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Kit Harington Feared ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Would Be Accused of Sexism, and He Was Right

Kit Harington Feared ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 Would Be Accused of Sexism, and He Was Right
[Editor’s note: The following post contained spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8.]

Game of Thrones” often came under fire over its eight-season run for its depiction of women (no more so than after Sansa’s controversial rape in Season 5), but the show reached a new low during its final season as Daenerys went full “Mad Queen” in what felt like seconds, Brienne was left crying over Jaime, Missandei was executed, and more. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Kit Harington revealed he was worried about the final season causing backlash over the series being sexist. Harington feared the show’s final two episodes would come under scrutiny for killing off two of the show’s most important female characters: Daenerys and Cersei.

“One of my worries with this is we have Cersei and Dany, two leading women, who fall,” Harington said. “The justification is: Just because they’re women, why should they be the goodies? They’re the most interesting characters in the show.
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Céline Sciamma’s ‘Portrait Of A Lady On Fire’ Is A Searing Love Story [Cannes Review]

In portraiture, representing someone’s likeness is more than an act of looking — it’s an act of learning another person. From the curves of her ear cartilage to the contours of her hands at rest, to paint a subject is to commit her to memory, even down to the smallest mannerisms. As Greta Gerwig asserted in “Lady Bird,” another film with a central female gaze, love is fundamentally an act of paying attention.

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Emilia Clarke Tells All About Daenerys’ Fate and What She Would Change About ‘Thrones’ Season 8

Emilia Clarke Tells All About Daenerys’ Fate and What She Would Change About ‘Thrones’ Season 8
[Editors’ note: The following post contains spoilers for the “Game of Thrones” series finale, “The Iron Throne.”]

As many fans expected following Daenerys Targaryen’s dark turn in the series’ penultimate episode, “Game of Thrones” ended with the once beloved dragon queen murdered at the hands of her former lover and nephew, Jon Snow. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly about the finale, Emilia Clarke said she had no idea Dany’s transformation into the Mad Queen was in store for her character. Clarke read the Season 8 scripts and was left speechless.

“What, what, what, What!?” Clarke said about how she reacted to Dany’s death. “Because it comes out of fucking nowhere. I’m flabbergasted. Absolutely never saw that coming. I cried. And I went for a walk. I walked out of the house and took my keys and phone and walked back with blisters on my feet. I didn’t come back for five hours. I’m like,
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‘The Lighthouse’ Ignites Cannes, Along With Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe Oscar Talk

‘The Lighthouse’ Ignites Cannes, Along With Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe Oscar Talk
It’s no surprise that psycho-thriller “The Lighthouse,” Robert Eggers’ dazzling follow-up to art-horror smash “The Witch,” should play well for Americans at Cannes. But it also played well on Sunday for two sets of turnaway international crowds who had to line up hours early to get into the Directors’ Fortnight entry, which could win a prize.

Rob Pattinson and Willem Dafoe go toe-to-toe in Eggers’ claustrophobic, Herman Melville-inspired two-hander, shot with black-and-white 35mm film and in Academy ratio. Filmed in stormy weather in Nova Scotia, the Quinzaine entry should yield another arthouse hit for A24. Their eventual date will reveal something about the distributor’s awards plans.

The Lighthouse” is something of a hybrid, which may be why it wound up in the Quinzaine, which is a strong Cannes platform for edgy indie fare like “The Florida Project,” among many other films, as opposed to the main Competition.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Series Finale Leaves Plastic Water Bottle In Major Tyrion Scene

HBO’s wildly successful “Game of Thrones” came to an end during its May 19 series finale, “The Iron Throne,” and the episode went viral not just for answering who ends up on the Iron Throne but also for including a plastic water bottle that was mistakingly left on set and filmed into a major scene. The bottle appeared 46 minutes and 19 seconds into the episode during the scene in which Tyrion is walking into a tribunal overseen by the surviving leaders of Westeros. As the camera pans across the leaders, a plastic water bottle can be spotted right behind Samwell Tarly’s left leg (see the photo above).

