Kit nominated for Emmy Awards 2016

Presenters Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham announced today the nominees for the 68th Emmy Awards, and Kit has been nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, along with his Game Of Thrones co-star Peter Dinklage and other great actors:

  • Jonathan Banks, Better Call Saul
  • Ben Mendelsohn, Bloodline
  • Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones
  • Kit Harington, Game of Thrones
  • Michael Kelly, House of Cards
  • Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Game of Thrones, by the way, dominates the Emmy Awards list with 23 nominations, including the top honour Outstanding Drama Series (you can view a complete list of nominees here).

The award ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 18, at the Microsoft Theater, and will air live on ABC, with Jimmy Kimmel acting as host.

Congrats Kit, well done! 😉

+++ EDITED: Kit released a statement via Entertainment Weekly:
It is a serious understatement to say that I am somewhat stunned. For my work on Game of Thrones to be recognized in this way is an emotional moment for me. I could not be more humbled.

Kit Harington defends theatregoers criticised for eating and talking

Game of Thrones actor who starred in West End show Doctor Faustus says prejudice towards younger fans could kill theatre

Kit Harington, the Game of Thrones star who found himself at the centre of a row over theatre audiences’ behaviour this week, has said criticising young fans could kill theatre.

Harington rejected claims made by the award-winning theatre producer Richard Jordan in The Stage newspaper that audiences had behaved inappropriately at the final night of Harington’s Doctor Faustus at London’s Duke of York theatre.

Harington, who rose to fame as Jon Snow in the TV series, said: “I am afraid that if the theatre is going to die of anything it will be from exactly this type of stereotyping and prejudice aimed towards a new and younger generation of theatregoers.

“I have been a theatregoer since childhood and I didn’t feel that our audiences were disrespectful in the slightest. In the whole run of 10 weeks I can count one time that a phone went off in the audience.

“Of course pictures were occasionally taken, as unfortunately cannot be avoided in any audience anywhere today, but on the whole it was not a huge amount and definitely not off-putting as a performer. I found our audiences to be hugely enthusiastic, energised and responsive. I can’t think of a greater support I’ve had as an actor on the stage.”

Jordan had said that television audiences enticed to the West End by big stars were ruining the experience for others by talking, eating loudly and answering their mobile phones.

“What amazed me most was this audience, many of them Game of Thrones fans, could see nothing wrong in talking, eating and taking pictures throughout the show – or complaining when asked to stop,” he wrote in the Stage.

“A couple saw nothing wrong in producing from their bag a box of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets and a large side of fries. At the interval, they had popped out and purchased these to consume through the second half.

“Munching certainly seemed to be the order of the day. The couple to my left ate their way through a large tub of popcorn during act I, while the couple on my right chomped through a packet of crisps. It was like listening to eating in Dolby Stereo, and sadly at the expense of being able to properly hear the lines being spoken on stage.”

Source: The Guardian

Critic sparks theatre etiquette debate after claiming ‘Game of Thrones fans’ are ruining Kit Harington’s Doctor Faustus

Richard Jordan’s remarks for The Stage have been branded elitist by those wanting to encourage younger audiences into the theatre, but many theatregoers agree with him

Theatre critics and professionals have accused “commercial” fans of “ruining” the audience experience by eating junk food, talking loudly and taking photos.

Producer Richard Jordan sparked controversy after declaring Doctor Faustus, starring Game of Thrones favourite Kit Harington, the “worst West End audience he had ever encountered”. Writing for The Stage, he described his “heart sinking” at the sight of a couple tucking into a McDonald’s takeaway, followed by “the most blatant use of mobile phones ever witnessed”.

While some echoed his demand for a “model of conduct that does not interfere with other theatregoers’ enjoyment”, others accused him of pushing an elitist attitude that risks discouraging younger audiences who have previously found theatre inaccessible, particularly with his description of the “rude” audience members as “Game of Thrones fans” without citing any evidence that they were.

Jordan later told The Telegraph that while he does want to “encourage new audiences”, his disappointment came from theatregoers who “did not seem to care about anyone else’s enjoyment but their own”. His remarks were supported by Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye, who described the behaviour of audiences as “increasingly intolerable” and cited an example of someone unpacking their shopping bags during Jesse Eisenberg’s The Spoils.

Theatre conduct has been a hot topic across the entertainment industry of late, heightened by Benedict Cumberbatch begging fans to stop recording his Hamlet at the Barbican last year after explaining that the distracting red lights were “mortifying”. Then there is Richard Gresham’s extensive Theatre Charter, which outlines how he believes audiences should behave and encourages disgruntled theatregoers are to sign it if they too have “had enough with bad behaviour”.

One suggestion Jordan does make is for the big draw stars of classical theatre revivals such as Hamlet and Doctor Faustus to appear on stage before the show begins and ask audiences how they would like them to behave. But for the moment, the issue of to clap or not to clap, to eat or not to eat and to take photos or not to take photos remains divisive.

Source: Independent / Jordan’s article for The Stage

Never-Before-Seen Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Footage Coming to Comic-Con

60-minute panel will also see developers and actors talking about “the creative process of crafting the campaign.”

There will be a Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare panel at San Diego Comic-Con this month, Activision announced today (July 06). On Thursday, July 21, Activision will host an hour-long panel during which it will show off previously unreleased footage from the game’s campaign.

