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George R.R. Martin Says a New Book Is Coming Next Year — Maybe Even Two

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“A Song of Ice and Fire” readers have been waiting so long for George R.R. Martin to finish writing “The Winds of Winter” that some believe he’ll never do so. The most recent season of “Game of Thrones” covered much of what’s coming in the sixth installment of Martin’s hugely popular fantasy novels, and the most recent book, “A Dance with Dragons,” was published way back in 2011; Martin still has to finish the series with “A Dream of Spring.”

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In a new blog post, Martin says that readers “will have a Westeros book from me in 2018.” There’s a catch, though: It might be the first volume of “Fire and Blood,” about the history of the Targaryen dynasties, rather than “Winds of Winter.”

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‘Broad City’ Previews Empowering Season 4 Episode at Comic-Con to Heal the Damage of Donald Trump

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Without an introduction, without even a word from creators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, the “Broad City” Comic-Con panel began by screening an entire episode. The hilarious and inspired sixth episode of Season 4 was filled with admirable moments, delighting the attendees who packed the expansive Indigo Ballroom in San Diego, but one aspect stood out:

Every time the name “Donald Trump” came up, it was bleeped (just like the many swear words uttered by Abbi and Ilana during their New York City adventures). But no one brought it up after the episode ended. Neither Jacobson or Glazer said anything during their 10 minutes spent previewing Season 4, and no fan asked about it during the ensuing Q&A.

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Perhaps that was because these super-fans were well-aware it was coming, but it’s even »


- Ben Travers

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‘Westworld’ and ‘Game of Thrones’: Ed Harris Doesn’t Know What’s Going On, But He Likes It

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Led by the Southern accent of Reggie Watts, the giant cast of “Westworld” was cracking jokes and dropping connections during their Comic-Con panel on Saturday evening. Amid the 16 participants, Ed Harris may have been the happiest.

Though quiet unless posed a question, Harris proved himself game for anything; most notably when Watts asked him to explain why “Westworld,” a show that’s both complex and genre-bending, connected with such a large audience.

“That’s a good question, Reggie,” Harris said. “What [Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy] have created is their own genre, in a way, and it’s just extremely relevant.”

Harris went on to say he didn’t believe the show’s intricacies were a detriment to its success: far from it.

“In a way, it’s like ‘Game of Thrones,’” he said. “You watch ‘Game of Thrones,’ and I don’t know what’s going on in that thing, but I enjoy watching it. »


- Ben Travers

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Cast and Crew: If You Don’t Understand Diversity, You Don’t Understand ‘Star Trek’

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The cast and producers of “Star Trek: Discovery” have no patience for the backlash they’ve been getting online over the show’s commitment to depicting the universe as a wide and varied place.

“‘Star Trek’ has always been pictorial of diversity and inclusion and universality,” star Sonequa Martin-Green said Saturday, July 22 during the “Discovery” panel presentation at Comic-Con. “It’s one of the main reasons it’s so important to so many people to this day. So if you say you love the legacy of ‘Star Trek’ but you don’t love that, you’ve missed [the point].”

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“It was confusing to me, the amount of backlash we got, because if you love science fiction, you love the idea of imagining yourself as other,” executive producer Akiva Goldsman said. “‘Star Trek’ is about »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Westworld’ Season 2 Trailer: The Man in Black and Dolores Bring on the Carnage

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Welcome back to “Westworld,” where your dreams come true, and maybe even some of your nightmares too.

Saturday’s Comic-Con panel for “Westworld” was far less creepy than the show itself, or so the robots would have us to believe. Series co-creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy gathered together Ben Barnes, Ingrid Bolso Berdal, Ed Harris, Luke Hemsworth, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Simon Quarterman, Rodrigo Santoro, Angela Sarafyan, Jimmi Simpson, Tessa Thompson, Evan Rachel Wood, Shannon Woodward, and Jeffrey Wright. While they couldn’t answer too many questions without revealing spoilers, the series will eventually be returning for a second season in 2018.

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When last we left the series, it was revealed that what we had been watching occurred during multiple timelines, which allowed for the revelation that Dolores’ (Wood) love William (Simpson) had aged throughout his years of experience »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Stranger Things’ Season 2: Cast Breaks Down New Characters, Villains, and ‘Sexy Scenes’ at Comic-Con

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The highlight of the “Stranger Things” Comic-Con panel was the Season 2 trailer, and not just for the fans. Everyone on stage, from moderator Patton Oswalt to new cast member Paul Reiser, were visibly shaken by the wild first look at the new season.

