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sunshineau: posted at 02/17/15 19:46:25 Ohva, here's the official site and below is the shop site where you can pre-order. Funko's Vikings range is released in May!http://popvinyls.com/funko-coming-soon/
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By Alyssa Rosenberg February 20
There’s a long tradition of handwringing about a potential clash of civilizations, be it Samuel P. Huntington trying to break down the world into Eastern, Orthodox and Muslim blocs (among others) or more recent efforts to understand the theology and worldview driving the leaders and adherents of the Islamic State. But for all the anxiety we expend on whatever scenario is hot at the moment, events such as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks end up being the exception rather than the rule. When American politicians decide they’ve identified an existential threat, whether it’s communism or terrorism, the fight to shut down that danger tends to happen somewhere else.
This is one of the reasons that I’ve found myself so drawn to “Vikings,” History’s period drama about Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), the Viking farmer turned explorer and king. “Vikings” gets advertised as a swords-and-longboats epic, “Game of Thrones” without the dragons. But beyond the ax fights and facial hair, the series is a surprisingly sensitive look at what it’s like to move from a monocultural society into a multicultural one and to live through a genuine clash between two wary civilizations.
“I wouldn’t have wanted to write it unless it had been at least on some level about the conflict between Christianity and paganism, and the comparison between them,” series creator Michael Hirst explained in an interview. That meant figuring out how to capture the Viking sense that their gods lived among humans and could appear in almost any animal or object without tipping the series over into special-effects heavy fantasy. And it also required Hirst to create credible characters who see the world in dramatically different ways and to see what happens when those worldviews come into contact.
For most of the first two seasons, that contact took the form of violence, as Ragnar’s raiding parties tore through the communities they discovered on their journeys. But “Vikings” also paid careful attention to Ragnar’s conversations with Athelstan (George Blagden), a Christian monk he captured on one of those raids who finds himself drawn to paganism even as he still loves Jesus. And this year, those conversations continue as Ragnar develops a closer relationship with the Christian king Ecbert (Linus Roache), a man who shares some of Ragnar’s sophistication and curiosity about other cultures.
Of course, contact between two very different societies doesn’t just produce one kind of tension; it opens up fault lines between people who have grown up in the same culture. Boatbuilder Floki (Gustaf Skarsgård) “is a pagan fundamentalist,” Hirst explains. And when his longtime friend Ragnar agrees to help Ecbert reconquer lost territory, Floki sees the agreement as an unacceptable compromise.
“He says you know we shouldn’t be doing that, our gods are at war. One god or the other, one side or the other will prevail,” Hirst said. “And of course he was right. Four hundred years later all the Scandinavian countries were Christianized, and paganism just vanished. But Ragnar’s argument is that for my folk, my people, to advance, we have to deal with Christians, we have to deal with other people, we have to make treaties, we have to live in the real world. And that’s true, too, because that’s how the Vikings did spread out.”
Another front in the conflict is Ragnar’s plan to found a farming settlement on land Ecbert granted to the Vikings, “which I was conscious from the beginning is not a sexy idea,” Hirst acknowledged. “It’s not about mayhem and murder. It’s about setting up farmers…But it’s actually about something really serious. It’s multiculturalism. Here come people with completely different philosophies, beliefs, having to try to live together.”
It’s clear from early episodes that there will be conflicts over religion. Ecbert makes sure the settlement receives a Christian blessing, but his new citizens are bringing their faith in Thor to their new home. And while Ecbert is willing to tolerate an influx of pagans into his kingdom, there are suggestions that not everyone will be so tolerant. Ragnar has to cope with Floki’s fundamentalism, and Ecbert will have to reckon with extreme Christians of his own, who expect the new settlers to convert.
For all that the Vikings’ slashing style of attack has gained them military advantage, they learn some uncomfortable things about themselves and their position in the world when they start farming in a new setting. Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), Ragnar’s ex-wife and an earl in her own right, is overseeing the process and learns that Ecbert’s subjects are amazed by how primitive the Vikings’ farming tools and techniques are
.“The Vikings are essentially still a Bronze Age civilization, but their navigational abilities, their boatbuilding abilities, are way beyond anyone else,” said Hirst. “They still fought with axes. No one fought with axes at that stage. Long since gone. So it’s only when you could get something like a farming situation that you actually find this out. If you just keep fighting each other, you don’t actually learn anything.”
Apr 29 15 3:30 PM
‘Vikings’ Leads Golden Maple Awards’
APRIL 28, 2015 | 04:56PM PT
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The Academy of Canadians in Sports and Entertainment Los Angeles
released its list of nominees for the 2015 Golden
The ceremony fetes Canadian talent of TV series broadcast in the
U.S. in the past calendar year in three categories: actor, actress and newcomer
of the year.
