New ‘Game of Thrones’ Blind-Box Toys Coming in February

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In just of few months, Game of Thrones will return to HBO for its fourth season. With Toy Fair around the corner, we’ve been anxious to see what new branded merchandise will come out of the series for 2014.

New in 2014 will be a set of Blind Box Game of Thrones minis from Funko. The figures will include Ned Stark, Jon Snow, Daenerys Targaryen, Tyrion Lannister, Arya Stark, Robb Stark, Khal Drogo, Drogon, Viserion, Rhaegal, Jaime Lannister, Joffrey Baratheon, The King Whitewalker, Ghost and Shaggydog.

With blind box toys, you always hope for three things:

1 – As few dupes as possible
2 – To only unbox personal favorites
3 – To never get the despised characters

I know what you’re thinking already.

Please don’t let me get a Joffrey toy.

I know the feeling. But you have to have a villain, right? Personally, I would just prefer Jaime, Cersei or Tywin Lannister to Joffrey. Even the King Whitewalker would be cool as we head into Season 4. Let’s just hope the probability of pulling Joffrey is low because I may rip his head off. I just don’t like the guy. Of course, my favorite picks would be: Jon Snow, Ned Stark, Daenerys, Tyrion and Arya, followed by Ghost and Shaggydog.

While collectable busts, minis and vinyl POP toys are cool, we’re still holding out for action figures that have at least 10-points of articulation. Come on. Wouldn’t you want to re-enact the red wedding, a Jon Snow scene north of The Wall or any number of Daenerys Targaryen “Mother of Dragons” moments?

The new minis are on pre-sale on HBO.com now, but will be available on February 15th.

‘Game of Thrones’ Star Brings Lannister Gold to ‘Sesame Street’

Peter Dinklage is coming to Sesame Street.

I don’t have to tell how much of a Game of Thrones fan I am. Well, perhaps I should just in case. Game of Thrones is easily one of my top five shows of 2013. There, I said it. Quote it.

But, you know what else I love. Sesame Street.

Maybe it’s that “Sunny Day” song that talks about sweeping the clouds away. We need more songs like that, especially if you’re a fan of the North and House Stark.

Well, forget about all of those Game of Thrones references for a minute. Dinklage, aka Tyrion Lannister, will be appearing on the Sept 20 episode of Sesame Street. He will be appearing alongside Telly, the Muppet monster with a bad case of nerves. They will play a game of Simon says, which will go wrong when Telly starts to make mistakes. Luckily, Dinklage will be around to give the Muppet the confidence he needs to stay calm and relaxed. After all, the word on the street will be “relax.” It’s kind of like how Tyrion helped Jon Snow, except in this case we probably won’t hear that infamous “B” word people use so much in Westeros.

The kids series recently kicked off its 44th season with an appearance by Academy Award winner Charlize Theron.

The Sept 20 episode will be brought to you by the letter “Z” and the number “15” – two of my favorite characters.

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More Game of Thrones and Vikings Celeb Action at Comic Con

What do Hugh Jackman, Kit Harrington, Yvonne Strahovski and Seth Green have in common?

In two words… absolutely nothing. However, they are all confirmed guests at this year’s Wired Cafe at San Diego Comic Con.

The Wired Cafe is less of an Internet Cafe (the Wifi is usually running below Starbucks level) and more of a celebrity and media lounge, stationed at the Omni Hotel. Last year, celebs stopped by to chow down on chicken wings and quesadillas, while drinking a few Game of Thrones inspired cocktails. We also spotted Thrones star Kristian Nairn showing off a rad Xbox 360 bedazzled in a Winterfell skin.

This year, the Game of Thrones drinks are back. Needless to say, I’ll be staying away from any unsullied or Lannister drinks. But I will be on the lookout for any Bastard, Imp or Khaleesi beverages.

History will also have a spot at the Cafe, showing off a custom-built Vikings ship. Sadly, we’ve heard that it’s not made out of Legos, but it should still be cool.

Other cafe guests, include: Rachel Bilson, Joe Manganiello, Kristin Bauer Van Straten, Hailee Steinfeld, Shane West and Aaron Eckhart.

Game of Thrones Renewed for Season 4 on top of Record Ratings for Series

In case you somehow doubted that HBO would renew Game of Thrones for a fourth season, here’s the official word.

