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First Image From Mary Shelley Sees Elle Fanning In Title Role

We’ve been hearing about this project since 2014, when it was titled A Storm In The Stars – but now we finally have the first image from the newly monikered Mary Shelley, with Elle Fanning in the title role, as it’s packaged for sale at the Berlin Film Festival. The gothic biographical drama looks set to unspool the early years of one of Britain’s most famous authors, in a surprisingly timely story of philosophy, feminism, and tragedy.

Directed by Saudi Arabia’s first female film director, Haifaa al-Mansour, Mary Shelley casts Elle Fanning as the young author – before she found fame by penning Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus, in 1818. Shelley’s life was one filled with tragedy – such that it should make any cinematic telling of the tale riveting and moving. She was the daughter of the philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft, who died while her daughter was
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Haugesund: Helmer Praises Spirit of ‘The Lion Woman’

“I was immediately captured by the characters — they were people I knew or had even met. And it was a timeless story, about universally human values, although it takes place more than 100 years ago,” said Norwegian writer-director Vibeke Idsøe of “The Lion Woman,” her period drama that had its world premiere Aug. 21 at the opening of the 44th Norwegian Intl. Film Festival in Haugesund.

“Most people have at some stage of their lives felt they were different, and beyond the usual scope of being loved — or thought they were. Here is a woman who certainly looks odd, and she knows it will never change; but will she stand up against it, or will it destroy her? This woman decides to fight,” Idsøe said.

Adapted from Norwegian author Erik Fosnes Hansen’s international bestseller, “The Lion Woman” is set between 1912-1937 and follows Eva, the daughter of the stationmaster in a small Norwegian community,
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Stannis’ Silent Horses, Ghost-less, & Queen’s Feet – Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale Gut Takes

Mother’s Mercy. Just some gut reactions to the season 5 finale to Game of Thrones. I realize the internet broke with analysis from both people with early access to the show and events of the finale from day one, and I imagine there are a bunch of pieces on fan sites with great takes with book knowledge. I have close to decades of book knowledge, but for people who purely watch and experience Game of Thrones via HBO, nothing below is a spoiler in terms of book facts being brought in that reveal something that hasn’t already occurred. The truth is that for the most part the show has either skipped or passed where the books are, or at the very least are right where the books are anyway and it’s pretty obvious this was purposeful out of respect to George R. R. Martin in regards to his upcoming book.
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Shame! Gut Takes from Mother’s Mercy – Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale

Mother’s Mercy. Just some gut reactions to the season 5 finale to Game of Thrones. I realize the internet broke with analysis from both people with early access to the show and events of the finale from day one, and I imagine there are a bunch of pieces on fan sites with great takes with book knowledge. I have close to decades of book knowledge, but for people who purely watch and experience Game of Thrones via HBO, nothing below is a spoiler in terms of book facts being brought in that reveal something that hasn’t already occurred.

The truth is that for the most part the show has either skipped or passed where the books are, or at the very least are right where the books are anyway and it’s pretty obvious this was purposeful out of respect to George R. R. Martin in regards to his upcoming book.
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Game of Thrones Season Five – Episode 1 Review

Oliver Davis reviews the first episode of Game of Thrones Season Five….

The Wars to Come. Directed by Michael Slovis. Written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss.

Cersei

Season five opens on a flashback, the first one ever in Game of Thrones. These opening prologues have prized place in George R. R. Martin’s books, either introducing new characters or telling self-contained stories that become significant later on. They help ease you back into his gory, kinky world.

The flashback is Cersei’s (Lena Headey), who will become an even more central character in season five (the fourth book, on which her storyline in this series is based, is the first one with chapters written from her perspective). It shows a witch telling a young Cersei her future, that “another queen, younger and more beautiful” would replace her. Which explains all the Margaery Tyrell (Natalie Dormer) hate.

In the present day,
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Game of Thrones: Top 5 scenes to psyche you up for Season 5

Oliver Davis with the top five scenes to psyche you up for Game of Thrones season 5…

April brings with it several yearly traditions: pranking loved ones, completing your tax returns and mentally and emotionally preparing for all your favourite characters to die in Game of Thrones. Season 5 is coming.

