No one makes a monkey out of HBO. The pay cable network successfully defeated a lawsuit brought by Real World: Key West star John “Johnny Bananas” Devenanzio, that alleged the cartoon character “Johnny Bananas” from Entourage‘s final season caused Devenanzio emotional distress and defamed him.
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Want to watch True Blood‘s June 10 premiere without having any idea about what will happen in season 5? If so, stay away from the spoilery trailer HBO released yesterday — which reveals that the clandestine Vampire Authority is none too pleased with what’s going on in Bon Temps. The Authority’s leader, new character Roman — played by Law & Order: SVU‘s Christopher Meloni — intends to take some drastic action to restore order. And if that wasn’t bad enough, season 3 antagonist Russell Edgington (Denis O’Hare) definitely isn’t encased in concrete anymore.
Check out the bloody, fantastical trailer — which also includes a sexy Eric and Pam flashback, as well as brief peeks at characters like Lafayette, Alcide, and, of course, Sookie — below the jump.
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Theon! What are you doing? We used to like you! But then you attacked Winterfell and starting chopping off people’s heads…badly. Does Theon’s betrayal make him the ultimate Game of Thrones villain, or does he still pale in comparison to that super jerk King Joffrey and the shadow assassin-birthing Melisandre? Our resident Game of Thrones expert James Hibberd joins Jessica Shaw and yours truly on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast to break down who is the baddest of the bad right now on the HBO drama. We also discuss the big dragon-napping, how long it actually takes to pull a man’s arm off, and whether we are permanently scarred from seeing Tonks naked. READ FULL STORY
As politicians go, George H.W. Bush is a fairly private person. Unlike Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, or even his son George W. Bush, the United States’ 41st president has never written an autobiography or memoir — though Bush did publish a volume filled with personal letters, diary entries, and memos in 2000.
But come June, we’ll get an inside look at Bush’s story. Reuters writes that the former president is the subject of an upcoming HBO documentary, aptly named 41. In the doc, Bush reflects on his life thus far, including his experiences as an aviator in World War II, his time as the director of the CIA, and his presidency, which lasted from 1989 to 1993. The movie was filmed over the course of 17 months at both Bush’s presidential library in Texas and his summer home in Kennebunkport, Maine.
The Jeffrey Roth-directed doc will premiere June 14 — two days after Bush turns 88 years old. READ FULL STORY
Someone better start polishing the Emmys: Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman will share the screen in HBO’s new film Hemingway & Gellhorn, about legendary writer Ernest Hemingway and his journalist wife Martha Gellhorn (as the cryptic title would suggest). Kidman plays the lady war correspondent, who famously reported on the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930’s with Hemingway, who she once described as a “large dirty man in disgustingly soiled clothes.”
It appears from the trailer that Kidman is the narrative focal point here, but her chemistry with Owen is palpable, even in a two-minute serving. Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
EW has confirmed that HBO will offer free online access for a limited time to its two newest offerings, Girls and Veep. Girls, Lena Dunham’s well-received 20-somethings-in-Brooklyn series, hits HBO.com, YouTube, DailyMotion, TV.com, and OnDemand channels on the Monday morning after the show’s April 15 premiere and will be available through May 14. The next Sunday, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Tony Hale bow in the political comedy Veep, which will be download for free on iTunes from April 23 to May 21 and stream on the same sites as Girls.
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The title was never meant to be quite this ironic.
HBO has elected to cancel production on Luck following the death of a third horse on the racetrack drama series.
The network released this statement:
“It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series Luck. Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures. While we maintained the highest safety standards possible, accidents unfortunately happen and it is impossible to guarantee they won’t in the future. Accordingly, we have reached this difficult decision. We are immensely proud of this series, the writing, the acting, the filmmaking, the celebration of the culture of horses, and everyone involved in its creation.” READ FULL STORY
UPDATE (3/14): Luck canceled by HBO.
ORIGINAL POST: Filming that does not involve horses will continue on HBO’s critical fave Luck while the American Humane Association investigates the death of a third animal on the show’s Southern California set.
The first-year drama from David Milch and Michael Mann has already earned a second-season pickup, so production was underway on the second of 10 new episodes when a horse was injured and euthanized Tuesday at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia. The animal reared and fell back while on its way to a racetrack stable — a common occurrence in stable areas every year, according to a state racing board doctor. Still, a routine necropsy will be conducted and the AHA will investigate.
An AHA safety representative was at the track when the accident occurred, and according to an HBO spokesperson, “as always, all safety precautions were in place.” The rep said that the network is “deeply saddened” by the animal’s death.
Last month, it was revealed that two horses died during the filming of season 1 in 2010 and 2011.
