Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer is available on HBO Go and select HBO viewings.
HBO Go and HBO are currently airing a film I’d eagerly been anticipating all year: the Pussy Riot documentary. “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer” follows the arrest, trial and incarceration of three members of the Russian feminist punk band who made shockwaves around the world last year for one of their public protests.
Pussy Riot formed in response to the third term of President Vladmir Putin. It’s an anonymous collective who stage guerrilla performances/protests while wearing colorful balaclavas over their faces to hide their identities. Their most famous protest was in February 2012, when several members stormed the altar of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savoir — a space where only the church patriarch is allowed — and briefly performed punk music. The women sang about sexism and spoke out against about President Putin (a major no-no) before getting yanked off stage. The protest lasted a mere 40 seconds long. Keep reading »
Lena Dunham’s Vogue spread has sparked all kinds of feelings and conversations. But this cute video from the magazine is likely something we can all agree on. In this adorable clip, Lena seeks out the help of Hamish Bowles, Vogue‘s European editor-at-large, in preparing how to pose for the her photoshoot. No matter what you think about “Girls” or glossy magazines, this one is pretty much guaranteed to make you smile. [Fashionista]
Last night was John Oliver’s last episode on “The Daily Show” as he gears up to host an HBO comedy series next year. He spent over seven years with the show, and even stepped in as host this summer. Jon Stewart refreshed audiences on some of Oliver’s best moments and made for a teary farewell. I couldn’t watch it without tearing up myself. Best of luck, John! [NYMag.com]
I’m something of an HBO fanatic, so I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner for the network in 2014. The final season of “True Blood”? Season three of “Girls”? Yes, please! Check out this teaser HBO released with clips of “Game of Thrones,” “The Normal Heart” and all the other shows and movies to get excited about. It even recaps the best of 2013 — Beyoncé’s documentary “Life Is But A Dream,” anyone? — for your pop culture nostalgia pleasure. See you on the couch. [Huffington Post]
I can’t believe “Girls”‘ third season starts in less than two months. It feels like just yesterday that the show was making its debut to a chorus of equal parts “IT’S THE BEST THING ON TV EVER” and “THIS SHIT DOESN’T REPRESENT ME OR ANYONE I KNOW.” So what’s ahead for “Girls” in season three? More of the same, from what I can glean! Hannah and Adam seem to be together and traversing through the wilderness, Jessa is back and more luminous than ever, Ray is still a loser and there’s not nearly enough Shoshanna. And, as these are post-Miley times, Hannah finds time to twerk against a gravestone. I’m sure there’s a great reason! Will you be watching on January 12? I will, but I’m just as predictable as they are.
Last week, the girls of College Humor had a “boner” to pick with HBO about their lack of dongs. Whether they show them “in between the boobs” or on their own, they plead with the network to show us “an inch of grade A man meat” for every pair of breasts. A fair request. The good news is that the “True Blood” season six finale delivered some dong. Sure, it was a blink-and-you-miss-it glimpse of Alexander Skarsgard’s flaccid, flaming penis. But still, with the magic of slow mo, we saw it in all of its uncircumcised glory. It’s a step in the right direction. Click through for a SFW retrospective of all the love sticks we’ve seen on HBO. [Beasts of Man]
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Sadly, HBO’s new teaser trailer for “Girls” season three, made up of a bunch of Instagram-style photos from the set, tells us just about nothing in the way of plot points. Well, that’s not entirely true; we know that Hannah and Adam will hug and that the whole gang will go to the beach. I think I’ll have to watch this six or seven more times in slow mo to see if I can Nancy Drew anything else. At least I have something to do until the new season premieres next year. [NYMag.com]
Last night, HBO premiered its highly-anticipated biopic, “Behind The Candelabra.” It was gayer, grander and glitzier than any of us could have imagined.
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon played their roles perfectly (as did Damon’s butt), and who’d have thought that Rob Lowe would steal the show as Dr. Jack Startz? Add too much botox on top of an already-gorgeous mug, and you’ve got yourself an early ’80s plastic surgeon (complete with a leisure suit). Read more on Celebuzz…