In anticipation of Game of Thrones Season 5, Now TV’s Egg-steros Am Dram Society has recreated some of the most popular GoT scenes, as an Easter treat! Fans of the show can vote on which scenes are played out on Twitter, but here’s a rundown of some of our own favourite ever scenes from the past four seasons… Apologies to the many, many scenes that we’re omitted. The length of the longlist shows how consistently excellent the show is.

5. Arya and The Hound break up

As one of two entries from the most recent Season Four – arguably the series
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Game of Thrones: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review

Starring: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Sophie Turner, Jack Gleeson, Alfie Allen, Rory McCann, Charles Dance, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, John Bradley, Gwendoline Christie, James Cosmo, Stephen Dillane, Carice van Houten, Liam Cunningham, Sibel Kekilli, Rose Leslie, Natalie Dormer, Ciarán Hinds, Diana Rigg, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Ellie Kendrick, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon, Pedro Pascal, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Indira Varma, Roger Ashton-Griffiths

Certificate: 18

Running time: 550 minutes

HBO’s most talked about series returns this April, so what better way to get up-to-date and in the Got mood before the new season begins than by watching the Season 4 Blu-ray or DVD. Based on the second half of George R.R. Martin’s novel A Storm of Swords, this one features, as you’d expect, the usual unexpected twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat.

Based
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‘Game of Thrones’ Finale: Star and Director Talk Shocking Deaths, Battles in Season 4 Closer

‘Game of Thrones’ Finale: Star and Director Talk Shocking Deaths, Battles in Season 4 Closer
Spoiler Alert: Do not read on if you have yet to see the season four finale of “Game of Thrones,” titled “The Children.”

The season four finale of “Game of Thrones” may not have beaten the body count of the Red Wedding, but the hour still boasted a number of shocking deaths (unless you’re a “Song of Ice and Fire” reader) and epic battles, including Stannis Baratheon’s (Stephen Dillane) raid against Mance Rayder’s (Ciarán Hinds) wildling army, and Bran Stark’s (Isaac Hempstead Wright) harrowing encounter with the wights during his quest to meet the three-eyed raven.

Among the major casualties of the season closer: Tywin Lannister (Charles Dance), Shae (Sibel Kekilli), and Jojen Reed (Thomas Brodie-Sangster), with Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann) left for dead by Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) after a brutal confrontation with Brienne of Tarth (Gwendoline Christie).

Variety talked to Kekilli and
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Game of Thrones Season Four – Episode 6 Review

Oliver Davis reviews the sixth episode of Game of Thrones Season Four…

The Laws of Gods and Men.

Directed by Alik Sakharov.

Written by Bryan Cogman.

Davos

Davos Seaworth (Liam Cunningham) really is one of Westeros’ nice guys. Despite his best friend, Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane), locking him away in a dungeon for months on end; the ironic notion of him holding the King’s hand position whilst missing four fingers; and that everyone assumes he was a pirate, he maintains his cheery disposition. “A smuggler, Your Grace/Lordship/Crazy Woman in a Red Dress” he patiently corrects them all.

The semantic difference has become a pretty neat running gag as of late, and hopefully he’s winning over more viewers with every scene. His awkward bromance with Stannis doesn’t hurt, either. Rather than flat out lament Davos’ suggestions, Stannis subtly contorts his cheek, or screws up an eyeball.
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Spoiler Footage From "Game Of Thrones" Season 4

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Sneak Peek new spoiler footage from the upcoming fourth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones", premiering April 6, 2014, based on the second half of "A Storm of Swords", the third of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels by author George R. R. Martin.

Plus take another look @ the last episode of last season and the notorious "Red Wedding" sequence:

Writers for Season 4 include David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Martin and Bryan Cogman.

Main cast includes Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Iain Glen, Aidan Gillen, Charles Dance, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dillane, Carice van Houten, Natalie Dormer, Margaery Tyrell, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Jack Gleeson, John Bradley, Joe Dempsie, Rose Leslie, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, Sibel Kekilli and Rory McCann:

"following the events of the 'Red Wedding', the 'War of the Five Kings' is drawing to a close, but new intrigues and plots are in motion,
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New Images From "Game Of Thrones" - Season 4

  • SneakPeek
Sneak Peek more of the upcoming fourth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones", premiering April 6, 2014, based on the second half of "A Storm of Swords", the third of the "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels by author George R. R. Martin, plus take another look @ the last episode of the series and the notorious "Red Wedding" sequence:

Writers for Season 4 include David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, Martin and Bryan Cogman.

