Global Showbiz Briefs: Berlin Fest Picks 300 For ‘Berlinale Talents’ Mentorships; Sky Atlantic HD Gets ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season Premiere Day After U.S. Bow; More

Berlin Festival Taps 300 ‘Berlinale Talents’ For 2014 Mentoring Program
An international jury has selected 300 people from 79 countries to take part in the 12th annual Berlinale Talents program. The “talents,” selected fBerlin_c__131105201243rom across the filmmaking spectrum, are invited to the HAU Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin from February 8-13, where they will meet with experts under the theme “Ready to Play? Breaking the Rules.” Mentors include cinematographers Agnes Godard, Franz Lustig and Christopher Doyle. Berlinale Talents will be represented for the first time at the European Film Market and will have the opportunity to pitch their film projects to industry professionals in the Berlin House of Representatives, venue for the Berlinale Co-Production Market. The 64th annual Berlin International Film Festival runs February 6-16.

Sky Atlantic HD To Bow New ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season On April 7
gameofthronesSky Atlantic HD said Friday that the fourth season of HBO’s drama Game Of Thrones will return to the channel at 9 PM April 7, less than 24 hours after its U.S. premiere. The 10-episode new season of the series, based on George R.R. Martin’s best-selling book series A Song of Ice and Fire, features such returning cast members as Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington and newcomers including Mark Gatiss. Joel Fry, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Indira Varma and Pedro Pascal.

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TCA: HBO Sets Season 4 Premiere Date For ‘Game Of Thrones’, Slots ‘The Normal Heart’

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 3:12pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

gameofthronesHBO‘s flagship drama series Game Of Thrones will return for a fourth season on April 6, the network announced at the top of its TCA presentation today. It will be followed by the third-season debut of VeepRead More »

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Michiel Huisman Upped To Regular On HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ For Season 5

By | Tuesday January 7, 2014 @ 5:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

michielhuismanMichiel Huisman‘s star on HBO‘s Game Of Thrones is rising fast. Huisman, who joined the hit fantasy drama series as a recurring for the upcoming fourth season, is being made a regular for Season 5, which has not … Read More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ & ‘Breaking Bad’ Top List Of 2013′s Most Pirated Shows

By | Thursday December 26, 2013 @ 6:36pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

game-of-thrones-season-3-finaleThere are very few surprises on the list of the Top 10 most pirated shows of 2013 released by TorrentFreak that includes only individual episodes downloaded via BitTorrent’s file-sharing protocol. HBO’s … Read More »

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Mark Kassen, Ray Liotta & ‘Game Of Thrones’ Thesp Sophie Turner To Go It ‘Alone’

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 8:04pm PST

Mark Kassen AloneSophie TurnerUPDATED: Mark Kassen (Puncture) is set to star in indie feature Alone, about Freeman, a 35-year-old veteran battling PTSD who finds kindness and comfort in the company of … Read More »

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CAA Signs ‘Game Of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage

By | Thursday December 12, 2013 @ 2:40pm PST
Mike Fleming

dinklEXCLUSIVE: CAA signed Peter Dinklage, who yesterday was nominated for a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series for playing Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Dinklage won an Emmy … Read More »

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‘Terminator’ Update: Emilia Clarke, Brie Larson On Short List To Play Sarah Connor

Mike Fleming

emiliaEXCLUSIVE: I’m hearing that Paramount and director Alan Taylor are looking closely at Emilia Clarke and Brie Larson to play the role of Sarah Connor in the Terminator reboot that is being assembled for a July, 2015 … Read More »

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HBO’s ‘Game Of Thrones’ Won’t Compete In 2014 WGA Awards Drama Series Category

By | Friday November 22, 2013 @ 6:05pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

HBO’s flagship drama Game Of Thrones won’t extend its streak of two consecutive WGA Awards nominations in the best drama series category due to a submission issue. “As a result of an inadvertent online entry error HBO’s Game Read More »

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‘Game Of Thrones’ Star Sophie Turner Joins ‘Barely Lethal’

By | Thursday October 10, 2013 @ 12:05pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Sophie Turner is continuing to make inroads in a film career, joining Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba and Samuel L. Jackson in Barely Lethal. Kyle Newman directs the action comedy written … Read More »

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Neil Marshall Set To Helm ‘Troll Hunter’ Redo

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 10:20am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Neil Marshall has been set to direct Troll Hunter, the remake of the Norwegian film that IMG Global is financing. The Marc Haimes-scripted film is gearing toward an early 2014 production start, while there’s still snow on the ground in the locations where they will shoot.

