For anyone that really wants to know what a musical of 'Game of Thrones' might look like, this Red Nose Day sketch will either satisfy your appetite, or leave you wanting more.
For the first ever US Red Nose Day on NBC, all the stops were pulled out. What happens when you combine Chris Martin, Liam Neeson, and a large section of the cast of 'Game of Thrones'? Well, you get a behind-the-scenes mockumentary of 'Game of Thrones: The Musical', featuring some of your favourite characters singing such hits as 'Rastafarian Targaryen'.
Peter Dinklage sang about how his character, Tyrion, is still alive despite the odds
The six-minute sketch contained a lot of the current (surviving) cast of the show, like Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Kit Harington, as well as actors like John Bradley (Samwell Tarly), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy/Reek), Iwan Rheon (Ramsey Bolton) and Charlotte Hope (Myranda). There was also an appearance from some of the long-past actors like Mark Addy (King Robert Baratheon in Season One), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Jojen Reed) and Rose Leslie (Ygritte), who received a serenade from Kit Harington. Diana Rigg (Olenna Tyrell) also made a brief appearance to discuss how the whole concert was a terrible idea.
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'Game of Thrones' is infamous for killing off its characters, so without paying attention to the books (as the show seems to be doing) we looked at who we think is destined to go the way of dodo.
Prince Doran - We've only seen Prince Doran Martell (Alexander Siddig) in one episode so far, he's already made a strong impression on everyone. The elder brother of fan favourite Oberyn, who came to a horribly messy end in the last season, Prince Doran is trying his best to keep the peace in Dorne, and stop his people from seeking revenge against the Lannisters. It stands to reason, however, that his death would make give them a great reason to rise up and start a war.
Kit Harington in 'Game of Thrones'
Brienne/Podrick - Brienne (Gwendoline Christie) and Podrick (Daniel Portman) have been giving us a good dose of the "two buddies traveling", following in the footsteps of Tyrion (Peter Dinklage ) and Bronn (Jerome Flynn), and Arya (Maisie Williams) and the Hound (Rory McCann). The problem is, that each of those has come to a rather disastrous ending at some point, and the death of Brienne or Podrick seems likely - especially with what they seem to be getting themselves into.
From Denmark, this morally complex drama is urgent and provocative even if the story is full of lapses that make it feel oddly implausible. It's a reteaming of director Susanne Bier and screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen, whose breakout 2004 film Brothers (remade in 2009 with Jake Gyllenhaal and Tobey Maguire) had similar problems: a high-concept premise that makes the dilemma more important than plot coherence.
Game of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau returns home to Denmark to star in the film. He plays Andreas, a detective who is horrified when he and his partner Simon (Ulrich Thomsen) find badly neglected infant Sofus in the home of lowlife ex-con Tristan (Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and his junkie girlfriend Sanne (Lykke May Anderson). But there's no legal way to remove the baby from his parents. This hits Andreas especially hard since his son Alexander is the same age and his wife Anna (Maria Bonnevie) is struggling emotionally with motherhood. Then Alexander dies unexpectedly and Andreas hatches a plan: he swaps the dead Alexander for the abused Sofus. Obviously both of the mothers notice this immediately, but Anna accepts it and no one will listen to Sanne's outcry. And Tristan is preoccupied with trying to cover up what he thinks is his son's death.
Bier and Jensen work diligently to set up this premise, with details that try to address each aspect of the story, but it simply never holds water. For example, we never believe that Andreas' action is something any caring husband would do, especially one who works for the police. Or that Anna and Simon would go along with it. So as the story becomes increasingly entangled, everything begins to feel like it's heading for the only conclusion possible. Thankfully, Bier and Jensen are skilled enough to make all of this compelling, challenging the audience to confront each decision the characters make and consider the moral repercussions of everything they do.
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Fear not, 'Game of Thrones' fans - season five is coming. But before then, we have a little featurette to whet our appetites.
