‘Game of Thrones’ Announces Season 7 Directors

Game of Thrones season 7 directors

While fans are still reeling from the season 6 finale, Game of Thrones is locking down plans for season 7. The show has just made its first official reveal about the next run of episodes, setting four directors for next year. They include three returning helmers and one series newcomer.  Read More »

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‘Game of Thrones’ Has a Jon Snow Problem

Game of Thrones - Kit Harington as Jon Snow

Forget the Red Wedding or the Battle of Hardhome: Game of Thrones‘ defining moment came in the penultimate episode of season one, when poor Ned lost his head. With the swing of Ilyn Payne’s sword, Game of Thrones declared that it was not like other shows. This wouldn’t be your typical adventure, where heroes are protected by plot armor and villains suffer from bad guy aim and everything ends in happily ever after. All men must die, and in Game of Thrones, any man could.

Which is all well and good, except that those formulas have stuck around for a reason — and as Game of Thrones nears the end, it seems to be having a harder and harder time sticking to that original directive. It’s one thing to kill off Robb Stark in season three, when the show’s epic plot felt like it was still just getting started; it’d be quite another to make us wait six seasons for Daenerys to set sail, only to dump her in Dragon’s Bay before she reached the shores of Westeros. And nowhere is this tension more apparent than in the character of Jon Snow.

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Pan's Labyrinth

Another film of Guillermo del Toro‘s is making its way to the Criterion Collection. Following in the footsteps of del Toro’s feature debut, Cronos, and the film closest to the director’s heart, The Devil’s BackbonePan’s Labyrinth will be made available on Criterion later this year. The release is timed to the fairy tale’s 10th anniversary.

Below, learn more about the Pan’s Labyrinth criterion release.

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Game of Thrones season 6 finale recap - Sept of Baelor

As they say at the Wall, our watch has ended. Well, at least for the next several months. Game of Thrones concluded its sixth season earlier this week and since then there’s been rampant speculation about what’s coming in season seven. Who’s in power, and who’s on their way down? What does the confirmation of a certain fan theory mean for a certain character, and what other fan theories might come into play next season? How will the new alliances upend the old power structure? And where the hell is Gendry? Has he just been rowing for the past three seasons?

And here’s another question: What do the people who actually make Game of Thrones have to say about what’s coming up next? In a post-finale interview, showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff teased the next big threat to the Seven Kingdoms, and revealed roughly how many hours we’ve got left in Westeros. (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD for the most recent episode.)  Read More »

Grown Up Harry Potter

Even if Daniel Radcliffe killed a man in cold blood, he would still be most famous for playing Harry Potter in the eight-film franchise that adapted J.K Rowling‘s best-selling book series. I can’t even imagine how many times Radcliffe has been asked if he would ever return to the wizarding world on the big screen, and since he’s making the rounds to promote Swiss Army Man (which is totally worth seeing), that means that same question has popped up again. However, even though he confirmed yet again that he won’t reprise the role anytime soon, he did offer some hope for the future. Read More »

game of thrones power ranking

Game of Thrones season six is over, so you know what that means: it’s time to talk about Game of Thrones for the next ten months or so. This most recent season was one for the books, the strongest batch of episodes since season four and a stirring climax for many of the show’s most important characters and storylines. The television adaptation may have outpaced George R.R. Martin‘s novels, but that turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Free from having to strictly adapt the novels, Game of Thrones became leaner and meaner and more satisfying as a weekly television show.

Game of Thrones also killed a bunch of characters. A truly unprecedented number of characters, even for a series famous for killing off its cast. The fat has been trimmed from the ensemble in the most brutal fashion imaginable and the survivors have seen more than one status quo uprooted. And you know what means: it’s time to reassess the main players in this bloody game and see where they stand. It’s time for a power ranking. (SPOILERS ahead, of course.)

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Fantastic Beasts Featurette

We’ve still got months until Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them expands the wizarding world of Harry Potter on the big screen. The spin-off that Warner Bros. hopes will be the start of a new franchise follows Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, an expert on magical creatures who finds himself in New York City. The film will give us our first look at what the world of magic is like in North America, and that includes an American school for learning witchcraft and wizardry.

A new Fantastic Beasts featurette shines a light on Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, located on the highest peak of Mount Greylock in Massachusetts. The video uses some stylish animation to tell a very brief story of how the school was founded, which includes a young Irish girl named Isolt Sayre and her aunt Gormlaith Gaunt. (That last name might ring a bell for Harry Potter fans.) Watch the video after the jump.  Read More »

‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Picks Up Ansel Elgort

Ansel Elgort in Divergent

Ansel Elgort is joining Warner Bros.’ Dungeons & Dragons campaign. He’s looking to star in the studio’s long-simmering adaptation of the classic roleplaying game, which recently picked up director Rob LettermanDavid Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) wrote the script.  Read More »

Game of Thrones Season 6 finale recap

Game of Thrones season six is over and it went out with a few bangs (one of them very literal). “The Winds of Winter” is the finest season finale the series has produced so far and a frontrunner for the shortlist of all-time best episodes. Story threads years in the making come to a head, several characters of tremendous importance meet their maker, and revelations that shake up the entire show as we know it are finally unveiled.

There’s a lot to take in here, so let’s just dive in.

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