The plastic water bottle gaffe arrived just several episodes after the final season’s fourth episode, “The Last of the Starks,” went viral for including a plastic coffee cup placed on a table in front of Daenerys. While many initially believed the cup
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Quentin Tarantino Writes Open Letter Asking Cannes Not to Reveal ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Spoilers

Quentin Tarantino Writes Open Letter Asking Cannes Not to Reveal ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Spoilers
Quentin Tarantino is taking a page from the Russo brothers’ playbook by posting an open letter warning against spoilers for his new movie, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The drama, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt, is world premiering May 21 in competition at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The film’s debut arrives just over two months before Sony Pictures is opening the title in theaters nationwide. Tarantino published an open letter on the film’s official social media pages asking Cannes audience members not to spoil the movie in advance.

“I love cinema. You love cinema. It’s the journey of discovering a story for the first time,” Tarantino wrote. “I’m thrilled to be here in Cannes to share ‘Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood’ with the festival audience. The cast and crew have worked so hard to create something original, and I only ask that everyone avoids
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‘Barry’ Review: Season 2 Finale Turns Out the Light in a Twisted Ending

‘Barry’ Review: Season 2 Finale Turns Out the Light in a Twisted Ending
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “Barry” Season 2, Episode 8, “berkman > block” — the Season 2 finale.]

Barry Berkman isn’t blocked, he’s broken — but “Barry” is only getting better. In the Season 2 finale of Bill Hader’s existential HBO comedy, the eponymous hitman-turned-thespian tries to plug up a release valve that’s been opened on stage and won’t stop flowing off of it. Over the course of eight episodes, Barry spoke his truth to his acting teacher Gene Cousineau (Henry Winkler), confessing to the worst thing he’s ever done, with the intention of never repeating the same mistake again. But in “berkman > block,” Barry did it again, with 10 times the body count.

Why? The worst thing he’s ever done isn’t killing an innocent man out of misplaced vengeance, but killing a police detective out of self-preservation. With Janet Moss (Paula Newsome) almost certainly dead and now a houseful of confirmed kills to join her,
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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: A Fitting and Unlikely Finale Makes for a Season-Redeeming Ending

‘Game of Thrones’ Review: A Fitting and Unlikely Finale Makes for a Season-Redeeming Ending
[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for the “Game of Thrones” finale: Season 8, Episode 6, “The Iron Throne.”]

Game of Thrones” was often about believing in the impossible. Accepting that heroes could return from the dead, that fire-breathing beasts could patrol the sky, that the fairy tale rhythms of old could be used for less-storybook ends. With its final stroke, “Game of Thrones” added something to that list. It delivered an ending that fit.

Its final episode, “The Iron Throne,” saw a conclusion that didn’t so much serve as a corrective for the narrative shortcomings of its preceding installments as much as it reframed the last few dozen hours spent in Westeros. A punctuation of sorts to one of TV’s most massive installments, it cut through the myriad expectations and offered up an impressive closing chapter, balancing a litany of character sendoffs with a parting thematic statement on the nature of power.

The dread that pervaded the
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‘Game Of Thrones’ Series Finale: The Game Comes To An Unsatisfying End In ‘The Iron Throne’ [Recap]

“There’s nothing in the world more powerful than a good story,” Peter Dinklage‘s Tyrion says in the series finale of “Game of Thrones.” “Nothing can stop it.” Well, except two showrunners who want to rush through things. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss wrote and directed “The Iron Throne,” only their third in eight seasons, and it’s … fine.

And for a show with this many Emmys and this much chatter, it shouldn’t be just fine.

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‘Westworld’ Season 3 Trailer: HBO Teases A Radically Different 2020 Season

Game Of Thrones” is over and long live “Game Of Thrones,” unless of course, you’re not a fan of the D. B. Weiss and David Benioff writing that has torn the internet into a war this final season, in which case, never mind. But the point is, HBO is saying goodbye to its flagship show that has brought them millions and millions of viewers and now they’re looking for an heir apparent.

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‘Westworld’ Season 3 First Trailer: Aaron Paul Takes Control in Radically New Footage — Watch

‘Westworld’ Season 3 First Trailer: Aaron Paul Takes Control in Radically New Footage — Watch
In case you thought “Game of Thrones” was the only big-budget epic HBO had to offer, the first trailer for “Westworld” Season 3 is here to remind you otherwise. Dropping as the “GoT” finale premiered, the first footage of Season 3 puts new cast member Aaron Paul front and center — and everyone else is missing.

