The GATE http://www.thegate.ca Entertainment Magazine Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ final trailer & galleryhttp://www.thegate.ca/film/021646/x-men-days-future-past-final-trailer-gallery/ http://www.thegate.ca/film/021646/x-men-days-future-past-final-trailer-gallery/#comments Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:00:17 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=21646 The third and final trailer for Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past launched earlier this week, and it's a big one, whether you're a fan of the original comic books or coming in brand new.

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The third and final trailer for Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past launched earlier this week, and it’s a big one, whether you’re a fan of the original comic books or coming in brand new.

Sentinels attack, Wolverine crosses timelines, lives are threatened, and the world is upended in one of the biggest stories in the X-Men universe.

X-Men: Days of Future Past also boasts a big cast, bridging the timelines between the original films, and the new, along with a few new faces as well. That cast includes Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, plus Evan Peters and Omar Sy.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in theatres on May 23, 2014.

Synopsis: The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from the past, X-Men: First Class, in order to change a major historical event and fight in an epic battle that could save our future.

X-Men: Days of Future Past Gallery:
Bryan Singer directs Patrick Stewart Jennifer Lawrence Omar Sy as Bishop Adan Canto, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Daniel Cudmore Ian McKellen as Magneto Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart Hugh Jackman Hugh Jackman as Wolverine Peter Dinklage as Dr. Trask Nicholas Hoult as Beast Michael Fassbender Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique Jennifer Lawrence Hugh Jackmen, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy Ian McKellan as Magneto and Patrick Stewart as Xavier

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10 things you need to know about: Legendary live music venues in Canadahttp://www.thegate.ca/spotlight/travel-destinations/021634/10-things-need-know-legendary-live-music-venues-canada/ http://www.thegate.ca/spotlight/travel-destinations/021634/10-things-need-know-legendary-live-music-venues-canada/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:30:05 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=21634 Justin Bieber, Céline Dion, Bryan Adams, Neil Young: next to hockey, music might be Canada’s greatest export. From coast to coast to coast, intimate venues with rich history showcase tomorrow’s stars and legendary acts from around the globe.

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From extra bounce on a horsehair dance floor to the old stomping grounds of the Rolling Stones, rock out across the country.
By Remy Scalza

Justin Bieber, Céline Dion, Bryan Adams, Neil Young: next to hockey, music might be Canada’s greatest export. From coast to coast to coast, intimate venues with rich history showcase tomorrow’s stars and legendary acts from around the globe.

1) West coast grooves: Since 1929, the Commodore Ballroom in downtown Vancouver has been the place to catch the hottest live acts. A vintage “sprung” dance floor—lined with horsehair for extra bounce—has kept crowds bopping over the years to (then) up-and-coming bands such as U2, Coldplay, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nirvana.

2) Vintage jazz: Jazz cats can also check out Pat’s Pub on Vancouver’s hip east side. Built in 1914, the atmospheric spot—which still boasts original wood floors—once hosted ragtime stars like the legendary pianist “Jelly Roll” Morton. These days, local rock, jazz and indie acts perform throughout the week.

3) Rockin’ out in Cowtown: Housed in a 1936 theatre, the Ironwood Stage and Grill in Calgary is renowned for its acoustics and incredible live music. Drop in any night of the week for a dose of downhome country, bluegrass, blues and more in the heart of cowboy country.

4) Polka on the Prairies: Elvis is rumoured to have once serenaded crowds inside Danceland, a 1928 ballroom rising on the Saskatchewan prairies east of Saskatoon. Stop by on Saturday nights for old-time swing and polka, and bust a move on the original maple floor.

5) Mick and Keith’s stomping grounds: Legend has it that the Rolling Stones still stop by the Horseshoe Tavern in downtown Toronto to jam when they’re on tour. Housed in a former blacksmith shop, the “’Shoe” has a reputation for showcasing rising rock and roots talent over the years, including a young Bryan Adams.

6) Capital city honky tonk: A 1928 loggers’ roadhouse on the outskirts of Ottawa is home to the Black Sheep Inn. Boasting serious dive-bar cred, it’s a great place to catch bright young stars such as aboriginal electronica group A Tribe Called Red.

7) Francophone fun in la belle province: Everything from French bluegrass to gypsy jazz, burlesque and rockabilly can be heard at Montréal institution Le Divan Orange. The intimate venue, which overlooks historic Saint Laurent Boulevard, is packed tight most nights of the week with enthusiastic crowds.

