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Game of Thrones: “Battle of the Bastards”

Jun 22, 2016

As many Game of Thrones fans know, the 9th episode of the season is usually a whopper. Ned’s beheading, battle of Blackwater, the Red wedding, the battle at the Wall, and Dany’s...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: “Daily Active Users”

Jun 22, 2016

This week on Silicon Valley, we learn many interesting ideas. We learn that statistics are important when launching a new program, but specific statistics are more important than others. We...

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Veep

HBO Renews GAME OF THRONES, SILICON VALLEY and VEEP for 2017

Apr 25, 2016

Fans you are in luck. The acclaimed and well awarded dramatic and comedic series of HBO’s Spring season will be around for at least one more year. All three series have been renewed for 2017....

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Movie Review: Ted 2

Jun 18, 2016

The best part going into watching this movie is the fact that I haven’t seen the first one. I knew Ted featured some great actors and a talking bear. Extent of my knowledge. So going into...

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Documentary Update: PAYCHECK Follow-Up, THE CASE AGAINST 8 & More

Documentary Update: PAYCHECK Follow-Up, THE CASE AGAINST 8 & More

This post is a combination of news about HBO Documentary Films. Our first segment is a follow-up to one of the recent documentaries to air and the rest are announcements for upcoming non-fiction fare under the documentary banner. There are some interesting topics ahead.   PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK Interview The LA Times has an interview up with single parent Katrina Gilbert who was featured in the HBO Documentary Films: PAYCHECK TO PAYCHECK: THE LIFE AD TIMES OF KATRINA GILBERT. Here are a few highlights from that interview and note that the first link above gets you to the conversation in its entirety. If you recall or if you haven’t...

Game of Thrones 4.02 Recap – The Lion And The Rose

Game of Thrones 4.02 Recap – The Lion And The Rose

Marriage is the focal point of this episode. There are all kinds of marriages: royal (Joffrey & Margaery); arranged (Stannis & Selyse); political (Tyrion and Sansa); passionate and sensual (Oberyn & Ellaria); intellectually like-minded (Tywin and Olenna); financial (Roose & Walda) and malevolent (Ramsay & Myranda). We start off with the gruesome hunting activities of Ramsay, Myranda and Theon. Only, Theon is an empty shell of a man, forced to run along behind Ramsay. We see a young girl get pierced with an arrow, due to Myranda’s jealousy. She is attacked and killed by a pair of hounds. The look on Theon’s face while...

Farewell to one of Westeros’ Most Hated Villains

Farewell to one of Westeros’ Most Hated Villains

(Purple Wedding Spoilers Ahead!) Maybe someone should tell the people of Westeros to stop attending color themed weddings. First, Game of Thrones gave us the Red Wedding, and broke all our hearts into millions of pieces. Then comes along the Purple Wedding from Sunday night and totally redeems itself! King Joffrey Baratheon, the snub-nosed child of incest, torturer of women, and petulant, cruel, short-sighted, violent sadist, died at his own wedding from a gruesome, fast-acting poison in his wine. The guests did not cheer, but they were compelled to be polite. However, I cannot say that I, sitting on my couch, was as well-behaved.  So,...

Sigur Rós Perform on Game of Thrones

Sigur Rós Perform on Game of Thrones

James Hibberd of Entertainment Weekly has revealed that Icelandic band Sigur Rós has been cast in Game of Thrones.  Hibberd writes: Thrones has landed Icelandic art-pop sensation Sigur Rós to appear in season four. Jón Þór “Jónsi” Birgisson, Georg Hólm and Orri Páll Dýrason are currently shooting an appearance on the Thrones set in Croatia. What will the band mates do? Will they play a song? Might a bowed guitar be involved? This continues the tradition of the producers’ favorite musicians being included in the show in some way. In season 2, The National recorded a version of ‘The Rains of Castamere’,...

VICE Season Two Episode 5 Review

VICE Season Two Episode 5 Review

Overview: In the throes of a crippling, violent insurgency, Dagestan is Russia’s hotbed for Muslim extremism, and its jihadists have been behind many high-profile terrorist plots around the world. Alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev (pictured) spent six months there the year before that deadly attack. To understand why so much terrorist activity originates in the region, and to see firsthand what Tsarnaev learned during his stay, VICE heads to Dagestan to follow in terrorists’ footsteps. The Israel-Palestinian conflict is one of the best-known and longest-standing conflicts in the world. Although the United States publicly...

Incredible Photos from the Wedding of King Joffrey Baratheon

Incredible Photos from the Wedding of King Joffrey Baratheon

Today we have some incredible photos from the upcoming wedding of King Joffrey Baratheon to one Margaery Tyrell. You can watch the entire wedding yourself at 9PM PST/EST on HBO or HBO Go but we wanted to give you a little taste of what’s to come at the festivities. The King and his cohorts have spared no expense in this lavish celebration of the King’s love for his new Queen. This episode of Game of Thrones was actually written by George RR Martin himself so you know it’s going to be BIG!   Take a look at the wedding of the ages: Look how happy they are!  Such an amazing couple, wouldn’t you say? A kiss for the...

Olivia Wilde Joins HBO Rock Series from Scorsese & Winter

Olivia Wilde Joins HBO Rock Series from Scorsese & Winter

Devastation.  This was how Boardwalk Empire fans felt when they heard that the series would end in 2014 with one, final season.  There’s no getting around it:  Sunday nights starting in the fall of 2015 may never be the same.  But what if I told you that the same team that brought you The Sopranos AND Boardwalk Empire were already hard at work on yet another sure-to-be-hit series on HBO? Renowned director Martin Scorsese and The Sopranos co-producer Terrance Winter will begin filming a new series about a Rock n’ Roll  executive named Richie (BWE’s Bobby Cannavale): “a cocaine-fueled record exec in NYC circa 1977,...

