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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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BOARDWALK EMPIRE: Inside The Final Season and Episode One

BOARDWALK EMPIRE: Inside The Final Season and Episode One

Well, BOARDWALK EMPIRE has entered its final season. It has jumped into time to the start of The Great Depression and we are awaiting the end game. Who survives? How do life and the business for Nucky, Capone and the like change and adapt?  Clearly if you know some history you know some answers, but how is BOARDWALK EMPIRE going to play it out? It shall be interesting to find out and HBOWatch likes to take a part in helping us all along in the journey. This writer is surprised that this following video clip didn’t get some play onsite already, but I couldn’t find it. So here is an “Invitation to The Set” piece that helps set...

BEYONCE/JAY Z ON THE RUN Concert Counts Down to 09.20.

BEYONCE/JAY Z ON THE RUN Concert Counts Down to 09.20.

The musical force known as Beyonce and her right hand man Jay Z are building up the hype for their upcoming HBO Concert Event. ON THE RUN debuts Saturday night, September 20 at 9:00pm ET. HBO used to present quite a few Concert Specials back in the day, but nowadays they are rare. Are you getting pumped up for it? Come on, you know most of the songs, right?  It seems by this clip that the performers are ready at least.     And what a collection of tunes they have to draw from to make an exciting evening. Now there a number of different set lists we discovered; all with slight variations. So what we got here might not be 100%...

The Leftovers Season One Finale: “The Prodigal Son Returns”

The Leftovers Season One Finale: “The Prodigal Son Returns”

“Prodigal son.” For those that are familiar with the term, it means a son who has returned to his family after a long absence. This particular son is special; “prodigal” by definition means ‘a person who leaves home and behaves recklessly, but later makes a repentant return.’ Three characters in the season finale seem to fit the description rather well and each of these men, in their own way. Our Holy Trinity in the season finale is Kevin, Tommy and Holy Wayne. Each of these men have behaved in such a way that would be considered reckless, harmful or immoral. Kevin, still in mute shock from witnessing Patti’s suicide, waits....

Boardwalk Empire Season 5: “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”

Boardwalk Empire Season 5: “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”

Everyone, autumn has arrived, and, with it, “Boardwalk Empire!” Sadly, this is the last season for “Boardwalk Empire” and we will only have eight episodes in total. In case you forgot anything from last season, here’s a recap: This year, we go back in time to Atlantic City in 1884 where we see a young Nucky trying to fish out gold coins thrown by Louis “The Commodore” Kaestner into the ocean. Unfortunately for Nucky, the coins are always just out of reach or some other boy gets it first. This is a running theme for Nucky – no matter how hard he tries, the other boys always get there first. He...

HBO Won’t Be Filming 24/7: NHL’s Winter Classic

HBO Won’t Be Filming 24/7: NHL’s Winter Classic

For the past few seasons HBO has filmed the NHL’s yearly event, an outdoor game called “The Winter Classic”.  But more importantly than the event itself, HBO’s cameras captured the personalities, the angst and the joy of being a pro hockey player. Think Hard Knocks on ice. (Or don’t that sounds weird). Today both HBO and the NHL have confirmed that the show will not continue on HBO’s air.  Here’s HBO’s statement: Everybody at HBO enjoyed working with the NHL and its teams on 24/7 the past four years. It was an exciting endeavor and we’re very proud of the never-before-seen presentation of...

Bill Maher Returns for 12th Season with 2-Hour Live Special on 09.12

Bill Maher Returns for 12th Season with 2-Hour Live Special on 09.12

Update:  Get Ready for A Double Dose of Bill Maher on 09.12! It is a big Friday night coming up for Bill Maher on September 12th.  It all starts with another edition of his long-running show REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER and then his tenth Comedy Special. We bump up this posting as a reminder and add the video that is in heavy rotation promoting the LIVE evening of Maher wit.     REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER returns from hiatus and resumes its 12th season with a live edition, presented from Sidney Harman Hall in Washington, D.C. at a special time, on FRIDAY, SEPT. 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m. live ET/tape-delayed PT).  In this week’s...

Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Matthew McConaughey revitalized his career around 2012, and what a revitalization is has been. With his film Mud and HBO’s own True Detective, it appears the years of Matt doing crappy romantic comedies might be past us (I’m looking at you, Failure to Launch). In Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey stars as Ron Woodruff, a rough around the edges electrician who likes drugs and promiscuous sex (a lot of promiscuous sex). After a workplace accident, Ron awakes in the hospital wherein he is told he has HIV. The time of the film is late 80s, when the knowledge of HIV and AIDS was growing as awareness of the disease spread. Feeling this...

