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Watch These Game of Thrones Season 5 Clips

The new season will air on April 12

HBO has released a couple more short previews of Game of Thrones season 5. One scene features a dismayed Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) talking to her eager squire Podrick Payne (Daniel Portman). The second has Jon Snow (Kit Harington) trying to convince a captured Mance Rayder (Ciarán Hinds) to bend the knee to Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane). (Note the scenes are part of HBO’s “The Sight Visions” marketing campaign which post clips in grey raven-vision). Thrones returns for its eagerly anticipated new season on Sunday, April 12.

And for those who still haven’t seen it, here’s the official full trailer:

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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Leonard Nimoy Was So Much More Than Mr. Spock

See nine memorable moments from his career outside of Star Trek

By the end of the 1960s, Leonard Nimoy’s name was so synonymous with his wildly popular Star Trek character that he titled his first autobiography I Am Not Spock. But the actor, musician and director did a lot more than just serve as the first officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise.

 

  • The Twilight Zone and Other Early Roles

    Nimoy’s roles before Star Trek were mostly smaller parts in popular TV shows like Wagon Train and Dragnet. In 1961 he was featured in the Twilight Zone episode “A Quality of Mercy,” joining a long list of famous guests including his longtime friend and costar William Shatner.

     

  • Music Career

    Nimoy had a colorful career as a recording artist that earned him a significant cult following. Banking on his success on Star Trek, he released his first album in character, 1967’s Leonard Nimoy Presents Mr. Spock’s Music from Outer Space. Four more folk albums followed until 1970. In 1997 he released a compilation album, Spaced Out, that featured performances from Shatner.

  • In Search of…

    In 1977 Nimoy started hosting In Search of, a documentary television series that explored mysterious phenomena. He also wrote two episodes for the show, one of which investigated the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh.

     

  • Mission: Impossible

    After Star Trek ended, Nimoy took a role as IMF Agent Paris, a former magician, in the spy show Mission: Impossible. He was with the show for two seasons, until 1971.

  • Directing

    Nimoy’s career as a film director began with the Star Trek sequels. After directing the third installment, he made Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, in 1986, which remains one of the most popular films in the franchise. Other directing endeavors include the comedy film Three Men and a Baby, which was the highest-grossing film of 1987.

     

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers

    He starred with Donald Sutherland and Jeff Goldbulm in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The film was a critical and box office success: It currently holds a 95% fresh rating on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and is widely considered one of the most successful remakes ever made.

  • The Simpsons

    Nimoy appeared twice on the animated TV series the Simpsons as himself. In the 1993 episode “Marge and the Monorail” he spoofs his role on Star Trek, and the 1997 episode “The Springfield Files” references his time on In Search Of….

  • Fringe

    In the late 2000s he began a guest role on the science fiction TV show Fringe as the genius scientist William Bell. During a period of temporary retirement in 2011, Fringe’s creators animated an episode to accommodate Nimoy’s appearance as a voice actor.

  • The Big Bang Theory

    Nimoy provided his voice for a 2012 episode of the geek-chic sitcom for a cameo scene in which the Sheldon Cooper, played by Jim Parsons, hallucinates that his Spock action figure is speaking to him.

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He Was the Cosmos: How Leonard Nimoy Made Spock a Mystical Force

The actor, who died Feb. 27, leaves a legacy of friendship, mindfulness and understanding

As an acting challenge, Mr. Spock was—to borrow an adjective from the Enterprise’s science officer himself—a curious one: a central figure in a drama whose chief characteristic was not showing emotion. And yet he became the character that Star Trek‘s audience loved most of all. That owes much to his creator, Gene Roddeberry, of course, but also to Leonard Nimoy, who died Feb. 27 at age 83, who invested into Spock every ounce of his own humanity.

Though Spock was the embodiment of logic—the counterweight to swaggery Capt. Kirk and hotheaded Bones McCoy—Nimoy himself felt a spiritual, mystical bond to the alien character. Nimoy created Spock’s signal gesture, the Vulcan salute, from the Jewish priestly gesture that represented the letter shin, and thus the name of the Almighty. (Nimoy was born to Orthodox parents in Boston and witnessed the blessing himself as a child.)

This choice meant a lot: in the hands of another actor, Spock’s rigid reserve might have played as an absence—the cold nothingness of logic in place of human heart. As Nimoy interpreted it, it was a presence, the suggestion of greater currents of wisdom beyond the electrical jolts our hearts and brains pump out.

