TheWrapTheWrap http://www.thewrap.com Covering Hollywood Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:51:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 ‘Game of Thrones': Why ‘The Prince That Was Promised’ Prophecy Mistranslation is a Big Deal http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-why-the-prince-that-was-promised-mistranslation-is-a-big-deal/ http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-why-the-prince-that-was-promised-mistranslation-is-a-big-deal/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 09:40:41 +0000 Phil Hornshaw http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679669 (Note: This post contains spoilers for the July 23 episode of “Game of Thrones”, “Stormborn.”)

For season after season of “Game of Thrones,” several people in Westeros have been worried about a certain prophecy about the Prince That Was Promised, the mythical figure who will lead the world in the fight to defeat the White Walkers.

Melisandre (Carice van Houten), the Red Woman, spent most of “Game of Thrones” telling Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) he was the Prince That Was Promised. Obviously, that wasn’t true, since Stannis died. After that Melisandre thought it might be Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), since she managed to bring him back from the dead.

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But Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) added another wrinkle into the prophecy mix. In Episode 2, “Stormborn,” of Season 7, Melisandre made her way to Dragonstone to meet up with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), telling the queen about the prophecy. As she explained it in High Valyrian, however, translator extraordinaire Missandei noticed an error: The word for “prince” in Valyrian is actually gender-neutral, meaning the prophecy could be the Prince That Was Promised — or the Princess That Was Promised.

Misunderstanding the prophecy has already cost some people quite a bit (including Stannis — his head, in fact), and the fact that it’s vague means there’s no person in Westeros who it clearly refers to.

Fans have been doing their own translating of the prophecy, in fact, and that’s led to some additional theories about who’s really the Prince That Was Promised. As Reddit user byrd82 pointed out, several words in the prophecy could have been mistranslated, including the key terms “lord” and “light.” In Valyrian, those words are extremely close to the words for “hand” and “gold.”

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Who’s the hero with the golden hand? That’s right, it’s Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). (In fact, there are a bunch of fan theories about who the Prince That Was Promised actually is, from Tyrion Lannister to Davos Seaworth.)

Though this is the first time the possibility of the prophecy being mistranslated has popped up on the show, the “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels on which the show is based have delved into that territory long ago. The most pointed example would be in “A Feast for Crows” when Sam Tarly talks to Maester Aemon about the rumors of Daenerys and her dragons in Essos. Aemon believed based on that info that Daenerys fits the prophecy, and that it had been mistranslated as “prince.” Aemon tied the error not to the Valyrian word being non-gendered as Missandei says on the show, but rather that it should have said “princess” instead of “prince.”

There’s also the thought that the prophecy isn’t referring to a single person at all, an idea that is drawn from Dany’s adventure in the House of the Undying in Qarth. The “A Clash of Kings” version of that event is a bit different from what we saw in season 2 of “Game of Thrones,” they relevant difference here being a vision she saw of her dead brother Rhaegar in the book but not on the show.

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In the vision Rhaegar is with his wife, Elia Martell, and their baby son Aegon. Rhaegar says to Elia about their son: “He is the prince that was promised, and his is the song of ice and fire.” Then, noticing Dany standing there, Rhaegar adds that “there must be one more” and also “the dragon has three heads.” Some have taken that last bit to mean that the prince that was promised, also known as the reincarnation of the legendary hero Azor Ahai, is actually three separate people fighting for a single cause, possibly all Targaryens.

We know Danenerys is a Targaryen, and that Jon Snow’s real father was Rhaegar, making him fit that bill as well. Another big fan theory supposes that Tyrion is the third, via complicated theory that states that the Mad King is secretly his father (thus also being the real reason why Tywin hated him so much).

Even if those theories aren’t on-point, it’s clear from “Stormborn” that interpreting the prophecy is more art than science, and there are a lot of easy ways to screw it up. Maybe Melisandre should run the whole thing by Missandei just to be sure.

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Game of Thrones 101: Theon Greyjoy’s Biggest Moments (Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/theons-character-arc/ http://www.thewrap.com/theons-character-arc/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 06:00:41 +0000 Ashley Boucher http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1671849 Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) begins “Game of Thrones” as the cocky ward to Ned Stark. When Ned dies and Robb Stark leaves Winterfell, Theon gets a bit too cocky, and it’s downhill from there. But we saw him get redeemed in a few ways at the end of season 5 and in season 6… but did things go south in season 7? Here’s the story of Theon Greyjoy so far.

At the beginning of the series, Theon lives at Winterfell with the Starks. That’s because his father, Balon Greyjoy, was defeated by Ned and Robert Baratheon in the rebellion. It’s custom in Westeros for children to ward to ensure that the losing side will stay in check.

Theon is a ladies’ man, and visits the local brothel regularly. He’s proud of his womanizing–but it gets him into trouble later.

Ned is a kind and honorable man, and treats Theon much as his true (and bastard) sons. He’s best friends with the eldest Stark Robb, pictured here at his right hand. Theon tells Robb that Ned raised him to be honorable, too. When Robb decides to go to war after Ned is killed, Theon encourages it and optimistically thinks his father will help Robb.

Theon goes back home for the first time in 10 years to try to convince his father to help Robb. But he finds that he hasn’t really been missed in the Iron Islands — his sister is the new heir to his father’s place and he is encouraged to abandon the Starks. It’s clear it’s difficult for him to betray the Starks–they’re more family to him than his father ever was–but in the end, he tries to win back his father’s favor.

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http://www.thewrap.com/theons-character-arc/feed/ 0 Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) begins "Game of Thrones" as the cocky ward to Ned Stark. When Ned dies and Robb Stark leaves Winterfell, Theon gets a bit too cocky, and it's downhill from there. But we saw him get redeemed in a few ways at the end of season 5 and in season 6... but did things go south in season 7? Here's the story of Theon Greyjoy so far.

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Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) begins "Game of Thrones" as the cocky ward to Ned Stark. When Ned dies and Robb Stark leaves Winterfell, Theon gets a bit too cocky, and it's downhill from there. But we saw him get redeemed in a few ways at the end of season 5 and in season 6... but did things go south in season 7? Here's the story of Theon Greyjoy so far.

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At the beginning of the series, Theon lives at Winterfell with the Starks. That's because his father, Balon Greyjoy, was defeated by Ned and Robert Baratheon in the rebellion. It's custom in Westeros for children to ward to ensure that the losing side will stay in check. 

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At the beginning of the series, Theon lives at Winterfell with the Starks. That's because his father, Balon Greyjoy, was defeated by Ned and Robert Baratheon in the rebellion. It's custom in Westeros for children to ward to ensure that the losing side will stay in check. 

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Theon is a ladies' man, and visits the local brothel regularly. He's proud of his womanizing--but it gets him into trouble later. 

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Theon is a ladies' man, and visits the local brothel regularly. He's proud of his womanizing--but it gets him into trouble later. 

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Ned is a kind and honorable man, and treats Theon much as his true (and bastard) sons. He's best friends with the eldest Stark Robb, pictured here at his right hand. Theon tells Robb that Ned raised him to be honorable, too. When Robb decides to go to war after Ned is killed, Theon encourages it and optimistically thinks his father will help Robb.  

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Ned is a kind and honorable man, and treats Theon much as his true (and bastard) sons. He's best friends with the eldest Stark Robb, pictured here at his right hand. Theon tells Robb that Ned raised him to be honorable, too. When Robb decides to go to war after Ned is killed, Theon encourages it and optimistically thinks his father will help Robb.  

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Theon goes back home for the first time in 10 years to try to convince his father to help Robb. But he finds that he hasn't really been missed in the Iron Islands -- his sister is the new heir to his father's place and he is encouraged to abandon the Starks. It's clear it's difficult for him to betray the Starks--they're more family to him than his father ever was--but in the end, he tries to win back his father's favor. 

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Theon goes back home for the first time in 10 years to try to convince his father to help Robb. But he finds that he hasn't really been missed in the Iron Islands -- his sister is the new heir to his father's place and he is encouraged to abandon the Starks. It's clear it's difficult for him to betray the Starks--they're more family to him than his father ever was--but in the end, he tries to win back his father's favor. 

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So Theon's loyalty to Robb falters in season 2. He takes over Winterfell and threatens Bran and Rickon. He doesn't end up hurting the young Stark boys, but he does end up murdering two innocent farm boys and saying it's the Starks to show he should be feared. His sister doesn't think this is a good idea because Greyjoys belong on or near the sea, but Theon doesn't listen. 

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So Theon's loyalty to Robb falters in season 2. He takes over Winterfell and threatens Bran and Rickon. He doesn't end up hurting the young Stark boys, but he does end up murdering two innocent farm boys and saying it's the Starks to show he should be feared. His sister doesn't think this is a good idea because Greyjoys belong on or near the sea, but Theon doesn't listen. 

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When Robb hears of Theon's treachery, he allows Roose Bolton to send his bastard son Ramsay to retake Winterfell. This is where Theon's story gets real grimy. 

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When Robb hears of Theon's treachery, he allows Roose Bolton to send his bastard son Ramsay to retake Winterfell. This is where Theon's story gets real grimy. 

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Ramsay tortures Theon and forces him to be slave "Reek." In the books, Theon is replacing another "Reek." Theon is forced to take part in sadistic games with Ramsay and his lover Myranda, like hunting innocent girls with hounds. Oh, and Ramsay cuts off Theon's "favorite toy"--his penis--and sends it to his sister Yara. 

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Ramsay tortures Theon and forces him to be slave "Reek." In the books, Theon is replacing another "Reek." Theon is forced to take part in sadistic games with Ramsay and his lover Myranda, like hunting innocent girls with hounds. Oh, and Ramsay cuts off Theon's "favorite toy"--his penis--and sends it to his sister Yara. 

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Yara comes to the Dreadfort to rescue her younger brother, but it's a wash. Theon is so terrified of what Ramsay would do to him if he tried and failed to escape that he refuses to go with his sister. 

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Yara comes to the Dreadfort to rescue her younger brother, but it's a wash. Theon is so terrified of what Ramsay would do to him if he tried and failed to escape that he refuses to go with his sister. 

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Fast forward through more torture and creepy Ramsay-"Reek" baths. Sansa Stark--who was basically a younger sister to Theon at Winterfell--gets betrothed to Ramsay, against her will, of course. She is shocked to find Theon there, and in such a bad state. She's mad at him for killing her younger brothers, but Theon reveals to her that Bran and Rickon are still alive. 

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Fast forward through more torture and creepy Ramsay-"Reek" baths. Sansa Stark--who was basically a younger sister to Theon at Winterfell--gets betrothed to Ramsay, against her will, of course. She is shocked to find Theon there, and in such a bad state. She's mad at him for killing her younger brothers, but Theon reveals to her that Bran and Rickon are still alive. 

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Sansa and Theon end up creating a somewhat strained alliance. When Ramsay rapes Sansa, he forces Theon to watch. In the books, it's even worse. The girl was Jeyne Poole, Sansa's childhood best friend, and Theon was forced to participate. 

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Sansa and Theon end up creating a somewhat strained alliance. When Ramsay rapes Sansa, he forces Theon to watch. In the books, it's even worse. The girl was Jeyne Poole, Sansa's childhood best friend, and Theon was forced to participate. 

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Theon manages to overcome his fear of Ramsay and escapes with Sansa at the end of season 5. At the beginning of season 6, they're being chased down by Ramsay's hounds and are rescued by Brienne of Tarth. 

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Theon manages to overcome his fear of Ramsay and escapes with Sansa at the end of season 5. At the beginning of season 6, they're being chased down by Ramsay's hounds and are rescued by Brienne of Tarth. 

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Theon finally returns back home to find that his father has died and the Iron Islands are in turmoil over finding a new lord. He supports Yara in her claim, but his uncle Euron wins the Kingsmoot. The siblings instead go to Meereen to find Daenerys Targaryen and pledge their alliance to the Khaleesi. 

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Theon finally returns back home to find that his father has died and the Iron Islands are in turmoil over finding a new lord. He supports Yara in her claim, but his uncle Euron wins the Kingsmoot. The siblings instead go to Meereen to find Daenerys Targaryen and pledge their alliance to the Khaleesi. 

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In season 7, has Theon regressed? The second episode, "Stormborn," sees Theon in new dire straits after the fleet commanded by his sister, Yara, is utterly decimated by their evil uncle, Euron. At the end of the episode, Euron defeats Yara in single combat and has his blade to her throat. He challenges Theon to a fight -- with the implied threat that if Theon attacks, his sister will die -- and even calls Theon a "cockless coward." 

Theon struggles with this, and begins to assume a very reek-like pose, before leaping off the side of the boat. His act of cowardice (or is it?) prevents his sister from dying, but he's stuck in the ocean, alive thanks only to a stray piece of wood.

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In season 7, has Theon regressed? The second episode, "Stormborn," sees Theon in new dire straits after the fleet commanded by his sister, Yara, is utterly decimated by their evil uncle, Euron. At the end of the episode, Euron defeats Yara in single combat and has his blade to her throat. He challenges Theon to a fight -- with the implied threat that if Theon attacks, his sister will die -- and even calls Theon a "cockless coward." 

Theon struggles with this, and begins to assume a very reek-like pose, before leaping off the side of the boat. His act of cowardice (or is it?) prevents his sister from dying, but he's stuck in the ocean, alive thanks only to a stray piece of wood.

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‘Game of Thrones': Theon Made the Right Call (Commentary) http://www.thewrap.com/game-thrones-theon-made-right-call-commentary/ http://www.thewrap.com/game-thrones-theon-made-right-call-commentary/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 05:18:05 +0000 Phil Owen and Ross A. Lincoln http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679675 (Spoilers ahead for the July 23 episode of “Game of Thrones,” “Stormborn.”

In the closing moments of “Stormborn,” the second episode of “Game of Thrones'” seventh season, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) was dealt a major setback when her fleet, commanded by renegade Ironborn Yara Greyjoy (Gemma Whelan), was ambushed — and seemingly wrecked — by the fleet commanded by her uncle, King Euron Greyjoy (Pilou Asbaek).

The shocker came after an entire episode spent lulling viewers into a false sense of safety with fan service moment after fan service moment, but made all the more shocking by the final scene. Yara’s brother, Theon (Alfie Allen), who only recent escaped from slavery and abuse under Ramsay Bolton, has been valiantly defending their ship, slaughtering who knows how many of their attackers and miraculously surviving. Only in the end however does he come across Euron, who has bested Yara in single combat and has his sword against her throat.

“Come on you c—less coward,” Euron says. “Come and get her!”

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After a few seconds, a familiar, terrified look creeps into Theon’s eyes. He seems to be falling back into the cowering, servile wretch he was under Ramsay Snow, back when he was called “Reek.” He glances at his sister, then at the side of the ship they’re on. One more glance at his sister and the resignation in her eyes (and tear rolling down her cheek) says it all. He’s not gonna fight. Instead, he leaps into the ocean while Euron cackles with glee.

The response from fans was largely one of scorn. This could have been his big moment, but instead of fighting he ran way. The general sentiment was that he’s still the same old Theon.

But that’s a shortsighted way of looking at it, because Theon’s actions were more than justifiable. Not just justifiable, really, but his only workable option.

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Yes, Theon’s sideways glance, his shiver, his stoop, recall his “Reek” persona. Yes, we were meant to see him having been triggered by his uncle’s taunts. Yes, we were meant to think he abandoned his sister to a fate worse than death. But did he?

Euron probably didn’t attack Yara’s fleet in order to take her alive. More likely, he intended to make good on his threat at the end of Season 6 to kill her. No, he was there to capture Ellaria Sand, mother of the Sand Snakes and current ruler of Dorne, who murdered Cersei Lannister’s daughter. And maybe Tyrion as well if he happened to be there.

So, he bested Yara and had her at his mercy. But when very quickly after he found himself facing Theon — who it must be noted had probably killed more than a dozen people during the battle by this point — he paused. Certainly, Euron is a superior warrior to Theon. He’s demonstrated that numerous times. But, judging by the glee on his face at every moment in the scene, he loves fighting for the sake of fighting. He doesn’t just want to defeat Theon, he wants to humiliate him, then kill him.

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So it is that he taunts Theon for having been castrated, then clearly threatens to kill Yara in front of him. It’s almost a reverse of Ramsay Bolton’s cruel murder of Rickon Stark in Season six.

Theon must have known this. He must have realized that attacking Euron would only get Yara killed.

It’s important to remember also Theon has no particular love for his own life. He’s been essentially suicidal since escaping from Ramsay, both because of his shame over having been castrated, and his shame over having betrayed his best friend (Robb Stark). He’s been seeking redemption through death ever since.

And yet he didn’t rush into the sword of his crazy uncle, which would have certainly given him the death he craves. Instead, he leaps into the sea, leaving a gleeful, but apparently sated Euron and a very-alive Yara on ship.

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By fleeing, he saved them both, at least for a little longer.

It’s probably not a coincidence that at the beginning of this episode we got a tense moment between Daenerys and Varys in which the queen berated the Spider for all of this ruthless behind-the-scenes machinations over the past few decades — including that time when King Robert’s assassins tried to kill her back in season 1. Assassins given their orders by Varys.

Dany accuses him of having no greater motivation than looking out for his own skin. Varys insists that, because of his lowborn background, his stint as a slave and that whole thing with the wizard who castrated him, all he really cares about is the people. Not the noble houses, or kings. Just the people. And his long game has been about trying to make sure the folks who rule do right by them.

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The subtext there is that Varys is definitely the only person who’s been in a position of power who thinks that way. All the other high-ups are too concerned with their own personal drama to care about what happens to the regular people. Tens of thousands of people died in the War of the Five Kings, but that only ever mattered to said Five Kings in terms of military strength. They never really cared at all about the lives lost in their respective quests for power.

Which means Varys knows he needs to stay where he is, because there’s nobody else who can do what he does. The game of thrones is a very long game, with the highest stakes — if Varys wants to win, he has to be careful.

Likewise, if Theon wants to save Yara, and if he wants to defeat Euron, he can’t die on that burning ship. It may look like cowardice for him to run away there, but it’s really just the long game.

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Making those sorts of decisions is what all of “Game of Thrones” is about, really. The noble sacrifice isn’t really all that noble if you lose the war because of it. Living to fight another day may require making a distasteful choice but it also gives you options for the future. Remember: when you play the game of thrones, you win or you die.

In that moment, with Euron holding that dagger to Yara’s throat, Theon would at best accomplish nothing by charging in.

At worst, Dany loses the entire Iron Islander portion of her fleet because both he and Yara are dead — not all their ships were present for the battle, but it seems unlikely that the remainder of their Iron Fleet would continue fighting against Euron if he’s the only Greyjoy left alive in the world. Even if Euron killed Yara after Theon jumped, the fact that he’s still alive leaves a glimmer of hope. But Euron hasn’t killed Yara.

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Which means that this defeat could just be a major setback, rather than a crippling one. And Theon lives to fight another day.

Given all that, Theon did the only thing he could do. He made the right choice.

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‘Twin Peaks': All the Big Questions We Have Through Part 11 (Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/twin-peaks-the-big-questions/ http://www.thewrap.com/twin-peaks-the-big-questions/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:30:27 +0000 Phil Owen and Carli Velocci http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1642157 (SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not watch the first eleven episodes of Showtime’s “Twin Peaks: The Return.”)

At just under 18 hours long, the “Twin Peaks” revival is the longest David Lynch movie ever, so it’s only natural that we’re gonna have a whole lot of questions. There are, of course, lingering questions from the original series — but for now let’s focus on the many new questions we have so far.

What happened between Bobby and Shelly? We find out in Part 11 that Shelly’s last name is “Briggs,” meaning the two original series lovebirds married at some point. They even had a daughter, Becky. But we see Shelly making goo-goo eyes at a drug dealer named Red (Balthazar Getty), so they’re clearly not together anymore.

Speaking of which, what’s going on with that magic drug dealer anyway? This character, credited as Red, showed up at the Roadhouse in Part 2, where he shot a finger gun at Shelly. In Part 11, we learn he and Shelly are an item, since she excuses herself from a family meeting to make out with him and tell him she’ll meet up with him later. Then, in Part 6, he reveals himself as the person Richard is working for — and he does a bizarre magic trick with a dime that freaks Richard out something fierce.

Back to Part 11, we’re treated to a strange scene where Bobby goes to investigate gun shots and comes across a woman screaming in her car about somebody being sick. Then we’re introduced to a young girl in the passenger’s seat who’s practically leaking green fluids as Bobby looks on. Just, what?

In Part 10, the Log Lady once again calls Hawk to give him a message, which reads in part, “the Truman brothers are both true men, they are your brothers,” “the glow is dying” and “Laura is the one.” But what does it all mean?

We get a few more clues from the Log Lady in Part 11. Hawk is showing Sheriff Truman a “living” map that will help them on their journey. He explains that the fire symbol is like “modern-day electricity.” This was one of the things the Log Lady mentioned in her earlier prophecy, so could that all be connected?

Speaking of Laura, a vision of the dead teenager appeared to Gordon Cole at the door of his hotel room, just before Albert entered. Is there a connection to Albert at all? What was the meaning behind the appearance and what does it mean to Gordon? Will he pick up the Blue Rose cases again?

In Part 6, Albert (Miguel Ferrer) finally caught up with the woman Gordon Cole had wanted him to find to help with the mystery of the Coop doppelganger, and it’s none other than the Diane that Coop had been sending his case notes to in the original series (portrayed by Laura Dern). In Part 7, Diane seems to hate Coop something fierce, and when she meets Bad Coop in prison she asks him about the last time they were together — when something apparently bad happened. So what’s that bad blood between Coop and Diane all about, and what happened the last time they were together?

And then in Part 9 we discover that Bad Coop is texting cryptic messages to Diane. Is she working with him somehow, possibly against her will? Or is he just taunting her?

We learn in Part 10 that Diane is working with Bad Coop in some capacity, since Albert intercepted her response to him, which read, “they have Hastings. He’s going to take them to the site.” But how much is she working with him and what’s her end goal?

Additionally, Albert reveals that Bad Coop knows about the box in New York revealed in Part 1. More than that, at one point he was there, along with a bald man in a lab coat. What is the connection?

So, yes, that headless body belonged to Major Briggs, who Bill Hastings claims to have met in an alternate reality he and the deceased Ruth Davenport called “the Zone.” And he and Ruth found coordinates for Briggs in a “secure military database,” and after handing them over Briggs started to float away while saying “Cooper. Cooper.” And then Briggs’s head disappeared. Where do we even begin with this?

So… what is this an entrance to, exactly?

Luckily, when the FBI goes to the site — directed by Hastings — they do eventually find Ruth’s body. However, we still don’t know why her head and body were separated.

25 years earlier, Briggs had given his wife a small tube to hide until Bobby, Sheriff Truman and Hawk all visited together. The tub contained some cryptic instructions that only Bobby could understand, as well as a copy of the transmission from outer space that Project Blue Book had received 25 years earlier. The one that was a bunch of normal gibberish but with “Cooper/Cooper” tossed in the mix. Is the implication, then, that Major Briggs is the one who sent that transmission?

We should also note that the transmission, which Briggs showed Cooper way back in season 2, would have been sent before Briggs went into hiding. However, given that Briggs had not aged when Hastings and Ruth met him indicates that “the Zone” works differently than Black Lodge that Coop was locked in for decades. Could there be a time travel element in this?

Bill Hastings’s account of the night Briggs lost his head in the Zone is pretty unclear. He describes a bunch of other threatening people being there, one of whom attacked him and demanded to know his wife’s name. And somehow Ruth Davenport’s head ended up on Briggs’s body in the real world after Hastings returned. What exactly happened and who were those “others”?

So… what is this an entrance to, exactly?

Also, were the “others” the woodsmen Gordon saw in the room after he entered the Zone?

And why was Dougie’s wedding ring inside Major Briggs’ body?

By the way: Bill’s wife seems to have known Evil Doppelganger Coop — who murdered her in Part 2. Were the other people in the Zone working with Bad Coop somehow?

So it turns out, according to Part 9, that Duncan Todd (Patrick Fischler) is working for Bad Coop — and thus Bad Coop is the one sending assassins after Dougie/Good Coop. How much does Bad Coop know about what’s going on with Dougie? And why would Dougie need to use a guy who wears a suit and works in an office to hire assassins? He’s clearly got his own team of sorts with Hutch (Tim Roth) and Chantal (Jennifer Jason Leigh).

Meanwhile, somebody else is out to get Bad Coop, with the implication that it’s the long-missing Phillip Jeffries pulling the strings with Ray Monroe trying to execute the backstab. But what’s the point?

The Las Vegas detectives who are investigating the car bomb that blew up Dougie’s car are running Good Coop’s fingerprints (taken from the coffee cup he drank from), which should reveal that he’s a former FBI agent and not just an insurance guy from Vegas. But who else’s attention will the fingerprints draw? Will Coop finally be reunited with Gordon and Albert?

So we know now that after that out-of-context scene in Part 9 that Johnny Horne, the mentally disabled son of Ben Horne, is not dead after sprinting around their home and smashing his head against the wall. He’s alive — just badly bruised with his jaw wired shut — when Richard Horne comes to visit. But was the previous scene only to show that he’s incapacitated when Richard breaks in, or is there more to it?

Is it just a coincidence that Johnny knocked a picture of White Tail Falls off the wall? What is the significance of that?

At the end of Part 9, we see a young woman named Ella (Sky Ferrera) meet with a friend at the Roadhouse. She has a weird rash on her armpit, and she and her friend exchange weird sentences like “Have you see that penguin?” So, yeah, what does this have to do with anything?

In Part 1, our favorite otherworldly giant (Carel Struycken) returned to present Agent Cooper with some knew cryptic sayings: “Remember 430. Richard and Linda. Two birds with one stone.” We know now who Richard and Linda both are but what is their connection?

As Agent Cooper was journeying out of the Black Lodge toward reality in Part 3, he encountered the specter of Ronette Pulaski (Phoebe Augustine) in some new extra-dimensional space. She warned him that he needed to hurry because “my mother is coming” — possibly implying a new major paranormal force. And another thing the giant said was, “It is in our house now,” which maybe could be referring to that “mother.” But what is it?

In Part 8, we saw a floating woman with what looked like an umbilical cord coming out of her face — and an image of BOB appearing on the cord. So is this “Mother” the one responsible for BOB’s creation? And what did the first atomic bomb test in New Mexico have to do with all that?

Who is the woman in the evening gown (credited as “Senorita Dido” and played by actress Joy Nash) with the Giant in Part 8? They live on some part of the spectral plane and appear to have been monitoring that mysterious Mother somehow — and they apparently created Laura Palmer in response to seeing BOB’s face in the umbilical cord. So… what’s all that?

What’s the deal with the hobo ghosts? We’d seen them a couple times in the “Twin Peaks” revival in random spots, but they were front and center in Part 8, seemingly resurrecting Bad Coop and then showing up all over New Mexico in the 1940s and ’50s. But what did they actually do? And where did they come from? Did the atomic bomb test bring them into this world from the Lodge?

Who was the girl in New Mexico? The frog bug thing, which we believe is BOB, crawled into her mouth, but we have no idea who she is. Sarah Palmer maybe? Could the bug actually be the Laura spirit rather than BOB?

In that other dimension with Ronette and the woman (listed in the credits as “Naidu”) whose eyes were covered in flesh, we see a couple of strange machines — one labeled 15 and the other, which transported Coop to the real world, labeled 3. Later, Coop finds a hotel key from the Great Northern in Twin Peaks for room 315, which is the room Coop stayed in during the original series. So what does all that mean?

Near the end of Part 5, we see a creepy man (Eamon Farren) at the Roadhouse hand someone a cigarette pack filled with money and then assaults a girl who asked him for a light. In part 6 he appears to be trafficking cocaine, and he runs over a child with his truck. The credits list this character as “Richard Horne.” So he’s part of the Horne family — revealed to be Sylvia Horne’s grandson so most likely Audrey’s son — but what’s his deal?

In Part 7, Sheriff Truman calls up Dr. Hayward to ask him about the night Evil Doppelganger Coop came out of the Lodge at the end of season 2. Dr. Hawyard says he took Coop to the hospital for a work-up, and then later found him in Intensive Care with that “strange face” (presumably when BOB shows through). He speculates that Coop was checking on Audrey, who was in a coma after the explosion at the bank. Might that imply that Bad Coop sexually assaulted Audrey? Could Richard Horne be Bad Coop’s son?

In Part 6, Hawk took apart one of the bathroom stall doors and discovered three missing pages from Laura Palmer’s diary — including the page on which she wrote the supernatural message from Annie from “Fire Walk With Me.” Hawk speculates in Part 7 that Leland Palmer hid them there when they brought him in for questioning for Jacques Renault’s murder. But where’s the other missing page, and what does it say?

So where the hell is Annie now anyway? Heather Graham has said she wasn’t returning for the “Twin Peaks” revival, which could be misdirection — or it could mean she’s dead or missing or some other nefarious “Twin Peaks” thing. We’ve had multiple reminders of her important role in the past, though, which would seem to imply she’s still important now, in some way.

What is this black box sitting in an ashtray in Buenos Aires? In Part 5 we see it twice, first when the assassins trying to kill Dougie Jones report in to a woman named Lorraine, who then calls the box. Then, later, Bad Coop seemingly also calls the box from prison, after which it morphs into a small piece of metal. Also, Phillip Jeffries (David Bowie) is said to have disappeared from Buenos Aires in “Fire Walk With Me.” And Rosenfield says Bad Coop and Jeffries worked together on a thing together in Colombia at some point? So what does all this mean and how do the dots connect?

What was that weird hum/ringing sound that Ben Horne and Beverly Paige heard in the Great Northern in Part 7? It seems to be coming from everywhere and nowhere — could this be Josie Packard continuing to haunt the place? Remember, Ben Horne previously saw her face in a drawer pull in season 2 after she died.

Does the Linda the Giant mentioned live at the Fat Trout Trailer Park? In Part 6, someone else from the trailer park tags along with Carl Rodd into town because he needs to get the mail from the post office for a woman named Linda, who he mentions has to use a wheelchair to get around. Is that the Linda?

While Carl is in town, he has a sort of encounter with Richard Horne, when he witnesses Richard plows over a young boy with his truck. In a weird way, we could consider this Carl’s “Richard and Linda” day, though that could be a reach. Also, Carl seemingly saw the boy’s soul float away after he died — we know that Carl likely was taken to the Lodge when he was young, but why would a Lodge-related vision manifest for him now?

What will finally bring Coop out of his funk? In Part 6 we see some positive signs, as his detective instincts kick in as he marks up some insurance paperwork with what initially seems like nonsense — until his boss takes a look and totally gets what Coop was doing. Then in Part 7, Coop reflexively disarms Ike the Spike when he comes to kill Coop, his FBI training seemingly kicking in at the right moment. MIKE appeared again in Part 6 to try to wake Coop up, so it would seem there’s a meaningful amount of urgency to this.

Late in Part 5, we see Agent Preston apparently comparing the fingerprints of Coop from back in the day to those of Evil Coop from prison. All but one of the fingers has the same print — Albert notes in Part 7 that the print for Bad Coop’s left ring finger is reversed. Gordon Cole notes that that finger is the “spiritual finger,” and reminds us that when Bad Coop greeted Gordon and Albert in Part 4 he reversed the word “very.” What does all that mean?

So while everybody thinks the real Coop is somebody named Dougie Jones, the real Dougie Jones is gone now, having been turned into a ball bearing after taking the real Coop’s place in the Black Lodge. MIKE says Dougie was “manufactured” for the purpose of that swap, but by whom? And why?

There have been a couple mentions of “blue rose” in the new season — first by the ghostly visage of Major Briggs floating through space and later by Agent Rosenfield. The blue rose refers to a type of FBI investigation — the Teresa Banks case in “Fire Walk With Me” was a blue rose, as was the whole Laura Palmer situation. The question, then, is why did Major Briggs’ ghost say it to Cooper? And how, specifically, is the “blue rose” defined? That symbol seems to have some deeper meaning beyond just being a categorization, but what it is remains unclear.

Bad Coop has a lot of weird scenes in which he seems to be setting the stage for something. That something, though, is still totally unknown at this point. Which leads to probably the biggest question in the revival: After 25 years in the real world, what exactly is Bad Coop trying to accomplish?

And then there’s this box in New York. When Coop tried to leave the Black Lodge he landed on it, was sucked into it and floated through it before ending up in some other weird dimension. Nobody knows who put the box there and paid some kid to stare at it all day, or what exactly it’s supposed to do. So, yeah, what’s that about?

