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New "Game Of Thrones" Casting News Will Blow Your Helm Off

By Joanna Robinson | Pajiba Love | August 17, 2012 | Comments ()


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We George RR Martin fans have been on tenterhooks awaiting casting news on the very important role of Mance Rayder in Season 3 of "Game of Thrones." For my money they couldn't have done better than the amazing Ciaran Hinds. I think he's best known as Caeser from HBO's "Rome" but to me he'll always be Captain Wentworth. I'm f*cking delighted is what I am. (Den Of Geek)

In other delightful "Game of Thrones" news, check out this absolutely adorable Sigil t-shirt. Ooo! Oooo! Do a cuddly Flayed Man next! (FG)

And, just in case you missed it, here's a gentle reminder of the Stark Week post jM and I ran last year around this time. I still fancy it. (Pajiba)

Okay, fine, I'll stop talking about "Game of Thrones." Shall we talk "Breaking Bad" instead? No? OKAY FINE. Here is a fun little post of some famous people who had guest appearances on "The X-Files" including Bryan Cranston from "Breaking B-SORRY. (The Awl)

As you may have heard, three members of the Russian punk collective Pussy Riot were sentenced to two f*cking years in prison on counts of HOOLIGANISM. WHAT? Anyway, in a show of solidarity, Josh has put together a "riot grrrl" playlist to take us into the weekend. (Uproxx)

In which Dustin rains all over the parade I was prepared to throw for the premiere of BBC America's "Copper" this Sunday. Despite Dustin's misgivings, I'll still be watching and I'll give you one guess why. (WG)
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Hey! "Famous Movie Director" stamps! AKA "More Dead White Guy" stamps! (Instagram)

Living White Guy Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) responds to Lauren Conrad's brutal destruction of his beautiful books. (Slate)

Though these are all rules we frequent moviegoers know in our hearts, I'm not sure I've ever seen them listed so plainly. 15 Sure Fire Signs A Supporting Character Is Doomed. (MovieFone)

I have to say I love me a good Stephen King novella. Here are five that would make a crackerjack film. (What Culture)

Our first video this fine Friday comes from Daniel Carlson and it's two drunk, attractive people singing about their favorite foods. And, weirdly, they're amazing. Is the sushi bit offensive? It is, isn't it?

And, finally, from Josh, a scene from the Rian Johnson-directed episode of "Breaking Bad" cut to look like a Mentos commercial. Not even cut, really, just set to the music. If you don't crack up at this then you didn't watch enough television in the 90s.







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  • Maddy

    I can't even deal with the wait until March 31st! And obviously your amazing podcast!

  • Elfrieda

    Ciaran Hinds in anything in any role = YES

  • Jerce

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT CIARAN HINDS ON GoT AAAWWWW YEEEEEAAAAAH

    ...OK, now I'll go back and read the rest of the Love...

  • John G.

    Just for the record, it's never too much Game of Thrones for me.

  • John W

    I wasn't able to see the Lauren Conrad video so I'm not exactly sure what she did, but can someone explain to me what's the difference between what she did and those folks who make sculptures out of books like this:
    http://www.sublackwell.co.uk/p... and this:
    http://www.toxel.com/inspirati...

  • firedmyass

    And to be fair, what the fuck else is Lauren Conrad gonna do with a book?

  • I was trying to figure out if that '2 drunk people singing' clip was real, or just an attempt to get their talent viral. They looked kinda drunk (and the girl looked kinda hot kinda drnk - ew, get me to a re-education camp, stat!) but I thought all drunk people start rapping eventually. But there was no rapping!!
    I wanna see him do a lame white boy rap while she dances the hootchie dance...

  • Tinkerville

    My love for Daniel/Lemony Handler/Snicket knows no bounds. What brilliantly perfect response.

    PS: I believe the Food Songs video was actually featured in a PL a long, long time ago. Not that that's a bad thing as you can never have enough Jed and Mo.

  • Is the lady in the food song video the same one in Dr. Horrible?

  • space_oddity

    Yes. And the guy is Jed Whedon.

    edit: and I see this was already answered (multiple times!). Pays to read through all the comments.

  • DarthCorleone

    I like the cute little direwolf tugging on the stag's antlers.

    That Stephen King novella list loses all validity for leaving out The Long Walk. Or is it just such a given that The Long Walk needs to be a movie that putting it on the list would have been too obvious?

  • jmd

    Ooh Copper! I do want to see that - anyone know what time? I haven't seen it on the BBC America website.

  • I got all excited when I saw a link for "Captain Wentworth", thinking it would go to a clip from Persuasion (which just makes me all oogie, every time I see it) but it went to some Abigail Breslin site. Don't mess with me like that...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... (can't seem to find one without music add-ons)

  • Koala is not a bear

    God, I adore "Persuasion", but overlaying the most visceral moments of the film with Nickelback is akin to rolling a truffle in turd.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Ugh. I fixed it! I had an adorable photo of him writing the letter. Don't know how Abby got in there.

  • Nadine

    And now I'm spitting OJ everywhere because of the Mentos/Breaking Bad video. EVERYWHERE.

  • Azara

    I wonder how much Ciarán Hinds was influenced by the fact that GoT production is based in his home town Belfast? Of course he may end up filming all his scenes in Iceland...

  • Amanda

    Love Mr. Hinds but he's way too old for this role. Meh.

  • BWeaves

    15 Sure Fire Signs A Supporting Character Is Doomed.

    For some reason, I thought all 15 were going to be: "You're Sean Bean."