It's a fair to say that pretty much everyone is familiar with 'Game of Thrones' at this point. It's had years of dominating the Emmy Awards ceremonies and has fired both the characters, stars and original author into being household names. So it stands to reason that faced with a nine-month wait between seasons, people are desperate to get back to Westeros as soon as possible. Luckily, a featurette is on its way to keep us going.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau sitting upon The Iron Throne
According to 'Game of Thrones' fansite, Winteriscoming.net, HBO has scheduled 'Game of Thrones: A Day In The Life' to be released on 8th February, appearing on both HBO's website and YouTube channel. But before people have a chance to see it, a little speculation is in order. Last year, preceding the fourth series, HBO released 'Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing' - half an hour of part recap, part teaser. It seems likely that something similar is inbound.
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Game of Thrones season 5 is coming. And here's the new guys.
The Game of Thrones team has announced nine new actors that will join the cast in season 5. Now, you're probably not going to recognise many of the names - but anyway. The news came during the GOT Comic Con panel, which featured Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Gwendoline Christie, Natalie Dormer, John Bradley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Rory McCann, Pedro Pascal and Rose Leslie, along with producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss and writer George RR Martin.
Game of Thrones season 5 is coming!
Among the new faces joining the show will be Alexander Siddig, who plays Doran Martell, the rule of Dorne and the older brother of the slain Oberyn. You might recognise Siddig from '24'.
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Lena Headey appeared on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' on Monday (16th June) and channelled her 'Game of Thrones' character Cersei.
"You have such a way with words, I wonder if you'll be so clever when I have your tongue ripped from your throat," are not the sort of sentiments one would expect when tuning in to watch Jimmy Kimmel Live! Unless you're Lena Headey and happen to play one of the most evil female characters on television, Game Of Thrones' Cersei Lannister.
Lena Headey stars on Game of Thrones as Cersei
The 40-year-old British actress appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday (16th June) and channelled her character Cersei. Headey spends the majority of her time as Cersei drinking wine and insulting whoever crosses her path. And, as Kimmel pointed out, "No one drinks a goblet of wine like you do on Game of Thrones - in character of course."
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All men must die. And some women too.
Let’s talk about the best Game of Thrones finale in the show’s history. Unless you haven’t seen it yet, in which case be warned – EVERYTHING BELOW THIS IS SPOILERS.
Valar Morghulis and as it turned out, some women. The show’s motto proved true again last night, as the writers broke tradition and actually gave us some crucial plot twists in the season wrapup.
The episode opened with Jon Snow north of the wall and trying to negotiate a truce with Mance Rayder, aka the king of the Free Folk. Save for a few bruises to Jon’s ego, the whole thing seemed to be going pretty well. That is, until Stannis and his sizeable army came in for the most boring invasion ever, in classic Stannis style. The whole truce thing went down the drain, but it’s ok because it turns out that Stannis has no beef with the crows whatsoever. He doesn’t even have any beef with Mance, after Jon vouched for him. Isn’t it great when everyone’s being all honorable?
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Too prickly for mainstream crowds and rather emotionally sentimental for arthouse fans, this drama may have trouble finding an audience. But it's a striking story with a strong personal kick. And it makes a vital point about global priorities without getting pushy about it. There's also another wonderfully brittle performance from Juliette Binoche at the centre.
She plays Rebecca, an intrepid war photojournalist who is covering the last moments of a suicide bomber in Kabul. When she's injured in the blast, her husband Marcus (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) rushes to her side. But back home in Ireland he tells her he can no longer cope with her career. He is dreading the ultimate phone call, after which he'll have to break the news to their daughters: moody teen Steph (Lauryn Canny) and high-maintenance pre-teen Lisa (Adrianna Cramer Curtis). So Rebecca decides to stop working and stay home, turning to close friends (Maria Doyle Kennedy and Larry Mullen Jr.) for support. Then Steph asks Rebecca to take her to visit a refugee camp in Kenya for a school project, and Rebecca is too politically aware to ignore the bigger story going on there, even if it puts her life in danger yet again.
