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‘The Deuce’ Takes Aim at Cultural Impact of Modern Porn Biz

26 July 2017 6:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Who got paid, who got betrayed and how the culture became hyper-sexualized with the rise of the modern pornography industry are the big themes of “The Deuce,” the latest HBO effort from “The Wire” creator David Simon.

The drama, which bows Sept. 10, is set in 1971 at the moment when porn goes from a “paper bag beneath-the-counter” business to a booming industry, Simon said.

“Everybody realizes that the money involved is going to be real,” Simon told reporters Wednesday during the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills. The story of how the business evolved and who prospered among the early pioneers is a fascinating tale. But the larger theme that “Deuce” aims to explore is how porn has influenced culture — everything from the marketing of automobiles to the way men and women communicate.

“The product itself is not a normative product — the product is human flesh. It’s objectified women,” Simon »

- Cynthia Littleton

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‘The Deuce’ Creator David Simon: Porn Drama Isn’t ’Trafficking in Misogynistic Imagery or Objectification’

26 July 2017 6:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Deuce” producers and stars want to draw a line about the series: It’s about porn, but is not porn itself.

That means that all of the problems associated with porn — the misogyny, the abuse, the objectification – are featured on “The Deuce” as part of the exploration of the topic, not for gratuitous storytelling.

“You portray it by being direct,” co-creator David Simon told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It would be a mistake to look at this and think that we are in any way trafficking in misogynistic imagery or objectification as one of the currencies driving the show. That’s what the show is about. I’m not sure how you make the show and avert your eyes and clean it up.”

Read MoreThe Deuce’ Trailer: James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before In David Simon’s Porn Drama — Watch

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- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Deuce’ Creator David Simon: Porn Drama Isn’t ’Trafficking in Misogynistic Imagery or Objectification’

26 July 2017 6:27 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

The Deuce” producers and stars want to draw a line about the series: It’s about porn, but is not porn itself.

That means that all of the problems associated with porn — the misogyny, the abuse, the objectification – are featured on “The Deuce” as part of the exploration of the topic, not for gratuitous storytelling.

“You portray it by being direct,” co-creator David Simon told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour. “It would be a mistake to look at this and think that we are in any way trafficking in misogynistic imagery or objectification as one of the currencies driving the show. That’s what the show is about. I’m not sure how you make the show and avert your eyes and clean it up.”

Read MoreThe Deuce’ Trailer: James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before In David Simon’s Porn Drama — Watch

The Deuce, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Luke Cage’: Why Lucy Liu Directing an Episode Is a Really Smart Move for the Marvel Action Series

12 July 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Netflix announced Tuesday that Lucy Liu would direct the first episode of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” when the series returned for its second season, and the news was met with a bit of head-scratching and ambivalence. Sure, Liu has had a successful TV and film career, but is still making a name for herself behind the camera.

Upon further examination though, this is a really savvy move on Marvel’s part. Here’s a breakdown of why Liu joining the Netflix series is great news:

Read More‘Hawaii Five-0’: Why CBS Must Quickly Solve the Show’s Lack of Asian American Stars More Attention to Female TV Directors

The industry appreciation for female film directors is on the rise, and we see the parallel trend happening on TV albeit in a quieter way. While the likes of Mimi Leder, Michelle McLaren and Susanne Bier are leading the charge, many more longtime, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘Luke Cage’: Why Lucy Liu Directing an Episode Is a Really Smart Move for the Marvel Action Series

12 July 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix announced Tuesday that Lucy Liu would direct the first episode of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” when the series returned for its second season, and the news was met with a bit of head-scratching and ambivalence. Sure, Liu has had a successful TV and film career, but is still making a name for herself behind the camera.

Upon further examination though, this is a really savvy move on Marvel’s part. Here’s a breakdown of why Liu joining the Netflix series is great news:

Read More‘Hawaii Five-0’: Why CBS Must Quickly Solve the Show’s Lack of Asian American Stars More Attention to Female TV Directors

The industry appreciation for female film directors is on the rise, and we see the parallel trend happening on TV albeit in a quieter way. While the likes of Mimi Leder, Michelle McLaren and Susanne Bier are leading the charge, many more longtime, »

- Hanh Nguyen

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‘The Deuce’ Trailer: James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before In David Simon’s Porn Drama — Watch

10 July 2017 8:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Fans of “The Wire” and “Treme” are about to see David Simon and George Pelecanos in a new light when they take on the dawn of the legal porn industry in HBO’s “The Deuce,” as seen in this juicy first official teaser released today. Finally, we get to see James Franco talking to himself, and not just for his IndieWire column. We also learn more about Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character — beyond the fact of that fabulous blonde perm.

