Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) has been one of the most formidable characters in “Game of Thrones” since its very first episode — a calculating and ruthless political operator who has outmaneuvered the many men her orbit who have underestimated her because of her gender.
But season five saw Cersei’s fortunes begin to change, after her youngest child, Tommen (Dean-Charles Chapman), ascended to the Iron Throne and married the equally cunning Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), a woman whose ambitions were just as lofty as Cersei’s and whose strategy was to beguile instead of intimidate. In Margaery, Cersei may have met her match, and after succeeding in getting her rival and Margaery’s brother Loras (Finn Jones) imprisoned by the Faith Militant, Cersei fell into her own trap. She inadvertently gave the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce) and his followers the power to imprison her for her incestuous relationship with her »
- Laura Prudom
Dark Matter: Syfy, 8pm
The show follows the crew of a derelict spaceship that awakes from stasis with no memories of who they are or how they got there.
Made in Chelsea: E4, 9pm
The episode is preceded by a special reunion hosted by Rick Edwards, before several of the cast take part in a Virtually Famous special at 10pm.
A bold new era has begun on "Game of Thrones". We are now (with a few exceptions) all on the same page. The major events book readers have kept under wraps for as long as they could, have played out on screen. With much of season five carrying the trend of diverting from the novels towards downright invention, the discussion surrounding the show has become more complex. Now that the show has delivered on many of this season's promises, there is a lot to talk about. No one will consider "Mother's Mercy" an optimistic or hopeful episode and Stannis (Stephen Dillane) sets the tone. After his horrific actions seem to have paid off in the form of a thaw, he is quickly dealt three massive blows that could only be interpreted as cosmic retribution. His men have abandoned him, his wife has abandoned him, and his lord has abandoned him »
- Michael Hindle
Cast your mind back to 1999. There was no new Doctor Who on TV, save four sketches: three by Mark Gatiss as part of a Doctor Who night on BBC2 and a fourth by Steven Moffat for Comic Relief, starring Rowan Atkinson, Jonathan Pryce, Hugh Grant, Richard E Grant, Jim Broadbent, Joanna Lumley and Julia Sawalha....
- Christian Cawley
Principal photography is underway in and around Toronto on the psychological thriller from Ambi Group and Paradox Studios.
As announced previously, Abbie Cornish, Diego Klattenhoff and Dermot Mulroney also star in the story of a photographer suffering from memory loss who discovers clues in her work that suggest she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had.
Long is cast as the psychiatrist who helps the woman recover her memory, while Klattenhoff and Mulroney play her husband and uncle.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
The daggers are out for Jason Schwartzman's novelist Philip Lewis Friedman in this acerbic comic character study that doubles as a rib-tickling guide in how to lose friends and alienate people. Indeed, it's the titular writer who is the architect of his own misery (not the critics) by treating people with disdain. Similarly, writer/director Alex Ross Perry challenges viewers by making his antihero so anti-everything.
Playing the erudite idiot is second nature to Schwartzman, having done so in films dating back to Wes Anderson's Rushmore, and it's hard to imagine anyone else hurling elaborate insults with the same devastatingly flat delivery. His arrogance is countered by a deliciously dense voiceover from Eric Bogosian who speaks with the air of superiority you would »
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
He was rumored, then in talks and now it's official - Eddie Redmayne has signed on to star in the lead role of Newt Scamander in the upcoming "Harry Potter" film series prequel/spin-off "Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them" at Warner Bros. Pictures.
Scamander is the foremost magi zoologist of the wizarding world who scours the globe for magical creatures to catalog in what will become the Hogwarts textbook of the title. David Yates helms the project which is scheduled for a November 2016 release. [Source: THR]
The Do Over
Paula Patton ("Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol") is closing a deal to join Adam Sandler and David Spade in the Steve Brill directed comedy "The Do Over", the second film in Happy Madison's deal with Netflix. Filming begins in July in Georgia.
- Garth Franklin
It should come as no surprise that critically-acclaimed series such as "The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" took home top prizes at the fifth annual Critics' Choice TV Awards on Sunday night (it's right there in the name of the event, after all). But there was plenty of love for popular shows, too, proving that quality programming is becoming more widely available and amenable to audiences during this so-called golden age of television.
