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New Game of Thrones Teaser Reveals Little, Teases Much

Mar 30, 2015

The wait is almost over, and HBO is just rubbing it in. We’re thirteen days  away from the world-wide premier of Season Five of Game of Thrones, and I don’t know about anyone...

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True Detective

TRUE DETECTIVE Season Two Supporting Cast

Mar 12, 2015

Not a lot of news coming in on the sophomore season of Nic Pizzolatto’s show yet. We do have some shots of Colin Farrell at work. This post focuses on the supporting cast that has been firmed...

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Girls

Girls Season Finale: “Home Birth”

Mar 25, 2015

The final episode of Girls season 4 wraps up a lot of story lines, and leaves many more to new exciting adventures.   “Be the walker not the dog” Early on in the episode we see Shosh...

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New Movies

Movie Review: “Into the Storm”

Mar 27, 2015

When I was a little girl, I had a morbid fascination with tornadoes. Not the damage that they caused to people’s homes and communities, nor the hurt and devastation caused to animals and...

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Latest HBO News

What’s On: HBO Schedule for December 2014

What’s On: HBO Schedule for December 2014

The final month of another year is upon us already. Time sure flies when you are enjoying HBO, doesn’t it? In this month of gift giving for many can also look back at all the gifts we received all year long from the pay channel we enjoy. The televised pleasures across HBO’s platforms were diverse and met everyone’s tastes whether it was sports, movies, specials or series. There was something for everyone Now, December will add a few more entertainment choices before we close out another year. So, let’s find out what gifts await with What’s On: HBO Schedule for December 2014.    Originals: We bid goodbye to yet another series as...

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: Broken

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: Broken

Overview: This second edition of HBO Sports STATE OF PLAY tells the story of college football player Eric LeGrand of Avenel, NJ (No. 52 at Rutgers) and mountain biker Steve Shope of Newfields, NH, who both competed at a high level, but suddenly, became paralyzed on the field. This moving film follows both men and their families as they struggle to accept new physical limitations, painting a raw and inspiring portrait of endurance and love. Berg hosts a panel discussion that includes Eric LeGrand, his mother, Karen, Steve Shope and his wife, Julie. STATE OF PLAY: BROKEN is executive produced by Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey; co-executive...

Movie Review: Escape Plan

Movie Review: Escape Plan

Escape Plan is a movie that promises both action and intrigue. Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is the leading expert in breaking out of prisons. He works for an independent company who promises to find flaws in high-security prisons in order to allow the prison’s management to try to make their facility as escape-proof as possible. Ray agrees to test a prison intended for the most undesirable prisoners in the world. The prison itself is in a location unknown to him or his colleagues. Once inside, he learns that he is set up and the people that put him there do not intend for him to escape. Not only that, but any safety net options he had...

A Game of Thrones Guide to Christmas Gift Shopping

A Game of Thrones Guide to Christmas Gift Shopping

It’s that time of year! Christmas music playing way too early on the radio and television stations offer non-stop traditional festive holiday music videos around the clock. If you’re anything like me, than you have an instant dislike for the holiday season kicking into full swing in the month of November. Call me old school, but I prefer to see the festive holiday spirit up and running once December 1st rolls around. However, when it comes to Game of Thrones, I will make an exception. SO many gift options! So little time! Let’s start off with the books, shall we? If you have someone in your household or circle of friends that loves to...

GETTING ON: “Turnips…North Day…Yes, Yes”

GETTING ON: “Turnips…North Day…Yes, Yes”

The preview for the third episode of the season gives us a warning – Jean Smart’s character, Arlene Willy-Weller, tells us “everything is completely unraveled” and we can be sure it will do just that in a rather absurd way. It also appears that the air conditioning is broken so who can know what kind of tempers could flare in that uncomfortable environment. It should be a real riot. We also have to listen for the words that make up this week’s odd title. I have fun discovering little things like that. Episode #03 – Turnips…North Day…Yes, Yes Another hectic day on the ward begins. Remember, the show’s title refers not just...

Celebrate Thanksgiving Game of Thrones Style!

Celebrate Thanksgiving Game of Thrones Style!

Thanksgiving is coming, and with it, your house may begin to feel like a feasting hall in Westeros as the cold winter air is punctuated by the delicious smells of cooked fowl, along with the sounds of feuding family members and perhaps the subtle chords of The Rains of Castamere if you’re feeling especially evil. Hopefully, your Thanksgiving feast won’t include any poisoning, choking, stabbing, or dire-wolf attacks as seem to happen all too often in Game of Thrones, but if you’re looking to add a little taste of Westeros to your table this Thanksgiving, here are some ideas that should help.   Appetizers Welcome your guests into...

