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Girls

Girls: “Hostage Situation”

Feb 21, 2017

The final season of Girls is underway and in the second episode of the season, things go a little crazy. But after five seasons of these characters, crazy is all we know. So without crazy it...

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Game of Thrones

Westworld and Game of Thrones: Violent Delights

Dec 26, 2016

Warning: Major Westworld S1 Spoilers and Game of Thrones S6 Spoilers  In Westworld, which had its first season earlier this autumn, HBO gave its own hit show, Game of Thrones a run for its...

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Big Little Lies

Big Little Lies Premiere: “Somebody’s Dead”

Feb 21, 2017

With Liane Moriarity’s book being a well-accepted success, we eagerly awaited the release of HBO’s adaptation of Big Little Lies.  Boasting such a rich acting quality of Reese...

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New Movies

HBO Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan

Feb 17, 2017

I have always liked movies based on legends, folklore and dusty old fiction and the story of the Lord of the Apes is a good example. Alexander Skarsgard (of True Blood) portrays the legendary...

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Latest HBO News

The Evolution of Sansa Stark

The Evolution of Sansa Stark

If you ask people who their favorite female Stark is, most people will probably say Arya. She’s pretty cool. I mean, she runs around stabbing people and being a baby assassin. However, Sansa gets overlooked, consistently. From the beginning, she’s portrayed as the typical girly sister while Arya is the patriarchy-bucking sister. However while Arya is basically a missing child turned killer, Sansa’s character is evolving interestingly.               In the beginning, Sansa was the stereotypical female character. She thought only of her place among the court and her future with Joffrey as his betrothed...

GAME OF THRONES’ JJ Murphy Dies

GAME OF THRONES’ JJ Murphy Dies

Breaking news was released today from the Belfast Telegraph, informing the world of the untimely passing of actor JJ Murphy. Many fans might not know who he was at first glance but anyone who has been following the recent casting news for GAME OF THRONES knows that he was recently cast in the role of Denys Mallister, the oldest member of the Night’s Watch. Murphy died only days after shooting scenes for the fifth season. There has not been much detail but it appears the 86 year old actor, who hailed from Northern Ireland collapsed and died on Friday. 08.08. The show’s creators and executive producers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss...

HBO Documentary Films: NIXON BY NIXON: IN HIS OWN WORDS

HBO Documentary Films: NIXON BY NIXON: IN HIS OWN WORDS

Overview: On Aug. 9, 1974, Richard Milhous Nixon became the first American president to resign from office. From 1971 to 1973, he had secretly recorded his private conversations, purportedly “for the purpose of historical record,” but in the wake of the Watergate scandal the revelation of the tapes led to his downfall. Presented in conjunction with the 40th anniversary of his resignation and featuring excerpts from the tapes, as well as original press reports and Nixon’s reflections a decade after the tapes were revealed, the fascinating documentary NIXON BY NIXON: IN HIS OWN WORDS debuted MONDAY, AUG. 4 (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET/PT),...

Movies On HBO: BAGGAGE CLAIM

Movies On HBO: BAGGAGE CLAIM

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review BAGGAGE CLAIM, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to the romantic comedy playing on HBO. BAGGAGE CLAIM premiered on Saturday, 08.09 and will air the following dates on the main channel: 08.10, 08.14, 08.17, 08.20, 08.23, 08.26 and 08.30 as well as on HBOGo. This comedy finds a flight attendant looking for a male suitor the only way she can which is while on the job. IMDB states it this way –   Determined to get engaged before her youngest sister’s wedding, flight attendant Montana Moore (Paula Patton) finds herself with only 30 days to...

First Full Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Trailer

First Full Boardwalk Empire Season 5 Trailer

Boardwalk Empire is jumping into the 30’s this year but it’s also jumping out of our lives as well. From the looks of this trailer Lucky Luciano is going to take center stage and that’s okay by us. We can’t wait to see what this actor does with his role as he’s been more of a background character thus far in the series. Here’s the first full trailer for Boardwalk Empire season 5: What do you think about Boardwalk leaving us? Will there be another series able to fill that void in your life? Five seasons is a great run by most measures so the series is by no means being “cancelled”. In fact the...

Alan Ball Partners with Elton John for New ‘Amadeus’ Style Music Series

Alan Ball Partners with Elton John for New ‘Amadeus’ Style Music Series

Do you remember the multi-Oscar Award winning film Amadeus? What if the look and feel of that movie were extended into an HBO series about a music academy in Vienna circa 1790?  The candelabras, the tapestries, the wigs and, of course, the music all in stunning HD, on an HBO budget. Roger Friedman, an accomplished reporter and writer is reporting that Alan Ball (True Blood, Six Feet Under) is teaming up with Sir Elton John (the one and only) for a new series to be titled “Virtuoso“. Very few details have emerged just yet but Friedman’s report says we’ll actually be receiving music lessons from none other...

