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‘His Dark Materials’ “Perfect for TV Adaptation”, Says Star Ruth Wilson

His Dark Materials is coming to HBO this fall. The show is a joint effort between HBO and the BBC, and stars Ruth Wilson, Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda. In an interview with The Guardian, Ruth Wilson spoke highly of the show, noting:

His Dark Materials is perfect for television.

 

She went on to say that with Game of Thrones, HBO has proven that television is no longer film’s poorer sister. In fact, she noted books are inherently better for the small screen, saying you can really take your time with a book’s content as opposed to rushing through its contents in an hour and a half on the big screen.

There’s no difference anymore and in a way, if you’re going to tell a drama – which this is, as well as being fantasy – you’ve got more time. You have eight hours to explore that, rather than an hour and a half.

 

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She says the show ‘feels special’ and she is very hopeful about how it will be received by general audiences. The scale of it would have been impossible years ago but nowadays, fantasy can look just as epic, if not more so, on the small than in film. Having more time to explore the world and get to know the characters are huge pluses as well.

His Dark Materials is a trilogy of epic fantasy books by Philip Pullman. It is a coming-of-age tale centering around two children in a strange alternative Oxford. While magic, witches, and giant armored polar bears exist in this universe, themes of spirituality and physics are also explored. The books have attracted controversy for their criticism of religion, but this hasn’t stopped them from being enormously popular, garnering numerous awards and reaching bestsellers lists. The iconic series will see its debut this fall on HBO and we cannot wait. 

 

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Are you excited for this classic fantasy series to finally get its well-deserved TV adaptation? Below, you can watch the official trailer for the show. Let us know what you think in the comments!

 

 

 

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Check Out The Debut Trailer For ‘The Goldfinch’ Adaptation

Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Goldfinch is a story about loss. The main character, Theodore “Theo” Decker loses his mother when a bomb explodes while the pair are visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art; one of the reasons they were there was to see one of her favorite paintings, The Goldfinch.  Theo is able to escape the rubble, with the pricelessDutch painting in hand. It becomes the single most important object in Tartt’s narrative. Her whirlwind coming-of-age tale navigates themes like fate, survival, confusion and what it means to let go.

 

The coming-of-age drama "The Goldfinch" brings Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to the big screen. Ansel Elgort stars as Theo Decker, who continues to be haunted by the tragic death of his mother when he was 13.
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In 2013 Tartt’s novel took the world by storm—spending over thirty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list even with a handful of mixed reviews at its back. Now (if you didn’t already know) the 2013 bestseller has been made into a film starring Ansel Elgort as its protagonist. Yesterday, USA Today displayed various first look images from the production and today they premiered its first trailer, featured below:

 

 

With a theatrical release date of September 13th, Elgort predicts that audiences will engage that film in much the same way as its source material—he had this to say to USA Today:

“It’s a very powerful and emotional coming-of-age story told from a personal point of view,” Elgort says. “It touches on the themes we all experience at one time or another – everything from loss, guilt, deception and betrayal to love, hope, friendship, and redemption.”

Mrs. Barbour (Nicole Kidman, right) and her husband (Boyd Gaines) take in Theo (Oakes Fegley) when his mom is killed. "She becomes a mother figure and one of the strongest relationships in his life," Ansel Elgort says.
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The film has been directed by John Crowley and also stars Nicole Kidman (Theo’s surrogate mother, Mrs. Barbour), Oakes Fegley (young Theo), Jeffery Wright (the antique collector Hobie), Luke Wilson (Theo’s deadbeat dad Larry) and Sarah Paulson (as his dad’s new girlfriend Xandra). In preparation for her role, Nicole Kidman had this to say of her initial reading experience:

“really an experience of letting go, giving in to the storytelling current as it unfolds like bends in a river. It was a rare and immersive pleasure and partly what made the Odyssey, both the book and the film, so extraordinary.”

Hobie (Jeffrey Wright) is a kind owner of a bohemian antiques shop who's the first person who helps young Theo (Oakes Fegley) deal with the death of his mother.
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The adaptation will take a nonlinear storytelling approach; it will focus on two time periods in Theo’s life:

“We move around a lot more impressionistically to suggest that the man that you meet at the start of the story is not in a very good place,” Director John Crowley says. “It’s a very interesting study in how an individual’s relationship to his own past and his sense of his past can shift.”

