Here's a fun video released by Omaze that features Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen the Mother of Dragons, attempting to give us a behind-the-scenes look at the set of the final season of Game of Thrones. Of course, she amusingly fails at every attempt.
This is all for a good cause as it is offering one fan and a guest the opportunity to be flown out to Northern Ireland to hang out with Clarke over lunch and get a real sneak peek at the top-secret set in Belfast. Here's what the winner will receive:
Hold onto your dragon—you’re joining Emilia Clarke (the First of Her Name, Queen of the Andals, Breaker of Chains, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, etc.) for a behind-the-scenes peek of Westeros. That’s right, you and friend are headed to the real home of Game of Thrones in Belfast, Northern Ireland! Once there, you’ll get to ask Emilia all your burning questions over lunch with The Unburnt herself. And because you’ll be with the rightful(ish) heir to the Iron Throne, you and your GoT-loving friend will have exclusive access to see things like costumes, props and more. Whether you bend the knee or not, you’ve pretty much won the Game of Thrones. Flights to the realm and hotel are on us.
The donations that are made will go to the The Royal College of Nursing Foundation, which "provides vital support for the nurses, midwives and health care assistants who care for us and our families day in and day out. The Foundation encourages young people to join the nursing profession, funds education and training opportunities, lends a hand to those struggling to meet the rising cost of living and provides advice and support to get their lives back on track. Your donation through this campaign will directly support the funding of a new generation of specialist nurses, whether they’re working in a stroke unit, a cancer ward, a diabetes clinic, a neurological center or another specialist setting."
It appears that the ever-popular battle royale game, Fortnite, is invading China next. Developer Epic Games posted an image on Twitter yesterday showing the fictional passport of Jonesy, one of the game’s famous characters. The interesting part of the image is that the passport is stamped for entry into China on April 23, which is probably a clue on the game’s release date in the country.
It is not a surprising fact that Epic Games would like to release their game in China given that the country is a massive market for games. However, just as Fortnite’s competitor PUBG learned, hacking and cheating are major concerns in China. In fact PUBG previously reported that around 90% of cheaters in the game came from China. Given Epic Games’ stance on cheaters in the past, it will definitely be interesting to see how Fortnite will handle the Chinese market.
Besides the tweet suggesting Fortnite’s attempt to enter China, not much details were released. We don’t know in which platforms Fortnite will be available in. However, Chinese gamers prefer PC and mobile gaming rather than home consoles such as the Xbox One and PS4
GameTyrant have contacted Epic Games for more information on this and we will update this article if we hear back from the developer.
In case you're wondering about what we can expect to see from Donald Glover's animated Deadpool series, writer Stefani Robinson (Atlanta) offers some insight into the creative process and what we can expect to see from the series.
While talking to CB in an interview, Robinson says that the animated series will have its own distinct style that will set it apart from the films.
“I believe that we sort of attacked it at an angle that was very true to us and made sense to us, and I don't think we took many cues from the movie or what the general public knows about Deadpool. I think we sort of lean into the comic books. We're like, ‘This is how we interpret this person, and this character, this superhero, this anti-hero, whatever,’ and sort of made that apply to what we love in TV in our lives.”
She then goes on to talk about why she likes Deadpool so much and why he's so fun to play with. In the process, she compares the character to God:
“I loved the Deadpool character because he can't die! I mean, for all intents and purposes, I think that he is like God in a way. It's sort of fun to play with a character who can do anything, basically, and really get into the mentality of someone who is bored with life, who doesn't feel any stakes, doesn't feel any danger, and is like, ‘OK – This is just kind of my life, and what do I do with being someone who exists on a superior platform than everybody else?’ What would you do if you lived forever, couldn't die?"
I'm sure that why a lot of us enjoy Deadpool so much. In a separate interview with Popped Culture, Donald Glover talked about his goals for the series, saying:
"That it's funny. That one it just seems really easy. There's not as much to hold sacred, in a weird way. I know people love Deadpool and I know people are big comic book geeks, but it's not the same as Lando or Atlanta, where you have a whole city on your back. Deadpool is very aware of himself, so, I don't have to live up to anything. So it's been actually, quite easy."
Glover has a unique way of looking at the character as he is developing this series and he's absolutely right. He doesn't have to live up to anything. He just needs to let Deadpool be Deadpool and see what happens! That's part of what makes Deadpool so fun!
Donald is also working with his brother Stephen on the series and I'm excited to see how it turns out! So far I've liked everything that I've heard. The Deadpool animated series is scheduled to debut this May on FX.
For those that have been collecting the classics and assortments that came from the early days of Playstation, then you will be excited to find an official Playstation Anthology novel exists! Covering from 1994-1997, this classic edition anthology contains the history of all the best games, joycons, controllers, interviews, gear, and most importantly the list of limited editions.
This massive tome of Playstation history carries over 4000 game titles, limited editions, gear, and so much more. Many of the items are featured in the book with a crisp, colorful image of the item and paired with details all about the merchandise.
