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Game of Thrones

Book Release: “The World of Ice and Fire”

Oct 23, 2014

You’re probably going a little bit mad these days. Game of Thrones has been off the air for almost six months now and you can’t even trick yourself into thinking season 5 is coming...

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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire: “Friendless Child”

Oct 22, 2014

Nucky Thompson was brought to his knees in the latest episode of ‘Boardwalk Empire.’ War has returned to the Boardwalk, leaving 19 dead and over a million dollars in lost...

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The Knick

The Knick Renewed for Season 2

Oct 24, 2014

HBO’s sister station Cinemax has produced its own original series for some time now. But this year may have been a standout in viewer’s minds because for the first time an A-list...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

Oct 25, 2014

Destiny, friendship, brotherhood, family, and some awesome Greek mythology – what could be better for a family-friendly Saturday night? If you’re looking for a fun time with the...

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Latest HBO News

Movie Review: Gravity

Movie Review: Gravity

Space! I wanna go to space! SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE! …Oh wait was that joke already done before? Even if you aren’t onboard for the story in a movie directed by Alfonso Cuaron, no one can deny the skill he has pulling shots together and creating his infamous “one-takes”, where all the action of a scene (sometimes going on for minutes) is all captured at once with no breaks. Here, all that practice is put on display in one of the most gripping movies about trying to open a space door since the opening of Apollo 13. Sandra Bullock is Ryan Stone, a medical engineer tasked with designing new technology to the Hubble...

George Takei Joins Bill Maher for Real Time on July 18th

George Takei Joins Bill Maher for Real Time on July 18th

Bill Maher’s guest list always includes some interesting guests this time of year and next will will be no exception. Star Trek’s George Takei will join the panel for what will surely be a vibrant discussion on the events of the week. George is no stranger to politics and has been a champion of gay and lesbian rights winning awards from the American Humanist Association and GLAAD for his work. He’s also quite possibly the most entertaining man to ever host a Facebook feed. Joining Mr. Takei on the show will be FiveThirtyEight‘s Nate Silver, Former Representative Jane Harman,  The Daily Caller’s Jamie...

Bronson Pinchot On His THE LEFTOVERS Distinction

Bronson Pinchot On His THE LEFTOVERS Distinction

If you are watching THE LEFTOVERS Sunday nights than you know there are only two fun things about the show. One is the duo that is Adam and Scott Frost played by real life brothers Max and Charlie Carver. The other is discovering all the famous people who are a part of the disappeared 2%. We know that the likes of the Pope and Jennifer Lopez are among them. In the second episode “Penguin One, Us Zero” we learn that the entire cast of Perfect Strangers were also taken unexplainably away. The news report was noted in a scene between Chief Garvey and his ailing father. In fact Garvey Sr., played by Scott Glen, passed comment on the...

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAY Debuts in October

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAY Debuts in October

The exclusive HBO series documenting an eight-city journey into the heart of America’s musical identity as seen through the Foo Fighters comes in October. HBOWatch has given attention to it earlier, but HBO is now ready to make the announcement official.   EXCLUSIVE HBO SERIES FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS, DOCUMENTING AN EIGHT-CITY JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF AMERICA’S MUSICAL IDENTITY, DEBUTS IN OCTOBER   As the 11-time Grammy-winning, 25-million-plus-selling Foo Fighters ready their as-yet-untitled eighth album for November release, Dave Grohl, the band’s frontman — and accomplished director of the acclaimed feature-film...

The Next Round of TRUE DETECTIVE Rumors

The Next Round of TRUE DETECTIVE Rumors

Now we know that supposedly any day now HBO will announce something official regarding the second season of the detective anthology series by Nic Pizzolatto. This writer thought it would be fun to let the rumors fly one more time before then. We have not been poking around the rumor mill and listing every little item that has been speculated, but since Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain’s name have been dropped other noted names have been bandied about as well. How about Joaquin Phoenix, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender and/or Josh Brolin? Cate Blanchett also surfaced as a good possibility. The latest buzz has touched many sites including...

True Detective Season 2 cast to be announced next week?

True Detective Season 2 cast to be announced next week?

As if the amazing plethora of 20 HBO Emmy nominations (including True Detective‘s own McConaughey and Harrelson) wasn’t enough good news, we have more. Earlier today at the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said of True Detective Season 2; “The two scripts we have… I hate to jinx it… they are more exciting than the first season. [Creator Nic Pizzolatto] is an incredibly talented writer. And he’s blown us away with the first two episodes.” On top of that, he confirmed that casting announcements could come as soon as next week. Teasing that we...