Combined with Nimoy’s mellifluous voice and wry stage presence, this gave Spock a kind of hipster beat-poetry character that was oddly in step with the times in the fiery, spiritually questing ’60s. The idea of subordinating one’s own passions to the larger universe was a spiritual idea that goes beyond any particular religion, even beyond religion itself. Part of the reason Spock’s counsel was so effective was not just his intelligence, loyalty and logic, but his ability to see beyond the ego—the self-subjectivity that drove Kirk—to focus on a larger and more eternal whole. (Or as he put it in his death scene in the film The Wrath of Khan: the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few—”or the one.”)

To say that Spock had no emotion wasn’t true. He was in fact part-human, constantly wrestling to keep his emotion in control. This gave drama to his very being, and Nimoy, with his careful cadence, showed how being Spock was a job that required constant mental effort. Watch clips of Star Trek, and you quickly see that Nimoy’s performance is in fact full of emotion: there are knowing smiles, rapt pauses of concentration, deliberate speeches that play musically like prayers. What Nimoy did was to strip his performance not of emotion, but of “feelings”—the little flailings of affect that most actors (and non-actors) rely on.

The cliché is to say that this made Spock “more human than any of us,” but again, he after all was partly human in ancestry. He occupied a space between us and the purely alien, giving us perspective on ourselves. That job, honestly, probably required an actor who was himself a bit of an eccentric, in the best, unashamed way; beyond his acting work, he recorded music and spoken-word albums and composed free-verse poetry. Artistically as well, he was an explorer.

Many actors who become so wholly identified with single characters spend a lifetime running away from them. Not Nimoy, who embraced Spock (and reprised him many times) and welcomed the hold the character had on generations. And why shouldn’t he have? In his quizzical alien, he created something bigger than himself, a figure of friendship, mindfulness and understanding that, long after Leonard Nimoy is gone, will keep spreading ripples across the universe.

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This Is How the New Spock Said Goodbye to the Old Spock

Zachary Quinto bid farewell to Leonard Nimoy on Instagram

Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on the original Star Trek series, died Feb. 27 at the age of 83.

One of the most touching tributes to hit social media after Nimoy’s wife confirmed his death was from Zachary Quinto, the actor who has played Spock in the last two Star Trek reboot films, Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.

The two once starred in an Audi commercial together as friendly adversaries. In reality, both actors said that they bonded over playing the hyper-logical half-human and grew to be good friends. Watch the ad below:

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How Leonard Nimoy Almost Wasn’t Spock

Gene Roddenberry prevented what would have been a casting catastrophe

News of the death of actor Leonard Nimoy will invariably mention the role for which he was most famous, that of Spock on Star Trek. Nimoy and Spock have been mentioned in the same breath for almost exactly 50 years now, and that’s also as long as he has been loved for the role, even when he wasn’t actively involved in a Star Trek project (and even despite calling his first autobiography I Am Not Spock). In fact, the actor’s very first mention in the pages of TIME was in a 1975 article about how the show’s fan culture had picked up after the cancellation of the original series.

But that pairing of actor and role almost didn’t happen.

As TIME recounted in a 1994 cover story about Star Trek (around the time of Star Trek: Generations, the franchise’s seventh feature film, in which Nimoy did not appear), a lot of the original series’ DNA was added after the 1964 pilot displeased executives at NBC, who requested that the casting be changed up before the show went to production—including Spock, who had been played by Nimoy since the beginning. Thankfully, Gene Roddenberry stepped in to plead Nimoy’s case, and the network was convinced to keep him around.

In a tragic twist, the network also requested that Spock smoke a “space cigarette” in order to please a tobacco company that was one of the show’s sponsors. Roddenberry was able to intervene on that point as well, and surely Spock would approve: Nimoy, who died as a result of lung disease, last year urged his fans to quit smoking.

Read the full 1994 story, here in the TIME Vault: Trekking Onward

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Sex Box and Other Reality Shows We Can’t Believe Are Actually Real

From 'Dating Naked' to 'Who is the Worst Driver in the Netherlands?'

Friday marks the U.S. premiere of Sex Box on We TV — a show in which struggling couples actually have sex inside a box onstage. Sure, the box is soundproof and there’s no camera inside. And yes, the idea is that the couples will be more vulnerable and honest after the act, when they talk to a panel of expert in the hopes of solving their issues. But that doesn’t make it any less cringeworthy.

The premise is so simple, so bizarre, that it’s something you’d fact check before posting about it on Facebook because there’s no way it could be real. But Sex Box is no parody. The U.K. show of the same name aired in 2013 and received tepid reviews. But it’s only the latest in a series of reality shows that we can’t believe got the green light.

Here are other reality shows that make The Bachelor look totally sensible:

Born in the Wild
This Lifetime series, premiering March 3, is about women who give birth in nature. “No inductions, no epidurals…just expectant mothers facing and giving birth in the arms of Mother Nature,” boasts the show’s YouTube page.

