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Hypable caught up with Brendan Bradley, “the nicest doucebag on the internet,” aka Renly from School of Thrones. Listen to hear what he has to say about those sweet dance moves, his other projects, and much more!

We sat down with actor Brendan Bradley from the comedy webseries School of Thrones for a conversation about his turn as Renly Baratheon – and whether or not it will return for a second season!

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Bradley, a big Game of Thrones fan himself, also talks about his expectations for the upcoming third season, his favourite characters, and much more. His other webseries projects are also discussed, including Hipsterhood and Walk of Shame, and the upcoming The Dark Knight Retires.

You can listen to the full interview right here, and check out some highlights from the conversation below:

Hypable: How did you get involved with School of Thrones?

Brendan Bradley: I was directing Marisha Ray (Melisandre) in Walk of Shame, and we were rehearsing in her living room when her boyfriend Matthew Mercer, one of the creators, came downstairs and said: “We’re doing this thing about Game of Thrones, do you wanna be in it?” So it was the easiest audition process in the world.

What’s it like finding yourself in the middle of this webseries movement?

It’s a lot of fun, and for me what’s exciting about it is that it never stops. The web just continues to grow, so especially on a project like School of Thrones, it was so cool to be on set and meet tons of artists that I’d known for years, like Maxwell Glick (Stannis), or artists like Ashley Birch (Dany), who does Hey Ash Whatcha Playin’, that I’d never even heard of before. So I love how it’s just constantly expanding, not just in LA but all over the world – it really is an international movement of creating your own content. That’s what the internet is all about, that direct connectivity where everybody can get involved.

When you came to School of Thrones, did they ask you to play Renly from the beginning?

When they originally asked me, I had no idea who I was playing. I think Matt was able to get out the words, “We’re doing a Game of Thrones–” and I was like “yes, whatever it is, I’m in! I’ll play a White Walker, let’s do it.” But apparently (writer) Zach Grafton wanted me for Renly. His vision of Renly from the books is this all-American badass, the guy who should have the throne and he just happens to have this one part of his personal life that makes him not as applicable. And I couldn’t believe how involved I was with the project.

As a Game of Thrones fan, how did it feel to do this love letter to the show, while poking fun at it in a nice way?

I’ve been involved with a lot of different parodies and satires, which is a genre that I love. Because to me, it’s paying homage to the original property. We love the original show, we’re not making fun of it. When I first moved to LA I was involved with a webseries called The Legend of Neil, which is a spoof/parody of The Legend of Zelda. So I love taking projects and ideas from games and movies that are such a part of my childhood and what I love, and then getting to turn them on their head.

I’m sorry, I just had a Legend of Neil fangirl moment…

It’s a great series! It was one of the earliest webseries that came out, it’s by Sandeep Parikh and had Felicia Day and Tony Janning… and I think a lot like what made School of Thrones successful is that it didn’t take itself seriously. We were constantly like, “this doesn’t make any sense, let’s go with it!” Or they’d make fun of the fact that the background was made out of cardboard. It was all about fun, and spoofing a video game we all loved from childhood.

It’s been interesting, seeing the mixed response to School of Thrones… a lot of people love it, but then you have the purists that just don’t want Game of Thrones to be fun.

I love that response. I want there to be people that are angry about it. To me, nothing fuels something better than a polarized audience. I’d rather people absolutely love it or absolutely hate it. It’s to the people that are like ‘meh’ about it that I’m like “No! Care! Feel something!” because we all put a lot of work into it. The important part is to feel something. So keep hating if you’re hating, and keep loving if you love.

Tell us some of your favourite experiences while filming School of Thrones.

For me, the takeaway from the show was working with Maxwell Glick and Matthew Boehm (Loras). That dance sequence was literally… they turned to Max and I and said, “Okay guys. Aaand dance!” and we just danced to no music, to a crowd of people cheering us on, for five minutes straight. And we are not really dancers, so for us to just come up with some dance moves… I think I did a handstand at one point, I tried to spin on the floor as if I was breakdancing, and Max tap danced. So there’s a lot of footage floating out there that I think would make a great blooper reel.

Go to the second page to find out if/when ‘School of Thrones’ might return, and to read more about Bradley’s favourite ‘Game of Thrones’ characters, plus his other webseries projects.

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Here are the 2017 Oscars winners and losers

8:25 pm EST, February 26, 2017

The 2017 Oscars took place Sunday night in Hollywood and found La La Land cleaning up with six wins. Here are the Academy Award winners!

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2017 Oscars, which took place at the Dolby Theater. The event featured live performances of all five Oscar-nominated songs.

2017 Oscar winners list

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The 2017 Oscars took place Sunday night in Hollywood and found La La Land cleaning up with six wins. Here are the Academy Award winners!

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2017 Oscars, which took place at the Dolby Theater. The event featured live performances of all five Oscar-nominated songs.

2017 Oscar winners list

Related: We asked our parents to describe the 2017 Oscar nominees

Below is a complete list of Oscar winner and losers.

2017 Oscar winner list

Note: The final winner of the night was originally announced to be La La Land, but the announcement was actually an error — Moonlight won Best Picture. Awkward.

