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'Banshee' characters get Comic-Con poster treatment -- EXCLUSIVE

Comic-Con posters — all the cool kids are doing them!

The latest to release a crop of special SDCC posters? Cinemax’s Banshee, who will be offering up the gems you’re seeing here first on EW.

Banshee will hit the Con this year with a panel being held Friday (July 19) at 7:15 p.m. in room 6A. Panelists include executive producer Greg Yaitanes, writer and executive producer Jonathan Tropper and cast members Antony Starr (Lucas Hood), Ivana Milicevic (Carrie Hopewell), Hoon Lee (Job) and Lili Simmons (Rebecca Bowman), with an autograph signing is at 5:45 p.m.
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'Clear History' posters: Larry David, Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, more get up close and personal -- EXCLUSIVE

Truth bomb: The cast for Larry David’s upcoming HBO film Clear History is packed full of stars.

Lucky for us, that means we’re treated to a series of fun character posters that have a few truths of their own. (Personal fave? “I can be a bit volatile.”)

Check out the posters exclusively below, featuring Jon Hamm, Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Bill Hader, Danny McBride, J.B. Smoove, Eva Mendes, and Amy Ryan.

Clear History premieres Aug. 10 on HBO.
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'Clear History' poster: Jon Hamm is Person of the Year...and Larry David hates him -- EXCLUSIVE

Yes, friends, that’s Larry David.

And, yes, that’s Jon Hamm as Time magazine’s Person of the Year.

The pieces of this strange puzzle come together in David’s upcoming HBO film Clear History. (That’s the official poster above, being premiered exclusively on EW.com.)

In the movie, which debuts Aug. 10, David plays an executive who loses out on extreme wealth after prematurely walking away from what would become a billion dollar stake in the company for which he once worked. Years later, with nothing to show for his life — not even hair — David’s character sets out to get even with the man who DID get rich (Hamm).

Tomorrow morning, come back to InsideTV for a look at some exclusive character posters from the flick, featuring Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, and more.

Soledad O'Brien on her move to Al Jazeera network, other upcoming projects

Since leaving her gig as anchor of CNN’s Starting Point in February, news veteran Soledad O’Brien has been on quest to redefine what it means to be a high-quality journalist in the modern age of media. In addition to her recently announced role as a Special Correspondent on Al Jazeera America’s America Tonight, 2013 has O’Brien working on documentaries with CNN, producing content for National Geographic, continuing work on her groundbreaking Black in America series and finding a home for Latinos in America. This is all while appearing on Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, looking into developing scripted projects, and working with HBO. READ FULL STORY

James Gandolfini tribute: HBO offers 'Sopranos' on demand, will reair Iraq war documentary

In honor of the late James Gandolfini, HBO announced plans Monday to offer every season of The Sopranos on HBO On Demand for one month each, starting with season 1 in July and season 2 in August. HBO will also replay Alive Day Memories: Home From Iraq, the 2007 documentary executive-produced by Gandolfini, on the Fourth of July.

Gandolfini, who died June 19 of a heart attack at age 51, was laid to rest last week at a Manhattan funeral attended by Alec Baldwin, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and nearly every actor who appeared on The Sopranos over its six-season run. Sopranos creator David Chase delivered a eulogy at the service.
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'Clear History' trailer: Larry David wigs out -- VIDEO

Clear History should really consider the parenthetical title The HBO Movie With Larry David in an Insane Wig. That’s been the film’s main talking point — but a new minute-and-a-half trailer changes that, revealing more of the story line, a slew of famous faces and even a hairpiece-free David.

In the TV movie, the Curb Your Enthusiasm mastermind plays a marketing exec for a carmaker, and he’s not too impressed with his employer’s latest vehicle, the Howard electric car. He pulls a Jerry Maguire, telling off his boss (Jon Hamm) and selling his share in the company on his way out the door — only to have the detested car become a billion-dollar hit.

Joining David and Hamm for a ride in the Howard: Kate Hudson, Michael Keaton, Eva Mendes, Amy Ryan, J.B. Smoove, Bill Hader and Danny McBride, who tells a long-haired Larry, “You look like the guy who kidnapped Elizabeth Smart!”

