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After only three aired episodes of its second season, HBO has renewed Boardwalk Empire for a third. Terrence Winter's Prohibition-era drama drew 2.9 million viewers in season one and is averaging 3.2 million in its second. "Following a triumphant first season, I was eager to see what Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their stellar team had in store, and they continue to surpass our highest expectations," said HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo. "The response from the media and our viewers has been extremely gratifying."

The show's first season won eight Emmys, including Martin Scorsese's for Outstanding Director for a Drama Series.—-

An Olive Garden restaurant in Oxford, Ala., that was booked to host a Kiwanis club awards banquet would not allow chapter president Marti Warren, 80, to bring an American flag inside the restaurant. "I was so angry. I felt like I had been slapped in the face," Warren told WBRC-TV. “I said having known this earlier you can bet we never would have eaten here. And I said if we had time we would have gone to McDonald’s because we know they are American all the way through,” said Warren.

Olive Garden's parent company, the Orlando-based Darden Restaurants, said in a statement:

Like all Americans we have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration for the American flag and everything it symbolizes. In fact, we periodically provide American flag collar pins to our employees to wear while serving our guests. We understand and appreciate the way somepeople have reacted to the situation in Oxford and we’re very sorry if this decision has caused them any concern. The Oxford Olive Garden does not have a private dining area. To be fair to everyone and avoid disrupting the dining experience for all other guests, they’re unable to accommodate flags or banners of any type in the dining room.

The Olive Garden: As Italian as Apple Pie.

AmpLive, who had done some pretty ill remixes of Radiohead (Rainydayz) and the Submarines (Honeysuckle Remixes) in the past, recently teamed up with Los Angeles rapper Eligh forTherapy at 3's. You can peep the video for the first single, "Tattoo Song" here. And you can pre-order Therapy, which drops Nov. 15, here.

You can stream some of the Death Cab for Cutie Keys and Codes Remix EP by Cut Copy here.

Happy Birthday to Kate Walsh, Sacha Baron Cohen, Marie Osmand, Melinda Dillon and Kelly Preston.

It has been confirmed by 20th Century Fox that the fifth installment of Die Hard now has a title, a plot and a tentative release date. A Good Day to Die Hard has John McClane teaming up with his estranged son to stop a rogue Russian leader from shitting all over democracy. Filming will begin in Russia in January of 2012 and the film is set to be released Feb. 14, 2013.

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