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The 17th annual Slamdance Film Festival is all set to run for eight days and nights Jan. 21-27. The festival is featuring a bold theme this year of “All Is Not Lost” where — due to the current devastating economic climate — Slamdance will donate 10% of ticket proceeds back to the filmmakers.
The fest is screening 14 feature films — 10 of which are in competition — and 8 feature documentaries, all of which are in competition. In addition, there will be 56 short films screening.
Plus, there are a couple of special screenings, including the Straight 8 event where anybody can register to receive a single roll of Super-8 film that they can use to direct their own in-camera edited mini-masterpiece. Also, on the 26th, there will be a special retrospective of the works of renegade ’60s filmmaker J.X. Williams.
The full film lineup is below, but for more information on the site please visit the official Slamdance website. »
- Mike Everleth
This holiday favorite from Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas shows us a new spin on a classic story:
In England on the eve of World War II, an impoverished Yorkshire family must sell young Joe's (Jonathan Mason) beloved dog Lassie to the Duke (Peter O'Toole). Lassie escapes the Duke's estate over and over again to return to her beloved Joe, who must eventually lie to the dog and tell her he no longer loves her so that she will stop escaping. The Duke then takes her up to Scotland, but Lassie escapes the Duke's cruel kennel-man and begins the long trek back to Yorkshire, and to Joe. Along the way, she encounters everything from the Loch Ness monster to a traveling entertainer (Peter Dinklage). Will Lassie make it home in time for Christmas? »
Top Ten Christmas Films
I've been running this website for almost eight years now and have never done a Top Ten Christmas Films list so I figured I may as well finally remedy the situation. This means today I offer up my ten favorite Christmas films and while I'm sure this list will have many of the usual suspects from any number of similar lists found on the Internet, I hope there is one or two that spice it up and make it worth reading.
After you get done with my list I'd love to hear your thoughts as well as your top ten, or simply those films you and your family gather around the television to watch over the holidays. Let's get to it...
- Brad Brevet
If you didn’t catch the preview of Game of Thrones before the season finale of Boardwalk Empire on HBO this past Sunday, no worries! We’ve got the ten-minute behind-the-scenes look at the heavily anticipated series right here. Find out what the series is all about in the behind the scenes featurette below.
Executive producer George R.R. Martin, whose books the series is based upon, executive producer/writer D.B. Weiss, and stars Sean Bean, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and Kit Harington talk about what makes Game of Thrones unlike any other series on television.
Inside Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones starts in April, on HBO.
Read more about Game of Thrones here. »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
HBO had been pretty stingy with sneak peeks of its new series "Game of Thrones" -- but that ended on Sunday.
Prior to the season finale of "Boardwalk Empire" Sunday night (Dec. 5), HBO aired a 10-minute making-of/preview special for "Game of Thrones." It was the usual mix of teaser footage, behind-the-scenes info and talking heads with the cast and crew -- but it was also the first extended look fans have gotten at the show.
The video -- which features interview segments with author George R.R. Martin, whose novels form the basis of the series, as well as creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss -- is at the end of the post. But we also wanted to share a few new photos HBO has posted of the cast. Up above is Sean Bean ("The Lord of the Rings") as Eddard "Ned" Stark, and below is Lena Headey ("Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles »
Winter is coming... in April! Last night HBO showed a 10 minute behind-the-scenes feature for "Game of Thrones" before the season finale of "Boardwalk Empire." In it HBO revealed that its hot new show will be debuting in April 2011. There's also plenty of awesome character reveals (Petyr Baelish!) and scene sneak previews (Jon Snow and Tyrion Lannister at the Wall!) for all those of you out there who are fans of the series like we are.
In honor of the 10 minute featurette, we decided to list the 10 reasons we're excited for the show -- and you should be too! So watch the video above and then hit the jump for 10 reasons we can't wait for winter to arrive. Be warned, some spoilers await!
10. The Actors
- Terri Schwartz
Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow me on Twitter!
