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Rape in the Great Sept of Baelor: An Analysis

Apr 22, 2014

*Warning: this post discuses a graphic sexual scene* In Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, a scene involving Jaime and Cersei in the sept beside Joffrey’s body has gotten a lot...

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True Blood

First Clips from the Final Season of True Blood

Apr 20, 2014

HBO surprised us all with a very full Easter Sunday this year.  While some networks took a break the Home Box Office kept its foot firmly on the gas pedal with new episodes of “Game of...

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True Detective

True Detective is HBO’s Most Watched Freshman Series Ever

Apr 17, 2014

Delayed figures on viewership trickled in this week and with it came a very uprising revelation:  True Detective is now HBO’s most watched freshman series of all time.  Yes, more than...

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Girls

Girls Season 3 Available Early for Digital Download

Apr 21, 2014

HBO is giving fans of Girls a little treat this season.  Normally we’d have to wait quite some time for the digital downloads to make their way to the likes of Amazon, Google Play and...

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Girls vs Sex and the City: Can You Even Compare?

Girls vs Sex and the City: Can You Even Compare?

Girls’ four female friends, living in New York City and dealing with their everyday lives, seem to regularly inspire comparison to HBO’s Sex and the City (SATC). But really, beyond the superficial similarities, Girls is NOT the modern day Sex and the City. Another notable, and pretty frustrating, similarity is the absence of any meaningful racial diversity in the casting or story. This is a serious criticism of SATC, and criticism from which one would hope Girls would have learned. The differences between the shows, however, are more pronounced than the similarities. GIRLS Girls...

Charlaine Harris and HBO on TRUE BLOOD Rumors

Charlaine Harris and HBO on TRUE BLOOD Rumors

Two big rumors about the conclusion of TRUE BLOOD have been bounced around the internet. It is about time we picked up on them only to see that they have to basis in fact.  First is the rumor that Charlaine Harris the novelist who penned the thirteen books in Southern Vampire Mysteries, for which TRUE BLOOD is loosely based, would come on board for the final season as consultant and/or writer.  It seems the theory was that as the creator of the concept she would be a writer of Season Seven to help wrap up the show in a more logical or better(?) way than the show runners might take...

Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray, DVD Review

Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season on Blu-ray, DVD Review

Game of Thrones: The Complete Third Season will be available on February 18th on Blu-ray with HBO Select, DVD & Digital Download.  Pre-order your copy now for about $40 $30 on Amazon.  This box set is overflowing with exclusive bonus material including comprehensive guides, illustrated histories and an in-depth look at “The Rains of Castamere,” said to be one of the most discussed television episodes of 2013. I got to check it out a little early, so read on to find out all the details! In the third season of Game of Thrones, the battle between the Houses of the Seven...

Girls Season 3, Episode 5: Only Child

Girls Season 3, Episode 5: Only Child

In the wake of David’s death, Hannah and Adam are attending his funeral. While there, they meet David’s wife…you heard me, his wife. David was a married man and happily it would seem. Despite being at his funeral, Hannah talks about her e-book with the newly widowed Mrs David. She, alarmed and upset, mentions that she was also writing a book for David and that Mill Street Press were dropping all of David’s projects. Hannah, becoming more and more inappropriate asks for the names of other publishers she could contact regarding her book, at which point she is asked to leave. Fair...

Game of Thrones Season 4: Artisan Video #1

Game of Thrones Season 4: Artisan Video #1

The promotional material for season 4 of Game of Thrones is coming hard and fast now, we can barely keep up! This latest video is a brief showcase of the meticulous production design that goes into the show. Production designer Deborah Riley (who has taken over the position from Gemma Jackson) offers her own insight into working on such a huge show. Without further ado, here’s the video itself for you to enjoy: Game of Thrones season 4 premieres on April 6th at 9PM. Can’t wait until then?  Calm your nerves by watching season 3 on DVD or Blu-Ray when it comes out this month....

700 SUNDAYS Gets a Premiere Date of 04.19

700 SUNDAYS Gets a Premiere Date of 04.19

Saturday, April 19 is the premiere date of Billy Crystal’s latest foray on HBO. It is a two-hour comedy special airing from 9:00pm – 11:00pm ET. Just like the previously mentioned Leguizamo special Billy Crystal’s work also is a semi autobiographical look at his upbringing, life and career. According to the press release 700 SUNDAYS is  an original two-act play in which Billy plays numerous characters that have influenced who he is today. It deals with his youth, growing up in the jazz world of Manhattan, his teenage years, and finally adulthood. It is about family and fate, loving...