Warner Bros. Pictures and Amazon Studios have also released a first look at the poster for the film which you can see below.

 

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All the Ways ‘Game of Thrones’ New Intro Hints at What’s to Come

The opening credits of Game of Thrones serve as a guide to the physical landscape of the series, changing with each episode to show not only the actors involved but also the places in which they’ll be. With this in mind, it’s no surprise that the intro to Season 8’s premiere is different from previous intros— but this intro is definitely most drastic update yet, and hints at many things to come.

So let’s talk about it.

 

Cersei, Bran, and Arya - then and now

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The most surface-level change to the intro is the animation is no longer colored with the bright golds and reds of the previous credits, but is now uses a darker, richer color palette. It’s a somber look, predicting the darkness to come.

Besides the color scheme, the intro is basically the same in the first few frames, so much so that your eyes flit past it. We see the small sun contained within an armilla that metaphorically depicts major events in Game of Thrones history – we’ve seen this before.

 

Game of Thrones Intro Season 8-The Wall

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Then we zoom to the map, and personally my eyes just shot open wide. We see the wall with its giant hole where the decimated Eastwatch used to stand. Ouch. Thanks for the reminder. Following this we a series of blue tiles that lead towards Last Hearth, the ancestral seat of House Umber. They’re dead, and this map shows us our worst fears: the White Walkers are on a collision course with Winterfell.

 

Game of Thrones Intro Season 8-Winterfell

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Happy thoughts, happy thoughts.

Honestly, I would have just started here, but I get it: We need to fill a minute and a half of screen-time with SOMETHING to accompany Ramin Djawadi’s sweeping music.

Thirty seconds in we hustle over to Winterfell and at thirty-five seconds we rush back inside our favorite castle. Ooo, that’s new.

 

Game of Thrones Intro Season 8-Winterfell's Crypt

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After wandering around the Great Hall, we found ourselves inside the crypt at fifty seconds in. The looming shadows, the lanterns that light our way but don’t illuminate anything, it’s all very unsettling. Is something going to happen there? We shall see.

Break my heart, why don’t you? It’s only fifty-five seconds into the intro and you know what I see? Upon the armilla band, engraved in gold because they just want to hurt our little hearts, is a pivotal moment in Game of Thrones history. What is it, you may ask? Well, there’s a crouched hungry lion, the wolf torn apart with arrows, and the man holding up a severed wolf head.

 

Game of Thrones Intro Season 8-Red Wedding

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Go from a crypt to a depiction of the Red Wedding, why don’t cha?

From here, of course, we head over to King’s Landing. At a minute and ten seconds in we see the courtyard map from Season 7, symbolically reminding us that Cersei is out for Number One: herself.

A minute and twenty seconds in we see a dragon skull in King’s Landing. Hey, I get it. I think the Dragon Queen and Cersei (this might be a stretch) might not get along this season. But I’m just spit balling.

 

Bart Simpson writing"I'm not here on a spitball scholarship"

The Non Sequitur

Don’t go shaking your head, there might be something to that theory. Going to a minute and thirty seconds into the video and you’ll see the Iron Throne with the Lion sigil — a nod that Cersei is now in control – but for how long?

 

Game of Thrones Intro Season 8-The Iron Throne

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To build up the pressure, after we see the Iron Throne with the Lion sigil we go straight to  the armilla depicting three dragons below a comet. If you recall this event from Game of Thrones history, you’ll know Danearys took this comet as a sign that she would end up victorious.

From we here we see Game of Thrones. Because that’s what this show is about: people battling each other for a big chair. You know what? Let’s focus on this Cersei VS Danearys fight. Heck, it might give us our long awaited Cleganebowl. What could possibly go wrong?

 

Night King's Landing

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Maybe. Maybe not. Watch the video and tell me your thoughts!

 

 

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10 of the Funniest Twitter Reactions to New ‘Game of Thrones’

The wait is over! Game of Thrones has returned and the good people of Twitter dot com are freaking out, and rightfully so. Here are ten of the most hilarious reactions people had to last night’s episode.

 

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10 of the Funniest Twitter Reactions to New 'Game of Thrones'

The wait is over! Game of Thrones has returned and the good people of Twitter dot com are freaking out, and rightfully so. Here are ten of the most hilarious reactions people had to last night’s episode.
 

Danaerys laughing
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