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 […]
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
“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? 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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
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
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