You want to cut the cable cord, but you aren't clear on how to go about it. You aren't much of a gadget geek, you don't regularly follow tech news, and -- while you might have a Netflix account -- you might not know much about the other alternatives and how they compare: Hulu, Blockbuster, Amazon Pr ... More >>
NPR on Sunday reported that HBO "doesn't mind" that its hit series Game of Thrones is widely pirated. But of course the network minds -- many of the estimated 1 million people who illicitly downloaded the first episode of the series' third season (and that was just the day after it was on TV) are po ... More >>
Boxing is about narrative. People root for a fighter because of his story as much as his left hook. In boxing, each fight is a turning point. That's why the term "crossroads fight" gets overused. Because every fight recalibrate's a guy's career trajectory. And that's why HBO's 24/7 is awesome. It s ... More >>
About seven years ago, I read something online about a then-recent episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm. Overcome with the desire to watch the episode for myself, but without a subscription to HBO, I fired up LimeWire, the now-defunct file-sharing software, and quickly found the episode I wanted. An hou ... More >>
Documentary filmmakers Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato are lucky -- and they know who to thank. First, they acknowledge the sheer power of Sheila Nevins, HBO's documentary czar, who nudged them to look at the controversial Don't Ask, Don't Tell law. More importantly, they acknowledge the luck th ... More >>
Next Tuesday is a big day for gay and lesbian members of the armed forces. But HBO documentary filmmakers Randy Barbato and Fenton Baily want to celebrate a little early -- with the world premiere of their documentary, The Strange History of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, tonight at the Castro Theatre a ... More >>
Photos by W. Blake GrayShanghai dumplingsWe wound up at Happy Garden because Good Luck Dim Sum across the street had a long line, and we felt like sitting down. Happy Garden has a dim sum menu. And we ordered from it. We were hungry. Only after we ordered and began paying attention to what e ... More >>
Taylor FriedmanThe other Pelosi's take on immigrationDocumentarian Alexandra Pelosi -- yes, that Pelosi -- has doled out heaps of patriotism in her latest film and companion book, Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip. So much so, we imagine former naysayers will go out to buy American flags for t ... More >>
By Meredith Brody You may have noticed that there's precious little new stuff to watch during the holidays - a period which The New York Times describes as "a profound holiday slumber of repeats and musical specials." But we can't even find any musical specials, and are reduced to re-watching A Co ... More >>
The duo from New Zealand have proved that acoustic guitars and comedy make for a great combination, as evident in their successful HBO series. Come out to Nob Hill Masonic Center on May 27 to see Bret and Jemaine rock tunes made famous by the show, like the above video for "Business Time." It's that ... More >>
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