"The Americans" and "Silicon Valley" each claimed high honors in the best drama and comedy series categories, respectively, and their home networks were the biggest winners of the night: HBO snagged seven statuettes, while FX collected four. "Silicon Valley" was among the shows that won multiple awards, with T.J. Miller taking home the trophy for best supporting actor in a comedy.
Freshman series "Better Call Saul" and "Transparent" also walked away with two trophies apiece, while new sensation »
- Katie Roberts
The fifth annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards were handed out Sunday evening at the Beverly Hilton, and HBO was the winningest network with a total of seven prizes, including three for its Olive Kitteridge miniseries.
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FX amassed four wins, while AMC, Amazon, Fox and Comedy Central picked up two apiece.
Among the more notable first-time winners, Empire‘s Taraji P. Henson came out on top in the drama actress race, while »
The 5th annual Critics’ Choice TV Awards took place Sunday at the Beverly Hilton hotel and aired live on A&E. “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deeley emceed the proceedings — and also found time to accept the prize for best reality host midway through the show. Despite playfully jabbing rival host Tom Bergeron during her intro by joking she’d purposefully gotten him relegated to one of the back tables in the ballroom, she was spotted warmly embracing the “Dancing with the Stars” mainstay during the ad break.
The first prize of the night went to “Better Call Saul’s” Jonathan Banks for best supporting actor in a drama, and the thesp also had the dubious honor of earning the ceremony’s first (but far from the last) bleep during his acceptance speech. The “Breaking Bad” spinoff later won a second award for Bob Odenkirk’s lead »
- Variety Staff
The fifth annual 2015 Critics' Choice Television Awards were handed out on Sunday night, honoring the best of the best in small screen entertainment. The award ceremony was presented by the Broadcast Television Journalist Association and hosted by "So You Think You Can Dance" Mc Cat Deeley.
HBO was the event's big victor -- the network picked up a total of seven wins. "Oliver Kitteridge" received three wins and was the most honored program of the evening. Get a complete list of winners below and find out if your faves came out on top.
Best Drama Series
The Americans" - Winner
Best Comedy Series
Silicon Valley" - Winner
Best Actor in a Comedy Series
- Alana Altmann
He’s currently making a huge impression on Game Of Thrones, but Jonathan Pryce is headed back to the big screen for a genre the Brazil star knows all too well – dystopian drama. He’s joined a new film called The White King alongside Fiona Shaw. The pair is now part of a cast that already includes Agyness Deyn, Ross Partridge and Lorenzo Allchurch. Alex Helfrecht and Jörg Tittel are making their joint directorial debut with the film, adapting György Dragomán’s novel. The White King follows what happens when a precocious 12-year-old discovers that his father has been abducted and imprisoned by the totalitarian state they live in.Deyn will be the boy’s mother, forced to investigate a world of propaganda suffering a gangs to reunite her family. The cameras should be rolling this summer in Budapest. Pryce, when he’s not causing problems for the residents of King’s Landing, »
Dystopian drama set to shoot this summer.
Based on György Dragomán’s novel, published in 28 languages, the film will follow a precocious 12-year-old coming to grips with his father’s abduction and internment at the hands of the totalitarian state he calls home.
Deyn will play the boy’s mother who must navigate a world of propaganda, abuse and gangs in order to reunite her family.
Munger has financed through Oiffy and a combination »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Directed by Miguel Sapochnik.
Short term vs long term, that’s always been Cersei’s (Lena Headey) issue. She’s too focused on the immediate satisfaction of revenge. That’s what you get with her spoilt, richkid upbringing. Even the recently passed, blind Maester Aemon (Flash Fact: only the show’s second death of natural causes) could see problems coming Cersei’s way.