Main cast includes Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Iain Glen, Aidan Gillen, Charles Dance, Liam Cunningham, Stephen Dillane, Carice van Houten, Natalie Dormer, Margaery Tyrell, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Jack Gleeson, John Bradley, Joe Dempsie, Rose Leslie, Jerome Flynn, Conleth Hill, Sibel Kekilli and Rory McCann:

"following the events of the 'Red Wedding', the 'War of the Five Kings' is drawing to a close, but new intrigues and plots are in motion,
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The best TV of 2013: No 4 – Game of Thrones (Sky Atlantic)

The third season of HBO's fantasy drama, based on George Rr Martin's novels, was the biggest, boldest and strongest so far

• Read No 5 – Broadchurch, by Mark Lawson

• Read the rest of the countdown here

Spoiler alert – this blog contains discussion of storylines throughout season three of Game of Thrones. If you have read the books, please do not spoiler future plotlines in the comments.

To paraphrase the famous HBO slogan, there's television and then there's Game of Thrones. No other show is so adept at marrying the epic to the personal, showing you how the smallest of actions can have consequences on the grandest of scales. And all without seeming to work up a sweat.

Television is littered with the corpses of shows that stumbled in their third season and few if any of them faced the logistical problems of Game of Thrones, which juggles a growing cast with increasingly
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Neil Marshall to direct Game of Thrones' season 4 finale

Having brought the Battle of the Blackwater to our screens with the ninth episode of Game of Thrones Season Two, director Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent) looks set for a return to Westeros, with Empire magazine that the British filmmaker has been invited to helm the Season Four finale of HBO's epic fantasy series.

If you're not fully up to speed with George R.R. Martin's books and are looking to avoid any spoilers, you might want to stop reading now...

Given that A Storm of Swords culminates with the Battle of Castle Black - a showdown between Mance Rayder's (Ciaran Hinds) Wildling army and the men of the Night's Watch, supported by Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) - it's not surprising that Marshall has been asked to return, seeing as the action-packed 'Blackwater' was the stand-out episode of Season Two. According to Empire's source, the director is already prepping the finale,
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Game of Thrones recap: season three, episode one – Valar Dohaeris

A distinctly sedate opening to the new season – but Jon, Sam, Tyrion and Cersei all had plenty to grapple with

Spoiler alert: Don't read on if you haven't watched the first episode of Game of Thrones season three (HBO, Sunday; Sky Atlantic, Monday). As ever, we are going to (hopefully) avoid book spoilers as well.

Click here to catch up with our episode blogs for seasons one and two.

'We have to warn them, or before winter is done you and everyone you've ever known will be dead'

Welcome back everyone. Appropriately enough for a series opener, episode one was all about journeys – we watched Jon head to Mance Rayder's camp, Davos make his way back to Dragonstone and Dany arrive at the slave city of Astapor. By focusing predominantly on those storylines, plus events in King's Landing, David Benioff and Db Weiss largely avoided the choppy pacing of last season,
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A new behind-the-scenes video from Game of Thrones season 3

The epic fantasy series Game of Thrones returns to TV screens in just over six weeks time, and while we're yet to see a trailer for the hotly-anticipated third season, HBO has delivered a brief glimpse at some behind-the-scenes footage and dialogue from the upcoming episodes courtesy of a new 'Making Game of Thrones' Vlog.

Entitled 'Molding The Book Into A Series', the featurette sees executive story editor / writer Bryan Cogman (My Own Worst Enemy) explaining the process of adapting George R.R. Martin's A Storm of Swords... well, the first half of it, at least.

