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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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A Look at the ‘Game of Thrones’ Premiere Red Carpet

Last night marked the beginning of the end for the HBO hit series Game of Thrones.

The adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice And Fire started back in 2011, and last night the cast, the crew, and everyone involved in creating the television series came together to enjoy the premiere of the 8th and final season and celebrate in red carpet, Hollywood style.

George R. R. Martin himself was there as well, hopefully actually enjoying the event instead of worrying about finishing Winds of Winter. (Please dear god, let the rumors be true!)



Among many press figures, The Hollywood Reporter was there and got the scoop on who attended, what the event was like, and how everyone reflected on the premiere in their own way.

If you’re interested in reading all about The Hollywood Reporter‘s red carpet exclusive, definitely give it a read!

It was an awesome event that revealed the thoughts and feelings of the incredibly talented people behind our beloved show Game of Thrones.


The Mother of Dragons, Emilia Clarke, felt all over place about being at the premiere.


This is bonkers. I feel great, and weird, and strange.

-Emilia Clarke (Danaerys Targariyan)


Emilia Clarke's Daenerys Targaryen believes she's destined for the Iron Throne, but she has more pressing matters heading into the final season: surviving the war against the Night King with her two remaining dragons intact.

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Maybe she’d be a little more together if security let her bring her “children” with her.

The all-seeing Third Eyed Raven, Isaac Hempstead Wright, couldn’t see enough to believe he was at the final season premiere.


I have to be honest; I’m slightly overwhelmed at the moment…I’m usually pretty good at these events! We’ve done so many, that we’ve gotten used to doing the press lines. But this? This one is something else. There must be something in the air.

-Isaac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark)


The Three-Eyed Raven sees all and knows all, but Isaac Hempstead Wright is keeping the final secrets of Game of Thrones close to the vest. Still, expect Bran Stark to play a crucial role in the endgame, especially when it comes to taking on the Night King directly.



I guess even when you have seen the end, it’s still shocking to live through it.

Wright also added “It’s quite hard to understate the legacy of Game of Thrones…It’s literally changed the face of television forever.”

Lovable and wise, Liam Cunningham took in the beauty and excitement of the big city, and appreciated being there for the premiere.


I was driving over in the car, looking out the window on my way over here, arriving in the middle of the madness…I thought to myself: New York really is the capital of the world. It’s the wonderful, diverse melting pot of madness. It’s gorgeous, this town. Where else should we have the closing of the book than here in the Big Apple?

-Liam Cunningham (Sir Davos Seaworth)


Few Game of Thrones characters are more salt-of-the-earth than Liam Cunningham as Davos, whose everyman status might be enough to keep him alive through the final six episodes.



Cunningham did have this to say in reflection of the series finale…

When people have talked about the magnificent television that’s come up over the years, from The Wire to Breaking Bad to Mad Men [and beyond], each of them raised the bar a little bit as far as what’s achievable, what’s good, what’s clever, what’s unpatronizing. I would like to think that if we have a legacy at all, it’s that we pushed the bar up a little higher. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, somebody will push that bar even higher.

-Liam Cunningham (Sir Davos Seaworth)


With all those beautiful words of clever artistry, maybe Sir Davos will write a book of his own too. If he survives the war with the White Walkers that is.

Joe Dempsie had the time of his life reuniting, and in some cases first meeting, with the cast who have become like family.


As a fan of the show, it’s amazing…The remarkable thing about a show like Game of Thrones and the size of this cast is that there are some people you never meet. You’re often ships in the night. Like, I never met Mark Addy until yesterday. I was like, ‘Where the hell have you been, pops?’

-Joe Dempsie (Gendry)


After three seasons sitting on the bench, Joe Dempsie's Gendry finally returned in season seven. Now that he's back, what does the future hold for the last surviving heir to House Baratheon? Could a future on the Iron Throne be in the cards?



If only we could have seen that parental meeting in the show.

The roaring, alcohol-loving King Robert, spoke with great humility and pride at the premiere.


This is something we started eleven years ago — because, of course, we shot the pilot the year before we shot season one proper…It’s been a long journey, and it’s amazing to feel like you’re part of a family. [HBO has] really been gracious, allowing us guys who died off early to be a part of this, and to be respected as part of the creative team. It’s remarkable.

-Mark Addy (Robert Baratheon)


As King Robert Baratheon, Mark Addy was among the first major series regulars to leave Game of Thrones, a death that signaled a shifting political landscape still felt throughout Westeros.



King Robert may have lost the throne, but at least Mark Addy won a family in the end.

The proud lion who fought for legacy himself, Charles Dance spoke of the legacy that Game of Thrones would leave.


It raised the bar to a phenomenal height…I hope it provokes other production companies to maintain that level. HBO has spent money in the right way on this show. Every successive season, they said they were going to make it bigger and better. The bar has gone up and up and up. It’s fantastic.

-Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister)


The ruthless Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance) may have died several seasons ago at the hands of his own son, but his cold and calculated legacy still lives on in the form of his daughter Cersei (Lena Headey), ruling on the Iron Throne.



If only he had shown the same humility before be died on the John.

The author himself had some words to share as well.


I don’t think it should be the final season, but here we are.

-George R. R. Martin


Author George R.R. Martin, the man who first brought Westeros to life, remains committed to closing out A Song of Ice and Fire, the novel series on which Thrones is based. The sixth of seven planned entries, The Winds of Winter, will be the first book released in the series since 2011's A Dance With Dragons. It does not yet have a publish date.


Maybe you wouldn’t have to say that George if you would’ve just, oh I don’t know, finish the book series earlier!

Oh who am I kidding, I can’t stay mad at you. We all love you Martin. No “Shame, shame, shame” memes needed.

Everyone seems to have their own emotional reactions and epiphanies in regard to the end of Game of Thrones. It’s amazing that a television series could have an impact on so many people, and it’s only just begun!

Looking forward to all the reactions from the fans as we all experience the final season on Game of Thrones, starting April 14th 9pm.



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