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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’

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‘Game of Thrones’ Review: The Final Season Keeps Stalling in a Frustrating ‘Knight of the Seven Kingdoms’
[Editor’s note: The following review contains spoilers for “Game of Thrones” Season 8 Episode 2, “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.”]

Do you like shows featuring a lot of fireside chats and talking about battles soon to be fought? Well, the second episode of “Game of Throne’s” eighth season totally delivered for you. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” keeps bringing together so many of the show’s established characters that the few left out are likely feeling a bit of Fomo. But what matters isn’t their absence but the tragic lack of action as various characters confronted foes from seasons past… and basically made their peace with each other.

It’s honestly bizarre. This episode was packed with answers to the generic fan question, “Oh man, what will happen when [Blank] sees [Blank] again?” But while one might have expected “Game of Thrones” to make more of the “reunion” between Bran Stark and Jaime Lannister — especially given Daenerys’ family
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Summer Box Office: Five Weekends to Watch

Summer Box Office: Five Weekends to Watch
Popcorn season is upon us, and it’ll be up to comic-book heroes, a wise-cracking genie, and a lion who would be king to ensure movie theaters are still the hottest place to spend the summer.

Last summer, blockbusters like “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” Ocean’s 8,” and “The Meg” drove moviegoers to their local multiplex in record numbers. This year could be equally impressive. At the very least, Disney will be a force to be reckoned with as the studio unveils highly anticipated titles, including “Avengers: Endgame,” “The Lion King,” and “Toy Story 4.”

As the dog days approach, Variety took a look five weekends that should have the summer box office sizzling.

April 26: “Avengers: Endgame

Summer is getting off to an earlier start with “Avengers: Endgame” debuting at the end of April, and Marvel’s epic superhero mashup couldn’t arrive at a better time.
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Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Its Lineup

Cannes Critics’ Week Unveils Its Lineup
Lorcan Finnegan’s science-fiction thriller “Vivarium” with Jesse Eisenberg and Imogen Poots, Jérémy Clapin’s fantasy-filled animated feature “I Lost My Body,” and Hlynur Pálmason’s Icelandic drama “A White, White Day” are among the 11 films set to compete at Critics’ Week, the section dedicated to first and second films that runs parallel with the Cannes Film Festival.

Vivarium,” described by Critics’ Week’s artistic director Charles Tesson as reminiscent of “The Twilight Zone” and “The Truman Show,” follows a young couple (Eisenberg and Poots) who have just moved into a new housing development and find themselves in a maze of identical homes and a surreal world.

“A White, White Day” marks Pálmason’s follow up to his 2017 feature debut, “Winter Brothers,” which won three prizes at Locarno and played at a flurry of festivals. “A White, White Day” stars Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson (“Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald”) as
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Disney Makes Big Play to Stay in NFL’s TV-Football Game

Disney Makes Big Play to Stay in NFL’s TV-Football Game
Robin Roberts is moving this week from mornings on ABC to primetime. And while the shift is temporary, the business machinations behind it are likely to continue.

Roberts, best known for her regular appearances on “Good Morning America,” will serve this Thursday and Friday as an important presence during two nights of ABC’s coverage of the NFL Draft, an annual highlight for pigskin fans that will also be broadcast on ABC’s sister, ESPN. Both networks are part of the Walt Disney Company, which looks to be making its best play for NFL football as discussions about broadcast rights
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Adam Lambert Back to ‘Idol’ to Mentor Finalists Through Queen’s Catalog

Adam Lambert Back to ‘Idol’ to Mentor Finalists Through Queen’s Catalog
Adam Lambert famously launched his career on “American Idol” a decade ago performing a brilliant audition of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” He wrapped that amazing eighth season performing with the band on the season finale, and years later earned his current spot as the front man touring as Queen + Adam Lambert.

On April 28, Lambert comes full circle as he steps into the mentor role guiding the top eight “Idol” finalists as they each perform a song from the Queen catalog.

Viewers will get a bonus dose of Lambert, as on May 19 as he is set to perform on the season finale of the ABC show.
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China Box Office: ‘Wonder Park’ Fails to Impress While ‘P Storm’ Rages On

China Box Office: ‘Wonder Park’ Fails to Impress While ‘P Storm’ Rages On
Even on one of the quietest weekends of the year, new U.S. animated release “Wonder Park” failed to inspire Chinese audiences as much as Hong Kong and Indian movies already in their third weekend in theaters.

Starring the voice talents of Matthew Broderick, Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, and Ken Jeong, among many others, the film tells the story of a young girl who has adventures when the amusement park she thought only existed in her imagination comes to life. It is the directorial debut of Dylan Brown, an animator who had worked on films like “Monsters Inc.,” but who was fired by Paramount in January 2018 due to allegations of inappropriate conduct with women and is thus uncredited.

Wonder Park” came in third with just a $3.3 million debut weekend, according to figures from consultancy Artisan Gateway. The film opened March 15 in the U.S.

