What George R.R. Martin Has to Say About LOTR Series

George R.R. Martin hopes the Lord of the Rings series is good—but not better than House of the Dragon.

The Game of Thrones creator shared his honest thoughts on the two shows, which are set to air simultaneously this September, telling The Independent, “I know a lot of articles, the minute the dates were announced, it’s: ‘Oh, the battle for fantasy supremacy. It’s Rings of Power versus House of Dragon, who will win?’ I don’t know why they always have to do that.”

Martin said he wants both shows to “succeed,” but added, “I’m competitive enough. I hope we succeed more. If they win six Emmys, and I hope they do, I hope we win seven.”

Game of Thrones, based on Martin’s books, aired its final season on HBO in 2019 but will be revived via the prequel series House of the Dragon in August. The Lord of the Rings movies, based on J.R.R. Tolkien‘s books, last aired an installment in 2014.

All in all, Martin is just glad to see the fantasy genre getting its recognition, even if it means Game of Thrones has a new dragon to slay. As he said, “It’s good for fantasy.”

Doctor Who’s Jodie Whittaker secretly gives birth and introduces newborn to The Crown star | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

It is not clear exactly when Jodie gave birth, and details such as the name and gender of the couple’s second baby aren’t yet known.

The actress also didn’t officially announce her second pregnancy, but it soon became clear on the red carpet at the Brit Awards earlier this year when she walked with her baby bump on show.

The sci-fi actress revealed the happy news non-verbally, as she cradled her baby bump in a loose-fitting white and orange dress.

Outfit designer Carli Pearson wrote on Instagram: “The beautiful Jodie Whittaker in our custom made beanbag ball dress for #thebritawards2022.

Rolling Stones’ legend Mick Jagger laments at Brexit ‘nightmare’ as UK ‘isolated’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

He went on: “Brexit has not been a success for the British touring industry. I’m not saying, ‘Well, we’ve got to rejoin the EU.’

“Unfortunately that’s all in the past.”

He continued to the Sunday Times: “But from personal experience and talking to friends who are in other businesses, it’s not a success, it’s a nightmare.

“We’ve isolated ourselves, and that sounds good to some, but it’s an ideology more than a practicality.”

Rebekah Vardy puts Coleen Rooney trial behind her amid cosy display with husband Jamie | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Rebekah Vardy, 40, has spent some quality time with Leicester City footballer husband Jamie Vardy, 35, following her dramatic exit from the courtroom on Thursday.

The couple could be seen sharing a hug and a kiss following the Premier League match between Leicester City and Southampton at The King Power Stadium on Sunday.

Rebekah was accompanied in the stands by her daughter, Olivia, one, who also took the pitch with her dad in a full Leicester City kit.

She sported a casual look wearing a pair of jeans teamed with a top and baby blue blazor.

Her brunette tresses hung loosely over her shoulders as she added a pair of sunglasses.

Jamie and Rebekah appeared in good spirits as they played with Olivia, who’s shirt had the word “Daddy” emblazoned on the back, and talked to each other.

Rebekah is currently suing Coleen Rooney, wife of Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer Wayne Rooney, for libel.

Coleen accused Rebekah of leaking information from her private Instagram story in October 2019.

The pair’s lawyers delivered their final statements on Friday as they await the final verdict.

Carol Kirkwood divorce: BBC gem on ‘shocking’ divorce before meeting ‘soulmate’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

On Monday, BBC weather presenter Carol Kirkwood, 59, announced she had gotten engaged while live on air. She has not discussed the identity of her fiance but glowed with pride as she recounted the “romantic” story of the surprise engagement while out having a picnic with her partner. The Scottish TV personality was reporting from the Chelsea Flower Show when BBC Breakfast presenters Sally Nugent and Jon Kay began lightheartedly grilling her about the ring on her finger.

Sally joked: “I’m a little bit concerned about you this morning. I don’t know how you’re managing to stand up with that giant rock on your left hand, Carol.”

Carol then responded: “Oh that one, thank you Sal. It is rather nice, I got engaged.”

But this won’t be the weather presenter’s first marriage – she was married to Jimmy Kirkwood in 1990, when she was 28, just after she had just started working at the BBC.

Jimmy is best known as a cricket player from Northern Ireland.

They split in 2008, but the details of why the couple decided to divorce were kept private.

However, Carol has revealed some details of how the divorce impacted her.

Speaking to the Radio Times in 2018, she said: “I found myself when I got divorced.

