The first official trailer of Netflix’s psychological detective drama, “Mindhunter,” hit the airwaves Tuesday, much to the relief of fans who had been on tenterhooks for news on the upcoming series.
Scheduled to premiere on October 13, 2017, the drama is based on Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas’ non-fiction book, “Mind Hunter: Inside FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit.”
In their quest to develop new techniques and methods to apprehend serial killers and rapists, two of FBI’s Behavioral Science Unit agents, Holden Ford and Bill Tench – played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, respectively – dig deep into the warped minds of incarcerated mass murderers for a better grasp of the psyche at play.
The trailer opens to the whirring sound of a fax machine printing out a black and white facsimile of a female murder victim lying face down, apparently in a secluded wooded area.
“It’s not easy butchering people. It’s hard work. Physically and mentally, I don’t think people realize… you need to vent,” a killer is heard and then seen facing Groff’s character across a table.
He is being interviewed and recorded by agent Ford on a ‘70s tape recorder with big spools – well, with the series set in 1979 you can’t expect the makers to botch up on such small details!
What comes across clearly from the trailer is that the show will not be as much about horrific serial crimes per se, but more an in depth look into the ever-evolving techniques the FBI employs in solving crimes of that nature.
Anna Torv plays Wendy, a psychologist along the lines of the book’s character, Dr. Ann Wolbert Bu. She feels that “psychopaths are convinced there’s nothing wrong with them, so these men are virtually impossible to study,” but at the same time she is convinced that agents Holden Ford and Bill Tench have beaten those odds by delving into the minds of the subjects of their study.
“Yet, you may have found a way in near-perfect laboratory conditions. That’s what makes it so exciting and potentially so far reaching,” she adds.
The unit chief of the FBI National Training Academy, Shepard (Cotter Smith) argues that it’s not the FBI’s job sympathize with the killers but to execute them.
“It is not our job to commiserate with these people. It is our job to electrocute them.”
Ford understands that the unpleasant task of dealing with unhinged criminals like serial killers and rapists comes with the territory.
“We can’t like everything we do. We’re talking to serial killers.”
“You want truffles? You gotta get in the dirt with the pigs,” philosophizes Holden Ford.
It is but expected that constant interaction with subjects of such twisted ilk will take some kind of toll on a normal person. At least that is what you are likely to surmise when Ford says, “I can’t let these guys rub off on me. The way they sex…”
To understand a psychopath one has to get into his shoes, argues Bill Tench at one point in the trailer.
“How do we get ahead of crazy if we don’t know how crazy thinks?” he says.
Jonathan Groff as Holden Ford
Holt McCallany as Bill Tench
Anna Torv as Wendy
Hannah Gross as Debbie
Cotter Smith as Shepard
Written by – Joe Penhall and Jennifer Haley Executive Producers – David Fincher, Charlize Theron, Josh Donen, and Ceán Chaffin Producer – Jim Davidson Debuting – October 13, 2017
Co-written by Kumail Nanjiani – who plays himself in the film – and wife Emily Gordon, “The Big Sick” has opened to some very flattering critiques from all and sundry. Loosely based on the real life courtship between Kumail and Emily, TBS is a romantic comedy film that tells the story of an aspiring Pakistani-born standup comedian and the cultural dilemma he lands himself into after falling in love with a white American, Emily, played to the T by Zoe Kazan.
The film is a bold endeavor in that it is a love story involving a Pakistani-Muslim and a white American girl which by no means is a mainstream topic, if not a taboo subject. However, the way the story has been handled speaks volumes about the direction and the team behind this truly hilarious and endearing film. A humble advice to those who haven’t seen it – SEE IT, NOW! And go into splits watching the odd couple and their hilariously complex families.
Kumail belongs to a conservative Pakistani family and is a struggling stand-up comedian and a part-time Uber driver in Chicago, who happens to see Emily during one of his shows when she heckles him from the crowd. They meet up after the show and there is immediate chemistry between the two and they begin dating soon enough.
As the relationship begins to take a meaningful shape Kumail doesn’t know how he is supposed to break the news to his Orthodox parents who keep introducing him to Pakistani women to set up an arranged marriage for him.
Knowing their parents well, his brother Naveed advises him not to continue the relationship – but this is “love” we are talking about – not only does he continue the affair, he even lies to Emily giving her the impression that his parents are aware of their relationship.
