Game of Thrones, Iron Fist boring, and eating brains
Game of Thrones mania
HBO has announced that Game of Thrones will return on Sunday, July 16 for its seventh season. The ensemble cast will star in seven episodes based on the bestselling George R.R. Martin book series. Never a network to shy away from high drama, HBO decided to unveil the news fans have been waiting for using Facebook live stream, which of course was marred with technical glitches. You can watch the trailer and read all about the debacle over at The Telegraph.
Elsewhere in the Game of Thrones universe, hirsute hunk Kit Harrington spoke with ABC news about Season 7. Read all about it over here.
Kat Von D announces new YouTube channel
Kat Von D Beauty announced the launch of their first YouTube channel, Kat Von D Beauty YouTube. The outspoken tattooist-cum-reality-star-cum-personality-cum-entrepreneur was involved in a high-profile spat with fellow beauty maven Jeffree Starr last year. The new channel is being used as a tool to promote the new addition to her makeup line the Artistry Collective.
HBO to chronicle 2016 presidential race
HBO are planning a miniseries about the dramatic 2016 presidential election. The show will be based on Mark Halperin’s and John Heilemann’s forthcoming book, third in the Game Change series, covering “the most stunning political upset of all time.” Read more over at Variety.
MGM in talks to buy out Epix Partners
MGM wants to take full control of the Epix cable channel and has opened conversations with their partners Viacom & Lionsgate, reports Variety.
Marvel’s Iron Fist suffers a terminal case of “Netflix Drift,” according to Variety
Variety eviscerates the new Marvel show Iron Fist, premiering on Netflix Friday, March 17. The review accused the show of being boring, badly paced, and “the most frustrating . . . example of Netflix Drift in some time.” Read the full burn here.
UK review of Elle calls the film bold & courageous
The UK’s Telegraph reviewed the Oscar-nominated film Elle, celebrating the film for its defiant depiction of a survivor.
You can judge for yourself on Amazon from March 14th.
Brie Larson finally speaks about that awards ceremony snub
Last night in LA, Brie Larson discussed her reaction to the Casey Affleck win at the Oscars and Golden Globes. Although her comment pretty much comes off as a “no comment”, Vulture does a great job of dissecting the very public snub.
Samuel L Jackson & James Corden ham it up on The Late Late Show
Last night James Corden, Samuel L Jackson and a whole load of nasty fake hair acted out Samuel L. Jackson’s infamous film career. If you like that sort of thing, you can see the full skit over at YouTube.
CNN presenter eats human brain on TV and just about everyone is pissed
Reza Aslan is a writer and reporter. For a new CNN show, Believer, he met with the Aghori, a tiny nomadic Indian religious sect. They worship Shiva but reject many Hindu tenets – and practice a few ceremonies which include a little bit of cannibalism. Yes, that’s right, they eat brains.
A good audience may be hard to find, so, in what reads like a desperate ratings grab, the CNN show featured Aslan performing such everyday activities as: drinking wine from a skull, cooking human brain, wearing the ashes of a dead person as makeup, and eating said brain. The backlash has been epic, with criticisms coming from all sides calling the show racist, dangerous, and grossly misrepresentative of Hindu religion. The Huffington Post published a scathing review and the US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) released a statement condemning CNN and the team behind the show.
BBC interview heralded the funniest of the year
A guest on a BBC news show yesterday kept his poker face intact when his live broadcast was interrupted by a pair of tenacious tots. Watch the cute bomb explode here.