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Westworld

Westworld: Scenes of the Season

Dec 29, 2016

The first season of Westworld went off with quite a bang and continued the season with twists and turns and everything in between. I watched and rode the roller coaster of emotions along with...

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Game of Thrones

Westworld and Game of Thrones: Violent Delights

Dec 26, 2016

Warning: Major Westworld S1 Spoilers and Game of Thrones S6 Spoilers  In Westworld, which had its first season earlier this autumn, HBO gave its own hit show, Game of Thrones a run for its...

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The Young Pope

The Young Pope: “Episode Two”

Jan 16, 2017

In episode two, swiftly following on from the dramatic and alluring season opener for The Young Pope sees the Vatican City doing some major damage control following on from Lenny’s...

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New Movies

Movies on HBO: Now You See Me 2

Jan 12, 2017

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review NOW YOU SEE ME 2 with the prestidigitation laden Four Horseman but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to...

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Latest HBO News

BRIGHT LIGHTS Fisher/Reynolds Doc Moved to January

BRIGHT LIGHTS Fisher/Reynolds Doc Moved to January

Though we mentioned in brief in the What’s On post that the BRIGHT LIGHTS documentary was on HBO’s schedule for 2017 HBO has decided, due to the abrupt deaths of the mother/daughter duo of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, that the film be moved up. Here is the official Press Release. DEBUT OF BRIGHT LIGHTS, NEW DOCUMENTARY ON LOVING RELATIONSHIP OF CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS, MOVED UP TO SATURDAY, JANUARY 07 AT 8:00 P.M. (ET/PT)   In light of the recent and unexpected deaths of both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, the documentary BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS will debut SATURDAY, JANUARY...

Movies on HBO: Criminal

Movies on HBO: Criminal

  HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review CRIMINAL, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the action-packed R-rated playing on HBO. It is no wonder we didn’t get anyone as it debuts on New Year’s Eve. Specifically, that is Saturday, 12.31 at 8:00pm. It will then appear across the channels as well as on HBONow/Go. Below is HBO’s quick promo: Now a bit of explanation may be in order. First of all, the title CRIMINAL doesn’t really fit this movie. Very simply a criminal, meaning an expendable person if all goes wrong, has the intel and memories of a deceased special agent...

What’s On: HBO Schedule for January 2017

What’s On: HBO Schedule for January 2017

Here we go, launching off another year of HBO programming. It will be a bit out of the norm as some limited series pop up, which is the case in January. As you will see as the months go on some series are pushed off their usual schedule and some new shows appear. Once again, we will report the schedule each month in the new year so that viewers can more easily plot what they what to watch. So, with that, let us take a look at what is on for January 2017. We think you’ll be pleased. For more details about HBO check out our Schedule & Movie pages.   Original Series: Directed by Paolo Sorrentino, THE YOUNG POPE tells the story of...

HBO Documentary Films: EVERY BRILLIANT THING

HBO Documentary Films: EVERY BRILLIANT THING

Overview: EVERY BRILLIANT THING strikes a delicate balance between sobering loss and cathartic laughter. Adapting the hit off-Broadway one-character show of the same name written by Duncan Macmillan and starring British comedian Jonny Donahoe, the film recounts a life lived in the shadow of suicide. Emmy winners Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato (HBO’s MAPPLETHORPE: LOOK AT THE PICTURES and WISHFUL DRINKING) produce and direct the heart-wrenching yet humorous presentation about depression and the lengths we will go to for those we love. Filmed in 2015 at New York City’s Barrow Theatre, this documentary opens as Donahoe greets the arriving...

Westworld: Scenes of the Season

Westworld: Scenes of the Season

The first season of Westworld went off with quite a bang and continued the season with twists and turns and everything in between. I watched and rode the roller coaster of emotions along with everyone. But by the end of the season, plenty of moments stood out as monumental. Here are my top five scenes of the season.   Ford Cleans Up When Bernard starts asking questions, we as the audience had to wonder how Ford was going to react. Bernard wants to know everything, access all his past “memories” to discover who he really is. Bernard gets the information after attempting to manipulate Ford. He refuses to give up in knowing...

Westworld and Game of Thrones: Violent Delights

Westworld and Game of Thrones: Violent Delights

Warning: Major Westworld S1 Spoilers and Game of Thrones S6 Spoilers  In Westworld, which had its first season earlier this autumn, HBO gave its own hit show, Game of Thrones a run for its money. While there weren’t any dragons or otherworldly ice monsters to be found in Westworld’s endless desert expanses, there were still many of the same qualities in the show that have endeared fans to Game of Thrones for years– complex plot-lines, multi-faceted characters, and epic world-building. At the same time, there were also the graphic displays of carnage, copulation, and cruelty: not surprising given that this has become a...

HBO2 Launches GAME OF THRONES Marathon on December 26

HBO2 Launches GAME OF THRONES Marathon on December 26

Now we know that everyone who has wanted a complete set of GAME OF THRONES season by season has already collected them in DVD or Blu-Ray but we also know that many are on Holiday Break over the next week and just might have the urge to binge. Well, instead of binging on booze (you saw RISKY DRINKING, right?) or even Rankin-Bass holiday specials (how many times do you need Snowman Sam to tell that story?) you can binge watch GAME OF THRONES. We were notified of the following: Your readers may be interested to know about a GAME OF THRONES marathon on the HBO2 channel next week. On Monday, Dec. 26, starting at noon (ET/PT), the channel will...

