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True Blood alum Chris Bauer and Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire) have booked series regular roles on The Deuce, HBO's upcoming drama series starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Written by The Wire creator David Simon and longtime collaborator George Pelecanos and directed by Michelle MacLaren, The Deuce follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York's Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-’80s, exploring the… »
Chris Coy is staying in the HBO fold with a series regular role on The Deuce, HBO's upcoming drama series starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Also cast on the show as recurring is Mustafa Shakir. Written by The Wire creator David Simon and longtime collaborator George Pelecanos and directed by Michelle MacLaren, The Deuce follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York's Times Square from the early 1970s through the… »
Michael Rispoli and Natalie Paul have been cast as series regulars on Deuce, HBO’s upcoming drama series starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Written by The Wire creator David Simon and longtime collaborator George Pelecanos and directed by Michelle MacLaren, The Deuce follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York's Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that… »
Last week, Warner Bros.' DC Expanded Universe (Dceu) hit a bit of a snag, when director Seth Grahame-Smith pulled out of The Flash movie, citing creative differences with the studio. No specific details were given about these creative differences, but you may recall that the studio previously lost another director, Michelle MacLaren, over unspecified creative differences on Wonder Woman. Over the weekend, another report surfaced which claimed that Warner Bros.' was in danger of losing yet another filmmaker, Aquaman director James Wan, due to unspecified issues the director reportedly had with the studio. As it turns out, though, this latest report is not true.
The director took to his verified Twitter page yesterday, sending out a photo of himself standing next to a large mural of Aquaman, hinting that he isn't leaving the project. He also revealed that he just resurfaced from finishing work on The Conjuring 2, »
Ricky Church on the rumours of trouble behind-the-scenes of the DC Extended Universe…
Ever since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice came out, it seems as if there has been no end to bad news for Warner Bros. and DC comics on film. Fans have been in a constant state of worry over the future DC films and while there is certainly cause to worry, some fans have gone to the extreme by petitioning for Zack Snyder to be fired, Justice League Part One postponed or a myriad of other ‘solutions’. With word that Seth Grahame-Smith has left the director’s chair for The Flash and rumours James Wan may leave Aquaman as well, it seems this is as low as DC has ever been right now. However, is there actually any cause to worry?
Let’s look at The Flash’s situation first. Though Grahame-Smith has written several screenplays, »
- Ricky Church
In all honesty, there wasn't too much of a fan uproar earlier this week when it was announced that director Seth Grahame-Smith had bailed on The Flash movie. But it sounds like there are more problems brewing at DC Comics and Warner Bros. In the wake of this departure comes news that fan-favorite director James Wan might be the next to flee the Dceu compound.
Signed to The Flash movie since last October, writer and director Seth Grahame-Smith has cited 'creative differences' as his reason for leaving. Those differences have yet come to light. Similar circumstances surrounded Wonder Woman last year, when Michelle MacLaren exited before shooting was set to start. She also claimed 'creative differences' had driven a wedge between her and the project. She was later replaced by Patty Jenkins, and shooting is about to wrap in Italy. So, as you can see, not all is lost when »
Work on the Fastest Man Alive's movie is about to slow right down as The Flash no longer has a director! According to The Hollywood Reporter, Seth Grahame-Smith has decided to depart the project over "creative differences." That's a reason everyone from Edgar Wright to Michelle MacLaren have given for not working on superhero movies, but seeing as The Flash would have marked Grahame-Smith's directorial debut, perhaps the studio got nervous about putting such an important project in the hands of someone so inexperienced? After all, they need all of these DC Comics adaptations to be a hit after the mixed response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Who knows, but the trade does mention that The Flash will keep Grahame-Smith's script, something he wrote while working off a treatment by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Whether or not you believe that's good news will likely depend on how »
Nolan, no stranger to complicated lavish productions such as co-writing and producing many of his brother Chris Nolan's films like his "Dark Knight" trilogy and "Inception," has done a lengthy interview with io9 and says nothing he's done - not even the demanding schedule of a CBS procedural like "Person of Interest" which he created - quite compares to this series:
"Nothing that I have done prepared me for the sheer avalanche [of production requirements]. The truth is, what we're doing there is a 10-hour movie. It's not really a TV series. When they say 'It's not TV, it's HBO,' they're really not kidding.
We're doing a period Western, and a science fiction [movie]. Basically, we're shooting Alien, Days of Heaven and Unforgiven simultaneously, »
- Garth Franklin
Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman helped set the stage for the highly-anticipated Justice League. And it also helped set up several standalone adventures coming to theaters over the next 5 years. Fans got their first look at Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in Dawn of Justice, where we learned that she is over 100 years old. We'll get to learn a lot more about Diana Prince next summer when Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2, 2017. Today, we have new set photos as principal photography starts to wind down in Italy.
