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Jaime Lannister was the MVP of ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8, Episode 2 and here’s why

Image: Helen Sloan / HBO Let’s review Jaime Lannister’s journey in Game of Thrones Season 8’s second episode. He wriggled out of what surely would have been execution-by-dragonfire with a little help from his friends, Sansa and Brienne (and Tyrion I guess). He spilled the beans about sister Cersei’s painfully obvious betrayal. He squared his grim history with Bran. He ate crow and pledged to serve at Brienne’s side. SEE ALSO: ‘Game of Thrones’ episode 3 promo brings the war to Winterfell And finally: he raised a middle finger to…

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‘God of War: Raising Kratos’ doc looks at how the biggest game of 2018 got made

Sony Santa Monica’s critically and commercially acclaimed 2018 hit God of War is going to be the subject of a “making of” documentary. It’s a Sony production, so it’s reasonable to expect the rosiest possible picture. But this trailer for Raising Kratos hypes a feature-length documentary look at the intricate development process that fuels a modern-day video game blockbuster. Best of all: it’s a no-cost deep dive into that process. There isn’t a release date, but Sony promises a PlayStation YouTube channel debut for Raising Kratos “soon.” Read more: https://mashable.com/video/god-of-war-raising-kratos-documentary-trailer/

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Taron Egerton’s ‘Rocketman’ looks like a better ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Taron Egerton as Elton John in 'Rocketman'.Image: David Appleby / Paramount Pictures Bohemian Rhapsody was so 2018. 2019 will be the year of Rocketman. The Elton John biopic shared about seven minutes of footage at Paramount’s CinemaCon presentation Thursday, and while this reporter is on the fence about whether or not it looks good, I feel fairly confident saying it’s going to make a ton of money. The extended first look follows Reginald Dwight from his very early years as a shy kid with a natural talent for classical piano,…

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Delightful Sandra Oh finds her confidence in ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue

Sandra Oh has a hard time accepting a compliment (blame being Canadian) despite reaching new levels of success (Killing Eve is excellent, go watch it), including a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live. During Oh’s SNL monologue, Leslie Jones helps her work through an inability to receive praise and gain an American sense of natural confidence.   Read more: https://mashable.com/video/sandra-oh-saturday-night-live-monologue/

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‘Stranger Things 3′ will come to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights

On the edge of your seat waiting to see what happens in Stranger Things: Season 3? Looks like the folks behind Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights already know.  In preparation for the parks’ annual spooky event, Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort have announced the creation of all-new Stranger Things themed mazes. The mazes are set to debut at this year’s festivities, beginning in September. Part of a continued partnership with Netflix, Universal’s maze creators collaborated with the executive producers behind Stranger Things to bring to life parts of…

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Lupita Nyong’o went to some ‘dark places’ filming ‘Us’

If you need proof that kids these days are alright and amazing, simply cast your eyes on the students at New Jersey’s North Bergen High School who put on a stage play version of the classic sci-fi horror film Alien.  The play was complete with all the trappings of the film, including the infamous facehugger alien, the stomach-bursting scene, and, yes, the large, menacing xenomorph that has come to haunt the nightmares of generations of moviegoers.  And it all looked amazing. The school put on a pair of performances for…

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‘SNL’ lets Twitter decide which actors get jobs on a new game show sketch

Pretty much every movie casting is up to the scrutiny of Twitter these days, and Saturday Night Live leaned hard on parsing the logic of the hordes in a new sketch called “Can I Play That?”  Three actors hear a role and have seconds to decide if they’re allowed to take it, and seeing as Idris Elba is a contestant….yes, there’s a Bond joke.  Read more: https://mashable.com/video/snl-idris-elba-can-i-play-that/

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‘The Case Against Adnan Syed’ will make you rethink true-crime

The question of innocence and guilt is bigger than Adnan Syed.Image: hbo After the obsessive internet sleuthing that followed Serial Season 1, the prospect of re-examining Adnan Syed’s conviction for the murder of Hae Min Lee sounded exhausting.  And yet, roughly five years later, The Case Against Adnan Syed, which premieres Sunday night on HBO,delivers shocking new revelations on a story many true-crime fans know better than the back of their hands. Hae was found murdered in her car in 1999, leading to the conviction of her boyfriend Adnan a…