Yes, the film's plot is somewhat contrived, propelling the characters into intense situations for dramatic purposes rather than because anything like this might happen (how many Irish schoolgirls travel to Kenya to write a school report?). But the issues the story raises are potent ones that really get under the skin, provoking thought about much deeper issues relating to both family dynamics and global politics. In this context, Rebecca's journey is breathtakingly important, and Binoche subtly brings out her inner conflict, revealing her warring inner yearnings in a way that's jarringly involving.
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While the story isn't particularly original, and the movie tends to drift over the top into broad slapstick, this comedy wins us over due to the camaraderie between the characters. Most refreshingly, this is a film about women teaming up rather than scratching each others' eyes out. So it continually catches us off guard in all the right ways.
In Manhattan, lawyer Carly (Cameron Diaz) has finally met the perfect man in Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). But just as their relationship is about to shift into something much more serious, she discovers that he has a wife, Kate (Leslie Mann), in the suburbs. Shocked, Carly and Kate realise that Mark is the person they should be angry at, so they team up to get even. When they discover that he has another mistress, Amber (Kate Upton), they recruit her to their plan as well. And then they find evidence that his business dealings are more than a little dodgy.
While the plot lends itself to a blackly comical approach, director Nick Cassavetes instead keeps everything silly and simplistic, letting the actresses overplay their scenes. Sometimes this results in something rather hilarious, but it also undermines any credibility the story might have. Mann and Coster-Waldau are the most guilty in this sense, chomping madly on the scenery. Instead, it's the way each character works together that brings the situations to life and keeps us laughing. Although a more confident approach to the material would have made the film much stronger.
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Sunday night's 'rape' scene on Game of Thrones has sparked a lot of debate, but was it, or wasn't it?
Epic Spoilers Alert!
The internet’s gone batsh*t crazy over the Game of Thrones ‘rape’ scene on Sunday night’s episode Breaker of Chains. Joffrey, he of the snivelling and sadistic tendency, is finally dead and while his mother Cersei, stands by his body, his Uncle/Father Jaime enters and that’s when stuff gets freaky.
What would Tyrion Lannister make of his brother Jaime's forceful advances on their sister?
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What was the controversial scene setting up for, if anything?
For some people this past Sunday marked Easter, for others – a new Game of Thrones episode. Unfortunately, the latest episode – Breaker of Chains – will mostly be remembered for that scene. If you’ve seen the episode already, you know which one we’re talking about and if not, you probably shouldn’t be reading this anyway. Warning: spoilers ahead. Also, trigger warning for rape and sexual assault.
Daenerys Targaryen was one of the first characters, whose arcs veered into rape territory.
The big discussion centers around the second scene of the episode, during which Jaime violently and disturbingly rapes Cercei next to the body of their dead son. And despite how actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau interprets it in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, during the scene, Cercei repeatedly rejects her brother – so, yes, it was rape. Clearly, the writers aren’t messing around this season. But Game of Thrones has always been violent and this definitely isn’t the show’s first venture into sexual violence. So what’s the big deal? Well, apart from the fact that the scene was just awful to sit through, it also marks a significant departure from the books.
Continue reading: 'Game Of Thrones' Disturbing Scene Change: Was That Really Necessary?
Before talking about this week’s Game of Thrones, we should probably dish out the warnings with a heavy hand. Beware of ALL THE SPOILERS for Season 4 Episode 3 Breaker of Chains. Also, this should go without saying, but all the trigger warnings: sexual assault, violence and various very graphic murders. Now that that’s out of the way…
Looks like Tyrion is about to reach the end of the line. We're betting on a plot twist though...
