Travel: Experience ‘Game of Thrones’ Locations In Real Life With These Airbnb Rentals

Want to experience the world of Game of Thrones without having to worry about spending the night somewhere dark and full of terrors? Of course you do. With some assistance from Airbnb, we found rentals in Croatia, Spain and Northern Ireland that will allow you to live out your wildest Game of Thrones fantasies (well, within reason) in close proximity to the real world locations that set the stage for the show.

Dubrovnik, Croatia: King’s Landing

Founded by refugees of Epidaurus in the 7th Century, Dubrovnik, Croatia is a UNESCO World Heritage site filled with gorgeous architecture, high walls and enough old world charm for a king. All those things are why this is one of the perfect host locations for King’s Landing, the epicenter of the Seven Kingdoms and the (until recently) Lannister empire. Even without the CGI rendered buildings of the show you’ll feel like you’re in the heart of everyone’s favorite fictional capital as you take the King’s Landing Dubrovnik tours around the city, soak up some sun by the Adriatic Sea or just enjoy the comfort of one of these two great Airbnbs.

Midsummer Night’s Dream Historic Villa

Surrounded by the historic Dubrovnik gardens with amazing views of the St. Lawrence fortress and the Adriatic Sea, this 18th Century historic villa situated above Old Town Dubrovnik is secluded and private while still being less than ten minutes from all the action, including the beach and the Adriatic Sea. Make sure to bring a portable battery charger because you’re going to be taking a lot of golden hour shots.

Villa Mediteran Dubrovnik

With accommodations for up to 12 guests the Villa Mediteran Dubrovnik checks all the boxes when it comes to living in the lap of luxury. Chiseled stone construction. Large garden terraces. Mediterranean vegetation. Proximity to Old Town and the St. Lawrence fortress. It’s the perfect spot for a king or queen to overlook their dominion… from the comfort of their air-conditioned, wifi-equipped and modern villa.

Girona, Spain: King’s Landing/Braavos

From the 11th century Girona Cathedral to the sprawling alleys of the Medieval Quarter, it’s no wonder that the impressive architecture of the Spanish city Girona is heavily tapped as a filming location for Game of Thrones. Whether you’re adventuring towards the massive cathedral up the same steps Jaime Lannister rode or doing your best “girl with no name” interpretation of Arya escaping the Waif, the Gothic architecture and surrounding landscapes will transport you to a different time.

Casa Mercè

A short two minute walk from City Hall, La Rambla and the monumental center you’ll find Casa Mercè, a recently renovated estate from the middle of the 1800’s with an interior as cool as any huge NYC apartment and an exterior that will leave you feeling like you’re spending time in Qarth. It’s beautiful, charming and perfect for larger family with enough space for up to eight guests spread out over four bedrooms.

Apartment in the Shadow of the Cathedral

The name says it all with this one. Remember those steps we just finished talking about? They’re literally outside your window. The square looks a little different than it does in the show because it’s not actually seaside, but that doesn’t stop this location from being breathtaking. With room for up to three guests in two bedrooms, this spot right on the square is perfect for a small traveling group and is one of the the cheaper Airbnb stays on the list.

Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: Castle Black/The Iron Islands/Winterfell

In addition to having absurdly beautiful landscape shots just about everywhere, Northern Ireland is home base for the Game of Thrones production team. The enormous Paint Hall studio in Belfast–originally a part of the Harland and Wolff shipyard where the Titanic was built–isn’t open for tours when they’re filming interiors for Winterfell, Cast Black, the Great Sept of Baelor or Dany’s throne room in Meereen, but you will find plenty of exterior locations, many with tours, that you can visit. Start with one of these two off-the-grid Airbnbs.

18th Century Irish Stone Cottage

The 18th Century Irish Stone Cottage has everything you could ever ask for in rustic, old-fashioned bed and breakfast vibes. Whatever Tullyquilly Cottage lacks in imposing size it makes up for in modern amenities (wireless, underfloor heating, outdoor hut tub!) and a quaint, countryside location that just so happens to be less than hour from a hunt for the three-eyed raven in the haunted forest at Tollymore Forest Park or Winterfell tours at Castle Ward.

Restored Linen Mill with Waterwheel

Near the northern part of Lough Neagh in the heart of County Antrim (which Belfast is part of) you’ll find Old Stone Mill, a spacious, three level property with 4 bedrooms, space for 8, a functional waterwheel and a host that knows where all the best breweries and Game of Thrones tours are. It’s close to the Giant’s Causeway, Magheramorne Quarry (Castle Black, Hardhome, King’s Landing), Castle Ward and plenty of good golfing if you want to hit the links in between adventures.

CNN Will Livestream the Solar Eclipse in 360-Degree 4K

We’re just one week away from the United States’ much-hyped solar eclipse occurrence, and the frenzy surrounding the rare event continues. Joining a long list of companies and media outlets, CNN has revealed plans to livestream the solar eclipse in 360-degree 4K. Using multiple cameras, CNN will allow viewers to visually track the eclipse’s course as it unfolds along an Oregon to South Carolina path. The livestream event will be the central focus of the cable news company’s one-off program CNN’s Eclipse of the Century, which will begin to air at 1 p.m. EST next Monday, August 21.

