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Game of Thrones Season Seven (Mostly) Confirmed

Oct 30, 2014

Today in “news you probably could have anticipated but still desperately need confirmation of” — Game of Thrones will most likely see a season 7. HBO has already confirmed...

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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire Series Finale: Eldorado

Oct 29, 2014

Boardwalk Empire is over, but there remains the unfinished business of the winners and losers. If you haven’t watched the finale yet, beware of spoilers! The final episode mostly tied up...

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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

HBO Documentary Films: THE CASE AGAINST 8

HBO Documentary Films: THE CASE AGAINST 8

Overview: The riveting documentary THE CASE AGAINST 8 takes an in-depth look at the historic federal lawsuit filed in an effort to overturn Prop 8, California’s discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage. Shooting over five years, with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of the powerhouse legal team of David Boies and Ted Olson and the four plaintiffs in the suit, directors and producers Ben Cotner and Ryan White (“Good Ol’Freda,” “Pelada”) have created a powerful emotional account of the journey that took the fight for marriage equality all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In May 2008, the California Supreme Court legalized...

True Detective Season 1 DVD/Blu-ray Review

True Detective Season 1 DVD/Blu-ray Review

First off this writer offers an apology for getting this review out so late. If you have wanted your own copy of the highly touted Season One of TRUE DETECTIVE surely you would have snapped it up by now. In fact you can order it right this second for about 40 bucks.  The reason for the delay is simple: HBOWatch was not privy to an advance copy so we had to wait until the street date. Then when it arrived, I admit I could have rushed straight into it but, I selfishly wanted to marathon all eight episodes again instead of just jumping into the new content. Well, that late night binge is over and I can say, even though I knew the story...

Give The Dog A Bone: In Defense Of The Hound

Give The Dog A Bone: In Defense Of The Hound

Sandor Clegane was a normal boy once, before his brother savagely burnt his face. Sandor was scarred by his brother because he was simply playing with Gregor’s toys. Their own father hid  Gregor’s savagery by blaming the facial scars on burnt bedding. Since that day Sandor’s only friends were sword, and drink. When we first meet Sandor, he has earned the moniker “The Hound” and is Joffrey’s loyal bodyguard. We see him serve Joffrey loyally, cutting down poor Mycah and showing no signs of remorse. He is called The Hound because he always listens to his masters, like a loyal dog. He continues to be an ominous presence in the...

Queen Elizabeth II Eyes the Iron Throne of Westeros

Queen Elizabeth II Eyes the Iron Throne of Westeros

There are a lot of royal storylines in Game of Thrones but perhaps none so real as what happened in Belfast this week.  Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the British Dominions beyond the Seas and Defender of the Faith took a tour of the Belfast sets where much of Game of Thrones is filmed. You may be thinking to yourself: “I hope we get a picture of her taking the Iron Throne”.  Well, she didn’t actually take the seat, complaining several times to Maisie  Williams aka Arya Stark that the chair looked uncomfortable: “She kept commenting on how uncomfortable the throne...

Another Name for Scorsese’s 1970s HBO Project

Another Name for Scorsese’s 1970s HBO Project

Deadline put it best when they said “talk about a cool project” in describing Martin Scorsese’s new series making it’s way to HBO (presumably) sometime next year.  In addition to the living legend of a director, Mick Jagger, Terence Winter and Emma Koskoff are also on the scene to help bring this beast of an award magnet to life. We’ve already reported that Olivia Wilde, Boardwalk’s, Bobby Cannavale and Ray Romano (yes, that Ray Romano) will take the acting reigns. But a new name, PJ Byrne has joined this list of talented individuals. Probably best known for his recent role in The Wolf of Wall...

True Blood Season 7: “Jesus Be Gone Here”

True Blood Season 7: “Jesus Be Gone Here”

The hashtag taking over the Internet #Truetotheend is definitely valid as we go into the final season of True Blood. For some of us, our love for this show was instantaneous. For others, it took a while for it to develop. For most, the love changed and morphed as the show developed and changed throughout the different seasons. Regardless of those changes, if you’re like me, you always come back for more. We last left Bon Temps with the entire world going into chaos after the True Blood supply was completely contaminated and Hep-V is spreading rapidly through the community. The season finale brought us into the future, showing us that a...

Looking Season 2 Will be Longer by Two

Looking Season 2 Will be Longer by Two

Looking for more looking?  When HBO gave the green light to a second season of the series this year fans were absolutely elated.  There are few, if any shows on television right now that deal with the homosexual community in the same way as Looking. The latest news is that Looking season 2 will actually be extended to TEN episodes (as opposed to season 1’s EIGHT). That means you’ll be getting an extra hour of the show in 2015. Ratings for the show were slow at first but eventually hit a level that could be described as “satisfactory”. Hopefully the show will attract even more viewers this time and, more...

