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News Bytes: New ‘Dora’ Trailer, ‘Thrones’ Prequel Hints, ‘Sandman’ Series, & More

WarnerMedia Streaming Service Gets a Name

Dubbed HBO Max, the SVOD will launch end of 2019 and ramp up to a full version in spring 2020. Program highlights will include full-season libraries of Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Pretty Little Liars. Previously announced original series include Dune: The Sisterhood, Station Eleven, Lovecraft Country and Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai. The service has also scored a four-picture deal with Greg Berlanti and a two-movie pact with Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine production banner.

The Original ‘Little Mermaid’ Shares Her Thoughts on Halle Bailey’s Casting as Ariel
Disney Legend Jodi Benson was asked about backlash to the casting of a black actress while appearing at Florida Supercon, answering: “I think that the spirit of a character is what really matters. What you bring to the table in a character as far as their heart, and their spirit, is what really counts … We need to be storytellers, and no matter what we look like on the outside, no matter our race, our nation, the color of our skin, our dialect, whether I’m tall or thin, whether I’m overweight or underweight, or my hair is whatever color, we really need to tell the story.”

Plus, how can you resist all the dope fanart?

BAFTA Young Game Designer Awards Winners

I Seek Death, Wip, LASERASE: Demolition in the Future and Creatively Bankrupt will be taking home awards at the Wednesday night ceremony in London. Congratulations to all the deserving champs and finalists!

George R.R. Martin Reveals 5 New Facts about HBO’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel
The author revealed some details about showrunner Jane Goldman’s pilot for the as-yet unnamed spinoff, currently filming in Northern Ireland. Set thousands of years before the events of the first show during the Age of Heroes, viewers will be transported to a Westeros split into a hundred feuding kingdoms, where direwolves roam and White Walkers are chillin’. We’ll also get to see some OG Starks — and meet the Casterlys of Casterly Rock, pre-Lannister trickery.

’Sandman’ TV Series Coming to Netflix
Neil Gaiman’s mythic fantasy comics will be adapted into a live-action show by exe producers Gaiman, Allan Heinberg (The Catch, Scandal) and David S. Goyer (Krypton, Constantine franchise). In print since 1988, The Sandman (Vertigo) centers Dream (a.k.a. Morpheus), who has existed throughout much of creation and seen much and more unfold in both waking life and the dream worlds. The comics also relayed stories of his six siblings: Death, Desire, Despair, Destruction, Destiny and Delight/Delirium .

“We’re thrilled to partner with the brilliant team that is Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer and Allan Heinberg to finally bring Neil’s iconic comic-book series, The Sandman, to life onscreen. From its rich characters and storylines to its intricately built-out worlds, we’re excited to create an epic original series that dives deep into this multi-layered universe beloved by fans around the world.” — Channing Dungey, VP, Original Series, Netflix.

WATCH: ‘Dora and the Lost City of Gold’ New Official Trailer
If you think you know Dora … think again! Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her most dangerous adventure ever – High School. Always the explorer, Dora quickly finds herself leading Boots (her best friend, a monkey, voiced by Danny Trejo), Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg), a mysterious jungle inhabitant (Eugenio Derbez), and a rag tag group of teens on a live-action adventure to save her parents (Eva Longoria, Michael Peña) and solve the impossible mystery behind a lost city of gold.

Casterly rock in Game of Thrones

Casterly rock in Game of Thrones

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