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‘Game of Thrones’ 101: Everything You Need To Know About the Order of Maesters

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‘Game of Thrones’ 101: Everything You Need To Know About the Order of Maesters
Throughout “Game of Thrones,” audiences have seen the Order of the Maesters take part in a huge number of important moments. With Samwell Tarly (John Bradley-West) at the Citadel in Oldtown to receive training to replace Maester Aemon (Peter Vaughan) at Castle Black, we’ll likely be seeing more of the Maesters in Season 7 than ever before. Though we’ve seen a lot of Maesters do a lot of things over the course of six seasons of “Game of Thrones,” the show has never really given us a great explanation for what all their duties are and, well, why they’re even.
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From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)

From Silent Film Icon and His Women to Nazi Era's Frightening 'Common Folk': Lgbt Pride Movie Series (Final)
(See previous post: “Gay Pride Movie Series Comes to a Close: From Heterosexual Angst to Indonesian Coup.”) Ken Russell's Valentino (1977) is notable for starring ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev as silent era icon Rudolph Valentino, whose sexual orientation, despite countless gay rumors, seems to have been, according to the available evidence, heterosexual. (Valentino's supposed affair with fellow “Latin LoverRamon Novarro has no basis in reality.) The female cast is also impressive: Veteran Leslie Caron (Lili, Gigi) as stage and screen star Alla Nazimova, ex-The Mamas & the Papas singer Michelle Phillips as Valentino wife and Nazimova protégée Natacha Rambova, Felicity Kendal as screenwriter/producer June Mathis (The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse), and Carol Kane – lately of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt fame. Bob Fosse's Cabaret (1972) is notable as one of the greatest musicals ever made. As a 1930s Cabaret presenter – and the Spirit of Germany – Joel Grey was the year's Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner. Liza Minnelli
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The Pied Piper | Blu-ray Review

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A forgotten oddity from the early 1970s is Jacques Demy’s English language mounting of The Pied Piper, a rather bleak but mostly unequivocal version of the famed Grimm Bros. fairy tale about a titular piper who infamously lured the children of Hamelin to their assumed deaths after being rebuffed by the townsfolk when he similarly rid the town of plague carrying rats.

Set in the 1300s of northern Germany, this UK production blends bits of Robert Browning’s famed poem of the legend into the film, but the end result is unusually straightforward and unfussy, considering Demy’s predilection for inventive, colorful musicals, such as the classic confections The Umbrellas of Cherbourg and The Young Girls of Rochefort. The stunt casting of Donovan as the piper generates a certain amount of interest, although he’s whittled down to a supporting character amongst a cast of master character actors like Donald Pleasence, John Hurt, Peter Vaughan, and child star Jack Wild.

Notably, The Pied Piper is one of the few Demy films not to be built around a strong, beautiful female lead, which may also explain why there’s no center point in the film. Cathryn Harrison (daughter of Rex, who starred in Louis Malle’s Black Moon) and a gone-to-seed Diana Dors (though not featured as memorably as her swarthy turn in Skolimowski’s Deep End) are the tiny flecks of feminine representation. It was also not Demy’s first English language production, as he’d made a sequel to his New Wave entry Lola (1961) with 1969’s Los Angeles set Model Shop. So what compelled him to make this departure, which premiered in-between two of his most whimsical Catherine Deneuve titles (Donkey Skin; A Slightly Pregnant Man) is perhaps the film’s greatest mystery.

Cultural familiarity with the material tends to work against our expectations. At best, Donovan is a mere supporting accent, popping up to supply mellow, anachronistic music at odd moments before the dramatic catalyst involving his ability to conjure rats with music arrives. Prior to his demeaning, Demy’s focus is mostly on the omnipotent and aggressive power of the corrupting church (Peter Vaughan’s Bishop) and Donald Pleasence’s greedy town leader, whose son (a sniveling John Hurt) is more intent on starting wars and making counterfeit gold to pay his gullible minions than stopping the encroaching plague. Taking the brunt of their violence is the Jewish alchemist, Melius (Michael Hordern), who is wise enough to know the rats have something to do with the spread of the disease. Demy uses his tragic demise to juxtapose the piper’s designs on the children.

