Anyone who has been keeping up with their television and film news should have noticed that there's been a definite shift in interest to the small screen. Plenty of major movie stars from Maria Bello and Jim Caviezel to Kat Dennings and Zooey Deschanel have starring roles in new TV series this fall, and if those shows are successful there likely will be even more announcements come next spring and summer.
Even if they aren't starring in the series, Hollywood's best and brightest are still dabbling in them. Take Dwayne Johnson, for instance. The wrestler-turned-actor is developing a TV pilot with producer Jerry Bruckheimer that is set in the world of wrestling in the 1980s, also known as the "golden age of wrestling." Deadline broke the news, and it's unclear whether Johnson will stay in a producing role or also act in the show. Regardless, it's still a new gig for the "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" star.
And he's not the only actor dabbling in television production. Ryan Reynolds also just sold his first project to Fox.
Oh, Peter Bishop! What will the world be like without you in it! Well, "Fringe" fans will certainly get a taste of it when the show kicks off its new season on September 23. But Joshua Jackson is hoping that his character's season-ending disappearing act doesn't last too long, or he might be out of a job.
"Right now we have this massive, cool cliffhanger," he recalled to MTV News at Comic-Con. "At the end of the season is that this character, my character, not only dies [but] like when we want to 'X' somebody out on 'Fringe,' you’ve got to erase them from all of time. [So he] not only dies, he had never existed."
Being the esteemed professional that I am, it is my job as a journalist to separate any personal leanings or fangirl pandering from my writings. Most of the time. Not so much when my subject is George R.R. Martin's brilliant "A Song Of Ice And Fire" series and HBO's wonderful adaptation "Game of Thrones."
That said, it is with great pleasure that I present one of the major highlights from my Comic-Con experience this year: an interview with one of my absolute favorite and most photogenic cast members Kit Harington (aka Jon Snow), wherein he discusses season two plot points, which cast member he'd like to see more of and what the future holds for Lord Snow.
"Of what I know and what I'm allowed to say, it's a tricky one because I don't want to spoil it," Harington said when asked what he can tell us about Jon's arc in season two. "Obviously he has his own story beyond the Wall, some very interesting things happen to him," he teased, charmingly. "He has a better time of it I think in the second season than he did in the first."
When asked to summarize Snow's series-long challenges and motivations, Harington addressed two points with which we readers are all too familiar.
All men must die, but first, German actor Tom Wlaschiha will live as Jaqen H'gar during the second season of "Game of Thrones."
Entertainment Weekly reports that the actor has landed the fan-favorite role of the Faceless Man of Braavos, an assassin and one of the criminals being transported to The Wall in the North alongside Arya Stark, currently posing as the boy Arry.
There isn't much more that can be added here about Jaqen without spoiling some cool twists, so let's just leave it at this: read the book and you'll see why Jaqen is so completely awesome!
Good and obnoxious news, "Game of Thrones" fans: Theon Greyjoy's cunning and cutthroat sister Asha has been cast... but her name isn't Asha anymore!
Gemma Whelan, who's starred in "The Wolfman" and "Gulliver's Travels," will play the fierce ironborn warrior woman in season two, Entertainment Weekly reports. But she won't be known as Asha in the series: instead, her character has been renamed Yara.
The news confirms previous rumors that Asha was on the cusp of a name change, with producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss recently confirming that they were considering the option due to similarities between Asha and Osha, the Starks' wildling captive introduced towards the end of the first season of "Thrones."
"Friday Night Lights" fans, stop your weeping — the show ain't over yet.
Well, the show is over, but the story is looking likely to continue. "Battleship" director Peter Berg, who helmed the "Friday Night Lights" movie some years ago and helped shepherd the critically adored and recently concluded small-screen version, announced during the current TCA press tour that he's working on bringing the televised "FNL" back to movie theaters.
"We're writing a script," he said of the project, according to TV Line. “We’ve been meeting with [fellow 'FNL' EP] Jason Katims for the last couple of weeks. We have a real good script idea. We want to do it. We’re very serious about doing it. We intend to do it.”
You know nothing, skeptics of HBO.
According to the news coming out of TCA 2011, the HBO network is in for the long haul with our personal favorite of their television line-up, "Game of Thrones." Though only the first season has aired so far, Entertainment Weekly reported on the event and has the news that the show will carry through to the end of the book series it is based on.
“We told [author George R.R. Martin] we’d go as long as he keeps writing,” HBO co-president Richard Plepler said.
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:
Just like winter, "Game of Thrones" season two casting news keeps a-comin'. The role call thus far: we've got Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, Gwendoline Christie as Brienne, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon, Carice van Houton as Melisandre and Liam Cunningham as Davos Seaworth.
While HBO is at it, why not add one more to the clash of kings?
The latest casting news comes from none other than "A Song of Ice and Fire" mastermind and "Thrones" executive producer George R.R. Martin, who announced on his blog (via Spinoff Online) that veteran actor Oliver Ford Davies is joining the HBO series as Maester Cressen.
He's perhaps an unfamiliar name for those of you who haven't read the "Ice and Fire" books, of course, so check out a quick primer after the jump if you feel so inclined. But once again: spoiler alert!
Good things come in threes! One day after finding out who's playing Melisandre and Stannis in "Game of Thrones" season two comes word that Liam Cunningham has landed the coveted role of Davos Seaworth.
Entertainment Weekly once again broke the news of Cunningham's casting, announcing that the Irish actor will join the HBO series for its currently shooting second season.
In case you haven't read the books that "Game of Thrones" is based on, we've got some background on Davos' character for you after the jump, but fair warning — minor spoilers lie ahead.