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Is Game of Thrones Too Controversial For TV?

Jul 4, 2015

(WARNING: SPOILERS ON EVENTS DURING SEASON FIVE OF GAME OF THRONES) After the conclusion of what I feel was a strong season, I believe it is now time for reflection on a show which has not shied...

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True Detective

True Detective: “Night Finds Us”

Jun 30, 2015

Holy shit. Last night’s True Detective was a shocker right?! Who saw that one coming? It’s gone all Game of Thrones on us and potentially killed off one of the main characters in episode...

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Show Me A Hero

SHOW ME A HERO Miniseries Debuts in August

May 21, 2015

The HBO schedule is starting to take shape for the summer. People are always so impatient with thoughts of when something will start. As the information rolls in HBOWatch will get it to you. So,...

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New Movies

Movie Review: The Book of Life

Jul 3, 2015

If you like animated movies that convey a moral message, combined with a lot of pop culture references and current musical numbers, then this is the movie for you. Whimsical and funny animated...

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Latest HBO News

HBO Development Slate: THE NORMAL HEART Sequel; a “Mom comedy”; Lady Day & More

HBO Development Slate: THE NORMAL HEART Sequel; a “Mom comedy”; Lady Day & More

This writer is starting off 2015 with the housekeeping of some HBO information that has been lingering around. Consider this a Slate Lite piece as there is not any over-the-top excitement here, but some fun stuff to report as HBO keeps courting talent.    Larry Kramer Working on THE NORMAL HEART Sequel Right as the Holidays were ramping up playwright Larry Kramer announced that there would be a sequel to THE NORMAL HEART. Since there is already a sequel to the award-winning play (The Destiny of Me) the sequel he is writing is clearly a screenplay continuing the story from the HBO miniseries. There is obviously more story to be told...

HBO Comedy Special: MEL BROOKS LIVE AT THE GEFFEN

HBO Comedy Special: MEL BROOKS LIVE AT THE GEFFEN

  Overview: Mel Brooks is one of the funniest voices in American comedy. Now, the entertainment legend dons a tux and takes the stage for a memorable one-man show filled with jokes, songs and hilarious anecdotes when MEL BROOKS LIVE AT THE GEFFEN arrives on HBO. It debuts SATURDAY, JANUARY  31 at 9:00pm  exclusively on HBO. Appearing onstage at the Geffen Playhouse in Westwood, Los Angeles before a live audience, the indefatigable comedian shares intimate stories of his childhood in Brooklyn, his rise in television (triggered by a breakthrough writing gig on Sid Caesar’s classic Your Show of Shows), his courtship and marriage to...

Movie Review: Non-Stop

Movie Review: Non-Stop

Liam Neeson has in recent years created a genre of action films all his own. Liam Neeson is unlike all other action stars because his prime “action” years are well beyond that of the normal actor. Starting with Taken in 2009 Neeson was already 57 year’s old. By Non-Stop Neeson is a 62 year old man, but he can still match blows with even the most versatile action stars of the past. He is the pre-eminent face of action in the new millennium. While actors like Slyvester Stallone has attempted to hold on to their action roots, they cannot compare to the modern sensibilities that Neeson represents. Non-Stop is a better name for...

18 Newly Released Photos from Game of Thrones Season 5

18 Newly Released Photos from Game of Thrones Season 5

After months of few updates on the upcoming season of Game of Thrones, HBO has released an outpouring of new content hinting what we can expect from Season Five. While most are probably still processing all the new information we got from the trailer that was dropped yesterday, HBO has given us even more to think about in the form of 18 new stills from Season Five. The pictures mainly feature characters we have already come to know, but there are also some new faces including Doran Martell, Ellaria Sand, and the High Septon. View the new pictures below, but before you do, here are a few insights into what you will see. Warning Spoilers...

First FULL Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer (Updated)

First FULL Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer (Updated)

Alright, HBO enough teasing. Tonight was a big night for the Home Box Office with Game of Thrones premiering in IMAX theaters for the first time for ANY TV show.  HBO took the opportunity to debut the first full trailer for the upcoming 5th season of Game of Thrones which premieres April 12th.  The official video isn’t out yet but it looks like someone at that IMAX screening picked up the video. Here’s what we’re got so far: What do you think, Game of Thrones fans?  Can you wait for the new season to begin?  Leave a comment below with your own theories on what you just...

