16 items from 2016
Following February’s successful World Premiere at the Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival, Native, starring Rupert Graves (Di Lestrade in BBC’s Sherlock TV series) and Ellie Kendrick (Game Of Thrones and iFeatures backed ‘The Levelling’), gets its European Premiere at the East London Film Festival.
Native is the debut feature film for Liverpool born director and co-writer Daniel Fitzsimmons and his producer/co-writer Neil Atkinson (known to 1000s of football fans as the boundless host of the multi-award winning, independent Liverpool Fc podcast ‘The Anfield Wrap’).
Native is a stylish and cerebral Sci-fi drama about two travellers through space tracking a signal from the other side of the universe. They look like us, but they’re from a race of people who function without a need for feelings, emotions or for experience. Over the course of this arduous journey Native challenges you to consider what it might mean to be human. »
- Stuart Wright
Last night on HBO's "Game of Thrones," a character who hasn't been seen since the first season makes a surprising appearance. Benjen Stark (Joseph Mawle), Ned Stark's brother and former Night's Watch First Ranger, came in from the cold to save Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) and Meera (Ellie Kendrick) from the wights. Though he was presumed dead, Benjen explains he was stabbed by a White Walker and left to die, only to be revived with dragonglass by the Children of the Forest. Naturally, his appearance asks more questions than answers, leaving fans of the series to speculate about future events. EW sat down with "Game of Thrones" co-executive producer Bryan Cogman, who also wrote the episode, to expand on the secret behind his return, the reaction to Hodor's demise, the theatre troupe scenes, and more. Read More: Review: 'Game of Thrones' Season 6 Episode 6, 'Blood of My Blood »
- Vikram Murthi
Episode 6 of Game of Thrones "Blood of My Blood", does not begin with Hodor miraculously alive. The gentle giant is dead, but did indeed hold the door long enough for Meera (Ellie Kendrick) and Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) to escape into the woods. Bran is still in the trance. He sees a montage of the events that led up to this point. The White Walkers are front and center, but we do get a glimpse of The Mad King and his stockpile of Wildfire in the vision. This has to be an important set up for the eventual showdown with The Night King. He wakes up as they are surrounded by the undead. Meera valiantly covers him; a masked rider swinging a mace of fire comes to their rescue. He pulls them unto his horse and they escape into the forest.
(Spoiler alert: Do not keep reading of you did not see this week’s episode of “Game of Thrones”) This week’s “Game of Thrones” started right where last week’s left off. Meera (Ellie Kendrick) is dragging Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) through the snow, but isn’t having much luck. Bran, still within one of his visions, sees several moments from the past, including the death of the Mad King. When they are attacked by wights, a mysterious rider appears and kills them all. He scoops them up and takes them to safety. To the south, Sam (John Bradley-West »
- Joe Otterson
After Season 5 of Game of Thrones ended last summer, fans were entering new territory, since the show had caught up with the books written by George R.R. Martin. Some had held out hope that the author would be able to release his sixth book, dubbed The Winds of Winter, before Season 6 debuted last month, but that never happened and it remains unclear when the author will be able to finish this novel. George R.R. Martin was recently in attendance at an event celebrating author Joe Hill's new book, where he revealed that a recent twist on the hit HBO TV series will be written differently in his upcoming sixth book. If you haven't caught up with this season quite yet, there will be Spoilers below so read on at your own risk.
Shortly after tonight's episode of Game of Thrones, HBO released a preview for next week's episode Blood of My Blood, airing Sunday, May 29 at 9 Pm Et. Last week, the show released plot synopses for episode 6 and 7, which, as always, were quite cryptic, but this new teaser sheds some new light on the plot. Of course, if you haven't seen tonight's Game of Thrones, there will be plenty of Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
Over the past five seasons, there have been a number of villainous characters who have come and gone, and it seems to be a recurring theme this season that many characters are returning after lengthy hiatuses. The Blood of My Blood synopsis, courtesy of HBO, teases that an "old foe comes back into the picture," although we aren't quite sure who is being referred to. One of the villains it could be is »
Game of Thrones continues to thread seminal events in season one to tragic conclusions in season six. Episode five, The Door, answers two of the show's greatest mysteries. The White Walkers creators are revealed, as well as the tragic destiny of Hodor (Kristian Nairn); the benevolent, simpleton giant who has carried and protected Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright). This conclusion was a whopper. The sanctity of The Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow) is shattered as The Night King finally makes his move.
