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HBO’s ‘Sharp Objects’ subverts the Dead Girl trope

Amy Adams gives a performance unlike any other in "Sharp Objects"Image: hbo We are a culture obsessed with dead girls — so much so that the trope is now a wildly popular sub-genre. The misogyny of Dead Girl narratives is evident in recent additions like Twin Peaks, True Detective, 13 Reasons Why, The Night Of, and countless others. Most use the corpses of beautiful young women as a vehicle for the growth of male characters.  And that’s just the surface-level issue. SEE ALSO: Amazon’s ‘Picnic at Hanging Rock’ is a…

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Westworlds Real Villain Has Always Been Its Privacy Policy

Throughout its two seasons, HBO’s Westworld has trotted out no shortage of bad guys, from robot gunslingers to mad inventors to dialog that sputters and clunks. There’s literally a Man in Black. But as the plot unfolds, the catalytic evil of the park has turned out to be something far less futuristic than far-reaching theories would imply. It’s the privacy policy. If you don’t watch Westworld, or if the plot has understandably spun your head beyond comprehension, a very, very quick recap: A company called Delos operates a fantasyland where…

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Westworld Recap, Season 2 Episode 5: More Dead Than Alive

There are many things that Westworld is. It is artful. Its scenes are sculpted with the same beauty and care that went into building the robots' exquisite bodies. It explores with delicacy the adjacent modes of consciousness that accompany sophisticated artificial intelligence. And then there are the things that Westworld is not. Warm, intimate, relatable, human? Nope, not lately. There is, for starters, the total absence of meaningful relationships. Both Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) and Maeve (Thandie Newton) have doting lovers, sure, but their ardor has the nuance of an…

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Westworld Is Turning Into Lostfor Better or for Worse

I never should have started watching Westworld. Not because I didn’t think it’d be good. An HBO show based on a Michael Crichton idea starring Evan Rachel Wood with all kinds of artificial intelligence? Sign me up! The problem wasn’t that Westworld wouldn’t be enjoyable, it was that it’s the kind of show that invites obsession. The kind that presents Big Questions—that never get answered. I worried, essentially, that it was going to be the next Lost. This feeling started to solidify last week after "Virtù e Fortuna," which in…

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Welcome To Westworld! Can You Retrieve Your Wedding Ring From The Robot Prostitute You Lost It In?

This feature requires JavaScript to function. Take the steam engine out of Westworld and return home. It’s good to be back home. I can’t wait to enter my house and see my wife. I love my wife. I love my wife! I LOVE MY WIFE! Enter your house. Your wife greets you as you enter. As usual, she’s wearing the wedding dress she never takes off because she’s so happy to have married you. “Hello, honey, welcome back home from Six Flags, the famously sexless amusement park. Did you enjoy…

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The Wire, 10 years on: We tore the cover off a city and showed the American dream was dead

David Simons anti-cop show struggled to find an audience before being lauded as a classic and making stars of Idris Elba, Michael B Jordan and others. Here, some of its writers and stars look back at a series that changed TV for ever When, in 2001, the actor Frankie Faison accepted the role of deputy commissioner Ervin Burrell in a new HBO drama called The Wire, he thought he was signing up for a cop show. I was expecting it to be more about wiretapping, he remembers with amusement. It…

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The Harry Potter movies are heading to HBO

Galloping-freaking-gargoyles. HBO announced Thursday that it will be the only place to stream all eight Harry Potter movies starting Jan. 1, 2018. That’s all eight movies on HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO On Demand whenever the heck you need them. SEE ALSO: Grab your boots and broomsticks Harry Potter fans, LeakyCon is headed to Texas HBO currently has the streaming rights for the Harry Potter universe film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and has recently streamed Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Harry Potter…

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No gender pay gap for ‘Game of Thrones’: Kit Harington and Lena Headey make the same

Lena Headey and Kit Harington, smiling all the way to equal paydays at the Iron Bank.Image: Vera Anderson/WireImage The Iron Bank is equally generous to kings and queens. Game of Thrones principal cast members Kit Harington (Jon Snow) and Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) are making exactly the same per-episode salaries and bonuses, and have been since at least the beginning of this season, according to leaked documents sent to Mashable that purport to be the actors’ contracts covering Seasons 7 and 8. SEE ALSO: The ‘Game of Thrones’ world must…

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New Game of Thrones episode appears in the wild

Whats going to happen in episode 4? It turns out that some people already know the answer. Earlier today, the fourth episode of the seventh season of Game of Thrones leaked online. You may think that its related to HBOs recent hack but its not. When HBO got hacked, the hackers claimed that they managed to acquire the script of this weeks Game of Thrones episode. But nobody mentioned anything about the episode itself. According to Gizmodo, a Reddit user shared the episode using Google Drive. The post has been…

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HBO got hacked and some Game of Thrones materials are bubbling up online

In a statement to Entertainment Weekly, HBO confirms that it was the target of a hack, though the company doesnt appear to be quite sure what the damage is yet. So far, episodes of the HBO series Room 104 and Ballers have trickled out online. Though new episodes of its bloody centerpiece Game of Thrones have yet to surface, the leak reportedly contains writing suspected to be either a treatment or a script of an upcoming Game of Thrones episode, which is a big deal in its own right. HBO…

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Game of Thrones premiere breaks HBO streaming records

The anticipated season 7 premiere of HBOs flagship series Game of Thrones set a number of new records for the network on Sunday night, including again setting the record for the most-watched premiere in HBOs history for any series, the company reports. But the show achieved another milestone as well due to the popularity of HBOs streaming apps HBO GO and HBO NOW, the premiere also saw the highest ever number of concurrent viewers across HBOs streaming services, too. In total, the season 7 premiere reached a combined audience of…

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