Game of Thrones is coming back in 2014. The Season 3 premiere garnered the highest viewership to date for the series.

The Season 3 premiere, “Valar Dohaeris,” averaged 4.4 million viewers during its initial 9PM airing. It aired in the same time slot as The Walking Dead season 3 finale.

“Valar Dohaeris” outperformed the GoT season 2 finale, which took in 4.2 million viewers. The premiere took in 6.7 million viewers for the night. Season 2 premiered with 3.9 million viewers during the initial airing and had 6.3 million viewers for the night.

Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere Focus Points

Game of Thrones returns for season 3 tonight on HBO, pit against The Walking Dead which will air its third season finale in the same time slot on AMC.

Here are a few Focus Points on tonight’s return to Westeros and the lands beyond. Spoilers are kept to a minimum.

– John Snow leads off the premiere. He’ll meet the king beyond the wall and make an important decision about his future as he sets his sights on the white walkers.

– Remember when Tyrion stated that all dwarves are bastards in the eyes of their fathers? In Season 2, Tyrion proved his worth as a Lannister. After he was sent to Kings Landing to serve as hand of the king, in the absence of Tywin, Tyrion showed his commitment to his family’s name. He may have brought a whore to court, but he also defended the city against an attack by Stannis Baratheon. In Game of Thrones Season 3, Tyrion will confront his Lannister demons in a way that will leave his soul bare before his family.

– Sansa is still a little naïve. Silly little dove.

– The seven kingdoms are “Under King Joffrey’s leadership.” Or are they? Who is really in charge of the realm that was united under the Targaryen dragons so long ago? Joffrey may have been able to womanize Sansa, because her father was dubbed a traitor, but he won’t have the same control over Margaery Tyrell, his new betrothed. Margaery shows off qualities that stand juxtaposed to the Lannister traits we loathe.

– Daenerys’ dragons are getting bigger, but they are still not ready for war. Soldiers are more important.

– Cersei is slowly losing control. We saw this begin at the end of the first season, when Joffrey chose to execute Ned and stated that she had the weak heart of a woman. In Season 2, Tyrion showed his dominance of the king’s inner council. Now, with Tywin back and Margaery taking her place as the woman in Joffrey’s life, Cersei’s grip may continue to waver.

– The Red Woman is back. Don’t forget to cringe.

– A forgotten character returns and promises to become a new favorite – Obi Wan Kenobi style.

Game of Thrones Season 3 stages Internet takeovers

We may be more than a month away from the premiere of Game of Thrones season 3, but that hasn’t stopped HBO from going full blast with its advertising campaign.

Game of Thrones took out a full-page ad in the New York Times on Feb 25th and also skinned IMDB‘s homepage with a floating dragon – a smart, and ostensibly pricey, move the day after the Oscar’s. It was one of the coolest site skins we’ve seen in the past year, as networks continue to shift advertising budgets away from traditional mediums and to digital campaigns.

When Game of Thrones returns, we’ll be anxious to see the fate of Tyrion Lannister now that his daddy has come to King’s Landing, Daenerys Targaryen utilizing her growing dragons in action, Jon Snow as he enters the camp of the “King Beyond the Wall” and Arya Stark on the run. Those are our my favorite four characters going into Season 3.

Season 2 just hit Blu-ray last week, giving new fans time to catch up on the series before the March 31 premiere on HBO.

Check out Game of Thrones Season 2 on Blu-ray (you’ll need the blu-ray for the interactive in-episode guide, especially if you didn’t read the book):

Game of Thrones Season 3 will be the most ‘worthwhile’

Let the countdown to the aftermath begin.

Game of Thrones Season 3 is officially in production. After a beheading, the return of dragons, and a Lannister victory, life has become a dismal place if you’re a Northerner.

When the series returns, we’ll be looking forward to what the future holds for some of our favorite characters, including: Tyrion, Daenerys, Aria and John Snow. Hopefully, Snow will find a way to meet up with Rob (no Spoilers book fans).

As for Joffrey… well… let’s just say he’s not a favorite.

Game of Thrones returns to HBO for its third season on March 31st, 2013.

