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HBO’s “Yearender” Trailer Provides First Glimpse at Several New 2015 Series

Dec 21, 2014

HBO sure knows how to make a trailer. Last year’s “yearender” trailer was just how it sounds: a trailer at the end of the year that wraps up a calendar full of great...

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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: Divergent

Dec 19, 2014

I’m a huge fan of dystopian literature, especially young adult novels. Having enjoyed the books, I was thrilled to hear Divergent was being adapted.  Based in a post-apocalyptic...

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Latest HBO News

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...

What’s On: HBO Schedule for December 2014

What’s On: HBO Schedule for December 2014

The final month of another year is upon us already. Time sure flies when you are enjoying HBO, doesn’t it? In this month of gift giving for many can also look back at all the gifts we received all year long from the pay channel we enjoy. The televised pleasures across HBO’s platforms were diverse and met everyone’s tastes whether it was sports, movies, specials or series. There was something for everyone Now, December will add a few more entertainment choices before we close out another year. So, let’s find out what gifts await with What’s On: HBO Schedule for December 2014.    Originals: We bid goodbye to yet another series as...

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: Broken

STATE OF PLAY Documentary: Broken

Overview: This second edition of HBO Sports STATE OF PLAY tells the story of college football player Eric LeGrand of Avenel, NJ (No. 52 at Rutgers) and mountain biker Steve Shope of Newfields, NH, who both competed at a high level, but suddenly, became paralyzed on the field. This moving film follows both men and their families as they struggle to accept new physical limitations, painting a raw and inspiring portrait of endurance and love. Berg hosts a panel discussion that includes Eric LeGrand, his mother, Karen, Steve Shope and his wife, Julie. STATE OF PLAY: BROKEN is executive produced by Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey; co-executive...

Movie Review: Escape Plan

Movie Review: Escape Plan

Escape Plan is a movie that promises both action and intrigue. Ray Breslin (Sylvester Stallone) is the leading expert in breaking out of prisons. He works for an independent company who promises to find flaws in high-security prisons in order to allow the prison’s management to try to make their facility as escape-proof as possible. Ray agrees to test a prison intended for the most undesirable prisoners in the world. The prison itself is in a location unknown to him or his colleagues. Once inside, he learns that he is set up and the people that put him there do not intend for him to escape. Not only that, but any safety net options he had...

A Game of Thrones Guide to Christmas Gift Shopping

A Game of Thrones Guide to Christmas Gift Shopping

It’s that time of year! Christmas music playing way too early on the radio and television stations offer non-stop traditional festive holiday music videos around the clock. If you’re anything like me, than you have an instant dislike for the holiday season kicking into full swing in the month of November. Call me old school, but I prefer to see the festive holiday spirit up and running once December 1st rolls around. However, when it comes to Game of Thrones, I will make an exception. SO many gift options! So little time! Let’s start off with the books, shall we? If you have someone in your household or circle of friends that loves to...

GETTING ON: “Turnips…North Day…Yes, Yes”

GETTING ON: “Turnips…North Day…Yes, Yes”

The preview for the third episode of the season gives us a warning – Jean Smart’s character, Arlene Willy-Weller, tells us “everything is completely unraveled” and we can be sure it will do just that in a rather absurd way. It also appears that the air conditioning is broken so who can know what kind of tempers could flare in that uncomfortable environment. It should be a real riot. We also have to listen for the words that make up this week’s odd title. I have fun discovering little things like that. Episode #03 – Turnips…North Day…Yes, Yes Another hectic day on the ward begins. Remember, the show’s title refers not just...

Celebrate Thanksgiving Game of Thrones Style!

Celebrate Thanksgiving Game of Thrones Style!

Thanksgiving is coming, and with it, your house may begin to feel like a feasting hall in Westeros as the cold winter air is punctuated by the delicious smells of cooked fowl, along with the sounds of feuding family members and perhaps the subtle chords of The Rains of Castamere if you’re feeling especially evil. Hopefully, your Thanksgiving feast won’t include any poisoning, choking, stabbing, or dire-wolf attacks as seem to happen all too often in Game of Thrones, but if you’re looking to add a little taste of Westeros to your table this Thanksgiving, here are some ideas that should help.   Appetizers Welcome your guests into...

The Newsroom: “Main Justice”

The Newsroom: “Main Justice”

The justice department was all– “You’re going to do this!” and Will was like, “No we’re not!” and then that guy- Nope, nope, nope, let me try again.With the FBI boxing up all their equipment in a show of force, Charlie managed to shoo them out by threatening to put them on television. Maggie went to Jim for help putting together an interesting piece on climate change which quickly escalated into a quiet meltdown for the Deputy Director of the EPA (because the EPA didn’t have an official head). In order to save the ACN from its apathetic heirs, Leona and Reese had to find a new investor to buy...

Religion and the World of The Leftovers

Religion and the World of The Leftovers

It’s rare nowadays to find anything in the pop culture lexicon that treats any kind of religious subject matter with subtlety. Come to think of it, I think it’d be hard to find subtlety in anything with some kind of religious aspect, especially the films and TV shows. For me, at least, religious films and TV shows are like sports films and TV shows. For every good one, there’s at least one bad one. For every The Last Temptation of Christ, there’s a God’s Not Dead. For every Dogma, there’s a Left Behind: The Movie. When it comes to the latter, by the way, I find it sad that we live in a world where, concerning adaptations of Left...

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

Rachel McAdams Confirmed for True Detective Season 2

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 whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves. Taylor Kitsch as Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened. Kelly Reilly as Jordan, Frank Semyon’s wife, a former D-list actress who is a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions. Peace out, rumors!  Rachel is now confirmed. When will...

Hello Ladies: The Movie review

Hello Ladies: The Movie review

HBO’s comedies are sometimes woefully under appreciated, and it was with great disappointment that I read about the cancellation of my current favorite HBO comedy: Hello Ladies. Luckily for fans of the short-lived series, HBO approved a movie send-off. The first season of Hello Ladies revolved around Stephen Merchant’s character Stuart, and his repeated attempts to find a supermodel who would sleep with him. When we left him at the end of the season, Stuart was finally presented with a choice to be with the model of his dreams, and he elected to walk away in order to comfort his friend and roommate Jessica, who had just been...

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