Peter Dinklage

Pixes vs King of Kong

One of our favorite documentaries of all time here at FSR, The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters debuted back in January 2007 at the Slamdance Film Festival. Before it even released in theaters that August it had become an enormous cult sensation, particularly with people who aren’t normally into nonfiction films. Also before it even opened, director Seth Gordon was recruited by New Line (who also distributed the doc) to remake the feature, presumably to share the goofy story of rival arcade game champions with a much broader audience that wouldn’t ever, ever watch a doc, no matter how entertaining. It’s totally unnecessary, and those doc-despisers don’t deserve this story if that’s how they’re gonna be, but that’s Hollywood for you. As with most plans to redo docs as dramatic or “narrative” films, though, this one has been taking its sweet time — and doesn’t seem like it’ll ever really happen. Gordon was given other offers from New Line in the meantime to direct other big Hollywood movies such as Four Christmases, and he’s since been attached to a bazillion other projects. Yet over the years, he’s consistently confirmed that a King of Kong remake is still going forward, with minor details revealed that it could actually be more like a sequel and that it will be shot mockumentary style. And according to IMDbPro, following a couple years of unknown status, the project is now listed back in the script stage as of April 21st. But the more we see of Adam Sandler‘s upcoming […]

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Robin Williams in Angriest Man in Brooklyn

You know that old saying “live each day as if it were your last”? While it’s supposed to be inspirational and designed to get you up off your butt and out into the world doing great things like traveling and confessing your love to your best friend, there’s also the view that it could be a terrifying and wholly negative statement. Living each day like it’s your last? That means you’re dying tomorrow. There’s so much you didn’t do! The Angriest Man in Brooklyn takes this concept and amplifies it times 100 by giving America’s wacky uncle Robin Williams only 90 minutes to live. What’s a guy to do when he’s only got an hour and a half to do everything he has left to get done? The trailer for the film attempts to explain how Williams is going to attempt such a feat, and why the poor man is in this situation in the first place. The film, a remake of the 1997 Israeli feature Mar Baum, is from Phil Alden Robinson, director of Sneakers (it should be noted that this is his first film in over 10 years since the fantastic  The Sum of All Fears), and paints Williams as the titular angry man, a brash and maniacal Brooklynite who can’t control his temper for even the slightest of inconveniences: red lights, subwoofers, greeting cards, cheap cologne and people passing out flyers. When Dr. Mila Kunis attempts to explain to him that he has a fatal brain aneurysm, that’s just another thorn in his […]

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The Red Viper in Game of Thrones

In a 15-minute preview special aired last night, HBO pulled back the curtain on the highly anticipated fourth season of Game of Thrones. And with it, we return to our wall-to-wall weekly coverage of everything happening in the land of Westeros. Yes, Blog of Thrones has returned and so has all the death and destruction we’ve come to expect as clans clash for that big, beautiful Iron Throne. This new featurette goes well beyond the season four trailer, exploring some of the sets and themes that will light up the screen when the show comes back on April 6. As Peter Dinklage explains, it’s time to “pick up the pieces and top” what has come before. In picking apart the new preview, I’ve found five promises that Game of Thrones has made to its audience this year. Will they come through on these promises? So far their track record is pretty solid.

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X-Men Days Jennifer Lawrence

If the Instagram teaser teaser weren’t enough X-Men: Days of Future Past for you to sink your teeth into, Entertainment Weekly has a new crop of photos from the time traveling mutant flick that might provide a better look at what’s to come. Though there’s still no real sign of mutant on Sentinel action to be seen, we do get to see some of the characters wearing funky seventies attire. I know you’re not convinced that this is a comparable stand-in, but that’s only because you haven’t seen Peter Dinklage with a mustache yet. As Dr. Bolivar Trask, Dinklage is working the full handlebar paired with one of the putrid brown suits that seem to be so popular in that era, and he’s killing it. Another image depicts Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) doing something futuristic as they descend a staircase, while their ’70s counterparts James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender spend some quality time staring intently at something in the distance with Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in a different photo. Jennifer Lawrence also makes an appearance in her full Mystique regalia, which while  beautiful and highly impressive, I hate to say is also looking a little puff paint-y.

