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'Game of Thrones' Series Finale: What the Critics Are Saying

'Game of Thrones' Series Finale: What the Critics Are Saying
[This story contains spoilers for the series finale of HBO's Game of Thrones, "The Iron Throne."]

Game of Thrones has closed the book on its series, wrapping with a super-sized episode that saw a new ruler ascend to the now-metaphorical throne of Westeros. The eighth and final season was contentious for both fans and critics, with many taking issue with the introduction of certain plot elements and the breakneck pacing of the season, which consisted of just six episodes.

But after eight years, epic battles and plenty of death and destruction, a new monarch was crowned: King Bran the Broken....
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Sony Interactive Launches Unit to Adapt Games for Film, TV (Exclusive)

Sony Interactive Entertainment has launched PlayStation Productions, a production studio that will mine the company's extensive catalog of video game titles for film and television. The new enterprise, headed by Asad Qizilbash and overseen by chairman of Worldwide Studios at SIE, Shawn Layden, is already in production on its first slate of projects and has set up shop on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City.

"We’ve got 25 years of game development experience and that’s created 25 years of great games, franchises and stories," Layden tells The Hollywood Reporter. "We feel that now ...
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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Inch Down In Households, Tick Up In Demo With Season Finale Hosted By Paul Rudd

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‘Saturday Night Live’ Ratings Inch Down In Households, Tick Up In Demo With Season Finale Hosted By Paul Rudd
Saturday Night Live closed out its 44th season with a finale hosted by Paul Rudd with musical guest DJ Khaled. The show, which featured appearances by Alec Baldwin and Robert De Niro, averaged a 4.0 rating Live+Same Day household rating in the metered markets, and a 1.6 adults 18-49 rating in the markets with local people meters.

That was down a bit in the metered-market households and up a notch among 18-49 in the local people meters.from last week’s episode with host Emma Thompson and musical guest Jonas Brothers, which tied a demo low.

The finale, which also featured Lil Wayne, Big Sean, Meek Mill, J Balvin, Jeremih, Lil Baby, John Legend and Sza, was down from SNL‘s 2018 season closer with host Tina Fey and musical guest Nicki Minaj.

Last Night’s Saturday Night Live ranks as the #1 show of the night on the Big 4 networks in metered-market
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Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest

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Duncan Laurence Wins 2019 Eurovision Song Contest
After a nearly four-hour show (including voting time), Duncan Laurence snagged the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest for the Netherlands with the song ‘’Arcade,” written and composed by Duncan Laurence, Joel Sjöö and Wouter Hardy.

Laurence won a total of 492 points from the expert juries and televoters in a contest that was touch and go from the beginning, with North Macedonia a surprise frontrunner until the collective votes were tallied. Italy finished in second place with 465 votes and Russia came in third with 369 votes. It was the fifth win for the Netherlands in Eurovision history. The last time the Netherlands won was in 1975, marking a 44-year stretch between wins.

“In the past few years many well known artists represented the Netherlands at the Eurovision Song Contest. I’m not well-known, but that’s also a good thing; The Netherlands has a lot of young and talented musicians,” the 24 year-old singer-songwriter said when he was first selected to represent his country in Eurovision. “My participation proves that nothing is impossible. You can suddenly get the opportunity to represent your country on an international stage. I’m very proud to represent my country… I will give it my all.”

Following his win, Laurence told the crowd gathered at Tel Aviv Expo, “This is to dreaming big, this is to music first, always, thank you!”

The mood during the show was festive throughout, with attendees including such music industry insiders as S-Curve records president Steve Greenberg and Doron Medalie, co-writer of “Toy,” the song recorded by 2018 Eurovision winner Netta Narzilai. Medalie was standing on his feet and dancing the entire stretch of the show, most notably during the performance of Spain’s contestant, Miki Nunez, who sang the poppy Catalan track “La Venda.” While the Expo started emptying out around the three-hour mark at around 1 a.m. Tel Aviv time, those remaining continued to wave flags of the respective delegations.

