Notes from a screening of The Forest, scribbled in the dark spaces of a movie theater in San Francisco.
Sisyphean struggle to stay awake … and I had a triple espresso before I got here, Should have been a 30-minute short, This movie’s script should have been lost in a forest…, Interminable…, When do the characters die/not die, so we can go home?, Really, they went with the twin sister thing and a Goth look for the missing twin?, How big is this forest anyway and why is there only one clear path in and out?, Lack of cell phone service … seriously? Isn’t this a cliché by now?, The Forest, where horror tropes/clichés go to die slow, painful deaths…, Now we’re going with the ‘Is this a dream or real life? bait-and-switch…, Natalie Dormer deserves better and so do we…, Hey, isn’t that the future Mr. Lady Gaga? Indeed, it is., ‘Natalia Dormer’s character has never gone hiking apparently. She’s woefully under-dressed, under-prepared for the elements., So she meets the only white dude in all of Japan and trusts him implicitly? This will end well, no doubt. (more…)
Arriving at the SAG Awards on Saturday night Game of Thrones‘ actress, Natalie Dormer had a surprise for everyone: her newly, half-shaven head! In a move that seems to becoming all the more popular for actresses – Anne Hathaway for Les Mis, Karen Gillan for Guardians – Dormer committed herself to the role of Cressida for The Hungers Games: MockingjayPart 1 and Part 2 by shaving off half her hair. (more…)
I tell you what, those Game of Thrones actors certainly seem to be getting around lately. Even though there are still many seasons to go before George R.R. Martin’s TV adaptation is completed, the people involved with the project have become Hollywood gold. The latest actress to get an amazing break is Natalie Dormer (A.K.A. Margaery Tyrell). It looks like Dormer will be getting a chance to prove her skills (yet again) in the third (and fourth) installment of the Hunger Games trilogy, TheHunger Games: Mockingjay (Parts I and II).
The announcement is official that Dormer has the role of Cressida, a director that hails from the Capitol and joins up with the rebellion in an effort to document it and create propaganda.
I have to say, I’ve not read the books, but Dormer has already proven to be one of the best actresses on the set of Game of Thrones and is likely to bring just as much talent to her Hunger Games’ role.
Any Hunger Games fans out there (that have read the books)? Think Dormer is the right fit for this character?
Finally we’re given more than a silly, incredibly short, shows nothing, teaser to tide us through the long winter before Game of Thrones returns in April of next year. In this behind-the-scenes featurette, HBO gives us our first look at season two of their wildy succesful series. It’s a spoiler free video, for the most part. You get your first glimpse of Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer), Melisandre (Carice van Houten), Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) and there are plenty of returning faces, but, sadly, you won’t get any actual clip from the show.
What you do have is a lot of production talk as show creators, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. They share their challenges with a second season and their hopes for the series’ future. Watch it below and let us know what you’re most excited to see in season two?
Even though this featurette is still very much a tease I can’t say enough how happy I am to see all these characters returning. Well, y’know, most of them returning. And it stinks we don’t get a look at Gwendoline Christie as Brienne of Tarth, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Rose Leslie as Ygritte, or Gemma Whalen as Yara Greyjoy (Asha in the books), but I guess they’ve got to keep me craving something. Damn pushers.
The first season of HBO‘s Game of Thrones blew us away. Stunned us, in fact. How could a television series so perfectly capture its source material, enthrall new fans as well as surprising old time fans with new twists?! It seems impossible even as I type it out but that is exactly what Game of Thrones accomplished. Meaning, it’s got a hell of a lot to live up to in season two.
Filming on season two is set to start soon, conveniently right after San Diego Comic Con, so hopefully these rumors won’t be rumors for long. One of the casting rumors circulating is Christopher Eccelston, known amongst nerds as the 9th incarnation of the Doctor on Doctor Who, is up for a role in the second season. Who will he play? Well, considering this is all still a giant IF he’s cast, word is either Stannis Baratheon, Robert’s older brother and the true king according to Ned, or Balon Greyjoy, Theon’s father and another presumptive king. Out of those two choices, I’d pick Greyjoy as I alway imagine Stannis to be a bigger, broader guy, but I could have my image of him wrong. I’d need to reread A Clash of Kings to confirm. (Or somehow could also help us out in the comments, ::wink wink::)
The other rumored casting bit is another Doctor Who veteran, Tony Curran, who spectacularly brought Vincent Van Gogh to life in the episode, ‘Vincent and the Doctor.’ Who could he be cast as? Well, haha, we get to play the same speculation game as this is also a big IF he’s cast. I can only picture him as a redhead since Van Gogh and no prominant gingers come to mind for Clash. Again, I could be suffering from a major literary brain fart. I had also never seen Peter Dinklage as a blonde and I don’t think I need to remind you how brilliant he is as Tyrion Lannister. Who do you think Curran would be right for?
The only officially announced casting news for season two has been Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell. You might recall Dormer as Anne Boleyn in The Tudors, she was awesome, and I think a great fit for Tyrel. Here’s the write-up EW’s Inside TV had on the role,
Dormer will play Margaery Tyrell, a (minor spoiler alert) beautiful and shrewd young woman from the influential House Tyrell. She’s pledged to marry the late King Robert’s brother, Renly Baratheon, as part of House Tyrell’s support for his bid to seize the Iron Throne from King Joffrey.
All right, some juicy rumors, a solid casting choice, everything is sounding great for the next season of a Game of Thrones. Does anyone know what they’ll be calling this season? Just GoT Season Two or GoT: A Clash of Kings? Another thing to ponder, I guess.