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How Does Marriage Work? In “112 Weddings,” A Wedding Videographer Tries To Explain

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A Wedding Videographer Speaks!

I got married very quickly: we had only been dating for five months. I didn’t doubt that I’d found the man I wanted to spend my life with, but I did feel confused in the weeks and months after we’d gotten hitched what marriage was supposed to mean and if so, how should we make it work? We knew why we got married romantically and we knew why we got married legally — but was that all there was to it? In an upcoming HBO documentary airing on Monday, June 30th, a documentary filmmaker who pays his bills by doing wedding videography, seeks to explain the secrets of wedded bliss. In “112 Weddings,” Doug Block went back and interviewed former clients whose weddings he filmed to check in on how matrimony turned out. Some explain how they’ve kept a relationship alive all this time; others explain how their nuptials lead to divorce. Sounds like a film to watch with the husband, yes?

Meryl Streep To Play Jackie O’s Love Rival Maria Callas In HBO Film

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  • Meryl Streep will play opera singer Maria Callas, who was dumped by Aristotle Onassis for Jackie Kennedy, in an HBO film version of the play “Master Class.” [Page Six]
  • Katy Perry and longtime friend/karaoke partner Robert Pattinson were spotted kissing at a party. [RadarOnline]
  • You know you want to hear about Leonardo DiCaprio’s “sex yacht.” [WWTDD]
  • The U.S. Patent Office has cancelled six federal trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins football team because it is “disparaging to Native Americans.” [Think Progress] Keep reading »

“The Leftovers,” HBO’s New Drama, Looks So Good

"The Leftovers," HBO's New Drama, Looks So Good
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If you were worrying about what you were going to watch on Sundays after “Mad Men” ends its run and “Game of Thrones” closes out season four — and I was worrying, trust me – look no further than “The Leftovers,” HBO’s latest drama series which debuts on June 29. Last night, the network aired the first full-length trailer for the series — which is adapted from the Tom Perrotta novel and stars Justin Theroux — and DANG, it looks good. According to the show synopsis, “‘The Leftovers’ takes place in the wake of a global Rapture—which may or may not be the Biblical rapture—and centers on the people who didn’t make the cut that are left behind in a suburban community.” Babies just disappearing from their car seats! Crazy! Have any of you read the book? How was it? I had big plans to cancel my cable after “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” ended, but I might have to rethink that plan…

HBO’s “The Normal Heart” Visits The Start Of The AIDS Crisis

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The Beginning Of The AIDS Crisis

As a child of the ’90s who learned about HIV in elementary school (from a puppet, I believe), sometimes it’s difficult to imagine a world where HIV/AIDS was so misunderstood. There was once a time when people used the word “quarantine” when talking about this public health crisis. And it’s painful to remember that in my own lifetime, gay men and women — in New York City, of all places — were deeply in the closet because they feared for their lives. HBO has released its trailer for “The Normal Heart,” the Ryan Murphy-directed film based on the play by Larry Kramer, which tells the story of an activist (Mark Ruffalo) and a doctor (Julia Roberts) from 1981 until 1984 as they try to draw attention to a mysterious disease in New York City that seems to be targeting gay men. While the government ignores them — because who cares about gay men? — lives are being lost. The film debuts on May 25th on HBO. I’ll be watching. [YouTube]

We See Chick Flicks: HBO’s “Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer”

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Russia's Feminist Punk Rockers!

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 »

For Instant Smiles, Watch Hamish Bowles Teach Lena Dunham How To Pose For Vogue

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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]

Watch John Oliver Bid Farewell To “The Daily Show”

We'll Miss You, John!

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]

Forget New Year’s Resolutions, I Just Want To Watch “Girls” In 2014

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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]

Diablo Cody & Oprah Developing HBO Show Together

  • HBO is developing a show from Diablo Cody (!!!) and Oprah (!!!!!) based on the book Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sex You’re Not Having, The Sleep You’re Missing, and What’s Really Making You Crazy, by Julie Holland.  Yes, please. [NYMag.com]
  • Prepare yourself for this weekend’s 50th anniversary special of “Doctor Who”!  [The Daily Dot]
  • Remember Irene from “The Real World: Seattle”?  The one who had Lyme disease? And got slapped in the face by Stephen? Well, she has an essay on New York magazine’s website and it is epic. [NYMag.com]
  • Prosecutors have dropped aggravated stalking charges against two girls who bullied Florida 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick before her death. They determined that the behavior of the girls, ages 14 and 12, did not rise to the level of a crime. [New York Times] Keep reading »

Hannah Twerks Against A Gravestone In The “Girls” Season 3 Trailer

Twerk It, Horvath.

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.

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