However, Emily finds out the truth when she discovers pictures of all the Pakistani women his parents have been trying to hook him up with in a cigar box in his room. There’s a confrontation and she decides to end it all with him after he says he’s not sure about a future with her.
Soon after the breakup, Emily is diagnosed with a condition which requires surgery while she is in a medically induced coma.
Kumail is at the hospital when Emily’s parents Beth and Terry arrive and while he gets along well with Terry, Beth is a little indifferent towards him. However, Beth picks up for him when a heckler passes racist remarks during his stand-up performance the night before the operation and a bonding between the two develops.
Kumail finally opens up about Emily in front of his parents leading to a heated argument which ends with his parents disowning him.
Meanwhile, Emily has developed serious complications after her surgery and Kumail gets a call from her parents during an important performance informing him that the infection has reached Emily’s, heart. Kumail is so distraught with the news that he botches the show.
To cut a long story short, Emily is initially reluctant to get back with Kumail but he wins her over ultimately while she recovers completely from her afflictions.
Rotten Tomatoes– Rotten Tomatoes has given the film an approval rating of 97% based on 142 reviews, with an average rating of 8.3/10. “Funny, heartfelt, and intelligent, The Big Sick uses its appealing leads and cross-cultural themes to prove the standard romcom formula still has some fresh angles left to explore,” reads the site’s critical consensus.
Metacritic – According to Metacritic’s rating, the film has scored 87 out of 100, based on 44 critics, indicating “universal acclaim”.
Last week, a twenty-one second video appeared on the website www.ataribox.com, which showed panning close-ups of a wood-paneled hardware unit called the Ataribox which in all likelihood is Atari’s new gaming console.
The brief video was titled “First Look: A brand new Atari product. Years in the making.” The video abruptly ends with the message “Coming Soon” – “Be the first to know.”
Speaking exclusively to GameBeats, Atari CEO Fred Chesnais gave credence to the rumors and speculations that are rife about a new Atari gaming console on the horizon. “We’re back in the hardware business,” is what he said.`
As of now, that is about all we know about the Ataribox as Mr. Chesnais was not very forthcoming other than his “back in the hardware business” statement. However, he seems to have informed GamesBeat that the new Ataribox is a PC technology-based gaming device and the design was still to be fine-tuned. Further information on the hardware will be made available at an undisclosed date.
It will be a long hiatus of twenty-four years before Atari unveils the Ataribox. Its last game-box, the Jaguar, was not much to write home about having been released in 1993 in North America and discontinued in 1995 after a rather subdued response from the gaming public. Atari managed to sell only 125,000 units before it decided it had had enough of the toothless Jaguar.
A brief history of Atari
“To those born into the console era, whose formative gaming education came from Nintendo, Sega, or PlayStation, Atari feels like an amorphous presence in the world of video games: a once-important name that has been diluted by countless mergers, acquisitions, and bankruptcies. A titan of the arcade era whose relevance had dwindled almost to nothingness by the turn of the millennium.” writes Shunal Dokes, in the article “IGN PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF ATARI.”
A trip down Atari’s gaming memory lane
1972-1984 – Atari Inc.
Nolan Bushnell and Ted Dabney established Atari, Inc. on June 27, 1972, and did not take long to hire the American pioneering engineer and computer scientist, Al Alcorn, as their first design engineer. He was immediately asked to work on an arcade version of Magnavox Odyssey’s Tennis game to be named “Pong.”
“Pong quickly became a success and is the first commercially successful arcade video game machine, which helped to establish the video game industry along with the first home console, the Magnavox Odyssey” – Wikipedia.
In a move to circumvent the exclusive deals with distributors, Atari sneakily created its own competitor, Kee Games in 1973. It was run by Nolan Bushnell’s neighbor, Joe Keenan and headed by its lead engineer Steve Bristow.
Kee Games went on to sell uniquely enhanced knock-offs of Atari games and in November 1974, Kee Games introduced its first unique game – Tank. Following its immense success Tank – II was unveiled that same year.
“Tank” was later to become the basis for Atari Combat, which was the game packed in with the Atari 2600 video game console in 1977.
The multiprocessor-based, programmable game, the Atari Video Computer System (2600), made its debut in October 1977. Packaged with two joysticks and two paddle controllers together with a two-player game, Combat, with 27 variations.
