TIME Television

Did a Briefly Leaked Tape Feature Juicy Dialogue From Season 6 of Game of Thrones?


Because if so, there are spoilers ahead

Game of Thrones fans are abuzz with tantalizing speculation that a video, which allegedly appeared on Vimeo before being quickly taken down, was a leaked audition tape.

According to the Watchers on the Wall, an online community for Game of Thrones fans, the tape reportedly showed English actress Tehmina Sunny trying out for the part of a red priestess, apparently named Kinvara. Both Tyrion and Varys feature in the script, which, the site says, was transcribed by a reader who saw the audition footage before it was taken down.

Caution. Spoilers ahead.

This is how part of the dialog appears on the site:

Kinvara: “You don’t have to persuade me of anything. I came to help. Daenerys Stormborn is the One Who Was Promised. From the fire, she was reborn … to remake the world.”

Tyrion: “Yes.”

Kinvara: “She freed the slaves from their chains and crucified the Masters for their sins.”

Tyrion/Varys: “She did indeed.”

Kinvara: “Her dragons are fire made flesh. A gift from the Lord of Light. But you’ve heard all of this before, haven’t you? On the Long Bridge of Volantis? The dragons purify nonbelievers by the thousands, burning their sins and flesh away.”

Tyrion/Varys: “Ideally, we’d avoid purifying many non-believers. The Mother of the Dragon has followers from many different faiths.”

Kinvara: “You want your queen to be worshiped and obeyed. And while she’s gone, you want her advisors to be worshiped and obeyed.”

Tyrion: “I’d settle for obeyed.”

Kinvara: “I will summon mummers and appoint priests. They will spread the word. Daenerys has been sent to lead the people against the darkness … for this war, and the Great War yet to come.”

Varys: “That sounds excellent. A man named Stannis Baratheon was appointed as the Chosen One by one of your priestesses. He too had a glorious destiny. He attacked King’s Landing, and was soundly defeated by the man standing beside me. Last I heard, he’d been defeated again. This time at Winterfell … and this time for good.”

Authentic or not, we can’t say. But we do know this about season six. Filming will resume in Spain, and George R.R. Martin won’t be writing for it.

Read what Watchers on the Wall says is the full transcript of the leaked video here.

TIME Music

Disclosure Reveals Details of Sam Smith Collaboration

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Robin Marchant—Getty Images Guy Lawrence and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure visit SiriusXM Studios in New York City on June 23, 2015

Perhaps no rising electronic duo has had quite the last few years like Guy and Howard Lawrence, the brothers out of Surrey, England who record as Disclosure. Since the release of their 2013 Grammy-nominated album, Settle, they’ve toured globally, headlined festivals, and dominated clubs and pop radio with tracks like “Latch,” featuring Grammy-winning singer Sam Smith and “F For You,” which they remixed with Mary J. Blige. Not bad for a pair of dudes who are only in their early twenties. (At the moment, Guy is 24-years-old, Howard is 21.)

They’re returning this September with one of the fall’s most anticipated albums, Caracal. But even with all the hype, they didn’t feel pressure to make Settle 2.0. “We got bought a lot of time by ‘Latch’ actually,” Howard tells EW. “We wrote it over three years ago now and it only really got [to the U.S.] last year. So we didn’t feel too rushed—I feel that’s often a thing with second albums. [And] I didn’t feel much pressure in terms of having to top the last record or anything. I just felt like we had to make the best one we can. And we’ve both gotten better at making music.”

For this record, due September 25, Guy and Howard say they’ve gone beyond the classic sounds of ’80s and ’90s house and British two-step music. “Disclosure is a vibe and a sound, not a BPM,” says Guy. In fact, the songwriting process, which included frequent-collaborator Jimmy Napes on most tracks, was pretty old-fashioned.

“For most of this record it’s been me, Guy, and Jimmy [Napes], and ‘insert singer here’ and we just sit around a piano,” says Howard. “There’s a rubbish, old piano in our studio, and we write chords and then write some melodies and all just talk about lyrics and ideas and sit in there for a couple of days.” Adds Guy, “It’s very traditional way of writing songs. We could do it at home. I’ll sit in the corner making a rough beat and getting all the sounds I think we’re going to use ready. And then Jimmy and Howard will be making chords. Someone will think about a theme of a subject we want to talk about. It all comes together that way—and if it doesn’t come together quickly, it usually never will.”

