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The Leftovers

The Leftovers Series Finale: “The Book of Nora”

Jun 6, 2017

I confess that Nora was my least favorite character throughout the entire Leftovers series. I don’t know why; I felt she was too stiff, too rigid and devoid of any emotion. Then again, I...

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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Premiere Receives Warm, Record Breaking Welcome

Jul 21, 2017

Last Sunday, Game of Thrones returned for its seventh, penultimate season after the longest wait for a new season in the show’s history. Not surprisingly, fans across the world welcomed...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Season Four Finale: “Server Error”

Jun 29, 2017

The Season 4 finale begins with Richard in a position of moral distress. While we have seen Richard in positions of trouble countless times throughout this series — it is yet that he has...

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New Movies

HBOWatch Movie Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

Jul 21, 2017

In a nutshell: HELL on earth. Imagine death is all around you: bodies blowing up, screaming all around, smoke, gas, darkness and decay. No matter how much gear you have on, no matter how much...

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Westworld: Scenes of the Season

Westworld: Scenes of the Season

The first season of Westworld went off with quite a bang and continued the season with twists and turns and everything in between. I watched and rode the roller coaster of emotions along with everyone. But by the end of the season, plenty of moments stood out as monumental. Here are my top five scenes of the season.   Ford Cleans Up When Bernard starts asking questions, we as the audience had to wonder how Ford was going to react. Bernard wants to know everything, access all his past “memories” to discover who he really is. Bernard gets the information after attempting to manipulate Ford. He refuses to give up in knowing...

Westworld and Game of Thrones: Violent Delights

Westworld and Game of Thrones: Violent Delights

Warning: Major Westworld S1 Spoilers and Game of Thrones S6 Spoilers  In Westworld, which had its first season earlier this autumn, HBO gave its own hit show, Game of Thrones a run for its money. While there weren’t any dragons or otherworldly ice monsters to be found in Westworld’s endless desert expanses, there were still many of the same qualities in the show that have endeared fans to Game of Thrones for years– complex plot-lines, multi-faceted characters, and epic world-building. At the same time, there were also the graphic displays of carnage, copulation, and cruelty: not surprising given that this has become a...

HBO2 Launches GAME OF THRONES Marathon on December 26

HBO2 Launches GAME OF THRONES Marathon on December 26

Now we know that everyone who has wanted a complete set of GAME OF THRONES season by season has already collected them in DVD or Blu-Ray but we also know that many are on Holiday Break over the next week and just might have the urge to binge. Well, instead of binging on booze (you saw RISKY DRINKING, right?) or even Rankin-Bass holiday specials (how many times do you need Snowman Sam to tell that story?) you can binge watch GAME OF THRONES. We were notified of the following: Your readers may be interested to know about a GAME OF THRONES marathon on the HBO2 channel next week. On Monday, Dec. 26, starting at noon (ET/PT), the channel will...

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

The next set of Inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been set as has the event & concert. We announce this, of course, because yearly HBO airs the proceedings in an edited package within a month of the live event. Here in an official but brief press release of the details: Cleveland (December 20, 2016) – The names of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2017 Inductees have been released. They are:  Performer Category: Joan Baez Electric Light Orchestra Journey Pearl Jam Tupac Shakur Yes Award for Musical Excellence: Nile Rodgers The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by...

Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK Does Just That with Reboot

Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK Does Just That with Reboot

Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK, the military action series about the elite British intelligence undercover unit Section 20, concluded its fourth and final season on 10.09.15. But, the series has now turned around for a reboot. The old squad is out and a new team is assembled for a Season 5.   The new version will star Alin Sumarwata, Daniel MacPherson, Roxanne McKee and Warren Brown.  According to Variety STRIKE BACK’s relaunch, which will film in 2017, centers around the Section program that is restored, in order to track down a notorious terrorist following a brutal prison break. Tasked with covert military intelligence and high-risk...

Three Undeniable Nods to “Game of Thrones” in the Season Finale of “Westworld”

Three Undeniable Nods to “Game of Thrones” in the Season Finale of “Westworld”

With the sound of spurs and gunshots echoing in our memories, the time for reflection is now upon us. Westworld was one of the biggest first series in HBO history, with a bountiful audience who actively dedicated their time to finding meaning in the jumbled and confusing timelines. Since the show finished there have been a plethora of theories circling about what could be in store in the following seasons. In the feature-length original film of the same name for which the series was obviously based on, there are multiple worlds including a Medieval World. In an interview with Jonathon Nolan, he said that George RR Martin had floated the idea...

Movie Review: Hail, Caesar!

Movie Review: Hail, Caesar!

With so many “best of the year” lists being released it’s easy to forget that the Coen Brothers had a film this year. Had Hail, Caesar! been released in the fall it would undoubtedly be more omnipresent on the aforementioned lists. Even so Hail, Caesar! is not No Country For Old Men, or any of the other beloved Coen classics, it’s lesser Coen but that’s still better than 90% of the films released in a given year. Hail, Caesar! is a simple film, with a lot of moving parts. The main gist of the film revolves around a studio head Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), attempting to get his biggest picture “Hail Caesar!”...

