This May Be the Real Reason GoT’s Final Season Is Only Six Episodes

HBO is pulling out all the stops for Game of Thrones‘ final season, which is expected to begin shooting at the end of this year.

While Season 8 will only be comprised of six episodes, they will each be about the length of a feature film, and they will have the budget to match. Variety is reporting each episode will have a budget of $15 million, the highest in the show’s history.

To put that into perspective, Elle reports Season 2 was rumored to have cost $6 million an episode. Season 6 was at $10 million an episode and Season 7 was around $14 million an episode.

The upped budget makes sense not only for the fact that the episodes will be so much longer, but also because the special effects will no doubt need to be epic.

At $15 million we better see the return of Ghost, that’s all I’m sayin’.

There are also reports the show plans to film multiple endings in order to throw off hackers, which plagued Season 7. Can you imagine if the Season 8 finale was hacked and leaked online? That would be the biggest tragedy in television history. Of course HBO is keen on preventing this any way possible and, while multiple endings does seem like a good scheme, it also means more money.

HBO president of programming Casey Bloys commented to Deadline about the plans to shoot multiple endings, “You have to do that on a long show… Because when you’re shooting something, people know. So they’re going to shoot multiple versions so that there’s no definitive answer until the end.”

Critically acclaimed shows like The Sopranos and Breaking Bad also used the strategy of multiple ending to throw snoops off the trail.

Not gonna lie, as a die-hard fan of the series, I almost wish the budget for the episodes would have been a bit higher. I know, greedy. But consider the fact that most sci-fi movies have budgets of about $100 million for just one film and suddenly $15 million seems like a tight sum when you factor in the dragons and White Walkers we need to see in every other upcoming scene.

Are you surprised by the $15 million budget per episode for Game of Thrones Season 8?


Andy Cohen Thinks President Trump Is Acting Like a Real Housewife

If you thought Real Housewives was just a reality show and not really reality, well, Donald Trump is probably making you realize right about now that there are actually people in this world who are rich, entitled, ready to jump at drama and just downright mean.

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Just in case you didn’t make the connection before between the president and your trashy television obsession, Andy Cohen is here to help you fill in the blanks.

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andy cohen donald trump facelift response

In case you missed it, Trump had this to say about journalist Mika Brzezinski this week on Twitter.

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donald trump facelift tweet 1

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donald trump facelift tweet 2

It all started when Brzezinski, co-host of the show Morning Joe, accused the White House of using a National Enquirer hit piece to attempt to coerce the hosts of the show into covering Trump more favorably.

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Instead of responding with dignity like a respectable human being, the president decided to go low and comment on Brzezinski’s looks. Because, as we’ve learned with this president, he loves a good shock tactic to deflect from the real issue at hand: His office tried to coerce the free press to influence its coverage. This from the man who calls the New York Times “fake news” every chance he gets. Seems just a little hypocritical, no? And by a little, I mean a lot. Like, the epitome of hypocritical.

This isn’t the first time Cohen has drawn parallels between Trump and the Housewives. In fact, it’s one of his favorite topics as of late. He even offered Kellyanne Conway a spot on the show if she got tired of doling out her “alternative facts” crap to the masses. I think she’d be a perfect addition.

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As for Trump, it would be really nice if he focused on something other than a woman’s looks. If he put this much energy into actually trying to do some good, like, I dunno, improving American lives, he would probably make a real difference. Wouldn’t that be nice.

McDonald’s Will Make a Major Change to Its Burgers in 2018

McDonald’s is synonymous with quick and cheap meals (and hangover breakfasts, let’s be real), but high-quality, fresh ingredients? Not so much. But the fast-food giant is hoping to flip-flop its reputation with the rollout of a new menu item that’s a serious departure from anything it’s done before –we’re talking fresh beef patties.

I think we’re all pretty used to the uniform gray, chewy, bizarrely synthetic yet meaty patties served at McDonald’s, and it would be hard to claim that they’re great. Fresh beef patties, like those used at Wendy’s, could change all that while also helping McDonald’s compete with fast-casual burger chains like Five Guys and Shake Shack.

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The downside (and reason McD’s hasn’t brought in fresh beef until now) is that it will, of course, take longer to cook a fresh beef Quarter Pounder. And that could seriously cramp the drive-thru’s ability to crank out quarter-pounders during its busiest times. Sure, it’ll only take about a minute longer to cook fresh beef patties than the usual frozen pucks that pass for burgers, but when there are 10 people waiting in line, those minutes add up.

But still, you’d probably be waiting less than five minutes total to get your meal, which is faster than any sit-down restaurant I know of. And in the test markets of Dallas and Oklahoma, the new fresh beef patties McDonald’s is testing have met with success.

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McD’s plans to introduce fresh beef Quarter Pounders to even more locations in Texas this year, and they’ll be available at most of its stores in 2018 (in addition to to regular pre-cooked Big Macs you’re used to).

I for one would be a lot more likely to stop in at McDonald’s if I knew it was using fresher ingredients – only time will tell if this helps McDonald’s keep up with its fresh meat-hawking competitors.

