Tag: Home Box Office

How to Navigate a Flood of Streaming TV Subscriptions

In the old days of cable, you paid one giant price for more TV than you could ever want. It was awful. It was expensive. And who even watches most of this stuff? Now, every media company has its own streaming subscription that you can buy à la carte. And it’s still awful, but in […]

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The Sex Scene Evolves for the #MeToo Era

On a Saturday afternoon in November, Chelsea Pace marched through a thickly wooded area in a park in Ossining, N.Y., toward two actors in Revolutionary War-era dress sitting in a pile of leaves. They were shooting a short film by a young director named Ethan Fuirst about soldiers who meet by chance and have a […]

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Review: ‘The New Pope’ on HBO: Faith, Hope and Sponge Baths

Among all the exotic new accouterments peak-TV has brought to our small screens, surely one of the most unexpected is Paolo Sorrentino, a certified high-art Euro-film auteur who made his American television debut with “The Young Pope” on HBO in 2017. For that modishly hallucinatory satire on Roman Catholic themes — in which the pope […]

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‘The Outsider’ Brings a Faceless Terror, and Stephen King, to HBO

In an opening sequence that’s about as grisly as they come, the mutilated body of an 11-year-old boy is found in the woods, deep in white suburban Georgia. As the evidence mounts, it points to one man only, but the case is far from closed. From the standard setup, viewers of HBO’s dark new crime […]

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Review: ‘The Outsider’ Takes a Stephen King Novel and Makes It Darker

“The Outsider” is not generally considered to be really top-flight Stephen King. If you look up rankings of his novels, it tends to come in around the midpoint at best and often much lower. Some people are turned off by the way it segues from police procedural mystery to supernatural skirmish. Others think the villain […]

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Peak TV Hits a New Peak, With 532 Scripted Shows

It has been on a steep upward trajectory for years, and in 2019, it finally happened. There were more than 500 scripted television series in the United States last year, a high. The estimated number: 532 comedies, dramas and limited series that were broadcast or streamed, according to the research department of the cable network […]

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2020 Golden Globes: How to Watch and What to Expect Tonight

Here’s what you need to know: Ricky Gervais will host the night’s festivities. LOS ANGELES — The Golden Globes are nothing if not maddeningly mixed in their messaging. Expect more of the same on Sunday night, when the caustic British comedian Ricky Gervais returns to host the 77th edition of the awards show at 8 […]

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‘The New Pope’ Looks a Lot Like John Malkovich

LOS ANGELES — Oddballs, schemers and psychopaths: In the course of his long career, John Malkovich has convincingly played them all. But whether this makes him an unusual, or unusually perfect, choice for the role of Supreme Pontiff in HBO’s “The New Pope,” he would rather not consider. “I don’t think about how I’m perceived,” […]

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Apple Deal Returns Former HBO Boss Richard Plepler to Spotlight

In the 10 months since Richard Plepler stepped down as HBO’s chief executive, the final season of “Game of Thrones” came and went, CBS and Viacom merged, and Disney and Apple rolled out new streaming services. The entertainment world is in flux, and to start the new year, Mr. Plepler is making changes of his […]

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The New Pop Culture Optimism

When I contemplate what my ideal world might look like, I imagine one in which everyone just minds their business and does their own thing, so long as they aren’t causing any harm — directly or indirectly — to others. That doesn’t mean there isn’t conflict or that bad things never happen: Humans will still […]

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Best Comedy of 2019

Daniel Kitson called them dumb. They were mocked by Dave Chappelle and pranked by Aziz Ansari. Pete Davidson insisted they sign NDAs. This was the year stand-up comedy turned on the audience. Is this a response to cancel culture or a backlash to the democratizing influence of social media? I suspect some of the hostility […]

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The World Wants More Danish TV Than Denmark Can Handle

COPENHAGEN — Merete Mortensen, the founder of a successful television production company here, is used to having her pick of the industry’s top talent in Denmark. But when she was trying to hire a new developer this year to help her create new shows, her first and even second choice turned her down. She sweet-talked […]