This episode sets up like a classic whodunit. With Joffrey dead (good riddance, although Jack Gleeson’s acting will be missed), Lord Tywin is trying to prepare little Tommen for his new role as king. The boy wants to be a “good king”, which would be admirable, if it weren’t for the fact that he’s like 12. Cercei, meanwhile, is only concerned with who killed her son. Well, she’s also concerned with getting revenge on Tyrion, whom she thinks is the killer, finding Sansa (who escaped during the commotion caused by Joff’s death) and just a bit of incest next to Joff’s body, but that’s just standard Westeros fare at this point.
Continue reading: "Game Of Thrones" Episode 3 Recap: Whodunit? Who Cares?
The 15-minute preview didn't give away any major details, but everything - from the plot to the sets - looks bigger and better than ever before.
Game of Thrones got a treat last week, with a rather unusual 15-minute promo of the upcoming fourth season. It featured some things we expected and few surprises (given that it was a promo), but it’s sure to spur on the Thrones speculation ahead of the series 4 premiere on April 6.
Fans might need to use a cast photo for reference when they count the survivors this season.
From the director of 'The Notebook' comes this unconventional girls-night revenge comedy.
It's the relationship scenario every woman dreads: you meet a new guy and he's handsome, funny and intelligent but your bubble of bliss is burst when you realise you're not the only one. The Other Woman does a wonderful job of exploring this nightmarish situation but turning it on its head in a hilarious revenge comedy.
Cameron Diaz plays a woman who finds said perfect bloke but soon discovers he is married to Leslie Mann's character. The pair initially clash in horror at the situation but after spending a little time together, realise they have more in common than previously assumed.
One woman thinks she's on a roll with the first serious boyfriend she's had in months; he's handsome, successful, rich. as well as a total liar. When he ventures off to his home in Connecticut to investigate a 'burst pipe', the woman goes round later to surprise him - only to find that the house is also occupied by his wife. In a bid to talk things over, the wife visits Woman A at her apartment and, before you know it, the girls are at a bar downing shots and generally being best pals. However, things get even more complicated when they discover their man is also seeing yet another woman - a gorgeous busty blonde - and the three cheated women decide to plot revenge. With the wife slipping female hormones into his morning beverages and all three women discovering his fraudulent business secrets, this man is about to realise that having mistresses is a very bad idea.
'The Other Woman' is a new comedy from director Nick Cassavetes ('The Notebook', 'Alpha Dog', 'My Sister's Keeper') which has been written by Melissa Stack ('Tependris Rising') in her full-length film debut. It is the live action film debut of Nicki Minaj (who previously voiced Steffie in 'Ice Age: Continental Drift') and it is set to hit the UK on April 23rd 2014.
The actress was spotted filming scenes with co-star Leslie Mann around Tribeca earlier this week.
Cameron Diaz is currently working on the upcoming film The Other Woman, with the blonde-bombshell set to appear in a still-unverified role in the revenge comedy. The film is still only gradually making it's way towards the cinema screen, however it is still on course to make it's planned spring 2014 release date.
The film will also star Game of Thrones' Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Knocked Up's Leslie Mann, with Kate Upton and Nicki Minaj also lined up to appear in their first proper acting jobs. The story follows one of Waldau's disgruntled lovers, who teams up with his wife to plot a mutual revenge when they find out that he isn't the man he claims to be, but is instead a notorious love rat who has scorned more than just the scheming two.
The pictures of Diaz were taken around Tribeca, New York City, and features Diaz with co-star Mann as they walk down a street whilst talking to one another. It is believed that Mann will star as Coster-Waldau's aggrieved wife, with Diaz possibly appearing as her friend - not another hard-done love interest. Diaz has previously been spotted filming scenes with Mann and Kate Upton on West Broadway between Chambers & Park Place earlier this year.
Continue reading: Cameron Diaz Begins Filming New Scenes For 'The Other Woman' [Pictures]
Pop superstar Katy Perry was one of the biggest international stars to hit the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in a lush green gown. Other famous faces included journalist Pierce Morgan, '300' star Gerard Butler and rocker Jon Bon Jovi with his wife Dorothea.
