This weekend at MCM London Comic Con, I got to sit down with Orphan Black star Dylan Bruce.
So over at Dylan:
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With Game of Thrones back on our screens, why not get your very own merchandise?
If only your favorite handsome Lannister could be half-sized and, oh, wait… The Game of Thrones Pop! Figurine Tyrion Lannister, by Funko, depicts the only truly lion-hearted Lannister in his traditional Lannister wardrobe of red with gold embroidery. This figurine is the perfect addition to any fan’s desk or collection.
Available for £7.99 from the HBO Store.
Elevate lunch time to a serious affair and reign victorious from the Iron Throne with the Game of Thrones Throne lunchbox. Forged from fallen enemies’ swords, this dark foreboding image featured on the front façade warns any would be dubious lunch time trades to think otherwise, so go on and enjoy the spoils of victory.
I found it great for storing wedding cake in, after all who doesn’t love a Game of Thrones wedding?
Available for £9.99 from the HBO Store.
The Hand of the King Pin symbolizes the most powerful appointed position in the Seven Kingdoms. The Hand is the King’s closest adviser, appointed and authorized to take decisions in the King’s name. This Game of Thrones Hand of the King Pin is crafted from a heavy metal in an aged gold color for an authentic look. As the saying states, “What the King dreams, the Hand builds.”
Available for £12.00 from the HBO Store.
Show which House of the Seven Kingdoms you’re most loyal to with this beautifully etched stainless steel Targaryen ring. The House’s sigil, the three-headed dragon, is finely etched, showing nice detail on this hefty ring. Be an honorary member of the Targaryen with the Game of Thrones Targaryen Ring.
Available for £27.99 from the HBO Store.
As prophesized you are set to channel the smart and cunning Cersei when you don the Game of Thrones Cersei Lannister Necklace. This fearsome lion necklace perfectly mimics the one worn by Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) in Game of Thrones. Proudly wear this bronze pendant and stand fearlessly with the Lannisters. The front features the Lannister’s lion sigil on a textured background while the pendant flips over to reveal the Game of Thrones logo so it’s clear that you’re a serious fan.
• Brass Rope chain with Bronze overlay (18 inch/45,7 cm)
• Bronze Pendant with a matte oxidation finish
• Pendant size: 2” long by 1 6/16” width (5 x 3,5 cm)
• Bronze jump ring
• Bronze Lobster clasp
• Packaged in Game of Thrones muslin pouch
Available for £44.99 from the HBO Store.
are you going to end up liking despite your best efforts? Keep the element of surprise alive with these little Game of Thrones Mini Blind Boxes. The vinyl figures include Tyrion Lannister, Joffrey Baratheon, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Khal Drogo, Drogon, Viserion, Rhaegal, Arya Stark, Robb Stark, Ned Stark, Jaime Lannister, The King Whitewalker, Ghost, and Shaggydog. The boxes are undifferentiated, so who knows what you’ll get. Try your luck and collecting the whole set and show that you’re a serious fan of Game of Thrones.
I got Ghost!
Each box is available for £6.99 from the HBO store.
Xbox: Xbox Originals starting this June with premium dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, unscripted shows, and live events. It will be only available only on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices, every Xbox Originals show will offer interactive capabilities, as well as unique interactive features customized on a per-show basis, making it a one-of-a-kind entertainment experience you won’t find anywhere else.
Xbox Entertainment Studios has attracted alot of top Hollywood talent to develop its original programming slate, with names like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott attached to two separate scripted projects based on the “Halo” franchise – but that’s only the beginning. Other shows in production include an unscripted series about international street soccer, an original drama about robotic servants in a dystopian world, and a documentary about the search for discarded Atari games in a desert landfill, which were unearthed over the weekend in New Mexico amongst several others.
“We are developing premium, original content for the Xbox community which is an audience we are incredibly respectful of,” said Nancy Tellem, President of Xbox Entertainment Studios. “We believe Xbox Originals should embrace the way our fans think about traditional TV.” Tellem’s creative vision involves year-round, high-quality programs based on subjects gamers care about, with interactive features tailored to each show.
