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'Game Of Thrones' Producer/Showrunner David Benioff Suggests Books Four & Five May Merge For Later Seasons

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 11, 2013 9:21 AM
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With Sunday's episode of “Game of Thrones” bringing the series' third soul-wrenching season (and our recaps) to a close, a hiatus of emotional recovery and anticipation for the fourth remains next. But even with the recent mass extermination of series regulars, the franchise still holds a wealth of characters to explore, and alongside some narrative concerns, the question of which will make it into upcoming episodes recently inspired the series showrunners and writers to respond.

Watch: Teasers For New Seasons Of 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Eastbound & Down' & 'Hello Ladies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 12:30 PM
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Oh, so bummed that "Game Of Thrones" is over for another year? Well, don't sweat it because HBO has four more reasons to keep you glued to your couch for the coming months, so let's just dive right in.

Watch: 1-Hour Episode Of 'Scene By Scene' By Mark Cousins Featuring Woody Allen

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 10, 2013 11:45 AM
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School is almost out, but the learning never stops when you have access to the internet. There are so many discussions, behind-the-scene videos, and interviews from master filmmakers floating on the web that you can spend a whole summer immersing yourself in the world of film studies and not run out of material. So to kick off your summer studies, why not start off with some Woody Allen?

Review & Recap: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 Episode 10, 'Mhysa' Draws Things To A Close (For Now)

  • By Katie Walsh
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  • June 10, 2013 10:02 AM
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Well, after last week's horrible trauma, which I'm not sure everyone has gotten over, "Game of Thrones" returns with a final episode of the third season, "Mhysa," that lets us lick our wounds and offers some uplifting moments to temper all that violence and nihilism (don't worry, there's still plenty of violence and nihilism too). And we even get a few small moments of justice and a tiny bit of revenge on the part of one of the Starks. As for tying up loose ends, I didn't have high hopes for this episode's ability to draw all of its many disparate story lines to satisfying close, but, as directed by David Nutter, this episode addresses most of our characters and brings them to a place of certainty, at least, until the next season.

This Will Be Subtle: 'The Newsroom' Tackles Occupy Wall Street In New Trailer For Season 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 9:22 AM
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There is probably no show that engendered as much hate-watching last year as Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom." The highly anticipated show had so much to like about it including a great lead turn from Jeff Daniels, and basically an all around excellent cast (Emily Mortimer, Alison Pill, Dev Patel, John Gallagher Jr., Jane Fonda, Chris Messina, Terry Crews, Olivia Munn etc). But damn if Sorkin couldn't out of the way of himself, with the show seemingly unable to go two minutes without speech-ifying, not to mention two separate, and equally tedious romantic subplots that made adults act like junior high teenagers. Can Sorkin right the ship in season two?

Watch: Compare Bryan Cranston Vs. Samuel L. Jackson Reciting "I Am The Danger" Speech From 'Breaking Bad'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2013 1:56 PM
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One of the great gear shifts in the already twisty, excellent series "Breaking Bad," came in season four when Skylar (Anna Gunn) finally learned the truth about Walter White's extracurricular activities. And it led to one of the all time great scenes in the show so far, in the season four, episode six entry "Cornered." When Skylar admits she fears for her life because of what could come to their door because of his business, Walt delivers a chilling monologue in which he declares, “I am not in danger, Skyler. I am the danger…I am the one who knocks!” And while we can't imagine anyone but Bryan Cranston in the role, it's still fun to see someone else give it a shot.

Watch: Is 'Orange Is The New Black' The Next Netflix Hit? Check Out The New Trailer For The Comedy Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2013 11:33 AM
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While they continue to keep the numbers close to the chest, it's safe to say that Netflix's foray into original programming has been a success thus far. With three new shows under their belt this year -- "House Of Cards," "Hemlock Grove" and of course, the revived "Arrested Development" -- they are looking to keep you hooked to their service, and next month, yet another brand new series is dropping online.

Discuss: Do You Want Hear Dan Harmon's Thoughts About 'Community' Season 4 On A DVD Commentary?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2013 12:26 PM
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If you're a "Community" fan, you already know the saga, so we'll keep it brief. Nearing the end of season three, with renewal still a question mark, the show's creator and visionary Dan Harmon got into an ugly spat with Chevy Chase (who hadn't helped himself by repeatedly trashing the show), and thanks to other public comments, was effectively canned from the program. NBC re-upped "Community," and while fans breathed a sigh of relief, the fourth season was mostly perceived to be a disappointment, paling in comparison to Harmon-guided first three seasons. The good news? Harmon is back for season five. And perhaps season four can also be salvaged, albeit in the most curious way possible.

Justin Theroux Joins Damon Lindelof Penned & Produced HBO Series 'The Leftovers'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 5, 2013 11:18 AM
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If movies were stocks, I’d tell you to invest your retirement funds into rapture/end of the world flicks. Coming out on this side of 2012, I would’ve thought that particular genre would be all dried up, but they seem to be in demand. “After Earth” and “Oblivion” explored Earths that were ravaged by disaster and there’s still “The World’s End”, “This is the End," and “Rapture-Palooza” left to go. Now HBO is getting in on the end of world with Damon Lindelof’s “The Leftovers” which just found its lead actor.

Bobby Cannavale Joins Martin Scorsese's HBO Rock ‘N’ Roll Series

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 5, 2013 9:56 AM
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When Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger collaborated on the Rolling Stones documentary “Shine A Light” they conceived an idea for a “Casino”-like movie set in the music biz of the 1970s. That was in 2010. Than in 2011 Scorsese and Jagger took the idea to HBO and brought on “Boardwalk Empire” writer Terence Winter to help develop the idea. Two years later and it finally looks like the project is ready to move forward with a lead actor.

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