A graduate of London's Drama Centre School, Emilia Clarke earned considerable stage training with roles in school and local productions of "Hamlet," "Pygmalion" and "Sense. " After landing a guest spo...
The season four premiere of Game Of Thrones scored stellar ratings on Sunday (06Apr14), as the fantasy drama garnered a gross audience of 8.2 million viewers, the largest audience for America's HBO network since 11.9 million tuned in for the series finale of The Sopranos in 2007. An online streaming website for HBO even crashed the same night as fans flocked to watch the show.
An online streaming website for U.S. TV network HBO crashed on Sunday night (06Apr14) after fans flocked to watch the Game Of Thrones season premiere. Fans hoping to see the season four opener of the fantasy drama, starring Peter Dinklage and Emilia Clarke, were disappointed when they could not watch it online after the sheer volume of viewers brought down the channel's Go service.
A statement from website bosses, posted on Twitter.com, reads "Looks like there's trouble in the realm. Apologies for the inconvenience. We'll be providing updates, so please stay tuned."
The news comes less than a month after the finale of Matthew McConaughey's crime drama, True Detective, caused a similar crash.
A statement from HBO, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, reads, "HBO Go did experience issues due to overwhelming demand around the premiere of Game of Thrones. The service has returned to several platforms and we are working hard towards full recovery, which we expect soon."
Director Richard Shepard was left red-faced after failing to recognise Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke when she auditioned for a role in his new movie Dom Hemingway, because she was not wearing her character's trademark blonde wig. The actress plays dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen in the popular fantasy drama, based on the books by George R. R. Martin, but her natural brunette locks threw Shepard completely off when they first met.
He tells the New York Post, "I love Game of Thrones. (But) I didn't recognise her because she didn't have her wig. I'm literally like, 'What have you been doing lately?' And she (said), 'Oh, I've been doing this show.' (I was like), 'Oh? What's the show?'"
"It's my real costume, I thought I was dreaming. I got an email from an amazing HBO publicist saying, 'Madonna would like to borrow the costume, is that OK?'" Actress Emilia Clarke reveals the Daenerys Targaryen costume Madonna dressed up in to celebrate Purim over the weekend (15-16Mar14) was one she actually wore on Game Of Thrones.
Actress Emilia Clarke had to enlist some unusual talents to help her land the role of dragon queen Daenerys Targaryen in Game Of Thrones. The nervous 26 year old was so eager to please TV executives at her audition she agreed to show off her dancing skills.
She says, "It was a lot of adrenaline, I was very nervous. It was a big deal. There were lots of people from (cable network) HBO there and I was kind of anxious and I did all of the scenes, and at the end, I said, 'Is there anything else I can do?'
"(Showrunner David Benioff) then suggested I do a dance. So I did. I don't know how to do it, but I did the funky chicken and it kind of morphed into the robot and I heard some laughter and I thought, 'Comedy gold, this is brilliant. I'm nailing it'."
Clarke did not initially land the part, but was eventually cast after British actress Tamzin Merchant was replaced for undisclosed reasons.
"It's insane. I thought I was asleep, I thought I was dreaming, I thought someone was taking the p**s... It's a huge moment and, damn, she looks good." Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke was honoured when Madonna chose to dress up as her character Daernerys Targaryen for the Jewish holiday of Purim on Saturday (15Mar14). Madonna posted the shot of her in costume online.
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Tom: "What is wrong with you today? Did they cancel Game of Thrones?"Ben: "Nothing is wrong, just do your job... And they would never cancel Game of Thrones. It's a crossover hit. It's not just for fantasy enthusiasts, they're telling human stories in a fantasy world."
Parks and Recreation's Ben Wyatt loves Game of Thrones like Leslie Knope loves Pawnee. He calls his wife "Khaleesi" when she needs a pep talk. He bids online as "TallTyrionLannister." He quite nearly loses his mind when presented with a full-scale replica of the Iron Throne. In other words, Game of Thrones fans: he is us.
