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John Oliver And HBO Being Sued For Defamation By Coal Tycoon Robert E. Murray


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British comedian John Oliver, along with broadcaster HBO and his team of writers for his US show ‘Last Week Tonight’, is being sued for defamation by coal industry tycoon Robert E. Murray.

A lawsuit filed on Wednesday this week (June 21st) cites the most recent episode of ‘Last Week Tonight’ and claims that Oliver and his team “executed a meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character of and reputation of Mr. Robert E. Murray and his companies,” according to a report by The Daily Beast.

Back on Sunday (June 18th), Oliver took aim at Murray, the CEO of Murray Energy Corporation, in a segment that suggested the coal executive doesn’t do enough to protect his employees in the workplace.

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HBO And Jon Stewart Cancel Animated Shorts Project


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HBO and Jon Stewart have mutually decided to cancel the proposed and much-anticipated ‘animated shorts’ project that had been announced more than a year-and-a-half ago because of technical problems, it has been announced.

The project, first revealed way back in November 2015 shortly after Stewart had signed off from Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’ after presenting it for 16 years, had been vaunted as the next step in Stewart’s career after his late night hosting duties.

“HBO and Jon Stewart have decided not to proceed with a short-form digital animated project,” the network said Wednesday (May 24th), according to the New York Times.

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'The Leftovers' Executive Producer Damon Lindelof Discusses Series' Final Season


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Following a small community sent into shock by the disappearance of 100 people, 'The Leftovers' has entertained audiences for two seasons now, with series lead Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey. From Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta - the latter of whom wrote the novel of the same name - fans of the show were a little disappointed to discover that the third season would be the series' final outing.

Liv Tyler in 'The Leftovers'Liv Tyler in 'The Leftovers'

Still, in knowing that their show would be coming to an end, Lindelof and Perrotta have been given the chance to give the series an ending they would be proud of. It's always a pain for writers when their creations are cancelled without being allowed to bring a definitive end to their series, so at least this isn't something that has happened here.

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'Game Of Thrones' Is The Most Pirated Show Of 2016


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In what must have come as a shock to precisely nobody, it was revealed that ‘Game of Thrones’ was the most pirated show of 2016 – a title it has held for the fifth consecutive year.

Despite its massive and continued popularity, the HBO fantasy show has still attracted the attention of illegal streamers and downloaders more than any other television series throughout 2016, and was the most downloaded show on BitTorrent, in data compiled from a number of sources by torrent-tracking site TorrentFreak.

Impressively (but not for the show’s makers) ‘Game of Thrones’ has held this dubious distinction since 2012, and the interest in the series displays no sign of abating.

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HBO Cancels Bill Simmons' 'Any Given Wednesday' After Just 4 Months


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Sports columnist Bill Simmons has suffered the cancellation of his weekly TV show, ‘Any Given Wednesday’, by HBO after only four months on air.

A magazine programme focussing on sports coverage but touching on wider pop culture, Simmons and HBO launched the show to much fanfare in late June, but viewing figures had not been as high as expected, with an average of just 200,000 tuning in live.

Bill SimmonsBill Simmons' HBO show 'Any Given Wednesday' has been axed

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Angela Lansbury Will NOT Be Starring In 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7


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There was disappointment for TV fans today as representatives for the legendary British actress Angela Lansbury denied widely reported rumours that she was set to make a cameo appearance in the next series of ‘Game of Thrones’.

Speaking on behalf of the 90 year old former ‘Murder She Wrote’ star, a team of representatives told Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday (September 7th) that the reports, started by an article in German tabloid newspaper Bild last week, were not true.

Angela LansburyAngela Lansbury will NOT be participating in 'Game of Thrones'

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Jim Broadbent Joins Cast Of 'Game Of Thrones' For Season 7


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Veteran British actor Jim Broadbent has joined the cast of ‘Game of Thrones’ for its seventh series, in what is described as a “significant” role.