8) Roots rock in Atlantic Canada: Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Halifax, the Carleton Music Bar and Grill spotlights acoustic sets. It’s a great place to sit back and soak up live folk, rock and roots music, pumped out through a state-of-the-art sound system.

9) Celtic music on the Cape: Situated on remote Cape Breton Island on Canada’s east coast, the Red Shoe Pub is a hub for Celtic music and culture. Inside the former dry goods store, Canadian and international musicians get down with reels, jigs, country dances and more.

10) Party down in Newfoundland: George Street in the heart of St. John’s–the continent’s easternmost city–claims the most bars per square foot of any street in North America. Twenty-five establishments pack a two-block stretch, including popular music venues such as the Rob Roy.

Photo courtesy of velkr0 via Flickr.

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Photo: Elle Fanning at Disneyland for ‘Maleficent’http://www.thegate.ca/film/021635/photo-elle-fanning-disneyland-maleficent/ http://www.thegate.ca/film/021635/photo-elle-fanning-disneyland-maleficent/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:19:45 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=21635 Maleficent star Elle Fanning recently visited Disneyland for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, and to share footage from the film. Since Fanning stars as Aurora in the prequel, the iconic character from Sleeping Beauty, she also stopped to pose for photos in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

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Maleficent star Elle Fanning recently visited Disneyland for the Disney Social Media Moms Conference, and to share footage from the film. Since Fanning stars as Aurora in the prequel, the iconic character from Sleeping Beauty, she also stopped to pose for photos in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

And, in case you missed it, here’s a look at Fanning from Maleficent, which opens in theatres on May 30, 2014.

Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora in Maleficent

Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora in Maleficent

Synopsis: Maleficent explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic Sleeping Beauty and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever.

The film stars Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.

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Photo: At the Toronto Zoo today for an interview about Disneynature's Bears and also saw this bear, and a wee polar bear.http://www.thegate.ca/blog/snaps/021632/photo-at-the-toronto-zoo-today-for-an-interview-about-disneynatures-bears-and-also-saw-this-bear-and-a-wee-polar-bear/ http://www.thegate.ca/blog/snaps/021632/photo-at-the-toronto-zoo-today-for-an-interview-about-disneynatures-bears-and-also-saw-this-bear-and-a-wee-polar-bear/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:43:28 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=21632 Posted automatically from Instagram via Instagrate.

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De’Longhi’s new Lattissima Pro Nespresso machinehttp://www.thegate.ca/style/021627/delonghis-new-lattissima-pro-nespresso-machine/ http://www.thegate.ca/style/021627/delonghis-new-lattissima-pro-nespresso-machine/#comments Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:00:02 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=21627 De’Longhi, best known for their kitchen appliances and coffee machines, launched a new range of Lattissima espresso machines in February, and the highlight of the line is the new premium Lattissima Pro, which uses the Nespresso capsule system and features a range of new features like one-touch cappuccino brewing.

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De’Longhi, best known for their kitchen appliances and coffee machines, launched a new range of Lattissima espresso machines in February, and the highlight of the line is the new premium Lattissima Pro, which uses the Nespresso capsule system and features a range of new features like one-touch cappuccino brewing.

Nespress’s Grand Cru coffee capsules come in 22 varieties, which gives coffee and espresso drinkers a range of options, depending on their preferences for flavours and intensities. The stylish machine was designed to bring a premium look and feel to the kitchen, with a number of high-end features, including six pre-programmed settings for making espresso or milk-based drinks quickly and easily.

“Lattissima Pro makes it easier than ever to create authentic barista quality espresso drinks at home with the touch of a button,” the company announced.

Here is the full list of features for the new Lattissima Pro espresso machine:

  • Incorporates the patented Nespresso capsule system with 19 bars of pressure
  • Automatic ejection of capsules into a capsule container after each brew
  • Sensor touch control panel with 6 pre-programmed drinks; ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte, hot milk and hot water
  • LED lighting casts a soft glow, making it feel like a jewel at night in your kitchen
  • Die casted and chromed cup support and drip tray
  • Telescopic hot water pipe and storage area located on the machine side panel
  • Milk froth regulator (min-max position) combined with full automatic and hygienic milk clean function
  • Integrated  milk carafe can be placed in the refrigerator in between uses so that no milk is wasted
  • 25 seconds heat up time to reach ready mode for brewing coffee – with additional 15 seconds time for milk
  • Brushed aluminium finishing

The Lattissima Pro, model EN750MB, is available is stores now and retails at a suggested price of $599.95. Visit www.delonghi.com/en-US/ for more details.

