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The Leftovers Series Finale: “The Book of Nora”

Jun 6, 2017

I confess that Nora was my least favorite character throughout the entire Leftovers series. I don’t know why; I felt she was too stiff, too rigid and devoid of any emotion. Then again, I...

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Game of Thrones

The Pack Survives: HBO Drops Game of Thrones Trailer  #2

Jun 22, 2017

Yesterday, HBO dropped it’s second full-length trailer for Game of Thrones. With only twenty-four days to go until the premiere of Season 7 of HBO’s award-winning fantasy...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: “Hooli-Con”

Jun 21, 2017

Last week, we saw the guys finally come moments away from everything they have worked for: butt loads and butt loads of money. But much in Pied Piper fashion, it would be ripped out from under...

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Movie Review: “The Birth of a Nation”

Jun 23, 2017

Race relations and slavery have always been a topic of controversy, especially now in the U.S. where police brutality against African Americans is a hot button issue. Initially, I was keen on...

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THE WIZARD OF LIES Does Well For HBO

THE WIZARD OF LIES Does Well For HBO

Evidently, people were interested in figuring out Bernie Madoff and family. The HBO Films presentation THE WIZARD OF LIES debuted on Saturday, May 20th at 8:00pm and did well in the numbers. 1.5 million (that is a small number concerning Bernie deals in billions) viewers for its debut date. But totaling up multiple airings and the streaming sites (HBONow/Go) the first weekend had 2.4 million viewers tuning in. That is good numbers for the premium network. To put it in comparison THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, which premiered on 04.22 had a debut viewership of 1.1 million. That puts THE WIZARD OF...

HBO Films: THE WIZARD OF LIES Review

HBO Films: THE WIZARD OF LIES Review

Okay, we know that the story of Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme is kind of old news by now. With all the news coverage, special reports and the like we got the story a number of years ago, including being schooled on what a Ponzi scheme even was. However, the story still looms large and people are still shocked by it and HBO isn’t even the only one that was eager to delve into Bernie Madoff nine years later. ABC presented his story in 2016 as a miniseries starring Richard Dreyfuss. HBO now takes its turn with Robert De Niro in the role. Quite honestly, this writer was only interested in THE WIZARD OF LIES because it was on HBO (and I...

The Great War is Here: Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer Drops

The Great War is Here: Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer Drops

It’s been a long wait, but HBO has finally released the first trailer for Season Seven of Game of Thrones. The new, and penultimate season of the award-winning HBO show will premiere on July 16th, and from what we tell from the trailer, its going to be nothing short of amazing. Last summer, Game of Thrones ended dramatically with Cersei Lannister sitting on the Iron Throne, Jon Snow hailed as King in the North, and Daenerys Targaryen finally headed to Westeros to reclaim her right to rule.  Now, Season Seven looks to explore the consequences of each major character’s rise to power, and the ensuing clashes that will determine...

ANIMALS. Closes Its Second Season and Promises a Third

ANIMALS. Closes Its Second Season and Promises a Third

Straight from an official Press Release comes the news that one of the shows you aren’t watching but should be is returning for a third season in 2018.     HBO RENEWS ANIMATED ADULT SERIES ANIMALS., CREATED BY PHIL MATARESE & MIKE LUCIANO, FOR A THIRD SEASON   LOS ANGELES, May 19, 2017 – HBO has renewed ANIMALS. for a third season, it was announced today by Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, HBO Programming. Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano, from Duplass Brothers Productions, the animated adult television series is currently in its second season, with the season finale scheduled to debut tonight, Friday,...

Jordan Peele Goes Straight to Series With Horror Anthology LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

Jordan Peele Goes Straight to Series With Horror Anthology LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

We all know that Jordan Peele (pictured) has hit it good with his horror movie Get Out and now he is on the fast track to hitting it good with HBO in another horror yarn. With his Monkeypaw Productions, he is crafting LOVECRAFT COUNTRY. It is based on a novel by Matt Ruff set in the backroads of 1950’s America and all the horror found there. Amazon gives us a description straight from the back cover of the source material. It reads – Chicago, 1954. When his father goes missing, twenty-two-year-old army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his uncle George—publisher of The Safe...

Sorrentino Continues His Pope Stories With THE NEW POPE

Sorrentino Continues His Pope Stories With THE NEW POPE

We all knew the strong possibility, due to all the buzz and acclaim that Paolo Sorrentino was going to follow up THE YOUNG POPE with some more papal exploits. What we didn’t know was it was not going to be a continuation of Pope Pius XIII’s story. Instead, the same themes will be explored by THE NEW POPE instead. That does not mean that Pope Pius or Lenny Balardo (Jude Law) … if you prefer won’t appear in the continuation, but the focus seems to be the next modern Catholic figurehead instead. Perhaps Lenny will be the new Pope’s senior advisor, like Cardinal Michael Spencer (James Cromwell) was to him. But, Law is not...

VEEP Season 6: Mid-season Recap

VEEP Season 6: Mid-season Recap

She’s back like she’s never left! Selina Meyer finds herself on the outside of DC politics for the first time in over 20 years. And in Meyer’s fashion, she doesn’t miss a beat! In case you haven’t been able to keep up, here’s a quick recap of the first five episodes of Season 6. The episodes are #1 “Omaha” from 04.16; #2 “Library” from 04.23; #3 “Georgia” from 04.30; #4 “Justice” from 05.07 and #5 “Chicklet” from 05.14.  Meemaw, aka Selina’s mom, passed away during last season, but now we are able to see what that means for the Meyer family. We learn early on that...

