Rose Byrne and Oprah Winfrey in The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Even if you’ve never heard of Henrietta Lacks, there’s a good chance she’s impacted your life in some way. In 1951, while Lacks was undergoing treatment for cervical cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital, her cells were harvested without her knowledge or consent and used to create HeLa cell line. While Lacks herself passed away that same year, her cells have lived on, aiding in many medical breakthroughs including the polio vaccine.

While the scientific community has been aware of Lacks’ unwitting contribution for decades, her story became much more widely known to the general public in 2010 thanks to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, a nonfiction tome by Rebecca Skloot. Now it’s going the way of many other bestselling books, and becoming a movie. Oprah Winfrey leads HBO’s feature film as Henrietta’s daughter Deborah, and Rose Byrne as Skloot. Hamilton‘s Renée Elise Goldsberry plays Henrietta. Watch the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks trailer below. Read More »

the godfather epic

Just about everyone with a shred of decency and a little bit of good taste agrees that The Godfather is one of the greatest movies of all time. But does that mean everyone with a shred of decency and a little bit of good taste will be interested in a new film about the making of Francis Ford Coppola‘s 1972 gangster classic? HBO Films is betting yes, because they’re currently developing Francis & the Godfather, a feature film that chronicles the behind-the-scenes headbutting that occurred during the film’s development and production.

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The Wizard of Lies teaser trailer

HBO kicked off its winter 2017 programming this past weekend with The Young Pope, but they also took that opportunity to remind you there’s even more great stuff coming up on the horizon. Like The Wizard of Lies, the first-ever HBO project starring Robert De Niro. He plays Bernie Madoff, whom you may remember as that investment advisor who was arrested in 2008 for perpetrating one of the biggest Ponzi schemes in history. Michelle Pfeiffer stars as his wife, Ruth Madoff. Watch the Wizard of Lies teaser below. Read More »

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Documentary Trailer

It’s been just one week since Hollywood was dealt the crushing one-two punch of tragedy that was the deaths of actress and writer Carrie Fisher, and her mother, silver screen icon Debbie Reynolds. Before this sad news even transpired, HBO already had a documentary about the mother/daughter relationship between the two Hollywood stars planned for a premiere in March, following a debut at the Cannes Film Festival last year. But following the deaths of both subjects, they’ve bumped up the premiere in their memory.

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds takes a look at the lives of these strong, wonderful women, their work in front of the camera, their relationship off-screen, and all the Hollywood tabloid headlines that came from both of their lives. Now you can get a taste of what Bright Lights will offer with the Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds documentary trailer. Read More »

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Documentary

Following the tragic passing of both Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, HBO is bumping up the release of the documentary about the show business family.

Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds follows the bond between the mother and daughter during their relationship that lasted for 60 years. It was originally slated for a release in March, but now those mourning the loss of these two Hollywood treasures will be able to watch in January. Find out more about the Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds documentary after the jump. Read More »

Elvis Presley HBO Documentary

Generations of music lovers know the name Elvis Presley very well. The musician showed up on the music scene in Memphis, Tennessee all the way back in 1954 when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records (who is getting a movie made about his life and all the musicians’ careers he launched, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role). Elvis Presley would go on to become a pioneer in rock and roll, a new form of music that would engulf the entertainment industry in controversy and change the world forever, and now we’ll get a three-hour, two-part feature documentary at HBO telling us how it all happened.

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Beware the Slenderman Trailer

A couple years ago, two 12-year old girls from Wisconsin were arrested for allegedly stabbing a classmate 19 times. This crime is disturbing by itself, but making it even more unnerving was the fact that the two girls committed this unspeakable act of violence in order to impress an internet-created monster known as Slender Man.

Now an HBO documentary called Beware the Slenderman explores the legacy of this monster that originated on a forum called Something Awful and has since become something feared by those who believe the stories that are nothing but fabrications. And it also takes a look at the developing trial of  the two girls who could end up being tried as adults for their crime.

Watch the Beware the Slenderman trailer after the jump. Read More »

Your Westworld Logistical Questions Answered

Westworld

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?

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The Night Of season 2
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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The Night Of

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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