GAME OF THRONES Preview: Who Will Stand Together?

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HBO dropped a new GAME OF THRONES trailer during the show’s panel at Comic-Con today and the preview shows a look at the week’s ahead after the recent premiere. Daenerys has arrived on the shores of Westeros and has settled at Dragonstone where she is waiting to make her move to seize the Iron Throne. Cersei is not just going to roll over and let a usurper take the throne she has schemed to get for so long, so she wants to convince others to join her in opposing the daughter of the Mad King.

Meanwhile, Jon has become aware that Dany has dragons and a large store of dragonglass and he would prefer to make an alliance with her in order to stand against the army of the Night King. But there are some among his followers who don’t trust the Targaryens.

Now we have three major camps who could unite or fight in the coming days: Cersei, Jon and Dany.

GAME OF THRONES airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

GAME OF THRONES Season 7 Premiere Recap: Surrounded by Enemies

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Winter came for House Frey in the seventh season of GAME OF THRONES as Arya Stark proved that she’s not to be underestimated. It’s not enough that the young Stark killed Walder Frey in retaliation for the Red Wedding — Arya also disguised herself as Walder, called all of his kinsmen to a feast and then treated them to poisonous wine. After all, Walder wasn’t smart enough to kill all of the Starks so he was entitled to some revenge. Later Arya comes across a group of Lannister soldiers as she heads to King’s Landing to kill Cersei.

Meanwhile, there’s a storm rolling in in the North as the White Walkers ride for Westeros. At the wall, Bran Stark and Meera meet with the men of the Night’s Watch and Bran warns them that the White Walkers are coming.

At Winterfell, Jon is telling his gathered assembly that they need to start mining dragonglass and training to fight the Army of the Dead. There’s some tension between Jon and Sansa as they publicly disagree about how to deal with the treasonous families who sided with the Boltons. But Jon is the leader here and Sansa loses the debate because the “living north” needs to band together to survive. Later, Sansa warns Jon that he’ll need to be smarter than both Ned and Robb. Soon after a messenger brings a note from King’s Landing — Cersei is demanding House Stark’s fealty and Sansa warns Jon that she knows Cersei better than he does and he needs to address this situation. Littlefinger, meanwhile, is still stalking around at Winterfell and Sansa knows how important it is that they keep the Vale’s men, but she’s also eager to avoid Littlefinger’s advances.

We see the first conversation between Jaime and Cersei since the latter was crowned Queen and she warns him that Daenerys is sailing for Westeros along with Tyrion. Jaime is convinced she’ll head to Dragonstone (a former Targaryen stronghold), which means that Cersei is surrounded by her enemies: to the east (Dany), to the south (the Sands), to the west (the Tyrells) and to the north (the Starks). And to win this war they’ll need allies — that’s where the Greyjoys and their ships come in. Specifically Euron Greyjoy, who has come to King’s Landing for a queen. He’s also eager to take out his niece and nephew who sided with Dany. Surprisingly Cersei denies Euron’s marriage and alliance proposals, so he vows to return to King’s Landing with a priceless gift for her.

Sam may have travelled eager to Oldtown, but he’s finding his life there to be awful. Rather than studying to become a maester he finds himself acting as janitor and maid. But he’s also been reading some old books and he learns that there’s a mountain of dragonglass beneath Dragonstone (likely setting Jon and Dany on a collision course). Later he finds Jorah locked in a sick cell in Oldtown, although he doesn’t know who the man — who is asking if the Dragon Queen has arrived yet — is.

And at the end of the premiere we see Daenerys eagerly approaching Dragonstone in a boat. As she finally reaches Westeros she bends down to touch the sand. And then she enters the once mighty castle and comes across an enormous model of Westeros. “Shall we begin?” she asks Tyrion.

GAME OF THRONES airs Sundays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.

GAME OF THRONES and WESTWORLD Panels Coming to Comic-Con

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HBO is bringing two of its critically acclaimed shows to San Diego Comic-Con in July: GAME OF THRONES and WESTWORLD. Details regarding the panels and autograph sessions can be found below.

