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Review Roundup: Must-See Doc 'Gideon's Army' Follows Tenacious Public Defenders in the Deep South (TRAILER)

Dawn Porter's documentary "Gideon's Army," which premiered earlier this year at Sundance, had its HBO debut July 1. The film, which follows overworked yet idealistic public defenders in the deep South, has gained high praise from critics: the Village Voice hails it as "the most illuminating crime drama since 'The Wire,'" while the New York Times claims it will "grab you by the throat." Look out for this one come Oscar season. Review roundup below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 2, 2013 1:26 PM
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Review: Sensational True-Crime Doc 'The Cheshire Murders' Asks All the Right Questions

“The Cheshire Murders,” airing on HBO July 22, is, in part, a blow-by-blow account of the unspeakable 2007 Connecticut home invasion that left a mother and her two daughters dead, and made Dr. William Petit his state’s leading advocate for the death penalty (which was abolished there nonetheless).
  • By John Anderson
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  • July 1, 2013 11:54 AM
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'Game of Thrones' Season Three Finale Nabs Series' Second-Highest Ratings; Surpasses Viewership of 'True Blood'

Fans weren't scared off after last week's bloody "Red Wedding" episode. HBO's "Game of Thrones" scored its second-highest viewership to date for the June 9 finale episode of the series' third season. An estimated 5.4 million GOT fans tuned in for the first telecast, which is up a whopping 30% from last year's finale.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 10, 2013 3:14 PM
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WATCH: Jon Hamm and Larry David Clash in Teaser for HBO's 'Clear History'

"Clear History," which is set to debut August 10 on HBO, stars a hirsute Larry David and Jon Hamm, and is directed by Greg Mottola ("Adventureland"). In other words, we'll be watching it. Check out this new teaser for the film, which features Hamm unveiling an electric car model he calls "Howard."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 10, 2013 2:36 PM
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HBO's Summer Documentary Series Kicks Off June 10, Includes 'Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer,' 'Love, Marilyn' and More

Starting June 10, HBO kicks off its summer documentary series, where ten weeks of non-fiction films air on Monday nights. Included in the program are buzzy festival titles like Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin's "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer," Liz Garbus' "Love Marilyn" and Lucy Walker's "The Crash Reel." Full list below, with summaries of each film.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 5, 2013 12:21 PM
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Settling the Myth that Women Don't Like 'Game of Thrones'

Wired's out to settle a myth about HBO's "Game of Thrones": That women don't like the show. This assumption by some reviewers has now been debunked by statistical data. Women actually make up about 42% of the show's audience.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2013 2:43 PM
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'Game of Thrones' 3.6 - 'The Climb' Recap and Review

The newsflash of this episode is that "Game of Thrones" now has a governing metaphor. "Chaos is a ladder," says Lord Petyr Baelish. "The climb is all there is." Caveat emptor, and all that, but still.
  • By David Chute
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  • May 6, 2013 1:05 PM
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Sebastian Junger Grieves for Fallen Comrade Tim Hetherington Via HBO Doc 'Which Way is the Front Line from Here?' (VIDEO)

Sebastian Junger is a tough guy. The whip-smart Vanity Fair contributing editor and author ("War," "Fire," "The Perfect Storm") has put himself in dangerous situations, from Liberia and Niger to Sierra Leone, as an occupational hazard. He won a National Magazine Award for reporting the Oct. 1999 Vanity Fair article “The Forensics of War.” But when he heard of the death of his best friend, British filmmaker and war photographer Tim Hetherington, 40, who had co-directed with him the Oscar-nominated Afghanistan doc "Restrepo," Junger gave up his jones for danger.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 20, 2013 5:29 PM
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HBO Picks Start Date for Season Two of Sorkin's 'Newsroom'

HBO is giving us some meaty counterprogramming during the summer, when multiplexes are jammed with mindless popcorn fare. The
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 12, 2013 3:18 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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