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What’s On: HBO Schedule for April 2017

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HBO-Logo-SpaceSpring is here and HBO is budding with all kinds of entertainment choices. April is jam packed full of sports, movies, commentary and great series. We say goodbye to BIG LITTLE LIES and GIRLS and start the end of THE LEFTOVERS. Plus, we are rocking it out at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the squared ring and on SESAME STREET. There is so much to explore that we better keep this intro short & sweet like an Easter treat. Here is What’s On For April 2017. View the full schedule of premieres here.  


Original Series: Let’s start with the three series wrapping it up. The subversive, darkly comedic BIG LITTLE LIES, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, has been telling us the tale of the seemingly perfect lives in Monterey, California. We have yet to get all the truths in this story, but that is about to change because it is about to end. The limited drama series wraps SUNDAY, APRIL 02 beginning at 9:00pm ET. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgard, Laura Dern, Adam Scott, Zoe Kravitz, James Tupper and Jeffrey Nordling star. What will be revealed? All, we hope. 



Well, Celeste takes steps towards independence, Madeline deals with fallout from her past and Jane learns the identity of the school bully in the final episode entitled “You Get What You Need.”


Is anyone weeping over the end of GIRLS? It continues its ten-episode, sixth and final season with a new episode debuting SUNDAY, APRIL 02 beginning at 10:00pm leadiGirls-HBO-poster-202x300ng up to the series finale on April 16. In this last season of the Emmy-winning comedy series, created by and starring Lena Dunham, our four familiar friends attempt to get closer to becoming the women they always envisioned – even as life sometimes gets in the way. But you got to know the end is going to more about Hannah than Shoshanna, right? Judd Apatow, Jenni Konner, Lena Dunham, Ilene S. Landress, Murray Miller and Bruce Eric Kaplan executive produce. The cast also includes Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Adam Driver, Alex Karpovsky, Andrew Rannells and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Check out the Season One flashback pics!

–Episode #60 (season 6, episode 8): “What Will We Do This Time About Adam?”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 02 at 10:00pm


Adam (Adam Driver) comes to Hannah (Lena Dunham) with surprising news. Jessa (Jemima Kirke) spends a day off on her own. Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) slogs through helping Ray (Alex Karpovsky) with his oral-history project, until a fortuitous run-in with Abigail (Aidy Bryant), her old boss, infuses the venture with new energy. Written by Judd Apatow & Lena Dunham; directed by Jesse Peretz.

HannahAdam-300x199–Episode #61 (season 6, episode 9): “Goodbye Tour”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 09 at 10:00pm


After an important meeting, Hannah (Lena Dunham) reaches out to friends for advice but has trouble reaching Marnie (Allison Williams). Written by Jenni Konner & Lena Dunham; directed by Nisha Ganatra.


–Episode #62 (season 6, episode 10/series finale): “Latching”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 16 at 10:00pm


Hannah (Lena Dunham) embarks on a new chapter. Written by Lena Dunham & Jenni Konner & Judd Apatow; directed by Jenni Konner.

See ya girls. Here is hoping you make it through better as women!  



The new comedy series CRASHING ends its eight-episode season SUNDAY, APRIL 02 beginning at 10:30pm, followed by the season finale April 09. I guess the big question is just who is Pete going to crash with at the end of the season and will he wear out his welcome by the time Season Two debuts. Featured are Lauren Lapkus and George Basil. Among the notables appearing as versions of themselves on the show are Dave Attell, Hannibal Burress, Artie Lange, T.J. Miller, Jim Norton, Rachael Ray and Sarah Silverman. Executive produced by Judd Apatow and Pete Holmes.

–Episode #7: “Julie”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 02 at 10:30pm


Crashing_TheExes-300x169Pete’s (Pete Holmes) high from his new warm-up gig on Rachael Ray’s show is interrupted by an unexpected visit from Leif’s wife (Jenn Lyon), who pulls him back into the chaos of his separation from Jess (Lauren Lapkus). Written by Pete Holmes & Judd Apatow & Patrick Walsh; directed by Ryan McFaul.


