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Game of Thrones Finale: Team Small Folk. With Attewell, Hayslett and Rasher. Listen on Demand and on the Go!

Steven Attewell is the founder of “Race for the Iron Throne,” covering A Song of Ice and Fire chapter-by-chapter from a historical & political angle. He’s published 2 collections of chapter-by-chapter essays and the book “Kings, Hands, and City-States,” focusing on the political structures of GRRM’s world. He’s on twitter @StevenAttewellTumblr & has a Patreon for his ASOIAF work.

Reuben “Tihi” Hayslett is a queer activist, writer, and storyteller. As a fluent speaker of Dothraki, one of the languages created for HBO’s Game of Thrones, Tihi recently worked on the upcoming Netflix series Daybreak as a Dothraki Language Consultant. Tihi’s debut book, Dark Corners, is a short story collection of speculative fiction that centers the voices of queer people of color.

Sarah Rasher is a former professor of Shakespearology. Their pop culture & sports writing at https://twitter.com/pas_deChat

McFarlane Toys’ Game of Thrones Figures are Here

To celebrate the final season of the worldwide hit HBO series Game of Thrones, McFarlane Toys’ Game of Thrones action figures and dragons have hit retailers nationwide.

Game of Thrones fans can bring home their favorite characters and dragons, recreate iconic scenes and show loyalty to their favorite house with McFarlane Toys release of these realistic and highly detailed 6-inch scale action figures, as well as a deluxe box set of fan-favorite Game of Thrones characters including Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, the Night King, Arya Stark and Viserion the Ice Dragon.

Game of Thrones 6-inch Action Figures are available now at Wal-Mart, Target, Amazon and specialty retailers.  Each figure was modeled from digital scans of the cast, featuring iconic attire, 12 points-plus of articulation, and comes with character-specific and screen-accurate accessories. MSRP $19.99.

Game Of Thrones Viserion is featured in his ice dragon form from the season 7 finale of Game of Thrones. With a movable tail, legs, wings, and neck, this deluxe figure has more than 10 points of articulations.  Viserion’s wings span 16.5″ wide and move up and down. He also comes with a removable burst of blue fire and measures 9″ x 16.5″ x 10.5″ fully displayed on an elevated base. Available now at Best Buy, Target and Amazon.com. MSRP $25.99.

Tick tock. HBO’s Watchmen Gets a First Official Teaser

Tick tock.

Watchmen debuts this fall on HBO. Created by Damon Lindelof, Watchmen is a modern-day reimagining of writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins‘ groundbreaking graphic novel about masked vigilantes. Starring Academy Award-winner Regina King, Don Johnson, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Louis Gossett Jr.

Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere with Maesters Steven Attewell & Tihi Hayslett. Listen to the Podcast on Demand.

Discussing the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere with uniquely qualified experts:

Steven Attewell is the founder of Race for the Iron Throne, which covers A Song of Ice and Fire chapter-by-chapter from a historical and political angle. In addition to two published collections of the chapter-by-chapter essays, Steven is also the author of “Kings, Hands, and City-States,” an collection of essays focusing specifically on the political structures of GRRM’s world. He is on twitter @StevenAttewell and Tumblr where people ask him a billion questions.

Reuben “Tihi” Hayslett is a queer activist, writer, and storyteller. As a fluent speaker of Dothraki, one of the languages created for HBO’s Game of Thrones, Tihi recently worked on the upcoming Netflix series Daybreak as a Dothraki Language Consultant. Tihi’s debut book, Dark Corners, is a short story collection of speculative fiction that centers the voices of queer people of color.

  • Doctrine of Targaryen Exceptionalism
  • Climate Change
  • Thankful that GRRM didn’t go full Claremont in writing dialects
  • So, how’s the Dothraki?
  • People who speak Dothraki

SXSW Movie Review: The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley

Greetings from the aftermath of SXSW, where the best in tech and the bleeding edge of movies and music all swarm around downtown Austin, TX in a smorgasbord of capitalism and consumerism. (Don’t believe Sean Hannity saying otherwise)

And perhaps no film represented the worst, grifting, douchy edge of some of the folks attracted to this heady aroma of dozens of panels on blockchain and cryptocurrency than the new documentary The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, making its rounds at SXSW before a premiere on HBO this month from Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Going Clear, Taxi to the Dark Side).

The Inventor refers to documentary subject Elizabeth Holmes, the quixotic/messianic founder of Theranos, which promised to change the medical industry with a revolutionary blood test that would be cheaper, simpler, and only require a finger prick. It was unfortunately too good to be true, and the film traces the evolution from Holmes’ time as a Stanford dropout to the implosion of her company just a few years ago.

It’s a powerful film that portrays Holmes in an interesting light. She’s not quite a fraud– indeed, we’re left believing that she very much believed in her company’s ability to (eventually) deliver on what it promised. We’re left believing that the people at Theranos were good people just caught up in a delusion, willing to compromise because they believed in their vision so much.

