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Darren Aronofsky’s MaddAddam Is ‘All Written,’ But Not Moving Forward at HBO

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Fans of Margaret Atwood’s novel “MaddAddam” were more than psyched when it was announced that an adaptation was coming to HBO (with Darren Aronofsky at that!). Unfortunately, they must have their hopes dashed once more. News broke last week that her critically acclaimed novel has been cancelled at HBO.

An HBO rep confirmed to Vulture recently that they would not be developing the series based on Atwood’s trilogy of books, Oryx and CrakeYear of the Flood, and MaddAddam. 

But don’t give up hope yet! Despite losing its home at HBO, Aronofsky isn’t giving up on his project just yet. At a New York Film Festival event last week, Aronofsky told Vulture the series “is all written. We are working hard on it, and trying to figure it out.” He said, “We are still in play.”

He also added,

“We just went with the best writer. Her work is amazing. It was interesting to see how her brain worked and processed to bring it all into a cohesive universe. Figuring out how to focus it into a ten-episode series was really challenging. It is such a massive, amazing piece, and we are just trying to find the right home.”

Game of Thrones Season 6 Blu-ray and DVD Coming in November

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Along with all their other announcements about season 7, HBO has also announced that the Game of Thrones Season 6 Blu-ray and DVD has a release date for November 15, 2016. The series will be released digitally on August 1.

The bonus content for the digital release of Game of Thrones Season 6 will include:

  • Bran’s Journey – A nine-minute feature delving into the shocking and revelatory journey Bran Stark took in Season 6.
  • The Dothraki World – Behind-the-Scenes featurette bringing viewers up to speed on the Dothraki culture, not seen since Season 1.
  • Inside Game of Thrones: Prosthetics – Behind-the-Scenes featurette detailing what goes into the show’s prosthetics creation.
  • The Game Revealed – Five-part series covering the creation of Season 6’s most epic set pieces and scenes.

The Game of Thrones Season 6 Blu-ray will include all of the above as well as:

  • In-Episode Guide – Dig deeper into the show with this in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories.
  • Histories and Lore – Learn about the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves in 18 history pieces.
    • The Old Way: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
    • The Kingsmoot: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
    • The Sunset Sea: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
    • War of the Ninepenny Kings: narrated by Brother Ray (Ian McShane)
    • The Great Tourney at Harrenhal: narrated by Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick)
    • Robert’s Rebellion: narrated by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
    • Vaes Dothrak: narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
    • The Dothraki: narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
    • Northern Allegiances to House Stark: narrated by Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
    • Children of the Forest vs. the First Men: narrated by the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow)
    • Brotherhood Without Banners: narrated by Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye)
    • Oldtown: narrated by Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) and Qyburn (Anton Lesser)
    • House Dayne: narrated by Young Ned Stark (Robert Aramayo)
    • The Little Birds: narrated by Lord Varys (Conleth Hill)
    • Knights of the Vale: narrated by Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
    • House Tarly: narrated by Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner)
    • Riverrun: narrated by Brynden ‘the Blackfish’ Tully (Clive Russell)
    • Great Sept of Baelor: narrated by the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce)
  • The Battle of the Bastards: An In-Depth Look – Behind-the-scenes piece examining the production challenges of creating this epic event, including explorations of VFX, stunts, and interviews with key cast and crew.
  • Recreating the Dothraki World – Behind-the-scenes piece looking at the creation of Vaes Dothrak and its importance to Dany’s evolution.
  • 18 Hours at the Paint Hall –Follow all three shooting units as they converge in this behind-the-scenes snapshot of a day in the life of the largest show on television
  • Audio Commentaries – The most commentaries ever recorded for Game of Thrones, featuring:
    • Episode 601: Director Jeremy Podeswa, Director of Photography Greg Middleton, and Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne)
    • Episode 602: Writer Dave Hill, Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), and Ben Crompton (Dolorous Edd)
    • Episode 603: Director Daniel Sackheim, Production Designer Deborah Riley, and Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen Baratheon)
    • Episode 604: Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), and Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm)
    • Episode 605 (2 commentaries): Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy), Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy), Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed), and Kristian Nairn (Hodor); Prosthetics Supervisor Barrie Gower, Camera Operators Chris Plevin and Ben Wilson, and Executive Producer Bernadette Caulfield
    • Episode 606: Director Jack Bender, Director of Photography Jonathan Freeman, John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), and Hannah Murray (Gilly)
    • Episode 607: Producer/Writer Bryan Cogman, Ian McShane (Septon Ray), and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell)
    • Episode 608: Director Mark Mylod, Essie Davis (Lady Crane), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)
    • Episode 609 (2 commentaries): Director Miguel Sapochnik, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and Kit Harington (Jon Snow); Director of Photography Fabian Wagner, Visual Effects Producer Steve Kullback, and Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Bauer
    • Episode 610 (2 commentaries): Executive Producers/Writers David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister); Special Effects Supervisor Sam Conway, Camera Operator Sean Savage, and Producer Chris Newman
  • Deleted Scenes – Four deleted scenes.

