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  1. Game Of Thrones Season 8, Episode 2: Key Scenes Breakdown From Creators

    Game of Thrones Season8, Episode 2--"A Knight of Seven Kingdoms--aired Sunday night--and it was a good one. You can check out GameSpot's Lucy and Ryan break down the episode in the video embedded above, while HBO has released a video of its own.

    Showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff break down the emotional and impactful episode, taking you through all the key moments. It's a nice treat to hear directly from the creators about particular scenes and the decision-making process. Check out the video below.

    For lots more on this week's episode of Game of Thrones, check out the stories below:

  2. Game Of Thrones Season 8 Episode 3 Teaser Previews The Big Battle Coming

    HBO has released a new teaser for next week's episode of Game of Thrones--and it is very dramatic and foreboding. The teaser for Episode 3 shows the Night King's army preparing to face off against Dany, Jon, and the rest of the gang at Winterfell. In one sequence, Jon remarks, "The Night King is coming." Dany then says to him, "The dead are already here."

    That line is intriguing, given that it couldbe Dany referencing a theory about the Night King bringing the dead back to life from the crypt inside Winterfell. We'll have to wait a bit longer to find out what happens, but it's clear that the battle at Winterfell is upon us.

    Next week's Episode 3 is 82 minutes long, which is the longest of the entire Season 8. The battle scene said to be one of the longest battle sequences in the history of film or TV, eclipsing the 40-minute Battle of Helm's Deep from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

    For lots more on this week's episode of Game of Thrones, check out the stories below:

  3. Avengers Endgame Expected To Have Biggest Opening In The History Of Movies

    Avengers: Endgame is almost here. Its release this week comes amid massive anticipation, and as a result, the superhero blockbuster is expected to have a hugeopening at the box office.

    Deadline put some projections together, and Endgame is expected to have the biggest domestic opening in the history of movies. Sources told the site that pre-sale tickets alone in the United States have reached as high as $140 million, which is uncharted territory in film.

    Avengers: Infinity War holds the record for biggest domestic box office debut, coming in at $257.6 million in 2018. Deadline reports that Endgame couldreach $300 million in the US for its opening, to set a new record. Endgame is a very long movie, coming in at 3 hours and 1 minute; by comparison, Infinity War was 2 hours, 29 minutes and The Force Awakens was 2 hours, 16 minutes. Box office analysts told Deadline that if the 12,000 or so US theatres have four or five showtimes for Endgame per day day at each location, with each theatre at 70 percent capacity, then Endgame might have a chance of reaching $300 million for its opening weekend.

    Deadline acknowledges that tracking estimates are challenging for Endgame, considering the sample size of movies that have made more than even $200 million over their opening weekends is so small. "More realistic projections for Endgame have it beating Infinity War's all-time domestic opening record of $257.6M last year at this time, and coming in within a range of $260M-$270M," Deadline reported.

    Also bear in mind that Deadline's report is only for the US. The movie of course is opening around the world, but box office projections for international markets weren't included in the report. Infinity War made $640.5 million for its opening weekend to hold the worldwide opening-weekend record.

    As for Endgame's total box office haul, that will be interesting to watch. Infinity War made $2.048 billion globally, while Avatar remains the highest-grossing movie worldwide in history with $2.78 billion.

    Endgame is expected to make so much money, but it's also been a very expensive film to produce and market. The film no doubt has a massive budget due in part to its cast of A-list talent and extensive VFX, among other things. In addition, Deadline reports that Marvel is spending an unprecedented $200 million to promote the film.

    Endgame is coming on April 26, with some screenings scheduled for the evening of April 25. Spoilers have begun to leak on the Internet, making this a very perilous couple of days for fans who want to be surprised when they see the conclusion of this decade-long story. The film's directors have politely asked everyone not to spoil the fun for others, but we've also put together some practical advice on how to avoid being spoiled.

    In other news, Fortnite has teased a new Avengers-themed crossover event--get all the details here.

  4. Days Gone Soundtrack Is Out Now

    The next big PlayStation exclusive game, Days Gone, arrives this week, and ahead of that, the action-adventure games' official soundtrack has been released. The 25-song soundtrack features music by Nathan Whitehead, who also did the music for movies like The Purge, Keanu, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.

    The soundtrack also features artists like Jack Savoretti, Billy Raffoul, and Zander Reese, while singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi is featured with the song "Days Gone Quiet."

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    "The ideas that define the score are the tenacity of the human spirit and the value of relationship," Whitehead said in a release.

    Whitehead worked with Sony Bend creative director John Garvin on the music. Garvin told Whitehead that the theme of Days Gone the game is not just about surviving, but also whypeople like main character Deacon want to survive in the first place.

