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5-Second Game of Thrones Teaser Leaked Online

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A 5-second teaser clip from Game of Thrones, Season 5, was leaked on YouTube Monday, despite HBO’s spirited attempt to keep the content securely within the show’s official webpage.

HBO invited fans to visit the show’s official webpage and sign up for access to the clip by entering their personal phone numbers. A link to the clip was then sent to the fan’s mobile phone, at which point the clip could be played just once, only on that mobile device, before it vanished into the ether. That is, until one crafty Redditor, spotted by Vulture, finagled a way to record the clip and share it over YouTube.

TIME feminism

Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams Isn’t Buying Emma Watson’s ‘First-World Feminism’

"There are bigger things going on in other countries"

Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, is taking Emma Watson’s feminist proclamations with a grain of salt.

Responding to Emma Watson’s now-famous He for She speech at the UN in September, Maisie Williams told The Guardian she thought the speech was an example of “first world feminism,” explaining that “there are bigger things going on in other countries.”

“A lot of what Emma Watson spoke about, I just think, ‘that doesn’t bother me,'” Williams said. “I know things aren’t perfect for women in the UK and in America, but there are women in the rest of the world who have it far worse.”

MORE: Watch Emma Watson Explain Why She’s a Feminist

Williams also discussed cyber-bullying in the Guardian profile, admitting she’d been taunted online after she first got cast. “People just get kicks out of making other people sad,” she says, “No one ever said anything to my face, ever. It was awful.” She’s starring in a British TV drama called Cyber Bully, in part because of her own experiences with online harassment.

[The Guardian]


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George R.R. Martin Is Tweeting Game of Thrones Christmas Memes

For each house in Westeros

Not to be outdone by J.K. Rowling‘s stories or Santa Claus’s beard, Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin is also getting into the Christmas spirit.

The author has been tweeting a Game of Thrones-themed Christmas meme for each major house in Westeros with the hashtag #12daysofwesteros

Because in case you haven’t noticed, winter is coming.

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Game of Thrones Costume Designer Regrets ‘Nipple Armor’

"Sometimes you can’t go back and change things," Michele Clapton says

When Game of Thrones returns in the spring, it will feature some new characters from George R.R. Martin’s novels: the Sand Snakes. Fans are excited about the television debut of Prince Oberyn Martell’s illegitimate children, but some were not so thrilled with photos of their costumes, which featured breastplates … with nipples on them.

As New York magazine’s The Cut points out, Martin even uses the phrase “as useless as nipples on a breastplate” in his actual books. To get to the bottom of “nipplegate,” the magazine sought out costume designer Michele Clapton for some answers — and she says it was all a mistake that she’s “not keen” on.

“Of course you have to have the woman’s shape,” she explained. “That’s fine. But [nipples on armor] is almost from a man’s point of view, and there’s something slightly cheesy about it.”

Clapton says the nipples on the armor were an accidental byproduct of the armor molds and that they were supposed to be sanded off, but she didn’t realize the sanding was incomplete until it was time to start shooting. Though the armor-nipples weren’t that noticeable during filming, she says, photos of the Sand Snakes on set exaggerate their prominence due to the lighting at the time.

“I was surprised when I saw the picture,” Clapton says. “But I didn’t notice them when I was there. And sometimes you can’t go back and change things.”

[The Cut]

TIME Video Games

More Game of Thrones Cast Set to Join Video Game Adaptation

Game of Thrones Helen Sloan—HBO

A few more of the show’s most beloved characters and their actors have been revealed as upcoming additions

Telltale Games has already enlisted a number of the big players from HBO’s Game of Thrones, like Peter Dinklage and Natalie Dormer, to join the voice cast of the video game set in the world of the TV series.

Thanks to the game’s newly released first episode, a few more of the show’s most beloved characters and their actors have been revealed as upcoming additions to the virtual version of Westeros.

(Spoilers for the first episode of Telltale’s Game of Thrones follow.)

On the menu screens of Game of Thrones, players may have noticed the faces of Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen popping up among new characters like Gared Tuttle and Mira Forrester.

EW has confirmed that Kit Harrington and Emilia Clarke will be joining the ranks of their fellow cast members and appearing as Jon and Dany in future episodes of the video game series. Telltale hasn’t revealed exactly when these characters will show up, but expect Harington and Clarke to lend their voices sometime during the game’s next five episodes.

