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Westworld

Westworld and the Role of Felix Lutz

Feb 8, 2017

Cast your mind backs to the final months of 2016 when we were all enthralled by HBO’s newest series about cowboys and robots, Westworld. One of the central storylines belonged to brothel...

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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 Season Finale: “Episode Ten”

Feb 16, 2017

  Lenny’s love letters are actually improving his image to the public, but he still is an ass with respect to the issues of abortion and gay people in the church. Note to Lenny: it is...

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New Movies

HBO Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan

Feb 17, 2017

I have always liked movies based on legends, folklore and dusty old fiction and the story of the Lord of the Apes is a good example. Alexander Skarsgard (of True Blood) portrays the legendary...

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HBO Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan

HBO Movie Review: The Legend of Tarzan

I have always liked movies based on legends, folklore and dusty old fiction and the story of the Lord of the Apes is a good example. Alexander Skarsgard (of True Blood) portrays the legendary Tarzan, or Lord John Clayton III this time around. Margot Robbie plays his wife Jane, Samuel L Jackson plays George Washington Williams, an American diplomat, Djimon Hounsou plays a powerful Congolese chief and the ever charming Christoph Waltz portrays the evil Leon Rom, a Belgian citizen and envoy of King Leopold of Belgium. Of course, it really doesn’t hurt that Alexander Skarsgard is in fine form as I do appreciate a man who is ruggedly handsome,...

Girls Season Six Premiere: “All I Ever Wanted”

Girls Season Six Premiere: “All I Ever Wanted”

Season Six of Girls is finally here and the first episode takes off from where Season Five leaves off. “Takes off” is a strong phrase for how the episode actually went. It was more like a slow Sunday drive down some unremarkable road, except with more swearing and the occasional mention of reproductive organs and awkward sex. Let’s recap first: Now, “All I Ever Wanted” opens up with Hannah typing up a printed version monolog she presented at the end of the Season Five finale. Out of sheer curiosity, I read it and I’m confused to how not only it got published, but how it landed her a writing assignment that she will...

The Young Pope Season Finale: “Episode Ten”

The Young Pope Season Finale: “Episode Ten”

  Lenny’s love letters are actually improving his image to the public, but he still is an ass with respect to the issues of abortion and gay people in the church. Note to Lenny: it is 2017, get off your high horse and get with the times. Lenny, being the Pope and all, has quite the busy time: meetings with heads of state, debriefing with members of the Vatican (Guiterrez, Sofia, etc) and of course, dealing with the monster of the year, Archbishop Kurtwell. Which leads us to an exchange between Lenny and Guiterrez. Guiterrez revealed what we pretty much suspected: he is a homosexual. And Lenny is an ass because he wants to more or...

HBO Goes Behind-The-Scenes of “Godfather” in New Film

HBO Goes Behind-The-Scenes of “Godfather” in New Film

The following news from Variety should excite many a classic film fan! HBO Films is developing FRANCIS AND THE GODFATHER a scripted movie that chronicles the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 feature adaptation of the novel by Mario Puzo –The Godfather. The work tells the behind-the-scenes story of the film’s creation, from Coppola joining the project to the casting of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando to dealings with the real-life New York mafia. The concept would truly be awesome I think. Think of the strong casting required to give us Coppola, Brando, Pacino and the rest of the cast and crew of the epic Best Picture winner, not...

HBO Gives Musical Comedy From Amy Poehler’s Company Consideration

HBO Gives Musical Comedy From Amy Poehler’s Company Consideration

Not much news to go on here, but we wanted to give this project attention because it is a potential series not seen on HBO. Amy Poehler’s production company is developing a musical-comedy for the pay channel entitled EDISON. The last musical comedy was 2007’s FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS. EDISON is said to be a half-hour dark musical comedy about John a 40-year-old real estate broker who dreams of living life in the big city but remains stuck in his small hometown of Edison, NJ. John is already cast. The role will be played by John Roberts (pictured, the voice of Linda in Bob’s Burgers – yes he voices a woman). It is reported that...

Adam McKay’s SUCCESSION A Go at HBO

Adam McKay’s SUCCESSION A Go at HBO

HBOWatch has been tracking back since June 2016 that Adam McKay (of EASTBOUND AND DOWN, pictured) was working on SUCCESSION. We again announced in December that it received a pilot order. To help refresh your mind of the project here is a reprint of that last post: It is the story of the Roy family. This family is a giant global media force to be reckoned with despite all their internal and personal problems it has. The work has now put to casting the pilot pitch and here are the details.   Brian Cox (DEADWOOD’s Jack Langrishe) will play Logan Roy, the tough, powerful, and aging patriarch of the Roy family and head of a...

The Young Pope: “Episode Nine”

The Young Pope: “Episode Nine”

Nothing makes me angrier than having to watch something about priests and finding out that they were sick and abhorrent child molesters. This episode was very unsettling, to say the least. A lot of plotlines to get though and none of them very ‘feel good.’ Well, perhaps at the end it wasn’t so bad. Gutierrez (pictured right) just reminds me of a little lost soul, someone with no place to go, completely out of his element and down on his luck. Trying to build a case against someone in a powerful position is never easy, but he just keeps on finding that whatever evidence or witnesses he has just doesn’t seem to hold any weight and...

