Hypable speaks exclusively to Mary Kate Wiles about her role on Game of Thrones parody series School of Thrones, the end of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and more.

School of Thrones and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries are almost over, so what better time to sit down with the star of the show(s), Mary Kate Wiles. Wiles, who plays Sansa Stark on the viral Game of Thrones parody series, and Lydia Bennet in the modern Pride and Prejudice adaptation, took some time to speak to us about her feelings regarding the end of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, what we can expect in the School of Thrones finale, and more.

We also spoke to Mary Kate Wiles back in February about Lydia’s controversial sex-tape story line on The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Read part one and part two of that interview now. Wiles was also a fan favourite to play Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars movie. Read her response to Shailene Woodley being cast in that role.

Hypable’s interview with Mary Kate Wiles:

Hypable: Last time we spoke, you were in the middle of one of the most controversial aspects of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, and now the series is wrapped. How do you feel about it all now that it’s (almost) finished?

Mary Kate Wiles: I don’t know. It hasn’t quite hit me that it’s done. I think it’s going to take some time to process that and I believe we as a cast are going to be doing a few more things together, so it’s going to continue a little bit. But it’s definitely weird. It’s hard to view it objectively now, because there’s still some episodes to come and still a few more things that haven’t completely ended yet, but I couldn’t be prouder.

It’s going to be really sad to leave that character behind, but I’m so proud of what we did and really happy that I got that opportunity, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. When I shot my last episode a couple weeks ago, I finished right before lunch, and they were like, “Okay, we got it,” and I just sat there next to Ashley and just started crying, and we just held each other. Like I said, it’s something that will be with me forever, and I haven’t really quite comprehended what that feels like now.

Well I’ve been on a personal campaign for more Lydia videos.

Oh, I appreciate that.

Are we going to see any more?

I don’t know. I definitely appreciate that. There are things that I would love to be able to wrap up in terms of her story, that as of now are not. A lot of people have been very supportive about that idea, so I hope that is something we get to do. It’s not up to me unfortunately, but it’s something I am very much in favour of. Hopefully we will. It definitely helps – I’m glad that you guys seem to want that, it is encouraging.

I know that you’re not directly involved with this, but do you know if there’s going to be any followup on the transmedia side for Lydia? Because at the moment her twitter is sitting there, it’s very depressing.

I just looked at it the other day, I tweeted that, “Oh, that’s the last tweet that she made.” I have no idea about that, that’s really not me. I guess in the case that she does end up vlogging more she probably will have some tweets because she’ll be tweeting out those videos if that happens. But I don’t know where that’s going to end. Like I said, I would really like to see a conclusion for her for that, and I think a lot of people will as well. I can’t really say what that would be, or what I would hope that would be, but hopefully we get a little more.


Yeah, I would like to see that for her.

School of Thrones is the second time that you have played a fairly iconic literary character, you’re making a habit of it. How was the experience different with Sansa?

It’s different in so many ways. Obviously Lydia has been this ongoing thing for quite a while, and has been something that has been very close to me in a way I never expected. Not that Sansa isn’t, but we have only shot 3 episodes. The scope is just completely different. In both cases, I just came into like, “Oh, okay, whatever, I’ll do this thing, this sounds fun.”

I can’t say that I had super strong feelings about either of those characters beforehand, which is kind of good and kind of fun to let the experience shape how I feel about them. In the same way, both of these characters are literary characters but they’re also specific to the project. LBD‘s Lydia is different to Pride and Prejudice‘s Lydia, and same with Sansa and School of Thrones, obviously the different settings and whatever make it a different story.

It’s challenging to meld those things and honour the original character, and also make it new and different and my own. It’s cool that people are giving me those opportunities and trusting me with that. It’s kind of nerve-racking at times, but it’s good.

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DCOM marathon schedule: See full list of movies and when they air

The mega marathon begins Friday, May 27 and runs into June!