Telltale’s Game of Thrones is doing plenty to cement itself in the world of HBO’s adaptation. Opening up adjacent to the Red Wedding, the first season of Telltale’s game will span season four of HBO’s show and lead right up to the beginning of season five. To find out if the first episode lives up to its television counterpart, be sure to read EW‘s review of the first episode.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly


The 15 Most Influential Fictional Characters of 2014

Featuring Elsa, Kim Kardashian, King Joffrey and more

Welcome to TIME’s ranking of the onscreen figures that made the biggest impact on the news and our lives this year, for better and sometimes for worse. (See last year’s list here.)

  • 15. Hello Kitty

    The Hello Kitty Con 2014 at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on Oct. 31 2014, in Los Angeles.
    Ringo Chiu—Zuma Press/Corbis

    What does it mean to be human? It’s a question philosophers have debated for millennia—and the Internet debated this year, thanks to Hello Kitty (who turned 40 this year). According to her official bio, which went viral in August, the iconic toon is not actually a cat; she’s a human girl who lives with her family in suburban London. That revelation made waves on social media, forcing parent company Sanrio to clarify that Hello Kitty is actually an anthropomorphized animal, like Mickey Mouse.

  • 14. “The Mother,” a.k.a. Tracy McConnell

    Last Forever Part One
    Ron P. Jaffe—20th Century Fox Television

    After almost a decade of speculation, How I Met Your Mother fans were thrilled about the debut of said mother (played by Cristin Milioti). But the twist ending—that she had (spoiler alert!) died of an unnamed illness before the story of how Ted met her got told—prompted massive outrage on social media and, then, a spirited debate over what, if anything, show creators owe their fans.

  • 13. Amy Dunne

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    20th Century Fox

    As the titular Gone Girl, the movie version of Amy (played by Rosamund Pike) brought to life Gillian Flynn’s complex protagonist and launched an impassioned discussion about why dark female characters are often labeled “crazy” and “evil” while dark male characters get to be “antiheroes.”

  • 12. Mr. Poo

    In an effort to thwart public defecation—a huge problem in India, where roughly half the population doesn’t use toilets—UNICEF released a surprisingly charming public service video. Its star: Mr. Poo, an anthropomorphized piece of poop that dances around and sings about using toilets. It may sound bizarre, but it seems to be working: more than 1 million people have already pledged to, as the ad puts it, “take the poo to the loo.”

  • 11. Rust Cohle

    HBO's "True Detective" Season 1 / Director: Cary Fukunaga
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    The True Detective lead (played by Matthew McConaughey) delivered some of the Internet’s most-quoted pearls of wisdom this year (see: “Time is a flat circle”) and his references to the work of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert W. Chambers sent obscure books, such as The King in Yellow, rocketing up Amazon’s charts.

  • 10. Thor


    Sure, the big-screen version (played by Chris Hemsworth) has raked in more than $1 billion at the global box office. But this year, it was Marvel’s printed comic that made waves—after it relaunched with a woman wielding the hammer. It’s not the first Thor recast; in fact, a frog once held the role. But putting a woman at the center of a comic franchise that’s not explicitly about femininity or sexual wiles sent a powerful message about the need for superhero diversity, amplified by the debut of a black Captain America.

  • 9. Annalise Keating

    Craig Sjodin—ABC

    How to Get Away With Murder‘s no-nonsense defense attorney and law professor (played by Viola Davis) kickstarted a charged debate about race and television, after a New York Times TV critic likened her—alongside Shonda Rhimes, the show’s executive producer—to “an angry black woman.” “I’m going to need to put down the internet and go dance this one out,” Rhimes tweeted in response. “Because ish is getting real.”

  • 8. Hatsune Miku

    A figure of computer-generated pop star Hatsune Miku at the venue of the Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in Tokyo on Oct. 9, 2012.
    Toru Hanai—Reuters

    The computer-generated Japanese musician, whose “singing” comprises many short samples of actual human voices, not only launched a debate about the nature of artistry and performance (Hatsune Miku means “first sound of the future” in Japanese), but also performed via holograph at Madison Square Garden on Lady Gaga’s tour and on The Late Show With David Letterman—all without having a body.