With Madonna’s guest performance meting out “a message of peace,” others in the music industry echoed the Queen of Pop’s commitment to playing in Israel, a country endlessly a target of boycotts and media attention focused on politics and the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

Ari Ingel, director of Creative Community for Peace (Ccfp), an entertainment industry non-profit organization dedicated to promoting music and the arts as a bridge to peace and artistic freedom, spoke of how “a shared love of music and the arts has the ability to bring us together when so many people are trying to sow division.”

Ccfp brought 15 delegates to Israel for Eurovision week. The mission of the trip is not only to counter the rampant anti-Israel Boycott Divest Sanctions (Bds) movement but to encourage the uncensored exchange of creative ideas within the musical and artistic space.

“Banding together as an artistic community in the region is more essential than ever,” said Ingel of the Eurovision show.

Jeremy Hulsh, founder and managing director of Oleh! Records, Israel’s music export and development office, was “rooting for Israel,” but saw a lot of “great talent” in all the Eurovision contestants. He did however note the particular importance of fostering musical talent in Israel.

“In Israel, there’s an astonishing amount of talent in the pop music realm,” said Hulsh. “Having Eurovision in Tel Aviv provides a plum opportunity to showcase this talent–not only in the actual Eurovision show but also in the Eurovision village and in clubs and bars all around the city this week. Israel is home to a vibrant, robust, creative community of artists, and it’s time the world knows this.”
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Game of Thrones: The Once-and-for-All Final Tally of the Living and the Dead

Game of Thrones: The Once-and-for-All Final Tally of the Living and the Dead
In the wake of Game of Thrones‘ series finale, there is only one thing we say to death: Man, you must be tired.

That’s because the Grim Reaper was rather busy during the final season of HBO’s fantasy drama, which wrapped Sunday and featured the killing of many main characters and thousands of nameless soldiers and citizens, not to mention a dragon or two.

The series’ final installment offered up only a single death, but it was a huge one: Daenerys was fatally stabbed by Jon, who felt he had to kill his queen in order to slow
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Downton Abbey: Mr. Carson Comes Home in Latest Movie Teaser — Watch

Downton Abbey: Mr. Carson Comes Home in Latest Movie Teaser — Watch
Welcome back, Mr. Carson.

Though there are still four months until Downton Abbey‘s doors reopen, TVLine has an exclusive glimpse at the period drama’s forthcoming follow-up film — and it features one of the show’s most beloved characters.

In the brief teaser, longtime butler Charles Carson (played once again by Jim Carter) returns to the towering estate, making the familiar walk up to the house’s doors. Unfortunately for us, the spot ends before any other characters can emerge — but we’ll take what we can get. The full trailer is slated to be released on Tuesday.

In addition to Carter,
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Vida Stars Say Season 2 Is a 'Beautiful' Look at Emma and Lyn's Relationship

Vida, Starz's sexiest series (which is saying a lot), returns for its anticipated second season this month. The first season, which consisted of six half-hour episodes, left off with grieving sisters Emma (Mishel Prada) and Lyn (Melissa Barrera) deciding to stay in Los Angeles to take over the bar

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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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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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Game of Thrones: 15 Burning Questions We Still Have After the Series Finale

Game of Thrones: 15 Burning Questions We Still Have After the Series Finale
The war for the Iron Throne is over… but we’re not done asking questions about Game of Thrones.

After eight seasons of swords and sorcery, of fire and ice — not to mention a whole bunch of dead bodies — HBO’s fantasy epic drew to a close with Sunday’s series finale, and it did offer some definitive closure: Daenerys Targaryen is no more, and Bran Stark, of all people, sits upon the Iron Throne. (Or what’s left of it.) But with only six episodes in the final season, Thrones didn’t have time to tie up every last loose end.
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Madrid Region Booms as an International Production Hub

Madrid is booming as never before in its 125-year film history; arguably, no other European site is currently transforming so quickly into a global production hub.

A 20-minute drive north of the Spanish capital, a large white-concrete hanger has been built beside the Madrid-Burgos motorway, at the entrance to Tres Cantos, a well-heeled satellite village and industrial estate. Welcome to Netflix’s Madrid Production Hub, its first in Europe, which opened April 4.

