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Game of Thrones episode shown in Spain, Nordics by error

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HBO said Wednesday that due to an error the sixth episode of Games of Thrones’ seventh season was shown a week ahead of schedule in Spain and Nordic countries.

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‘Game of Thrones’ debut draws record 10.1 million viewers

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Women dominate Westeros as never before, and it’s the same with the “Game of Thrones” ratings. The HBO drama’s seventh-season premiere last weekend drew a record-setting 10.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen company figures released Tuesday.

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David Jolly still appearing on Bill Maher’s show Friday; says Al Franken should too

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David Jolly fully intends to appear on “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday night, as do previously scheduled guests Ice Cube and Symone Sanders, the former national press secretary for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. This despite the controversy circling around the comedian, who used the N-word during his show last Friday night, prompting widespread condemnation and calls for HBO to oust him from the gig. As it stands now, the only previously scheduled guest on the comic’s weekly program who won’t appear is U.S. Sen. Al Franken; Jolly…

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Vern Buchanan tells Justice Department ‘pay up’ for Bernie Madoff victims

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Sarasota Republican Vern Buchanan wants the Department of Justice to begin paying the victims of Bernie Madoff‘s multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme with some of the recovered funds. In a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Buchanan points out that the victims of Madoff’s crime have yet to receive a penny from the $4 billion victim fund created in 2012, four years after federal authorities apprehended Madoff. “It is outrageous that victims languish in hardship while government-sanctioned administrators collect millions in fees,”…

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Email insights: HBO to screen ” 3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” at FSU

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The HBO documentary film shot in Jacksonville that tells the story of the Jordan Davis shooting and the trial of Michael Dunn will screen on the Florida State University campus this weekend before it premieres on national television next week. In an e-blast, the group Generation Progress has announced the screening in cooperation with HBO, the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, the Florida State University chapter of the NAACP, along with the League of Women Voters of Florida State…

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ESPN ends Grantland website 5 months after Bill Simmons leaves

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ESPN has ended the Grantland website five months after founding editor Bill Simmons left the company. The cable network announced the closing Friday, saying it plans to focus on projects with a “broader and more significant impact across our enterprise.” Simmons and ESPN parted ways in May. Simmons had been a sports columnist, TV host and analyst. ESPN this month laid off 300 employees. ESPN said Grantland “distinguished itself with quality writing, smart ideas, original thinking and fun. We are…

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‘True Detective’ returns, staying true to its powerful past

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“True Detective” could drive you to drink. Its second season (Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO) arrives under cover of such darkness and psychic pain it seems to beg its audience to keep a bottle close by in a display of unity with its hard-drinking protagonists. “You tying one on?” asks Frank Semyon (series star Vince Vaughn), an enterprising but beleaguered mobster, as he sits across from tormented Detective Ray Velcoro (co-star Colin Farrell) and watches him drain glass…

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