With movie choices made up of holdovers and weak new releases,
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Watch Jason Isbell’s Electrifying Jam With Widespread Panic at 420 Fest

Watch Jason Isbell’s Electrifying Jam With Widespread Panic at 420 Fest
Widespread Panic and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit topped the bill at this past weekend’s Sweetwater 420 Fest in Atlanta, with the two Southern roots-based bands closing out the festival’s main stage with back-to-back performances on Sunday. Following a set with his own group, Isbell stuck around with his guitar and joined Widespread Panic — stalwart jam heroes from nearby Athens, Georgia — for a rousing rendition of Zz Top’s “Jesus Just Left Chicago.”

With a soulful growl, Widespread frontman John Bell handled lead vocals on the bluesy staple originally found on 1973’s Tres Hombres.
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See Carrie Underwood, Kelsea Ballerini Cover ‘Walkaway Joe’ at the Opry

Last month, Grand Ole Opry members Little Big Town invited “Peter Pan” singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini to join the prestigious cast of America’s longest-running live radio show. On April 16th, with fellow Opry member Carrie Underwood doing the honors, Ballerini was officially welcomed into the Opry family. Moments later, Ballerini and Underwood shared lead vocals on an emotion-packed performance of “Walkaway Joe,” a hit for Trisha Yearwood in 1993.

Ballerini and Underwood’s impassioned delivery of the devastating tune about the doomed relationship between a naïve, love-struck 17-year-old girl and a
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Touching New ‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Reveals ‘Wonderful World’ of Pokemon (Video)

Touching New ‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Reveals ‘Wonderful World’ of Pokemon (Video)
So far the teasers for “Detective Pikachu” have played up the manic energy and cuteness of talking, fuzzy, pocket monsters. But in the latest trailer shared by Ryan Reynolds on Monday, we see that the Pokemon universe is actually a pretty beautiful and remarkable place to explore.

There’s no battles here, but there’s certainly a lot of heart. Scored to the Louis Armstrong classic “What a Wonderful World,” we see not only skies of blue in the latest “Detective Pikachu” trailer but also Charmander and Bulbasaur frolicking in the woods as star Justice Smith gets a taste of a world he hardly knew existed.

“Listen kid, if your dad was here, he would hug you so hard, your bones would pop,” a teary-eyed Pikachu (as voiced by Reynolds) says to Smith.

Also Read: Mewtwo Appears for Battle in New 'Pokemon: Detective Pikachu' Trailer (Video)

“Pokemon: Detective Pikachu” is
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What’s Wrong With Earth Day

What’s Wrong With Earth Day
Today is Earth Day, a moment when children all over the world are taught valuable lessons about the wonders of the planet we live on and editorial writers who spend the rest of the year ignoring or mis-representing environmental issues and climate change feel compelled to say something sentimental about this big rock in space that we all live on.

Earth Day was inspired by a single photograph, known as “Earthrise,” which was taken by the crew of Apollo 8 on Christmas Eve, 1968. It shows the earth, shadowed by the moon,
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Cannes: Bong Joon-ho Says ‘Parasite’ Is too Local to Win Competition

Having been partially responsible for the Netflix fall out with the Cannes Film Festival, “Okja” and “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho returns to Cannes competition this year with conventionally- financed “Parasite.” But the Korean-language film is a tragicomedy that Bong says may be too nuanced for the festival.

“Cannes always makes me feel excited, fresh, and nervous. I am very happy to premiere my film, which took so much work, at the hottest, most passionate place,” Bong said at an event held in Seoul on Monday. “But I doubt whether the film could be 100% understood (by foreign audiences). ‘Parasite’ is full of details and nuances that are specific to Koreans. I think the film’s Korean premiere after Cannes will be the most exciting moment for me.”

The themes that Bong has explored in his previous films, such as social class and family dynamics, will again feature. ” “Parasite’ is a story
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Ratings: ABC Waltzes to an Easy Easter Sunday Win With Disney Night on ‘American Idol’

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ABC wished upon a star on Easter Sunday and got the Nielsen ratings it desired, thanks to its special Disney Night edition of “American Idol.”

The singing competition was the highest-rated program among adults 18-49 for the evening and handed its home network first place in that key demo for the spring holiday’s sluggish primetime. However, CBS took the total-viewers win, thanks to its “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” special and “60 Minutes.”

ABC was first in ratings with a 1.0 rating/5 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 5.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. Following a repeat of “America’s Funniest Home Videos,” from 8-10 p.m., the Disney-fied “American Idol” scored a 1.2/5 and 6.4 million viewers. “Shark Tank” at 10 received a 0.8/4 and 3.9 million viewers.

