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Game of Thrones

Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones Season 5?

Sep 19, 2014

Tywin Lannister: A great villain of Westeros?  Or Westeros’ greatest villain? Either way many fans were (spoiler alert) sad to lose the Lannister Patriarch last season even though most...

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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire: “The Good Listener”

Sep 15, 2014

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...

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The Knick

The Knick: “They Capture the Heat”

Sep 18, 2014

Politics. Prostitution. Potential. Payouts. Bodies continue to arrive at the Knick and more surgeries continue to be performed. One patient, in particular, arrived at the Knick with a bullet...

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New Movies

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Sep 18, 2014

Imagination is the driving force behind all art, and yet it is a very difficult process to capture. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of the few films that has managed to tap into the...

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Latest HBO News

The Comedy Duo of John Oliver and Fareed Zakaria on LAST WEEK TONIGHT!

The Comedy Duo  of John Oliver and Fareed Zakaria on LAST WEEK TONIGHT!

Since there is no new edition of LAST WEEK TONIGHT this Memorial Day weekend I decided to take John Oliver up on his offer from his last show to check out the Web exclusive he was presenting with Fareed Zakaria. Then I thought why watch it alone so I will share that interview with you a bit lower in the post. Now I know you don’t give a rat’s ass about the elections in India and you may not even care who the hell Mr. Zakaria is, but John and Fareed make a pretty funny pair here. For those who don’t know who he is Mr. Z. is an expert on foreign policy and international affairs and not only appears on CNN but is a producer and consultant...

HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART Airs Sunday Night, 05.25.

HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART Airs Sunday Night, 05.25.

This is just a friendly reminder that HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART dominates the Sunday night primetime hours this coming Sunday, 05.25. It is a 133 minute movie that begins at 9:00pm ET with an encore presentation following that evening. The following clips are not intended to spoil the movie for you but merely to set the tone for what the movie is about and the passionate emotions that run through it. These first two clips offer snippets of scenes with commentary from creator Larry Kramer and cast members. It is a great introduction to the movie. This last clip offers glimpses of on-location shooting of the film. We will leave it at...

A Rumor Dismissed – Jessica Chastain in TRUE DETECTIVE

A Rumor Dismissed –  Jessica Chastain in TRUE DETECTIVE

Here at HBOWatch we try not to go to deep into rumors. You can track down many angles that lead to dead ends and pull your hair out sifting through it all. But, the speculation on what will Season 2 of TRUE DETECTIVE be all about has been quite fun. So, with that how about the rumor that Jessica Chastain, of Zero Dark Thirty fame, is landing a lead role in the second season? Now, we are fully aware that this is last week’s news, but since it was out of the rumor mill we were just going to let it go by, but monitor the news closely. We have not, unsurprisingly, been given a confirmation of her casting, but rather a dismissal of her...

THE LEFTOVERS Coming Soon!

THE LEFTOVERS Coming Soon!

It is time at HBOWatch to keep the buzz going on the new drama series of the summer – THE LEFTOVERS. There is already an official trailer or two out and there There has been some conversation as well, but first, here is the latest clip – Also there has been talks with Lost co-creator Lindelof as he now adapts the Tom Perrotta novel into  the upcoming HBO series. Entertainment Weekly has an interview we can glean good intel from. EW asked about what the vibe of the upcoming series was and here is Lindelof’s response. “This is going to be a show about sudden and abrupt loss and more importantly, what will at least in its...

VICE Season Two Episode 9 Review

VICE Season Two Episode 9 Review

Overview: More than 200 million gallons of oil surged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.  To combat the worst environmental disaster in American history, BP and the Coast Guard dumped nearly 2 million gallons of a chemical dispersant called Corexit into the Gulf. But instead of helping clean up the spill, Corexit made things worse. The seafood industry is decimated, and clean-up workers have developed debilitating respiratory and central nervous-system problems, along with skin rashes. Scientific studies have proven that Corexit exposure kills cells in the human airway, and makes oil 52 times more toxic to the environment. Four years later,...

Game of Thrones 4.07 Review – Mockingbird

Game of Thrones 4.07 Review – Mockingbird

Directed by: Alik Sakharov Written by: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in the thought process that I would watch an entire show dedicated specifically to Tyrion Lannister. The amount of fondness I have for his character knows no bounds and seems to only further grow each passing week with Peter Dinklage’s superb acting skills. I was thrilled by the amount of screen time he got this episode and all of the intense jail cell scenes that it resulted in. The first of these was a bonding moment between him and Jaime. While my affection for the Kingslayer seemed to wane slightly during the rape scene a few...

Next Installment of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is on 05.20.

Next Installment of REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL is on 05.20.

