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Game of Thrones cast tried to warn us about season 8

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5: Everybody hurts Target Game of Thrones Share your voice The final episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones airs Sunday. Helen Sloan/HBO Not since the Red Wedding have we heard such an outcry from Game of Thrones fans. Since the HBO series’ debut in 2011, we’ve endured bloody, tragic loss and joyous (mostly short-lived) victories as characters have battled for the Iron Throne. But the penultimate episode last Sunday received mixed reactions, with some defending Daenerys’ choices and others try to explain why fans feel so betrayed.Spoiler warning: If you haven’t watched the most recent episode of Game of Thrones, turn back now.Daenerys’ fiery attack on Kings Landing in episode 5, The Bells, left many fans shocked. A petition began circulating online a few days after the episode aired, demanding the replacement of writers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and a complete overhaul of season 8. But what about the actors? A three-minute interview compilation posted on YouTube shows they might be just as concerned about the series finale as you. 6:20 Tags Ser Brienne of TarthGwendoline Christie’s character took a turn as well in the final season of the show. Brienne has been a fierce protector and trailblazer for women since her season 2 debut. As quickly as Brienne achieved her dream of being a knight, she and Jaimie made love and then he rode off to die with Cersei, leaving Brienne sobbing in the cold. “I was so upset for [Brienne],” Christie told Entertainment Weekly. “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.” VarysSecrets finally caught up to the Master of Whisperers and he met a fiery demise at the beginning of episode 5. Conleth Hill, who plays Varys, told Entertainment Weekly he took the character’s exit “very personally.” “I took it as a person, not as an actor or an artist. I understood the reactions of previous actors who had been in the same position a lot more than I did at the time. You can’t help feeling that you failed in some way, that you haven’t lived up to some expectation that you didn’t know about,” Hill said.  center_img MissandeiEmmanuel’s journey at Daenerys’ side came to an end in episode 4 at the hands of the Mountain. TV Guide noted that Missandei was the only woman of color with a significant role on Game of Thrones and her death was more than a bit upsetting for fans. “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,” Emmanuel told Entertainment Weekly. Emmanuel wrote a goodbye to her character and the show’s cast and crew on Instagram on May 7. “I know last night was pretty intense for some of you so I invite you to participate in my fantasy where I like to think that, right now… Missandei is sipping a rum on a beach somewhere in the sky,” she said. Jon Snow, aka Aegon TargaryenKit Harrington plays the raised-from-the-dead savior in the North, who’s now a handsome obstacle in Daenerys’ path to the throne. During an interview with Popbuzz, Harrington was asked to describe the show’s finale in one word. He pauses for a minute before saying it was “disappointing.” Harrington laughed at the interviewer’s shocked face and quickly recovered with “epic.” Daenerys Targaryen Emilia Clarke, the Mother of Dragons, posted on Instagram earlier this week in her wig cap clutching a bottle of wine. “This is what it took not only to shoot ep5…but to watch it too!” she wrote. Comments Clarke also had a bit of trouble keeping a poker face during an Emmy red carpet interview last year alongside Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei) and Jacob Anderson (Grey Worn). When the Entertainment Tonight correspondent asked if the actors were happy with how the season concluded, Emmanuel quietly answered yes, while Clarke giggled nervously. The group laughed as Clarke said, “Best season ever!” Her smile contrasts to her comments in Vanity Fair last year, TV Guide reported. Clarke said that the Game of Thrones finale “f—ed me up,” and “Knowing that is going to be a lasting flavor in someone’s mouth of what Daenerys is…” She trailed off with that. Tyrion Lannister Peter Dinklage, who isn’t an avid social media user, was asked his thoughts about the show’s finale by Entertainment Tonight’s Laura Zima. “There are no better writers in television than Dan Weiss and David Benioff,” Dinklage said. “They ended it brilliantly, better than I could’ve imagined. And, uh, you people are in for it.” Dinklage also questioned his character’s intelligence in the final season, wondering why Tyrion would choose to hide civilians in a crypt when the Night King has the power to raise the dead. Cersei Lannister When Lena Heady, who plays everyone’s favorite brother-loving villain, talked about her character’s final moments on the show, she said she had mixed feelings. Initially, Heady told Entertainment Weekly that she wanted her character to have a bigger ending. She said later she talked the scene over with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie Lannister) and it made more sense for Cersei to go out with Jamie. Heady posted a photo on Instagram with a bundled up Emmanuel and commended her performance as Missandei. “I didn’t like that day up there,” Heady wrote, alluding to Missandei’s execution. TV and Movies TV and Movies 2last_img read more

