his dark materials trailer

All right, His Dark Materials fans. This is it. This could be the screen adaptation that could finally do justice to Philip Pullman‘s rich, complex fantasy trilogy full of ideas about alternate dimensions and universe-spanning battles with religious deities.

The HBO/BBC big-budget miniseries is set to adapt all three novels of Philip Pullman’s acclaimed fantasy series, an adaptation that has been long-awaited after the disastrous 2007 film The Golden Compass. The new series, directed by Tom Hooper and featuring a star-studded cast that includes James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel MirandaDafne Keen, and Ruth Wilson, promises to do right by the trilogy. Watch the His Dark Materials season 1 trailer below.

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years and years trailer

A powerful political leader who stokes anti-immigrant fears and weaponizes an increasingly polarized community? Where have we heard that before? Years & Years may be a new HBO limited series that depicts a dystopian near-future in which Emma Thompson plays a charming and controversial government leader who threatens to tear Britain apart, but it feels alarmingly relevant to today’s political landscape. The limited series even begins in 2019, before venturing decades into the future to examine what those dangerous policies have wrought.

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Game of Thrones Final Season Problems

Now that the dust has settled around what’s left of King’s Landing, there is room to examine why some fans have felt betrayed by season eight of Game of Thrones. The fan reaction to the episode has been divisive, with some overzealous and misguided fans petitioning for a “redo” of this season. While I’m certainly not among those folks, I found myself very angry at my favorite dragon show more than once this season. While it’s not uncommon for a series to drop the ball in the last inning, Game of Thrones final season has felt spectacularly disappointing.

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game of thrones actor disappointed

As Game of Thrones nears its final episode, the debate over whether or not the show is gracefully wrapping up its sprawling storyline is reaching an all-time frenzy. Nothing better encapsulated that debate than this past Sunday’s penultimate episode “The Bells,” which is so divisive that it has some fans disowning the show altogether. But the one thing you can trust in is the cast and crew’s unflagging faith in the show right? Well, maybe not.

One Game of Thrones actor is voicing his own disappointment with the series. Conleth Hill, who plays the Master of Whisperers Varys, is doing his own whispering about the quality of the show, repeating the issues that some fans have had with the series.

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Game of Thrones series finale trailer

We’re still thinking about last night’s fiery episode of Game of Thrones and the fact that there’s only one episode remaining of the mega-hit series. HBO has released a quick trailer for the series finale along with a slightly lengthier trailer for Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, a two-hour documentary about the production of the last season that’s coming to HBO after the show concludes its run.

Check out both of those below, and don’t forget about this week’s edition of “The Game Revealed,” the in-depth behind-the-scenes videos devoted to each episode. That was one hell of an episode last night, and this week’s video shows off some of the unheralded work that went into bringing it to life – including building an entire new King’s Landing set.
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The Bells GOT

Well, that was certainly a thing.

The penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, titled “The Bells,” somehow managed to be more apocalyptic than the episode with the battle against the literal army of the dead. The body count was massive. Characters made ugly and horrible decisions. The landscape of Westeros was forever altered. And there is still one episode left.

/Film’s resident Game of Thrones experts Jacob Hall and Ben Pearson sat down to pick this episode apart and sort through the bodies and the rubble. What happened here? What comes next?

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On HBO last night, viewers watched in horror as a power-mad woman sold her soul and devastated a land she claimed to love in order to achieve maximum power at the expense of countless innocents. And there was also an episode of Game of Thrones where Daenerys Targaryen killed a bunch of people.

What? Did you think I was talking about Westeros? Heavens, no. I was talking about the United States of America and Selina Meyer, the lead character of Veep, whose desperate attempt to reclaim her power resulted in a series finale that was as brutal, as biting, and as deeply, powerfully sad as anything the political satire has ever done.

But much like the mad mother of dragons on the network’s flagship series, Veep has been planting these seeds for the better part of a decade. We had front row seats to the creation of a monster, a super-villain, and a stain on a fictional (albeit modeled on our own) history. And while the series chose to reward Selina’s absence of morals, ethics, decency, standards and so-on, it also provided what I hope Game of Thrones can do when it ends next week: it let us know how history treats the Selina Meyer legacy.

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deadwood the movie behind the scenes

Ready to saddle up and head back to Deadwood? After 13 years of waiting, viewers will have the chance to return to HBO’s poetically vulgar Western with Deadwood: The Movie. In anticipation of the impending debut, HBO has released a new behind-the-scenes video that checks in with the cast on set, discussing how excited and emotional they all are to slip back into character.

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Big Little Lies season 2 trailer

What happens when a secret shared among a group begins eating away at one of its members? We’re about to find out in the second season of HBO’s Big Little Lies, which brings back The Monterey Five – Madeline Mackenzie (Reese Witherspoon), Celeste Wright (Nicole Kidman), Jane Chapman (Shailene Woodley), Renata Klein (Laura Dern), and Bonnie Carlson (Zoe Kravitz) – as they grapple with their actions in the season one finale. Check out the new trailer below. Read More »

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The Case For Tyrion and Varys

(Welcome to Debate of Thrones, where a panel of Citadel-trained experts explain why someone deserves, or doesn’t deserve, to sit on the Iron Throne. In this edition: forget kings and queens – bring on the Imp and the Spider!)

It’s time to do away with the very concept of the autocratic monarch, and embrace a co-leadership arrangement. An arrangement more about the good of the many than the power of the few. We needn’t shift to full democracy – to suggest as much would be both political suicide and actual suicide – but for once, it’d be nice to have leaders who serve the Realm, rather than their egos. That’s why the dynamic duo of Tyrion Lannister and Lord Varys is what we need in the Red Keep.

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