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The Night of

Still Waiting to Hear of THE NIGHT OF Season Two

Sep 25, 2016

With the way THE NIGHT OF ended its run back on 08.28 it appeared as there could be more story to tell. As of this posting it has almost been a month and there has been no official word on...

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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: 3 DAYS OF TERROR: THE CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACKS

Sep 21, 2016

Overview: On Jan. 7, 2015, two brothers belonging to Al-Qaeda in Yemen stormed the Paris offices of the satiric weekly Charlie Hebdo, killing 11 people and injuring 11 others before killing a...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Steve Jobs

Sep 23, 2016

Danny Boyle has had an interesting career as a director with the ability to make large sweeping films that take you on a physical journey, to smaller low key films that take you on emotional...

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Latest HBO News

Reminder to Watch – FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD

Reminder to Watch – FERRELL TAKES THE FIELD

After the Saturday Night debut of Ben Stiller’s NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM: SECRET OF THE TOMB stick around for a comedy stint from Will Ferrell as he pays a humorous homage to Baseball. His special, which we brought to your attention back on March, debuts SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 at 10:00pm. HBO is doing some odd marketing, or at least this writer thinks so, with this sports-themed event. It joins 7 DAYS IN HELL, which aired in July, as a ‘sports documentary’ instead of calling each of them a ‘comedy special.’ I mentioned this back at the tennis spoof review as well. I guess it doesn’t really matter as long as we get the content. Here...

Movie Review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Movie Review: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

  I watched Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb with a fairly open mind as I often find that films like this are a massive guilty pleasure and this looked like it was going to be a cross between the first Night at the Museum with The Mummy, a potentially winning combination in my opinion. The one thing that’s missing from family films like this is the ability to communicate to children without seemingly treating them like they are idiots. Its a shame because the first Night at the Museum managed to get this balance, it was informative, educational and packed full of magic. Reaching the third installment just acts as a reminder...

Russell Simmons Announces HBO Content

Russell Simmons Announces HBO Content

Russel Simmons has been in and out of HBO’s stable through the years ever since DEF COMEDY JAM back in 1992. He had struck a development deal with HBO again in 2013, but we never heard much. Then, back in August he unleashed his plans for the network. We neglected to share it until now so here, via an official press release, is what Simmons has in the offing (my comments appear in red). HBO AND RUSSELL SIMMONS ENTER INTO OVERALL PRODUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT DEAL ——– Network Developing Several New Series And Specials With Simmons For Premium Television; Pact Builds Upon Successful Producing Partnership Beginning With Hit...

HBO Development Slate: THE LOOP; FAMILY DRAMA; Ritchie Sambora & More

HBO Development Slate: THE LOOP; FAMILY DRAMA; Ritchie Sambora & More

It is time to catch up with some development news that is circulating. HBO is always trying to come out with the next funny or exciting program as HBO ramps up its future. It is already lining up big dramatic series in VINYL and WESTWORLD plus adds SESAME STREET & VICE to cover the channel from morning to night. What else will it add? Consider the following.   The Dark Comedy THE LOOP May Be In It The most recent concept in development is billed as a half-hour dark comedy. The project is about a couple who downsizes everything and chooses to sail “The Loop” — a nautical course that cuts through the heart of America. All goes...

Major Greyjoy Storyline Revealed For Season Six

Major Greyjoy Storyline Revealed For Season Six

      After years of “We Do Not Show,” the Greyjoys are returning, harder and stronger than ever. This week has been an explosive one for Game of Thrones news as Season Six filming began in earnest and paparazzi reports flooded the Web, but at the height of the media buzz an unlikely storyline rose to the center of attention. According to multiple eye-witness accounts,  several major scenes were being filmed for Season Six involving the Ironborn, the fearless inhabitants of the Iron Islands. As the story developed over the week, it became apparent that the Greyjoy plot might be one of the most exciting ones that we know...

HBO Miniseries: SHOW ME A HERO – Review

HBO Miniseries: SHOW ME A HERO – Review

  This mini-series was based on historical events. The City of Yonkers, circa late 1980s, was rife with racial tensions. This was due to a legal order issued by federal Judge Leonard Sand, in order to establish the building of low income housing developments for residents who qualified. On Night One, (remember its debut ran three consecutive Sundays) we were introduced to all the major power players in the political arena – Nick Wasiscko (Oscar Isaacs), Councilman Henry Spallone (Alfred Molina), Judge Sand (Bob Balaban) , lawyer Harry Sussman (Jon Bernthal), City Council President Vincenza Restiano (Winona Ryder), Mayoral opponent...

Movie Review: Wild

Movie Review: Wild

Warning: spoilers ahead. Jean-Marc Vallée’s 2014 film Wild is based on the real life hike made by Cheryl Strayed along 1,100 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail in 1995. Cheryl (Reese Witherspoon) was an ambitious student, and considered herself a strong young woman, but she fell apart after the death of her beloved mother Bobbi. As chronicled in flashbacks, Cheryl’s life careened out of control, and her desperation leads her to seek answers on the trail. Along the treacherous hike, Cheryl must confront not only the dangers of the wild, but the uncertainty and grief tearing her apart. As someone who was born in a third world...

