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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Season 5 DVD, Blu-Ray & Streaming Release Dates Confirmed

Jul 30, 2015

For the first time ever the digital version of a new season of Game of Thrones will be made available before the physical release! This adds to the many options for users who want to watch Game...

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True Detective

True Detective: “Church In Ruins”

Jul 29, 2015

This season of True Detective has been unjustly maligned by many critics who have decided to ignore great performances, and the nearly identical tone to the beloved first season. Episodes like...

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Show Me A Hero

SHOW ME A HERO Miniseries Debuts in August

May 21, 2015

The HBO schedule is starting to take shape for the summer. People are always so impatient with thoughts of when something will start. As the information rolls in HBOWatch will get it to you. So,...

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New Movies

Movie Review: The Drop

Jul 24, 2015

Warning: This review contains some spoilers. Michaël R. Roskam’s 2014 film The Drop features talent that is familiar to HBO viewers: Dennis Lehane (writer: The Wire, Boardwalk Empire),...

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Latest HBO News

Movie Review: The Maze Runner

Movie Review: The Maze Runner

If you’re one who thinks that the sudden free-for-all of young adult novels being turned into movies is a scourge on theaters I doubt this review is going to change your mind. The Maze Runner, as it stands, follows all the same tropes that make these films so scrutinized. Yet it also does just enough differently, and has enough pretty visuals, to make itself stand out from the pack and be worth watching, at least until the third act. But we’ll get to that part later. A young man wakes up in a freight elevator with no memory of who he is or where he’s being taken. He finds himself in a large green field, the Glade,...

HBO Documentary Films: MY DEPRESSION (The Up and Down and Up of It)

HBO Documentary Films: MY DEPRESSION (The Up and Down and Up of It)

Overview: Famed Broadway writer, director and composer Elizabeth Swados has struggled with depression her whole life. In MY DEPRESSION (THE UP AND DOWN AND UP OF IT), she shares her experiences with this often-misunderstood condition to make a difficult and sometimes taboo topic more accessible and understandable. Based on Swados’ graphic memoir “My Depression: A Picture Book,” and featuring the voices of Sigourney Weaver (as Swados), Steve Buscemi, Fred Armisen and Dan Fogler. Simultaneously heartfelt and entertaining, this documentary illuminates the symptoms, emotions and side effects of the disorder through witty animation, comedy...

Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK Final Season Details

Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK Final Season Details

  Back in May we offered an update on Cinemax programming and announced there that STRIKE BACK would start up its fourth and final season on 07.31.15. Fans of that show don’t have long to wait! Cinemax has now released an official press release citing more particulars. Here is that announcement: STRIKE BACK, STARRING PHILIP WINCHESTER AND SULLIVAN STAPLETON, RETURNS FOR FOURTH AND FINAL SEASON JULY 31 ON CINEMAX When Michael Stonebridge and Damien Scott of the elite British intelligence undercover unit Section 20 set out to crack a missing-persons case in Bangkok, they quickly realize that what seems to be a simple kidnapping is...

Another VICE Special Report Slated For Fall 2015 with President Obama

Another VICE Special Report Slated For Fall 2015 with President Obama

HBOWatch has already made clear that HBO and VICE have entered an agreement to expand VICE content on the network. Now, that Season Three of the series has ended an announcement has come forth regarding what to expect next. A part of the terms included special reports on a particular topic. One such report has already aired entitled “Killing Cancer.” Here are details straight from a press release: President Obama to Make First-ever Presidential Visit to a Federal Prison for Upcoming VICE Special On America’s Broken Criminal Justice System    VICE special will air this fall on HBO, offering an in-depth look into the dire impact...

HBO Programs Receive 126 Emmy Nominations in 2015, The Most as Always

HBO Programs Receive 126 Emmy Nominations in 2015, The Most as Always

LOS ANGELES, July 16, 2015 – HBO received 126 Primetime Emmy® nominations, the most of any network for the 15th year in a row, for the upcoming 67th Primetime Emmy Awards®, which were announced today in Los Angeles.             “Game of Thrones” led all nominees with 24 nominations, while “Olive Kitteridge” received 13 nominations, and “Bessie” received 12 nominations. HBO’s Emmy® nominations this year include: 24 nominations for “Game of Thrones,” including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage), 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series...

HBO’s 7 DAYS IN HELL Review

HBO’s 7 DAYS IN HELL Review

  Whether you want to call it a comedy or a documentary is up to you; even HBO is not sure what to call it. I lean on the side of calling it an HBO Comedy Special, as there are not many of them these days, though HBO has categorized it as a ‘mockumentary.’ Well, yeah, it is a spoof of HBO Sports documentaries; I can see that. Again, either way it the end result is the same –7 DAYS IN HELL serves you up one great volley of hilarious comedy. The comedic timing is swift and rough, but a treat indeed. Couple that with some surprises and the 43 minute special races by. Having said all that let me also point out that 7 DAYS IN HELL...