Disclosure tapped a varied roster of singers for tracks on Settle, including Smith, AlunaGeorge, Edward MacFarlane, and Jessie Ware. And they’re calling on friends once again for Caracal. So far they’ve announced Gregory Porter (featured on the first single, “Holding On”), Nao, Lion Babe, Kwabs and, to much fanfare, Smith—who’s been recuperating after undergoing vocal surgery in early May.

“It just would have felt wrong to not have him on the record,” says Howard. “We speak to Sam everyday. He’s our best mate. And he’s the best singer in the world. Why would we not put him on the record?” Guy and Howard add that they didn’t feel any pressure to replicate “Latch,” either. “If you put me, Sam and Guy in a room, we’ll make a tune,” says Howard. Adds Guy, “When we got off tour for the first one it was like ‘Let’s at least take a couple months off.’ By the end of the second month, I was just at home making music—it’s what I do to relax.”

Considering how high Smith’s profile has been raised since he dominated the Grammys this year, the Lawrence Brothers say the sessions weren’t insanely top secret. “I mean, we walked to lunch right after [recording],” Howard says. “Sam’s the same as us. He doesn’t take all that stuff too seriously. We were in another session and went to lunch and the guy over the counter asked for a photo and Sam said yes, but then he was like, ‘Can I just use your phone to do my hair?’ And then he stood there, just doing his hair.”

Once Caracal lands, Disclosure will hit the States for a string of dates, including a headlining slot at Madison Square Garden in New York City. And fans can expect the duo to blow the roof off of Gotham’s hallowed venue. “It’s gonna be crazy,” says Guy. “We’ve actually been to Madison Square Garden when we came out at Sam Smith’s show and it was amazing. So we’ve got the vibe. And we’ve got a new show: new songs, new lights, new screens, new instruments. It’s going to be amazing.”

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME celebrities

Bobbi Kristina Brown Moved to Hospice Care

Bobbi Kristina Brown has been moved to hospice care.

“Despite the great medical care at numerous facilities, [her] condition has continued to deteriorate,” Pat Houston said Wednesday in a statement on behalf of the Houston family.

“As of today, she has been moved into hospice care. We thank everyone for their support and prayers. She is in God’s hands now.”

A Brown family source tells PEOPLE, “She’s skin and bones now. She has been losing weight, she’s been losing hair. They were taking good care of her, but she has no muscle tone at all. There has been some worry that her organs are shutting down.”

The 22-year-old daughter of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston was hospitalized in January after being found unconscious and unresponsive in a bathtub in her Atlanta townhouse. Still unresponsive after months in the hospital, Bobbi Kristina was transferred to an Atlanta-area rehab facility in March.

“Krissi is breathing, but she cannot communicate,” a source close to the Houston family told PEOPLE earlier this week.

“The family and her father are just taking things one day at a time. She’s just in God’s care and it’s whatever he decides.”

Added the source, “The heartbreak and pain we feel in seeing her that way is beyond words.”

— With reporting by Liz McNeil and Steve Helling

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

TIME Music

James Taylor Finally Scores His First No. 1 Album Almost Half a Century After His Debut

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Cindy Ord—2015 Getty Images Singer-songwriter James Taylor speaks onstage during iHeartRadio ICONS with James Taylor presented by P.C. Richard & Son at iHeartRadio Theater on June 22, 2015 in New York City.

This is the second longest an artist has ever had to wait for a chart-topping album

Forty-five years, five Grammy Awards and over a dozen albums after his Billboard debut, James Taylor finally has a chart-topping compilation. The iconic singer-songwriter’s latest album, Before This World, hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart dated July 4 after being released on June 16.

According to Billboard, the 67-year-old musician’s latest album sold 96,000 copies in its debut week — his best since his previous studio album, October Road, sold 154,000 copies in 2002 to reach No. 4 in the charts.

The almost half-century gap between Taylor’s latest album and his arrival on the list with Sweet Baby James in 1970 surpassed the 43-year wait endured by rock band Black Sabbath for the same milestone. Taylor’s ordeal is now second only to that of Tony Bennett, who got his first No. 1 album in 2011, 54 years after his debut.


