breakthrough. It is still the norm for transgender characters in movies and television shows to be played by people who are not trans. Notably, when Jean-Marc Vallée, the director of Dallas Buyers Club, was asked if he ever considered casting a trans person in the role that ultimately earned Jared Leto a Golden Globe and Oscar, he said, “Never. [Are] there any transgender actors? I’m not aiming for the real thing. I’m aiming for an experienced actor who wants to portray the real thing.” The sentiment is as unfortunate as it is typical.
However far we’ve come, there’s still so much work to do. And Laverne Cox, for one, is busy, sometimes to the point of near exhaustion. “Being overwhelmed is a blessing because it means you have things going on!” she says with a hearty laugh when I ask about her most recent film Musical Chairs, in which she plays a disabled trans woman. The film, set in the world of wheelchair ballroom dancing, was released in select cities nationwide and is available on HBO.
And, if it’s even possible, Cox becomes even more animated when asked about Free CeCe! — the documentary she is currently co-producing about CeCe McDonald. In 2012, McDonald, a trans woman, was sentenced to 41 months in a men’s prison after stabbing the man who attacked her during a hate crime. McDonald was eventually released after serving 19 months of her sentence and Cox was there at the prison gates to greet her. The film, Cox says, will explore McDonald’s story but also examine the frequency of violence against trans women of color. As she begins to reflect on McDonald’s case, as well as the death of Islan Nettles, Cox stops herself and sighs. “I’m kind of tired of talking about trans women being killed at a disproportionate rate, but it just keeps happening. And we’re not doing enough about it.”
When Laverne Cox talks about trans women of color, she calls them her “sisters.” “I want to say their names because they’re my sisters and I love them,” she tells me. The dissonance between her personal success and what she calls “a state of emergency for trans people” is something Cox is still figuring out. In what she considers one of the best professional years of her life, Cox has seen two of her sisters die. She laughs a bit to herself as she shares stories about them. It’s a hard-earned kind of laughter, the sound of a woman who knows that breaking through is the only option.
Former Step Up Stars Ryan Guzman (Revolution), Alyson Stoner (Step Up, 3D), Briana Evigan (2: The Streets) and Adam G. Sevani (2: The Streets, 3D, Revolution) are all set to break out their dancing shoes in the latest installment in the franchise, Step Up: All In. And for So You Think You Can Dance fans, Stephen Boss, a.k.a. tWitch (3D, Revolution), will also bust a move or two.
The newest chapter in the smash hit STEP UP franchise reunites an all-star cast in glittering Las Vegas. After struggling in Hollywood for over a year, Sean's (Ryan Guzman) crew disbands and moves back to Miami without him. Refusing to give up the dream, Sean stays in LA.
When he hears about an upcoming dance competition in Las Vegas that could be the opportunity of a lifetime, he teams up with dance phenoms Moose (Adam Sevani) and Andie (Briana Evigan) to assemble a new dance crew.
Reuniting with STEP UP favorites including the Santiago Twins, Jenny Kido and Madd Chadd (aka Robot guy) and a few new faces, the crew must band together in the finale in order to beat the contest at its own game.
Step Up: All In hits theaters in 3-D on July 25.
Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner meet for lunch in Los Angeles, California on March 21, 2014
Major hair envy <3!
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- Lupita Nyong’o | PEOPLE Magazine Photoshoot
Lupita Nyong’o, Joy Kendi, Angel Waruinge, and Liz Njagah on the October 2011 cover of True Love magazine. Read the interview here
Lupita Nyong’o photographed by Taili Song Roth for Palm Springs Life Magazine
The only source I could find for the above pic.
British director Craig Viveiros has come on board to helm Ellen Page in spy thriller “Queen & Country” for Chernin Entertainment at Fox.
The project, based on the Oni Press comic book series “Queen and Country” by Greg Rucka, centers on a British agent Tara Chace going on the run from her own people as she tries to bring down a terrorist on English soil.
Variety reported in September that Page was attached.
Peter Chernin is producing through his Chernin Entertainment banner, along with Jenno Topping. John Rogers is penning the script.
Viveiros began his directing career making shorts and commercials and helmed the short film “Back To Back.” He also produced, wrote and directed his debut feature film “Ghosted” starring Art Malik, John Lynch and Martin Compston.
