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Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek’s horror film Run Sweetheart Run to get an Amazon Prime Video release

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Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek's horror film Run Sweetheart Run skips theaters, goes straight to Amazon Studios and Prime Video

With a global pandemic looming over our heads for what seems like forever now, all sorts of activities are finding ways to bypass the barriers of social distancing while keeping the COVID-19 infection at bay. Content creators in every field are turning to online aids in order to interact with their audiences. In the past few months, we’ve seen how films have increasingly chosen digital platforms for their releases. It suits their interests well as there are no signs of theatres re-opening anytime soon; plus, their product gets an instant global market to perform in. Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek’s (Euron Greyjoy) latest horror/supernatural film, Run Sweetheart Run has found a home at Amazon Studios and Prime Video. Read on to find out more.

Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek's horror film Run Sweetheart Run skips theaters, goes straight to Amazon Studios and Prime Video

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year in January. It was also meant to be a part of this year’s SXSW (South by Southwest) festival which got canceled as a result of the COVID-19 impact. Produced by Blumhouse Productions and Automatik, the film had a theatrical release date set on May 8, 2020; via Blumhouse Tilt (a label dedicated to genre films). But, then again, coronavirus problems halted the release. Thus, Amazon Studios acquired the film to release it globally on its streaming platform, Prime Video; as per Deadline.

The movie is the story of a working single mother (Cherie) who decides to face the tremors of the dating scene again. Her apparently charming blind date (Ethan) turns out to be a nightmare whose violent persona endangers her life. She’s on foot in the streets of Los Angeles trying to get back home alive; but the roads offer an ominous threat of the predator. So, our menacing pirate from GoT (Pilou) is again playing a deadly game in this horror-thriller. Written and directed by Shana Feste, the film stars Ella Balinska (Charlie’s Angels), Pilou Asbaek (Game of Thrones), Betsy Brandt (Breaking Bad), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), and Aml Ameen (The Maze Runner).

The producers at Blumhouse and partners at Amazon have praised Feste’s work. The producer, Jason Blum said, “Shana is a supremely talented writer and director; and we were fortunate to collaborate with her to bring her vision to fruition. I’m thrilled that movie-loving audiences around the world will get to see the film soon.” Matt Newman of Amazon Studios also backed the content of the film with full force. “Filmmaker Shana Feste takes the audience on a knuckle-bending ride that is sure to keep genre fans on the edge of their seats.

Game of Thrones star Pilou Asbaek's horror film Run Sweetheart Run skips theaters, goes straight to Amazon Studios and Prime Video

It might be hard to believe but the director’s source for the film happens to be an incident from her own life. “As crazy as audiences may find the protagonist’s experience, I wrote and directed a film that is based on a very personal story for me; and I’m thrilled that a global audience will have the chance to see it soon on Amazon Prime”; said Shana Feste. It’s safe to say here that we await its arrival eagerly.

We don’t know the exact release date yet; it’s going to be soon is all that we have for now. So, keep an eye out.

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Game of Thrones’ Iwan Rheon to star in a “real-life” Video Game

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Highly acclaimed TV series Game of Thrones rocked a great collection of some of the best villains in television history. A villain can make or break the TV show. An ambitious villain makes the viewers praise his motivations, while some are purely sadistic. Iwan Rheon’s Ramsay Bolton was a mix of both, though more sadistic than ambitious at times. His performance was so spot on, the audience loved to hate him.

Ramsay’s cruelest technique involved making his victims think they have control and can escape from him. He would then chase them down and fed them to his hounds. Iwan Rheon is set to appear in a real-life video game, with almost the same grim settings, but his role is reversed.

Screamfest 4: The Kraken’s Revenge will see Rheon be issued instructions by players using smartphones or computers. The actor then responds to the instructions immediately via a live video link. The game is described as tense, frightening, and chillingly dark. It was created by John Zurhellen, who worked on games including Grand Theft Auto IV, Manhunt 1 & 2, and Red Dead Redemption.

Iwan Rheon

I’m used to playing a character that did all the controlling but now the tables are turned,” said Rheon, “I’ll be at the mercy of people controlling my every move online from anywhere in the country, sending me from room to room in a particularly creepy location while I’m hunted by a monster. I do wonder how many Kraken fans will send me to my doom and how many will save me!”

Rheon will be playable for two hours from 4 pm to 6 pm on 28 October. Tell us what you’ll do with Rheon’s character if given a chance in the comments below!


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Netflix responds to criticism over Game of Thrones’ bosses’ new TV show

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Every new venture is bound to be hit with some kind of backlash, no matter how good the concept is. Game of Thrones’ showrunners, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are facing a similar situation with their new project, Netflix’s Three-Body Problem.

Benioff and Weiss

Three-Body Problem is an adaptation of Chinese author Liu Cixin’s novel of the same name. Last week, five US Republican senators wrote a letter to the streaming service’s CEO Ted Sarandos. They complained about the plans to adapt Liu Cixin’s sci-fi trilogy.

Liu made comments in The New Yorker last year in which he appeared to support the Chinese government’s internment camps where Uyghur Muslims and other Muslim minorities are being held.

Netflix’s vice president of global policy Dean Garfield was accused of normalizing the Chinese government’s incarceration of Uyghur Muslims by adapting these books.

Garfield responded, “Netflix does not operate a service in China. Netflix judges individual projects on their merits. Mr Liu is the author of the book – The Three-Body Problem – not the creator of this show. We do not agree with his comments, which are entirely unrelated to his book or this Netflix show.”

The Three-Body Problem is going to be the first project Benioff and Weiss will work on, since the completion of Game of Thrones. They have already proved their mettle with the amazing success of Game of Thrones. The new show is the type of fantasy genre that is right up their sleeves.

How do you feel about the senators’ accusations? Let us know in the comments below.


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David Benioff and D. B. Weiss explain why Lady Stoneheart didn’t make it to the series

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Adapting a popular book such as A Song of Ice and Fire for the big screen requires a lot of planning and hard work. There are times when showrunners have to omit characters from the original source. Fans of the novel were a bit disappointed, when fan-favourite Lady Stoneheart didn’t make it to the show.

Lady Stoneheart is a resurrected Lady Catelyn Stark. After she was murdered along with her son Robb and the Starks at the Red Wedding, her body is pulled out of the river by Arya’s dire-wolf Nymeria. She is brought back to life by the Brotherhood without Banners‘ priest Beric Dondarrion.

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Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss revealed three reasons why the character wasn’t there in the show, in the book Fire cannot kill a Dragon, written by Entertainment Weekly editor James Hibberd (The book also revealed facts about the botched pilot episode). The first being George R.R. Martin’s plans for the character.

Part of the reason we didn’t want to put it in had to do with things coming up in George’s books that we don’t want to spoil [by discussing them].” Benioff explained.

The second reason was the resurrection of Jon Snow. He said, “We knew we had Jon Snow’s resurrection coming up. Too many resurrections start to diminish the impact of characters dying. We wanted to keep our powder dry for that.”

The final reason was the Red Wedding. The resurrection would have diminished the effect the scene had created. “Catelyn’s last moment was so fantastic, and Michelle is such a great actress, to bring her back as a zombie who doesn’t speak felt like diminishing returns.” Benioff explained.

Would you’ve liked to see Lady Stoneheart on the screen? Tell us in the comments below!


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