Xbox are hoping that Xbox Originals will provide incentive for fans to make the Xbox their all-in-one entertainment device. In the eyes of the Xbox Entertainment Studios team, original shows aren’t a departure, but rather an extension of what Microsoft Studios has been doing for years with first-party game development.
“Microsoft has a long and rich legacy in the content business,” said Jordan Levin, Executive Vice President of Xbox Entertainment Studios. “Games have been part of our DNA for at least the last 15 years, and creating original TV content is a logical next step in our evolution.”
According to Tellem, bringing together the most forward-thinking minds at Microsoft with the most creative minds in entertainment is how Xbox Entertainment Studios is betting on success. Gaming is the heart and soul of the Xbox platform, and the objective of Xbox Originals is to bring more value to fans, Tellem said.
“I know full well from my years spent at traditional TV networks that creating a lineup of hit shows isn’t easy. It’s the beginning of a long journey, but we’re incredibly excited to be on our way,” Tellem said.
The Xbox Originals lineup covers a wide array of subjects and formats, both scripted and unscripted. Many projects are already in production and have set release dates, while some are still in the early development stages. Here are some of the new shows you can look forward to watching on your Xbox and other favourite screens, starting this summer.
“Halo” television series
The “Halo” television series is a groundbreaking original series based on the award-winning “Halo” franchise. Award-winning filmmaker, director and producer Steven Spielberg will executive produce the live-action TV series, created in partnership with 343 Industries and Amblin Television.
“Every Street United”
“Every Street United” is an unscripted series of eight, thirty-minute episodes and a one-hour finale, featuring legendary soccer players Thierry Henry and Edgar Davids, focused on the global search for soccer’s most gifted and undiscovered street stars scouted across eight countries (United States, England, Argentina, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Ghana and South Korea). The series culminates this July in a 4v4 street game finale in the shadow of the World Cup in Rio de Janeiro.
Each episode will feature unique and incisive narratives about the grassroots street stars and the communities that shaped them. Industry veteran and eight-time Emmy-Award winning producer, director, writer and editor Jonathan Hock (“Streetball,” “30 for 30: The Best That Never Was”) is directing the series. Emmy-Award winning producer Mike Tollin and Mandalay Sports Media are executive producing. Professional soccer luminaries, Henry and Davids, will serve as coaches for the 4v4 street game in Rio. “Every Street United” will premiere in June 2014. All episodes will be available through Xbox Video for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Windows 8 (PC and Surface) and Windows Phone 8.
Xbox owners around the globe can experience the magic of the 13th annual Bonnaroo music and arts festival with a live concert destination on Xbox Live Friday 13th June through Sunday, 15th June, 2014, brought to viewers in partnership with Superfly Presents. With the Bonnaroo app, fans can enjoy live music like never before, with a virtual experience featuring the best performances, multiple stages, biggest artists and amazing SuperJams, and explore this year’s lineup to see the best of Bonnaroo’s past with exclusive performances. Fans can also join the conversation with fellow virtual-Bonnaroovians and get connected to their friends and the festival. Xbox is the exclusive broadcasting partner for Bonnaroo and the only location to get all of the interactive features.
“Signal to Noise”/“Atari: Game Over”
Xbox is creating a new six film documentary series, “Signal to Noise,” (working title) with two-time Academy Award winning producer Simon Chinn (“Searching for Sugar Man” and “Man on Wire”) and Emmy winning producer Jonathan Chinn (FX’s “30 Days” and PBS’s “American High”), through their multi-platform media company, Lightbox. The series will expose little known stories of how modern technology has radically altered the way we interact with our world.
The first installment, “Atari: Game Over” (working title), explores the fabled Atari mystery, dubbed “The Great Video Game Burial of 1983.” As the legend goes, the Atari Corporation, faced with overwhelmingly negative response to the E.T. video game, disposed of millions of unsold game cartridges by burying them in the small town of Alamogordo, New Mexico. Fuel Entertainment took an interest in the legend, and in December 2013, with help from local garbage contractor Joe Lewandowski, acquired the exclusive rights to excavate the Alamogordo landfill. Fuel Entertainment then brought the opportunity to Xbox Entertainment Studios. The team will head to the landfill in question to determine if the story is true, interviewing a cast of characters related to the game and its mystery along the way. “Atari: Game Over” is directed by writer/director Zak Penn (“X-Men 2,” “Avengers,” and “Incident at Loch Ness”). It will air exclusively on Xbox One and Xbox 360 in 2014.
