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Game of Thrones

Jodhi May to Play Maggy the Frog in Season Five

Jan 22, 2015

Ever since it was announced that Season Five of Game of Thrones would be featuring flashbacks, fans have been excited to see what new insights they may gain into their favorite characters this...

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True Detective

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

Nov 24, 2014

UPDATE: We can now CONFIRM that Rachel McAdams is IN for True Detective season 2!  Here’s the logline from HBO: Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective...

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Girls

Girls: “Triggering”

Jan 20, 2015

One of the best aspects of Girls is how true it rings to modern American life, even if only for a particular niche of society—in this case, four 20-something girls trying to figure out the...

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New Movies

Movie Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

Jan 23, 2015

Approaching a historical Greek film is always very subjective when the film is mostly embedded in fantasy and sensationalism rather than the portrayal of historical accuracy. For some...

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Latest HBO News

LOOKING’s Season Two Underway

LOOKING’s Season Two Underway

   LOOKING  is before the cameras in San Francisco and has added to their cast. Verification of filming came from this link right here which states the show was filming in local hot spots and tying up traffic. Oh, well that will happen at just about any on- location shoot. Oh, and the SFExaminer had listed they were looking for extras to fill the background scenes. All this work about the city right now works with the timeline of a Winter ‘15 airing for season two. As for the cast additions three actors are joining the ranks. They are Daniel Franzese, Chris Perfetti and Bashir Salahuddin.  Franzese, noted for being in Mean Girls,...

Boardwalk Empire: “The Good Listener”

Boardwalk Empire: “The Good Listener”

Everyone has the ability to hear (well, mostly everyone). But can everyone truly listen to what another person is saying? Can you read between the lines? Can you tell when someone is telling the truth, or lying straight to your face? Can you listen to what’s being said and come to the right decision, especially when it concerns your life being at stake? Eli witnesses his warehouse being busted by some federal agents and barely makes it out sober and in one piece. The years haven’t been kind to him; he looks unkempt, like he hadn’t slept or washed up in days and smells of booze and urine. Even Val Alden can’t stand to be near him....

SHOW ME A HERO Casting Update

SHOW ME A HERO Casting Update

The David Simon miniseries SHOW ME A HERO has a cast that is culminating quickly. In this update we can add seven more actors to the piece. There is no confirmation at this point how soon the work will get before the cameras, but it appears a number of people want to work with Mr. Simon and as fast as this is firming up it also appears that HBO is happy to have Simon and this work at the network. Joining the previously announced Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener, James Belushi, Terry Kinney and Michal Stahl-David are a diverse group of actors. They are Winona Ryder (pictured), Daniel Stern, Jon Bernthal, Alfred Molina, Latanya Richardson...

TRUE DETECTIVE Repeats Season One Beginning 09.14

TRUE DETECTIVE Repeats Season One Beginning 09.14

Consider the following a schedule reminder about our great Sunday night offerings. As we know BOARDWALK EMPIRE has launched its final season in the 9:00pm ET hour. However, the 10:00pm  ET hour was vacated upon the finale of THE LEFTOVERS and now needs something. As we have alluded before TRUE DETECTIVE will repeat its first season in that time slot. HBO whipped up an ad for it if you haven’t seen it.  Now surely everyone who has wanted to see Cohle & Hart tackle a creepy crime has already done so via the channel, the website and/or the DVD. If you can’t get enough of TRUE DETECTIVE as you await word of Season Two (here is...

BOARDWALK EMPIRE: Inside The Final Season and Episode One

BOARDWALK EMPIRE: Inside The Final Season and Episode One

Well, BOARDWALK EMPIRE has entered its final season. It has jumped into time to the start of The Great Depression and we are awaiting the end game. Who survives? How do life and the business for Nucky, Capone and the like change and adapt?  Clearly if you know some history you know some answers, but how is BOARDWALK EMPIRE going to play it out? It shall be interesting to find out and HBOWatch likes to take a part in helping us all along in the journey. This writer is surprised that this following video clip didn’t get some play onsite already, but I couldn’t find it. So here is an “Invitation to The Set” piece that helps set...

BEYONCE/JAY Z ON THE RUN Concert Counts Down to 09.20.

BEYONCE/JAY Z ON THE RUN Concert Counts Down to 09.20.

The musical force known as Beyonce and her right hand man Jay Z are building up the hype for their upcoming HBO Concert Event. ON THE RUN debuts Saturday night, September 20 at 9:00pm ET. HBO used to present quite a few Concert Specials back in the day, but nowadays they are rare. Are you getting pumped up for it? Come on, you know most of the songs, right?  It seems by this clip that the performers are ready at least.    And what a collection of tunes they have to draw from to make an exciting evening. Now there a number of different set lists we discovered; all with slight variations. So what we got here might not be 100%...