Friday, July 21

The GAME OF THRONES panel in Hall H at 1:30 p.m. will be moderated by a special guest from Westeros. Panelists include cast members (in alphabetical order) Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Jacob Anderson (Grey Worm), John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Gwendoline Christie (Brienne of Tarth), Liam Cunningham (Ser Davos Seaworth), Nathalie Emmanuel (Missandei), Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Conleth Hill (Varys) and Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark). Autograph signing is at 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 22

The WESTWORLD panel in Hall H at 4:15 p.m. will be moderated by internationally renowned vocal artist, beatboxer, musician and comedian Reggie Watts. Panelists include: creators and showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy; and cast members (in alphabetical order) Ben Barnes (Logan), Ingrid Bolsø Berdal (Armistice), Ed Harris (Man in Black), Luke Hemsworth (Stubbs), James Marsden (Teddy), Thandie Newton (Maeve), Simon Quarterman (Lee Sizemore), Rodrigo Santoro (Hector), Angela Sarafyan (Clementine), Jimmi Simpson (William), Tessa Thompson (Charlotte), Evan Rachel Wood (Dolores), Shannon Woodward (Elsie) and Jeffrey Wright (Bernard/Arnold). Autograph signing is at 5:45 p.m.

The autograph signings will take place in the Warner Bros. booth #4545. Warner Bros. follows Comic-Con’s ticket drawing/wristband distribution procedure for all signings. All ticket drawings and wristband distributions will take place in the morning of the day of the specific signing at the Sails Pavilion floor, between Ballroom 20 and Rooms 6A, 6BCF and 6DE.

GAME OF THRONES Trailer: Winter – and War – is Here

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For a long time GAME OF THRONES fans have heard that “winter is coming”. Now, however? It’s here. And so are a tremendous amount of battles, at least according to a new extended preview for season 7.

Jon Snow narrates part of the trailer, explained that families have fought together against a commony enemy in the past. “We need to do the same if we’re going to survive, because the enemy is real. It’s always been real.” The enemy appears to the White Walkers, which threatens everyone in Westeros.

Elsewhere, Daenerys is finally arriving on the main shores of Westeros to try and reclaim her birthright. But it’s unlikely that Cersei will let the Iron Throne go without a fight, which means a war between these two women is also inevitable. And what of Jon’s own claim to the throne, thanks to his recently-exposed Targaryen heritage?

GAME OF THRONES returns for a new season on July 16 on HBO.

HBO Renews VEEP and SILICON VALLEY

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HBO has officially renewed two of its comedy series, VEEP and SILICON VALLEY, for their seventh and fifth seasons, respectively.

VEEP has been a terrific success story for HBO, garnering 11 Emmys, with a record five wins for star Julia Louis-Dreyfus in the best lead actress in a comedy series category. The series also won the Emmy for best comedy series two years in a row. SILICON VALLEY, meanwhile, has won two Emmys.

One big piece of news accompanying the renewals is the fact that T.J. Miller won’t be returning for SILICON VALLEY for the new season as he will depart the show once the current season ends.

Both shows are in the middle of airing their currect seasons, which wrap on June 25. Both shows will return in 2018.

GAME OF THRONES Season 7 Preview: Surrounded by Enemies

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Cersei Lannister is surrounded by her enemies when GAME OF THRONES returns for its seventh season. With her husband and children dead, Cersei has taken over the Iron Throne.

But one has to assume that she will not hold it for long. Daenerys is approaching King’s Landing (finally!) and she is determined to take the throne that she believes is hers. In the North, Jon Snow has been recently crowned King of the North — but is he a contender for the Iron Throne as well?

Daenerys’ armies are clashing with Lannister soldiers in a new and longer preview for season 7, while we catch up with our various players. Littlefinger continues to scheme with Sansa, while Ayra is just trying to make her way home.

With only two shortened seasons remaining before GAME OF THRONES is finally done, the new season looks like it will be full of epic battles. After all, all the pieces on the board are moving towards one place and one final battle.

