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Cast Signs for Season 7 with Big Raises

HBO has renegotiated the stars’ contracts using a tiered system to factor in a potential seventh season

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HBO has locked up its Game of Thrones stars for a potential seventh season of the hit drama.
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The principal Thrones actors, who were signed only through six seasons of the show, have completed an extensive renegotiation of their contracts that includes an option for season seven, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

In exchange for the option, HBO has ponied up huge raises for seasons five, six and the potential season seven that will make the castmembers among the highest-paid actors on cable TV. An HBO rep declined to comment on the renegotiation or the season seven options.

Game of Thrones, based on the best-selling books by George R.R. Martin, was renewed in April for two additional seasons, taking it through season six. A seventh season has not been greenlighted but is considered highly likely given Thrones’ status as a ratings smash and awards favorite.

With one of the largest and most diverse ensemble casts on TV, Thrones employs a tiered system to compensate its stars, according to sources. The “A” tier — which includes actors Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen) and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister) — is paid at the highest level. The “A” tier actors are said to have renegotiated their deals in concert.

The lower-salaried “B” tier — which is said to include co-stars Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) and others — is said to be scoring raises as well in exchange for season seven options. A still-lower tier of regular actors will receive much smaller pay increases, according to sources.

Re-negotiations are common on hit shows, and Thrones is the biggest show on HBO, with its fourth-season finale drawing 7.1 million total viewers. Last season, Thrones topped The Sopranos as HBO’s most watched series of all-time in terms of average gross viewership. The series draws a massive 18.6 million viewers across multiple platforms and views. Its viewership overseas is similarly strong.

In addition, the series most recently led the Emmy nominations with 19 total mentions, including best drama series and best drama writing, and supporting drama actor and actress for Dinklage and Headey, respectively. Thrones also has helped its cast land high-profile film projects.

Of course, when an actor signs on for seven seasons of Game of Thrones it doesn’t mean his or her character will live that long. Thrones is notorious for killing off characters, and Martin is still finishing the book series on which the show is based, which means the stars could lose their jobs — and their new paychecks — before a seventh season.

Of the “A” tier stars, Harington is repped in the U.S. by CAA, Parseghian Planco and attorney Karl Austen; Dinklage is repped by CAA, Insight and Austen; Headey is repped by CAA, TMT and attorney Roger Haber; Clarke is repped by CAA; and Coster-Waldau is repped by WME, Impression and Lindberg Management.

 

Source: Hollywood Reporter

 

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UK Contest 2: WIN a DVD Copy of Jason Momoa’s “The Adventurer”

You could win a copy of Debug starting Jason Momoa.(sorry the distributor limited this to UK residents only)

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DEBUG

Released on Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms on November 3rd

 

Get ready for the hard drive from hell as DEBUG comes to Blu-ray, DVD and digital platforms from November 3rd, 2014 courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

 

Sent in to deep space as punishment for computer-based crimes, six young hackers are attempting to debug the computer systems of a massive derelict space freighter. While they struggle to clear out the viruses, the team fall prey to the ship’s vengeful artificial intelligence, a programme that would literally kill to be human. As the fractious team is forced to match wits with this rogue programme, they discover that the ship holds a deadly secret – and a fate far worse than death. 

Written and directed by the multi-talented David Hewlitt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Cube)and starring Game Of Thrones’ Jason Momoa, DEBUG is a nerve-shredding sci-fi horror that proves that, in space, it doesn’t matter if they can hear you scream...

All you have to do to be entered is answer this one question. Answer by commenting to this post and the comments will be screened until the contest ends. 

 

Why is Khal Drago’s braid so long?

Answer by commenting below (all comments will be screened and, therefore, will not show immediately) and you will be entered in the contest to win one of three DVDs from Premiere.

Once again, this is for UK residents only. The contest ends November 6th.

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UK Contest 1: WIN a DVD Copy of Lena Headey’s “The Adventurer”

You could win a copy of The Adventurer, The Curse of the Midas Box starting Lena Headey.(sorry the distributor limited this to UK residents only)

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The Adventurer: The Curse Of The Midas Box

Released on DVD and digital platforms on October 27th

 

An all-star cast features in the family fantasy epic, THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX, coming to DVD and digital platforms on October 27th, 2014, courtesy of Signature Entertainment.

 

As the steam age takes hold in Victorian London, Mariah Mundi’s life is turned upside down when his parents vanish and his younger brother is kidnapped. After an encounter with a charismatic stranger, Mundi follows a trail of clues to the majestic Prince Regent Hotel where he discovers a hidden realm of child-stealing monsters, deadly secrets and a long lost artefact with the potential to grant limitless power at a devastating supernatural cost. With the fate of his world and his family at stake, Mundi will risk everything to unravel the Curse of the Midas Box!