1985 to 1996 – Atari Corporation
Atari Corporation was founded by Jack Tramiel – Polish-American businessman of the “Commodore” fame – after he purchased the beleaguered Atari, Inc. from its parent company.
In April 1985 Atari Corporation released the first update to the 8-bit computer line — the Atari 65XE, the Atari XE series, and in June the same year, the Atari 130XE was launched.
September 1985 saw the new 32-bit Atari ST computers hit the stores.
Two consoles, the Atari 2600jr and the Atari 7800 (which had seen a limited release in 1984) were released in 1986 and were instrumental in Atari’s resurrection, earning a $25 million profit for the company that year.
The Atari Lynx, a handheld console with color graphics was introduced in 1989 amid much fanfare. Not able to make the game available nationwide for the 1989 Christmas season due to a shortage of parts, the Atari Lynx lost out to Nintendo’s Game Boy despite its black & white display. However, the Game Boy was cheaper with a longer battery life – and, most importantly, it was available to buy.
Atari Corporation filed an “illegal monopoly” lawsuit against Nintendo for $250 million, in 1989, eventually losing the case when it was rejected by a US district court in 1992.
1998 to 2000- A division of Hasbro
“In March 1998, JTS sold the Atari name and assets to Hasbro Interactive for $5 million—less than a fifth of what Warner Communications had paid 22 years earlier. This transaction primarily involved the brand and intellectual property, which now fell under the Atari Interactive division of Hasbro Interactive. The brand name changed hands again in December 2000 when French software publisher Infogrames took over Hasbro Interactive” – Wikipedia
2001 to now – Infogrames/Atari SA
In an attempt to “reinvent” ” the Atari brand, Infogrames (now Atari SA) launched three new games, Splashdown, MX Rider and TransWorld Surf, with strong branding of the Atari name on the packaging boxes.
Infogrames also used the Atari brand name for games targeting the 18-34 age group.
V-Rally 3, Neverwinter Nights, Stuntman and Enter the Matrix were some other games from Infogrames that were marketed under the Atari brand.
May 7, 2003, saw Infogrames change the name of its discreetly owned US subsidiary, Infogrames NA to Atari Inc. also renaming its European operations to Atari Europe. Hasbro Interactive became a separate corporate entity with the name Atari Interactive.
On October 8, 2008, Infogrames completed its acquisition of Atari Inc., making it a wholly owned subsidiary.
December 9, 2008, saw Atari acquire Cryptic Studios, an MMORPG developer.
“On January 21, 2013, Atari, Atari Interactive, Humongous, and California US Holdings (collectively, the “Companies”) filed petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. All three Ataris emerged from bankruptcy one year later and the entering of the social casino gaming industry with Atari Casino. Frederic Chesnais, who now heads all three companies, stated that their entire operations consist of a staff of 10 people” – Wikipedia
“On June 22, 2014, Atari announced a new corporate strategy that would include a focus on “new audiences”, specifically “LGBT, social casinos, real-money gambling, and YouTube” – Wikipedia.
AND on June 16, 2017 – “We’re back in the hardware business” with Ataribox.
Eighty-eight-year-old Adam West, born William West Anderson and best remembered for his appearance in the lead role of ABC’s Batman (1966-1968), passed away Friday night in Los Angeles.
West made the transition peacefully in his sleep after a brief struggle with leukemia. He is survived by his wife Marcelle, six children, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives. He was and always will be our hero,” said his family in a statement.
The family also tweeted: “Our beloved AW passed away last night. He was the greatest. We’ll miss him like crazy. We know you’ll miss him too – West Family”.
Bruce Ward, who plays Batman’s sidekick, Robin/ Dick Grayson in the ABC series of the Sixties, said he was devastated – the two “lifelong” friends having traveled to the East Coast together for an autograph show just two weeks prior to West’s death.
“I am devastated at the loss of one my very dearest friends,” Ward said in a statement. “Adam and I had a special friendship for more than 50 years. We shared some of the most fun times of our lives together. Our families have deep love and respect for each other. This is a terribly unexpected loss of my lifelong friend. I will forever miss him. There are several fine actors who have portrayed Batman in films. In my eyes, there was only one real Batman that is and always will be Adam West. He was truly the Bright Night.”” – As reported by Variety.
