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July 11, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, Television Critic
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.
NEWS
December 9, 1991 | By Lee Winfrey, Inquirer TV Writer
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...
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
December 26, 1988 | Los Angeles Daily News
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.
NEWS
January 9, 1986 | By ANN GERHART, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
June 27, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* 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?
NEWS
August 22, 1986 | By Lee Winfrey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
SPORTS
February 8, 2000 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2000 | By Jonathan Storm, INQUIRER TELEVISION CRITIC
"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.
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July 11, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, Television Critic
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.
NEWS
June 27, 2016
* GAME OF THRONES. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. It's time already for the Season 6 finale, "The Winds of Winter," so bring your best theories about what happens, and who dies next. * ROADIES. 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. From Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous ), Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life) and J.J. Abrams, a dramedy about a rock band's road crew, starring Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino, and Imogen Poots. * BET AWARDS. 8 p.m. Sunday, BET. Anthony Anderson and Tracee Ellis Ross, the stars of ABC's Blackish , host the 16th annual awards show, which will feature a tribute to Prince that's expected to include Sheila E., Philadelphia's The Roots, and Janelle Monae.
NEWS
June 13, 2016
Maybe you planned to spend the summer catching up on all those TV shows you didn't have time for until now. Ha. Prepare to fall even further behind. Summer shows may be soapy, scary, fin-filled (Discovery's Shark Week starts June 26, just as HBO's Game of Thrones ends its season) or just sillier than usual, but even hard-core drama junkies should find something to hold them till fall. The seasonal rollout is already underway, but there's more - much more - to come, including these.
NEWS
June 3, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
HBO'S ATTORNEYS - an army similar in size to the Dothraki - are reportedly prepared to battle with pornhub.com because the site has a multitude of unauthorized Game of Thrones nudie shots. Most of them are of Queen of Dragons Emilia Clarke , reports the London Sun , but breast-baring Carice Van Houten (Melisandre) gets into the act as does Lena Headey 's walk of shame body double. Pornhub reported that searches for Game of Thrones images shot up by 370 percent when the sixth season premiered.
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Michael Boren, Staff Writer
The final hours for Kiersten Rickenbach Cerveny, a former America's Junior Miss scholarship winner from South Jersey, began when she left a New York City bar in the wee hours last Oct. 4 with HBO producer Marc Johnson, who had offered her cocaine, authorities said. A cab brought them to a building on West 16th Street in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood, where Johnson's longtime friend - and alleged drug dealer - James Holder lived in a third-floor unit, federal authorities said. It was in this building that emergency responders later found Cerveny, a 38-year-old dermatologist and married mother of three young children, unconscious in the first-floor doorway.
NEWS
May 15, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Rich Cohen, a veteran journalist and co-creator of HBO's Vinyl , achieves the unlikely feat of adding a worthy Rolling Stones book to an overcrowded shelf, full of personal recollections and astute observations. Spiegel & Grau, $30.
NEWS
May 15, 2016
Bryan Cranston may be more comfortable in Lyndon Baines Johnson's skin than the late president himself was. Which is saying something, because it took more than two hours a day of hair and makeup work to transform the Breaking Bad star into the charismatic and sometimes confoundingly insecure character he plays in All the Way , which premieres at 8 p.m. Saturday on HBO. Because he'd already played LBJ on stage, "that character...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2016
More TV fame for Cait I Am Cait reality personality Caitlyn Jenner has signed to appear as a guest star on on the third season of Amazon's Transparent , series creator Jill Soloway tells the Associated Press, calling the casting a "dream come true. " Transparent stars Jeffrey Tambor as a transgender woman trying to maintain the peace among her three adult children. "We are all part of the same community. A lot of the transwomen who work on our show are also in her show, I Am Cait ," Soloway says.
NEWS
February 19, 2016 | Ellen Gray, TV Critic
Finding someone to love is hard. Staying with them? Even harder. Those are a couple of takeaways from Netflix's new series Love  (Friday, Netflix) and HBO's returning Togetherness , two Los Angeles-set dramedies that might pair well with whatever chocolate's left from Valentine's Day. First comes Love . Created by Judd Apatow, Lesley Arfin, and Paul Rust, who's also one of the show's two leads, it premieres on Friday and could benefit from Netflix's watch-all-you-like approach, the opposite of speed dating.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, MUSIC CRITIC
When we first meet Richie Finestra, the hero of Vinyl , the new HBO drama about the 1970s glory days of the music business premiering with a two-hour Martin Scorsese-directed pilot at 9 p.m. Sunday, the exec played by Bobby Cannavale is scoring an eight-ball of cocaine. It's 1973, and Finestra, the stressed-out head of American Century records, is in rundown Soho in Manhattan. Before breaking off his rearview mirror for a snorting surface, he has a brief conversation with his dealer.
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