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Telltale Games: EPISODE 3 – “The Sword in the Darkness” Released

Mar 25, 2015

Yesterday, the third installment of Telltale’s episodic video-game set in Westeros was released. Titled, “The Sword in the Darkness,” the newest episode was impressive in its...

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True Detective

TRUE DETECTIVE Season Two Supporting Cast

Mar 12, 2015

Not a lot of news coming in on the sophomore season of Nic Pizzolatto’s show yet. We do have some shots of Colin Farrell at work. This post focuses on the supporting cast that has been firmed...

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Girls

Girls Season Finale: “Home Birth”

Mar 25, 2015

The final episode of Girls season 4 wraps up a lot of story lines, and leaves many more to new exciting adventures.   “Be the walker not the dog” Early on in the episode we see Shosh...

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New Movies

Movie Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West

Mar 20, 2015

There’s a scene in A Million Ways to Die in the West where, hiding out from the bad guys in his flock of sheep, Seth MacFarlane’s character is urinated on. This goes on for several...

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Boardwalk Empire Season 4: Invitation to the Set

Boardwalk Empire Season 4: Invitation to the Set

In a recently uploaded video by HBO, we are given a rare but welcome behind the scenes look at the upcoming fourth season of Boardwalk Empire, and among other things, it seems like we’re in for some great jazz this season!“When men make themselves into brutes, it is just to treat them as brutes.”SPOILERS: Surprisingly, this short video actually reveals a lot of the background of the new season. We rejoin the cast in February 1924, 8 months on from the end of season 3, in the beginning of the jazz era. It certainly seems like Chalky’s jazz establishment is up and running in place of Babette’s Supper Club,...

What’s On: HBO Schedule for August 2013

What’s On: HBO Schedule for August 2013

Well, that time to look at the next month’s offering from HBO is upon us already. I haven’t even had a chance to go on vacation yet! I will soon, but first a look at a BIG month of programming. I think, no matter your tastes, everyone can find something to watch through the ‘dog days of summer’ so let’s explore what is ahead on HBO.   Theatrical Movies: I’m actually surprised about the big name movies on the schedule for August. I would figure some of these would have waited a month or two to compete with TV’s Fall Season. You’ll see what I mean as you read the following titles. RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, ANNA KARENINA,...

HBO Talks Programming with the Television Critics Association

HBO Talks Programming with the Television Critics Association

HBO may not have had a lot of news to offer at Comic-Con 2013 but had plenty to say in front of the Television Critics Association today (Thursday, 07.25.13). The event was HBO’s chance to tell the writers who review HBO’s programming what is coming ahead. HBOWatch now spells out what came out at that TCA panel. GAME OF THRONES and TRUE BLOOD – For both series there is no end in sight! HBO CEO Richard Plepler had this to say – “They can go as long as there is story.” Well we always knew GAME OF THRONES was projected for at least seven seasons, right? HBO’s president of programming Michael Lombardo had this to say about...

Indira Varma Cast as Ellaria Sand in Game of Thrones

Indira Varma Cast as Ellaria Sand in Game of Thrones

Finally more casting news! According to James Hibberd of EW, English actress Indira Varma has been cast in the role of Ellaria Sand. Ellaria is the paramour of Oberyn Martell, the Red Viper of Dorne, who was recently announced to be portrayed by Pedro Pascal. Varma should be familiar to loyal HBO fans, as she portrayed Niobe, the wife of Lucius Vorenus, in Rome. She is also well known in the UK for portraying John Luther’s estranged wife Zoe in BBC’s Luther. This great news comes at a time of disappointment for many fans, after no concrete news was revealed by the Game of Thrones producers at this year’s San Diego...

HBO Summer Documentary – THE CHESHIRE MURDERS

HBO Summer Documentary – THE CHESHIRE MURDERS

  Overview: From the provided HBO press release – HBO, in conjunction with the sixth anniversary of the murders, takes viewers behind the scenes of the crimes that rocked Cheshire, Connecticut from the morning of the crime through two death-penalty trials five years later. Directed and produced by Kate Davis and David Heilbroner (who were behind HBO’s Emmy®-winning JOCKEY), THE CHESHIRE MURDERS is a universal human tale of the search for justice in the face of a crime that seemed to have permanently upended small-town life. This multi-layered documentary features exclusive interviews with victims’ and perpetrators’ friends...

The Newsroom Season Two: “The Genoa Tip”

The Newsroom Season Two: “The Genoa Tip”

Season 1 of “The Newsroom” was a soaring testament to Aaron Sorkin’s style and wit. It pressed a reputed liberal message through a self-proclaimed conservative news anchor. It did this so well, and did it right up until the, now infamous, “American Taliban” comment in reference to the Tea Party. Season 2 picked up just about where you might expect it would had a real news anchor gone so far out on a limb on air, and while the first episode may have gotten the show off to a slow start, the season’s second episode, “The Genoa Tip”, feels a bit more like what we have come to expect. Jim continues to have trouble getting on the...