"The Door" begins with Littlefinger (Aiden Gillen) arranging a secret meeting with Sansa (Sophie Turner) in Moles Town. He is surprised that she has brought Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) as security. Sansa bitterly rebukes Littlefinger for delivering her into Ramsey Bolton's (Iwan Rheon) sadistic clutches. She no longer trusts him. Sansa recounts the horrifying abuse. Female characters are brutalized without recourse or discussion. This was a much needed moment in Game of Thrones. »
It may be hard to believe, but Season 6 of Game of Thrones reaches its halfway point with this week's episode The Door, airing Sunday, May 22 at 9 Pm Et on HBO. Some fans are still in shock over the fiery finale of last week's Book of the Stranger, making the short wait until The Door airs even more excruciating. To help ease your pain, HBO has released seven new photos, which offer some intriguing details, along with our latest look at the villainous Night's King. If you aren't caught up with this season yet, there will be Spoilers below, so read on at your own risk.
In one of the few early trailers released by HBO before this season debuted, one of the most compelling pieces of footage shown featured Bran Stark turning around to see the Night's King, which happens in one of these new photos. The Night's King first »
Before Season 6 of Game of Thrones got under way last month, we already knew a number of characters not seen in some time were making their return. The most prominent character was Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright), who wasn't seen in Season 5, along with Hodor (Kristian Nairn) and Meera (Ellie Kendrick) because their stories had already caught up with George R.R. Martin's book series. We also learned that others like Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan) and Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye) will be returning after lengthy hiatuses. Now it seems another long-missing character is coming back, Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson).
We haven't seen Rickon since the ninth episode of Season 3, The Rains of Castamere, which is also the episode where the brutal Red Wedding massacre took place. During this episode, Bran tells Rickon and Osha (Natalia Tena) to head for The Last Hearth, where the Stark's bannermen The Umbers will protect them, »
Brandon Stark may never walk again, but he has already begun to fly. Spoilers abound for season six episode two, ‘Home’, of Game of Thrones, in which after a season of rest and relaxation in the Three-Eyed Raven’s cold cave, the long-believed-dead Bran (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) has aged up visibly a couple of years from the plucky crippled boy we’ve followed ever since dastardly Jaime Lannister pushed him out of a tower window in the very first episode. We last saw him in Season Four finale ‘The Children’, after a long, hard-fought battle with long serving guardian Hodor (Kristian Nairn) and allied Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick) of the Greywater Crannoghmen, surviving the White Walkers to reach the ‘three-eyed raven’ who had guided his visions over the years, looking for meaning and destiny »
- Tony Black
Directed by Jeremy Podeswa
Written by Dave Hill
Finally showing back up after a year’s mini break on the other side of the Wall (chilly weather, sparse accommodation, but reasonable rates), Brandon Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) pops seamlessly back into the narrative as he continues his padawan learner training with Game of Thrones‘ Obi-Wan, Three-Eyed Raven, now in the legendary form of Max von Sydow (who hopefully will stick around longer here than he did in Star Wars: The Force Awakens). Last we saw Bran, at the very end of Season Four, he was told “you will never walk again, but you will fly,” which if you’re thinking sounds like quite a backhanded reassurance given Bran quite liked the idea of, y’know, walking, then don’t worry – now he can travel in time. How cool is that?! More accurately he can see through time, projecting he »
- Tony Black
Game of Thrones kicks back into high gear after a somewhat lackluster season premiere. "Home" is a hurricane of plot development for season 6, so stop reading this instant if you want to avoid spoilers. Fans everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief. The Great Stark Hope has not shed his mortal coil. Jon Snow is alive and back from the dead as he is resurrected by Melisandre (Carice van Houten) in the closing seconds of the episode. This was widely expected, but producers at HBO dragged it out as long as possible. I'm sure they took some pleasure twisting the knife in the fan base. Home also marks several shifts in leadership amongst the warring families, and the return of a Stark not seen since season four.
