On Sunday, True Blood will kick off its 10-episode seventh and final season. The last time we saw the good folks of Bon Temps, Louisiana, things weren’t looking so good: Hepatitis V was spreading rapidly throughout the vampire population, Sookie and Alcide were a couple, and a group of hungry and infected vampires were on their way to ravaging Bon Temps. READ FULL STORY
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Welcome, lords and ladies (and smallfolk) to the final edition of this year’s Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis dive into season 4’s supersized ending, a feast of brawls and murders and missing minor characters. Check out James Hibberd’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A Storm of Swords (and beyond) below. (You know there’ll be spoilers for both the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY
Clatter! Clash! Sword fighting noises!! Welcome back to the Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Darren Franich and Hillary Busis take a deep dive into the episode-long Battle of Castle Black, an epic hour long on action but curiously short on just about everything else (whither Mance Rayder?). Check out Jame’s Hibberd’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A Storm of Swords (and beyond) below. (You know there’ll be spoilers for both the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY
It’s with heavy hearts that we welcome you back to the Game of Thrones TV Book Club, a discussion space for Thrones viewers who have also read the five books (so far) of George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. This week, Hillary Busis and James Hibberd mourn the show’s most harrowing loss since the Red Wedding, muse about Sansa’s slow transition into a fairy-tale villain, and ponder the small but important changes that made “The Mountain and the Viper” tick. Check out EW’s full recap of the episode, then join us as we venture into the narrative borderlands of A Storm of Swords, A Feast for Crows, and A Dance With Dragons. (You know there’ll be spoilers for the books and the show, right?) READ FULL STORY
How do you translate that headline into the guttural tongue of Essos’ nomadic horse lords?
Until this fall, you’ll find the answer to that question only by asking David J. Peterson, the linguist hired by HBO to spin an entire fake language out of the few Dothraki phrases that George R. R. Martin invented for his Song of Ice and Fire series. But when Oct. 7 rolls around, there will be another option: Living Language Dothraki: A Conversational Language Course Based on the Hit Original HBO Series Game of Thrones.
The made-up language lesson will contain “more than 500 [Dothraki] words and phrases,” as well as “never-before-heard material and words coined exclusively for the Living Language Dothraki course,” according to a release. And it won’t just be a glossary, either: “Like a traditional language course, users will learn vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and even cultural notes, which lay out context as well as dos and don’ts,” the release explains. “For example, since horses are so central to Dothraki culture, many phrases have their roots in the equestrian. Whatever you do, never call a Dothraki warrior an ifak (walker): the ultimate insult since it implies he can no longer ride his horse.” READ FULL STORY
Office Space: 2014 Edition — or HBO’s Silicon Valley — concluded its far-too-brief eight-episode debut season Sunday night, incorporating all the elements that make a Mike Judge creation great. Namely, the balance of high-brow wit and middle school humor was in full effect, with an epic debate about just how efficiently Erlich (T.J. Miller) could pleasure the TechCrunch Disrupt audience leading to a technological breakthrough. READ FULL STORY
You know him as one half of Darlton, one half of Lost – or maybe even “the guy that ruined Lost.” But there’s much more to Damon Lindelof, the creative mind behind big budget sci-fi films like the 2009 Star Trek reboot and Prometheus as well as ABC’s mysterious island drama. And as of this summer, he’s got another prominent venture to add to his resume — one that brings him back to the world of television, a place he basically left after Lost went off the air on 2010.
In anticipation of The Leftovers, which premieres on HBO on June 29, the New York Times Magazine did an in-depth interview with Lindelof that chronicles his life post-Lost, his upbringing, and the details on how he brought Tom Perrotta’s acclaimed story to life. Here’s what we learned:
The Normal Heart (which airs May 25 on HBO) is the story of a great love. Not just the one between Ned (Mark Ruffalo) and his boyfriend Felix (Matt Bomer), who’s dying of AIDS, or the one that finds both men fighting to keep their friends alive during the early 1980s, before anyone really knew what this so-called “gay cancer” was. It’s the one that starts with the HBO project’s creator, Ryan Murphy (Glee, American Horror Story), and his infatuation with something he read back in college. READ FULL STORY
Gird yourselves: The Comeback is really, truly coming back to HBO. And even though filming for the cult mockumentary’s revival just started, the show’s already tossing out plenty of tasty morsels to fans. Witness, for example, The Comeback’s very first tweet on its brand-new account:
When it comes to naming your kid after a character in pop culture, Game of Thrones rules.
The epic HBO drama inspired 1,135 Aryas, 241 Khaleesis, and 67 Daeneryses born in 2013, according to the the Social Security Administration’s list of baby names in the United States. Emilia Clarke’s character had inspired 146 baby Khaleesis and 21 Daeneryses born in 2012. Her power grows stronger!
Boys receiving GOT-inspired monikers included 15 Theons and five Robbs. Hopefully, it’s a long, long time before those little guys discover the fates of their namesakes.
In the list of most popular new girl’s names of 2013, the animated comedy Wreck-It Ralph made a strong showing — Vanellope, which was the name of Sarah Silverman’s character in that film, came out on top. It was given to 63 little girls in 2013 — and zero in 2012, according to Nameberry. The Hunger Games‘ Prim also made that list, inspiring parents to give the name to seven girls. Meanwhile, 17 Katnisses were born in 2013. READ FULL STORY
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