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Time for a Game of Thrones big rumor rundown. Below are eight misconceptions about the HBO hit's fifth season (and the show in general) that have been debunked to varying degrees. Disclaimer: Fans who read plenty of online Thrones coverage may already know these points as they've all been previously reported on EW.com and beyond. Who appears (or doesn't) in the season is discussed, but I'm deliberately not including any plot spoilers from the new season that have leaked, or otherwise adding anything new to the rumor mill. Still, if you wish to know absolutely nothing about season five »
- James Hibberd
With just under three weeks to go until its release, a new poster has arrived online for The Imitation Game, which features Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as British mathematician and World War II codebreaker Alan Turing…
See Also: Read our review of The Imitation Game here
The Imitation Game is a dramatic portrayal of the life and work of one of Britain’s most extraordinary unsung heroes, Alan Turing. The pioneer of modern-day computing, Turing is credited with cracking the German Enigma code and the film is a nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team at Britain’s top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British Establishment, but his work and legacy live on.
The Imitation Game is set for release in »
- Gary Collinson
Shared cinematic universes are all the rage now; and even the monsters are getting in on the act. Universal Studios confirms what has been rumored for a year now. There will be a unified film universe for the iconic movie monsters and Dracula Untold is the first volley in the game.
History is repeating itself. Back in 1931, Dracula (Starring Bela Lugosi) became a monster hit (pun intended) for Universal Studios and ushered in a slate of successful monsters franchises—Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature from the Black Lagoon. These monsters eventually segued into the first-ever shared cinematic universe. (Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman; the House of Frankenstein; the House of Dracula; and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein). Fast forward 83 years and once again, that Transylvanian blood-drinker is the first entrant in a shared monster-verse.
We’ve heard unofficially for months now that Universal Studios is »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
In an interview last week, the actor Charles Dance argued that the state of British TV is shamefully bleak, that there arent enough risks being taken in drama television in the UK and that the 80s represented TVs golden age.
Actually, we are living through a golden age of TV, and certainly British drama. This is drama that has to compete internationally. Drama that has to have incredible appeal, look amazing, with very high production values. Drama that says something about humanity, gives us insight, understanding, and entertains and intrigues. There have been brilliant examples of this recently, from Accused to The Honourable Woman, from The Village to Happy Valley. There has been incredible range as well, from The Fall to Parades End, from Utopia to The Hollow Crown, from The Hour to Broadchurch. »
- Dominic Savage
The Imitation Game, 2014.
Directed by Morten Tyldum.
English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing, helps crack the Enigma code during World War II.
Just when you think every possible battle, pivotal moment, and time period of World War II has been explored, something different comes along; a tale of a British mathematician and all-around super genius that played a crucial role in the Allies winning the war. His methods also paved the way for the creation of the computer, that thing some of you are probably reading this review on right now. Considering the importance of Alan Turing’s (Benedict Cumberbatch) contributions to history, my only question after the credits for The Imitation Game rolled was “Why has it taken so long for Hollywood to tell this fascinating and deeply tragic story »
- Robert Kojder
The tragic fate of British computer genius Alan Turing is the focus of director Morten Tyldum's engrossing biopic. Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a performance of pathos and intelligence as the genius mathematician and cryptanalyst who led the team which cracked the Nazi's Enigma code machine, turning the tide of the war, while hiding a damaging secret of his own. Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Mark Strong and Charles Dance round out a great cast in a moving and gripping portrayal of one of Britain's most unsung heroes. »
"Game of Thrones" is pressing rewind next season - the HBO drama is going back in time via flashbacks!
Executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently revealed, "Making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks. We already failed the first two, and this season we broke the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks."
What will those flashbacks be? Rumor has it that they involved the Lannister family, as fan reports indicated the show was casting a Young Cersei.
That jives with cryptic remarks made by Charles Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister. Last we saw Tywin, he'd been shot dead by his son, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). And yet, Dance hinted that we'd see him again in season 5.
