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Game of Thrones cast is as disappointed with season 8 as you are and they are saying it openly

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Like clockwork, a Game of Thrones cast member has publicly expressed their frustration with the final season immediately after a major turning point for their character. Conleth Hill, who played Lord Varys in the hit HBO show, has said that ‘the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite’.

Hill joins the likes of Lena Headey, Gwendoline Christie and several other actors who have, to varying degrees, agreed with fans that the final season of the show hasn’t lived up to expectations. Although season eight has received the highest ratings in the show’s history, it is also the worst-reviewed of the lot, with an aggregate score of 75% on Rotten Tomatoes. Episode five, The Bells, achieved the unenviable distinction of being the worst reviewed chapter in the show’s history.

Varys and Euron Greyjoy were killed in The Bells, and although Hill and Pilou Asbaek (who played Euron in the show) have said that their overall takeaway has been positive, they can’t help but feel that the final season has been a missed opportunity. Asked if he feels his character has been reduced to the sidelines in recent seasons, Hill told Entertainment Weekly, “That’s been my feeling the last couple seasons, that my character became more peripheral, that they concentrated on others more. That’s fine. It’s the nature of a multi-character show. It was kind of frustrating. As a whole, it’s been overwhelmingly positive and brilliant, but I suppose the last couple seasons weren’t my favourite.”

He said he felt Varys was ‘losing his knowledge’ in the last few seasons. “If he was such an intelligent man and he had such resources, how come he didn’t know about things? That added to my dismay. It’s now being rectified with getting a great and noble ending. But that was frustrating for a couple seasons.”

Euron, who dies at the hands of Jaime Lannister in episode five, had killed Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon Rhaegal in the previous episode. Asbaek told IndieWire that fans could have seen another side to Euron. “I wish we could’ve seen — not the seducing side, not the ‘I want to f–k the queen’ side — but something different. Maybe something [darker], more mysterious. It would have been fun to see that side because it’s closer to the books.”

Gwendoline Christie, who plays Brienne in GoT, expressed similar concerns after episode two, in which Brienne was knighted. Christie had said she was so dismayed by showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss’ decision to send Brienne down a romantic road with Jaime, that she had to take a walk after she read it. “I know it’s just a character and I’m an actor who’s lucky to do her job. It’s so heartbreaking. But it’s life isn’t it? Life is heartbreaking. I never assumed they would be together. I didn’t think that would happen. And now I can feel a million hearts breaking,” she told EW.

Christie wasn’t the only one not on the same page with David and Dan (or D&D as they’re now being called online). Lena Headey has said that she wasn’t at all in favour of Cersei Lannister agreeing to sleep with Euron in episode one. “I kept saying, ‘She wouldn’t, she wouldn’t, that she would keep fighting,’ but (David and Dan) obviously know what they’re doing and were adamant Cersei would do what she had to do.”

Headey also told EW that her reaction to Cersei’s final scene ‘was mixed at first’. “I wanted her to have some big piece or fight with somebody,” she said.

Reacting to how her character was killed off, Nathalie Emmanuel, who played Missandei in the show, told EW, “The one thing I would say is I really had wished that I had more time or scenes this season maybe with Daenerys or even with Cersei, scenes where we get to see her being brilliant before she dies.”

Emilia Clarke, who plays Daenerys, the character who has perhaps witnessed the most drastic change in the final season, told Vanity Fair in an interview that the ending ‘f**cked me up.” She said that “Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavour in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is…” she couldn’t finish her thought. Episode five confirmed many fans were expecting, and showed Daenerys’ transformation into the Mad Queen.

Jon Snow actor Kit Harington called the season “disappointing” only to backtrack, half-heartedly calling it, “Epic, I dunno.”

Game of Thrones will return for its series finale on Monday, May 20, amid intense fan expectations and scrutiny.

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Cannes 2019: Sonam Kapoor transforms into modern-day maharani, sports two different looks.

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The latest Bollywood celebs to grace Cannes this year are Sonam Kapoor Ahuja and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Before Sonam’s red carpet appearance, the actor shared pictures in beautiful gowns to keep the mood going.

Sonam shared two sets of pictures on Instagram on Monday, one is a beautiful Elie Saab-designed purple gown and another creamed-coloured, riched embroidered Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla-designed off-shoulder gown for the Chopard La Nuit Des Rois dinner party. The purple outfit was for press conference at Cannes.

Sharing the purple dress look, Sonam wrote: “@eliesaabworld for press all day everyday” while for the dinner party, later in the evening, she shared another lot of pictures and wrote: “For the @chopard #lanuitdesrois dinner party in @abujanisandeepkhosla”

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Earlier in the day, the Bollywood fashionista, who along with sister Rhea Kapoor reached the French Riviera on Sunday for the ongoing 72nd Cannes Film Festival, stunned fans with her gorgeous looks in an exquisite red gown. Looking ravishing and fresh in the red dress by Valentino, she opted for a fresh face of makeup with nude pink lips and beautiful eye makeup to round off her look.

