1. How any actor (even a really nice one) can play a truly evil villain like King Joffrey

    Game of Thrones' Jack Gleeson is the latest in a long line of sweet, nice actors who have played total monsters. How do they pull it off?

     

  2. Watch the Silicon Valley premiere right now for free

    Silicon Valley is easily one of the year’s most promising new comedies — and for once, you don’t even need to track down your roommate’s cousin’s HBO Go password to watch it. HBO has posted the entire premiere episode to YouTube. 

     

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  4. Could your Tumblr win a book deal? 

    The book publishing industry, a notorious slouch when it comes to emerging trends on the internet, is not going to let this Tumblr thing come and go without earning a buck or two. 

     

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  6. Ten years ago, we said goodbye. A lot has changed since.

    Girls on Film: The forgotten legacy of Sex and the City

     

  7. Last night’s episode of Girls was yet another round in what has become a competition to see who can be the show’s most sociopathically unlikable character, as the girls in Lena Dunham’s HBO dramedy grappled with the untimely passing of Hannah’s editor.

    Hannah, in predictable fashion, uses the death as an opportunity to get attention, while admitting the only real remorse she feels is for the unclear future of her e-book. Jessa and Shoshana share stories about their own experiences with death, with Shosh conceding that it was ultimately a good thing for her high school clique, and Jessa getting so involved in her own story that she forgot Shoshana’s altogether. Marnie continues in her tireless efforts to become the kind of girl “fancy people want to work with,” and then Hannah, Laird, and Caroline cart-wheel through a cemetery.

    In other words, it was the usual display of self-involved delusion and tragically poor communication that has become a hallmark of the series. After each episode since the conclusion of the brilliant first season, I’ve asked myself: Why do I continue watching this show? Is it because the whole series has become such a spectacle? Am I challenging myself to white-knuckle through one uncomfortable scene after the next? Is it because as a twenty-something writer living in New York I’d feel totally irrelevant not watching it?

    No, I realized, it’s because of the boys.

    — Monica Nickelsburg, in Why I only watch Girls for the guys

     


  8. Patrick, Agustin, and Dom have partners of various ethnicities, ages, and social groups. They discuss politics or social issues in passing, just like the rest of us. They don’t exist to teach us lessons or preach about gay rights, nor to incessantly navel-gaze about their problems. They’re just three regular guys who happen to like guys. In 2014, that’s (sadly) still remarkable.
     


  9. It’s because it’s a realistic expression of what it’s like to be alive, I think, and I totally get it. If you are not into me, that’s your problem.
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    Lena Dunham, answering a critic who “doesn’t get” why she’s “naked, at random times, for no reason” so often on Girls.

    Lena Dunham’s body reveals the naked truth about our distorted values

     

  10. Is The Newsroom's second season any good?

    The critical consensus seems to be yes… but not by much.

     

  11. How Netflix came back from the dead and beat HBO

    With 2 million new subscribers, Netflix now boasts a bigger following than HBO. What happened? Carmel Lobello investigates:

    Many attribute Netflix’s ferocious turnaround to its foray into original programming, particularly the high-profile political drama House of Cards, which debuted in February to great reviews. More original shows have followed. Hemlock Grove, a horror show by Eli Roth, debuted last Friday, and a new season of the cultishly awaited comedy series Arrested Development will launch next month. Netflix suddenly has plenty of content that you simply cannot get without subscribing, and as they say, content is king.

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  12. Even as Girls disappoints by implicitly endorsing the utterly toxic relationships of Hannah/Adam and Marnie/Charlie, it does something even more disappointing by putting so much emphasis on romantic relationships at all. Remember when Girls was about more than boys? What this episode lacks — and, on reflection, this season has lacked — is an emphasis on the relationships between the central four women. The episode doesn’t come close to passing the Bechdel Test, because the women don’t talk to each other at all, and it’s frustrating to watch Girls push the characters’ romantic entanglements to the forefront while it pushes the rest of their lives aside.

    Hannah’s crippling O.C.D. made it impossible for her to finish the book that would represent the culmination of her personal and professional dreams — but that’s okay, because Adam is there to scoop her into his arms! Marnie and Charlie have reached their “endpoint,” even though neither of them mentions her budding singing career — but that’s okay, because Charlie’s making enough money for both of them! And Shoshanna… what does Shoshanna do again? College student? Maybe we should actually find out what she’s studying sometime.”

    Scott Meslow really, really hated last night’s Girls finale

     

  13. Girls recap: Hannah the antihero — This week’s episode takes the series’ self-absorbed protagonist to a new low. 

    Girls has been laser-focused on Hannah this season, at the expense of characters like Jessa, Shoshanna, and even Adam, whose failure to show up in “Bad Friend” is particularly conspicuous after his arrest in last week’s episode. Hannah is a legitimately fascinating character — and certainly the most groundbreaking to emerge from Girlsbut the show can sometimes feel as obsessed with Hannah as Hannah is obsessed with Hannah — and that’s not a good thing.

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