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Winter is here -- and so is Et's new Game of Thrones after-show, Westeros Weekly!
Each Monday, Et's Leanne Aguilera and Ash Crossan will be breaking down the latest episode's most shocking moments (Hey there, Ed Sheeran!) and debuting exclusive interviews with your favorite Game of Thrones stars and celebrity super fans.
This week, Jon Snow himself, Kit Harington, is the first to answer our signature Wildfire Fast Five speed round of questions, and reveals his pick for who really deserves to rule the Iron Throne. (Warning: His answer will definitely surprise you!)
More: 'Game of Thrones' Season 7 Premiere: The Most Satisfying Opening Scene of All Time!
1. Who's your favorite GoT character? (You can't say your own!)
2. If you could bring one character back to life, who would it be?
Kh: Michelle Fairley [as] Catelyn Stark.
3. What would you like to see your character accomplish before he/she »
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future.
Now eight films in, the “Fast and Furious” franchise keeps chugging along to big box office returns and a seemingly unstoppable string of storylines, but at least one member of the crew would like to see a few changes under the hood. Earlier this week, star Michelle Rodriguez took to Instagram to ask that series “show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one,” implying she might not stick around if some changes weren’t mad. She’s not wrong, because while the series has plenty of interesting, cool, and diverse ladies as part of its ranks, it’s often neglected to put them in the driver’s seat. That needs to change.
Read More: All 8 ‘Fast And Furious’ Movies, Ranked From Worst to Best
The “Fast” franchise already has plenty of »
- Kate Erbland
The latest installment in the still-revving “Fast and Furious” franchise (the Fast-iverse? we really do need a better name for this one), “The Fate of the Furious,” is now available via digital release, and star Michelle Rodriguez is celebrating in a surprising manner: by asking the series to do better by its female stars.
In a new Instagram post (via Deadline), Rodriguez writes, “I hope they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one. Or I just might have to say goodbye to a loved franchise. It’s been a good ride & Im grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years… One Love.”
Rodriguez’s character, Letty, has been the most enduring female star of the franchise during its sixteen-year run, »
- Kate Erbland
Gal Gadot has been working on cementing her place in Hollywood since her first movie role in 2009's Fast & Furious, and now, thanks to her lead role in Wonder Woman, practically everyone knows her name. But what was Gal up to before she caught the acting bug, you ask? Well, when the aspiring star was only 19 years old, she competed in and won the 2004 Miss Israel pageant. She then moved on to the Miss Universe pageant in Quito, Ecuador, that same year but ended up losing to Jennifer Hawkins (aka Miss Australia). RelatedWho Is Gal Gadot's Husband? Get to Know the Lucky Man Who's Married to Wonder Woman After her stint in pageantry, Gal was conscripted into the Israel Defense Forces (conscription is mandatory in Israel for both men and women), where she served two years as a physical fitness specialist and taught gymnastics and calisthenics. As it turns out, »
- Monica Sisavat
Gal Gadot is the ultimate badass, on screen and off screen. Not only is she breaking gender barriers as Wonder Woman, but before she dove into the acting world, she was a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces. After being named Miss Israel in 2004 (yep, she did that, too), Gal was conscripted into the Israel Defense Forces (conscription is mandatory in Israel for both men and women), where she served two years as a physical fitness specialist and taught gymnastics and calisthenics. "The soldiers loved me because I made them fit," she told Maxim in 2007. Related17 Badass Facts You Should Know About Literal Wonder Woman Gal Gadot As it turns out, Gal's military background also helped her break into the acting world. In a 2011 interview with Forward, Gal mentioned that it was a big reason director Justin Lin cast her as Gisele in Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, saying, »
- Monica Sisavat
Gadot is noted for her role as 'Wonder Woman' in the 'DC Extended Universe', starting with "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" (2016), continuing as the lead in "Wonder Woman" (2017), and thereafter in the first part of the "Justice League" films.
At the age of 20, Gadot carried out two years of service as an enlisted soldier in the 'Israel Defense Forces', serving as a combat instructor. She says of her time as a soldier: "You give two or three years, and it's not about you. You learn discipline and respect".