Watch the sneak peek below:
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On the scene: Family, friends, and fans remember James Gandolfini at Manhattan funeral

They came in suits and shorts, heels and flip-flops, somber dresses, casual T-shirts — and at least one black tank top embellished with a message hand-written in alternating red, white, and green paint: “Riposa in Pace, Capo.”

“I have to show my respect,” the tank top’s designer — Assunta, a silver-haired woman from Yonkers — said, gesturing to her handiwork. “You can read it, if you like: ‘Rest in peace, Boss.’ That’s what he is. He was the boss.”

Assunta had gathered with what seemed like all of New York City’s Italian-American community — not to mention Mario Batali, Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Chris Christie, a gaggle of Sopranos cast members, and fans of countless other ethnic backgrounds — to say goodbye to James Gandolfini, who died suddenly of a heart attack June 19.

The funeral was held at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, which stands just south of Columbia University. (“It’s by Meadow [Soprano]!” Assunta explained.) Saint John also happens to be the fourth-largest church in the world, making it one of the only sites in New York capable of holding hordes of Gandolfini’s mourners.
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David Chase's eulogy for James Gandolfini -- FULL TEXT

Earlier this morning, friends, family, and hundreds of fans gathered to pay their respects to James Gandolfini at Manhattan’s Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. Four mourners — Gandolfini’s wife, Deborah Lin Gandolfini; his assistant, Thomas Richardson; his acting coach, Susan Aston; and his old boss, Sopranos creator David Chase — delivered eulogies at the service.

A transcript of Chase’s speech, which he structured as a letter to his late friend, is reprinted below.

Dear Jim,

Your family asked me to speak at this service. I am so honored and touched. I’m also really scared, and I say that because you, of all people, understand this. I would like to run away and then call you four days from now from the beauty parlor. [Ed. note: That's a reference to a 2002 incident in which Gandolfini disappeared from the set of The Sopranos, eventually calling the show's production office four days later from a beauty salon in Brooklyn.]

I want to do a good job because I love you, and because you always did a good job.

I think the deal is, I’m supposed to speak about the actor, the artist, the work part of your life. Others will have spoken beautifully about the other beautiful and magnificent parts of you — father, brother, friend. That’s what I was told. I’m supposed to also speak for your cast mates, who you loved; for your crew that you loved so much; the people at HBO; and Journey. I hope I can speak for all of them and pay credit to them and to you.

Experts told me to start with a joke, recite a funny anecdote. Ha ha ha. But as you yourself so often said, “I’m not feelin’ it.” I’m too sad and full of despair. I’m running too partly because I would like to have had your advice, because I remember how you did speeches. I saw you do a lot of them at awards shows and stuff, and invariably, I think you would scratch two or three thoughts on a sheet of paper and put it in your pocket, and then not really refer to it. And consequently, a lot of your speeches didn’t make sense.

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Emmy Watch: Sarah Burns discusses that extremely awkward hospital visit in 'Enlightened'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

Krista was in an impossible position from the beginning. As Amy Jellicoe was burning out in a spectacular fashion at Abbadon, her assistant Krista was actually given an opportunity: with her old boss gone, she could rise in the corporate ranks. When Amy returns after an extended leave, she finds Krista thriving. She’s pregnant. She’s happy. She’s successful. And she’s occupying Amy’s old office. It was always going to be awkward.

Creator and writer Mike White allowed his show to luxuriate in complexity, and Krista is never reduced to just one thing. Actress Sarah Burns created an empathetic character who is fundamentally conflicted about her relationship with Amy. Even though we may have experienced most things in Enlightened through the vehicle of Amy, we’re never blinded by her, and can see the always earnest and sometimes tone-deaf strain that she manages to put on others. On one level, Krista is just kind of trying to lead her own life and deal with Amy’s intermittent, terribly self-centered, interruptions as they come.

EW spoke with Burns about her character, knowing what it feels like to outgrow a boss, and Enlightened’s bittersweet ending.

