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The director had been due to work on two projects for the network this summer, but both are reported to be tangled up in budgetary or scripting wrangles.
David Fincher’s relationship with HBO is on the ropes this summer, with news that both of his projects with the network are in trouble of some description. His ‘80s music video comedy was abruptly halted back in June, and now his re-make of ‘Utopia’ looks to be in financial difficulties.
Fincher, who was an executive producer on ‘House of Cards’ for Netflix, had been set to work on both projects in tandem a few months ago, but now the cable network HBO is trying to figure out how to move forward with his dramatic adaptation of ‘Utopia’ as well as salvaging ‘Video Synchronicity’, which has been out of production for nearly two months.
David Fincher's two HBO projects are currently being held up
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are set to star in HBO's 'Big Little Lies'. The pair will also be producing the series which centres on a group of women and a murder.
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman will star in and produce HBO's limited series, Big Little Lies. The series is an adaptation of Liane Moriarty's 2014 novel of the same name. Writer David E. Kelley, who created such shows as Ally McBeal and Boston Legal, has written the screenplay for the upcoming series.
Reese Witherspoon will be starring and producing in Big Little Lies.
The 'Girls' writer and star was speaking to Variety about the hit series' future.
Lena Dunham has spoken of her desire to make a movie adaptation of ‘Girls’ – eventually. The comedic mastermind revealed that she has harboured the ambition for a while, but wouldn’t consider putting it into action for at least ten years after the series concludes.
The 28 year old was speaking to Variety about the success of the HBO series and what the future holds. “I have fantasies of us all coming back when we’re 40,” she admitted about her cast of twenty-somethings. “We’d want to wait long enough for something to have really gone down.”
Lena Dunham floated the possiblity of a 'Girls' movie - but not in the immediate future
CBS chief Leslie Moonves has told investors at a conference Showtime will soon launch an OTT service.
Showtime looks set to follow HBO into the world of online streaming, by soon offering customers a package similar to the newly announced HBO Now service. The news was announced by Leslie Moonves, the chief of Showtime's parent company CBS who told investors at a conference in Palm Beach, “the days of the 500 channel universe are over.”
Leslie Moonves and his wife Julie Chen
According to Deadline, Moonves said the channel would announce a service “in the not-too-distant future,” and added he’s been having conversations with “the normal suspects” including cable and satellite distributors who were initially skeptical.
'Game of Thrones' will return for season 5 in April.
Game Of Thrones season five will premiere on HBO on April 12, the organization announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. An expanded cast has already been announced, including a slew of family members of Prince Oberyn, played by Pedro Pascal in season four.
Game of Thrones will return for season 5 in April
The show's fourth season is up for Best TV Series Drama at the Golden Globes this weekend and was nominated for 14 Emmys this past summer, eventually coming away with the gongs for visual effects, makeup, costumes and art direction.
Continue reading: It's Time: 'Game Of Thrones' Season 5 To Premiere On April 12
Fear not, 'Game of Thrones' fans - season five is coming. But before then, we have a little featurette to whet our appetites.
It's a fair to say that pretty much everyone is familiar with 'Game of Thrones' at this point. It's had years of dominating the Emmy Awards ceremonies and has fired both the characters, stars and original author into being household names. So it stands to reason that faced with a nine-month wait between seasons, people are desperate to get back to Westeros as soon as possible. Luckily, a featurette is on its way to keep us going.
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau sitting upon The Iron Throne
According to 'Game of Thrones' fansite, Winteriscoming.net, HBO has scheduled 'Game of Thrones: A Day In The Life' to be released on 8th February, appearing on both HBO's website and YouTube channel. But before people have a chance to see it, a little speculation is in order. Last year, preceding the fourth series, HBO released 'Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing' - half an hour of part recap, part teaser. It seems likely that something similar is inbound.
Continue reading: HBO Planning 'Game Of Thrones' Preview In February
Martin Scorsese will direct the first episode of the HBO drama, whilst serving as executive producer.
Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter are teaming up with Rolling Stones legend Mick Jagger for a new untitled rock and roll series for HBO. The drama series will feature a cast including Bobby Cannavale, Ray Romano and Olivia Wilde.
Martin Scorsese will direct the pilot episode of the Rock and Roll series for HBO, whilst acting as executive producer
The press release reads: "Set in 1970's New York, the series will explore the drug and sex fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of a record executive (Cannavale) trying to resurrect his label and find the next new sound."
