Interview: GAME OF THRONES creator George R.R. Martin on the future of the franchise – Part 2

Kit Harrington and John Bradley in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

While HBO’s GAME OF THRONES – which ends its first season tonight at 9 PM – closely follows the plotlines, characterizations and dialogue of George R.R. Martin’s novel of the same name, the series is run by its executive producers David Benioff and D.B. (Dan) Weiss. Did Martin have qualms about giving up control? “Yeah, to some extent,” the novelist acknowledges in Part 2 of this interview. “I use the analogy it’s a little like sending your kids off to school. They’re your kids and you’ve had them since they were born and you’ve been in total charge of them […]Read On »

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Interview: GAME OF THRONES executive producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss on their epic HBO fantasy

Sean Bean and Julian Glover in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

HBO’s new hit GAME OF THRONES airs the penultimate episode of its first season tonight at 9 PM. All hell appears prepared to break loose, what with eldest Stark son Robb (Richard Madden) preparing to lead troops into battle against the wealthy Lannister clan, in the hopes of freeing Robb’s imprisoned father Ned (Sean Bean), who is facing the wrath of Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey). Across the Narrow Sea, the Dothraki hordes led by Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa) and his bride Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) are preparing to invade. At the northern edge of the seven kingdoms, the monstrous White […]Read On »

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Breaking News: The HOBBIT prequels are officially named and given release dates

Director Peter Jackson on set THE HOBBIT | ©2011 Peter Jackson

Director Peter Jackson has earned enough good will in his impressive career, that he’s afforded a misstep or two every now and again. However, with the full titles for his new THE HOBBIT prequels to his LORD OF THE RINGS now officially announced, this may be one misstep that is going to haunt him for some time. The first film will be called THE HOBBIT: AN EXPECTED JOURNEY and hits theaters December 14, 2012, while the second, dubbed THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN, arrives a year later on December 13, 2013. Jackson scripted the films with Fran Walsh, Philippa […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT: CATACLYSM soundtrack

THE WORLD OF WARCRAFT: CATACLYSM soundtrack | ©2011 Azeroth Music

While I don’t know if I’ll ever be a WORLD OF WARCRAFT addict in line for a pwn’ing, there are certainly enough gigantic stylings on this album to suck in a game music novice, let alone anyone who appreciates operatic fantasy scoring. That’s fitting for a CATACLYSM which unleashes a dragon who’d give Smaug a run for his money into WOW’s massive on-line universe, allowing the composing team of Russell Brower, Derek Duke, Neal Acree, David Arkenstone and Glenn Stafford to suit up in ragingly melodic armor. CATACLYSM is awash in a thrilling tone familiar to anyone who’s ever imagined […]Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: HANNA director feels his new thriller works as a story of female empowerment

Saoirse Ronan in HANNA | ©2011 Focus Features

During the press event for HANNA (which opens April 8) at  WonderCon 2011 in San Francisco, director of the film Joe Wright talked about whether political or social messages played a big part in his film about a young woman who is trained to protect herself by her former CIA father in the wilds of Finland. “I hope that the film works on different levels,” Wright says. “It can be taken on a pure action thriller, but also we wanted to work in that responsible aspect and so it will be enjoyable by many different audiences.” And Wright isn’t shy […]Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: Saoirse Ronan reveals her rumored THE HOBBIT involvement

Saoirse Ronan in HANNA | ©2011 Focus Features

While promoting her new film HANNA at Wondercon 2011 in San Francisco, it was inevitable that Saoirse Ronan would have to talk about THE HOBBIT prequel. THE HOBBIT director Peter Jackson cast her in his THE LOVELY BONES and rumors have been swirling on the Internet for weeks that she’ll take a role in the anticipated LORD OF THE RINGS prequel. This is what Ronan had to say: “I would like to think that he would hire me for his next film,” Ronan says. “I love Pete, I really do. It would be great to be involved. But honestly nothing has […]Read On »

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New photos from THE HOBBIT set courtesy of Peter Jackson

Director Peter Jackson on set THE HOBBIT | ©2011 Peter Jackson

With the back-t0-back LORD OF THE RINGS prequels of  THE HOBBIT based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novel (and set 60 years before RINGS)  just starting production in Wellington, New Zealand, co-writer and director Peter Jackson gave fans a gift with two photos from the set. You can check them out below. Very cool. With Facebook and Twitter making communication super-easy, expect more Jackson updates this way in the future.

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Breaking News: Elijah Wood returns to the Shire for THE HOBBIT

Elijah Wood in the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy | ©New Line Cinemas

Cool news on the movie front today – it’s official that Elijah Wood will be returning to the Shire and appear in the two-film Peter Jackson directed THE HOBBIT as Frodo Baggins, a role he originated in the LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy. Ironically, Frodo doesn’t appear in THE HOBBIT books, but I’m sure Jackson has a logical way of incorporating him into the universe. Expect more news of other returning RINGS actors in the coming weeks.

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