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Westworld

Westworld: Scenes of the Season

Dec 29, 2016

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...

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Game of Thrones

Westworld and Game of Thrones: Violent Delights

Dec 26, 2016

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...

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The Young Pope

The Young Pope: “Episode Two”

Jan 16, 2017

In episode two, swiftly following on from the dramatic and alluring season opener for The Young Pope sees the Vatican City doing some major damage control following on from Lenny’s...

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New Movies

Movies on HBO: Now You See Me 2

Jan 12, 2017

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review NOW YOU SEE ME 2 with the prestidigitation laden Four Horseman but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to...

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Game of Thrones: “No One”

Game of Thrones: “No One”

This week’s episode of Game of Thrones, like many this season thus far, has set the stage for the great battles to come. Yes, some ended quite anticlimactically, namely the siege at Riverrun, Arya versus the Waif, and even the highly anticipated “Cleganebowl” between The Mountain and The Hound, thanks to Tommen’s elimination of trial by combat. Still, we got a taste of the battle at Meereen this week, complete with fire-wielding catapults, and lest we forget the White Walkers ominously planning their attack in the backdrop. Here’s a breakdown of this week’s episode, “No One,” and how it will likely impact the schemes and...

Silicon Valley: “Bachman’s Earning’s Over-Ride”

Silicon Valley: “Bachman’s Earning’s Over-Ride”

Pied Piper is LIVE! Not only that, but it’s become hugely successful. We start off the episode with a Bloomberg interview of Erlich Bachman (henceforth known as Erlich Blachman according to the White Pages and Google) and Richard Hendricks. At first glance, it seems odd that Erlich is trying to steal the spotlight, especially since we know that he sold his 10% of the company. Why would he want to draw attention to himself? The only reason I could think of was Meinertzhagen’s Haversack. I guess it worked because nobody suspects that he technically has nothing to do with the company anymore. It seems to be working because it’s...

Watch HBO’s “The Night of” Miniseries Online, Streaming or on TV

Watch HBO’s “The Night of” Miniseries Online, Streaming or on TV

“Pakistani-American college student Nasir “Naz” Khan, who lives with his parents in Queens, NY, takes his father’s taxi to go a party in Manhattan. But what starts as a perfect night for Naz becomes a nightmare when he’s arrested for murder.” Does that interest you? It should. HBO has long been working on this mini series and we’re happy it’s finally seeing the light of day. It’s an eight part mini series so it won’t last forever, but what does these days? Here’s a trailer if you need more convincing to catch this on HBO Go or HBO Now streaming next month (July...

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9 CONFIRMED!

Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 9 CONFIRMED!

OFFICIAL Press Release from HBO: LOS ANGELES, June 14, 2016 – The Emmy®– and Golden Globe-winning comedy series CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, starring Larry David, will return to HBO for its ninth season, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. Details of the new season will be announced as they are confirmed. “We’re thrilled that Larry has decided to do a new season of CURB and can’t wait to see what he has planned,” said Bloys. Asked why he decided to come back, David said, “In the immortal words of Julius Caesar, ‘I left, I did nothing, I returned.’” CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM stars “Seinfeld”...

Buzz From The HARD KNOCKS 2016 Press Conference

Buzz From The HARD KNOCKS 2016 Press Conference

HBO’s HARD KNOCKS is an extraordinary sports series with the fastest turnaround from filming to airtime for any show of its kind. But it is not like HBO and NFL Films hasn’t had years of practice now. But, as the forthcoming clip states this coming season, HARD KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE LOS ANGELES RAMS, is like no other season of the show. Let’s take a moment to recap the series to date. Season One (2001) gave us the Baltimore Ravens and a look at key veterans seeing their last games of play; Season Two (2002) had the Dallas Cowboys when Emmitt Smith was still playing; after a few years off it was then time for Season Three...

Marvel’s SCARLET Comes To Cinemax Not HBO!

Marvel’s SCARLET Comes To Cinemax Not HBO!

Nothing is confirmed to series yet, but the Marvel property SCARLET is in early development at HBO’s sister channel. One of the Marvel Comics gurus, Brian Michael Bendis, attended the to talk all things Marvel and let out the following news. “I do a book called Scarlet which is soon to be announced also in our universe of television. Not announced yet, but HBO.” [It is] “at the earliest stage,” [but that] “the team around it…will be announced as soon as all are on the same page.” A number of outlets jumped on the story all declaring that HBO was developing the Marvel content. That is true, but not quite. The SCARLET concept...

Movie Review: EVEREST

Movie Review: EVEREST

On the 10th May 1996 two groups of adventurous explorers headed up the tallest and most terrifying mountain on earth, Mount Everest. Shortly after reaching the summit, a deadly storm took hold of the mountain and several of the climbers didn’t make it back down again and their bodies remain up there. Everest is the story of those expedition groups, loosely adapted from the critically acclaimed novel Into Thin Air written by John Krakauer, a survivor of the tragedy.  What is most horrifying of this story is that not only is it true, but it’s an example of how man’s desperation for success can be a fatal flaw. Mount Everest...

