New Game Of Thrones Posters Are Dead Serious

Yesterday HBO’s Twitter account gave us a new sneak peek of what’s to come in the upcoming season of Game Of Thrones in the form of posters.

Sounds fun? It isn’t.

The posters show the head of each of the characters, including the ones already killed, with eyes closed in some sort of stone frame, as if dead.

The question is: What does this mean?

Can we expect all the main characters to die this season? Or are they just having a beauty sleep? Were they ever really alive? What is the meaning of life?

Game Of Thrones raises the deepest questions…
All I know is that it’s wickedly smart marketing and that I can’t wait until 24 April!

Photos via @GameOfThrones/Twitter

Iconic Authors Harper Lee And Umbert Eco Passed Away

Two of literature’s greats have passed away.

American author Harper Lee and Italian author Umberto Eco both died yesterday on the 19th.

Harper Lee was the writer of the Pulitzer Prize winning 60’s novel How To Kill A Mockingbird, dealing with the subjects of rape and racial inequality in the American South. It later became a critically acclaimed film with Gregory Peck.
Harper Lee never published another novel until last year, when the sequel Go Set A Watchman was released.

Writer, philosopher and literary critic Umberto Eco was probably most known for his 1980 best-seller In The Name Of The Rose. The book is a murder mystery taking place in an Italian monastery in the 14th century. It later became a successful film starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater.

Both authors were in their 80’s when they passed away in their respective homes.

Rest In Peace

Photos via svt.se & bbc.com

Oscars 2016 – Nominees

Yesterday the nominations for this year’s Academy Awards, aka Oscars, were finally revealed.

Mad Max: Fury Road and The Revenant were two of the most successful movies so far, with ten and twelve nominations respectively. What has become a talker is that only white movie people have been nominated this year. Nothing unusual.

Here’s the list of this year’s nominees:

Best Picture
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
Charlotte Rampling, 45 Years
Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Best Actor
Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
Matt Damon, The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
Rooney Mara, Carol
Rachel McAdams, Spotlight
Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl
Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Best Supporting Actor
Christian Bale, The Big Short
Tom Hardy, The Revenant
Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Sylvester Stallone, Creed

Best Director
The Big Short, Adam McKay
Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller
The Revenant, Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Room, Lenny Abrahamson
Spotlight, Tom McCarthy

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short, Charles Randolph and Adam McKay
Brooklyn, Nick Hornby
Carol, Phyllis Nagy
The Martian, Drew Goddard
Room, Emma Donoghue

Best Original Screenplay
Bridge of Spies, Matt Charman and Ethan Coen & Joel Coen
Ex Machina, Alex Garland
Inside Out, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley; Original story by Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen
Spotlight, Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy
Straight Outta Compton, Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff; Story by S. Leigh Savidge & Alan Wenkus and Andrea Berloff

Best Animated Feature
Anomalisa
Boy and the World
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep Movie
When Marnie Was There

Best Documentary Feature
Amy
Cartel Land
Look of Silence
What Happened Miss Simone
Winter on Fire

Best Foreign Language Film
Embrace of the Serpent, Colombia
Mustang, France
Son of Saul, Hungary
Theeb, Jordan
A War, Denmark

Best Original Score
Bridge of Spies, Thomas Newman
Carol, Carter Burwell
The Hateful Eight, Ennio Morricone
Sicario, Jóhann Jóhannsson
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, John Williams

Best Original Song
“Earned It,” Fifty Shades of Grey (Music and Lyric by Abel Tesfaye, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Daheala Quenneville and Stephan Moccio)
“Manta Ray,” Racing Extinction (Music by J. Ralph and Lyric by Antony Hegarty)
“Simple Song #3,” Youth (Music and Lyric by David Lang)
“Til it Happens to You,” The Hunting Ground (Music and Lyric by Diane Warren and Lady Gaga)
“Writing’s on the Wall,” Spectre (Music and Lyric by Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith)

For the complete list, visit The Oscars.

On 28 February we will know who the winners are. Hosting the show will be comedian Chris Rock, so I’m hoping for some fun and edgy comments.

Photo via theguardian.com

Best Of 2015

It’s always a bag of mixed emotions for me, the last day of the year.

On one hand it’s sad to say goodbye to the past 12 months of happenings, on the other hand it’s exciting to look foward to the unknown.

But before we do look forward, I am going to look back and list some of my favourite stuff of 2015. Now, I only name the new pieces I’ve actually taken the time to enjoy myself, so the list is obviously not very… complete, in that sense.

Best Film

“The Theory Of Everything”.
Because of Eddie Redmayne’s outstanding performance.

Best TV Show

“Game Of Thrones”.
Because it’s still the most gripping stuff on TV. And I have yet to see the last seasons of Mad Men and Downton Abbey…

Best Late-Night TV Host

James Corden on “The Late Late Show”.
Took over from the great Craig Ferguson this year and put his own spin on the show. Trevor Noah, who replaced Jon Stewart on the Daily Show, is good, but sadly not as charistmatic and brilliant as his predecessor.