That means that Marshall starts work on the $25 million film as soon as he returns from Ireland, where he is shooting next season’s biggest episode of HBO’s Game Of Thrones, one that is on the scale of the “Blackwater” episode he directed, which featured one of the most ambitious battle scenes I’ve ever seen on television. Marshall also directed the pilot episode of Black Sails for Michael Bay and Starz, which airs in 2014 and has already been picked up for a second season by the network. Marshall will do a director’s pass on the script by Haimes, who recently sold an untitled pitch to Paramount with Mary Parent producing. Read More »

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HBO, ‘Behind The Candelabra’ Lead Creative Arts Emmy Awards; Bob Newhart, Dan Bucatinsky, Melissa Leo, Carrie Preston, Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn, ‘Undercover Boss’, ‘South Park’ & Tony Awards Among Winners

By | Sunday September 15, 2013 @ 4:01pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Creative Arts Emmy Awards WinnersThe first 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards were handed out this afternoon at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles. HBO led with 20 Emmys, followed by CBS with 15 and NBC’s with 11. HBO’s Behind the Candelabra was the most awarded program with 8 Emmys. CBS’ Undercover Boss won best reality show, South Park was named best animated show, while Project Runway‘s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn took best reality hosts. The Guest Actor/Actress categories were the highlight of the ceremony with emotional wins for comedy great Bob Newhart, who snagged his first Emmy for The Big Bang Theory, Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal), Melissa Leo (Louie) and Carrie Preston (The Good Wife). A new 45-second rule imposed on winners’ walk to the stage and acceptance speeches created quite a stir at the ceremony, which still ran for almost 4 hours, clocking in at 3 hr 49 min. A two-hour, edited version will air Saturday, September 21st on FXX.

Related: Creative Emmys’ 45-Second Rule Stirs Controversy

Diane Haithman, Ray Richmond and Anthony D’Alessandro were on the scene at the Nokia for Deadline: Balmier weather than last year’s 100-degree heat made for a livelier Red Carpet. Matt Weiner, whose Mad Men suffered a historic shutout last year with 17 nominations and no wins, was optimistic heading into the ceremony. “Ya know what, anything would be great,” he said. “I would love to see one of our (guest) actors recognized. Linda (Cardellini), Harry (Hamlin), Robert Morse. None of our actors have been recognized (with wins). We’ve never won an editing or cinematography award.” Asked whether Mad Men would possibly do a Season 8 if the price was right, Weiner said: “No, no, it’s not about the deal. I want to wrap the show up. I have a good vibe for what we’re doing in this last piece and that’s the way to go. Will there be more TV and film in my life? I hope so. I’ve written a play. I don’t expect this (the Emmy sensation) to happen again. That would be greedy.”

Some 88 awards were given away today. To try to get it done in a reasonable time, Creative Arts Emmys producer Spike Jones Jr. appeared onstage before show time to urge winners to keep it short, announcing a 45-seconds limit from the moment the winner’s name is announced. “You have 45 seconds to get from your seat all the way down the aisle, up the steps, and do your acceptance speech. I’m not kidding. Forty-five seconds. We’ve found that you can say a lot in a very short period of time. Everybody in this room will thank you for it.”

2013 Creative Arts Emmy Winners

The never-shy Community showrunner Dan Harmon and star Joel McHale set an outrageous tone at the outset as presenters of the first four awards, channeling infamous Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais. “Tonight we honor all of the people in primetime television who are contractually obligated not to make eye contact with me,” said McHale. Harmon, the combative fired and then reinstated boss of Community, then made a quip about how he’d soon be fired by FXX, the new network telecasting a truncated edition of the ceremony. “We’re going to show those frauds (in TV) that these people (here tonight) are the real celebrities,” he said.

Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series
House Of Cards • Netflix • Donen/Fincher/Roth and Trigger Street Productions, Inc. in association with Media Rights Capital for Netflix
Laray Mayfield, CSA, Casting Director
Julie Schubert, CSA, Casting Director

Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special
Behind The Candelabra • HBO • Jerry Weintraub Productions in association with HBO Films
Carmen Cuba, CSA, Casting Director

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series
30 Rock • NBC • Broadway Video and Little Stranger, Inc. in association with Universal Television
Jennifer McNamara-Shroff, Casting Director
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Film Casting Round-Up: Jennifer Lopez Joins Thriller ‘The Boy Next Door’, ‘Fast & Furious 7′ Adds ‘Game Of Thrones’ Actress

By | Friday September 6, 2013 @ 5:03pm PDT

Universal Pictures is reteaming with Blumhouse Productions on The Boy Next Door, which will star Jennifer Lopez. The past and present American Idol judge will play a single mom who becomes attracted to the teenage … Read More »

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Andrea Roth Joins ‘Rogue’; Michiel Huisman Cast In ‘Game Of Thrones’

By | Wednesday August 28, 2013 @ 8:03pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Rescue Me alumna Andrea Roth has been cast in a major recurring role on the second season of DirecTV‘s drama Rogue. She will play Marlene, a fallen from grace FBI agent who butts heads with … Read More »

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EMMYS: TV Visual Effects Biz Finds Stability In Predictability And Quick Turnarounds

By | Sunday August 18, 2013 @ 1:04pm PDT

Thomas J. McLean is an AwardsLine contributor.

