HBO Now Arrives on the Roku

by Arthur Vandelay on October 8, 2015


HBO Now, the stand-alone streaming service, just announced a Roku app for its customers. Roku remains one of the most versatile over-the-top boxes, featuring virtually every streaming product with the exception of Apple exclusives. HBO Go had previously been available on Roku, but not HBO Now.

HBO continues to move closer to Netflix’s business model, just as Netflix continues to become more like HBO.

Here’s the full press release:



HBO’s Internet Only Service Available Today on Roku Players and Roku TV Models with

30-Day Free Trial Offer

 SARATOGA, Calif. – October 8, 2015Roku, Inc. today announced that HBO’s internet only premium streaming service, HBO NOW, is available on the Roku® platform. Roku customers in the U.S. can now visit the Roku Channel Store to add the HBO NOW streaming channel to their Roku players (including the newly announced Roku 4) and Roku TV™ models. Roku customers can purchase a subscription directly within the HBO NOW channel on their Roku device, which will also enable them to access the service and on other HBO NOW enabled devices. HBO NOW is available for $14.99 per month with an available 30-day free trial offer.


With HBO NOW, Roku customers can instantly watch all of HBO on Roku players and Roku TV models —addictive series, unforgettable movies, thought-provoking documentaries, thrilling sports programs and entertaining comedy and music specials –all you need is the internet.

“HBO NOW is a hit with consumers and we’re thrilled to make it available to millions of Roku customers,” said Jeff Dallesandro, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Digital Distribution and Business Development, HBO. “Bringing our programming to consumers through HBO NOW is a natural evolution for HBO, and partnering with a streaming leader such as Roku greatly extends the reach of our service as we usher in this next phase of innovation for our network.”

“We applaud HBO for breaking the mold to deliver a fantastic standalone streaming service for consumers,” said Steve Shannon, general manager of Content and Services at Roku. “The combination of the Roku platform and HBO NOW signifies a new era of streaming for our customers because they now have instant access to HBO and its incredible selection of entertainment, even without a traditional pay TV subscription.”

HBO NOW is HBO’s new stand-alone premium streaming service that provides instant access to all of HBO—including envelope-pushing series like Game of Thrones®, Silicon Valley®, True Detective®,  BallersSM, Veep,®  and Last Week Tonight With John OliverSMas well as other current uncensored programming like Girls®, VICE, The Leftovers®, The Jinx and Going Clear.  HBO NOW also features every episode of every season of HBO classics worth seeing again like The Sopranos®, Sex and the City®, True Blood®, The Wire® and Deadwood®In addition, HBO NOW subscribers will have instant access to the most top box office, must-see films like American Sniper, Birdman, Wild, Exodus: Gods and Kings, Unbroken, Theory of Everything and Dumb and Dumber To. To subscribe to the streaming service, HBO NOW, consumers only need the internet.  Customers can learn more at

About Roku, Inc.

Roku is the creator of a popular streaming platform for delivering entertainment to the TV. Roku streaming players and the Roku Streaming Stick® are made by Roku and sold through major retailers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and the Republic of Ireland. Roku licenses a reference design and operating system to TV manufacturers to create co-branded Roku TV models. Under the Roku Powered program, Roku licenses its streaming platform to Pay TV providers around the world who want to use the Internet to deliver entertainment services through streaming players. Roku was founded by Anthony Wood, inventor of the DVR. Roku is privately held and headquartered in Saratoga, Calif., U.S.

About HBO

Home Box Office, Inc. is the premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner Inc. and the world’s most successful pay TV service, providing the two television services – HBO® and Cinemax® – to approximately 122 million subscribers worldwide.  The services offer the popular subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand®, as well as HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels. HBO NOWSM, the network’s internet only premium streaming service, provides audiences with instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming in the U.S. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 60 countries.  HBO and Cinemax programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.


7 Reasons to Watch ‘7 Days in Hell’

by Elizabeth Glauser on July 16, 2015

7-days-in-hell-andy-sambergHBO’s mockumentary 7 Days in Hell premiered Saturday, telling the tale of a seven-day Wimbledon match between American bad boy Aaron Williams and English dimwit Charles Poole. The usually demure sport serves as a backdrop for an absurd, laugh-out-loud story. Below are seven reasons to watch:

1) Dueling Tennis Historians: Fred Armisen and Will Forte play British and American tennis historians, each with their own hilarious take on 7-day match.

2) So Many Stars: The cameos alone are worth the watch. The random parade of celebrities includes tennis stars, famous magicians, actors and an unrecognizable Howie Mandel. Perhaps the best of these appearances come from Michael Sheen. The Masters of Sex star plays the overtly creepy host of a British sports show. His prominent gut and uncomfortable advances on a young Charles Poole make his performance one of the highlights of this already strong group of supporting players.

3) The Reverse Blindside: It turns out that Andy Samberg’s Aaron Williams is the adopted brother of none other than Venus and Serena. In what Serena calls, “a reverse blindside,” the Williams family takes in a white boy from the streets and makes him play tennis.