The Newsroom: “Main Justice”

The Newsroom: “Main Justice”

The justice department was all– “You’re going to do this!” and Will was like, “No we’re not!” and then that guy- Nope, nope, nope, let me try again.With the FBI boxing up all their equipment in a show of force, Charlie managed to shoo them out by threatening to put them on television. Maggie went to Jim for help putting together an interesting piece on climate change which quickly escalated into a quiet meltdown for the Deputy Director of the EPA (because the EPA didn’t have an official head). In order to save the ACN from its apathetic heirs, Leona and Reese had to find a new investor to buy...

Religion and the World of The Leftovers

Religion and the World of The Leftovers

It’s rare nowadays to find anything in the pop culture lexicon that treats any kind of religious subject matter with subtlety. Come to think of it, I think it’d be hard to find subtlety in anything with some kind of religious aspect, especially the films and TV shows. For me, at least, religious films and TV shows are like sports films and TV shows. For every good one, there’s at least one bad one. For every The Last Temptation of Christ, there’s a God’s Not Dead. For every Dogma, there’s a Left Behind: The Movie. When it comes to the latter, by the way, I find it sad that we live in a world where, concerning adaptations of Left...

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

UPDATE: We can now CONFIRM that Rachel McAdams is IN for True Detective season 2!  Here’s the logline from HBO: Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves. Taylor Kitsch as Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened. Kelly Reilly as Jordan, Frank Semyon’s wife, a former D-list actress who is a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions. Peace out, rumors!  Rachel is now confirmed. When will...

Hello Ladies: The Movie review

Hello Ladies: The Movie review

HBO’s comedies are sometimes woefully under appreciated, and it was with great disappointment that I read about the cancellation of my current favorite HBO comedy: Hello Ladies. Luckily for fans of the short-lived series, HBO approved a movie send-off. The first season of Hello Ladies revolved around Stephen Merchant’s character Stuart, and his repeated attempts to find a supermodel who would sleep with him. When we left him at the end of the season, Stuart was finally presented with a choice to be with the model of his dreams, and he elected to walk away in order to comfort his friend and roommate Jessica, who had just been...

Development Slate: BANSHEE Returns to Cinemax; Hugh Laurie and More

Development Slate:  BANSHEE Returns to Cinemax; Hugh Laurie and More

Okay, we are short and sweet with the Slate news this time around. It is really all about cleaning out the cache of news I have sitting around. What you will see is a few tidbits about developments with existing shows plus some up and coming pilots. Here we go.  BANSHEE Season Three a Go on CinemaxWith Cinemax hitting one out of the park with THE KNICK people might be paying more attention to Cinemax as of late. But, it is not the only series on HBO’s sister network. How about BANSHEE? The dramatic series is about to embark on its third season in January. The 10-episode season launches on Friday, 01.09.15 at 10pm ET. For those not...

The Girls of Girls: Who are You?

The Girls of Girls: Who are You?

I’m waiting for season 3 DVD news to drop and I’m contemplating just digitally downloading, and well I couldn’t help but think about which Girls character I most emulate. With shows like Sex and the City or Girls or others of that ilk, you can’t help but profile yourself to see which character you most resemble. At least I do that…and I’m hoping I’m not the only one. So it just begs the questions: Are you manic like Marnie? Jazzy like Jessa? Hopeful like Hannah? Or social like Shoshanna? Do you waffle over your feelings for your spouse? Do you often find yourself “downsized” from work and contemplate reevaluating your...

Arya’s Storyline To Turn Darker in Season 5

Arya’s Storyline To Turn Darker in Season 5

(Warning Season 5 spoilers below!) As Season Five grows ever closer, we begin the annual question of who will live and who will die in the next brutal installment of Game of Thrones, but some characters’ ability to survive may not be as gratifying as we expect. In Season One, Cersei declares that there is no middle ground between life and death when you play the game of thrones, but by now we know she is not entirely correct. While many have lost their lives in the game, some have lost more—their morals, their identities, their souls. Perhaps an even greater fear than seeing a favorite character die is seeing them shaped and molded by...

HBO Go Arrives on Microsoft’s Xbox One

HBO Go Arrives on Microsoft’s Xbox One

While it may have been frustrating for some in the past, HBO Go continues to expand to any and all device platforms of note as time marches on. Maintaining an app across literally all devices, coding languages and platforms is a feat for any tech company, let alone a television production studio. HBO has to prioritize based on device install base and focus their resouces on those platforms when it comes to development of the HBO Go app. With around five million Xbox Ones out there now and another million or so expected to sell at the holiday, HBO couldn’t delay any longer.  Here’s what Jeff Dallesandro, Vice President, Digital...

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