While Hurt and Pleasance are entertaining as a toxic father and son, Demy seems estranged from anyone resembling a protagonist. Donovan is instantly forgettable, and the H.R. Pufnstuf and Oliver! child star Jack Wild gets upstaged by a wild mop of hair and a pronounced limp (which explains why he isn’t entranced along with the other children), and the film plays as if Donovan’s role might have been edited down in post. The script was the debut of screenwriters Andrew Birkin (Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, 2006) and Mark Peploe (The Passenger, 1975; The Last Emperor, 1987) who would both go on to write a number of offbeat auteur entries.

Disc Review:

Kino Lorber releases this obscurity as part of their Studio Classics label, presented in 1.66:1. Picture and sound quality are serviceable, however, the title would have greatly benefitted from a restoration. Dp Peter Suschitzky’s frames rightly capture the period, including some awesomely creepy frescoes housing Pleasence and son, but the color sometimes seems faded or stripped from some sequences. Kino doesn’t include any extra features.

Final Thoughts:

More of a curio piece for fans of Demy, The Pied Piper mostly seems a missed opportunity of the creepy legend.

Film Review: ★★½/☆☆☆☆☆

Disc Review: ★★★/☆☆☆☆☆

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Peter Vaughan, ‘Porridge’ And ‘Game Of Thrones’ Star, Dies At 93

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Peter Vaughan died early this morning at 93, after a more than 75 year acting career. Peter Vaughan Dies Peacefully At 93 Vaughan is probably best remembered for his role as Harry Grout in the 70s sitcom Porridge, despite only appearing in three episodes. Most recently he played Maester Aemon in the hit show Game of Thrones. […]

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Peter Vaughan, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Porridge’ Actor, Dies at 93

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Peter Vaughan, ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Porridge’ Actor, Dies at 93
Actor Peter Vaughan, best known for his performances as Maester Aemon on “Game of Thrones” and Harry “Grouty” Grout on the BBC sitcom “Porridge,” has died at the age of 93. According to his agent Sally Long-Innes, Vaughan passed away “at approximately 10:30 this morning” and “died peacefully with his family around him.”

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The actor began his career at the Wolverhampton Repertory theater company before joining the army during World War II where he served as an officer in Normandy, Belgium and then later, the Far East. After the war, he returned to the stage where he played a bevy of roles for many years.

His first film performance was in Ralph Thomas’ 1959 film “The 39 Steps,” a loose remake of the Alfred Hitchcock film by the same name, but his first lead
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'Game of Thrones' Actor Peter Vaughan Dead at 93

'Game of Thrones' Actor Peter Vaughan Dead at 93
British actor Peter Vaughan died on Tuesday morning at age 93, multiple news outlets report.

His agent, Sally Long-Innes, told BBC News that Vaughan "died peacefully with his family around him."

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The actor is perhaps best known by American TV audiences for his role as Jon Snow's mentor, Maester Aemon Targaryen, on the HBO series, Game of Thrones. Vaughan started portraying the character at age 86 and remained on the show for five years until his character died of old age in season five.

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Following news of Vaughan's death, GoT writer Bryan Cogman took to Twitter to pay tribute to the actor. "Rest in Peace to our own Maester Aemon, Peter Vaughan, who passed away this morning at age 93," Cogman wrote. "Truly an honor to have known him."

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Game Of Thrones Actor Peter Vaughan Has Passed Away

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Some very sad news is being reported today, as actor Peter Vaughan has passed away at the age of 93.

BBC News and multiple other sources shared this statement from Vaughan's agent, Sally Long-Innes:

"This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him."

Many modern-day viewers know Vaughan as Maester Aemon on Game of Thrones, but his screen career stretches back to the ’50s.

A highly-regarded character actor, Vaughan's credits include Village of the Damned (1960), Two Living, One Dead, Die! Die! My Darling!, Haunted, Treasure Island (1968), Sudden Terror, Porridge, Brazil, Mountains of the Moon, Dandelion Dead, Murder Most Horrid, The Crucible (1996), and the aforementioned Game of Thrones.

Vaughan's legacy will surely live on through the people he worked with, the fans who admired his work, and his incredible presence onscreen. Our thoughts go out to Vaughan's
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Peter Vaughan: from godfather Grouty to Game of Thrones

He was the big-framed character actor who rose to fame as Ronnie Barker’s tormentor in Porridge. But Peter Vaughan had immense range and power – and was still starring in Game of Thrones at the age of 92

Peter Vaughan has died aged 93

Peter Vaughan was a star example of the sort of performer known as a “character actor” – he rarely led a cast, but he attracted a devoted following from audiences, critics and producers.

