What’s On: HBO Schedule for September 2018

HBO-Logo-SpaceHonestly, I think I say the same thing every time this part of the year rolls around. The biggest TV season of the year is about to launch with plenty of new shows & returning favorites. But, around here, no matter what is on the dial there is always time for HBO, especially since it is offering up another go with THE DEUCE. Just sayin’…some of us are indeed loyal. Here is a look at what HBO offers for September 2018.

Original Series: Featuring an acclaimed ensemble cast led by James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, and executive produced by David Simon, George Pelecanos, Nina K. Noble and James Franco, season two of THE DEUCE is upon us. The season, debuting SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 09 (9:00-10:00pm), finds its protagonists living at the apex of the Golden Age of Porn: when the dream of a mainstream X-rated film business is a credible reality, and the free-for-all sex trade of New York’s Times Square is at its gaudy, unrestrained height. Picking up in late 1977 (five years after season one), the show captures the disco era in all its excesses before developers, crack cocaine, AIDS and videotapes conspire to end the debauched glory of the time. What a rich, raw, raunchy time to recapture!

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Here are September’s episodes:

–Episode #9 (season 2, episode 1): “Our Raison d’Être”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 09 (9:00-10:00pm)

Times Square, 1977. After his early successes managing the Hi-Hat and French Parlor, Vincent (James Franco) is now proprietor of a new mob-backed disco, The 366, while his girlfriend Abby (Margarita Levieva) has brought the nascent punk-rock culture into the Hi-Hat. Vincent’s twin brother, Frankie (James Franco), remains a problem, “borrowing” money from Show Land, the sex emporium he manages, to pay off his debts. Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), now a “triple threat” as a porn actress, producer and director, is looking to make more artful, ambitious adult films, over the objections of her collaborator, Harvey (David Krumholtz). C.C. (Gary Carr) pulls a con on Bernie Wolf (Stephen Gevedon), the director of a porn film starring Lori (Emily Meade), to get her more money. Hoping to launch a more upscale gay nightclub, Paul (Chris Coy) looks to sever mob ties from his current bar. Alston (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.), now a homicide detective, is approached by Gene Goldman (Luke Kirby), a civil servant appointed by Mayor Koch to clean up Times Square. Written by David Simon & George Pelecanos; directed by Alex Hall.

–Episode #10 (season 2, episode 2): “There’s an Art to This”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (9:00-10:00pm)

Confronted with the changing realities of prostitution and porn, C.C. (Gary Carr) doubles down on his assets, while fellow pimp Larry Brown (Gbenga Akinnagbe) eyes a new opportunity. Growing creatively frustrated, Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) turns to Genevieve Furie (Dagmara Dominczyk), a onetime porn director who’s graduated to slasher films, for filmmaking advice. After a customer is mugged outside his bar, Paul (Chris Coy) is approached by Matty the Horse (Garry Pastore), a rival of Rudy’s (Michael Rispoli), who promises Paul the mob protection he deserves. Following a nostalgic road trip to Coney Island with Vincent (James Franco), Abby (Margarita Levieva) attends a street outreach meeting and recognizes a familiar face from Times Square. Written by Richard Price; directed by Alex Hall.

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–Episode #11 (season 2, episode 3): “Seven-Fifty”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (9:00-10:00pm)

Lori (Emily Meade) envisions a sunny future in LA after attending the AFAA Erotica Awards with Harvey (David Krumholtz) and Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), who are looking to connect with west-coast producers who are willing to turn her fairy tale into reality. Paul (Chris Coy) and Kenneth (Michael Stahl-David) approach Vincent (James Franco) about a loan for a new nightclub, free from mob ties. Goldman (Luke Kirby) visits Alston’s (Lawrence Gilliard, Jr.) precinct to share the mayor’s vision for cleaning up the Deuce. Frankie (James Franco) wins a hand of poker but risks losing his job. Back in NYC, Ashley (Jamie Neumann) pushes her reform agenda on Abby (Margarita Levieva), while trying to avoid C.C. (Gary Carr). Larry Brown (Gbenga Akinnagbe) and Darlene (Dominique Fishback) learn a bitter lesson about supply and demand. Rudy (Michael Rispoli) sends a message to his rivals but invites retaliation. Written by Chris Yakaitis; directed by Steph Green.

