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‘Game of Thrones’ is renewed

“Game of Thrones” rules.

On the heels of its explosive fourth season premiere, HBO has renewed the epic fantasy series for two more years. The network promised more “dazzling storytelling” in those fifth and sixth seasons.

Based on the best-selling book series by George R.R. Martin, “Game of Thrones” is set on the exotic, often war-torn continent of Westeros. Cast regulars include Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Charles Dance and Natalie Dormer.

Sunday’s season debut was seen by 6.6 million viewers, making it HBO’s most-watched program since the finale of “The Sopranos” in 2007.

Battle of the superheroes

Walt Disney Co. has thrown down the gauntlet at Warner Bros. by scheduling the next installment of its Captain America film series to open on the same day its competitor releases a combined Superman-Batman movie.

Disney’s Marvel unit said Monday that a previously unidentified film scheduled for May 6, 2016, would be the third film in the series. The second picture, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” set a record for an April debut last weekend with ticket sales of $95 million in the U.S. and Canada.

Pitting superheroes against each other flies in the face of recent efforts by studios to spread out competing films and avoid cannibalizing ticket sales. Plans by Disney and Time Warner Inc.’s film division to come out with big pictures on the same day suggest competition for top dates remains fierce.

“It doesn’t make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date, but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16,” Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. in Burbank, Calif., said in an interview. “However, at this time, we are not considering a change of date for ‘Batman vs. Superman.’ ”

‘Battlestar Galactica,’ the film

“Battlestar Galactica” is coming to the big screen.

Universal is planning to reboot the sci-fi franchise, with Glen A. Larson, who created the original 1970s series, set to produce.

Jack Paglen will write the screenplay for the film, which is designed to completely reinvent the franchise.

Paglen is a sought-after voice in cinematic sci-fi these days – he wrote the upcoming Paramount techno thriller “Transcendence,” starring Johnny Depp. It is due out later this month.

Monroe sculpture arrives

A larger-than-life sculpture of Marilyn Monroe has arrived safely in New Jersey after a cross-country trip by flatbed.

The 26-foot-tall “Forever Marilyn” by sculptor Seward Johnson was shipped in pieces from Palm Springs, Calif., to the Grounds for Sculpture, where it will go on view starting May 4.

The 17-ton stainless steel and aluminum sculpture depicts Monroe in her memorable billowing skirt pose from the 1955 movie “The Seven Year Itch.”

Its display will be part of an exhibit honoring its sculptor. He is also the founder of the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, just outside the state capital of Trenton. The exhibit will end Sept. 21.

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