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WELCOME TO PARAMOUNT+ UK

The highly anticipated US streaming service, Paramount+, is finally coming to the UK this month – and we can now reveal more details about the original shows that will be streaming right from the start.

The global digital subscription video streaming service features a mountain of entertainment for audiences of all ages.

HERE’S WHAT WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT

HALO (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Episodes 1-3 Dropping at launch, with new episodes releasing weekly every Wednesday.

In its adaptation for Paramount+, HALO will take place in the universe that first came to be in 2001, dramatizing an epic 26th-century conflict between humanity and an alien threat known as the Covenant. HALO will weave deeply drawn personal stories with action, adventure and a richly imagined vision of the future. HALO stars Pablo Schreiber as the Master Chief, Spartan-117; Natasha McElhone as Dr. Halsey, the brilliant, conflicted and
inscrutable creator of the Spartan super soldiers; and Jen Taylor as Cortana, the most advanced Al in human history, and potentially the key to the survival of the human race.

THE FIRST LADY (PARAMOUNT+ EXCLUSIVE)

Box Set drop at lauch/ All ten episodes available

Starring: Viola Davis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Gillian Anderson

In the East Wing of the White House, many of history’s most impactful and world-changing decisions have been hidden from view, made by Artierica’s charismatic, complex and dynamic First Ladies. This serieswill peel back the curtain on the personal and political lives of three unique, enigmatic women tracing their journeys to Washington through interweaving storylines with an enlightening intimacy, with season one focusing on Michelle Obama, Betty Ford and Eleanor Roosevelt. Additional cast includes Kiefer Sutherland as President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Aaron Eckhart as President Gerald Ford and O-T Fagbenle as President Barack Obama.

STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Episodes 1-3 dropping at launch, with new episodes released weekly every Wednesday

Based on the years Captain Christopher Pike manned the helm of the U.S.S. Enterprise, STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS will follow Captain Pike, Science Officer Spock and Number One in the decade before Captain Kirk boarded the U.S.S. Enterprise, as they explore new worlds around the galaxy. The series will feature fan favorites from season two of STAR
TREK: DISCOVERY, Anson Mount as Captain Christopher Pike, Rebecca Romijn as Number One and Ethan Peck as Science Officer Spock.

THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (PARAMOUNT+ EXCLUSIVE)

Episodes 1-3 dropping at lauch, with new episodes released weekly every Wednesday

Based on the Walter Tevis novel of the same name and the iconic film starring David Bowie, THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH will follow an alien, played by Chiwetet Ejiofor, who arrives on Earth at a turning point in human evolution and must confront his own past to determine our future. Naomie Harris plays Justin Falls, a brilliant scientist and engineer who must
conquer her own demons in the race to save two worlds. Additional cast includes Jimmi Simpson, Rob Delaney, Sonya Cassidy, Joana Ribeiro, Annelle Olaleye, Kate Mulgrew, Clarke
Peters and Bill Nighy.

THE OFFER (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box Set drop at launch/ All 10 episodes available

THE OFFER is based on Oscar®-winning producer Albert S. Ruddy’ extraordinary, never-before-seen experiences of making “The Godfather.”After ditching his job at the Rand Corporation for a shot in Hollywood, Al Ruddy wins the job to produce Mario
Puzo’s bestselling novel, “The Godfather” for Paramount Pictures. The series stars Miles Teller as Albert S. Ruddy, Matthew Goode as Robert Evans, Juno Temple as Bettye McCartt, Giovanni Ribisi as Joe Colombo, Dan Fogler as Francis Ford Coppola, Burn Gorman as Charles Bluhdorn, Colin Hanks as Barry Lapidus and Patrick Gallo as Mario Puzo.

SUPER PUMPED: THE BATTLE FOR UBER (PARAMOUNT+ EXCLUSIVE)

Episodes 1-3 dropping at launch, with new episodes releasing weekly every Wednesday

The series tells the story of one of Silicon Valley’s most successful and most destructive unicorn company, Uber. The season pivots on Travis Kalanick (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Uber’s
hard-charging CEO who was ultimately ousted in a boardroom coup, and his sometimes tumultuous relationship with his mentor Bill Gurley (Kyle Chandler), the plainspoken, brilliant Texan venture capitalist who bets his sterling reputation on Uber’s success – and then has to live with the consequences. Thurman stars as Arianna Huffington, the savvy businesswoman and co-founder of The Huffington Post, who was an Uber board
member.

MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box Set drop at launch/ All 10 episodes available

MAYOR OF KINGSTOWN follows the McLusky family, power brokers and liaisons between prisoners and the community in Kingstown, Michigan, where the business of incarceration is the only thriving industry. Tackling themes of systemic racism, corruption, and inequality, the series provides a stark look at their attempt to bring order and justice to a town that has
neither.

YELLOWSTONE (PARAMOUNT+)

Seasons 1-3 available at launch

YELLOWSTONE follows the Dutton family, led ty John Dutton (Kevin Costner), who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the country, which is under constant attack by those it borders-land developers, the Broken Rock Indian reservation, and the country’s first National Park. It’s a generational family saga, set against the backdrop of the great frontier, where land grabs make developers billions, and politicians are bought and sold
by the world’s largest oil and lumber corporations, where drinking water poisoned
by fracking wells and unsolved murders are not news; they are a consequence of living in the
new frontier. The series depicts the best and worst of mankind seen through the eyes of a pioneering family.

1883 (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box set drop at launch/ All 11 episodes available

The Yellowstone origin story, 1883 follows the Dutton family as they embark on a journey west through the Great Plains toward the last bastion of untamed America. In a stark retelling of Western expansion, and an intense study of one family fleeing poverty, 1883 sees the family seek a better future in America’s promised land: Montana.

Sam Elliot is Shea Brennan, a tough as nails, handsome cowboy with immense sadness in his past. He has the herculean task of guiding a group from Texas to Montana, and he does not suffer fools. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill portray James and Margaret Dutton, the
patriarch and matriarch of the Dutton family.

AMERICAN RUST (PARAMOUNT+)

Box set drop at launch/ All 9 episodes available

AMERICAN RUST is a compelling family drama that will explore the tattered American dream through the eyes of complicated and compromised chief of police Del Harris (Jeff Daniels) in a Rust Belt town in southwest Pennsylvania, full of good people making bad choices. When the woman he truly loves (Maura Tierney) sees her son accused of murder, Harris is forced to decide what lengths he is willing to take to protect him.

YELLOWJACKETS (PARAMOUNT+)

Box set drop at launch/ All 10 episodes available

Equal parts survival epic, psychological horror story and coming-of-age drama, YELLOWJACKETS is the saga of a wildly talented high school girls soccer team
who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern
wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they’ve attempted to piece back together
nearly 25 years later.

iCARLY (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Box set drop at launch/ All 13 episodes of S1 available

Based on the original hit sitcom, Carly follows Carly Shay, the original influencer, and her friends as they navigate work, love and their family in their 20s. The new iCarly series will feature two new cast members: Laci Mosley as Harper, Carly’s roommate and best friend; and Jaidyn Triplett as Millicent, Freddie’s snarky and social media-savvy stepdaughter. Mosley and Triplett will appear alongside returning original series stars, Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor and Nathan Kress.

QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE (PARAMOUNT+)

Episodes 1-3 dropping at launch with new episodes releasing weekly every Wednesday

The first-of-its-kind global singing competition featuring the fiercest drag queens from 10 countries around the world. In each episode, contestants will debut a new musical performance, singing live in front of an audience and the “Pop Diva Panel” of judges in the hopes of being crowned “Queen of the Universe” and taking home a $250,000 cash prize.
The series is hosted by Graham Norton, with Vanessa Williams, Michelle Visage, Trixie Mattel and Leona Lewish forming the “Pop Diva Panel” of judges.

JERRY AND MARGE GO LARGE (PARAMOUNT+ ORIGINAL)

Full movie available at launch

Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening star in this inspired comedy following the remarkable true story of how retiree Jerry Selbee (Cranston) discovers a mathematical loophole in
the Massachusetts lottery and, with the help of his wife Marge (Bening), wins $27 million and uses the money to revive their small Michigan town. Additional cast includes Larry Wilmore, Rain Wilson, Anna Camp, Ann Harada, Jake McDorman, Michael McKean and Uly
Schlesinger. The film is produced by Academy Award nominee Gil Netter, Levantine Films and executive produced by Kevin Halloran. Amy Baer also produced via MRC Film’s Landline
Pictures. The film was developed based on the original article by Jason Fagone for The Huffington Post.

