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Breaking Down All the Secrets and Surprises of the New Game of Thrones Trailer – Gizmodo



It may be the first day of summer in the real world, but winter has come to Westeros in the form of a brand new trailer for Game of Thrones’ penultimate season. It’s jam-packed with footage that lines up with all the rumors we’ve been hearing about the show over the last year, so let’s break it all down to see what secrets we can uncover.

A reminder, while we’re dealing with a lot of speculation here, it’s going to be based on filming reports and rumors that have been circling Game of Thrones’ seventh season, so…

The trailer opens with Sansa taking a walk through the snowy Godswood at Winterfell. Over it, we hear Littlefinger give a little speech—presumably to Sansa before this scene, telling her to be ready for any battle, be it in the North, the South, everywhere and anywhere, “in your mind.” To the surprise of no one at this point, Littlefinger has some trust issues!

The gate leading from beyond the wall to Castle Black raises, allowing Bran and Meera to pass through. The way the trailer is cut makes it seem like Jon sees them, but considering he’s wearing Wildling clothing, this appears to be different footage from Snow’s trip back beyond the Wall, which we see multiple times in this trailer.

Goldcloaks march through the streets of King’s Landing to a surprisingly jubilant crowd. It’s hard to tell, but we’ve heard reports that as part of his new alliance with Cersei Lannister, Euron Greyjoy drags a captive Yara Greyjoy (taken in the big battle between Dany’s host and the Lannister forces, also seen throughout this trailer), Ellaria Sand, and Tyene Sand through King’s Landing, which would match up with this sequence.

The shores of Dragonstone play host to some new arrivals. It’s hard to tell just who, but there’s been set pictures of both Jon Snow and his retinue and Gendry—who’s making a long-awaited return this season after years of rowing in circles—landing on these beaches. It might not even be either of those moments, and could be Dany making first landing.

Although that seems unlikely, as this could be Dany’s first arrival on the shores of her former home, and it’s in very different lighting. This is definitely Dragonstone either way, given the rock formations.

Dany tears down the Baratheon banners hung up in Dragonstone by its former occupant, Stannis, while Jon Snow intones, “For centuries our families fought together, against their common enemy. Despite their differences, together. We need to do the same if we’re gonna survive.” The way this is laid over footage of Dany specifically could mean it’s taken from the long-awaited meeting between Jon and Daenerys we know is coming, but odds are Jon could also be discussing this with the houses of the North, or even the Wildlings beyond the Wall.

Dany’s dragons fly toward Dragonstone, but below them on the beach it looks like there might be a few people there below. This seems to be cut from a shot we saw in the prior trailer, of Tyrion watching the dragons take flight from the cliffs around Dragonstone.

This shot of Grey Worm is interesting; you’re meant to think that it’s him sailing towards Dragonstone, but the rock formations are very different—and the crevice behind him is almost certainly what Grey Worm and whoever he is with (he nods at them slowly in the full shot) are sailing toward. Given there’s been rumors that Dany’s Unsullied attack Casterly Rock, the ancestral home of House Lannister, which is appearing for the first time this season—as well as the fact that in the books Casterly Rock is built upon a labyrinth of corridors built within the rock itself—could this be the Unsullied finding themselves an entry point to the legendarily impossible-to-besiege castle?

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After all, Tyrion has noted that in his younger years Tywin put him in charge of the drainage systems at Casterly Rock. If he knows a sneaky way in through those underground passages, as Daenerys’ Hand he’d tell the Unsullied.

It’s Brienne and Podrick! Interesting to note that Brienne is out of the armor gifted to her by Jaime (we saw her wearing it to beat the snot out of poor Pod in a behind-the-scenes video earlier today), and is instead wearing some decidedly Northern leathers. It’s hard to tell just where they are—the ramparts behind them don’t match either Winterfell or Castle Black.

Nestled between shots of utter carnage as the Unsullied and Lannister forces battle it out in one of the biggest setpieces of the new season, a skirmish between Dany’s forces and a caravan of Lannister troops lead by Jaime Lannister—allegedly returning from having taken House Tyrell’s stronghold, Highgarden, which is also making its debut this season. It includes a very interesting shot of Sandor Clegane, wearing the thick furs of the Wildlings. Is he a part of the group Jon takes beyond the Wall with him? Is a Hound/Arya reunion on the cards, if Clegane is hanging around with Jon now?

