Game of Thrones Directors Revealed for Mysterious Season 6

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HBO Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones

"Hardhome" director shooting next season's final two episodes

If there wasn’t enough mystery surrounding the next season of Game of Thrones, now there’s a veteran of ABC’s Lost joining the show too. Below is the list of directors for the sixth season of HBO’s acclaimed fantasy hit. Three of the names are Thronesveterans, and two are newcomers to the series. Once again, each will helm two episodes. Here is the Thrones shooting plan:

Jeremy Podeswa (Episodes 1 & 2): A veteran of Showtime’s Tudors and HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Podeswa is returning to Thrones for the second year in a row. In season 5, he directed two episodes from the middle of the season, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” and “Kill the Boy.”

Daniel Sackheim (3 & 4): Sackheim is new to Thrones with a long list of credits going back to being an associate producer on 1980s classic Miami Vice. He’s directed episodes of several Fox shows (The X-Files, Lie to Me, House) and most recently directed six episodes of FX’s The Americans.

Jack Bender (5 & 6): An intriguing new name, Bender is familiar to fans of ABC’s Lost, having directed a whopping 38 episodes of the series, including many of the show’s premieres and finales. He’s also helmed episodes of CBS’ Under the Dome, TNT’s The Last Ship and Fox’s Alcatraz.

Mark Mylod (7 & 8): Mylod is a premium cable veteran of shows like Showtime’s Shameless and HBO’s Entourage. He directed the third and fourth episode of season 5, “High Sparrow” and “Sons of the Harpy.”

Miguel Sapochnik (9 &10): This name will likely cause some speculation. Sapochnik really earned his GoT stripes by helming the stunning “Hardhome” episode last season, featuring a half-hour battle sequence with Jon Snow, the Wildlings and the White Walkers’ undead army. He also directed the seventh episode of the season, “The Gift.” That Sapochnik is helming the penultimate episode and the season 6 finale might suggest we’re in for another epic battle climax given his “Hardhome” acclaim.

All the directors will surely be sworn to secrecy on the upcoming season, which is expected to be the first year that Throneslargely extends beyond the storyline in George R.R. Martin’s published novels.

If you’re wondering why each director films two back-to-back episodes, it’s due to the uniquely complex nature of the show that makes Thrones an extremely time-intensive directing gig. Various scenes from each episode could shoot weeks or even months apart, and in different countries too—so filming just one episode covers a large block of time that is most efficiently used for a second, and largely concurrent, Thrones assignment.

“When my agent called and said, ‘These are the dates,’ I said ‘No, you are wrong. It’s not possible,’” Bender recently told THR after his season 6 participation was leaked. “But that’s how long it takes. You’re overlapping with another director. There are two full units. You are there for a long time.”

TIME Music

Watch an Awesome Indian Classical Rendition of Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’

Get your raga on

June 25 marked the sixth anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson — who died in 2009 at age 50 — and the tributes have been pouring in, many of them, of course, musical.

Among them is a tribute from a group of students from the KM Music Conservatory in Chennai, India.

This isn’t the first time the music academy, founded by Oscar winner A.R. Rahman, has paid tribute to Jackson — they also covered another of his immortal songs “Slave to the Rhythm” on his birthday last year.

This year, their rendition of Jackson’s much loved song “Xscape” sees their Indian classical style blend seamlessly with the King of Pop’s trademark rendition (and dance moves). Enjoy.

TIME Books

J.K. Rowling Had the Best Response to a Harry Potter Fan Who Is Fasting for Ramadan

Rowling tells a fan which book has the least amount of eating

J.K. Rowling is known for interacting with fans (and foes) on Twitter, but this Thursday the author sent a particularly sweet message to a fan who was fasting for Ramadan.

Mujtaba Alvi, a 21-year-old from Toronto on break from school, was rereading Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix when he tweeted at Rowling, telling her that the descriptions of food in the fifth Harry Potter book were hard to take while fasting. During Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, those who follow the faith abstain from all beverages and food from dawn until sunset.

To his surprise, Rowling tweeted him back with a helpful tip, suggesting that he read the seventh book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows, next.

In that book, young wizards Harry, Ron and Hermione are often forced to go without food.

Alvi, who calls himself a “true Potterhead,” told TIME that seeing Rowling’s response was “surreal.” Plus, Thursday was his birthday—Rowling’s tweet, he said, was the “greatest gift ever.”

