Jaime Lannister Takes a Different Path in ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5

- 10-15-14Books, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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One of the more interesting things about shows like AMC‘s The Walking Dead and HBO‘s Game of Thrones is how the stories change from the written form to the small screen. Characters live, die and go in all kinds of directions that book reading fans never expected. The trick though, is to make those changes work within the framework of the overall story. Both The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones have been handling these changes quite well. Next season in Game of Thrones we’re going to see another character, Jaime Lannister (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) go off in a different direction from the written page and we’ve got some spoilery details here.

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HBO Reportedly Spends 200K on Set Security for GOT Nude Scene & Pictures Still Got Out

- 10-06-14Books, TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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There was a lot of controversy over the upcoming Cersei (Lena Headey) nude scene in George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones season 5. Things got so hot that the local church denied the production the rights to film the scene on church property. Then HBO was able to work out a deal and the scene was back on. Those that have read the book know what I’m talking about, but those you relying on the HBO show to give you all the details should stop right here. Consider yourself spoiler warned.

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Colin Farrell Confirmed to be a ‘True Detective’ for Season 2

- 09-22-14TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It’s taken a long time, and there’s been an awful lost of speculation up to this point, but now there’s been a semi-official announcement concerning the cast of True Detective season 2. You can hardly blame any actor in Hollywood for the hesitancy, True Detective was the smash success of winter and a new prestige hit for HBO, a network known for prestige hits. All that, and the fact that Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson are going to be a tough act to follow, would scare even the boldest of actors from being the follow-up act in the new season. But fortune, as they say, favors the bold, and Colin Farrell hopes that this is the case because he says he’s just signed up to lead True Detective season 2. (more…)

George R.R. Martin Says a Few Have Guessed Right How ‘Game of Thrones’ Ends

- 08-13-14Books, TV Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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Ever gone on internet message boards to prognosticate the future of the A Song of Ice and Fire series, the novels that HBO’s Game of Thrones is based on? Well, if you’ve put your thoughts on how the whole thing will end on some corner of the internet, you may be interested to know that your guess as might be correct. As readers, not to mention GOT writers, await the next couple of entries in the saga, author George R.R. Martin is letting the world know that a couple of shrewd operators already know how the whole thing will end, but they don’t know that they know. (more…)

Maisie Williams Of ‘Game Of Thrones’ On ‘Lady Stoneheart’ Controversy

- 07-30-14Books, TV Posted by Aspry Jones

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Last time we saw Maisie Williams, we were reporting her involvement in Sam Raimi’s video game adaptation The Last Of Us on our sparkling new Google+ page. Good to see that she’s not suffering from typecasting, and jobs outside of playing Arya Stark are knocking on her Moon Door. But no matter what she’s doing or what she says, it all goes back to Game Of Thrones with her. Whether it’s posting her Cinnamon Challenge failures on YouTube or infiltrating San Diego Comic Con in a Spiderman mask, she’ll always be Arya to fans of George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Song Of Ice And Fire’ HBO series adaptation. However, supporters of the novels have been very opinionated lately about creative licenses taken by the hit television show. And the always chatty 17 year-old actress was recently pretty vocal about them. (more…)

Anthony Hopkins & Evan Rachel Wood Join HBO’s ‘Westworld’ Cast

- 07-23-14TV Posted by Mark Poynter

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When word broke last year that J.J Abrams’ Bad Robot had teamed up with Jonah Nolan to bring the 70’s classic Sci-fi movie Westworld to HBO as a television series, I was excited, but also concerned about how seriously those in charge would take the production. Would it be a campy look-back and laugh, or would it be too serious, just another gritty reboot? Now that word has leaked that none other than acting heavy wieght Sir Anthony Hopkins will have a starring role in the series, my concerns are beginning to dwindle.  (more…)

‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Directors Announced

- 07-17-14TV, Uncategorized Posted by Brandon Marcus

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Although season four just ended, people are already dying for season five of Game of Thrones. The hit HBO show has become must-see TV. In fact, I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t watch the show. With good reason too! While GoT may have a weak storyline or character here or there, it’s always engrossing, always exciting and – more times than not – usually pretty upsetting.

Many don’t know what’s coming in the next season but we do know who will direct it. HBO has revealed the directors for season five and it’s a mix of newcomers and seasoned pros, but mostly newcomers. It’s a small group of guys (and only guys – more on that later…) but you have to remember the show only has ten episodes a season. But these five men will be getting quite a fill because they are all taking on double duty.

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Execs at HBO Chat – ‘Game of Thrones’ Outpacing the Books and Big Screen Movie Potential

- 07-11-14Film, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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The other day, we reported on George R.R. Martin making what has now become famous as his “middle finger to fans”. The issue in question was that people are afraid the A Song of Fire and Ice author might kick the bucket before he provides us with an ending to the series. Apparently, the folks at HBO are just as unconcerned as Martin himself, because their plans are focused on how to deal with the time when the Game of Thrones television series catches up to the books. And, of course, whether or not they’ll be including a movie in the overall scheme of things. Read on to hear what they have to say about it. (more…)

‘The Leftovers': The Worthless Quest for Answers, Chaos and Wild Dogs

- 06-30-14Featured, reviews, TV Posted by Jason Tabrys

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“Sam!” She cries out. Once, twice, three times before the screen goes black and we hear the clutter of confused 9-1-1 calls. A moment before, this frazzled mother was bemoaning the evolution of the coin-op laundry to a child that is now nothing more than gone.

I like how the tragedy splinters out like a pebble in a windshield. The mother, a child crying out, a car crash and then a scream. 2% of the population gone in an instant as the camera almost seems to spin till we’re dizzy on this small space of land. They’re the only ones in the world that have just lost everything, but they’re not. 140 million dead.

A blue ribbon and a blurred jogger fill the screen next. The names of the “missing” or the “gone” or the “dead” or the whatever are read off one by one over the radio in a way that is instantly familiar to anyone who pays attention on the 11th of September as all the TV networks broadcast the ceremonies from Ground Zero. There are multiple moments where you feel like Tom Perrotta and Damon Lindelof are talking about 9/11 in The Leftovers. (more…)

The Bastards Guide to 2014 Entertainment (Thus Far…)

- 06-27-14Cool Stuff, Featured Posted by Jacob Knight

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2014 is halfway over.

For many film fans, this realization will be met with the usual impatient reaction of “can’t we just get to Fall and the good stuff already?” However, if I’m being completely honest, it’s somewhat surprising that it isn’t September by now. My year has been a blur; a frightening reminder that, though it may have moments of interminability, existence is ultimately finite and perpetually chugging toward oblivion, no matter how much I might’ve been entertained along the way.

But you didn’t click on this article to read my existential ramblings. What you really want to know is: what made up the best of the best of the first six months of 2014? Like every year, there was gold to be mined at the local cineplex, art house, on TV, VOD and via the numerous repertory lines established by studios to release their respective back catalogues. Sometimes the gifts are so great that an EOY list just will not suffice. You need a guide to the riches you might’ve missed during the first part of the calendar year as well. Thankfully, I’m looking out for your interests and have compiled the Bastards Guide to Entertainment — a fifteen slot list that details the superlative pieces of cinematic and televised entertainment this year has offered thus far. (more…)