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Megabus.com Weighs In On “Game of Thrones” Travel Trivia

Nov 20, 2017

“Tis a big and beautiful world. Most of us live and die in the same corner where we were born and never get to see any of it. I don’t want to be most of us,” Oberyn Martell...

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HBO Documentary Films: ROLLING STONE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE

Nov 21, 2017

Overview:  ROLLING STONE: STORIES FROM THE EDGE chronicles the last 50 years of American music, politics and popular culture through the perspective of a magazine that understood rock ‘n’...

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Vice Principals

Vice Principals Series Finale: “The Union of the Wizard & the Warrior”

Nov 16, 2017

A few days ago saw the violent and cataclysmic end of the season and show Vice Principals.  The show is no stranger to turmoil, as the first season gave us an arson and shooting of Neal Gamby....

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The Deuce

The Deuce Season One Finale: “My Name Is Ruby”

Nov 3, 2017

Business is good. Money is pouring in. Rudy, Vinnie, Bobby and Frankie are making large wads of cash from the parlor plus the new investment of the private viewing chambers. Life is good on the...

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Latest HBO News

Peter Dinklage Lands HBO Movie MY DINNER WITH HERVE

Peter Dinklage Lands HBO Movie MY DINNER WITH HERVE

If you didn’t know we were in May you’d swear this was an April Fool’s Day joke. But, it is not. GAME OF THRONES actor Peter Dinklage will play 1970’s actor Hervé Villechaize (pictured) in an HBO Films presentation. He is joined by Jamie Dornan, of Fifty Shades of Grey and The Fall recognition, in the greenlit work. The work is crafted by Sacha Gervasi (writer of Tom Hanks’ The Terminal) who will write and direct this project. Gervasi was said to be the last person, a journalist at the time, to interview Hervé Villechaize. Hervé committed suicide in 1995 at age 50. Mr. Villechaize was known for such remembered roles as...

Silicon Valley: “Intellectual Property”

Silicon Valley: “Intellectual Property”

Following Dinesh’s short reign of CEO of Piper Chat, Richard is still hopped up on caffeine and whatever else he’s doing to stay awake until the point that he has no idea what sleep feels like. He walks to see his doctor because he has all this energy and needs an excuse to walk somewhere. It’s not like his doctor gives him any useful advice anyway. Jin Yang is trying to pitch his recipe app to a VC, which quickly gets turned into a “Shazam for food” idea. While it sounds like a great idea and something that would easily attract many users, how would it even work? Would it recognize the shape and consistency of a dish, measure its...

The Leftovers: “G’Day Melbourne”

The Leftovers: “G’Day Melbourne”

A tale of two “Kevins.” A trip to Australia leads to more confusion, heartache and bewilderment. A relationship on the skids. I don’t know about you, but watching Kevin and Nora’s relationship begin to unravel was unnerving (was it starting to unravel or did it just come undone with lightening speed?). We see the mysterious return of someone who was previously thought to be dead. Is Kevin completely losing his mind? What’s with the television in the hotel room? And the television flickering off while Kevin is staring at a woman who appears to be Evie – creepy or what?! No, we need to play that out. Here. The further we get into...

Political Satire WAG THE DOG Comes To HBO

Political Satire WAG THE DOG Comes To HBO

As of late everyone wants to pass commentary on the political state of affairs in the USA. HBO has does it share on more than one occasion (RECOUNT, GAME CHANGE, THE BRINK) but it seems the likes of Bill Maher, John Oliver and VEEP are not quite enough. So now, in the works comes WAG THE DOG.   It might sound familiar because it was a 1997 movie starring Robert De Niro under the direction of Barry Levinson. It is now being considered as a half-hour comedy and will still be under the watchful eye of Levinson, as director/executive producer alongside producer Tom Fontana. HBO states that the series is “an ode to the classic film, but...

HBO Documentary Films: WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU

HBO Documentary Films: WARNING: THIS DRUG MAY KILL YOU

Overview: With nearly a hundred Americans dying every day from opioid overdoses, the U.S. currently faces the worst drug epidemic in its history. More people die from opioid overdoses annually in the U.S. than from car accidents or gun homicides, a number that has quadrupled since 1999. From journalist Perri Peltz (HBO’s RISKY DRINKING), this documentary tells devastating personal stories of families who have lost a loved one to an opioid overdose, all of them the result of addictions that started with doctors’ prescriptions of dangerous painkillers such as OxyContin, Vicodin and Percocet. Also featuring harrowing pictures and cell phone...

THE 2017 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

THE 2017 ROCK & ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY

Once again a class of exciting honorees took to the stage to expect the accolades of the R&R Hall of Fame’s honor and to give a few tunes. A good time was had by all including those who caught it on HBO. The 32nd annual ceremony and concert were held once again at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NYC, on April 7th. HBO’s cameras were there to cover the action and packaged it up for the masses – or at least HBO subscribers. It debuted on the main channel and the sites on 04.29. Here is a brief reminder that it is still available to view and some highlights. First is a reminder of the inductees and their presenters. Electric Light...