Alvi told TIME he probably will take Rowling up on her suggestion to read Deathly Hollows next. “JK Rowling told me to,” he said via Twitter direct message.

That should be an easy assignment for the Potter fan, who said he’s read the books “multiple times.”

H/t BuzzFeed.


TIME celebrities

Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris Are the Highest-Paid Celebrity Couple

According to Forbes

Move over Jay Z and Beyonce—there’s a new highest-paid ccelebrity couple.

Forbes reports Taylor Swift and new beau Calvin Harris, a singer/producer, songwriter and DJ, raked in $146 million over the past year. Thanks to Swift’s endorsement deals with the likes of Sony and Keds and Harris’ contracts with Giorgio Armani and Sol Republic, the new couple booted mega-stars Bey and Jay from the top spot on the list.

Jay Z and Beyonce weren’t too far behind, though. According to Forbes, the two brought in $110.5 million over the past year thanks in part to ticket sales from their collaborative On the Run tour.

Forbes teased the “world’s highest paid celebrities” as a part of their rollout of the upcoming annual Celebrity 100, which will be published June 29. On this year’s list, Forbes ranked the world’s highest-paid celebrities by annual income only and there are only three couples—Taylor and Calvin, Jay and Beyonce, and Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton—where each person made the list.

Read more at Forbes.

TIME Television

Here’s How The Daily Show Is Saying Goodbye to Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart Portrait Session
Victoria Will—Invision/AP Jon Stewart poses for a portrait in promotion of directorial and screenwriting feature debut Rosewater on Nov. 7, 2014

Starting Friday, the network will stream more than 2,000 episodes of The Daily Show

Jon Stewart will get an extended sendoff from his longtime post at The Daily Show.

Comedy Central announced Thursday the network will bid Stewart “a heartfelt #jonvoyage” across multiple platforms in celebration of his nearly two decades behind the anchor’s desk.

Starting Friday, the network will stream more than 2,000 episodes of the nightly series online and via the Comedy Central app, starting with Stewart’s first show in 1999. In early August, SiriusXM will stream 48 hours worth of Stewart content, and the Daily Show team will host a one-hour special of fan-favorite clips on Aug. 2.

The final episode of The Daily Show with Stewart as the host will air on Aug. 6.

TIME remembrance

The Avengers Star Patrick Macnee Dies at 93

The actor also had appeared in such TV shows as Twilight Zone and Rawhide

(LOS ANGELES) — Patrick Macnee, the British-born actor best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running 1960s TV series “The Avengers,” has died. He was 93.

Macnee died Thursday of natural causes with his family at his bedside in Rancho Mirage, his son Rupert said in a statement.

The clever spy drama, which began in 1961 in Britain, debuted in the United States in 1966. It ran for eight seasons and continued in syndication for decades afterward.

Macnee’s character appeared in all but two episodes, accompanied by a string of beautiful women who were his sidekicks. The most popular was likely Diana Rigg, who played sexy junior agent Emma Peel from 1965 to 1968. Honor Blackman played Catherine Gale from 1962 to 1964, and Linda Thorson was Tara King from 1968 to 1969.

“We were in our own mad, crazy world,” Macnee told the Wichita Eagle in 2003 when “The New Avengers” was being issued on DVD. “We were the TV Beatles. We even filmed in the same studio.”

But while he made his name internationally playing a smart, debonair British secret agent, Macnee was never a fan of the James Bond movies.

“I think their stories aren’t that realistic,” he told Salt Lake City’s Deseret News in 1999. “I think the sadism in them is horrifying. … On the other hand, the books — the James Bond books — were fascinating.”

As he noted in his droll 1992 autobiography, “Blind in One Ear,” Macnee’s early life matched that of his famed character, John Steed, in many ways.

The fictional John Wickham Gascoyne Berresford Steed was born in the mid-1920s to a noble British family, educated at Eton and served in the military during World War II.

Daniel Patrick Macnee was born Feb. 6, 1922, in London to a pair of eccentrics, and he also attended Eton, although he claimed to have been thrown out for dealing in horse-race bets and pornography. He also served in the military during World War II, captaining torpedo boats that sought to destroy German U-boats in French waters.

Before he left Eton, Macnee had discovered acting. He apprenticed in the British theater, toured in provincial theaters and made his film debut as an extra in the 1938 film “Pygmalion.”

At 19, he married Barbara Douglas, and they had two children, Rupert and Jenny.

After the war, Macnee graduated from drama school, but he had trouble finding work, moving to Canada at one point to hunt for acting jobs.

