Johnnie Walker To Release Game Of Thrones Whisky: Fire And Ice Blends

Whiskies A Song of Ice and A Song of Fire follow up on Johnnie Walker’s original GoT bottle from last October, the Winter Walker. These will be released in August in the U.S., with the rest of the world getting the whiskies in October.

● Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice: ingle malts from Clynelish, one of Scotland’s most northern distilleries, and exudes a crisp, clean taste like the unforgiving force of ice that shapes mountains and stops rivers. The new blend has an ABV of 40.2% and the bottle design evokes an icy setting with frosted blue and gray colors inspired by the North, known for its cold winters and frozen landscapes.

The label for Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice describes it as “a blended Scotch whisky inspired by wild dwellers of the North. Malt from Clynelish, one of Scotland’s most northern distilleries, give the blend a crisp, clean taste. The blend’s delicate flavor is green and grassy, with notes of vanila and tropical fruit”. A Song of Ice is bottled at 40.2% ABV and is recommended to be served over ice “for a cold, smooth finish”.

● Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire: Rich and spicy, boasting flavors of subtle smoke from the peated malts of the Caol Ila distillery with an ABV of 40.8%. Inspired by the dragons of House Targaryen, feared for their fire breathing, the bottle design evokes a fiery setting with deep-red colors.

The label for Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire describes it as “a blended Scotch whisky inspired by beasts of the sky. Peated malt from Caol Ila lends subtle smoke, tempered by a rich, rounded sweetnes. A full-bodied flavor delivers subtle red fruit, a hint of spice and a sweet smoke”. A Song of Fire is bottled at 40.8% ABV and is recommended to be served neat “for a warm, smooth finish”.

MINDHUNTER Season 2 Official Trailer

The second season of Netflix’s “Mindhunter” is headed our way on August 16th, with the new season exploring the “Atlanta child murders,” a series of real-life killings between 1979-1981. At least 28 African American children, teenagers, and adults were killed during that time.

Two new limited edition from Star Trek Wines Coming Soon

The inaugural collection from Star Trek Wines includes two “limited edition” releases: a 2016 Chateau Picard Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux for $60 and a 2017 Special Reserve United Federation of Planets Old Vine Zinfandel for $50. The former is “from an estate in the heart of the world-renowned Saint-Estèphe region in France,” featuring “an 85-percent Cabernet Sauvignon and 15-percent Merlot blend” that “spends 14 months in oak, 70% seasoned and 30% new.” The latter is a massive 14.6-percent ABV blend of 87-percent Zinfandel, 12-percent Petit Sirah, and one-percent Syrah produced in California’s Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys in Sonoma County. Both wines are produced under license from CBS Consumer Products by the company Wines That Rock, which, as the name implies, is best known for their music-themed wines from the likes of The Rolling Stones and KISS, but has also been behind branded wines for Downton Abbey and even NPR.

But in the Star Trek collection, the Chateau Picard is the star of the show for a serendipitous reason. As Wines That Rock explains, “Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the upcoming Star Trek: Picard series, which premieres in early 2020 exclusively on CBS All Access in the U.S., will recognize Chateau Picard as Jean-Luc Picard’s family vineyard in France’s La Barre region. However, Chateau Picard is also the name of an award-winning, multi-generational vineyard in the Bordeaux region of France.” As such, the brand “teamed with the actual Chateau Picard vineyard to introduce the Star Trek Chateau Picard wine.” Unlike a lot of branded wine, the coincidence makes for a pretty cool backstory.

Chateau Picard isn’t the only upcoming Star Trek-themed beverage. There is also a United Federation of Planes wine, which is a 2017 Old Vine Zinfandel made across the Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys in Sonoma County, California. This one is a blend of 87% Zinfandel, 12% Petit Sirah, and 1% Syrah.  It contains strawberry, blackberry, and plum preserves with a chewy-layered mid-palate filled with hints of white peppercorn.

Watchmen Official Comic-Con Trailer

From Damon Lindelof and set in an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws, this drama series embraces the nostalgia of the original groundbreaking graphic novel of the same name while attempting to break new ground of its own. The cast includes Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Jean Smart, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Hong Chau, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, and James Wolk. Watchmen is based on the graphic novel co-created and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and published by DC.

Creepshow (2019) – Official Trailer

Based on the iconic 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, comes a new horror anthology series from the mind of The Walking Dead executive producer Greg Nicotero.

This collaboration between director George Romero and horror novelist Stephen King is a loving tribute to the E.C. comic books of the 1950s. 

Inspired by the horror yarns found in the pages of EC and DC Comics in the 1950s and hosted by a macabre creature known as The Creep, the original “Creepshow” marked King’s screenwriting debut, with Romero directing all five segments. King himself starred in one of them as a bumpkin forever transformed by his encounter with a mysterious meteorite.

The Truth About Killer Robots trailer

Engineers, factory workers, journalists, philosophers and Isaac Asimov (Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics) share cautionary tales of a world controlled by artificial intelligence. Directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin.

HBO Original Documentary that shows how humans are becoming more and more dependent on robots nowadays. This film also features several points of view from engineers, journalists, and philosophers who talk about different situations where robots have caused the death of humans, and how they represent a threat to society.

When a robot kills a human, who takes the blame?

An eerie, eye-opening work of science nonfiction, The Truth About Killer Robots considers several automation cases, from a factory in Germany to a bomb-carrying police droid in Dallas, raising questions of accountability and morality. Exploring the provocative viewpoints of engineers, journalists and philosophers, the film goes beyond sensational deaths to examine more subtle but pervasive ways that robots affect humanity.

Narrated by Kodomoroid, a lifelike Japanese android, The Truth About Killer Robots focuses on the growing use of robotics in manufacturing, the service and life-and-death policing matters. The film visits Germany, China, Japan and the U.S. to gain insights into the ways robots are impacting jobs across cultures.

Still, the gravest threat to humanity goes beyond job displacement: As humans adjust their lives to the rhythms of machines, their faculties atrophy, and human connection becomes ever more remote.

The Truth About Killer Robots features provocative observations from: Illah Nourbakhsh, professor of ethics and computational technologies at Carnegie Mellon; Marios Savvides, director of biometrics research at Carnegie Mellon; journalist Sven Kuhling, who covered the death of a worker caused by a robot at a Volkswagen factory; entrepreneurs Julia Collins of the pizza startup Zume and Tim Hwang of the law firm Robot, Robot & Hwang, both of whom have embraced robotic partners; noted Japanese roboticist Hiroshi Ishiguro; and philosopher John Campbell.

The Truth About Killer Robots was directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin (HBO’s Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer); produced by Joe Bender, Maxim Pozdorovkin; director of photography, Joe Bender; edited by Isabel Ponte, Maxim Pozdorovkin. For HBO: executive producer, Sara Bernstein.

Star Wars in Vanity Fair magazine special with Annie Leibovitz photos