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15 Aug 11:06

Michael Sheen, David Tennant to star in apocalyptic comedy Good Omens

by Oliver Gettell

Michael Sheen and David Tennant are teaming up to avert the apocalypse.

The British actors have been cast in Good Omens, the six-part Amazon series based on Neil Gaiman and the late Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel about an angel and a demon who have second thoughts about the Final Judgment. Gaiman confirmed the news on Twitter.

Sheen, whose credits include Showtime’s Masters of Sex and the Underworld movies, will play the fastidious angel Aziraphale, while Doctor Who and Jessica Jones star Tennant will portray Crowley, a hard-living demon.

In a statement to Variety, Sheen said, “I first read Good Omens as a teenager and it’s been one of my favourite stories ever since. To be part of the team entrusted with bringing it alive on screen is a bit of a dream come true to be honest. To work alongside Neil, who I think is one of the greatest storytellers of all time, is incredibly exciting. And, just like the rest of the world, I’m a huge fan of David’s so I relish trying to save it with him.”

Gaiman, whose work also inspired the recent TV series American Gods and Lucifer, penned all six episodes of Good Omens and is serving as showrunner. The series is being produced in conjunction with the BBC.

Representatives for Sheen, Tennant, and Amazon did not respond to EW’s request for comment.

15 Aug 10:55

Peter Dinklage film ‘Rememory’ hits Google Play on August 24th

by David Lumb
If you're going to get sad once Game of Thrones ends its current short season at the end of August, there's a little glimmer of hope: The show's star Peter Dinklage has a movie coming out then. Rememory, a science fiction thriller also starring Julia...
15 Aug 07:35

Essential now valued at over $1 billion, before phone goes on sale

We are still on the verge of knowing when the Essential PH-1 will actually becoming available to the public. Even so, Foxconn's filing for a $3 million investment into Essential has brought the company's valuation to about $1.2 billion, breaking past the $1 billion barrier and pegging it as a "unicorn" in the tech industry. This is according to Bloomberg columnist Tim Culpan via Twitter. Essential was previously valued at $997 million in June following a short period of large investment backing. This was also around the time that executives were leaving the company. Essential PH-1...

13 Aug 21:58

Orphan Black: Series Finale Review

by Jean Bentley

Full spoilers for Orphan Black's series finale, "To Right the Wrongs of Many," continue below.

Even in its final episode, Orphan Black managed to cram two murders, a complicated four-clone scene, the birth of twins, an explanation of the show's title and even an abortion debate into just 42-plus minutes.

Orphan Black is a show that, throughout its five-season run, occasionally bit off more than it could chew as the complicated biological mysteries introduced in the premiere grew more and more convoluted with each additional layer (see: all of Season Three).

From the Proletheans to the Neolutionists, Susan Duncan to Virginia Coady, Dr. Leekie to P.T. Westmoreland, each piece of the puzzle added more clutter to what ultimately was a story of four different women connected by a unique bond (and their 274 sestras) who learned not only how to survive in a world where they weren't supposed to exist, but to become a family.

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13 Aug 21:42

Orphan Black creators answer series finale burning questions

by Dalton Ross

SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the series finale of Orphan Black.

Life. And death. We got both on the series finale of Orphan Black. The clones dispatched with both fake P.T. Westmoreland and Dr. Virginia Coady, but brought two new lives into the world when Helena gave birth to twins Arthur and Donnie in an emotionally charged scene that flashed back and forth between the present of Helena giving birth (with Sarah coaching her) and the past of Sarah giving birth to Kira (with the deceased Mrs. S by her side).

But the show was not done. We then jumped into the future and saw the sestras freed from conspiracies: Helena as a mom, Alison on the receiving end of a Donnie strip tease, Rachel providing intel on 274 Leda clones (including a new one named Camilla) out there that still needed to be inoculated, Cosima working with Delphine to inoculate them, and Sarah battling with the loss of Mrs. S and how to be a good mother for Kira. Instead of a mystery wrapped inside an enigma wrapped inside a question mark, the show finished on a very personal note as the clones helped Sarah overcome her feeling of loss and doubt — the last shot of the series being of Mrs. S’ empty house as Sarah, Kira, and Felix left for a day of fun in the sun at the beach.

We spoke to creators Graeme Manson and John Fawcett to get their thoughts on the final chapter of the Orphan Black saga. They talked all about that emotional double birth scene, the different ways in which they almost killed Rachel off, and what happened on set after they yelled “cut!” for the final time. (Click through both pages to read the entire article, and also make sure to check out our finale Q&A with Tatiana Maslany. and head here for news on a possible Orphan Black movie.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When did you guys come up with your plan for how you wanted to end Orphan Black?

