The film is based on the Edgar Allan Poe revenge story about a puppeteer who poses as a court jester to exact revenge on the knights who murdered his uncle and kidnapped the woman he loves.
Mark Palansky, who last directed Penelope, will direct from a screenplay by newcomer Brian Alan Carr.
“Hop Frog is beautiful and vicious,” said Dinklage. “It has haunted me ever since I read Poe’s original tale of revenge years ago. I can think of no other director than Mark Palansky to bring this new imagining of it vibrantly to life.”
Following Europe’s cosmetics animal test ban in March, Emmy and Golden Globe award winning actor Peter Dinklage has become an ambassador for Cruelty Free International to call for an end to cosmetics tests on animals in the USA, as part of the non-profit’s mission to end product testing on animals worldwide.
Peter Dinklage, known for his show-stealing role as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones states: “I am so pleased to support Cruelty Free International and be part of the global campaign to end cosmetics tests on animals. It is unacceptable that animals continue to suffer around the world, including the United States of America, for the sake of beauty. I appeal to the USA to follow the European Union’s lead and end animal testing for cosmetics.”
Peter posed in a Cruelty Free International t-shirt to raise awareness of the continued cruel use of animals to test everyday beauty products and toiletries from soap to toothpaste.
Peter Dinklage joins Cruelty Free International celebrity supporters Joss Stone and Global Ambassador Ricky Gervais, who starred in a video launching the global organization last year.
Animal tests involve rabbits, guinea pigs, mice and rats who can be injected, gassed, force-fed and killed for cosmetics. Animal tests for new cosmetics are now banned in the European Union and in March, new animal tests for every cosmetic product to be sold in Europe were also brought to an end. This significant historical milestone was achieved after over twenty years of campaigning by Cruelty Free International’s founding organization, the BUAV.
Peter Dinklage and Cruelty Free International are joining forces to bring about a ban in the U.S., following Europe’s lead and moving the U.S. off the global list of countries that still allow animals to be used in painful and fatal test to develop beauty products.
Cruelty Free International Chief Executive, Michelle Thew, stated: “I am thrilled that Peter Dinklage is standing with us to end painful and outdated animal tests that are still legal for beauty products on sale in the USA. The Food and Drug Administration must follow Europe’s lead and do the right thing for animals and consumers by mandating non-animal methods for cosmetics immediately. Please take action by supporting Cruelty Free International in our call to the FDA to ban animal tests for cosmetics, and look for cruelty-free products marked with the Leaping Bunny.”
Cruelty Free International: http://www.crueltyfreeinternational.org/en/around-the-world/usa
‘Game Of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage will present his former ‘Elf’ co-star and friend Will Ferrell with the inaugural Comedic Genius Award.
The awards air on April 14 at 9pm EDT.
Here’s a youtube of Peter on The Daily Show promoting Game of Thrones, from March 25, 2013:
Watch the full Game of Thrones panel from last night:
The Emmys are hosting a live webcast tonight, March 19th, with the cast of Game of Thrones. It starts at 7:30pm PT. Check it out here:
Yesterday was the Game of Thrones Season 3 premiere in Los Angeles. Here are a few photos of Peter attending:
Reed Birney, Billy Crudup, Peter Dinklage and Myra Lucretia Taylor will take part in free performances of Stand by Me: The Reliable Plays, a series of one-acts written by children, April 4–7 at The 52nd Street Project’s Five Angels Theater.
The work, part of the Project’s newest Playmaking show, Lean on Me: The Reliable Plays, will play April 4–6 at 7:30 PM and April 7 at 3 PM.
The one-acts in Stand by Me were written by 10-year-old children Mussa Ahmed, Jayda Camacho, Kai Ceniza, Sasha Davis, Stephanie Macias, Matthew Orozco, David Ortiz, Chyanne Nicole Peña, Christin-Delaine Gavriella Tetteh and Damian Tineo, who were paired with “theatre professionals who mentor them through the creation of original theatre.”
The playmaking process, according to 52nd Street, “begins with a nine-week playwriting course. At the end of the course, the kids are taken (along with their volunteer adult dramaturge/director) out of town for a ‘writer’s retreat’ in the countryside. After writing his/her own plays, each child is given a professional cast to complete the expression of his or her personal vision. The finished plays enjoy a run of public performances.”