San Diego, July 20 (AP/UNB) — "Game of Thrones" may be over but the cast can't seem to get away from stray coffee cups.
Maisie Williams, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Isaac Hempstead Wright and others took the stage at San Diego Comic-Con Friday evening for a goodbye panel and found some waiting at their places.
It was a cheeky reference to the misplaced coffee cup that viewers spotted in an episode of the final season that subsequently went viral. Although the moderator didn't make them answer for the coffee, actor John Bradley did have to defend himself against the other out-of-place item in the finale: The water bottle by his foot.
"I am right handed. I've thought about this very strongly," Bradley said, making a case that he would have put the bottle on the other side if it was his. "I'm not trying to clear my name, but ... I think I've taken enough blame for this one."
The cast was in good spirits after years of attending Comic-Con and not being able to reveal anything at the panels. Finally they were allowed to talk about things.
The big Hall H audience cheered to find out some of their favorite lines: Williams chose her own character's battle cry, "Not today," while Conleth Hill went for his co-star Peter Dinklage's, "I drink and I know things."
They also indulged in some fan theories, cleared up some burning questions and speculated about what happens after the finale.
Wright said that he can't imagine Bran's new government is a "barrel of laughs."
"Westeros is probably a surveillance state," he said.
But perhaps there is more fun happening on the new small council, according to Bradley.
"It basically turns into 'The Office,'" he said.
Cunningham posited that a spinoff could be called "Better Call Davos."
As for Arya and her quest to go "west of Westeros," Williams said, "I'm sure she's having a wonderful time, like Dora the Explorer minus the bob."
And Jacob Anderson thinks Grey Worm is off starting a new society with "a Wakanda kind of vibe."
There was some discussion of the divisiveness of the eighth and final season, although likely not as much as there would have been had showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss been in attendance as originally scheduled.
"Look at the amount of people here," Hill said, gesturing to the 8,000-some people in Hall H. "We're very grateful to your fandom over the years ... this is the reality as opposed to the media-led hate campaign."
Coster-Waldau said every season of "Game of Thrones" has been divisive in its own way, from Ned Stark's fate to the "Red Wedding."
"Obviously when it comes to an end it's going to (expletive) you off no matter what because it's the end,"Coster-Waldau said. "Just don't call people names."
Benioff and Weiss dropped off the schedule at the last minute, as did actors Iain Glen and Nathalie Emmanuel and director Miquel Sapochnik. Their absence was not addressed during the panel.
But everyone at Hall H seemed to be enjoying the victory lap. Earlier this week, "Game of Thrones" scored 32 Emmy nominations. It was a single year Primetime Emmy nomination record.
In addition to a best drama series nod, which the show has won four times, there were a handful of acting nominations for Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke in leading performances, Dinklage, Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, Lena Headey, Williams, Sophie Turner and Gwendoline Christie in supporting performances, and Carice van Houten as a guest star.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Allen, Christie and van Houten all self-submitted for consideration, which involves paying a $225 entry fee,
"Game of Thrones" ended this past May after 8 seasons. Its finale brought in a series record 19.3 million viewers.
Dhaka, Jul 18 (UNB)- Ex-state minister for Home Affairs Tanzim Ahmed Sohel Taj is going to host a lifestyle reality show named ‘Hotline Commando’ for the first time on television.
The retired ruling party leader confirmed the matter in a press conference at a city hotel on Thursday.
The 12 episode programme will be screened on RTV from the month of September. It will be directed by Kawsar Mahmud and Gautam Koiri.
He said that the programme would focus on health awareness to change lifestyle including food habits of people.
The team Hotline Commando would knock on the doors of citizens to know their food habits and health related problems, said Sohel Taj, son of the country’s founding Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmad.
New York, July 18 (AP/UNB)- Quentin Tarantino has already spoken about his plans to retire from direction once he completes his 10th feature film and it may or may not be an R-rated version of Star Trek.
Fans had some confusion whether Star Trek, which is not an original movie, can be a part of the limit that the director has set for himself but Tarantino said if he gets to direct the sci-fi drama, it would be the end of his filmmaking career.
The writer-director, whose ninth feature film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is slated for release, had spoken about his retirement plans to GQ Australia, saying, “I think when it comes to theatrical movies, I’ve come to the end of the road. I see myself writing film books and starting to write theatre, so I’ll still be creative. I just think I’ve given all I have to give to movies.”
Tarantino has successfully pitched an R-rated Star Trek to producer J.J. Abrams and Paramount and has written a script. The studio is yet to officially greenlight the project.
Elaborating on his career plan, Tarantino told CinemaBlend, “I guess I do have a loophole, (if) the idea was to throw a loophole into it. Which would be (to go), ‘Uhhh, I guess Star Trek doesn’t count. I can do ‘Star Trek’…but naturally I would end on an original’. But the idea of doing 10 isn’t to come up with a loophole.”
“I actually think, if I was going to do Star Trek, I should commit to it. It’s my last movie. There should be nothing left handed about it. I don’t know if I’m going to do that, but that might happen,” said the director, known for his films such as Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs and Django Unchained”.
