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Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones Season 4: Scene of the Season

Jul 21, 2014

It’s that time of year again. There were a number of memorable moments from this season’s Game of Thrones, but which in particular stood out to you? Our writers have selected a few...

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True Blood

True Blood Season 7: Lost Cause

Jul 21, 2014

“We have bigger problems than your mommy and your daddy issues.” One of the things I wanted the show to return to during the final season was the focus on vampires and the culture they’ve...

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The Leftovers

Are You Reading THE LEFTOVERS Blog?

Jul 21, 2014

Damon Lindelof’s THE LEFTOVERS, which airs Sunday night at 10:00pm, is leaving everyone talking. Some like it, some don’t and many find it confusing. Where do you fit on the topic?...

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New Movies

Movie Review: The Internship

Jul 18, 2014

The Internship is a bog standard comedy at best, although to be classed a comedy, it would probably have to make you laugh at some point. The Internship did this for me in the opening 5 minutes...

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Latest HBO News

HBO “not concerned” about Game of Thrones outpacing books

HBO “not concerned” about Game of Thrones outpacing books

Recently, one of our writers posted an opinion piece on whether Game of Thrones will outpace A Song of Ice and Fire before George R. R. Martin finishes writing the (proposed) remaining two books. We now have much more concrete information on this matter. Thanks to EW, we now know that HBO executives are “not concerned” about the series overtaking the remaining books. Here’s an extract: HBO chairman and CEO Richard Plepler and programming president Michael Lombardo were asked by critics Thursday if there was anything “short of nuclear war” that would prevent Thrones from completing its entire story as planned....

Westworld Pilot Begins Casting Now, Filming Soon

Westworld Pilot Begins Casting Now, Filming Soon

We’ve been covering HBO’s planned adaptation of Micheal Crichton’s Westworld for almost a year now. But now we can report that the show has finally begun casting and will hopefully start shooting this summer. During a Q&A session at the TCA press tour HBO’s president of programming, Michael Lombardo said this: “Hope we’re going to start shooting this summer. We’re casting right now, and I assume, you know, announcements will come out when those deals happen. Obviously, it takes place within some time in the unspecified future within an amusement park populated by robots. Beyond that, I think it’s...

Oberyn Martell’s daughter cast in Game of Thrones?

Oberyn Martell’s daughter cast in Game of Thrones?

According to the New Zealand Herald, Kiwi Academy-Award nominated actress Keisha Castle-Hughes is rumored to be cast as one of the Sand Snakes, the late Oberyn Martell’s bastard daughters of whom he spoke so fondly last season. The newspaper states that Ms. Castle-Hughes has been sharing the news of her casting with her friends. In addition to this, her Twitter activity would seem to point towards something Thrones related, in that she has traveled to London and Belfast recently, lauded the show, and followed numerous cast members. At this time, it is unclear which daughter she may be playing, but we will be sure to update you as...

Movie Review: Gravity

Movie Review: Gravity

Space! I wanna go to space! SPAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACE! …Oh wait was that joke already done before? Even if you aren’t onboard for the story in a movie directed by Alfonso Cuaron, no one can deny the skill he has pulling shots together and creating his infamous “one-takes”, where all the action of a scene (sometimes going on for minutes) is all captured at once with no breaks. Here, all that practice is put on display in one of the most gripping movies about trying to open a space door since the opening of Apollo 13. Sandra Bullock is Ryan Stone, a medical engineer tasked with designing new technology to the Hubble...

George Takei Joins Bill Maher for Real Time on July 18th

George Takei Joins Bill Maher for Real Time on July 18th

Bill Maher’s guest list always includes some interesting guests this time of year and next will will be no exception. Star Trek’s George Takei will join the panel for what will surely be a vibrant discussion on the events of the week. George is no stranger to politics and has been a champion of gay and lesbian rights winning awards from the American Humanist Association and GLAAD for his work. He’s also quite possibly the most entertaining man to ever host a Facebook feed. Joining Mr. Takei on the show will be FiveThirtyEight‘s Nate Silver, Former Representative Jane Harman,  The Daily Caller’s Jamie...

THE COMEBACK is Officially Coming Back

THE COMEBACK is Officially Coming Back

Update: HBO has announced that THE COMEBACK will debut its sophomore season in November 2014. No actual date or time has been set, but HBOWatch will keep you informed.  HBOWatch alluded to the fact that HBO was considering a second season for Lisa Kudrow’s THE COMEBACK ten years after its premiere season. Here is the Press Release officially announcing that return: LOS ANGELES, May 5, 2014 – “B level” TV star Valerie Cherish was a pioneer of reality television. Now, its ten years later – there’s more TV than ever and she wants back in. Lisa Kudrow (Emmy winner for Friends stars as the embattled Valerie Cherish, a fading TV...

