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Review: HBO’s new film Bad Education is “the most Australian movie about Long Island ever made”

May 14, 2020

The newest feature film for us to enjoy from the company of our own homes during isolation is one that was never acquired for big screen distribution. Coming from HBO Films (following the largest acquisition deal of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival), Bad Education is the dramatised telling of a true story of corruption […]

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The Last of Us is coming to HBO

March 6, 2020

Beloved video game franchise The Last of Us is becoming a new HBO series. The game’s writer and creative director Neil Druckmann, and Chernobyl creator Craig Mazin will develop the series. Carolyn Strauss and Naughty Dog president Evan Wells will executive produce. The series will be a co-production between Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions. […]

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New teaser trailer invites you into the world of His Dark Materials

May 18, 2019

The first teaser trailer for the forthcoming TV adaptation of His Dark Materials has been released out into the world, and we for one are excited! Set for release later in the year, the BBC and HBO co-production has amassed a sterling cast of small screen and big screen talent. Logan actress Dafne Keen has […]

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Game of Thrones: Five things we know about The Battle of Winterfell

April 26, 2019

It doesn’t seem like enough to just say this next, third, episode of Game of Thrones Season 8 will be ambitious. Plenty of things in this day and age are ambitious: jazz-rap concept albums from chiselled Compton emcees; some absolutely fucked mutant food hybrid, likely involving Nutella and doughnuts; millennial media start-ups that are so […]

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Game of Thrones Season 8: Who will die in the Battle of Winterfell?

April 25, 2019

People are going to die in Game of Thrones next week. There’s absolutely no question about it. Hyped as the longest battle sequence ever committed to film/tv, the third episode – probably titled “The Long Night” – will undoubtedly be a milestone in television history as it deals with the direct result of the fearsome […]

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Game of Thrones Season 8 Episode 2 Review: Final Preparations, Final Goodbyes

April 22, 2019

Season 8’s premiere, “Winterfell”, was a surprisingly disappointing and robotic brush of box-ticking. Reunions and moments of levity took up the most of it, appealing to the masses with schlocky CGI dragon-riding and destined-for-meme Bran stare-downs. The only thing remotely impressive about the episode was John Bradley’s acting. “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” was […]

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Game of Thrones Season 8 “Winterfell”: what worked and what didn’t

April 18, 2019

After what felt like an endless wait, Game of Thrones has returned for its sweeping final run of episodes, six instalments which will wrap up what has essentially been one of the greatest television events of all time. I’ve spent the past week and a half re-watching it all – my fifth time doing so […]

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Game of Thrones Season 8: Five theories on the end

April 9, 2019

George R.R. Martin loves his irony. It’s pretty much the only reliable rule that runs throughout A Song of Ice & Fire, and hence Game of Thrones. Arya kills Polliver the same way he killed Lommy; Ramsay Bolton is mauled by his dogs; Jorah is sold into slavery at one point – Martin loves drawing […]

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HBO releases special Game of Thrones collection of single malt whiskies

April 8, 2019

While wine may be the drink of choice in HBO’s phenomenal Game of Thrones, the various textures of the show’s universe are best expressed through Whisky. Diageo have recognised this, and so has HBO; which is why they’ve teamed up to officially release several expressions from different iconic brands, each making up a limited-edition collection […]

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WATCH: The official trailer for Game of Thrones’ final season has arrived

March 5, 2019

Just days after the internet started buzzing with talks that the forthcoming final season of Game of Thrones will feature “the longest consecutive battle sequence ever committed to film”, the official trailer has arrived. As you can expect, details are fairly scarce on exactly how the season will play out, but we have been given […]

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Blu-Ray Review: What to expect from the Westworld Season Two: The Door 3 Disc Home Release

February 13, 2019

At the end of last year, the second season of Westworld (“The Door”) received the home Blu-Ray release treatment, with a three disc set showcasing all ten episodes of the big budget HBO series. The season introduced us to the other “worlds” that run alongside Westworld – while a number of storylines and timelines helped […]

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Ned Stark to return for Game of Thrones reunion special

October 21, 2018

It appears that Sean Bean has spilled…the beans? The former Game of Thrones cast member, who portrayed patriarch Ned Stark in the show’s first season, has let slip that HBO has been busy filming a reunion special ahead of the final run of episodes. The one-off special, which was reportedly hosted by Conan O’Brien, was […]

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Here’s the first look at HBO Series Sharp Objects starring Amy Adams

May 9, 2018

The first look at new HBO series Sharp Objects has arrived wth a new trailer. Starring Amy Adams (Arrival), the series is based on the bestselling novel by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn. The show is set to premiere in July 2018 as an eight-part series exclusively in Australia on Foxtel’s showcase channel. The minute-long teaser trailer […]

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HBO are building a two acre version of Sweetwater for Westworld fans at SXSW

February 26, 2018

As far as immersive experiences at SXSW go, it’s going to be hard to top what HBO have planned. To celebrate the forthcoming second season premiere of their critically acclaimed series Westworld (Sunday 22nd April in the U.S, which would be Monday 23rd April in Australia) the network have went and built the entire town […]

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TV Review: Fire reigns in epic Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 4 “The Spoils of War”

August 7, 2017

In a move to rival the sheer scale and CGI glory of “Hardhome”, Game of Thrones have just presented what is probably its most epic battle yet, even outranking the “Battle of the Bastards” in some ways by pitting Jamie, Bronn and the Lannister forces against Dany, Drogon, and the Dothraki army. Like all of […]

