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What We Learned From Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer Leaks

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A few fans were lucky and bold enough to take sneaky shots from last night's IMAX screening event of the show

HBO’s much-anticipated Game of Thrones trailer is spreading across the Internet, teasing epic awesomeness from the show’s upcoming fifth season. The trailer debuted as part of the drama’s IMAX screening event, which opened late last night; a few fans sneaky-shot video. Some of the biggest revelations from the bootlegged footage include:

— Varys urging Tyrion to seek out and help, it seems, Danyerys: “I believe men of talent have a part to play in the war to come.” Tyrion: “I will never sit on the Iron Throne.” Varys: “You could help another climb those steps and take that seat … The Seven Kingdoms needs a ruler loved by millions with a powerful army and the right family name.” Tyrion: “Good luck finding him.” Varys: “Who said anything abouthim?”

— Littlefinger telling Sansa: “There’s no justice in this world. Not unless we make it. Avenge them”—presumably referring to her brutally murdered family members.

— Tommen and Margaery together in what could be yet another wedding scene (good luck with that!).

— Arya in Braavos, in her new costume, picking up needle and knocking on a fateful door.

— Dany pledging, “I’m not going to stop the wheel. I’m going to break the wheel,” along with shots of Ser Jorah in gladitorial combat and the broze harpy statue atop Dany’s pyramid being toppled.

— Also, the trailer is set to a rather moody cover of David Bowie’s “Heroes.”

— All exciting stuff leading up to April 12. Hopefully, HBO will realize very soon it’s better to release this trailer online officially rather than let the footage get pirated everywhere (hint-hint)… and boy, hasn’t that been the story of HBO and Thrones distribution in general?

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Game of Thrones Is Actually Too Big for IMAX

Kit Harington on 'Game of Thrones' Helen Sloan—HBO

Seeing the HBO epic on the big screen will remind moviegoers of how far TV is advancing beyond film

 

Anyone who has purchased tickets to watch the final two episodes of season four of Game of Thrones on an IMAX screen this week will not be disappointed. On a big screen, the Battle of Castle Black is even bloodier. The dragons are even more ferocious. The creatures Bran encounters are even…stranger.

But a funny thing happened halfway through the New York City screening on Thursday night. Music swelled, bodies fell lifeless and people did not know whether they should cheer.

At first, it was simple. Jon Snow taking command of Castle Black drew a roar from the crowd. The death of a certain cannibal shortly thereafter also received applause. But when Ygritte was shot down, the crowd hesitated. Some clapped, while others shushed. I suspect a few even cried. Were we happy Jon Snow’s life was saved, even if his would-be killer was his one true love?

Matters got even more complicated in the final episode. The onscreen appearances of Stannis, Daenerys and Tyrion all elicited cheers, but that support was far from unanimous. When Brienne and the Hound drew swords for what was by far the most graphic, bloodiest scene in the two-hour broadcast (think — really think — about how gross it is when she bites off his ear, then multiply the size of your laptop screen by about a million), the two had equal supporters. Like the people of Westeros, the audience’s loyalties were divided among characters. It’s a common occurrence on living room couches, but a strange one to experience in a massive movie theater.

The Game of Thrones fanbase rivals that of any major movie franchise — Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Avengers. But when audiences line up to see new installments of those films, they already know when they will boo and when they will cheer, who is good and who is bad. Even the most complicated of blockbuster films can only spend two hours drawing out the intricacies of character relationships. Game of Thrones has had dozens of hours to do so.

Fans of the books always knew A Song of Ice and Fire was more complicated than its counterparts in the fantasy realm. After this screening, they should take a break from pestering George R.R. Martin for his next book to thank him for handing his story rights over to HBO, rather than a movie studio who would have made it morally black-and-white.

Kicking off Sundance this year, Robert Redford commented, “Television is advancing faster than filmmaking.” Critics have long acknowledged that in the past decade or so, television writers have learned to take advantage of their elongated timeline to create interesting storylines rather than sheer spectacle. Television showrunners have also been more willing to take risks on the small screen — maybe because there isn’t as much money at stake. The result is unlikable heroes, appealing villains and an emotional realism that studio tentpole films rarely achieve.

Never has this been more apparent than last night — when Game of Thrones took its cinema-worthy show to the big screen and proved too large for it.

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You Can Go See Game of Thrones at These IMAX Theaters

This image released by HBO shows Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones."
This image released by HBO shows Kit Harington in a scene from "Game of Thrones." Helen Sloan—AP

Tickets go on sale this Friday, Jan. 16

IMAX is pushing back its Game of Thrones plans. Why? To make the release even bigger.

Now the acclaimed fantasy hit will come to IMAX theaters on Jan. 29, one week later than originally announced. But Thrones will also be in about 200 theaters instead of the originally planned 150. The change was “prompted by extraordinary consumer response that drove online mentions for IMAX to record heights, will allow for an expanded domestic roll-out,” the theater company said.