HBO Documentary Films: RISKY DRINKING

HBO Documentary Films: RISKY DRINKING

Overview: Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives. Health professionals assess drinkers at risk on a spectrum ranging from low-risk to an alcohol use disorder that can range from mild to severe. Risky Drinking challenges viewers to recognize when their drinking may be putting them at risk and offers information that could help millions of Americans lead healthier lives. Through case studies and expert analysis, the film investigates the broad spectrum of risky drinking at different ages and stages in people’s lives. In addition, addiction experts explain the science behind alcohol use...

Development Slate: GLARE, Adam McKay, Cinemax & More

Development Slate: GLARE, Adam McKay, Cinemax & More

We have accumulated a bit of a backlog of news lately that we will consolidate into this Slate report. As these concepts develop we will give them their own category, but for now, we just want to get the facts out to our fellow HBO followers.   Bad Robot Productions Eyes GLARE The highly sought after Spanish writer Javier Gullón (pictured) has been commissioned by J. J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions to pen an original work for HBO. It is called GLARE and is labeled a sci-fi odyssey exploring the colonization of another planet. It is an original idea by Gullón and we can lay odds if you want that the planet he takes us to isn’t...

HBO Sports: STATE OF PLAY Round 2

HBO Sports: STATE OF PLAY Round 2

Overview: Out of nowhere comes Peter Berg with yet another round of sports documentaries under the STATE OF PLAY banner. What follows is a review of the three installments that debuted on 12.13, 12.14 and 12.15. “Inherent Violence” – Combative sport has transcended time and remains popular today. Is violence an inherent part of sports, or is it an inherent part of human beings? This film explores combat sports through two father-son relationships, a 33-year-old American professional MMA fighter who is combat training his ten-year-old son, and a 47-year-old retired player of Calcio Storico in Florence, Italy, who has groomed his...

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Slender Man, Elvis & More

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Slender Man, Elvis & More

As we approach a new year HBO has been gradually firming up the schedule for what new programming we have to look forward to seeing. Such scheduling happens for the documentaries that air as well as series. An upcoming official press release will no doubt give us exact dates for the lineup for the first half of the year, but for now we here is our first look at what is ahead and in development.   SLENDERMAN Coming in January To start of the year we lock in a definite debut date for BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN. This documentary which already appeared at the SXSW Festival earlier this year is about to come to HBO. The exact premiere is...

Movie Review: “Midnight Special”

Movie Review: “Midnight Special”

Midnight Special is the most recent offering from Jeff Nichols who brought us such delights as Mud and Take Shelter. Starring Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst and Adam Driver, this film examines the intricacies of the media, faith and widespread panic in a wholly cinematic and beautiful way with an epic twist of science fiction which would get the Carl Sagan seal of approval. This ambitious drama doesn’t seek to answer all the questions it asks and it is left frustratingly open ended. However, that ambiguity and mysterious nature is an overarching theme throughout. No one really knows what’s going on, us included, and that only adds to...

HBOWatch Gift Giving Guide

HBOWatch Gift Giving Guide

Christmas is Coming, or should we say that the hectic, stressful season of gift shopping has descended upon us and with it, all those hours of trying to decide which gift to give to whom and how much money to spend. Well, how about taking the easy route and ditching the actual process of going to the mall and waiting in line, or circling around the parking lot for a good spot and sit in the comfort of your own home to do online shopping.  Now, being a big fan of HBO and knowing many of other people that are too, what to give the Game of Thrones, The Leftovers or Ballers fan? Lots of selection out there – there are Funko Pop Figures;...

Divorce Season One Finale: “Detente”

Divorce Season One Finale: “Detente”

Last week on Divorce, Frances (Sarah Jessica Parker) got a more cutthroat lawyer who wasted no time busting Robert’s (Thomas Haden Church) balls. Nick (Tracy Letts) and Diane (Molly Shannon) threw another party that went about as well at their first one. Sans gunfire this time at least. This week is the season finale and it starts with Robert continuing trying to get Funspace USA off the ground. Nick is finally behind him and trying to help Robert get the ball moving. But with Frances’ new killer attorney taking the ropes, any assets  Robert had access to are now kaput. In Robert’s busyness with the business and Frances...

VICE Special Report: “A House Divided”

VICE Special Report: “A House Divided”

Overview: President Barack Obama began his presidency with pledges of “hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.” Despite many successes, however, the unity he promised has eluded him. As Obama’s presidency draws to an end, with the election of Donald Trump, America is painfully divided. Many fear that the vicious tone set by the 2016 election will continue under a new Trump administration. Debuting FRIDAY, DECEMBER 09 at 10:00pm, the HBO special VICE SPECIAL REPORT: A HOUSE DIVIDED presented exclusive access to the president, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, former Speaker of the House John Boehner, the...

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