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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Bean's role in 'Thrones' has familiar 'Ring' to it

Game of Thrones, HBO's epic, sprawling adaptation of science-fiction author George RR Martin's exhaustive -and occasionally exhausting -A Song of Ice and Fire series, is a triumph of storytelling. more
Victoria Times Colonist ( 4/16/2011 11:34:01 PM -08:00 )

Bean's role in 'Thrones' has familiar 'Ring' to it
The veteran British actor, who spent parts of his career in the “Sharpe” television series and “Lord of the Rings” films is now part of an expansive cast in the fantasy world of political intrigue, betrayal and violence in HBO's sprawling more
Boston Herald ( 4/16/2011 9:58:06 PM -08:00 )

'Thrones' for a loop
If Cinemax and ABC Family decided to film “Lord of the Rings” together, it would look like HBO's “Game of Thrones” — full of gratuitous nudity and kids in peril. Based on George RR Martin's best-selling fantasy series, more
Boston Herald ( 4/16/2011 8:14:28 PM -08:00 )

No-holds-barred 'Game of Thrones' holds court on HBO
No-holds-barred In this publicity image released by HBO, Sean Bean portrays Lord Eddard "Ned" Stark in a scene from the HBO series "Game of Thrones," premiering Sunday, April 17, 2011. (AP Photo/HBO, Nick Briggs) Fantasy author George RR Martin is a more
Kansas City Star ( 4/16/2011 7:39:20 PM -08:00 )

Gimme some sword – hold the sorcery
On the one hand, he's delighted to see the world of Westeros, a world he has been writing about for over 15 years and four (soon to be five) best-selling fantasy novels, faithfully recreated on the small screen, in Sky Atlantic's epic more
The Independent ( 4/16/2011 3:01:03 PM -08:00 )

'Game Of Thrones': Sean Bean Is 'Flattered' By Fan Reaction To His Casting As
When it comes to the reason most unaffiliated people are interested in HBO's upcoming fantasy series "Game of Thrones," the casting of Sean Bean is pretty high up on the list. Most people know Bean on sight as That Guy from "Lord of the Rings" more
MTV.com (blog) ( 4/16/2011 12:36:44 PM -08:00 )

Dear New York Times: A Game of Thrones Is Not Just for Boys
For months now, I've been counting the days to April 17th, the release date of HBO's Game of Thrones. As a longtime fan of the books I have high hopes for the TV series as delicious entertainment, which is the chief characteristic of George RR Martin's more
Huffington Post (blog) ( 4/16/2011 10:40:50 AM -08:00 )

'Game of Thrones': Can HBO make fantasy work on the small screen?
HBO is hoping that George RR Martin's 'Game of Thrones' will succeed as a fantasy hybrid of 'Sopranos'-style gangster drama and 'Rome'-style historical epic. In this publicity image released by HBO, Sean Bean portrays Lord Eddard 'Ned' Stark in a scene more
Christian Science Monitor ( 4/16/2011 7:58:41 AM -08:00 )

Network punts on a drama with edge
Network punts on a drama with edgeSWORDS and sorcery have never had the same respect on television as cops and robbers. But that may be about to change this weekend, when American pay TV channel HBO premiere's the first episode of Game of Thrones, a medieval fantasy the producers have more
Sydney Morning Herald ( 4/16/2011 6:29:50 AM -08:00 )

Hinckley: 'Game' Novices may be 'Throne' for loss
Hinckley: Ponderous: Sean Bean portrays Lord Eddard 'Ned' Stark in a scene from the HBO series 'Game of Thrones.' Peter Dinklage joins the battle as Tyrion Lannister. For the nongeeks among us, watching HBO's sprawling new fantasy drama "Game of Thrones" is the more
New York Daily News ( 4/16/2011 12:51:29 AM -08:00 )

HBO plays 'Game of Thrones': Betting George RR Martin's fantasy books will
HBO plays BY Ethan Sacks So bad, he's good! Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars as Ser Jamie Lannister in 'Game of Thrones' The knights of 'Game of Thrones,' based on the first book of George RR Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' series, ride into battle this Sunday. more
New York Daily News ( 4/16/2011 12:31:36 AM -08:00 )

Salem: Successor to the Thrones
Magic, monsters, myth and mystery, family rivalries, violent death, the eternal battle of good versus evil . . . the fantastic path from page to screen is already well-trod, from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter to Twilight and True Blood. more
Toronto Star ( 4/15/2011 6:55:09 PM -08:00 )

'Game of Thrones' is HBO's latest crowning achievement
Writer David Benioff was joking when he described his new series, “Game of Thrones,” as “'The Sopranos' in Middle Earth.” But he's not far off. HBO's high-fantasy extravaganza combines more
Chicago Sun-Times ( 4/15/2011 6:54:22 PM -08:00 )

'Game of Thrones' guide: Don't know your Tullys from your Targaryens? HBO has
As you may have gathered by now, we here at EW are just a little excited for the premiere of Game of Thrones, HBO's new fantasy series. The show promises to be epic in every sense of the word — and it might also seem epically confusing more
Entertainment Weekly ( 4/15/2011 3:13:21 PM -08:00 )

Television review: 'Game of Thrones'
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Barely a few minutes into HBO's epic "Game of Thrones" series, it's clear that the hype was right and the wait was worth it. Based on the bestselling fantasy book series "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George RR Martin more
Los Angeles Times ( 4/15/2011 2:52:05 PM -08:00 )

Fantasy scribe George RR Martin brings epic saga to HBO
Fantasy scribe George RR Martin brings epic saga to HBOHe was told for years that his ideas were “too expensive.” But HBO was willing to spend. The pilot for Game of Thrones – the adaptation of George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire novels – reportedly cost $17-million (US). Certainly epic in scope, more
Globe and Mail ( 4/15/2011 1:02:51 PM -08:00 )

"Game of Thrones": what to watch for
"Game of Thrones": what to watch forAs "Game of Thrones," Book One of George RR Martin's "Song of Ice and Fire" series, comes to HBO, the biggest question is how the show will compare with the books. HBO's 10-part portrayal of "Game of Thrones" involves 162 speaking parts; 1800 invented more
Christian Science Monitor ( 4/15/2011 12:06:56 PM -08:00 )

'Game of Thrones' Premieres, Just in Time for Easter
HBO's new series, Game of Thrones, premieres on Sunday. This week, we're featuring five different takes on the show, which is the first foray into fantasy for a network that has built its programming on grimly realistic stories like more
The Atlantic ( 4/15/2011 10:31:33 AM -08:00 )

Game of Thrones: Winter (and lots of blood) is coming
Game of Thrones: Winter (and lots of blood) is comingGame of Thrones was a bracing read when it was published in 1996, a sprawling tale typically filed under fantasy, though its lofty ambition and bare-knuckled storytelling was such that the term 'fantasy' failed it by sounding so airy. more
Houston Chronicle (blog) ( 4/15/2011 9:20:14 AM -08:00 )

George R. R. Martin Interview, Part 1: Game of Thrones, from Book to TV
If you ever eat a meal with George RR Martin, have what he's having. Martin's fantasy novels, the source material for HBO's new Game of Thrones (see a scene from the pilot above), are known for moral ambiguity, complexity and cruelly brilliant plot more
TIME (blog) ( 4/15/2011 8:28:33 AM -08:00 )