BLOCKBUSTER HIGHLIGHTS

Some of the best movies to look forward to this month

SOUTH PARK
POST COVID & RETURN TO COVID

  • STAR TREK II1: THE SEARCH FOR SPOCK
  • STAR TREK VI: THE UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY
  • PAW PATROL
  • MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: FALLOUT
  • GREASE
  • STAR TREK: WRATH OF KHAN
  • STAR TREK (2009)
  • JACK REACHER
  • TRANSFORMERS:
    AGE OF EXTINCTION
  • STAR TREK: GENERATIONS
  • STAR TREK: NEMESIS
  • TRANSFORMERS:
    REVENGE OF THE FALLEN
  • CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG
    available 24th June
  • FLASHDANCE
  • CASTAWAY
  • MEAN GIRLS
  • PULP FICTION
  • FOOTLOOSE

In the UK, Paramount+ will be available online at

https://www.paramountplus.com/

and on mobile and a wide range of connected TV devices via the Paramount+ app, via broad direct-to-consumer distribution through Apple, Amazon, Google, Roku® and Samsung, with more platforms to be announced in the coming months. Users will be able to sign up to the service for £6.99 per month/£69.90 per annum in the UK, after a free seven-day trial*.   

Paramount+ will launch on Sky platforms in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria in 2022 as part of a new multi-year distribution agreement that also includes the extended carriage of Paramount’s leading portfolio of pay-TV channels. Sky Cinema subscribers will get the bonus of Paramount+ included at no extra cost. 


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The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power: Review | An Epic, Cinematic Journey Through Middle-Earth

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Sleeping evil, long-lost heroes, and a world without wizards? The Rings of Power is middle-Earth like you’ve never seen it before. The highly-anticipated Prime Video series The Lord of The rings: The Rings of Power is an ethereal and irresistible cinematic masterpiece. This season brings to the screens for the very first time the heroic legends of the fabled Second Age of Middle-earth’s history. This epic drama is set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings and will take viewers back to an era in which great powers were forged, kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes were tested, hope hung by the finest of threads, and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. 

The scope and scale of the story are immense as we begin to forge a new path through Tolkien’s Middle-Earth. Beginning in a time of relative peace, the series follows an ensemble cast of compelling, familiar and new characters as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil. From the darkest depths of the Misty Mountains to the majestic forests of the elf-capital of Lindon, to the breathtaking island kingdom of Númenor, to the farthest reaches of the map, these kingdoms and characters will carve out legacies that live on long after they are gone. 

Photograph: Prime Studios

SECOND AGE

This fantastical universe created by J.R.R. Tolkien is much bigger and more expansive than just the events featured in The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. This second age is defied by many events, victories, and defeats, but perhaps it’s well known to be the time when the Rings of Power were created. Spanning 3500 years, we witness the Harefoots, the Elves, Mankind, and dwarves all occupying a very different Middle-Earth, one where there is love but also darkness as a nameless shadow is waiting. The time period is documented extensively in The Silmarillion, Tolkien’s posthumously published book which was finished, edited and released by the author’s son, Christopher Tolkien in 1977. This is the setting of Prime Video’s The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power, the most ambitious streaming show ever made. Amazon bought the rights to the trilogy, The Appendices, and The Hobbit and with the vast amount of material they’ve created something ambitious and worthy of Tolkien. This onscreen return showcases the mythology as the creative team has envisioned a sprawling bespoke series that’ll eventually be told across multiple seasons. The Second Age of Middle-Earth truly is an amazing untold story with themes focusing on fantasy and heart, dark sorcery and political drama, as one moment you’re exploring the landscape with the Harfoots and the next in the Elven realm discussing the fates of the Kingdom. 

Photograph: Prime Studios

ASSEMBLING A FELLOWSHIP

Some of the characters in The Rings of power will be familiar. Thanks to the everlasting nature of elven-kind we see younger versions of Galadriel and Elrond, previously played by Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving in Peter Jackson’s trilogy. Both these characters maintain the whole history of Middle-Earth, having lived through all the Three Ages. Galadriel now played by Morfydd Clark brings such an outstanding performance as The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power gives viewers a younger, grounded take on the character. Clark brings naivete to this immortal being who dons such graceful armour as this warrior has an instinct that evil is not finished. Elrond now played by Robert Aramayo is an architect and politician, he has strong ambitions as the herald to Gil-Galad, the King of Lindon, the elven kingdom where Elron resides. 