Bronson Pinchot On His THE LEFTOVERS Distinction

Bronson Pinchot On His THE LEFTOVERS Distinction

If you are watching THE LEFTOVERS Sunday nights than you know there are only two fun things about the show. One is the duo that is Adam and Scott Frost played by real life brothers Max and Charlie Carver. The other is discovering all the famous people who are a part of the disappeared 2%. We know that the likes of the Pope and Jennifer Lopez are among them. In the second episode “Penguin One, Us Zero” we learn that the entire cast of Perfect Strangers were also taken unexplainably away. The news report was noted in a scene between Chief Garvey and his ailing father. In fact Garvey Sr., played by Scott Glen, passed comment on the...

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAY Debuts in October

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAY Debuts in October

The exclusive HBO series documenting an eight-city journey into the heart of America’s musical identity as seen through the Foo Fighters comes in October. HBOWatch has given attention to it earlier, but HBO is now ready to make the announcement official.   EXCLUSIVE HBO SERIES FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS, DOCUMENTING AN EIGHT-CITY JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF AMERICA’S MUSICAL IDENTITY, DEBUTS IN OCTOBER   As the 11-time Grammy-winning, 25-million-plus-selling Foo Fighters ready their as-yet-untitled eighth album for November release, Dave Grohl, the band’s frontman — and accomplished director of the acclaimed feature-film...

The Next Round of TRUE DETECTIVE Rumors

The Next Round of TRUE DETECTIVE Rumors

Now we know that supposedly any day now HBO will announce something official regarding the second season of the detective anthology series by Nic Pizzolatto. This writer thought it would be fun to let the rumors fly one more time before then. We have not been poking around the rumor mill and listing every little item that has been speculated, but since Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain’s name have been dropped other noted names have been bandied about as well. How about Joaquin Phoenix, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender and/or Josh Brolin? Cate Blanchett also surfaced as a good possibility. The latest buzz has touched many sites including...

True Detective Season 2 cast to be announced next week?

True Detective Season 2 cast to be announced next week?

As if the amazing plethora of 20 HBO Emmy nominations (including True Detective‘s own McConaughey and Harrelson) wasn’t enough good news, we have more. Earlier today at the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said of True Detective Season 2; “The two scripts we have… I hate to jinx it… they are more exciting than the first season. [Creator Nic Pizzolatto] is an incredibly talented writer. And he’s blown us away with the first two episodes.” On top of that, he confirmed that casting announcements could come as soon as next week. Teasing that we...

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Premiere Date

Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Premiere Date

The Emmy-winning HBO drama series BOARDWALK EMPIRE will return for its eight-episode, fifth and final season Sept. 7, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. From Terence Winter, Emmy-winning writer of “The Sopranos” and Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is set in the Prohibition era and chronicles the life and times of Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, the undisputed leader of Atlantic City. The first four seasons took place during the 1920s. In the final season, which takes place in the depths of the Depression in 1931, Nucky recalls his Atlantic City roots and plots a...

Luke Grimes Refuses to Come Out of the Closet on True Blood

Luke Grimes Refuses to Come Out of the Closet on True Blood

True Blood is a show known for its controversial scenes, particularly in regards to sex. Being on a platform like HBO, this show is able to take risks in regards to sex and violence, as well as more progressive issues such as gay rights. Open sexuality has been apparent in the show from the beginning by featuring an openly gay character, Lafayette, and the sexual choices of vampires in bedding who they so desire, regardless of gender. One cast member allegedly couldn’t handle the sexual turn his character took, and chose to leave the show. I’m referring to Luke Grimes, who departed fairly quickly after only seven episodes on the...

HBO’s Series, Talent Nominated for 2014 Emmys

HBO’s Series, Talent Nominated for 2014 Emmys

It happens ever year: HBO’s series, actors, actresses, writers, directors, movies and more are given nods at the Emmys. Often HBO pulls in more wins than any other network. That’s quite the feat considering it’s a network with only a handful of original series and a smaller, premium audience (that’s you!). Today the Television Academy announced the nominations for 2014 Emmy Awards and, yes, familiar HBO names littered the list yet again. Here are some of the highlights: Drama Series “Breaking Bad” (AMC) “Downton Abbey” (PBS) “Game of Thrones” (HBO) “Mad Men” (AMC) “True Detective” (HBO) Last...

Orange Is the New Oz?

Orange Is the New Oz?

A new prison drama worth mentioning comes every few years. In 1997, it was Oz, a show about a prison with a cell block built under idealistic views of rehabilitation. They called it Emerald City. Oz ended with six seasons after wrapping up most of story lines that kept their viewers tuning in. Since then, there wasn’t a show that brought its audience into the world of prison life quite the way that HBO did. Netflix has quickly gone from being a subscription-based streaming service to producing an arsenal of original content. Among its shows, Orange Is the New Black is getting a lot of attention. You may have even seen a commercial for...

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