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'Game of Thrones' casts 'Rome' actress for season 4 -- EXCLUSIVE

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Another fan-favorite Rome veteran is joining HBO’s Game of Thrones.

Actress Indira Varma has been cast in season four. Varma will play Ellaria Sand on the show, the sexually adventurous paramour of a key new character, Prince Oberyn Martell “The Red Viper” (played by Pedro Pascal).

Since playing Niobe on HBO’s Rome, Varma has had roles on Fox’s Human Target along with UK dramas Silk and Hunted. Last year, the production added fellow Rome actor Ciarán Hinds.

Varma joins fellow season 4 new hires Pascal and Sherlock writer-actor Mark Gatiss. Coming off the show’s highest-rated and most-Emmy-nominated season yet, last week at Comic-Con, Thrones producers and cast told EW they expect season 4 will be the show’s best. READ FULL STORY

InsideTV Podcast: Casts of 'Game of Thrones', 'Walking Dead', 'True Blood' and 'Orphan Black' spill the beans

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Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM channel 105) made the trek to Comic-Con last week where we spoke to all the biggest casts — in terms of both sheer numbers of cast members and popularity — in television. In fact, some casts — Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, True Blood — were so big we had to split them into two groups. Now, we can bring you some of those interviews right here on the InsideTV Podcast and you can hear them by clicking on the audio player below at the bottom of the post.

Listen in as Michelle Fairley and Richard Madden talk about what it was like to be killed off on Game Of Thrones. Geroge R.R. Martin also discusses the future of the books and show and the danger of the latter catching up to the former. Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead reveals how Andrew Garfield stole his Comic-Con disguise, while costar Danai Guria chats about Michonne’s new horse. Anna Paquin talks all things True Blood while show newcomer Rob Kazinsky breaks down his first Comic-Con experience. And finally, the cast of Orphan Black (including star Tatiana Maslany) drops by to talk about the hottest new series on television. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' salutes fallen characters with Comic-Con video

The Game of Thrones team created a treat for fans who are still mourning the deaths of their favorite characters: An Oscars-style “In Memoriam” video for fallen characters. The show’s Comic-Con panel on Friday included appearances by former cast members Richard Madden and Michelle Fairley, whose characters met rather horrific fates in season three.

Ready to honor the fallen? Check out the video that just screened in Hall H below: READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones' team at Comic-Con: Season 4 will be best yet

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UPDATED: With Game of Thrones scoring record ratings and 16 Emmy nominations for its third season, the bar is set very high for next year. But showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss tell EW.com that season four will be the best yet.

“It’s the toughest production schedule we’ve ever had,” Benioff said in the EW.com interview suite at Comic-Con on Friday —  videos below. “We got more action, which is obviously more time consuming. It’s a brutal shooting season ahead. But if we can make it through, yeah, I think it’s going to surpass season three. The last 3 episodes, there’s so many scenes we’ve been waiting for so long to do. And it just gets more and more fun to write for these characters. After three years of doing it, we have that much more comfort to make everything uncomfortable for them. We’re very excited for it. Season five gives me nightmares, but [not season four].”

Benioff’s comments were echoed by star Peter Dinklage, who was nominated for a best supporting actor Emmy earlier this week. “I just finished reading the scripts, and the scripts these guys have turned out are my favorite so far of the whole series,” he says.

“They are amazing,” agreed co-star and fellow nominee Emilia Clarke.

UPDATE #1: Thrones Comic-Con panel just finished and included a great video saluting fallen characters. Here are five highlights from the panel with the cast and showrunners.
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Comic-Con: TV's 'Brave New Warriors' on unsexy moments, fan fiction, and more

The handsome was on display Thursday afternoon at Entertainment Weekly’s Brave New Warriors Comic-Con panel, moderated by Lynette Rice. Squeals from the audience were expected, of course, but even the panelists seemed completely delighted by each others aesthetics. “I just wanted to speak for the fans and say, ‘Tyler, you are so sexy,'” said Grimm’s David Guintoli to Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey. Twice.