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These Stand-Ups Are in an Escapist Mood, Much Like Their Audience

In Taylor Mac’s “Gary,” the most ambitious comedy to open on Broadway in years, the title character is a clown who badly wants to upgrade to a fool. What’s the difference? A clown seeks laughs, but a fool also aims to save the world. Gary fails in his quest, leaving us with a skeptical view […]

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The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix, Apple TV Plus and More in December

ImageClockwise from top left: Scenes from “Moonlight Sonata: Deafness in Three Movements,” “Marriage Story,” “Truth Be Told” and “Marriage Story.”Credit…Abramorama; Netflix; Amazon Prime Video; Netflix Watching is The New York Times’s TV and film recommendation website. Sign up for our twice-weekly newsletter here. Need a break from holiday activities? Below are our favorite TV series […]

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‘Watchmen’ Dares to Imagine a Righteous Black Vigilante

This essay includes spoilers for the sixth episode of HBO’s “Watchmen.” You can think of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s “Watchmen” graphic novel series as an extended answer to a set of questions about the superhero as an idea and an ideal. What kind of society produces masked, costumed vigilantes? What kind of person puts […]

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‘Succession’ Knows How to Toy with Your Class Rage. Hence the Chicken.

For more than two decades, the professional class has soothed its Sunday-night dread with prestige television’s tales of striving, scheming, anguish, greed and office politics. Underneath all those encomia to the acting and writing on “The Sopranos” or “Mad Men” or “Game of Thrones” was a baser pleasure: the gleeful catharsis of watching someone who […]

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The Great Streaming Space-Time Warp Is Coming

This may be TV’s biggest fall ever. It could also be its last. By “biggest,” I mean as measured by volume. In addition to the usual slate of broadcast premieres — still operating on a back-to-school schedule like half a century ago — and the cable premieres, and the Netflix season drops, two entire new […]

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‘His Dark Materials’: Witches, Quests and Talking Animals

CARDIFF, Wales — Lin-Manuel Miranda sat patiently in a shabby, capacious hot-air balloon, as a technician checked the lighting on a stuffed bird poised overhead. A puppeteer stood nearby, holding a stand-in for his “daemon” (in this case a hare), the animal that represents an externalization of each individual’s soul in the fantastical world of […]

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HBO Max Sets Price ($15 a Month) and Target Date (Next May)

BURBANK, Calif. — WarnerMedia executives took the stage on Tuesday to formally introduce the streaming service HBO Max, the future exclusive online home for “Game of Thrones,” “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory,” the Harry Potter films and movies centered on DC Comics superheroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman. The big reveal, which came two […]

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‘Silicon Valley,’ Darker Than Ever, Captures the Bleak Mood of Tech

When “Silicon Valley” premiered on HBO in 2014, Silicon Valley hadn’t yet ruined the world. Those were the salad days for the titans of tech: Digital billionaires were superheroes feted on magazine covers and in the White House, not super villains hauled before Congress for fixing elections, sowing genocide, undermining truth and monopolizing all the […]

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Making ‘Mrs. Fletcher’: Arguing. Futzing. Spanking. Agreeing.

Porn is a complex cultural force, a tool of exploitation, degradation and perhaps self-discovery that, in our age of constant connectivity, is rarely more than a few clicks away. Into this charged territory wades “Mrs. Fletcher,” beginning Sunday on HBO. A half-hour drama with comedic undertones (or maybe vice versa), it tracks a divorced empty […]

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Helen Mirren Plays Catherine II in the Years That Made Her ‘the Great’

In the first episode of the HBO mini-series “Catherine the Great,” the empress of Russia is hunched over her desk writing about her political ambitions while her jealous lover stares into a hand mirror, primping for a cross-dressing masquerade at the palace. “It just feels like something has changed between us,” he says, wearing a […]

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