Early Life and Career
Born on September 19, 1928, in Walla Walla, Washington to a farmer father and an opera singer/concert pianist mother, West studied at the Walla Walla High School during his freshman and sophomore years, and later went to Lakeside School in Seattle. He had moved to Seattle at the age of 15 with his mother soon after his parents’ divorce.
After his discharge from the United States Army, where he served as an announcer on American Forces Network television, he moved to Hawaii in pursuit of a career in showbiz.
Let’s take a chronological look at how his showbiz career progressed over the years.
His foray into the world of entertainment began when he was selected for a role in a children’s program, the El Kini Popo Show. He went on to become the star of the show.
In 1959, he moved to Hollywood with his wife and two children where he adopted the stage name Adam West.
Here is a list of the majority of West’s film and TV appearances:
El Kini Popo Show – As mentioned above he started his acting career with this children’s show playing the sidekick – the show also featured a chimp.
The Young Philadelphians – Paul Newman was the star in the film.
Sugarfoot, Colt.45, and Lawman – These were three westerns from Warner Bros., aired on ABC, in which West plays Doc Holiday, the gunfighter/dentist.
Westbound Stage – He plays Wild Bill Hickok in this episode of the NBC Western series Overland Trail (1960) – Doug McClure and William Bendix also featured in the episode.
Johnny Midnight – West appeared as a guest star in this syndicated Edmond O’Brien-crime- drama.
The Detectives – Also referred to as ‘The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor’ and ‘Robert Taylor’s Detectives,’ this crime drama saw him in a supporting role as a police officer.
The Real McCoys – West appeared only once in this Walter Brennan sitcom.
The Man from Kansas – In this January 1961-episode of the NBC Western series Laramie (1959-1963), West plays the part of a young, ambitious deputy.
The Case of the Barefaced Witness – His first of two guest appearances on this Perry Mason episode was in 1961 – he portrays a small-town journalist, Dan Southern, in this particular episode.
The Case of the Bogus Books – This was the 1962 Perry Mason episode in which he makes his second guest appearance as Pete Norland, a folk singer.
The Invisible Enemy – West makes an appearance in this installment of ABC’s series, Outer Limits.
Soldier in the Rain – Has a small role as Major Dan McCready in this film also starring Steve McQueen and Jackie Gleason
Robinson Crusoe on Mars – In this 1964 release he plays the mission commander of the doomed Mars Gravity Probe 1.
The Outlaw is Coming – The Outlaw is Coming (1965) was the last film featuring The Three Stooges. It was a comedy Western in which West also finds a place.
Stopover – In this April 25, 1961, installment of the ABC series, Rifleman (1958-1963), West plays the character of Christopher Rolf.
Batman – After watching West in a Nestlé Quik commercial where he performed as Captain Q, a character along the lines of James Bond, Producer William Dozier chose West over Lyle Waggoner for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman for the Batman television series.
The hit show ran from 1966-1968 and West, as Batman, was able to bask in the popularity and recognition that had so far eluded him.
It proved to be his undoing, as well, as he became typecast and was not really accepted outside of the Batman suit in spite of bagging his share of roles over the years. However, West took it in his stride and never visibly showed any bitterness.
“When you wear a mask and funny tights … it gets a little frustrating from time to time,” West had said in an interview. “I was turned down for a number of parts over the years, I feel, because of that.”
“Wherever I go in the world, there’s such a wonderful rapport with our Batman that it’s neat,” he said. “People come up and play entire scenes for me unsolicited, but I got to laugh. … How lucky can a person get to be part of something that is a classic?”
In an interview with CNN on Saturday, Julie Newmar, the Catwoman in Batman alongside West, honored her late co-star calling him “the finest Batman ever.”
“People adored him. Long lines of people stood to get his autograph,” Newmar said to CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield.
“A friend called me up this morning and said to me with tears in his voice, that Adam West was the father that we wanted,” she said.
“He had that extra intelligence called wit, which allows us to live in this world above things and laugh at it.”
“He did not have to have his shoulders built up. He wasn’t a fake Batman or an over-costumed Batman. I think he was the real thing,” she emphasized.
“I think he was and will be — and always will be — the finest Batman ever,” she said.
The Girl Who Knew Too Much – In this 1969 film, he plays Johnny Cain, a tough cynic but the film bombed at the box office. It was evident that he had been severely typecast because audiences found it difficult to accept him portraying any other character – his Batman image had stuck.
