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Studios traditionally save their most artistically-promising movies for release until the last three months of the year (a.k.a. awards season), and 2013 is no different than any other year, in that respect. Director Martin Scorsese and s...
Studios traditionally save their most artistically-promising movies for release until the last three months of the year (a.k.a. awards season), and 2013 is no different than any other year, in that respect. Director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Terence Winter – collaborators on the pilot episode for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire TV series (created by Winter and produced by Scorsese) – teamed for a true story-based examination of 1990s Wall Street, titled The Wolf of Wall Street, which has been slated to be a major competitor in the 2013 awards derby for some time now. However, a couple weeks ago, the news emerged that Scorsese’s new film (his fifth ...Click to continue reading ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ Looks to Make 2013 Release Date; New Trailer Arriving Soon
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In its second week on Showtime, the new drama, Master of Sex improved on its first week ratings, jumping around 100,000 viewers, which suggest not only that viewers of the pilot were pleased, but that word of mouth is slowly starting to ...
In its second week on Showtime, the new drama, Master of Sex improved on its first week ratings, jumping around 100,000 viewers, which suggest not only that viewers of the pilot were pleased, but that word of mouth is slowly starting to spread (Masters debuted against the series finale of Breaking Bad with 1 million viewers, which is close to the number of viewers who tuned in to the first episode of Breaking Bad). It's a fantastic show -- sexually charged, brilliantly acted, fascinating, and playful -- and I'm pushing it on everyone I know. What I love about Masters of Sex is that, like Boardwalk Empire, it masterfully weaves fiction with reality. It doesn't have the colorful gangsters of the HBO series, but it is based extensively on countless hours of interviews with Virginia Johnson, whose fictional counterpart is played by Lizzy Caplan. There's obviously been some liberties taken, but from what I've read on Wikipedia, and in several articles and interviews, Masters of Sex seems to capture the spirit of Masters and Johnson's relationship, as well as the details involved in their sex studies. I encourage you to watch the show (and come back for our weekly recaps). To goose your interest, I have included ten quick real-life facts about Masters and Johnson, some of which we have already seen play out in the first two episodes, while others we can expect to see in the future of the series. There are spoilers both for episodes that have aired, and for future episodes, so if you don't like being spoiled by history, skip the rest of this post and seek out the series wherever you can find it. 1. Despite the initially creepy nature of their relationship in Masters of Sex, 15 years after the study began, Masters would leave his wife and marry Virginia Johnson, though they would divorce 20 years later in 1992, which also ended their academic relationship. Their sexual relationship began as part of their scientific research. Here's a picture of the real Bill Masters and Virginia Johnson. 2. Over the course of the study, Masters and Johnson observed 10,000 complete cycles of sexual response, which has got to become numbing after a certain period. That has to be the equivalent of around 1,000 hours of Internet porn, which I suspect would be enough to turn anyone off of sex. 3. The two revolutionary books that came out of the studies, Human Sexual Response and Human Sexual Inadequacy, were best-sellers, translated in over 30 languages. 4. As reflected in the show, the study did, indeed, begin with prostitutes. One hundred and 45 prostitutes participated in the study before Masters and Johnson moved studying members of the community. 5. Included among the findings in Masters and Johnson's study was scientific proof that men need a break after ejaculation before they can orgasm again, while women need no such break and could have multiple orgasms. They also found that the rhythmic contractions of orgasms in both sexes occurring initially in 0.8 second intervals and then gradually slowing in both speed and intensity. 6. They also found that, though it takes longer to become aroused, older people age 70 and beyond were perfectly capable of intense orgasms and a healthy sexual life. 7. They also found that gay men -- with little discussion -- quickly managed to figure out who was top and who was bottom. Likewise, with no verbal communication, one partner in lesbian couples quickly assumed sexual control. 8. Between 1968 and 1977, Masters and Johnson treated homosexuality, which was considered abnormal at the time. They actually reported a 71 percent success rate in converting homosexuals into heterosexuals over a six year period, which -- to me -- calls into question their findings in other areas of sexual response. Virginia Johnson had major reservations with that study and, in fact, later revealed that she suspected Bill Masters may have fabricated some of the results. 9. Masters and Johnson were also pioneers in th
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You can now buy episodes of HBO shows like Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Veep and The Wire from Google Play. Individual episodes cost $1.99 to 2.99 (or $3.99 if you want high-definitio...
You can now buy episodes of HBO shows like Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Veep and The Wire from Google Play. Individual episodes cost $1.99 to 2.99 (or $3.99 if you want high-definition), or you can purchase full seasons for $19 to $29. The cable channel said this was just the beginning of the partnership, according to Engadget. It plans to put more content up soon, such as HBO documentaries. See also: 6 Great Alternatives to Netflix The prices aren't terribly high, but they could make the a-la-carte options unattractive for binge watchers. An HBO subscription only costs around $10 to 15 per month depending on the cable provider, and it comes with HBO Go, giving subscribers online access to all of the channel's content on a variety of screens. But for anyone who just wants to watch a season or two, or for those that don't buy cable, this provides the first legal way to get HBO content without paying a subscription fee. Read more...More about Tv, Girls, Hbo, Entertainment, and Video
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It’s not TV, it’s HBO on your cell phone. The creator and broadcaster of some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed television programs has finally released them to Google Play. Starting immediately, users of Android phones and t...
