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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Golden Age: Part 1

“Every winning streak will have to end sometime.”

Jahinger Khan

In recognition of the job HBO CEO Michael Fuchs had done growing HBO and diversifying its business, he was invited uptown in 1995 to take over Warner Music while still keeping HBO as part of his new, expanded dominion. Assuming Fuchs’ top exec slot at HBO was Jeff Bewkes.

Not long after Fuchs had been given command of HBO in 1984 after the ouster of Frank Biondi, it had been clear that Fuchs’ strengths were not universal. Programming and long-term strategic vision were his fortes. Some of the more mundane and, for Fuchs, onerous tasks, such as kissing up to officers of the major cable MSOs, was something for which the often high-handed Fuchs didn’t have much of an affinity. The solution had been to divvy the company up, putting those non-Fuchsian — but critically important — responsibilities under a newly-created office of President.
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The 20 Best Single F-Bombs in PG-13 Movies

Little-known fact: Ever since the anti-Commie masterpiece "Red Dawn" debuted in 1984 with the first-ever PG-13 rating, the MPAA has rationed out F-bombs to PG-13 movies like a master offering up gruel to orphans in a Dickens novel — one per.

Of course, the MPAA being the shady, Illuminati-like organization that it is, the rule is subject to their strange, nonsensical whims, and occasionally more than one is allowed in, or none at all. But for the most part, it stands that PG-13 writers and directors have to reserve their "f**ks" for the best moment possible.

With that in mind, we've assembled a list of movies that put their F-bombs-in-hole to the best use.

20. 'The Wedding Singer' (1998)

"But it all was bulls***! It was a goddamn joke! And when I think of you, Linda, I hope you f**king choke!" — Robbie Hart

This was crooned by a heartbroken Adam Sandler
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From 'The West Wing' to 'Battlestar Galactica': TV's best politicians

Congressman Thomas Bell (William Katt, "Top of the Hill," CBS, 1989): Taking over his ill father's seat in Washington, D.C., Bell was an idealist who often ran up against those much more skilled at the political game.

Representative Jack Tanner (Michael Murphy, "Tanner '88," HBO, 1988): The Michigan politician pursued the Democratic presidential nomination.

Pics: Actors who played politicians

Senator William Powers (John Forsythe, "The Powers That Be," NBC, 1992-93): He wasn't a paragon of personal ethics, but professionally, Powers did his best for constituents.

Mayor Randall Winston (Barry Bostwick, "Spin City," ABC, 1996-2002): He came across as a fop at times, but New York's mayor always had his city's best interests at heart.

President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen, "The West Wing," NBC, 1999-2006): Originally designed to stay in the background of the series, Bartlet was the ideal of what many want a president to be.
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Solid Shaw: Bernard Shaw's Man & Superman

Man and Superman The Irish Repertory Theatre, NY

Anyone looking to witness a professional production of George Bernard Shaw's challenging Man and Superman that executes the obstacles that lay before it in a steady and effective way should see this current production at The Irish Repertory Theatre. With few flaws outside those arguably imbedded in the text itself, Mr. Shaw is given a fair opportunity to openly speak his mind.

There are very valid reasons for not trying to tackle this play, but the qualities that make it an epic masterpiece give argument to accepting the terms of engagement. Its length can be painful, its unfinished business frustrating, its tangents diverting; there are few ways in which it lets an audience off easy. Staring down the barrels of those many guns with a collected and even-handed manner appears to have been this troupe's plan of attacking from a slightly defensive position.
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Video Game Review: ‘Driver: San Francisco’ Offers New Twist on Racing Games

Chicago – How do you make an open-world racing game? “Burnout Paradise” made a reasonable effort by presenting a city in which stop lights led to races, but the developers of “Driver: San Francisco” take it a step further with one of the most unique driving game dynamics in the history of the subgenre. The result is an original twist on an old favorite that gives it a little bit of juice even if it can’t quite win the race.

Video Game Rating: 4.0/5.0

The very concept of “Driver: San Francisco” should kind of make you laugh. If it doesn’t, save your cash for the highly-anticipated Fall releases still to come because this is truly goofy — “Driver: San Francisco” is a racing game that believes in astral projection. Yes, it’s like “Ghost” or “Insidious” in the world of “Burnout.” While that may sound absolutely ridiculous (and it is) you
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