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The Hound to Return to Game of Thrones Season 6

Aug 27, 2015

If Ned Stark returning for the upcoming season wasn’t enough to get you excited, another dead character has been spotted filming for Season Six of Game of Thrones. Although we never saw...

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True Detective

True Detective Season 2 Finale: “Omega Station”

Aug 10, 2015

And so it ends. The second (and as far as we know final?) season of True Detective. There were a lot of expectations going in and I’m not sure it was possible to meet any of them. If HBO...

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Show Me A Hero

HBO Miniseries: SHOW ME A HERO Debuts 08.16

Aug 12, 2015

This is all just a friendly reminder that it won’t hurt for you to watch the six-part miniseries SHOW ME A HERO coming Sundays in August. With two installments airing back-to-back the series...

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New Movies

Movie Review: The Theory of Everything

Aug 17, 2015

Let me preface this review by stating that I have never cried so hard. Like every great love story, there’s hope, joy, struggles and heartache. Watching Eddie Redmayne portray Dr. Stephen...

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Silicon Valley: “Homicide”

Silicon Valley: “Homicide”

With Hooli’s relentless conniving against Pied Piper, such as the lawsuit, buyout attempt, and now 4K live-streaming, it was a welcome change to see them fail miserably at their attempt at new innovation. “Homicide” opens with Gavin Belson gloating about their live UFC Internet stream in 4K resolution, which the Pied Piper team watches in anticipation hoping for a failure. Their wish is immediately granted as Nucleus begins to glitch during the live-stream, eventually becoming overly pixelated and completely freezing. While this isn’t necessarily a major win for Pied Piper, it definitely works in their favor by giving them the...

Game of Thrones: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

Game of Thrones: “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

If you have felt like I have this season, then you undoubtedly are just waiting for all the build up to come to a haunt and everything to come crashing down on Game of Thrones. Thankfully, it looks like just that has started with this week’s episode of Game of Thrones. The past five episodes have really helped to set up the season (as they should) and this past week, we saw the fruits of all of the planning finally start to emerge. Our first large payoff for on this week’s episode was undoubtedly Arya and her quest to become “No One”. This is a storyline that started long ago and we knew that Arya would end up at the...

HBO Films: BESSIE Review

HBO Films: BESSIE Review

This post is not going to offer a scene by scene recap of the HBO Films presentation that debuted on SATURDAY, MAY 16th, but it is going to offer up a look into the style and tone of the film in hopes that fans of HBO will take in the two hour experience for themselves. It is a movie not to be missed. Queen Latifah bares it all literally and figuratively in BESSIE a vanity project for her that is a solid portrayal of songstress Bessie Smith – Empress of the Blues. HBO Films has once again offered up a richly produced and designed TV-movie that at times beautifully depicts the wardrobes, music and sights of the day. At other times it shows...

The Wire: Complete Series on Blu-Ray Review

The Wire: Complete Series on Blu-Ray Review

  It’s almost here, The Wire’s complete series on Blu-ray will be available to all for purchase June 2nd, 2015. For those of you who already have the DVD box set, I can understand why you might groan ever so slightly, because I know in the back of your mind you’re seriously debating getting the Blu-ray set as well despite the fact that you already have the DVDs alongside a subscription to Amazon Prime and HBO Go. Because most fans of The Wire will never be able to resist the opportunity to own a more in-depth item for their collection about one of the greatest television dramas of all time. So it won’t take much to convince...

VICE: “A Prayer For Uganda” / “Kidneyville”

VICE: “A Prayer For Uganda” / “Kidneyville”

Overview: Virulent homophobia is on the rise in Uganda. In 2014, the Ugandan president signed into law an anti-homosexuality bill, which went as far as mandating the death penalty for being gay. After an international outcry, the law was struck down, but a new version is in the works. Isobel Yeung went to Uganda to meet some of the anti-gay leaders teaching intolerance to Uganda’s youth, and uncovered disturbing ties between their message and the lessons that American fundamentalists have been pushing for years. There are more than 100,000 people in dire need of a kidney transplant in the U.S., and more than 4,000 could die this year...

THE LEFTOVERS Season Two Casting New Players

THE LEFTOVERS Season Two Casting New Players

We have been finding any excuse to bring up THE LEFTOVERS Season Two. It is such a mystery on how the sophomore season is going to play out that it has this writer a bit excited. We already know that the Garvey family changes locale and that the casting list has changed. Now we note new members to the cast. As previously reported we mentioned an African-American family – they meet a family who will become the new supporting cast. The show is adding an African-American family made up of the righteous John Murphy; his hearing-impaired doctor wife, Erika; and their teenage kids, Evie, an athletic extrovert, and Michael, a devout...