Along with CNN’s 360-degree, 4K livestream, NatGeo and Airbnb have teamed up to send one lucky winner to view the solar eclipse from a special private jet. Even food companies have capitalized on the event; Krispy Kreme is celebrating the celestial happening with a new donut.

For the astronomy enthusiasts out there without access to cable television, tune into CNN.com/eclipse or CNN’s mobile apps and social media networks next Monday to view Eclipse of the Century from your smartphone or computer.

Facebook Begins Rolling Out its Television Content

Facebook is entering a transformative new era. Mark Zuckerberg recently revealed that the platform is set to become “video-first,” and now it’s actually happening: The changes he teased begin rolling out on Thursday. Get ready for some awesome television content, folks.

Coming to you are new television shows produced exclusively for Facebook by the likes of BuzzFeedMashableRefinery29ThrillistATTNTastemade (disclosure: Inverse is also participating). Episodes will appear on a new “Watch” section in the video tab of Facebook’s mobile app, as well as on its desktop version.

“Watch is a platform for all creators and publishers to find an audience, build a community of passionate fans, and earn money for their work,” Daniel Danker, Facebook’s Director of Product, announced on Wednesday. “On Facebook, videos are discovered through friends and bring communities together. As more and more people enjoy this experience, we’ve learned that people like the serendipity of discovering videos in News Feed, but they also want a dedicated place they can go to watch videos.”

Facebook users already watch an average of 100 million hours of video on the platform every day; up until now, they’ve just been viewing Facebook Live streams, videos shared by friends, and original video series that appear on news feeds and the mobile app’s video tab.

But that was just the beginning. Soon video will be Facebook’s main event, and its episodic shows will even include scripted programs and reality content.

Participating publishers have been preparing for this moment for quite a while, and Facebook’s video push has been a big story in the media world. “Facebook, like it or not, is the biggest opportunity in video,” one publisher told Mashable.

Finally, Facebook’s ongoing transformation will start seriously impacting the lives of consumers, too. “Watch” will begin rolling out for users in the United States on Thursday and will then be gradually added for all other users.

Next Episode of ‘Game of Thrones’ Leaks Following HBO Hack

The fourth episode of Game of Thrones’s seventh season airs on Sunday, but hackers who infiltrated HBO’s systems earlier in the week have leaked the entire episode in full — although there are reports that the leak is actually unrelated to the big hack.

The leaked episode, “The Spoils of War,” made the rounds on the spoiler-embracing Reddit community r/freefolk on Friday morning. Initially, a post on the subreddit linked to a Google Drive where the entire full episode could be viewed, but the page was removed for violating Google’s terms of service in a major way. Because nothing can really be erased from the Internet, though, the episode is still circulating around shady parts of the web, and spoilers abound in forums.

Curiously, Entertainment Weekly reports that an HBO insider claims that the leak is not part of the Monday hack. The episode bears a watermark for Star India, HBO’s distributor of content in India. Star India gave EW a statement confirming “the compromise of Episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7,” adding that they had started a forensic investigation into the leak and were pursuing legal action.

It’s possible that Star India was somehow part of the larger HBO hack, but it’s likely a separate issue. HBO’s having an especially bad week on two, unrelated fronts.

The hackers (or hacker) who attacked HBO allegedly stole 1.5 terabytes of data, which just to put in perspective, is seven times more data than hackers got in the infamous Sony hack. While a leaked Game of Thrones episode (along with leaked episodes of other, less popular HBO shows) is a big deal for fans, the hack could potentially have much more serious repercussions. The hackers reportedly obtained lots of personal data about HBO employees, including financial and medical information. Some of this sensitive material has reportedly already been leaked.

Episode 4 of Game of Thrones Season 7 will have its legitimate premiere on HBO on Sunday, August 6, at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Thirsty Thursday: Tyrion’s Game of Thrones’ Blackberry Wine Slushies

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 bottle of fruity red wine
  • 6 ounces fresh blackberries
  • 1-2 tablespoons simple syrup (or agave nectar, honey, or sugar), to taste
  • 1-2 shots liquor of choice (vodka, gin, rum, tequila), optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Pour wine into a standard ice cube tray and freeze until solid.

These Are the Best Movies and TV Shows Coming Out in August

As the summer season draws to a close and the heat dissipates, those movies and TV shows to-watch lists dwindle down a bit. But as the biggest summer-movie tentpoles have already arrived and the fall contenders have yet to debut, that doesn’t mean August has nothing to offer. The month starts out with a long-awaited Stephen King-based fantasy epic in The Dark Tower and the latest from The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirtydirector Kathryn Bigelow in Detroit. August also offers up a few not to be missed indie films including Robert Pattinson‘s stellar NYC crime saga Good Time and Sundance Film Festival‘s Patti Cake$.

Over on the small screen, VICELAND brings you new original series Nuts + Bolts from Tyler, The Creator and What Would Diplo Do? starring James Van Der Beek, while Netflix‘s major Marvel crossover, The Defenders, brings together Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Check out the list below for some of the must-see releases to the more under the radar films and TV shows to look forward to in August.