Viveiros then moved to Haiti to work as a volunteer at the country’s film institute and returned to England to make “The Liability,” starring Tim Roth, Peter Mullan and Jack O’Connell.
“I’m thrilled to be working with Fox and Ellen in the task of bringing Tara Chace and ‘Queen & Country’ to life on the big screen,” Viveiros said. “The echoes of excitement in creating an exciting, unique bold addition the spy genre are held firm by Greg’s solid, riveting source material.”
Page will next be seen in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”
Viveiros is repped by WME, United Agents and Felker Toczek Suddleson.
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Disney's hit animated feature Frozen follows the story of two sisters—the older of which is able to wield snow and ice. Then, suddenly, that sister's personality changes for the worse, and the younger sister tries to save the day. Sound familiar?
The official line is that Frozen is based on The Snow Queen. That isn't too surprising, as many Disney animated features are also based on Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, but Frozen differs greatly from The Snow Queen.
On 2ch, Japan's largest online forum, and Twitter, some commenters (not all!) are pointing out that elements of Frozen very much resemble the mid-1980s Saint Seiya anime, in particular the two Saint Seiya characters Freya and her elder sister Polaris Hilda. However, the similarities were, perhaps, noted in a much more positive light by Tumblr user Anni-Thii last year.
This latest fuss sounds a bit like a stretch, but hey, let's see what it's all about.
Above on the right, you can see Freya from Saint Seiya. Note the physical similarities between her and Anna from Frozen—notably the light-colored hair, the ponytails, and the pink outfits. Wait, their hair isn't the same color. Anyway, continue.
Both are the young sibling and want to save their sisters, and as Anni-Thii points out, their kingdoms. Neither characters have special powers.
Here, also on the right, is Polaris Hilda. Like Elsa, she is an older sister. And like Elsa, she has supernatural ice powers and used to be kind until she takes a turn for the worse.
Some online in Japan are saying that she resembles Elsa. That might be a bit of an overstatement, but see for yourself.
Here is an early design for the Elsa character 2ch points to (originally, it appeared on Pavementmouse). Compare to it to Polaris Hilda.
As noted online in Japan, there are some similar plot points: There is a love triangle (of sorts!) with both younger sisters—with both featuring a handsome man who came from the outside.
Frozen recently opened in Japan, and Twitter users have been drawing the above comparisons, with some of the most hardcore anime fans calling Frozen an outright ripoff. Not everyone in Japan feels this way, as there are those who say the Frozen and the Saint Seiya characters are totally different. Not everyone knows the Saint Seiya anime and not everyone gives a flip.
On 2ch, one net user pointed out that Disney has allegedly copied other anime in the past: The Great Mouse Detective seems to copy Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro, Atlantis: The Lost Kingdom apparently rips off Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, and Treasure Planet supposedly copies 21 Emon.
Of course, that list didn't include The Lion King and its alleged source material, Kimba The White Lion.
Considering how there are several Disney films that seem similar to well-known anime, people in Japan might be quick to lump Frozen in as well. While Disney and Disney films are very popular in Japan, there are, like anywhere, haters.
Or, maybe, Frozen was inspired by Saint Seiya. That wouldn't be a bad thing necessarily, as artists are inspired by others all the time. By "inspired," I also mean that they rip each other off constantly. But was that the case with Frozen? Eh, let it go.
Remember, I will be answering questions on reddit tomorrow eve! Join me! pic.twitter.com/lvrUgxAJy8— Alexander William (@AlexAllTimeLow) March 20, 2014
All Time Low singer/songwriter/guitarist Alex Gaskarth took some time on the band's day off in Glasgow, Scotland to do his first ever Reddit AMA on r/Music. (Drummer/Ultimate Cassadee Pope fangirl Rian Dawson has done two or three). Gaskarth talks about the band's inspirations, alcohol, Game of Thrones/Doctor Who, and sex in the AMA, which got almost 1700 comments and questions.
Question: Will you serenade my girlfriend and I while we have sex?
Edit: You could give us a "Backseat Serenade"
Alex: Sure. I'll be over soon to penetrate you both with sensual sounds.
1.Who's your biggest songwriting influence, and why?
