The Wire is coming to HD at last, but perhaps not quite in the form you want. The show was formatted for a 4:3 aspect ratio when originally shot and broadcast, and that’s how it was released on DVD. But for The Wire HD remasters, which will first be available on HBO Go and for digital purchase before eventually appearing on Blu-ray, the show has been formatted for a 16:9 presentation. Note the word “formatted” there rather than “cropped,” as the choice is intentional and important.
Reaction to this news, especially coming so soon after The Simpsons debacle on FXX and the Simpsons World portal, was quick, and very negative. In short, seeing such concessions made to a project like The Wire — a creator-driven, serious drama that originally played to a limited fanbase — is a sign that the aspect ratio war is basically over, and we’ve lost.
But in the case of The Wire, the situation is more complicated than that. Let the show’s creator David Simon explain. Read More »
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We’ve got months to go before Game of Thrones returns for its fifth season, but HBO is getting the promo started early. A new video has dropped that uses mostly (and possibly entirely) old footage. But it links Arya to the three-eyed raven, and ends with a shot that seems to promise something more. Watch the early Game of Thrones season 5 teaser below.
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The last time we talked about Westworld, the proposed HBO series that revamps the idea of a theme park for adults in which the automaton attractions run wild, it seemed like a series order was all but assured. Now HBO has issued that series order, which comes complete with a teasing image and Vine video. The cast of the show is great (Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Miranda Otto and Jeffrey Wright), the creators number among them Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and plans for the show suggest that it will explore the intersection between technology and morality.
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Isaac Asimov‘s trilogy of Foundation novels — Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation — is among the landmark works in science fiction. (There are further sequels and prequels, too.) We’ve watched development efforts come and go, with various people hoping to create a Foundation film adaptation. (Most recently, Roland Emmerich raised the ire of sci-fi readers by taking on the project.) But there’s a new wrinkle to the story: a Foundation TV series is in development at HBO, with Interstellar writer Jonathan Nolan on board to write and produce. Read More »
HBO has released the first official trailer for Season 4 of Lena Dunham‘s Girls. The new season picks up with Hannah having moved to Iowa where things look very different than New York City (this apparently involves house parties with blue mud-wrestling matches in kiddie pools). Of course, she hasn’t cut it off with Adam despite her mid-west move and Adam is having a self reflection and realizes he wants change.Oh, and Hannah is now addicted to eating grapes. Watch the Girls Season 4 trailer embedded after the jump.
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Since its final episode, all anyone wants to talk about in regard to The Sopranos is the ending. By cutting to black without any definitive conclusion, David Chase did something gutsy and different that will be debated until the end of television. People tend to forget the reason everyone was so glued to that final episode was because, for six seasons, Chase and his team created one of the best shows in the history of the medium. The purposefully ambiguous ending was a way to let fans put their own conclusion on Tony’s story.
Those six seasons can now be watched forever with a new Blu-ray set released this week. While promoting the set Chase gave Sopranos fans a nice little tease. He said he’s intrigued by a few other eras of New Jersey history, but that his interests all take place before Tony and his crew came to power. Read the Sopranos prequel quotes below. Read More »
After multiple successful TV shows with partner Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant didn’t have the same success with the HBO show Hello Ladies. It had some fans, both critical and general, but never caught hold of pop culture like other HBO shows and was thought to be done after one season. Well, in classic Merchant fashion, the series is getting one more shot to wrap everything up. HBO will air Hello Ladies: The Movie on November 22nd at 10 p.m. Read More »
HBO Go is finally getting with the times. Starting in 2015, HBO will offer their on-demand service as a separate subscription unattached to the cable TV channel in the United States. The way it is now, you can only use the HBO Go on-demand service if you also subscribe to the channel through your cable provider. Many people who’ve stopped subscribing to cable were disappointed by the restriction, but it’s finally going away. Read how to get HBO Go without cable below. Read More »
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck might have the action and drama covered when it comes to Project Greenlight, but now they’ve added some help with the comedy. Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the filmmakers behind Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and so many more, have been added to the upcoming HBO series, which recently selected its twelve finalists. The Farrellys will be part of the judging panel to select the winner then serve mentors to the eventual winner as he or she directs a movie on HBO. Read more of the Farrelly Brothers Project Greenlight news below. Read More »