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John Oliver: ‘Our Drug Laws Seem a Little Draconian and a Lot Racist’

Clocking in at nearly 18 minutes, Oliver’s recent segment on the broken prison system could be one of his most inspired rants yet. This time, the “Last Week Tonight” host even got the help of America’s favorite Muppets to drive home his incredibly important point.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



Rupert Murdoch Wants to Buy the Company That Owns HBO and CNN

It’s merger mania, with AT&T going after DirecTV and Comcast looking to gobble up Time Warner Cable—not to be confused with Time Warner Inc., another cable company that is now the object of Rupert Murdoch’s appetite.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver Puts His Finger on the Reason Income Inequality Is So Prevalent in the U.S.

“Just because politicians can’t talk about income inequality,” the “Last Week Tonight” host starts on one of his characteristic rants, “doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



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‘Looking’ Is a Gay Show for Straight People

HBO is known for premium content, and its all-gay show “Looking” was successful enough that it has been renewed for a second season. I’m still not sure what, if anything, happened in the first one.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Netflix Has More Subscribers Than HBO

The digital streaming service has reached an important milestone. More people now pay a monthly fee for Netflix than for HBO.

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 READ MORE



Signs of the Apocalypse in Red Square

The Russian Orthodox Church warns that the legalization of gay marriage spells impending doom; former President Carter proclaims “America does not have a functioning democracy”; meanwhile, Booz Allen Hamilton took over Washington, and nobody noticed until Edward Snowden blew the whistle. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE


Maher Mocks Catholicism, Argues Religion Is ‘Like Wikipedia’

Comedian Bill Maher slammed the Catholic Church during the “New Rules” segment on the latest episode of “Real Time,” at one point comparing how the religion is run to his own program.

Posted on Mar 24, 2013 READ MORE


Trump Fires Latest Shot in Feud With Maher, Threatens Lawsuit

The Donald says he’ll sue the “Real Time” host if Maher doesn’t pay up on his $5 million offer.

Posted on Jan 10, 2013 READ MORE


Watch: Bill Maher Makes Hilarious Offer to Donald Trump

Comedian Bill Maher says he is prepared to write a check for $5 million to the charity of Donald Trump’s choice. But of course, money doesn’t come for nothing, and there’s a big catch.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Obama and Romney’s Buckeye Smackdown, Dubya’s Head on a Spike and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney in Ohio, the DOJ’s decision in the John Edwards case, and the HBO show “Game of Thrones” getting political.

Posted on Jun 14, 2012 READ MORE



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‘Game Change’: Life Imitates TV Drama for Republican Women

It appears that recent events, which include the House Republicans’ selection of a panel of all-male “authorities” on women’s health and a certain conservative radio host calling a young woman advocate a “slut,” have amounted to a wake-up call for right-leaning women.

Posted on Mar 16, 2012 READ MORE



Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Going Beyond the Tale of a Boy and His Horse

For all the spectacle of thundering cavalry charges, muddy trenches and wartime love and loss, the current popular storytellers of the First World War skip over the conflict’s greatest moral drama by leaving out part of its cast of characters.

Posted on Feb 29, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons: U.S. Department of Justice / Georges Biard (CC-BY-SA) / U.S.

De Niro to Morph Into Madoff

The spectacular flameout of Bernard Madoff after the big reveal of his fraudulent financial empire played out like Shakespeare for the 21st century, and master actor Robert De Niro was clearly paying attention.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE


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U.S. Dept. of Justice

America’s A.G. Puts In an Order to HBO

Looks like Attorney General Eric Holder is a big fan of HBO’s “The Wire”—so much so, in fact, that he has strongly suggested that the crime drama’s writers work on another season of the retired series or perhaps a made-for-cable movie.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Access Journalism: The Movie

It is not true, as a Wall Street Journal reviewer claimed, that the HBO movie version of Andrew Sorkin’s book “Too Big to Fail” was “Too Boring to Watch.” On the contrary, the problem with the film, as with the richly anecdotal book, is that it is all too effectively misleading. 

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Moore Takes Palin’s Part for HBO

Tina Fey might have been too busy (or too obvious), but luckily for HBO, the lovely and talented Julianne Moore has agreed to play the world’s most famous Wasillan, Sarah Palin, in HBO’s upcoming movie based on the book “Game Change.”

Posted on Mar 9, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Alex Brandon

Joyful Noises and Joyless Measures in New Orleans

David Simon’s HBO series “Treme” picks up on a theme that courses through the show: the longstanding tension between the city’s culture bearers and its powers that be. That tension has ratcheted up, or at least has grown more pointed, since 2005.

Posted on Jul 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Angela George

Hanks to Take On JFK Murder Mystery

It seems that wherever Tom Hanks goes, a historical miniseries is soon to follow. There’s his latest foray into World War II storytelling, “The Pacific,” which airs this month on HBO, and then there’s the small matter of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which Hanks plans to tackle soon.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010 READ MORE


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‘Are You There Russia? It’s Me, Dipshit’: Maher Rips on Palin’s Memoir

Bill Maher couldn’t contain his glee on Friday night’s episode of “Real Time” while rattling off some alternative titles for Sarah Palin’s upcoming memoir, “Going Rogue: An American Life,” had it been ghostwritten by several famous writers—even some long-dead ones.

Posted on Oct 5, 2009 READ MORE


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Gore Vidal: ‘The Most Interesting Man in the World’

The whip-smart and ever-sly Gore Vidal visited “Real Time” on Friday, giving his historical and sometimes hysterically funny take on the state of the United States. He also revisited a few key moments from his personal history, illustrated by some priceless archival footage found by Bill Maher’s crack research team. Is it too soon to make an Amelia Earhart joke?

