The Plot Against America Series

HBO presented a Television Critics Association panel on their miniseries The Plot Against America, adapted from Philip Roth’s book. Writer and executive producer David Simon was on a panel with cast members Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector, Winona Ryder, Anthony Boyle and John Turturro. The book and the show tell a story of a world in which Charles Lindbergh ran against FDR and got elected President of the United States in 1940. 

The story deals with anti-Semitism in World War II, as a different American President, and one with anti-Semitic leanings, alters the course of history.

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Avenue 5 Trailer

Armando Iannucci is back on HBO, but this time, he’s not making another political comedy. The Veep mastermind created the science fiction comedy Avenue 5. There series follows a deep space passenger flight in the future where something goes wrong and neither the captain (Hugh Laurie) nor the tech mogul (Josh Gad) who funded it are equipped to handle it. 

Iannucci revealed some Easter eggs during the panel, including a gag about the fate of Virgin magnate Richard Branson, and the science that leads to the comedy. Avenue 5 premieres Sunday, January 19 on HBO.

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Game of Thrones Ending - David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

HBO has officially axed Confederatethe controversial alt-history slavery drama from Game of Thrones co-creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. But the series, which was met with near-universal derision when it was announced three years ago, seemed like it was dead on arrival to begin with. No updates had been given since Benioff and Weiss quietly pulled back from the series amid the intense backlash following its announcement in 2017. But HBO president Casey Bloys can now officially confirm that Confederate is dead.

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Watchmen season 2 update - House of the Dragon

It’ll be at least another year before we return to Westeros.

During today’s Television Critics Association winter press tour, HBO’s head of programming, Casey Bloys, said that House of the Dragon, the network’s first big Game of Thrones prequel series, is expected to debut sometime in 2022. Bloys explained why he gave a series order to that show but passed on Jane Goldman’s series last year, and he also provided a Watchmen season 2 update. Read his comments below. Read More »

parasite series

Last week we were all caught off guard by the news that a Parasite series was headed to HBO. Despite the involvement of Parasite director Bong Joon-ho, many were skeptical about the project, with the addition of The Big Short director Adam McKay raising an eyebrow or two. The biggest question seemed to be: just what the hell is this? Is it going to be some sort of English-language remake of the movie, in series form? Is it a sequel? Now we have more info – from Bong Joon-ho himself.

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westworld season 3 premiere date

Time to saddle up and go back to the future with Westworld. The third season of the twist-filled HBO show has finally announced its premiere date for March, bringing with it a new teaser that throws off some serious Arrival vibes. After last season essentially blew up the entire premise of the show as we knew it, season 3 looks to be changing things up considerably. That change includes a new main cast member: Aaron Paul. Get the full Westworld season 3 premiere date info below.

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McMillions trailer

Remember the McDonald’s Monopoly game? It was everywhere in the 1990s, and you probably recall excitedly peeling a stamp off a box of French fries and checking to see if you won a huge prize, only to inevitably be disappointed. Turns out the game was being rigged by a former police officer who was stealing the big money prizes and passing them off to his friends, collecting a percentage of the “winnings” every time.

In 2018, The Daily Beast published a wildly entertaining article detailing exactly how all this went down, and Hollywood took notice. A feature film version is still in development, but first, HBO is releasing a documentary series called McMillions which recounts the stranger-than-fiction story through interviews with the people involved. Check out the newest trailer for the six-part doc below. Read More »

parasite limited series

In my mind, Bong Joon-ho‘s Parasite is the movie of 2019: it’s a twisty, subversive thriller about class and income inequality, told by a master at the peak of his powers. It appears that HBO also liked what they saw, because a new report says the premium channel is currently in negotiations for a Parasite limited series, which would team Bong Joon-ho with Succession‘s Adam McKay. Details are still scarce – so scarce, in fact, that most of my feelings about this limited series hinge on one huge, unanswered question.
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watchmen trailer new

Watchmen showed audiences another side of actor Tim Blake Nelson. As Wade Tillman (a.k.a. Looking Glass), Nelson is more imposing than ever before. The reserved cop, to put it mildly, doesn’t need to beat anybody to a pulp to prove or illustrate his immense strength. Look no further than the interrogation scene to see a man in complete control of his surroundings, body, and power.

Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Nelson’s casting imbued an authenticity to Wade and the setting of Damon Lindelof‘s magnum opus. As a storyteller himself, having directed written and directed several films, including the thinking man’s stoner pic, Leaves of Grass, Nelson is as much in awe of Watchmen‘s storytelling as the rest of us. After the series concluded with answers as exciting as the questions, we spoke to Nelson about his experience working on and watching the show, acting opposite of Regina King, and similarities between Minority Report and Watchmen.

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his dark materials betrayal review

Well, this is it folks. We have come to the end of the first season of His Dark Materials. It’s been a journey full of ups and downs as the HBO fantasy series attempted to forge its own identity and grapple with reading ahead. And while it’s uncertain whether His Dark Materials was able to set itself apart from the rest of the prestige fantasy series pack, it was at least interesting and — at-times — outright weird. But the final episode of season 1, “Betrayal,” is the turning point for the series, as it heads into yet-unadapted territory in its second season (which is currently filming, for those worried that this little-watched show wouldn’t get renewed).

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