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July 3, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Although it has not quite recaptured the magic of "The Sopranos," there is no denying that HBO is once again in full stride. With Emmy-winning movies, a panoply of well-done documentaries, successful comedies and dramatic hits both popular — "True Blood" — and critical — "Boardwalk Empire," "Treme" — the premium network bursts with so much justified confidence that it took on the perilous realm of fantasy with the well-received "Game of Thrones....
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March 21, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Documentaries in this age of Netflix and VOD don't often get a theatrical release, but HBO is betting that “The Case Against 8,” its Sundance-decorated documentary about the legal battle to overturn Proposition 8, can buck the trend. The network has scheduled a limited theatrical run in June for Ben Cotner and Ryan White's movie, which examines the legal battle, ultimately successful, to overturn California's same-sex marriage ban that passed in 2008. HBO will put the movie in Los Angeles and New York theaters on June 6, expand it on June 13, and then air it on June 23, which is close to the anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.
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January 8, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
When Nic Pizzolatto was 5, he had an epiphany. It wasn't the usual childhood one about finger-painting or bike-riding or other regular kid stuff. It was that one day he would die. "You know how people say that young people feel immortal? I don't know what they're talking about," he said. "I was planning for how I would deal with my death in good conscience well before I even hit puberty. " The moment captures Pizzolatto, one of the more colorful creative types to emerge in Hollywood in recent years and the force behind HBO's "True Detective," the Louisiana-set, time-jumping Matthew McConaughey-Woody Harrelson noir series that premieres Sunday.
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March 17, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
Veteran journalist and former California First Lady Maria Shriver is out to put a human face on Americans struggling to stay above the poverty line. In her new HBO documentary, "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert," Shriver focuses on a 30-year-old single mother of three who earns less than $10 an hour as a nursing assistant in Chattanooga, Tenn. The work, which premieres Monday, is meant to highlight the struggles of an estimated 42 million women and 28 million children who are living in or are on the brink of poverty.
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May 6, 2010
'Sergio' Where: HBO When: 8 p.m. Thursday Rating: Not rated
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February 12, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
John Oliver admirers, take note: HBO has finally confirmed the title and launch date of the former "Daily Show" correspondent's new show. "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" will make its debut April 27 at 11 p.m. PDT. The series, which was announced last November, takes a satirical look at the week in news -- sort of similar to the mimicking his former boss Jon Stewart is known for, but not exactly, Oliver stressed when addressing reporters in...
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March 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
HBO has canceled its low-rated critical darling "Enlightened. " The series, created by Mike White and Laura Dern, centered on Amy Jellicoe (Dern), a self-destructive woman who undergoes a spiritual awakening and takes on a path bent on reforming her company's bad methods. The role earned Dern a Golden Globe for the show's debut season. The half-hour series, which recently wrapped its second season, was praised by critics but that didn't translate to ratings success. Though its second season saw a slight boost in viewership, it was hardly a sturdy or everlasting one. It's January premiere drew 300,000 viewers, up from the 210,000 viewers it locked in when it made its debut in late 2011.
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January 16, 2010 | By Denise Martin and Joy Press
HBO's star-studded afternoon sessions at the Television Critics press tour launched with Claire Danes discussing her February biopic "Temple Grandin," and ended with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant bantering about the 13-part animated comedy series "The Ricky Gervais Show." In between, the network brought out luminaries, including Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon, Rosie O'Donnell, Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg to talk about their spring projects. In the movie "You Don't Know Jack," Pacino slips into the skin of Jack Kevorkian, the most public face of the assisted suicide movement.
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March 3, 2010
HBO lures Hoffman HBO continues to develop aggressively, with a new pilot starring Dustin Hoffman and a series pickup based on a line of bestselling fantasy novels. The pay cable outlet announced Tuesday that it had committed to a pilot plus nine episodes of "Game of Thrones," adapted from the "A Song of Ice and Fire" fantasy epic by screenwriter and novelist George R.R. Martin. The story concerns a violent civil war that racks a fictional land called Westeros. The cast includes Peter Dinklage and Sean Bean.
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November 15, 2013 | By Nico Lang, guest blogger
The trailer for HBO's “Looking,” about gay men in San Francisco, debuted this week, and I want to be excited about the show. The series is executive produced by Andrew Haigh, the director of 2011's “Weekend,” one of the best and most honest gay dramas in recent years. So why does “Looking” make me so nervous? There's an easy answer: The show is “looking awfully white,” as blogger Justin Huang puts it. In an essay  for the Huffington Post, Huang takes the show to task for what appears to be a whitewashing of the LGBT community.
