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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...

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...

The Political GAME CHANGE Franchise Gets An HBO Sequel

The Political GAME CHANGE Franchise Gets An HBO Sequel

HBO has dropped official word that it will continue its look at the U. S. political machine that it has chronicled in two other projects to date. A miniseries is in the works from the team behind GAME CHANGE that will examine the 2016 Presidential election cycle. It will be written by “Game Change” authors Mark Halperin and John Heileman, produced by Tom Hanks directed by Jay Roach. Here is the press release: HBO FILMS TO CHRONICLE THE EXTRAORDINARY EVENTS OF THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN A MINISERIES TO BE BASED ON THE UPCOMING BOOK BY MARK HALPERIN AND JOHN HEILEMANN, FROM THE PRODUCERS AND DIRECTOR OF HBO’S EMMY-WINNING FILM...

J. K. Rowling Returns to HBO with CORMORAN STRIKE

J. K. Rowling Returns to HBO with CORMORAN STRIKE

J. K. Rowling’s presence on HBO continues after THE CASUAL VACANCY. But, then we announced that way back in a post on 12.17.15. CORMORAN STRIKE was announced as a BBC/HBO co-production after the successful run of the first work. Though the original timeline may be a little off it now appears Rowling’s return is a certainty. From Deadline we learn the CORMORAN STRIKE limited series stars British actor Tom Burke (War and Peace, The Musketeers) star in what will be three separate event series, the three-hour The Cuckoo’s Calling, two-hour The Silkworm and two-hour Career Of Evil. Rowling, who wrote the three separate novels under the name...

The Story of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Filming for HBO

The Story of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Filming for HBO

With Oprah Winfrey placing her support behind a docudrama about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks biography, the audience will be in for an eye opening experience into how past medical practices were so cold and clinical. Henrietta Lacks’ medical issues were nothing but experimentation and research for doctors and lab staff. Henrietta was a woman of African American origin, born into an impoverished family. She had ten brothers and sisters and her mother passed away after having the tenth child. The family had been moved to Clover, Virginia and split up amongst relatives, out of necessity. Henrietta did not have an easy life: as a...

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