Game of Thrones Recap: "The Gift" Finally Gives Fans the Greatest Present Ever
Warning: major spoilers below! Do not read until you have watched Game of Thrones season five episode 7, "The Gift." It happened! It finally happened! Even though it still hasn't happened in the books! You guys, we could not be any happier that the Game of Thrones executive producers have decided to go so off-book this season, because they finally gifted us with something George R. R. Martin still has not in his novels: Daenerys Targaryen and Tyrion Lannister have met! Face-to-face! Yaaaassss! Obviously, this is going to have major ramifications on Dany's mission to regain the Iron Throne for the Targaryen house. With Tyrion by her side (if she chooses to trust him, that is), »
American Horror Story: Hotel's Latest Guest: New Girl's Max Greenfield
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It’s not clear how many episodes Greenfield will appear in, by Murphy’s ominous tweet hinted at an untimely end for his character.
This October, Max Greenfield (like you’ve never seen him) is checking in to the hotel….but not checking out. #AHSHotel
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) May 25, 2015
Josh Duggar Scandal: Michael Seewald, Jessa Duggar's Father-in-Law, Reacts to Molestation Allegations
19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar has received words of support from his sister Jessa Duggar's father-in-law, Michael Seewald, amid molestation allegations that have led him to quit his job and a speaking gig and for TLC to pull its hit family reality show from its schedule. In a 2,160-word post titled, "Grace Greater Than Our Sin" posted on his family's blog, Michael, 40, father of Ben Seewald, 19, and six other children, wrote that "the Seewald family stands with the Duggar family in solidarity" and "stand with the unnamed victims of these incidents. Our thoughts and prayers are for you." Josh, 27, had himself issued an apology, without addressing specific »
Exclusive: Behind the scenes on bringing Billie Piper back to life for 'Penny Dreadful'
When Brona (Billie Piper) was hastened to her grave last year on “Penny Dreadful,” fans knew it wasn’t the last they’d seen of the plucky Irish immigrant. But who knew her return would have her so disconcertingly unlike herself? Meet Lily and go behind-the scenes in the exclusive clip above to see how the Billie Piper was resurrected into the a doll-like Bride for Frankenstein’s Creature! Unlike the quick ten-minute make-up time for Brona, Lily has a much more polished and fragile look. Costume designer Gabriella Pescucci got to play around a bit with Lily’s look. Since the character is not of Victorian London, her costumes get to have a slightly otherworldly and childlike quality to them. Now that the cat is out of the proverbial bag, Showtime was also able to finally reveal Billie Piper’s character poster for Season Two! “Penny Dreadful” airs Sunday nights at 10/9c on Showtime. »
- Donna Dickens
Netflix Rumored To Want Gerard Depardieu For French ‘House Of Cards’
Netflix reportedly is courting Gerard Depardieu to play a French version of the conniving U.S. president played by Kevin Spacey in House Of Cards, according to Radio Europe1. Marseille would mark Netflix's first French-language production. Marseille would be produced in France by the French, Europe1 said. The idea has not been popular in France, with French filmmakers fretting that Netflix’s incursion on their home turf could hurt the industry as well as dilute the… »
Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow Wins Eurovision Song Contest in Front of 195 Million Viewers
London — Sweden’s Mans Zelmerlow won the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday in Vienna, Austria. The show attracted a television audience estimated at 195 million across 45 countries, including China for the first time.
Mans performed the power pop anthem “Heroes,” which was written by Anton Malmberg Hard af Segerstad, Joy Deb and Linnea Deb. The runner-up was Russia’s Polina Gagarina, who sang “A Million Voices.” Italy finished in third place.
The 27 finalists included Australia, which was taking part for the first time. The finalists performed live in front of an audience of 10,000 at the Wiener Stadthalle in the Austrian capital. This followed semi-finals, in which 40 countries took part, on May 19 and 21.
The show was a co-production between the European Broadcasting Union and Austrian broadcaster Orf. More than 1,600 journalists from 85 countries covered the event in Vienna.
After the contest, the ballots cast by Macedonia and Montenegro were »
- Leo Barraclough
Former Bunhead Emma Dumont Talks Coming of Age in NBC's Aquarius
The very first shot of NBC’s ’60s drama Aquarius, which premieres Thursday (9/8c), is of Emma Dumont‘s innocent face. When you see it, memorize it — because when her character comes into serial killer Charles Manson’s orbit a few scenes later, that innocence is gone forever.