–Episode #8: “The Baptism” (season finale)
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 09 at 10:30pm


After an attempt to cheer up Pete (Pete Holmes) goes wrong, Artie (Artie Lange) tags along with him to a baptism. Artie gets insight into religion and God from a woman, and Pete runs into Jess (Lauren Lapkus), which makes him question how much he is willing to sacrifice for a life in comedy. Written by Pete Holmes & Judd Apatow; directed by Ryan McFaul.


Leftovers_S3Poster-656x1024Now on to the new Sunday night fare and not a dragon in sight!

THE LEFTOVERS kicks off its eight-episode, third and final season SUNDAY, APRIL 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m.). The new season of the Peabody Award-winning drama series, which was created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta, finds the Garvey and Murphy families coming together as they desperately grasp for a system of belief to help better explain that which defies explanation. The world is crackling with the energy of something big about to happen, a corresponding bookend to the Sudden Departure that sent them all spinning years earlier, bringing their journey Down Under in a thrilling climax. The cast includes Justin Theroux, Carrie Coon, Amy Brenneman, Kevin Carroll, Christopher Eccleston, Scott Glenn, Lindsay Duncan, Regina King, Jovan Adepo, Janel Moloney, Margaret Qualley, Jasmin Savoy-Brown, Liv Tyler and Chris Zylka. Executive produced by Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta, Mimi Leder, Tom Spezialy, Gene Kelly, Peter Berg and Sarah Aubrey; Lindelof serves as showrunner. THE LEFTOVERS is produced for HBO by White Rabbit in association with Warner Bros. Television.

Episode breakdown –

Episode #21 (season 3, episode 1): “The Book of Kevin”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 16 at 9:00pm


Three years after Miracle, Texas was overrun by the Guilty Remnant, Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) has returned to his role as chief of police. Although he seems to have moved past the incredible events surrounding his “resurrection,” the Seventh Anniversary of the Sudden Departure is just two weeks away and many believe another apocalyptic event may come with it. Written by Damon Lindelof & Patrick Somerville; directed by Mimi Leder.


Episode #22 (season 3, episode 2): “Don’t Be Ridiculous”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 23  at 9:00pm


Leftovers_GarveyS3-300x169In her official capacity as fraud investigator for the Department of Sudden Departure (D.S.D.), Nora (Carrie Coon) travels to St. Louis to investigate a possible scam that involves convincing the family members of The Departed there’s a way to see their loved ones again. Written by Tha Lonely Donkey Kong & Specialist Contagious; directed by Keith Gordon.


Episode # 23 (season 3, episode 3): “Crazy Whitefella Thinking”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 30  at 9:00pm


With the clock ticking towards the anniversary of the Departure and emboldened by a vision that is either divine prophecy or utter insanity, Kevin Garvey, Sr. (Scott Glenn) wanders the Australian Outback in an effort to save the world from apocalypse. Written by Damon Lindelof & Tom Spezialy; directed by Mimi Leder.

Here is this site’s first look at the Season Three Trailer.


SILICON VALLEY begins its ten-episode fourth season SUNDAY, APRIL 23 (10:00-10:30 p.m.). The Emmy-winning series takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success. A collaboration between Mike Judge and Alec Berg, the show stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin APRIL HBO Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Suzanne Cryer, Jimmy O. Yang, Stephen Tobolowsky and Chris Diamantopoulos. Mike Judge, Alec Berg, Michael Rotenberg and Tom Lassally executive produce. Created by Mike Judge & John Altschuler & Dave Krinsky. The 04.23 episode is entitled “Success Failure” & the 04.30 one is “Terms of Service.” 

No breakdown available but we do have the trailer right here.


VEEP kicks off its ten-episode sixth season SUNDAY, APRIL 16 (10:30-11:00pm). The Emmy-winning comedy series stars Emmy winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus as former vicVEEPS6_poster-300x251e president and one-time president Selina Meyer. The cast also includes Emmy® winner Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Reid Scott, Matt Walsh, Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole and Sam Richardson.
Dave Mandel, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Frank Rich, Lew Morton and Morgan Sackett executive produce.

