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The animation secret behind Jon Stewart’s now dead HBO show

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It’s been said that the insane news cycle killed Jon Stewart’s daily animated news show, but the truth is, the hitch was as much about the animation as it was the news.

“We all thought the project had great potential but there were technical issues in terms of production and distribution that proved too difficult given the quick turnaround and topical nature of the material,” said HBO and Stewart in a statement to Mashable.

It’s a shame, really, because the animation technology they were originally going to use was specifically designed to handle the ultra-fast turnaround required for daily-news-infused animation. Read more…

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Could Game of Thrones eventually be 20-minutes and on your smartphone? Well, maybe.

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As AT&T gears up to acquire Time Warner, mobile content is top-of-mind for teams at both companies. AT&T’s CEO Randall Stephenson spoke of these plans on Tuesday, singling out HBO as a Time Warner brand that has become a household name.

But how would something like Game of Thrones look on mobile? Shorter — much shorter. “Maybe you want a 20-minute episode,” Stephenson suggested, noting before that the mere suggestion would be terrifying for HBO CEO Richard Plepler.

“Let the content geniuses and creative geniuses think about this, but curate the content uniquely for a mobile environment,” he added. Read more…

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Here’s how Richard could build his ‘new internet’ on ‘Silicon Valley’

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“You’ve got unlimited time and resources, you can build anything in the world you want with your compression — anything at all, what’s it gonna be… 3… 2… 1… go!” shouts billionaire douchebag Russ Hanneman in Silicon Valley’s Season 4 premiere.

“A new internet” stutters Richard Hendricks, the show’s bumbling, but lovable nerd protagonist. LOL, what?

“We put a man on the moon using the computing power of a handheld calculator,” Richard continues. “There’s literally millions of times more computing power in my phone, and that’s just sitting in my pocket doing nothing. So then I thought there’s, what, billions of phones all over the world with the same computing power just sitting in peoples’ pockets.” Read more…

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This stunning ‘Veep’ artwork is fit for a POTUS

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Selina Meyer’s stint as POTUS may be over, but whenever Veep‘s hapless heroine wants an ego boost, she need look no further than the spectacular collection of artwork that Los Angeles’ Gallery1988 is currently exhibiting in honor of the HBO comedy’s sixth season, currently airing Sundays. 

Veep fans love the show’s iconic and hilarious characters, and we thought that an art show would be a really fun way to allow some of our artistic fans to reinterpret their favorite characters and scenes through their own works,” says Yauny Wheaton, director of program advertising for HBO. “Gallery1988 had so many great ideas about which artists to approach for the show, and we couldn’t be more thrilled with the collection of art that’s going to be on display this month.” Read more…

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Now That ‘Girls’ Is Done, Here Are the Apartments We’ll Miss

Don’t you just hate saying good-bye to a series? I bet a lot of you are feeling a little lost after watching the final episode of Girls. The HBO series lasted for six seasons, and many have become attached to the four women—Hannah (Lena Dunham), Jessa (Jemima Kirke), Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet), and Marnie (Allison Williams). Sure, […]

The post Now That ‘Girls’ Is Done, Here Are the Apartments We’ll Miss appeared first on Preen.

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Jemima Kirke Has Been Wearing a Natori Silk Robe Since ‘Girls’ Season 1

Girls fans would know Jessa’s (played by Jemima Kirke) penchant for a specific silk robe in the show. She’s been wearing it since season one, and costume designer Jenn Rogien reveals that it’s made by Filipino-owned brand Natori. Whoa! “The red kimono is from Jessa’s closet from season one. She’s worn it every season,” Jenn tells New […]

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HBO promos give us a peek at new ‘Game of Thrones’ costumes

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Hard as it is to believe, the characters on Game of Thrones are all part of one big old family: HBO. In a series of new promos featuring characters from all its original programming, the cable giant gave us a little tease of new Game of Thrones costumes, and the giant crossover show we didn’t know we wanted.

All three ads show characters laughing, singing, exhaling (and in the case of The Leftovers, smoking) until they match the the note that introduces every HBO show.

The good folks at Screencrush compiled all the Game of Thrones costumes into a handy little gallery, but you should watch the video promos for the full effect of everyone singing the same note (and Hodor contributing his usual two cents). Read more…

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Your favorite ‘Westworld’ scene-stealer will have a much bigger role in Season 2

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There were plenty of memorable characters in Westworld Season 1 — but one guest star made a huge impression on viewers despite only appearing in a few scenes, and it looks like the showrunners were paying attention.

Louis Herthum, who played Peter Abernathy — the “father” of Evan Rachel Wood’s Dolores — in Season 1, has been promoted to series regular status for Season 2, Mashable has confirmed.

Herthum delivered a powerhouse performance in the Season 1 premiere, transitioning from a loving father to a malfunctioning android — complete with a chilling monologue that threatened vengeance and destruction against his creators — which set the tone for the rest of the season and the hosts’ gradual journey towards self-awareness.  Read more…

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Yes, Jude Law knows about your ‘Young Pope’ memes

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Good news, meme-makers, The Young Pope‘s Jude Law is well aware of the exquisite internet mockery surrounding his new HBO drama. 

In fact, much like a benevolent pontiff might offer benediction for your sins, Law has blessed our creative exploits. 

“Having spent the last week in New York and here doing lots of press, I’ve become very aware,” Law told reporters at HBO’s presentation at the Television Critics Association winter press tour in Los Angeles when asked for his take on the show’s online popularity.

While he admits that earlier in the week, “I didn’t even know what a meme was,” Law has come to embrace the Twitter fervor that his new role has prompted. “I love them. They’re very funny, they’re very imaginative,” he said. Read more…

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Apple reportedly wants to start making TV shows

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Apple is in talks to begin making high-end television shows that could rival the kind of work produced by HBO and Netflix, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

The company has been in talks with studio executives and producers, and hopes to have something to show for its efforts by the end of 2017, according to the report.

That’s the kind of news that can send shivers down the spines — or dollar signs into the dreams — of the entire entertainment industry. Apple has long been seen as a quiet giant whose entry into the content creation industry would be a game changer. While Apple’s main business is in making products and providing distribution for TV and music, the prospect that the company — and its cash pile of $230 billion — could begin making its own content has loomed.  Read more…

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