We finally get to meet the kid Lucy was pregnant with all through the original series, and he’s a weirdo named Wally Brando played by Michael Cera who makes this really bizarre speech to Sheriff Other Truman (Robert Forster). Somehow this scene is weirder than everything else in the show thus far. What the hell?

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http://www.thewrap.com/twin-peaks-the-big-questions/feed/ 0 At just under 18 hours long, the "Twin Peaks" revival is the longest David Lynch movie ever, so it's only natural that we're gonna have a whole lot of questions nine hours in. There are, of course, lingering questions from the original series -- but for now let's focus on the many new questions we have so far, through Part 11. (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD)

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At just under 18 hours long, the "Twin Peaks" revival is the longest David Lynch movie ever, so it's only natural that we're gonna have a whole lot of questions nine hours in. There are, of course, lingering questions from the original series -- but for now let's focus on the many new questions we have so far, through Part 11. (MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD)

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What happened between Bobby and Shelly? We find out in Part 11 that Shelly's last name is "Briggs," meaning the two original series lovebirds married at some point. They even had a daughter, Becky. But we see Shelly making goo-goo eyes at a drug dealer named Red (Balthazar Getty), so they're clearly not together anymore.

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What happened between Bobby and Shelly? We find out in Part 11 that Shelly's last name is "Briggs," meaning the two original series lovebirds married at some point. They even had a daughter, Becky. But we see Shelly making goo-goo eyes at a drug dealer named Red (Balthazar Getty), so they're clearly not together anymore.

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Speaking of which, what's going on with that magic drug dealer anyway? This character, credited as Red, showed up at the Roadhouse in Part 2, where he shot a finger gun at Shelly. In Part 11, we learn he and Shelly are an item, since she excuses herself from a family meeting to make out with him and tell him she'll meet up with him later. Then, in Part 6, he reveals himself as the person Richard is working for -- and he does a bizarre magic trick with a dime that freaks Richard out something fierce.

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Speaking of which, what's going on with that magic drug dealer anyway? This character, credited as Red, showed up at the Roadhouse in Part 2, where he shot a finger gun at Shelly. In Part 11, we learn he and Shelly are an item, since she excuses herself from a family meeting to make out with him and tell him she'll meet up with him later. Then, in Part 6, he reveals himself as the person Richard is working for -- and he does a bizarre magic trick with a dime that freaks Richard out something fierce.

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Back to Part 11, we're treated to a strange scene where Bobby goes to investigate gun shots and comes across a woman screaming in her car about somebody being sick. Then we're introduced to a young girl (who's only credited as "sick girl") in the passenger's seat who's practically leaking green fluids as Bobby looks on. Just, what?

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Back to Part 11, we're treated to a strange scene where Bobby goes to investigate gun shots and comes across a woman screaming in her car about somebody being sick. Then we're introduced to a young girl (who's only credited as "sick girl") in the passenger's seat who's practically leaking green fluids as Bobby looks on. Just, what?

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In Part 10, the Log Lady once again calls Hawk to give him a message, which reads in part, "the Truman brothers are both true men, they are your brothers," "the glow is dying" and "Laura is the one." But what does it all mean?

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In Part 10, the Log Lady once again calls Hawk to give him a message, which reads in part, "the Truman brothers are both true men, they are your brothers," "the glow is dying" and "Laura is the one." But what does it all mean?

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We get a few more clues from the Log Lady in Part 11. Hawk is showing Sheriff Truman a "living" map that will help them on their journey. He explains that the fire symbol is like "modern-day electricity." This was one of the things the Log Lady mentioned in her earlier prophecy, so could that all be connected?

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We get a few more clues from the Log Lady in Part 11. Hawk is showing Sheriff Truman a "living" map that will help them on their journey. He explains that the fire symbol is like "modern-day electricity." This was one of the things the Log Lady mentioned in her earlier prophecy, so could that all be connected?

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Speaking of Laura, a vision of the dead teenager appeared to Gordon Cole at the door of his hotel room, just before Albert entered. Is there a connection to Albert at all? What was the meaning behind the appearance and what does it mean to Gordon? Will he pick up the Blue Rose cases again?

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Speaking of Laura, a vision of the dead teenager appeared to Gordon Cole at the door of his hotel room, just before Albert entered. Is there a connection to Albert at all? What was the meaning behind the appearance and what does it mean to Gordon? Will he pick up the Blue Rose cases again?

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In Part 6, Albert (Miguel Ferrer) finally caught up with the woman Gordon Cole had wanted him to find to help with the mystery of the Coop doppelganger, and it's none other than the Diane that Coop had been sending his case notes to in the original series (portrayed by Laura Dern). In Part 7, Diane seems to hate Coop something fierce, and when she meets Bad Coop in prison she asks him about the last time they were together -- when something apparently bad happened. So what's that bad blood between Coop and Diane all about, and what happened the last time they were together?

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In Part 6, Albert (Miguel Ferrer) finally caught up with the woman Gordon Cole had wanted him to find to help with the mystery of the Coop doppelganger, and it's none other than the Diane that Coop had been sending his case notes to in the original series (portrayed by Laura Dern). In Part 7, Diane seems to hate Coop something fierce, and when she meets Bad Coop in prison she asks him about the last time they were together -- when something apparently bad happened. So what's that bad blood between Coop and Diane all about, and what happened the last time they were together?

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And then in Part 9 we discover that Bad Coop is texting cryptic messages to Diane. Is she working with him somehow, possibly against her will? Or is he just taunting her?

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And then in Part 9 we discover that Bad Coop is texting cryptic messages to Diane. Is she working with him somehow, possibly against her will? Or is he just taunting her?

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We learn in Part 10 that Diane is working with Bad Coop in some capacity, since Albert intercepted her response to him, which read, "they have Hastings. He's going to take them to the site." But how much is she working with him and what's her end goal?

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We learn in Part 10 that Diane is working with Bad Coop in some capacity, since Albert intercepted her response to him, which read, "they have Hastings. He's going to take them to the site." But how much is she working with him and what's her end goal?

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Additionally, Albert reveals that Bad Coop knows about the box in New York revealed in Part 1. More than that, at one point he was there, along with a bald man in a lab coat. What is the connection?

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Additionally, Albert reveals that Bad Coop knows about the box in New York revealed in Part 1. More than that, at one point he was there, along with a bald man in a lab coat. What is the connection?

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So, yes, that headless body belonged to Major Briggs, who Bill Hastings claims to have me in an alternate reality he and the deceased Ruth Davenport called "the Zone." And he and Ruth found coordinates for Briggs in a "secure military database," and after handing them over Briggs started to float away while saying "Cooper. Cooper." And then Briggs's head disappeared. Where do we even begin with this?

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So, yes, that headless body belonged to Major Briggs, who Bill Hastings claims to have me in an alternate reality he and the deceased Ruth Davenport called "the Zone." And he and Ruth found coordinates for Briggs in a "secure military database," and after handing them over Briggs started to float away while saying "Cooper. Cooper." And then Briggs's head disappeared. Where do we even begin with this?

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Luckily, when the FBI goes to the site -- directed by Hastings -- they do eventually find Ruth's body. However, we still don't know why her head and body were separated.

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Luckily, when the FBI goes to the site -- directed by Hastings -- they do eventually find Ruth's body. However, we still don't know why her head and body were separated.

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25 years earlier, Briggs had given his wife a small tube to hide until Bobby, Sheriff Truman and Hawk all visited together. The tub contained some cryptic instructions that only Bobby could understand, as well as a copy of the transmission from outer space that Project Blue Book had received 25 years earlier. The one that was a bunch of normal gibberish but with "Cooper/Cooper" tossed in the mix. Is the implication, then, that Major Briggs is the one who sent that transmission?

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25 years earlier, Briggs had given his wife a small tube to hide until Bobby, Sheriff Truman and Hawk all visited together. The tub contained some cryptic instructions that only Bobby could understand, as well as a copy of the transmission from outer space that Project Blue Book had received 25 years earlier. The one that was a bunch of normal gibberish but with "Cooper/Cooper" tossed in the mix. Is the implication, then, that Major Briggs is the one who sent that transmission?

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We should also note that the transmission, which Briggs showed Cooper way back in season 2, would have been sent before Briggs went into hiding. However, given that Briggs had not aged when Hastings and Ruth met him indicates that "the Zone" works differently than Black Lodge that Coop was locked in for decades. Could there be a time travel element in this?

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We should also note that the transmission, which Briggs showed Cooper way back in season 2, would have been sent before Briggs went into hiding. However, given that Briggs had not aged when Hastings and Ruth met him indicates that "the Zone" works differently than Black Lodge that Coop was locked in for decades. Could there be a time travel element in this?

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Bill Hastings's account of the night Briggs lost his head in the Zone is pretty unclear. He describes a bunch of other threatening people being there, one of whom attacked him and demanded to know his wife's name. And somehow Ruth Davenport's head ended up on Briggs's body in the real world after Hastings returned. What exactly happened and who were those "others"?

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Bill Hastings's account of the night Briggs lost his head in the Zone is pretty unclear. He describes a bunch of other threatening people being there, one of whom attacked him and demanded to know his wife's name. And somehow Ruth Davenport's head ended up on Briggs's body in the real world after Hastings returned. What exactly happened and who were those "others"?

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So... what is this an entrance to, exactly?

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So... what is this an entrance to, exactly?

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Also, were the "others" the woodsmen Gordon saw in the room after he entered the Zone?

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Also, were the "others" the woodsmen Gordon saw in the room after he entered the Zone?

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And why was Dougie's wedding ring inside Major Briggs' body?

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And why was Dougie's wedding ring inside Major Briggs' body?

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By the way: Bill's wife seems to have known Evil Doppelganger Coop -- who murdered her in Part 2. Were the other people in the Zone working with Bad Coop somehow?

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By the way: Bill's wife seems to have known Evil Doppelganger Coop -- who murdered her in Part 2. Were the other people in the Zone working with Bad Coop somehow?

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So it turns out, according to Part 9, that Duncan Todd (Patrick Fischler) is working for Bad Coop -- and thus Bad Coop is the one sending assassins after Dougie/Good Coop. How much does Bad Coop know about what's going on with Dougie? And why would a guy who wears a suit and works in an office hire assassins? He's clearly got his own team of sorts with Hutch (Tim Roth) and Chantal (Jennifer Jason Leigh).

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So it turns out, according to Part 9, that Duncan Todd (Patrick Fischler) is working for Bad Coop -- and thus Bad Coop is the one sending assassins after Dougie/Good Coop. How much does Bad Coop know about what's going on with Dougie? And why would a guy who wears a suit and works in an office hire assassins? He's clearly got his own team of sorts with Hutch (Tim Roth) and Chantal (Jennifer Jason Leigh).

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Meanwhile, somebody else is out to get Bad Coop, with the implication that it's the long-missing Phillip Jeffries pulling the strings with Ray Monroe trying to execute the backstab. But what's the point? 

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Meanwhile, somebody else is out to get Bad Coop, with the implication that it's the long-missing Phillip Jeffries pulling the strings with Ray Monroe trying to execute the backstab. But what's the point? 

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The Las Vegas detectives who are investigating the car bomb that blew up Dougie's car are running Good Coop's fingerprints (taken from the coffee cup he drank from), which should reveal that he's a former FBI agent and not just an insurance guy from Vegas. But who else's attention will the fingerprints draw? Will Coop finally be reunited with Gordon and Albert?

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The Las Vegas detectives who are investigating the car bomb that blew up Dougie's car are running Good Coop's fingerprints (taken from the coffee cup he drank from), which should reveal that he's a former FBI agent and not just an insurance guy from Vegas. But who else's attention will the fingerprints draw? Will Coop finally be reunited with Gordon and Albert?

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So we know now that after that out-of-context scene in Part 9 that Johnny Horne, the mentally disabled son of Ben Horne, is not dead after sprinting around their home and smashing his head against the wall. He's alive -- just badly bruised with his jaw wired shut -- when Richard Horne comes to visit. But was the previous scene only to show that he's incapacitated when Richard breaks in, or is there more to it? 

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So we know now that after that out-of-context scene in Part 9 that Johnny Horne, the mentally disabled son of Ben Horne, is not dead after sprinting around their home and smashing his head against the wall. He's alive -- just badly bruised with his jaw wired shut -- when Richard Horne comes to visit. But was the previous scene only to show that he's incapacitated when Richard breaks in, or is there more to it? 

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Is it just a coincidence that Johnny knocked a picture of White Tail Falls off the wall? What is the significance of that?

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Is it just a coincidence that Johnny knocked a picture of White Tail Falls off the wall? What is the significance of that?

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At the end of Part 9, we see a young woman named Ella (Sky Ferrera) meet with a friend at the Roadhouse. She has a weird rash on her armpit, and she and her friend exchange weird sentences like "Have you see that penguin?" So, yeah, what does this have to do with anything?

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At the end of Part 9, we see a young woman named Ella (Sky Ferrera) meet with a friend at the Roadhouse. She has a weird rash on her armpit, and she and her friend exchange weird sentences like "Have you see that penguin?" So, yeah, what does this have to do with anything?

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In Part 1, our favorite otherworldly giant (Carel Struycken) returned to present Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) with some knew cryptic sayings: "Remember 430. Richard and Linda. Two birds with one stone." 

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In Part 1, our favorite otherworldly giant (Carel Struycken) returned to present Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) with some knew cryptic sayings: "Remember 430. Richard and Linda. Two birds with one stone." 

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As Agent Cooper was journeying out of the Black Lodge toward reality in Part 3, he encountered the spectre of Ronette Pulaski (Phoebe Augustine) in some new extra-dimensional space. She warned him that he needed to hurry because "my mother is coming" -- possibly implying a new major paranormal force. And another thing the giant said was, "It is in our house now," which maybe could be referring to that "mother." But what is it?

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As Agent Cooper was journeying out of the Black Lodge toward reality in Part 3, he encountered the spectre of Ronette Pulaski (Phoebe Augustine) in some new extra-dimensional space. She warned him that he needed to hurry because "my mother is coming" -- possibly implying a new major paranormal force. And another thing the giant said was, "It is in our house now," which maybe could be referring to that "mother." But what is it?

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In Part 8, we saw a floating woman with what looked like an umbilical cord coming out of her face -- and an image of BOB appearing on the cord. So is this "Mother" the one responsible for BOB's creation? And what did the first atomic bomb test in New Mexico have to do with all that?

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In Part 8, we saw a floating woman with what looked like an umbilical cord coming out of her face -- and an image of BOB appearing on the cord. So is this "Mother" the one responsible for BOB's creation? And what did the first atomic bomb test in New Mexico have to do with all that?

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Who is the woman in the evening gown (credited as "Senorita Dido" and played by actress Joy Nash) with the Giant in Part 8? They live on some part of the spectral plane and appear to have been monitoring that mysterious Mother somehow -- and they apparently created Laura Palmer in response to seeing BOB's face in the umbilical cord. So... what's all that?

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Who is the woman in the evening gown (credited as "Senorita Dido" and played by actress Joy Nash) with the Giant in Part 8? They live on some part of the spectral plane and appear to have been monitoring that mysterious Mother somehow -- and they apparently created Laura Palmer in response to seeing BOB's face in the umbilical cord. So... what's all that?

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What's the deal with the hobo ghosts? We'd seen them a couple times in the "Twin Peaks" revival in random spots, but they were front and center in Part 8, seemingly resurrecting Bad Coop and then showing up all over New Mexico in the 1940s and '50s. But what did they actually do? And where did they come from? Did the atomic bomb test bring them into this world from the Lodge?

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What's the deal with the hobo ghosts? We'd seen them a couple times in the "Twin Peaks" revival in random spots, but they were front and center in Part 8, seemingly resurrecting Bad Coop and then showing up all over New Mexico in the 1940s and '50s. But what did they actually do? And where did they come from? Did the atomic bomb test bring them into this world from the Lodge?

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Who was the girl in New Mexico? The frog bug thing, which we believe is BOB, crawled into her mouth, but we have no idea who she is. Sarah Palmer maybe? Could the bug actually be the Laura spirit rather than BOB?

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Who was the girl in New Mexico? The frog bug thing, which we believe is BOB, crawled into her mouth, but we have no idea who she is. Sarah Palmer maybe? Could the bug actually be the Laura spirit rather than BOB?

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In that other dimension with Ronette and the woman (listed in the credits as "Naidu") whose eyes were covered in flesh, we see a couple of strange machines -- one labeled 15 and the other, which transported Coop to the real world, labeled 3. Later, Coop finds a hotel key from the Great Northern in Twin Peaks for room 315, which is the room Coop stayed in during the original series. So what does all that mean?

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In that other dimension with Ronette and the woman (listed in the credits as "Naidu") whose eyes were covered in flesh, we see a couple of strange machines -- one labeled 15 and the other, which transported Coop to the real world, labeled 3. Later, Coop finds a hotel key from the Great Northern in Twin Peaks for room 315, which is the room Coop stayed in during the original series. So what does all that mean?

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Near the end of Part 5, we see a creepy man (Eamon Farren) at the Roadhouse hand someone a cigarette pack filled with money and then assaults a girl who asked him for a light. In part 6 he appears to be trafficking cocaine, and he runs over a child with his truck. The credits list this character as "Richard Horne." So he's part of the Horne family -- revealed to be Sylvia Horne's grandson in Part 10, so most likely Audrey's son -- but what's his deal?

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Near the end of Part 5, we see a creepy man (Eamon Farren) at the Roadhouse hand someone a cigarette pack filled with money and then assaults a girl who asked him for a light. In part 6 he appears to be trafficking cocaine, and he runs over a child with his truck. The credits list this character as "Richard Horne." So he's part of the Horne family -- revealed to be Sylvia Horne's grandson in Part 10, so most likely Audrey's son -- but what's his deal?

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In Part 7, Sheriff Truman calls up Dr. Hayward to ask him about the night Evil Doppelganger Coop came out of the Lodge at the end of season 2. Dr. Hawyard says he took Coop to the hospital for a work-up, and then later found him in Intensive Care with that "strange face" (presumably when BOB shows through). He speculates that Coop was checking on Audrey, who was in a coma after the explosion at the bank. Might that imply that Bad Coop sexually assaulted Audrey? Could Richard Horne be Bad Coop's son?

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In Part 7, Sheriff Truman calls up Dr. Hayward to ask him about the night Evil Doppelganger Coop came out of the Lodge at the end of season 2. Dr. Hawyard says he took Coop to the hospital for a work-up, and then later found him in Intensive Care with that "strange face" (presumably when BOB shows through). He speculates that Coop was checking on Audrey, who was in a coma after the explosion at the bank. Might that imply that Bad Coop sexually assaulted Audrey? Could Richard Horne be Bad Coop's son?

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In Part 6, Hawk took apart one of the bathroom stall doors and discovered three missing pages from Laura Palmer's diary -- including the page on which she wrote the supernatural message from Annie from "Fire Walk With Me." Hawk speculates in Part 7 that Leland Palmer hid them there when they brought him in for questioning for Jacques Renault's murder. But where's the other missing page, and what does it say?

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In Part 6, Hawk took apart one of the bathroom stall doors and discovered three missing pages from Laura Palmer's diary -- including the page on which she wrote the supernatural message from Annie from "Fire Walk With Me." Hawk speculates in Part 7 that Leland Palmer hid them there when they brought him in for questioning for Jacques Renault's murder. But where's the other missing page, and what does it say?

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So where the hell is Annie now anyway? Heather Graham has said she wasn't returning for the "Twin Peaks" revival, which could be misdirection -- or it could mean she's dead or missing or some other nefarious "Twin Peaks" thing. We've had multiple reminders of her important role in the past, though, which would seem to imply she's still important now, in some way.

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So where the hell is Annie now anyway? Heather Graham has said she wasn't returning for the "Twin Peaks" revival, which could be misdirection -- or it could mean she's dead or missing or some other nefarious "Twin Peaks" thing. We've had multiple reminders of her important role in the past, though, which would seem to imply she's still important now, in some way.

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What is this black box sitting in an ashtray in Buenos Aires? In Part 5 we see it twice, first when the assassins trying to kill Dougie Jones report in to a woman named Lorraine, who then calls the box. Then, later, Bad Coop seemingly also calls the box from prison, after which it morphs into a small piece of metal. Also, Phillip Jeffries (David Bowie) is said to have disappeared from Buenos Aires in "Fire Walk With Me." And Rosenfield says Bad Coop and Jeffries worked together on a thing together in Colombia at some point? And apparently Phillip wants to kill Bad Coop. So what does all this mean and how do the dots connect?

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What is this black box sitting in an ashtray in Buenos Aires? In Part 5 we see it twice, first when the assassins trying to kill Dougie Jones report in to a woman named Lorraine, who then calls the box. Then, later, Bad Coop seemingly also calls the box from prison, after which it morphs into a small piece of metal. Also, Phillip Jeffries (David Bowie) is said to have disappeared from Buenos Aires in "Fire Walk With Me." And Rosenfield says Bad Coop and Jeffries worked together on a thing together in Colombia at some point? And apparently Phillip wants to kill Bad Coop. So what does all this mean and how do the dots connect?

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What was that weird hum/ringing sound that Ben Horne and Beverly Paige heard in the Great Northern in Part 7? It seems to be coming from everywhere and nowhere -- could this be Josie Packard continuing to haunt the place? Remember, Ben Horne previously saw her face in a drawer pull in season 2 after she died.

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What was that weird hum/ringing sound that Ben Horne and Beverly Paige heard in the Great Northern in Part 7? It seems to be coming from everywhere and nowhere -- could this be Josie Packard continuing to haunt the place? Remember, Ben Horne previously saw her face in a drawer pull in season 2 after she died.

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Does the Linda the Giant mentioned live at the Fat Trout Trailer Park? In Part 6, someone else from the trailer park tags along with Carl Rodd into town because he needs to get the mail from the post office for a woman named Linda, who he mentions has to use a wheelchair to get around. Is that the Linda?

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Does the Linda the Giant mentioned live at the Fat Trout Trailer Park? In Part 6, someone else from the trailer park tags along with Carl Rodd into town because he needs to get the mail from the post office for a woman named Linda, who he mentions has to use a wheelchair to get around. Is that the Linda?

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While Carl is in town, he has a sort of encounter with Richard Horne, when he witnesses Richard plows over a young boy with his truck. In a weird way, we could consider this Carl's "Richard and Linda" day, though that could be a reach. Also, Carl seemingly saw the boy's soul float away after he died -- we know that Carl likely was taken to the Lodge when he was young, but why would a Lodge-related vision manifest for him now?

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While Carl is in town, he has a sort of encounter with Richard Horne, when he witnesses Richard plows over a young boy with his truck. In a weird way, we could consider this Carl's "Richard and Linda" day, though that could be a reach. Also, Carl seemingly saw the boy's soul float away after he died -- we know that Carl likely was taken to the Lodge when he was young, but why would a Lodge-related vision manifest for him now?

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What will finally bring Coop out of his funk? In Part 6 we see some positive signs, as his detective instincts kick in as he marks up some insurance paperwork with what initially seems like nonsense -- until his boss takes a look and totally gets what Coop was doing. Then in Part 7, Coop reflexively disarms Ike the Spike when he comes to kill Coop, his FBI training seemingly kicking in at the right moment. MIKE appeared again in Part 6 to try to wake Coop up, so it would seem there's a meaningful amount of urgency to this.

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What will finally bring Coop out of his funk? In Part 6 we see some positive signs, as his detective instincts kick in as he marks up some insurance paperwork with what initially seems like nonsense -- until his boss takes a look and totally gets what Coop was doing. Then in Part 7, Coop reflexively disarms Ike the Spike when he comes to kill Coop, his FBI training seemingly kicking in at the right moment. MIKE appeared again in Part 6 to try to wake Coop up, so it would seem there's a meaningful amount of urgency to this.

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Late in Part 5, we see Agent Preston apparently comparing the fingerprints of Coop from back in the day to those of Evil Coop from prison. All but one of the fingers has the same print -- Albert notes in Part 7 that the print for Bad Coop's left ring finger is reversed. Gordon Cole notes that that finger is the "spiritual finger," and reminds us that when Bad Coop greeted Gordon and Albert in Part 4 he reversed the word "very." What does all that mean?

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Late in Part 5, we see Agent Preston apparently comparing the fingerprints of Coop from back in the day to those of Evil Coop from prison. All but one of the fingers has the same print -- Albert notes in Part 7 that the print for Bad Coop's left ring finger is reversed. Gordon Cole notes that that finger is the "spiritual finger," and reminds us that when Bad Coop greeted Gordon and Albert in Part 4 he reversed the word "very." What does all that mean?

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So while everybody thinks the real Coop is somebody named Dougie Jones, the real Dougie Jones is gone now, having been turned into a ball bearing after taking the real Coop's place in the Black Lodge. MIKE says Dougie was "manufactured" for the purpose of that swap, but by whom? And why?

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So while everybody thinks the real Coop is somebody named Dougie Jones, the real Dougie Jones is gone now, having been turned into a ball bearing after taking the real Coop's place in the Black Lodge. MIKE says Dougie was "manufactured" for the purpose of that swap, but by whom? And why?

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There have been a couple mentions of "blue rose" in the new season -- first by the ghostly visage of Major Briggs floating through space and later by Agent Rosenfield. The blue rose refers to a type of FBI investigation -- the Teresa Banks case in "Fire Walk With Me" was a blue rose, as was the whole Laura Palmer situation. The question, then, is why did Major Briggs' ghost say it to Cooper? And how, specifically, is the "blue rose" defined? That symbol seems to have some deeper meaning beyond just being a categorization, but what it is remains unclear.

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There have been a couple mentions of "blue rose" in the new season -- first by the ghostly visage of Major Briggs floating through space and later by Agent Rosenfield. The blue rose refers to a type of FBI investigation -- the Teresa Banks case in "Fire Walk With Me" was a blue rose, as was the whole Laura Palmer situation. The question, then, is why did Major Briggs' ghost say it to Cooper? And how, specifically, is the "blue rose" defined? That symbol seems to have some deeper meaning beyond just being a categorization, but what it is remains unclear.

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Bad Coop has a lot of weird scenes in which he seems to be setting the stage for something. That something, though, is still totally unknown at this point. Which leads to probably the biggest question in the revival: After 25 years in the real world, what exactly is Bad Coop trying to accomplish?

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Bad Coop has a lot of weird scenes in which he seems to be setting the stage for something. That something, though, is still totally unknown at this point. Which leads to probably the biggest question in the revival: After 25 years in the real world, what exactly is Bad Coop trying to accomplish?

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And then there's this box in New York. When Good Coop tried to leave the Black Lodge he landed on it, was sucked into it and floated through it before ending up in some other weird dimension. Nobody knows who put the box there and paid some kid to stare at it all day, or what exactly it's supposed to do. So, yeah, what's that about?

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And then there's this box in New York. When Good Coop tried to leave the Black Lodge he landed on it, was sucked into it and floated through it before ending up in some other weird dimension. Nobody knows who put the box there and paid some kid to stare at it all day, or what exactly it's supposed to do. So, yeah, what's that about?

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We finally get to meet the kid Lucy was pregnant with all through the original series, and he's a weirdo named Wally Brando played by Michael Cera who makes this really bizarre speech to Sheriff Other Truman (Robert Forster). Somehow this scene is weirder than everything else in the show thus far. What the hell?

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We finally get to meet the kid Lucy was pregnant with all through the original series, and he's a weirdo named Wally Brando played by Michael Cera who makes this really bizarre speech to Sheriff Other Truman (Robert Forster). Somehow this scene is weirder than everything else in the show thus far. What the hell?

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‘Game of Thrones’ 101: How Many Stark Direwolves Are Left? http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-101-how-many-direwolves-left/ http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-101-how-many-direwolves-left/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 04:07:42 +0000 Phil Hornshaw http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1672000 (Note: This post contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones.”)

Way back in the first episode of “Game of Thrones,” the Stark family came across a direwolf mother that had been killed by a stag. The mom didn’t make it, but the puppies survived. With one direwolf for each of the six Stark children, they all became pets, forming some pretty intense bonds with the young Starks.

All those direwolves turned out to be faithful, sometimes viciously protective companions to the Stark kids. But as “Game of Thrones” has worn on and the bodies have piled up, the direwolves haven’t always survived deadly political machinations — especially when their respective owners didn’t make it out alive either.

So out of the six direwolves, how many are left? In fact, it’s just two: Ghost, the direwolf belonging to Jon Snow (Kit Harrington), and Nymeria, the one that belonged to Arya Stark (Maisie Williams).

Though she’s still alive, Nymeria hasn’t been part of the show since Season 1. Way back in the second episode, Nymeria defended Arya from Prince Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) on the Kingsroad. Knowing that Nymeria would be killed for attacking the prince, Arya freed her pet, throwing stones at Nymeria until she ran off into the woods.

Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) still wanted a direwolf punished for what happened to Joffrey even though the guilty direwolf was gone. Lady, the well-behaved direwolf belonging to Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner), was the only one that happened to be around. Ned was forced to kill Lady by the queen’s command, taking the total down to five.

The next direwolf to buy it was Grey Wind, which belonged to Robb Stark (Richard Madden). That happened at the Red Wedding in Season 3, when Robb was betrayed by the Freys and the Boltons, and he and his bannermen were executed. Grey Wind, locked up in a kennel during the feast, died when Frey soldiers shot their crossbows through the kennel bars.

Direwolves did okay for a while after that, until Season 6. The direwolf belonging to Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) died when the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave was attacked by the White Walkers. The same “Hold the Door” sequence that claimed the life of Hodor (Kristian Nairn) marked Summer’s end as he defended Bran from the undead.

Shaggydog was next to go in Season 6. The direwolf that belonged to the youngest Stark kid, Rickon (Art Parkinson), died ahead of his owner when Rickon and Osha (Natalia Tena) were captured by the Umbers. Smalljon Umber (Dean S. Jagger) presented Shaggydog’s head to Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) along with the prisoners as proof of Rickon’s identity. Ramsay then killed Osha, and Rickon died soon after in the Battle of the Bastards.

That leaves just Ghost, who is currently at Winterfell after Jon made the direwolf sit out the Battle of the Bastards. We know for sure that Nymeria is still alive, too — she and her pack of scary wolves found Arya on the road north in Season 7. But as the leader of a wolfpack, Nymeria has made a wild animal life for herself. Despite Arya asking Nymeria to come back to her, the wolf moved on.

Throughout the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books on which “Game of Thrones” is based, Arya experiences wolf dreams similar to Bran’s warg dreams with Summer, which suggest that Arya (and maybe even Jon) could have the same connection and magic powers with their direwolves that Bran does. But with Nymeria choosing to leave Arya, it seems like we might not see another Stark warg. Reuniting with Nymeria was a nice moment, but it seems unlikely Arya’s direwolf will ever be a pet again.

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First Big Holy S— Moment of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 7 Has Fans Freaking Out http://www.thewrap.com/first-big-holy-s-moment-game-thrones-season-7-fans-freaking/ http://www.thewrap.com/first-big-holy-s-moment-game-thrones-season-7-fans-freaking/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 03:23:07 +0000 Ross A. Lincoln http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679647 Lest you think the show is getting soft in its old age, “Game of Thrones” proved tonight that seven seasons in, it can still shock the hell out of viewers.

The show’s 50 minutes were spent giving an incredibly satisfying amount of fan service, like Arya’s reunion with Nymeria, the oral consummation of the romance between Missandei and Grey Worm, what looks like the long-awaited meeting between Jon Snow and Daenerys, Samwell Tarly’s war on greyscale, Jon Snow dissing the hell out of Littlefinger, Cersei Lanniser going full-Trump, and much much more.

And then in the last 10 minutes, everything went to hell.

Daenerys was dealt a severe blow when her fleet of ships commanded by Yara Greyjoy was utterly destroyed by her uncle, Euron. Also several seemingly-pivotal characters were killed, Theon showed that once a Reek, always a Reek, and Euron is bringing two VERY important captives back to Queen Cersei.

Read the full detailed recap here.

Suffice to say, what looked like an impending slam dunk victory for Daenerys (at least as long as she isn’t interested in scorching the earth) suddenly because fully up in the air. It wasn’t the Red Wedding, but it certainly reminded people that the show they’re watching is, well, the show they’re watching.

