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Comic-Con: Game of Thrones Stars Talk: Ten Things You Want to Know, Season Two Tidbits

Comic-Con: Game of Thrones Stars Talk: Ten Things You Want to Know, Season Two Tidbits
George R. R. Martin, the mastermind author of Game of Thrones (which he started writing in 1991) moderated a panel that included many show favorites: Emmy Nominee Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Kit Harrington, Emilia Clarke, Jason Momoa and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 21, 2011 12:30 PM
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HBO Picks Up Scorsese's Spiritual Doc: George Harrison: Living in the Material World

HBO has picked up Martin Scorsese's latest music documentary, George Harrison: Living in the Material World. The film will premiere in two parts on October 5 and 6.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • July 14, 2011 4:00 AM
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Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Premiere Nabs Show's Highest Ratings in Seven Years

The new season premiere of HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm was the most-watched episode in the past seven years of the show’s eight seasons. This is up 53% from the opening of the last season.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 13, 2011 4:46 AM
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Captain America Changes Title Abroad, HBO to Skinny Dip, Spike Lee Might Remake Oldboy

To bridge the translation gap, changing a movie's title abroad is standard studio practice. In the case of Captain America, the reasons are more diplomatic.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • July 6, 2011 3:26 AM
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HBO Doc Shows Why DA Needed Exiting Sex Crimes Unit Chief Friel's Division in Strauss-Kahn Case

HBO Doc Shows Why DA Needed Exiting Sex Crimes Unit Chief Friel's Division in Strauss-Kahn Case
There's no question that my reaction to the Dominique Strauss-Kahn case was influenced by having seen Lisa Jackson's Sex Crimes Unit, which played at the Los Angeles Film Festival before beginning its run on HBO June 20. Jackson got unprecedented access to the respected Unit of the New York District Attorney's office that specializes in sex crimes. You see how the attorneys work under unit chief Lisa Friel, who unexpectedly announced last week that she will be leaving the division.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 3, 2011 11:42 AM
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News Wrap: Green Lantern's Campbell Badmouths Solace, Entourage Chases Weiner, Patti Smith Acts

Green Lantern and Casino Royale director Martin Campbell, says Quantum of Solace was “lousy.” Campbell, who is credited with reviving the Bond franchise in 2006 with Casino Royale, told Crave that Marc Forster's 2008 sequel Quantum of Solace was “uninteresting” and “a bit of a mess.” Campbell holds out hope for the next Bond film: “Sam Mendes is directing it and I’m sure it’ll be terrific.”
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • June 19, 2011 6:31 AM
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Emmy Watch: Which New Scripted Series Will Make It to Emmy Contention? A Rough Ranking

Emmy Watch: Which New Scripted Series Will Make It to Emmy Contention? A Rough Ranking
Emmy Watch columnist Amy Dawes takes a hard look at the new shows that debuted this year, and ranks their chances of landing Emmy Nominations right off the bat.Nothing is more exciting – at least to an Emmy watcher - than when a brand new series not only entertains our socks off and reinvigorates the medium, but sweeps the awards its first time out.  And despite a perception that members of the TV Academy are lazy and vote for the same ol’ same ol’, this has happened a fair amount in recent years. 
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • April 28, 2011 8:28 AM
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HBO's Game Change Starts Filming with Moore as Palin, Harris as McCain: Cast Pictures, Palin Tweets

Julianne Moore stars as Sarah Palin in HBO's Game Change, while Ed Harris plays running-mate John McCain, Melissa Farman (Temple Grandin) plays Bristol Palin, Larry Sullivan plays Palin's deputy chief of staff Chris Edwards and Jamey Sheridan plays McCain's speechwriter/campaign advisor Mark Salter (complete photo mash-up below, actors in said order on the right).
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 27, 2011 4:32 AM
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Hot Cable Series The Killing, The Borgias, Game of Thrones Boost Breakout Stars

Hot Cable Series The Killing, The Borgias, Game of Thrones Boost Breakout Stars
Post-Oscar season, there's no question that these days, the best viewing to be found is on cable. Not only are AMC's critically-hailed Danish murder mystery remake The Killing, HBO's Tolkien light fantasy series Game of Thrones (adapted from George R.R. Martin's novels by top Hollywood scribe David Benioff and D.B. Weiss), and Showtime's The Borgias (adapted by writer-director Neil Jordan) compelling, gorgeously-mounted, well-written series, but they are breaking out --and reviving--talent as well.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 26, 2011 8:06 AM
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Interview Watch: Michelle Williams Talks Career, Harrison Ford on CGI, Gabriel Byrne on Catholicism

- In their May issue, Interview Magazine asks Meek's Cutoff star Michelle Williams about her selective and seemingly wise career choices. Williams responds:"How do I say this? It’s like a mechanism in my life that runs on its own. When other things in my life don’t, and are broken and aren’t going well, for some reason my decision-making mechanism has a little engine of its own, and it’s fine. So I don’t overthink it. I’ve come to learn that the choices I labor over and go back and forth about and ask a million people for their opinions and make lists about...those are always the wrong choices. I’ve definitely made a couple of those, and that’s how I know now that it’s not the best way for me to decide…I don’t think of it as building, or really even a career. It’s just what appeals to me right now, without any real thought about how it’s going to affect my future, or even how it relates to my past work. I have faith in the fact that, as I change, so will the things that I’m interested in, as long as I keep up my own change."
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 26, 2011 7:09 AM
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