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Emmy Watch: Natalie Dormer on her 'modern' wannabe queen in 'Game of Thrones'

Between now and June 28, the deadline for Emmy voters to submit nomination ballots, EW.com will feature interviews with some of the actors and actresses whose names we hope to hear when nominations are announced on July 18.

How does a bright-eyed, sweet-natured, deceptively ambitious teenage girl navigate the treacherous waters of King’s Landing society — not to mention the cruel nature of her sadistic husband-to-be and his scheming mother — without losing her head? Simple: By hiding her true motives behind a megawatt smile, wielding innocence and enthusiasm as skillfully as a swordsman brandishes his blade.

It also helps if that teenager is played by 31-year-old Natalie Dormer, a seasoned performer who specializes in masters of manipulation like The Tudors‘ Anne Boleyn (another noble with royal ambitions) and Elementary‘s Irene Adler/Moriarty.

In Dormer’s hands, these characters are never just seductive scam artists. Margaery Tyrell of Game of Thrones, for example, is certainly cunning — but in the actress’ mind, she’s also genuinely caring, thoughtful, and liberal-minded. “She has quite a modern take on power and how it operates, which is fascinating to play,” Dorner told EW in between screenings at the Edinburgh Film Festival. We’re guessing she was being sincere — though with an actress like this, it’s always just a little tough to tell for sure.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You first appeared on Game of Thrones in season 2, but your character didn’t really break out until season 3. Was there a particular moment this year when you started to feel like you had become a more integral part of the ensemble?
NATALIE DORMER:
Yeah, absolutely. I thought I’d talk to you about the crossbow scene in episode 2, with me and Jack [Gleeson] talking in Joffrey’s bedchamber.
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'True Blood': Jurnee Smollett-Bell talks joining the cast and her mysterious debut as Nicole

On True Blood, craziness is to be expected. It’s when things seem downright normal — like with the arrival of new character Nicole — that it begins to get creepy. Nicole debuted in the standard way last night, by stopping by Merlotte’s with friends before announcing that she knew a bit more than she was letting on: She was aware Sam is a shifter and wants to help the supernatural cause.

Prior to the season starting, EW called up Jurnee Smollett-Bell, who plays vampire-rights activist Nicole, to talk about joining the sexy supernatural drama. Smollett-Bell, a Friday Night Lights alum who recently starred in Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, shared her audition story, her experiences with the extremely passionate True Blood fans, and the pitfalls of working with so much blood. READ FULL STORY

'True Blood': Sookie's new love interest teases what's to come (hint: plenty of nudity)

Last night on True Blood, it’s no exaggeration to say sparks flew when Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) met fellow halfling Ben Flynn. In episodes to come, Ben will help Sookie investigate Warlow, the ancient vampire who murdered Sookie’s parents, which means the two fairies are sure to grow closer. And judging from the steamy season 6 promo, the relationship is bound to ruffle some shippers’ feathers. Rob Kazinsky, who plays Ben, talked to EW about his many (I repeat, many!) nude scenes in store, why Ben’s a better match for Sookie than her supenatural exes, and how he expects fans to react. Read on… READ FULL STORY

In wake of James Gandolfini's death, 'Sopranos' sales are up

Further proof that TV lovers won’t fuhgeddabout the late James Gandolfini anytime soon: Since the three-time Emmy winner’s untimely demise, sales of The Sopranos on DVD and digital download have risen dramatically on Amazon and iTunes, two of the only venues through which the show — off the air since 2007 — can be viewed today. (A&E began airing edited versions of Sopranos episodes in 2007, but the show no longer appears on the cable net’s schedule. Though the show is also available via HBO Go, HBO declines to share numbers for its streaming service.)

A $124.99, 30-disc set that contains the award-winning HBO series in its entirety has shot to the top of Amazon’s Movies & TV Best Sellers list, ranking only behind an instantly watchable version of the latest episode of Mad Men. The Sopranos: The Complete Series also tops Amazon’s DVD Best Sellers list, while The Sopranos: The Complete First Season ranks seventh and The Sopranos: Season 6, Part 2 (the series’ last set of episodes) ranks 10th. Season 6: Part 1 appears on the chart as well, at No. 14.
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