Game of Thrones Disney Star Wars Netflix Share your voice 77 Photos TV and Movies Best Netflix series: There’s no shortage of original Netflix series to binge.Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports. Netflix tricked me on Thursday. The streaming service dropped a new video with the familiar, haunting-looking Stranger Things logo on it, and for a minute I thought: Is it? Could it be? A season 3 trailer?I pushed play and seconds later I felt like Netflix tossed me into the Upside Down. That was no trailer, but instead a two-minute video showing the kid actors from Netflix’s hit wrapping presents. Ho-ho-horribly not funny, Netflix.The Avengers: Endgame trailer is finally here, after impatient fans tweeted about it pretty much every day since Avengers: Infinity War came out in April. But isn’t it time for a Stranger Things trailer? And Star Wars: Episode 9? Maybe Game of Thrones? Here’s a look at the three trailers that have moved to the top of fans’ want lists now that Endgame ended that waiting game.Star Wars: Episode 9Movie release date: December 2019 in theatersWhat we want to know: The title (personally still rooting for this), how Princess Leia’s story will be handled since the death of beloved Carrie Fisher, what role Luke (Mark Hamill) will play after the events of The Last Jedi, are Rey’s parents really “filthy junk traders”… heck, we’re waiting for pretty much everything.How to get caught up: You can watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Netflix streaming if you’re a member, and you can rent or buy Star Wars: The Force Awakens on various online services, from Amazon Prime Video to iTunes. If you’re old-school, you can buy them on DVD or Blu-ray.The fates of Leia (Carrie Fisher) and her brother, Luke, are both up in the air in Episode IX. Lucasfilm No one’s eager to see new footage from a Star Wars movie, right? Naw, can’t imagine anyone caring about that. PSYCHE. Even Mark Hamill snarked on fans’ desire for Episode IX footage by promising an “exclusive Star Wars trailer photo” and then punking them. When? So when will the first Star Wars: Episode IX trailer make the Kessel Run into our browsers? The Last Jedi came out in December 2017, just like Episode IX is scheduled to come out in December 2019. The first Jedi trailer came out in April 2017 at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida. It’s a good bet Episode IX will follow suit. Star Wars Celebration is just over 100 days away — it’ll be held April 11-15 in Chicago. Hey, at least US tax day means something good this time.Game of ThronesSeries release date: April 2019 on HBOWhat we want to know: How will Jon and Daenerys learn that they’re not just lovers, but are related? Will any of our long-lost favorites (Syrio Forel! Khal “Aquaman” Drogo!) make a return for the show’s final six episodes? Will any Starks get a happy ending? How will that 55-day battle we’ve heard about come across onscreen? Cersei’s going to have to pay for her crimes, right, whether by the hand of brother Jaime or brother Tyrion? Oh, and almost as an afterthought: Who will win the Iron Throne?How to get caught up: The easiest way to watch previous seasons is to have HBO NOW or HBO Go. (HBO Go is the one that comes with an HBO cable subscription, but HBO NOW is the standalone service for cord-cutters and the like.) Individual episodes and seasons are also available to buy via services such as iTunes and Amazon Prime Video. Or buy past seasons on DVD or Blu-ray.Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) has come a long way from that idealistic girl who once dreamed only of her prince. HBO How can Game of Thrones possibly wrap up eight seasons of drama and dragons and death in just six episodes, even if they’re super-sized? A trailer would give us a clue. And no, not a plain old tease, like the 39-second goodie dropped earlier this month that was about as generous with details as Cersei is with her wine. When? It’s hard to tell exactly when HBO will provide that real look — but here’s a new clue. Entertainment Weekly’s James Hibberd, who watched some of the final season being filmed, published an interview with Game of Thrones producer Carolyn Strauss this week. They mostly discussed the Deadwood movie, which she is also producing, and Hibberd flat-out asked where the trailer is. “I gotta believe something is going to come out before too long,” she said. We’ll just cling to that for now, thanks.Stranger ThingsSeries release date: Sometime in 2019What we want to know: How will the kid romances — Eleven-Mike and Max-Lucas — continue in this season, which takes place in the summer of 1985? It’d be too boring if the course of true love ran smooth. What exactly will go down at Starcourt Mall, the new mall