With not as many huge movie panels sucking up the Comic-Con attendees this year, it seemed like the crowds moved to fill all the various TV panels. Ballroom 20 – the same large room that hosted the pilot screenings on preview night – was the home of a few high-profile panels today like Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Ringer. But the line for HBO’s Game of Thrones stretched out of the San Diego convention center, down the stairs, across the street, and all the way to the water’s edge behind the complex. According to staff, it was about 5,000 people and 4 hours long. A woman in line speculated: “It’s because it was so hard to get passes this year; the people who actually got them are motivated and hardcore.”
Deadline Contributor Elizabeth Snead files this report:
Michele Clapton first began to research designing costumes for Game of Thrones, HBO’s series based on A Song of Ice and Fire, by poring over George R.R. Martin’s complex fantasy novels about family, loyalty, lust, betrayal, revenge, and power, to learn the legend and lore of his seven mythical kingdoms of Westeros. Together with production designer Gemma Jackson, Clapton decided that the characters’ costumes should reflect the distinct cultures based on their environment and lifestyle. “So often fantasy film costumes are just too thin,” Clapton complains. “They don’t resonate with the society they’re supposed to be living in. They don’t look real. I wanted people to believe in these characters and their dramas and to smell their costumes.”
HBO will air a 15-minute sneak peek of the first episode of new series Game of Thrones on Sunday, April 3, ahead of the fantasy series’ premiere on April 17. Part Three of HBO’s miniseries Mildred Pierce, which was scheduled for 9 PM that night, will now start at 9:15 PM. Following the one-time-only play, the Game of Thrones preview will be available online and on demand.
HBO, whose most recent drama series addition, Boardwalk Empire, won two Golden Globes last night, including best series, is prepping the launch of its next hourlong series, Game of Thrones. Here is a new teaser for the fantasy drama, which will premiere on April 17.
From Ray Richmond, who is contributing to Deadline Hollywood’s TCA coverage:
The cast and producers of HBO’s hotly-anticipated fantasy series Game of Thrones (launching on April 17) met critics late Friday afternoon at the TCA gathering in Pasadena. And the question of the day seemed to be why fans of the genre are so ardent in their passion and obsession not only with Thrones but seemingly every sci-fi/fantasy project of similar ilk.
In the case of Thrones, the author of the book series on which the series “A Song of Ice and Fire” on which it’s based — George R.R. Martin (who is also a co-executive producer and writer for the show) — believes the answer is that there simply isn’t very much of the genre to go around in terms of cinema and TV. “There’s relatively little of it out there,” Martin reasons. “TV is full of lawyer shows and cop shows and situation comedies. But fantasy has largely been restricted to books for a long time. And those people are very hungry to find this stuff on television.”
Martin, himself a colorful character who resembles a mash-up of Santa Claus and Captain Kangaroo, went on, “The success of the Lord of the Rings films shows the enormous appetite there is for this stuff out there. Of course, it’s always question of how well the project is done.”
Currently working on the fifth book in his Song of Fire and Ice series, Martin — whose TV …
Here is the third teaser trailer for HBO’s upcoming fantasy series Game of Thrones, which premiered tonight on the pay cable network. Game of Thrones, which is based on the books by George R.R. Martin, is now filming in Ireland for a 2011 premiere.
HBO ran a second tease promo and a behind-the-scenes featurette for its upcoming fantasy series Game of Thrones before the season finale of True Blood tonight. Production on Game of Thrones began on July 26 in Belfast. The network also released an image from the series, actress Emilia Clarke as Daenerys. Here are the teaser titled Raven and the behind-the-scenes video.