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The Wall Welcomes Bowen Marsh to Game of Thrones Season 5

Aug 22, 2014

The amazing casting news continues to roll in as we learn that Michael Condron, known mainly for his role in The Tudors, will be joining the Game of Thrones season 5 cast that lives at Castle...

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True Blood

True Blood Season 7 Series Finale: Thank You

Aug 25, 2014

Dear friends, readers, Truebies, haters, etc., welcome to the final review of the series finale of “True Blood.” We are honored to have you here. Through some special HBO Watch...

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The Leftovers

The Leftovers: The Garveys at Their Best

Aug 25, 2014

This episode may have been a flashback, but its message is arguably more important to the show’s present than it’s past. In last week’s episode we saw a troubled Jill Garvey ponder as to...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Veronica Mars

Aug 21, 2014

Full Disclosure: I have been a Veronica Mars fan for years, and I participated in the Kickstarter campaign to bring one of my all-time favorite detectives to the big screen. During three...

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Latest HBO News

HBO Submits Game of Thrones Emmy Names

HBO Submits Game of Thrones Emmy Names

Those of us who follow television news closely are also tasked with keeping tags on all of the awards that get thrown around this industry. There are a lot of behind the scenes politics, backroom dealings and personal biases that keep a show like Game of Thrones from being awarded top prizes. Some have even accused the show of having been snubbed. But this season of Game of Thrones may be different. Internally the show is being called the best season ever and if ratings are any indication: it is. With all of the great work being done on the show perhaps the problem is often that it’s tough to place all of that awesomeness onto one...

Movie Review: The Conjuring

Movie Review: The Conjuring

It’s difficult to discern a good horror movie in the endless, barren wasteland the genre has been reduced to. The ability of Hollywood studios to churn out fast and cheap films that can quickly turn a profit makes it harder and harder to find something remotely decent. In the last decade two franchises have completely overshadowed the rest; Saw and Paranormal Activity. Both of which are very good ideas for low budget productions which spiraled out of control from rampant success, offering audiences multiple sequels of consistently declining quality. After years of the bland yet successful formula a new film appeared; Insidious....

In Production: Queen Latifah In Bessie Smith Biopic For HBO Films

In Production: Queen Latifah In Bessie Smith Biopic For HBO Films

Another concept has been given the go-ahead is an HBO Films presentation. This one is about the iconic blues performer Bessie Smith who will be personified by Queen Latifah. The work will depict how the singer became titled “Empress of the Blues” during her career in the 1920s and ‘30s. It is based on a biography titled Bessie by Chris Albertson. Bessie Smith made 160 records for Columbia records in the day, accompanied by many include Louie Armstrong; she even entertained by hitting Broadway and then the “talkies.”   By the time the Swing era was born she was huge and returned to recording exclusively. She died in 1937 when she...

HBO’s Programming President Comments on American Gods and Aronofski Series

HBO’s Programming President Comments on American Gods and Aronofski Series

When we first heard that Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was being considered as an HBO series we, like many other fans we ecstatic.  This author even went so far as to pick up the novel and give it a read in anticipation. But months later after musings from the author hismself and several reports that the series was, in fact moving forward we got the news that American Gods would not be an HBO series in the end. This week Vulture published a “party chat” with HBO’s President of Programming, Michael Lombardo where he commented on the cancellation: Vulture: I was sad when HBO lost the option on American Gods.  Michael...

Nic Pizzolatto Thinks TRUE DETECTIVE Will Be A Short Lived Series

Nic Pizzolatto Thinks TRUE DETECTIVE Will Be A Short Lived Series

Solo showrunner and writer for the TRUE DETECTIVE series, Nic Pizzolatto, held court up in Canada recently at an event called the Banff World Media Festival and dropped some bombshells on those excited over the continuation of his concept. He informed those in attendance that the first two episodes of Season Two are written and that some sketchy ideas have surfaced that he will save for a possible third season. What chances the series has beyond that however, does not look promising. He stated, “Every season, I’m essentially creating a brand new TV show. It can’t have any growing pains like a regular first season. If it works it has...

Season 4 Finale to be Longest, Best Episode Yet

Season 4 Finale to be Longest, Best Episode Yet

UPDATE:  We want to remind viewers that, with an encore presentation of the finale airing immediately after the initial viewing, Last Week with John Oliver will air at 11:30PM instead of its normal 11PM time slot. We’d also like to report on how the show runners have said they feel about this finale.  Speaking with ET writers/producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss said: “It’s the best finale we’ve ever done, bar none.  The performances from our cast, the direction from Alex Graves, the VFX work, the new [music] cues from Ramin Djawadi—all of it came together in perhaps the finest hour we’ve produced. We’re immensely...

