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Peter Dinklage Tapped To Star in Crime Thriller The Thicket

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Peter Dinklages poses as he arrives at the Australian premiere of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past" on May 16, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. Graham Denholm--Getty Images

The Game of Thrones star will take lead role in upcoming movie adaptation of Joe R. Landsdale's crime thriller

Peter Dinklage will take a break from Westeros and spend some time in turn-of-the-century Texas — though it sounds like there will still be plenty of blood and gore.

The Game of Thrones star has been tapped to star in the upcoming crime thriller The Thicket, based on Joe R. Lansdale’s 2013 novel. Variety reports that Dinklage will play a “a crafty bounty hunter named Shorty,” who teams up with a couple of misfits to help a young man rescue his kidnapped sister from a violent and sadistic gang. The story takes place in East Texas and the group follows the gang into a feral, heavily forested area known as The Big Thicket.

The adaptation is being produced by Gianni Nunnari’s Hollywood Gang Productions, as well as Dinklage and his manager David Ginsberg. “That Joe Lansdale’s dark vision will be brought to life by the brilliantly talented Peter Dinklage starring as Shorty — it is a dream of mine,” Nunnari said in a statement.

[Variety]

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Game of Thrones Author George R.R. Martin to Live Stream Discussion at 92nd Street Y

"Game of Thrones" Autograph Signing - Comic-Con International 2014
George R.R. Martin signs autographs during the 2014 Comic-Con International Convention. Tiffany Rose—Getty Images

You can probably guess what he'll be talking about

George R.R. Martin will be speaking at the 92nd Street Y in New York City for his lone U.S. appearance to promote The World of Ice and Fire, an illustrated history of the Seven Kingdoms. (This is not to be confused with The Winds of Winter, the next book in the A Song of Ice and Fire series.) The event, which will be live-streamed at http://www.92Y.org/livecast, takes place on October 26, where “the prolific author [will] discuss the political machinations and sordid relationships that set into motion the ‘present-day’ struggles of the Starks, Lannisters, Baratheons and Targaryens.”

Hey, it’s not a new novel or new episode of Game of Thrones, but it’s better than nothing. If you happen to be in the New York area, you can buy tickets to the event for $100 at http://www.92Y.org.

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Game of Thrones Season 5 Will Not Feature Bran Stark, Hodor

At least the actor who plays Hodor will be busy with “Rave of Thrones” DJ parties during his character's hiatus from the show

HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones will be down another Stark in the upcoming season—Bran Stark and his trusted companion Hodor will not appear in Season 5. Kristian Nairn, who plays the giant Hodor (catchphrase: “Hodor”) in the series, told an Australian broadcast network that both he and the actor who plays Bran will be on hiatus during Season 5.

“We have a season off and we have a year’s hiatus, solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books,” Nairn said.

At any rate, Nairn seems to have some pretty epic plans for his time off; namely, the Thrones-themed DJ tour “Rave of Thrones” that Nairn is currently hosting across Australia.

[Australian Broadcast Corporation]

TIME Television

These Are the Top 10 Most Pirated Shows In the World

Which shows get the most attention from illegal viewers?

Online piracy for Breaking Bad rose by 412% the day after it won a flurry of Emmys, including one for Outstanding Drama Series, at the 2014 Primetime Emmys, according to anti-piracy firm CEG TEK International. This bumped Breaking Bad up from the sixth most pirated show worldwide to second, with other shows featured at the Emmys, such as True Detective and House of Cards, seeing similar increases as well.

Take a look at the ten most pirated shows online according to data provided by CEG TEK International, via Variety.

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‘Winter Is Coming': George R.R. Martin Does the Ice Bucket Challenge

A Song of Ice (Bucket Challenge) and Fire

George R.R. Martin took a quick break from killing off all your favorite people in Westeros to add to the ever-growing collection of celebrity Ice Bucket Challenge videos. That’s the trend in which people dump ice water over themselves and post the proof on Facebook or donate to Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) research. Many stars have done both, and the campaign has raised about $80 million so far.

After being nominated by Neil Gaiman (who he deems a “bastard”) and a few other people, Martin parks himself beside a pool and declares, “God help us all! Winter is coming!” Then some friends dump ice water on him and he emits a sound that can really only be described as a squeal/yelp hybrid. Then he hops into the pool and makes a bunch of Game of Thrones references.

Overall, the whole thing is much less of a bloodbath than we expected.

 

MONEY Small Business

3 Important Lessons Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Game of Thrones

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Macall B. Polay—HBO via Everett Collection

There's a lot that real-life startups can take away from the Emmy-nominated fantasy series.

The acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones—which is up for 19 awards at tonight’s Emmys—provides interesting commentary on the modern state of politics and warfare. But speaking as the founder of an online folder printing company, I’ve noticed that the show also demonstrates some valuable lessons for first-time entrepreneurs.

These might not help you become king of a fantasy kingdom, but they’ve been invaluable to me throughout my more than a decade of successful entrepreneurship.

(Reader beware: This article contains several spoilers.)

Lesson #1: Knowledge is power

In Westeros: The Game of Thrones characters who are most likely to survive are the ones with the best information: Where would Varys be without his network of spies gathering secrets from all across the Seven Kingdoms, for example? Would Cersei and Littlefinger still be around if they didn’t have dirt on their enemies?

