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Jun 11, 2020. 21 comments

Perry Mason crafts a gritty, unrecognizable version of an iconic character

Perry Mason crafts a gritty, unrecognizable version of an iconic character
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Fans of the most familiar version of Perry Mason—Raymond Burr in the nine-season black-and-white CBS series and in several TV movies afterward—may be taken aback by HBO’s crafting of the world’s greatest defense attorney. Matthew Rhys’ Mason is slight (Burr was tall and foreboding, with shoulders a linebacker would envy), rumpled, and...

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Jun 08, 2020. 15 comments

Michaela Coel surpasses expectations in I May Destroy You's devastating pilot

Michaela Coel surpasses expectations in I May Destroy You's devastating pilot
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I May Destroy You has already

received praise for being a thorough look at sexual assault . Prior to airing, the show also set out to make its topic explicit with a series of discussions, interviews and panels. As a pilot, “Eyes Eyes Eyes Eyes” plays with these expectations by introducing the subject of sexual assault in a limited...

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Jun 06, 2020. 3 comments

I May Destroy You is a blessedly thorough look at sexual abuse and healing

I May Destroy You is a blessedly thorough look at sexual abuse and healing
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HBO’s newest half-hour dramatic series

I May Destroy You is a breathtakingly thorough examination of not only sexual abuse but also sexual exploitation and the culture of rape that has long perpetuated it. Creator, writer, and star Michaela Coel has channeled her own experiences with assault into a work that is honest, humane, and...

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Jun 01, 2020. 16 comments

Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming platforms tweet support for Black Lives Matter

Netflix, Hulu, and other streaming platforms tweet support for Black Lives Matter

You know a movement has reached a tipping point when it becomes smarter for businesses to embrace it than to ignore it, which is what happened on Saturday when multiple big media companies and streaming platforms tweeted out messages of support for Black Lives Matter. Of course, businesses aren’t people and it would be absurd to think otherwise, so it’s worth remembering that anything and...

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May 02, 2020. 1 comments

HBO renews Insecure for a 5th season

HBO renews Insecure for a 5th season

HBO has made its continued friendship with Issa Rae official: The cable network has renewed the Emmy-nominated comedy Insecure for a fifth season. The renewal comes only three weeks after the fourth season premiere. “We’re thrilled that Issa, Prentice, and the whole Insecure team will be getting back together for a fifth season,” said Amy Gravitt, executive vice president of HBO Programming....

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May 02, 2020. 17 comments

Mark Ruffalo’s at the top of his game in the rich but unrelenting I Know This Much Is True

Mark Ruffalo’s at the top of his game in the rich but unrelenting I Know This Much Is True
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Over one hundred countries are experiencing some form of lockdown, the global economy is in free fall, and the last time you saw your loved ones was probably over a frozen Zoom screen. If you aren’t already mired in sadness, here comes HBO’s I Know This Much Is True to fully extinguish any spark of levity you might have had left.

Derek...

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May 02, 2020. 9 comments

This teaser makes HBO's Lovecraft Country look fantastic

This teaser makes HBO's Lovecraft Country look fantastic

Back in 2016, when Lovecraft Country, Matt Ruff’s novel that blends supernatural terror with the even more terrifying racial politics of midcentury America, was first released,

we immediately noted that it had “the basic structure of a season of serialized TV, with each chapter functioning as a type of short story whose place within the overall plot eventually becomes clear.” So it shouldn’t...

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May 01, 2020. 19 comments

Carrie Coon re-cast as the lead in Julian Fellowes' new HBO show, The Gilded Age

Carrie Coon re-cast as the lead in Julian Fellowes' new HBO show, The Gilded Age

It’s easy to joke about the fact that Carrie Coon has become something akin to the patron saint of prestige TV in recent years. With a run of 2010s television that moves from The Leftovers, to Fargo, to The Sinner, Coon has consistently given some of the small screen’s best performances—to the point where it feels like a too-on-the-nose joke to suggest that, were a network like HBO suddenly...

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May 01, 2020. 1 comments

Shangela, Eureka, and Bob The Drag Queen pick their cheapest, dirtiest, and richest drag sisters

Shangela, Eureka, and Bob The Drag Queen pick their cheapest, dirtiest, and richest drag sisters

Queens who have been on RuPaul’s Drag Race have a bit of a sisterhood. They’ve generally all met, mingled, and performed with a lot of their TV sisters, and spent countless hours cooped up with a select few as part of their TV experiences, too. That’s why we decided to ask the three stars of

HBO’s excellent new transformation show We’re Here , Shangela, Bob The Drag Queen, and Eureka...

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Apr 29, 2020. 7 comments

May’s TV premieres travel to Hollywood, Central Park, and the afterlife

May’s TV premieres travel to Hollywood, Central Park, and the afterlife

We might not be able to enjoy the May flowers at the moment, but we can partake of the month’s other bounty: TV premieres. The pandemic’s impact on productions means that streamers like Netflix, Apple TV+, Amazon, and Hulu—not to mention the soon-to-launch HBO Max—dominate the schedule, ready to deploy stories about Tinseltown, comedy specials from marquee names, and an ersatz Hamilton...

