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    Seven Things We Learned About the New Season of 'Game of Thrones' From the Showrunners and Cast

    When it was released in December, “The Hobbit” was blasted for being too lackadaisical and too tech-oriented for its own good. But HBO’s "Game of Thrones" is, in its very format, even longer; it focuses on character and period details that establish and explore a principal cast of dozens; and it's a...

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    Peabody Awards 2013 Include 'Girls,' 'Doctor Who' and 'Game Change'

    The 2013 Peabody Awards for excellence in entertainment, broadcast journalism and electronic media were announced today, with HBO's "Girls," "Game Change" and documentary "Marina Abramovich: The Artist Is Present," along with the BBC's "Doctor Who," all taking honors.

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    Guest Post: "It's A Great Career, But I Earned It": A Power Talk With Sheila Nevins

    After listening to Sheila Nevins speak for even five minutes, it's not hard to understand why she's so successful in the documentary world. She is, in a word, frank, but also gifted with the kind of wit and wry delivery that lends her instant credence—a perfect balance between fact and craft, which ...

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    5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Clones, Philip Roth and an 'Adventure Time' Special

    Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Shameless," "Californication," "The Walking Dead" and the back-this-week "Game of Thrones," but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week.

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    Watch: Louis C.K. Teases the Many Reads of 'Oh My God,' The Title of His New HBO Comedy Special

    After unveiling a witty trailer that deconstructed the usual tricks of comedy special promos two weeks ago, Louis C.K. follows up with a shorter but still very charming spot for "Louis C.K.: Oh My God" that features him providing different reads on and explanations of that title, from stunned to dis...

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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."

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    In 'Phil Spector,' David Mamet Turns a Real Trial Into a Queasy Hollywood Fable

    How to describe what Al Pacino does in "Phil Spector"? He dons the wigs and the time-warped fashions, he gnashes his teeth and rolls his eyes and bellows to the heavens about shaping the music industry and how he knows how the game is played: "They kill men for telling the truth!"

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    Al Pacino, 'Phil Spector,' and Media Justice

    The gigantic frizzed-out wig on Al Pacino's head might be enough to make you curious about Phil Spector, the new HBO drama written and directed by David Mamet. In a multitude of wigs as conspicuously creepy as the actual Spector's, Pacino plays the fantastically successful music produ...

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    HBO Picks Up 'Getting On' to Series, a Comedy From the Creators of 'Big Love'

    "Enlightened" may be no more, but HBO remains in search of more comedies to add to its lineup. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the premium network's just given a series greenlight to one of its pilots.

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    Review Roundup: 'Phil Spector' a Sinfully Entertaining Treat Starring Wigged-Out Al Pacino

    HBO's "Phil Spector" (March 24) directed by David Mamet and starring a tantalizingly wigged-out Al Pacino and Helen Mirren, is mostly receiving praise from critics. Pacino's performance is being touted as "compelling, both despite and because of the wigs," while Mamet's direction is called "sinfully...

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