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First Look: HBO's Latest Epic Game of Thrones

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TV Guide Magazine visited Northern Ireland for a sneak peek at Game of Thrones, the new HBO drama (based on the best-selling novels of George R. R. Martin), premiering this April. "It's an epic fantasy in the tradition of Tolkien, but with more sex, violence and treachery," Martin says.

The Lord of the Rings fans will find a familiar face in Sean Bean, who plays Eddard "Ned" Stark, patriarch of one of the families ...
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HBO Releases New Game of Thrones Teasers

Game of Thrones

HBO's Game of Thrones won't debut until sometime next year, so you'll just have to make do with the cable channel's teases.

Before Sunday's True Blood finale, HBO offered another peek at its upcoming lavish adaptation of George R.R. Martin's fantasy novel series. The clip, which focuses on a raven and features a few washed-out glimpses of the series main characters, ends with the line, "Winter is coming."

HBO also launched a making-of website, which offers featurettes about the production of the series and features even better clips of the show.

Adapted for HBO by David Benioff and Dan Weiss, Game of Thrones stars Sean Bean, Alfre Allen and Mark Addy and  chronicles the violent struggles among noble families for control of the Iron Throne of Westero... read more

Game of Thrones Heading to HBO

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Game of Thrones, a fantasy series based on George R.R. Martin's novels, has gotten a greenlight from HBO, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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HBO picked up the show, written by David Benioff (Troy, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and D.B. Weiss, for a total of... read more

Sam Neill Comes to the Aid of Crusoe

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The Tudors star Sam Neill has joined the cast of NBC's Crusoe, premiering this fall.He'll play Jeremiah Blackthorn, who helps Robinson Crusoe (played by Philip Winchester) build a business empire.Joss Ackland and The Lord of the Rings' Sean Bean have also been added to the cast. — J.R. Whalen read more

A Harry-Hermione Hookup? And More Love Notes

Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe by Eamonn McCormack/ WireImage.com

I've said it before, I'll say it again: Fan fiction works. Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson spent Valentine's night together, the U.K.'s Daily Mirror reports. The pair were spied huddled together at a pub in London, where they're lensing The Half-Blood Prince.... Lord of the Rings' Sean Bean wed British actress Georgina Sutcliffe on Tuesday.... Scary Movie star Anna Faris' divorce from actor Benjamin Indra, her hubby of three and a half years, is finalized. See what you've done, E?! read more

At the Movies: Ryan Phillippe On a Viking Quest

Ryan Phillippe courtesy Universal Pictures

According to the Reporter, Ryan Phillippe and Abbie Cornish (hmmm...) and Sean Bean have boarded Last Battle Dreamer, a Viking epic pegged as "a love story written in fire and blood" — just like my blog!.... Leonardo DiCaprio is circling producer Scott Rudin's forthcoming adaptation of the Robert Graves novel I, Claudius.... Per Variety, Jeff Daniels and Neal McDonough have joined Traitor, an espionage thriller starring Don Cheadle and Guy Pearce.... Christini Ricci's oft-postponed Penelope will premiere her profound proboscis on Feb. 1, 2008. read more

One Tree Hill Hottie Takes The Hitcher for a Ride

Sophia Bush, The Hitcher

Teen romances torn asunder, slipping grades, backstabbing BFFs... One Tree Hill's Brooke may think she has had it rough, but what Sophia Bush endures in this year's chilling remake of The Hitcher (now out on DVD) puts such piddly probs to shame. Upon making the worst mistake ever — giving Sean Bean's grubby, stubbly ride-thumber a lift — Bush and on-screen beau Zachary Knighton are taken for the ride of their seemingly short-lived lives. Having missed out on bantering with Bush for the theatrical release, TVGuide.com relished this chance read more

Every once in a while you ...

Question: Every once in a while you mention the great programming on BBC America, but it's been a while. This summer they are showing the entire Sharpe series with Sean Bean. The last one is a new, never-before-seen one. Did Sean do this one, too? Have you seen or heard anything about the new show coming up called Hex? Love your column. Answer: Actually, I filed a review in May on the BBC America political comedy The Thick of It, which is one of the funniest things I've seen in ages. The last half of the season has been a little busy with regular network fare, so BBC America fell a bit off my radar for a while. Still love it whenever I get a chance to watch. As for the Sharpe episodes: Sean Bean is in all of them, to my knowledge. And according to a BBC America press mailer, episodes new to the USA will start airing July 22, with Sharpe's Regiment. (Episodes previously shown on PBS are already airing on Saturday nights.) The series ends with a new two-parter, Sharpe's Challenge, filmed ... read more

FILM FACES FLOCK TO FALL

In the latest round of fall-season pilot casting, Bruce McGill (Cinderella Man) has been tapped to play a Chicago crime boss in the ABC drama Enemies... Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings) will play a federal prosecutor who infiltrates an underworld organization in Fox's Faceless... Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein) has joined ABC's Notes from the Underbelly... and Julie Hagerty (Airplane!) is the title character's mom in Fox's Becoming Glen. Also of note: Milo Ventimiglia (Gilmore Girls, and a star of WB's forthcoming The Bedford Diaries) has joined NBC's Heroes, Eric Mabius (The O.C.) plays a fashion-mag boss in ABC's Ugly Betty, and Jaime King (Kitchen Confidential) has the lead in Fox's The Worst Week of My Life. read more

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