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Game of Thrones

Rape in the Great Sept of Baelor: An Analysis

Apr 22, 2014

*Warning: this post discuses a graphic sexual scene* In Sunday’s episode of Game of Thrones, a scene involving Jaime and Cersei in the sept beside Joffrey’s body has gotten a lot...

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True Blood

First Clips from the Final Season of True Blood

Apr 20, 2014

HBO surprised us all with a very full Easter Sunday this year.  While some networks took a break the Home Box Office kept its foot firmly on the gas pedal with new episodes of “Game of...

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True Detective

True Detective is HBO’s Most Watched Freshman Series Ever

Apr 17, 2014

Delayed figures on viewership trickled in this week and with it came a very uprising revelation:  True Detective is now HBO’s most watched freshman series of all time.  Yes, more than...

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Girls

Girls Season 3 Available Early for Digital Download

Apr 21, 2014

HBO is giving fans of Girls a little treat this season.  Normally we’d have to wait quite some time for the digital downloads to make their way to the likes of Amazon, Google Play and...

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Latest HBO Series News

THE LEFTOVERS Temporarily Halts Production!

THE LEFTOVERS Temporarily Halts Production!

This is what happens when you rush shows. HBO is eager, to be sure, of launching anew exciting series. Fans always have insatiable demand for more, more, more. Now it appears that THE LEFTOVERS needs to slow down a bit in order to give viewers the best that it can. You cannot rush quality. That is crucial in any programming, but especially for THE LEFTOVERS right now because it is not the only show out there with this type of theme. We want it to stand out from the rest.    According to Deadline Damon Lindelof’s show is taking a breather after completing Episode Six of its 10 episode...

VEEP Season Two DVD/Blu-ray Review

VEEP Season Two DVD/Blu-ray Review

VEEP has launched its third season and it looks to be a wild campaign for Selina Meyer. We have the review up for episode one, so check it out. This post’s focus, however, it a look back at Season Two because now it can be yours on DVD and Blu-ray.    First here is a reminder what happened the last time around.  With midterm elections looming, Vice President Selina Meyer is scoring higher ratings than the president in several popularity polls, which she hopes will boost her influence and help her curry favor with the chief executive. But as she knows all too well, even the most banal...

Veep Season 3: Episode One

Veep Season 3: Episode One

“I’m starring down the barrel of 18 months of this shit.” “18 months is nothing.” “18 months isn’t nothing. 18 months is an entire pregnancy with another entire pregnancy tacked on to the end of it.” “Well, I’m a pretty good strategy guy. I could be your midwife, you know. Get my hands dirty…” Before we begin to discuss episode one, season three of Veep, I have to make a very candid admission. I hope that no one will judge me too harshly and that I receive just a little bit of credit for being forthright and totally honest. There shall be no secrets here, between...

Game of Thrones Season 5, Season 6 Confirmed by HBO

Game of Thrones Season 5, Season 6 Confirmed by HBO

Send a raven! Send two ravens! Send all the ravens! HBO rocked the television world today with a revelation that Game of Thrones would continue at least through a sixth season! Okay, so maybe you aren’t totally surprised by this announcement but it’s good to know that your favorite show will be on for at least two years, right? It’s been speculated that Game of Thrones will need at least seven, if not eight seasons to complete the journey but we’ll probably have to wait to get real confirmation on that front. Here’s the official release: LOS ANGELES, April 8,...

HBO Documentary Films: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES

HBO Documentary Films: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES

We know it was a big weekend for HBO as it gave us non-fiction Friday night; a big movie premiere on Saturday and the debuts of Sunday. Leading off the big weekend of April 4 – 6 was a piece that might have got lost in the schedule. We give it proper notice now. Overview: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES, chronicling the making of his 18th studio album, debuted Friday, 04.04 at 9:30pm, exclusively on HBO. The half-hour documentary by Grammy- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny explores the creation of “High Hopes,” which reached the No. 1 position in 20 countries after its January...

Silicon Valley: Episode One Review

Silicon Valley: Episode One Review

There are some who don’t believe that there is such a thing as “internet culture.” They are, of course, wrong.  Heavy internet users often share values that are loosely similar and often gravitate toward certain types of things. You know, esoteric things. Things otherwise not well represented in our culture and society. Maybe it’s fantasy novels or science fiction. Maybe it’s games, the video or board type. There is a loosely shared sense of humor. You have your memes and your gifs; you have your youtube videos and your witty #hashtags. But perhaps the greatest shared belief is...