Film

The Dark Tower – August 4

The big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy series has been sitting on Hollywood’s back-burners for a while. Set in a magical land inspired by the Old West, the notorious gunslinger, played by Idris Elba, roams the landscape in search of the Dark Tower, in the hopes that reaching it will preserve his dying world. Matthew McConnaughey plays his nemesis, The Man in Black. The Dark Tower is set to be one of this summer’s biggest blockbusters.

Detroit – August 4

Directed by Academy Award-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt LockerZero Dark Thirty), Detroit tells the emotional story behind the Algiers Motel incident during the summer of ’67 where three young African-American men were killed. The film stars John Boyega (Stars Wars: The Force Awakens), John Krasinski (The Office) and Will Poulter (The Revenant). Detroit will be released in theaters August 4 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the riots.

Icarus – August 4

Hitting Netflix on August 4, Icarus documents a major Olympic cheating scandal, which was uncovered by accident by American documentary filmmaker Bryan Fogel and a Russian scientist. The film captures the politics behind doping within sports plus the involvement of Vladimir Putin and the Russian government.

Wind River – August 4

Taylor Sheridan (known for writing 2015′s hit Sicario) makes his directorial debut in the upcoming thriller about an FBI agent who teams up with the town’s veteran game tracker to investigate a murder that occurred on a Native American reservation. Wind River is a look at life on the edge of an imposing wilderness, where the rules of law is overshadowed by the laws of nature. The film stars Jeremy Renner as Cory Lambert, the local game tracker who discovers the woman’s body in the snow while Elizabeth Olsen portrays Jane Banner, the no-nonsense FBI agent assigned to the case. Jon Bernthal and Kelsey Asbille also star. Wind River, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and recently screened at Cannes.

Good Time – August 11

Distributed by powerhouse A24, Good Time stars Robert Pattinson as Constantine Nikas as he embarks on a twisted adventure through New York City’s underworld trying to free his brother from prison after a botched robbery. The action takes place over the course of one night as Constantine descends into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock.

Ingrid Goes West – August 11

Indie flick Ingrid Goes West stars Aubrey Plaza as Ingrid Thorburn who becomes obsessed with Instagram-famous “influencer” Taylor Sloane played by Elizabeth Olson. When Ingrid moves to LA and manages to insinuate herself into the social media star’s life, their relationship quickly breaks down leading to comical results.

Pilgrimage – August 11

After helping to revamp the Spider-Man film series, actor Tom Holland finds himself caught up in the medieval thriller, Pilgrimage. The film follows a band of Catholic monks who soon encounter a dangerous stranger. The end result is an extraordinary period drama piece crossed with an action-laced road movie. Pilgrimage stars Tom Holland, Richard Armitage (The Hobbit), Jon Bernthal (The Walking DeadFury) and Stanley Weber (Outlander). Having already made its premiere at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, Pilgrimage sees a wider release this August 11.

Gook – August 18

Having already made its premier at this year’s Sundance Film Festival — evening taking home the Audience Award in the NEXT category — Gook tells the story of two Korean-American brothers, Daniel and Eli, who run a shoe store in a predominantly African American area of Los Angeles. As the brothers try to chase after their dreams and keep the store afloat, racial tensions start to build, leading to the LA riots of 1992. Gook releases in Los Angeles on August 18, followed by a wider release across the country on August 25.

The Hitman’s Bodyguard – August 18

The Hitman’s Bodyguard stars big name actors, Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson. In the film, Reynolds plays the world’s top bodyguard and is tasked with protecting Jackson’s character, a hitman who must testify at the International Court of Justice. The situation is not an easy ride for the pair as they must survive bullets, assassins, Gary Oldman and each other.

Logan Lucky – August 18

Starring Channing Tatum and Adam Driver as brothers Jimmy and Clyde Logan, the two decide to pull off a large-scale heist at a NASCAR event being held in North Carolina. To help with the heist, the two brothers enlist former bank robber Joe Bang, played by Daniel Craig. Logan Lucky also stars Seth MacFarlane and Katie Holmes.

Patti Cake$ – August 18

Patti Cake$ tells the story of an up-and-coming female rapper looking to make it in the hip-hop game. Starring Danielle Macdonald as the lead of Patti, her performance in the film garnered her as one of Sundance Film Festival’s breakout stars. Directed by Geremy Jasper, this indie flick hits theaters on August 18.

Birth of the Dragon – August 25

WWE Studios has reinterpreted the final days of Bruce Lee in the upcoming biopic Birth of the Dragon. The film centers around the younger years and early career of the martial arts king, along with his controversial fight with Chinese martial artist and teacher, Wong Jack Man. Originally screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2016, the film hits statewide on August 25.

Death Note – August 25

Hollywood has created a live-action version of the legendary Japanese manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. Adam Wingard (Blair Witch 2016) takes the director’s chair on the story of a student who uses a supernatural book, named Ryuk, to kill criminals as an act of vigilante justice. However, his righteous, albeit contagious, killing spree garners the attention of an acclaimed detective named L who desperately wants to unravel the person and mystery behind these ongoing murders. Willem Dafoe takes on the voice of Ryuk.