2.What's your songwriting process like? Is it sporadic, do you sit down and force yourself to write something every once in a while, do you have a theme or feel with each album that you go for, etc. (Pretty open ended question I guess).
3.In your opinion, the best song you've ever written?
1.Dave Grohl and Butch Walker. They are two of the most diverse and talented writers out there.
2.It can be fairly sporadic. I find that inspiration can hit at any time, anywhere (like diarrhea,) so it helps to be able to quickly hum something into my phone, or scribble down a lyric on the go. When it comes to actually writing a song, I usually have to lock myself away and really focus one putting something cohesive together.
3.I think "Guts" is the song I'm most proud of.
Question: What happens to all the bras after the concert ends?
Alex: Usually they get thrown out, but it always seems like a waste, so I've started wearing them occasionally.
In all seriousness, we did actually collect them over the course of a tour once, and donated the monetary equivalent to a breast cancer foundation when we totaled them all up at the end.
Question: How many women do you (on average) sleep with per night?
Alex: When my girlfriend is on tour with me, I sleep with an average of about one girl per night.
When she's not, I masturbate furiously into a sock.
Question: How does it feel playing songs from the eras of So Wrong It's Right and Put Up Or Shut Up? What goes through your head when you sing such old lyrics?
Alex: It's awesome that the songs have lasted, and continue to make an impact in our live shows. So many fond memories attached to those songs. When a crowd goes off for any song, be it new or old, it's an incredibly rewarding experience.
Question: So uh how many times have you seen Jack's penis?
Alex: More times than I'd like to admit. :(
Question: I thought this was the guy from Trueblood at first.
Alex: I wish. :(
Question: Do you like hearing yourself sing, or do you cringe? Your voice is incredible I love you.
Alex: I don't think anyone loves the sound of their own voice. I'm happy with what I've been able to accomplish as a singer, but then there's always Freddie Mercury.
Question: What's up Alex? A couple questions for ya: 1. What are your favorite and least favorite cities to go to? Spinoff: what city has grown on you that you never really liked going to? 2. Would you rather a) have shots sent up on stage or b) have a massive joint thrown randomly on stage. (Stipulation: the set isn't interrupted or disturbed in any way with either of these events.)
1.Favorite city is Osaka, Japan. Least favorite, probably New York (Manhattan, specifically.) Paris has really grown on me over the years.
2.Shots! I don't really smoke because it totally wrecks my voice.
Question: I'm super late but I just wanted to tell you that I have the swir girls tattooed on me and your music is wonderful. With that said, what is the weirdest thing a fan has ever given/showed you.
Alex: That's rad!
A guy actually whipped his balls out at a meet and greet once, asking us to sign them. Kinda forward, but I admire his... balls.
Question: Why do you not play good punk?
Alex: I was genetically engineered by Chinese scientists specifically to piss you off, so...
Question: Hi! I've listened to a few of your albums, and only liked what I heard. Im not that into music, but my sister is probably one of you biggest fan(girl)s, I think you even talked to her on twitter a few times(she basically had a siezure in front of me, mouth foam and everything). What do you think of extreme fans, especially if you've ever met one in real life?
Alex: Hey! Good to hear from you. Thanks for giving our music a shot!
Sometimes people forget that the people they see on TV, the web, music videos, etc. are human beings, just the same as them. It's always a little overwhelming to deal with people who are just losing their shit, but at the same time, it's really flattering and you've got to just kind of go with it.
I hope your sister recovers soon. :)
Question: I was wondering how you keep so energetic and happy during and after a show. I know it's a lot to deal with and i want to know how you handle it all
Alex: A shit ton of cocaine and meth.
Question: Alex, what are your thoughts on fan tattoos? especially handwritten stuff?
Alex: Hey, it's your body!
I sometimes get weirded out when someone asks me to "draw" something for them to have tattooed. I am NOT an artist by any means, and I'd feel horrible if someone actually defaced themselves with a wonky heart I scribbled or something. Haha!
Question: What is the song (or songs) you are most proud of writing?
Have you ever felt like you missed out on the college experience or any similar rites of passage while you guys were off touring the world?
Pick three people you've interacted with in the past 24 hours who you'd have on your team during a bar fight.
And finally, what is the most horrifying sight you have ever seen on tour? Disgusting, weird or plain fucked up, whatever you feel fits the description.
