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Game of Thrones

UPDATED: The First Game of Thrones Season 5 Teaser Trailers

Dec 16, 2014

The Three Eyed Raven has been very shifty lately. HBO sent out a special message that disintegrated into nothingness to a few lucky people.  Did you miss it?  Well all we have is this screen...

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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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The Newsroom

The Newsroom: “What Kind of Day Has It Been”

Dec 16, 2014

This past Sunday marked the series finale for Aaron Sorkin’s controversial show, The Newsroom. Public opinion on the series has swayed heavily in both directions. Some praise it as the...

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New Movies

Movie Review: 47 Ronin

Dec 13, 2014

The true story of the 47 Ronin is that of the samurai of the same number in the early 1700s who avenged their lord after he was compelled to commit Seppoku (suicide where in one stabs...

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Latest HBO News

THE LEFTOVERS Season Two – Some of the Cast Departs!

THE LEFTOVERS Season Two – Some of the Cast Departs!

One of the reporters for from one of our top sources, Deadline.com, snagged some inside scoop on the second season of THE LEFTOVERS. It could either be good news or bad news depending on what you think of the Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta produced series that ran on HBO this past summer. It is reported that “a large portion of the fourteen regular cast members in Season 1 – virtually all in the supporting roles  – won’t be returning in Season 2.” Okay, so the post title above may be accurate, but a bit sensationalistic. If you think about it all it shouldn’t be a big shock that some of the cast would not be returning....

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Scientology; Cobain & More

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Scientology; Cobain & More

This writer was trying to hold out for a press release regarding the line-up of documentaries forthcoming through the winter before announcing any such news. We have yet to receive any such notice. However, some news as of late has dropped about some big documentary films ahead in 2015 that we were eager to share. We will address any further news on the documentary front, but for now here is what is shaping up.  HBO Announces A Comprehensive Scientology DocumentaryJohn Travolta, Tom Cruise, Kirstie Allen, Greta Van Susteren, Nancy Cartwright, Jenna Elfman, Juliette Lewis, Beck, Anne Archer, Catherine Bell, Danny Masterson, Bijou...

Movie Review: Grudge Match

Movie Review: Grudge Match

There’s a weird soullessness to taking nostalgia-driven properties and repackaging them as cheap, easily consumed products. Take Grudge Match, a movie ostensibly about two retired boxers who left the ring on shaky ground with each other brought back for a cash-in on what’s left of their feud, but actually stars Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro. Rocky and Raging Bull. It’s Rocky and Raging Bull people. Alien vs. Predator but with old guys. The movie has this self-aware cynicism throughout, like the people who made it understood it was a cheap cash-in from the start. Sylvester Stallone plays Henry “Razor”...

LOOKING Season 2 Trailer: The Boys are Back!

LOOKING Season 2 Trailer: The Boys are Back!

It’s official: The new full-length trailer for season 2 of Looking has finally dropped! As expected, the boys are looking as steamy yet conflicted as ever. The trailer reintroduces us to Patrick, Dom, and Agustin on a weekend getaway at a cabin in the woods—where, of course, Doris happens to drop by to crash the party. The fun ensues as it always does—with dancing, drugs, witty banter, and a ton of laughter. The trio (okay, plus Doris) finally seem be figuring their lives out. Patrick and Richie’s friendship is surprisingly working out quite well, and the two even discuss their separate love lives—a major shift from their...

Game of Thrones – Iron From Ice: Impressions

Game of Thrones – Iron From Ice: Impressions

It’s not every day that you see a game review on HBO Watch, but it’s not every day that a game comes out based on a HBO show. Telltale Games just released the first episode of their six episode series based off Game of Thrones. Don’t worry, ladies and gentlemen, this review is spoiler-free. Telltale Games develops adventure games in a market dominated by First Person Shooters and Massive Multiplayer Online games so if anyone can figure out a way to adapt the HBO franchise to a video game, they stand the best shot. They are best known for titles like Monkey Island and Sam and Max. Fans of AMC’s Walking Dead have claimed that they...

The Diary of Cersei

The Diary of Cersei

Editor’s Note: The following is an experiment to see if you think fan fiction belongs on HBOWatch. Let us know what you think as we invite you to turn the pages of this old diary.    After a long ride home, you go straight to your bedchamber. You pull out the small book with leather bindings that you bought from a smallfolk boy in King’s Landing for a silver stag. Taking a glimpse inside, you knew that it is no ordinary book. It is worth far more than what you paid. In fine cursive writing Cersei Lannister is written on the inside cover. You pull out the loose pages and begin to read:   Cersei Lannister, First of Her...