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Photo: My parting gift from last week's Trailer Park Boys interview: their new board game!http://www.thegate.ca/blog/snaps/021619/photo-my-parting-gift-from-last-weeks-trailer-park-boys-interview-their-new-board-game/ http://www.thegate.ca/blog/snaps/021619/photo-my-parting-gift-from-last-weeks-trailer-park-boys-interview-their-new-board-game/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:21:27 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=21619 Posted automatically from Instagram via Instagrate.

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Logitech launches G502 Proteus Core tunable gaming mousehttp://www.thegate.ca/gaming-gadgets/021618/logitech-launches-g502-proteus-core-tunable-gaming-mouse/ http://www.thegate.ca/gaming-gadgets/021618/logitech-launches-g502-proteus-core-tunable-gaming-mouse/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:35:58 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=21618 Logitech revealed the very customizable Logitech G502 Proteus Core tunable gaming mouse earlier this week, which features a 12,000 DPI sensor that can be tuned to any surface thanks to their Delta Zero technology.

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Logitech revealed the very customizable Logitech G502 Proteus Core tunable gaming mouse earlier this week, which features a 12,000 DPI sensor that can be tuned to any surface thanks to their Delta Zero technology.

On top of that, gamers can customize the balance and weight on the G502 using small 3.6 gram weights, and program the mouse for special functionality like one-button triggers, push-to-talk, changing DPI, or change commands on one of the 11 programmable buttons.

“I’ve been super excited to use this mouse in public,” said Hai Lam, team captain for Cloud 9. “I got to test it and it felt great! Was super comfortable and just fit perfectly to my hand. Adjusting the DPI is super easy and very flexible. This is probably my favorite mouse to date!”

“With the world’s best sensor technology, complete surface, weight and balance tuning and mechanical switches, we have made a mouse that dominates,” said Ehtisham Rabbani, general manager of the Logitech gaming business. “The Logitech G team believes that when hype fades, Science Wins!”

Browse the full list of features below, and expect the Logitech G502 Proteus Core tunable gaming mouse to be available in the United States and Europe beginning in April 2014, for $79.99. Check out gaming.logitech.com for more details.

G502 Proteus Core feature details:

Superior Tracking
Proteus Core features the Logitech G exclusive Delta Zero™ technology in the world’s most powerful and accurate sensor. Combining a huge DPI range of 200 all the way up to 12,000 with zero sensor acceleration, zero smoothing or filtering, and zero pixel rounding, the mouse is designed to deliver unparalleled tracking performance and responsiveness, and can track movement at 300 inches per second.

Superior Tuning
Proteus Core allows you to calibrate the sensor against a gaming surface’s unique physical and reflective characteristics, reconfiguring itself for optimal performance. This means you can achieve peak tracking speed and minimal lift-off distance on whatever gaming surface you use. So whether you prefer your mouse pads hard or soft, light or dark, you can get the best-possible tracking response.

To maximize physical feel and performance, Proteus Core lets you adjust its weight and center of balance through the placement of up to five 3.6g weights in the mouse. For complete control over your game you can use Logitech Gaming Software to reassign any command or macro to one of the 11 programmable buttons thanks to the 32-bit ARM processor controlling Proteus Core’s onboard memory.

Superior Controls
While most gaming mice feature a monolithic key-plate that can flex and warp, Proteus Core has individual left and right keys that provide a rigid and stable platform, resulting in more precise, durable, and satisfying clicks. To further enhance feel, speed, and accuracy, we use mechanical micro-switches under every key. And our exclusive dual-mode hyper-fast scroll wheel has been improved to offer enhanced click-to-click precision and lightning-fast scrolling for the Web.

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MuchMusic Video Awards celebrate 25th anniversary on June 15http://www.thegate.ca/television/021616/muchmusic-video-awards-celebrate-25th-anniversary-june-15/ http://www.thegate.ca/television/021616/muchmusic-video-awards-celebrate-25th-anniversary-june-15/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 01:30:41 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=21616 The MuchMusic Video Awards will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, taking over the corner of Queen and John in downtown Toronto on Sunday, June 15, and for the first time the event will be simulcast live on CTV and MuchMusic.

