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Westworld

Westworld: Scenes of the Season

Dec 29, 2016

The first season of Westworld went off with quite a bang and continued the season with twists and turns and everything in between. I watched and rode the roller coaster of emotions along with...

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Game of Thrones

Westworld and Game of Thrones: Violent Delights

Dec 26, 2016

Warning: Major Westworld S1 Spoilers and Game of Thrones S6 Spoilers  In Westworld, which had its first season earlier this autumn, HBO gave its own hit show, Game of Thrones a run for its...

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The Young Pope

The Young Pope: “Episode Two”

Jan 16, 2017

In episode two, swiftly following on from the dramatic and alluring season opener for The Young Pope sees the Vatican City doing some major damage control following on from Lenny’s...

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New Movies

Movies on HBO: Now You See Me 2

Jan 12, 2017

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review NOW YOU SEE ME 2 with the prestidigitation laden Four Horseman but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to...

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HBO Stars Talk About Their Respective Shows at TCA

HBO Stars Talk About Their Respective Shows at TCA

The Television Critics Association hosts two big panel discussions a year with network leaders, showrunners and stars to excite them about the upcoming slate of shows. HBO had its turn at the Winter Panel recently and below are snippets from that event. Naturally, everyone involved in their respective shows showed praise and hype for what is about to come to the HBO screen of your choice. Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, both leads and executive producers from the upcoming limited series BIG LITTLE LIES, showed pride for their project. Kidman said, “This piece for me was the story of women that I know, and it was a way which we could...

The Young Pope: “Episode Two”

The Young Pope: “Episode Two”

In episode two, swiftly following on from the dramatic and alluring season opener for The Young Pope sees the Vatican City doing some major damage control following on from Lenny’s explosive and scornful debut under the cover of darkness. Before I get into the episode, this was the first time I saw and heard the opening credits which is vibrant and heavy version of All Along the Watchtower, which literary scholars have remarked on the lyrics bearing a strong similarity to the Book of Isaiah in the Bible, most notably chapter 21 verses 9 to 12: Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise ye princes, and prepare...

The Young Pope: “Episode One”

The Young Pope: “Episode One”

This new series from Academy Award-winning director Paulo Sorrentino sees Jude Law take on an exciting, exhilarating and ecclesiastical new role as the Vatican’s first American pope. The feature-length first episode was an electric, pulsing and deliciously ambiguous cacophony of Catholicism, corruption and unpredictable characters. The season looks set to lure us into its dreamy, imaginative and captivating imagining of life behind the walls of one of the world’s most elusive, criticized and speculated places, The Vatican City. The tone of what is yet to come is set from the outright, with Pope Pius XIII (Law) dreaming of his first...

Watch The Young Pope Online or Streaming for Free

Watch The Young Pope Online or Streaming for Free

The Young Pope is possibly the most anticipated show of HBO’s winter lineup this year. It’s a premise that seems to fit perfectly with HBO’s style and appetite for big budgets. Starring Jude law and filming, at least partially in Italy, The Young Pope is a sure contender for award shows this time around. There are a few different ways to watch The Young Pope online for free. Let’s go through them below so you don’t miss it without cable. Sign Up for HBO Now to Watch The Young Pope Online HBO Now is the official app of The Home Box Office. You can download it for free and start a trial for an entire month....

What to Expect from HBO Limited Series: Big Little Lies

What to Expect from HBO Limited Series: Big Little Lies

The Australian novel of the same name, published by Liane Moriarty in 2014, is soon to make its debut on the small screen.  Big Little Lies has received plenty praise for its balance between the comical and the serious. It begins as single mother Jane (Shailene Woodley) relocates her son to a new area, attempting to get away and wanting a fresh start.  On the day of kindergarten orientation not only does Jane make new friends in Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman), but Jane’s son Ziggy is accused of bullying another classmate.  When he denies it, a schism forms between the parents.  Pro-Ziggy and not...

Cinemax Gets Mike Judge’s Return to Animation

Cinemax Gets Mike Judge’s Return to Animation

Do any of you remember “heh-heh” Beavis and Butthead? Perhaps you recall Hank Hill and his Arles, Texas brood in King of the Hills? Mike Judge, long before his stint as co-creator of HBO’s SILICON VALLEY, generated these mentioned animated works for MTV and Fox, respectively. Well, he now returns to animation with a signed on series for Cinemax. Not many details are known about the work, but enough to perhaps pique some interest. The work is entitled MIKE JUDGE PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS and is slated for an eight-episode run (at least to start). It is said it will draw from the many stories told upon the old tour buses of some...

HBO Obtains the Documentary CRIES FROM SYRIA

HBO Obtains the Documentary CRIES FROM SYRIA

HBO acquires the U. S. TV rights to air Evgeny Afineevsky’s CRIES FROM SYRIA. The documentary is to premiere March 13 across the platforms. Here is the official press release: NEW YORK, Jan. 10, 2017 – HBO has acquired U.S. TV rights to the searing documentary CRIES FROM SYRIA, by Oscar® nominee Evgeny Afineevsky (pictured), ahead of its world premiere in the Documentary Premieres section of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 22. This harrowing account of the Syrian civil war from the inside out is Afineevsky’s follow-up to the Emmy®- and Oscar®-nominated “Winter on Fire: Ukraine’s Fight for Freedom.” The deal was...

