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.

Exclusive LOW DOWN Clip Featuring Elle Fanning and Peter Dinklage

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We have an exclusive Low Down clip to premiere.  Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, Low Down examines the complex relationship between jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes) and his daughter Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning): “Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds.”  Peter Dinklage plays one of those vagabonds, offering Amy-Jo a tour of his hole-in-the-wall in the clip.

Lena Headey, Flea, Caleb Landry Jones, and Glenn Close also star.  Low Down opens in New York October 24 and reaches Los Angeles October 31.  Watch the clip after the jump.

ANGRY BIRDS Movie Voice Cast Includes Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage and More

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We haven’t heard much about the Angry Birds movie in a while, but over the past 48 hours, fans of the Angry Birds game have been busy unlocking the voice cast of the film by slinging one billion birds.  Apparently one billion birds have been slung because Rovio just revealed the full line-up.

Angry Birds will feature the voices of Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph and Peter Dinklage.  Hit the jump for more on who they’re playing.  Angry Birds is set to hit theaters on July 1, 2016 and will mark Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis’ directorial debut.

Peter Dinklage Takes Lead Role in Violent Western THE THICKET

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I love westerns and I love Peter Dinklage, so this could pretty much be the perfect combo.  I’m even sidestepping my usual misgivings about posting about “development” status (i.e. –  this thing could very well still not happen) because this new film, The Thicket, sounds like it could be a lot of fun.

It’s based on a novel by Joe Anderson and will be produced by Gianni Nunnari (Seven, The Departed, 300) under his Hollywood Gang shingle.  Dinklage and his manager David Ginsberg will co-produce along with Nunnari’s partner Shannon Gaulding. There’s no word on a director yet, but it could excel in the right hands.  Hit the jump for more on Peter Dinklage in The Thicket.

Allison and Adam Predict the 2014 Primetime Emmy Winners

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It was another fantastic year for television, and the 2014 Emmy nominations mostly captured that (…more or less). But when it comes to winners, the Emmys can be a wily beast, as seen in last year’s bevy of baffling wins (Jeff Daniels for NewsroomBobby Cannavale for Boardwalk Empire, among others).  Expect the expected with the Emmys, usually — unless they go completely off the wall.

This year, I have requested the expertise of Collider’s own Adam Chitwood to assist me with picks, not only because he closely follows the awards circuit year-round, he also has a much better track record than I do for picking awards winners in general.  Hit the jump for our guesses about how the results will play out and why in our 2014 Emmy predictions.  The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards, hosted by Seth Meyers, will air live on NBC Monday, August 25th at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

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.

PIXELS Behind-the-Scenes Video Features Peter Dinklage Welcoming You to the Electric Dreams Factory, Suckers

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Oh buddy, if you’re excited for Chris Columbus’ upcoming sci-fi comedy Pixels, then this has been a banner week for you!  The movie shows the outcome of aliens catching a glimpse of classic arcade games and misreading them as a declaration of war.  In response to their attack, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood best friend and former ‘80s video game champion, Jules Brenner (Adam Sandler), to pull together a team of the best arcaders and save the world.  About a week ago, we saw the first image of those arcaders, the logo and a list of classic games that will be featured in the movie, and a movie poster from Comic-Con.  Now, we have a special behind-the-scenes video that features co-star Peter Dinklage in character as he welcomes viewers to the Electric Dreams Factory.

Also starring Josh Gad, Brian Cox, and Michelle Monaghan, Pixels is slated for release on May 15, 2015.  Hit the jump to watch the video.

PIXELS Image Shows Off Adam Sandler, Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage as the Arcaders

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Sony has released the first Pixels image.  The film will have a presence at San Diego Comic-Con next week, but while we wait for that “special video announcement” from director Chris Columbus that Sony Pictures Entertainment is teasing, how about checking out the very first still from the film?  Pixels will show what happens when aliens catch a glimpse of classic arcade games and misread them as a declaration of war.  When the ETs attack, President Will Cooper (Kevin James) recruits his childhood best friend and former ‘80s video game champion, Jules Brenner (Adam Sandler), to pull together a team of the best arcaders and save the world.

The feature was inspired by a short film of the same name that hit the web back in 2010 depicting what might happen if New York City was attacked by some very familiar 8-bit characters.  Hit the jump to check out the Pixels image as well as the original short film.  Pixels will arrive in theaters on May 15, 2015 and also stars Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Josh Gad and Brian Cox.

21 GAME OF THRONES Season 4 Finale Images

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HBO’s most popular TV series of all time, Game of Thrones, closed out its fourth season last night with almost certainly the show’s best finale yet.  Though traditionally the fantasy drama series has used its finales as a sort of denouement from the previous episode’s shocking events, last night’s episode packed a multitude of surprises, thrills, and emotion into a wholly satisfying 66 minutes.  Though we still have a while to wait before the show returns for season five, HBO has released a large gallery of images from last night’s episode for your perusing pleasure.  If you’re itching for a closer look at some of the more strange or impactful moments from the episode, these stills should be sufficient.

