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HBO Going Rogue Could Get Us To Net Neutrality

Richard Zombeck | Posted 10.23.2014 | Technology
Richard Zombeck

The average Joe doesn't have much of a voice these days in what lawmakers are deciding. We can't afford lobbyists to speak on our behalf. HBO, CBS, Showtime, Netflix, Amazon and the rest have more than enough money to lobby for Net Neutrality -- it ultimately affects their bottom line. As strange as this may seem, this could end up being a rare case of what passes for Capitalism in this country actually working for average people.

Saint Francis: The Musical!

Jack Levison | Posted 10.23.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

I grew up in a Catholic neighborhood, with signs of Saint Francis everywhere. There he stood, a child-sized cement statue with a tonsure and a soap on a rope belt, surrounded by birds and bunnies.

What Kind of Kid Was Actor Eric Ladin of Annabelle and HBO's Upcoming Series The Brink?

Ilana Rapp | Posted 10.23.2014 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

You've seen Eric Ladin's mug plenty of times and probably laughed, as I did. That's a trick, people! That's how Eric gets you to fall in love with him! Or admire him. So I fell for it, whatever. You did too.

Yes, Birdman Is 'All That' -- An Essay

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 10.22.2014 | Entertainment
Melody Breyer-Grell

Our 'hero' -- Riggin (literally and figuratively) -- is haunted by the voice of his iconic movie character, Batman, er, Birdman. He is often in the throes of human despair. Or he experiences what might be called the 'magic realism' of levitating, flying and causing much mischief.

A Warning for HBO and CBS: Danger Lurks in the Stream

Art Brodsky | Posted 10.22.2014 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Now they plan to enter another realm, one inhabited by giants more powerful and more devious than they HBO, CBS, Lionsgate or Tribeca can ever imagine. It's one thing to be carried as part of a cable package. It's another to be streamed, and to be at the utter mercy of Comcast, Verizon and AT&T.

John Oliver Just Made Us All Feel Like Jackasses

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.21.2014 | Comedy

On Sunday night, John Oliver pointed out that the U.S. process for issuing special immigrant visas for translators is so difficult that it has more st...

Is HBO's Decision to Offer Standalone Streaming Good or Bad for Netflix?

Quora | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment

It's probably a push to a net win. Few consumers will have a reason to cancel Netflix in favor of HBO, but many will have a reason to subscribe to both.

Stars, Small Parts, and German for Scorsese: Michael J. Burg on the Working Actor's Reality

Jaime Lubin | Posted 10.20.2014 | Entertainment
Jaime Lubin

Michael J. Burg whispers his wisdom conspiratorially to me across our luxurious table at the Russian Tea Room.

New 'GoT' Set Footage Reveals A Spoilery Change

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 10.20.2014 | Entertainment

New footage from the Season 5 set of "Game of Thrones" provides a first glimpse at the newest cast members, and also a reveal about Jaime Lannister's ...

Will Silicon Valley Buy Hollywood?

Shelly Palmer | Posted 10.20.2014 | Technology
Shelly Palmer

If the charge for easy access to content is the data generated by the access, the platforms win. So why would Silicon Valley even consider buying the cow? It charges for transporting milk.

Jason Momoa's 'GoT' Audition Tape Is Better Than You'd Imagine

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 10.19.2014 | Entertainment

Khal Drogo is no doubt a beast of a man, so it would only make sense that Jason Momoa's "Game of Thrones" audition tape would take that to the max. ...

HBO Examines Private Violence (VIDEO)

Rob Feld | Posted 10.17.2014 | Entertainment
Rob Feld

Cynthia Hill managed powerful and intimate access to women who suffered with the realities. While at Sundance 2015, I discussed with Hill the film, her exploration and the issues surrounding it.

Timothy Stenovec

Sorry, You're Still Stuck With Cable For Now | Timothy Stenovec | Posted 10.22.2014 | Technology

There was much celebration earlier this week when HBO said you would soon be able to access the network's programming without having to pay for a TV s...

HBO Star's Painful Proposal Story Is Sure To Make You Smile

The Huffington Post | Taryn Hillin | Posted 10.16.2014 | Weddings

TJ Miller, who currently stars in HBO's "Silicon Valley", has a warning for all the guys and gals out there who are planning to propose: it's harder t...

Listen To Foo Fighters' First Song Off 'Sonic Highways'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.16.2014 | Entertainment

Foo Fighters have released the first new song off the band's eighth studio album, "Sonic Highways": the Chicago-inspired-and-recorded track, "Somethin...

Melissa Jeltsen

This Film Is Hard To Watch -- But That's Exactly Why You Need To | Melissa Jeltsen | Posted 10.16.2014 | Women

A haunting new documentary on domestic violence has a simple goal: to stop people from asking the question "Why doesn't she just leave?" once and for ...

There Will Be Flashbacks On Next Season's 'Game Of Thrones' | Posted 10.16.2014 | Entertainment

As we suspected, season five of "Game of Thrones" will break the show's long-standing no-flashbacks policy for the first time. ...

Netflix Stock Getting Absolutely Hammered

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 10.16.2014 | Business

Netflix stock tumbled as much as 24 percent Thursday morning, a day after the company announced it had added far fewer subscribers in its latest quart...

Learn To Speak Dothraki With This New 'Game Of Thrones' App

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 10.14.2014 | Entertainment

There's nearly half a year before "Game of Thrones" returns, and how you spend the time could go one of two ways. You could either rewatch all four se...

Watch Foo Figthers Cover 'War Pigs' On 'Letterman'

The Huffington Post | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 10.14.2014 | Entertainment

Foo Fighters began its week-long residency on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on Monday night, in support of the band's upcoming album, and accom...

All Men Must Drink

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.10.2014 | Entertainment

Westeros is one dangerous place to be a grape. If you thought the characters on "Game of Thrones" seem like they drink an exorbitant amount of wine...

Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Three: Solutions, Local and Beyond (and Zimbabwe)

James Beard Foundation | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
James Beard Foundation

We're holding Health Month on the JBF blog. In this post, we conclude our extended interview series with actor and activist Wendell Pierce, exploring his views on potential solutions to issues of food access, both locally and globally.

Interview with Wendell Pierce, Part Two: Treme, New Orleans, and Chef Culture

James Beard Foundation | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
James Beard Foundation

Wendell Pierce: "Treme was art imitating life and life imitating art. I was depicting what was happening in New Orleans as people were trying to rebuild their lives, while I was also doing that in real life."

WTF Happened to TV News?

Richard Zombeck | Posted 10.07.2014 | Media
Richard Zombeck

Both the show and I have our moments, but what gets me about The Newsroom is that it's "The News" the way a guy my age remembers it, wishes it still were and thinks it still should be -- honest, accurate, compelling and dripping with integrity.

Cersei's Nude Scene Costs 'Game Of Thrones' A Fortune

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 10.06.2014 | Entertainment

Warning! "Game of Thrones" spoilers below. HBO seems to be building more debt than King's Landing in order to keep Cersei Lannister's nude scene a ...