After letting out some details about his character in the next season of “Game of Thrones” — a danger for a show about which the slightest wink or nod from an actor will become worldwide news — 73-year-old British actor Ian McShane had some choice words for the fans who are mad at him for revealing alleged spoilers.
“You say the slightest thing and the internet goes ape,” he told the Telegraph. “I was accused of giving the plot away, but I just think get a f—ing life. It’s only tits and dragons.”
This is on the heels of McShane telling Pop Goes the News that (spoiler coming, get ready) the character he plays in “Game of Thrones” season six is a priest who’s “responsible for bringing somebody back that you think you’re never going to see again.”
Our money is on The Hound.
McShane, who is best known for his gruff characters like on the HBO show “Deadwood,” or more recently in “John Wick,” went on to tell the Telegraph another detail about his character.
(Alert: another spoiler ahead.)
“I wasn’t sure whether I could commit [to the role],” he said, “but then they said it would only be for one episode, so I said, ‘So that means I must die at the end of it. Great, I’m in.’”
So if you’ve gotten this far, you now know McShane is in season six of “Game of Thrones,” he plays a priest for one episode, and in it he resurrects a character we never thought we’d see again.
Probably time for HBO to stop having McShane do press.
Sports and music have always been intertwined. Whether it’s the chants and anthems at a soccer match, the half time show at the superbowl, music and sports are inseparable. What would the Rocky movies be without Bill Conti’s Gonna Fly Now?
Blur’s Song 2, Glitter’s Rock N Roll Part 2, Queen’s We Will Rock You, Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline… Music is the fuel that gets the sports fan’s blood pumping, and the energy flowing in their teams direction.
What do new poker players have to aspire to? How do they break into the top ranks of the Global Poker Index (GPI)? Each week, the GPI releases a lost of the best 300 poker players in the entire world. Just what is it about poker that has captured the imagination of so many people worldwide?
Cultural impact of poker
There is something about poker that screams intelligence, suave players and tricky moves. Anyone who’s any good, particularly on the world tournament scale, must have something about them that’s cool.
Where does this impression come from? Over the past 40 years, poker has been referenced by bands and artists across the musical genres, has been used as a plot device in films ranging from Cool Hand Luke with Paul Newman to Casino Royale with the newest incarnation of James Bond.
Poker is cool – think of Motorhead’s Ace of Spades, Lady Gaga’s Pokerface, movies like Casino, Maverick and Ocean’s Eleven. All of these songs, films and cultural references are steeped in cool pop culture, it’s no wonder that it has become a game steeped in legend and mystique.
Celebrity poker lovers
Of course, the fact that high level poker players play for huge stakes is also part of the glamour and allure of the game. Any aspiring poker player wants to use poker strategy to win big. As opposed to casino strategy, where slot machines are the main game played, which basically means looking for the best payouts and most frequent jackpots. Sure, it’s about outwitting the other players, but it’s also about cleaning up and taking away the huge pot at the end of it.
However, there are many top level poker players who presumably aren’t particularly interested in winning the money. A list actors (and already extremely well off) like Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire are highly accomplished players who play in championship poker regularly. The money can’t be the overwhelming factor contributing to their interest in the sport, it’s far more likely to show that the mental agility and cool headedness needed is what drives these Hollywood elite to play poker.
Player of the year 2013
Top of the world rankings and player of the year is Daniel Negreanu. He first came onto the scene back in 1997 and hasn’t stopped winning since. He has a winning total of a massive $20,828,390 and shows no signs of conceding his status in the poker world. He is now the highest earning Canadian poker player ever, and shows exactly what can be achieved.
New players to watch
Choosing players that are likely to be snapping at Negreanu’s heels isn’t easy, but here are some that promise a bright future. Jack Ellwood, who is from Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK, is likely to be as recognised as some of his compatriots ,which include WSOP bracelet winners Matt Perrins and Jake Cody. He has won around $2.5 million in online poker and came second in the 2010 SCOOP and was runner up at UKIPT Manchester and made it to the final WSOP table.
Sebastian Skiroski who plays online as p0cket00 is also one to watch. He has won the PocketFives Triple Crown and has won over $5.6 million online. His consistency is legendary already and he’s bound to be a contender for the elite rankings one day.