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  • Comedian Jon Stewart returns with HBO short-form deal

    3 weeks ago

    Comedian Jon Stewart has signed a deal with cable television channel HBO to produce short-form content on current events in what will be his first announced entertainment project since quitting "The Daily Show" in August.

    HBO said in a statement on Tuesday that the four-year...

  • The 2015 Emmys: Gender-bending, groundbreaking

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 21, 2015 | 10:11 am

    “I guess the new rule in Hollywood is not to wear makeup, or get your hair dyed,” a friend quipped during the 2015 Emmys telecast on Sunday night.

    She was referring to actress Frances McDormand, who shepherded HBO’s “Olive Kitteridge” all the way from idea to golden idol – six of...

  • ‘The Wire’ creator and HBO’s favorite son David Simon is working on two new shows

    August 11, 2015 | 10:35 am

    It’s no secret that Jewish television writer David Simon is adored at HBO. His past productions for the cable channel, including “The Wire” and “Treme,” are some of the most critically acclaimed series in TV history.

    Nevertheless, it was surprising to hear last week that HBO had...

  • Real estate scion Robert Durst indicted on weapons charges in New Orleans

    April 8, 2015 | 9:55 am

    Robert Durst, the real estate scion awaiting extradition to California to face a murder charge, was indicted on weapons charges in New Orleans on Wednesday, the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office said.

    Durst, recently featured in the HBO documentary "The Jinx: The Life and...

  • Ari Shavit’s ‘My Promised Land’ to be made into HBO film

    March 17, 2015 | 2:22 pm

    "My Promised Land,” a best-selling book about Israel by journalist Ari Shavit, is being made into a documentary for HBO.

    Shavit and HBO Chairman Richard Plepler announced the project on Monday at a conference in Jerusalem by the Israeli media company Keshet. The project does not...

  • Robert Durst’s Jewish background

    By Aron Chilewich

    March 16, 2015 | 5:11 pm

    Jewish real estate scion Robert Durst, the subject of a recent HBO documentary miniseries, is currently awaiting extradition to Los Angeles after being arrested by the FBI in a New Orleans hotel Sunday evening, March 15. FBI officials say they have new evidence linking Durst to the...

  • Durst charged with murder, movie confession likely admissible

    March 16, 2015 | 4:38 pm

    New York real estate scion and accused murderer Robert Durst's bathroom muttering that he "killed them all" would likely be admissible evidence in a murder trial, legal experts said on Monday.

    Durst, the subject of a six-part HBO documentary series called "The Jinx: The Life and...

  • New York real estate scion Durst agrees to extradition on murder charge

    March 16, 2015 | 11:18 am

    Robert Durst, caught on audiotape during the filming of a documentary saying he "killed them all," is prepared to go to California to face a murder charge in the 2000 death of a longtime friend, an attorney for the New York real estate scion said on Monday.

    The subject of a...

  • ‘Night Will Fall’ lifts a curtain on concentration camp atrocities

    By  Tom Tugend

    January 22, 2015 | 11:33 am

    The first time I saw the horrific newsreels of the liberation of the concentration camps, showing mountains of skeletons piled up and skulls staring out of empty eye sockets, was in 1959.

    By a fluke, I had a bit part playing a court translator at a war-crimes trial in the...

  • Maher vs. Affleck vs. Harris Round 2

    By Rob Eshman

    November 5, 2014 | 1:42 pm

    I have one word for Ben Affleck, Sam Harris and Bill Maher: Rematch.

    The three of them began an argument on Oct. 10 on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” that came to an end when the episode concluded. It needs to continue.

    At issue was whether Islam is, in Maher’s view, a...

  • Talking ‘True Blood’ deeper meanings, sexual healings

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 2, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    Gregg Fienberg, the executive producer of HBO’s hit vampire saga “True Blood,” is nicknamed “Captain Chaos” by his cast and crew. It’s a nod to his knack for juggling myriad obstacles to bring the campy-sexy (and very expensive) supernatural thriller to the screen. 

    Based on the...

  • When a mother dies

    By Danielle Berrin

    May 7, 2014 | 11:53 am

    On my desk sits a photograph of a mother and child. In 5-by-7 black and white, a beautiful young woman in her 20s, her dark hair in a twist, and her lips and fingernails plainly tinted, is holding her baby up to her cheek and looking out, almost heavenward. Their faces are...

  • Bill Maher: The confident blasphemist

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 2, 2014 | 10:48 am

    At 2 p.m. on a balmy afternoon in  March, Bill Maher, the comedian, political commentator and host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” was just beginning his day. He’d only been awake for three hours, though even that was unusual, since he rarely rouses before noon. “You’ll plug...

  • Remembering comedian David Brenner

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 2014 | 12:53 pm

    David Brenner, whose wry observational comedy made him a star in the 1970s, and who appeared more than 150 times on “The Tonight Show,” died on Saturday, after a struggle with cancer, at his home in New York.  He was 78.

    Throughout his comedy career, which he embarked upon after...

  • Why there is still no ‘Entourage’ movie

    October 23, 2013 | 5:26 pm

    It seems the “Entourage” cast members could use some help from someone like superagent Ari Gold.