July 18 ( UNB) - Gossip Girl is getting a reboot on HBO Max. According to Entertainment Weekly, the iconic teen series, with 10-episode initial order, will stream on the network’s digital arm.
Original creative team of Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage are returning as executive producers.
Josh Safran, who penned and produced on the original series, will showrun the latest take.
Also attached to executive produce are Alloy’s Leslie Morgenstein and Gina Girolamo.
Gossip Girl, which aired on The CW from 2007-2012, was based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. The show went to become a pop culture phenomenon, proving to be a breakout project for Blake Lively and Penn Badgley.
It is currently unclear whether any of the original cast members will return for the reboot.
The news comes exactly a week after Chace Crawford, who played Nate on the series, said he would not mind the show returning for another run as an eight-part season on a TV streaming service.
However, the actor said the potential show should come back as a reboot with new characters rather than original stars reprising their roles.
New York, July 17 (AP/UNB) — Some Emmy Award nominations seemed like a lock: "Game of Thrones" was going to earn a haul . "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" would still charm voters. The final goodbye to "Veep" would surely end in nominations.
But who would have bet against Jim Parsons? And who thought "Schitt's Creek" would finally get noticed by Emmy voters long after its cameras were turned off? And who thought the powerful "When They See Us," which shined a light on a 30-year-old miscarriage of justice, would be hailed with over a dozen nominations?
Some of the snubs and surprises from the Emmy nominations.
Parsons won't be able to make Emmy history this year.
"The Big Bang Theory" star didn't earn a nomination for outstanding lead actor in a comedy series, meaning his fifth statuette is out of reach in 2019.
Parsons is a six-time nominee and won his fourth statuette in 2014, tying Carroll O'Connor, Michael J. Fox and Kelsey Grammer's category record of four wins apiece.
"The Big Bang Theory," which ended its run after 12 seasons earlier this year, got little goodbye love from Emmy voters despite being a top-rated comedy.
The show won 10 Emmy Awards during its life but earned just three nominations Tuesday — for direction, technical direction and editing.
For five seasons, there were Emmy crickets when it came to "Schitt's Creek." Then, after its fifth and final season — respect.
"Schitt's Creek" earned four nominations Tuesday, including acting ones for stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara. The show is also up for outstanding comedy series.
Co-creator and co-star Dan Levy — son of Eugene — tweeted out an emoji in tears.
The show had been a sleeper hit among comedy fans. The series garnered its first Critics Choice Award nomination in 2018 and its arrival on Netflix helped spread the word.
"Schitt's Creek" follows a family of newly broke millionaires arriving at their one remaining asset — a backwater town they bought for their son as a joke.
The recent Emmy-less streak for "The Tonight Show" continues.
The venerable show where Steve Allen, Jack Paar, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien played host hasn't won an Emmy for outstanding variety talk show under Jimmy Fallon — and won't again in 2019.
There was no room for "The Tonight Show" this year as outstanding variety talk show. Spots instead went to "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah," ''Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," ''Jimmy Kimmel Live!" ''Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," ''The Late Late Show with James Corden" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert."
Fallon, who has four Emmys, has gone without a statuette since 2015, when he won a social media award. Fallon did get an acting nomination Tuesday for mocking presidential hopeful Beto O'Rourke on Facebook Live.
The snub for the show was despite Fallon bringing it to Puerto Rico to highlight recovery efforts there, visibly pressing for an end to gun violence and hosting a show from inside Central Park.
The last time "The Tonight Show" was nominated for outstanding variety talk series was in 2016. The show used to be the king of late night but stumbled in the ratings after Fallon's now-infamous hair mussing appearance with Donald Trump.
They did see us
It was often hard to watch but it was definitely seen: Ava DuVernay's four-part Netflix series "When They See Us" earned a whopping 16 nominations.
The four-part series explores the true story of five black and Latino New York City teenagers who were coerced into confessing to a rape they didn't commit in 1989 and follows them over the course of 25 years.
DuVernay was nominated for writing and directing, while the show earned nods for casting, cinematography, music, sound editing and outstanding limited series.
Actor Jharrel Jerome was nominated for best lead actor in a limited series, and Niecy Nash and Aunjanue Ellis each got one for lead actress in a limited series.
Supporting actor nods went to Asante Blackk, Michael K. Williams and John Leguizamo. Marsha Stephanie Blake and Vera Farmiga won nods in the supporting actress category.
Not dead to us
Christina Applegate could win a second Emmy now that she's nabbed a surprise best actress in a comedy nomination for "Dead to Me."
The actress, who made her name on TV with "Married... With Children" and won an Emmy as a guest star in "Friends," got the quirky Netflix show's only nomination.
"Thank you, thank you, thank you!" she tweeted. "Best part of the morning was my kid finding out and she screamed."
On the show, Applegate plays Jen, a mom who has recently lost her husband to a hit-and-run accident. His death upends her life, forcing her to deal with grief and anger.
To win the Emmy this time, she'll have to beat Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Rachel Brosnahan, Natasha Lyonne, Catherine O'Hara and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Tracee Ellis Ross, who had been nominated three times in a row in the category for "black-ish," was frozen out this year.