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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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?
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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?
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Maybe. Maybe not. Watch the video and tell me your thoughts!
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.
For a lil bit Sansa reigned over Winterfell and her and her sis were a bad bitch duo&now blondie rolls up with her dragons and eating all their food lol nah sorry it isn't a weird plot device she would be prickly despite rationally knowing they had little choice.She still young
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!)
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 | Image via The Hollywood Reporter
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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.
We are only two weeks away from the final season of Game of Thrones, and the premiere in New York was packed.
Stars from the final season graced the red carpet yesterday. While many of the shows current stars attended the premiere, a slew of former cast members dropped by to make an appearance. This includes Jason Momoa, Pedro Pascal, Jack Gleeson and Sean Bean.
But of course, all eyes were on Gwendoline Christie. And for good reason.
Rockefeller Center was all decked out for the premiere. This includes an Iron Throne right in the middle of Rockefeller Plaza. This is one of the many thrones that have popped up across the country as part of a promotional campaign for the final season.
Even George R.R. Martin popped by to see the Iron Throne.