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The lawsuit concerns a segment on Sunday's episode of 'Last Week Tonight'.
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.
The project, which had been announced way back in November 2015, has hit insurmountable technical difficulties and has been cancelled.
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.
Continue reading: HBO And Jon Stewart Cancel Animated Shorts Project
The show will be returning for a fourth outing.
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'
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.
TorrentFreak's annual data showed that, for the fifth year in a row, 'Game of Thrones' was the most illegally watched show.
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.
Continue reading: 'Game Of Thrones' Is The Most Pirated Show Of 2016
Simmons' sports show 'Any Given Wednesday' launched in late June, but its viewing figures have been below what was expected.
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 Simmons' HBO show 'Any Given Wednesday' has been axed
Continue reading: HBO Cancels Bill Simmons' 'Any Given Wednesday' After Just 4 Months
Lansbury's reps have shot down recent reports that she would be making guest appearances in the next season of 'Game of Thrones'.
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 Lansbury will NOT be participating in 'Game of Thrones'
Continue reading: Angela Lansbury Will NOT Be Starring In 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7
The English actor is to play a "significant" role in season 7 of 'Game of Thrones', it has been announced.
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 Broadbent is to play a "significant" role in 'Game of Thrones' series 7
Continue reading: Jim Broadbent Joins Cast Of 'Game Of Thrones' For Season 7
Without giving away any spoilers, both the British actors hinted that season seven of 'Game of Thrones' would be eventful, shall we say.
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”.
Continue reading: Kit Harington And Maisie Williams Tease 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7
Downey and Nic Pizzolatto, the man behind HBO's 'True Detective', are said to be thinking of teaming up for a TV revival of courtroom drama 'Perry Mason'.
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 Jr at the premiere of Captain America: Civil War
The series is being adapted from Karen Joy Fowler's 2014 Man Booker Prize-nominated novel.
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 Portman will be starring in an HBO mini-series adaptation of 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves'
Having been off the air since 2011, David is bringing back 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' to HBO for a ninth season.
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 David is bringing back 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' for a ninth season
Continue reading: Larry David Bringing Back 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' For Ninth Season
Clarke has been urging the 'Game of Thrones' showrunners to get the male stars naked in front of the cameras as often as the female characters.
‘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 Clarke has been campaigning to get the 'Game of Thrones' showrunners to 'free the penis'
Continue reading: Emilia Clarke Explains #FreeTheP Campaign For Equality Of Nudity
'Game of Thrones' returns to HBO on April 24th.
‘Game Of Thrones’ star Emilia Clarke has promised that the sixth season of the medieval fantasy drama will be bigger and more exciting than ever before, but revealed that filming it “legitimately almost killed” the cast and crew.
The HBO series will be returning at the end of April, with Clarke starring once again as Daenerys ‘Mother of Dragons’ Targaryen, in the next adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s series of epic novels. The plotlines are probably the most closely guarded secret in the entertainment industry at the moment, particularly as the timeline will overtake where Martin has actually gotten to with his books.
Emilia Clarke spoke a little about 'Game of Thrones' season 6
The smash hit series will go for 8 seasons altogether, an HBO executive hinted at a Television Critics Association meeting.
It’s just wrapped its fifth season, but ‘Game Of Thrones’ fans will be pleased to know that their favourite show won’t be ending for a while yet. An HBO network executive has claimed that the medieval fantasy drama is likely to continue for a further three seasons.
Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, imparted on Thursday (July 30th) that executives are planning to run with ‘GoT’ for at least seven series, and will discuss with the show’s creators about how much longer they would like to go after that.
HBO's 'Game of Thrones' is likely to run for three more seasons
Continue reading: 'Game Of Thrones' To Run For Three More Seasons, Claim HBO
In-demand programming like 'Game of Thrones' will be available through subscription to Dish customers for the first time.
Media empire Time Warner Inc. and satellite TV network provider Dish Network Corp. have agreed a new distribution deal which will apparently include making HBO available through Dish’s new online TV streaming offering.
Those with Sling TV, which is Dish’s web TV service, will be able to subscribe to HBO for an extra $15 per month. However, newcomers will not be able to subscribe to HBO using this method unless they also purchase the existing $20 per month online service that already includes other Time Warner channels (like CNN, TBS and ESPN) and add the HBO subscription on top of it, according to the Wall Street Journal.
HBO shows like 'Game of Thrones' are to be available for Dish Network subscribers very soon
The game could be up for Robert Durst.
Real estate heir and long-time murder suspect Robert Durst has been arrested after he appeared to admit to multiple killings for a HBO documentary series. Durst, 71, was arrested on Saturday after he inadvertently admitted to murder whilst shooting The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.
