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Game Of Thrones Season 6, Episode 1: “The Red Woman”

Apr 26, 2016

Its that time of year again, the time in which we all fall in love with characters, and possibilities only to see them ripped away from us in a brutal show of callousness. If you hadn’t...

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Vinyl

Surprising News As Terence Winter Out As VINYL Showrunner

Apr 24, 2016

Needless to say HBO could have been happier with the premiere season of VINYL. Its viewership was not as high as they hoped. Though the critics seemed to like it well enough the audiences were...

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Girls

Girls Season Five Finale: “I Love You Baby”

Apr 19, 2016

The end of this season of Girls brings about the stunning hope that maybe, just maybe, they might be growing up.  For me, I’ve always considered adulthood to be something I do, not...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Jurassic World

Apr 21, 2016

Jurassic World opened last summer to a record high box-office and positive critical reception, gliding in on the back of Steven Spielberg’s classic 1993 movie. But as time went on,...

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Latest HBO News

HBO Documentary Films for the First Half of 2016; Our 2015 Favorites

HBO Documentary Films for the First Half of 2016; Our 2015 Favorites

HBO has dropped a hefty load of news as of late due to the latest Television Critics Association event. One such report was on the documentary front as the network listed the upcoming films that will be on the schedule for the first half of 2016. We speculated to a small degree on potential offerings but now there is no question. What follows is a press release showcasing the documentaries to appear from now through June. We are sure those interested in non-fiction films will find something worth watching. As for HBOWatch, we will watch and review them all. HBO has confirmed a diverse array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries for...

J. COLE FOREST HILLS DRIVE: HOMECOMING Debuts January 09, 2016

J. COLE FOREST HILLS DRIVE: HOMECOMING Debuts January 09, 2016

The weekend for J. Cole is upon us. This writer will admit that I don’t know who he is or one note of his music but I will soon as is hot Hip-Hop album has topped the charts and warranted this Concert Special via Jay-Z’s development deal with HBO.  To help build up the hype a series of small clips have been released of a behind-the-scenes documentary leading up to this tour and Cole’s filming of it in his hometown. Hey, this shouldn’t be any surprise look what Jay-Z did for Beyonce. Anywhere, here is one of those clips followed by the official press release:   COLE FOREST HILLS DRIVE: HOMECOMING, FEATURING ONE OF MUSIC’S...

DEADWOOD TV Movie is “Going to Happen”

DEADWOOD TV Movie is “Going to Happen”

  Pretty big attention getting statement above, but the words were uttered by HBO President of Programming himself, Michael Lombardo, at the Television Critics Association event where all the HBO news has been pouring out of lately. We hang on plenty of hopes around here at times like the return of Larry David, ROME and a DEADWOOD movie. That last hope has taken one step closer to reality with the words spoken from Lombardo: “David has our commitment that we are going to do it. He pitched what he thought generally the storyline would be — and knowing David, that could change. But it’s going to happen. [David Milch] has something...

Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

Movie Review: Mad Max: Fury Road

People had a lot to say when Mad Max Fury Road hit theaters. It was hailed as a feminist movie. It was seen as a warning to future masses that if we didn’t smarten up as a civilization, nuclear holocaust and severe drought would be the outcome. It was seen as a movie based on revenge and redemption. I saw it as a gritty, brutally tough film in which you needed to have a backbone and an escape plan in order to survive any and all obstacles thrown in your way. My perspective on this movie was that of an awe struck fan because I love Tom Hardy as an actor and think that Charlize Theron is freaking AWESOME. The two of them paired up as the...

VEEP Returns for Season 5 in April, but with New Showrunner

VEEP Returns for Season 5 in April, but with New Showrunner

UPDATE: VEEP launches its ten-episode fifth season SUNDAY, APRIL 24 (10:30-11:00 p.m.). This Emmy-nominated series stars Emmy® winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former Vice President Selina Meyer, who became president after her predecessor stepped down. The cast also includes Emmy winner Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy C. Simons, Sufe Bradshaw, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, Sam Richardson and Hugh Laurie. Dave Mandel, Frank Rich, Chris Godsick, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Lew Morton executive produce.  I think it would have been cool to run this coming season in the Fall right at Election time, but am also glad to see it with...

Silicon Valley Season 3 Premiere Date Confirmed

Silicon Valley Season 3 Premiere Date Confirmed

  UPDATE: Silicon Valley Season 3 will premiere April 24th! Silicon Valley will receive another round of funding from it’s parent corporation HBO!  Put another way: Silicon Valley Season 3 is GREEN BABY!  Season 2 kicked off last night just after the big Game of Thrones premiere.  HBO says they won’t be releasing ratings on a nightly basis anymore but since they’re renewing this series so quickly, we think they went well. Are you ready for another round of Silicon Valley?  Season 3 will probably premiere alongside Game of Thrones Season 6 in 2016.  Here’s the official announcement: LOS ANGELES, April 13,...

Game of Thrones Season 6 Premiere Date Confirmed

Game of Thrones Season 6 Premiere Date Confirmed

Send a raven! Send two ravens! Send all the ravens! UPDATE: HBO has announced that Game of Thrones Season 6 Will Premiere on April 24th, 2016! HBO rocked the television world today with a revelation that Game of Thrones would continue at least through a sixth season! Okay, so maybe you aren’t totally surprised by this announcement but it’s good to know that your favorite show will be on for at least two years, right? It’s been speculated that Game of Thrones will need at least seven, if not eight seasons to complete the journey but we’ll probably have to wait to get real confirmation on that front. When will Game of...