Unsurprisingly, Twitter freaked out over it all, from Grey Worm and Missandei, to Theon’s [SPOILER], to Arya Stark and her beloved dire wolf, and more. See a sampling below.

Also #RIP Sand Snakes:

To be honest though, this about sums up how we’re feeling:

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‘Game of Thrones': Why Arya Told Nymeria ‘That’s Not You’ http://www.thewrap.com/game-thrones-arya-told-nymeria-thats-not/ http://www.thewrap.com/game-thrones-arya-told-nymeria-thats-not/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:59:40 +0000 Phil Hornshaw http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679658 (Note: This post contains spoilers for the “Game of Thrones” Season 7 Episode 2, “Stormborn.”)

Six seasons later, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) was finally reunited with an old friend in the second episode of Season 7: her direwolf, Nymeria.

On the road north to finally meet back up with her family at Winterfell, Arya camped with her horse, alone in the woods. There, she was accosted by a pack of wolves that looked like they thought they’d found some easy dinner. Armed with Needle, her sword, Arya prepared for a fight.

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That’s when the wolfpack’s leader appeared, and Arya discovered that her direwolf, Nymeria, was still alive.

Up to now, Arya hasn’t seen Nymeria since the second episode of “Game of Thrones.” That was when the direwolf defended Arya against Joffrey Baratheon (Jack Gleeson), biting his arm when he threatened Arya with his sword. Arya knew Nymeria would be killed for attacking the prince, so she freed the direwolf in the woods. Arya even had to throw rocks at Nymeria to get her to leave.

In Episode 2 of Season 7, “Stormborn,” it was a heartfelt reunion between a girl and her wolf, although years later, Nymeria is absolutely huge. After Arya briefly reconnected with her former pet, she implored Nymeria to accompany her back north, to Winterfell. But in a sad moment, the wolf refused, turning away and leading her pack back into the woods. Arya ended the interaction with a single line: “That’s not you.”

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The moment demonstrated some serious understanding from Arya, as she recalled saying a similar thing to her father, Ned Stark (Sean Bean), way back in Season 1.

Back when all the Starks were still alive and (mostly) in good health, Arya had a moment with Ned after he discovered the small sword, Needle, that her brother Jon Snow (Kit Harington) had had made for her at Winterfell. Ned had asked Arya why she wasn’t into the kind of lady stuff that her sister, Sansa (Sophie Turner) likes so much — like sewing, going to court and being polite.

“That’s not me,” Arya told him. It was the moment that led Ned to enroll Arya in her “dancing lessons.” Fans will recall that the dancing lessons were actually fighting lessons with master swordsman Syrio Forel (Miltos Yerolemou), because Ned understood what Arya was telling him about who she is.

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Arya, recognizing that Nymeria’s place is with her pack, said the same thing to the direwolf. “That’s not you” was Arya understanding that asking Nymeria to go back to being a pet wouldn’t be true to Nymeria.

In the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books on which “Game of Thrones” is based, Arya occasionally has “wolf dreams” where she dreams she is Nymeria — a lot like the dreams Bran Stark (Isaac Hempstead Wright) used to have of being his direwolf, Summer. Those dreams were the precursor to Bran learning how to use his warg powers to take over Summer and Hodor (Kristian Nairn).

But this moment between Arya and Nymeria seems to suggest that we won’t be getting more of the direwolf in the future, and we probably won’t see Arya learn any spiffy warg abilities, either. It’s just as well, though, as Arya is more of a lone wolf (ahem) anyway. You can’t really wear a random person’s face, infiltrate a great house and assassinate its lord with your direwolf pet hanging around to give you away.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Recap: The Next War Finally Begins http://www.thewrap.com/game-thrones-recap-next-war-finally-begins/ http://www.thewrap.com/game-thrones-recap-next-war-finally-begins/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:30:52 +0000 Phil Hornshaw and Ross A. Lincoln http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679639 The second season of “Game of Thrones” Season 7 angled to be more preparation for the big moments coming later in the season — and ended with flaming ships and Daenerys’ allies running into some serious problems.

“Stormborn” started aptly amidst a storm at Dragonstone, the new home base (and ancestral home) for Daenerys in Westeros. There, Dany gets some important advice from Tyrion. Sure, she could attack King’s Landing immediately, but it would result in thousands of deaths.

“Conquering Westeros would be easy for you, but you’re not here to be queen of the ashes,” Tyrion told her.

As the council wore on, Dany finally called out Varys for his years of double-dealing, spying for King Robert but helping Daenerys and her brother, Viserys, evade death and capture. Questioned about his actions, Varys explained that his loyalty is with the people of the realm, not its rulers. He thought a Targaryen would be a better alternative to Robert, just like Robert was a better alternative to the mad king.

Dany convinced Varys to pledge that if she was ever failing her people, he would tell her how, instead of conspiring against her. In return, Dany pledged in return that if Varys every betrayed her, she’d burn him alive.

“I expect nothing less from the Mother of Dragons,” Varys said.

The Red Woman, Melisandre, showed up right afterward. We learned an important bit of information from that meeting: the prophecy of the Prince Who Was Promised has been slightly mistranslated. Turns out, the noun for “prince” actually has no gender, which means Dany could be the person the prophecy says will be essential to stopping the Night King.

Melisandre also mentioned Jon Snow, who she also believes is key to the battle against the Night King. Tyrion vouched for the King in the North, so Dany ordered for Jon to be summoned to Dragonstone to talk — “and bend the knee.”

Next, at Winterfell, Jon and Sansa received Tyrion’s raven, and Jon finally asked Sansa her advice, deferring to her judgment of Tyrion in deciding whether to go to Dragonstone. Sansa tells Jon the whole thing is too risky, and he seems to agree with her.

In King’s Landing, Cersei looked to consolidate her power by invoking fear in the Tyrells’ bannermen against Daenerys. She ran the class warfare angle, reminding the lords how Dany had killed nobles (read: slavers) in Essos, and mentioning that Daenerys brought the “savage” Dothraki across the Narrow Sea to Westeros.

Among those lords was Randyll Tarly, Samwell’s dad. Jaime asked him to be the ranking general in his army, citing the fact that Randyll was the only strategist to defeat Robert Baratheon during Robert’s Rebellion. Randyll refused for a bit, but it seems like he might be willing to ally with the Lannisters out of his sense of honor.

Over in Oldtown, we caught up with Sam, Archmaester Marwyn, and Jorah Mormont. Most of Jorah’s body is covered in greyscale at this point, and Marwyn said the progression is so far gone, it’s incurable. While Jorah won’t die from the disease for a while, Marwyn said he only has six months or less before the disease drives him mad.

Marwyn suggested that Jorah kill himself, but Sam was taken aback when he found out the knight’s last name. Sam recognized Jorah as the son of Jeor Mormont, the Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch.

Back at King’s Landing, Cersei consulted with Qyburn to figure out a way to kill Daenerys’ dragons. He showed her a huge ballista, a siege-scale crossbow, that Qyburn thinks can take down a dragon, noting how Drogon was wounded by spears in the Meereen fighting pits.

More war council happened in Dragonstone, where Dornish leader Ellaria Sand and Yara Greyjoy suggested that Dany should go ahead and attack King’s Landing immediately. She pushed them off, as Tyrion had advised. “I’m not here to be queen of the ashes,” Dany told them — quoting Tyrion.

Instead, Tyrion laid out Dany’s master plan: Use the Dornish and Tyrell armies to besiege King’s Landing, cutting off its supplies and killing Cersei’s narrative that Daenerys is taking over Westeros with a foreign horde. Meanwhile, the Unsullied will sail for the Lannisters’ home of Casterly Rock — the true seat of power in Westeros.

After the council, Dany met privately with Lady Olenna, the last of the Tyrells. She suggested she not always listen to everything Tyrion, or anyone else, tells her.

“I’ve known many clever men. I’ve outlived them all. You know why?” Olenna asked. “I’ve ignored them.”

Leaving the war council, Missandei brought the news to Grey Worm that he’d be shipping off the Casterly Rock soon. Finally, Grey Worm told Missandei how he felt about her, explaining that while he’s always been fearless, the only thing that makes him afraid is Missandei. Then they finally got it on, releasing some sexual tension that’s been building for what seems like forever.

Back at Oldtown, Sam has a plan for treating Jorah’s greyscale. He read of a case cured by a maester, who the archmaester revealed actually died of greyscale. The procedure is apparently too dangerous, and thus forbidden for Sam — but he goes to Jorah in the night to try to ure him anyway.

The treatment is to, basically, skin the grayscale off Jorah. And it was pretty gross and pussy. In Season 7, Sam gets all the grossest moments.

We caught up to Arya next, who made her way back at the Inn at the Crossroads on her way to King’s Landing. That’s where she previously left her baker friend, Hot Pie, who is there still! During their conversation (which, with Hot Pie, always turns to food), Arya mentions how she’s been making “one or two” pies. She doesn’t mention what the secret ingredient in them was.

After Arya’s experiences in Braavos, meeting Hot Pie added to her scene last episode that included a cameo by Grammy winner Ed Sheeran, reminding Arya that good people exist and she doesn’t have to be a heartless Terminator-like murderer all the time. Arya also learned a key bit of information: Hot Pie tells her Jon Snow is King in the North, so Arya once again sets off to find her family.

At Winterfell, Jon received another raven message. It’s Sam’s note from Oldtown, telling him about all the Dragonglass at Dragonstone. Together with Tyrion’s message, Jon now had a good reason to go to the meeting with Daenerys. Despite that, Sansa again challenged his kingly authority in front of all the lords. But Jon surprised her by saying that, while he’s gone, Sansa will be in charge. Does that make her Queen in the North? Warden of the North? It’s something, and Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish seemed interested in Sansa’s newfound authority.

A quick conversation between Littlefinger and Jon in the crypt beneath Winterfell laid out where both men stand, though. Littlefinger said he loves Sansa. Jon told him to stay away from her. Surely there will be no further conflict here.

Back to Arya in the woods on her way north. As she was camping on her route, a group of wolves appeared — led by a huge direwolf. In fact, it was Nymeria, Arya’s direwolf that she chased off way back in Season 1. Arya tried to get Nymeria to come with her but Nymeria takes her wolfpack and goes. “That’s not you,” Arya said, echoing something she said in Season 1 when her father, Ned, spoke to her about the usual role for a girl. Nymeria isn’t a companion, just like Arya isn’t a traditional lady.

After all that interpersonal drama, the last season of the episode finally kicked off the war. It found Yara and the Greyjoy fleet sailing for Dorne. As Yara and Ellaria flirt in front of Theon, their ship is attacked — by their uncle, Euron Greyjoy, and the Iron Fleet.

The battle went pretty poorly, unfortunately. While Yara and Theon fought valiantly along with the Sand Snakes, Euron’s men couldn’t be stopped. Two of the Sand Snakes, Obara and Nymeria, died fighting Euron. Ellaria and Tyene, the youngest Sand Snake, were captured by the Ironborn.

But in the saddest moment of the episode, Euron managed to capture Yara, holding his axe to her throat and inviting Theon to try to save her. Unfortunately, Theon’s Ramsay Bolton-based PTSD comes back in a big way. He “Reeks” out, and rather than fight Euron, dives off the side of the ship to save himself.

Suddenly, it seems Daenerys’ advantage over Cersei has been cut significantly, and some key allies haven’t survived. The war has started, and it’s going to be a long one.

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‘Game of Thrones': Most Upsetting, Shocking and Disturbing Deaths So Far (Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-most-upsetting-shocking-and-disturbing-deaths-so-far-photos/ http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-most-upsetting-shocking-and-disturbing-deaths-so-far-photos/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:24:22 +0000 Phil Owen http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1000826 It’s a tough life in the “Game of Thrones” universe, and most folks haven’t gotten out alive.

Let’s look back at the deaths on “Game of Thrones” that we found particularly shocking, disturbing or otherwise totally messed up. There’s been a bunch of them. Now that we’re beyond the territory of the books on which the series is based, it’s only going to get more shocking from here.

Daenerys Targaryen’s’ abusive brother Viserys got his comeuppance in season 1 when Khal Drogo dumped molten gold on his head.

Most of the horrible events that occur on “Game of Thrones” are sparked by Robert Baratheon being gored by a boar while hunting drunk in season 1.

Ned Stark’s execution by newly coronated Joffrey in season 1 established exactly what kind of story this is: one in which nobody is safe, even the characters who go on the DVD box art.

Renly Baratheon, one of the five kings vying for the throne of Westeros, was killed in season 2 by a ghost that was birthed by Melisandre and fathered by his brother Stannis. Yeah, I know.

Robb Stark, Catelyn Stark and Talisa Stark were ambushed by the Freys at the Red Wedding, at the behest of the Lannisters, ending House Stark’s threat to King Joffrey.

King Joffrey was poisoned at his own wedding early in season 4, dying in exactly the horribly painful way he deserved.

The Red Viper, Oberyn Martell, almost had his revenge against the man who raped and murdered his sister (the Mountain), but didn’t finish the job and instead ended up having his skull crushed in probably the most viscerally disturbing death in the whole series.

Thanks to some help from Varys, Tyrion escaped execution for the murder of Joffrey (which he didn’t do) at the end of season 4. On his way out, he found Shae in his father Tywin’s bed. So he murdered her, and shot Tywin with a crossbow as Tywin sat on the toilet. Fitting.

Stannis burned his daughter Shireen alive in a sacrifice intended to help him take Winterfell, in the most upsetting death on the show thus far. It didn’t work, and he deservedly met his own end shortly thereafter.

In an unbelievable cliffhanger at the end of season 5, Jon Snow was murdered by his brothers in the Nights Watch. Will he return?

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Let's look back at the deaths on "Game of Thrones" that we found particularly shocking, disturbing or otherwise totally messed up. There's been a bunch of them. These are the big ones through season 7, episode 2, so spoiler alert, obviously.

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Daenerys Targaryen's' abusive brother Viserys got his comeuppance in season 1 when Khal Drogo dumped molten gold on his head.

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Daenerys Targaryen's' abusive brother Viserys got his comeuppance in season 1 when Khal Drogo dumped molten gold on his head.

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Most of the horrible events that occur on "Game of Thrones" are sparked by Robert Baratheon being gored by a boar while hunting drunk in season 1.

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Most of the horrible events that occur on "Game of Thrones" are sparked by Robert Baratheon being gored by a boar while hunting drunk in season 1.

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Just when Daenerys is beginning to get comfortable in her role as Khaleesi in season 1, Khal Drogo is rendered catatonic by a poison blade, completely sabotaging any near-term hopes of conquering Westeros.

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Just when Daenerys is beginning to get comfortable in her role as Khaleesi in season 1, Khal Drogo is rendered catatonic by a poison blade, completely sabotaging any near-term hopes of conquering Westeros.

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Ned Stark's execution by newly coronated King Joffrey in season 1 established exactly what kind of story this is: one in which nobody is safe, even the characters who go on the DVD box art.

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Ned Stark's execution by newly coronated King Joffrey in season 1 established exactly what kind of story this is: one in which nobody is safe, even the characters who go on the DVD box art.

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Renly Baratheon, one of the five kings vying for the throne of Westeros, was killed in season 2 by a ghost that was birthed by Melisandre and fathered by his brother Stannis. Yeah, I know.

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Renly Baratheon, one of the five kings vying for the throne of Westeros, was killed in season 2 by a ghost that was birthed by Melisandre and fathered by his brother Stannis. Yeah, I know.

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In season 3, some members of the Night's Watch revolted against Lord Commander Jeor Mormont rule during an excursion north of the wall, killing him.

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In season 3, some members of the Night's Watch revolted against Lord Commander Jeor Mormont rule during an excursion north of the wall, killing him.

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Robb Stark, Catelyn Stark and Talisa Stark were ambushed by the Freys at the Red Wedding, at the behest of the Lannisters, pretty much ending House Stark's threat to King Joffrey.

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Robb Stark, Catelyn Stark and Talisa Stark were ambushed by the Freys at the Red Wedding, at the behest of the Lannisters, pretty much ending House Stark's threat to King Joffrey.

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King Joffrey was poisoned at his own wedding early in season 4, dying in exactly the horribly painful way he deserved.

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King Joffrey was poisoned at his own wedding early in season 4, dying in exactly the horribly painful way he deserved.

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Littlefinger married Lysa Arryn during season 4, then shoved her out of the Moon Door at the Vale.

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Littlefinger married Lysa Arryn during season 4, then shoved her out of the Moon Door at the Vale.

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The Red Viper, Oberyn Martell, almost had his revenge against the Mountain, the man who raped and murdered his sister. But he didn't finish the job and instead ended up having his skull crushed in probably the most viscerally disturbing death in the whole series.

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The Red Viper, Oberyn Martell, almost had his revenge against the Mountain, the man who raped and murdered his sister. But he didn't finish the job and instead ended up having his skull crushed in probably the most viscerally disturbing death in the whole series.

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Ygritte, badass marksman and forbidden lover of Jon Snow, died in battle at Castle Black near the end of season 4. 

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Ygritte, badass marksman and forbidden lover of Jon Snow, died in battle at Castle Black near the end of season 4. 

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Always sorta doomed to be Moses, Jojen Reed is slaughtered by a wight just outside the treehouse of the Children of the Forest in the far north of Westeros at the end of season 4.

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Always sorta doomed to be Moses, Jojen Reed is slaughtered by a wight just outside the treehouse of the Children of the Forest in the far north of Westeros at the end of season 4.

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Thanks to some help from Varys, Tyrion escaped execution for the murder of Joffrey (which he didn't commit) at the end of season 4. On his way out, he found Shae in his father Tywin's bed. So he murdered her, and shot Tywin with a crossbow as Tywin sat on the toilet. Fitting.

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Thanks to some help from Varys, Tyrion escaped execution for the murder of Joffrey (which he didn't commit) at the end of season 4. On his way out, he found Shae in his father Tywin's bed. So he murdered her, and shot Tywin with a crossbow as Tywin sat on the toilet. Fitting.

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Mance Rayder refused to bow to Stannis, and he got burned alive for his stubbornness.

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Mance Rayder refused to bow to Stannis, and he got burned alive for his stubbornness.

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The aging warrior Barriston Selmy died in Mereen fighting against an uprising of the Sons of the Harpies in season 5.

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The aging warrior Barriston Selmy died in Mereen fighting against an uprising of the Sons of the Harpies in season 5.

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Janos Slynt was a total monster for a long time, and Jon Snow taking his head was a big moment. A coming of age for the young Lord Commander. Still, it was hard to believe he'd actually do it.

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Janos Slynt was a total monster for a long time, and Jon Snow taking his head was a big moment. A coming of age for the young Lord Commander. Still, it was hard to believe he'd actually do it.

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Myrcella, daughter of Cersei and Jaime Lannister, was murdered in season 5 by Ellaria Sand with a delayed-action poison delivered by a kiss. 

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Myrcella, daughter of Cersei and Jaime Lannister, was murdered in season 5 by Ellaria Sand with a delayed-action poison delivered by a kiss. 

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Stannis burned his daughter Shireen alive in a sacrifice intended to help him take Winterfell, in the most upsetting death on the show thus far. It didn't work, and he deservedly met his own end shortly thereafter.

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Stannis burned his daughter Shireen alive in a sacrifice intended to help him take Winterfell, in the most upsetting death on the show thus far. It didn't work, and he deservedly met his own end shortly thereafter.

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In an unbelievable cliffhanger at the end of season 5, Jon Snow was murdered by his brothers in the Nights Watch. Will he return? UPDATE: LOL whoops, nevermind.

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In an unbelievable cliffhanger at the end of season 5, Jon Snow was murdered by his brothers in the Nights Watch. Will he return? UPDATE: LOL whoops, nevermind.

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Doran Martell, ruler of Dorne, was the victim of a coup in the season 6 premiere. Ellaria Sand took his ass down.

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Doran Martell, ruler of Dorne, was the victim of a coup in the season 6 premiere. Ellaria Sand took his ass down.

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Another victim of Ellaria Sand's coup in the season 6 premiere, Trystane Martell took a spear through the face from one of the Sand Snakes.

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Another victim of Ellaria Sand's coup in the season 6 premiere, Trystane Martell took a spear through the face from one of the Sand Snakes.

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Roose Bolton was stabbed in the gut by his legitimized bastard Ramsay in a coup that is apparently being aided by House Karstark.

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Roose Bolton was stabbed in the gut by his legitimized bastard Ramsay in a coup that is apparently being aided by House Karstark.

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Walda Bolton and her newborn son were eaten by dogs in Ramsay's coup of House Bolton. So horrible.

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Walda Bolton and her newborn son were eaten by dogs in Ramsay's coup of House Bolton. So horrible.

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Balon Greyjoy was thrown off a really high bridge by his younger brother Euron, emerging from the far east to apparently make a surprise bid for power.

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Balon Greyjoy was thrown off a really high bridge by his younger brother Euron, emerging from the far east to apparently make a surprise bid for power.

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Professional Thorne in Jon Snow's ass Alisser Thorne finally gets got, and the horrible child Olly gets hung alongside him. Finally, something to feel good about.

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Professional Thorne in Jon Snow's ass Alisser Thorne finally gets got, and the horrible child Olly gets hung alongside him. Finally, something to feel good about.

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Osha attempted to murder Ramsay, but he saw it coming and got her first.

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Osha attempted to murder Ramsay, but he saw it coming and got her first.

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Khal Moro (and all the other Khals) learned the hard way that they should probably let Daenerys do what she wants. Now they're all burned up.

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Khal Moro (and all the other Khals) learned the hard way that they should probably let Daenerys do what she wants. Now they're all burned up.

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Hodor was killed holding the door to the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven so Meera and Bran could escape. Sigh, Hodor.

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Hodor was killed holding the door to the cave of the Three-Eyed Raven so Meera and Bran could escape. Sigh, Hodor.

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After a lifetime of turmoil, the Hound found peace thanks to the Elder Brother and his small religious community on Quiet Isle. But then the Brotherhood Without Banners murdered the Elder Brother and all Sandor's new friends. 

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After a lifetime of turmoil, the Hound found peace thanks to the Elder Brother and his small religious community on Quiet Isle. But then the Brotherhood Without Banners murdered the Elder Brother and all Sandor's new friends. 

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Arya finally took out her nemesis the Waif by forcing their final battle to take place in the dark -- something Arya has plenty of practice with thanks to her previous bout of blindness.

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Arya finally took out her nemesis the Waif by forcing their final battle to take place in the dark -- something Arya has plenty of practice with thanks to her previous bout of blindness.

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Rickon Stark died as some kind of twisted way of kicking off the Battle of the Bastards, because Ramsay is a horrific person.

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Rickon Stark died as some kind of twisted way of kicking off the Battle of the Bastards, because Ramsay is a horrific person.

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The greatest badass who ever lived, Wun Wun certainly had his say in the Battle of the Bastards, literally ripping a man in two with his bare hands and taking down the gate of Winterfell when Ramsay retreated behind its walls. But a few dozen arrows were too much even for a giant.

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The greatest badass who ever lived, Wun Wun certainly had his say in the Battle of the Bastards, literally ripping a man in two with his bare hands and taking down the gate of Winterfell when Ramsay retreated behind its walls. But a few dozen arrows were too much even for a giant.

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Ramsay Bolton was eaten by his own dogs. Perfect.

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Ramsay Bolton was eaten by his own dogs. Perfect.

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Grand Maester Pycelle was murdered by a bunch of children at the behest of Qyburn to prevent him from interfering with Cersei's plan to blow up the Sept of Baelor.

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Grand Maester Pycelle was murdered by a bunch of children at the behest of Qyburn to prevent him from interfering with Cersei's plan to blow up the Sept of Baelor.

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Speaking of Cersei's plan to blow up the Sept of Baelor, she managed to kill Margaery Tyrell, Loras Tyrell, the High Sparrow (pictured having the flesh burned off his bones), Lancel Lannister, Mace Tyrell, Kevan Lannister and a whole bunch of other people, including the bulk of the Faith Militant.

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Speaking of Cersei's plan to blow up the Sept of Baelor, she managed to kill Margaery Tyrell, Loras Tyrell, the High Sparrow (pictured having the flesh burned off his bones), Lancel Lannister, Mace Tyrell, Kevan Lannister and a whole bunch of other people, including the bulk of the Faith Militant.

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Cersei tried to save her son, King Tommen Baratheon, from being blown up by having the Mountain keep him from going to the Sept. Unfortunately, after seeing the Sept blow up with his wife inside, Tommen decided to kill himself by jumping out his window in the Red Keep.

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Cersei tried to save her son, King Tommen Baratheon, from being blown up by having the Mountain keep him from going to the Sept. Unfortunately, after seeing the Sept blow up with his wife inside, Tommen decided to kill himself by jumping out his window in the Red Keep.

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Walder Frey was served a pie that contained pieces of some of his family members (though he didn't eat it!) before it was revealed that the girl who served it to him was actually Arya Stark wearing someone else's face. And then Arya cut Lord Walder's throat.

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Walder Frey was served a pie that contained pieces of some of his family members (though he didn't eat it!) before it was revealed that the girl who served it to him was actually Arya Stark wearing someone else's face. And then Arya cut Lord Walder's throat.

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The first major deaths of season 7 came when Euron Greyjoy's Iron Fleet assaulted Yara Greyjoy's Iron Fleet. Yara and Ellaria San were captured, Theon ran away, and two of the Sand Snakes were killed during the battle by Euron himself. RIP Obera Sand (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Nymeria Sand (Jessica Henwick).

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The first major deaths of season 7 came when Euron Greyjoy's Iron Fleet assaulted Yara Greyjoy's Iron Fleet. Yara and Ellaria San were captured, Theon ran away, and two of the Sand Snakes were killed during the battle by Euron himself. RIP Obera Sand (Keisha Castle-Hughes) and Nymeria Sand (Jessica Henwick).

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‘Power': Angela Valdes Finally Does Something Right http://www.thewrap.com/power-angela-valdes-finally-does-something-right/ http://www.thewrap.com/power-angela-valdes-finally-does-something-right/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 02:00:31 +0000 Rasha Ali http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679543 (Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if  you haven’t watched Sunday’s episode of “Power”)

We’re going to preface this by saying that we don’t really like Angela Valdes (Lela Loren) very much — that’s actually a pretty nice way of expressing how we genuinely feel about her (Hint: she’s annoying af).

Now that we’ve gotten our biases out of the way, Sunday night’s episode of “Power” on STARZ won Angela some cool points because she finally did something right for once.

Last week’s episode showed the AUSA (Assistant United States Attorney) agent viewing security footage from Truth nightclub that, basically, showed that James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) didn’t go anywhere near where the murder weapon was found, indicating that the gun had to have been placed there by someone else — meaning, he was framed.

On tonight’s episode, Valdes decided to approach her colleague Mike Sandoval (David Fumero) and tell him about the tape, which he ended up dismissing, saying that they shouldn’t bring it up to the defense because it would weaken their case.

Now, old annoying Angela would’ve probably left it alone and went about her business because she annoyingly believed that Ghost was guilty of murdering Greg Knox (Andy Bean) because, as we said, she’s annoying.

But new Angela decided to put her own job and reputation on the line and approached St. Patrick’s defense attorney on her own and offered to testify about the exculpatory evidence she found.

So homegirl ended up taking the stand and revealing everything — from the security tapes she found to her sexual relationship with Ghost.

Because of how messy the prosecution and Angela was, the judge decided to dismiss the case against St. Patrick and he got to go free.

We could all tell Valdes was still salty about everything because even when Ghost tried to thank her for what she did — even though he shouldn’t have, because she’s the reason he was in this mess to begin with, but whatever — she was being annoying.

But it’s all good, because now Ghost is free and Angela is probably fired or something, but that’s OK because no one really cares about her anyway.

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Dwayne Johnson, Apple Collaborate on ‘Craziest, Dopest, Most Over the Top’ Movie ‘Ever Made’ http://www.thewrap.com/dwayne-johnson-apple-siri-dominate-your-day/ http://www.thewrap.com/dwayne-johnson-apple-siri-dominate-your-day/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:35:50 +0000 Rosemary Rossi http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679605 Dwayne Johnson has a new leading lady in his future. She’s brilliant, mysterious and has what some think is a sexy phone voice. Her name is Siri. Yes… that Siri.

The Rock has been one of the biggest guys in Hollywood this summer (we’re talking about “Ballers,” “Baywatch” and the upcoming “Jumanji”), and now he’s added another project to his growing To Do List: a collaboration with Apple Inc., where he will co-star with the “intelligent personal assistant” Siri in a movie called “Dominate Your Day.”

Johnson took to Instagram to make the announcement, where he also shared a poster for the upcoming collaboration.

“I partnered with Apple to make the biggest, coolest, sexiest, craziest, dopest, most over the top, funnest (is that even a word?) movie ever made,” Johnson wrote. “And I have the greatest co-star of all time, Siri. I make movies for the world to enjoy and we also made this one to motivate you to get out there and get the job done. I want you to watch it, have fun with it and then go live it.”

The movie is dropping Monday, July 24 at www.YouTube.com/Apple.

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‘In This Corner of the World’ Review: Haunting Anime Works Better as Character Piece than War Story http://www.thewrap.com/in-this-corner-of-the-world-review-anime/ http://www.thewrap.com/in-this-corner-of-the-world-review-anime/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 01:23:36 +0000 Dan Callahan http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679616 Based on a Japanese manga written and illustrated by Fumiyo Kōno, the animated feature “In This Corner of the World” is an engrossing but sometimes jumbled adaptation by writer-director Sunao Katabuchi (“Mai Mai Miracle”).

Set during the period from 1935 to 1945, this film is first-rate when depicting domestic challenges in the life of its heroine Suzu Urano, but it is somewhat hollow when foreshadowing the atomic bomb that is about to be dropped on her hometown of Hiroshima.

“They called me a daydreamer,” Suzu says in her opening narration. The melody of what sounds like “O Come All Ye Faithful” plays as she floats down a river in a boat, and this produces a treacly feeling that is soon altered when Suzu describes white clouds overhead that are “drifting without joy…their emptiness I have within…will it ever be relieved?” Such an existential query belies the number of times Suzu is called “ordinary” by others in this movie.

There are moments when the sheer physical beauty of “In This Corner of the World” is bound to bring a smile to the face. The animation looks handmade and deceptively simple, and there is delicate coloring and a subtle three-dimensional quality to both people and objects. Tree branches here sometimes look more real somehow than real tree branches, and there are also effects of light that are very pleasing and lifelike.

At one point, Suzu holds a dandelion and blows on it, and we see the wispy white seeds float through the air. Shots like this are so pretty that Katabuchi might have held them even longer to really make them land, but this is a movie that is always barreling forward very quickly, sometimes charmingly and sometimes bewilderingly.

Most bewildering here is Suzu’s relationship with Shūsaku, the shy man who asks to be her husband after meeting her once. When she gets the offer, Suzu does not remember meeting him. She is told by her family that she does not have to accept his proposal, but Suzu does marry him and moves to the city of Kure, where Shūsaku lives with his own family. (“Marrying close to home lacks excitement” is one piece of advice she hears.)

Suzu’s wedding night with Shūsaku definitely seems to lack excitement, though we are never too sure about what they feel for each other. At one point after their marriage, Suzu and Shūsaku are caught kissing by others, and both of them blush. We hear gossip from their neighbors that he was “too frail” to fight as a soldier in the war, and that he might also be “too frail” for his marital duties.

When they are visited by her macho childhood friend Tetsu, it almost feels as if Shūsaku is pushing Suzu into bed with him, and this is complicated because Suzu does have feelings for Tetsu. The impression left here is that Shūsaku is too soft for Suzu and that Tetsu is too hard, and this makes her frustrated and angry. But there are times when she seems very happy with her new life, even though food rationing gets to be difficult and air raids get more and more frightening.

Throughout “In This Corner of the World,” Suzu is seen drawing whatever is in front of her on her sketchpad, and this has an appealing meta quality because she is in effect a drawing who is drawing a drawing. (This “frame within a frame” idea becomes particularly ominous when we see a large paintbrush suddenly start daubing in colors of bombs that are falling on the screen.) Katabuchi is constantly flashing dates at us that get more and more specific, like “December, 1944,” and then “March 19, 1945” until finally he is telling us the time of day as well as the month and date, and this heightens a sense of dread.

As things get bad in Kure, Suzu is told several times that she should go back to her home in Hiroshima, and of course we know what will happen if she does that. There comes a point when Suzu is stuck in a bomb shelter during a raid with a sweet young girl named Harumi, who cries, “I’m hot!” as the bombs fall. “Endure it,” says Suzu stoically.

