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Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 5: “The Door”

May 25, 2016

This post contains HUGE SPOILERS. If you have not seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones, look away now! If you missed last weeks review, catch up here. So far this season has felt really...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: “The Empty Chair”

May 25, 2016

It seems that for the Pied Piper crew it is one step forward, two steps back. They are never quite able to succeed in the way they want to, however they never fail spectacularly. Many of the...

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Veep

HBO Renews GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY and VEEP for 2017

Apr 25, 2016

Fans you are in luck. The acclaimed and well awarded dramatic and comedic series of HBO’s Spring season will be around for at least one more year. All three series have been renewed for 2017....

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New Movies

Movie Review: “The Intern”

May 27, 2016

I’ve often wondered what I would do after I retired. Granted, I’m only 27 years old so I have quite the way to go. But I question what I would do with all that unconstructed time....

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Latest HBO News

Two HBO Films, CONFIRMATION and ALL THE WAY, Plus LADY DAY… Slated for this Spring

Two HBO Films, CONFIRMATION and ALL THE WAY, Plus LADY DAY… Slated for this Spring

We knew that HBO FILMS: CONFIRMATION and HBO FILMS: ALL THE WAY had to be in the can and ready to air, but we couldn’t lock down dates. Unfortunately, we still can’t but we are a bit closer; they debut in April and May respectively. With HBO’s presence at the Television Critics Association event recently they have confirmed the works are about to air and we around here we are anticipating their arrival. You can be assured HBOWatch will watch and review each in turn.  From the official Press Release – KERRY WASHINGTON, WENDELL PIERCE AND GREG KINNEAR STAR IN HBO FILMS’ CONFIRMATION, THE STORY OF THE EXPLOSIVE CLARENCE...

Real Time with Bill Maher Returns This Week with Al Gore, John Krasinski

Real Time with Bill Maher Returns This Week with Al Gore, John Krasinski

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER kicks off its 35-show 14th season FRIDAY, JAN. 15 (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. Former Vice President Al Gore is the top-of-show interview guest. Actor John Krasinski is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are political activist Ralph Reed, political analyst Nicolle Wallace and academic Cornel West. Bill comes back to us at just the right moment. Of course the show...

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...

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