House of the Dragon finds a new filming location home base in the UK!

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The fall has been quiet as production on the Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon moves along in the time of COVID. News popped up recently though, thanks to Redanian Intelligence, uncovering the new home base studios for HOTD.

According to an update posted on UKProductionNews, House of the Dragon will be filming at Leavesden Studios in Watford. HBO confirmed the news after it broke. Watford is found northwest of London. The studios were used most notably for several films in the Harry Potter series.

Taking a closer look at the info RI uncovered, they also found on that on the UKProduction site, the piece was later updated to “Date shoot starts January 2021.” Personally, I would take that exact date with a grain of salt. (Although I would love it, if it were true- the sooner the better!) There are often estimated dates in public production and casting websites, especially when they are openly available. Additionally the cast member they’ve added to the blurb is the one who is known from publicly available information, recently announced star Paddy Considine. Considine will be playing King Viserys Targaryen.

I’m excited that we now know where the home base will be for the foreseeable future! It makes it much easier to look for Twitter and Instagram sightings. Here’s hoping that masks don’t make our star-spotting game utterly impossible!

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    1. That might work out well… After we’re through all this garbage and I can actually go on my delayed trip to Ireland we were talking about another trip centered on a location an hour from Watford. Could end up seeing locations from old and new! 🙂

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    2. So what happens with all the set materials from Titanic Studios, along with all the costumes, props etc that was used on Game of Thrones? I know it’s an earlier time period but I’m guessing a lot of that could have been recycled for this production. Do they auction it all off or is it collecting dust in some warehouse?

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    3. Ooo yay! I guessed they would move to England but I thought it would be Pinewood (where Emilia filmed Solo). Leavesden is right next door to the Harry Potter studio tour lol

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    4. “Personally, I would take that exact date with a grain of salt. (Although I would love it, if it were true- the sooner the better!)”

      Given the new Tier system for Covid measures in the UK, I am also scepitcal about this show beginning to film in January, particularly because many areas, including London, are moving to Tier 2 restrictions. Technically Watford is in another county but near London so who knows how quickly the categorisations will change.

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    5. I’d wondered if it would have been shot in the Republic of Eire. The late 1970s adaptation of ‘Tess of the D’Urbervilles’ (Polanski’s ‘Tess’) was shot in Brittany to stand in for Thomas Hardy’s ‘Wessex’. Still it looks as if Watford it is – for the interiors at least.

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    6. It’s great to hear that the series is progressing! I can’t wait for some of those famous WotW clandestine filming shots.
      Speaking of the UK, season 2 of Britannia popped up! About half way through episode 1, I heard the familiar tones of Walder Frey, and sure enough there he was! He looked a little different in all that makeup, but it was cool to see David Bradley again. Britannia is a bit bizarre.

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    7. Warning ⚠️ Temporary Arya Thread Derailment Ahead

      Arya vs. Rorge S4e7

      0:39 long

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1AFKAtx4Mw

      Arya: “He told me he’d f*ck me bloody with a stick.”
      Sandor: “This day’s really not working out the way you planned. He on your little list?”
      Arya: “He can’t be. I don’t know his name.”
      Sandor: “What’s your name?”
      Rorge: “Rorge.”
      Arya: “Thank you.”
      Also Arya:

      https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Edss6VNXYAMds8_.jpg

      🗡👸🏻

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    8. Ten Bears,

      Aryaphile Commentary:
      Out of Arya’s 62+ human* gift recipients, Rorge was the only one I felt was [excuse the pun] overkill. Yes, he trashed talked and threatened to assault her in S2 when he was going through alcohol withdrawal, and demanded “bring us beer!” when he was locked up in the wagon in the CB-bound NW caravan in S2. Yes, he talked trash to her again in S3 when he was a Lannister goon at Harrenhal. And yes, be and his unfortunate neck-biting sidekick attacked Sandor in a poorly executed attempt to collect the bounty on Sandor’s head in S4.