“Humans” is a bold new drama co-produced with UK broadcaster Channel 4. Award-winning UK production company Kudos (“The Hour,” “Utopia,” “Broadchurch”) will produce the hour-long, eight-episode series, which will share a premiere broadcast window on the Xbox platform and Channel 4 in the UK in 2015.
Executive produced by Jane Featherstone (“Life on Mars,” “Broadchurch”) and Derek Wax (“The Hour,” “Sex Traffic”), and written by British writing team Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley (“Spooks,” “Spooks: The Greater Good”), “Humans” is an English-language adaptation of Sveriges Television and Matador Film’s acclaimed Swedish series, “Real Humans.” “Humans” is set in a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant eerily similar to its live counterpart. In the hope of transforming the way they live, one strained suburban family purchases a refurbished synth only to discover that sharing life with a machine has far-reaching and chilling consequences. Casting for “Humans” will begin in May 2014, and production will commence later this summer.
“Halo” digital feature
343 Industries and Scott Free Productions are creating a “Halo” digital feature to be released later this year. The project will be executive produced by Ridley Scott and Scott Free TV President, David Zucker. Sergio Mimica-Gezzan (“Battlestar Galactica,” “Pillars of the Earth,” “Heroes”) will direct.
Projects in Development
Xbox Entertainment Studios has committed to a script based on the successful pen-and-paper role playing game created by Shane Lacy Hensley. “Deadlands” is a genre-bending alternative history of the Weird West, filled with undead gunfighters, card-slinging sorcerers, mad scientists, secret societies, and fearsome abominations.
Xbox Entertainment Studios is developing an innovative, hybrid stop-motion show dubbed “Extraordinary Believers” (working title) with Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, creators of the Emmy-Award winning “Robot Chicken,” the longest running stop-motion show on television. The executive producers on the project are Seth Green, Matt Senreich, and creators/writers/executive producers are Eric Towner and John Harvatine IV.
“Fearless,” (working title) is an unscripted series currently in pilot production starring Paul de Gelder, an Australian Navy bomb clearance diver and shark attack survivor who takes on an adrenaline-fueled quest to aid individuals who risk their lives to make the world a better place. “Fearless” will be produced by Australia’s International Emmy-Award winning production company, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder (CJZ).
Xbox Entertainment Studios acquired the rights to “Gun Machine,” a hardboiled detective thriller based on the New York Times bestselling novel by Warren Ellis. Ellis will executive produce with Brett Conrad (“The Killing,” “Sons of Anarchy,” Netflix’s upcoming “Marco Polo”) who has signed on to write the pilot script about a detective tracking a serial killer who is tied to a mysterious collection of guns used in infamous New York murders.
Untitled JASH Comedy/Variety Half Hour
In this unique comedy format developed by Xbox Entertainment Studios with JASH (a comedy collective founded by Sarah Silverman, Michael Cera, Tim and Eric and Reggie Watts), the biggest names in comedy will showcase the people that make them laugh. Each week, a different comedian will host/curate a show featuring new and unsung talent, in various video formats. Sarah Silverman will host the pilot episode and Daniel Kellison (“Late Night/Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Crank Yankers”) will executive produce. The series has a pilot commitment and will begin shooting in June.
Xbox Entertainment Studios and IDW Entertainment are co-developing a limited event live-action series based on Chuck Dixon and artist Jorge Zaffino’s seminal graphic novel series “Winterworld,” in which our world has been encased in ice from pole-to-pole. The surviving humans have formed tribes that war, enslave and trade with one another in an effort to survive the infinite winter. Ted Adams and David Ozer from IDW Entertainment, and Rick Jacobs and Dave Alpert from Circle of Confusion (“Walking Dead”) will executive produce.
With Game of Thrones back on our screens, why not get your very own Jon Snow or Daenerys Targaryen?