Upcoming episodes:

–Episode #49 (season 6, episode 1): “Omaha”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 16 at 10:30pm


One year after losing the presidency, Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) attempts to secure her legacy. Dan (Reid Scott) tries to ingratiate himself at his new job. Amy’s (Anna  Chlumsky) brash D.C.-style personality proves too much for her new co-workers. Written by Lew Morton; directed by David Mandel.


 –Episode #50 (season 6, episode 2): “Library”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 23 at 10:30pm


 Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) attends the opening of President Hughes’ library. Jonah (Timothy Simons) gets advice on how to rise in the political ranks; Dan (Reid Scott) suffers through Jane’s (Margaret Colin) whims; Amy (Anna Chlumsky) releases an attack ad. Written by Alex Gregory & Peter Huyck; directed by Craig Zisk.


–Episode #51 (season 6, episode 3): “Georgia”
Debut: SUNDAY, APRIL 30 at 10:30pm


Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) helps monitor the first free and democratic election in Georgia – the country, not the state – and is reunited with an old “friend.” Meanwhile, Mike (Matt Walsh) and Gary (Tony Hale) hide evidence of a major mishap, and Jonah (Timothy Simons) and Richard (Sam Richardson) have an eventful night out. Back in the U.S., Dan (Reid Scott) tries to help Amy (Anna Chlumsky). Written by Billy Kimball; directed by Becky Martin.



ANIMALS. continues its ten-episode second season FRIDAY, APRIL 07 11:30 –  midnight), with other new episodes debuting subsequent Fridays at the same time. Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano and produced by Duplass Brothers Television, this animated adult comedy series focuses on the downtrodden creatures native to Earth’s least-habitable environment: New York City. Whether it’s lovelorn rats, gender questioning pigeons or aging bedbugs in the midst of a midlife crisis, the awkward small talk, moral ambiguity and existential woes of non-human urbanites prove startlingly similar to our own.AnimalsS2_pic02-150x150

–Episode #14 (season 2, episode 4): “Squirrels.”
Debut: FRIDAY, APRIL 07 at 11:30pm


With New York City quarantined and in disarray, squirrels Mike and Phil prepare for their mother’s remarriage. As Mike tries to impress a female guest, Phil plots to stop the wedding, squaring off with his soon-to-be little brother, the attention-hog Mason. Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.


–Episode #15 (season 2, episode 5): “Humans.”
Debut: FRIDAY, APRIL 14 at 11:30pm


Inside the headquarters of evil conglomerate Pesci Co., the unscrupulous Dr. Labcoat prepares for the roll out of the “Green Pill,” a mysterious cure for the virus plaguing New York City. This special live-action episode stars RuPaul as Dr. Labcoat and also features Neil Casey, John Early, Judy Greer, Lauren Lapkus, Andy Richter and Raven Symone. Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.


–Episode #16 (season 2, episode 6): “Rats.”
Debut: FRIDAY, APRIL 21at 11:30pm

Rat teens Mike and Phil plot to exploit a human baby for profit, but things take a dark turn as the stakes increase. Two bees fight over the love of a tulip. Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.


–Episode #17 (season 2, episode 7): “Cats Part 1.”
Debut: FRIDAY, APRIL 28at 11:30pm
As rival alley-cat crews face off for control of the streets of Little Italy, a young feline, Phil, rises to the top of the pack. A trio of owls gathers for Christmas celebrations. Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

BillMaher2015-150x150Outspoken comedian/social commentator Bill Maher continues the 15th season of REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER on FRIDAY, APRIL 07 at 10:00pm, followed by other shows subsequent Fridays at the same time. Season Four of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER continues with a new edition debuting SUNDAY, APRIL 02 at 11:00pm, As always he is presenting a satirical look at the week in news. Taking viewers around the globe as its correspondeJohnOliver-150x150nts investigate the stories not being told, season five of the Emmy-winning weekly news magazine series VICE continues with a new episode debuting FRIDAY, APRIL 07 at 11:00pm. This season will feature 29 episodes, up from 18 episodes in season four. VICE NEWS TONIGHT, the half-hour nightly newscast from VICE Media and HBO, debuts a new edition MONDAY, APRIL 03 7:30pm, with other new editions subsequent weeknights Monday through Thursday.


