03:27 PM EDT 05/25/2013
Originally posted 05/25/2013 01:30PM
Director Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra (Sunday, 9 p.m. ET, on HBO) is one of the smartest, tartest examples I've ever seen of that soupy genre, the Hollywood biopic.
Michael Douglas – simply great – plays Liberace, once upon a time billed as Mr. Showmanship. Wikipedians probably know him as a closeted Vegas piano act who performed under staggering amounts of fur, jewels and sequins – with his thick toupee, he looked like Bob Mackie's idea of a snow owl – and who died of complications from AIDS in 1987.
Originally posted 04/04/2013 11:50AM
Girls might be down one cute guy.
Christopher Abbott, who plays Marnie's boyfriend Charlie Dattolo, has left the HBO series, according to the New York Post.
The report suggests Abbott and series creator Lena Dunham may have been butting heads. Abbott's rep did not address that, but did confirm that Abbott's departure to the Post.
"[Chris] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow], and the entire Girls cast and crew, but right now he's working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the show," the rep said.
Originally posted 03/20/2013 03:00PM
HBO has canceled Enlightened after only two seasons – a rational decision, judging by the low ratings, but not necessarily an enlightened one.
The comedy, created and written by Mike White and starring Laura Dern, was the only TV comedy I can think of that you could call beautiful. It was also deadpan, disturbing, ironic, moving and – even rarer – full of a kind of zen stillness: Everyone always seemed paused in their places, as if sensing that their daily reality was only a blink removed from empty dreaming.
Given all that, I think "beautiful" is the right word. But as Mr. White and Ms. Dern have learned, that's not really what people are looking for in a comedy.
Originally posted 01/31/2013 02:45PM
Although she's often secretive about her personal life, Beyoncé is opening up about her journey to motherhood.
The Grammy winner reveals she suffered a miscarriage – and slams rumors she used a gestational surrogate – in her upcoming HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream – slated to air Feb. 16.
While her husband Jay-Z referenced the miscarriage in "Glory," a track released shortly after the couple's first child, Blue Ivy, was born last January, this is the first time the singer, 31, has publicly addressed it.
Originally posted 12/04/2012 09:40AM
She fears the spotlight, yet embraces it ferociously. She keeps herself hidden, yet shows off her pregnant belly to millions.
Megastar and mom, Beyoncé is a study in contrasts – some would say contradictions. That tension is palpable in this short, intense teaser for her upcoming feature-length HBO documentary, which she's also directing, that aims to tease out the multiple identities of one of the world's greatest pop stars.
"I always battle with 'How much do I reveal about myself?' " Beyoncé, 31, says in voiceover, as the clip shows her many guises – in the studio, at home, on stage, in front of the cameras.
Originally posted 11/26/2012 02:30PM
February is going to be a very busy month for Beyoncé.
The singer – who will perform at Super Bowl XLVII's halftime show on Feb. 3 – will be the subject of a feature length documentary on HBO, scheduled to premiere on Feb. 16, 2013, the network announced on Monday.
"Some of my favorite shows are on HBO, so I am excited that my film will be part of its bold programming. This film was so personal to me, it had to have the right home," the 16-time Grammy Award winner said in a statement.
Originally posted 09/24/2012 10:55AM
Jimmy Kimmel joked that, during commercials, the Emmys looked like this: "all your favorite TV stars all in one room, checking their phones and ignoring each other."
But the picture was much different – and a whole lot more fun – after the show.
The official HBO Emmy After Party, held at the Pacific Design Center Sunday night, played host to many happy nominees, including lead actress in a drama series winner Claire Danes.
Originally posted 03/14/2012 07:45PM
Following the deaths of three horses on the set of its racing drama Luck, HBO announced Wednesday that it will cease all future production on the series.
Executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann made the decision "with heartbreak," according to a statement from HBO.
"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," reads the statement.
"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."
Originally posted 03/14/2012 04:45PM
A third horse involved in the production of Luck, HBO's racing drama, had to be euthanized Tuesday, prompting the suspension of filming involving horses in the show's second season.
Unlike the first two horses, which became severely injured during racing scenes, this horse was not racing or being filmed at the time of injury.
The 5-year-old thoroughbred had passed a soundness check by a licensed veterinarian at the start of the day, but during a walk through the barn, the horse began prancing, then reared up on her hind legs, fell back and hit her head. The injury was deemed so severe that the animal had to be euthanized.
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