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Flashback Scenes Confirmed for the First Time in Game of Thrones Season 5

Oct 16, 2014

“[For Game of Thrones] we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams or flashbacks. We failed the first two and this season the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks.” That...

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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire: “The Devil You Know”

Oct 17, 2014

This episode showed the demise of two men and if you were rooting for either one of those sorry chaps then this was a tough episode to watch. I guess with only two episodes left, someone had to...

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The Knick

The Knick: “The Golden Lotus”

Oct 12, 2014

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...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Lone Survivor

Oct 19, 2014

Lone Survivor is the latest film from Peter Berg, who is most famous for directing the disappointing Battleship and the mediocre Hancock. However, he appears to have found his groove with Lone...

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Latest HBO News

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...

Are You Reading THE LEFTOVERS Blog?

Are You Reading THE LEFTOVERS Blog?

Damon Lindelof’s THE LEFTOVERS, which airs Sunday night at 10:00pm, is leaving everyone talking. Some like it, some don’t and many find it confusing. Where do you fit on the topic? Surely, by now, being five episodes in, you can say whether you like  it or not. But, for those just confused maybe there is help – via a website. HBO has been running a blog site entitled www.watchingtheleftovers.com and this writer for one has been checking it out. This post not only provides you the link but now gives a brief rundown of some of the articles posted there. Check it out for yourselves. The first post was up a few days before...

The Leftovers Season 1: “B.J. and the A.C.”

The Leftovers Season 1: “B.J. and the A.C.”

Christmas is supposed to be a time when family and friends get together, spend time and catch up with all the fun and light-hearted things that holidays are supposed to bring. In this particular episode, there’s not much to celebrate. People are still reeling over their loved ones’ disappearances and many people are still depressed, angry, confused or outright apathetic.   Baby Jesus Baby Jesus was stolen from the Nativity scene from the local church. Who steals a doll from a church display? More to the point, why would anyone want to do that? What purpose does it serve? Apparently a lot of people were talking about the fact that...

Game of Thrones Season 4: Scene of the Season

Game of Thrones Season 4: Scene of the Season

It’s that time of year again. There were a number of memorable moments from this season’s Game of Thrones, but which in particular stood out to you? Our writers have selected a few of their favorites, but we here at HBOWatch leave it up to you to decide: what is this year’s Scene of the Season? And the NOMINEES are:   TYRION’S TRIAL Tyrion Lannister’s monumental scene came in the latter half of Season IV. Falsely accused of murdering his nephew, the late King Joffrey Baratheon, enduring a hostile and never-ending feud with his older sister, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, and being betrayed at the hands of...

HBO Summer 2014 Promo Videos

HBO Summer 2014 Promo Videos

This writer has noticed that a few promotional videos that HBO has right now have not seen the light of day on our site, so if you haven’t seen them here they are. First up, is the “HBO Summer Preview 2014.” We have already seen a number of the programs on the channel, of course, but we still have content like Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave, KAT WILLIAMS: PRICELESS,  BILL MAHER: LIVE IN D. C., HARD KNOCKS and the final season of BOARDWALK EMPIRE yet to come this summer.   So come with me now and check it out:   Let me eliminate the need for the first question on everyone’s mind  – the song is “Come With Me...

Movie Review: The Internship

Movie Review: The Internship

The Internship is a bog standard comedy at best, although to be classed a comedy, it would probably have to make you laugh at some point. The Internship did this for me in the opening 5 minutes when Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson pelt out Alanis Morissette in the car, singing at the top of their lungs next to a convertible full of ‘hot chicks’. Sadly, about ten minutes later the joke was repeated and failed to raise even a smile the second time. However, even though I didn’t so much as whimper out a chortle for its entire 2 hour duration, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. Films like these are perfect to sling on when you’ve had...

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