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Trailer: Queen Latifah Plays Bessie Smith on HBO

posted by Nell Minow

Queen Latifah plays blues singer Bessie Smith in a new movie premiering on HBO May 16, 2015.  Monique co-stars as Ma Rainey. Here is the real Bessie Smith.

Trailer: Documentary About Illustrator Hilary Knight of “Eloise” and “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle”

posted by Nell Minow

I have loved Hilary Knight’s illustrations for as long as I can remember. The words about Eloise, the little girl who lives in New York’s Plaza Hotel, were written by nightclub singer Kay Thompson. But the illustrations were by Hilary […]

Trailer: Going Clear — Documentary About Scientology

posted by Nell Minow

HBO will show Alex Gibney’s new documentary about Scientology on March 29, 2015.

New from Daniele Watts: Muted

posted by Nell Minow

Actress Daniele Watts stars as missing teenager Crystal Gladwell in Muted, winner of the 18th annual American Black Film Festival short film competition, showing on HBO throughout March 2015. Muted follows Lena Gladwell, played by Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy), a mother […]

The Jinx: HBO Series About a Millionaire Murderer

posted by Nell Minow

Robert Durst, heir to a vast fortune from New York real estate, has had a life has been punctuated by tragedy. When he was seven years old, his mother was killed when she fell off the roof of their home, […]

HBO Makes Samples of Programs Available Without a Cable Subscription

posted by Nell Minow

The new HBO Sampler feature allows consumers with an internet-connected Blu-ray device to watch full episodes of four different shows by simply loading their Blu-ray disc into the device and selecting “HBO Sampler” from the menu. Studios have long used […]

HBO: Frances McDormand in Olive Kitteridge

posted by Nell Minow

Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Stout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a difficult woman experiencing and creating difficulties, is now a two-part miniseries on HBO, premiering tomorrow night, with Oscar-winner Frances McDormand in the title role.

Is This the End of Television?

posted by Nell Minow

Last week both cable giant HBO and broadcast giant CBS made announcements that signal the end of television as we know it.  Both responded to the clear message of the market and said that they would make their content available […]

Tonight on HBO: The Normal Heart (And More Movies About The Fight Against HIV-AIDS)

posted by Nell Minow

Larry Kramer’s searing drama “The Normal Heart” was an anguished cry for attention, for help, for respect, for change in the earliest days of the AIDS crisis. It was inspired by Kramer’s own experience as a founder of the activist […]

Musical Chairs on HBO

posted by Nell Minow

Try to find time to catch the touching “Musical Chairs” on HBO this month from director Susan Seidelman (“Desperately Seeking Susan”).  EJ Bonilla, Leah Pipes, and Laverne Cox (“Orange Is The New Black”) star in this inspiring romance about a wheelchair […]

Trailer: The Normal Heart

posted by Nell Minow

Larry Kramer’s searing, Tony award-winning play “The Normal Heart” is coming to HBO with an all-star cast.

New on HBO: Six by Sondheim

posted by Nell Minow

HBO’s new documentary is “Six by Sondheim,” the story of six songs from the remarkable lyricist of “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” and composer/lyricist of “A Little Night Music,” “Sweeny Todd,” “Company,” “Follies,” “Into the Woods,” and many, many more. […]

Moms Mabley — A New Documentary on HBO

posted by Nell Minow

Whoopi Goldberg pays long overdue tribute to a pioneering figure in the history of comedy, Moms Mabley in a new documentary premiering on HBO tonight.  In an era where stand-up comedy was almost entirely white and male and — as […]

Coming on HBO: True Detective

posted by Nell Minow

Coming in January on HBO, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and looking fiercely cool:

“Casting By” — HBO Documentary About Casting Directors

posted by Nell Minow

Anyone who cares about movies should see “Casting By,” a new documentary on HBO about casting directors.  It is a rare opportunity to see early glimpses of some of the greatest actors live in their first roles and even never-seen […]

Game of Thrones and the Red Wedding

posted by Nell Minow

Spoiler Alert!  Spoiler Alert! If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you already know the bad news.  Those who know the books knew it was coming.  In theory, fans understand that one of the elements that makes George R. […]

A Game of Thrones Tribute: In Gingerbread!

posted by Nell Minow

  Bravo to blogger Liquorsnapper for this magnificent re-creation of Winterfell!  

