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The Leftovers

The Leftovers:  “Certified”

May 25, 2017

Continuing to delve deeper into the human psyche, this week’s episode of The Leftovers display pain and trauma. The Sudden Departure did many things to many people: but most notably, we get...

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Game of Thrones

The Great War is Here: Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer Drops

May 24, 2017

It’s been a long wait, but HBO has finally released the first trailer for Season Seven of Game of Thrones. The new, and penultimate season of the award-winning HBO show will premiere on...

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Silicon Valley

Silicon Valley: “The Blood Boy”

May 25, 2017

Jumping right in, Richard learns that there’s more to having to work with Gavin Belson than garages within garages or pools on yachts. He still has to deal with the blood boy. The...

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New Movies

Movie Review: “Storks”

May 27, 2017

A movie for all! We’ve all heard the old tale, Storks deliver babies…THE END! But did you ever ask yourself, why did they stop delivering babies? Well, wonder no more! Here’s what...

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Movie Review: “Storks”

Movie Review: “Storks”

A movie for all! We’ve all heard the old tale, Storks deliver babies…THE END! But did you ever ask yourself, why did they stop delivering babies? Well, wonder no more! Here’s what happened… You see, a stork named Jasper decided he wanted to keep a baby instead of delivering it. At that time, the boss, Hunter (voiced by Kelsey Grammer), decided there was no longer a future in delivering babies. You see the risk was far too great! In the midst of chaos, the baby’s address was lost and Jasper (voiced by Danny Trejo) flew away. Without any address or idea of what to do next, they decided to keep the baby, Tulip, and switch to the...

Digital Animated Series Not Going Forward For Jon Stewart on HBO

Digital Animated Series Not Going Forward For Jon Stewart on HBO

It should come as no surprise, due to its extra-long gestation period, that John Stewart’s state of the art animation project is not going forward. We reported back in November of 2015 about it for the first time knowing that the attempt to bring something different would take time but, in 05.10.16 we were still waiting. In the end, it looks like the powers behind the project just couldn’t figure it all out to get Stewart on air. It should come as no surprise, due to its extra-long gestation period, that Jon Stewart’s state of the art animation project is not going forward. We reported back in November of 2015 about it for the first...

Andy Samberg’s TOUR DE PHARMACY Gets Premiere Date & Trailer

Andy Samberg’s TOUR DE PHARMACY Gets Premiere Date & Trailer

Andy Samberg (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) returns to HBO with yet another sports mockumentary. You may recall he poked fun at professional tennis with Kit Harrington (GAME OF THRONES) in 7 DAYS IN HELL and now returns skewering professional cycling. Here straight from an HBO Press Release are details of TOUR DE PHARMACY.   TOUR DE PHARMACY, HBO SPECIAL PRESENTATION FROM ANDY SAMBERG AND MURRAY MILLER, DEBUTS JULY 8 In 1982, during a dark and fictitious time in cycling history, the sport’s most venerable, time-honored race was marred by the doping of virtually all of its competitors. Riddled with nefarious characters, that year’s...

Silicon Valley: “The Blood Boy”

Silicon Valley: “The Blood Boy”

Jumping right in, Richard learns that there’s more to having to work with Gavin Belson than garages within garages or pools on yachts. He still has to deal with the blood boy. The introduction of the “transfusion associate” was awkward, to say the least. Erlich convinces Monica that Laurie’s baby shower is nothing but a ruse to form a coup against Laurie. I can’t help but see his point because, besides Monica and Laurie, there isn’t another woman in attendance. I don’t think I’ve seen a “baby shower” like it. The blood boy is invited to overstep his bounds by Gavin by giving his opinion on how to launch the peer-to-peer...

The Leftovers: “Certified”

The Leftovers:  “Certified”

Continuing to delve deeper into the human psyche, this week’s episode of The Leftovers display pain and trauma. The Sudden Departure did many things to many people: but most notably, we get an episode dedicated to Laurie Garvey and the pain she was forced to endure when the Departure took place. We get some insight into why she is the way she is. And it’s pretty sad. This episode sees Laurie, Matt, John, Michael, Nora, Garvey Sr. and Grace all gathering around a table to have a meal together. To the naked eye, it’s just a group of folks having a bite to eat, talking and spending time together. However, we know that this is no ordinary...

THE WIZARD OF LIES Does Well For HBO

THE WIZARD OF LIES Does Well For HBO

Evidently, people were interested in figuring out Bernie Madoff and family. The HBO Films presentation THE WIZARD OF LIES debuted on Saturday, May 20th at 8:00pm and did well in the numbers. 1.5 million (that is a small number concerning Bernie deals in billions) viewers for its debut date. But totaling up multiple airings and the streaming sites (HBONow/Go) the first weekend had 2.4 million viewers tuning in. That is good numbers for the premium network. To put it in comparison THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS starring Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne, which premiered on 04.22 had a debut viewership of 1.1 million. That puts THE WIZARD OF...

HBO Films: THE WIZARD OF LIES Review

HBO Films: THE WIZARD OF LIES Review

Okay, we know that the story of Bernie Madoff and his Ponzi scheme is kind of old news by now. With all the news coverage, special reports and the like we got the story a number of years ago, including being schooled on what a Ponzi scheme even was. However, the story still looms large and people are still shocked by it and HBO isn’t even the only one that was eager to delve into Bernie Madoff nine years later. ABC presented his story in 2016 as a miniseries starring Richard Dreyfuss. HBO now takes its turn with Robert De Niro in the role. Quite honestly, this writer was only interested in THE WIZARD OF LIES because it was on HBO (and I...

