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HBO makes huge Amazon Prime deal: See which shows are going online

Big news for HBO fans: You can now watch many shows from the pay cable service without actually paying for cable, or buying the DVDs (or pirating the shows).

HBO has made a major deal with Amazon that gives Amazon Prime members unlimited streaming access to past seasons of shows like The Sopranos and Deadwood, as well as select seasons of current series such as True Blood and Boardwalk Empire. (See the full list below.) This is HBO’s first deal licensing its content to a streaming service. On average, the deal covers content that is at least three years old. For newer seasons, sorry — HBO still requires you get a subscription with a cable or satellite provider.

The network has previously licensed some content to basic cable networks, a move that’s actually keeping a few shows off Amazon Prime for the time being since they’re tied up in other deals (namely, Sex and the City, Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm). READ FULL STORY

John Turturro replaces Robert De Niro in HBO's 'Criminal Justice'

John Turturro has replaced Robert De Niro as the star of Criminal Justice, the seven-hour HBO miniseries that was once conceived as a James Gandolfini vehicle. Based on a 2008 BBC drama of the same name, Justice was slated to be The Sopranos‘ star’s high-profile return to an HBO series, and he had filmed the pilot before he died last June. HBO recruited De Niro in September to assume the lead role, but as the Hollywood Reporter initially wrote, he’s now out, as is his Tribeca Films production company.

Turturro will play Jack Stone, an unscrupulous New York City lawyer who defends a Pakistani man (Riz Ahmed) accused of murder. Bill Camp, Peyman Moaadi (A Separation), and Poorna Jagannathan also star. Steve Zaillian (All the King’s Men) will direct a script written by novelist Richard Price (The Wire).

 

'True Blood' final season trailer: Left for dead

When True Blood‘s sixth season ended, we were told that the show’s seventh and final year would bring the focus back to the town of Bon Temps, and the show’s first season 7 trailer makes good on that promise. It seems as though the Hep V virus is invading Bon Temps, and the government… well.. apparently couldn’t care less.

Watch the first trailer for True Blood‘s season 7 below.

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'Girls' season 4: Look who's back together -- PHOTOS

Maybe Hannah and Adam aren’t consciously uncoupling after all.

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'Game of Thrones' star Alfie Allen on why Theon's torment gets easier to watch

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Are you feeling sorry for him yet? Theon Greyjoy — that callous, ambitious, and ultimately murderous former Stark ward — has endured more torment than any surviving Game of Thrones character. After betraying the Stark family, Theon (Alfie Allen) was captured by House Bolton, where he’s been subjected to all sorts of physical and psychological torments at the hands of Ramsay Snow (Iwan Rheon).

Last year’s Theon scenes were tough for many HBO viewers to witness, and so far this season Theon’s situation doesn’t seem all that much better — he’s out of the dungeon, at least, but now seems utterly subservient and beaten down.

Not too many people compare Thrones to The Lord of the Rings now that the HBO drama has so thoroughly distinguished itself from that other fantasy classic. Yet Theon increasingly brings to mind Tolkien’s most sharply drawn character — Sméagol/Gollum. Like Tolkien’s creation, Theon has even embraced a new name: “Reek.”

We spoke briefly to Allen by phone shortly before the Thrones season premiere: READ FULL STORY

'The Leftovers': Walt Whitman's words fuel latest teaser -- VIDEO

The latest teaser for HBO’s upcoming series The Leftovers is here, and it took a page from Breaking Bad‘s book by using some of Walt Whitman’s poetry in its narration.

The Leftovers, a drama about 2 percent of the world’s population suddenly disappearing, is from Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof’s first foray back into television after the hit island-based series ended in 2010. Lindelof created the series, along with Tom Perrotta, who wrote the book — also called The Leftovers — the show is based off of. READ FULL STORY

HBO puts 'Silicon Valley' premiere on YouTube -- VIDEO

Mike Judge’s new HBO comedy Silicon Valley premiered last night. But just in case you didn’t get a chance to watch it — possibly thanks to HBO Go crashing once again – the entire episode is now available on YouTube.
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Millions go missing in HBO's 'The Leftovers' teaser -- VIDEO

People mysteriously disappear in HBO’s upcoming series The Leftovers – a lot of people.