Who knew that Illyrio Mopatis’ seemingly harmless gift could help turn the Kahl’s new wife into a true Khaleesi and contender in the fight for the Iron Throne. The Game of Thrones Daenerys Figure comes armed with all three dragon eggs, green, gold, and red, interchangeable between their original compartment and her hands. The collectible 7.5” figure shows the Khaleesi in her wedding dress, the outfit worn when she received the gift from the Magister. Get this unique petite Daenerys Stormborn and prepare to prove you’re her most loyal fan.
Jon Snow is the sword in the darkness. As a crow of the Night’s Watch, the Game of Thrones Jon Snow Figure is outfitted in full black with his sword at the ready. The impeccably detailed figure shows the House Stark bastard with in the midst of snow. Get this 7.5” (19 cm) figure and he’s certain to live forever at his post, wherever you decide that may be.
With Game of Thrones back on our screens, how would you like to learn more about Westeros, and what better way than with a pop-up book?
Featuring stunning pop-up re-creations of several key locations from the series, including the formidable castle of Winterfell, the lavish capital city King’s Landing, and the Wall’s stark majesty, this book—designed by renowned paper engineer Matthew Reinhart—takes you into the world of the series like never before.
Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros features a total of five stunning spreads, which fold out to create a remarkable pop-up map of Westeros that is perfect for displaying. The book also contains numerous mini-pops that bring to life iconic elements of the show, such as direwolves, White Walkers, giants, and dragons. All the pops are accompanied by insightful text that relays the rich history of the Seven Kingdoms and beyond, forming a dynamic reference guide to the world of Game of Thrones. Visually spectacular and enthrallingly interactive, Game of Thrones: A Pop-Up Guide to Westeros sets a new standard for pop-up books and perfectly captures the epic scope and imagination of the series.
Here are some pictures to show you just what is included, although they really don’t do the book justice.
The Pop-up Guide to Westeros is available now from the HBO Store priced £40.
At an event for the launch of the box set, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark talked about Season 4 of Game of Thrones.
In the third season of the hit HBO original series based on the bestselling book series A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin. This epic drama is set in the grounded fantasy continent of Westeros, where ambitious men and women of both honor and ill-repute live in a land where summers and winters can last years. In Season 3, family and loyalty will be the overarching themes, and many critical plot points from the first two seasons will come to a violent head, with several major characters meeting cruel fates. While a primary focus continues to be on King’s Landing, where the Lannisters barely held onto power after a savage naval onslaught from Stannis Baratheon, stirrings in the North threaten to alter the overall balance of power in Westeros. Robb Stark, King of the North, will face a major calamity in his efforts to build on his victories over the Lannisters in Season 2, while further north, Mance Rayder (new character) and his huge army of wildlings begin an inexorable march south to scale the Wall. Across the Narrow Sea, Daenerys Targaryen – reunited with her three deadly, fast-maturing dragons – attempts to raise an army of slaves to sail with her from Essos to Westeros, in hopes of eventually overthrowing the Iron Throne.
At an event for the launch of the box set, Maisie Williams, who plays Arya Stark talked about Season 4, amongst other things, and you can watch that below:
Game of Thrones The Complete Season 3 boxset is available from 17th February 2014 on DVD priced £39.99 and Blu-ray priced £49.99.
At CES 2014 Vizio has announced that its 50-inch P Series 4K TV will cost just $999 (£610). For the money you’ll get a 50-inch screen with a 3840 x 2160 resolution, With a Full-Array LED backlighting, 64 Active LED Zones for improved 50 million to 1 contrast, UltraHD upscaling, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
With the Vizio P Series you can even adjust the frame rate to suit what you’re watching, this includes 24 fps and 48 fps allowing you to watch films as they were shot. Also with 120 fps, or High Velocity Mode, for ultimate gaming sessions.
With the P Series it comes with the Vizio’s Internet Apps and will be powered by a V6 quad-core GPU and dual-core CPU with this combining to make this four times faster than last year’s model. It is already for Netflix, who is airing 4K this year, as the Vizio remote comes with a dedicated Netflix button.
With the 4K tv having a 8mm bezel and dark metallic finish. The Vizio P Series will be on sale soon with the 50-inch model at $999 (£610), there with be a 55 inch and 60, 65 and even a 70-inch version at $2600 (£1600).