Game of Thrones Toronto Exhibition, Bell TIFF Lightbox May 2014

Game of Thrones Toronto Exhibition, Bell TIFF Lightbox May 2014

Below is a gallery showing a sample of the MANY photos I took while at the exhibition. Check them out! I was very excited to be going to my third Game of Thrones exhibit. Once again, it was held downtown Toronto, at the Bell TIFF Lightbox event center. This is where the very first one was held in 2012. It was small but this one has a lot of colorful props and posters, pictures and storyboards for fans to glance at, read about and take pictures. I lost count how many times I saw people’s flashes go off. It was crowded and needless to say, it got hot in the room very fast. My personal preferences in the exhibit were the “In Memoriam”...

Movie Review: The Wolverine

Movie Review: The Wolverine

The Wolverine came at a time when it was crucial for the X-Men movie universe to lay claim to its identity. In movies prior, Wolverine had always been a member of a larger team, yet we all knew he was really the lead, and Marvel was banking on Hugh Jackman’s flawless portrayal to draw an audience. Most of what came before (First Class notwithstanding) relied on Wolverine as the main attraction, and other characters were almost solely used as his foils, so much so that the original trilogy might as well have been titled Wolverine & the X-Men. Even with the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, we were being sold either an X-Men...

Upcoming HBO Sports Documentary Festival on HBO2

Upcoming HBO Sports Documentary Festival on HBO2

HBO Sports is launching a Documentary Festival of its own. Every Thursday night from 06.26 thru 07.24 on HBO2 a series of boxing documentaries will air. Here, via a press release, are those upcoming films.  ALI-FRAZIER I: ONE NATION…DIVISIBLE kicks off the festival on 06.26 beginning at 7:00pm ET/PT. It chronicles the remarkable events and personalities surrounding the fight that reflected the cultural divide of the United States in the ‘60s and early ‘70s. Regarded by many boxing observers as “The Fight of the Century,” the match featured two undefeated heavyweights squaring off at New York’s Madison Square Garden in a contest...

Myrcella Baratheon Recast?

Myrcella Baratheon Recast?

Game of Thrones has barely finished for the year, and the casting news is already flying in. According to WiC, there’s a very strong chance that Myrcella Baratheon, sister to King Tommen and the recently deceased Joffrey, has been recast. Viewers will remember that Myrcella was shipped to Dorne by Tyrion in Season 2, as a peace offering to House Martell. In Season 4, Oberyn reassured Cersei that her daughter was enjoying her time there. Aimee Richardson, who previously played Myrcella (and was very vocal and enthusiastic in her support for the show over social media), has reportedly been replaced by Nell Tiger Free, a relatively...

Development Slate: PROJECT GREENLIGHT; OPEN CITY and More.

Development Slate: PROJECT GREENLIGHT; OPEN CITY and More.

I’ve finally cobbled enough news items together to make a short Slate piece for the readers. Like anything else it is feast or famine. Sometimes we are so slammed with HBO news, facts and content that we cannot keep up and then other times we are hard presses to find any. Discussions and meetings surely happen all the time at HBO’s offices, but not everything gets officially announced until they want it to. You can count on some news surfacing however when the big publicity engine isn’t cranking out something else. With the launch of LAST WEEK TONIGHT and the big campaign for THE NORMAL HEAT and exciting episodes of GAME OF...

Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston Says Spielberg LBJ Biography Picture to Become HBO Film

Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston Says Spielberg LBJ Biography Picture to Become HBO Film

Rumors had been swirling about renowned director Stephen Spielberg and his plans to bring a Tony-Award winning play All the Way to life on television.  The show focuses on the life of LBJ (President Lyndon B Johnson) and his struggle to enact the civil rights act of 1964. Previously we’d only known about the director’s intention to make this happen and his preference for Bryan Cranston to reprise his on-stage role as LBJ. Also, word was that the production would be a mini-series of some sort.  But this week Vulture caught up with Walter Whi… err..  Bryan Craston and he clarified a few things about the upcoming...

Game of Thrones: ‘The Children’

Game of Thrones: ‘The Children’

“Mag the Mighty… was their king, the last of a bloodline that stretches back before the First Men.” “Grenn came from a farm.” -Mance Rayder and Jon Snow That line puts the cork in this, the season four finale, quite succinctly. Stories of common men coming to overpower, outwit, or simply kill men of higher esteem and lesser quality. It’s really quite amazing that a series in this day and age would be able to successfully draw out plot points over entire seasons to immense payout. At the beginning of the season Arya stabbed a Lannister soldier in the neck, choking him on his own blood in a callback to the...

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