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'Top of the Lake' Recap 2: Bringing Out the Dead and Missing

While last week's two-hour premiere of "Top of the Lake" dealt with the blunt one-two shock of a pregnant pre-teen girl and then her disappearance, this week's episode deals with the classic detective-story trope of obsession with a missing person. As is often the case, an obsession with the missing brings out an obsession with the dead.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 25, 2013 10:00 PM
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HBO GO "Could Evolve" Into an Internet Package for Non-Subscribers, CEO Plepler Says

HBO CEO Richard Plepler is considering the possibility of partnering with broadband internet providers to widen access to the company's HBO GO streaming service for non-subscribers. Plepler told Reuters, "Maybe HBO GO, with our broadband partners, could evolve."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 22, 2013 2:01 PM
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Inside the Actor's Studio Interview with Tina Fey's Sarah Palin [Video]

Tina Fey's Sarah Palin is the impersonation that may have brought down a Vice Presidential candidacy and Fey brought it back with gumption on "Inside the Actor's Studio." With a strong background in improv and an exceptional resemblance to the former Alaska Governor, Fey played it perfectly, jumping right into Palin with folksy nonsense and a twinkle in her eye.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 22, 2013 6:10 AM
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HBO's Accidental Feminism, From Lena Dunham's Hannah Horvath to Laura Dern's Amy Jellicoe

With the recent finale of the second season of “Girls,” and the “Enlightened” season finale still resonating in my mind, I’ve been thinking more and more about the characters from both shows. The upcoming new season of “Veep” is only a few weeks away, too, and, even though it’s a more stylized comedy half-hour, it’s another example of what I’ve come to think of as HBO’s inadvertent nod to feminist sensibilities; these three shows have female protagonists who are far from lovable -- but we love them. What’s going on here?
  • By Julia Chasman
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  • March 21, 2013 11:37 AM
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Farewell to HBO's Under-Appreciated 'Enlightened'

The reaction on the Twittersphere was immediate and noisy to HBO's announcement that it was killing the critically praised but underwatched tragi-comedy "Enlightened," starring Laura Dern (who won a Golden Globe for her turn as sunny but frustrated corporate employee Amy Jellicoe), Mike White (creator of the series), Luke Wilson, Timm Sharp and Diane Ladd.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 20, 2013 2:04 PM
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'Top of the Lake' Recap 1: A Brilliant Beginning to Jane Campion's Dark, Deep and Dreamlike Mystery

“Top of the Lake,” the new Sundance Channel miniseries created, written and directed in part by Jane Campion, is a masterfully twisty creation that floats just out of the reach of comfortable comprehension. Its characters, united in the search for a missing girl against an ominous backdrop of awesome scenery and local misogyny, move through scenes that are at once anchored in the real and yet have a dreamlike quality.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2013 11:41 PM
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Trailer Watch: 'Game of Thrones' Will Have a 'Beast' of a Third Season

I am not alone in eagerly awaiting the arrival of "Game of Thrones" Season Three on March 31. The new trailer has landed, titled "The Beast." Clearly, just as the first two seasons were jampacked with astonishing deaths and horrifying betrayals, Season 3 will continue to deliver all the expected shocks.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • March 18, 2013 2:26 PM
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'Girls' Recap 10: Saving the Worst for Last

If last week’s episode dealt with body horror (ass splinters! lodged Q-tips!), this week’s episode deals with the horror of finishing things. Hannah struggles -- but not too hard -- with wrapping up her barely inchoate manuscript, while “Girls” struggles with capping off its second season in a coherent, consistent fashion. It fails.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2013 12:30 AM
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EW's 'Games of Thrones' Season 3 Feature Promises 'Shocking Deaths! Wild Weddings!'

"Game of Thrones" fans are champing at the bit for the third season of their beloved fantasy saga to come back to HBO (March 31). EW's preview promises tabloid-worthy twists and thrills. Just as the first two seasons were jampacked with astonishing deaths and horrifying betrayals, Season 3 will continue to deliver all the expected shocks.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • March 14, 2013 6:39 PM
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SXSW 2013: ‘Bates Motel’ Preview a Few Cuts Under Its Pre-‘Psycho’ Potential

“Who’s gonna rent a room in the rape/murder hotel?” smokin’ hot Norma Bates (Vera Farmiga) rhetorically asks her introverted son Norman (Freddie Highmore) after a grizzly scene has just unfolded in their creaky house. Based on the first episode of “Bates Motel,” which was unveiled March 11 at SXSW, a number of clunkily-drawn characters will probably swing by the infamous rest-stop, less in the service of true creepiness and more for generic thrills.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 11, 2013 11:46 PM
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