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'Game of Thrones' episode 1 -- 'Iron from Ice' review: The price of war

HBO’s Game of Thrones imbues a fantastical political chess game with energy and intrigue. The show has excelled even when it can’t quite depict the blood and guts of an actual battlefield. Telltale’s new Game of Thrones game takes a more personal focus and somewhat smaller scope—though it’s still expansive in comparison to previous Telltale titles.

In the first episode of the six-part series, “Iron from Ice,” players take on the role of two members of House Forrester—Mira and Ethan—as well as Gared Tuttle, a squire to the house’s lord. This evokes the feel of the TV series while exploring a more concentrated emotional core. The episode’s function as a table-setting introduction, however, demands a little more of a “wait and see” approach than a “can you believe what just happened” one—though there are several moments that evoke the latter.


Here's which TV characters -- and original characters -- appear in the 'Game of Thrones' video game


While Telltale Games’ Game of Thrones video game will focus on an entirely new house of Westeros—one not glimpsed in HBO’s hit—a few familiar and fresh faces will be popping up on the new adventure.


Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling to star in Off Broadway play this winter

Ahh, just what we’ve all been waiting for: Tyrion Lannister and Piper Chapman on stage together! It sounds like a TV lover’s dream mash-up to have Emmy darlings/hopefuls Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones) and Taylor Schilling (Orange Is the New Black) matched together, but dream no more: The duo will topline the Classic Stage Company revival of Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country, beginning previews in January 2015.

The play—part of an already starry CSC 2014/15 season that also includes Peter Sarsgaard in Hamlet and Chris Noth in Doctor Faustus—concerns a young country wife named Natalya (Schilling) who becomes interested in the tutor of her young son, much to the chagrin of her good friend Rakitin (Dinklage), who is already taken with her. The production will mark the NYC stage debut of Schilling and offer up Dinklage’s first theater performance since 2007, when he appeared in the Ethan Hawke-directed play Things We Want. And it appears to be a family effort of sorts, as Month will be helmed by Dinklage’s wife, theater director Erica Schmidt (Humor Abuse).

Given the small environs of Off Broadway’s Classic Stage and its thrust setting, if you want the best chance to see these TV jailbirds in action, sooner is preferable to later. A Month in the Country begins previews at NYC’s Classic Stage Company on Jan. 9, 2015, with a limited engagement through February 15. For tickets and additional information, visit the company’s official website.

Late Night Highlight: Peter Dinklage has never read the 'Game of Thrones' books


Game of Thrones fans: Don’t challenge Peter Dinklage to a Song of Ice and Fire plot quiz.

Though the actor portrays Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s hit drama, Dinklage made a big confession to David Letterman Wednesday night: He’s never actually read George R. R. Martin’s beloved series. “George is probably going to kill my character now that I’ve confessed that,” Dinklage joked.

Watch our late night highlight clip below:


'Game of Thrones' star Peter Dinklage suits up in Armani for 'Esquire' cover -- PHOTO

Game of Thrones‘ Peter Dinklage graces the cover of March’s Esquire magazine, and the actor is looking pretty sharp in a tailor-made gray Armani suit, if we do say so ourselves.

According to Esquire, everything from the suit to the button-up shirt and sleek black tie were custom-made specifically to accommodate Dinklage’s short stature as part of Armani’s made-to-measure program. Esquire‘s interview with the actor further explores his journey and how his refusal to play stereotypical roles like leprechauns and elves paid off for his career in the end.

Peter Dinklage talks 'Game of Thrones' fights and being a 'DwILF' in Playboy

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is well-known for his dry sense of humor, and he puts it to good use when the subject turns to ‘DwILFs’ and a YouTube video dedicated to how much, um, sexual activity he partakes in off-screen during a NSFW-interview with Playboy.

In the magazine’s latest “20 Questions” feature, the actor who plays Tyrion Lannister on HBO’s smash adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s fantasy book series is very forthright about his cash-poor years as a musician and actor in New York, his eccentric childhood, and Thrones fandom. (“Game of Thrones fans are the nicest people ever, but a thousand nice people coming at me gives me claustrophobia.”)

He also doesn’t shy away from sex-symbol talk and his friends’ concerns that he once “dissed” Brangelina at the Golden Globes.

Check out some of the best quotes from Dinklage’s Playboy interview below.


'Saturday Night Live' recap: Melissa McCarthy brought the heat and hammed it up

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how an episode of Saturday Night Live is done. Was it perfect? No, but compared to a lot of what we’ve seen this season, it was downright awards-worthy. Here’s hoping we see a lot more of the lovely Ms. Melissa McCarthy on SNL. The actress, who next graces our movie screens in June’s The Heat opposite Sandra Bullock (a dream team if there ever was one), infused the show with a much-needed energy, giving it her all, even when that all meant face-planting on the sticky stage floor.

The night kicked off with a Kim Jong-un-centered cold open, in which the North Korean leader addressed his subjects on two important topics. First, the reopening of the Yongbyong nuclear complex that will leave his “enemies chagrined and discombobulated,” and second, that he had “decided to lift [the] nation’s ban on same-sex marriage.” Bobby Moynihan as Jong-un insisted that the change in views was not because he had a nephew who happened to be gay (he was executed anyway), nor was it because of his own personal preferences (“I’m about as heterosexual as a person can be.”), but simply because it seemed like the right thing to do. How progressive of him! All in all, it was a decent start to the night, made better by Dennis Rodman’s cameo at the end. (A quick aside: Am I the only one who thinks of Rodman not as a basketball player, but as Jean-Claude Van Damme’s sidekick in Double Team? Ah, a true classic, that one.) READ FULL STORY

EW's Morning Bite: And the best sound bite from last night is...

Submitted by Eobeth:

Cersei: “You’re a clever man. But you’re not half as clever as you think you are.”
Tyrion: “It still makes me more clever than you.

Cersei (Lena Headey) and Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) on Game of Thrones

Come back tonight to share your pick for best sound bite!

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Peter Dinklage made a raven call on 'The Daily Show' -- VIDEO

In the world of Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage plays Tyrion, the least-loved son of a noble house and a manipulative lothario. In real life, Dinklage plays a charming actor. No, really — here’s last night’s Daily Show as proof: READ FULL STORY

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