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DVD: True Blood: Season Two, For retail (HBO)

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Express your enthusiasm at BFI's HBO weekend

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BBC 'could learn about drama from HBO'

Call for Corporation to copy US channel's 'high-quality, high-risk' attitude

Guy Adams: Why $15 a month is a small price to pay for quality

Our man in Los Angeles explains the ethos that makes HBO so unmissable

DVD: In Treatment: Season One, For retail (Warner)

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Nominees for the 67th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced today in Beverly Hills, California:

Carriers (15)

Apparently Carriers was completed, then shelved, two years ago, and it's only being dusted off now because its star, Chris Pine, has since made his name as the new Captain Kirk. It's unfortunate timing. An indie thriller written and directed by a pair of Spanish brothers, Carriers has an amazing amount in common with both Zombieland and The Road, and so, by coming out such a short time after the former, and such a short time before the latter, it's likely to be dismissed as just another post-apocalyptic road movie.

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