The third season premiere of Game of Thrones is still two months away, but HBO is making sure fans have plenty of time to get acquainted with the show’s new characters. The network has just revealed over twenty stills from the new season, showcasing the faces we’ll be following for throughout the next ten episodes.

That includes characters we’ve been tracking since Season One, like the Starks and Lannisters, but also a slew of new figures including Olenna Tyrell (Diana Rigg), Jojen and Meera Reed (Thomas Brodie Sangster and Ellie Kendrick), Mance Rayder (Ciaran Hinds), Beric Dondadarrion (Richard Dormer), Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully (Clive Russell), and Thoros of Myr (Paul Kaye). If those names don’t mean anything to you, don’t worry — they will soon. Hit the jump to see the photos.

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After drawing enough fans to fill Ballroom 20 to the rafters and then some at last year’s Comic-Con, HBO’s Game of Thrones was upgraded this year to the massive Hall H — and still had no trouble whatsoever attracting lines out the door (and down the sidewalk, and behind the Hilton, and all the way out to the water).

Beloved author George R. R. Martin served as moderator for the panel, which was attended by producer Carolyn Strauss and stars Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Tully), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Rose Leslie (Ygritte), and Emilia Clarke (Daenerys Targaryen). Fans who were able to get in got to be the first to learn about some new casting for key characters like Brynden Tully, Olenna Redwyne, and Jojen Reed, as well as the confirmed return date for Season 3. Hit the jump to get the details.

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Piranha 3DD has one more potential victim: Katrina Bowden, who plays the equally tiny, hot and self-absorbed assistant Cerie on 30 Rock, is now part of the cast. I don’t think I need to run down all the obvious potential perks of this casting for fans of her character on that show. I mean, we don’t need to get all lascivious here. But yes, she’ll be better to look at than David Koechner. The film also features Gary Busey, Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka, Meagan Tandy, Paul James Jordan, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Hector Jimenez, Adrian Martinez, and Clu Gulager, and is shooting now in North Carolina. Still waiting to hear about the porn starlets that will be cast; Piranha has a reputation to maintain, after all.

After the break, the rather inexplicable remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s great crime movie Pusher gets a remake cast, and an endorsement from Mr Refn. Read More »

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