Christopher Guest to Create a Series for HBO

posted by Nell Minow

I was delighted to hear that Christopher Guest, the writer-director behind the improvisational mockumentaries “Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman,” and “This is Spinal Tap,” will be creating a new series for HBO, and even more delighted when I read […]

One of Aaron Sorkin’s Best Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight is the premiere of the new HBO series “The Newsroom,” written by Aaron Sorkin, Oscar-winning scripter of “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Social Network,” “A Few Good Men,” and the television series “The West Wing.” I am a big fan […]

The Real Story: Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway

posted by Nell Minow

HBO’s new movie “Hemingway and Gellhorn,” premiering this week, stars Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman and is directed by Philip Kaufman (“The Right Stuff,” “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”).  Today Ernest Hemingway is revered as one of the formost authors of […]

Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” — by Dan Kois

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Dan Kois has a terrific profile of one of my favorite actors, Peter Dinklage, in the New York Times, who plays Tyrion in HBO’s Game of Thrones. [H]e couldn’t book commercial jobs, because he wasn’t interested in the […]

Sarah Palin and the Battle of the Trailers

posted by Nell Minow

The new HBO movie from the people behind the sharp political drama “Recount” is about the McCain-Palin campaign.  It stars Ed Harris, Woody Harrelson, and Julianne Moore. The movie has not been on the air yet, but Sarah Palin has […]

The Loving Story

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight HBO premieres a new documentary about one of the most important marriages in American history.  And their name was Loving. They should have been able to have the quiet life they hoped for.  Mildred and Richard Loving were residents […]

‘My Girl’ Grows Up — Anna Chlumksy in a New DC Satire

posted by Nell Minow

Slate’s Jessica Grose has a terrific interview with the wonderful Anna Chlumsky, child star of the 1991 classic “My Girl.”  Chlumsky took time away from acting to finish school and work as an editor before returning to star in this […]

Triangle: Remembering the Fire

posted by Nell Minow

One hundred years ago this week, 146 people were killed in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, a tragedy compounded because it was the result of preventable neglect and safety violations. An excellent new documentary, Triangle: Remembering the Fire, is showing […]

The Sunset Limited

posted by Nell Minow

Tommy Lee Jones directed and co-stars with Samuel L. Jackson in “The Sunset Limited,” an HBO movie based on the play by Cormac McCarthy (“The Road,” “No Country for Old Men”). Jones is a professor who struggles with despair so […]

Wartorn: 1861-2010

posted by Nell Minow

HBO’s new documentary, premiering on Veteran’s Day, is the story of “the invisible wounds of war.” What we now call post-traumatic stress disorder was once called “shell shock.” Actor James Gandolfini, who produced Wartorn: 1861-2010, speaks to members of the […]

A Small Act: HBO Documentary about Transformation on $15 a Month

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most inspiring films of the year is A Small Act. It is a documentary about Chris Mburu, a human rights advocate for the United Nations, whose life was transformed when a Swedish woman he never met decided […]

Interview: Dr. Rick Hodes of ‘Making the Crooked Straight’

posted by Nell Minow

Dr. Rick Hodes is an Orthodox Jew who has devoted his life to “tikkun olam,” “healing the world. His motto is the Talmud’s statement that “He who saves one life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” […]

Why all the Vampires?

posted by Nell Minow

Vampires are really big this year. Breaking Dawn, the fourth volume in Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight series was the most eagerly anticipated book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And one of the most popular events at Comic-Con was the […]

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Marvin Gaye Sings the Star Spangled Banner
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For the 4th of July: Singing Founding Fathers in "1776"
Happy Independence Day!  Every year, I recommend the rousing musical about the Declaration of Independence. "1776" makes the Founding Fathers vivid, human, and interesting characters, and is so involving that you almost forget that you already ...

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Sesame Street's Maria Says Goodbye
Sonia Manzano has announced that she is leaving Sesame Street after 44 years.  She was 22 years old when she auditioned for the brand new series that would revolutionize children's programming. She became Maria, one of the first Latina ...

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