'Conan The Barbarian'—Trailer

Here’s the full trailer for CONAN THE BARBARIAN. Looks like plenty of swords and a nice amount of sorcery.
This new film of Robert E. Howard’s pulp character stars Jason Momoa (STARGATE: ATLANTIS), Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lang (AVATAR), Rose McGowan (CHARMED), Saïd Taghmaoui, Ron Perlman (HELLBOY),  Katarzyna Wolejnio, Leo Howard, Steve O’Donnell, Raad Rawi, and Nonso Anozie.
Directed by Marcus Nispel, from a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Sean Hood CONAN invades theaters August 19th, in normal and 3-D versions. 
Rated R

'Conan' Movie — Teaser

Here’s the first teaser trailer for CONAN THE BARBARIAN, the new film starring Jason Momoa of STARGATE: ATLANTIS.
Marcus Nispel directs the Nu Image film from a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Sean Hood, based on Robert E. Howard’s pulp sword & sorcery tales of Conan The Barbarian.
Also with Rose McGowen (CHARMED), Steven Lang (AVATAR), Ron Perlman (HELLBOY), Katarzyna Wolejnio, and Rachel Nichols (ALIAS, STAR TREK).

'Jabberwocky' Completes Principal Photography




Steven Waddington & Ian Virgo
Steven Waddington & Ian Virgo

Independent motion picture distribution and production company American World Pictures tells us that principal photography is completed on their period fantasy film , JABBERWOCKY.

 Directed by Steven R. Monroe (I SPIT ON YOUR GRAVE: Unrated), JABBERWOCKY stars Tahmoh Penikett (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, FOX’s DOLLHOUSE) and Kacey Barnfield (RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, BBC’s GRANGE HILL).
The film, written by Raul Inglis and Rafael Jordan, also stars Richard Riddell (THE IMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS), Ian Virgo (the upcoming John Cusack film THE RAVEN, BLACK HAWK DOWN) and Michael Worth (GOD’S EAR), and was shot in Bulgaria.
This is the company’s first of three co-productions with Bron Studios.
JABBERWOCKY — Michael Worth & Kacey Barnfield
JABBERWOCKY — Michael Worth & Kacey Barnfield

From their press release:

Director Steven R. Monroe stated: “Anytime you get to shoot a period piece project like JABBERWOCKY with sets, wardrobe, swords and creatures you are like a kid in the candy store. Also, when you get to assemble a great diverse cast to be in that atmosphere it adds yet another level of excitement. Everyone just kind of falls into place and into character when they land in all these elements and it’s just really fun as a director to be in the middle of all that.
Shooting in Bulgaria was a huge plus for this production, even with all the winter weather hitting us it just added to the whole vibe of the project.”
In this Sci-Fi/Fantasy tale, JABBERWOCKY chronicles the story of a young squire (Michael Worth) who, alongside his brother (Tahmoh Penikett), must become a warrior to save his people and the woman he loves (Kacey Barnfield) after a horrific beast is unleashed on the Kingdom.

Raffaello Degruttola, Ian Virgo, Steven Waddington
Raffaello Degruttola, Ian Virgo, Steven Waddington

American World Pictures’ Mark L. Lester and Dana Dubovsky and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert serve as Producers, with John Raymonds and Bron’s Bernie Melanson as Executive Producers.
Says AWP’s Lester, “We are delighted with Steven’s work as director, his ability as a storyteller is remarkable. And the performance of the cast and crew were top notch.”

'Game of Thrones' – Pics

Game-of-Thrones-arrowEntertainment Weekly is featuring photos from HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, their adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire fantasy novel series.
It stars Mark Addy, Sean Bean, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley. Aidan Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen. Kit Harington, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Harry Lloyd, Richard Madden, Rory McCann, Sophie Turner,Maisie Williams, and others.
It’s expected to air in Spring 2011. 

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'Conan' To Be Set Loose Next Summer

Jason Momoa in CONANLionsgate announced that CONAN will be released August 19th, 2011, in standard and 3-D versions.

