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Should Game of Thrones Fans Wait to Read the Books?

Nov 20, 2014

If you haven’t read A Song of Ice and Fire (of which I am guilty), I am certain you are tired of seeing “SPOILER” in an article/video and immediately having to stop viewing. It takes...

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Girls

HBO Sets Premiere Date for GIRLS, TOGETHERNESS and LOOKING For 01.11.15; Updated Now With Teasers

Nov 10, 2014

Update: This post is now bumped up to include a couple of teasers recently released. We already have the trailer for GIRLS, but now we can add ones for the other two shows coming Sundays in...

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The Newsroom

The Newsroom: “Run”

Nov 20, 2014

There is no denying The Newsroom has officially swung into full gear in the second episode of its final six-episode run. The series has never lost its edge in terms of intellectual originality...

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New Movies

Movie Review: That Awkward Moment

Nov 21, 2014

What I most came away from this movie with was that this film was a guy’s film trying to pass itself off as a girl’s film. Not saying movies are necessarily gender oriented, but you...

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Latest HBO News

VICE Series Premiere Review: It Punches You In The Face!

VICE Series Premiere Review: It Punches You In The Face!

Overview: I have been waiting in anticipation for this series to begin. It is a uniquely different kind of programming for HBO but if you watch the documentaries that HBO airs you will understand how this show fits into the premium channels schedule. This is hard-hitting journalism at its best. Since I was aware of VICE coming to HBO I have read its site content and watched bits on its YouTube channel. I am totally comfortable and prepared for the tone, approach and style this show will take. We have given you commentary and trailers to get you excited and ready for VICE. Well, are you? Expectations:  Usually, when I’m going to review...

First Full Trailer: FAMILY TREE

First Full Trailer: FAMILY TREE

Family Tree seemed to come out of nowhere.  The new HBO comedy was just a glint in Christopher Guest’s (Spinal Tap, The Princess Bride) eye just months ago and now we’re treated with the first full trailer for the program.  Last week we got our first glimpse with the teaser trailer but this newest entry gives us much more.  Look for it tonight alongside HBO’s new series: VICE starting at 11P just after Bill Maher. UPDATE: Premiere/Air-date confirmed: The show starts May 12th, 2013 so get ready for more HBO comedy in your...

News Roundup: GIRLS Guide; Laura Dern; Cinemax and More

News Roundup: GIRLS Guide; Laura Dern; Cinemax and More

This writer has not hit up the news feeds in a while to glean those small items that missed our attention during the search for the bigger stories. So, we throw out there now those morsels that might interest you but are not earth-shattering factoids about any of the shows we love. This edition, however does seem to focus mostly on Lena Dunham’s GIRLS and HBO’s sister channel Cinemax. Let’s get to it.    See all the GIRLS hotspots with the GIRLS Guide If you are a fan of HBO comedy GIRLS, which just wrapped up season 2 and is in production on Season 3, and happen to be going to New York City then you might want to check out...

Game of Thrones Funko Dolls: Round Two!

Game of Thrones Funko Dolls: Round Two!

When we first reviewed Funko’s vinyl action figures last year the number one question from our readers  was: “Where is my favorite charachter?!”  Of course the first round included the legendary Ned Stark, Tyrion Lannister and The Mother of Dragons but we understand:  your bookshelf or desk just isn’t complete unless you COLLECT THEM ALL!  But this latest round of figurines features even more fan favorites such as Jon Snow as well as Robb and Arya Stark! Aren’t they adorable?  The toys are made of pliable plastic and are painted with bright colors.  Some of them are more detailed than others though....

Christopher Abbot (Charlie) Quits Girls Season 3

Christopher Abbot (Charlie) Quits Girls Season 3

In an apparent creative dispute with show creator Lena Dunham, Christopher Abbot is leaving HBO’s GIRLS.  The series has just begun filming it’s third season in Brooklyn, NYC this month and reportedly Christopher (Charlie) “didn’t like the direction the show was going in”.  We’re not sure what that means exactly but here is the statement from Christopher’s agent: “[Chris] is grateful for the experience of collaborating with Lena, Judd [Apatow], and the entire ‘Girls’ cast and crew, but right now he’s working on numerous other projects and has decided not to return to the...

Words Are Wind Podcast: Season 3, Episode 1

Words Are Wind Podcast: Season 3, Episode 1

[Stitcher | RSS] [Livethread] De Ana J and Maria J talk about the Game of Thrones Season Three premiere episode Valar Dohaeris. Does this episode set the right tone for the upcoming season? Where does Joffrey get his bad temper from? Will anything good happen to Tyrion? Why does everyone know Jon Snow is Ned Starks’ bastard? The ladies discuss this and...

