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Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones Season 5?

Sep 19, 2014

Tywin Lannister: A great villain of Westeros?  Or Westeros’ greatest villain? Either way many fans were (spoiler alert) sad to lose the Lannister Patriarch last season even though most...

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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire: “The Good Listener”

Sep 15, 2014

Everyone has the ability to hear (well, mostly everyone). But can everyone truly listen to what another person is saying? Can you read between the lines? Can you tell when someone is telling...

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The Knick

The Knick: “They Capture the Heat”

Sep 18, 2014

Politics. Prostitution. Potential. Payouts. Bodies continue to arrive at the Knick and more surgeries continue to be performed. One patient, in particular, arrived at the Knick with a bullet...

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New Movies

Movie Review: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

Sep 18, 2014

Imagination is the driving force behind all art, and yet it is a very difficult process to capture. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is one of the few films that has managed to tap into the...

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Latest HBO News

VICE Development Deal Not Affecting HBO’s Show

VICE Development Deal Not Affecting HBO’s Show

VICE Media is a big machine with a website, YouTube channel, magazine and, of course, its HBO program. The media outlet has been growing so well that the big entertainment companies have been looking for a piece of the action. Even Time Warner, HBO’s parent company, was interested.    A+E Networks and Technology Crossover Ventures (TCV), however, have bought into the VICE franchise instead. They have invested $500 million into VICE Media. Quickly, if you are not knowledgeable of the investors – A+E Networks owns, A&E, History and Lifetime channels and TCV is a investor group involved with GoDaddy and Expedia. They have infused...

HBO’s Fall 2014 Preview Trailer

HBO’s Fall 2014 Preview Trailer

Fall is a big time for television, HBO or not. Each season the Home Box Office highlights it’s offerings for the following few months. This year they’ve shown the first clips and quotes from The Newsroom Season 3, Getting On Season 2 and The Comeback’s comeback.  And that’s just to name a few. All of HBO’s upcoming movies, documentaries and more are featured, not to be out-shined.  Our September schedule should cover many of the pieces we failed to mention here. Take a look: What I did miss was the usual “And Coming in 2015…” bit that usually comes towards the end. We’ll probably see...

Some GAME OF THRONES Audition Tapes

Some GAME OF THRONES Audition Tapes

Thought we’d throw something fun up today. It is prompted by recently discovering Rory McCann’s audition for Sandor Clegane, better known as The Hound, on Youtube. So why not offer up some more GAME OF THRONES clips all relating to auditions to go with it. You might have caught some of these before, but here they are in one place. Oh, we posted Arya and Sansa auditions already. Here is a blast from the past. Though brief here is a Jason Momoa clip. I know, there are only so many clips you can handle. To conclude here are two snippets from interviews as Emilia Clarke and Kristian Nairn recall their auditions. The Tonight Show Starring...

TRUE DETECTIVE May Use “Fast & Furious” Director Justin Lin

TRUE DETECTIVE May Use “Fast & Furious” Director Justin Lin

Disappointingly there is not 100% confirmation here, but Deadline is reporting that Justin Lin is in talks to direct at least the first two episodes of Season Two of TRUE DETECTIVE. If you are not familiar with Mr. Lin he is a director/producer of a few movies in the Fast & Furious franchise and is also noted as the executive producer/director for the new Fall Show Scorpion for CBS. Assuredly, creator Nic Pizzolatto handpicked Lin to get TRUE DETECTIVE’s new season underway and other directors will be announced for further episodes. Now Mr. Lin has experience of filming and being around fast cars. This might be a stretch to say this...

The True Death in the TRUE BLOOD Finale

The True Death in the TRUE BLOOD Finale

Some tears of blood have been shed over the conclusion of the seven year run of TRUE BLOOD on HBO. You can surely find all across the internet discussions about the series as a whole and especially what went down in the final episode “Thank You.” In this post we talk a bit about it too. We are going straight to the source for some insight. We found, via The Wrap, the following Q & A with show runner Brian Buckner.   Oh, if you are behind in watching TRUE BLOOD Season Seven I guess you shouldn’t read any more.    The Wrap: What’s the identity of the man Sookie ended up with? And was there a different version of the...

Patricia Clarkson Series ELISABETH In Development

Patricia Clarkson Series ELISABETH In Development

Actress Patricia Clarkson, who played the recurring role of Ruth Fisher’s sister on SIX FEET UNDER, may return to HBO with ELISABETH. It is a listed as an hour long romantic drama that is now in development for the network. HBO does not have such a   drama in its schedule so perhaps this concept could make it onto the channel. Clarkson will star presumably as the title character that lives in the world of international politics and what, tries to find time for love? Clarkson will also serve as executive producer. According to Deadline, assisting Clarkson as members of production, , are Canadian filmmaker Ruba Nadda and also Alan Poul....

