Last season of Game of Thrones ended with a fabulous stabbing scene that left Jon Snow bleeding in the snow, surrounded by traitorous men of the Night Watch lead by Ser Alliser Thorne. Fans went ape-shite and the Internet followed. During the months between then, and last night’s episode, fans debated Snow’s fate, was he really dead, would he be brought back somehow? Now we know and Kit Harrington, who spent the summer repeating repeatedly that Jon Snow was dead, has a bit of an apology for fans.
Characters getting killed off on Game of Thrones happens so much and so often that it has left many viewers numb to each new death. Making each new death a little less shocking and lowering the emotional impact when compared to the last. That, however, was not the case with a certain someone met their unexpected and brutal departure in the final moments of the season 5 finale.
The death of this character has sent GOT fans into a fury, many believe it’s not true – that the character will return next season. This is largely based on fan theories from the Game of Thrones books by author George R.R. Martin, who left enough implications and bread crumbs to lead people to believe the fan-favorite character has a much larger story to tell post his Julius Caesar like demise.
All this hub-bub has gone so far that the President of the United States himself, Barack Obama, to get confirmation of death.
*Note: if somehow you’ve managed to swear off the internet these last few weeks and haven’t seen the GOT Season 5 finale, let this be your only SPOILER WARNING.(more…)
Things are starting to pop in Josh Trank‘s Fantastic Four reboot camp. We’ve got news on the actors reading for the roles of Sue and Reed Richards and some tidbits about the status of Simon Kinberg‘s script. (more…)
And here’s a little piece for those of you that haven’t managed to read the Game of Thrones books (or are avoiding them so that you don’t spoil everything). It looks like (duh) Season 4 will be getting messier, even more-so than the infamous Red Wedding. Kit Harrington, A.K.A. Jon Snow, came out and stated that there will be plenty of bodies dropping in the near future.
First, a disclaimer: any reference to director Paul Anderson doesn’t mean Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood and The Master director Paul Thomas Anderson. It means Paul W.S. Anderson, the director of Mortal Kombat, Alien Vs Predator and the Resident Evil movies.
Paul W.S. Anderson’s next, uh, masterpiece is the upcoming Pompeii, the story of – spoiler alert – the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius that killed the entire population of the city of Pompeii in 79 AD. Shot predominately in Toronto, Canada (?), the film is basically Titanic in Ancient Rome with a scrappy young slave-turned-gladiator named Milo (Kit Harington ) who falls for the upper class cutie Cassia (Emily Browning). And that’s why you’ve got to love Paul W.S. Anderson, he can take two completely random things – like Titanic and Gladiator – and turn it into another piece of crap. Probably.
Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, here’s the trailer for Pompeii.
In addition, Entertainment Weekly interviewed Harrington about the film, including the first instance we meet his character:
“This is the first scene you see me in. It’s set in London, in fact, and it’s a scene where my character is a gladiator fighting in an arena. That’s his gladiator look. It’s a great little fight against three masked gladiators and sets up who he is and where he’s going. You see me display my skills quite early on.”
But wait, don’t cry “derivative” too soon, Harrington talks about his character’s motivation in more detail:
“Milo is a Celt who is enslaved when he is a child and his family is killed. There’s a time cut that happens in the movie where you see me go from a child to a man, and you realize he’s been a gladiator for a long time. Eventually he’s taken to Pompeii… There are some beautiful scenes in there.
He’s a good swordsman and good fighter, and quite brooding, which is all of what Jon Snow is, and he doesn’t really speak a hell of a lot, even though I’ve got a lot of screen time. He kind of keeps himself to himself.
He’s an angry, angry man who doesn’t care what he does. For a large part of the film, he’s driven by pure rage.”
I think there’s going to be a lot of angry men when Pompeii comes out February 21st, 2014.
[Editor’s Note: With so much to see and do at San Diego Comic Con, it’s impossible to capture it all, but that doesn’t mean our embedded correspondents aren’t trying their damndest! Collected here is a little taste of the atmosphere surrounding the convention center. We’ve got some random encounters, protesters and the always more clever anti-protester protesters, plus a couple celebrity surprises! I mean, what’s a Comic Con without running into Stan “The Man” Lee!? And how about Game of Thrones‘ hearthrob, Kit Harrington? Yup, Shawn ran into him, too. In the slide show you’ll see only a few highlights, for the full gallery hit the jump!]