The 67 year old actor, renowned for dozens of award-winning roles in movies, on television and the stage, is to play a major part in the seventh and penultimate series of HBO’s ever-popular fantasy drama when it returns in the summer of 2017, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Jim BroadbentJim Broadbent is to play a "significant" role in 'Game of Thrones' series 7

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Kit Harington And Maisie Williams Tease 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7


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‘Game of Thrones’ stars Kit Harington and Maisie Williams have teased fans of the show with descriptions of how the upcoming seventh season might pan out.

The 29 year old actor, who plays Jon Snow, was speaking to The Hollywood Reporter this week, and was asked the obligatory question of whether he could tell them anything about the next season. Keeping it cagey, Harington replied that he felt it was going to be “very bleak”.

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Robert Downey Jr. And 'True Detective' Showrunner Rumoured For 'Perry Mason' Revival For HBO


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Robert Downey Jr. is teaming up with the creators of ‘True Detective’ on an unconfirmed TV series for HBO, rumoured to be the mythical ‘Perry Mason’ reboot that has been languishing as an unfinished film project for the best part of five years.

Variety reported on Tuesday (August 15th) that the project in question would be a long-awaited revival of ‘Perry Mason’, the classic courtroom drama that ran from 1957 to 1966. A film version of it was due to begin shooting in 2011, but nothing ever became of it despite multiple attempts to revive it by various studios.

Robert Downey JrRobert Downey Jr at the premiere of Captain America: Civil War

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Natalie Portman To Make TV Debut In HBO Mini-Series 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves'


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Hollywood A-lister Natalie Portman is set to make her television debut in a new HBO mini-series ‘We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves’, adapted from the Man Booker Prize-shortlisted novel and executive produced by ‘Friends’ co-creator Marta Kauffman.

Outside of a guest spot on ‘The Simpsons’, the new drama series will be the first time that 35 year old Portman has starred in a TV show. Her decision to branch out into the small screen from Hollywood is reflective of a growing trend of major names making the same move.

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman will be starring in an HBO mini-series adaptation of 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves'

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Larry David Bringing Back 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' For Ninth Season


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Five years after it last appeared on TV screens, Larry David’s cult classic sitcom ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ is set to return for a very long-awaited ninth season on HBO.

Comedy writer, actor and stand-up performer David has had a standing, open invitation to make new episodes of ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ ever since the last episode aired way back in 2011. Running for eight seasons between 2000 before signing off five years ago, it was HBO’s longest-running scripted series and performed consistently strongly in the ratings.

Larry DavidLarry David is bringing back 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' for a ninth season

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Emilia Clarke Explains #FreeTheP Campaign For Equality Of Nudity


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‘Game of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke has recently been making her views about on-screen nudity very clear indeed – she wants to see more balance between the sexes and the amount of time they have to spend nude in the front of the camera.

The 29 year old British star, who is set to reprise her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO fantasy series when the sixth season returns later this month, appeared on ‘The Late Late Show’ and explained her point of view to host James Corden in a campaign becoming known as #FreeTheP.

Emilia ClarkeEmilia Clarke has been campaigning to get the 'Game of Thrones' showrunners to 'free the penis'

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Rachel McAdams In 'True Detective 2' Talks & Other Cast Rumours


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Rachel McAdams is rumoured to be in talks with the makers of the second series of True Detective. The 35-year-old Canadian actor is not the only star reportedly being considered and other names in the mix include Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Michelle Forbes (The Killing).

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Rachel McAdams photographed at the New York premiere of A Most Wanted Man.

Read More: Meet The (Probable) Cast Of True Detective Season 2.

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David Simon And HBO Get Busy Once More: 'Show Me A Hero' Announced


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The beautiful union that is David Simon and HBO is to reoccur with ‘Show Me A Hero’. The man behind critically acclaimed hits like The Wire and Treme is writing the 6-part miniseries which will debut in 2016. 

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Set in the Bronx in New York, Show Me A Hero tells the story of Nick Wasicsko, a young mayor whose city is ordered by a federal court to build low-income housing. William F. Zorzi - a writer on ‘The Wire - is Simon's writing partner on the project and Paul Haggis, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2004 with ‘Crash’, is to direct.