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Indian killed in US hate crime

first_imgAn Indian man was killed and another wounded in a shooting being investigated by US authorities in the midwestern state of Kansas as a possible hate crime.The two men, one of whom reportedly had lived in the US for more than a decade, were shot were at a bar outside Kansas City late Wednesday, according to The Kansas City Star newspaper.Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and Alok Madasani, 32, was wounded in the attack. Both men worked as aviation systems engineers for GPS manufacturer Garmin.Authorities arrested 51-year-old Adam Purinton, who allegedly told the men “get out of my country” before opening fire, according to the daily.Purinton was apprehended late Wednesday at a restaurant, after claiming he had killed two Middle Easterners, according to the Star.Purinton has been charged with premeditated first-degree murder and two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder. He is being held on $2 million bond.The FBI is trying to determine if the shooting was a hate crime, said Eric Johnson, Special Agent in Charge of the bureau’s Kansas City field office.“We’re less than 24 hours into this investigation. I have FBI personnel working this investigation from every angle,” he said.The shooting garnered headlines in Indian media, amid concerns that the immigration policies of President Donald Trump laid the groundwork for such an attack.The incident comes amid a tense atmosphere in the United States, as evidence grows of increased hate crimes since the contentious presidential campaign and the election of Donald Trump.The number of hate groups rose for the second year in a row in 2016 and anti-Muslim groups nearly tripled, according to an annual census by the Southern Poverty Law Center.“The growth has been accompanied by a rash of crimes targeting Muslims,” the organization said last week.Anti-Semitic crimes have also increased.The Jewish Community Center Association of North America has recorded 69 bomb threat incidents at dozens of centers in 27 US states and one Canadian province since the start of the year.The Hindu American Foundation condemned the shooting, demanding that it be investigated as a hate crime.“Anything less will be an injustice to the victims and their families,” the group said.India’s government also chimed in.“I am shocked at the shooting incident in Kansas,” tweeted India’s minister of external affairs Sushma Swaraj.last_img read more

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Report Cycling And Walking Can Be Good For Business

first_img Share 00:00 /03:58 Listen X Gail DelaughterResearcher Ed McMahon discusses the Urban Land Institute study on active transportation.center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: A recent study says real estate developers can see big returns by including more facilities for walkers and cyclists. The study by the Urban Land Institute focuses on “active transportation” and how it’s affecting new apartment and retail developments.  News 88.7 Transportation Reporter Gail Delaughter recently talked with researcher Ed McMahon, who was one of the authors of the study.Says McMahon: “If you go into a community and somebody says, well, no one in our community will ever ride a bicycle, usually it’s because there’s nowhere to ride the bicycle. And when a city like Houston and so many others start actually investing even small amounts of money in alternative ways to get around, people love to have more options and choices.”Click the audio play button above to hear our full interview. last_img read more

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WATCH Big Crowd At Houston Astros Opening Day