Jude Law is THE YOUNG POPE In a Big Co-Production

Jude Law is THE YOUNG POPE In a Big Co-Production

  An epic piece about the fictional Pope Pius XIII will become a big collaborative effort for not just HBO but its two major production partners. Both Europe’s Sky and France’s Canal + will join HBO in financing and airing Italian director Paolo Sorrentino’s THE YOUNG POPE. It is expected to be an eight-episode series about the first Italian-American pontiff and his impact on the world. Jude Law (pictured) is already picked to play the title character who starts his life as Lenny Belardo and later becomes Pius XIII. The character has been described as  –     “a complex and conflicted character, so conservative in his...

UPDATE: Potential HARD KNOCKS 2015 Teams Sound Off

UPDATE: Potential HARD KNOCKS 2015 Teams Sound Off

  UPDATE: It appears that the teams for the 2015 edition of HARD KNOCKS could very well be narrowed down to two – the Cleveland Browns and the Washington Redskins. Both teams are on the eligible list though neither one has volunteered to the training camp scrutiny. The Cleveland team has been the front-runner for quite a while now, but we have reports that they are requesting a special waiver of exemption this round. Why? The management team feels that the publicity and the unavoidable invasion of privacy will not respect Johnny Manziel as it relates to his stint in rehab for substance abuse. So, whether the Browns are in front of...

Queen Latifah & Director Dee Rees Talk BESSIE

Queen Latifah & Director Dee Rees Talk BESSIE

As we approach the premiere of HBO Films: BESSIE we present two interviews about the film. First is a Q & A with the vibrant Queen Latifah followed by one with acclaimed director Dee Rees. They shed light on the process of bringing legendary blues singer Bessie Smith to life. Oscar nominee Queen Latifah (Chicago) stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama BESSIE, directed by filmmaker Dee Rees (Pariah) from a screenplay by Dee Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. With a story by Dee Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The...

HBO Films: BESSIE Debuts 05.16 at 8:00pm

HBO Films: BESSIE Debuts 05.16 at 8:00pm

Oscar nominee Queen Latifah (Chicago) stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama BESSIE, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Dee Rees (Pariah) from a screenplay by Dee Rees and Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois. With a story by Dee Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today. BESSIE offers an intimate look at the determined woman whose immense talent and love for music took her from anonymity in the rough-and-tumble world of vaudeville...

HBO Documentary Films: THOUGHT CRIMES: THE CASE OF THE CANNIBAL COP

HBO Documentary Films: THOUGHT CRIMES: THE CASE OF THE CANNIBAL COP

Overview:  Dubbed “The Cannibal Cop,” former NYPD officer Gilberto Valle was convicted of conspiring to kidnap and eat women in March 2013. Valle had argued it was all a fantasy, but the prosecution’s narrative convinced jurors otherwise. His story made headlines not only for its chilling details, but also because of its landmark decision regarding a man many consider “patient zero” in a growing thought-police trend across the nation. Featuring unprecedented, intimate interviews with Valle and his family, as well as insights from lawyers, journalists, psychological professionals and criminal experts, THOUGHT CRIMES: THE CASE OF...

Second True Detective Season 2 Trailer

Second True Detective Season 2 Trailer

The first trailer for the sophomore seeason of HBO’s anthonogy crime series True Detective left you wanting more. We didn’t hear from the characters at all but instead were haunted by soem captivating music and an eery feeling that you just couldn’t shake.  This second offering gives us a bit more.  You’ve heard the tagline “We get the World We Deserve” on the TD2 promotional posters but now we get to hear one of the characters say it.  Check it out: Are you ready to learn more about the new season? Check out the latest interview with the show’s creator here if you haven’t already.  This...

Silicon Valley: “Server Space”

Silicon Valley: “Server Space”

It’s moving time for Pied Piper. Or is it? After surveying their new potential offices, Hooli, or more specifically, Gavin Belson, has blocked Pied Piper from using any public server space to host their site. With that sucker punch, Richard has to make a choice; buy office space (heh), or pay for Gilfoyle to set up their own servers to run Pied Piper out of Erlich’s garage. Of course an extended stay with Erlich is the last thing any of them, or their neighbors for that matter, actually want. Meanwhile, Richard has to deal with not wetting bed and a German sleep-talking Jared. Where in the first season the show was about a band...

Game of Thrones: “Kill the Boy”

Game of Thrones: “Kill the Boy”

While Sunday’s episode name might be all about the men, the actual episode was teeming with women being in power.  In Meereen, Dany is showing the Masters and the Sons of the Harpy that she means business and revenge for the death of her esteemed friend (RIP Ser Barristan Selmy).  Back in Winterfell, Sansa is keeping calm and collected in the presence of people who murdered her family.  Even Ramsay’s girlfriend is being political and sizing up Sansa.  But our Lady of the North isn’t entirely alone, since “the North remembers” and Brienne is watching from afar.  Though they weren’t shown in the...

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