Combining the dark, brooding countenance of an action hero with the sensitive soul of a teen idol, Kit Harington vaulted from relative obscurity to become one of the breakout stars of HBO's latest hit...
To those not caught up on the first season of Game of Thrones (you'd better hurry up!), the following contains a good deal of spoilers.
Despite the strength in Game of Thrones’ ensemble, Ned Stark (Sean Bean) was considered the de facto star of the show. With the hero suffering from a bad case of head-on-a-stick, fans might wonder who will shoulder the responsibility of playing the fantasy drama’s lead. Thoughts might immediately turn to Ned’s bastard son Jon Snow (Kit Harington), who has a great deal of avenging to do in Season Two. Another great contender: Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), whose first season epilogue promised that she and her dragon lineage will soar back to power. But mighty and compelling as they may be, there isn’t a character on Game of Thrones who is as invigorating, as entertaining, and as perfectly performed as Tyrion Lannister, played by rising breakout star Peter Dinklage.
From the early episodes of Game of Thrones, Dinklage was the man fans were talking about. Even with his character taking a backseat to Ned and company, the actor's performance was one of the brightest gems that has made the HBO series such an unbelievable hit. The character of Tyrion Lannister is a dense one, and fruitful territory. But it is Dinklage's acting prowess that makes him so strong and engaging, despite the odds of Tyrion's long list of misfortunes. Speaking from the point of view of someone who has not read George R. R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice book series, I can only speculate on where the character of Tyrion will travel from here on out based on Dinklage's performance. Considering that alone, I'd say we have a lot to look forward to.
Tyrion Lannister is the dwarf brother of Game of Thrones’ resident Lady Macbeth, Cersei (Lena Headey), and her incestuous twin lover, extreme narcissist Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). Viewers meet Tyrion as a drunk and a philanderer, and a decidedly unhappy man — but never a victim. Even when he is thrust into physical danger, the viewer doesn’t worry about Tyrion. There is rarely an instance when things seem completely beyond his control. While the rest of the world overpowers Tyrion in size and strength, he reigns supreme as the pinnacle of Westeros’ intellect.
As we learn more about Tyrion, through Season One, we find out about his history of being rejected. Never loved by his father or respected by his brother, Tyrion built a shield between himself and the rest of the world. His family’s murder of the woman with whom he fell in love — a prostitute, a fact initially unbeknownst to him — hardened Tyrion’s heart, driving him further toward reliance on his psychological superiority to not only survive, but to identify himself. After a life of heartbreak, the Tyrion the viewer meets is quite possibly a genius, though nowhere near emotionally available.
This psychological makeup lends to the most captivating thing about Tyrion: where he lands on the hero-to-villain spectrum is a bit ambiguous. Tyrion is a self-serving man, but not one without his code of ethics. At the very least, Tyrion consistently lives up to the motto, “A Lannister always pays his debts.” But it is his capability to do both good and bad that makes Tyrion such a fun character to watch. He has exhibited sympathy and softheartedness on occasion. As Tyrion says in the eponymous episode, “I have a tender spot in my heart for cripples, bastards and broken things.” Towards the end of the season, Tyrion begins to accumulate a small band of misfits, made up of the “honor-less” mercenary Bronn (Jerome Flynn) and the sharp prostitute Shae (Sibel Kekilli). Learning where the determined mastermind will lead his troupe is perhaps the most exciting prospect on the way for the second season.
Okay, the dragons might be the most exciting, but this is up there.
Season One gave its viewers a hero who was earnest, consistent and honor-bound. While Ned Stark was the perfect vehicle to bring audiences into the strange and exciting world of Westeros, he wouldn’t serve as well for a second season. This time around, you need a more complicated player. Someone who not only understands the rules of the deadly, deceptive Game of Thrones, but is more than willing to play them. Tyrion Lannister might be at steady opposition with most of his world, but that doesn’t mean he can’t excel at its game. Although you might not always be sure what his intentions are, you always know they will come from an amplified understanding of the people and constructs around him, and, perhaps more importantly, will be a heck of a lot of fun to watch unfurl.
Game of Thrones returns Sunday, April 1 at 9 PM ET/PT on HBO.