It’s not TV, it’s HBO on your cell phone. The creator and broadcaster of some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed television programs has finally released them to Google Play. Starting immediately, users of Android phones and tablets can download individual shows or full seasons of TV hits that include Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Girls, Veep, True Blood, and The Wire. Google has hinted via Twitter that more news is on the way regarding its budding partnership with the network, including the inclusion of its documentary programming and original films like the Liberace docudrama Behind the Candelabra. A la carte prices are $1.99 or $2.99 for individual episodes in standard definition. HD adds about a dollar to the price tag to those prices, and full seasons run $14.99 to $34.99. All Google Play prices are in line with those on other streaming services, including Amazon’s video service. Also, as with other services, current season programming is not available, but all prior seasons are on offer. These shows will be viewable on any Android device, including a wide range of Qualcomm Snapdragon-equipped smart phones and tablets. The programs are also viewable on Google’s new Chromecast streaming adapter, which plugs directly into your TV. To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
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You can now buy episodes of HBO shows like Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Veep and The Wire from Google Play. Individual episodes cost $1.99 to 2.99 (or $3.99 if you want high-definitio...
You can now buy episodes of HBO shows like Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Girls, Veep and The Wire from Google Play. Individual episodes cost $1.99 to 2.99 (or $3.99 if you want high-definition), or you can purchase full seasons for $19 to $29. The cable channel said
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Review Michael Noble 8 Oct 2013 - 10:15 German Romanticism in Atlantic City? Why not. This is after all, Boardwalk Empire... This review contains spoilers. 4.5 Erlkonig "Be calm, dearest child, thy fancy de...
Review Michael Noble 8 Oct 2013 - 10:15 German Romanticism in Atlantic City? Why not. This is after all, Boardwalk Empire... This review contains spoilers. 4.5 Erlkonig "Be calm, dearest child, thy fancy deceives; the wind is sighing through withering leaves." This week’s episode opens with a series of carefully mounted images. We’re in Eddie’s room, his bed undisturbed. The camera picks up two caged birds before alighting on a photograph of his two sons as boys. It then turns its gaze to some sheet music of Schubert’s Lieder and a couple of Western novels, symbolic of Eddie’s German past and his American present. The window is open and the wind breathes through the room, its whistle audible amid the sound of Nucky’s urgent phone call from Willie. With that, Erlkönig sets out the symbolism that will dominate an episode concerned with temptation and the decisions the people take when presented with two masters. The title is borrowed from Goethe, whose original poem (later set to music by Schubert) tells the story of a father and son riding home through a storm. The boy believes the Erlkönig, the ‘Elf’ or ‘Alder King’ is chasing them and trying to tempt him away from his father. The man, in the lines quoted above, dismisses these impressions as nothing more than the mist and the sound of ancient willows in the wind, but the boy is hurt by the Erlkönig and is dead by the time they reach home. The Erlkönig is symbolic of temptation. His offers to the boy, of riches and women, are intended to prise him away from his father’s care and to sever their bond. The poem is quoted by Agent Knox and echoed by Eddie, but it supplies a motif that resonates through every storyline. The episode is constructed as a series of pairings, each featuring one party seeking to corrupt another. There’s the Capones leading Mueller away from O’Banion and deeper into Cicero business, Agent Knox seeking to make Eddie break his loyalty to his master and Nucky, whose material success is a source of constant temptation. Last week, Eli told his son to try harder at college and to get good grades ‘for his mother’. It was solid, fatherly advice. The boy’s studying at Temple! He’ll make something worthwhile of himself. As we know, things aren’t going quite so swimmingly in Philadelphia and so this week, it’s Nucky, the Erlkönig of Atlantic City, who appears in loco parentis to magic away the nasty business in which he has been caught. Willie is way out of his depth and spends most of the episode looking like a rabbit in headlights. The scenes in the cell frame him in the corner of the picture, as though he’s trying his best to escape. Of course he can’t do that, but, with Nucky’s help, he might just walk out. The only question is whether he walks out like ‘he’s on a capital charge or like a man who has just paid a parking ticket’. Nucky, that tempter of an easy life of riches and pleasure, teaches him not only to lie, but to live with the consequences of lying. Willie’s hapless roommate, Clayton will have to eat the charge, which may sting a bit, but trust Nucky on this; he’ll just become another face he can barely remember.  Mueller (he shall remain Mueller for the purposes of these reviews for as long as he remains Mueller for the purposes of drama) is being led further and further into the Capone operation. Al’s offering of the cocaine forms a kind of initiation, and as with Nucky, a form of temptation. ‘Don’t wanna be my friend?’ he demands, in his usual tone of aggressive mateyness. It isn’t really a question. Mueller is repulsed by Al, but curiously drawn to him as well. At one fatal moment during the factory melee, he is given a fleeting opportunity to strangle the association in its cradle, but for the intervention of fate. Frank sees him, which would mean that the game was up were it not for the arrival of the Chicago cops, who destroy Frank and seal Mueller’s link to Al. It doesn’t matter what happens, the poor bewildered M
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HBO has (finally) reached some kind of agreement with Google to allow their shows to be sold through Google Play. There are a few catches here, though. As of right now, there are only a few shows available, not all of their programming. ...