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Dave Goldblatt - A Facebook Employee - Is The Guy Who Paid $20k To Be In 'Game Of Thrones' And Die


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George R.R. Martin promised that he’d write in and gruesomely kill a new character And the winner of that Prizeo.com competition was Dave Goldblatt, a product specialist who reigns from San Francisco. The Facebook employee threw down $20k for the opportunity to be an actual character in the next Song of Ice and Fire book, and then be brutally killed off in Martin’s patented style.

Game of Thrones charactersGoldblatt paid $20k to be one of these guys for a bit in the clearest vindication of the saying "more money than sense" ever

"I’m just lucky enough to be in a position to do this," Goldblatt said of the $20,000 prize. "Obviously, the money is going to charity, so it’s an added bonus. I didn’t immediately seek to help wolf sanctuaries, but the more I read about the charities, I learned it was a worthwhile cause." (ABC)

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Look Out Spotify – Amazon Launches Audio Streaming Service ‘Prime Music’


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Amazon is tipping it toe into the saturated online music streaming business by launching ‘Prime Music’ – its own service that will be available free for subscribers of Amazon Prime. It launched on Thursday (June 12) with over 1 million songs from some of the world’s most popular artists, including Beyonce, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna.

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In fairness, Spotify probably doesn’t have much to sweat about given Amazon are pretty open about not focusing on new releases given its limited catalogue. The company does not have a deal with Universal Music Group, meaning Music Prime users will not have access to the likes of Kanye West, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift.

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Game Of Thrones Vs. The Sopranos: Is Popularity Indicative Of Quality?


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The inevitable news that Game Of Thrones surpassed The Sopranos as HBO’s most ‘popular’ show arrived, rather pertinently, via a Tweet. "Raise a glass of Arbor gold. #GameofThrones is the most popular series in @HBO history. Thanks to the worldwide realm for all your support," it read. 

The SopranosJames Gandolfini died in 2013

The Tweet is pertinent because it neatly frames Game of Thrones in history. HBO’s epic, multifaceted fantasy drama has thrived in a culture of sharing, spoiler warnings and episode discussion. As an online entertainment writer, I hear about GoT probably 8 million times a day. Those not involved in the industry will only see it cross their radar a few thousand times. 

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In Development: The Top 10 Shows You're Going To Want To Look Out For


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Since Netflix gained prominence as a fully independent broadcaster in its own right, the doors have been flung open to a hugely varied selection of original programming. Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black is currently the most talked about programme in the US, with even President Obama using the show’s name as a punch line in a recent speech. Meanwhile House Of Cards, starring Hollywood juggernaut Kevin Spacey, is currently riding enjoy huge success and critical acclaim. Netflix has also seen the revival of cult programmes that had been culled from the schedules of US TV networks, with such programmes such as Arrested Development granted a new lease of life by the ever-growing online streaming service.

Orange Is The New Black Cast At Premiere Kate Mulgrew, Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon of Orange Is The New Black- spearheading original content for Netflix. 

With developers increasingly looking towards sites such as Netflix and Amazon Prime to produce original and innovative content, it seems we are in the midst of a revolution in the way programmes are made and disseminated to audiences. Viewers are now able to watch whole series in one sitting rather than waiting for weekly instalments from TV channels. That’s not to say that TV will be fading onto obscurity anytime soon.

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John Oliver Rallies The Internet Trolls To Give The FCC Hell


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John Oliver is using his position as satirical-sideways-swiper for good, it would seem. His latest target is the FCC and ‘net neutrality’, and he addressed them in a rousing, 13-minute-long segment from his new-ish HBO show, ‘Last Week Tonight’.

John OliverJohn Oliver holding a picture of John Oliver at the Reddit Meta awards

With his burgeoning brand of sarcasm, cheap punch lines and scathing one-liners, Oliver took what seemed like a lifetime of pent up aggression out on the decision makers and beneficiaries of the proposed changes to net neutrality, which would grant the big money companies access to a high speed service, while the internet minnows would be left scrambling in the slow lane. Except it wasn't a lifetime of aggresion: Oliver is rallying the troops for an important battle, using comedy as his conduit for compliance. 