Movies: The theatrical movies are one short this month due to an original HBO Films’ presentation, but the movies in place on Saturday nights should appeal to most I think. What do you think of ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE, WAR DOGS, SUICIDE SQUAD and VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN? I think that sets up as a pretty good combination as movies go nowadays. You got a bit of British snobbery, a comedic twist to a true story and uh…superheroes (?).

Best friends Edina (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna Lumley) are up to their old antics in the film adaptation of the hilarious British comedy series ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE, debuting SATURDAY, APRIL 01 (8:00pm). Julia Sawalha, Jane Horrocks, June Whitfield, Chris Colfer, Kate Moss, Lulu, Emma Bunton, Robert Webb and Barry Humphries also star in the film, which was directed by Mandie Fletcher with a screenplay by Jennifer Saunders. But can you appreciate it without never seeing the series? Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in the story of two friends who win a huge contract with the U.S. military to arm American allies in Afghanistan in WAR DOGS. Based on a true story, the comedy debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 8 (8:00pm). Jonah Hill, making good choices. A secret government agency recruits a team of jailed villains to save the world from apocalypse when SUICIDE SQUAD debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 15 (8:00 p.m.). Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman and Viola Davis star in this action-adventure, based on the DC Comics title. Some raved it some reviled it. How about you?

Also up with a debut on SATURDAY, APRIL 29 is VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN. It has a start time of 6:00pm to make way for the 2017 Rock & Roll gig in primetime. This time around the story of Frankenstein and his monster is brought to eye-popping new life in told from the perspective of the mad scientist’s hunch-backed assistant, Igor. Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy star.


HBO Films: The last Saturday is reserved for the latest HBO Films presentation. We reviewed the source material in preparation and now focus on the actual movie.

The HBO Films presentation THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 22 (8:00-9:35pm). Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in this adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. The film tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search, with the help of journalist Rebecca Skloot (Byrne), to learn about the mother she never knew and understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks’ cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever. George C. Wolfe directs from his screenplay; Oprah Winfrey, Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Carla Gardini and Lydia Dean Pilcher executive produce. A Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Harpo Films and Cine Mosaic production.

Here is our first look at the Trailer. Look for our upcoming review.


HBO Documentary Films: March hit us strong, especially with CRIES FROM SYRIA, so we ease it up with just one documentary choice on the main channel in April.


Directed by Tracy Droz Tragos, ABORTION: STORIES WOMEN TELL presents a candid dialogue about one of the timeliest issues facing America today when the HBO documentary debuts MONDAY, APRIL 03 (8:00-9:30 p.m.). The film sheds new light on the contentious subject, with a focus not on the debate, but rather on the women themselves: those struggling with unplanned pregnancies and the providers who show up at clinics to give medical care, as well as the activists on both sides of the issue, hoping to sway decisions and lives.


HBO Special:  Two music specials in one month! I told you it would be a Big month. At the last minute, HBO slipped this special on us. It is the second one from the artist. It is J. Cole: 4 Your Eyez Only. The Grammy-nominated hip-hop star’s special debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 15 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). In the spirit of his previous outing, this exclusive presentation is a multi-narrative show that combines music performances with intimate interviews documented through Cole’s lens. It showcases songs from his fourth album, as well as revealing footage containing the heartfelt confessions, concerns and struggles of people in the South.

Here is our first look.

Friends, it is that time of year again – time to recognize music legends. The exclusive HBO special 2017 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m.) and marks the 32nd anniversary of the event. This year’s inductees include Joan Baez, ELO, Journey, Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur and Yes; the Award for Music Excellence inductee is Nile Rodgers. I’ll be jammin’.


