Game of Thrones mobile

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: AT&T’s suggestion to recut Game of Thrones episodes.)

This morning, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson spoke at J.P. Morgan’s Global Technology, Media, and Telecom Conference and offered his thoughts about the future of mobile entertainment in the wake of AT&T’s pending acquisition of Time Warner. Most notably, he had some ideas about re-editing content to better optimize it for a mobile-using audience. “Think about things like Game of Thrones,” he said. “In a mobile environment, a 60-minute episode might not be the best experience. Maybe you want a 20-minute episode.”

For the AT&T CEO, allow me to provide an acronym of my own: GTFO.
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At its core, HBO’s wildly popular fantasy series Game of Thrones is a chess game. The early seasons involved a handful of characters slowly and methodically plotting their political maneuvers and adapting to situations around them in the hopes of securing the coveted Iron Throne for themselves, while others waited in the wings, quietly accruing power and preparing to strike.

But now that the board has been culled down to its most essential pieces, things are going to start happening a hell of a lot more quickly on the show. No more waiting. No more quiet contemplating. It’s time for action, and according to new interviews with the showrunners and cast, that’s exactly what we’re going to get in Game of Thrones season 7.
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In this edition of TV Bits:

  • Get Out director Jordan Peele is making an HBO show with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions
  • AMC’s Preacher gets an explosive new season 2 trailer
  • The Young Pope gets a second season and a new name
  • ABC heads under the sea for The Little Mermaid Live!
  • And more!

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Powerless Cancelled NBC

On this edition of TV Bits:

  • NBC has pulled the plug on its DC series Powerless
  • La La Land writer/director Damien Chazelle moves to the small screen
  • Jesse Eisenberg teams with Bad Robot to write, direct, and star in a new series
  • and more!

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Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon are teaming up to star in Fahrenheit 451, the HBO Films adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s sci-fi dystopian novel.

Well, “team up” is a misnomer, as Jordan will be playing the young, disillusioned “fireman” in a dystopian future who abandons the government-sanctioned burning of books, while Shannon will be playing his former mentor with whom he clashes.

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The Wizard of Lies

Quick: name the most recent film in which Robert De Niro delivered a dynamite performance. Silver Linings Playbook? Maybe the original Meet the Parents? We don’t have to go as far back as 1998’s Ronin, do we? Yikes. Answering that question is far tougher than it used to be because De Niro has appeared in a ton of not-so-great films over the past fifteen years, leading some to attempt to pinpoint the exact year he seemed to stopped caring about his career.

But now we have a full trailer for the HBO original film The Wizard of Lies, and it looks like the once-legendary actor may finally be ready to give a shit again.
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When HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies came to an end a little more than a week ago, I was satisfied with the conclusion. But only seven days later, I was conflicted; I appreciated the succinctness of the series’ seven episode run and thought it told a compelling and complete story, but at the same time, I couldn’t help but wish there were more episodes to dive into.

So will we ever see Big Little Lies season 2? Below, I’ll run down all of the quotes from the major players involved and try to get to the bottom of this.
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Animals

Animals is one of the strangest shows to hit the small screen in the past few years. It imagines what the creatures in and around New York City would do if they had recognizable human problems – insecurity, parenting issues, dealing with bullying, marital struggles, experimenting with drugs…the works. The show was also notable for its all-star cast, which included some of the best comedic actors in the industry.

HBO renewed it for a second season a few months ago, and now they’re back with a new trailer that promises total anarchy in the weeks to come. Read More »

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This Sunday marks the halfway point of Westworld season one, which means it won’t be long now before fans start wondering whether we’ll get more of the show next year. Officially, the answer is that we don’t know. HBO has only ordered one ten-episode season so far, so in theory, the season one finale could be the very end of the series. Unofficially, though, it seems pretty clear that this show is on track for a renewal.

In fact, even HBO’s Casey Bloys is willing to say on the record that the odds of a Westworld season 2 are “looking really good.” He also addresses the question of just how close to truth all those Westworld fan theories are. Read More »

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Game of Thrones may still be going strong, but not even Daenerys’ magical dragons can carry on forever. As the race for the Iron Throne nears an end, HBO is looking to shore up its drama slate with some fresh material. The premium cable network has just ordered two promising-sounding pilots from high-profile talents: Adam McKay and Will Ferrell‘s Succession, about a (fictional) global media dynasty; and Kathryn Bigelow‘s Mogadishu, Minnesota, about a Somalian family in Minneapolis.  Read More »