GAME OF THRONES returns for its new season on July 16 on HBO.

THE WIZARD OF LIES Preview: Robert De Niro Plays Bernie Madoff In the HBO Film

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Richard Dreyfuss took his turn playing Bernie Madoff on ABC and now Robert De Niro is stepping into the role for HBO. THE WIZARD OF LIES is based on the book of the same name by Diana Henriques and looks at how the fallout from Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme affected both the victims and Madoff’s family.

Michelle Pfeiffer stars as Bernie’s wife, Ruth Madoff, and Alessandro Nivola stars as Madoff’s older son Mark Madoff, who committed suicide.

THE WIZARD OF LIES will premiere on May 20 on HBO.

GAME OF THRONES Teaser Trailer: The Rivals for the Iron Throne

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A teaser preview for the upcoming season of GAME OF THRONES doesn’t really seem to contain much new footage from the season itself, but it does set up the three primary rivals for the Iron Throne.

In King’s Landing we have Cersei, who has lost her children and taken over the throne as the last of her late husband’s family. In Winterfell there’s Jon Stark, who has retaken the North and might be seeking the title of ruler of Westeros (particularly since, as fans found out, he has a more legitimate claim than we had suspected). Finally there’s Daenerys, who, last we saw her, was finally headed for Westeros proper.

Jon may not have been specifically seeking the Iron Throne when we last saw him, but both women are clearly desperate to rule, so throwing him into the mix makes things even more complicated (particularly since he and Daenerys are actually related).

Then, of course, there’s the one rival who threatens them all: the Night King.

GAME OF THRONES returns for its new season on July 16 on HBO.

THE LEFTOVERS Third and Final Season to Debut in April 2017

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HBO has announced that THE LEFTOVERS will return for its third and final season of eight episodes in April 2017. Created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, the drama series focuses on the ways ordinary people react to inexplicable events, following the lives that were forever changed when 140 million people inexplicably vanished from the face of the earth.

The cast of season three includes Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, Kevin Carroll, Christopher Eccleston, Scott Glenn, Lindsay Duncan, Regina King, Jovan Adepo, Janel Moloney, Margaret Qualley, Jasmin Savoy-Brown, Liv Tyler and Chris Zylka. Filmed on location in Texas and Australia, season three is executive produced by Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, Mimi Leder, Tom Spezialy, Gene Kelly, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey.

THE YOUNG POPE Teasers: Not Your Average Pontiff

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Jude Law is set to star in THE YOUNG POPE, a new limited series debuting on HBO in January. Law is Lenny Belardo, aka Pius XIII, is the first American Pope in history. The College of Cardinals executive a simple but effective media strategy to get him elected, but the new Pope proves himself to be mysterious and contradictory.

The first part of the ten-episode limited drama series debuts Sunday, January 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), and the second part the next night, Monday, January (9:00-10:00 p.m.), followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays and Mondays at the same time, exclusively on HBO.

The cast also includes Silvio Orlando as Cardinal Angelo Voiello, the Vatican’s Secretary of State; Scott Shepherd as Cardinal Andrew Dussolier, Lenny’s best friend and a fellow orphan-turned-cardinal; Cécile de France as Sofia Dubois, the Vatican’s director of marketing and communications; Javier Cámara as Monsignor Bernardo Alonso Gutierrez, the Spanish-born master of ceremonies of the Vatican; Ludivine Sagnier as Ester Aubry, a chaste beauty with an unshakable faith in God, who is married to a Vatican Swiss Guard; Toni Bertorelli as Cardinal Caltanissetta, who is an expression of the strongest powers and secrets of the Vatican; and James Cromwell as Cardinal Michael Spencer, Lenny’s mentor and one of the most influential cardinals in the Vatican.

