Entertainment Link-Off: Extraordinarily Ordinary

rose byrneIn cinemas this weekend you can catch Melissa McCarthy in the hilarious film Spy. In addition to the positive message of how an ordinary somebody can become a super spy, the film is also violent, crude and funny. Rose Byrne also does a brilliant turn in her villainous role.

After the jump, Ron Perlman needs your help, how many writers will it take to save Transformers, Cameron Crowe apologizes for whitewashing cinema, goodbye Degrassi, kids react to the original Transformers animated series and check out Wong Fu’s new feature film! Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Hardhome Review

game-of-thrones-hardhome-headerIf you gave up on Game of Thrones two weeks ago, I feel bad for you son. You’ve got 99 problems but one of the best episodes in the show’s history ain’t one.

In the run up to this week’s episode, I was mentioning to my show watching friends that I wasn’t really sure what big events we had to look forward to heading into the final three episodes of the season. I wasn’t expecting the big blowouts we got in seasons two and four but maybe some big events scattered about Westeros like in season three. While I’m still not sure we’ll even get that in episode nine, Hardhome certainly brought the spectacle.

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Entertainment Link-Off: Natural Disaster

alexandra daddario san andreas premiereSo after a lackluster Memorial Day weekend at the box office in North America, another big summer flick enters the competition this weekend. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars in the latest disaster flick San Andreas. I’m sure it is good popcorn fun. From a critical point of view, it is certainly doing better than Cameron Crowe’s latest effort Aloha, which is now deemed his biggest trainwreck yet. Anyway, if you do end up seeing San Andreas, you can catch the red hot Alexandra Daddario in the flick as well.

After the jump, Tron 3 is dead, find out more on Independence Day 2, George R. R. Martin will not be writing for the Game of Thrones series again in season 6, Deadpool has wrapped filming but they still want Jackman, and check out an awesome 30 minute short called Kung Fury. Continue reading

Game of Thrones: The Gift Review

game-of-thrones-the-gift-headerAccording to Rotten Tomatoes, last week’s episode of Game of Thrones was the lowest rated among critics in the show’s history. The final scene was that controversial, apparently. I guess people who watched all 46 episodes of the show are few and far between. Actually, that makes sense given viewership has grown with each season.

This week’s episode was a lot less controversial but did nothing less to move the plot forward. As the show moves toward this season’s conclusion, The Gift certainly gave us a sharp push towards a thrilling conclusion to stories in King’s Landing and Winterfell.

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Game of Thrones: The Musical

So if what we do on Fridays is what we call Fridays of Ice and Fire, then you could call Tuesday posts about Game of Thrones something like Tuesdays of Thrones.

Anyway, in an effort to boost sagging ratings, NBC borrowed the British charity fundraiser Red Nose Day to bring together some much needed star power to get people to watch the network. One of the skits for Red Nose Day was combining the forces of Coldplay and Game of Thrones to create Game of Thrones: The Musical.

Whether you like Coldplay or not, it’s a pretty good skit. A bunch of cast members show up and are pretty hard to recognize out of costume, including Mark Addy and Alfie Allen. It also has some random cameos including Addy (who is awesome in this), Charlotte Hope and Thomas Brodie-Sangster. And that doesn’t even mention narration by Liam Neeson. Sadly, no Team Dragonstone.

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Entertainment Link-Off: A World Beyond

Anna-Kendrick-EsquireMemorial Day weekend in the States usually means the studios pull out all the big guns at the box office as their big tentpole films duke it out over the 4 days. As of right now, Disney’s Tomorrowland and Universal’s Pitch Perfect 2 are fighting for first place. Well, let’s start off the ELO with Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick as she sticks it to the rest of the competition.

After the jump, farewell to the Late Show with David Letterman, apparently Maggie Gyllenhaal is too old, Taylor Swift broke the internet, carpool karaoke with Justin Bieber and the Game of Thrones 12 minute musical is here! Continue reading

Game of Thrones: Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken Review

game-of-thrones-unbowed-unbent-unbroken-headerAfter a fairly underwhelming episode last week, this week, Game of Thrones is right back on course and I don’t think that anyone of note died this week. See? We don’t need bloodshed (okay, there was a little non-death bloodshed) or titillation to have a great episode of Game of Thrones. This, by the way, was a great episode of Game of Thrones. Sure, it might have been controversial and angered a number of people but that doesn’t mean it’s bad.

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