HBO Documentary Films: SOLITARY: INSIDE RED ONION STATE PRISON

HBO Documentary Films: SOLITARY: INSIDE RED ONION STATE PRISON

Overview: Located on an Appalachian mountaintop in Wise County, Va., Red Onion State Prison is a “supermax” facility built to house individual inmates in 8’x10’ solitary-confinement cells, 23 hours a day, for months, years and sometimes decades. Directed by Kristi Jacobson, Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison explores life on both sides of the bars, raising provocative questions about punishment in America today. Drawing on unprecedented, unrestricted access, Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison was filmed over the course of one year, chronicling a new reform program intended to reduce the number of solitary confinement...

HBO’s Spring 2017 Lineup Locked In

HBO’s Spring 2017 Lineup Locked In

As is the norm at HBO every drama hour is coupled with a set of comedy half-hours to make a Sunday night a complete package. 2017 is a slightly different schedule than the past few years have been; that is mainly because of GAME OF THRONES’ move and the arrival of limited series like THE YOUNG POPE and BIG LITTLE LIES. Here is our opportunity to see which shows are filling the calendar next. The comedy duo did not break up this time around. SILICON VALLEY and VEEP are still back to back. The dramatic hour is reserved for the final season of THE LEFTOVERS. HBO very simply states: SILICON VALLEY – HBO has confirmed an April debut for...

Movies on HBO: Central Intelligence

Movies on HBO: Central Intelligence

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE starring Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart. Nevertheless, we draw your attention to this film as it debuts on HBO on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 at 8:00pm Man, Johnson will try anything, right? And as for Hart, well it seems that he’ll team up with anyone. They give it a go as a duo in this action comedy that also offers a couple other actors you might recognize. Check out roles from Aaron Paul (lately of The Path, also HBO’s BIG LOVE) Jason Bateman (lately of Office Christmas Party) and Amy Ryan (HBO’s THE WIRE and IN TREATMENT). But just what gets all these...

Westworld and the Role of Felix Lutz

Westworld and the Role of Felix Lutz

Cast your mind backs to the final months of 2016 when we were all enthralled by HBO’s newest series about cowboys and robots, Westworld. One of the central storylines belonged to brothel owner Maeve (Thandie Newton) and her desperation to leave the park upon discovering that she was a robot living her life over and over again in a theme park for the ultra-rich. Do you remember who got her there? Felix Lutz works in the Livestock Management division of Westworld and also works with colleague Sylvester repairing damaged Hosts. When Maeve became aware that she was not a human she roped Felix and Sylvester into changing her programming to the...

The Young Pope: “Episode Eight”

The Young Pope: “Episode Eight”

The holy (though truly unholy) ascension that Pope Pius XIII has vehemently and murderously fought for has come to a truly disturbing yet beautifully fitting climax in “Episode Eight.” By now, we are well aware that anything and everything Lenny does is entirely self-serving, masquerading God as his mask and taking brutal control of the Vatican with unfathomable self-indulgence. Additionally, forces continue to conspire against him at the Vatican, because clearly no good has become of Lenny becoming a dangerously self-centered bigot who outlaws abortion and homosexuality, lacking humanity and continuing to remain an unseen...

The Young Pope: “Episode Seven”

The Young Pope: “Episode Seven”

Most that kept up with The Young Pope thus far will agree it has cemented itself as an artistic and cinematically stunning series. It is breathtaking and beautifully orchestrated to fit each of its tones, from violently gritty to vibrantly lucid. We have watched Lenny—beg my pardon—Your Holiness, evolve as a narcissistic and vicious ruler akin to a dictator as Pope Pius XIII. His self-righteous nature has turned many against him, but Lenny always appears to have the upper hand. There are many theories surrounding Lenny’s intricate knowledge of everything occurring in the Vatican, but that’s up to personal interpretation. Let’s...

Movies on HBO: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

Movies on HBO: The Huntsman: Winter’s War

HBOWatch Editors were not able to line-up a writer to review THE HUNTSMAN: WINTER’S WAR, which is the sequel to 2012’s Snow With and the Huntsman. We draw your attention to this film as it debuts on HBO on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 04 at 8:00pm. Actually, this 2016 pic starts as a flashback to reveal that Queen Ravenna, Charlize Theron’s role, had an equally evil sister Queen Freya, played by Emily Blunt. After that is established we jump to after Ravenna’s demise seen in the first movie. Now our Huntsman, Chris Hemsworth, needs to deal with Freya as she out to obtain the Magic Mirror for herself and chases and fights ensue. Also...

HBO Documentary Films: BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT

HBO Documentary Films: BECOMING WARREN BUFFETT

Overview: With a net worth of more than $60 billion, Warren Buffett is truly a one-of-a-kind billionaire. Now 86, the legendary investor still lives in a modest home in Omaha and continues to drive himself to the office every morning to manage Berkshire Hathaway, the fourth-largest public company in the world. But more surprising than his humble lifestyle and self-effacing personality are Buffett’s moral integrity and unique mind, which drove him not only to become the most successful businessman in the world, but also an unparalleled philanthropist. With unprecedented access to his day-to-day personal life, Becoming Warren Buffett tells...

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