“I started to do things and to think, ‘I’m not going to say no, I’m going to say yes!’ I’m braver now.”

She also told The Sun: “I was married for a long time and I got married quite young so it’s nice doing things I have the freedom to do now.”

In her 2021 book, Under The Greek Moon, Carol admitted the divorce was “all so shocking to me”, and recalled how she’d break down in tears behind the scenes on BBC Breakfast before putting on a smile for the camera again.

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“I wouldn’t get married just for the sake of being married, because I’m happy as I am.”

In an interview with Prima magazine last year, Carol discussed her partner, and even admitted she was unsure about getting married a second time.

She said: “I don’t want to say too much about my boyfriend, but I will say that he is very kind and very funny – he’s always making me laugh.

“And extremely handsome, as well.

“He always makes me a cup of tea before I go to work in the morning, which is very romantic – it’s 2.45am and he often leaves me a little love note for when I come home from work.

“That, to me, is worth a million red roses.”

She then concluded: “He is the best thing that’s ever happened to me, without a shadow of a doubt.”

‘Are you staying with him?’ Amanda Abbington gets asked as BGT fiancé left paralysed | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Amanda Abbington, 48, has spoken up about her relationship with her former stuntman fiancé Johnathan Goodwin, who appeared on Britain’s Got Talent. The daredevil, 42, was left paralysed after being crushed during a stunt while in rehearsals for America’s Got Talent.

The actress and her beau were friends for many years before they started dating.

Amanda has said that she couldn’t imagine her life without Johnathan by her side.

She has explained how the accident has changed her outlook on life.

The star said that it was a horrible phone call to receive, but that Johnathan handled it inspirationally before she revealed people ask if she plans to stay in a relationship with him.

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Instead, Jonathan became crushed between them as they caught on fire.

Amanda told Jay Rayner’s Out To Lunch podcast earlier this month: “He fell 30ft and lost a kidney, broke both shoulder blades, shattered both legs.

“Third-degree burns, broke his spine and severed his spinal cord and nearly died. And then on the operating table, he nearly died again.”

Amanda and the BGT star became friends after realising they were both single following their split with previous partners.

‘Still can’t believe’ Emmerdale star Ash Palmisciano pays tribute to ‘role model’ late mum | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Emmerdale’s Ash Palmisciano, 32, shared the sad news of his mum Micki’s death in a heartfelt social media post. The actor, who plays Matty Barton in the ITV soap, shared his devastation. In view of his 28,700 Instagram followers, the actor vowed to live his life like his late mother did with “hope, love and positivity”.

He shared a throwback photograph of the pair smiling, which prompted an outpouring of support for the TV star.

Ash captioned the shot: “Still can’t believe you’re not with us mum, I’m just starting everyday like you did…with a good cuppa, Hope, love and positivity!

“My biggest inspiration and role model, Miss you everyday #Micki #MyMum”

Fans and friends of the Matty Barton star rushed to the post’s comment section to send him their well-wishes.

“It’s not long before he’s charmed his way into the affections of all those who meet him.”

She added: “His tale of a man trying to shake off his past and find acceptance in the present is full of emotion, humour and ultimately hope as he settles back into rural village life, turning Moira’s world upside down in the process.”

Speaking about Ash’s addition to the cast, she continued: “We are absolutely thrilled to have Ash on board to play this role.

“A skilful actor of great talent, he exudes charisma and there’s an unflinching honesty to his performance that adds real depth to this complex character.

Dan Walker: Former BBC Breakfast host reacts as ex co-star’s bike is stolen | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Dan Walker, 45, has taken to Twitter to share his dismay after a former BBC colleague’s bike was stolen. Rory Cellan-Jones took to the micro-blogging site and addressed the incident.

@Braynework penned: “Seriously crap Rory. Commiserations. I lost 2 Bromptons similarly, one outside ITN, other Paddington.

“Only way if outside is Kryptonite lock. Far better a foldable you carry indoors with you. Though don’t try the ROH garderobe – they don’t accept Bromptons.”

Rory was BBC News’ technology correspondent. 

In August 2021, he announced that he will be leaving the BBC in late October, after 40 years of employment.

BBC Radio 1’s Adele Roberts admits ‘I love my body more than ever’ after cancer diagnosis | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Adele Roberts, 43, has opened up about her battle following a bowel cancer diagnosis. The Radio 1 presenter has spoken, in a new interview, about how cancer has found her more able to “appreciate” her body and why “it means so much” to be on the cover of Women’s Health UK.

