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Christopher Guest's 'Family Tree': Round up the usual (hilarious) suspects! -- VIDEO

The king of improv feature films, Christopher Guest, is coming to HBO this May with Family Tree. The new comedy series stars Chris O’Dowd, who you might know from Bridesmaids or Girls, as a man who “gets a box of treasures” and becomes obsessed with his family’s history.

In our spring preview issue, Guest told EW that each episode has an eight-page outline and the rest is improv. “But we’ve written a huge back history for every character, which took us six or eight months to come up with,” Guest explained. “We’ve done an entire family tree going back to the 1700s.”

Watch the fun teaser below: READ FULL STORY

'Veep' season 2 trailer: Everyone curses and almost nothing goes right -- VIDEO

It’s time for the second season of Veep, HBO’s lightning-fast/lightning-foul comedy about the first female V.P. (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), the most-aggressive, second-most-powerful politician in D.C.

Here’s what we learn from the show’s new NSFW trailer: the Veep’s team is headed to a pig roast (maybe) where the hosts might be intimately involved with the main course; the Veep considers “daughter-boarding”; and, unrelated to those two incidents, the Veep becomes a meme, or “mean ma’am” — sorry, “meme, ma’am.” Something tells me V.P. really doesn’t stand for Very Precious.

Register for season 2, which begins April 14, below:


'Game of Thrones': Best season 3 trailer yet -- VIDEO

Sure, we just posted a Game of Thrones trailer yesterday, but now there’s this one: The most action-packed season 3 preview yet. There’s sword fights with flaming swords, armies, ice climbing, smooching, and some new dragon footage. In fact, if you haven’t read George R.R. Martin’s books and already plan to watch season 3, you might want to skip this one since it’s pretty spoilery. READ FULL STORY

Cate Blanchett heads to HBO for 'Cancer Vixen'

Cate Blanchett isn’t a name you usually associate with television — even HBO. Tuesday, news broke that the Oscar-winning actress was set to develop Cancer Vixen: A True Story into a feature film for the cable network. EW confirmed Blanchett is set to star in and executive produce the project. Deadline reported the news first.

The best-selling memoir tells the story of author and New Yorker cartoonist Marisa Acocella Marchetto’s 11-month battle with breast cancer, which forces her to reevaluate her glamorous Manhattan life, her work, and her upcoming marriage.

It’s still very early in the process. Blanchett and her fellow executive producers, Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray, are currently deciding on a writer to adapt the material.

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Watch the trailer for Louis C.K.'s upcoming HBO special 'Oh My God' -- VIDEO

You may have to wait until the futuristic-sounding 2014 for Louis CK to return to your television on a weekly basis, but you’re mere weeks away from seeing his next stand-up special on HBO. Premiering April 13, Oh My God is an hour-long stand-up concert that was recorded last month in Phoenix and showcases the Emmy- and Grammy-wining comedian riffing on such topics as “the food chain, animals, divorce, strange anecdotes, broken morality, murder, and mortality.” If you have yet to hear a killer food-chain joke, our guess is you’re about to.

Would you like an overblown, uberdramatic, hyped-to-the-max trailer for the special? You got it — with a twist: The master self-loather artfully deconstructs one while bringing his awkward nightmare to life. It really is fitting for “the Greatest Comedy of the Generation of Blah Blah Ever to Do a Thing on a Thing.” Solid gold microphone drop. READ FULL STORY

HBO's Liberace biopic 'Behind the Candelabra' tunes up in new teaser -- VIDEO

There’ll be glitz, glamour, and Matt Damon butt shots galore in Behind the Candelabra, an HBO movie about Liberace that may or may not be Steven Soderbergh’s final film as director — but you’ll see none of that in this new teaser, which may more accurately be called Inside the Piano.

Even if the video doesn’t feature star Michael Douglas as Mr. Showmanship himself, it is a pretty nifty bit of animation… especially if it does turn out to be one of the last times Soderbergh’s name appears in a credits sequence. Watch below:


'Game of Thrones' season 3 extended trailer arrives: More sex, more dragon, and a bear

Yes, as the first Game of Thrones preview warned us, death is still “coming for everyone and everything,” and the night is still “dark and full of terror.” But the HBO show’s new extended trailer adds some more color to those ominous omens — and a bear!

That’s right, at around the 1:05 mark, a sizable bruin shows up looking very unhappy. The new video also features a couple more snippets of steamy boudoir action, but perhaps the trailer’s most exciting addition is the extra dragon footage tacked on at the end. The first clip had about three seconds of a dragon flying toward a ship, whereas the version below plays out the scene for about eight seconds.

See for yourself:

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Beyonce will be on 'Oprah's Next Chapter' -- VIDEO

Want a whole night of Beyoncé? Grab your girlfriends, Oprah Winfrey is making your dreams come true.