Robert Durst [L] has been arrested after appearing to admit to murder during the filming of a HBO documentary [Getty/James Nielsen]
Durst was heard to say "What the hell did I do?...Killed them all of course" into a microphone that he erroneously assumed was turned off.
Continue reading: Robert Durst Admits, "I Killed Them All" During HBO Documentary
Arnold Rothstein's Pocket Watch, Al Capone's Courthouse Suit and Richard Harrow's Mask - you can actually own these 'Boardwalk Empire' props and costumes!
Ever wanted to own the iconic mask worn by Jack Huston's Richard Harrow in 'Boardwalk Empire'? What about the suit worn by Steve Buscemi's Nucky Thompson in the series' opening title sequence? Well, due to an auction currently run by Screenbid, you can own these very items as well as hundreds more like them.
'Boardwalk Empire' ran for five seasons between 2010 and 2014.
'Boardwalk Empire' concluded its fifth and final series late last year, leaving HBO with a tone of props and costumes knocking around. Lucking, Screenbid was able to come to the rescue, offering to sell off the props and costumes from some of your favourite prohibition gangsters and bootleggers at an auction, running from 20th to 29th January 2015.
Continue reading: You Can Now Own Awesome Props From HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire'!
A documentary about Bill Clinton, directed by Martin Scorsese, has reportedly been shelved following disagreements between Clinton and Scorsese.
A HBO documentary, directed by Martin Scorsese, about former US President Bill Clinton has stalled. Sources close to the project claim there have been disagreements between Scorsese and Clinton over control of content.
Bill Clinton photographed in 2013 at a campaign event for President Obama.
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The stars stepped out onto the red carpet for one of the glitziest ceremonies of awards season: the Creative Primetime Emmys.
Having previously won for NBC's political drama 'The West Wing' as White House press secretary C.J. Cregg, Allison Janney’s award for outstanding guest actress in a drama series for her role in Masters of Sex, which also stars Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan, was a particular highlight.
Backstage, Janney highlighted that playing Margeret Scully was certainly challenging at times. "I felt that Margaret Scully challenged me in ways that I've never been challenged before as an actress on so many levels - on an emotional level, on a physical level - and having to do sex scenes was extraordinarily nerve-wracking and stressful for me and something that I didn't think I'd have to do at this age, frankly," she explained.
Continue reading: Creative Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 [Pictures]
Starring in Game of Thrones sounds cool, but not when you have to act out an incest story... with your brother
Many were baffled when it turned out Lily Allen didn’t want to act in Game of Thrones. Everybody wants to act in Game of Thrones, it’s Game of Thrones, people probably said. But when you listen to Allen’s reasoning behind turning down the role, you’ll probably develop some sympathy for the decision.
Lily Allen didn't fancy what HBO had in mind
“I’ve been asked to do a Game of Thrones cameo, they asked me if I’d be interested in playing Theon’s sister, and I felt uncomfortable because I would have had to go on a horse and he would have touched me up and s***,” Allen wrote in response to a question on a Reddit AMA. “Once they told me what was entailed, I said no thanks. I would be open to doing a musical cameo like Sigur Ros, though.”
There was a whole lot of talking going on in Sunday night's episode of "Game of Thrones." Was "First of His Name" all bark and no bite?
We’re halfway through Game of Thrones season 4, and last night’s episode, titled “First of His Name” was your standard midway filler. Not much happened, although some important information was revealed and some crucial minor developments took place.
Khaleesi isn't much closer to taking back the Iron Throne
Tommen was crowned King, while flirty Margaery gives him the eye and has a bonding moment with Cersei over monstrous Joff. A brief look-in at Danaerys informs us she’s no closer to retaking the Iron Throne, in fact, with her conquered lands falling into the hands of tyrants, she may be further than ever.
Continue reading: "Game Of Thrones" Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: "Last Of His Name"
Errr. Wiggum, Chief Wiggum - he'll die
The Simpsons are reverting to a trick increasingly adopted by TV shows nowadays: killing major characters off. Game of Thrones have a roundabout cull every so often to keep the masses enthralled (don’t kill me because I don’t like Game of Thrones – I think it’s silly and prefer The Wire) and Family Guy took down Bryan recently, only to resurrect him and gain a ratings boost in the process.
The Simpsons’ "Yellow Wedding" not only confirms Game of Thrones’ entrance into the official zeitgeist (a thing isn’t a thing until Homer’s involved) but it also means the show will incur a death; a major death. It will be "an even bigger deal" than the Red or Purple Weddings that have appeared in HBO’s fantasy melodrama. Seriously, I’m allowed not to like it.
