True Detective Season 3

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.

Find out about True Detective season 3, the long-awaited return of Curb Your Enthusiasm and much more below. Read More »

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Last year, Project Greenlight made a return to TV after being away for 10 years. The show originated on HBO back in 2001, lasted two seasons on the cable network, and then moved over to Bravo for a third season. The revival last year came as a surprise, but with the advances in the technology of filmmaking, the field of competitors vying for the chance to direct their own feature film was far more interesting, making a new season of the show that much more exciting.

However, it turns out the revival of the show wasn’t good enough for HBO as the cable network has decided they won’t be renewing the documentary series for a fifth season. Now Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are looking for a new place to take the show. Get all the details on prospects of Project Greenlight season 5 after the jump. Read More »

Project Greenlight season 4

I’m a huge Project Greenlight fanatic. I’ve been watching the HBO series since it first made its debut in 2001. Actually, I even had a submission in for the second season of Project Greenlight (which was just a scene from the feature film I co-directed). This season of the HBO filmmaking “documentary” series was filled with drama, which I chatted about at length during this week’s /Filmcast.

Project Greenlight, like any reality series, shows a version of events that may or may not happened exactly as presented onscreen. 20,000 hours of footage is edited down into the four and a half hours of television that aired on HBO, and characters and storylines are streamlined and packaged to maximize the drama. So what is the reality behind the show? We’ll never know as we were there in person. But we can listen to a few of the people who were there, namely director Jason Mann and producer Effie Brown, who have commented publicly about the process.

In addition, there are a variety of things I have noticed or learned since watching this season of the show that you probably didn’t know about. So if you watched the fourth season of Project Greenlight, hit the jump to learn some information about what you might have missed.

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David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Peter Sciretta to discuss Back to the Future Day and David’s riveting viewing of Victoria, as well as the new Ash vs. Evil Dead series. Their attempt to review Beasts of No Nation goes haywire when they spend all their time discussing Project Greenlight and its resulting film The Leisure Class. Be sure to read up on how Back to the Future is all in the past, the ultimate visual history of Back to the Future, and James Poniewozik’s review of Project Greenlight.

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The Leisure Class trailer

Right now fans of Project Greenlight are watching as director Jason Mann pushes through the filmmaking process, hitting plenty of hiccups along the way, but seemingly doing a decent job of not compromising the vision he has for the filmmaking documentary series’ first comedy.

While we’ve still got a few weeks before the show is over, since this was all recorded months ago, we know the film is finished. And as has been the case with the previous seasons of the HBO show, the movie will premiere on the cable network right after the season finale of the show. So here we are with the The Leisure Class trailer for you to watch. Read More »

Project Greenlight teaser

Update From Editor Peter Sciretta: HBO has finally released a full trailer for Project Greenlight, which begins airing September 13th 2015 at 10:00pm. Hit the jump to watch the new Project Greenlight trailer.

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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 »

Project Greenlight

There is almost nothing better than a great short film. If you enjoy short films, you are about to lose the next two hours of your life. HBO has released the top 20 short films submitted for the new edition of the filmmaking reality series Project Greenlight. You can watch the top 20 Project Greenlight short film finalists embedded after the jump, and help determine who will go on.

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project green light season 4

Ben Affleck and Matt Damon got their break with Good Will Hunting, and won their first major acclaim when their screenplay for that film took home the Best Original Screenplay Oscar in 1998. A couple years later, the two produced the HBO show Project Greenlight, in which aspiring writers and directors competed to create a feature film.

The contest and the show return this year, and Affleck and Damon appear in a short promo for the show, where they outline the new contest specs. Even if you don’t have much interest in the show, the gentle banter between the two makes the promo an entertaining watch. Check it out after the break. Read More »