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Rape in the Great Sept of Baelor: An Analysis

Apr 22, 2014

*Warning: this post discuses a graphic sexual scene* In Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, a scene involving Jaime and Cersei in the sept beside Joffrey’s body has gotten a lot...

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True Blood

First Clips from the Final Season of True Blood

Apr 20, 2014

HBO surprised us all with a very full Easter Sunday this year.  While some networks took a break the Home Box Office kept its foot firmly on the gas pedal with new episodes of “Game of...

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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

Girls Season 3 Available Early for Digital Download

Apr 21, 2014

HBO is giving fans of Girls a little treat this season.  Normally we’d have to wait quite some time for the digital downloads to make their way to the likes of Amazon, Google Play and...

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VICE Repeat After REAL TIME This Week

VICE Repeat After REAL TIME This Week

UPDATE: Real Time with Bill Maher was also a repeat this weekend.  Rest assured that Easter Sunday’s schedule will remain ALL NEW. No explanation has been given but HBO is skipping a new episode of VICE this week. The next installment is Episode 6 and it will debut Friday, April 25 at 11:00pm. That episode will look at the latest on legalizing marijuana and also about North Korean defectors. Episode 5 runs again this week with Shane Smith’s report on the Taliban University and Armageddon Now. Check it out if you haven’t. Or if you have seen it then here is some fresh VICE content...

True Detective is HBO’s Most Watched Freshman Series Ever

True Detective is HBO’s Most Watched Freshman Series Ever

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 Game of Thrones season 1, yes more than The Sopranos opening season and so on and so forth. The show drew 11.9 million viewers per episode which barely beats out Six Feet Under for the title.  Game of Thrones still holds court for the most watched season of any HBO series with 14.4 million viewers in its third season (2013).  Here are some older numbers that don’t include that last...

Veep Season 3: Episode 2

Veep Season 3: Episode 2

First, can I just say how jarring it is to go from Game of Thrones to Veep? Yet, that is what HBO is giving us on Sunday nights. From Westeros to Washington. Episode two of Veep begins with Mike. Oh, Mike. Still on his honeymoon, even if his “honeymoon” seems more like a stay-cation. Couldn’t Mike have done better than that? Maybe the beach? The Grand Canyon? A cruise? Yes, now that I think of it, there should really be a spin-off series with Mike, his wife, Gary, and Jonah on a year-long cruise. All four of them, stuck together on a boat, in the middle of the ocean, for a solid...

HBO Documentary Films: ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP

HBO Documentary Films: ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP

Overview: One in seven American children experiences the death of a loved one before age 20, and few adults know how to help deal with the grief that follows. ONE LAST HUG: THREE DAYS AT GRIEF CAMP highlights the work of professional counselors and volunteers at Camp Erin, a three-day program that encourages grieving children ranging in age from six to 17 to share their feelings and memories of lost loved ones with their peers. The camp, founded by baseball star Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen in memory of Erin Metcalf, a fan who died of cancer at 17, takes place in 43 locations...

Documentary Update: PAYCHECK Follow-Up, THE CASE AGAINST 8 & More

Documentary Update: PAYCHECK Follow-Up, THE CASE AGAINST 8 & More

This post is a combination of news about HBO Documentary Films. Our first segment is a follow-up to one of the recent documentaries to air and the rest are announcements for upcoming non-fiction fare under the documentary banner. There are some interesting topics ahead.   PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK Interview The LA Times has an interview up with single parent Katrina Gilbert who was featured in the HBO Documentary Films: PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE AD TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT. Here are a few highlights from that interview and note that the first link above gets you to the conversation...

Game of Thrones 4.02 Recap – The Lion And The Rose

Game of Thrones 4.02 Recap – The Lion And The Rose

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 sensual (Oberyn & Ellaria); intellectually like-minded (Tywin and Olenna); financial (Roose & Walda) and malevolent (Ramsay & Myranda). We start off with the gruesome hunting activities of Ramsay, Myranda and Theon. Only, Theon is an empty shell of a man, forced to run along behind Ramsay. We see a young girl get pierced with an arrow, due to Myranda’s jealousy. She is attacked and killed by...

Farewell to one of Westeros’ Most Hated Villains

Farewell to one of Westeros’ Most Hated Villains

(Purple Wedding Spoilers Ahead!) Maybe someone should tell the people of Westeros to stop attending color themed weddings. First, Game of Thrones gave us the Red Wedding, and broke all our hearts into millions of pieces. Then comes along the Purple Wedding from Sunday night and totally redeems itself! King Joffrey Baratheon, the snub-nosed child of incest, torturer of women, and petulant, cruel, short-sighted, violent sadist, died at his own wedding from a gruesome, fast-acting poison in his wine. The guests did not cheer, but they were compelled to be polite. However, I cannot say that I,...