Okay, so it might have been tongue in cheek. Still, these guys know how to work a room, even if they do get paid to brood, as Guintoli said. Take a look at some of the best moments from EW’s panel with Matt Smith (Doctor Who), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), David Guintoli (Grimm), and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead).  READ FULL STORY

Emilia Clarke discusses her first Emmy nom, shouting in Valyrian, and throwing things at the alarm clock

Actress Emilia Clarke is best known for her role on HBO’s Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen, Queen of the Andals and the Rhoynar and the First Men, Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea, Princess of Dragonstone, Breaker of Chains, Mhysa, and Mother of Dragons. Now the actress can add Emmy nominee to her titles. EW chatted with the London-born actress on the phone this morning about the big news.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations on the nomination! How did you find out this morning?
Emilia Clarke: It’s genuinely the weirdest thing. 6 a.m. rolls around, and my alarm in the hotel went off, and I definitely didn’t set it — definitely, definitely. So I went into a frenzy, throwing everything I could at all of the electrical appliances in the room trying to make whatever noise was going on stop. Then I saw my phone and I was like, Ah! Oh my goodness, hopefully the show got nominated because I had a sleepless night praying Dan and David would get nominated for writing. Because I just think they deserve it so much. So it took a couple of phone calls for me to actually hear from my publicist that I myself was also nominated. [Laughs] And then I cried. [Laughs] It’s all quite too much to handle.
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'Game of Thrones' season 4 directors chosen

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For the hard-core fans: Here’s who is directing each episode of Game of Thrones season 4.

One notable name is Neil Marshall (The Descent), who helmed season 2’s pivotal Battle of the Blackwater episode. Fans should also keep an eye on The West Wing Emmy-winner Alex Graves, who really impressed last season with his two episodes, one of which included a stunning sequence where Daenerys unleashed her dragon on a slave city. This time Graves is doing four episodes. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss will also take on another episode this season. Absent this round: The director of the Red Wedding episode, the always in-demand David Nutter (I’ll be surprised if Thursday’s Emmy nominations do not include his name).

Once again, Benioff and Weiss will write most of the episodes, with A Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin contributing one episode and co-producer Bryan Cogman doing two episodes this year.

Here’s the lineup:
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Comic-Con 2013: 'Doctor Who' executive producer Steven Moffat talks about the 'terrifying' search for a new Time Lord

Last month, the BBC announced that Doctor Who star Matt Smith had decided to leave the 50-year-old British science fiction show after this year’s special Christmas episode. So how goes the search for the next Doctor? “Well, it’s always just terrifying,” says Doctor Who executive producer Steven Moffat, who recruited Smith to replace his predecessor, David Tennant, back in late 2008. “If you’re a Doctor Who fan, as I have been all my life, you’ve been doing fantasy casting for this part for as long as you can remember. But when you’re suddenly faced with the reality that you are going to sit there and you are going to make that decision it does feel absolutely chilling. There’s a very big range of people who could play it and different ways you could go with it. We must get this right. One false move and the show’s over.”

Below, Moffat — who will be appearing at the Comic-Con Doctor Who 50th anniversary panel along with Smith and other Who notables  — talks more about the search for a new Doctor, Smith’s decision to leave the show, and why he’s got a bone to pick with Ryan Gosling. READ FULL STORY

Game of 'Suits': Michelle Fairley promo is 'Thrones' homage -- EXCLUSIVE

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With two Game of Thrones actors coming to Suits this summer, USA is rolling out an ad campaign that pays homage to the HBO fantasy hit.

Below is an exclusive look at season 3 guest stars Michelle Fairley and Conleth Hill on the legal drama in a new ad titled “Game of Suits.” Below that, there’s a new print ad that has Suits star Gabriel Macht in the same blue light of Thrones’ recent ad campaign, along with the familiar quote, “I understand the way this game is played.”

Fairley (Catelyn Stark on the HBO series) plays Ava Hessington, a British entrepreneur who runs a successful international oil company and is faced with a lawsuit that may cost her the family business. Hill (Varys on Thrones) makes a return appearance in his guest star role as British firm head Edward Darby.