A swarm of ravens flies over a huge crowd of wildlings… and gets the attention of the Night’s King himself. The trailer seems to show him cutting Bran’s connections to the animals, but the interesting shot here is that Bran is in an old-timey wheelchair contraption, in front of a weirwood tree. It’s not any old tree, either: The location matches the tree Jon, Sam, and other Night’s Watch inductees took their oaths in front of all the way back in season one, so this should take place after Bran’s arrival at Castle Black. Just who he’s with, whoever, is unknown, so speculate wildly in the comments. Who among the Night’s Watch has a bald spot?

Here’s the money shot of the trailer, and one of the most intriguing shots int he whole thing. Beric Goddamn Dondarrion is back, and he’s brought his light-up sword tricks with him. For those who don’t remember, Beric was the leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners, a roving band of mercenaries in the Riverlands, and also a follower of the Lord of Light, having been resurrected by Thoros of Myr and Red God magic multiple times. Why he’s returned now is unknown, but once again, take note of the costume: He’s wearing thick and heavy furs, indicating Beric has also gone beyond the Wall. Whether he was there before Jon’s sojourn or came up with him remains to be seen.

Ships bearing the Kraken of House Greyjoy sail toward King’s Landing. Chances are these are Euron’s ships rather than Yara and Theon’s, given we know Euron will ally himself with Cersei this season.

The Unsullied open up a gate to… let even more Unsullied in. If we’re right about that earlier shot of Grey Worm being from a group of Unsullied sneaking their way into Casterly Rock, this could be the fruit of their labor—getting inside the fortifications to open it up for a larger host waiting outside. We do get a brief shot of the Unsullied immediately charging into some unsuspecting Lannister soldiers, so it appears to match up with our theory.

A very pissed Jamie Lannister rides over the flaming remains of a vast battlefield. He’s presumably miffed at the fact his men just got flamebroiled by…

…Dany, taking to the field atop Drogon. We’ve seen pictures and behind-the-scenes tidbits of the destruction she and Drogon unleash in this battle already, but this trailer has our best look so far at the grand battle, rumored in the earliest days of filming at season seven’s answer to the Battle of the Bastards.

Hellfire rains down on ships as Yara and Theon look on in horror. This seems to be part of the naval battle between her forces and Euron’s fleet that was once rumored to be part of the land battle between Dany’s Dothraki forces and the Lannisters, but given that it takes place at night those two situations may be separate. This is also presumably where Yara is captured by Euron—in a montage of shots later on we see him fighting on one of these flame-strewn ships.

Jon and his merry band surrounded by a horde of Wildlings. Note on the right you can see a flaming sword being swung, so that’s almost certainly Beric, confirming he’s joined with Jon for whatever’s going on beyond the Wall.

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The next bit of the trailer goes by fast—shots of Missandei and Grey Worm kissing, Tyrion looking distraught, Jon and Davos landing at Dragonstone (once again, you can tell by the fancy rock formation!), but most intriguingly of all is this sun-soaked shot of what looks like Sandor Clegane drawing a weapon. Strap yourselves in, because we have a pretty wild theory as to what this is and where it’s taking place.

Judging by the environment you can make out—it’s definitely not the dreary Northern settings we’ve seen Sandor Clegane in the other shots of the trailers—this could be the Dragonpit, a set of ruins just outside King’s Landing that the Targaryens kept their dragons before they all died out. There has been a litany of reports that the Dragonpit will become a major location in season seven, and which are rumored to include climactic scenes that will see pretty much the entire primary cast of Game of Thrones together for the first time… including Sandor Clegane.

If this is the Dragonpit, and Clegane is there, his evil brother-turned-zombie-guardsman Gregor will likely be there as well, presumably as part of Cersei’s retinue. This would be a pretty strong reason for a furious Sandor to draw a blade there. Could the long-awaited duel between the Clegane brothers (often referred to as the Cleganebowl) finally be happening at this crucial location?

A dismayed, disheveled Theon collapses on the shores of Dragonstone, which we know thanks to set reports. This is presumably after Yara is captured, but we also know Theon is on the beaches there for another scene where he finally reunites with Jon Snow after years apart… and the whole “betrayed Robb and helped split the Stark family up” thing, which leads to Jon angrily accosting the poor Greyjoy. Theon just can’t catch a break.