HBO Kids: For more than four decades, SESAME STREET has helped children grow smarter, stronger and kinder by providing preschoolers with the gold standard in quality educational programming. The show continues its 47th season with a new episode debuting SATURDAY, APRIL 01  at 9:00am, followed by other episodes subsequent Saturdays at the same time.

Season 47, Episode 13: “Get Ready For Today”
Debut: SATURDAY, April 01 at 9:00am


Elmo and Abby help Crystal the Ball come up with a morning routine so she can be ready to go out and play.


–Season 47, Episode 14: “Painting With Cookie Monster”
Debut: SATURDAY APRIL 08 at 9:00am



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Credit: Sesame Workshop

Season 47, Episode 15:
Debut: MONDAY, APRIL 10 at 8:00pm encore SATURDAY, APRIL 15 at 9:00am


Note the special airing of this episode as it introduces a new special Muppet character. She is Julia and she has autism. HBO and the Workshop want to draw special attention to her debut.


–Season 47, Episode 16: “Make Your Garden Grow”
Debut: SATURDAY, APRIL 22 at 9:00am


–Season 47, Episode 17: “Bike Show With A Beat”
Debut: SATURDAY, APRIL 29 at 9:00am

HBO Sports: A big boxing night ahead and more. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING: VASYL LOMACHENKO VS. JASON SOSA AND OLEKSANDR USYK VS. MIKE HUNTER AND OLEKSANDR GVOZDYK VS. YUNIESKI GONZALEZ debuts SATURDAY, APRIL 8 (10:00 p.m.) from The Theater at MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD, exclusively on HBO. In a junior lightweight title fight, rising sensation Vasyl Lomachenko (7-1, 5 KOs), of Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine puts his crown on the line against Jason Sosa (20-1-People_UConnHuskies-300x2004, 15 KOs), from Camden, NJ in a scheduled 12-round contest. The evening’s co-feature is an exciting cruiserweight title fight as Oleksandr Usyk (11-0, 10 KOs) from Kiev, Ukraine returns to HBO for his second appearance in a 12-round title tilt with Mike Hunter (12-0, 8 KOs) from Las Vegas, who was a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. The opening bout of the tripleheader is a light heavyweight fight that pits Oleksandr Gvozdyk (12-0, 10 KOs) from Kharkiv, Ukraine versus Yunieski Gonzalez (18-2, 14 KOs), a native of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, who now lives in Miami. The HBO Sports team will call the action, which will be available in HDTV, closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired and presented in Spanish on HBO Latino. The unscripted series UCONN: THE MARCH TO MADNESS chronicles the 2016- 17 season of the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team as it pursues a fifth consecutive national championship. Scheduled to run through the conclusion of the Huskies’ season, the show features exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, offering a unique look at the personalities who shape the powerhouse program. Executive produced by Will Staeger, Mike Antinoro and Fred Christenson, the series wraps WEDNESDAY, APRIL 05  (10:00-11:00pm). REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL goes behind the box scores and statistics to tackle timely subjects in the world of contemporary sports. Featuring a top lineup of contributors, the next monthly edition debuts TUESDAY, APRIL 18 at 10:00pm. Hosted by the four-time Sports Emmy winner, THE FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY is a provocative, engaging and informative experience that delves into intriguing storylines, newsmakers and issues that are top-of-mind in boxing. The latest edition debuts WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 at 11:00pm.


Movies_TheWildLife-194x300Other Movies and Shows: If all that was not enough we dug a little deeper and found plenty. Just the First Run debuts alone are a healthy list. THE WILD LIFE starts it off on 04.01 at 7:25am. The story of castaway Robinson Crusoe is told from the point of view of the quirky animals on his new island world in this colorful animated romp. Bet you didn’t see that coming. Also, there is KICKS about a teen that embarks on a dangerous, life-changing odyssey into the tough streets of East Oakland to get back a pair of stolen sneakers; and HERBIE: FULLY LOADED starring Disney’s famed Volkswagen Beetle. Plus, you can find SEARCH PARTY.  After scaring off their best friend’s fiancée at the altar, two guys embark on a wild quest to reunite the erstwhile happy couple, taking them to Mexico and find INDIGNATION which is based on the best-selling novel by Philip Roth. It debuts MONDAY, April 17 at 8:00pm in place of a documentary.   

