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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: “What Jesus Said”

Sep 23, 2014

1884 Flashbacks Little Flashback Nucky is running around delivering flowers and getting teased about kisses by little girls sending him postcards. He also walks in on dead bodies while...

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The Knick

The Knick: “Get the Rope”

Sep 29, 2014

This episode had everything going for it: action, dilemmas, emergencies, courage, shock, defiance and love. Hospitals. Heroin dens. Hidden agendas. Hook ups. By the time the episode came to an...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Riddick

Sep 26, 2014

The thing you need to understand about Richard B. Riddick is that the man is a survivor. He has stealth, strength and eyes that can see in the dark. You wouldn’t want him as your...

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Latest HBO News

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

STATE OF PLAY Documentaries Return in November

Straight from an HBO Press Release comes news of additional episodes of the sports documentary series STATE OF PLAY. HBOWatch announced the creation of that series and since only one report has aired. That piece, STATE OF PLAY: TROPHY KIDS, was reviewed. Now, here is a look at what is ahead.   HBO Sports and executive producers Peter Berg (pictured) and Sarah Aubrey team up again for four innovative documentaries from the acclaimed STATE OF PLAY franchise, debuting Tuesdays in prime time for four consecutive weeks starting TUESDAY, NOV. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.   STATE OF PLAY: CULTURE SHOCK, the first new film...

HBO Planning Russian Spy Series – THE COMMISSAR’S REPORT

HBO Planning Russian Spy Series – THE COMMISSAR’S REPORT

HBO has been looking for a spy series for a while now. If you’d peek at the morgue of shows never brought to the TV screen you would see the evidence. Well HBO has targeted another attempt and this one is called THE COMMISSAR’S REPORT. It is billed as a comedic drama thriller which is a different twist to the spy game. The project comes from the Cold War satire crafted by Martyn Burke who is adapting his novel and writing the pilot script. A description of the work states  –  it follows Dimitri, a young spy in post-war Stalinist Russia who rises so quickly through the ranks of Soviet espionage that he is sent to New York as a...

Movie IN AMERICA to Become HBO Series

Movie IN AMERICA to Become HBO Series

Back in 2002 a movie entitled IN AMERICA did well on the big screen and at award season. Writer/director Jim Sheridan was behind that movie and he garnered an Oscar nomination for writing the piece. Now Mr. Sheridan and his two daughters, who also were billed as writers of the film, are bringing the concept to HBO as a dramatic series. The movie – centers on an Irish family who, broke and looking for a fresh start, settles in an apartment building in the Bronx where they struggle to befriend their neighbors, also immigrants, and realize they all have one thing in common: a past that continues to haunt them. To put it in better...

AT&T Offers Cheap Internet, HBO and Amazon Prime Package

AT&T Offers Cheap Internet, HBO and Amazon Prime Package

Are you a “cord-cutter”? Do you want to enjoy HBO and all of it’s amazing programming without a cable subscription? Are you tired of having to live with the guilt of pirating every single episode of every single show? Internet providers have recently been offering alternatives. Comcast led the way with an Internet + HBO package earlier this year for about forty dollars. Now we notice that AT&T is offering a $39 package that not only includes high speed internet and access to HBOGo– it also includes a year long subscription to Amazon Prime! That means you’ll also get access to Amazon’s library of older...

The GETTING ON Team Is Developing A French Comedy

The GETTING ON Team Is Developing A French Comedy

Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer have taken a U. K. import called GETTING ON and made a funny little comedy stateside that has a second season coming beginning 11.09.  They hope to do it again, but this time they are eying a French import. The duo will write an as yet untitled comedy centering on a French actress. It is described as a show about – a famous French actress who moves to the U. S. and, with savor faire, goes to great lengths to keep her unorthodox family together.   Assisting them with the show will be French actress and writer Judith Godreche who has some thirty acting credits in her home country. She is quoted as saying,...

Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones Season 5?

Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones Season 5?

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 of us did get a twinge of satisfaction watching him take a bolt to the gut from his son’s crossbow while taking a dump. But word comes this week that we may not have seen the last of Tywin. Game of Thrones has long avoided flashback scenes. Preferring dreams and live, present action over such storytelling devices. But Charles Dance assures us that we haven’t seen the last of him telling MTV: “I’m not completely missing out on...

