How Hard Did the Rock Ball On Episode the Second of Ballers?

It’s been another week, and another episode of HBO’s confidently bad and conspicuously drama-free football whatchamacallit Ballers, and the viewer is now being forced to reckon with a question: was Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson cast in this role because his head so closely resembles a football? Discuss. » 6/29/15 9:47am 6/29/15 9:47am

True Detective Might Suck Now, And That Might Be Even More Fun

So the first person beaten up was a journalist, the most prominent bare asses were male (the dude at the urinal was a nice touch), and your Big Tough Guy is actually Rachel McAdams, who gave the (verbal) business to like half a dozen people and also appears to be the Bobby Shmurda of knives. Verily, oh internet, True… » 6/22/15 9:45am 6/22/15 9:45am

All The Deaths On Last Night's Game Of Thrones Finale, In Slow Motion

While HBO’s Game of Thrones may be leaving viewers wishing for death, several characters on last night’s season finale actually received such glorious release from the corporeal realm. Probably. So here’s everybody who died, we think, last night; since we love ruining things, we present all the Game of Thrones deaths… » 6/15/15 5:20pm 6/15/15 5:20pm

The Entourage Movie Is The Hate-Watching Event Of The Summer

I’m gonna forego all ceremony and just tell you the best part of the Entourage movie, which is Ronda Rousey’s reading of the line, “I think somebody’s fuckin’ in there.” I will be purchasing this film on Blu-Ray six months hence in hopes of viewing outtakes from this scene. I need variations. “I think somebody’s » 6/03/15 11:40am 6/03/15 11:40am

Report: Buffalo, Washington, And Houston Are Potential Hard Knocks Teams

Thanks to new rules instituted after HBO and the NFL had difficulty finding a team to appear on Hard Knocks, the league can now force teams to take part if they meet certain criteria. Nine teams fit the bill: The Browns, Redskins, Giants, Buccaneers, Vikings, Texans, Rams, Titans, and Jaguars. Most of those,… » 5/22/15 10:40am 5/22/15 10:40am

Game Of Thrones Is Gross, Exploitative, And Totally Out Of Ideas

At this point, it’s disingenuous for anyone to complain about Game of Thrones being too violent or disturbing—the series’ five seasons have had a fair share of rape scenes and tremendous acts of violence—but the final frames of last night’s episode, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken,” were emblematic of everything that has… » 5/18/15 3:31pm 5/18/15 3:31pm

We Live In The Golden Age Of Sports Documentaries

A piece in this week's SportsBusiness Journal is nominally about how HBO Sports has lost its preeminence in the sports documentary biz, and sure enough, it has gutted its in-house doc unit in recent years. But it's heartening to realize that even as the former biggest player scales back, the sports documentary scene… » 7/23/14 6:03pm 7/23/14 6:03pm

HBO's Majestically Bleak The Leftovers Finds God Everywhere, and Nowhere

Organized religion doesn't show up much in prestige television. Which is surprising, given the genre's tendency toward Big Existential Questions, and given how thoroughly Christianity is baked into how America thinks about itself, and given the ways the Christian Right and Mormonism and Scientology perpetually flit… » 6/27/14 2:38pm 6/27/14 2:38pm

I Can't Stop Laughing At This Guy's Game Of Thrones Video Recaps

My colleague Samer just discovered this funny video of a southern gentleman giving his thoughts on the USMNT drawing Portugal. It turns out that this guy also posts quick video reviews of Game of Thrones episodes on his YouTube channel, and each one of them is a ridiculous treasure. I present a handful here, along… » 6/23/14 2:21pm 6/23/14 2:21pm

Report: NFL Won't Get To Force A Fun Team To Appear On Hard Knocks

After two seasons of scrambling to secure a team, the NFL added a new wrinkle to this year's Hard Knocks selection process: The league can compel teams that meet certain conditions to appear on the HBO/NFL Films documentary series. That opens the possibility of a marquee franchise being forced into opening its… » 5/07/14 2:01pm 5/07/14 2:01pm