Remarkably, three generations of TV viewers associate him with a different major role. Despite appearing in only a few episodes of Porridge (1974-77), Vaughan put his wide frame and deep tones to such comically menacing effect as “Genial” Harry Grout, the Hm Slade Prison godfather, that he became a stand-out character. Two decades later, he touchingly portrayed an elderly North-East trade unionist in Peter Flannery’s political epic Our Friends in the North (1996). And, almost 20 years on,
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Game of Thrones Actor Peter Vaughan Dies at Age 93

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Peter Vaughan has died at age 93. The British actor, who was well-known for his recent role as Maester Aemon Targaryen in Game of Thrones, passed away on Tuesday morning, his agent, Sally Long-Innes, confirmed to BBC News. "This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10:30 this morning," she said in a statement, adding that he "died peacefully with his family around him." He is survived by his wife, Lillias Walker. In addition to his role as the maester at Castle Black in the HBO series, Vaughan also starred in a handful of TV shows and movies, including Porridge, Citizen Smith, Chancer, and Heartbeat. He also worked with Frank Sinatra in The Naked Runner in 1967 and Sir Anthony Hopkins in The Remains of the Day in 1993. Related:45 Stars We've Lost This Year
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R.I.P. Peter Vaughan (1923 – 2016)

British actor Peter Vaughan has passed away aged 93, his agent has revealed today.

Vaughan, who was most recently seen as Maester Aemon Targaryen in HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, enjoyed a career dating back to the late 1950s, with memorable roles including Harry Grout in Porridge, Charlie Johnson in Citizen Smith, and Felix Hutchinson in Our Friends in The North, the latter of which saw him nominated for Best Actor at the British Academy Television Awards.

In addition to his small screen work, Vaughan also appeared in a number of feature films, including The Naked Runner, Straw Dogs, Time Bandits, Brazil, The Remains of the Day, Fatherland and Les Miserables.
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Peter Vaughan, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Who Played Maester Aemon, Dies at 93

Peter Vaughan, ‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Who Played Maester Aemon, Dies at 93
Peter Vaughan of “Game of Thrones” and British sitcom “Porridge” has died. Vaughan “died peacefully with his family around him” Tuesday morning in England, according to his agent, Sally Long-Innes.

The 93-year-old actor most recently played blind old Maester Aemon Targaryen on the HBO fantasy series, one of the last scions of the ruling family of Westeros who joined the Night’s Watch and protect the realm rather than enmesh himself in political intrigue. Maester Aemon had already met his fate on “Game of Thrones” in Season 5, a serious blow to future Night’s Watch Commander Jon Snow (Kit Harington) and Maester-in-training Sam Tarly (John Bradley-West).

Vaughan was born Peter Olm in 1923 in Shropshire, England. He served in World War II in Normandy, Belgium, and the eastern front before embarking on a lengthy career in British TV, coupled with a healthy film resume that included movies for Terry Gilliam (“Time Bandits,” “Brazil
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Peter Vaughan obituary

Veteran stage and screen actor who played Harry Grout in Porridge and Maester Aemon in Game of Thrones

Peter Vaughan, who has died aged 93, was one of the most distinctive and menacing of character actors on stage and screen in a career spanning seven decades and ranging from West End comedy to Dickens and Our Friends in the North on television, to movies with Frank Sinatra and Tallulah Bankhead, and encompassing a string of unpleasant authority figures. With his bulky figure, small eyes and prognathous jaw, he usually played the type of character you would not want to bump into on a dark night in a darker alley, even though, in real life, Vaughan was known for his conviviality, kindness to animals and devotion to his family.

For television audiences in the 1970s, he was a faux terrifying and hilarious Mr Big in Ronnie Barker’s prison comedy series Porridge
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Game of Thrones Actor Peter Vaughan Dead at 93

Game of Thrones Actor Peter Vaughan Dead at 93
Peter Vaughan, best known for his role as Maester Aemon on Game of Thrones, has passed away. He was 93.

The actor’s agent confirmed the news on Tuesday morning, with a statement published to Deadline indicating that he died peacefully surrounded by his family. A cause of death is unknown at this time.

