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Tick Tock – What’s Going On In First Tease For HBO’s “Watchmen” TV Series?

HBO just released their first look at the upcoming “Watchmen” series, and it’s definitely not what I was expecting.

This show won’t be necessarily taking liberties with the famous DC comic series, but is looking at it in an entirely new way (one that I am curious to hear Alan Moore’s thoughts on). There sure is a lot of Rorshach in this trailer, and yet none of him at all.

Check out the teaser trailer below:

Created by Damon Lindelof, Watchmen is a modern-day reimagining of Alan Moore’s groundbreaking graphic novel about masked vigilantes. The cast includes: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk.

The series will debut later this fall exclusively on HBO.

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Three “Game Of Thrones” Spin-Offs Are Still In The Works For HBO

We will soon see who takes the iron throne and controls the seven kingdoms, but “Game of Thrones” creator George R.R. Martin is already looking ahead to what may come next for the franchise on TV. Several spin-offs are in the works, and GRRM has some new info on them.

In a post on his blog, GRRM wrote:

“We have had five different ‘Game of Thrones’ successor shows in development (I mislike the term ‘spinoffs’) at HBO, and three of them are still moving forward nicely. The one I am not supposed to call ‘The Long Night’ will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of ‘Fire & Blood’ and come up with your own theories.”

Most of the blog post was actually GRRM bragging about that “Fire & Blood” book, and being excited about it returning to the NY Times Bestseller list as a top 10 book.

Fans of GOT may want to pick up a copy of “Fire & Blood” soon, which is essentially the prequel to the book and TV series. The book, written by GRRM and illustrated by Doug Wheatley, recounts tales of “Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.”

“The Long Night” that GRRM mentioned was created for TV by Jane Goldman and Martin, is expected to film Belfast. The spin-off series will take place thousands of years before the current show, with the only other info about it being a logline from HBO: “Only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the White Walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend — it’s not the story we think we know.”

We still have two episodes to go before “Game of Thrones” concludes, and there are plenty of loose ends to tie, as well as new ones just starting to unravel. It’s going to be a crazy ride, but once it’s over you will definitely have some withdrawal. Why not prolong the agony of waiting for the books to finish and the new TV series to pop up by reading the history of Westeros?

Speaking of the books, how about you forget the TV shows and finish writing the book series, GRRM!!!

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George R.R. Martin Talks “Game of Thrones” Differences Between TV Show and Book Endings

We are now two episodes in to the final season of Game of Thrones, and things are about to heat up in the North as a major battle is ready to take place. With only a handful of episodes left, George R.R. Martin has been doing the media rounds to offer some insight about his book series and the show, and today he touched on the conclusion of the series on both television and the written page.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone GRRM discussed the ending of the HBO show, and how (or if) it will tie into his conclusion in the books.

While the show has left out some big plot elements that occurred in the book (for the sake of brevity I am sure), Martin did wish there was more seasons in the show to fill in those blanks and others.

“You know, it’s complex. I’m a little sad, actually,” GRRM said. “I wish we had a few more seasons. But I understand. [showrunners] Dave [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] are gonna go on to do other things, and I’m sure some of the actors were signed up for like seven or eight years, and they would like to go on and take other roles. All of that is fair. I’m not angry or anything like that, but there’s a little wistfulness in me.”

“It’s weird, in Hollywood, this way… I mean I’ve worked on other shows, you know?” he said. “And whenever a show ends, and the longer the show lasts the harder it is. You’re really with a family.”

Martin admitted that he has yet to see the entirety of season 8 of GoT, and did not check out the scripts either, and instead let the HBO team do their thing (based on their previous meetings with each other). He was tight lipped about the actual ending of the books and the show, but did say, “I can say that when my next two books come out they’ll have to read them and then they can find out.”

The interviewer from Rolling Stone questioned GRRM if the ending of the show would surprise him, and he believes it very well could.

“Well, to a degree. I mean, I think … the major points of the ending will be things that I told them, you know, five or six years ago,” he said. “But there may also be changes, and there’ll be a lot added.”

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George R.R. Martin Talks Upcoming “Game Of Thrones” Series Finale – How Different Will It Be From The Books?

