2017 DGA Award Winners - La La Land

The Academy Awards are just three weeks away, but until then we’re still hearing about various guilds handing out there awards honoring the films of 2016. Just last weekend the Producers Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild handed out there awards, with La La Land and Hidden Figures taking home top honors in each ceremony. Now three more industry organizations have chimed in with their accolades.

The Directors Guild of America (DGA), the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) and the International Animated Film Society (ASIFA) all handed out their awards this past weekend, and while La La Land landed another big award, Lion got some love too, along with Zootopia. Find out the 2017 DGA award winners along with the ASC and ASIFA award recipients after the jump. Read More »

Game of Thrones prequel

2017 is shaping up to be quite a year for A Song of Ice and Fire fans. HBO’s Game of Thrones will return this summer for its penultimate season; the sixth novel, titled The Winds of Winter, may actually be near the finish line; and now author George R.R. Martin has revealed that a new short story titled “The Sons of the Dragon” will be released to fill in gaps in Westeros’ increasingly complex history.

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game of thrones season 7

While Game of Thrones season 6 was home to its fair share of horror and misery, it was downright merciful compared to previous seasons, allowing many of the main characters to actually get on the path leading toward their future goals (instead of, you know, pushing them off the path with a bloody bludgeon comprised of war and intrigue). In a new interview, series star Maisie Williams, who plays the increasingly dangerous and weary Arya Stark, pretty much says we can expect the same thing from season 7 – we’ll see some victories, but also some crushing defeats.

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Game of Thrones spin-off

Update: Casely Bloys spoke with Entertainment Weekly, where he said that a theoretical Game of Thrones spin-off would probably be a prequel:

A prequel feels like it has less pressure on it [than a spin-off]. [Author George R.R. Martin’s history of Westeros] gives you areas in which to say to a writer, “If you were going to do this, then go flesh it out,” and we’ll see what comes back. But I don’t feel any pressure that we have to have something.

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If you put HBO’s original programming president Casey Bloys in the same room as a bunch of entertainment journalists, two questions are bound to come up: how many episodes will be in the final season of Game of Thrones and will there be a spin-off series, possibly set in a different era of Westerosi history? Bloys addressed both questions during the Television Critics Association press tour.

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Game of Thrones season 6 blooper reel

It’s been a year since George R.R. Martin offered an update on the sixth novel in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, the source material for HBO’s Game of Thrones. Since then, the television adaptation has sprinted past the events of the books, taking fans into unexplored territory far beyond the events of A Dance With Dragons, which was published back in 2011. And since the last update essentially amounted to “the next book isn’t coming out soon,” maybe we can take comfort in Martin’s new update, which amounts to “Maybe this year?”

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AT&T Everywhere Commercial

Not many people pay attention to commercials on TV anymore, mostly because we’re either streaming content with limited to no commercials, or we’re just watching stuff on our DVR that just allows us to fast forward through them. But while watching the Golden Globes live this past weekend, a recent ad from AT&T caught my eyes (actually, my ears first) because it mashed up a ton of movies and TV shows.

In a new AT&T advertisement promoting the ability to watch a plethora of movies and TV shows on demand from your phone, you’ll find references to Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Game of Thrones, Knight Rider, Cheers, Rocky, Breaking Bad, Sex and the City, Seinfeld, Sesame Street and more.

Watch the AT&T Everywhere commercial after the jump. Read More »

game of thrones season 7

The stellar sixth season of Game of Thrones helped provide a soft cushion for the news that followed that blood-soaked season finale: HBO’s flagship series was coming to an end, the seventh season would air later than usual, and the final two seasons would be shorter than the usual ten episodes. I’m a big fan of the “let the storytellers do what they need to do” approach to thinking and writing about popular culture, but that doesn’t make the extended wait for our final, abbreviated visit to Westeros feel any less unbearable.

But while the final seasons won’t have as many episodes as the others, a member of the show’s cast says that seasons six and seven may be a little longer than expected.

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2017 SAG Awards Nominations

Continuing our push through awards season, the Screen Actors Guild announced their nominations for the 23rd annual SAG Awards, honoring achievements in acting as voted on by film, television, radio, commercial and other media professionals.

The 2017 SAG Awards nominations this year give plenty of love to Manchester by the Sea with four total nominations, though films like La La Land got plenty of love as well. We’re also starting to see Hidden Figures and Captain Fantastic get some more awards love as Moonlight didn’t score quite as many nominations as we’ve been seeing in other awards. If you’re a blockbuster fan, Captain America: Civil War and Doctor Strange each received a nomination too.

On the TV side of things, The People v. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story continues to get praise across the board for plenty of the show’s performances, but there are also some nominees from Westworld, Game of Thrones and Stranger Things in there as well.

Get the full list of the 2017 SAG Awards nominations after the jump.

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IMDB’s Top 10 Television Shows of 2016

IMDB Top Shows

With the year about to come to a close, IMDb decided it was time to add up the page views and see which shows their active users are most interested in. A lot of the site’s favorites are the usual suspects, although there is a surprise or two. Game of Thrones, of course, made the cut and claimed the no. 1 spot again.

Below, check out the IMDB top 10 television shows.

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In addition to all the murder, betrayal and sex on Game of Thrones, there’s also a lot of drinking. And soon enough you’ll be able to drink with the best of them with a fine alcoholic beverage inspired by the HBO fantasy series.

Vintage Wine Estates is teaming with HBO for an officially licensed Game of Thrones wine, and you’ll be able to get your hands on it before the seventh season premiere arrives on the cable network next year. Read More »