Oh my, Drogon, what lovely absolutely horrifying teeth you have.

The trailer ends with Jon cutting down a Wildling while being watched by a crowd of them, in front of that same rock we earlier saw him on top of while being totally surrounded by them. Is this some sort of trial by combat thing in an attempt to get the Wildlings left beyond the Wall to come help the Northerners, maybe? Meanwhile, Sansa intones an ominous verse about wolves, which means that it’s probably about the Stark kids, who are rumored to reunite this season:

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When the snows fall, and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies… but the pack survives.

Start speculating who the lone wolf is now!

Anything else you noticed in this trailer? As always, tell us what you saw in the comments below. Game of Thrones finally returns July 16.


Additional research by Zach Ezer.

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CNN's Lemon: A Republican Winning in Georgia 'Shouldn't Be Breaking News' – Breitbart News


On Tuesday’s broadcast of “CNN Tonight,” host Don Lemon reacted to the results in Georgia’s special election by saying a Republican winning in Georgia shouldn’t be breaking news.

Lemon said, “What’s interesting is that, breaking news, a Republican wins in Georgia, it shouldn’t be breaking news. This is the way it should happen. But the fact, David, that it was so close, at least it appeared in the polling and in the results, as well. The results are actually really close.”

He then asked, “What does this say about the state of affairs, especially the Trump — is there a mandate for Donald Trump? Will he keep his support? Will it stay the same? Are Democrats looking at this as necessarily a loss, or they got close and maybe there’s hope for them in the midterms?”

(h/t Grabien)

Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett

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The Art of Preventing Suicide: Breaking the Silence – NBC 10 Philadelphia


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We tasked young artists from the University of the Arts and Temple University's Tyler School of Art to create portraits based on interviews with subjects included in our digital exclusive special project Preventing Suicide: Breaking the Silence. Each



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Fresno construction crews bearing brunt of record-breaking heat – KFSN-TV


FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) —

An excessive heat warning is in effect through Thursday evening as we reach record-breaking temperatures.

Some constructions crews wrap up around 3:30 p.m., which is before the city hits the highest temperature of the day. But Action News was out at 10 a.m., and they were already breaking a sweat.

Workers were trying to keep cool in triple-digit temperatures at the construction site in Downtown Fresno. Laborers are working toward repaving a parking lot, and they’ll be at the site until September – through the hottest months of the year.

“Well, it’s not fun,” worker Brantley Pierce said.

To prevent overheating his body, one worker says he puts water on a rag around his neck to keep it cool.

“I got this rag and take a break every 30 minutes,” Pierce said. “Go sit under some shade for about 10 minutes and then get back to it.”

The construction company owner was on site overseeing the project and making sure his workers have what they need to be out in these conditions.

“We just make sure they have plenty to drink, they have to keep hydrated,” owner Jack Pierce explained. “We make sure they have shade. Anyone who gets too tired, we take them to the shade.”

Cal/OSHA protects workers from health and safety hazards and says their three goals for workers are water, rest, and shade. Once temperatures reach 95 degrees or higher, they say employers of outside workers must follow high heat procedures.

“Shade has to be provided when temperatures reach 80 degrees or above, water must be free, cool, portable and readily accessible to all workers,” Paola Laverde with Cal/OSHA said.

By law, every four hours every worker must be allowed a 10-minute break in hot conditions and agriculture workers are given a 10-minute break every two hours.

But any worker in hot temperatures can request to take a cool down break in the shade for at least five minutes, and can’t be rushed back to work.

At a home construction site, an insulation installer said he drinks lots of water to stay cool and makes sure to go in what they call ‘cool zones,’ which is usually the garage of a house but says he’ll go anywhere with shade.

“Summer is usually the busiest and hottest time, so it’s rough but you just gotta push through,” Lynn Ayala said.

Cal/OSHA says employers and coworkers need to watch out for each other and to be aware of heat illness symptoms which can include fainting spells or disorientation.

(Copyright ©2017 KFSN-TV. All Rights Reserved.)

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Las Vegas breaking news for June 18 – KTNV.com Las Vegas – KTNV Las Vegas (blog)


This is a roundup of all the breaking news stories from around the Las Vegas valley for June 18, 2017.

