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The Witcher’s Big Romance Is Less Weird Than It Looks

The Witcher’s Big Romance Is Less Weird Than It Looks

Yes, that is a masquerade sex party.
Yes, that is a masquerade sex party.
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Yennefer, one of the two women leads in Netflix’s new show, The Witcher, has a secret. Even if you played the games, which are based on the original novels, you might not have noticed her significant secret. It’s a crucial part of her character introduced in the books and yesterday’s trailer strongly alluded to the fact that the secret would be a major part of her storyline in season one of the show as well. So naturally, we had to ask if that was the case.

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If you were curious why Yennefer is being played by the 23-year-old Anya Chalotra and her love interest Geralt is being played by the 36-year-old Henry Cavill there’s a good reason.

Yennefer is much older than she looks.

During a press roundtable for The Witcher at San Diego Comic-Con, Chalotra confirmed to io9 that the Yennefer in the show will match the one in the books and video games—meaning that she’s a much-older sorceress who uses magic to keep herself looking young. She described the pre-magic origin story, where we see Yennefer with a hunchback, as her “backstory” that will be explored in the series.

We asked her what the unique challenges were in portraying a character with age, wisdom, and perspective beyond her years.

“It all comes down to breath,” she told me. “I mean, that’s the most challenging thing, and that’s with any character I approach. Sometimes it’s not enough to just change an accent, or to just change your hair color or to change an outfit or costume. It’s the way someone breathes. And that is something that I find most challenging, but it’s why I accepted the role. Because I didn’t have someone to age me [with makeup or prosthetics], I just had to change.”

Of course, there’s still the issue of Cavill and Chalotra having a 13-year age difference, which appears to play into the common Hollywood practice of casting much younger women to be in romances with older men. But it does match the character, as the Yennefer in the books and video games were described as a woman who appeared in her early 20’s. Besides, there was another reason The Witcher’s Yennefer was cast young.

When describing the casting process for Yennefer, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich said she wanted to make sure her actress could portray Yenn’s past as well as her present, which meant having a younger actress for her backstory scenes. Hissrich said Chalotra was the first lead she hired for the series, specifically because she felt the actress could handle both.

“Yennefer is a sorceress who’s actually quite old but looks very young, but has the experience of someone who’s lived for a long time. But also we knew we were going to be telling a little bit of her backstory, so I wanted someone who could portray her at a younger age as well,” Hissrich said. “And that’s a really really difficult thing to find: Someone who can look young and yet have that life experience.”

The Witcher arrives on Netflix later this year.


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Oscars 2019: How to watch the winning movies – CNET

Oscars 2019: How to watch the winning movies – CNET

The 2019 Oscars were Sunday. If you’re feeling inspired to see some of the winning films you didn’t catch earlier, here’s a guide to where you can stream, rent or buy the majority of them. Sorry in advance, but there are still quite a few you’ll have to catch in theaters — not that you need a movie subscription service to do so, but it can’t hurt.

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Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor 

Green Book

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunesVudu

Best Director, Cinematography, Foreign Language Film

Roma

Streaming: Netflix

Rent/Buy: Nope

Best Actor, Sound Mixing, Sound Editing

Bohemian Rhapsody

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: AmazonGoogle PlayiTunesVudu

Best Costume Design, Production Design, Original Score

Black Panther

Streaming: Netflix

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google PlayiTunesVuduYouTube

Best Adapted Screenplay

BlacKkKlansman

Streaming: Nope

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Best Actress 

The Favourite

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Best Original Song 

A Star is Born

Streaming: Nope

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Best Supporting Actress

If Beale Street Could Talk

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Vice

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Best Visual Effects

First Man

Streaming: Nope

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Best Animated Film

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Best Documentary – Feature

Free Solo

Streaming: Nope

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Best Documentary – Short Subject

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Streaming: Netflix 

Best Animated Short Film

Bao

Streaming: Nope

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All other nominated films

A Quiet Place

Streaming: EPIX

Rent/Buy:  Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Avengers: Infinity War

Streaming: Netflix

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Streaming: Netflix

Rent/Buy: Nope

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Capernaum

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Cold War

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

At Eternity’s Gate

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

First Reformed

Streaming: Amazon, Kanopy

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Hale County This Morning, This Evening

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Incredibles 2

Streaming: Netflix 

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Isle of Dogs

Streaming: HBO

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Mary Poppins Returns

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Mary Queen of Scots

Streaming: Nope

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Minding the Gap

Streaming: Hulu, PBS

Rent/Buy: Nope

Mirai

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Never Look Away

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

Of Fathers and Sons

Streaming: Kanopy

Rent/Buy: Still in theaters

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Ralph Breaks the Internet


Disney

Ralph Breaks the Internet

Streaming: Nope

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RBG

Streaming: Hulu, Hoopla

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Ready Player One

Streaming: HBO

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu, YouTube

Shoplifters

Streaming: Hoopla

Rent/Buy: Amazon, iTunesVudu, YouTube

The Wife

Streaming: Nope

Rent/Buy: Amazon, Google Play, iTunesYouTube

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