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The Night of

Still Waiting to Hear of THE NIGHT OF Season Two

Sep 25, 2016

With the way THE NIGHT OF ended its run back on 08.28 it appeared as there could be more story to tell. As of this posting it has almost been a month and there has been no official word on...

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Real Time with Bill Maher

Bill Maher Slated For REAL TIME Specials for the GOP/Dem Conventions

Jun 17, 2016

We are all quite familiar that Bill Maher likes to rant on his political bent. He has done so now into his fourteenth season of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER. He ups the ante this year, but not with...

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Documentaries

HBO Documentary Films: 3 DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS

Sep 21, 2016

Overview: On Jan. 7, 2015, two brothers belonging to Al-Qaeda in Yemen stormed the Paris offices of the satiric weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others before killing a...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Steve Jobs

Sep 23, 2016

Danny Boyle has had an interesting career as a director with the ability to make large sweeping films that take you on a physical journey, to smaller low key films that take you on emotional...

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Latest HBO News

TOGETHERNESS: “Changetown”

TOGETHERNESS: “Changetown”

So Ernie and Bert, err, I mean Alex and Brett, have been mulling over some potential television/movie ideas. On the opposite end of town, we see Michelle fussing over the kids while Tina comes to watch over for the day. (Tina started being motherly last episode – Oh boy.) Changes are coming for all of our beloved characters. Change is really the only thing that is consistent in everyone’s lives. How you choose to deal with it is another matter entirely. So the kids (at least Sophie) are onto the fact that something isn’t right between mom and dad. Understatement!! Brett seems calm and in control and Michelle is very nervous. Can...

Girls: “Old Loves”

Girls: “Old Loves”

This week’s episode gave us the Jessa-Adam-will-they-won’t-they answer.  Which was so awkward but also decidedly hilarious and having also had a similar moment, it really had me cracking up.  When you have that kind of situation, you’ve just got to be able to laugh at yourself.  But not before Jessa has to deal with Hannah.  It’s a tale as old as time. The misery of being cruel to another person so that they’ll take the hint and break ties.  It’s a standard dating tactic, but can also be applicable in friendships as we see Jessa pull away from Hannah.  Or push her away.  Also are rice pudding...

VINYL: “He In Racist Fire”

VINYL: “He In Racist Fire”

This week’s Vinyl (check here for last week) sees Richie’s world continue to break into bits as all the loose threads holding everything together begin to fall away. If this episode is trying to communicate a message, it’s that business and pleasure do not mix in the music industry and the actions of those in charge may seem personal but in reality, it’s money that has the final say. The Nasty Bits are the first to suffer at the cruel hands of the music industry as they are wrung through the American Century mangle. Richie dictates that they need to be a four piece band and that they have to replace their lead...

HBO Special: LADY DAY AT THE EMERSON BAR & GRILL

HBO Special: LADY DAY AT THE EMERSON BAR & GRILL

This is an interesting and somewhat edgy performance. But to get anyone to watch it relies on two facts. One you got to enjoy theatrical performance because LADY DAY AT THE EMERSON BAR & GRILL is a film adaptation of an actual play. It so happens that Broadway stunner Audra McDonald happened to have already starred in the stage work to acclaim so it only made sense to capture it on film. If you are already familiar with the staged version then you’d be eager for this cinematic adaptation. The other fact is a big one: you got to know or want to know about the title subject which is Billie “Lady Day” Holliday. Some of you just might...

VICE PRINCIPALS Launches a Tease Clip & Official Poster

VICE PRINCIPALS Launches a Tease Clip & Official Poster

It is about time we saw some concrete evidence of VICE PRINCIPALS. We have only been tracking it since May of 2014. Created by Danny McBride and Jody Hill, who were also the creators of EASTBOUND & DOWN, the new show tells the story of a high school and the people who almost run it, the vice principals. The show has already committed to eighteen episodes over two seasons and perhaps it took time to get to screen because they got all those episodes in the can already. Get ready for the misbehavior of the VICE PRINCIPALS! We warned you they were misbehaving fools. The main crux of all this is that Neal Gamby (Danny McBride) and Lee...

True Crime Returns to HBO With BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN

True Crime Returns to HBO With BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN

Since true crime stories have been popular as of late with the likes of HBO’s THE JINX and Netflix’s Making A Murderer, the hunt is on for the next sensationalistic crime story. HBO is going to pick the SXSW premiere BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN has its next foray into the madness. It will offer something unique to the crime scene to be sure.  The film, by Academy Award nominated director Irene Taylor Brodsky, offers a tale hard to define. First, you got to understand Slenderman which is something we will delve into closer to HBO’s as yet unannounced airdate. He is a villain that does not exist; he is an urban legend or, as a site somewhere...

HBO Details The Upcoming Limited Series THE NIGHT OF

HBO Details The Upcoming Limited Series THE NIGHT OF

Update: Watch The Night of Online, Offline or otherwise now! HBO has now offered up a press release regarding the upcoming limited series THE NIGHT OF. That is the work that was a pet project post-SOPRANOS for the late James Gandolfini and now has evolved into a eight episode piece for John Turturro. We caught a glimpse of it in the Winter Preview from a few weeks ago so we knew it had to make the schedule sooner or later. It has taken a long time to gestate with all the changes in lead role and titles, but now it is about to make to air, though no definite airdate is given yet. Here is the official Press Release:   JOHN TURTURRO AND...