New Game of Thrones 22-Minute Video Preps Fans for Season 2
Game of Thrones Season 2 Pics: Meet New Characters and Old
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In the last leagues before the return of Game of Thrones to television, fans have gotten a fair share of material to keep the excitement steady. There have been several posters—two declarations of war, an omen of the rise of House Targaryen, and a reminder of Season 1's shocking ending. Additionally, fans have also gotten to hear some words about the show from co-creator D.B. Weiss. Best of all: an exciting Season 2 trailer (teamed with a Simpsons homage).
But die-hard aficionados of Westeros will be truly impressed by this new release: a 22-minute "Inside the HBO Series" video full of footage from the show, and clips of the cast and crew discussing their Game of Thrones characters and stories, which you can watch below.
Game of Thrones' breakout star Peter Dinklage lauds the show for breaking conventional barriers for a fantasy series."I feel like there's some sort of code book that you have to follow in fantasy. With our show, that line is very unclear."
Meanwhile, creators Damon Benioff and D.B. Weiss profess their appreciation for the strength of the show's women. "The strongest characters in the story are female," says Benioff, while Weiss adds, "They are...women who are driven to extreme actions to protect their children." In line with this, star Kit Harington sums up the show's primary theme: "This is about family, and what family means."
The cast and crew share many more fascinating thoughts in the video below. Check it out, and catch Game of Thrones' second season premiere Sunday, April 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO.
The 26-year-old son of veteran Jeremy Irons has beat out Miley Cyrus' boyfriend Liam Hemsworth and Game of Thrones star Kit Harington for the part.
Irons will play Saoirse Ronan's boyfriend, Jared, who falls in love with both her free spirit character Melanie and the alien who takes control of her soul, Wanderer in the new movie.
Director Andrew Niccol tells People magazine, "Stephenie was very involved (in the casting)... It's a love story on a grand scale."
The movie, based on the 2008 science fiction novel, also features Diane Kruger as Seeker, a space invader sent to Earth to regulate the takeover of humans.
Less than two months after it was shelved by Warner Bros. over budgetary concerns, Arthur and Lancelot is back on, and it's close to nabbing a resurgent actor for its cast. According to Variety, Colin Farrell, whose career has been revitalized in recent years thanks to stellar turns in films like In Bruges, is in talks to star in David Dobkin's revisionist take on the Arthurian legend.
Kit Harington and Joel Kinniman had previously been slated to play King Arthur and Sir Lancelot, respectively, but dropped out of the project when the project was halted over those always dubious "scheduling conflicts." The "conflict" likely being that Warner Bros. was hesitant to "schedule" a hugely expensive period piece starring Kit Harington and Joel Kinniman and directed by the guy behind Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up.
Game of Thrones came out of the woodworks at HBO, winning over newcomers to the story and fans of the books alike. The first season invigorated with some interesting characters, human stories, supernatural phenomena, and - best of all - no shortage of dark twists. But compared to the upcoming season, what we've seen so far is all gravy.
HBO released this behind-the-scenes video, which features some of the series' biggest players—Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington and Lena Headey included—discussing what we have in store for Game of Thrones Season 2.
The stars mention brand new characters, as well as the expansion of characters previously only seen in smaller roles. But more interestingly, there seems to be a heavy promise of darker, deeper twists.
Check out the video below to get amped up for second season of Game of Thrones, coming to HBO on Sunday, April 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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The nascent genre of revisionist fairy tales was dealt a blow today when two of its high-profile upcoming releases, Jack the Giant Killer and Arthur & Lancelot, both of which are in development at Warner Bros., were hit with major delays, THR reports. Bryan Singer's fantasy epic Jack the Giant Killer, starring Ewan McGregor, saw its release date moved from June 15 of this year to March 22, 2013 -- a whopping nine-month shift. The news was considerably more dire for Arthur & Lancelot, David Dobkin's new take on the Arthurian legend, starring Kit Harington and Joel Kinnaman. That film was moved from March 15, 2013, to never. The project is now in turnaround, as Warner Bros. executives scramble to figure out how a big-budget period fantasy starring Kit Harington and Joel Kinnaman was ever greenlit in the first place.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Normally, the method behind the madness of Under the Radar is to examine the week’s new theatrical releases and find among the cast listings a young actor or actress whose stock seems to be rapidly climbing. We often use that actor/actress’ back catalogue of films to illustrate their meteoric rise and, depending on your viewing regimen, you may or may not agree with the accuracy of their up-and-coming status. But when one particular star shows up in two huge releases in the span of single week, they are kind of making their own case—or at least preliminary arguments.
