• ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff ‘House of the Dragon’ Likely to Premiere in 2022
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    ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff ‘House of the Dragon’ Likely to Premiere in 2022

    Hotly anticipated "Game of Thrones" straight-to-series spinoff "House of the Dragon" is likely to premiere in 2022, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys told Variety at the Television Critics Assn. tour on Wednesday, calling that his "best guess." He was not able to narrow down a more precise premiere date at this stage of development. No […]

  • Why HBO Chose ‘House of the Dragon’ Over Scrapped ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Starring Naomi Watts
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    Why HBO Chose ‘House of the Dragon’ Over Scrapped ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Starring Naomi Watts

    HBO finally fully committed to one of the several “Game of Thrones” spinoffs it had in development when it gave “House of the Dragon” a straight-to-series order last October. That pickup came on the same day that another potential spinoff — the one starring Naomi Watts that HBO had actually filmed a pilot for — was scrapped. That untitled prequel, referred to internally as “Bloodmoon,” was set thousands of years before the events of “Game of Thrones.” TheWrap sat down with HBO programming chief Casey Bloys at the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday and asked him to break down the reasoning behind picking one project over the other. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Prequel 'House of the Dragon' Doesn't Have a Premiere Date Yet, But Here Is Casey Bloys' 'Suspicion' “In general for a pilot, and this is very much the case in this one, there’s not one thing that I would say, ‘Oh, this went terribly wrong,'” Bloys said. “Sometimes a pilot comes together, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes even the best aspects don’t totally gel, sometimes they do. That’s kind of the little bit of luck and magic in doing shows — and sometimes they come together and...Read original story Why HBO Chose ‘House of the Dragon’ Over Scrapped ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff Starring Naomi Watts At TheWrap

  • Visual Effects Society Nominates ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and Baby Yoda
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    Visual Effects Society Nominates ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and Baby Yoda