HBO Documentary Films: MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST

HBO Documentary Films: MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST

Overview: Provocative documentarian Erin Lee Carr (Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop) again explores a crime in the age of social media. Things are not always as they appear, especially in the case of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose, and what starts out as a grisly tale of matricide morphs into a rabbit hole of deception. Child abuse, mental illness and forbidden love converge in this mystery of a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare. It is a disturbing, first-hand look at this bizarre case and explores one of psychology’s most controversial conditions: Munchausen by...

Silicon Valley: “Teambuilding Exercise”

Silicon Valley: “Teambuilding Exercise”

Last week, our band of misfits successfully engineered their way around a tricky situation and the cherry on top of it all, Gavin Belson took the heat and lost his CEO job at Hooli. This week sees Richard spark a dangerous idea, BigHead becomes one step closer to an adult, and Dinesh’s girlfriend may or may not be listening to him from his cellular device. When Richard got access to Peter Gregory’s files, he realized fully the dreams of a new internet coming to fruition. Only one little piece stands in the way, and that piece is Gavin F*cking Belson. As if this douche hasn’t messed up everything for our rag-tag group over...

The Leftovers: “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”

The Leftovers: “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”

Artistic creativity is something to be expected of The Leftovers, including its metaphorically heavy song choice for the opening credits. This week’s episode treated us to a feverish French prayer, likely the prayer being uttered by the man who set off the nuke later in the episode’s opening. (Here’s a link for those interested in the translation of the French prayer in the opening credits, alluding to the departure and apocalyptic extinction.) All of the openings segments on The Leftovers thus far have been open to interpretation and are highly telling of what is to come. This episode’s opening tells a tale of a man who believed...

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

Chris Gethard: Career Suicide

or Chris and Barb— Your not so typical happily ever after As a therapist and someone who enjoys stand-up comedy, I thought the idea of a comedian tackling the subject of Mental Health would be brave, daring and challenging. I figured, if nothing more, this was an opportunity for people to see how someone who struggles with mental illness makes it day-to-day. But what we receive is far better than I could have anticipated… Chris Gethard does an excellent job going between comedically inspired sets and moments of seriousness in his HBO stand-up Chris Gethard: Career Suicide.  We learn about his relationship with his questionably...

HBO Documentary Development Slate: Princess Diana, DEFIANT ONES and More

HBO Documentary Development Slate:  Princess Diana, DEFIANT ONES and More

We cobble together some news about documentaries in development or upcoming ones announcing debut dates here. Though HBO Documentary Films are not a place for popular discussion around here they are a huge part of HBO’s schedule. Here is what is forthcoming on the non-fiction front.   Definitive Princess Diana Documentary Straight from a Press release comes the information that an extensive biography of Princess Diana on the landmark 20th anniversary of her death. HBO has U.S. rights to the film, produced by Oxford Film and Television for the ITV network in the U.K. The unprecedented documentary will be built around interviews with...

GoT Spinoffs to Focus On New Material Not Familiar Characters

GoT Spinoffs to Focus On New Material Not Familiar Characters

Ever since we got word that no less than four Game of Thrones spin-offs are in the works, the internet has been running wild with speculation as to the specifics of the upcoming shows– will they follow old friends into the future, or will they backtrack into the rich history of Westeros? Rumors ran rampant, but finally, George R.R. Martin had his say on the spin-offs yesterday. Martin took to his blog to talk about his involvement in and the nature of the projects while also putting several well-loved theories to rest. In response to the term “spin-offs,” Martin had this to say: For what it’s worth, I don’t...

Duplass Brothers’ ROOM 104 Gets Debut Date

Duplass Brothers’ ROOM 104 Gets Debut Date

The Duplass Brothers, Jay and Mark (pictured), are still hanging out with HBO even though their one series TOGETHERNESS only lasted two seasons. They are also executive producers and occasional voices on the current series ANIMALS. and are about to add their third venture. Debuting Friday, July 28 is ROOM I04. Here is the official announcement of that premiere: HBO has confirmed the debut date of the Duplass Brothers-produced half-hour anthology series ROOM 104, which will begin its 12-episode season FRIDAY, JULY 28 (11:00-11:30 p.m. ET/PT). Set in a single room of an average American motel, ROOM 104 tells a different story of the assorted...

New Characters Coming For DIVORCE Season Two

New Characters Coming For DIVORCE Season Two

Well, by the end of Season One of DIVORCE we certainly have one doozy dose of marital dissolve, don’t we? Of course, it is going to get a lot messier when two new characters enter the equation. Actors Steven Pasquale (American Crime Story and Kurt of SIX FEET UNDER, pictured right) and Becki Newton  (Ugly Betty and Weird Loners, pictured left) join the cast in recurring roles. If you recall the end of Season One Robert (Haden Church) stops by the opening of Frances’ (Parker) art gallery and congratulates her on her success. They kiss, both unsure of what it means. That night, Robert calls, and Frances asks if she can take the kids...

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