In this video, the Game of Thrones‘ cast and crew discuss the upcoming season:

Game of Thrones Season 2 Blu-ray Release Date Announced (+DVD)

Raise your hand if you can’t wait for Game of Thrones Season 3 to return to HBO.

While we count down the months until Game of Thrones return, we’ll be biding our time come February with the Game of Thrones Season 2 Blu-ray release (when we’re not cursing Joffrey’s name that is). The season will be available on February 19, 2013.

Blu-ray Bonus Features:
– War of the Five Kings – Track the claims, strategies and key players involved in the battle for the Iron Throne with this interactive guide that follows the movements of various armies detailing their victories and defeats.
– Histories & Lore – 19 animated histories detailing the mythology of Westeros and Essos as told from the varying perspectives of the characters themselves and featuring, in-part, illustrations from Game of Thrones storyboard artist Will Simpson.
– In-Episode Guide – In-feature resource that provides background information about on-screen characters, locations and relevant histories.
– Hidden Dragon Eggs – Find the hidden dragon eggs to uncover even more never-before-seen content.

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2012 Creative Arts Emmys: ‘Justified,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘American Horror Story’ and ‘Downton Abbey,’ Among Winners

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A week before the big awards are doled out at the Emmys, the technical awards and guest actors are being honored Saturday at the Nokia Theatre LA for the Creative Arts Emmys, which will air an edited special on the Reelz network, Sept. 22 at 8pm.

Among some of the winners already announced are HBO’s Game of Thrones for Outstanding Costumes for a Series, Showtime’s Homeland for Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series, Girls for a Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series, and HBO’s Game Change for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or Special.

AMC’s The Walking Dead and Greg Nicotero‘s team of makeup artists for Outstanding Prosthetics and Makeup, Hatfields & McCoys for Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or MovieDownton Abbey for Hairstyling for TV Series, NBC’s Smash for Outstanding Choreography, Downton Abbey for Outstanding Music Composition Dramatic Score and American Horror Story for Hairstyling for a Miniseries.

Shocking many was Jeremy Davies who took home an Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his work as Dickie Bennett in Justified. He beat out stiff competition from Breaking Bad’s Mark MargolisParenthood’s Jason RitterThe Good Wife’s Dylan Baker and Michael J. Fox, and Mad Men‘s Ben Feldman.

Kathy Bates took home the Emmy for Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for her work in Two and a Half Men. She beat out Elizabeth Banks in 30 RockMargaret Cho as Kim Jong-il in 30 RockDot-Marie Jones in Glee and Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph who each hosted Saturday Night Live.

HBO’s critical favorites, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones tied for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series; both series also took the Hollywood magic awards Thrones for Special Visual Effects and Empire for Visual Effects in a Supporting Role. 

2 Broke Girls won Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series, and there was another tie for Art Direction for Variety or Nonfiction Program by The 54th Grammy Awards and the 65th Tony Awards.

Editing Awards went to Homeland (for Drama Series beating Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Downton Abbey), Curb Your Enthusiasm (for Single-Camera Comedy beating Modern Family and 30 Rock) How I Met Your Mother (for Multi-Camera Comed), and Hatfields & McCoys (for Mini-Series or Movie). Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming went to Deadliest Catch.

Fans of animated series might be surprised to see that Penguins of Madagascar won for Outstanding Animated Program, beating out American Dad, The Simpsons, Futurama, and Bob’s Burgers. Futurama’s Maurice LaMarche took home another Emmy for Outstanding Voice Performance.

Commercial nerds will be a bit disappointed to know that Target’s “Color Changes Everything”, Chrysler’s “It’s Halftime in America” and Volkswagen’s “The Bark Side” and “The Dog Strikes Back” Star Wars parodies were beaten by Procter & Gamble’s “Best Job” commercial.

Other awards given out were:

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series: Jeff Greenberg (Modern Family), Jennifer Euston (Girls), Julie Tucker (Nurse Jackie), Benard Telsey (The Big C), Seth Yanklewitz, Michael Nicolo, Anya Colloff, and Juel Bestrop (New Girl), and Allison, Jennifer Euston, and Pat Moran (Veep).

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Jimmy Fallon for Saturday Night Live, Bobby Cannavale for Nurse Jackie, Will Arnett for 30 Rock, Greg Kinnear for Modern Family and Jon Hamm for 30 Rock.

