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It's hard to imagine anyone other than Khaleesi Emilia Clarke playing the Mother of Dragons, and another actress who auditioned to play the infamous character clearly agrees.

Now that Game of Thrones has finally come to an end after eight seasons of blood, sweat and MANY tears, we can hear the behind-the-scenes tea on the actors.

As it turns out, Avengers star Elizabeth Olsen auditioned for the role of Daenerys Targaryen, saying it was "the most awkward audition I've ever had".

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Would things have ended very differently for Dany, had another actress played her? Speaking to Vulture on last week, Olsen revealed she tested out two different accents during her GOT audition, and the result was awkward AF.

The baby sis to the Olsen twins is most famous for playing Wanda Maximoff in the Avengers franchise. Her career would have turned out less action adventure and more fantasy, had she not lost out to Emilia Clarke.

"It was the most awkward audition I'd ever had," she said. "When I first started working, I just auditioned for everything because I like auditioning. The producers didn't know if they wanted a British accent or not.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"It was terrible. Bad audition story," she said. She made sure to add that she's now a huge fan of the show, and is especially obsessed with a certain Northern Wolf;

"I'm just so deep in Game of Thrones that all I can think about is Kit Harington. I mean, he's just brainwashed me." You're not the only one thinking the same thing, gal. He knows nothing.

Joe Dempsie, who plays Gendry on the HBO showtold Cosmopolitan that he actually auditioned for the role of Jon Snow in the early days, but affirmed that pretty much every young lad did as well.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"Initially I auditioned to play Jon Snow, but the thing to remember is, originally, HBO only commissioned the pilot, and then after that was made, there was still another 18 months between that and it being commissioned for a full series."

"So, ages and ages ago I auditioned to be Jon Snow. But I think pretty much every Caucasian actor of a certain age auditioned to play Jon Snow at that point," he added.

Kit made the role his own, and honestly nobody else could have worked those dark tresses better than himself. But nice try, Gendry.

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Avengers Assemble: It's time for Scarlett Johansson to walk down the aisle. 

Black Widow is getting married to her beau of two years, Saturday Night Live star Colin Jost. 

The actor’s representative confirmed to The Associated Press yesterday that wedding bells are on the horizon, after rumours about their romance began back in March of 2017.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The couple confirmed their romance at the Avengers: Infinity War premiere last year, marking their debut as a pairing on the red carpet. Boy, do they make a gorgeous duo.

The  Lost In Translation star made a guest appearance on the season finale of SNL in 2017, prompting suspicions that love was in the air.

The 34-year-old actress has been married twice already, to Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds and journalist Romain Daruaic. She shares four-year-old daughter, Rose Dorothy, with Daruaic.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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36-year-old comedic star Jost has never been married, and is known for co-hosting SNL's fan-favourite 'Weekend Update' sketch programme with Michael Che.

Marcel Parisea, Johansson's publicist, affirms that no date has been set for the wedding, but fans have been quick to congratulate the happy couple on social media.

#JostMarried will soon be trending, we suspect. 

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Zoe Saldana has revealed snippets of her personal life, specifically how she raises her three sons with husband Marco Perego Saldana.

The Avengers actress, who plays Gamora in Guardians Of The Galaxy, shares four-year-old twins Cy and Bowie with Marco, as well as two-year-old Zen.

She opened up about how she raises her little boys, revealing that she was attempting to keep her household a "gender-neutal environment" with male and female inspirations involved in their lives.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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"I’m always gonna be honest and that is always the best way to welcome healthy and truthful discourse, especially around parenthood," the actress told Us Weekly this week.

"The twins made a comment two weeks ago like, “Boys are stronger than girls,” because they’re in that stage of comparisons. And you have to take a moment and kind of put together an answer that they will understand," she continued.

She wants her boys to be a "blank slate", rather than being influenced by gender stereotypes before choosing their own identities.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her aim is, "To not bring all this charge that you have as an adult and as a woman into their lives." She opened up last June about allowing her sons to pick their own method of doing things, with Zoe leading by example with her partner.

"We have a very gender-neutral environment where my husband participates in a lot of tasks that were normally given to women and vice versa," she previously told Us Weekly. "I get to do a lot of male things, which is, I don’t know, put the TV together, fix things that break," she said.

"We’re sort of a very gender-fluid household. I think it’s important to raise boys in that environment, and girls as well," the 40-year-old mused.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Zoe has often done things in an unconventional way, shunning 'tradition', such as her husband Marco taking her surname when they wed in 2013.

Saying he liked the name, Zoe recently added:

"He wanted to really represent being a part of my family and represent my father’s legacy. He respected the fact that he didn’t want me to have to give up my name just because that’s the norm."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Saldana was interviewed by People in 2018 and touched upon the idea of gender and parenting;

“When you look at parenting, the whole thing about matriarchy and patriarchy, and Daddy’s little girl and Mama’s boys ― my husband and I find that completely ludicrous and absolutely unhealthy for the upbringing of a child."

“You’re giving them a very distorted and limited view on what a female role is supposed to be in a family and what a male role is supposed to be."