first_img@abc13houston ⚾️🏆@astros 🏎💨A mad dash to get in the stadium for Opening Day. #OpeningDay #NeverSettle #HoustonStrong . pic.twitter.com/1HTIfUf35Y— Willie Dixon (@13PhotogWillie) April 2, 2018 .@astros home opener mood.#AstrosHomeOpener l #NeverSettle pic.twitter.com/5LwbZWufr3— Houston Rockets (@HoustonRockets) April 2, 2018 Big crowd at #Astros #OpeningDay fanfest at @MinuteMaidParks @HoustonPubMedia @HPMNews887 pic.twitter.com/HVQbpd0O97— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) April 2, 2018 @astros HOME OPENER SOOO READY LETS GO STROS!!! #NeverSettle pic.twitter.com/IQQIjjCE2X— Aaron Schneider (@schneebly10) April 2, 2018 The boys are back in town. 🙌🏟 OPEN🚪 3:00pm💺 5:15pm⚾️ 6:10pm📺 @espn & @ATTSportsNetSW 📻 @SportsTalk790 & 850AM#NeverSettle pic.twitter.com/dqaonQubb0— Houston Astros (@astros) April 2, 2018 Be in your seats early if you want to watch the World Champion #Astros get their rings #OpeningDay @HoustonPubMedia @HPMNews887 #BaseballisBack pic.twitter.com/QxXzseiII3— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) April 2, 2018 #KHOU11 @JoseAltuve27 is revved up for 2018 Home Opener #NeverSettle He’s ready to celebrate with the fans before the game pic.twitter.com/89cDUpOmh7— Matt Musil (@KHOUSportsMatt) April 2, 2018 Share Fans are making their way into Minute Maid Park. #neversettle #astrosopeningday pic.twitter.com/hGaecXbdKD— Taisha Walker (@KPRC2Taisha) April 2, 2018center_img Phillip the spray-tan fan is back at @MinuteMaidParks so you know it’s #Astros #OpeningDay @HoustonPubMedia @HPMNews887 #BaseballisBack pic.twitter.com/sjhicz15D9— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) April 2, 2018 Y’all ready for some #baseball? It’s #Astros #OpeningDay at @MinuteMaidParks @HPMNews887 @HoustonPubMedia pic.twitter.com/N4lWX1XPxa— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) April 2, 2018 – / 6The crowds started gathering early at Minute Maid Park ahead of the Houston Astros’ home opener against the Baltimore Orioles. Fan Nancy Gray was one of the first in line to get in. She said she feels confident the Astros will make another trip to the World Series this year.“And it’s going to be a tough road. We’ve got the Yankees and the Angels. And Boston has beefed up its team. But I think we can do it. We’ve got the best offense and I think now we have the best pitching. So we’re going to go all the way,” Gray said. We’re happy to be back in Houston! Watch LIVE as the #Astros World Champions banner is revealed! https://t.co/qJwPUGwX8O— Houston Astros (@astros) April 2, 2018 Lots of folks headed to #Astros fanfest for #OpeningDay at @MinuteMaidParks Security says “Once you’re in you’re in!” @HoustonPubMedia @HPMNews887 pic.twitter.com/EYUTUpyCQl— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) April 2, 2018 It’s @astros Home Opener and I couldn’t be more excited! Watched batting practice with legendary Craig Biggio! pic.twitter.com/5Zrk4eTPb1— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 2, 2018 And what are YOU doing on a Monday afternoon? #Astros #OpeningDay @MinuteMaidParks @HoustonPubMedia @HPMNews887 #BaseballisBack pic.twitter.com/8yshM1Mgrv— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) April 2, 2018 Blake Matthews @KHOU gets to wear the juice box today #Astros #OpeningDay pic.twitter.com/k1UlaF8bQN— Gail Delaughter (@Gail_HPM) April 2, 2018last_img read more

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National Poetry Month Saffron By Amir Safi

