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The Hound to Return to Game of Thrones Season 6

Aug 27, 2015

If Ned Stark returning for the upcoming season wasn’t enough to get you excited, another dead character has been spotted filming for Season Six of Game of Thrones. Although we never saw...

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True Detective

True Detective Season 2 Finale: “Omega Station”

Aug 10, 2015

And so it ends. The second (and as far as we know final?) season of True Detective. There were a lot of expectations going in and I’m not sure it was possible to meet any of them. If HBO...

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Show Me A Hero

HBO Miniseries: SHOW ME A HERO Debuts 08.16

Aug 12, 2015

This is all just a friendly reminder that it won’t hurt for you to watch the six-part miniseries SHOW ME A HERO coming Sundays in August. With two installments airing back-to-back the series...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

Aug 29, 2015

“National security and crack cocaine in the same sentence. Does that not sound strange to you?”  Based on the real story of Gary Webb, Kill the Messenger approaches the life of a...

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HBO Signs Five Year Deal with Sesame Street

HBO Signs Five Year Deal with Sesame Street

Yes, that Sesame Street!  HBO and PBS announced a new partnership that will make the next five seasons of the iconic series available on HBO and its multiplex channels, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and the new internet-only SVOD service HBO NOW. As a key part of the deal, Sesame will be able to produce almost twice as much new content as previous seasons, and for the first time ever, make the show available free of charge to PBS and its member stations after a nine-month window. Here’s the quote from Sesame’s CEO: “Our new partnership with HBO represents a true winning public-private partnership model. It provides Sesame Workshop...

HBO Miniseries: SHOW ME A HERO Debuts 08.16

HBO Miniseries: SHOW ME A HERO Debuts 08.16

This is all just a friendly reminder that it won’t hurt for you to watch the six-part miniseries SHOW ME A HERO coming Sundays in August. With two installments airing back-to-back the series will play out over three nights. They are 08.16 with parts 1 & 2; 08.23 shows parts 3 & 4 and it concludes on 08.30 with parts 5 & 6. Each airs beginning at 8:00pm ET each night. We have a number of items to share about the miniseries before it airs and we start with a reminder about the plot. Based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, the miniseries explores notions of home, race and community through the lives of...

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Movie Review: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

We left off from the last movie, watching in horror as Smaug destroys the island city of Laketown. Panic and chaos ensue. Everyone makes an attempt to flee. Not all escape. Bard pierces Smaug’s heart with the black arrow, which was handed to him by his son in the nick of time. The dragon rears up in pain, making a feeble attempt to fly, and with his last breath, falls down on the city. How fitting that Smaug manages to take out the corrupt Master, his cronies and the gold aboard their ship. Bard becomes a reluctant leader and tries to help the people to shelter. They have only one place to go to that would make sense – the lonely...

HBO Documentary Films: TOE TAG PAROLE: TO LIVE AND DIE ON YARD A

HBO Documentary Films: TOE TAG PAROLE: TO LIVE AND DIE ON YARD A

Overview: America is the most punitive nation in the world, handing out historically harsh sentences that largely dispense with the concept of rehabilitation. Alan and Susan Raymond explore the reality of “the other death penalty” in TOE TAG PAROLE: TO LIVE AND DIE ON YARD A. Featuring exclusive, unprecedented access, this documentary was shot entirely at California State Prison, Los Angeles County, a maximum-security facility in the Mojave Desert. In 2000, a California State Prison inmate serving Life Without Parole (LWOP) approached the warden to request a dedicated yard for men serving life sentences that would break the code of...

Game of Thrones Video Game Review: Episode 5 “A Nest of Vipers”

Game of Thrones Video Game Review: Episode 5 “A Nest of Vipers”

  Telltale’s Game of Thrones series is coming to an end, but the creators of the game are definitely determined to leave you with something to remember them by. While the entirety of the episodic PS4  game has been a joy to play the latest, and penultimate installment was the most impressive yet. As the story-line comes to a close, things everywhere grow more intense,  and with the ability to play multiple characters, the player experiences the growing tensions in a medley of ways, each of them exciting and engaging. As one progresses through the episode, one is simultaneously reminded of how far each character has come since the...

Hard Knocks: What to Expect from the Tenacious Texans

Hard Knocks: What to Expect from the Tenacious Texans

This past Saturday, I heard someone at the Tennessee Titans scrimmage say that we were “gonna stop that guy this season” in a situation where Titans 1st round draft pick and Heisman winner Marcus Mariota was nearly sacked. My guffaw and subsequent groans around stopping “that guy” caught the attention of a fellow fan who agreed with me. See, “that guy” is JJ Watt, a one-man offense destroying, pick your throw and slam it into your face, switch sides and scores touchdowns just ’cause, ruin your day, call your mama to take your beaten butt home, defensive end for the Houston Texans. Joining him this...

David Fincher’s Current HBO Projects Are Dead!

