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The Leftovers

The Leftovers:  “Certified”

May 25, 2017

Continuing to delve deeper into the human psyche, this week’s episode of The Leftovers display pain and trauma. The Sudden Departure did many things to many people: but most notably, we get...

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Game of Thrones

The Great War is Here: Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer Drops

May 24, 2017

It’s been a long wait, but HBO has finally released the first trailer for Season Seven of Game of Thrones. The new, and penultimate season of the award-winning HBO show will premiere on...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: “The Blood Boy”

May 25, 2017

Jumping right in, Richard learns that there’s more to having to work with Gavin Belson than garages within garages or pools on yachts. He still has to deal with the blood boy. The...

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New Movies

Movie Review: “Jason Bourne”

May 12, 2017

I’m going to be really honest with you all reading this: I don’t remember the first three movies very well, and I didn’t see the fourth one featuring Jeremy Renner and Rachel...

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Latest HBO News

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Season 9 Announces Core Cast

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM Season 9 Announces Core Cast

CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM is shaping up and everyone you’d expect to be onboard is. Joining Larry David in the show after a six-year hiatus are Cheryl Hines (as Cheryl David), Susie Essman (as Greene) and Jeff Garlin (as Jeff Greene). Also appearing are Ted Danson and Mary Steenburgen. The concept of the ninth season must be all sketched out, don’t forget it is mostly improved, and a shooting schedule must have been plotted for the cast to become aligned at this point for another go. Exactly what happens is anyone’s guess, but we remember that Larry & Cheryl are still divorced, right?     To complete this season the stars did...

Movie Review: “How to Be Single”

Movie Review: “How to Be Single”

In this friendly comedy, several women learn what it means to be single and the many ways to go about it. Starring Dakota Johnson, Rebel Wilson, Alison Brie, and Leslie Mann, each woman has their own path on the road of singledom and different ways of handling the ups and downs. Check out the trailer! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrDI4-BSovs The story follows Alice (Johnson) as she decides to take a break from boyfriend Josh (Nicholas Braun) to experience being single. She moves into New York City to begin work as a paralegal where she meets fellow worker Robin (Wilson). As a party-loving, wild girl, Robin promises to show Alice the ropes...

Limited Series THE YOUNG POPE Debuts on HBO January 15, 2017

Limited Series THE YOUNG POPE Debuts on HBO January 15, 2017

HBO has dropped a press release as it starts to shape its Winter 2017 lineup. We now know what the dramatic hour will be once we get into the new year.   LIMITED DRAMA SERIES THE YOUNG POPE, STARRING JUDE LAW AND DIANE KEATON AND DIRECTED BY PAOLO SORRENTINO, DEBUTS JAN. 15 ON HBO LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2016 – HBO has confirmed the debut date for the ten-episode limited drama series THE YOUNG POPE, with the first part scheduled to debut SUNDAY, JAN. 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), and the second part the next night, MONDAY, JAN. 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays and Mondays at the same...

President Obama Will Appear On REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER November 4

President Obama Will Appear On REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER November 4

After a year of begging and a signed petition HBO commentator Bill Maher finally gets his wish. He had high hopes that if he whined long enough President Barack Obama would come on REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER, which airs Friday nights at 10:00pm. Well, he sort of gets his wish – POTUS is not coming to him, but rather Maher has interviewed the Head Chief at the White House and those results will be a part of the lineup of REAL TIME… on Friday, 11.04. After a petition at the White House website garnered 100,000 signatures a response was released that the visit was under consideration. You know, you’ve seen it on VEEP, the presidential...

HBO’s Chief Plepler & Programmer Bloys Talking Points

HBO’s Chief Plepler & Programmer Bloys Talking Points

Both Chief Executive Richard Plepler and President of Programming Casey Bloys were out this past week talking about their entertainment giant and just some of the big news surrounding it. Of course, they could not talk about the broad spectrum of everything on their plate, but they did each have an agenda of what they wanted to discuss in their respective forums. This piece will break it down starting with Richard Plepler’s sit down with Gerard Baker of The Wall Street Journal. Joining in on the conversation was VICE’s Shane Smith as a point of discussion was the newly launched VICE NEWS TONIGHT. Also, a big topic was the possible...

Insecure: Episodes 3 & 4

Insecure: Episodes 3 & 4

Created by and starring Issa Rae, Insecure follows the life of a young black woman making her way in Los Angeles. In the first two episodes, we meet Issa working at a non-profit to help inner city kids. While she loves her job, she’s the token minority which makes her job difficult at times. She is struggling in her relationship with Lawrence and tested by the availability of her ex. Here’s what we expected from –  Episode 3 – “Racist as F*ck.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_RnZqu62mI After avoiding coming home for a while, Issa comes back to her apartment but has yet to fully address the relationship...