–Episode #12 (season 2, episode 4): “What Big Ideas”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 (9:00-10:00pm)

Ashley (Jamie Neumann) and Abby (Margarita Levieva) resolve to track down the identity of a 16-year-old sex worker killed in a recent fire. Vincent (James Franco) is shaken after witnessing the brutal side of Rudy’s (Michael Rispoli) operation. Frustrated by the progress on her new film, Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal) recruits new faces to help with the production. Frankie (James Franco) finds his dry-cleaning business a less-than-perfect fit. Larry Brown (Gbenga Akinnagbe) shows off his improvisational skills.Lori (Emily Meade) looks to forge a deal with Kiki (Alysia Reiner) while keeping C.C. (Gary Carr) in the loop. Written by Anya Epstein; directed by Uta Briesewit.

BALLERS continues its fourth season SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 02 (10:00-10:30pm), with a preview available early on HBO GO, HBO NOW and HBO On-Demand as of Friday, 09.31 followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays. The hit comedy from Steve Levinson digs deeper into the extravagant, high-stakes, big-money world of professional football. This season, Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) and his partner Joe (Rob Corddry) set their sights on expanding the firm’s foothold in the client-management business and eyes up extreme sports stars. Russell Brand has been guesting this season.

–Episode #34 (season 4, episode 4): “Forgiving Is Living”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPT. 2 (10:00-10:30pm)

Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) and Joe (Rob Corddry) find themselves in a crisis at SportsX. Ricky (John David Washington) considers his motivations in ending his retirement. Jason (Troy Garity) turns to Donna (Amanda Rea) for help. Written by Rob Weiss & Stephen Levinson; directed by Rob Weiss.

–Episode #35 (season 4, episode 5): “Doink”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPT. 9 (10:00-10:30pm)BallersPic3-300x202

Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) looks to elevate the SportsX TV brand, while Joe (Rob Corddry) weighs a new offer. At Jayda’s (Joy Bryant) insistence, Spencer meets Quincy (Eli Goree). Ricky (John David Washington) tries to prove to Kisan (Kris D. Lofton) he’s still got the goods, while Charles (Omar Benson Miller) is encouraged by Julie (Jazmyn Simon) to bring more flair to his job. Written by Chloe Domont & Zach Robbins; directed by Rob Weiss.

–Episode #36 (season 4, episode 6): “No Small Talk”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPT. 16 (10:00-10:30pm)

Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) recruits Q (Eli Goree) to help him leverage a deal. With Reggie (London Brown) in tow, Joe (Rob Corddry) talks business with a group of extreme skateboarders known collectively as Illegal Civilization. Charles (Omar Benson Miller) hosts a pre-free-agent reception. Written by Rashard Mendenhall; directed by Simon Cellan Jones.

–Episode #37 (season 4, episode 7): “The Kids Are Aight”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPT. 23 (10:00-10:30pm)

Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) calls on the Anderson Brothers (Richard Schiff, Steven Weber) for help. Joe (Rob Corddry) pitches Illegal Civilization to a major shoe brand. Ricky (John David Washington) loses his cool at a neighbor’s pool party. Julie (Jazmyn Simon) accuses an overworked Charles (Omar Benson Miller) of being afraid to succeed. Written by Jason Lew; directed by Chloe Domont.

–Episode #38 (season 4, episode 8): “The Devil You Know”
Debut date: SUNDAY, SEPT. 30 (10:00-10:30pm) 

Spencer (Dwayne Johnson) takes a big risk, with the potential to blow the deal. After a heart-to-heart with Ricky (John David Washington), Charles (Omar Benson Miller) spells out his vision for the team. Joe (Rob Corddry) and Reggie (London Brown) enlist Vernon (Donovan W. Carter) and Terrell “Sizzle” Suggs (himself) to persuade Illegal Civilization. Written by Jason Lew; directed by Chloe Domont.

