2014 SXSW – “Halt And Catch Fire”

Mar 16

On March 15th, AMC brought their upcoming series “Halt And Catch Fire” to the annual South By Southwest festival in Austin, TX. Lee Pace was in attendance, along with Scoot McNairy, Kerry Bishe, Mackenzie Davis, Toby Huss, creator Christopher C. Rogers and Christopher Cantwell, and executive producer Jonathan Lisco. You can see photos from the event (including the panel) in the gallery. I’ve also added an interview with Lee and Mackenzie from SXSW to the press archive; check out an excerpt below:

CraveOnline: What are your roles in “Halt and Catch Fire” as they pertain to the PC industry?
Lee Pace: I’ll start about Joe MacMillan. Joe is someone who comes from IBM. There was this phrase that our advisor told me about, The Wild Ducks. The Wild Ducks are the ones who left IBM and tried to start something else. There were a lot of them. So that’s what Joe is. He’s someone who’s leaving the corporate structure because this technology is such an exciting, fun wave. 
He’s looking down the road and seeing the potential of this technology. In the pilot I have a line that sticks out. “Computers aren’t the thing. They’re the thing that gets us to the thing.” I just need to get people to build the computer that I want that I’m going to bring to the world. That’s why I get together with Gordon Clark and Cameron, so they can build my computer. So we’re making a computer. It’s really simple. 
We’re just trying to make an awesome computer because in the world of tech, you’re either the most awesome or you’re out of business. Either you’ve got something that people want to spend your dollars on because everyone’s trying to fight for the same dollars. 
So how do you get to be the guy who gets them? The show is very much about how now these phones in our pockets are such ubiquitous parts of our lives, and they’re great. They give us so much freedom and do the things that we need them to do but someone made that happen, lots of people working very hard together and fighting and collaborating to turn the mainframes into these.


First ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer

Feb 18

The first trailer for Marvel’s upcoming film, Guardians of the Galaxy, premiered tonight during “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The 2:30-long trailer gives a pretty good indication of what the tone of the film will be, which is to say: a little (appropriately) tongue-in-cheek. It looks like it’ll be riddled with satire and action alike. Unfortunately, we don’t get a good look at Lee Pace’s Ronan The Accuser (although there may or may not be a quick shot of him), but the trailer is definitely worth checking out regardless. Guardians of the Galaxy hits U.S. theaters August 1st.

Bckstg: ‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’

Jan 9


In case you haven’t yet had enough behind the scenes looks at The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, here’s another to check out. This one is over 11 minutes long, with a look at various points throughout the film: the spiders and Mirkwood, Laketown, and Smaug inside the Lonely Mountain. The part showing the Woodland Realm does focus a little on Lee Pace as Thranduil, particularly his relationships with Thorin and Tauriel. For those who like seeing production goodies – including a bunch of dwarves fighting invisible spiders – it’s worth a watch.

‘The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug’ For Your Consideration Videos

Jan 7

With award show season upon us (and the Oscars quickly approaching), movie studios are heavily promoting the best of their films. Among them is The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, which Warner Brothers has submitted for award consideration. In fact, you can see a list of their hopeful nominees right here.

Several short “For Your Consideration” videos have been posted online, each including a certain segment up for an award. Lee Pace is featured in a few of them, either conducting an interview or in some new behind the scenes footage (with talk about his character from production designers).

I am unable to embed these videos for now, but you can watch them by clicking on a still image of each one. Above is the Directing video, promoting Peter Jackson; you can also find one for Costume Design and another for Makeup & Hairstyling below. It seems many people loved working on Lee as the striking Elvenking, Thranduil.

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‘The Hobbit’ Production Video #14

Dec 21

True to his word, Peter Jackson & Co. have released the fourteenth production video for the Hobbit trilogy. This one focuses entirely on composing the film(s) and shows the orchestras working in the same location used for the first, Lord of the Rings trilogy. You won’t find behind the scenes, on set goodies in this one, but no worries: although this is the last production video of 2013, there will be more in the coming year.