      * > 100,063+ kills including wights and White Walkers.

      However, adding Rorge to her list and executing him two seconds later for the specified offense of threatening to f*ck her bloody with a stick – but never actually following through – was, arguably, disproportionate punishment. (Sandor would’ve been justified in killing Rorge, just as he was justified in snapping the neck of Rorge’s partner in self-defense when his periodontally-challenged accomplice jumped on him, gouged his flesh and infected him.)

      Not that I would’ve wanted that scene to end any other way. 😇
      – Drawing Needle and impaling Rorge through the heart in one quick motion right after thanking him for providing his name made me smile [am I a bad person?].
      – Needle-to-the-heart was an apt follow-up to the immediately preceding scene when Sandor euthanized the mortally wounded dying farmer and instructed Arya, “That’s where the heart is. That’s how you kill a man.”
      – While Sandor’s deadpan assessment of Arya’s performance, “You’re learning” made me chuckle again, it also reinforced their mentor-acolyte relationship.
      – It was consonant with Sandor’s reaction to Arya’s previous impulsive decision (in S3e9 or e10) to jump off their horse and “kill her first man” – the Frey doofus she heard bragging about killing her mother and mutilating Robb’s corpse: “Next time you’re going to do something like that…tell me first.”
      – I got a kick out of that scene too (and not just because after Arya used that doofus’s neck like a pin cushion and Sandor dispatched the other Frey campers, and Arya then picked up her iron coin with her bloodied hands and whispered “Valar Morghulis” – while Sandor, in the background, was already sitting down and helping himself to the Freys’ lunch!) Sandor’s reaction to Arya’s admission that she’d surreptitiously borrowed Sandor’s knife [Sandor: ”Where’d you get the knife?” Arya: “From you.”], as well as his mock scolding her [“Next time you’re going to do something like that…tell me first”] was almost like an exasperated dad insisting that his teenaged daughter tell him where she’s going with her friends before she runs out the door on a Saturday night.
      I had expected Sandor to scold her and discipline her for even attempting such an impulsive and reckless attack on a squad of hostile soldiers. Instead, his only admonition was that she should’ve given him a head’s up. 😋
      (I’m not the only one who saw and appreciated the dark comedy of that exchange, am I? Sandor’s response was like the exasperated dad telling his teen daughter who only has a learner’s permit, “the next time you even think about stealing the car keys to go joyriding without a license… make sure you don’t leave me with an empty tank in the morning.”)

      – Seriously, despite the moral incongruity of an experienced professional killer tutoring a traumatized young girl in how to kill people efficiently; blithely discussing methods of killing as if comparing their tennis games (e.g., during their walk to the Bloody Gate in S4e8); and dismissing killing as a Darwinian imperative, if not glorifying it as an attribute that distinguishes survivors from the doomed “weak”….

      …. Sandor was never judgmental, and never once discouraged her martial pursuits just because she was a girl.

      [For all his encouragement, even Ned tried to dissuade her, e.g., “little lady shouldn’t be playing with swords,” before relenting and hiring Syrio; and even afterwards, he projected Arya’s expected future – to marry a high lord and have sons who were knights and princes – to which she replied “No, that’s not me.” (By the way, if I recall correctly, I think book readers have suggested that Ned hoped that Arya would grow out of her tomboy phase, or that he figured cutting her a little slack was a better psychological tact than depriving her of the pursuit of her interest in martial arts – which would backfire by making her embrace those interests even more. I could be mistaken…)
      Also, for whatever reason, the show downplayed Arya’s skills in her S8e1 reunion scene with Jon: when he asked her if she’d ever used Needle, she nonchalantly answered “Once or twice.”]

