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HBO is loving the success of the controversial series Game of Thrones. It just set a new record for Germany for on demand kind of shows. They have reached over 2.3 million on demand request for the HBO series, which is a large increase from last year. HBO has better on demand offerings in other countries hence why their on demand request for it is so high. Last year only 1 million have requested the series on demand for reference on just how huge it has become. It more than doubled for the country within a 12 month time span. HBO has not released a statement on this news, but we’re pretty sure they are happy.
It is amazing that HBO has such a great track record. Earlier this summer it was announced that Game of Thrones actually surpassed HBO’s previous hit series, The Sopranos. This was huge news for the »
- Sarah Peel
ABC's new fantasy reality hybrid series, “The Quest,” is more than the nerdiest dream come true: It's an endearing blend of cinema magic and reality series tropes from the producers of “Lord of the Rings” and “The Amazing Race.” Clearly, the success of “Harry Potter,” “Game of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings” prove that there are all new levels of mainstream acceptance for fantasy productions. And there's certainly always been a large audience for stories of valor, magic and heroism. That's what “The Quest” hopes to tap into, but the show's major hurdle lies in getting the competitors to accept. »
- Jethro Nededog
It’s a hard life, playing a princess on Game of Thrones. Sure, you get some guaranteed screen time whenever someone gets married. Sure, there’s always the ambient possibility that you’re suddenly going to become the most important character 40 episodes after you get introduced. But Thrones has also made a habit of recasting some of its minor characters, aging them upwards or beardwards, clearly operating under the assumption that people can barely keep track of the show’s 5,000 characters already.
And so it was that Aimee Richardson—a day 1 Thrones cast member who played nominal Baratheon/actual Lannister »
- Darren Franich
Lions and tigers and sharks, oh my! Syfy's pop culture sensation Sharknado 2: The Second One absolutely devoured the world during last night's July 30 premiere, becoming the channel's most watched Original Movie ever with 3.9 million total viewers and 1.6 million Adults 18-49. The movie also averaged 1.8 million Adults 25-54.
At one point, Sharknado 2 held all top 10 trending topics in the United States. There were more mentions of Sharknado on Twitter than #MileyCyrus on the day of MTV's 2013 VMAs, #kimye on Kim and Kanye's wedding day and #transformers4, #thelegomovie, #godzillamovie and #22jumpstreet on each movie's worldwide premiere day.
In addition to the social media storm, Sharknado 2 soared 183 percent among total viewers, »
Syfy’s pop culture sensation Sharknado 2: The Second One devoured the competition during last night’s July 30th premiere, becoming the channel’s most watched Original Movie ever! Sharknado 2: The Second One (review here) gobbled up 3.9 million total viewers.
Out of those viewers, 1.6 million were Adults 18-49. The movie also averaged 1.8 million Adults 25-54. Additionally, Sharknado 2 delivered one billion (yes, with a "B") estimated impressions for Sharknado Twitter conversations. At one point, Sharknado 2 held all top 10 trending topics in the United States.
There were more mentions of Sharknado on Twitter than #MileyCyrus on the day of MTV’s 2013 VMAs; #kimye on Kim and Kanye’s wedding day; and #transformers4, #thelegomovie, #godzillamovie, and #22jumpstreet on each movie’s worldwide premiere day. It is the most social movie on TV ever and was more social than any episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Bachelorette," or "Survivor."
In addition to the social media storm, »
- Debi Moore
Last August, Syfy's "Sharknado" premiered to a, um, sharknado of Twitter attention, but almost no live audience. That appears not to have been a problem for Wednesday's (July 30) premiere of "Sharknado 2: The Second One." Syfy boasts that "Sharknado 2" drew 3.9 million viewers, including 1.6 million in the key 18-49 demographic. The original "Sharknado" drew under 1.4 million viewers total, so that's not unimpressive. In addition to rising 183 percent in total viewers from the premiere airing of "Sharknado," "Sharknado 2" was up 190 percent among adults 18-49 and 185 percent among adults 25-54. But the cable network was less interested in trumpeting the tangible ratings for the Ian Ziering/Tara Reid sequel and more interested in puffing up some social media statistics that -- let's be perfectly honest here -- are simultaneously imprecise and entirely unmonitizable. So let's celebrate some of those meaningless faux-statistics. Apparently "Sharknado 2" delivered 1 billion estimated impressions for "Sharknado" Twitter conversations. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Not-so-good news for Breaking Bad‘s Anna Gunn and Downton Abbey‘s Maggie Smith. Not since Huff‘s Blythe Danner strode up to the podium in 2006 has there been a repeat winner in the Emmy race for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.
If Emmy voters continue the trend of spreading the wealth in the category, Gunn and Smith — who respectively snagged Supporting Actress statuettes in 2013 and 2012 — will have to settle for the honor of simply being nominated.