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The MuchMusic Video Awards will celebrate their 25th anniversary this year, taking over the corner of Queen and John in downtown Toronto on Sunday, June 15, and for the first time the event will be simulcast live on CTV and MuchMusic.

Featuring red carpet arrivals, musical performances, and stars from film and television, the MMVAs delivers the awards show to the street for all the fans to get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities.

Sheila Sullivan, the executive producer of this year’s MMVAs said, “I can’t wait for the fans to see what we have in store for them!”

“With the CTV simulcast we ensure millions of music fans across the country experience the energy of this amazing show,” said Phil King, CTV’s head of entertainment programming.

The MMVAs have boasted a number of big performances and appearances over the years, including Kanye West’s first performance of “Jesus Walks,” with John Legend playing piano, before he was even known, and Arcade Fire’s first television performance ever, which featured a marching band.

The MMVAs will air at 9:00 PM (ET), and 6:00 PM (PT) on Much, CTV and CTV GO. Details from the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards will be announced in the coming weeks on much.ca and on MuchMusic’s Twitter feed.

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Carice van Houten talks Melisandre for season 4 of ‘Game of Thrones’http://www.thegate.ca/television/021613/carice-van-houten-talks-melisandre-for-season-4-of-game-of-thrones/ http://www.thegate.ca/television/021613/carice-van-houten-talks-melisandre-for-season-4-of-game-of-thrones/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:54:38 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=21613 Carice van Houten seems like a normal actress, if you meet her in person, but on HBO's Game of Thrones she's the wickedly powerful Melisandre, servant to the Lord of Light, and one of the characters who seems most likely to inspire fear among all other mortals.

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Carice van Houten seems like a normal actress, if you meet her in person, but on HBO’s Game of Thrones she’s the wickedly powerful Melisandre, servant to the Lord of Light, and one of the characters who seems most likely to inspire fear among all other mortals.

Last year, during the Toronto International Film Festival, Houten answered a few questions about filming the fourth season of the epic series, and it’s almost easy to forget while you’re chatting with her that her counterpart on screen is downright frightening. Beautiful, but darkly foreboding in almost every way.

During a recent interview about season 4 of Game of Thrones, Houten talked about Melisandre first appearance this season, her character’s goals, and the fact that this deadly woman also calls upon magic from time to time–unlike most of the other heroes and villains. But, some of the best moments in the interview are when Houten opens up about playing this part, the fan reactions to her character, and the fact that she’s actually allergic to horses so a stunt person fills in for her when they need to show Melisandre on horseback.

Read the interview below with Carice van Houten, and watch the premier of Game of Thrones on HBO and HBO Canada tomorrow, Sunday, April 6 at 9:00 PM (ET/MT).


Question: Set the scene for your character as we begin season 4.

Carice van Houten: “We start by seeing her doing a certain ritual–I can’t be more specific than that–and then we get a little peek behind the scenes of Stannis’ [Baratheon, Stephen Dillane] household. So you see Stannis and his two wives–basically, me and his own wife Selyse [Tara Fitzgerald]–and you get to enjoy the dynamics between the three of us.”

Q: What are those dynamics? A little tense?

CVH: “Of course it’s very tense, but the funny thing is Selyse’s on my side more than anyone else. She is a believer, a true believer in the Lord of Light, so she’s in awe of the fact that I represent this religion. But also I think there must be some sort of jealousy. So we see a little bit more of that, and we see my relationship to their child who is not, per se, on my team–which of course is a nuisance for me. Be assured that Melisandre will convince this child that the Lord of Light is not all bad. She’ll make sure of that.”

Q: What kind of character progression will we see?

CVH: “Well, we will get to see the slightest chink of humour in Melisandre. It’s very, very little, again in a scene with Stannis’ wife, but I very much enjoyed doing that because I’m actually used to playing lighter characters. For some reason in Hollywood I always get cast as angry ex-wives or mean witches – do I have such a stern look? But in my own country I play light-hearted, romantic comedy stuff, so I really enjoyed that tiny hint of humour.”

Q: What is Melisandre’s overall goal?

CVH: “She still wants Stannis to be on the Iron Throne. But the interesting thing is that in this season they have to travel because as we know, we left her and Stannis and Davos [Liam Cunningham] in season 3 with that scene where she saves Davos’ life and says the true war is in the north. So they probably need to head in that direction. And then, of course, the worlds collide and that’s when it’s going to get interesting.”