1.I'm extremely proud of songs like Weightless, The Reckless and The Brave and Therapy-- Songs that people say have helped them in some way. I never thought that our music would have any sort of profound effect on people when I started writing, so it's extremely rewarding to hear that from time to time.
2.Don't really feel like I missed out on college; I really didn't enjoy high-school, and I feel as though it would have been a similar situation had I gone on to do further schooling.
3.Rian (our drummer), Vinny (our merch guy), and the lady at my hotel's reception desk, (she looked like she could throw down.)
4.Bus on the Warped Tour hit a deer and completely exploded (red mist) the thing all over the highway. Gross.
Question: Do you ever get annoyed by people who assume or fabricate things about your life?
Alex: It can definitely be frustrating, but at the end of the day, people will think what they want to think. I know who I am, and those I'm close with / care about do too; That's really all that matters.
Question: What is the ultimate goal for All Time Low, you guys have been quite successful for the past 11 years, but what is you goal for the next 11?
Alex: Continue to grow as a band, and as people. We're always looking to try new things and push our sound a little here and there, without completely abandoning what we've done all along.
Question: How many pool balls can you fit in your mouth?
Alex: All of 'em, after I crush them into a fine powder and add milk.
Question: Hey dude! Always wondered when you'd do an AMA. You guys have a pretty enthusiastic fanbase, and I use that term lightly. I should know, I guess. As you get more and more popular, do you ever wish you could sacrifice a little of it for the past anonymity?
Alex: Hi! The time is now!
Our fan base is definitely nuts, but also extremely supportive and fun. I don't really miss anonymity, but I am sometimes a little caught off guard by people who forget that we're just like them at the end of the day.
Question: Saw you in Birmingham last week, gotta say it was the best All Time Low gig so far! What's your favourite song to perform live?
Alex: I've been loving So Long Soldier. We just started playing it live, and it's a banger!
Question: Can you wait to respond to this comment until you're too drunk?
Alex: Starting to feel a bit buzzed. Is this the right time to reach out? Can we be friends or should I come back after a few more?
Question: How does is feel to have ridiculous amounts of underage girls doing things like writing creepy sexual fan-fiction about you and throwing bras on stage? I've wondered this at all your shows.
Alex: The creepy stuff is secondary to pretty much EVERYTHING else. We just ignore it. Kinda goes with the territory, I guess. The bra throwing was a joke that started a long time ago, and snowballed from there when we started making jokes about it on stage. At this point we embrace it for kicks alone. :)
1.Why is your twitter background Captain Planet? Are you a fucking hippie?
2.What is one question that you're incredibly tired of hearing from fans/in interviews?
3.Recently some fans have been upset because in Europe someone tried to give you their razor that they had used in the past to self-harm. (It's understandable for you guys to not accept it because of the risk of injury to yourselves) What are your feelings on this situation?
1.What's not to love about the planet, and green mullets?
2.It can get pretty frustrating when questions don't really have anything to do with the band or our music.
3.I don't know when this trend of giving bands razor blades started, but it really bums me out. Self harm is horrible, and this behavior kind of glorifies it in a really strange way. Aside from the obvious reasons of not handing someone an exposed blade at a table signing, I refuse to take them because I'd rather the person just throw it out and be done with the whole thing. Self mutilation is not some cutesy joke, or a moment to share with a group of complete strangers-- it's a sign of serious underlying problems, and those issues need to be talked through with someone who's trained to do so.
1) You guys are basically living the dream right now. Four best friends from high school with a common passion. So many people try to attempt this but very few succeed. How does it feel to achieve this? Where do you see your band in the next few years? If you could be doing anything else at all, what would that be?
2) You guys have been on tour basically nonstop for years now. I always expect to see you guys come by Atlanta every fall and every spring, and you guys are always doing something during Summer, whether it be a foreign tour, Warped Tour, festivals, etc. How has your amazing tour ethic and experienced changed your life? Do you guys find "normal" non-touring life boring now? I know you've said that your current US Tour is going to be your last one for a while. Are you guys going to do anything special with the downtime or are you just going to focus on something else?
3) What is your favorite venue of all time? Who is your favorite band to tour with? And what is your favorite city to play at?