GRAEME MANSON: John and I sort of had a general ending in mind for quite a while. Helena’s been running around pregnant two seasons, so we knew that the finale was going to be having the twins, and technically we talked about that scene and how much that would mean to boil it down to Sarah and Helena. John had really strong ideas about making it an extremely difficult and dramatic birth, but also a massive, massive assault for Sarah, which I think was one of the most effective parts of that birth scene. And we had this idea that it was going to be a two-parter. We had that idea and we kind of knew where the cliffhanger was going to be, and then we knew early this year that after the climax of those first two acts that we were going to jump a few months into the future and see where everyone was and see what the future looked like.

JOHN FAWCETT: That was always kind of the plan. When we arrived at the finale, it really felt important not only to have a dangerous dramatic birth, but to do it early in the episode and to finish the real plot mechanics early in the episode so that we could jump ahead in time and be with the characters three months in the future. That was something that I think we always kind of knew that we wanted. There may have been some plot things that we hadn’t quite figured out, but I think tonally we knew what kind of episode we wanted 10 to be — that it was going to be an emotional departure and a goodbye and we wanted the audience to have a chance to be with these characters and to feel like they were going to be okay. That was really important to us.

While we were developing episode 9, the only big shift that happened was originally Graeme and I had thought that when Helena was grabbed she was going to be taken back to the island. So it was going to be Sarah coming to the island and rescuing Helena on the island, and that was the big thing that changed at the last minute. We decided that doesn’t work for us, so we brought the bad guys to us rather than us go to the bad guys. Other than that, we had this plan in place for the last three years.

There have been a lot of birth scenes on TV before, but I honestly cannot remember a more emotional one than this. John, tell me about this scene you shot that goes back and forth between Helena giving birth with Sarah there coaching, and a flashback to Sarah giving birth to Kira with Mrs. S coaching her through it, because that was pretty extraordinary.

FAWCETT: It’s interesting because when we talked about this season in broad strokes, we knew that we were going to be using flashbacks. It was going to be Sarah at the forefront of the last two episodes, and especially important in the finale. I also said to Graeme when we killed Mrs. S at the end of episode 8, I said, “Oh, for the love of God, there is no possible way that I can make a finale for Orphan Black and not have Maria Doyle Kennedy in the episode.” She’s got to be on set. She’s got to be there for the finale. So we went, okay, well, let’s use her! Let’s have flashbacks with Sarah and Mrs. S and use that as strongly as we can to support Sarah’s journey here. So when it came to designing the birth sequence, Graeme had this beautiful idea to crosscut these two births, and so that’s sort of how it was born.

The technical aspects of doing it were a completely different thing, but I’m so glad that you found it as moving as I did. I mean, in the end, it’s an extraordinary bit of emotional Orphan Blackness. After I shot it, I was like, “Wow, I’ve never seen that on TV before.”

MANSON: Yeah, twins. It’s not just one birth, it’s two.

FAWCETT: And it’s a long sequence, so our hats off to Tatiana, to Maria Doyle Kennedy, and to Kathryn Alexandre, Tatiana’s acting double, for the amazing work that they did in that set.

MANSON: And don’t forget Kevin Hanchard! Don’t forget Art was there for support.

FAWCETT: It took a lot of work to do that birthing sequence. It’s such an emotional scene and they’ve got to be there every single time. When you’re doing these complicated shots, you never get it in one take, so you’ve got to be there emotionally so much. It’s incredibly draining on an actor, and then on top of that, we have live babies that we were like, “We’re going to have live babies in a clone shot!” It was very challenging. There is no question.

It’s interesting that the hurdle Sarah has to clear really has nothing to do with clones or conspiracies but rather her own insecurities as a mother.

MANSON: Yeah, that was the whole thing that we really wanted to do. We wanted to come back from this place and we wanted to ask ourselves: Okay, for each character, what does freedom look like to them? And so we sort of alighted them this idea that we would return to Helena’s baby shower, much the way that season 3 opened with the baby shower.

We loved that mirror, but also we wanted the last person over the hump to be Sarah — this girl who’s been through so much, who lost her mother, who has been everybody’s rock and has not been able to emotionally come to terms with everything that they’ve gone through. We really love the concern about her shown by all the other characters, and Tatiana did a marvelous job of portraying that real subtle quiet pain, that inability to move forward that Sarah has there. And, of course, it’s only her sisters that can help her move forward like she helped them all the way along. This reluctant hero has grown up and she’s filled her mother’s shoes.

