Tag: Home Box Office

Review: ‘Painting With John’ Teaches the Art of Living

The title of HBO’s “Painting With John” is a bit of a misnomer. Yes, there is painting. And there is John — John Lurie, the multi-hyphenate creator and performer who moved on to visual art from music and acting years ago, after, he says, contracting Lyme disease. But “with”? In the six-episode series, which begins […]

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John Lurie Doesn’t Paint Happy Trees

So, when do we learn how to paint? In the HBO series “Painting With John,” the actor, musician and artist John Lurie talks about that time he did cocaine for three hours in a broom closet with Rick James and Steve Rubell, and that other time when he set himself on fire and wound up […]

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Movie Theaters Are Dying. Did Jason Kilar Deal the Final Blow?

Listen and subscribe: Apple | Spotify | Stitcher | RSS | How To If you want to be the first to watch “Dune,” “Godzilla vs. Kong” or the new “Matrix” movie this year (yes, there’s a fourth one) — you won’t have to line up at a movie theater. That’s because Jason Kilar, the C.E.O. […]

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Warner Bros. Finally Looks Beyond the Movie Theater

Much of what has befallen the movie-theater business is about secular change related to technology. But the industry has done itself no favors by offering terrible customer service, ever-higher prices and precious little in the way of innovation, even as home theater experiences have drastically improved. While several of Mr. Kilar’s underlings tried not to […]

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Hugh Grant and David E. Kelley Discuss the ‘Undoing’ Finale

This interview includes spoilers for Sunday’s finale of “The Undoing.” Sunday night’s finale of HBO’s “The Undoing” finally wrapped up its modest mystery (Who murdered Elena Alves?), tickled us one last time with Nicole Kidman’s fab winter coats and seized the attention of the internet. (“Based on Twitter I’ve deduced that a fancy coat played […]

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HBO Documentary Has Competition. These Women Don’t Seem Worried.

With documentaries a central part of the national conversation, it’s easy to forget that not only were they once relatively hard to find but they also had a damning reputation as being good for you — the kiss of death in entertainment terms. In the 1970s, a new player helped change that. “HBO was doing […]

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Which Nxivm Show Is Better? An Expert Investigates

It was the comedian Judd Apatow who convinced me to invest a little too much of my time in the two recent documentaries about the sex cult Nxivm. “The Vow” on HBO and “Seduced” on Starz have a combined running time of 13 hours. I make cameos in both shows as the reporter for The […]

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Netflix Pulls ‘Chappelle’s Show’ at Dave Chappelle’s Request

The comedian Dave Chappelle said that he was a broke 28-year-old expectant father when he signed a contract with Comedy Central about two decades ago. “I was desperate, I needed a way out,” Chappelle recalled in a clip of a stand-up set that he posted on Instagram on Tuesday. It was that signature, Chappelle said, […]

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How Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Memoir Went From Page to Stage to HBO

Back in August, when Covid-19 had loosened its chokehold on New York City, the director Kamilah Forbes and various cast and crew members gathered in Central Park for a location shoot, one of the first the city had allowed. It was the final week of filming for “Between the World and Me,” a television special […]

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Review: ‘Industry’ Is a Familiar Story, but With More Zeros

Look to your left. Look to your right. One of us is watching a show that’s so uninterested in originality that some character trots out that speech you’ve heard so many times before: One of you won’t finish this prestigious, grueling program. Often that spiel is delivered on doctor shows or lawyer shows, but on […]

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John Wilson Reveals the Absurd Poetry of New York

When John Wilson first began filming his debut series back in 2018, New Yorkers were able to talk to strangers and sit in restaurants without fear of impending death. We could banter with our bodega guys or older neighbors mask-free, which meant we could reasonably understand what our fellow citizens were muttering and feeling, or […]

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‘The Undoing’ Review: Murder, Actually

“Sometimes I think we should move out of the city.” Grace Fraser, the extremely put-together Upper East Side therapist at the center of the HBO mini-series “The Undoing” (premiering Sunday), says that to Jonathan, her extremely roguishly charming husband, but she’s not referring to Covid-19. She’s feeling suffocated by her own wealthy white privilege, embodied […]

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This ‘Lovecraft Country’ Actor Is Happy in Her Own Skin

This interview contains spoilers for Sunday’s episode of “Lovecraft Country.” For the gore-adverse Wunmi Mosaku, “Lovecraft Country” might seem a curious choice. But she’d already read most of the pilot script when the monstrous Shoggoths started ripping off appendages, and by then, she was hooked. “I got so lost in the story, I felt like […]

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Review: ‘We Are Who We Are’ Captures Not-So-Innocents Abroad

The supermarket at the U.S. Army base in Chioggia, Italy, looks as if it could be anywhere in the world. That’s exactly the point. As Britney (Francesca Scorsese), a teen living on base, explains it to new kid Fraser (Jack Dylan Grazer), all the military stores like it are precisely alike, down to the same […]

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New HBO Series “We Are Who We Are” Follows Teens Exploring Their Identity

