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We have lots of information about Game of Thrones season seven, but perhaps the most exciting news of all came when we learned that Ed Sheeran would guest star on an upcoming episode. Yes, that Ed Sheeran; the Ed Sheeran who broke your heart with "Supermarket Flowers" and may or may not have hit Justin Bieber in the face. So . . . who will he play? That's complicated. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss love tossing musicians into the show, but they usually only get bit parts. Members of Sigur Rós, Mastodon, and Coldplay have all popped up, but their appearances are less than memorable. This leads up to believe that Sheeran will be little more than a background actor. Seeing as Maisie Williams is a huge fan though, perhaps he'll be in a scene with Arya? We're already excited for her. »
- Maggie Pehanick
Don’t be fooled into thinking that HBO plans to quietly wind down Game of Thrones just because of the reduced episode count; if anything, the final, truncated two seasons will give showrunners the ability to “break boundaries” through the use of cutting-edge CGI and new camera techniques.
That’s according to Kit Harington, whose Jon Snow quite literally received a new lease of life in Game of Thrones season 6. Now appointed King of the North, Harington has spoke at length about the monumental encounters that await in this year’s seventh season, and during a recent interview with the Huffington Post (via Comic Book), the actor touched base on the scale and scope of Game of Thrones season 7, and why it’s shaping up to be the biggest yet – even if it’s technically the shortest.
They spent an increasing amount of money on less episodes, so it’s »
- Michael Briers
Here's your Wtf news of the day: Game of Thrones has tapped none other than Ed Sheeran to be a guest star in an episode of the upcoming seventh season. Showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss announced the big news during an appearance at Austin's South by Southwest Film Festival on Sunday, saying that star Maisie Williams's love of the singer-songwriter was the reason behind it. "For years we were trying to get Ed Sheeran on the show to surprise Maisie, and this year we finally did it," Benioff told the crowd. Although Sheeran might be the biggest name Game of Thrones has snagged for a cameo, he won't be the first famous musician to take a walk through Westeros. Bands like Sigur Rós and Mastodon have popped up, as well as Coldplay's Will Champion and Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody. "A lot of [musicians] say they would like »
- Quinn Keaney
If you're a Game of Thrones fan who didn't like the idea of a short season 7, you're not going to love the latest news about the show's eighth and final season.
After announcing that season 7 will only contain seven episodes -- a break from the show's usual 10-episode schedule -- it was revealed on Sunday that the final season will only contain six episodes.
News: Kit Harington Says 'Much Grander' New Season of 'Game of Thrones' Has 'So Much More Ambition'
However, while the series may not go on for as long as many fans would hope, it was reported that GoT was originally planned as a 70-hour series, and will end up clocking in at 73 hours.
Aside from the truncated final season, Benioff also revealed »
SXSW: HBO considering spin-off to fantasy smash; musician Ed Sheeran to make appearance in Season 7.
Days after the announcement that Season 7 of Games Of Thrones will premiere on July 16, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss joined cast members Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner in an entertaining Q&A exchange on Sunday at SXSW.
Programmer Austin Nauert introduced the panel, expressing concern the highly anticipated event “might just break us.”
Despite the chaos within the crowded halls of Austin’s Convention Centre, where former Us vice-president Joe Biden was simultaneously speaking, the event went without any glitches, with key announcements including confirmation that Season 8 would comprise six episodes and that HBO was considering a spin-off show.
“We’ve talked about this, that we should all go on and do different things,” co-creator Benioff said. “I think HBO may well do a spin-off, but I think they should get new blood in.”
Co-creator Weiss added: »
This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly.
Game of Thrones is adding another musical guest star for season 7.
The producers said the “Shape of You” singer is a favorite of cast members and they have been trying to get him for awhile — and this season they did.
From Coinage: »
- James Hibberd
Mark Harrison Feb 27, 2017
“Last one to die, please turn out the light.”
The tenth anniversary of Children Of Men came at the end of a tumultuous year in politics. You don't have to look far on the web for thinkpieces about how the results of the Brexit referendum or the election of Donald Trump as Us President have brought us closer to the grim forecast of Alfonso Cuarón's superb dystopian thriller, but rewatching it now, the film feels a triumph of preparation rather than prescience.
Based on Pd James' novel, the film takes place in the year 2027, in the midst of a global epidemic of infertility. Britain has closed its doors to immigrants and refuses to acknowledge the status of 'fugees' as human beings. The day after the »
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