The Villainess – August 25

The latest Korean flick looking to dominate worldwide box offices — after last year’s hit Train to Busan — arrives as an action-packed revenge story titled The Villainess. Having already made its premiere at the 70th Annual Cannes Film Festival, the film starring actress Kim Ok Bin received a four-minute standing ovation. The Villainess tells the story of a ruthless female assassin named Sook Hwe (Kim Ok Bin) who from an early age has been taught to kill. After becoming a sleeper agent for South Korea’s Intelligence Agency, two men from her past show up, bringing out her darkest secrets.

Television

Surviving Escobar – Alias JJ – August 1

This Netflix original series follows the man who once assisted Pablo Escobar as he struggles to find himself after the fall of the Medellin Empire. After willingly turning himself in, Pablo Escobar’s No. 1 hit man struggles to stay alive and gain respect in the prison hierarchy.

Nuts + Bolts – August 3

Twenty-six-year-old Tyler, the Creator is a media maven. Next on his list is the new VICELAND show Nuts + Bolts. The show, as described by Tyler, is a behind-the-scenes look at his own unique interests and a peek at “how everything that I think is awesome is made.”

What Would Diplo Do? – August 3

What Would Diplo Do? stars Dawson’s Creek alum James Van Der Beek as a fictionalized EDM DJ Diplo, a “guy who can bring 60,000 people to their feet… but kind of sucks one-on-one.” Inspired by a Mad Decent Block Party promo video where Van Der Beek portrayed Diplo, the show was written by Van Der Beek and “shepherded” by Oscar-winning director and VICELAND Co-President Spike Jonze. What Would Diplo Do?marks VICELAND’s first scripted series and lands on August 3.

Voltron: The Legendary Defender – August 4

This 1980s classic makes a return thanks to Netflix’s streaming platform. Aiming to cater to its original fans from back in the day, the reboot is also set on correcting its problems and to appeal to a newer audience. The latest installment stays true to its audience as a group of space explorers and five gigantic robotic lions work together to fulfill missions regarding the fate of the world.

Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later – August 4

Netflix has reprised the cult classic camp-based picture Wet Hot American Summer which takes place 10 years later — though its actually been 16 years since the original movie. Serving as a sequel to 2001 film and a prequel for 2015′s Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, the latest revival sees most of the original cast returning. Michael Ian Black, Molly Shannon, Paul Rudd, Janeane Garofalo, and Michael Showalter join new cast members Alyssa Milano, Adam Scott, Samm Levine, and more.

Carpool Karaoke – August 8

The forthcoming series will feature original host James Corden as well as a slew of celebrities including Will Smith, John Legend, and Ariana Grande. The 16 episode run will be a spin-off of the successful segment originally featured on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Though Corden appears in the trailer, he will not be hosting every episode of the Apple Music-exclusive show. The new series will also take place outside of the car and include conversational topics on movies, sports and so on.

Naked – August 11

This summer comedy stars Marlon Wayans who plays a nervous man about to get married. Until Anderson can do the right thing on his wedding day, he’s caught in a time loop and forced to relive the same few crazy hours leading up to the ceremony. Naked also stars Regina Hall, Dennis Haysbert, Loretta Divine and Brian McKnight, among others. Watch for Naked to hit Netflix on August 11.

The Defenders – August 18

The Defenders will see a major crossover for Netflix’s Marvel series which will star Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. The four heroes will be facing off against Alexandra and the Hand, the undead ninja group that has been working behind the scenes since Daredevil’s first season. Tying all the series together is Claire Temple played by Rosario Dawson who mediates between Luke and Danny. The Defenders premieres on Netflix August 18.

Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen Finally Meet On ‘Game of Thrones’

After spending six seasons as the two characters on the fringes of the story, Jon Snow and Daenerys Targaryen finally met in “The Queen’s Justice.” The third episode of season 7 picks up the pace with many long-awaited meetings: Sansa and Bran Stark reunite for the first time since Season 1, the Iron Bank’s Tycho Nestoris returns after a two-season absence to collect his debts, and Jaime Lannister and Olenna Tyrell confront their past sins face to face — with lethal results.

The North Remembers

It’s hard to explain “by the way, I’m a time-wizard” to your family, and Game of Thrones does not shy away from this weirdness. When Bran Stark returns to Winterfell, it’s not exactly the heart-warming Stark reunion that Sansa had with Jon in Season 6.

She hugs him emotionally but he remains cool, distant, and sage-like. Later in the Godswood, he freaks her out with his knowledge of her wedding night. Ironically Bran’s struggle to describe his Three-eyed Raven powers happen right after Petyr Baelish tells Sansa that “every possible series of events is happening at once.” Apparently that phrase is easier to digest as political-double speak than as a mystical phenomenon. Just like Jon and Daenerys, Sansa and Bran are not on the same page with how they regard their realities.

The Lannisters Send Their Regards

In King’s Landing, Cersei promises Euron Greyjoy she’ll grant his wish of marriage after they win the war, and she gets revenge for her daughter’s death by forcing Ellaria Sand to watch her own daughter die after being poisoned the same way Myrcella was. She also meets with Iron Bank rep Tycho Nestoris — mostly to remind the audience that the Crown still owes the Iron Bank a giant debt.