HBO Go Stutters (Again) Under Crippling Game of Thrones Fan Frenzy

HBO Go Stutters (Again) Under Crippling Game of Thrones Fan Frenzy

Well it happened one more time.  HBOGo went down last night around 6PM PST / 9PM EST.  You can probably guess why.  Game of Thrones is by far HBO’s most popular program and is often referred to as its “flagship” series.  There has been more hype than ever behind season 4 and all of it came to a head online when the premiere went live on HBOGo.  The official Twitter account was all over it: Looks like there’s trouble in the realm. Apologies for the inconvenience. We’ll be providing updates, so please stay tuned. #GameofThrones — HBO GO (@HBOGO) April 7,...

Game of Thrones 4.01 Review – Two Swords

Game of Thrones 4.01 Review – Two Swords

Directed by: D. B. Weiss Written by: David Benioff & D. B. Weiss As far as Game of Thrones premiere episodes go, “Two Swords” is probably the best since the pilot. “Winter is Coming” worked very well as our introduction into the word of Thrones, as among other things, its focus was quite narrow. Since then, the writers have been plagued with the tendency to bring the viewers up to speed with as many characters as they can within an hour, oftentimes nonsensically and to the detriment of the episode’s cohesion. However, thankfully that is not the case...

VICE Season Two Episode 4 Review

VICE Season Two Episode 4 Review

  Overview: The ongoing civil war in Syria has been covered extensively in the media, with the Free Syrian Army, Bashar al-Assad’s forces and the myriad of jihadi groups dominating the headlines. Meanwhile, one ethnic group, the Kurds, goes largely unmentioned as it tries to carve out its own state in the four countries where its people live: Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. While they’ve had some success gaining autonomy in Iraq, Kurds in the Western-most tip of Syria are using the chaos of the civil war to gain their own little statelet. Thomas Morton goes to the frontline of the...

First Trailer for HBO’s The Leftovers

First Trailer for HBO’s The Leftovers

If you tuned in to HBO’s biggest night of the year for the premiere trifecta of Silicon Valley, Game of Thrones and Veep you were treated to a bevy of trailers for new HBO programs.  But this one may have caught your eye particularly if you hadn’t heard of it before.  We’ve covered it so if you’re an HBOWatcher you’ll be up to speed and probably even MORE excited. Here it is: The show premieres this summer, June 15th as you now know.  Watch for it and get...

Movie Review: “Man of Steel”

Movie Review: “Man of Steel”

Okay folks, let’s get a few things straight right off the bat: 1. This ain’t your daddy’s (and granddaddy’s) Superman. Remember that. 2. This is no Superman you’re familiar with. If you’re thinking that this is anything like “Superman Returns,” you’re wrong. Sorry. 3. Oh, you held on to the belief that Superman was always Clark Kent and still changed in phone booths? Oh honey, we have some talking to do! Now, let me just say that this movie is FANTASTIC. I’m going to repeat that because we don’t often get to review great movies...

A Game of Thrones Drinking Game

A Game of Thrones Drinking Game

So you finally have your Game of Thrones party all planned and you can’t wait for your costumed friends to come over to take in the first episode of season 4. I know many of you prefer to watch your HBO drama in complete silence, plunged into utter darkness but perhaps some of you take a more Robert Baratheon take on the festivities. If you’d rather not stay sober during your viewing (you can watch it again later, right?!) then check out this hilarious drinking games below. I know I’ll be taking sips of fine Dornish wine throughout the show. What will you be doing? Leave us...

Doll and Em: Episodes 5 and 6

Doll and Em: Episodes 5 and 6

Episode Five Doll and Em has always been a show about the relationship between Doll and Em and about the awkward nature of that relationship. At first, that awkwardness came from Doll working for Em and manifested itself in how they tried to maintain their employer/employee relationship while, at the same time, remaining friends. Now the plot of the show has progressed in such a way that the awkwardness doesn’t solely, or even mainly, depend on that aspect of their relationship. Instead, the awkwardness between them in now a result of the fact that Doll is being asked to screen test for a...

HBO Sets Date for New Series: The Leftovers

HBO Sets Date for New Series: The Leftovers

We’ve been reporting on this one for a while and it’s finally happening!  Summers aren’t going to be the same without True Blood on HBO but we’re hoping this series more than makes up for it. From Damon Lindelof (Emmy winner for “Lost”) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta (Academy Award nominee for “Little Children”), THE LEFTOVERS begins its ten-episode season SUNDAY, JUNE 15 at 10:00 p.m. (ET/PT), immediately following the season finale of “Game of Thrones.” Based on Perrotta’s bestselling novel of the same name, the drama series is an original...

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