For each of the worlds in The Rings of Power, the creative team crafted a theme and their own language to show their beginnings, with the Elves being connected to a spiritual realm they have real ethereal quality, everything about them is shiny and lustrous. Contrast that with designing the Harfoots who are the ancestors of the Hobbits. They are much more primitive and live in the land. Harfoot are very endearing people and their styling is very much based on natural elements. They’re also very earthy with large feet and from lying in the undergrowth they have bits of branches and moss tangled in their matted hair.

The Dwarves are thriving in their underground kingdom of Khazad-dum during the Second Age. They’re mystique in their culture but you’ll see an expansive amount of gold down there. They are a strong-knit community with very traditional ways of being, they wear their hearts on their sleeves and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. Disa and Durin played by Sophia Nomvete and Owain Arthur are the Princess and Prince of these Misty Mountains.

Headlining this ensemble cast are Cynthia Addai-Robinson (The Accountant), Robert Aramayo (HBO’s Game of Thrones), Owain Arthur (BBC’s Casualty), Maxim Baldry (Mr. Bean’s Holiday), Nazanin Boniadi (Showtime’s Homeland), Morfydd Clark (Saint Maud), Ismael Cruz Córdova (Showtime’s Ray Donovan), Charles Edwards (Netflix’s The Crown), Trystan Gravelle (ITV’s Mr. Selfridge), Sir Lenny Henry (Netflix’s The Witcher: Blood Origin), Ema Horvath (What Lies Below), Markella Kavenagh (True History of the Kelly Gang), Tyroe Muhafidin (Caravan), Sophia Nomvete (Award-winning UK Theatre actor), Lloyd Owen (Apollo 18), Megan Richards (Wanderlust), Dylan Smith (Maze Runner: The Death Cure), Charlie Vickers (Netflix’s Medici), Leon Wadham (Go Girls), Benjamin Walker (The Golden Compass), Daniel Weyman (BBC’s Silent Witness), and Sara Zwangobani (Monarch Cove).

Each actor had a unique challenge. Some had to follow in the footsteps of iconic performances and others got to bring iconic Tolkien characters to the screen for the very first time. The show presents itself as a more diverse version of Middle-Earth, which has always been a theme in Tolkien’s work as he often wrote characters uniting, despite their different backgrounds.

JOURNEY BACK TO MIDDLE-EARTH

I’ve seen the first two episodes, and they are filled with the kind of special effects magic that fans of Peter Jackson’s “Lord Of The Rings” movies and Tolkien’s books will love. It’s such a hugely expansive series as you have this army of fantastic technicians, artists, and craftsmen bringing such detail to the project on an epic scale. There are creatures and monsters such as the terrifying Orcs, the beastly creatures are visually grotesque and horrid which perfectly fit this world that’s full of darkness and shadows. there is also fighting, battles, and armies galore. The series truly hits the ground running with its intense action but also throughout it carries hefty themes of good vs evil, morality, hope among grief and ultimately a fellowship. Through Television we are able to get more time with these characters as they interact with each other. The sheer scale of the project is such a technical achievement for streaming especially, there are over 9,500 VFX shots in the first season alone. Director J.A. Bayona directs the first two episodes with such grandeur, that he beautifully captures the picturesque landscapes of New Zealand as he enhances the story through visual elements which included the overall sense of beauty. The cinematography and the use of light are astonishing thanks to Oscar Faura. Everything I witnessed whilst watching the first two episodes was delicious, especially the score by Bear McCreary. The Soundtrack which is available now honours the legacy as he created 15 new themes and melodies, it features a ninety-piece orchestra, plus a 40-voice choir. The score alone will transport you right back to Middle-Earth.

Photograph: Prime Studios

VERDICT

Have you ever wondered what else is out there beyond our wander? Ultimately The Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power an Ethereal & irresistible Cinematic Masterpiece. The scope & scale of the story is immense as we forge a new path through Tolkien’s Middle-Earth! Features stunning visuals, Storytelling, and compelling characters! Writers and showrunner McKay and Payne have written an unexpected journey full of twists, turns, and surprises.

THE RINGS OF POWERfrom Amazon Studios and JD Payne & Patrick McKaywill premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories around the world in 32 languages on Friday, September 2, with new episodes available weekly.

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Game of Thrones: House Of The Dragon Review | A Thrilling Return to Westeros

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The reign of House Targaryen begins. House of the Dragon, the prequel to Game of Thrones, is coming to Sky and NOW in the United Kingdom and on HBO and HBO Max In the States on August 21. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood,” the series, which is set 200 years before the events of Game of Thrones, tells the story of House Targaryen. 

