game of thrones timeline

Either Westeros shrank in the past season, or there’s something funny going on with the Game of Thrones timeline. And “Beyond the Wall” director Alan Taylor admits as much.

The sixth episode of season 7 of Game of Thrones featured some implausible travel by foot and by raven, in which Gendry runs to Eastwatch from Jon Snow’s little suicide squad battling White Walkers beyond the Wall, and is able to send a raven to Daenerys in Dragonstone on the other side of the country in less than a day.

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Game of Thrones jump the shark

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, political, and opinionated about anything and everything. In this edition: did Game of Thrones jump the shark in its most recent episode?)

KnowYourMeme defines the term “jumping the shark” as “an idiomatic expression describing a pivotal moment when a successful creative effort begins a significant decline in quality.” We won’t be able to look back and see if Game of Thrones has hit that “pivotal moment” until the series is finished, or at least until a few more episodes have aired, but from where I stand, this week’s episode (“Beyond The Wall”) feels pretty damn pivotal – and I’m not thrilled about the new direction that pivot implies.
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‘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 »

Terminator Genisys Visual Effects

It’s no secret that a lot of Hollywood blockbusters use a significant amount of visual effects to bring certain sequences to life on the big screen. And in addition to making fantastical scenarios look as real as possible, visual effects are also used for more subtle things such as set extension. In the case of Terminator Genisys, a heavy dose of both were used as evidenced in this behind the scenes featurette from the climax of the sci-fi sequel.

Watch the Terminator Genisys visual effects featurette below, but beware of spoilers! Read More »

history of the Terminator franchise

With the holiday weekend approaching, Paramount Pictures has already unleashed Terminator: Genisys in theaters. It’s a mind-numbing, time travel action adventure that doesn’t measure up to the greatness of James Cameron’s The Terminator or T2: Judgment Day, but runs circles around Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines and Terminator: Salvation.

But if you haven’t kept up with the Terminator franchise over the past few decades, you can catch up on Terminator history in 10 minutes with a new retrospective video that begins with The Terminator back in 1984 and moves up through Terminator: Salvation from 2009. It tells you everything you need to know, though it doesn’t explain the best way to deal with all the time travel that’s been happening.

Watch the history of the Terminator franchise in 10 minutes below! Read More »

The World Premiere Of Marvel's "Ant-Man" - Red Carpet

How did the Ant-Man premiere go last night? Did Michael Peña get the call for Suicide Squad? Is there a new X-Men Rogue Cut deleted scene? How is Jon Bernthal preparing to play the Punisher? What does Alan Taylor think of his Thor: The Dark World experience? Does HRG have his own Heroes Reborn poster? Has Lego revealed a Batman v Superman Batmobile playset? Want to see two awesome Marvel posters from Dave Petrillo? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Terminator Genisys

It’s a given that the time-hopping plot of Terminator Genisys will involve some twists and turns. But we were surprised and disappointed to see the marketing so eagerly reveal what should’ve been a massive spoiler for the story. Turns out, director Alan Taylor was none too pleased about that choice either.

In a new interview, Taylor admits he fought against the big reveal, even if he kind of understands why the studio did it. Read the Terminator Genisys spoiler comments after the jump.  Read More »

Terminator Genisys poster header

When the last Terminator Genisys trailer came out, I avoided it. Everyone said there was a big reveal within that they considered to be a massive spoiler. But then the new poster for the film is revealed and there it is, literally front and center. Could this seemingly huge franchise-changing reveal really be so insignificant that it’s cool to put in the middle of the poster? Apparently.

Which is a long way to say, there’s a new Terminator Genisys poster out now. It goes along with a new TV spot that shows a bit more of a scene from the first Terminator, which is in this film, and then ends with that big, bad maybe-it’s-not-a spoiler. See the new Terminator Genisys poster and TV spot below. Read More »

Terminator Genisys

Everyone’s favorite time-hopping robots and resistance fighters are back in the latest Terminator Genisys trailer. Emilia Clarke plays Sarah Connor, Jason Clarke is her son John Connor, and Jai Courtney is his dad Kyle Reese. Which I guess makes the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) John’s adopted grandfather, sort of, since he’s Sarah’s guardian.

It all adds up to a pretty unconventional family, but a family all the same. And like all families, they tend to bicker when they get together. It’s just that their infighting has vast repercussions for the decades-long battle against sentient killer machines. Watch the Terminator Genisys trailer after the jump.

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Alan Taylor Terminator Genisys interview

In July I visited the set of Terminator: Genisys, you can hear what I learned while on set here. While on set, we talked to the cast and crew of the new film. Over the next few days we’ll be running transcripts of these on set interviews. Yesterday we posted our interview with Arnold Schwarzenegger who again plays a T-800 in the new film. Today we begin with Alan Taylor, the Game of Thrones/Thor: The Dark World director who helms this latest installment of the Terminator franchise. Read the full Alan Taylor Terminator Genisys interview after the jump.

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