Here’s the ad and then the art. The promo includes a line of dialogue in the show itself that riffs on a common Lannister expression. Suits returns Tuesday, July 16.
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'Game of Thrones' casts major season 4 role: Oberyn the Red Viper -- EXCLUSIVE

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The most anticipated new role coming to the fourth season of Game of Thrones has been filled.

Prince Oberyn Martell will be played by Chilean actor Pedro Pascal, who has previously had arcs on CBS’ The Good Wife, ABC’s Red Widow and USA’s Graceland.

For those who haven’t read the books, here’s a spoiler-free description of the character: Oberyn is a brash, charming, cunning prince of Dorne (part of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros). His sister Elia was brutally murdered by the Lannister knight Gregor “The Mountain” Clegane when Mad King Aerys was overthrown by Robert Baratheon and the Lannisters. In season four, Oberyn comes to King’s Landing with revenge on his mind.

Also: Nearly every Thrones character has a nickname and Oberyn has one of the coolest: The Red Viper. READ FULL STORY

Emmy Watch: Natalie Dormer on her 'modern' wannabe queen in 'Game of Thrones'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

How does a bright-eyed, sweet-natured, deceptively ambitious teenage girl navigate the treacherous waters of King’s Landing society — not to mention the cruel nature of her sadistic husband-to-be and his scheming mother — without losing her head? Simple: By hiding her true motives behind a megawatt smile, wielding innocence and enthusiasm as skillfully as a swordsman brandishes his blade.

It also helps if that teenager is played by 31-year-old Natalie Dormer, a seasoned performer who specializes in masters of manipulation like The Tudors‘ Anne Boleyn (another noble with royal ambitions) and Elementary‘s Irene Adler/Moriarty.

In Dormer’s hands, these characters are never just seductive scam artists. Margaery Tyrell of Game of Thrones, for example, is certainly cunning — but in the actress’ mind, she’s also genuinely caring, thoughtful, and liberal-minded. “She has quite a modern take on power and how it operates, which is fascinating to play,” Dorner told EW in between screenings at the Edinburgh Film Festival. We’re guessing she was being sincere — though with an actress like this, it’s always just a little tough to tell for sure.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You first appeared on Game of Thrones in season 2, but your character didn’t really break out until season 3. Was there a particular moment this year when you started to feel like you had become a more integral part of the ensemble?
NATALIE DORMER:
Yeah, absolutely. I thought I’d talk to you about the crossbow scene in episode 2, with me and Jack [Gleeson] talking in Joffrey’s bedchamber.
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'Game of Thrones' sets another piracy record

Game of Thrones was the must-watch show of the season — and it has the illegal-download numbers to prove it.

According to TorrentFreak, the HBO fantasy series’ third season is the most-pirated show of spring 2013, with 5.2 million downloads. The Big Bang Theory lands at No. 2 with 2.9 million, followed by How I Met Your Mother (2.85 million), The Walking Dead (2.7 million) and rookie series Hannibal (2.1 million).

This is just the latest piracy record set by GoT, which was named the most illegally downloaded TV series of 2012. When EW spoke with HBO programming president Michael Lombardo in March, he saw the dubious record as somewhat of an honor.
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'Big Bang Theory' and HBO are big winners at Critics' Choice Television Awards

Two TV juggernauts won extra accolades at last night’s 3rd annual Critics’ Choice Television Awards, presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association at the Beverly Hilton Hotel Monday night.

CBS’s The Big Bang Theory — the most-watched comedy both on network TV and on cable — snagged three prizes, including the honors for Best Comedy Series, Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy (Simon Helberg), and Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy (Kaley Cuoco, who tied with The Middle‘s Eden Sher), making it the awards’ single-most celebrated series.

Cable powerhouse HBO, meanwhile, was cited five times for three different series (Veep, Game of Thrones, and The Newsroom) and one TV movie (Behind the Candelabra), making it the awards’ most celebrated network. With four awards of its own, though, FX is nipping at HBO’s heels. And though Game of Thrones was named Best Drama Series at the awards, it wasn’t the only show to win that title; the fantasy shared the prize with AMC’s Breaking Bad.

A full list of winners — including the BTJA’s picks for this fall’s “most exciting new series” — follows.

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