InsecureSeason3_pic1-300x195The third season of the acclaimed comedy series INSECURE continues SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 02 (10:30-11:00pm.), with a preview available early on HBO GO, HBO NOW and HBO On Demand as of  Friday, 08.31,  followed by other episodes subsequent Sundays, leading up to the season finale on  09.30. The series follows best friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne Orji) on their quest to “have it all,” dealing with work woes, romantic escapades and awkward moments along the way. Featuring Rae’s hilarious and pointed rap monologues and fantasies, the show is an authentic, incisive and insightful exploration of the contemporary black experience.

–Episode #20 (season 3, episode 4): “Fresh-Like”
Debut: SUNDAY, SEPT. 2 (10:30-11:00pm)

Issa (Issa Rae) tries to let go of cherished mementos; Molly (Yvonne Orji) vents to her therapist about work. Written by Dayna Lynne North; directed by Stella Meghie.

–Episode #21 (season 3, episode 5): “High-Like”
Debut: SUNDAY, SEPT. 9 (10:30-11:00pm)

The girls take a weekend trip to celebrate Tiffany (Amanda Seales). Molly (Yvonne Orji) has trouble leaving her obsession with work behind. Written by Regina Y. Hicks; directed by Millicent Shelton.

–Episode #22 (season 3, episode 6): “Ready-Like”
Debut: SUNDAY, SEPT. 16 (10:30-11:00pm)

Insecure_gals-300x206Issa (Issa Rae) needs moral support when her new project proves more complicated than she originally thought. Issa and Kelli (Natasha Rothwell) press Molly (Yvonne Orji) to consider dating someone new. Later, the girls attend Tiffany’s (Amanda Seales) baby shower and try to be helpful. Written by Laura Kittrell; directed by Liesel Tommy.

–Episode #23 (season 3, episode 7): “Obsessed-Like”
Debut: SUNDAY, SEPT. 23 (10:30-11:00pmm.)

Issa (Issa Rae) tries to concentrate on her business plan, but is driven to distraction. Molly (Yvonne Orji) steps out of her comfort zone in her love life. Written by Prentice Penny; directed by Kevin Bray.

Moving off from Sunday to Friday night we still have those critters running around. From executive producers Mark and Jay Duplass, ANIMALS. continues its third season FRIDAY,  SEPTEMBER 07 (11:30pm-midnight). The genre-bending adult animated series, created by  writers/directors Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano, blends live-action and animated segments, along with an eclectic lineup of talent from TV, film, music and comedy,  exploring  the  ongoing  dramas,  joys  and  anxieties  that  face  NYC’s  animal population as they strive to make sense of their lives.

Animals.Season3_pic1-300x247–Episode #26 (season 3, episode 6): “Episode Twenty-Six: At A Loss For Words When We Needed Them Most Or…The Rise and Fall of GrabBagVille.”
Debut date: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 07 (11:30pm-midnight)

The “grabbags” – members of an interspecies group shunned by the rest of animal society – find themselves at the dawn of a new age when they are given the ability to communicate with one another, but ferret leader Yumi struggles to keep them all together. Meanwhile, geckos Phil and Mike plot to reclaim the aboveground. Guest stars: Lucy Liu, Carol Kane, Aparna Nancherla, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and Anthony Mackie. Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

–Episode #27 (season 3, episode 7): “Episode Twenty-Seven: The Trial.”
Debut date: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 (11:30pm-midnight)

The animal community comes together for the trial of the century, as rats Phil and Mike debate the age-old question: Who is better, Jim Carrey or Adam Sandler? Guest stars: Marcia Clark, Jane Kaczmarek, Soledad O’Brien and Steve Dildarian. Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

–Episode #28 (season 3, episode 8): “Episode Twenty-Eight: The Democratic People’s Republic of Kitty City”
Debut date: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 (11:30pm-midnight)Animals.Season3_pic2-300x167