8:16 P.M.

A transformer caught fire behind 301 Paul Avenue and sent a strange ring of smoke into the air. The transformer and power pole were the only things damaged. There were no injuries.

6:20 P.M.

Lifeguard pulls unresponsive 6-year-old boy from wave pool at Cowabunga Bay. Boy transported to Henderson hospital. READ MORE

3:49 P.M.

A man shot a woman inside an apartment near Twain Avenue and Wynn Road around 2:27 p.m. Police believe he killed himself as they were heading up the stairs to the apartment. A 9-year-old boy inside the residence was uninjured. READ MORE.

3:34 P.M.

The Clark County Coroner identified the man who drowned at Lake Mead on June 17 as 32-year-old Alejandro Rodriguez from Fontana, California. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor to his death. READ MORE

The Coroner also identified the 22-year-old motorcyclist who died after crashing into a semi-truck on June 16 as Carlos Antonio Cardoza-Diaz from Laughlin. READ MORE

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Baltimore County Police: Man breaking into car dies after being held by witness – Baltimore Sun


Baltimore County police are investigating the death of man seen breaking into a car in the Halethorpe area.

Early Sunday morning, a man in the parking lot of a business in the 4300 block of Annapolis Road said he saw another man breaking into a car, according to police. After the man approached the person attempting to break into the car, he tried to hold him and call police.

“The suspect resisted the witness the entire time,” police said, and officers on the scene found him unconscious and not breathing.

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy, police said, and no further information is being released at this time.

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Breaking Cardinal Rules author gets candid with local comedian – WHAS 11.com


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Days after the NCAA released their rulings in its investigation of a sex scandal involving prospective recruits and players, a self-proclaimed madam who says she provided escorts for the alleged events at the University of Louisville has resurfaced.

Katina Powell, the author of Breaking Cardinal Rules, participated in a Facebook Live discussion with local comedian Jason English Saturday.

Powell, who has not been seen much in the public eye, talked candidly in a graphic interview with English about the NCAA’s findings and even took shots at those who discredited her alleged claims in the 2015 book.

She told English she wrote the book because of “money” and she was “surviving” and “making a living.”

Questions were asked about Coach Rick Pitino’s knowledge of the alleged parties happening at Billy Minardi Hall when former basketball director of operations Andre McGee was in charge.

“A blind man – you’re not gonna get anything past a blind man for four years, that’s all I’mma say. A blind man is even gonna know when [expletive] stinks. It smells bad, something’s not right. If you say you didn’t know, you didn’t know,” she said.

Powell maintains that she is remorseful and didn’t know the magnitude of what her book caused for the University.

“Honestly, its days I feel really bad. People can say what they want, they don’t have to believe me – you don’t live with me. I mean it’s times I do feel really bad. I did not know this much was going to happen. I didn’t and I’m sorry. I’m just being honest. I did not know this much was going to happen. I just told a story – whether it brought light to the situation for people to know what their kids were going through,” she said.

English questioned Powell about how her book may have caused hurt to players, particularly Trey Lewis and Damion Lee, both then senior transfers who decided to play ball at U of L for their final season. Both had their post-season dreams crushed when the University did an imposed ban after allegations of the book surfaced.

Powell says she apologized to both “numerous times” but says Pitino “threw them under the bus.” She believes Pitino could have sat out and allowed them to do their thing.

Powell also says she has been approached about a possible movie deal and a follow-up to Breaking Cardinal Rules. 

The incidents with the book have caused plenty of headache for the University including a 5-game ACC suspension for Pitino, a four-year probationary period, a loss of four scholarships, and recruits on unofficial visits not being able to stay overnight in campus dorms or on school-owned properties.

WHAS11 has not decided to share the interview due to its graphic nature. 

For a more detailed look at that report, click here for more information

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Apple hires TV execs behind 'Breaking Bad,' 'Better Call Saul' – New York Post


After dipping its toe into original programming only a week ago, Apple took the plunge Friday by hiring the TV execs behind “Better Call Saul,” “Breaking Bad” and “The Blacklist.”

Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg — presidents of Sony Pictures Television since 2005 — will oversee “all aspects of video programming,” Apple said in a statement.

