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Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 5: “The Door”

May 25, 2016

This post contains HUGE SPOILERS. If you have not seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones, look away now! If you missed last weeks review, catch up here. So far this season has felt really...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: “The Empty Chair”

May 25, 2016

It seems that for the Pied Piper crew it is one step forward, two steps back. They are never quite able to succeed in the way they want to, however they never fail spectacularly. Many of the...

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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: “The Intern”

May 27, 2016

I’ve often wondered what I would do after I retired. Granted, I’m only 27 years old so I have quite the way to go. But I question what I would do with all that unconstructed time....

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Latest HBO News

Movie Review: Get Hard

Movie Review: Get Hard

Though Get Hard represents the directorial debut of director Etan Cohen, it reflects the sensibilities of producer Adam McKay, who directed previous Will Ferrell films, including Anchorman, Talladega Nights, and Step Brothers. Following up on the theme of The Other Guys, Get Hard sets its sights on Hedge Funds, and the out-of-touch types who manage them. Will Ferrell stars are James, a successful hedge fund manager, who enjoys life in a lavish home, staffed by servants who resent his lack of consideration for them as people. James is not mean-spirited; he’s simply not involved in other people’s problems or their plight. It...

HBO Drops First Teaser for Game of Thrones Season 6

HBO Drops First Teaser for Game of Thrones Season 6

It’s finally here! The first teaser of the new season of Game of Thrones! HBO is continuing it’s Jon Snow centered marketing campaign for Season Six. After dropping the first promotional photo for the new season which featured a bloody Jon Snow, a few weeks ago, HBO has continued the theme in their first teaser trailer of the season. See below for the video itself and a little commentary to follow. The teaser begins with the character who is one everyone’s minds these days as the debate rages over whether he is alive or dead. Jon Snow stands, his hair blowing in the wind as the voice of an old man who many believe to be...

THE LEFTOVERS: “Ten Thirteen”

THE LEFTOVERS: “Ten Thirteen”

Okay, like last week’s episode, this writer was a bit bewildered and confused. I admit I had to watch it again, to make sure I understood the events that took place and catch the subtext.   “Ten Thirteen” was a slow burn with small moments of intensity and a little stilted with long musical tracks, even though the songs used were great subtext for the scenes; it was great though, to get a story from Meg’s perspective. There was also a definite chronological journey from the past to the present. Even before the Sudden Departure you could see the downward spiral Meg was in.  She started off as a coke head, who was anxiously having...

GETTING ON: “Am I Still Me?”

GETTING ON: “Am I Still Me?”

Once again, we leap into this episode by associating it to the title of the piece and find some interesting connections. I don’t know if Olsen & Scheffer expected that from us, but that question was popping up in this writer’s mind even though it was only uttered rapidly in a silly Jenna rant. This fourth installment of the season also has great guest appearances and two deaths. They pack a lot into this one. (Here is the last one if you need it.) Where to start? Well, Jenna James is all beside herself. Her big symposium is in the hospital and she is at her perkiest because it is her baby and she is targeting the award that awaits...

The Knick: “Williams and Walker”

The Knick: “Williams and Walker”

Sex. Sabotage. Surgery. Social standing. Sex education. Just another week (here is last week’s) in the life of the Knickerbocker Hospital. Dr. Thackery finally performs the revolutionary surgery on the conjoined twins. It was a success and he and the team were to be commended. The operation was also recorded with the rudimentary motion picture camera. Here is more detail on that scene with the Post Op clip: Note in the episode how Lucy wondered how the other pretty blond nurse knew that Henry Robertson had a camera. Kind of hoping that comes back to bite Henry in the ass. More on that later. Thack has a moment of insecurity and...

HBO Documentary Films: 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS

HBO Documentary Films: 3 1/2 MINUTES, TEN BULLETS

Overview: On November 23, 2012, Jordan Davis, a black 17-year-old, and three friends drove into a gas station in Jacksonville, Fla. Davis and his friends got into a verbal altercation with white 45-year-old Michael Dunn, who took issue with the volume of the teenagers’ rap music. When Davis refused to turn down the music, Dunn opened fire on the car of unarmed teenagers. He fired 10 bullets, three of which hit Davis, who died at the scene. Dunn fled, but was taken into custody the next day. He claimed that he shot in self-defense. Filmed over a period of 18 months, the documentary intercuts intimate scenes with Davis’ family and friends...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For December 2015

What’s On: HBO Schedule For December 2015

Ho! Ho! Ho! It is time for HBO to dole out its last gifts of the year. Just remember the old axiom – it is not the quantity of what you get that matters but the quality of and the intent behind what is given. That explains HBO fairly well. For example, in December there is only one concluding episode of the big drama, but the quality behind it makes it a memorable gift. And don’t forget one of the biggest gifts coming at this time of year – the highly anticipated YearEnder clip showing us what gifts are ahead in 2016. Join us now as we open the presents coming in December 2015.      Originals: That big drama, for those not...

