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HBO, you're busted
Sun-Sentinel ^ | July 3, 2011 | Mary McNamara

Posted on 07/03/2011 10:21:48 AM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby

Although it has not quite recaptured the magic of "The Sopranos," there is no denying that HBO is once again in full stride. With Emmy-winning movies, a panoply of well-done documentaries, successful comedies and dramatic hits both popular — "True Blood" — and critical — "Boardwalk Empire," "Treme" — the premium network bursts with so much justified confidence that it took on the perilous realm of fantasy with the well-received "Game of Thrones."

So maybe it's time to tone down the tits.

I write the word knowing it is going to render my editors and readers apoplectic — why not use the less crude "breasts?" Because I don't mean breasts. Breasts are what you see on cable during a lovemaking scene or when a character is caught unawares or when, as in the season finale of "Game of Thrones," the last of the Targaryens rises, naked and miraculous, from her husband's funeral pyre with three baby dragons clinging to her.

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KEYWORDS: breasts; gameofthrones; hbo; nudity; television; women

1 posted on 07/03/2011 10:21:52 AM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Forget “tits”..call it “boobns”..that explaons Bill Maher..


2 posted on 07/03/2011 10:31:19 AM PDT by ken5050 (Save the Earth..It's the only planet with chocolate!!!)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Game of thrones is the greatest show I have seen on tv for quite a while. Cant wait for the next season, actually Im looking to get the books but Im not sure whether to read ahead or read each book after I have watched a season.
Boardwalk empire is pretty amazing aswell.
On to the topic of breasts, there is nothing wrong with showing breasts on tv, I mean if its not completely tasteless. In any case those shows are not geared towards younger audiences, and the violence is far more inappropriate for children than any tit can be.


3 posted on 07/03/2011 10:38:11 AM PDT by hannibaal
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
While there is no accounting for taste....

I thought the Sopranos was a unique and exceptional series that other cable shows will be hard pressed to top. Rome was also an exceptional series. Both offered great storytelling and were highly entertaining. First class acting and writing. IMHO, Big Love may not have appealed to some folks, but it's a cult classic for the ages.

Of the more recent series on HBO, it all looks like standard fare. No originality whatsoever.

4 posted on 07/03/2011 10:43:47 AM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Seems like the author thought she had a point but, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what it was.

Although, someone who refers to The Sopranos as having “magic” is clueless, in my book.


5 posted on 07/03/2011 10:43:56 AM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (Public employee unions are the barbarian hordes of our time.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

Boobies?

They show boobies on HBO?

How can I get HBO?

I like to see boobies!


6 posted on 07/03/2011 10:46:52 AM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

7 posted on 07/03/2011 10:49:14 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I think there are trends in movies and entertainment. In the later 1960s, breasts, which had been forbidden, were suddenly exposed, and usually in a violent or chaotic context.

Then in the 1970s, there was more relaxed exposure, but the emphasis was on small breasts. The 1980s, far fewer breasts, and by the late ‘80’s and early ‘90’s, breasts did not exist. Nor did dresses and skirts, or even styled hair. Women wore pants.

Using TV for comparison, think of the women of the original Star Trek, either in miniskirts or almost see through designer outfits and risque alien costumes, and amazingly styled hair (heck, even the men got to be a lot more daring in outfits and hairstyles.)

Then compare them with the unisexual costumes in Space: 1999 or even Star Trek TNG.

Though Hollywood still abhors them, I would adore seeing TV shows with women wearing Star Trek TOS type fashions and hair.

Breasts come, and breasts go, but they are always there.


8 posted on 07/03/2011 10:58:54 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: hannibaal

Here’s my take, based on what me and my wife went through, I have read the series and she has not.

Since she had not read the series, the sheer number of characters/families/plot-lines was daunting and confusing at times. As she got through the series, it got better, but from my perspective, I was able to enjoy the series more on TV starting with episode 1, since I had the background material that is part of reading the books.

