Now you can get Dad the perfect present this Father’s Day

Wondering what to get for your housebound dad on Father’s Day this Sunday? Look no further than a subscription to HBO GO.

We’re not just talking about box sets of Game of Thrones, Westworld and The Sopranos here. New series and movies are added all the time. On HBO GO this month, check out the just-launched HBO Asia Original, The Head, a survival thriller starring the Japanese actor Tomohisa Yamashita (“Code Blue”). Or how about Perry Mason, a drama that follows American fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer debuting on June 22?

Remember, HBO is also known as the home for the biggest Hollywood blockbusters. This month, dads will love Fast and Furious: Hobbs & Shaw, John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, Rambo: Last Blood, Gemini Man and Shazam! You can find them all in the “All About Dads” section of the HBO GO app.

Of course, there’s also a vast selection of more family-friendly titles for dads to enjoy together with their kids (and an enviable selection of Hallyu k-dramas and new rom-coms like Love Life with Anna Kendrick for the ladies in their lives).

HBO GO allows users unlimited access to stream and download thousands of hours of non-stop and uncut entertainment. This includes the latest first-run Hollywood films and exclusive original content from HBO and Cinemax, as well as Asian series and popular kids’ programmes, including Cartoon Network originals.

Within the app, the live TV function streams both HBO and Cinemax channels. Each HBO GO account can be viewed on two concurrent streams across five registered devices, and the service has both Airplay and Chromecast functionality.

HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming to SKYcable subscribers on HBO GO for as low as Php99/month. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Show details and images provided by HBO in a recent press release.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

HBO drama series WESTWORLD returns for its third season on 16 March on HBO GO and HBO

The Emmy® winning drama series Westworld returns for its eight-episode third season same time as the U.S. on Monday, 16 March at 9am, exclusively on HBO GO and HBO. A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth, the show was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are also executive producers.

Returning cast members include Evan Rachel Wood as Dolores, Emmy® winner Thandie Newton as Maeve, Ed Harris as Man in Black, Jeffrey Wright as Bernard, Tessa Thompson as Charlotte, Luke Hemsworth as Stubbs, Simon Quarterman as Lee Sizemore and Rodrigo Santoro as Hector Escaton.

Joining the cast this season are Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad,” “Bojack Horseman”), Vincent Cassel (“Black Swan”), Lena Waithe (HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show,” “Master of None”), Scott Mescudi (HBO’s upcoming “We Are Who We Are”), Marshawn Lynch (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”), John Gallagher Jr. (HBO’s “The Newsroom” and “Olive Kitteridge”), Michael Ealy (“Stumptown”) and Tommy Flanagan (“Sons of Anarchy”).

The first two seasons of Westworld received a combined 42 Emmy® nominations. The second season’s 20 Emmy® nominations resulted in three wins, including: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (Thandie Newton), Outstanding Makeup for a Single-Camera Series (Non-Prosthetic) and Outstanding Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series.

Westworld was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Athena Wickham, Richard J. Lewis, Ben Stephenson, and Denise Thé. Production companies: Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.

HBO is available on SKYcable Ch. 54 SD/Ch. 168 HD (for Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Bulacan, Lipa-Batangas) or on Ch. 402 SD/710 HD (for Bacolod, Baguio, Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, General Santos, Iloilo). SKYdirect subscribers can watch it on Ch. 22 HD. HBO Original Series as well as live channels are also available for streaming on HBO GO. To subscribe, call your local SKY office or fill up this form.

Show details and image provided by HBO in a recent press release.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

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Westworld Season 2 ends with a 90-minute episode on June 25

After leaving its viewers reeling with the events of its penultimate episode “Vanishing Point” last Monday, Westworld Season 2 will conclude on June 25, 9am with its longest episode, “The Passenger.”  Clocking in at an hour and 30 minutes, the episode promises to lay questions and conspiracy theories regarding the show to rest as well as give rise to new ones.

  • Dolores (Evan Rachel Wood) has emerged from being Season 1’s sweet damsel in distress to being Season 2’s big bad.  As she nears her goal of reaching “The Valley Beyond,” will she also succeed in avenging herself and her fellow hosts against humanity?
  • William aka The Man in Black (Ed Harris) seemed to be on a redemptive arc for a while but his prolonged stay in the park has messed with his mind that he kills his daughter after suspecting she is a host.  How will he move on after causing the deaths of both his wife and daughter?
  • Maeve (Thandie Newton), revealed to be Robert Ford’s (Anthony Hopkins) favorite among the hosts, unknowingly rebelled against his plan to allow her to escape the park and now is badly injured and held captive in headquarters.  With the transfer of Ford’s consciousness into her, will she escape her confines and deal with Dolores?