Aside from her promise to Euron, Cersei’s action with the biggest potential for future ramifications is flaunting her relationship with Jaime. Although he gives into her sexual overtures, Jaime is clearly disturbed at the thought of being less discrete. Cersei takes on the “I’m queen and I do what I want” outlook — and the way “The Queen’s Justice” lingers on this detail, the twincest taboo likely hasn’t vanished from relevance just because Cersei is the queen.

As unsure as he is about his personal life, Jaime reveals his tactical battlefield skills in “The Queen’s Justice.” The Unsullied do win Casterly Rock thanks to Tyrion — but Jaime reveals that he gave it up on purpose for the time being, since Highgarden has a more immediate advantage. The rock has no more gold, you see, and the Lannisters need to pay off that debt to Tycho and the Iron Bank somehow.

All men must die

Now that Lady Olenna Tyrell, aka The Queen of Thorns is dead, Game of Throneshas a gaping hole in the “razor sharp sass” department. Nevertheless, her exit is as perfect as Ramsay’s or Joffrey’s. She gets to reflect on her life in a nice speech to Jaime, she gives a shout-out to her best frenemy Tywin Lannister, she calls Joffrey a cunt one last time, and tells Jaime that Cersei will be his end. Jaime poisoned her, yes, but given his earlier uneasiness with Cersei’s actions, perhaps Olenna was poisoning brother against sister.

Best of all, though, is how Olenna gets the last laugh. When Jaime reveals that he’ll execute her not with his sword but with poisoned wine, it’s deliciously ironic, because he didn’t know she killed Joffrey — and neither did the late king’s mother. “Tell Cersei,” Olenna tells a shocked Jaime. “I want her to know that it was me.” RIP Queen of Sass, Game of Thrones won’t be the same.

With respect…

This week in Sam Tarly and the Half-Blood Prince, Sam’s efforts to cure Jorah last episode have paid off. Jorah’s skin is no longer rocky and he’s off to reunite with Daenerys. Unfortunately for Sam, he doesn’t exactly get pat on the back for this, but the Archmaester points out that he could have kicked him out of the Citadel. So, like, let’s call it a B+.

I will take what’s mine with fire and blood

Daenerys and Jon’s highly anticipated meeting is tense. They get off on the wrong foot right away when Missandei announces Daenerys’s lofty titles and Davos then introduces Jon with all the gravitas of a casual tavern gathering. It’s not a good look for either — Daenerys comes across as lofty and petulant, Jon as a common Joe Schmoe bastard the world thinks he is. Neither attitude works to back up their positions.

Daenerys is all pomp and circumstance; talking about the past and her claim to the throne. Jon has his customary utter disregard for pomp and circumstance — he’s more concerned with the Night King and looking to the future. Both aunt and nephew are frustrated from their initial interaction.

As different as they are, “The Queen’s Justice” emphasizes how Daenerys and Jon share a similar single-minded leadership style. Both have accomplished great things thanks to their ability to focus on their goals — but both are also impatient to see other perspectives when they’re pursuing said goals.

Luckily, Tyrion saves the day. When Jon and Tyrion share a moment on the cliff with call-backs to their Season 1 meeting, Jon bemoans, “How do I convince people who don’t know me to believe a monster they don’t believe in is coming for us all?”

It’s a valid question he must answer, since he absolutely sucks at PR. In response, Tyrion convinces Daenerys to let Jon mine her dragonglass, since it doesn’t hurt to make a potentially valuable ally happy. Danerys and Jon part from their second interaction on considerably better terms. They even give their family ties an accidental shout-out, when Daenerys mentions how she named her dragons after her brothers.

Curiously, Jon has Davos hold back from fully discussing Jon’s resurrection. Perhaps he thinks they should tackle one magical-mumbo-jumbo event at a time.

Game of Thrones Season 7 is currently airing at 9 p.m. Eastern on Sunday nights on HBO.

Netflix Announces New Movies and Shows for August 2017

The dog days of summer have arrived in full force, so snuggle up like the sweaty little pup you are and check out these new additions to Netflix’s movie selection.

This month, you can finally stream the long-anticipated live action version of Death Note and see how it stands up next to the original. If you’re feeling out of touch, jolt yourself back into reality with the Matrix trilogy and refresh your memory before the Warner Brothers reboot hits theaters. Or you could take a trip down to Camp Green Lake with Holes and reminisce about the Golden Age of Shia Laboeuf.

No matter your taste, there’s bound to be something in month’s list of new arrivals for you. Happy ‘flixing!

Available on August 1:

A Cinderella Story (2004)

Bad Santa (2003)

Cloud Atlas (2012)

Crematorium: Season 1 (2011)

Funny Games (US) (2007)

Innerspace (1987)

Jackie Brown (1997)

Lord of War (2005)

Maz Jobrani: Immigrant — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Nola Circus (2015)

Opening Night (2016)

Practical Magic (1998)

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

Small Soldiers (1998)

Surviving Escobar – Alias JJ: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The Addams Family (1991)

The Astronaut’s Wife (1999)

The Bomb (2015)

The Hollywood Masters: Season 1

The Last Mimzy (2007)

The Matrix (1999)

The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

The Matrix Revolutions (2003)

The Number 23 (2007)

The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1 (2017)

The Truth About Alcohol (2015)