HBO and Playtone Creating FACTORY MAN Miniseries

HBO and Playtone Creating FACTORY MAN Miniseries

The Playtone Company is at it again! The production company that brought us the miniseries’ FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON, BAND OF BROTHERS, THE PACIFIC and JOHN ADAMS, plus the series BIG LOVE and HBO Films GAME CHANGE has another project in development. It is called FACTORY MAN. FACTORY MAN will be a miniseries about the state of American jobs in the face of the outsourcing trend that has become the norm. It is based on a nonfiction book about the economic practice entitled “Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled OffShoring, Stayed Local – And Helped Save An American Town.”  The New York Times review stated –...

THE LEFTOVERS: Theories and Thoughts on Season One

THE LEFTOVERS: Theories and Thoughts on Season One

Is it too late to have some LEFTOVERS? This writer, for one, feels that THE LEFTOVERS ended on quite solid ground forming a climactic ending that griped viewers and left them with some ray of hope. We started the season confused and a bit frustrated but along the way some rich character developments surfaced and some windows into the psyche of the show cracked open. No, not all was solved, but for me enough was revealed to keep me interested. To assist in sorting through it is the site WatchingThe Leftovers.com. We start with a few points of the list of “10 Things Learned” about the show. 2% is a lot of people – 140 million. So I...

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

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 human imagination in such an honest heartfelt way. On an initial look The Secret Life of Walter Mitty seems like a film that is a bad idea. It’s a remake of a 1947 film, it’s filled to the brim with product placement, and it’s aggressively earnest. Yet somehow despite all odds this ended up being one of the most enjoyable heartwarming film experiences I’ve had in a long time. The plot of the film is much more modernized and differs vastly from...

The Knick: “They Capture the Heat”

The Knick: “They Capture the Heat”

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 wound in his upper thigh. Bunky, the very menacing pimp and loan shark, decided to take his brother in law to a man, a barber no less – to extract the bullet. After seeing the crude way the man went about conducting his medical business (not washing his hands, smoking and attempting to use a saw to cut off the leg), he and his men quit the scene. Which leads to Thackeray receiving a very early morning call. Thackeray and Edwards actually perform...

HBO Documentary Films: TERROR AT THE MALL

HBO Documentary Films: TERROR AT THE MALL

Overview: On Sept. 21, 2013, Al-Shabaab, an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group from Somalia, attacked Westgate Mall in neighboring Kenya. The siege lasted 49 hours, leaving 71 dead and hundreds wounded. Told from the vantage point of more than 100 security cameras revealing hours of previously unseen mall surveillance video, and drawing on extensive photos taken during the attack and testimony from survivors and rescuers depicted in the footage and photos, TERROR AT THE MALL recalls the horror of the attack, as well as the courage and resilience of ordinary citizens in the face of mass murder. TERROR AT THE MALL debuted on HBO on Monday,...

BILL MAHER: LIVE FROM DC – A Strong Special for HBO

BILL MAHER: LIVE FROM DC – A Strong Special for HBO

HBOWatch does not always offer up every ratings statistic that comes along, but every once in a while if others are buzzing about it we might hit on it as well. Such is the case with Bill Maher’s tenth special for the premium channel. BILL MAHER: LIVE FROM DC is HBO’s most matched comedy special in nearly five years. If you missed the HBO Comedy Special (shame on you) you missed his scrutiny on such topics as income inequality, Donald Trump and the puzzle that is politics including, of course, the Republicans. The routine played out Live on Friday, 09.12 at 10:00pm and was repeated again. The total numbers read as 1.1 million viewers and...

THE COMEBACK and GETTING ON Get Teasers

THE COMEBACK and GETTING ON Get Teasers

                            A comedy block is coming our way in November when GETTING ON and THE COMEBACK join THE NEWSROOM Sunday nights beginning 11.09. As a reminder that lineup will be the Sorkin drama at 9:00pm ET followed by Kudrow’s comeback at 10:00pm and the ladies of the Billy Barnes Unit at 10:30pm.  To help us get in the mood here are three teasers, for the upcoming seasons. After a long absence of nine years Lisa Kudow’s THE COMEBACK returns to HBO. Here are three teasers back to back that remind us of her character Valerie Cherish. I guess since she...

LOOKING’s Season Two Underway

LOOKING’s Season Two Underway

   LOOKING  is before the cameras in San Francisco and has added to their cast. Verification of filming came from this link right here which states the show was filming in local hot spots and tying up traffic. Oh, well that will happen at just about any on- location shoot. Oh, and the SFExaminer had listed they were looking for extras to fill the background scenes. All this work about the city right now works with the timeline of a Winter ‘15 airing for season two. As for the cast additions three actors are joining the ranks. They are Daniel Franzese, Chris Perfetti and Bashir Salahuddin.  Franzese, noted for being in Mean Girls,...

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