“In This Corner of the World” falls rather flat whenever it tries to deal with World War II directly, but as a character study of a young Japanese girl in wartime it is often beguiling. It succumbs to evasiveness and sentimentality at the end, but this does not extinguish the memory of the many funny, touching, and captivatingly odd scenes that have come before.

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3 Reasons ‘Valerian’ Failed to Launch at the Box Office http://www.thewrap.com/3-reasons-valerian-failed-to-launch-at-the-box-office/ http://www.thewrap.com/3-reasons-valerian-failed-to-launch-at-the-box-office/#respond Mon, 24 Jul 2017 00:53:24 +0000 Jeremy Fuster http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679586 While “Dunkirk” and “Girls Trip” found success at the box office, “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” did not. Produced by EuropaCrop and distributed by STX, Luc Besson‘s latest sci-fi odyssey cost a reported $180 million to make, but only saw an estimated $17 million in its domestic opening. That put it in fifth this weekend, failing to even beat a third-week “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” which made $22 million.

EuropaCorp, which is owned by Besson, won’t take a big financial hit, as it brought in outside investors and sold distribution rights to mitigate the cost of the blockbuster, but it will have to rely on overseas markets to find profits, as U.S. audiences have largely rejected the film with a B- CinemaScore rating and a 54 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Here are three reasons why the film couldn’t find traction.

1.) Poor casting

From both a critical and marketing standpoint, Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne seemed to be the wrong pair to cast in the lead roles of space agents Valerian and Laureline. While many critics had praise for Besson’s direction, most seemed to agree that the two had poor chemistry and put out performances that were not as vibrant as the worlds they were surrounded by.

On the marketing side, DeHaan and Delevingne remain unproven as blockbuster box office draws.

DeHaan’s most prominent role in recent years is as Harry Osborn (a.k.a. The Green Goblin) in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” while his lead performances have been in the art house biopic “Life” and, earlier this year, in the mid-budget flop “A Cure for Wellness.” Delevingne, meanwhile, appeared as the Enchantress in the critically panned “Suicide Squad.”

With DeHaan and Delevingne’s lack of recognizable roles, audiences who weren’t sold on the unfamiliar story of “Valerian” weren’t exactly going to be intrigued enough to turn out in theaters just to see them. That left pop star Rihanna to serve as the main draw in the cast, with her face joining the others on the film’s posters even though her character, the shape-shifting dancer Bubble, only has a small bit of screen time midway through the film.

2.) Unfamiliar story

The trailer for “Valerian,” along with promoting Luc Besson as director, notes that the film is based on the “groundbreaking graphic novel” by Pierre Christin, “Valerian and Laureline.” While the graphic novel is a hit in Europe, especially in its home country of France, it’s an unfamiliar IP in America. Many moviegoers were left confused as to what the story was supposed to be that connected all the colorful worlds in the trailer. Like the Western adaptation of “Ghost in the Shell,” the push to show the film’s lavish world-building came at the expense of pushing a story that audiences could understand and stakes that can make them care.

It remains to be seen how European audiences who may be more familiar with Besson’s source of inspiration will react to the film, which still has to open in several major international markets, including France, China, South Korea, the U.K., Russia, Mexico and Brazil. But one warning sign might have already come from its release in Germany, where it made $2.9 million. That was good for No. 2 in that market, finishing behind “Despicable Me 3,” which is in its third week.

3.) “Guardians of the Galaxy”

It would be easy to cynically say that “Valerian” is proof that audiences won’t go out to see a movie that isn’t based on familiar IP, but recent hits like “Get Out” and “Baby Driver” prove otherwise. More likely, the rejection “Valerian” received from critics and at the box office show that while an intergalactic romp through colorful worlds can be fun, the story and characters need to deliver as much as the setting. “Guardians of the Galaxy” and its sequel are proof of this, winning fans over with lovable characters and a heartfelt story, while weaving a galaxy where a  trading outpost is built out of the skull of a creature large enough to consume moons. “Guardians” raised the standard for pulpy space adventure, and “Valerian,” with reviews critical of its acting and script, couldn’t deliver, and audiences left it behind.

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Long before that lame CBS series somehow made it six seasons, there was “Mama’s Family,” “Joanie Loves Chachi,” “The Ropers” and even something called “Homeboys in Outer Space.”

TheWrap dumpster-dove deep to find these, the 31 worst sitcoms of all time.

Here are some examples:

“Harry & the Hendersons”
Let’s just say this one was a little before the “War for the Planet of the Apes” technology.

“Ferris Bueller”
“Ferris Bueller” the movie covered one awesome day. “Ferris Bueller” the TV show wasn’t even good for that long.

And:
“My Mother the Car”
One has to wonder what kind of Freudian therapy session must have birthed this idea: a man buys a dilapidated touring car when he discovers that it’s the reincarnation of his deceased mother, who talks to him through the radio.  Maybe creator Allan Burns just needed to get this out of his system before he could make “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Rhoda.”

“Imaginary Mary”
Let’s just pretend this one never happened.

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TheWrap dumpster-dives deep to find for you these, the 31 worst sitcoms of all time. Happy browsing!

 

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A good sitcom can make viewers forget their troubles for 22 minutes. Warning: The following list does not name any of those kinds of shows.

TheWrap dumpster-dives deep to find for you these, the 31 worst sitcoms of all time. Happy browsing!

 

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"Cavemen": This show was based on a GEICO Insurance commercial of all things. Let that sink in for a minute.

 

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"Cavemen": This show was based on a GEICO Insurance commercial of all things. Let that sink in for a minute.

 

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"George": What's funnier than a boxer-turned-grill-pitchman? Everything.

 

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"George": What's funnier than a boxer-turned-grill-pitchman? Everything.

 

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"Harry & the Hendersons": Let's just say this early '90s sitcom was a little before the "War for the Planet of the Apes" technology.

 

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"Harry & the Hendersons": Let's just say this early '90s sitcom was a little before the "War for the Planet of the Apes" technology.

 

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"Homeboys in Outer Space": This was the real name of a real TV show. And the title of the sci-fi sitcom is pretty much all you need to know about how "Homeboys" made our list.

 

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"Homeboys in Outer Space": This was the real name of a real TV show. And the title of the sci-fi sitcom is pretty much all you need to know about how "Homeboys" made our list.

 

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"Ferris Bueller": The movie on which the show was based covered one awesome day. "Ferris Bueller" the TV show wasn't even good for that long. (And yes, that is pre-"Friends" Jennifer Aniston.)

 

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"Ferris Bueller": The movie on which the show was based covered one awesome day. "Ferris Bueller" the TV show wasn't even good for that long. (And yes, that is pre-"Friends" Jennifer Aniston.)

 

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"Joey": You know what was funny? "Friends." You know what wasn't funny? One "Friend."

 

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"Joey": You know what was funny? "Friends." You know what wasn't funny? One "Friend."

 

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"Yes, Dear": No, thank you, said viewers.

 

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"Yes, Dear": No, thank you, said viewers.

 

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"Dads": The Seth MacFarlane live-action sitcom featured Martin Mull calling Asians “Orientals” and telling his son not to trust the Chinese: "There’s a reason Shanghai’s a verb.”

 

Yeah, there's a reason this show didn't even make it one season.

 

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"Dads": The Seth MacFarlane live-action sitcom featured Martin Mull calling Asians “Orientals” and telling his son not to trust the Chinese: "There’s a reason Shanghai’s a verb.”

 

Yeah, there's a reason this show didn't even make it one season.

 

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"AfterMASH": Arguably the greatest TV dramedy of all time, "MASH" successfully blended the horrors of war with the comedy that was essential for the beleaguered doctors and nurses to remain sane. But what happens when you take away much of the great ensemble cast and replace the horrors of war with the boredom of suburbia? Nothing, apparently.

 

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"AfterMASH": Arguably the greatest TV dramedy of all time, "MASH" successfully blended the horrors of war with the comedy that was essential for the beleaguered doctors and nurses to remain sane. But what happens when you take away much of the great ensemble cast and replace the horrors of war with the boredom of suburbia? Nothing, apparently.

 

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"Rob!": No! "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Rob Schneider's family-focused sitcom couldn't connect.

 

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"Rob!": No! "Saturday Night Live" alumnus Rob Schneider's family-focused sitcom couldn't connect.

 

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"The Paul Reiser Show": It's like "Mad About You," except without everything you liked about "Mad About You."

 

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"The Paul Reiser Show": It's like "Mad About You," except without everything you liked about "Mad About You."

 

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"The Ropers": Everyone liked Mr. Furley on "Three's Company," no one liked Mr. Roper. Guess which one got a spinoff? Bad choice.

 

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"The Ropers": Everyone liked Mr. Furley on "Three's Company," no one liked Mr. Roper. Guess which one got a spinoff? Bad choice.

 

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"Coupling" (American version): As if the copied-and-pasted scripts, the complete lack of chemistry among the cast, the canned laughs and the overall below-average quality wasn't enough to dissuade NBC execs from exporting one of the UK's best sitcoms to America, they forgot this part: There was already an American "Coupling"; it was called "Friends." And for proof that nobody wants below quality "Friends," see our "Joey" slide again.

 

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"Coupling" (American version): As if the copied-and-pasted scripts, the complete lack of chemistry among the cast, the canned laughs and the overall below-average quality wasn't enough to dissuade NBC execs from exporting one of the UK's best sitcoms to America, they forgot this part: There was already an American "Coupling"; it was called "Friends." And for proof that nobody wants below quality "Friends," see our "Joey" slide again.

 

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"2 Broke Girls": It's easier to get through an episode if you imagine the characters are in a race to mention sex or body parts as many times as possible, and rack up bonus points for stereotypes.

 

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"2 Broke Girls": It's easier to get through an episode if you imagine the characters are in a race to mention sex or body parts as many times as possible, and rack up bonus points for stereotypes.

 

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"The Great Indoors": There was nothing "great" about Joel McHale's CBS series. Yes, we could have used the same joke had this show been called "The Pretty Good Indoors."

 

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"The Great Indoors": There was nothing "great" about Joel McHale's CBS series. Yes, we could have used the same joke had this show been called "The Pretty Good Indoors."

 

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"My Mother the Car": One has to wonder what kind of Freudian therapy session must have birthed this idea: A man buys a dilapidated touring car when he discovers that it's the reincarnation of his deceased mother, who talks to him through the radio. Maybe creator Allan Burns just needed to get this out of his system before he could make "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda."

 

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"My Mother the Car": One has to wonder what kind of Freudian therapy session must have birthed this idea: A man buys a dilapidated touring car when he discovers that it's the reincarnation of his deceased mother, who talks to him through the radio. Maybe creator Allan Burns just needed to get this out of his system before he could make "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Rhoda."

 

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"S--- My Dad Says": There's a reason why tweets are limited to 140 characters, and not as many jokes as you can cram into 22 minutes.

 

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"S--- My Dad Says": There's a reason why tweets are limited to 140 characters, and not as many jokes as you can cram into 22 minutes.

 

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“Emily's Reasons Why Not”: We have about a million reasons why not.

 

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“Emily's Reasons Why Not”: We have about a million reasons why not.

 

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"Work It": Panned by nearly every reviewer imaginable when it debuted in 2012, it seems unfathomable how "Work It" even made it on the air, until you see this part from the promos: "From the writers of 'Friends'." Men dressing up as women to get ahead hasn't worked since "Bosom Buddies," and even then it was only funny because of Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari's chemistry.

 

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"Work It": Panned by nearly every reviewer imaginable when it debuted in 2012, it seems unfathomable how "Work It" even made it on the air, until you see this part from the promos: "From the writers of 'Friends'." Men dressing up as women to get ahead hasn't worked since "Bosom Buddies," and even then it was only funny because of Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari's chemistry.

 

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"Imaginary Mary": Let's just pretend this one never happened.

 

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"Imaginary Mary": Let's just pretend this one never happened.

 

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"1600 Penn": It's not a great sign for a sitcom when the dramatic version of the show -- in this case, "The West Wing" -- is 10x funnier than the comedic one. Maybe we were all still in the "Book of Mormon" haze with Josh Gad and really wanted to see Bill Pullman back in the Oval Office, but that's no excuse.

 

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"1600 Penn": It's not a great sign for a sitcom when the dramatic version of the show -- in this case, "The West Wing" -- is 10x funnier than the comedic one. Maybe we were all still in the "Book of Mormon" haze with Josh Gad and really wanted to see Bill Pullman back in the Oval Office, but that's no excuse.

 

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“Joanie Loves Chachi”: Everyone loved "Happy Days." No one even liked this spinoff.

 

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“Joanie Loves Chachi”: Everyone loved "Happy Days." No one even liked this spinoff.

 

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"The Millers": In all fairness, "The Millers" isn't necessarily terrible; it's just terribly average. It becomes unforgivable when you remember that, before "Millers," Greg Garcia created "Raising Hope," one of the most delightful (and hilarious) shows in recent memory. Plus, CBS chose "Millers" over Garcia's much better pilot, "Super Clyde," starring Rupert Grint and Stephen Fry. Oh, the pain...

 

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"The Millers": In all fairness, "The Millers" isn't necessarily terrible; it's just terribly average. It becomes unforgivable when you remember that, before "Millers," Greg Garcia created "Raising Hope," one of the most delightful (and hilarious) shows in recent memory. Plus, CBS chose "Millers" over Garcia's much better pilot, "Super Clyde," starring Rupert Grint and Stephen Fry. Oh, the pain...

 

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“Are You There, Chelsea?”: Are you there, viewers? No? OK, never mind.

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“Are You There, Chelsea?”: Are you there, viewers? No? OK, never mind.

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“My Big Fat Greek Life”: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was a great date-night movie. "My Big Fat Greek Life" was a perfect reason to turn the TV off at dinner time.

 

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“My Big Fat Greek Life”: "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was a great date-night movie. "My Big Fat Greek Life" was a perfect reason to turn the TV off at dinner time.

 

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“The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer”: It should have stayed a secret.

 

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“The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer”: It should have stayed a secret.

 

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“The Hard Times of RJ Berger”: The nerdy title character becomes popular after his entire school accidentally sees his surprisingly large genitalia. "RJ Berger" was kind of like "Superbad," just without the laughs.

 

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“The Hard Times of RJ Berger”: The nerdy title character becomes popular after his entire school accidentally sees his surprisingly large genitalia. "RJ Berger" was kind of like "Superbad," just without the laughs.

 

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“Angel From Hell”: The sitcom from hell. The CBS series was yanked after just five episodes.

 

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“Angel From Hell”: The sitcom from hell. The CBS series was yanked after just five episodes.

 

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“Bad Judge”: Bad show.

 

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“Bad Judge”: Bad show.

 

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“Mulaney”: John Mulaney is a funny dude. "Mulaney" was not a funny show. That's an important distinction.

 

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“Mulaney”: John Mulaney is a funny dude. "Mulaney" was not a funny show. That's an important distinction.

 

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"Mama's Family": If Tyler Perry's Madea were an old white lady, it might look a little something like this.

 

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"Mama's Family": If Tyler Perry's Madea were an old white lady, it might look a little something like this.

 

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Now go cleanse your palate by watching some "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Thank goodness that show is coming back, and none of the last 31.

 

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Now go cleanse your palate by watching some "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Thank goodness that show is coming back, and none of the last 31.

 

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Inside Comic-Con Parties With Seth Rogen, James Van Der Beek and ‘Stranger Things’ (Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/partying-at-comic-con-with-seth-rogen-james-van-der-beek-and-stranger-things-photos/ http://www.thewrap.com/partying-at-comic-con-with-seth-rogen-james-van-der-beek-and-stranger-things-photos/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:27:33 +0000 Mikey Glazer http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679556 What’s James Van Der Beek doing here? He plays Diplo in Viceland’s upcoming scripted series, “What Would Diplo Do?”.

“Express Yourself” is one of Diplo’s greatest hits.

here, JVdB got method at the Viceland party on Friday night.Viceland #nailedit with their Stifler-esque paint job on their party bus.

Speaking of “American Pie,” it’s been 18 years since Tara Reid and Thomas Ian Nicholas dated on-screen in the original “American Pie”.  Todd Williamson snagged this shot at EW’s headlining bash on Saturday night at the Hard Rock.

Inside the EW bash, Gabrielle Anwar, Lana Parrilla and Dania Ramirez’s glamour was like a tall glass of ice water after a slow crawl through the fanboy desert in San Diego. King of the Con Seth Rogen with “The Vampire Diaries'” Arielle Kebbel at EW.

Here’s a dose of “Game of Thrones” one night before episode 702 arrives: John Bradley-West  and Liam Cunningham.Also at EW, the “Stranger Things” kids.

They are growing up. Evidence: There was no bike parking outside the party.”Stranger Things” …but even stranger poses. Joe Keery and David Harbour.

HBO, Xbox, and Peet’s Cold Brew sponsored the night.The host: People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle, posing here with Chadwick Boseman.Boseman and team “Black Panther” are revving up for the film’s 2018 release.

Here, Writer/Director Ryan Coogler and Executive Producer Nate Moore arrive at Marvel + Lexus’s party for the film at Parq Lounge on Friday night.

Short-haired “Sawyer” (Josh Holloway), his “Colony” castmate Sarah Wayne Callies, and crossover star of the year Dan Stevens (“Legion” on FX and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”) got a sneak peek “Let’s Play” with new Nintendo Switch titles like “Super Mario Odyssey” and “Pokkén Tournament DX”.

Out of all the celebs who came through Nintendo’s lounge, Scott is the most fervent gamer. He told people he plays with his son.

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"Express Yourself" is one of Diplo's greatest hits. Here, JVDB went method at the Viceland party on Friday night.

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Viceland #nailedit with their Stifler-esque paint job on their party bus. 

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Viceland #nailedit with their Stifler-esque paint job on their party bus. 

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It's been 18 years since Tara Reid and Thomas Ian Nicholas dated on-screen in "American Pie." Good genes? Bad docs? Bad genes? Good docs? You make the call. Either way, Todd Williamson snagged this reunion shot at EW's headlining bash on Saturday night at the Hard Rock.

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It's been 18 years since Tara Reid and Thomas Ian Nicholas dated on-screen in "American Pie." Good genes? Bad docs? Bad genes? Good docs? You make the call. Either way, Todd Williamson snagged this reunion shot at EW's headlining bash on Saturday night at the Hard Rock.

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Inside the EW bash, Gabrielle Anwar, Lana Parrilla and Dania Ramirez's glamour was like a tall glass of ice water after a slow crawl through the fanboy desert in San Diego. 

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Inside the EW bash, Gabrielle Anwar, Lana Parrilla and Dania Ramirez's glamour was like a tall glass of ice water after a slow crawl through the fanboy desert in San Diego. 

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King of the Con Seth Rogen with "The Vampire Diaries" star Arielle Kebbel at EW.  

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King of the Con Seth Rogen with "The Vampire Diaries" star Arielle Kebbel at EW.  

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Here's a dose of "Game of Thrones" one night before episode 702 arrived: John Bradley-West and Liam Cunningham.

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Here's a dose of "Game of Thrones" one night before episode 702 arrived: John Bradley-West and Liam Cunningham.

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Also at EW, the "Stranger Things" kids. They are growing up. Evidence: there were no bikes parked outside the party.

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Also at EW, the "Stranger Things" kids. They are growing up. Evidence: there were no bikes parked outside the party.

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"Stranger Things"... but even stranger poses. Joe Keery and David Harbour. HBO, Xbox and Peet’s Cold Brew sponsored the night.

 

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"Stranger Things"... but even stranger poses. Joe Keery and David Harbour. HBO, Xbox and Peet’s Cold Brew sponsored the night.

 

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The host: People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle, posing here with Chadwick Boseman.

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The host: People and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle, posing here with Chadwick Boseman.

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Boseman and team "Black Panther" are revving up for the film's 2018 release. Here, writer/director Ryan Coogler and executive producer Nate Moore arrive at Marvel + Lexus' party for the film at Parq Lounge on Friday night.

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Boseman and team "Black Panther" are revving up for the film's 2018 release. Here, writer/director Ryan Coogler and executive producer Nate Moore arrive at Marvel + Lexus' party for the film at Parq Lounge on Friday night.

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Short-haired "Sawyer" (Josh Holloway), his "Colony" castmate Sarah Wayne Callies and crossover star of the year Dan Stevens ("Legion," "Beauty and the Beast") got a sneak peek of "Let's Play" with new Nintendo Switch titles like "Super Mario Odyssey" and "Pokkén Tournament DX."

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Short-haired "Sawyer" (Josh Holloway), his "Colony" castmate Sarah Wayne Callies and crossover star of the year Dan Stevens ("Legion," "Beauty and the Beast") got a sneak peek of "Let's Play" with new Nintendo Switch titles like "Super Mario Odyssey" and "Pokkén Tournament DX."

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Out of all the celebs who came through Nintendo's lounge, Adam Scott is the most fervent gamer. He told people he plays with his son.

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‘Supernatural': Fate of Dean and Sam’s Mom Stirs ‘Problem’ in Season 13 http://www.thewrap.com/supernatural-season-13-premiere-sam-dean/ http://www.thewrap.com/supernatural-season-13-premiere-sam-dean/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 23:06:12 +0000 Ryan Gajewski http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679504 Drama surrounding the Winchester boys’ mom will be at the center of the upcoming Season 13 for “Supernatural.”

The stars and producers of the long-running CW drama gathered for a San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday, which kicked off with the rock band Kansas performing a live version of “Carry on Wayward Son,” the show’s unofficial theme song.

Co-showrunner Bob Singer teased the outcome of the Season 12 finale, which left Mary Winchester (Samantha Smith) trapped in a rift with Lucifer. Singer told the crowd that Mary is definitely not dead… but conflict arises between her sons, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean (Jensen Ackles), who have different views on how to deal with her fate.

“Dean thinks she’s gone, that she went through the rift with Lucifer — Dean is pretty sure that’s curtains for mom, and while he’s bereft, he’s ready to accept that,” Singer told the crowd.

“Sam’s holding onto this hope that she could still be alive — that’s a problem for the guys,” Singer continued. “Dean’s idea is, ‘We’ve got bigger fish to fry.'”

Padalecki agrees that Dean is a bit of a buzzkill at the start of the long-running CW drama’s upcoming batch of episodes. “Dean is kind of a Debbie Downer at the beginning of the season — a ‘Deanie Downer,'” the actor quipped. 

Another source of conflict for the brothers in Season 13 is how to deal Jack, a Nephilim who is the son of Lucifer and Kelly Kline (Courtney Ford). Sam thinks Jack shouldn’t be destroyed because he’s half-human, whereas Dean has other plans.

“Dean’s a little more practical: ‘I have an idea — let’s shoot it in the face,'” Ackles said.

The team joked throughout the panel that Misha Collins (Castiel) would not be returning, given that Castiel died in the Season 12 finale. Indeed, the actor showed up midway through the event with his own chair, making him appear much shorter than the ones used by the rest of the team. But fear not: Castiel will in fact be back for Season 13.

Additionally, co-showrunner Andrew Dabb teased the returns of Missouri Moseley (Loretta Devine) and Jody Mills (Kim Rhodes), who is the focus of “Wayward Sisters,” a spinoff in development by Warner Bros. And there could be more familiar faces popping up next season as well.

Some people who have been long dead in our world are less dead in apocalypse world,” Dabb said. 

He also earned one of the biggest cheers of the panel when he said that the show “has a lot of years left.”

We all truly enjoy each other as people,” Padalecki said. “We have legitimate friendship, aside from working together.”

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‘Insecure:’ Here’s Where We Left off at the End of Season 1 http://www.thewrap.com/insecure-heres-where-we-are-at-the-end-of-season-1/ http://www.thewrap.com/insecure-heres-where-we-are-at-the-end-of-season-1/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:53:09 +0000 Ashley Boucher http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1676838

At the end of “Insecure” Season 1, Issa (Issa Rae) is left boyfriendless and, while not entirely friendless, in a questionable place with her BFF Molly (Yvonne Orji). The Season 2 trailer (which you can watch above) sees Issa trying to get back in her groove. If you can’t remember everything that went on last season, have no fear, because we’re breaking it down for you.

Let’s begin with Issa’s relationship with boyfriend Lawrence (Jay Ellis). Season 1 started out with Issa questioning their relationship–ok, she was thirsty AF for her high school crush Daniel (Y’lan Noel). At first, that meant flirting on Facebook and meeting up with him when she and Lawrence were “broken up” for a hot second.

But by the time we get midway through the season, she and Lawrence are back together and he’s trying really hard to get his life together as Issa asked. He gets a job he doesn’t want, tidies up and even takes her to look at engagement rings. Issa, though, has continued to meet up with Daniel, unbeknownst to her longtime boyfriend. She invites Daniel to We Got Y’all’s Career Day, then goes to his music studio… and sleeps with him.

But at the We got Y’all fundraiser in the penultimate episode, Daniel shows up, which means Issa is juggling both men. Molly steps in to help, but Lawrence discovers the truth anyway and confronts Issa. He is understandably angry that he’s been working on their future while Issa has been cheating on him. In the finale, Lawrence heads to a strip club with the boys and ends up sleeping with Tasha, the flirtatious banker that we’ve seen a bit throughout the season.

Amidst the relationship drama, Lawrence finally gets a break career-wise and lands a tech job. In the Season 2 trailer, he’s seen at the gym, receiving sexts from Issa and out with his friends. We look forward to seeing what his character is up to next and how his relationship with Issa pans out.

Meanwhile, Issa is on a girls’ trip full of awkward tension between her and Molly — Issa called her out for having unrealistic dating standards. Some of that tension is diffused when Molly agrees to help Issa return to Los Angeles from Malibu to talk to Lawrence. But when they get back, Lawrence has cleaned out all of his stuff from their apartment, and Issa is left on their street-side couch with Molly.

In Season 2, it looks like Issa will continue in her should-I-or-shouldn’t-I struggle when it comes to Lawrence. She says she wants him back, but also asks Molly for help entering a “hoe phase.” Molly, the career woman of the show, ended Season 1 on a one-night stand, but seems to be focusing more on work in Season 2 when she finds out a white, male colleague is getting paid more than she is.

Issa’s career might get more of a focus this season, too. At the same fundraiser that caused her breakup with Lawrence, Issa’s boss tells her she’s finally hitting a stride at work.

Season 2 of “Insecure” airs Sunday on HBO at 10:30 p.m.

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5 Reasons Why ‘Dunkirk’ Beat Box Office Expectations http://www.thewrap.com/5-reasons-why-dunkirk-beat-box-office-expectations/ http://www.thewrap.com/5-reasons-why-dunkirk-beat-box-office-expectations/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:45:47 +0000 Jeremy Fuster http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679534 At the start of the summer box office season, “Dunkirk” was seen as one of the wild cards. Christopher Nolan‘s latest epic — a World War II movie with a $150 million budget, a PG-13 rating and little dialogue — was seen as a big risk for Warner Bros., who entered the summer needing a big hit.

Now, on top of owning the biggest film of the season with “Wonder Woman,” WB now has a serious Oscar contender, as “Dunkirk” earned a 92 percent Rotten Tomatoes score, an A- on audience polls from CinemaScore and the top spot at the box office with a $50.5 million opening. It’s enough to give Warner Bros. $1 billion in domestic grosses for the 17th year in a row and has put “Dunkirk” on track for a possible 3x multiple and Best Picture contention at next year’s Academy Awards.

Here are the factors that led to this success.

1.) This isn’t just a war movie; this is a Nolan movie. 

If “Dunkirk” were made by another director, it’s likely it wouldn’t have had the studio support it has enjoyed. But insiders tell TheWrap that Nolan is placed in high regard at Warner Bros. It’s not surprising, considering that Nolan has produced hit after hit for WB, from the “Dark Knight” trilogy to “Inception” to “Interstellar.”

But that reputation played a major part in the film’s promotion, as WB used Nolan’s status as one of the most recognizable directors in Hollywood today to grow interest in the film in the middle of summer blockbuster season. It also helped that Nolan designed the film to be just as much a thriller as it is a war movie, blending in the tense drama that his fans have come to know him for with the solemn tone needed to tackle the story of one of the biggest war evacuations in world history.

2.) The IMAX effect

Nolan hasn’t just built a relationship with WB over the past 12 years, he’s done it with IMAX, too, having worked with the premium format company since “Batman Begins.” That long relationship led to IMAX supplying an unprecedented amount of cameras and film stock for Nolan and cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema to work with. According to IMAX, approximately 70-75 percent of “Dunkirk” was shot with IMAX cameras, the most for any non-digital IMAX project.

“Chris Nolan has designed this film as an immersive theatrical experience,” IMAX CEO Greg Foster told TheWrap. “This is a film people want to see in theaters from a director that values the theater-going experience, and we’re thrilled with the partnership.”

In addition to IMAX, WB has heavily promoted special format screenings for “Dunkirk,” including 35mm and 70mm film screenings. That decision to push “Dunkirk” as an event release has paid off, as 41 percent of the film’s opening — approximately $20.7 million — came from special format screenings, with $11.7 million of that coming from IMAX.

3.) Harry Styles

As noted in our preview on Wednesday, it’s possible that independent trackers underestimated “Dunkirk” because older males audiences — the primary demographic for WWII films — aren’t always on social media where their interest can be gauged. But Harry Styles’ fans are definitely on social media, and they were key to the film’s word of mouth.

In each of the three weeks leading up to the film’s release, “Dunkirk” was one of the top 3 most talked about upcoming films, becoming one of the top trending topics worldwide on Twitter following the release of its final trailer. While older audiences remained by far the majority of moviegoers this weekend — 76 percent over the age of 25 — Styles’ teen and young adult fans served as a signal boost that increased awareness of the film’s trailers and kept up interest for weeks before.

4.) Peaking at the right time

But while it’s good to build up interest, Foster believes it’s important to make sure that audience interest peaks at just the right time.

“Sometimes a movie peaks a week before it’s coming out in theaters, and sometimes it peaks even earlier than that and some people feel like they’ve already seen the film,” he said. “‘Dunkirk’ peaked on the very first day it could be seen in theaters.”

While “Wonder Woman” and “Dunkirk” are two very different films, the one big similarity the two WB films share is that they caught the wave of critics’ praise at just the right time. Both films had their review embargoes lift the Monday prior to the film’s release. This meant that moviegoers got news of both films’ critical acclaim — both scored over 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes — just days before they could see it in theaters and further increasing the film’s status as an event to be seen on the big screen.

5.) Release date

As it turns out, the release date that was seen by some as a risk may end up being an advantage. “Dunkirk” is a unique offering at cinemas right now, with its fellow July 21 releases being “Girls Trip,” an adult comedy, and “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” a sci-fi space flick. This means that “Dunkirk” can serve both the demand for more cerebral fare from audiences who want something different than franchise flicks, while also reaching out to the blockbuster crowd with a director known for providing adrenaline rushes in the summer.

“The fact that Chris made this film and that we can position it as an action thriller, that he can tell a story his way and we can bring it to market…that late July playtime gives us many weeks to run,” said WB Domestic Distribution President Jeff Goldstein, noting the success of “Inception” in a similar release frame in summer 2010.

This release date could also help “Dunkirk” down the road. Through the end of August, the only sure competition for “Dunkirk” when it comes to prestige audiences is Annapurna’s “Detroit” — meaning that Christopher Nolan has the chance to continue his streak of strong box office multiples. His last film, “Interstellar,” made $49.5 million in its opening and finished with $188 million for a multiple of just under 4x.

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Anthony Scaramucci Gives Sarah Huckabee Sanders Hair and Makeup Tips to Make Her ‘Better’ (Video) http://www.thewrap.com/anthony-scaramucci-gives-sarah-huckabee-sanders-hair-and-makeup-tips-to-make-her-better/ http://www.thewrap.com/anthony-scaramucci-gives-sarah-huckabee-sanders-hair-and-makeup-tips-to-make-her-better/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 22:28:52 +0000 Rosemary Rossi http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679541

What began as an interview between White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci and CNN’s Jake Tapper about whether President Trump would veto the new Russian sanctions bill somehow turned into beauty advice for Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

“I love the hair and makeup person we had on Friday. I’d like to continue to use the hair and makeup person,” Scaramucci said of the newly promoted press secretary.

