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Instead of the usual ten, the American Film Institute’s AFI Awards saluted 11 films for their yearly honors. Among those singled out include Boyhood, Birdman and Foxcatcher. Christopher Nolan’s hit Interstellar also joined the list as well as Angelina Jolie’s directorial effort, Unbroken.

All these movies should feel good about their Oscar chances. Last year, seven films on AFI’s list made the cut for Best Picture at the Oscars. In 2012, eight achieved that feat.

“Those 11 flicks, as well as 10 TV programs, are honored with the awards because they are “deemed culturally and artistically representative of the year’s most significant achievements in the art of the moving image.” AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale said in a statement, “They are a part of our American cultural heritage – collectively, a new chapter in the story of the art form and of our nation.”

Over on the television front, newcomers Silicon Valley, How To Get Away With Murder and Jane The Virgin joined veterans Game of Thrones and Mad Men on the Institute’s best list. I’m glad the freshmen series got some love. I love all of them, especially Shonda Rimes’ latest guilty pleasure. I especially love saying the title out loud in my best Viola Davis voice ;)

Prizes for both winners in movie and TV categories are handed at a private luncheon on January 9. Check out the rest of the winners below.

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It’s a good thing long hair suits Kit Harington. The 27-year-old Game of Thrones actor reveals to British GQ he’s not allowed to cut his hair for the show. For that I say ‘hallelujah!’ I can’t even imagine him with a buzz cut or shorter ‘do.

“I’m more recognizable in public than much better-known actors. So many people watch, and I go around looking like my character.”

While some people suffer from RBF (resting bitch face), the English actor is plagued with a different plight. Read what he has to say about always looking so solemn below, along with the curse of starring on the hit HBO series and more photos snapped by Peggy Sirota.

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During their panel at San Diego Comic-Con, HBO announced nine new cast members joining Game of Thrones for Season Five. They range from veteran actors to relative newbies.

Alexander Siddig (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine), newcomers Toby Sebastian and Nell Tiger Free, DeObia Oparei (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Enzo Cilenti (Rome), Jessica Henwick (North by Northhamptonshire), Rosabell Laurenti Sellers (The Whistleblower), Academy nominee Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider) and the legendary Jonathan Pryce (Ronin) will play key roles in the upcoming season. Watch the video below to see what parts they’ll be taking on for GoT.

In addition to the big news, the show shared a blooper reel from Season 4. It’s so odd seeing the actors laugh and show their lighthearted sides given the dramatic nature of the series. Pedro Pascal who plays Prince Oberyn almost sets himself on fire. Check out all the hijinks and line flubbing from your favorites including Kit Harington below.

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It’s been flirting with the honor this entire season, but this week it became official. HBO’s fantasy drama, adapted from George R. R. Martin’s series of novels, is now the cable network’s most-watched series ever.

With only two episodes left, the show’s average audience has gone from 18 million to 18.4 million. The most-watched season of The Sopranos set the benchmark in 2002 at just 200,000 viewers less than Game of Throne’s Season 4.

I’m not at all surprised by this latest feat accomplished by the series. All season long it’s been achieving record ratings. Compared to last season, it’s gained 4 million viewers. Are you one of the newbies who jumped on the bandwagon? Game of Thrones‘ Season Four finale airs on June 15.

Lupita Nyong’o & More Join Star Wars Episode VII

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It’s been long rumored and now it’s official. Lupita Nyong’o will appear in Star Wars Episode VII. It’s the 31-year-old actress’ first role since winning an Oscar for her work in 12 Years A Slave. No specifics on what character she’ll tackle but Nyongo’s addition should please critics who complained the current cast was light on women and people of color. Find out what other woman is joining the cast below.

find out which GoT actress is joining the cast

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Game of Thrones isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Given the show’s boffo ratings for the Season 4 premiere, not surprisingly, the network has renewed the show for not just one, but two more seasons.

“Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other,” said HBO programming president Michael Lombardo. “[Producers] David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling.”

This past Sunday, the show scored a record-breaking 6.6 million viewers, an increase of 52% from the Season 3 opener. Not only is it GoT’s best episode ever, but it’s the network’s best showing since The Sopranos aired its series finale seen by 11.9 million back in 2007. When the two additional airings are factored in, Game of Thrones had a gross audience of 8.2 million on Sunday.

Excited for at least two more years of GoT? What did you think of the premiere? Sound off below.

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Love Game of Thrones? Obsessed with House of Cards? Do you prefer Quiznos over Subway? If you’re three for three, this clip is for you. The fast food submarine sandwich establishment teamed up with Toasty TV for an oddly entertaining mashup parody titled House of Thrones.

Seriously, it’s so whacky you can’t help but finish the clip. The guy playing Kevin Spacey, Ross Marquand, does a sensational impression of the actor. It’s one of the best I’ve seen of Spacey. In fact, Kevin himself approves of the spoof. He tweeted, “We weren’t sure what should happen in #HouseOfCards Season 3 but I think I’ve figured it out,” as he linked to the video. Check it out below.

watch the clip after the jump

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During an interview with Game of Thrones fansite Winter Is Coming, Kristian Nairn who plays the beloved character Hodor came out as gay. The topic came up when the 38-year-old actor was informed that he had a big following in the gay community. Nairn replied to the blog, “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about the gay community you are talking about MY community, haha.”

Kristian added, “I AM aware of it yeah, and I think it’s really lovely. There’s not a day that I don’t get a few messages, but 99 percent or more are super sweet and nothing smutty at all! Again, it’s a privilege, and I really mean that.”

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