Everyone, that is, except for Evan Rachel Wood. In pain and angry, Dolores emerges from the darkness at the very end of the first spot (below). Before that, Paul’s unnamed new character is seen scouring an advanced, futuristic city (not unlike the one Dolores was seen visiting during Season 2 flashbacks). Sitting on a beam above the urban jungle with a robot, one thing is clear: We’re far from the Old West now.

Keep an eye out for new cast members Lena Waithe, Scott Mescudi, and Marshawn Lynch during the trailer, as well. They appear to
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‘Killing Eve’ Breaks Bad Beautifully, Succeeding Where ‘Game of Thrones’ Fails

‘Killing Eve’ Breaks Bad Beautifully, Succeeding Where ‘Game of Thrones’ Fails
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers for “Killing Eve” Season 2, Episode 7, “Wide Awake”]

In the week after “Game of Thrones” took a beating for giving one character an abrupt and perplexing villainous turn, “Killing Eve” takes another step in its season-long arc to lure MI6 agent Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh) to the dark side. This subtle and seductive journey has been a gradual descent into depravity that shows just how much work and psychology goes into breaking bad.

In Sunday’s episode, tech mogul Aaron Peel (Henry Lloyd-Hughes) has become intrigued by Villanelle (Jodie Comer) — who’s working undercover for MI6 as disaffected rich American “Billie” — and invites her to Rome with him as he attends a tech conference. With Villanelle in place and equipped with a tiny surveillance microphone, Eve and Hugo (Edward Bluemel) station themselves in a nearby hotel to eavesdrop and learn what weapon Aaron is selling and to whom.

What once was Eve’s safe,
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‘Diego Maradona’ Review: A Gripping Saga of Soccer Legend’s Fall From Grace — Cannes

The five-minute opening montage of “Diego Maradona” recounts a dizzying history of the Argentine soccer player’s dramatic rise, and the story’s just getting started. As Barcelona’s breakout talent in the early ‘80s, Maradona was seen as a natural successor to Pelé’s stature as the greatest player in history, with ethos to boot: “I’m more interest in glory than money,” he says in one passing interview, as the prologue careens through his exuberant hard-partying lifestyle, local backlash, and a recovery from injury — until at long last he’s sold to less glamorous Napoli in 1984. It’s a dramatic shift, but only a starting point for this breathless and gripping saga of a soccer legend’s fall from grace.

While Maradona’s controversial “Hand of God” triumph in the 1986 World Cup has already been captured in an ESPN “30 for 30” installment, director Asif Kapadia folds that major chapter into a much wider tapestry.
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‘The Whistlers’: Corneliu Porumboiu Delivers A Witty Comedic Thriller For His Cannes-Competition Debut [Review]

Since the Palme d’Or win for “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” in 2007, New Romanian Cinema has been a fixture at film festivals. The work of filmmakers like Cristian Mungiu, Calin Peter Netzer and Cristi Puiu has also picked up a reputation for being particularly dour in its realism; the exceptions to the rule are the dryly humorous films of Corneliu Porumboiu.

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How ‘Game of Thrones’ Ruined ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ for a Conscientious Viewer

How ‘Game of Thrones’ Ruined ‘John Wick: Chapter 3’ for a Conscientious Viewer
If the mixed reviews and petition calling for the entire season to be remade are any indication, “The Bells” has the dubious honor of being the most divisive episode in “Game of Thrones” history. Depending on how tonight’s series finale turns out, it may also be remembered as the most definitive: the one in which the show’s heroes, villains, and everyone in between finally revealed who they truly are.

Some couldn’t be swayed by their better angels, others managed to turn away from the dark path they’d been walking, and others still were killed by their own creation. The tide had so strongly been in the good guys’ favor over the last few seasons that many fans have forgotten what this kind of devastation felt like — and perhaps even tricked themselves into believing that we were being guided toward a positive outcome. As the eminently hateable
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New ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Posters Show Off Leonardo DiCaprio’s Aging Movie Star

New ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Posters Show Off Leonardo DiCaprio’s Aging Movie Star
After months of speculation, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” was officially added to the Cannes lineup earlier this month. Ahead of its long-awaited premiere on the Croisette this week, the film has two new posters showing off Leonardo DiCaprio’s aging-movie-star character in all his glory.

