April 08, 2014 | 11:56 a.m.
HBO’s breakout hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” will get a fifth and sixth season, the cable network announced Tuesday. The Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning show, based on George R.R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” book series, kicked off its fourth season Sunday evening to record-breaking ratings. About 6.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the episode, giving HBO its best numbers since 2007′s series finale of “The Sopranos” and crashing HBO Go, the network’s online streaming service. Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, called the series “a phenomenon like no other” in the renewal announcement Tuesday, praising series creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for “their dazzling storytelling.” The lavish series, primarily set on a fictional continent called Westeros, chronicles the intrigue, treachery and power lust of warring families who seek to rule from the Iron […]
April 07, 2014 | 11:02 p.m.
“Battlestar Galactica” is coming to the big screen. Universal is planning to reboot the sci-fi franchise, with Glen A. Larson, who created the original 1970s series, set to produce. Jack Paglen will write the screenplay for the film, which is designed to completely reinvent the franchise. Paglen is a sought-after voice in cinematic sci-fi these days — he wrote the upcoming Paramount techno thriller “Transcendence,” starring Johnny Depp as a scientist whose consciousness is uploaded into an artificial intelligence that gains sentience. The film is due out later this month. The original “Battlestar Galactica” television show starred Dirk Benedict and Richard Hatch as hotshot pilots Starbuck and Apollo, respectively, and Lorne Greene as Commander Adama. It ran for one season after premiering in 1978 (with a short return as “Galactica 1980″) and was reborn decades later on SyFy (then known […]
April 07, 2014 | 6:30 p.m.
“Conan,” the late-night TBS series hosted by self-professed nerd and comic critic Conan O’Brien, will broadcast from San Diego’s Spreckels Theatre for the week of July 8-12, 2015. According to a network announcement Monday, the shoot will mark the first time ever that a late-night show has broadcast from the conference-cum-party that typically draws some 130,000 visitors, many decked out in their finest cosplay duds. (Check out photos of costumed attendees from last year’s event in the gallery above.) O’Brien does have a history with the San Diego confab. In 2011, he appeared at Comic-Con as The Flaming C, a superhero alter ego he created with acclaimed DC animator Bruce Timm. At the appearance, he joked about blowing $25 million on a trailer for a Flaming C movie yet to appear. Other notable interactions with the Comic-Con world include O’Brien’s recurring “Clueless Gamer” bit in […]
April 07, 2014 | 5:31 p.m.
The fourth season of “Game of Thrones” kicked off Sunday night, transporting fans back to the world of Westeros after a 10-month hiatus from the small screen. About 6.6 million viewers tuned in to watch the episode, giving HBO its best numbers since 2007′s series final of “The Sopranos” and crashing HBO Go, the network’s online streaming service. The “Thrones” season premiere, titled “Two Swords,” picked up the story lines of most of the fantasy series’ major characters — no small feat given the show’s sprawling cast. Arya (Maisie Williams) proved herself in battle alongside the Hound; Daario (now played by “Nashville” actor Michiel Huisman) continued his overt flirtation with Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) even as the Mother of Dragons faced the fact that her children are lethal and possibly beyond her control; and Pedro Pascal’s Red Viper made his debut […]
April 07, 2014 | 3:29 p.m.
Anyone who saw “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” this weekend — and judging from its record-breaking $96.2 million at the domestic box office, a lot of people did — couldn’t walk out of the film without wondering how the events in the blockbuster would likely affect the team over at ABC’s TV series “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (The spoiler-averse who haven’t yet seen “Winter Soldier” might want to stop reading now.) The film adapts the famous 2005 “Winter Soldier” comic book story line by writer Ed Brubaker and illustrator Steve Epting and sees Chris Evans’ heroic Cap pursued by a lethal enemy from his past even as he begins to uncover a possible conspiracy at the headquarters of international espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. By the movie’s conclusion, Steve Rogers and his allies Natasha Romanoff, better known as Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), […]
April 07, 2014 | 2:25 p.m.
“Game of Thrones” returned to HBO last night and the 8th kingdom of Twitter took notice. The fourth season premiere of the sprawling fantasy series adapted from George R.R. Martin’s bestselling novels delivered blood, guts and Valyrian steel to its devoted fan following — an average of 6.6. million total viewers turned in to watch the episode, according to Nielsen, giving HBO its biggest audience since 11.9 million viewers watched the finale of the mob drama “The Sopranos.” There was so much demand to watch the premiere online that the network’s online streaming service, HBO GO, crashed. Technical difficulties aside, it was a sweet homecoming that included a number of memorable moments — anyone who has not yet seen the episode might want to stop reading now. Among the highlights? Arya proved herself in battle alongside the Hound; Daario (now […]
April 06, 2014 | 12:57 p.m.
English actress Emilia Clarke describes her role as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s epic fantasy “Game of Thrones” as her first “proper job,” which is a rather remarkable fact considering the commanding power of her performance as the mother of dragons. But it’s true that Clarke was fresh out of drama school when she entered the cutthroat world conjured by author George R.R. Martin in his “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels, which show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss translated for the screen to considerable acclaim. (Clarke herself was nominated for a supporting actress Emmy for her work on the show.) As Season 4 opens Sunday, Daenerys finds herself far away from the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros, having conquered many of the great cities of Slaver’s Bay with the help of her army of Unsullied. While the newly freed […]
April 04, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.
BELFAST, Northern Ireland — It’s a winding two-lane road in the Northern Irish countryside that leads past grazing cattle to the open fields of Clandeboye Estate, a placid locale famed for its dairy products and its wedding receptions. But as sunset arrived on a mild September evening, the property hosted a ceremony of another kind. HBO’s lavish fantasy “Game of Thrones” had come to shoot a tricky fight scene for an episode of its fourth season, which begins its highly anticipated 10-show run Sunday. Inside the cramped confines of a rustic wooden structure, actor Kit Harington, clad in the Night’s Watch black of his noble character Jon Snow, was on the receiving end of troubling blows. Candles cast a warm, golden glow and magnificent shadows over the action inside the set, as Harington, blood painted onto his cheeks, and his […]
April 03, 2014 | 8:50 a.m.
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” returns to the small screen Sunday night to begin its fourth season, which will follow much of the action in the latter half of “A Storm of Swords,” the third novel in George R.R. Martin’s sprawling literary fantasy. Though the epic show is known for its slow builds, word on the streets of Westeros suggests that swords will be drawn swiftly and without mercy. So where did we leave off? In a nutshell, the Lannisters were up and the Starks were very down. After the bloodbath of the Red Wedding, where matriarch Catelyn, her son Robb and his pregnant wife were all knifed to the tune of “The Rains of Castamere,” few members of clan are left alive. However, bloodthirsty Arya Stark just might be the one to exactly revenge, even if she must wait to mete out […]
April 02, 2014 | 2:57 p.m.
The fourth season premiere of HBO’s hit fantasy series “Game of Thrones” arrives Sunday after a 10-month hiatus, bringing the world of Westeros back to the small screen. The third season ended with quite a few shake-ups in the Seven Kingdoms, not least of which was the so-called Red Wedding, a massacre that left the Stark clan decimated. Season 4 is expected to bring more of the events included in the latter half of “A Storm of Swords” — the third book in George R. R. Martin’s bestselling “A Song of Ice and Fire” series, on which the sprawling show is based. As the action opens, Jon Snow prepares to defend the Wall against a Wildling invasion, maimed Jaime Lannister struggles to find his place back in King’s Landing, cruel King Joffrey plans to wed Margaery Tyrell despite Cersei’s objections, and […]