HBO Year-End Video Provides Brief New Looks at GAME OF THRONES: Season 5 and WESTWORLD

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Every year, HBO releases a video looking back at their programming, and then giving a brief look at what’s to come the following year.  Based on the past year, the network can congratulate itself for new series True Detective and Silicon Valley as well as the (arguably overdue) sendoffs for True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, and The Newsroom.  Now it’s time to prepare for the new year with quality returning shows and fresh series, and the year-end video provides brief glimpses of Game of Thrones: Season 5 and the new show Westworld among others.  It’s exciting to guess which new series could be the network’s next big hit: Will it be the Duplass BrothersTogethernessThe Brink starring Tim Robbins, Jack Black, and Aasif MandviBallers starring Dwayne Johnson?  And when you throw in the original movies and miniseries, it should be an exciting 2015 for HBO.

Hit the jump to take a brief look at Game of Thrones: Season 5 and Westworld.

Allison’s Top 12 Returning TV Series of 2014

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(Huge Understatement Warning): There’s a lot of great TV on right now.  And as yesterday’s list of the Best New Shows illustrated, there are always more being added to the pack.  To keep up with every year’s newest crop is a struggle, yet the shows listed here manage to do so with aplomb.  Many of these great returning series are old timers, bucking the trend of shows waning in their later years.  Others, though, are still relatively new, but have been able to avoid a sophomore slump by even improving upon their noteworthy first seasons.  It’s rare, and it’s also a wonderful thing for loyal fans.  Hit the jump for some unrestrained gushing.

2015 Golden Globe Nominations Announced; BIRDMAN Leads the Film Categories with Seven; FARGO Scores Five TV Nods

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It looks as though Alejandro González Iñárritu and Birdman could have quite the awards season.  Not only did the film earn the most SAG and Independent Spirit Award nominations, but now it’s got the most Golden Globe Nominations as well.  Birdman came in with a total of seven nods followed by Boyhood and The Imitation Game, both of which got five.  Fargo led the television series or program categories with five nominations while True Detective came in right behind with four.

I’m glad to see Reese Witherspoon getting recognition for her work in Wild, but I hope the film itself gets some attention down the line.  It’s also unfortunate that Channing Tatum’s work in Foxcatcher isn’t being honored.  And sadly Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany didn’t make this list, but I’ve got no problem rooting for Girls Lena Dunham or Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling instead.  Hit the jump for the full list of 2015 Golden Globe nominees.

2015 Screen Actors Guild Nominations Announced; BIRDMAN Leads with Four Followed By BOYHOOD, THE IMITATION GAME and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING

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The 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations have been announced and, yet again, Birdman scored the most nods including Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (Michael Keaton), Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role (Edward Norton), Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role (Emma Stone) and Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.  Boyhood, The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything all received three nominations.

On the TV front, I’m glad to see Orphan Black’s Tatiana Maslany snag her very first SAG nomination, but where’s Eva Green in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series category?  Her work on Penny Dreadful needs some recognition.  Hit the jump for the full list of nominees.  The 21st Annual SAG Awards will be simulcast on TNT and TBS on Sunday, January 25th at 8pm EST.

AFI Announces Top Films and TV Shows of the Year; Includes NIGHTCRAWLER, SELMA, and SILICON VALLEY

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The American Film Institute has announced its official AFI Awards 2014 selections for the best films and TV programs of the year, and the results are a little surprising.  On the film side of things, AFI expanded its Top 10 to a Top 11, included some welcome additions like Nightcrawler and Foxcatcher alongside this year’s awards staples such as Boyhood and Birdman, but they also singled out Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, which is frankly a not-so-great film (though AFI did name The Dark Knight Rises one of 2012’s finest, so their track record isn’t spotless).  And no love for Gone Girl, although they did recognize Into the Woods and Interstellar.  As for TV, the stellar The Americans and The Knick made the Top 10, as did Amazon’s critically hailed Transparent, HBO’s hilarious Silicon Valley, and ABC’s addictive How to Get Away with Murder.

Check out the full AFI Awards 2014 Top 11 Films and Top 10 TV Programs after the jump. 

Telltale Games’ GAME OF THRONES: EPISODE ONE – IRON FROM ICE Launch Trailer Has House Forrester Fighting Ramsay Snow

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Game of Thrones won’t return for its fifth season until spring 2015, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave Westeros completely.  The Game of Thrones video game from Telltale Games will begin this week with “Episode One: Iron from Ice.  A launch trailer for the game has gone online, and it looks like the six-episode video game series will easily tide over fans until the HBO series returns.  In the game, you play members of House Forrester and will attempt to navigate events from the television series with your choices having serious repercussions for your characters.  Additionally, you will interact with characters from the series, and as a nice touch, the show’s actors are providing voice work.  I’m usually patient in waiting for all episodes of Telltale Games’ series to be released, but I don’t think I’ll be able to hold out on this one.

