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Critics won’t get to review Game of Thrones Season 8 episodes in advance

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James Hibberd from EW has reported that HBO will not send out Game of Thrones Season 8 episodes for advance reviews.

This is not really a surprise, as critics didn’t get to review the last two seasons in advance as well. So this doesn’t come as shocking news for the critics and the fans. However, with so little news filtering out, this will only serve to hike up a craze a few notches higher before the first episode airs on April 14.

This was not always the case, though. HBO used to send out DVDs of the episodes to several prominent TV critics for advance reviews. Critics often got to view as many as six episodes of a new season before it even started to air. This format worked well when Game Of Thrones was not the cultural behemoth it today is.

But everything changed in 2015 when the first four episodes of Season 5 were leaked online even before the season premiered. No critic was held responsible, but the leak did originate from a DVD screener. HBO realized that making the episodes available so widely is a huge security risk and from Season 6 onwards, no advance screeners were sent out for reviews.

However, HBO’s security woes did not end there. Game of Thrones Season 7 too saw major hacking attempts and episode leaks. The hacker, an Iranian national, was eventually arrested and charged by US authorities. For Season 8, hence, security measures have reached new heights.

The red carpet premiere will be held before the TV opening though, and select members of the press are sure to attend. However, given how heavy-handed HBO has been with security, there will almost certainly be an embargo on reporting before the TV premiere.






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Game of Thrones dominates Creative Arts Emmy Awards with 10 wins

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Game of Thrones dominates Creative Arts Emmy Awards with 10 wins

Game of Thrones has kicked off the awards season with a bang. The 2019 Creative Arts Emmy Awards were recently announced, and Game of Thrones walked away with a new record of 10 wins! Read on!

Deadline published the results of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards, which are announced a few days, usually a week, before the Primetime Emmy Awards. Game of Thrones had previously won a record 7 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Season 7, (and already one for 2019 Emmys with 32 nominations,) but has now returned with 10 wins for Season 8. Let’s look at all the categories:

Outstanding Sound Editing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)
Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night”

Outstanding Special Visual Effects
Game Of Thrones, “The Bells”

Outstanding Fantasy/Sci-Fi Costumes
Game Of Thrones, “The Bells”

Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic)
Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night”

Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score)
Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night” – Ramin Djawadi

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series (One Hour)
Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night”

Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series
Game Of Thrones, “The Long Night”

Outstanding Stunt Coordination for a Drama Series, Limited Series or Movie

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series

Outstanding Main Title Design

The highlight of the 10 wins is, of course, Ramin Djawadi winning for music composition again. Also, five of the ten wins are for “The Long Night”, which is expected to win more at the Primetime Emmy Awards scheduled to take place September 22nd.

Here’s hoping Game of Thrones breaks more records there. Talk to us in the comments, down below!






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Disney officially confirms Kit Harington’s role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Disney confirms and reveals Kit Harington's role for Marvel Cinematic Universe's The Eternals

Game of Thrones actors seem to be making the most of the popularity that the show brought to them. The latest actor to enter a giant franchise post-Thrones is Kit Harington, aka Jon Snow. Earlier, we reported that Kit was joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but now we not only have an official confirmation but more details about his role. Read on!

As you might know, Disney is currently holding the D23 Expo, which is a showcase for its projects, especially upcoming ones. Hidden among the plethora of projects announced, mostly for Disney+, was a small casting announcement that came from MCU chief Kevin Feige. He announced Kit Harington as a cast member for MCU’s The Eternals, and Kit will be playing the role of Dane Whitman, aka the Black Knight!

The Eternals, set for release on November 6, 2020, was announced recently with a star-studded cast, which included none other than Richard Madden, who played Robb Stark on Thrones. Now Kit has joined the cast. Black Knight isn’t one of the Eternals but is a pretty important character in the comics, which means that we will see Kit’s brooding self in the MCU for a while. Looks like we might end up getting more Robb/Jon interaction through the MCU than we ever did on Game of Thrones.

What do you guys think? Excited to see the Stark brothers reunite in the MCU? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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Kit Harington to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Kit Harington to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Game of Thrones starts seem to be finding themselves in all sorts new projects, but the latest rumor might be the grandest of them all. Kit Harington, who played the role of Jon Snow, is said to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, aka the MCU. Read on!

The news, while still technically a rumor as of now, comes from a report from Deadline. Apparently sources have confirmed that Kit Harington will be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He was not a part of the official announcement of the next phase of the MCU, which was revealed recently. However, with the D23 expo currently going on, a lot of new announcements are coming from Disney this week. While the report says no more details are known as of now, an official announcement might come from D23 before the end of the expo. Not to forget, Kit will be joining his ‘brother’ Richard Madden, who has been announced to be a part of MCU’s The Eternals.

Now, there is no shortage of projects in MCU to accommodate new actors, especially leads, with many of the former lead actors either moving on, or getting close to the end of their MCU stints. We could see Kit become one of the new faces of the MCU. However it’s also possible he plays one of the smaller characters or villains in one of the already announced films. For now, the fan favourite choice seems to be Adam Warlock, who was teased at the end of Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

What role would you want to see Kit play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Tell us in the comments, down below!






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