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THE NIGHT OF: “Part VII: Ordinary Death” Review

Aug 25, 2016

Almost every moment is more intense as we build up to the end and all sides are digging in to survive. At the trial the prosecution builds its case and the defense deflects what it can and...

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Real Time with Bill Maher

Bill Maher Slated For REAL TIME Specials for the GOP/Dem Conventions

Jun 17, 2016

We are all quite familiar that Bill Maher likes to rant on his political bent. He has done so now into his fourteenth season of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER. He ups the ante this year, but not with...

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Documentaries

HBO Documentary Films: MEET THE DONORS: DOES MONEY TALK?

Aug 12, 2016

Overview: In MEET THE DONORS: DOES MONEY TALK? intrepid filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi (HBO’s Emmy-winning JOURNEYS WITH GEORGE) takes viewers behind the scenes at top-dollar fundraisers and chats...

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New Movies

Movie Review: The Danish Girl

Aug 25, 2016

Note: the following review is for The Danish Girl premiering on FRIDAY, AUGUST 26 at 9:00pm. A fictionalized account about the true story of Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex...

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Latest HBO News

George R.R Martin Types with One Finger

George R.R Martin Types with One Finger

To some of you this may be hilarious and to others: total sadness. George R.R Martin, author of the notoriously long A Song of Ice and Fire novels of which HBO’s Game of Thrones is based, has been hounded by fans who want what would be the sixth novel in the series sooner rather than later.  There have also been concerns that the series will catch up to the novels which is a big problem for some readers. Needless to say the lengthy, complex tomes have not been released quickly in the past. Fans have been waiting for the sixth novel, The Winds of Winter since 2011 with no firm release date on record as of today. This latest revelation...

A Few Tidbits on True Detective Season 2

A Few Tidbits on True Detective Season 2

Becoming a striking hit with an 11 million viewer fan-base in its first season, it’s pretty assuring that True Detective will be back for a second season. Identified as an anthologized series – the show will completely scrap its cast, characters, and storyline to start afresh in Season 2. And with a generic series title like ‘True Detective’, it gives show creator Nic Pizzolatto the chance to truly take the next season practically wherever and whenever he wants. We know fans have been clamoring for any and all news in relation to the second season. And the Brad Pitt rumors didn’t help!  While we don’t even have an...

Game of Thrones 4.06 Review – The Laws of Gods and Men

Game of Thrones 4.06 Review – The Laws of Gods and Men

“Watching your vicious bastard die gave me more relief than a thousand lying whores.” Directed by: Alik Sakharov Written by: Bryan Cogman A pairing of Alik Sakharov and Bryan Cogman carries with it the inherent promise of greatness, as proven by Season 2’s “What Is Dead May Never Die”, one of the best episodes of the show thus far. “The Laws of Gods and Men” delivered well upon that promise, at least for the most part. Sakharov is a veteran of the show at this stage (not to mention a HBO veteran), while Cogman has always had a deft hand at adapting A Song of Ice and Fire very faithfully on...

VICE Season Two; Episode 8 Review

VICE Season Two; Episode 8 Review

Overview: As humanity’s appetite for energy grows exponentially, the extraction industry scrambles to the most remote regions on Earth to satisfy demand. In the underdeveloped Melanesian country of Papua New Guinea, America’s Exxon Mobil has staked its claim to a $19 billion liquid natural-gas project expected to start production in late 2014. While some see Exxon’s mammoth presence as the catalyst that will usher the country into the 21st century, others predict the initiative could plunge its people into civil war. VICE heads to Papua New Guinea to investigate the venture and its potential consequences.   Over the past three...

HARD KNOCKS 2014 Still Up For Grabs

HARD KNOCKS 2014 Still Up For Grabs

I chose SI.com, which is Sports Illustrated, over a number of sites, as a source for the following report – the NFL has not made a decision yet on the team showcased on the 2014 edition of HARD KNOCKS. However, the surprising news is that the ball organization will not have to force a team into that spotlight.  It appears that the few teams that were on the short list of eligibility don’t have to sweat it because a number of ball clubs have thrown their helmets into the ring and have volunteered to be on HARD KNOCKS. Hell, a year ago the show was hard pressed to find a team to feature.   Now here is the problem now faced by the NFL and...

Here is The Buzz About the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Here is The Buzz About the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction

Back on 04.10 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held their 2014 Induction Ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City, NY and HBO was there to film the event. It has since packaged up the footage and will present that finished product across HBO’s platforms on 05.31 and throughout June. In anticipation of that televised event here is a reminder of the list of inductees and an HBO Buzz clip.  The 2014 Inductees are Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates (Darryl Hall and John Oates), Nirvana (Kurt Cobain, David Grohl and John Novoselic), KISS (Peter Criss, Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and Paul Frehley), Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel,...

Katt Williams’ Style of Comedy Returns to HBO

Katt Williams’ Style of Comedy Returns to HBO

  On 05.17 director Spike Lee will be calling the shots for the taping of a live Katt Williams standup comedy routine. The performance will be edited and packaged for airing on HBO later this year. It will be taped at the Citizens Bank Arena in Ontario, Quebec, Canada.  The upcoming comedy special is not the first time Katt has appeared on HBO. All his previous visits have been spread out over a few years with film and TV roles in between. It can also be noted that a total of nine different arrests over the years has not seem to affect his career much. His first foray in front of HBO’s cameras was in 2006 with THE PIMP CHRONICLES,...