The full list of features include:
A full history of the machine itself - from development to retirement
The definitive games collection - including the best of the special editions
26 exclusive Interviews with those who shaped the console's success
Enemy Retaliation - the challengers to the PS1's crown
An insight into the "Sony Miracle" and the history of the company
Remaining in the Top 5 Best Selling Consoles title, the Playstation is no doubt one of the most iconic and interesting machines. The 26 exclusive interviews provide insight into every aspect of the the console's evolution and success. This is easily a good read for both enthusiast and casual reader with an interest in video games. Do you plan to pick up a copy of the Playstation Anthology?
Do you remember the 90s series ReBoot? It was a Canadian CGI-animated action-adventure series. I vaguely remember this show, but Netflix is rebooting it and calling it ReBoot: The Guardian Code. They even released a trailer that you can watch below and it looks pretty silly. It kind of has a Power Rangers type vibe to it and it definitely looks like something that would come from the 90s. This version of the show is a live-action and CGI hybrid. Even the CGI looks like it comes out of the 90s! This is the description that came with the trailer:
The show is a cool mix of live action and awesome animation about the adventures of four teenagers who become the Next-Generation Guardians of Cyberspace with the help of an artificially intelligent bio-constructed teenage girl.
If you're familiar with the original series then you know that they've changed some things up. The original series centers around the lives of a mainframe Guardian, who is named Bob along with his companions Enzo and Dot Matrix. They all reside in the self-contained digital world of a computer. They obviously did away with all of those characters in this reboot.
Netflix Original Series debuts on March 30th. Watch the trailer and let us know if it looks like something you'd watch to check out. Also, in case you need a little reminder of the original series, I also included the intro, which might jumpstart your memory.
It’s been a while since we heard anything about the new Robin Hood movie, but the MPAA has spoken and it will receive a PG-13 rating. The reason is: “extended sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive references.” This probably doesn’t come as a shock to anyone really. Most other versions of Robin Hood have been PG-13, so it’s expected. However, Andy Serkis’ Mowgli is also getting a PG-13 rating. This should help solidify that this is not the same Jungle Book movie that Disney has put out. The reason for the rating is: “intense sequences of action violence including bloody images, and some thematic elements.” Serkis himself wanted a darker film in hopes of scaring kids, not because he’s mean, but because he knows they love being scared and believes they are “sophisticated”:
I’m still not sold on Robin Hood (how many times will we get the same story?), but Mowgli sounds pretty cool. Here’s a synopsis for Mowgli:
Industrial Light and Magic has released an awesome "Behind the Magic" featurette that breaks down the visual effects of the Bombing Run scene from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In case you need a reminder, this is the opening scene of the film where the Resistance is trying to hold off First Order fighters while the Resistance bombers move in to blow up the massive Dreadnought.
This video shows us how the Oscar-nominated team at ILM awesomely crafted this exciting scene by combining, CGI with live footage that shot on the set of the film using green screen. I love watching videos like this! The creative and technical process behind bring these films to life has always fascinated me.
Olivia Wilde is best known for her onscreen roles in films such as TRON: Legacy. Then, she started producing some movies such as Drinking Buddies. Now, Wilde is set to debut as a director with Booksmart. The film has cast Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein to star in this original script penned by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins.
This sounds like it’ll be a crazy high school movie that could either be a lot of fun or a dud. I’m hoping that this film is a lot of fun as I have a soft spot for these high school movies, and I can’t wait to hear more about Booksmart.
Adventure Time is coming back to Cartoon Network next month with four new back to back episodes! The first of these new episodes is called "Blenanas" and in it, Finn is attempting to prove himself as a writer. We have a fun clip for the episode that you can check out below. In it, Princess Bubblegum is trying to keep the Candy Kingdom safe.
The first of these four episodes will air on Sunday, March 18th, at 7pm. If you don't want to wait until then, you will be able to catch it on the Cartoon Network app and on VOD on Friday, March 9th.
Unlikely heroes Finn (a silly kid with an awesome hat) & Jake (a brassy dog with a big kind heart), are the best of friends and always find themselves in the middle of heart pounding escapades as they traverse the mystical Land of Ooo.
This is such a ridiculous series, but it's a good and fun kind of ridiculous! I know that fans of the series will enjoy what is to come. Get a little taste of it right here...
Zachary Levi recently teased fans with a picture of him in costume as the superhero Shazam, but the costume was covered by a big coat. That was mean Levi! Well, even though we don’t know exactly what the costume will look like, director David F. Sandberg has explained where the inspiration for the costume came from... Justice League: War.
That should help fans narrow things down a bit. The film was one of DC’s direct-to-DVD movies, and while I haven’t seen it, I imagine it’s pretty good concerning their track record on those. I think my biggest questions are will he have the hood and cloak, and how will they do the lightning bolt emblem on his chest.
I’m getting excited for Shazam! and am hopeful that DC has gotten their act together and is able to make consistently great movies. They have some good characters and good stories here’s hoping they’ve learned how to use them.