More news: IMAX has released its full list of theaters getting the presentation of HBO’s acclaimed fantasy hit (so at least now you’ll know how far you have to go to see it!).

Thrones will screen in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New York, San Antonio, Seattle, Toronto, Washington, D.C. and other cities. The presentation includes the final two episodes of season four —”The Watchers on the Wall” and the Emmy-nominated “The Children”— as well as an exclusive trailer previewing the upcoming fifth season, which gets underway April 12. Thrones will still screen for just one week.

Game of Thrones has the honor of being the first TV series to ever receive a run in the super-sized cinema format. The episodes will be digitally re-mastered to be compatible with the plus-sized IMAX format.

The full list of theaters is available on the IMAX site here. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 16.

UPDATE: IMAX’s website has apparently partly crashed due to “heavy traffic” according to a message on the GoT page.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Now You Can See Westeros Because the Game of Thrones Exhibition Is Coming Back

Actor Liam Cunningham at the launch of the 'Game of Thrones' Exhibition in Sydney, Australia on June 30, 2014.
Actor Liam Cunningham at the launch of the 'Game of Thrones' Exhibition in Sydney, Australia on June 30, 2014. Lisa Maree Williams—Getty Images

The international exhibition will visit 7 cities

While viewers wait for a return to Westeros, HBO is giving fans around the world another chance to sit on the Iron Thrones themselves while they wait.

HBO announced Wednesday that Game of Thrones: The Exhibition will return for the third year in a row to allow fans of the show a chance to check out more than 70 pieces of costumes, weapons, replica, and other gear from the show.

The tour is currently set to make seven stops, though more locations could be added in the future. The exhibition will appear in London, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Madrid, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Paris. Fans in London can visit the exhibition on Feb. 9-12 and 15-17, and those in Tel Aviv will be able to attend on April 5-9. Dates in the other five locations have yet to be announced.

The exhibition will include everything from House banners to swords to replicas of a White Walker and the Iron Throne. HBO also promises that certain items from the fifth season will be on display, in addition to memorable pieces from the first four seasons.

Attendees will also pledge their allegiance to one of Westeros’ Houses before entering the exhibition, so be prepared to always pay your debts or worry about winter being on its way while attending.

The exhibition will also bring back one of last year’s most popular attractions—a virtual reality version of the White Wall. Using the Oculus Rift VR headset, attendees can climb to the top of the wall and take in the beautiful view without worrying about bundling up for the cold weather.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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2 Game of Thrones Episodes Are Getting the IMAX Treatment

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Episodes 9 and 10 from Season 4, 'The Watchers on the Wall' and 'The Children,' are being digitally remastered for the monster screen

Two Game of Thrones episodes are to become the first parts of any television series to appear on IMAX, befitting the vastness of the series’ universe and the epic nature of its drama.

HBO will screen episodes 9 and 10 from season four, as well as an exclusive trailer for season five, at 150 IMAX screens nationwide from Jan. 23 to 29. Tickets go on sale Tuesday.

The planned screenings reflect an equally cinematic battle between media companies courting audiences with ever slicker means of releasing their films and shows. Netflix, which is dueling with movie houses irked by its ambitions of bypassing the traditional cinema release, plans to launch its sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in some IMAX theaters.

“IMAX always seeks innovative ways to provide moviegoers a unique and differentiated experience and today’s partnership with HBO and Game of Thrones achieves just that,” said Richard L. Gelfond, the CEO of IMAX, in a statement.

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Game of Thrones Has Cast a Young Cersei

Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones HBO

Nell Williams will play a younger version of Lena Headey's character

Game of Thrones‘ upcoming flashbacks just got a little more real.

The producers of the hit HBO show confirmed last October that the fifth season of the show would break its longstanding no-flashbacks rule, and now a younger version of the Cersei Lannister has been cast.

Nell Williams will play the kid version of the grown-up character played by Lena Headey, according to Williams’ resume on her talent agency’s website, Watchers on the Wall reports.

Williams previously starred in the television series The Revolting World of Stanley Brown and the television movie Loving Miss Hatto.

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Catch a Glimpse of Game of Thrones Season 5

A brief preview for 2015 gives fans of the HBO fantasy series a brief look at the upcoming season

HBO’s year-end video offers something new for Game of Thrones fans: a sneak peek at the upcoming season.

Though there’s no audio, beginning around the 1:35 mark, viewers can briefly see Jon Snow (played by Kit Harington) standing with Olly (played by Brenock O’Connor) at the Wall, while a bearded Tyrion Lannister (played by Peter Dinklage) briefly appears. What’s more, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) appears to arrive in Braavos.

It’s not much, but there’s no doubt that GoT‘s hardcore fans will be poring over the clip searching for hints about what’s in store for Westeros in season five.

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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.

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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.”

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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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