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Game of Thrones star says Arya and Gendry would “never” work



Game of Thrones favourite Joe Dempsie has said that he reckons Arya Stark and Gendry Baratheon “never would have worked” beyond their season 8 fling.

Speaking to Digital Spy over a year since the HBO phenomenon came to an epic but controversial close, the actor suggested that his character was “drunk on legitimacy” when Gendry and Arya got together.


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“I think Gendry just lost his head a bit, didn’t he?” reflected Dempsie, before laughing: “He’s so drunk on legitimacy and popped the question!

“I think I’ve always thought that, actually, as wounded as he might have been in the aftermath, as soon as Gendry has time to sit down and think properly about it and rationalise everything, it’ll be pretty clear to him that probably the very reason he loved Arya was the exact reason she could never be with him.”

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The actor also went on to share how Gendry would have eventually seen the wood for the trees in his pursuit of Maisie Williams’ Stark warrior.

“I know that Gendry’s not often been the brightest or the sharpest tool in the drawer, but I think he’s smart enough to know,” he said. “I think he’s perceptive enough to know that. It never would have worked.”

Game of Thrones seasons 1-8 are now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

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Ariana DeBose Stars in the Buzziest New Musicals




West Side Story’s Anita has an impressive track record, netting Chita Rivera and Karen Olivo Tonys and making Rita Moreno the first Latina to win an Oscar. “Lots of people have absolutely no problem telling me that they wanted my job,” says the Tony-nominated Afro-Latina actor Ariana DeBose of her coveted role in Steven Spielberg’s forthcoming remake. And with her starring role in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix movie musical The Prom, opposite Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and Kerry Washington, she’s giving us something to sing about.

Suit by GUCCI; top by GANNI; sweater by Hermès; boots by BY FAR; earring by MIZUKI.Photographs by Emma Trim.

SHE ENTERED the competitive dance world at age three. “At 18, I auditioned for So You Think You Can Dance.” She was sent home. “I was told that I was a stunning dancer but didn’t have enough passion in my eyes for what I do. That took me a while to get over.”

SHE WAS ONE of the 30 Broadway debuts in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Bring It On: The Musical. The same choreographer booked her in Hamilton’s original cast. “I watched my colleagues become rock stars in front of my eyes.”

SHE HAD LESS than 12 hours’ notice for the West Side Story audition. “I realized very quickly that Señor Spielberg was in the room.” At one point, “he picked up one of his cameras and it felt like we were doing a pas de deux, just him and me.”

AFTER THE DANCE CALL, DeBose, running late to her matinee of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, told Spielberg she couldn’t read lines that day. “Playing hard to get is inherently very Anita,” she says.

SHE WAS NERVOUS to meet Moreno, now playing Valentina in Tony Kushner’s rewrite of the script. But “she was so gracious with me. She redefined how the movie business looked at Latinos.”

WHEN THE FILM premieres in 2021, DeBose says, “I know that it will be given to the world in the best way possible. The release will usher in a new energy for New York City.”

IN THE PROM, DeBose plays a cheerleader coming to terms with her sexuality. “I’m really hoping that the mother-daughter relationship with Kerry will be something that is a great conversation starter for young, queer, beautiful girls of color.”

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How Spatial Audio Works & Improves Listening Experience




Apple’s AirPods Pro have features to improve the listening experience including Active Noise Cancellation, transparency mode, and now, spatial audio.

Apple recently rolled out a new feature called spatial audio to its AirPods Pro headphones that is intended to improve the listening experience. It joins a number of other features introduced at launch that differentiate the AirPods Pro to standard AirPods. The concept behind spatial audio is certainly clever, and so too is the technology at play.

In terms of tech specs, there’s not much between the AirPods Pro and AirPods, with both based on the H1 chip, weighing in at around the same, and providing similar battery life. Both also allow users to summon Siri for various questions or tasks if they want to. The biggest differences are the features they offer, with the AirPods Pro boasting a number of capabilities the AirPods do not. Active Noise Cancellation, from example, adapts to surrounding background noise, and a transparency mode allows users to hear what’s going on around them. They are also more sweat and water-resistant, and their fit is customizable, unlike the standard AirPods.

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The addition of spatial audio to the feature-set of the AirPods Pro is intended to bring a “cinema-like surround-sound experience” to headphone audio listening. Its effect is intended to give users the impression of hearing sound coming from the “right place” when they are watching a show or movie. This should remain the case even as the viewer moves their head, with the sound-field being mapped to the intended point,. The result is the sound of an explosion, for example, that can be heard in the left ear but will move into the right as the user turns their head.

How Spatial Audio Works

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To achieve this, Apple uses the accelerometers in the AirPods Pro to track the movement of the user’s head. By doing so, it can calculate how the audio should be effectively remapped. This is then done using a combination of directional audio filters and by adjusting the frequencies sent to each ear, creating what Apple calls an “immersive sound experience” and giving the impression that direction of the audio has changed.

Spatial audio will work with content encoded in 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound as well as Dolby Atmos. It will only work with audiovisual content from specific supported apps, though, and only certain Apple devices will support the features too. Listeners must have an iPhone 7 or later, or one of various compatible iPad models, as well as either iOS 14 or iPadOS 14 at the earliest. However, for those who can use it, spatial audio is an exciting addition to AirPods Pro. 

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‘The Crown’ Final Seasons Adding Dominic West as Prince Charles Opposite Debicki’s Princess Diana




Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce are also starring in the final two seasons of the Netflix royal drama series.

"The Crown" rounds out cast members for its final two seasons

“The Crown” rounds out cast members for its final two seasons

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“The Crown” is rounding out its main cast for its final two seasons, as Dominic West is in “late-stage discussions” to join the Emmy-winning Netflix series as Prince Charles (via Variety). The British royal became a main player on “The Crown” last season played by “God’s Own Country” breakout Josh O’Connor, who is reprising his role as Prince Charles in the upcoming fourth season. West is a television veteran thanks to roles on HBO’s “The Wire” and Showtime’s “The Affair.” The actor will take over Prince Charles for “The Crown” Season 5 and Season 6, which will follow the royal family into the 1990s and early 2000s.

West’s casting nearly completes the final cast overhaul for “The Crown.” The show’s final two seasons will feature Imelda Staunton as Queen Elizabeth II (taking over from Claire Foy and Olivia Colman), Jonathan Pryce as Prince Philip (taking over from Matt Smith and Tobias Menzies), and Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana (taking over from Emma Corrin, who debuts in the fourth season). While “The Crown” showrunner Peter Morgan originally planned for the series to run for five seasons, he changed his mind earlier this year and extended the series’ final run into two seasons.

“As we started to discuss the storylines for Series 5, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons,” Morgan said. “To be clear, Series 6 will not bring us any closer to present-day — it will simply enable us to cover the same period in greater detail.”

The upcoming fourth season of “The Crown” will be the final run of episodes for Colman and the gang. Gillian Anderson is also joining the show this year as Margaret Thatcher. Netflix’s synopsis for the new season reads: “As the 1970s are drawing to a close, Queen Elizabeth and her family find themselves preoccupied with safeguarding the line of succession by securing an appropriate bride for Prince Charles, who is still unmarried at 30. While Charles’ romance with a young Lady Diana Spencer provides a much-needed fairytale to unite the British people, as the transformation from teenager to Princess of Wales takes place, it is anything but a fairy tale for Diana.”

“The Crown” Season 4 will debut Sunday, November 15 on Netflix

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