Such is the case with this week’s star: Joel Kinnaman. Within a week's span, the actor will be appearing in both The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Darkest Hour. Here are a few things you probably didn’t know about Joel:
David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which opens on Wednesday, is an adaptation of a novel by Swedish author Stieg Larsson; a previous cinematic incarnation was produced in the novel’s native Sweden in 2009. To call Fincher’s version a remake of the 2009 film would be inaccurate—several differences, mined from the original text, exist between the two versions. Given that he is appearing in an American adaptation of a Swedish novel, it seems altogether fitting that Kinnaman would have dual citizenship between the two countries. Joel’s mother is Swedish while his father is American so the reason for the dual citizenship seems pretty clear.
If you think Mad Men is the only worthwhile show on AMC, you are sorely mistaken. The network has recently given us the intense, powerful, and altogether fascinating crime drama The Killing. Much like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, , The Killing begins with the search for a missing girl. The series is beautifully shot, clever in its skirting of procedural cop show conventions, and fantastically preformed. Joel Kinnaman plays police officer Stephen Holder, one of two investigators heading up the case. Kinnaman performs the part with a certain crassness, an in-your-face bravado that ultimately proves to be a carefully crafted tool in his detective arsenal. The relationship between he and his partner, played by Mireille Enos, is the backbone of the series.
Arthur and Lancelot
One the case of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is solved and the battle with the energy-devouring aliens of The Darkest Hour is finished, Joel will have a far more epic task before him. Kinnaman is set to star in director David Dobkin’s Arthur and Lancelot. Kinnaman will be portraying Sir Lancelot, the famous knight serving on the court of the legendary King Arthur; the latter to be played by Game of Throne’s Kit Harington. This fantasy adventure will be an interesting departure for Dobkin, as he has up to now only directed comedies such as Wedding Crashers and Fred Claus. However elements of period action adventure did find their way into his Shanghai Knights. I’m sure with the stars of two hugely successful TV shows headlining, both of whom are tremendous actors in their own right, Arthur and Lancelot will excel.
In 2007, David S. Goyer directed a supernatural teen thriller called The Invisible. The film told the story of a high school student who is brutally attacked and left for dead. The next day, he discovers that no one can see him; calling into serious question whether he actually survived the attack. You may have missed the film in theaters…and in video stores…and on TV, but the film made a decent amount of bank at the box office. What you may not know is that The Invisible is a remake of a 2002 Swedish film that featured among its cast, you guessed it, Joel Kinnaman.
The very next film on Kinnaman’s slate is Safe House from director Daniel Espinosa. The film centers around a young CIA agent looking after a fugitive at an agency safe house; a place that ends up coming under siege. It certainly seems as if Kinnaman is moving up in the film world. He is going from playing a small part in the latest David Fincher film, no small accomplishment, to costarring in a big-budget sci-fi actioner, to being billed in Safe House just under the likes of Ryan Reynolds, Denzel Washington, Vera Farmiga, and Brendan Gleeson. If the old maxim is true, about being judged by the company one keeps, I’d say Joel is doing pretty well.
The film and television nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been released, recognizing achievements in both individual performances and the strengths of ensemble casts. This year's television award nominations are listed below, including many worthy recipients, but there are also a few surprising absences. Among the hard-hitters listed below are dramas like HBO's Mildred Pierce and Boardwalk Empire, AMC's Breaking Bad and comedies such as ABC's Modern Family (which swept the Emmys this year) and NBC's 30 Rock. However, some might be surprised not to find the new Showtime drama Homeland or NBC's secret weapon Parks and Recreation.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS.
Click here to read the list of this year's film nominees.