The Newsroom: “Contempt”

The Newsroom: “Contempt”

  A wedding, an arrest, budding romance, pranks, a corporate acquisition and Charlie Skinner at his finest. Viewers were treated to all of this in what was arguably one of the best episodes of the Newsroom yet. This episode picked up right where the last left off, with a subpoena in Will’s hands. While it was nice to hear the team try to predict the future, it was a welcome change to hear Mack tell Will to stop acting calm since he has been wrong about everything thus far. In many ways, it seemed like she was echoing many viewers sentiments about him not letting his ego get in the way of making good decisions. We did get a rare peak...

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “Culture Shock”

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: “Culture Shock”

Overview: This third edition of the STATE OF PLAY documentary series from HBO Sports starts with a 30-minute documentary that explores how the National Football League, America’s most popular sports organization, is confronting the enormous challenge of making the game safer, chronicling the physical toll of the game on its players, a subject that has taken center stage over the past two years. How does the sport survive amidst a proliferation of long-term injuries and lawsuits? The film begins with Berg revisiting a heartbreaking moment in Texas High School football history: the 2003 game between Westlake High School and Madison High of...

The Wire is Finally Coming to Blu-Ray in 2015

The Wire is Finally Coming to Blu-Ray in 2015

Baltimore on Blu-Ray, GentlemenIf the comments section of our Wire Blu-Ray release date schedule are any indication, fans of the show have been waiting for this for a loooong time. With the announcement of The Wire HD being broadcast and made available on HBO Go in it’s entirety this year, it was only a matter of time before we heard about the set being released in an amazing set.  Here’s what HBO had to say about the release: In the six years that have passed since the conclusion of the HBO series The Wire,  the critically acclaimed drama has turned into a worldwide phenomenon that has been hailed as “one of the best...

HBO Orders the “UNTITLED ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PROJECT” To Series

HBO Orders the “UNTITLED ROCK ‘N’ ROLL PROJECT” To Series

Finally, after a long gestation period due to prior commitments by participants, HBO has order to series the music series manned by Martin Scorsese, Terence Winter and Mick Jagger. With details from an official HBO Press Release here is what we know. Hour-long drama series will shoot in New York.   Logline: Set in 1970s New York, the series will explore the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound.   Credits: Martin Scorsese – Executive Producer/Pilot Director Mick Jagger – Executive...

The Wire Being Remastered, Rebroadcast in HD

The Wire Being Remastered, Rebroadcast in HD

UPDATE:  HBO has finally given us a premiere date for The Wire HD!  THE DAY AFTER CHRISTMAS 2014!  December 26th, that is.  Here’s the info straight from HBO: The Wire: The Complete Series in HD will be available for the first time as a full series purchase at iTunes, Google Play, X-Box Video and Vudu on January 5. Individual episodes and seasons will be available through all of HBO’s Digital HD retailers. To celebrate the HD launch, HBO Signature will air the entire series consecutively, one season per day starting with season 1 on Friday, December 26 at noon. The marathon will wrap with season 5 on Tuesday, December 30. This...

GETTING ON: “The Seventh Annual Christmas Card Competition”

GETTING ON: “The Seventh Annual Christmas Card Competition”

Evidently, the Holidays are near with the Christmas card competition going on, but none of the staff appear to be in that merry mood. A bit of agitation and distraction prevail in the preview. The only one that seems a bit on the jolly side is Miss Birdy (Ann Guilbert). Good for her! Let’s find out what has everyone worked up. Episode # 4 – “The Seventh Annual Christmas Card Competition” I touched on the film making style of this show before, but this episode is exemplary of the technique in action. It is master at taking a small moment form scene 01 and making a significant moment of it a few scenes later and taking what...

Togetherness: Teasers and Trailers

Togetherness: Teasers and Trailers

Togetherness, HBO’s upcoming series directed by the Duplass Brothers, is set to premiere alongside Season 4 of Girls on January 11th. HBO has now released its official trailer, along with the original teaser (previously reported), for the upcoming season, which will air eight episodes all of which will be 30 minutes long. While the trailers feature uplifting music along with a number of quick and witty jokes, something tells me that this will not just be another light comedy series. As all the funny jokes and lines seem to be undercut by the fact that they are dealing with serious life issues, such as eviction, happiness, and (surprise...

VICE Season 3 Will Feature Ferguson Protests

VICE Season 3 Will Feature Ferguson Protests

One thing HBOWatch is doing as the end of the year approaches is looking ahead at what HBO has to offer in 2015. Since a number of shows have aired their final seasons, with THE NEWSROOM at the end of the pack, there are a number of new shows and new seasons of existing shows to watch for over the next year. One such show is VICE. We know, it is not a show for everyone, but HBOWatch keeps a track of it. We have reviewed every episode of the first and second season and are well aware that a third and fourth seasons are on the way; VICE’s Season Three will be 14 episodes long. If it returns at the same time as its previous seasons did than...

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