Game of Thrones Pacing

For its first six seasons, HBO’s Game of Thrones was a slow-paced show that took its time moving pieces into place. Those first four episodes or so were all build-up, all simmer. And then things would finally take off, propelling you into a final stretch where everything paid off with a bloody bang. We all got used to it.

This has changed in season 7, where the endgame is in sight and the surviving kings and queens are engaged in the war we’ve been promised since the very beginning. Now, things happen fast on Game of Thrones. People get places quickly. Major revelations happen every other scene. The uphill climb isn’t just reduced – it’s gone entirely. And we have mixed feelings on this.

/Film writers Jacob Hall and Ben Pearson sat down to talk about the pace of the new season and whether or not Game of Thrones is still Game of Thrones without its signature pacing…and whether or not the show’s world-building is suffering for it.

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The Dark Tower TV show

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” So begins author Stephen King’s magnum opus The Dark Tower, a multi-novel series that took King three decades to complete. How long the story will take to unfold across film and television screens has a lot to do with how well the first film performs when it lands in theaters this week, and now there’s some good news for long-time fans who may not be thrilled with the liberties the movie is taking with King’s novels.

In a new interview, director Nikolaj Arcel spoke about the planned The Dark Tower TV show that will theoretically air in between movies, and he revealed that the show – if it happens – will be “totally canon” and hew much closer to the source material than the film.
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(In our coverage of Game of Thrones season 7, we’ll be examining each episode with one simple question in mind – which character is winning the game of thrones this week?)

That’ll do, Game of Thrones. That’ll do.

“The Queen’s Justice” isn’t just the best episode of Game of Thrones season 7 so far – it’s one of the best episodes the show has ever produced. With the end in sight, the show has found a new momentum, an energy unique to its endgame. Armies are on the movie, backs are being stabbed, and major characters are dying magnificently. Let’s just dive right in.

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american gods season 2

American Gods was met with immediate success and a green light for season 2. Speaking in front of the Television Critics Association, Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said that the show could run indefinitely. Based on the Neil Gaiman novel, series creators Bryan Fuller and Michael Green have taken the show in other directions that mean it won’t necessarily end where the book ends.

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Rocko's Modern Life - Comic-Con TV Trailers

We’re still recovering from the insanity that is San Diego Comic-Con. Because there are so many movies and TV shows that get promoted at the massive pop culture convention, we simply don’t have the time to report on each and every one of them by attending all the panels that unfolded. But we still wanted to highlight some of the big shows with new footage to show off for fans.

So we’ve rounded up a slew of new trailers for upcoming TV shows, both returning and new programs, ranging from revivals of Nicktoons like Rocko’s Modern Life and Hey Arnold! to freshman shows like The Orville and Future Man, returning shows like Once Upon a Time and Doctor Who, and plenty more Comic-Con TV trailers from the 2017 convention. Read More »

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HBO’s executive session for the Television Critics Association was dominated by news for their controversial announcement for Confederate. During the panel with Head of Programming Casey Bloys, the exec also gave updates on some highly anticipated returning and current HBO shows.

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(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or sets their sights on a movie seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: why the failure of Valerian the City of a Thousand Planets allows it to join the club of overlooked space fantasy that already includes the magnificent Jupiter Ascending.)

I saw Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets last week in a practically empty theater, and I left with a smile on my face. Once again Luc Besson gave us a fully immersive, beautiful universe, a romantic fantasy quest in an extraterrestrial setting, with a powerful message similar to that of The Fifth Element: Love conquers all. Inspired by the French comic books by writer Pierre Christin and artist Jean-Claude Mézières, Luc Besson took us on a welcome journey to somewhere colorful and hopeful, welcome in a year filled with darker sci-fi tales like Life and Alien: Covenant. And yet, no one saw Valerian. It is destined to join the ranks of movies that we discuss for their financial failures instead of their successes.

One close cousin to Valerian is the Wachowski’s delightful 2015 space opera, Jupiter Ascending. Perhaps the reason I so enjoyed Valerian was because I also happen to be a part of another small group that adored this visionary take on a space fairy tale starring Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum. Admittedly, my love for Jupiter Ascending was a bit of a slow burn. It wasn’t until I went to bed the night after watching it that I realized how wonderful it really was. The more times I watched it, the more my love grew. It’s the kind of movie that I imagine watching with my future children and yet, I rarely ever get to talk to people who actually went to see it or have bothered to rent it. However when I do find someone who is part of this club, we have conversations built of pure joy and enthusiasm.

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Netflix is expanding its animated sphere with a new series by animation master Matt Groening.

The streaming service has picked up Disenchantment, an adult animated comedy fantasy series by the Futurama and The Simpsons creator. 20 episodes have already been confirmed to be ordered, with a possibility for more.

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(In our coverage of Game of Thrones season 7, we’ll be examining each episode with one simple question in mind – which character is winning the game of thrones this week?)

If last week’s season premiere was all about establishing the parameters of the Game of Thrones endgame, “Stormborn” was all about letting us see where the final players stand. This was an hour of uneasy alliances, hostile meetings, and grand planning. No one has enough friends and everyone has too many enemies. And there’s only room in the Seven Kingdoms for about half of these characters.

But “Stormborn” also lights the match that ignites the war, thrusting us into the final conflict between these various kings and queens. Alliances are hazy when the episode begins, but after the events of the final scene, everyone is going to scrambling to find a buddy or a thousand. Fast.

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Andy Serkis‘ Jungle Book: Origins was originally scheduled to come out in October of last year, but it’s been postponed multiple times and is now scheduled for a 2018 release date. The two-year delay does give Serkis’ film more space from Jon Favreau‘s smash hit reimagining of the famous title. As for how the two adaptations differ, Serkis believes his take is more faithful to author Rudyard Kipling‘s original source material.

Below, the War for the Planet of the Apes star explains the differences between Jungle Book: Origins and The Jungle Book.

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