Speaking to Women’s Health UK, Adele explained how her ill health has taught her to “love my body”.

She said: “Being diagnosed with cancer has meant I’ve learned to appreciate my body…I feel like I love my body more than ever.”

Explaining her new-found appreciation for her body, Adele explained: “Being diagnosed with cancer has meant I’ve learned to appreciate my body; be grateful that it works; be grateful they found the tumour in time to remove it and be grateful [that modern medicine means I can] have a stoma.

“I feel like I love my body more than ever.”

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Adele has also bravely been speaking about her cancer journey and raising awareness of the disease.

She regularly takes to social media to share informative videos clips on topics such as how to change a stoma bag, which collects faeces.

Speaking about why she believes bowel cancer is something more people should speak about, Adele said: “One in two of us will be diagnosed with cancer at some point in our lives, and I think the more we can actually talk about it, the less negatively affected people will be, mentally, if and when that happens.

“That’s why it means so much – as someone undergoing cancer treatment and with a visible stoma – to be on the cover of Women’s Health.”

“After a few phone calls I was sent for some examinations and checks.

“I was then diagnosed with bowel cancer. This was at the start of the month.”

Despite being “upset” about her diagnosis at times, Adele says she has a “strategy” for staying positive “mentally”, which allows her to be “stable”.

She said in the interview: “I’ve spent a lot of time being upset.

“When I was in hospital, recovering after my surgeries, I would overhear conversations of other women on the ward and learn they had a much worse diagnosis than me – maybe terminal cancer – and that’s when I’d feel down.”

She added: “I think my strategy, so that I can stay stable while I’m on chemotherapy, is just to get on with it and try and not let it beat me mentally.

“I need to sort of tackle it head on, because that’s how I cope with things, but I understand everyone’s different.”

On living with cancer, Adele said: “Following people on social media who were going through treatment and sharing their stories really helped me.

“People who were living their life – truly living with cancer. And that wasn’t something I’d really seen before my diagnosis.

“On TV, stories often portray the sad side of cancer, which definitely exists. But I didn’t realise how much I’d still be able to do.

“I can go running, I can swim, I can still do my show on Radio 1.”

Read the full Adele Roberts interview in the June issue of Women’s Health UK, on sale from May 24, 2022, also available as a digital edition.

Jurassic Park’s Laura Dern, 55, says film ‘romance’ with Sam Neill, 74, felt ‘appropriate’ | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV

Jurassic Park actors Laura Dern, 55, and Sam Neill, 74, have revisited their performances as botanist Dr Ellie Sattler and paleontologist Dr Alan Grant in the hit film. The pair reflected on having a 19-year age gap as fictional love interests when they were 25 and 44-years-old respectively.

The actors admitted that, retrospectively, having such a large age difference seemed “appropriate”.

Laura said: “Well, it felt completely appropriate to fall in love with Sam [Neill].

“And it was only now, when we returned in a moment of cultural awareness about the patriarchy, that I was, like, “Wow! We’re not the same age?’”

Sam concurred with his co-star, adding that, back then, 19 years “was a completely appropriate age difference for a leading man and lady”.

He added to the Sunday Times: “It never occurred to me until I opened a magazine and there was an article called ‘Old Geezers and Gals’ – people like Harrison Ford and Sean Connery acting with much younger people. And there I was, on the list.”

“I thought, ‘Come on. It can’t be true.’”

Now Sam and Laura are set to reunite with co-star Jeff Goldblum for the first time in 30 years in the Jurassic World: Dominion trailer.

The legendary trio will share the screen with actors Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

The gap between Jurassic World and Jurassic World 2 was just three years.

Both movies were set in the years they were released in cinemas, with Jurassic World being set in 2015 and Jurassic World 2 three years later in 2018.

Colin revealed in an interview with Screen Rant this trend will continue in Jurassic World 3: Dominion.

He said: “Everything in my mind has always been pretty much present-day.

“So [the short film, Battle at] Big Rock took place a year or so after Fallen Kingdom in 2019, when it came out, and the T-Rex has just been out in the Sierra Nevada forest where they all escaped to.

“It’s absolutely massive; it’s a whole section of the state.

“And so she’s just been living in there; they’ve been struggling to catch her for a very long time.”

Speaking about Jurassic World 3, the director continued: “So this is about four years later – it’s when the movie comes out, so 2022.”