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Kathy Bates for Two and a Half Men, Melissa McCarthy for Saturday Night Live, Maya Rudolph for Saturday Night Live. Margaret Cho for 30 Rock, Dot-Marie Jones for Glee and Elizabeth Banks for 30 Rock.

Outstanding Cinematography for Multi-Camera Series: Gary Baum for Mike & Molly, Steven V. Silver for Two and a Half Men, Gary Baum for 2 Broke Girls, Chris LaFountaine for How I Met Your Mother, and John Simmons for Pair of Kings (Disney XD).

Outstanding Single-Camera Editing for Comedy Series: Ryan Case for Modern Family, Steven A. Rasch for Curb Your Enthusiasm, Steven A. Rasch for Modern Family, Ken Eluto for 30 Rock and Leap Day for 30 Rock.

Outstanding Multi-Camera Editing for Comedy Series: Peter John Chakos for The Big Bang Theory, Joseph Bella for Two and a Half Men, Darryl Bates for 2 Broke Girls, Mark Alan Dashnaw for Hot in Cleveland, and Sue Federman for How I  Met Your Mother.

Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Half-Hour Comedy or Drama Series: Tom Stasinis, Dennis Kirk, and Todd Orr for Entourage; Stephen A. Tibbo, Brian R. Harman and Dean Okrand for Modern Family; Jan McLaughlin and Peter Waggoner for Nurse Jackie; Robert Palladino, Martin Brumbach, Josiah Gluck and William Taylor for 30 Rock; and John Cook, Steve Morantz, Peter Nusbaum for Parks and Recreation.

‘Game of Thrones’ names ‘Political Animals’ Ciarán Hinds as their King Beyond The Wall

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If you’ve been watching USA’s Political Animals then you might see why the folks over at HBO’s Game of Thrones thought Ciarán Hinds would nicely as Mance Rayder, the “King Beyond the Wall” who presides over the Free Folk north of the Wall. In Animals, Hinds plays a Bill Clinton-George Bush hybrid womanizer who miraculously spent two terms as president despite his hard-living lifestyle and lack of common sense. But Hinds is not a stranger to leadership roles nor HBO. Fans of Rome may remember him as Gaius Julius Caesar and he’s shown up recently in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Carter, and The Debt. EW broke the news earlier today. If you’re not caught up with GoT, then beware of spoilers below.

The Ireland native will return to his native birthplace of Belfast, where GoT shoots and sets up its production and Rayder is an important piece to the Season 3 puzzle since the Season 2 finale ended with Jon Snow (Kit Harington) taken away for a meeting with Rayder, who was raised by the Night Watch as a youth. He would eventually become a ranger and eventually left the Night Watch Order to be with the Wildings, living in the harsh environment north of the Wall. Rayder’s been spoken about in the first two seasons, but this is the first time we’ll actually see him.

Hinds doesn’t have the physical prowess of other Rome alums like James Purefoy and my personal choice, Ray Stevenson (who was also great in Kill the Irishman) as either one of those actors would have been able to do the physical imposing part of Rayder better. Purefoy is currently in production for the new TV series, The Following and Stevenson is filming Thor: The Dark World. Hinds is also a tad older than I imagined, but there’s no denying Hinds’ experience with playing a man of power and regal prowess.

Hinds will be accompanied by other Thrones rookies, Kristofer Hivju as Rayder’s chief lieutenant Tormund Giantsbane, Mackenzie Crook as wildling warg Orell, Tobias Menzies as Edmure Tully, Clive Russell as Bryndon “The Blackfish” Tully, Philip McGinley as archer Anguy, Tara Fitzgerald as Selyse the wife of Stannis Baratheon, Diana Rigg as Lady Olenna Tyrell AKA “The Queen of Thorns”, Richard Dormer as warrior and leader of the Brotherhood Without Banners Beric Dondarrion, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as a new ally to Bran Stark Jojen Reed, Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed, Kerry Ingram as Stannis Baratheon’s only child Shireen, Nathalie Emannuel as translator Missandei of Naath, Anton Lesser as Qyburn and Paul Kaye as the outlaw Thoros of Myr.

What do you think of Ciarán Hinds as Mance Rayder or the others newly cast for Season 3? What are you doing to fill the wait for Game of Thrones Season 3? Share your thoughts below.