Pedro Pascal in talks to join film about China’s Great Wall

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The Red Viper bounces back quick after a gruesome and painful death. According to TheWrap, Pedro Pascal is currently in talks to join a film by Chinese director Zhang Yimou about the famous Great Wall of China. The film is currently untitled, but it has Matt Damon attached to it, so whatever the conflict is, Jason Bourne and Oberyn Martell will be on the case.

The screenwriter of the Bourne saga, Tony Gilroy, also wrote the screenplay for this film. (All that’s missing now is some shaky-cam, free-running stunts and we have the genuine next Bourne film on our hands.) Pascal is just the latest in a line of actors who have been attached to the project, which was initially to be directed by Ed Zwick. It’s probably good that the project is in Zhang Yimou’s hands, though. Yimou has directed a number of great films, particularly 2002’s Hero (a Rashomon-style film starring Jet Li set in in the Warring States era of China’s history), and was also the director of the Beijing Olympics’s opening ceremonies.

The film is set to open sometime in 2016. In the meantime, Pascal is still currently attached to MGM’s Ben-Hur remake, so no matter how many films he ends up taking, Dorne’s adventurous prince won’t be leaving our screens anytime soon.

Game of Thrones Compendium launches amidst rights questions (UPDATED)

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Last week, HBO announced Game of Thrones: The Compendium, a fansourced collection of art and writing on the show. Submissions open today, and will remain open through March. (UPDATE: The countdown has been pushed back until Monday.) If you submit, your work will be judged by a fascinatingly eclectic group of editors they’re calling their Council, and if they like it, you’ll be published and receive a copy of the book.

But should you submit? That’s turned into a somewhat controversial question….

George R.R. Martin offers to screen The Interview

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The big entertainment news of the past day, has been about Seth Rogen and James Franco’s film The Interview, which has been pulled from theaters by Sony Pictures after the hackers responsible for gaining access to confidential Sony documents threatened violence to any theater chains that went through with the film’s planned Christmas Day release. Pretty much everyone who’s anyone in both politics and entertainment has had an opinion on the matter–including A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin.

When news hit that Sony would be pulling the film, Martin took to his “Not a Blog” to chastise everyone involved in the decision, calling it an act of “corporate cowardice.” To wit:

It’s a good thing these guys weren’t around when Charlie Chaplin made THE GREAT DICTATOR.  If Kim Jong-Un scares them, Adolf Hitler would have had them shitting in their smallclothes.

But Martin isn’t just offering angry words…

Arya Stark’s Season 5 costume unveiled

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Entertainment Weekly has pictures of Arya Stark’s costume design for Season 5, as well as quotes from Maisie Williams and costume designer Michele Clapton. It’s a major change–EW calls it an extreme makeover–for the youngest Stark daughter, who’s spent the past three seasons in dirty road clothes.“For so long she had to look like a boy. Even when [the disguise] was no longer necessary, it made no sense to change it [because] she was on the road,” said Clapton.

We’ve seen some photos of Arya Stark’s Braavosi costume during filming, but they were largely from a distance. Check those out below, with some more quotes…

The Raven brings The Sight again, in the same fleeting format

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Did it work for you? Last time The Sight came (a couple of days ago) it didn’t work on my handheld device, and kept insisting I turn on my audio, which was not only on, but all the way up.

This time, it did work, after a long two minutes of thinking about it. So that’s one improvement. What we saw–or maybe think we saw–below.

New Catch the Throne mixtape is coming, will include Killswitch Engage

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One of HBO’s more unusual Game of Thrones-related products released this year was its Catch the Throne mixtape, which collected twelve hip-hop artists to do songs about (and featuring dialogue and music samples from) the show. It looks like a second mixtape is in production now, according to metal band Killswitch Engage’s Facebook page.

The Facebook post is the band saying that they are indeed in a studio on HBO’s behalf–using the #CatchTheThrone hashtag for total clarity. As someone who really enjoyed the first one, I’m very excited to see how the second one will flow. The fact that Catch the Throne 2 (or whatever the heck title they come up with) seems to be headed in a metal band direction is interesting but not totally surprising–metal and its associated subgenres has historically loved and indulged in epic fantasy stories, including our very own Game of Thrones. It’ll be interesting to see if it’s all-metal, metal and hip-hop, or includes a variety of genres.

Missed the first Catch the Throne? It’s available for free! Here’s the Soundcloud page where you can download it all. Below, I’ve embedded one of my personal favorites, a track from Common about our multiple WiCNet Awards winner’s character, Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish, called “The Ladder”. The Grantland writeup on the first Catch the Throne is also highly recommended.

HBO no longer releasing overnight ratings

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Starting January 1st, HBO will no longer release overnight ratings for any of their programs. This change for 2015 will cover all programs, including Game of Thrones this spring. The premium channel will instead only provide media outlets with what are known as “Live + same day ratings” (which are issued by Nielsen), as well as VOD and HBO Go viewership numbers.