The ongoing Cannes Film Festival, which started on May 14, has seen a string of Indian celebrities making their red carpet appearances. Bollywood divas who have ascended the red carpet so far include Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Huma Qureshi, Diana Penty, Hina Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The festival will go on till May 25.

Last seen in Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga, Sonam has been busy shooting for her next film, The Zoya Factor. Based on the book of the same name by Anuja Chauhan, the film also stars Malayalam sensation Dulquer Salmaan. The film, which was reportedly set to release in June this year, has been postponed to September, owing to the commencement of ICC Cricket World Cup in May-end.

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Aishwarya Rai brings drama to Cannes red carpet in elaborate white gown

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After making a stunning appearance at the red carpet at Cannes Film Festival on Sunday in a golden mermaid dress, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan slayed the red carpet in white on her second day at the ongoing festival.

Aishwarya walked the red carpet on Monday in a white feathered and tulle dress by Ashi Studio, accessorised with diamonds. She flaunted kohl-rimmed eyes and light pink lip colour with her hair pulled back in a bun to complete the look. She also shared pictures and videos showcasing her latest red carpet look. The picture came up for much praise with actor Deepika Padukone giving it her stamp of approval.

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She shared a new picture on Instagram early Tuesday where she is seen in a sea-blue dress, posing elegantly for the camera. Aishwarya has shared a mid-shot of herself where she flaunts the dress.

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Aishwarya also had three impressive looks for her second day at the ongoing film festival, apart from the red carpet look. She flaunted her summery style with three more vibrant looks. She wore a horizontal striped red-and-white dress for the first look, while the second had her in a denim jacket and white top combo. For the third one, she paired a colourful jacket with denims and a plain black top.

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Anil Kapoor on wife Sunita’s refusal to pose for a magazine cover: I almost fell at her feet ki ‘photo lele yaar’

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Married for 35 years, and dating for 10 years before that… actor Anil Kapoor completed 45 years of togetherness with wife, Sunita Kapoor, today. Here’s Anil in a freewheeling and exclusive conversation, recalling and revealing tidbits about his love story.

What’s the story behind your marriage?

I fell in love with her voice first. I thought ‘oh God, what a beautiful voice yaar, kya English bolti hai, pronunciation is so well’. I met her for the first time at Raj Kapoor’s house. She was so attractive, and if I may say, sexy also… she wore these gogo glasses, which are big, round and rimmed. Then we started chatting on phone, and our friendship grew. First it was a very platonic friendship, which developed into love. I started missing her when she wasn’t around. I had to speak to her, I felt a vacuum. I would travel by buses to meet her.

What was that point which made you take the plunge?

When I felt that I will be able to financially support her. She had made it clear ‘I won’t go in the kitchen, I am not going to cook for you’. I never expected her to cook for me. I thought I should have a lot of servants, and a good chef in my house. I am a Punjabi, I am fond of food. Also, another point was that when I felt I can have a home. All my life, I was happy, we lived in a rented home. When I was a kid, my family stayed in a small little place. Then one room, and then two bedroom hall. But all of them were rented, we could never afford to buy it. I needed a chef, a cook, and then I proposed to her and we got married.

A notion attached to Bollywood was that young actors were dissuaded from getting married. Did that happen with you too?

I was dissuaded, (people said) it was hara-kiri for me to get married. I came to a situation where I was at crossroads — career or love. I had started getting work, but everyone said ‘you are doing well, and your career has just started. You are climbing the ladder of success, and now that you are getting married, you are going to come down.’ I had to make a choice — either come down, or get married. I said I don’t mind coming down, but I will not sacrifice… she’s more important for me. It’s a fact, I am not faking it.

So while you were busy working in films, she decided to stay at home and take care of your children, Sonam, Rhea and Harsh Varrdhan…

She was not one of those wives, she was always working. When we were not dating each other, she was a model. A banker’s daughter, she always supported herself, and never took money from her parents. That’s one of the things I respected a lot. She said ‘When I am going to get married, I will come in just this one outfit. There will not be one single ornament or jewellery, just one salwar kameez or sari, that’s it. Rest we will build ourselves.’

She’s quite media shy. She didn’t give us even one quote for this interview!

She’s not media shy, she just doesn’t speak to the media. She wants to lead a normal life. I respect her decision, but sometimes, that went against me. I also wanted to project myself in front of the public, have a few (magazine) covers done (that said) ‘HAPPY FAMILY’ ‘ANIL KAPOOR’S WIFE’. Maine badi koshish ki ‘I am getting this cover, that cover’, almost fell at her feet ki ‘photo lele yaar’. What to do?

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