You can pre-order your own copy by clicking here.

Game of Thrones Season 7 to Premiere in Summer 2017

It was previously reported that “Game of Thrones” would have a delayed production schedule because, you know, winter has finally come. It was speculated that this would mean a later premiere date and that has now been confirmed.

It was just announced by Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming, that the seventh season has a debut slated for summer 2017 on HBO.

It was also revealed that production will take place in Northern Ireland to get the wintery scenes, while additional portions will be filmed in Spain and Iceland. Locations for shooting in Spain will include Sevilla, Caceres, Almodovar del Rio, Santiponce, Zumaia and Bermeo.

There is no date yet for the summer premiere but it should be announced soon.

“Now that winter has arrived on ‘Game of Thrones,’ executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss felt that the storylines of the next season would be better served by starting production a little later than usual, when the weather is changing,” said Bloys. “Instead of the show’s traditional spring debut, we’re moving the debut to summer to accommodate the shooting schedule.”

 

Last week, Game of Thrones received 23 Primetime Emmy nominations, the most of any nominee for the third year in a row. This year’s nominations include Outstanding Drama Series, 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington), 3 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams), Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series (Max von Sydow), 2 for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (Miguel Sapochnik, Jack Bender) and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (David Benioff and D.B. Weiss).

Production on the Next Season of Game of Thrones Delayed

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The return of “Game of Thrones” has been delayed unfortunately. The series, which usually premieres every year around March/April, has been pushed back due to production being delayed. But there is a pretty good reason at least.

Executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealed in a podcast that filming of season seven will not begin in July, as it normally does. The problem is from a lack of winter weather and since winter has come, production needs some wintery sets, Weiss explained:

We’re starting a little bit later because, at the end of this season, winter is here, and that means that sunny weather doesn’t really serve our purposes any more. We kind of pushed everything down the line so we could get some grim, gray weather, even in the sunnier places that we shoot.

The showrunners did not let on as to when production will begin.

It was also revealed a few weeks ago that the end of the series is closer than anyone wants. The plan is to wrap it up with 13 more episodes spread over two more seasons.

There is no official word from HBO on whether this production delay will affect the season seven premiere air date but it seems likely with a delayed production schedule.

Game of Thrones Season Finale Gets Record-High Ratings

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Not sure if this is surprising to ANYONE but the sixth season finale of “Game of Thrones” has a record high of viewers and received the show’s highest ratings for a single episode.

The extra long finale episode which clocked in at 69-minutes, reached 8.9 million people, breaking its season five finale record of 8.1 million people, according to Nielsen. Among viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, the episode scored a 4.4 rating, higher than any other Game of Thrones episode. The show has been drawing around 23.3 million viewers each week, up 15 percent from last year, reports USA Today.

Unfortunately, there is bad news. According to showrunners Game of Thrones will wrap up after two more seasons both of which will be shorter seasons of about 7 episodes each rather than the standard 10. Showrunners have said there are max 15 episodes left in the series total.

Watch the First Teaser for HBO’s Westworld

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The first trailer for the upcoming HBO series “Westworld” has officially released and it asks viewed one very important question. “Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality?”

The incredibly awesome looking series is set to premiere sometime next year and is based on the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name, in which a futuristic, Old West-themed amusement park turns into a living hell when the android attractions begin hunting the attendees.

HBO is not skimping on a fantastic cast for the new series. It includes Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Miranda Otto, and Thandie Newton. The teaser presents a subtly sinister mixture of Old West atmosphere and creepy futuristic backdrops setting the tone for Westworld’s singular style.

Westworld comes to HBO in 2016. Check out the creepy first teaser below:

HBO says Game of Thrones To Last At Least EIGHT Seasons

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“Game of Thrones” showrunners have previously mentioned that they think the show will end up running around 70 hoursm yet HBO programming president Michael Lombardo recently revealed that the series will go on for at least EIGHT seasons.