George R.R. Martin gave us a gift that will be long remembered in the annals of television history, “Game of Thrones”. Based on his book series that will hopefully one day be finished, it was adapted for TV by Dan Weiss and David Benioff. After eight epic seasons, the show comes to a close in a matter of weeks. But how will it all end? More importantly, how different will it be from the books, which at this point are lagging behind the TV show by a considerable amount as GRRM has yet to write them?

In an article from Rolling Stone that focused on the Stark Sisters, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams, GRRM offered some thoughts on the impending series finale:

I’ve been so slow with these books,” Martin says, with palpable pain. “The major points of the ending will be things I told them five or six years ago. But there may also be changes, and there’ll be a lot added.”

In an earlier interview with Entertainment Weekly, Martin admitted that the show has surpassed him and the book will differ from the show:

“I haven’t read the [final-season] scripts and haven’t been able to visit the set because I’ve been working on Winds,” Martin revealed. “I know some of the things. But there’s a lot of minor-character [arcs] they’ll be coming up with on their own. And, of course, they passed me several years ago. There may be important discrepancies.”

“Obviously, I wished I finished these books sooner so the show hadn’t gotten ahead of me. I never anticipated that.”

“It’s the end for a lot of people. It’s not the end for me. I’m still deeply in it. I better live a long time because I have a lot of work left to do.”

During an interview with 60 Minutes, Martin added that the show, “would have to run another five seasons” for it to be completely faithful to the story he has lined up for the final books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring.

The show will be very close, though, thanks to “several days of story conferences” that took place at Martin’s house in Santa Fe, New Mexico. “I don’t think Dan and Dave’s ending is gonna be that different from my ending because of the conversations we did have,” he said.

“But they may be on certain secondary characters, there may be big differences,” he explained, saying that “there’s no way to get in all the detail, all the minor characters, all the secondary characters.”

Sophie Turner offered her own thoughts in the Rolling Stone piece, saying “I feel very satisfied with the ending of the entire show. Every story arc came to a really good close.” (Williams offers a cryptic hint: “After I read Season Eight, I watched Season One — there’s a lot of similarities.”)

Showrunners Benioff and Weiss mentioned two finales they admired that may or may not have some influence on how GoT concludes: “Breaking Bad stuck the landing. We always talk about the Sopranos ending — as controversial as it may have been at the time, it’s hard to imagine a better ending for that show, or any show.”

The “Game of Thrones” series finale will air on May 19 at 9 PM EST on HBO.

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Trailer for Final Season of “Game of Thrones” Is Here

April is coming, and that means the grand finale of “Game of Thrones” is also near. Today, HBO unleashed the trailer for the last season of GoT, and it looks like total war is about to break out across the seven kingdoms

Check out the trailer below:

It looks like we can expect some big battles, some surprising (and long overdue) meet-ups, and some shattered alliances. Stay tuned in a few weeks to find out how the show will end (decades before the books will wrap up).

The six-episode final season will premiere on Sunday, April 14 at 9 PM (ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

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SDCC 2018 Game of Thrones Exclusive – Viserion Wight Figure Review

He may be a bad guy now, but he sure is a cute one! Continuing our look at Titan Merchandise’s Titan Vinyl exclusive figures from San Diego Comic Con 2018, we check out the 4.5″ glow-in-the-dark Viserion Wight figure from their Game of Thrones line. Is this dragon worth adding to your collection? Watch the video to find out.

The Viserion Wight figure is available during SDCC 2018 at the Titan Merchandise booth, booth #5537.

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WATCH: Arnold Schwarzenegger recalls story about “Andre the Giant” for new HBO documentary

Arnold Schwarzenegger recalls an eventful dinner with Andre. Arnold picked up the check, so Andre picked up Arnold…literally.

Andre the Giant premieres April 10. The film, presented by HBO Sports and WWE, is produced by JMH Films in association with Ringer Films. The film will also be available on HBO On Demand, HBO NOW, HBO GO and partners’ streaming services.

In 1973, Andre joined the organization, where McMahon Sr. famously billed him as Andre the Giant. Andre’s unique voice and athletic prowess, coupled with his more than 500-pound, seven-foot, four-inch frame, made him an unforgettable attraction.

