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THE NIGHT OF “Part VI: Samson and Delilah” Review

Aug 18, 2016

Enough has happened both in and out of Riker’s to keep us watching. Both the prosecuting and defending parties are fighting tooth and nail for justice and the accused settles in at prison....

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Real Time with Bill Maher

Bill Maher Slated For REAL TIME Specials for the GOP/Dem Conventions

Jun 17, 2016

We are all quite familiar that Bill Maher likes to rant on his political bent. He has done so now into his fourteenth season of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER. He ups the ante this year, but not with...

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Documentaries

HBO Documentary Films: MEET THE DONORS: DOES MONEY TALK?

Aug 12, 2016

Overview: In MEET THE DONORS: DOES MONEY TALK? intrepid filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi (HBO’s Emmy-winning JOURNEYS WITH GEORGE) takes viewers behind the scenes at top-dollar fundraisers and chats...

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New Movies

New Movies on HBO: Point Break

Aug 21, 2016

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review POINT BREAK, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the PG-13 rated drama playing on HBO. The movie...

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Vice Principals Series Premiere: “The Principal”

Vice Principals Series Premiere: “The Principal”

  Television history has given us some beautiful and unforgettable partnerships. From Matt Damon and Ben Affleck to Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld but one pairing, which is perhaps a little under the radar, is that of Danny McBride and Jody Hill. They have been collaborating with each other for many years and have gained a reputation for creating larger than life, controversial characters and giving dark themes a comedic twist. Eastbound and Down, which has now come to an end, is the most renowned thing that McBride and Hill have worked on together and of course, their return to HBO with their new show Vice Principals has echoes of...

THE NIGHT OF: “Part II: Subtle Beast” Review

THE NIGHT OF: “Part II: Subtle Beast” Review

  In this brutal, tight limited series we are being taken through the steps of the criminal justice system and as we watch are not we beginning to ask if it works properly? As it plays out we look at all the jobs required, all the angles that need to be analyzed for any one given crime, all the dancing around and carefully placed words. Some play by rules and others will play on the flexibility of those rules and still others will just break them – all in the name of justice. This episode observes that dance and two of the ways it is interpreted as the justice for one life and the fate of another hang in the balance. Quick...

THE DEUCE Is Building A Cast

THE DEUCE Is Building A Cast

The following is the culmination of a few reports over the past month or so regarding casting of the latest from David Simon, THE DEUCE. If you need to get up to speed on this show already starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal we offer the brief remainder below and a link to our postings. It follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic, and the renewed real estate market ended the bawdy turbulence. The show’s title...

GAME OF THRONES Starting Production on Season Seven

GAME OF THRONES Starting Production on Season Seven

The following is not a lot of information, but radical fans of GAME OF THRONES take any news they can get. Well, Season Seven is soon underway. That should make you happy. Here is what we know via an official press release.   EMMY- AND GOLDEN GLOBE-WINNING HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES TO BEGIN PRODUCTION ON SEASON SEVEN THIS SUMMER   LOS ANGELES, July 18, 2016 – The Emmy and Golden Globe-winning series GAME OF THRONES will begin shooting its next season later this summer, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO programming. Production of the seven-episode seventh season will be based in Northern Ireland, while...

BIG LOVE/GETTING ON Team Still Working With HBO

BIG LOVE/GETTING ON Team Still Working With HBO

The creative team of Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, who were behind the acclaimed hour series BIG LOVE and the stateside adaption of British import GETTING ON have let us know that they are still working with HBO. But, just what is next from them would be the big question. Is it going to be another big drama like the story of Bill Hendrickson and his three sister-wives? Or will they once again go with a smaller show of quality and humor like the one that took place at the Billy Barnes Unit? Or how about the French comedy we reported they were developing back in September of 2014? Actually, their latest plans will be another drama series,...

VICE PRINCIPALS Only Planned For Two Seasons

VICE PRINCIPALS Only Planned For Two Seasons

As HBO is about to launch the latest series from the team of Danny McBride and Jody Hill note that its endgame is already in sight. That’s right the powers to be on the show have stated upfront that VICE PRINCIPALS will last only two seasons. The news came when McBride, who plays Vice Principal Neal Gamby along Walton Goggins as rival Vice Principal Lee Russell, made the announcement at the Los Angeles premiere of the show. In McBride’s own words he said – “The whole series is only 18 episodes and that’s it. We just wanted to make a really long movie. It’s one school year and a complete story. This was an old screenplay...

Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton

Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta Compton follows the same path as most other movies about famous musicians, coming from nothing to creating something that permanently changes our culture. What makes it different, and in this case, so much more exciting is that we see the growing pains of those changes, witnessing just how much music can affect the day to day lives of those who couldn’t find an outlet for pent-up frustration at a system that didn’t (and one could say still doesn’t) care about them. Usually we can see how the music is a reflection of the artist’s inner turmoil, reflecting on themselves and how the sacrifices they made in pursuing their...