The pair, who tendered their resignations to Sony on Thursday, will report to Eddy Cue, Apple’s Senior VP of Internet Software and Services, once their contracts expire in August.

“Jamie and Zack are two of the most talented TV executives in the world and have been instrumental in making this the golden age of television,” Cue said. “We have exciting plans in store for customers and can’t wait for them to bring their expertise to Apple.”

The additions mark a major commitment for Apple, which under Steve Jobs called TV a hobby.

Under Tim Cook, however, Apple has been inviting speculation about a deep dive into the business.

Cook told CNBC last month that, as cord-cutting accelerates, “it’s clear what the end story looks like here, and we’d like to play in this.”

Yet its only entry so far is “Planet of the Apps” — a “Shark Tank” rip-off about app developers competing for funding — which Apple Music made available June 6.

Before its April start date was pushed back to August, James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke,” based on “The Late Late Show’s” recurring segment, was slated to be Apple Music’s first original show.

Also in the development stage are documentaries about Sean Combs and Clive Davis, as well as a six-episode vehicle about Dr. Dre.

Many observers consider these offerings a modest beginning for a content provider that aims to compete with Amazon, Facebook, Netflix and others in an escalating battle for over-the-top viewers.

Still, BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield believes Apple’s new hires might provide enough firepower to take Disney off the table as an Apple takeover target.

“Many investors thought Apple was going to buy Disney to gain access to Disney’s IP [intellectual property] and content creation engine (or buy Netflix),” Greenfield wrote in a Friday update. “We thought that was unlikely.”

If Apple’s new video hires deliver content, there will be plenty of devices to receive it.

The company announced in January 2016 that the number of active Apple devices exceeded 1 billion — then made the same claim, a half-year later, about iPhones.

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Breaking Bad execs move to Apple to lead original video content – Ars Technica




Enlarge/ The fourth-generation Apple TV.

Apple just made its most serious move into original video content we’ve seen to date. The company announced that it hired Jamie Erlicht and Zack Van Amburg, presidents from Sony Pictures Television, to fill newly created positions that oversee “all aspects of video programming.” Erlicht and Van Amburg are credited with elevating Sony’s television business by developing shows including Breaking Bad, Rescue Me, and The Blacklist. Erlicht and Van Amburg will report to Apple’s Eddy Cue, who is responsible for the company’s services business.

Apple’s original video content plans have been slowly developing: last year the company announced a few original shows to air exclusively on Apple Music, the company’s $10-per-month music streaming service. Carpool Karaoke: The Series was the mostly highly anticipated title, as it’s an expanded version of James Corden’s popular late night segment. Apple delayed the release of Carpool Karaoke: The Series—it was slated to debut in April 2017 but will now debut this August—while Planet of the Apps, a Shark Tank-like reality show, recently came out on Apple Music.

Aside from these endeavors, Apple doesn’t have much experience developing original, scripted video content. Erlicht and Van Amburg will help Apple do that, and in turn help it compete with the other video streaming companies dominating today. Netflix and Amazon have increased their original content over the past few years, with Netflix pledging 1,000 hours of its library to original programming in 2017. The quality of original programming from providers like Netflix is getting better as well, which is an increasing factor for people who are now choosing online video streaming over traditional cable.

Erlicht and Van Amburg will also likely have to decide where this new original programming will live within Apple’s ecosystem. Judging by the current state of affairs, the obvious answer is Apple Music. But Apple Music is primarily a music streaming service, and there are undoubtedly subscribers who won’t care about video content on this kind of platform. Rumors have been circulating that Apple planned to build its own video streaming platform, but nothing has come to fruition yet.

Regardless of where the new video content lives, it will probably be restricted to Apple devices and services. Only Apple Music subscribers can watch Carpool Karaoke: The Series and Planet of the Apps, and while it’s not confirmed yet, Apple Music will likely be the sole native music streaming service on the company’s new Homepod speaker. The $349 Homepod isn’t scheduled to come out until December, and we don’t know yet if other services like Spotify will be supported or how AirPlay will work on the device. However, the assumption is that Apple’s native and exclusive services will keep customers loyal to the devices that deliver them, such as iPhone and Apple TV.

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Breaking: Shots fired at truck toting 'Make American Great Again' flag – TheBlaze.com


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