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Death at a Funeral

Making an R-rated comedy about a leprechaun might not look like such a great idea at first glance, but when you’ve got a lead actor as perfect for the role as Peter Dinklage willing to sign on and make the movie happen, suddenly a cursing little man with shiny buckles on his shoes starts to sound like a concept ripe with much more comedic potential than it would have had otherwise. We’ve seen Dinklage play a dwarf in the second Chronicles of Narnia movie, we’ve seen him do comedy in both versions of Death at a Funeral, and Game of Thrones has more than proven that he can be utterly, unapologetically filthy—it almost seems strange that he hasn’t starred in an R-rated movie about a leprechaun already. The news of this new project comes from THR, who reports that Paramount has picked up a pitch for a still untitled R-rated comedy about a man who tries to convince everyone in his life that he’s not just a little person, but is actually an honest-to-God leprechaun. So far Dinklage is attached to star and Andrew Dodge—who also penned the film that Jason Bateman recently directed, Bad Words—is on board as the writer.

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The Dink

I’ll be honest with you, folks. A Case of You doesn’t seem like it has a lot going for it. It’s got a basic romantic/indie comedy setup, and (as our own Caitlin Hughes pointed out), it holds hard and fast to the Manic Pixie Dream Girl archetype that’s been so badly overworked these past few years. A Case of You has a pretty basic setup. Justing Long is fast approaching the time where all his friends are getting married, and yet he’s hopelessly alone. But then the Rom-Com gods grant him a love interest in the form of Evan Rachel Wood. Not wanting to screw things up, he begins stalking her on Facebook, using every page, activity and lifestyle choice she’s “liked” to craft himself into her perfect man. As you can probably guess, something goes horribly awry and then Long must save his last shot at love (or something like that, anyway). But here’s what A Case of You does have: Peter Dinklage. With a mustache. Playing a sassy barista. What more could you possibly ask for? Witness his mustachioed glory in the trailer below:

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sentinel

The X-Men are one of those comic books properties where the bad guys are often as cool as the heroes you’re supposed to be rooting for. Whether you’re talking about the righteous and unbending metal manipulator, Magneto, the detached and empty shape-shifter, Mystique, or even the twisted and sociopathic geneticist, Sinister, chances are any given X-Men story is going to engage you just as much with its villainy as it does with its heroics. For some reason, there has just never been an X-Men villain that works as well as the giant, faceless, mutant-hunting robots the Sentinels though. Not only is it a lot of fun to watch mutant powers tear apart big ass robots, but there must be something to the way this particular robot design is able to embody the all-powerful and unfeeling hand of “the Man” that really makes them resonate, as well. Given fans’ fascination with the Sentinels, and given the fact that we haven’t gotten a real representation of them on the big screen yet, Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past has probably become the most anticipated X-Men movie of all time, because it has promised to be full of the metal monstrosities. And now a pretty slick viral site the film has launched is giving us all our first look at what they’ve cooked up in regards to the iconic baddies. Click through to get the info, and to watch a fun video.

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knights-of-badassdom

You may remember Joe Lynch‘s upcoming film, Knights of Badassdom. The film, which stars Peter Dinklage, Ryan Kwanten, Steve Zahn and Summer Glau, tells the tale of a motley crew of LARPers (Live Action Role-Players) who unwittingly release a demon in the world, and must turn their fantasy heroics into real ones in order to destroy said demon. And I say “you may remember” because since the film’s debut at Comic-Con two years ago, news on Knights of Badassdom has all but dried up entirely. The few things to be heard about the film were not pleasant- namely, that its production company, IndieVest, removed Lynch from the film and that IndieVest owner Wade Bradley recut the film as he saw fit. This story broke back in March of this year; since then, there’s been no word of any developments.

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sentinels

Part of the upcoming buzz around Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is the inclusion of a few new, long pined-for characters from the mutant universe. Chief among the fan wish list are the Sentinels. Products of Trask Industries and Doctor Bolivar Trask (played in the film by Peter Dinklage), the Sentinels are designed to keep mutants under control. This sort of thing always comes with some sort of marketing campaign, so there’s also propaganda involved. Said propaganda has made it’s way to the streets of Comic-Con, where a Sentinel head has been put on display and various posters have been handed out. It appears that Trask Industries has been busy. It also appears that 20th Century Fox may be tipping their hand as to what their promised “surprise” movie will be when they take the stage this weekend with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Wolverine. But that remains to be seen.

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penntough

What is Casting Couch? It’s a daily info dump of casting news. Today we’ve got reports of new jobs for Internet favorites like Simon Pegg and Peter Dinklage, as well as a bunch of pictures of actors holding animals, because why not? Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming film, Inherent Vice, is said to have somewhere around 20 important speaking roles, so it’s starting to look like it may call for the most star-studded cast he’s ever put together; or at least the most star-studded since he last did an ensemble piece like Magnolia. Anyway, Cigarettes and Red Vines is reporting that the next big name likely to join the film is Sean Penn, as he’s currently in negotiations, and if the PTA-centric blog had to take a guess as to what role he’s up for, they imagine he’s going to be playing hard-nosed loan shark Adrian Prussia. They also have the interesting news that Penn’s signing would make him the fourth member of his family to work alongside Anderson. They’re really a very thorough blog.