      – Before Arya’s S7e5 diatribe about how “the rules” were wrong (i.e., that she was forbidden to practice archery and had to do it in secret because of her sex), she had an apprenticeship under a warrior who never questioned her aptitude or her bravery, and never sought to enforce those “rules” on her.
      Quite the opposite: Sandor treated her just as harshly and evenhandedly as if she were a boy. (Perhaps echoing, without the eloquence, Syrio’s response when Arya insisted “I’m a girl” when Syrio kept calling her “boy”: “You are a sword; that is all.”)

      – I could not help but notice an element of pride in Arya’s toughness, even when Sandor was ostensibly mocking or insulting her, e.g., in S3e9 after berating Arya for being “kind” when she pleaded with him not to kill the unconscious pork merchant – the double-take he gave Arya when she knocked out the pork merchant just as he was regaining consciousness; a similar double-take in S8e3 when he looked up and saw that the archer who saved him by firing a flaming arrow into a wight was his young disciple; his “You’re learning” commentary in S4e7; and of course his half-angry half-proud greeting in S8e1 after reminding her she’d left him to die and she replied “first I robbed you”: You’re a cold little bitch aren’t you? I guess that’s why you’re still alive” in S8e1.
      I for one loved the all-too-short bookend to that conversation when they rode off from WF to KL together in S8e4, that concluded with Sandor asking “You going to leave me to die again if I get hurt?”, Arya replying – after a brief pause for comic effect – “Probably”, and both of them sharing a smile and a chuckle.

      What I’m getting at is that whether it was intentional or not, I appreciated the show’s portrayal of …

      Sandor Clegane: Protofeminist.

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    9. Tron79:
      It’s great to hear that the series is progressing! I can’t wait for some of those famous WotW clandestine filming shots.
      Speaking of the UK….

      Speaking of the UK, have you been able to watch Maisie Williams in SkyTV’s six-episode series “Two Weeks to Live”? If so, what did you think?
      I was able to watch Episodes 1-3 and 5-6.

      They left the conclusion somewhat open-ended, teasing new riddles, to leave the door open for a second season. The last time I checked, there was no word on whether the show will be renewed – most likely because of the uncertainty of the pandemic.

      My initial reaction:

      The scenes between Maisie Williams and Sian Clifford as her mom were a hoot. I could’ve done without other characters’ subplots, including – ugh! – a dreaded baby drama. Thankfully that silly subplot was wrapped up, so we won’t have to be subjected to it again if there is a second season.

      Watching ASNAWP with a gun in each hand shooting at pursuing bad guys from the hatchback of her mom’s jeep was… a delight.
      🔫 🔫 👸🏻

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    10. Ten Bears: Speaking of the UK, have you been able to watch Maisie Williams in SkyTV’s six-episode series “Two Weeks to Live”? If so, what did you think? I was able to watch Episodes 1-3 and 5-6.

      My initial reaction:

      Watching ASNAWP with a gun in each hand shooting at pursuing bad guys from the hatchback of her mom’s jeep was… a delight.
      🔫 🔫 👸🏻

      I’m so glad you asked!! Yes, I finally got on to see it. I got my VPN to work and then I signed up for NOWTV’s Sky entertainment package. I had to say I lived the “Star Tavern” in London, since NowTV needed a UK address! I was able to signup and get their 7 day free trial, but I did have to put in an Amex card. It didn’t charge the card though, but yes, they would know it was me and that I didn’t live at the Star Tavern, but I was willing to risk it! It wouldn’t take my Paypal account. Can you tell I really wanted to see it!!!!!

      I loved the series. I think this was Maisie’s best role so far after GOT. Here’s my IMDB review that no one read… I hate that no one ever reads my reviews over there! But I write them anyway…
      #### IMDB Review….
      I loved almost everything about this series. The episodes were a perfect length at just under 30 minutes. It was just enough time to keep the action moving, while enticing me to watch the next episode. I am a huge Maisie Williams fan from Game of Thrones, so I will tell you my bias. Even though I’m a huge fan, I haven’t loved everything Maisie has done other than Game of Thrones. Maisie’s role in “The Owners” was a major disappointment for me. Her role as Kim fits like the glove that she forgot to wear in episode 2. Her mom reminds her, “Gloves and a gun if you want to have fun, I mean it rhymes for f*** sake.”