The Great War is Here: Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer Drops

The Great War is Here: Game of Thrones Season 7 Trailer Drops

It’s been a long wait, but HBO has finally released the first trailer for Season Seven of Game of Thrones. The new, and penultimate season of the award-winning HBO show will premiere on July 16th, and from what we tell from the trailer, its going to be nothing short of amazing. Last summer, Game of Thrones ended dramatically with Cersei Lannister sitting on the Iron Throne, Jon Snow hailed as King in the North, and Daenerys Targaryen finally headed to Westeros to reclaim her right to rule.  Now, Season Seven looks to explore the consequences of each major character’s rise to power, and the ensuing clashes that will determine...

ANIMALS. Closes Its Second Season and Promises a Third

ANIMALS. Closes Its Second Season and Promises a Third

Straight from an official Press Release comes the news that one of the shows you aren’t watching but should be is returning for a third season in 2018.     HBO RENEWS ANIMATED ADULT SERIES ANIMALS., CREATED BY PHIL MATARESE & MIKE LUCIANO, FOR A THIRD SEASON   LOS ANGELES, May 19, 2017 – HBO has renewed ANIMALS. for a third season, it was announced today by Amy Gravitt, executive vice president, HBO Programming. Created by Phil Matarese & Mike Luciano, from Duplass Brothers Productions, the animated adult television series is currently in its second season, with the season finale scheduled to debut tonight, Friday,...

Jordan Peele Goes Straight to Series With Horror Anthology LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

Jordan Peele Goes Straight to Series With Horror Anthology LOVECRAFT COUNTRY

We all know that Jordan Peele (pictured) has hit it good with his horror movie Get Out and now he is on the fast track to hitting it good with HBO in another horror yarn. With his Monkeypaw Productions, he is crafting LOVECRAFT COUNTRY. It is based on a novel by Matt Ruff set in the backroads of 1950’s America and all the horror found there. Amazon gives us a description straight from the back cover of the source material. It reads – Chicago, 1954. When his father goes missing, twenty-two-year-old army veteran Atticus Turner embarks on a road trip to New England to find him, accompanied by his uncle George—publisher of The Safe...

Sorrentino Continues His Pope Stories With THE NEW POPE

Sorrentino Continues His Pope Stories With THE NEW POPE

We all knew the strong possibility, due to all the buzz and acclaim that Paolo Sorrentino was going to follow up THE YOUNG POPE with some more papal exploits. What we didn’t know was it was not going to be a continuation of Pope Pius XIII’s story. Instead, the same themes will be explored by THE NEW POPE instead. That does not mean that Pope Pius or Lenny Balardo (Jude Law) … if you prefer won’t appear in the continuation, but the focus seems to be the next modern Catholic figurehead instead. Perhaps Lenny will be the new Pope’s senior advisor, like Cardinal Michael Spencer (James Cromwell) was to him. But, Law is not...

VEEP Season 6: Mid-season Recap

VEEP Season 6: Mid-season Recap

She’s back like she’s never left! Selina Meyer finds herself on the outside of DC politics for the first time in over 20 years. And in Meyer’s fashion, she doesn’t miss a beat! In case you haven’t been able to keep up, here’s a quick recap of the first five episodes of Season 6. The episodes are #1 “Omaha” from 04.16; #2 “Library” from 04.23; #3 “Georgia” from 04.30; #4 “Justice” from 05.07 and #5 “Chicklet” from 05.14.  Meemaw, aka Selina’s mom, passed away during last season, but now we are able to see what that means for the Meyer family. We learn early on that...

HBO Documentary Films: MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST

HBO Documentary Films: MOMMY DEAD AND DEAREST

Overview: Provocative documentarian Erin Lee Carr (Thought Crimes: The Case of the Cannibal Cop) again explores a crime in the age of social media. Things are not always as they appear, especially in the case of Dee Dee and Gypsy Rose, and what starts out as a grisly tale of matricide morphs into a rabbit hole of deception. Child abuse, mental illness and forbidden love converge in this mystery of a mother and daughter who were thought to be living a fairy tale life that turned out to be a living nightmare. It is a disturbing, first-hand look at this bizarre case and explores one of psychology’s most controversial conditions: Munchausen by...

Silicon Valley: “Teambuilding Exercise”

Silicon Valley: “Teambuilding Exercise”

Last week, our band of misfits successfully engineered their way around a tricky situation and the cherry on top of it all, Gavin Belson took the heat and lost his CEO job at Hooli. This week sees Richard spark a dangerous idea, BigHead becomes one step closer to an adult, and Dinesh’s girlfriend may or may not be listening to him from his cellular device. When Richard got access to Peter Gregory’s files, he realized fully the dreams of a new internet coming to fruition. Only one little piece stands in the way, and that piece is Gavin F*cking Belson. As if this douche hasn’t messed up everything for our rag-tag group over...

The Leftovers: “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”

The Leftovers: “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”

Artistic creativity is something to be expected of The Leftovers, including its metaphorically heavy song choice for the opening credits. This week’s episode treated us to a feverish French prayer, likely the prayer being uttered by the man who set off the nuke later in the episode’s opening. (Here’s a link for those interested in the translation of the French prayer in the opening credits, alluding to the departure and apocalyptic extinction.) All of the openings segments on The Leftovers thus far have been open to interpretation and are highly telling of what is to come. This episode’s opening tells a tale of a man who believed...

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