Inside TV+Movies with Daniel Fienberg
'Song of Ice and Fire' scribe discusses his annual HBO episode
On Monday's (March 18) "Game of Thrones
" premiere red carpet in Hollywood, I had short conversations with many of the show's stars.
You've already seen my interviews with Rose Leslie and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, which only ran around two minutes apiece.
Somehow, I ended up getting a meatier seven minutes with franchise author George R.R. Martin
, which was good because the "Song of Ice and Fire" scribe was in a thoughtful mood, starting right off the top with a simple-silly question asking him to play favorites with the books in his series.
In this conversation, Martin discusses the changing nature of TV from the more procedural-driven format he had to work in back in the '80s to its more serialized permutations now. He also talks about the pleasure of writing last season's "Blackwater
" episode and seeing that epic battle brought to the screen. He also talks about what drew him to the episode he wrote in Season 3.
It's a good chat.
"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO on Sunday, March 31.
How soon will the cancer survivors be ready to race again?
Dave and Connor of "The Amazing Race"
Dave and Connor O'Leary's "Amazing Race" journey reached a painful end when Dave tore his Achilles heading for the mat at the end of the season's second Leg. But then a funny thing happened.
First, the father-son pairing capitalized on an early alliance to receive an Express Pass from John & Jessica and used that advantage to win the third Leg.
Then the cancer survivors used an advantageous flight and a couple strong task performances to reach another Pit Stop in first.
On Sunday's (March 17) episode, though, Dave & Connor's run came to an end. With doctors telling Dave he needed surgery within the week, they elected to fly from Bali to Hanoi before bowing out gracefully.
In this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview, Dave & Connor discuss the medical odyssey, their brief triumphs over adversity and how soon they'll be ready for another shot at the million.
'Downton Abbey' star also speculates on the fate of Gwen
"Winter is coming" aside, HBO's "Game of Thrones
" hasn't become a catchphrase machine, but if the TV series follows the path of the books, that may be about to change, thanks to spunky wildling Ygritte.
The character's condescending-yet-affectionate "You know nothing, Jon Snow" is one of the most frequent utterances in George R.R. Martin's "A Storm of Swords," but it's only begun to be heard on the HBO series.
On the red carpet at Monday (March 18) night's "Game of Thrones" season premiere event in Hollywood, I caught up with Rose Leslie
, TV's Ygritte, to talk about the fine art of "You know nothing." Leslie also discusses her newly discovered gift for archery and speculates on what her long-absent "Downton Abbey
" character has been up to.
You can also check out my premiere red carpet interview with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
. More interviews from the red carpet still to come!
"Game of Thrones" returns to HBO on Sunday, March 31.
How did Jaime's incarceration last season impact the actor's performance?
HOLLYWOOD - On Monday (March 18) night in Hollywood, HBO threw a gala premiere for the third season of "Game of Thrones
," rounding up the largest assemblage of cast members for any event that I can remember.
There were dozens of "Game of Thrones" stars ranging from all manner of Starks and Lannisters to a dragon-free Emilia Clarke, somehow whisked in from Broadway for the a quick turnaround, to the very nice young man who plays Hot Pie.
At HitFix's corner of the long and winding red carpet, many of the stars missed us or had to rush in for the start of the screening of the March 31 season-opener, but I think we got some fine interviews that will be going up over next few days.
Highlight conversations include Rose Leslie discussing the nuanced art of telling somebody they know nothing, George R.R. Martin talking about why it's hard to pick his favorite book and John Bradley explaining why he doesn't want to read ahead to find out how Samwell evolves.
We'll start the "Game of Thrones" interview rotation with this quick chat with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
, who discusses about Jaime Lannister
's developing relationship with Gwendoline Christie's Brienne of Tarth, as well as what he learned from playing last season's incarcerated version of Jaime.
Check out the interview above [Rose Leslie will be the next to post... Tomorrow morning, I suspect]...
Dan and Alan talk 'Bates Motel,' 'Veronica Mars,' 'Top of the Lake' and more
Happy Monday, Boys & Girls
Time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
We went a little short last week, due to a total absence of new programming to review. But this week? Lots of new stuff. We've got reviews of "Top of the Lake
" and "Bates Motel
," which both premiere tonight. We also review HBO's upcoming Phil Spector movie.
We talk for a while about the "Veronica Mars
" Kickstarter triumph.
