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Dear Sophie Turner, Lets Drink Tequila Then You Can Slap Me In The Face

Not sure how but she makes drinking while slapping people look fun.

Now I’m not a party person by any means but if an opportunity were to come up where Sophie Turner and I would be having tequila shots while she slaps me across the face repeatedly, well that’s an experience even someone as boring as me would say yes to in a heartbeat.

The Game of Thrones actress appeared on Conan O’Brien’s talk show to promote X-Men: Dark Phoenix but things quickly went off-topic and the pair started talking about a little game she liked to play with her castmates called “tequila slaps.” The game is exactly what it sounds like: one person takes a shot of tequila and the other slaps them.

Conan being Conan, he decided to play a round of tequila slaps with him as the slapee and Sophie as the slapper, and things went just as you expected.

The sound of that slap on Conan’s face was amazing and I’m pretty sure his soul was removed from his body in that instant. Now for those worried about Sophie getting slapped across the face by her male costars, no need to stress because she gave them permission to do it, so much so that she got bruises.

But judging by the whopper she left on Conan (which she admits was a soft one), I have a feeling that she left more bruises than she received. After all, you don’t become Queen of the North without rocking a killer slap.

Anyway, we here at GOAT are all in for a round of tequila slaps so please swing on by if you and Joe are in the neighbourhood and we’ll get a game started. The handprint on my face bestowed upon me by the Queen of the North and inevitable hangover I’ll get will be something I’ll wear with pride.

SIP! SIP! SIP!

The New X-Men Film Had To Be Reshot To Keep The Marvel Gods Happy

If it meant delaying the movie for another year, then so be it.

The upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie has had quite the troublesome production schedule to put it lightly. Filming originally wrapped back in October 2017 before they decided to do a heap of reshoots a year later, which ended up bumping the movie’s release date from March 2018 to June 5 this year.

But it turns out there’s at least one good reason why the filmmakers decided to essentially make the movie twice: apparently the ending was almost a carbon copy of another superhero film’s climax.

Speaking to Yahoo Movies UK, James McAvoy revealed that the end of Dark Phoenix changed a hell of a lot” because “there was a lot of overlap and parallels with another superhero movie that came out… a while ago.”

While he didn’t spill on what that other movie was, the internet did some Sherlocking and their conclusion puts Captain Marvel as the clashing culprit. I don’t see how they clashed, I mean, Jean Grey is a superpowered being who can levitate, glow, and blow stuff up using energy blasts…

Whereas Carol Danvers is a, uh, superpowered hero who can also fly, glow, and blow stuff up using energy blasts…

Captain Marvel Carol Danvers

Okay, I see the problem now and the reshoots suddenly makes a lot more sense.

Joking aside and in Dark Phoenix‘s defence, most superhero films these days end with the heroes facing off a horde of CGI big bads before culminating with a showdown with the ultimate baddie so there’s bound to be some overlap with other similar films, especially if they’re both from the Marvel stable.

But hey, different can sometimes be better and the film’s star, Sophie Turner, sounds pretty happy with the reshoots and was all for redoing the entire ending.

We won’t have long to wait before Dark Phoenix comes out before we can see how those reshoots turned out but you can be sure that we’ll be taking notes and comparing endings, you know, for science.

There's A Way To Watch That Badly Lit Game Of Thrones Episode Without A TV And It Actually Looks Good

Move over TV, VR is the way to go.

SPOILERS FOR THE LAST SEASON OF GAME OF THRONES!

Let’s face it, there were a lot of complaints from fans about the last season of Game of Thrones that ranged from Bran becoming King of Westeros and Daenerys’ character arc to the much hyped “The Long Night” episode being nigh unwatchable mainly because someone forgot how to set up the lights.

While there’s no redoing the first two complaints, no matter how many fans sign that dumb “remake S8” Change.org petition, we have figured out a new way to rewatch the Battle of Winterfell that elevates it from “literally unwatchable” to “that was actually pretty good” that doesn’t involve turning off the lights and cranking up your TV’s brightness setting.

All you have to do is watch it through a VR headset.

It is indeed a reason to smile.

The kind folks at Facebook kindly lent us one of their new Oculus Quest VR headsets and it’s been quite the revelation.

Unlike all the other VR headsets going around that need to be hooked up to a mega powerful PC or PS4 in order to work, the Quest is 100% portable so you can use it from the comfort of your couch or bed. The headset itself is actually pretty comfortable and big enough to accommodate glasses-wearers with no problem, and the user interface is pretty easy to navigate which is always nice.

Most importantly, it offers up a cinema-eqsue quality when it comes to watching Game of Thrones that genuinely adds to the experience. The cinematographer for “The Long Night” previously had a whinge that all the “it’s too dark” complaints were dumb because the episode should’ve watched in a cinema as intended, but I now see where he’s coming from after rewatching the Battle of Winterfell on the Quest.

The lack of an external light source definitely helps when viewing the episode’s dark scenes as you can actually make out what’s happening. But the biggest surprise was the increased sense of tension I got. Despite knowing what happens, my heart was pounding during most of the episode, particularly the great sequence where Arya stealthily escapes a bunch of wights in the library.

I can’t even properly describe that moment when Arya kills the Night King because it was far more awesome the second time around,

You won’t regret it.

There are a few small issues that do come up should you use the Quest for your Game of Thrones viewing. The sound isn’t the best so you’ll want a pair of headphones to go with it, the battery life only goes for about 3 or so hours so you’ll only get in a couple of episodes before needing to recharge, and it’s not exactly cheap as these things go for about $650.

Okay, this probably isn’t the most viable option for most but outside of renting out an entire cinema just to watch “The Long Night”, rocking a VR headset like the Quest is a pretty good alternative to a TV.

All in all, the Quest may not be able to fix “The Long Night’s” structural and narrative problems but it definitely makes for a far better viewing experience than a TV.

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