Bran in Game of Thrones S5

Book readers have a good idea what might happen in the fifth season of Game of Thrones, but those who’ve waited to read until (a) the books are all out or (b) to give the show priority are happily in the dark. And even book readers don’t know it all, as the show has gone deep enough into the texts that things are being moved around, and even invented for the show.

Word came out last week that Kristian Nairn will be taking the year off, as the screen story of his character Hodor has caught up to what author George R.R. Martin has published. We assumed that could mean that Isaac Hempstead-Wright and his character Bran would also be MIA until season 6, but new comments from the actor suggest that’s not the case. Read More »

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Bran and Hodor Will Sit Out ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5

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Bran’s journey has taken him to some weird places so far on HBO’s Game of Thrones, but it looks like we’ll be waiting a while longer to see where else it takes him. According to actor Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, neither he nor Isaac Hempstead-Wright will be back for the upcoming fifth season. Hit the jump to find out why.

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‘The Boxtrolls’ Trailer and Poster: Meet the Family

The Boxtrolls trailer

New York City may have Ninja Turtles roaming around beneath its streets, but Cheesebridge has Boxtrolls lingering under theirs. And it’s time we got to know them with Laika’s latest teaser for The Boxtrolls.

While orphaned human Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is the hero of the tale, the new Boxtrolls trailer focuses more on the quirky creatures who raised him. Ooh and ahh at their adorableness after the jump.

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The Boxtrolls trailer

Laika’s The Boxtrolls doesn’t open for another six months, but the marketing team is already working hard getting the word out there. Today brings yet another new Boxtrolls trailer — the fourth so far — which explains a bit more about the titular tribe of misunderstood monsters. Watch it after the jump.

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The Boxtrolls

With only two completed feature films under its belt, Laika’s quickly proving itself to be one of the smartest, most creative animation studios working today. Coraline and ParaNorman were wonderful stop-motion pictures gentle enough for kids, but sharp enough for adults. Now an early teaser indicates that their third release, The Boxtrolls, is shaping up to be the same way.

Based on a book by Alan Snow, the film follows a community of monsters living under the streets of Cheesebridge. Despite their fearsome reputation among humans, the Boxtrolls are actually quite sweet, and are in fact raising abandoned orphan (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright, a.k.a. Bran from Game of Thrones) as one of their own. Watch the first brief teaser after the jump.

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Animation house Laika only has two completed features to its name, but thanks to the strength of those two outings (Coraline and ParaNorman), it’s already earned a reputation for unusually smart, creative family fare. Now they’re joining forces with Focus Features a third time for The Boxtrolls, an adaptation of Alan Snow‘s book Here Be Monsters!

Open Season co-director Anthony Stacchi and Coraline/ParaNorman story artist Graham Annable are teaming to direct, with an excellent voice cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, Tracy Morgan, Jared Harris (Mad Men) and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Game of Thrones). Hit the jump for more details.

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