The History channel drama “Vikings” leads the race with three
noms including two for best actress. Syfy raked in the most noms of any network
The nomination committee for the GMA was composed of ACISE-LA
members, and all members of ACISE-LA will be voting to elect the winners.
Honorees, award presenters and master of ceremony are currently
being secured, as are the venue and time, which will all be announced at a
Complete list of nominees:
Best Actor in a TV Series Broadcasted in the U.S.:
Adam Copeland — “Haven”
Alexander Ludwig – “Vikings”
Brandon Jay McLaren – “Graceland”
Greyston Holt – “Bitten”
Jonathan Keltz – “Reign”
Lyriq Bent – “The Book of Negroes”
Torrance Coombs – “Reign”
Best Actress in a TV Series Broadcasted in the U.S.:
Amanda Crew – “Silicon Valley
Anna Silk – “Lost Girl”
Caroline Dhavernas – “Hannibal”
Jessalyn Gilsig – “Vikings”
Katheryn Winnick – “Vikings”
Kathleen Robertson – “Murder in the First”
Missy Peregrym – “Rookie Blue”
Newcomer of the Year in a TV Series Broadcasted in the U.S.:
Brooke Wexler – “Richie Rich”
Emily Hampshire – “12 Monkeys” and “Schitt’s Creek”
Italia Ricci – “Chasing Life”
Meaghan Rath – “New Girl”
Shailyn Pierre Dixon – “The Book of Negroes”
Nominations by U.S. network:
History Channel: 3
ABC Family: 1
Pop TV: 1
FILED UNDER: Golden Maple Awards
Apr 29 15 7:22 PM
announced for the 2015 IFTA Film and Drama Awards
Irish Film and Television Academy have announced the shortlist of nominees in
27 strongly contested categories for the IFTA Film and Drama Awards, which
takes place on Sunday 24th May at the Round Room at the Mansion House.
be bringing Irish viewers and the home audience all the excitement from
Ceremony and the Red Carpet in a one hour IFTA Awards Special with all the
highlights and interviews with nominees and winners, stars of the screen, guest
presenters, Lifetime and special guests. The Mansion House celebrates its 300th
anniversary this year, and on this special night, the Lord Mayor will welcome
500 guests from across the world of Irish Film & Television coming together
to honour and celebrate the great achievements of Ireland’s home industry and
of Irish creative talent working at home and abroad.
are announced in categories across film and drama, celebrating the highest
standard of Irish talent over the past twelve months. All IFTA’s categories
have been shortlisted by Members of the Irish Film & Television Academy
alongside a select Jury panel of industry experts from around the world.
film categories, ‘Frank’ and ‘Patrick’s Day’ both secured nine nominations
apiece while ‘Glassland’ received six. There were three nominations each for ‘I
Used to Live Here’, ‘Noble’ and ‘Song of the Sea’.
television dramas, ‘Love/Hate’ and ‘Vikings’ received seven nominations each
while ‘Charlie’, ‘The Fall’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ all garnered three.
CEO, Aine Moriarty stated that: ‘This year’s Nominations showcase to the
world what Ireland’s small but excellent film and television community has to
offer. Their hard work over the last 12 months has delivered world-class
standards with some of the most diverse and engaging Irish films and dramas
along with great feature documentaries and shorts. We look forward to
acknowledging and celebrating the great work of the home industry on the
Ceremony night ahead.’
feature films nominated for Best Film this year are ‘Frank’ which gives an
insight into the weird and wonderful world of the enigmatic musician; the
gritty urban family drama of ‘Glassland’; the raw, moving and honest ‘I Used to
Live Here’; the feel good true-life story of ‘Noble’; the poignant and
sensitive exploration of mental health in ‘Patrick’s Day’, and the beautiful
Irish animated fantasy ‘Song of the Sea’; Three of the Best Films also get
nominations for Best Director; Lenny Abrahamson for ‘Frank’; Gerard Barrett ‘Glassland’
and Terry McMahon for ‘Patrick’s Day’, with John Carney also in that category
for the musical drama ‘Begin Again’.
Berry and Will Collins are nominated for their scripts for ‘I Used to Live
Here’ and ‘Song of the Sea’ alongside writer/directors Gerard Barrett and Terry
Actor in a Leading Role Film category, Colin Farrell is nominated for ‘Miss
Julie’ alongside Jack Reynor for his performance in ‘Glassland’; Michael
Fassbender is shortlisted for his turn in ‘Frank’ and ‘Patrick’s Day’s
leading-man performance by Moe Dunford has also been recognised.
O’Kane is in good company in Actress in a Leading Role Film with her ‘Noble’
performance alongside Simone Kirby’s turn in ‘Jimmy’s Hall’; Both are joined by
new acting talents Tara Breathnach who performs in the ‘A Nightingale Falling’
and Jordanne Jones for her debut in ‘I Used to Live Here’.