The interview on Sunday’s “State of the Union” drifted in that direction after Tapper asked if future press briefings would continue to be held off-camera. Scaramucci offered up his personal opinion, saying that although it’s ultimately up to the president, he doesn’t see the need to keep the cameras turned off.

What followed was Scaramucci saying quite lovely things about Huckabee Sanders, calling her “an incredibly warm person” and “incredibly authentic.” In fact, he insisted she take a bigger office than his, telling her that she deserves the big office because she’s the one taking the hits from the press.

“I want to do everything I can to make her better at that podium,” Scaramucci said, adding that the leader’s job is to serve the people working alongside of them. Speaking specifically about Huckabee Sanders he said, “I think she’s phenomenal there now, but like every athlete that trains for the Olympics, every day we’ve got to make ourselves incrementally better.”

“The only thing I ask Sarah,” he said, looking into the camera, “Sarah, if you’re watching, I love the hair and makeup we had on Friday, so I’d like to continue to use the hair and makeup person.”

Watch the entire exchange in the video above.

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Why Hollywood Studios Are Slow to Embrace Virtual Reality http://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-studios-virtual-reality-slow-embrace/ http://www.thewrap.com/hollywood-studios-virtual-reality-slow-embrace/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:02:59 +0000 Matt Donnelly and Matt Pressberg http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1675257 Are virtual and augmented reality truly the Next Big Thing for Hollywood? While every major studio is investing in VR experiences, so far most are short, under-10-minute extensions of big franchise fare like “Alien: Covenant” or video games expanding on familiar characters like Warner Bros.’ “Batman: Arkham” that have little to do with traditional storytelling.

“I believe immersive entertainment is going to be a real thing,” Vicki Dobbs Beck, executive in charge at ILMxLAB, told TheWrap. “We’re in the early stages, and a lot of people are skeptical and taking a wait-and-see approach.”

With VR hailed as a hot game-changing technology, and analytics firm Greenlight Insights projecting VR revenues to grow from $7 billion in 2017 to a staggering $75.4 billion in four years, Hollywood wants to ensure that it will own a piece of that pie.

But not only is virtual reality in its technological infancy, the revenue is so far rather virtual as well. According to Tim Merel’s Digi-Capital, virtual reality generated $2.7 billion in 2016, mostly from the sale of hardware like Facebook’s Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive that rolled out to consumers for the first time last year. That’s up from $660 million in VR gaming revenue in 2015, per Statista, but well behind the $3.8 billion that Digi-Capital had projected for last year.

The same is true for augmented reality — a technology that superimposes a computer-generated image on a real-world vision but that is widely seen as less compatible for studios looking to exploit characters and storytelling. (Thanks to Niantic’s hit game “Pokemon Go,” AR produced a surprise $1.2 billion in revenue last year.)

Given that the public acceptance of VR has been relatively slow to take off, it’s no surprise that Hollywood has also lagged behind. Here is everything that is keeping studios from strapping on headsets.

1. The VR audience is still small

So far the audience is tiny. While Greenlight projects 100 million VR devices will be shipped to consumers by 2021, Facebook’s Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive shipped less than 1 million units combined in 2016. Both product launches fell behind projections, hampered by hardware delays and canceled pre-orders.

The vast majority of VR revenue so far comes from sales of equipment — rather than content for that gear that studios and gaming companies might create. That may change, but it will be a gradual one. Starting sometime next year, the $400 Oculus Rift bundle will include Disney’s “Marvel Powers United VR” interactive game allowing players to suit up as their favorite Marvel superhero.

Consumers who don’t want to shell out $400 for their own device can visit standalone VR centers — essentially arcades — that have opened in malls and movie theater lobbies in the last year, many operated by IMAX.

You can try VR experiences, including some of the studio-affiliated pieces like Lionsgate’s “John Wick Chronicles,” for $7 to $12 a pop. According to IMAX’s Chief Legal Officer Rob Lister, the company splits the revenue with the content developer and the operator if it’s not an IMAX-owned center.

But major revenues from VR content have yet to materialize.

“The big elephant in the room is, How do you monetize this?” Accenture senior analyst Aaron Sauceda told TheWrap. “How do you get that ecosystem working well, where you have people creating content for VR and then people adopting it and it spiraling from there?”

2. VR content doesn’t come cheap

Producing premium VR content can run “up to $1 million per minute,” one top VR executive told TheWrap — though the cost can range widely depending on how interactive a piece is and how long.

“Anything that’s going to be worthwhile can get outrageous [in cost],” added another studio insider familiar with VR production prices.

Most content, especially based around theatrical releases, costs in the $2 million to $4 million range to produce, according to one high-ranking movie studio exec. It would be “hard to do anything very good” for less, the executive said.

Some gaming companies have spent up to $10 million per project for integrated VR, the executive added, noting that games tend to have a much higher return on investment since users play them over and over again.

Despite the limited revenues so far, Sauceda sees the advantages for studios exploiting their intellectual property in the VR space as big tech-oriented players like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Samsung ramp up their own efforts. “If nothing else, this is a good time to invest and maybe play the long game,” he said.

3. The technology is still young — and sometimes glitchy

VR tech itself is not yet seamless, as TheWrap discovered when visiting the IMAX Centre in Los Angeles and had a computer crash midway through “Life of Us,” a seven-minute re-creation of Earth’s evolution from Within CEO Chris Milk’s Here Be Dragons VR production company.

Many early users have complained about feeling light-headed or even vomiting while wearing headsets. “If you’ve ever used VR, you know you don’t want to have the glasses on your face,” said Phil Contrino, the Data and Research Manager for the National Association of Theater Owners.

Innovators in the field acknowledge the technical challenges — as well as the creative ones in determining just what a VR experience can be.

“No one has figured out what works and what doesn’t,” John Knoll, Oscar-winning visual effects artist and chief creative officer of ILM. “Everyone is experimenting.”

4. Theater owners are leery

Exhibitors are understandably anxious about studios devoting resources to content that bypasses traditional movie theaters — as well as the prospect of an expensive upgrade of its theaters to accommodate new technology like VR headsets for each seat.

“VR should be viewed as a complement, not a competitor,”  Contrino, said at this year’s exhibitor convention CinemaCon.

It’s no wonder, then, that most of the studio-produced VR projects have been short experiences suited for gamers, whether in VR arcades or at home.

What the field needs most at the moment is a large investment in distribution, one top studio executive told TheWrap, comparing VR rollout to the adoption of digital projectors over now-antique film projectors.

“You could compare it to the early days of digital cinema,” the individual said. “Disney, for instance, spearheaded the effort and paid for a quarter of the first digital projectors to go into movie theaters. Then the exhibitors caught on and said, ‘OK, we’ll fund the rest.'”

5. No star power

For the most part, studio efforts in VR have relied on showing off the technology rather than movie stars — who might raise the production costs but also draw a larger audience. The VR experience based on Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and FoxNext’s “The Martian” puts you in the costume of leads Tom Holland and Matt Damon — but without including their face or voice.

“There’s still a mass market for premium VR,” said Andy Vick, who with Rick Rey runs the STXSurreal division of Bob Simonds’ STX Entertainment that aims to create original content exclusive for VR. “A lot of the reasons we’re not seeing that is because we’re not seeing names and faces that we trust in film and TV in these headsets.”

Some A-list directors have dabbled in the genre. In Cannes this year, Alejandro Inarritu premiered an experimental, highly emotional VR exhibit about the experience of a refugee crossing a border — but it played more like an art gallery installation piece than a mass-market movie.

And Kathryn Bigelow made an eight-minute VR film about ivory poachers in the Congo that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival this year.

Neither of these projects is targeted to a mainstream audience, though, which may be one stumbling block for VR’s growth.

6. Early experiments are cool, but where’s the “Avatar” of VR?

Instead of fast-tracking a feature-length experience for a tentpole movie like “Transformers: The Last Knight,” Paramount plopped a five-minute shooter game based on that action sequel into the lobbies of AMC Theaters nationwide.

Sony offered a free release of its “Spider-Man: Homecoming” VR experience for home units like Sony’s own PlayStation VR and mobile gear like Samsung VR within weeks of the film’s theatrical release.

And at this year’s SXSW Conference, Universal had a hotly anticipated VR companion piece for Tom Cruise’s “The Mummy” that saw long lines around the Austin Convention Center. Viewers sat in vibrating, oscillating Positron chairs that matched an impressive zero-gravity airplane sequence — an experience that’s unlikely to be mass-produced anytime soon in theaters (or living rooms) nationwide.

These are all fine early efforts, but many feel they fall short of VR’s potential. “The idea is not to create marketing material,” Clint Kisker, whose Madison Wells Media has an exclusive pact with Sony to create VR experiences, told TheWrap. “The idea is how do you take what’s uniquely delightful about immersive experiences and make something with that.”

John Hamilton, a former film producer and distributor who founded the VR firm UNLTD, put it more succinctly: “We need hits. We need content people absolutely want to see.”

STXSurreal’s Rick Rey noted that Netflix was in a similar niche position before the streaming service stepped up with original series like “House of Cards” led to a $6 billion investment explosion in new content. “VR needs 10 ‘House of Cards,'” he joked.

Still, traditional studios may have an advantage over newer tech-world rivals like Facebook and Microsoft.

“At this point it’s about learning,” said Gigi Pritzker, whose MWM Reality One division produced Jon Favreau’s VR phenomenon “Gnomes & Goblins” in partnership with Wevr.

“Having known IP like a studio, like franchises, like larger films helps us to at least get a head start on others,” Pritzker said.

7. What if it’s only a fad?

Of course, Hollywood knows that the Next Big Thing doesn’t always turn out to be a savior in a challenging economic environment.

Less than a decade ago, studios doubled-down on 3-D movie production following the $2 billion blockbuster of James Cameron’s “Avatar.”

But while Hollywood produced a record 68 3-D releases last year, the MPAA reported an 8 percent drop in attendance to 3-D films.

Sharon Waxman contributed to this report.

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‘Dunkirk’ and ‘Detroit’ Deliver Oscar Season a Month Early http://www.thewrap.com/dunkirk-and-detroit-deliver-oscar-season-a-month-early/ http://www.thewrap.com/dunkirk-and-detroit-deliver-oscar-season-a-month-early/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:02:18 +0000 Steve Pond http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679501 It’s not even August yet, but Christopher Nolan and Kathryn Bigelow have come to town bringing something we don’t usually get much of in July: Oscar season.

Nolan’s “Dunkirk” and Bigelow’s “Detroit,” two big and bold movies sporting the names of the cities where they take place, are unquestionable awards contenders. And they’ve arrived more than a month before the usual rush of Oscar hopefuls comes in late August and early September at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals.

They both have obstacles to overcome before they’ll be slam-dunk contenders, but these are movies that awards voters have to take seriously – and they could well end up being more to the Academy’s taste than the smaller contenders we’ve seen so far, including the terrific comedies “Get Out” and “The Big Sick.”

Of course, it’s not unprecedented to see a real Best Picture contender at this time of year: Bigelow’s Oscar-winning “The Hurt Locker” was released in June in 2009, Nolan’s “Inception” (the only best-picture nominee among his 10 films) in July the following year. Among other recent Best Picture nominees, “Hell or High Water” and “The Help” were August releases, “Boyhood” a July release.

But it’s rare for two potential heavyweight contenders from directors like Nolan and Bigelow to arrive back-to-back at this time of year; “Dunkirk” opened on July 21, and “Detroit” moved up its limited release to July 28 before an August 4 wide release.

In addition to its theatrical release, “Dunkirk” had its official Academy voters screening on Saturday night in Beverly Hills. To all reports it drew a completely packed and raptly attentive house to the 1,000-seat Samuel Goldwyn Theater, and when it ended the film was met with sustained applause that lasted through much of the credits.

The older members of the Academy have long been accused of having a soft spot for movies about World War II, which “Dunkirk” is – but Nolan’s adventurous structure, jumping around in time to tell three different stories, makes it feel more adventurous and challenging than a straight war picture.

One hurdle it must overcome is that Oscar voters have never wholly embraced Nolan: Even when “Inception” landed a Best Picture nomination, he didn’t get a Best Director nod. And most of his films are honored mostly in the below-the-line categories – the best-pic snub of “The Dark Knight” famously prompted the Academy to expand the number of nominees from five to 10.

In addition, the Actors Branch is by far the largest branch in the Academy, but “Dunkirk” is an ensemble movie in which most of the actors don’t have enough to do to stand out come awards time. Mark Rylance, who got the most applause at the AMPAS screening, is in many ways the emotional heart of the film, and the actor with the best chance to land a nomination; in fact, he’s quite possibly the only cast member with much chance of getting one.

Still, the strong box-office returns, the almost unanimous rave reviews and the initial Academy reaction should make it clear that “Dunkirk” is Nolan’s best chance yet to get some major Oscar attention.

Kathryn Bigelow has already gotten that kind of attention, winning Best Picture and Best Director for “The Hurt Locker” and landing another best-pic nomination for 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty.”

In some ways, “Detroit” is cut from the same cloth as those movies: It’s a visceral, immersive movie about the 1967 riots in Detroit, a fact-based work of gripping intensity that can be difficult to watch and harder to shake.

The film is particularly intense in a lengthy central section that takes place inside the Algiers Motel, where several Detroit police officers spent most of a night terrorizing a group of blacks, plus two young white women, in an attempt to find a sniper. Three of the blacks ended up dead and the rest were scarred for life, and Bigelow does not pull any punches in her depiction of the horrors.

On the basis of sheer filmmaking skill, “Detroit” should be an easy contender for many awards. But in some ways it’s a tough sell to voters. Based on true events and relying on extensive research from “Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty” screenwriter Mark Boal, it will no doubt be controversial: An end-credits note admits that there are varying accounts of what actually happened inside the Algiers, so it’s all but inevitable that the film will face complaints that it got things wrong or wasn’t fair to one character or another. (While most of the characters are real people, three of the main cops are given fictional names.)

The film also plays with an audience’s expectations; at one recent screening of a different movie, I found myself overhearing a heated conversation between defenders of “Detroit” and those who’d been taken aback when it shifted from an overall look at the riots to an intimate and terrifying look inside the Algiers.

Will confounded expectations lead to resistance? This could be less of a problem with voters, because the word will be out about “Detroit” before most of them see it. But it is unmistakably a tough sit, and it may also stir up some controversy about white filmmakers telling a black story. (Will that be troubling in the age of #OscarsSoWhite?)

But Bigelow and Boal are filmmakers who don’t give an inch; as Claudia Puig wrote in her review of the film at TheWrap, “Detroit” is an “extraordinarily searing film.” Like “Dunkirk,” it demands attention from viewers and yes, from voters.

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Kathryn Bigelow's 'Detroit' First Trailer Reveals Explosive Action From 1967 Riots (Video)

'Detroit' Review: Kathryn Bigelow Powerfully Connects Historic Riots to Modern Discord

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‘Detroit’ Review: Kathryn Bigelow Powerfully Connects Historic Riots to Modern Discord http://www.thewrap.com/detroit-review-kathryn-bigelow-john-boyega/ http://www.thewrap.com/detroit-review-kathryn-bigelow-john-boyega/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:00:33 +0000 Claudia Puig http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679443 “Detroit” feels like a war film — which, in many ways, it is.

During the summer of 1967, in Detroit and other major cities, discontent over racial injustice was escalating. Kathryn Bigelow’s masterful, immeasurably tense drama captures the volatility and importance of this incendiary time. The five-day uprising, which resulted in hundreds of injuries and 43 deaths, began with a police raid of an after-hours nightclub. Shortly thereafter, swaths of homes and businesses were burned down. It was often hard to distinguish between victim and perpetrator.

This extraordinarily searing film begins with the July 1967 raid and powerfully depicts the early escalation of the riots. It even more commandingly unpacks the scope of the unrest, by examining the experience of participants, specifically a group of unwitting victims.

“Detroit” has a vital sense of authenticity, rooted as it is in history, conveyed via Bigelow’s meticulously crafted cinema vérité style that, essentially, thrusts the viewer into the tense events. She is an expert at managing suspense and deftly blending sensitivity with a journalistic sense of details. Her signature filmmaking style — kinetic, visceral and immersive — works brilliantly here. “Detroit” is a work of consummate skill which kicks into high gear when the focus turns from widespread civil unrest to the very specific.

A report of gunfire near a National Guard staging area propelled Detroit police and Michigan state troopers, as well as a private security guard, to search the nearby Algiers Motel. What followed was a vicious and prolonged interrogation of motel guests: The police spent hours intimidating and physically attacking a dozen guests, in an effort to force a confession about the gunshots. Their brutal efforts result in the point-blank killing of three unarmed African-American men and the brutal beatings of nine other men and women. No confession resulted.

The film incorporates historical record and personal accounts with dialogue written by Mark Boal, the screenwriter with whom Bigelow collaborated on “The Hurt Locker” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Boal has woven a riveting fact-based story, bolstered by extensive research, into an uncommonly compelling narrative.

The crimes that occurred inside the Algiers Motel that night, though publicized at the time, are no longer widely known or referenced. Bigelow has vividly reconstructed them so that audiences experience them in real time. Bigelow, cinematographer Barry Ackroyd (“The Big Short”) and editor William Goldenberg (“Argo”) intercut existing archival footage with fluid, unobtrusive documentary-style visuals, intensifying the power and authenticity of the narrative and the viewer’s personal connection to it.

At the heart of the story is burgeoning Motown talent Larry Reed, lead singer of R&B group The Dramatics, played superbly by Algee Smith (“Earth to Echo”). As the story unfolds, tragedy strikes all around and envelops him. That fateful night changes the course of his life. With his incandescently beautiful voice, Reed was deeply committed to his musical career. Earlier that evening he and his fellow Dramatics were scheduled to play Detroit’s Fox Theater, but their show was cancelled when the venue was evacuated due to nearby rioting. Reed and his pal Fred Temple (a terrific Jacob Latimore, “Collateral Beauty”) take refuge at the nearby Algiers Motel.

Another person who ended up at the Algiers that night was security guard Melvin Dismukes (an excellent John Boyega), a decent man forced into an untenable position. The film’s only flaw is not telling enough of Dismukes’ story. We see him arrested and framed for the murders that took place in the motel, and later see him freed. Bigelow omits the trial in between and how the black community turned against him.

The ensemble cast is topnotch, particularly during the emotionally taxing and relentlessly brutal scenes in the motel. Anthony Mackie (who also starred in “Hurt Locker”) is terrific as a courageous hotel guest accused of being a pimp because of his friendship with two young white women, who police insist are prostitutes.

Bigelow’s explosive film is all the more emotionally charged because of her close examination of the abuse of power by white cops, led by the callous and malevolent officer Philip Krauss, played chillingly by Will Poulter (“We’re the Millers”). The riots — and the night of terror inside the Algiers Motel — are an American tragedy, whose reverberations continued to be felt: in Los Angeles in 1992, in Ferguson in 2014, in Baltimore in 2015, and in far too many individual clashes between white police officers and black men.

The trial of the abusive police officers is featured in the final third of the film. The officers are found not guilty of any wrongdoing; the parallels between the cases of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and Philando Castile are resoundingly clear. Bigelow has said she hopes the film will spark a much-needed conversation on race. Cinematically, she takes a fascinating route toward that goal: a direct path from the riots to an intense look at the Algiers Motel incident, as it unfolded and in the subsequent trial.

The first third of the film juxtaposes a musical celebration inside the Fox Theater with the mounting chaos on the streets. (The film’s Motown-heavy score is a fantastic addition.) Meanwhile, we see people looting, setting buildings on fire, throwing Molotov cocktails. The police are soon backed by National Guard troops. It’s a startlingly incongruous visual: behemoth tanks, vessels of war, wending their way through downtown avenues. The second third of the film focuses on the tortuous, claustrophobic and stomach-turning events inside the hotel, with the final third centered on the trial and its outrage-provoking verdict.

In an animated prologue, Bigelow incorporates African-American artist Jacob Lawrence’s evocative series of panels on the great migration. The text is provided by historian and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. It’s fitting that Gates contributed to the film, given his own 2009 arrest, which drew national attention to race relations and law enforcement. The prologue contextualizes racial segregation.

Weighty context informs “Detroit” throughout, reminding viewers of lasting, unresolved racial injustice in the U.S. Decades of bigotry, discrimination and prejudice loom large as we watch the film. One can only hope that awareness will be raised and consciousness awakened by those who see the film, which should be required viewing. The legacy of the Algiers Motel case has contributed to where we are today, still struggling with a perilous racial divide.

“Detroit” is an impeccably-rendered and pivotal battle in a much longer, shattering war.

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Adam McKay, Kathryn Bigelow Projects Land Pilot Orders at HBO

'Pacific Rim: Uprising' Teaser: First Peek at John Boyega in Action (Video)

'Dunkirk' and 'Detroit' Deliver Oscar Season a Month Early

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15 Best Virtual Reality Experiences So Far, From ‘Hello Mars’ to ‘Gnomes & Goblins’ (Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/15-best-virtual-reality-experiences-so-far/ http://www.thewrap.com/15-best-virtual-reality-experiences-so-far/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 21:00:05 +0000 Sean Burch http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1675330 Virtual Reality – the ability to strap on a headset and interact with a digital story in a lifelike way –is a medium that’s moving beyond the fringes of the tech world and starting to be embraced by world-renowned creators. Hollywood kingpins and inspired writers have been drawn to VR for its unparalleled ability to connect viewers to stories in a way movies and television cannot. At its highest level, VR experiences become an “empathy machine” – in the words of Within VR CEO Chris Milk – allowing users to place themselves in the shoes of Batman in one minute and a migrant crossing the Mexican-American border in the next. With that in mind, let’s run through some of the most intriguing VR experiences available today.

“Gnomes and Goblins” from Wevr is the preeminent example of Hollywood and virtual reality joining forces. Directed by Jon Favreau of “Iron Man” and “The Jungle Book” fame, the experience transports the user into a mystical forest where you’re able to interact with an enigmatic gnome. You’re able to look inside his treehouse, throw him walnuts, and follow him as he runs through the tall grass all around you.

“Life of Us” is the latest production from VR guru Chris Milk and Within VR. The eight-minute production races users through millions of years of evolution — from swimming in the ocean, to crawling on land, to running away from dinosaurs, before ultimately arriving as a modern businessman (or businesswoman). What sets “Life of Us” apart from most prominent VR pieces is it allows users to interact with their friends in the experience — even if they’re on the other side of the globe. You’re able to talk to your friend or pick up animals off the ground and pass them back and forth as you’re being chased by a T-Rex. It highlights the importance of “shared experiences” as a means to bring VR to the mainstream — something Milk stresses.

If you felt you could pull off the batsuit better than Ben Affleck, “Batman: Arkham VR” lets you become The Dark Knight himself. Throw on the mask and start fighting The Joker with Robin at your side in this crossover between video games and VR. After an initial launch on Playstation 4, the experience now lets users fight crime on both Oculus and HTC Vive as well.

Save for Marine Biologists and shipwrecked sailors, “TheBlu” is the closest most people will come to being up close and personal with a massive blue whale. The VR experience allows users to explore a sunken ship while manta rays, angler fish, and yes, an 80-foot whale swim right alongside you. “TheBlu” was prominently featured at the National History Museum in LA for several months, but is available to anyone with an HTC Vive headset.

“The Protectors” takes viewers into the heart of the Congo’s Garamba National Park as rangers fight against elephant poachers. The 10-minute vehicle — spearheaded by National Geographic and “Zero Dark Thirty” director Kathryn Bigelow — has viewers walking through the tall grass of Central Africa as rangers look to stop the ivory poachers from getting to the park’s remaining 1,300 elephants.

Hoops fans are now able to enjoy hammer dunks from LeBron James and 30-foot 3-pointers from Steph Curry in virtual reality thanks to NextVR. The Orange County-based company specializes in live content, and has partnered with the NBA to bring its “League Pass” members action in VR all season long. Viewers strap on their headsets and are able to watch the action from the viewpoint of a courtside seat, without having to pay Jack Nicholson-prices.

Missed your favorite band when they came to town? No problem. NextVR is also working to change how we experience concerts, partnering with Live Nation to bring Samsung Gear users a myriad of top acts. Viewers are put right in the pit and surrounded by hundreds of fans, like for this recent Imagine Dragons show in LA.

“Old Friend” from WeVR and director Tyler Hurd is a leading example of the synergy between music videos and VR. It’s easily one of the trippiest VR experiences you’ll ever have — with a dancing conductor leading his band of minions to “Old Friend” by synth-rock stars Future Islands. The colors and shapes of the virtual musicians constantly changes, from vibrant purple to green to red. If you feel like dancing, too — and its hard to resist — you’ll catch your limbs sticking like wiggling pool noodles. Expect to see more bands experiment with VR as an immersive way to share its music in the years to come.

“Carne y Arena” (Meat and Sand) is one of more intense VR productions in the medium’s history. The six-minute experience puts the viewer in the shoes of an immigrant crossing the Mexican-American border, where they’re confronted by border patrol agents with guns pointed at their face. “Birdman” and “The Revenant” director Alejandro Iñárritu created the piece, and said he wants the experience to put the viewer “into the hearts” of those looking to cross the border. “Carne y Arena” was first screened at the Cannes Film Festival and is currently being presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

“iAnimal” is another example of how advocate groups can harness the empathy of VR, giving viewers a look at the cruel conditions dairy cows are subjected to in several countries. Produced by Animal Equality, an animal rights group, the trio of experiences shows how many cows never set foot on grass and are confined to tight cages before ultimately being slaughtered. The series is narrated by Evanna Lynch of “Harry Potter” and is available on Samsung VR.

You know VR is coming into its own when Hollywood heavyweights like Ridley Scott are making content for it. “Alien Covenant: In Utero,” was produced by Scott and launched alongside the latest “Alien” movie earlier this year. “In Utero” lets fans experience what life is like from the alien’s perspective as it emerges from inside a human’s body, before bursting through the chest in classic “Alien” style. It’s pretty extreme stuff.

Before Elon Musk colonizes the Red Planet, check it out first by trying “Hello Mars,” a VR experience that lets you land on mars and rove the terrain.

“The Recall VR Abduction” is the perfect VR experience for those that’ve been dying to hunt aliens alongside Wesley Snipes. The 2017 release lets viewers fight off an alien invasion through the eyes of “Breaking Bad’s” R.J. Mitte, who co-stars in the film, while working alongside Snipes’ character “The Hunter.” And in a feature that is becoming more common in VR, viewers are able to follow a path towards multiple different endings.

“Raising A Rukus” is a prime example of VR for kids. The series — produced by The Virtual Reality Company — follows two siblings and their playful dog, Rukus, as they explore several fantasy worlds. The 12-minute episodes — which remind viewers of Pixar movies — have been featured at several movie theaters in the USA and Canada, as well as being available on Samsung Gear.

“Hallelujah” from Within is the definition of an “immersive” VR experience. Viewers are greeted by composer Bobby Halvorson singing Leonard Cohen’s classic song in full 360 degrees — with Halvorson performing six different aspects of “Hallelujah” as you turn in 360 degrees. As the song reaches its crescendo, a chorus and beaming cathedral are revealed to the viewer (something that’s pretty cool for even the most irreligious). The experience was lauded at Tribeca and Cannes in 2017 and will be coming to headsets later this year.

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"Gnomes & Goblins" 

Wevr's experience is the preeminent example of Hollywood and virtual reality joining forces. Directed by Jon Favreau of "Iron Man" and "The Jungle Book" fame, it transports you into a mystical forest where you interact with an enigmatic gnome, look inside his treehouse, throw him walnuts and follow him as he runs through the tall grass all around you. 

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"Gnomes & Goblins" 

Wevr's experience is the preeminent example of Hollywood and virtual reality joining forces. Directed by Jon Favreau of "Iron Man" and "The Jungle Book" fame, it transports you into a mystical forest where you interact with an enigmatic gnome, look inside his treehouse, throw him walnuts and follow him as he runs through the tall grass all around you. 

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"Life of Us"

This eight-minute production from VR guru Chris Milk and Within VR races you through millions of years of evolution -- from swimming in the ocean to crawling on land to running away from dinosaurs -- before you ultimately arrive as a modern businessman (or businesswoman). What sets "Life of Us" apart is that you can interact with your friends in the experience -- even if they're on the other side of the globe. You can not only talk but "pick up" objects and pass them back and forth as you're being chased by a T-Rex.

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"Life of Us"

This eight-minute production from VR guru Chris Milk and Within VR races you through millions of years of evolution -- from swimming in the ocean to crawling on land to running away from dinosaurs -- before you ultimately arrive as a modern businessman (or businesswoman). What sets "Life of Us" apart is that you can interact with your friends in the experience -- even if they're on the other side of the globe. You can not only talk but "pick up" objects and pass them back and forth as you're being chased by a T-Rex.

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"Batman: Arkham VR"

If you felt you could pull off the bat-suit better than Ben Affleck, this experience lets you become The Dark Knight himself. Throw on the mask and start fighting The Joker with Robin at your side in this crossover between video games and VR. After an initial launch on Playstation 4, it's now available on both Oculus and HTC Vive as well. 

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"Batman: Arkham VR"

If you felt you could pull off the bat-suit better than Ben Affleck, this experience lets you become The Dark Knight himself. Throw on the mask and start fighting The Joker with Robin at your side in this crossover between video games and VR. After an initial launch on Playstation 4, it's now available on both Oculus and HTC Vive as well. 

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"TheBlu"

Save for marine biologists and shipwrecked sailors, this is the closest most people will come to being up close and personal with a massive blue whale. The VR experience allows you to explore a sunken ship while manta rays, angler fish and yes, an 80-foot whale swim right alongside you. "TheBlu" was prominently featured at the National History Museum in L.A. for several months, but is available to anyone with an HTC Vive headset. 

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"TheBlu"

Save for marine biologists and shipwrecked sailors, this is the closest most people will come to being up close and personal with a massive blue whale. The VR experience allows you to explore a sunken ship while manta rays, angler fish and yes, an 80-foot whale swim right alongside you. "TheBlu" was prominently featured at the National History Museum in L.A. for several months, but is available to anyone with an HTC Vive headset. 

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"The Protectors"

This adventure takes viewers into the heart of the Congo's Garamba National Park as rangers fight against elephant poachers. The 10-minute vehicle -- spearheaded by National Geographic and "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow -- places you in the tall grass of Central Africa as rangers look to stop the ivory poachers from getting to the park's remaining 1,300 elephants. 

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"The Protectors"

This adventure takes viewers into the heart of the Congo's Garamba National Park as rangers fight against elephant poachers. The 10-minute vehicle -- spearheaded by National Geographic and "Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow -- places you in the tall grass of Central Africa as rangers look to stop the ivory poachers from getting to the park's remaining 1,300 elephants. 

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"NextVR NBA League Pass"

Hoops fans are now able to enjoy hammer dunks from LeBron James and 30-foot three-pointers from Steph Curry thanks to NextVR, an Orange County-based company that specializes in live content, and has partnered with the NBA to bring its "League Pass" members action in VR all season long. Viewers strap on their headsets and are able to watch the action from the viewpoint of a courtside seat, without having to pay Jack Nicholson-prices. 

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"NextVR NBA League Pass"

Hoops fans are now able to enjoy hammer dunks from LeBron James and 30-foot three-pointers from Steph Curry thanks to NextVR, an Orange County-based company that specializes in live content, and has partnered with the NBA to bring its "League Pass" members action in VR all season long. Viewers strap on their headsets and are able to watch the action from the viewpoint of a courtside seat, without having to pay Jack Nicholson-prices. 

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NextVR Concerts

Missed your favorite band when they came to town? No problem. NextVR is changing how we experience concerts after partnering with Live Nation to bring Samsung Gear users a myriad of top acts, from Lady Antebellum to Third Eye Blind. Viewers are put right in the pit and surrounded by hundreds of fans, as for this recent Imagine Dragons show in L.A. 

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NextVR Concerts

Missed your favorite band when they came to town? No problem. NextVR is changing how we experience concerts after partnering with Live Nation to bring Samsung Gear users a myriad of top acts, from Lady Antebellum to Third Eye Blind. Viewers are put right in the pit and surrounded by hundreds of fans, as for this recent Imagine Dragons show in L.A. 

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"Old Friend" 

WeVR and director Tyler Hurd show the synergy between music videos and VR in easily one of the trippiest experiences the genre has produced. A dancing conductor leads his band of minions to "Old Friend" by synth-rock stars Future Islands. The colors and shapes of the virtual musicians constantly change, from vibrant purple to green to red. If you feel like dancing, too -- and it's hard to resist -- you'll catch your limbs sticking like wiggling pool noodles. Expect to see more bands experiment with VR as an immersive way to share music. 

