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George R.R. Martin Won’t Write for Game of Thrones Season 6

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Steve Jennings—WireImage George R.R. Martin Writer/Co-Executive Producer attends HBO's "Game Of Thrones" Season 5 San Francisco Premiere

He is using the time to finish the sixth book in the series

Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin announced on his blog Friday that he will not be contributing to the sixth season of the HBO show.

Martin wrote that “after wrestling with it for a month or so,” he decided that he will instead spend his time working on Winds of Winter, the sixth novel in the series.

“Writing a script takes me three weeks, minimum, and longer when it is not a straight adaptation from the novels,” Martin explained.

“And really, it would cost me more time than that, since I have never been good at changing gears from one medium to another and back again. Writing a season six script would cost me a month’s work on WINDS, and maybe as much as six weeks, and I cannot afford that.”

He’s also not contributing to season five.

The final book in the series is currently set to come out after the television series culminates.

[h/t: NYMag]

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Jamie Foxx Blasted for ‘Transphobic’ Bruce Jenner Jokes

Foxx was hosting the iHeartRadio Music Awards

Jamie Foxx is under fire for telling jokes during his opening monologue at the iHeartRadio Music Awards Sunday night about Bruce Jenner’s reported — but unconfirmed — transition to living as a woman.

“We got Bruce Jenner, who will be here doing some musical performances,” the host said. “He’s doing a his-and-her duet all by himself.”

Foxx added: “Look, I’m just busting your balls while I still can.

The reaction on Twitter was swift and sharp.

TIME Television

Meet Jon Stewart’s Replacement on The Daily Show

Trevor Noah has appeared on the show only three times

Trevor Noah, a young South African comedian who has been a contributor on The Daily Show for barely four months, will replace Jon Stewart as host of the Comedy Central satirical news show.

The announcement came less than two months after Stewart said he will be leaving the show following a successful 16-year tenure in the faux anchor chair that saw him turn the show into a cultural touchstone of comedy and political satire. Noah has appeared on the show only three times.

“No-one can replace Jon Stewart,” Noah wrote on Twitter. “But together with the amazing team at The Daily Show, we will continue to make this the best damn news show!”

Stewart said in a statement that he “may rejoin as a correspondent just to be a part of it!!!”

“I’m thrilled for the show and for Trevor,” Stewart said. “He’s a tremendous comic and talent that we’ve loved working with.”


TIME Television

Watch the First Trailer for Fear the Walking Dead

Fear the Walking Dead comes to life!

AMC has released the first promo for The Walking Dead companion series, which reveals a pretty big spoiler. A newscaster notes that everyone should get their flu shot because five different states are reporting a strange virus, which definitively confirms that Fear the Walking Dead does take place during the initial outbreak of the zombie apocalypse—though it won’t just be a prequel.

The new series—which hails from Walking Dead execs Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and David Alpert, along with Sons of Anarchy’s Dave Erickson—takes place in Los Angeles and stars Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane, and Alycia Debnam. Will they all survive?

The article originally appeared on EW.com

TIME Television

Watch John Oliver Take a Stand Against April Fools’ Day

"Anyone who is excited for April Fools' Day is probably a sociopath"

John Oliver says it’s time America takes a stand against April Fools’ Day.

“Anyone who is excited for April Fools’ Day is probably a sociopath, because what they’re really saying is, ‘I cannot wait to hurt the people close to me,'” Oliver said in a Web video Sunday, with his show Last Week Tonight off for the week.

So raise your hand and promise to refrain from posting any fake Facebook engagement announcements or perpetuating any celebrity death hoaxes.

Watch the full segment below.

TIME Television

BBC Boss Receives Death Threats After Jeremy Clarkson Was Dropped From Top Gear

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Samir Hussein—WireImage Jeremy Clarkson watches the races during Gold Cup day of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse on March 14, 2014, in Cheltenham, England

A threat made by email is being investigated by police

The Jeremy Clarkson saga continues. The Metropolitan Police in London are now investigating death threats made against BBC director general Tony Hall in the wake of his decision to drop the Top Gear presenter after Clarkson assaulted a producer.

Hall announced the BBC’s decision not to renew Clarkson’s contract last week after an internal inquiry found that the Top Gear host had verbally and physically attacked producer Oisin Tymon after filming an episode of the show. The BBC had initially suspended Clarkson after they learned about the incident in early March. Since then, more than a million people have signed an online petition requesting that Clarkson be brought back to the popular auto show.