Movies on HBO: Now You See Me 2

Movies on HBO: Now You See Me 2

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review NOW YOU SEE ME 2 with the prestidigitation laden Four Horseman but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to this action movie rated PG-13. It clocks in at 115-minutes and is, of course, the 2016 sequel to the original 2013 film that we reviewed here. The movie from Lionsgate debuts SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 at 8:00pm. It will then appear across the channels as well as on HBONow/Go. Below is HBO’s quick promo:  Just what is going down for this elite pack (Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco and Lizzy Caplin; replacing pregnant Isla Fisher) of Las...

Slenderman: The Ghostly Spectre Haunting America & HBO

Slenderman: The Ghostly Spectre Haunting America & HBO

Beware the Slenderman is airing on HBO on January 23rd which takes an in-depth look at the fictional faceless man’s impact on two young girls who stabbed their friend in the woods, to keep Slenderman happy. Slenderman was created by Eric Knudson as his entry for a Photoshop competition but despite these banal beginnings, the horrors of the Slenderman began to take a hold on internet users over the world. The frightening realistic image that Knudsen created began moving through the internet and ended up on fan fiction site creepypasta. As his notoriety grew as did the images and the stories alleging his real existence, putting him in the...

HBO Documentary Films: BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS

HBO Documentary Films: BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS

Overview: The story of a family’s complicated love, BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS is an intimate portrait of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. Fisher and her mother, Reynolds, live in the same Beverly Hills compound. The 83-year-old grand dame has a Las Vegas act, but performing is taking its toll. Carrie’s response is both hilarious and heart-rending. Featuring vintage family films that bring iconic old-world Hollywood to life, as well as extensive vérité footage, the film is directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens and screened at the Cannes, Telluride, and New York Film Festivals in...

Alan Ball Continues Casting of Next HBO Series

Alan Ball Continues Casting of Next HBO Series

It does not have a title yet, but it is shaping up a bit of a cast list. “It” is the newest series coming from Alan Ball (at right) for HBO. We already know that Ball, behind the favorites SIX FEET UNDER, TRUE BLOOD and Cinemax’s BANSHEE, is creating what is called a ‘tragicomic meditation’ starring Helen Hunt. As a reminder of the project we take you back to our 09.18.16 post which told us the following:    It is about a philosophy professor, his lawyer wife, their three adopted children from Somalia, Vietnam and Colombia, and their sole biological child. This seemingly perfect, progressive family is in actuality harboring deep...

HARD KNOCKS 2017 – The Short List

HARD KNOCKS 2017 – The Short List

HBO has not dropped anything official about which NFL team will be the focus of HARD KNOCKS in August 2017. It is too early for it to so. But the buzz about it does drop early every year. It proves to be one of the biggest casting questions of the year for the network. Those familiar with the sports series knows the criteria that make a team eligible for the yearly scrutiny. A team cannot be selected if they were in the playoffs in either of the last two seasons, if they have a first-year head coach or if they have been on the program at any point in the last 10 years. That is exempt, however, if any ball club chooses to volunteer for the...

Movies on HBO: Demolition

Movies on HBO: Demolition

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review DEMOLITION with Jake Gyllenhaal, but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to draw your attention to this R-rated comedy-drama playing on HBO. The 100-minute film  from Fox Searchlight debuts SATURDAY, JANUARY 07 at 10:00pm. It will then appear across the channels as well as on HBONow/Go. Below is HBO’s quick promo: That doesn’t really give us much, does it? It is a relationship drama that centers on Jake’s character Davis Mitchell. Very simply, Davis is a successful investment banker at a firm founded and run by his father-in-law Phil. His wife, Julia, is driving them when...

GIRLS Season Six Promo Drops: “Group Meeting”

GIRLS Season Six Promo Drops: “Group Meeting”

Okay GIRLS fans, some more cool stuff has been released and with only weeks until the final season premiere, these chicks are doing all they can to keep us chomping at the bit. In the official season 6 promo, we see all four girls gathered in a bathroom which, let’s face it, is the ultimate place for women to gather and discuss important matters. It looks to me like the season is going to much less focused on love and more focused on the relationships of the girls with each other. The word ‘girls’ in its very nature suggest an immaturity and a naivety but as these girls grow up into women, they have knowingly grown further...

Goodbye 2016, Hello HBO in 2017

Goodbye 2016, Hello HBO in 2017

Every year after Christmas we have awaited the drop of the Yearender clip. It was always that moment that we relived the highlights of the year past and looked forward in anticipation to what was in store for the year ahead as far as our favorite programming was concerned. Well, the end is nigh and no such video clip is in sight. Actually, such cinematic highlights have already been revealed and have been out for quite a while. Do these serve as our big Yearender clip? Apparently so. SO at this time we will post them and take a look at what was the highlights of 2016 and what waits for us in 2017. Enjoy! First is the piece entitled “2016...

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