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As we approach the end of 2014, there is one very big reason to be excited. Forget Christmas, New Year and all the trimmings, the one reason to be truly thrilled that we're heading towards 2015 is that we're one step closer to a new season of Game of Thrones.
Details about where season 5 will head are scarce as the show continues to twist its way rapidly through George Rr Martin's Song of Ice and Fire novels. However, we've cobbled together 10 fast facts about what you can expect when we return to Westeros.
Warning: Mild Spoilers ahead!
A new website, ThreeEyedRaven.com, has also been launched, where fans can subscribe to show notifications via Twitter or text message.
Winter is coming, and so is “Game of Thrones” season five. While one will get here much sooner than the other, HBO has devised a way to help us survive the dark days ahead with a mysterious new website: ThreeEyedRaven.com.
The cabler teased the new viral scheme with a short video featuring Arya Stark (Maisie Williams), complete with an ominous voiceover taken from Arya’s first encounter with Melisandre (Carice van Houten) as the The Red Woman notes, “I see a darkness in you.”
Follow the Three Eyed Raven. Gain the power of #TheSight: http://t.co/9fNrrJIGHG https://t.co/4RhAiTR9tw
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) November 25, 2014
Visiting the site will give users the option to receive “The Sight” via text or Twitter direct message (the old gods and the new have apparently joined the 21st century), and after sign-up, the first missive reads “You now have the power of The Sight. »
- Variety Staff
Arya ready?! Game of Thrones' official Twitter handle tweeted out a 10-second teaser for season five of the smash fantasy series, and it looks like Arya Stark has gone rogue. "I see a darkness in you," high priestess Melisandre (Carice van Houten) says to Arya (Maisie Williams) in the short clip. Meanwhile, the headstrong orphan of the late Ned and Catelyn Stark is seen experiencing flashbacks which include her holding the iron coin that leads to Jaqen H'ghar, stabbing a man, fleeing through the woods, and reaching [...] »
Margaret here to talk about Hollywood casting directors' collective infatuation with the actors on Game of Thrones. HBO's fantasy epic is a ratings juggernaut and has been Emmy-nominated a hundred times over. Its enormous cast (more series regulars than any other show on television) is getting a lot of attention, and many of them are landing high-profile movie roles. The prestige cable effect, so often noted for its ability to bring movie stars to TV, seems to be working in the other direction for Game of Thrones.
Let's check in on the upcoming projects from our Westerosi friends:
GoT Role: Melisandre, spooky red-headed priestess
Aidan Gillen GoT Role: Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, slippery schemer. Recently Booked: Recently greenlit sequel The Maze Runner Chapter II: The Scorch Trials. It's reported that he'll be playing the villain, »
- Margaret de Larios
This story first appeared in the Oct. 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead are two of the hottest genre shows on TV, but only one seems to be launching its stars onto the big screen. See more 'Game of Thrones': Season 4's Most Buzzed-About Moments Already this fall, four players from HBO's fantasy epic have booked gigs in much-anticipated film projects: Carice van Houten, who plays priestess Melisandre, will portray German filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl in the Jesse Owens biopic Race. Aiden Gillen will make the jump from his Machiavellian character
- Borys Kit
Us sprinter Owens won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, humiliating Adolf Hitler and his claims of Aryan racial superiority.
Hitler had attempted to ban black and Jewish athletes from the games, but backed down in the face of a threatened boycott. Owens also faced prejudice in his home country.
Hurt will play president of the Amateur Athletic Union Jeremiah Mahoney, who led efforts to boycott the Berlin Olympics.
Race will »
William Hurt has signed on to join the cast of "Race," the biopic of legendary athletic superstar Jesse Owens. Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten, and Stephan James also star in the film which will open nationwide on April 8th 2016.
Stephen Hopkins helms the project which is currently shooting in Montreal and Berlin. The story follows his quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler's vision of Aryan supremacy. [Source: Focus Features]
Jacob Lofland ("Mud") has been cast in the upcoming sequel "Maze Runner: Scorch Trials" for 20th Century Fox. Wes Ball will return as director on the follow-up which also stars Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rosa Salazar and Aidan Gillen.