Silicon Valley: “To Build a Better Beta”

Silicon Valley: “To Build a Better Beta”

Check out last week’s review here. To release or not to release? That is the question for Richard as the beta is preparing to take its first little baby steps into the tech world.  And Bachmanity? More like Broke-manity for our pals Erlich and Bighead. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x8_fjN6ZFbg Richard is waffling over whether or not to release the beta version of Pied Piper. I get his wariness.  Knowing the way things usually go for them, it is not a stretch of the imagination to think releasing the beta could be catastrophic for the company.  Things don’t usually go smoothly for the rag-tag bunch of misfits who call Pied...

Game of Thrones: “The Broken Man”

Game of Thrones: “The Broken Man”

Check out last week’s review here. It has been a season of fast-paced story lines (including characters teleporting between regions in a single episode) and returning characters. Bran, Rickon, and Benjen are just a few of the characters that have returned to Game of Thrones after no screen time for one season or more. This season has already had a different feel from the previous five seasons. “The Broken Man” kicks off with a scene before the opening credits. This caught me by surprise and I had to rewind a bit because it felt like I missed something. Game of Thrones has only ever done this on season premieres. A septon and his...

Margaret Atwood Says MADDADDAM Is Still A Go & It Is Big!

Margaret Atwood Says MADDADDAM Is Still A Go & It Is Big!

Just the other day a commenter asked us if we had heard anything regarding HBO’s adaptation of novelist Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam Trilogy. We had to respond that we hadn’t, but that we’d investigate. One quick Tweet and…boom a quick response from Atwood herself. Here’s the short exchange. https://twitter.com/MargaretAtwood/status/740284360293679104 As you can see fans are forever impossibly impatient when they want to see a favorite of theirs get a cinematic treatment. We are guilty of it also. Atwood makes two points clear here. One is that it is a “BIG project.” So what’s the first step...

BALLERS and VICE PRINCIPALS Each Drop Promos

BALLERS and VICE PRINCIPALS Each Drop Promos

The end is in sight for the current season of SILICON VALLEY and VEEP so eyes are turning towards the next two comedies on the schedule. That will be Season Two of HBO’s well received BALLLERS with Dwayne Johnson and the debut of Danny McBride’s VICE PRINCIPALS with Walton Goggins. Both shows arrive on 07.17.16. Each has dropped video clips to be shared. Up first is BALLERS which will air at 10:00pm. It has already launched a Season Two Tease. Here is a slightly longer Season two Trailer: The show also dropped a clip on NFL Draft Day and we’ll share that one as well.   Also out to catch our attention is the new comedy VICE...

HBO Issues Pilot Orders To Kathryn Bigelow & Adam McKay

HBO Issues Pilot Orders To Kathryn Bigelow & Adam McKay

HBO just okayed two drama concepts to get further consideration for the network. One is from Oscar winners Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) and Adam McKay (The Big Short). Both are offering totally different stories that we can only hope will see the Home Box Office screen. We reported on Bigelow’s concept back on 12.17.15 in a Slate post. Here is that blurb: Kathryn Bigelow Developing Topical Drama The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty director Kathryn Bigelow (pictured)  is embarking on the daring and bold topic of Jihadi recruitment. She will serve as overseeing executive producer for the concept which...

Bill Hader’s Comedy BARRY Becomes HBO Series

Bill Hader’s Comedy BARRY Becomes HBO Series

Back in January we announced in a Slate piece that SNL veteran Bill Hader was granted a pilot order by HBO for a BARRY. Here it is: HBO has picked up another pilot offer and this one comes from comedic talent Bill Hader. He is working on a little piece he is calling BARRY. But, just who is this Barry? He is an ex-Marine who works as a low-rent hitman in the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life he begrudgingly travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the L.A. theater scene. Hader (pictured) is expected to play the role himself. He is, of course, alumni...

HBO Comedy Special – QUINCY JONES: BURNING THE LIGHT Review

HBO Comedy Special – QUINCY JONES: BURNING THE LIGHT Review

Dealing with comedy is always subjective but here is this writer’s thoughts on the Quincy Jones comedy special that debuted Thursday, June 02 at 10:00pm and I hope you don’t want to punch me right in the face when I’m done. Hold up, let me say that it was funny and an entertaining treat on an otherwise boring Thursday night, but it was flawed. Upon watching the comic’s hour I checked many of a review only to discover no one had anything negative to say. What? Was I missing something? After further pondering I deduced that I didn’t think so. All I’m saying is that as comics go he needed a little polishing is all. Listen, I...

Movie Review: The Martian

Movie Review: The Martian

  I’m a huge science fiction and fantasy fan. I love movies that have to do exploring unknown worlds and all the action, adventure and peril that come with it. Seeing as how Matt Damon is in this movie along with Sean Bean, Jessica Chastain and Chiwetel Ejiofor  well, I had to check this one out.  Bean plays the Ares III mission director, but Chastain is the actual Commander who calls the shot. Ejiofor is at Misson Control. I thoroughly enjoyed them and the movie. Disaster strikes: a massive dust storm throws you off your guard and basically ruins your mission. Imagine being stranded….on a hostile planet with no food, water and...

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