Who is the Worst Driver in the Netherlands?
The series, which has run in several different countries, gathers the worst drivers in a specific region and has them show off their lack-of-skills behind the wheel. In 2011, a Netherlands contestant proved himself worthy of the title after he accidentally ran over the show’s host. (No one was seriously injured).

Are You Hot?
Before there was Tinder there was a show in which people walked down a runway and displayed their goods to judges who essentially swiped right or left. Are You Hot? aired on ABC in 2003.

The Will
CBS may have agreed to pick up the 2005 reality show — in which family and friends of a rich benefactor compete to be included in his inheritance — but the network had the good sense to cancel it after just one episode.

Dating Naked
A contestant actually sued VH1 for showing a little too much nudity.

The Swan
This show was a heartwarming retelling of The Ugly Duckling in which producers turned contestants into swans by giving them lots and lots of plastic surgery. The series was more than a little problematic.

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Here’s What’s Coming to Netflix in March

Kyle Chandler (John Rayburn) and Linda Cardellini (Meg Rayburn) in the Netflix Original Series BLOODLINE. Photo Credit: Saeed Adyani © 2014 Netflix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Saeed Adyani—Netflix Kyle Chandler (John Rayburn) and Linda Cardellini (Meg Rayburn) in the Netflix Original Series Bloodline

New originals with Kyle Chandler, Aziz Ansari and Ellie Kemper — as well as some older movies and TV shows

Netflix is premiering several highly-anticipated originals this month, as well as adding some old favorites in March.

Here are the new Netflix originals:

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Tina Fey and Richard Carlock are reuniting for the comedy starring The Office‘s Ellie Kemper about a girl who leaves her doomsday cult for New York City. The show will follow Kimmy and her new roommate—a talented singer who plays a robot in Times Square—as she acclimates to her new life and begins working as a nanny for wealthy Jacqueline (Jane Krakowski also of 30 Rock).

Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden

Comedian and Parks and Recreation vet Aziz Ansari will premiere his second Netflix-exclusive standup special, Aziz Ansari: Live at Madison Square Garden on March 6. Ansari’s first project with Netflix, Buried Alive, is also available on the streaming service.

Bloodline

Kyle Chandler will star in Bloodline, Netflix’s most-anticipated drama since House of Cards. The show follows four adult siblings in the Florida Keys whose secrets resurface when their black sheep brother returns home. Since Friday Night Lights wrapped, Chandler has appeared in supporting roles in Wolf of Wall Street, Zero Dark Thirty, Argo and Super 8. His return to television will premiere on March 20.

Here are the new movies, shows and seasons coming to Netflix:

Archer season 5 (March 7)

Glee season 5 (March 7)

The final season, season 6, will wrap this month on Fox.

Third Rock from the Sun, the complete series (March 15)

A Different World, the complete series (March 15)

Mad Men, part 1 of season 7 (March 22)

(The final installment of the show premieres on April 5 on AMC)

Finding Neverland (March 1)

The Brothers Grimm (March 1)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (March 11)

And here are the titles you should watch before they disappear on March 1:

Seven

Cool Runnings

Dumb and Dumber

Pretty in Pink

Rachel Getting Married

Flubber

Dexter’s Laboratory

Legends of the Fall

 

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Watch Jon Stewart Face Off With a WWE Wrestler on The Daily Show

This does not seem like a very fair match-up

Jon Stewart and Seth Rollins have been mock-feuding ever since the WWE star boasted that he could replace the Daily Show host—and do a better job. On Thursday’s broadcast, Rollins interrupted Stewart’s moment of zen to challenge the comedian to a fight.

The wrestler showed up on the set and threatened Stewart: “I hope, my friend, that you are prepared for a world of hurt.”

Stewart wasn’t quite up for a duel in the moment, so Rollins challenged him to come to Monday Night Raw at Newark’s Prudential Center in a few days.

We just hope Rollins goes easy on the little guy—even his neck looks scary.

[The Daily Show]

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Bill O’Reilly Gets a Boost in Viewers After Dispute Over Falklands Claims

Noel Vasquez—Getty Images Bill O'Reilly attends a basketball game between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on February 10, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

The O'Reilly Factor drew its highest ratings of 2015 on Wednesday

The claims over Bill O’Reilly’s Falklands war reporting seem to be having a very good effect on his ratings: on Wednesday night, the Fox News talking head drew his highest numbers of the year so far.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the last time The O’Reilly Factor saw such high ratings was during demonstrations in Ferguson, Mo. in November.

O’Reilly says that he has not exaggerated his experience during the Falklands War between Argentina and the U.K., maintaining that he never said he was on the islands and was clear that he only reported on the conflict from Buenos Aires. A report by Mother Jones said he mischaracterized a violent protest as a combat situation in a number of statements over the years.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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