Unproven Thieries

Burning Man Is the Versailles of Silicon Valley

Burning Man 2012. Let them eat... acid? (Photo via Flickr)

I think, sometimes — perhaps too often — about Versailles. It was by all accounts, staggering: all of the richest people in France staying in one of the world’s grandest palaces eating and drinking themselves into a stupor at the feet of Louis XIV while the country fought and starved. It was, and remains, a symbol of the purity of excess: a grand, insane bacchanal that seemed to aspire to nothing less than oblivion. Of course, there were good political reasons for the thing that was Versailles to exist as well (keep the nobles drunk enough that they neither notice or care that you’ve become an absolute monarch), but the main takeaway is this: one of the most powerful men in the world used the resources of his nation to throw the bitchingest party on Earth.

This week, I’m thinking about Versailles because of Burning Man. Read More

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‘Silicon Valley’ Ep. 1 Recap: This Is Basically ‘Lord of the Rings’

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Last night, sandwiched between a brand new Game of Thrones season opener and a delightful Veep premiere, HBO regaled viewers with Silicon Valley, Mike Judge’s new show about the eponymous tech epicenter.

Few have tried to present America’s tech scene on TV or film, and even fewer have succeeded. Combine that with the fact that Mike Judge, of Beavis and ButtheadOffice Space and Idiocracy fame, is the show’s creator, and you have one of the most highly anticipated series premieres of the year.

The half-hour comedy is showing Sunday nights at 10 p.m. (or any time after 10:30 if you’ve managed to date someone with an HBOGO password in the last year or so). Betabeat will be watching each episode and recapping it with a conversation between Molly Mulshine, Jordyn Taylor and Jack Smith IV. Read More

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Kara Swisher Has a Cameo Role in HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’

Ms. Swisher on set. (Photo: Twitter.com/karaswisher)

Tech and entertainment junkies alike are practically frothing at the mouths over the premier of Silicon Valley, which debuts at South by Southwest today — and it turns out the show will have some Easter eggs in store for tech types.

Co-creator Mike Judge said the new show will be the anti-Entourage, which could be good or bad (but definitely not as bad as Betas, sry Amazon) on Friday during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Read More

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Because We All Miss Entourage, HBO Creates Silicon Valley Sitcom

Mike Judge and Alec Berg speak in Pasadena. (Photo: Getty)

Shooting has wrapped on HBO’s new TV show Silicon Valley, and the sitcom is debuting in April. Typical unnecessary tech embargo. Still, HBO invited some TV critics to scope it out earlier this week, and they were pretty pleased about it.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Lacey Rose said it seemingly aspires to be “Entourage for the start-up scene,” which we guess means a show about four Erics?  Read More

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Spotted! Mike Judge’s Silicon Valley Pilot Filming in Palo Alto

Man on the street. (Photo: screencap)

Get excited! Mike Judge’s much-anticipated (by Betabeat, at least) comedy about Silicon Valley has begun filming a pilot in downtown Palo Alto. So the local news hounds at KPIX San Francisco sallied forth to take in the action on University Avenue and explain the show for locals:

“It’s a comedy about six programmers trying to create software that will earn them big bucks. That’s not really a comedy, that’s what people do down here all the time.”

Oh, it’s a comedy, alright.

Dreams Do Come True

Silicon Valley Finally Gets the TV Treatment It Deserves, From the Dude Who Wrote ‘Beavis and Butt-head’

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If the sunny, overblown drama of Bravo’s Start-Ups: Silicon Valley has left you aching for a bleaker take on Valley culture, then we have some wonderful news for you. Deadline reports that HBO has just greenlit a new pilot called Silicon Valley, produced by cult comedy icon Mike Judge.

The show will be a single-camera affair, offering a dark take on the “high tech gold rush of modern Silicon Valley, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success.” You know what that means: hoodies! Read More