This move follows FX, which did the same a few months back, and adds to a growing trend of attempting to de-emphasize the instant snapshot ratings from the “live” airing of a show. Game of Thrones is a perfect example of the swing away from this trend, with typical overnight numbers usually showing a viewership of 6 million or so (8 million for the higher watched episodes.) But once Video on Demand viewership, DVR numbers and a week’s worth of reruns got added in, the average viewership numbers per episode often, tripled to close to 20 million.

WiCNet Awards: And the winner of Best Actor in Season 4 is…

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…Aidan Gillen as Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish! This is Gillen’s second WiCNet Award for this season, as he previously won for Best Performance as a Politician. Gillen joins Alfie Allen and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in winning the award. Congrats Aidan!

I wrote on behalf of Gillen in that bloodbath of a poll:

Aidan Gillen gets his fair share of criticism for his ever-changing Petyr Baelish accent, but there’s no denying he understand the character he’s playing. Season 4 is a banner year for Littlefinger, too, as he slowly reveals himself to be a mastermind seemingly without equal. Gillen doesn’t even need the character’s mustache–his tone of voice, the movement of his eyes, and the way he carries himself as a quiet threat throughout the season do all the work necessary to turn Littlefinger into the mustache-twirling force of chaos he quickly proves himself to be.

After the jump, some more thoughts on Mr. Gillen…

Maisie Williams talks CyberBully, Season 5 of Game of Thrones

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“I do think of 12-and-over as being ‘when I became an adult’,” Maisie Williams told told The Guardian in a recent interview. “It’s strange when people say they don’t feel like they’ve grown up yet… I’ve had to learn a lot.”

Williams is spending her time this month promoting her Channel 4 movie “CyberBully,” a topic she feels connected to, having found fame at such an early age.

“One thing we didn’t want it to be was patronising,” she says. “I just wanted it to be real. When I’m watching Hollyoaks and texts come up on the screen, with all the LOLs, it’s like: people don’t say that any more.” She is dismissive of those who don’t take cyberbullying as seriously as other forms of bullying. “I think it hurts even more,” she says. “Kids are killing themselves. It’s very serious.”

George R.R. Martin’s 12 Westerosi Days of Christmas

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With the holidays rapidly approaching and more powerful authors causing an enormous stir with their Christmas Countdowns, George R.R. Martin’s twitter feed, GRRMSpeaking, has been having a little fun with the 12 Days of Christmas countdown of their own. Of course, they didn’t take into account fans and their ability read too much into minor clues, so what started as a cute Christmas countdown, suddenly became ” ZOMG A Countdown to The Winds of Winter Release!” Yeah, that’s not something his publishers would keep under wraps like that. If Winds of Winter were hitting the shelves four days before Christmas, we’d have known that a little bit before Thanksgiving.

(If you’re wondering then why his Christmas countdown ends 0n December 21st instead of running all the way up to Christmas Day properly, it’s the same reason J.K. Rowling’s ends on the 23rd–no one is online on Christmas Eve/Christmas Day. It’s one of the deadest times of the year, trafficwise.) Poor GRRM had to take to his LiveJournal and tell everyone to calm down….

“Explain to me why it is more noble to kill 10,000 men in battle than a dozen at dinner?”: On Consequentialism in Game of Thrones

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Yi Li is a London student studying public policy. She previously wrote on teenagers in Game of Thrones, and is a member of our Small Council.

When Tywin Lannister asked this in “Mhysa” I couldn’t have been the only one who thought, hey…that sort of makes sense. It’s an appealing notion: If we can do a relatively small evil now to prevent a much greater evil later, why shouldn’t we?

That’s why, when Jaime Lannister reveals the reason he killed his king in the oft-quoted bath scene from “Kissed By Fire”, we’re sympathetic. Here, we had been slandering this man for going against his oath when doing so was the only surefire way of preventing a great horror. Surely, if we had been there, sword in hand, making the choice between killing a single despicable man and putting hundreds of thousands of lives at risk, we’d make the same choice Jaime did, even if it meant breaking our oath. I’d bet that’s just what Brienne was thinking.

We’re sympathetic, too, when Mirri Maz Duur reveals her motives for killing Khal Drogo and Rhaego….

HBO’s Three-Eyed Raven unveils new teaser…probably

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If you signed up for HBO’s Three-Eyed Raven service, they’ve started sending Twitter DMs with links to their latest teaser today. It has to be viewed on a mobile device and, when we’ve tried it, it hasn’t actually worked. According to our Twitter feed, we’re not alone, either.

A few people have gotten through to view it, and they say it’s a Jaime-related teaser much like the Arya one from the web page’s release. Commenter Joe says Sansa and Cersei are included as well, though. If anyone can manage to take screenshots or even better, record the video for embedding, let us know in the comments!

UPDATE (4:22p PST): Three Eyed Raven now says the “The vision has come and gone.” Hope somebody nabbed it–or HBO is getting it working.

This is a fairly inauspicious beginning for HBO’s service. With the drama behind-the-scenes reported for their streaming services, it’s clear that the network is keen on fixing perception that their online video services aren’t up to par. That may take some time.

UPDATE 2 (12:25a PST: Commenter Joe has pointed us at a YouTube of the video. Thanks Joe! Check it out after the jump…

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