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Elton John to perform Liberace tribute at Emmys

The 65th Primetime Emmy Awards will be graced by a knight in shining spectacles this year: Sir Elton John is scheduled to perform at the awards show for the first time.

The multiple Grammy winner will pay tribute to Liberace, the famously flamboyant pianist and entertainer who died of HIV/AIDS-related illnesses in 1987. HBO’s recent biopic about the late singer, Behind the Candelabra, is up for 15 Emmy Awards this year. The film stars Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, both of whom are nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries (and are Emmy presenters to boot).

The Primetime Emmy Awards air Sunday, Sept. 22 on CBS at 8:00 p.m. ET.

Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey are bad men in HBO 'True Detective' trailer -- VIDEO

Something deep and dark is afoot in the first trailer for True Detective, HBO’s upcoming mystery series starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The pair play detectives whose lives intersect on the hunt for a serial killer in Louisiana — a case that’s been open for 17 years.

In the trailer below, which premiered ahead of Sunday’s Boardwalk Empire season premiere, we see flashbacks to each of their past lives, loves, and early work on the investigation, which began in 1995. Towards the end, a more recent version of McConaughey’s character is revealed.


New 'Eastbound & Down' trailer: Kenny Powers is a phoenix rising -- VIDEO

Last spring, Eastbound & Down seemed as dead as Kenny Powers’ major league career. Thankfully for fans, HBO eventually convinced the cult favorite’s team to return for one last  season — which may be why this new trailer opens with KP (series co-creator Danny McBride) entering a church and declaring, “I’m alive, brother.”

And Kenny’s not just alive: He’s living, man. The comedy’s final outing will apparently find the ex-pro jockeying to become “way more famous” and going after what he thinks he’s entitled to: namely, “fame, money, respect, [and] chicken change.” Expect plenty of scantily clad ladies, a guest turn from Ken Marino, and even Lindsay Lohan — though unfortunately, the comeback queen doesn’t appear in the trailer.


HBO orders 'Westworld' adaptation from J.J. Abrams

Michael Crichton’s cult classic Westworld, which imagines a Wild West-themed vacation destination inhabited by robots, is coming to HBO.

The pay network gave a pilot production commitment to the project from J.J. Abrams, Jonathan Nolan (Person of Interest), and producer Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra).

The logline for the adaptation of the 1973 film reads: “Set in the amazing world dreamt up by Michael Crichton, Westworld is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin.”

Nolan and Lisa Joy will write and executive produce the series; Nolan is set to direct the pilot.

This is not the first time Westworld has made its way to the small screen. A very short-lived 1980 series starring James Wainwright and Connie Selleca called Beyond Westworld continued the story from the film and its 1976 sequel Futureworld.

The original film starred Yul Brynner as the robot gone awry while James Brolin and Richard Benjamin starred as tourists who got more than they bargained for. Check out the original trailer below:


'True Blood' season finale: EP Brian Buckner answers burning questions

Spoiler alert! If you still haven’t watched True Blood‘s season 6 finale, stop reading now. Exec producer Brian Buckner answered burning questions including whether we’ll see Eric again, if Tara’s mother is a Hep V carrier, and why you should have faith in season 7.

'Vice' on HBO season two preview: Shane Smith talks scoops, celebrity correspondents, and aiming for EGOTs

Throughout the week, the team at Vice has been uploading episodes from the first season of their globetrotting gonzo-journalism HBO series for fans to watch for free online.

But the Emmy-nominated series — which grabbed headlines this year for sending Dennis Rodman to North Korea, among other things — isn’t resting on its Kim Jong-un–hazing laurels: the crew’s already hard at work on their second season. Vice cofounder and CEO Shane Smith spoke to us from Afghanistan to talk about the places they’ll be going, the scoops they’ll be getting, and the Pulitzer Prize they’ve got their eyes on.

EW: So where are you right now?