4) Jon Snow does Comedy: Kit Harington is best known as playing grim-faced Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, so his turn as a comically incompetent tennis prodigy is refreshing. His years of looking uncomfortably cold were perfect preparation for this role as a perpetually uncomfortable idiot. Side note for Game of Thrones fans: his hair could definitely support another season as Jon Snow.

5) Queen Elizabeth II, The Violent: Poole is regularly antagonized by none other than Her Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth II. Their first talk over the phone is friendly and encouraging, but things quickly turn hostile as the Queen dives further into distress and drunk-dialing.

6) David Copperfield as a Deviant David Copperfield: One of the most random and hilarious cameos is from 90s magician David Copperfield. He plays one of Williams’ closest confidants, and partner in cocaine-fueled binges.

7) It makes tennis exciting: Sex, attempted murder, full-frontal male nudity, obscene trash talk and death. That  is quite possibly the only combination that would make watching tennis exciting.

You can watch 7 Days In Hell now on HBOGo or HBO’s new stand alone service HBONow.


Scene in Georgia: Queen Latifah in ‘Bessie’

by Jordan McGuire on June 1, 2015


If there’s one woman who personifies Bessie Smith it’s Dana Elaine Owens, or as we like to call her, Queen Latifah. The middle aged Latifah has fiery energy, booming vocals, spunk and screen presence. She is the epitome of a renaissance woman. She started her career as a female rapper turned model, then actress, then producer and finally hosted her own television show. She ushered in a new wave of female rappers and sort of blazed the trail for the Missy Elliots, Lil’ Kims and now the Nikki Minajs of the world. She has won a Golden Globe, a Grammy and has been nominated for an Emmy and an Academy Award. She is also born on March 18, a date that we both will share for eternity. So, as Parks and Recreation’s Tom Haverford would say, “Hip-Hop’s First Lady is my boo.”

Latifah will play Bessie Smith in the upcoming TV movie Bessie from HBO. The Bessie biopic will also star Oscar winner Mo’Nique, the rugged Michael Kenneth Williams, Charles S. Dutton, Khandi Alexander and the long-time comedic vet Mike Epps make up the supporting cast. We know Latifah has the moxie, appearance, soul and the booming vocals to play the iconic jazz singer. The Queen picked up an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Big Mama Morton in Chicago.

In the 1920s and 1930s Bessie Smith was one of the most popular and authoritative voices of the blues and jazz genre. She was nicknamed The Empress of the Blues and led the way with the likes of Louis Armstrong as catalysts for jazz vocalists. The story of Bessie Smith is one of triumph, controversy, influence and tragedy. Spoiler alert, Smith was critically injured in a car accident in late September, 1937. Smith would be taken to the Thomas Afro-American Hospital after apparently being refused admission to a “whites only” hospital in Clarksdale, Mississippi. It will be interesting to see Bessie Smith’s last moments on Earth played out on the screen.

Latifah and Smith’s similarities go much further than their physical appearances. Both icons performed with conviction and struggled with similar obstacles at the start of their music careers. The film is bound to be filled with drama, oppression and will hopefully shed light on a story that is unknown to most.

As mentioned before, Dee Rees will direct from her own script. After the successful HBO TV movie The Normal Heart, HBO is back again with a cast that would very well break the box office. Latifah was seemingly born for the role of Bessie Smith, Mo’Nique will play Ma Rainey, Charles S. Dutton will play Pa Rainey, Michael Kenneth Williams will play Jack Gee and Mike Epps will play a bootlegger named Richard. Starring opposite Queen Latifah is Fargo’s Oliver Platt. Platt will play Carl Van Vechten, the infamous portrait photographer that was a big part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. Bessie was shot in Olde Town Conyers, Georgia. The blues film is produced by Ron Schmidt. The film has a U.S. release date of May 16, 2015.

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NOVAC and HBO have partnered to present a paid internship program on the set of Quarry from June 5-26. Here’s the press release:

In a unique partnership opportunity between the film industry and the New Orleans community, NOVAC is pleased to announce that it will be partnering with the HBO/Cinemax production Quarry, which commenced filming in March, to create training and job opportunities that focus on serving local veterans. Based on a successful internship program partnership between NOVAC and HBO Productions during the filming of the series Treme, this new program will offer a group of locals paid internship opportunities in a variety of departments, as well as provide classroom training, resume and soft skills support and ongoing job placement support after the internship.

“Connecting with the community of job seekers and provide high-wage, low barrier to entry positions in the film industry is exactly what our film industry workforce training is designed to do,” says NOVAC Executive Director Darcy McKinnon, “and to have the content of Quarry be so relevant to local veterans makes this project a logical choice for the internship program.” NOVAC will be doing community outreach, collecting applications and interviewing candidates for the program, as well as providing the ongoing classroom and job support after the internship.