hyped in this video from July? Can Will ever shake off what happened to him? Will “Dad Steve” stay cool? Can we ever truly understand what happened to Eleven and the the other numbered kids? And will Joyce and Hopper start sittin’ in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G?How to get caught up: You can watch all the seasons on Netflix, duh, or pick it up on DVD or Blu-ray. Some of the home video packaging is made to look like old VHS tapes you might’ve picked up in the actual 1980s time period of the show. Make it a Blockbuster night!Dammit, kid, where is the trailer? Netflix Stranger Things is the master of releasing videos that look enticing, but leave you empty. Kinda like Eggos. On Dec. 9, a video delivered what are apparently the episode titles for season three, but left fans to do the detective work behind what they mean. Two of the titles, Mall Rats and The Battle of Starcourt, seem to hint there will be a big fight of some kind in the new Starcourt Mall. Class of 1985 grad here to say this rings true, we loved the mall back in the day. I’d even brave the Upside Down for an Orange Julius and a Benetton sweater.When? But when it comes to Stranger Things, Netflix is in love with its own fake-outs. Here are the episode titles! Here’s a trailer promoting the mall! Here are the kid stars wrapping gifts! Here’s a made-up holiday, Stranger Things Day, upon which we will deliver nothing! So stay strong, fans, there could be more feints before we get anything real. If season two is any guide — and it may or may not be — fans might want to get ready for some football. The first trailer for Stranger Things season 2 came out during the 2017 Super Bowl, preceding an October release of the show. The Super Bowl certainly provides a big enough canvas for the Stranger Things trailer. This year’s big game is on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. GEORGIA. Where STRANGER THINGS IS FILMED. Coincidence? Yeah, totally, but still, you might want to mark your calendar for the big game, and try and take bathroom breaks during the gridiron action, not during the ads. Tags 0 2019 movies to geek out over Post a comment
ReutersGame of Thrones season 8 episode 2 “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” aired earlier today and we finally got to see Arya Stark’s transformation from a girl to a Lady. Maisie Williams recently discussed the surprise intimate scene her character shares with Gendry.Following article has Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 spoilers:In the recently released episode of Game of Thrones, everyone is pretty tensed as Night King is only a couple of hours away from coming to Winterfell. On one hand, our knights are spending the night getting hammered or singing the songs of Dead Kings, Arya Stark chose to do one thing which she has never done before.Arya is seen showing her archery skills when she is approached by Gendry. Arya first enquires Gendry why Melisandre took him in the first place. Gendry tells her that he is Robert Baratheon’s illegitimate son and she wanted her blood for the same. Arya then asks him about the number of women he has slept with in the past. Gendry replies with a single digit number and we know that those girls were presented to him by Tyrion Lannister.Within seconds, Arya and Gendry find themselves kissing each other passionately and undressing each other. It was for the very first time in Game of Thrones where Maisie Williams had to do such a scene.As per Entertainment Weekly, it was Sophie Turner who first told Maisie Williams about the sex scene. Sophie called Maisie and asked her to check out that scene.”Sophie said, ‘Whatever you do, you have to skip to this episode, this scene first.’ So I just read that and it was practically all I knew about the entire season,” recalled Maisie Williams. Arya Stark in the official trailerYouTube/HBOHowever, Maisie first thought that this scene may not happen because, in the past, they were given fake scripts just to avoid the leaks and spoilers. As per the young actress, she thought the sex scene between Arya and Gendry was a prank.When it comes to showing nudity, this was the first time when Maisie Williams had to strip in front of the camera. As per the actress, Game of Thrones showrunners let her decide how much she wanted to show on the screen.”So I kept myself pretty private. I don’t think it’s important for Arya to flash. This beat isn’t really about that. And everybody else has already done it on the show, so… “The sex with Gendry meant a true deal for Arya Stark. It was a human experience for her and it was the most important thing she could have asked for on the battle-eve night.Maisie Williams will return as Arya Stark for Game of Thrones season 8 episode 3.