The episode begins in the far north beyond the wall. A much grown Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is in a trance with the »
Coming into Season 6 of HBO's Game of Thrones, fans already knew that several characters who haven't been seen in Westeros for quite some time, will be making their triumphant return. The most notable of these missing characters is Isaac Hempstead-Wright's Bran Stark, who will be featured in next week's episode "Home", airing Sunday, May 1 at 9 Pm Et. Today we have new photos from the episode, which also offer first looks at two more returning characters, Ellie Kendrick's Meera Reed and Gemma Whelan's Yara Greyjoy.
We last saw Meera at the end of Season 4, when she reached the weirwood tree with Bran and Hodor (Kristian Nairn). Before Season 5 debuted, it was revealed that Bran, Hodor and Meera wouldn't be featured at all that season, since their story had caught up to George R.R. Martin's novels. Bran has spent his time up north training with the Three-Eyed Raven (Max Von Sydow »
In ‘The Red Woman’ — the season premiere of Game of Thrones — audiences witnessed an hour filled with plot set-ups, unexpected character deaths, and last-minute magical reveals. Now HBO has released photos from the second episode. Entitled ‘Home,’ the photos indicate we’ll be spending a lot of time in the North. Warning: Minor spoilers beyond this point. If you were worried HBO would skip over the Wall for a week to check in on characters we haven’t seen yet this season, worry no more. Photos of both Alliser Thorne (Owen Teale) and Dolorous Edd (Ben Crompton) confirm we’ll at least be seeing the next part of the Battle for Jon Snow’s Body. Whether or not Melisandre will be back on the scene to drop some resurrection knowledge on the Night’s Watch — or if the show will choose the path of ‘Jon warged into Ghost’ — remains to be seen. »
- Donna Dickens
Whisky Galore! remake is Eiff's closing gala Photo: Courtesy of Edinburgh Film Festival The remake of iconic Scottish comedy Whisky Galore! will close the 70th edition of the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 26.
Inspired by Sir Compton Mackenzie’s 1947 novel, Whisky Galore! is written by award-winning screenwriter Peter McDougall and based on the true story of a shipwreck off the coast of Eriskay, in the Outer Hebrides, of a ship sailing for America with a cargo of export-only alcohol during the Second World War. The Scottish islanders, in the midst of a wartime drought of whisky, are determined to take advantage of an unexpected windfall despite opposition from the local Home Guard Captain.
Shot on location entirely in Scotland, Whisky Galore! features established names Gregor Fisher, james Cosmo, Kevin Guthrie, Sean Biggerstaff and Eddie Izzard, alongside newcomers Naomi Battrick and Ellie Kendrick.
- Amber Wilkinson
With less than one month until the Season 6 premiere of Game of Thrones, anticipation for these new episodes is higher than ever. HBO has only released one full trailer thus far, which debuted last month. But given how secretive the show has been leading up to this new season, it isn't known how much more footage will be released. While we wait for the next trailer, Entertainment Weekly has released six new photos, one of which gives us a better look at a brand new character, Max von Sydow's Three-Eyed Raven.
Max von Sydow joined the cast as the Three-Eyed Raven back in August, who trains young Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) to hone his "greensight," which allows him to see the past, present and future. Isaac Hempstead-Wright sat out all of Season 5, along with Kristian Nairn (Hodor) and Ellie Kendrick (Meera), since their story had caught up to the »
16 items from 2016
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