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Revealing Photo Leaked From Game of Thrones Season Five

Jan 26, 2015

Warning: Spoilers BELOW Over the past day, the fans of Game of Thrones have exploded, either with vehemence or with excitement over the most recently leaked picture from the set of Game of...

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True Detective

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

Nov 24, 2014

UPDATE: We can now CONFIRM that Rachel McAdams is IN for True Detective season 2!  Here’s the logline from HBO: Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective...

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Girls

Girls: “Triggering”

Jan 20, 2015

One of the best aspects of Girls is how true it rings to modern American life, even if only for a particular niche of society—in this case, four 20-something girls trying to figure out the...

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New Movies

Movie Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

Jan 23, 2015

Approaching a historical Greek film is always very subjective when the film is mostly embedded in fantasy and sensationalism rather than the portrayal of historical accuracy. For some...

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BORED TO DEATH Movie On the Big Screen?

BORED TO DEATH Movie On the Big Screen?

The witty comedy BORED TO DEATH, which ran on HBO for three seasons from 2009 – 2011, was planning to return as a TV-movie or a theatrical movie at some point. Now it appears that it just might be making its way closer to those cinema screens. HBOWatch had reported back on 01.23.13 of the potential of this happening by citing a Ted Danson quote. Danson played George Christopher, a pot-headed father figure to Jason Schwartzman’s Jonathan Ames. The series, if you need a reminder, was by creator Jonathan Ames who wrote about a character named after himself who is a struggling crime novelist and private detective on the side. His escapades,...

Pictures From Dorne: On the Set of Game of Thrones Season 5

Pictures From Dorne: On the Set of Game of Thrones Season 5

There are many, many shooting locations for HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones.  Each season the producers of the show have to find new , real-world places to represent those in Westeros. Just this year we found out that Spain had been cast to play the role of the hot, dry Oasis of Dorne in Season 5. Many have been wondering about what the location would look like– the costumes, the sets etc. Well the Spanish publication CANAL has some pictures to help curb your enthusiasm until this spring.  Take a look at some images hot off the presses: Aero Hotah makes his case:Ellaria Sand checking in:Jaime Lannister in Dornish...

Finally: HBO Will Be Available “Stand-Alone” Without a Cable Subscription in 2015

Finally: HBO Will Be Available “Stand-Alone” Without a Cable Subscription in 2015

Everyone hates the cable company. From the random fees for unknown services to the rate hikes that seem to happen every year– the cost of an HBO subscription has been much more than the $10-$20 price tag.  For those, known as “cord-cutters” HBO has been literally impossible to obtain legally without a cable package of some kind forcing many to turn to piracy. Today the future of television took one step forward as the rumblings of the past few months turned out to be true: HBO will be available as a stand-alone, Netflix-like service in 2015! HBO has been the profitable crown jewel in the portfolio of the mega-media...

Steve McQueen’s HBO Pilot Has a Title and a Lead!

Steve McQueen’s HBO Pilot Has a Title and a Lead!

A drama pilot is in the works entitled CODES OF CONDUCT from producer/director Steve McQueen and a lead male has recently been attached by the name of Devon Terrell. We first gave you a heads up on McQueen’s development deal almost a year ago. You know the drill, if HBO likes the pilot and can be convinced that a season of shows can be generated at the right cost (each seems less of a big deal when a season can be as few as six episodes any more) than a show is born. The show certainly has a good developer in Steve McQueen (pictured). Yeah he started with a long list of shorts, but after that was Shame followed by (boom!) the Academy...

The Knick: “The Golden Lotus”

The Knick: “The Golden Lotus”

Misery loves company. In every corner of this episode, people’s lives were unraveling; despair was potent and uncertainty palpable. Words escape me; I say this in the best possible way to describe it, because this episode did not disappoint. Every action has its share of consequences and the staff at the Knick are finding out just how badly things have become.Thackeray, at his lowest level of debauchery, is arrested for stealing cocaine from a pharmacy. If it wasn’t for his very wealthy benefactor, August Robertson, he would’ve been sitting in a dank jail cell somewhere, rotting away. Not only does Augustus pay off the police...

JOSHUA BELL: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS Debuts 10.14.

JOSHUA BELL: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS Debuts 10.14.

HBOWatch does not consistently report of every MASTERCLASS session that airs but we have a Press Release announcing the latest installment and we offer viewers that information here. It is an excellent series with professional and acclaimed artists from many disciplines spending time with youngsters in order to encourage their love for the arts and help them develop their skills as talented young artists.  JOSHUA BELL: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS, THE LATEST EDITION OF THE THREE-TIME EMMY-NOMINATED HBO FAMILY SHOW, DEBUTS OCT. 14 ON HBO  Every year, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) offers emerging talents across the country the...