With Ben's fanboying over the show and Donna's appreciation of its sexy cast as a running Parks joke, it's only a matter of time before someone from the Seven Kingdoms hitches a dragon ride over to City Hall. Think of the possibilities: Emilia Clarke as an Eagletonian post-debutante who becomes the target of Tom's finest pick-up lines? Jack Gleeson as a hoodlum friend of that monster Greg Pikitis? Even better, how about Kit Harington and Richard Madden as strapping suitors bickering over Donna "You Can Get It" Meagle?
Whatever mountains have to be moved to make this happen will be worth it when the writers' room that brought you video store owner Dennis Lerpiss and talk radio host Derry Murbles get to come up with Parks names for these guys. What's Hodor in Pawneean, we wonder?
Now that the sitcom is for sure returning for a seventh season, hopefully some backstage dealings are happening between these unlikely sister shows. And maybe, for Thrones characters who meet their violent end, a Parks guest spot can at least soften the blow.
Which Game of Thrones actors would you like to meet Leslie and company? Tell us in the comments!
Madonna celebrated Purim by dressing up as Emilia Clarke's Game Of Thrones character Daernerys Targaryen on Saturday (15Mar14) The pop superstar posted a shot of herself in costume as the white-haired dragon queen online as she prepared to celebrate the Jewish family holiday.
Before guests started arriving at her annual Purim party, she wrote, "Happy Purim!!!!! All Hail All Queens!"
Madonna made sure her costume would be the talking point at the party and on the web by sporting a platinum blonde wig complete with Targaryen's signature braids, and she attached two small dragon figurines to each shoulder of her corseted dress.
Catholic-born Madonna has been following the Kabbalah teachings of ancient Judaism since the early 1990s.
Emilia Clarke has given up her favourite foods and adopted a tough exercise regimen to prepare for her role in the new Terminator movie. The Games of Thrones actress will play Sarah Connor in Terminator: Genesis alongside the franchise's original star Arnold Schwarzenegger, who will be reprising his robot role.
Filming begins in New Orleans, Louisiana next month (Apr14) and Clarke has been given strict orders to get in shape.
She has been banned from consuming wheat, sugar, caffeine or diary products and has to train every day.
Clarke tells U.K. Instyle magazine, "I've been spending all day every day, in weapons training. I've been shooting guns, weightlifting, kickboxing and generally kicking a lot of a**. On top of that, I have not been allowed to eat anything that might taste good at all."
During the interview, she observes the food on display and adds, "Everything on these plates looks amazing but, heartbreakingly, I'm not allowed to eat any of it. Not one thing on this table. Except a cup of tea. One cup of tea. No sugar. No cream."
"The aftermath was the thing that was harder to deal with. Going in to do my first press junket, that’s a hell of a lot scarier than being naked up on TV!" Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke on the one thing that's more frightening than baring all on camera.
Made TV debut on the BBC series "Doctors" during her final year of drama school
Landed a role in the killer dinosaurs feature "Triassic Attack" (Syfy)
Breakthrough role, playing white-haired princess Daenerys Targaryen on the HBO medieval fantasy series "Game of Thrones"
A graduate of London's Drama Centre School, Emilia Clarke earned considerable stage training with roles in school and local productions of "Hamlet," "Pygmalion" and "Sense. " After landing a guest spot on an episode of the soap opera "Doctors" (BBC One, 2000- ), Clarke lensed a role in the killer dinosaur flick "Triassic Attack" (Syfy, 2010). Her breakthrough came, however, as the white-haired princess Daenerys Targaryen in the epically complex medieval fantasy series "Game of Thrones" (HBO, 2011- ). Clarke's masterful portrayal of an innocent teenage bride who discovers world-conquering resources of strength, courage and cunning within herself won over critics and audiences, and her character and storyline arc stood out among the countless others in the massively multilayered saga. Although international success came quickly after her professional debut, Emilia Clarke revealed a maturity and talent well beyond her youth and experience.