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Seth Rogen on Hollywood’s Backdoor Connection to the Red-Light District

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As someone who’s not a fan of chick flicks and romantic comedies (like, at all), I was surprised to find myself genuinely intrigued by the first trailer I saw for Long Shot (starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron), which played up the sentimental aspects of the story. Subsequent trailers, however, more clearly hinted at the raunchier side of things.

In the end, I decided not to see the movie.
What I did recently see, however, was a video clip from an interview Rogen and Theron gave during their press tour for Long Shot. In a segment on The Graham Norton Show, where they were discussing porn star Stormy Daniels’ dalliances with Donald Trump, Norton brought up the fact that Seth Rogen has actually worked with Daniels before.
After Theron incredulously asked, “What?!” several times, Rogen clarified what his working relationship with the porn star entailed. Below is a (slightly cleaned up) transcript of what he said:
Stormy Daniels is in Knocked Up and The 40 Year Old Virgin. . . . Very earl…

No, HBO Isn’t Porn—and That’s Part of the Problem

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Ramin Djawadi has done a superb job of composing the music for HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones. As one who hasn’t watched the show, I only recently binge-listened to the music from all seven seasons. I don’t think I’ve ever done that with any other TV series. From the iconic main titles sequence for each season, to the elegant “Light of the Seven,” to the epic “The Army of the Dead,” Djawadi has created an impressive musical tapestry.

The music from this series is just one example how Game of Thrones is no run-of-the-mill television series. The production values, quality of acting, and narrative complexities of GOT (not to mention its plethora of Emmy nominations) all point to the impressive artistry exemplified by the show’s participants.
Look, I get it. Game of Thrones, in addition to other HBO shows, isn’t just all hype. It is a genuinely intriguing drama, and it understandably has captured the interest of millions of viewers. If not for its graphic sexual and violent content, I wo…