Vaughan appeared in nearly a dozen episodes during the first five seasons of GoT, portraying the blind maester of the Night’s Watch. His other TV credits included BBC sitcoms Porridge and Citizen Smith, as well as the ITV drama Chancer, starring opposite a young Clive Owen.
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Peter Vaughan, star of Porridge and Game of Thrones, dies aged 93

Actor best known for playing Grouty in 1970s prison sitcom won fresh admirers as Maester Aemon in HBO fantasy show

The character actor Peter Vaughan, known for his role as Grouty in the TV sitcom Porridge and more recently as Maester Aemon in Game of Thrones, has died aged 93.

His agent, Sally Long-Innes, said he “died peacefully with his family around him” on Tuesday morning.

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Peter Vaughan, 'Game of Thrones' Star, Dies at 93

Peter Vaughan, known to legions of Game of Thrones fans as Maester Aemon in the HBO series, has died at the age of 93. 

His agent Sally Long-Innes confirmed the news Tuesday. 

"This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning," she said. "He died peacefully with his family around him."

Vaughan was a veteran of British TV, starring in shows including Citizen Smith, Chancer, Our Friends in the North and Silk. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as the feared Grouty in the prison-based comedy series Porridge. He also played Aemon Targaryen, Maester of the...
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Peter Vaughan, 'Game of Thrones' Star, Dies at 93

Peter Vaughan, 'Game of Thrones' Star, Dies at 93
Peter Vaughan, known to legions of Game of Thrones fans as Maester Aemon in the HBO series, has died at the age of 93. 

His agent Sally Long-Innes confirmed the news Tuesday. 

"This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10.30 this morning," she said. "He died peacefully with his family around him."

Vaughan was a veteran of British TV, starring in shows including Citizen Smith, Chancer, Our Friends in the North and Silk. He is perhaps best remembered for his role as the feared Grouty in the prison-based comedy series Porridge. He also played Aemon Targaryen, Maester of the...
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Peter Vaughan, ‘Game of Thrones’ Star, Dies at 93

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Peter Vaughan, ‘Game of Thrones’ Star, Dies at 93
Peter Vaughan, who played Nights Watch brother Maester Aemon on “Game of Thrones,” died on Tuesday at age 93. His agent Sally Long-Innes confirmed the news in a statement to the BBC, saying, “This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan passed away at approximately 10:30 this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him.” Vaughan was best known to American audiences for playing the blind maester for five seasons on “Game of Thrones,” but he has been well known to British audiences for decades. He began appearing on TV as early as the 1950s. Also Read: Margaret Whitton,
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'Game Of Thrones' actor Peter Vaughan dies aged 93

'Game Of Thrones' actor Peter Vaughan dies aged 93
Vaughan was best known for roles in TV series Porridge and Game Of Thrones.

British actor Peter Vaughan, best known for roles in Game of Thrones and Porridge, has died at the age of 93.

Vaughan played Maester Aemon in the HBO series and Grouty in the TV sitcom.

He was BAFTA-nominated for his performance in 1997 BBC series Our Friends In The North.

Movie performances included Brazil, An Ideal Husband and Straw Dogs. His most recent feature work was on 2011 drama Albatross.

Vaughan, whose career spanned more than 60 years, was also known for his work in theatre.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Peter Vaughan Dies At Age 93

Game Of Thrones and Porridge actor Peter Vaughan has died at the age of 93. His agent, Sally Long-Innes, confirmed the news Tuesday. She said: "This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan has passed away at approximately 10.30 [GMT] this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him." Vaughan was known most recently for his role as Maester Aemon, the elderly, blind leader of the Night Watch who was sympathetic to Jon Snow in HBO's Game Of Thrones. He…
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‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Peter Vaughan Dies At The Age Of 93

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‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Peter Vaughan Dies At The Age Of 93
Game of Thrones and Porridge actor Peter Vaughan has died at the age of 93. His agent, Sally Long-Innes, confirmed the news on Tuesday. She said: "This is to confirm that very sadly Peter Vaughan has passed away at approximately 10.30 [GMT] this morning. He died peacefully with his family around him." Vaughan was known most recently for his role as Maester Aemon, the elderly, blind master of the Night Watch who was sympathetic to Jon Snow in HBO's Game of Thrones. He…
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