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HBO Hires 160 Lawyers in Preparation for Release of its Scientology Documentary

HBO will soon be releasing its documentary on Scientology, Going Clear, based on the book of the same name by… Read More

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‘The Newsroom’ Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: “Main Justice”

We open on last week’s cliffhanger, with Gary “HR Nightmare” Cooper singing Cole Porter and walking in on the FBI. He swears—gotta relish your time on HBO while it’s still there!—and Mac yells about her wedding, but Charlie’s the one who actually gets his act together and does something. While he “calls” ACN’s West Coast office to “set up” a live broadcast of the raid, Don and Jim scramble to set up a functional newsroom, the thing it is their job as producers to do. Maggie shouts empowered stuff at her ex-boyfriends, like “Shut up!” and “Your fly is unzipped!” and “FUCK!,” and the FBI calls off the raid instead of calling Charlie’s bluff. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘Luther’ Returns to the USA and UK, One Direction Returns to ‘SNL’

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week: Luther gets a BBC miniseries and an American adaptation, Hot in Cleveland finally gets canceled, and SNL announces its December lineup.  … Read More

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HBO Orders Full Season of J. J. Abrams and Jonathan Nolan’s ‘Westworld,’ a “Sci-Fi Western”

HBO has announced that Westworld (no relation, unfortunately, to anything in the world of Westeros), a “sci-fi Western” based on the… Read More

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The Best Graffiti in Cinema

Presented by HBO

For a month last summer, New Yorkers were absolutely consumed with all things Banksy. The acclaimed British street artist had come to NYC for a citywide “residency,” and his works popped up all over the city. HBO’s new user-generated documentary, Banksy Does New York (airing tonight at 9pm), recounts those halcyon days of stencils, street art, and secret identities. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to graffiti on film. We’ve rounded up seven more movies to check out, that will ensure you get your street-art fix. … Read More

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‘The Newsroom’ Season 3 Episode 2 Recap: “Run”

No wonder Aaron Sorkin is quitting TV! The first five minutes of “Run” gives us the most perfect distillation of the Sorkin sensibility we’re ever likely to get, straight from the man of himself. “I’m a douche on the side of the angels!” Chris Messina hollers across the table at an unimpressed Kat Dennings. Game over, mic dropped. Well-meaning self-righteousness, explained by a middle-aged man to a young woman: we’ve reached Peak Sorkin, and the guy’s understandably chosen to quit (for screenwriting) while he’s ahead. … Read More

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‘The Newsroom’ Season 3 Premiere Recap: “Boston”

Well, it happened: in a plot line about half a sentence removed from an Onion storyThe Newsroom decided to take on the Boston Marathon. Character-wise, we begin the final season almost exactly where we left off, except Meryl Streep’s daughter is now working for ACN as a blogger, complete with a roped-off little blogger pen proclaiming she’s a part of “ACN DIGITAL,” not the actual News Night team. Anyway, Aaron Sorkin has claimed that one of his biggest regrets from the show was giving journalists the impression he’s telling them how to do their jobs. That may be true, but “Boston” sure doesn’t show it. … Read More

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‘The Comeback’ Is the Year’s Most Difficult Comedy — And That’s Why You Should Watch It

Lisa Kudrow and Michael Patrick King’s The Comeback is difficult television — its comedy is more difficult than most drama. There’s nothing new, anymore, about Comedy of the Cringe, but when The Comeback first aired nine years ago, it was something of a pioneer of the genre. At the time, people didn’t seem quite ready to cringe through an entire half hour of TV, and The Comeback was canceled after one season, only to be resuscitated by HBO this year. Luckily, it outdoes pretty much all of its cringe-y predecessors (and most of the similar shows that came after it). Unlike Veep or Curb Your Enthusiasm or The Office or Extras, the point isn’t just that the protagonist (Lisa Kudrow’s Valerie Cherish) is unpleasant — or just that her inability to function in society makes you curl up in horror as though involuntarily mimicking the dents she’s creating in society’s fabric — it’s that a very specific, very insidious aspect of society is causally linked to, and perhaps even the root of, the character’s dysfunction. … Read More

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Does ‘The Newsroom’ Reveal a Grand Unified Sorkinverse™?

For the most part, The Newsroom‘s final season is dying-broadcast-news-business as usual. Will McAvoy continues to be an insufferable blowhard. Olivia Munn continues to be way, way better than the show. And the Internet continues to be the Big, Bad Bogeyman that’s taking journalism to hell in a hand basket. (At one point, Meryl Streep’s daughter says the word “retweets” in a way that is supposed to convey profound shame. It does not work, but not for lack of trying.) But there is one new, potentially earth-shaking development here — one with very important consequences for our understanding of Sorkinland. … Read More

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