Game of Thrones nominated for three Screen Actors Guild Awards

By Ani Bundel on

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The build up to Awards Season continues. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards released their nominations for their 22nd Annual Awards next month. Game of Thrones landed three nods for Season 4.

As it was for Season 3, Game of Thrones is nominated in three categories. For the second year in a row, Peter Dinklage is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. The show is also nominated for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for the third time in four years. And once again, the show is nominated for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Drama Series, which it’s won every year it’s been on the air.

WiCnet Awards: Who was the Best Actor in Season 4?

By Rowan Kaiser on

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Just two polls remain in the 2014 installment of the WiCnet Awards. Maisie Williams took Best Actress last week, and we’ll be starting the Best Episode festivities next week.

We’ve got a star-studded group of ten men, including last year’s winner, and the winners of four of this year’s sub-polls: Best Performance as a Politician, Villain, Sidekick, and Warrior. The full list:

  • Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister)
  • Iwan Rheon (Ramsay Snow)
  • Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)
  • Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont)
  • Charles Dance (Tywin Lannister)
  • Kit Harington (Jon Snow)
  • Aidan Gillen (Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish)
  • Rory McCann (Sandor “The Hound” Clegane)
  • Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell)
  • Liam Cunningham (Davos Seaworth)

Voting ends next Tuesday night. Check the poll below!

HBO wants standalone streaming in time for Game of Thrones

By Ani Bundel on

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Fortune.com is reporting that HBO wants their new standalone streaming service to be ready for April, in time for it to ride Game of Thrones’ success.

As you may remember, the original announcement stated that HBO’s plan was to offer their in house streaming service HBO GO as a stand alone. (It was codenamed “Project Maui.”) That’s no longer quite what we will be getting. Instead the channel had decided to go with an external company which will provide the technology framework for HBO to use for streaming. That company, MLB Advanced, was originally was created to stream for Major League Baseball. It has since then expanded and now also provides the framework for other such stand alone streaming channels as the WWE Network. With this move, HBO will become their largest client to date.

HBO announces ‘Game of Thrones: The Compendium’

By Andrea Towers on

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Ever thought that one of your special creations based on Game of Thrones (a poem, an essay, a drawing) was worthy of being noticed? Thanks to HBO, you’re in luck, because the just announced Game of Thrones: Compendium will allow you the opportunity to do just that: be a published author in a printed book about their favorite pop culture phenomenon.

Described as “the the world’s first collaborative, crowd-sourced compendium,” the project will allow fans from all over the world to submit their creative ventures to a group of esteemed writers/industry leaders otherwise known as “The Council of Editors.” It’s an eclectic group, featuring famous artists like Greg Hildebrandt, Jeopardy champion Arthur Chu, r/gameofthrones/ editor Kevin Hatch, freelance writer and Laura Hudson, and former WiC editor Zack Luye.

And if you’re not sure what to submit, you have time–the website will open for submissions on Dec. 17, but the submission period will last until March 28, 2015.

So what’s the deal? Check the comprehensive FAQ for more, but anyone can participate, and as long as the work is original it can be pretty much anything: music, photographs, crafts, analysis. So get out those pencils, fire up that computer, and get to it–you could be seeing your name as part of this cool project very, very soon.

WiCnet Awards: And the winner of Best Actress in Season 4 is…

By Rowan Kaiser on

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…Maisie Williams, as Arya Stark! This is Maisie’s second Best Actress WiCnet award, after she won in Season 2, and her second this year after winning Best Performance as a Youth. Michelle Fairley won in Season 3, although Williams finished second even then.

We’ve written a lot on Williams in this awards cycle–unsurprisingly, she’s one of our favorites too. Here’s what our Small Council said about her:

“…we fans of Arya would very much like to make her into the badass hero we could root for through thick and thin— the plucky girl whose sword quenches our thirst for vengeance and whose big heart warms ours. But Maisie Williams unflinching portrayal never lets us forget that Arya can’t be that girl. No one can.” -Yi Li

Check some more, and the final results, after the jump….

Sophie Turner talks “traumatic scene” for Season 5

By Ani Bundel on

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The British Independent Film Awards were this past weekend, and though Game of Thrones was not nominated for anything, a couple of the cast members were on hand. Charles Dance, who ended his run on the show in a rather dramatic fashion at the end of last season, was in attendance as part of his work in The Imitation Game. Sophie Turner was also on hand as a presenter.