Lofland will play Aris Jones, a significant character from the second novel. »
- Garth Franklin
A few casting stories to report: Michael Caine revealed that Daniel Radcliffe will play his son in Now You See Me 2. Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Morgan Freeman are set to return for the sequel. Catherine Zeta-Jones will play Colombian drug kingpin Griselda Blanco, also known as the Godmother of Cocaine, in the biopic The Godmother. William Hurt signed on to star opposite Stephan James, Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, and Carice van Houten in the Jesse Owens biopic Race. Hit the jump for more on each project. Caine shared the following with Hey U Guys: “There’s a sequel to Now You See Me and we’re shooting in London. I shoot in December, the whole of December in London, and my son is Harry Potter. I thought it’d be funny, me and Daniel Radcliffe as father and son.” This is the »
- Brendan Bettinger
• Oscar winner William Hurt has joined the ensemble of Race, the Jesse Owens biopic starring Stephan James (When the Game Stands Tall) as the legendary track and field star. Hurt will play the president of the Amateur Athletic Union Jeremiah Mahoney, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics in Berlin against Hitler. Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins (The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) is directing the production currently filming in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. In addition to James, Hurt joins Jeremy Irons as future International Olympic Committee president Avery Brundage, Jason Sudeikis as Osu »
- Jake Perlman
Focus Features have added veteran actor William Hurt to the cast of their Jesse Owens biopic, Race. The actor will take on the role of Jeremiah Mahoney, the president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who spearheaded efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics.
The movie, penned by Frankie And Alice writers Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, is based on the real story of American athlete, Jesse Owens. Now a legend, the movie will tell his backstory before he became a four-time Olympic gold medalist and track-event pioneer. On board to direct is noted TV director Stephen Hopkins (Californication, House Of Lies). The film, which has the distinct aroma of award-bait, has already accrued a solid cast, despite undergoing a shuffle in its line-up earlier this year.
- Gem Seddon
Stephen Hopkins directs the $32m drama and is about to wrap the Berlin segment at the Olympic Stadium, the site of Owens’ quadruple gold medal haul in 1936 that defied Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy at the Games.
Jean Charles Lévy produces for Forecast Pictures with sports entrepreneur Luc Dayan for ID+, Kate Garwood and Hopkins for Totally Commercial Films, Louis-Philippe Rochon and Dominique Séguin for Canada’s Solofilms and Karsten Brünig and Thierry Potok for Germany’s Trinity Race GmbH.
Executive producers include Christopher Charlier, Ben Grass, [link »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
William Hurt has joined the cast of Focus Features' Jesse Owens biopic Race, with the studio also setting an April 8, 2016 release date. The drama will be going up against Universal Pictures' Clifford the Big Red Dog in April 2016.
Stephan James stars as legendary track star Jesse Owens, who won a record-breaking four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, making him one of the greatest track athletes in the world, at the same time Adolf Hitler was trying to create a perfect Aryan race for Germany. William Hurt is playing Jeremiah Maroney, the Amateur Athletic Union president who spearheaded a movement to boycott the 1936 Olympics. Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, Carice van Houten and Amanda Crew also star.
Stephen Hopkins is directing from a screenplay by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, with production already under way in Montreal. The biopic will also shoot in Berlin's Olympic Stadium, where Jesse Owens made Olympic history. »
Focus Features said today it has dated its Jessie Owens biopic Race for April 8, 2016. It also has added William Hurt to the cast opposite Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten and Stephan James as Owens.
Hurt will play Jeremiah Mahoney, president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics. The casting comes after Hurt was circling the basketball pic Men Of Granite as a possible lead role. He just wrapped The Moon And The Sun opposite Pierce Brosnan. Hurt of course was on the train tracks playing Gregg Allman the day Sarah Jones was killed during production of Midnight Rider; he since has left the project. He is repped by ICM Partners.
Race, helmed by Stephen Hopkins, is now shooting in Montreal and Berlin. Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel penned the script, about the real-life hero who won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals at the Berlin Olympics. »
- The Deadline Team
Focus Features also has set the release for April 8, 2016.