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Premiere Date

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Premiere Date

The Emmy-winning HBO drama series BOARDWALK EMPIRE will return for its eight-episode, fifth and final season Sept. 7, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. From Terence Winter, Emmy-winning writer of “The Sopranos” and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is set in the Prohibition era and chronicles the life and times of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, the undisputed leader of Atlantic City. The first four seasons took place during the 1920s. In the final season, which takes place in the depths of the Depression in 1931, Nucky recalls his Atlantic City roots and plots a...

Luke Grimes Refuses to Come Out of the Closet on True Blood

Luke Grimes Refuses to Come Out of the Closet on True Blood

True Blood is a show known for its controversial scenes, particularly in regards to sex. Being on a platform like HBO, this show is able to take risks in regards to sex and violence, as well as more progressive issues such as gay rights. Open sexuality has been apparent in the show from the beginning by featuring an openly gay character, Lafayette, and the sexual choices of vampires in bedding who they so desire, regardless of gender. One cast member allegedly couldn’t handle the sexual turn his character took, and chose to leave the show. I’m referring to Luke Grimes, who departed fairly quickly after only seven episodes on the...

HBO’s Series, Talent Nominated for 2014 Emmys

HBO’s Series, Talent Nominated for 2014 Emmys

It happens ever year: HBO’s series, actors, actresses, writers, directors, movies and more are given nods at the Emmys. Often HBO pulls in more wins than any other network. That’s quite the feat considering it’s a network with only a handful of original series and a smaller, premium audience (that’s you!). Today the Television Academy announced the nominations for 2014 Emmy Awards and, yes, familiar HBO names littered the list yet again. Here are some of the highlights: Drama Series “Breaking Bad” (AMC) “Downton Abbey” (PBS) “Game of Thrones” (HBO) “Mad Men” (AMC) “True Detective” (HBO) Last...

Orange Is the New Oz?

Orange Is the New Oz?

A new prison drama worth mentioning comes every few years. In 1997, it was Oz, a show about a prison with a cell block built under idealistic views of rehabilitation. They called it Emerald City. Oz ended with six seasons after wrapping up most of story lines that kept their viewers tuning in. Since then, there wasn’t a show that brought its audience into the world of prison life quite the way that HBO did. Netflix has quickly gone from being a subscription-based streaming service to producing an arsenal of original content. Among its shows, Orange Is the New Black is getting a lot of attention. You may have even seen a commercial for...

HBO Documentary Films: DANGEROUS ACTS STARRING THE UNSTABLE ELEMENTS OF BELARUS

HBO Documentary Films: DANGEROUS ACTS STARRING THE UNSTABLE ELEMENTS OF BELARUS

Overview: In Belarus, a country bordering Ukraine and Russia, uncensored art is regarded by the government as a criminal activity and can have dire consequences, including imprisonment, life in exile, or worse. But one group of actors refuses to remain silent. In this film, director Madeleine Sackler goes behind the scenes with the Belarus Free Theatre (BFT), an internationally acclaimed underground troupe of courageous performers who, in a country choked by censorship and repression, defy Europe’s last remaining dictator, Alexander Lukashenko. This HBO Documentary Films presentation debuted MONDAY, JULY 7 (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET/PT),...

True Blood Season 7: “Fire in the Hole”

True Blood Season 7: “Fire in the Hole”

Is it just me, or is Season 7 of True Blood just really bad? I know that I probably said the same about Season 6 and several other Seasons as well, but the show that has been silly for years, just feels pointless in its final season. Call me an eternal optimist, but I had been holding onto really high hopes that somehow, they would pull it out for the fans in Season 7. That’s not to say there haven’t been some good moments, but they seem so few and far between. For a look at both the good and the bad things, read on. There will be spoilers, obviously, so if you haven’t watched “Fire in the Hole” yet,...

In Production: THE CASUAL VACANCY

In Production: THE CASUAL VACANCY

For months we had not heard a hint about the joint BBC/HBO miniseries THE CASUAL VACANCY project and then a fan of the JK Rowling novel writes a post about it and – boom – a bit of news surfaces. It seems that the film adaptation is now in production in a few locales about England. The story of how a local council seat is filled takes place in the fictitious town of Pagford. The location for the shoot is Stroud in Gloucestershire and the specific center of attention is the Archway School (pictured). According to a few sites local children and faculty of the school, about 200, were used as extras on the film’s first days of shooting....

The Leftovers Season 1: “Penguin One, Us Zero”

The Leftovers Season 1: “Penguin One, Us Zero”

I am unsure of how to review The Leftovers. This hesitation comes as a result of not really being sure what The Leftovers actually is. Does it have a plot? Is the mystery of central importance? Is it about the characters, as writer and producer Damon Lindelof has stressed? Or is it more of a Treme day-in-the-life style show about how a community reacts to a life-changing event? At this point, it is still unclear. What is clear, however, is that Lindelof is still fond of his flashback and symbolism format from the Lost era. It is with these obscure and initially promising, but eventually on-the-nose symbols that I will make an attempt to...

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