Opening this weekend is director Noam Murro’s 300: Rise of an Empire. In the sequel to Zack Snyder’s 300, Greek general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) attempts to unite all of Greece by leading the charge that will change the course of the war against the massive invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god, Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Artemisia (Eva Green), the vengeful commander of the Persian navy. The film also stars Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, David Wenham, Igal Nao, Callan Mulvey, Jack O’Connell, and Andrew Tiernan. I’ve seen the film twice now and am happy to report the sequel kicks ass. The fight scenes are extremely well done, the 3D actually adds to the story, and Eva Green’s performance is worth the price of admission. It also might have the best sex scene of 2014, and it’s only February. While many might have wondered if we needed a sequel to 300, I’m very happy they made it.
At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Headey. She talked about her reaction to the finished film, shooting in Bulgaria, when she first heard they were finally going to make a sequel, Dredd, Game of Thrones season 4, and the status of The Mortal Instruments sequel (which sounds like it isn’t happening). Hit the jump to watch.
On the SundanceTV drama series The Red Road, lines will be crossed when tragedy forces two men – a mesmerizing ex-con named Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa) and an embattled local police officer named Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson) – to face the secrets of their past. As these two men find themselves increasingly compromised by one another, the lives of both, and everyone around them, quickly unravel.
While at a luncheon with the cast, to promote and discuss the new show, actor Jason Momoa talked about how he came to The Red Road, what it’s been like to work with his wife Lisa Bonet, who’s also his co-star, playing a less clear-cut villain, just how crazy things will get by the end of this season, and that he has no idea how they’ll get out of the corner they’ve been placed in, if they do get a second season. He also talked about how directing his first feature film, Road to Paloma, has changed him, the challenging experience of directing his wife, that he’d love to direct an episode of the show, when he’s looking to direct his next film, why his audition as Drax the Destroyer for Guardians of the Galaxy was one of the most fun experiences he’s had, why he hasn’t been in one of the superhero films he’s been rumored to be involved with yet, and how he would definitely be up for returning to do another Game of Thrones cameo. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Like the recent trailer, a batch of new posters for the fourth season of Game of Thrones seems bent on preparing us for an onslaught of characters deaths. The tagline “All Men Must Die” is translation of “Valar morghulis”, which is the High Valyrian taught to Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) by Jaqen H’ghar (Tom Wlaschiha) in season two. The previous set of posters focused on the Lanisters, and now the rest of the cast is getting their close-ups. If you’re like me and haven’t read the books, how many of these poor sods are going to make it to season five.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. The show also stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Charles Dance, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aiden Turner, Iain Glen, Rose Leslie, Carice Van Houten, Alfie Allen, Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, and Isaac Hempstead Wright. New cast this season include Pedro Pascal, Michiel Huisman and Indira Varma. Game of Thrones returns on April 6th at 9pm on HBO.
Nominations have been announced for the 40th Annual Saturn Awards. The nominees and winners are selected by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, which recognizes achievements in genre films, television and home video. Another way to view them would be an academy that recognizes genre blockbusters and it’s the only way Jack the Giant Slayer could get nominated for anything ever. But this year’s big nominees were Gravity and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which each racked up eight nominations. To be fair, the Saturn Awards also have the room to take chances such as nominating Scarlett Johansson for Best Supporting Actress for Her…but then they turn right back around and nominate The Lone Ranger for Best Action/Adventure Movie. On the TV side, Breaking Bad, Falling Skies, and Game of Thrones each picked up five nominations.
Hit the jump for the full list of nominees. Winners will be announced in June.
There’s about to be a True Detective-sized hole in my Sunday night viewing, but thankfully there won’t be too long of a wait for more quality television. Game of Thrones returns in April, and so HBO is seriously ramping up the marketing. Today, they’ve released teasers focusing on the Starks, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage). There are also character posters for the Lannisters, presumably because they always pay their debts.
Hit the jump to check out the teasers and posters. The show also stars Lena Headey, Charles Dance, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Pedro Pascal, Michiel Huisman, and Indira Varma. Game of Thrones returns April 6th at 9pm.
Opening this weekend is director Paul W.S. Anderson’s disaster epic Pompeii. The film stars Kit Harington (Game of Thrones) as an enslaved Celtic gladiator named Milo who falls in love with a noblewoman (Emily Browning) on the eve of a massive volcanic eruption that destroys Pompeii, an event that also brings him face-to-face with the man (Kiefer Sutherland) who slaughtered his family years earlier. The film also stars Jared Harris, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Carrie-Anne Moss, Sasha Roiz, Jessica Lucas, and Paz Vega.
