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HBO Obtains the Documentary CRIES FROM SYRIA

HBO Obtains the Documentary CRIES FROM SYRIA

HBO acquires the U. S. TV rights to air Evgeny Afineevsky’s CRIES FROM SYRIA. The documentary is to premiere March 13 across the platforms. Here is the official press release: NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2017 – HBO has acquired U.S. TV rights to the searing documentary CRIES FROM SYRIA, by Oscar® nominee Evgeny Afineevsky (pictured), ahead of its world premiere in the Documentary Premieres section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 22. This harrowing account of the Syrian civil war from the inside out is Afineevsky’s follow-up to the Emmy®- and Oscar®-nominated “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.” The deal was...

Movies on HBO: Now You See Me 2

Movies on HBO: Now You See Me 2

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review NOW YOU SEE ME 2 with the prestidigitation laden Four Horseman but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to this action movie rated PG-13. It clocks in at 115-minutes and is, of course, the 2016 sequel to the original 2013 film that we reviewed here. The movie from Lionsgate debuts SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 at 8:00pm. It will then appear across the channels as well as on HBONow/Go. Below is HBO’s quick promo:  Just what is going down for this elite pack (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Lizzy Caplin; replacing pregnant Isla Fisher) of Las...

HBO Documentary Films: BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS

HBO Documentary Films: BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS

Overview: The story of a family’s complicated love, BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. Fisher and her mother, Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie’s response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage, the film is directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens and screened at the Cannes, Telluride, and New York Film Festivals in...

Alan Ball Continues Casting of Next HBO Series

Alan Ball Continues Casting of Next HBO Series

It does not have a title yet, but it is shaping up a bit of a cast list. “It” is the newest series coming from Alan Ball (at right) for HBO. We already know that Ball, behind the favorites SIX FEET UNDER, TRUE BLOOD and Cinemax’s BANSHEE, is creating what is called a ‘tragicomic meditation’ starring Helen Hunt. As a reminder of the project we take you back to our 09.18.16 post which told us the following:    It is about a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep...

HARD KNOCKS 2017 – The Short List

HARD KNOCKS 2017 – The Short List

HBO has not dropped anything official about which NFL team will be the focus of HARD KNOCKS in August 2017. It is too early for it to so. But the buzz about it does drop early every year. It proves to be one of the biggest casting questions of the year for the network. Those familiar with the sports series knows the criteria that make a team eligible for the yearly scrutiny. A team cannot be selected if they were in the playoffs in either of the last two seasons, if they have a first-year head coach or if they have been on the program at any point in the last 10 years. That is exempt, however, if any ball club chooses to volunteer for the...

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