Game of Thrones Season 6 VFX Reel

I’m a sucker for visual effects breakdown reels in general, but I’m really a sucker for Game of Thrones visual effects breakdown reels because they showcase just how much of HBO’s fantasy drama is quietly enhanced by intelligent, often invisible special effects. Sure, everyone knows those dragons are CGI, but your eyes don’t always catch the numerous set extensions. You probably don’t even realize that the sky has been replaced and the lightning digitally modified in many scenes.

And as one VFX reel reveals, a great deal of the violence is brought to life through some surprisingly effective trickery, combining digital and practical elements in a seamless fashion.

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Angela Lansbury in Mr Poppers Penguins

UPDATE: Entertainment Weekly has heard back from Angela Lansbury’s representatives, and the actress will not be appearing in season seven of Game of Thrones. Our original report of the rumor follows below.

Game of Thrones fans were none too pleased to learn that the next (and penultimate) season would return later than usual and run shorter than normal. On the bright side, though, it sure sounds like season seven will be worth the wait. Recently we heard Jim Broadbent was joining the next run of episodes for a “significant” role, and today a new rumor going around claims Angela Lansbury will pop up as well.  Read More »

jim broadbent game of thrones

It looks like Game of Thrones landing Ian McShane for a guest spot in season six was just the beginning of a welcome new trend. The extraordinary Jim Broadbent has joined the cast of HBO’s still popular, still excellent fantasy series and will play a “significant” role in the seventh season.

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Game of Thrones season 7 tone

Game of Thrones is a pretty grim show and always has been. This is a drama whose season premiere ends with a child getting pushed out a window, and whose first season ended with its noblest hero getting decapitated. But according to stars Kit Harington and Maisie Williams, we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. With just two shortened seasons left, the actors are teasing a “very bleak” turn for the series. Because things weren’t depressing enough for the Starks already.

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game of thrones season 7 characters

The days of Game of Thrones book readers being able to lord their knowledge over show watchers came to an end with season six of HBO’s (still spectacular) fantasy series. After all, the plot of the show official outpaced the novels of George R.R. Martin, taking us beyond the cliffhanger ending of A Dance With Dragons and into uncharted territory. And yet, readers still had a minor edge, as many of the new characters introduced that season were leftovers from the books, like Samwell Tarly’s abusive father and the priest played by Ian McShane.

But season seven? All bets are officially off. Descriptions of new characters set to show up in the next batch of episodes have arrived online and I can’t even begin to tell you who any of these people are. (Spoilers for season six and speculation for season seven follow.)

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Game of Thrones - Three Zero The Hound Figure

The Toy Box is a recurring feature at /Film that rounds up some of the newest and coolest collectibles, decorations, gadgets and other memorabilia that you nerds might want for your shelves.

In this edition, we’ve got an incredibly detailed figure of the fan favorite character The Hound from Game of Thrones, a new Hot Toys figure of Rey from the end of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a two-pack of Ripley and Newt from Aliens and more.

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game of thrones concert

If you’re like me and are always on a selfish quest to prove to your fellow human beings that you belong in the upper percentile of Game of Thrones fans, know this: a live concert tour that will see composer Ramin Djawadi‘s score performed live in 28 cities throughout North America has been announced and tickets go on sale in just a few days.

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The GOT Party

Even though we won’t be getting any new Game of Thrones until the summer of 2017, HBO is using their insanely popular fantasy show to help get you through this nightmare of an election year in the United States. The sixth season came to an end a little while ago, but HBO is coasting on the wave of excitement that came with the finale right into the heart of election season with a little Westeros politics fun.

Any Game of Thrones fan will tell you that the show is about the endless struggle for power in Westeros, and now fans can vote to determine who will be the leader of what has been dubbed The GOT Party. There are four primary candidates, each with a running mate, and you can help determine who comes out on top. Read More »

HBO Rape

After the fifth season of Game of Thrones drew criticism for its reliance on rape as a narrative device, series producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were said to be reconsidering their show’s approach to rape. However, looking at this season’s HBO slate, rape and sexualized violence remains prolific. The Night Of opens with a naked woman murdered in bed after a sexual encounter with the innocent man accused of her murder. The forthcoming Westworld will feature a character committing rape against the humanoid female robots of the futuristic theme park.

This begs the question as to whether or not HBO is truly attempting to pull away from sexual violence against women, or if they’re all talk. Several reporters tried to dig into this topic during HBO’s Television Critics Association session this weekend, and the responses about the HBO rape problem from executives featured a lot of tapdancing. Find out what was said about HBO’s use of rape on TV after the jump. Read More »

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Game of Thrones Final Season

Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, spoke to the Television Critics Association on Saturday. As always, there were many questions about Game of Thrones. The show’s creators, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have stated their intentions to end the series after eight seasons, and that the final two seasons would only comprise of 13 episodes. Now the HBO executive has confirmed that Game of Thrones final season will be the eight, but he also discussed the possibility of spin-offs happening as well. Read More »