Franco plays a dual role as Vincent Martino and Frankie Martino, two twins whose Times Square bar becomes a front for the mob just when pornography becomes legalized. Set to a 1970’s soundtrack and saturated in the requisite post-pantone hues, “The Deuce” shows signs of a dark sense of humor as well. “There’s been a change in the law about community standards,” says David Krumholtz (“The Good Wife”) from behind »

- Jude Dry

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‘The Deuce’ Trailer: James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal Like You’ve Never Seen Them Before In David Simon’s Porn Drama — Watch

10 July 2017 8:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fans of “The Wire” and “Treme” are about to see David Simon and George Pelecanos in a new light when they take on the dawn of the legal porn industry in HBO’s “The Deuce,” as seen in this juicy first official teaser released today. Finally, we get to see James Franco talking to himself, and not just for his IndieWire column. We also learn more about Maggie Gyllenhaal’s character — beyond the fact of that fabulous blonde perm.

Franco plays a dual role as Vincent Martino and Frankie Martino, two twins whose Times Square bar becomes a front for the mob just when pornography becomes legalized. Set to a 1970’s soundtrack and saturated in the requisite post-pantone hues, “The Deuce” shows signs of a dark sense of humor as well. “There’s been a change in the law about community standards,” says David Krumholtz (“The Good Wife”) from behind »

- Jude Dry

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Lena Headey to Star in and Produce Adaptation of “H Is for Hawk” with Plan B

7 July 2017 10:01 AM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Lena Headey in “Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones” returns for its seventh and penultimate season in just over a week, but Lena Headey isn’t content just to bask in the mega hit’s success. The actress is already hard at work building on the profile she’s built playing Cersei Lannister. She dished on some of her upcoming projects in a recent interview with the New York Times.

Back in 2015 it was reported that the “300” star acquired the film rights to Helen Macdonald’s best-selling, award-winning memoir “H Is for Hawk.” According to the Times, Headey is now set to star in and produce the feature with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. The book chronicles Macdonald’s unconventional grieving process. She dealt with the sudden loss of her father by adopting and training a goshawk.

Headey is also developing “a dream project about Grace O’Malley, a female pirate in 16th-century Ireland.”

The Times suggests that Headey’s decision to work behind the scenes is at least partly a reaction to the fact that “evil queen roles [keep] rolling in.” Frustrated by being typecast as her “Game of Thrones” character, the actress has channeled her energy into creating roles for herself. Plus, she “hopes to create more opportunities for female filmmakers, she said, and also do some directing herself.” (We’re wondering if the Times asked Headey her feelings about the fact that not a single female director has been hired to helm an episode of “Game of Thrones” since Michelle MacLaren directed two eps in Season 3. Every episode in Seasons 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6 of the fantasy drama have been directed by men — and all of the upcoming seventh season was, too.)

Headey has earned three Emmy nods for her role on “Game of Thrones.” Her other credits include “The Purge” and “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.”

Lena Headey to Star in and Produce Adaptation of “H Is for Hawk” with Plan B was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »

- Laura Berger

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Gillian Anderson tweets to Gold Derby that she wants these 4 female directors for ‘The X-Files’ Season 11

30 June 2017 7:46 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Gillian Anderson responded to Gold Derby’s tweet about starting a petition to include female directors on “The X-Files” Season 11 by naming four impressive women: Michelle MacLaren, Carol Banker, Philippa Lowthorpe and Lesli Linka Glatter. Of note, Anderson and MacLaren are the only two women to direct episodes of “The X-Files” out of all 208 […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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Gillian Anderson Slams 'The X-Files' For Reportedly Hiring An All-Male Writing Team

29 June 2017 4:40 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Gillian Anderson has a few things to say about the new The X-Files writing staff.

After news broke that the popular sci-fi series reportedly hired an all-male team for the upcoming 11th season, the 48-year-old actress, who portrays Dana Scully, took to Twitter to share her opinion on the controversial decision.