“HBO/Cinemax is proud to once again connect with the New Orleans community and partner with NOVAC to support this very important initiative,” says Kary Antholis, President, HBO Mini-Series and Cinemax Programming. “Our partnership allows us to engage with members of the city’s community by offering valuable production work experience and skills that are critical to success in our industry.”

Quarry is a dramatic series that follows a Marine who returns home to Memphis from Vietnam in 1972 and finds himself shunned by those he loves and demonized by the public. He is drawn into a network of crime and corruption as he struggles to cope with the lingering effects of his experiences at war at a time before most knew what PTSD was. The production is currently shooting in New Orleans and will offer many on-set experiences for local veterans interested in entering the film industry.  The series will make its debut on Cinemax.

The Quarry internship will be paid positions for up to 15 participants, and will take place in late June 5 – June 26. Applications for the Quarry internship program will be available May 11, 2015 at, final deadline for applications is May 22, 2015 at 5pm.  The Quarr internship program is open to all interested candidates in the Greater New Orleans area; NOVAC will be conducting informational meetings with local veterans groups to recruit candidates, as well as targeting previous participants in NOVAC’s recent Production Assistant Boot Camp training programs, which have been sponsored by the City of New Orleans.  For more information on the Quarry internship program or to apply, please visit


Vince Vaughn and the Power of ‘True Detective’

by Elizabeth Glauser on April 29, 2015

cdn.indiewire.comNot too long ago audiences were treated to the glory that was the McConnaissance, best signified by an Oscar-winning performance by Matthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyer’s Club and his mesmerizing run on the inaugural season of True Detective. It reminded audiences of his ability to conquer some of the most demanding roles in recent memory. Prior to these successes, the Texan heartthrob was popularly known more for his Southern charm and classic good looks, despite bringing his A-list game to every project.

Vince Vaughn is poised for a similar career boost with his upcoming turn in the second season of True Detective. After a string of forgettable comedies with disappointing box office numbers, Vaughn can only go up. And with such a strong debut season, True Detective‘s next installment is bound to do great things for its new cast. And so, we must ask this question: is this the dawn of the Vaughnaissance?

Unfinished Business, The Internship and The Deliveryman were Vaughn’s last trio of films, all of which underwhelmed in theaters. Fans longed for the days of Vince the funnyman in Wedding Crashers and Old School. And looking further back, Vaughn can be found in more serious roles like The Cell and Psycho. While neither film was a masterpiece, they each showed the actor’s dramatic chops. And then there’s Vince’s turn in the under-seen and underrated drama The Prime Gig. Yes, its a thin cypher of Boiler Room which is itself a thin cypher of Glengarry Glen Ross. But Vince is great in it.

As an actor, he’s more than a fast-talker. Vince comes across as smart and charismatic, even when playing buffoons for laughs in broad comedies. Imagine him channeling all that through a Nic Pizzolatto script.

Maybe the combination of a memorable Vince Vaughn performance with the guaranteed gripping material of True Detective can bring forth a new era. The trailer doesn’t give us much of a glimpse into Vaughn’s role, but given how well Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey faired last season, there’s a good chance he’ll showcase some serious skills. This could potentially remind audiences that Vaughn is more than the fast-talking, punchlines that’s he’s seemed grow comfortable with recently. Potentially, this may be a whole new beginning for the actor – a revitalization of his career.

Catch the latest season of True Detective on HBO on Sunday, June 21st.

New Orleans Native Wendell Pierce Lands Lead in HBO’s ‘Confirmation’

by Jordan McGuire

Wendell Pierce will play Clarence Thomas in HBO’s rendition of the 1991 Supreme Court nomination hearings.  The New Orleans native will star opposite Kerry Washington in Confirmation, a new project from HBO Films. Washington will portray Anita Hill. The 1991 confirmation hearing for now-Justice Thomas were big news nearly twenty-five years ago, described as “a circus” […]

Mustafa Shakir Joins New Orleans-Shot ‘Quarry’

by Jordan McGuire

A couple months ago, Cinemax ordered a 1970s period drama series based off of the novels of Max Allan Collins. Now, shooting on Quarry is already underway in New Orleans, directed by Australia-native John Hillcoat. The New Orleans-shot series will star Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim), the incredibly versatile Stellan Skarsgard, Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Noah […]

‘The Jinx’ Director Andrew Jarecki Says Bombshell Wasn’t Discovered for Many Months

by Micah Haley

Andrew Jarecki, the director of HBO’s landmark series The Jinx, discussed the show’s shocking Sunday night finale on CBS This Morning yesterday. The subject of the documentary, Robert Durst, was arrested in New Orleans last Saturday night and charged with the 2000 murder of his friend Susan Berman. We break down the timeline of events, […]

‘The Jinx’ Subject Robert Durst Arrested at New Orleans Hotel on First Degree Murder Charges

by Micah Haley

It’s not TV. It’s HBO. Just before the premium cable channel concluded its now-landmark documentary The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst, the man himself was in New Orleans. On Saturday, March 15, Durst was arrested at the JW Marriott Hotel at 614 Canal Street. So, if you haven’t been watching The Jinx, […]