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THE WIZARD OF LIES Does Well For HBO

THE WIZARD OF LIES Does Well For HBO

Evidently, people were interested in figuring out Bernie Madoff and family. The HBO Films presentation THE WIZARD OF LIES debuted on Saturday, May 20th at 8:00pm and did well in the numbers. 1.5 million (that is a small number concerning Bernie deals in billions) viewers for its debut date. But totaling up multiple airings and the streaming sites (HBONow/Go) the first weekend had 2.4 million viewers tuning in. That is good numbers for the premium network. To put it in comparison THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, which premiered on 04.22 had a debut viewership of 1.1 million. That puts THE WIZARD OF...

HBO Films: THE WIZARD OF LIES Review

HBO Films: THE WIZARD OF LIES Review

Okay, we know that the story of Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme is kind of old news by now. With all the news coverage, special reports and the like we got the story a number of years ago, including being schooled on what a Ponzi scheme even was. However, the story still looms large and people are still shocked by it and HBO isn’t even the only one that was eager to delve into Bernie Madoff nine years later. ABC presented his story in 2016 as a miniseries starring Richard Dreyfuss. HBO now takes its turn with Robert De Niro in the role. Quite honestly, this writer was only interested in THE WIZARD OF LIES because it was on HBO (and I...

ANIMALS. Closes Its Second Season and Promises a Third

ANIMALS. Closes Its Second Season and Promises a Third

Straight from an official Press Release comes the news that one of the shows you aren’t watching but should be is returning for a third season in 2018.     HBO RENEWS ANIMATED ADULT SERIES ANIMALS., CREATED BY PHIL MATARESE & MIKE LUCIANO, FOR A THIRD SEASON   LOS ANGELES, May 19, 2017 – HBO has renewed ANIMALS. for a third season, it was announced today by Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, HBO Programming. Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano, from Duplass Brothers Productions, the animated adult television series is currently in its second season, with the season finale scheduled to debut tonight, Friday,...

Jordan Peele Goes Straight to Series With Horror Anthology LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

Jordan Peele Goes Straight to Series With Horror Anthology LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

We all know that Jordan Peele (pictured) has hit it good with his horror movie Get Out and now he is on the fast track to hitting it good with HBO in another horror yarn. With his Monkeypaw Productions, he is crafting LOVECRAFT COUNTRY. It is based on a novel by Matt Ruff set in the backroads of 1950’s America and all the horror found there. Amazon gives us a description straight from the back cover of the source material. It reads – Chicago, 1954. When his father goes missing, twenty-two-year-old army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his uncle George—publisher of The Safe...

Sorrentino Continues His Pope Stories With THE NEW POPE

Sorrentino Continues His Pope Stories With THE NEW POPE

We all knew the strong possibility, due to all the buzz and acclaim that Paolo Sorrentino was going to follow up THE YOUNG POPE with some more papal exploits. What we didn’t know was it was not going to be a continuation of Pope Pius XIII’s story. Instead, the same themes will be explored by THE NEW POPE instead. That does not mean that Pope Pius or Lenny Balardo (Jude Law) … if you prefer won’t appear in the continuation, but the focus seems to be the next modern Catholic figurehead instead. Perhaps Lenny will be the new Pope’s senior advisor, like Cardinal Michael Spencer (James Cromwell) was to him. But, Law is not...

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