‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Episode 4 Recap: “Cuanto”

Goddammit, Boardwalk Empire. I was on board with so much of “Cuanto,” an episode that distinguishes itself on several fronts. The flashbacks still aren’t relevant, but this week’s at least cohere into a nice mini-episode about a day in the life of Nucky ‘n’ Eli. Back in the present, the combination of Van Alden/Mueller, Mickey Doyle, and Drunk Margaret makes “Cuanto” straight-up funny in a way that Boardwalk doesn’t get a lot of credit for being when it’s on top of its game. And then the last two minutes give us a one-two punch of tired prestige cable clichés, squandering lots (but not all!) of those warm ‘n’ fuzzy feelings from Nucky and Margaret’s unromantic reunion. … Read More

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Everything We Know About ‘True Detective’ Season 2 So Far

Last winter, True Detective took over the television world — and the Internet — with only eight episodes. It was a tour-de-force of storytelling from Nic Pizzolatto (who wrote every episode) and of acting from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. As soon as the show ended, rumors started flying about plot and casting details for Season 2. Here is everything we know about True Detective Season 2 so far. (Don’t worry — we’ll update the post as more information is confirmed.) … Read More

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Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner to Produce Documentary About LGBT-Friendly Tailors for HBO

Bindle & Keep, the Brooklyn-based bespoke tailor, is getting its own HBO documentary thanks to Jenni Konner… Read More

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This Is Real Life: Beyoncé Kicks Jay Z’s Ass in ‘On The Run’ HBO Concert Film

On Jay Z’s 2006 album Kingdom Come, the rapper offered up one of the most revealing snippets of his private relationship with Beyoncé — that is, until this May’s Elevatorgate. On “Lost One,” Hova raps, “I don’t think it’s meant to be, B/ But she loves her work more than she does me/ And honestly, at 23/ I would probably love my work more than I did she.” Jay would confirm Beyoncé as the song’s subject in his 2010 book Decoded, but it was clear even then — a year and a half before Knowles and Carter would become America’s Couple — who Jay was speaking of. This is worth remembering after a summer filled with rumors of infidelity, divorce, and pregnancy. … Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Episode 3 Recap: “What Jesus Said”

Of the three Boardwalk Empire episodes that make up the season thus far, this is the one where the flashbacks came together for me. That’s partly due to the sudden shift from the Thompson household’s miserable, mundane poverty to the surreality of the vintage boardwalk. Everything suddenly feels off in a way that perfectly captures what memories feel like when they’re warped over the decades and turned into personal mythology. The effect is almost dreamlike, from Mabel and Mr. Beckert’s abrupt, creepy dialogue to the slow pan from a barren beach to Mabel’s sleeping parents. … Read More

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 5 Episode 2 Recap: “The Good Listener”

After last week’s premiere made it loud and clear that the final season of Boardwalk Empire is gonna be All About Nucky, the show had some extra groundwork to cover tonight. Nucky’s still around and very much in focus, hunting down legitimate business partners and ruminating on his terrible father figures. But virtually all of the supporting players from “Golden Days for Boys and Girls” have been swapped out, showing just how much pipe laying was pushed aside in favor of flashbacks and cute Cuban kids. Case in point: we’re a quarter of the way through the season, and we only just got to Chicago! … Read More

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Watch: Frances McDormand and Bill Murray Stare at Rural Things in HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” Trailer

Rural New England! Gun! The weathered stares of Frances McDormand and Bull Murray! Moody Martha Wainwright song! The words “Pulitzer… Read More

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‘The Newsroom’, ‘The Comeback’, and ‘Getting On’ Premiere Dates

HBO announced premiere dates for three fall shows including the third season of The Newsroom, the return of The Comeback, and the… Read More

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 1 Finale Recap: “The Prodigal Son Returns”

Was The Leftovers worth it? I’ve been pondering this question for the back half of Season 1. I’ve mentioned the ups and downs of the season quite a bit and how a superb episode would sometimes be followed by a subpar episode that made everything unfocused. Mostly, however, I’ve been thinking a lot about the people (friends and critics) who have given up on the show because of the grotesque violence — the way the camera unflinchingly remained on Gladys’ beat and bloodied face or Patti’s fate in the woods. Outside of the violence is hopelessness, despair, and depression — not exactly things to cheer you up on a Sunday night — so the question is: Was the season good enough to justify sticking around and wading through the darkness? The finale makes a case for it. … Read More

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