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‘Game of Thrones’: Twitter reacts to Joffrey, Purple Wedding surprise

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 17:09
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Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin. (HBO)

Natalie Dormer in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin.

Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Natalie Dormer in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin. (HBO)

Diana Rigg and Natalie Dormer in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin. (Macall B. Polay/HBO)

Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose." (HBO)

Natalie Dormer, Jack Gleeson and Peter Dinklage in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose." (Macall B. Polay/HBO)

Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Natalie Dormer and Jack Gleeson in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin. (HBO)

From left, Dean-Charles Chapman, Peter Dinklage, Jack Gleeson and Sophie Turner in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose," written by George R.R. Martin. (HBO)

Members of the Icelandic band Sigur Rós in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones," "The Lion and the Rose." (HBO)

Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) is accused of murdering the king in Sunday's episode of "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Bronn (Jerome Flynn) and Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) spar in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

Alfie Allen as Theon Greyjoy/Reek and Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Snow in "Game of Thrones." (HBO)

"The Lion and the Rose" director Alex Graves. (HBO)

Jack Gleeson as King Joffrey. (HBO)

Talk about just desserts.

Last night’s episode of “Game of Thrones,” “The Lion and the Rose,” elicited a rousing celebration from Twitter; as the tweets piled up around the #purplewedding hashtag, it was clear that the death of a key character at the wedding of King Joffrey (Jack Gleeson) and Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) produced one long, slow clap from the Internet.

If you still haven’t seen the latest twist in HBO’s fantasy series, you should stop reading now.

The highlights? Well, the wedding was a white-knuckled affair even before Joffrey was fatally poisoned. Indulging his own twisted ideas of entertainment, he’d brought out a troupe of dwarfs to act out the so-called Battle of the Five Armies, referencing both Ned Stark and Robb Stark’s murder to the horror of Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner). Not content with this base-level humiliation, Joffrey baited his uncle, Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), calling him his cup-bearer, pouring wine on his head and demanding that he “kneel before your king.” New bride Margaery, by way of distraction, cried out, “Look, the pie!”

Soon, she’s feeding her husband some cake, which Joffrey washes down with wine. A few coughs and sputters later, and Joffrey meets his glorious end — choking, bleeding from the nose and in his last breaths, pointing his finger at Tyrion, still clutching the goblet in shock.

Ever the fierce lioness, Cersei (Lena Headey) demands her brother be taken prisoner immediately. Expect some bad times ahead for the Master of Coin.

QUIZ: Test your ‘Game of Thrones’ knowledge

Following is a selection of Twitter reactions, including a Passover-themed tweet from Michael Eisner and a little speculation on who is really responsible for King Joffrey’s death. There are so many people who’d want Joffrey dead, it’s hard to pick just one suspect.

Let the accusations — or would it be congratulations? — fly.

I've got 99 problems but a King ain't one… #PurpleWedding
Tyrion Lannister (@GoT_Tyrion) April 14, 2014

 

Those drinking the Passover wine tonight might think twice after last night’s Game of Thrones. #PurpleWedding #HappyPassover
Michael Eisner (@Michael_Eisner) April 14, 2014

 

RT @notcarlosjones: Oh its #purplewedding because he turned purple and choked to death. I was too busy laughing to notice. #got…—
TheRedWedding (@RedWeddingTears) April 14, 2014

 

Is it me or is the world a little sunnier today? #GameOfThrones #JoffreysWedding
Amye Archer (@AmyeArcher) April 14, 2014

 

We have all waited for Joffrey's death. He was annoying, irritating in every way.. but personally I will miss this character. #gameofthrones
paulina (@palynathisway) April 14, 2014

 

No one's talking about the real question: How do you bake live doves into a pie? #GameOfThrones
Zach Braff (@zachbraff) April 14, 2014

 

that was the best wedding I ever attended. I'll take Joffrey's valyrian sword as a party favor, thanks #purplewedding
Denise Reina (@denisereina) April 14, 2014

 

I would BOW DOWN if it was Sansa. You all know what I’m talking about. #GameofThrones
Lisa Palmer (@TVTherapy) April 14, 2014

 

Ironically, one my uncles got food poisoning from the wine at my wedding too so… Yeah #JoffreysWedding #GameOfThrones
Lars Von Trier (@LVon_Trier) April 14, 2014

 

#TeamJoffrey forever—
Critical Focus Prod. (@CriticalFocusPr) April 14, 2014

 

The next time a relative asks me why I'm not married, I'm telling them to watch/read Game of Thrones #RedWedding #PurpleWedding
Alia Chughtai (@AliaChughtai) April 14, 2014

 

#PurpleWedding #GameOfThrones http://t.co/dhzxpGoIY1
Trang Dang (@teedee811) April 14, 2014

Were you happy to see Joffrey die? Were you surprised by the latest “Game of Thrones” twist? Let us know in the comments section.

