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Fight of century becomes fight in court as fans sue Pacquiao

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Boxing fans across the country and their lawyers are calling the hyped-up fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. a fraud and want their money back, and then some. At least 32 class action lawsuits across the country allege Pacquiao should have disclosed a shoulder injury to boxing fans before the fight, which Mayweather won in a unanimous decision after 12 lackluster rounds that most fans thought didn’t live up to the hype. Fight of the century? More like…

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Darden Rice’s campaign T-shirt makes cameo in documentary portraying a violent, anti-gay Uganda

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St. Pete City Councilmember Darden Rice got an unusual plug on premium cable television. A man is seen briefly wearing her campaign T-shirt from her most recent successful City Council bid. The blue shirt has her name and campaign slogan, “St. Pete Strong” visible for not longer than the blink of an eye. It’s worn by a man who is presumably from Uganda in a teaser for the HBO show VICE. The episode is called “A Prayer for Uganda.” The…

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Plenty of options for HBO online, not enough time

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HBO Now, the cable channel’s new stand-alone streaming service, is both a blessing and a curse. Like HBO Go, the app that cable and satellite TV subscribers have, HBO Now gives you instant access to new TV episodes and movies, along with programs from months and years ago. People who don’t subscribe to cable TV are now able to watch hit shows such as “Game of Thrones” and “Girls” without “borrowing” parents’ accounts or turning to piracy sites. The curse?…

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‘Game of Thrones’ star Kit Harington: a quiet force as Jon Snow

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Shhhh! “Quiet” and “still” aren’t words you might associate with “Game of Thrones.” HBO’s epic fantasy, set in the make-believe continent of Westeros, typically swirls with warring armies, forbidding landscape, even fire-breathing dragons. But Jon Snow embodies the meditative quality that regularly quells words and movement by the characters in favor of a moody immersion in this vast realm for the audience. Through this universe roams Jon Snow, the illegitimate son of Lord Ned Stark and an outcast, a brooding…

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Here’s why Australia won’t be seeing ‘Game of Thrones’ first this season

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Game of Thrones is the most pirated show in the world, meaning more people illegally download it than any other. It even broke an all-time piracy record during season 4 when more than 250,000 people shared the same file at the same time. To combat that, HBO is ensuring the season 5 premier Sunday night on the East Coast of the United States at 9 p.m. is aired at the same time in 170 countries. That means while people here in…

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‘Game of Thrones’ Season 5 eps leaked hours before premiere

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Some people just cannot wait. Make that almost a million people. Game of Thrones season five, set to premiere on HBO Sunday evening, began emerging from piracy networks and downloaded more than three-quarter million times. The pirated copies appeared on torrent sites around 10 p.m. Eastern Time Saturday, only a day before its official launch. Through 7 a.m. Sunday, more than 550,000 individual clients leaked the first four episodes of GoT worldwide, reports Todd Spangler of Variety. Copyright intelligence firm Excipio estimates that…

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‘Game of Thrones’ to live stream premiere in San Francisco

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The U.S. premiere of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones” will be held at a palatial building in San Francisco, aptly suited for the television show about a mythical kingdom. But the City by the Bay is also a leading tech hub and HBO plans to give “Game of Thrones” fans access to the red carpet event Monday by streaming it live on the show’s Facebook page. Many of the series’ stars will attend the event at the War…

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