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George R. R. Martin not writing an episode for Game of Thrones Season 5

Jul 26, 2014

Right on the heels of the Season 5 casting news, renowned author of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin, has announced that he will not be writing an episode for Game of Thrones Season...

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True Blood

True Blood: An Inside look at Comic-Con 2014

Jul 27, 2014

There was definitely a bittersweet feeling when looking at the stream of incoming Comic-Con pictures and tidbits.  Most diehard fans find themselves anxiously counting down the days until the...

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The Leftovers

The Leftovers Season 1: “Gladys”

Jul 28, 2014

“One of our…” Anyone who has watched The Leftovers so far has surely experienced at least one moment of discomfort when it comes to the Guilty Remnant. As someone who read the book, I...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Getaway

Jul 26, 2014

Many times in reviews the term “mindless entertainment” is thrown around, with such ease that the term itself has become a cliché. However for a film as clichéd and campy as Getaway it’s...

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Latest HBO News

Two Big Names Emerge for HBO’s Westworld

Two Big Names Emerge for HBO’s Westworld

We usually like to wait until there is some sort of substantial evidence before reporting a news story like this. But so long as we frame it in the proper context, that of “rumor status” in this case, we think that most HBO Watchers are able to handle information like this and enjoy the speculation either way. FilmDivider claims to have sources close to the Abrams/Nolan Westworld project whispering of casting nods to Sir Anthony Hopkins (yep, the one and only) and HBO vet (True Blood, Mildred Pierce) Evan Rachel Wood. Hopkins would play the role of Dr. Ford, the man who runs the futuristic theme park full of robots (yeah,...

True Blood Season 7: Lost Cause

True Blood Season 7: Lost Cause

“We have bigger problems than your mommy and your daddy issues.” One of the things I wanted the show to return to during the final season was the focus on vampires and the culture they’ve created for themselves. The maker/ progeny relationship has always been one that I’ve enjoyed watching. Some of the best relationships on the show are created from that. This episode starting off with an argument between Eric and his two progenies, both of whom couldn’t be more different, was a definite highlight for me. Eric’s character takes a new dynamic during his scenes with Pam, and now Willa, and I’m glad that they’re putting a focus...

Frances McDormand Talks About HBO’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE Miniseries

Frances McDormand Talks About HBO’s OLIVE KITTERIDGE Miniseries

Though there has not been a ton of excitement for the OLIVE KITTRIDGE miniseries (or is it a limited series?) its air date is fast approaching. One of its leads, Frances McDormand (seen here offstage in costume) of Fargo fame, has spoken up recently about it. At a recent TCA panel she stated -  “A 90-minute time frame is not long enough to tell a good female story. That’s why long-form storytelling has become so great.” Yeah, and with Hollywood not utilizing older actress to their fullest TV is where they end up. A four-hour entertainment like this is a great way to showcase neglected talents like McDormand’s. We will get to see the...

Are You Reading THE LEFTOVERS Blog?

Are You Reading THE LEFTOVERS Blog?

Damon Lindelof’s THE LEFTOVERS, which airs Sunday night at 10:00pm, is leaving everyone talking. Some like it, some don’t and many find it confusing. Where do you fit on the topic? Surely, by now, being five episodes in, you can say whether you like  it or not. But, for those just confused maybe there is help – via a website. HBO has been running a blog site entitled www.watchingtheleftovers.com and this writer for one has been checking it out. This post not only provides you the link but now gives a brief rundown of some of the articles posted there. Check it out for yourselves. The first post was up a few days before...

The Leftovers Season 1: “B.J. and the A.C.”

The Leftovers Season 1: “B.J. and the A.C.”

Christmas is supposed to be a time when family and friends get together, spend time and catch up with all the fun and light-hearted things that holidays are supposed to bring. In this particular episode, there’s not much to celebrate. People are still reeling over their loved ones’ disappearances and many people are still depressed, angry, confused or outright apathetic.   Baby Jesus Baby Jesus was stolen from the Nativity scene from the local church. Who steals a doll from a church display? More to the point, why would anyone want to do that? What purpose does it serve? Apparently a lot of people were talking about the fact that...

Game of Thrones Season 4: Scene of the Season

Game of Thrones Season 4: Scene of the Season

It’s that time of year again. There were a number of memorable moments from this season’s Game of Thrones, but which in particular stood out to you? Our writers have selected a few of their favorites, but we here at HBOWatch leave it up to you to decide: what is this year’s Scene of the Season? And the NOMINEES are:   TYRION’S TRIAL Tyrion Lannister’s monumental scene came in the latter half of Season IV. Falsely accused of murdering his nephew, the late King Joffrey Baratheon, enduring a hostile and never-ending feud with his older sister, Queen Regent Cersei Lannister, and being betrayed at the hands of...