Some of his other post-Batman era film and television appearances include the following:
The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker – 1971, The Curse of the Moon Child – 1972 The Specialist – 1975, Hooper – 1978 The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood – 1980, One Dark Night – 1983
The Eyes of Charles Sand – 1972 Poor Devil – 1973, Nevada Smith – 1975 For the Love of It – 1980 I Take These Men -1983
In addition to all of the above pre- and post-batman era film and television appearances, Adam West was seen in numerous other film and television appearances.
He also did voice-over work and did pretty well for himself in that area. Some of his voice-over work include shows like The Simpsons, Futurama, Rugrats, The Critic, Histeria!, Kim Possible, Johnny Bravo, Batman: The Animated Series called “Beware the Gray Ghost”, where he lent his voice to the Gray Ghost.
In recent years West did voice-over work on shows like Disney Channel’s “Jake and the Neverland Pirates” and Adult Swim’s “Robot Chicken.”
The current generation of TV fans will remember and miss him for his voice-over work on Fox’s “Family Guy” as Mayor Adam West. He had been with the show from 2000 right through to the last season so far.
Remember him as Batman or for his voice-over work, Adam West did what he did best and he will be missed by fans around the world.
R.I.P. Mr. Adam West
The teaser trailer of Marvel’s Black Panther was aired for the first time Friday night during the NBA Finals face-off between Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers. It took a long time coming but it was worth the wait.
The footage promises everything that fans expect from a Marvel movie – intensity, high-octane action sequences, elaborate costumes, outlandish sets, flipping cars, powerful dialogs, great acting– the works.
The teaser opens with a captured Ulysses Klaw (Andy Serkis) explaining to Everett K. Ross (Martin Freeman) about how wrong he is to think that Wakanda is a third world country and that “textiles, shepherds, and cool outfits” are all a front.
Klaw: “What do you know about Wakanda?”
Everett: “It’s a third world country. Textiles, shepherds, cool outfits.”
Klaw: “All a front. Explorers have searched for it, called it El Dorado.
They looked for it in South America, but it was in Africa the whole time. I’m the only one who’s seen it and made it out alive.”
T’ Challa (Chadwick Boseman), the newly crowned king of Wakanda is Black Panther whose dominion is challenged by his long-time enemy Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) in a clash that has global ramifications.
The teaser also offers a glimpse of the Dora Miljae, an all-female special forces of Wakanda serving as the personal bodyguards of T’Challa/Black Panther.
As the story is about the fictional African nation of Wakanda and its King T’Challa, it is but logical that the cast is predominantly black with the likes of Danai Gurira of The Walking Dead fame playing Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje and Lupita Nyong’o (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Nakia, T’Challa’s love interest and member of the Dora Milaje.
To put it in perspective, one can expect the film to be largely about T’Challa’s return to Wakanda to lay claim to the throne his father, King T’Chaka, vacated when he was killed in Civil War. After his coronation, the new king is expected to thwart all attempts by his adversaries to topple him and negate all threats to the realm.
Wakanda is integral to the story and is sure to feature in multiple scenes in the Black Panther, which promises to be another cracker of a film by Marvel.
The film is scheduled to release on February 9, 2018, in the United Kingdom while fans in the United States and Canada will have to wait it out for another week before they get to see it on February 16, 2018.
• Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther • Michael B. Jordan as Erik Killmonger • Lupita Nyong’o as Nakia: Danai Gurira as Okoye • Martin Freeman as Everett K. Ross • Daniel Kaluuya as W’Kabi. • Angela Bassett as Ramonda • Forest Whitaker as Zuri • Andy Serkis as Ulysses Klaue • Florence Kasumba as Ayo • John Kani as T’Chaka • Winston Duke as M’Baku / Man-Ape • Sterling K. Brown as N’Jobu • Isaach de Bankolé as tribal elder of one of the largest tribes in Wakanda • Letitia Wright as Shuri • Phylicia Rashad – role not disclosed • Atandwa Kani – role not disclosed
Directed by – Ryan Coogler Produced by- Kevin Feige Screenplay by – Joe Robert Cole and Ryan Coogler Based on – Black Panther by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby Music by – Ludwig Göransson Cinematography – Rachel Morrison
The eagerly awaited seventh season of the hit television series, Game of Thrones, will be unleashed on GOT fans on July 16, 2017.While the last two episodes of the season will be the longest the show has seen, it will be a truncated season in terms of the number of episodes – just seven episodes as compared to ten episodes in all the previous seasons.