Their reaction combined with how little they were allowed to say only added to the mystery surrounding the upcoming episodes. Oswalt repeatedly chastised himself for asking questions that were too spoiler-centric, but a few telling answers were given, especially about the new cast and character arcs for Season 2.

After speaking with the creators, Matt and Ross Duffer, and producer Shawn Levy to kick off the panel, Oswalt brought out the cast, including Natalia Dyer, Joe Keery, David Harbour, Matthew Modine, Caleb McLaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, and Millie Bobby Brown.

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- Ben Travers

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‘Stranger Things’: Season 2 Trailer Steps Into the Dragon’s Lair — Watch

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Stranger Things” took the streaming world by storm. No one was really prepared for its note-perfect love letter to 1980s genre films and its winning cast of young stars.

But “Stranger Things” Season 2 is set to debut at a time when everyone’s love for horror should be peaking: Halloween. The kids are back for more adventures this October, and Netflix just released a new trailer to show what’s in store for the people of Hawkins, Indiana.

Season 2 will pick up on Halloween 1984, about a year after the events of the first season. While Will Byers (Noah Schnapps) was recovered from the Upside Down, he wasn’t unscathed. Not only is he puking up what looks to be monster-slugs into the bathroom sink on the sly, but he’s still suffering from Ptsd, which his mom Joyce (Winona Ryder) is frantic to help him through.

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- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Trailer: Latest Look at Prequel Series Proves There’s Plenty More Than Klingons

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It wouldn’t be Comic-Con without a new “Star Trek” trailer, would it?

The latest series in the long-running sci-fi franchise delivered, this time with another preview of CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery.” At Saturday’s panel,  additional details were revealed about what fans can expect when the first new “Star Trek” TV series in over a decade launches this September.

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Taking place 10 years before the events of the original “Star Trek,” the first full trailer detailed the new leadership of Lieutenant Commander Michael Burnham (Sonequa Martin-Green) and the crew of the Discovery. This latest look goes beyond Klingons and the nature of Federation’s first-strike policies to show more of the supporting cast.

Martin-Green headlines an ensemble that also includes Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Rainn Wilson, Anthony Rapp and Doug Jones. Reports earlier this month revealed that “Star Trek: The Next Generation »


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‘Family Guy’ Comic-Con Panel Pays Tribute to Adam West and Carrie Fisher; Here’s Who Will Replace Her as Peter Griffin’s Boss

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Family Guy” has tapped Bryan Cranston and Niecy Nash to play Peter Griffin’s new boss, filling the void left by the death of Carrie Fisher.

Fisher, who died in December, had occasionally voiced Peter’s boss, Angela, on the show since 2005. Cranston and Nash will play a husband and wife duo on the show.

The casting was announced by executive producer Rich Appel during “Family Guy’s” San Diego Comic-Con panel on Saturday. The always raucous panel started off on a somber note, as creator Seth MacFarlane and the show’s cast and producers offered their memories of Fisher and Adam West, who played the mayor of Quahog.

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MacFarlane remembered West as someone who “had boundless energy and instantly put everyone in a good mood… The man gave 150 percent right up to the end, »


- Michael Schneider

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‘The Originals’ Season 5 Sneak Peek: There Is Hope for the Mikaelsons, Always and Forever – Watch

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Before “The Originals” heads into is farewell tour, there’s still one more season left that will no doubt be action-packed and heartbreaking all at once.

At the Comic-Con panel for the show on Saturday, the cast and crew gathered to give hints of what Season 5 will bring. Series creator Julie Plec joined stars Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Phoebe Tonkin, Charles Michael Davis, Yusuf Gatewood, and Riley Voelkel in San Diego for the big event.

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When the series left off in the finale, huge sacrifices were made for Klaus’ daughter Hope, who had been taken over by the Hollow. In order to keep his beloved girl free of such evil in the future, the Mikaelsons had to take part in a ritual and then stay apart »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Simpsons’ Will Return to DVD After A Three-Year Hiatus, After Fans Demand It

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The Simpsons” fans, your pleas have been answered: Three years after the last release, the show is returning to DVD.

Creator Matt Groening and executive producer Al Jean announced Saturday that 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release the 18th season of “The Simpsons” on DVD this December 5. On the cover: Mobster Fat Tony (voiced by Joe Mantegna).