    "When I heard that, I was instantly excited about all the places the music could go," Whitehead said. "I found it really interesting to be navigating the survival aspect and also this introspective aspect at the same time. The Pacific Northwest setting is absolutely beautiful and it really felt like the score needed to connect to this environment as well. Deacon and the environment seemed to call for an organic, lived-in sound with a touch of Americana."

    Days Gone follows the story of a bounty hunter named Deacon St. John, who travels through the Pacific Northwest in a world two years removed from a "global pandemic."

    Days Gone launches on April 26. Keep checking back with GameSpot for more.

  5. How Cobra Kai's Producers Used Deleted Scenes From The 1984 Original Karate Kid

    The first season of YouTube Premium's Cobra Kai came out of nowhere and blew everyone's expectations out of the water. Really, a TV show that follows the story of a movie as beloved as The Karate Kid that comes out 30 years after the franchise launched doesn't immediately spark confidence. Thankfully, the show was excellent and got well-deserved critical appraise.

    Now, as the show enters its second season, the surprise factor is gone and expectations are through the roof. The first two episodes of the season premiered at SXSW, picking up right where Season 1 left off, reintroducing us to evil sensei John Kreese (Martin Kove), as well as teasing a full-on confrontation between the rebooted Cobra Kai dojo and the newly revived Miyagi-Do Karate.

    GameSpot had the opportunity to sit down with the cast and executive producers of Cobra Kai shortly before the special screening of the first two episodes at SXSW. The show's creators--Hayden Schlossberg, Josh Heald, and Jon Hurwitz--revealed that while they had to fill in the blanks to what happened to the characters after the movies, they did have some help from the original 1984 movie.

    "When we first sold the show, we told Sony, what if we dig up all the old material and see if there's anything we can use? And we found a ton of deleted scenes, different takes and angles from the original movies," Jon Hurwitz recalled. "And, you know, in the very first episode of Season 1 we see that iconic fight between Johnny and Daniel but edited in an entirely different way. The scene in our show gives you more of Johnny's point of view, instead of focusing on Daniel's lens."

    "We reintroduced sensei Kreese in the earliest moments of that very first episode," said Hayden Schlossberg. "John [Avildsen, director] shot that final fight in the first movie with six cameras, with dedicated cameras on Martin Kove, Billy [Zabka], and the Cobra Kai kids. We were able to use that footage to see a different angle of Johnny walking back onto the mat after his infamous talk with Kreese. We didn't go in with Daniel, we were with this kid who is now about to make his mistake that was going to influence the rest of his life. That kind of re-edited perspective certainly helped tell our story."

    When I told the producers that I originally had very low interest in the show prior to watching the first episode, co-producer and co-creator Hayden Schlossberg seemed unsurprised--and even pleased.

    "That's the best thing ever," Schlossberg said. "To have low-to-zero expectations was the best place for us to show up with this show, because we knew that we were bringing an intentional gravitas and respect, and we caught people off guard."

    When it came to expectations going into Season 2, Ralph Macchio, who reprises his role as Daniel LaRusso, thinks it's all about the characters. "I think Season 2 is truly a continuation," Macchio said. "We're just making another section of the movie, that is hours and hours long. It's not about figuring out how to surprise the audience this time, but about being true to these characters, and just adding to them and diving deeper into their arcs, but bigger and better."

    That certainly seems to be the approach, at least according to producer Josh Heald. "The truth is we didn't want to change anything coming into this season," Heald told GameSpot. "The analogy we used is, we were in the kitchen making food. People seem to like the food, so let's just keep making it, you know? Don't change anything. We were confident in that we had a lot of storylines and characters that didn't get that much time in the spotlight last season, that we just kept them for this season. Like what's going on with Kreese? We didn't do much with him last season, so that's what this one is for. We're fans, this is fan fiction. It's super high-end fan fiction, but still. Our approach was, it if ain't broke, don't fix it."

    Season 2 of Cobra Kai expands on some of the storylines from last season, and certainly on some of the characters. Not only do we see more of fan favorites like Hawk, but even Daniel's wife, Samantha, gets more to do this time. "That's one of the things we enjoy about the show being on a streaming service," Josh Heald said. "The episodes run for as long as they need to be, so this season we see more of those characters."

    "Karate Kid, if you go back to it, it's largely a high school soap opera," said Schlossberg. "The only way these two kids can deal with their rivalry over this girl is through karate. So with this show, we wanted to honor that. There are rivalries, and humor, and of course, karate. But at the heart of it all is a high school soap opera about high school rivalries."

    Besides new characters, avid fans can notice new references to the movies--not only the 1984 original, but the sequels too. And Schlossberg teased plenty more nods to come: "Any movie with Mr. Miyagi is part of our canon. So any character in those movies is fair game in terms of cameos, or even storylines coming back. It's all part of the show, having fun with these little nods."

    Cobra Kai Season 2 hits YouTube Red April 24.

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