“Everything that happens to her is so new and shocking and intense,” Dumont says of her alter ego, who also happens to be named Emma. The similarities end there. “She is very different from any role I’ve played before, in that she’s a lot younger than I am, and she »
Why ‘The View’ Badly Needs Raven-Symoné
So, in case you haven’t heard, it’s been reported that talks are underway with ABC and the producers of “The View,” for Raven-Symoné to join the show as a permanent co-host. It seems, in just a blink of an eye, that she has gone from the cute little Olivia on “The Cosby Show,” to her new status as everyone’s favorite crazy aunt. But the fact of the matter is that, no matter what you may think of her, and some of the wacky things she’s said (like being from “every continent in Africa” - see below), the network and "The View" need her badly. Why? Because of ratings of course. "The View" has been one of ABC's flagship programs since it first premiered 18 years ago, in 1997. However, it shouldn’t be any surprise that, after all these years, its ratings have gradually dropped. The network has »
Max Greenfield Makes Reservation For ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’
Max Greenfield has joined the cast of FX’s American Horror Story: Hotel, producer Ryan Murphy tweeted today, suggesting that Greenfield’s stay would likely be prematurely terminated. This October, Max Greenfield (like you’ve never seen him) is checking in to the hotel….but not checking out. #AHSHotel — Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) May 25, 2015 Murphy’s announcement of Greenfield (New Girl, Hello, My Name Is Doris) reinforce’s Murphy’s preference for Twitter a the producers… »
‘American Horror Story': ‘New Girl’ Star Max Greenfield Joins ‘Hotel’
This October, Max Greenfield (like you've never seen him) is checking in to the hotel….but not checking out. #AHSHotel
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) May 25, 2015
While Murphy did not indicate any plot details or how many episodes Greenfield has been booked for, he does hint in the tweet that things might not go so well for his character.
“American Horror Story: Hotel” comes from 20th Century Fox and production will begin this summer. It’s set to debut on FX in October.
- Alex Stedman
Ratings: Battle Creek Flat With Series Finale, Nascar Dominates Night
Leading out of a Madam Secretary rerun, the series finale of CBS’ Battle Creek on Sunday night drew 4.6 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, down 11 percent in audience while steady in the demo.
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Leading the sleepy holiday weekend Sunday was Fox’s coverage of the Nascar’s Coca-Cola 600, which did 6.1 mil and a 1.4 (from 7 to 10 pm Et).
PhotosOnce‘s Merlin, Empire‘s Own Iggy, Arrow‘s Darhk Foe and 26 More Homes for Stars of Cancelled Shows
Over on NBC, A.D. (4.3 mil/0.7) dipped 10 percent and a tenth, hitting series lows, while American Odyssey (2.6 mil/0.4) held steady. »
Nascar 600 Ratings Slow Down, ‘Battle Creek’ Ends Even, ‘A.D.’ Ratings Dip
The first Sunday after the 2014-15 television season officially ended was fairly light on originals with repeats all over the schedule and some intense NBA Playoff action over on cable. But that didn't mean there wasn't a finale on broadcast plus some very very fast cars and some ongoing freshman newbies on NBC. With the Nascar Coca-Cola 600 (1.4/9) dominating their night, Fox took the top spot both among adults (1.4/5) and in total viewers (6.12 million) on… »
Charter Nears Deal to Acquire Time Warner Cable for $55.1 Billion
Charter Communications is closing in on an agreement to acquire Time Warner Cable in a deal valued at $55.1 billion in cash and stock, sources confirm.
The deal comes a month almost to the day that Comcast abandoned its bid to acquire Tw Cable, the nation’s second-largest cable operator. And it comes nearly two years after Charter initiated an unsolicited takeover bid for Tw Cable that quickly turned hostile, with Charter going so far as to propose an independent slate of directors for election at Tw Cable’s 2014 board meeting.
