New images from ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’

Frequently, the most unexpected correspondences can lead us onto new paths. Xavier Dolan, the French-Canadian director of such films as Mommy, Laurence Anyways and Tom at the Farm, is exploring such a correspondence with his first English-language feature, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. It was also an unexpected chain of messages with Dolan that put Collider on a plane to London to view a few days of intense emotional scenes lensed by Dolan in the English countryside and London alleyways. I got a rare chance as a journalist to sit next to an Award-winning director as he directed Award-winning actors and view, firsthand, his level of precision in framing both the picture and the emotional reactions of Natalie Portman and Jacob Tremblay.

We’ll have much more about the production of the film, including a lengthy conversation with Dolan and members of the cast, in due time. But at this current moment we’re excited to debut the first images of scenes and behind-the-scenes pictures from the film and give some extra context to the characters that the actors are playing.

While the film boasts a starry ensemble, few share scenes together. This made it easier to get talent when they were needed, but it also has made for a lengthy production process in multiple locations, spanning a year and a half shoot. Yet, that process also allowed for Dolan to take breaks and edit the film in between the next shoot. The official synopsis for the film is as follows: A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he once shared with the former, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.

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First look at Kit Harington starring in BBC drama ‘Gunpowder’

Check out this first look at Kit Harington starring in BBC drama Gunpowder.

He plays Robert Catesby, the 30 year-old Warwickshire gentleman who was the driving force behind the gunpowder plot, alongside Peter Mullan as Father Garnet, Mark Gatiss as the Spymaster Robert Cecil and Liv Tyler as Ann Vaux.

It is produced for BBC One by Kudos in association with Thriker Films.

Source: Drama Quarterly

Game of Thrones forever: HBO developing 4 different spinoffs

HBO is doubling down — no, quadrupling down — on its epic quest to replace Game of Thrones.

The pay TV network is determined to find a way to continue the most popular series in the company’s history and has taken the highly unusual step of developing four different ideas from different writers. The move represents a potentially massive expansion of the popular fantasy universe created by author George R.R. Martin. If greenlit, the eventual show or shows would also mark the first time HBO has ever made a follow-up series to one of its hits.

Most of the assigned writers have experience writing major theatrical films, and Martin is personally involved in two of the projects. The show ideas are from Max Borenstein (Kong: Skull Island, Fox’s Minority Report); Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Secret Service, X-Men: First Class) along with Martin; Brian Helgeland (A Knight’s Tale, L.A. Confidential); and Carly Wray (Mad Men) with Martin.

HBO isn’t revealing any story details at this time other than that the shows “explore different time periods of George R. R. Martin’s vast and rich universe.”

Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss have previously said they do not plan to be actively involved in any follow-up projects, but it turns out they will be attached to the new shows as executive producers. “Weiss and Benioff continue to work on finishing up the seventh season and are already in the midst of writing and preparing for the eighth and final season,” HBO said in a statement. “We have kept them up to date on our plans and they will be attached, along with George R. R. Martin, as executive producers on all projects. We will support them as they take a much-deserved break from writing about Westeros once the final season is complete.”

The prequel or spinoff development battle royale is a bit like how Disney handles their Marvel and Star Wars brands rather than how a TV network tends to deal with a retiring series (Thrones is expected to conclude with its eighth-and-final season next year.) But GoT is no ordinary show — it’s an international blockbuster that delivers major revenue for HBO via subscriptions (last season averaged 23.3 million viewers in the U.S. alone), home video and merchandise licensing. Plus, there’s all those Emmys to consider (GoT set records for the most Emmys ever won in the prime-time ceremony).

How much of HBO’s Thrones development slate will actually end up on the screen is unknown. It’s possible one or more titles could be produced as a miniseries instead of a regular series. We’re told a variety of different combinations and options are on the table depending on how the scripts look upon completion. But the end goal is to find at least one title that can successfully carry the flame of the GoT franchise. “There is no set timetable for these projects,” HBO said. “We’ll take as much or as little time as the writers need and, as with all our development, we will evaluate what we have when the scripts are in.”

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Kit Harington’s nonchalant response to that BIG Game of Thrones fan theory

Season 6 was a victorious season for Jon Snow (Kit Harington) after his brutal betrayal in season 5. He was resurrected, then reunited with his sister Sansa (Sophie Turner) who helped him win the Battle of the Bastards and retake their childhood home, Winterfell. Finally, in the season 6 finale “The Winds of Winter,” Bran’s (Isaac Hempstead Wright) sight gave fans some long awaited answers pertaining to Jon Snow’s royal parentage.

After all these satisfying moments for Jon, fans began to crave the ultimate fan theory even more. Lucky for us, The Huffington Post asked actor Kit Harington for his thoughts!

“The Prince That Was Promised” is perhaps the largest, most anticipated fan theory of Game of Thrones. In short, the Prince that was promised is a prophesied hero, a legend in Westeros. Before his resurrection, many fans assumed this would be Jon.

So what does Harington himself think of this awe-inspiring theory?

I think you have to wait and see what happens this year, and if we find out anything more about Jon. I think Jon would hate the term ‘The Prince That Was Promised.’ If someone turned to him and said, ‘You’re The Prince That Was Promised,’ he just wouldn’t pay much attention. That’s what I love about him, so I don’t really care about it either. You know, I think that’s what’s great about him. He’s got very little ego on him.

That lack of ego is precisely what makes Jon so fit to rule and further adds to the possibility that he could be The Prince.

Be sure to check out Huffington Post for the full theory break-down!

Source: Watchers on the Wall

HBO Releases 2 More Promo Videos Revealing Game of Thrones Season 7 Looks

The other day a short new HBO promo turned up on Twitter providing a brief view of a few Game of Thrones actors in season 7 costume. Today, HBO uploaded that video onto YouTube themselves, in HD, along with two other clips in the same promo series, and happily there are even more Game of Thrones actors visible in the lot now!

Along with shots of characters/actors that we saw in the first video such as Sophie Turner (Sansa), Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys), we now can see Maisie Williams (Arya) and several more actors in season 7 costuming.

The videos feature a long list of Game of Thrones stars: Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Rory McCann, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, Kristofer Hivju, Conleth Hill, Liam Cunningham, Isaac Hempstead Wright and Kristian Nairn (the late lamented Hodor *sniff*)

Source: Watchers on the Wall

‘Game Of Thrones’ producers recall the time Kit Harington played a clever prank on them

Jon Snow actor managed to fool showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

The producers of Game Of Thrones have shared the time actor Kit Harington played a crafty prank on them.

Harington plays one of the show’s most popular characters, Jon Snow, who is known for his distinctive long, curly hair. Knowing this, the actor decided to wind up showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss.

“The actors are supposed to look the same, more or less, between seasons,” Benioff revealed at the show’s SXSW panel.

“Kit said he was getting annoyed because he wanted to cut his hair. He sent us a picture and he looked like a skinhead, and we were like, ‘Ugh, we’re going to have to get a Prince Charming wig.’”

According to Variety, the situation was so serious that HBO’s lawyers got involved and contacted Harington’s agents.

However, it turned out that Harington had pranked them all by sending a picture that was actually five years old.

Meanwhile, the producers of Game of Thrones have confirmed that Ed Sheeran will make a cameo appearance in the show’s seventh season.

The long-running HBO series will return to screens in July for the next eagerly-awaited instalment. A trailer for season seven dropped last week.

Meanwhile, Kit Harington has spoken further about what fans should expect from the seventh season.

Source: NME