After seven episodes of using their fundamentalism to her advantage, Cersei is realising the Sparrow-shaped monster she’s created (the Mountain-shaped monster, presumably, will come later on). Yet she somehow manages to maintain her fearsomeness. Despite her slender frame and pretty dress, it’s still intimidating when she shouts, “look at my face. It’s the last thing you’ll see before you die” at that Sparrow member. »
- Oli Davis
Written byDavid Benioff & D. B. Weiss
Directed by Miguel Sapochnik
Airs Sundays at 9pm Et on HBO
Winter is coming, and things will only get worse. At the wall, Jon Snow leaves on a mission without the full support of his men. Ignoring Ser Alliser Thorne’s advice, the Lord Commander follows through with his plan to free Tormund Giantsbane and join him in rescuing the Wildlings north of the Wall. Notice how the camera once again lingers on Ollie in the background, further proving my suspicions that the young boy can’t be trusted. Is mutiny on the horizon? Meanwhile, in the North, Stannis Baratheon and his army prepare to march on Winterfell, while Davos expresses his doubts. The winter is getting colder, the snow is falling down heavier, and Stannis’s army is marching slower as their horses die and the sellswords run away. »
A review of tonight's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I've dreamed I was old... "Bastards can rise high in the world." -Ramsay Before we get into "The Gift," I should note that I had the bad timing (or maybe good timing) to be on "Mad Men" duty last week when "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken" generated as much controversy and pure fan anger as any episode of the series ever has. When it came to Ramsay's rape of Sansa on their wedding night, there seemed to be three objections: 1)This was a fate the books had assigned to a minor character, and it seemed cruel to instead inflict it upon Sansa; 2)This was "Game of Thrones" again wallowing in sadism, and particularly of Ramsay's one-note variety; and 3)At a certain point, the editing of the scene suggested the show was more concerned with its impact on Theon than on Sansa. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Snow has never been a good thing on "Game of Thrones". This week's episode, sees snow falling, and falling hard, on many of the characters. "Winter is coming" may be the words of House Stark but everyone is starting to realize this is the stark truth. Even as we move south and across the Narrow Sea where it is still a bit too warm to snow, the specter of impending doom shrouds every interaction we see. "The Gift" is an episode that handles its darkness right. For me it doesn't reach the highs of "Kill the Boy" but is a marked improvement over last week's "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken". Let's dive in. We have to start by dealing with the repercussions of the closing moments of last week's episode. Several days have passed and Ramsay (Iwan Rheon) has been assaulting Sansa (Sophie Turner) every night. Bruises are visible all over her »
- Michael Hindle
Fans of religious horror can jump up and down (or..just pray??), with Scream Factory’s Bluray release of Rupert Wainwright’s 1999 thriller, Stigmata, a film that didn’t quite find its audience theatrically, but has since become something of a cult hit for genre lovers. How does the release hold up, compared to the titles we’ve come to love from Sf gang? Read on!
Coming out in 1999, Stigmata is a perfect example of the decadence in style and music that was quite big at the time. Larger than life clothes, hairstyles, and a soundtrack that just Screams the ’90s. Telling the story of Frankie (Patricia Arquette, A Nightmare On Elm St. 3, Lost Highway, Boyhood), a young and completely faithless hair stylist (aren’t they all?) who, after receiving the rosary from a deceased priest, begins to exhibit the stigmata. Her wrists bleed, she experiences visions, and »
- Jerry Smith
This week, we’ve got an insane amount of horror and sci-fi home entertainment choices getting released on Tuesday, including the latest from Scream Factory, Stigmata, and Kino Lorber is bringing us another Mario Bava cult classic to high-def in the form of Evil Ey,e and the recent horror comedy Zombeavers is looking to make a splash on DVD as well.
Anchor Bay is also unleashing The Vatican Exorcisms on May 19th and Olive Films is bringing a double dose of classic terror to Blu-ray with their releases of Peter Benchley’s Creature and It! The Terror from Outer Space. Indie horror fans have a ton of titles this week arriving on DVD to choose from and we’ve also got new high-def releases for both Poltergeist sequels and Terminator 2: Judgment Day too.
While vacationing in Italy, »
- Heather Wixson
Game of Thrones The Gift Trailer. HBO’s Game of Thrones: Season 5, Episode 7: The Gift TV Show Trailer stars Sophie Turner, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dillane, Peter Dinklage and Jonathan Pryce. This week’s Game of Thrones is almost Mad Men Trailer level vague. Events kicks off on the wall as Jon Snow is admonished for taking […] »
- Victor Stiff
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