The latest word out of the Dreamworks Animation panel at SDCC 2013 has three new stars joining the How to Train Your Dragon 2 cast and we’ve also got our first look an exclusive poster by Drew Struzan (Don’t know who he is?). If you’re lucky enough to be walking around at SDCC, you can track down Struzan at his signing later today and snag a signed poster for your wall.
Who’s joined the cast you ask? Well let’s start off with Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harrington. Now Jon Snow might know nothing, but Harrington’s HTTYD2 character, Eret, the cocky dragon trapper with a London accent sure does.
Then there’s Djimon Honsou :
Honsou will be playing an as yet unnamed, or just unannounced, character who is training the captured dragons and turning those dragons into an army.
Cate Blanchett is up next, she will be voicing Valka, described as: “a stealthy vigilante type set on rescuing as many of the dragons as possible.”
Early word out of the panel is that the footage shown was fantastic. The first movie was a real money-making success for Dreamworks and so far all the buzz about the follow-up is very positive. When we get our hands on the footage shown at the panel, we’ll bring it to you here.
The first book in Joseph Delaney‘s fantasy series The Wardstone Chronicles, The Spook’s Apprentice, is being brought to the big screen as Seventh Son, starring Ben Barnes (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Trader),Jeff Bridges, and Julienne Moore as the evil Mother Malkin. There’s a lot going on in this trailer, plenty of interesting special effects and Bridges has some kind of gravelly accent thing going on, kinda like True Grit’s Rooster Cogburn… with magical spells. Overall, it looks to be a fun movie.
Seventh Son synopsis:
In a time long past, an evil is about to be unleashed that will reignite the war between the forces of the supernatural and humankind once more. John Gregory (Jeff Bridges) is a Spook, a person who fights against the Dark, who had imprisoned the malevolently powerful witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore), centuries ago. But now she has escaped and is seeking vengeance. Summoning her followers of every incarnation, Mother Malkin is preparing to unleash her terrible wrath on an unsuspecting world. Only one thing stands in her way: John Gregory.
In a deadly reunion, Gregory comes face to face with the evil he always feared would someday return. Now he has only until the next full moon to do what usually takes years: train his new apprentice, Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) to fight a dark magic unlike any other. Man’s only hope lies in the seventh son of a seventh son.
Seventh Son hits theater screens next year on January 17th, and also stars Kit Harrington (Game of Thrones) as Billy Bradley, Djimon Hounsou as Radu and Jason Scott Lee as Urag.
Guys, we are in the final stretch, Game of Thrones Season 3 is almost here! In anticipation last week’s Entertainment Weekly featured a ton of Thrones‘ goodies, including quite the glamorous photo shoot with Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, and more of the cast. A few of those photos had been released online but since the magazine’s dropped the whole set has become available. Check ’em out below,
Continuing the Thrones media push, Daenerys and Drogon make an appearance in this adorable Time Warner ad playing off last season’s desperate chant of, “Where are my dragons!?”
But enough promotional material, how about something from the upcoming season. Sky Atlantic has posted an impressive gallery of shots from the new season and we’ve got a sampling below,
The latest Entertainment Weekly – out tomorrow! – features behind the scenes coverage of Game of Thrones‘ Northern Ireland set, plus exclusive interviews with producers Dan Weiss and David Benioff, George R.R. Martin, and the cast, making it a must buy for Thrones fans with the burning need for print media. In EW‘s short online preview, Benioff teases one of Season 3’ biggest moments, only referred to as the “Scene Which Shall Not Be Named,” saying,
I’ve never seen the crew so emotional. If the scene has that effect on the people making it who know what’s coming, if they’re that overpowered, I think it’s going to have an overwhelming effect on people watching it.
Book readers should recognize exactly what scene he’s referring to, and hearing it had that kind of effect on those present only makes me all the more excited. Season 3 is gonna rock!
This week’s issue of EW also includes some new cast photos and they’ve previewed two, featuring Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, and Rose Leslie, via Facebook,
I wonder what this has all the Jon/Dany and Jon/Ygritte shippers thinking? Only one relationship is canon, so far anyway.