HBO Summer 2014 Promo Videos

HBO Summer 2014 Promo Videos

This writer has noticed that a few promotional videos that HBO has right now have not seen the light of day on our site, so if you haven’t seen them here they are. First up, is the “HBO Summer Preview 2014.” We have already seen a number of the programs on the channel, of course, but we still have content like Dallas Buyers Club, 12 Years a Slave, KAT WILLIAMS: PRICELESS,  BILL MAHER: LIVE IN D. C., HARD KNOCKS and the final season of BOARDWALK EMPIRE yet to come this summer.   So come with me now and check it out:   Let me eliminate the need for the first question on everyone’s mind  – the song is “Come With Me...

Movie Review: The Internship

Movie Review: The Internship

The Internship is a bog standard comedy at best, although to be classed a comedy, it would probably have to make you laugh at some point. The Internship did this for me in the opening 5 minutes when Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson pelt out Alanis Morissette in the car, singing at the top of their lungs next to a convertible full of ‘hot chicks’. Sadly, about ten minutes later the joke was repeated and failed to raise even a smile the second time. However, even though I didn’t so much as whimper out a chortle for its entire 2 hour duration, that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy it. Films like these are perfect to sling on when you’ve had...

Hospital Comedy GETTING ON Debuts Season Two In November

Hospital Comedy GETTING ON Debuts Season Two In November

From creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, co-creators of the acclaimed BIG LOVE series, GETTING ON returns for its six-episode second season this November on HBO. For those not familiar with GETTING ON seek it out on HBOGo; hit the link and get caught up and/or read the following. A recent Press Release reminds us about the plot and cast. At the Billy Barnes Extended Care Unit of Mt. Palms Hospital in Long Beach, Cal., the staff attends to the needs of female patients who are often “getting on” in years, while dealing with the challenges of a health-care bureaucracy in need of an overhaul. Even as they attempt to serve their...

Showing Some Sensitive Skin

Showing Some Sensitive Skin

Kim Cattrall returns to HBO Canada this Sunday 7/20 in new comedy Sensitive Skin. She’s best known as Samantha Jones in Sex and the City. Both Kim and Don McKellar visited parts of Canada to promote the new series. After an advanced screening in Vancouver of the first two episodes of the new comedy, there was a twenty minute Q&A session. When asked how this new project came about, Kim said that it was about two years after Sex and the City when she was approached about doing an adaptation of the British series of the same name. It was the first show she’d ever binge-watched, taking in the entire first season in three hours straight....

Bryan Cranston to Star in HBO’s Adaptation of All The Way

Bryan Cranston to Star in HBO’s Adaptation of All The Way

Variety reports that Bryan Cranston (of Breaking Bad fame) will reprise his lead role in HBO’s adaptation of the stage play All the Way. Written by Robert Schenkkan, All the Way tells the story of Lyndon B. Johnson’s first year as President. It chronicles the time from the assassination of President Kennedy to Johnson’s reelection. Though Jack Willis originated the role of LBJ in Oregon, Cranston took over the role for the play’s Broadway run. He and the play would go on to win numerous awards, including the Tony, The Drama League Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, and the Drama Desk Award. The HBO adaptation...

Rupert Murdoch Tries & Fails to Purchase HBO

Rupert Murdoch Tries & Fails to Purchase HBO

No, this isn’t a sensationalist headline.  No, we don’t mean that he failed to subscribe to HBO through his favorite cable provider. No, indeed: Rupert Murdoch, owner of a cornucopia of media outlets including Fox, Fox News and a pile of newspapers and magazines wants to add Time Warner, HBO’s parent company to his portfolio. As you probably know: HBO is a subsidiary of Time Warner along with CNN, TBS and Warner Bros. movies. Not to be confused with Time Warner Cable, a former product of TW and was recently purchased by Comcast. How much did he offer, you ask? How does 80 Billion (with a B) sound? Had it gone through it...

HBO Documentary Films: BOY INTERRUPTED

HBO Documentary Films: BOY INTERRUPTED

Overview: BOY INTERRUPTED is a documentary about the suicide of fifteen year old Evan Perry. The teen came from a family with a history of mental illness; his uncle had committed suicide age 21. Evan had been diagnosed with depression and prescribed Prozac, then with bipolar depression and prescribed mood stabilizers. However, aged 15, he jumped to his death from his family’s apartment window. This film chronicles his journey as told via his parents, Hart and Dana Perry, both filmmakers.     Expectations: I actually remember somewhat of this documentary which I saw five years ago. Since it has not been given an HBOWatch review I...

Directors for Game of Thrones Season 5 Announced!

Directors for Game of Thrones Season 5 Announced!

Thanks to EW, we now have a full list of directors for the upcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones. Strangely, most of the names are new to the show, with only one Thrones alumnus returning – David Nutter, who previously directed “The Rains of Castamere”, and will now direct the final two episodes of Season 5. Here’s the breakdown: Episodes 501 and 502: Michael Slovis (episodes of AMC’s Breaking Bad, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU)Episodes 503 and 504: Mark Mylod (episodes of Showtime’s Shameless and HBO’s Entourage)Episodes 505 and 506: Jeremy Podeswa (episodes of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and...

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