Winner of five 2017 Primetime Emmy® Awards and nominated for a total of 22 Emmys®, Westworld is a sophisticated, highly imaginative drama series that elevates the concept of adventure and thrill-seeking to a new and ultimately dangerous level. In the futuristic fantasy park known as Westworld, a group of android “hosts” deviate from their programmers’ carefully planned scripts in a disturbing pattern of aberrant behavior that culminates in a violent wholesale rebellion by the end of Season 1.

In Season 2, the fruits of that uprising, and a series of questions about many of the hosts and humans who co-exist and clash in Westworld and beyond, will be revealed. With returning cast members including Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright and James Marsden, Westworld was inspired by the 1973 motion picture written and directed by Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park), and was created for television by Executive Producers, Jonathan Nolan (Interstellar, The Dark Knight) and Lisa Joy (Pushing Daisies, Burn Notice). Season 2’s Executive Producers also include J.J. Abrams, Roberto Patino, AthenaWickham, Richard J. Lewis, and Ben Stephenson.

This episode will air on HBO (SKYcable ch 54 SD and 168 HD in Mega Manila) at 9am with a same-day encore at 10pm.  It will also be available for streaming within the same day on HBO Go, HBO’s online streaming service exclusively available in the Philippines to SKY subscribers.

HBO Go not available in your area?  Watch Season 1 and Season 2 on HBO on Amazon Prime.

Not yet on Amazon Prime?  Start your free trial today!

Check out my other posts on Westworld:

Next Westworld episode to be set in Shogun World

HBO recently released new Westworld photos pertaining to the episode “Akane No Mai” which will premiere on Monday, May 21.

Hinted at in last season’s finale, Shogun World will bring us new characters such as the ones played by Rinko Kikuchi (“Babel,” “Pacific Rim“) and Hiroyuki Sanada (“The Wolverine,” “47 Ronin“). The video teaser also hints at interactions of Shogun World denizens with Maeve (Thandie Newton) and her gang.

New Westworld episodes will air Mondays at 9am with same day primetime encore at 10pm.  New episodes will also be available for streaming within the same day on HBO Go, HBO’s online streaming service exclusively available to SKY subscribers.

HBO Go not available in your area? Watch it on HBO on Amazon.

Check out my other posts on Westworld:

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

Westworld renewed for a third season

Avid fans and theorists will be happy to learn that the Emmy-winning HBO Original series has been renewed for a third season as announced by the HBO Programming President Casey Bloys.

In a press statement released today, Bloys notes that “it’s been an extraordinary pleasure to work with the exceptionally talented Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as their gifted cast and crew. From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us.”

Described by Time as  “one of the biggest shows on earth,” and hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “brilliant” and “enthralling,” Westworld debuted on HBO in October 2016, becoming HBO’s most watched freshman series ever.  It has just started its ten-episode second season on April 23, 2018 after a two-year hiatus.  There’s no word yet on how long before the third season makes it premiere.

WESTWORLD was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Richard J. Lewis, Roberto Patino, Athena Wickham and Ben Stephenson. Production companies, Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.

New Westworld episodes will air Mondays at 9am with same day primetime encore at 9pm.  New episodes will also be available for streaming within the same day on HBO Go, HBO’s online streaming service exclusively available to SKY subscribers.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers. I consider being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people some of the biggest perks of my job.

6 Takeaways from Journey Into Night, Westworld Season 2’s Explosive Premiere Episode

We’re back in Westworld, thanks to an exclusive advance screening held by HBO and SKY.

Held at the Narra Rooms in the posh Shangri-la at the Fort Hotel last April 19 (four days before its TV premiere on April 23, Monday), the event was attended by selected SKY subscribers as well as members of the press and social media influencers.

By the time this post is published, the episode should have aired on HBO. For those who haven’t watched it yet, be aware that there will be spoilers below!

(Check out my recap of Season 1’s finale episode.)