As always, when interviewers caught up with them on the red carpet, all they wanted to ask about was Game of Thrones. We’ve got interviews from both actors courtesy of HeyUGuys below the cut. Minor spoilers and speculation ahead.

SPECULATION: How will Game of Thrones end? Look at its genre

By Rowan Kaiser on

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There’s no greater question when attempting to discuss Game of Thrones than this: How will it end? Will we see heroes riding their dragons to defeat the White Walkers? A bloodbath on the steps leading to the Iron Throne? Or perhaps the winter wind howling over the graves of the main characters?

Normally, the best way to tell how a story ends is to look at its genre. Watching an action movie? The hero’s going to beat the bad guy, and win their romantic interest’s heart. Reading a romance? The love interests will hook up, or one of them will die terribly symbolically, depending on how arty the novel is.

And what about Game of Thrones? Its closest genre is “heroic fantasy,” the genre of Tolkien and Eddings and Jordan—and before that, Arthurian legends and medieval romances. But it doesn’t have a cozy relationship with that subgenre, alternating between shoving it away, slyly subverting it, and surreptitiously embracing it. Heroic fantasy tends to have pretty rigid rules about how it works and how it ends, and figuring out whether Game of Thrones wants to follow those rules leads directly into predictions of how GoT might end….

Sand Snakes’ nippled breastplates “A mistake”

By Ani Bundel on

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Last week, Game of Thrones costume designer Michele Clapton gave a talk at the MET as part of their Dressed to Kill: Arms and Armor From Medieval Knights to Game of Thrones. The talk was interesting and historically informative. But New York Magazine had some questions they needed answers to, specifically about costumes for new characters the upcoming Season 5 and their, erm, ornamental decorations.

When asked about the Sand Snakes and the unfortunate points on their armor, she admitted: “it certainly wasn’t my intention to have nippled armor.

“I’m not terribly keen on it. “I don’t see the necessity for it. You don’t do it on men.”

The Small Council: Who’s your pick for Best Actress in Season 4?

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We’ve hit the big categories in this year’s WiCnet Awards. This week, our Small Council discusses Best Actress in Season 4.

Rowan Kaiser: Season 4 was a difficult year for Daenerys Targaryen, which meant a much higher degree of difficulty for Emilia Clarke. Her character progression tended to almost always leave her somewhere between “angry” or “curious,” which Clarke was quite good at depicting, but there was always a minor question of whether her character was limited, or her actress. That question was decisively resolved in the fourth season, though, as Dany rose to power, and had to deal with a far more complex world than her teenaged brain might have wanted.

Over the course of the season, Dany discovered that power and revolution, while useful, weren’t sufficient. Halfway through, upon discovering that freeing the people of Slaver’s Bay hasn’t led to happier societies, she decides to settle down and rule, instantly creating a situation requiring portrayals of wisdom, care, and subtler forms of power….

A Game of Thrones Gift Guide: “Know who you are, wear it like armor”

By Ani Bundel on

redweddingFor our second installment of the Game of Thrones Gift Guide, we’re looking at wearables!. Etsy’s got a load of options for wearable items, from subtle jewelry options only other hardcore fans would recognize to loud and proud tee shirts, like the one above by WornByGeeks. There’s also some clothing options–both in the straight cosplay arena to the more creative stuff.

WiC weekly: November 23rd-December 6th

By Rowan Kaiser on

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We skipped a week due to Thanksgiving, but that just means a breastplate-stretching version of our WiC weekly roundup!

Jon Snow, Nymeria Sand to play with gossip columns, lightsabers

By Cameron White on

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Ice and fire are making their way to more upcoming films, as Kit Harington and Jessica Henwick (who will be playing one of the Sand Snakes in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones) have been cast in two very different projects.

Deadline is reporting that Kit Harington will be playing the titular role in The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. The film follows Donovan, “whose correspondence with an 11-year-old actor living with his mother in England is exposed, prompting ill-founded assumptions that begin to destroy his life and career.” Harington is playing opposite Hollywood mega-wonder Jessica Chastain, who will portray the editor of a gossip magazine that targets Donovan when the relationship is made known. The film will be the English-language debut of Quebecois-based filmmaker Xavier Dolan, who recently won accolades (and U.S. distribution) for his film Mommy.

You may be more interested in the “fire” part of the “ice and fire”. Shut down all the garbage compactors on the detention level before hitting the jump…



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