Estranged rat friends Phil and Mike are forced back together after a strange request sends them to the Democratic People’s Republic of Kitty City, a feline section of town cut off from the outside world. The trip causes them to reassess their issues and explore what they want for the future of New York’s animals. Guest stars: Randall Park, Spencer Rothbell, Tom Noonan, Lauren Lapkus, Michael Sheen, Lucy Liu, Bob Balaban and Jon Garbus.
Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

–Episode #29 (season 3, episode 9): “Episode Twenty-Nine: So You Think You Won’t Treason?!”
Debut date: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (11:30pm-midnight)

On tonight’s episode of “So You Think You Won’t Treason?!,” privates Phil and Mike face the music for – you guessed it – committing an unforgivable act of treason against our great nation! Sponsored by The Government™. Guest stars: Demi Moore, Mel Rodriguez, Kate Berlant, Paul Rust and Neil Casey. Written and directed by Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano.

You got to see it to believe it.

From Terence Nance, the subversively funny series RANDOM ACTS OF FLYNESS concludes with a 40-minute season finale on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 07 (midnight-12:40am.) The show explores topical and complex issues of race, gender and sexuality, flipping them on their heads to illuminate new and distinctive perspectives. A fluid, stream-of-consciousness look at the zeitgeist, each episode features a handful of short vignettes, showcasing an ensemble cast of emerging and established talent, intermixing live-action shorts with animation, stop-motion and music. You really got to see it to believe it! here is a clip if you haven’t.

Season five of LAST WEEK TONIGHT WITH JOHN OLIVER continues with a new edition debuting SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 09 (11:00-11:30pm), followed by other shows subsequent Sundays, with a  hiatus 09.02 & 09.16 Al always he presents a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events. REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER continues its 16th season FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 07 (10:00-11:00pm), followed by other new editions subsequent Fridays at the same time. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes his usual shtick. The innovative weekly news magazine show VICE still covering the hard global news as it continues its sixth season FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 07 (7:30 & 11:00pm), followed by other editions subsequent Fridays at the same time. VICE NEWS TONIGHT, the half-hour nightly newscast from VICE Media keeps at it also as it debuts a new edition TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 04 (7:30-8:00pm), followed by other new editions subsequent weeknights Monday through Thursday. Around here, we are due for a clip from John Oliver:

 

Movies: A fun collection of movies take up the prime time Saturday night slot to join the great movies from August. This month enjoy the animated Ferdinand, the musically dramatic flair of The Greatest Showman, the musically comedic splash of Pitch Perfect 3, the award-winning The Shape of Water and the always amazing Day-Lewis in Phantom Thread. Below is a closer look. 

Based on the classic book “The Story of Ferdinand,” by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, FERDINAND tells the story of a bull with a big heart. When he is mistakenly deemed dangerous and taken from his home, Ferdinand must team up with a group of misfits to find his way back. Debuting SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01 (8:00-9:50pm), this animated film is directed by Movies_GreatestShowman_poster-214x300Carlos Saldanha. Debuting SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 08 (8:00-9:45pm), THE GREATEST SHOWMAN is an original musical that tells the story of the rise of the circus. Inspired by P.T. Barnum’s creation of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and starring Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Michelle Williams, this film is directed by Michael Gracey with a screenplay by Jenny Bicks and Bill Condon. PITCH PERFECT 3 revisits the acapella troupe as they navigate the post-college world and ultimately reunite overseas for a USO tour. Debuting SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-9:35pm), the film stars Anna Kendrick, Anna Camp, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow and Hailee Steinfeld. Debuting SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 (8:00-10:05pm), the Oscar winner THE SHAPE OF WATER Movies_PhantomThread_poster-223x300tells the story of a mute woman who works as a janitor at a government lab in 1962 Baltimore. When she bonds with a mysterious creature, she learns his life is in danger and must work to save him. This moving fantasy stars Oscar nominee Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Oscar nominee Richard Jenkins and Oscar nominee Octavia Spencer, and is directed by Oscar winner Guillermo Del Toro with an Oscar-nominated screenplay by Guillermo Del Toro and Vanessa Taylor. Set in 1950s London, the Oscar-nominated PHANTOM THREAD recounts the tale of a famous dressmaker and his strong-willed muse and lover. The film debuts SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 (8:00-10:10pm) and stars Oscar nominee Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps and Lesley Manville. This drama is written and directed by Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson.

