Although I love San Diego Comic-Con with all my heart and soul, I don't always love fighting the crowds to attend the panels. Getting to HBO's "Game Of Thrones" event is another story, however. And naturally, the panel and its featured guests did not disappoint its rapid fans...myself included.
Before a very excited crowd of over 4,000 fans, with a reported 2,000 left waiting to get in, George R.R. Martin stepped to his moderator's podium sporting flame-patterned suspenders and was greeted with raucous applause, cheers, screams. Martin introduced a season-one sizzle reel, after which he brought out cast members: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harrington, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Jason Momoa and Emilia Clarke, plus producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.
Here are the highlights from this magical hour of "Game of Thrones" excellence:
The Julianne Moore fans out there know that the very talented, award-winning actress can do almost anything she wants. Her dramatic work is aces, to be sure, but that guest stint on "30 Rock" was amazing. Anyway, speaking of characters with pronounced accents, Moore recently wrapped filming "Game Change," the HBO movie based on John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's best-selling book of the same name, in which Moore plays famous former Alaska governor Sarah Palin.
When MTV News caught up with the actress recently, during the press day for "Crazy Stupid Love," we asked her about the challenges associated with portraying such a famous personality.
"It was hard, really, really hard," she admitted. "I had a great director, Jay Roach who was incredible. I adored him, [he was] so supportive, so smart. I did a lot of research, I worked really hard. It's hard to play someone who is very present in people's minds, who's on television, very idiosyncratic, I did my best. We'll see, I hope we pulled it off."
Although it's still summertime and we're in the midst of crazy blockbuster madness, there is a special movie coming down the pike that people should start paying attention to now: "50/50," a dramedy inspired by real life events that features the wonderful acting talents of Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston and Bryce Dallas Howard.
In addition to having the privilege of catching an advanced screening of the film, MTV News was lucky enough to chat with director Jonathan Levine (who you should know from his excellent work on "The Wackness" - queue it up in Netflix stat, if you haven't seen it) about this special story and the film's recently-released one sheet.
"It takes a pair to beat the odds," reads the tagline above Gordon-Levitt shaving his head in front of a mirror, with Rogen wearing a quizzical/uncomfortable expression in the background.
This one is for both the filmgoers and music lovers. On Wednesday Aug. 10, the band Angels & Airwaves will take the stage to present "Angels & Airwaves Present LOVE Live," a unique one-night multimedia extravaganza to be broadcast to more than 450 theaters nationwide.
Part one of this thee-part event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. ET with the live broadcast of "LOVE," a film of human connection, self discovery and elements of sci-fi and space exploration thrown in for good measure. It is written and directed by Will Eubank and produced and scored by Tom DeLonge and his band Angels & Airwaves. The broadcast of the film will be immediately followed by a live Q&A from Boston with Eubank, lead actor Gunner Wright and DeLonge. Angels & Airwaves will then take the stage to perform live, and will finally debut the music video for their first single off the LOVE double album.
All things considered with the lively contests that went down during our heated Harry Potter World Cup, it's been bloody good fun. Particularly the most unexpected victories and defeats of J.K. Rowling's most beloved characters. Neville Longbottom is a great example and although his fans put up a great fight, Longbottom eventually fell to the titular boy wizard.
Throughout the tourney the man behind the humble and courageous Griffindor, actor Matthew Lewis, has been gracious enough to indulge us here at MTV News and do a little campaigning for his character, followed by some insightful Potter World Cup bracket analysis. Now today, thanks to another chat with Lewis during the "Deathly Hallows: Part 2" press day, we had him weigh in on Longbottom's tournament run and being ousted by Harry himself.
"If we had to go, [losing to] Potter, I can understand that and accept that," Lewis said humbly, adding that he was just honored to be a part of things and especially grateful to his fans for their support.
These last few days have been full of awesome for fans of Peter Jackson's big screen adaptation of "The Hobbit." Hot on the heels of two sets of newly released photos is a second, action-packed video production blog Jackson has posted on his Facebook page. Well, it's not exactly action-packed, in the traditional sense of the phrase, but it's heavy on the ins and outs of the filmmaking process and full of enough fanboy goodness to obsess over for months, or until Jackson releases his next blog.
Click here to take a walk through Jackson's magical world, which, in typical Jackson form, is much more like a mini movie, complete with a sweeping score and fancy video effects vs. just a production blog.
If you need something else to take your mind off the blistering summer heat, take a gander at the two new posters released for "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," both of which have a coolness about them that has us overly excited for the sequel's release on December 16.
The first one, which debuted over at Yahoo, features Robert Downey Jr. as the titular Sherlock Holmes as he looks straight into the camera, with a half smirk/half serious expression on his perfectly stubbled face. He also has his arms crossed, with a gun pointing over his shoulder where we see a slightly blurry, yet dapper figure in the background who we can safely assume to be Jared Harris as Professor Moriarty.
Check it out past the jump!
One of the most exciting bits of TV development news to come along in recent months is the announcement that HBO and Playtone are developing Neil Gaiman's beloved "American Gods" to the small screen via an episodic television series.
When MTV News caught up with Playtone head honcho Tom Hanks recently during the press day for "Larry Crowne," which opened on Friday (July 1), we asked him for an "American Gods" update, and how he and Playtone got involved with the project.
"I don't know anything about 'American Gods,'" he admitted. "I have the book. I just now have it and it's on my summer reading list because people at my company came in foaming at the mouth about 'American Gods' and the possibility of being able to do it. So I said, 'Uuh, okay, let's go! Let's go!' So I'm playing catch-up on 'American Gods,' which is going to be a pleasant job."
Anytime Guillermo Del Toro's name is attached to anything, there is cause for excitement. A) We love his work and B) he's such a warm, lovable human being that it is impossible NOT to love him to pieces. So what we know about his next directorial venture, "Pacific Rim," is that it's a monster movie, but not "Godzilla"-esque. There are also a lot of fun people in it: "Sons of Anarchy" star Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba and, as was confirmed by Del Toro, "Always Sunny" star Charlie Day.
When we caught up with the delightful man during the press day for "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark," which he produced, we asked him what appealed to him most about the project and what kind of character Day will be playing.
"The same thing that appeals to me about most of my projects, monsters, creatures," Del Toro said. "It's literally, I love sophisticated food, I love caviar and this and that, but I also love Twinkies," he said, comparing his tastes in filmmaking to his tastes in food. "It's like I stepped into a room full of Twinkies [with this movie], you can hear the song and my face brightening up, a love moment," he explained.
We'll be the first to admit that any "Harry Potter"-related news is cause for attention and excitement. After all, our love affair with J.K. Rowling and her magical wizarding world has provided us with so much entertainment over the years — seven books, eight films — her creative brilliance even inspired us to host an online wizard tournament, the "Harry Potter" World Cup.
And on Thursday (June 23), we received another Rowling-oriented gift, by way of the official unveiling of "Pottermore." Some of what we initially speculated about the site is true; plenty is not. Pottermore.com will offer fans a free, online reading experience including, according to a press release, "extensive new material about the characters, places and objects in the much-loved stories," plus an expanded digital capability in which "the storyline will be brought to life with sumptuous newly commissioned illustrations and interactive 'Moments' through which you can navigate."
So, given this new information, and the fact that our five fantasy elements were just that, it's time to reassess our feelings, pro-con-pro style.