Like the rest of the planet, I’m completely smitten with HBO’s Game of Thrones. Over the course of the first three seasons, the show has broken every conventional rule about what a TV show can do, and has grown in popularity every year. While we’re only half way through the seven seasons that showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are aiming for, if they keep the quality at the current level, Game of Thrones will go down as one of the best shows of all time. I know it’s rising up my list of favorite TV shows and it shows no signs of slowing down, especially after watching the first three episodes of season four.
With some big events happening last Sunday night, I recently landed an exclusive interview with Game of Thrones director Alex Graves. Not only did he direct last week’s episode, The Lion and the Rose, which included the “Purple Wedding,” he’s directing this weeks, as well as two more episodes this season, including the finale. Graves talked about how he got involved in the show, shooting the wedding and the moment fans have been waiting for, how GOT production schedule is different than other shows, what kinds of cameras they use (including how he used a GoPro for a few shots), how they’re always working on the VFX until the last minute, how the fourth season finale has a massive battle, why he won’t be back for season 5, and so much more. In addition, since Graves worked on NBC’s short lived series, Journeyman (which is also worth watching), we talked about that show and what else he’s developing. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan you’ll learn a lot about how the show is made without spoilers.
You might want to remember the name Jessica Chastain. The reason is while you don’t know her name right now, by the end of the year, you will. That’s because Chastain has been acting in a ton of high profile movies over the past few years and most are going to get released this year. Here’s the list: Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, Ami Canaan Mann’s The Fields, John Madden’s The Debt, Al Pacino’s Wilde Salome, Tate Taylor’s The Help, and she’s about to start filming John Hillcoat’s The Wettest Country in the World opposite Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. As I said, she’s about to step into the spotlight.
At this year’s Sundance, I was able to sit down with Chastain for an extended video interview to talk about Take Shelter – which premiered at this year’s Festival. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories), the film is about a young husband and father that must decide whether to shelter his family from the storm, or from himself, after being plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions. The film stars Michael Shannon and he delivers an incredible performance. Of course one of the reasons he’s so great is being able to play off Chastain, who really impressed me as a young mother and wife.
During our extended conversation, we discussed her early TV work like NBC’s Journeyman, what it was like to work for Malick on Tree of Life and his next film which stars Ben Affleck, who she plays in Wettest Country, and so much more. If you’d like to learn a lot about this rising actress, hit the jump to watch the interview. I’ve also pulled some quotes about working for Malick which only make me more excited to see The Tree of Life.
Fox hopes to have the expensive Steven Spielberg-produced time travel tale Terra Nova ready for midseason — the series came out of upfront week with a good deal of buzz even though Terra Nova still has not a single frame of footage to its name. In a step toward fruition, EW reports that the show has hired Alex Graves to direct the first of the thirteen-episode season order. Graves is no newbie to the sci-fi series launch: in recent years he has helmed the pilots for Fox’s Fringe as well as fellow timebender Journeyman on NBC.
Brannon Braga (24) was recently knighted showrunner for Terra Nova, which sends a family from the future back in time to the prehistoric era to roam amongst the dinosaurs. A lucrative offer was reportedly extended to Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) to star, but he appears to have passed (darn). Hit the jump for a full synopsis.