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Woah, HBO Just Renewed Lisa Kudrow's 'The Comeback'


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Lisa Kudrow is making her latest comeback in, uh, The Comeback. The show that aired for 13 episodes on HBO in 2005 will be back for a six-episode run this fall, according to The Wrap. HBO announced the surprise news just days after reviving another of its older shows, Project Greenlight, which last aired 11 years ago.

Lisa KudrowLisa Kudrow Will Star In 'The Comeback', Again

Created by Kudrow and 'Sex and the City' executive producer Michael Patrick King, The Comeback stars the Friends actress as sitcom star Valerie Cherish, who is plying her trade in modern-day Los Angeles, California. Cherish is very much a D-grade actress best known for her starring role in the sexually charged sitcom I'm It!

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How Did Amazon Beat Netflix To The Sopranos, The Wire, Girls?


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Customers of streaming service Amazon Prime probably treated themselves to a little dance on Thursday, when it was announced that the company had signed a deal with HBO to stream the likes of The Sopranos, The Wire, Girls and Veep. It represents the first time that HBO programming has been licensed to an online-only subscription service.

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The first batch of shows will be made available from May 21, with Deadwood, Rome, Six Feet Under, Band of Brothers, The Pacific and Parade's End among the other shows being made available There is no mention of Game of Thrones.

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HBO/BBC Pick Up J.K Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' For Miniseries


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The BBC and HBO are involved in making a miniseries based on J.K Rowling’s first book for adults, ‘The Casual Vacancy’. In December 2012, the BBC announced that it would be adapting the book for television but it has now revealed that the novel will be made into a three-hour miniseries, co-produced by the BBC and HBO.

The Casual VacancyJ.K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy was the author's first novel for adults

The book, while receiving mixed reviews from the critics, proved to be a commercial success for Rowling, who receives intense publicity and scrutiny every time she writes new material. It sold 125,000 copies in its first week of publication and more than six million copies since then.

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Who Was The Mastermind Behind Game Of Thrones' Purple Wedding?


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MULTIPLE SPOILERS ALERT

Yikes, GoT fans! Was Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones even more shocking that the Red Wedding? Well, probably not for those that have the read the books, but for the rest of us Joffrey’s agonising death was quite the shocker. If not a total relief, his particular form of douchebaggery had become all too much to bear.

Tyrion Lannister GoT Did Uncle Tyrion kill Joffrey?

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'Games Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 2 Breaks Torrent Records. Big Time.


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Games of Thrones season 4 episode 2 - The Lion and the Rose - broke torrent records for most people simultaneously sharing a file through BitTorrent, attracting more than 193,000 downloads on the evening that it went out. By the end of the first day after its initial broadcast, roughly 1.5 million people had downloaded the episode.

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"A few hours after the second episode came online the Demonii tracker reported that 193,418 people where sharing one single torrent," TorrentFreak reports. "145,594 had a complete copy of the episode and continued to upload, while 47,824 were still downloading the file.

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Games Of Thrones' Kristian Nairn Was Waiting For Someone To Ask About His Sexuality


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Kristian Nairn – known to Game Of Thrones fans as Hodor - has opened up about his sexuality. He’s gay. But instead of keeping it a secret (and why should he?), Nairn was simply waiting for someone to ask him about it.

Kristian NairnKristian Nairn at the 2012 Memorabilia Show at the NEC, Birmingham

It was the fan blog, Winter is Coming, that gave Nairn the opportunity he’d been waiting for, asking the actor a question regarding the “gay community” and his popularity within it. “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about “the gay community,” you are talking about MY community, haha,” he said.