Continue reading: 'Boardwalk Empire' Team Reassembles For HBO Rock And Roll Series
The late Nirvana frontman’s daughter Frances Bean will executive produce the documentary, while Cobain's widow Courtney Love is not involved.
HBO have announced they will be airing the first ever 'authorised' documentary on late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. Entitled ‘Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck’, the film has been directed and produced by Brett Morgen, who previously followed The Rolling Stones for ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ in 2012.
'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck' will show on HBO in 2015
Morgen is said to have been working on the project since 2007, with the cooperation of Cobain’s family. Frances Bean Cobain. the only daughter of the late singer, is serving as an exec producer on the documentary, while HBO has confirmed Courtney Love will not be involved.
Continue reading: 'Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck' Documentary Coming To HBO Next Year
HBO could change the whole television landscape with a new streaming service.
Ever keen to get involved in forward-thinking, innovative television, HBO has announced it will launch a streaming video service in 2015 that will not require users to have a cable or satellite subscription. Essentially, it will give Netflix customers - who pay for relatively expensive subscriptions - food for thought. HBO's move could change the whole cable television landscape.
Game of Thrones has been a huge hit for HBO
"This is an enormous breakthrough; consumers will be able to get to pick what they want and they will finally have content companies selling directly to them," said Gene Kimmelman, president public interest group Public Knowledge. "The question is, 'Who is next'? That's trickier because this speaks to the power of HBO's brand to be able to break from the cable bundle."
Continue reading: Trailblazing HBO To Launch Streaming Video Service In 2015
2015 will see the launch of an exclusive streaming service of HBO shows - no pricing or content details as yet.
Television network HBO have announced that they are to launch a stand-alone online streaming service from next year. The network unveiled the potentially game-changing move on Wednesday.
Michelle Fairley, a cast member of HBO's 'Game of Thrones'. Coming to a streaming service soon.
Obviously, viewers have started to consume television shows increasingly through non-cable subscription services such as YouTube and Netflix for some time, and it’s been something that the traditional networks have known about for some years now. Until now, households have retained their expensive subscriptions despite this trend because of access to live sports and for HBO’s huge range of successful shows like ‘Game of Thrones’.
Continue reading: HBO Announces Launch Of Online Streaming Service Next Year
Rachel McAdams is reportedly in talks with the makers of 'True Detective' for the lead female role in the second season of the Emmy Award winning show.
Rachel McAdams is rumoured to be in talks with the makers of the second series of True Detective. The 35-year-old Canadian actor is not the only star reportedly being considered and other names in the mix include Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) and Michelle Forbes (The Killing).
Rachel McAdams photographed at the New York premiere of A Most Wanted Man.
Continue reading: Rachel McAdams In 'True Detective 2' Talks & Other Cast Rumours
HBO + David Simon = quality.
The beautiful union that is David Simon and HBO is to reoccur with ‘Show Me A Hero’. The man behind critically acclaimed hits like The Wire and Treme is writing the 6-part miniseries which will debut in 2016.
David Simon is returning to HBO with a new show
Set in the Bronx in New York, Show Me A Hero tells the story of Nick Wasicsko, a young mayor whose city is ordered by a federal court to build low-income housing. William F. Zorzi - a writer on ‘The Wire - is Simon's writing partner on the project and Paul Haggis, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2004 with ‘Crash’, is to direct.
Continue reading: David Simon And HBO Get Busy Once More: 'Show Me A Hero' Announced
$20k for a role in GoT
George R.R. Martin promised that he’d write in and gruesomely kill a new character And the winner of that Prizeo.com competition was Dave Goldblatt, a product specialist who reigns from San Francisco. The Facebook employee threw down $20k for the opportunity to be an actual character in the next Song of Ice and Fire book, and then be brutally killed off in Martin’s patented style.
Goldblatt paid $20k to be one of these guys for a bit in the clearest vindication of the saying "more money than sense" ever
"I’m just lucky enough to be in a position to do this," Goldblatt said of the $20,000 prize. "Obviously, the money is going to charity, so it’s an added bonus. I didn’t immediately seek to help wolf sanctuaries, but the more I read about the charities, I learned it was a worthwhile cause." (ABC)
Amazon has launched its own music streaming service.
