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'Game of Thrones' tourism will live on even after the show ends

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Courtesy of HBO(NEW YORK) — “All men must die,” as the show’s mantra goes, but the Game of Thrones tourism industry will live on far past the series’ end.

Over its eight-season run, the show has attracted a steady stream of tourists to its various, stunning filming locations, including Iceland, Croatia and Northern Ireland.  

Robbie Atkinson, a tour guide for Game of Thrones Tours in Northern Ireland, says because Game of Thrones is translated into almost every language, fans come from all over the world just to walk in their favorite characters’ shoes for a bit.

Some do it quite literally — in costume.  Atkinson says he’s seen fans dress up as everyone from Daenerys Targaryen to Ser Jorah Mormont.

“We have different types of characters and you think you’ve seen it all and then the next day you’re on the tour you see something even more crazy,” Atkinson says. “It’s just amazing that the fans are that dedicated that they dress up themselves to come on the tours.”

Atkinson, who’s also been an extra on Game of Thrones, expects GoT tourism to continue much in the same way Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter tourism has.

Similar to Harry Potter Studios in London, HBO is turning Game of Thrones’ former studios in Northern Ireland into a tourist attraction. The first one is set to open in spring 2020.

The Games of Thrones series finale airs Sunday at 9 p.m. on HBO. As for how it will all end, Atkinson offers no guesses.

“I gave up on theories years ago,” he laughs. “For Game of Thrones, every time you think you have a favorite character or think, ‘I know what’s gonna happen,’ they just turn it around totally, and no one has a clue what’s gonna happen.”

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"Everything was gone" – 'Guardians of the Galaxy' series director James Gunn opens up about his firing and rehiring by Disney

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(L-R) Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, James Gunn, Michael Rooker/Marvel Studios(LOS ANGELES) — In a lengthy interview with Deadline, Guardians of the Galaxy series writer/director James Gunn discusses for the first time his firing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe by ABC News’ parent company Disney, and his eventual re-hiring.

As you’ll recall, Gunn was famously fired last year, when a series of old, offensive tweets of his were unearthed.

“There have been other difficult days in my life, from the time I got sober when I was younger, to the death of friends who committed suicide,” he tells Deadline. “But this…suddenly it seemed like everything was gone.”

A contrite Gunn takes the blame, telling the publication, “Disney totally had the right to fire me. This wasn’t a free speech issue.”

The loss of Guardians hit him hard, because, he explains, “My apparatus for being loved was my work…I had never really experienced before that feeling of being loved so deeply.”

“[But] then came this outpouring of real love,” he noted, referring to the Guardians cast who publicly backed him, as well as the support from his other friends and family.

“So a part of that day was the worst of my life, and a part of it was the greatest day of my life.”

Disney co-chair Alan Horn reportedly met with Gunn multiple times after the firing, and was convinced by his contrition; he was rehired in March.

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TBS renews Tracy Morgan's 'The Last O.G.' for a third season

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TBS(NEW YORK) — Tracy Morgan’s life after prison comedy, The Last O.G., is coming back for another season.

The Jordan Peele-produced comedy series, which stars Morgan and Tiffany Haddish, has officially been renewed for a third season by TBS, ABC Radio confirmed Wednesday.

The series stars Morgan as Tray, a recently released inmate who returns to his native Brooklyn after serving 15 years in prison. Unfortunately for Tray, he has trouble assimilating into a radically changed society. 

Haddish plays Shay, Tray’s ex-girlfriend, who is now married with twins — which Tray soon learns are his children.

The third season is expected to pick up where it last left off. Tray will finally get to live out his dream of becoming a chef, while Shay has found a new business venture of her own.

There is no word on an official return date for The Last O.G.

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'Rick and Morty' Season 4 premiering in November; creators want to give Kanye his own episode

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Adult Swim(NEW YORK) — In a brief, yet very informative clip that Adult Swim debuted Wednesday, the titular leads of Adult Swim’s acclaimed series Rick and Morty announced that the show’s anticipated fourth season will debut in November.

The announcement was part of the WarnerMedia upfronts presentation in New York City this morning.

In typically sarcastic R&M style, the two characters stand against a black background, and literally reveal only that information, for an audience that has been starving for new episodes.

For the uninitiated, Rick Sanchez is like Doc Brown from Back to the Future, if he was a genius sociopath with substance abuse issues, and Morty is his nervous grandson who gets dragged along on Rick’s often dangerous inter-dimensional adventures.

Both characters are voiced by series co-creator Justin Roiland; Community‘s Dan Harmon is the show’s other co-creator. The series has already attracted a number of celebrity guest voices, from Stephen Colbert and Nathan Fillion to Susan Sarandon.

At the event, Roiland and Harmon offered apparent R&M fan Kanye West his “own episode.” Roiland told The Blast that “Ye is a “f***ing genius,” and a “kindred spirit,” with whom they’d both love to work.

“I’m giving him an episode,” Harmon said, referring to the series’ recent massive episode deal with Adult Swim. “We have 70! He can have one….It’s official.” Roiland gushed, “I’m so down.”

Meanwhile, Harmon’s former Community star Yvette Nicole Brown, who can currently be seen in Avengers: Endgame, tells ABC Radio she’s waiting for his call.

“[Harmon’s] created two shows that are like HUGE — and Rick and Morty has like eclipsed anything Community did!” Brown says. “Dan, can I be on Rick and Morty? I gotta beg stuff. Harmon: let me be on Rick and Morty? OK, I’m done.” 

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Selena Gomez slams social media: "For my generation…[it] has been really terrible"

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Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images(CANNES) — Selena Gomez may be one of the most-followed people on Instagram, but that doesn’t mean she thinks social media is a good idea.

Variety reports that at a press conference during the Cannes Film Festival to promote her new movie The Dead Don’t Die, Selena told reporters, “I would say for my generation, specifically, social media has really been terrible.”

“It does scare me when you see how exposed these young boys and young girls are,” she added. “They are not aware of the news. I think it’s dangerous for sure. I don’t think people are getting the right information sometimes.”

According to Selena, she thinks it’s “pretty impossible” for social media to be “safe” for young people at this point.

“It just scares me. I’ll see these young girls at meet and greets. They are devastated, dealing with bullying and not being able to have their own voice,” she revealed. “It can be great in moments. I would be careful and allow yourself some time limits of when you should use it.”

Selena’s new movie, directed by Jim Jarmusch, is a zombie film that also stars Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Adam Driver and Chloe Sevigny.

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