Game of Thrones Season 6 - Ramsay (header)

Although Game of Thrones fans have been begging for season 6 details since the minute season 5 ended, HBO’s been pretty stingy about doling out any info. All they’ve released so far are some brief teasers amounting to a few seconds of new footage, a very fan-bait-y poster, and one measly photograph of Bran looking old enough to make us feel old.

That is, until today. Now that the season 6 premiere is just two and a half months away, it’s time for HBO to ramp up its efforts to remind us of how very much we love this show, and how very excited we are for it to return. Expect a deluge of new marketing materials over the next several weeks, starting today with a big fat batch of Game of Thrones season 6 photos. Check ’em out after the jump.  Read More »

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game of thrones pilot

Game of Thrones is one of those great, unlikely Hollywood success stories. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss took a complicated series of fantasy novels and, under the care of HBO, crafted a cultural phenomenon. At its best, Game of Thrones makes incorporating dense, compelling characters, and a wide scope into a single package look easy.

But making anything this ambitious is never easy. Each season of Game of Thrones is an ordeal and a half to create. And the roadblocks arrived early – it’s no secret that the show’s original pilot had to be almost entirely reshot. Now, years later, Benioff and Weiss seem comfortable talking about their disastrous first stab at this show and it’s the kind of behind-the-scenes story that is equally horrifying and uplifting.

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game of thrones season 6 teasers

Things have been awfully quiet on the Game of Thrones news front and that’s because HBO knows that we will beg for scraps and be happy when they toss us vague teasers and tiny snippets of new footage. Not even the return of Bran Stark can deter us from one of the most consistently entertaining and impeccably crafted television shows in the history of the medium.

So today, we present a new offering of scraps: three brief Game of Thrones season 6 teasers, each one reminding you that the great houses of Westeros are totally screwed and that there are more than a few nasty villains still drawing breath and threatening the heads of your favorite characters.

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2016 pga awards

If The Big Short wins Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, I will laugh and laugh and laugh.

No, not because it’s a bad movie. Not at all! In fact, it’s a very good movie (it made /Film’s top 15 of 2015). However, nothing would tickle me more than the knowledge that Adam McKay, the director of Anchorman and Step Brothers, made a movie that his peers named the number one accomplishment in cinema of the past year. The guy who filmed Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly rapping “Boats ‘n Hoes” may be the on the verge of Hollywood’s most prestigious honor. That’s amazing.

The latest gust of wind in The Big Short‘s sails is its victory at the 2016 Producers Guild of America Awards, where it took home top honors over The Revenant, Spotlight, The Martian, Mad Max: Fury Road and other strong competitors. Does this guarantee a big win at the Oscars? No, but it certainly gives it some momentum. Check out the complete winner list from the 2016 PGA Awards below.

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Game of Thrones Season 6 poster header

HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler was at HBO’s reception for the Television Critics Association last night and I was able to get a few minutes with him to talk about Game of Thrones. The network announced the premiere date for season six earlier in their sessions.  Read More »

game of thrones season 6

HBO’s sessions for the Television Critics Association began with a major Game of Thrones announcement. With fans in turmoil over the fate of Jon Snow for nearly a year now, HBO has confirmed that the sixth season will premiere on Sunday, April 24 at 9PM. Sunday night being HBO’s big original programming night, Game of Thrones season six’s premiere will be followed by the returns of Silicon Valley and VeepRead More »

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Winds of Winter Release Date

For many, the beginning of a New Year brings hope and inspiration to make some improvements and look forward to what the future holds. But author George R.R. Martin made sure that Game of Thrones fans weren’t feeling too good at the start of 2016, because on January 2nd he chose to deliver some bad news to those who have been reading the fantasy books that inspired the HBO TV series. Read More »

captain phasma armor

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is a good movie, but let’s not pretend that it’s free of sin. Here is a superbly crafted movie full of terrific actors giving wonderful performances, but you can fill a few buckets with the nitpicks you collect while watching it. Some you can brush off. Others stick in you, tear at your skin, and leave a little mark that makes you wonder what everyone was thinking.

Let’s turn our focus to Captain Phasma, the chrome-plated stormtrooper who was placed front and center in so much marketing (and in the toy aisle), only to literally do nothing of consequence in the final film. However, we can all agree on two things: that sure is some cool armor and actress Gwendoline Christie sure wears it well. But where did this suit of armor come from? Who made it? Who gave it to her? It turns out that Captain Phasma’s armor has a totally true origin story that actually happened and isn’t a silly video cooked up for internet laughs. Honest! And you can watch it below.

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game of thrones season 6

Isaac Hempstead-Wright‘s Bran Stark sat out season 5 of Game of Thrones and you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who really missed him (although we did miss Hodor). Of the dozens of significant storylines on HBO‘s massively popular fantasy series, Bran’s trek beyond the Wall felt the most like wheel-spinning. The young prince-turned-warg reached the end of his book material ages before the rest of the Westeros.

But Game of Thrones season 6 will officially take us beyond George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire novels and into entirely unknown territory. That means book readers and show-watchers are now on equal footing. That means there will no longer be spoilers, only educated guesses. It also means that Bran can finally be interesting again! And according to Hempstead-Wright, he’s about to become one of the most important characters on the entire show.

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