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New 'Game of Thrones' Season Requires Spoiler Sensitivity Training

The new season of "Game of Thrones" debuted last night, so be very mindful not to spoil it for anyone who hasn't had a chance to watch yet -- here's some major spoiler etiquette suggested by stars from your favorite TV shows. (You may, however, go ahead and discuss whatever parenting lessons you've learned from the show.)

Whatever happened to the great American action films? The New York Times wants to know what killed the kick-ass blockbusters of the '80s and '90s, and how we got from "Die Hard" to runaway messes like "Transformers 2: Dark Side of the Moon." Heck, even "Kindergarten Cop" just got a Criterion Collection release (sorry, just a bit of leftover April Fools whimsy). And does remaking these great movies -- such as "Total Recall," which finally got a full trailer this weekend -- propel us forward, or just further backward?

Speaking of action, Stephen Spielberg's "War Horse" gallops into homes this week via Blu-Ray and DVD, dragging along the expected onslaught of special features, including an hour-long documentary made by the director himself. Of the many insights now available for mass consumption: In order to get just the right emotional quality in Joey's whinnies, audio engineers recorded the sounds of a special breed of miniature horses (whose voices are more expressive, for some reason?) and then electronically slowed them down. You can check it all out on April 3rd (the play it's based on is still showing on Broadway, so there's that to enjoy as well).

Gillian Anderson gave a rousing Q&A with the AVClub this week about her turn as literature's legendary spinster, Great Expectations' Miss Havisham. Anderson's the youngest actress ever to play the role on film, which makes one wonder whether a teen comedy/drama about the life of an even younger Miss H. isn't somewhere right around the corner? Though "Muriel's Wedding" already came pretty close ...

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