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George R. R. Martin not writing an episode for Game of Thrones Season 5

Jul 26, 2014

Right on the heels of the Season 5 casting news, renowned author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin, has announced that he will not be writing an episode for Game of Thrones Season...

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True Blood

True Blood: An Inside look at Comic-Con 2014

Jul 27, 2014

There was definitely a bittersweet feeling when looking at the stream of incoming Comic-Con pictures and tidbits.  Most diehard fans find themselves anxiously counting down the days until the...

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The Leftovers

The Leftovers Season 1: “Gladys”

Jul 28, 2014

“One of our…” Anyone who has watched The Leftovers so far has surely experienced at least one moment of discomfort when it comes to the Guilty Remnant. As someone who read the book, I...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Getaway

Jul 26, 2014

Many times in reviews the term “mindless entertainment” is thrown around, with such ease that the term itself has become a cliché. However for a film as clichéd and campy as Getaway it’s...

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Jim Rash Interviews the Writers of Game of Thrones

Jim Rash Interviews the Writers of Game of Thrones

If there’s one thing writers are jealous of it’s Game of Thrones intense dialogue and characterization. To wit, Jim Rash’s show “The Writer’s Room” took a more in depth look at just how the writer’s on the show collaborate on ideas pulled from the pages of George R.R. Martin’s expansive series and original ideas needed to keep the visual narrative in check. Here we have David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discussing just how little they really knew about the process of making a television show in the beginning and the very rough road they had to go down to turn what were once “Massive...

Aaron Sorkin Apologizes to Journalists for The Newsroom

Aaron Sorkin Apologizes to Journalists for The Newsroom

While the final season 3 of HBO’s Newsroom is planned for later this year we haven’t heard a whole lot from the cast or Aaron Sorkin lately.  At the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday he spoke out about his controversial series saying and wanted to clear the air about at least one aspect of the show: “I’m going to let you all stand in for everyone in the world, if you don’t mind. I think you and I got off on the wrong foot with The Newsroom and I apologize and I’d like to start over,” Sorkin told the audience after interviewer (and former President Obama speech writer) Jon Favreau asked about what he’s learned about...

VEEP Will Return for a Fourth Season

VEEP Will Return for a Fourth Season

We have already made it clear that both GAME OF THRONES and SILICON VALLEY will return to the schedule in the Spring of 2015, but we forgot to mention that VEEP will also be joining them. This little oversight is not really surprising as Selina Meyer always seems to be behind the 8-ball as it were. Of course, we have the rest of Season Three to enjoy first. We have only seen the first three episodes and find that the vice-President (Julia Louise-Dreyfus) is about to officially announce her run for the POTUS position. Now that a Season Four is a certainty maybe, the show will slow down the campaign and stretch it out into the next season. I...

HBO & Amazon Team Up for Major Content Deal

HBO & Amazon Team Up for Major Content Deal

UPDATE: Older episodes of HBO shows are available starting now (May 21st, 2014) on Amazon Prime! For the first time ever, favorite HBO series like, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Big Love, Eastbound & Down, Oz, Band of Brothers and Deadwood, as well as Early Seasons of Boardwalk Empire and True Blood, will become available on Amazon Prime Instant Video HBO GO coming to Amazon’s Fire TV Amazon.com, Inc. today announced a content licensing agreement with HBO, making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for select HBO programming. The collection includes award-winning shows such as The Sopranos,...

Silicon Valley Episode Three Review

Silicon Valley Episode Three Review

If Pied Piper’s compression algorithm began with odds equivalent to a snowball’s chance in hell, then maybe after this episode the thermostat just dropped a degree. Maybe it won’t melt and boil after all. Of course when you’re five guys in a kitchen on macbooks against a company clearly outfitted as a facsimile of Google, that doesn’t mean it’s going to get any easier. Since the discovery of Nucleus, Gavin Belson’s hate-fueled response to Pied Piper, the immediate threat has subsided since the copy being reverse engineered is inferior and limited. But now the race is on not only to beat Nucleus to...

Rape in the Great Sept of Baelor: An Analysis

Rape in the Great Sept of Baelor: An Analysis

*Warning: this post discuses a graphic sexual scene* In Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, a scene involving Jaime and Cersei in the sept beside Joffrey’s body has gotten a lot of media attention. In this scene, you see Jaime ask everyone to leave so he can be alone with Cersei. She is grieving, sobbing over their son’s grave. He embraces her, comforts her as she cries, rocking her. She kisses him, they’re making out by Joffrey’s dead body, when she realizes where they are and stops the embrace and returns to crying over Joffrey, with her back to Jaime. Jaime hesitates and then asks “Why did God make me...

