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.
With each new casting announcement we have to ask ourselves, is this really happening? Because it appears that the answer is yes. When Seth Grahame-Smith‘s revisionist spin on the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice and Zombies hit bookstores in 2009, it was an insta-hit in the making. Blame the high concept of undead Austen, or blame the lukewarm reception to that other Grahame-Smith book adaptation Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, or even blame Canada, but for five long years there’s been no sign that P&P&Z was, ahem, coming to life on cinema screens. But now, it has a distribution deal, and two new cast members in the form of a pair of Game of Thrones actors. Prepare to be Lannistered! because Lena Headey and Charles Dance are coming for romance. And zombie killing! In that order. (more…)
Zack Snyder had a busy day yesterday, the release of the new Man of Steel trailer and then tweeting this new poster for 300: Rise of an Empire. Snyder is producing this epic tale and Noam Murro has taken the director’s chair. Word is that the movie will feature a huge sea battle between the Greek states and the invading Persians.You can make out some ships in the background.
Click on the poster below for a larger version and closer look.
Here’s some of the previously released production stills from the project for you to enjoy.
What? You’ve gone a couple days without anything new from Game of Thrones? Let’s change that. As the hype builds HBO has released another teaser to do just that, tease us with scant, quick clips from Season 3. And tease us they do, they damn near titillate us with that all too quick glance of Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) taking a bath in one of the series’ most popular scenes.
There’s also quick glimpse of Daario, a new “acquaintance” of Daenerys for Season 3, plus more Ygritte, Talisa, and Margaery. I think Natalie Dormer is going to be a scene stealer this season, I’m so excited!
Last week, the cast of Thrones was all over Entertainment Weekly, this week it’s TV Guide. There’s three covers available, one for each of three main houses: Stark, Lannister, and Targaryen, plus some truly stunning, black and white photos of the principal cast. Take a look through the gallery below.
When they took these beautiful photos, TV Guide also recorded some interviews with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Richard Madden, and Kit Harington. Check it out!
Filming has been underway for Season 3 of Game of Thrones for a few weeks now and it looks like things have moved on from the icy north to the scenic and sunny coasts of Croatia, which stands in for much of King’s Landing and the lands farther east where Daenerys and her dragons are. The Croatian press has snapped a few photos of stars Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Aidan Gillen, Jerome Flynn, and Daniel Portman all arriving. Check ’em out below,
That dress! It’s gorgeous! I would wear it everyday. Going to the store, the post office, wherever the hell I had to go it’d always be in that dress. And I’m saying this as a girl far more comfortable in jeans and a t-shirt.
Dredd 3D. Another action remake. Judge Dredd was originally a comic, and it was good. It was rewritten with another story line, and it was still good. Then it was a movie, and it was bad. Really bad. Like, Rob Schneider bad. Oh, right, that’s because he was actually in the first movie. Now it’s a movie again, and it lacked the comic book back-story and it was low on character development. There was no love story, no lesson-learned and the movie didn’t take itself seriously which is OH MY GOD WHY THIS MOVIE WAS SO DAMN AWESOME!
From the very first scene where Dredd shot a scorching assault flare into a hostage-taker’s pie-hole and turned him into a human jack-o-lantern (which was beautifully presented to us in stunning 3D and slow motion, bye the way) to the very last scene where Dredd, after 95 minutes, was still relentlessly stomping people’s shit into the ground, this movie was one hell of a thrill ride!
While her recent work on Game of Thrones as Queen Cersei has certainly earned her lots of attention, Lena Headey is no stranger to genre work and the fervent fans that come with it. She starred in 300 as the Spartan queen Gorgo and was the titular hero on The Sarah Connor Chronicles, add that to her latest gig as Ma-Ma in the upcoming Dredd and she’s becoming a popular lady among the nerdy crowd. And as it turns out, she loves it!
Recently speaking to The Telegraph, Headey shared how she feels towards those really, really devoted fans,
With fantasy and sci-fi, it’s based in a real fandom. You’re presenting to experts, and their source material is really important to them. They’ll come up and ask: ‘so when you turned your head slightly in that scene, what were you thinking?’
I enjoy that, because the battle is over the interpretation, and they’re more interested in the character than they are in you. There’s something cooler about the geek.
I’ve thought there was was something cool about “the geek” for years now, it’s why I am one! Good to see Headey agrees as well. Do you think “the geek” represents a better informed and therefore more attentive audience?
One of the big hooks in the upcoming Dredd 3D is the drug Slow-Mo. The drug allows it’s user to slow down their perception of things around them. You can expect to see a lot of this effect through out the movie.
Below are two videos, one is a mock PSA against the use of Slo-Mo, just say no kids, and the other is the featurette which looks at the film effects used.
This NerdBastard is really looking forward to this movie, how about you?
Dredd, directed by Pete Travis opens in 3D and 2D theaters on September 21. Alex Garland (28 Days Later) wrote the script, which stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby and Lena Headey.
A few months back I wrote a piece lamenting the lack of action movies starring kick-ass ladies. It was an article brought on by comments made claiming there could never be a successful superhero movie with a female lead because there isn’t, one, an iconic enough female superhero and, two, an actress capable of making such a movie work. Of course, reasonable people understand this is utter bullshit.
Women aren’t only capable of making successful “chick flicks”, period dramas, and mother/daughter coming of age stories. Look at the success of the outrageous and at times downright crude comedy, Bridesmaids. How about The Hurt Locker directed by Kathryn Bigelow, who then went on to be the first lady to ever win a Best Director Academy Award. And, how can I not mention the staggering success of The Hunger Games which not only catapulted Jennifer Lawrence into mega-stardom but proved action movies starring women can make bank just as easily as those starring men. In fact, if we really want to start comparing figures, The Hunger Games’ opening weekend gross was $152 million while The Expendables 2, which opened this past weekend, raked in only $28.6 million. Obviously there are more factors at work here than one starred a woman and the other starred a whole slate of burly, beefcake men, but it’s hard to argue with that dough.
Women make up a larger percent of the population in the U.S. In many families, it’s the women who are in charge of expenditures. Businesses, and in particular studios, should be bustin’ their asses to market to the ladies and not this glorified demographic of men 18-35.
Which brings me to the news that broke over the weekend. It’s been confirmed an Expendables 3is on its way, only difference is this time they’re looking to drop the macho men and instead cast a league of lady ass-kickers! It’s like Christmas came early! Adi Shankar, producer of The Grey as well as the upcoming Dredd, is spearheading the project of an all female Expendables and will back it with his production company, 1984 Private Defense Contractors. Tapped to write the script is Dutch Southern, to me a relative unknown, and Variety reports they’re already in talks with, “several prominent actresses affiliated with the action genre.”
Hells yea. The news has spurred dozens upon dozens of lists casting potentials for packing heat in an all female Expendables, and not to be left out, I’ve compiled my own list of ladies prominent in the action genre who I think should get a call. I’ve included some of the obvious and necessary choices but hopefully there’s a few surprises in here, too.
Lionsgate has begun the onslaught of Dredd 3D marketing and promotion this week with new clips and this new television spot for the upcoming release. There’s tons more on the way from the look of things. The movie stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey.
This movie looks to be all action and violence in true Judge Dredd style. This NerdBastard is truly hopeful for this version of the Dredd character. After watching everything available on the Internet there hasn’t been one clip of a witty quip, no banter, no Stallone type mugging to the camera. This could just be the Dredd movie fanboys . . . and girls have been waiting for.
The movie will be released in theaters on September 21st. If your there opening night in Atlanta Ga, look around you, this NerdBastard might just be in a seat next to you!