Comic-Con: Katheryn Winnick and Alexander Ludwig Talk VIKINGS Season 3, Filming in Ireland, Love Triangles, and More

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Last weekend at Comic-Con I was able to sit down for a roundtable interview with Vikings actors Katheryn Winnick (Lagertha) and Alexander Ludwig (Bjorn Ironside) to discuss the events that happened in Season 2 and what is coming up for them in Vikings Season 3.  The actors discussed what it is like filming on set on Northern Ireland, love triangles, what it is like for Winnick now that she is a woman in a position of power in a medieval setting, and what is in store for Bjorn’s future.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

VIKINGS Renewed for Season Three

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Vikings will live to see another day.  History announced today that it has renewed the drama series for a 10-episode third season, just as the second season is almost halfway finished.  For those unfamiliar, the series stars Travis Fimmel as a young warrior and family man, and now an Earl, with a desire to sail west and explore new kingdoms.  Production on season three will commence this summer in anticipation of a 2015 premiere date.  History EVP and General Manager Dirk Hoogstra had this to say about the renewal:

“We are incredibly fortunate to have such an enormously talented cast and crew led by Michael Hirst whose intricately woven storylines vividly brings the unknown, epic world of these Norsemen to life. Season three promises to immerse viewers even deeper into the exploits of these fearless warriors who are willing to risk it all for conquest and power.”

Read the full press release after the jump.  Season two of Vikings currently airs on Thursdays at 10pm on History and will conclude with its season finale on May 1st.

First Trailer for THE ART OF THE STEAL Starring Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, and Matt Dillon

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Radius-TWC has released the first trailer for director Jonathan Sobol new film The Art of the Steal.  Led by Kurt Russell, the comedy tells the story of a small group of crooks who team up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world.  The trailer teases a fun Ocean’s Eleven-style caper with plenty of comedic interplay between the ensemble cast, which also includes Jay Baruchel, Matt Dillon, and Jason Jones.  Steve was a big fan of the film when he caught it at the Toronto International Film Festival, and if you missed them, be sure to watch his video interviews with Sobol and Baruchel.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, and Chris DiamantopoulosThe Art of the Steal will be available on VOD February 7, 2014 and opens in theaters March 14, 2014.

Katheryn Winnick Talks VIKINGS, Battling in Harsh Weather, Women in Viking Society, and More

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Possibly one of the most interesting characters to come out of History Channel’s new series Vikings is that of Lagertha, a Shieldmaiden played by the lovely Katheryn Winnick. Even though she is a mother of two, she goes and fights alongside her husband, Ragnar, and frankly might actually be more of a badass then he is.  The cast of Vikings stopped by WonderCon last Saturday to talk about what’s to come for the second half of season; battling in harsh weather conditions, the challenges her character faces in upcoming episodes, and the standing of women in the Viking society.  Hit the jump for the interview.

History Renews New Drama VIKINGS For a Second Season

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History has a scored a few big ratings hits this season, and though its first scripted drama Vikings has not even finished its inaugural run, the cable network has already renewed it for a 10-episode second season.  According to the network, Vikings has been the #1 new cable series in 2013 in terms of viewership, even in its competitive Sunday night slot, averaging around five million viewers.  I reviewed the series as it first aired and found it compelling, especially in the weeks before another gritty period drama, Game of Thrones, returned — although Vikings certainly has its own merits.  Hit the jump for more.

Katheryn Winnick Talks VIKINGS, Her Audition, Preparing for the Physical Role of a Viking Woman and Working with Travis Fimmel and Gabriel Byrne

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The History original drama series Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), an actual historical figure who was the greatest hero of his age.  Telling the gripping sagas of Ragnar’s band of Viking brothers and his family, he rose to become a fearless warrior and King of the Viking tribes, and legend has it that he was a direct descendent of Odin, the god of war and warriors.

During this recent interview to promote the March 3rd premiere, actress Katheryn Winnick – who plays Lagertha, shield maiden and wife of Viking ruler Ragnar – talked about what her audition process was like, how she prepared for the physical side of the role, what it was like to be a Viking woman, working with co-stars Travis Fimmel and Gabriel Byrne, the best and most challenging aspects of this project, her favorite moments this season, playing such a strong woman, and why she thinks people will enjoy the show.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

First Trailer for A GLIMPSE INSIDE THE MIND OF CHARLES SWAN III Starring Charlie Sheen and Bill Murray [Updated]

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The first trailer for writer/director Roman Coppola’s A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III has been released.  The film stars Charlie Sheen as a successful graphic designer whose fame and fortune have made him irresistible to women.  After his girlfriend breaks up with him, he heads into a downward spiral that forces him to look back on his failed romantic history.  We previously saw some rather strange teaser posters for the film, and this trailer is certainly a trip.  Sheen is joined on his journey by Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman, who look to be playing a couple of suitably colorful characters.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Aubrey Plaza, Patricia Arquette, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Katheryn WinnickA Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III opens on February 8th. [Update: A batch of high-resolution images has been released and are now included after the jump.]

VIKINGS Scripted Series Coming to History Channel

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HISTORY has announced their cast for the scripted series, Vikings. Hoping to bank on the success of HBO’s Game of Thrones, writer Michael Hirst (The Tudors) created the series based on real life figures of Scandanavian history.  The story follows the family saga and rise to power of Ragnar Lothbrok, a great hero who pushed the limits of exploration and rose to become King of the Viking tribes.  Gabriel Byrne and George Blagden are joined by Travis Fimmel, Jessalyn Gilsig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Clive Standen and Katheryn Winnick. Hit the jump for the full press release.

Elle Fanning and Olly Alexander to Star in Musical GOD HELP THE GIRL; Vanessa Ferlito and Katheryn Winnick Join STAND UP GUYS

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Elle Fanning (Super 8) and Olly Alexander (Enter the Void) have signed on to star in God Help the Girl, a musical written and directed by Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch.  The band released a concept album titled God Help the Girl as a precursor to the film under the conceit of a “girl group” sound.  Eve, the main character sung by Catherine Ireton on the album, has yet to be cast.  According to Variety, Alexander will play “a cynical guitarist who accompanies Eve’s singing and becomes a mentor to Cass (Fanning), an American teen who tags alongside the duo as she learns to play the guitar.”  Producers Barry Mendel, Carole Sheridan, Chris Curling, and Phil Robertson raised more than $100,000 on Kickstarter to finance the movie.  HanWay Films will package the international rights to shop around at Cannes.  Murdoch will begin filming in Glasgow in June before Fanning moves on to shoot Disney’s Sleeping Beauty re-imagining Maleficent.

Hit the jump for a taste of the music, plus new casting details for Stand Up Guys.

Lily Collins Set Opposite Julianne Moore in THE ENGLISH TEACHER; Katheryn Winnick Joins Charlie Sheen in SWAN

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We’ve got a couple of casting stories for you this afternoon. First up, Lily Collins has joined the cast of the indie comedy The English Teacher. The actress joins Julianne Moore, Nathan Lane, Greg Kinnear, and Michael Angarano in Craig Zisk’s feature directorial debut. The pic centers on a high school English teacher (Moore) whose life takes a turn when one of her favorite former students (Angarano) returns to his hometown as a failed playwright. The teacher convinces her former pupil to stage the uproduced play at her school, and all does not go according to plan. Collins will play “a popular high schooler who comes into conflict with the teacher.” The actress is currently filming the starring role in Tarsem Singh’s Untitled Snow White Project.

Hit the jump for casting news concerning Roman Coppola’s Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan. [Update: We've been sent the press release for Collins' casting. It's included after the jump].

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