“I did desert my family,” he admitted to the Sunday Mail. “I left when my son Rupert was 5 and my daughter Jenny was 3, and I will always feel bad about that.”

He married actress Kate Woodville in 1965, but they divorced in 1969. His final marriage was to Baba Majos de Nagyzsenye in 1988.

Macnee became an American citizen in 1959 and moved to Palm Springs in 1967, saying the dry desert air benefited his daughter, who suffered from asthma.

Among his films: “Hamlet” (starring Laurence Olivier), “A Christmas Carol,” ”Until They Sail,” ”Les Girls,” ”Young Doctors in Love,” ”Sweet 16″ and “This Is Spinal Tap.” He had a memorable comic turn in the latter film as British entrepreneur Sir Denis Eton-Hogg.

Before “The Avengers,” he had appeared in such TV shows as “Twilight Zone,” ”Rawhide” and “Playhouse 90,” among many others.

But it was “The Avengers” that provided a permanent living for Macnee. He owned 2.5 percent of the profits, and the series continued to play worldwide into the 21st century.

He explained why in his interview with the Deseret News: “It’s a very simple reason: It’s extremely good. I feel very justified and delighted in seeing after all these years that the show works.”


This story contains biographical material compiled by late Associated Press Entertainment Writer Bob Thomas.

TIME celebrities

Bill Cosby Fights to Maintain Confidentiality of ‘Embarrassing’ Court Records

Bill Cosby during an interview in Washington on Nov. 6, 2014.
Evan Vucci—AP Bill Cosby during an interview in Washington on Nov. 6, 2014.

An obscure rule allows the unsealing of court records after two years

On Wednesday, Bill Cosby told a Pennsylvania judge he’s not a public figure, there’s “no legitimate public interest” in an old sex abuse lawsuit, and confidentiality should be maintained on materials described as posing a “real, specific threat of serious embarrassment.”

This all dates back to a dispute that ended nine years ago. There, the embattled comedian settled a lawsuit brought by Andrea Constand, who was the first woman to publicly come forward with allegations that he drugged and sexually assaulted her. The settlement happened in the midst of discovery as Cosby confronted charges that there were other women who were victims.

After the settlement happened, the Associated Press filed motions to intervene to challenge the sealing of certain motions brought in the case. At the time, the judge agreed with Cosby’s arguments about why various discovery motions — including ones that talked about Cosby’s deposition — shouldn’t be open to the media.

Last December, amid a media frenzy as more women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexual abuse, the AP sent a letter to the court demanding a review of the sealing order under a local rule of civil procedure that presumes an unsealing of records after two years unless the judge dictates otherwise.

That’s led to a new showdown over materials that according to Cosby’s brief on Wednesday, not only includes more about the sexual misconduct allegations, but also issues relating to Cosby’s health, use of prescription drugs, financial affairs and personal relationships.

Cosby’s attorney George Gowen argues there is no public right to access discovery motions and would violate his client’s privacy.

“Moreover, unlike a deposition in a typical case, there is a voracious media appetite for Defendant’s deposition, and public release of it would quickly become widespread public knowledge of it,” states the brief. “There is no doubt that public disclosure of the motions and Defendant’s sworn deposition testimony, which delves into the most intimate subjects imaginable, would generate a firestorm of publicity.”

Although the rules might be set up towards the presumption of public access to judicial records, the brief further argues that he “is not a public official, nor is the relevant information important to public health or safety… Defendant’s status as a well-known comedian and entertainer does not render him a ‘public’ person within the meaning of the law.”

Cosby’s attorney later argues that lifting the seal would undermine the settlement with Constand, interfere with a defamation lawsuit brought against Cosby in Massachusetts, and takes a shot at reporters by saying “the media has had no apparent difficulty flooding the airwaves and press with reports on this story, even without access to the discovery materials. Nor is there any credible argument that public knowledge of the details of those motions will serve some public purpose.”

The AP argues otherwise in its own brief.

“The defendant is the only party who objects to unsealing the record,” writes the wire service. “However, now that the circumstances that he relied upon to gain preliminary sealing in this matter are nothing more than historic references, bypassed by recent public events, the files at issue should be unsealed.”

The judge is asked to consider the fact that Constand is not objecting, the “Jane Doe” accusers in the original suit have publicly come forward, there’s no longer a jury pool to be tainted, and “the Court has already ruled, in accordance with firmly established precedent, that defendant’s fear of embarrassment and humiliation is insufficient to support a finding a good cause.”