Amazon is tipping it toe into the saturated online music streaming business by launching ‘Prime Music’ – its own service that will be available free for subscribers of Amazon Prime. It launched on Thursday (June 12) with over 1 million songs from some of the world’s most popular artists, including Beyonce, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen and Madonna.
In fairness, Spotify probably doesn’t have much to sweat about given Amazon are pretty open about not focusing on new releases given its limited catalogue. The company does not have a deal with Universal Music Group, meaning Music Prime users will not have access to the likes of Kanye West, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift.
Continue reading: Look Out Spotify – Amazon Launches Audio Streaming Service ‘Prime Music’
While GoT proves its muscle, The Sopranos can never be truly usurped
The inevitable news that Game Of Thrones surpassed The Sopranos as HBO’s most ‘popular’ show arrived, rather pertinently, via a Tweet. "Raise a glass of Arbor gold. #GameofThrones is the most popular series in @HBO history. Thanks to the worldwide realm for all your support," it read.
James Gandolfini died in 2013
The Tweet is pertinent because it neatly frames Game of Thrones in history. HBO’s epic, multifaceted fantasy drama has thrived in a culture of sharing, spoiler warnings and episode discussion. As an online entertainment writer, I hear about GoT probably 8 million times a day. Those not involved in the industry will only see it cross their radar a few thousand times.
Continue reading: Game Of Thrones Vs. The Sopranos: Is Popularity Indicative Of Quality?
With online streaming services commissioning a growing array of truly original programmed, we look at the most exciting prospects from the world of TV and Netflix Original Series.
Since Netflix gained prominence as a fully independent broadcaster in its own right, the doors have been flung open to a hugely varied selection of original programming. Netflix original series Orange Is The New Black is currently the most talked about programme in the US, with even President Obama using the show’s name as a punch line in a recent speech. Meanwhile House Of Cards, starring Hollywood juggernaut Kevin Spacey, is currently riding enjoy huge success and critical acclaim. Netflix has also seen the revival of cult programmes that had been culled from the schedules of US TV networks, with such programmes such as Arrested Development granted a new lease of life by the ever-growing online streaming service.
Kate Mulgrew, Taylor Schilling and Laura Prepon of Orange Is The New Black- spearheading original content for Netflix.
With developers increasingly looking towards sites such as Netflix and Amazon Prime to produce original and innovative content, it seems we are in the midst of a revolution in the way programmes are made and disseminated to audiences. Viewers are now able to watch whole series in one sitting rather than waiting for weekly instalments from TV channels. That’s not to say that TV will be fading onto obscurity anytime soon.
Continue reading: In Development: The Top 10 Shows You're Going To Want To Look Out For
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John Oliver is using his position as satirical-sideways-swiper for good, it would seem. His latest target is the FCC and ‘net neutrality’, and he addressed them in a rousing, 13-minute-long segment from his new-ish HBO show, ‘Last Week Tonight’.
John Oliver holding a picture of John Oliver at the Reddit Meta awards
With his burgeoning brand of sarcasm, cheap punch lines and scathing one-liners, Oliver took what seemed like a lifetime of pent up aggression out on the decision makers and beneficiaries of the proposed changes to net neutrality, which would grant the big money companies access to a high speed service, while the internet minnows would be left scrambling in the slow lane. Except it wasn't a lifetime of aggresion: Oliver is rallying the troops for an important battle, using comedy as his conduit for compliance.
Continue reading: John Oliver Rallies The Internet Trolls To Give The FCC Hell
Lisa Kudrow's 'The Comeback' is...coming back.
Lisa Kudrow is making her latest comeback in, uh, The Comeback. The show that aired for 13 episodes on HBO in 2005 will be back for a six-episode run this fall, according to The Wrap. HBO announced the surprise news just days after reviving another of its older shows, Project Greenlight, which last aired 11 years ago.
Lisa Kudrow Will Star In 'The Comeback', Again
Created by Kudrow and 'Sex and the City' executive producer Michael Patrick King, The Comeback stars the Friends actress as sitcom star Valerie Cherish, who is plying her trade in modern-day Los Angeles, California. Cherish is very much a D-grade actress best known for her starring role in the sexually charged sitcom I'm It!