The first of them announces, “Witness Rick Dalton and Margaret Lee together in Columbia-Euro’s latest motion picture, ‘Operazione Dyn-o-mite!'” Then there’s the second: “Straight from Italy comes ‘Kill Me Now Ringo, Said The Gringo,’ now showing in a multiplex near you.”

The Italian titles shown on the posters — not just “Operazione Dyn-o-Mite!” but also “Uccidimi Subito Ringo, Disse Il Gringo” — are likely a callback to the Spaghetti Westerns with which Tarantino and so many others are enamored, namely the “Dollars” trilogy comprised of “A Fistful of Dollars,” “For a Few Dollars More,” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
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‘John Wick 3’ Wins the Box Office, but Weekend Totals Dropped $60 Million from 2018

“John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” opened to a domestic total of $57 million; after “Us,” it’s the best opening for a non-Marvel release this year. That’s encouraging as we approach a summer that largely features sequels to previous hits, but — after three very strong weekends — it’s the first weekend in which the total gross lagged behind last year, when “Deadpool 2” debuted to $125 million.

In total, all films grossed around $150 million, for a $60 million shortfall against 2018. For the year so far, grosses are running $400 million short, or 9% below — a gap that would be much worse without “Endgame.” Memorial Day weekend lies ahead, with “Aladdin” leading the way. But advance predictions of its gross place it below what “Solo: A Star Wars Story” did last year, so we could see another falloff before some of June’s major openers come around.

In the meantime, there is nothing but positive vibes from “Parabellum.
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Emilia Clarke Says Goodbye to ‘Game of Thrones’: ‘And Now Our Watch Has Ended’

Emilia Clarke Says Goodbye to ‘Game of Thrones’: ‘And Now Our Watch Has Ended’
Ahead of tonight’s series finale, Emilia Clarke has shared a heartfelt goodbye to “Game of Thrones.” The actress, whose character’s actions in last week’s episode “The Bells” may go down as the most controversial in the show’s history, writes that Daenerys Targaryen “has taken up the whole of my heart” and that “Thrones” itself has “shaped me as a woman, as an actor and as a human being.”

Here’s her full statement:

“Finding the words to write this post has left me overwhelmed with how much I want to say but how small words feel in comparison to what this show and Dany have meant to me.

“The mother of dragons chapter has taken up the whole of my adult life. This woman has taken up the whole of my heart. I’ve sweated in the blaze of dragon fire, shed many tears at those who left our family early,
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‘John Wick 3’ Kills The Box Office With Franchise-Best Opening As ‘Endgame’ Continues To Creep On ‘Avatar’

The final kill count from “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” is yet to be determined. However, the biggest, most important death at the hands of Keanu Reeves’ famous assassin character is perhaps “Avengers: Endgame.” After three weeks atop the box office, Mr. Wick is the first person that has been able to slay the Marvel Studios beast.

Honestly, ‘John Wick 3’ would have had to experience some sort of colossal failure at the box office to not gain the #1 spot this weekend.

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‘SNL’: Pete Davidson and Paul Rudd Rap About ‘Grace and Frankie,’ Their Favorite Show

‘SNL’: Pete Davidson and Paul Rudd Rap About ‘Grace and Frankie,’ Their Favorite Show
You may like “Grace and Frankie,” but you probably don’t love it as much as Pete Davidson and Paul Rudd. That became clear on last night’s episode of “Saturday Night Live,” which featured a “Game of Thrones” rap that quickly turned into a tribute to the Netflix comedy starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

“Can’t believe it’s coming to an end. It’s like my favoritest show ever. HBO, here we go: Jon Snow, dragons, lotsa wolves, armor clothes, silver swords that extendo, prostitute houses, lotsa wine, and a big-ass wall — never miss an episode!” Davidson began, and yet he seemed to lack a certain enthusiasm. Kenan Thompson then interjected to point out that Davidson has never shared his affection for the show before. “I don’t really like to talk about my personal life,” Davidson replied to laughs from the audience. “I don’t like that kind of attention.
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