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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones 4.02 Recap – The Lion And The Rose

Apr 15, 2014

Marriage is the focal point of this episode. There are all kinds of marriages: royal (Joffrey & Margaery); arranged (Stannis & Selyse); political (Tyrion and Sansa); passionate and...

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True Blood

True Blood Season 7 Premiere Date

Apr 3, 2014

This is the beginning of the end. We knew it was coming but many True Blood fans were still awaiting that final date when the show would meet the true death.  Today we have it for you and...

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True Detective

True Detective is HBO’s Most Watched Freshman Series Ever

Apr 17, 2014

Delayed figures on viewership trickled in this week and with it came a very uprising revelation:  True Detective is now HBO’s most watched freshman series of all time.  Yes, more than...

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Girls

What if Lena Dunham Had Written: Game of Thrones?

Apr 1, 2014

Happy April Fools Day, everyone!  We thought we’d give Game of Thrones fans a day off this year from the trauma we put them through on this day in 2013.  Here’s a fun post from...

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Latest HBO Series News

Game of Thrones Video Game Announced by HBO & Telltale Games

Game of Thrones Video Game Announced by HBO & Telltale Games

Brace yourselves, gamers. We now have official confirmation that a brand new Game of Thrones game is slated for development by Telltale Games. Telltale has teamed up with with HBO Global Licensing in a “multi-year, multi-title partnership, to create games based on the Emmy Award-winning television series”. For those unfamiliar with Telltale, they are known for releasing their games as episodic series, reminiscent of TV shows. Some of their most successful/popular franchises include Escape from Monkey Island, Back to the Future: The Game, and The Wolf Among Us, which is...

A Song of Ass and Fire: South Park Skewers Game of Thrones

A Song of Ass and Fire: South Park Skewers Game of Thrones

This roundup and the South Park episodes contain a few spoilers for the show and books, so beware if you choose to enter! If you didn’t get to see South Park’s epic send-up of HBO’s Game of Thrones, we have a wrap-up for you with some clips and a few observations. There are lots of little Easter Eggs I didn’t get into– like the music, which they’ve composed to sound close to Game of Thrones, but not too close. It may pay to have this on your DVR in HD– there are lots of little things about the characters and in the background you won’t want to...

This Just In: Bette Midler Becomes Mae West!

This Just In: Bette Midler Becomes Mae West!

HBO Films has added another exciting project to its slate and not one but four A-listers plan to do it. The Divine Miss M. herself, Bette Midler, is to personify Mae West in the near future under the direction of William Friedkin via a script to be scribed by Harvey Fierstein. It is all under the watchful eye of executive producer Jerry Weintraub. All four are heavy hitters in the business and Mae West could hold her own too, back in the day.  The developing movie, to be titled MAE WEST, is based on West’s autobiography “Goodness Had Nothing to Do With It.”  Brought to light by such...

Treme Season 4 Episode 2: This City

Treme Season 4 Episode 2: This City

What first struck me about this week’s episode wasn’t anything about its content, but the fact that there hasn’t actually been an episode titled This City before now. Both between the obvious connection with Annie’s song (dedicated this week to Steve Earle’s late Harley), and the thematic significance of the show as a whole, the words “This City” sum up Treme as succinctly as possible. It is appropriate, then, that the phrase was left as an episode title in one of the last few episodes of this criminally under-appreciated show. The second thing that...

HBO Sports Documentary – STATE OF PLAY: TROPHY KIDS

HBO Sports Documentary – STATE OF PLAY: TROPHY KIDS

Overview: HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey team up again for the innovative new documentary film series STATE OF PLAY. the show takes on complex and multi-layered themes in sports, exploring their relationship to larger society. Each new edition spotlights a topic or person whose impact on the sports world is undeniable, opening with a brief overview followed by a 40-minute cinéma vérité documentary and concluding with an in-depth, 20-minute roundtable discussion of the issue with the filmmakers, subjects and guest experts. Emmy® nominee Berg (Friday Night...

Movie Review: Stoker

Movie Review: Stoker

This is not a film about Bram Stoker, the making of Dracula or anything else vampirical. This is a film about grief, betrayal and sorrow as the Stoker family’s only child, India, comes to terms with the death of her father amidst the final years of her adolescence. Park Chan-Wook, Director of Old Boy, brings us a twisted tale brought to life by an artistic vision and excellent performances. Mia Wasikowska does brilliantly to inject the perfect shot of darkness while simultaneously emulating purity and innocence through the character of India. We start the film on her eighteenth birthday as...

