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HBO Fills More Thrones

We might as well make this a prospective-HBO-series theme morning. Word is out of several new casting decisions for HBO’s pilot of A Game of Thrones, the pilot to be shot this fall for a potential fantasy series to be based on George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series. Sean Bean (Boromir in The Lord of the Rings) will play …

Skull and Bones

James Ensor is one of those artists it’s hard to get a handle on, because unless you’re Belgian, and not many people are, it’s hard to see much of his work. He had a long life — 1860 to 1949. But the period we know him for is brief — the 1880s and ’90s. Plus he worked in discordant styles, influenced by Bosch, Breughel, satirical …

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Walter Cronkite

America’s most renowned news anchor died on Friday. My appreciation of him is on time.com:

Newsman Walter Cronkite, who died at the age of 92, was so thoroughly and uniquely linked with the word “trust” that it is tempting to say that the word should be buried with him. In the generation since he left the anchor desk at the CBS Evening

Julius Shulman: 1910-2009

The great architectural photographer Julius Shulman has died. Shulman did for L.A. Modernism what George Hurrell did for Rita Hayworth, gave it luster. He understood the beauty of the plane and void combinations of architects like Richard Neutra and Pierre Koenig, and he made their elegant wood and glass boxes seem natural byproducts …

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Dead Tree Alert II: Get Fired Up for Torchwood: Children of Earth

If you’ve been hearing about next week’s BBC America miniseries, Torchwood: Children of Earth, which I briefly review in TIME this week, you may have thought it’s not for you. You may think you need to be a fan and follower of the Doctor Who spinoff, Torchwood, or Doctor Who itself, to appreciate it. I can tell you that’s not true, …

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Why Journalists Are Like SCOTUS Nominees

Because of a disconnected cable box (unhooked for TIME’s office move) and a desktop Mac that has a hard time with streaming video, I’m not watching the Sotomayor hearings today. But having watched some of the first three days, and having read much of the commentary, it strikes me that you could replace “judges” with “journalists,” and …

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Emmy Nominations: Something for (Almost) Everyone

The 2009 Emmy nominations came out this morning, bigger and—well, yeah, bigger. To spread the nominee wealth, draw in more fans of more shows (and, maybe, to increase the odds that the broadcast networks won’t get shut out by cable), the major categories were bumped up to six and even seven nominees.

The result: even more …

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The Morning After: Dark and Light

Last night saw a couple summer-TV debuts I didn’t get around to reviewing. We had the Jerry Bruckheimer drama Dark Blue, with the ever-loud Dylan McDermott, in which TNT strove to break the stereotypes established by FX and AMC and boldly prove that a cable network can make a cop show just as formulaic as anything the big networks can …

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