Divorce: “Mediation”

Divorce: “Mediation”

Last week, we saw as Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) attempted couples counseling and went about their own ways trying to keep the kids unaware. Frances revealed details of her affair with Julien (Jemaine Clement), and Robert admitted to an emotional affair with an old college friend. The two realize the marriage has no hope left, and decide to call it quits. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYwov-ZLCNg This episode opens with Robert living in one of his model homes during reconstruction. The couple has yet to inform their children of their impending split, much to the dismay of their mediation counselor....

Westworld: “Contrapasso”

Westworld: “Contrapasso”

Deeper and deeper we go, down into the rabbit hole, with nothing but a series of cryptic clues and metaphors for human consciousness. Often each episode leaves you asking a million questions when the end credits start to roll and this week was no different. The mystery of Arnold widens even further as we discover that other characters are aware of his presence, most specifically Dolores who we learn through a conversation with Ford that she was one of the last people to speak to him on the day that he died, 34 years ago. We know that he ‘died in the park’ but to what extent was that death actually a death? If Arnold had existed...

In WESTWORLD – There Has Been An Awakening

In WESTWORLD – There Has Been An Awakening

In the original movie version produced in 1973 the first Host to begin to gain consciousness was played by Yul Brynner (2016 seems to be the year of remaking Yul Brynner works with The Magnificent Seven, as well as Westworld getting make-overs). It probably helps to consider the deliberate changes that the Westworld reboot has made. In the original it was the gun-slinging male that became aware after countless days of being killed over and over again. In this Westworld it is not a strong, cowboy character but the female Host designed to be the innocent, pure embodiment of prairie Americana. The writers chose to tell this new story from a...

What’s On: HBO Schedule for November 2016

What’s On: HBO Schedule for November 2016

Here we go with another month of HBO content and we are in the thick of it. We still have series weaving their stories, pundits chatting their observations and big name movies and big name stars. Plus with news, kids programming and sports it adds up to thirty days of brilliant entertainment. As the leaves fall and families gather we can be thankful HBO is still one of the top TV choices out there. Yeah, you can be thankful for simple inconsequential stuff like that too. Thanks, HBO!     Original Series: New episodes await us in our Sunday series still. They have played pretty well so far. So don’t miss a second of WESTWORLD, DIVORCE...

Movie Review: Poltergeist

Movie Review: Poltergeist

Poltergeist is one of those classic movies that helped to shape and define the horror genre. In the 70’s and 80’s, horror movies were at their peak and what is happening now is that the same ideas are being regurgitated over and over again whether it be a ‘reimagining’ a ‘remake’ or even prequels and sequels, the originality of the genre is dying a death and if it wasn’t for films like The Witch or It Follows we would be tumbling into an abyss of superhero movies and never-ending franchises. The original Poltergeist belonged in the 80’s, everything about it screamed the 80’s and as technology was emerging, the notion of...

Divorce: “Counseling”

Divorce: “Counseling”

Last week, Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Robert (Thomas Haden Church) were dealing with the immediate aftermath of Frances’ affair with Julien (Jermaine Clement of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords).  Robert was obviously not doing okay, and Frances was on her toes wondering what he would do next. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VTLeO9hjKe0 This week finds the couple heading to counseling to see if they can repair the damage from the affair. It’s clear that both Frances and Robert are tense. Frances goes off on a client who is career transitioning and how there may not be any options out there. It’s so obvious I...

Westworld: “Dissonance Theory”

Westworld: “Dissonance Theory”

In only four weeks, Westworld has proven itself to be an insanely captivating and unique experience. It may be argued it exists for a niche audience, but its originality and metaphorical implications are immense, and viewership is increasing drastically. Regardless of ratings—because HBO doesn’t keep shows on based on ratings anyway—Westworld’s charm and nihilism are delightful and undeniable. Forgive me if I get a bit too philosophical with you in my dissection of this week’s episode and the show in general, but with a series like Westworld, it is my hope you may greater appreciate the series from a different perspective. I’m...

AT&T to Acquire Time Warner, HBO’s Parent Company

AT&T to Acquire Time Warner, HBO’s Parent Company

If it seems like only four or five companies in the world own most of the content you watch on TV, you’re right. Time Warner has been flirting with a sale for several years now. The closest they came was in 2014 when FOX and Rupert Murdoch offered to buy HBO’s parent company. That deal was refused. But as media companies face increasing pressures to adapt to the changing landscape of apps, online watching and streaming, it’s almost necessary for them to combine forces with existing tech companies to compete with the likes of Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. This week we’ve learned that Time Warner (and by extension, HBO)...

Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT Movie In the Works at HBO

Green Day’s AMERICAN IDIOT Movie In the Works at HBO

The American punk rock band Green Day, comprised of vocalist/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt and current drummer Tre Cool, have been doing alright by their 2004 punk rock opera “American Idiot.” The concept album went on to become an acclaimed adaptation on the Broadway stage and is about to become an HBO Films presentation. That’s pretty sweet. AMERICAN IDIOT is all its guises is about modern American society and the turmoil and angst caused by a world in upheaval and the idiot ruler at the center of it all and a trio of youths disgruntled by it all. It was a serious and raucous comment of the times for sure. It...

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