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Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Thrillingly Closes Out Season 2 With Songs Of Ice & Fire

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 4, 2012 9:56 AM
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While the series has kept the "Game Of Thrones" title from the first novel, George R. R. Martin's book series are collectively known as "A Song Of Ice & Fire," and while hints of the relevance of that have been contained throughout the show so far, that title has never been so front & center than in "Valar Morghulis," the superb season two finale, which managed to give satisfying climaxes to most of the ongoing stories that have run throughout the last nine episodes, including those that have been rather less developed.

Watch: 3 Character Trailers For Aaron Sorkin's 'The Newsroom'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 4, 2012 9:38 AM
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With last night’s season finale of “Game Of Thrones,” HBO is sending their marketing department into overdrive in advance of, what they hope will be, their next flagship show, Aaron Sorkin’s “The Newsroom.”

Review: The 'Girls' Navigate Boyfriends, Threesomes & Art In Another Standout Episode

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2012 11:00 PM
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The season isn't even finished yet and we're already seeing best friends Hannah (Lena Dunham) and Marnie (Alison Williams) swap places in the boyfriend department. During the last episode out at a wild party in Bushwick, Marnie was forced to come to terms that not only is her split with Charlie very, very real, he's moved on with a new girl, Audrey. As for Hannah, after a heated confrontation with Adam ("Do you want me to be your fucking boyfriend?") they've finally sorted out just where their relationship stands and when "Weirdos Need Girlfriends Too" opens, the pair have very comfortably settled into coupledom. With used Magnum condom packages strewn on the floor, and open jar of Cinammon Raisin Swirl peanut butter between them, Hannah and Adam lie in bed, watching his childhood home movies.

Review: Amusing 'Veep' Cheaply Sidesteps A Major Plot Development For Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2012 10:30 PM
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Well, that was kind of cheap. After ending last week's episode on a potential game-changing plot development, it seems Armando Ianucci didn't have the balls to follow through with it, or least see where Selina Meyer's (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss) pregnancy could take the story in "Veep." It's not even five minutes into "Full Disclosure" when we learn that she's had a miscarriage, and the crisis of the moment is flushed out to focus on a bland minor incident from a couple of episodes back, with the media reporting that the veep's office fired a Secret Service agent because he smiled.

Recap: 3 Weeks In, 'Veep' Gets More Focused & Funny While Taking A Bold Narrative Leap

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2012 4:07 PM
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Listen, we know our "Veep" recaps dropped off for the past few weeks. A combination of the Cannes Film Festival and screeners that didn't arrive in time led to the gap in coverage, but when we finally sat down to catch up on what we missed, we were in for a very pleasant surprise: "Veep" has hit its stride in a major way. Unlike the overstuffed and strenously zany first three episodes of the season, a sharper focus on story and the stripping away of extraneous subplots has allowed the show's humor to come right to the fore, and the results speak for themselves. Laugh-out-loud funny in a way it hasn't been yet, and finally bringing greater dimension to the lead character Selina Meyer, "Veep" is now showing the teeth we've been wanting to see since the pilot and taking a bold story jump as well. Instead of doing full-blown recounts of what's gone down in over the last three episodes, we're going to summarize them briefly, each with a letter grade, before getting back in the swing of things tomorrow.

Thomas Jane To Play Bugsy Siegel In Frank Darabont's 'L.A. Noir'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 5:01 PM
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While Thomas Jane is best known for -- and usually relegated to -- roles that play on his physique and his overt whiff of testosterone, he's somewhat underrated. As anyone who watched HBO's excellent, funny and sadly cancelled "Hung" knows, Jane's man-meat persona was put to good use playing a gigolo in economically-ravaged Detroit, trying to make ends meet for his ex-wife and kids. He was great in the role, showing both the raw sexuality he can project and a tender, softer side as well. All this to say the dude has more range than you might expect, but then again, if you just want him to knock some heads, he can do that too.

Emma Stone To Make A Cameo On 'iCarly' Plus More Pics From 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 2:57 PM
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Emma Stone is about to be launched into the stratosphere this summer. The actress who worked her way up the ladder with considerable charm in a string of films ("Superbad," "Easy A," "Stupid Crazy Love," "The Help") features in her first franchise in "The Amazing Spider-Man." Then later this fall, she'll go all femme fatale alongside the macho cast of "Gangster Squad." But lest you think she doesn't have time to have fun anymore, you'd be mistaken.

'The Expendables,' 'Red' & 'Step Up' Being Eyed For Potential TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2012 2:00 PM
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Earlier this year, Lionsgate bought Summit for big pile of money, and the question more savvy business types began asking was: "Why?" Granted, the indie studio was successful, largely due in part to the "Twilight" franchise, but it remained to be seen how Lionsgate would exploit the rest of their catalog to make the purchase worth the price. Well, now there appears to be some insight into their approach.

Lifetime Developing 'Silence Of The Lambs' Spinoff Series 'Clarice'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 30, 2012 9:01 AM
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TV shows based on films are nothing new, and although many are cynical cash grabs that disappear after a few seasons, a few have transcended their material and become great shows in their own right (see: "M*A*S*H*"). But that ratio hasn't stopped Hollywood from continuing to try, and with shows coming up based on "The Transporter," "Taken" and "The Kids Are All Right" you can now throw one more onto the pile.

Recap: Neil Marshall Finally Brings The Battle To 'Game Of Thrones' In 'Blackwater,' The Best Episode To Date

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 28, 2012 10:23 AM
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Given that, while it's on the expensive side as far as TV goes, "Game of Thrones" is still operating on a television budget, and as such, it's become a running joke the extent to which the show doesn't show its battles. We get a few brawls, well-choreographed and shot, and full of gore, but while there have been big battles on the show, we usually get the build up, or the aftermath, or sometimes both. It's understandable, of course, but given that the second season has revolved around a giant multi-front war, it can be a little frustrating.

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