Continue reading: Woah, HBO Just Renewed Lisa Kudrow's 'The Comeback'
The Sopranos and The Wire are heading to Amazon.
Customers of streaming service Amazon Prime probably treated themselves to a little dance on Thursday, when it was announced that the company had signed a deal with HBO to stream the likes of The Sopranos, The Wire, Girls and Veep. It represents the first time that HBO programming has been licensed to an online-only subscription service.
The first batch of shows will be made available from May 21, with Deadwood, Rome, Six Feet Under, Band of Brothers, The Pacific and Parade's End among the other shows being made available There is no mention of Game of Thrones.
Continue reading: How Did Amazon Beat Netflix To The Sopranos, The Wire, Girls?
Rowling's popular book will find its way onto the silver screen
The BBC and HBO are involved in making a miniseries based on J.K Rowling’s first book for adults, ‘The Casual Vacancy’. In December 2012, the BBC announced that it would be adapting the book for television but it has now revealed that the novel will be made into a three-hour miniseries, co-produced by the BBC and HBO.
J.K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy was the author's first novel for adults
The book, while receiving mixed reviews from the critics, proved to be a commercial success for Rowling, who receives intense publicity and scrutiny every time she writes new material. It sold 125,000 copies in its first week of publication and more than six million copies since then.
Continue reading: HBO/BBC Pick Up J.K Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy' For Miniseries
The Purple Wedding shook us to our core, but what happened and who did it?
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Yikes, GoT fans! Was Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones even more shocking that the Red Wedding? Well, probably not for those that have the read the books, but for the rest of us Joffrey’s agonising death was quite the shocker. If not a total relief, his particular form of douchebaggery had become all too much to bear.
Did Uncle Tyrion kill Joffrey?
Continue reading: Who Was The Mastermind Behind Game Of Thrones' Purple Wedding?
Hey 'Game of Thrones' fans, you're a bunch of pirates.
Games of Thrones season 4 episode 2 - The Lion and the Rose - broke torrent records for most people simultaneously sharing a file through BitTorrent, attracting more than 193,000 downloads on the evening that it went out. By the end of the first day after its initial broadcast, roughly 1.5 million people had downloaded the episode.
"A few hours after the second episode came online the Demonii tracker reported that 193,418 people where sharing one single torrent," TorrentFreak reports. "145,594 had a complete copy of the episode and continued to upload, while 47,824 were still downloading the file.
Continue reading: 'Games Of Thrones' Season 4 Episode 2 Breaks Torrent Records. Big Time.
Nairn isn't afraid of coming out as gay, but didn't want to force it.
Kristian Nairn – known to Game Of Thrones fans as Hodor - has opened up about his sexuality. He’s gay. But instead of keeping it a secret (and why should he?), Nairn was simply waiting for someone to ask him about it.
Kristian Nairn at the 2012 Memorabilia Show at the NEC, Birmingham
It was the fan blog, Winter is Coming, that gave Nairn the opportunity he’d been waiting for, asking the actor a question regarding the “gay community” and his popularity within it. “Well, in all honesty, when you talk about “the gay community,” you are talking about MY community, haha,” he said.
M.M digs and digs to unearth Rust Cohle's past: something deep and dark, detective - something deep and dark.
True Detective spans 17 years, follows the relationship of two men working on a ritualistic murder case and features one of the most complex, haunting and intriguing characters in TV’s recent history: Rust Cohle, played masterfully by recent Oscar winner, Matthew Mcconaughey.
Matthew McConaughey as the 2012 Rust Cohle from episode three
For his role as Ron Woodruff in Dallas Buyers Club, McConaughey lost 50 pounds, something he said made him acutely aware of what was around him; he was hyper alert He couldn’t get sunlight, couldn’t eat anything outside his controlled diet, and when he found out exercise wasn’t aiding his weight loss, he – in his own words - became “hermetic”.
An in-depth look at who could star in season 2 of HBO's intense crime drama 'True Detective'.
Nic Pizzolatto put the sincerity and quality of True Detective’s story over multiple seasons of the show, asserting that a strict 8-episode format would be condusive to a strong third act. And judging by the critical claim he’s received – his creation is being talked about in the same breath as The Wire – one is inclined to trust the man who risked everything to write the new HBO anthology series.
