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The Best Performances From The 'Game Of Thrones' Cast

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 8, 2014 3:46 PM
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Game Of Thrones Feature
Oh, “Game of Thrones,” we’ve missed you so. But now that, as of Sunday's season opener, we are back in the warm embrace of a new season of the HBO phenomenon (which has officially been renewed for two further seasons), we’ve also found ourselves plunged back into the midst of one of the biggest ensemble casts on TV, and occasionally snapping our fingers at the screen going “Him! Him! That guy! Wasn’t he in that thing with the other guy from whatjacallit?” It’s one of the great joys of this exquisitely made show that the cast is so rich and deep and full of “that guy” character actors, but it can also be a bit of a pain when their other credits don’t come readily to mind, or when they’re rendered so unrecognisable under prosthetics, accents and/or exotic costumes that you simply can’t place them.

HBO Officially Renews 'Game Of Thrones' For Seasons 5 & 6

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2014 2:17 PM
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Game Of Thrones
Well, the inevitable news has officially arrived. With the showrunners signed up through season six already, talk of a movie, and chatter starting up about the road to the finale in season eight, HBO has made it official that for now, there are definitely two more seasons of "Game Of Thrones" coming.

Adèle Exarchopoulos Says She Has A Role In Sean Penn's Next Directorial Effort & More Casting News

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 8, 2014 2:06 PM
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After her luminous performance in "Blue Is The Warmest Color," we're a bit surprised Hollywood isn't breaking down the door of Adèle Exarchapoulos, but it seems Sean Penn knows talent when he sees it. It would seem he's gearing up a new movie to direct this summer—it's certainly the first we're hearing about it—and Exarchapoulos not only reveals that she has a role in it, she spilled a few details on what it's all about (apologies in advance for wobbly Google Translate).

Watch: 5,179 Deaths In 3 Minutes From 'Game Of Thrones'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 8, 2014 11:01 AM
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Game Of Thrones
The fourth season of “Game of Thrones” premiered just two nights ago and it appears that more people are watching the show now than ever before. On Sunday night, 6.6 million people watched the premiere on TV, which is HBO’s highest ratings since the series finale of “The Sopranos” back in 2007. That figure doesn’t even scratch the surface, however, as so many people watched the show via HBO GO that the site wound up crashing.

Watch: First Full Episode Of HBO’s 'Silicon Valley' Plus Review Of Mike Judge's Tech World Comedy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 10:08 AM
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Silicon Valley
Over the course of his career, Mike Judge has always been a keen observer of the absurd, mundane minutiae of the work world. Of course, "Office Space" is his crowing achievement, pitch perfectly capturing the soul crushing ennui of working 9 to 5. Judge returned to the well with "Extract," something a bit more screwball, less focused and as a result, less satisfying. And while Strickland Propane of "King Of The Hill" was another opportunity to skewer working life, it was more of an added texture to the All American Hank Hill than a particular point for parody. However, "Silicon Valley" returns Judge full throttle to the arena of clock-punching, management and ambition, with the tech world setting providing a fresh twist, but with results decidedly mixed across the first five episodes sent to press.

Recap: ‘Game Of Thrones’ Returns With Strong Season 4 Opener, ‘Two Swords’

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • April 6, 2014 10:23 PM
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Game Of Thrones
Welcome back, Gameheads, Throne Bones, Red Wedding Guests, et al. I am back to bring you the most ridiculous (but most entertaining! Hopefully!) recaps of “Game of Thrones,” and I’m sure you’ve all been waiting with bated breath! This is THE destination for Throne Games discussion, tell all your friends! A programming note: I haven’t read the books, so I welcome any and all fact-checking and fact-clarification, but just remember that the show leaves some stuff unclear week-to-week, and a woman only has so much time to delve into the “Game of Thrones” wiki, though I do my darndest. At any rate, I welcome all corrections, omissions, comments, but not complaints, because that’s my prerogative. Let’s dive in, shall we?

Watch: First Teaser Trailer For Damon Lindelof's HBO Series 'The Leftovers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 6, 2014 9:28 PM
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The Leftovers
Your thoughts about "Lost," "Prometheus" and "Cowboys & Aliens" (among others) may influence how you feel about writer/producer Damon Lindelof, equally successful and controversial given his contributions to a variety of high-profile projects. His next gig finds him returning to the world of episodic television, this time on HBO with "The Leftovers," another supernatural story with an intriguing premise.

Watch: 'Game Of Thrones' Reimagined As A 1980s Sitcom

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 4:14 PM
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Game Of Thrones, Season 3, Emilia Clarke
We all know where you'll be Sunday night, watching the season premiere of "Game Of Thrones" and then instantly hitting social media to talk about it. But before you spend that hour on the edge of your couch, it might be worth kicking back and having a bit of a laugh at HBO's hit show.

Watch: New Trailer For AIDS Drama 'The Normal Heart' With Mark Ruffalo & Julia Roberts Starts A War

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 12:12 PM
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The Normal Heart
With a sequel already planned, HBO is showing a lot of confidence in Ryan Murphy's upcoming feature-length drama, "The Normal Heart." And who could blame them? The cast alone is pretty first rate with Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons all on board, the story is stirring, and so far, it looks like it'll be the highlight on the network this spring, certainly as evidenced by this new teaser trailer.

Review: Season 1 Of 'Doll & Em' A Low Key, Charming Look At Friendship And Celebrity

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 4, 2014 10:04 AM
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Doll & Em
The word "famous" probably isn't one that you would use to describe Emily Mortimer. Respected and talented, her impressive range of work includes movies with folks like Martin Scorsese, David Mamet, Woody Allen, Kenneth Branagh, Nicole Holofcener and more, and though you would probably recognize her on the street, her name might not ring many bells with the average filmgoer. Which is what makes the premise of "Doll & Em" all the more clever, with Mortimer playing a fictionalized version of herself, that uses the backdrop of Hollywood to tell a story not about the business necessarily, but about how the dynamics of friendship can be strained when one of them is living out her dreams and the other....well, isn't.

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