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HBO’s ‘Ethel’: A Kennedy daughter reaches into the vault of memories

October 15, 2012 in The Daily Republic

LOS ANGELES They’re here, mother and daughter together, in a sun-drenched hotel suite full of cables and studio lights, to do the thing they officially dread: talk about themselves.
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Netflix, HBO to expand services into Scandinavia

August 16, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Rivals Netflix and HBO will soon go head-to-head in Scandinavia. The two companies announced within hours of each other late Tuesday and early Wednesday that they plan to launch in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Continue Reading

HBO apologizes for fake George W. Bush head on ‘Game of Thrones’

June 14, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Though the head was given a wig of long hair, spattered in mud and turned mostly away from the camera, the distinctive upper lip was a giveaway. And the creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss pointed it out in the DVD commentary on the episode. Continue Reading

HBO’s ‘Eastbound & Down’ is up — even on the way out

April 12, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

There are basically two kinds of fans of HBO’s comedy “Eastbound & Down,” which wraps its third, and what will probably be its final, season Sunday.
One kind gets the joke. The other is the joke. Continue Reading

‘Mad Men’ returns at last after a 17-month hiatus

March 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Matthew Weiner has a few things he’d prefer I not tell you about the Season 5 premiere of AMC’s “Mad Men.” Starting with what year in the ’60s it is when the show resumes Sunday, after a 17-month hiatus. Also: “What happened with Don and Megan? Don and Faye? “Did Joan have the baby? “How is the character Betty affected by actress January Jones’ real-life pregnancy? “What’s going to happen to SCDP without Lucky Strike and with Don’s anti-tobacco letter?” So, OK, maybe more than a few things. Continue Reading

A religious role: Dolores Hart left films to become a nun

February 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

When Dolores Hart, 73, walks the red carpet Sunday at this year’s Academy Awards as planned, no interviewer will need to ask who made her dress. She will be wearing her nun’s habit from the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn., where she lives a life of contemplation and hospitality and is mother prioress. Continue Reading

A religious role: Dolores Hart left films to become a nun

February 22, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

When Dolores Hart, 73, walks the red carpet Sunday at this year’s Academy Awards as planned, no interviewer will need to ask who made her dress. She will be wearing her nun’s habit from the Benedictine Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Conn., where she lives a life of contemplation and hospitality and is mother prioress. Continue Reading

HBO: No political agenda behind Sarah Palin film about 2008 vice presidential candidacy

January 14, 2012 in West Central Tribune

PASADENA, Calif. – In a politically polarized country, the people behind HBO’s upcoming movie on Sarah Palin’s vice presidential campaign are being careful not to take one side or the other.
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‘Mad Men,’ ‘Boardwalk Empire’ face off at Emmys

September 18, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

AMC’s 1960s Madison Avenue saga, which has earned three consecutive Emmy Awards as best drama series, is competing Sunday with HBO’s tale of Atlantic City, N.J, schemers making the most of the wild days of Prohibition in the 1920s. Continue Reading

From slacker to entrepreneur, TV’s ‘Entourage’ features Turtle evolution

July 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

In real life, too, Jerry Ferrara, now 31, has gone through his own transformation over the course of the show. Continue Reading