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Lena Dunham Developing New HBO Show About Personal Shopper Betty Halbreich

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • February 1, 2013 10:47 AM
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With the recent news that mega-hit “Girls” will be renewed for a third season and two newly minted Golden Globes under her belt, it looks like Lena Dunham is taking the logical next step for any superstar writer-creator and starting work on a second project. Deadline reports that HBO has optioned “All Dressed Up And Everywhere To Go,” the upcoming memoir by 85-year-old Bergdorf Goodman personal shopper Betty Halbreich. Dunham plans to write the project along with her “Girls” co-showrunner and executive producer Jenni Konner.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For David Mamet's HBO Film 'Phil Spector' With Al Pacino & Helen Mirren

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 30, 2013 9:25 AM
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Just when you thought you couldn’t get any more excited about HBO’s upcoming slate of original programming, we now have a teaser for David Mamet’s “Phil Spector.” The TV movie starring Al Pacino as Phil Spector and Helen Mirren as his defense attorney is just two months away from its television premiere. While HBO doesn’t really give us much to go by, the very idea of a Pacino-Mirren-Mamet team up on the small screen should be exciting in itself.

Tom Hanks & Steven Spielberg Find Book To Adapt For Next WWII Project For HBO

  • By India Ross
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  • January 28, 2013 3:21 PM
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Down at HBO, World War II is in the cards. OK, figuratively. But the Big Bertha of premium cable has taken to the mic to confirm details of another release which has the makings of a new box-set staple and a veritable howitzer to the already-frayed morale of rival networks.

HBO Officially Announces Inevitable Renewal Of 'Girls' For Season 3

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 4:17 PM
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Not only was the cat out of the bag months ago, it's pretty much gone and had kittens, but HBO has finally made it real and offical: "Girls" has been renewed for a third season.

Over 20 Images From 'Game Of Thrones' Season 3 Including New Characters Mance Ryder, Lady Oleanna, Thoros & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 2:32 PM
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Winter may be here but winter is also coming. See what we did there? "Game Of Thrones" season three is a mere two months away, and after playing coy with some cryptic teasers, HBO has pulled the curtain back hard, dropping over twenty new images from the forthcoming season, spread across seven episodes. No, there aren't any spoilers in here as they are mostly tight character shots, but fans will want to sit up and take note.

Ken Burns Is Turning His PBS Doc 'Unforgivable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson' Into An HBO Miniseries

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2013 1:54 PM
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You can't really talk about American documentary filmmakers without mentioning Ken Burns. Practically an institution at PBS, Ken Burns has created sprawling, research heavy, detailed documentaries about monumental moments in the country's history, including "The Civil War," "Jazz" and "Prohibition" (he's not one for fancy titles). He's also turned his eye from time to time to sports, with "Baseball" and "Unforgiveable Blackness: The Rise And Fall Of Jack Johnson." And some stories it seems are worth telling again with a bit of cinematic flair, as the latter is headed for the miniseries treatment.

HBO Orders Jay & Mark Duplass Comedy Pilot ‘Togetherness’

  • By Tess Hofmann
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  • January 25, 2013 1:29 PM
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HBO has ordered a half-hour comedy pilot entitled “Togetherness,” to be written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass. The concept is two couples living together under one roof and struggling to keep their relationships alive while pursuing their individual dreams. Sounds like the Duplass brothers are sticking to what works with more reality-based relationship humor.

Ryan Murphy's 'The Normal Heart' With Julia Roberts & Mark Ruffalo Heads To HBO, Will Air In 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2013 5:14 PM
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Perhaps further evidence that big studios are staying away from dramas like the plague, "The Normal Heart" has been kicking around for the past few years in slow development. At one point, Brad Pitt's Plan B shingle was involved, and almost exactly one year ago, the cast -- which has long had Mark Ruffalo attached to lead -- was rounded out by Julia Roberts and Matt Bomer and then...nothing. But now the project has a new home and a firm start date.

Martin Scorsese To Direct HBO Documentary About Bill Clinton

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 17, 2012 1:55 PM
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Martin Scorsese might have just turned 70 (here's our tribute piece in case you missed it) but he's showing no signs of letting up. The director recently wrapped on "The Wolf Of Wall Street," his reteam with Leonardo DiCaprio that's due next year, and he's got plenty of other projects lined up too, including producing a documentary on Roger Ebert, directing a Garth Brooks concert movie, reuniting with Robert De Niro on "I Heard You Paint Houses," and possibly, helming Scandinavian thriller "The Snowman," and his long-gestating Sinatra biopic.

Review: 'In Vogue: The Editor's Eye' A Flip Through The Editorial History Of The Iconic Fashion Magazine

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2012 11:20 AM
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It might be hard to believe, but 2012 marks the 120th birthday of Vogue magazine. When it first started, there were no photographs, just illustrations, and a focus on society women. When Condé Nast took over in 1909, things changed, with photography introduced and fashion becoming the focal point of the weekly. Of course, the publication eventually became a monthly, and riding the social tides and political changes, it has become the magazine we know today. And to commemorate the journey, directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato have put together "In Vogue: The Editor's Eye," a brief flip through the pages of the magazine's editorial history, particularly the women whose influence and determination not only allowed the magazine to stay relevant, but maintain its position at the forefront of its many competitors.

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