The Wedding Party (2016)

Tie The Knot (2016)

Who Gets the Dog? (2016)

Wild Wild West (1999)

Available August 2:

Jab We Met (2007)

The Founder (2016)

Available August 3:

Sing (2016)

The Invisible Guardian (2017)

Available August 4:

Icarus — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available August 5:

Holes (2003)

Available August 8:

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 7 Episodes 1-13 (2017)

Available August 9:

Black Site Delta (2017)

Available August 10:

Diary of an Exorcist – Zero (2016)

Available August 11:

Atypical: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Naked — NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

True and The Rainbow Kingdom: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

White Gold — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available August 13:

Arthur and the Invisibles (2006)

Hot Property (2016)

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2017)

Available August 14:

The Outcasts (2017)

Urban Hymn (2015)

Available August 15:

Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

21(2008)

A New Economy (2016)

All These Sleepless Nights (2016)

Donald Cried (2016)

Murderous Affair: Season 1 (2016)

My Ex-Ex (2015)

The Sweet Life (2016)

Available August 16:

Gold (2016)

Available August 18:

Dinotrux: Season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Glitter Force Doki Doki: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

I Am Sam (2001)

Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

What Happened to Monday — NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

Available August 19:

Hide and Seek (2005)

Available August 20:

Camera Store (2017)

Available August 21:

AWOL (2016)

Bad Rap (2016)

Beautiful Creatures (2013)

Gomorrah: Season 2 (2016)

Unacknowledged (2017)

Available August 22:

Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Sadie’s Last Days on Earth (2016)

Available August 23:

Feel Rich (2017)

Available August 25:

Disjointed: Part 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Death Note — NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM

DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Once Upon a Time: Season 6 (2016)

Available August 29:

Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The Good Place: Season 1 (2017)

Available August 31:

Be Afraid (2017)

‘Game of Thrones’ Returns in Style, Crashes HBO’s Website

Game of Thrones made its long-awaited return last night, and with that caused the HBO website to crash. Many fans and member’s of HBO’s streaming service — which costs $15 USD a month — were met with an error message during the season seven premiere. The episode titled “Dragonstone,” was made available for all viewers at the same time regardless of time zone. The website returned to working order during the final half of the episode as it aired in the East Coast, though many fans took to Twitter to express their outrage. Were you able to catch the season premiere?

Everything That You Need To Know In Life Can Be Learned Through Game of Thrones

Since everyone dies on Game of Thrones and Game of Thrones is based heavily on real life, we decided we should learn something from the characters and attempt to avoid their grisly fates. And yes, we recognize that we’re not going to get hacked to death by vengeful swords or poisoned at our wedding. We’re talking more about the lessons hiding below the surface. Stuff that you might not recognize is bad until you’ve seen children get murdered for the exact same behavior. Watching Game of Thrones as a cautionary tale changes some of the scenes for us, and we have to say, we learned a lot about how to better enjoy, and extend, our lives. Here are 12 life lessons from Game of Thrones.

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Keep Your Dog on a Regular Feeding Schedule

The whole point of pet ownership falls apart if all you do is neglect your canine companion. This is a creature that depends on you for food and shelter and offers you companionship and protection. Plus, especially domesticated, dogs are creatures of habit and will act out in increasingly significant ways if their routines are disrupted. You only have yourself to blame if you establish 6 o’clock as feeding time, then ignore them for a week because you’re too forgetful, busy, or, worse, straight up abusing them. If, at 7:30 you come home to a living room that looks more like Germany in 1945, that’s all on you, man.

It’s also easy to forget that while domestication might be written into DNA, dogs are more than willing to switch back to wild animal mode. And in wild animal mode, your body looks like a decent sized meal.

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Talk Shit, Get Hit

If you’re going to be running your mouth like an impudent little shit, you’re going to have to deal with some physical consequences. Eventually you’ll push the wrong buttons and someone will haul off and punch you and it’ll be because you didn’t know when to shut your stupid mouth. What’s more, you’re not going to have anyone on your side when it happens. Run it long and annoying enough and you getting a good jab to the teeth is going to be met with open celebration. People have been waiting a long time to see you get some comeuppance, so when it finally comes around, expect the guy who does it to score instant points with the crowd.

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Make Friends with the Weird Guy

Everyone has someone at work or school or in the family who’s a little weirder than the rest of the group. We’re not talking high level weirdness here either, so don’t think we’re telling you to make friends with the guy who routinely names raindrops as they hit his face or cooks on the underside of pans. The level of weird we’re talking is working theater metaphors into everything he says or only buys one type of pants but a whole bunch of pairs at the same time. Those are off-putting things to do, but not so off-putting that we can’t get to know the guy behind them.

If you put the time in to get to know the guy, chances are you only stand to benefit. In our own personal, anecdotal experience, we’ve made friends with the maintenance staff of assorted work places and where other people try and avoid being around them while also waiting weeks for their work orders to be filled, we have engaging conversations with them and never wait longer than a few hours.

And rereading that last paragraph, we realize we’re making this sound like you should get to know people who can get things done for you. We’re not. We’re saying this is how human decency works. If you can make someone feel a little more welcome, that kind of positive energy can only make your workplace more pleasant. Don’t go out to a bar looking for an electrician because your house’s wiring needs some work. Make friends with an electrician because he’s human person and needs friends and then also maybe can help you with the wiring when the time comes and if he wants to.

