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Game of Thrones

Mothers of the Throne

May 5, 2016

With Mother’s Day around the corner, what better way to celebrate mothers than thinking about the women giving life and protecting those vying for the Iron Throne. While my preferences...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Season 3, Episode 2: “Two in the Box”

May 3, 2016

If you missed last week, catch up on our episode review here. You know, when I sat down to watch this episode, I had a lot of thoughts about what I might see. I wondered if I would see conflict...

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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: 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

Jean Marc Vallee Directing BIG LITTLE LIES

Jean Marc Vallee Directing BIG LITTLE LIES

Let’s clarify that a bit – Vallee is directing ALL SEVEN episodes of BIG LITTLE LIES. We reported back in May that the Liane Moriarty comic novel was being developed with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon and then mentioned later on that Vallee was entertaining directing a couple of episodes. It has been confirmed now that Jean-Marc Vallee (pictured), who directed Witherspoon in Wild, will be manning the entire run of the limited series about the unraveling lives of three mothers whose common bond is that they have children enrolled in the same kindergarten. The series, written by big named scribe David E. Kelly, also has other big...

HBO Gift Guide for the Last Minute

HBO Gift Guide for the Last Minute

Christmas is right around the corner. Quite literally as today is the 21st of December, one is running out of time to buy presents. Have no fear, HBO Store is here! If you’re in the NYC area, you can pop over and get all your shopping needs. However, if you are outside the New York area, the internet can help out too.  HBO Store has great shipping options to get the goods before Christmas.  So now for your shopping options! Whether shopping for the Mother of Dragons or a telepathic waitress, a t-shirt can always be a good choice.  A classic True Blood Merlotte’s waitress tee will fit for the Truebie in your life.  And any...

The Knick Season Two Finale: “This Is All We Are”

The Knick Season Two Finale: “This Is All We Are”

You have no idea how hard I yelled at the television screen in front of me. In a terse, emotionally charged season finale, we see some of the good guys win and we see the seedier elements get what they want. Is it fair? Is it morally just? It all depends on what you’re personal definition of morality is. Fans watched as Cleary came to rescue John from off the floor at Ping Wu’s heroin establishment. It pretty much goes downhill from there and this episode was not one for the weak or faint at heart. Fans watched as Cornelia was given information that implicated her brother in their father’s death and the fire of what was going to be...

HBO Documentary Films: VERY SEMI-SERIOUS – A PARTIALLY THROUGH PORTRAIT OF NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS

HBO Documentary Films: VERY SEMI-SERIOUS – A PARTIALLY THROUGH PORTRAIT OF NEW YORKER CARTOONISTS

Overview: Every Tuesday, eager cartoonists line up outside the office of New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff to show off their work. After he sifts through thousands of submissions, the magazine ends up buying and publishing about 15 each week. Directed by Leah Wolchok and produced by Davina Pardo, this documentary offers a window into The New Yorker, the undisputed standard bearer of the single-panel cartoon, and an unprecedented glimpse into the process behind their creation and publication. Editor David Remnick notes that cartoons have been a major component since The New Yorker began as a humor weekly in 1925. The lighthearted yet...

GETTING ON Series Finale: “Reduced To Eating Boiled Magazines and Book Paste”

GETTING ON Series Finale: “Reduced To Eating Boiled Magazines and Book Paste”

One of my first posts ever for this site talked about ‘the little shows’ and how I was going to pay attention to them because I knew everyone else would focus of the bigger series that HBO has aired over the years. GETTING ON was certainly one of those ‘little shows.’ It was acclaimed content but not high profile content. My reviews of the entire series in some small way helped promote the series as one that was just as good as GIRLS or VEEP. I was glad of being the sole reviewer and a loyal follower of this series. So, with that, let’s get on with the final review. One of my first posts ever for this site talked about ‘the...

Movie Review: The Longest Ride

Movie Review: The Longest Ride

Nicholas Sparks’ novels seem to be all the rage. Every year, it’s as if one of his books is made into a movie; think of A Walk to Remember, Safe Haven, The Lucky One, Dear John. All these movies are romantic dramas, they all have attractive leads, some sort of emotional or physical crisis, trials and a reunion of sorts. Sometimes the endings are happy and other times, painful or bittersweet. The two main characters in this one, Sophia ( Britt Robertson and Luke (Scott Eastman), couldn’t be more opposite of each other. She is an artsy type, with a keen eye for design, texture and colors and he is a rough and tumble cowboy who competes...

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: a Look Back at 2015

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: a Look Back at 2015

I’ve been a fan of John Oliver since his days at The Bugle podcast, in which he discussed political topics with partner Andy Zaltzman. I am also a Late Night and political junkie. This year has seen seismic changes in the Late Night landscape: Stephen Colbert replaced David Letterman, James Corden replaced Craig Ferguson, Trevor Noah replaced Jon Stewart, and Oliver’s former colleague Larry Wilmore debuted his own show. Amidst all this change, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver saw increased viewership and influence during its second season, which aired through February to November of 2015. It became a social media phenomenon,...

