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Allison Williams on why HBO's 'Girls' are still friends -- and what's in store for season 3's finale

When we first met Lena Dunham’s Girls, each one had a clear role to play: Hannah (Lena Dunham) was our neurotic protagonist. Shoshannah (Zosia Mamet) was the naive one. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) was the selfish free spirit. And Marnie — played with pretty, uptight perfection by Allison Williams — was the only member of the group who really seemed to have her life figured out.

That was then. Since its pilot, Girls has systematically stripped away everything that helped Marnie maintain her carefully constructed facade — her long-term boyfriend, her job, even her friendships with the other girls. But even though her character started out season 3 having truly hit rock bottom — before digging even deeper — Williams is convinced that things really are looking up for Marnie as the dramedy heads into its third finale. (Even the hate-sex she’s been having with Shosh’s ex-boyfriend Ray is a net positive!) Why? See her reasoning below — as well as her thoughts on embarrassing music videos, offscreen curveballs, and why these four are still friends, despite all evidence that they shouldn’t be.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I want to start out by asking point blank if you, personally, like Marnie.
ALLISON WILLIAMS:
[Laughs] I do! I would probably be friends with her — I’m sure she would drive me crazy, but I would employ a very straightforward method of communicating with her. I think she’s someone who benefits from that — I think she really is drawn to people who are somewhat direct, if not slightly mean to her. READ FULL STORY

What to expect from 'Last Week Tonight with John Oliver' -- VIDEO

John Oliver has already promised to give viewers insight on major news stories happening around the world…“eventually.” Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, which eschews the 24-hour news cycle for a weekly series that curates the top stories — or at least those with the best punch lines — from the previous seven days, is set to premiere April 27 at 11 p.m. ET on HBO.

Until then, the show has posted a few new clips that provide a glimpse at the kind of humor we can expect from the Daily Show alum’s new venture. The two videos feature Last Week web producer Josh Gondelman and parody the GOP’s recent ad campaign targeting hipsters, women and minorities:

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'Game of Thrones' season 4 final trailer revealed

One more tease? Sure!

HBO showed VIPs in NYC the Game of Thrones season 4 premiere episode Tuesday night, but the cable network also released this final trailer for fans. Titled “Devil Inside,” we get a new look at the battle of Castle Black, the slave city of Mereen (nice pyramid!), and Thrones newcomer  Pedro Pascal as Prince Oberyn Martell (who warns Tyrion, “the Lannisters aren’t the only ones who pay their debts”). Check it out below, and then quick-click over to EW’s own tease of this week’s just-unveiled 10-page Game of Thrones cover story. READ FULL STORY

'Veep' season 3 trailer: Becoming the most powerful person on Earth

Selina Meyer is running for President! But the campaign isn’t quite what she expected.

In Veep‘s season 3 trailer, Selina is not only prevented from speaking her mind, but also told that in order to “maximize” her chances of becoming the POTUS, she pretty much has to fire her entire staff. Well, except for Sue.

Watch Selina plan her campaign strategy — and say inappropriate things — in the comedy’s latest trailer:

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'True Detective' deleted scene: Why Rust and Lori broke up -- VIDEO

True Detective fans certainly have no delusions that damaged philosopher Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) was an easy man to live with; his repartee with partner Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) was proof of that. But the only true glimpses viewers had of Rust’s brief attempt at a functioning relationship — with Hart family friend Lori (Elizabeth Reaser) — were in fragmented scenes that played like fading memories. (Spoilers ahead.)

Marty’s wife Maggie (Michelle Monaghan) introduced Rust to Lori after the detectives “solved” the grisly murder of Dora Lange. Beyond that, pretty much all we knew was that the relationship ended badly. But now that the season has ended, a new deleted scene sheds light on just how profoundly the death of Rust’s child impacted his ability to move forward in life. His inability to heal — or his desire not to — leads to one explosive, but not surprising, confrontation:

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Olivia Wilde cast in Scorsese's HBO rock 'n' roll pilot

Olivia Wilde will co-star in HBO’s untitled rock ‘n’ roll pilot from Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter, and Mick Jagger, EW has confirmed.

According to HBO, the pilot, set in 1970s New York, explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.

Wilde joins co-star Bobby Cannavale, who plays Richie Finestra, the founder and president of a top-tier record label (American Century Records) who undergoes a crisis of character when confronted with a life-altering decision. She will play his wife, Devon Finestra, a former actress/model who lived a Bohemian life in 1960s New York. Richie’s crisis causes strain on their family and propels her to go back to her former lifestyle.

Production is expected to start early this summer.

