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CHERNOBYL Miniseries Sets Production Date

CHERNOBYL Miniseries Sets Production Date

Somehow we missed the news (it happens now & again) that an HBO miniseries about the world’s biggest man-made nuclear catastrophe is in development. Here is wording from an official press release to describe CHERNOBYL. FIVE-PART MINISERIES CHERNOBYL, STARRING JARED HARRIS, PRODUCED BY SISTER PICTURES AND THE MIGHTY MINT AS AN HBO/SKY TELEVISION CO-PRODUCTION, TO BEGIN FILMING NEXT YEAR The five-part HBO miniseries CHERNOBYL, to be produced by Sister Pictures and The Mighty Mint as an HBO/Sky Television co-production, will begin filming next year, it was announced by Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and CINEMAX...

Kit Harington Brings BBC Thriller to HBO in December

Kit Harington Brings BBC Thriller to HBO in December

As we all know HBO has a good creative relationship with the U. K’s BBC. They are working on a number of co-productions but the latest venture, which stars GAME OF THRONES’ Kit Harington, is being televised on HBO even though it is not a producing body. Here are all the details via an official press release:             GUNPOWDER, THREE-PART HISTORICAL THRILLER STARRING KIT HARINGTON, PETER MULLAN, MARK GATISS AND LIV TYLER, TO DEBUT IN DECEMBER, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO IN THE U.S.   GUNPOWDER, a three-part thriller based on the real-life 17th-century events that led to Guy Fawkes Day, will debut on HBO...

HBO is Casting Fast On Upcoming HBO Films About Herve, Paterno & 451

HBO is Casting Fast On Upcoming HBO Films About Herve, Paterno & 451

HBO has been ramping up on its potential HBO Films presentations as of late. We already know that three such works are moving rather quickly. In this post, we look at casting notices for MY DINNER WITH HERVE, the Joe Paterno film and FAHRENHEIT 451.   MY DINNER WITH HERVE Eager to see Peter Dinklage as Fantasy Island/Bond actor Herve Villichaize? Well, even though casting has gotten underway, and more of that in a second, we will not see that film this year. You can get a glimpse of Dinklage, in character, though.   Pictured with Dinklage is James Dornan, whom we already know from a previous post will be the journalist Danny Tate....

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...

FAHRENHEIT 451 Casting Up For HBO

FAHRENHEIT 451 Casting Up For HBO

Back in July of last year, via a Development Slate post, we mentioned that Ray Bradbury’s classic novel “Fahrenheit 451” was being developed as an HBO Films presentation. That project is apparently still a go as two lead actors have been signed on for the adaptation. The concept was already made to film with the classic 1996 version written and directed by François Truffaut. It is a cautionary tale about censorship and the title refers to the temperature at which book paper ignites. HBO’s version has now cast Michael B. Jordan (at right) and Michael Shannon(at left) in its take. Based on Ray Bradbury’s classic novel, the TV film...

Peter Dinklage Lands HBO Movie MY DINNER WITH HERVE

Peter Dinklage Lands HBO Movie MY DINNER WITH HERVE

If you didn’t know we were in May you’d swear this was an April Fool’s Day joke. But, it is not. GAME OF THRONES actor Peter Dinklage will play 1970’s actor Hervé Villechaize (pictured) in an HBO Films presentation. He is joined by Jamie Dornan, of Fifty Shades of Grey and The Fall recognition, in the greenlit work. The work is crafted by Sacha Gervasi (writer of Tom Hanks’ The Terminal) who will write and direct this project. Gervasi was said to be the last person, a journalist at the time, to interview Hervé Villechaize. Hervé committed suicide in 1995 at age 50. Mr. Villechaize was known for such remembered roles as...

HBO Films: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Review

HBO Films: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Review

Watching something about a deceased parent, the pain of loss, the lacking of vital information and family heartache is never an easy film to explore. Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star as Deborah Lacks, Henrietta’s daughter and Rebecca Skloot, the journalist, in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This movie is meant to explore all the good that Henrietta’s cell line did for medicine and science from that day forward and yet it also explores the depression and heartache that her children experienced for decades. It is not a feel-good story – rather it is one of a long, painful journey of some sort of redemption on the part of the...

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