Hit the jump to check out the Game of Thrones video game trailer for “Episode One: Iron from Ice”.  The video game will be available for download this week on Microsoft Windows, OS X, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

GAME OF THRONES Season 5 Teaser Sees Darkness

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We’re still about five months away from the premiere of Game of Thrones’ fifth season, but HBO is ready to kick off the long-lead marketing today (which is fitting given this week’s heavy quantity of big trailers).  A very brief Game of Thrones Season 5 teaser has been released online that’s more enigmatic than it is revealing, but it does offer a tiny bit of footage from the new season.  For fear of spoiling who’s still alive in the show’s fifth season I won’t go into anymore detail here, but fans of the books might spot a clue or two for what’s in store.  This new season could mark a turning point for the show, as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss caught up with George R.R. Martin’s book series in a couple of the show’s major storylines last season and have said that the series will likely conclude with Season 7 (or at the most 8).  Essentially, Benioff and Weiss are setting up their endgame now with two Martin books still unpublished, so we could be heading into uncharted territory with Season 5.

Check out the brief Game of Thrones Season 5 teaser after the jump.  The series will likely return to HBO in either early April or late March.

Watch the GAME OF THRONES Telltale Game Trailer

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The folks over at Telltale Games first came to my attention when I saw people raving about their The Walking Dead game, as many were saying it expertly blended an emotional, character-driven story with solid gameplay.  They may indeed get the same results with their upcoming take on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and the first Game of Thrones Telltale Game trailer has been released online to give fans a brief tease of what we might expect (complete with Lena Headey voiceover).  The game series is being touted as a six-part episodic adventure, with the story revolving around a noble family from the north of Westeros called House Forrester.  They are caught up in the events surrounding the War of Five Kings, and the player will take on the role of different House Forrester members and determine their fate based on the choices he or she makes.

Check out the first Game of Thrones Telltale Game trailer after the jump.

Natalie Dormer Talks THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 1, the Audition Process, Her Haircut, Comic-Con, GAME OF THRONES, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.  In the next installment, we find Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol.  Unlike the last two films which focused on surviving the games, Mockingjay – Part 1 is about the rebellion spreading throughout Panem and the way both sides play the media to gain the upper hand.  It’s an extremely well done movie and fans of the franchise will not be disappointed.  Joining the cast are Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham) alongside Liam HemsworthWoody HarrelsonJulianne MoorePhilip Seymour Hoffman,Elizabeth BanksSam Claflin, and Donald Sutherland.

A few days ago in New York City I landed an exclusive interview with Natalie Dormer.  The actress plays the character of Cressida, a rebel who uses her camera as a weapon in the propaganda fight against the Capitol.  During our interview, Dormer talked about landing the role, her audition process, the haircut and tattoo, if she was a fan of the series before she signed on, the way she prepares for a role, going to Comic-Con for the first time, if she’s interested in doing a Marvel or DC superhero movie, Game of Thrones, how she stopped reading the parts of the script that weren’t hers so she could watch season 5 as a fan, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

David Benioff Explains Why Bran is Sitting Out GAME OF THRONES Season 5

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A couple of months ago, Hodor had a little more to say than “Hodor” and actor Kristian Nairn let it slip that he and Isaac Hempstead-Wright are sitting out season 5 of Game of Thrones.  Personally, I’ve got a tough time keeping track of and caring about the abundance of characters, but considering where season 4 leaves Bran Stark, I was especially looking forward to more from him.  But of course, that’s a bit of a problem if the show wants to keep in line with George R.R. Martin’s source material.

Game of Thrones writer, executive producer and co-showrunner David Benioff didn’t intend for news of Bran and Hodor’s season 5 absence to get out, but now that it has, he’s revealed the reason why they chose to go that route.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Cast Signs on for GAME OF THRONES Season 7 with Big Raises

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If HBO decides to move forward with Game of Thrones Season 7 (spoiler alert: they will), the cast is in for a significant pay increase.  While the pay cable network previously picked the show up for Season 5 and Season 6 at the same time, they faced a potential road bump when it came to a potential seventh season of the incredibly popular series.  When actors initially sign contracts for a TV series, their options normally span multiple seasons that keep them obligated to appear for years to come—unless they get killed off, of course.  It turns out the Game of Thrones cast contracts went up through Season 6, but with showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently revealing that their game plan is to conclude the show with Season 7 (or maybe Season 8), a renegotiation process was necessary to ensure the cast will be intact for the end game.