Question: I was wondering if you've seen the new Game of Thrones trailer that aired before Boardwalk Empire. It looks like HBO is putting a lot of promotion into the series, but I'm wondering if TV audiences will give a fantasy show, even on HBO, a chance. The series isn't fantasy in the Lord of the Rings style of high magic, magical races and so on, so I'm hopeful that many people who are turned off by classic fantasy tropes may give it a try. It seems like many people dismiss fantasy as a genre out of hand, which puzzles me, because isn't True Blood a fantasy series? Vampires, werewolves and fairies aren't exactly reality. Game of Thrones is a character-driven series with captivating characters, compelling story arcs with many twists and turns, and some fantastic acting talent including Sean Bean, »
- Matt Roush
We just got a better look at HBO’s upcoming epic medieval series Game of Thrones with an all-new trailer. Now the cable network has now released a 10-minute behind the scenes featurette that really digs into the story, characters and all the work that’s going in this adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel series A Song of Ice and Fire. Interviews with cast members like Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage, as well as the book’s author himself, and the sight of sword fighting, jousting and a truly promising production just get me excited even more for the series premiere in 2011. Check out the great featurette after the jump!
- Ethan Anderton
 Over the past few months, we've posted a bunch of trailers and previews (teaser , teaser #2 , trailer #1 ) for HBO's upcoming fantasy series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin's bestselling fantasy novel series A Song of Fire and Ice. On Sunday night, HBO aired a ten minute behind the scenes featurette for the upcoming tv series. Watch it now after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below. The show is titled after the first novel in the series. Martin has planned seven books in the series, and the plan is to turn each book into a full season of television. The massive story is "set in the mythical land of Westeros [which] tells the story of the noble Stark family, who become caught up in high court intrigue when patriarch Eddard (Sean Bean) becomes the king's new right-hand man." Thomas McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor »
- Peter Sciretta
One of 2011’s most anticipated new shows is HBO’s television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy series, Game of Thrones. Take a look at this new trailer featuring Sean Bean as Eddard Stark, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister, and Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Lena Headey as Cersei Lannister, and Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo.
Trailer: Game of Thrones
Mark your calendar for Sunday, December 5, 2010. At 8:45 Pm Et, before the season finale of Boardwalk Empire on HBO, the network will air an exclusive behind the scenes look at Game of Thrones. Check out the preview below:
Inside Game of Thrones Preview
A fantasy series like this is a huge undertaking both in front of and behind the camera. Check out these Artisan featurettes with the Weapons Master, Production Designer, Costume Designer, and Set Decorator.
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
It's no big secret that we're very very excited about A Game Of Thrones, the upcoming fantasy series based on George Rr Martin's twisted novels. Sure, it's TV rather than strictly film, but this has huge potential so you're just going to have to bear with us.The story centres on two houses, both alike in dignity: the Starks - led by Sean Bean's Eddard - and the royal Bartheons - led by Mark Addy's Robert. Complicating matters are Queen Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) and her family, particularly brothers Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Then there's exiled, deposed heir to the throne Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), who's about to be married off to barbarian leader Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa). And winter is coming, and that's seriously bad news.The TV trailer gives you a taste of the cast in action, while the accompanying stills are probably »
HBO has released the third teaser commercial for its upcoming Game of Thrones series. Set to debut on the channel in the first half of 2011, the show is based on the popular series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin.
The series stars Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings) as Eddard Stark, Mark Addy (The Full Monty) as Robert Baratheon, Lena Headey (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) as Cersei Lannister, Peter Dinklage (Threshold) as Tyrion Lannister, Michelle Fairley (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) as Catelyn Stark, Kit Harrington as Jon Snow, Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen, as well as many others. Set in a world like Earth and in an age like feudal times, but where summers and winters can last for decades, Martin's books are filled with political intrigue and scheming allies and enemies fighting over who will rule the kingdom. But on the border »
- Patrick Sauriol
Is HBO looking at its next major hit?
The network has released a new trailer for Game of Thrones, a drama based on George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels. This high-concept series will debut in 2011 and take place in a world full of magic, royalty, mercenaries and warlords.
The drama stars Sean Bean, Lena Heady, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Michelle Fairley, Peter Dinklage, Charles Dance, Jason Momoa, Emilia Clarke, Aiden Gillen and Mark Addy. Check out its preview here and decide: Is Game of Thrones worth a shot?
