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The "Game of Thrones" panel is probably one of the most anticipated events at recent Comic-Con, and this year's is no different. Even though we're still a touch emotional about the beloved characters we lost last season, we do have some cool stuff to look forward to -- like these nine new characters! (Plus, Pedro Pascal showed up at SDCC to help launch a new "GoT"-branded beer, so there's that.)

Here's a cool video that introduces each actor and his/her character. Look how excited they look! They just can't wait to meet their gruesome ends at the hands of George R. R. Martin. Who could blame them?



Here's the complete list of actors and their respective characters:

Alexander Siddig as Doran Martell, the ruling lord of Dorne and brother to Prince Oberyn Martell, who was killed at the end of season four.

Toby Sebastian as Trystane Martell, Price Doran's son.

Nell Tiger Free as Myrcella Baratheon, the eldest child of Cersei Lannister and Trystane's future wife.

Deobia Oparei as Areo Hotah, the captain of Doran's palace guard.

Enzo Cilenti as Yezzan, a wealthy slave trader.

Jessica Henwick as Nymeria Sand, one of Oberyn's bastard daughters.

Rosabell Laurenti Sellers as Tyene Sand, another daughter of Oberyn's.

Keisha Castle-Hughes as Obara Sand, the eldest bstard daughter of Oberyn

Jonathan Pryce as High Sparrow, a pious man who secures a large following in King's Landing.

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The first teaser for the fifth season of "The Walking Dead" has shambled online, and it's full of the gooey drama we've come to know and love from the AMC zombie show. The last time we saw Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his pals, they were being locked up in a very creepy train car by a very creepy guy named Gareth (Andrew J. West). Our pals seemed like they were in serious danger of becoming snacks chez Terminus, but the finale left viewers with many more questions than answers.

This teaser reveals quite a bit about how things have been going for Rick and his ramshackle family, and things with Gareth and the other denizens of Terminus seem tense, to say the least. Gareth is totally down for Rick's plan to get his people to D.C so they can try and cure the zombie outbreak, but you know, they've just got to take care of some things first. Maybe some dying. Who knows? We'll just have to wait and see.

"The Walking Dead" returns to AMC on October 12, with just as much zombie action as ever -- and maybe some human-on-human nomming to boot.



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Joaquin Phoenix Visits
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing, but the rumor mill about "Doctor Strange" is just picking up speed.

Benedict Cumberbatch was evasive yesterday at the "The Penguins of Madagascar" panel when asked if he might be the next Marvel superhero -- "What rumors?" -- but less than 24 hours later, another actor's name is being bandied about for the role of "Doctor Strange." According to Deadline, Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in "Doctor Strange" as the eponymous neurosurgeon slash sorcerer from the comic books. This rumor is weird but plausible, if not downright brilliant.

A great part of the success and appeal of the Marvel movies has to do with the unlikely or even risky directors and stars that Kevin Feige et al pick to helm their franchises. After all, Joss Whedon wasn't exactly a household name when he was anointed for "The Avengers," and we didn't quite think of Robert Downey Jr. as superhero material until Jon Favreau convinced Marvel (and us) otherwise. You only have to look to the hottest movie of the summer, "Guardians of the Galaxy," to see proof of Marvel's mad genius.

So why not Joaquin Phoenix? After all, "Doctor Strange" is one of Marvel's trippier creations, and Phoenix is no stranger to getting weird onscreen. Things will definitely get dark and mystical in the hands of director Scott Derrickson, whose previous films like "Sinister" and "Deliver Us From Evil" deal with the more troubling aspects of human nature. "Doctor Strange" is the Marvel series for people who aren't that into superheroes, who are more interested in the sort of weird Jungian myths behind our superhero stories -- exactly the sort of thing that would appeal to a loveable (and extraordinarily talented) weirdo like Joaquin.

In any case, many people are anticipating a big announcement from Marvel about "Doctor Strange" during tomorrow's Hall H panel, so stay tuned.


The Toronto International Film Festival's opening movie may not be "Iron Man 4", but it will feature the same leading man come early September.

David Dobkin's "The Judge" will open TIFF 2014, according to a release sent out by festival organizers on Friday. "The Judge" stars Robert Downey Jr. as Hank Palmer, a hot-shot lawyer forced to return to his childhood home after his father is accused of murder.

Robert Duvall plays Palmer's father, a judge who must put his resentment against his son aside if he ever wants to clear his name. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton also star.

"The stars aligned and we are thrilled to announce that we will kick off the Festival with The Judge," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, TIFF. "David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past. We couldn't have asked for a better start to this year's event."

"The Judge" marks 15 years since Dobkin's first film.

"I brought my first film, "Clay Pigeons", to Toronto, so 15 years later to actually be on opening night with The Judge is incredibly special and thrilling," said Dobkin. "The Festival audiences are terrific, and I know I speak for everyone involved in the film when I say we are so pleased to be unveiling it there."

TIFF is set to kick off on Sept. 4 and runs till Sept. 11.
Robert Downey Jr., Leighton Meester, Robert Duvall In


Few things were as "throw your cup on the floor" frustrating as the ending of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire." Not in a bad way, mind you, but in a "this cliffhanger is so tantalizing that it may do me actual physical harm" way. So it's with a fair amount of anticipation that we greet anything related to follow-up, "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1," the first of the two-part conclusion to the epic, financially unstoppable "Hunger Games" franchise.

When last we left Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence), she had just competed in a "Survivor: All Stars"-style version of the Hunger Games, and the resistance had started in earnest (and already claimed some casualties), with factions being aligned on both sides of the moral (and governmental divide). At the end of the movie, she was resolute and incredibly ticked off, a fighter who was shoved, head first, into the position of a revolutionary. As the first teaser for the new sequel suggests, it's going to be all-out war.

The trailer starts with a shot of a futuristic spaceship, moving away from the glitz and glamour of the capitol and out towards the outer districts, where agrarian societies and foundational industrial buildings sit in the same dusty dirt. We see Philip Seymour Hoffman, thought to be a corrupt game designer but in fact one of the architects of the revolution, chatting with a new character played by Julianne Moore, about Katniss' credentials as a freedom fighter. It's powerful stuff, made even more powerful due to Hoffman's sudden, shocking death, and the images that follow carry with it their own stark importance. We're moving away from the Capitol, with its rococo set design and outrageous costumes, and into the commonwealth, where things are drab and depressing (but still, thanks to director Francis Lawrence, still totally ravishing).

Towards the end of the trailer, we see a crop-circle-style mocking jay logo in a field, and that evil president played by Donald Sutherland making it a degree that anyone associated with said symbol will be shot in the head by a crazy futuristic gun. We don't even see Katniss for much of the trailer, but at the end, like Caesar before her on the planet of the apes, she begrudgingly accepts her position as the leader of the cause. And yes, she plans on kicking ass.



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