  • firedmyass

    Michelle Rodriguez sits in the corner, wearing a wife-beater and cleaning her nails with a switchblade. "Bitch, please," she whispers, to no one in particular.

  • Rooks

    With the sidenote: If you're Sean Bean, this in fact also applies if you are the Leading Character.

  • Guest

    Also, to echo JR, however amazing CH is as Cesar, he'll always be THE most perfect Michael Henchard ever to Henchard onscreen.

  • athena23

    On the Steven King novellas--totally forgot how much I loved The Langoliers. As for the Library Policeman, um, without spoililng anything, not sure that would play well today given what I think I remember about it. (Obscure post, much?)

  • Another Jen

    Agreed. Maybe if they changed the boy's punishment...but as is, no way. Not now, not ever.

  • athena23

    (Sorry for the typo--the Web ad was partially obscuring the comment box.)

  • kirbyjay

    On a totally unrelated note ( to Ciaran Hinds penis) I just started watching Game of Thrones last Sunday and I have two more eps to go. I love it. It's a cross between Rome ( that I am assuming was written and produced by many of the same people, the theme song even has the same drum background) and the Lord of the Rings trilogy with a splash of Spartacus thrown in. Very gory, lots of graphic sex, and palace intrigue, what's not to like. I do miss Sean Bean though, seems the writer has no problem killing major characters off. (Khal Drogo, Renley, the wall recruiter ( forget his name but I loved how he sheided Arya from her father's death.
    Lately, I've been entering my house screaming "WHERE ARE MY DRAGONS?"
    and Peter Dinklage is THE BALLS!!!

  • John G.

    His name was Yoren.

  • Snath

    I love Game of Thrones newbies.

  • idiosynchronic

    Re: Groundloop @ Uproxx: "Because for me, any amount of “Sassy Ginger Franka Potente in a Bustier” is enough to get me to watch."

    Retweeted x100.

  • fracas

    I like Ciaran Hinds, but I've never seen him play anyone like Mance Rayder. I'm thinking of the Mance who sneaks around, singing tunes and stealing wenches. He's a good actor though, so he'll probably pull it off.

  • Supermeg

    That couple is the shit.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Did I mention my need to see Ciaran Hinds play Jon Hamm's dad in a movie/tv show? Because yeah. I need it.

  • nidaros

    The" two drunk attractive people" in that video are Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen - creators of Dr Horrible along with Joss Whedon - which is why that video is awesome. These folks have some mad skills with words and melodies. :)

    Yay for Ciaran Hinds!

  • kirbyjay

    I believe I saw Ciaran Hinds penis in Munich.The movie, not the city.

  • POINGjam

    The two attractive people are Jed Whedon (Joss Whedon's brother) and his wife Maurissa Tancharoen. They both wrote and performed in Dr. Horrible. She was in the fan club, he was in the Evil League of Evil.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Oh god I knew they looked familiar. That's what I get for not doing any research whatsoever. FOUR SWEATER VESTS.

  • BierceAmbrose

    They gotta publish on YouTube because "Nobody's Asian in the Movies" - sung by MT in the DH commentary. Rumors have production on DH II this coming spring.

    Let's see ... Dr. Horrible made for $200,000 plus waivers & favors, reported to have taken in $3 million & everybody got paid. The Cabin in the Woods did just fine. The Avengers netted both cash and critical props. Much Ado about Nothing coming out at TIFF could not possibly suck. (Film Amy Acker doing anything at all, and I'm there.)

    Seems like Numfar might be on enough of a roll to bring back frakking Firefly. Tim Minear from the 10 year reunion @ComicCon: Q - What's your most amazing fan memory or experience from Firefly? A - Do you remember the time when we'd been cancelled for 10 years and thousands of people showed up to see us?

  • JoannaRobinson

    A Twitter chum mentioned that Kit Harrington is going to have to step it up. Hardcore.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    HA. Kit Harrington has no way of doing it. Kit Harrington makes Orlando Bloom seem like a deeply talented actor.

  • Snath

    I really, really want to disagree with you.

    But I can't.

    He's the Hayden Christensen of Game of Thrones.

  • Kip Hackman

    Yeah... I really hoped he'd wow me in season 2, but that definitely did not happen. Especially the scenes he shared with Rose Leslie.

  • Fredo

    I always pictured Mance as younger. Don't know why. But I love Ciaran Hinds and this will be awesome.

    There were rumors of James Purefoy in the running as well. Can we just have him be Randyll Tarly?

  • space_oddity

    Mormont says at one point they took their vows for the Night's Watch together, and since Hinds is like 5 years younger than James Cosmo, I say it's in the right ballpark. There was also a bit about a week ago about how Dominic West may have been offered this part but turned it down.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Ahhhhh it's like Obi-Wan and Darth Vader. AHHHHHHHHHH. #vertigomedicine

  • athena23

    I saw someone else in another forum suggest that he play Oberyn Martell. That totally works for me...

  • Fredo

    Oberyn Martell: Oded Fehr (from The Mummy)

  • Fabius_Maximus

    That was my first thought as well. But then again, Purefoy is white as a sheet, and the Martells rule a rather sunny place.

  • kirbyjay

    JP is on Episodes this season playing Morning's brother and Beverly's suitor.

  • Maguita NYC

    Now Ciaran Hinds is definitely worthy of "Lubricating my loins"... Odd how Pajiba writers keep on promising of "blowing helms", and other orgasmic non-metaphors. As if watching TV makes us that sexually deprived... or is it depraved...

  • Ciaran Hinds is a Badass Board-certified badass.

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