As reported by Watchers on the Wall, HBO has confirmed the duration of each episode of the new season – and yes, the season seven finale will be almost as long as a short feature film – a whopping 81 minutes runtime to be exact. The penultimate episode is not too far behind with a runtime of 71 minutes.
Now, here is some number crunching for the statistical minded:
The last episode of season six, “The Winds of Winter,” holds the record of the longest aired episode of Game of Thrones, thus far, with a runtime of 68 minutes.
However, the final two episodes of the soon-to-air new season standing at 71 minutes and 81 minutes respectively are set to break that record. Effectively, the penultimate episode will set a new record to be broken again in the very next and final episode of the season.
The seven episodes together account for 442 minutes (7 hours 37 minutes) which is definitely less than the average 9 hours 15 minutes of a 10-episode season. However, if one considers just seven episodes of the previous seasons the current season will come out topper.
In the previous seasons, the average episode length ranged from a low of 54:25 minutes in season two to a high of 56:08 minutes in season one, whereas, the new season promises a 63-minute average which is 8 minutes longer than a typical Game of Thrones episode. The extra 8 minutes amount to 56 minutes over seven episodes thereby making up for one of the three missing episodes this season.
Despite being the longest episode of Game of Thrones to date, the last installment is still behind some 90-minute episodes of other HBO shows like True Detective and Westworld, to name a couple.
The rather large ensemble cast of Game of Thrones includes Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke and Kit Harington in addition to several new cast members the new season will introduce – Jim Broadbent and Tom Hopper are two members that we know of.
Not unlike the previous season, it is based on original content not found in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. However, it is reported that some adaptation from The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring (the upcoming sixth and seventh novels) will be witnessed. David Benioff and D. B. Weiss are behind the television adaptation of the series.
Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister Lena HeadeyasCersei Lannister Kit HaringtonasJon Snow Emilia ClarkeasDaenerys Targaryen Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth Carice van HoutenasMelisandre Indira VarmaasEllaria Sand Sophie Turner as Sansa Stark Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei Rory McCann as Sandor “The Hound” Clegane Maisie Williams as Arya Stark Conleth Hill as Varys Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy John Bradley as Samwell Tarly Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth Kristofer Hivju as Tormund Giantsbane Isaac Hempstead-Wright as Bran Stark Jerome Flynn as Bronn Iain Glen as Jorah Mormont Hannah Murrayas Gilly
Diana Rigg as Olenna Tyrell Gemma Whelan as Yara Greyjoy Josephine Gillan as Marei Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson as Gregor Clegane Jessica Henwick as Nymeria Sand Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand Pilou Asbæk as Euron Greyjoy Bella Ramsey as Lyanna Mormont Jacob Anderson as Grey Worm Daniel Portman as Podrick Payne Tim McInnerny as Robett Glover Rupert Vansittart as Yohn Royce Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed Ben Crompton as Eddison Tollett Richard Rycroft as Maester Wolkan Tom Hopper as Dickon Tarly Jim Broadbent as Archmaester Marwyn Mark Gatiss as Tycho Nestoris
There are 36 long days ahead before the show is back once again to entertain fans all around the world. However, in just seven weeks from then, all will be over, hopefully leaving behind enough material for impassioned discussions until the next season.
The most highly anticipated Summer movie of 2017 flies into theaters this weekend as Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment brings us the long-awaited big-screen adaptation Wonder Woman.
The Amazons have lived peacefully for thousands of years in their island refuge of Themyscira. In 1918, their sanctum is broken when an American pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), crashes through the energy barrier that has hidden them from humanity. Trevor is rescued by Princess Diana (Gal Gadot), the daughter of Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielson), leader of the Amazons. She is stunned to finally encounter a male, but even more surprised by the enemies that follow him.
Steve Trevor, compelled by the Lasso of Truth, tells a horrifying tale. The War to End all Wars has devoured the world of men. Millions are dying as the emergence of chemical weapons takes their toll. Diana fears this is the work of Ares, the God of War. Her mother defeated Ares in a battle that destroyed the Gods of Olympus. Diana, against her mother’s stern wishes, decides to leave Themyscira and face Ares. The carnage and disrespect she discovers are far worse than imagined, yet only a piece of a vast wealth of new emotions and experiences.
The chemistry and banter and relationship established between Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor is flat-out delightful. They light up the screen with their vulnerability and humored nuance.