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TV Review: Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 3 “The Queen’s Justice” is uneven but eventful

July 31, 2017

The transfer of power to those most capable of running an ever-changing world tends to only happen when traditions fly out of the window. That’s always been one of the primary messages of Game of Thrones, and watching it unfold with power moves and converging character arcs is where the show’s major strengths lie. A […]

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Five things we learned from Chris Gethard’s HBO special Career Suicide

July 26, 2017

Chris Gethard is an American comedian and talk show host. He has written jokes for an NFL player and completed a writing stint on Saturday Night Live. His HBO special, Career Suicide is presented by the one and only, Judd Apatow and it’s a funny and sobering look at depression, addiction and suicide. We put […]

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TV Review: Cersei draws first blood in Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 2 “Stormborn”

July 26, 2017

An episode sandwiched by a brutal storm, one literal and one figurative, “Stormborn” was a momentous series of events which has moved this narrative further then many would have expected. As I mentioned last week, the time for economical storytelling is upon us, and so every – well, most – sequences are going to count […]

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TV Review: Game of Thrones Season 7 Episode 1 “Dragonstone” is nothing but power moves

July 17, 2017

That was one hell of a way to open up Game of Thrones’ seventh season premiere, wasn’t it? Rarely does the show dabble in cold openers, but an enormously satisfying ribbon-cutter was certainly the perfect way to usher in what is now the final 13 episodes (split into two seasons) of what has truly become […]

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Larry David returns for the long-awaited ninth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm

July 12, 2017

Foxtel have announced that the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning HBO comedy series Curb Your Enthusiasm will return for its ninth season exclusively to The Comedy Channel. Curb Your Enthusiasm stars Seinfeld co-creator Larry David as an over-the-top version of himself in an unsparing but tongue-in-cheek depiction of his life. Shot in a realism style and featuring celebrities playing themselves, the […]

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TV Review: Girls‘ sixth & final season bows out with unexpected grace

April 20, 2017

Though it started on what seemed like uneven ground, the final season of HBOs Girls manages to not only pull the series strengths together and end on a high note but also manage to do so while remaining as imperfect and messy as it’s ever been. Even if Lena Dunham’s voice is not “your” voice, […]

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Film Review: HBO’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is a vital bio-pic about the most important woman in medical history

April 18, 2017

The name Henrietta Lacks may not mean an awful lot to some people but in reality it should be one of the most famous names in history. Lacks is responsible for revolutionising modern medicine and contributing to every recent major medical breakthrough from vaccines for polio, HPV and the flu-shot; to IVF and treatments for […]

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Michael Bonfiglio talks about his new HBO Documentary May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers, co-directed with Judd Apatow

April 10, 2017

While in Austin last month, we caught up with Michael Bonfiglio, co-director of May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers (the much loved US band) with Judd Apatow. We spoke about premiering the film at the iconic SXSW festival and working with (and discovering) the band across the album three years it took […]

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SXSW Interview: Animals co-creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano take acid and talk Bill Cosby

March 24, 2017

The second season of HBO’s animated series Animals just premiered, and in anticipation of its release I sat down with the series creators Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano at SXSW to talk about its return, Bill Cosby, warping minds, The Duplass Brothers (the series’ Executive Producers) and taking acid on 3-11. So I just came […]

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First impressions of Animals‘ second season from two first time viewers

March 17, 2017

Animals, what can we say about HBO’s crazy animated show? To give you a quick rundown, Animals is an American animated comedy television series created by new talents Phil Matarese and Mike Luciano. The first two episodes were independently produced and presented at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015 and HBO picked the series up after its success at the […]

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First Impressions: HBO’s Big Little Lies is rich, addictive television

February 15, 2017

Never forgive.  Never forget. If there’s one mantra the characters of Big Little Lies live by, it’s that.  Shrewdly written by TV veteran David E. Kelly, HBO’s new seven-arc mini-series is a deliciously wicked slice of suburban slaughter where it’s what’s on the outside that matters most. Based on Australian novelist Liane Moriarty’s best-selling prose, […]

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First Impressions: Girls still has a lot to learn in its sixth & final season

February 6, 2017

The fifth season of HBO’s Girls – in many ways – raised the bar for the popular but divisive series. Both as a writer and an actress, Lena Dunham cleverly and effectively built on all the aspects of the show that have worked in the past and dropped what didn’t. Efforts by everyone involved helped […]

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Westworld creates even more mystery with “The Stray” & “Dissonance Theory”

October 25, 2016

Now that we are four wonderful episodes into HBO’s Westworld, I’d like to run through some of my thoughts and theories on the last two episodes, “The Stray” and “Dissonance Theory”, as they double down on the mystery and ante-up the violent factor. We lead ever closer to the inevitable take-over of the hosts and […]

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Westworld Season 1, Episode 2 “Chestnut” – Here’s what you missed!

October 11, 2016

The second episode of HBO’s exciting and groundbreaking new series Westworld, “Chestnut” screened on Monday, and despite a few nuances it picks up perfectly where the previous episode dropped us off. We are given two new guests to the park in the form of Logan played by Ben Barnes (Narnia and Stardust) and William played […]

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We meet Keegan DeWitt: The Composer of HBO’s Divorce and member of the band Wild Cub

October 7, 2016

Ahead of the premiere of the new half hour HBO comedy series Divorce, starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Thomas Haden Church, we meet Keegan DeWitt, the composer of the series and member of the band Wild Cub. He talks to us about how he came to be a part of the series,  we learn a […]

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