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The Night of

Still Waiting to Hear of THE NIGHT OF Season Two

Sep 25, 2016

With the way THE NIGHT OF ended its run back on 08.28 it appeared as there could be more story to tell. As of this posting it has almost been a month and there has been no official word on...

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Real Time with Bill Maher

Bill Maher Slated For REAL TIME Specials for the GOP/Dem Conventions

Jun 17, 2016

We are all quite familiar that Bill Maher likes to rant on his political bent. He has done so now into his fourteenth season of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER. He ups the ante this year, but not with...

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Documentaries

HBO Documentary Films: 3 DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS

Sep 21, 2016

Overview: On Jan. 7, 2015, two brothers belonging to Al-Qaeda in Yemen stormed the Paris offices of the satiric weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others before killing a...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Steve Jobs

Sep 23, 2016

Danny Boyle has had an interesting career as a director with the ability to make large sweeping films that take you on a physical journey, to smaller low key films that take you on emotional...

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Latest HBO News

Natalie Portman Comes To HBO in Miniseries

Natalie Portman Comes To HBO in Miniseries

Marta Kauffman, of such works as HBO’s DREAM ON and also Friends, Joey and Grace & Frankie & has Natalie Portman slated for the miniseries WE ARE ALL COMPLETELY BESIDE OURSELVES for HBO. Through her Okay Goodnight production company she has snagged the rights to the Karen Joy Fowler novel and apparently quickly got Portman interested. “We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves” is a twisty tale centered on university student Rosemary Cooke (Portman), whose complex and unusual upbringing is marred by the unexpected disappearance of a “twin sister” at the age of 5. Christopher Monger, the Emmy nominated co-writer of HBO’s...

HBO Eyes Rise of ISIS Story from Bradley Cooper

HBO Eyes Rise of ISIS Story from Bradley Cooper

Actor/Producer Bradley Cooper, who holds both positions for the series Limitless, has optioned the book “Black Flags: The Rise Of ISIS” to become a miniseries for HBO with a number of partners. His Joint Effort production company, with partner Todd Phillips will serve as executive producers of the project. It will be penned by Gregg Hurwitz (Queen of the South) with Tim Van Patten (GAME OF THRONES) set to direct. The source material is a nonfiction tome by Joby Warrick and tells the story of the rise of ISIS, from its origins in a remote Jordanian prison to its stunning success in Syria. The book tracks the group’s unlikely roots and...

VICE NEWS TONIGHT Pushed To October 10

VICE NEWS TONIGHT Pushed To October 10

It happens all the time. A production sets a launch date goal and when they get close they suddenly have to readjust the date. Some worry perhaps that it is because of production troubles the program in question is facing that pushes the debut date. For example, that is what happened to HBO Miniseries: LEWIS AND CLARK and we still have not heard if and when it will be finished. Other times a change of schedule occurs because the production just wants to make sure everything is perfect. We learned that was the case with WESTWORLD. Evidently that is also the case with HBO’s nightly news venture VICE NEWS TONIGHT. Smartly, to alleviate any...

HBO Creative Arts Emmy Wins 2016

HBO Creative Arts Emmy Wins 2016

The main Television Academy event, the Primetime Emmys, is not until Sunday, September 18, but the Creative Arts Emmys had its nights to shine over the course of two nights on Saturday September 10 and Sunday September 11 at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. These awards are the technical and guest roles awards that are not part of the presentation of the big Best Actor, Actress and Show categories broadcast worldwide next week. According to the Academy site the award focuses primarily on key technical disciplines and behind-the-scenes crafts of television production, such as production design, casting, cinematography, costumes,...

WESTWORLD Planned For Five Seasons!

WESTWORLD Planned For Five Seasons!

Do you remember back when we were in a panic because Bad Robot had halted production of WESTWORLD? We thought that was a sign of problems with the series and that they might scrap or re-tool it? We were told that they were just trying to firm up some of the scripts before they moved forward. Liza Joy, showrunner alongside Jonathan Nolan said, “For the first half of the series we were writing while in production and we needed the time to catch up on scripts. Taking that time allowed us to really finesse all the storylines we set up – deepening character arcs and delving further into the series’ larger mythological questions.” Joy...

Vince Gilligan is Drinking Jim Jones’ Kool-Aid for HBO

Vince Gilligan is Drinking Jim Jones’ Kool-Aid for HBO

Man, Casey Bloys is working hard to make some content happen for HBO in the future. It seems the network has just snagged another potential project and this one is from Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad & Better Call Saul). He will be executive producer and write a limited series about the cult of Jim Jones. The limited series (I guess most shows will be of the limited variety from now on) has the title of RAVEN and will get us up close with Jim Jones, the infamous leader of the Peoples Temple cult who led his followers to a mass murder-suicide in Jonestown, Guyana, in 1978 when they drank poisoned Kool-Aid. Says our source the work is based...

Game of Thrones – Casting, Directors and ‘The Winds of Winter’

Game of Thrones – Casting, Directors and ‘The Winds of Winter’

Earlier reports that claimed acting veteran Angela Lansbury was set to make an appearance in the seventh series of HBO’s Game of Thrones have been dismissed. However fellow experienced and highly regarded actor Jim Broadbent is still in line to play an as yet unknown role in season seven of the hit fantasy show. German news site Bild originally claimed that actress Lansbury was ” …to play a guest role in two episodes”, but Lansbury, best known for her roles in Murder, She Wrote and adventure film Bedknobs and Broomsticks, looks like she isn’t heading for Westeros after all. Entertainment Weekly have...