Also to be found is HBO FIRST LOOK: FATE OF THE FURIOUS and a special about the concluding series GIRLS in A GOODBYE TO GIRLS. HBO2 is getting into the documentary debDocs_TheMemoryOfJustice-300x155uts with THE MEMORY OF JUSTICE on MONDAY, April 24 at 5:00pm. It is a remastered version of the 1976 documentary by Oscar-winner Marcel Ophüls and explores the relationship between individual and collective responsibility, as the filmmaker investigates then-recent alleged war crimes committed by France in Algeria and by the U.S. in Vietnam in light of atrocities committed by the Nazis. Deep, huh?


HBO’s Other Platforms: Something fun for everyone this spring. Here is what I found. HBO Latino: A few titles for you to investigate like LA COSA HUMANA (Human SavingMyTomorrow5-150x150Thing). No, it is not a Mexican Marvel movie. It is about a thief who gets caught in a tangled web when he steals a famous writer’s manuscript and claims it as his own. Also find Y MANANA NAVIDAD (Merry Christmas), a comic short film, LA GUNGUNA, the story of a small .22 caliber gun ties together several characters in the Caribbean underworld and the political thriller MAGALLANES. Also the series PSI returns on 04.14. Season 3 of this series finds the psychiatrist, psychologist, and psychoanalyst continuing his very interventionist style of analysis in more unusual cases–both in and out of the office. HBO Family: Yay, something new to offer. It is another installment of SAVING MY TOMORROW(pictured, right). It is a thirty minute documentary, the fifth in a series, with children actively saving their planet one step at a time. It debuts on 04.04 and runs again on Earth Day (04.22) with the other four in the series and concludes with a final debut at 7:00pm with SAVING MY TOMORROW: KIDS LOVE THE EARTH. Also, there is the movie STEEL and the animated show MOTHER GOOSE: A RAPPIN’ AMovies_PuertoRicansInParis-300x169ND RHYMIN’ SPECIAL. Oh, and MIGHTY MORHIN’ POWER RANGERS: THE MOVIE. It is the 1995 kiddie one; probably featured because of the rebooted version on the big screen now. HBO Signature: New to this channel, or so they say, is CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES. I wonder what it is about. It seems they find themselves in debt to a mobster after borrowing $400,000 after an insider trading tip that goes bad, four friends get in even deeper. Deeper into what, criminal activity? Michael Pitt of BOARDWALK EMPIRE stars. There is also the creative title of PUERTO RICANS IN PARIS (pictured, left) from 2015 with Luis Guzman of HBO’s OZ, JOHN FROM CINCINNATI and HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA. I also will throw in there MAMA MIA!, CROOKLYN and ROSEWOOD. HBO Comedy: Who about the classic 1970 movie MASH and the famed 4077th? Or have you heard of IMMIGRATION TANGO? Yeah, me either. In it a Russian immigrant and her Colombian boyfriend–both of whose visas are set to expire–concoct a plan to get green cards by ‘marrying’ their best friends. There is also SYDNEY WHTE in which a beautiful brunette is banished from a sorority to live with seven geeky guys in this fresh twist on the classic Snow White fairy tale and FOOL’S GOLD, BULLETPROOF and MEET DAVE. Okay, I’ll admit those last few were just random throw-ins. HBO Zone: Hey, I got to mention PRIMAL PLEASURE STATION before we go. That’s it, nothing else to say there. I’ll add RAT RACE from 2001 about an all-star cast on a mad dash for cash as they compete to win $2 million in a wild race. Wasn’t that THE CANNONBALL RUN with Burt Reynolds? And lastly the debut of DRAGON BLADE where Jackie Chan, John Cusack and Adrien Brody head up a battle-charged tale of an unlikely partnership between a Hun-Chinese commander and a Roman General in Central Asia in 48 BC. Yeah, let’s take a look at that one!