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'True Detective': Matthew McConaughey Delved Deep Into The 'Four Rust Cohles'


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True Detective spans 17 years, follows the relationship of two men working on a ritualistic murder case and features one of the most complex, haunting and intriguing characters in TV’s recent history: Rust Cohle, played masterfully by recent Oscar winner, Matthew Mcconaughey.

Matthew McConaughey as Rust CohleMatthew McConaughey as the 2012 Rust Cohle from episode three

For his role as Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey lost 50 pounds, something he said made him acutely aware of what was around him; he was hyper alert He couldn’t get sunlight, couldn’t eat anything outside his controlled diet, and when he found out exercise wasn’t aiding his weight loss, he – in his own words - became “hermetic”.

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True Detective Season 2: Which Pairing Can Pick Up From Cohle And Hart?


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Nic Pizzolatto put the sincerity and quality of True Detective’s story over multiple seasons of the show, asserting that a strict 8-episode format would be condusive to a strong third act. And judging by the critical claim he’s received – his creation is being talked about in the same breath as The Wire – one is inclined to trust the man who risked everything to write the new HBO anthology series.

True DetectiveWoody Harrelson [L] and Matthew McConuaghey [R] as Hart and Cohle in 'True Detective'

“One of the reasons I wanted to do an anthology format is I like stories with endings. I like a good third act. And continuing serial dramas, they tend to have really good beginnings and really long middles and then sort of have to hustle to develop an ending. And I like the idea of telling a self-contained story,” explained Pizzolatto.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About HBO's 'True Detective'


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Somehow, True Detective’s fifth episode managed to be even better than the explosive fourth, building upon that miraculous 6-minute tracking shot crescendo and supplementing the action – so skilfully predicated by three episodes of character planning – with a heavy dose of intricate plot.

True DetectiveRustin Cohle and Martin Hart investigate the eerie murder in Episode 1

As HBO’s latest ‘have you watched this’ drama rumbles on impressively – brooding performances from Matthew Mcconaughey and Woody Harrelson as Rust Cohle and Martin Hart respectively only add credence to a wonderfully crafted, suspenseful story – here are 5 facts you didn’t know about True Detective. And if you did know them, shut up.

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From The UK To America: HBO Finds Channel 4's 'Utopia'


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British conspiracy theory Utopia is heading to the U.S, and it couldn’t have found a better home. HBO are remaking the show, which first broadcast on Channel 4 last year. The stateside adaptation – which comes from the most premium of cable services – will be written by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and will be directed by, wait for it, David Fincher.

David FincherDavid Fincher will direct the Utopia remake

The pair worked together on the film adaption of Flynn’s book, starring Ben Affleck. Fincher is no stranger to UK – U.S exports; he helmed two episodes of House of Cards – the beautifully shot political thriller adapted by Beau Willamon from the four-episode UK version for Netflix.

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Lena Dunham Confirms "Not That Kind Of Girl" Book Release Date


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It’s finally here, or at least that’s how Lena Dunham put it when she announced that her highly anticipated book, Not That Kind of Girl, is set to be released on October 7, 2014.

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The popular actor, write, director and basically everything-it-takes-to-get-something-done-er announced the news via her widely-followed Instagram account, following that up with a little Tweet to send her fans in the right direction. This, of course, was met with a tidal wave of excitement from the legions of dedicated Dunham-ites that follow her every move.

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HBO Have Yet Another Winning Formula With 'Looking' - Review Round-Up


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HBO premiered their latest series last night (19 Jan.), the San Francisco-set Looking, a show about finding the right right partner and who you are in the world. The difference between the new show and countless other series that fit this formula is that it's three central characters, played by Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett & Frankie J. Alvarez, are all gay.

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Jonathan Groff [L], Murray Bartlett [M] & Frankie J. Alvare [R] star in the show

The newly premiered comedy drama managed to draw in promising audience numbers and even more promising critical praise, with a number of early reviews for the show already declaring to fans of the premium cable network that HBO have produced yet another show to become obsessed with. Gaining comparisons to much-praised series Girls, the show promises so much more than being 'Girls with guys' as this modern-day sitcom looks to lift the lid on the still-relatively taboo nature of same-sex relationships in a way that has hardy been done before.