Game of Thrones season three sees the return of familiar faces such as Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon) and Stephen Dillane (Stannis Baratheon), while newcomers to the huge ensemble cast include Diana Rigg (The Avengers
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False Trail (Jägarna 2) Review

Director: Kjell Sundvall

Starring: Rolf Lassgård, Peter Stormare, Annika Nordin

Running Time: 129 mins

Certificate: Tba

Synopsis: Erik (Lassgård) has become the National Murder Commission’s best interrogator, and fifteen years after leaving his home town, he reluctantly returns to solve a brutal murder. The complex case becomes more challenging when he finds he has a new nemesis, by the name of Torsten (Stormare), to contend with.

Sundvall’s follow up to his 1996 film, JÄGARNA, follows protagonist Erik once more, although the film stands alone as a separate story. It also boasts terrific performances from Lassgård (Storm) and Stormare (How I Spent My Summer Vacation).

The two central actors do an unrelenting job of playing to the subtext of the roles, which allows for a genuine uneasiness to wash over the audience each time they share the screen. This is particularly heartening, as crime mysteries do not often thrive when it
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New Who Review : Asylum of the Daleks

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A new season, a return of an old enemy, a dramatic change to a relationship, and a very surprising casting choice made the premiere episode of Doctor Who quite the rollicking ride. Keep your arms and legs inside the car at all times, mind the spoilers, hang tight to your jewelry (especially bracelets), mind the spoilers and here we go…

Asylum Of The Daleks

By Steven Moffat

Directed by Nick Hurran

The Doctor, Amy Pond and Rory Williams are all captured by Dalek sleeper agents and taken to their main fleet, home of their Parliament. Rather than Exterminate him, they beg for his help. Their Asylum, a combination hospital and prison for Daleks so damaged or insane they can no longer be controlled, is in danger of being breached after a lost spaceship crashes on it. The Doctor. Amy and Rory are sent down to the surface to shut down the planetary force field defense,
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Ciarán Hinds cast as Mance Rayder in Game of Thrones

There’s already been a tonne of casting for the third season of HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones, but one role that remained vacant was that of Mance Rayder, the King Beyond the Wall and the leader of an army of Wildlings. Well, not any more, with Entertainment Weekly revealing that the coveted role has gone to Ciarán Hinds, whose credits include HBO’s Rome, as well as a host of feature films, with recent offerings including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Woman in Black, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and John Carter.

Hinds becomes the latest in a slew of series newcomers, with third season additions including Diana Rigg (The Avengers – no, not that one), Mackenzie Crook (The Office), Thomas Sangster (Nowhere Boy) and former Dennis Pennis Paul Kaye. They join a cast that is already bursting at the seams with the likes of Peter Dinklage
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Game of Thrones Season Two - Episode 8 Review

Oliver Davis reviews the eighth episode of Game of Thrones Season Two...

The Prince of Winterfell.

Directed by Alan Taylor.

Written by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

This week had more Tyrion and more C-bombs, which are both directly proportional to episode quality. Although not as strong as the last two episodes, The Prince of Winterfell did more than enough to continue the recent run of greatness to three. Some of the acting fell a bit flat, and a few scenes dragged a tad, but a storm is gathering. King Stannis' host is approaching King's Landing, the capital of Westeros; those behind its walls are preparing for siege; and Tywin has set forth from Harrenhal to defend it. We're two away from the end, making this Game of Thrones season two's ante-penultimate episode...

...which just so happens to be my favourite word.

Arya

...as predicted in the review last week,
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Game of Thrones: season two, episode eight – The Prince of Winterfell

Betrayal, intrigue and despair feature in an occasionally slow-moving but fascinating episode

Spoiler alert: Don't read on unless you have watched the first eight episodes of Game of Thrones season two. For the purposes of this blog we are also going to (hopefully) avoid book spoilers as well.

Sarah Hughes's episode seven blog

'A day will come when you think you're safe and happy and the joy will turn to ashes in your mouth and you will know the debt is paid.'

Sometimes the most important message in Game of Thrones is never trust your family: they'll be the first ones to hurt or betray you. That was the case throughout an occasionally slow-moving but fascinating episode, which felt like the calm before Stannis arrives to storm King's Landing.

Thus all thoughts of reconciliation between Tyrion and Cersei were abandoned as the Queen revealed she had spent her spare time torturing Ros,
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