TV’s most honored sports journalism series continues its 20th season with more enterprising features and reporting when the show’s 206th edition debuts on Tuesday, 05.20 at 10:00pm ET. Though HBOWatch does not consistently announce every installment of this show, which has been on HBO since 1995, we do like to take opportunity to remind readers every now and again that it is still on air and it is always has interesting sports topics to explore and discuss. Straight from an HBO Press Release here is a look at the upcoming episode: White Elephants. Brazil, which some call the spiritual home of soccer, hosts the 2014 World Cup next month....

The Knick with Clive Owen Gets Cinemax Premiere Date

The Knick with Clive Owen Gets Cinemax Premiere Date

While this is mainly an HBO-centric news blog we wanted to highlight a major upcoming series from HBO’s sister network: Cinemax. More and more Cinemax is bringing premium quality series into your home and since HBO and Cinemax are normally bundled together we’re going to to make sure you know when and where you can watch these series as they arrive. We’ve covered The Knick in the past but we’d been waiting for an air date for quite some time. This week Cinemax gave us the answer: The original drama series THE KNICK will launch its ten-episode season FRIDAY, AUG. 8 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on CINEMAX....

Movie Review: Fast and Furious 6

Movie Review: Fast and Furious 6

Quick Forward: I was supposed to review We’re the Millers but didn’t get a chance so here’s an abridged version: It sucks. The same mean spirited, obnoxious trite that clogs up movie theaters like a diet of cheeseburgers does to a heart. Sure there’s a laugh to be had here or there, but they are few and far between slogs of unlikeable, un-endearing characters who essentially exist so that Jason Sudeikis can point at them like a carnival sideshow and crack jokes at their expense. (Clears Throat) The Fast and the Furious series was never something intended to be understood as the final, lasting work of anyone involved. However events...

Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters Get HBO Documentary Series

Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters Get HBO Documentary Series

Here is some surprising news for you all! Foo Fighters are to commemorate their 8th album and 20th anniversary with an HBO Documentary Series that shows them on an eight city “recording odyssey.” Here are the facts straight from an HBO Press Release: Foo Fighters (pictured) have confirmed that the making of their upcoming eighth album, due out this fall on Roswell/RCA, will be accompanied by an as yet untitled HBO series documenting the eight-city odyssey during which the record was created. In the series, directed by Foo Fighters founder Dave Grohl, the band taps into the musical heritage and cultural fabric of eight cities – Chicago,...

Latest Development from David Milch is Boss Tweed

Latest Development from David Milch is Boss Tweed

As of late we seem to have been going back and forth about what was next for two big producers for HBO. The showrunners in question are David Milch and David Simon. They both seemed to be struggling to get there next project up and running with the premium channel. Just what were they going to follow up with next? Well, we finally learned what Mr. Simon would take on. Remember this post about the MLK miniseries for Oprah? So, what about Mr. Milch; if not THE MONEY then what? Well, Vulture.com has helped us with a possible answer. The Vulture brand had a recent event called Vulture Festival where, among other things, they had a sit-down with...

Jessa in Trouble on the Next Season of GIRLS

Jessa in Trouble on the Next Season of GIRLS

It appears that Jemima Kirke did a no-no on the streets of New York City recently, but actually she is seen as her GIRLS character Jessa Johansson in this photo taken for The New York Daily News.  Apparently the image is a photo shot during a location rehearsal or during actual filming of a scene involving the troubled young lady.  It should be no surprise to followers of Hannah Horvath and friends that Jessa has a run-in with the law. Since the Miss has settled in NYC she’s been displaying less than desirable behavior with her short marriage, fake pregnancy, drug issues and all. In fact, the last time we saw her at the end of last...

Xbox Owners Can Now Use HBO Go Without Gold Subscription

Xbox Owners Can Now Use HBO Go Without Gold Subscription

In the past many Xbox users have complained about having to pay not only Netflix and HBO but Microsoft as well to access their respective streaming media apps through the video game console. An Xbox Live Gold Membership (about 50 bucks per year) was required to even download the apps needed to  utilize an Xbox as a typical home streaming device in the same way you’d do so for free with a Roku or Amazon Fire TV. All that changed this week when Microsoft announced that they were “Delivering More Choices” for fans along with a price drop for the console itself (to $399) saying: “…we’re bringing more value to...

HBO BOXING AFTER DARK Event Canceled

HBO BOXING AFTER DARK Event Canceled

It is rather sporadic we know, that is what happens when we don’t have a Sports Writer on staff, but we try to get occasional Boxing news to HBO BOXING fans from time to time. Here is what we got for you.  It seems an HBO BOXING AFTER DARK fight has been canceled. A bout between Mike Perez (20-0-1, 12 KOs) and Bryant Jennings was to take place and be seen on the show on 05.24.14. Mike Perez had suffered a shoulder injury during a sparring match that has forced him to back out. The fight was an important one as the winner would advance to WBC heavyweight competition. However, HBO has other boxing programs on the schedule for May. Coming up...

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