In your business: Knowledge is your best asset. But that doesn’t mean you need to train swaths of children to uncover your competitors’ deep, dark secrets a la Varys. You simply must to get to know your industry inside and out, so that you can identify what it is that you can provide your consumers that others aren’t already providing. When you understand your field and the needs that aren’t being met, you’ll be better positioned to fulfill those needs.

For me, recognizing an unmet need was the impetus for starting my own company. After discovering that those seeking custom presentation folders faced extremely limited choices, I set out to provide materials of more variety and greater quality.

Lesson #2: Unearned confidence can be dangerous.

In Westeros: Pride often precedes a fall. Ruthless, arrogant King Joffrey mocks his enemies and abuses his subjects in a display of power and privilege, only to be poisoned at his own wedding. Viserys Targaryen shamelessly proclaims his superiority to the people around him, one of whom happens to be a powerful warlord who “crowns” him with molten gold. Even fan favorite Oberyn meets a messy, head-crushy end when he lets his careless bravado get the better of him.

In your business: Know the difference between confidence and an overgrown ego. Starting a successful business requires boldness, determination, and trust in your own abilities and resources, but be careful not to let it turn into hubris. Make sure your actions are grounded in fact or reason; check yourself against someone you trust before making any rash moves. Overconfident people take risks that they can’t afford, and they often don’t listen to their peers’ good advice (“Trust me, Oberyn, wear a helmet”).

Back when my company was first beginning, I did a lot of different odd jobs on the side. A friend of mine told me that I should concentrate on my core competency: custom printed folders. I didn’t listen to that advice, and it ended up losing my business money in the long run. Once I started concentrating on folders, the company grew much stronger.

Lesson #3: A good mentor helps secure your success.

In Westeros: Each of the Stark children has flourished with the help of mentors, albeit unconventional ones. Arya Stark learned swordplay from her “dance instructor” Syrio; Bran has developed his psychic powers with the help of mysterious companion Jojen; and even Sansa seems to have picked up some lessons in court intrigue from Littlefinger.

In your business: Reaching out to a mentor can be a little scary, since it means acknowledging your own weaknesses as an entrepreneur. But remember that the person helping to guide you probably achieved their success with the help of a mentor of their own. When you make the choice to work for yourself, the only people you have to turn to for guidance are those who have already done the same.

Many of my friends are successful business owners, so I make it a point to consult with them periodically. Learning from their experiences helps me to avoid common pitfalls and ensure that my company is running as efficiently as possible.

Mentors aren’t just there to make you feel good about the work that you’re doing, though; they should have enough experience to tell you when you’re doing something wrong. Sometimes the advice that you need most comes from someone as bluntly honest as the Hound—though ideally, your mentor will be a bit more supportive.

Can you think of more business lessons to be learned from Game of Thrones? Share your thoughts on Twitter, with the hashtag #GoTbizadvice

Vladimir Gendelman is the founder and CEO of Company Folders, an innovative presentation folder printing company.

Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of promising young entrepreneurs. YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program.

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Taylor Schilling to Star Opposite Peter Dinklage in Off-Broadway Play

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Women's prison meets Westeros

Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage and Orange Is the New Black star Taylor Schilling will team up to star in a 2015 Off-Broadway production of Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country.

Dinklage will portray Mikhail Rakitin, the friend and unrequited admirer of Schillings’ Natalya, the bored wife of a landowner. Dinklage’s wife, Erica Schmidt, will direct, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Given that Peter Dinklage and Taylor Schilling’s shows are set in the coldly unforgiving world of Westeros and the often ruthless environment of Litchfield Prison, respectively, it seems they’ll be able to lend some interesting perspective to the 19th century Russian material.

The play will run from January 9 to February 15 next year, at the Classic Stage Company in Manhattan’s East Village.

TIME Books

The 5 Greatest Fantasy Novels of All Time

From C.S. Lewis to Susanna Clark, Magicians author Lev Grossman makes his top picks

TIME book critic and technology writer Lev Grossman recently published The Magician’s Land, the final book in his fantasy trilogy. To accompany his essay about how fantasy literature is transforming the pop-culture landscape, he’s also named the five most influential fantasy books ever written.

TIME Television

Game of Thrones Takes Crown for Online Piracy

Game of Thrones
Helen Sloan—HBO

Fans illegally download Game of Thrones 300,000 times every day

Correction appended

Game of Thrones rules over all challengers when it comes to online piracy.

Just a few months after setting online downloading records with its season premiere, the hit HBO show has been named the most pirated form of entertainment, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Semetric, a company that monitors online media consumption, says that episodes of Game of Thrones at the height of their popularity make up more than half of all television-related downloads on piracy websites that use the BitTorrent file-sharing protocol — that’s more than the total of all music downloads on those sites.

While the rise of streaming services has somewhat supplanted music piracy, Game of Thrones is still in high demand. The show ended its fourth season in June — when fans downloaded the finale 2 million times within 24 hours — but there are still approximately 300,000 downloads of the series each day.

The original version of this story incorrectly described the role of BitTorrent in Semetric’s findings.

[WSJ]

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