The Wizard of Lies

Quick: name the most recent film in which Robert De Niro delivered a dynamite performance. Silver Linings Playbook? Maybe the original Meet the Parents? We don’t have to go as far back as 1998’s Ronin, do we? Yikes. Answering that question is far tougher than it used to be because De Niro has appeared in a ton of not-so-great films over the past fifteen years, leading some to attempt to pinpoint the exact year he seemed to stopped caring about his career.

But now we have a full trailer for the HBO original film The Wizard of Lies, and it looks like the once-legendary actor may finally be ready to give a shit again.
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When HBO’s limited series Big Little Lies came to an end a little more than a week ago, I was satisfied with the conclusion. But only seven days later, I was conflicted; I appreciated the succinctness of the series’ seven episode run and thought it told a compelling and complete story, but at the same time, I couldn’t help but wish there were more episodes to dive into.

So will we ever see Big Little Lies season 2? Below, I’ll run down all of the quotes from the major players involved and try to get to the bottom of this.
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Animals

Animals is one of the strangest shows to hit the small screen in the past few years. It imagines what the creatures in and around New York City would do if they had recognizable human problems – insecurity, parenting issues, dealing with bullying, marital struggles, experimenting with drugs…the works. The show was also notable for its all-star cast, which included some of the best comedic actors in the industry.

HBO renewed it for a second season a few months ago, and now they’re back with a new trailer that promises total anarchy in the weeks to come. Read More »

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This Sunday marks the halfway point of Westworld season one, which means it won’t be long now before fans start wondering whether we’ll get more of the show next year. Officially, the answer is that we don’t know. HBO has only ordered one ten-episode season so far, so in theory, the season one finale could be the very end of the series. Unofficially, though, it seems pretty clear that this show is on track for a renewal.

In fact, even HBO’s Casey Bloys is willing to say on the record that the odds of a Westworld season 2 are “looking really good.” He also addresses the question of just how close to truth all those Westworld fan theories are. Read More »

Kathryn Bigelow

Game of Thrones may still be going strong, but not even Daenerys’ magical dragons can carry on forever. As the race for the Iron Throne nears an end, HBO is looking to shore up its drama slate with some fresh material. The premium cable network has just ordered two promising-sounding pilots from high-profile talents: Adam McKay and Will Ferrell‘s Succession, about a (fictional) global media dynasty; and Kathryn Bigelow‘s Mogadishu, Minnesota, about a Somalian family in Minneapolis.  Read More »

Game of Thrones Season 6 - Maisie Williams as Arya

All men must die, but some shows get to look Death straight in the eye and say “not today.” HBO has officially renewed Game of Thrones for season 7, to the surprise of absolutely no one. And while they were at it, the network went ahead and re-upped on Game of Thrones‘ usual Sunday night companions Veep and Silicon Valley as well.  Read More »

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Game of Thrones thrives on big, buzzy plot twists, but some of them are better executed than others. The Red Wedding, for example, was the very best kind of surprise: shocking and devastating at the time, but inevitable in retrospect. Ditto poor Ned’s fate in season one. Jon Snow’s big season 5 cliffhanger, on the other hand? Despite the best efforts of the cast and crew, Kit Harington‘s return might be the worst-kept secret in television.

So Harington isn’t trying to keep it a secret anymore. The actor’s finally gone on the record to reveal he’ll be back for season 5… though he does not seem to have given up lying about why. Read his comments after the jump. (Spoilers ahead for season 5, plus speculation for season 6.) Read More »

Ballers Season 2 trailer

Terence Winter’s Vinyl is the hottest party going on HBO right now, fueled by dizzying amounts of cocaine and the era’s most iconic tunes. But if you prefer your good times a little warmer, a little sunnier, a little less marred by existential angst and despair, just hang tight a few more months for the second season premiere of Ballers.

America’s Sweetheart Dwayne Johnson returns as Spencer Strasmore, an NFL player turned financial manager, and it looks like he’ll be facing some new challenges this season including a big-shot money manager named Andre (Andy Garcia). Fortunately for Spencer, Andre’s arrogant insistence that he’s “too big to fail” is probably the Ballers equivalent of a horror movie hottie’s reassurance that he’ll “be right back” — an obvious bit of ironic foreshadowing. Watch the Ballers season 2 trailer after the jump.  Read More »

HBO’s ‘Girls’ Will End After Season Six

Girls

Everyone has to grow up and move on sometime. Even the girls of Girls. HBO has officially announced it’s ending Lena Dunham‘s comedy after season six, in accordance with Dunham’s previously stated wishes. More on the Girls final season after the jump.  Read More »

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HBO has dropped the first Game of Thrones Season 6 poster, and it confirms two things we’ve long suspected. One is that the show will return in April, as it usually does. No big surprise there. The other is that a certain someone will be back, in some way, shape, or form. Feast your eyes on the Game of Thrones Season 6 poster after the jump.  Read More »