Game of Thrones: Scene of the Season (Season 6)

Game of Thrones: Scene of the Season (Season 6)

Winter is finally here. And for all of us Game of Thrones fans, the long wait begins. Until next spring, we’ll all have to content ourselves with various tidbits of information about the HBO show where ever possible. The awesome folks at HBOWatch have decided to pick their personal favorite scenes of season six and will share them with you. Beware, this post is full of spoilers! The Tower of Joy by Eleonora Iafano My personal favorite was the Tower of Joy flashback and segues into the King in the North scene. This was one of the most highly anticipated scenes of season six, and for good reason. For those that have read the books, you know...

HBO Gets the Most Emmy Nominations: 2016 Edition

HBO Gets the Most Emmy Nominations: 2016 Edition

It seems like every year we post something similar to this. But here we are again! HBO received 94 Primetime Emmy® nominations, the most of any network for the 16th year in a row, for the upcoming 68th Primetime Emmy Awards®, which were announced today in Los Angeles.             “Game of Thrones” led all nominees for the third year in a row with 23 nominations, while “Veep” received 17 nominations, and “Silicon Valley” received 11 nominations. 23 nominations for “Game of Thrones,” including Outstanding Drama Series, 2 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington), 3 for...

CTV to air Game of Thrones Entire First Season!

CTV to air Game of Thrones Entire First Season!

  What would the Old and the New Gods think of this new development?! Up here, or ‘North of the Wall’ as I like to jokingly put it, Canada’s own CTV network will start airing the entire first season of Game of Thrones starting in August. Well, for those that have already seen the entire six season, this really isn’t news for you. However, for the folks up in Canada who don’t have access to HBO Go or don’ subscribe to HBO, this is HUGE! In fact, it’s extremely exciting.    Remember, not everyone is tech savvy or can afford tablets to stream HBO Go or can subscribe to HBO if you order cable. This is fantastic because...

THE NIGHT OF Series Premiere – Review

THE NIGHT OF Series Premiere – Review

We already know, due to the fact that this debut episode became available early, that critics have raved THE NIGHT OF’s launch. For example, Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 96% and Variety states it “is compulsively watchable and extraordinarily rewarding, a brilliant and addictive mystery that inspires the viewer to go back and watch the same scenes again, looking for subtler character beats and hidden clues.”  Quite a few watched it to favorable results, as far as HBO is concerned. With its early debut online the premiere episode saw 1.5 million viewers and its channel debut on 07.10 tallied another 1.3 million across three back-to-back...

One Speculation On Game of Thrones Season Seven

One Speculation On Game of Thrones Season Seven

Season Six is over…and MAN!!!!! There were so many twists and turns, revelations and betrayals that it was like riding a very long rollercoaster. We shouted for joy when our heroes finally came out on top and cursed the very day that our enemies were able to escape proper justice. So, the question begs, what will happen in Season Seven? With a principal cast of main characters and many supporting ones, who will rise and who will fall? The four main characters that I would like to make predictions for are Arya, Tyrion, Jon and Lady Olenna. Arya Stark  Arya Stark has cut a couple of names of her list: Meryn Trant and most recently,...

Matthew McConaughey to Make True Detective Return?

Matthew McConaughey to Make True Detective Return?

  Matthew McConaughey could make a sensational return to Golden Globe and Emmy nominated show True Detective. McConaughey previously played fan favorite philosophical detective Rustin Cohle alongside Woody Harrelson in the first season of the hit HBO series. Speaking on The Rich Eisen Show, when asked whether he would be open to reprising his role as Rust Cohle, McConaughey conceded; “Yeah, I would. I miss Rust Cohle man. I miss watching him on Sunday nights”. His characterization is arguably one of the main reasons for True Detective‘s initial success and popularity. From his philosophical musings, sharped-tongued...

Movie Review: Black Mass

Movie Review: Black Mass

With a star studded cast (Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Joel Edgerton, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard), Black Mass is not a movie for the faint of heart. The first ten minutes of the movie depict scenes of gruesome murder and mob hits. Shown in a fractured narrative perspective from two of Whitey Bulger’s former accomplices, Black Mass tells the tale of James Whitey Bulger, a ruthless Irish American gangster. He’s the leader of the Winter Hill Gang. As with any mafia related story, the Winter Hill gang has an enemy in the form of the Angulio Brothers, another rival group who try to muscle in on the Winter Hill Gang’s turf. South...

If You’ve Missed VICE Season Four (episodes 10 – 18) You’ve Missed…

If You’ve Missed VICE Season Four (episodes 10 – 18) You’ve Missed…

This is the continuation of our recap of Season Four of VICE on HBO. There is no word at this time whether or not there will be a Season Five or not, but with a daily helping of VICE NEWS soon to appear on the channel the series format may not be needed. We will see. Now to the back nine installments that once again take us around the world to discover the political and cultural issues that rock the planet on its axis.   Installment # 10 – “Trump in Dubai” Correspondent: Ben Anderson The United Arab Emirates, and Dubai in particular, are often described as paradise in the Middle East. But the 5 million migrant workers who live...

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