Casting Scoop – Two new Cast Members Join “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay”

Even though Catching Fire is not hitting theaters until November (exactly 89 days for those counting down), Lionsgate has started production on the Mockingjay films. Over the past few days, some major casting announcements have been made and two actresses have signed on to be a part of the Hunger Games cast. Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer and Australian actress Stef Dawson have officially signed on to be in The Hunger GamesMockingjay – Part 1 and 2.

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Dormer will be portraying Cressida, a resident film director who fled the Capitol with Castor, Pollux, and Messalla. The crew ends up becoming a part of Katniss’s rebellion and filming her experiences and journey through the Districts. Cressida is a unique character as she is bald and has several tattoos. The expected transformation that Dormer is to undertake will probably make her unrecognizeable to Thrones fans.

Dawson will be portraying Annie Cresta, the romantic interest for Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin). Annie herself is a victor who won the 70th Annual Hunger Games, but went through a mental breakdown after losing her District 4 partner in the Arena. In Catching Fire, she is selected to go back into the Arena for the Quarter Quell and Mags (Lynn Cohen) ends up taking her place in the games. However, the Capitol arrests Annie in Mockingjay as a way to upset, torture, and manipulate Finnick.

Natalie Dormer and Stef Dawson
Natalie Dormer and Stef Dawson

What do you think of this casting news? Do you think Dormer and Dawson will do well in these roles? Are you looking forward to seeing these actresses as their characters? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: Entertainment Weekly (article #1) and Entertainment Weekly (article #2)

Television Exclusive – Director List for Season Four of “Game of Thrones”

Entertainment Weekly recently shared some interesting details on season four of the hit HBO show Game of Thrones. The studio has announced who will be directing specific episodes of the next season. Here is an official list of the directors and the episodes they will be covering:

Episode 1: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Episodes 2, 3, 8, 10: Alex Graves
Episodes 4, 5: Michelle MacLaren
Episodes 6, 7: Alik Sakharov
Episodes 9: Neil Marshall

Now most of these directors have worked on the show before and created some amazing episodes. For instance, Neil Marshall directed the pivotal Battle of the Blackwater episode for season two of the show. Another returning director, Alex Graves will be directing four episodes this season! This may excite fans because Graves was responsible for directing the intense episode when Daenerys unleashed her dragons on a slave city.

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What do you think of this production news? Are you excited to see how the storylines unfold for season four of Game of Thrones? Who is your favorite Game of Thrones character? What did you think of last season?

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Casting News – Helena Bonham Carter to Join Disney’s “Cinderella” as Fairy Godmother

The production of Cinderella had some trouble with finding its princess at first, but Downton Abbey actress Lily James was cast as the title role back in early May. Well, the Kenneth Branagh-directed adaptation has recently found its fairy godmother in actress Helena Bonham Carter.

According to an article on The Hollywood Reporter, the fairy godmother will be getting more screen time as she will be watching over Cinderella disguised as a beggar. Then, of course, as the story goes on she will reveal her powers and who she truly is.

The film also stars Cate Blanchett as the wicked stepmother and Richard Madden of Game of Thrones as Prince Charming. The evil step-sisters will be played by another Downton Abbey star Sophie McShera and Holliday Granger of The Borgias. Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron will be producing this project, which is aiming for a fall production start in London this year.

What do you think of this casting news? Do you think Bonham Carter is right for the role of the fairy godmother? What do you think of the other cast members involved in this project?

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Broadway – Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly in Production of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Entertainment Weekly exclusively premiered some of the first production photos from the stage version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Of course, this Broadway production is an adaptation of the classic 1961 Breakfast at Tiffany’s film starring Audrey Hepburn. Emilia Clarke stars as Holly Golightly, Cory Michael Smith stars as Fred, and George Wendt stars as Joe Bell. Look at the full cast list and prodcution details here.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Clarke addresses her experiences working on the production, how she has to do 20 costume changes in one show, and taking on such an iconic role on stage. In the interview Clarke states: “It’s not the movie, it’s not Audrey Hepburn, but it is Capote’s words and Capote’s beautiful characters. I’ve just been trying to live out his words…the film sort of had to take a back seat. It’s very much an entirely different piece.” (Read the full interview here.)

Breakfast at Tiffany’s opens on March 20 and is on a limited-engagement Broadway run. Would you be interested in seeing this production? Do you think Emilia Clarke suits the role? Take a look at the exclusive photos taken by Nathan Johnson below:

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Sources: Entertainment Weekly (Pictures), Entertainment Weekly (Interview), and IBDb

“Entertainment Weekly” – Exclusive “Game of Thrones” Cast Portraits and Cover

Game of Thrones stars Kit Harington and Emilia Clarke are on the cover of  Entertainment Weekly. This week’s edition of the magazine has some exclusive information on season three. The portraits were taken by photographer Ian Derry and feature Harrington, Clarke, Rose Leslie, and Richard Madden.

Entertainment Weekly went behind the scenes on the sets in North Ireland and got to talk with the producers, George R.R. Martin, and of course the cast. Read more on this special issue of the magazine here. Season three of HBO’s Game of Thrones premieres on March 31, 2013.

Are you looking forward to season three? Who is your favorite Thrones character? Take a look at the portraits and exclusive cover below:

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Source: Entertainment Weekly (Gallery), Entertainment Weekly (Interview)

“Game of Thrones” – Five New Images from Season Three

In preparation for season three of their hit show, HBO has released character posters, an extended trailer, and now the network has released new images. These five new stills feature Lena Heady as Cersei, Natalia Tena as Osha, Kit Harrington as Jon Snow, and Jack Gleeson as Joffery.

According to an article on Collider, season three will be based off of the first half of George R. R. Martin’s third book in the series, A Storm of SwordsPlus, there will be new characters introduced from Riverrun and members of Stannis Baratheon’s family at Dragonstone.

 

What do you think of these new images? Have you read any of George R.R. Martin’s books? Who is your favorite Game of Thrones character?

Source: Collider

“Game of Thrones” – Season Three Character Posters Released

In preparation for the season three of premiere of Game of Thrones, HBO has released twelve (12) new character posters!.

These new posters feature cast members Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Issac Hempstead Wright (Bran Stark), Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark), Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister), Jack Gleeson (Joffrey Baratheon), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Rory McCann (the Hound), and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister).

Season three of Game of Thrones will premiere March 31, 2013. Will you be counting down the days until the season premiere? Are you looking forward to seeing the complex storylines unfold even more? Check out all of the new character posters in the gallery and let me know what you think in the comments below!

Sources: Collider and IMDbPro