HBO Documentary Films: With over 40 million Americans currently involved in online dating, the internet has become a ubiquitous tool in modern courtship. Dating sites and apps such as Tinder, OkCupid, Match, Bumble, Hinge and others are part of a $2.5-billion industry that is rapidly changing the rules of dating, both expanding and accelerating access to potential mates for everything from “hookups” to long-term relationships. SWIPED: HOOKING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE, debuting MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (10:00-11:12pm), follows several twentysomething women and men who describe in unvarnished detail their experiences with dating apps. The film also features interviews with founders and CEOs of some of the most widely used dating sites, as well as experts and academics who offer social and historical context to the rapidly evolving natureDocs_OsloDiaries_poster of dating today. Directed by Nancy Jo Sales. Commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords, THE OSLO DIARIES, debuting THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (8:00-9:40pm), sheds new light on the secret talks between Israelis and Palestinians that began in 1992 and which produced an unprecedented, though ultimately derailed, solution for peace in the Middle East. Girl next door, sex kitten, fitness tycoon, high-profile activist, Oscar-winner Jane Fonda has lived a life marked by controversy, tragedy and transformation, and she’s done it all in the public eye. JANE FONDA IN FIVE ACTS, debuting MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (8:00-10:15pm), directed and produced by the acclaimed filmmaker Susan Lacy, draws on 21 hours of recent interviews with Fonda, who speaks candidly and frankly about her life, her loves, her causes, and her missteps. The film features interviews with family members and close friends, as well as rare home movies and verité footage of Fonda’s busy life today as she faces, at 80, “the beginning of my last act.”


 

HBO Special: The entertainment community will join together once again for STAND UP TO CANCER, airing FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 07 (8:00-9:00pm, live ET/tape-delayed PT) on HBO and HBO Latino.  In its sixth biennial televised fundraising special, the show supports urgently needed research and new treatments for cancer. With a dazzling array of top talent, this year’s show marks the tenth anniversary of the first telecast, as well as ten years of lifesaving research achievements by SU2C. The one-hour fundraising event will air simultaneously on more than 50 broadcast and cable networks across the U.S. and Canada, with actor Bradley Cooper returning this year as co-executive producer.   

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HBO Kids: Sesame Workshop’s ESME & ROY continues its first season SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 01 (9:30-10:00am), followed by other episodes subsequent Saturdays at the same time. The show spotlights a young girl and her monster best friend, two pals who share one impressive skill: they’re great at taking care of monsters! The best monster-sitters in the bustling city of Monsterdale, bring little viewers along on relatable monster adventures, packed with playful learning, humor, heart and musical monster-y fun. Aimed at children between the ages of two and six, each episode features two segments, in which Esme and Roy discover that even monster-sized problems can be solved through play and mindfulness.  

