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Some GAME OF THRONES Audition Tapes

Sep 7, 2014

Thought we’d throw something fun up today. It is prompted by recently discovering Rory McCann’s audition for Sandor Clegane, better known as The Hound, on Youtube. So why not offer up some...

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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire: “The Good Listener”

Sep 15, 2014

Everyone has the ability to hear (well, mostly everyone). But can everyone truly listen to what another person is saying? Can you read between the lines? Can you tell when someone is telling...

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The Knick

The Knick: “Where’s the Dignity?”

Sep 9, 2014

People’s pasts and futures are colliding in this episode. We see the backstory of many characters, some surprising, others, not so much. One thing’s for certain: the daily events at the...

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New Movies

Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club

Sep 11, 2014

Matthew McConaughey revitalized his career around 2012, and what a revitalization is has been. With his film Mud and HBO’s own True Detective, it appears the years of Matt doing crappy...

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Latest HBO News

TRUE DETECTIVE Adds to Cast Again

TRUE DETECTIVE Adds to Cast Again

It almost seems weekly that someone else is getting added to the cast of TRUE DETECTIVE. Added to the roster this time around is Kevin Dunn. I’ll fill you when on his character in a second but first, a quick refresh. The eight- episode drama series, written by Nic Pizzolatto  & directed by Cary Fukunaga, is an anthology series looking at a different detective duo each season as they work through a major crime.  This prior post from 05.12 offers more details. Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson play the detectives Cohle & Hart in the premiere season and Kevin Dunn personifies the character of the fair but tough 3rd Squad...

Dustin Hoffman Talks LUCK

Dustin Hoffman Talks LUCK

HBO’s LUCK has come and gone. The series, as everyone knows here, was cancelled after one season after the death of horses occurred on more than one occasion and later animal cruelty charges were made. Many involved in the series stayed silent and let the chips fall as they may. One such performer was Dustin Hoffman who played Chester ”Ace” Bernstein. Finally, to a number of media outlets but mainly Fox News, Mr. Hoffman has had brief comments when asked about the series. He said – ”They closed us down like a guillotine. The facts were so distorted that it frightened HBO into making that hasty decision. It really was a freak...

Featurette Video: What is HBO’s Vice?

Featurette Video: What is HBO’s Vice?

 Tonight HBO released a two minute video giving us our first glimpse of HBO’s new series Vice. In association with the alternative news website of the same name, the program will zoom in on some of the most fascinating, if under-reported stories in the news today. Here’s the first ever trailer for the news series: The video also revealed the premiere date for HBO’s Vice: April 5th at 11PM. Looks like we’ll have something to watch after Real Time with Bill Maher on...

Deborah Ann Woll Finds Love, Inspiring Boyfriend

Deborah Ann Woll Finds Love, Inspiring Boyfriend

Most of you know Deborah Ann Woll from as HBO’s loveliest vampire progeny, Jessica Hamby.  But as gorgeous as she is the actress takes a back seat to her long-time boyfriend when it comes to inspirational life stories. EJ Scott is a young man with a degenerative disease that affects eyesight called Choroideremia. He is slowly becoming blind and will eventually lose his eyesight completely. But EJ shows no sign of slowing down and the couple has produced the following PSA to raise awareness: “The worst thing for a cause is silence… So you’ve got to get up and do something” – EJ What a truly inspiring...

Why Guys Like ‘Girls’

Why Guys Like ‘Girls’

“You know what I’m gonna do from now on, I’m gonna ask people if they’re gay before I have sex with them.” Your not going to find many Baby Boomers singing praises to HBO’s hit new series, ‘Girls.’ The simple truth is that ‘Girls’ is not for everyone. Let me repeat: GIRLS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE. It takes a specific taste, a specific knowledge of pop-culture, a specific sense-of-humor to fully comprehend and appreciate this revolutionary series and its witty characters. Executive Producer, Judd Apatow and Writer/Director, Lena Dunham have created a series thats bold and new – a...

This Just In: TREME Wraps Filming Final Season

This Just In: TREME Wraps Filming Final Season

I ran across an article on a website I thought I’d share; it is on a site for a magazine about Louisiana’s music and culture called Offbeat. It appears that Consulting Editor John Swenson was present as HBO’s TREME wrapped up filming on location in New Orleans. Here is a brief article written 02.13 of what transpired. It is a scene shot on Frenchman Street of yet another musical moment that has infused the series since episode one.       It was a raw and misty late afternoon in February during Mardi Gras. Spotlights illuminated the gloaming Marigny shadows with a surreal, almost funereal light. David Simon and...

George R.R. Martin Takes The Black

George R.R. Martin Takes The Black

A few weeks ago, HBO started a new website called MyWatchBegins.com where fans can record themselves reciting the Night’s Watch Oath from Game of Thrones. On Feb. 19th – the date the S2 Blu-ray is officially released – the entire set of recordings will be mixed together and released as a chorus of thousands of loyal fans reciting the oath together. Along with these thousands of adoring followers, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin has recorded himself saying the epic words. The official YouTube channel for Game of Thrones has provided us a video for our entertainment, so without further adieu, here is...

