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John Oliver Identifies 'Stupidest Possible Reason' We Could Die

A Trump tweet about Kim Jong Un, he said on season finale of 'Last Week Tonight'

(Newser) - John Oliver outlined "the stupidest possible reason for all of us to die" in the season finale of Last Week Tonight on Sunday, and it involves a specific tweet by President Trump. "I'm serious: If the entire country simultaneously tripped while putting on its underwear and fell... More »

Louis CK's Career Is Crumbling Amid Misconduct Claims

HBO is parting ways with him, and his latest movie has been canceled

(Newser) - The career that Louis CK spent decades building started to crumble within hours of a report detailing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct . HBO announced Thursday that it is parting ways with the comedian, who will no longer appear in its Nov. 18 Night of Too Many Stars autism special. "... More »

Julia Louis-Dreyfus: I Have Breast Cancer

'Let's fight all cancers and make universal health care a reality'

(Newser) - Julia Louis-Dreyfus has breast cancer, she wrote on Twitter Thursday. "[One] in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I'm the one," she wrote . "The good news is I have the most glorious group of supportive and caring family and friends, and fantastic insurance through my union.... More »

Veep Is Ending After 7 Seasons

'We don't want to repeat ourselves,' Louis-Dreyfus says

(Newser) - HBO says its much-honored political satire Veep is coming to an end. The cable channel said Wednesday that Veep will air its seventh and final season in 2018, the AP reports. Series star Julia Louis-Dreyfus won five consecutive Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Selina Meyer, a self-absorbed politician and... More »

Meet Your New True Detective

HBO confirms season 3, with Mahershala Ali in the lead

(Newser) - Season 3 of True Detective is officially happening, per the Hollywood Reporter . Mahershala Ali is the lead on the latest installment of HBO's anthology series; he will play a state police detective from Arkansas who gets caught up in a "macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks... More »

Game of Thrones Season Finale: Dull, Nauseating, Jaw-Dropping

Inside 'The Dragon and the Wolf'

(Newser) - We're a mere six episodes away from knowing who will sit on the Iron Throne. With the habitual warning about spoilers, read on for insights and analysis of season 7's final episode, "The Dragon and the Wolf":
  • In its recap of the episode, the Washington Post acknowledges
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3 Takes on the Title of Game of Thrones' Season Finale

Here's what 'The Dragon and the Wolf' could refer to

(Newser) - For any Game of Thrones fan already feeling sadness over the looming end of season 7, some solace: Sunday's finale will be the show's longest episode to date. Vulture reports that it clocks in at 79 minutes and 43 seconds. It wasn't the only tidbit to drop... More »

Game of Thrones Goes Beyond the Wall—and Believability

Inside the penultimate episode of season 7

(Newser) - Sunday night's penultimate episode of season 7 of Game of Thrones took us "Beyond the Wall" and, per some critics, beyond the realm of believability. For those willing to load up on spoilers, read on for more on the action north and south of the wall and what... More »

HBO Hackers Leak Curb Your Enthusiasm Episodes

HBO says it's not going to comment every time something gets leaked

(Newser) - The latest leak from the HBO hackers: several Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes. The upcoming season of the comedy series won't be airing on HBO until October, Variety reports. The hackers have already released episodes of other HBO series including Insecure, Ballers, Barry, and The Deuce, plus reportedly some draft... More »

Game of Thrones Had Viewers Yelling at Their TVs

Huge reveals, a long-gone character re-emerges, and more

(Newser) - A possible pregnancy, the return of a possibly important character, and, as the Verge notes, a huge reveal "designed to make the audience scream at the screen" were just some of the plot points in Sunday night's Game of Thrones. Needless to say, there are some major spoilers... More »

Game of Thrones Scene Torched Record 20 Stuntmen

And more details from the latest episode

(Newser) - If you haven't watched the latest episode of Game of Thrones, stop reading now, because major spoilers are ahead. Even two days after the "jaw-dropping" episode aired, behind-the-scenes details are making headlines. Some of the best tidbits:
  • The Los Angeles Times pulls the most interesting details from HBO'
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HBO Hackers Demand Millions in Ransom

Data dump so far has included 'Game of Thrones' script

(Newser) - A group of hackers posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online Monday and demanded a multimillion-dollar ransom from the network. HBO, which had previously acknowledged the theft of "proprietary information," says it's continuing to investigate and is working with police and cybersecurity experts. In a... More »

'Jaw-Dropping Ending' on Game of Thrones

And a much-awaited reunion

(Newser) - Last week's episode of Game of Thrones boasted a long-awaited meeting, and this week's offered another. Three Starks finally joined up in Winterfell, and that wasn't even the most exciting part of Season 7's portentously titled "The Spoils of War." What everyone's... More »

Sunday's Game of Thrones Will Be Shocking ... ly Short

Episode is 50 minutes, shortest in series' history

(Newser) - Game of Thrones fans who've gotten used to settling in for long episodes (the first three episodes of the current season were each an hour or more) may be disappointed to hear that Sunday's episode will be the shortest in the series' history. It's just 50 minutes... More »

HBO Hack Worse Than Thought

Could be on par with the 2014 Sony hack

(Newser) - The HBO cyberattack appears to be worse than originally thought. A security company hired by the network tells Google that the hackers stole "thousands of ... internal company documents" belonging to HBO as well as "masses of copyrighted items including documents, images, videos and sound," Variety reports. The... More »

Amazon Plans Rival to HBO's Confederate

'Black America' will focus on 'New Colonia,' secured by freed slaves after Reconstruction

(Newser) - A sovereign nation called New Colonia—made up of the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, acquired by former black slaves after Reconstruction in a reparations deal—has maintained a "tumultuous and sometimes violent relationship" with "Big Neighbor," the remainder of the United States. That's the... More »

After Cyberattack, HBO Episodes Leaked

But it's not yet clear whether 'Game of Thrones' is affected

(Newser) - Watch out for major Game of Thrones spoilers: HBO has been hit by a massive cyberattack, Entertainment Weekly reports. The upcoming episodes of some of the network's series, plus at least one alleged script or treatment, have already been leaked online by the hackers. HBO confirmed the "compromise... More »

Deathbed Confession Jolts Game of Thrones

Inside 'The Queen's Justice'

(Newser) - Sunday night's Game of Thrones episode brought the long-awaited meeting of fire and ice—that of Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow—but "The Queen's Justice" brought so much more. What's being said about the season's third episode (spoilers abound):
  • Rolling Stone provides a recap, noting
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Jon Stewart Is Doing Something He Hasn't in 21 Years

HBO announces new stand-up special from former 'Daily Show' host

(Newser) - Jon Stewart is bringing his comedy to HBO, the AP reports. The network announced Wednesday that Stewart will return to the network for his first stand-up special since 1996. Stewart is also set to host the Night of Too Many Stars tribute in November benefiting Next for Autism, which will... More »

Euron's Gift Revealed in Epic Game of Thrones Battle

All you need to know about episode 2 of season 7

(Newser) - Two down, five to go in this seventh season of Game of Thrones. "Stormborn's" final scene is a talker, but plenty went down before that. A spoiler-laden guide:
  • If you're looking for a recap, turn to NPR , which presents a lively play-by-play. (One of the characters merits
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