The Tamil Nadu government has clarified that the state’s labour laws apply equally to the information technology and allied sectors, consequently allowing IT employees the freedom to form associations and trade unions, reported the Financial Express. The industry is also subject to the provisions of the Industrial Disputes Act, 1947.A petition by the New Democratic Labour Front (NDLF) had sought the government’s explanation on the controversial aspect of “labour freedom” inside these high-paying technology workplaces.”The IT company employees also are free to form trade unions and can redress their grievances through evoking the provisions of Industrial Disputes Act 1947,” said Kumar Jayant, principal secretary in the labour and employment department.IT companies are subject to inspection from the labour department like all other industries. Where the provisions of the Act are violated they may approach the conciliation officer through their trade unions and even subject their faulting employer to an industrial dispute, he added.NDLF has consistently attempted to seek clarity on the issue since January 2015 when Tata Consultancy Services retrenched 25,000 of its employees. It approached the labour department first and then the Madras High Court seeking a clarification from the department. Meanwhile, NDLF also helped create India’s first trade union in the IT sector — IT Employees Wing.The labour front also filed for a contempt petition (which is slated to come up soon) against the government as the court order to explain if the IT industry would be covered under the Industrial Disputes (ID) Act or not was unanswered for 14 months.Calling such lay off as illegal practice, NDLF said it has complained for 30 years that the IT industry has denied all basic and democratic rights to its employees. The sector’s hire and fire practices, curbs against trade unions, forced work hours and discriminatory appraisal system, etc., were all discriminatory.Meanwhile, the Business Standard reported that the neighbouring state of Karnataka, India’s technology hub, prohibits formation of labour unions in IT firms under its jurisdiction. The state has even exempted the sector from industrial employment (Standing Orders) Act 1946. In a pre-emptive move, the state has also held these firms’ activities on par with “essential services,” to keep it going even in times of a strike or bandh call.Labour is on the Concurrent List of subjects, according to the Indian Constitutional. Though central laws supersede state’s laws on labour issues, records of IT companies in harmonious collaboration with states have kept the central government from any intervention.
Representative image of a silhouetted manReutersMukesh Ambani, the richest Indian with a net worth of $40.1 billion, has not taken a pay hike for the 10th year in a row. The Reliance Industries chairman had capped his salary in October 2009 and it remains unchanged.So what is Mukesh’s annual salary? According to the companies’ annual report, Mukesh’s compensation has been set at Rs 15 crore. This decision shows his desire to continue to set a personal example. While Mukesh’s package remains the same, other directors and key managerial personnel got a pay hike of around 13 percent.”Compensation of Shri Mukesh D. Ambani, Chairman, and Managing Director, has been set at Rs 15 crore, reflecting his desire to continue to set a personal example for moderation in managerial compensation levels,” the annual report said.His salary package includes the salary of Rs 4.49 crore, perquisites, and allowance of Rs 27 lakh, retiral benefits of Rs 71 lakh and commission payable of Rs 9.53 crore. Mukesh Ambani is India’s richest manReutersMukesh’s cousins Nikhil and Hital’s compensation increased to Rs 19.99 crore each from their Rs 16.58 crore package in 2016-2017, while one of his key executives’ director PMS Prasad’s compensation increased from Rs 7.87 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 8.99 crore this year.Mukesh’s wife Nita Ambani, a non-executive director on the company’s board, also received a revised commission of Rs 1.5 crore this year from last year’s Rs 1.3 crore.Recently, when Forbes released a list of world’s billionaires, as many as 119 Indians featured in the list and Mukesh Ambani topped the list with a net worth of $40.1 billion. His net worth went up from last year’s $38 billion.He retained his position as the richest person and made it in the top 20 list of world’s billionaires of 2018.
NPR/Getty ImagesThe Senate Intelligence Committee is holding a hearing on worldwide threats on Tuesday.The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has convened its annual hearing on “worldwide threats” with the top U.S. spy bosses.Scheduled to appear are Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA Director Mike Pompeo, FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers. Also expected to testify are the heads of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Robert Cardillo.The hearing takes place early each year as the venue through which the U.S. intelligence community briefs Congress — and the public — about the range of dangers facing the country.This year’s installment takes place amid an ongoing counterintelligence investigation into whether President Trump’s campaign might have conspired with the Russians who attacked the 2016 election and following reports about the losses of U.S. agents overseas, the theft of the NSA’s secret spying software and other major setbacks in the intelligence world.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Share