12 items from 2014
I don’t think anyone would refute the point that even the most established and dramatically formidable of TV shows is highly dependent on the skills of its directors. We’ve seen how talented helmers can elevate even lesser episodes of programs, from Rian Johnson’s work on AMC’s Breaking Bad to Patty Jenkins’ absorbing atmosphere-building on the same channel’s The Killing. And HBO’s Game of Thrones, which has now received two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Directing (for Tim Van Patten’s series premiere and Neil Marshall’s epic season 4 episode “The Watchers on the Wall”), with its sweeping scale and battle sequences, is more dependent on exceptional direction than most.
That’s why I’m happy to report that the recently revealed roster of directors that the HBO high fantasy hit has lined up for its upcoming fifth season looks as terrific as ever. There are five directors, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The season four finale of Game of Thrones left all of the main characters in a very different place to where we found them at the beginning of that ten episode run. It seems fitting then that next year’s batch of directors will almost all be completely new to the small screen adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s novels.
However, this has meant that there are some notable absences, and among them are Alex Graves (who directed a total of four episodes this year), Alan Taylor (who bowed out of season four because of Thor: The Dark World and now because of the new Terminator movie), Neil Marshall (who was nominated for an Emmy last week for “The Watchers on The Wall”), and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who previously directed an episode each.
- Josh Wilding
With pre-production on the fifth season of Game of Thrones in full swing, HBO has announced the directors charged with the latest round of episodes on the epic fantasy series. Via Entertainment Weekly, here are the five names, who will direct two episodes apiece…
Absent from the list of directors this year are showrunners David Benioff and D.B Weiss, along with Alex Graves and Neil Marshall, although David Nutter returns into the fold, having brought the Red Wedding to life in ‘The Rains of Castermere’.
Meanwhile HBO has also taken the opportunity to officially announce the Blu-ray and DVD release of Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth »
- Gary Collinson
4 newcomers to Game Of Thrones will be directing a brace of episodes each for season 5...
A number of changes are afoot in terms of the team going behind the camera for Game Of Thrones season five. Notably, showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (who directed season three's Walk Of Punishment and season four's Two Swords) won't have directors' credits on any of the season five episodes.
We already knew that stalwart GoT director Alex Graves was taking a season-long break and planning to return for the sixth run, leaving a sizeable gap in the roster, and it's now been confirmed that regulars Michelle Maclaren and Alik Sakharov will also be joining him in their absence for season five (Maclaren is busy with Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul alongside directing stints on HBO's The Leftovers, while Sakharov is working on pirate drama Black Sails).
A bunch of new faces will be behind the camera for the next season of HBO's "Game of Thrones" with Alex Graves, Neil Marshall, and show runners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff not popping up on the schedule for next year - the first time in the series this has happened.
In fact, the only returning director is David Nutter who helmed two episodes of Season 2 and the pivotal two final episodes of Season 3. He returns to handle the final two episodes of Season 5.
Joining him this year are Michael Slovis ("Breaking Bad") who is helming the first two episodes, Mark Mylod ("Shameless") doing Episodes 3 and 4, Jeremy Podeswa ("Boardwalk Empire") handling Episodes 5 and 6, and Miguel Sapochnik ("Fringe") tackling Episodes 7 and 8.
Meanwhile, in front of the camera, a new face has joined the cast. "Whale Rider" actress Keisha-Castle Hughes has reportedly joined the series in the role of has signed »
- Garth Franklin
When Game of Thrones returns for Season 5 next year, there will be several new directors taking the helm for eight of the 10 episodes. David Nutter, who has directed four episodes during the show's four-season run, including the "Red Wedding" episode, "The Rains of Castamere", is the only Game of Thrones alum coming back, with longtime series directors Alex Graves and Neil Marshall taking this year off.
Michael Slovis (Breaking Bad) is slated to direct the first two Season 5 episodes, with Mark Mylod (Shameless) taking the helm for Episodes 3 and 4. Jeremy Podeswa (Boardwalk Empire) will direct Episodes 5 and 6, with Miguel Sapochnik (Fringe) taking on Episodes 7 and 8.