John Tuturro Replaces Robert De Niro in CRIMINAL JUSTICE

John Tuturro Replaces Robert De Niro in CRIMINAL JUSTICE

CRIMINAL JUSTICE was to be James Gandolfini’s series return to HBO. He was to play Jack Stone, an ambulance-chasing New York City attorney who gets in over-his-head when he takes on the case of a Pakistani accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side. HBO, at first passed on it, and then reconsidered and approved it.  The project came to a complete halt however after Gandolfini’s death, but HBO still wanted to move the work forward.  You might remember that it was then retooled as a miniseries with Robert De Niro attached to the Jack Stone role. Mr. De Niro has since dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts, but HBO...

Girls Season 3 Available Early for Digital Download

Girls Season 3 Available Early for Digital Download

HBO is giving fans of Girls a little treat this season.  Normally we’d have to wait quite some time for the digital downloads to make their way to the likes of Amazon, Google Play and iTunes but for Season 3 it looks like you’re able to grab episodes… well… now! Maybe HBO knows that millennials aren’t used to waiting to consume the media they want to consume.  Whatever the reason we’re happy to direct you towards the following outlets for digital consumption of Girls Season 3. Girls Season 3 on Amazon Instant Girls Season 3 on Google Play Girls Season 3 on iTunes There may be other outlets as well but...

Silicon Valley Season 2 to Receive Funding

Silicon Valley Season 2 to Receive Funding

Another HBO series is born!  There will be a second season of Silicon Valley on HBO.  We were particularly anxious about this renewal because new shows always have a tough time “breaking in” but it looks like Silicon Valley has done so and a season 2 will be made! LOS ANGELES, April 21, 2014 – HBO has renewed the comedy series SILICON VALLEY for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. The renewals follow the recent two-season renewal of “Game of Thrones. Mike Judge (“Office Space,” “Beavis & Butt-head,” “King of the Hill”) brings his irreverent brand of...

HBO GO: Far, Far Away From Your Parents

HBO GO: Far, Far Away From Your Parents

HBO Go may be frustrating a few people at the moment due to it’s intermittent service around Game of Thrones episode premieres.  But all in all HBO Go is still the best way to watch all of your favorite HBO series from the past and present.  Today, though HBO launched a bevvy of hilarious commercials that remind you “it might be time for HBOGo“.  Most of them revolve around the awkwardness of watching intense scenes with your parents. Give them all a watch, we promise you’ll laugh: Girls Girls II Game of Thrones Game of Thrones II Curb Your Enthusiasm True Detective True Blood   Wow, I haven’t...

Game of Thrones 4.03 Review – Breaker of Chains

Game of Thrones 4.03 Review – Breaker of Chains

Directed by: Alex Graves Written by: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss My expectations for this episode were relatively reasonable considering the heart-stopping conclusion to prior episode. As an avid show watcher whose life is just a bit to busy to get around to reading the books, I still don’t think I’ve completely recovered from the way shocking way it ended. Overwhelming joy would be one way to put the way it left me feeling. As we entered this episode, I expected it to focus heavy on the falling out transpiring in King’s Landing after the well-anticipated (and perhaps overdue) death of King Joffrey and was pleasantly surprised...

First Clips from the Final Season of True Blood

First Clips from the Final Season of True Blood

HBO surprised us all with a very full Easter Sunday this year.  While some networks took a break the Home Box Office kept its foot firmly on the gas pedal with new episodes of “Game of Thrones,” “Veep,” and “Silicon Valley.” But not to be outdone, HBO also released the first ever clips from what will be the seventh and final season of “True Blood.” The only other teaser we’ve had for this season was HBO taking us through the Bon Temps graveyard and looking back at the multitude of graves caused by character deaths (eight BT citizens, vampires not included) with this as a final...

David Milch Still Onboard With HBO

David Milch Still Onboard With HBO

We know David Milch as the producer of classics like TV’s Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue as well as HBO’s DEADWOOD (2004-2006), JOHN FROM CINCINNATI (2007) and LUCK (2011-2012). Then, there was THE MONEY. The shows he has helmed for HBO haven’t had longevity, but that doesn’t mean he has given up on HBO as the place he wants to be. The show creator just recently signed an extended development deal for two more years with the network. Hopefully he will find a project that HBO will love and his relationship with the channel can continue. It all started with DEADWOOD which ended too soon after just three seasons. He went totally in...

HBO’s Easter Sunday is Hoppin’ as Usual

HBO’s Easter Sunday is Hoppin’ as Usual

We’ve been asked by a few concerned fans whether or not HBO would be maintaining regularly scheduled programming this weekend given the Easter holiday this Sunday. We’re happy to report that Game of Thrones, Veep and Silicon Valley will all be new, as planned this Easter Sunday!  Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 3 followed by Silicon Valley Episode 3 and then Veep Season 3, Episode 3 for those keeping tabs at home.  It all starts at 9PM on HBO but PST fans can catch it all on eastern time at 6PM PST on HBOGo assuming it doesn’t crash again! Need a taste of that sweet candy?  Here are the previews for the good stuff...

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