Graeme brought up the whole baby shower party. John, how tricky was that four-clone scene at night on the patio to shoot?

FAWCETT: It was a long scene. I remember reading it in the script with Graeme and going, “Oh my God, these are the longest scenes we’ve ever done!” Because a lot of our scene work is not often very lengthy. So this is a long sequence, and it’s divided up here and there. We cut away to Felix in the car with Rachel, cut back in, but it’s a long bit with the sisters in the backyard. To be honest, technically once you’ve done clone dance parties and clone dinner tables and clone twin births, this was actually a fairly simple scene to shoot in the big scheme of things. It took a little while because there was obviously a lot of them in the scene.

I think the most difficult aspect of it was really trying, as a director, to be very, very focused on the performances and to be very focused on what each character was bringing, and be there for Tat in every moment and be present there with her in every single moment. The challenging part was just how emotional that scene was. I think that was the night that we wrapped the character of Cosima. That was her last scene, and so I remember it for that. I remember knowing that as soon as I called “cut” on set and we were done with the scene that I was never going to see Cosima again after that, and we had many days like that. You go to set with your heart on your sleeve a little bit and you just be there. You just be there and be in it and just try and be present. That’s what it was for me. That’s what I remember from it.

NEXT: How Rachel was almost killed off and what happened on the last day of filming

13 Aug 21:37

Orphan Black: Tatiana Maslany breaks down the series finale

by Dalton Ross

SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the series finale of Orphan Black.

All clone things must come to an end. Thankfully, no clones met their end in the series finale of Orphan Black. Helena had her twins, Alison settled back into suburban bliss with Donnie, Cosima and Delphine set out on a mission to inoculate all 274 Ledas still out there, Sarah finally found peace as both a mother and daughter, and even Rachel was afforded a bit of redemption by providing the sestras with much-needed information to save other Ledas.

It was an emotional climax to a show that wore its heart on its sleeve, never more so than during a dramatic double birth scene that toggled back and forth between Helena’s delivery in the present and Sarah’s in the past. We spoke to Emmy-winning star Tatiana Maslany about the emotions of shooting the final episode as well as saying goodbye to the show as a whole. (Read through both pages for the entire interview, and make sure to also check out our finale interview with the show creators as well as Maslany and the creators talking about a possible Orphan Black movie.)

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So how does it feel for you now that it’s all over?TATIANA MASLANY: I’m so sad. I’m in denial that it’s done. And we’ve had to say so many goodbyes in terms of on the set saying goodbye to each character, and each clone as we kind of wrapped everybody. And then we had our last Paley Fest, and then we had all these lasts. And now the finale is out. Yeah, it’s still sad, as sad as it was when we got the finale script.

Let’s talk about the double birth scene that goes back and forth between Helena giving birth with Sarah and Art coaching and a flashback to Sarah giving birth to Kira with Mrs. S coaching her through it, because there was a lot of raw emotion in that and I guess you’re acting three different parts coming at it from three different places. Tell me about that experience of what really is the climax of the entire series.That moment felt so visceral doing it. The Helena-Sarah birth scene was the last day of shooting, so there was a lot going on in terms of the cast and crew feeling very raw and feeling lots of big emotions. It kind of fit to be doing that sort of work. And then also it’s this culmination of this love between these two sisters, and Art, and Mrs. S, who have been there since the beginning. And they have fought so hard for that relationship, and the whole arc of the show has been the fight for it. So to get to express it in the most raw visceral way — which is very true of both of these characters since Sarah and Helena are both very animalistic and very raw — to have them screaming into each other’s faces felt right.

I know you guys were shooting late into the night — or early into the morning, as it were — and then you finish it. It’s the last shot of the show. So what happens then on set?I think we were all kind of in shock that it was done because I think the very last shot was like an insert shot of a screwdriver — right before it goes into Cody’s throat. It was a little weird anticlimax to be kind of focused on the screwdriver. But John Fawcett came out and gathered the whole cast and crew, because most of the cast had been there until 5 a.m. just watching, just to be there for the last moments. They weren’t even needed anymore. Most of them had wrapped a week prior, but they sat there and watched, and John said, “I want you guys all to just kind of stand here with me. I just want to stand here with you guys, and I don’t want this to end.” And we all spoke, and Maria led us in this song, and it was just kind of really beautiful.

