Interview for The Sunday Times Magazine (May 29, 2016)

In this new interview for The Sunday Times Magazine Kit talks about fame, sexism towards men and his cousin Laurent, who also appears with Kit in a new photoshoot session by Matt Holyoak. You can check those pictures in our gallery and also read the full interview.

We are meeting for an interview not to promote a blockbuster, but because he wants to talk about his cousin and friend Laurent, who has severe learning disabilities, lives in special housing and is assisted by the charity Mencap.

On screen, Harington almost always plays romantic warriors. The key to his appeal is that he plays these action roles with a bit of soul. His doleful brown eyes and husky delivery suggest a hero with a hinterland, a swordsman with a sensitive side. This is true off screen as well. He has a calm, measured aura that puts those around him at ease, not least Laurent, whose severe double diagnosis of autism and Down’s syndrome can make life difficult for his family.

Born two years apart, he and Laurent grew up together, part of a crew of five male cousins that included Harington’s brother Jack. But Laurent was always a bit different. “I can’t really pinpoint when I became aware that Laurent had Down’s syndrome,” says Harington. “But when I was young it was a matter of pride: my cousin has Down’s syndrome.”

He still feels that pride today. Because of Laurent, Harington has become an ambassador for Mencap, and shares the charity’s concerns over the effects that benefits cuts are having on people such as his cousin, whose social life is built around funded activities and clubs.

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May 26, 2016 | BBC Radio 1 Breakfast with Nick Grimshaw

Kit was a guest at BBC Radio 1 Breakfast with Nick Grimshaw today. Even with a hoarseness, he talked about Doctor Faustus, Jon Snow lies, Obama love for Game Of Thrones and he also gets a surprise phone call from Maisie Williams!. You can watch videos from the interview bellow and gallery was also updated with pictures from the radio appearance and a new session, enjoy!

Xavier Dolan talks about ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’

Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan, who have won the Grand prix at the Cannes Film Festival for his latest feature film It’s Only The End of the World – considered the second-highest honour of the festival – talks about his next project The Death and Life of John F. Donovan.

The director presented the film in Cannes a few days ago, you can find more info about it here translation help please! and watch a short video of the presentation here. Our gallery was also updated with posters and pictures from that event. Filming begins this summer.

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan reportedly tells the story of American movie star, who begins a correspondence with an 11-year-old English actor that becomes public and begins to destroy his career and life due to the assumptions and insinuations of the Hollywood press. The film reportedly explores the hardships of fame and hurdles of the movie business through the lives of both actors and reflects on the issue of identity and diversity in Hollywood over the past decade.

You’re next film, The Death and Life of John F Donovan, will be both your first English-language film and the first shot in the U.S.. How is it coming along and what has the experience been like so far?

It’s all very exciting. We are in prep and start shooting in Montreal on July 9th for 40 days. Then, Prague and London in September and October, and New York for a split-second before Thanksgiving. So it’s mostly shot outside of the US. But it’s an American story, to be precise. So far, it’s been great, but we have a huge cast, not only in terms of notoriety, but in terms of the number of actors flying in and out of our set. It’s just very challenging to orchestrate all this, and still not make accommodating choices that compromise the film artistically or narratively speaking. But we’re doing good, I think. It’s been great with all the cast, and I’m excited about working with each of them.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Indiewire recently chatted with Dolan via email [as per his request, we’ve left the answers unedited] about where he sees his career headed, completely rewriting his “Donovan” script after it was torn to shreds by a producer, and why after he’s finished directing that film this summer he’s vowed to put his acting career first.

As the scale of your movies gets bigger, has it changed the way you make films?

Not really. They’re still intimate… hopefully, honest, and actor-driven, hair-crazy… The scale and size change, but the approach will always be personal. Working with Jessica Chastain, Susan [Sarandon] and Kit [Harrington] and everyone else on “Donovan” will be incredibly stimulating. But the thing is, to me, from film to film, the attitude stays the same, and the passion too. What matters isn’t fame or reputation, it’s the fact that you get to work with artists who share the same excitement for precision as you. So that never changes.

What does change are the mistakes you make, because you try not to idiotically repeat them. Some have been so egregious, so annoying that you can’t possibly forget about them and just do it again the same way. Your way of seeing style and storytelling changes. The more I go, the more it’s about characters and the narrative – the colours, the aesthetics… picking up a fabric, working on a fill light with [cinematographer] André [Turpin], choosing one of these kitsch songs people think is entirely characteristic of who I am and what I do… these are all inherent actions that we almost organically perform.

What’s much more complex is making decisions when it comes to… who is a character looking up to? Who is it looking down on? Is this one line necessary? Is this the right lens for this particular scene? Is the motion indispensable here or are we overshadowing the actors? How many shots do we really need here? Are we cheap because of schedule, or are we too generous because we are self-indulgent? The fact a movie looks this or that way doesn’t mean we haven’t asked ourselves the real questions.

“The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” has been pushed a couple of times, which in the world of bigger movies with an all-star cast is completely normal. Has this been frustrating for you, or are you looking to take more time between projects?

It’s not been frustrating. It’s been a blessing. There always is a reason to things happening or not. You make your own fate in the proportions that you can, but some things are out of your control. In the meantime, I got to shoot “It’s Only the End of the World” because of Donovan being pushed back. And when I come to think of it, I was not ready to shoot “Donovan” before, and the script wasn’t ready either.