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Game of Thrones: Second Sons

Game of Thrones is many things, least among them is subtle about its weekly themes. It’s part of the experience, as we’ve seen it develop over the years, to watch D.B. Weiss, David Benioff and the rest of the writing team parse together stories from all over the world of Ice and Fire in a way that makes them fit together despite great geographical, philosophical and tonal differences. This week’s episode, “Second Sons,” is no different. It’s the kind of slower, more meticulous episode that digs a little deeper into the greater notions of faith and honor, love and duty. It’s also filled with moments both sweet and sour for characters we like, those we don’t and those whose true nature is yet to be revealed to us. It is on this note that we begin our weekly Blog of Thrones discussion of episode eight, a sweet and sour appetizer to whatever darkness lays ahead. From here, there will be advanced talking points from this week’s episode, “Second Sons.” Read on at your own peril.

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thrones_s3preview

301 days. Not that anyone’s counting, but that is how long it will have been when “Valar Dohaeris,” the first episode of Game of Thrones‘ highly anticipated third season debuts. That’s how long we’ve had to wait since season two took its final bow. Not that anyone’s counting. For my own part, the opportunity to bring back the Blog of Thrones is a great one. Truly one of the most enjoyable parts of my job, blogging through the kingdom of Westeros offers my usually tame sensibilities to explode into the realm of fantasy. Long have I not been one for big fantasy adventures (sorry, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars), there’s something about George R.R. Martin’s creation that has captured my spirited attention. So here we are, almost a year removed from where we left off. It’s time to take a look back, talk season two (spoilers aplenty, so be sure you’re caught up) and a look forward to what we might expect from season three (no book spoilers, just wild hints and accusations). Come along as we continue our journey toward taking the Iron Throne for ourselves.

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Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister on Game of Thrones S01E010

Just yesterday, word dropped that Peter Dinklage was going to be involved with X-Men: Days of Future Past, and while everyone on earth was celebrating, Variety was finding out that he would be the main villain of the movie. Who that villain will be is still a production secret, but my guess is that he’ll be playing Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s doubtful that he’ll play Senator Robert Kelly unless director Bryan Singer throws out the continuity of his own films where Bruce Davidson played the anti-mutant politician (and Kelly is more of a catalyst than major antagonist in “Days of Future Past” anyway), but there’s a chance he may play Boliver Trask, the inventor of Sentinels (the robots designed to kill all mutants). If so, he could have a truly fantastic character arc, one befitting Dinklage’s immense talent. Of course, he could also play a version of the cyborg Ahab or do the mo-cap for the Sentinels or play a character solely invented for the film. You never know. Either way, Dinklage is an exciting addition to a movie that was already shaping up to be uncanny.

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Peter Dinklage

What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that has news about what the lovely Marion Cotillard is going to be lovelying up with her lovely self next. It seems like Bryan Singer’s plan for promoting his upcoming X-Men sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, is to leak a little bit of news about it on his Twitter account every day between now and when it actually gets released. The latest bone he’s throwing us is that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has joined his rapidly-expanding cast. What role Dinklage will be playing Singer hasn’t yet revealed, which, of course, has sent the entire Internet scrambling to see how many Marvel characters they can name that might even slightly resemble a dwarf. From obscure Canadian heroes to Captain America villains, they’ve covered them all, but nobody has yet to predict anything that makes any sense. Here’s an interesting prediction to throw out there: maybe he’s just going to play some dude? Variety, however, seems to think he’s playing the villain. 

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Peter Dinklage

What is Casting Couch? It’s a quick compiling of the day’s casting news. Today it has quite a bit to say about the Fanning sisters. If you had to pick one breakout star from HBO’s wildly successful fantasy series, Game of Thrones, it would have to be Peter Dinklage. Sure, the guy has been doing solid work for years, but post-Game of Thrones he’s now a name. It’s quite a coup for first time director Paki Smith then, that he’s just cast Dinklage in his first film, A Long Way Home. According to Variety, this one is a story of magic, adventure, and a young boy who’s questing to be reunited with his family…which kind of sounds like kids’ stuff. Hopefully it still finds reason to give Dinklage ample opportunity to be drunken and perverse, because that’s when he’s at his best (worst?).

