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The Leftovers

The Leftovers Series Finale: “The Book of Nora”

Jun 6, 2017

I confess that Nora was my least favorite character throughout the entire Leftovers series. I don’t know why; I felt she was too stiff, too rigid and devoid of any emotion. Then again, I...

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Game of Thrones

The Pack Survives: HBO Drops Game of Thrones Trailer  #2

Jun 22, 2017

Yesterday, HBO dropped it’s second full-length trailer for Game of Thrones. With only twenty-four days to go until the premiere of Season 7 of HBO’s award-winning fantasy...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: “Hooli-Con”

Jun 21, 2017

Last week, we saw the guys finally come moments away from everything they have worked for: butt loads and butt loads of money. But much in Pied Piper fashion, it would be ripped out from under...

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New Movies

Movie Review: “The Birth of a Nation”

Jun 23, 2017

Race relations and slavery have always been a topic of controversy, especially now in the U.S. where police brutality against African Americans is a hot button issue. Initially, I was keen on...

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Boardwalk Empire: “The Devil You Know”

Boardwalk Empire: “The Devil You Know”

This episode showed the demise of two men and if you were rooting for either one of those sorry chaps then this was a tough episode to watch. I guess with only two episodes left, someone had to bite the bullet. Literally. Also if you don’t want to know any more than that then don’t read ahead! Van Alden and Eli are in a really bad state: cornered by D’Angelo (who is posing as a member of Capone’s gang) and desperate to get the goods on Capone, they venture to the hotel. Their plan is not well thought out and in trying to swindle the ledgers from Capone; they head straight into a trap. The good news is that Capone comes back...

HBO Sports: Fall Boxing Preview 2014

HBO Sports: Fall Boxing Preview 2014

If you are an HBO fan you are at least tangentially aware that HBO broadcasts boxing matches.  What you may not be aware of is that HBO is the pinnacle of the sport, showcasing virtually all of the top fighters and fights and has been doing so for more than 30 years.  The fight game can be extremely simple, a contest of wills between two individuals to see who can hit the other more with their fists.  At the same time the sport can be densely rich with personalities, back stories and politics that rival Game of Thrones.  Welcome the the fall HBO boxing preview! October 18th –  Triple G vs Rubio and Donaire vs Walters If you...

HBO Documentary Films: THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH AUNT DIANE

HBO Documentary Films: THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH AUNT DIANE

Overview: On Sunday, July 26, 2009, Diane Schuler left the campgrounds in upstate New York where she was vacationing with her family and set off towards home on Long Island, a drive she had made numerous times before.  With her were five young children:  her son, her daughter and three nieces.  Four hours later, she drove the wrong way on the Taconic State Parkway for nearly two miles eventually crashing into an oncoming SUV, killing herself and seven others.  One of the worst motor-vehicle accidents in New York State history, the tragedy quickly became national news and her actions on that day, and in the past, were thrust under a...

Flashback Scenes Confirmed for the First Time in Game of Thrones Season 5

Flashback Scenes Confirmed for the First Time in Game of Thrones Season 5

“[For Game of Thrones] we set a rule: No prophecies, dreams or flashbacks. We failed the first two and this season the third. So yes, this season will finally have flashbacks.” That was David Benioff and Dan Weiss revealing that, despite the long-standing rule on the set of the world’s most popular fantasy program, Game of Thrones will now feature flashback scenes starting in season 5. Why is this a big deal? Book readers know that prophecies, dreams and flashbacks play a huge role in fleshing out the world of Westeros.  Much of the lore and information we have on our favorite characters came from flashback chapters within...

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS Debuts Friday, 10.17.14

FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS Debuts Friday, 10.17.14

The Foo Fighters are about to rock your world from sites all over the country. Are you ready to travel the SONIC HIGHWAYS? HBOWatch posted the official Press Release back on 05.15.14 announcing the arrival of this documentary series showcasing the talents of Dave Grohl and band as they travel the country fleshing out a new album. That followed up with the first Teaser (06.29.14) and  a Premiere Announcement on 07.11.14. Now the show is ready to premiere. The first episode debuts Friday, October 17 at 11:00pm ET and takes us to Chicago, Illinois. Chicago has been a mecca for music of all sorts, with acts as diverse as Cheap Trick, Etta...

BORED TO DEATH Movie On the Big Screen?

BORED TO DEATH Movie On the Big Screen?

The witty comedy BORED TO DEATH, which ran on HBO for three seasons from 2009 – 2011, was planning to return as a TV-movie or a theatrical movie at some point. Now it appears that it just might be making its way closer to those cinema screens. HBOWatch had reported back on 01.23.13 of the potential of this happening by citing a Ted Danson quote. Danson played George Christopher, a pot-headed father figure to Jason Schwartzman’s Jonathan Ames. The series, if you need a reminder, was by creator Jonathan Ames who wrote about a character named after himself who is a struggling crime novelist and private detective on the side. His escapades,...

Pictures From Dorne: On the Set of Game of Thrones Season 5

Pictures From Dorne: On the Set of Game of Thrones Season 5

There are many, many shooting locations for HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones.  Each season the producers of the show have to find new , real-world places to represent those in Westeros. Just this year we found out that Spain had been cast to play the role of the hot, dry Oasis of Dorne in Season 5. Many have been wondering about what the location would look like– the costumes, the sets etc. Well the Spanish publication CANAL has some pictures to help curb your enthusiasm until this spring.  Take a look at some images hot off the presses: Aero Hotah makes his case: Ellaria Sand checking in: Jaime Lannister in Dornish...