Development Slate: Rowling, Bigelow, Israeli Drama & More

Development Slate: Rowling, Bigelow, Israeli Drama & More

Even if you think HBO seems to have a full slate for 2016 that doesn’t mean it can take it easy. It is a highly competitive market out there for entertainment content and evidence of that includes the Media pitting HBO & Netflix against each other. HBO needs to keep at it and below is its evidence that it is doing just that. All this aggressive maneuvering makes it worthwhile for the fans for sure. Take a look at some of the latest developments. We begin with…   JK Rowling returning to HBO? The U. K.’s BBC is definitely ramping up another production from Harry Potter scribe JK Rowling and this time it is THE CORMORAN STRIKE...

The Knick: “Do You Remember Moon Flower?”

The Knick: “Do You Remember Moon Flower?”

We’re witness to many awful things in the penultimate episode. (First, if you need to witness the last one, go ahead.)  There were four themes that I picked up on during this one: sex, racism, parental roles and how power tends to corrupt all. In a flashback to 1894, we see the history between Robertson and Thackery and how Thack saved an entire village from small pox. We see how Robertson made his fortune and how he was able to cut costs by travelling through Nicaragua, in order to save time and money, to get to the Pacific. Robertson also brought with him disease (cargo full of small pox germs), which the local police held him...

The Game of Coloring Books

The Game of Coloring Books

What a better way to kick back and relax this holiday season than with the most vicious coloring book you can find? Adult coloring has taken the world by storm when adults started admitting it was a much a coping skill for them as it is for kids. For parents, it is an opportunity to bond with your kids over a shared activity. For other childless adults, it is simply an enjoyable way to relax. For HBO fans, or more specifically Game of Thrones fans, we can delight in an adult, intricate coloring book that will bring us from King’s Landing to Winterfell. With 96 pages of people, places, and things from our favorite fantasy show, we can...

Movie Review: Insurgent

Movie Review: Insurgent

Another YA dystopian? Really? While you might dispirit the amount of young adult dystopia currently permeating our society, the second installment of the Divergent series offers an interesting plot and heart pounding action. Check out the trailer and my review of the first film installment here. Insurgent picks up where the last film left off, Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are on the run from the Erudite leader Jeanine (Kate Winslet) as she tries to round up and eliminate divergents.  If you are unfamiliar with the series, this post apocalyptic society is broken into five factions.  Each faction is focused around a...

HBO’s Golden Globe Nominees 2016

HBO’s Golden Globe Nominees 2016

A Press Release dropped announcing the seven nominations the network has received for the upcoming 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards. As if HBO needs any more awards, right? Well, don’t worry it might not be a long list this time around, but some of them are for top honors. HBO’s Golden Globe nominations this year include: * 2 nominations for VEEP for: Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy and Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Comedy or Musical (Julia Louis-Dreyfus). This comedy has done well in reeling in awards and the constituents that make up the Hollywood Foreign Press appreciate it too. 1* 1 nomination...

HBO Renews The Leftovers for Third and Final Season

HBO Renews The Leftovers for Third and Final Season

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 10, 2015 – HBO has renewed the critically acclaimed drama series THE LEFTOVERS for a third and final season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Created by Damon Lindelof (Emmy winner for “Lost”) and Tom Perrotta (Academy Award nominee for “Little Children”), the series is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television. “It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome back Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta and the extraordinary talent behind THE LEFTOVERS for its third and final season,” said Lombardo. “This show has proven to be one of the most...

GETTING ON: “Please Partake of a Memorial Orange”

GETTING ON: “Please Partake of a Memorial Orange”

As we wind down the series (check out the previous episode here) with only one episode remaining after this one we get a good strong dose of what this series has been about. Each performance here sums up the psyche of each character. As is reflected in the episode’s title this is our opportunity to remember the passing of not only a character, but the entire series. Maybe, the loyal followers of this series will think of this show every time they partake of an orange in the future. As is the fashion with reviewing GETTING ON it is easiest to look at them all one by one after a brief setup. A few days have passed since we last were at the...

HBO Go Adds Two New Features

HBO Go Adds Two New Features

If you noticed your HBO Go app updating last night it’s actually because the Home Box Office dev teams have given you an early Christmas present. HBO Go now does two things it didn’t do yesterday: Now binge-watch your favorite HBO series with the Autoplay Next Episode feature! Multi-task while enjoying the HBO GO experience on select iPads and iPad mini models by using the Picture-In-Picture mode. HBO Now, the standalone app that doesn’t require a cable subscription also has these features. This brings HBO’s apps in line with other services such as Netflix, Hulu and the like. These features aren’t mind-blowing...

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