Michelle Fairley Talks 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, Playing a Terrorist, Researching the Role, and More

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The ticking clock was reset for 24: Live Another Day, a groundbreaking and thrilling new event series following heroic agent Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), now a fugitive from justice. Willing to risk his life and freedom to avert yet another global disaster, Jack needs the help of his old CTU confidante Chloe O’Brian (Mary Lynn Rajskub), if he’s going to keep CIA head Steve Navarro (Benjamin Bratt) and CIA agent Kate Morgan (Yvonne Strahovski) off his trail. The show also stars William Devane, Kim Raver, Tate Donovan, Giles Matthey, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Michael Wincott, Stephen Fry and Michelle Fairley.

During this recent interview to discuss the event series, actress Michelle Fairley, who also recently gave very memorable performances as Ava Hessington on the USA series Suits and as Catelyn Stark on HBO’s Game of Thrones, talked about how she came to this role, taking on terrorist Margot Al-Harazi, who she views as a very committed woman, connecting with a character that is so violent towards other people, getting in on some of the action, how big of a fan she was of 24, prior to doing the show, and how humbling it is to hear from fans of her work.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

TV Casting: Donal Logue Confirmed as Det. Harvey Bullock in GOTHAM; Michelle Fairley Joins 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY

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We can now confirm that Donal Logue will indeed by joining the new Fox series, Gotham, as “Jim Gordon’s partner and mentor, the rough-around-the-edges Detective Harvey Bullock [who] plays loose with police procedure, but he gets results … and he does it with old-school, forceful panache.”  When I think “forceful panache”, I think Donal Logue (but seriously, he’s a great fit for the part).  Logue joins Ben McKenzie in the lead role as Detective James Gordon, Zabryna Guevara as Captain Essen, Erin Richards as Barbara Kean, Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth and Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot (aka The Penguin).

Scripted by Bruno Heller, Gotham explores the origin stories of Commissioner James Gordon and the above-mentioned villains that made Gotham famous.  Danny Cannon will direct and executive produce the pilot.  Hit the jump for news on Michelle Fairley joining 24: Live Another Day.

TIFF 2013: PHILOMENA Review

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Steve Coogan and Judi Dench might not immediately jump out to most viewers as an obvious big screen dream team, but director Stephen Frears somehow saw a peanut butter and chocolate combination in the two legendary Brits and brought them together for a bittersweet dramedy (what else?) called Philomena. Mixing remorseful tragedy for Dench and sardonic a-hole comedy for Coogan, the film is an interesting combination and works fairly well. Sure, it’s not perfect. But really, what else could you expect from a clash of screen personalities this unexpected and diametrically opposed? Hit the jump for all the diddy-details. 

Comic-Con: GAME OF THRONES Panel Recap; Cast and Crew Remember the Fallen, Talk Season 4 and Participate in a Fan Q&A Along with a Surprise Guest

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Game of Thrones was an odd presence at Comic-Con’s Hall H last year. On the one hand, it was an obvious inclusion. It’s hugely popular among geeks, and it can fill the room easily. But on the other hand, they had nothing to show because filming on the upcoming hadn’t begun. That also means that showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff weren’t on hand to answer questions. Instead, the panel rests entirely on the actors and their interactions with fans. I assumed we’d be getting the same thing at this year’s Comic-Con panel, but with more actors and a different moderator (Elvis Mitchell instead of author George R.R. Martin). Instead, Weiss and Benioff were on hand, they had some fun stuff to show, and aside from Mitchell’s weak, scattershot questions for the panel, it was a big improvement.

Hit the jump for a recap of the panel. Game of Thrones returns spring 2014.

Michelle Fairley, Maisie Williams and Isaac Hempstead Wright Talk GAME OF THRONES Season 3, Bonding On Screen and Off, the Reeds, Fan Reactions and More

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HBO’s epic masterpiece Game of Thrones is back for Season 3, with bigger battles, devastating betrayals and more deaths, as everyone fights for control of the Iron Throne.  Now that magic is growing stronger and the dragons have been let loose, there’s no telling who might be in jeopardy or in power next.

