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Game of Thrones

UPDATED: The First Game of Thrones Season 5 Teaser Trailers

Dec 16, 2014

The Three Eyed Raven has been very shifty lately. HBO sent out a special message that disintegrated into nothingness to a few lucky people.  Did you miss it?  Well all we have is this screen...

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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: 47 Ronin

Dec 13, 2014

The true story of the 47 Ronin is that of the samurai of the same number in the early 1700s who avenged their lord after he was compelled to commit Seppoku (suicide where in one stabs...

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Latest HBO News

That Veep-tastic Video from the White House Correspondent’s Dinner

That Veep-tastic Video from the White House Correspondent’s Dinner

Julia Louis-Dreyfus has a presidential mastery of comedy… well, vice-presidential anyway. She’s also becoming quite famous over at the real capital these days. Last night JLD and Vice President Joe Biden debuted a hilarious video starring no less than Michelle Obama nagging about eating ice cream out of a bucket, Speaker of the House John Boehner watching Pandas on NatGeo instead of working and Nancy Pelosi getting a tattoo. Does all of this sound too weird to be real?  Here’s the video to check it out for yourself if you missed it:Want more Julia? Veep continues tonight on...

David Simon CIA Series Rejected?

David Simon CIA Series Rejected?

IndieWire has a report out from the Tribeca Film Festival that David Simon, who just concluded TREME last year for HBO, will not be going forward with his CIA series. The concept, that has been in development for quite a while now, is LEGACY OF ASHES by Tim Weiner; it is a history of the Central Intelligence Agency.  During a panel discussion held at the festival Mr. Simon let forth some information of interest to HBO fans regarding this project. He stated – “I’ve got a story that I’d love to do which I’ve been working on for eight or nine years, which is the history of the CIA, which would basically be America’s...

Time Warner Invests in More HBO Original Content, Better HBO Go

Time Warner Invests in More HBO Original Content, Better HBO Go

Time Warner, the massive media conglomerate parent company of HBO says it plans to create even more original programming and to level up HBO Go.  Speaking to investors about the recent major Amazon deal C.E.O. of TWX, Jeff Bewkes had this to say: “We are hopeful that availability on Prime Instant Video will introduce additional consumers to the great content that HBO produces and will potentially drive sub-additions over time to the HBO network service.   And we plan to use additional revenue from the deal to invest even more in HBO’s groundbreaking original programming and to further accelerate the development of next...

Will Yun Lee to Guest Star on True Blood

Will Yun Lee to Guest Star on True Blood

Each season we typically see a flurry of new faces on True Blood. This finale season will be no different, it seems as the talented Will Yun Lee will be guest staring on a handful of episodes. You might remember him from The Wolverine, Bond film Die another Day or the new Total Recall. No? Well you’ll get to know him this season anyway. He’ll play Mr Gus, a Japanese businessman living in Texas, whose bigger-than-life, urban cowboy demeanor nearly rivals the size of his large Stetsons, Gus is out for revenge and will stop at nothing to get it. Ya’ll come back now ya’hear? HBO released nine new photos from the new season...

9 New Images from True Blood Season 7

9 New Images from True Blood Season 7

Waiting Sucks but you know HBO always has your back when it comes to giving you a little bit of a tease while you pine endlessly for more True Blood. This WILL BE the final season of the summer smash hit but we’re hoping the show goes out with a bang and does the series justice.  We’re counting on you, HBO!  Here are the latest still images from the series released just this week:True Blood season 7 premieres June 22nd.  Will Sookie and Bill get back together? Is Eric Northman even alive? Check out...

The Men of HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART

The Men of HBO Films: THE NORMAL HEART

The cast of the upcoming HBO Films presentation THE NORMAL HEART has quite a number of people involved on camera and behind it. At the forefront are some of the men involved. In fact, a number of them, graced the May issue  of Vogue magazine recently. You will find Ryan Murphy, the director/producer along with Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch and Jim Parsons.  In the magazine Ryan Murphy was quoted as saying – “I grew up loving the play I remember thinking, ‘Why has this movie not been made?’ Larry [Kramer] and the other organizers were true heroes. I have a wonderful life. I’m married, I have a kid, I have...

HBO Documentary Films: ALL ABOUT ANN: GOVERNOR RICHARDS OF THE LONE STAR STATE

HBO Documentary Films: ALL ABOUT ANN: GOVERNOR RICHARDS OF THE LONE STAR STATE

Overview: Feisty, fiery, tough, unafraid, a force of nature…and funny as hell. These are a few of the terms that were used to describe Ann Richards, one of the most charismatic American political figures of the last 30 years. This compelling portrait tells her remarkable story, from the young girl who grew up poor in rural Texas to the beloved national icon and Democratic leader who rose to power in a conservative stronghold. ALL ABOUT ANN features interviews with close friends, family members and admirers, including former husband David Richards, daughter Cecile and son Dan, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw, Michael...

