Enter to Win Digital HD Code for HBO’s Hit television drama “Wizard of Lies”

To celebrate that HBO’s hit television drama, “Wizard of Lies” is up for a few Emmy nominations such as Best Movie, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Casting, we are offering a digital HD code for one of our lucky readers.

HBO’s hit television drama “Wizard of Lies” stars Oscar winner Robert De Niro and Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer and is available now on Digital Download.

Enter to win in the comments below by letting us know your favorite films from De Niro and Pfeiffer! Contest will end on August 4th. One winner will be chosen at random and notified via email. Good luck!

Win a Digital HD code for Season 3 of HBO’s Emmy-nominated “Silicon Valley”

SILICON VALLEY: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON (Arrived on Digital HD Monday, July 25)

Silicon Valley – a land of big ideas and bigger egos.

To celebrate the Digital HD release of SILICON VALLEY: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON”, Media Mikes would like to give our fans a chance to win a Digital HD code for the season. If you want to win this great prize, please leave a comment below with your favorite character from the show. This giveaway will remain open until August 20th at Noon, Eastern Time. This is open to our readers in US only. One entry per person, per household. All other entries will be considered invalid. Media Mikes will randomly select winners. Winners will be alerted via email.

The Emmys® love the Valley! The latest season of the Silicon Valley was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards® including Outstanding Comedy Series, Outstanding Lead Actor (Thomas Middleditch), Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Alec Berg, Mike Judge) and Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series (Alec Berg, Dan O’Keefe).

Catch up on July 25, 2016 when Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season debuts on Digital HD on (season pass currently available). After last season’s shocking ending, which found Pied Piper celebrating legal victory just as Richard (Thomas Middleditch) was ousted as CEO, Season 3 picks up where we left off, with Richard offered the diminished role of CTO and the rest of his team – Erlich (T.J. Miller), Jared (Zach Woods), Dinesh (Kumail Nanjiani) and Gilfoyle (Martin Starr) – facing the question of just how far their loyalty extends. With a new no-nonsense CEO hell-bent on transforming everything from Pied Piper’s offices to its business agenda, the guys must find a way to triumph in the war of Art vs. Commerce, maneuvering the many competing interests along the way. Meanwhile, as Gavin Belson (Matt Ross) works to rehabilitate Hooli’s image following his blunders, Big Head (Josh Brener) finds himself in a new partnership, while at Raviga, Laurie (Suzanne Cryer) holds her cards close to the vest, as Monica (Amanda Crew) tries to look out for Pied Piper’s best interests. With its patented brand of silly and satirical humor, this season of Silicon Valley continues to probe the ripe-for-comedy world of tech, as our heroes grow bolder, if not always wiser.

You shouldn’t miss the series that has been hailed as “Triumphantly funny… jokes hit with blade-like precision” (The Hollywood Reporter) and “…nails both palpable tension and biting humor” (Entertainment Weekly). The full season download of Silicon Valley: The Complete Third Season on Digital HD at iTunes, Google, Vudu and Sony comes with a series recap, the trailer and Deleted Scenes.

TV Review: HBO’s “True Detective” Episodes 1-4

Created by: Nic Pizzolatto
Directed by: Cary Fukunaga
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, Tory Kittles
Rating: TV-MA
Running Time: 60 minutes
Premiered: January 12, 2014

Episode 1: 3 out of 5 stars
Episode 2: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Episode 3: 3 out of 5 stars
Episode 4: 3.5 out of 5 stars

“True Detective” follows two Louisiana State Police Criminal Investigations Division homicide detectives as they hunt for a serial killer across seventeen years. The show flips back and forth between 1995 and 2012. There are extended flashbacks used with Det. Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Det. Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) being interviewed separately and are the grounds for the whole story. I liked the fact that “True Detective” takes the approach of a mini-series, which is becoming a popular format after shows like “American Horror Story”.

The show is very dialogue heavy and character driven. It is also edgy and quite provocative. I am a big fan of director Cary Fukunaga (2010’s “Jane Eyre”). I think he has a great vision for this show and he really does great things with this mini-series. Louisiana is also used almost as another character and intertwines well with the characters and the story. The performances are not good but quite amazing. We all know that McConaughey and Harrelson are great actors but these roles are perfect for them and they simply nail it.

The first episode of “True Detective” is spent introducing us to characters of Cohle and Hart. We start with them getting the case for the ritualistic murder of a former prostitute. Their investigation for the case is started and we get the lowdown. The story is well setup here and I liked the characters. I find that I don’t like a show’s characters I usually do not enjoy the show no matter how good. I think though there could have been a little more added to this episode since I was left wanting a little more…but I guess that was the point.

The second episode really get deeper into both McConaughey and Harrelson’s characters. You start to learn a lot about them and some of their secrets. The story starts getting some steam and you are drawn into trying to figure out what is going on and where they are going with this show. This episode also has Alexandra Daddario (“Texas Chainsaw 3D”) and she is quite a sight. After the first episode, I have to admit, I wasn’t really racing to place the next right away. After this one, I immediately had to watch episode three.

Episode three really gives deeper into our characters. We learn more of their flaws and their unique views on the world. There are some interesting details of the investigation revealed in this episode. There is also a bit of tension revealed between the two partners, which gives an interesting dynamic. Hart also experiences some relationship issues (and I am sure it is not the end of it either). There was some decent reveal about the investigation in this episode as they track the killer. Thought it ran a little slow compared to the first two episodes, it was equal with the first episode.

Episode four is packed with tension between Hart and his wife, as well as investigation details. It also goes deeper into Cohle’s issue with drugs and his background. I love the dialogue in this episode, not that it is weaker in earlier episodes but this particular episode is really sharp. I liked seeing the partners team up and work together closely. Another aspect of love about this show is the car drives. They always seem to have these deep conversations while driving and McConaughey leaves you speechless. This was probably my favorite of the four episode to date. Let’s just say shit goes down and it is quite freaking intense!