Stephen Hawking to Appear on John Oliver

Stephen Hawking to Appear on John Oliver

John Oliver has been in the driver’s seat of his new HBO show for almost two months now and all signs point to a successful launch of Last Week Tonight. Ratings have held steady around one million viewers each week, which is about right for his 11PM time slot on HBO’s air. This week though, fans of the sciences will appreciate Sunday’s guest: cosmologist, author and revered scientist Stephen Hawking will be on the program! No word on what he’ll be doing, whether it’s a skit, gag or an actual interview but we’re hoping for a bit of substance from the visit at some point. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver...

Game of Thrones: The Watchers on the Wall

Game of Thrones: The Watchers on the Wall

“Night gathers, and now my watch begins. It shall not end until my death. I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children. I shall wear no crowns and win no glory. I shall live and die at my post. I am the sword in the darkness. I am the watcher on the walls. I am the shield that guards the realms of men. I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all nights to come.” Yup, an entire episode that takes place at the wall. And you know what? Considering the grief Jon Snow gets, he held himself pretty well through this episode. For all the impending doom Tyrion is facing, all the dragons that...

HBO Documentary Films: REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DE NIRO SR.

HBO Documentary Films: REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DE NIRO SR.

Overview: In 1945, Robert De Niro, Sr.’s work was included in the Autumn Salon at Peggy Guggenheim’s Art of This Century gallery along with that of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko. The next year, he had his first solo exhibition at Guggenheim’s gallery, an extremely prestigious honor for the young figurative painter. But while De Niro continued to show at the highly regarded Charles Egan Gallery throughout the 1950s, his career began to slip out of the critical spotlight, and he struggled for recognition in subsequent decades. As part of his mission to honor and preserve his father’s legacy, actor Robert De Niro, Jr. reads from De...

Falcons are HBO’s 2014 Hard Knocks Team

Falcons are HBO’s 2014 Hard Knocks Team

After months of speculation, anticipation and some hand wringing the NFL has finally selected a team to appear on Hard Knocks.  Ahem… drumroll please: THE ATLANTA FALCONS! The news was announced on the Falcons official site: The Falcons, HBO Sports, and NFL Films will team up for an all-access, behind the scenes look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: Training Camp with the Atlanta Falcons debuts on August 5. The sports-based reality series kicks off its ninth season, presented in HD on Tuesday, Aug. 5 (10 p.m. ET), exclusively on HBO. Subsequent hour-long episodes debut on Tuesdays at the...

VICE Season Two; Episode 11 Review

VICE Season Two; Episode 11 Review

Note: It is apropos that my 300th post for HBOWatch is a VICE episode because it has proven to be my favorite show currently on HBO. For those following the series you recall that last week was an off-week for the series. Because of that we did not get a sneak peek of the eleventh installment upon episode 10′s airing. So we get an added clip this post with the preview of what I am about to review. I offer it now before the stated Overview.   Overview: Since the U.S. occupation of Afghanistan, heroin production in the region has skyrocketed, making the country the number-one producer in the world by a large margin. Though Iran,...

Support the Wolves & Win Amazing Game of Thrones Prizes

Support the Wolves & Win Amazing Game of Thrones Prizes

George R.R Martin is hoping you put your money where your love for the symbol of House Stark is. The author has begun a noble crusade to support a wolf sanctuary in New Mexico. But he can’t do it without your help. In addition to the chance of winning a one on one visit with George there are various prizes awarded at all levels of donation. Here’s George to tell you about the grand prize and the wolf sanctuary he cares so much about: Check out this list of Game of Thrones goodies: Are your pockets deeper than Tywin Lannisters? Do you scoff at a lowly $1,200?!  Check out these higher level awards as well: That’s right:...

Silicon Valley Season Finale Review

Silicon Valley Season Finale Review

You’ll have to excuse this review of the first season finale of Silicon Valley as I was still reeling from what happened in the latest episode of Game of Thrones that aired moments prior to this show. Yeesh. Richard and his team have been boosted into the finals after a small misunderstanding with one of the now former judges; he assaulted Erlich for sleeping with his wife, again. I should clarify, Erlich slept with the judge’s first wife, then in trying to ascertain whether or not the judge knew about that happening, slept with the second wife. That man knows a secret because if his facial hair is any indicator, he...

McConaughey Open to Returning for Season 2

McConaughey Open to Returning for Season 2

Never say never. That seems like a rule that True Detective Rust Cohle might live by, right? Well Matthew McConaughey, the actor who masterfully brought that character to life on HBO’s air this year may be having second thoughts. We’ve reported several times that True Detective was, and always has been planned as an anthology series much like American Horror Story where new characters, settings and stories take over each year. So it stood to reason, and was also confirmed several times by show runners and the actors themselves, that McConaughey and Harrelson wouldn’t return for True Detective season 2. That having been...

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