If you’re enjoying the TV series as is, I’d say wait for the season to end, but if it’s confusing or you’re dying to why something is important, but it isn’t explained in the TV series, go ahead and read the books. The books are pretty hefty and can take a while to plow through, so you might be able to keep your reading and watching in sync, if you’d like.

That being said, can you really wait until season 2 starts to know what’s going to happen next? :-)


9 posted on 07/03/2011 11:03:28 AM PDT by bobwoodard
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To: LegendHasIt

If you like that check out Skinemax, er, I mean Cinemax.


10 posted on 07/03/2011 11:15:36 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: hannibaal

I could not get into Boardwalk Empire as it was just darn slow but Game of Thrones is really good. The dude (Jason Momoa) who played Khal Drogo will play the new Conan the Barbarian.


11 posted on 07/03/2011 12:00:46 PM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

We talkin about Skinamax or HBO?


12 posted on 07/03/2011 12:27:15 PM PDT by Cyman
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
In one episode of "Game of Thrones," the upper frontals got so gratuitous — two women teaching themselves the tricks of prostitution while a male character, fully clothed, muses about his personal history and definition of power — that fans took to Twitter to complain.

That scene was definitely over-gratuitous, and would have been even moreso, if not for some well-placed (or poorly-placed, depending on your viewpoint) furniture and scenery.
The interesting thing about the monologue is that when Littlefingers is instructing on the technique to be a proper prostitute, he is actually foreshadowing his own actions later on.

Even the fine finale included a young nude woman washing her particulars while her elderly john monologued about the nature of kings.

Well, I'm glad she used the word "particulars".

There was a lot of exposition (generally once per episode) occurring while someone was visiting prostitutes.

13 posted on 07/03/2011 12:54:50 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
How come no pics?
14 posted on 07/03/2011 2:06:35 PM PDT by Navy Patriot (Holy flippin' crap, Sarah rocks the world!)
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To: ken5050
Not shy

15 posted on 07/03/2011 2:10:15 PM PDT by y6162
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To: ken5050
Not shy

16 posted on 07/03/2011 2:10:27 PM PDT by y6162
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby

I like boobs and I like premium cable, sue me if you disagree.


17 posted on 07/03/2011 4:40:22 PM PDT by erod (Unlike the President I am a true Chicagoan.)
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To: erod

Am I on DU?


18 posted on 07/03/2011 4:45:36 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: LegendHasIt

I especially like the “Real Sex” series, “The G-String Divas” series, “The Girls of the Bunny Ranch,” series, that series that they did on adult entertainment with Jenna Jamison, the Katie Morgan interview where they interview this hot blonde in the news, and the porn they all show on late night...


19 posted on 07/03/2011 4:51:31 PM PDT by gman992
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To: gman992

That should be “in the nude.”


20 posted on 07/03/2011 4:54:54 PM PDT by gman992
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To: Always Independent

Fair question.


21 posted on 07/03/2011 5:14:06 PM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

Well I here so many boast of their conservatism here and my opinion, many of these shows would still be good shows without the tits. I see the advent of full nudity in the movies and cable tv as part of the decadence of a moral society.
But should I say,
Not that there is anything wrong with it:-)


22 posted on 07/03/2011 5:27:51 PM PDT by Always Independent
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To: Cyman

HBO.


23 posted on 07/03/2011 6:48:06 PM PDT by TheDingoAteMyBaby
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To: TheDingoAteMyBaby
In 1984, David Carridine and Maria Socas did a movie called “The Warrior and the Sorceress.” It was a sort of sci-fi, sword and sorcery takeoff on “A Fist Full of Dollars.”

Two warlords are fighting over the village well. Kain (Carridine) decides to take both down and free the sorceress Naja (Socas). Naja (Socas) goes topless for the whole of the movie, flashing the viewer with her magnificent breasts for 1 hour and 21 minutes.

After watching this display for 81 minutes, I kept wishing Naja would have discovered the sports bra. It certainly would have made some of her action scenes a bit easier; that is, keeping the boobs under control. Titillation is one thing, but boredom soon sets in and you're soon ready for something less explicit.

24 posted on 07/03/2011 9:47:08 PM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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