“Two percent doesn’t sound like much,” a narrator tells us as images of crowds around the world flash across the screen. “But two percent of the entire planet, of every person on it, that’s more than the world’s ten largest cities combined.” That’s the amount of the world’s population that suddenly disappears one day, setting the series into motion — including a really cute baby we see briefly in the trailer, only to find it missing seconds later.

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HBO sets premiere dates for 'True Blood,' 'The Leftovers'

HBO has firmed up the debut dates for the first season of The Leftovers and the last season of True Blood. READ FULL STORY

Bruce Springsteen's buried classics: 'I got a million of 'em, man' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When it comes to albums, Bruce Springsteen can be ruthless. Ruthless in the sense that if a great song doesn’t fit with the tone, message, or general vibe of the rest of the album he’s building, he’ll throw it out. Maybe the song gets a little oxygen on stage during a tour, maybe it finds its way onto another project years later, or maybe it’s still sitting in Bruce’s attic. As Springsteen told Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello in High Hopes, the HBO documentary about the making of his most recent album, “I got a million of ‘em, man.” READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Sophie Turner takes six Sansa questions

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It’s hard to find a happier person on the Game of Thrones set than Sophie Turner. Which is weird because she plays the most depressed character on the show — Sansa Stark, who keeps losing family members to the Lannisters, and now even has to put up with being married to one too. We asked Turner six questions about Sansa and season 4, which gets underway April 6:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I read you love Jersey Shore, Honey Boo Boo, and Keeping Up with The Kardashians— I bet you wouldn’t watch Game of Thrones if you weren’t on it.
Sophie Turner:
Well, yeah probably! I’m more into like trashy reality trash shows- that’s the kind of shows that I like. The one fiction show I watch is Hannibal. I love it! I missed the last episode—it didn’t record on my TV but I watched all the way up to the penultimate episode [of season 1] and it’s amazing.

When this season opens, you must not be doing very well in the wake of everything that’s happened—you’re sad Sansa.
Turner: Yes, I’m sad Sansa. I just found out that my brother and mother are dead. She’s a bit of a loner, not in a good place.  READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Nikolaj Coster-Waldau on Jaime's season 4 women trouble

In Game of Thrones season 4, Jaime Lannister is reunited with his long lost love — who just happens to be the Queen Regent and his twin sister. But don’t expect Jaime and Cersei (Lena Headey) to make a quick return to the sneaky, incestuous ways we last saw in season 1.

“For him, it’s been a very traumatic trip,” says Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who has ditched his scraggly beard and returned to Jaime’s clean-cut look now that his character is back in King’s Landing. “But he’s been wanting to get back to this woman for the duration of his trip. You want to just go back to the way it was. But it’s not that easy. A lot has happened in her life as well.”

Definitely traumatic. Jaime was imprisoned and had his right hand chopped off last season, leaving him far less able to protect himself (or the king, for that matter, as he’s a member of the royal Kingsguard). While he’s perhaps gained more inner strength, expect Jaime’s physical weakening to be a turn off for Cersei, who has always relied on her brother’s alpha male status. “In her mind, he was the strongest soldier, the strongest man and he could always protect her,” he notes.

Having said that, Coster-Waldau adds that you don’t need to see any new episodes to know there have been hints that this relationship was already uneven. READ FULL STORY

'Game of Thrones': Ygritte is super pissed in season 4

You meet somebody special. He’s hot; he’s nice; he’s got some noble blood and big, bushy hair. You introduce him to your friends and even take him to your special jacuzzi love cave. The only thing that annoys you is he acts all self righteous and ethical, which makes what happens next all the more infuriating: He betrays your friends, then runs away, ditching you to go hang out with his frat buddies at Castle Black. So it’s perhaps no surprise that Ygritte is really irked at Jon Snow in Game of Thrones season 4.

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