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If You’re Going to Do Something, Stop Talking About It and Do It

We all have that one friend who’s spent more time talking about their life goals than actually accomplishing anything. They might have been working on the same manuscript or screenplay for years or have a home renovation they never get around to or they’ve been stuck in the same job for ten years and talk about quitting all the time. And to be fair to them, we’ve all been that person at one point or another, with aspirations that spend more time in the planning stages than actual execution. Whatever it is, everyone can agree that anything after a handful of conversations gets exhausting.

Don’t get us wrong, we get the hesitation to stop talking the talk and start walking the walk. You might trip and fail, which is like being rejected by your own talents and hurts far more than any sort of external rejection. But if you spend too long talking about stuff, your friends are going to get more and more annoyed until they eventually lash out and do something drastic.

So if you want to start a screenplay, take a class and fire up Celtx. If you’re planning a home reno, call up that contractor and start planning demo day. If you’ve spent the whole night talking about how badly you want to fight the guy at the end of the bar, you’d best start it, because you won’t like it if word reaches him and he gets the jump on you.

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You Cannot Take the Toughest Guy at the Party and He Will Come Looking for You if You Try

A lot of things instill false confidence and being surrounded by your friends is probably the easiest one. Their mere presence goads you into doing things you wouldn’t have done if you were in a different group or by yourself. One thing that’s bolstered as often as not is someone’s belief in their personal fighting abilities. In large groups, especially those whose ratio heavily favors men, people think they can fight anything, including, but not limited to people their size, teenagers, small dogs, medium-sized horses, female UFC fighters, male UFC fighters, brick and mortar walls, and the guy at the party who’s clearly the unholy spawn of Brock Lesnar and an ent.

Stick with that last one, because there’s an important difference between you and him. Both of you have the same level of confidence, but his was earned. He’s fought a dozen people like you, probably that same day. If you start something, he’ll finish it. If you start something and he doesn’t get to finish it, you’ve now turned what was a fun little get together into a full on manhunt. You’ve not only guaranteed you’ll get your ass handed to you in six separate chunks, but you ruined everyone else’s good time.

By the way, those friends who gave you all that confidence aren’t going to back you up. Hell, they’ll be the ones to sell you out. They all knew the guy was part mountain troll, which is why as soon as the fight started, they all remembered they came to the party with other people or had a midnight dentist appointment or that there was a deck outside they wanted to check out.

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Sibling Rivalries are Usually Only Fun for One of You

Antagonizing a brother or sister is a time-honored tradition and a dynamic that’s built into the relationship. You don’t get to be siblings if you’re not messing with each other at least a little. Some razzing here and there is healthy, helps build character, and prepares you all for impending, more mean spirited bullying. Plus it can end up making you even closer to your siblings years down the road.

But sometimes it gets out of hand and one of you ends up being the one who’s obviously far better at antagonism, creating an imbalance in the relationship and fostering actual ill will. This is the situation we’d recommend you avoid. The only possible outcome is a huge wedge being driven between siblings, where one thinks everything is in good fun (or worse, is knowingly bullying the other) and the other allows animosity to fester below the surface before finally exploding on the other.

Your siblings are the family members you should be closest to, so turning one of them into an enemy automatically makes them more dangerous than some random nemesis. You’ve inadvertently created someone who knows exactly how to destroy your very essence. At that point, your only chance at survival is being adopted by another family and trying to build relationships that need you intact as much as your sibling wants you obliterated.

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Keep Your Sense of Entitlement in Check (Better Yet, Don’t Have One)

Entitlement might be the least attractive personality trait. You’re immediately an exhausting person to deal with, make it easy to dismiss a specific age group, and generally ruin everyone’s good time. Maybe the worst part is, of the people we’ve seen flagrantly brandishing their entitlement, most are completely oblivious to their greatest fault. These aren’t people who think to look inward when things go wrong. Entitlement has taught them they are the greatest thing to happen to their immediate vicinity and everyone within that vicinity owes them a great debt of gratitude.

They’re wrong, obviously, because no one is owed anything. Everyone should have to work for what they have and none of us should be expect anything at birth. And if we should, then the expected thing should begin and end with a healthy family life. Every baby is entitled to loving parents and some of them don’t even get that, so no, graduating high school isn’t a large enough accomplishment to justify a new BMW.

There’s so much disdain for the entitled that retribution is pretty much guaranteed. You don’t get to go through life demanding unreasonable things from everyone and get off without some punishment. That punishment might not come right away, or even within your lifetime, but your victims are patient and are going to hold a healthy grudge, so know that it’s coming and it’s going to incorporate some irony.

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Make Sure You’re the One Who Knows Yourself Best

A common and increasingly annoying trope in storytelling is the classic line of “I know you better than you know yourself.” There are variations, but that’s the general gist, whether it’s in a villain’s monologue, a best friend’s “heartrending” soliloquy, or a parent’s gentle lecture. At this point it’s a shortcut to familiarity and we’re not ones to approve of shortcuts in storytelling.