10:00 am EDT, May 27, 2016

The highly-anticipated Disney Channel Original Movie marathon began Friday, May 27 at 10 a.m. eastern and runs through the holiday weekend. See the complete DCOM marathon schedule here!

When Disney Channel says they’re running a DCOM marathon, they mean it. The network will be airing 51 DCOMs from Friday to Monday ahead of this summer’s release of their 100th DCOM, Adventures in Babysitting (debuting June 24). Who needs Memorial Day festivities when you can sit inside and enjoy Disney Channel classics all weekend?!

After Monday they’ll continue to air a couple more movies every night until they eventually air all 100 DCOMs. That’s right! Every single one of ’em is returning to television between now and late June.

Below is the complete list of DCOMs airing from Friday, May 27 into the middle of June. Since many are airing in the overnight hours, you’ll probably want to set up your DVR. Or in case you want to watch them again. And again.

DCOM Marathon Schedule

Friday, May 27

10:00AM Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
11:20AM Read It and Weep
12:55PM Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
2:40PM Jump In!
4:15PM Lemonade Mouth
6:15PM Zapped
8:00PM High School Musical 2
9:55PM The Cheetah Girls 2
11:45PM Zenon the Zequel
1:25AM Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
2:55AM Twitches Too
4:25AM Alley Cats Strike!

Saturday, May 28

6:25AM You Wish!
8:05AM The Proud Family Movie
9:50AM Quints
11:25AM Horse Sense
1:10PM Cow Belles
2:50PM Twitches
4:30PM The Even Stevens Movie
6:15PM Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie
8:00PM Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
9:50PM Princess Protection Program
11:30PM The Cheetah Girls: One World
1:05AM Zenon: Z3
2:40AM Halloweentown High
4:20AM The Thirteenth Year

Netflix DCOMs High School Musical

Sunday, May 29

6:00AM Right On Track
7:45AM Full-Court Miracle
9:35AM Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off
11:20AM Brink!
1:10PM Double Teamed
2:55PM Rip Girls
4:35PM Motocrossed
6:20PM Cloud 9
8:00PM Teen Beach 2
9:55PM Bad Hair Day
11:40PM How to Build a Better Boy
1:20AM Pixel Perfect
2:55AM The Other Me
4:30AM Genius

Monday, May 30

10:00AM Stuck in the Suburbs
11:30AM Halloweentown
1:05PM Zenon, Girl of the 21st Century
2:55PM Smart House
4:25PM High School Musical
6:15PM Camp Rock
8:00PM Descendants
10:05PM Teen Beach Movie
11:55PM Cadet Kelly
1:50AM The Cheetah Girls
3:35AM Johnny Tsunami

Camp Rock DCOM

After Memorial Day Weekend, Disney Channel will air two more DCOMs each night. Here’s the schedule so far (again, set your DVRs because these air late!)

Wednesday, June 1
12:00AM Return to Halloweentown
1:40AM Can of Worms

Thursday, June 2
12:00AM Going to the Mat
1:40AM Miracle in Lane 2

Friday, June 3
12:00AM The Suite Life Movie
1:40AM Ring of Endless Light

Saturday, June 4
12:00AM Invisible Sister
1:40AM Now You See It…

Sunday, June 5
12:00AM Girl vs. Monster
1:40AM Phantom of Megaplex

Monday, June 6
12:00AM Tru Confessions
1:40AM Tiger Cruise

Tuesday, June 7
12:00AM Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
1:40AM Under Wraps

Wednesday, June 8
12:00AM Den Brother
1:40AM Go Figure

Thursday, June 9
12:00AM Avalon High
1:40AM Jett Jackson: The Movie

Friday, June 10 and beyond
As of right now Disney Channel hasn’t released the schedule beyond June 10.

Which DCOMs do you plan to watch during the Disney Channel Marathon?

Next week we’ll be launching a fun new game here on Hypable where we’ll seek your help in ranking every single DCOM in the history of DCOMs. It’s probably a good idea to watch as many of these as possible so you can brush up on your knowledge base and rank them accurately!

