What’s coming to HBO in December: ‘Game of Thrones” Kit Harington in ‘Gunpowder,’ Ben Bradlee doc, more
By Rob Lowman
Just weeks before the release of the “The Post,” HBO has a couple of related offerings. First, there is “The Newspaperman: The Life And Times Of Ben Bradlee,” debuting Dec. 4. It’s a documentary about Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee who was a key figure in taking down President Richard Nixon in 1974, exposing the largest political scandal in American history.
Bradlee was played by Jason Robards in Alan J. Pakula’s 1976 film “All the President’s Men,” a dramatization of the historic events. Robards won an Oscar for the portrayal. In “The Post,” Bradlee is played by Tom Hanks, and the film from Steven Spielberg tells of Bradlee’s hand in exposing another scandal, the release in 1971 of the Pentagon Papers.
You can also look forward to the standup special “Michelle Wolf: Nice Lady” on Dec. 2, the finale of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” on Dec. 3, the three-part historical thriller miniseries “Gunpowder” starring “Game of Thrones’” Kit Harington.
There are some other cool films – both old and new. New ones include “Logan,” a smart, Western-style X-Men film that signals the final bow for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. Jessica Chastain delivers her usual powerful performance as “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” based on a true story set in World War II. When people talk about Francis Ford Coppola they sometimes overlook is his 1984 film “The Cotton Club” centered around the famed Harlem jazz club of the 1930s. A combination musical and gangster flick, it boasts some terrific performances, particularly from Bob Hoskins, and wonderful dance numbers from Gregory Hines and his brother Maurice.
Here’s what’s coming to HBO in December:
Larry David in the season finale of HBO’s “Curb Your enthusiasm.”
*All The President’s Men
*The Cotton Club
Daredevil (Director’s Cut)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
*The Exorcist (Director’s Cut)
Gone in 60 Seconds (Director’s Cut)
Kenke (aka Weed)