I remember talking to Chris Pratt a few years back when they were going to film the last season of Parks and Recreation, and he was saying that while they were all really sad it was ending, they were also kind of ready for it to be over —  that it felt like the right time for the show to wrap up. I’m sure you’re also really sad to see this show go, but does the time feel right?Yeah, I think it definitely felt right. I’m always fond of series that finishes on their own terms before they sort of wear out their stay, you know? Like, I always look at British series, like The Office that had two seasons, and then a Christmas special, and that was it. And it kind of leaves it in this place of you always want more from it. I think it’s great that we were able to end on our own terms, and I definitely feel like it was the right time, because you don’t want to get watered down, and you want to still be telling a strong, forward flowing story.

I want to ask you specifically about Rachel, because I know she’s been a clone that you’ve really enjoyed playing. What do you think about where she ends up at the end of this show, because she redeems herself, and she gives them this vital info at the end about the other clones out there, but at the same time, she’s kept at arms’ length when Felix tells her she can’t come join the party. How do feel about Rachel’s ultimate arc and where she lands?I feel like Rachel’s entire life has kind of been stripped away from her. Everything that defined her, she’s had it physically ripped out of her life. She’s this blank slate going into the world, totally unsure of what’s next — which I kind of love for her. I think that somebody who has always known what their life was going to be, and has always been in such control but then is thrown into it, and is more vulnerable than any of them, I just think that’s such a fantastic arc.

And I love Rachel. I loved that last moment with Felix. The two of them are on such opposite sides. One of them always seeking to protect the clones, and the other always seeking to control and own them. But there’s something about Felix’s empathy for her and Rachel’s openness in that moment that it’s kind of leveling. It was just a really fun, uncertain moment to lead her on, which is just kind of exciting to me.

NEXT: Bringing one more clone to life, and the clone Maslany will miss the most

13 Aug 21:33

Orphan Black movie could still happen

by Dalton Ross

SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched the series finale of Orphan Black.

Orphan Black just signed off after five seasons with its series finale on BBC America. (And you can read our finale Q&As with star Tatiana Maslany and creators John Fawcett and Graeme Manson.) We saw the sestras finally freed from the conspiracy that has haunted and hunted them for five years. Helena delivered twins Arthur and Donnie; Alison settled back into suburban life; Cosima and Delphine were busy inoculating all 274 of the Leda clones out there; Sarah finally found peace and left with brother Felix and daughter Kira for a day at the beach.

But is the story really over? Especially with all those clones out there still at risk? We posed that question to the star and creators. “I suppose there’s always a possibility,” says co-creator Fawcett of more Orphan Black. “Certainly I love thinking about where Delphine and Cosima are going to have to go and the kinds of women that they’re going to meet in their journeys and in their travels. We’ve spent so much time creating diversity in our Leda clones and making all these very different individuals that represent all sorts of aspects of the world and culture and society that just thinking about that makes me think there’s all these other stories to tell. And certainly their adventures globe-trotting as they inoculate these girls is interesting dramatically.”

And those adventures could play out in a different medium. “Graeme and I have always loved the idea of potentially doing a feature film,” says Fawcett. “Maybe there is life after Orphan Black. We’re not sure.”

Manson notes that an Orphan Black movie would actually bring everything full circle for the franchise. “John’s right,” says Manson. “We’ve talked about a movie for a long time. We conceived the concept of Orphan Black in 2001 as a feature film, and we could never contain our story within a feature film, so that would be the biggest challenge.”

But since they have spent five years laying the groundwork, perhaps a stand-alone story could work now. “Now that we’ve told so much, maybe the parameters have closed in a bit and we could really come up with something to fit into a two-hour type format,” says Manson. “It would be a great challenge, and I think we’d need to take a little breather and spend a little time thinking about that. I’d like to let these characters rest a little bit, but then I’m going to miss them and I bet we can’t control ourselves and that we come back to them.”

In an age where it seems every show (Will & Grace, Roseanne, Gilmore Girls, Arrested Development, 24, Prison Break, Heroes, etc.) comes back from the dead, that sounds like a smart bet to make. However, the woman who plays all 274 of those Leda clones would have to be on board. So what does Maslany — who already has a movie about to come out, starring alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger — think about bringing the show back in some form?

“John texted me yesterday,” she laughs. “He’s like, ‘I don’t want this to be over! How about season 6?’ I think that we all still really love these characters and this world. And I don’t know what could happen down the line, but I think it just has to be a different story and something that we haven’t seen or done yet. Same way as John always approaches the clone scenes every season with, ‘Okay, how can we make it harder, and more bizarre, and more difficult, and more fun.’ But you know, if we were to do a movie, there would have to be a really strong reason, I think, to do it.”