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Inductees

The next set of Inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been set as has the event & concert. We announce this, of course, because yearly HBO airs the proceedings in an edited package within a month of the live event. Here in an official but brief press release of the details: Cleveland (December 20, 2016) – The names of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame’s 2017 Inductees have been released. They are:  Performer Category: Joan Baez Electric Light Orchestra Journey Pearl Jam Tupac Shakur Yes Award for Musical Excellence: Nile Rodgers The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by...

Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK Does Just That with Reboot

Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK Does Just That with Reboot

Cinemax’s STRIKE BACK, the military action series about the elite British intelligence undercover unit Section 20, concluded its fourth and final season on 10.09.15. But, the series has now turned around for a reboot. The old squad is out and a new team is assembled for a Season 5.   The new version will star Alin Sumarwata, Daniel MacPherson, Roxanne McKee and Warren Brown.  According to Variety STRIKE BACK’s relaunch, which will film in 2017, centers around the Section program that is restored, in order to track down a notorious terrorist following a brutal prison break. Tasked with covert military intelligence and high-risk...

Three Undeniable Nods to “Game of Thrones” in the Season Finale of “Westworld”

Three Undeniable Nods to “Game of Thrones” in the Season Finale of “Westworld”

With the sound of spurs and gunshots echoing in our memories, the time for reflection is now upon us. Westworld was one of the biggest first series in HBO history, with a bountiful audience who actively dedicated their time to finding meaning in the jumbled and confusing timelines. Since the show finished there have been a plethora of theories circling about what could be in store in the following seasons. In the feature-length original film of the same name for which the series was obviously based on, there are multiple worlds including a Medieval World. In an interview with Jonathon Nolan, he said that George RR Martin had floated the idea...

Movie Review: Hail, Caesar!

Movie Review: Hail, Caesar!

With so many “best of the year” lists being released it’s easy to forget that the Coen Brothers had a film this year. Had Hail, Caesar! been released in the fall it would undoubtedly be more omnipresent on the aforementioned lists. Even so Hail, Caesar! is not No Country For Old Men, or any of the other beloved Coen classics, it’s lesser Coen but that’s still better than 90% of the films released in a given year. Hail, Caesar! is a simple film, with a lot of moving parts. The main gist of the film revolves around a studio head Eddie Mannix (Josh Brolin), attempting to get his biggest picture “Hail Caesar!”...

HBO Documentary Films: RISKY DRINKING

HBO Documentary Films: RISKY DRINKING

Overview: Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. engage in problem drinking at some point in their lives. Health professionals assess drinkers at risk on a spectrum ranging from low-risk to an alcohol use disorder that can range from mild to severe. Risky Drinking challenges viewers to recognize when their drinking may be putting them at risk and offers information that could help millions of Americans lead healthier lives. Through case studies and expert analysis, the film investigates the broad spectrum of risky drinking at different ages and stages in people’s lives. In addition, addiction experts explain the science behind alcohol use...

Development Slate: GLARE, Adam McKay, Cinemax & More

Development Slate: GLARE, Adam McKay, Cinemax & More

We have accumulated a bit of a backlog of news lately that we will consolidate into this Slate report. As these concepts develop we will give them their own category, but for now, we just want to get the facts out to our fellow HBO followers.   Bad Robot Productions Eyes GLARE The highly sought after Spanish writer Javier Gullón (pictured) has been commissioned by J. J. Abrams and Bad Robot Productions to pen an original work for HBO. It is called GLARE and is labeled a sci-fi odyssey exploring the colonization of another planet. It is an original idea by Gullón and we can lay odds if you want that the planet he takes us to isn’t...

HBO Sports: STATE OF PLAY Round 2

HBO Sports: STATE OF PLAY Round 2

Overview: Out of nowhere comes Peter Berg with yet another round of sports documentaries under the STATE OF PLAY banner. What follows is a review of the three installments that debuted on 12.13, 12.14 and 12.15. “Inherent Violence” – Combative sport has transcended time and remains popular today. Is violence an inherent part of sports, or is it an inherent part of human beings? This film explores combat sports through two father-son relationships, a 33-year-old American professional MMA fighter who is combat training his ten-year-old son, and a 47-year-old retired player of Calcio Storico in Florence, Italy, who has groomed his...

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Slender Man, Elvis & More

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Slender Man, Elvis & More

As we approach a new year HBO has been gradually firming up the schedule for what new programming we have to look forward to seeing. Such scheduling happens for the documentaries that air as well as series. An upcoming official press release will no doubt give us exact dates for the lineup for the first half of the year, but for now we here is our first look at what is ahead and in development.   SLENDERMAN Coming in January To start of the year we lock in a definite debut date for BEWARE THE SLENDERMAN. This documentary which already appeared at the SXSW Festival earlier this year is about to come to HBO. The exact premiere is...

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