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Judd Apatow Says HBO Worried That 'Girls' Sex Scenes Could Cost Their License; 6 Seasons Planned

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 19, 2014 4:20 PM
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Girls
As the third season gets ready to close out for "Girls," Lena Dunham's show has already made the kind of waves you might expect from a program that has been on the air twice as long. Right out of the gate, Dunham presented the world with a series that, among many other things, was unapologetic about sex, kinks and the human body no matter what shape it comes in (and we're not just talking Dunham's; Alex Karpovsky's bare ass as he grinded on Allison Williams is still seared in our memory). And while it seems there's no boundary that can't be crossed on cable, that's not necessarily true.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For HBO's 'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver' Moves At The Speed Of News

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 7, 2014 2:42 PM
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John Oliver
Last summer while Jon Stewart was off making his directorial debut, "Rosewater," John Oliver stepped in and took on the hosting duties for "The Daily Show," and he did a bang up job. Clearly, people in the high places were watching, as last fall, HBO inked the comedian for a new series, "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver." And now we're getting our first taste of what's to come.

David O. Russell Drama Goes To ABC, Bill Cosby Returning To Primetime & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • January 23, 2014 9:40 AM
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American Hustle
The small screen continues to be a place of refuge for filmmakers looking to create work outside the tentpole-crazed studio system and the latest carpetbagger is none other than David O. Russell getting in on the action. Per Deadline, the “American Hustle” director is teaming up with “Erin Brockovich” screenwriter Susannah Grant for an untitled “upstairs/downstairs soap set at a private country club.” The show will skip the pilot season altogether and just go straight to series with a thirteen episode order from ABC. Russell and Grant broke the show’s story together but actual scripting duties will fall to Grant. The show will presumably air next fall.

HBO Planning Sequel To 'The Normal Heart' & Inks Deal With Darren Aronofsky

  • By Ben Brock
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  • January 14, 2014 9:41 AM
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The Normal Heart Mark Ruffalo Taylor Kitsch
This time last year we were all writing articles about the impending death of cinema at the hands of TV, with modern masters like Steven Soderbergh running off to HBO and the like to make “adventurous” work like “Behind the Candelabra” (which did well at the Golden Globes last night) that film producers apparently wouldn't touch (Soderbergh had previously said major studios considered the material "too gay"). Then 2013 happened, a bunch of great movies came out (including “Dallas Buyers Club,” which also did well last night and which kind of spiked the argument that movie studios wouldn't touch the gay stuff) and everyone calmed down.

HBO Cleaning House? The 3rd Season of 'The Newsroom' Will Be The Last

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 13, 2014 6:22 PM
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Is HBO cleaning house, and perhaps sweeping away dead or underperforming weight? Just one week after the cable network announced the upcoming fifth season of “Boardwalk Empire” would be its last—news which surprised many of its fans—HBO announced that Aaron Sorkin’s troubled drama “The Newsroom” would also end (read: be canceled, gently) after its upcoming final season.

Watch: 5 'Game Of Thrones' Vine Teasers Before The Trailer Debut This Weekend

Game Of Thrones
If and when a new social media app becomes remotely popular you can rest assured that movie and television marketers will exploit the hell out of it. So, yes the six second Vine tease is not going away any time soon and we’re just going to have to live with it seems. Read More »

'Boardwalk Empire's' Fifth Season Will Be Its Last; ‘Game Of Thrones’ Returns April 6

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 9, 2014 6:35 PM
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Boardwalk Empire, Season 4, Farewell Daddy
Was he playing it close to the vest, did slow ratings just catch up with the show, or did creative discussions yield a different approach? I interviewed “Boardwalk Empire” creator/head writer Terence Winter at the end of the fourth season late last year, and when I asked him if there was an end in sight for the show, he was fairly adamant that there were no plans to conclude the drama any time soon.

Review: 'Getting On' Season 1 A Perfect Prescription Of Sweet & Sour Laughs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 30, 2013 10:08 AM
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Getting On
Whenever a U.K. comedy crosses the pond for an American makeover, the first concern generally tends to be about capturing the spirit and tone of the original. And while I haven't seen the British version of "Getting On," whatever happened in translation didn't seem to dilute a potent blend of sweet and sour laughs in HBO's take on the series. Retaining the tradition of truly cringeworthy moments of comedic embarrassment popularized by the efforts of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant and combining it with heart and (fleeting) moments of genuine emotion, "Getting On" makes the most of its six episode first season.

Martin Scorsese Says 'Sinatra' Is "Still Going Strong," Explains Why He Thinks 'Italianamerican' Is His Best Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 9:18 AM
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With so many projects on the go at once, perhaps it's not surprising to hear Martin Scorsese share the following sentiment: "... I’ve never been on vacation. I began with my wife Helen. And with my daughter Francesca, who’s turning fourteen. Now I’m taking a break for a week, a week and a half. We might go and visit my wife’s family in Maine. But normally no, I don’t go on vacation. I work, I read, I go to dinner with friends, I listen to music," the director told Swide magazine as part of a wide ranging interview. But of course, it wouldn't be a discussion without talk of some of the many projects that are keeping him busy.

Recap: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 4 Finale “Farewell Daddy Blues”

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 24, 2013 9:58 PM
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Boardwalk Empire, Season 4, Farewell Daddy
“After today I’m not making plans,” Atlantic City kingpin Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) says on the phone. If only he really knew how true that might be. He’s evidently retiring and telling his Florida business partner and occasional lover Sally Wheat (Patricia Arquette) that after he wraps up loose ends he’s moving down South to Cuba, taking her with him. It’s understandable—the New Jersey mobster’s become hip to the fact that something fishy is going on with his brother Eli (Shea Whigham) and that it probably involves a maybe-not-so-crooked FBI Agent Knox (Brian Geraghty), which can’t be any good.

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