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Iron Throne

Blog of Thrones lives on! Even though we’ve seen the end of Game of Thrones‘ epic second season, that does not mean that we can’t still blog all about the show, the books, the board games based on the books, and lest we forget, rumormongering about season three. The offseason brings us plenty of topics, which shall be addressed monthly beginning in July and more frequently should the topics dictate more discussion. For now, I’ll be closing out the month of June with a few weeks worth of looking back at what has come to pass on season two. Now that we’ve seen the battles, played the game and met all the new faces, it’s important to look at the big picture around season two. We’ll begin with the season’s most defining moments, a collection of scenes that were not just shockers or twists, but moments that greatly impacted the momentum and trajectory of the stories within the second season. And yes, some of them involve big beautiful explosions. As always, Blog of Thrones is written from the perspective of a relative novice to George R.R. Martin’s books. It focuses solely on Game of Thrones the show and assumes that you’ve seen everything up to the latest episode. If you travel down this Kingsroad and find yourself spoiled, the king will know the reason why. 

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Game of Thrones: Valar Morghulis

As HBO’s “Previously on Game of Thrones” reel runs to its completion and the theme rises, it’s hard not to be wistful upon the closing of the second season of this cult hit of a show. For those of you who’ve been following along as I blog my way through season two, you’ll surely find a bit of sadness in this being the last entry into the Blog of Thrones series for the year. And even though it’s coming a few days later than usual, there’s still plenty to talk about. So don’t be too sad when it’s all said and done. Besides, this has been so much fun to write that I wouldn’t be surprised (if I were you) to see Blog of Thrones pop up periodically in between seasons two and three. With reflections on season two, thoughts on season three, thoughts on my readings of the books, thoughts on casting, thoughts on life in Westeros, and many other thoughts brewing around this fine series of stories, there may just be enough to keep Blog of Thrones going on a monthly basis in between now and early 2013, when the show will return for an undoubtedly epic third season. But for now, lets talk about “Valar Morghulis.” As always, Blog of Thrones is written from the perspective of a relative novice to George R.R. Martin’s books. It focuses solely on Game of Thrones the show and assumes that you’ve seen everything up to the latest episode. If you travel down this Kingsroad […]

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Game of Thrones: Blackwater

They’ve been telling us all along, those fine marketeers at HBO. Winter is Coming. War is Coming. More Winter is Coming. War is Here. There’s No Where to Hide. And throughout season two we’ve peered back at them and said, “ok, but when?” There is no time better than the present, I always say. Especially when episode nine, “Blackwater” is upon us and the battle has raged with massive green flames. Even though there’s one frame left, anyone who has watched last night’s episode has now seen the season’s penultimate chapter. Stannis Baratheon sails toward King’s Landing with a massive army and he will not rest until he has taken the Iron Throne away from the boy King Joffrey. That’s where we pick up the tale as we travel on with our Blog of Thrones… As always, Blog of Thrones is written from the perspective of a relative novice to George R.R. Martin’s books. It focuses solely on Game of Thrones the show and assumes that you’ve seen everything up to the latest episode. If you travel down this Kingsroad and find yourself spoiled, the king will know the reason why. 

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Hold on tight, you guys, War is really Coming this time. I promise, there will be a great battle — and it’s likely going to happen in next week’s episode, which just so happens to be directed by Dog Soldiers and Centurion director Neil Marshall. But more on that later. For now, we’ll just focus on the eighth episode of season two, “The Prince of Winterfell,” in our weekly column known as Blog of Thrones, the people’s champion of Westeros and the first place you should come on Monday mornings for all the juiciest Game of Thrones watercooler discussion. This week we get to use dirty words, contemplate strategies and watch one of our favorite characters finally get what’s coming to him. As always, Blog of Thrones is written from the perspective of a relative novice to George R.R. Martin’s books. It focuses solely on Game of Thrones the show and assumes that you’ve seen everything up to the latest episode. If you travel down this Kingsroad and find yourself spoiled, the king will know the reason why. 

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Winter is Coming. And War. But mostly Winter. And playful ginger girls from beyond The Wall. Yes, it’s time again for our weekly Blog of Thrones, the part of the week when we urge you to gather around the mead cooler and talk of Westeros and the Free Cities of Men. As we march through the show’s second season, it’s important to be constantly reminded that Winter is Coming. It stands as an excellent motto for all of what is to come in this story — “Winter” is not just about cold, but of war and evil and evil war. With that in mind, we put Winter is Coming on our banners this week and forge on as the staggeringly good HBO series ripped from the mind of George R.R. Martin (and his books) moves swiftly toward a season two finale that continues to promise big things. This week, we learn about a few key personality traits shared by many a character in this Game of Thrones. As always, Blog of Thrones is written from the perspective of a relative novice to George R.R. Martin’s books. It focuses solely on Game of Thrones the show and assumes that you’ve seen everything up to the latest episode. If you travel down this Kingsroad and find yourself spoiled, the king will know the reason why. 

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