Lisa Kudrow’s THE COMEBACK Coming Back?

Lisa Kudrow’s THE COMEBACK Coming Back?

Everyone remembers THE COMEBACK don’t they? It was a single season comedy in 2005 by Michael Patrick King of SEX AND THE CITY and Lisa Kudrow. Ohh, now you remember. It aired thirteen episodes coupled with ENTOURAGE the summer of that year and may now be coming back to HBO a decade later. Both King and Kudrow are in preliminary discussion about bringing the lauded sitcom back on the air. It was a mockumentary style spoof of the reality TV genre and of celebrities fighting to stay relevant. Kudrow plays has-been actress Valerie Cherish who gets a reality show documenting her attempt at a career comeback. The show was a total ‘inside...

Movie Review: Pacific Rim

Movie Review: Pacific Rim

From the start you know what you’re getting into with a movie like this; giant robots vs. giant monsters, sky scrapers crumbling and cargo ships used like baseball bats. This is a big, loud, screaming mess of pistons, turbines, blue ammonia blood, and scientific gobblety-gook. A love letter by director Guillermo Del Toro to that most easily consumed of Japanese entertainment, anime and monster movies. Honestly, what’s not to love? At the fault of tectonic plates between the United States and Asia, the Pacific Rim, an inter-dimensional breach has opened letting loose the Kaiju, giant monsters who instinctually cause destruction...

THE LEFTOVERS Temporarily Halts Production!

THE LEFTOVERS Temporarily Halts Production!

This is what happens when you rush shows. HBO is eager, to be sure, of launching anew exciting series. Fans always have insatiable demand for more, more, more. Now it appears that THE LEFTOVERS needs to slow down a bit in order to give viewers the best that it can. You cannot rush quality. That is crucial in any programming, but especially for THE LEFTOVERS right now because it is not the only show out there with this type of theme. We want it to stand out from the rest.    According to Deadline Damon Lindelof’s show is taking a breather after completing Episode Six of its 10 episode order. HBO has released the following quote regarding...

VEEP Season Two DVD/Blu-ray Review

VEEP Season Two DVD/Blu-ray Review

VEEP has launched its third season and it looks to be a wild campaign for Selina Meyer. We have the review up for episode one, so check it out. This post’s focus, however, it a look back at Season Two because now it can be yours on DVD and Blu-ray.    First here is a reminder what happened the last time around.  With midterm elections looming, Vice President Selina Meyer is scoring higher ratings than the president in several popularity polls, which she hopes will boost her influence and help her curry favor with the chief executive. But as she knows all too well, even the most banal action can set off a ripple effect that has...

Veep Season 3: Episode One

Veep Season 3: Episode One

“I’m starring down the barrel of 18 months of this shit.” “18 months is nothing.” “18 months isn’t nothing. 18 months is an entire pregnancy with another entire pregnancy tacked on to the end of it.” “Well, I’m a pretty good strategy guy. I could be your midwife, you know. Get my hands dirty…” Before we begin to discuss episode one, season three of Veep, I have to make a very candid admission. I hope that no one will judge me too harshly and that I receive just a little bit of credit for being forthright and totally honest. There shall be no secrets here, between us, friends for so many seconds, so many dozens of...

HBO Documentary Films: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES

HBO Documentary Films: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES

We know it was a big weekend for HBO as it gave us non-fiction Friday night; a big movie premiere on Saturday and the debuts of Sunday. Leading off the big weekend of April 4 – 6 was a piece that might have got lost in the schedule. We give it proper notice now. Overview: BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S HIGH HOPES, chronicling the making of his 18th studio album, debuted Friday, 04.04 at 9:30pm, exclusively on HBO. The half-hour documentary by Grammy- and Emmy-winning filmmaker Thom Zimny explores the creation of “High Hopes,” which reached the No. 1 position in 20 countries after its January release. The film features rare behind-the-scenes...

Silicon Valley: Episode One Review

Silicon Valley: Episode One Review

There are some who don’t believe that there is such a thing as “internet culture.” They are, of course, wrong.  Heavy internet users often share values that are loosely similar and often gravitate toward certain types of things. You know, esoteric things. Things otherwise not well represented in our culture and society. Maybe it’s fantasy novels or science fiction. Maybe it’s games, the video or board type. There is a loosely shared sense of humor. You have your memes and your gifs; you have your youtube videos and your witty #hashtags. But perhaps the greatest shared belief is that by constantly moving technology forward, the...

HBO Go Stutters (Again) Under Crippling Game of Thrones Fan Frenzy

HBO Go Stutters (Again) Under Crippling Game of Thrones Fan Frenzy

Well it happened one more time.  HBOGo went down last night around 6PM PST / 9PM EST.  You can probably guess why.  Game of Thrones is by far HBO’s most popular program and is often referred to as its “flagship” series.  There has been more hype than ever behind season 4 and all of it came to a head online when the premiere went live on HBOGo.  The official Twitter account was all over it: Looks like there’s trouble in the realm. Apologies for the inconvenience. We’ll be providing updates, so please stay tuned. #GameofThrones — HBO GO (@HBOGO) April 7, 2014   Users on Twitter took their rage...

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