      I appreciated the tone of this series. It was definitely funny, but it wasn’t super silly. It was violent, but it didn’t exploit the violence with exploding heads or body parts like they do in “The Boys”. Maisie had some great fight scenes, and they showrunners even threw in a Game of Thrones easter egg when Maisie did a “bottle drop” move that mirrored her knife drop move on the Night King.

      I enjoyed the British banter humor. I also enjoyed the other characters we get to meet, including the brothers, Kim’s mom, the corrupt police partners, the diner cook and his wife, and more.

      I subtracted one star, because I thought the finale fell a bit flat as compared to the other episodes.

      I can’t wait until season 2 if there is one. It did seem to wrap up pretty cleanly, so I’m not sure if they will figure out a way to make a season 2. Great job Maisie and the entire cast!!

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    11. Ten Bears,

      Did you watch on the YouTube ones? I couldn’t take it. They kept zooming in and out and got too frustrating to watch for me…

      Regarding the baby drama, I’ve already sort of forgotten about that sub thread. I did like the cast. The mom as you said was fantastic.

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    12. Tron79:
      Ten Bears,

      Did you watch on the YouTube ones? I couldn’t take it. They kept zooming in and out and got too frustrating to watch for me…

      Regarding the baby drama, I’ve already sort of forgotten about that sub thread.I did like the cast. The mom as you said was fantastic.

      Yes, I watched “Two Weeks to Live” on YouTube, although Episode 4 was missing.
      I did not have a zooming in/zooming out problem. Each episode did have one or two “intermissions” inserted with strange visuals and music (maybe to avoid being blocked?) but that wasn’t too distracting.

      It appeared to me that the finale teased

      some sort of backstory between the mom (Sian Clifford) and the corrupt cop/her former partner, to set up a second season. Also, concluding the episode by letting ASNAWP set off by herself with a knapsack … well, we know what happened the last time she went on a road trip.

      🐓 🐓

      I’m not privy to all of the reviews and reactions in the UK. Do you know how popular the show was? If SkyTV’s viewership responded favorably I would think a followup season would be in order, pandemic restrictions permitting.

      As for MW’s non-GoT endeavors, I’d rank “Two Weeks to Live” right up there, just behind her 4-episode guest starring role on “Dr. Who.”

      I do not want to see “The Owners” based on middling reviews, and I could not justify risking a trip to the local Covidaplex to see “New Mutants.”

      If the world ever returns to normal, near the top of my wishlist projects for MW would be as Eliza Doolittle (sp?) in a stage or film revival of the musical “My Fair Lady.”

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    13. ”The fall has been quiet as production on the Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon moves along in the time of COVID.”

      Semi-Off Topic

      Still confined to my sky cell after eight months, I find myself burrowing down into musical rabbit holes on YouTube to distract myself from thinking about the ongoing sh*tshow.

      While getting lost in 35 years worth of Cyndi Lauper recordings and videos (while retrieving a song for a GoT-themed “Musical Interlude”),
      I came upon the 1985 video for the mega collaboration, “We Are the World.” I was familiar with the anthem by USA for Africa to raise funds for famine relief, though I don’t think I had ever seen the video before. [Clip #2 below]

      I had remembered Cyndi Lauper’s distinctive voice during the bridge. YouTube’s algorithms sent me to a video clip of Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis, and Kim Carnes rehearsing and recording that bridge. [Clip #1 below]

      On one hand, watching these two videos was like a forensic excavation into the past to see all those pop music heavyweights as they contributed to the production of a song for charity 35 years ago. (The USA for Africa project was the brainchild of Harry Belafonte. He’s now 93 and still around; many of the other faces in the video are not.)