And so the news comes today that, while HBO hasn’t officially ordered a seventh season of Game of Thrones just yet, they have completed renegotiations with the actors’ contracts to include an option for Season 7 with a big pay increase to boot.  More after the jump.

Alfie Allen Talks JOHN WICK, GAME OF THRONES, Comic-Con, Favorite TV Shows, and More

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As I’ve said again and again, I absolutely loved John Wick.  Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have crafted a fantastic action thriller that’s absolutely worth your time and money.  When I recently hosted a screening in NYC, there were plenty of laughs, gasps, and tons of applause during the incredible action set pieces.  In the film, Keanu Reeves stars as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.  Trust me, if you like action movies, this is a must see film.  For more on John Wick, watch this trailer, see Evan shoot people in the face, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Last week in New York City I sat down with Alfie Allen for an extended interview.  In the film he’s the reason John Wick comes out of retirement.  Allen talked about how he got involved in the project, working with the other actors, his experiences at Comic-Con, Game of Thrones (he plays Theon Greyjoy), and more.  Hit the jump to watch and here’s my video interview with Keanu Reeves if you missed it.

GAME OF THRONES: Season 5 to Contain First-Ever Flashbacks

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Last month, we learned Bran and Hodor won’t be in Game of Thrones season 5, but now we know something that will be in the new season: flashbacks.  For four seasons, the show has steered clear of the storytelling device, but they will finally be used in the upcoming fifth season.  During a Q&A with film students in Span where the show is currently shooting some of its scenes, showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss explained, “By making the first season, we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams or flashbacks. We failed the first two and this season the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks.”

EW also reports that the fifth season will begin with a flashback, although that could change in the editing process.  I’m sure fans of the books have plenty of theories of what kind of flashback we’ll see, but since I only watch the show, I’m at a loss.  Feel free to sound off in the comments section with speculation.

Isaac Hempstead Wright Talks THE BOXTROLLS, Finding the Voice, Live Action vs. Animation, GAME OF THRONES, and More

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Isaac Hempstead Wright, best known for playing Bran Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, lends his impressive vocal talents to The Boxtrolls, LAIKA’s stunning 3D stop-motion animated adventure directed by Anthony Stacchi.  Wright voices the character Eggs, an orphaned human boy affectionately raised by a community of quirky, mischievous, fantastical creatures who live beneath the cobblestoned streets of Cheesebridge.  When the villainous Archibald Snatcher (Ben Kingsley) threatens to exterminate all the Boxtrolls, Eggs teams up with his spirited friend Winnie (Elle Fanning) to save his adopted family.  Opening September 26th, the film also stars Tracy Morgan, Simon Pegg and Toni Collette.

At a recent roundtable interview, Wright revealed what appealed to him about the project and his character, the challenge of shooting Game of Thrones while doing The Boxtrolls, how he found the voice for Eggs, his reaction to seeing his character on screen, what it was like working with a stellar cast, the difference between performing live action versus animation, his love of classical music and the piano, his attempt at powering his way through Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment, his adventure holiday in Jordan’s Wadi Rum Desert, and rumors he’ll play Octavius in a film adaptation of the Shakespearian thriller, Caesar.  Check out the interview after the jump:

Rose Leslie Talks HONEYMOON, GAME OF THRONES and Vin Diesel’s THE LAST WITCH HUNTER

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From director/co-writer Leigh Janiak, the indie feature Honeymoon follows young newlyweds Paul (Harry Treadaway) and Bea (Rose Leslie), who travel to a remote lake cottage for their honeymoon with the promise of some private time for romance.  But when Paul finds Bea out in the woods in the middle of the night, her behavior becomes increasingly peculiar and distant, and Paul begins to suspect that something sinister happened.

At the film’s press day, actress Rose Leslie (Game of Thrones) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she got involved with the film, what it was like to collaborate with co-star Harry Treadaway, that she loved working in such a stripped down way, doing an American accent, why she liked the ambiguity of what happens to her character, and the experience of working in the cottage.  She also talked about her experience playing Ygritte on Game of Thrones, and her current project, The Last Witch Hunter, in which she’s playing a witch opposite Vin Diesel.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

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