Ray Romano Joins Cast of Scorsese’s New HBO Series

Ray Romano Joins Cast of Scorsese’s New HBO Series

Everybody loves the guy so why not get him over to HBO where he can really shine?  Ray Romano has been tapped to co-star in Martin Scorsese’s new series set in 1970s New York and explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business.  Romano started his career as a sitcom dad but has since moved on to more dramatic roles as of late.  Romano will play Richie’s (Bobby Cannavale’s) close confidante and right hand man Zak Yankovich, the tough and sharp-witted Head of Promotions of American Century with years of experience dating back to the shady, mob-infested days of the recording business. Now, we call it Scorsese’s series...

Movie Review: Bullet to the Head

Movie Review: Bullet to the Head

It’s too easy to pick apart a movie like this as a hodge-podge, mix and mash, some-assembly-required action movie. A Frankenstein’s monster of everything you’ve seen already in action movies, rearranged in just enough ways that it can be repackaged and resold to general audiences. That isn’t a crack on Sylvester Stallone by the way. If there’s one think this movie wants to leave you with it’s that “hooooooooly crap, this guy is older than my Dad” feeling you get when you see that he’s sixty seven years old and built like a brick shithouse. Let’s do something a bit more fun...

Silicon Valley Episode Four Review

Silicon Valley Episode Four Review

Doesn’t it just make perfect sense for Peter Gregory to host a toga party. For a television show about people with varying levels of social dysfunction there doesn’t seem to be anything more perfect. This is a man whose cleverness far outpaces his ability to connect so of course he would take an idea from a classic movie about parties, put an incongruous musical act on the stage, then hire a group professional party conversationalists and just assume that with wine flowing everybody would have a great time. What’s ironic is that it seems like for the group of people invited to this party, despite the offense they might...

Three Teams Left for Hard Knocks 2014?

Three Teams Left for Hard Knocks 2014?

It seems like only yesterday the Seattle Seahawks were on top of the world as Super Bowl champions to the delight of some and the bane of others. The off-season can be painful for NFL fans but thankfully it’s broken up by events such as the draft (this month) and training camp which takes place in the summer. HBO has a mandate from the league to cover one of these training camps each year and we’ve previously discussed the eight teams that were in the official running to be featured.  But this week we’ve heard rumblings about that list being narrowed down even further, to THREE teams now, in fact. The Chicago Bears The...

VICE Season Two Episode 6 Review

VICE Season Two Episode 6 Review

 Overview:  On January, 01, 2014, the legalization of marijuana in the U. S. became a reality when Colorado lifted its prohibition on recreational marijuana use. Now, cannabis sellers in the state can sell from seed to smoke. While the experiment has ushered in a gold-rush mentality for local entrepreneurs, Mexican cartels are projected to lose billions of dollars in profits. VICE looks at the impact of this ever-growing trade on the local and national economy as businessmen and lawmakers try to capitalize on legal weed. If the nation goes the way of Colorado, American commerce and lifestyle will change forever.  Last season VICE...

Game of Thrones Breaks Single Episode Ratings Record

Game of Thrones Breaks Single Episode Ratings Record

We knew it would happen this season but we thought we’d have to wait until the finale to make it official: Oathkeeper, Game of Thrones Season 4, Episode 4 was the most watched episode of Game of Throne in history bringing in 6.9 Million viewers and climbing to 8.4 Million with the encore plays that night. Break out the Dornish wine because Game of Thrones is unstoppable this year.  HBO Go seems to be handling the new traffic better than on the premiere night, at least in this author’s experience. In other ratings news the series premiere of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver brought in 1.4 million viewers. Compared to Jon...

What’s On: HBO Schedule for May 2014

What’s On: HBO Schedule for May 2014

May continues strong with new episodes of the Sunday series’ and is stuffed with social commentary, non-fiction and films all contained in thirty-one days. Yes, it is finally getting nice for many, but you still can come inside and get a gander of what HBO has to offer. There is plenty to go around including a big music tribute at the end of the month. Let’s discover what is on. Originals: Front and center is our beloved original programming that reigns on Sunday nights. All eyes are on GAME OF THRONES which continues each week at 9:00pm for just three more episodes. There are plenty of posts on HBOWatch about this show that explain its...

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