    The movie version of the HBO comedy has been in the works forever, but lots of drama has delayed it from getting off the ground. The latest hold up is due to more heated negotiations,...

  • The Newsroom: Second season, second thoughts

    By Melissa Weller

    September 4, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    The Newsroom is back again for the first time!

    I was hesitant to hop in the saddle for a second go at Newsroom, especially with an already packed schedule of Breaking Bad, Top of the Lake, re-re-watching Orange is the New Black and replying to a heavy influx of fan mail after one...

  • Sparks ignite in ‘Afternoon Delight’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 21, 2013 | 4:43 pm

    Writer-director Jill Soloway has quite the reputation for writing about Jews and sex. As co-executive producer on HBO’s hit mortuary drama “Six Feet Under,” she created a Reform rabbi character whose congregant’s boyfriend accidentally hangs himself during autoerotic asphyxiation....

  • ‘Glickman’ is the story of 20th Century American Judaism

    August 20, 2013 | 10:08 am

    “Glickman”, a moving documentary by James L. Freedman, premiering August 26 on HBO, is the emotional life story of Marty Glickman, a ground-breaking American sportscaster.  It is also the story of 20th Century American Judaism.

    Marty Glickman was the soundtrack of every New York...

  • Watch: ‘Girls’ season 3 teaser

    August 19, 2013 | 10:50 am

    Newsflash: Season three of “Girls” is in production! For those fans who are already chomping at the bit, HBO has put together this 31-second photo slideshow of (Jewish) creator Lena Dunham and the rest of the (heavily Jewish) cast at work.

    Don’t get too excited–it’s called a “teaser” for a reason.

  • ‘Newsroom’ Season 2: Will it gain the ‘trust of the public’?

    By Melissa Weller

    July 13, 2013 | 10:47 am

    The second season of The Newsroom premieres this Sunday on HBO, and for those who maybe didn’t tune in but kept an eye on critic reviews of and fan responses to Aaron Sorkin’s latest brain/ego child know the HBO drama’s freshman year was met with mixed feelings, to say the least....

  • Feeds and reads: Reactions to James Gandolfini’s death

    June 20, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Sopranos star James Gandolfini dies in Italy (Reuters)

    James Gandolfini, the burly actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the groundbreaking TV series "The Sopranos," died on Wednesday vacationing in Italy. He was 51.


  • Enlightening Television

    By Beit T'shuvah

    June 11, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    By Matt Shapiro

    I watch a good amount of TV, probably more than I should. Still, it's rare for an episode of a show I watch to linger in my mind and heart, but that happened last night and continued into today. My wife and I have been working our way through Enlightened, the...

  • The real Susie Essman

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 29, 2013 | 11:04 am

    “Everybody thinks I’m Susie Greene,” actress and comedian Susie Essman said.

    And no wonder. Over eight seasons on Larry David’s largely improvised HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Essman has portrayed a pampered, albeit foul-mouthed Jewish housewife, whose blistering sarcasm...

  • Alan Dershowitz sends ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ episode to Netanyahu

    May 20, 2013 | 10:28 am

    Comedian Larry David has been called a lot of things over the course of his long and successful career, but we’re pretty sure “peace maker” has never been one of them. Until now. Well, almost sort of, anyway.

    Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz has sent an episode of David’s...

  • Jeremy Piven plays a self(ridge)-made man

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 20, 2013 | 7:26 am

    Two minutes into a telephone interview, actor Jeremy Piven riffed on his Jewish background: “I grew up Reconstructionist, so my father used to joke that we prayed to ‘To whom it may concern,’ ” he said, then paused as if for a rim shot. “I’m waiting for the laugh to die down,” he...

  • Boy on HBO’s ‘Girls’ is also a ‘restless’ filmmaker

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 6, 2013 | 4:52 am

    You might only know Alex Karpovsky as Ray Ploshansky, the caustic barista who fitfully romances the naïf Shoshanna on HBO’s zeitgeist-y hit, “Girls.”

    But while shooting that show, Karpovsky also has managed to write, direct and star in two independent films that recently...

  • Clara Mamet makes her way in the family biz

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    It was a sweltering day on the North Hills set of ABC’s upcoming sitcom “The Neighbors,” as Clara Mamet opened the door of her trailer with a toss of her long, brown hair. The 17-year-old actress wore peach-colored satin trousers, a floral blouse and a devil-may-care expression as...

  • No business like the news business: Aaron Sorkin on ‘Newsroom’

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 6, 2012 | 2:25 pm

    Aaron Sorkin, the playwright, television writer and Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Social Network,” is causing a stir with his new HBO series, “The Newsroom,” about the inside antics of a cable news show and its commentary on American journalism. Sorkin’s “The West...

  • No business like the news business: Aaron Sorkin on ‘Newsroom’

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 5, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    Aaron Sorkin, the playwright, television writer and Oscar-winning screenwriter of “The Social Network,” is causing a stir with his new HBO series, “The Newsroom,” about the inside antics of a cable news show and its commentary on American journalism. Sorkin’s “The West...

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