Game of Thrones Preview »
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
The two  teasers  we've seen so far for the HBO series adaptation of George R.R. Martin's Game of Thrones showed very little. What we did see had the color bled out to fit the dour tone of each teaser, and while the brief images were tantalizing, there was no way to get a real sense of how the series might play. So this new trailer is the first finished footage we've seen to complement the colorful behind the scenes clips doled out sporadically over the past months. Check it out after the break. I haven't read the books upon which this series is based, but I do know that they're sprawling epics. This trailer doesn't quite get that across, and watching it I feel like the footage is curiously and worryingly a bit flat. I'm hoping that's just me, coming into the series with no real prior knowledge of the story. »
- Russ Fischer
We’ve already seen a short trailer for the forthcoming epic series Game of Thrones on HBO, but it was little more than a tease. A couple other trailers have since surfaced on HBO, but with roughly the same amount of footage and little-to-no-dialogue. Now HBO has released an all-new trailer which finally gives us a better idea of the story and style behind the adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy novel series A Song of Fire and Ice. The trailer brings epic action, medieval drama and even some sexuality, a staple of any HBO series. You can check out the trailer after the jump and look forward to the series which will begin airing sometime in early 2011.
The sprawling tale set in the mythical land of Westeros tells the story of the noble Stark family who become caught up in high court intrigue when patriarch Eddard (played by »
- Ethan Anderton
Winter is coming, and we have never been more excited to freeze our butts off. If you were watching HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" last night, you were already treated to these two awesome sneak peeks at "Game of Thrones" but if you missed them then grab some tissues because you're about to drool all over yourself. Can you handle the Dinklage?
The first clip is a teaser of the series, which introduces us to all the major players in this game of thrones. There's Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), who is honorable to a fault. He explains to his son Bran why he had to behead a man that deserted his post at their Northern Wall. "The man who passes the sentence should swing the sword," he said, hoping some of his own good intentions would pass on to his children. But Queen Cersei (Lena Headey) also points out one of Ned's »
- Terri Schwartz
A new trailer for Game of Thrones, HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s best-selling series, has hit, and whether or not you’re familiar with the tome, it looks intriguing: There’s Sean Bean (as Lord Eddard Stark, right-hand man to Mark Addy’s King Robert Baratheon), wielding a sword and decapitating a man. There’s Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister in trouble. There’s Nikolaj Coster-Waldau’s Jamie Lannister, looking rather hot. And there’s two women about to have sex? Watch it below.
More Game of Thrones:
‘Game of Thrones’: EW’s exclusive first »
- Mandi Bierly
Quick show of hands. How many of you have read the fantasy classic Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin? HBO is making it into a series now which comes as such a relief. Long novels are so much better suited to series format than movies and yet they're rarely adapted that way. You can follow the production diary here. I'm only 650 pages into the first novel -- god this is long -- but it's a page turner: superbly paced, tense, multi-layered, fine prose, and unpredictable plotting (a rare thing in fantasy novels).
Peter Dinklage has quite a role in his hands. He plays Tyrion Lannister, the manipulative, whip smart "imp" of the royal house of Lannister (the Lannisters are the villains mostly... Martin does a fine job of making sure your allegiances shift on occasion.) Tyrion is possibly the most complex character in a book that's teeming with vivid personalities. »
- NATHANIEL R
Take a look at ten new pictures from HBO’s television adaptation of George R.R.Martin’s epic fantasy series Song of Ice and Fire, entitled Game of Thrones. The highly anticipated series is slated to debut on HBO in 2011.
HBO‘s take on George R.R. Martin‘s best-selling series chronicles the bloody fight for the throne of King Robert Baratheon (Mark Addy), who rules over the land of Westeros with the help of his right-hand man, Lord Eddard Stark (Sean Bean), while behind castle walls intrigue brews in the form of attempted murders, more than one incestuous liaison — and the dark backstory of Stark’s bastard son, Jon Snow (Kit Harington, pictured here at far left).
Armored soldiers on horseback are a typical sight on location in the Northern Ireland countryside. ”It’s time-consuming, shooting riding,” says Mark Addy, who mounts a black stallion regularly as King Robert Baratheon. »
- Lillian 'zenbitch' Standefer
Elf Ultimate Collector’s Edition
Directed by: Jon Favreau
Due Out: October 26, 2010
Own it On Blu-ray!
Plot: Buddy (Ferrell) has literally out-grown his elf community. He leaves Santa (Asner) and the North Pole to find his real father in New York City.
Who’S It For? Anyone who needs the holiday spirit.
At first it seemed Elf was going to be all for laughs as Buddy was talking to whales and what not at the North Pole. But gosh darn it, there’s a story here that could even melt Scrooge’s heart, or in this case James Caan’s character Walter.
It’s a great fish out of water story and it’s high time I start including this performance as one of Ferrell’s best. I always say Old Schoold and Anchorman but Buddy, »
- Jeff Bayer
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