A casting director called her to audition for the part of 'Bond' girl 'Camille Montes' in the film "Quantum of Solace". Although she lost the part to Olga Kurylenko, the same casting director hired Gadot for the role of 'Gisele' in »
- Michael Stevens
Gadot won Miss Israel back in 2004, and went on to compete at Miss Universe.
Gadot learned poise and how to compete in the pageant circuit, but it was her two years of mandatory service in the Israeli army that helped her nab a role in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise.
“I think the main reason was that [director] Justin Lin really liked that I was in the military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons,” she told Forward in 2011.
- Lawrence Yee
Playing world’s biggest female superhero in one of the summer’s biggest films takes a strong woman. Luckily, Gal Gadot is just the right person for the job.
The actress, who got her start in the Fast & Furious franchise, realizes there is a lot of pressure that comes with playing Wonder Woman, who finally gets her own standalone film (in theaters Friday).
“This character is so big and the expectations that all of the fans have for it are huge,” Gadot says in the latest issue of People.
“I feel very privileged that I got the opportunity to portray such an iconic, »
- Chancellor Agard and K.c. Blumm
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) is easily one of the best Hollywood blockbusters of the last twenty years. That film by director Gore Verbinski mixed a fun and sprawling plot with incredibly entertaining and surprisingly three-dimensional characters. It is an immensely re-watchable movie with its quick-witted dialogue and memorable action set pieces. It was a huge surprise back in 2003, and Disney didn’t know it at the time, but they had a gigantic blockbuster franchise on their hands. Even though the second and third installments, Dead Man’s Chest (2006) and At World’s End (2007), are polarizing films, I was, and remain, a huge fan of both. They continued the adventures of all the great characters from the first installment and each felt incredibly different in tone and style. Then there was the garbage fire fourth installment, On Stranger Tides (2011), which felt completely like a cash »
- Scott Davis
Pirates of the Caribbean Salazar’s Revenge Review: The fifth Pirates film hits cinemas this week, but is it any good?
It’s been almost fifteen years since the first Pirates of the Caribbean film arrived in cinemas. The film, based on a popular ride at Disney’s theme parks, took the world by storm and proved that audiences still loved a pirate yarn. Then came two sequels in reasonably rapid succession (2006 and 2007), and with the narrative completed, we thought that was the last we’d seen of Captain Jack Sparrow. Then in 2011 we got another trip around the oceans with Sparrow, this time without his sidekicks, Elizabeth and Will. It lacked the pizzazz of the original trio, but despite lukewarm reviews, went onto the generate a massive box office meaning that film five wasn’t far away. »
- Kat Hughes
Captain Jack Sparrow is pursued by an old nemesis, Armando Salazar, who along with his Spanish Navy ghost crew has escaped from the Devil’s Triangle and is determined to kill every pirate at sea. Jack, aided by his new allies Henry and Carina, must seek the Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that grants its possessor total control over the seas, in order to defeat Salazar.
The fact that the Pirates of the Caribbean series hasn’t released an entry in six years despite 2011’s On Stranger Tides grossing a mind-boggling $1.04 billion worldwide is perhaps an indication that even Disney were aware the series had run out of gas creatively. »
- Shaun Munro
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
“Il Bello Marcello” highlights Italy’s greatest actor and, in turn, its greatest filmmakers.
Stalker continues its run.
Museum of the Moving Image
The Caan Film Festival is underway! Films from Michael Mann, Coppola, Hawks, and more kick it off.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari plays on Sunday.
- Nick Newman
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, arguably one of the most prolific talents working in Hollywood today, is currently in the midst of Baywatch‘s press tour, and that can only mean one thing: over the coming weeks, the former WWE wrestler will be soliciting questions pertaining to most, if not all of the many, many feature films currently lining his slate.
Case in point: when Wgtc caught up with The Fate of the Furious actor, we couldn’t help but quiz Johnson on his involvement in the DC Extended Universe. On board to play the brooding anti-hero known as Black Adam, it seems as though the Hollywood superstar already has an actor in mind to play Shazam (spoilers: it’s Armie Hammer).
- Michael Briers
Life is imitating art for Ian Harding!
For the past seven seasons, the 30-year-old actor has played writer Ezra Fitz on the hit Freeform drama Pretty Little Liars, and now Harding himself can add author to his resume thanks to his new book, Odd Birds.