Director Patty Jenkins and screenwriter Allan Heinberg deliver an immersive origin story with unexpected humor and epic action scenes, critics praising the Patty Jenkins-directed film as the greatest DC Comics-based blockbuster since The Dark Knight Rises.
Other critics have called Wonder Woman “DC Universe’s best superhero movie yet,” drawing favorable comparisons to its critically-maligned counterpart Batman v. Superman.
Wonder Woman “provides a welcome respite from DC’s house style of grim darkness,” says Variety’s Andrew Barker, “with star Gal Gadot proving an inspired choice for this avatar of truth, justice, and the Amazonian way.”
“Wonder Woman,” the first big-budget blockbuster devoted to a female superhero — and the first directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins — isn’t just a triumph for women, it’s a triumph, period. This is grand entertainment with rousing action, sparkling humor, a romantic streak and a titanium-strength debut from Gal Gadot in the title role. Sexy, yes, but also dignified and fearless, Wonder Woman punches through one stereotype after another as if it were the most natural thing in the world. This is the female-focused crowd-pleaser we’ve been waiting for.
Gadot is the perfect Wonder Woman — a true blue hero who’s as believable in her bafflement of women’s fashions and social mores as she is dead-lifting a tank and swatting away machine gun fire with only her arm cuff,” the Associated Press.
The Fate Of The Furious directed by F. Gary Gray, raced to a record-shattering $532 million global debut over Easter weekend, eclipsing Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million) to secure the biggest worldwide launch of all time. The movie grossed $98.8 million domestically and $433.2 million overseas.
The Fast & Furious franchise continues to reveal the massive importance of the international movie market, especially in countries like China, where it sold a record $190 million in tickets over the weekend. The tentpole debuted at No. 1 in all 63 foreign markets.
The film, which stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and was directed by F. Gary Gray, is the highest-grossing opening for an African American director ever, according to Universal.
In North America, Furious 8 scored the second-biggest launch of the franchise behind Furious 7‘s $147 million. Furious 7 (2015) was the final film in the series to star Paul Walker, who died in a tragic car crash in November 2013. Globally, Furious 7 launched to $397.7 million (it didn’t open in China until a week later).
“This is an astonishing feat for a decade and a half old franchise that launched as a marginalized car culture movie with no stars and no imaginings of a long-term franchise future,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore.
With Chinese regulators gradually lightening restrictions on foreign releases in order to put the movie industry’s growth back on track. A major blockbuster like The Fate of the Furious could not have come at a better time for China.
According to reports, hit CBS sitcom “The Big Bang Theory” (TBBT) could well be extended for a further two seasons if salary negotiations between Warner Bros. TV and the star cast of the show go through without any hitches. Yes, seasons 11 and 12 will be possible if, hopefully, an agreement is reached over the star salaries.
Actresses Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch, who are on the show since season 3, get $200,000 per episode. The original five stars, on the other hand, are currently under contract for $1 million for each episode.
To bring some sort of parity, if you can call it that, the original five, Johnny Galecki, Kunal Nayyar, Kaley Cuoco, Jim Parsons, and Simon Helberg, have agreed to a pay cut on the condition that the saved amount would go towards increasing the current salaries of the two lower paid stars to $450,000 each, per episode.
It all depends, now, on Bialik and Rauch agreeing to the proposed hike. There is no confirmation, however, of any agreement being reached. The two stars could well negotiate for full pay parity and this is where problems could arise.
Ever since its syndication TBBT has grossed over $1 billion for Warner Bros.
The show had a slow start in so far as the ratings are concerned, ranking an unimpressive 68th in its first season and 40th in the second.
The third season, however, saw TBBT ranked as the highest rated show on its premiere night in the adults 18-49 demographic scoring a healthy 4.6/10 with 12.83 million viewers which was the series high of the time.
It achieved the highest rated comedy status during season four, marginally beating eight-year leader “Two and a Half Men.” However, in TBBT’s target range of 18-49 demographic, it was behind ABC’s “Modern Family” as the second highest rated comedy.
The fifth season opened with more than 14 million viewers and the sixth saw TBBT become the highest rated and viewed scripted show in the 18–49 age range behind only the NBC Sunday Night Football live coverage which was, of course, in a totally different category.
