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Please stop applauding Louis C.K. for doing the bare minimum

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Well, it looks like the Louis C.K. apologists have at least pivoted to a different tactic than simply labeling accusers liars, after the comedian finally admitted to the sexual misconduct he’s been disparaging as mere “rumor” for five years (and as recently as two months ago).

Within mere hours of C.K. issuing his statement, the internet fell over itself to commend him for the brave act of finally admitting he is, in fact, a sexual harasser and feels bad about it — now that there’s a New York Times story about it, anyway.

And as C.K. fans (and even some of his critics) pat him on the back for doing the literal least he could by not lying anymore, some conservatives continue to make excuses for Roy Moore, the former Alabama judge and U.S. Senate candidate accused of initiating a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl when he was 32. Read more…

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Here’s Why Going Through a ‘Ho Phase’ Is Highly Encouraged

This column may contain strong language, sexual content, adult humor, and other themes that may not be suitable for minors. Parental guidance is strongly advised. In the second season of HBO’s smart and sassy sitcom, Insecure, which chronicles the dating adventures of young urban black women in Los Angeles, the protagonist, Issa, embarks on what […]

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This ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8 casting just debunked one of our favorite theories

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The Golden Company is coming to Game of Thrones in Season 8, and now we know who’s leading it — and who isn’t. 

Cersei ominously namedropped the infamous sellswords in the Season 7 finale while telling Jaime about her evil scheme to defeat Daenerys and Jon — having tricked everyone into thinking Euron Greyjoy had abandoned her and run back to the Iron Islands when in reality, he was jetting off to Essos to hire some mercenaries to beef up the Lannister ranks.

We’ve previously discussed how the Golden Company could end up working in Dany’s favor instead of Cersei’s in the final season, but a new piece of casting news throws a slight wrench into our theory. Read more…

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You’ll never look at the zombie polar bear from ‘Game of Thrones’ the same way after this video

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After seeing the Night King take down a dragon with an ice javelin, you’d be forgiven for forgetting about all of the other epic moments in episode 6 of Game of Thrones Season 7, but a new behind-the-scenes video from HBO sheds a little light on another intense scene from “Beyond the Wall.”

The Magnificent Seven’s terrifying encounter with a wight polar bear was a perfect illustration of the collaboration between departments that goes into every scene. The actors were working in what Kit Harington describes as “a big CGI box,” and some of them admitted that they had a hard time visualizing their undead foe, considering what was on set for them to play against.  Read more…

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We finally know what ‘True Detective’ Season 3 is about, and who’s directing

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HBO has finally pulled the trigger on True Detective Season 3, with Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier on board to helm multiple installments alongside series creator Nic Pizzolatto.

Pizzolatto once again penned the entirety of the season, with the exception of episode 4, which he co-wrote with Deadwood creator David Milch. 

The next installment of True Detective sounds like a return to the anthology show’s Season 1 roots, telling the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks, and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods. Read more…

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What Jaime’s big moment with Cersei means for ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 8

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Ah, Jaime Lannister. Longtime kingslayer, first-time queen betrayer.

Turns out that most of the biggest political maneuvers in Game of Thrones Season 7 finale were a farce. For all her apparent fear of the wight from beyond the Wall and waffling over whether or not to join the Great War, Cersei was full of it the whole dang time.

That was one of the bombshell revelations from the episode’s concluding sprint across Westeros: Cersei still gonna Cersei. She’s been a vile, duplicitous monster for seven straight seasons and, hey… she’s still got it!

Although she agreed to stand beside Dany, Jon, and their assembled forces to fight in the Great War, Cersei never intended to do anything of the sort. Instead, she sent punk rock pirate boytoy Euron Greyjoy off on a secret mission to retrieve the Golden Company mercenaries: 20,000 warriors — with elephants — who can defeat dragons, I guess? Read more…

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No ‘Game of Thrones’ pay gap: Kit Harington, Lena Headey make the same

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The Iron Bank is equally generous to kings and queens.

Game of Thrones principal cast members Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) are making exactly the same per-episode salaries and bonuses, and have been since at least the beginning of this season, according to leaked documents sent to Mashable that purport to be the actors’ contracts covering Seasons 7 and 8.

Harington and Headey are the only principal actors whose contracts appear to be in the document dump from Friday, the sixth wave of files the HBO hackers have released since late July. Their contracts contain practically identical language — including a clause stating that no cast member can be paid more. Read more…

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Hackers just sent us practically all of HBO’s social media passwords

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The leaks just keep coming.

The hackers responsible for the massive breach of HBO haven’t let up, and reached out to Mashable to share their latest exploits. And while the latest data dump doesn’t include any Game of Thrones spoilers, it definitely contains some information that the network wouldn’t want out in the open. 

Specifically, what appears to be the login credentials for almost every single HBO social media account. Passwords for everything from @HBO, @GameOfThrones, and @WestworldHBO to various Instagram and Giphy accounts were in a text document provided to us by the so-called “Mr. Smith group.” Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ is proving itself to be leak-proof

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What is dead may never die — and what is Game of Thrones will never be defeated by leaks.

