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British director Andrew Haigh tells Sarah Hughes about his new HBO series “Looking”

The late Sam Berns (centre) with his parents Scott Berns and Leslie Gordon at the 18th Annual Nantucket Film Festival in June 2013.

Sam Berns: Funeral held for inspirational teenager with an ageing disorder

Well-wishers queued outside to pay their respects at the temple where the 17-year-old was laid to rest

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Girls season 3: Episodes 1 and 2 to be made available for free on YouTube, HBO announces

The broadcaster hopes  to woo the show's young and web-savvy fanbase

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Game of Thrones season 4 first trailer: 'The war's not won'

The teaser for the new series is all freshly-forged swords and middle distances stares

Fans will be excited by the new that Game of Thrones is due back on screens in April

Game of Thrones season 4 given HBO air date

The fantasy drama will return on 6 April with yet more gruesome scenes

The season three finale of Game of Thrones was illegally downloaded 5.9 million times

Game of Thrones season finale was the most pirated TV episode of 2013

The closing show of Netflix hit Breaking Bad was a close runner-up

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John Oliver: Jon Stewart's Daily Show understudy lands his own show with HBO

Birmingham-born comic will front satirical news programme on Sunday evenings

John Oliver has now landed his own show with the premier US network HBO

John Oliver: From 'The Daily Show' to his own show

British presenter lands his own weekly comedy series on HBO

Virgin Media has teamed up with Netflix to pilot its on-demand streaming service to TiVo box subscribers

Virgin Media pilots Netflix for TV subscribers

The cable firm will send letters this week inviting 40,000 of its TiVo set-top box subscribers to download the new Netflix TV app

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That really sucks! Audiences told to kiss goodbye to HBO vampire series True Blood

The days of True Blood are officially numbered. HBO has confirmed it is cancelling the violent, highly sexual vampire television drama after the next season.

The owner of a location used in 'The King's Speech' has admitted to
hosting sex parties there

Netflix buys exclusive rights to Weinstein Company movies

Netflix has signed a deal with another major film production company, bagging the streaming rights to every Weinstein Company film from 2016.

Shane Smith is the founder and chief executive of Vice

Rupert Murdoch buys into alternative media with a $70m slice of Vice

Deal values online youth empire that started as a local magazine at a hefty $1.4bn

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'Girls' on page: Lena Dunham’s hit HBO TV show gets a chick-lit homage

Such is the popularity of Girls, Lena Dunham’s show about four young women living in Brooklyn, that it has already led to a copycat reality television show (in production) and a bus tour.

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James Gandolfini funeral to be held on Thursday

The funeral of The Sopranos star James Gandolfini will be held in New York City on Thursday, a family friend has confirmed.

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