“Race,” directed by Stephen Hopkins from a script by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, is currently being filmed in Montreal and at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. The stadium is where Owens won four Olympic gold medals in 1936 in a repudiation of Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy.
Hurt will portray Jeremiah Mahoney, president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics.
Producers are Jean Charles Lévy for Forecast Pictures, Luc Dayan for ID+, Kate Garwood and Hopkins for Totally Commercial Films, Louis-Philippe Rochon and Dominique Seguin for Canada’s Solofilms and Karsten Brunig and Thierry Potok for Germany’s Trinity Race GmbH.
Hurt will next be seen in “The Moon and the Sun.” He is represented by ICM Partners. »
- Dave McNary
William Hurt has joined the cast of the Jesse Owens biopic Race, which stars Stephan James as the famous track and field athlete. Focus Features also announced a release date of the drama, slating it for April 8, 2016. Also starring Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis and Carice van Houten, Race is directed by Stephen Hopkins and is filming in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won his record-breaking four gold medals in 1936. Hurt will play Jeremiah Mahoney, president of the Amateur Athletic Union, who led efforts to boycott the 1936 Olympics. Anna
- Rebecca Ford
Oscar winner William Hurt has joined the cast of Focus Features’ Jesse Owens drama “Race,” the studio announced on Wednesday along with a new release date of April 8, 2016. Stephan James stars as the Olympic hero, and the film co-stars Jeremy Irons, Jason Sudeikis and Carice van Houten. “Race” is directed by Emmy winner Stephen Hopkins and is currently being filmed in Montreal and on location at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, where Owens won a record-breaking four Olympic gold medals in 1936. The new film has the support of the Owens family, the Jesse Owens Foundation, the Jesse Owens Trust, and the. »
- Jeff Sneider
• Benjamin Walker will part with his presidential past as the male lead in the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks novel The Choice. The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson star will play Travis Parker in the story that spans a decade long love affair in a small coastal town. Bryan Sipe (A Million Miles) wrote the screenplay with no director currently attached. [Deadline] • Rosa Salazar has just joined the cast of another Ya trilogy. The Parenthood actress will play Brenda in the sequel Maze Runner: Scorch Trials, which will once again be directed by Wes Ball and star Dylan O'Brien. »
- Jake Perlman
James plays Us sprinter Owens, who won four gold medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, humiliating Adolf Hitler and his claims of Aryan racial superiority.
Hitler had attempted to ban black and Jewish athletes from the games, but backed down in the face of a threatened boycott.
Sudeikis will play the runner's coach and mentor Larry Snyder, with Irons as head of the Olympic Committee that supported hosting the games in Nazi Germany.
It was recently revealed that a dead character is making a comeback in Game of Thrones season 5. »
Gabriel Byrne and Carice van Houten (“Game of Thrones”) are attached to star in “The Book of Vision,” a time-shifting fantasy/mystery centered around the history of the doctor/patient relationship that Italian helmer Carlo Hintermann will direct and Terrence Malick will executive produce.
Van Houten, who plays Melisandre in “Thrones,” will play Eva, an Italian doctor who decides to go study history of medicine at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Md. There she discovers the information about an 18th century doctor in the Southern German city of Halle, which was then in the Prussian empire. Byrne will play the Prussian doctor, and will also play Eva’s doctor in the present day. The screenplay is by Hintermann and Marco Saura. The film will be in English.
“The narrative structure of the film is somewhat similar to ‘Cloud Atlas’: some characters from the past also reverberate in the present, »
- Nick Vivarelli
Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lust and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords and honest men...all will play the 'Game of Thrones.' Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Ser Jaime Lannister, Lena Headey as Queen Cersei Lannister, Emilia Clarke as Queen Daenerys Targaryen, Kit Harington as Jon Snow, Aidan Gillen as Lord Petyr Baelish, Charles Dance as Lord Tywin Lannister, Natalie Dormer as Lady Margaery Tyrell, Liam Cunningham as Ser Davos Seaworth, Stephen Dillane as King Stannis Baratheon, Carice van Houten as Lady Melisandre, Alfie Allen as Prince Theon Greyjoy, John Bradley as Samwell Tarly, »
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