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‘Game of Thrones’ co-creators have no desire to return for spin-offs

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Popular series ‘Game of Thrones’ is ready with spin-offs, with the upcoming Targaryen-centric prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ first out of the gate later this year.

While the network HBO sets out on expanding the world of Westeros, don’t expect original series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss to return to the franchise.

Weiss recently told Entertainment Weekly he has no intention of returning to “Game of Thrones” in the future, reports variety.com.

“All in, we were 11 years, probably, doing that show,” Weiss said.

“When I say 11 years, it was full on, all in, all day, every day for 11 years. It was the best decade of our lives. It still kind of feels a bit like a dream, but we got to a place where it was pretty clear to us that we had reached the end of what made sense for us to be involved with in that world that we lived. It just felt like, for us, it was time to move on and get excited and terrified about building something else – building lots of something elses.”

“We never saw more ‘Game of Thrones’ shows [as] something that made sense for us to be involved with, given where we were just as people at the time we were done with the original,” Weiss added.

Some ‘Game of Thrones’ fans might be relieved Weiss and Benioff are staying away from the franchise, as the duo were at the center of fan outrage due to the polarising last season. Benioff and Weiss have since moved on to Netflix after striking a reported nine-figure first-look deal with the streaming giant.

Their first Netflix project was the Sandra Oh-starring comedy ‘The Chair’, which the duo produced. Next up is the high school comedy “Metal Lords,” which Weiss scripted.

That series debuts April 8. Benioff and Weiss are also in production on the epic science-fiction series ‘The Three-Body Problem’ for Netflix.

As for ‘Thrones’, HBO has several spinoffs in addition to ‘House of the Dragon’ in various states of development. “Person of Interest” writer Amanda Segal is attached to “10,000 Ships,” which centers on Princess Nymeria of House Martell.

‘Rome’ and ‘The Mentalist’ creator Bruno Heller is reportedly behind ‘9 Voyages’, which is to star Steve Toussaint as his ‘House of the Dragon’ character Corlys Velaryon. An adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s novellas ‘Tales of Dunk and Egg’ is also in development.

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Navi Mumbai: Kharghar musical group announces event to raise funds for cancer patients

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 Kharghar Krooners, a musical group, will soon host a charity programme to raise funds for families of cancer patients. This is the first time that the group has ticketed its programme. However, funds raised from the event will entirely go towards charity.

The group will hold the musical event in association with the ‘Karun Bharat Helping Hand Foundation’ to raise funds for needy patients. The ‘Mega Concert’ of the Kharghar Krooners will be held at Vishnudas Bhave Auditorium on Sunday, December 18 at 8:30 p.m.

Kharghar Krooners has made a humble appeal to people to come forward and support families by enjoying a lovely musical evening with the music of the Golden Era of Rafi, Kishore, Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, and Asha Bhosale.

According to the organiser, they have reserved seats for 50 cancer patients along with one of the relatives. “We reserved a total of 100 seats for them,” said the organiser.

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Sharmila’s arrest, attack on convoy trigger tension

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Attack on YSR Telangana Party (YSRTP) leader Y. S. Sharmila’s convoy allegedly by the supporters of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and her subsequent arrest by the police triggered tension during her padyatra in Warangal district on Monday.

Police stopped Sharmila’s padyatra and arrested her and YSRTP leaders and workers accompanying her in Chennaraopeta mandal.

YSRTP cadres tried to resist the arrests and raised slogans against the police and the TRS government. The police used mild force to control the situation.

Sharmila, sister of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy, was arrested after she allegedly made certain objectionable comments about TRS MLA P. Sudershan Reddy.

Sharmila wanted to know from police why were they taking her into custody instead of arresting those who attacked her bus.

YSRTP alleged that the bus which Sharmila is using to rest during her ongoing Praja Prasthanam padayatra was attacked and burnt down by the members of the ruling TRS party.

The mob also damaged cars belonging to YSR Telangana Party leaders. The incident happened near Lingagiri village, under Chennaraopeta mandal in Warangal district.

Sharmila was participating in the padyatra on 223rd day when a group of men chanting pro-TRS slogans and hailing KCR, reached the place where the caravan was halted and torched it.

“For the past 223 days, me and my Party leaders and representatives are holding a peaceful Padayatra to highlight the plight of various sections of people in Telangana. Our rising popularity has jolted Chief Minister KCR and his party men, who want to stop me at any cost,” she said.

Daughter of former chief minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy said that it is highly unfortunate that some police officers are siding with the ruling party and disrupting ‘our efforts to reach the people and raise their issues.’

The Praja Prasthanam padayatra has so far crossed 3,500 kms mark, covering 75 Assembly segments in the State. She has covered 1863 villages under 208 mandals and 61 Municipalities along with 4 Municipal Corporations, so far.

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SRK’s Mumbai bungalow Mannat gets a diamond-studded nameplate

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 Superstar Shah Rukh Khan, who is known as the king of Bollywood, has added more jewels to his crown – quite literally. His bungalow, Mannat is one of the iconic places in Mumbai, and now he has cranked it up a notch by getting a diamond studded nameplate for his residence.

Several fan clubs of the ‘Chak De! India’ star recently shared the pictures of the nameplate on their social media as they swarmed to the King’s castle to take a glimpse of the shimmery nameplate, which surfaced roughly two months after the previous nameplate.

In the pictures, two diamond nameplates could be seen with Mannat written on the left side and Landsend written on the right. Previously, it was a blackboard with Mannat Landsend embossed on it.

Landsend because the sea-facing bungalow is situated in the land’s end part of Bandstand in Bandra.

SRK often greets his fans from his balcony as he did recently on his birthday on November 2. Fans now have all the more reason to put the camera shutter sound in action with the installation of the new nameplate.

On the work front, SRK has three big-ticket releases in the pipeline first of which is ‘Pathaan’ from the YRF spy universe. The film will mark SRK’s return to the silver screen after a hiatus of 4 years. Additionally, he also has Rajkumar Hirani’s ‘Dunki’ in which he will share the screen with Taapsee Pannu and south director Atlee’s ‘Jawan’.

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