GAME OF THRONES Alum Aidan Gillen to Play Villain in MAZE RUNNER Sequel; John Slattery Joins TED 2; Guy Pearce and Dominic West Set for GENIUS

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We’ve got a few interesting casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Game of Thrones actor Aidan Gillen (aka Littlefinger) has landed the Big Bad role in the next YA franchise, signing on to play the antagonist in the Maze Runner sequel The Maze Runner: Scorch Trials.
  • John Slattery is the latest familiar face to join the cast of Seth MacFarlane’s now-filming comedy sequel Ted 2.
  • Guy Pearce and Dominic West (The Wire) have joined the fantastic ensemble cast for the literary drama Genius, playing a couple of legendary novelists.

More on the aforementioned casting after the jump.

New Theatrical Trailer for CALVARY Starring Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd

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Fox Searchlight has released a new theatrical Calvary trailer for writer/director John Michael McDonagh’s (The Guard) drama.  The film stars Brendan Gleeson as a good priest who is told during confession that he will be killed by a man who was abused by a priest as a child.  As he considers his own mortality, the priest continues to reach out and help the members of his church.  This trailer highlights a darkly comic tone that underlines the deeper themes of the film, and Gleeson looks to be on point as the protagonist.  Matt called the pic a “dark, complex, and demanding meditation on faith” in his review, and I’m definitely looking forward to checking out the full feature when it hits theaters.

Hit the jump to watch the new Calvary trailer.  The film also stars Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankole, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josee Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, and David WilmotCalvary opens on August 1st.

Trailer for Sundance 2014 Selection CALVARY Starring Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, and Chris O’Dowd

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Yesterday, we reported that the 2014 Sundance Film Festival had chosen John Michael McDonagh‘s Calvary to play in the “Premieres” category.  The dark comedy stars Brendan Gleeson as a good priest who wants to do well by his community, but his life is threatened by an unknown assailant during confession.  Judging by the trailer, this is far less comedic than McDonagh and Gleeson’s previous collaboration, The Guard, but still entertaining in its own way.  The film also has a strong cast of supporting players, which includes Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, and Marie-Josée Croz.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16 – 26th.

54 New Images from Season 3 of HBO’s GAME OF THRONES Featuring the Many Looks of Westeros

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Over 50 new images from season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones are now available.  They feature all of your series favorites in addition to a bunch of new characters who will  attempt to make their marks this year.  As much fun as it is to check out the varied and detailed costumes worn across the lands of Westeros and beyond, it’s much more entertaining to see what kind of crazy expressions the actors pull (see Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr above).

The series stars Peter DinklageLena Headey, Maisie Williams, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Alfie Allen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Aidan Gillen, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Richard Madden, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.  Game of Thrones returns March 31st at 9pm (EST).

Extended GAME OF THRONES Trailer Reveals New Footage

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A new extended trailer for season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones is now available.  It features most of the same footage from the first trailer, plus a few new scenes and bits of dialogue (still no Florence and the Machine though).  It’s definitely worth a watch, especially for fans of the George R.R. Martin series of novels as there are even more dramatic events revealed in this extended cut.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The series stars Peter DinklageLena Headey, Maisie Williams, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Alfie Allen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Aidan Gillen, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Richard Madden, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.  Game of Thrones returns March 31st.

First Full Trailer for GAME OF THRONES Season 3

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The first full trailer for season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones has been released online.  While I love the music for Game of Thrones and “Florence and the Machine,” the latter feels a bit out of place here, but who cares?! [Correction: the song is "Bones" by MS MR"]  Without giving away any spoilers from the books, we get glimpses of a flaming ship, a flaming sword, ranks upon ranks of well-trained soldiers in the desert and yes, a dragon in full flight!  I’m ecstatic to return to Westeros in about a month, how about you?

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The series stars Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Alfie Allen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Aidan Gillen, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Richard Madden, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.  Game of Thrones returns March 31st.

Watch 4 Deleted Scenes from GAME OF THRONES Season Two, Featuring Peter Dinklage & Sophie Turner

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The second season of HBO’s Game of Thrones is now available on Blu-ray and DVD.  Try as I might, I couldn’t find those pesky Dragon Eggs during my review on the Blu-ray, but the deleted scenes are now available thanks to the power of the internet.  Four never-before-scene clips include Ser Sandor Clegane (Rory McCann), Lady Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) and Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), as well as Lord Petyr Baelish (Aidan Gillen) and Lord Varys (Conleth Hill), among others.  Hit the jump to watch all four deleted scenes.

Chaos Is a Ladder in New TV Spot for Season 3 of GAME OF THRONES

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We’re only seven weeks away from the new season of Game of Thrones, and a new TV spot has been released.  Narrated by Littlefinger (Aidan Gillen), the promo is very much in line with everything about Game of Thrones: it’s a power struggle.  Where some will see a crisis, others will see an opportunity, and we all hope that Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) wins.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot.  The show also stars Lena Headey, Maisie Williams, Michelle Fairley, Emilia Clarke, Alfie Allen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Richard Madden, and Nikolaj Coster-WaldauGame of Thrones returns March 31st.

Seasoned: Matt Reviews THE WIRE – Season 3

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Up until the past 15 years or so, television series were firmly episodic.  Serialized TV (outside of mini-series) risked alienating viewers since it stopped anyone from coming in mid-season.  However, with the rise of DVDs, OnDemand, and digital downloads, serialized TV series have become firmly established.  Some shows still retain an episodic nature, but some series—particularly dramas—have been built around telling one long story over the course of an entire season.  Our new feature, Seasoned, will review a TV series by season rather than by episode.

Hit the jump for my review of the third season of The Wire; here are my reviews for season one and season two.

Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough to Star in IRA Thriller from MAN ON WIRE Director James Marsh

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Director James Marsh may have earned an Oscar for his documentary Man on Wire, but he’s no stranger to narrative features.  He previously directed The King starring Gael Garcia Bernal and the crime drama Red Riding 1980Vulture now reports that he’s got another fiction film up his sleeve and that Clive Owen is attached to star.  Marsh tells Vulture that his new film “is much more like Red Riding, it’s a genre film, it’s a thriller.”

The untitled project (formerly titled Shadow Dancer) is set in Northern Ireland during the early 1990s and will co-star Andrea Riseborough (Never Let Me Go) as a former IRA terrorist turned informer.  The film also stars Aidan Gillen (The Wire) Gillian Anderson (The X-Files).  Shooting on the low-budget film is set to begin this May in Dublin.

Peter Weller Joins DEXTER, Aidan Gillen Plays GAME OF THRONES, Melina Kanakaredes Leaves CSI: NY

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In the upcoming season, Dexter may face his fiercest opposition yet: RoboCop.  Peter Weller, who assumed the title role RoboCop franchise, has joined the cast of Showtime’s Dexter for season five.  According to Deadline, he will play “a troubled Miami Metro police officer who gets caught up in an internal affairs investigation.”  The veteran actor — most recently seen in a guest spot on the third season of Fringe — joins Julia Stiles as a new addition to the cast.

Hit the jump for details on The Wire alum Aidan Gillen’s role in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones, and who might replace Melina Kanakaredes as she departs CSI: NY.

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