Winfrey will have a special one-on-one interview for Oprah’s Next Chapter with the 17-time Grammy winner, which will air the same night as Beyoncé’s HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream. Don’t worry: There won’t be a conflict. The OWN interview will air at 8 p.m. this Saturday, and the HBO documentary airs at 9. The Oprah’s Next Chapter chat will apparently talk about the Beyonce-directed documentary, and also is being touted as her first interview about her showstopping Super Bowl performance.

Beyoncé was last interviewed by Winfrey for the Oprah show in 2008, where the “Single Ladies” singer talked about her new album, but notably refused to say much of anything about her then-recent marriage to Jay-Z.  Perhaps she’ll get more personal this time around.

Check out a brief teaser video below: READ FULL STORY

Al Pacino is Phil Spector in new HBO movie -- VIDEO

It’s one of the most famous cases in Hollywood history: Music producer Phil Spector was accused of the second-degree murder of Lana Clarkson in 2003. After a 2007 hung jury, he was found guilty in 2009 and is currently in prison. Now, the true story is coming to HBO with an all-star cast. An incredibly-similar-looking Al Pacino tackles the title role of Spector, and Helen Mirren plays his attorney, Linda Kenney Baden.

Written and directed by David Mamet, the HBO Films production focuses on his first trial and the relationship between Spector and Baden (who was one of many attorneys he went through in the case). The movie also stars Jeffrey Tambor and Rebecca Pidgeon.

Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

HBO debuts 'Girls' and 'Enlightened' episodes early due to Super Bowl


All you really want is Girls? You’re in luck — in order to mitigate competition from Sunday’s Super Bowl, HBO has made the comedy’s next episode available via On Demand and HBO Go nearly a week early. Enlightened is receiving the same treatment, because someone who normally watches Girls and Enlightened on Sunday nights is definitely the kind of person who cares about football.

No matter: Both series will also get special live debuts the  night of Saturday, Feb. 2 before playing in their usual timeslots Feb. 3 as well. The net’s schedule will return to normal Feb. 10.

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Yes, HBO is developing a 'Bored to Death' movie

It’s nice to live in a world where your favorite cancelled-too-soon television show has the chance of a second life, in one capacity or another. Arrested Development? Check. Party Down? Check. And now we can add Bored to Death to our list. Sorry, Freaks and Geeks, and My So-Called Life, you peaked too early.

Series creator Jonathan Ames will write and executive produce the feature-length film with HBO for a potential theatrical release, and that stars Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis, and Ted Danson are expected to return to reprise their roles. We don’t know much at this early stage – only that the “slapstick adventure” will have “Jonathan, Ray, and George reunite to fight crime, commit crime, lose their minds, and fail at love.” Deadline first reported the news; HBO declined to comment, but confirmed the report to EW.


Beyonce shows vulnerability and Sasha Fierce-ness in new doc trailer -- VIDEO

Make no mistake: Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter is powerful. More powerful than her mind can even digest and understand. But even so, the superstar singer sometimes feels insecure. “I’m a human being,” she reveals in this new trailer for her upcoming HBO documentary. “I cry. I get scared. I get nervous.” Say it ain’t so, Bey!

Thankfully, the trailer also proves that doc will be more than a two-hour therapy session. It looks like there’ll be plenty of behind-the-scenes footage in the film, as well as a subplot about Beyoncé struggling to keep her pregnancy under wraps while on tour. The artist’s plans for world domination may also be revealed — as Bey says at one point, “Power’s not given to you. You have to take it.”

Viva la Beyoncé, and check out the new trailer here:


'Girls': Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner answer our burning questions about season 2

Lena Dunham (middle) and Zosia Mamet (right), with Elijah’s boyfriend, George (Billy Morrisette) on “Girls”

This Sunday, Girls returns to HBO for its second season—with a bit of a warning. “If you loved what we were doing last season, then we’re speaking right to you,” the show’s co-creator and star Lena Dunham told EW in our Winter TV Preview issue. “If you hated it, then I’m afraid things aren’t going to change.”

You’ll have to wait to see how you feel about the cocaine episode, and the episode where Hannah has a pretty awkward discussion about race. But in the meantime, we’ve been chatting with Dunham and Girls co-creator Jenni Konner about what to expect this season. Below, we’ve excerpted sections of two separate conversations with each show runner. They answer our burning questions about the new episodes.

Judging by the trailer, it looks like Hannah gets together with a lot of guys this season. How has the way she views her love life changed?
Lena Dunham: Hannah is desperate for experiences to write about, done with Adam and confident that she understands the mechanics of sex. (Spoiler alert: she doesn’t.) This leads to embracing unwise hookups and ruining wiser ones.
Jenni Konner: Let’s be honest, her love life is never that hot, but it will be very busy.


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