I know, April 12 and the return of GAME OF THRONES feels so far away, but we can make it! Just think of this endless winter as you having moved to Winterfell (or, for those of you in the Boston metro area, beyond The Wall).

To help pass the time until season five, take a look at these bloopers from season fourm coiurtesy of HBO….

Yeah, I know, it’s not the same, but at least it’s something. And admit it: You missed Joffrey.*

*No, you didn’t. Neither did I. No one misses that little shit.

Gunn Fires Back at Superhero Haters

gunnraccoonIf you watched Sunday night’s 87th Academy Awards broadcast, you could not have missed – amid all the back-patting and self-love – a clear contempt for superhero movies, from host Neil Patrick Harris — y’know, the guy from the Harold & Kumar movies — to Jack Black‘s routine, there was a clear vibe that superhero movies are not art and not welcome.
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More Support for A.K.A. JESSICA JONES

krystenakaMarvel’s forthcoming Netflix series A.K.A. JESSICA JONES is expanding the cast again, this time announcing the hiring of Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty and Will Traval, according to The Wrap.

Darville (THE ORIGINALS) will play Malcolm, a neighbor of Jessica who finds his life tangling with hers in “a surprising way.” (This could possibly be the same Malcolm depicted in the comic book series Alias as a Jessica Jones fanboy.)

Moriarty (THE KINGS OF SUMMER) will portray Hope, “a young girl who becomes a client of Alias Investigations.”

Traval (who co-starred with Moriarty in RED WINDOW) plays a tough New York cop.

Krysten Ritter stars as the titular superhero-turned-private investigator in the 13-episode initial season which will debut sometime later this year.

‘Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom’ — the Movie

A series of graphic novels spun around the supposed adventures of a young H.P. Lovecraft has been published by Arcana, and somehow I didn’t know about it! Not only that — one of the books, Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom, has been adapted by Arcana Studios into an animated film!

Here is the teaser trailer:

Looks like a lot of fun. The 3D animation seems to have some kind of weird, disorienting effect — or is that just me? I like it, though.
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Coloring Outside the Lines — With Satan!

satancoloringMeet the newest hero of the First Amendment: a coloring book.

More accurately, The Satanic Children’s BIG BOOK of Activities.

The children’s amusement book was balanced against the Bible in a pitched battle in Florida’s Orange County school district — and made the book some consider holy back down.

In honor of Religious Freedom Day in January, the school district had regularly allowed the Christian group World Changers to distribute Bibles to students. (The board allowed the Central Florida Freethought Community to hand out atheist materials last year after the group won a lawsuit.) But when The Satanic Temple wanted to hand out coloring books, the school district delayed Religious Freedom Day in order to rethink its policy.
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Meet the Cast of the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Animated Series


guardiansXDBOY MEETS WORLD’s Will Friedle has been tapped to lend his voice to Star-Lord in the upcoming Marvel animated series GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY on Disney X D.

Chris Pratt personified Peter Quill’s nom de crime in last summer’s live-action blockbuster Marvel movie, and will reprise the role in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, but not in the animated series.

Friedle will be joined by  Kevin Michael Richardson as the voice of Groot, Trevor Devall as the voice of Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall as Gamora, David Sobolov as Drax, and James Arnold Taylor will voice two characters: Yondu and Cosmo.
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Neil Blomkamp Hired for ‘Alien’ Movie

After teasing fans that he had planned an “Alien” movie that didn’t pan out with the studio, director Neil Blomkamp (District 9) revealed this week on his Instagram that 20th Century Fox has hired him to make the movie after all, according to Variety.

Blomkamp said the idea for the “Alien” film was on his mind while he was filming his current movie, Chappie (opening March 6), which features Sigourney Weaver. He told the world Fox didn’t bite on the idea, and the director released a bunch of the concept art that he had worked up featuring Ripley (Weaver), Hicks (Michael Biehn), xenomorphs and some interesting new stuff. Check it out:

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New Nightcrawler to BAMF Into ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

KodicrawlerBryan Singer, director of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, announced on Instagram that Kodi Smit-McPhee (Let Me In) has joined the cast as Nightcrawler.

No, not the Jake Gyllenhaal character from last summer’s Nightcrawler; rather the German-born, sticks-to-walls, teleporting blue-skinned mutant last seen onscreen portrayed brilliantly by Alan Cumming in X2: X-Men United.

Singer wrote: “Excited to welcome @kodismitmcphee to the cast of #XmenApocalypse as young #Nightcrawler.”

In the comics, Nightcrawler, a.k.a. Kurt Wagner, could teleport from place to place in a puff of smoke with his trademark “BAMF!” sound effect.

X-Men: Apocalypse will BAMF! into theaters on May 27, 2016.

Presenting His Royal Highness, Aquaman!

aquamomoaKing of the Seven Seas Aquaman made his first official public appearance on the interwebs yesterday, courtesy of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder, and I will say that while Jason Momoa does look pretty badass, he doesn’t look anything like Aquaman.

Which is not necessarily a bad thing, and certainly not unexpected — no one thought the orange-and-green color scheme from the comic books was going to be attempted onscreen, and everyone expected the director to toughen up the Atlantean royal’s look.
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Pirates of the Caribbean 5… Yes, 5, Starts Filming

sparrowjackWe all know dead men tell no tales, but apparently dead franchises do… well, the Pirates of the Caribbean series is not quite dead, and reanimating corpses is sort of what the whole series is about, so who can really be surprised by another installment of Disney’s amazing cash cow, appropriately subtitled Dead Men Tell No Tales.

With the indispensable Johnny Depp back as Capt. Jack Sparrow, the franchise is now helmed by a directing duo, Espen Sandberg and Joachim Rønning, best known for 2012’s well-regarded seagoing Kon-Tiki.

Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush is also back as Captain Barbossa, with Kevin McNally as Gibbs and Stephen Graham as Scrum. They’re joined by n00b hotties Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites, as well as Golshifteh Farahani (late of the recent bomb Exodus: Gods and Kings). But the big news is that Oscar winner Javier Bardem is confirmed as the Big Bad, Captain Salazar.
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