"Well, I'm not completely missing out on the next series. More than that I'm not going to say," he said. But he couldn't resist! "You »
- Kelly Woo
Warning: contains spoilers for Doctor Who series 8 up to and including Flatline.
The article will begin after a picture of Daphne The Spoiler Squirrel. Only if you're ready for spoiler chat should you scroll past Daphne. She won't be offended either way.
"Clara. My Clara, I chose well."
Empiricism and Steven Moffat series arcs. We meet again.
The line above, said at the end of tonight’s Doctor WHo episode, Flatline, strongly implies that Missy chose Clara for something, which ties in with the on-going plot strand about the ‘Woman in the shop’ who gave Clara the Doctor’s number. It doesn’t, of course, confirm that it was Missy in the shop, that she was involved, or indeed even that it was Clara who was chosen.
Last night we brought you the news that season 5 would utilize flashbacks for the very first time in the show's history, and now Entertainment Weekly reveal that this flashback (so far there's only confirmation of one) will be the opening scene of the first episode. Due to a scene from the books, and taking into consideration comments from actor Charles Dance, this is believed to be a glimpse into Cersei Lannister's (Lena Headey) youth...though that has yet to be confirmed. More at the link below. »
Pretty cool eh? In addition, one of the show's creators David Benioff has revealed at a press event in Spain (where some of the images above were taken), that season 5 would utilize flashbacks for the first time. "Making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks. We already failed the first two, and this season we broke the third," he said. "So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks." What will they be? Well the books feature a Cersei flashback, and since actor Charles Dance has confirmed that we'll be seeing Tywin Lannister again, that's probably a safe bet for the show too. More images at the link below. »
When Spring rolls around and the crocus are starting to poke through the dirt, no one gives a hoot because Game Of Thrones is back on the box. The annual hysteria surrounding HBO’s highly-successful medieval fantasy series begins… well, I would say now, but it never really ends! (And let’s keep it that way.)
After season four’s last episode was broadcast earlier this year, eager fans have scrambled for any morsel of gossip on their favourite back-stabbing swines. Thankfully, there’s already been a host of official news items, and today we’ve got another one for you. For the first time in the show’s history, season five will incorporate flashbacks!
So what? I hear you ask. Well, traditionally, the show has refused to use them, despite the endless narrative possibilities they could offer such a complex series. Speaking out at a HBO event in Spain, »
- Gem Seddon
During a Q&A with film students at an event in Spain, it was revealed that they are breaking one of their cardinal rules set forth when they first started making Game of Thrones, by allowing a flashback sequence. Here is the translated quote from Los Siete Reinos, which isn't attributed to a specific producer.
"Making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams, or flashbacks. We already failed the first two, and this season we broke the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks."
(There will be a major Spoiler if you continue reading!!)
Entertainment Weekly reports there will only be one flashback, that will serve as the opening scene of the Season 5 premiere, »
We’ve been getting a few hints here and there about interesting changes coming to the Game of Thrones narrative in the upcoming season five, and now we more or less have confirmation of one of them. After a public event in Sevilla, where the show is filming, show producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss confirmed to the Spanish press that yes, season 5 would finally introduce flashbacks into the show. (spoilers ahead) This has been rumored for a while now, as Sean Bean has hinted it may be possible for him to return in a flashback as Ned Stark, despite his season one death. Similarly, Charles Dance recently said that it was possible he would be returning to the show as Tywin Lannister, despite his death at the hands of Tyrion Lannister last season. The show has all but completely avoided flashbacks as a narrative device so far, only dabbling in… »
After Tommy's life-threatening beating, he sets his sights on taking control of the southern racecourses and gaining the favour of aristocrat May Carleton. However, danger lurks in the form of Major Campbell (Sam Neill) and Darby Sabini (Noah Taylor).
The Great Fire: ITV, 9pm
This brand new drama consists of four episodes charting the destructive repercussions of the famous Great Fire of London in 1666, and the role of baker Thomas Farriner (Andrew Buchan) in the incident.
