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Game Of Thrones Season 6, Episode 1: “The Red Woman”

Apr 26, 2016

Its that time of year again, the time in which we all fall in love with characters, and possibilities only to see them ripped away from us in a brutal show of callousness. If you hadn’t...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley Season Three Premiere: “Founder Friendly”

Apr 30, 2016

At the end of last season, we saw Pied Piper’s triumph over Hooli, triumph over technology (small house fire excluded) but not triumph over business as Raviga voted to remove our boy Richard...

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Veep

HBO Renews GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY and VEEP for 2017

Apr 25, 2016

Fans you are in luck. The acclaimed and well awarded dramatic and comedic series of HBO’s Spring season will be around for at least one more year. All three series have been renewed for 2017....

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New Movies

Movie Review: Jurassic World

Apr 21, 2016

Jurassic World opened last summer to a record high box-office and positive critical reception, gliding in on the back of Steven Spielberg’s classic 1993 movie. But as time went on,...

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Latest HBO News

GETTING ON Season 3 Premiere: “This is About Vomit, People”

GETTING ON Season 3 Premiere: “This is About Vomit, People”

Hey, if you haven’t heard The Billy Barnes Unit is closing down and so is GETTING ON. All of the staff is there and some of the regular patients too, I’m sure. Has Dr. Jenna (Laurie Metcalf) James learned from her latest shenanigans? Is Nurse Dawn (Alex Borstein) Forchette happy in marriage? Is Supervising Nurse Patsy (Mel Rodrigues) de la Serda happy Dawn is married? And how about, Nurse Denise “Didi” Ortley? Is she is still doing more than her share? The following look at the season premiere will get us up to speed on what is happening with the characters and make sure we have a sense of the focus for the season. After all, it is...

THE LEFTOVERS: “Lens”

THE LEFTOVERS: “Lens”

Since its start, The Leftovers has never shied away from the superstitious or the unexplainable. After all, the series itself is rooted in the confusion and heartache that resulted from the disappearance of 140 million people on October 14, 2011. Much like its first season, season two of The Leftovers focuses on the psychological and emotional effects this unexplained event has on those “left behind” rather than providing an explanation for the event itself, and herein lies the show’s success. We are not expected to chase down numerous red herrings searching for an explanation, because that isn’t the point. The Leftovers invests us...

The Changes At HBO Sports

The Changes At HBO Sports

A bit of a shake up over the back half of the year at HBO Sports makes us curious for the evolution of that division of the company, but then again the network is full of changes going into 2016. It started in July with Bill Simmons (pictured right) coming on board. He is considered one of the most influential figures in contemporary sports media and now HBO has him in a major exclusive multi-year, multi-platform agreement. Among the elements of the new deal will be a talk show set to premiere in 2016 that will air on the main HBO service, as well as the digital platforms. Topical and spontaneous, the show will feature stories and guests...

Catch Veteran’s Day Programming On HBONow/Go

Catch Veteran’s Day Programming On HBONow/Go

It is never too late to honor a Veteran now is it? America certainly loves to do it and there are been observances all across the country this Veterans Day. HBO would like to remind us that it has properly themed programming to honor the day, so seek out HBONow or HBOGo and honor those who served by catching a few of the titles listed below. HBO’s streaming sites are presenting the following: (those linked take you to our reviews). In Documentary Format there is Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq, Baghdad ER, Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, The Battle for Marjah, The Strange History of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and We Stand Alone...

Girls Season 5: Teasers, tidbits and speculation

Girls Season 5: Teasers, tidbits and speculation

The production team of GIRLS have been pretty tight lipped when it comes to spilling any kind of beans on what season five is going to have in store for us, however, this writer has a few ideas about what Hannah and the Gang will be up to now having left everything all rather up in the air…as usual. Last season was a pretty weird one in that all the characters are in the same place at the end of the season as they were at the beginning, they just have a whole load of new disastrous memories that they can chalk up to ‘life experience’.  Hannah started the season in Iowa where she was at graduate school, not that it lasted too long as...

Bruce Springsteen’s “The River” Documentary Airs 11.27.15

Bruce Springsteen’s “The River” Documentary Airs 11.27.15

The Boss is no stranger to HBO. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band have now jumped onto the November schedule with another documentary entitled THE TIES THAT BIND which debuts on November 27 at 9:00 pm. The title refers to the lead track off of the double album called The River , which was the fifth studio album from the troubadour. Of the album Springsteen stated – “The River was a record that was sort of the gateway to a lot of my future writing. It was a record we made after Darkness on the Edge of Town. It was a record made during a recession – hard times in the States. Its title song is a song I wrote for my...

Happy 43rd Birthday HBO!

Happy 43rd Birthday HBO!

November 08, 1972 was the day when an innovative entertainment network was launched called Home Box Office. We broke down the pay channel’s history when we celebrated it last year. So, this year, to honor the network we love we have to change it up a bit from just reiterating the history again. (Head back to the previous post for that.) But I did find a great clip to share highlighting some of the achievements HBO has had over the years. Please check out this well done video. There has been over those years quite an interesting assortment of content. Sadly, HBO does not re-air, or have on its sites, some of the shows from the past. Can...

