When John Oliver spent the summer filling in for Jon Stewart as the host of The Daily Show, it wasn’t the enaction of a ploy to take over the seat of the show that gave Oliver his biggest break. But it did turn out to be an audition for Oliver to anchor a new show.
Unsurprisingly, the new show will be not unlike The Daily Show. It will be a weekly series on HBO, with “a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events,” says Michael Lombardo, president of programming at HBO. The show will air Sundays starting in 2014. Read More »
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When a popular book or property is announced for a movie, the first reaction of many fans is “They should make it a TV series instead.” Television gives complex stories time to develop, where movies sometimes rush though popular stories to meet a specific run time. The novel to miniseries transition, without a movie adaptation, can be incredibly successful (Game of Thrones) or incredibly polarizing (Under the Dome) and isn’t as frequently done as the novel-to-movie shift.
Now, something even rarer and more exciting is happening. The Norwegian film Headhunters, which had been slated for an English language remake with Mark Wahlberg circling, is now being developed into an HBO series. Originally the property was a popular Norwegian novel by Jo Nesbø, which was then adapted into that excellent 2011 film by Morten Tyldum. The English remake rights to that film were purchased by Summit. Lionsgate then purchased Summit, along with the rights, and they’ve now decided HBO is a better place for the story than the big screen. Read More »
12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen is the latest in a long line of film directors to end up on HBO. He’s got a new drama project brewing for the channel, with World War Z co-writer Matthew Michael Carnahan, music producer Russell Simmons, and The King’s Speech and Shame producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman all working on the development.
McQueen and Carnahan co-wrote and McQueen will direct the New York City-set tale that is being described as “Six Degrees of Separation meets Shame.” Read More »
A song from Austin band The Black Angels powers this new trailer for HBO’s True Detective, and that pretty much puts the whole concept over the top for me. The show, written and directed by Cary Fukunaga and starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as cops embroiled in a very long murder investigation, has looked wonderful in a couple of previous promos and trailers.
Though there’s some already-familiary footage in there, this trailer sets up just a bit more of that murder mystery and gives a lot more info about the two main characters: McConaughey’s pessimistic but smart investigator, and Harrelson’s steady but troubled guy who usually colors inside the lines. We’ll know in January whether or not the show lives up to its potential; for now check out the trailer below. Read More »
After a few years of trying to figure out how to work together, director Spike Lee and boxer Mike Tyson finally collaborated on Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth. The stand-up performance, which will air next month on HBO, is a filmed document of Tyson’s one-man show recounting his history, his many personal troubles, and of course his success in the ring.
Watch a trailer for the show, below. Read More »
A long time ago, Entourage series creator Doug Ellin finished the script for a movie based on his hit HBO show. Warner Bros. gave him the green light in January and almost all of his cast signed on, including Jeremy Piven and Kevin Connolly. Months then passed with no update until several people reported that Adrian Grenier and Jerry Ferrara, who played Vince and Turtle, wanted more money. That was the hold up.
Now, producer Mark Wahlberg seemingly confirmed that by saying the movie would happen “As soon as them guys stop being so greedy.” He didn’t name names, but Grenier seemed to own up to it. He took to his Instagram to release a statement about the Entourage film. Read it below. Read More »
The simple concept of HBO’s upcoming show True Detective is enough to make it a must-see: Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre) directs Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in a miniseries about a years-long investigation into murder and rural mystery.
We’ve seen a teaser and a trailer that position the show as essential for fans of Zodiac, and which promise something a bit more than your typical cop procedural. Now there are five brief but oddly ominous teaser clips that offer additional enticing visions. Watch them all below. Read More »
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Anyone who has read George R.R. Martin‘s A Song of Ice and Fire novels likely laughs whenever people who haven’t, like myself, get excited about what’s to come on the HBO adaptation Game of Thrones. Fans of the TV show speculate and discuss who’ll die next, which battles will be won, all while the answers are sitting there, incredibly easy to find.
So when Kit Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow, comes out and says the currently filming fourth season of Game of Thrones has more deaths than ever before, TV fans gasp. Book fans likely already knew that. Still, it’s a gruesomely exciting tease for the upcoming season which airs early next year. Read More »