Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NEWS: 'Game of Thrones' Controversial Scene, 'Devious Maids' Ratings Up, Aaron Sorkin Apologizes for 'The Newsroom'

George R.R. Martin Sounds Off on the 'Game of Thrones' Controversial Rape Scene: "We Never Discussed" the Change
Sunday night's outing of Game of Thrones left fans of George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy series shocked (and angry) after watching a sex scene between brother and sister Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) and Cersei (Lena Headey) Lannister—who um, reconnect next to their son King Joffrey's (Jack Gleeson) corpse—go down in a completely different way than in the book.

In A Storm of Swords, the sex was written as consensual; on the TV show, which the episode's director described as "horrifying," Jaime rapes Cersei, who tells him to stop. "I don't care," he responds.

Martin defends their decision to alter how the Jaime-Cersei scene went down on the small screen, explaining that the TV series is operating in a different timeline and that he wrote the scene from Jaime's point of view in the book, leaving Cersei's perception of the encounter open to interpretation. He also says that "the scene was always intended to be disturbing."

Breaking Down Jaime and Cersei’s Controversial Sex Scene With 'Game of Thrones' Director Alex Graves
"What was talked about was that it was not consensual as it began, but Jaime and Cersei, their entire sexual relationship has been based on and interwoven with risk. And Jaime is very much ready to have sex with her because he hasn’t made love to her since he got back, and she’s sort of cajoled into it, and it is consensual. Ultimately, it was meant to be consensual. [The writers] tried to complicate it a little more with her rejecting his new hand and the state of things."

'Devious Maids' Season 2 Premiere Rises From Series Debut in Key Demo
The Lifetime series enjoyed a decent ratings bump in the 18-49 demographic, climbing 15 percent over the series premiere with 951,000 viewers in the demo. In total viewers, the “Maids” premiere drew even with the series premiere, drawing 2 million viewers.

The Devious Maids season kickoff also showed improvement in other demos, inching up 6 percent with the 25-54 crowd with 916,000 demo viewers, 12 percent among women 18-49 with 706,000 and three percent in women 25-54, with 684,000 viewers in the demo.

First Lady Talks 'Scandal' Season Finale: 'It Was Pretty Intense'
"It was pretty intense," First Lady Michelle Obama said. "I just started following Scandal this year, so now of course I'm hooked."

Shonda Rhimes ’91 To Deliver 2014 Commencement Address
Rhimes is best known for creating the television series Grey's Anatomy and Scandal. Besides claiming a Golden Globe for Outstanding Television Drama on Grey's Anatomy in 2007, Rhimes has also been awarded multiple NAACP Image Awards and is a three-time Emmy Award nominee.

Is TV nudity annoying?
"The characters on any series become, over time, familiar and squishy and cosy. They become my TV friends. Because they are my TV friends I expect them to behave like my real friends."

Aaron Sorkin Wants To Apologize To Everyone About 'The Newsroom'
“I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I’d like to start over,” the creator told an audience at a Tribeca Film Festival event on Monday.

"I wasn't trying to and I’m not capable of teaching a professional journalist a lesson. That wasn’t my intent and it’s never my intent to teach you a lesson or try to persuade you or anything."

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