Q: Is Melisandre driven by missionary zeal, plain evil, or power-lust?

CVH: “I still believe she has the right intentions: that she really thinks she’s going to save the world with Stannis on the throne. But since we cannot look into the future and she’s a very mysterious character, and I’ve had several hints of people talking to me about her true intentions, I’m not sure anymore. That’s why it’s so difficult to talk about it, because I know certain things that I really cannot say–there may be a big twist!”

Q: You spend much of this season travelling on horseback. How’s your riding?

CVH: “Actually a lot of the scenes on horseback were done with doubles. It has something to do with the fact that I’m very allergic to horses! So for the insurance they were afraid to put me on a horse. I filled in a form initially that said, ‘Yes, I’m allergic to animals, certain hairs, but if I take something, it’s fine’. I think they took it very seriously and said, ‘No, you cannot even look at a horse anymore’. But actually I quite like the feel of riding. I mean I’m afraid, but it’s also a challenge to do stuff that you’re afraid of.”

Q: Yours is one of the characters who actually gets to do magic. Are those scenes enjoyable to film?

CVH: “I love those scenes because they’re so unusual–you don’t really see magic that often in a series that otherwise is so modern in a way, about regular life but in a war situation. Even scenes like drinking the poisonous wine without blinking–I love that stuff! I would love to do more magic. I’m sure the writers have more up their sleeve. In the fourth season you do see a little more of Melisandre’s room and the stuff she uses–she has a little cabinet of powders. This one puts people to sleep, that one makes men wildly lustful, this one will kill you instantly–I loved that.”

Q: What it’s like to work with Stephen Dillane, who plays Stannis?

CVH: “I really like working with him because he’s so unpredictable and there’s something so stern about him. Liam [Cunningham] explained it really well, actually. He said, ‘He doesn’t give a damn about being liked by anyone.’ And that’s what makes him so cool and so very authentic in a way. He’s a sweetheart, but there’s something about him, you cannot really ‘get’ him. And especially to be in that triangle with Liam and him, that trio is so interesting because those men couldn’t be more different, and yet, they get along so well and they make me laugh. It’s like Laurel and Hardy. We joke, the three of us, we joke about doing a fun spinoff called ‘Melissa, Dave, and Stanley.’ A light-hearted supernatural rom-com.”

Q: Over three seasons what has been your toughest scene to film?

CVH: “The very, very first scene I shot ever on this show was the burning of the idols on a beach.”

“You can’t see when you’re watching it, but it was freezing cold and the wind was coming inland from the sea. We were in Northern Ireland in November or something, and it was freezing cold. It was my first day and I had to speak to all these men, as a completely secure woman who has no doubts whatsoever; she’s completely committed. It was so different from all the nervy wrecks that I’ve played before! I couldn’t put any thermal underwear on because the dress was really thin and I just hardly remember any of it, because I was trying to basically stay alive and then say these lines.”

Q: I assume it’s got easier since then?

CVH: “Yes! And being around Liam is just a joy, always. He makes me laugh so much. We’re enemies on screen but in real life we’re really good friends and we’ve known each other for five years. We’d actually done another film together where we were lovers. We played the complete opposite to our roles in Game of Thrones in this film called Black Butterflies.”

Q: What’s it like when new characters come on board?

CVH: “Well, I met the guy who’s going to play Oberyn [Pedro Pascal]. And so I imagined coming in on the fourth season, after three seasons and with people talking about his character, and who’s going to have to play it – I felt for him. It’s like, when you’re in high school, the first grade and you feel a little responsible for the little kids. I could feel his nerves, I could understand why it would be scary.”

Q: Is part of the nerves coming into it that you’ve got a character that is already known and loved by all the readers of the books?

CVH: “Yeah, it was for me in the beginning, definitely. People were speculating, who was going to play Melisandre? Is she right for it? She’s not pretty enough or she’s not fat enough, or she’s not tall enough, or she doesn’t have green eyes, whatever. But then I noticed on Twitter all these followers all of a sudden, so many people. So even though they may hate me, at least they like to hate me, I guess. And of course I cannot please all of them.”

Q: And what sort of fan reaction do you get?