Starring Aneurin Barnard (TV’s Moonfleet, The White Queen) as Mariah Mundi, THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX also features a wealth of household names, including Michael Sheen (The Twilight Saga, Frost/Nixon), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Escape Plan), Ioan Gruffudd(Fantastic Four, The Secret Of Moonacre), Lena Headey (TV’s Game Of Thrones, 300: Rise Of An Empire) and Keeley Hawes (TV’s Spooks, Ashes To Ashes).

All you have to do is answer this one question to be entered. Answer by commenting to this post and the comments will be screened until the contest ends. 

Likely Cersei’s most popular line in the whole series, in Season 1, she summed up the whole show by saying:

“When you play the Game of Thrones, You Win or You Die. There is no middle ground.”

Who was she talking to when she gave that warning?

Answer by commenting below (all comments will be screened and, therefore, will not show immediately) and you will be entered in the contest to win one of three DVDs from Premiere.

Once again, this is for UK residents only. The contest ends November 6th.

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Better Look at Tyrene Sand’s Weapons

Despite looking sweet and having a pious persona, Tyrene is known for being lethal and well-versed in poisons. So much so that after Prince Doran touched her, the maester searched him for scratches and cuts for fear of him being poisoned (like father, like daughter). We’ve already seen Jessica Henwick as Nymeria practicing with a whip and now in these pictures behind the cut, Rosabell Sellers is seen practicing with a couple of wicked looking daggers in her every day wear instead of her armor.

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Maisie Williams on an “exciting” series five

The actress, who plays Arya Stark in the HBO series, had some cryptic clues as to what we might expect

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By Huw Fullerton
Wednesday 22 October 2014 at 08:27AM

A lot of Game of Thrones fans are desperate to find out what might happen in next year’s season five – and it looks like one of the HBO series’ actors is right alongside them.

“Even for a cast member, this next year is so secretive,” Maisie Williams (who plays outcast noble Arya Stark) told RadioTimes.com. “I ask millions of questions and never get any real answers, because they want to keep so many things hush hush.”

Still, what she does know sounds very exciting – and visual. Might we be seeing some more unusual creatures or monsters this year?

“From the second I read [this year’s scripts] I’ve just been questioning directors and writers and makeup artists, and prosthetic people about how they’re gonna shoot it,” Williams said, “and stuff that’s going to be special effects, so acting with tennis balls and things like that.”

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Wilko Johnson. AKA Ilyn Payne, says he is ‘cancer free’

Wilko Johnson: “If there’s a moral to this story, it’s that you never know what’s going to happen”

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Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson has said he has been “cured” of the terminal pancreatic cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2012.

The 67-year-old was initially given 10 months to live after rejecting chemotherapy, but had radical surgery to remove the tumour earlier this year.

“It was an 11-hour operation,” he said at the Q Awards in London.

“This tumour weighed 3kg – that’s the size of a baby,” he continued. “Anyway, they got it all. They cured me.”

The guitarist went on his “farewell tour” in 2013 and recorded an album with The Who’s Roger Daltrey.

“I thought that was going to be the last thing I ever did,” he told BBC News entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson after the ceremony on Wednesday.

‘Calmly accepted’ fate

Then, at the end of last year, a doctor got in touch and said “something strange” was going on because he was still alive.

Johnson went to see a cancer specialist at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and it was discovered that he had a rare form of tumour. He then had the surgery in April.

Wilko Johnson tells the BBC’s Colin Paterson he was told he would die

After the initial diagnosis, he was “absolutely convinced that this thing would kill me,” Johnson said. “I accepted it. I didn’t lose a minute’s sleep about that.”

The musician said he had spent a year “calmly accepting the idea that I was going to die”.

He said: “I decided that was the way to deal with it – not to curse it or fight it or anything like that. Just try and enjoy the time left, which I’d done.

‘It’s gone’

“In order to do that, you have to accept, yes you’re going to die, which in itself was quite an experience because it gives you a whole different way of looking at things.

“And then for someone to come up and say ‘We can fix it’… When they first said they could operate, I was thinking, ‘What are they saying? They may be offering me two or three more months life?’

“But no they weren’t, they were saying they could get rid of the tumour, and that’s what they did. And it’s gone. And I don’t have cancer.

“It’s so weird and so strange that it’s kind of hard to come to terms with it in my mind. Now, I’m spending my time gradually coming to terms with the idea that my death is not imminent, that I am going to live on.”

He said he was still recovering from the operation. When asked what he would do next, he replied: “I don’t know really.”gotIlynPayne-2807942914965227134_zps2c80fae1

Johnson’s declaration came as he accepted the Icon Award at the Grosvenor House ceremony on Wednesday.

Johnson’s operation also involved the removal of his pancreas, spleen part of his stomach, small and large intestines and the removal and reconstruction of blood vessels relating to the liver.

Source: BBC

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