HBO Adds 2 Million Subscribers, Reports Impressive Profits in 2013

HBO Adds 2 Million Subscribers, Reports Impressive Profits in 2013

Time Warner, the parent company of HBO, CNN, TBS and Warner Bros. reported better-than-expected quarterly profit today.  In that report the company stated that HBO’s revenue increased 4 percent to almost 5 Billion dollars.  That’s a lot of Game of Thrones DVDs! The CEO of Time Warner, Jeff Bewkes also said in a separate statement that HBO recorded its biggest gain in domestic subscribers (USA) in 17 years.  2 Million of you decided that HBO was a necessary luxury in your home.  Were you one of them? World-wide HBO has about 116 million total subscribers now and 135 if you...

HBO Comedy Special: GHETTO KLOWN Debuts March 22

HBO Comedy Special: GHETTO KLOWN Debuts March 22

 March 22, a Saturday night, is the premiere date for John Leguizamo’s GHETTO KLOWN. It will debut at 10:00pm ET. It will make it the fifth comedy special  of his HBO has done over the years. Check out our previous post here for video clips. Once again it will a filmed performance of a one-man show filled with colorful characters and depicting the life of a Latino in a witty, humorous, energetic and impactful way as only Leguizamo can deliver it. Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming stated that [his]  “one-man shows are always electrifying, thought-provoking...

Is HBO Gettng On with GETTING ON Season 2?

Is HBO Gettng On with GETTING ON Season 2?

We are already full aware that both Christopher Guests’ FAMILY TREE and Stephen Merchant’s HELLO LADIES are not renewing for a sophomore season (though Stuart Pritchard’s story does get one last special), but what about GETTING ON season 2? The comedic series that grace HBO have had a rough showing and a strong series, at least in this writer’s opinion, like GETTING ON is needed. Yes, it has GIRLS and VEEP, but though they are lauded works the number of viewers is quite low. LOOKING had pretty low numbers on its debut (338,000) as well. There has been little news on any type of...

In Production – HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART

In Production – HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART

The title of this piece might be a slight misnomer. I’m pretty sure that this HBO Films presentation is in the can as they say. HBO is just waiting for the right moment to ramp up the marketing I think, which should hit after GAME OF THRONES gets underway.  As you will see in this post plans indicate that HBO is out to make this an event. Since we have not mentioned this project since  10.29.13 our latest look at the upcoming movie starts with snippets from the official Press Release issued last month:     MARK RUFFALO, MATT BOMER, TAYLOR KITSCH, JIM PARSONS AND JULIA ROBERTS...

Real Time with Bill Maher Guest List: Feb 7th

Real Time with Bill Maher Guest List: Feb 7th

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its 12th season FRIDAY, FEB. 7 2014 (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 in-studio and satellite guests. Former Fla. Gov. Charlie Crist is the top-of-show interview guest. Humorist P.J. O’Rourke is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are chef Tom Colicchio, political commentator S.E. Cupp and TV host Alicia...

Looking Season 1: Episode 3 – Looking at Your Browser History

Looking Season 1: Episode 3 – Looking at Your Browser History

This week’s episode of Looking gave us some insight into the careers and career aspirations of Augustin, Patrick and Dom. I felt that this probably should have been explored more in the second episode of the series, as after last week’s show, I still felt we really knew very little about the guys, and I, personally, still didn’t feel that I’d made a connection with any of the characters. In truth, I guess, I still don’t feel like I’m connecting with anyone here, but at least they seem to be trying to give us a little bit more character development this...

Have an Idea for HBO? ‘HBOAccess’ Gives Emerging Filmmakers a Shot

Have an Idea for HBO?  ‘HBOAccess’ Gives Emerging Filmmakers a Shot

We have some interesting news to share with you today from HBO directly.  If you’re a filmmaker who’s said to themselves “I have an idea that could work on HBO perfectly!” then this is your time to shine.  Because now it may actually become a reality.  Here’s the info you need on how to submit your work and make your idea a reality: HBOAccess, a new four-week program created by HBO to provide project development, master classes and mentoring opportunities to emerging filmmakers, will begin accepting applications today. Open to diverse filmmakers who can...

Movie Review: “Epic”

Movie Review: “Epic”

Who knew that bugs, humans and fighting for territory amongst the plants, dirt and forest could be so monumental? This animated movie has all the makings of a soap opera: love, a journey; death; betrayal and a hero saving the day. Epic features the voice talents of Amanda Seyfried, Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Christoph Waltz, Pitbull, Jason Sudekis, Steven Tyler and Beyonce Knowles. Mary Katherine is a 17 year old young lady who lives with her father, who is a bit if an eccentric fellow. Her father is a scientist, and he has been looking for a race of creatures that exist only in the...

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