18th ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS: PRIMETIME TELEVISION
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood (HBO)
Paul Giamatti - Too Big to Fail (HBO)
Greg Kinnear - The Kennedy (Reelz Channel)
Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
James Woods - Too Big to Fail (HBO
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Diane Lane - Cinema Verite (HBO)
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey (PBS)
Emily Watson - Appropriate Adult (Sundance Channel)
Betty White - Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine (CBS)
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams - Suits (USA)
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall - Dexter (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates - Harry's Law (NBC)
Glenn Close - Damages (DirecTV)
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story (FX)
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS)
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (TNT)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC)
Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ABC)
Steve Carell - The Office (NBC)
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julia Bowen - Modern Family (ABC)
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey - 30 Rock (NBC)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White - Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) - Steve Buscemi, Dominic Chianese, Robert Clohessy, Dabney Coleman, Charlie Cox, Jose & Lucy Gallina, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Anthony Laciura, Heather Lind, Kelly Macdonald, Rory & Declan McTigue, Gretchen Mol, Brady & Connor Noon, Kevin O'Rourke, Aleksa Palladino, Jacqueline Pennewill, Vincent Piazza, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Van Wagner, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Anatol Yusef
Breaking Bad (AMC) - Jonathan Banks, Betsy Brandt, Ray Campbell, Bryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul
Dexter (Showtime) - Billy Brown, Jennifer Carpenter, Josh Cooke, Aimee Garcia, Michael C. Hall, Colin Hanks, Desmond Harrington, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Rya Kihlstedt, C.S. Lee, Edward James Olmos, James Remar, Lauren Velez, Peter Weller, David Zayas
Game of Thrones (HBO) - Amrita Acharia, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Josef Altin, Sean Bean, Susan Brown, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Ron Donachie, Michelle Farley, Jerome Flynn, Elyes Gabel, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson Iain Glen, Julian Glover, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Conleth Hill, Richard Madden, Jason Mamoa, Rory McCann, Ian McElhinney, Luke McEwan, Roxanne McKee, Dar Salim, Mark Stanley, Donald Sumpter, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams
The Good Wife (CBS) - Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Matt Czuchry, Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC) - Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, Maulik Pancholy, Keith Powell
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch
Glee (Fox) - Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Ashley Fink, Dot Marie Jones, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Mike O'Malley, Chord Overstreet, Lauren Potter, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Iqbal Theba, Jenna Ushkowitz
Modern Family (ABC) - Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julia Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O'Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter
The Office (NBC) - Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, James Spader, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson, Zach Woods
One of the most highly-anticipated returns come Spring is without a doubt HBO's Game of Thrones. Even the tiniest inkling of information about Season Two can arrest our attention, and with that in mind, HBO distracted us momentarily from last night's Boardwalk Empire season finale with a momentary trip to Westeros with a teaser for GoT's second season.
Here, we hear the voice of Stannis Baratheon (Stephen Dillane) as he stakes him claim on the Iron Throne alongside images of Jon Snow (Kit Harington), Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke), and more. It's not really much of a teaser, but with this series, even a glimpse of the characters doused in a wintry wind and ominous tone is enough to whet our appetites, amirite? Plus, those of you who read the books are probably a little more privy to what all this means.
Oscar winner Marion Cotillard has reportedly been offered a key role in the 2013 big-screen update/adaptation Arthur & Lancelot.
The French actress would play Morgana, King Arthur's (to be played by Game of Thrones' Kit Harington) sorceress half-sister. Wedding Crashers filmmaker David Dobkin is directing the action-adventure film, which will also feature The Killing costar Joel Kinnaman as Lancelot.
Cotillard, who won Best Actress for her performance in La Vie en Rose, most recently appeared in Steven Soderbergh's Contagion.
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Landed starring role in London stage debut of "War Horse"
Feature film debut, "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D"
Made TV acting debut with breakthrough role of soft-spoken and courageous Jon Snow on HBO's "Game of Thrones"
"War Horse" made West End debut at the New London Theater
Combining the dark, brooding countenance of an action hero with the sensitive soul of a teen idol, Kit Harington vaulted from relative obscurity to become one of the breakout stars of HBO's latest hit, the sword-and-sorcery phenomenon "Game of Thrones" (2011- ). A London native raised in the English Midlands, Harington was still a young drama student when he was cast in 2007 as the youthful protagonist in the theatrical spectacle "War Horse," going on to star in the production through 2009. He followed that up with a run in "Posh" in 2010 before being tapped as one of a regiment of British and Irish actors populating a sweeping new HBO epic series called "Game of Thrones," playing Jon Snow, the angst-ridden bastard son of a noble family. With only a few credits to his name, Harington's rugged-yet-accessible onscreen élan made him one of the most buzzed-about new stars in Britain and much discussed as someone bound for motion picture stardom.