While television visual-effects producers are far from immune to the same market forces that recently have rocked the film world, the serial nature of TV and its inherent short deadlines allow facilities and effects artists to find a satisfying and stable niche. “The predictability of the television season helps us,” says Andrew Orloff, co-owner and visual-effects supervisor of Zoic Studios, whose clients include TNT’s Emmy-nominated Falling Skies and ABC’s Once Upon A Time. “We built our business model on serving a bunch of different markets, and we’ve done pretty well.”

With shows going from shooting to air in two or three weeks, effects need to be done extremely quickly and to a high standard. “It can be a blessing and a curse,” says Mat Beck, president of Entity FX, which works on Emmy nominee Game Of Thrones, as well as Vampire Diaries, Mike & Molly and The Following. “What is hard is, you have to get stuff done crazy quickly. The blessing is you’re in a disciplined environment, timewise, and you have to zero in on the best solution.” Read More »

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Comic-Con: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Panel Opens With Ode To Its Dead; George R.R. Martin Mulling Aegon Prequel

By | Friday July 19, 2013 @ 3:18pm PDT

The panel presentation for HBO‘s Game of Thrones kicked off with a tongue-in-cheek In Memoriam reel set to Boyz II Men’s “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye To Yesterday,” remembering all the characters who were beheaded, stabbed or otherwise dispatched and teasing the series’ spring 2014 return. Cast members Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, John Bradley, Kit Harington, Rose Leslie and Richard Madden, and author George R.R. Martin joined exec producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss for the fan-centric event. Martin acknowledged his penchant for offing his characters, joking that it made for lots of new job opportunities for actors and actresses. Soon afterward, Jason Momoa, aka the dearly departed Khal Drogo, crashed the panel to give Emilia Clarke a kiss shouting, “I’m not dead yet!”

The show is nominated for 16 Emmy Awards, including one for Clarke’s turn as Daenerys Targaryen. She recalled getting the news early Thursday morning. “My alarm went off really early at 6 AM in the hotel even though I never set it,” she said. “I saw I was getting a missed call from HBO telling us about the amazing news, and it took three phone calls for them to tell me no, no, you [were nominated] as well.” Read More »

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Emmy Q&A With ‘Game Of Thrones’ David Benioff And D.B. Weiss

By | Friday June 28, 2013 @ 12:30pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Taking the reins of a book series with a devoted following can be daunting for any producer. But for Game of Thrones executive producers D.B. Weiss and David Benioff, the solution to adapting George R.R. Martin’s fantasy bestsellers was to be diehard fans of the source material. Weiss and Benioff also enjoy a fruitful open dialogue with the author, who Weiss says “ultimately understands that we live and breathe this show. Our devotion to it is total. It’s like a cult.” Their ambition also shows in the scope of the HBO series, which Benioff reveals has a budget of “more than $5 million” an episode, making it among the most expensive epic series produced.

DEADLINE: Last time we spoke was when we first revealed you were doing Game Of Thrones for HBO.
D.B. WEISS
: Yeah, and you remember that whole Sopranos and Middle Earth thing we first said to you, when you asked for a one-line description of what we wanted to do? Do you remember that line? That line has been haunting us for like 7 years. I always cringe when I hear it.

DEADLINE: Why?
WEISS
: It’s insulting to both Sopranos and Lord of the Rings. It’s one thing where you’re trying to sell, and you say, “My movie is Die Hard meets Above the Law.” Read More »

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“Impossible” To Illegally Download On BitTorrent, Says BitTorrent

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 3:18pm PDT

How’s this for an interesting defense? File-sharing site BitTorrent insists that a recent report that HBO’s Game Of Thrones broke records for illegal downloads on BitTorrent is false — because illegal downloading … Read More »

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ENTV: Pete Hammond On Emmy Drama Series Contenders

By | Saturday June 22, 2013 @ 11:00am PDT
Pete Hammond

The lineup of TV dramas getting Emmy nominations and wins the past few years hasn’t changed much, but Deadline’s Pete Hammond has a few ideas to break voters out of their rut when it comes to picking a Best Drama. He breaks big for … Read More »

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EMMYS: Sound Editing

By | Thursday June 13, 2013 @ 9:15pm PDT

Thomas J. McLean is an AwardsLine contributor.

For sound editors and mixers, the broadening of TV’s audio palette into feature-film territory requires a lot of work and plenty of tricks to get shows to sound as good as they look on tight budgets and even tighter schedules. “I spend quite a bit of time trying to find the right people who can do feature-quality work but not take feature time,” says Tim Kimmel, supervising sound editor on HBO’s epic fantasy series Game Of Thrones. With 10 hourlong episodes to complete in about five months and a tight schedule on the production pipeline, work often continues until the last minute. “By the time we finish mixing the show, we’re still waiting on final visual effects, so we will end up going back into episodes that were basically completed,” Kimmel explains. Read More »

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