Best Picture:
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land

Lion
Manchester By the Sea
Moonlight

Best Actress:
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor:
Casey Affleck – Manchester By the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By the Sea
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Arrival – Eric Heisserer
Fences – August Wilson
Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Lion – Luke Davies
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Best Original Screenplay:
20th Century Women – Mike Mills
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Manchester By the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Original Song:
“Audition” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls
“City of Stars” – La La Land
“The Empty Chair” – Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Score:
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Best Cinematography:
Bradford Young – Arrival
Linus Sandgren – La La Land
Grieg Fraser – Lion
James Laxton – Moonlight
Rodrigo Prieto – Silence

Best Live Action Short Film
Timecode
Sing
Silent Nights
Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV

Best Documentary, Short Subject:
4.1 Miles
Extremis
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Best Editing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Visual Effects:
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Production Design:
Arrival
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Animated Feature:
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Best Animated Short:
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Best Foreign Language Film:
Land of Mine, Denmark
The Salesman, Iran
A Man Called Ove, Sweden
Tanna, Australia
Toni Erdmann, Germany

Best Supporting Actress:
Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester By the Sea

Best Sound Mixing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best Sound Editing:
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Documentary Feature:
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th

Best Costume Design:
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
A Man Called Ove

Best Supporting Actor:
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

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Lightning McQueen’s biggest enemy is himself in the new Cars 3 trailer.

The second major preview premiered during the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon, where voice actor Owen Wilson served as grand marshal.

The new Cars 3 trailer finds Lightning pushing himself to compete with high tech cars that are engineered to win. The character suffers a serious accident during a race and finds himself back at square one, having to work himself back up to what he once was.

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Lightning McQueen’s biggest enemy is himself in the new Cars 3 trailer.

The second major preview premiered during the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon, where voice actor Owen Wilson served as grand marshal.

The new Cars 3 trailer finds Lightning pushing himself to compete with high tech cars that are engineered to win. The character suffers a serious accident during a race and finds himself back at square one, having to work himself back up to what he once was.

While Cars 3’s main setting is unclear, we do see Lightning at least briefly returning to Radiator Springs (Gotta keep Cars Land at Disneyland relevant)!. This appears to be the I-need-to-rediscover-myself-by-remembering-my-origins scene.

Cars 3 looks dramatic, emotional, and possibly targeting kids and adults? We’ll race into theaters for this installment when Pixar’s latest opens this summer.

A synopsis from Pixar reads: “Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!”

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We asked our parents to describe the 2017 Oscar nominees

It's because we love them that we use them for our amusement.

10:30 am EST, February 26, 2017

When your friends and family don’t know about the films of the 2017 Oscars, you just have to take advantage of their ignorance and laugh.

The title of a movie (usually) makes obvious sense when you know what that movie is about. But titles can be so vague, and when you have no prior knowledge of the movie, the plot isn’t typically easy to decipher. How fun would it be then, to ask our friends and family to guess the plots of the nominees for the 2017 Oscars?

The task was simple for us. We gave our friends and family a movie title from the 2017 Oscars, and asked them to guess what the movie is about. It’s not, however, such a simple task for them. They weren’t allowed to look it up. No cheating allowed! As you can imagine, we got some interesting responses.

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When your friends and family don’t know about the films of the 2017 Oscars, you just have to take advantage of their ignorance and laugh.

The title of a movie (usually) makes obvious sense when you know what that movie is about. But titles can be so vague, and when you have no prior knowledge of the movie, the plot isn’t typically easy to decipher. How fun would it be then, to ask our friends and family to guess the plots of the nominees for the 2017 Oscars?

The task was simple for us. We gave our friends and family a movie title from the 2017 Oscars, and asked them to guess what the movie is about. It’s not, however, such a simple task for them. They weren’t allowed to look it up. No cheating allowed! As you can imagine, we got some interesting responses.

Be sure to check out the ridiculous responses we got for the 2016 Oscars too!

Time to let her rip tater chip.

‘Lion’

Our participants start out on a high note. Well, they at least know who’s in the movie.

‘Arrival’

Success continues with Arrival, as they have the vague idea it’s about space aliens (although it’s possible one of them is confused with Passengers).

‘Fences’

There was a common general premise our friends and family had of Fences.

‘Moonlight’

They did well with Moonlight…until they didn’t.

‘La La Land’

Maybe La La Land will be better! Everyone knows La La Land! Right…?

‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Oh no, we’re starting to lose them!

‘Hidden Figures’

No lie though, I’d watch that.

‘Captain Fantastic’

We’ve officially lost them.

‘Hell or High Water’

Could these plots be any more varied?

‘Nocturnal Animals’

It might have been a good idea for Nocturnal Animals to change its name.

‘Silence’

They’re really losing it now. They’ve had enough!

‘Manchester by the Sea’

Someone needs to turn these ideas into full screenplays, they are gold.

‘The Lobster’

What did they expect people would think when they named it The Lobster?

Thanks to Ariella, Brandi, Donya, Karen, Kendra, Kyle, Matthew, Pamela, Selina, and the friends and family they may or may not have annoyed all week.

Which 2017 Oscars movie do you think has the most misleading title?