While we don't know exactly how much is left to shoot on Wonder Woman, the studio also recently started production on Justice League: Part 1, which Gal Gadot will surely be needed for. The last leg of the Wonder Woman shoot takes place in Italy, where the production is filming scenes set in the title character's homeland of Themyscira. Over the weekend, »
Yesterday, we showed you new Instagram photos from Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot and Connie Nielsen, which hinted that Victoria's Secret model Doutzen Kroes and boxer Ann Wolfe may have been cast in mystery roles. While we still don't have any confirmation about whether or not they have joined the cast, Connie Nielsen posted yet another photo yesterday, featuring a rather unique "co-star," a tiger. Oddly enough this isn't the first time we've heard about a tiger being part of the movie.
Unfortunately, Connie Nielsen didn't offer any details about her tiger co-star on her Instgram page, but last April, a report surfaced that former Wonder Woman director Michelle MacLaren couldn't agree with Warner Bros. on several story points, one of which was that she wanted the title character to have a tiger sidekick. The report surfaced just one day after Michelle MacLaren left the project due to creative differences, »
Novelists Megan Abbott and Lisa Lutz have joined the writing team for “The Deuce,” the upcoming HBO drama from David Simon and James Franco. Abbott and Lutz join current writers Simon, George Pelecanos and Richard Price.
Set in the ’70s and ’80s, “The Deuce” tells the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square. It explores the rough-and-tumble world that existed there before the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market ended the bawdy turbulence. The show is inspired by twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, porn-industry players who fronted for organized crime. Franco will play both characters. Maggie Gyllenhaal is also set to star.
Abbott is the author of the books “Dare Me” and “The Fever.” Her next novel, “You Will Know Me,” is scheduled for release in July.
Lutz is the author of nine novels, »
- Daniel Holloway
Superman and Batman have been the subject of various live-action films, enjoying portrayals from the likes of Christopher Reeve, Christian Bale, and Henry Cavill. But the third member of DC's Holy Trinity has yet to leave Paradise Island -- until now.
It's been a long journey on the road of development hell for Warner Bros., which has spent years trying to make a Wonder Woman movie (or TV show) happen. Here are 11 notable times they tried, and failed.
1. "Who's Afraid of Diana Prince?" (1967)
What Went Wrong: Actress Ellie Wood Walker played Wonder Woman for a presentation reel for a prospective TV series. Following the success of the Adam West-led "Batman," "Who's Afraid of Diana Prince?" featured a similar style of camp. It's unclear why the network execs passed on this project specifically, »
- Nick Romano
HBO is extending its relationship with "The Wire" pairing of David Simon George Pelecanos, giving his period porn drama "The Deuce" a series pickup. An episode count and premiere date have not yet been determined however.
The series deals with the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York's Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s which saw the bawdy lifestyle collapse with the rise of HIV, the violent cocaine wars and the renewed real estate market.
The story follows twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, both played by James Franco, who became fronts for Mob control of the volatile and lucrative sex industry.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is set as Eileen 'Candy' Merrell, a Times Square hooker and veteran with an entrepreneurial bent who is drawn into the fledgling porn industry. Gary Carr, Margarita Levieva, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Dominique Fishback and Emily Meade also star. »
- Garth Franklin
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Franco and Gyllenhaal will star in The Deuce, an HBO drama series about the legalization and rise of the porn industry in New York City’s best-known tourist trap, our sister site Deadline reports. The Deuce will also likely chronicle the downfall of porn’s presence in Times Square, which was brought upon by “the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market.”
Additional cast members include Gary Carr, »
HBO is staying in business with David Simon — the porn business, specifically.
“The Deuce” follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early ’70s through the mid ’80s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market ended the bawdy turbulence of the area. The series is partly inspired by the career of twin brothers, Vincent Martino and Frankie Martino, who were players in the Times Square world and became fronts for mob control of the volatile and lucrative sex industry. Franco will play both twins.
Simon co-wrote the drama with George Pelecanos. The duo »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
This week on “The Vulture TV Podcast,” classic TV buff Stephen Bowie joins Margaret, Matt, and Gazelle to discuss the evolution of TV directing, a medium that, unlike film, has traditionally been a writer’s world. Who are some of today’s best TV directors, and can you make a name for yourself directing television without some films on your résumé? Plus, we debate the moral issues raised by the narrative structure of Netflix’s Making a Murderer, and why a series like this is ultimately a net positive for society. There are spoilers in the following discussion: Making a Murderer, 16:24–43:04Further reading: Margaret's review of Making a Murderer; what was left out of Making a Murderer; Matt on why Michelle MacLaren is the best director on TV. Tune in to "The Vulture TV Podcast," produced by the Slate Group’s Panoply, every Tuesday, on iTunes or SoundCloud. »
- Gazelle Emami,Margaret Lyons,Matt Zoller Seitz
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