HBO NOW – Celebrate the ’Stache: 22 HBO Moustaches for Movember

Movember-4From Al Swearengen’s 1870s business man moustache to Rust Cohle’s trucker ‘stache, HBO NOW has created a collection of episodes and programs featuring the most iconic moustaches in HBO history as part of the Movember Foundation’s annual Movember campaign, which helps encourage men to live happier, healthier, and longer lives through investing in four key areas: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and physical inactivity. Celebrate the ’Stache: 22 HBO Moustaches for Movember is available on HBO NOW today and features moustaches made famous in hit HBO programming including Deadwood, True Detective, Game of Thrones, Flight of the Conchords, VEEP, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Bored to Death and Sex and the City, among other hit series and films. Subscribers can check out the full collection starting November 2, and a 30-day free trial of HBO NOW will be available to new subscribers throughout the month.

The Movember campaign challenges men to grow and women to support the moustache or make a commitment to get active and MOVE for the 30 days of November. HBO fans can get in on the action by tweeting and posting pictures of their favorite moustaches from HBO shows or even growing a moustache to look like one their favorite characters. The @HBONOWTwitter handle will be on the look-out for the best ‘staches all month, sharing Movember-themed content and elevating fans’ posts.

In addition to the Movember Collection on HBO NOW, HBO will also make a contribution to the Movember Foundation and challenge its employees worldwide to help spread awareness for men’s health by either growing their moustaches or joining the MOVE efforts.

The Movember Foundation is the leading global charity raising funds and awareness for men’s health, raising over $650 million and funding 1,000 programs in 21 countries to date. Men and women sign up, and choose to grow, give or MOVE. Men start Movember 1st clean-shaven and grow only a moustache for the month, or men and women can commit to MOVE every day during Movember. After signing up to grow or MOVE, participants get friends, family, or colleagues to donate to their efforts to change the face of men’s health.

Celebrate the ’Stache: 22 HBO Moustaches for Movember features the following iconic characters:

Movember-3Al Swearengen from Deadwood

Movember-6Adam Sackler from Girls

Movember-8Bert/Bertha Hagenbeck in Carnivale

BK from No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

Bob Black from Behind the Candelabra

Charlotte York from Sex and the City

Clay Davis from The Wire

Dom Basaluzzo from Looking

Frank Harlow from Big Love  

Movember-4Jemaine and Bret from Flight of the Conchords

Keith Charles from Six Feet Under

Movember-7Larry David from Curb Your Enthusiasm

Louis Greene from Bored to Death

Movember-2Mike McClintock from Veep

Monty Beragon from Mildred Pierce

Mr. Pfister from Family Tree

Nick Wasicsko from Show Me a Hero

Patsy de la Serda from Getting On

Movember-9Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish from Game of Thrones

Ray Velcoro from True Detective Season 2

Richard Harrow from Boardwalk Empire

Movember-1Rust Cohle from True Detective Season 1

Hobbits, Vampires & Why You Should See ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ In a Theater

WWDITS-00009Even though I had seen What We Do In The Shadows, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to attend the Center For Communication screening and Q&A with the co-directors/co-writers/co-awesome Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.

You may remember Clement from the sleeper HBO hit, The Flight of the Conchords with Bret McKenzie. Since then he’s been keeping busy with roles in Muppets Most Wanted and Men In Black 3. Waititi directed and starred with Clement in Eagle VS Shark, then gained notoriety with Boy, with 11 nominations and 6 wins at the New Zealand Film Festival.

Here’s the audio from Q&A:

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Photo Credit Unison Films

With their signature deadpan (excuse the pun) style, the comedy works beautifully with a live audience, as there are roars of laughter and chuckles filling every moment. It’s both obvious and unexpected hilarity. The story loosely follows four vampire flatmates in the year leading up to the Unholy Masquerade, an annual gathering. Each character has their own unique charm and the supporting characters lend their own charm.

Taika Waitit

Taika Waititi

During the Q&A, the two revealed they first had the idea over 10 years ago and made a short film. They admit that the movie was “5 weeks of fun and 14 months of editing” explaining that one cut was heavy on story, but not funny, the other was hilarious, but no story.

Jemaine Clement1WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Photo Credit  Unison Films (2)

Jemaine Clement

Clement also admitted that they owe their crew to Peter Jackson, as he let them use the second unit from The Hobbit, as well as camera equipment and some of the green screens.

WWDITS-00002The movie has already opened in New Zealand, and rather than sell to a U.S. distributor, they opted to create a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money to distribute to over 70 cities themselves. Their goal was met on February 13th and opened in New York and Los Angeles. The rollout continues to more cities every week.

Taika Waititi1 WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Photo Credit Unison FilmsThe event was an advanced screening hosted by the Center For Communication with tickets free to students and faculty. After the screening a 30 minute Q&A was led by Indiewire, followed by a spread of cheeses and custom drinks.

What does Jemaine Clement, Vampire Roommates, Students & Free Screening have in common?

Ever since I heard about What We Do In The Shadows, I’ve been dying to see it. The movie has gotten RAVE reviews and has been released in New Zealand and soon to be released in the UK. It’s finally being released in the US February 13th and there’s a special advanced screening the night before at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea. The only tickets left are for students and faculty of universities and they’re FREEThis event is FREE to university undergraduate, graduate students and faculty only. A school issued ID will be required for free admission to this event. Read More →