The Knick: “Wonderful Surprises”

The Knick: “Wonderful Surprises”

  As we delve deeper into the hearts of the characters at the Knick, we see some filled with promise and determination; others with malice and greed. In 1901, the medical field is ripe for change: cutting technology such as the X-ray machine and fever cabinets help give doctors a better understanding on how to treat their patients. We also see the enlightenment of other characters who wish to embrace change and/or higher learning. All of the running around Thack has been doing, experimenting on corpses and such looks like it’s starting to pay off. The pig seems to be getting better and Thack sets his sights on his former fiancée,...

Movie Review: Unfinished Business

Movie Review: Unfinished Business

Someone must have invented a time machine because it seems like this movie, which only came out last year, has traveled to the future from the distant past of 2002. A time when the only known sources of humor came from extended gross-out gags and innuendos as opposed to characters in situations with irony. Which isn’t to say that there aren’t good comedies from back then or bad comedies that come out now, but it’s jarring when you see a movie that feels like it should have come out on the heels of American Pie being released now. This movie centers itself on the sympathetic plight of being a Dad who’s work takes him...

HBO Documentary Films: THE DIPLOMAT

HBO Documentary Films: THE DIPLOMAT

Overview: Ambassador Richard Holbrooke died unexpectedly from heart complications on Dec. 13, 2010. Shortly afterward, his eldest son, David Holbrooke, attempted the seemingly impossible: capturing the legacy of his influential father “to understand him better in death,” while traveling across the globe to reveal a behind-the-scenes view of U.S. foreign policy. Written and directed by David Holbrooke, the insightful and revealing documentary THE DIPLOMAT chronicles the political and personal life of the larger-than-life U.S. ambassador whose career spanned 50 years of American foreign policy, ranging from Vietnam, to Bosnia and...

HBO Films: The Leisure Class

HBO Films: The Leisure Class

  The Leisure Class is a film inextricably linked to its production, being the final project of Matt Damon and Ben Affleck’s newly revived series, Project Greenlight. When you look at a painting or listen to a song, you don’t normally see or hear the struggle that went on between conflicting artists vying to bring their vision to life. However, here that’s specifically the case as an entire television show was produced around the making of this film. From the start, Project Greenlight winner Jason Mann presented himself as someone with a vision he wanted to bring to life. It was his cinematic eye that shined through...

THE LEFTOVERS: “No Room at the Inn”

THE LEFTOVERS: “No Room at the Inn”

Last season I examined the first episode to feature a spotlight on Matt Jamison “Two Boats, and a Helicopter” it wasn’t my favorite of the season, and I was erroneously still believing there would be a solution to the mystery of the “departure”. Since then I’ve really grown to respect, and cherish The Leftovers as a deep mediation into loneliness and abandonment. This episode is the reason why the show works, and why this season has been some of the best television I’ve watched in a long time. “There’s a reason” The show opens with a song by the Bellamy Brothers entitled “Let Your Love...

Del Toro’s MONSTER Is No More For HBO

Del Toro’s MONSTER Is No More For HBO

Straight from the Latino-Review comes the news that Guillermo del Toro’s live action MONSTER is not going forward with HBO. We heard of his interest in developing the manga story way back in April of 2013. We followed up with the post that a pilot script was in hand in July of that year. Then there was nothing on that front until now. Of course, del Toro was busy with a Hobbit screenplay, Pacific Rim, The Strain and Crimson Peak. He’s a busy guy, maybe too busy. In an interview on the mentioned site the Q & A brought up MONSTER. Latino-Review: Can you give me an update on the status of ‘Monster’ project for...

Both Witherspoon/Kidman & Witherspoon/Dern Projects Moving Forward at HBO

Both Witherspoon/Kidman & Witherspoon/Dern Projects Moving Forward at HBO

We have already brought to your attention that Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman have interest in bringing BIG LITTLE LIES to HBO. The limited series, based on the Liane Moriarity novel, is slowly moving forward. Just recently the project signed on a director, at least for the first episode or two. That director is Jean-Marc Vallee. Vallee, if you recall, filmed Witherspoon in the nominated Wild last year. This would be his first venture into TV. He will work off of scripts penned by acclaimed David E. Kelley, famous for such television fare as L. A. Law, Picket Fences, Chicago Hope and Ally McBeal. With that quartet of people behind BIG...

Quentin Tarantino to Appear on Real Time with Bill Maher Panel

Quentin Tarantino to Appear on Real Time with Bill Maher Panel

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its 13th season FRIDAY, NOV. 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT), with a replay at 11:00 p.m., exclusively on HBO. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with guests. Broadcaster Keith Olbermann is the top-of-show interview guest. Filmmaker Quentin Tarantino is the mid-show interview guest. The roundtable guests are journalist David Frum, reporter Jillian Melchior and former NY Rep. Anthony Weiner. This is a stacked guest list! Quentin Tarantino famously does not do many...

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