Normally, we do the My Favorite Scene column on Tuesdays, but I decided to wait until the weekend as it’s a special “Christmas Edition”. Christmas movies are a bit of a genre unto themselves, and it’s really tough to make one that doesn’t come off as treacly, preachy, or silly/depressing (depending on how your particular family is at the holidays). But, no matter if you’re celebrating this a religious holiday or just a blessed break from work/present orgy, Elf will work for all of you (and if it doesn’t, you’re stupid). Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Elf (2003) “Santa Fever”
HBO has announced there are 15 episodes left in Game of Thrones that will be broken up over two abbreviated seasons (during which Martin still won’t have it done). Due to harsh weather, filming on season seven has been delayed and the premiere date with it. Your next trip to Westeros won’t be until Summer 2017 for a seven-episode season. So savor the brilliance that was season six with this blu ray package, because we’re on hold a bit.
HBO Home Entertainment has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of Game of Thrones: The Complete Sixth Season. The release will be available for purhcase on November 15.
The most-watched series in HBO history and a worldwide TV phenomenon, Game of Thrones returns with another power season. This year, after the shocking developments at the end of Season 5 – including Jon Snow’s bloody fate at the hands of Castle Black mutineers, Daenerys’ near-demise at the fighting pits of Meereen, and Cersei’s public humiliation in the streets of King’s Landing – survivors from all parts of Westeros and Essos regroup to press forward, inexorably, towards their uncertain individual fates. Familiar faces will forge new alliances to bolster their strategic chances at survival, while new characters will emerge to challenge the balance of power in the east, west, north and south.
BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVE SPECIAL FEATURES:
- In-Episode Guide – Dig deeper into the show with this in-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations, and relevant histories.
Histories and Lore – Learn about the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves in 18 history pieces.
- The Old Way: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
- The Kingsmoot: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
- The Sunset Sea: narrated by Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbæk)
- War of the Ninepenny Kings: narrated by Brother Ray (Ian McShane)
- The Great Tourney at Harrenhal: narrated by Meera Reed (Ellie Kendrick)
- Robert’s Rebellion: narrated by Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau)
- Vaes Dothrak: narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
- The Dothraki: narrated by Jorah Mormont (Iain Glen)
- Northern Allegiances to House Stark: narrated by Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner)
- Children of the Forest vs. the First Men: narrated by the Three-Eyed Raven (Max von Sydow)
- Brotherhood Without Banners: narrated by Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye)
- Oldtown: narrated by Grand Maester Pycelle (Julian Glover) and Qyburn (Anton Lesser)
- House Dayne: narrated by Young Ned Stark (Robert Aramayo)
- The Little Birds: narrated by Lord Varys (Conleth Hill)
- Knights of the Vale: narrated by Petyr ‘Littlefinger’ Baelish (Aidan Gillen)
- House Tarly: narrated by Randyll Tarly (James Faulkner)
- Riverrun: narrated by Brynden ‘the Blackfish’ Tully (Clive Russell)
- Great Sept of Baelor: narrated by the High Sparrow (Jonathan Pryce)
ADDITIONAL SPECIAL FEATURES:
- The Battle of the Bastards: An In-Depth Look – Behind-the-scenes piece examining the production challenges of creating this epic event, including explorations of VFX, stunts, and interviews with key cast and crew.
- Recreating the Dothraki World – Behind-the-scenes piece looking at the creation of Vaes Dothrak and its importance to Dany’s evolution.
- 18 Hours at the Paint Hall –Follow all three shooting units as they converge in this behind-the-scenes snapshot of a day in the life of the largest show on television
Audio Commentaries – The most commentaries ever recorded for Game of Thrones, featuring:
- Episode 601: Director Jeremy Podeswa, Director of Photography Greg Middleton, and Daniel Portman (Podrick Payne)
- Episode 602: Writer Dave Hill, Michael McElhatton (Roose Bolton), Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Bolton), Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth), and Ben Crompton (Dolorous Edd)
- Episode 603: Director Daniel Sackheim, Production Designer Deborah Riley, and Dean-Charles Chapman (Tommen Baratheon)
- Episode 604: Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), and Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm)
- Episode 605 (2 commentaries): Gemma Whelan (Yara Greyjoy), Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy), Ellie Kendrick (Meera Reed), and Kristian Nairn (Hodor); Prosthetics Supervisor Barrie Gower, Camera Operators Chris Plevin and Ben Wilson, and Executive Producer Bernadette Caulfield
- Episode 606: Director Jack Bender, Director of Photography Jonathan Freeman, John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), and Hannah Murray (Gilly)
- Episode 607: Producer/Writer Bryan Cogman, Ian McShane (Septon Ray), and Natalie Dormer (Margaery Tyrell)
- Episode 608: Director Mark Mylod, Essie Davis (Lady Crane), and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)
- Episode 609 (2 commentaries): Director Miguel Sapochnik, Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), and Kit Harington (Jon Snow); Director of Photography Fabian Wagner, Visual Effects Producer Steve Kullback, and Visual Effects Supervisor Joe Bauer
- Episode 610 (2 commentaries): Executive Producers/Writers David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister); Special Effects Supervisor Sam Conway, Camera Operator Sean Savage, and Producer Chris Newman
- Deleted Scenes – Four deleted scenes.
68th Emmy Awards nominations announced
The Television Academy today announced nominations for the 68th Emmy Awards from the Wolf Theatre at the Academy’s newly-opened Saban Media Center. Television Academy Chairman and CEO Bruce Rosenblum joined Anthony Anderson and Lauren Graham at the nominations ceremony.
The 68th Emmy Awards, including the star-studded Red Carpet preshow, will telecast live from The Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Sunday, September 18 (7:00-11:00 p.m. ET/4:00-8:00 p.m. PT) on ABC. Emmy Award-winning live television and event producer Don Mischer will executive produce the broadcast hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.
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Game of Thrones Fifth Season was, to me, it’s weakest, and it broke the record for number of Emmys won, so see what I know. Fans of the show are frantically re-upping their HBO subscriptions so they’ll be ready for the return of the drama. Season Six, which begins this Sunday night, will take us beyond the written material published by George R.R. Martin. Book 6, The Winds of Winter, still is nowhere on the publication schedule and writer’s block is understandable, but Martin has no one but himself to blame. The definitive version of this epic for most fans will be the TV show. Sales of the rest of the series will no doubt be hurt by Martin’s inability to keep pace. Even though the show and books have wildly diverged in some places, people will figure, “Why bother?” when faced with an 1100 page book to which they’ve already seen the adaptation. It’s tragic and unprecedented, and part of me wonders if he really can ever finish it at this point.
We’ve been waiting five years to see these dragons really show what they can do. One of season five’s major plot lines involves Dany losing control over the city of Mereen. Trapped and cornered by enemies and betrayals, it looks like her reign is at an end. She is the Queen of Dragons indeed, and HBO did not disappoint in giving fans what they’d been waiting all these years to see.
Game of Thrones Season 6 has been kept under tight wraps by HBO, because it is the film in which the seasons pass the number of books George R.R. Martin has completed. Will he ever finish or will he just let HBO tell his story? It’s a cluster(naughtyword) unprecedented in adapting a work of fiction, that the adapter defines the original work of fiction. With the season premiere only six weeks out on April 24th, HBO has released a red-band trailer for season six. I’m eagerly anticipating my season five Blu Rays so I can be caught up, but never would I deprive you of a visit to Westeros. Also included is the super-creepy second teaser for the sixth season released a week or so ago.