Read on below for spoilers from HBO:

Episode #1: “First Episode” (Sunday, January 15)
Newly elected Pope Pius XIII (Jude Law), a.k.a. Lenny Belardo, defies expectations as he settles in at the Vatican to begin his reign. The youngest and first American pope in history, Lenny’s ascension was orchestrated by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Voiello (Silvio Orlando), who mistakenly believed the young pope would follow his lead on policy and protocol. Instead, Lenny shuns Voiello and tasks his confessor, Don Tommaso (Marcello Romolo), to share details on the private thoughts and motives of those in his inner circle. Meanwhile, as Cardinal Spencer (James Cromwell), Lenny’s onetime mentor, stews about being passed over as pontiff, the new pope flies in Sister Mary (Diane Keaton), who raised him since he was delivered to an orphanage at seven, to serve as his chief advisor. While Sister Mary urges Lenny to put aside dark memories and focus on leading his billion followers, the young pope shows no inclination towards making himself available, either to the College of Cardinals or to the masses.

Episode #2: “Second Episode” (Monday, January 16)
Sofia (Cécile De France), the Vatican’s marketing director, receives a surprise directive as Lenny (Jude Law) prepares for his first public appearance. While the cardinals await an audience with their new pope, Sister Mary (Diane Keaton) catches up with Lenny’s childhood friend Andrew Dussolier (Scott Shepherd), another orphan-turned-cardinal. Lenny reaches out to Cardinal Spencer (James Cromwell) to take over a high Vatican post, but the meeting doesn’t go as he hoped. Ester (Ludivine Sagnier), wife of a Swiss Guardsman, eagerly joins the throng of followers in St. Peter’s Square on the night of Lenny’s first public homily as Pope Pius XIII.

Episode #3: “Third Episode” (Sunday, January 22)
Baffled by the pope’s intentions and desperate to retain control in the Vatican, Voiello (Silvio Orlando) considers his options in the face of public reaction to Lenny’s (Jude Law) speech. In a press conference, Sister Mary (Diane Keaton) outlines the pope’s policy towards questions and concerns from the media. Elder Cardinal Caltanissetta (Toni Bertorelli) enjoins Spencer (James Cromwell) to put his resentment aside and accept Lenny’s offer. Moved by Lenny’s message, Ester (Ludivine Sagnier) is summoned by Valente (Ignazio Oliva), the pope’s aide, to meet her pontiff. Gutierrez (Javier Cámara) finds that his shared confidences with Lenny are jeopardized by a secret.

Episode #4: “Fourth Episode” (Monday, January 23)
Tonino (Franco Pinelli), a rural shepherd, appeals to the Vatican to recognize his miracle-working stigmata. Lenny (Jude Law) councils a nun whose sister is gravely ill in Sri Lanka. Ester (Ludivine Sagnier) is torn by a threat from Voiello (Silvio Orlando) and her devotion to the pope. Lenny makes a bold decision regarding a sex-abuse case in New York, deciding to send an unlikely envoy. A visit from the prime minister of Greenland (Carolina Carlsson) stirs Lenny’s musical sensibilities.

Episode #5: “Fifth Episode” (Sunday, January 29)
Voiello (Silvio Orlando) orchestrates a scandalous scenario designed to cripple the pope. Lenny (Jude Law) decamps with old friend Andrew Dussolier (Scott Shepherd), both in the present and the past. As his ornate papal tiara arrives, Pius XIII decides the time has come to address the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel.

Episode #6: “Sixth Episode” (Monday, January 30)
Nine months after being elected, Lenny (Jude Law) has a testy first meeting with the Italian prime minister (Stefano Accorsi), a progressive at odds with Pius XIII’s uncompromising vision of the church. Newly minted Cardinal Gutierrez (Javier Cámara) reluctantly moves out of the Vatican for his new assignment abroad. After a brief reunion with the faithful in Honduras, Dussolier (Scott Shepherd) assumes his new duties as Prefect of the Congregation of the Clergy, but is thrown by Lenny’s strict guidelines towards prospective priests. Voiello (Silvio Orlando) is questioned about the disappearance of Tonino (Franco Pinelli), who is looking to break from the church. Ester’s (Ludivine Sagnier) miracle comes true.