    “Alita: Battle Angel,” “The Lion King” and “Toy Story 4” lead all films in nominations for the Visual Effects Society’s 18th annual VES Awards, which were announced on Tuesday morning. Those three films received five nominations each in the 25 categories encompassing film, television and special projects.But two television shows, “Game of Thrones” and “The Mandalorian,” received six nominations each to lead all projects. Three of the nominations for “The Mandalorian” were for the character of “The Child,” better known to fans of the show as Baby Yoda, or for the episode that bears his name.In the Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature category, the VES category that corresponds most closely to the Oscars’ Best Visual Effects category, the nominees were “Alita: Battle Angel,” “Avengers: Endgame,” “Gemini Man,” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” and “The Lion King.” All five of those films are on the Oscars shortlist for visual effects.Also Read: Baby Yoda Movie? Bob Iger Says Disney+ 'Star Wars' TV Shows Could Become FilmsTwo other films on that shortlist, “1917” and “The Irishman,” were nominated in the Outstanding Supporting Effects in a Photoreal Feature category. Another two films shortlisted by the Academy, “Terminator: Dark Fate” and “Captain Marvel,” received single VES nominations.The final shortlisted film, “Cats,” was not nominated by the VES.In addition to “The Mandalorian” and the final season of “Game of Thrones,” television shows with multiple nominations included “Stranger Things,” “Lost in Space” and “Lady and the Tramp.”Last year, four of the five nominees for Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature category went on to receive Oscar nominations.The one that did not, “First Man,” was nominated by the VES for Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature, and went on to win the Oscar.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' Lands on Oscars Visual Effects Shortlist, 'Bombshell' Leads Makeup & HairstylingOver the first 17 years of the VES Awards, almost 75% of the Oscar nominees have first been nominated in that category by the VES.The 18th annual VES Awards will take place on Jan. 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Also at the ceremony, director Roland Emmerich will receive the VES Visionary Award, Martin Scorsese will be given the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and VFX supervisor Sheena Duggal will receive the VES Award for Creative Excellence.For the full list of nominated VES artists in each category, check the VES website.The nominees:Outstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature “Alita: Battle Angel” “Avengers: Endgame” “Gemini Man” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” “The Lion King”Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Feature “1917” “Ford v Ferrari” “Joker” “The Aeronauts” “The Irishman”Outstanding Visual Effects in an Animated Feature “Frozen II” “Klaus” “Missing Link” “The Lego Movie 2” “Toy Story 4”Also Read: 'Missing Link' Team Says Why Creating 'Little Avocado With a Face' Was Most Complicated Thing Laika's DoneOutstanding Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode “Game of Thrones”: “The Bells” “His Dark Materials”: “The Fight to the Death” “Lady and the Tramp” “Lost in Space”: Episode: Ninety-Seven “Stranger Things”: “Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum” “The Mandalorian”: “The Child”Outstanding Supporting Visual Effects in a Photoreal Episode “Chernobyl”: 1:23:45 “Living With Yourself”: “Nice Knowing You” “See”: “Godflame” “The Crown”: “Aberfan” “Vikings”: “What Happens in the Cave”Outstanding Visual Effects in a Real-Time Project “Call of Duty Modern Warfare” “Control” “Gears 5” “Myth: A Frozen Tale” “Vader Immortal: Episode I”Outstanding Visual Effects in a Commercial Anthem “Conviction” BMW “Legend” Hennessy: “The Seven Worlds” PlayStation: “Feel The Power of Pro” Purdey’s: “Hummingbird”Outstanding Visual Effects in a Special Venue Project “Avengers: Damage Control” “Jurassic World: The Ride” “Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run” “Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance” “Universal Sphere”Outstanding Animated Character in a Photoreal Feature “Alita: Battle Angel”: Alita “Avengers: Endgame”: Smart Hulk “Gemini Man”: Junior “The Lion King”: ScarOutstanding Animated Character in an Animated Feature “Frozen II”: The Water Nøkk “Klaus”: Jesper “Missing Link”: Susan “Toy Story 4”: Bo PeepOutstanding Animated Character in an Episode or Real-Time Project “Lady and the Tramp”: Tramp “Stranger Things 3”: Tom/Bruce Monster “The Mandalorian”: The Child; Mudhorn “The Umbrella Academy”: Pilot; PogoOutstanding Animated Character in a Commercial “Apex Legend”: Meltdown; Mirage “Churchill”: Churchie “Cyberpunk 2077”: Dex “John Lewis”: Excitable Edgar; EdgarOutstanding Created Environment in a Photoreal Feature “Aladdin”: Agrabah “Alita: Battle Angel”: Iron City “Motherless Brooklyn”: Penn Station “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”: Pasaana Desert “The Lion King”: The PridelandsOutstanding Created Environment in an Animated Feature “Frozen II”: Giants’ Gorge “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”: The Hidden World “Missing Link”: Passage to India Jungle “Toy Story 4”: Antiques MallOutstanding Created Environment in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project “Game of Thrones”: The Iron Throne; Red Keep Plaza “Lost in Space”: Precipice; The Trench “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance”: The Endless Forest Tthe Mandalorian”: Nevarro TownOutstanding Virtual Cinematography in a CG Project “Alita: Battle Angel” “The Lion King” “The Mandalorian”: The Prisoner; The Roost “Toy Story 4”Outstanding Model in a Photoreal or Animated Project “Lost in Space”: The Resolute “Missing Link”: The Manchuria “The Man in the High Castle”: Rocket Train “The Mandalorian”: The Sin; The RazorcrestOutstanding Effects Simulations in a Photoreal Feature “Dumbo”: Bubble Elephants “Spider-Man: Far From Home”: Molten Man “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” “The Lion King”Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Animated Feature “Abominable” “Frozen II” “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”: Water and Waterfalls “Toy Story 4”Outstanding Effects Simulations in an Episode, Commercial, or Real-Time Project “Game of Thrones”: The Bells “Hennessy: The Seven Worlds” “Lost in Space”: Precipice; Water Planet “Stranger Things 3”: Melting Tom/Bruce “The Mandalorian”: The Child; MudhornOutstanding Compositing in a Feature “Alita: Battle Angel” “Avengers: Endgame” “Captain Marvel”: Young Nick Fury “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” “The Irishman”Outstanding Compositing in an Episode “Game of Thrones”: The Bells “Game of Thrones”: The Long Night; Dragon Ground Battle “Stranger Things 3”: Starcourt Mall Battle “Watchmen”: Pilot; Looking GlassOutstanding Compositing in a Commercial “BMW Legend” “Feeding America; I Am Hunger in America” “Hennessy; The Seven Worlds” “PlayStation: Feel the Power of Pro”Outstanding Special (Practical) Effects in a Photoreal or Animated Project “Aladdin”: Magic Carpet “Game of Thrones”: The Bells “Terminator: Dark Fate” “The Dark Crystal: The Age of Resistance”: “She Knows All the Secrets”Outstanding Visual Effects in a Student Project “Downfall” “Love and Fifty Megatons” “Oeil Pour Oeil” “The Beauty”Read original story Visual Effects Society Nominates ‘The Lion King,’ ‘Game of Thrones’ and Baby Yoda At TheWrap

  • Maisie Williams faces her fears in new trailer for X-Men horror spin-off 'The New Mutants'
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    Maisie Williams faces her fears in new trailer for X-Men horror spin-off 'The New Mutants'

    The long-awaited superhero horror movie The New Mutants has dropped a new trailer.

