Game Of Thrones Actress Sophie Turner Talks About “That” Scene

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(PCM) There has been a huge debate among fans of the hit HBO drama “Game Of Thrones” after Sunday nights episode placed beloved character Sansa Stark in quite a horrifying situation.

**Spoilers below if you have not yet seen this past week’s episode**

Fans were divided about just how far the series has begun to stray from the books and that a scene that depicts the rape of a woman was totally unnecessary as a way to move the plot forward. The final scenes of Sunday’s night’s episode of Game Of Thrones showed newlywed Sansa Stark being escorted to the bed chambers of her new husband, the deplorable Ramsey Bolton.

She is escorted to the bridal suite by pseudo brother Theon Greyjoy/Reek, who she believes is responsible for the deaths of her younger brothers. Ramsay forces Theon to watch as he rips off Sansa’s dress and begins his sexual assault on the character. The viewer can see the tears and horror in Theon’s eyes as he witnesses someone he has always seen as a sister being attacked by Ramsay, while Sansa’s desperate screams can be heard off camera.

When speaking with Entertainment Weekly about the questionable scene, actress Sophie Turner, who portrays Sansa Stark in the series, had the following to say “Last season [director] Alex Graves decided to give me hints. He was saying, ‘You get a love interest next season.’ And I was all, ‘I actually get a love interest!’ So I get the scripts and I was so excited and I was flicking through and then I was like, ‘Aw, are you kidding me!?” 

Turner went on to reveal “When I read that scene, I kinda loved it. I love the way Ramsay had Theon watching. It was all so messed up. It’s also so daunting for me to do it. I’ve been making [producer Bryan Cogman] feel so bad for writing that scene: ‘I can’t believe you’re doing this to me!’ But I secretly loved it.”

Book author George R.R. Martin has refused to comment on the scene only commenting on social media that the TV series has always taken on the butterfly effect in a sense and that “smaller changes, lead to larger changes, which then lead to huge changes”.

How did you feel about Sunday’s episode of Game Of Thrones? Will you still support the series?

 

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Frances Bean Cobain Admits She’s Not A Nirvana Fan

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(PCM) Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of the late Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, is finally breaking her silence in regards to her father’s death and has given quite a revealing interview to Rolling Stone magazine in support of the upcoming HBO documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck” on which she serves as an executive producer.

Surprisingly in the interview, Frances says with a laugh “I don’t really like Nirvana that much. Sorry, promotional people, Universal. I’m more into Mercury Rev, Oasis, Brian Jonestown Massacre ..etc” Frances does however admit that “Territorial Pissings” off Nirvana’s hit album “Nevermind” is a “great song” and that she sheds tears while listening to “Dumb” off the album “In Utero” because she feels it is a “stripped-down version of Kurt’s perception of himself”.

“Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck” is the first documentary that has been made about Cobain’s life that has the full cooperation of his family. It will air on HBO on May 4th and will tell the story of Cobain’s life using home movies, artwork, photography, journals, demos, personal archives, family archives and songbooks.

You can see a trailer below:

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Sesame Street Parodies Game Of Thrones And It’s Amazing!

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(PCM) Sesame Street has always been incredibly adept at playing on various aspects of pop culture and once again they have done an absolutely incredible job with their newly released parody video paying homage to HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” with “Game Of Chairs”. The timing is ideal since the hit HBO series returns this Sunday, April 11th with all new episodes and why not start the new season off with a few laughs.

In the video the Sesame Street characters turn the battle for the “throne” into a rousing game of musical chairs. Grover gets renamed “Grover Bluejoy” and the writers threw in so absolutely spot-on jokes that fans of “Game Of Thrones” will pick up on right away. They might just be joking about some of the darkest subject matter, but it is done in such a clever way that kids watching will never be able to pick up on the subtle references.

The best has to be when the Joffrey puppet loses in the battle for the chair, Grover slyly says “I guess you choked, Joffrey”!  It had me falling out of the chair with laughter!

See the video in all its’ brilliant glory below:

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Cablevision And HBO Announce Agreement To Provide HBO Now Via Internet And Optimum Wifi

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(HBO) Cablevision and Home Box Office (HBO) announced today that they have reached an agreement to offer standalone streaming service HBO NOW to Optimum Online customers via the internet. Optimum is the first cable provider to partner with HBO to offer the new service, which is expected to launch in April in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones.

Kristin Dolan, Cablevision chief operating officer said: “As New York’s premier connectivity company, we are enabling Optimum Online customers to enjoy content in any way they choose to receive it. We are well-positioned to support HBO NOW and, as technology advances, Cablevision will continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers.”

“We couldn’t be more excited that our longtime partner has joined us for the launch of HBO NOW,” said Tom Woodbury, President, Global Distribution, HBO. “We believe that HBO NOW will have great appeal to Cablevision’s broadband customers.”

HBO NOW provides instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming, allowing viewers to watch every episode of every season of the best series programming, more of the biggest and latest Hollywood hit movies, original HBO Films, groundbreaking documentaries, sports, and comedy and music specials. With the upcoming launch of HBO NOW, Optimum will now offer the full suite of HBO products, which also includes its pay TV channels and TV to GO offering, giving customers more options than ever before.

