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.

Bran Stark and Hodor Will Not Appear in GAME OF THRONES Season 5

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Changes are afoot for Game of Thrones Season 5.  Though longtime fans of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series were surely happy to see the stories find widespread appreciation thanks to HBO’s massive hit series adaptation, that elation quickly turned to nervousness as showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss began to steamroll through the books while Martin takes his sweet time in writing the final two books of the series.  Martin has been adamant that his books would take years to adapt into television form, but Benioff and Weiss started covering a fair amount of material from the most recent book, A Dance with Dragons, in Season 4 and recently revealed plans to complete the show after seven seasons whether Martin is finished or not.

As a result of the fact that Benioff and Weiss are heading towards the conclusion of their TV series adaptation, a major storyline from the books will be sidelined for the entire fifth season: that of Bran Stark, Hodor, and their mysterious friends.  More after the jump.

Watch Weird Al Yankovic Sing New Theme Songs for GAME OF THRONES, MAD MEN, SCANDAL, HOMELAND, and MODERN FAMILY at the Emmys

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With a traditional host like Seth Meyers at the helm, the 2014 Emmy Awards ceremony was steadily amusing but mostly unmemorable.  With that as the standard, it was a delightful treat when Weird Al Yankovic came out on stage to perform his version of the theme songs for Game of Thrones, Mad Men, Scandal, Homeland, and Modern Family.  Weird Al’s lyrics were appropriately silly and the jolt of musical energy was a breath of fresh air for the telecast.

Hit the jump to watch the Weird Al clip, plus Meyers’ introduction monologue, the “Billy on the Street” segment, and the audience questions bit.

Comic-Con: Isaac Hempstead-Wright and Elle Fanning Talk THE BOXTROLLS, Visiting the Set, GAME OF THRONES Season 5, Reading Spoilers Online, and More

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Produced by Laika and based on the children’s novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow, the stop-motion animated feature The Boxtrolls is about a young orphaned boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright, who plays Bran Stark on Game of Thrones), who is raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors who he must save from evil exterminator Archibald Snatched (voiced by Ben Kingsley).

While at Comic-Con for a presentation in Hall H, co-stars Isaac Hempstead Wright and Elle Fanning (who voices Winnie Portley-Rind) spoke at a roundtable interview about why they wanted to be a part of The Boxtrolls, how they got their roles, how amazing they think the finished film is, how they feel about the way their characters turned out, what they did to prepare for their roles, recording one voice session together, what they most identify with in their characters, and getting to visit the stop-motion set during production.  Fanning also talked about possibly playing Mary Shelley in a film and doing How to Talk to Girls at Parties, written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell from a short story by Neil Gaiman, while Hempstead Wright talked about how he’ll get to do some more action stuff on the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, what he thinks about the show’s massive popularity, and how he’s Googled what happens because he doesn’t read the books.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

GAME OF THRONES Comic-Con Panel Recap: D.B. Weiss, David Benioff, George R.R. Martin, and the Cast Look Back at Season 4

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Game of Thrones Comic-Con panels are tough because there’s nothing to really show.  Unlike The Walking Dead, the new season isn’t only a few months away.  Shooting on GOT: Season 5 is just about to begin, so it’s not like there’s going to be a full trailer ready to go.  Instead, these panels function as retrospectives on the most recent season.  As a big Game of Thrones fan, I always enjoy these leisurely, pressure-free panels that almost function like debriefs.  We don’t know much about season five, but we’re going to learn about the most memorable scenes from last season

Hit the jump for my Game of Thrones Comic-Con panel recap. [Warning: Spoilers for the Show through Season 4]

GAME OF THRONES Blooper Reel Reminds Us That Lannisters Are People Too

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Game of Thrones is such an atmospheric show, and so immersive, that it’s easy to forget that it’s a film set just like any other (okay, it has something like 5 units, but you know what I mean).  So seeing a blooper real for the show can be surprisingly disarming.  You so closely associate these characters with the cruel, high stakes world in which they live that seeing them crack a smile or break character is shockingly refreshing.

At the San Diego Comic-Con today, the Game of Thrones panel unveiled a blooper reel for this past season and it’s definitely worth a watch. We’ll have more in-depth coverage of the panel shortly, but you should kill a few minutes with this first.  Hit the jump for the Game of Thrones blooper reel.