With elements lifted from virtually every sci-fi classic in film history, this post-apocalyptic adventure feels eerily familiar but features just enough plot twists and emotional resonance to make it enjoyable. Director Kozinski (Tron Legacy) also makes sure it looks amazing, with cool-looking sets and gadgets and an entertaining use of destroyed New York and Washington landmarks.
It also gives Cruise a slightly more internalised character than he usually plays in big blockbusters. He's Jack, a repairman 60 years after aliens blasted the moon to bits, causing earthquakes and tidal waves. Now it's 2077 and the remnant of humanity is being evacuated to Saturn's moon Titan, while mop-up teams help protect giant resource-gathering machines from alien scavengers. Jack works Sector 49 with his partner Victoria (Riseborough), but has vivid, impossible dreams of a life on pre-war Earth with a mysterious woman (Kurylenko). When she suddenly turns up in an ancient spacepod, and Jack discovers a scrappy group of human survivors led by Beech (Freeman), he begins to wonder what's really happening here.
And so do we, since we have begun doubting the entire set-up from Jack's opening narration. Mission commander Sally (Leo) looks very shifty indeed, and there's something vaguely fishy about all of the sleek glass, steel and plastic technology. As Jack's gleaming white leather outfit becomes increasingly murky, so does his simplistic view of his own life. And Cruise holds the film together nicely with an introspective turn as a man who's just enigmatic enough to engage our interest. Riseborough and Kurylenko, meanwhile, get much juicier roles, providing strongly emotional layers to the story. And Freeman and Leo add a bit of class.
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Expanded from a sharp 3-minute short, this horror mystery is packed with clever jolts and witty freak-out moments. Argentine filmmaker Muschietti creates such an oppressively intense atmosphere that we only barely notice how thin and underdeveloped the script is. But when we're not cringing from the eerie imagery, it's difficult not to see the contrivances and conveniences that fill the plot.
Orphans Victoria and Lilly (Charpentier and Nelisse) have survived in a woodland cabin for five years, and when they're discovered they are understandably animalistic. But their Uncle Lucas (Coster-Waldau) takes them in, fending off a custody battle with an aunt (Moffat) to raise his nieces with his rock-chick girlfriend Annabel (Chastain). Then Lucas is hospitalised after a strange nighttime incident, and Annabel is left alone in the house with these still-feral girls. Their strange behaviour makes Annabel suspect that they weren't alone in that cabin, and may have brought a jealous maternalistic ghost with them. So the consulting psychologist (Kash) starts to investigate the cabin's history.
Oddly, despite the fact that Chastain's personal odyssey is at the centre of the film, most of the narrative comes from the psychologist's procedural investigation into the identity of the woman the girls are calling "Mama". This involves implausible luck as he discovers ludicrously detailed records in dusty archives and then helpfully leaves his documents lying around so the right person can find them. Meanwhile, Coster-Waldau is needlessly marginalised in a corny plot turn early on. And it doesn't help that we never quite accept Chastain as a goth rocker, even though she gives it her best shot.
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Jack Harper is a drone repairman stationed near earth with his teammate Victoria after mankind are evacuated to another planet due to galactic warfare. His is working with a military operation which aims to extract the essential resources that are left on the war-torn wasteland that is Earth. As dangerous as it already is to wander around a damaged and unstable planet, it is made all the more perilous by the savage creatures currently residing there known as Scavs. But Harper has other things on his mind; he finds himself suffering from flashbacks, memories keep floating back to him that seem to make no sense as he struggles to remember what his life was before his job with the drones. During one mission, he discovers caskets full of live bodies and goes against his orders by rescuing one of the occupants named Julia. She recognises him and he feels connected to her in some way but can't remember why, but his curiosity leads him on a dangerous path as he is torn between going back home and finding out the truth about what happened to Earth.
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