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HBO's 'Vinyl' has lots of sex and drugs but is light on rock 'n' roll

Martin Scorsese, the film director, and Mick Jagger, the rock star, along with "Boardwalk Empire" creator Terence Winter and journalist-screenwriter Rich Cohen, make up the formidable force behind "Vinyl," a new HBO series about the music business set in New York in the early 1970s. For better...

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  • Inside Ben Higgins' date at Wrigley Field on 'The Bachelor'

    Inside Ben Higgins' date at Wrigley Field on 'The Bachelor'

    Three days after the Mets finished their National League Championship Series sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley Field, another spectacle took place at the ballpark. Indiana native Ben Higgins, who calls himself a die-hard Cubs fan, went on a one-on-one date with Texas real estate developer JoJo Fletcher...

  • TruTV's 'Those Who Can't' is a teachable moment in subpar comedy

    TruTV's 'Those Who Can't' is a teachable moment in subpar comedy

    In the new world of television, streaming services now regularly come to the rescue of canceled cable and network shows — Netflix finished off "The Killing" and gave a home to "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." "The Mindy Project" can now be seen on Hulu, etc. But what happens to those shows created...

  • Northern Ireland's 'Game of Thrones' road painted by mistake

    "Game of Thrones" fans, don't fret: Cleaners are coming. Tourists who flock to Northern Ireland to visit the settings for the hit HBO fantasy series were incensed this week to discover that a road maintenance crew had painted a stark white line down the middle of the Dark Hedges, one of the most...

  • HBO says its HBO Now streaming service has 800,000 paying subscribers

    HBO says its HBO Now streaming service has 800,000 paying subscribers

    HBO Now, the streaming service, has about 800,000 paying subscribers. Until now, customer numbers had been something of a secret because many of the people who signed up for the service, which launched last April, took advantage of free promotional offers. HBO Chief Executive Richard Plepler announced...

  • 'SNL' star drew inspiration for short film from Chicago fabric store

    'SNL' star drew inspiration for short film from Chicago fabric store

    "Saturday Night Live" star Aidy Bryant said she drew inspiration for her upcoming short film "Darby Forever" from a Chicago fabric store. "I would get fabric for shows I was doing at Second City. And so this woman who would cut the fabric for me would always be like, 'What's this fabric for?' And...

  • It may be on The CW, but 'Jane the Virgin' is worth the watch

    It may be on The CW, but 'Jane the Virgin' is worth the watch

    Calling all TV snobs: If you still think “Jane the Virgin” isn’t worth your time because it’s on The CW, think again. First, a precursor: I’m a reformed snob myself when it comes to The CW. Even as a teenager, I found it so crushingly adolescent. I saw it as a network only to be openly watched...

  • New 'Star Trek' series recruits Bryan Fuller as co-creator and showrunner

    Back in November of 2015, CBS announced plans to launch a "totally new" "Star Trek" series set to premiere in January 2017. Today the new series has boldly announced the recruiting of a new co-creator: Bryan Fuller.  CBS announced (via news release) that Fuller has been drafted to the new "Star...

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  • The Super Bowl proves to be a huge platform for almost anyone with a message

    The Super Bowl proves to be a huge platform for almost anyone with a message

    It may have started with puppies, but now everyone wants in on the big game. Key and Peele, Alicia Florrick, Jason Bourne, Stephen Colbert, Mother Jones, President Obama, Conan O'Brien, Tina Fey, James Corden — they all showed up, in one way or the other, during Super Bowl 50, and not to root for...

  • The best -- and worst -- social media reactions to Beyoncé's halftime show

    The best -- and worst -- social media reactions to Beyoncé's halftime show

    Coldplay? What's a Coldplay? Super Bowl 50, like most live events, played out as much on Twitter as it did on television. Some people were just there for the halftime show, featuring Coldplay with "guests" Beyoncé and Bruno Mars. At least one person wasn't sure who else was supposed to be there....

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