Movie Review: Max

Movie Review: Max

I am a huge dog person. I grew up with dogs, and I currently own one. So I accepted this movie review fully knowing that a dog might be in movie simulated danger and that I would probably cry. I only cried four times, I swear. There is something about the harm that comes to animals in films that makes it ten times worse than what happens to humans in film. Maybe it is because they can’t articulate what is happening to them, or the fact that they will blindly follow someone they trust into peril they don’t understand.  In any case, as a dog lover, this movie gave me a lot of feels. The basis of the film is that Max loses his...

HBO Documentary Films: A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS

HBO Documentary Films: A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS

Overview: A GIRL IN THE RIVER: THE PRICE OF FORGIVENESS explores the complex forces faced by women in Pakistan today, as well as clashing interpretations of women’s rights and family honor, chronicling the dramatic journey of a courageous young woman as she fights for her life, for her dignity and for justice. In the Punjab region of Pakistan, a young man and woman fall in love and decide to marry. Saba, 18, and Qaiser, 21, have known each other for four years, and Saba’s father is helping plan their wedding. But Saba’s uncle protests the union, saying that Qaiser and his family are of lowly status, and the family ultimately forbids...

TOGETHERNESS: “Advanced Pretend”

TOGETHERNESS: “Advanced Pretend”

With only eight episodes a season for TOGETHERNESS the inevitable had to drop pretty quickly and it did. At the end of last week’s episode (“Everybody Is Grownups”) Michelle dropped the bomb to Brett that “she slept with David.” Now, in this current episode we learn how Brett handles the news and how he doesn’t really address it; Alex is with him every step of the way. In fact, both parties are with their respective support staff as Tina is with Michelle. If you recall Tina wrecked her car and so spent the night. I liked this episode, but was also a bit put off by it as well. Basically, Brett bolted out of the house and ran until...

Girls: “Japan”

Girls: “Japan”

This aptly titled episode brings us to the wonder of Japan and finally a decent check in on how Shosh is doing abroad,(after checking in on everyone else) but also features some tensions (sexual and otherwise) brewing back home in New York. Shoshanna appears to have settled into Japan and embraced the culture.  She’s living in what might be the cutest apartment complex I have ever seen, and I am incredibly jealous that I don’t live in it. Because oh my god did you see how frickin’ cute it is?!?!  It’s the equivalent of living in a geometric art piece.  But Shosh has to continue to remind people (and herself) that...

VINYL: “The Racket”

VINYL: “The Racket”

One of the many strengths of HBO programs is their unapologetic nature. Vinyl has been no exception to this, and while there are aspects of the show that border a little past absurd, it still manages to strike a harmonious chord of narrative flair, nostalgic bravado, and nuanced social familiarity. Use the last episode and this one as case in point.  “The Racket” continues the shows main storylines in a fairly roundabout fashion as it transitions from a soulfully poignant Otis Blackwell’s “Please Help Me Find My Way Home” into the vaguely comedic funeral of Frank ‘Buck’ Rogers (Andrew Dice Clay). Zak, Scott, and Skip (Ray...

CODES OF CONDUCT and CRUSHED Not Up To Code For HBO

CODES OF CONDUCT and CRUSHED Not Up To Code For HBO

For a network that has promised an increase in content it sure has been turning away considered works. Steve McQueen’s CODES OF CONDUCT has now been dropped as a series for HBO. Now, of course we haven’t seen a frame of footage from the pilot, but come on, HBO has aired such works as ARLI$$, HUNG and JOHN FROM CINCINNATI so surely they could have worked with McQueen to get this series, either full run or limited, to the screen? I mean what happened to it? It already had a green light to be a limited series of six episodes all to be directed by the Oscar nominated McQueen with Devon Terrell, Helena Bonham Carter, Paul Dano & Rebecca...

New “Game of Thrones” Season Six Trailer Released!

New “Game of Thrones” Season Six Trailer Released!

Well, it was definitely worth the wait! Check out our first real glimpse of Season Six in this breathtaking new trailer! Well, HBO has out-done itself again with a trailer that is visually stunning as well as incredibly tantalizing. While critics will probably be breaking down every shot for weeks to come, it’s important to appreciate some of the most interesting moments right off the bat. Here’s a few screen-grabs that drew our eye. The trailer assured us that Jon Snow is still very dead…at least for the moment. Dany looks to be in some dire straits. Let’s hope Ser Jorah and Daario Naharis find her...

Philip Noyce Directs Part of HBO Miniseries: AMERICAN LION

Philip Noyce Directs Part of HBO Miniseries: AMERICAN LION

We reported a while back that Sean Penn was taking on the mantle of Andrew Jackson in the developing AMERICAN LION miniseries and now a director is attached. Philip Noyce (pictured), who has directed such works as Patriot Games, The Bone Collector, Rabbit-Proof Fence and HBO Films: MARY AND MARTHA, is now expected to direct some of the six-hour program. Our source says the production should get before the cameras in October and air in 2017. Granted a six-hour period piece is a big project, but couldn’t Noyce take on the whole project? It would have made for a cohesiveness and singular vision had it been that way. We will keep an eye out...

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