HBO and BALLERS Face Lawsuit

HBO and BALLERS Face Lawsuit

  What..Reinvent someone else’s concept?   We held off on this news to see if it would be dismissed but a Copyright Infringement lawsuit is holding fast against HBO and the producers of the HBO series BALLERS.  In the lawsuit two writers, Everette Silas and Sherri Littleton, claim they had a deal in place to sell their show Off Season to Mayhem Pictures. It identifies at least 27 instances where they see similarities between their concept and BALLERS in plot, scene, dialogue and character, starting with opening sequences focusing on stadium lights.  The lawsuit files against HBO proper and producers Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne...

GIRLS Officially Ends After Season Six

GIRLS Officially Ends After Season Six

  There has been a bit of buzz out there that Lena Dunham’s series GIRLS had an end plan in place. Enough speculation was generated to warrant a response from HBO, perhaps prematurely, to confirm such rumors were true. It is a fact that GIRLS will end in 2017. Below is the official Press Release:  HBO RENEWS EMMY®-WINNING COMEDY SERIES GIRLS, CREATED BY AND STARRING LENA DUNHAM, FOR SIXTH AND FINAL SEASON, TO BEGIN IN 2017 LOS ANGELES, Jan. 6, 2016 – With the Emmy-winning comedy series set to launch its fifth season Feb. 21, HBO has renewed GIRLS for a sixth and final season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo,...

VICE on HBO Season 4 Debuting in February

VICE on HBO Season 4 Debuting in February

We would be remiss if we didn’t tell you that Shane Smith & friends at VICE Media or making a big impact on us all in 2016. In fact, the outfit is getting its own network this year when the History Channel station known as H2 becomes the VICEland network. Whoa! But, of course, VICE & HBO have a deal going that we have posted about often. It was speculated by HBOWatch not long ago that VICE would make its presence early in 2016. This writer was hoping for the daily newscast that is forthcoming on the premium channel, but am happy to see that VICE Season 4 is up next. It has upped its ante and is offering a full eighteen installments...

Talking HBO’s HARD KNOCKS 2016 Already

Talking HBO’s HARD KNOCKS 2016 Already

That is correct, we now can begin to speculate on just which team, out of a guaranteed list of nine are eligible for inclusion this August to appear on HARD KNOCKS, the show no one want the lead role in. Remember a team that has either appeared on HARD KNOCKS already, made it into a Playoff game in the last two years or is under new coaching that year is safe from the invasion of cameras and the scrutiny of all during Training Camp prior to the 2016 season of play. Straight from Reddit.com we have the teams under the gun. Keep in mind any one of these teams can volunteer to be the focus, as the Atlanta Falcons did in 2014, or be chosen, as...

VINYL: Key Art, Trailer #2 and Mick Jagger Quotes

VINYL: Key Art, Trailer #2 and Mick Jagger Quotes

How many of you knew that Mick Jagger came up with the concept for the upcoming series VINYL? According to our  main source, Rolling Stone, the magazine not his bandmates, he pictured it as an epic movie that would chart the history of the music business over several decades. And thus, the series we will see debut on February 14, was conceptualized by none other than one of the seminal musical artists of the day.  Luckily Jagger had a top-notch director he would pitch his spiel to in Martin Scorsese. The director is no stranger to the music scene as he has filmed such icons as The Band and Bob Dylan and, as luck would have it, The Rolling...

Our Thoughts on THE KNICK Season Three

Our Thoughts on THE KNICK Season Three

This speculation of what could come ahead in a third season of Cinemax’s smash hit was prompted by two reports from Variety.  Information comes via an interview with Clive Owen and secondly of reports of an outline in the works. Exactly how it could all unfold with one crucial character seemingly deceased is a mystery. But, then so is John Snow!   First, is a portion of Owen’s interview: Just to get the elephant out of the room, is the last we’ve seen of you as Dr. Thackery? It certainly looks that way.   Did you and Steven talk at the beginning of the season about your fate? Was this pre-conceived or did you just get...

Movie Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Movie Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

It’s hard to look at a movie like The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, as anything but an advertisement brought to you by the Department of Indian Tourism. Come to India in your twilight years, a land of rich culture, parties, make friends, and don’t forget to spend all of your money! And even still, it’s hard for this movie to not get under your skin in the nicest possible way. The cast is full of charming, friendly faces, the plot is breezy, and every location tends to scream out “Look at me! Don’t you want to see me in real life? Plan your trip now!” This movie works on every conceptual level it...

HBO Documentary Films: HEROIN: CAPE COD, USA

HBO Documentary Films: HEROIN: CAPE COD, USA

Overview: Known for its quaint villages, lighthouses and beaches, the picturesque summer vacation destination of Cape Cod has been struck with an epidemic of young people hooked on affordable, easily acquired heroin. This harrowing film takes an unsparing look at the lives of eight heroin addicts in their early 20s, living a seemingly endless existence of getting high while cycling through stages of rehab, recovery and relapse. Falmouth, Mass. is a typical community in a state that has lately seen an average of nearly four heroin deaths per day. The individuals spotlighted in HEROIN: CAPE COD, USA, all of whom live in the area, talk candidly...

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