Paquin/Moyer Staying In Business With HBO

Paquin/Moyer Staying In Business With HBO

We are all full aware that the fangs will be bared one last time this summer as TRUE BLOOD winds down its story. But it appears, after all that is said and done, Anna Paquin and her husband Stephen Moyer plan on sticking around HBO. The fangtastic couple have their own production company now, called CASM, which has just struck a development deal with Home Box Office. Apparently any deal made will be the first TV deal for CASM, but it has already had successful projects on the big screen. CASM Films was behind Free Ride with Paquin and is steering towards bringing Columbia written by and starring TRUE BLOOD co-star Denis O’Hare and to be...

Boardwalk Empire Season 4 on DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date

Boardwalk Empire Season 4 on DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date

The Emmy Award winning Boardwalk Empire is back on August 19, 2014 when the fourth season debuts on Blu-ray , DVD and Digital HD. The Blu-ray set also comes with a Digital HD copy. After barely surviving an overthrow attempt by gangster Gyp Rossetti, Nucky Thompson is laying low at the end of the Boardwalk.  However, the calm will be short-lived, as Nucky faces new challenges, including a clash with a violent Harlem power-broker, a battle with his brother Eli over Eli’s college-age son, and the irresistible lure of lucrative – and perilous – opportunities in Florida. Featuring “achingly good...

A LAST WEEK TONIGHT Web Exclusive Interview

A LAST WEEK TONIGHT Web Exclusive Interview

Hey, I thought John Oliver was supposed to do a weekly interview on LAST WEEK TONIGHT? Now I am not going to grumble too hard here but two installments in and the show has tweaked its format. If you recall the show that debuted on 05.04 we had a discussion about the military actions in Ukraine; a “May the Fourth Be With You” clip; the White House Correspondent’s Dinner in D. C.; the Shah of Brunei, the botched execution that launched into a huge Death Penalty piece and a couple of other fun clips thrown in. The show ran out of time with that corporeal punishment discourse that an interview never made into the half hour. I just...

Martin to Release New Westeros Reference Book

Martin to Release New Westeros Reference Book

The Winds of Winter are coming…  just kidding!  Who knows when book six in the Ice and Fire saga will be released (there, there don’t cry sweet summer child)– it could be this year, it could be two years from now! But thankfully the author is keeping us occupied with an interim installment called “The World of Ice and Fire“. Check out the glorious cover which George revealed just today: Here’s the description from Amazon: If the past is prologue, then George R. R. Martin’s masterwork—the most inventive and entertaining fantasy saga of our time—warrants one hell of an introduction. At long last, it...

Silicon Valley “Signaling Risk”

Silicon Valley “Signaling Risk”

If this week’s Silicon Valley taught us anything, it’s that Richard is dragging the show down. I mean, seriously, how great was the beginning of this episode? Having Erlich, Dinesh, and Bertram together in the Latino ‘hood was priceless. The interaction between Erlich and Chuy, a graffiti artist that they hope to have design their logo, was so uncomfortable and Dinesh and Bertram acting little squabbling children in the van was perfect. The beginning of this episode felt like no other episode of Silicon Valley, which is a good thing. The show seemed to be getting caught up with too much talk about Pied Piper. It was refreshing to see...

Ja’mie: Private School Girl DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date

Ja’mie: Private School Girl DVD & Blu-Ray Release Date

Coming this summer from HBO Home Entertainment® is a DVD release that is “so frickin’ quiche” it might just win the Hillford Medal. In Chris Lilley’s hilarious Summer Heights High, Ja’mie King (one of many characters played by Lilley himself) was a private school princess slumming it at a lowly public school. But in Ja’mie: Private School Girl, available to own on DVD and Digital HD August 5, 2014, Lilley zooms in the lens on one of his most beloved and bitchy characters as she plays out her final days as the most popular girl at the prestigious Hillford Girls Grammar school. The irreverently funny and...

Development Slate: YELLOWSTONE; CARTHAGE; Rosie O’Donnell & More

Development Slate: YELLOWSTONE; CARTHAGE; Rosie O’Donnell & More

No big shattering development news here but a few tidbits of information that will add up to a worthwhile post for you to consider. With HBO’s parent company doing healthy in the market and its desire to create more HBO original content each of these brief descriptions could grow up to be a series in the channel’s future so we will keep on acknowledging them as they surface.   YELLOWSTONE Drama from Sons of Anarchy Team Art and John Linson, a father and son producing team, have teamed up for another gritty drama and this one is for HBO. Not only have they done the FX biker drama, but Art produced movies like Fight Club and the...

VICE Season Two; Episode 7 Review

VICE Season Two; Episode 7 Review

Overview: The brutal details of the 2012 Delhi bus gang rape focused international attention on India’s rampant rape issue. Inept law enforcement, the social stigma associated with rape, and a patriarchal social structure have allowed sexual assaults to plague Indian women. Delhi’s police department has vowed to hire more female officers and set up a help desk but these measures are hardly a solution. Reports of rape in Delhi doubled in 2013 and, as bad as it is in Delhi, the Indian countryside is worse.   Instead of investigating rape cases, rural police officers ignore victims and their families. Sampat Pal has united rural...

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