Comcast’s stealth bid for Tw Cable, unveiled in February 2014, thwarted Charter’s aggressive efforts. But from the moment Comcast withdrew its $45 billion bid on April 24, all eyes were on Charter’s next move. The St. Louis-based cable operator has the backing of John Malone’s Liberty Broadband, which owns a minority interest but is known to be the driving »
- Alex Stedman and Cynthia Littleton
Charter Nears $55B Deal To Buy Time Warner Cable: Reports
Charter Communications and Time Warner Cable are close to a merger agreement that would see the smaller cabler pay $195 per share in cash and stock, Bloomberg reports. The deal which the Wall Street Journal valued at about $55 billion could be announced as soon as tomorrow. Charter would pay $100 a share in case with the rest in Charter stock, according to sources cited by Bloomberg said. Bright House Networks would also be folded into the Charter-Time Warner combo. The… »
Once's Merlin, Empire's Own Iggy, Arrow's Darhk Foe and 26 More Homes for Stars of Cancelled Shows
The month of May brought many TV show cancellations, but with the bloodbath comes a silver lining — many talented actors are now free agents.
So casting directors and producers, take note, because in this photo gallery we’ve cooked up some new roles for familiar faces from Forever, Hart of Dixie, Cristela, Parenthood, Stalker and other defunct series, on our current fave shows. (Some are Good, some are Vamp-y and one is just downright Super).
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We also found the perfect thesps to fill the roles of Once Upon a Time‘s Merlin, »
Czech Television’s Nazi Era Reality Show Accused of Insensitivity
London — Criticism is mounting of a reality show on air on public broadcaster Czech Television that purports to recreate life under the Nazis in a mountainous region in the Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia from 1939 to 1945.
“Holiday in the Protectorate,” which runs over eight episodes until June 13, takes ordinary Czech folk and asks them to play the part of a three-generation family living in a farm during the Nazi occupation. The family, which will receive 1 million Czech Koruna ($40,000) for their two-month “holiday,” have to contend with such challenges as intimidation from Nazi soldiers, interrogation by the Gestapo, fear of informers and blackmailers, food shortages and Allied bombing raids.
To ensure authenticity, the program-makers employed historians and a psychologist to advise on the recreation of events.
The show’s director Zora Cejnkova told the Ctk news agency: “The authors are aware that it is controversial to return to so turbulent a period. »
- Leo Barraclough
Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 5, Episode 7 Has A 'Gift' For You
Following last week’s bombshell final scene, this week’s “Game of Thrones” ("The Gift") was always going to be in a tricky situation. On the one hand, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have established the world as one that is just always going to be filled with horrible sexual violence, where murder and/or assault happen at nearly every single wedding (they and George must have some strong feelings about the institution of marriage). On the other hand, it’s so obvious that rape has become this storytelling crutch for them, this thing that they lean on to show deep, deep evil, or motivate female rage, bitterness, power. But it's such a loaded device, and they play very fast and loose with it, pretty irresponsibly at times. It’s very confusing and complicated to suss out without seeing the whole season and how it’s going to tie together. »
- Katie Walsh
After Years of Talking, Here's What Marc Maron Will Say -- And What He Won't
One of the first things Marc Maron said to Indiewire when we sat down over coffee in his Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park was "I'm not freaking out about anything." Read More: FX's 'Louie' Is an Important Show, But Is IFC's 'Maron' More Fun? And our half-hour conversation lived up to it -- after decades in the business and much discussed ups and downs, Maron seems almost zen-like about the current state of his career, which includes the return of his IFC series "Maron" for a third season, a vibrant stand-up career and of course, his podcast "Wtf," which just crossed the 600-episode mark. Below, Maron reveals what Academy Award nominee he'd like to bring on as a "Maron" guest star, the Fox pilot idea that never happened, the primary reason why he'll censor his podcast these days and the intricacies of balancing a TV »
- Liz Shannon Miller
'Game of Thrones': Does the High Sparrow Have Ulterior Motives?
Game of Thrones gave a little more context to one of its more enigmatic characters in "The Gift". During a series of conversations with the high and mighty of Westeros, the character of the High Sparrow crystallized. It appears that the religious leader is genuine in his mission and beliefs. It sounds great but like Olenna, we can smell a fraud from a mile away. This is Game of Thrones and things aren't what they always appear. Despite his protestations to the contrary could the High Sparrow still have ulterior motives? »
Best 'Game of Thrones' Quotes from 'The Gift'
For an episode titled, ?The Gift? this installment of Game of Thrones was pretty depressing. There were little nuggets of hope and brilliance in the dialogue and here are 18 of the best quotes from ?The Gift?. Click here for the full recap.
Official synopsis from HBO: Jon (Kit Harrington) prepares for conflict. Sansa (Sophie Turner) tries to talk to Theon (Alfie Allen). Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) waits for a sign. Stannis (Stephen Dillane) remains stubborn. Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) attempts to reconnect with family. »
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