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Game of Thrones most downloaded show on HBO

Posted on: April 27th, 2016 by Candy

You know the argument that Game of Thrones fans wouldn’t illegally download the series if HBO would simply make new episodes available online in a timely fashion without a cable subscription?

Yeah. That’s not true.

EW reached out to piracy news blog TorrentFreak to tally the number of downloads of Thrones recent fifth season premiere. The result? The episode, “The Wars to Come,” was downloaded a whopping 13 million times, a new piracy record for the series. Most of those downloads (10 percent) were from within United States, more than any other country (the runners-up were France, Brazil, China, Russia, UK, India, Canada, Australia and Spain). Australia continued to show huge piracy rates, with a full 32 percent of Thrones viewership due to piracy (compared to 8 percent in the U.S.). By one estimate, the piracy resulted in $44 million in lost U.S. revenue for that one episode alone.

In the ramp-up to Thrones returning for season 5, HBO took two big steps to potentially combat piracy. HBO shifted its worldwide distribution network so that 170 countries would debut the show on the same day, plus launched HBO Now—U.S. premium cable’s first stand-alone streaming service that doesn’t require a cable subscription. HBO Now costs $14.99 per month, but HBO offered a 30-day free trial of the service in April that subscribers could cancel at any time—so users could have binged the entire series legally and for free.

The one stumbling block for some viewers is that HBO Now is heavily tied into Apple products—the new streaming service is only available on Apple TV, iPad and iPhones, which is a deal breaker for many non-Apple users.

Thrones is the most pirated TV show in the world, and while HBO didn’t specifically cite illegal downloads of the fantasy drama as its reason for either move, it was obvious to anybody reading coverage of the hit series over the past few years that GoT piracy was a big incentive for HBO to change its business model. Anecdotally, the top two reasons downloaders tend to give on comment boards as to why they pirate Thrones was (1) they live in a country that airs Thrones weeks/months after the U.S. and want to avoid spoilers or (B) they don’t want to buy a full cable subscription to watch one show. But with both those reasons largely off the table, Thrones piracy is still more popular than ever.

The show’s legal viewing, however, is also at a record high: The season 5 premiere generated a record 8 million live viewers on HBO. The network is waiting for seven days of DVR playback to come in next week before releasing a fuller number that includes repeats and On Demand viewing, but that number will almost certainly be a record too.

Season 5 had more problems with piracy than usual. The entire first four episodes of the series leaked onto BitTorrent the weekend of the show’s return after somebody uploaded the DVD screener package that was sent to critics and other approved insiders. HBO has not yet publicly identified the source of the leak. But one estimate says 32 million people illegally downloaded Thrones episodes during the show’s April 12 premiere week.


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Prince found dead at 57.

Posted on: April 22nd, 2016 by Candy

Prince was found dead at his home Thursday morning in Paisley Park in Carver County, Minnesota.

The Sheriff’s department confirmed the music legend was found “unresponsive in an elevator at his studios.” First responders weren’t able to revive him.

He was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. Central Time.

This is the sheriff’s statement:


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WWE Superstar Chyna found dead

Posted on: April 21st, 2016 by Candy

Joan Laurer, the ground breaking female wrestler known as Chyna, has died.

Police in Redondo Beach, California confirm that Laurer, 45, was found dead in her apartment on Wednesday. Police say they were notified by a friend who went to check on her and found Laurer unresponsive. The cause of death is under investigation, but police say there are no signs of foul play.
“It is with deep sadness to inform you that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world, has passed away,” said a post on her website.
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Live with Kelly and … Nope

Posted on: April 20th, 2016 by brent

Photo: Associated Press

Kelly Ripa was NOT very happy to find out Michael Strahan was being moved to “Good Morning America” full time.  Kelly found out yesterday right before the rest of the world.

Michael walked onstage Wednesday with Ana Gasteyer, and he made light of the move.

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Chicago gets the first “Saved By the Bell” diner

Posted on: April 20th, 2016 by Candy

and hopefully not the last one!

Earlier this year, it was announced that Chicago would be getting a Saved by the Bell-themed pop-up diner. Details were scant, with little information accompanying the announcement.

That’s no longer the case.

Derek Berry, the brains behind Saved by the Max, has announced both a location and the date of the restaurant’s grand opening.

Saved by the Max will open on June 1st at 1941 W. North Avenue, in the Wicker Park neighborhood, and will be open a month (it is, after all, a pop-up diner). Tickets to the grand opening will be available for reservation on Friday, April 22 at

To celebrate, they even got Max from Saved by the Bell — A.K.A. comedian Ed Alonzo — to announce the restaurant’s opening in a video, which you can see here:

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Posted on: April 17th, 2016 by brent


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Game of Thrones relationship goals

Posted on: April 12th, 2016 by Candy

There are “Game of Thrones“ fans, and then there’s Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.

The couple attended the “Game of Thrones” Season 6 premiere on Sunday in Los Angeles, foregoing red carpet couture for outfits only the most dedicated fans could pull together.

Both were decked out in fake tattoos with the House Baratheon words, “Ours is the Fury” on their chests, as well as tank tops reading, “Stark in the streets, wilding in the sheets.” 

We don’t even have to say #CoupleGoals, right? It’s understood.


Drew: marriage is over, but my children are my life.

Posted on: April 8th, 2016 by Candy

There’s nothing like yoga to help you “let it go.”

Drew Barrymore and her 3-year-old daughter, Olive, spent some quality time together this week at a mother-daughter yoga class. Foregoing exercise apparel for something with more pizzazz, Olive wore Princess Elsa’s famous blue dress from “Frozen.”

“Princess Elsa came to our mother daughter yoga class. #magicdays#iloveolive,” Barrymore captioned the adorable photo.

Barrymore posted the pic only days after she announced that her marriage of nearly four years to art consultant Will Kopelman was over. In their joint statement, the two emphasized the importance of prioritizing their children during this difficult time.

“Sadly our family is separating legally, although we do not feel this takes away from us being a family. Divorce might make one feel like a failure, but eventually you start to find grace in the idea that life goes on,” Barrymore and Kopelman told People magazine. “Our children are our universe, and we look forward to living the rest of our lives with them as the first priority.”


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Garth Duets with Mike Fisher

Posted on: April 8th, 2016 by brent

Soooo this happened tonight!!!… @garthbrooks is the best!

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Actress Emilia Clarke Shares Details About Past Relationship With Seth Mac Farlane

Posted on: April 7th, 2016 by Candy
Seth MacFarlane: Actress Emilia Clarke Shares Details About Past Relationship With Producer
Clarke told Glamour magazine that a downside to dating someone in the public eye is getting love-life advice from strangers. The couple reportedly dated for six months.