HBO Documentary Film: BOBBY MCFERRIN – A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS

HBO Documentary Film: BOBBY MCFERRIN – A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS

Overview: Every year, the YoungArts program of the National YoungArts Foundation for Advancement in the Arts offers 15- to 18-year-old emerging artists from around the country the chance to be mentored by some of the world’s greatest artists. Those sessions have been called a Master Class. Since 2010 HBO Family has been airing highlights from these special sessions. The artists giving of their time and talents have been opera singer Placido Domingo, actress Liv Ulmann, choreographer Jacques de’Amboise, installation artist Olafur Eliasson, architect Frank Gehry, choreographer Bill T. Jones, conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, filmmaker...

News Roundup: A GIRLS Reality Show and More

News Roundup: A GIRLS Reality Show and More

I just have a couple of news items that have yet to make it to the site. You might find them of interest; so let’s throw them into mix shall we. They, of course, are gleaned from various sources and condensed down and delivered to HBOWatch. We know how much you like to read everything and anything going on with our favorite premium cable network. Did you hear this news yet?   HBO’s GIRLS becomes Reality. The ABC Network is out to cash in on Lena Dunham’s GIRLS by turning it into a reality series. You read that right but, it was actually Miss Dunham who pitched the idea. It seems that a show will be created that examines the life...

HBO Go Now Supports Apple’s ‘AirPlay’

HBO Go Now Supports Apple’s ‘AirPlay’

Speaking at Dive into Media conference today HBO president Eric Kessler announced that, as of today, HBO Go for the iPad and iPhone will now support Apple’s AirPlay. For those of us who aren’t as technically inclined as the parents we’re borrowing our HBO Go logins from: Apple’s AirPlay allows video to be streamed wirelessly from your Apple mobile devices to your home television sets (via the $99 Apple TV device). Check for this functionality right now because the president says it should be available imminently! Just last week we reported that HBO Go would make its way to Apple TV in 2013 and this announcement fits...

Veep Season 2 Gets an Official Premiere Date: April 14th

Veep Season 2 Gets an Official Premiere Date: April 14th

We’d been waiting for official word for some time now but HBO has finally gotten its spring schedule in order (mostly). The Vice Presidency is in good hands again starting in April. Here is the official presser from HBO: The Emmy®-nominated comedy series VEEP kicks off its ten-episode second season SUNDAY, APRIL 14 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO. Created by Armando Iannucci (Oscar®nominee for co-writing “In the Loop”), the show stars Emmy®-winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Selina Meyer, who becomes vice president, only to discover the job is nothing like she expected, but everything she was warned about. The...

Game of Thrones Season Two Blu-ray is Absolutely Stunning

Game of Thrones Season Two Blu-ray is Absolutely Stunning

Two words: GAME CHANGER. That’s what I use to describe HBO’s Game of Thrones. By bringing big budget Hollywood-style production onto the small screen, this show has broken the mold of cult-like followings typically behind most fantasy stories and introduced the series to a mass audience.  Most importantly, the content of Game of Thrones is like no other. It’s not common for a fantasy series, or any show for that matter, to be filled with intense drama, bloody violence, and elaborate sex scenes in every episode. But Game of Thrones doesn’t shy away from that at all. The series captures your imagination from the very first minute,...

Martin: Game of Thrones Prequel is “Being Discussed”

Martin: Game of Thrones Prequel is “Being Discussed”

Responding to a comment on his personal blog George R. R Martin, creator of all source material for HBO’s Game of Thrones, said that a prequel to the award winning series my be a possibility. “Voyaging would be fun. Dunk and Egg are being discussed. Robert’s Rebellion is part of Ice & Fire, won’t be a separate series. Sandkings was done by the OUTER LIMITS; I retain feature film rights, but television rights are gone. While nothing can be confirmed and his comments are vague indeed, this latest rumbling only adds to last week’s news that Martin has signed a new 2 year output contract with HBO . We were one of the...

The Carrie Diaries & Sex and The City: The Inconsistencies

The Carrie Diaries & Sex and The City: The Inconsistencies

A few weeks ago, The Carrie Diaries, the long-anticipated prequel to Sex and the City, premiered on the CW. The series follows Carrie Bradshaw’s days as a suburban high schooler and the beginnings of her love affair with New York City. And Sex and the City, it is not. The contrast between networks like HBO and the CW should be indication enough – despite sharing a lead character, these shows don’t necessarily correlate. And that’s okay. The two series are meant to connect with separate age groups from separate eras. However, there are some glaring inconsistencies between Carrie’s life in Sex and the City and her life in The Carrie...

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