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HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART Tease

HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART Tease

The last two HBO Films presentations we saw were in November and October of last year; they were MIKE TYSON: THE UNDISPUTED TRUTH and MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT respectively. The next film under that banner doesn’t come our way until this May – 05.25 to be exact. It is THE NORMAL HEART and HBOWatch has been tracking it through its development and production. One such definitive post was  What We Know About… from 10.29.13.  Now HBO is ready to ramp up the marketing for the Larry Kramer play brought to film. Here is a 46 second look, and the first footage we have seen, from...

HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART Sets Date

HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART Sets Date

HBOWatch has been following the production of the upcoming film from Ryan Murphy forfor a while now. Eventually we learned via a Press Release that it would debut sometime in May 2014. Well finally a date has been finalized and we can announce that…HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART will premiere on Sunday, May 25 at 9:00pm ET. Quite a number of known actors are a part of the project that relives the HIV-AIDS Crisis of the early 1980’s. The film, based on the tony-winning Larry Kramer play of the same name stars Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Julia Roberts, Alfred Molina,...

DOUBLE DOWN is One Step Closer to Being Made

DOUBLE DOWN is One Step Closer to Being Made

Just a little over a year ago HBOWatch reported that a sequel to the Jay Roach directed HBO Films: GAME CHANGE was a certainty. The only thing missing was a script and the source material.  “Game Change” was a book by Mark Halperin and John Heileman about the 2008 election season that was adapted as a movie for Julianne Moore and Ed Harris as Sarah Palin and John McCain. The sequel book has been out for a while and it is called “Double Down” and is about the 2012 election between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.  The New York Times had this blurb about it: In their runaway...

In Production – HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART

In Production – HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART

The title of this piece might be a slight misnomer. I’m pretty sure that this HBO Films presentation is in the can as they say. HBO is just waiting for the right moment to ramp up the marketing I think, which should hit after GAME OF THRONES gets underway.  As you will see in this post plans indicate that HBO is out to make this an event. Since we have not mentioned this project since  10.29.13 our latest look at the upcoming movie starts with snippets from the official Press Release issued last month:     MARK RUFFALO, MATT BOMER, TAYLOR KITSCH, JIM PARSONS AND JULIA ROBERTS...

A Unique Update on THE MAN WHO WALKED AROUND THE WORLD

A Unique Update on THE MAN WHO WALKED AROUND THE WORLD

HBOWatch scans the news and press releases to get all the HBO programming news that is possible to get. So when news comes our way from an unexpected source it is worth a look. Well, news has come our way via e-mail conversation about an HBO project we thought off the radar. Here is what we learned first-hand. Gordon Manke is a stranger to us though he has visited our site to know that we ran a piece about a potential HBO project called THE MAN WHO WALKED AROUND THE WORLD. You can find that post right here from 05.09.13. Mr. Manke actually ran into the subject of the title, Dave Kunst...

HBO Films MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH

HBO Films MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH

Overview: Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and legendary filmmaker Spike Lee bring Tyson’s hit one-man stage show to TV in HBO Films’ MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH. It was a filmed performance of the show in New York City.  Raw, honest, powerful and full of humor, the stage production of Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth   features “Iron Mike” recounting his life’s highs and lows in his signature candid style. He opens up about his troubled youth, landmark boxing career, the key people in his life, controversies, time in prison, self examination, family and new beginnings. Says...

HBO Films MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH Clips

HBO Films MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH Clips

Here at HBOWatch we have a number of programs on our “What to Watch” list. Uh, we do have such a list, right? One of them is the up and coming HBO Films presentation debuting 11.16 called MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH. As we have stated elsewhere it is a film of former heavyweight’s Mike Tyson’s one man Broadway show. It was directed by Spike Lee. What follows here are two video clips about the film. Check them out.  The first airs as an HBO Buzz clip on the channel to give you a bit of buzz about the film.       The second one now is a bit longer and it really pumps me up to...

What We Know About…HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART

What We Know About…HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART

I have planned a few posts in the coming weeks to touch base with HBO productions that we have mentioned but seem to need a cohesive piece to tie all the facts together before they premiere. Before we get to a couple of series I single out Ryan Murphy’s upcoming HBO Films presentation THE NORMAL HEART.   Production Company:  Plan B Entertainment is an American company founded by Brad Pitt, Brad Grey and Jennifer Aniston. In 2006, Pitt became the sole owner. Recent productions have included World War Z and 12 Years a Slave.     Written By: Larry Kramer who wrote the Broadway play, The...

HBO Films: MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT – A Review

HBO Films: MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT – A Review

Overview: Famous for both his signature shuffle and verbal sparring, boxer Cassius Clay quickly rose to fame in the ‘60s, becoming the world’s best-known athlete – and eventually its most controversial. After joining the Nation of Islam and adopting the name Muhammad Ali, he was widely denounced for refusing to be drafted into the U.S. military, based on his religious opposition to the Vietnam War. Stripped of his title and banned from the sport, the self-proclaimed “Greatest” lost nearly four years of his boxing prime to legal battles. In 1971, his case for being a conscientious...

Frear’s & Slovo’s Thoughts on MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT

Frear’s  & Slovo’s Thoughts on MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT

  In anticipation of the upcoming HBO Films: MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATES FIGHT an interview has surfaced with the movie’s director Stephen Frears and its head writer Shawn Slovo. The movie, which is about the court case of the famed boxer’s refusal to be drafted, debuts on Saturday, 10.05 at 8:00pm. Here, via an HBO Press Release, is a Q&A session with the creators of the latest HBO Film.   Q: What attracted you to this story?  STEPHEN FREARS: It’s a really interesting story and not one that is terribly well known. There’s the official story about Ali, and what was interesting...

Our First Look at HBO Films: MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT

Our First Look at HBO Films: MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT

Coming this October to HBO is the latest HBO film presentation. It is entitled MUHAMMAD ALI’S GREATEST FIGHT and tells of an historic event in his life that rocked the nation. It was not the “Thrilla In Manila” bout or any other boxing event that gave him a tough tussle but his refusal to be enlisted into U. S. military service and his consequent appearance in front of the U. S. Supreme Court that put him out of commission. This all happened within the course of four years from the ages of twenty-six to twenty-nine in the midst of his pugilistic prime. He refused to serve military duty...

PARADE’S END Blu-Ray & DVD Review

PARADE’S END Blu-Ray & DVD Review

HBOWatch has been fortunate enough to obtain an advanced copy of the HBO Miniseries: PARADE’S END for review. The street date of its release, in both Blu-Ray with Digital Copy and in DVD format, will be Tuesday, September 10, 2013. More details about the discs after a bit of a recap. Set over a tumultuous ten-year period 100 years ago, this five-part miniseries centers around honorable English aristocrat Christopher Tietjens (Benedict Cumberbatch), who puts principles first by marrying Sylvia (Rebecca Hall), a pretty, manipulative socialite who gives birth to a child who may not be his....

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