Hit the jump to check out the Game of Thrones season 4 finale images, and if you missed Allison’s recap of the episode, click here.

TOP 5: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer, Gareth Edwards to Direct STAR WARS Spinoff, MAN OF STEEL Sequel Gets Official Title, LIFE ITSELF Trailer

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And just like that, my excitement for Marvel’s Ant-Man has been severely diminished. Understanding that making a film of this size is hardly the work of a single person, the loss of Edgar Wright from the director’s chair remains a huge subtraction nonetheless. I’m undoubtedly biased as Wright is one of my favorite working filmmakers, but I can’t see how you let a talent of his caliber walk away from a project that he’s been developing in one way or another for nearly a decade and cite “creative differences” as the culprit. I realize the film industry has brass at the top calling the shots like any other big business, but if I’m made to believe that there are two irreconcilable visions for Ant-Man (Marvel’s and Wright’s) then I can’t help but think that we’ll now be getting the lesser one next July. As unfair as it is, even if the finished product turns out great (which could very well happen), I’ll always wonder how it might have been with Wright at the helm.

All Ant-Man talk aside, this week’s Top 5 features our interviews for and review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first Star Wars spinoff, the lengthy official title for the Man of Steel sequel, and the first trailer for director Steve JamesRoger Ebert doc Life Itself. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Review

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As I’ve re-watched all of the X-Men movies over the past week, it’s been a little difficult to nail down a common theme, especially since two of them are spin-offs.  Ignoring the Wolverine movies, the plots are similar: mutants-vs-humans mixed with mutants-vs-mutants with an emphasis on how to deal with persecution.  Xavier always wants peace, but from Magneto’s perspective, he’s tried assimilation (X-Men), annihilation (X2), mobilization (X-Men: The Last Stand), and retribution (X-Men: First Class).  But thus far we’ve only seen a nebulous notion of “Peace Is Good” from Professor X.  X-Men: Days of Future Past brings substance to Xavier’s beliefs and brings a new characteristic to the series: salvation.  Although this approach mostly removes the ensemble aspect I’ve enjoyed in these movies, the latest X-Men has the most admirable values thus far.  And while the action, pacing, and visuals aren’t quite as sharp as a couple of the other movies, director Bryan Singer has still managed to reclaim the series’ past, present, and future.

Peter Dinklage Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the Great Cast of Actors, Script Changes During Production, Comic-Con, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  As most of you know, Days of Future Past finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  I caught a screening last week and am very happy to report the film is great.  It’s loaded with awesome character moments and tons of mutant action.  You’re all going to love it.  For more on the film, watch these five clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and click here for all of our coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed a video interview with Peter Dinklage.  He talked about immediately saying yes when he was offered the role, how the film is filled with great actors, script changes during production, his experience at last year’s Comic-Con promoting X-Men and Game of Thrones, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Watch 5 X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Movie Clips and 9 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening next weekend, 20th Century Fox has provided us with five movie clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film.  If you’ve ever wanted to see what it’s like on set, you’ll really enjoy the clips of Bryan Singer directing the cast and seeing your favorite actors in between takes.  As most of you know, Days of Future Past finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.   The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  I caught a screening last week and am very happy to report the film is great.  It’s loaded with awesome character moments and tons of mutant action.  You’re all going to love it.

Hit the jump to watch the X-Men: Days of Future Past clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellan, Patrick StewartPeter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry.

23 New Images of Character Art for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender

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20th Century Fox has released twenty-three new images of X-Men: Days of Future Past character art.  The story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  This art use the same images as the ones from the Empire Magazine covers we saw a few months back.  The only thing that’s different is that the backgrounds are different and the Empire text is gone.  There were twenty-five posters for Empire; the missing two from this set: director Bryan Singer (no surprise) and Rogue (slight surprise), although it looks like she probably has a brief cameo in the finale cut.

Hit the jump to check out the character art.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellan, Patrick StewartPeter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

First X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Clip Features Peter Dinklage Squaring off Against Jennifer Lawrence, Plus a Bonus Wolverine Power Piece

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Believe it or not, X-Men: Days of Future Past is just about three weeks away from its May 23rd opening day!  We have the first clip from the film to share with you today in order to get you (even more) excited for the flick and to give you a new look at Peter Dinklage and Jennifer Lawrence in action.  You might be curious to know how Bolivar Trask (Dinklage) and Mystique (Lawrence) cross paths.  If so, this clip has your answer, bub!

Oh, and as a bonus, we’ve included a “power piece” focusing on Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine character, who appears to be the most cohesive mutant uniting the two movie forces (and arguably the most recognizable off screen).  Hit the jump to watch the first X-Men: Days of Future Past clip, and the Wolverine featurette!

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