hbo shows leaving amazon

Update: Amazon has informed The Verge that the labels were added erroneously and the HBO shows will not be leaving the streaming service. HBO’s streaming deal with Amazon has not expired. Our original story follows.

 

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silicon valley season premiere

The most brilliant comedy on TV returns! The fourth season premiere of HBO’s Silicon Valley is titled “Success Failure,” which is a pretty accurate description of the show so far.

Richard and the rest of the Pied Piper crew have seen tiny pieces of amazing success and attention thrown at them that promise to make them enough money to live the rest of their lives, only for them to lose it all each and every time. After three seasons of this, it’s hard not to get a little bit disinterested in this motley crew, but this season started off by doing something pretty brilliant – they’re rebooting it. Or at least, they’re changing the direction of the show.

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Damon Lindelof interview

(This is part two of a larger interview. You can read part one right over here.)

The Leftovers isn’t playing it safe in its third and final season. Co-creators Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta‘s series has grown more ambitious over its three chapters and this season can get pretty bonkers, to say the least.

As out there as The Leftovers can get, it somehow manages to stay grounded. The surreal touches and bizarre turns tend to carry an emotional weight, striking deep into the heart of the characters. Last season’s “International Assassin” is a great example of that.

Lindelof takes some big swings with season 3. He recently told us about some of the risks the writers took, how the music has evolved over the series, and what he’s learned from the experience of The Leftovers.

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The Wire Trailer

Nowadays, anything and everything can be bought and binged. However, there was a time when not all TV shows were so readily available to be watched at your leisure. Even with the advent of DVD as a media format, it took some time for TV shows on DVD to gain traction. Because of that, there are some shows that perhaps never got as wide of an audience as they deserved, especially those that were on a pay cable channel like HBO.

That’s why HBO has put together new trailers for three of their most acclaimed shows, The Wire, Deadwood and Six Feet Under. Even though these are shows that ended a little over or under a decade ago, these new trailers give them a more modern edge for viewers who might be looking for new shows to binge through HBO.

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game of thrones season 7 photos

The sixth season of Game of Thrones concluded with a massive war about to open up on four fronts, with the living battling the living as the undead waited to make their move. And then, to rub salt in the wound, winter finally arrived. After all, the Stark words always come true, eventually.

The chill of winter can be seen all over the first official Game of Thrones season 7 photos, which feature cast members bundled under heavier coats and cloaks than usual.

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deadwood movie

When Deadwood, one of the greatest television shows of all time, was cut down in its prime following a spectacular third season and a melancholy finale, fans took comfort in the knowledge that a series of TV movies were apparently on the way to tie up loose ends and give the series a proper send-off. Thanks to regime change at HBO, those sequel movies never happened. However, those who were enthralled by David Milch‘s dusty, profane, and poetic western series have kept hope alive – maybe it will come back. Someday.

Now, according to series star Ian McShane, the blueprint for TV movie follow-up has been finished. It’s all in the hands of HBO.

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Damon Lindelof interview

(This is the first half of a two-part interview. The second half will run later this week.)

The Leftovers entered its third and final season this week. The first hour was what we’ve come to expect from showrunner Damon Lindelof‘s ambitious HBO drama – the start of another ominous, darkly funny, and emotional journey for the struggling family at the heart of the Tom Perrotta adaptation. Kevin Garvey Jr. (Justin Theroux) and co. remain at the forefront of this story, not the mystery (as intriguing as it is).

There are a few questions raised at the start of season 3, but the characters continue to drive Damon Lindelof and Perrotta’s story. The new season is set three years after the events of season two, and some of them have changed and grown, but others still find themselves lost in this fish-out-of-water chapter of The Leftovers.

I was recently able to speak with Lindelof about the series and while we didn’t get into too many plot specifics, we did talk about the structure of season 3, shows that inspire the series (like Rick and Morty), and the side effects of binge-watching.

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Damon Lindelof directing

Over the years, some notable television showrunners have taken to directing. Ryan Murphy, Noah Hawley, and Matthew Weiner have directed episodes of their shows, just to name a few examples. Sometimes these transitions from writing to directing yield great results. Hawley recently directed the thrilling and imaginative Legion pilot, while back in 2012 David Chase (The Sopranos) gifted us with his feature directorial debut, Not Fade Away.

Damon Lindelof is one well-known showrunner who’s yet to direct. In all of his years on Lost and The Leftovers, which begin its third and final season April 16, he didn’t get behind the camera once. We recently asked him why.

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The Wizard of Lies

Quick: name the most recent film in which Robert De Niro delivered a dynamite performance. Silver Linings Playbook? Maybe the original Meet the Parents? We don’t have to go as far back as 1998’s Ronin, do we? Yikes. Answering that question is far tougher than it used to be because De Niro has appeared in a ton of not-so-great films over the past fifteen years, leading some to attempt to pinpoint the exact year he seemed to stopped caring about his career.

But now we have a full trailer for the HBO original film The Wizard of Lies, and it looks like the once-legendary actor may finally be ready to give a shit again.
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When HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies came to an end a little more than a week ago, I was satisfied with the conclusion. But only seven days later, I was conflicted; I appreciated the succinctness of the series’ seven episode run and thought it told a compelling and complete story, but at the same time, I couldn’t help but wish there were more episodes to dive into.

So will we ever see Big Little Lies season 2? Below, I’ll run down all of the quotes from the major players involved and try to get to the bottom of this.
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