  • Andrew Dunbar, Theon Greyjoy’s Body Double on ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies in His 30s
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    Andrew Dunbar, Theon Greyjoy’s Body Double on ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies in His 30s

    Andrew Dunbar, who worked as a body double for Alfie Allen’s Theon Greyjoy and a background actor on HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” has died. He was in his 30s.Dunbar died suddenly at his home in East Belfast, Ireland, on Christmas Eve, according to the Daily Mail. No cause of death was made public.“To say we are shocked and saddened at the passing of Andrew Dunbar is an understatement,” the Ireland-based talent agency The Extras Dept. said in a statement. “We have so many fond memories of the years Andrew worked with us. He was so versatile we could cast him in anything, he was such a talented performer he would always end up being featured, and he was so adored that he was always requested by productions again and again.”Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Is Most-Tweeted-About Show of 2019, 'SNL' - Last Year's No. 1 - Falls Off Top 10 ListDunbar appeared on the final three seasons of “Game of Thrones,” beginning with Season 6’s “Battle of the Bastards.” In addition serving as a body double for Allen’s Theon and as a background performer in other “GOT” roles, he also appeared “Line of Duty,” “Derry Girls” and SYFY’s “Krypton.”In an Instagram story, Allen noted Dunbar’s passing, writing, “Extremely shocked and saddened to hear of his passing. To lose a loved one so young, I can only imagine what his family are going through. RIP Andrew xxx.”Pamela Smyth, who oversaw crowd makeup for “Game of Thrones,” also remembered Dunbar in a statement to Belfast Live. “Even among the thousands of extras that came through the crowd room on Thrones – Andrew always stood out,” she said. “Always professional and mannerly with a big broad beaming smile. A beautiful soul – he will be missed by all the GOT family.”Read original story Andrew Dunbar, Theon Greyjoy’s Body Double on ‘Game of Thrones,’ Dies in His 30s At TheWrap

  • Golden Globes 2020 nominations: The biggest snubs and surprises
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    Golden Globes 2020 nominations: The biggest snubs and surprises

    'Marriage Story' shocks with most nominations and female filmmakers are completely overlooked. Meanwhile, Netflix and Apple notch streaming milestones.

  • Rory McCann was living in a tent before ‘Game Of Thrones’
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    Rory McCann was living in a tent before ‘Game Of Thrones’

    Rory McCann has revealed that he was living in a tent and stealing food before he was cast as The Hound on Game Of Thrones.

  • 'The Nightingale' actor Aisling Franciosi defends the film from critics who called it 'gratuitous'
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    'The Nightingale' actor Aisling Franciosi defends the film from critics who called it 'gratuitous'

    Aisling Franciosi says the violence in Jennifer Kent's new film 'The Nightingale' has 'hit a nerve' because it feels real.

  • The 'Game Of Thrones' Coffee Cup Mystery Is Back From The Dead
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    The 'Game Of Thrones' Coffee Cup Mystery Is Back From The Dead

    Fans thought they finally had the answers, but now they've been served a new plot twist.

  • How Emilia Clarke's real-life health scare informed her 'Last Christmas' role
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    How Emilia Clarke's real-life health scare informed her 'Last Christmas' role

    Clarke, who suffered two brain aneurysms, says, "I didn't like doing" hospital scene in new festive movie.

  • Emilia Clarke is only interested in indies after 'Game Of Thrones'
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    Emilia Clarke is only interested in indies after 'Game Of Thrones'

    Emilia Clarke has opened up about her plans after Game Of Thrones, and it involves indies, producing, and writing.

  • Netflix deal and 'toxic fandom' may have lead 'Game of Thrones' showrunners to exit 'Star Wars'
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    Netflix deal and 'toxic fandom' may have lead 'Game of Thrones' showrunners to exit 'Star Wars'

    Following the news that Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff have exited the Star Wars universe, insiders are reporting rifts within Lucasfilm and concerns over 'toxic fandom'.

  • Emilia Clarke Finally Exposes The True 'Game Of Thrones' Coffee Cup Culprit
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    Emilia Clarke Finally Exposes The True 'Game Of Thrones' Coffee Cup Culprit

    The actor gave fans the answers they deserve on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon.

  • 'Game of Thrones' Targaryen series confirmed as Jane Goldman prequel is axed
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    'Game of Thrones' Targaryen series confirmed as Jane Goldman prequel is axed

    In a combination of good news and bad news from Westeros, HBO has announced that it has ordered a 10-episode series about the turbulent Targaryen family from George R.R. Martin's epic novel series.

  • ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ Ordered Straight to Series at HBO
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    ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ Ordered Straight to Series at HBO

    HBO has ordered “Game of Thrones” prequel series “House of the Dragon” straight to series, HBO programming president Casey Bloys announced during WarnerMedia’s media event on Tuesday.Co-created by George R.R. Martin and “Colony” co-creator Ryan Condal, the 10-episode spinoff is set in the early days of Westeros and focused on House Targaryen. “House of the Dragon” is based on Martin’s “Fire & Blood” book, and takes place 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones,” which wrapped its eight-season run earlier this year.House Targaryen is the family that Emila Clarke’s Daenerys belonged to, along with her brother Viserys (Harry Lloyd) and nephew Aegon Targaryen a.k.a. Jon Snow (Kit Harington).Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Prequel Pilot Starring Naomi Watts Scrapped by HBOMiguel Sapochnik — who directed several fan-favorite episodes of “GoT,” such as “The Long Night,” “Battle of the Bastards” and “Hardhome” — and Condal will serve as co-showrunners on the series and executive produce alongside Martin and Vince Gerardis. Sapochnik will direct the pilot and additional episodes.“The ‘Game of Thrones’ universe is so rich with stories,” Bloys said. “We look forward to exploring the origins of House Targaryen and the earlier days of Westeros along with Miguel, Ryan and George.”The “House of the Dragon” announcement came hours after news broke that the “Game of Thrones” prequel pilot starring Naomi Watts had been scrapped at HBO. Ordered to pilot last year, that untitled project from Martin and “Kingsman” screenwriter Jane Goldman was set thousands of years before the events of the original “Game of Thrones” series in the era known as the Age of Heroes.Also Read: HBO Max Finally Sets PriceProduction on the now-dead pilot wrapped over the summer, Bloys told reporters during the Television Critics Association press tour in July. At the time, he also told TheWrap the pay TV channel has one or two more “GoT” spinoff scripts it is “possibly” considering ordering to pilot, “But we’re gonna see what happens with this one.”And now we know what happened.See the logo for “House of the Dragon” below.HBORead original story ‘Game of Thrones’ Prequel ‘House of the Dragon’ Ordered Straight to Series at HBO At TheWrap

  • 'Game of Thrones' showrunners Benioff and Weiss exit new 'Star Wars' trilogy
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    'Game of Thrones' showrunners Benioff and Weiss exit new 'Star Wars' trilogy

    The planned trilogy of Star Wars movies by Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff is no more.

  • 'Hellboy' director Neil Marshall says comic book movies are 'pure cinema' (exclusive)
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    'Hellboy' director Neil Marshall says comic book movies are 'pure cinema' (exclusive)

    The director of 'Hellboy' says it was wrong for Martin Scorsese to 'segregate' comic book movies away from the rest of cinema.

  • Emilia Clarke was heartbroken by the response to the ‘Game Of Thrones’ finale
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    Emilia Clarke was heartbroken by the response to the ‘Game Of Thrones’ finale

    Emilia Clarke talks the divisive response to Game Of Thrones and being heartbroken for showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

  • 'Avengers' star Elizabeth Olsen reveals details of horrible audition for Daeneyrs in 'Game of Thrones'
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    'Avengers' star Elizabeth Olsen reveals details of horrible audition for Daeneyrs in 'Game of Thrones'

    Elizabeth Olsen has revealed that she auditioned for the role of Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, and it went horribly.

  • Four actors turned directors share the challenges of switching codes as their films play London Film Festival
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    Four actors turned directors share the challenges of switching codes as their films play London Film Festival

    Lena Headey, Craig Roberts, Simon Bird and Aki Omoshaybi talk to Yahoo about putting another string to their cinematic bow.

  • Maisie Williams says it felt 'horrible' having to strap down her boobs to play Arya Stark
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    Maisie Williams says it felt 'horrible' having to strap down her boobs to play Arya Stark

    The actress said she felt 'a bit ashamed' for a while.

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Has A Brienne of Tarth Doll Proudly Displayed In His Home
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    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Has A Brienne of Tarth Doll Proudly Displayed In His Home

    And, of course, the actor who played Jaime Lannister on “Game of Thrones” obtained it in a slightly shady way.

  • The one item Emilia Clarke wanted to steal from 'Game Of Thrones' set
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    The one item Emilia Clarke wanted to steal from 'Game Of Thrones' set

    Emilia Clarke opens up about wanting to steal a particular item from the Game Of Thrones set, but HBO have still not obliged.

  • ‘Game Of Thrones’ showrunners on their writing process and avoiding online reaction
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    ‘Game Of Thrones’ showrunners on their writing process and avoiding online reaction

    Game Of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have opened up about their writing process for the hit HBO show.

  • 'Game of Thrones' fans upset that Emilia Clarke missed out on an Emmy again
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    'Game of Thrones' fans upset that Emilia Clarke missed out on an Emmy again

    The actor missed out on an ward for playing Danaerys Targeryen