HBO is expanding the world of Game of Thrones. The all-new series is co-created and executive produced by Miguel Sapochnik and Ryan Condal who’ve been tasked with breathing new life into the franchise three years after the original series came to an end. Throughout the eight seasons of GOT, we didn’t get to see much of House Targaryen after all, there was Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) the mother of Dragons and her older brother Viserys III played by Harry Lloyd. Both siblings were the final remnants of a fallen dynasty. 

However, in House of the Dragon, we witness the Targaryen dynasty at the absolute apex of its power, with more than 15 dragons under their yoke. The first season of the prequel sets in motion the famous event in Westeros history known as the Dance of the Dragons. This is a brutal conflict that takes place between rival factions within House Targaryen. It’s a time of greater decadence and influence and showcases the family during their golden age at a time when Dragons ruled the Seven Kingdoms and showcases Westeros as peaceful and full of prosperity during that time Kings Landing grew enormously. 

The first episode of House Of The Dragon introduces the essential story development and also the new lead cast of characters along with their relationships with one another. It’s epic in scope and scale whilst telling a more personal and intimate story about one family, showcasing both their love and disruption, we also witness the biblical propositions about the pursuit of power. 

HOUSE TARGARYEN

The Targaryens have reigned as rulers of Westeros for five generations, this prequel centres on Paddy Considine’s King Viserys Targaryen who was chosen by the lords of Westeros to succeed the old king, Jaehaerys Targaryen. Viserys is a warm, kind, and decent man who only wishes to carry forward his grandfather’s legacy. But as we’ve learned from Game of Thrones, good men do not necessarily make for great kings. 

His reign however is troubled and sparked by the lack of succession. His nearest heir is his younger brother Prince Daemon Targaryen played by Matt Smith, a dangerous and unpredictable rogue. He’s a peerless warrior and a dragon rider, Daemon possessed the true blood of the dragon. He rides a Dragon called Caraxes, and wields a sword called Dark Sister.

Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO

The sole challenger to her unstable uncle’s claim to the Iron Throne is King Viserys’ first-born daughter. Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen played by Milly Alcock (younger) and Emma D’Arcy (Older). She is of pure Valyrian blood and is also a dragon rider. Many would say that Rhaenyra was born with everything… but she was not born a man, she rides the dragon Syrax.

Photograph by Ollie Upton / HBO

HOUSE HIGHTOWER

Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans) is the hand of the king, he’s a high-flying political creature educated in statecraft. He’s a pragmatist and a manipulator. He’s pitted against his king’s younger brother. His house is one of the biggest players in the Dance of The Dragons civil war, the Hightowers are the oldest and have been residing in Westeros for thousands of years. Their seat of power is Old Town, one of the biggest cities in Westeros. 

As Otto Hightower’s daughter, Alicent Hightower played by Emily Carey (Young) and Olivia Cooke(old) is extremely present in court and King’s Landing, she is the most comely woman in the Seven kingdoms. She was raised in the Red Keep, close to the king and his innermost circle. She possesses grace and political acumen.

She has an extremely close relationship with Princess Rhaenyra – though the pair often differ in their approach to matters regarding the Throne.

Photograph by Ollie Upton/HBO

HOUSE VELARYON

Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) is Head of House Velaryon, a bloodline as old as House Targaryen. Also known by the moniker ‘The Sea Snake” the most famed nautical adventurer in the history of Westeros, Lord Corlys built his house into a powerful seat that is even richer than the Lannisters and that claims the largest navy in the world. The Velaryons were also a house from the freehold of Valyria, the mightiest empire in the west. since Aegon’s conquest House Velaryon has been sitting in the councils of House Targaryen. 

Princess Rhaenys Velaryon (Eve Best) is a dragon rider and wife to Lord Corlys Velaryon, “The Queen Who Never Was” was passed over as heir to the throne at the Great Council because the realm favoured her cousin, Viserys, simply for being male. something she clearly still holds a grudge about. ides the dragon Meleys. 

Photograph by Ollie Upton/HBO

These three houses start the show together under the same roof because it is the story of one family. viewers are likely to already know their way around Westeros after eight seasons of Game of Thrones, however, the majority of the action is confined to King’s Landing. The world-building is phenomenal and it’s nice to return to a familiar yet new world. And even though the characters are different we witness the same story narrative which is that the Iron Throne is the most dangerous seat in the realm. Throughout the ten episodes, you’ll get to see the brutality of medieval life and the challenges of patriarchal society. The writers are able to freely fresh out the characters and get support from the text.