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"Old Friend" 

WeVR and director Tyler Hurd show the synergy between music videos and VR in easily one of the trippiest experiences the genre has produced. A dancing conductor leads his band of minions to "Old Friend" by synth-rock stars Future Islands. The colors and shapes of the virtual musicians constantly change, from vibrant purple to green to red. If you feel like dancing, too -- and it's hard to resist -- you'll catch your limbs sticking like wiggling pool noodles. Expect to see more bands experiment with VR as an immersive way to share music. 

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"Carne y Arena" (Meat and Sand)

This is one of the more intense VR productions in the medium's history. The six-minute experience puts the viewer in the shoes of an immigrant crossing the Mexico-U.S. border, where you're confronted by border patrol agents with guns pointed at your face. "Birdman" and "The Revenant" director Alejandro Iñárritu said he wants the experience to put the viewer "into the hearts" of those looking to cross the border. "Carne y Arena" was first screened at the Cannes Film Festival and is currently being presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

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"Carne y Arena" (Meat and Sand)

This is one of the more intense VR productions in the medium's history. The six-minute experience puts the viewer in the shoes of an immigrant crossing the Mexico-U.S. border, where you're confronted by border patrol agents with guns pointed at your face. "Birdman" and "The Revenant" director Alejandro Iñárritu said he wants the experience to put the viewer "into the hearts" of those looking to cross the border. "Carne y Arena" was first screened at the Cannes Film Festival and is currently being presented at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. 

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"iAnimal"

This is another example of how advocate groups can harness the empathy of VR, giving viewers a look at the cruel conditions dairy cows are subjected to in several countries. Produced by Animal Equality, an animal rights group, the trio of experiences shows how many cows never set foot on grass and are confined to tight cages before ultimately being slaughtered. The series is narrated by Evanna Lynch ("Harry Potter") and is available on Samsung VR. 

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"iAnimal"

This is another example of how advocate groups can harness the empathy of VR, giving viewers a look at the cruel conditions dairy cows are subjected to in several countries. Produced by Animal Equality, an animal rights group, the trio of experiences shows how many cows never set foot on grass and are confined to tight cages before ultimately being slaughtered. The series is narrated by Evanna Lynch ("Harry Potter") and is available on Samsung VR. 

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"Alien Covenant: In Utero"

You know VR is coming into its own when Hollywood heavyweights like Ridley Scott are making content for it. "In Utero" was produced by Scott and launched alongside the latest "Alien," allowing fans to experience life from the alien’s perspective as it emerges from inside a human body before bursting through the chest. It's pretty extreme stuff. 

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"Alien Covenant: In Utero"

You know VR is coming into its own when Hollywood heavyweights like Ridley Scott are making content for it. "In Utero" was produced by Scott and launched alongside the latest "Alien," allowing fans to experience life from the alien’s perspective as it emerges from inside a human body before bursting through the chest. It's pretty extreme stuff. 

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"Hello Mars"

Before Elon Musk colonizes the Red Planet, check it out first by trying this VR experience that lets you land on Mars and rove the terrain. 

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"Hello Mars"

Before Elon Musk colonizes the Red Planet, check it out first by trying this VR experience that lets you land on Mars and rove the terrain. 

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"The Recall VR Abduction"

This is the perfect VR experience for anyone who's been dying to hunt aliens alongside Wesley Snipes. The 2017 release lets you fight off an alien invasion through the eyes of “Breaking Bad” alum R.J. Mitte, who co-stars in the film, while working alongside Snipes’ character “The Hunter.” And in a feature that is becoming more common in VR, viewers are able to follow a path toward multiple different endings. 

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"The Recall VR Abduction"

This is the perfect VR experience for anyone who's been dying to hunt aliens alongside Wesley Snipes. The 2017 release lets you fight off an alien invasion through the eyes of “Breaking Bad” alum R.J. Mitte, who co-stars in the film, while working alongside Snipes’ character “The Hunter.” And in a feature that is becoming more common in VR, viewers are able to follow a path toward multiple different endings. 

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"Raising a Rukus"

A rare example of VR for kids. The series -- produced by The Virtual Reality Company -- follows two siblings and their playful dog, Rukus, as they explore several fantasy worlds. The 12-minute episodes -- which remind some viewers of Pixar movies -- have been featured at several movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as on Samsung Gear. 

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"Raising a Rukus"

A rare example of VR for kids. The series -- produced by The Virtual Reality Company -- follows two siblings and their playful dog, Rukus, as they explore several fantasy worlds. The 12-minute episodes -- which remind some viewers of Pixar movies -- have been featured at several movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada, as well as on Samsung Gear. 

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"Hallelujah" 

Within's project is the definition of an "immersive" VR experience. Viewers are greeted by composer Bobby Halvorson singing Leonard Cohen's classic song in full 360 degrees -- with Halvorson performing six different aspects of "Hallelujah" as you turn. As the song reaches its crescendo, a chorus and beaming cathedral are revealed to the viewer (something that's pretty cool for even the most irreligious). The experience was lauded at Tribeca and Cannes in 2017 and will be coming to headsets later this year. 

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"Hallelujah" 

Within's project is the definition of an "immersive" VR experience. Viewers are greeted by composer Bobby Halvorson singing Leonard Cohen's classic song in full 360 degrees -- with Halvorson performing six different aspects of "Hallelujah" as you turn. As the song reaches its crescendo, a chorus and beaming cathedral are revealed to the viewer (something that's pretty cool for even the most irreligious). The experience was lauded at Tribeca and Cannes in 2017 and will be coming to headsets later this year. 

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Watch Best Comic-Con Movie Trailers, From ‘Thor’ to ‘Justice League’ (Videos) http://www.thewrap.com/comic-con-film-trailers/ http://www.thewrap.com/comic-con-film-trailers/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:54:59 +0000 Ryan Gajewski and Rosemary Rossi http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1678949 Here are the best film teases that the studios unveiled at this year’s Comic-Con

“Ready Player One”
Images of bodies floating through a purple-hued sky and Robots shooting guns tease the Steven Spielberg-directed sci-fi hitting theaters March 30, 2018.

“Thor: Ragnarok”
To save Asgard, Thor must put aside his past with his villainous brother. The Chris Hemsworth-starring fantasy premieres Nov. 3.

“Kingsman: The Secret Service”
There’s no lack of violence in the latest spot for 20th Century Fox’s sequel. New cast additions Julianne Moore, Halle Berry, Channing Tatum and Jeff Bridges join returnees Colin Firth and Taron Egerton in the Sept. 22 release.

“Bright”
Will Smith and an Orc (Joel Edgerton) are on the hunt for a very important wand in the fantastical Netflix film that debuts Dec. 22.

“Pacific Rim: Uprising”
The teaser shows John Boyega as Jake Pentecost, son of the first film’s Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba). The Legendary sequel launches Feb. 23, 2018.

“Justice League”
The DC Comics superheroes are all in, joining forces against the villainous Steppenwolf in this highly-anticipated film slated to be in theaters Nov. 17.

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Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Crosses $10 Million at Indie Box Office http://www.thewrap.com/sofia-coppola-the-beguiled-crosses-10-million-at-indie-box-office/ http://www.thewrap.com/sofia-coppola-the-beguiled-crosses-10-million-at-indie-box-office/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 19:00:54 +0000 Jeremy Fuster http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679497 Focus Features’ “The Beguiled” crosses a major milestone at the indie box office this week, crossing the $10 million mark in its fifth weekend in theaters.

From 331 screens, Sofia Coppola’s film made $251,600 in this frame, pushing it to $10.1 million. Meanwhile, Amazon/Lionsgate’s “The Big Sick” added $5 million in its second weekend in wide release and fifth weekend overall, pushing its total to $24.5 million.

“The Beguiled” is about a wounded Union soldier during the Civil War (Colin Farrell) who’s nursed back to health in a girls’ boarding school in the South, where he disrupts the orderly existence of a handful of women who include headmistress Martha, teacher Edwina (Kirsten Dunst) and headstrong student Alicia (Elle Fanning).

Among new releases, another Amazon film, “Landline,” led the way with $52,336 from its four-screen release, giving it a per screen average of just over $13,000. Directed and co-written by Gillian Robespierre and screened at this year’s Sundance, “Landline” stars Jenny Slate and Abby Quinn as two sisters living in 1990s Manhattan who have reason to believe their father (John Turturro) may be having an affair and try to uncover the truth without alerting their mother (Edie Falco). Elisabeth Holm co-wrote the film with Robespierre and produced with Russell Levine and Gigi Pritzker. The film has a 68 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Among holdovers, Roadside Attractions’ “Lady Macbeth,” which made $68,000 from its five-screen opening last week, expanded to 40 screens and made $123,140, pushing its total to just over $219,000. Gunpowder & Sky’s naughty nun comedy “The Little Hours” will pass the $1 million mark this week, making $162,530 from 114 screens to bring its total to $971,000 after four frames. Finally, A24’s “A Ghost Story” made $141,438 from 43 screens in its third frame to bring its total to $480,000.

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'Dunkirk' Fact Check: How Many People Were Actually Rescued?

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‘Wonder Woman’ Becomes Top-Grossing Summer Film as Warner Bros. Crosses $1 Billion Domestically http://www.thewrap.com/wonder-woman-warner-bros/ http://www.thewrap.com/wonder-woman-warner-bros/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 18:23:05 +0000 Jeremy Fuster http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679488 On the same day Warner Bros. wowed fans with trailers for “Justice League” and “Ready Player One” at Comic-Con, “Wonder Woman” passed “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” to become the highest domestic-grossing film of the summer.

In addition, the estimated $50.5 million opening for Christopher Nolan’s WWII film “Dunkirk” has pushed WB past the $1 billion domestic mark for the 17th consecutive year, a streak longer than any other in Hollywood.

“Wonder Woman” grossed an estimated $4.6 million in its eighth weekend in theaters, bringing its domestic total to $389 million. “Wonder Woman” has shown incredible staying power, currently holding a 3.77x multiple after its $103 million opening. With a worldwide total of $779 million, it has already passed the global run of “Suicide Squad” and the domestic run of “Batman v Superman.” When compared to Marvel movies, “Wonder Woman” ranks sixth domestically between the $387.2 million of “GotG Vol. 2” and the $403 million of the original “Spider-Man.”

Meanwhile, the opening for “Dunkirk” has made WB the third studio in 2017 to cross the $1 billion domestic mark, joining Disney and Universal. According to Box Office Mojo, WB stands in third among all studios this year with a 15.2 percent market share. While the studio suffered a bomb with “King Arthur: Legend of the Sword,” which grossed $39.1 million stateside against a $175 million budget, its domestic totals have been lifted thanks to three big hits.

In addition to “Wonder Woman,” “The Lego Batman Movie” won over comic book fans and family audiences with $175.7 million from its February release, while Legendary’s “Kong: Skull Island” beat expectations with $168 million. “Dunkirk” is likely to continue to boost WB’s stateside numbers, as previous Nolan-directed films like “Interstellar” and “Inception” have posted high multiples.

Next on WB’s slate are two horror films from New Line Cinema: “Annabelle: Creation,” which comes out Aug. 11, and a remake of Stephen King’s “It,” due out Sept. 8. Following that is “Blade Runner 2049” in October and the big DC crossover “Justice League” in November.

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'Dunkirk' Fact Check: How Many People Were Actually Rescued?

'Dunkirk' Claims Box Office Victory With $50.5 Million Opening

Ben Affleck Doubles Down on 'Justice League' Future: 'I'm So Thrilled to Be Batman'

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21 Big ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Theories for Season 7 and Beyond (Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/big-game-thrones-fan-theories-season-7-beyond-photos/ http://www.thewrap.com/big-game-thrones-fan-theories-season-7-beyond-photos/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:11:18 +0000 Phil Owen and Phil Hornshaw http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1035472 In this list, which we’ll keep updated as the season progresses, we take a look at what kind of fan theories, both wacky and realistic, folks have come up with that might show us forward.

Bran made the Mad King go mad

When Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven traveled back to the events outside the Tower of Joy in the May 8 episode, Bran was apparently able to shout and be heard by the younger version of his father Ned. What if, going back further, the “whispers” that the Mad King Aerys Targaryen heard were simply Bran trying to talk to him and it was actually Bran who set in motion the events of the show?

Jon Snow and Sansa Stark Are Gonna Get Married
The idea here is that since Jon’s parents are actually Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen — meaning Ned Stark is NOT his father — Jon and Sansa are cousins instead of siblings and nobody would think it’s weird if they got together to solidify their hold on the North. Or maybe even to lay claim on all of Westeros.

Jon Snow is Azor Azhai aka the Warrior of Light aka the prince that was promised
It seems obvious at this point that Jon and his Valyrian steel sword is the one who will lead human forces into battle, and to victory, against the White Walkers. And even Melisandre believes it’s — though it was after years of claiming it was Stannis and accidentally leading him to ruin. So “Game of Thrones” may yet pull another “Game of Thrones” on us in that regard.

Actually, Jaime Lannister is the real Prince That Was Promised

This one involves the assumption that some words were translated wrong in the prophecy of the one who would save the world from the White Walkers — according to the fan who came up with this theory, the Valyrian words for “lord” and “light” are curiously similar to the words for “gold” and “hand.” And who’s the only character on “Game of Thrones” with a gold hand? None other than Ser Jaime.

Or Wait, Maybe Davos is the Prince Who Was Promised
There’s an argument to be made that it’s Davos Seaworth who’s actually Azor Azhai. One eagle-eyed Redditor put together a theory suggesting that Davos fulfills at least a good chunk of the prophecy. A big part comes from the argument that it’s Davos, and not Melisandre, who revives Jon Snow. If you interpret a lot of the prophecy as metaphorical, Davos matches up to with a lot of it.

Tyrion Targaryen

The idea here is that the Mad King Aerys raped Joanna Lannister (in the books it’s said that he had a thing for her) and that’s where Tyrion came from. So Tywin’s total hatred for the dude has deeper motivations than just that Joanna died giving birth to him or that he’s a dwarf.

Missandei is a Faceless Man

The Faceless Men are surely going to have a big part to play in the endgame of “Game of Thrones” considering Arya’s whole arc these past two seasons, but they haven’t been directly involved at all so far. Or maybe they have? Missandei has ridiculous language skills a nearly-always-consistent tone of voice — these are Faceless Men traits.

Arya will become Lady Stoneheart
The idea here being that in a bit of creative license in the adaptation, Arya will function as Lady Stoneheart, the vengeful leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, rather than resurrect Catelyn. It would be a nice payoff on all that time Arya spent with them back in season 2.

#CleganeBowl
The younger Clegane, known as the Hound, really hates his older brother, the Mountain. Both were thought dead, but both are again alive. And fans believe that before the story of “Game of Thrones” ends the two will meet and finally have it out in a battle to the death.

Bran will accidentally let the White Walkers through the Wall
There’s a line of thought that when the Night’s King touch Bran in his dream while he was up at the Three-Eyed Raven’s cave, it made it so the Walkers could pass any magical barrier separating him from them. And guess what the largest magical barrier of them all is? The Wall, according to Uncle Benjen.

The Night’s King is one of the dragon riders
Fans are expecting two other people to ride Dany’s dragons into battle alongside her, much like the Targaryens did when they first conquered Westeros, and there’s much speculation as to who those two other riders will be. But one fan theory suggests that the third rider will be the leader of the White Walkers, the Night’s King. This one might be more leaked spoiler than theory (and maybe a fake leak at that), but “Game of Thrones” fans on Reddit have it that Viserion, one of Dany’s dragons, will fall in battle, only to be resurrected as an undead ice dragon to ride for the side of darkness. If that’s the case, it would certainly even the odds a bit, since no matter how big an army of undead wights the Night’s King has, fire-breathing air superiority seems like it’ll win out.

Sam is the one who will figure out how to beat the White Walkers
There’s gotta be a reason why Sam is going to start season 7 down at the Citadel instead of any of the places where stuff happens. Our guess is he’s going to figure out what the Walkers’ thermal exhaust port is. That’s not a butt joke — it’s a “Star Wars” reference.

Littlefinger will marry Cersei
Like Cersei, dear ole Petyr Baelish probably feels like he has nothing to lose now, with Catelyn long since dead and her daughter apparently spurning his advances after he got her into that horrific mess with Ramsay. But he still has one huge ambition — to rule Westeros. After that face he made at Sansa in the season 6 finale, it would likely surprise exactly no one if he marched the Knights of the Vale south and attempted to form a union with Cersei. And she’ll need the help with Daenerys knocking at her door.

Cersei, the Mad Queen
With no children left to protect and war looming with Daenerys, it sure is easy to envision Cersei going full psycho this year. So much of what happens on “Game of Thrones” is history repeating itself — and with Dany working very hard to avoid fulfilling her father’s Mad legacy, Cersei, by contrast, probably isn’t going to hold naything back anymore.

Jaime will kill Cersei
Way back in the day, Cersei and a pal visited a witch who told her she would be queen until a younger and more beautiful woman cast her down (Margaery?), after which she would be killed by “the valonqar,” which translates to “the little brother.” That could be Tyrion, or her twin Jaime, who was born moments after Cersei. Others previously also thought it might be Tommen, as a very delicious “Game of Thrones” twist — but obviously Tommen isn’t going to be killing anybody after jumping out that Red Keep window.

Euron Greyjoy is a warlock
A lot of little details in the “A Song of Ice and Fire” books that make rising Westeros supervillain Euron Greyjoy even spookier haven’t made their way into the show yet, but they still could. One is a series of clues that suggests Euron could be a warlock like those that Dany encountered in Qarth at the House of the Undying. In the book, Euron is described as having pale blue lips because he’s been drinking Shade of the Evening, the favorite drink of the warlocks. He also says some cryptic lines that suggest he might be controlling, or think he’s controlling, storms. If he does indeed have some cool magical powers from his time spent in Qarth, it would make Euron a more formidable enemy — especially because it would give him incentive to try to take the dragons from Dany, since the warlocks previously said the presence of dragons amplifies their powers.

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In this list, we take a look at what kind of fan theories, both wacky and realistic, folks have come up with that might reveal both the past and the future. Spoilers for all of "Game of Thrones" thus far and maybe the remainder of the show.

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Tyrion Targaryen
The idea here is that the Mad King Aerys raped Joanna Lannister (in the books it's said that he had a thing for her) and that's where Tyrion came from. So Tywin's total hatred for the dude has deeper motivations than just that Joanna died giving birth to him or that he's a dwarf.

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Tyrion Targaryen
The idea here is that the Mad King Aerys raped Joanna Lannister (in the books it's said that he had a thing for her) and that's where Tyrion came from. So Tywin's total hatred for the dude has deeper motivations than just that Joanna died giving birth to him or that he's a dwarf.

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Jon Snow and Sansa Stark Are Gonna Get Married
The idea here is that since Jon's parents are actually Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen -- meaning Ned Stark is NOT his father -- Jon and Sansa are cousins instead of siblings and nobody would think it's weird if they got together to solidify their hold on the North. Or maybe even to lay claim on all of Westeros.

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Jon Snow and Sansa Stark Are Gonna Get Married
The idea here is that since Jon's parents are actually Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen -- meaning Ned Stark is NOT his father -- Jon and Sansa are cousins instead of siblings and nobody would think it's weird if they got together to solidify their hold on the North. Or maybe even to lay claim on all of Westeros.

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Jon Snow is Azor Azhai aka the Warrior of Light aka the Prince That Was Promised
It seems obvious (too obvious?) at this point that Jon and his Valyrian steel sword is the one who will lead human forces into battle, and to victory, against the White Walkers. And even Melisandre believes it -- though only after years of claiming it was Stannis and accidentally leading him to ruin. So "Game of Thrones" may yet pull another "Game of Thrones" on us in that regard by proving this theory wrong.

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Jon Snow is Azor Azhai aka the Warrior of Light aka the Prince That Was Promised
It seems obvious (too obvious?) at this point that Jon and his Valyrian steel sword is the one who will lead human forces into battle, and to victory, against the White Walkers. And even Melisandre believes it -- though only after years of claiming it was Stannis and accidentally leading him to ruin. So "Game of Thrones" may yet pull another "Game of Thrones" on us in that regard by proving this theory wrong.

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Actually, Jaime Lannister is the real Prince That Was Promised
This one involves the assumption that some words were translated wrong in the prophecy of the one who would save the world from the White Walkers -- according to the intrepid fan who came up with this theory, the Valyrian words for "lord" and "light" are curiously similar to the words for "gold" and "hand." And who's the only character on "Game of Thrones" with a gold hand? None other than Ser Jaime.

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Actually, Jaime Lannister is the real Prince That Was Promised
This one involves the assumption that some words were translated wrong in the prophecy of the one who would save the world from the White Walkers -- according to the intrepid fan who came up with this theory, the Valyrian words for "lord" and "light" are curiously similar to the words for "gold" and "hand." And who's the only character on "Game of Thrones" with a gold hand? None other than Ser Jaime.

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Or Wait, Maybe Davos is the Prince Who Was Promised
There's an argument to be made that it's Davos Seaworth who's actually Azor Azhai. One eagle-eyed Redditor put together a theory suggesting that Davos fulfills at least a good chunk of the prophecy. A big part comes from the argument that it's Davos, and not Melisandre, who revives Jon Snow. If you interpret a lot of the prophecy as metaphorical, Davos matches up to with a lot of it.

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Or Wait, Maybe Davos is the Prince Who Was Promised
There's an argument to be made that it's Davos Seaworth who's actually Azor Azhai. One eagle-eyed Redditor put together a theory suggesting that Davos fulfills at least a good chunk of the prophecy. A big part comes from the argument that it's Davos, and not Melisandre, who revives Jon Snow. If you interpret a lot of the prophecy as metaphorical, Davos matches up to with a lot of it.

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The Night's King is one of the dragon riders
Fans are expecting two other people to ride Dany's dragons into battle alongside her, much like the Targaryens did when they first conquered Westeros, and there's much speculation as to who those two other riders will be. But one fan theory suggests that the third rider will be the leader of the White Walkers, the Night's King. This one might be more leaked spoiler than theory (and maybe a fake leak at that), but "Game of Thrones" fans on Reddit have it that Viserion, one of Dany's dragons, will fall in battle, only to be resurrected as an undead ice dragon to ride for the side of darkness. If that's the case, it would certainly even the odds a bit, since no matter how big an army of undead wights the Night's King has, fire-breathing air superiority seems like it'll win out.

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The Night's King is one of the dragon riders
Fans are expecting two other people to ride Dany's dragons into battle alongside her, much like the Targaryens did when they first conquered Westeros, and there's much speculation as to who those two other riders will be. But one fan theory suggests that the third rider will be the leader of the White Walkers, the Night's King. This one might be more leaked spoiler than theory (and maybe a fake leak at that), but "Game of Thrones" fans on Reddit have it that Viserion, one of Dany's dragons, will fall in battle, only to be resurrected as an undead ice dragon to ride for the side of darkness. If that's the case, it would certainly even the odds a bit, since no matter how big an army of undead wights the Night's King has, fire-breathing air superiority seems like it'll win out.

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Missandei is a Faceless Man
The Faceless Men are surely going to have a big part to play in the endgame of "Game of Thrones" considering Arya's whole arc these past two seasons, but they haven't been directly involved at all so far. Or maybe they have? Missandei has ridiculous language skills and a nearly-always-consistent tone of voice -- these are Faceless Men traits. 

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Missandei is a Faceless Man
The Faceless Men are surely going to have a big part to play in the endgame of "Game of Thrones" considering Arya's whole arc these past two seasons, but they haven't been directly involved at all so far. Or maybe they have? Missandei has ridiculous language skills and a nearly-always-consistent tone of voice -- these are Faceless Men traits. 

[contextual-link post_id="996580" title="Also Read" link_title="All 48 ‘Game of Thrones’ Main Characters, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)" target="_blank"]

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Littlefinger will marry Cersei
Like Cersei, dear ole Petyr Baelish probably feels like he has nothing to lose now, with Catelyn long since dead and her daughter apparently spurning his advances after he got her into that horrific mess with Ramsay. But he still has one huge ambition -- to rule Westeros. After that face he made at Sansa in the season 6 finale, it would likely surprise exactly no one if he marched the Knights of the Vale south and attempted to form a union with Cersei. And she'll need the help with Daenerys knocking at her door.

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Littlefinger will marry Cersei
Like Cersei, dear ole Petyr Baelish probably feels like he has nothing to lose now, with Catelyn long since dead and her daughter apparently spurning his advances after he got her into that horrific mess with Ramsay. But he still has one huge ambition -- to rule Westeros. After that face he made at Sansa in the season 6 finale, it would likely surprise exactly no one if he marched the Knights of the Vale south and attempted to form a union with Cersei. And she'll need the help with Daenerys knocking at her door.

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Sam is the one who will figure out how to beat the White Walkers
There's gotta be a reason why Sam is going to start season 7 down at the Citadel instead of any of the places where stuff happens. Our guess is he's going to figure out what the Walkers' thermal exhaust port is. That's not a butt joke -- it's a "Star Wars" reference.

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Sam is the one who will figure out how to beat the White Walkers
There's gotta be a reason why Sam is going to start season 7 down at the Citadel instead of any of the places where stuff happens. Our guess is he's going to figure out what the Walkers' thermal exhaust port is. That's not a butt joke -- it's a "Star Wars" reference.

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Bran will accidentally let the White Walkers through the Wall
There's a line of thought that when the Night's King touch Bran in his dream while he was up at the Three-Eyed Raven's cave, it made it so the Walkers could pass any magical barrier separating him from them. And guess what the largest magical barrier of them all is? The Wall, according to Uncle Benjen.

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Bran will accidentally let the White Walkers through the Wall
There's a line of thought that when the Night's King touch Bran in his dream while he was up at the Three-Eyed Raven's cave, it made it so the Walkers could pass any magical barrier separating him from them. And guess what the largest magical barrier of them all is? The Wall, according to Uncle Benjen.

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Cersei, the Mad Queen
With no children left to protect and war looming with Daenerys, it sure is easy to envision Cersei going full psycho this year. So much of what happens on "Game of Thrones" is history repeating itself -- and with Dany working very hard to avoid fulfilling her father's Mad legacy, Cersei, by contrast, probably isn't going to hold naything back anymore.

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Cersei, the Mad Queen
With no children left to protect and war looming with Daenerys, it sure is easy to envision Cersei going full psycho this year. So much of what happens on "Game of Thrones" is history repeating itself -- and with Dany working very hard to avoid fulfilling her father's Mad legacy, Cersei, by contrast, probably isn't going to hold naything back anymore.

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Jaime will kill Cersei
Way back in the day, Cersei and a pal visited a witch who told her she would be queen until a younger and more beautiful woman cast her down (Margaery?), after which she would be killed by "the valonqar," which translates to "the little brother." That could be Tyrion, or her twin Jaime, who was born moments after Cersei. Others previously also thought it might be Tommen, as a very delicious "Game of Thrones" twist -- but obviously Tommen isn't going to be killing anybody after jumping out that Red Keep window.

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Jaime will kill Cersei
Way back in the day, Cersei and a pal visited a witch who told her she would be queen until a younger and more beautiful woman cast her down (Margaery?), after which she would be killed by "the valonqar," which translates to "the little brother." That could be Tyrion, or her twin Jaime, who was born moments after Cersei. Others previously also thought it might be Tommen, as a very delicious "Game of Thrones" twist -- but obviously Tommen isn't going to be killing anybody after jumping out that Red Keep window.

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Euron Greyjoy is a warlock
A lot of little details in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" books that make rising Westeros supervillain Euron Greyjoy even spookier haven't made their way into the show yet, but they still could. One is a series of clues that suggests Euron could be a warlock like those that Dany encountered in Qarth at the House of the Undying. In the book, Euron is described as having pale blue lips because he's been drinking Shade of the Evening, the favorite drink of the warlocks. He also says some cryptic lines that suggest he might be controlling, or think he's controlling, storms. If he does indeed have some cool magical powers from his time spent in Qarth, it would make Euron a more formidable enemy -- especially because it would give him incentive to try to take the dragons from Dany, since the warlocks previously said the presence of dragons amplifies their powers.

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Euron Greyjoy is a warlock
A lot of little details in the "A Song of Ice and Fire" books that make rising Westeros supervillain Euron Greyjoy even spookier haven't made their way into the show yet, but they still could. One is a series of clues that suggests Euron could be a warlock like those that Dany encountered in Qarth at the House of the Undying. In the book, Euron is described as having pale blue lips because he's been drinking Shade of the Evening, the favorite drink of the warlocks. He also says some cryptic lines that suggest he might be controlling, or think he's controlling, storms. If he does indeed have some cool magical powers from his time spent in Qarth, it would make Euron a more formidable enemy -- especially because it would give him incentive to try to take the dragons from Dany, since the warlocks previously said the presence of dragons amplifies their powers.

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Jorah is gonna go find that masked lady from Qarth to fix his Greyscale problem
You remember this lady, right? She knew a lot of things she seemingly wasn't supposed to and gave Ser Friendzone some important words of wisdom at a key moment. The speculation is the reason she wore the mask is because she was infected with Greyscale, but found some means to control it -- and that she'll help Jorah in his time of need once again.

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Jorah is gonna go find that masked lady from Qarth to fix his Greyscale problem
You remember this lady, right? She knew a lot of things she seemingly wasn't supposed to and gave Ser Friendzone some important words of wisdom at a key moment. The speculation is the reason she wore the mask is because she was infected with Greyscale, but found some means to control it -- and that she'll help Jorah in his time of need once again.

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Bran made the Mad King go mad
When Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven traveled back to the events outside the Tower of Joy in the May 8 episode, Bran was apparently able to shout and be heard by the younger version of his father, Ned Stark. What if, going back further, the "whispers" that the Mad King Aerys Targaryen heard were simply Bran trying to talk to him and it was actually he who set in motion the events of the show?

The events of season 6, episode 5 -- in which Bran sees a fleeting vision of the Mad King -- seem to indicate this is very possible.

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Bran made the Mad King go mad
When Bran and the Three-Eyed Raven traveled back to the events outside the Tower of Joy in the May 8 episode, Bran was apparently able to shout and be heard by the younger version of his father, Ned Stark. What if, going back further, the "whispers" that the Mad King Aerys Targaryen heard were simply Bran trying to talk to him and it was actually he who set in motion the events of the show?

The events of season 6, episode 5 -- in which Bran sees a fleeting vision of the Mad King -- seem to indicate this is very possible.

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Bran travels to the past and is Bran the Builder, who built the Wall and founded House Stark.
Bran the Builder is a legendary figure who led the effort to put up the Wall 8,000 years before the events of the show, after the Long Night in which the White Walkers invaded the first time.The particulars of how this would work are not known, but this is a good one. Especially since Bran the Builder is who the present day Bran Stark was named after.

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Bran travels to the past and is Bran the Builder, who built the Wall and founded House Stark.
Bran the Builder is a legendary figure who led the effort to put up the Wall 8,000 years before the events of the show, after the Long Night in which the White Walkers invaded the first time.The particulars of how this would work are not known, but this is a good one. Especially since Bran the Builder is who the present day Bran Stark was named after.

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Lady Stoneheart coming
It's thought that the resurrected Catelyn Stark was not included in previous seasons so that the return of Jon Snow would have weight -- if resurrections are going on all over the place then it sorta takes away from the novelty of it. But now that Jon is back and the Brotherhood without Banners is again making its presence felt on the show, we might finally see what the they've been up to the last few years and whether Lady Stoneheart is with them -- remember that group of renegades who murdered all the Hound's friends who were building that sept? Fits the bill, even thou there remains zero evidence.

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Lady Stoneheart coming
It's thought that the resurrected Catelyn Stark was not included in previous seasons so that the return of Jon Snow would have weight -- if resurrections are going on all over the place then it sorta takes away from the novelty of it. But now that Jon is back and the Brotherhood without Banners is again making its presence felt on the show, we might finally see what the they've been up to the last few years and whether Lady Stoneheart is with them -- remember that group of renegades who murdered all the Hound's friends who were building that sept? Fits the bill, even thou there remains zero evidence.

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Arya will become Lady Stoneheart
The idea here being that in a bit of creative license in the adaptation, Arya will function as Lady Stoneheart, the vengeful leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, rather than resurrect Catelyn. It would be a nice payoff on all that time Arya spent with them back in season 2.