Sigur Rós Perform on Game of Thrones

Sigur Rós Perform on Game of Thrones

James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Icelandic band Sigur Rós has been cast in Game of Thrones.  Hibberd writes: Thrones has landed Icelandic art-pop sensation Sigur Rós to appear in season four. Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson, Georg Hólm and Orri Páll Dýrason are currently shooting an appearance on the Thrones set in Croatia. What will the band mates do? Will they play a song? Might a bowed guitar be involved? This continues the tradition of the producers’ favorite musicians being included in the show in some way. In season 2, The National recorded a...

VICE Season Two Episode 5 Review

VICE Season Two Episode 5 Review

Overview: In the throes of a crippling, violent insurgency, Dagestan is Russia’s hotbed for Muslim extremism, and its jihadists have been behind many high-profile terrorist plots around the world. Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev (pictured) spent six months there the year before that deadly attack. To understand why so much terrorist activity originates in the region, and to see firsthand what Tsarnaev learned during his stay, VICE heads to Dagestan to follow in terrorists’ footsteps. The Israel-Palestinian conflict is one of the best-known and longest-standing conflicts...

Another Teaser for HBO’s The Leftovers

Another Teaser for HBO’s The Leftovers

  HBO has released another trailer for the creepy new series from one of the creators of LOST.  The show will premiere this summer and I’m sure we’ll see many more trailers before that time.  Here’s the latest: The show was recently confirmed to be going on hiatus from production but that July premiere date seems to still be a firm one according the HBO.  That’s going to push things to the wire but we know that HBO wouldn’t let a crappy show on the air.  This will be one to watch...

Incredible Photos from the Wedding of King Joffrey Baratheon

Incredible Photos from the Wedding of King Joffrey Baratheon

Today we have some incredible photos from the upcoming wedding of King Joffrey Baratheon to one Margaery Tyrell. You can watch the entire wedding yourself at 9PM PST/EST on HBO or HBO Go but we wanted to give you a little taste of what’s to come at the festivities. The King and his cohorts have spared no expense in this lavish celebration of the King’s love for his new Queen. This episode of Game of Thrones was actually written by George RR Martin himself so you know it’s going to be BIG!   Take a look at the wedding of the ages: Look how happy they are!  Such an amazing...

Olivia Wilde Joins HBO Rock Series from Scorsese & Winter

Olivia Wilde Joins HBO Rock Series from Scorsese & Winter

Devastation.  This was how Boardwalk Empire fans felt when they heard that the series would end in 2014 with one, final season.  There’s no getting around it:  Sunday nights starting in the fall of 2015 may never be the same.  But what if I told you that the same team that brought you The Sopranos AND Boardwalk Empire were already hard at work on yet another sure-to-be-hit series on HBO? Renowned director Martin Scorsese and The Sopranos co-producer Terrance Winter will begin filming a new series about a Rock n’ Roll  executive named Richie (BWE’s Bobby...

Lisa Kudrow’s THE COMEBACK Coming Back?

Lisa Kudrow’s THE COMEBACK Coming Back?

Everyone remembers THE COMEBACK don’t they? It was a single season comedy in 2005 by Michael Patrick King of SEX AND THE CITY and Lisa Kudrow. Ohh, now you remember. It aired thirteen episodes coupled with ENTOURAGE the summer of that year and may now be coming back to HBO a decade later. Both King and Kudrow are in preliminary discussion about bringing the lauded sitcom back on the air. It was a mockumentary style spoof of the reality TV genre and of celebrities fighting to stay relevant. Kudrow plays has-been actress Valerie Cherish who gets a reality show documenting her attempt at a...

Movie Review: Pacific Rim

Movie Review: Pacific Rim

From the start you know what you’re getting into with a movie like this; giant robots vs. giant monsters, sky scrapers crumbling and cargo ships used like baseball bats. This is a big, loud, screaming mess of pistons, turbines, blue ammonia blood, and scientific gobblety-gook. A love letter by director Guillermo Del Toro to that most easily consumed of Japanese entertainment, anime and monster movies. Honestly, what’s not to love? At the fault of tectonic plates between the United States and Asia, the Pacific Rim, an inter-dimensional breach has opened letting loose the Kaiju,...

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