Alison Herman

Editorial Assistant

Alison Herman spends almost as much time on Netflix as she does on HBOGo. A California transplant, she currently studies history at Columbia University. Her writing has also appeared in Eater, First We Feast, and The Eye magazine.

Features

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The “Bitch Better Have My Money” Video Doesn’t Celebrate Violence — It Celebrates Rihanna

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It’s unlikely any seven-minute clip deserves a two-minute trailer, but the music video Rihanna released at midnight makes a strong argument for its own hype. The plot’s straightforward, to the point of coming right out of the song itself: the star sings “Your wife in the backseat of my brand-new foreign car” as the camera pans over… the bitch in question’s wife in the trunk of a car. Not a brand-new or foreign car, as befits the segment’s vintage Americana road-trip vibe, but close enough. 
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Everything You Need to Know About Beats 1, the Centerpiece of Apple Music

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The workings of Apple Music, the company’s higher-than-high-profile streaming service that debuted yesterday, will feel familiar to those who use competitors like Spotify (most people) or Tidal (not so many people). In addition to on-demand streaming and automated recommendations, though, Apple Music’s most distinctive feature is Beats 1, a 24-hour radio station staffed not just by real, live human beings, but DJs and artists ranging from Jaden Smith and St. Vincent, to former BBC Radio 1 star Zane Lowe and Hot 97’s Ebro Darden. Here are the basics of the new station, from how to start streaming to what’s coming up this week. 
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Give the Reddit User Who Photoshopped Every ‘Game of Thrones’ Character Into Nicolas Cage a Nobel

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Hats off to CarlosDanger100, the brave Reddit poster who finally stepped up and did what somebody should have months — nay, years — ago: photoshopped the entire cast of Game of Thrones into Nicolas Cage in period costume. Find the full roster here, from Tyrion Cage to Arya Cage to, finally, just plain Cage (née Hodor). It’s like the best Face/Off sequel ever, with more dragons and no John Travolta!
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‘Poldark’ Recap: Part 1

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We begin in America, with a group of soldiers taking a break from the Revolutionary War. But there’s a twist! Even though Part One of Poldark is being broadcast on PBS, our boys aren’t Americans, and fictional versions of the Founding Fathers are nowhere to be found. Instead, the fighters are none other than Redcoats, and our dashing hero Ross Poldark is one of them — until he gets knocked out by an ambush.
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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 Finale Recap: “Mother’s Mercy”

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What a happy, uplifting episode! Arya gets her sweet revenge, Jaime and Myrcella have a bonding moment, and everyone’s OTP is finally reunited. (Varion 4eva!!!!) I feel totally satisfied by “Mother’s Mercy” and fully prepared to go ten months without any follow-up to that final shot. Just kidding! Nothing matters and everyone we love will die and/or have a stranger’s penis waved at them as part of a public shaming ritual one… Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Abortion Economics

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There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, the inmates of Litchfield return to our laptop screens and Game of Thrones ups the stakes yet again.
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Let’s Overanalyze These ‘Game of Thrones’ Season Finale Photos!

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Starting Sunday at 10 PM Eastern, HBO will cruelly deprive us of fresh #content to anticipate, criticize, and logic into elaborate metaphors for climate change for ten whole months. The gap between Game of Thrones seasons is long and full of terrors, so before Sunday’s finale, we’re taking every chance to comb through every maddening frame of this series while we still can. Luckily, HBO just released pictures of this week’s finale that hint at the fallout from Episode 9’s stadium-burner. Here’s what we got out of these eight stills.
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BBC America’s ‘Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell’ Will Delight Fans of the Book and Newcomers Alike

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Though Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is, on paper, the story of two wizards and their magical exploits — including but not limited to summoning fairies, raising the dead, and communicating with trees — the BBC miniseries, premiering on the network’s American affiliate this Saturday, doesn’t feel like fantasy. Those put off from Game of Thrones by visions of memorizing proper nouns via flashcard in order to grasp the basic plot can therefore rest easy: like the 2004 novel on which it’s based, Jonathan Strange is best described as historical fiction with fantastic elements. The world it takes place in is recognizably our own, minus a century or two, and the rivalry at its center is motivated by forces more tragically human than supernatural.
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