Finally: HBO Will Be Available “Stand-Alone” Without a Cable Subscription in 2015

Finally: HBO Will Be Available “Stand-Alone” Without a Cable Subscription in 2015

Everyone hates the cable company. From the random fees for unknown services to the rate hikes that seem to happen every year– the cost of an HBO subscription has been much more than the $10-$20 price tag.  For those, known as “cord-cutters” HBO has been literally impossible to obtain legally without a cable package of some kind forcing many to turn to piracy. Today the future of television took one step forward as the rumblings of the past few months turned out to be true: HBO will be available as a stand-alone, Netflix-like service in 2015! HBO has been the profitable crown jewel in the portfolio of the mega-media...

Steve McQueen’s HBO Pilot Has a Title and a Lead!

Steve McQueen’s HBO Pilot Has a Title and a Lead!

A drama pilot is in the works entitled CODES OF CONDUCT from producer/director Steve McQueen and a lead male has recently been attached by the name of Devon Terrell. We first gave you a heads up on McQueen’s development deal almost a year ago. You know the drill, if HBO likes the pilot and can be convinced that a season of shows can be generated at the right cost (each seems less of a big deal when a season can be as few as six episodes any more) than a show is born. The show certainly has a good developer in Steve McQueen (pictured). Yeah he started with a long list of shorts, but after that was Shame followed by (boom!) the Academy...

The Knick: “The Golden Lotus”

The Knick: “The Golden Lotus”

Misery loves company. In every corner of this episode, people’s lives were unraveling; despair was potent and uncertainty palpable. Words escape me; I say this in the best possible way to describe it, because this episode did not disappoint. Every action has its share of consequences and the staff at the Knick are finding out just how badly things have become. Thackeray, at his lowest level of debauchery, is arrested for stealing cocaine from a pharmacy. If it wasn’t for his very wealthy benefactor, August Robertson, he would’ve been sitting in a dank jail cell somewhere, rotting away. Not only does Augustus pay off the police...

JOSHUA BELL: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS Debuts 10.14.

JOSHUA BELL: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS Debuts 10.14.

HBOWatch does not consistently report of every MASTERCLASS session that airs but we have a Press Release announcing the latest installment and we offer viewers that information here. It is an excellent series with professional and acclaimed artists from many disciplines spending time with youngsters in order to encourage their love for the arts and help them develop their skills as talented young artists.  JOSHUA BELL: A YOUNGARTS MASTERCLASS, THE LATEST EDITION OF THE THREE-TIME EMMY-NOMINATED HBO FAMILY SHOW, DEBUTS OCT. 14 ON HBO  Every year, the National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) offers emerging talents across the country the...

VICE Media Announces Web Series that Includes A Look At HBO Shows

VICE Media Announces Web Series that Includes A Look At HBO Shows

VICE Media recently started up a new web series on their site, Vice.com, called The Real that might, from time to time, be of interest to HBO viewers. It is a series which will profile the true stories and personalities behind just a few of Hollywood’s memorable entertainment. The Real launched because a previous piece about tracking down a true life Walter White (as in the one from Breaking Bad) proved quite popular. The series started on October 1 with a behind the facts look at HBO fave TRUE DETECTIVE. Series host Giana Toboni went down to Louisiana and linked up with two detectives, Special Agent Todd Teddler and Captain Stewart...

Movie Review: Rush

Movie Review: Rush

If you love high adrenaline racing, gorgeous women, international locales and a healthy dose of competition, than this is the movie for you. Rush is a movie that chronicles the real life racing competition between James Hunt from England and Niki Lauda from Austria. My husband is a race car enthusiast and showed me pictures and footage from the races and I have to say that whoever was in charge of casting the two males leads did a splendid job. Chris Hemsworth brings a cocky swagger to Hunt’s character, while Daniel Bruhl brings a detail oriented and strict work ethic approach to Lauda’s character. The movie starts with a voice over...

HBO Miniseries LEWIS & CLARK Announces Casting Call

HBO Miniseries LEWIS & CLARK Announces Casting Call

One of the interesting historical stories of America, at least for this writer, was the exploration of this country’s western regions beyond the Mississippi River by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Their expedition from 1804 to 1806 was chronicled in journals written along their route to the Pacific Ocean and back. The Lewis and Clark Expedition is about to be chronicled again as HBO begins casting for an upcoming miniseries for the network. The only bit of news that this work was even in development came to our attention on 06.17.14 in a Development Slate posting. Below is what we learned:   LEWIS AND CLARK Miniseries Starts...

A Certain Stark Won’t Return for Game of Thrones Season 5

A Certain Stark Won’t Return for Game of Thrones Season 5

WARNING: This post may contain what some may consider to be minor Game of Thrones spoilers. Continue at your own discretion. It may be the worst time of year for Game of Thrones fans. It has been six months since the previous Game of Thrones season began and it will be six more months of winter before Game of Thrones season 5 premieres this spring. So every little piece of news is something we fans cling to. Speaking of clinging: we’ve already heard that Bran and Hodor will not be appearing in GoT season 5 and that fact already puts us down one Stark this year. But now we can confirm that another Stark will be out of the picture for a...

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