Posted on Apr 11, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Morry Gash

Obama Flick Coming to a Theater Near You

Quick—someone buy Rush Limbaugh advance tickets: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group (otherwise known as SPWAG) has bought limited rights to the documentary “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama,” produced by Edward Norton’s Class 5 Films. HBO Documentary Films will be releasing the movie in U.S. theaters.

Posted on Apr 9, 2009 READ MORE


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starpulse.com

‘Big Love’ Causes Scene With Mormon Church

Some members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints got their sacred undergarments in a twist about an upcoming episode of “Big Love” in which secret religious practices and spaces are depicted. HBO has apologized, but, as Salt Lake Tribune columnist Vince Horiuchi wonders, will all this hubbub just serve to draw more attention to Sunday’s installment of the series?

Posted on Mar 12, 2009 READ MORE


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Bishop Robinson’s Invocation Cut From HBO’s Telecast

Here’s the footage of openly gay Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson’s invocation, which he delivered Sunday before the inaugural concert festivities began—and which was not included in HBO’s special broadcast of the show. But was it the network’s choice or Team Obama’s?

Posted on Jan 19, 2009 READ MORE


Beyonce
Wikimedia/Jen Keys

Stars to Come Out in Force for Obama

Barack Obama has been known to roll with the celebrity set (paging Oprah Winfrey), so perhaps it’s only fitting that his inaugural festivities will begin on Sunday with a show at the Lincoln Memorial replete with boldfaced names and HBO at the ready to showcase the event.

Posted on Jan 12, 2009 READ MORE


Bill Maher: ‘Take That, Canada!’

Thanks to Barack Obama’s victory, the “Real Time” host says he takes back every bad thing he ever said about America, a country he likens to Jessica Simpson. We’ll let him explain that one.

Posted on Nov 16, 2008 READ MORE



Flickr / Llima

Obama: The Movie

You’ve seen the buttons, the T-shirts, the Fridge for Change—now get ready for the definitive Barack Obama campaign documentary, brought to you (in part) by liberal thespian Edward Norton.

Posted on Nov 7, 2008 READ MORE


The HBO Debate

Here’s one way to liven up the political process.

Posted on Oct 16, 2008 READ MORE


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Naomi Klein: Palin = ‘Bush in Drag’

Here’s a sound bite for the ages: “The Shock Doctrine” author Naomi Klein was one of the panelists on the Sept. 19 episode of “Real Time With Bill Maher,” and when the conversation inevitably turned to Sarah Palin, Klein pronounced the GOP VP nominee to be “basically Bush in drag.”

Posted on Sep 21, 2008 READ MORE



HBO

‘Recount’ Gets It Right, Even if America Didn’t

Leading election integrity journalist Brad Friedman reviews HBO’s portrayal of the 2000 Florida recount and wonders whether we’re not headed for another stolen election.

Posted on May 28, 2008 READ MORE


Taxi to the Dark Side

On the Sunday following Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney told the truth. On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” he said regarding plans to pursue the perpetrators of that attack: “We have to work the dark side, if you will. We’re going to spend time in the shadows.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2008 READ MORE


Bill Maher showdown

Bill Maher vs. ‘9/11 Truthers’

The “Real Time” host became so frustrated with a couple of “9/11 Truthers” who infiltrated his audience Friday that he left the stage to personally oversee their expulsion. The fracas was so entertaining that HBO aired the entire incident on the West Coast feed, which could have easily been edited.

Posted on Oct 21, 2007 READ MORE


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whpsocal.blogspot.com

‘Don?t Stop ? ’ —David Chase?s Maddening ‘Sopranos’ Finale

Of all the endings that “Sopranos” aficionados may have anticipated, Sunday night’s series finale probably defied almost of all their expectations, for better or for worse.  Judging by the fans’ reactions on the HBO site that night, “for worse” may be the majority opinion.  Contributor Sheerly Avni weighs in on the controversial send-off of Tony and his famigliaWarning:  Spoiler alert.

Posted on Jun 11, 2007 READ MORE


Ted Haggard

Sex Talk With Rev. Ted

In this clip from the new HBO documentary “Friends of God,” the Rev. Ted Haggard engages in some loose sex talk with parishioners. (Haggard is, of course, the former president of the National Association of Evangelicals who famously frequented a gay male sex worker.)

Posted on Jan 30, 2007 READ MORE


Maher and Scarborough

Scarborough, Maher Debate Bush’s Idiocy, Free Speech

Check out this can’t-miss two-part interview between Bill Maher and Joe Scarborough. Maher ends the first segment with a uppercut knockout punch straight to Bush’s jaw; in the second part, Bill says “the jury’s in” on the “idiot” question.

Posted on Sep 20, 2006 READ MORE


'When the Levees Broke'
Courtesy HBO

The City That Care Forgot: Spike Lee and the ‘New’ New Orleans Blues

Spike Lee’s new four-hour HBO documentary, ?When the Levees Broke: A Requiem for New Orleans in Four Acts,? which premiered Monday night (and continues Tuesday night), is a haunting, maddening and expertly told story about the signature event in recent American history that showed how little our government truly cares for many of its citizens.

Posted on Aug 19, 2006 READ MORE


Mike Farrell
From HBO

Mike Farrell: HBO’s ‘Baghdad ER’ an ‘Excruciating’ Must-See

The actor best known for portraying an Army doctor on the TV show “M*A*S*H” writes that the HBO documentary series “Baghdad ER,” about an Army emergency hospital in Iraq, made him want to scream in rage and frustration at the people who created this war.

Posted on May 24, 2006 READ MORE


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