HBO Sports: HBO BOXING AFTER DARK, airing SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 08 at 9:45pm (live ET/tape-delayed  PT), will be headlined by a 12-round super flyweight clash  between former world champion Juan  Francisco “El Gallo” Estrada, (36-3-0, 25 KOs)  and  two-time world title challenger Felipe “Galito” Orucuta, (36-4-0, 30 KOs). In a co-featured 12-round  bout, four-time world champion  Donnie  “The  Snake”  Nietes,  (41-1-4,  23  KOs) moves up one division to challenge countryman “Mighty” Aston Palicte, (24-2-0, 20 KOs) for the vacant WBO super flyweight world title. Opening the telecast, three-division world champion  Kazuto  Ioka,  (22-1-0,  13  KOs) battles two-time world title challenger McWilliams Arroyo (17-BAD_Sept08-300x1693-0, 14 KOs) in a ten-round super flyweight bout.  HBO Sports, NFL Films and the Cleveland Browns team up for an all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National  Football League, as HARD  KNOCKS: TRAINING CAMP WITH THE CLEVELAND BROWNS concludes its five-episode season TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 04 (10:00-11:00pm). The Browns endured a winless season in 2017, but are looking to reverse their fortunes – and  HBO is there to record their progress. Through vérité footage shot by NFL Films, the show chronicles players’and coaches’ routines, practices and hopes during the intense five-week camp in the Cleveland suburb of Berea, Ohio. 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, SEPTEMBER 25 (10:00-11:00pm). Sports_TheFightGame-300x169Jim Lampley, who has been calling HBO Sports/HBO Pay-Per-View’s biggest championship fights for over 25 years, hosts two new editions of the ongoing series THE FIGHT GAME WITH JIM LAMPLEY, airing WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 05 (11:00-11:30pm) and  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 at the same time, exploring the world of boxing  –  its brightest  stars,  its  biggest  matchups,  and  its  most  intriguing  controversies.  Airing periodically, the series takes an in-depth look at recent bouts, as well as upcoming matchups. There is a 14-minute CANELO/GGG 2: THE FIGHT GAME PREVIEW debuting after BOXING AFTER DARK on 09.08 ahead of the pay-per-view match.

 

Other Movies and Shows: HBO is forever adding older movies onto the schedule. This month it includes BRING IT ON: ALL OR NOTHING, THE LAYOVER, THE MUMMY, THE MUMMY RETURNS, THE SCORPION KING, STEP UP, THE CORE, TIM BURTON’S CORPSE BRIDE and JUNGLE MASTER. No, I know you are saying that you know you have seen some Movies_TheCore-300x202of these on before and that might be true but never on “HBO Main Channel.” For example, Burton’s stop-motion movie may have played hard on HBO Family but hasn’t been on the main channel ever. I beg to differ on that as well, but I just run with the marketing given. There are also plenty of movies appearing on the channel for just one showing so if you want to watch HANNIBAL you can catch on the TV only on 09.03 and GOOD WILL HUNTING only on 09.19. Also in September is HBO FIRST LOOK: THE OLD MAN & THE GUN with Clint Eastwood. Over on HBO2, there is a marathon of all eight installments of SHARP OBJECTS on 09.01 and a marathon of Season One of SUCCESSION on 09.02.

HBO’s Other Channels: Now a few titles from the other channels on the dial. HBO Latino: This channel never lacks in new content. PREACH is a short film of a lady preaching about gender equality; One of the greatest salsa singers of all time, Gilberto Santa Rosa takes us on a journey through his first 40 years of music in the historic concert special GILBERTO SANTA ROSA, 40…Y CONTANDO. There is also a featurette about him called CONVERSATIONS WITH GILBERTO SANTA ROSA. A few months after witnessing the murder of her father, a vengeful young womanPeople_GilbertoSantaRosa-300x206 crosses paths with the man she believes to be his killer in director Laura Mora’s powerful, semi-autobiographical film MATAR A JESUS (Killing Jesus), debuting 09.21. On 09.38 is LA PALABRA DE PABLO (Pablo’s World) about an upper-middle-class Salvadoran family & its struggles; inspired by “Othello.”  HBO Family: Who knew the 1989 Jim Belushi canine cop movie K-9 was popular enough to warrant two sequels K-911 and K-9 P. I.? Well, it did and they appear all together on this channel.  There is also the 1978 version of HEAVEN CAN WAIT with Warren Beatty and a great movie for any kid called ENVY. It’s actually a comedy with Ben Stiller and Jack Black. HBO Signature: Surely I don’t have to describe greats like SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, ARTHUR, THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, SHINE or YOU’VE GOT MAIL to you. But you might need to know that SHATTERED GLASS is about a ‘golden boy’ reporter that fabricates stories for ‘The New Republic’ magazine and is subsequently exposed or that THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN is a 1995 movie about siblings having various woes with women. They all appear on this channel in September.  HBO Comedy: Laugh it up, furball with the comedic romps of ROCKET SCIENCE, MARCI X and JUST VISITING. The first one is about a stuttering New Jersey teen who competes on a debate squad to win over his ambitious, beautiful teammate. Who knew by that title? Lis Kudrow is Marci in the next title. She tries to clean up the image of a hip-hop artist played by Damon Wayans; that last title has a 12th-century French knight (Jean Reno magically transported to 21st century Chicago. Don’t ask. HBO Zone: Ever hear of FUNNY PEOPLE, FIRST KILL or FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX? Find them here.  