Cablevision plans to provide pricing and other particulars for HBO NOW in the coming weeks. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Optimum Online offers an unparalleled internet experience, including a wide-range of high-speed internet product tiers that are designed to provide the right speeds for every type of user as well as access to Optimum WiFi, the nation’s most robust WiFi network featuring 1.1 million hotspots across the tri-state area. For more information on Optimum Online, visit optimum.com.

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HBO To Launch Standalone Premium Streaming Service This April

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(HBO) Home Box Office announced today the name of its standalone premium streaming service – HBO NOW – and that the service will launch this April, bringing the highly anticipated new product to audiences in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones. HBO and Apple also announced that for the first time an HBO subscription will be made available directly to Apple customers through HBO NOW.

HBO NOW provides instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming. Watch every episode of every season of the best series programming, more of the biggest and latest Hollywood hit movies, original HBO Films, groundbreaking documentaries, sports and comedy and music specials. To subscribe to the streaming service HBO NOW, consumers only need the internet.

Apple will give viewers the ability to enjoy HBO programming via HBO NOW. Upon launch, customers can subscribe using the HBO NOW app on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, or directly on Apple TV for instant access. Users can purchase HBO NOW directly in-app for $14.99 a month. Upon registering, subscribers will also be able to watch at HBONOW.com. HBO will offer a 30 day introductory free trial period to new HBO NOW customers who sign up through Apple in April.

HBO continues to be in discussions with its existing network of distributors and new digital partners to offer HBO NOW. At launch, HBO NOW will be available on iOS devices and on PCs.

“HBO NOW is the next phase of innovation at HBO,” said Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO, HBO. “With this new partnership, a natural evolution for the network, we have access to millions of Apple customers who are used to getting their favorite apps immediately. Now, they can do the same with an HBO subscription.”

“HBO NOW offers a new generation of HBO fans many of the best TV programs in the world without a cable or satellite subscription,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services. “Now, with the same simplicity as buying an app, customers can subscribe to HBO NOW and instantly start viewing their favorite HBO programs as they air – this is huge.”

Similar to HBO GO, HBO NOW will offer more than 2,000 titles online. This includes current critically acclaimed series like Game of Thrones®, True Detective®, Silicon Valley®, Girls®, Veep® and The Leftovers®, as well as classics like The Sopranos®, Sex and the City®, True Blood®, The Wire® and Deadwood®.

Highly-anticipated upcoming original programs like Westworld, the drama series starring Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris and Evan Rachel Wood; The Brink, the dark comedy series starring Jack Black and Tim Robbins; the new season of the Emmy®-winning True Detective with Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell and Rachel McAdams; and HBO Films’ Bessie, starring Queen Latifah, will become available on HBO NOW as they air on HBO.

In addition, HBO NOW will showcase Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, named “best of 2014” on many critics’ lists; VICE, the Emmy®-winning, cutting-edge news magazine series hosted by Shane Smith; HBO Sports documentaries, series and World Championship Boxing events; and groundbreaking documentary programming like Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst and the Oscar®-winning Citizenfour.

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HBO Announces Second Installment Of The Game Of Thrones Mixtape

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(HBO) HBO has teamed up with some of the music industry’s top artists for the second installment of Catch the Throne: The Mixtape, for the Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning series Game of Thrones. Building on the success of Volume 1 – with over 2.5MM streams to date – that attracted hip-hop and reggaeton fans alike, Volume 2 will feature Method Man, Snoop Dogg and Yandel and will transcend genres by adding Grammy-nominated metal bands Anthrax and Killswitch Engage to the mixtape lineup. The mixtape will be released in anticipation of the season 5 debut of Game of Thrones airing April 12th on HBO.

Produced by Launch Point Records, the 15-song mixtape features diverse artists representing Game of Thrones families, leveraging themes and highlights from season 4. Showcasing the importance of music in Game of Thrones, each song on the mixtape samples music from the show’s season 4 soundtrack. This year’s mixtape also weaves in the overarching theme of fire and ice, providing listeners with an exciting line-up of heavy metal and hip-hop artists.

As huge fans of the series, artists were eager to participate. “Off the top, I love Game of Thrones – I even gave my expert analysis of this season on my GGN show. It’s like the rap game, it’s gangster, about family, loyalty and trying to get to the top,” stated Snoop Dogg. “I had to get involved. Give the fans a little bit of how I see it.”

Lucinda Martinez, SVP of Multicultural Marketing at HBO stated, “Catch the Throne: The Mixtape garnered much praise and piqued interest of artists wanting to partake in its sequel. We’re excited to seize the opportunity to channel the fandom of these artists into volume 2 and give audiences another opportunity to experience original music inspired by the show. We are particularly excited to integrate heavy metal into the mixtape this time around to continue our celebration of this groundbreaking series.” Scott Ian, founding member of Anthrax, stated, “As fans of Game of Thrones, we are extremely excited to collaborate on this project. Recording a song about the Lannister family allows us to connect more with our fans and Game of Thrones fans in a way we would have never imagined.”

Catch the Throne: The Mixtape Vol. 2 will be released next month, free of charge. Listeners are encouraged to share using the hashtag #CatchTheThrone.

Viewers can access previous seasons of Game of Thrones on HBO GO, HBO On Demand or by checking local listings for replays. For more on the series, visit: facebook.com/GameOfThrones and twitter.com @GameOfThrones.

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