TGL Round-Up: Game of Thrones Pirated A Billion Times, George Clooney Movie Earns Mixed Reviews, Lady Gaga Taking a Break

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Game of Thrones broke ratings records for HBO in its latest season, but it paled in comparison to the amount of people watching the show illegally.

With its seventh season plagued by hackers, the popular fantasy show was pirated more than 1 billion times, according to anti-piracy firm Muso.

“Game of Thrones has become one of the biggest global entertainment phenomena of today and activity across piracy networks has been totally unprecedented,” said MUSO CEO Andy Chatterley in a statement. “In addition to the scale of piracy when it comes to popular shows, these numbers demonstrate that unlicensed streaming can be a far more significant type of piracy than torrent downloads.”

Two episodes of Game of Thrones were leaked online before airing, which may contribute to the high numbers of piracy.


George Clooney’s latest directional effort,  Suburbicon, has earned mixed reviews.

Suburbicon is described as being about a deceptively peaceful community hides a violent underbelly and stars Julianne Moore, Matt Damon and Oscar Isaac.

It currently holds a rotten 59% on Rotten Tomatoes.


Lady Gaga will be “taking a rest” for a little while, the pop star announced at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday.

“I’m going to take a rest. I don’t know how long,” Gaga said at a press conference for her upcoming Netflix doc “Gaga: Five Foot Two” when asked what the next steps in her career might look like.

Gaga has been focused on acting over music in recent years.

Linda Perry Hits Out at Lady Gaga’s Oscar Nom

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4 Non Blondes star Linda Perry has hit out at Lady Gaga’s Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song, claiming that Gaga doesn’t deserve the nom because she heard the original demo that Gaga had no part of and that Gaga only rewrote one line.

Gaga is credited as a co-writer of the song with Diane Warren, who Perry claims deserve sole credit for Til it Happens to You – the theme to the documentary film The Hunting Ground.

American Horror Story Ratings Plummet

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It’s a horror-comedy show, but the only thing horrific and funny about American Horror Story is the ratings.

The Lady Gaga-starring anthology series has lost even more viewers, according to the recent ratings. Season 5, which debuted to 5.81 million viewers in October, is already down to 2.64 million viewers as of Episode 6. It follows in the trend of American Horror Story to debut large and lose viewers as each episode passes by, but this is the first time the ratings have reached that low since Season 2 in 2012.

American Horror Story: Hotel is the first season of American Horror Story not to feature Ryan Murphy (the creator) regulars Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy in any capacity, and the first to feature Lady Gaga and Cheyenne Jackson. Most of the negative reviews, however, have attacked the storytelling over the acting, however.

I wouldn’t be too worried if I was Ryan Murphy and Lady Gaga, however, American Horror Story remains the highest rated show on FX and cable on Thursdays. For now.

Katy Perry Earns $135 Million Dollars in 12 months, More Than Taylor Swift and Beyonce

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It’s been a quiet year for Katy Perry: no new albums, no new movies and no new songs. And yet the American songstress has earned more than other female artist with a huge $135 million dollar earned in the last year, according to Forbes. The analysers credit the pay day to her worldwide Prismatic tour and various endorsement deals with Coty and Covergirl.

Taylor Swift finished in second place with $80 million, while Fleetwood Mac, Lady Gaga and Beyonce rounded out the top five.

The rest of the rankings were as followed:

1. Katy Perry – $135 million

2. Taylor Swift – $80 million

3. Fleetwood Mac – $59.5 million

4. Lady Gaga – $59 million

5. Beyonce – $54.5 million

Lady Gaga Named Billboard’s Woman of the Year

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Lady Gaga is the Woman of the Year according to Billboard magazine. Despite declining musical sales and overall relevance, the legendary music magazine explained their reasons for the award by saying Mother Monster was “a key influential figure who drove the conversation.”

Gaga tweeted her delight this morning: “I can’t believe @billboard named me Woman of the year thank you so much. I am so so so so grateful. My gosh good morning!”

In the midst of something of a comeback, Lady Gaga is set to star in the fourth instalment of American Horror Story: Hotel coming soon to FX. Watch the trailer here.