James Cameron’s Battle Angel adaptation has found its lead in Maze Runner standout Rosa Salazar.

According to Collider, Salazar has been officially confirmed as the lead in Alita: Battle Angel, beating out Maika Monroe and Zendaya for the titular role. The manga adaptation was developed by James Cameron, and will be directed by Robert Rodriguez.

Battle Angel Alita is a manga series by Yukito Kishiro, which takes place in the 26th century and follows a cyborg girl with amnesia. Designed with spectacular martial arts skills, Battle Angel becomes a bounty hunter, who makes a living tracking down violent criminals.

As Brenda in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Lynn in Insurgent, Rosa Salazar is already well-known in dystopian YA circles. She’s also had recurring roles in Parenthood and American Horror Story, and you can currently catch her in FXX’s Man Seeking Woman.


James Cameron has been tinkering with this project for a while, but his extensive and all-consuming work on the Avatar sequels led him to hand over directorial duties to Robert Rodriguez last year. Rodriguez previously served as showrunner on From Dusk Till Dawn (after directing the movie of the same name in 1996), and his versatile directorial resumé includes Sin City, Spy Kids and The Faculty.

When Cameron picked Rodriguez as Battle Angel director, he said in a statement, “Robert and I have been looking for a film to do together for years, so I was pumped when he said he wanted to do Battle Angel. He’s very collaborative and we’re already like two kids building a go-kart, just having fun riffing creatively and technically.

“This project is near and dear to me, and there’s nobody I trust more than Robert, with his technical virtuosity and rebel style, to take over the directing reins. We’re looking forward to learning a lot from each other while we make a kick-ass epic.”

Alita: Battle Angel has no release date yet, but we’ll keep you posted. Here’s the official synopsis from IMDb:

“Alita is a creation from an age of despair. Found by the mysterious Dr. Ido while trolling for cyborg parts, Alita becomes a lethal, dangerous being. She cannot remember who she is, or where she came from. But to Dr. Ido, the truth is all too clear. She is the one being who can break the cycle of death and destruction left behind from Tiphares. But to accomplish her true purpose, she must fight and kill. And that is where Alita’s true significance comes to bear. She is an angel from heaven. She is an angel of death.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is set to continue Harry, Ron and Hermione’s story. Downside: The characters that survived Deathly Hallows are suddenly no longer safe!

Details about Cursed Child, the Harry Potter play opening in London next month, are being kept tightly under wraps.

But one teaser J.K. Rowling did let slip? It’s designed to make you cry.

Answering the Twitter question, “Will the Cursed Child make me cry?” Rowling strongly implied that the answer is yes — “or we’ll be checking your vital signs.”

Bombarded with worried follow-up questions, Rowling (randomly) chose to answer “why are you like this” by reminding fans of what she believes her primary responsibility is as an author: To make us feel things.

Of course there’s no reason to assume the “OMG RON IS DEFINITELY DYING AKSDJFSHFJ” position (even if that is the first instinct of this writer), but it is an indisputable fact that for many authors — Rowling included — evocative storytelling is synonymous with, “I’m going to make you love something, and then I’m gonna kill it.”

Cursed Child takes place 19 years after the conclusion of the Harry Potter saga. Not only are there many elderly characters we might reasonably fear for (including McGonagall, Hagrid, and Molly and Arthur Weasley), but J.K. Rowling’s Potter series has set a strong precedent for killing off parental figures to usher in a new generation of characters.

Related: England’s biggest bookstore announces first Cursed Child midnight release party

On the other hand, we could just be traumatized by the original Potter series, and everything is actually gonna be fine. Maybe J.K. Rowling simply expects us to cry tears of happiness because we get to return to the fantastic, magical world she has created.

What do you think? Is someone we love dying in Cursed Child, or will the plot make us emotional in other ways?