HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo – exclusive interview

Michael Lombardo, head of programming at HBO | © 2015 HBO

Following a general question and answer session with the Television Critics Association, HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo took some time for an exclusive follow-up discussion. AX: This is Michael Lombardo on the State of the HBO Union. MICHAEL LOMBARDO: The State of the HBO Union? “’The Union is fine,’ Daniel Webster answered.” Things are good. I’m excited about the year. AX: A few years ago, you were saying you didn’t really like genre. LOMBARDO: It wasn’t my natural predilection, that is correct. AX: How do you feel about genre now? LOMBARDO: Here is what I’ll say. What I learned, …Read On »

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THE BRINK: Tim Robbins talks the HBO comedy drama – exclusive interview

Tim Robbins in THE BRINK | © 2015 HBO

In HBO’s freshman series THE BRINK, Sundays at 10:30 PM, Tim Robbins plays U.S. Secretary of State Walter Larson. Walter is battling a hawkish government in trying to prevent WWIII from breaking out with Pakistan; he’s also got some more personal problems, stemming from his fondness from getting tied up by female sex workers. Robbins, who won an Oscar for his supporting performance in MYSTIC RIVER and was nominated for another for his direction of DEAD MAN WALKING, has a long and renowned career on both sides of the camera in feature films, and he has appeared in some telefilms, …Read On »

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THE BRINK: Showrunner Roberto Benabib discusses the espionage comedy – exclusive interview

Tim Robbins stars in THE BRINK on HBO | © 2015 Merie W. Wallace/HBO

In HBO’s new comedy THE BRINK, Sundays at 10:30, the world finds itself on the title precipice, with World War III a distinct possibility, thanks to warmongers in both the U.S. and Pakistan. Caught in the middle are an inept U.S. embassy aide (Jack Black) who finds himself in the thick of major espionage, a sensible driver (Aasif Mandvi) who is stuck at the aide’s side, a Secretary of State (Tim Robbins) who pays at least as much attention to his sex life as to his job and two bomber pilots (Pablo Schreiber, Eric Ladin) who unfortunately hit the wrong …Read On »

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THE BRINK: Aasif Mandvi chats about the HBO series – exclusive interview

Aasif Mandvi stars as Rafiq in HBO's THE BRINK | © 2015 Merie W. Wallace/HBO

In HBO’s THE BRINK, Sundays at 10:30 PM, Aasif Mandvi plays Rafiq Massoud, driver to Alex Talbot (Jack Black), a singularly unqualified attaché to the U.S. embassy in Pakistan. Through a series of strange events, Jack and Rafiq find themselves in the position of trying to stop World War III. Mandvi, who originally hails from India, is also a writer and co-producer on THE BRINK. He’s known for his work as a correspondent on THE DAILY SHOW and has acted in a wide variety of films and television, including the series JERICHO, SPIDER-MAN 2, THE PROPOSAL, MARGIN CALL, MILLION DOLLAR …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5 – “Mother’s Mercy” – Season Finale

Lena Headey in GAME OF THRONES - Season 5 - "Mother's Mercy" | ©2015 HBO

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Carice Van Houten, Indira Varma, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michiel Huisman, Conleth Hill, Jerome Flynn, Alfie Allen, Iwan Rheon, Gwendoline Christie, Tom Wlaschiha, Iain Glen, Jonathan Pryce, Daniel Portman, Anton Lesser, Jacob Anderson, Ian Beattie, Nell Tiger Free, Tara Fitzgerald, Brenock O’Connor, Faye Marsay, Charlotte Hope Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: David Nutter Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5 – “The Dance of Dragons”

Emilia Clarke in GAME OF THRONES - Season 5 - "The Dance of the Dragons" | ©2015 HBO

 Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Carice Van Houten, Indira Varma, Maisie Williams, Jerome Flynn, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Kristofer Hivju, Tom Wlaschiha, Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iain Glen, Kerry Ingram, Tara Fitzgerald, Alexander Siddig, Ian Whyte, Brenock O’Connor, Faye Marsay, Toby Sebastian, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Ian Beattie, Mark Gatiss Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: David Nutter Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: June 7, 2015 It’s a rare episode of …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5 – “Hardhome”

Kit Harington and Kristofer Hivju in GAME OF THRONES - Season 5 - "Hardhome" | ©2015 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Kristofer Hivju, Alfie Allen, Nathalie Emmanuel, Tom Wlaschiha, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon, Iain Glen, Brigitte Hjort Sorensen, Ian Whyte, Ross O’Hennessy, Brenock O’Connor, Anton Lesser, Faye Marsay Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Miguel Sapochnik Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 31, 2015 “Hardhome” goes a long way toward explaining why there was relatively little action in the past few …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5 – “The Gift”

Dean-Charles Chapman in GAME OF THRONES - Season 5 - "The Gift" | ©2015 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Aiden Gillen, Natalie Dormer, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Carice Van Houten, John Bradley, Kristofer Hivju, Hannah Murray, Dean-Charles Chapman, Alfie Allen, Sophie Turner, Iwan Rheon, Gwendoline Christie, Jerome Flynn, Michiel Huisman, Iain Glen, Peter Vaughan, Diana Rigg, Jonathan Pryce, Nell Tiger Free, Joel Fry, Owen Teale, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Eugene Simon Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Miguel Sapochnik Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 24, 2015 …Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5 – “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in GAME OF THRONES in "Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken” | ©2015 HBO/Macall B. Polay

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Aiden Gillen, Natalie Dormer, Indira Varma, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, Jerome Flynn, Alfie Allen, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon, Tom Wlaschiha, Dean-Charles Chapman, Iain Glen, Diana Rigg, Jonathan Pryce, Finn Jones, Nell Tiger Free Writer: Bryan Cogman Director: Jeremy Podeswa Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 17, 2015 When plotlines on GAME OF THRONES advance, they do so sometimes with the subtlety of chess moves, and at other times with the lunge of a dragon. Although we don’t see Daenerys and her fire-breathing offspring in “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” the latter is …Read On »

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THE BRINK star Jack Black discuss the new HBO series – interview

Jack Black stars in THE BRINK | © 2015 Merie W. Wallace/HBO

Jack Black, star of bigscreen comedies including SCHOOL OF ROCK, the voice of the hero in the animated KUNG FU PANDA franchise and one-half of the band Tenacious D, is making a leap into series television as a lead actor and producer with HBO’s THE BRINK. Created by Kim Benabib and Robert Benabib, THE BRINK, Sundays at 10:30 PM, is a satirical look at the possible start of World War III. Black plays U.S. State Department employee Alex Talbot, a low-level screw-up assigned to the American Embassy in Pakistan, where he constantly aggravates his better-educated local driver, played by Aasif …Read On »

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