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Apr 28, 2020. 5 comments

Halloween's David Gordon Green is directing an "elevated" Hellraiser series for HBO

Halloween's David Gordon Green is directing an "elevated" Hellraiser series for HBO

Mere weeks after Spyglass

announced David Bruckner as the director of its David S. Goyer-produced Hellraiser reboot , HBO has announced that it, too, wants some of that sweet, sweet suffering.

Deadline reports that HBO is developing Hellraiser into a series with

Halloween director David Gordon Green that will serve as an “elevated continuation and expansion of the well-established...

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Apr 26, 2020. 3 comments

Cory Finley on Bad Education, capitalism, and Hugh Jackman’s walk of shame

Cory Finley on Bad Education, capitalism, and Hugh Jackman’s walk of shame

With dark humor and one of Hugh Jackman’s finest onscreen performances, HBO’s Bad Education puts the lie to Horace Mann’s declaration that education is the great equalizer. The film, which

premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, is based on the real-life embezzlement scandal that rocked the Roslyn, Long Island school district in 2002. Screenwriter Mike Makowsky, an...

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Apr 25, 2020. 1 comments

Check out the teaser for Michaela Coel's dark HBO drama I May Destroy You

Check out the teaser for Michaela Coel's dark HBO drama I May Destroy You

Stack Chewing Gum,

Black Earth Rising , her movie musical It’s Been So Long, and her various (and welcome) pop-up appearances between Black Mirror and Star Wars: The Last Jedi up against one another and you’ll begin to get an idea of actress and writer Michaela Coel’s far-reaching versatility. Her next endeavor, a hard-hitting drama titled I May Destroy You, appears to add something a little...

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Apr 24, 2020. 1 comments

Shangela, Eureka, and Bob The Drag Queen on why they're bringing drag to small town USA

Shangela, Eureka, and Bob The Drag Queen on why they're bringing drag to small town USA

If the pandemic’s got you feeling down, We’re Here has arrived to save the day. Premiering Thursday, April 23 on HBO, the reality series charges three RuPaul’s Drag Race veterans—

Shangela , Eureka , and Bob The Drag Queen —with putting on a drag show in different small towns all over America, including turning out some of that small town’s residents. While the premise might sound a little...

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Apr 23, 2020. 6 comments

Bad Education's Geraldine Viswanathan on the scandal that rocked her high school

Bad Education's Geraldine Viswanathan on the scandal that rocked her high school

Every high school has its own scandal, from the teacher that marries the way-too-recent graduate to the mystery meat in the “beef” mini ravioli at lunch. Not many are as big as the real life scandal featured in

Bad Education , a movie that airs this weekend on HBO. Starring Hugh Jackman, the film tells the tale of a multimillion dollar embezzlement scheme involving a school in Roslyn, New...

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Apr 22, 2020. 13 comments

Westworld renewed for 4th season by HBO

Westworld renewed for 4th season by HBO

As Westworld heads into the homestretch of its third season, HBO has officially ordered a fourth installment of the popular sci-fi series. The penultimate episode of season three is set to air this Sunday, April 26, likely setting the table for a potentially explosive finale—if the final minutes of last week’s episode are any indication of things to come (there was an actual explosion, you...

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Apr 21, 2020. 11 comments

Anna Kendrick, Elmo, and Looney Tunes headline HBO Max's first slate of trailers

Anna Kendrick, Elmo, and Looney Tunes headline HBO Max's first slate of trailers

Today, it was revealed that HBO Max, the streaming arm of WarnerMedia that isn’t HBO Go and HBO Now, will

join the streaming arms race on May 27. It will debut with all of HBO’s shows and movies, as well as a surplus of content from WarnerMedia properties like Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, CNN, and TNT, not to mention film studios including New Line, Studio Ghibli, and DC. On top of that...

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Apr 21, 2020. 7 comments

Dwayne Johnson and Issa Rae developing backyard wrestling series for HBO

Dwayne Johnson and Issa Rae developing backyard wrestling series for HBO

According to Variety, Dwayne Johnson is teaming up with Issa Rae and Dany Garcia to develop a show about the formation of a backyard wrestling group for HBO. The project is coming from writer Mohamad El Masri (Here And Now, October Faction), and it’s about an aspiring pro-wrestler who uses an inheritance to launch a “hip-hop centric backyard wrestling empire in Houston’s Third Ward” along...

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Apr 21, 2020. 3 comments

Jay Ellis on Insecure’s Lawrence Hive and where his character stands with Issa

Jay Ellis on Insecure’s Lawrence Hive and where his character stands with Issa

Insecure’s leading man, Jay Ellis, is well aware of the show’s robust communal experience. “We’re the comedy version of Game Of Thrones,” Ellis jokes just ahead of the season four premiere. “We have a whole community of people who are constantly in discourse about what is happening, second by second, through an episode—from color choices to music choices to what’s on the wall. And that is...

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Apr 21, 2020. 1 comments

HBO’s Betty recaptures the charm of its cinematic predecessor, Skate Kitchen

HBO’s Betty recaptures the charm of its cinematic predecessor, Skate Kitchen
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Crystal Moselle’s 2018 girl-gang drama

Skate Kitchen —inspired by a real-life all-female skateboarding collective of the same name—blurred the lines between reality and fiction so effectively that there were moments that felt almost invasive. A large part of that could be attributed to the cast of non-professional actors who were tasked...

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