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First FULL Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer

Jan 29, 2015

Alright, HBO enough teasing. Tonight was a big night for the Home Box Office with Game of Thrones premiering in IMAX theaters for the first time for ANY TV show.  HBO took the opportunity to...

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True Detective

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

Nov 24, 2014

UPDATE: We can now CONFIRM that Rachel McAdams is IN for True Detective season 2!  Here’s the logline from HBO: Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective...

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Girls

Girls: “Female Author”

Jan 27, 2015

While we spent the entirety of last week’s episode with Hannah in Iowa, “Female Author” took us back to the ever-problematic lives of the other girls in New York City. “Female Author”...

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New Movies

Movie Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

Jan 23, 2015

Approaching a historical Greek film is always very subjective when the film is mostly embedded in fantasy and sensationalism rather than the portrayal of historical accuracy. For some...

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Movie Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

Movie Review: 300: Rise of an Empire

Approaching a historical Greek film is always very subjective when the film is mostly embedded in fantasy and sensationalism rather than the portrayal of historical accuracy. For some moviegoers, that’s perfectly okay. Rise of an Empire’s preceding film, 300, dealt with loads of historical inaccuracies—ranging from lobster hands to Neanderthals to super-humans—yet it was a brilliant cinematic experience. To be fair to 300, however, it is a fictional adaptation of a graphic novel and was stylized as such. Seven years later, we are presented with Rise of an Empire, functioning as both a companion and sequel to 300. The graphic novel...

Tig Notaro Gets an HBO Comedy Special

Tig Notaro Gets an HBO Comedy Special

If you are like this writer than you are asking the all important question “who is this comedian to warrant an HBO special?” I guess perhaps we will collectively learn that answer soon enough. You know, HBO back in the day was great with its Young Comedian Specials, often hosted by Rodney Dangerfield, to make us aware of the up and coming talent. That show if it was still running today is where I’d likely learn of Tig Notaro. This gal is a 43 year old woman who works in the observational comedy vein but for not all that long. She started in 2010 and had an album released in 2011. An HBO Press release helps us out with more detail....

Jodhi May to Play Maggy the Frog in Season Five

Jodhi May to Play Maggy the Frog in Season Five

Ever since it was announced that Season Five of Game of Thrones would be featuring flashbacks, fans have been excited to see what new insights they may gain into their favorite characters this season. In light of recent casting news, we can look forward to seeing some of Cersei’s past this year. Early in January, many were intrigued to learn that  an actress named Nell Williams had been cast to play a young Cersei, but excitement has reached new heights with the announcement that actress Jodhi May will be joining the cast of Game of Thrones. The actress will be playing the part of Maggy the Frog, a character who has a great influence in...

Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK & THE KNICK Return in 2015

Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK & THE KNICK Return in 2015

Cinemax has recently launched, as we reported, the third season of BANSHEE on 01.09. Now it announces that two more exciting series have return engagements with the channel as well. What follows is from an official Cinemax Press Release:STRIKE BACK returns for its fourth and final season this summer. In the new episodes, Damien Scott (Sullivan Stapleton) and Michael Stonebridge (Philip Winchester), along with the rest of Section 20, are enlisted to crack a missing-persons case in Bangkok. This elite undercover unit of British intelligence quickly realizes that what seems on the surface to be a simple kidnapping is actually the first step...

Looking: “Looking for Results”

Looking: “Looking for Results”

So, Patrick and Kevin are having an illicit relationship. Augustin has no job, Doris says the first thing on her mind and Dom is thinking of opening up a Portuguese chicken takeout place. While the friends meet up one night for drinks, the news of Patrick’s affair circulates. There’s no such thing as a secret once more than one person knows. And then there’s that old adage, “loose lips sink ships.” It appears that Patrick and Kevin have been spending a lot of time together. So much so, that Kevin gets all worried and wonders what Patrick has been talking about and to whom, both at work and in his circle of friends. While Patrick...

Togetherness: “Handcuffs”

Togetherness: “Handcuffs”

 “GET THE PILLOW”” In this episode we see Michelle Pierson attempting to break out of the responsible mother archetype and delve into her darker fantasies, or at least she attempts to do it. She is sick and tired of the predictable life she leads, and wants to change things up. We have already seen her adventurous side when she was caught by her husband Brett last episode while pleasuring herself with clothes pins.  It seems like this is what happens to the average stay at home mom when confronted with Fifty Shades Of Grey. The results of her adventurous side are hilarious, as they just can’t seem to fully commit...