Movie Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

Movie Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service

On the surface it looks like Kingsman: The Secret Service is a knockoff of James Bond. In a certain sense that’s true, because any British secret agent jetting all over the world to fight a megalomaniac with a plan to change to the world to his image bears a striking resemblance to the structure of a Bond movie. However, the movie doesn’t hold back on goofiness for the sake of grim reality, or humor to be taken seriously. It knows its theme and trusts its audience well enough to catch on without recycling ideas from other recent movies that did it better. If the mediocre Spectre tells us anything it’s that Kingsman does...

GETTING ON: “No, I Don’t Want A Fucking Smiley Face”

GETTING ON: “No, I Don’t Want A Fucking Smiley Face”

Last week we had developments in both DiDi and Dawn’s predicaments and in this episode they escalate while Dr. James gets back into the swing of her old shenanigans.  Also guest appearances kind of steal the show. Here is a look at – Episode # 15 – “No, I Don’t Want A Fucking Smiley Face” The character Jenna James hit the mark with what most of this episode is about. She told a patient – “We all at times tell stories about ourselves in order to save face.” We all want to be seen in our best light and if that means puffing ourselves up a little bit then so be it. Dr. James knows first-hand that that behavior happens...

Duplass Bros. ANIMALS Coming In February

Duplass Bros. ANIMALS Coming In February

HBO has confirmed the debut date for ANIMALS, with the animated adult comedy series set to launch its ten-episode season FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 05 at 11:30pm exclusively on HBO. The half hour series will feature a trove of critters full of salty language and adult observations about the hard life faced in the big city. HBOWatch first brought the series to light in a post back in June. Here is a replay of the only clip we have so far.   Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano and produced by Duplass Brothers Television, ANIMALS focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least habitable environment: New York City. Whether...

U2 Concert Rescheduled for 12.07.15

U2 Concert Rescheduled for 12.07.15

This just goes to show that the Free World may get knocked down and the wind knocked out of it, but it will get right back up, catch its breath and get right back to it. The Paris terrorist attacks have not prevented the band U2 and its fans to reassemble in that city and enjoy each other’s company around some good music and spectacle. Here are all the details via an HBO Press Release. U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE LIVE IN PARIS RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, DEC. 7, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO   U2: iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE LIVE IN PARIS, the first HBO concert special by the 22-time Grammy-winning band, has been rescheduled for MONDAY, DECEMBER 07...

SESAME STREET Arrives on HBO Saturdays!

SESAME STREET Arrives on HBO Saturdays!

  The New Year and new excitement is just a few weeks away and it starts with some childhood friends. Beginning 01.16.16 SESAME STREET comes to HBO. Here, word for word, is as Press Release heralding this unexpected partnership. It is a hefty announcement with a number of interesting points about a show we all grew up with. BIG BIRD, ELMO AND COOKIE MONSTER ARE BACK AS SESAME STREET DEBUTS ITS 46TH SEASON SATURDAY, JAN. 16, 2016 ON HBO ——– ICONIC PRESCHOOL SERIES UNVEILS EXCITING NEW CHANGES, INCLUDING 30-MINUTE FORMAT, NEW SEGMENT, NEW CAST MEMBER, NEW SHOW OPENING AND A NEW SET! ——– A-List...

THE LEFTOVERS: “International Assassin”

THE LEFTOVERS: “International Assassin”

  …     … I sat in silence after this episode ended …    …   …    … and I stared at a blank page for a long time before I assembled a thought or two to write about this eighth episode in the second season of THE LEFTOVERS. …     …    I’m still conflicted, so head over to the review of the previous episode if you need to then come back. I don’t know whether I like this episode or not. How about any of you? There is a lot of cool moments in this episode and subtle twists that add up to an interesting hour. We left the scene with Michael Murphy dragging a seemingly dead Kevin Garvey out of Virgil’s...

First Promotion For Game of Thrones Season Six Released

First Promotion For Game of Thrones Season Six Released

*Warning Spoilers Ahead!* Is Jon Snow really dead? HBO addressed the question which has been haunting fans of Game of Thrones since the Season Six finale head on with it’s first official Season Six promotional picture which was dropped earlier today. The picture showed everyone’s favorite Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch, Jon Snow, battered and bloody…but very much more alive than we saw him last when he was supposedly dying in the snow, betrayed and murdered by his own brothers.  See below for the picture. While many might consider this a spoiler, seeing as how HBO has plastered the image all over downtown New...

What We Know About…VINYL

What We Know About…VINYL

 What We Know About…   Production Company: The companies involved in finally making this series happen are Home box Office itself and Jagged Films which is run by Mick Jagger. Written By: BOARDWALK EMPIRE’s Terence Winter and by George Mastras who worked on Breaking Bad prior to this assignment. Directed By: Martin Scorsese sets the tone by directing the Pilot Episode. Other directors include Allan Coulter, Jon S. Baird, S. J. Clarkson, Carl Franklin, Nicole Kassell, Mark Romanek and Peter Sollett. Also the following are credited as Assistant or Second Unit Directors – G. A. Aguilar, Justin Bisschoff, Shane Kalman, Dan Majkut,...

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