Continue reading: The Simpsons: So, Who's Going To Die In Upcoming 'Yellow Wedding'?
Another step forward for the leading light in content streaming, it would seem
At the risk of sounding like official paid editorial for the popular streaming service, the Netflix cable companies making it into a ‘real TV channel’ have now made it so easy to find their content, it’s becoming another word for the medium, like when people started saying iPhone and iPod instead of phone and mp3 player.
This deal means that the Netlix app will be added to many set top boxes across America, for those who use RCN, Grande Communications and Atlantic Broadband. Accessing Netflix will then be like switching the channel. We’ll let the people behind it explain it better…
Continue reading: Netflix Cable Companies - It's Now Even Easier To Watch Netflix
Oliver is stepping into one of the most creatively diverse networks in TV.
John Oliver’s ascendance has been startling. He only moved to New York 8 years ago, and between becoming best friends with Ricky Gervais, starring as Prof. Ian Duncan on NBC's ‘Community’ and ‘corresponding’ on Comedy Central's ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’, he’s managed to navigate through a sea of late night talk show hosts to carve out his own: ‘Last Week Tonight’, which premieres this Sunday on HBO.
John Oliver holds up a picture of himself - his face tells the story
He was "a little-known British standup," according to HBO programming president, Michael Lombardo in light of his 8-week sting anchoring in Stewart’s chair while he was off living the director dream, but he quickly impressed him. "I was dazzled by this guy who came in and pulled it off."
The golden boy of TV and the most powerful force in retail are combining - jesus
Anyone excited enough by the fact Amazon have acquired HBO shows to add to their streaming roster has probably already indulged on The Sopranos and The Wire. But they’ll probably convince a few of their friends to invest in the service just on the strength of those two shows.
That’s how powerful the HBO brand is in television, and nowadays, when we say television, we’re not just talking about Sunday nights at 9pm – online streaming is where the medium is going. Amazon’s deal with the cable network is a big one; it adds some of TV’s finest hours.
The show, that has been breaking torrent records, will finish up in style
‘Game Of Thrones’ is a cultural phenomenon, whatever you think of the qualities it does or doesn’t possess. HBO’s fantasy drama is as widely watched as any of the big-hitters of the past decade – your Breaking Bads, Walking Deads, etc – as it continuously brings big screen production values to the TV sets.
The show is becoming bigger and bigger in scale (no pun intended) Picture: GoT S04E01
Season Three’s infamous ‘Red Wedding’ set mouths agape and tongues a-wagging when some major character all met their maker in the space of one, one-hour episode. But one of GoT’s directors, Alex Graves, who was behind the camera for the most recent episode, ‘The Lion And The Rose’ said the season 4 finale could be even bigger.
Continue reading: Can 'Game Of Thrones' Get Any Bigger? Alex Graves Says It Already Has
The least surprising news in TV has been confirmed
Ratings behemoth Game Of Thrones has been handed a further two seasons as HBO build upon the success of their popular fantasy drama. Following the first episode of season 4, which garnered 6.6m viewers, seasons 5 and 6 have been confirmed.
Emilia Clarke relaxes with her big dragon
“Game of Thrones is a phenomenon like no other. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, along with their talented collaborators, continue to surpass themselves, and we look forward to more of their dazzling storytelling,” Michael Lombardo, president of HBO said in a statement on Tuesday.
Major spoilers for 'True Detective' below, but you shouldn't need telling - read the headline!
For a show constantly shrouded in metaphysical ideology, True Detective’s finale was delightfully simple. What started as cops v bad guys quickly turned into Cohle v Marty, Cohle & Marty v cops, Cohle v Cohle and, perhaps most pertinently, light v dark.
As Nic Pizzolatto notes, “Who you tell yourself you are, what you tell yourself what the world is, an investigation, a religion, a nihilistic point of view – these are all stories you tell yourself. You need to be careful what stories you tell yourself.”
There are no finale spoilers ahead, but there are some episode 1-7 ones, so watch out if you haven't seen it.
It doesn’t take a true detective to work out why HBO GO stopped working last night. The Matthew Mcconaughey & Woody Harrelson-starring drama culminated with the finale as angry fans tried to navigate the cable channel’s online service, which buckled under the pressure.
Matthew McConaughey stars as Rustin Cohle in True Detective
It had all been leading up to this. 17 years of harrowing murders, tales of child abuse and a monumental cover up, latched on to by the show’s enigmatic Rustin Cohle (played by McConaughey to devastating effect), who refuses to give up on the Tuttle leads, is tied together in episode 8: 'Form and Void'.
