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    Showtime Renews Mendes and Logan's Horror Lit Series 'Penny Dreadful' (TRAILER, REVIEW)

    Midway through the show’s first eight-episode run, Showtime is renewing the horrific “Penny Dreadful” for a second season. Sam Mendes and John Logan's series featuring horror lit all-stars such as Frankenstein and Dorian Gray has drawn solid ratings especially with the prized 18-34 demo on Showtime’...

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    Review: 'Silicon Valley' Season 1 Boots Up Unique Premise, But Comedy Is Still Loading

    Earlier this spring in our preview of the first season of HBO's "Silicon Valley," we wrote that "Office Space" mastermind Mike Judge had "booted up something with a lot of promise, but it's success will be determined on how the latter half of the season lands." And indeed, the tech world comedy has ...

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    Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 8, 'The Mountain And The Viper' Face Off

    We're back after a week off, and it's time to dive back into the wacky world of Westeros. There's another easter egg in the opening credits this week — Moat Cailin makes an appearance, the geography of the show growing with each episode. "The Mountain and the Viper," directed by Alex Graves (you mig...

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    Cannes: Bruno Dumont Fascinates With Ambitious 3 ½-Hour Comedy Series ‘P’Tit Quinquin’

    Mental disorder, disease, murder, and confounding evil. Not exactly the makings of a slapstick comedy, but this is Bruno Dumont we’re talking about. Known, by the few who dare to know him, as a seriously depressing and morose filmmaker, Dumont is so fascinated by the grotesque side of human nature, ...

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    Review: HBO's 'The Normal Heart' Starring Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Taylor Kitsch, Matt Bomer, Jim Parsons & More

    First staged off Broadway in 1985, Larry Kramer's acclaimed play "The Normal Heart" is undoubtedly a product of its time. Written and performed during the early stages of the 1980s AIDS crisis, a period which saw the gay community gripped by fear of the emerging disease, and ravaged by a shocking de...

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    Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 7 'Mockingbird' Flies Us To The Moon

    What up, Gameheads. Have you made plans for your Sunday nights after #GOT is over? Just a few more weeks left (though it's not on next Sunday, "The Normal Heart" will be on instead). It’s not like there’s not plenty of other teevees to watch that night—Sunday is overwhelmed with good stuff while the...

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    WATCH: Andy Samberg Brings Happy Last Hurrah to SNL's 39th Season

    SNL's always-game, beloved former cast member Andy Samberg returned to the show for its 39th season finale. He attempted to beat Bill Hader’s impression record by rapidly hitting 24 impressions in a row during his monologue. They were so-so, but Samberg's bushy-tailed confidence kept it entertaining...

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    Recap: 'Game of Thrones' Season 4, Episode 6 'The Laws of Gods And Men'

    As we enter the latter half of Season 4, “Game of Thrones” eases us into the action with episode 6 “The Laws of Gods and Men” that both sets the stage for the big things to come, and brings the pain for a select few. Director Alik Sakharov balances both bloody action and one-set, dialogue-heavy scen...

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    Review: 'A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times' (Debuts Tonight On PBS' Independent Lens)

    Review: 'A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times' (Debuts Tonight On PBS' Independent Lens)

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    Recap: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 4, Episode 5 'First Of His Name' Has Its Vengeance

    Hi haters. I'm still here, still writing about "Game of Thrones," and will be for the rest of the season, so if you dislike my tone or the fact that I might complain about the specific portrayals of rape on screen, you might as well find another recapper to bother. Here's the thing: I accept the fac...

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