Shane Smith: I’m in Kandahar. It’s a bit quiet because it’s Eid right now, but it’s a bit of a hairy town, obviously, because it’s the capital and birthplace of the Taliban. So you’ve gotta keep a low profile. We’ve been investigating on how much money we’re wasting here — some estimates say as much as $100 billion on schools that’ve become chicken coops and military bases that’ve become goat farms. And we’re gearing up to head up to the Helmand Province soon, so that’ll be big.

The craziest thing we’re doing here, which is supposed to happen in the next couple of days, is that we’re supposed to go out with [General] Abdul Raziq, who’s the head of the border police here in Kandahar. He’s essentially the most powerful man in the southeast — he controls the Pakistani border, and he’s known as the Taliban Killer. He was trained by the special forces and now he’s gone apes—; he’s the only guy the Taliban fear. So we’re going out on a crazy patrol with his lunatic forces who are sort of half-dressed as the Afghan National Army and half-dressed as Adam and the Ants. They’re all very colorful chaps who are not afraid to go out and engage. If it all comes together, that’s going to be the craziest thing I’ve ever f—ing done.

And we are meeting with the Taliban while we’re here to get their take on things as well. We’re going to go up to a Jirga, which is a tribal council. We’ve been invited by one of the warlords, so they can’t f— with us because we’re under his hospitality.


Lindsay Lohan will guest on 'Eastbound & Down'

The comeback continues!

Lindsay Lohan has been cast on HBO’s Eastbound & Down, EW has confirmed. READ FULL STORY

HBO: It's unimaginable that Gandolfini pilot will air

An HBO executive says it’s unimaginable that a drama pilot featuring one of James Gandolfini’s final performances will air.

Gandolfini shot a pilot for Criminal Justice, an adaptation of the 2008 BBC series. Gandolfini played a low-rent New York City attorney.

The 51-year-old star of The Sopranos died of a heart attack in June. READ FULL STORY

HBO picks up Duplass brothers' comedy series 'Togetherness'

HBO has greenlighted a new comedy from Jay and Mark Duplass. Togetherness will feature two couples sharing a home, struggling to maintain their relationships while attempting to pursue their individual goals.

The Duplass brothers have been known to dish out goofy big screen features, including Cyrus and Jeff, Who Lives at Home. However, Togetherness will feature the duo in television mode in more ways than one. The comedic brothers will co-write, produce, and direct the program, which will feature half-hour episodes. The number of episodes has still not been finalized, an HBO representative confirmed to EW. Mark Duplass is also starring in the comedy, but this brother is no stranger to small screen appearances. Mark plays Brendan in the Fox comedy The Mindy Project, as well as Pete on the FX fantasy football sitcom The League.

Duplass’ character will play opposite Two and a Half Men‘s Melanie Lynskey. The third protagonist will be played by frequent Duplass collaborator Steve Zissis, who has had roles in Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Cyrus, and The Do-Deca-Pentathlon. Zissis will also write and co-produce on the series. Amanda Peet (The Good Wife, Bent) will also be joining the pilot, which won’t surface on HBO until 2014, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

'Boardwalk Empire' trailer: Welcome to the AC, Jeffrey Wright and Ron Livingston -- VIDEO

“I’m a middleman. I take orders. They do the rest. I don’t ask questions,” pleads a poor schlub at the beginning of this new full-length trailer for Boardwalk Empire.

Of course, nobody really cares about middlemen — which is why the clip quickly moves on to power players like Steve Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson, who may have a new and fearsome foe in Harlem boss Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright). “Only kings understand each other,” Narcisse says smoothly after reminding the gangster that he prefers to be addressed as “Doctor.” “What shall we do, Mr. Thompson?”

Elsewhere on the Empire: Carrie Bradshaw’s ex-boyfriend Jack Berger (a.k.a. Ron Livingston) has morphed into Roy Phillips, a wealthy outsider in town for mysterious reasons. Hopefully, he doesn’t date Gillian (Gretchen Mol), then dump her via Post-It. She’s got enough problems as it is — like a pesky judge demanding to know what occurred in her residence eight months ago.


'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.

'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.

'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

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.


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