Nine episodes of Luck, which stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte, were ordered for the first season; the eighth will air next week. HBO ordered 10 more for a second season shortly after the official premiere garnered good reviews and decent ratings: the debut episode attracted 3.3 million viewers during multiple airings. The audience for subsequent episodes has dwindled, however, settling in at about 600,000 viewers.
A horse was injured and euthanized Tuesday during production of the racetrack drama Luck, the third death in connection with the series, and a humane group that oversees Hollywood productions called for a halt to filming with the animals.
“We are also insisting that this stoppage remain in full effect pending a complete, thorough, and comprehensive investigation,” the American Humane Association said in a statement. It noted that the accident didn’t occur during filming or racing.
The animal was being led to a Santa Anita Park racetrack stable by a groom when it reared and fell back Tuesday morning, suffering a head injury, according to HBO. The horse was euthanized at the track in suburban Arcadia, where Luck is filming its second season.
In the series, which was created by David Milch (Deadwood, NYPD Blue) and looks at racing’s seedier side, Dustin Hoffman plays a crime kingpin who’s scheming to gain control of a racetrack and introduce casino gambling.
During season-one filming in 2010 and 2011, two horses were hurt during racing scenes and euthanized. HBO defended its treatment of the animals, saying it’s worked with the American Humane Association and racing industry experts to implement safety protocols that exceed film and TV industry standards.
The American Humane Association’s film and TV unit, the group sanctioned and supported by the entertainment industry to protect animals used in filming, called for a production halt at the Santa Anita Racetrack in suburban Arcadia after the second horse’s death.
Racing resumed after new protocols were put in place and proved effective, Karen Rosa, the AHA unit’s senior vice president, said in February.
On Tuesday, Dr. Gary Beck, a California Horse Racing Board veterinarian, said he had just examined the horse as part of routine health and safety procedures before it was to race later in the day.
“The horse was on her way back to the stall when she reared, flipped over backwards, and struck her head on the ground,” Beck said in a statement. An attending veterinarian determined that euthanasia was appropriate, he said.
Dr. Rick Arthur, medical director of the state racing board, said such injuries occur in stable areas every year and are more common than thought. A necropsy will be conducted, he said, which is routine with all fatalities at racing board enclosures.
An American Humane Association safety representative was at the track when the accident occurred and “as always, all safety precautions were in place,” HBO said in its statement that said it was “deeply saddened” by the horse’s death and was working with the AHA on its inquiry.
The first two horse deaths drew criticism from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which said that safety guidelines used in filming failed to prevent the deaths “so clearly they were inadequate.”
Kathy Guillermo, a PETA vice president, said at the time the group didn’t consider the matter closed.
“Racing itself is dangerous enough. This is a fictional representation of something and horses are still dying, and that to me is outrageous,” she said.
On Tuesday, Guillermo said PETA sent complaints about Luck to Arcadia police and an animal humane society in nearby Pasadena.
“Three horses have now died and all the evidence we have gathered points to sloppy oversight, the use of unfit, injured horses, and disregard for the treatment of thoroughbreds,” Guillermo said, calling for an immediate halt to filming.
An AP report emerged today that former aides of Sarah Palin are bitterly speaking out against HBO’s upcoming film Game Change for its “sick” portrayal of the one-time Vice Presidential candidate. The network has stepped forward to say, “We stand by our movie and we hope that people will withhold any judgment until they have viewed the film.” READ FULL STORY
EW has confirmed that Christopher Plummer and Frank Langella have signed on for Stephen Frears’ upcoming HBO project Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight. Current Oscar favorite Plummer will play Supreme Court Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan II, and recent Sundance 2012 sensation Langella will take on the role of Chief Justice Warren Berger.
Shawn Slovo (Captain Corelli’s Mandolin) penned the script about Ali’s 1967 arrest for draft evasion, how he was he was stripped of his heavyweight championship title, and the legal battle that took him all the way to the Supreme Court.
Frears and his team are still looking for an actor to portray Ali.
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In the series premiere of HBO’s Luck, David Milch and Michael Mann’s unsparing look at the grit beneath the glamour of thoroughbred racing, a horse pulling away from the pack and just strides away from the finish line snaps its leg and has to be euthanized on the track. It was a heartbreaking scene, made even more so by the recent news that at least two real horses had been injured during the filming of the series — though not during this particular sequence — and subsequently had to be put down.
Sharp-eyed viewers may have noticed that the pilot credits did not have the standard “No animals were harmed during the filming of this program” stamp of approval from the American Humane Association, which monitored the production. PETA brought attention to the issue last week, with a report of the deaths and claims that they had been rebuffed when they approached HBO with their concerns before filming. “Perhaps if producers had considered the proven safety protocols that we would have suggested, these horses would still be alive,” they said. READ FULL STORY
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