Continue reading: HBO GO... Stopped. True Detective Finale Breaks Online Player
HBO GO couldn't withstand the pressure on its servers for the True Detective finale, or could it?
HBO Go's live streaming servers could give no more on Sunday evening (March 9, 2014), such was the demand for the finale episode of 'True Detective'. Nic Pizzolatto's acclaimed crime-drama series has gained a huge dedicated following since its premiere in January, and HBO were seemingly caught out, its servers buckling under the pressure.
HBO Go is an app that allows users to stream the channel's shows onto phones, tablets and computers. The problem may lie in the fact that HBO Go users can give out their log-in details to friends and family, and, as the Washington Post reports, there are no publically available metrics on the ratio of users per HBO Go accoubts.
Continue reading: 'True Detective' Literally Breaks HBO As Users Scramble To Watch Finale
The in-demand director Fukunaga has yet another project to get excited about.
Fans of HBO’s True Detective will want to pay attention, as the show’s director, Cary Fukunaga – who was in charge for all eight episodes of the Louisiana drama – is at the centre of a pitch for a feature that Fox has bought pre-emptively for “mid-six figures,” Deadline report.
Woody Harrelson [L] and Matthew McConuaghey [R] as Hart and Cohle in 'True Detective'
Fukunaga will direct the project as well as produce alongside Anonymous Content’s Michael Sugar - Fox’s Kira Goldberg and Emma Watts are point on the project, too. Here’s what we know: it’s untitled, set in a contemporary wartime context and is written by Nicole Riegel, who, like Fukunaga, emerged from the Sundance Labs program. That, alongside the fact that Fox went ahead and bought it quicksmart, is all we know.
Continue reading: True Detective Fans: Cary Fukunaga Has A New Project On The Cards
Better late then never for the tense cop drama in the U.K.
While U.S audiences enjoyed episode 6 of HBO’s True Detective last night, Sky Atlantic aired the first on Saturday (Feb 22) as British viewers got a taste of Rust’s enigmatic ponderings as opposed to Martin’s traditional sensibilities. And then there’s the mysterious, ritualistic murder and constant sense of underlying danger. Needless to say, UK critics were enthralled.
Woody Harrelson [L] and Matthew McConuaghey [R] as Hart and Cohle in 'True Detective'
“True Detective is as cinematic as television gets and, in many ways, is superior to its more prestigious cousin. It’s not just the movie-star cast, or that it was shot on 35mm, or the soundtrack by T Bone Burnett. It’s not even the unusual amount of creative control given to writer Nic Pizzolatto and director Cary Joji Fukunaga,” writes Ellen E. Jones for The Independent.
Continue reading: The UK Falls For An Ephemeral 'True Detective'
It's not on HBO, but that hasn't stopped the train
For a while, it looked as though American Gods wouldn’t be coming to television sets at all, but a fresh deal with FreemantleMedia has made sure another of Neil Gaiman’s creations cross mediums from book to screen.
Neil Gaiman's award-winning stories are finding wider audiences
“FremantleMedia North America has finalized a deal for the rights to Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed urban fantasy novel American Gods, it was announced today by Thom Beers, CEO, FremantleMedia North America,” reads a portion of the press release, released today (Feb 4th).
The two A-List stars of HBO's new series think the show will be a hit with viewers
Woody Harrelson and Matthew Mcconaughey are the latest big name stars to ditch the silver screen in favour of premium television drama and will star together in HBO's latest hotly-anticipated series True Detective. Both stars are as eager to see the show on TV as the viewing public and believe that the drama can be the next big thing on the premium cable chanel.
The new series holds a lot of promise
Speaking at the recent Television Critics Association meeting, where both Harrelson and McConaughey were there to promote the upcoming series, the two stars seemed thoroughly excited for the new show to premiere. McConaughey in particular seemed very excited for the new show, promising that the detective series will be "epic."
Check out what the critics have had to say on the new drama
Since Breaking Bad finished most of us have been fumbling around conversations like three-or-more people in a lift, not knowing what to say and endlessly flicking through Netflix to look for something else to watch. Is True Detective about to change that?
It certainly has the hallmarks of a modern classic: the eerie take on a procedural Drama set in the increasingly prevalent locale of America’s southern belt; the leading cast is both renown and talented, and it’s got a big shiny HBO sticker on it.
Continue reading: Is True Detective Ready To Fill The Breaking Bad Void This Weekend?
It was a big day for HBO shows, and at least one will not be returning after their next season. So which show are fans most excited about?