Five minutes away from that are the offices of Movistar +, the pay TV unit of Telefonica, Europe’s second largest telecom, which has produced and released 20 original
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‘Game of Thrones’: Plastic Water Bottle Spotted in Series Finale

‘Game of Thrones’: Plastic Water Bottle Spotted in Series Finale
Two weeks after a rogue coffee cup made its way into an episode of “Game of Thrones,” another modern-day refreshment popped up in Westeros, this time in the form of a plastic water bottle.

During one of the most important scenes in Sunday’s farewell episode, in which “The Iron Throne” was decided, a water bottle can be seen tucked behind Sir Samwell Tarly’s foot.

Lmaooo I Can't Breathe They Did It Again First Starbucks now a water bottle this show is a joke #GameOfThrones #GameOfThronesFinale #TheFinalEpisode pic.twitter.com/9YaFF8Pnm6

— ℝίτα||GoT Spoilers (@JonxDanyy) May 20, 2019

The coffee gaffe,
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Game of Thrones: Plastic Water Bottle Spotted in Series Finale

Game of Thrones: Plastic Water Bottle Spotted in Series Finale
Apparently Game of Thrones‘ editors could have used another cup of coffee.

Just two weeks after #CoffeeCupGate, eagle-eyed viewers of Sunday’s series finale spotted yet another anachronism — this time in the form of a water bottle. The plastic container can be seen at the 46:19 mark, as Grey Worm brings Tyrion in front of a council of Westeros’ hydrated surviving rulers.

The latest gaffe is arguably less conspicuous than the modern coffee cup that was left on the Winterfell banquet table in a scene from Episode 4. After that mistake went viral, HBO put out a statement, which read, “In
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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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Game of Thrones Season 8 Finale Complete Coverage

We've come a long way since we were first introduced to Game of Thrones and the warring houses of Westeros eight years ago. Heck, we've come a long way since the beginning of this season, just five short weeks ago. Many of our favorite characters are dead, some of the living characters are no

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All the Funniest Game of Thrones Season 8 Memes and Tweets

Game of Thrones isn't just a crazy show about dragons and zombies; it's a cultural phenomenon, and it feels like half the world is invested in these storylines.

Every Sunday, millions of us crowded around our screens (desperately trying to adjust the brightness just right) to watch new episodes, and

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Ghost Ended Up Happy on Game of Thrones, and That's All That Matters

Among the momentous things that happened in Sunday's Game of Thrones finale, titled "The Iron Throne," the most important -- and this is not up for debate -- was Jon Snow (Kit Harington) reuniting with Ghost, who is still a very good boy.

Now, I know this might be a controversial opinion because Jon

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Every Episode of Game of Thrones, Ranked

Game of Thrones has been one of the most popular shows on TV since it premiered in 2011, but now our watch has ended with the show's final episode, "The Iron Throne."

Over the past eight seasons, HBO's epic fantasy drama, based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, has consistently

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‘Westworld’ Season 3 Trailer Focuses on New Cast Member Aaron Paul

‘Westworld’ Season 3 Trailer Focuses on New Cast Member Aaron Paul
Ahead of the final episode of “Game of Thrones,” HBO released the first trailer for the new season of another flagship show: “Westworld.”

The first look at the third season of the sci-fi show puts the focus on new series regular Aaron Paul, best known for his run on “Breaking Bad.” The trailer doesn’t reveal much in the way of plot, but we do get the first look at the environment and, of course, Paul’s entrance into the series.

It shows him walking across a bridge before coming across Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores, who appears to be in some sort of distress.
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Adam Lambert Does Double Performing Duty on ‘Idol’ as New Winner Is Crowned

Adam Lambert Does Double Performing Duty on ‘Idol’ as New Winner Is Crowned
A new “American Idol” winner was crowned Sunday night, but not before Adam Lambert returned to the stage for the season finale for a pair of performances that included his new single and a duet with eliminated contestant Dimitrius Graham Sunday.

The show concluded with Louisiana teen Laine Hardy showered in confetti as he was crowned the winner over runner-up Alejandro Aranda. Hardy closed the show performing his coronation song, “Flame,” as he was embraced by his fellow Idol contestants.

Lambert was part of a star-studded finale that included performances by “Idol” season 4 winner Carrie Underwood, Weezer, Kane Brown, Dan + Shay,
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