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March 13, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Two days before HBO's "Game of Thrones" returns for its fourth season, a collection of talisman necklaces and rings inspired by the show will hit retail jewelry brand Pyrrha, it was announced Thursday.  A partnership between the Vancouver-based jewelry design studio and HBO Global Licensing, the official Pyrrha for Game of Thrones collection, which rolls out to retail on April 4, will include a range of sterling silver and bronze unisex talisman...
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March 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
An average of 3.5 million viewers tuned in for Sunday's season finale of "True Detective," the HBO crime anthology starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, according to Nielsen. That's the biggest audience ever for the 9 p.m. cable drama and 50% higher than the 2.3 million who watched the show's premiere.  The show's big closer faced heavy competition on cable and broadcast networks, including the premieres of ABC's "Resurrection" and Fox's "Cosmos," along with an episode of the AMC hit "Walking Dead.
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March 6, 2014 | by Scott Collins
HBO is a great place to create a TV show - if you're a white guy. So says a new report by Huffington Post TV critic Maureen Ryan, who argues that the premium cable channel - home of such acclaimed series as "True Detective," "Game of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" - is almost exclusively the province of white male writer-producers. Or, as the story refers to such people, "narrative architects. " "Guess how many women or people of color have been a creator or narrative architect on a one-hour HBO drama or miniseries since 2008 (the year after 'The Sopranos' ended)
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February 26, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
"Looking," HBO's gay-themed dramedy, has found its Mr. Season 2. The premium cable network announced Wednesday it will be bringing back the half-hour show , about a trio of friends navigating adulthood in San Francisco, for a sophomore season. Production will begin later this year in San Francisco.  The series, from Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh ("Weekend"), is at the tail end of its first season. Though its Jan. 19 premiere was soft, the series has steadily climbed in viewership to numbers akin to some of the network's other modest performing series.
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February 24, 2014 | By Mary McNamara
“Breaking Bad's” Walter White was not, as it seemed, the last gasp of the antihero tyrannical hold on TV, but HBO's “True Detective” may be. Although it is impossible not to admire the performances by Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey, “True Detective's” fetishistic love of the sweaty messed up man, at the expense of every woman in a 10-mile radius, is drawing as much criticism as its premiere drew raves. Twitter has been serving up hilarious wish lists for Season 2 - the Olsen twins?
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February 12, 2014 | By David Horsey
The Toys R Us store on La Cienega and Santa Monica Boulevard is likely to be swarmed by screenwriters and producers this week, given the $69-million opening of “The Lego Movie” over the weekend. If Legos can kill at the box office, they will be asking themselves, which toy on these shelves is the next hot property? I only wish I had anticipated this trend. If I had simply written an action-packed script, hired a small film crew and reassembled the tens of thousands of Lego pieces my son long ago left packed away in the basement, I could be a millionaire by now. But who knew chunky little plastic people would be the new stars of Hollywood?
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January 10, 2014 | By Jessica Gelt
Writer Tom Perrotta is hopeful that HBO's new series, "The Leftovers," will be received as warmly as other Hollywood adaptations of his books. Based on Perrotta's bestselling novel of the same name, "The Leftovers" imagines the aftermath of a world in which 2% of the population suddenly disappears in a mysterious rapture-like event. Prior to this, Perrotta's books "Election" and "Little Children" were adapted into critical darlings. The former, a quirky black comedy directed by Alexander Payne, became a cult classic.
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March 14, 2012 | By Yvonne Villarreal and Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
HBO has pulled the plug on its gambling drama "Luck" after controversy erupted over the deaths of three horses during production. "It is with heartbreak that executive producers David Milch and Michael Mann together with HBO have decided to cease all future production on the series 'Luck,' " the network said in a statement. The statement continues: "Safety is always of paramount concern. We maintained the highest safety standards throughout production, higher in fact than any protocols existing in horseracing anywhere with many fewer incidents than occur in racing or than befall horses normally in barns at night or pastures.
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February 12, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
John Oliver admirers, take note: HBO has finally confirmed the title and launch date of the former "Daily Show" correspondent's new show. "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver" will make its debut April 27 at 11 p.m. PDT. The series, which was announced last November, takes a satirical look at the week in news -- sort of similar to the mimicking his former boss Jon Stewart is known for, but not exactly, Oliver stressed when addressing reporters in...
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February 7, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
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