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HBO's 'Life According To Sam' Is An Uplifting, Enlightening Doc. It's Honest, Too


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Often, documentaries surrounding a rare and incurable disease are contrived and have the specific goal to make their audiences feel bad and moved to action. HBO’s Life According to Sam doesn’t subscribe to any of those tropes, and doesn’t stoop to cheap tricks to garner sympathy.

Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns learned that their two-year-old son, Sam, had progeria back in 1998. Progeria is extremely rare – only 300 cases have been reported in the world. It’s a progressive aging disorder that weakens its victims every day. Sam, though, has outlived his expectancy, as most kids with the affliction pass from a heart attack or a stroke aged – on average – 13.

It’s a morbid subject, but HBO approached the doc with both style an honesty, which culminated in an immensely watchable, heart-warming but not patronising piece. It also highlights just how important Gordan and Scott Bern’s research was for both their child as the field of medicine.

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Sigur Ros Enter The 'Game Of Thrones' - HBO Drama Casts Musicians


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The popular swords n' dragons drama Game of Thrones – yet another string to HBO’s impressive bow – has added the Icelandic band Sigur Ros to the cast of season four, which is set to debut in Spring 2014.

Sigur RosSigur Ros and GoT are a perfect fit

The band spoke of their TV triumph on their Facebook page, posting: “goggi, jónsi and orri are currently shooting an appearance for the fourth season of Game of Thrones!” Despite the shows period setting – sort of, it is a fantasy – plenty of contemporary bands have enjoyed turns on the show.

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Something To Fill The Imminent 'Breaking Bad' Void: HBO's 'True Detective'


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There are only three episodes of Breaking Bad left. Everything needs to be sorted out in three episodes. It seems a lot, but we’re pretty sure that once those credits roll on the season finale, we won’t be left disappointed by the ending. That fact that it’s ended, though, may well leave some people in a state of withdrawal.

Watch the delightfully terrifying True Detective trailer here

Enter True Detective. Starring Matthew Mcconaughey and Woody Harrelson, Kevin Dunn, Michelle Monaghan, Alexandra Daddario and Elizabeth Reaser, the brand new original HBO drama follows two detectives as they hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana, and is set across seventeen years.

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"First Episode, I Kill Everybody" - Steve Buscemi On 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4


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It’s a great Fall for TV lovers, isn’t it? We’re half way through the return of Breaking Bad, with season five moving towards a dramatic crescendo and The Walking Dead is back in October. Bookended by these two great shows is Boardwalk Empire, HBO’s prohibition gangster drama that returns with season four on September 8th.

“First episode, I kill everybody, and I can’t really say more than that,” explained Steve Buscemi to CBS. “He’s not a politician any more, so you don’t see that side of him. And he’s not living in the Ritz anymore, so yeah, he’s keeping a little more of a low profile. But he’s still running things, basically.”

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Lights Go Out On Broadway For James Gandolfini


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Broadway will dim its lights on Wednesday (June 26, 2013) in tribute to actor James Gandolfini, the Tony award nominee who died in Italy last week aged 51. The Broadway League announced that theatre marquees will go dark for one minute at 8pm, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Gandolfini was best known for playing New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano on HBO's The Sopranos - considered the greatest television drama of all time - though he also excelled on the stage. In 2009, the actor earned a best actor Tony Award nod for his role in Yasmina Reza's comedy God of Carnage, which he produced two years later at Los Angeles' Ahmanson Theatre. Previously, Gandolfini had appeared in A Streetcar Named Desire (1992) opposite Jessica Lange and a youthful Alec Baldwin

"Whether on screen or on a Broadway stage, [Gandolfini] made every role believable and seemingly effortless," Charlotte St. Martin, the Broadway League's executive director, said in a statement.