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Scarlett Johansson has faced more than her fair share of sexist tirades against her as the highest paid woman in Hollywood.

The Avengers actress has previously experienced unsolicited nudes of her leaking online, and is now speaking out against the onslaught of deepfake pornography featuring her face generated onto the bodies of porn stars.

'Deepfake' (a 'deep learning' and 'fake' portmaneau) is a form of artificial intelligence human image synthesis technique. It can combine and superimpose images and videos to create fake footage of a person which never actually happened.

This means that deepfake has led to an onslaught of pornography featuring famous celebrity fames generated onto porn star's bodies, and it's essentially unregulated according to the Washington Post.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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 A hacker was sent to prison for 12 years in 2012 following a leak of nude images of Johansson and other A-List celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence. 

When it comes to deepfakes, arrests can be irrepressibly difficult to make. AI-generated videos of the star's face on porn star's bodies have plagued the actress, and she has chosen to speak out;

"I think it’s a useless pursuit, legally, mostly because the internet is a vast wormhole of darkness that eats itself,” she tells the Washington Post.

She implies that the time has come for her to give up her relentless pursuit, due to the impossibility of the technology itself. Tracking down the culprits within and outside of the US is a tedious task.

“The internet is just another place where sex sells and vulnerable people are preyed upon,” she says, in a weary tone.

"Every country has their own legalese regarding the right to your own image, so while you may be able to take down sites in the U.S. that are using your face, the same rules might not apply in Germany," she comments, in exasperation.

"Even if you copyright pictures with your image that belong to you, the same copyright laws don’t apply overseas. I have sadly been down this road many, many times."

"The fact is that trying to protect yourself from the internet and its depravity is basically a lost cause, for the most part." Anyone is vulnerable to exploitative attacks such as these when it comes to the power of the web.

She suggests that the black hole of the internet is so depraved, "it's only a matter of time" before any individual will be targeted.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A number of internet giants have taken steps to police fake AI pornography, and porn in general on their sites, such as Reddit and Tumblr.

However, PornHub had claimed to have taken down and "banned" deepfakes ten months ago, yet there are still videos uploaded of Scarlett Johansson today.

Seems fruitless, and disturbing.

We certainly hope steps will be taken to regulate technology such as this in the future, the dangers of deepfakes are countless; between hoaxes, fake terrorism videos, false threats and identity theft/impersonation for pornography, its a dark, deep web out there.

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If this isn't the best movie idea ever, we don't know what is.

Apparently a script has been written for an Avengers-style Disney princess movie, and it's floating around Hollywood as we speak.

According to Tracking Board, the currently titled Princesses has been sent out to all studios, with the hope that Disney will pick it up.

Beloved princesses such as Belle, Cinderella, Snow While, Ariel, Jasmine and Rapunzel will all take part in the action movie, with the hope that Elsa, Anna and Moana will be involved too.

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And if you're wondering why the script is being sent to numerous studios, it's because most princesses actually belong to public domain, with only recent princess characters being trademarked by Disney.

Hello Giggles further claims that director Joachim Ronning, who is behind Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Netflix show Marco Polo, is already attached to the film.

This. Will. Be. EPIC.

 

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Captain America himself, Chris Evans, is single and by the sounds of things, ready to mingle.

The 34-year-old Avengers star is currently filming his upcoming movie, Captain America: Civil War and his co-star, Anthony Mackie, has been spilling the beans and describing the heartthrob’s perfect woman.

“Chris needs a regular girl.” Hey, over here – we’re pretty regular!

“Chris needs a girl who is just down to earth, who’s smart and that’s hard to find,” the Hurt Locker star revealed.

“Those girls are not celebrities. Those are not girls you know,” Anthony continued.

Girls who aren’t celebrities and girls he doesn’t know, aye? We’re starting to sound pretty good, right about now!

Minka Kelly’s ex has recently been linked to The Blind Side actress, Lily Collins. But it would seem as though he is in fact still single.

And if you are looking for an extra edge on the competition, Mr Mackie has also revealed Chris’s favourite band to E! News.

“He really loves Earth, Wind & Fire,” the actor spilled. “Like we were talking one day and he put on Earth, Wind & Fire and he said it’s the best band of all time. So Chris just dances around to Earth, Wind & Fire all day. It’s really weird.”

So, do you think you could be the perfect woman for hunky superhero, Chris Evans? 

 

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Joss Whedon’s new movie got a surprise digital release in the middle of the night.

In Your Eyes, which the The Avengers director co-wrote and produced, had its world première at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on Sunday night.

Whedon appeared to the crowd via video after the movie screened, thanking them all for coming and announcing the release date for In Your Eyes. Right now!

“It’s not just the première of the film, it is the worldwide release date because as of now, In Your Eyes is available on any internet-capable device,” Whedon said.

“This is exciting for us because it means we get to explore yet another form of distribution, and we get $5,” he added.

In Your Eyes is a sci-fi romance in which a doctor’s wife (Kazan) falls in love with an ex-con (Michael Stahl-David).

The full digital rental is available at the movie’s official site InYourEyesMovie.com for $5.

Whedon is currently working on the Avengers sequel Age of Ultron, which is due to be released next year.

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