  • 7. Katniss Everdeen

    Murray Close—Lionsgate

    The Hunger Games heroine (played by Jennifer Lawrence) has already secured her status as a feminist role model and a box-office powerhouse. But Katniss is more than a movie icon now: Her three-fingered salute, used in Mockingjay as a signal of rebellion against the Capitol, has become a rallying symbol among pro-democracy protesters in Thailand and Hong Kong.

  • 6. Maura Pfefferman

    Amazon Studios

    The transgender matriarch (played by Jeffrey Tambor) did for Amazon’s streaming service what Frank Underwood did in 2013 for Netflix: Prove that a compelling personal journey can singlehandedly shore up the fortunes of a new network. But Maura’s story, on the show Transparent, was meaningful in other ways, too: She is the first transgender person to headline a TV show, capping a landmark year for trans visibility.

  • 5. King Joffrey


    The mad boy-king (played by Jack Gleeson) was the defining character on Game of Thrones this season, first for his sadism and then (spoiler!) for his absence. That ongoing drama cemented Thrones‘ status as HBO’s most popular show of all time—with some 18.4 million viewers on all platforms each week—and may have helped prompt the network to spin off its HBO Go service for non-cable subscribers. If only the power-mad tot were here to enjoy his reign.

  • 4. Stephen Colbert

    "The Colbert Report" Salutes The Troops
    Comedy Central

    In March, “Colbert,” the fictional conservative blowhard created by comic and talk-show host Stephen Colbert, sparked a national conversation about prejudice with a joke about the Washington Redskins’ team name and Asian stereotypes. (It spawned the #CancelColbert campaign.) But his most impressive achievement, of course, was getting his real-life counterpart hired to replace David Letterman as host of The Late Show on CBS.

  • 3. Star-Lord

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    The self-deprecating space captain (played by Chris Pratt) didn’t just help Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy avert an intergalactic disaster. He also saved the summer box-office here on Earth, which had been sluggish until Guardians debuted with a massive $94 million in the U.S. (on its way to a $771 million global haul), and launched Pratt into superstar status. The Guardians soundtrack—modeled after a “mixtape” of oldies left to Star-Lord (real name: Peter Quill) by his mother—also reached the top of the Billboard 200.

  • 2. Kim Kardashian

    Kim Kardashian Hollywood
    Glu Games

    Real-life Kim Kardashian owes a good deal to her animated avatar—more than $200 million, to be exact. That’s how much industry analysts estimate the blockbuster mobile game Kim Kardashian Hollywood convinced users to spend on fake clothes, jewelry and more, all in an effort to climb the A-list and become best friends with a fictional version of Kim herself, who spouts lines like “You’re a natural in front of the camera. You should get a ‘momager.’”

  • 1. Elsa


    Hollywood’s reigning ice royal (played by Idina Menzel) first charmed audiences in 2013—leading Frozen to a massive $1.27 billion worldwide gross—but this year, she became a bona-fide icon. Elsa’s Oscar-winning anthem about liberation and self-acceptance, “Let It Go,” dominated the Billboard Hot 100 this spring; her debut on ABC’s Once Upon a Time (played by Georgina Haig) led to a 31 percent ratings increase; and her singing figurine just outpaced Barbie as the best-selling toy in America. Next up: a Frozen attraction at Epcot, where Elsa will greet young fans—and a likely Frozen sequel.

    Read next: Top 10 of Everything 2014

TIME Video Games

There’s an Amazing New Way to Enjoy Game of Thrones

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The first episode of Telltale Games' new Game of Thrones-inspired series just dropped

I admit I’m behind on my Game of Thrones watching. Has anyone else of note met an artery-opened, throat-gurgling end since the close of season one? (Wait, don’t tell me!) But I’m all caught up on appreciating studios doing solid translations of TV shows to games, and it sounds like The Walking Dead darling Telltale just added another arrow to its growing quiver.

“​Phew, the new Game of Thrones game is actually good,” reads Kotaku’s review, proceeding to state what you’d imagine would be the case in any event: “Fans of the books and, in particular, fans of the show, will almost certainly enjoy the hell out of it.”