Game of Thrones Season 5: News Blast

Game of Thrones Season 5: News Blast

It’s almost impossible to stay completely up to date on all of the Game of Thrones news flooding the Internet. It’s seems as though the moment you turn around, or log off your computer, new casting information or an interview is revealed. Game of Thrones just might be the only show that’s popularity seems to increase during the off-season. In an effort to keep all our fellow HBOWatchers up to date on all things GoT, we’re going to do a quick break down of all the highlights this week just in case you missed anything. Hopefully, it should help to fill the gaping hole left in your hearts by the lack of Westeros. George R.R. Martin,...

Westworld Cast Grows as HBO’s Sci-Fi Series Takes Shape

Westworld Cast Grows as HBO’s Sci-Fi Series Takes Shape

When we heard that Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood were joining the cast of HBO’s sci-fi series Westworld we knew this was going to be something special. Now the cast is growing ever larger with the addition of six more names, some known, some probably less known to the average viewer. Let’s take a look at the new names and faces joining Mr. Hopkins at the futuristic amusement park: Jeffrey Wright (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, The Hunger Games franchise and the James Bond films Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace) as Bernard Lowe: “The brilliant and quixotic head of the park’s Programming Division, Bernard’s keen...

Hard Knocks Falcons: Time to Toughen Up

Hard Knocks Falcons: Time to Toughen Up

Hard Knocks is back. The ninth season of the hit HBO sports series made it clear from the very beginning that the focus will be on toughness. Coaches and players alike hammered the point home with buzzwords, cliches, and even a couple of fights. Much of the focus was (as was hinted at in the preview) on toughness, something Head Coach Mike Smith mentioned several times. The team implemented several changes to the practices and added new coaches to help address the team’s physicality, especially on the offensive and defensive lines. The show picked up a few days before playing camp, providing a window into the personal lives of several...

Vince Vaughn in Talks to Play True Detective Villain

Vince Vaughn in Talks to Play True Detective Villain

Though nothing is 100% confirmed we’re hearing multiple reports that Vince Vaughn (yes, that Vince Vaughn) is in talks to play a lead role in HBO’s second season of True Detective. There are supposedly four “lead roles” to be had for the new season. The first two are rumored to be played by Collin Farrel and Taylor Kitsch.  A third is supposedly a strong willed woman (the latest rumor for her is Mad Men’s Elizabeth Moss) while this fourth role will be more of a villain.  Vaughn’s character may even have some ties to the mafia but little is known or altogether confirmable at this point. Before you...

A Sopranos Prequel is Just What HBO Needs

A Sopranos Prequel is Just What HBO Needs

You’re watching the credits roll on the final episode of Boardwalk Empire. A treasured chapter of your life is fading away as you reflect on the Autumn months spent with Nucky and the Gang. You haven’t felt this kind of loss since.. well.. it must have been The Sopranos in 2007.  But wait.. there’s a familiar oldie playing over an all black screen.  Slowly the words fade to white: Wh… …No… What? Slowly your consciousness comes to grips with this new reality. HBO is bringing it back!  You immediately drop your spoon into your oversized bowl of ice cream to call your local cable subscriber...

The Leftovers Season 1: “Guest”

The Leftovers Season 1: “Guest”

This episode gave us a closer look at the life and turmoil of Nora Durst. It was great to see yet another episode that was almost exclusively from the point of view of just one person. It gave us a better understanding of why Nora comes across as being so brittle and cold. After the Rapture, and the loss of a spouse and two children, anyone would feel frozen and lost, trying to make sense of what happened. Moving forward isn’t that easy for some people that cling to the idea of hope. “Your ad said nothing was forbidden” The episode opens up with Nora calling someone named Angel in the personal ads, with a very peculiar request. For a...

True Blood Season 7: May Be The Last Time

True Blood Season 7: May Be The Last Time

This episode felt more like it was checking in with characters than it did moving things forward, but if you got up to go to the bathroom, you might have missed something. The segments were that short. Take a quick run through the episode with us, and keep your Hep-V antidote handy! Flashbacks The audience at my headquarters emitted a collective groan as we traveled back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when everything was brown and… nothing was happening. I will say that the show did an excellent job taking years off of Stephen Moyer, 44, to make him look like a young twenty-something man in the American antebellum south. There...

Advanced Review of The Knick: “Method & Madness”

Advanced Review of The Knick:  “Method & Madness”

You may have seen our earlier post describing the wonderful yet disturbing promotional items Cinemax sent out in promotion of their new premium drama series: The Knick. That treasure trove of oddities also included an early review copy of the first episode of the series titled “Method & Madness“. This review won’t contain any major spoilers but I will be describing some of the plot points, characters and general feel of the show so if that level of information bothers you, continue at your own risk. For those leaving us now I can tell you that this series looks to be well worth your time so be sure to check it out for...

Movie Review: Kick-Ass 2

Movie Review: Kick-Ass 2

When the first Kick-Ass came out in 2010 it was controversial, and beloved. Many were horrified by the violence inflicted by a young Chloe Grace Moretz playing the titular anti-hero Hit Girl, others loved the new and original take on the superhero genre. Three years later the sequel was released, and after all the controversy, and hype of the original film the sequel had a lot to live up to. Unfortunately for the most part this sequel is a slight step down in quality. It still has enough qualities to make it worthwhile to watch but overall it doesn’t quite rev up to the same speed as the original. Although it’s based on the comic series...

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