Update -SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL To Debut on HBO in April

Update -SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL To Debut on HBO in April

Update – HBO has confirmed that the HBO Entertainment documentary SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL will debut SUNDAY, APRIL 5 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT) and MONDAY, APRIL 6 (8:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT).“START SPREADING THE NEWS….” A big documentary event to honor one of the hippest, hep cats in all of entertainment is is in the plans for HBO this year! Here is the HBO Press Release about the upcoming four-hour event.HBO ENTERTAINMENT DOCUMENTARY SINATRA: ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL, COMMEMORATING THE ICONIC SINGER’S 100TH BIRTHDAY, TO DEBUT ON HBO  ——– Directed By Alex Gibney, Four-Hour Presentation Is A Jigsaw...

Matt Bomer Soon to Become Montgomery Clift For HBO

Matt Bomer Soon to Become Montgomery Clift For HBO

Just coming off his Golden Globe win for THE NORMAL HEART, HBO’s only win from the foreign press, Matt Bomer targets another HBO films venture. This time around he will be playing the dashing Montgomery Clift. It seems that Bomer was an early pick for the Hollywood superstar. We learn that the picture, under the direction of Larry Moss, was penned by Christopher Lovick and named MONTY CLIFT. The script is undergoing rewrites at this time. For those not familiar with Montgomery Clift here is a biography and brief information from our source to get you up to speed. “At his prime, Clift rivaled Marlon Brando and James Dean as...

Girls: “Triggering”

Girls: “Triggering”

One of the best aspects of Girls is how true it rings to modern American life, even if only for a particular niche of society—in this case, four 20-something girls trying to figure out the direction of their lives in NYC. Over the past three seasons, we have seen Hannah, Marnie, Jessa, and Shoshanna grow and learn from their experiences, for better or for worse. Lena Dunham has admitted that many aspects of the show are autobiographical in nature, and given the recent criticism surrounding her autobiography, Not That Kind of Girl, this episode of Girls seems to be a spot-on depiction of this—although it was entirely...

HBO Talking About HBO Films: BESSIE this Spring

HBO Talking About HBO Films: BESSIE this Spring

 HBO’s first original film is slated to arrive on the network this spring ans here is a Press release announcing it.  QUEEN LATIFAH STARS IN HBO FILMS’ BESSIE, THE STORY OF ICONIC BLUES SINGER BESSIE SMITH, DEBUTING THIS SPRING ——– Directed By Dee Rees; Screenplay By Dee Rees And Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois; Story By Dee Rees And Horton FooteCast Includes Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, With Charles S. Dutton And Mo’Nique Oscar nominee Queen Latifah (Chicago) stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the...

We are on THE BRINK Coming Summer 2015

We are on THE BRINK Coming Summer 2015

Here is an HBO Press Release regarding the upcoming comedy series: NEW COMEDY SERIES THE BRINK,STARRING JACK BLACK, TIM ROBBINS AND PABLO SCHREIBER, DEBUTS THIS SUMMER, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO Jerry Weintraub, Roberto Benabib And Jay Roach Executive ProduceWhen a rogue general seizes control of Pakistan and its nuclear arsenal, the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of three improbable Americans: Secretary of State Walter Larson, lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Talbot and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Tilson. From the turbulent streets of the Middle East, to the White House situation room, to an aircraft carrier on the Red...

HBO Documentary Schedule for Early 2015 and a Look Back at 2014

HBO Documentary Schedule for Early 2015 and a Look Back at 2014

Continuing its commitment to timely and thought-provoking programming, HBO will debut a diverse array of documentaries in coming months, including: THE JINX:  THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST, the highly anticipated Sunday-night series from Oscar nominee Andrew Jarecki; Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s GOING CLEAR:  SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF, a look inside the controversial religion; and Brett Morgen’s KURT COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK, the first fully-authorized documentary about the iconic leader of Nirvana. Here is a brief description of the upcoming documentaries placed in chronological order. HBOWatch will be reviewing each...

The Most Shocking Moments on Game of Thrones

The Most Shocking Moments on Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones has quickly risen to the top of as one of the most talked about shows currently on the air. The fact that it premiered with a built in fan base from those who loved the novels before it hit the screen definitely didn’t hurt. One of the things, perhaps the biggest thing, that makes it so addictive is the shocking moments that seem to come out of nowhere and knock the wind out of the viewers. Keep in mind, this post is going to contain a lot of spoilers so if you’re not caught up on the show, you might want to turn back now. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy some of our most talented writers making their case for which...

Movie Review: Blended

Movie Review: Blended

There was a time in the mid 2000’s when it looked like Adam Sandler was completely reinventing his career. Films like Punch Drunk Love, Reign Over Me, and Spanglish showed the actor reaching for more deeper dramatic roles. In 2009’s Funny People he even took a shot at himself, parodying the endless stream of nonsensical comedies he found himself starring in over the years. Unfortunately in recent years he has gone back to the well, and given up this new direction. In the modern age Adam Sandler is much more akin to the Ernest movie’s of the 90’s. Grown Up‘s is his version of Ernest Goes To Camp, and his latest...

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