Additionally, developers will talk about “the creative process of crafting the campaign,” which is inspired by war movies like Saving Private Ryan and Black Hawk Down–but in space. The panel begins on July 21 at 1 PM PT, in room 6BCF if you’re attending in person.

Panelists include Infinity Ward developers such as Taylor Kurosaki (narrative director) and Jeff Negus (director of photography), as well as some of the actors such as: Brian Bloom (The A-Team, Once Upon a Time in America); Jamie Gray Hyder (True Blood, Graceland); David Harewood (Supergirl, Blood Diamond); Jeffrey Nordling (Sully, Big Little Lies).

It’s not immediately clear if this panel will be livestreamed.

Source: GameSpot

Game of Thrones season 7 air date is pushed back, but there’s a very good reason

There’s going to be a longer wait than usual before we return to Westeros.​

So here’s some news that precisely no-one wanted to hear – we’re going to have to wait even longer than usual for new Game of Thrones.

The hit HBO series has traditionally debuted its new season in April, but showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have now revealed that they’re looking at a later launch in 2017.

“We don’t have an air date yet, but this year will probably be a little bit later,” they revealed on the UFC Unfiltered podcast.

“We’re starting a bit later because at the end of this season, ‘Winter is here’ – and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more

“So we kind of pushed everything down the line, so we could get some grim grey weather even in the sunnier places that we shoot.”

Makes sense – not that it helps to soothe our broken hearts.

Game of Thrones season seven will be the show’s second-to-last outing – with reports of just seven episodes instead of the customary 10, too – and a final season is expected to follow in 2018.

Source: Digital Spy

‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Kit Harington Reflects on Season 6, Jon Snow’s Death and More

As season six of Game of Thrones concludes, the actor recalls how he got the part of Jon Snow, and how he kept it.

Jon Snow’s supposed death might have been the worst-kept secret in Westeros. At the close of season five, the Game of Thrones character, played by Kit Harington, was betrayed and brutally knifed by his peers among the Night’s Watch, left to bleed out on the frozen landscape. But months later, the actor — still working the shoulder-length hair style of his character — was spotted filming in Northern Ireland, prompting audiences to wonder if Jon Snow could really be dead.

For a moment, Harington wasn’t sure of his character’s fate, either. “Maybe this is it,” he told W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg. “And then I was told… I had to keep this massive secret from everybody — friends, family.” Still, despite his best efforts, Jon Snow’s supernatural revival at the beginning of season six was greeted with little surprise (and much relief) among the show’s fans. He’s brought back after two episodes by the priestess Melisandre, but he plays dead for a good two hours of television — and behind the scenes, that meant playing dead for weeks of filming.
Here, Harington talks about auditioning for the role of Jon Snow in Game of Thrones, why he gets frustrated by his birthday, and more.

On his audition of Game of Thrones:
Harington’s character is subjected to his share of violence on screen, so perhaps it makes sense that he caught the attention of the showrunners with a black eye during his audition. He had been in a fight the night before, he explains — he entered a McDonald’s with a woman, sitting down with another couple. The man proceeded to hurl abuses at Harrington’s date, and Harrington leapt up to defend her, challenging the man to a fight. “Of course, he’d been sat down the whole time,” Harington recalled. “He got up — and he just kept going,” he added, lifting his head skyward to demonstrate the other man’s height. “I got battered,” he confessed, adding that he credited the man with helping him get the job out of the hundreds of men auditioning for the role. Jon Snow might not be seen with any black eyes, but the character definitely requires a bit of grit.

On coming back from the dead:
“I fell asleep in the middle of a scene,” he said. “You know when you wake up and you don’t know quite where you are? … There’s nothing scarier than waking up in the middle of Game of Thrones world.” It took “thousands upon thousands of takes,” he said, to nail the scene where he finally sits upright with a gasp. “They wanted that over and over again,” he explained. “I had to kind of say, ‘I don’t know how else to do it.’”

On his birthday:
“My birthday is the day after Christmas, so it’s always the same. My whole family just descends on my birthday and I get no attention,” he said. “And I like attention. So, I always end up getting really grumpy and selfish on my birthday.”

Source: W Magazine

Game of Thrones confirms fan theory (at least partially)

WARNING: SPOILERS FROM 6X10 ‘THE WINDS OF WINTER’ EPISOD

Game of Thrones finale confirms game-changing fan theory

This post includes a significant reveal from Sunday’s Game of Thrones episode, “The Winds of Winter”

He’s a bastard no more! Game of Thrones confirmed a major fan theory Sunday night, finally revealing (at least half of) Jon Snow’s real parentage.

In a long-awaited sequence, Bran Stark continued his flashback to a key event during Robert’s Rebellion at the Tower of Joy in Dorne. There, Young Ned Stark just defeated the double-sword-wielding Ser Arthur Dayne, and Bran followed his father up into the tower. Ned discovered his sister Lyanna dying in a bloody bed. Lyanna was either kidnapped by Prince Rhaegar Tagaryen or eloped with him, depending on who in Westeros you ask (the Starks and Robert say kidnapped, but Littlefinger once smirked at that description, and Ser Barristan praised Rhaegar as “the finest man I ever met”). Either way, Rhaegar’s actions caused a civil war.

This much has long been backstory canon from George R.R. Martin’s novels.

But Sunday’s finale, “The Winds of Winter,” added to the tale in a huge way.

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