The Women of True Blood

The Women of True Blood

Since “Game of Thrones” has ended and we have 251 days until another episode filled with strong, complicated, dynamic women, it’s time to switch gears to “True Blood.” How do the women of True Blood stand up to the women from the Seven Kingdoms? With over a dozen women to choose from, we’ll give you our take on a few, but would love to hear your thoughts in the comments! SOOKIEVictoria: It’s so hard to pick just one reason that Sookie is not a strong female. Most of my issues lie with the difference between Charlaine Harris’ book character Sookie and the major disservice that has been done with Alan Ball & Co.’s...

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA: Still In The News

BEHIND THE CANDELABRA: Still In The News

Since the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has just nominated the movie for a total of fifteen Emmys it appears Behind the Candelabra has aged quite well.  But, don’t forget it is also just now appearing in cinemas overseas. That is why the movie was allowed to appear at the Cannes International Film Festival. First, here is a quick look at how well it did here in America:  On its premiere run the HBO Film was seen by 2.4 million viewers. That is the most viewers for a made-for-HBO movie since HBO Films: SOMETHING THE LORD MADE aired in 2004. It holds the record at 2.6 million viewers. Comparing these works to other offerings...

A Conversation with Conan Stevens

A Conversation with Conan Stevens

It was November of 2008 when HBO gave the green light for the pilot of the upcoming Game of Thrones television series. I remember the day when I read a post in an online A Song of Ice and Fire forum suggesting possible candidates to play Ser Gregor Clegane, one of my all-time favorite characters from the book series. From the moment I saw Australian stunt actor Conan Stevens, he had my vote. At 7’ ¼”, 315 pounds, Conan, a non-competitive bodybuilder and former Australian Professional Wrestling champion, certainly had the size and the physique to bring The Mountain That Rides to life. The fandom agreed, Conan was the Ser Gregor we’d...

TRUE BLOOD Offers Comic-Con a Tease

TRUE BLOOD Offers Comic-Con a Tease

HBO’s TRUE BLOOD had a panel discussion on July 20th at Comic-Con in San Diego. Though this writer was not there a number of sources report that the usual questions about who Sookie Stackhouse would end up with were brought up. But the biggest question seemed to focus on who was going to die before the end of Season Six which, at this writing, only has five more episodes to go. Remember, it is Sunday night at 9:00pm ET. To help shed light on that matter a video clip teasing the back half of the season was offered and we offer it to you as well.FANGTASTIC! Coming up is Sookie eulogizing, more fangs and blood and vampires about to greet...

Game of Thrones Season 3: “In Memoriam”

Game of Thrones Season 3: “In Memoriam”

No big news out of Comic Con 2013 today, but we were graced with a new video portraying all those we have lost throughout the first three seasons of Game of Thrones. This video was played for the audience right before the cast took the stage and now the rest of us get a chance to watch it. So, grab some popcorn, a box of tissues, and pay homage to those who aren’t with us anymore.

A Look Back at Carnivàle

A Look Back at Carnivàle

It has been nearly a decade since HBO launched the record-setting premier of a show that bewildered fans with its creative and elusive story, and dismayed them at its early cancellation. I am, of course, speaking of Carnivàle. On September 14th, 2003 at 9 P.M., 5.3 million viewers tuned in to see HBO and Daniel Knauf’s stunning and ambitious new show. Unfortunately for the fans, and the writers, Carnivàle was never able to maintain its high ratings, and with a $2 million per episode budget, the show was doomed. Despite the show’s numerous awards, including 5 Emmy Awards and 15 nominations over the course of its 2 seasons,...

Family Tree DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date: Oct 29

Family Tree DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date: Oct 29

New York, N.Y., July 18, 2013 – Featuring acclaimed filmmaker Christopher Guest’s (Best in Show, This is Spinal Tap) uniquely eclectic sense of humor and packed with his signature quirky characters,Family Tree is the writer/director’s first television series. The documentary-style comedy series features rising star Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, HBO’s Girls®) among a roster of Guest regulars including Ed Begley, Jr., Fred Willard, Jim Piddock, Michael McKean and Bob Balaban. Co-created by Guest and Piddock, the series was declared “brilliant” (Rolling Stone) and “wonderful…utterly...

A New Perspective on THE SOPRANOS’ Final Scene

A New Perspective on THE SOPRANOS’ Final Scene

I must admit that I am fixated on THE SOPRANOS yet again. Of course, the reasoning this time around has been because of the death of James Gandolfini on June 18. No solid reason is really needed by anyone to take in David Chase’s six season saga of Tony Soprano and his personal and professional families. It is often high on the list of fans and critics alike and always warrants a look. I’ll also admit in this piece that I have not been watching a marathon of the entire 86 episodes again but merely a small portion of them. My sole intent is to find episodes that really showcased the abilities of Mr. G. himself. There are many scenes I...

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