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Arya will become Lady Stoneheart
The idea here being that in a bit of creative license in the adaptation, Arya will function as Lady Stoneheart, the vengeful leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, rather than resurrect Catelyn. It would be a nice payoff on all that time Arya spent with them back in season 2.

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Sansa is pregnant with Ramsay Bolton's child
"I can still feel what he did in my body standing here right now,” Sansa told Jon Snow about the residual effect of Ramsay's horrific sexual abuse of Sansa. The thought, according to some fans, is that she's not simply referring to the trauma, but that she's saying she's pregnant.

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Sansa is pregnant with Ramsay Bolton's child
"I can still feel what he did in my body standing here right now,” Sansa told Jon Snow about the residual effect of Ramsay's horrific sexual abuse of Sansa. The thought, according to some fans, is that she's not simply referring to the trauma, but that she's saying she's pregnant.

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#CleganeBowl
The younger Clegane, known as the Hound, really hates his older brother, the Mountain. Both were thought dead, but both are again alive. And fans believe that before the story of "Game of Thrones" ends the two will meet and finally have it out in a battle to the death.

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#CleganeBowl
The younger Clegane, known as the Hound, really hates his older brother, the Mountain. Both were thought dead, but both are again alive. And fans believe that before the story of "Game of Thrones" ends the two will meet and finally have it out in a battle to the death.

[contextual-link post_id="1067860" title="Also Read" link_title="‘Game of Thrones’ 101: All About The ‘CleganeBowl’ Theory" target="_blank"]

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Dragonglass is pooped out by dragons rather than just being obsidian
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Dragonglass is pooped out by dragons rather than just being obsidian
Does this matter? No, and we'll probably never find out anyway. But it's funny.

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All 49 ‘Game of Thrones’ Main Characters, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/all-47-game-of-thrones-main-characters-ranked-photos/ http://www.thewrap.com/all-47-game-of-thrones-main-characters-ranked-photos/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 17:07:27 +0000 Phil Owen http://www.thewrap.com/?p=996580 There are a lot of characters on “Game of Thrones.” Too many for me to make jokes about all of them here, anyway. 49 will have to satisfy. If you don’t like them, Littlefinger himself, Petyr Baelish, will poison your wedding cake.

 

49. Viserys Targaryan

A total jackass, Viserys had maybe the best death in the whole series: having molten gold dumped on his head.

48. Rickon
Who? (I feel bad for this joke after season 6, but I’m going to leave it)

47. Theon
I’m still pulling for his post-castration power play. Or for him to just get killed already.

46. Robb Stark
The red wedding was a coming of age for viewers of the show. Rewatching those early seasons knowing that’s gonna happen exposes Robb for the lame dude he really is.

45. Stannis
Basically a stodgy, moralistic Southern Baptist minister. I’m from Alabama, so I was pulling for him.

44. Bran Stark
Needs to work on his pouty face and grow out his hair if he wants to be the new Jon Snow.

43. Roose Bolton
He’s like the Count Dooku of this show, acting like he’s working for himself though he’s really just a pawn who probably will get his head cut off by young Darth Vader.

42. Daario
Was a hot blond dude, but now (after a casting change) is just a regularly attractive brown-haired dude who was banished from Dany’s bed because who cares about love anyway?

41. Ned Stark
The Mark Twain of the show, giving his kids a bunch of advice that wasn’t actually useful before he got murdered. Wait, how did Mark Twain die? This analogy may not track all the way but whatever.

40. Joffrey
Oh man. Remember that time the cake was too dry and it made his eyes bug out and his face turn purple and he spit foamy red drool everywhere? Hilarious.

39. Shae
Did what she needed to survive, until it turned out doing what she needed to do to survive (hook up with Tywin Lannister) got her killed.

38. Tommen
Not the most decisive king, either before or after he had sex. But he’s better than Joffrey, I guess.

37. Khal Drogo
Got fridged for the sake of Daenerys’ character arc. Beautiful.

36. Gendry
Melisandre put a leech on his penis one time. It feels like that’s all I should put here.

35. Jorah Mormont
Really sad because he can’t afford to buy Khaleesi’s love.

34. King Robert
Probably the most chill and carefree character on the show, drunk most of the time, yelling a lot even though he really didn’t have any problems. Well, until that time he drank too much and got killed by a boar.

33. Ramsey Bolton
Is Ramsey the most demented dude on this show? Well, he’s definitely the funniest demented dude, which isn’t actually funny at all when you think about it.

32. Catelyn Stark
Loses to the Lannisters both in the Game of Thrones and the Game of Angsty Overprotective Moms.

31. The Hound
Killed the butcher’s boy, then spent several seasons saying lots of mean things before being left to die on a rock. Nice.

30. Talisa Stark
Every joke that comes to mind is far too reprehensible even for a “Game of Thrones” list, so I’m not going to put one here.

29. Sam
A huge nerd who predictably finds love in a house of somebody else’s daughter-wives.

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http://www.thewrap.com/all-47-game-of-thrones-main-characters-ranked-photos/feed/ 0 "Game of Thrones" has a lot of characters, and too many to rank. So we're just going to focus on the 49 characters who are or were the most important, in our humble opinion. If you don't like our list, Littlefinger will poison your wedding cake. 

These rankings have been updated to take the events of the season 6 finale into account.

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"Game of Thrones" has a lot of characters, and too many to rank. So we're just going to focus on the 49 characters who are or were the most important, in our humble opinion. If you don't like our list, Littlefinger will poison your wedding cake. 

These rankings have been updated to take the events of the season 6 finale into account.

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49. Viserys Targaryan

A total jackass, Viserys had maybe the best death in the whole series: having molten gold dumped on his head.

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49. Viserys Targaryan

A total jackass, Viserys had maybe the best death in the whole series: having molten gold dumped on his head.

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48. Rickon
Who? (I feel bad for this joke after season 6, but I'm going to leave it)

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48. Rickon
Who? (I feel bad for this joke after season 6, but I'm going to leave it)

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47. Theon
I'm still pulling for his post-castration power play. Or for him to just get killed already.

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47. Theon
I'm still pulling for his post-castration power play. Or for him to just get killed already.

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46. Robb Stark
The red wedding was a coming of age for viewers of the show. Rewatching those early seasons knowing that's gonna happen exposes Robb for the lame dude he really is.

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46. Robb Stark
The red wedding was a coming of age for viewers of the show. Rewatching those early seasons knowing that's gonna happen exposes Robb for the lame dude he really is.

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45. Stannis
Basically a stodgy, moralistic Southern Baptist minister. I'm from Alabama, so I was pulling for him.

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45. Stannis
Basically a stodgy, moralistic Southern Baptist minister. I'm from Alabama, so I was pulling for him.

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44. Bran Stark
Needs to work on his pouty face and grow out his hair if he wants to be the new Jon Snow.

 

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44. Bran Stark
Needs to work on his pouty face and grow out his hair if he wants to be the new Jon Snow.

 

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43. Roose Bolton
He's like the Count Dooku of this show, acting like he's working for himself though he's really just a pawn who probably will get his head cut off by young Darth Vader.

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43. Roose Bolton
He's like the Count Dooku of this show, acting like he's working for himself though he's really just a pawn who probably will get his head cut off by young Darth Vader.

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42. Daario
Was a hot blond dude, but now (after a casting change) is just a regularly attractive brown-haired dude who was banished from Dany's bed because who cares about love anyway?

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42. Daario
Was a hot blond dude, but now (after a casting change) is just a regularly attractive brown-haired dude who was banished from Dany's bed because who cares about love anyway?

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41. Ned Stark
The Mark Twain of the show, giving his kids a bunch of advice that wasn't actually useful before he got murdered. Wait, how did Mark Twain die? This analogy may not track all the way but whatever.

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41. Ned Stark
The Mark Twain of the show, giving his kids a bunch of advice that wasn't actually useful before he got murdered. Wait, how did Mark Twain die? This analogy may not track all the way but whatever.

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40. Joffrey
Oh man. Remember that time the cake was too dry and it made his eyes bug out and his face turn purple and he spit foamy red drool everywhere? Hilarious.

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40. Joffrey
Oh man. Remember that time the cake was too dry and it made his eyes bug out and his face turn purple and he spit foamy red drool everywhere? Hilarious.

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39. Shae
Did what she needed to survive, until it turned out doing what she needed to do to survive (hook up with Tywin Lannister) got her killed.

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39. Shae
Did what she needed to survive, until it turned out doing what she needed to do to survive (hook up with Tywin Lannister) got her killed.

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38. Tommen
Not the most decisive king, either before or after he had sex. But he's better than Joffrey, I guess. 

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38. Tommen
Not the most decisive king, either before or after he had sex. But he's better than Joffrey, I guess. 

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37. Khal Drogo
Got fridged for the sake of Daenerys' character arc. Beautiful.

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37. Khal Drogo
Got fridged for the sake of Daenerys' character arc. Beautiful.

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36. Gendry
Melisandre put a leech on his penis one time. It feels like that's all I should put here.

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36. Gendry
Melisandre put a leech on his penis one time. It feels like that's all I should put here.

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35. Jorah Mormont
Really sad because he can't afford to buy Khaleesi's love.

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35. Jorah Mormont
Really sad because he can't afford to buy Khaleesi's love.

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34. King Robert
Probably the most chill and carefree character on the show, drunk most of the time, yelling a lot even though he really didn't have any problems. Well, until that time he drank too much and got killed by a boar.

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34. King Robert
Probably the most chill and carefree character on the show, drunk most of the time, yelling a lot even though he really didn't have any problems. Well, until that time he drank too much and got killed by a boar.

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33. Ramsey Bolton
Is Ramsey the most demented dude on this show? Well, he's definitely the funniest demented dude, which isn't actually funny at all when you think about it.

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33. Ramsey Bolton
Is Ramsey the most demented dude on this show? Well, he's definitely the funniest demented dude, which isn't actually funny at all when you think about it.

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32. Catelyn Stark
Loses to the Lannisters both in the Game of Thrones and the Game of Angsty Overprotective Moms.

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32. Catelyn Stark
Loses to the Lannisters both in the Game of Thrones and the Game of Angsty Overprotective Moms.

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31. The Hound
Killed the butcher's boy, then spent several seasons saying lots of mean things before being left to die on a rock. If his redemption arc goes well he might get a bump.

UPDATE: The Hound is alive, and got religion. Moved up nine spots for perseverance.

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31. The Hound
Killed the butcher's boy, then spent several seasons saying lots of mean things before being left to die on a rock. If his redemption arc goes well he might get a bump.

UPDATE: The Hound is alive, and got religion. Moved up nine spots for perseverance.

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30. Talisa Stark
Every joke that comes to mind is far too reprehensible even for a "Game of Thrones" list, so I'm not going to put one here. 

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30. Talisa Stark
Every joke that comes to mind is far too reprehensible even for a "Game of Thrones" list, so I'm not going to put one here. 

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29. Sam
A huge nerd who predictably finds love in a house of somebody else's daughter-wives.

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29. Sam
A huge nerd who predictably finds love in a house of somebody else's daughter-wives.

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28. Lord Commander Mormont
Died because Sam found love in a house of somebody else's daughter-wives.

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28. Lord Commander Mormont
Died because Sam found love in a house of somebody else's daughter-wives.

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27. Ygritte
A marksman with a bow, loved Jon Snow, killed by a child. She was basically an audience surrogate.

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27. Ygritte
A marksman with a bow, loved Jon Snow, killed by a child. She was basically an audience surrogate.

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26. Gilly
Doesn't know anything except for all the stuff Sam doesn't know how to do. Which is most things.

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26. Gilly
Doesn't know anything except for all the stuff Sam doesn't know how to do. Which is most things.

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25. The High Sparrow

He tried pulling a huge awesome gambit, but ultimately he was not prepared for the Game as well as he thought, judging by how hard Cersei outplayed him.

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25. The High Sparrow

He tried pulling a huge awesome gambit, but ultimately he was not prepared for the Game as well as he thought, judging by how hard Cersei outplayed him.

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24. Red Viper
His irascible lust distracted him from delivering the killing blow against the Mountain. He would be much, much higher on this list were it on for that glaring oversight.

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24. Red Viper
His irascible lust distracted him from delivering the killing blow against the Mountain. He would be much, much higher on this list were it on for that glaring oversight.

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23. Jaime Lannister
Can I make a joke about masturbating with your off hand? There's nothing in our style guide about that. Anyway, where's the scene where Jaime learned how to do that?

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23. Jaime Lannister
Can I make a joke about masturbating with your off hand? There's nothing in our style guide about that. Anyway, where's the scene where Jaime learned how to do that?

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22. Jaqen H'ghar
Speaks in riddles, has many faces (and many bodies), and set Arya on the path to losing her eyesight even though he would have been burned alive if she hadn't saved him. What a clown.

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22. Jaqen H'ghar
Speaks in riddles, has many faces (and many bodies), and set Arya on the path to losing her eyesight even though he would have been burned alive if she hadn't saved him. What a clown.

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21. Tywin Lannister
Was killed by his hated dwarf son. Exactly what he deserved, though I secretly hoped he would at some point just be nice to his kids. 

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21. Tywin Lannister
Was killed by his hated dwarf son. Exactly what he deserved, though I secretly hoped he would at some point just be nice to his kids. 

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20. Ellaria Sand
Committed one of the greatest and most upsetting murders on the whole show.

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20. Ellaria Sand
Committed one of the greatest and most upsetting murders on the whole show.

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19. Tormund Giantsbane
Has a great name, murder in his heart and a huge beard. Now he's going to be in "Fate of the Furious," the next movie in my favorite film franchise. What's not to like?

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19. Tormund Giantsbane
Has a great name, murder in his heart and a huge beard. Now he's going to be in "Fate of the Furious," the next movie in my favorite film franchise. What's not to like?

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18. Jon Snow
Well, he's dead. King of the dead ones. Definitely not coming back ever. No longer dead. Murdered a particularly irritating character. We moved him up 5 spots for that.

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18. Jon Snow
Well, he's dead. King of the dead ones. Definitely not coming back ever. No longer dead. Murdered a particularly irritating character. We moved him up 5 spots for that.

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17. Euron Greyjoy
We can't help but appreciate the (no pun intended) joy with which Euron enacts his villainy. "I AM THE STORM!" Hahaha.

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17. Euron Greyjoy
We can't help but appreciate the (no pun intended) joy with which Euron enacts his villainy. "I AM THE STORM!" Hahaha.

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16. Hodor
Shoulda been named "Meme." (Another joke I feel about bad about after season 6. I moved him way up in compensation.)

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16. Hodor
Shoulda been named "Meme." (Another joke I feel about bad about after season 6. I moved him way up in compensation.)

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15. Margaery Tyrell
Delightfully passive-aggressive toward Cersei all the time. Sure, she was killed horribly by Cersei because she made a classic "Game of Thrones" miscalculation -- and I really should bump her down for that -- but, nah, she was too much fun.

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15. Margaery Tyrell
Delightfully passive-aggressive toward Cersei all the time. Sure, she was killed horribly by Cersei because she made a classic "Game of Thrones" miscalculation -- and I really should bump her down for that -- but, nah, she was too much fun.

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14. Brienne
Tall, kills a lot of men, is single and celibate, takes no crap from anyone and doesn't play the game. A perfect counter to basically everything else on "Game of Thrones."

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14. Brienne
Tall, kills a lot of men, is single and celibate, takes no crap from anyone and doesn't play the game. A perfect counter to basically everything else on "Game of Thrones."

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13. Tyrion Lannister
Thinks with his penis. Which is okay because his penis is so smart. 

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13. Tyrion Lannister
Thinks with his penis. Which is okay because his penis is so smart. 

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12. Varys
Slightly smarter than Tyrion because he doesn't have a penis. 

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12. Varys
Slightly smarter than Tyrion because he doesn't have a penis. 

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11. Melisandre
Lots of people think of Melisandre as the "sexy" main character, but she's actually the "terrifying" main character. Remember that time she burned a child alive? That sucked. Now she suffers for it, finally, but she'll probably be back to do something amazing.

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11. Melisandre
Lots of people think of Melisandre as the "sexy" main character, but she's actually the "terrifying" main character. Remember that time she burned a child alive? That sucked. Now she suffers for it, finally, but she'll probably be back to do something amazing.

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10. Missandei
Best friends with Grey Worm, a eunich soldier. She doesn't even have to friendzone him!

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10. Missandei
Best friends with Grey Worm, a eunich soldier. She doesn't even have to friendzone him!

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9. Davos Seaworth
Nothing about this dude makes me happy. Which sucks because he's super nice.

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9. Davos Seaworth
Nothing about this dude makes me happy. Which sucks because he's super nice.

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8. Littlefinger
Probably the smartest character on the show, but uses all that brainpower for evil. So he's great, is what I'm saying.

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8. Littlefinger
Probably the smartest character on the show, but uses all that brainpower for evil. So he's great, is what I'm saying.

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7. Daenerys
Commits most of the best murders on the show, thanks to those dragons and her invulnerability to fire. and they're usually justified. Big bonus points for that.

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7. Daenerys
Commits most of the best murders on the show, thanks to those dragons and her invulnerability to fire. and they're usually justified. Big bonus points for that.

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6. Arya Stark
Has an attitude and never thinks strategically, but somehow has managed to survive. 

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6. Arya Stark
Has an attitude and never thinks strategically, but somehow has managed to survive. 

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5. Olenna Tyrell
Makes a great joke about useless genitals, and constantly talks smack about everyone. And now she's going to ruin everyone. My dream woman.

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5. Olenna Tyrell
Makes a great joke about useless genitals, and constantly talks smack about everyone. And now she's going to ruin everyone. My dream woman.

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4. Sansa Stark
Sansa has been kind of great in season 6, turning into the sort of badass we always hoped but never thought she actually could become. So she moves up almost to the top.

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4. Sansa Stark
Sansa has been kind of great in season 6, turning into the sort of badass we always hoped but never thought she actually could become. So she moves up almost to the top.

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3. Bronn
Enters the show in the most "Game of Thrones" way possible: by stepping out of the background of a scene to kill a guy for Tyrion. 

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3. Bronn
Enters the show in the most "Game of Thrones" way possible: by stepping out of the background of a scene to kill a guy for Tyrion. 

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2. Grey Worm
Just the best. Sad because his life sucks. Badass who kills a lot of his problems. Communicates a lot without saying much. Grey Worm seems like the kind of tragic "Game of Thrones" character who is going to have a brief moment of triumph before getting slaughtered. I hope that triumph is really good.

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2. Grey Worm
Just the best. Sad because his life sucks. Badass who kills a lot of his problems. Communicates a lot without saying much. Grey Worm seems like the kind of tragic "Game of Thrones" character who is going to have a brief moment of triumph before getting slaughtered. I hope that triumph is really good.

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1. Cersei
Yeah, she's a terrible person, but she's the product of a terrible father and terrible environment. Through season 6, though, she's been better than everyone else at playing the game, even though every move she's made has had some kind of awful unintentional consequence for people she cares about.

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1. Cersei
Yeah, she's a terrible person, but she's the product of a terrible father and terrible environment. Through season 6, though, she's been better than everyone else at playing the game, even though every move she's made has had some kind of awful unintentional consequence for people she cares about.

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‘Game of Thrones’ 101: Arya Stark’s Biggest Moments (Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-101-arya-starks-biggest-moments-photos/ http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-101-arya-starks-biggest-moments-photos/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 16:53:40 +0000 Jeremy Fuster and Phil Hornshaw http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1009386 Through the last six seasons of “Game of Thrones,” Arya Stark has become one of the most dangerous people in Westeros (and Essos). Here are the greatest moments on Arya’s path from highborn tomboy to face-swapping assassin.

Arya Stark began the series as a rebellious tomboy more interested in swords and archery than in sewing and dancing. She left her home in Winterfell to join her sister, Sansa, and her father, Ned, at King’s Landing.

Tragedy first came into her life when her friend Mycah was killed by the bodyguard Sandor Clegane when he was falsely accused of harming the spoiled prince Joffrey Lannister.

Arya began learning swordplay under the tutelage of Syrio Forel, but their lessons came to a halt when Syrio was killed in an attempt to protect Arya from being captured by Lannister knights.

Arya fled King’s Landing shortly thereafter, but not before witnessing her father get executed by Joffrey.

In season 2, Arya disguised herself as a boy named Arry while being held prisoner in Harrenhal.

While working in Harrenhal, Arya met Jaqen H’ghar, an assassin who offered to kill three men who wronged Arya to repay her for helping save his life.

After escaping Harrenhal with the help of Jaqen, Arya was taken prisoner by the Brotherhood Without Banners, a group of vigilantes who wish to ransom her back to the Starks.

The Brotherhood captured Sandor Clegane and forced him into a trial by combat. But to Arya’s frustration, Sandor won the battle and was released.

Arya attempted another escape, only to fall into Clegane’s clutches and once again become a ransom hostage.

It was during her travels with her most bitter enemy that Arya began killing, starting with a group of soldiers who killed and desecrated the body of her brother Robb.

Clegane was mortally wounded during a fight with Catelyn Stark’s former knight, Brienne. Arya chose to get revenge through mercy by leaving him to die slowly instead of killing him quickly.

Arya then traveled to the island of Braavos, the homeland of Syrio Forel and Jaqen H’ghar.

Returning to Westeros, Arya got her revenge on the Freys for the Red Wedding and the death of her mother and brother. She first killed Lord Walder Frey’s sons, Lothar and Black Walder, and baked them into a pie, which she fed to Lord Frey.

Arya then killed Lord Walder as well, slitting his throat in the same way her mother, Catelyn Stark, was killed. She reminded him that a smiling Stark face would be the last thing he saw before he died.

Kicking off Season 7, Arya used her Faceless Man skills to wear Walder Frey’s face, inviting just about everyone in House Frey to a feast. Once she’d assembled every one of the Freys involved in the Red Wedding, Arya delivered the coup de grace — poisoning all of them in one fell swoop. She basically single-handedly eliminated one of the Starks’ biggest enemies.

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http://www.thewrap.com/game-of-thrones-101-arya-starks-biggest-moments-photos/feed/ 0 Through the last six seasons of "Game of Thrones," Arya Stark has become one of the most dangerous people in Westeros (and Essos). Here are the greatest moments on Arya's path from highborn tomboy to face-swapping assassin.

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Through the last six seasons of "Game of Thrones," Arya Stark has become one of the most dangerous people in Westeros (and Essos). Here are the greatest moments on Arya's path from highborn tomboy to face-swapping assassin.

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Arya Stark began the series as a rebellious tomboy more interested in swords and archery than in sewing and dancing. She left her home in Winterfell to join her sister, Sansa, and her father, Ned, at King's Landing.

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Arya Stark began the series as a rebellious tomboy more interested in swords and archery than in sewing and dancing. She left her home in Winterfell to join her sister, Sansa, and her father, Ned, at King's Landing.

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Tragedy first came into her life when her friend Mycah was killed by the bodyguard Sandor Clegane when he was falsely accused of harming the spoiled prince Joffrey Lannister.

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Tragedy first came into her life when her friend Mycah was killed by the bodyguard Sandor Clegane when he was falsely accused of harming the spoiled prince Joffrey Lannister.

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Arya began learning swordplay under the tutelage of Syrio Forel, but their lessons came to a halt when Syrio was killed in an attempt to protect Arya from being captured by Lannister knights.

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Arya began learning swordplay under the tutelage of Syrio Forel, but their lessons came to a halt when Syrio was killed in an attempt to protect Arya from being captured by Lannister knights.

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Arya fled King's Landing shortly thereafter, but not before witnessing her father get executed by Joffrey.

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Arya fled King's Landing shortly thereafter, but not before witnessing her father get executed by Joffrey.

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In season 2, Arya disguised herself as a boy named Arry while being held prisoner in Harrenhal.

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In season 2, Arya disguised herself as a boy named Arry while being held prisoner in Harrenhal.

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While working in Harrenhal, Arya met Jaqen H'ghar, an assassin who offered to kill three men who wronged Arya to repay her for helping save his life.

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While working in Harrenhal, Arya met Jaqen H'ghar, an assassin who offered to kill three men who wronged Arya to repay her for helping save his life.

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After escaping Harrenhal with the help of Jaqen, Arya was taken prisoner by the Brotherhood Without Banners, a group of vigilantes who wish to ransom her back to the Starks.

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After escaping Harrenhal with the help of Jaqen, Arya was taken prisoner by the Brotherhood Without Banners, a group of vigilantes who wish to ransom her back to the Starks.

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The Brotherhood captured Sandor Clegane and forced him into a trial by combat. But to Arya's frustration, Sandor won the battle and was released.

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The Brotherhood captured Sandor Clegane and forced him into a trial by combat. But to Arya's frustration, Sandor won the battle and was released.

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Arya attempted another escape, only to fall into Clegane's clutches and once again become a ransom hostage.

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Arya attempted another escape, only to fall into Clegane's clutches and once again become a ransom hostage.

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It was during her travels with her most bitter enemy that Arya began killing, starting with a group of soldiers who killed and desecrated the body of her brother Robb.

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It was during her travels with her most bitter enemy that Arya began killing, starting with a group of soldiers who killed and desecrated the body of her brother Robb.

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Clegane was mortally wounded during a fight with Catelyn Stark's former knight, Brienne. Arya chose to get revenge through mercy by leaving him to die slowly instead of killing him quickly.

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Clegane was mortally wounded during a fight with Catelyn Stark's former knight, Brienne. Arya chose to get revenge through mercy by leaving him to die slowly instead of killing him quickly.

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Arya then traveled to the island of Braavos, the homeland of Syrio Forel and Jaqen H'ghar.

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Arya then traveled to the island of Braavos, the homeland of Syrio Forel and Jaqen H'ghar.

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She joined the Faceless Men, a group of assassins who renounce their identities and use the faces of the dead to disguise themselves. They vow only to kill when assigned to do so.

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She joined the Faceless Men, a group of assassins who renounce their identities and use the faces of the dead to disguise themselves. They vow only to kill when assigned to do so.

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But Arya broke that vow when she killed Meryn Trant, the Lannister knight who killed Syrio Forel.

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But Arya broke that vow when she killed Meryn Trant, the Lannister knight who killed Syrio Forel.

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As punishment for killing Trant, the Faceless Men used their powers to blind Arya in the Season 5 finale.

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As punishment for killing Trant, the Faceless Men used their powers to blind Arya in the Season 5 finale.

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A blinded Arya lived on the streets as a panhandler, constantly tormented by the Faceless (wo)Man known as the Waif. She's down, but not totally abandoned by the Faceless Men -- her blindness, and the Waif's torment, are a test.

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A blinded Arya lived on the streets as a panhandler, constantly tormented by the Faceless (wo)Man known as the Waif. She's down, but not totally abandoned by the Faceless Men -- her blindness, and the Waif's torment, are a test.

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It's a test that Arya passes, learning some valuable fighting skills in the process. Back with the Faceless Men and her eyesight restored, Arya is assigned to murder Lady Crane, an actress. But after scouting her, Arya decides against carrying out the murder, and again finds herself an outsider hunted by the Waif.

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It's a test that Arya passes, learning some valuable fighting skills in the process. Back with the Faceless Men and her eyesight restored, Arya is assigned to murder Lady Crane, an actress. But after scouting her, Arya decides against carrying out the murder, and again finds herself an outsider hunted by the Waif.

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The Waif wounds her, but Arya escapes thanks to Lady Crane. But again the Waif catches up to her, murdering Crane and chasing Arya through the streets of Braavos. Arya defeats her by leading her into a small room and cutting off the lights -- Arya knows how to fight in the dark, but the Waif does not.

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The Waif wounds her, but Arya escapes thanks to Lady Crane. But again the Waif catches up to her, murdering Crane and chasing Arya through the streets of Braavos. Arya defeats her by leading her into a small room and cutting off the lights -- Arya knows how to fight in the dark, but the Waif does not.

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The Waif was herself another test, apparently. In the temple, Jaqen is pleased, and declares that Arya has finally become "no one." Arya, defiantly, states: "A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I am going home."

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The Waif was herself another test, apparently. In the temple, Jaqen is pleased, and declares that Arya has finally become "no one." Arya, defiantly, states: "A girl is Arya Stark of Winterfell, and I am going home."

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Returning to Westeros, Arya got her revenge on the Freys for the Red Wedding and the death of her mother and brother. She first killed Lord Walder Frey's sons, Lothar and Black Walder, and baked them into a pie, which she fed to Lord Frey.

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Returning to Westeros, Arya got her revenge on the Freys for the Red Wedding and the death of her mother and brother. She first killed Lord Walder Frey's sons, Lothar and Black Walder, and baked them into a pie, which she fed to Lord Frey.

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Arya then killed Lord Walder as well, slitting his throat in the same way her mother, Catelyn Stark, was killed. She reminded him that a smiling Stark face would be the last thing he saw before he died.

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Arya then killed Lord Walder as well, slitting his throat in the same way her mother, Catelyn Stark, was killed. She reminded him that a smiling Stark face would be the last thing he saw before he died.

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Kicking off Season 7, Arya used her Faceless Man skills to wear Walder Frey's face, inviting just about everyone in House Frey to a feast. Once she'd assembled every one of the Freys involved in the Red Wedding, Arya delivered the coup de grace -- poisoning all of them in one fell swoop. She basically single-handedly eliminated one of the Starks' biggest enemies.

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Kicking off Season 7, Arya used her Faceless Man skills to wear Walder Frey's face, inviting just about everyone in House Frey to a feast. Once she'd assembled every one of the Freys involved in the Red Wedding, Arya delivered the coup de grace -- poisoning all of them in one fell swoop. She basically single-handedly eliminated one of the Starks' biggest enemies.

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‘Dunkirk’ Fact Check: How Many People Were Actually Rescued? http://www.thewrap.com/dunkirk-fact-check-how-many-rescued/ http://www.thewrap.com/dunkirk-fact-check-how-many-rescued/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 16:39:33 +0000 Brian Welk http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1678906 If you know Christopher Nolan’s movies, you know that fanboys, the media and more pick apart the nuances and carefully constructed details of his movies with a fine-tooth comb. His last movie “Interstellar” was subjected to especially high scrutiny when audiences searched for not just plot holes but also scientific inaccuracies and environmental soundness.

So just how accurate is “Dunkirk,” Nolan’s first movie based on actual events in World War II? The characters Nolan follows are all fictional, but the bleak reality it paints isn’t.

How many people were actually evacuated from Dunkirk?

The first thing to know is that Dunkirk is the name of a town in northern France, just a handful of miles from the Belgian border. The movie begins in the midst of World War II after the Battle of Dunkirk and focuses on the May 26 to June 4, 1940 evacuation of over 400,000 soldiers left remaining on the beaches, a plan referred to as “Operation Dynamo.”

At one point in the film, two officers played by James D’Arcy and Kenneth Branagh say the plan is to evacuate at least 30,000 troops to defend the homeland, but they can plausibly promise 45,000. That would’ve left a lot of soldiers high and dry… and those bleak estimates were accurate. As detailed in the book “History of the Second World War,” after two days of evacuations, it was expected Germans would block any further retreat, and only 25,000 men in all actually escaped during this period.

While the movie says a conservative estimate of 300,000 made it out alive, ultimately, 338,226 soldiers were rescued from the beaches and harbor combined.

How many civilian boats came to help the British soldiers?

In “Dunkirk,” Mark Rylance plays a local sailor who was among the many civilian boats that went to Dunkirk in an attempt to help the stranded soldiers. An inspiring moment in the movie suggests that dozens, if not hundreds, of boats helped the cause.

In real life these were called the Little Ships of Dunkirk, and over 700 private boats sailed from Ramsgate in England to Dunkirk in France. The movie also suggests that the boats were of all shapes and sizes, and this too was accurate. The history book “Dunkirk: Retreat to Victory” says that the Little Ships of Dunkirk included pleasure boats, yachts, fishing boats and small, motorized lifeboats. Like in the movie, many of the boats could not land on the beaches, and soldiers had to swim out to meet them. Some soldiers even jumped off the smaller boats once they were brought to larger warships.

How long could Tom Hardy‘s fighter stay in the air?

In the film, Tom Hardy engages in a dog fight and finds his fuel gauge has been cracked. He radios to his associate and scratches with some chalk “50” and “14:30,” as in how many gallons of fuel he has left and when it will run out.

