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Around the Web July 4, 2014

Are you a massive Game of Thrones fan? I bet you’re not as big a fan as this newly-wed couple. With the help of Blink Box they put on a fantastic looking Game of Thrones themed wedding. My personal favorites are the sister of the groom as Brienne of Tarth and the brother-in-law of the groom as Khal Drogo. Also, it wouldn’t be Game of Thrones without Hodor, the bride’s father.

Till death do they part...or George RR Martin.

Till death do they part…or George RR Martin.

I’m not a big fan of the Dani/John Snow combination, but hey, it’s their wedding.

Who doesn’t love Grumpy Cat? We all feel that way some times and it’s nice to know that no matter what happens, Grumpy Cat is there to show solidarity against whatever is peeving you. Of course the next question is “what could make Grumpy Cat better?”. The answer is obviously Peter Dinklage. Ok, so the picture is Photoshopped. But it is still one of the most awesome things I’ve seen in a long while.

My Hero.

My Hero.

Upon reflection of my last statement, I may need to get out more.

It’s no secret that Reddit is a hotbed of debate when it comes to Game of Thrones. From people going nuts about the most recent episode, to discussions about characterizations, and comparisons between book and show, Reddit has it all. What’s really interesting to look at is the shifts in the conversation as the season progresses, thanks to these helpful infographics. Percentages are based on totals in the various Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire subreddits. The biggest winner is House Martell with an almost 2% gain in popularity and despite having the Number One and Two highest drops (by percentage) Houses Targaryen and Stark still have over 11% of all flair.

If only things had worked out as well in the show.

If only things had worked out as well in the show.

On a positive note, the longer the show goes, the fewer Starks there are and the larger percent they each get.

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Editorial | Review, X-men: Days of Future Past *Spoilers*

***** SPOILER ALERT *****

This review will be discussing plot points which may be considered spoilers. Consider yourselves warned.

The phrase “summer blockbuster” may as well have been coined for X-men: Days of Future Past.  This monolith of cinema was released on Thursday, just in time to dominate the long, holiday weekend, and I went and saw it twice in preparation for this review (mostly because I forgot my notebook the first time, but I digress).

While comic fans probably have a lot of gripes about this movie, and rightly so (yes, this was supposed to be Kitty Pryde’s movie; yes, some of the characters were not true to their comic book profiles), the movie itself was an entertaining ride from start to finish.
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Editorial | A Highly Anticipated Movie: X-men Days of Future Past

It really is too bad that X-Men: Days of Future Past will not be released in theaters until next year.  Since the “future” part of those days takes place in 2013 (impossibly far away from the year it was written), there would have been some satisfaction in seeing the movie be released this year.  However, Marvel fans will have to wait until May of 2014 to see this visual masterpiece on the big screen.  In preparation, I read the comic books on which the movie is based and I have some thoughts on what I am excited to see as well as some things that should be made clearer in the movie than they are in the books.

The first big difference between books and movies is that comic books are released much more quickly than movies.  This allows for more continuity in the books and keeps them from having to explain and re-explain relationships and back stories.  Because of this difference, and because certain things were not explained well in X-Men: The Last Stand, I am hoping for a little more clarification on certain storylines.

A little more of this, please!

For instance, I really want more screen time for Kitty Pryde and Peter Rasputin (Sprite and Colossus).  The comics in the DoFP saga do not really explain much about their history, except, of course, to mention that they are married in the future.  The few sparks of romantic in me would like to see some of their love story.

I did not originally like Ellen Page’s Kitty Pryde, but she has grown on me and I am excited to see more from her.  She is one of the most important characters in the DoFP storyline.  In the X-men movies, her character really wasn’t fleshed out very much.  In fact, I didn’t even realize that Ellen Page was playing Kitty Pryde until halfway through X-Men: The Last Stand.  This was mostly due to the fact that Last Stand Kitty seemed much more interested in Bobby Drake (Iceman) than she was in Colossus.

I am also excited to see more of the Uncanny X-men who have grown on me, such as Storm and even Nightcrawler (although he still creeps me out a little).  I am curious whether Ben Foster will be asked to reprise his role as the Angel.  He was a very minor character in Last Stand and I felt no real connection to him, so it would not bother me at all if that part were recast for Days of Future Past.

The Sentinels are another highly anticipated plot feature, of course.  Even more fabulous is the announcement that one of my favorite actors, Peter Dinklage, will be playing their creator, Bolivar Trask.

See the resemblance?

Although the Scarlet Witch and her brother Quicksilver do not appear in the comics for the DoFP story, I am excited to see them on the screen for the first time.  Scarlet Witch has one of the coolest super powers that Marvel has ever dreamed up, and I am eager to see how that is translated into film.

Of course, I am also looking forward to seeing my very favorite X-man, and giant crush again also.  Hank McCoy will always be my not-so-secret love.  However, I am sad to see the Kelsey Grammar is not playing the Beast again this time.  My fingers are crossed that Nicholas Hoult will do an equally amazing job.

There are a few things I am not looking forward to seeing, however.  Jennifer Lawrence does not play a convincing Mystique, and I really wish she had been recast.  She was one of the most disappointing performances in X-men: First Class.  Fortunately, Mystique IS a shape-shifter, so perhaps we will not have to look at Lawrence all that much.

I also am not a fan of Anna Paquin’s Rogue.  Come to think of it, these actresses look and act a lot alike.  Perhaps they’re just not my type.

All in all, May 2014 cannot come soon enough for me!  In the meantime, I’ll just have to break out Andrew’s list of things to do while I wait.  Also, I will be enjoying tomorrow evening’s 8/7 pm premiere of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.

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Bonus Post: The Hobbit Teaser!

Today is a great day. The first teaser trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug came out today and I am loving it already. I don’t want to spoil it for you, so just watch it below.

Also, we’d like to wish a very happy birthday to Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage. Tyrion Lannister is one of my favorite GoT characters and I can’t wait to see Peter in X-Men: Days of Future Past.



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