game of thrones season 7 episode lengths

By now, it’s common knowledge that the seventh season of Game of Thrones will be a fair bit shorter than the previous six seasons, running only seven episodes instead of ten. But now, we know the silver lining. There may be fewer episodes in total, but several of those episodes will be longer than any previous chapter of HBO’s fantasy series.

However, the season will also contain the shortest episode to date.

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Stranger Things Soundtrack Cassette

You may not have realized it, but the music format of cassette tapes is making a comeback in a big way, much in the same way that vinyl records have become popular again. Nielsen reported that last year, cassette sales rose 74 percent, to 129,000 units, which isn’t anywhere near the 13.1 million units that vinyl is selling, or the 105 million units that CDs are still inexplicably selling. But cassettes are back in a surprising way, and one of the most nostalgic shows in recent memory is going to take advantage of that.

Stranger Things has an amazing, pulsating, 1980s synth soundtrack. The opening theme itself makes people not want to fast forward through the opening credits of the show, something that is rare in this day an age. The soundtrack has been available to download, on CD and on vinyl, but it’s never been on cassette…until now.

Find out more about the Stranger Things soundtrack cassette release after the jump. Read More »

Gypsy Trailer 2

Oscar nominee Naomi Watts is one of approximately 200 characters to appear in David Lynch’s Showtime revival of Twin Peaks, but very soon she’ll step back into the spotlight and lead her own mysterious drama. Netflix has unveiled the first full trailer for Gypsy, in which Watts plays a therapist who crosses the line with her patients and gives in to her desires, throwing her family life into utter chaos.
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DuckTales

We’ve already gotten a glimpse at the upcoming reboot of the animated series DuckTales coming to Disney XD sometime this August, along with details on the cast that includes plenty of fantastic talent like David Tennant as Scrooge McDuck and Danny Pudi, Ben Schwartz, and Bobby Moynihan as his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. Plus there’s Beck Bennett as key supporting character Launchpad McQuack, Kate Micucci as Webby Vanderquack and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, aka Gizmoduck. Now somehow the cast has gotten even better.

Today brought news of the voices of Paul F. Tompkins, Jim Rash, Allison Janney, Margo Martindale and more being added to the DuckTales reboot cast. Get a first look at the characters each of them will be voicing below. Read More »

Ahsoka Tano

Back in April, Star Wars Celebration had all the saga fans in a frenzy as the first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived. But outside of that big spectacle, there was also some other big news at the convention: the animated series Star Wars Rebels would be coming to an end after the fourth season concludes.

Dave Filoni confirmed the end of Star Wars Rebels during the panel at Celebration, and along with that news, he also fed the flames of theories about the fate of Ahsoka Tano, who may or may not be dead. While appearing on the panel, he wore a t-shirt that said “Ahsoka Lives?” before they screened the season premiere for fans, and then afterwards came out with a modified version of the shirt that said “Ahsoka Lives!” but refused to acknowledge its significance when asked about it by a fan.

After watching the Star Wars Rebels season four trailer (which you can check out here), our own Peter Sciretta had a theory about what happened to Ahsoka Tano and thought we might have glimpsed her in a new form in that tease for the new season. Unfortunately, Dave Filoni himself has just debunked that theory. Read More »

Rick and Morty Featurette

In the simplest terms, Rick and Morty is an animated comedy series about a drunk, genius scientist grandfather who takes his grandson on insane adventures across the universe and usually creates problem for his family back on Earth. But Rick and Morty is so much more than a series of sci-fi mishaps, vulgarities and drunken burps.

Series co-creator Dan Harmon sat down for a Rick and Morty featurette where he talks briefly about the bleak outlook that Rick Sanchez has by thinking that nothing he does really matters. Is Rick really any happier because he’s smart enough to realize that all of the things that worry the rest of his family are inconsequential? Dan Harmon certainly doesn’t think so, and he explains why in the fairly deep thinking Rick and Morty featurette you can watch after the jump. Read More »

Cowboy Bebop Live Action Series in the Works

Way back in 2008, Keanu Reeves was pegged to star as Spike Spiegel in a live-action film adaptation of the influential 1998 anime series Cowboy Bebop. An ambitious script was written by Peter Craig (The Town), but it may have ultimately been a bit too ambitious: Reeves speculated it would cost $500 million to film it, and the project eventually faded away.

But Cowboy Bebop is too popular to ignore, and now a new live-action adaptation is in the works: this time, though, it’s being devised as a television series.
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the leftovers finale

At the end of The Leftovers, almost all the questions and answers don’t matter. They never really did. In the final minutes, all that matters are the two people sitting across from each other. As far out as Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta‘s HBO series got, it became increasingly more intimate over the course of three seasons. A clean and simple answer isn’t closure in The Leftovers finale; it’s a beautiful scene between siblings playing Matt Libs.

Below, check out our thoughts on The Leftovers finale.

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Better Call Saul Slip Review

(Every week, we’re going to kick off discussion about Better Call Saul season 3 by answering one simple question: who came out on top when the credits rolled?)

Better Call Saul doesn’t miss a beat. There’s no such thing as a wasted moment, which has never been more evident as it is in “Slip,” the eighth episode of this season. It’s so titled because it marks the definitive return of Slippin’ Jimmy, as well as significant turns in the arcs of the rest of the cast as well. Over the past few episodes, we’ve seen characters pushed past their respective breaking points; now that all of the pieces are on the same side of the board, it’s time to properly watch the fall-out.

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Broad City Season 4 Trailer

One of the best comedy series on TV right now is undoubtedly Broad City. What first felt like the female answer to Workaholics has become the shining beacon in Comedy Central’s current line-up of shows as Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer have taken New York City by storm across three seasons. Now the fourth season is coming later this year, and the first trailer gives us a taste of what’s in store, including plenty of risque shenanigans, some fantastic new guest stars, and at least one episode where they leave New York City for a warmer climate.

Watch the Broad City season 4 trailer below. Read More »