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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: Lone Survivor

Oct 19, 2014

Lone Survivor is the latest film from Peter Berg, who is most famous for directing the disappointing Battleship and the mediocre Hancock. However, he appears to have found his groove with Lone...

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Latest HBO News

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...

VICE Season Two Episode 12 Review

VICE Season Two Episode 12 Review

Note: This is the Season Finale of VICE. Season Three and Four have been confirmed. Overview: Camden, NJ, one of the poorest, most drug-ridden cities in the country, has a murder rate 12 times the national average. In 2011, the city cut its police force almost in half, with nearly 80,000 residents regularly policed by 12 cops at a time. The state stepped in to overhaul the department, introducing an experimental “Metro” security apparatus equipped with futuristic technologies like gunshot detecting, triangulation microphones and automatic license-plate readers. As similar surveillance systems are implemented across the country, VICE...

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Jumps in Time

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Jumps in Time

If you haven’t already heard the news: season 5 will be Boardwalk Empire’s finale season. It’s sad to leave people and places that you’ve come to love and expect to visit each fall but as we know: all good things come to an end, eventually. The latest on the upcoming season comes from long-time HBO actor Michael K. Williams aka Chalky White. At a press event for his upcoming film The Purge: Anarchy Michael was inevitably asked about Boardwalk Empire.  David Crow from Den of Geek gets the hat tip for receiving this answer from MKW in reply to his query: “The storyline has jumped seven years [into the future],...

True Blood: “A Farewell to Bon Temps”

True Blood: “A Farewell to Bon Temps”

I’ve been watching True Blood since the day the pilot premiered. I remember seeing the preview, months before it actually aired, and vowing in that moment that I was going to become a dedicated Truebie. Years and some disastrous seasons later, that statement is still true. And despite the way the show has changed throughout the years, and the seasons that have fallen short of its initial greatness, I still find myself clinging to the hope that our final goodbye with the character we’ve grown to love will be as perfect as I’ve always imagined. “True Blood: A Farwell to Bon Temps” served as a reminder of all of the things that drew...

HBO Submits Game of Thrones Emmy Names

HBO Submits Game of Thrones Emmy Names

Those of us who follow television news closely are also tasked with keeping tags on all of the awards that get thrown around this industry. There are a lot of behind the scenes politics, backroom dealings and personal biases that keep a show like Game of Thrones from being awarded top prizes. Some have even accused the show of having been snubbed. But this season of Game of Thrones may be different. Internally the show is being called the best season ever and if ratings are any indication: it is. With all of the great work being done on the show perhaps the problem is often that it’s tough to place all of that awesomeness onto one...

Movie Review: The Conjuring

Movie Review: The Conjuring

It’s difficult to discern a good horror movie in the endless, barren wasteland the genre has been reduced to. The ability of Hollywood studios to churn out fast and cheap films that can quickly turn a profit makes it harder and harder to find something remotely decent. In the last decade two franchises have completely overshadowed the rest; Saw and Paranormal Activity. Both of which are very good ideas for low budget productions which spiraled out of control from rampant success, offering audiences multiple sequels of consistently declining quality. After years of the bland yet successful formula a new film appeared; Insidious....

In Production: Queen Latifah In Bessie Smith Biopic For HBO Films

In Production: Queen Latifah In Bessie Smith Biopic For HBO Films

Another concept has been given the go-ahead is an HBO Films presentation. This one is about the iconic blues performer Bessie Smith who will be personified by Queen Latifah. The work will depict how the singer became titled “Empress of the Blues” during her career in the 1920s and ‘30s. It is based on a biography titled Bessie by Chris Albertson. Bessie Smith made 160 records for Columbia records in the day, accompanied by many include Louie Armstrong; she even entertained by hitting Broadway and then the “talkies.”   By the time the Swing era was born she was huge and returned to recording exclusively. She died in 1937 when she...

HBO’s Programming President Comments on American Gods and Aronofski Series

HBO’s Programming President Comments on American Gods and Aronofski Series

When we first heard that Neil Gaiman’s American Gods was being considered as an HBO series we, like many other fans we ecstatic.  This author even went so far as to pick up the novel and give it a read in anticipation. But months later after musings from the author hismself and several reports that the series was, in fact moving forward we got the news that American Gods would not be an HBO series in the end. This week Vulture published a “party chat” with HBO’s President of Programming, Michael Lombardo where he commented on the cancellation: Vulture: I was sad when HBO lost the option on American Gods.  Michael...

Nic Pizzolatto Thinks TRUE DETECTIVE Will Be A Short Lived Series

Nic Pizzolatto Thinks TRUE DETECTIVE Will Be A Short Lived Series

Solo showrunner and writer for the TRUE DETECTIVE series, Nic Pizzolatto, held court up in Canada recently at an event called the Banff World Media Festival and dropped some bombshells on those excited over the continuation of his concept. He informed those in attendance that the first two episodes of Season Two are written and that some sketchy ideas have surfaced that he will save for a possible third season. What chances the series has beyond that however, does not look promising. He stated, “Every season, I’m essentially creating a brand new TV show. It can’t have any growing pains like a regular first season. If it works it has...

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