TIME movies

Emma Watson to Star With Tom Hanks in The Circle

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Mark Sagliocco—Getty Images Actress Emma Watson attends the 2015 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Jazz Hall at Lincoln Center on April 21, 2015 in New York City. (

The movie adaptation of Dave Eggers' book explores the dangers of technology and social media

Emma Watson is about to become a tech wizard.

Variety reports the actress is set to star opposite Tom Hanks in the film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ New York Times bestseller The Circle.

The novel follows a young woman named Mae (Watson) who lands a job at a massive tech company called The Circle (think: the power of Google, the influence of Facebook and the machinations of Hooli). It takes a dark turn when Mae meets a mysterious older man (Hanks) and begins to reckon with the deterioration of privacy in a world full of surveillance technology and linked with social media networks.

The Circle was the first fictional work by Eggers, best known for his memoir A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) will adapt the novel.


Read next: Her vs. The Circle: The Dangers of Trying to Remain Plugged In


Vin Diesel Dedicates Fast & Furious Ride to Paul Walker

"This one’s for you Pablo"

Even as the Fast & Furious franchise surges on—with a theme park ride at Universal Studios Hollywood and an eighth installment set for 2017—star Vin Diesel continues to pump the breaks to honor his friend Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in late 2013.

At its opening in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Diesel dedicated the new Fast & Furious — Supercharged 3D car ride to his co-star. “This one’s for you Pablo,” the actor said, invoking the nickname he has often used for Walker.

Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Jason Statham, who all starred in the Furious 7, joined Diesel in welcoming fans.

TIME celebrities

Shia LaBeouf Injured on American Honey Set

Shia LaBeouf at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 16, 2015.
Taylor Hill—FilmMagic/Getty Images Shia LaBeouf at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival in New York City on April 16, 2015.

The actor received medical treatment for injuries on his hand and head

Shia LaBeouf was injured on the set of American Honey, his rep confirmed to EW Wednesday.

“As protocol, production sought out medical attention and Shia received stitches on his hand and for a laceration on his head,” Melissa Kates said.

LaBeouf is starring in the film, which follows a group of travelers as they journey across the country selling magazines (and doing a good bit of partying).

According to the Associated Press, LaBeouf’s injury happened “during a scene in which [he] was to put his head through a glass window.” He’s expected to return to set Thursday.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Video Games

Why Destiny Players Are So Mad About Red Bull


Bottoms up, Guardian

Remember that old Red Bull slogan “Red Bull gives you wings”? Well now Red Bull gives you an exclusive quest in Activision’s Destiny, too.

The kicker: you have to buy specially detailed cans of the $2 to $3 popular caffeine, taurine, B-group vitamins and alpine spring water concoction. (You don’t have to drink it, of course.)

The quest, according to Red Bull’s marketing site, is “a never-before-seen, multi-stage mission in The Taken King that will test the speed and strategic abilities of Destiny players in new ways.” The Taken King is developer Bungie’s third expansion for the game, unveiled earlier this month at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles and due out September 15.

The cans will also include bonus XP (experience points) to “help players prepare for the epic quest,” says Red Bull, adding that the marketing push “leverage themes of speed, tenacity and strategy inspired by the energy drink.” Let’s think about the subtext for a moment: buying an energy drink makes you a better killing machine with the athletic output of a person in a chair pushing buttons. The medium is the message!

The bonus XP, which basically ups your XP grabs for a limited period of time, can be redeemed and used from July 1. The new quest itself should be available on or around The Taken King‘s release date.

Destiny, developed by an iconic studio (Marathon and Halo‘s creators) and mega-hyped by one of the largest game publishers in the world, started out as a slightly better than average shooter last fall. It has since, inch by grinding inch, developed into a pretty good one. It’s also sold a bazillion copies, with substantially more registered users (in the vicinity of 16 million) than World of Warcraft when we were at peak World of Warcraft (about 12 million). The Taken King is thus poised to be a major event by forces of numbers alone.

The trouble is, one of Destiny’s weaknesses is that it’s partly a game about doing the same thing over and over. Singular content is thus paramount. Maybe the new Red Bull mission turns out to be tedious rehash. Or maybe it’s totally fantastic. No one knows. But if it’s the latter, I suspect you’re going to have some pretty peeved players.