Best Song

This was so incredibly hard. Impossible to decide really. So I mention some of the best instead:
“1000 X’s & O’s” (Prince), “Bad Blood” (Taylor Swift), “Hello” (Adele), “Sugar” (Maroon 5 ), “Uptown Funk” (Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars – although it was released 2014 already) and more…

Best Album

“1989” by Taylor Swift.
From end of last year, but is also part of 2015. Made the list because of strong pop songs and hardly any lackluster fillers. I wish I could name Prince’s two new albums instead, but they just contain too many bland tunes.

Best Music Video

“Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift/Joseph Kahn.
Because I can’t resist the overload of girl power.

Best Youtuber

Grav3yardgirl (also known as Bunny).
Kind of a tie between her and Shane Dawson. Love the goofiness, vibrant personality and simple video ideas. Also appreciate Bunny not being afraid to skip makeup.

Best Novel

“The Fortune Hunter” by Daisy Goodwin.
From last year really, but whatever. It’s almost like a better version of a Harlequin novel. Hence, not classic material for future generations, but an enjoyable read for everyone who likes history and romance. And strong female protagonists.

Photo via eluxemagazine.com

Game Of Thrones Shows What Is Coming Next Year

We’ve seen the new poster. Now there’s already more…

Yesterday the Internet was graced with a 41 second short teaser for the sixth series of Game Of Thrones. After just two hours the clip had almost 100 000 views. That’s how curious people are about what’s to come!

People seem to be right about Jon Snow playing a vital part next year, in one way or another. And another guy:

Yup, we’ll definitely get to see more of Bran Stark. And more action.

It’s always hard to tell by teasers how good or bad something will be, but the upcoming season does certainly look intriguing and doomsday-ish!

To be continued…

New Game Of Thrones Poster Suggests Jon Snow Is…

Spoiler Alert!

Yesterday came the day that many of us got a lot more sure of a certain theory. The theory that the Game Of Thrones character Jon Snow wasn’t really killed in the last episode.

Take a look at the new image:

This poster for the upcoming 6th season (April 2016) shows a bloody Jon Snow who is… alive?!

Well, the image doesn’t necessarily say if he’s alive or not, the eyes are closed and hidden, but it is certain that the character will play a major part in the new season! And we are obviously thrilled about that, because why wouldn’t we be!?

We still have several months left before we can see for ourselves, but Game Of Thrones has already managed to get us excited. What a tease!

 

Image via screencrush.com

Donald Trump On SNL This Weekend

It’ll be both hilarious and scary, for sure…

Republican candidate Donald Trump is going to host tomorrow’s episode of Saturday Night live! He’s been ridiculed numerous times and now it’s his turn to be part of the fun. I guess he’s OK with it… Talk about good publicity for both Trump and SNL!

I don’t know what to expect, but it’ll certainly be entertaining! But everyone’s obviously not happy about it…:

 

New Photo Of Jared Leto As The Joker

A (?) new photo has surfaced, showing the entire look of the Joker from the upcoming Suicide Squad movie! Jared Leto, who plays the Joker, got to be his character on a new cover of Empire magazine. He looks slightly different than previous versions, but still super creepy…

suicide-squad-joker-jared-leto-empire-cover

Yikes, don’t want to meet him in a dark alley! Will be interesting to watch on the big screen, though…

Will Smith, Ben Affleck, Margo Robbie and Cara Delevingne are some of the other actors we’ll be able to see in the film next year!

Stephen Fry Says Bye To QI

The tremendously successful host of the tremendously successful British panel show is about to bid us farewell.

Stephen Fry has announced that he will leave QI after the upcoming season. After hosting the show for 13 years, Fry felt it was time to move on. Understandably. The show will not end with him though, as it is only halfway through the alphabet (one letter per season). The person to replace Stephen Fry is comedian Sandi Toksvig, who’s been a guest on the show on numerous episodes throughout the years.

While I’ve found Toksvig to be funny and appreciate a woman being given the chance, it is really hard for me to imagine someone other than the ever so charming Stephen Fry hosting the show. As several fans have pointed out, Fry basically is QI! Wouldn’t it be better to just let the show end with him? Or maybe it’ll be refreshing to see Toksvig take on the job? We’ll just have to wait and see. At least Alan Davies seems to stay…

Stephen Fry’s last season, M, starts in the UK on Friday. Handkerchiefs anyone?

To reminisce, here are some good Fry moments:

There’s sooo much more, so just visit the Tube, will ya…!?

 

Photo via entervoid.com

 

The Martian Wins Over Peter Pan

American cinema-goers have shown that they prefer seeing Matt Damon in space than a new Peter Pan spectacle.

Joe Wright’s Pan has so far brought in 15 million dollars on its first weekend in the States while Ridley Scott’s The Martian won with 37 million this weekend. Since its premiere it’s brought in around 108 million dollars and globally over 220 million.

To read more about the US box-office, visit CNN.

Even though the Pan movie looks great visually I can’t say that I have any real interest in seeing a new version. Hook with Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman will always be enough for me! As a space lover The Martian intrigues me more and I’ll definitely pay my local cinema a visit! I’m also looking forward to The Intern and Spectre.