Meredith Blake

April 10, 2015 | 3:47 p.m.

‘Game of Thrones’: Lena Headey talks Cersei and her ‘very poor choices’

Any way you slice it, Cersei Lannister has had a rough year. Last season on HBO’s epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” the cunning Queen Regent of the Seven Kingdoms watched her sadistic son and the apple of her eye, King Joffrey, die at his own wedding. His murder created new strain in her, shall we say, complicated incestuous relationship with twin brother Jaime, as did her politically motivated engagement to Loras Tyrell, who happens to be gay. To top it all off, her father, Tywin, was murdered — while on the toilet, no less — by her younger brother, Tyrion. With her mild-mannered youngest son Tommen now installed as king, Cersei is now more powerful than ever. Actress Lena Headey has turned Cersei, a character who in lesser hands might be a campy villainess, into a surprisingly sympathetic figure […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 10:03 p.m.

NYCC: ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ previews new episode (spoilers)

Between comic book news and details about a touring live attraction, Marvel had plenty of information to share with fans at New York Comic Con Saturday. The company’s big push into prime time, ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” also managed a moment in the spotlight with Marvel’s head of television, Jeph Loeb, and actors Iain De Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge, who play lab geniuses Fitz and Simmons, turning up to preview Tuesday’s episode and talk up the show. (Those who don’t want to know details about the upcoming episode should stop reading now.) This episode introduces a new character — a former protege of Agent Coulson’s (Clark Gregg) named Amador, who’s equipped with a camera in her eye — and opens with an elaborate action sequence on the Stockholm subway, one that was actually filmed in Sweden, just as the […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 6:22 p.m.

NYCC: ‘Walking Dead’ panel features Norman Reedus, cast news, premiere tease

“The Walking Dead” spin-off won’t hit the airwaves for a while yet, but at New York Comic Con on Saturday, “The Daryl Dixon Show” was already in full effect. In a panel moderated by “Community” star (and self-proclaimed “Walking Dead” super-fan) Yvette Nicole Brown, cast members Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira and Chad Coleman teased the season ahead, which resumes several months after the bloody confrontation between the prison population and the Governor’s (David Morrissey) forces. The actors were joined by comic book author Robert Kirkman, newly appointed show runner Scott Gimple and executive producers Greg Nicotero (also the series special effects makeup guru), Gale Anne Hurd and David Alpert. But all anyone wanted to know about, or at least it seemed, is what Daryl would be up to in the season ahead — specifically […]
Oct. 10, 2013 | 7:12 a.m.

NYCC: ‘The Walking Dead,’ ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ top TV-centric lineup

Starting Thursday, an estimated 130,000 fans will descend on the cavernous Javits Center on Manhattan’s far west side to attend New York Comic-Con, a four-day confab featuring some 400 panels, screenings and special events. Although it began as a more narrowly focused celebration of comic books, like its behemoth West Coast rival, San Diego’s Comic Con International, NYCC is increasingly dominated by pop culture – especially television. “I definitely have seen a really strong increase in the TV presence over the past couple of years,” said Kim Mueller, content and talent director at ReedPOP, the company that produces the 7-year-old event. “This year I would say we have double the content that we’ve had in the past. We are working with almost every single major network.” PHOTOS: SDCC cosplayers in all their crazy glory Reflecting the increasingly expansive definition of “geek […]
Feb. 20, 2013 | 4:42 p.m.

PlayStation 4: Sony promises ‘personalized gaming’ with new console

NEW YORK — Promising “the most personalized gaming experience,” Sony Computer Entertainment unveiled its next generation PlayStation 4 console at an anticipated event Wednesday, boasting a console with more power, faster response time, higher performance, better playability and the increased mobility to “take gaming out of the living room.” Sony executives and game designers — via videotaped messages — discussed statistics and showed how the new game controller uses “cloud” processes to bring gamers a heightened experience and better facilitate game-sharing. The executives said Sony had just green-lighted a program to build the world’s fastest gaming network. This would fulfill the promise, the game designers said, of zero lag time and zero startup time with the new device. PHOTOS: 13 must-have games in 2013 Unconfirmed reports had put the price point for the new game console at around $429. The […]
Oct. 12, 2012 | 5:16 p.m.

New York Comic Con gains on San Diego’s Comic-Con International

NEW YORK — There’s only one thing east of the Mississippi River that could bring together such disparate forces as the Joker, Princess Zelda and Pokémon — and that’s New York City’s Comic Con, which runs through this weekend. Once a distant second to the fanboy Goliath held in San Diego each summer, Gotham is creeping on its more mature West Coast cousin, long considered the world’s largest gathering of comic book and pop culture fans. Last summer, the 42-year-old San Diego convention drew an estimated 125,000, but this weekend’s New York event is expected to attract 115,000 — up from last year’s 105,000. The attendance figures for the New York event, which is being held at the cavernous Jacob Javits Center, are all the more impressive considering it’s only been around for six years. It’s quickly become one of […]
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