A Certain Nude Scene to be Filmed for Season 5

A Certain Nude Scene to be Filmed for Season 5

The cameras on the set of Game of Thrones roam far and wide to capture the magical world of Westeros. In fields, on the water, in the mountains and even inside historical churches. A church in the Croatian city of Dubrovnik is one such location where GoT season 5 has been shooting. But when certain citizens of Dubrovnik heard that a certain nude scene involving Cersei Lannister would be shot in their holy site they rallied to have the filming nixed. But fear not, nudity… I mean Game of Thrones fans!  The scene is BACK ON!  Well.. almost. A compromise has been reached and the church scene itself will be filmed on a green screen.  A...

The 2014 STAND UP TO CANCER Event Live on Sept. 5th at 8pm

The 2014 STAND UP TO CANCER Event Live on Sept. 5th at 8pm

Everyone knows someone with cancer. It is the killer of our times. Mega-dollars are spent on research and treatments daily. One way the entertainment community helps the fight is through the charitable organization Stand Up To Cancer. Once again it takes up the cause. On Friday, September 5 across multiple networks including HBO and HBO LATINO the 2014 Telethon Event will air LIVE. Executive Producer Gwyneth Paltrow will host a star-studded gathering to raise awareness and funds. The event has occurred off and on as a televised event for a few years beginning in 2008 and more and more major networks are added each time up to the 2014 event...

Movie Review: 12 Years a Slave

Movie Review: 12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave is a dramatic, harrowing and exceptional piece of cinema which truly depicts one of the darkest times in American history. It’s unrelenting ability to draw you in to the story of Solomon Northup only makes it all the more harder to look away during it’s more unbearable scenes. With breath taking performances from Chiwitel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen at the directing helm, it really is no surprise that it won Best Picture at this years Academy Awards. It is a truly marvellous and tactful tribute to a brave group of people who cruelly suffered at the hands of a merciless plantation...

Bran & Hodor Take Game of Thrones Season 5 Hiatus

Bran & Hodor Take Game of Thrones Season 5 Hiatus

The world of Westeros has many characters.  So many characters, in fact that HBO can’t fit them all into every season. Who’s sitting on the sidelines this year? It would appear to be Bran and his lovable ride Hodor.  Speaking with Yahoo News actor Kristian Nairn (Hodor) said this: “We have a season off and we have a year’s hiatus, solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books.” Oh, really? He says it like we all knew as much but this reader/writer/fan most certainly did not! But for book readers, this almost makes sense. Bran’s story line (and thus Hodor’s) has almost reached the same...

David Chase Annoyed by THE SOPRANOS Question About Tony’s Last Scene

David Chase Annoyed by THE SOPRANOS Question About Tony’s Last Scene

We know, we know, this is old news already. We just decided to wait until the flap died down to take a look at the situation surrounding David Chase’s comment that THE SOPRANOS big boss man Tony Soprano was alive at series’ end. For anyone interested we will recall the incident and then shed light on the matter as to what is all means. From the start this writer was pretty elated about the news. In the post that started all the hubub Vox writer Martha Nochimson reminded us all of the final family gathering and the abrupt “cut to black” that ended the series in June of 2007. This is what she writes –   I had been talking with...

True Blood: The Complete Series on DVD & Blu-Ray

True Blood: The Complete Series on DVD & Blu-Ray

The blood is still warm as the body of HBO’s hit series True Blood cools after the final episode last month. Normally we’d have to wait months for a DVD release of a show concluding but this time, waiting won’t suck quite as much. On November 11th, just in time for the Holidays, all 80 episodes will be available in one, convenient package.  The episodes will live on 33 discs, packed with all of the bonus content from the individual season releases, including behind-the-scenes featurettes, a Snoop Dogg music video, Tru Blood beverage ads and 40 audio commentaries.The Blu-ray set also includes a Digital HD copy of all 80...

The Wire Being Remastered, Rebroadcast in HD

The Wire Being Remastered, Rebroadcast in HD

UPDATE: We’ve just heard back from HBO on this.  The Wire is being remastered and September was the original target date but the episodes are still being reviewed and aren’t ready quite yet. So the good news is that The Wire IS being remastered and is coming soon!  The bad news is you’ll have to wait and the dates are still up in the air.  We’re gussing this trailer was indeed real but that it wasn’t pulled in time.  More as we get it.  — Jacob The original source is this man claiming to have seen this on HBO’s air: again, re the wire rebroadcast thing, that promo was shown on HBO today. so...

Olive Kitteridge Premiere Date Revealed

Olive Kitteridge Premiere Date Revealed

Based on Elizabeth Strout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, OLIVE KITTERIDGE tells the poignantly sweet, acerbically funny and devastatingly tragic story of a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy, told through the lens of a woman whose wicked wit and harsh demeanor mask a warm but troubled heart and a staunch moral center. The supporting cast includes Bill Murray, John Gallagher, Jr., Peter Mullan, Rosemarie DeWitt and Zoe Kazan. Executive produced by Tom Hanks and Frances McDormand. Sound interesting? We’ve been eyeing this miniseries for almost a year now.  The mini...

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