Producers Talk More About WESTWORLD

Producers Talk More About WESTWORLD

HBO and J. J. Abram seem to have something in common. They keep their projects shrouded in secrecy for as long as they can. Well, HBO fans are eager for any news about his developing WESTWORLD and luckily Entertainment Weekly knows that about our eagerness. The pop culture spot recently snagged a chat with Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, two of the producers/writers for the upcoming series. Of course, as EW cites, there is not much being leaked out but, we will take what we can get. We excerpt some of the best parts here: EW:What drew you to this project?   Jonathan Nolan: I’ve collaborated with J.J. now for several years on our show on...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For February 2015

What’s On: HBO Schedule For February 2015

Diving into the shortest month of the year doesn’t mean the HBO schedule is short on content. There are plenty of returning shows and exciting documentaries waiting. So curl up on a cold frosty night and take in the entertainment coming our way as we look at what is on for February 2015. You might be surprised. Originals: HBO continues its line-up of Sunday night originals after a one week hiatus. It seems that very few attempt to counter program against the Super Bowl. There will not be new episodes of GIRLS, TOGETHERNESS or LOOKING on 02.01 (the night of the game), but they will return on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 08 beginning at 9:00pm. The...

HBO Documentary Films: NIGHT WILL FALL

HBO Documentary Films: NIGHT WILL FALL

Overview: When British, Soviet and American forces liberated Nazi concentration camps in 1945, army and newsreel cameramen recorded the terrible discoveries they made. Later, Sidney Bernstein of the British government’s Ministry of Information and his team, including supervising director Alfred Hitchcock, drew on this footage, shot at Bergen-Belsen, Dachau and Auschwitz, to create a harrowing film titled German Concentration Camps Factual Survey. NIGHT WILL FALL reveals the previously untold story of this deeply moving documentary when it debuts exclusively on HBO. Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, directed by Andre Singer (executive...

Looking: “Looking Top to Bottom”

Looking: “Looking Top to Bottom”

HBO has always been the network to push the boundaries. What it’s done with Looking, which shows a real-life view of relationships (regardless of sexuality) in such a dynamic way that it’s impossible not to be completely drawn in, is no exception.  “I can’t just drop everything whenever you’re free.” I love seeing Patrick experience this quasi-relationship with Kevin, who’s accent is probably his only redeemable characteristic. The topic they broach in the first scene of the episode of changing your world around to accommodate someone else, someone who won’t even officially commit to you, is such a real problem so many...

Togetherness: “Insanity”

Togetherness: “Insanity”

It’s fantastic seeing a series with so much wit and intellect begin to get its bearings early on, particularly one with such promising storylines. Within only three episodes, Togetherness has evolved into a character study on modern marriage, family, friendship, and all the chaotic messiness that comes in-between. “Insanity” is a very fitting title—not only because it’s the name of a workout video Alex and Tina are killing themselves over in the beginning of the episode—but seemingly also for the series as a whole. In terms of the episode, it most definitely fits. What is great about Togetherness is that it doesn’t concern...

5 Things To Expect from the Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer

5 Things To Expect from the Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer

Winter is….Well, winter is already here, but one thing that’s coming really soon is the Season 5 trailer of Game of Thrones. We’re two days away from the release of two Game of Thrones episodes in Imax theaters, which will accompanied by the first preview of the upcoming season. Fans everywhere are holding their breathes for their first taste of what is to come this spring, and excitement is building as we collectively wonder what we will see. Dragons? Probably. Dorne? Most likely. Ned Stark? Not so much. We don’t have any inside information as to the happenings in the upcoming trailer, but we can fill you in on what...

HBO Renews Togetherness for Season 2!

HBO Renews Togetherness for Season 2!

Those of you lucky enough to be watching the maiden season of HBO’s Togetherness are no doubt experiencing feelings of joy at this news: we’re getting a second season!  Critics have almost universally praised the show thus far.  Personally, as a new, 30-something parent the series is really hitting home. It’s like Girls for a different generation in my view. The half-hour comedy is set to begin production on its second season this year in Los Angeles for debut in 2016.  A quote from Jay and Mark Duplass: “We began our love affair with HBO in our parents’ living room in 1983, and to have these brilliant creative...

Girls: “Female Author”

Girls: “Female Author”

While we spent the entirety of last week’s episode with Hannah in Iowa, “Female Author” took us back to the ever-problematic lives of the other girls in New York City. “Female Author” was fueled by conflict, as Hannah, Jessa, Adam and Marnie all realized how discontent they are with their current situations. Hannah begins the episode in typical Hannah fashion, as she video chats with Jessa as they catch up about Hannah’s life in Iowa. The conversation seems a bit forced, until Hannah stumbles into asking the question that we all knew was on her mind the whole time: “How’s Adam?” As a result of only having one class a week,...

Hard Knocks 2015 Potential Teams

Hard Knocks 2015 Potential Teams

Football season is approaching its zenith of competition over the next several weeks but with the end of the regular season, speculation has already begun over which team will be featured in the annual late summer series Hard Knocks.  In years past the show has featured teams with stars in transition trying to break through to the next level and compete with the best in the league.  Last season the Atlanta Falcons were featured coming off of a 4-12 season with zero star power.  In recent years teams are featured not because they want to take advantage of the added publicity but due to contractual obligations with the NFL.  The teams...

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