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You Know Nothing, Jon Snow: Kit Harington Disses 'Downton Abbey'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2014 9:26 AM
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Game Of Thrones, Season 4 finale, The Children
Though it's been helped by a large number of big blockbusters, including the currently-filming "Star Wars: Episode VII" and "The Avengers: Age Of Ultron," choosing to film on U.K. soil, the British acting industry has been essentially kept afloat in the years since the "Harry Potter" franchise wrapped up by two things: "Downton Abbey" and "Game of Thrones." The two series, which are both hugely popular worldwide, both have large and expansive casts, and you haven't really made it until you've appeared in one or the other, even if it's just as a wordless butler or a guy who gets speared in the background. But is there a rivalry brewing between the two shows? If "Game of Thrones" actor Kit Harington is anything to go by, there might be.

Review: 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Is A Satisfying, If Slightly Inferior Sequel

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 2:59 PM
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How To Train Your Dragon 2
For most of their history, which has now lasted over 15 years ("Antz" and "The Prince Of Egypt" both debuted in 1998), DreamWorks Animation seemed to be content with making a quick buck and raising a cheap laugh. Some of their output was better than others (the original "Shrek" at one end of the scale, "Shark Tale" at the other), but even the better films paled in comparison to the output of arch-rivals Pixar, however profitable they are. These days, things have changed. For one, the company's films aren't all that profitable ("Rise Of The Guardians," "Turbo" and "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" all disappointed financially). But for another, the quality gap has closed, with Pixar hitting something of a creative rut, and DreamWorks putting out films that are as good as or better than their rivals. Well, one film, at least: 2010's "How To Train Your Dragon," which took an unpromising premise and turned it into something funny, exciting and emotionally satisfying in a way that relatively few of their films are.

Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 8, 'The Mountain And The Viper' Face Off

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 2, 2014 8:12 AM
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Game of Thrones' Season 4 - The Mountain and the Viper'
We're back after a week off, and it's time to dive back into the wacky world of Westeros. There's another easter egg in the opening credits this week — Moat Cailin makes an appearance, the geography of the show growing with each episode. "The Mountain and the Viper," directed by Alex Graves (you might remember him from Joffrey's Purple Wedding), has promised us the trial by combat, the showdown and revenge we've been waiting for this whole season, and we're going to get it… right after all of these hideously boring monologues. The episode is a series of rather long, wordy, staid scenes bookended with bursts of bloody violence. A few of the monologues could stand to have been heavily edited, and time was checked during the show, a truly rare occurrence.

First Look: New Films Starring Ryan Reynolds, Nicholas Hoult, Brit Marling, Asa Butterfield, Kit Harington & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 16, 2014 2:16 PM
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Missisipi Grind
The Cannes Film Festival is in full swing, and that means lots of deals, attachments, signings, news and yes, first looks. And there’s a bunch.

Review: Paul W.S. Anderson's 'Pompeii' Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 20, 2014 9:43 AM
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Pompeii
With a reported budget somewhere in the neighborhood of $80 to $100 million dollars, there is no doubt where the money went in "Pompeii," the ancient Italian city laid to no uncertain waste in Paul W.S. Anderson's film. When you plunk down your $12, you will get the destruction you promised. But it's too bad it's such a repetitive, unengaging, glaringly digital experience and worse than that, you'll have to sit through the disaster that is the rest of movie, a turgid gladiator drama, with acting so wooden, we'd wager that the script co-credited to "Downton Abbey" scribe Julian Fellowes (who we can only imagine saw his draft thoroughly rewritten by the other three writers on this into something more pedestrian) is good for kindling. Lots of things burn in "Pompeii," but nothing resembling drama, tension, excitement or entertainment.

Watch: 4 Fiery And Brawny Clips From 'Pompeii' Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 4:49 PM
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Pompeii
'Tis the season for shirtless bronzed dudes running and yelling, in olden times, as CGI effects fill the screen. Last month, Kellan Lutz beefed up "The Legend Of Hercules," next month Eva Green and Sullivan Stapleton will shout a lot in "300: Rise Of An Empire" and this month, cinematic auteur Paul W.S. Anderson brings us the volcanic "Pompeii."

Tom Hiddleston Moves Into Ben Wheatley's 'High Rise,' Ewan McGregor Spends 'Last Days In The Desert' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 9:23 AM
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Tom Hiddleston Ben Wheatley HIgh Rise
Prolific as he is, Ben Wheatley's films to date generally haven't featured much in the way of star power, but it was only a matter of time until bigger names started circling his work. And indeed, his next effort will find Loki himself coming along for the ride.

Watch: 'Pompeii' Burns In New Trailer For Paul W.S. Anderson's Latest Starring Kit Harington & Emily Browning

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 3:55 PM
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If you like dudes and ladies in olden times yelling, facing peril, and speaking gravely, then 2014 will be your year. Two "Hercules" movies are on the way, along with "300: Rise Of An Empire" and, in case you forgot, auteur Paul W.S. Anderson's "Pompeii."

Kit Harington Starring In Big Screen Version Of BBC Show 'Spooks,' Domhnall Gleeson Goes To 'Brooklyn' & More

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • November 8, 2013 9:17 AM
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Kit Harington (“Game of Thrones”) and Jennifer Ehle (“Zero Dark Thirty”) have both signed on to star in “Spooks: The Greater Good,” a big-screen adaptation of the BBC TV spy drama “Spooks.” The film will be helmed by Bharat Nalluri, who directed multiple episodes of the British series, and Peter Firth will reprise his role as Harry Pearce from the show.

Saoirse Ronan, Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Margot Robbie & More Up For 'Fantastic Four' Roles

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 6:35 PM
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So remember way back when names like "Girls" star Allison Williams and "Fruitvale Station" lead Michael B. Jordan were being tossed around as possible contenders for "Fantastic Four"? Well, that list just got a helluva lot longer.

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