Watch: 'The X-Files' Is Returning for a New Season

"And 2 out of 207 eps directed by women," she wrote in response to a story written by The Washington Post. "I too look forward to the day when the numbers are different. #TheFutureIsFemale."

And Anderson's point checks out. Since its debut in 1993, there have been over 200 episodes, but only two were directed by a female. Anderson directed an episode, along with Michelle MacLaren, who's worked on shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.

Fox announced the news that The X-Files would be returning for an all-new season in April, with Anderson »

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‘Wonder Woman’ Breaks Records: Biggest Live-Action Box Office Hit by Female Director

23 June 2017 1:56 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wonder Woman” set a new milestone on Friday, becoming the highest-grossing live-action film to be directed by a woman.

The superhero adventure eclipsed the $609.8 million racked up by “Mamma Mia!,” the Abba musical that was directed by Phyllida Lloyd.

Wonder Woman” was directed by Patty Jenkins, who previously oversaw the Oscar-winning “Monster.” Despite the critical raves that “Monster” earned, Jenkins had to wait 14 years before directing another feature film. She only got the “Wonder Woman” gig after the original choice, Michelle MacLaren, was pushed out in the wake of creative differences.

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DC Film’s Jon Berg, Geoff Johns on Success of ‘Wonder Woman’ and Sequel Plans (Exclusive)

Wonder Woman” was backed by Warner Bros. Pictures. Critics loved the film, praising it as a breath of fresh air after a series of downbeat comic book films such as “Suicide Squad” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

Jenkins hasn’t officially signed on to direct a “Wonder Woman »

- Brent Lang

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The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

20 June 2017 8:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

TV has never been more beautiful, more daring, and more dramatic, and that’s owed to the new level of talent being given a chance to redefine what might be possible within this medium today. Since the dawn of the 21st century, we’ve witnessed an incredible array of directors (some native to TV, some fleeing the fluctuating feature film world) come to episodic storytelling to discover its potential.

Read More: The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked

True story: We began this list with a wider range of genres in mind, but the number of shows we wanted to recognize grew so large that we decided to split it into drama and comedy series (we’ll get to comedies down the line). This is also the ritual place where we acknowledge that “The Sopranos,” if it had premiered just a little bit later, would have »

- Liz Shannon Miller and Zack Sharf

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The 20 Best-Directed TV Drama Series of the 21st Century, Ranked

20 June 2017 8:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

TV has never been more beautiful, more daring, and more dramatic, and that’s owed to the new level of talent being given a chance to redefine what might be possible within this medium today. Since the dawn of the 21st century, we’ve witnessed an incredible array of directors (some native to TV, some fleeing the fluctuating feature film world) come to episodic storytelling to discover its potential.

Read More: The 25 Best TV Theme Songs of the 21st Century, Ranked

True story: We began this list with a wider range of genres in mind, but the number of shows we wanted to recognize grew so large that we decided to split it into drama and comedy series (we’ll get to comedies down the line). This is also the ritual place where we acknowledge that “The Sopranos,” if it had premiered just a little bit later, would have »

- Liz Shannon Miller and Zack Sharf

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Warner Bros. Looking To Cast Big Female Lead Opposite Gal Gadot In Wonder Woman 2

18 June 2017 2:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s been a busy, busy week for fans of the DC Extended Universe, with the internet being sent into a frenzy thanks to the latest slew of 4chan leaks. As is always the case, it’s best to take them all with a handful of salt, but if nothing else, these rumors have fuelled plenty of speculation and discussion, which is always fun to see and partake in.

Whether it’s the introduction of Supergirl in Man of Steel 2 or the teasing of Red Hood in The Batman, there’s been a lot to dig into lately, and though some of it reads like nothing more than fan fiction – and probably is just that – we’ll leave it up to you to decide which of these leaks are accurate and which are not.

The latest one concerns Wonder Woman 2, which is all but confirmed at this point given just »

- Matt Joseph

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Success of ‘Wonder Woman’ Could Pave Way for More Female Directors

14 June 2017 10:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The critical and commercial success of “Wonder Woman,” the first female superhero movie directed by a woman, Patty Jenkins, could be the catalyst that turns the tide for female directors angling to helm major studio films. Keeping the momentum going, however, will be a big challenge.

