Ariel Winter debuts Game of Thrones-inspired platinum locks

Ariel Winter has wowed fans with her new platinum hair colour.The Modern Family star took to social media to show off her new ‘do, which she jokingly claimed was inspired by Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen from the hit HBO show, Game of Th…

Ariel Winter has wowed fans with her new platinum hair colour.

The Modern Family star took to social media to show off her new ‘do, which she jokingly claimed was inspired by Emilia Clarke’s character Daenerys Targaryen from the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones.

“Winter Is Coming!!!!!!!!!!!” she wrote, borrowing a GOT phrase, on Instagram, alongside several snaps of her lounging outside in her garden, wearing a cute floral printed vest top and stonewashed jeans.

Ariel’s boyfriend Luke Benward acknowledged the 22-year-old’s inspiration by simply writing “Targaryen” in the comments, as her fans went wild over the transformation.

“Marilyn Monroe vibes,” wrote one, while another commented: “my favorite color on you ever.”

Back in February, Ariel debuted a strawberry blonde hair colour on social media, after months of slowly transitioning from dark brown to a shade closer to her natural shade.

“Bye bye dark hair 🙂 I don’t think I’ll miss you :))),” she wrote at the time.

Ariel has played Alex Dunphy on the hit U.S. sitcom Modern Family since 2009, and had to undergo extensive colouring for more than a decade to ensure her locks stayed dark brown.

But when she filmed her final scenes as the middle Dunphy child back in February, she made a vow to avoid brunette hair for a long time.

“I said to myself, ‘As soon as the show is over, I’m not going to have dark hair again unless somebody pays me to have dark hair again,’” she told StyleCaster earlier this year.

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Brie Larson unsuccessfully auditioned for Star Wars and The Hunger Games

Brie Larson confessed she lost out on big roles in film sagas such as Star Wars and The Hunger Games.The Oscar-winning actress made the revelations during her first video on her YouTube channel, as she recalled a friend suggesting she post her old audi…

Brie Larson confessed she lost out on big roles in film sagas such as Star Wars and The Hunger Games.

The Oscar-winning actress made the revelations during her first video on her YouTube channel, as she recalled a friend suggesting she post her old audition videos online.

“I auditioned for Star Wars too… I auditioned for Hunger Games, I auditioned for the Terminator reboot,” Brie explained. “I actually was thinking about the Terminator reboot today because I got a flat tyre and I was like, ‘Oh the last time I got a flat tyre was when I was driving into my audition for Terminator.

“Got a flat tyre at the audition, and then didn’t get the job.”

Brie would likely have been one of many young actresses in Hollywood who were considered for the role of Katniss Everdeen in the hugely successful adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ hit novels, with Jennifer Lawrence eventually landing the highly coveted part.

It was previously reported she was in contention for the role of Sarah Connor in 2015’s Terminator Genisys, but Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke pipped her to the post.

While she didn’t confirm which of the Star Wars movies she auditioned for, fans are speculating Brie was up for the part of Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which ended up going to Daisy Ridley, or Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a part that eventually went to another British actress, Felicity Jones.

Despite losing out on the big blockbuster franchises, the Room star did manage to land the titular superhero role in the hugely successful Captain Marvel, which raked in more than $1.1 billion (£880 million) at the worldwide box office when it was released last year.

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Adwoa Aboah launches #CopingTogether scheme during coronavirus pandemic

Adwoa Aboah has launched a new initiative that offers support to those self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.The 27-year-old model’s latest campaign, #CopingTogether, has been unveiled through her online platform Gurls Talk and gives much-need…

Adwoa Aboah has launched a new initiative that offers support to those self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic.

The 27-year-old model’s latest campaign, #CopingTogether, has been unveiled through her online platform Gurls Talk and gives much-needed assurance to those who are feeling lonely, uncertain and frightened amid the Covid-19 crisis.

#CopingTogether aims to use creativity to promote “healthy, constructive and positive coping techniques” and encourage people to share their artwork with the global community on the website to make people feel less alone.

Adwoa posted details of the initiative on Instagram and told her followers to “process their emotions” by getting creative.

“These are uncertain times and I know that like me, a lot of you out there are feeling anxious and looking for ways to cope,” she wrote. “To that end, and in the spirit of staying connected, Gurls Talk is launching our Coping Together initiative.

