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Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones Season 5?

Sep 19, 2014

Tywin Lannister: A great villain of Westeros?  Or Westeros’ greatest villain? Either way many fans were (spoiler alert) sad to lose the Lannister Patriarch last season even though most...

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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire: “What Jesus Said”

Sep 23, 2014

1884 Flashbacks Little Flashback Nucky is running around delivering flowers and getting teased about kisses by little girls sending him postcards. He also walks in on dead bodies while...

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The Knick

The Knick: “Get the Rope”

Sep 29, 2014

This episode had everything going for it: action, dilemmas, emergencies, courage, shock, defiance and love. Hospitals. Heroin dens. Hidden agendas. Hook ups. By the time the episode came to an...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Riddick

Sep 26, 2014

The thing you need to understand about Richard B. Riddick is that the man is a survivor. He has stealth, strength and eyes that can see in the dark. You wouldn’t want him as your...

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Movie Review: Getaway

Movie Review: Getaway

Many times in reviews the term “mindless entertainment” is thrown around, with such ease that the term itself has become a cliché. However for a film as clichéd and campy as Getaway it’s the only real term you can use. Getaway is not a smart film, but if you are looking for a film to watch while eating dinner, or entertaining guests at a party and want to have some explosions in the background this is a wise choice. Ethan Hawke plays an ex-racecar driver who discovers his wife has been kidnapped by a strange man. The man proceeds to instruct Hawke to do tasks for him in order to get his wife back. The man (played by Jon Voight)...

George R. R. Martin not writing an episode for Game of Thrones Season 5

George R. R. Martin not writing an episode for Game of Thrones Season 5

Right on the heels of the Season 5 casting news, renowned author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin, has announced that he will not be writing an episode for Game of Thrones Season 5. George has previously written one episode for each of the four past seasons. Depending on your perspective, this could be either good or bad news, as his reasoning is that he wants to focus on completing The Winds of Winter. The full scoop is over on Vulture, but here are the relevant parts of the transcript: Which shooting location are you going to choose to visit this season? Seems like a tough one since you’ve added another warm, exotic...

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Teasers: “One Is the Loneliest” & “Saint James”

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Teasers: “One Is the Loneliest” & “Saint James”

A new trailer has surfaced and we add it here: It sounds like only one man will stand alone when all is said and done. Just which one will it be? By the looks on their faces none of these men are going to go down easily. But, clearly some will be on the bad end of a “tommy gun” and in a pine box because, well…   All Empires Must Fall.   We also just learned that the series will jump forward in time. This is the final season of Boardwalk Empire. Are you sad to see it go? Cry with us all in the comments...

Game of Thrones Season 4 Blooper Reel

Game of Thrones Season 4 Blooper Reel

In case the huge Season 5 casting news wasn’t enough for one day, the Game of Thrones San Diego Comic-Con panel also showed a bloopers/outtakes reel for Season 4. Take a look: This is the first time we’ve seen this sort of thing from the show. Hopefully the trend continues! Game of Thrones returns in Spring 2015. We’ll provide an exact air date when we have it.

Game of Thrones Season 5 Cast Revealed!

Game of Thrones Season 5 Cast Revealed!

As revealed at the Game of Thrones San Diego Comic-Con panel today, we now have official casting news for the upcoming fifth season. The new roles are as follows: Doran Martell will be played by Alexander Siddig. “Doran Martell is the ruling lord of Dorne and older brother to the late Prince Oberyn Martell. Unlike his brother, Doran is even-tempered and deliberate. Now, all of Dorne waits to see how their lord will react to his brother’s death.”       Trystane Martell will be played by Toby Sebastian. “Trystane Martell is Prince Doran’s son and heir to Dorne. His father betrothed him to Myrcella Baratheon as part...

Big Stars in HBO Sports Comedy 7 DAYS OF HELL

Big Stars in HBO Sports Comedy 7 DAYS OF HELL

7 DAYS OF HELL is an original movie getting on the fast track with HBO. Andy Samberg (SNL and Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and Kit Harington (GAME OF THRONES) are said to star. It is an original concept based on the true 2010 event when two tennis players at Wimbledon competed for eleven hours over three days. Samberg is behind it alongside writer Murray Miller (GIRLS). It is being developed as a ‘mock’umentary style comedy. According to Deadline, Samberg(right) and Harington(below) will play rival players on the court. Samberg’s Aaron Williams is tennis’ superstar bad boy, while Harington’s Charles Poole is channeling Andy Murray, a tennis...

Neil deGrasse Tysion Joins Bill Maher (Again)

Neil deGrasse Tysion Joins Bill Maher (Again)

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its 12th season FRIDAY, JULY 25 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:00 p.m., exclusively on HBO. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with guests. Economist Richard D. Wolff is the top-of-show interview guest. Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are political consultant Hogan Gidley, journalist Amy Goodman and author Matt Kibbe. Neil was on the show not too long ago and as always the man kept the...

