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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”

Who Are Pussy Riot?
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Pussy Riot
Meet the feminist punk band from Russia. Read More »
Pussy Riot Found Guilty
The three women were sentenced to two years for "hooliganism." Read More »
Madonna Loves Pussy Riot
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Madonna supports the Russian punk band. Read More »
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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

Work!

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

Start The Year Off Right

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.

We Swear It’s Not Porn! (NSFW)

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It Sounds A Whole Lot Like Porn But...

When I was an actress, the worst part was telling my friends and family about the roles I was auditioning for — or sometimes, had just booked. I’d be like, “I’m just got a horror movie with Gary Busey! I’m playing a vampire prostitute who gets shot in the head while playing cards with Morgan Freeman’s son in a cabin in the middle of Afghanistan!” Then I’d just watch the concern/confusion/horror pass over their faces as they assumed the worst. (I really did play that part, by the way. And it wasn’t porn.) A new video, “It’s Not Porn…”, spoofs that phenomenon. Actors and actresses brag about the roles they just landed that happen to sound a whole lot like porn, but are really just HBO shows. See if you can name all the scenes from you favorite shows. [Laughing Squid]

The Dong Show: 10 Penises Featured On HBO

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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The “Girls” Season 3 Teaser Is A Bunch Of Instagram Photos That Tell Us Nothing

Deleted "Girls" Scene
Hannah and Marnie discuss which guys they attracted in this deleted scene. Read More »
"Girls" Season 38
"Girls" Season 38 Comedy Video
This is what "Girls" season 38 would be like. Read More »
"Girls" Parody Porn
Girls Parody Porn
Hustler finally made a parody porn of "Girls"! Read More »
Season 3 Is Nigh
Girls Season 3 Teaser
Don't blink or you'll miss it

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]

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