Actors in Supporting Roles in Film are Domhnall Gleeson for ‘Frank’, Allan
Leech for ‘The Imitation Game’; Andrew Scott for ‘Pride’ and Jimmy Nesbit who
is nominated for ‘Gold’.
Cusack is nominated for Supporting Actress in Film for ‘Queen and Country’
alongside Kerry Condon for ‘Gold’; Sarah Green for ‘Noble’ and Catherine Walker
for her performance in ‘Patrick’s Day’.
Drama being produced across Ireland north and south, continues to enthral both
Irish and International audiences with compelling scripts, great direction and
performances all round. In the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI)
sponsored Best Drama category, Northern Irish based police investigations drama
‘The Fall’ is nominated alongside the epic fantasy ‘Game of Thrones’ and the
historical action drama ‘Vikings’ which is shot in co Wicklow. Dublin based
Dramas also feature strongly with the political drama ‘Charlie’ being nominated
as well as the final season of gritty urban drama ‘Love/Hate’.
in Best Director Drama are David Caffrey for ‘Love/Hate’, Dearbhla Walsh for
‘Penny Dreadful’, Ciaran Donnelly for ‘Vikings’, and Colm McCarthy for ‘Peaky
Blinders’. The nominees for Best Writer Drama are Colin Murphy for banking
crisis drama ‘The Guarantee’; Colin Teevan for ‘Charlie’, Stuart Carolan for
‘Love/Hate’, and Tom Collins, Eoin McNamee & Paul Walker for Celtic noir
show ‘An Bronntanas’.
strongly contested Actor Lead role in Television category sees Jamie Dornan
nominated for ‘The Fall’, Aidan Gillen shortlisted for ‘Charlie’, Cillian
Murphy for ‘Peaky Blinders’, and Tom Vaughan Lawlor for ‘Love/Hate’.
Caitriona Balfe has been shortlisted for her role as US show ‘Outlander’, Maria
Doyle Kennedy’s performance in ‘Corp+Anam’ has ensured her nomination alongside
Love/Hate’s Charlie Murphy and Michelle Beamish for ‘An Bronntanas’.
Connors is shortlisted for his role in ‘Love/Hate’, in the supporting Actor
Television category along with Liam Cunningham for ‘Game of Thrones’ as is
Stephen Rea for his performance in ‘The Honourable Woman’ and Andrew Scott for
‘Sherlock’. Charlotte Bradley is nominated for ‘An Bronntanas’ alongside
Aisling Franciosi for ‘The Fall’; Mary Murray for ‘Love/Hate’ and Charlie
Murphy for ‘The Village’.
the Academy will Officially announce the Ceremony Host and the Lifetime
Achievement Recipient for 2015 along with partners and sponsors and the Irish
Film Board Rising Star Nominees; Irish and international guests and friends of
the Academy travelling to Dublin for the night of Celebrations, along with
details of exciting new partnerships including Brown Thomas, who this year has
become the inaugural official Style Partner of the IFTA Awards and will be
giving exclusive consultations and gifting to all of the IFTA 2015 Nominees in
the lead up to the gala Awards Ceremony. Brown Thomas Fashion Director Shelly
Corkery commented: ‘We are delighted to partner with IFTA as official Style
Partner celebrating a year of extraordinary talent on the Irish and
Full List of nominations:
• I Used to live here
• Patrick's Day
• Song of the Sea
• Lenny Abrahamson - Frank
• Gerard Barrett - Glassland
• John Carney - Begin Again
• Terry McMahon - Patrick's Day
• Frank Berry - I Used to Live Here
• Will Collins - Song of the Sea
• Terry McMahon -Patrick's Day
in a Lead Role in Film
• Moe Dunford - Patrick's Day
• Colin Farrell - Miss Julie
• Michael Fassbender - Frank
• Jack Reynor – Glassland
in a Lead Role in Film
• Tara Breathnach - A Nightingale
• Jordanne Jones - I Used to Live Here
• Simone Kirby - Jimmy's Hall
• Deirdre O'Kane – Noble
in a Supporting Role in Film
• Domhnall Gleeson - Frank
• Allen Leech - The Imitation Game
• James Nesbitt - Gold
• Andrew Scott – Pride
in a Supporting Role in Film
• Kerry Condon -Gold
• Sinéad Cusack - Queen and Country
• Sarah Greene - Noble
• Catherine Walker - Patrick's Day
Morrison Feature Documentary
• Blood Fruit - Ferndale Films
• In A House That Ceased To Be -
Atlantic Film Alliance
• One Million Dubliners - Underground
• Road - DoubleBand Films
• Unbreakable- Ross Whitaker
• An Ode to Love - Matthew Darragh
• Fresh Cut Grass- Boulder Media
• Somewhere Down the Line - Julien
• The Ledge End of Phil (from
accounting) - Paul Morris
• Boogaloo and Graham - Michael Lennox
/ Ronan Blaney / Brian Falconer
• I Am Here -David Holmes