“I’m inviting you all to join me in submitting art, videos, photos, poetry, essays, journal entries, humour – anything that helps you process your emotions. I can’t wait to see all your work.”

Famous faces including Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock will be among those contributing to the #CopingTogether drive, with them telling followers how they’re coping in self-isolation.

The Covid-19 virus has so far infected around 552,000 people, with more than 25,00 deaths, since the outbreak began in China back in December.

Lockdowns to control the spread of the virus are in place in countries around the world, including France, Italy, Spain, and the U.K.

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Emilia Clarke named Clinique’s first-ever brand ambassador

Emilia Clarke has been appointed the first-ever global brand ambassador for beauty company Clinique.The Games of Thrones actress has been tapped by officials at the American skincare and cosmetics brand to help promote their custom-fit hydrating system…

Emilia Clarke has been appointed the first-ever global brand ambassador for beauty company Clinique.

The Games of Thrones actress has been tapped by officials at the American skincare and cosmetics brand to help promote their custom-fit hydrating system, Clinique iD, which launched two years ago.

Emilia, who was introduced to Clinique by her mother and is a longtime user of their products, explained to WWD.com that she was keen to be the brand’s first celebrity ambassador as their values align with hers.

“The brand feels fresh and relatable and universal, and those are the traits I believe in,” she said. “They’re not trying to make people look different, they’re trying to make people look like themselves, which is ideal because we can’t keep striving to be something we’re not anymore. That’s an absolute recipe for lifelong misery.”

The 33-year-old likes that Clinique develops quick and simple products in a beauty market that can be complicated.

“There’s so many new brands – vegan brands, scientific brands – it can be really b**ody confusing when you just want something that works,” Emilia shared. “If you don’t have the money to spend on a huge amount of new stuff that maybe next month will make your eyebrows fall off, that stamp of approval and heritage feels safer. It almost comes pre-approved, whilst still being modern. That simple outlook, for me, is a relief.”

Clinique executives abstained from having celebrity ambassadors over the course of its 50-year history as they wanted to let the products speak for themselves. They were so determined to pick a star that was already a fan of the brand that they even sent a consultant to Emilia’s home before signing her up.

The Last Christmas star has previously appeared in fragrance campaigns for Dolce & Gabbana and a jewellery campaign for Dior.

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Emilia Clarke hasn’t read ‘unhelpful’ Last Christmas reviews

Emilia Clarke is refusing to read the reviews for her new festive flick Last Christmas as she believes the commentary is “not helpful”.Directed by Paul Feig from a script penned by Bryony Kimmings, Emma Thompson, and her husband Greg Wise, the film sta…

Emilia Clarke is refusing to read the reviews for her new festive flick Last Christmas as she believes the commentary is “not helpful”.

Directed by Paul Feig from a script penned by Bryony Kimmings, Emma Thompson, and her husband Greg Wise, the film stars Clarke as Kate, a cynical Christmas store worker who keeps running into a cheerful young man named Tom (Henry Golding) and begins to fall for him.

Last Christmas has received a mixed response from critics, yet, the British actress has now claimed that she has not read a single comment about the movie.

“I don’t look at them at all. It’s partly drama school training, and then you do a bit of theatre, and it’s just not helpful,” she told BBC News. “The way I see it, right, is that I stopped Googling myself within a year of Game of Thrones happening. Because I was like, ‘I don’t need to know what people think about the size of my bottom, thank you so much.

“And then when you stop Googling yourself, you then stop reading reviews.”

Among the critics who have panned Last Christmas is writer Dan Wootton from Britain’s The Sun newspaper, who deemed the feature “the worst festive film I have ever seen”.

“It’s a woke, remoaning, overly politically correct mess of a movie that manages to suck every inch of fun, joy, and togetherness out of the season where we should be jolly,” he added.

Wooton’s description refers to the movie’s references to Britain’s exit from the European Union, known as Brexit, along with the fact the movie’s central characters are immigrants.

At one point, Thompson’s character, a Yugoslav woman named Petra, states that the EU referendum result makes her feel unwelcome, while another scene shows Clarke’s Kate comforting passengers on a London bus after they had been verbally abused for not speaking English.