It was a big day for HBO shows. The network makes their announcements on Thursday (January 9) about who will stay and who will go.
'Game Of Thrones' Emilia Clarke
Boardwalk Empire was one of the not-so-lucky names who were told they would be canceled after their fifth season, according to Reuters. The Prohibition-era mob drama stars Steve Buscemi and others, and will premiere their fifth season in the fall.
The Icelandic band are popular amongst 'GoT' fans
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 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.
Continue reading: Sigur Ros Enter The 'Game Of Thrones' - HBO Drama Casts Musicians
The eight-episode series is backed by HBO's gleaming reputation for brilliance in television.
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.
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.
What can we expect the new season? Minor spoilers ahead.
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.”
James Gandolfini was best known for his performances as Tony Soprano, though his career on stage should not be forgotten.
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.
Continue reading: Lights Go Out On Broadway For James Gandolfini
Curb Your Enthusiasm's Jeff Garlin was NOT happy when he couldn't get his favourite parking space.
Curb Your Enthusiasm star Jeff Garlin has been arrested for allegedly smashing a couple's car window following a heated argument over a parking space in Los Angeles. The 51-year-old actor, who plays Larry David's long-serving manager in the classic comedy show, was arrested for felony vandalism in Studio City at around 3pm on Saturday (June 16, 2013).
Sources tell TMZ.com that Garlin got into a verbal fight with another person over a parking space, though things quickly became violent and the actor allegedly smashed the windows of the other person's Mercedes Benz. Cops were called to the scene and Garlin was arrested before being released from jail as of Sunday morning (June 16).
Ok so it's never funny when people's car windows get smashed in (no, not even Mercedes drivers) but this one sounds like a scene straight from Curb Your Enthusiasm. Surely Larry jumped out of Garlin's car and tried to placate the situation before accidentally suggesting it was a racially motivated attack? Surely?
Continue reading: Curb Your Enthusiasm (For Smashing Up Cars) Jeff Garlin Is Arrested!
See Michael Douglas, Matt Damon and Rob Lowe as you've never seen them before 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!
Lena Dunham has plenty to say to her hero Sarah Jessica Parker.
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.
Continue reading: When Lena Dunham Met Sarah Jessica Parker At The Met Ball [Pictures]
Christopher Abbott's character Charlie appeared to written in more prominently for season two of Girls, though he has left the show.
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.
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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If she wasn't already busy enough Lena Dunham is allegedly on board to help write the screenplay for personal shopper Betty Halbreich's autobiography, All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Dunham isn't exactly known for her impeccable fashion style, but her writing style sets her apart from the rest of the flock, by a long way. Halbreich's career saw her dress the likes of Sarah Jessica Parker, Meryl Streep, Joan Rivers and Estee Lauder, as well as being a consultant on Sex and the City, which is iconic for Carrie's outlandish but brilliant wardrobe seen throughout the series and movies. Given Halbreich's own very quirky styling, and the invetibly brilliant anecdotes that are certainly part and parcel of her line of work, at first glance her autobiography would make great comedy viewing, and Dunham is the girl to make it so.
She'll be teaming up with Jenni Konner, who is a producer on Dunham's show Girls - which just won two Golden Globe awards for Best comedy and Best Actress (Dunham). HBO had already purchased the rights to Halbreich's book which documents her time at Bergdorf, a department store in NYC, and its high society clients. A movie about fashion could be as vacuous as its subject often seems, but with such an interesting central character and Dunham with the reins, it certainly has a chance of being great.
In March of last year 'Luck', a show about horse racing starring Dustin Hoffman, was cancelled amid a scandal surrounding the treatment of the horses that appeared on the show. Now, HBO - the network upon which the show was seen - is being sued by an ex-employee of the American Humane Association for the treatment of the horses, as well as the AHA wrongful termination after she was sacked.
As the Hollywood Reporter writes, Barbara Casey claims that "the AHA observed drugged horses, underweight and/or sick horses routinely used for work on the show, the misidentification of horses by producers so that animal safety reps couldn't track their medical histories". Despite the deaths of four horses, both HBO and the AHA claimed no horses were harmed. Eventually, though, the show was cancelled in the light of the complaints. One in particular was from PETA. HBO's statement read: "We took every precaution to ensure that our horses were treated humanely and with the utmost care, exceeding every safeguard of all protocols and guidelines required of the production. Barbara Casey was not an employee of HBO, and any questions regarding her employment should be directed to the AHA."
Casey also claims that "AHA bowed to political and financial pressure and... engaged in efforts to conceal and cover up the production defendants' criminal activities."
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