Although summer looks to be a strong season for women directors, nearly halfway into the year just a handful of female-led films have been announced by the majors. At this juncture, Sony Pictures has more movies helmed by women in its lineup than its competitors. Warner Bros. and Paramount, have not yet unveiled any new women-led films so far this year, and both declined to name projects in the works.

Overall, the studios say they’re working to hire more women as directors, but they have lots of ground to cover to even begin approaching parity. In 2016, men made up more than 90% of directors »

- Ricardo Lopez

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How Universal Should Solve Its Dark Universe Problem

12 June 2017 9:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: With “The Mummy” opening to mostly negative reviews this weekend, Universal’s attempt to kickstart its “Dark Universe” franchise is stuck in a rut. What would you do (or recommend the studio do) to make good movies out of Universal’s classic monsters?

Violet Lucca (@unbuttonmyeyes), Film Comment

The obvious response is “don’t try,” but since we’re a few years away from getting back to using original intellectual property in film, I’ll give them a few options.

One: ditch the self-seriousness of the modern action blockbuster and revive the genre mashup of the “Abbott and Costello Meet…” series. Get Channing Tatum »

- Eric Kohn

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Patty Jenkins On Chances Of Directing Wonder Woman 2: “We’re Working On It”

9 June 2017 7:46 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

2017 has already served up its fair share of success stories (see: Split and Jordan Peele’s nerve-racking Get Out), but it’s fair to say that none are on quite the same level as Wonder Woman.

Not only had Diana Prince’s solo debut spent years languishing on the brink of production, but the Patty Jenkins-directed origin story arrived at a time when Warner’ DC Extended Universe was in dire need of a slam-dunk. And boy, did it get one. Since its launch last week, Wonder Woman has blown past all expectations in its journey to $230 million at the worldwide box office, and that number will only continue to climb as the film enters its second weekend.

So far, so wonderful. But as is often the case in franchise filmmaking, particularly when it comes to Hollywood’s growing roster of shared universes, many are already beginning to draw attention »

- Michael Briers

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Will Patty Jenkins Direct ‘Wonder Woman 2’? No Deal or Option in Place

7 June 2017 1:24 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins has not yet signed a deal for a sequel to the smash hit, two individuals with knowledge of the matter told TheWrap. Jenkins doesn’t even have an option in place — a contractual safeguard that lets Warner Bros. call her back to duty, one insider said. Jenkins replaced original director Michelle McLaren. Leading lady Gal Gadot has an option thanks to her overall deal with DC Films Universe, including the upcoming “Justice League.” Her reps are gearing up for a big renegotiation, the insider added. Also Read: 'Wonder Woman' Lassos Top Honor at »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Wonder Woman Helmer Patty Jenkins Reportedly Not Signed For Sequel…Yet

7 June 2017 7:01 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Cast your mind back two years ago and you’ll likely recall the moment in which Marvel Studios boldly announced plans for Phase 3 of the McU. In one fell swoop, Kevin Feige and his crack team nailed down release dates for Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, the two-part Infinity War movie – later altered to become Avengers: Infinity War and its untitled sequel – and Inhumans, which has now been repackaged as an eight-part ABC series.

And though the McU tends to deliver on those lofty expectations – expectations that are often incited by Marvel just as much (if not more so) as they are by the audience – the inherent problem with announcing dates so far in advance is that the release slate itself tends to fluctuate to accommodate new directors (see: Captain Marvel), or unforeseen issues in the creative department.

Warner Bros., meanwhile, appears to be making a concerted effort to adopt the »

- Michael Briers

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‘Wonder Woman’: How Patty Jenkins Saved the DC Extended Universe

4 June 2017 4:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Ten months before “Wonder Woman” was released, an open letter made headlines for claiming the movie was a “mess.” Director Patty Jenkins responded.

“Real lasso of truth, time, will reveal that letter to be false soon enough,” she wrote. “But lame something so transparent in its agenda gets traction.”

Ten months later, Jenkins got her validation. The film won over 93% of critics, and audiences responded too, giving it an A CinemaScore overall. And now, with over $100 million at the domestic box office, “Wonder Woman” has been crowned the largest opening weekend ever for a female-directed film. »

- Seth Kelley

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