After a record year in the ratings, the HBO hit also set records for piracy
HBO programmers called the decision “bittersweet” in a statement.
HBO has finally pulled the trigger on True Detective Season 3, with Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier on board to helm multiple installments alongside series creator Nic Pizzolatto.
Pizzolatto once again penned the entirety of the season, with the exception of episode 4, which he co-wrote with Deadwood creator David Milch.
The next installment of True Detective sounds like a return to the anthology show’s Season 1 roots, telling the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods. Read more…
Ah, Jaime Lannister. Longtime kingslayer, first-time queen betrayer.
Turns out that most of the biggest political maneuvers in Game of Thrones Season 7 finale were a farce. For all her apparent fear of the wight from beyond the Wall and waffling over whether or not to join the Great War, Cersei was full of it the whole dang time.
That was one of the bombshell revelations from the episode’s concluding sprint across Westeros: Cersei still gonna Cersei. She’s been a vile, duplicitous monster for seven straight seasons and, hey… she’s still got it!
Although she agreed to stand beside Dany, Jon, and their assembled forces to fight in the Great War, Cersei never intended to do anything of the sort. Instead, she sent punk rock pirate boytoy Euron Greyjoy off on a secret mission to retrieve the Golden Company mercenaries: 20,000 warriors — with elephants — who can defeat dragons, I guess? Read more…
The Iron Bank is equally generous to kings and queens.
Game of Thrones principal cast members Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) are making exactly the same per-episode salaries and bonuses, and have been since at least the beginning of this season, according to leaked documents sent to Mashable that purport to be the actors’ contracts covering Seasons 7 and 8.
Harington and Headey are the only principal actors whose contracts appear to be in the document dump from Friday, the sixth wave of files the HBO hackers have released since late July. Their contracts contain practically identical language — including a clause stating that no cast member can be paid more. Read more…
The leaks just keep coming.
The hackers responsible for the massive breach of HBO haven’t let up, and reached out to Mashable to share their latest exploits. And while the latest data dump doesn’t include any Game of Thrones spoilers, it definitely contains some information that the network wouldn’t want out in the open.
Specifically, what appears to be the login credentials for almost every single HBO social media account. Passwords for everything from @HBO, @GameOfThrones, and @WestworldHBO to various Instagram and Giphy accounts were in a text document provided to us by the so-called “Mr. Smith group.” Read more…
What is dead may never die — and what is Game of Thrones will never be defeated by leaks.
It’s been a rough ride for HBO recently. Like a White House administration that cannot stop leaking out of its “whatever,” the prestige TV mogul can’t seem to seal its faulty pipes. Yet somehow its most popular show stared those instruments of potentially devastating audience dropout and taunted: “What do we say to the god of death? Not. Today.”
Two weeks ago, hackers spoiled “The Spoils of War” by releasing one of Season 7’s most epic episodes a full two days before its official release. We urged true fans to wait until Sunday night to watch the dragonfire unleash — for their own good. Read more…
This recap is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 5, “Eastwatch.”
Two queens at war. Neither can see past each other to the far greater threat.
Each needs to be convinced, immediately, or this whole Westeros thing goes to hell. And so the many men beneath their heels must go forth and bring forth the evidence.
An adventure is required. A posse is formed.
Next up: A Westerosi Western.
That’s pretty much the grand equation of “Eastwatch,” episode 5 of this seventh season of Game of Thrones, a scattershot clockwork of updates and minor machinations, paltry plot pivots and pirouettes that had our heads spinning. Nothing happened, yet somehow everything changed. Read more…
To pay or not to pay? For HBO and other companies targeted by cyber criminals, that is increasingly becoming the question.
The network behind Game of Thrones is the latest victim of a massive digital breach, with hackers claiming to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data that includes unreleased show episodes, scripts, and internal company documents.
Now, the perpetrators behind the cyber heist are demanding a solid chunk of Bitcoin as ransom, threatening to dump the pilfered info online unless HBO pays up.
So should HBO pay the ransom? And what happens if it does?
One point five terabytes.