So I found that I am not completely in love with this show but with these performances and the Louisiana feel, I am hooked. There is something very simple about it that draws you in. It is very slow-moving but I am sure that there is going to be a solid payoff worth waiting for. I am dying to see where they are going to go with the remaining episodes. In fact, I can’t believe we are already half-way through the series but I am in and very anxious to see where we go from here.

Sibel Kekilli talks about her role on HBO’s “Game of Thrones”

Sibel Kekilli currently co-stars on HBO’s “Game of Thrones” as Shae, the concubine and lover of Peter Dinklage. She started as a guest star in the first season and has since become a series regular in season 3. Media Mikes had a chance to briefly ask Sibel a few questions about the show and her character.

Mike Gencarelli: What did you feel your biggest change/challenge for Shae was going into the third season of “Game of Thrones”?
Sibel Kekilli: To survive. Most of the time you don’t know whether your character will survive the episode or not. George, Dan and David are able to write you out easily out; they are the authors.

MG: How is it working with a cast of 28 characters? Do you find it hard to stand out?
SK: I am very fortunate that most of my scenes are with one of the leading actors, as to mention these wonderful actors like Peter, Lena or Sophie. And I do believe that Dan and David pay very much attention to each character’s individuality to ensure that everyone has their moment.

MG: Have you ever had the opportunity to chat with George R.R. Martin about your character?
SK: Yes, I did. And he was telling me, that the Shae on the screen is different but much better than his Shae in the books… well, actually, he was laughing. George R. R. Martin is a great author.

MG: Have you read ahead in the books to see where you character is going?
SK: As the scripts sometimes really differ from the books, I have not read them so far.

MG: How can you reflect on the fandom surrounding this show?
SK: It is crazy. The fans are very unique, with lots of passion about every little detail, and since it is a novel adaption, it is a really tough challenge for them, when something happens that differs from the books. Yet, that does not mean that they don’t like it.

MG: After being involved with the show during production, do you still watch each week during the season?
SK: Not every week. In Germany the show airs a bit delayed.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season” Blu-ray Giveaway [ENDED]

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To celebrate the Blu-ray release of HBO’s “Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season””, Media Mikes would like to giveaway ONE copy of the first season on Blu-ray. If you would like to win this great prizes, please leave us a comment below or send us an email and let us know your favorite episode or character from the first season. This giveaway will be open until Tuesday March 13th at Noon, Eastern Time and is only open to residents of the United States. Only one entry per person, per household; all other entries will be considered invalid. Once the giveaway ends, Media Mikes will randomly pick out winners and alert the winners via email.

Summers span decades. Winters can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun. It will stretch from the south, where heat breeds plots, lusts and intrigues; to the vast and savage eastern lands; and all the way to the frozen north, where an 800-foot wall of ice protects the kingdom from the dark forces that lie beyond. Kings and queens, knights and renegades, liars, lords, and honest men…all will play the Game of Thrones.

 

HBO’s “Luck” $50K Challenge

MediaMikes.com is proud to be working with HBO on this contest for their new TV series “Luck”. The contest is called “LUCK $50K CHALLENGE”. Check out below on how you can get involved with this contest and for the chance to win $50K. Good luck, thanks for visiting and don’t forget to spread the word on this great contest.

The App
To celebrate the premiere of the new original series, LUCK, HBO is launching the LUCK $50K CHALLENGE on Facebook. This innovative horseracing app offers Facebook users a chance to win $50,000 by submitting their picks for the winning horses in a series of six REAL thoroughbred horse races.

The Races
The six races – known collectively as THE HBO LUCK PICK SIX – will be run at Santa Anita Park (Los Angeles) and Gulfstream Park (Miami) on Saturday, January 28th. Post time for the first race of THE HBO LUCK PICK SIX is tentatively scheduled for 4pm EST.

The Challenge
The LUCK $50K CHALLENGE on Facebook was designed for everyone – from first-time betters to hard core handicappers – and is easy to enter. Go to facebook.com/LUCKHBO today, “like” the page, and reserve your “betting ticket.”

Visitors to the HBO LUCK Facebook page can try their LUCK on three practice races to familiarize themselves with the Challenge. Official entries can be made starting on Monday, January 23rd at 6pm EST until one hour before the start of THE HBO LUCK PICK SIX at 3pm on Saturday, January 28th.

To Enter:
Visit the LUCK $50K CHALLENGE app on Facebook.com/LUCKHBO starting on Monday, January 23rd
– Select one horse per race in each race of THE HBO LUCK PICK SIX
Horses who place in the top 3 spots (Win, Place and Show) will earn points based on their odds and actual payouts at the track
The bigger the underdog, the more points you will earn if the horse finishes in the top 3

THE HBO LUCK PICK SIX races will be broadcast LIVE on the HBO LUCK Facebook page on Saturday, January 28th at 4PM EST. Be sure to tune-in to the premiere of LUCK on Sunday, January 29th at 9pm only on HBO.

About LUCK
From acclaimed director, Michael Mann and the creator of Deadwood®, David Milch, ‘Luck’ is a provocative behind-the-track look at the world of horse racing and gambling’s denizens – the owners, jockeys and gamblers – starring two-time Academy-Award winning actor, Dustin Hoffman. To build buzz for the series, HBO is developing an innovative branded racing and gaming-themed promotion designed to engage and excite horseracing enthusiasts, hardcore handicappers, casual gamblers and the broader consumer audience and give them an opportunity to experience a little bit of “Luck”. The show premiers January 29th at 9pm EST.