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Aereo's Barry Diller Disrupts the TV Establishment--Yet Again

Over the decades Hollywood has feared and tried to spurn most new technology -- television, video cassette recorders, cable, digital video recorders, and internet access to its goodies. The newest object of its fear is Aereo -- which uses thousands of tiny individual antennas to capture and stream to subscribers free TV channels without paying retransmission fees. Aereo, which, like DVRs, allows subscribers to fast forward past commercials, won big in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals 10 days ago when the court refused to issue an injunction against it.
  • By Aljean Harmetz
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  • April 10, 2013 1:03 PM
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'Top of the Lake' Episode 5 Recap: The Body Knows What To Do

This week’s episode of “Top of the Lake” finds its characters combating feelings of helplessness -- from the past, from a seemingly impenetrable mystery, and from death.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2013 11:00 PM
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Five Striking Similarities Between Elisabeth Moss' Roles on 'Mad Men' and 'Top of the Lake'

A joy of the current TV season is that one of the medium’s finest actresses, Elisabeth Moss, has key roles in two of the finest series in recent memory -- “Mad Men,” now in its sixth season, and Jane Campion’s “Top of the Lake.” While the athletic, hardened Kiwi detective Robin Griffin and sharp-as-a-tack ‘60s Mad Woman Peggy Olson are worlds, eras and professions away from one another, I’ve noticed some striking similarities between the two characters.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 8, 2013 3:44 PM
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'Game of Thrones' 3.2 Review and Recap: 'Dark Wings, Dark Words'

If the opening episode of Season Three of Game of Thrones was mostly talking, Episode Two is mostly walking, though it sets a brisk pace and there's a lot to see along the way.
  • By David Chute
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  • April 8, 2013 3:04 PM
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Melissa McCarthy Hosts an Uproarious SNL, Plus Peter Dinklage! (VIDEO)

Melissa McCarthy displayed her range during her hosting gig at Saturday Night Live (clips below). She began her second turn hosting the show with a welcome and rare dose of old-school physical humor in her klutzy monologue.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 7, 2013 9:42 PM
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Watch: 'Mad Men' Season 5 Recap (Video)

Are you already swilling a highball, stroking pearls or sporting high-waisted trousers in anticipation of the season six premiere of "Mad Men" Sunday night? Well, here's an economical three-minutes video precap to bring you up to speed. Hopefully this is the last of the appetizers before a satisfying entree.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 7, 2013 7:57 PM
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Mikkelsen's 'Hannibal' Gives NBC Much-Needed Ratings Boost, 'The Hunt' Opens July 12

Looks like Danish star Mads Mikkelsen has boosted his stateside star power and NBC's Thursday night ratings at the same time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 5, 2013 1:36 PM
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HBO's 'Game of Thrones' Season Premiere Breaks Online Piracy Records

The third season premiere of HBO's fantasy television series "Game of Thrones," which was just renewed for a fourth season, has broken yet another record after a wildly successful broadcast on the premium network last Sunday, March 31st.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 4, 2013 4:58 PM
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HBO Renews 'Game of Thrones' for Fourth Season After It Breaks Record with Season Three Premiere

Predictably, HBO has placed an order for a fourth season of "Game of Thrones," the day after the record 4.4. million viewers for the Season Three premiere were announced, just as it did after the Season Two premiere. Three Sunday “Thrones” showings added up to record 6.7 million.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 2, 2013 2:20 PM
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Lifetime to Premiere 'Dear Mom, Love Cher,' Documentary on Cher's Mom Georgia Holt

For Mother's Day, Lifetime will premiere documentary "Dear Mom, Love Cher," centering on the life of story of -- you guessed it -- Cher's mother, Georgia Holt, who grew up in rural Arkansas and went on to weather the storm of six tumultuous marriages while pursuing a career in Hollywood as a singer and actress.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2013 1:05 PM
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