At the show’s press day, co-stars Michelle Fairley (“Catelyn Stark”), Maisie Williams (“Arya Stark”) and Isaac Hempstead Wright (“Bran Stark”) talked about bonding during the first season, how hard it is for Catelyn to be separated from her family, how the Reeds will add to the dynamic of the group, how much they know of their characters from the books, what it’s like to see the fans react to all of the show’s surprises, how different it is to do the show now, experiencing the fandom in America, who they’d like to have scenes with, and whether or not they’ve ever tried sitting on the Iron Throne.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.  

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.

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.

23 New Images from GAME OF THRONES Season 3

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It’s still nearly two months away from the debut of season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones, but these new character images should help pass the time.  Featuring new looks at old characters and first looks at new cast additions, these images showcase the outstanding costume design that’s been a hallmark of the series.  Fan-favorite Peter Dinklage returns with a whole new look while we get our first introductions to such new players as Clive Russell (Sherlock Holmes) as Catelyn Stark’s dutiful uncle, Bryndon Tully (“The Blackfish”) and Paul Kaye (Match Point) as Thoros of Myr, a red priest of the same order as Stannis’ go-to sorceress Melisandre, plus a lot more.  Hit the jump to check them out.  Game of Thrones returns to HBO starting March 31st.

New GAME OF THRONES Season 3 Featurette Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Footage and Highlights Old and New Characters from George R.R. Martin’s Novels

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Although HBO’s third season of Game of Thrones won’t kick-off until March 31st, their regular video blogs have given fans some insight into the daily workings of the production. A new behind-the-scenes featurette is no different as it shows off a good deal of footage of both fan-favorite characters we’ve come to know and love so far, plus new additions to the cast.  The cast and crew also provide commentary on the production of the season and what they’re excited for viewers to see.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before we finally get a real trailer.  Hit the jump to watch the new featurette for season three of Game of Thrones

GAME OF THRONES Behind-the-Scenes Video Shows Concept Art from New Collectible Book

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While we anxiously await the return of the third season of HBO’s Game of Thrones, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the incredibly involved production process that’s necessary for bringing the George R.R. Martin bestselling series adaptation to life.  HBO has a new companion book available that features concept art and final production photos from the series so far.  To publicize this book, they’ve put together a concise video for it.  Be sure to get caught up on the new locations and cast members for the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, then hit the jump to check out the behind-the-scenes video.

Comic-Con: GAME OF THRONES Panel Recap

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At last year’s Comic-Con, we couldn’t fathom why the programmers would stuff Game of Thrones into Ballroom 20, especially when there were so many sparsely-attended panels in Hall H.  This year, even though Hall H has plenty of good stuff, Game of Thrones is in the line-up and rightly so.  It’s easily one of the most popular geek properties currently on TV, and the show only got better in its second season.  While filming on Season 3 hasn’t begun, Season 2 is still fresh in the minds of fans, and Hall H was packed to see author George R.R. Martin and some of the cast to talk about the popular HBO series.

Hit the jump for the recap of the Game of Thrones panel, and click here for all of our Comic-Con coverage.

GAME OF THRONES Season One DVD Review

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HBO’s Game of Thrones comes at an interesting time in geekdom, and its success speaks to the barriers that have been broken. Though fantasy and science fiction have often been popular cinematically, on television it’s been stuck in a Stargate-esque ghetto. But now we’ve got one of the most thoughtful shows currently on air on one of the most prestigious networks that also happens to be about dragons and swordplay. Perhaps the better arbiter of what crosses over to the mainstream and what doesn’t is quality, and Game of Thrones is definitely an engrossing show even for those who’ve never picked up a twenty sided die. Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Mark Addy and Peter Dinklage lead a mostly British cast in a tale about warring families in a fantastical middle age. Our review of Game of Thrones on DVD follows after the jump.

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