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Boromir Can’t Get Enough Sword

Posted in Film with tags , , , on July 20, 2009 by joeylabartunek

A rare photo of Bean with his favorite lite lunch.  Baby.

A rare photo of Bean with his favorite lite lunch. Baby.

Dark Horizons has posted up some interesting news, it seems the great Sean Bean has come on board the adaptation on George R. R. Martin’s “Game Of Thrones“. The prince of Gondor himself will take on the role of Eddard Stark, father to several of the main characters in the series.

Bean will play Lord Eddard “Ned” Stark, known for his sense of honor and justice, who becomes closest adviser to King Robert (Mark Addy).

Kit Harrington will play Bean’s bastard son, Harry Lloyd will play a powerless ruler who seeks to marry off his sister to a powerful king, and Jack Gleeson will play King Robert’s son. Peter Dinklage also stars.

Tom McCarthy is directing from a script by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, Filming kicks off in October in Ireland.

Filming in October?!  How fucking cool is that.

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Director and Actor Sign For… Wait… Game of Thrones to go HBO?

Posted in Film, TV with tags , , , , , , on May 7, 2009 by joeylabartunek

So it’s no terrible secret that I was raised a huge fantasy nerd, my dog is named after a dwarven king after all.  But  I keep it well hidden, and for the most part, I had given up on reading the genre sometime in my mid-twenties, mostly due to a severe lack of anything that I saw as good or new, and, not to speak badly of the dead, but Robert Jordan’s eternal dragging of  feet with the “Wheel of Time” series, resulting in his death and a whole ton of fans who won’t ever find out what happens, really put the nail in the coffin of fantasy for me.  And I’ve mostly stayed off the genre since then.

What? I dont look devious enough to you?

What? I don't look devious enough to you?

But there is one very large exception.  George R. R. Martin’s “Song of Fire and Ice” series came highly recommended by some people who’s opinion I trust,  so I grabbed up the first one, “A Game of Thrones”  a couple years back.  And it blew me away.  It’s easily my favorite fantasy series ever; dark, complex, with characterization that makes grown writers cry.   So today, out of nowhere I read that not only is “Thrones” being made into a pilot for HBO (and it has to be HBO, this is not LOTR-esque family-friendly stuff), they have a director and one of the major characters cast.  From THR:

Tom McCarthy has come aboard to direct HBO’s fantasy pilot “Game of Thrones,” on which the star of his first feature, “The Station Agent’s” Peter Dinklage, has been tapped for a key role.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling “Songs of Fire and Ice” novels, “Thrones” is described as an epic struggle for power set in a vast and violent fantasy kingdom. Dinklage will play Tyrion, the Queen’s brother who is treated as an outsier because of his size.

This made my afternoon.  I love the character of Tyrion, he may in fact be my favorite, and finding the right little person to play him would have seemed like a monumental task.  But, I think Dinklage is a good choice.

I’m very excited.

Spilling More True Blood

Posted in TV with tags , , , , , on May 4, 2009 by joeylabartunek

The promo for next seasons ‘True Blood‘ is up at HBO (and Coming Soon, where I originally jacked this), and it really doesn’t show you anything you probably already didn’t suspect, and since it’s just a glorified perfume ad I won’t speculate on things like the probably dead, but certainly missing from the promo Lafayette.  Which is sad, because while I like this show, I dislike nearly every character on it with the exception of the leads Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, and the  supporting Nelsan Ellis’ ‘Lafayette’ character.

Here’s the link to HBO’s  promo, for those who are also ‘Blood’ inclined.