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R. Kelly’s fiery interview with Gayle King gets a do-over on ‘SNL’

The latest Saturday Night Live cold open skipped D.C. humor for a change, focusing instead on R. Kelly’s explosive interview with Gayle King. The disgraced pop star made headlines on Wednesday when a CBS This Morning interview devolved into tearful and openly aggressive as Kelly unsuccessfully tried to play the victim card. This cold open is just a straight riff on King’s 80-minute sitdown. It covers the interview’s big moments and takes… let’s call it an unsympathetic view of Kelly, an alleged longtime serial abuser of women. Read more: https://mashable.com/video/r-kelly-gayle-king-interview-snl-cold-open/

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Luke Perry has died at 52 after a stroke

Luke Perry played Fred Andrews on 'Riverdale' and Dylan McKay on "Beverly Hills 90210."Image: FilmMagic Luke Perry, who famously starred as Dylan McKay in Beverly Hills, 90210 and most recently as Fred Andrews in Riverdale, has died.  SEE ALSO: The surprising list of top Netflix shows in the US by state Less than a week earlier, Perry was admitted to a hospital after suffering an apparent stroke. While Perry was reportedly lucid when paramedics arrived at his Sharman Oaks home, he was brought to the hospital after his condition noticeably…

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Luke Perry mourned by ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Beverly Hills, 90210’ co-stars

Perry died Monday morning at the age of 52.Image: FilmMagic In the wake of the passing of Riverdale and Beverly Hills, 90210 star Luke Perry, cast members from both teen dramas are paying tribute to the beloved actor. Perry died Monday morning at 52 following a severe stroke. Perry began his run as 90210‘s teen heartthrob Dylan McKay in 1990, starring alongside Jennie Garth, Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, Jason Priestley, Brian Austin Green, and Ian Ziering.  Doherty, who played Perry’s love interest for much of the series, was reportedly in…

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HBO’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ offers a haunting inside perspective on Michael Jackson’s abuses

Michael Jackson poses with a young Wade Robson in a photograph featured in HBO's 'Finding Neverland'.Image: HBO Invariably, the question arises any time accusations of past sexual abuse are raised against a powerful man: “Well, why did they wait so long to come forward then?” It is always framed as persuasive proof of the victim’s dishonesty. Wouldn’t an honest person have spoken up sooner? What did they have to hide? What are they trying to get out of it now? But what the past couple years of reckoning have shown…

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Weezer, Jimmy Fallon and The Roots cover ‘Take On Me’ with classroom instruments

Ed Sheeran‘s done it. So has Shawn Mendes, Metallica, and the Backstreet Boys. Now, Jimmy Fallon’s handed the banana shakers to Weezer. For one of The Tonight Show‘s most beloved recurring segments, Weezer joined Fallon and The Roots to perform a cover of A-ha’s classic “Take on Me” using classroom instruments.  We’re talking mini tambourines, wood blocks, kazoos — the works, all with that iconic animated overlay from A-ha’s music video. And huge respect for frontman Rivers Cuomo in particular, who hits those impossible high notes. It’s not the only…

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Big winners at the 2019 Oscars

Moving on and getting over is the best thing Wayne Hays can do.Image: Warrick Page There are a lot of mysteries on HBO these days. Even when a show isn’t about getting to the bottom of crimes or catching murderers, the interactive element of getting an audience to “solve” what’s happening onscreen is a vital part of the entertainment landscape. Look at Westworld, a show that has ten times more mystery than it actually has plot, or Game of Thrones and its hundreds of fan theories, or Sharp Objects and…

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Lady Gaga wins her first Oscar for ‘Shallow’

Lady Gaga won her first Oscar at the 91st Annual Academy Awards.Image: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images Lady Gaga is an Academy Award winner, folks. The best song of the year, “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, earned Lady Gaga an Oscar at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday night, marking the first time the music legend has earned an Oscar. She shared the honor with co-writers Mark Daniel Ronson, Anthony Rossomando, and Andrew Wyatt. I mean, come on, listen to this: “I worked hard for a long time and…

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