HBO Sports and WWE are partnering for the first time ever on the feature-length presentation, which combines never-before-seen footage and revealing interviews for a comprehensive and intimate portrait of one of this largely unknown figure. The wide-ranging documentary explores Andre’s upbringing in France, his celebrated career in WWE and forays in the entertainment world, and includes interviews with Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, family members and more.

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Dark Horse Deluxe and HBO to Preview New “Game of Thrones” Products at Toy Fair

Dark Horse is pleased to announce the continuation of its highly successful Game of Thrones products line in partnership with HBO Licensing and Retail. New products and figures will be previewed for the first time ever at Dark Horse’s booth during Toy Fair in New York City February 17-20, 2018.

The new Game of Thrones products which will be revealed for the first time ever include the Targaryen Throne Replica, Dragonstone Gate Bookends, Cersei’s Map of Westeros Puzzle, and Daenerys Targaryen’s Map Markers from season 7 that include Houses Targaryen, Stark, Lannister, and Greyjoy along with the Unsullied, and the Dothraki.

We will have plenty more coverage of NY Toy Fair this weekend, including a visit to Dark Horse’s booth. Until then, enjoy these preview pics the company sent along.

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WRITER ON HBO’S ‘WESTWORLD’ PENS EISNER AWARD-WINNING ‘THE FADE OUT’

The New York Times bestseller and recent Eisner Award-winner for Best Limited Series THE FADE OUT by writer Ed Brubaker, artist Sean Phillips, and colorist Elizabeth Breitweiser is now available in a deluxe hardcover edition. THE FADE OUT deluxe hardcover edition collects the complete series, features bonus content, and makes the perfect gift for the holidays.

THE FADE OUT marks the noir team’s most ambitious project yet. An epic noir set in the world of noir itself, THE FADE OUT takes place in the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her. Nothing is what it seems in the place where only lies are true.

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Of particular interest are Brubaker’s own real life ties to Hollywood, both in the present and past. Currently, Brubaker is a writer on and serves as Supervising Producer for HBO’s WESTWORLD series—a series that’s garnered much buzz amongst critics as HBO’s next big Game-of-Thrones-level success. And before that, Brubaker gained notoriety for his noir revisioning of Captain America: Winter Soldier, influences of which were drawn upon for the film adaptation. Next up, Brubaker has been tapped as the writer on the forthcoming Maniac Cop remake.

But Brubaker has an interesting familial tie to Old Hollywood as well, as the nephew of Golden-Globe-winning and Oscar-nominated, noir screenwriter John Paxton (Murder, My Sweet, Cornered, and Crossfire) who worked in Hollywood during the Red Scare. Two of Paxton’s friends and collaborators, Adrian Scott and Edward Dmytryk were among the Hollywood Ten, the first of those ruined by the blacklist.

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Dark Horse Officially Unveils Tyrion Lannister Statue!

When looking for a key moment to immortalize as the second sculptural piece in Dark Horse’s highly coveted line of Game of Thrones collectibles, Dark Horse turned to none other than writer/producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for the most “statueworthy” moment in the then-unaired second season.

The two chose the memorable scene when Tyrion, as portrayed by Peter Dinklage, charges into battle, leading the defense of King’s Landing against an assault by King Stannis Baratheon in the Battle of the Blackwater. They further assisted with special photographic reference taken during filming, expressly for use as sculpture reference for the piece.

“When Dark Horse Deluxe began developing a new line of collectibles based on the HBO® adaptation of Game of Thrones, we were pleased to discover we had the full attention of all involved, from the team at HBO Global Licensing to the principals steering in the production,” said Dark Horse’s VP of Product Development, David Scroggy. “The Tyrion statue is a benefit of that communication, and we know the fans and collectors will recognize the quality that is the result.”

Dark Horse is currently offering the statue to the trade for advance order. The Tyrion statue will be issued in a limited run, with the final edition size undetermined at press time.

This detailed figure measures approximately 10 inches in height and 9.5 inches across its base, which features Tyrion’s cast-aside helmet and other painstakingly re-created details. Hand painted and numbered, the Game of Thrones Tyrion statue will come packaged in a deluxe full-color box.

Look for these statues to arrive in stores on February 20, 2013, with a suggested retail price of $199.99.

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