VICE Media Announces Web Series that Includes A Look At HBO Shows

VICE Media Announces Web Series that Includes A Look At HBO Shows

VICE Media recently started up a new web series on their site, Vice.com, called The Real that might, from time to time, be of interest to HBO viewers. It is a series which will profile the true stories and personalities behind just a few of Hollywood’s memorable entertainment. The Real launched because a previous piece about tracking down a true life Walter White (as in the one from Breaking Bad) proved quite popular. The series started on October 1 with a behind the facts look at HBO fave TRUE DETECTIVE. Series host Giana Toboni went down to Louisiana and linked up with two detectives, Special Agent Todd Teddler and Captain Stewart...

Movie Review: Rush

Movie Review: Rush

If you love high adrenaline racing, gorgeous women, international locales and a healthy dose of competition, than this is the movie for you. Rush is a movie that chronicles the real life racing competition between James Hunt from England and Niki Lauda from Austria. My husband is a race car enthusiast and showed me pictures and footage from the races and I have to say that whoever was in charge of casting the two males leads did a splendid job. Chris Hemsworth brings a cocky swagger to Hunt’s character, while Daniel Bruhl brings a detail oriented and strict work ethic approach to Lauda’s character. The movie starts with a voice over...

HBO Miniseries LEWIS & CLARK Announces Casting Call

HBO Miniseries LEWIS & CLARK Announces Casting Call

One of the interesting historical stories of America, at least for this writer, was the exploration of this country’s western regions beyond the Mississippi River by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Their expedition from 1804 to 1806 was chronicled in journals written along their route to the Pacific Ocean and back. The Lewis and Clark Expedition is about to be chronicled again as HBO begins casting for an upcoming miniseries for the network. The only bit of news that this work was even in development came to our attention on 06.17.14 in a Development Slate posting. Below is what we learned:  LEWIS AND CLARK Miniseries Starts...

A Certain Stark Won’t Return for Game of Thrones Season 5

A Certain Stark Won’t Return for Game of Thrones Season 5

WARNING: This post may contain what some may consider to be minor Game of Thrones spoilers. Continue at your own discretion.It may be the worst time of year for Game of Thrones fans. It has been six months since the previous Game of Thrones season began and it will be six more months of winter before Game of Thrones season 5 premieres this spring. So every little piece of news is something we fans cling to. Speaking of clinging: we’ve already heard that Bran and Hodor will not be appearing in GoT season 5 and that fact already puts us down one Stark this year. But now we can confirm that another Stark will be out of the picture for a...

HBO Documentary Films: HUNTED: THE WAR AGAINST GAYS IN RUSSIA

HBO Documentary Films: HUNTED: THE WAR AGAINST GAYS IN RUSSIA

Overview: Homosexuality was legalized in Russia 21 years ago, but gay people in the country have yet to win mainstream acceptance. In fact, attitudes in Russia appear to be moving backwards. With jobs and relationships at risk if their sexual orientation is exposed, most gay Russians remain closeted. This documentary features disturbing insider footage of homophobic Russians who, in the name of morality or religion, beat and torment gay people, posting graphic videos of their encounters online with few or no legal repercussions. These vigilantes see homosexuality as related to pedophilia, stating publicly that their justification for...

Boardwalk Empire: King of Norway

Boardwalk Empire: King of Norway

1897 Flashbacks In the past, we’ve flashed forward from 1884 to 1897, where we find a young adult Nucky as a deputy sheriff in Atlantic City. In the past… we’ve moved forward…to the future in the past. OK I’ve gone crosseyed. All you need to know is that grown up Nucky is trying to win favor with the Commodore as well as with first wife Mabel’s father. Oh, and he found a body under the boardwalk. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Gillian Gillian makes a plea to Dr. Cotton for her release, but he’s not convinced that she should be free. Doubly terrifying is the unnecessary surgery...

The Knick: “Working Late a Lot”

The Knick: “Working Late a Lot”

Two very different clandestine relationships are developing at The Knick this week. Thackery has developed a deep interest in Nurse Elkins over the season, an interest she reciprocated. Now that they’ve advanced their relationship to a sexual level, the question arises: will Thackery remain interested? He’s a man who seeks ever greater methods of diverting himself. Can Nurse Elkins hold his interest? If this week’s episode is anything to go by, Lucy will hold John’s interest as long as she can get him drugs. Meantime, Edwards and Cornelia have been seeing a lot of each other in hotel rooms. Unlike Thackery and Lucy,...

Movie Review: Ride Along

Movie Review: Ride Along

The Buddy cop film genre has been around since the sixties, but despite its huge bump in popularity in the 1980’s the genre is still very unchanged. A recent trend in Buddy cop movies is to point out the absurdity that one continuous plot is playing out in film after film and no one bats an eye. Films like Hot Fuzz, 21 Jump Street, and to a lesser extent Copout parodied the buddy cop stereotypes while still being extremely funny. Ride Along takes a very traditional approach than most modern day buddy cop movies, and by traditional I mean it is the most cliché’d buddy cop film I’ve ever seen. If you have never seen a buddy cop film, or...

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