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John Oliver Addresses Israel-Hamas War in Serious Moment at Start of ‘Last Week Tonight’: “The Immense Suffering Has Been Sickening to Watch”

John Oliver took a moment to share his thoughts on the Israel-Hamas war at the start of HBO’s Last Week Tonight. In a rare move, the host addressed the audience before the title sequence aired on Sunday’s show. “Without all the music and the lights and — at least theoretically — the laughter, I wanted […]

Angus Cloud Becomes Hostage-Taker With ‘Your Lucky Day’ Trailer in One of His Final Film Roles

Before his death at age 25 in late July, Angus Cloud — known for playing Fezco on the hit HBO series Euphoria for two seasons — finished filming a star turn in writer-director Dan Brown’s thriller Your Lucky Day. The trailer for Brown’s lotto-win hostage flick, which dropped on Friday, reveals Cloud as Sterling, a petty criminal-turned-hostage taker in […]

‘Last Week Tonight’: John Oliver Says He’s “Furious” at Studios for Prolonging the Writers Strike

John Oliver had a lot of news to catch up on in Sunday’s Last Week Tonight — five months, in fact. During the first 15 minutes or so of his first show back since the Writers Guild of America strike ended, he blazed through the biggest news stories that happened during the 148-day strike. “I’d […]

HBO Chief Casey Bloys Says His Shows Won’t Be Created by AI

While the resolution of the strike resulted in higher pay for Writers Guild of America members, and with actors presumably seeking similar gains in their own standoff with studios, HBO and Max chief Casey Bloys does not see the new contracts changing the way his company does business.  “I’m happy that everybody appears to be […]

‘Winning Time’ Co-creator on Abrupt HBO Cancellation (Guest Column)

HBO confirmed that it canceled Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty after two seasons. The news was a surprise, coming only moments after the network aired its second-season finale on Sept. 17. Hecht is the co-creator of the series with Max Borenstein. My wife burst into tears. I didn’t have that on my […]

‘Winning Time’ Canceled at HBO After Two Seasons

Winning Time is winning no more. HBO confirmed that it has canceled the series — full title Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty — after two seasons. The news was a surprise, coming only moments after the network aired the second-season finale Sunday night. Co-creator Max Borenstein shared his thoughts about the news […]

‘Winning Time’ Finale Director on Being Protective of Magic and Cookie Johnson’s Storyline in Season 2

[This story contains spoilers from the finale of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty season two.] The name says it all when it comes to the title of episode one of season two of the HBO sports drama Winning Time: “One Ring Don’t Make a Dynasty.” How the second season started — the […]

‘Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel’ Ending at HBO

HBO’s longest-running program is coming to an end. Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, a staple at the premium cabler since 1995, will end with its current season, the 29th in its run. The series, a sort of 60 Minutes for sports that mixed heavy investigative work with profiles of people in and around the sports […]

‘The Idol’ Finished After One Season at HBO

There won’t be a comeback for The Idol. HBO won’t move ahead with a second season of the drama from Euphoria creator Sam Levinson and Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, who also starred. The series, starring Lily-Rose Depp as a pop star who falls under the sway of a Hollywood club owner (Tesfaye), suffered mostly negative […]

“Arson Won Out”: The Democratic Political Consultant on Mapping Out the ‘Succession’ Election Night Episode

As a Democrat who works in professional politics, I live in a perpetual state of worry — an occupational hazard that became more acute in 2016. Ever since Jan. 6, 2021, many of us added a new fear to our lists: election interference. Ahead of the 2022 midterms, teams of lawyers, election experts and grassroots organizers […]

‘Donyale Luna: Supermodel’ Trailer Teases Doc About Life and Legacy of Modeling Revolutionary (Exclusive)

HBO has debuted the first trailer for Donyale Luna: Supermodel, a documentary exploring the life, career and legacy of one of the first Black models to grace the cover of a Vogue magazine. Often considered the “first Black supermodel,” Luna — who died in 1979 at the age of 33 — broke ground at a time when […]

‘Winning Time’ Director on Building to the Rivalry Between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird in Season 2

[This story contains spoilers from the third episode of season two of Winning Time, “The Second Coming.”] Stepping into dictating the overall creative vision for the latest episode in season two of Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty was “a natural progression” of the work Todd Banhazl has done on the sports drama […]