Until that reason presents itself, there is the expanding world of Orphan Black comics to satiate fans’ thirst for more story. Unfortunately, there don’t seem to be any plans to release Helena’s Orphan Black journals as an actual book. “I always loved the idea that maybe Helena actually gets a book deal out of this,” says Fawcett. “I really wanted to see her with the two babies out on book tours. But they won’t agree to publish it as nonfiction. It’s basically published as sci-fi.”

Read our Tatiana Maslany Q&A here and our interview with the creators here.

13 Aug 07:33

Video How To For Kids: Making Your Own Solar Eclipse Viewer

Here's a video on how to make a solar eclipse viewer. Especially fun for kids, and a great way to educate them on science.
11 Aug 21:54

An Ode to Orphan Black's Not-So-Secret Weapon: Tatiana Maslany

by Jean Bentley

Orphan Black's premiere episode was a tense, intriguing hour of television that introduced what would turn out to be an incredibly thoughtful series that ruminated on ethics, morality, genetics, body autonomy, sisterhood, motherhood, and many more complex issues throughout its five-season run.

And though it was immediately clear that star Tatiana Maslany brought a magnetic presence to the series, what unfolded in the subsequent nine episodes of the first season—the five distinct personalities she brought to life as clones Sarah, Beth, Alison, Cosima, and Helena—was remarkable to watch.

Orphan Black was well-written and well-produced, but most of all, it was well cast. Would the show still have been cool and addicting without Maslany? Of course. It's a rad premise buoyed by top-tier talent in the non-clone roles, too—not to mention the absurdly well-shot multi-clone scenes that require intricate plotting and sophisticated technology to produce. But the way the Canadian actress (and now-Emmy winner) fully inhabited each of her many roles meant that watching the opening credits was a head-scratching exercise, owing to the very small number of actresses listed on a female-led show—you know, because Maslany played all of those characters herself.

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10 Aug 12:04

Deadpool Director Miller to Helm Neuromancer Movie

by Alex Osborn

Fox's upcoming Neuromancer movie has found its director in Tim Miller.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Miller, who directed last year's R-rated comic book movie Deadpool, will helm the adaptation of William Gibson's 1984 sci-fi novel, with X-Men film franchise producer Simon Kinberg on board to produce.

No writer has yet been attached to the project. Gibson's novel tells the story of a computer hacker named Henry Dorsett Case, who is caught stealing from his employer and punished by having toxins damage his nervous system, rendering him unemployable. In the hopes of turning his fortunes around, he takes on a major hacking job from a shady ex-military officer who offers him a cure.

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10 Aug 12:03

Westworld adds three more to season 2 cast, including Vikings star

by Oliver Gettell

Westworld has rustled up a few more cast members for its sophomore season.

EW has learned that Vikings star Gustaf Skarsgard and Tyrant actor Fares Fares are boarding HBO’s sci-fi thriller as series regulars, while Betty Gabriel (Good Girls Revolt) is coming on as a recurring character.

Skarsgard will play Karl Strand, a white-collar guy who’s comfortable in the field, Fares will portray Antoine Costa, an objective-minded tech expert, and Gabriel will play Maling, a woman trying to restore order on the ground.

The trio join fellow season 2 newcomers Katja Herbers, Neil Jackson, and Jonathan Tucker, as well as promoted season 1 players Talulah Riley and Louis Herthum.

Production on season 2 of Westworld started last month, and co-creator Lisa Joy told EW at Comic-Con that the scope of the show would be expanding. “You’re going to see significantly more of the world next season,” she teased, adding that “the journey of these characters is something we always saw a real evolution to.”

Westworld is set to return to the screen in 2018.

09 Aug 21:51

Freeform's Black-ish spin-off gets new title, adds three cast members

by Derek Lawrence

Freeform’s Black-ish spin-off is growing — in multiple ways.

Previously titled College-ish, the upcoming offshoot of the hit ABC comedy has been renamed Grown-ish. The series will follow Yara Shahidi’s Zoey as she moves away from the Johnson household and heads off to college at Southern California University.

Grown-ish reflects what we’ll be dealing with in the show — that in-between place where you’re not quite an adult but facing grown world problems for the first time,” creator Kenya Barris said in a statement. “Where Black-ish examines what it means to be black, Grown-ish is an examination of what it is and what it means to be grown.”