At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Kit Harington. He talked about his reaction to the finished film, the practical sets, if the script changed during production, how he prepared to film 50 fights, the challenging shoot, and Game of Thrones season 4 (which he says is the most expensive one to date). Hit the jump to watch.
This week’s new Blu-ray releases are higher on quality than quantity. Briefly:
If you’ve somehow managed to stay spoiler-free on the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones but aren’t caught up on the episodes, it’s time to stop pressing your luck. Season three is now available on Blu-ray and it’s definitely worth picking up, even if you’re just a casual fan. Season four premieres on April 6th at 9/8c, so now’s a great time to refresh your memory on all of the events leading up to that incendiary penultimate episode. It’s more than just a collection of episodes, however, as there are plenty of special features to be found, including episode commentaries that share some behind-the-scenes anecdotes, lots of in-depth information pulled from the world of Westeros and the mind of George R.R. Martin, and an extensive featurette dedicated to the season’s most provocative hour, “The Rains of Castamere.” Hit the jump for my review.
Toy Fair at the Javits Center in New York City is absolutely enormous. There’s 412,000 net square feet of exhibit space and a whole section of it is devoted to action figures alone with high quality collectibles from Star Wars, The Walking Dead, Alien, Godzilla and so much more.
Dark Horse had a slew of Marvel Classic items on display, a bunch of Game of Thrones characters and even a bust of Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) from Grimm. Kotobukiya came with loads of stunning Marvel designs including their April 2014 release, Nightwing, and also a Batman: Arkham Origins piece, but there’s still no debut date for that one. The McFarlane Toys booth was loaded with Walking Dead characters with a 10-inch Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) as well as a statue of The Governor’s zombie fish tank. Catch all of that and loads more after the jump.
We’re getting delightfully close to the Season 4 premiere of Game of Thrones, and so HBO has released a new trailer. Last week, we saw a 15-minute featurette that touted the upcoming season as the biggest, most action-packed yet, and judging by this new trailer, that absolutely seems to be the case. The series shows no signs of slowing down, and we could definitely be in for an intense ten episodes that will probably feel over far too quickly.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Game of Thrones returns on April 6th at 9pm.
Amazon is offering the Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season Blu-ray/DVD + Digital Copy for $29.99 (which is 63% off!). This is the cheapest it’s ever been. Don’t wait too long to purchase the season because Amazon constantly changes prices. Here’s the link:
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The winners are in for the 12th annual Visual Effects Society awards! In no surprise, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity wins big, taking home six awards. Disney’s animated feature Frozen proves to be too much for the competition, winning four categories. On the television front, HBO’s Game of Thrones lands three awards, as does PETA for its commercial work. Other winners include The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Lone Ranger, and Banshee. Hit the jump to take a look at all the winners.
The fourth season of Game of Thrones is a little under two months away, and HBO has released a 15-minute behind-the-scenes featurette to make the wait feel even longer. The featurette, Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing, goes deep into new characters, new locations, new events, and evolving relationships. It’s also peppered with fun fan questions that get some good answers out of the cast. I’m incredibly excited for season 4, but the expectations have never been higher. This season will be based off the second half of the third book, and readers have said that there’s a lot of insanity headed our way. I’m inclined to believe them, and I also believe that the showrunners will meet the high bar the show demands.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The fourth season of Game of Thrones premieres on April 6th at 9/8c on HBO.
To celebrate the impending return of season four of HBO’s Game of Thrones, the production team has released 15 new images highlighting the characters you love, the ones you love to hate, and the ones who you just met and will probably die before the episode is over.
Game of Thrones returns Sunday, April 6th at 9pm, featuring Golden Globe-winner Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Charles Dance, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Alfie Allen, Diana Rigg, Natalie Dormer, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead Wright. New cast this season include Pedro Pascal, Michiel Huisman and Indira Varma. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss created the series and serve as executive producers. Hit the jump to check out the images.
HBO has released a new behind-the-scenes featurette for the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones. The fourth season will finish up the third book, A Storm of Swords, and everyone I’ve talked to who has read it says it’s insane. The talking heads in this featurette reiterate this point and I’m just going to steel myself now for favorite character dropping like flies. The featurette isn’t packed with new footage, but there’s enough there to hopefully hold you over until the next piece of marketing drops.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The fourth season of Game of Thrones will premiere on April 6th at 9/8c on HBO.