The Simpsons” Season 17 was released in December 2014 – and then production halted on any future seasons. Groening and Jean revealed the reversal at the annual “The Simpsons” San Diego Comic-Con panel.

Matt Groening tried really hard to bring them back, and we’re very happy to say the fans were listened to,” Jean said. “This is the one Tweet I’ve been looking forward to announce.”

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The Season 18 release is the only one confirmed, but the show’s »


- Michael Schneider

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Stephen Colbert Compares Donald Trump, Jr.’s Russia Meeting to ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ — Watch

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John Oliver calls it “Stupid Watergate.” Dan Pfeiffer refers to it as “the plot of ‘House of Cards’ with the characters from ‘Veep.'” And now Stephen Colbert is comparing Donald Trump and his family’s endless controversies to “Ocean’s Eleven,” namely the meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and at least seven other people held last year that was totally about adoptions.

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Speaking about Ike Kaveladze, the most recent person confirmed to have been present at the eight-person meeting, Colbert says he adds intrigue to what’s been described as “a varied cast of characters.” Then it dawns on him: “I just realized what this meeting is — it’s a heist movie. They’ve got the whole ragtag team! There’s the money launderer, the fixer, the master of disguise, »


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‘The Tick’ Actor Griffin Newman Takes Over IndieWire’s Instagram Account at Comic-Con

22 July 2017 11:19 AM, PDT

Every year, Comic-Con brings in actors from all over the world of obsessive fandoms. So we asked one of them to take a bunch of pictures for us.

When “The Tick” lands on Amazon next month, Griffin Newman co-stars as Arthur, the title hero’s sidekick. (Podcast fans: In addition to his work on “The Tick,” Newman also hosts the excellent “Blank Check” with David Sims.) Before his character makes his full-season debut, Newman is documenting his Comic-Con experience on the official IndieWire Instagram account.

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Here’s what he posted this morning to kick off the day:

Just look how excited he is!

The Tick” takes over Room 6A late Saturday afternoon, where Newman will be joined onstage by fellow cast members Peter Serafinowicz, Jackie Earle Haley, Valorie Curry, Yara Martinez, Brendan Hines, Scott Speiser and Michael Cerveris, »


- Steve Greene

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‘Game of Thrones’: How Fruitcake Was Used in the Season 7 Premiere’s Most Stomach-Churning Sequence

22 July 2017 11:08 AM, PDT

There was a lot to unpack in last week’s “Game of Thrones” premiere, from Sansa and Jon’s infighting to Daenerys’ long-gestating plans for conquest, but one of the most memorable sequences from “Dragonstone” had little to do with war. Rather, it was our introduction to Samwell’s time at the Citadel — an apprenticeship shown in a montage that repeatedly cut between bowls of soup and overflowing bedpans.

In a new Vulture interview, actor John Bradley takes us behind the scenes of that stomach-churning sequence. Were you aware, for instance, that “if you want to re-create human feces onscreen, the best thing to do is to use soaking-wet fruitcake and mold it into the shape of turds”? Now you do.

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Bradley continues: “The thing about wet fruitcake is, when you see it for »


- Michael Nordine

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Sean Spicer’s Feelings Were Hurt by Melissa McCarthy’s ‘SNL’ Impression: ‘Sometimes It Goes from Funny to Mean’

22 July 2017 10:34 AM, PDT

As his unofficial exit interview, just-resigned White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appeared on “Hannity” last night to discuss his brief tenure as Donald Trump’s mouthpiece. Among the topics of discussion — like his successor, the formerly Hillary-loving Anthony Scaramucci — was Melissa McCarthy’s impression of him on “Saturday Night Live.”

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“I’m a prankster, I like a good joke. I think when it’s funny, it’s funny,” Spicer said of the bits before adding that “sometimes it goes from funny to mean.”

“I think that there were parts of it that were funny, but there’s a lot of it that was over the line. It wasn’t funny. It was stupid, or silly, or malicious,” added Spicer, whose former boss once mocked a disabled reporter during a campaign rally. McCarthy debuted her impersonation »


- Michael Nordine

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‘The Defenders’: Cinematic Episode 1 Premieres at Comic-Con in Marvel Panel Full of Surprises

21 July 2017 8:58 PM, PDT

Marvel likes to catch people off guard, which it more than did today at Comic-Con with its highly anticipated event series “The Defenders.” After a short panel moderated by executive producer Jeph Loeb, featuring the massive cast of the Marvel crossover event, the actors “goaded” him into screening the first full episode of the series, which premieres August 18 on Netflix.