CBS and NBC tied for second in ratings, each with a 0.6/3. CBS was first in viewers with 6.7 million.
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‘Game of Thrones’: Six Books for Fans to Read

‘Game of Thrones’: Six Books for Fans to Read
As the final season of “Game of Thrones” draws to a close, we’ve found six best-selling books that keep the stories of Westeros and beyond alive. From the original novels that inspired the hit HBO show, to collectible tomes that highlight behind-the-scenes secrets, these books make a great addition to your bookcase, whether you’re a fantasy fan or searching for the keys to the Iron Throne.

1. “Game of Thrones” Boxed Set

Are the books better than the series? Pick up this set and decide for yourself. George R. R. Martin’s entire monumental series is included in this collector’s boxed set,
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Kip Moore on Why Artists Should Pay Songwriters

Kip Moore on Why Artists Should Pay Songwriters
With four major streaming services appealing a 2018 ruling from the Copyright Royalty Board that would increase publishers’ and songwriters’ revenue, the plight of the songwriter has been thrust into the spotlight. Kip Moore has not only been watching the music industry’s treatment of the songwriter, but also acting. In a new episode of the podcast And the Writer Is…, the country singer offers his own partial solution to host and fellow songwriter Ross Golan: Moore pays bonuses to the writers whose songs appear on his albums.

It’s an especially important practice,
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George R.R. Martin on the Stark Sisters and Ending ‘Game of Thrones’

George R.R. Martin on the Stark Sisters and Ending ‘Game of Thrones’
When Game of Thrones airs its final episode on May 19th, George R.R. Martin will be watching. He’ll take in the televised conclusion of the story he began, and then get right back to writing his own version, with two books left to go. For our recent cover story on Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner, Martin talked about creating the Stark sisters, the dual endings of his story and much more.

A lot of people don’t know that another one of your old projects, the group-written superhero novel series Wild Cards,
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CBS Sports, Wnba Strike TV Deal

CBS Sports and the Wnba struck a new deal to televise some of the league’s games, widening exposure for professional women’s basketball in the U.S.

Under terms of the deal, CBS Sports Network will broadcast 40 live Wnba games in primetime and on weekends, starting Saturday May 25 as the league’s 2019 season gets underway. Terms of the deal, characterized as a “multi-year” agreement, were not disclosed.

“Through our partnership with CBS Sports Network, the Wnba is joining an elite lineup of premium sports programming,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, in a prepared statement. “We thank CBS Sports for
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Lizzo Extends North American Tour

Lizzo Extends North American Tour
Lizzo has added a second leg to her North American tour in support of her new album, Cuz I Love You. The “Cuz I Love You Too” trek kicks off September 7th at the Fillmore in New Orleans, Louisiana and wraps October 27th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. Lizzo has also added a show to her summer run, stopping at the Edgefield in Troutdale, Oregon July 18th.

Tickets for the new tour dates go on sale April 26th at 12 p.m. local time. Pre-sales for American Express
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CBS Sports Network to Air 40 Wnba Games in New TV Deal

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The Wnba has found a second national TV partner, signing a multi-year deal with CBS Sports.

The agreement, which tips off with the upcoming 2019 season, will put 40 games on CBS Sports Network. The Wnba begins its 23rd season on Friday, May 24. CBS Sports Network’s first game will be the following day between the Minnesota Lynx and the Chicago Sky.

“Through our partnership with CBS Sports Network, the Wnba is joining an elite lineup of premium sports programming,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “We thank CBS Sports for making such a meaningful commitment to women’s basketball and for providing another platform to showcase the world-class athletes of the Wnba.”

Also Read: Inside ABC News' Live Ott Strategy: 'I Don't Frankly Care If Anyone Over 40 Watches'

The Wnba has a long-standing deal with ESPN to show 16 regular season telecasts, including three on ABC.

“We are truly excited to partner with the Wnba,
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John Oliver’s Take on Mueller Report: ‘Incompetence and Obedience’ Saved Trump

John Oliver’s Take on Mueller Report: ‘Incompetence and Obedience’ Saved Trump
John Oliver unpacked the most crucial details of the long-awaited Mueller report on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, continuing the saga he once-dubbed “Stupid Watergate.” He focused the segment on “two main factors that may have saved” President Trump: “incompetence when it comes to conspiracy with Russia and disobedience when it comes to obstruction of justice.”

While Robert Mueller’s team determined that the Trump campaign did not conspire with the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, they were less specific on the obstruction charge, writing,
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See Maren Morris’ Surprise Coachella Performance of ‘The Middle’

See Maren Morris’ Surprise Coachella Performance of ‘The Middle’
Maren Morris made a surprise appearance during Coachella’s second weekend, turning up to sing “The Middle” as part of German DJ-producer Zedd’s set. The annual multi-artist festival wrapped its 2019 edition in Indio, California, on Sunday, April 21st.

In fan-shot video, Morris is at the front of the stage, encouraging an ocean of people to sing along to the song, a 2018 Number One dance hit she recorded in collaboration with Zedd and Grey. Looking like the pilot of futuristic aircraft as he stands inside a customized (and glowing) ring with all his gear,
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