HBONow/Go: This time out a simple listing of the content leaving the sites by April 30. So it is a last- chance in alphabetical order for – 2003’s 28 DAYS LATER, 1976’s ALL THE Mach5-300x208PRESIDENT’S MEN, 2004’s THE AVIATOR, 2015’s BY THE SEA, 1993’s CARLITO’S WAY, 1988’s COCKTAIL, 2015’s COP CAR, 2000’s COYOTE UGLY, 1993’s DEMOLITION MAN, 2000’s DR. SEUSS’ HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, 2002’s DRUMLINE, 2016’s THE FOREST, 2001’s HEARTBREAKERS, 2007’s THE HITCHER, 2007’s HITMAN, 2015’s HITMAN: AGENT 47, 2007’s I AM LEGEND, 1985’s THE JEWEL OF THE NILE, 1973’s PAPER MOON, 2001’s PLANET OF THE APES, 1972’s THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE, 2015’s THE REVENANT, 1982’s THE ROAD WARRIOR, 1984’s ROMANCING THE STONE, 2015’s SISTERS, 2002’s SPIDER-MAN, 2004’s SPIDER-MAN 2, 2015’s STEVE JOBS and 1998’s THE WEDDING SINGER. Whew! Oh, okay I’ll leave you with a few new to the sites as of 04.01. How about SPEED RACER (pictured), URBAN COWBOY, THE DEER HUNTER and THE SIMPSON MOVIE?

Cinemax: Last but not least the sister channel. Straight from a press release comes the promoted movies of April:

In April, CINEMAX continues to be the only premium channel presented in 100%True HD (1080i). Showcasing the network’s unparalleled movie volume and variety daily in prime time, CINEMAX has the best selection of the most movies, including new top theatrical films, timeless favorites, classics, critically acclaimed independents and more. Average citizens try to survive Movies_Warcraft02-300x161a 12-hour murder and mayhem spree when THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR debuts FRIDAY, APRIL 07 (8:00pm). Frank Grillo, Elizabeth Mitchell and Mykelti Williamson star in the horror sequel. Based on the true story of the infamous Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp), a mobster turned FBI informant who took down a rival Mafia family, BLACK MASS debuts FRIDAY, APRIL 14 (8:00pm). Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Jesse Plemons, Peter Sarsgaard, Dakota Johnson and Corey Stoll also star in the crime drama. Humans and Orcs join forces in combat against their enemy from another portal when WARCRAFT debuts FRIDAY, APRIL 21 (8:0pm). The spin-off of the bestselling video game stars Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell, Ben Schnetzer, Rob Kazinsky and Daniel Wu. A young undercover agent infiltrates a group of elite athletes he suspects in a string of corporate heists when POINT BREAK debuts FRIDAY, APRIL 28 (8:00pm). The reboot of the cult favorite stars Edgar Ramirez, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Delroy Lindo and Ray Winstone.


Next Month’s Tease: This is all you get – US Airways Flight 1549

To answer last month’s Tease we needed to see if anyone, at least stateside, had heard of Edina and Patsy of ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE. Well, Kit sure did and she let me know it.


Final Clip: Like I said April is a big month so obviously then you get a double clip this month. First something immediately relevant. Here is a glimpse of WAR DOGS coming in April.

That clip is followed by this HBO-related treat courtesy of Funny Or Die. Do you remember the movie CITY SLICKERS?

Better wrap it up. Now go watch some HBO!

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Kit April 14, 2017 - 7:26 pm

I can’t let you down, Jeff, or break my hot streak. It’s gotta be Sully. Tom Hanks was robbed of an Oscar nod – great performance in a very well done film.

Jef Dinsmore April 16, 2017 - 5:54 pm

Your fun to have a round. Thanks for your guess and you are right.Look for SULLY in May.


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