"It did sort of dawn on me at the beginning of writing it that this could be a big cliché," Harding dished to Et during a live Facebook interview this week. "People are like, 'Oh, you play a writer on TV, are you going to be a writer in real life too? Cool.' That was on my mind a lot, [but] probably halfway through season six [of Pll], I wanted to try something different."
More: 'Pll' Finally Revealed Who Killed Alison's Mom and Dropped Another Baby Bombshell!
Harding confessed that it was his father, Stephen Harding, who also happens to be a New York Times bestselling author, who first suggested »
Comedian, author, and radio personality Paula Poundstone stopped by the A.V. Club offices to talk about her new book, The Totally Unscientific Study Of The Search For Human Happiness. During our discussion, we discovered the disdain she holds for Vin Diesel and the Fast And Furious franchise. In the clip above, she shares the story of the time she watched the “unwatchable” Fast Five. »
- Baraka Kaseko
Ryan Lambie May 3, 2017
With spoilers, we take a light-hearted look at Fast & Furious 8, and where the franchise might go next...
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Fast & Furious 8 and other Fast films.
The Fast & Furious movies aren’t generally memorable for their plots, so we generally file them under their loopiest action sequences. The 2001 original? That’s the one where Vin Diesel jumps a train with a car that looks like something out of Mad Max. Fast Five? That’s the one where the whole of Rio’s destroyed by a car dragging a huge safe on a chain, and where The Rock and Vin Diesel punch each other for five straight hours.
As for this year’s Fast & Furious 8 - or The Fate Of The Furious, or Fast 8, or F8 - »
If anyone had any doubts about the Fast and the Furious series still being viable, think again. Universal's car racing saga turned insane action movie franchise is stronger than ever with the release of its eighth installment, as evidenced by the incredible dollar intake it's managed to pump into its coffers. The Fate of the Furious, after just 16 days in release, has already crossed the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office.
According to Box Office Mojo, with the current weekend's total factored in, The Fate of the Furious has now grossed a grand total of $1.06 billion at the global box office. That already makes it the second highest-grossing movie in the history of the Fast and the Furious franchise, with 2015's Furious 7 still on top, with $1.51 billion worldwide. However, with the rate at which Fast 8 has been raking it in over the past couple of weeks, don't be »
In real life, we have to deal with things like gravity or friction. In the movies, not so much. Real Life vs. the Movies is a look at how possible those ridiculous action sequences from the movies would work in real life.
For as over-the-top and thrill seeking as the Fast and Furious franchise has become, I’ll give the filmmakers credit for using as many practical effects to make their films as possible. The films are only comprised of about 10% CGI shots - contrary to what it may appear. Much of this CGI is also only used to finish background images and erase cables securing the actors, stunt people, and cars. Many moments in the film that you might not expect to be real, are at least partially not CGI.
However, while it is impressive that this over-the-top franchise has figured out a way to create most of their action sequences in real life, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Charlize Theron due to return as cyberterrorist Cipher in the offshoot, as producer hints the ‘official’ street racer action series will be capped at 10 movies
According to Variety, producing studio Universal have hired Chris Morgan – who worked on the last six films in the series – to write a screenplay for a project that would “revolve around Johnson and Statham teaming up to go after Theron’s character”. Johnson’s character, diplomatic service agent Luke Hobbs, first appeared in Fast Five, while Statham’s Deckard Shaw, after a brief appearance in the end credits of Fast & Furious 6, was the chief antagonist in 2015’s Furious 7. Theron’s cyberterrorist character Cipher is a recent addition to the series, appearing in the recent eighth instalment alongside Johnson, »
- Andrew Pulver
Dwayne Johnson may have just joined the Fast and the Furious squad a few years ago, but he might have a lot more of the franchise in his future.
According to the outlet, the idea for a spinoff featuring Johnson has been thrown around since his character, Hobbs, entered the franchise in 2011's Fast Five, though plans are still in preliminary stages and a script has yet to be written.
The film would reportedly revolve around Hobbs and Statham's Deckard Shaw going after the newest villain to the franchise, Theron's Cipher, and be written by series architect, Chris Morgan.
The Rock made headlines last summer after posting a heated Instagram rant, in which he »
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