THE YOUNG POPE Drops International Trailer

THE YOUNG POPE Drops International Trailer

THE YOUNG POPE had been sitting quiet for a while, but has now generated an international trailer. So, you are thinking it is an HBO project so why the buzz overseas? Then you have forgotten that it is an international cinematic endeavor in which HBO is just one production company involved. Italian director Paolo Sorrentino has created a ten-part work, which will be marketed in America via HBO as a limited series, with production partners from HBO, the UK ‘s Sky Atlantic and France’s Canal+. THE YOUNG POPE is about to begin its airing across Europe and has released its trailer at the Venice Film Festival going on now in Italy. At 1:53...

Movie Review: Sisters

Movie Review: Sisters

HBO Saturday night premiere of Sisters debuts Saturday SEPTEMBER 10 at 8:00pm. Actually, I hadn’t seen the trailer for this film when it was first going around. A few TV spots had popped up, but those did not do much to show any points of the story or what was actually going to happen. If I wasn’t convinced to check this film out from the fact it is Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, the trailer certainly convinced me. The “good” daughter Maura (Amy Poehler) finds out that her parents (James Brolin and Dianne Wiest) are interested in selling their home. The same home in which Maura and her sister Kate (Tina Fey), the...

Alan Ball of SIX FEET UNDER and BANSHEE Announces New HBO Series

Alan Ball of SIX FEET UNDER and BANSHEE Announces New HBO Series

Alan Ball is just one of those go-to guys for HBO. He has already been producer of five seasons of SIX FEET UNDER, six seasons (serving as executive producer on the final  7th season) of TRUE BLOOD and four seasons of BANSHEE on Cinemax. He is also serving as an executive produce on HBO Films: THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS and he is now setting up his next foray for HBO. His latest settles closer to the lives of the Fisher family from SIX FEET UNDER as it is also being labeled a family drama project. It is an untitled work at this time, however some specifics have been established. It takes us into the lives and home of a...

The Story of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Filming for HBO

The Story of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Filming for HBO

With Oprah Winfrey placing her support behind a docudrama about The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks biography, the audience will be in for an eye opening experience into how past medical practices were so cold and clinical. Henrietta Lacks’ medical issues were nothing but experimentation and research for doctors and lab staff. Henrietta was a woman of African American origin, born into an impoverished family. She had ten brothers and sisters and her mother passed away after having the tenth child. The family had been moved to Clover, Virginia and split up amongst relatives, out of necessity. Henrietta did not have an easy life: as a...

Movies on HBO: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

Movies on HBO: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: THE ROAD CHIP, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the PG rated family flick playing on HBO. The movie premiered on Saturday, 09.03 at 7:00pm and is still airing across the channels as well as on HBOGo/HBONow. To get the right vibe to what this is all about check out this HBO promo: Now who would have thought the Chipmunks (created in 1958 by Ross Bagdasarian Sr.) with hit novelty records would be a hot property today and headlining their fifth movie? If you want a detailed account of their historic antics then check Alvin...

Vice Principals: “The Foundation of Learning” & “The Good Book”

Vice Principals: “The Foundation of Learning” & “The Good Book”

The saga of Neal Gamby and Lee Russell continues further in the two latest episodes of Vice Principals and each week we are moving further and further away from their initial intention of taking down Principal Brown so that Gamby can become Principal. It would seem that this simple premise was merely a catalyst to create a deep and meaningful bond between the two faculty members and their plans have taken a huge back seat so that they can deal with more pressing matters. The only one who seems to still have an investment in the idea is Lee, Gamby has dropped the matter, like a child who’s bored of his new toy. In last weeks episode,...

Andy Sandberg Offers Another HBO ‘Mockumentary’

Andy Sandberg Offers Another HBO ‘Mockumentary’

Evidently, 7 DAYS OF HELL was a success for HBO and Andy Samberg. We failed to mention that another mockumentary special is in the works from Andy Samberg and company. They first served up some fun-time satire with their take on Wimbledon level tennis and now focus on doping in the world of professional cycling. That’s right, they are poking fun at Lance Armstrong. The comedy bit is entitled TOUR DE PHARMACY and will race through the sport of cycling (like it did with tennis) and also play absurd with a doping scandal surrounding one of the athletes. Samberg will serve as producer and star of the work which will include appearances by...

HBO Documentary Films Lineup for the Remainder of 2016

HBO Documentary Films Lineup for the Remainder of 2016

HBO has confirmed a diverse array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries for the second half of 2016. As of this posting we have already reviewed two of them: MEET THE DONORS? DOES MONEY TALK? which debuted 08.01.16 and HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT from 08.08.16. Some of the titles below reflect a jostling in the schedule. Some titles originally slated for the first half of the year have since been held until this latter half. At least we get them all in before the end of year as well as our reviews. Here is a look now of the slated documentaries for the remainder of 2016:   THREE DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS (debuting...

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