“What does it mean to be a provocateur?” Luca Guadagnino asked over Zoom. “We should talk about that for a moment.” We were discussing Sarah, a supporting character played by Chloë Sevigny in his new HBO series “We Are Who We Are,” but we were also, in a roundabout way, talking about Guadagnino himself. Sarah […]

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‘The Plot Against America’: A Dire Warning For Election Season

The following article contains spoilers for HBO’s “The Plot Against America.” The one problem with Philip Roth’s tour de force 2004 novel, “The Plot Against America,” is that it’s too feel-good. I know this is a strange accusation to make about an alternative history about a fascist United States. In Roth’s version of the 1940 […]

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What to Watch in September: The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix, Amazon and More

For more recommendations on what to stream, sign up for our twice-weekly Watching newsletter here. September traditionally marks the start of the new television season, and the return of some of our favorite shows. But like nearly everything else in this highly unusual year, fall’s TV slate will look a lot different because many series […]

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What’s New on Netflix, Amazon and More in September

For more recommendations on what to stream, sign up for our twice-weekly Watching newsletter here. September traditionally marks the start of the new television season, and the return of some of our favorite shows. But like nearly everything else in this highly unusual year, fall’s TV slate will look a lot different because many series […]

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Review: ‘The Vow’ Tells a Tale That Defies Easy Labels

Everyone involved in the nine-part documentary series “The Vow,” which chronicles the twisted saga of Nxivm, seems pretty media savvy. They know how easily complicated stories can get condensed into the shorthand of headlines. If you’ve heard only one thing about Nxivm, which billed itself as a self-help organization but led many participants down dark […]

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‘Lovecraft Country’ Review: Nightmare on Jim Crow Street

There were a lot of ways “Lovecraft Country” could have gone wrong, but timing didn’t turn out to be one of them. It’s a good moment to get attention for a scary-monster series that rejuvenates the horror genre by making the heroes Black and putting America’s racist history at the center of the story. HBO, […]

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Remote Control: Making Television Mid-Pandemic

On a sun-dazzled morning in early July, the actor Leslie Odom Jr. readied himself for another take. At a marble-topped table in a Los Angeles bungalow, he pecked at a laptop, waiting for the actress playing his wife to enter. This was midway through a three-day shoot for “Love in the Time of Corona,” a […]

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Jonathan Majors on ‘Lovecraft Country’: Horror as a Full Body Scream

Jonathan Majors knows what makes him an exceptional actor. “I’m willing to hurt more,” he said. “I’m just willing to hurt. It doesn’t bother me.” Majors, 30, is a star of “Lovecraft Country,” a supernatural thriller, produced by Misha Green, J.J. Abrams and Jordan Peele, which juxtaposes tentacled monsters with the more mundane horrors of […]

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Gods, Monsters and H.P. Lovecraft’s Uncanny Legacy

“Lovecraft Country,” premiering Aug. 16 on HBO, follows a Black family entangled in eldritch phenomena. Based on Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel, the series is a sideways look at the terrors of Jim Crow America that nods to and reframes the work of H.P. Lovecraft, the widely cited if narrowly read pulp fiction writer from the […]

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Three Top Executives Are Out at WarnerMedia, HBO’s Parent Company

In a sudden restructuring at one of Hollywood’s biggest companies, three top executives have left WarnerMedia, the AT&T division that houses HBO and the streaming service HBO Max, the company announced on Friday. Robert Greenblatt, the chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, is out after little more than a year on the job. Kevin Reilly, WarnerMedia’s chief […]

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Living While Black in ‘Lovecraft Country’

“Lovecraft Country,” which debuts Aug. 16 on HBO, tells the intersecting stories of two Black families as they travel throughout the Jim Crow North confronting monsters — some fantastical (pale gray beasts called Elder Gods) and others that are no less horrific for being based in reality (racist sheriffs, predatory oligarchs). Created by Misha Green […]

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Brian Cox on ‘Succession,’ the Emmys and Logan Roy, His ‘Evil Twin’

The HBO series “Succession” is a story about dominant people — the fictional Roy family, whose company, Waystar Royco, has tentacles that extend into the media and multiple other industries — and the sometimes comical, sometimes deadly serious behind-the-scenes family feud for control of this business. “Succession,” whose second season was broadcast last fall, had […]

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AT&T Signed Up 4 Million HBO Max Customers

AT&T reported second-quarter results Thursday, and the numbers showed customer defections across the board, including in its wireless, broadband and satellite TV businesses. But arguably its most anticipated metric was how many people signed up for its new HBO Max streaming service. The platform, introduced in late May, attracted 4.1 million customers in its first […]

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How Michaela Coel Shaped ‘I May Destroy You’

LONDON — Before she sent scripts to the BBC, Michaela Coel sent mood boards. Her series “I May Destroy You,” which airs on HBO in the United States, had been greenlit by the broadcaster without executives having “a clue” what she was planning, Coel said in a recent Zoom interview. So she collected images from […]

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