4) You guys grew up listening to bands like Yellowcard, and I've heard they had a large influence on the type of music you wanted to create. What is it like now, after you guys have made it big, to be such close friends with bands like Yellowcard and people like Mark Hoppus, who you grew up listening to?
5) Not a question, but I played Halo: Reach with you guys onetime and it was probably one of the highlights of my life. You guys should definitely do something like that again.
6) What is your honest opinion of the music scene associated with your genre? (The pop/punk, pop/rock, whatever you want to call it scene?)
1.We've been very lucky, and we've worked our asses off to get to where we are today. It's incredibly satisfying to see the hard work and time spent actually pay off. This is our livelihood now, so to be able to support ourselves at this point is amazing.
2.Touring has really been the cornerstone of this band's success. Our shows keep us going, and it's a major part of our income, (Record sales are not what they used to be, etc, etc.) That said, time at home with friends and family almost feels that much more rewarding, because we've created a lifestyle where we've really got to make the most of every moment, touring or not.
3.I absolutely love the Brixton Academy in London.
4.Getting to know some of the guys / gals we look up to has been a dream come true, honestly. So many good people out there, and it's inspiring to see that they all came from the same, humble beginnings that we did.
5.Did I teabag you?
6.It's vicious and a bit petty, but it's also made us who/what we are today. Love it like a sister.
1) Is there any song that you wish you could stop playing live but can't because of the demand?
2) How much control do you guys have over ticket prices of your shows (especially shows overseas)?
3) What's your favorite beer?
4) Who do you think will sit on the Iron Throne in the end?
5) Favourite Doctor?
1.I think we're all a bit sick of playing Coffee Shop Soundtrack live, but honestly, if the crowd's enjoying it, we are too.
2.Ticket prices are typically negotiated and agreed upon by the promoters and our booking agent; We're never directly involved. We try to keep ticket prices as low as we possibly can, but there's a lot that goes into putting on a show, especially so far from home, so expenses go up and so do ticket prices.
3.Loving Full Tilt brewers in Baltimore at the moment.
4.If it ain't a Stark, I ain't interested. Team Stark.
Question: Who would you consider your greatest musical influences? And where is your favourite place to play?
Big fan, heard great things about your Irish show.
Alex: This is a really tough question to answer, because I was inspired by so many different artists and genres. Blink and Green Day got me into the kind of music that we play, but beyond that, I'd say I was molded by The Beatles, Queen, Pink Floyd, Nirvana and Genesis.
Ireland was insane! Can't wait to come back.
Question: What music have you been listening to lately? any particular albums you like listening to on the road?
Alex: I never stop listening to Foo Fighters. Recently I've been listening to a lot of .letlive, Wonder Years, I Am The Avalanche, Taking Back Sunday and Bayside. All of 'em have really solid new records.
1.What was the inspiration behind Jasey Rae?
2.What is your favorite drink?
1.Jasey Rae is a girl from Altoona, PA. We used to play these tiny VFW and Church halls, and she was a girl I had a crush on for a short period of time. Back then, every crush feels like a big deal, and her name happened to sing really well!
Question: Craziest tour story? I'd imagine you and the rest of the band get up to some ridiculous shit. EDIT: Also, what is your favorite cheap beer, expensive beer, mixed drink and shot?
Alex: At this point there are almost too many to list, but one that stands out involves Jack's birthday, a hotel in Pittsburgh, a bottle of cheap tequila, and me marching through the front lobby in nothing but a hand towel, with a flat-screen TV hoisted above my head. We are not allowed back at that hotel. :(
Cheap Beer: Natty Boh (Gotta rep the home town) Expensive / Nicer Beer: Allagash White Mixed Drink: Jameson and Ginger Shot: Jameson
1.Has the band (or management) ever thought about releasing a so-called "official tab book"? When I was younger and had just started playing guitar, books like these helped me tremendously and since I'm kind of a perfectionist, I like to play songs just like band plays them on album, not use a tab that may or may not be totally correct. For example, Dirty Work has been out for 3 years this summer and there are literally zero decent tabs for songs like That Girl or Bad Enough For You.
2.Okay, real talk. What is the deal with Jack's guitar and mic during live performances? I have seen you guys live a couple of times and there have been some strange moments when I'm pretty sure his guitar and mic are turned off but then a couple of seconds later you can hear him playing again.