The most obvious solution is to not let it be right. There’s a lot of strength in having a solid sense of self knowledge. You won’t bend to peer pressure quickly, and if you do, it’s not a sign of weakness. Few things can be used to insult you, because you’ve already come to terms with them, if you’re not already totally comfortable with whatever shortcomings you may have. Things will also generally go your way, because while a lot of people talk about how much time they’ve spent alone “getting to know themselves on a deeper level,” not many people understand the claim they’re making. Introspection is a modern fad rather than a genuine philosophical pursuit, so there are a lot of people walking around out there with glass cannons for self esteem.

That’s why this scene wouldn’t have worked with anyone but Tyrion and Jon Snow. Tyrion’s had years to come to terms with his short stature and while it’s still a raw nerve for him, an insult rarely causes him to act rashly. If anything, someone dropping one of the same six insults clarifies his motivation and allows him to act more rationally. Jon Snow using the same process creates a leader and swordsman of the highest quality. Also, props to Tyrion for not using the classic “know you better than you” line. There are assumptions he can make about Jon and be right, but he also recognizes he doesn’t know him on a personal level. That says just as much about Tyrion as it does about Jon.

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Clarify Exactly What It Is You’re Buying or Selling

One of the easiest ways to get burned on a transaction is to not properly communicate what you’re looking for. History is littered with big groups of people getting screwed out of ancestral lands, crucial resources, food, shelter, economic opportunity, life, and a dozen other things because one side went in with the full intention to be complete dicks. Shrink those down to everyday human sizes and regular people are constantly getting shafted by corporations and governments, mostly because they didn’t fully understand what they were signing.

The easiest practical application of this lesson is somehow buddying up to an attorney. Whether that’s marrying one, putting one of your kids through law school, or just trolling some upscale happy hours for some legalese speakers, you need to get close to someone who actually understand what’s happening in all those contracts. If you’re about to buy a house but not the land underneath it, that’s something you need to know. If you’re trading a brick of solid gold for an authentic Shelby Cobra, make sure you’re not about to get what Hot Wheels authentically built as a Cobra. If you’re selling an army of slaves and getting a legendary fire breathing lizard, you need to speak lizard to make that work.

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Grudges Don’t Mean You Can’t Still Be Decent

Holding a grudge, whether it’s personal, for a family member, a group decision, or otherwise, isn’t a completely unhealthy practice. If you have a grudge against someone, a reasonable grudge that is, it’s a protective measure. You’ve probably been put through some sort of suffering by them, so you’re putting up guards against that sort of thing happening again. Totally cool.

What that doesn’t mean is you’re permitted to be an unforgivable dick to that person. Everyone’s still a person and should be afforded a base level of respect. Don’t go out of your way to sabotage that person’s life. If anything, and if you can stand it, you should try to make their life somewhat easier. A grudge against someone doesn’t mean you can’t help them in their time of need, whether that’s a ride home after a night out, some light tech support, a bit of home maintenance, or some small favor.

Chances are, if you do anything like that for the person, that will become the avenue for healing whatever damage there is in the relationship. The initial personal offense could end up creating one of the better friendships you’ll build, all because you rose above instead of being a petty jackass. Bigger things that your perceived slight have been forgiven, so there’s no reason you can’t try too.

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Don’t Try and Force Your Friends to Be Friends with Your Other Friends (NSFW)

It’s completely normal to have separate groups of friends you hang out with. Most people have a wide variety of interests and it’s extraordinarily rare that you’d find someone whose interests totally overlap with yours. Naturally, you have to find different people to hang out with depending on what you want to do. If you like UFC, you’re probably not going to go to a match with your League of Legends clan. You go with your friends who like UFC.

But, because we’re all fallible humans who also enjoy efficiency, sometimes we fall into the trap of thinking the two groups would mix well. Maybe your League of Legends clan would like to watch some UFC and the group you go camping with would find multiplayer gaming quite enjoyable. Inevitably, once you mix them, you’ll see how wrong you were. Sure, some people genuinely enjoy themselves and make an easy, one time conversion to the other group, but ultimately, you’re stretched too thin trying to entertain two groups of friends with you as their only real common ground.

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If You Have a Part in Any Type of Service, Practice Beforehand

We can’t think of any major life stages or accomplishments that aren’t accompanied by some kind of service. You can generally expect weddings, birthdays, bachelor and bachelorette parties, funerals, divorces, adoptions, and housewarmings to have some kind of ceremony attached to them, and those are all just the ones we can think of. For everyone’s sake, if you’re part of the ceremony, put a little time into your part, whatever it is. If you’re someone’s best man, at least have some index cards with you. If you ever find yourself lucky enough to be carrying the Olympic torch, jog a bit in the month leading up. If you’re eulogizing someone, it’s totally fine to cry during it, just make sure you’re crying during a rehearsed speech.

There’s nothing wrong with improvising bits of something, but there’s everything wrong with completely winging it. Most ceremonies require cohesion and flow to maintain their desired atmosphere and nothing kills the mood quicker than someone who obviously wasn’t prepared for their job. Suddenly, the wedding becomes about how the best man hasn’t had a complete thought in his life and everyone at the funeral can’t stop thinking that maybe this priest hasn’t actually read the Bible.