David Fincher’s Current HBO Projects Are Dead!

HBOWatch was all over the news when we learned David Fincher was bringing content to HBO. At one time he had three projects going and now he has ZERO. It has been officially announced that UTOPIA and VIDEO SYNCHRONICITY are not going forward and any news of SHAKEDOWN has been quiet for a while so we suspect that it is dead as well. It seems maybe he was juggling too many projects at once. His semi-autobiographical drama VIDEO SYNCHRONICITY (which started out withthe title LIVING ON VIDEO) or as some sites call it VIDEOSYNCHRAZY had halted production earlier this summer due to major rewrites. Maybe the script wasn’t clear and concise...

True Detective Season 2 Finale: “Omega Station”

True Detective Season 2 Finale: “Omega Station”

And so it ends. The second (and as far as we know final?) season of True Detective. There were a lot of expectations going in and I’m not sure it was possible to meet any of them. If HBO would have tried to recreate the first season it would have fallen short and felt stale, so they tried something different and got flack for being different. It was a lose/lose situation. Let’s start at the beginning, shall we? The first few episodes of True Detective season 2 were admittedly slow. There was a never ending stream of characters to get to know and it was often hard to follow all of the details. Season 1 was such a simple story, in...

First Full Westworld Season One Trailer

First Full Westworld Season One Trailer

You’ve heard the show synopsis, and some lucky insiders have actually seen full clips from HBO’s Westorld. But today, during the True Detective finale, HBO went one step further and previewed the series to the masses in the first full trailer for the show. I could bloviate but you’re here for the goods. Here is the first trailer for HBO’s Westword: Amazing. Incredible. Could this series dethrone Game of Thrones as the biggest, riskiest, most engaging series on HBO? The show was originally set for 2015, HBO even promised us as much in a teaser released earlier this year. But the show has since been pushed to 2016, no...

HBO Drops First Teaser Trailer for Vinyl

HBO Drops First Teaser Trailer for Vinyl

The creators of Boardwalk Empire and one of the head honchos from The Sopranos are making another series for HBO. Oh, you’re interested already? Let us tell you a bit more. The show follows the drug using, sex crazed world of music creation in the 1970’s. It stars some big names and from the look of this first trailer, might just be the next big show in this new golden age of television. Martin Scorses and Mick Jagger (yeah, that MJ) are on this production so you know it’s going to be legit. Here’s the first trailer: WOW. You know what this reminds me of? Take the period authenticity of Mad Men, mix it with the...

True Detective Finale Extended to 90 Minutes

True Detective Finale Extended to 90 Minutes

The second season of HBO’s True Detective may have been a victim of high expectations. The first season was an overnight success breaking several “first season of a series” records for the Home Box Office. How could season 2 possibly live up to that? Well, in many critics opinions it hasn’t but HBO’s president cautions us to wait for the finale before passing final judgement: “I think you need to watch the entirety of it…I think the season’s ending is as satisfying as any series we’ve done.” But here’s the kicker: True Detective season 2’s finale will run 87 minutes! We could...

True Detective Black “Maps and Motel Rooms”

True Detective Black “Maps and Motel Rooms”

We have four desperate people, trying to tread water in the treacherous murk that is Vinci. Nobody is trustworthy. Those that are tend to meet a grisly end. Those who have been pushed to their limits, seek revenge. Those who have been falsely accused are trying to do the right thing and set the record straight. While Ani is fighting the effects of the drug induced haze she was put through at the sleazy sex party, Ray watches over her in a remote motel room. They still have to figure out about what to do with their potential witness, Vera, who is hostile and ungrateful for being pulled from that party. It’s put her in a precarious...

The Leftovers Season 2 Photos

The Leftovers Season 2 Photos

A number of photos from the upcoming second season of The Leftovers have been published, giving us a small sneak peak at what is to come in the second season. There already was a teaser released back in June, so in the coming weeks there would be some more official snippets and sneak peaks coming, as the season premieres on October 4th. Season 2 will take place in an entirely different setting than the first, as the cast has relocated to Jarden, Texas. While a number of new characters are being added to the show for the second season, the central characters from the first season are here to stay. Jarden, Texas is a place in which there was a...

Deadwood’s Ian McShane Cast For “Game of Thrones” Season Six

Deadwood’s Ian McShane Cast For “Game of Thrones” Season Six

Finally some news about Season Six! HBO is being uncharacteristically tight-lipped about its upcoming season of Game of Thrones, but the TV network broke its silence recently. Entertainment Weekly  announced earlier today that renowned Emmy Award winning actor Ian McShane will be joining the cast for Season Six. This will not be McShane’s first time in an HBO series. Ian McShane is well-known for his stellar acting in the well loved TV show Deadwood but has also made a name for himself acting in more light- hearted entertainment such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Kung Fu Panda. HBO did not disclose what character McShane...

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