It’s been a rough ride for HBO recently. Like a White House administration that cannot stop leaking out of its “whatever,” the prestige TV mogul can’t seem to seal its faulty pipes. Yet somehow its most popular show stared those instruments of potentially devastating audience dropout and taunted: “What do we say to the god of death? Not. Today.”

Two weeks ago, hackers spoiled “The Spoils of War” by releasing one of Season 7’s most epic episodes a full two days before its official release. We urged true fans to wait until Sunday night to watch the dragonfire unleash — for their own good. Read more…

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‘Game of Thrones’ episode 5 sets up a Westerosi Western that we want. Right. Now.

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This recap is dark and full of spoilers for Game of Thrones Season 7, episode 5, “Eastwatch.”

Two queens at war. Neither can see past each other to the far greater threat.

Each needs to be convinced, immediately, or this whole Westeros thing goes to hell. And so the many men beneath their heels must go forth and bring forth the evidence.

An adventure is required. A posse is formed. 

Next up: A Westerosi Western.

That’s pretty much the grand equation of “Eastwatch,” episode 5 of this seventh season of Game of Thrones, a scattershot clockwork of updates and minor machinations, paltry plot pivots and pirouettes that had our heads spinning. Nothing happened, yet somehow everything changed. Read more…

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Hackers are shaking down HBO for Bitcoin — should the network pay up?

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To pay or not to pay? For HBO and other companies targeted by cyber criminals, that is increasingly becoming the question. 

The network behind Game of Thrones is the latest victim of a massive digital breach, with hackers claiming to have stolen 1.5 terabytes of data that includes unreleased show episodes, scripts, and internal company documents. 

Now, the perpetrators behind the cyber heist are demanding a solid chunk of Bitcoin as ransom, threatening to dump the pilfered info online unless HBO pays up. 

So should HBO pay the ransom? And what happens if it does?

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Hackers say they stole 1.5 terabytes from HBO. Here’s what that means.

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One point five terabytes. 

That’s the amount of data hackers claim to have stolen from HBO. It’s a cache that, at a minimum, includes unreleased episodes of various shows, at least one Game of Thrones script, and the personal information of a senior HBO executive. We know this because the hackers posted a sampling of the goods online, although the website listing download links quickly went offline. 

But what else did they manage to get their hands on? And, anyway, just how much is 1.5 terabytes really?

An unsolicited July 29 email sent to Mashable, claiming to be from the attacker, only sort of helps to put things in perspective.  Read more…

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Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon Will Reunite for a New Show

Years have gone by but we still watch reruns of Friends over and over (and over) again. Even if there are no signs of a show revival, we get by through this little silver lining—Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who played siblings on Friends, will be doing their own reunion for a new TV show. […]

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Larry David and Bernie Sanders are actually related, and now it all makes sense

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Sometimes life imitates art in the most perfect way: Larry David is actually, truly, literally related to Bernie Sanders—y’know, the guy he impersonated on Saturday Night Live because everyone thought they looked alike?

Turns out that David took part in PBS’ genealogy series Finding Your Roots recently and discovered that he’s distantly related to the Vermont senator, “he’s in the line… like a third cousin, or something,” David revealed at a panel promoting Season 9 of Curb Your Enthusiasm at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. “I was very happy about that, I figured there was some connection.” Read more…

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Prince William and Prince Harry Share Memories of Princess Diana

In the light of Princess Diana’s 20th year death anniversary, Prince William and Prince Harry shared a side of them that was never really shown in public as they work on an HBO documentary about their mother—Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy. This being the first time they talk about her openly and in […]

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HBO knows what you’re thinking while watching ‘Game of Thrones’ thanks to this company

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People went “crazy” over the season seven premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones. 

Or so they say.

Crazy” accounted for 8.9 percent of all emotional reactions (ERs) during the first episode, and “crazy” ERs spiked during singer Ed Sheeran’s cameo, driving 4.8 percent of all ERs.

What are ERs, and why does any of this matter? Well, if you were the producer of Game of Thrones, you looked at this data to evaluate how the show resonated and determined what to promote across social media over the following days.

The power of emotions, as a way to better connect with audiences and create fans, is the big bet of Canvs, a New York-based tech company that works with 90 percent of the TV networks in America—including HBO. Read more…

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Why Sansa Stark Had Every Right to Speak Up Against Jon Snow

Sansa Stark isn’t in my top three favorite Game of Thrones characters. Many would agree that she didn’t start out as a likable character in earlier seasons. She was a naive brat who sided with the wrong people. Her character development was a slow progress, but progress nonetheless. Again, this is coming from someone who hasn’t warmed […]

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Why that ‘Game of Thrones’ cold open was worse than ‘Scooby Doo’

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Game of Thrones‘ season opening episodes are almost never regarded as the best of their ilk. From the “Winter is Coming” pilot onwards, they’ve all suffered the same problem: too much scene-setting and checking in with characters is required for much of interest to actually happen. 

This is not necessarily a problem — we’ve had some excellent, top-ten worthy Episode 2s spring from the solid foundation of that scene-setting. But you can also see why the showrunners — and their bosses at HBO — would be interested in making sure there’s as much oomph to a season premiere as possible.

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