HBO Documentary Films: THE NEWBURGH STING

HBO Documentary Films: THE NEWBURGH STING

Overview: On May 20, 2009, four men from the impoverished and largely African-American city of Newburgh, NY, were apprehended for an alleged terror plot. They had no history of violence or terrorist ties, but had been drawn by a Pakistani FBI informant into a carefully orchestrated scheme to bomb Jewish synagogues in a wealthy New York City suburb and fire Stinger missiles at U.S. military supply planes. Their dramatic arrest, complete with armored cars, a SWAT team and FBI aircraft, played out under the gaze of major TV outlets, ultimately resulting in 25-year prison sentences for the “Newburgh Four”. Amidst the media frenzy surrounding...

Olivia Munn on THE NEWSROOM’s Final Season

Olivia Munn on THE NEWSROOM’s Final Season

Zap2it got a strong quote from Olivia Munn, who plays Sloane Sabbith on Aaron Sorkin’s THE NEWSROOM. Since there has been little buzz about the show as it approaches its third and final season HBOWatch thought we’d better get that quote to you.   Olivia Munn told the site – “I love [Season 3 being the last] because, one, I think it’s so much better to do a project where everyone’s excited about doing it and the work is really great and you’re excited about it. Sorkin writes every single episode. I’m sure there are other things that he has to do in his life, that he wants to do, and that takes a lot of...

JONAH FROM TONGA Controversy

JONAH FROM TONGA Controversy

Chris Lilley and his brand of humor, seen on HBO in SUMMER HEIGHTS HIGH, ANGRY BOYS and JA’MIE: PRIVATE SCHOOL GIRL, is getting the heat put to him and now carries the label of ‘racist.’ It has surfaced now because his latest show and character have raised the ire of some. JONAH FROM TONGA is the name of the show and the character coming our way beginning 08.08.14, providing irate groups don’t get it removed. Their peeve is the use of ‘brownface’ and denigrating a class of people, namely those that hail from Polynesian Tonga. The mockumentray style show already aired in Australia and didn’t seem to gather any negative...

Jonathan Groff Talks LOOKING Season Two

Jonathan Groff Talks LOOKING Season Two

This post is not here to announce anything official about the HBO series LOOKING that we don’t already know, which is yes there is a Season Two and it is going to run 10 episodes.  It is here to keep the show “in the loop” as it were and we do so with some quotes from Jonathan Groff. The twenty-nine year old plays Patrick Murray, a video game designer trying to figure out his love connections in the happening gay scene of San Francisco, CA. Of his character gruff said – “The character felt close to me than anything I had ever worked on before. The struggle trying to figure out where he fits in the gay community and I have felt...

Two Big Names Emerge for HBO’s Westworld

Two Big Names Emerge for HBO’s Westworld

We usually like to wait until there is some sort of substantial evidence before reporting a news story like this. But so long as we frame it in the proper context, that of “rumor status” in this case, we think that most HBO Watchers are able to handle information like this and enjoy the speculation either way. FilmDivider claims to have sources close to the Abrams/Nolan Westworld project whispering of casting nods to Sir Anthony Hopkins (yep, the one and only) and HBO vet (True Blood, Mildred Pierce) Evan Rachel Wood. Hopkins would play the role of Dr. Ford, the man who runs the futuristic theme park full of robots (yeah,...

True Blood Season 7: Lost Cause

True Blood Season 7: Lost Cause

“We have bigger problems than your mommy and your daddy issues.” One of the things I wanted the show to return to during the final season was the focus on vampires and the culture they’ve created for themselves. The maker/ progeny relationship has always been one that I’ve enjoyed watching. Some of the best relationships on the show are created from that. This episode starting off with an argument between Eric and his two progenies, both of whom couldn’t be more different, was a definite highlight for me. Eric’s character takes a new dynamic during his scenes with Pam, and now Willa, and I’m glad that they’re putting a focus...

Frances McDormand Talks About HBO’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE Miniseries

Frances McDormand Talks About HBO’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE Miniseries

Though there has not been a ton of excitement for the OLIVE KITTRIDGE miniseries (or is it a limited series?) its air date is fast approaching. One of its leads, Frances McDormand (seen here offstage in costume) of Fargo fame, has spoken up recently about it. At a recent TCA panel she stated -  “A 90-minute time frame is not long enough to tell a good female story. That’s why long-form storytelling has become so great.” Yeah, and with Hollywood not utilizing older actress to their fullest TV is where they end up. A four-hour entertainment like this is a great way to showcase neglected talents like McDormand’s. We will get to see the...

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