HBO Now Available Today on Android, Amazon Fire

HBO Now Available Today on Android, Amazon Fire

  So ends the long and dark winter where HBO’s streaming only option was only available on Apple devices. We predicted as much a while back but many “cord cutters” were still disgruntled about not being able to use HBO Now on ALL of their devices. Here’s the official word from HBO on this latest news: Today, Home Box Office is adding Android and Amazon devices to its internet only service, HBO NOWSM, providing audiences with instant access to all of HBO—addictive series,  unforgettable movies, thought-provoking documentaries, thrilling sports programs and entertaining comedy and music specials. Consumers only...

True Detective: “Down Will Come”

True Detective: “Down Will Come”

For everyone who decided that this season’s True Detective was boring and lacked the substance of the last season, you are probably kicking yourselves right now because episode four had my jaw to the floor and my eyes streaming because I was afraid if I blinked, I would miss something. There are two moments in particular that stood out for me, one is pretty obvious but we’ll get to that, first I want to talk about Ani Bezzerides. Much like the first season, this season is dominated by a male cast. The women in season one were usually victims, journalists or sexual partners of the protagonists and season two is no different, all with the...

George R.R. Martin Meeting with Editors Generates New Book Buzz

George R.R. Martin Meeting with Editors Generates New Book Buzz

In a recent entry on his blog, aptly titled “Not a Blog,” George R.R. Martin, author of the widely acclaimed A Song of Ice and Fire series, upon which the HBO show Game of Thrones is based, has excited many by merely mentioning that he will be meeting with his editors and publishers at an upcoming date. The author wrote a brief blog post detailing how he will soon be “headed east” to attend a wedding and a Game of Thrones themed baseball game, while stopping to talk to his team of agents and publishers along the way. People have been waiting for Martin’s next installment, Winds of Winter for so long that...

First Official Photos from HBO’s Westword (Still no Premiere Date)

First Official Photos from HBO’s Westword (Still no Premiere Date)

Imagine that the mind behind the original Jurassic Park novel had written another novel that involved Artificial Intelligence rebelling against its creator in a theme park for androids. You’d think I were joking but no, the science fiction cable program is about to get HBO-ified and it’s been a long time coming. Are you ready for Westworld to premiere? We are too but HBO has since pushed back the premiere date to (probably) early 2016. We’ll let you know when we get the official word on that. We know you’re looking forward to this one.   Here are the stills from Westworld season 1: See anything you might be...

HBO Happy With Its Early 2015 Numbers

HBO Happy With Its Early 2015 Numbers

We have often stated that since HBO is a premium channel not monitored by the Neilsen rating system that the network does not much care or hold stock in quantitative figures that indicate viewership. However, from time to time, HBO does like to boast the numbers like everyone else in TV-land. HBO as released statistics that it would like to crow about and we oblige below:     HBO SERIES HIT RECORD HIGHS, WHILE SUMMER SHOWS OFF TO STRONG START  HBO programming continues trending up as audiences for some of HBO’s biggest shows hit record numbers in the beginning of 2015 including: GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY, LAST WEEK TONIGHT...

Movie Review: Horrible Bosses 2

Movie Review: Horrible Bosses 2

It’s safe to say that Horrible Bosses 2 was not met with best critical response of all time with some critics describing it as a lazy and unfunny sequel to a mediocre first film, however I am going to have to interject here and say that I think Horrible Bosses 2 is brilliant and better than the first one. There are not many films that have me crying with laughter but this one made the list, the first one did not. The story is nonsense, much like the first film, where Kurt, Dale and Nick have decided to become their own bosses by inventing the ‘Shower Buddy’ which they attempt to sell to a rich millionaire who commissions them to make...

Game of Thrones Comic-Con Panel Yields Little Information on Season Six

Game of Thrones Comic-Con Panel Yields Little Information on Season Six

 Game of Thrones once again graced the halls of Comic-Con this year, but crowds who came expecting juicy insights into the upcoming season (remember last year’s casting announcements?) were left disappointed by what was mostly, as they say in Westeros, a mummer’s farce. This year’s panel was composed of several fan-favorite actors (although Kit Harington, whose hair many were hoping to measure with appraising eyes for any inches chopped off, was not in attendance), but surprisingly absent from the roster were the show’s writers, David Benioff and Dan Weis. The dynamic duo behind all that is the show side of Game of...

HBO Moves Forward with Ballers Season 2

HBO Moves Forward with Ballers Season 2

LOS ANGELES, July 10, 2015 – HBO has renewed the series BALLERS for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. “The charismatic and hugely talented Dwayne Johnson, along with the rest of the BALLERS cast, has truly struck a chord with the HBO audience,” said Lombardo. “We are thrilled with the overwhelming response the series has received and look forward to another exciting season.” From creator Stephen Levinson (HBO’s “Entourage” and “Boardwalk Empire”), BALLERS looks at the lives of former and current football players, following former superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne...

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