Yet, Thompson has insisted the references to Britain’s current political landscape are “very lightly brushed in” and are essential to understanding the overall narrative.

“Because it’s set in a very particular time as well, it’s set in 2016, we couldn’t avoid it,” the 60-year-old explained. “Having it not there would’ve been slightly psychotic. And I think what’s more important about what’s under the fun of the movie is a message about kindness.”

Last Christmas, which showcases the music of George Michael and Wham!, opens in the U.K. on Friday.

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Sam McKnight to be honoured at The Fashion Awards 2019

Sam McKnight is to be honoured with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at The Fashion Awards 2019.Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced on Monday that the hairstylist would be presented with the prestigious prize during the …

Sam McKnight is to be honoured with the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator at The Fashion Awards 2019.

Officials at the British Fashion Council (BFC) announced on Monday that the hairstylist would be presented with the prestigious prize during the annual event held at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 2 December.

“We are thrilled to present the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator to the legendary Sam McKnight and acknowledge him for his incredible contribution to the global fashion industry,” commented Caroline Rush, BFC chief executive officer. “Sam is one of the most important image-makers of our time, hugely respected within the fashion community and a source of inspiration for many generations to come. We look forward to celebrating with him and his friends in London in December.”

Born in Scotland, McKnight moved to London in the early ’70s and quickly secured a position at leading salon Molton Brown. He soon began building his name in fashion circles and landed his first editorial shoot with British Vogue in 1977. The 64-year-old has since gone on to build a long-standing relationship with editors at the magazine, having styled models and celebrities for over 100 covers. Considered to be one of the first session stylists, McKnight has worked with executives at brands including Balmain, Burberry, Chanel, Fendi, Tom Ford, and Vivienne Westwood over the course of his career, and is also known for collaborating with celebrities such as the late Princess Diana, Cate Blanchett, Emilia Clarke, Kate Moss, and Uma Thurman.

Previous winners of the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator include photography duo Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, make-up artist Pat McGrath, and photographer Nick Knight.

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Emilia Clarke annoyed by Last Christmas spoilers

Emilia Clarke was left frustrated when social media users guessed the twist in her new movie Last Christmas months before its release.In the new festive film, the Game of Thrones actress plays Kate, a young woman who finally realises she needs to buck …

Emilia Clarke was left frustrated when social media users guessed the twist in her new movie Last Christmas months before its release.

In the new festive film, the Game of Thrones actress plays Kate, a young woman who finally realises she needs to buck up her ideas and look after herself after meeting a stranger named Tom, played by Henry Golding.

After a trailer for the film was released in August, social media users and journalists came up with theories about a possible twist and some guessed correctly. Accordingly, the movie’s lead actress was not pleased that it was spoiled in advance.

“It’s b**ody annoying. Frustrating… It’s more complicated than people are guessing,” she told IndieWire, adding that Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise worked on the script for years to make sure viewers didn’t see the twist coming.

“Emma and Greg wrote this script together, but they sent the script to all of their friends and it was only ready when their friends didn’t see the twist coming and couldn’t guess until it happens, so that’s where it comes from… It’s just frustrating.”

The 33-year-old shared that, given the state of the world, she’s not surprised about people trying to spoil twists to films and petition for the final season of Game of Thrones, which was not well received, to be reshot.

“I’m careful with what the way that I’m wording this, but it’s no surprise, it’s common knowledge that the state of our world at the moment is scared and confused and there’s a lot of stuff going on that’s completely out of our control,” the star stated. “So, when it comes to signing petitions to reshoot the last season of a very popular TV show, or whether it’s spoiling a goddamn Christmas romcom, people are able to do something about that.”

Last Christmas, directed by Paul Feig, is in cinemas now.

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Last Christmas took Emma Thompson eight years to make

Emma Thompson has been working on Last Christmas for eight years.The two-time Oscar winner was first approached to develop the story, based on the 1986 holiday hit George Michael recorded as a member of Wham!, back in 2011, but she initially struggled …

Emma Thompson has been working on Last Christmas for eight years.

The two-time Oscar winner was first approached to develop the story, based on the 1986 holiday hit George Michael recorded as a member of Wham!, back in 2011, but she initially struggled to turn the simple premise into a full feature.

She ended up recruiting her husband, Greg Wise, to help with the task, but it took a few more years before the project was picked up for production.

