Game Of Thrones shares bloopers at Comic-Con panel

For a show that has become as tonally dark as the worst winter in the history of the Seven Kingdoms, Game of Thrones‘ lighter moments of comedic relief are as life-giving as the R’hllor, the Lord of Light. Knowing full well that Comic-Con attendees are rabid for any new information about or footage from Westeros after the most epically grim and gripping season finale to date, HBO graced fans with the funniest supercut in the history of the show, and it’s a breath of fresh air.

Below you can peep an entire blooper reel from season six, featuring Peter Dinklage messing up the word “benevolent” a thousand times, Kit Harington covering up his junk before he reanimates, Rory McCann (the Hound) struggling to chop wood with an ax, and Emilia Clarke seriously butchering the Dothraki language. It is an incredibly lighthearted look at the moments from Thrones that are otherwise anxiety inducing and tense. Sure, we rely on Tyrion for these moments in the show, but that is what makes his IRL bloopers that much funnier.

During the panel, HBO also released a beautiful behind-the-scenes look at the sets and props that are evidently from the forthcoming seventh season. We see hands cutting and smoothing wooden props, sharpening metal swords, and setting up complex sets. The biggest tease from the video comes when we see the script from the upcoming season finale being dropped on a desk in front of us. So close but so far away! Just let us read one page, David and DB! Come on dudes, we can’t wait until next summer to find out what happens to the inhabitants (living and dead) of the realm.

Ghost Rider Is Coming to Agents of SHIELD

It turns out all those Hellfire Chains printed on the sides of trains and buses wasn’t a misdirect after all. Marvel revealed just now, partially on the show floor of SDCC, that Ghost Rider is coming to Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. Now, if you have not been keeping up with the current Marvel comic book Universe, this Spirit of Vengeance might look a little different to you. For starters, he drives a car, not a motorcycle.

The Ghost Rider that’ll be raising hell on Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D is Robbie Reyes, for the recent All-New Ghost Rider. The series, written by Felipe Smith and drawn by the incredible Tradd Moore was tons of fun and one of Marvel’s coolest looking books. Moore’s design was a Ghost Rider like we have never seen before and the twist of having drive a sick muscle car as opposed to a motorcycle was a cool change of pace. Smith made Reyes and his supporting cast drastically different than the previous Spirits of Vengeance, which again added to the books uniqueness. If you have not read it, we highly, highly recommend check it out. Tradd Moore’s art alone is worth the cover price.

 

All-New Ghost Rider from Marvel Comics

 

The addition of Ghost Rider to the television world is an interesting one. The character has already had to failed film attempts that starred Nicholas Cage as Johnny Blaze, probably the most well known Ghost Rider at that point. Of course, The Punisher has had a rough go cinematically, and his recent appearance in Netflix’s Daredevil series was a huge hit with fans, so maybe some TV time is exactly what Ghost Rider needs.

We also know that actor Gabriel Luna will be playing Reyes, so it looks like they are sticking with the young, inexperienced version of the character we saw in the comic series. All-New GhostRider was really, really great, so here’s hoping Marvel can capture that energy on the small screen. It’s going to require lots of special effects and lots and lots of fire in order to get the look right. Fingers crossed on this one, guys. Either way, vengeance is coming to Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D and we’ll have to wait until September to see if they are ready for it.

Marvel reveals Star-Lord’s father in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

There are some minor spoilers ahead. If you want to know absolutely nothing about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 then stop reading.

We don’t have a trailer or footage to scope out but Marvel did reveal new details for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which just wrapped filming. Among the news, director James Gunn on Saturday confirmed actor Kurt Russell will be playing the father of Peter Quill/Star-Lord (Chris Pratt). But here’s something nobody expected: Quill’s father is Ego, also known as Ego the Living Planet in the comics.

“Yeah, his dad is a planet,” Gunn said. “Sort of. It will all be explained in the film… What Nova Prime said about Peter’s father at the end of Vol. 1 is certainly true—he is something ancient and unknown. And, as we will discover, being a cosmic being, alone for eons, is perhaps even more lonely than being the universe’s sole talking raccoon.”

Gunn goes on to reveal a few more tidbits about what to expect. For one, Nebula is going to play a major part in the sequel. In the first Guardians of the Galaxy, the character was essentially Ronan’s side kick and harbored huge animosity toward her dead, Thanos. Why she decides to team up with the Guardians is unclear but you can bet it won’t be her first choice.

Additionally, Gunn said Sylvester Stallone has a role in the film, while Elizabeth Debicki is playing Ayesha, a golden High Priestess “of a genetically-perfect people called the Sovereign.”

Finally, Gunn confirmed a Guardians of the Galaxy attraction is coming to Disneyland’s California Adventure and will replace Tower of Terror.

“The Walt Disney Imagineering folks showed me what they had in mind and MY MIND WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN,” Gunn said. “It was awesome. Exhilarating and novel and interactive.”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters on May 5, 2017.

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Google’s Bubble Zoom Changes How You Read Comics On Phones

Machine learning is one of the buzzwords being bantered around in the tech world right now. In spite of being a buzzword though, it does seem to be a truly remarkable advancement which can greatly improve many everyday aspects. The latest of which is now being seen today. While this is not an advancement which will be of use to everyone, for those who read comics, this is quite the new feature rolling out to Google Play Books and one which is fueled based on machine learning.

Back in November of last year, Google did announce an update for Google Play Books which looked to improve the comic reading experience on Android smartphones and tablets. Fast forward to today and while Comic-Con is in full swing in San Diego, Google has announced another update and this one looks to improve the other part of the digital comic puzzle, speech bubbles. This latest update improve the display and presentation of speech bubbles in comics shown on mobile devices. Google is doing this by introducing their new ‘Bubble Zoom’ feature which essentially increases the size of bubbles as you read along. The reader can simply tap the smartphone and the bubble pops out making it easier to read the content. Tapping the device again moves to the next bubble and so on. All of this while also managing to maintain the original display size of the comic. So users essentially no longer have to zoom to read a bubble and then zoom out again to continue with the natural flow of the comic. The machine learning aspect is what makes this possible as it is able to understand what are speech bubbles and therefore, provide the opportunity for them to pop out while still maintaining the original display size.

In terms of accessing the new feature, the update is now rolling out to the Google Play Books app, although it seems it will not be usable on all comics quite yet. However, to celebrate the release of the new Bubble Zoom feature, Google is running a sale on select DC comics. Interested users can save up to 50-percent on select titles by using coupon code SDCC2016 during checkout. You can see an example of how the new Bubble Zoom feature looks and works below or head through the link below to take advantage of the 50-percent off sale.

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