Is this the future DLC-ification of “leveraged” non-gaming IP? Is the future of nickel-and-dime gaming additives the subsidization of not-universally-beloved corporate mega-brands throughout the food, automotive, banking and big box retail industries?

To be fair, given Red Bull’s move into eSports in recent years — specifically its Red Bull Battlegrounds competition — the deal seems less out of left field than slightly irritating. In the world of inexplicable corporate gaming team-ups, this one has at least that connection to fall back on. And if you’d rather sidestep the Red Bull deal entirely, it sounds like the quest may be available after an exclusivity period that’ll run from September 18 to December 31.

TIME Books

Here Are the 5 Most Popular To Kill a Mockingbird Quotes

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Harper Collins The classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

On Amazon's Kindle e-readers

Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee’s highly anticipated follow-up to 1960’s To Kill a Mockingbird, has stirred debate over whether the 89-year-old Lee, who suffered a stroke in 2007, was mentally competent enough to agree to the book’s release; the state of Alabama confirmed that she was. The book is set about 20 years after To Kill a Mockingbird (which took place in the 1930s), and features many of the same characters, including, of course, Scout Finch and her father Atticus.

In the lead-up to the publication of the new book, Amazon has released the passages in To Kill a Mockingbird that are most frequently highlighted on Kindle e-readers. Go Set a Watchman will be released on July 14.

  1. “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
  2. “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”
  3. “The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”
  4. “Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”
  5. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view—” “Sir?” “—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”
TIME Books

Here’s Everything J.K. Rowling Has Revealed About Harry Potter in 2015 So Far

On Twitter and Pottermore

In 2011, J.K. Rowling promised fans she’d be bringing them a unique experience with her fansite Pottermore. “I’ll be sharing additional information I’ve been hoarding for years about the world of Harry Potter,” she said. And, boy, has she delivered. But not just on Pottermore. It’s on Twitter, too.

In 2014, we learned more about Harry and his cohort as they entered their thirties and juicy information on characters like Dolores Umbridge, Severus Snape and Draco Malfoy. And this year, we’ve been treated to a few more interesting revelations. Here’s everything we learned about the wizarding world in 2015 so far.

There’s an American Hogwarts

With Rowling writing the screenplay for her Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the author has used Twitter to tease bits and pieces about the story. But it wasn’t until recently that she confirmed the main character would be visiting an American wizarding school.

She’s not on great terms with Malfoy

On June 5, she explained why she wasn’t invited to the Slytherin’s 35th birthday party.

She’s open to Dumbledore and Gandalf getting hitched

When Ireland legalized gay marriage, the author shared a meme about Hogwarts’ most cherished headmaster and The Lord of the Rings‘ heroic wizard taking a trip to Ireland to make it official.

Moaning Myrtle did, indeed, have a full name

The melancholy ghost who haunts the first-floor girls’ bathroom at Hogwarts shares a name with a certain American politician.

She’s really sorry about Fred

Fans knew their favorite characters weren’t safe from Voldemort, but Fred Weasley’s death during the Battle of Hogwarts was almost too much to handle. Rowling understood and took to Twitter to apologize.

Hagrid and Dumbledore’s first names have deep meaning

With the release of new Deathly Hallows chapters on Pottermore, Rowling revealed interesting details on the relevance of alchemy in the series. “The colours red and white are mentioned many times in old texts on alchemy,” she writes, explaining that some say these colors symbolize base metal and gold, representing “two different sides of human nature.” These colors inspired the names of two relevant characters in the Potter universe: “Rubeus (red) Hagrid and Albus (white) Dumbledore…both hugely important to Harry,” Rowling writes. “Seem to me to represent two sides of the ideal father figure he seeks; the former is warm, practical and wild, the latter impressive, intellectual, and somewhat detached.”

Aunt Petunia’s story almost ended on a different note

Rowling also used Pottermore to give the Dursleys an extended backstory. Vernon Dursley’s dislike for Harry “stems in part, like Severus Snape’s, from Harry’s close resemblance to the father they both so disliked.” Rowling also wanted to see a nicer side of Aunt Petunia, “when she said goodbye to Harry for the last time.” But she stuck to the true nature of Petunia’s character, having her “behave in a way that is most consistent with her thoughts and feelings throughout the previous seven books.”

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