Unfortunately, the film also leaves some of the most interesting stones unturned in this whole affair. As a visual and auditory medium, film has the power to deliver some information that an article or book never truly could. And there have been plenty of articles and books about Theranos and Holmes.

But what of her fashion sense, which is only all-too-briefly touched on in the film, of wearing this all-black costume and Steve-Jobs-invoking turtleneck? What about her signature vocal fry? It’s incredibly clear, although never stated, how much harder it was for Holmes to operate in Silicon Valley as a young, attractive woman and be taken seriously. While Gibney is a great documentarian, one can’t wonder if a female director would’ve had a more interesting take here.

Speaking of Gibney taking a pass, this is another infuriating aspect of the documentary is Gibney plays softball with the signature underlying issue behind the Theranos fraud: this is what happens when you have too much capital in the hands of too few people investing based on a whim.

Much like in his profiles on Enron, Scientology, Eliot Spitzer, Jack Abramoff, etc, Gibney gets all the facts right but fails to indict the larger system. Maybe electricity shouldn’t be traded like a commodity on the open market / Maybe there’s too much money in politics / Maybe venture capital isn’t the best way to decide on how to run our economy. Income inequality has pushed soooooo much extra money into the hands of the 1% they simply don’t know what to do with it, and waste it on frauds like Theranos because no one bothered to actually do the science and the homework before writing a big check.

Regardless of these shortcomings, this was one of the best documentaries I saw at SXSW this year and is worth your time if you can catch it.

3.75 out of 5 stars

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Uncanny X-Men #10

It’s new comic book day! What’s everyone excited for? What do you plan on getting? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for shops to open, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Deadline – ‘Watchmen’: Hong Chau Joins Cast Of HBO Series – This series is really interesting just from the casting and what it it has us imagining what the series will be like.

Reviews

Newsarama – Black Widow #1
Newsarama –
Invaders #1
Newsarama –
Marvel Comics Presents #1
Comics Bulletin –
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Shredder in Hell #1
Newsarama –
Uncanny X-Men #10
Comic Attack –
Young Justice #1

HBO’s Watchmen Gets a First Teaser Look

Watchmen is getting a new television show on HBO. Based on the classic comic series from Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons and published by DC Comics, the show is under production and we now have our first teaser look.

The show isn’t a direct adaptation of the comic series, instead it’s set in the world of.

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The weekend is almost here and we can’t wait to use it to catch up on so many things we need to do. While you wait for the work day to end and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

CBR – Spider-Man PS4 Sold 3.3 Million Units in First 3 Days – That’s a lot of copies.

Kotaku – Spider-Man’s Backpacks Bring The Web-Slinger Down To Earth – Who’s playing?

Newsarama – NIN’s Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross To Score HBO’s Watchmen – And that’s a soundtrack we’ll be buying!

The Beat – Con Wars: Wizard World Sacramento postponed less than three weeks out – That’s not a good sign.

Springfield News-Leader – Man stole housemate’s comic books to buy ‘food, cigarettes and marijuana,’ police say – Hrm…

 

Reviews

Comics Bulletin – Dick Tracy: Dead or Alive #1

Comics Bulletin – Koschchei the Deathless

HBO’s Watchmen Get Its First Cast Members

The new Watchmen television series has cast some of its first actors. Damon Lindelof who is heading up the series has said it’ll explore other aspects of the world and isn’t an adaptation of the modern classic comic series. It will air on HBO.

Cast in unknown roles are Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Adelaide Clemens, and Andrew Howard. King will have the lead role.

Lindelof has said that some of the characters for the series will be unknown. There’ll be new faces, new masks to uncover, and there’ll be an exploration of the world.

King and Johnson have yet to be attached to a comic property in their careers. Tim Blake Nelson played Dr. Allen in Fantastic Four and Samuel Sterns in The Incredible Hulk. Louis Gossett Jr. was the voice of Lucious Fox in The Batman and Jake Berkowitz in The Punisher. Adelaide Clemens appeared in X-Men Origins: Wolverine as Carnival Girl. Andrew Howard was Luther Banks in multiple episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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The weekend’s almost here and we’re heading to Baltimore Comic Con! What are folks doing? Sound off in the comments below! While you wait for work to end and weekend begin, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

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Kotaku – Here’s A $900 Batman: Arkham Knight Statue – Let us check our couch cushions.

Polygon – Spider-Man #1, X-Men #1 stolen from friendly neighborhood doorstep, say cops – Grrrrr.

Capeless Crusaders – Riverdale Star KJ Apa in Late Night Car Crash Leaving Set – Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery.

ICv2 – ‘Watchmen’ Greenlit for Pilot – Anyone excited for this?

The Outhouser – AMC Visionaries: Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics Will Debut In November – Actually looking forward to seeing what this is about.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Batman: The Red Death #1

Comic Attack – Catalyst Prime: The Incidentals #1

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