So far, my thoughts on the episode titled “Journey Into Night” are:

  1. The inmates have taken over the asylum. When we left Westworld during last season’s finale, it was on the brink of chaos. Now we see the aftermath: bodies of both hosts and their human guests are littered everywhere, clear evidence of violent delights that have violent ends.
  2. They are out for blood. Former Sweetwater sweetheart Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood) has fully embraced her inner Wyatt. Together with her posse which includes earnest cowboy Teddy Flood (James Marsden) and femme fatale Angela (Tallulah Riley, now promoted to series regular) are hunting down the human guests who were present during Robert Ford’s (Anthony Hopkins) presentation of his new narrative (which has the same title as this episode – Journey Into Night), and subsequent death at Dolores’ hands (yes, he’s really dead as evidenced the maggotty rotting corpse in the beach scene which takes place a few weeks after the shooting). Having broken free of the restriction from killing humans, the hosts are rounding up all the other human survivors and shooting them down or lynching them.
  3. A mother’s love knows no bounds. Former brothel madam Maeve Millay (Thandie Newton) is continuing her search for her daughter in her past narrative, despite knowing that “it is not real,” enlisting the willing assistance of notorious bullet-ridden outlaw Hector Escaton (Rodrigo Santoro) and the reluctant one from narrative designer Lee Sizemore (Simon Quarterman).
  4. Worlds are colliding. Last season, we discovered that Shogun World exists. Now, thanks to a robotic carcass of a giant robot Bengal tiger which the SWAT peeps say wandered too far from home, we can surmise that there’s probably a Jungle World as well.
  5. The Man in Black (Ed Harris) still has something to keep him busy. Last season, he was told by Ford that the maze (the object of his obsession which turned out to be the hosts’ journey to consciousness) was not for him. In this episode, he was told by Ford’s young robot clone that he is now in the game.
  6. Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright) is acting all shady again. We know that this good-hearted head of behavior can be used as a weapon. Seeing him in a series of timejumps, from waking up to security personnel rounding up hosts for the slaughter to his run for survival with Delos director Charlotte Hale (Tessa Thompson), we know he will prove be central to more violent ends from violent delights.

Westworld Season 2 premiered on HBO (SKYcable ch 168 HD | 54 SD) on April 23, Monday at 9am with a primetime encore telecast at 10am. A new episode airs every Monday at 9am.

New Westworld episodes will also be available for streaming within the same day on HBO Go, HBO’s online streaming service exclusively available to SKY subscribers.

Disclosure: I work for SKY and part of my job is promoting its products and services, especially the content it provides to its subscribers.  I consider this privilege one of the biggest perks of my job: being able to share my love for TV shows and movies and the experience of watching and talking about them with like-minded people.

Mayhem abounds as Westworld Season 2 begins

#SpoilerAlert!!!

When we left the Westworld, the place was a mess.

Westworld founder and for-all-intents-and-purposes deity-in-chief Dr. Robert Ford (Anthony Hopkins) has just revealed a new narrative to the board during the launch party before having his head blown off (intentionally) by host Dolores Abernathy (Evan Rachel Wood).

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Dolores, after reawakening in the lab with Ford and Westworld head of programming and a-host-all-along Bernard Lowe (Jeffrey Wright), realizes that the voice she hears inside her head has been hers all along (the concept of the Bicameral Mind, wooooh!) and therefore has finally gained consciousness.  She then began shooting up the park’s human guests in the party and enjoining the other hosts to revolt, no longer constrained by the “don’t harm the humans” rule.

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The Man in Black (a crusty Ed Harris), revealed to be earnest William (Jimmi Simpson) whose heart was unknowingly crushed by Dolores during his first park visit thirty years ago, revels in the hosts’ revolt even as he is shot in the arm.

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Brothel madam Meave Millay (Thandie Newton) gains superuser rights to Westworld, seizing control of her narrative and those of the other hosts.  She starts her own revolt in the labs and is last seen discovering Shogun World then deciding to search for the daughter she had in her previous narrative.

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After all those reveals and delicious mayhem in Season 1, who could resist a sneak peek into Season 2?  Well, the creators themselves decided to release a spoiler video.

Or maybe not.

Westworld Season 2 premieres in the Philippines on April 23, Monday, at 9am on HBO  (SKYcable ch 54 SD and 168 HD) and will be available for streaming on HBO Go.