Movie Review: “Sully”

Movie Review: “Sully”

Based on true events, Sully follows the story of Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, the heroic captain who was able to safely land a damaged plane in the Hudson River without losing a single life. On January 15th, 2009, Sullenberger took off with co-pilot Jeff Skiles from LaGuardia airport heading for Charlotte, North Carolina. Shortly after take off, a large flock of Candian geese came in front the plane and after the collision had rendered the engines destroyed. Due to the quick thinking of Captain Sullenberger and Co-pilot Skiles, the plane was safely landed in the Hudson River. And due to the quick response of paramedics and...

Silicon Valley: “Terms of Service”

Silicon Valley: “Terms of Service”

Richard has departed the group to work on his own solo project. He wants to create his own internet and it will be interesting to see what he can come up with on his own.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t take very long for him to feel out in the cold.  The whole group is celebrating the success of receiving several offers and Richard isn’t invited. In fact, he crashes the hang out pretty hardcore. Meanwhile, CEO, Dinesh is getting just a smidge too big for his britches. When Richard was CEO, he had just enough confidence to make crazy decisions but not enough to be a douche. Dinesh, however, is a little too confident in himself....

The Leftovers: “Crazy Whitefella Thinking”

The Leftovers: “Crazy Whitefella Thinking”

The Leftovers has built up phenomenally from its start, as we’ve come to connect with its array of duplicitous and damaged characters. As watchers of the series, we’ve come to expect character-centered episodes—a major factor in how The Leftovers has excelled in character development for three seasons. This week, we focus on Kevin Sr. in Australia, picking up on the timeline left off in last week’s episode. There is no doubt The Leftovers is expanding its lore right now, and with the direction the series has taken, who can argue with that? However, I feel as though “Crazy Whitefella Thinking” may have been the weakest episode of...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For May 2017

What’s On: HBO Schedule For May 2017

We are in the thick of it now. We are into spring and into another exciting season of HBO content. As this post will point out there is a variety to choose from. With hot series, powerful documentaries and specials to comedy, animation and sports HBO has packaged up a May 2017 package that just looks fun. Let’s get right to it. We got a lot to share. I don’t want to waste any time; here is What’s On. Original Series: THE LEFTOVERS continues its eight-episode, third and final season SUNDAY, MAY 07 (9:00-10:00pm), followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays at the same time. The new season of the Peabody Award-winning drama series,...

GIRLS: My Top 10 Moments

GIRLS: My Top 10 Moments

In the wake of the finale of HBO’s transcendent girl drama series Girls, I have been taking some time for reflection, to think back on the last six seasons. In the last five years, the popularity of seasons has been tumultuous, with season 1 and 2 being some of the best television I have ever watched and season 3, 4 and 5 progressively worsening with a triumphant return to form for the finale. Our girls have fought with each other, failed at work, romance and life, shared some truly delightful moments and some pretty heartbreaking ones too. Representative of how most of us make our way through our twenties, Girls has been the constant,...

Movie Review: Victor Frankenstein

Movie Review: Victor Frankenstein

James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe play the scientific duo that attempts to bring a dead man to life in Victor Frankenstein. The road to hell is paved with good intentions and in this movie we see a man who is possessed with wanting to extend the boundaries of scientific exploration and the creation of life after death. We all know that when you’re playing around with experiments, unchartered territory and the possibility of resurrection, things don’t always end on a positive note. The two protagonists couldn’t be more different: Victor appears to come from an affluent family and is a medical student studying medicine at the London...

Silicon Valley Season 4 Premiere: “Success Failure”

Silicon Valley Season 4 Premiere: “Success Failure”

The season premiere of Silicon Valley is finally here and it starts out with… an ad? No, it’s not Tables, it’s just Richard trying to pitch a VC on Piper Chat. As it turns out, it’s failing to shake off the soiled reputation of Pied Piper because of the click farming scandal. It was an entertaining way of re-introducing most of the cast in a hilarious exchange while establishing the main conflict of the episode: the project needs funding, more users, and a way to shed its bad name with investors. All this and the opening credits haven’t even started. The Pied Piper team is basking in the success of their new product Piper Chat,...

The Leftovers: “Don’t Be Ridiculous”

The Leftovers: “Don’t Be Ridiculous”

To say that this episode of The Leftovers was bizarre, as if something out of a feverish dream, is an understatement. In a very Nora-centric episode, we see her dealing with feelings of isolation, depression and finally anger, not to mention drifting in and out of some sort of parallel world. Is she going crazy? What the hell has really happened to all the people that suddenly departed? And what’s up with the return of a ’80s sitcom character, Mark Linn-Baker (remember Perfect Strangers?)?!  Oh, right, his castmates departed! Viewers will feel as though they took a plunge through the same rabbit hole that Alice did when she took...

HBO Films: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Review

HBO Films: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Review

Watching something about a deceased parent, the pain of loss, the lacking of vital information and family heartache is never an easy film to explore. Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star as Deborah Lacks, Henrietta’s daughter and Rebecca Skloot, the journalist, in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. This movie is meant to explore all the good that Henrietta’s cell line did for medicine and science from that day forward and yet it also explores the depression and heartache that her children experienced for decades. It is not a feel-good story – rather it is one of a long, painful journey of some sort of redemption on the part of the...

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