SKETCH OF THE DAY! WESTWORLD
I haven’t gotten the chance to check out HBO’s new WESTWORLD series, but i’m very excited, because i loved the old movie. I did this sketch on the road not too long ago, which i live-broadcast on my Facebook page. This one features Yul Brynner’s Gunslinger, which i also shot from the hip, so forgive the inaccuracies in the design.
‘Westworld’ Finale Hits Season High, Caps Most Watched First Season Of HBO Series
Last night’s 90-minute Season 1 finale of HBO’s sci-fi drama Westworld drew over 2.2 million viewers in its network premiere at 9 PM on the linear network, up 7% from last week and a series high. With replays and viewing on HBO Go/Now, the total Sunday night audience for the season closer rose to 3.6 million, up 5% from last week and also a series high, as viewing on HBO’s digital platforms more than doubled since Westworld premiered in October.
With an average of 12 million viewers across all platforms, Westworld now ranks as the most-watched first season of an HBO original series ever.
Westworld, which already has been renewed for a second season, has been a commercial and critical success — just this morning the show landed two major WGA Award nominations, for best drama series and best new series. It has marked the first big drama launch for HBO since True Detective in January 2014.
Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy based on Michael Crichton’s cult movie, Westworld hails from Warner Bros TV and J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot.
In Honor of Peter Vaughan, Here Are Maester Aemon’s Most Memorable ‘Game of Thrones’ Moments
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the actor Peter Vaughan passed away at age 93. His agent stated that Vaughan “died peacefully with his family around him.”
In a career that started in the 1950s, Vaughan had gained new renown for his role as Maester Aemon on HBO’s Game of Thrones. The actor had appeared in numerous British television series over the years and was often recognized for his performance as the menacing Harry Grout in the popular prison sitcom Porridge.
Vaughan was a self-described character actor who considered himself very fortunate to have his extensive résumé. “They talk about actors resting. The only time I have ever rested in my 77 years as an actor has been when I’ve wanted to. Lucky, lucky, lucky,” he once said.
Outside his career in TV, Vaughan had prominent roles in Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, and alongside Anthony Hopkins in The Remains of the Day.
In The Remains of The Day, Peter Vaughan with Anthony Hopkins in 1993.
On Game of Thrones, the actor stood tall amongst a cast of bombastic, dynamic characters and performances while playing the blind, soft-spoken maester tasked with advising and guiding Jon Snow and the men of the Night’s Watch. Above are three of his most memorable moments from Game of Thrones. Rest in peace, Peter Vaughan.
What is the point of it? Get a couple of cheap thrills? Some surprises? But it’s not enough. It’s not about giving the guests what you think they want. No, that’s simple. The titillation, horror, elation… They’re parlor tricks. The guests don’t return for the obvious things we do, the garish things. They come back because of the subtleties, the details. They come back because they discover something they imagine no one had ever noticed before… something they’ve fallen in love with. They’re not looking for a story that tells them who they are. They already know who they are. They’re here because they want a glimpse of who they could be. The only thing your story tells me, Mr. Sizemore, is who you are.