July 31, 2013 | 5:19 p.m.
The Hollywood hype machine is kicking into gear for “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” beginning with a marketing campaign for the fictional Trask Industries and its founder Bolivar Trask, played by “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage. In the comics, antagonist Trask is the inventor of the Sentinels — robots who hunt mutants in the name of protecting humanity. A newly launched website for Trask Industries features images of Dinklage in full Bolivar Trask costume and reveals details about his character in “Future Past,” directed by Bryan Singer. “Even from his early years as a research assistant, Bolivar always maintained a particular interest in the origin and evolution of humanity,” reads Trask’s biography on the website. “Following in the footsteps of Mendel, Watson and Crick, Trask made it his goal to unlock the mysteries of human DNA. What he did […]
July 19, 2013 | 8:38 p.m.
So, Peter Dinklage, just what is the best part of starring on HBO’s lavish fantasy series “Game of Thrones”? “It’s amazing. I get to be on T-shirts,” the award-winning actor told a rapt Comic-Con International crowd as the show’s stars and creators took the stage Friday afternoon to reflect largely on the recently completed Season 3. And, yes, there was a great deal of talk about the infamous Red Wedding. (Those who are not caught up on their “Game of Thrones” might be advised to stop reading now; spoilers ahead.) Appearing on stage with Dinklage were Michelle Fairley, John Bradley, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie, Richard Madden, Emilia Clarke and author George R.R. Martin, on whose novels the show is based. Joining them were showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff. Richard Madden, whose character Robb Stark lost his life in the […]
Feb. 14, 2013 | 10:22 a.m.
Peter Dinklage is making the leap from “Game of Thrones” to the new “X-Men” movie, “Days of Future Past.” News of the casting came via a tweet by Bryan Singer, who will return to direct the newest installment of the sci-fi franchise that pits mutants against humanity: Officially like to welcome #PeterDinklage from #GameOfThrones to #XMEN #DaysofFuturePast Very very excited!— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) February 14, 2013 Dinklage joins a star-studded cast that includes a mix of actors from Singer’s first two “X-Men” movies and the Matthew Vaughn-directed prequel, “X-Men: First Class.” Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence and Patrick Stewart are already on board for the time-traveling adventure based on one of the most well-known storylines of the “Uncanny X-Men” comic books. ‘Game of Thrones’: Peter Dinklage sees series challenges ahead It’s unclear what role Dinklage will play. While many have speculated that […]
Jan. 28, 2013 | 7:39 p.m.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” doesn’t return for its third season until March 31, but a new round of photos reveals what’s in store for the denizens of Westeros — and offers an early look at some of the newest additions to the already expansive cast. Chief among the new characters joining the lineup is Ciaran Hinds as King Beyond the Wall Mance Rayder, with other new faces including Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Redwyne, otherwise known as the Queen of Thorns, who’s best described as the Dowager Countess of Westeros. Rigg, of course, remains a beloved figure for her turn as Emma Peel on the BBC TV series “The Avengers.” QUIZ: Test your “Game of Thrones” knowledge The third season of “Game of Thrones” will be based on the first half of “A Storm of Swords,” the third book in […]
April 10, 2012 | 11:58 a.m.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has the look of a conquering king right now — HBO has just renewed the series for a third season, just two weeks after the Season 2 opener earned glowing reviews and posted a gaudy 77% increase over last April’s series premiere. But one of the stars, Peter Dinklage, says any television success is a double-edged sword. When asked what challenges lie ahead for the creators, cast and crew of “Game of Thrones,” the 42-year-old actor said he sees them coming from several directions, including the most passionate fans of the show. Specifically, the newly minted Emmy and Golden Globe winner said he frets a bit about the relentless Internet drumbeat of fantasy fans who want the medieval epic to be more, well, epic. “There’s so much pressure to, in terms of this genre, make it bigger,” Dinklage said. “There’s all this talk about, ‘We want more […]
March 29, 2012 | 3:22 a.m.
The news is dire: The most feared woman in the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros is being held captive by Los Angeles mid-morning traffic. Well, more precisely, Lena Headey, the willowy actress who plays Cersei Lannister on “Game of Thrones,” is half an hour late for an interview at the HBO offices in Santa Monica and, when she does arrive, it’s in a swirl of charismatic chaos. “Hectic morning, so sorry,” Headey said as she ran her fingers through jet-black hair that is nowhere close to her broadcast blondness. Her aura was more spiky than regal; two fingers were bandaged after home-project mishaps, her off-the-shoulder top revealed a scattering of tattoos and every fourth or fifth sentence was sprinkled with F-words. “I … hate being late. I’ve lived in L.A. for five years but I forget there’s traffic until I’m in it.” No matter, Headey […]
March 27, 2012 | 12:14 p.m.
Fans of Peter Dinklage’s sublime work in HBO’s ”Game of Thrones” will smile this Sunday night as they watch the opening credits of the second-season premiere: The newly minted Emmy and Golden Globe winner is listed first now, jumping more than 15 spots. “Well, thanks,” Dinklage said with a wry chuckle last week when he was congratulated about the ascension. The reason for the reaction — nothing lasts forever in Westeros, just ask Sean Bean who was listed first for the opening nine episodes and got axed before the 10th. “I feel like the credits are about what’s going on in the show,” Dinklage said. “Sean Bean’s character gets killed and now my character is the new Hand of the King, so he goes to the front of the line. We’ll see how that goes…” Bean’s character, Lord Eddard Stark, was […]
Aug. 27, 2011 | 10:15 a.m.
“Captain America: The First Avenger” has pulled in $316 million in worldwide box office, so where does the sequel go? The Winter Soldier saga seems a likely bet, although Marvel insiders seem eager to go back for another World War II adventure, a story that would be set in those battlefield seasons before Steve Rogers went down into a deep freeze. There’s one soul in the Marvel camp that has a different idea for that sequel or a future Cap adventure; “First Avenger” co-writer Christopher Markus has a big idea in mind. “I love MODOK and I think you could make a terrifying movie with MODOK but nobody seems to be on my side at the momentum,” Markus said, referring to wonderfully weird villain whose name is an acronym for Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing. The nasty noggin of MODOK first appeared in 1967 as […]
July 25, 2011 | 11:27 a.m.
With great power comes great responsibility, and maybe that’s why Andrew Garfield’s expression alternated between somber and seasick an hour before he faced the spotlight glare of Comic-Con International. “We all know how big a deal this is,” said the 27-year-old British-bred actor who will wear the mask in “The Amazing Spider-Man” next summer as Sony Pictures tries to reboot the franchise that has earned close to $2.5 billion at the box office. “We don’t need to talk about it. We know what is at stake. We know the fans are everything.” That’s the potential burn — and signature sizzle — of Comic-Con, the annual, four-day San Diego pop culture expo that concluded Sunday. Dating back four decades, the event has grown from its scruffy comic-book swap meet beginnings into an extravaganza attracting 120,000 people, and Hollywood has come to […]