Time Warner CEO Closer than Ever to Freeing HBOGo

Time Warner CEO Closer than Ever to Freeing HBOGo

Watching HBO online can be complicated. In this day and age you would think that the award winning app, HBOGo would be something that was available to anyone willing to pay for an HBO subscription. But alas, HBOGo is only available to those with a current, traditional cable subscription, a model that many experts think is fading with the influx of streaming services such as Hulu and Netflix. How quickly will that transition take place? It may be a little slower than some internet savvy, cord-cutting millennials would like. Jeff Bewkes, CEO of HBO’s parent company, Time Warner spoke to the issue at an investor conference this...

Fincher & Ellroy Bring 1950’s Noir Series to HBO

Fincher & Ellroy Bring 1950’s Noir Series to HBO

What if we told you HBO was combining the slick writing, dialogue, and 1950’s setting of the neo-noir detective film L.A Confidential with the mood, atmosphere and look of Fight Club or Se7en? Directors David Fincher and famous crime fiction writer James Ellroy are old pals who’ve never gotten to work together.  But all that is about to change. We hear that the pair have been pitching a project to HBO that would combine the two’s talents in one epic crime series. Fincher has wanted to get a series like this off the ground for some time but has been too busy to make it happen. Details are VERY scarce at this point and, as...

The Knick: “Where’s the Dignity?”

The Knick: “Where’s the Dignity?”

People’s pasts and futures are colliding in this episode. We see the backstory of many characters, some surprising, others, not so much. One thing’s for certain: the daily events at the Knickerbocker Hospital are never dull. The opening scene is dark and shows the dirty underworld of boxing, but in a ring full of rats. Rats, at that time, were known to carry disease. And we see our man, Cleary, in the ring. A way to make a quick buck, I suppose. Patients continue to be delivered to the Knick. We see one who comes in with tuberculosis; one with rat bites and one who has a heart condition. Tensions continue to run high in this episode....

HBO Documentary Films: A GOOD JOB: STORIES FROM THE NYFD

HBO Documentary Films: A GOOD JOB: STORIES FROM THE NYFD

Overview: “‘A good job’ means a really tough fire,” says retired firefighter Alfred Benjamin. Some call it terrifying or seductive, but as Rescue 5’s Joseph Esposito notes, “You should be scared…that’s what keeps you alive.” Directed and produced by Liz Garbus (HBO’s LOVE, MARILYN, BOBBY FISCHER AGAINST THE WORLD and others) and produced by actor Steve Buscemi (Emmy nominee for HBO’s BOARDWALK EMPIRE) this documentary explores life in one of the most demanding and innovative fire departments in the world. Featuring first-hand accounts of veteran firefighters and former FDNY member Buscemi, the film reveals what it feels...

THE COMEBACK is Officially Coming Back on November 9th

THE COMEBACK is Officially Coming Back on November 9th

Update: A Press Release has confirmed a debut date! THE COMEBACK returns for its eight-episode season SUNDAY, NOV. 9 (10:00-10:30 p.m.). The limited comedy series stars Lisa Kudrow as the embattled Valerie Cherish, a fading TV “It Girl” who was once so desperate to stay in the spotlight that she allowed cameras to follow her every move as she appeared on a new sitcom – with disastrous results. Now, it’s ten years later, and Valerie thinks she has it all figured out this time. She doesn’t. Created by Michael Patrick King and Lisa Kudrow, who serve as executive producers along with Dan Bucatinsky.   Update: HBO has announced...

Hospital Comedy GETTING ON Debuts Season Two on November 9th

Hospital Comedy GETTING ON Debuts Season Two on November 9th

Update: A Press Release has confirmed a debut Date! GETTING ON launches its six-episode second season SUNDAY, NOV. 9 (10:30-11:00 p.m.). From creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, the series follows the daily lives of nurses and doctors as they struggle with the darkly comic realities of caring for the elderly in an overwhelmed healthcare system, skewering the petty bureaucracies of modern medical practice in America. Laurie Metcalf, Alex Borstein, Niecy Nash and Mel Rodriguez star. This HBOWatch writer will review Season Two.   From creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, co-creators of the acclaimed BIG LOVE series, GETTING...

The Newsroom Season 3 Gets a Premiere Date

The Newsroom Season 3 Gets a Premiere Date

UPDATE: November 9th at 9PM is the official start date for The Newsroom Season 3! We’d been waiting and waiting for final confirmation of The Newsroom season 3 and a possible air date. HBO didn’t let us down this week as they revealed a NOVEMBER premiere window for the series. We predicted as much earlier today with this tweet: If we had to guess we’d bet on a The Newsroom Season 3 teaser with premiere date along with @TrueBloodHBO‘s finale tonight! — HBO Watch (@HBOWatch) August 25, 2014 In a teaser trailer that showed very little of the actual show an air date finall emerged. We expect it to air alongside Getting...

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