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Before the screening, Loeb announced that “Iron Fist” was renewed for Season 2, and brought out “The Punisher” star Jon Bernthal to preview a clip from the upcoming “Daredevil” spinoff, one which featured Frank Castle in full-on vengeance mode, with no shortage of blood spilt.

“Frank’s very much in my heart,” Bernthal said. “I’m eternally grateful to get another crack at him.

Then, it was “Defenders” time. Developed by »


- Liz Shannon Miller

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‘Twin Peaks’: David Lynch’s Short Film, The Cast Reacts to Dougie, and More Highlights From Comic-Con

21 July 2017 7:53 PM, PDT

Because “Twin Peaks” creators David Lynch and Mark Frost were unable to attend the series’ Comic-Con panel in San Diego, the director created a video greeting for the fans.

And, as you can imagine, it was beyond words. But since the short film has yet to be released, we’ll try to do it justice.

Lynch’s message never got past a simple greeting — “Good afternoon, ladies and gentleman” — but he made the most of a static camera in a dark room. Pointed at the director sitting in a wooden chair, Lynch kept getting distracted by action offscreen.

First, someone walked out a door and fell, presumably, to his death. Then Lynch showed off a clinched hand holding a golf ball he described as “the last golf ball O.J. Simpson hit before going into prison in Nevada” before the camera cut. When it started up again, a horse, a gun, »


- Ben Travers

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‘Celebrity Family Feud’ Photo Diary: Funny Gals vs. Funny Guys in ‘Most Competitive Game Yet’

21 July 2017 7:39 PM, PDT

Comedians may make you laugh, but don’t underestimate their competitive spirits. On Sunday’s “Celebrity Family Feud,” the Funny Gals take on the Funny Guys, and it’s far more intense than you’d expect.

The Funny Gals team — June Diane Raphael, Andrea Savage, Kristen Schaal, Nicole Byer, and Carla Gallo — and the Funny Guys team — Paul Scheer, John Gemberling, Adam Pally, Eugene Cordero, Horatio Sanz — compete in what has been reportedly been the most competitive match in the history of the show. We say reportedly because that’s what Scheer himself said, and he’s clearly biased. (Editor’s Note: IndieWire is also biased towards Scheer because he conducted one of the best interviews and photo shoots with “BacheloretteRachel Lindsay ever.)

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That said, the episode looks »


- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Marvel’s The Defenders’: Watch the Action-Packed Comic-Con Trailer That Even Makes Iron Fist Look Cool

21 July 2017 7:05 PM, PDT

Marvel’s big crimefighting quartet is ready to punch through your TV.

The Defenders,” the anticipated team-up between Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) premieres in less than a month. At the show’s Comic-Con panel, Marvel and Netflix released a first their latest look at what audiences can expect.

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This preview of the team and their fight against mysterious supervillain supergroup The Hand also showcases some of the show’s new characters, including Sigourney Weaver as season big bad Alexandra. “The Defenders” will also bring back favorites from the four individual series, like Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Matt Murdock associates Karen Page and Foggy Nelson (Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson), mandatory Marvel cameo artist Stan Lee and IndieWire’s favorite crazy whitefella Scott Glenn. »


- Steve Greene

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‘Vikings’ Trailer: A Bloody Season 5 Promises War, Violence and Chopped Heads

21 July 2017 6:45 PM, PDT

When a trailer starts with a funeral, no one is safe.

Vikings” released our first glimpse at Season 5 of the turn-of-the-8th century epic at Comic-Con on Friday and it looks like there are few characters who’ll get through the newest batch of episodes unscathed.

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For those unfamiliar with the previous 49 episodes of the series (all written by Michael Hirst), the trailer does an effective job of boiling down the show’s dense mythology into its rival factions. With the Season 4 finale leaving Lagertha pulling the strings as the Queen of Kattegat, this sneak peek also gives audiences a glimpse at where Ivar the Boneless (Alex Høgh Andersen), Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) and Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) have ended up.

And then, there’s the battle scenes. These are not minor skirmishes, as one poor footsoldier’s decapitation can attest. »


- Steve Greene

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