Woody Harrelson [L] and Matthew McConuaghey [R] as Hart and Cohle in 'True Detective'
“One of the reasons I wanted to do an anthology format is I like stories with endings. I like a good third act. And continuing serial dramas, they tend to have really good beginnings and really long middles and then sort of have to hustle to develop an ending. And I like the idea of telling a self-contained story,” explained Pizzolatto.
Continue reading: True Detective Season 2: Which Pairing Can Pick Up From Cohle And Hart?
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Somehow, True Detective’s fifth episode managed to be even better than the explosive fourth, building upon that miraculous 6-minute tracking shot crescendo and supplementing the action – so skilfully predicated by three episodes of character planning – with a heavy dose of intricate plot.
Rustin Cohle and Martin Hart investigate the eerie murder in Episode 1
As HBO’s latest ‘have you watched this’ drama rumbles on impressively – brooding performances from Matthew Mcconaughey and Woody Harrelson as Rust Cohle and Martin Hart respectively only add credence to a wonderfully crafted, suspenseful story – here are 5 facts you didn’t know about True Detective. And if you did know them, shut up.
Continue reading: 5 Things You Didn't Know About HBO's 'True Detective'
HBO offers up TV Utopia.
British conspiracy theory Utopia is heading to the U.S, and it couldn’t have found a better home. HBO are remaking the show, which first broadcast on Channel 4 last year. The stateside adaptation – which comes from the most premium of cable services – will be written by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn and will be directed by, wait for it, David Fincher.
David Fincher will direct the Utopia remake
The pair worked together on the film adaption of Flynn’s book, starring Ben Affleck. Fincher is no stranger to UK – U.S exports; he helmed two episodes of House of Cards – the beautifully shot political thriller adapted by Beau Willamon from the four-episode UK version for Netflix.
Continue reading: From The UK To America: HBO Finds Channel 4's 'Utopia'
The Girls creator's book will be out in October
It’s finally here, or at least that’s how Lena Dunham put it when she announced that her highly anticipated book, Not That Kind of Girl, is set to be released on October 7, 2014.
The popular actor, write, director and basically everything-it-takes-to-get-something-done-er announced the news via her widely-followed Instagram account, following that up with a little Tweet to send her fans in the right direction. This, of course, was met with a tidal wave of excitement from the legions of dedicated Dunham-ites that follow her every move.
Continue reading: Lena Dunham Confirms "Not That Kind Of Girl" Book Release Date
The first episode of HBO's new dramedy is a hit with critics and audiences alike, as the network looks set to enjoy another hit series
HBO premiered their latest series last night (19 Jan.), the San Francisco-set Looking, a show about finding the right right partner and who you are in the world. The difference between the new show and countless other series that fit this formula is that it's three central characters, played by Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett & Frankie J. Alvarez, are all gay.
Jonathan Groff [L], Murray Bartlett [M] & Frankie J. Alvare [R] star in the show
The newly premiered comedy drama managed to draw in promising audience numbers and even more promising critical praise, with a number of early reviews for the show already declaring to fans of the premium cable network that HBO have produced yet another show to become obsessed with. Gaining comparisons to much-praised series Girls, the show promises so much more than being 'Girls with guys' as this modern-day sitcom looks to lift the lid on the still-relatively taboo nature of same-sex relationships in a way that has hardy been done before.
Continue reading: HBO Have Yet Another Winning Formula With 'Looking' - Review Round-Up
The documentary sticks to HBO's usual high standards
Often, documentaries surrounding a rare and incurable disease are contrived and have the specific goal to make their audiences feel bad and moved to action. HBO’s Life According to Sam doesn’t subscribe to any of those tropes, and doesn’t stoop to cheap tricks to garner sympathy.
Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns learned that their two-year-old son, Sam, had progeria back in 1998. Progeria is extremely rare – only 300 cases have been reported in the world. It’s a progressive aging disorder that weakens its victims every day. Sam, though, has outlived his expectancy, as most kids with the affliction pass from a heart attack or a stroke aged – on average – 13.
It’s a morbid subject, but HBO approached the doc with both style an honesty, which culminated in an immensely watchable, heart-warming but not patronising piece. It also highlights just how important Gordan and Scott Bern’s research was for both their child as the field of medicine.
Deirdre Lovejoy and HBO Friday 4th January 2008 New York Premiere of HBO's 'The Wire' at Chelsea West Cinema New York City, USA
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