CVH: “There are people that love that character–for some Melisandre is their favourite character, which I can hardly believe! I guess it’s the fact that she’s a woman and so strong, and she has that magical power. I think that’s attractive in a way.”

Q: How do you approach the more explicit scenes Melisandre is given?

CVH: “It’s definitely not my favourite thing in the world. But if the scene is great, I don’t see the problem. I accept it, because I’ve worked with Paul Verhoeven, who I always describe as an intellectual with a dirty mind. And also it’s to show that that’s how the world works. It shows how weak the male flesh is, and how manipulative women can be.”

Q: Watching Game of Thrones it feels like everything is on a vast scale. Is that how it feels to be in it?

CVH: “Yes. I mean, the world becomes smaller because you get to know people more and more, but at first, you don’t even know where the camera is–it’s so big, which is a little overwhelming. Look, even now I cannot even believe that I’m part of this. It’s so cool; I really don’t want to die!”

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‘Game of Thrones’ season 4 preview galleryhttp://www.thegate.ca/television/021599/game-thrones-season-4-preview-gallery/ http://www.thegate.ca/television/021599/game-thrones-season-4-preview-gallery/#comments Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:12:53 +0000 http://www.thegate.ca/?p=21599 HBO's hit series Game of Thrones returns Sunday night for its fourth season of blood, heartache, misery, and mind-blowing television, and after all of the teasers, it's looking like a huge season ahead, dragons and all.

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HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones returns Sunday night for its fourth season of blood, heartache, misery, and mind-blowing television, and after all of the teasers, it’s looking like a huge season ahead, dragons and all.

George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed books have become one TV’s best shows, but you never really know what lurks around the next corner.

After the bloodbath that was the “Red Wedding” episode at the end of season three, it seems wise as a fan, however, not to get too excited for any one character. Like few other shows on television, Game of Thrones makes you love and hate many of its characters, only to kill them off in the most interesting ways possible. If you haven’t read the books, it’s a constant question of who will die next.

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Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell and Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister and Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen Dragon Kit Harignton as Jon Snow Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen and Michael Huisman as Daario Naharis Jack Gleeson as Joffrey Baratheon Rose Leslie as Ygritte Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis Kit Harington as Jon Snow Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei and Emilia Clarke as Daenerys

Official synopsis for season 4: “After the Stark and Tully families are besieged, the Lannisters hold on to the Iron Throne but can they survive with new and ongoing threats from the north, south, and east? While an unbowed Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) continues to rebuild his army in Dragonstone, a more immediate danger comes from the south, as Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), the Lannister-loathing “Red Viper of Dorne,” arrives at King’s Landing to attend Joffrey’s (Jack Gleeson) wedding to Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), and perhaps act on an ulterior agenda. In the north, a depleted Night’s Watch seems overmatched against the inexorable Wall advances of Mance Rayder’s (Ciaran Hinds) army of wildlings, which in turn is being trailed by an even more formidable foe: the undead White Walkers. As if that weren’t enough, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), accompanied by her menacing trio of dragons and army of Unsullied, is poised to liberate Meereen, the largest city in Slaver’s Bay, which could ultimately provide her with enough ships to sail to Westeros and reclaim the Iron Throne.”

For season 4, returning series regulars include: Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister); Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister); Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister); Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen); Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister); Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish); Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon); Kit Harington (Jon Snow); Diana Rigg (Lady Olenna Tyrell); Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark); Maisie Williams (Arya Stark); Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark); Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy); Jerome Flynn (Bronn); Conleth Hill (Varys); John Bradley (Samwell Tarly); Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth); Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth); Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon); Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell); Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont); Kristofer Hivju (Tormund Giantsbane); Sibel Kekilli (Shae); Rose Leslie (Ygritte); Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane); Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton); Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow); Carice van Houten (Melisandre); Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm); Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed); Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei); Ciaran Hinds (Mance Rayder); Finn Jones (Loras Tyrell); Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed); Kristian Nairn (Hodor); and Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy).

In addition, new cast members for the latest season include: Pedro Pascal as Oberyn Martell; Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand Oberyn’s paramour; Roger Ashton-Griffiths as Lord Mace Tyrell; Michiel Huisman as Daario Naharis, a mercenary ally to Daenerys; Yuri Kolokolnikov as Styr, a wildlings chief; and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Ser Gregor Clegane, a.k.a. “The Mountain”.

Watch Game of Thrones on HBO and HBO Canada on Sunday, April 6 at 9:00 PM (ET/MT).

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