HBONow/Go: I know you have been dying for it and it launches, in its entirety, to the sites on 09.14 – get ready to binge ARLI$$. The show, which ran on HBO from 1996 to 2002, follows the whirling-dervish life of a superagent who flirts with disaster as he seeks to squeeze maximum profit from the glory of sports. Eternally optimistic and endlessly resourceful, Arliss Michaels is a high-powered Los Angeles sports agent whose Achilles’ heel is his inability to say “no” to clients and employees. Beset by demanding corporate sponsors, unsentimental team owners and media sharks, this wheeler-dealer has a knack for finding solutions to seemingly hopeless problems — however unscrupulous the means. Stop right there – it is not the same as MissSherlock-221x300BALLERS. Also, another series coming to the streaming sites is another HBO International entry. It is MISS SHERLOCK from HBO ASIA which debuts on 09.01. The show follows the British-born Miss Sherlock Holmes to Japan, where she meets Dr. Wato Tachibana, a surgeon who has just returned from a medical mission in Syria. The two women spark a friendship and become partners in solving peculiar, perplexing crimes. MISS SHERLOCK retains the essential qualities of the classic Holmes, as the investigators employ insightful observation and reasoning skills in their new incarnation as strong women. Movies coming onto the sites include HOUSE OF THE DEAD and its sequel, RONIN and the classic musical THE KING & I.

 

Cinemax: The suspense-horror series OUTCAST continues its ten-episode second season FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 07 (10:00-11:00pm), exclusively on CINEMAX, followed by other episodes subsequent Fridays at the same time, leading up to the season finale on September 28. Continuing to probe the mystery of what lies behind the town of Rome’s supernatural manifestations, the show explores how people cope with extreme circumstances while protecting the ones they love. Patrick Fugit and Philip Glenister star in the show, which is created and executive produced by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead) and based on the Skybound/Image comic title by creator Robert Kirkman and artist Paul Azaceta.

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Featured movies for the month are as follows: When Emily’s (Amy Schumer) boyfriend dumps her right before their trip to South America, she convinces her sensible mother Linda (Goldie Hawn) to come along in SNATCHED. Based on the book “Horse Soldiers,” by Doug Stanton, 12 STRONG depicts the struggles of the first Special Forces unit in Afghanistan after 9/11, who are forced to work with an Afghan assailant in order to complete their mission. Based on the life of late rapper and activist  Tupac  Shakur, ALL EYEZ ON ME debuts on the channel A parapsychologist handles the most chilling case yet when she returns to her New Mexico hometown to discover the terror of her childhood home in INSIDIOUS: THE LAST  KEY. Cinemax movie premieres hit Fridays nights making these movies debuting 09.07, 09.14, 09.21 & 09.28 respectively.  

 

Next Month’s Tease: A project coming in October originally starred Vicki Pepperdine. What did she star in and how does it relate to HBO content? I know you’ll just Google it.

Last month we asked if anyone had a story penned by Munro Leaf. If you did then you are familiar with the plot of one of our theatrical movies this month. The animated FERDINAND was first written as a children’s book, “The Story of Ferdinand” in 1936 by him. A gal named Molly got it right.

 

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