And we also discussed the finale of HBO's "Girls."
Next week? Lots more new stuff!
Here's the breakdown:
"Top of the Lake" (00:00:50 - 00:13:40)
"Bates Motel" (00:13:40 - 00:27:20)
"Phil Spector" (00:27:20 - 00:39:50)
"Veronica Mars" Kickstarter (00:39:50 - 01:04:20)
"Girls" finale (01:04:55 - 01:24:00)
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Teams head pho pho away to Vietnam
Max and Katie learn about pho in Vietnam
Well, I guess you pulled a fast one this time, "The Amazing Race
," but I don't think you'll be able to get away with that again.
Sunday (March 17) night's "Amazing Race" installment was able to maintain at least a modicum of tension to the very end due to the producers' [correct] sense that viewers at home wouldn't necessarily know the show's rules. We the exact same situation ever to be repeated in a later episode, there's no way that that episode could be edited this same way, because we're all wiser now.
So... Thanks for the "Amazing Race" rules lesson, "The Amazing Race."
More after the break...
Don't expect any apologies from the latest 'Survivor' bootee
Jeff Probst and Brandon Hantz of "Survivor: Caramoan"
Credit: Monty Brinton/CBS
You probably aren't expecting any apologies from "Survivor
: Caramoan" castmember Brandon
Hantz after the events featured on Wednesday's (March 13) episode.
And you won't get any in this exit interview.
On Wednesday's episode, after threatening all season long to raise ruckus at camp if things went against him, Brandon poured out his tribe's beans and rice, upended furniture and got into several shouting matches with Phillip Shepard. This led the Favorites tribe to decide to forfeit the next Immunity challenge in an effort to get out from under Brandon's dark cloud, which prompted an unprecedented battlefield Tribal Council moderated by host Jeff Probst and devolving into another Brandon-Phillip shouting match.
In his exit interview, I asked Brandon if he felt regret or the need to apologize. He does not. I asked if he felt any concern about making his teammates including Andrea and Dawn cry. Half-and-half. I asked if he felt the other castaways were in any danger. He does not.
Anyway, you can judge Brandon's words for yourself.
Full Q&A after the break...
Sundance doc really shouldn't be compared to 'Fog of War'
R.J. Cutler and Dick Cheney
When I reviewed "The World According to Dick Cheney
" at the Sundance Film Festival after my second viewing of the Showtime
documentary, I mentioned the conversation I'd had at the TCA Press Tour with director R.J. Cutler
and how out-of-synch our perceptions of the movie -- a film I really like -- seemed.
At Sundance, I bumped into Cutler and while he was [mostly] pleased with my [mostly] positive review
, he didn't remember our chat as being so fueled by disagreement.
Going back over the interview transcript in advance of the Friday, March 15 premiere of the very intriguing "The World According To Dick Cheney," I take the blame for most of the head-butting. I had two pages full of questions and the one I led with was built around a personal assumption and, perhaps as a result, I didn't get past that first question on my sheet.
In setting me straight, Cutler discusses what drew him to Cheney and what fascinated him about the exhaustive interviews the former Vice President sat for. He also discusses why "The World According To Dick Cheney" is absolutely, positively not "Fog of War."
Click through for the full Q&A...
Results, plus Bon Jovi and Phillip Phillips take the 'Idol' stage
Amber Holcomb of "American Idol"
In recent years, "American Idol" voters have followed a similar pattern: Get to the Finalists and then start picking off the women. In a season that the judges and most reasonable viewers would agree has been dominated, thus far, by the female singers, will things be any different?
After all, without a White Boy With Guitar, who will voters flock to?
Let's see what we can learn!
Everything goes to hell
Brandon Hantz of "Survivor: Caramoan"
Pre-credit sequence. The Fans return to camp. Laura is gone and Shamar is gone and Matt thinks this will be a turning point. "The game got simplified," Reynold says. Sherri is emotional at losing Laura, who reminded her of her daughter. "It was a point of division," says Reynold, claiming that he's glad he doesn't have his Idol anymore. "I hope you don't think I was taking jabs at you guys and your alliance," Reynold tells the rest of the tribe, but Matt and Mike know that there's another Idol out there and Reynold could find it again and be a threat again. Or something. As we know from CBS' relentlessly spoiler-y promotion, all of this stuff with the Fans is going to be totally irrelevant.