The AP adds that Cosby is “unquestionably a public figure” and his conduct “a legitimate matter for public scrutiny.”

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter

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TIME fashion

Model at Rick Owens Fashion Show in Paris Protests Angela Merkel

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Kamil Zihnioglu—AP A model wears a creation by Rick Owens and holds a banner reading "Please kill Angela Merkel not", as part of his men's Spring/Summer 2016 collection presented in Paris, June 25, 2015.

"Please say that I punched him"

A model took it upon himself to step out in protest of the German Chancellor on the runway of a recent Rick Owens fashion show in Paris.

The model known simply as Jera, according to Women’s Wear Daily, revealed a piece of cloth emblazoned with the words “PLEASE KILL ANGELA MERKEL” above the word “NOT” during Owens’ menswear show on Thursday. Owens said after the show he had nothing to do with the protest and that Jera was “a crazy, rogue, fu-king model that I punched when he came back out.” He added: “Please say that I punched him.”

The designer’s press office later released an official statement, saying: “Rick Owens does not claim responsibility for the act of protest by a model at the Spring Summer 2016 show. This was an independent statement and does not reflect the opinion of the house of Rick Owens.”

Owens’ camp has unsuccessfully asked that images of the protest be blurred or deleted.


TIME Television

Amazon Orders Third Season of Transparent

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Jerod Harris—Getty Images Show creator/director Jill Soloway, left and actor Jeffrey Tambor attend the "Transparent" Cast and Crew Golden Globes Viewing Party at The London West Hollywood on January 11, 2015 in West Hollywood, Calif.

Amazon Studios also signs an exclusive deal with the showrunner Jill Soloway

Amazon Studios is deepening its relationship with Transparent showrunner Jill Soloway.

The entertainment arm of Amazon.com has inked an overall deal with Soloway to develop television projects exclusively for its Prime Instant Video streaming service. Amazon has also simultaneously ordered a third season of Transparent just as it begins production on the second season.

Under her new deal, a first of its kind for Amazon, Soloway will continue as showrunner on Transparent, and Andrea Sperling has been elevated to executive producer on the Golden Globe-winning series.

In a further show of support for the Six Feet Under veteran, Amazon has signed an exclusive deal with Soloway’s newly created production company. As part of that arrangement, Amazon will produce projects from Soloway, as well as other writers. The company will be run by Soloway and Sperling.

“Jill is truly a creative force and I’m thrilled that we will be collaborating with her additional projects in the future and on a third season of Transparent,” said Amazon Studios VP Roy Price, adding that “customers will be delighted to continue the journey with Maura and the Pfefferman family.”

Added Soloway: “I am blown away by the creative freedom Amazon gives me, and I can’t wait to reveal where this journey is going to take us.”

Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor as the patriarch of the Pfefferman family who comes out as transgender and begins to live life as Maura. Judith Light stars as his ex-wife Shelly, and their children are played by Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Landecker and Jay Duplass. They will all return for the third season.

Soloway, who also wrote and directed Afternoon Delight, based Transparent on her own experience with a transgender parent. The half-hour show, which premiered to Amazon Prime subscribers in 2014, earned the streamer its first two Golden Globes in January.

The second season, which begins production next week in Los Angeles, will return to Amazon this fall.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter

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TIME movies

Watch Tom Hardy Throw a Good Punch in Legend Trailer

Hardy plays dual roles of real-life mobster twins, Reggie and Ron Kray


What’s better than watching Tom Hardy on screen? Watching two of the Mad Max: Fury Road star, of course, who can be seen throwing punches in the dual roles of real-life mobster twins, Reggie and Ron Kray, in the brand-new stateside trailer for Legend.

Set in gritty 1960s-era London, the crime thriller tracks the story of the Kray brothers, who were once feared as the most dangerous men in England. At the height of their power during the swinging ’60s, the identical twins aimed to make London’s West End—full of nightclubs and narcotics—”the Las Vegas of Europe.”

Featuring a few violent faceoffs, a wedding, and some courtroom drama as British authorities try to capture the mobster twins, the Legend trailer—as first posted on YahooMovies—packs a punch for movie fans of the mobster genre.

The Brian Helgeland-directed film also stars Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), former Doctor Who star Christopher Eccleston, Game of Thrones actress Tara Fitzgerland, and David Thewlis (Shameless).

Look for Legend in theaters on Oct. 2.

This article originally appeared on EW.com

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