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The Last Witch Hunter is an intriguing entry into the world of cinematic fantasy genre.  While it doesn’t particularly revolutionize the way we see witches and warlocks nor does it herald “the next great franchise” of feature films, it is a solid tale packed with great special effects, excellent pacing, a presentation designed for an intellectual audience (relatively speaking, of course), and charming characters that are fairly believable in terms of their place in this witchy world.

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Can you feel that buzz in the air? We are two weeks out from San Diego Comic Con and every nerd, whether they be attending or not, is in a frenzy. Even the creators coming to share their wares at the con are getting a little antsy. George R.R. Martin, you may know him from HBO‘s hit television show Game of Thrones and that guy people yell at on the street to, “WRITE FASTER!”, has shared his Comic Con plans on his blog,

The next convention on my calendar is the San Diego Comicon.

My dance card is already almost full. Yes, there will be a GAME OF THRONES panel, and I’ll be on it. It is scheduled for Friday, July 19, 2:50 to 3:45, in Hall H To be followed by an autographing at the WB booth. Of course, I’ll be joined on the panel by half a dozen cast members (no, don’t know which ones yet) and David and Dan.

He provides some hints at what we can expect from Game of Thrones, like a panel in Hall H on Friday with David Benioff, D.B. Weiss, and as of yet unannounced members of the cast. (What do you know? UPDATE! John Bradley, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, and Richard Madden will be in attendance.) Surprised? No way! After last season and all those records they broke of course the series was going to get a prime time and placement.

GRRM also has some comments for those concerned about the recent casting announcement of The Red Viper, and there are rumors Neil Marshall is returning to direct Season 4’s finale. Hit the jump!

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The latest Entertainment Weekly – out tomorrow! – features behind the scenes coverage of Game of ThronesNorthern 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,

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I wonder what this has all the Jon/Dany and Jon/Ygritte shippers thinking? Only one relationship is canon, so far anyway.

Game of Thrones returns March 31st at 9pm EST on HBO. Until then, check in to EW’s Game of Thrones hub for new exlusive interiviews they’re releasing every day until the show returns. Already up are great interviews with Gwendoline Christie (Brienne) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte).

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This video blog is just epic. We get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes of filming Game of Thrones in Iceland, and we also get our first look at Mackenzie Crook as Orell.  We also get little interview snippets from other cast members including Ciarán Hinds, Rose Leslie, Kit Harington, Kristofer Hivju, David Benioff, and D.B. Weiss.

It’s amazing to see the lengths that good filmmakers will go to in order to get good material; how easy would it have been to just spend the money on effects rather than location?  Badass.

Check out the footage below the jump.

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