Dhaka, June 29 (UNB)- HBO’s Game of Thrones will make its last appearance at San-Deigo Comic-Con. The network itself confirmed this, according to TVLine. The insanely popular fantasy TV show ended on May 19 this year after an eight season run that began in 2011, reports The Indian Express.
HBO also revealed who will represent the show at the San-Deigo Comic-Con panel. Cast members including Jacob Anderson, John Bradley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iain Glen, Conleth Hill, Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead Wright will attend San Diego Comic-Con 2019. Showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss will also be present at the event.
There is no mention of Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie and so on. Nor is it known whether George RR Martin, the author of the book series on which the show is based, will make an appearance.
The panel will be held in Hall H, which is reserved for the most popular shows and movies at the event. Last year, Warner Bros, which is skipping the event this year, showcased the trailers for Shazam!, Aquaman, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald and Godzilla: King of the Monsters at the venue. This year, there will probably be no new DC announcements.
Marvel Studios is expected to dominate the event this year. There have been reports on many new original franchises within the MCU (like Black Widow and The Eternals) and the continuation of franchises like the Guardians of the Galaxy and Doctor Strange.
The final season of Game of Thrones has been its most divisive to date. It has been criticised for not giving a satisfying send-off to the story and diverging from the character and story arcs.
New York, June 29 (AP/UNB) - Peter Parker might be forgiven for craving a vacation as “Spider-Man: Far From Home” begins. After an emotional and strenuous last few movies with the Avengers, a break sounds nice. “I didn’t think I had to save the world this summer,” he complains.
But, you know the drill: With great power comes great responsibility. So it’s just a matter of time before Parker’s European school trip is interrupted by mayhem that requires a webslinger. We’re just glad the filmmakers didn’t also take a vacation as well.
In this ambitious and ultimately successful sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Parker trades New York’s Coney Island and the Staten Island ferry for such iconic cities as Venice, Berlin, London and Prague. Seeing him swing from ancient bell towers instead of Manhattan skyscrapers is weirdly thrilling.
The first half of ”Spider-Man: Far From Home ” could stand alone — Parker juggles trying to romance the tough-but-vulnerable MJ (the always welcome Zendaya) while also fighting giant monsters beside a ragtag group of superheroes. Perhaps it’s a little underwhelming, but it’s solid. Just stick around: Things get positively bizarre in the second half as the film shifts up a few gears, turning into a kind of commentary on filmmaking illusion itself. It goes from sunny pop to acid jazz, from “Saved By the Bell” to “The Matrix.”
Speaking of school, viewers who haven’t yet seen “Avengers: Endgame” have some homework to do before watching Tom Holland pull on the red-and-blue suit this time. “Far From Home” takes place immediately after the meta-conclusion of all 22 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and assumes you know what happened. Plus, it might be a school night, but don’t even think about leaving the theater before catching the two post-film codas.
Director Jon Watts returns, adding to the great work he did in the first film, and screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, who helped write “Homecoming,” make their own homecoming. So does Jon Favreau playing Happy Hogan, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Jacob Batalon as Parker’s best pal, who this time ditches the nerdiness to show off a man-of-the-world Ned.
Borrowed from elsewhere in the Marvel Universe are Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill and a snarling Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Spider-Man gets to play this time with a pair of high-tech eyeglasses that are an advanced tactical intelligence system, much like he interacted last time with his suit’s computer, Karen. (Alas, no cameo this time from Stan Lee, the Marvel icon who died in 2018).
Jake Gyllenhaal, who has proven to be an actor of tremendous range, is a newcomer to the superhero genre but proves a comfortable fit despite being asked to wear one of Marvel’s oddest costumes. As Mysterio, he dons a huge cape, Roman Empire breastplate, giant gauntlets and a big glass bubble over his face like an upside-down goldfish bowl. But as Will Smith might say, Gyllenhaal makes this look good.
Credit to him and costume designer Anna B. Sheppard, who has concocted four Spider-Man suits, including a “stealth” one that gets him the nickname Night Monkey in Europe. And the trippy visual effects that stun in the second half connect not to the first film but to “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — a huge complement since that one was animated.
But let’s be honest: The thing keeping this together is Holland. He is utterly endearing as a goofy, insecure now-16-year-old hero with a cracked cellphone and who often makes things worse, apologizing along the way. Holland’s aw-shucks naiveté is a 1950-ish throwback even though he is firmly in 2019 — taking selfies while in the air and having to be reminded to not text and swing at the same time. He is indeed a Spidey for Generation Z and its fitting that he hits the reset button for Marvel.
“Spider-Man: Far From Home,” a Sony Pictures release, is rated PG-13 for “sci-fi action violence, some language and brief suggestive comments.” Running time: 127 minutes. Three stars out of four.
Rio De Janeiro, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) — The public is getting its first look at two Jaguar cubs born in a wildlife reserve in Brazil.
Caretakers presented the healthy brother and sister cubs to media Thursday, saying that the public will be asked to name them.
The female cub was born completely black like her mother Nina. The male takes after the father, who is spotted.
Brazil is home to as much as 20% of the world's biological diversity, but in recent years encroachment by humans has had a dramatic impact on the country's natural fauna.
The Itaipu reserve was created 35 years ago to save species living in the area flooded by a large hydroelectric dam.
The jaguar breeding program started in 2007 in an attempt to save the species which Brazil classifies as "vulnerable."