Chris Blue and Vanessa Ferguson Both Deserve to Win The Voice

The Season 12 semifinals for The Voice are the epitome of bittersweet, for while we get to see an amazing Top 8 duke it out for a spot in the finale, there’s the underlying knowledge that four artists will soon be going home. Let’s just hope that Vanessa Ferguson and Chris Blue are not among them, because if tonight’s duet is any indication, they’re both worthy of winning the whole shebang!

Vanessa Ferguson and Chris Blue duet video

Vanessa Ferguson and Chris Blue duet video

Ferguson and Blue were given a huge challenge for tonight’s episode: perform a duet to one of Alicia Keys’ best songs, in front of Alicia Keys. Talk about nerve-wracking! They certainly felt the pressure, but Keys was fully confident that they could rock the song just as well as she always does.

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The song of the evening was If I Ain’t Got You, and we’re pleased to say that it exceeded our expectations, which were high to begin. The powerful duo brought the judges to their feet and received plenty of well-deserved praise to boot.

Alicia Keys If I Ain’t Got You

Alicia Keys If I Ain’t Got You

The praise was by no means limited to the judges. Several fans came out of the woodwork on Twitter, sharing their excitement over the remarkable duet, and reminding their followers to vote:

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Chris Vanessa tweet The Voice

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Chris Vanessa tweet 2 The Voice

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Chris Vanessa tweet 3 The Voice

Blue has been referred to as the show’s frontrunner for a long, long time, but based on tonight’s performance, Ferguson has a shot as well. Either way, Alicia Keys has a clear path to victory, which would be super cool – we’re good and ready for another female coach to win The Voice!

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As you may recall, Ferguson earned her spot in the semifinals with an Instant Save performance. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s doomed, but…it doesn’t look good. Contestants rarely last long after they’ve landed in the danger zone, so Ferguson will need all the votes she can get tonight. In other words: if you want Ferguson to continue on alongside Blue, you need to vote!

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Do you think Chris Blue and Vanessa Ferguson deserve to make the finals for The Voice? Comment and share your opinion below.

Drake Sympathizes With Woman Who Broke Into His Home

It’s been a month of ups and down for Drake. First, he was facing some crazy baby mama drama with Instagram model Layla Lace (that turned out to be a complete hoax). Now, his $7.7 million home has been broken into, but that’s just the life of a celebrity, right?

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The 24-year-old woman broke in on April 3 and was charged with felony burglary, but now Drake is reportedly telling the police to drop all the charges against her.

According to The Daily Mail, Drake’s lawyer contacted the Los Angeles County District Attorney to “make it clear he will not cooperate in any prosecution” of the woman, because Drake thinks she has “mental issues,” and “thinks it would be cruel to make her a felon” for the break-in.

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To be fair, she may have broken into his house, but she didn’t really do anything malicious. Reports say she helped herself to some Pepsi, Sprite and Fiji water from the fridge, then put on one of Drake’s hoodies and went to bed in one of the house’s six bedrooms. A member of Drake’s entourage found her later. Even though she insisted she had permission to be in the house, he called police. It still hasn’t been publicly revealed how she got onto the gated property, which Drake calls the YOLO Estate (of course he does), but hopefully we find that answer out real soon.

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Time for a real question though: If you’re going to break into a house with an 80-foot water slide and a giant movie theater, why would you just drink some sodas and then go to bed? You had the chance to be a legend, and you squandered it. SMH.

Gwen Stefani Just Suffered The Voice’s Most Awkward Moment

The Voice has been more restrained with the Gwen-Blake romance than we initially anticipated (minus that lap sitting moment during the season premiere) but that all ended tonight, when Stefani’s mouth got her in trouble. It was one of the most awkward moments of the season, and not in a good way.

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The trouble began when Team Alicia’s Chris Blue went up against R.J.Collins with a powerful rendition of Miguel’s “Adorn.” Both artists were amazing, of course, but Stefani evidently was less impressed by their vocal chops, and more interested in their appearance.

After complimenting Blue’s ability to become completely absorbed by his music, Stefani admitted, “I don’t even know if I was listening to your voice because I was so mesmerized by your body.”

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Adam Levine was the first person to object to this ill-timed statement. He stuttered, “Hey, whoa whoa.” Shelton quickly chimed in with, “Hey! What the?”

Stefani tried her best to explain her awkward declaration, but as Levine correctly observed, “It’s hard to talk your way out of that one.”

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To be fair, Stefani’s statement would have been weird even if she was still single. The proximity of her boyfriend made it that much worse, however, as did revelations about Blue’s fiance, who was sadly rediagnosed with cancer.

As if the statement about Blue’s body wasn’t bad enough, Stefani then turned her charms on his competitor, exclaiming, “R.J., I did not know you were 18 years old. I mean, you look like a man, ya know?”

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Despite initially voicing his objections, Shelton took Stefani’s flirtation in stride. He did admit, however, his preference for Blue, purely because he didn’t want his girlfriend to snag him for her own team.

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Adorn video The Voice

Blue is an attractive man, but Stefani’s attention is definitely misplaced. His vocals were nothing short of magnificent this evening, and we’re so glad he gets to move on in the competition. Whether Alicia Keys selected the battle’s winner based on looks or vocal skills, she made the right choice.

What did you think of Gwen Stefani’s faux pas on The Voice? How about Blake Shelton’s response? Comment and share your opinion below.

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

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