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share This poem first appeared in the Michigan Quarterly Review and is reprinted with permission of the author.Music used: Seven Steps (excerpt) by Brooklyn Rider from Seven Steps, Follow the Scout (excerpt) by Mark O’Connor from Midnight on the Water and Escape Artist (excerpt) by Zoë Keating from Into the TreesTo learn more about this series, go here. Listen In this sound portrait, we meet poet Amir Safi. He tells us about falling in love with poetry and competing in poetry slams, as well as the story behind his viral Ode to Whataburger. He reads his poem, “Saffron.”Amir Safi grew up in College Station, Texas and is based in Houston. He is a graduate of Texas A&M University and the founder of Write About Now. His poems have been featured by A plus, Upworthy, HuffPost, Whataburger, Texas Monthly and others. He recently received the 2018 Poetry International Prize.center_img X Christopher DiazAmir Safi SaffronMy mother picks up the pestle and mortar and does to saffron what the clerics have done to her country/ pours in steaming water till the liquid in the bowl becomes the Caspian swallowing the sun/ it smells like a home I have not returned to in 10 years/ saffron/ pound for pound/ the most expensive spice in the world/ worth more in its weight than gold/ if customs found it, they would surely throw it away/ but my grandmother is a high stakes smuggler/ her currency is my mother’s joy/ every time she visits, she brings some in her luggage/ and my grandmother always comes through/ and my mother always becomes a festival of lights/ looks at my father/ reminds him that it is her saffron/ approaches me with the same enthusiasm I had as a boy catching a fish/ holds the small packet between her thumb and her index finger and says/ you cannot find saffron this good in America, Amir/ you cannot find saffron like this anywhere, but Iran/ and this is where I learn the limitations of the American dream/ that you cannot find here what you already have/ and I laugh because if customs found it they would surely throw it away/ and I laugh at how borders can make the most valued feel worthless/ but, thankfully, they were not victorious this time/ nor are they ever/ because my grandmother is a high stakes smuggler/ her currency is my mother’s joy/ and my grandmother always comes through/ and my mother loves to feed her boys/ so my mother does what Iranian mothers do best/ and we eat until the diaspora dissolves/ until it’s time for my brother and I to fight over who does the dishes/ my mother exclaiming to my grandmother/ these boys are American/ they never learned taarof/ I tried to teach them, but they learned all of their manners from their father. 00:00 /08:17last_img read more

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Man arrested for bomb threats says wanted to have fun

first_imgSunny Sharma, who hails from Shiv Vihar area near Karala in northwest Delhi, worked as a salesman at a dry fruits outlet at the Vyapar Kendra in posh Sushant Lok area of Gurgaon. He was living in a rented accommodation in Jharsa village near Sector 32.Sharma, who is married and a father of two children, “wanted to check police alertness and did all this for fun”, Gurgaon Commissioner of Police Navdeep Singh Virk told media persons on Thursday.He was tracked down to Gurgaon’s Sushant Lok area and arrested on Thursday afternoon. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISharma had kept Gurgaon police on their toes for the second consecutive day on Thursday with a call about a high intensity bomb planted at a shopping complex. The threat turned out to be a hoax.The Arcadia shopping complex in South City area was evacuated after police received the call.Hundreds of policemen, bomb disposal and sniffer dog teams along with fire fighters took part in the search operation. After a five-hour search, police said the call was a hoax. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindPolice had on Wednesday received a similar call about a bomb being planted at the HUDA City Centre Metro station and a market in Gurgaon which too were found to be hoaxes.Both the calls were made from the same number.Police said the mobile number used to make the bomb threat call was issued in Odisha in the name of Saroj Kumar Malik. The phone was lost on Dec 16 at the Vyapar Kendra.Sharma, a school passout, on Wednesday made the call to the Gurgaon police control room and on Thursday to the Delhi police control room. He said he visited his house in Delhi to make the call and see the police reaction.”Gurgaon police was informed by Delhi Police about the bomb threat. The caller used the same mobile number he used for a threat call on Wednesday,” a police officer told IANS.The caller’s location was found to be in the National Capital Region (NCR), he said.Metro services were on Wednesday affected for over two-and-a-half hours after a bomb threat at the HUDA City Centre station.The station was emptied after police received a call from a man who said a bomb was planted in the station’s basement.A bomb threat call also forced police to clear out people from the Vyapar Kendra and Galleria Market in New Gurgaon.Police commandos tried to find the bombs as claimed in the threats. The three-hour search operation by over 400 policemen revealed that the bomb scare was a hoax.The man said in the 20-second phone call: “I have planted a high intensity bomb in a car parked in the basement of the HUDA City Centre station. I have also done so in two markets of New Gurgaon. ‘Bacha sako to bacha lo’ (Save if you can).”last_img read more

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