Many of the planes flown and lost during the Dunkirk evacuation were the Supermarine Spitfire, a single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force. The Spitfires had up to 170 gallons of fuel and could travel up to 1,355 miles, according to an original document shared on a forum. But that number decreases significantly when in heavy combat compared to cruising.

SPOILER ALERT AHEAD!!! This may explain why at the end of the film, Hardy’s pilot is able to cruise for seemingly miles after all his fuel has run out and the propeller has stopped turning on his plane: The BBC reported that after the war Spitfires were experimented on in an attempt to break the sound barrier. During one of those test flights, the pilot was able to successfully glide and navigate his plane down safely after the propeller had completely broken off.

“Dunkirk” passes our tests, but the French may have something else to say about it.

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Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' Battles to $5.5 Million at Thursday Box Office

Christopher Nolan Endorses Tom Hardy for James Bond: 'He'd Be Amazing'

'Dunkirk' Review: Christopher Nolan's WWII Saga Spins a Sensational Story of Struggle and Survival

French Media Accuses Christopher Nolan's 'Dunkirk' of Historical Inaccuracy

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‘Insecure': Is There Still Hope for Issa and Lawrence? http://www.thewrap.com/insecure-is-there-still-hope-for-issa-and-lawrence/ http://www.thewrap.com/insecure-is-there-still-hope-for-issa-and-lawrence/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 16:04:59 +0000 Rasha Ali http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1678532 Judging by where Season 1 of “Insecure” left off — there probably isn’t hope for the show’s lead couple. What’s more, there is evidence it might actually be completely over between Issa (Issa Rae) and Lawrence (Jay Ellis).

The last scene of the Season 1 finale showed Issa getting a call from Lawrence — who expresses that he misses her, so she runs home only to walk into an empty apartment. And there was one thing Lawrence left behind: His Best Buy shirt, seen hanging in the closet. The scene then cuts to Lawrence in a different apartment, on a different bed… having sex with a different woman. It’s Tasha, the overtly flirtatious woman who worked at the bank (a.k.a. bank girl). Yeah, she didn’t hide her crush on Lawrence at all.

That finale left most viewers shook, and wondering — with a lot of emotional baggage and a whole bunch of unanswered questions — could it really be over between Lawrence and Issa? Most fans came to the conclusion that Tasha and Lawrence’s little scuffle between the sheets was just revenge sex for everything Issa has put him through and that our two lovebirds could and would work it out.

But, according to Jay Ellis, a rekindling between the couple may not come to pass.

“I don’t think it was revenge sex,” Ellis told TheWrap when he stopped by our offices for an interview. “I think there is something actually — you know for a guy who is having a really tough time in his relationship and it seemed like he wasn’t getting support at home and wasn’t getting some of those positive affirmations we all need as humans every once in a while, and that you expect to get from your partner — I think that’s what Tasha became to him was that.”

Apparently, Tasha’s grooming throughout the season didn’t go unnoticed simply because Lawrence wasn’t accepting her advances at the time.

“Every time he saw her at the bank or every time they had lunch together or whatever it was, she told him to keep his head up and kind of patted him on the back and said ‘hey it’s gonna be OK’ — and so I think there was this draw to Tasha because of that,” Ellis added.

So back to the question of whether Season 2 might see Issa and Lawrence come back together. Let’s just say it Issa has more competition than many have assumed.

“I don’t think that he had any bad intentions. I think it just seemed like the person to call and vent and talk to and grew into what it was — which was the two of them having very graphic sex,” said Ellis.

Yes. There was that, too.

Season 2 of “Insecure” debuts on HBO on Sunday July 23. 

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‘Dunkirk’ Claims Box Office Victory With $50.5 Million Opening http://www.thewrap.com/dunkirk-claims-box-office-victory-50-5-million-opening/ http://www.thewrap.com/dunkirk-claims-box-office-victory-50-5-million-opening/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 14:49:22 +0000 Jeremy Fuster http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679449 Riding strong word of mouth and rave reviews, Warner Bros.’ “Dunkirk” took the top spot at the box office this weekend with $50.5 million, blowing by the $30-40 million pre-weekend projections set by independent trackers.

By comparison, director Christopher Nolan’s previous film, “Interstellar,” made $49.5 million over a five-day opening in November 2014, and went on to nearly post a 4x multiple with a $188 million domestic total. IMAX, which supplied the cameras for the project, played a major factor in pushing the film past projection windows. On 402 IMAX screens, “Dunkirk” made $11.7 million for a per screen average of $29,129 and 23 percent of the film’s opening haul. CinemaScore demographics were 60 percent male and 40 percent female, with 76 percent of audiences above the age of 25. “Dunkirk” was received well by all demos, with an A- on CinemaScore and a 92 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

That’s not the only good news for WB. On Saturday, “Wonder Woman” became the highest grossing film of the summer, passing “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” with $389 million after an estimated eighth weekend total of $4.6 million. Globally, the film has a tally of $779.4 million, with Japan still to get a release.

In second place this weekend is Universal’s “Girls’ Trip,” which served as very successful counter-programming with a $30.4 million opening, the highest for director Malcolm D. Lee. While other adult comedies like “Baywatch” and “Rough Night” have struggled to find traction, “Girls Trip” has earned the highest opening for the genre in 2017. In fact, its opening is nearly identical to the $30 million Universal earned two years ago from another R-rated comedy, “Trainwreck,” in the exact same release frame.

“Girls Trip” got heavy social media promotion from its leading ladies, Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish, and female audiences responded in droves. Demographic breakdowns showed 79 percent female and 21 percent male, with 59 percent African-American, 19 percent Caucasian and 17 percent Hispanic. Combined, they gave the film the coveted A+ CinemaScore, while critics were just as effusive in their praise with an 89 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes.

Sitting on the other end of the spectrum is STX/EuropaCorp’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” which only made $17 million in its opening weekend for a fifth place finish. STX is distributing the film domestically through its deal with EuropaCorp — which is owned by “Valerian” writer-director Luc Besson — but did not factor into its $180 million budget. Like Besson’s most famous film, “The Fifth Element,” “Valerian” will require overseas markets to carry the load. Among audiences who did see the film, it only received a B- on CinemaScore, on top of a 55 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.

Between “Girls Trip” and “Valerian” were “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and “War for the Planet of the Apes.” Spidey took third this weekend with a third frame of $22 million, pushing its domestic tally to $251 million. “War for the Planet of the Apes,” meanwhile, took a hard hit in its second weekend, falling 64 percent from its $57.5 million opening to $20.4 million for a ten-day total of $97.8 million. That’s a 30 percent drop from the $139.2 million ten-day total made by the film’s 2014 predecessor, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.”

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Hollywood Doppelgangers: Is It Tom Hardy or Logan Marshall-Green? (Photos) http://www.thewrap.com/tom-hardy-logan-marshall-green-hollywood-doppelganger/ http://www.thewrap.com/tom-hardy-logan-marshall-green-hollywood-doppelganger/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 11:44:50 +0000 Thom Geier http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1670256 Tom Hardy, star of “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and Logan Marshall-Green actor “Spider-Man: Homecoming” can be really, really hard to tell apart.

They were both born in the mid-’70s — Tom Hardy in London and Logan Marshall-Green in South Carolina (with a twin brother!). But they often seem interchangeable in the roles they’ve played on both big screen and small. Can you tell them apart?

Round 1: Scraggly bearded villain

Logan Marshall-Green in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017) / Tom Hardy in “The Revenant (2015).

Round 2: Blockbuster sci-fi hero.

Tom Hardy in “Mad Max: Fury Road” (2015) / Logan Marshall-Green in “Prometheus” (2012).

Round 3: Slightly less scraggly beards.

Tom Hardy in “Peaky Blinders” (2014-17) / Logan Marshall-Green in “The Invitation” (2015).

Round 4: Gun-wielding cop.

Logan Marshall-Green in “Dark Blue” (2009-10) / Tom Hardy in “This Means War” (2012).

Round 5: Blond in jackets

Tom Hardy in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011) / Logan Marshall-Green in “Alchemy” (2005).

Round 6: ’70s mustaches

Tom Hardy in “Bronson” (2008) / Logan Marshall-Green in “Quarry” (2016).

Round 7: Driving in a car.

Tom Hardy in “London Road” (2015) / Logan Marshall-Green in “Black Dog, Red Dog” (2015).

Round 8: Hiding the chin

Logan Marshall-Green in “Devil” (2010) / Tom Hardy in “The Drop” (2014).

Round 9: Crew cuts

Tom Hardy in “Dot the I” (2003) / Logan Marshall-Green in “Sand Castle” (2017).

Round 10: Scruff

Logan Marshall-Green in “Cold Comes the Night” (2013) / Tom Hardy in “Lawless” (2012).

Round 11: Long-hair period pieces

Logan Marshall-Green in “Madame Bovary” (2014) / Tom Hardy in “Minotaur” (2006).

 

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http://www.thewrap.com/tom-hardy-logan-marshall-green-hollywood-doppelganger/feed/ 0 They were both born in the mid-'70s -- Tom Hardy in London and Logan Marshall-Green in South Carolina (with a twin brother!). But they often seem interchangeable in the roles they've played on both big screen and small. Can you tell them apart?

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They were both born in the mid-'70s -- Tom Hardy in London and Logan Marshall-Green in South Carolina (with a twin brother!). But they often seem interchangeable in the roles they've played on both big screen and small. Can you tell them apart?

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Round 1: Scraggly bearded villain

Logan Marshall-Green in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017) / Tom Hardy in "The Revenant (2015)

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Round 1: Scraggly bearded villain

Logan Marshall-Green in "Spider-Man: Homecoming" (2017) / Tom Hardy in "The Revenant (2015)

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Round 2: Blockbuster sci-fi hero

Tom Hardy in "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015) / Logan Marshall-Green in "Prometheus" (2012)

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Round 2: Blockbuster sci-fi hero

Tom Hardy in "Mad Max: Fury Road" (2015) / Logan Marshall-Green in "Prometheus" (2012)

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Round 3: Slightly less scraggly beards

Tom Hardy in "Peaky Blinders" (2014-17) / Logan Marshall-Green in "The Invitation" (2015)

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Round 3: Slightly less scraggly beards

Tom Hardy in "Peaky Blinders" (2014-17) / Logan Marshall-Green in "The Invitation" (2015)

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Round 4: Gun-wielding cop

Logan Marshall-Green in "Dark Blue" (2009-10) / Tom Hardy in "This Means War" (2012)

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Round 4: Gun-wielding cop

Logan Marshall-Green in "Dark Blue" (2009-10) / Tom Hardy in "This Means War" (2012)

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Round 5: Blond in jackets

Tom Hardy in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (2011) / Logan Marshall-Green in "Alchemy" (2005)

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Round 5: Blond in jackets

Tom Hardy in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" (2011) / Logan Marshall-Green in "Alchemy" (2005)

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Round 6: '70s mustaches

Tom Hardy in "Bronson" (2008) / Logan Marshall-Green in "Quarry" (2016)

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Round 6: '70s mustaches

Tom Hardy in "Bronson" (2008) / Logan Marshall-Green in "Quarry" (2016)

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Round 7: Driving in a car

Tom Hardy in "London Road" (2015) / Logan Marshall-Green in "Black Dog, Red Dog" (2015)

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Round 7: Driving in a car

Tom Hardy in "London Road" (2015) / Logan Marshall-Green in "Black Dog, Red Dog" (2015)

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Round 8: Hiding the chin

Logan Marshall-Green in "Devil" (2010) / Tom Hardy in "The Drop" (2014)

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Round 8: Hiding the chin

Logan Marshall-Green in "Devil" (2010) / Tom Hardy in "The Drop" (2014)

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Round 9: Crew cuts

Tom Hardy in "Dot the I" (2003) / Logan Marshall-Green in "Sand Castle" (2017)

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Round 9: Crew cuts

Tom Hardy in "Dot the I" (2003) / Logan Marshall-Green in "Sand Castle" (2017)

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Round 10: Scruff

Logan Marshall-Green in "Cold Comes the Night" (2013) / Tom Hardy in "Lawless" (2012)

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Round 10: Scruff

Logan Marshall-Green in "Cold Comes the Night" (2013) / Tom Hardy in "Lawless" (2012)

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Round 11: Long-hair period pieces

Logan Marshall-Green in "Madame Bovary" (2014) / Tom Hardy in "Minotaur" (2006)

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Round 11: Long-hair period pieces

Logan Marshall-Green in "Madame Bovary" (2014) / Tom Hardy in "Minotaur" (2006)

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Kobe Bryant and Vin Scully Sendoffs Win LA Area Emmy Awards http://www.thewrap.com/kobe-byant-vin-scully-sendoffs-win-la-area-emmy-awards/ http://www.thewrap.com/kobe-byant-vin-scully-sendoffs-win-la-area-emmy-awards/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 05:12:36 +0000 Steve Pond http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679419 Television programs about the retirement of local sports legends Kobe Bryant and Vin Scully won multiple awards at the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, which were presented on Saturday night at the Television Academy’s Saban Media Center in North Hollywood.

KCET led all stations with 10 awards, with the Spanish-language stations KVEA and KMEX finishing second and third with eight and seven wins, respectively.

Other stations that won multiple Emmy Awards were Spectrum SportsNet LA, with six; NBC4 and Spectrum SportsNet, with five; KTLA5 with three; and PBS SoCal with two.

Three KMEX reporters won the awards for reporting: Annabelle Sedano for news feature reporting, Norma Roque for hard news reporting and Diana Alvarado for sports reporting.

The Spectrum SportsNet broadcast of Bryant’s final game with the Los Angeles Lakers won an award for live sports coverage, while that station’s “Kobe Bryant Moments” won another. Spectrum SportsNet LA took awards for its live programming of the special ceremony the Los Angeles Dodgers held for retiring announcer Scully, as well as for a feature on that tribute and a tease featuring Scully.

Another local sports luminary who retired this year, Los Angeles Kings announcer Bob Miller, was honored with the Los Angeles Area Governors Award.

The complete list of L.A. Area Emmy Award winners:

Light News Story – Single Report: “Museo del Barrio” (“Neighborhood Museum”), KMEX
Light News Story – Multi-Part Report: “Destacados” (“Noticero 52 a las 5pm”), KVEA
Arts: “Third L.A. With Architecture Critic Christopher Hawthorne” (“Artbound”), KCET
Culture/History: “Bill W.: The Creative Force Behind Alcoholics Anonymous,” PBS SoCal
Feature Segment: “Kids, Cancer and Cameras” (“SoCal Connected”), KCET
Medical News Story – Single Report: “Superbug Crisis” (“NBC4 News at 11pm”), NBC4
Sports Tease: “Vin Letter,” Spectrum SportsNet LA
Sports Series – News: “Atleta de la Semana,” KVEA
Medical News Story – Multi-part Report: “Addicted” (“KTLA5 News at 10pm”), KTLA5
Outstanding Writer – News: Nicolette Medina, CBS2/KCAL9
Creative Technical Crafts – Sound Mixing: David Rodriguez, Spectrum SportsNet LA
Creative Technical Crafts – Music Composition: Jose Parody, KCET
Live Special Events – News: “Opening Ceremony: Today in LA Live From Rio,” NBC4
Serious News Story – Single Report: “Wrongfully Imprisoned for Murder” (“KCAL9 News at 10pm”), KCAL9
Serious News Story – Multi-part Report: “Atrapados en la Frontera” (“Noticias 62”), KRCA
Education: “Desocupar Los Albergues,” KVEA
Crime/Social Issues: “The Wrongly Convicted” (“SoCal Connected”), KCET
Sports Special: “Kobe Bryant Moments” (“Lakers Top 10”), Spectrum SportsNet
Live Sports Coverage: “Kobe’s Last Game,” Spectrum SportsNet
Outstanding Writer – Programming: Steve Cyphers, Spectrun SportsNet LA
Outstanding Editor – News: Jaime Sanchez, KVEA
Outstanding Editor – Programming: Antonio Camberos, KMEX
Outstanding Videographer – Single-Camera Programming: Adrian A. Huerta Jr., Spectrum SportsNet LA
Outstanding Videographer – News: Arturo Quezada, KMEX
Outstanding Videographer – Multi-Camera Programming: Luca Desando-Grassi, Andrian A. Huerta Jr., Thanasis Petrakis, Nick Reinhard, Brett Rizenthaler, Andy Schlachtenhaufen, Ivan Serrano, David Strumpf, Spectrum SportsNet
News Special: “Orlando Shooting,” NBC4
Investigative Reporting – News: “Danger & Deceit: Exposing Hollywood Tours,” NBC4
LA Local Color: “The Migrant Kitchen,” KCET
Public Service Announcement: “American Red Cross,” KVEA
Graphics: John Hudson, Spectrum SportsNet
Short Promo: “Todos Somos Lanzate,” KMEX
Independent Programming: “To Climb a Gold Mountain,” PBS SoCal
Entertainment Programming: “Fallujah Opera: Art, Healing and PTSD,” KCET
Live Special Events – Programming: “Vin Scully Night Ceremony,” Spectrum SportsNet LA
Live Coverage of an Unscheduled News Event: “Calabasas Fire,” NBC4
Outstanding Director – Programming: Matt Glass, KCET
Outstanding Director – News: Sandra Alvarado, KVEA
Outstanding News Feature Reporting: Annabelle Sedano, KMEX
Outstanding Hard News Reporting: Norma Roque, KMEX
Outstanding Sports Reporting: Diana Alvarado, KMEX
Sports Feature: “Vin Scully Appreciation Night Tribute,” Spectrum SportsNet LA
Sports Series – Programming (Live Broadcast): KTLA5’s Coverage of Dodger Baseball, KTLA5
Sports Series – Programming (Post-Produced): “Backstage: Lakers,” Spectrum SportsNet
Information Segment: “Tree Canopies” (SoCal Connected), KCET
Informational Series (More Than 50% Remote): “SoCal Connected,” KCET
Informational Series (More Than 50% Studio): “Ballot Brief: Props in a Minute,” KCET
Regularly Scheduled Daily Morning Newscast: “Noticiero Telemundo 52 a las 6am,” KVEA
Regularly Scheduled Daily Daytime Newscast: “Noticiero Telemundo 52 a las 6pm,” KVEA
Regularly Scheduled Daily Evening Newscast: “KTLA5 News at 10pm,” KTLA5

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Jake Paul Exits Disney Channel’s ‘Bizaardvark’ Following Neighbors’ ‘Public Nuisance’ Claims (Video) http://www.thewrap.com/jake-paul-exits-disney-channels-bizaardvark-public-nuisance/ http://www.thewrap.com/jake-paul-exits-disney-channels-bizaardvark-public-nuisance/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 04:34:27 +0000 Rosemary Rossi http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679397 Former Vine star turned Disney Channel actor Jake Paul is making an abrupt exit from the network’s series “Bizaardvark” following news reports that the 20-year-old actor’s West Hollywood neighbors were filing complaints about his partying ways.

“We’ve mutually agreed that Jake Paul will leave his role on the Disney Channel series ‘Bizaardvark,'” a network spokesperson said in a statement on Saturday. “On behalf of the production company, the cast and crew, we thank Jake for his good work on the TV series for the past 18 months and extend our best wishes to him.”

Paul posted a statement of his own on Twitter that reads in part: “I have outgrown the channel and feel its time to move forward in my career. At this point in time I am wanting to focus more on my personal brand, my YouTube channel, business ventures, growing Team 10 and working on more adult roles.”

Paul recently has been appearing on Los Angeles TV stations, but not to showcase his acting talents. According to a report on KTLA 5 News, Paul’s partying at his West Hollywood home has his neighbors fighting mad.

In the KTLA 5 report below, Paul is seen tossing furniture into an empty swimming pool and lighting it on fire, with flames shooting high overhead; jumping on the roof of a news van; and screaming in the streets, surrounded by fans and friends.

“The neighbors hate me,” he said with a smile on camera. When the reporter told him of complaints from the neighbors who said he had turned their street into a circus, Paul laughed and responded, “I mean, but people like going to circuses, right?”

The Los Angeles Police Department told “Inside Edition” that they get about one complaint a day about Paul. According to KTLA, neighbors were planning to meet with West Hollywood Sheriff, Fire Department and City Council officials to discuss a possible class-action public nuisance lawsuit.

Meanwhile, CBS2 News received an “unverified video” showing a man posting an eviction notice on Paul’s home.

Paul, who has 8.5 million followers on Instagram and more than 8.5 million subscribers to his YouTube channel, got his first taste of fame on the now defunct social media app Vine.

He joined the Disney Channel comedy “Bizaardvark,” now in its second season, in May 2016.

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‘Arrow’ Adds Former ‘Lost’ Star Michael Emerson in Season 6 http://www.thewrap.com/arrow-adds-former-lost-star-michael-emerson-season-6/ http://www.thewrap.com/arrow-adds-former-lost-star-michael-emerson-season-6/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:56:49 +0000 Rosemary Rossi http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679361 Michael Emerson, best known from his work on “Lost” and “Person of Interest,” is joining the cast of “Arrow” in its sixth season, it was announced during the show’s panel at Comic-Con Saturday.

CW/Warner Bros. is keeping info about his character a secret for the time being – not even revealing his name, only that he will be recurring.

The new season will also see the return of guest star David Nykl (who plays Oliver Queen’s friend/mentor/nemesis, Anatoly Knyazev).

Based on the DC characters, the series is executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Wendy Mericle and Sarah Schechter. It is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television.

“Arrow” returns for its sixth season on Oct. 12 in its new Thursdays 9/8c time period on The CW.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Trailer: Loki and Thor Team Up (Video) http://www.thewrap.com/thor-ragnarok-trailer-loki-thor-team-video/ http://www.thewrap.com/thor-ragnarok-trailer-loki-thor-team-video/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:34:32 +0000 Ross A. Lincoln and Jeremy Fuster http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679304

With the film hitting theaters in three months, it was inevitable that Marvel would have a new trailer for “Thor: Ragnarok” to drop during its big Hall H panel at Comic-Con 2017. And so they did, with clips that featured Thor teaming up with Hulk, Valkyrie and, yes, his trickster brother Loki, to save Asgard.

In past films, Thor and Loki have both been bitter enemies (see “The Avengers”) and reluctant allies (see “Thor: The Dark World”). This time around, they’re back to working together. But with Loki missing his staff and Thor missing his hammer, the two brothers take a page from “Guardians of the Galaxy” and use some good old-fashioned space blasters.

The trailer also showed Thor coming face-to-face with Hela (Cate Blanchett), the Goddess of Death, who seeks to bring about Ragnarok, the mythical event that prophecies say will destroy Asgard for good. With Taika Waititi, maker of “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” in the director’s chair, there was plenty of humor to go around. Most prominently was a quiet bonding moment between Thor and Hulk, with the giant green bruiser acknowledging their similarities.

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“Hulk like raging fire,” he says. “Thor like smoldering fire.”

“Thor: Ragnarok” stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Tessa Thompson, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum and Cate Blanchett. The film hits theaters Nov. 3.

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‘Captain Marvel’ Will Be a Prequel to ‘Iron Man’ and Feature the Skrulls http://www.thewrap.com/captain-marvel-will-prequel-iron-man-feature-skrulls/ http://www.thewrap.com/captain-marvel-will-prequel-iron-man-feature-skrulls/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:18:15 +0000 Thom Geier http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679343 “Captain Marvel” starring Brie Larson as the studio’s first female superhero to get her own standalone movie will be a prequel set before “Iron Man.”

Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige revealed the news at a packed Hall H gathering on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con.

Samuel L. Jackson will also return as Nick Fury for the film — this time without the eyepatch because the film will be set in the 1990s (presumably before he lost use of his left eye).

And the film, to be directed by “Mississippi Grind” helmers Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, will also feature the first-ever appearance of iconic Marvel alien antagonists, The Skrulls.

Marvel also showed some concept art designed for the movie, which follows Air Force pilot Carol Danvers, who is blessed with half-alien DNA and has the superpowers of strength, energy projection and flight.

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Meg LeFauve (“Inside Out”) is writing the script with Nicole Perlman (“Guardians of the Galaxy”). Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito and Stan Lee are executive producers with Feige producing.

The film is set for release on March 8, 2019.

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Everything We Saw at Marvel’s Comic-Con Panel, From Michelle Pfeiffer to ‘Black Panther’ http://www.thewrap.com/everything-saw-marvels-comic-con-panel-updating/ http://www.thewrap.com/everything-saw-marvels-comic-con-panel-updating/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:08:52 +0000 Ross A. Lincoln and Phil Hornshaw http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679310 Marvel Studios bombarded fans at San Diego International Comic-Con 2017 with 90 minutes of info at its giant panel in Hall H.

One of the biggest events of a huge weekend of announcements, trailers and cast Q&A sessions, the panel was led by moderator Chris Hardwick, kicking off with information on movies like “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” “Captain Marvel,” and “Thor.” Before long, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige joined in to lay out the future of the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe for a huge room full of fans.

TheWrap was on-site and caught a ton of tidbits about the future of the MCU in 2017 and beyond. Here’s everything that happened at the Marvel Studios panel at Comic-Con.

The Marvel Hall H panel got down to business right off the bat with the reveal that Michelle Pfeiffer is playing the role of Janet van Dyne, the long lost wife of Hank Pym (Michael Douglas) and the original Wasp, who has been missing in action since the 1980s. (We’ve got more info about Pfeiffer’s character and The Wasp here.)

The reveal was set up by a short video in which “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd and Michael Pena recount the history of the Marvel Cinematic Universe — basically faking their way through it — then ending with “and that’s all you need to know about the Marvel Cinematic Universe if you want to play Janet Van Dyne,” revealing Pfeiffer’s casting.

After the Pfeiffer reveal, the audience was treated to the first-ever footage from upcoming “Ant-Man” sequel “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” a combination of actual scenes as well as some in-progress video effects.

It was then that moderator Chris Hardwick brought out Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, who immediately jumped into a recap of other recent casting news.

There was no glimpse of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel tonight, but Marvel Studios didn’t leave fans hoping to see the studio’s first female superhero top-liner in action empty handed. Following the “Ant-Man and The Wasp” casting bits, the crowd was treated to some cool looking “Captain Marvel” concept art, as well as confirmation that Samuel L. Jackson will indeed be reprising the role of Nick Fury in the film. But more important than that, the iconic Marvel comics alien antagonists The Skrull will be making their MCU debut in “Captain Marvel.”

It also turns out that “Captain Marvel” is set before 2008’s “Iron Man,” putting it deep in the timeline of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and possibly hinting at how it’ll interact with the other movies in the franchise. Oh, and Jackson’s Nick Fury will have two eyes in “Captain Marvel,” with the movie taking place before he loses one and dons his iconic eye patch. (Read this for more info on “Captain Marvel” and Nick Fury.)

The hall was treated to a truly awesome extended look at “Thor: Ragnarok” next, giving a closer look at the Grandmaster and his crazy gladiator planet, where trailers have shown Thor and the Hulk will find themselves trapped. The planet, as we learn, is run essentially as if God was the manager of a customer service call center.

We open with a captured Thor (Chris Hemsworth) strapped to a throne-like chair while a friendly voice explains how he’s about to meeet the Grandmaster. Thor is told that because he’s now the property of the Grandmaster, he’s finally something. It’s creepy and hilarious in a way that only people who have ever experienced the hell of corporate human resources vice presidents can understand.

We then see the jovial, ultra-chillaxed friendliness of Jeff Goldblum’s Grandmaster, who acts like an indulgent grandfather dealing with squabbling grandkids vying for his affections — if that guy was also a living god who basically considered everyone to be his property.

Up next, we saw the beginning of the fight between Thor and the Hulk that caused the Internet to melt down when the first “Ragnarok” trailer dropped earlier this year. It sets up a charming moment where Thor starts chatting with Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) about the more mundane aspects of his recent life, as if Thor were trying to play it cool for his personal hero.

That scene transitioned into the hilarious trailer that you’ve all by now watched three times in a row (and can watch here if you haven’t seen it).

Capping off the “Black Panther” portion of the night was about five minutes of spectacular footage from the film. There’s no other way to put it: it was just excellent.

The footage begins with a scene that felt ripped out of a James Bond film as T’Challah (Chadwick Boseman), Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Okoye (Danai Gurira) enter what appears to be a high-priced underground casino. Inside they split up and begin casing the joint or, more accurately, they begin casing a transaction between Martin Freeman’s CIA Agent Everett Ross and Andy Serkis’ Ulysses Klau.

The scene quickly descends from taut spy thriller into balls out action and if it’s not the best action ever seen in a Marvel Studios film, then it’s really close. T’Challa and his allies individually brawl with various Klau henchmen as the camera whips around the room almost as athletically as the people being filmed.

The scene then shifts to a car chase, part of the scene from the trailer released earlier this year that saw Black Panther riding atop a speeding car. That was followed by the transition into a more traditional trailer with lots of as-yet-unseen footage interspersed with different shots of Wakkanda and environs as seen in that earlier spot.

The upshot of the “Black Panther” footage is that Ryan Coogler is clearly bringing everything that made his film “Creed” such an astonishing experience, but with a blockbuster budget to achieve genuinely staggering shots. The characters of “Black Panther” are powerful, fast, and relentless, and yet vulnerable. Even in moments from the footage that are mostly computer-generated effects, there’s a humanity in the way the shots are framed that transcends it.

The crowd went crazy for the “Black Panther” footage, of course, but had little time to process their reaction before the apparent end of the night’s proceedings. It was the “apparent” end because as Feige was bidding the audience good night, things were halted by a last-minute appearance onstage by “Thor: Ragnarok” stars Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth and Mark Ruffalo from the earlier “Thor” panel.

“I’m standing next to three Avengers,” Hiddleston said. “Surely this can’t be everything left tonight.” Obviously the moment was scripted, but Hiddleston’s the kind of actor who can sell those kinds of moments with immense sincerity. Hiddleston, Hemsworth, Ruffalo and Chadwick Boseman “prevailed” upon Feige to give the crowd one last thing before calling it a night. At that point, Hall H was treated to a sizzle reel from “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Fans who’d attended Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim a week earlier had already been treated to the “Avengers” footage. The clip found the Guardians of the Galaxy encountering Thor, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) encountering Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Spider-Man (Tom Holland) feeling his classic Spider-Senses for the first time, and Dr. Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) fighting the forces of villain Thanos.

The Guardians later ran into the other Avengers and Dr. Strange, just in time to face down an incredibly powerful Thanos. Check out our rundown from D23 for more info on the unreleased “Avengers: Infinity War” clip.

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Michelle Pfeiffer Will Play Janet Van Dyne in Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ http://www.thewrap.com/michelle-pfeiffer-will-play-janet-van-dyne-marvels-ant-man-wasp/ http://www.thewrap.com/michelle-pfeiffer-will-play-janet-van-dyne-marvels-ant-man-wasp/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:03:00 +0000 Jeremy Fuster and Umberto Gonzalez http://www.thewrap.com/?p=1679322 Amidst the hype for “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” Marvel Studios announced at its Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con that Michelle Pfeiffer  will swap out Catwoman’s whip for some shrinking technology and play Janet Van Dyne, the long-lost wife of Hank Pym and the original Wasp in next summer’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp.”

In the first “Ant-Man,” Van Dyne was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who fought alongside Pym using the Ant-Man and Wasp suits they developed together. The two worked extremely well together, but in 1987, their partnership — and marriage — came to a tragic end when they were tasked with stopping a Soviet missile from killing millions of innocent people.

With no other option, Van Dyne sacrificed herself by shrinking past the point of no return to disarm the bomb, becoming lost in the Quantum Realm in the process. The loss of Van Dyne caused Pym to retire from S.H.I.E.L.D. and hang up his Ant-Man suit for good… until Scott Lang dragged him and his daughter, Hope, back into the world of superheroes by stealing the Ant-Man suit during the first movie. Serving as a mentor to Lang convinced Pym to move on from losing his wife and fellow superhero, and he chose to give Hope a new version of the Wasp suit to follow in the footsteps of her mother.

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Before she jumps into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pfeiffer will star alongside Jennifer Lawrence, Ed Harris and Javier Bardem in Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!”, which will be in theaters Sept. 15. She will also be in the ensemble cast of the upcoming adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express,” which comes out in November.

Pfeiffer will be joined in the sequel by returning “Ant-Man” stars Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly and Michael Douglas, with Peyton Reed returning to direct. “Ant-Man and the Wasp” premieres July 6, 2018.

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