Last summer, I went to New York to meet with a producer that I love. He told me he had notes for me, and that I would perhaps dislike hearing them, but that he didn’t want to spare me. I said, fine. I sat in front of him, and for four consecutive hours, I listened to him question or dismiss almost every aspect of the film, from skin to core, doubting the actual point of the film itself. It was great, honestly. When no one wants a movie, there is a reason. We got back to work with Jacob Tierney, my friend and co-writer, and rewrote the entire thing. The movie was picked up two or three weeks later. All the cast agrees that this version has nothing to do with the one before. So it was meant to be that way.

Source: Indiewire

Game of Thrones: Jon Snow spin-off rumor not true, reps say

Kit Harington hasn’t been approached about a spin-off of the HBO hit

As much as we’d love for the latest Game of Thrones rumor to be true, Kit Harington has not been approached about starring in a spin-off of the HBO hit, sources say.

Various UK outlets claimed Sunday that the Jon Snow actor has entered preliminary talks about participating in a as-yet-unannounced Thrones sequel series.

But reps for the show and actor say there is zero truth to this.

HBO been pretty adamant that there’s no current Thrones spin-off or prequel plan. But that could eventually change with the just-announced departure of top programming executive Michael Lombardo, who told EW a firm “no” when asked about a spin-off last month. “If that were to happen it would have to come from [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss] really feeling something, or [author George R.R. Martin] really feeling that it was the right thing to do,” he said. “Not knowing how this particular story ends, I don’t know. There are plenty of characters, secondary characters, [who] you could build a world around. We’re always going to be drawn to a strong creative vision. But we are not going to do that unless we feel their passion.”

Thrones showrunners recently agreed with HBO. “No, we don’t talk about that stuff,” Dan Weiss said. “The job at hand is too enormous and challenging to be further diffusing ourselves by thinking about spin-offs, and theme park rides, and ice ballets … but if anybody has a good pitch for a good Game of Thrones ice ballet, let us know.”

On the heels of that, Martin told EW he was open to the right spin-off idea. “There is certainly no lack of material,” Martin said. “Every episode of The Naked City – one of the television shows I watched as a kid – ended with a voice-over: ‘There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.’ There are eight million stories in Westeros as well … and even more in Essos and the lands beyond. A whole world full of stories, waiting to be told… if indeed HBO is interested.”

HBO actually has a decades-long track record of declining to order spin-offs. Legacy hits The Sopranos, Sex and the City, True Blood, Six Feed Under, and Entourage all concluded without birthing another show (occasionally a movie, but not a series). Thrones, however, is arguably a very different case. As Martin points out, the sprawling mythology of Westeros, combined with having an unusually large number of characters, makes the show ripe with possibilities. Plus Thrones is HBO’s biggest hit of all time – ratings have climbed each year, which is highly unusual – and the drama racked up a record number of Emmys last year. Plus, while spin-offs used to have an unseemly and opportunistic taint to them during the CSI era, today’s media and fandom see creative expansion in more favorable terms – Netflix has Marvel heroes, ABC has Shondaland dramas (with shows that are connected by a certain storytelling style, if not the same characters), Disney has Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and NBC has its Chicago procedurals.

In any case, the clock is beginning to tick if HBO wants to keep new Westeros tales on the air each year. Thrones producers have proposed wrapping the current series at 73 hours, with a final 13 episodes split between seasons 7 and 8 (the UK stories also claimed the series would wrap with season 7, which is not true either). It’s not yet clear if HBO will agree to the end-date plan.

Source: Entertainment Weekly by James Hibbard

The Andrew Marr Show BBC 1 (May 22, 2016) – Interview Video

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Game of Thrones has transformed from a cult TV show into the most successful television series ever.

Some of that runaway global success is down to Kit Harington.

His smouldering turn as Jon Snow in the series has made him one of our brightest stars.

The character’s death and resurrection earlier this year made headline news around the world.

Andrew Marr caught up with Kit on stage in London where he is currently playing Doctor Faustus in a controversial version of Marlowe’s classic play

Source: BBC

Game of Thrones star Jon Snow resurrected again for a spin-off

GAME of Thrones action hero Kit Harington could star in his own spin-off series once the hit show comes to an end.

The English actor’s character – swashbuckling Night’s Watch swordsman Jon Snow – has only just been brought back to life on screen by the magic spell of a sorceress.

But studio bosses in America are already planning to build a series around him after what is set to be the show’s final season next year.

The new show could turn 29-year-old Kit into one of the highest-paid stars in television history with a salary in excess of a million dollars – approximately £684,000 – per episode.

That figure could almost double if his agents succeed in negotiating a bonus deal based on massive worldwide syndication expected to match that of Thrones, which is viewed in 170 countries.

A senior executive at HBO confirmed that “exploratory talks” with Kit opened after he was sworn to secrecy about his character’s dramatic resurrection prior to the launch of Thrones’ current sixth season, adding: “Any spin-off built around Jon Snow, who is hugely popular with fans, would also undoubtedly involve other characters from the cast.

“When the final season wraps next year, it’s going to be a case of figuring out who we want to join us for a new series and which of those cast members actually want to jump on board.”

Several of those key stars – including Emilia Clarke, 29, who plays ‘Dragon Queen’ Daenerys Targaryen and Gwendoline Christie, 37, who plays fearsome female knight Brienne of Tarth – have begun to build major movie careers in Hollywood.

Our source said: “One of the hardest things in showbiz is trying to keep an ensemble cast together and there’s no doubt that, when Thrones finally comes to a close, most members will head off to pursue fresh projects.”

Author George R.R. Martin, on whose A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels Thrones is based, will remain as a consultant on HBO for the spin-off series.

Source: Sunday Express