One of the hottest tickets at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was the world premiere of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief. It’s the latest documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney and it follows men and women who left the controversial religion as they reveal their thoughts on how it works. There’s dirt on John Travolta, Tom Cruise and tons of others. Peter reviewed the film at Sundance and now, ahead of its late March premiere on HBO, a Going Clear trailer is now online. Watch it below. Read More »
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Everybody hurts in Game of Thrones, especially right after they’re cut by the sword of betrayal. In two newly-released deleted scenes from the fourth season, we see two major characters dealing with their own respective feelings in the wake of betrayal. Clearly, minor spoilers for Season 4 follow in these Game of Thrones deleted scenes.
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HBO has released the first Silicon Valley Season 2 trailer. The minute-long promo video stylistically teases the return of our nerdy heroes, Thomas Middleditch, TJ Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr and Josh Brener, back at work in the dungeon-like darkness of the tech incubator. On April 12th 2015, “this shit gets real.” Watch the Silicon Valley season 2 trailer embedded after the jump.
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Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief is a good primer for, and a very damning and powerful indictment of the church of Scientology. Unfortunately, the film provides little in terms of new revelations, and viewers who have researched the church will find most of the documentary to be familiar ground. Read my Going Clear movie review after the jump.
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Mark Wahlberg is one of many actors who has cultivated a real career as a producer, as seen in part through the success of HBO’s Entourage, as well as In Treatment, How to Make it in America, and Boardwalk Empire. Now, with the Entourage movie hitting screens next summer, Wahlberg is turning his eye to potential new producing projects. One might build on his relationship with HBO, as he hopes to persuade Martin Scorsese to direct a Boardwalk Empire movie. Read More »
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HBO has a year-end gift for you. The cable channel has dropped a two-minute video that recaps 2014, but which also looks ahead to 2015. In a brief blast of footage is our first real look at Game of Thrones Season 5, and a tiny bit of footage from Westworld. Check out HBO’s 2015 preview (and 2014 in review) to get a look at what’s coming in the Game of Thrones S5 footage. Read More »
Hot on the heels of the confirmation that David Fincher and James Ellroy are working together on an HBO show comes the news of another project that Fincher will do for the big cable network. Fincher will direct the pilot for an HBO music video show called Living on Noise, described as a “half-hour HBO project about music videos in the 1980s.”
(Update: The title may actually be Living on Video; see an early and spoiler-free plot report below.) Read More »
Back in September word leaked out that director David Fincher and author James Ellroy have been planning a series at HBO that would be “ts that “a noir-ish crime show set in L.A., in a similar 1950s milieu (like Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential).” Now deals are done, and the show is moving forward under the title Shakedown.
And it isn’t just a show featuring some of the same noir ideas Ellroy explored in novels such as L.A. Confidential. It is actually based on the life of a real LA crime figure named Fred Otash, who (in fictionalized form) featured in two of Ellroy’s other novels and one novella, and upon whom the Jack Nicholson character in Chinatown was partially based. Read More »
The first season of The Leftovers ended the same way Tom Perrotta‘s book did, with a powerful, potentially hopeful image we won’t spoil here. But what we can say is that all of the source material for the show is gone. So what are the producers to do for a second season? It seems The Leftovers season 2 will change settings from its quaint upstate New York town to a yet-to-be announced location. Plus, while the main cast will return, most of the supporting cast will not. Read more about The Leftovers season 2 below. Read More »