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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...
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?
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
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.
NEWS
October 28, 1989 | By Lee Winfrey, Inquirer TV Critic
Perfect Witness is not a perfect telemovie, but it's better than most crime shows presented on the little screen so far this fall. Perfect Witness, starring Brian Dennehy, Aidan Quinn and Stockard Channing, will premiere at 8 tonight on HBO. In keeping with the pattern for films and telemovies on pay cable, it will be repeated six times, on different dates this month and next month. That way, you can watch the show at a time convenient to you, while HBO fills 12 hours of its schedule at no extra cost.
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June 22, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
HBO continues its ownership of Sunday nights. Game of Thrones has wrapped up a particularly gruesome fifth season, and Veep and Silicon Valley similarly said their goodbyes for the year. So HBO is introducing three shows to Sunday audiences. These shows - True Detective (9 p.m.), Ballers (10 p.m.) and The Brink (10:30 p.m.) - are not all that dissimilar from their Sunday time-slot predecessors. As was the case last week, these shows include an epic drama and two comedies - a political satire and one that looks at the daily grind of a much-publicized world.
NEWS
June 22, 2015
*  TRUE DETECTIVE . 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. Temper your expectations for the show's new season, which carries nearly as much baggage as its characters. Sunday's Season 2 premiere introduces Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch as four people whose complicated lives won't be simplified by the murder of a corrupt southern California city's manager. Philly's David Morse guest stars. *  A DEADLY ADOPTION . 8 p.m. Saturday, Lifetime. Are Kristen Wiig and Will Ferrell (pictured)
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Extreme situations and extreme behavior mark two fascinating if flawed new dramas: ABC's seriously creepy The Whispers , a thriller about sweet lil' kids who kill, and HBO's Nightingale , a one-man film starring Selma 's David Oyelowo. An X-Files -ish sci-fi procedural carefully calibrated to twist your mind, The Whispers premieres at 10 p.m. Monday. The first episode opens with the attempted murder of a suburban hausfrau by her daughter Harper (Abby Ryder Fortson)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WITH ALL the pending war on "Game of Thrones," you'd think someone would try to take out the pirates. According to piracy-tracking firm Excipio, Sunday's episode was downloaded a record-breaking 2.2 million times in less than half a day after it aired on HBO. Winter is coming. And a lot of people don't want to pay for it. The new "GoT" piracy record, the Toronto Sun reports, comes about a month after HBO launched the $15/month HBO Now with no cable deal required. Since that hasn't had any effect, HBO is now planning to pay mercenary rates to Daenerys Targaryen and her flying dragons to end the problem.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Travolta: Scientology good Hollywood legend  John Travolta  isn't happy with the critique of Scientology made in the HBO docu  Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief . The religion has been nothing but positive in his life, says the Saturday Night Fever  star. "Forty years for me, I've been part - and I've loved every minute of it, and my family has done so well with it," Travolta, 61, said Monday on  Good Morning America . "It's a beautiful thing for me and I've saved lives with it," he said.
NEWS
April 10, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* GAME OF THRONES. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO.   "I don't believe in saviors. I believe men of talent have a part to play in the war to come. " - Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) to Tyrion Lannister (Peter Dinklage), "Game of Thrones" I BELIEVE in David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, whose sure hands on HBO's "Game of Thrones" are the closest thing we have to a guarantee that the TV version of George R.R. Martin's sprawling, still-unfinished saga won't end someday with a dark screen flashing "GAME OVER.
NEWS
March 27, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Anyone with a Twitter feed will be aware of Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief , even if not by name. For some time, promoted tweets have filled feeds in an attempt to discredit individuals who appear in Going Clear , the documentary that debuts at 8 p.m. Sunday on HBO. The tweets don't mention Alex Gibney's documentary by name, but these paid-for missives accuse ex-Scientologists of being liars, seemingly without context....
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
The Jinx , Andrew Jarecki's six-part HBO series about perennial murder suspect Robert Durst, is not the first time the filmmaker has told this tale. Subtitled The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst , Jarecki's TV documentary ended last Sunday with Durst's Whoa Nelly bathroom soliloquy: "What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course. " In the preceding episodes, Jarecki, like a good prosecutor, laid out the evidence linking the peripatetic millionaire, now 71, to the 2000 slaying of Susan Berman, a friend believed to have information about the 1982 disappearance of Durst's wife, Kathie.
NEWS
March 23, 2015 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
DON DRAPER and Raylan Givens are on their way out, and "The Bible" continues. Men in kilts are back on Starz and the wars of Westeros on HBO. And that's just April. May brings Chester County's M. Night Shyamalan to TV at last: Will you follow him west? GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF. 8 p.m. March 29, HBO. Here's a movie Tom Cruise hopes you won't see. Eight former Scientologists, including "Crash" director Paul Haggis, recount chilling experiences in a documentary from Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney, based on the book by Lawrence Wright.
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)
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