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of S3:E1 – ‘Valar Dohaeris’

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly of S3:E1 – ‘Valar Dohaeris’

On Sunday we returned to Westeros for the premiere of the third season of Game of Thrones. My first impression of the episode 1 was one of disappointment. Slow to start, it never really seemed to take off, never really delivering the punch that one would expect from a season premiere. After another viewing or two, really analyzing the episode, I think there were some definite good points that deserve recognition. Sadly, there are also some frustrating moments and even some incredibly unnecessary scenes thrown into the mix. I’ve included some opinions from twitter and tumblr to support the good, the bad and the ugly of Season 3, episode...

TRUE BLOOD’s First Pilot Choice for Tara

TRUE BLOOD’s First Pilot Choice for Tara

I just thought I’d post something fun today; you know no news or development talk. Thanks to Blastr.com I stumbled across a scene from the originally shot pilot of TRUE BLOOD. The actress is Brooke Kerr, who I guess, played a popular character on the NBC soap Passions. She played Tara Thornton in the pilot episode. Now, don’t get confused we know Rutina Wesley has played that character for all five seasons of the show. A pilot episode must have been shot in order to show HBO executives something before they committed to TRUE BLOOD as a series. HBO must have balked on what they saw and requested a retooling before the green light was...

We’re Intrigued by HBO’s VICE

We’re Intrigued by HBO’s VICE

As has been reported on this site  HBO is about to launch a weekly news magazine. It will air Friday nights at 11:00pm ET beginning 04.05.  It will be built in the style of  VICE.com and will be hosted by the co-founder of VICE Media Shane Smith and executive produced by HBO’s Bill Maher. Since I am intrigued by this venture I thought I’d explore a bit deeper into the project for HBOWatch. Just what is VICE?  In short, it is a bold and shocking look at news from around the globe. Upon investigating the site, Vice.com, I have come across some interesting items not seen elsewhere. How about headlines like “Female Warriors of...

Traditional Ratings Numbers Don’t Matter as Much to HBO

Traditional Ratings Numbers Don’t Matter as Much to HBO

After the premiere or finale of any major television show you’ve probably noticed that entertainment writers around the world can’t wait to publish the ratings numbers from the airing.  10 million viewers, record breaking time slots and five-shares galore!  As an HBO fan you also may have noticed that numbers for your favorite premium shows such as Game of Thrones or Boardwalk Empire seem to pale in comparison to others in similar genres and time slots. How does American Idol drop to record low ratings of 7.5 million viewers while Game of Thrones breaks records at 4.4m?  While these numbers are a great way to determine...

Hemingway & Gellhorn Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review

Hemingway & Gellhorn Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Review

Are you a literary buff, or a Hemingway enthusiast? Are you interested in watching movies based on true events? Well, HBOWatch has been given the opportunity to review, HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN coming out today, April 2nd on Blu-ray and DVD. THE MOVIE HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN is a lush, grand, expansive look at the relationship between Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn, played with electric chemistry by Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman respectively, from the beginning of the Spanish Civil War through their rocky, but passionate marriage.  Philip Kaufman uses real footage from that time, that conveys an authentic feel to the material. The...

Game of Thrones Season 4 is OFFICIAL! Premiere Date: Spring 2014

Game of Thrones Season 4 is OFFICIAL!  Premiere Date: Spring 2014

LOS ANGELES, April 2, 2013 – HBO has renewed GAME OF THRONES for a fourth season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Based on the bestselling fantasy book series by George R.R. Martin, GAME OF THRONES is an epic story of treachery and nobility set on the continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can last years, and only the lust for power is eternal. The Emmy®- and Golden Globe-winning series launched its ten-episode third season Sunday, March 31 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO, with other episodes debuting subsequent Sundays at the same time. Among the early critical praise for the...

Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere Decapitates Ratings Records

Game of Thrones Season 3 Premiere Decapitates Ratings Records

Last night was the most watched episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones… ever. Pulling in 4.4 million viewers for the 9PM premiere itself and another 6.7 viewers in later showings the show completely dominated the season 2 record set last year. These numbers also fail to tally the HBOGo viewers and number of viewers per TV so you can imagine just how many fans are actually out there. The show had to battle the Easter holiday and went head to head with The Walking Dead. Thrones will also have to compete with Mad Men when that show premieres this month also. It looks like HBO’s massive publicity campaign worked rather well this...

(APRIL FOOLS!): Peter Dinklage Replaced for Game of Thrones Season 4

(APRIL FOOLS!): Peter Dinklage Replaced for Game of Thrones Season 4

EXCLUSIVE: Leading Game of Thrones actor and Emmy winner Peter Dinklage will not return to HBO’s flagship program for a fourth season in 2014. In a press conference the morning of April 1st, 2013 show creators David Benioff, Dan Weiss alongside George R.R. Martin made the announcement to stunned members of the media. “Today is both a sad day and an exciting one for HBO’s Game of Thrones,” Benioff began. “Sad because we’ve all gotten to know Peter on set and love him dearly as a friend. We’ll miss him sorely. Exciting because we’re heading in an entirely new direction with the character of...

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