“We started writing this movie, me and my old man…, eight years ago, just on a walk… and we were talking about the story because it was supposed to be based on Last Christmas (the song)…,” Emma recalled on U.S. morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan.

“But if you think about the lyrics to that song, it’s not a lot of story… and I thought, ‘I don’t know how much interest I’m going to pull out of that.’ So then I had this idea about it, which I mentioned to my old man, and then we built it, but it took so long to get it made, because it always does.”

Emma is saddened the romantic comedy wasn’t completed before the 2016 death of pop icon George, who had given his blessing to the premise, but she’s glad they didn’t rush the film because they would never have landed Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke and Crazy Rich Asians hunk Henry Golding as the leads.

“In the meantime, I met George, and he was the most amazingly wonderful person,” she continued. “Then of course, sadly, in 2016, he died, so we lost him, but we would not have had Emilia, who, as it turns out, can really sing… and is brilliant, and Henry Golding, who we didn’t know could ice skate – he’s a great ice skater! We needed all of those things (for the movie).”

Emma also stars in Last Christmas, which is directed by Paul Feig.

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Emma Thompson wrote Last Christmas screenplay with George Michael’s blessing

Emma Thompson penned the Last Christmas screenplay after receiving George Michael’s blessing.The actress, who has a supporting role in Paul Feig’s upcoming romantic comedy, was tasked with developing a story based on the 1986 holiday hit George recorde…

Emma Thompson penned the Last Christmas screenplay after receiving George Michael’s blessing.

The actress, who has a supporting role in Paul Feig’s upcoming romantic comedy, was tasked with developing a story based on the 1986 holiday hit George recorded when he was a member of pop duo Wham!

However, she revealed during an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that she was originally reluctant to take on the project as Last Christmas wasn’t her favourite festive song, but later began writing the story with her husband Greg Wise, and eventually sent it to George to get his approval.

“He was just the loveliest guy you could imagine,” Emma told host Jimmy Fallon. “(He loved) all of these themes in the movie, he was passionate about homelessness, and he had this great social conscience.”

Sadly, George passed away at the age of 53 on Christmas Day in 2016.

“I got really enthused and we started to write, and then of course he had that tragic early death…” the two-time Oscar winner explained. “So we lost him and I miss him so much.

“I wish he was here because I know he’d love it, because the film’s like being hugged, and all of his music – we’ve got 15 of his songs, including a new one at the end – is so cool. Heal the Pain, which is my favourite of his songs, it’s like it was written for the movie.”

Last Christmas, which stars Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding, will hit cinemas on 15 November.

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Jennifer Lopez ‘loves’ Emilia Clarke’s Emmys fashion tribute

Jennifer Lopez has given her approval to Emilia Clarke, after the star paid homage to her iconic Versace dress at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.The Game of Thrones star wore a navy Valentino gown with a plunging neckline – much like the reve…

Jennifer Lopez has given her approval to Emilia Clarke, after the star paid homage to her iconic Versace dress at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday.

The Game of Thrones star wore a navy Valentino gown with a plunging neckline – much like the revealing tropical green print gown that turned heads when the Love Don’t Cost a Thing star sported it to the 2000 Grammy Awards.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony, Emilia, 32, confirmed she was channeling the 50-year-old singer/actress with her 2019 Emmy Awards look.

“I think that J-Lo in Hustlers is the greatest introduction of a character I have ever seen,” the star gushed. “I heckled in the cinema. I’m English, I don’t do that, but I did! So J.Lo is my inspiration for this evening. I plan on channeling her all night long.”

Jennifer stars as Ramona, a veteran stripper who sets up an initiative to scam wealthy men when the sex industry bottoms out during the financial crisis of the late 2000s, in the movie.

Ahead of the ceremony, Emilia also wrote online: “@emmys2019 WE BE ROLLLLLIN! @jlo just as heads up you have inspired this years lewk (sic).”

And sharing a clip from the interview on social media, the On The Floor singer was full of praise for the actress, writing: “When the Mother of Dragons meets #Ramona. #dead #HustlersMovie I love u @emilia_clarke #daenerys.”

The evening gave the British actress a sweet reunion with her former co-stars, as Game of Thrones scooped the prize for Outstanding Drama Series at the prestigious ceremony.

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