In addition to the new title, Grown-ish has officially added three cast members to join Shahidi and Deon Cole, who will reprise his scene-stealing Black-ish role of Charlie. After appearing in May’s backdoor pilot episode “Liberal Arts,” Chris Parnell (Saturday Night Live) and Trevor Jackson (American Crime) return as the school’s dean and a socially conscious student, respectively. Emily Arlook (The Good Place) also joins the comedy as fellow freshman Miriam, taking over the role originally played by Mallory Sparks.

Grown-ish‘s 13-episode first season is set to premiere on Freeform in early 2018, while Black-ish returns to ABC for season 4 on Oct. 3.

09 Aug 21:43

Game of Thrones: Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner on their big reunion

by James Hibberd

The following contains revelations from Game of Thrones season 7, episode 4, “The Spoils of War”…

Game of Thrones staged another major Stark family reunion Sunday night: Sibling rivals Arya (Maisie Williams) and Sansa (Sophie Turner) came together for the first time since the show’s debut season. Yet unlike previous character meet-ups, this homecoming had a strong personal behind-the-scenes aspect — Williams and Turner are longtime close friends in real life, which made finally working together again rather weird for the actresses.

“Our first scene together was our reunion scene and we f—ed up so many times,” Turner tells EW. “We couldn’t keep a straight face! Our relationship is so close, but it’s only that fun side, never the business side. I was nervous. It just terrified me. It’s like performing for your mom. When somebody is watching you don’t do it quite as well.”

Williams agrees: “It was the weirdest thing when we shot our first scene together. We were both embarrassed to do our thing in front of each other. It took a few hours for us to get serious and actually do it. Later it was fine on set and we could concentrate, but it was so hard to get into character with Sophie in front of me.”

Adds Turner: “But in the long run I think it benefits us because we can be free with each other in our acting. We’re not afraid to go there with each other because we feel so comfortable around each other.”

Turner recalled the very first moment when she learned she was going to be working with Williams in season 7. She was on the set of a film when she got digital access to the new scripts on her phone. “I was like in a corner scrolling on my phone and I was so overwhelmed by meeting again,” she says. “So I was sitting in the corner going, ‘Ahhh!’ and everybody there was fans of the show and going ‘What is it?!’ And I rang Maisie up and was like, ‘Can you believe it? It’s amazing!'”

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The two even got matching tattoos depicting the date they first met after they started shooting their scenes together. “That date always meant a lot to us and we always said we were gonna get it done,” Turner explains. “And we’d been filming for a week and we were having the best time ever and so we were like, ‘F— it, let’s just do it!'”

Sansa and Arya always had a tense relationship, which came to a head in season 1 after Sansa failed to back up Arya’s accurate account of her riverside fight with Joffrey. Among Thrones fans, Arya was an instant fan favorite, while Sansa received some rather unfair criticism since she designed as a more passive character, trapped by circumstances beyond her control until the show’s latter seasons. Now Arya is a skilled assassin and Sansa is a crafty political player and they both have huge and passionate fandoms. The actresses just hope fans aren’t tempted to start comparing them again.

“I don’t do scenes with women much on this show and I thought would be like back in season 1 where people constantly compared us,” Williams says. “We’re two completely different girls playing two completely different characters and I thought, ‘Well, it’s going to be that all over again, with people comparing us as characters and as actors.’ So, in the beginning, I was nervous. But then my brain took over and I realized this is actually going to be really good fun.”

After the reunion, Williams tweeted at her friend Turner to mark the ocassion:

More ‘The Spoils of War’ coverage:
— Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and showrunners on that dragon cliffhanger
EW’s deep-dive recap: Best episode of the season?
— EW’s Game of Thrones weekly podcast (new episode Monday morning)

Game of Thrones airs Sundays on HBO.

09 Aug 21:41

Chris Pratt, Anna Faris announce separation after 8 years of marriage

by Christopher Rosen

Longtime couple Chris Pratt and Anna Faris have announced their separation.

“We are sad to announce we are legally separating,” the couple wrote in a statement posted to Faris’ social media accounts on Sunday. “We tried hard for a long time, and we’re really disappointed. Our son has two parents who love him very much and for his sake we want to keep this situation as private as possible moving forward. We still have love for each other, will always cherish our time together and continue to have the deepest respect for one another.”

Pratt posted a similar statement to his Facebook page.

Pratt and Faris married in July 2009 after meeting on the set of the comedy Take Me Home Tonight in 2007. They have a son together, Jack, who will turn 5 later this month.