The source material has the best fiction and showcases drama through its characters. House Of The Dragon is about these flawed human beings who are capable of doing good things, capable of doing monstrous things, capable of courage, and capable of cowardice. Both factions of the family do have valid points but also do terrible things to achieve their views with a black and grey morality.

We see this new world through the perspective of the two lead female characters as House Of The Dragon focuses on the patriarchy’s perception of women, and that the council which are all male would rather destroy themselves than see a woman sit on the Iron Throne. This makes the show feel more contemporary.

Photograph by Ollie Upton/HBO

DRAGONS

Hundreds of years before Daenerys Targaryen hatched Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion, a dynasty of Dragons dominated the skies of Westeros. The first season promises to show at least 17 dragons and from what I’ve seen you shall not be disappointed. There is a very symbiotic connection between the Targaryen dragon rider and the dragon itself a skill you’ve got to master from an early age.

Each new dragon has its own personality and character traits. Caraxes the Blood Wyrm is ridden by Matt Smith’s Prince Daemon Targaryen, he’s described as a formidable huge blood-red dragon who is fearsome and battle savvy. Syrax is a she-dragon ridden solely by Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy/Milly Alcock). She has yellow scales and is huge and formidable but not as fearsome or experienced in battle as Caraxes.

Vhager is one of the three legendary dragons who first conquered Westeros, alongside Balerion and Maraxes. Sunfyre the golden is the most magnificent dragon to ever fly in Westeros He has these golden scales which shine in the sunlight.

The DNA of Game of Thrones is being kept alive through its score by Ramin Djawadi. You will hear themes that you’ll remember from the original show but the music is a foundation of House Targaryen with new themes for new characters. The clothes of that era are also very grand as they begin to mix metals and silvers whilst keeping the colours of each house.

VERDICT

House of the Dragon has all the elements we most love from Game of Thrones such as an expansive cast of interesting and complex characters and woven throughout are these intricate and twisted storylines, nuclear, bloody, and explosive action, whilst offering plenty of surprises. The Red Keep is bustling under the reign of the Dragons and King’s Landing feels so vibrant and alive. As all the Dragons roar as one, Fire will Reign.

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PARAMOUNT+ INVITES FANS TO A SPECIAL GLOBAL “STAR TREK DAY” CELEBRATION ON SEPT. 8

PARAMOUNT+ INVITES FANS TO A SPECIAL GLOBAL “STAR TREK DAY” CELEBRATION ON SEPT. 8

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Paramount+, the Exclusive Home to the Full Catalog of “Star Trek,” Celebrates Its Third Annual “Star Trek Day” with a Global Live-Streamed Event. the Celebration Includes Back-to-Back Conversations with Cast from Across the “Star Trek” Universe, Live Performances, Exclusive News from “Star Trek” Original Series on Paramount+, a Special Tribute to Nichelle Nichols and More.

Join Paramount+ and fans from around the world for a global live-streamed “Star Trek Day” celebration on Thursday, Sept. 8 (12:00 PM, PT/3:00 PM, ET*). Live from the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles, Calif., “Star Trek Day” will feature back-to-back, in-person conversations with cast members from the “Star Trek” universe, along with exciting announcements and reveals throughout. The live-streamed celebration and additional information on “Star Trek Day” programming and initiatives can be found at https://intl.startrek.com/day

On Sept. 8, 1966, “Star Trek” debuted for the first time on television with “The Man Trap,” the pilot episode of “Star Trek: The Original Series.” On that day, “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry introduced audiences to a world that championed diversity, inclusion, acceptance and hope. Fifty-six years later, Paramount+ honors this important day and the franchise’s enduring legacy with the service’s third annual “Star Trek Day” celebration, providing fans with a memorable way to enjoy and celebrate all things “Star Trek.”

Additional information on the “Star Trek Day” global live-streamed celebration and initiatives is below:

“STAR TREK DAY” GLOBAL LIVE-STREAMED CELEBRATION (12:00 PM, PT/3:00 PM, ET*)

Join Paramount+ and co-hosts Tawny Newsome (STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS, “Space Force”) and Paul F. Tompkins (STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS, “BoJack Horseman”), co-hosts of “Star Trek: The Pod Directive,” for two hours of free live-streamed conversations and programming that will unite iconic cast members from the television series as they gather in person to celebrate “Star Trek,” with a few surprises along the way.