Between Takes: Lee Pace

Dec 21

Scans courtesy of Joyce.

In a new, short interview with Total Film magazine, Lee Pace talks about Guardians of the Galaxy — including what to expect from his alien warlord character, Ronan the Accuser. “He’s a true villain,” he says. He also talks about his interest in comics as a kid and even teases readers about his upcoming AMC drama, “Halt & Catch Fire.”

In the past 12 months, you’ve gone from sharing the screen with a dragon to appearing alongside a raccoon…
A raccoon with a machine gun! It’s been quite an interesting year. I don’t know if Ill ever play a human again! I was a vampire in Twilight, the King of the Elves in The Hobbit, and now an alien warlord in Guardians of the Galaxy

You play the movie’s big bad, Ronan the Accuser. Was that a fun experience?
It was awesome! That movie’s going to kick ass! We’ve just knocked it out of the park; it’s going to be wild! I kept looking over at [director] James Gunn saying, “Is it too much? Am I over the top? Pull be back whenever you’re ready!” and he was just like, “More, more!” He’s a true villain!

Were you a comic book fan when you were growing up?
I’m a very curious person; I don’t leave any stone unturned. I remember being interested in comics, and I really liked the Silver Surfer. Guardians of the Galaxy is a bit deeper into the Marvel Universe, which I think is to its advantage. Iron Man was something that people were not super-familiar with when that movie first came out. I think people are certainly going to like this film, and I certainly hope they do. It’s fun!

You’re also starring in “Breaking Bad” producers Melissa Bernstein and Mark Johnson’s new AMC drama, “Halt & Catch Fire,” which is about the beginning of the personal computer industry…
I’m excited about playing what is going to be a very complicated character over a lot of years; to keep digging deeper and trying to find out more about who he is. It’s set in the early 80s, which was a fascinating time in American history, so it’ll be a cool world to play in. “Halt and catch fire” is a very early computing command, which means to shut down.

‘The Hobbit’ Production Video #13

Dec 21

The thirteenth installment of The Hobbit production videos shows a lot of footage from The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug — but don’t expect a full Smaug reveal, unless you’ve seen the movie itself. As always, there are great behind the scenes looks, including the impressive set design for Smaug’s lair filled with golden treasures. There’s no sign of Lee Pace as Thranduil in this one; but, as always, this is worth a watch if you’re invested in the franchise.

Major LPO Press Archive Update

Dec 21

I’ve caught up on the major Lee Pace updates, including a bunch of new additions to the press archive. There are several newly added articles and interviews available to read, mostly as part of The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug promotion (although there’s a smattering of Guardians of the Galaxy as well). You can find a list of the various press pieces below; I strongly encourage you to check out the pieces on their source page if it’s an option:


• CLICK, Dec. 9 2013: Dwarf vs Elf: The Real Battle in Middle-earth
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, Dec. 8 2013: Evangeline Lilly’s Hobbit Temptation
TIMEOUT, Dec. 7 2013: The Hobbit‘s Clash of the Kings
F*** MAGAZINE, Nov. 2013: The Hobbit: Elves vs Dwarves


SFX, Jan. 2014: Lee Pace: “It’s Fun to Play a Badass!”
Click, Dec. 11 2013: Uncut Interview: Lee Pace
BEST MOVIE, Nov. 2013: The Father of Legolas
• F*** MAGAZINE, Nov. 2013: Pacing his Elf
SKIP, Nov. 2013: Into the Woods
• Popcorn, Oct./Nov. 2013: Lee Pace Talks Thranduil

Weta Presents King Thranduil Statue

Dec 21

If you thought the LEGO Mirkwood Elf Army was cool, check out this 1/6 sale statue presented by Weta. This polystone statue of Lee Pace’s Thranduil is hand-painted and offered as a limited 1,000-count edition. These Weta designs take “approximately 400-500 hours to design, sculpt, model-make, mold, and paint the prototype for each new character.” The statue is currently being offered on Weta’s website for $275.

New Photo Shoot Added

Dec 21

(With hopefully more images from this set to come.)

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