Season seven also had a strong opening keeping up with the trend set in season six. “The Deception Verification,” the second episode of the premiere, scored the new series high in viewership with 20.44 million viewers.
By the end of the 2012–13 television season “The Big Bang Theory” had taken over from “Judge Judy” as the ratings leader in all of syndicated programming with 7.1 with JJ moving down to the second position with a 7.0 rating score.
However, in the 2013-14 syndication ratings JJ regained its lead beating out “The Big Bang Theory” in that season.
Now, coming back to the question of whether the audiences would be treated to two more seasons of TBBT, Kunal Nayyar hinted at the MCM Comic Con in London in May 2016, that season 10 may well be the last for the hit show which started in 2007.
Look, next season, as it stands on our contract, could be the last season of Big Bang Theory,” he said. “To be completely honest, I know people are gonna want to know what happens after season 10. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Kaley Cuoco, however, voiced a collective opinion of the team saying, “I think it’s a given that we want to be here. That’s the overall consensus. It might be a sticky road, but if I have anything to do with it, we’d be here for much longer. That’s the goal.”
The 2017 Brits Awards, held on Feb 22 at The O2 in London, saw Robie Williams, 43, win the Icon Award, his eighteenth Brits, the maximum number won by anybody in the history of the prestigious awards. He followed it up with a stunning and superlative closing performance of ‘The Heavy Entertainment Show’ and ‘Mixed Signals.’
It was an amazing night at the Brits and what better close out of the night could one hope for than what Robie put up for the audience. The stage kept bursting into colorful lights while Robie treated the audience to a cracker of a performance – he was like a man possessed.
Here’s a list of the nominees and winners in each category:
British Male Solo Artist – Presented by Zane Lowe, the British Male Solo Artist award winner is David Bowie from nominees Kano, Craig David, Michael Kiwanuka, and Skepta.
British Female Solo Artist – Emeli Sandé wins this award presented by David Tennant. Other nominees were Ellie Goulding, Anohni, Lianne La Havas, and Nao.
British Group – Presented by Maisie Williams and Romesh Ranganathan the British Group award winner is 1975 winning it from Bastille, Biffy Clyro, Little Mix, Radiohead the other nominees for the award.
International Group – A Tribe Called Quest wins the International Group Award. The award was presented by Alice Levine, Clara Amfo, and Laura Jackson with the other nominees being Drake and Future, Kings of Leon, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Twenty One Pilots.
British Breakthrough Act – Rag’n’Bone Man wins this one presented by Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora. Other nominees for the award were Anne-Marie, Blossoms, Skepta, and Stormzy.
Critics’ Choice – The Critics Choice award presented by Emeli Sandé was won by Rag’n’Bone Man with Anne-Marie and Dua Lipa being the other two choices for the award.
MasterCard British Album of the Year – Noel Gallagher presented this award to the winner David Bowie for the album Blackstar. Other nominees included 1975 for I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It, Kano for Made in the Manor, Michael Kiwanuka for Love & Hate, and Skepta for Konnichiwa.
British Single of the Year – The winner of this award, presented by Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby, is Little Mix for Shout Out to My Ex. Other nominations were Faded by Alan Walker, Dancing On My Own by Calum Scott, This Is What You Came For by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna, Rockabye by Clean Bandit featuring Sean Paul & Anne-Marie, Hymn for the Weekend by Coldplay, Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur, Fast Car by Jonas Blue featuring Dakota, Girls Like by Tinie Tempah featuring Zara Larsson, and Pillowtalk by Zayn.
International Male Solo Artist – Alice Levine, Clara Amfo, and Laura Jackson presented this award to winner Drake while the other nominees were Bon Iver, Bruno Mars, Leonard Cohen, and The Weeknd.
International Female Solo Artist – The nominees for this award were Beyoncé, Christine, and the Queens, Rihanna, Sia, and Solange with Beyonce winning the award which was presented by Alice Levine, Clara Amfo, and Laura Jackson.
British Video – Presented by Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger the winner of this award is One Direction for History with the other nominees being Coldplay for Hymn for the Weekend, James Arthur for Say You Won’t Let Go, Little Mix featuring Sean Paul for Hair, and Zayn for Pillowtalk.
BRITs Global Success – Presented by Naomi Campbell and Jonathan Ross the winner of this award is Adele. BRITs Icon Award – Last but by no means the least was the BRITs Icon Award which was won by Robbie Williams presented by Take That.