      On the other hand, watching these left me crestfallen. I could not help but wonder:

      How did we go from rallying behind USA for Africa as they implored us to heed the call “to come together” because “there are people dying” in Africa and they needed our help, to…

      … Mord the Jailer in charge, going on xenophobic rants about Africa as “those sh*thole countries,” while also not giving a sh*t that there are people dying – here – by the thousands every day?
      😰

      ————
      Clip #1

      • 🎧🎤Cyndi Lauper rehearses and records the bridge of “We Are the World” by USA for Africa in January, 1985 along with Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis, and Kim Carnes (8:28 long clip)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpReqNFVL-0

      – Isn’t she a firecracker? 😘🧨
      – At 7:50 to 8:26: final take, used in the finished production.
      —————
      Clip #2

      • USA for Africa, “We Are the World” (1985)
      8:00 long

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9BNoNFKCBI

      🎙(Cyndi Lauper sings at 2:51)

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    14. Ten Bears:
      ”The fall has been quiet as production on the Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon moves along in the time of COVID.”

      Semi-Off Topic

      Still confined to my sky cell after eight months, I find myself burrowing down into musical rabbit holes on YouTube to distract myself from thinking about the ongoing sh*tshow.

      While getting lost in 35 years worth of Cyndi Lauper recordings and videos (while retrieving a song for a GoT-themed “Musical Interlude”),
      I came upon the 1985 video for the mega collaboration, “We Are the World.” I was familiar with the anthem by USA for Africa to raise funds for famine relief, though I don’t think I had ever seen the video before. [Clip #2 below]

      I had remembered Cyndi Lauper’s distinctive voice during the bridge. YouTube’s algorithms sent me to a video clip of Cyndi Lauper, Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis, and Kim Carnes rehearsing and recording that bridge. [Clip #1 below]

      On one hand, watching these two videos was like a forensic excavation into the past to see all those pop music heavyweights as they contributed to the production of a song for charity 35 years ago. (The USA for Africa project was the brainchild of Harry Belafonte. He’s now 93 and still around; many of the other faces in the video are not.)

      On the other hand, watching these left me crestfallen. I could not help but wonder:

      How did we go from rallying behind USA for Africa as they implored us to heed the call “to come together” because “there are people dying” in Africa and they needed our help, to…

      … Mord the Jailer in charge, going on xenophobic rants about Africa as “those sh*thole countries,” while also not giving a sh*t that there are people dying – here – by the thousands every day?😰

      ————Clip #1

      • 🎧🎤Cyndi Lauper rehearses and records the bridge of “We Are the World” by USA for Africa in January, 1985 along with Michael Jackson, Huey Lewis, and Kim Carnes (8:28 long clip)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpReqNFVL-0

      – Isn’t she a firecracker? 😘🧨– At 7:50 to 8:26: final take, used in the finished production.—————Clip #2

      • USA for Africa, “We Are the World” (1985)
      8:00 long

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M9BNoNFKCBI

      🎙(Cyndi Lauper sings at 2:51)

      Sounds like you need some cheering up, so…

      Here is a rare photo of Maisie from a cover photo for a project that unfortunately never happened, but she still looks awesome:
      http://www.73chickens.com/images/theforestofhandsandteeth.jpg

      This has to cheer you up….lady wants a pony…

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    15. Tron79,

      A mashup of Arya clips and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”? What a marvelous idea!

      Are you going to include Arya spoonflinging food in Sansa’s face (S1e1), and Arya bursting out laughing at the Bloody Gate (S4e8; link below)?

      I’m sure that against the jaunty, upbeat Cyndi Lauper tune, you’ve already considered setting a montage of Arya tenderizing the camping Frey braggart’s neck; performing a Needlepoint tracheotomy on Polliver (after giving his goon a tummy tuck); impaling Rorge where the heart is;
      treating Meryn F*cking Trant to a combination facelift, eyelift, neck lift and exsanguination; turning Walder Frey into a human Pez Dispenser; bisecting Littlefinger’s carotid artery; and dispatching the S8e3 library wight, the sliced and diced wights, and the Night King; and somewhere in there, the Waif’s bloody peeled-off face perched on the shelf.

