For those of you who haven't yet read George R.R. Martin's epic novels, but are planning to tune into HBO's wonderfully-executed adaptation, "Game of Thrones," tonight (April 17), you are in for such a major treat. There are so many things to love about this brilliant story, I could go on for days. I won't. What I will say, however, is that if you're not already a Peter Dinklage fan, his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, one of the series' most complex and colorful characters, will convert you in no time.
MTV News had the very privileged opportunity to speak with Dinklage awhile back, about all things Tyrion, as well as the proper way to describe what "Game of Thrones" is all about.
When it comes to the reason most unaffiliated people are interested in HBO's upcoming fantasy series "Game of Thrones," the casting of Sean Bean is pretty high up on the list.
Most people know Bean on sight as That Guy from "Lord of the Rings" (Boromir) or The Bad Guy in so many movies ("Goldeneye," "National Treasure," among others), but somehow he has become intricately tied with the fantasy genre. It helps that his role as Boromir was widely regarded as one of the best characters in "Fellowship of the Ring," and that he's a great actor, so that when Bean was cast as Lord Eddard Stark in "Game of Thrones," he quickly became the highest billed actor on the sheet.
When MTV caught up with Bean about a month ago to talk about the upcoming series (premiering tomorrow), he said he was a bit unaware of the way fans have embraced his casting.
The countdown continues! The epic "Game of Thrones" premiere is inching closer and closer... and as such, MTV News is at your service with as much "GoT" goodness as we can muster. Like tidbits from author George R.R. Martin and stars Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage and Sean Bean.
This latest clip from my interview with Bean is focused on the very complex and heartbreaking relationship that his character, Ned Stark, has with his illegitimate son, Jon Snow.
"It's a quite sad relationship, really," Bean said. "It's quite heartbreaking because Ned cannot show too much love and tenderness towards his son because his wife knows that he is Ned's bastard, he was born out of wedlock when Ned had a fling. It's very heartbreaking for him."
The Home Box Office network has already won our heart and undying love for bringing one of our favorite book series to television, "Game of Thrones," but today news broke that HBO is in early development stages to bring yet another excellent book, Neil Gaiman's "American Gods," to the small screen.
According to Deadline, the project was brought to HBO by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, with renowned cinematographer Robert Richardson attached to co-write the pilot with Gaiman.
We almost feel that there's no further reason to elaborate on why this is awesome news, but just in case, MTV Staff Writer Kara Warner and Movies Blog Editor Josh Wigler are here to school you on why an HBO adaptation of "American Gods" could be a truly divine television experience.
It seems only natural, having read "Game of Thrones" and being an avid fan of HBO, for those two to come together this Sunday in the form of an epic new TV series. But series author George R.R. Martin says the process of bringing his fantasy novels to the screen was easier said than done.
"I had had other inquiries from people who wanted to do it and I didn’t like the things they said, or people would tell me oh, we want to do this as a feature film, and I'd say how the hell are you going to do this is as a feature film? It's gigantic! You can't get it into two hours," Martin said. "So then I met with [show creators] David [Benioff] and Dan [Weiss] and they said all the right things. I had a great feeling about them from the first. They loved the books, they knew the books inside and out. We had a lunch that lasted into supper. It was terrific. So I felt good."
Still, it was hard for Martin to feel completely comfortable putting his story in other peoples' hands.
There are plenty of reasons to be excited for Ron Howard's planned "The Dark Tower" adaptation, and now here's another one to add to the pile. "Heroes," "Battlestar Galactica" and "Falling Skies" writer/producer Mark Verheiden has been tapped to co-write and produce the planned NBC TV series segment of "Dark Tower" along with producer Akiva Goldsman.
First, here's what we know. Javier Bardem has been chosen from a pool of hopefuls to play the Gunslinger, with names like Naomi Harris rumored for other roles. Ron Howard will be directing the initial "Dark Tower" film and the first season of the television series, with the director of the later movies and seasons to be determined at a later date. Goldsman will write both the first film and the series, and now Deadline has the news that Verheiden is co-writing the series, with Stephen King and Brian Grazer along as producers as well. Sounds like a solid enough plan to us!
But who is Verheiden? What makes him a smart choice for "The Dark Tower"?
Winter is still coming! Only five more days until HBO's epic new series "Game of Thrones" is finally unveiled upon the masses, and to celebrate this highly-anticipated occasion, MTV News is rolling out a few more fun snippets from our interviews with the cast members and creators.
Today's installment features Sean Bean, an esteemed actor who is no stranger to the realms of fantasy and fiction. Bean plays Eddard "Ned" Stark, a noble commanding officer and Lord of Winterfell who is faced with the very challenging and politically-charged dilemma of answering a call of duty versus staying out of things altogether.
When we caught up with Bean back in January, he revealed that one of the reasons he was eager to take on the role was the chance to play a good man for a change, a character with an extraordinary sense of honor.
Good news, Jack Bauer fans: the clock is very much still ticking.
"24" enthusiasts have been waiting on the edge of their seats waiting for the Kiefer Sutherland-starring real-time thriller to make its much heralded debut on the big-screen, and now, we've got a time table courtesy of producer Brian Grazer. "Got off the phone Keifer yesterday and we are very excited about producing the 24 movie for next year," Grazer informed his Twitter followers, indicating that the "24" movie is very much on track.
But despite Grazer's assurances, there are several questions we don't know the answer to — like the ones we're asking about past the jump!
For the most devoted fans, HBO's forthcoming TV adaptation has been almost 15 years in the making. George R.R. Martin's epic fantasy "Game of Thrones" has received the esteemed home box office treatment and will premiere in just thirteen days! So far we've seen tantalizing trailers, posters and exclusive chats with Martin himself and a few key cast members.
Now, winter is here a little bit early -- well, mostly! -- as HBO has released the first fifteen minutes of the "Game of Thrones" pilot. I don't want to spoil it for everyone, but for those who don't have access to the video just yet, read our brief summary after the jump.
After a midseason move from Thursday to Friday nights, fans of Fox's critically acclaimed but criminally under-viewed "Fringe" were understandably worried about the fate of the show. But ratings have held strong in its move to a time slot that's traditionally viewed as a death sentence, so much so that "Fringe" is now officially coming back for a 22-episode fourth season.
This is very good news, in case you were wondering, and after the jump, we're sharing the top five reasons that the "Fringe" renewal is putting a smile on our faces.