Marcus Nispel directs the Nu Image film from a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Sean Hood, based on Robert E. Howard’s pulp sword & sorcery tales of Conan The Barbarian.
Jason Momoa (STARGATE ATLANTIS) stars as the Cimmerian adventurer, along with Rose McGowen (CHARMED), Steven Lang (AVATAR), Ron Perlman (HELLBOY), Katarzyna Wolejnio, and Rachel Nichols (ALIAS, STAR TREK).

HBO's 'Game of Thrones' – Trailer

Here’s the latest trailer for HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, based on the first novel in SF/Fantasy author George R.R. Martins’s (BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, TV) fantasy epic book series A Song of Ice and Fire.
This teaser is entitled “Raven”, for reasons that should be immediately apparent.
The cast of the sprawling adult- oriented sword and sorcery saga includes Mark Addy (THE TIME MACHINE, 2002), Alfie Allen, Sean Bean (THE LORD OF THE RINGS), Ciaran Bermingham, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage(UNDERDOG), Roy Dotrice(BEAUTY & THE BEAST), Michelle Fairley, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey (THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES), Rory McCann, and Jason Momoa (STARGATE ATLANTIS),
The pilot was directed by Thomas McCarthy (‘2012’) and is expected to air in spring of 2011.

CONAN To Feature Supernatural

—Co-star Reveals Fantasy Element—

Steven Lang (AVATAR), who plays the warlord Khalar Singh in Lionsgate / Millenium Flim’s CONAN, told MTV that the new film will feature the supernatural as well as action. 

“If you read Robert Howard — of course the ‘Conan’ stories and novellas — magic, (the) supernatural plays a huge, huge part in them: fakirs and magicians and wizards all over the place…  So magic is part of that world. The magic in this film, there’s a lot of it and there’s a lot of action-magic as well, a lot of magical fighting.”

His own character’s fights will demonstrate swordmanship, rather than  sorcery, however.

“My fighting is not magical… My fighting is just brutal.”

Steven Lang in AVATAR

CONAN stars STARGATE: ATLANTIS’s Jason Momoa in the title role.
Marcus Nispel directs from a screenplay by Thomas Dean Donnelly,  Sean Hood , and Joshua Oppenheimer.
No specific release date has been set, though it’s expected to premiere in 2011.
Note: A commerical message may play first in this video clip, courtesy of MTV.

'Camelot' Casting Announced

evagreen_CRoyaleAccording to The Hollywood Reporter, casting has begun on CAMELOT, a series to be broadcast in the US on the premium STARZ cable channel.
Joseph Fiennes (FLASH FORWARD) has been cast as the wizard Merlin, while Eva Green (CASINO ROYALE) will portray Morgan le Fey.

Jamie Campbell Bower (TWILIGHT: NEW MOON) will play the young Arthur and Tamsin Egerton (THE MISTS OF AVALON) is set as the Lady Guinevere.
The series is an international production, to be shot in Ireland (with post production in Canada) by producer Graham King (FIRST BORN), and Ecosse Films.
CAMELOT is expected to debut on STARZ in early 2011.

Frank Frazetta dead at 82

Frank Frazetta
Frank Frazetta

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that fantasy artist Frank Frazetta passed away in a Florida hospital this morning, after suffering a stroke on Sunday; he was 82. For decades, Frazetta set the standard for fantasy illustrations, especially for the sword-and-sorcery sub-genre: his book covers and other artwork defined some literary characters, like Robert E. Howard’s Conan and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan, almost as much as the the writings of the authors who created them.
Frazetta’s signature style (loincloth-clad men with rippling muscles and curvaceous women with bulging breasts) was immediately recognizable and hugely influential. Reading Howard’s Conan stories, one might or might not imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger in the role; after Frazetta’s illustrations, Schwarzenegger’s casting in CONAN THE BARBARIAN was almost inevitable.
Fire and Ice (1983)Although his artwork inspired many cinematic visions of sword-wielding heroes facing off against menacing wizards and monsters, Frazetta himself worked directly on only one film: FIRE AND ICE (1983), which Frazetta produced with director Ralph Bakshi, was an interesting if not entirely successful attempt to bring Frazetta’s work to the screen via rotoscope animation.