This marks a return to television for Wilde, who previously starred in Fox’s medical drama House from 2007 to 2012. Winter and Scorsese previously worked together on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which is ending after the upcoming fifth season.

Teaser trailer for 'The Normal Heart' arrives -- VIDEO

“To win a war you have to start one,” declares the first teaser trailer for HBO’s highly anticipated adaptation of Larry Kramer’s award-winning play The Normal Heart. The TV movie will focus on the rise of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of fictional writer/activist Ned Weeks — the founder of a prominent HIV advocacy group. The character is based on writer/activist Kramer himself.

Viewers can see the rumblings of outrage beginning in the first thirty-second tease, which offers fans their first glimpses of the cast, including Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo (as Weeks), Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, and Jonathan Groff, in action.

The Normal Heart, directed by Ryan Murphy, will premiere on HBO Sunday, May 25. Watch below: READ FULL STORY

New 'Game of Thrones' trailer: 'Do you know what they did to my brother? And my mother?' -- VIDEO

Still steaming about the HBO Go outage that killed your plans to watch True Detective‘s finale? This might help: On Sunday, the cabler premiered another new trailer for the fourth season of Game of Thrones, which premieres in a few short weeks. (They’d better get their server issues sorted out by then, or we will take what is ours, with fire and blood!)

Though the clip doesn’t feature many new revelations, it does include several shots of interest, especially for those who have read George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire saga: Sansa (Sophie Turner) mourning her slain family; new character Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal) noting that if you can’t protect the ones you love, you must avenge them; Dany (Emilia Clarke) overseeing a catapult attack and swearing to “answer injustice… with justice;” Tyrion (Peter Dinklage) bitterly saying “we mustn’t disappoint Father” over a shot of Tywin (Charles Dance) lounging on the Iron Throne. Also, the dragons (actual dragons) have gotten a lot bigger.

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HBO GO problems hit 'True Detective' finale

Have trouble watching the hotly anticipated True Detective finale tonight? You weren’t the only one. Fans of the series took to Twitter to protest technical issues that struck the HBO GO streaming platform. HBO GO’s official Twitter stream acknowledged the troubles, blaming the show’s literally overwhelming popularity: “Due to overwhelmingly popular demand for #TrueDetective, we’ve been made aware of an issue affecting some users. Please try again soon.” READ FULL STORY

First look at HBO's Bruce Springsteen documentary 'High Hopes' -- VIDEO

HBO has just released the first look at High Hopes, the documentary chronicling the making of Bruce Springsteen’s 18th studio album.

In the clip, The Boss talks about the emotional impetus behind the album, also titled High Hopes, and how collaborator Tom Morello, guitarist for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, served as “the glue” of the project.

The film reunites Springsteen with filmmaker Thom Zimny, who previously directed The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ in 2010. It will feature interviews, behind-the-scenes studio and rehearsal segments, and exclusive E Street Band tour footage.

High Hopes premieres April 4 at 9:30 p.m. ET on HBO.

'Last Week Tonight With John Oliver': Watch HBO's first promo -- VIDEO

HBO has released a preview for the new satirical news program Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, from the most trusted relied-upon name in news, former Daily Show correspondent John Oliver.

The show will bring Oliver’s fresh take on the biggest news stories of the day — or week, for that matter. In the preview, Oliver explains how the weekly show will work around constantly changing trends and stories. The voice-over doesn’t seem to understand, but you can watch for yourself below: READ FULL STORY

'True Detective' ratings climb to best yet: Will HBO announce season 2?

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This is so not surprising to anybody who’s watching HBO’s True Detective: The freshman drama’s ratings have climbed to a series high.

Sunday’s episode of Detective had a best-yet 2.6 million viewers for its first airing at 9 p.m., up 13 percent from its previous high, which was the crime  anthology’s Jan. 13 season premiere. Across three plays for the night, Detective racked up 3.6 million, also a new best. During the season to date, Detective has an average audience of 10.9 million viewers across all HBO plays and platforms.

While dramas on broadcast network often launch to high ratings, given their big platform and heavy publicity, and then ebb steadily downward, dramas that debut on cable networks like HBO often launch to modest numbers and then slowly gain viewers. At least, that’s what the successful ones do. READ FULL STORY

Lena Dunham will host 'Saturday Night Live'

Will Blerta return?

Lena Dunham will host Saturday Night Live March 8, NBC announced today. This will be the Girls creator/writer/star’s first time hosting the program. She’ll be joined by musical guest The National, also making their SNL debut.

After the news broke, Dunham tweeted, “Thank you for the SNL love. Dream come true. Can’t wait to debut my character “girl who googled serial killers all night & has lots to say”!”

SNL returns March 1 with host Jim Parsons and musical guest Beck.

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