This Just In: Russell Simmons Brings South Beach to HBO

This Just In: Russell Simmons Brings South Beach to HBO

HBOWatch has already noted that Russell Simmons has returned to HBO with a development deal. Now he has made his choice and is teaming up with John Singleton to bring it to life. They are calling it CLUB LIFE: MIAMI. The story will take us to the highly pumped up world of the South Beach club scene and will “follow a reformed criminal who moves to Miami and gains a new lease on life as he embraces the vibrant, youthful and transgressive world.”   The project is to be directed and produced by Mr. Singleton who is best known for Boyz In the Hood. He will take us to the hip, exciting city...

Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays to be Filmed for HBO

Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays to be Filmed for HBO

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2013 – Billy Crystal’s “700 Sundays,” one of the most-acclaimed and highest-grossing plays in Broadway history, is coming to HBO. To be taped Jan. 3 and 4 at the Imperial Theatre in New York, the special will debut exclusively on HBO later in 2014. “Billy Crystal has been a beloved member of the HBO family for more than three decades,” says Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “It’s thrilling to us that he decided to let us film this legendary theatrical event.” An autobiographical journey, “700 Sundays” is an original two-act play in...

HBO Fall Documentary: THE BATTLE FOR AMFAR

HBO Fall Documentary: THE BATTLE FOR AMFAR

Overview: In the darkest days of the AIDS pandemic, two very different women – Hollywood superstar Elizabeth Taylor and research scientist Dr. Mathilde Krim – joined forces to create amfAR (American Foundation for AIDS Research), America’s first AIDS research foundation. Directed by Rob Epstein (HBO’s Oscar-winning COMMON THREADS: STORIES FROM THE QUILT) and Jeffrey Friedman (HBO’s Emmywinning THE CELLULOID CLOSET) and executive produced by iconic New York fashion designer and AmfAR chairman Kenneth Cole, THE BATTLE OF AMFAR tells the story of the unlikely pairing of these...

Time Warner Cable Now Offering HBO for Potential Cord-Cutters

Time Warner Cable Now Offering HBO for Potential Cord-Cutters

Hot off the heels of Comcast’s decision to offer a small cable package that included only local channels along with HBO, Time Warner Cable is headed is now offering something similar.  Fun Fact: Time Warner Cable was formerly a subsidiary of Time Warner (go figure) the same parent company as HBO itself.  There has been an on-going debate between cord cutters and cable aficionados about whether HBO should offer it’s TV anywhere service, HBOGo in a separate package so that customers aren’t forced to sign a contract with a cable company just to view Game of Thrones, True...

Ja’mie: Private School Girl – Episode 2

Ja’mie: Private School Girl – Episode 2

OMG you guys, I like, love this show, like SFM! I mean, who wouldn’t, really? You’d totally have to be povo or a boarder or something to not enjoy this series. We’re still building toward the big action here, but unlike many of the other thirty minute comedy series we’ve seen, the build here is so good, that we are virtually never bored. Once again, the amazingly brilliant Chris Lilley does not fail to disappoint. Watching Ja’mie navigate her way through life at Hilford, I’m instantly transported back in time to my own high school days. It’s easy to...

Game of Thrones Season 4 Casting Roundup

Game of Thrones Season 4 Casting Roundup

Now that shooting for Game of Thrones season 4 has officially come to an end, we can all begin preparing for our return to Westeros in four months. In light of this, we have composed a roundup of all the new castings (and some recastings) for the new season. For more information on each individual casting, click on the character’s name. Known Castings:   Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper of Dorne (Pedro Pascal) Oberyn is a brash, charming, cunning prince of Dorne (part of the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros). His sister Elia was brutally murdered by the Lannister knight Gregor “The...

GETTING ON: Sn 01 Episode Two Review

GETTING ON: Sn 01 Episode Two Review

Episode # 2 – If You’re Going to San Francisco  From the get go I must say that this episode was not as funny as the premiere, but it was just as entertaining. If you recall from the premiere review I stated that there were two different methods to keep the funny coming on GETTING ON. Built into the structure of each installment is witty wordplay and absurd situations to make viewers chuckle. In the show’s second episode I felt the dialogue kept up its pace but serious and real moments kind of took over the absurd bits. Luckily, it did not hurt the episode one bit. Just...

Veep Season 2 on DVD and Blu-Ray in March

Veep Season 2 on DVD and Blu-Ray in March

New York, N.Y., December 2, 2013 – The votes are in, and VEEP® is “one of the funniest shows on television” (The Wrap). In Season 2 of the acclaimed HBO® comedy series, which follows the day-to-day life of Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, winner of the 2012 and 2013 Emmys® for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in VEEP), Meyer puts out political fires, juggles a busy public schedule and demanding private life, and defends the president’s interests. From Academy Award® nominee Armando Iannucci (In the Loop), the show’s...

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