Pratt recently starred in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and will appear in next summer’s Jurassic World sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and The Avengers: Infinity War. Faris stars on the CBS sitcom Mom, hosts the podcasts Anna Faris Is Unqualified, and recently lent her voice to the hit animated film The Emoji Movie. (She’ll next star in a remake of the Goldie Hawn comedy Overboard.) The couple appeared together while Pratt was promoting Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 in April (including a photo opportunity with their son when Pratt received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame).

Speaking to PEOPLE about their relationship earlier this month, Faris discussed the difficulty of being part of a celebrity couple. “I don’t think that’s something, when you’re an actor, that you’re prepared for,” she said. “There are two different roles that you play — the one on-camera and the one in public. That’s the tricky part.”

And during an episode of her podcast last year, Faris explained how she was sometimes bothered by so-called “tabloid sh–” written about their relationship.

“I think it was a combination of things. I take pride in how great my relationship is with Chris, but having said that, of course, in this crazy world where he’s off doing movies and I’m in L.A. raising our child, of course, I’m going to feel vulnerable, like any normal human would,” she said.

Pratt previously told PEOPLE he felt it was important to “focus on your relationship with your partner” because children grow up and leave the family unit to go out on their own. “Your children are going to leave one day you have to maintain a relationship that’s going to outlast your child’s needs for you,” he said in 2015. “I have the support of a strong partner who’s been through this and understands it and whom I can share these experiences with. And we have a family that we’re starting that’s the focus of my attention.”

In April, during the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 press tour, Pratt posted an emotional note dedicated to Faris on his Instagram account.

“My dear sweet @annafaris getting flashbacks from her hilarious role in Lost in Translation. Thank you for the support honey! You look so beautiful. These press tours can be such a whirlwind. I’m grateful to have you and the boy with me on this one. Although it’s 3:00 am right now, I was just awakened by a square kick to the back as little man climbed into bed and then must have had a karate dream or something and now I can’t sleep. I’m on insta instead. All you dads and moms know what I’m talking about.”

After the split was announced, social media flooded with reactions — with many users decrying the news as the death of love.

08 Aug 21:46

Watch the most impressive 'Game of Thrones' VFX reel yet

by Steve Dent
Warning: Spoilers ahoy. This week's Game of Thrones episode wasn't dampened by hacking or leaks, mainly because the "Loot Train" battle was so spectacular. The producers have posted a new YouTube breakdown (below) showing how the VFX and stunt team u...
08 Aug 21:35

Mazda's engine breakthrough promises big fuel efficiency gains

by Rachel England
Mazda has made the announcement car manufacturers have been working towards for years: it's releasing the first commercial compression-ignition gasoline engine. Dubbed SkyActiv-X, the engine will be available in 2019 and promises up to 20-30% more en...
08 Aug 21:33

The real-time motion capture behind ‘Hellblade’

by Nick Summers
In a makeshift changing room filled with Disney Infinity figures, I strip down to my boxers and pull on a two-part Lycra suit. It feels tight, and the top half shimmies up toward my waistline as soon as I stretch or stand up straight. How anyone is a...
08 Aug 21:18

Federal court steps in to protect podcasts from patent troll

by Saqib Shah
The venerable podcast is the bastion of broadcasters big and small, from major news outlets to DIY publishers. But, for the last few years, this hallowed ground has come under threat from patent troll Personal Audio -- which has tried to sue podcaste...
08 Aug 21:15

Fingernail-sized chip can repair damaged tissue in seconds

by Rachel England
A new device can begin repairing damaged organs in seconds, heralding a major breakthrough for life-saving medicine. Developed at Ohio State University, the technology known as tissue nanotransfection (TNT) uses a small coin-sized silicone chip that...
08 Aug 09:41

Watch Adam Brody face the FBI in the thrilling StartUp season 2 trailer

by Sarah Weldon

“There’s a new tech frontier on the horizon,” says Adam Brody’s Nick Talman in the season 2 trailer for StartUp, “I really think that this could be not only the new darknet, I think this could be the new internet.”

As part of the TCA summer press tour, Crackle released this first look at the second season of the tech drama produced by and starring Brody (The O.C.), Otmara Morrero (Graceland), Edi Gathegi (The Blacklist), and Martin Freeman (Sherlock).

Season 2 will pick up after the takeover of GenCoin by the Russian mob, leaving the creators of the online currency, Izzy Morales (Morrero), Ronald Dacey (Gathegi), and Nick Talman (Brody) to launch a new darknet start-up. ArakNet, which Nick refers to as “the new internet,” is a network that’s much more dangerous than their previous GenCoin experience, putting the trio’s ambition ahead of their lives.