New York, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) — How does one willingly, even eagerly, walk into a sunlit nightmare like Ari Aster's "Midsommar"? For Florence Pugh, the motivation came while watching the camera zoom between Toni Collette's legs in a particularly balletic moment during the feverish climax of Aster's debut, "Hereditary."
"I remember imagining what she would have had to do. I thought: 'Yeah, I really want to be a part of this,'" recalls Pugh. "It's not like I go: 'I really want to play a lady who goes insane in a field.'"
In "Midsommar," Pugh stars as Dani Ardor, a grief-stricken college student who shortly after her family is killed is a grisly manner, joins her long-term boyfriend (Jack Reynor) and his friends on a summer trip to the pastoral Swedish compound of Harga. She goes full of existential dread and relationship anxiety; their inevitable break-up has been merely postponed by Dani's tragedy. The increasingly dark and hallucinogenic pagan rituals of a seemingly idyllic ancient Swedish cult, it turns out, are less than ideal couples therapy.
The movie, which A24 will release in theaters Wednesday, wasn't a natural choice for Pugh, the 23-year-old British actress. She doesn't like horror movies. But she was drawn by the precision of Aster's choreography, the brokenness of his characters and the appeal of jumping down a twisted rabbit hole.
"There was something about her insanity at the end that I knew I would enjoy, and I knew I needed to do," Pugh said in a recent interview. "I had never played anyone like that before and that was so exciting. She doesn't get better. She gets more confused but in that confusion, she is released. And that is fascinating."
In her short and rapidly expanding career, Pugh has shown a knack for transformation. She has played characters who, with or without sanity intact, come into their own. In her 2017 breakthrough, William Oldroyd's "Lady Macbeth," she played a fiery young Victorian woman who, having been married into a pitiless and drab English household, madly seizes her own freedom. In Stephen Merchant's "Fighting With my Family," released earlier this year, she played a working-class English girl who conquers long odds and self-doubt to become a WWE professional wrestler.
"There's always something appealing about a change and about someone brewing into their own body and into their own self," says Pugh.
It would be convenient to say that Pugh, too, is brewing into herself. And that's true to a certain extent. Days after Pugh spoke, she was to begin production on Marvel's Black Widow standalone film, co-starring alongside Scarlett Johansson. Later this year, she'll co-star in Greta Gerwig's "Little Women," one of the year's most anticipated films. Her fame is set to grow exponentially.
But Pugh also seems already fully formed. She grew up in a large, creative family in Oxford. Her mother teaches dance and two of her siblings also act, including Toby Sebastian who appeared in "Game of Thrones." She has a poise and directness to her that, combined with the vibrancy of her performances, has frequently led to comparisons to Kate Winslet.
"Florence is kind of supernaturally confident," says Aster. "She's really not like Dani at all. Those meeker qualities are nowhere to be found in Florence's personality."
It was "Lady Macbeth" that put Pugh on Aster's radar. They initially Skyped together to discuss the film, but things only came together after the director had gone through hundreds of auditions.
"I just had a very strong feeling about her after seeing 'Lady Macbeth.' In 'Lady Macbeth, she plays this impenetrable, poised, calculating sociopathic woman. But I could see her doing this which is almost the polar opposite," Aster says. "And also there is a trajectory in the film. I was excited to see her realize that arc."
The part was close to Aster; the 32-year-old New York filmmaker based Dani on himself. Just as the terrors of "Hereditary" emerged from family dynamics, the folk-horror of "Midsommar" is predicated on a break-up. Aster wrote it in the aftermath of a college split that, like "Midsommar," mingled emotional pain with psychedelics. Aster conceives of the film as a bad trip.
"In college I did mushrooms a few times and I did have a couple very, very bad trips. I was also in a place in my life where it wasn't a smart idea to do it. Nothing like what she's going through, but in the same way that she probably shouldn't be taking mushrooms, I probably shouldn't have either," says Aster. "I've made a bit of a personal tradition out of writing when I'm in crisis. A lot of these screenplays were inadvertent therapy for me."
Pugh's performance is multi-layered. Her Dani is haunted by an unfathomable sorrow, anxious with insecurity in her relationship and riddled with confusion at her surroundings. She's utterly alone, in the strangest of places.
"I knew that her grief, her pain, her constant tightrope of avoiding emotions, it needed to be exactly how someone would deal with the scenario they were in. And I've never come close to feeling any of that. In my life, I've never witnessed grief like that or seen someone go through that level of pain," says Pugh. "To get it perfect, I knew, would be so exhilarating and the payoff would be a fantastic feeling — which it was."
To say too much about that payoff would spoil it, but suffice to say, it comes with Dani outfitted head-to-toe in a gown of flowers.
"I was a Christmas pudding but of flowers. I mean, that's mental," she says, laughing and then shrugging. "That's why I do what I do."
New York, Jun 28 (AP/UNB) — You can dance to a new-ish Whitney Houston song this weekend.
Houston originally released a cover of Steve Winwood's "Higher Love" as a Japan-only bonus track on her 1990 album "I'm Your Baby Tonight," but the song has been given an upbeat, dance remix by Norwegian DJ-producer Kygo.
The new version of "Higher Love" was released digitally on Friday. Winwood's original version was released in 1986 and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Kygo, best known for his Top 10 hit "It Ain't Me" with Selena Gomez, will perform the new "Higher Love" at the PrideFestival Utopia on Sunday in New York City.
Houston died at the age of 48 in 2012.