He proclaimed,

“Seven-seasons-and-out has never been the [internal] conversation,” Lombardo said to critics at the Television Critics Association’s press tour Thursday when a reporter asked if the show would end after seven. “The question is: How much beyond seven are we going to do? Obviously we’re shooting six now, hopefully discussing seven. [Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss are] feel like there’s two more years after six. I would always love for them to change their minds, but that’s what we’re looking at right now.”

Eight season is not the final order especially considering the currently order has the show renewed through next year only. However, Eight seasons as a verbal commitment is pretty comforting.

Even if the show did end at eight seasons, there has been talk about a prequel season where fans could see events such as Robert’s Rebellion. There is a LOT of material to tackle that has been mentioned in the book series and seriously laid the ground work for the chain of events for the war we see now.

“I would be open to anything that Dan and David wanted to do—about Game of Thrones, or any subject matter,” Lombardo said. “It really would depend fully on what they wanted to do. I think you’re right, there’s enormous storytelling to be mined in a prequel, if George and Dan and David decide they want to tackle that. At this point, all the focus is on the next few years of the show. We haven’t had any conversations about that at this point.”

Lombardo also discussed the shocking events of the recent season finale and whether Jon Snow is really dead. Lombardo maintained the same stance as the rest of the show’s team.

 “Dead is dead is dead,” he said. “He be dead. Um, yes. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read, Jon Snow is indeed dead.”

While that is not the most encouraging thing we have ever heard, fans were left with some good news. Season 5 will be available on home video next month—much earlier than usual.

HBO to Release Documentary Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life

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In preparation for the upcoming fifth season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” the network is releasing a behind the scenes documentary for fans. The documentary is titled Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life and it will take viewers to various filming locations that are used in the show such as Belfast, Ireland Dubrovnik, Croatia and more of the Seven Kingdoms.

Season 5 will take viewers even further into Westeros as they venture into Dorne for the first time. The documentary will explore the location the show used as a backdrop for Dorne, one of the nine regions of the Seven Kingdoms.

Game of Thrones: A Day in the Life will air Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. EST on HBO. The trailer can be seen below.

Game of Thrones Season 5 Cast Announced

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Last week at the San Diego Comic-Con 2014 event, HBO took the opportunity to announce the new cast members for the next season of “Game of Thrones.” Most notably is that we will see a majority of the House Martell and the Sand Snakes.

  • Alexander Siddig – Doran Martell
    • The ruling lord of Dorne and older brother to the late Prince Oberyn Martell.
  • Toby Sebastian – Trystane Martell
    • Prince Doran’s son and heir to Dorne. Betrothed to Myrcella Baratheon.
  • Nell Tiger Free (recast) – Myrcella Baratheon.
  • Jessica Henwick – Nymeria (“Nym”) Sand
    • The second eldest of the late Prince Oberyn’s bastard daughters
  • Rosabell Laurenti Sellers – Tyene Sand
    • The daughter of the late Prince Oberyn Martell by Ellaria Sand.
  • Keisha Castle-Hughes – Obara Sand
    • The eldest bastard daughter of the late Prince Oberyn Martell.
  • DeObia Oparei – Areo Hotah
    • The long-serving captain of Doran Martell’s palace guard, renowned for his loyalty and his elongate.
  • Enzo Cilenti – Yezzan
    • An extremely wealthy slave trader before Daenerys outlawed the slave trade.
  • Jonathan Pryce – High Sparrow
    • A devout and pious man, the High Sparrow came to King’s Landing to serve those forgotten by much of the world – the poor, the downtrodden and the infirm.

Season 5 of “Game of Thrones” will premiere in 2015 around the month of April. Series author, George R.R. Martin has revealed that he is not going to write an episode in the fifth season as he has done in previously seasons.

Game of Thrones: Season 5 To Film Partially in Spain

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“Game of Thrones” is still about a year away from premiering its fifth season but HBO has announced that it will add Spain as one the filming locations for the next season. Part of the season will shoot in the Province of Sevilla according to the announcement.

HBO didn’t reveal which part of Westeros that Spain will be representing but is rumored that it will be much awaited country of Dorne. D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the “Game of Thrones” show runners and executive producers have already confirmed we will be seeing Dorne in season five. Also considering in the novels, Dorne is described as rocky, mountainous, arid, and dry. The Province of Sevilla lays in the Andalusia region which relatively matches that description. 

Season 5 of “Game of Thrones” begins filming in Belfast later this month.