Joining the show’s sophomore season is Ron Perlman (Sons of Anarchy) and Addison Timlin (Californication) as a multi-millionaire businessman and his daughter.

StartUp returns to Crackle with 10 new episodes on Thursday, Sept. 28. You can watch the trailer above.

08 Aug 09:35

Game of Thrones Showrunners on Winterfell Homecoming

by Alex Osborn

Full spoilers for Game of Thrones: Season 7 continue below. Check out our review of "The Spoils of War."

The fourth episode of Game of Thrones' seventh season brought with it the return of Arya Stark to her home in Winterfell, which, according to showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, was inspired by the tale of Odysseus.

"The inspiration for the scene was Odysseus returning after his long wanderings. No one recognizes him," Benioff said. In the same way, Arya has gone through a lot since she was last at Winterfell, and both she and her home have changed considerably since she left.

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08 Aug 09:32

Game of Thrones: Why Bran's Callback to Littlefinger Is Important

by Amy Ratcliffe

Petyr Baelish, a.k.a. Littlefinger, has been in possession of the catspaw dagger, the Valyrian steel weapon used in an attempt on Bran Stark's life, since Season 1 of Game of Thrones. As we recently discussed, the dagger's been referenced and appeared enough times this season that it has an important role to play -- whether it's simply because of its Valyrian steel and White Walker killing abilities, or something else. A scene between Littlefinger and Bran in "The Spoils of War" suggests that "something else."

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08 Aug 09:28

Game of Thrones Director Talks THAT Cliffhanger Ending

by Terri Schwartz

Game of Thrones' Season 7 episode "The Spoils of War" earned a rare 10/10 score in IGN's review, and much of that is thanks to the work of director Matt Shakman.

The man behind several key TV finales of everything from Fargo to You're the Worst delivered one heck of an episode, with key emotional moments and an incredible (and high stakes) battle, explored in this excellent behind-the-scenes video. We got him on the phone to discuss the biggest moments from "The Spoils of War" that left us with a lot of questions. For obvious reasons, spoilers for "The Spoils of War" continue below.

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06 Aug 17:48

The Dark Tower: What Makes Roland Deschain So Special

Find out what makes The Dark Tower's Roland Deschain such a singular figure.
06 Aug 17:40

Chicago police see less violent crime after using predictive code

by Jon Fingas
Law enforcement has been trying predictive policing software for a while now, but how well does it work when it's put to a tough test? Potentially very well, according to Chicago police. The city's 7th District police report that their use of predict...
05 Aug 08:53

Lian Li Outs DK-05 Motorized Adjustable Desk Case

It’s a case! It’s a desk! It’s...both? Lian Li has loosed its new DK-05 motorized adjustable desk case into the wild.
05 Aug 08:08

Arrowverse Crossover: More Details on "Four-Part Event"

by Terri Schwartz

UPDATE: Executive producers Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim offered more details on the upcoming Arrowverse crossover. When asked to speak to the "romance is in the air" tease, Berlanti said, "Our way of making the show bigger this year was to go even more personal, so it's a big life event for a few different people on the show." Like a wedding? "There are many life events that happen."

Guggenheim said, "We're really approaching this big four-part event as two back-to-back two hour movies, and I think when you look at it through that lens, it becomes less important for the Supergirl episode to feel like a Supergirl episode and the Arrow episode to feel like an Arrow episode, which was always our approach in the past."

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05 Aug 07:54

Vector successfully launches prototype rocket for small satellites

by Swapna Krishna
Today, Vector, a company that aims to deliver small and nano-satellites into orbit, successfully launched a full-scale prototype of its Vector-R rocket. It was a suborbital flight; the rocket took off from a spaceport in Camden, GA. It's the first fo...
05 Aug 07:53

Xiaomi now sells more wearables than Apple or Fitbit

by Mallory Locklear
It hasn't been a great time for Fitbit lately, and reports that rival Xiaomi has now taken the lead in worldwide wearable device sales can't be welcome news for the company. Findings from research firm Strategy Analytics show that second quarter earn...
02 Aug 09:24

‘Sustainable seafood’ grows in a lab instead of the ocean

by Kerry Davis
Taking a whiff of a tray of multiplied cells, made from the stem cells scraped off a dead fish, all I could detect was a faint aroma of something smelling 'off.' Fishy, even. The co-founders of Finless Foods are working every holiday and weekend to '...