HBO has (finally) reached some kind of agreement with Google to allow their shows to be sold through Google Play. There are a few catches here, though. As of right now, there are only a few shows available, not all of their programming.  You’ll be able to buy episodes/seasons of Game of Thrones, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Veep, Girls, and The Wire. It’s not a massive selection, but it’s not bad at all. HBO is committed to getting more shows available in the future. You also can’t get the newest completed seasons if they haven’t been released on DVD yet (Game of Thrones seasons 1 and 2 are available, but not season 3) and they probably won’t be available until the most recent seasons hit store shelves and another new season starts. Even with those few shortcomings, it’s great to finally have a legitimate (and relatively affordable) way to buy and watch some of these shows digitally. source: Google Play Come comment on this article: Several HBO shows are now available for purchase on Google Play Visit TalkAndroid for Android news, Android guides, and much more!
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Early on in ‘Erlkönig,’ a statement is made regarding the desires of people everywhere, and the general consensus is that “people don’t know what they want.” At least that’s the impetus for most characters o...
Early on in ‘Erlkönig,’ a statement is made regarding the desires of people everywhere, and the general consensus is that “people don’t know what they want.” At least that’s the impetus for most characters on Boardwalk Empire to do the kinds of thing that they do – i.e., supply people with everything they didn’t even know they wanted. That’s certainly been the reasoning behind the actions of the Capone brothers as they seek to secure their place in Cicero, and control the voting of the working class there. And it’s also been the direction of Chalky White’s temperamental associate Dunn Purnsely, who has fallen under the spell of Dr. Narcisse, and considering that man is given to speaking with such measured elegance by ...Click to continue reading ‘Boardwalk Empire’: A Demonstration of Loyalty
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The Google Play Store has HBO! Via their Google+ page, the Play Store announced today that some HBO Original Series’ will be available on the Play Store. Seven of HBO’s shows will make their way to the Play Store, with episodes running $...
The Google Play Store has HBO! Via their Google+ page, the Play Store announced today that some HBO Original Series’ will be available on the Play Store. Seven of HBO’s shows will make their way to the Play Store, with episodes running $1.99-2.99 each. The list — which includes Veep, True Blood, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones, The Newsroom, The Wire, and Girls — encompasses the entire back catalog of shows. For those wishing to get caught up to speed on shows currently running like Boardwalk Empire, you’ll be left wanting. Even the recently wrapped second season of The Newsroom is currently missing. Both seasons of Game of Thrones, however, are present. While not a total boon for HBO series fans, it’s a step in the right direction. Cord cutters will love this, and Play Movies & TV come with Chromecast support, so it’s a lot like having HBO natively. There is no timetable offered for when shows will be added after their original air. The service, like many Google rollouts, is currently only available in the US. There was no timetable offered for worldwide release, or if it was forthcoming. If you’re in the US and want to catch some older HBO favorites, head on over to the Play Store now! Story Timeline Android Community App of the Week: HBO GO HBO TrueBlood Live Wallpaper for Android FIFA 14 lands on Google Play Store Google Play Store vending machines hit Japan Plants vs Zombies 2 is on your Google Play Store, in selected countries only
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Want to get your HBO fix on the go? The company behind some of television’s greatest series has finally made their catalog of shows available for purchase and viewing in the Google Play Store. To start, you can purchase episodes of...
Want to get your HBO fix on the go? The company behind some of television’s greatest series has finally made their catalog of shows available for purchase and viewing in the Google Play Store. To start, you can purchase episodes of True Blood, The Newsroom, and Game of Thrones as officially told by Google. And while they didn’t mention these shows, there are also episodes of The Wire, Girls, Veep and Boardwalk Empire sitting in the Google Play Store. Now all they’ll need to add is The Sopranos and they will have taken care of most of my Home Box Office entertainment needs. Episodes range from $1.99 and $2.99 each, with full seasons made available for anywhere between $18.99 and $28.99. Get over to the Google Play Store and check them out if you’re interested in grabbing these for your Android phone or tablet. [Twitter via GTVSource]
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