The Leftovers Season One Finale: “The Prodigal Son Returns”

The Leftovers Season One Finale: “The Prodigal Son Returns”

“Prodigal son.” For those that are familiar with the term, it means a son who has returned to his family after a long absence. This particular son is special; “prodigal” by definition means ‘a person who leaves home and behaves recklessly, but later makes a repentant return.’ Three characters in the season finale seem to fit the description rather well and each of these men, in their own way. Our Holy Trinity in the season finale is Kevin, Tommy and Holy Wayne. Each of these men have behaved in such a way that would be considered reckless, harmful or immoral. Kevin, still in mute shock from witnessing Patti’s suicide, waits....

Boardwalk Empire Season 5: “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”

Boardwalk Empire Season 5: “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”

Everyone, autumn has arrived, and, with it, “Boardwalk Empire!” Sadly, this is the last season for “Boardwalk Empire” and we will only have eight episodes in total. In case you forgot anything from last season, here’s a recap:This year, we go back in time to Atlantic City in 1884 where we see a young Nucky trying to fish out gold coins thrown by Louis “The Commodore” Kaestner into the ocean. Unfortunately for Nucky, the coins are always just out of reach or some other boy gets it first. This is a running theme for Nucky – no matter how hard he tries, the other boys always get there first. He...

HBO Won’t Be Filming 24/7: NHL’s Winter Classic

HBO Won’t Be Filming 24/7: NHL’s Winter Classic

For the past few seasons HBO has filmed the NHL’s yearly event, an outdoor game called “The Winter Classic”.  But more importantly than the event itself, HBO’s cameras captured the personalities, the angst and the joy of being a pro hockey player. Think Hard Knocks on ice. (Or don’t that sounds weird). Today both HBO and the NHL have confirmed that the show will not continue on HBO’s air.  Here’s HBO’s statement: Everybody at HBO enjoyed working with the NHL and its teams on 24/7 the past four years. It was an exciting endeavor and we’re very proud of the never-before-seen presentation of...

Bill Maher Returns for 12th Season with 2-Hour Live Special on 09.12

Bill Maher Returns for 12th Season with 2-Hour Live Special on 09.12

Update:  Get Ready for A Double Dose of Bill Maher on 09.12! It is a big Friday night coming up for Bill Maher on September 12th.  It all starts with another edition of his long-running show REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER and then his tenth Comedy Special. We bump up this posting as a reminder and add the video that is in heavy rotation promoting the LIVE evening of Maher wit.    REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER returns from hiatus and resumes its 12th season with a live edition, presented from Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C. at a special time, on FRIDAY, SEPT. 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT).  In this week’s...

Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey revitalized his career around 2012, and what a revitalization is has been. With his film Mud and HBO’s own True Detective, it appears the years of Matt doing crappy romantic comedies might be past us (I’m looking at you, Failure to Launch). In Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey stars as Ron Woodruff, a rough around the edges electrician who likes drugs and promiscuous sex (a lot of promiscuous sex). After a workplace accident, Ron awakes in the hospital wherein he is told he has HIV. The time of the film is late 80s, when the knowledge of HIV and AIDS was growing as awareness of the disease spread. Feeling this...

Time Warner CEO Closer than Ever to Freeing HBOGo

Time Warner CEO Closer than Ever to Freeing HBOGo

Watching HBO online can be complicated. In this day and age you would think that the award winning app, HBOGo would be something that was available to anyone willing to pay for an HBO subscription. But alas, HBOGo is only available to those with a current, traditional cable subscription, a model that many experts think is fading with the influx of streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix. How quickly will that transition take place? It may be a little slower than some internet savvy, cord-cutting millennials would like. Jeff Bewkes, CEO of HBO’s parent company, Time Warner spoke to the issue at an investor conference this...

Fincher & Ellroy Bring 1950’s Noir Series to HBO

Fincher & Ellroy Bring 1950’s Noir Series to HBO

What if we told you HBO was combining the slick writing, dialogue, and 1950’s setting of the neo-noir detective film L.A Confidential with the mood, atmosphere and look of Fight Club or Se7en? Directors David Fincher and famous crime fiction writer James Ellroy are old pals who’ve never gotten to work together.  But all that is about to change. We hear that the pair have been pitching a project to HBO that would combine the two’s talents in one epic crime series. Fincher has wanted to get a series like this off the ground for some time but has been too busy to make it happen. Details are VERY scarce at this point and, as...

The Knick: “Where’s the Dignity?”

The Knick: “Where’s the Dignity?”

People’s pasts and futures are colliding in this episode. We see the backstory of many characters, some surprising, others, not so much. One thing’s for certain: the daily events at the Knickerbocker Hospital are never dull. The opening scene is dark and shows the dirty underworld of boxing, but in a ring full of rats. Rats, at that time, were known to carry disease. And we see our man, Cleary, in the ring. A way to make a quick buck, I suppose. Patients continue to be delivered to the Knick. We see one who comes in with tuberculosis; one with rat bites and one who has a heart condition. Tensions continue to run high in this episode....

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