• Rockmount - David Tynan
• Skunky Dog - James Fitzgerald
In Association with BAI
• The Fall Season 2
• Game Of Thrones
• Love/Hate 5
• David Caffrey - Love/Hate 5
• Ciaran Donnelly - Vikings
• Colm McCarthy - Peaky Blinders
• Dearbhla Walsh - Penny Dreadful
• Stuart Carolan - Love/Hate 5
• Tom Collins/Eoin McNamee/Paul Walker
• Colin Murphy - The Guarantee
• Colin Teevan – Charlie
in a Lead Role in Drama
• Jamie Dornan - The Fall Series 2
• Aidan Gillen - Charlie
• Cillian Murphy - Peaky Blinders
• Tom Vaughan Lawlor - Love/Hate 5
in a Lead Role Drama
• Caitriona Balfe - Outlander
• Michelle Beamish - An Bronntanas
• Maria Doyle Kennedy - Corp + Anam
• Charlie Murphy - Love/Hate
in a Supporting Role in Drama
• John Connors - Love/Hate
• Liam Cunningham - Game of Thrones
• Stephen Rea - The Honourable Woman
• Andrew Scott - Sherlock: His Last
in a Supporting Role in Drama
• Charlotte Bradley - An Bronntanas
• Aisling Franciosi - The Fall Series
• Charlie Murphy - The Village (Series
• Mary Murray -Love/Hate 5
Lavelle - Patrick's Day
Mather - Frank
Bergin - Vikings
Boyle - Miss Julie
Marie Mugan - Peaky Blinders
Mhaoldomhnaigh -Jimmy's Hall
Dhonghaíle -The Missing
Nugent - Frank
Reynolds - One Million Dubliners
Reynolds - Patrick's Day
& Hair Sponsored By M.A.C
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Harman - Patrick's Day
Holmes – ‘71
McKeon - Queen and Country
Rennicks – Frank
Conroy - Vikings
Geraghty - Vikings
Kelly - The Theory of Everything
Woods - Downton Abbey
• The Canal
• Game of Thrones
• The Imitation Game
• The Theory of Everything
• Steve Carrell – Foxcatcher
• Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation
• Jake Gyllenhall – Nightcrawler
• Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of
• Patricia Arquette - Boyhood
• Toni Collette - Glassland
• Jessica Chastain - Miss Julie
• Julianne Moore - Still Alice
May 9 15 11:12 AM
May 05, 2015
11:01am PT by
Following its deadly third season, History's Vikings is adding three new series regulars to its cast.
Finnish actors Peter Franzen (The Gunman) and Jasper Paakkonen (Frozen Land, Secret Lives) as well as Dianne Doan (Once Upon a Time) have joined the drama series created by Michael Hirst, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Franzen will play King Harald Finehair, a Scandinavian warrior and potential threat to Ragnar (Travis Fimmel).
Paakkonen is set to play Halfdan the Black, Finehair's younger brother.
Doan will portray Yidu, a new and unique Chinese character who will
have a big role in season four.
Read more 'Vikings' Postmortem: Series Creator on Ragnar Twist and Season 4 Time Jump
Season four, already underway in Ireland, will feature a time jump of a "couple of years," Hirst told THR after the season three finale.
The castings come as Vikings said farewell to Jessalyn Gilsig's Siggy and George Blagden's Athelstan in its third season.
Franzen is repped by Paradigm and Untitled Entertainment, as well as
Actors in Scandinavia; Paakkonen is with ICM Partners, Lisa Richards and
Anonymous Content; and Doan is with Principals Talent Management.
Vikings returns in 2016.
Email: [email protected]
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Oct 23 15 1:31 PM
This article has more to it, I just copied the part on 'Floki as God'. Season 3 DVD review:http://www.capsulecomputers.com.au/2015/10/vikings-the-complete-third-season-review/
It’s always a pleasure to hear Michael Hurst speak about the production of the show and the artistic intent behind many of the narrative choices. The commentary he provides alongside Linus Roache (who plays Ecbert in the show) is both entertaining and illuminating. In particular, I found his discussion of ‘truth vs accuracy’ in historical fiction to be interesting. Specifically he talks about the fact that although Vikings is not quite entirely accurate in its portrayal of historical events and what historians know about the Vikings themselves, he aims to relay certain truths about their culture and identity through the show. That being said, one of my favourite comments from the show was Hirst speaking about how he was toying with the idea of presenting Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) as a god… so yes, Vikings aims to entertain more than educate.
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