3.Is there a chance we ever get to hear songs from the second half of Dirty Work, that have never been played live, performed?
4.Has Danny ever dropped your (or Jack’s) guitar while trying to catch it during Dear Maria?
1.I'll be honest, in all the years we've been a band, I don't think we ever actually talked about releasing a tab book. I'm not sure what companies were responsible for putting those out in the past, for other bands, but I certainly had a few back in the day... Learned to play most of Metallica's Black Album that way! Making a note to look into it!
2.Jack's guitar is always on. He's not always playing it, but it's always on. Haha! As for his mic, I think maybe sometimes our sound guys have pulled him down during songs, because he has a tendency to just yell along like a deaf chimp. His mic is there more for banter than actual singing. Zack has always been the harmony guy live. :)
3.I'd like to think so. We're always changing up our set, so hopefully we'll get around to adding some of the deeper cuts into our show down the line.
4.We've had several incidents where guitars were dropped, thrown badly, etc. Once, my guitar actually connected with Danny's forehead before his hands. Nothing a trip to the hospital didn't fix! Yeaaa... That was bad.
All Time Low remains better than your faves.
Adding yet another film to his increasingly long list of film credits, come news that Anthony Mackie will now join Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul and Casey Affleck in the new police crime thriller Triple Nine, which we reported about last month, and which will be directed by John Hillcoat (Lawless, The Road, The Proposal).
The film, written by Matt Cook, tells the story of a group of corrupt cops who plan a major heist.
The title comes from the police code “triple nine,” which is used when a police officer is in trouble and needs immediate help.
Open Road recently has come on board to handle the domestic theatrical distribution of the indie produced project which is being financed by Worldview Entertainment, Surefire and Sierra/Afinity.
Out Olympic heartthrob Tom Daley is back in the pool and back in the spotlight, though the topic of conversation hasn’t really strayed from his relationship with Dustin Lance Black.
The 19-year-old diving sensation did an interview with comedian James Corden for The Sun this week, where he says he came out in December because he was tired of people “questioning” his sexuality.
In what The Sun believes is “Tom Daley’s first interview since coming out,” which is just not true, Daley also reveals that “some people just come up and offer [sex] there and then.” We’re not surprised!
“Yeah, it does happen quite often,” he said, referring to men who unabashedly come on to him in public. “Some people come up to me and say, ‘Do you want to go back?’ And I’m like ‘What do you mean? The whole reason I did this was because I have a boyfriend.’”
Of his coming out video, Daley also said “I was at the point where I thought, ‘You know, who cares?’ I just didn’t want to feel I had to hide, or when I went out to dinner have to bring lots of people. It always had to be a group dinner.’”
We guess this means Tom and his beau don’t play with friends. Here’s hoping they at least play safe.
Have you ever been offered sex?
HBO has once again updated their schedule, revealing the title of the sixth episode of season four. Airing May 11th, the episode will be titled “The Laws of Gods and Men.”
This new title could have something to do with a trial we have seen throughout the trailers. What we know so far:
4.01 Two Swords
4.02 The Lion and the Rose
4.03 Breaker of Chains
4.05 First of His Name
4.06 The Laws of Gods and Men
Six down, only four more to go.
David Benioff and Dan Weiss sign on for two more seasons of Game of Thrones
Although HBO has not yet renewed the show for a fifth season, it’s safe to say Game of Thrones will remain on television until the Throne has been won, and David and Dan aren’t going anywhere. HBO programming president Michael Lombardo recently commented to EW that the pair are too valuable to let go, “I’ve read a lot of scripts. David and Dan are not just good, they are exceptional writers. Their scripts are as dazzling as anything I’ve ever read.”
David and Dan have already confirmed that they expect Thrones will wrap up after seven seasons. It’s likely that the pair, along with many of the actors who initially penned six year deals, will renegotiate their contracts to wrap things up.
So will the ending to George R.R. Martin’s saga be satisfying? Entertainment Weekly also got the scoop from David and Dan, who are among the only people on earth besides George R.R. Martin lucky enough to know the answer.
Benioff: “Absolutely yes.”
Weiss: “100 percent.”