Westworld premiered this week on HBO, and I very much enjoyed the first episode of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy Nolan‘s expensive and beautiful small screen adaptation. But I was left with many questions, though not many of the plot-specific mysteries that Jacob Hall brings up in his extensive Westworld spoiler review. I’m more interested in his first question: How does this park actually operate?
HBO’s The Night Of was designed as a one-and-done miniseries, but as you know, any film or movie these days that is modestly successful is ripe for a sequel. Series executive producer Steven Zaillian says there have already been talks about doing a second season of the acclaimed series, which follows the story of a man who is charged with murder after finding a girl he just met the night before stabbed to death.
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Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
If you haven’t started watching HBO’s The Night Of, you should. The miniseries follows Riz Ahmed (Nightcrawler, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) as a Pakistani-American college student who, after a night of partying with a female stranger, wakes up to find her stabbed to death and gets charged with her murder. Based on the British television series Criminal Justice, the critically acclaimed HBO show features a compelling mystery which gives us a look into the devastating criminal justice system.
Nasir “Naz” Khan’s case is quickly picked up by a plea lawyer named John Stone, played by John Turturro. One aspect of the series that I’ve seen a lot of people talking about is a subplot involving Turturro’s character battling a weird foot condition. On the show, Stone explains:
It’s eczema. My dermatologist says to keep them aerated — like that’s going to cure anything. I don’t know. Maybe it helps, I really can’t tell.
The affliction gets a lot of screen time in the first three episodes, causing a lot of viewers to wonder what possible purpose it serves in the series. So why is John Turturro’s foot condition a significant subplot of The Night Of, and what might it possibly represent?
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HBO Bringing ‘The Larry Sanders Show’ to Streaming, Talks the Future of ‘True Detective,’ ‘Deadwood’ & More
Posted on Saturday, July 30th, 2016 by Fred Topel
During the Television Critics Association executive sessions today, plenty of news about the future of HBO’s ongoing original programming came out of the woodwork. Quentin Schaffer, Executive Vice President of Corporate Communications, and Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming, offered some updates on the future of shows like True Detective, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Ballers, The Leftovers and Project Greenlight.
In addition, you’ll be happy to hear that a Deadwood movie is still in the works, along with plenty of other original movie projects Plus, HBO subscribers with either HBO GO or HBO Now will soon be able to stream all the episodes of The Larry Sanders Show, in honor of the passing of Garry Shandling earlier this year.
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Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2016 by Peter Sciretta
One new televisions series I’m excited about is HBO’s Vice Principals. The dark comedy series, which begins airing on July 17th 2016, is from Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green and Eastbound & Down creator Jody Hill stars Danny McBride and Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) as two vice principals “who are an in epic power struggle, vying for the top spot: to be school principal.” Today we learn that the series will not be on the air for very long, only a couple of seasons. Learn why, after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 13th, 2016 by Angie Han
Whether you’re a grownup who read Ray Bradbury‘s Fahrenheit 451 in high school and loved it, or a current student who tends to watch movie adaptations at the last minute instead of actually cracking open the book, HBO Films has good news for you. They’ve put into development a new Fahrenheit 451 movie, setting 99 Homes helmer Ramin Bahrani to direct.
Posted on Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
Following the first teaser trailer last weekend, a new look at the HBO Films adaptation of the stage production All The Way has arrived. Bryan Cranston stars as Lyndon B. Johnson, the vice president who became commander in chief when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. The film shows the struggles Johnson has as he finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place in the tricky game of politics and morals. It’s the kind of movie a history teacher will show when they need to catch up on grading papers, but the good news is that it looks outstanding.
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Posted on Monday, March 21st, 2016 by Angie Han
Ava DuVernay‘s to-do list just keeps getting longer — not that we’re complaining. Just a few weeks after we heard she’d signed on to direct Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, DuVernay has been set for The Battle of Versailles, an HBO movie about a 1973 fashion show that pit French designers against American ones, and wound up changing the industry forever. Read More »
Posted on Sunday, March 20th, 2016 by Ethan Anderton
After portraying President Lyndon B. Johnson in the stage play All The Way, Emmy winner Bryan Cranston is reprising his Tony-winning performance for an HBO film adaptation of the same name. The first trailer for the film which chronicles the struggle of the accidental president, working as hard as he can to fill the empty presidential shoes left behind by the belovedJohn F. Kennedy.
It’s 1964, and Lyndon B. Johnson must try to lift the country’s spirits in the face of tragedy, racism, war and more. Now the first All The Way trailer shows just how astounding Bryan Cranston’s performance as the 36th President of the United States of America. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
A few months ago, the great Ian McShane dropped a few hints about who he’s playing on Game of Thrones season 6. It wasn’t much, but it was enough to make an educated guess about his character and his role on the show. Today, McShane participated in a new interview and he said a little too much, essentially confirming that that early prediction and accidentally confirming a popular fan theory that has been the subject of much discussion amongst the readers of George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series.
Naturally, big, huge, gigantic plot points lie in wait below, so tread carefully. Spoilers are coming.