Entertainment Weekly seems equally upbeat about the game, writing that it “evokes its source material while staking its own claim on the franchise.”

Game of Thrones the game (out now for PCs and consoles), in case you’re a Thrones-the-TV-series fan but unfamiliar with Telltale’s oeuvre, involves a bunch of artfully presented backdrops and characters and narrative themes inspired by the HBO series’ interpretation of George R.R. Martin’s vaunted fantasy series. Imagine yourself moving a screen pointer around medieval backdrops and clicking on stuff, interacting with objects, playing as various characters at different points and selecting responses in dialogue with others. That’s about as complex as the gameplay gets in what’s traditionally described as an “adventure” game.

What makes it interesting for Thrones-series fans is twofold: Telltale’s been granted license to create new characters and tell their own stories, so essentially new sideline material further detailing and re-angling Martin’s world, and along the way you’ll bump into big leaguers like Cersei and Tyrion Lannister, Margaery Tyrell and Ramsay Snow, each voiced by the corresponding series actor. The game takes place between seasons three and four of the TV show.

What it’s not: a game of jumping, leaping, shooting, fighting and so forth. That’s not how adventure games work. Instead, the emphasis is on exploration, puzzle-solving and making ethical choices that can lead to divergent outcomes that’ll ripple through future episodes (this being the first of six, dubbed “Iron from Ice”).

If you’re not averse to spoilers, Wired has a terrific, satisfyingly longish dialogue about how those choices shaped its two writers’ unique experiences working through the first episode.


TIME Books

The Diary of Anne Frank: There’s an App for That

Anne Frank (1929-1945).
Anne Frank (1929-1945). Heritage Images/Getty Images

Game of Thrones actress Carice van Houten, who is Dutch, reads the audio book version

The Diary of a Young Girl, otherwise known as the Diary of Anne Frank, is headed to your smart phone for the first time in its original language.

A Dutch-language app containing the bestselling and widely translated book was announced earlier this month by publisher Uitgeverij Prometheus, Haaretz reports. The app also features interactive timelines, photo and video content and an audio book version. Game of Thrones actress Carice van Houten, who is Dutch, reads the audio book version.

The app is not the first Anne Frank app — an English-language one was released last year — but this app is the first to publish the diary in its original language. The diary documents the two years the Frank family spent in hiding in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam before thy were discovered and Anne Frank was sent to a concentration camp, where she later died.


TIME Television

Game of Thrones Launches Website For Its New Season

HBO's fantasy series has a brand new website, which promises fans "visions of the future"

It looks like Game of Thrones has launched an entire website in the lead-up to its upcoming fifth season.

The official Twitter account for the HBO fantasy show directed followers to the website ThreeEyedRaven.com on Tuesday which promises visitors they’ll receive “visions of the future” if they sign up via Twitter or SMS. Fans of the series will recall that Bran Stark (played by Isaac Hempstead Wright) has been after the Three-Eyed Raven for some time, though previous announcements have revealed that the boy won’t be appearing in the series’ fifth season.

The site itself offers few clues about the cryptic “visions” or the Three-Eyed Raven, but The Hollywood Reporter speculates that the site will be the future home to teasers and trailers for the series next season.

The Game of Thrones account also tweeted a teaser video featuring Melisandre (played by Carice van Houten) telling Arya Stark (played by Maisie Williams), “I see a darkness in you.”

Though the next season of Game of Thrones has no official premiere date, it is expected sometime in spring 2015.


TIME Media

HBO Deal to Bring ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘True Detective’ to China

Game of Thrones

New partnership involves a Chinese online video service run by the tech giant Tencent

Westeros is about to bring another kingdom under its reign. HBO has inked a deal to bring hits like Game of Thrones and True Detective to a Chinese online video service run by the tech giant Tencent, giving Chinese viewers the ability to stream HBO shows legally for the first time.

HBO content is already popular in the country thanks to rampant piracy. Introducing a legal option could help the Netflix-like Tencent Video as it competes with other Chinese web giants like Alibaba, which owns a large stake in the online video site Youku Toudu.

However, like much foreign content, HBO’s shows will be subject to approval by the government before they air or stream. When Game of Thrones was broadcast on Chinese television earlier this year, it was so heavily edited that fans griped that it had been neutered into a “European castle documentary.”


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