That’s the amount of data hackers claim to have stolen from HBO. It’s a cache that, at a minimum, includes unreleased episodes of various shows, at least one Game of Thrones script, and the personal information of a senior HBO executive. We know this because the hackers posted a sampling of the goods online, although the website listing download links quickly went offline.
But what else did they manage to get their hands on? And, anyway, just how much is 1.5 terabytes really?
An unsolicited July 29 email sent to Mashable, claiming to be from the attacker, only sort of helps to put things in perspective. Read more…
Years have gone by but we still watch reruns of Friends over and over (and over) again. Even if there are no signs of a show revival, we get by through this little silver lining—Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who played siblings on Friends, will be doing their own reunion for a new TV show. […]
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Sometimes life imitates art in the most perfect way: Larry David is actually, truly, literally related to Bernie Sanders—y’know, the guy he impersonated on Saturday Night Live because everyone thought they looked alike?
Turns out that David took part in PBS’ genealogy series Finding Your Roots recently and discovered that he’s distantly related to the Vermont senator, “he’s in the line… like a third cousin, or something,” David revealed at a panel promoting Season 9 of Curb Your Enthusiasm at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “I was very happy about that, I figured there was some connection.” Read more…
In the light of Princess Diana’s 20th year death anniversary, Prince William and Prince Harry shared a side of them that was never really shown in public as they work on an HBO documentary about their mother—Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. This being the first time they talk about her openly and in […]
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People went “crazy” over the season seven premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones.
Or so they say.
“Crazy” accounted for 8.9 percent of all emotional reactions (ERs) during the first episode, and “crazy” ERs spiked during singer Ed Sheeran’s cameo, driving 4.8 percent of all ERs.
What are ERs, and why does any of this matter? Well, if you were the producer of Game of Thrones, you looked at this data to evaluate how the show resonated and determined what to promote across social media over the following days.
The power of emotions, as a way to better connect with audiences and create fans, is the big bet of Canvs, a New York-based tech company that works with 90 percent of the TV networks in America—including HBO. Read more…
Sansa Stark isn’t in my top three favorite Game of Thrones characters. Many would agree that she didn’t start out as a likable character in earlier seasons. She was a naive brat who sided with the wrong people. Her character development was a slow progress, but progress nonetheless. Again, this is coming from someone who hasn’t warmed […]
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Game of Thrones‘ season opening episodes are almost never regarded as the best of their ilk. From the “Winter is Coming” pilot onwards, they’ve all suffered the same problem: too much scene-setting and checking in with characters is required for much of interest to actually happen.
This is not necessarily a problem — we’ve had some excellent, top-ten worthy Episode 2s spring from the solid foundation of that scene-setting. But you can also see why the showrunners — and their bosses at HBO — would be interested in making sure there’s as much oomph to a season premiere as possible.
Six seasons, five books, and too many differences to keep track of… so we’re narrowing it down to just one aspect: THE SEX!
So with no restraint on spoilers, here’s our totally NSFW Game of Thrones sex talk!
The Rock might seem like an obvious Hollywood action hero success story now, but even he had moments when the world doubted him, and he shares some of that struggle in a brief Instagram video he posted on Sunday.
They all tell brief parts of their stories of defying the odds to achieve success in a promotional video for the four-part HBO docu-series called The Defiant Ones. When it comes to The Rock, when he met doubt about his prospects in Hollywood, sports, and pro wrestling, he simply said, “Fuck that.” (Remember that steely resolve the next time you see him flash that warm, mainstream-friendly smile.) Read more…
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson can smell what Elizabeth Warren is cooking … and he likes it.
On Friday afternoon, the movie star tweeted this after it was revealed that the Democratic senator from Massachusetts was a big fan of the HBO show Ballers, which is basically Entourage but with sports agents:
In a segment for Full Frontal, Warren sat down with host Samantha Bee, where it was revealed the senator had a huge crush on The Rock—which, I mean, who doesn’t. Read more…
The next season of Westworld is still a long ways away, but that doesn’t mean the cast isn’t hard at work putting together the next installment of robots vs. humans drama.
We got our first sort-of-peek at Westworld Season 2 on Friday thanks to show regular James Marsden. The actor, who plays one of the pivotal robot characters on Westworld, took to Instagram to show off some of his gunslinging skills.
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