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Game Of Thrones what’s new in season 2

Here are two great videos to help get you ready for Game of Thrones season 2. If you are looking for a good primer on what will be new season two of Game Of Thrones these will certainly help. One that introduces several of the new characters that we will see in the second season.  The second video is of the new locations that we will be seeing in the new season.  I am repeating myself in saying this, but these videos certainly help in making me excited for the new season that is coming on April 1st.

If you are looking for a good primer on what will be new in season two of Game Of Thrones these will certainly help.


4 Days until return of Game Of Thrones to HBO

It will be great to have the HBO TV show Game Of Thrones back for its second season starting on Sunday April 1st. From all the previews I have seen for the new season it certainly looks like we are in for another good season or at least I hope we are.  As it was with the first season, it will continue to be interesting to see how the second book is adapted to the screen and what type of changes end up being made.

Below is a trailer for season two:

HBO has also released a series of Pledge Your Allegiance videos focusing on 5 different noble houses that are in the show.  I have put the one for House Stark below and included links to the other four.

House Baratheon House Lanister House Greyjoy House Targaryen

Torchwood: Miracle Day trailer

The trailer for the upcoming season of Torchwood: Miracle Day, looks like it has some real promise.  I had only started watching the show with last season, Torchwood: Children of Earth, so be good to have more new episodes of this show.  From the trailer it looks like the extra money from co-production of this season by Starz and BBC is put to good use.

10 Reasons Why to Read A Game of Thrones & First 14 Minutes of Premiere Episode

This great article lays out in more detail why people should read George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones than I did in my review of the book.  I think a lot of these reasons will also relate to why people should also watch the HBO series that is premiering on Sunday, April 17th.  Here is an excerpt of one of the points that I liked a lot.

#8 The Story Is Driven by Realistic Human Conflicts

Martin has said that the series’ central struggle for power — the titular game of thrones played by various important people we meet — was inspired by England’s real-world War of the Roses, with its complex web of family loyalties and regional rivalries and so on. In terms of narrative fiction, I think the closest comparison is The Godfather and The Godfather Part II. A Game of Thrones combines the first film’s story of rival families violently jockeying for supremacy amid all sorts of complex conspiracies and alliances with the second film’s story of the very serious, very smart leader of one of those families trying to uncover the origin of a plot against him and his. The point is that we’re very far from rote Joseph Campbell hero’s-journey fantasy storytelling, with some dude learning it’s his destiny to defeat the Dark Lord. If you’re sick of that sort of thing, you’ll find a lot more to hook you here. This goes double if you’re the sort of person who’s ever enjoyed fictional or non-fictional war epic’s or gangster stories. “The Sopranos with swords” really is a pretty dead-on way to describe what’s going on here.

via 10 Reasons Why You Should Read George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones – Topless Robot

Yesterday HBO, showed the first 14 minutes of the premiere episode of Game of THrones, and as I have been with everything I have seen so far, the chunk we saw last night was just great.  I simply can’t wait until it premieres in less than two weeks now.

Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ looking for new film home.

The rights holders to Frank Herbert’s Dune are on the look out now for a new partner to help make a new film a reality:

Paramount has turned loose the giant worm, and everything else that was part of the seminal Frank Herbert science fiction novel series Dune. The studio’s four-year attempt to make a movie out of the franchise has fallen by the wayside. “Paramount’s option has expired and we couldn’t reach an agreement,” said Richard P. Rubinstein, who controls the rights on behalf of the author’s estate and ABC.

via Paramount Ends 4-Year Attempt To Turn Frank Herbert’s ‘Dune’ Into Film Franchise – Deadline.com.

I would enjoy to see a modern take on Dune, since David Lynch’s version in the 1980’s was a bit of a weird take on it and the mini series the SCIFI channel now SYFY did in 2000, was well done but you can tell it was done on a some what of a limited TV budget.  So it would be nice to see a big budget version of Dune be made, the question will be can any one really make a single 2-3 hour movie out of the complex book.  It would be interesting to see them try, in the link above, it says Rubinstein was happy with the latest script.

Another possible interesting option is to see a channel like HBO, Showtime or Starz make a full fledge TV show out of the book.  If HBO did it and gave the type of budget and care they are doing for Game of Thrones, I would be confident in how it might turn out.

I do hope a new version comes along here soon, since I have always enjoyed the world of Dune once I started reading the books years ago and would enjoy a new take on it.

New Game of Throne Videos & Pictures

With the premiere of Game of Thrones coming ever closer, HBO has released a plethora of videos and pictures to help promote the show.  The latest trailer is below.  I am starting to sound a bit like a broken record here, but another great looking video of the show and keeps me excited for its premiere on April 17th.

Pictured below is one of several new images that HBO has released, this one is of Kings Landing the capitol city of Westeros, the continent this takes place in.

More pictures that HBO has released can be seen at their site Making Game of Thrones

Finally, HBO in connection with Comcast/XfinityTV has released short videos on four main houses, Stark, Lanister, Targaryen, and  Baratheon in the show and the characters from each of those houses.

House Lanister is the family of the Queen and House Baratheon is the family of the King.  House Targaryen is the family of the exiled former royal family. Finally House Stark is the main family that we follow in the books and tv show.

If a Comcast subscriber can see the videos here or a fan has uploaded all of them to youtube here

 

First Full trailer for Game of Thrones & Book 5 news

Several great pieces of news in the George R.R Martin’s series A Song of Ice and Fire, with finally news of a hard publication date for book five, A Dance With Dragons, set for July 11 2011.  Since I just started reading the series in 2010,  I have not had to wait the 5+ plus years since book four A Feast For Crows was released in October of 2005, it is still great to have a release date for the newest book.

Next we have the first full trailer for HBO’s Game of Thrones adaptation.  Once again the footage looks great and keeps my interest alive for the upcoming show.  The other nice piece of news we have for Game of Thrones is that HBO is going to air a 15 minute sneak preview of it on April 3rd, at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT).  

Aaron Sorkin & his Writing Process

Sorkin on the left

If any one has ever watched any of the films (The Social Network) or TV shows (West Wing) that Aaron Sorkin has written, can certainly tell that he has a way to write snappy and memorable dialogue.  This short piece looking at his writing process has some interesting insights into his way of writing.  A few quoted below.

Despite the accolades earned since his play A Few Good Men was brought to the big screen in 1992, Sorkin admits: “Writing never comes easy. The difference between Page 2 and Page Nothing is the difference between life and death.”

“I’ll take anything that gets me started,” he says. “Sometimes it’s finding a particular moment, remembering that you want to begin your story as close to the end as possible. If there’s a structure that seems pretty cool,I think about that.”

via Inside Aaron Sorkin’s Writing Process – The Hollywood Reporter.