Also starring Game of Thrones cast members Rose Leslie and Charles Dance, tonight's episode introduces Farriner and focuses on the outbreak of the Great Fire, setting up the heart-breaking stories that follow.
Suburgatory: E4, 9pm
Suburgatory draws to a close tonight, »
This lavish business, written by ITNs political editor Tom Bradby, finds Boardwalk Empires Jack Huston as King Charles II in 1666, the year of the Great Fire of London. Under threat of assassination by Catholic rebels, Charles and his court sit at odds with the lowly existence of Pudding Lane baker Tom Farriner (Andrew Buchan), supplier of bread to the navy and smitten with his sister-in-law Sarah (Rose Leslie). Charles Dance also stars as the kings spymaster Lord Denton, with the brilliant Daniel Mays as Samuel Pepys. Bim Adewunmi
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- Bim Adewunmi, Andrew Mueller, Rachel Aroesti, Ali Catterall, Hannah Verdier
Written for the screen by Graham Moore
Directed by Morten Tyldum
The mysterious and secretive figure of Alan Turing has undergone something of a political and cultural renaissance in the UK over the past few years. A young mathematic prodigy, Oxford graduate, and cryptographer par excellence, he was ushered into the ultra top secret Bletchley Park programme during the Second World War and tasked with the impossible: to break the German military codes through a captured sequencer which could potentially offer billions of responses to any clandestine communication. Socially incompetent and ruthlessly dedicated, Turing willingly threw himself into the arena of cerebral combat, along the way erecting much of the intellectual and theoretical infrastructure of the modern computing world. But as a closeted homosexual his treatment at the hands of the authorities in the post-war period should cause the great British bulldog to hang its head in shame, »
Spoiled-for-choice viewers may be mistaken for thinking British television is in rude health right now, but hold that optimism the old guard are here to slap you down. At the weekend, John Cleese informed the Cheltenham literature festival that TV comedy is flailing. You dont expect anything great you turn on, you watch it for a few minutes and you think: Its fine, Ive seen something like this before and it doesnt excite me, he grumbled. Still, at least were good at documentaries. These days its a three-parter if youre lucky, or its a two-part series. I would like a stronger commitment and a belief in your subject, Sir David Attenborough told this weeks Radio Times. Oh. But what about drama? Were great at that. »
- Rebecca Nicholson
Get an explosive first look at ITV's new drama The Great Fire on Digital Spy.
The red-hot new series is based on the true events of 1666's Great Fire of London.
The Great Fire begins this Thursday (October 16) at 9pm on ITV.
Christopher Eccleston to lead new ITV thriller Safe House
Box Office Mojo is back – and how tons of information online can vanish when you least expect it By now, everyone who cares about movie box-office information is aware that the website Box Office Mojo, the Web's premier source of box-office news and data, is back online after disappearing for much of Friday and Saturday, October 10-11, 2014. During that period of total silence, Twitter was abuzz with speculations — a technical glitch? A hacker attack? An alien invasion? — lamentations, and eulogies. For a brief while, the ever-reliable (sarcasm) Wikipedia referred to Box Office Mojo in the past tense. How did it all happen? Well, some time on Friday, journalists, bloggers, and box-office aficionados noticed that Box Office Mojo was being redirected to an Internet Movie Database page featuring the latest box-office information — which, on that site, isn't either much "latest" or much information at all. But why would Box Office Mojo be redirected to the IMDb? »
- Andre Soares
The following contains spoilers for Dracula Untold and talks about specific characters as well as a character who never made it to the screen. If you haven't seen the film yet, don't say I didn't warn you.
Dracula Untold marks the end of a long journey for the script formerly known as Dracula: Year Zero. Its progress has been well chronicled here at Shock, since the film has been in development since the birth of this site back in 2007. Initially, it was going to serve as a directing vehicle for Dark City and I, Robot's Alex Proyas and, for a spell, Sam Worthington was circling to star as Vlad (aka "Dracula").
- Ryan Turek
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