July 11, 2016 |
If not for the death of actor James Gandolfini three years ago, HBO's anatomy-of-a-murder-investigation drama The Night Of might have arrived much sooner, and with all the fanfare you'd expect to accompany the return of the star of The Sopranos to series television. I'd love to have seen what Gandolfini, who filmed a pilot for The Night Of and is still credited as an executive producer, would have done with eight episodes as the rumpled, down-on-his-luck lawyer John Stone.
December 9, 1991 |
Philadelphia had the highest proportion of cable-television piracy among eight cities checked last month by investigators for Home Box Office. HBO said it checked 30 bars and restaurants here during the Nov. 23 bout between heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield and Philadelphia's Bert Cooper, and found 12, or 40 percent, showing HBO's fight coverage without paying for it. The pay-cable channel declined to identify any of the establishments, pending...
July 30, 2011
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF. - For months now, I've marveled at the courage of HBO's programmers, who took on "Game of Thrones" - an enormously complex serialized fantasy based on a series of best-selling books by George R.R. Martin - without even knowing how the story ends. Turns out, though, that the fact that Martin has two books to go in his seven-volume "A Song of Ice and Fire" wasn't much of a problem for HBO programming president Michael Lombardo, because he hasn't read the first five.
December 26, 1988 |
Comedian Andrew "Dice" Clay, who will unleash his new HBO television special, The Diceman Cometh, on New Year's Eve, cites Elvis Presley as a major influence on his career. "What I learned from Elvis, who I've studied since I was a kid, was image, crowd control and timing," said Clay. Having acquired his first leather jacket at age 5, Clay now proudly owns about 100 leather jackets. And, yes, Clay even looks like the King. Clay is known for his unique, uncensored style of humor, drawing his material from personal observation and hands-on experience on the streets of New York.
January 9, 1986 |
There are several thousand video pirates in this city, sitting smugly in armchairs and watching illegal TV, contend attorneys for Home Box Office affiliates. They plan a counter raid today. At a press conference this morning at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel, officials of the entertainment cable franchises were to announce the second phase of a plan to crack down on those who get HBO signals for free and deprive affiliates of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Each of the video pirates identified through private surveillance will be sent a letter ordering them to take down their illicit microwave antenna receivers, said attorney Kelly Tillery, who is acting as local counsel for the region's affiliates, ACS Enterprises of Bensalem, Bucks County; Home Theatre Inc. of Bryn Mawr, Montgomery County; and Video Consultants Inc. of Wynnewood, Montgomery County.
June 27, 2014 |
* THE LEFTOVERS. 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO. * RECKLESS. 9 p.m. Sunday, CBS3. IF DISASTER movies have taught me anything, it's that I'm meant to go in the first wave. It's hard to be scared when you're pretty sure it'll never be you fleeing the aliens/zombies/vampires or fighting amid civil unrest to defend the family castle to the last can of tuna. But what if survival simply meant getting up the day after 2 percent of the population mysteriously vanished? And getting up the day after that and the day after that?
August 22, 1986 |
Did you know that a Monday Night Football game would run more than a half- hour shorter if the commercials were eliminated? Fans could watch a whole game and still get to bed before midnight if the advertisements were absent. How much this might increase the productivity of American workers on Tuesday mornings is a matter for conjecture, but an occasional professional football game without commercials seems to be a possibility. Home Box Office, which runs no ads, is considering bidding for a few games when the network contracts with the National Football League expire after this season.
February 8, 2000 |
Negotiations are still ongoing, but it appears Bernard "The Executioner" Hopkins, who for years has complained of being overlooked and underpaid, finally is about to join the Millionaire Boxers Club. Lou DiBella, senior vice president of Time Warner Sports, confirmed that Hopkins, the long-reigning International Boxing Federation middleweight champion from North Philadelphia, is close to signing a two-year, five-bout contract with HBO that potentially could be worth tens of millions of dollars.
March 11, 2015
LOVE YOUR "Game of Thrones," "Girls" and "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver " but not the high cost of a cable or satellite TV subscription to nab 'em? Cable cutters can soon grab the next "G.O.T. " block (starting April 12) and lots more on the brand-new, direct-to-you HBO Now streaming service for $14.99 a month. All you'll need for access is a broadband network connection (so, yeah, an Internet or mobile provider will still make money) and one of the Apple family of products, including the tiny Apple TV receiver box (hooks up to your TV set)
March 1, 2000 |
"A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down," trilled Mary Poppins in 1964, back before there were any lesbians. In 2000, HBO uses naked movie stars and hot sex to make its lesbian movie palatable to a wide audience, or at least to one that includes a large voyeur contingent that might not be interested in the feelings, politics and concerns of gay women. Written and produced entirely by women, If These Walls Could Talk 2 premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. It has a strong roster of stars, even by HBO standards: Vanessa Redgrave, Sharon Stone, Ellen DeGeneres, Michelle Williams from Dawson's Creek, and Chloe Sevigny from Boys Don't Cry and other serious, offbeat indie flicks.