HBO Drops Promo For VICE SPECIAL REPORT: FIXING THE SYSTEM

HBO Drops Promo For VICE SPECIAL REPORT: FIXING THE SYSTEM

Back in July there was a lot of buzz about President Obama having a sit-down with administrators and inmates in the El Reno federal prison. We learned, of course, that it was filmed as part of an upcoming VICE Special Report. That documentary program now entitled VICE SPECIAL REPORT: FIXING THE SYSTEM will air on 09.27. To promote that show a 50-second promotional clip has surfaced. Here it is. Also there is an accompanying press release: VICE SPECIAL REPORT: FIXING THE SYSTEM, A LOOK AT AMERICA’S BROKEN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, DEBUTS SEPT. 27 ON HBO ——– Special Features President Obama’s Historic Visit To El...

Cinemax’s BANSHEE Announces Fourth and Final Season

Cinemax’s BANSHEE Announces Fourth and Final Season

As always we like to keep a track of the series playing over on Cinemax. STRIKE BACK has just wrapped up its final season and THE KNICK returns in another month. Then there is BANSHEE. It was announced via a press release that it will air its fourth and final season coming in 2016. Here is that presser.   BANSHEE will return for its eight-episode fourth and final season in Jan. 2016, exclusively on CINEMAX. Alan Ball, Greg Yaitanes, Jonathan Tropper, Peter Macdissi, Adam Targum and Ole Christian Madsen will executive produce. Says Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming – “BANSHEE is a unique and compelling show that helped...

Stannis Baratheon Lives! …Just not Necessarily on HBO’s Game of Thrones

Stannis Baratheon Lives!  …Just not Necessarily on HBO’s Game of Thrones

Good news for the fans of the “One True King”–Stannis Baratheon lives! After watching the finale of Season Five of Game of Thrones, many viewers were confused by the ambiguous ending of Stannis’ storyline. We see everything but the claimant king’s death itself–Melisandre’s sudden loss of faith, the utter destruction of his troops by an overwhelming Bolton force, and finally, Brienne’s avenging blade coming down in a killing blow–before the camera cuts away to another scene. Technically, we never see Stannis die, and many were left debating whether there was any chance that he had...

David Simon Gets Two Pilot Orders

David Simon Gets Two Pilot Orders

David Simon(pictured) is back in the House! For a while there, if you recall, he was a bit despondent about filmmaking because neither of his shows, THE WIRE and TREME were great ratings successes. Oh, they were critically acclaimed, but he wanted fans to fully embrace his offerings. He didn’t give up and delivered to HBO the recently concluded miniseries SHOW ME A HERO. Total ratings aren’t quite in yet, but it appears to have had a rough run. The upside to all that is that Mr. Simon is rejuvenated to offer more and HBO is now entertaining not one but two pilot orders from the producer/writer. The first concept is named THE DEUCE.We...

What’s On: HBO Schedule For September 2015

What’s On: HBO Schedule For September 2015

Wow, are we up to September already? The year is flying and we got to keep up. You might be a bit surprised by what comes to HBO in the coming month. Some creative thinking was required by the powers that be because, for one, there is no big one-hour drama to look forward to in the weeks ahead. Hey, it happens and I hope to prove that there is still some interesting fare on. This coming month will prove who the loyal HBO fans are. So here is what is on for September 2015.   Originals: So if there is no big one-hour drama just what do we have for Sunday nights as we transition for summer to autumn? Well, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon show...

Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

“National security and crack cocaine in the same sentence. Does that not sound strange to you?”  Based on the real story of Gary Webb, Kill the Messenger approaches the life of a man who is trying to tell the truth and how the government and press attempt to destroy him.  The film opens with real news-reel footage rolling.  This theme continues throughout the film and splices bits of reality in with the pseudo reality of Hollywood telling a true story.  Gary Webb, played by Jeremy Renner, gets a mysterious call from a woman claiming to have information about government involvement in drug pushing in Los Angeles.  At first...

The Hound to Return to Game of Thrones Season 6

The Hound to Return to Game of Thrones Season 6

If Ned Stark returning for the upcoming season wasn’t enough to get you excited, another dead character has been spotted filming for Season Six of Game of Thrones. Although we never saw him die onscreen, most were confident that Sandor Clegane or “The Hound” had met his death after a vicious battle with Brienne of Tarth towards the end of Game of Thrones’ fourth season.  However, fans of the delightfully morally ambiguous character will be excited to hear that there is a good chance that the The Hound will be returning in some way, shape, or form to Game of Thrones. This Sunday, the reputable fansite, Watchers...

Croatia Dropped From Game of Thrones Season Six Filming Locations

Croatia Dropped From Game of Thrones Season Six Filming Locations

For years, the the producers of the hit TV-series, Game of Thrones have had an extremely productive symbiotic relationship with the country of Croatia, blending fiction with reality to create familiar locations from the show such as King’s Landing and Meereen. It may be difficult to tell from looking at the massive CGI cities and intricate sets that make up Game of Thrones, but behind many of the places we have grown familiar with in Westeros, lurks the real-life country of Croatia. While it’s easy to get fully immersed in the world of Westeros, those who follow the making of the show know that Croatia has acted as one of...

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