IN THE HOUSE OF THE WORM Comic-Con Panel Recap: George R.R. Martin Talks Comics Fandom, GAME OF THRONES Success, and Marvel vs. DC

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George R.R. Martin spoke with William Christensen, publisher and editor in chief of Avatar Press, to promote their new collaborative comic book effort, In the House of the Worm. He also discussed his history with comics fandom, how the success of the Game of Thrones TV show has changed his experiences as a fan, and weighed in on Marvel vs. DC.

The first issue of In the House of the Worm is debuting here at Comic-Con, while Avatar’s previous Martin adaptation, Skin Trade, is (appropriately?) now collected in trade format. Signed editions of both will be available at Avatar’s booth in the Exhibition Hall. Hit the jump for my In the House of the Worm Comic-Con panel recap.

GAME OF THRONES Season 5 Directors Announced; Neil Marshall and Alex Graves Not Among Them

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Writing this article sort of bums me out because I’m reminded that there are another nine months or so before Game of Thrones Season 5 premieres.  That being said, the gears on this show run year-round and the directing staff seems to have been firmed up.  And it appears that, in addition to a certain character many people were expecting to see at the end of Season 4, a few of the directors of your favorite episodes won’t be coming back for Season 5.

For instance, Neil Marshall (who handles a lot of the big battle episodes) is skipping this season.  So is Alex Graves. Even showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are staying behind their laptops (and away from the cameras) next year.  Hit the jump for more on the Game of Thrones Season 5 directors list.

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Friday, July 25th Includes GAME OF THRONES, THE WALKING DEAD, and HORNS

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The Friday schedule for San Diego Comic-Con 2014 has been announced.  It’s actually pretty tame as far as Hall H goes, with Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead being the highlight panels of the day.  RADiUS-TWC will make its SDCC debut with Horns, in which Daniel Radcliffe will also make his first appearance at Comic-Con.  Outside of Hall H, there’s also plenty of TV panels to go around, with The Legend of Korra, Arrow, Archer, Bob’s Burgers, Bates Motel, and a special Marvel TV panel all taking place.  Fox has also blocked out two hours in Hall H, during which time it’s expected to preview The Maze Runner, Kingsmen: The Secret Service, Let’s Be Cops, the animated Book of Life, and Hitman: Agent 47.  There have also been rumblings that we might get a peek at The Fantastic Four, which would make sense.

Hit the jump to take a look at some highlights from Friday’s schedule, and click here if you missed the Wednesday/Thursday schedule. Comic-Con 2014 runs from July 23rd to July 27th.

HBO’s Michael Lombardo and Richard Plepler Talk GAME OF THRONES Season 5 and 6, TRUE DETECTIVE Season 2, Progress on WESTWORLD, and More

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While at the HBO portion of the TCA Press Tour, President of Programming Michael Lombardo and Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler took some time to talk about new and returning programming.  During the interview, they spoke about how they’re not at all concerned about Game of Thrones getting further ahead than George R.R. Martin’s writing, that they plan to stick with the series until the story is finished, that Nic Pizzolatto’s first two scripts for the new season of True Detective are even more exciting than the first season, that they expect a casting announcement to be made in the next week, how they feel things are going with both Silicon Valley and The Leftovers, their strategy for drama, going forward, the progress of Westworld, and the status of the Ryan Murphy series, Open.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

2014 Emmy Nominations Announced; TRUE DETECTIVE, FARGO, THE NORMAL HEART, and More Score Multiple Nods

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The 2014 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning, and they were about as surprising/disappointing as I expected.  We’re in the Golden Age of Television™, but no one seems to tell the Emmys.  Yes, True Detective and Fargo got some love, but so did the awful awards-bait The Normal Heart, which picked up four out of six nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie.  Then there are the usual suspects: Breaking Bad, Mad Men, The Big Bang Theory, Modern Family, etc.  Among tge acting nominations, I would say I’m pleasantly surprised about Andre Braugher getting attention for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy for Brooklyn Nine-Nine and shocked that Kate Mara picked up an Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series nomination when really her CGI stunt double deserves all the credit.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of the major Emmy nominations.  The Emmy Awards will air live on NBC, Monday, August 25th at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT.

The 2014 Emmys: Who Should Be Nominated?

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Before Thursday, when the real 2014 Emmy nominations will become known (and spark, probably, both outrage and boredom), there’s a chance to suggest who should be nominated in each major category.  This isn’t about winners and losers, but about recognizing some of the best talent on TV this past year (or the Emmy year: from June 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014).  There are sure to be some omissions and snubs even within my own list, so hit the jump to check out my choices (and occasional Emmy-rules-bending inclusions).

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