The only problem is there are no Vizio’s in the UK only for the USA, come on Vizio the UK are waiting for you.
The Netflix app for the iPhone and the iPad has been updated to version 5.0.
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To celebrate the launch of the new Ultra HD 9 Series TV, Toshiba has commissioned new research revealing the nation’s favourite TV historical footage.
Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon as the nation’s favourite historical TV footage with a third of Brits saying they would love to watch this broadcast moment again in better quality.
Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation and Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech also featured within the top five broadcast moments the nation would
like to re-watch in high quality if they had the chance.
England’s World Cup win in 1966 was named as the most ‘patriotic’ historical broadcast moment.
One small step for man, one giant leap for Neil Armstrong – First steps on the moon voted as the nation’s favourite historical TV footage
. A third of Brits voted the 1969 Moon Landing as the footage they would most like to watch in ‘Ultra High Definition’ quality
. England’s 1966 win against West Germany at Wembley named as the most ‘patriotic’ historical broadcast moment
New research out today reveals Neil Armstrong taking his first steps on the moon as the historical TV footage Brits would most love to see replayed in
Ultra High Definition (UHD) quality – 44 years since the original footage was first broadcast live to the world.
The research, commissioned to mark the launch of Toshiba’s new Ultra HD 9 Series TV, revealed that more than a third of nostalgic Brits (34 per cent)
would like to re-watch the moon landing again in modern day detail, while England’s momentous win at the final in 1966 taking second place, with 13 per
cent of the vote.
With the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a Dream’ speech this year and the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation, it may come as no
surprise that the nation has also voted this footage within the top five moments they would like to watch again, if it was shown in Ultra HD quality.
Top 5 historic TV broadcasts Brits would like to re-watch in high quality:
1. Neil Armstrong taking the first steps on the moon (34 per cent) 2. England beating West Germany in 1966 (13 per cent) 3. Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have a
Dream’ speech (nine per cent) 4= Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation (eight per cent) 4= Torvil & Dean winning gold at the Winter Sarajevo Olympics (eight
per cent) 5. Fall of the Berlin Wall (six per cent)
Our love affair with football shows no sign of slowing down, with the research revealing England’s 1966 win as the historical broadcast moment the nation felt
most ‘patriotic’ about. This was closely followed by Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation, with more than one in ten sentimental Brits (13 per cent) choosing this Royal moment as their most patriotic memory.
However, these two moments divided the nation, with less than one in ten women (nine per cent) voting for England’s win, compared to almost a fifth of men (17 per cent). In contrast, just five per cent of men were keen to re-live footage of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation, compared to more than double the
amount of women (12 per cent).
Tarek Boudour, Senior Marketing Manager at Toshiba UK, said: “It is interesting to see from our research which broadcast moments the nation values most – from famous speeches to winning goals, we are all keen to re-live these culturally-relevant historical events in better quality.
“Our new Ultra HD televisions display four times the resolution of current Full HD TVs. Consumers can catch every single detail, including older footage
that wasn’t produced in UHD resolutions – the TVs are able to intelligently upscale images, displaying them clearer and sharper than has been possible
The Toshiba 9 Series UHD TVs go on sale in the UK from the week commencing 9th September 2013.
If you are old enough to remember the UK TV Classic Knightmare it has been resurrected to celebrate YouTube Geek Week!. Filmed in the original Norwich studios with original cast and crew, and produced by show creator Tim Child, Treguard and Lord Fear once again fight for control of the dungeon…
It’s been 19 years since a dungeoneer and his advisors have attempted to beat The Opposition with help from The Powers That Be. Will this new team succeed or will they sidestep left when they need to go right?
Its back for a one off YouTube Special for Geek Week for the Week of the 4th to 10th August.
A remake of the classic TV show Knightmare, brought to back to life exclusively for YouTube’s Geek Week! Starring Hugo Myatt, Isy Suttie, Jessie Cave, Mark Knight, Amazing Phil, Danisnotonfire, Stuart Ashen and Emma Blackery.
For more information on Knightmare, visit http://www.knightmare.com