      ——————-
      • “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983) – Cyndi Lauper (4:27 long Official Video)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIb6AZdTr-A

      • S4e8: Arya, at the Bloody Gate, reacts to the news that Aunt Lysa died three days ago

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnS2CHwbdDs

      👸🏻

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    16. Ten Bears:
      Tron79,

      A mashup of Arya clips and “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”? What a marvelous idea!

      Are you going to include Arya spoonflinging food in Sansa’s face (S1e1), and Arya bursting out laughing at the Bloody Gate (S4e8; link below)?

      I’m sure that against the jaunty, upbeat Cyndi Lauper tune, you’ve already considered setting a montage of Arya tenderizing the camping Frey braggart’s neck; performing a Needlepoint tracheotomy on Polliver (after giving his goon a tummy tuck); impaling Rorge where the heart is;
      treating Meryn F*cking Trant to a combination facelift, eyelift, neck lift and exsanguination; turning Walder Frey into a human Pez Dispenser; bisecting Littlefinger’s carotid artery; and dispatchingthe S8e3 library wight, the sliced and diced wights, and the Night King; and somewhere in there, the Waif’s bloody peeled-off face perched on the shelf.

      ——————-• “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (1983) – Cyndi Lauper (4:27 long Official Video)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PIb6AZdTr-A

      • S4e8: Arya, at the Bloody Gate, reacts to the news that Aunt Lysa died three days ago

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnS2CHwbdDs

      👸🏻

      I may do a version 2 with your suggestions….

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    17. Ten Bears,

      my first reply got caught up in the Lord of Light’s business…
      I went with a few GOT clips (like fighting with Brianne, kissing Gendry) but alot of real life Maisie with Sophie, and a few Dr. Who shots with Clara…
      I was thinking of putting together all of her kills, or as you said the food fight, her laughing at the vale…there’s always room for a version 2.0!!!. See if you like my timing of switching shots…her colored hair even goes nicely with Cyndi Lauper’s. Anyoo…enjoy… Oh, you should also watch it full screen at least once. Some of the hi res shots of Maisie are crystal clear and awesome.

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    18. Have to admit with Brexit on the horizon in January I’m surprised they’ve gone for another UK based location for filming and I live here. The one bonus is even with Brexit you can still easilly travel to London from US and the rest of Europe so it’s easy to reach and has all the production technical stuff.

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    19. Tron79,

      Hey, thank you! I just watched your mashup.

      Boy, is she photogenic. The images you selected really capture that megawatt smile of hers.
      I’m gonna watch it again…

      Oh, and if it’s okay I may borrow your mashup video to “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” for today’s Musical Interlude, which I’ll be posting in the Comments section under the new Joe Dempsie/Gendry & Arya article.

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    20. Tron79: I may do a version 2 with your suggestions….

      I admit my suggested version with a montage of Arya’s blood-soaked kills set against the bubbly Cyndi Lauper song might come off as… [not sure what adjective would apply; “incongruous”? “macabre”?]

      On the other hand, with your editing skills it would be fantastic. 😎

      Without being presumptuous (I can only imagine how painstaking it would be to excerpt Arya’s kill scenes and match them up with the song), I look forward to Version 2. 🗡👸🏻 🔪

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    21. Tron79,

      P.S. I’ll be on the lookout for MW colored hair images when I rewatch your mashup video.
      I probably have others saved in my cell phone. Maybe I’ll embed a few of their links later on if you think you might want to juxtapose them with Cyndi Lauper’s orange hair in the music video – and other multi-colored hairdos in her other music videos.

      Lemme see if I can locate images and videos in which MW’s hairdos match CL’s.

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