Other Clarkson fans have taken to social media and made abusive and even threatening comments toward the BBC and Tymon.

Now, the BBC is reporting that their own boss has received alleged death threats. Hall received the threats last Wednesday. A spokesman for the Met told the BBC: “Police in Westminster are investigating an allegation of threats to kill [Tony Hall]” and noted that the threat was made by email.

The Mail on Sunday reports that both the director general and his wife have round the clock protection from security guards at their home.

For his part, Clarkson told reporters outside his home last week that he wanted fans to lay off producer Tymon, saying, “I wish people would leave Ois alone because none of this was his fault.”

TIME celebrities

Justin Bieber Explains Why It Ain’t Easy Being the Bieb

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Jason LaVeris — Getty Images Justin Bieber attends the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber on March 14, 2015, in Los Angeles

“Unless you're stupid, I don't think you would think it's easy to be who I am”

Being young, rich, famous and talented isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Justin Bieber.

During an exclusive interview with USA Today, the Canadian pop star opened up about the trials and tribulations that come with teenage stardom.

“Just use your head, you’ll understand that my life is not easy. Not having privacy. Growing up in front of the cameras since I was 13, 14,” explains Bieber.

However, after numerous run-ins with the law last year, the 21-year-old says he’s finally turning a corner and embarking on an odyssey of self-discovery.

“Yeah, I’m growing, figuring some stuff out. As you do when you grow up,” said Bieber. “You figure out what type of man you want to be, that’s where I’m at.”

Read more at USA Today

TIME Video Games

You Can Now Play Super Mario 64 In Your Browser

Well, the first level anyway

For millions of 90s kids, Super Mario 64 is the video game equivalent of Proust’s madeleine — evoking a simpler, more exciting and infinitely more awesome time. And the game’s first level — that lush green hillside with bright gold coins, giant rolling cannonballs and a tense boss battle providing a taste of the epic, princess-saving journey ahead — has now been recreated in HD and can be played in your browser.

Developer Roystan Ross created the level to demonstrate a custom character controller he created, according to TechCrunch. He had to sacrifice larger features like the chain-chomp and the final battle with the Big Bob-omb, but other than it’s a pretty accurate rendition.

It may not the same as holding that three-pronged N64 controller in your hands, but you can play it online using a downloadable plugin called the Unity web player.

The project is not affiliated in any way with the game’s parent company Nintendo, but it does provide a glimpse of what the cross-platform forays that the video game giant recently announced it would attempt might look like.

TIME movies

Watch the New Teaser for Jurassic World

It's up to behavioral specialist Chris Pratt to save the day

Universal Studios just released a new teaser for its much anticipated new dino-thriller Jurassic World.

Twenty-two years after the first dinosaur park ended in disaster in Jurassic Park, the creators thought it would be a good idea to build a fully functional dinosaur theme park complete with dino-attractions and trained Raptors. But after 10 years of success, numbers are falling as tourists become increasingly desensitized to seeing these once long-extinct beasts.

So to add a bit of spice to the park, the scientists create a new breed of dinosaur named Indominus Rex, who, as we learn from this trailer, eats her own sibling before wreaking absolute terror on the unsuspecting guests.

Colin Trevorrow is directing and the cast includes Chris Pratt, Judy Greer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jake Johnson, Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Lauren Lapkus and BD Wong.

We don’t learn a whole lot more from the trailer, but it may just be enough to whet our appetites until June 12, when Jurassic World hits theaters.

TIME Television

This Is the Greatest Professional Wrestling Entrance Ever

You can't top an actual tank

The wide world of wrestling is no stranger to tender geopolitical fault lines.

At the first WrestleMania in March 1985, tag team partners The Iron Sheik and Nikolai Volkoff ratcheted up the Cold War a few degrees before squaring off with the aptly named American duo, the U.S Express. Before the match, The Iron Sheik proudly waved the Iranian flag, while Volkoff gave a throaty rendition of the Soviet national anthem. The tens of thousands of American fans in attendance at Madison Square Garden booed and chucked trash at the ring in response.

Thirty years later, little seems to have changed. With relations between Washington and the Kremlin in a downward spiral again, “Russian” wrestler Alexander Rusev (who is actually Bulgarian) entered Wrestlemania 31 on Sunday in unbelievable fashion: In a tank waving the Russian flag, while being escorted by what appeared to be a platoon of Russian troops.

Who cares that the hitherto undefeated Rusev went on to lose the United States Championship belt to red-blooded American wrestler John Cena? In terms of his entrance, he was a winner all the way.

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