ELSEWHERE: Damon Lindelof is Bringing the Rapture to HBO

Wired reports that Damon Lindelof (Star Trek into Darkness, Prometheus, Lost) is working on a new series for HBO titled The Leftovers. Based on Tom Perrotta's novel, the series takes place several years after the world has experienced a Rapture-like event that isn't quite like some Christians were expecting. The show boasts a solid cast, including Christopher Eccleston and Liv Tyler, and Peter Berg directed the pilot. No word on an air date yet, but HBO has ordered 10 episodes. … [Read more...]

What HBO’s “Girls” Gets Right About Sex and Intimacy

Girls

In HBO’s “Girls,” currently wrapping up its second season, 26 year old writer, director, and actor Lena Dunham offers a refreshing - if sometimes painful to watch - view of female sexuality.  Unlike the glossy, airbrushed twentysomethings who headline most sitcoms, Dunham cuts a disheveled, average-sized figure - and she’s not afraid to bare it.  In the search for intimacy and connection, Dunham’s Hannah Horvath is willing to try almost anything with almost any specimen of man.Despite the amo … [Read more...]

Winter Is Coming: An Introduction to "Game of Thrones"

On April 17, HBO will premiere what is arguably the largest fantasy film-making effort since Peter Jackson's adaptation of Lord of the Rings: the first season of Game of Thrones, an adaptation of the first book in George R.R. Martin's long-running Song of Ice and Fire series. I don't make the comparison to Jackson's epic adaptations lightly - the HBO press department has been rolling out teasers and "behind the scenes" featurettes on a pretty regular basis for the last few months, and from the … [Read more...]

John Adams and the Truth

This last Christmas was wonderful, and I got many wonderful gifts. The one gift, however, that I most want to write about was the complete miniseries of HBO’s John Adams (based on the book by David McCullough, which is even better). The film is beautiful and captivating portrayal of the life of the second president of The United States.I couldn’t help but notice, however, a number of inaccuracies in the movie. I could, of course, chalk it up to artistic license and not worry about it, but then … [Read more...]


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