The event will kick off live from the “Star Trek Day” red carpet with co-hosts Jackie Cox (RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE) and Mary Chieffo (STAR TREK: DISCOVERY) interviewing “Star Trek” cast members from past to present.

The conversations will include the casts from the following “Star Trek” television series:

  • “STAR TREK: PICARD,” with series stars Jeri Ryan and Michelle Hurd. 
  • “STAR TREK: LOWER DECKS,” with voice cast members Tawny Newsome, Noël Wells and Dawnn Lewis. 
  • “STAR TREK: PRODIGY,” with series voice cast including Brett Gray and Kate Mulgrew.
  • “STAR TREK: STRANGE NEW WORLDS,” with series stars Rebecca Romijn, Jess Bush, Christina Chong, Celia Rose Gooding, Melissa Navia and Babs Olusanmokun.

Additional programming currently includes:

  • NICHELLE NICHOLS TRIBUTE, featuring a special video to honor the impact and influence of Nichelle Nichols. 
  • BEHIND-THE-SCENES SET TOUR OF “STAR TREK: DISCOVERY,” with Wilson Cruz from Toronto, as he provides fans with an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at filming season five of the hit original series, along with appearances from Sonequa Martin-Green and other cast members.
  • “PUT ON YOUR BEST FACE,” where a lucky fan will be transformed into a “Star Trek” alien by a series make-up artist.
  • “STAR TREK” COSPLAY RUNWAY, hosted by Jackie Cox, fans will strut the runway in their finest “Star Trek” cosplay.
  • SPECIAL MUSICAL GUEST, Reggie Watts from THE LATE LATE SHOW WITH JAMES CORDEN.
  • STAND-UP COMEDY, with Brian Posehn (“Mr. Show,” “The Big Bang Theory”).

Fans worldwide will be able to live-stream the “Star Trek Day” celebration for free at StarTrek.com/Day and on YouTube (Paramount+ and Star Trek Official pages), Facebook (@StarTrek), Twitter (@StarTrekonPPlus) and TikTok (@ParamountPlus). It will also be available to stream for free in the U.S. only on Paramount+’s Twitch page.

After their initial airing, the conversation portions of the event will be available on-demand on Paramount+.

Full details on global live-stream and on-demand availability will be updated on StarTrek.com/Day.

“STAR TREK” AUGMENTED REALITY DELTA PORTALS

“Star Trek Day” will also be celebrated with a one-of-a-kind opportunity for fans around the world with the debut of in-person “Star Trek” Augmented Reality Delta Portals. The Delta Portals will be set up for a limited time in select cities internationally, from Wednesday, Sept. 7 to Thursday, Sept 8. Each location will have three “Star Trek” Deltas, each seven feet tall and featuring QR codes that, when scanned on Instagram, transform the objects into mixed-reality portals that bring the user into the world of “Star Trek.” Each augmented reality experience will be based on a current “Star Trek” series, featuring fully 3D alien planets, classic starships and iconic characters as they interact with both the virtual and physical worlds.

Locations are below:

U.S. Locations:

  • Los Angeles: The Grove
  • New York: Hudson Yards
  • Chicago: Water Tower Place

International Locations:

  • London, United Kingdom: Science Museum
  • São Paulo, Brazil: Shopping Cidade São Paulo (Note: Brazil dates are Thursday, Sept. 8 to Friday, Sept. 9)
  • Melbourne, Australia: Federation Square

#STARTREKUNITEDGIVES CAMPAIGN

On “Star Trek Day,” the #StarTrekUnitedGives campaign returns. For every person who tweets the hashtag StarTrekUnitedGives (#StarTrekUnitedGives) on Sept. 8, $1 will be donated and divided equally by Paramount to charities that support organizations who do the real-world work of championing diversity, equity and innovation, in honor of the late Nichelle Nichols.

SPECIAL “STAR TREK DAY” MERCHANDISE AND SALE

On Sept. 8, fans can use the code “STARTREKDAY” for 20% off sitewide at https://shop.StarTrek.com, which includes a curated “Star Trek” Day collection.

I for one am so excited to celebrate “Star Trek Day”, this universe brings a sense of belonging and comfort to me as I’ve watched each story with my dad who grew up on the original series and has been a Trekkie all his life.

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