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Michael Douglas Stuns As Liberace In 'Behind The Candelabra' [Trailer & Pictures]


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Michael Douglas as Liberace in Behind The CandelabraMichael Douglas as Liberace in Behind The Candelabra

Steven Soderbergh lands in sunny Cannes this week with his HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, a biopic of the flamboyant pianist Liberace, played by Michael Douglas. The American entertainer's personal life was embroiled in scandal with rumors of homosexuality which he always vehemently denied - this despite his close relationship with a young chauffeur named Scott, 39-years his junior.

Scott, played by Matt Damon, becomes an important figure in the pianist's life and he is even persuaded to under facial surgery by the pianist. It led to a desperate struggle with drugs and various fiery arguments between the pair. "I didn't want to do a biopic in the traditional sense. I wanted to go narrow and deep," Soderbergh told the Los Angeles Times of the movie, "It's Alice going down the rabbit hole. That's a much more elegant way to get into Liberace's life." On his love scenes with Damon, Michael Douglas told the New York Magazine, "Once you get that first kiss in, you are comfortable.Matt and I didn't rehearse the love scenes. We said, 'Well - we've read the script, haven't we?"

Watch the 'Behind the Candelabra' trailer!

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When Lena Dunham Met Sarah Jessica Parker At The Met Ball [Pictures]


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What could possibly happen should Lena Dunham ever meet her hero Sarah Jessica Parker? That's what fans of the Girls star have asked themselves over the past year, but the waiting is finally up: the two women have finally met, at New York's Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala on Monday night (May 6, 2013).

Dunham has made no secret of her love for Sex and the City or its influence on her award winning show. During an interview with TIME magazine, the writer and actress explained, "That was sort of the first thought was that Shoshanna [Zosia Mamet's character] would have moved to New York because of Sex in the City.  And a lot of these girls, even Hannah who might make fun of the girl who wears the "I'm a Carrie" T-shirt, part of the reason she came to New York is clearly because she thought she was a Carrie. It's almost like not only is this a show that talks about Sex and the City, these are women who couldn't exist without Sex and the City."

So what happened when Dunham met Parker? Well, there was plenty of hugging, plenty of air-kissing and plenty of animated conversation. Dunham wore a slender black Erdem gown while Parker, 48, opted for a Giles Deacon satiny print gown with mohawk-style headdress.

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Christopher Abbott Abruptly Leaves 'Girls' After "Issues" With Lena Dunham


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Just when things were hotting up between Christopher Abbott's character Charlie and Allison Williams' Marnie on HBO series Girls, the actor has abruptly left the series due to issues he was having with creator Lena Dunham. Abbott played Marnie's college sweetheart Charlie, a sort of weedy good-looking New Yorker who ends up becoming super-desirable after setting up his own social media company and renting a swanky office in Manhattan.

Anyway, his character was just beginning to gain a little prominence in the show - which follows the lives of various twenty-somethings in Brooklyn - when he had an almighty row with Dunham over the direction of season three. They've just started work on Season 3, and Chris is at odds with Lena," a source said. "He didn't like the direction things are going in, which seems a bit odd since the show put him on the map," said a source familiar with the discussions. 

Abbott's representative offered little in the way of a full explanation for his sudden departure, though did say, "[Chris] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd[Apatow], and the entire 'Girls' cast and crew, but right now he's working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show." He recently appeared in the indie movie 'Burma' which debuted at SCSW last month and is set to star in drama 'The Sleepwalker' from director Mona Fastvold. The movie tells the story of a woman whose life is shattered over the course of a long weekend when her estranged sister Christine arrives unannounced in the middle of the night, with no memory of how she got there. 

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Game Of Thrones Season 3 Trailer Finally Hits (Watch)


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Game of Thrones season 3 is on it’s way, and if the dark television adverts aren’t enough to convince you, then the new trailer will have to do. And it’s good; oh it’s good. If you thought seasons 1 and 2 were big, then it’s about to get bigger.

We’ve only got around a month to go before the season three premiere, so HBO have really made us wait for this trailer. But now it’s here, we can’t wait to see some epic sword sinking action. This new season will see 14 – that’s right – 14 new cast members for the show.

 

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