— Margaret Wappler | @MargaretWappler

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Mon, 04/14/2014 - 17:00
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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’: Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore flee Sentinels

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 16:38
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Sunspot (Adan Canto), left, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) prepare for an epic battle to save their kind in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Fox)

Ian McKellen returns as Magneto in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Fox)

Young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) meets his older self (Patrick Stewart) in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Fox)

Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Fox)

Dr. Trask (Peter Dinklage, seated) plots to eradicate mutants in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Fox)

Beast (Nicholas Hoult) unleashes his inner animal in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Fox)

Ellen Page, left, as Kitty Pryde and Shawn Ashmore as Iceman in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." (Fox)

Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) are on the run in the latest clip from Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Mutant fans can check out a new sequence from the Fox film, which is set to arrive in theaters May 23.

“Days of Future Past” picks up after Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 prequel “X-Men: First Class,” which chronicled the mutant superheroes’ origins as young people in the 1960s, discovering and learning to manipulate their powers. The new film, adapted from one of the beloved comic book story lines conceived by Chris Claremont, stars actors from “First Class” and the original “X-Men” trilogy, which launched in 2000 with Singer’s original “X-Men” and arguably ushered in the current golden age of comic book films.

Halle Berry as Storm in “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” (Fox)

“Future Past’s” expansive cast includes James McAvoy playing the younger Xavier, with Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen playing Magneto. Also featured are Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Page as Kitty Pryde, Ashmore as Iceman, Halle Berry as Storm, Omar Sy as Bishop and Evan Peters as Quicksilver.

“Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage joins the ensemble as Bolivar Trask, the mastermind who initially creates the Sentinels, robots who in the future seek to drive mutants into extinction.

In Singer’s film, the X-Men ultimately hit upon a plan to prevent the bleak future — by projecting Wolverine’s consciousness back in time into the body of his younger self, they hope to unite friends-turned-adversaries Xavier and Magneto and avoid the events that will trigger the dystopia, which is glimpsed in the newly released sequence.

In an interview with Hero Complex, Singer pointed out one unlikely inspiration for “X-Men: Days of Future Past”: Schrodinger’s cat.

“There’s a theory about things: Until they’re observed, they haven’t really quite happened yet … it’s called a superposition in quantum mechanics,” he explained. “If you put a poison that may or may not release inside a box with a cat, until you observe the result, the cat is both alive and dead at the same time. The outcome hasn’t happened yet, so you can muck about in the past, but until you return to observe the future, it doesn’t take hold. That’s called collapsing the superposition.

“I applied this notion to our story line, and it really helped me create a narrative where both the past and future can coexist at the same time.”

Are you excited to see Singer return as a director to the franchise with “X-Men: Days of Future Past”? What do you think of the new clip?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

– Gina McIntyre

Follow us on Twitter: @LATHeroComplex

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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Ominous TV spot hints at Gwen Stacy’s fate

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 15:47
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Jamie Foxx, left, and Andrew Garfield in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield, left, and Dane DeHaan in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Jamie Foxx in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Jamie Foxx as Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Jamie Foxx as Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield, left, and Dane DeHaan in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Paul Giamatti in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield, left, and Paul Giamatti in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield, left, and Dane DeHaan in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Emma Stone in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Jamie Foxx as Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Jamie Foxx as Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Jamie Foxx as Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." (Sony Pictures)

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ director Marc Webb has suggested that Andrew Garfield’s heroic Peter Parker will be tested as never before in the upcoming Sony sequel set to open May 2.

But a new TV spot for the film sure does seem to intimate that it’s Peter’s relationship with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy that will be specifically affected by the events unfolding in the anticipated sequel, written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner. Fans in the know will recognize elements from Gerry Conway’s notorious 1973 comic book storyline centering on Parker’s lady love.

Check it out below.

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” sees Garfield’s wall-crawling hero face off against several foes, including Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, an Eastern Bloc criminal who becomes the Rhino, and Dane DeHaan as Oscorp heir Harry Osborn, who is poised to inherit the mantle of the Green Goblin. (Fans also will interpret the appearance of B.J. Novak as Alistair Smythe as especially meaningful — in comic book lore, the character at one point referred to himself as the Ultimate Spider-Slayer.)

But it’s Jamie Foxx’s Electro, who begins the movie as the meek Oscorp employee Max Dillon, who has the most showstopping moments, thanks to his masterful control of the power grid.

Wisconsin native Webb found his way to the world of superheroes and villains by a somewhat unlikely road — the respected indie director was previously best known for the Los Angeles-set “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel.

“In ‘(500) Days of Summer,’ there weren’t levitating trucks or beings made of electricity — there were, but they got cut,” he deadpanned.

His original Marvel adaptation, which rebooted the franchise that Sam Raimi successfully helmed roughly a decade earlier, turned out to be a blockbuster hit that took in upward of $262 million at the domestic box office, and also earned critical praise, thanks in part to the winning chemistry between English actor Garfield and Stone.

Sony has great expectations for the superhero franchise. The studio already has announced that the third and fourth installments in the saga are set for release on June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018.

Additionally, the company announced plans for new movies about Spider-Man’s nemesis Venom and the collective of bad guys known as the Sinister Six via its Electro Arrives website. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon will write the screenplay for “Venom,” while Drew Goddard will write, and potentially direct, “The Sinister Six,” focusing on the villains in the franchise.

Click through the gallery above for a sneak peek at “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

– Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex

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