Feb. 06, 2015 | 4:00 a.m.
The idea for “Jupiter Ascending,” the newest film from the Wachowski siblings, took root 15 years ago while they were filming their two intricately plotted “Matrix” sequels concurrently in Australia. Crews looked to them to answer the infinite number of questions that inevitably arise on the set of a complex film. The Wachowskis’ decision fatigue inspired a line for Keanu Reeves’ messiah-like character in “The Matrix: Revolutions,” as his crew hovered over him expectantly: “I need … time.” “Every single day for 10 years we’d come to set and people would be like, ‘What are we doing? What are we doing?'” Lana Wachowski said recently over drinks with her brother, Andy. “We’re like, ‘We need time.’ I remember thinking, we have to tell a story about time at some point. Time is the most important resource in human lives. It’s […]
Jan. 16, 2012 | 6:49 p.m.
This post has been corrected, as detailed below. Like a graybeard king, George R.R. Martin sat near the center of the ballroom at the 69th Annual Golden Globes and watched the royal court of Hollywood pass by his table Sunday night and, yes, in a room packed with lithe starlets and square-jawed leading men it was easy to pick out the only plump fantasy novelist in the room. “It is another surreal thing,” said Martin, the grand mythmaker behind HBO’s “Game of Thrones.” “But this is not my first Golden Globes. I was here before. It was years ago but it was nothinglike this. It was one-tenth the size. It wasn’t so completely crazy and with the stars who are here now and the coverage, it’s a different thing.” Those previous visits to the Globes were in the late 1980s, when Martin was a writer/producer for “Beauty […]
Nov. 16, 2011 | 9:33 a.m.
The world feels especially cruel, tense and chaotic these days, so of course people want new-look fairy tales to escape it all. That’s the presumption of Hollywood, at least, which thinks that what you need in a grim era is, well, more Grimm. On television there’s “Once Upon a Time” and “Grimm,” in comics there’s Bill Willingham’s sprawling epic “Fables,” and on the big screen we have “Puss in Boots” cat-walking in the footsteps of “Red Riding Hood,” “Stardust,” “Enchanted,” “Beastly,” “Hoodwinked,” “The Brothers Grimm” and the hugely successful “Shrek” films. Then there ‘s also the billion-dollar success of Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and Disney’s upcoming “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” which aren’t pure fairy tales but certainly qualify as bookshelf cousins that offer a similar otherworldy allure to filmmakers. Looking ahead, there’s “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” with Jeremey Renner and Gemma Arterton in […]
April 15, 2011 | 9:16 a.m.
For fans of fantasy, the arrival of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” is a massive moment of anticipation and anxiety — few films, shows or games will arrive this year with more pent-up interest or potential, but Hollywood has been a heartbreaker before, so there’s a healthy anxiety amid the emotion. I watched the first three episodes and (for me) the show absolutely delivers. Los Angeles Times television critic Mary McNamara was also swept up by the conquests and conspiracies of Westeros. Here’s an excerpt from her review: The first 10 minutes or so of HBO’s new epic fantasy series “Game of Thrones” are spent celebrating the glories of cable, i.e. bloody violence (beheadings, hacked off body parts, eviscerated guts steaming in the snow) and HBO sex (female semi-frontal nudity, non-missionary position intercourse and unnecessarily graphic sound effects). Unless you are a minor, you should not be […]
April 14, 2011 | 7:33 a.m.
George R.R. Martin and Sean Bean have more in common than sword-epic success — they both have a deep admiration for author Bernard Cornwell. During my recent interview with Bean, Martin happened to pass by our table at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills and paused to chat a bit. The author wrote the sprawling fantasy series “A Song of Ice and Fire,” which reaches a new audience on Sunday night with the premiere of “Game of Thrones” on HBO; the actor stars in that HBO series and is known for his film work in the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy as well as “Ronin,” “National Treasure” and “Patriot Games.” But an early defining success for Bean back in his native England was in the role of Richard Sharpe, the 19th century British solider created by Cornwell. Between 1993 and 1997, Bean played Sharpe in 14 television […]
April 11, 2011 | 5:26 a.m.
The sun was down but the hotel bar was bright when Sean Bean arrived and took a table in the only shadowy corner of the patio — or maybe the corner was no different than the rest and it was the actor who brought bit of hushed winter along with him just like the Irish beer in his hand. The 51-year-old Brit has sad eyes but an easy smile and after making small talk the topic turned to his latest project, the ambitious HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones.” He is clearly enthused about the show, which premieres next Sunday, but at one point he sounded like a world-weary knight summoned for yet another quest. “I like playing guys with swords and the horses and stuff like that,” Bean said. “It’s good. But it’d be nice to do something else, maybe […]
April 09, 2011 | 5:35 p.m.
“Game of Thrones” and “Lord of the Rings” star Sean Bean is a big fan of “Braveheart” and, more than that, he sees a noble heart in Mel Gibson, that award-winning film’s troubled star and director. “People say this and that, but Mel Gibson is a good man. He’s always been a good man,” the 51-year-old British actor said during a recent visit to Los Angeles. “He’s had longevity and he’s had this and he’s had that. He’s prepared to put his money where his mouth is and he’s come out with these wonderful things. Even the people that didn’t like him had to say, ‘That’s brilliant.’” Bean has a flair for playing hard-edged men — in HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” which premieres April 18, he plays Eddard Stark, a lord who has dark forces conspiring against him in the medieval fantasy setting — and […]
March 15, 2011 | 4:11 p.m.
Gargantuan dire wolves, frozen tundras, corrupt royals, brutal deflowerings, gullets slit wide open — oh, and don’t forget the debauched dwarf. The chilling slogan “Winter Is Coming” only hints at the epic scope and brooding cinematic feel of the much-anticipated series “Game of Thrones,” which premieres April 17. Based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, the 10-episode saga is a high-stakes move for HBO — an expensive leap into spectacular fantasy for a network whose reputation was built on nuanced, character-driven dramas geared toward adults. The show’s stars merge actorly skill with genre-movie magnetism: Sean Bean is best known as Boromir in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy, Lena Headey starred as Queen Gorgo in “300,” and indie movie veteran Peter Dinklage played Trumpkin in “Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.” “Thrones” has been in […]
March 10, 2011 | 4:25 p.m.
At Showtracker, our sister blog, there’s news from the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros… HBO has unveiled a new poster for “Game of Thrones,” so draw your sword! Or … look melancholy alongside it like Lord Eddard here. “Game of Thrones” is based on the George R.R. Martin novels set in the mythical land of Westeros. The medieval fantasy drama centers on the Stark family who become entangled in high-court drama when patriarch Eddard, played by Sean Bean, becomes the king’s top advisor. The poster release is just another way to stir interest about the series. The network also launched an interactive marketing campaign, “The Maester’s Path,” an interactive puzzle… THERE’S MORE, READ THE REST — Yvonne Villarreal RECENT AND RELATED Five reasons to watch “Game of Thrones” “Game of Thrones” stars on a quest HBO has royal hopes for […]