Season 5 will mark the first year that Alex Graves, Neil Marshall and series creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will not direct at least one episode of Game of Thrones. Alex Graves directed four Season 4 episodes and Neil Marshall landed an Emmy nomination for directing »
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now know who will be directing each episode of the fifth season of Game of Thrones. They will each helm two episodes in a row, and the return of the series next year will kick off with Michael Slovis (Breaking Bad). He will then be followed by Mark Mylod (Shameless), Jeremy Podeswa (Boardwalk Empire), Miguel Sapochnik (Fringe) and David Nutter (Arrow). With the exception of the latter - who also helmed The Flash's pilot episode and the now infamous "Red Wedding" episode of Game of Thrones - each of the directors here are new additions to the show. Conspicuous by their absence are Alex Graves, Neil Marshall, and showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss, who previously directed an episode each. What do you think? »
Expected to premiere its fifth season in April of 2015, HBO has today revealed to EW the five directors that will helm all ten episodes. This time around, HBO is setting some new talent loose in Westeros. Michael Slovis ("Breaking Bad") will direct episodes one and two, Mark Mylod ("Shameless") will take on three and four, Jeremy Podeswa ("Boardwalk Empire") will helm five and six, Miguel Sapochnik ("Fringe") will handle seven and eight while David Nutter, the only name on the list to have previously directed "Thrones" episode, will round out the season with episodes nine and ten. »
Back in June, just after Season 4 of Game of Thrones came to an end, series creators D.B. Weiss and David Benioff hinted that several new characters will be popping up in Season 5. While the show normally brings on a slew of fresh faces every year, we haven't had any clue who might be showing up this season, until today, when a new, unconfirmed report revealed that Keisha Castle-Hughes has signed on to play one of the Sand Snakes.
For those unfamiliar with the George R.R. Martin novels, the Sand Snakes are the eight daughters of Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal). New Zealand Herald reports that the 24-year-old actress could be playing Nymeria Sand, described as a beautiful mixed-race woman who is both emotional and strong. The show is expected to only use three of these Sand Snakes, Nymeria, Obara Sand, the eldest, and Tyene Sand, the youngest.
Nothing has been confirmed by HBO at this time, »
Who will command the Game of Thrones production army next season?
There are five directors, each charged with helming two episodes each in season 5. Back in the mix this year: David Nutter, who directed the incredible “The Rains of Castamere” episode (aka The Red Wedding) in season 3. Nutter returns to helm next year’s ever-crucial ninth episode and the season 5 finale.
Absent from the list this round: Alex Graves, who directed four episodes last season, and Neil Marshall, who scored an Emmy nomination last week for his work on the ninth episode of season 4, “The Watchers on The Wall” (aka »
- James Hibberd
"Hieroglyph"! Ordered direct-to-series last October and still scheduled for midseason as of May, the ancient Egyptian adventure-drama "Hieroglyph" will not be moving forward, Fox sources confirm to HitFix. As a result, we'll never find out what those vampire-like creatures were from the "Hieroglyph" trailer, much less what "Hieroglyph" was actually about. And, as a result, Firewall & Iceberg has lost one of its most resilient jokes even before we figured out what the joke even was. "Hieroglyph"! Back in October, Fox said that, "Set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined, 'Hieroglyph' follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers." Created by Travis Beacham, "Hieroglyph" was given a 13-episode order as a key piece of Fox's "death to pilot season" strategy. As was the case with "Terra Nova" a few years back, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Exclusive: Condola Rashad, coming off her starring turn opposite Orlando Bloom in Romeo and Juliet on Broadway, has been tapped to co-star in Fox‘s 13-episode series Hieroglyph. Produced by 20th TV and Chernin Entertainment, Hieroglyph, which is eyed for next season, is set in ancient Egypt, where fantasy and reality intertwined. It follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah (Reece Ritchie), navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers. Condola, repped by Harden Curtis and Assoc. and Brookside Artist Management, will play Nefertari, the Pharaoh’s half-sister with a rare beauty that intimidates even the strongest of suitors… and she knows it. Executive producing are creator Travis Beacham, Peter Chernin, Katherine Pope and Miguel Sapochnik, who will direct the premiere episode. Rashad is one of the hottest young Broadway actresses with back to back Tony nominations for Stick »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
12 items from 2014
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