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Syfy’s campy “Sharknado 2: The Second One” delivered a bigger tempest on social media than its first showing, scoring as the most-tweeted TV show Wednesday as users and advertisers looked to gleefully lampoon — and gain attention from — the cabler’s creature feature.
About 5.5 million people saw at least one of the 581,000 tweets sent about “Sharknado 2” on NBCUniversal’s Syfy on July 30, according to Nielsen. Tweets about the TV movie were sent by 188,000 unique authors and seen a total of 67.2 million times, the research firm said. The first “Sharknado” produced 318,232 tweets from 111,604 unique users for its initial airing in July 2013.
See Also: Syfy’s ‘Sharknado 2’ Scares Up 3.9 Million Viewers in Premiere
According to Syfy’s estimates, “Sharknado 2″ delivered a total of 1 billion Twitter impressions worldwide, with the made-for-tv pic at one point last night holding all top 10 trending topics in the U.S. That would mean there »
- Todd Spangler
If you're a cinephile who loves original artwork, you might already be familiar with the work of Joey Spiotto, known for his illustrated faux album covers paying tribute to movies like Wayne's World, Ghostbusters and more. But his latest work takes a cue from the classic children's book series known as the Little Golden Books and has been given a full exhibition called Storytime: A Little Gallery Show at Gallery 1988 East in Los Angeles. The show opens up on August 1st and features book covers honoring films like the timely Guardians of the Galaxy and other faves like Back to the Future and Pulp Fiction. Here's some of Joey Spiotto's movie pieces from Storytime: A Little Gallery Show (via SlashFilm): Spiotto has also done some pieces for big TV shows like "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones" and you can see those at SlashFilm. Otherwise, Storytime: A Little »
- Ethan Anderton
As far as Jon knows, he's Ned Stark's bastard son. But there's speculation that Ned lied about Jon's ancestry and he's actually the son of Ned's sister, Lyanna Stark, and Westeros' former king, Rhaegar Targaryan.
Game of Thrones' biggest unsolved mysteries
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- Sadie Gennis
Even if the movies themselves are nothing special, Ya adaptations always seem to have the best soundtracks. The best part of every Twilight film was looking at the accompanying albums to uncover some real gems (artists included The Black Keys, Broken Bells, Muse, The Bravery, Sia and St. Vincent, to name a few of many), while the Divergent soundtrack offered some great Ellie Goulding tracks.
The Hunger Games franchise, too, has been pretty stellar in terms of its musical stylings to date. The first film featured a rocking Kid Cudi song called “The Ruler and the Killer” in addition to some Arcade Fire and Taylor Swift, while Catching Fire incorporated Coldplay and The National for a more epic feel. Now, we’re hearing that the featured artist on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 soundtrack will be none other than “Royals” breakout Lorde.
The Grammy-winning artist will hand-pick each and every song for the soundtrack, »
- Isaac Feldberg
It seems obvious to say, yet it’s still a striking thought: A procedural drama, historically a staple of television, is unlikely to ever win another best series Emmy — and, indeed, will probably struggle even to get nominated.
That’s reflected in this year’s nominees — all of them serialized — highlighting an appetite for such storytelling that has permeated not just television, where it has found its deepest and most satisfying roots, but multiple forms of entertainment.
Indeed, modern-day film franchises have adopted a serialized approach, as evidenced by the book-to-screen successes that have become such lucrative annuities, from “Harry Potter” and “The Lord of the Rings” to “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games.” Where James Bond’s adventures were once crafted into largely stand-alone affairs, the latest run starring Daniel Craig adopted a trilogy-like connection more reminiscent of Jason Bourne than vintage incarnations of 007.
There are many suspects for why »
- Brian Lowry
If watching TV’s most prestigious dramas gives you wanderlust, there’s a good reason. More U.S. series than ever before are filming outside of North America, and it’s not simply a case of runaway production. Networks, especially the big guns in basic and premium cable, are embracing the unique value of shooting a show overseas.
Take HBO’s mega-hit “Game of Thrones,” Emmy nominated for best drama for a fourth consecutive year. The fantasy saga is headquartered in Belfast, Ireland, with a second unit based in Croatia and a cast made up primarily of actors from the U.K.
“We have been shooting here for four years going on five and we are still finding new locations for our kingdoms,” says executive producer Bernie Caulfield, who noted that the varied terrains and Medieval architecture necessary for the show would have been inconceivable in the U.S.
- Geoff Berkshire
“Downton Abbey” merits its best drama nom this year. Despite two previous nominations, the PBS period piece that broke the “Upstairs, Downstairs” mold has never won the Emmy in that competitive category. Season after season it compels: a combination of soap opera, fast-paced storytelling and cinematic production values, plus stellar ensemble acting.
