‘Game Of Thrones’ Actor J.J. Murphy Dies Only Days After First Shoot

He had barely shot first scenes of much talked about ‘Game of Thrones’ and Irish actor J.J Murphy died suddenly at the age of 86.  The cause of death is not known yet, still we may say that it could be just a call of age and nothing else.  The actor who worked for the HBO series as his last project has been a veteran actor for decades on Belfast stage.

Murphy was portraying Ser Denys Mallister in the fifth season of Game of Thrones and he was the oldest member of Night’s Watch military order.  The scenes with him in the cast were filmed last week and now he is no more with us.

His sudden demise has certainly saddened lots of near and dear ones, but it has created a void on the famous HBO drama.  It’s not yet sure whether his role would be recast or the story would be changed a bit without him being there anymore.  There are lots of Irish actors in the film, as most of the part of the film is shot in Ireland.

Murphy is said to be a mentor to younger actors and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland praised his contributions towards acting and drama.  The actors who have worked with him in Game of Thrones or other projects are surely going to miss him for all good reasons.

Hardly had he or the team of the series ever thought that this could be his last days of great work on something that he was good at and something that he had always enjoyed doing, ‘Acting’.  Murphy was a great and acclaimed theatre actor who was also involved with famous projects like ‘Dracula Untold’ apart from Game of Thrones.

As per his agent Phillip Young, Murphy, the oldest member of the Night’s Watch in the fifth season was quite enthusiastic and delighted to play the role and he certainly had all the reasons to be so.  But destiny had something else in store for him.

Murphy is said to be an active member of Equity, the British actors’ union and has devoted several decades working at Belfast’s Lyric Theatre.  His death would certainly be a loss to many and concludes his long and fulfilling career.

He was not a stranger to book adaptations as his past contributions includes many renowned film versions like ‘Angela’s Ashes’ and ‘Dracula Untold’, the latter to be released in October 2014 that sees Murphy in the role of a village elder.

As it is said that the only thing permanent in the world is ‘End of a Life’, Murphy has lived a great life and that his journey into films and acting would surely be a source of inspiration to budding actors in times to come.

As for the Game of Thrones void that has been created due to his sudden depart, the makers would have to work out either the role, cast or the story altogether.

J.J. Murphy’s funeral is scheduled for Wednesday, August 13th, 2014.


Iggy Azalea Makes A Cameo With Fast And Furious 7

Australian born rapper Iggy Azaleaz is all set to make a cameo in the seventh series of the very popular Fast and Furious franchise. As per the actor of the movie, Vin Diesel, Azaleaz will have a small role to play in the next installment of the super series.

Iggy has also played host to the famous show on MTV named House of Style earlier this year. Fast and Furious is a super series with some acclaimed names such as Vin Diesel, Late Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster.

This Australian rapper is fast becoming a mega sensation who topped the chart with her hit “Fancy”. Iggy’s debut album, The New Classis, has been greatly successful selling over 13 thousand copies.

Leggy Azaleaz, whose real name is Amethyst Amelia Kelly, may be a successful rapper today, but refusing an offer as tempting as the Fast and Furious franchise might be a little too much for her to handle. This street-racing flick might just add to the glamour and popularity of this rap sensation.

In one of the recent interview, the lead actor of the movie, Vin Diesel, reveled that he worked with Iggy a couple of weeks before wrapping up Fast and Furious 7.

Though it might be a last minute inclusion and may therefore not have a lengthy or meaty role for the Australian beauty, she might still entertain the audiences in her own way.

The inclusion of Iggy might also be a silver lining in the sense that the movie would badly miss the adorable god-cop-gone-bad Paul Walker who formed a major part of the movie’s screenplay and her inclusion may just provide some respite for the audiences. Will she provide the respite and freshness to the movie or is she going to go the Rita Ora ways is yet to be seen.Until then let us line up for the movie and wish Iggy good luck.


Strengths Finder 2.0: Does It Really Help You Find Your Strength?

Self-help books have always found a good market at all times.  Hundreds of self-help books are written every year and many of them do become the good sellers.  Although there are hundreds of self-help books lying on the shelves still untouched, it seems that the market for such kind of writing will never go down.  Why is that so?  Because humans survive on hope; as long as they have the hope they have the reason to live.  The self-help books give hope to us that there is more to life than what it seems.  Hope sells.

People buy hope and that is why it has a market.  Gallup, one of biggest survey companies of the world, knows this.  This is the reason why they have come up with another version of their strength finder module and online assessment named Strengths Finder 2.0.

Focusing on your strength and not on your shortcoming is the premise of this book.  The book says that everyone has shortcomings but if you want to succeed in life then stop focusing on what is wrong with you, start finding out what is or what could be right in you.  Success is not about fixing our weaknesses but it is about finding and building the strength.  The book is all about figuring out how to find your strengths and then how to apply them.

The book also says that most of us believe we know our talents and skills and we work on them all our life.  However, all along we fail to understand why our heart doesn’t take the same path as our career.  This is because we condition ourselves to believe that what we are doing is what we can do the best and there is nothing more to life.  The book adds that most of the people are not able to discover their real skills where they can apply their hearts.  As per Gallup, the Strength Finder assessment will help the readers build their strengths.

The compilation looks just fine in theory.  This is the case with almost all the self-help books.  It is the application of the theory where either most of the books or most of the people fail.  The theories and principles taught in the book are definitely worth the read.  In fact, a lot of people will feel inspired by it.  But the question is – how long can the inspiration live?

It also seems to be more or less like a curriculum for Gallup’s online test on finding strengths.  Although the content is just fine, it is not exceptional or new.  A lot of books have been written with similar content.  To take the assessment you will need to buy the book.  The book comes with the access code which allows you to participate in the online assessment.  The only problem is that you will need to buy as many copies of the book as the number of people willing to take the assessment.  With one code you can take the assessment only once.

It is not sure how much this book will help the readers, but it sure has helped Gallup a great deal.  They have already made $100 million through the book sale.

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