The ratings for the Carnival Films/Masterpiece co-production — the highest rated drama in PBS history — underscore its popularity. Even competing against the closing night of the Olympics, the season 4 finale logged an average 8.5 million views, up nearly 4% from the final episode of season 3.
And, while executive producer Gareth Neame has in the past said the show he constructed with Julian Fellowes was like a warm bath, anyone who has seen the show since its inception would beg to differ. Recalling the horrifying bathroom episode in season 1, it’s a warm bath where there is a bar of soap »
- Thelma Adams
Girls‘ latest guest casting is sure to take the HBO comedy in an unexpected direction.
Actor/writer/director/producer Spike Jonze will appear in a Season 4 episode, TVLine has learned exclusively, playing a character named Marcos.
In addition to his extensive film work, both on and off-camera, Jonze’s TV credits include a recurring role on IFC’s The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret.
Oliver Davis reviews East of West #14…
“‘Warbound. The Endless Nation makes the first cut in the carcass once called America. The Apocalypse marches on in East Of West #14.”
Again, East of West jumps from one storyline last issue to a different one here. Sometimes, several months could go by without us ever hearing a peep from our favourite characters. In that way, it somewhat recalls the great American television series as of late – most comparatively the sprawling scope of Game of Thrones - focusing on characters and subplots at will, dedicating entire episodes to minor players. Eventually, this will make a compelling graphic novel, each distinctive issue being much more suited to chapters in a book. As a monthly series, however, the plot lacks drive and momentum.
In issue 14, we open on the aftermath of President Burkhart’s death, an event that happened two issues ago. In a neat flashback, »
- Oliver Davis
Being cast on HBO's "Game of Thrones" is hazardous. At any moment your character could be maimed or killed, usually without warning…although in hindsight it is always Always due their own poor life choices. But there is another threat. The threat of recast. Whether blowing through Gregor Clegane actors like tissue paper, finding a new Tommen Baratheon to take the throne, replacing Daario Naharis with a hotter upgrade, or just casting actors to replace previously used placeholders, no one is safe from the diabolical casting department. The most recent casualty is Aimee Richardson who played Princess Myrcella Baratheon for the first two seasons of the show. Shipped off to Dorne for "her own safety" by Uncle Tyrion, Myrcella's role is about to expand. To that end HBO decided actress Free Tiger Nell was a better fit for Myrcella's upcoming story arc. Upon hearing the news, Richardson took to social »
- Donna Dickens
At long last, a sequel to the 2000 martial arts epic Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is getting under way, with backing from The Weinstein Company. The cast is still incomplete, but with cameras beginning to roll this week, Glee actor Harry Shum Jr. has just been added in a lead role.
Penned by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) and directed by Yuen Woo-ping (Iron Monkey, Tai-Chi Master), the movie, once subtitled The Green Destiny, picks up the story 20 years after the events of the first Crouching Tiger. It centers on four heroes of the martial arts world — Silent Wolf, Yu Shu-lien, Tie-Fang and Snow Vase — who must use their courage and skills to keep the legendary sword Green Destiny from falling into the hands of the villainous Hades Dai.
- Isaac Feldberg
Tonight at 8:00pm ABC will premiere The Quest, a groundbreaking new reality television series from the executive producers behind such television and motion picture hits as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Amazing Race and Queer Eye.
The Quest combines intense competition challenges, narrative storytelling and cutting edge effects and prosthetics to conjure an immersive fantasy environment in which 12 real people are plucked from their everyday lives and transported to a fantasy world where they compete to save a besieged kingdom. Only one will earn the right to be crowned the One True Hero.
I had a chance to speak to one of the contestant's of the series, Ashley Guerrero, who is skilled in trick riding, archery and boxing. Here is what she had to say about the fantasy competition series.
How did you actually get involved? What was the procedure that you had to go through just to make the cut? »
- Kellvin Chavez
Source: Getty / Denise Truscello Rob Kardashian weighed in on recent negative remarks that ex Adrienne Bailon made about him and Keeping Up With the Kardashians. He wrote, simply, "Fdb" while retweeting his sister Khloé Kardashian's response. Rob and Adrienne broke up in 2009 after he cheated on her with another woman. Chris Pratt says his premature son restored his faith in God. He said, "It restored my faith in God, not that it needed to be restored, but it really redefined it." Russell Brand slammed conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity over his remarks on Gaza, saying he looks like a "Ken doll from Toy Story 3." Watch Russell's response below. April Millsap, a 14-year-old girl whose body was found in Michigan last week, reportedly texted her boyfriend saying she thought she was being kidnapped. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million in damages from the estate of Navy Seal sniper Chris Kyle. Jesse »
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