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‘Making Montgomery Clift’ Film Review: Ebullient Doc Liberates Screen Icon from His Gloomy Reputation

‘Making Montgomery Clift’ Film Review: Ebullient Doc Liberates Screen Icon from His Gloomy Reputation
Montgomery Clift has been viewed as a tragic case since at least the publication of Patricia Bosworth’s 1978 biography, where his image became set as an innovative and very beautiful gay or bisexual actor who destroyed himself due to the external pressures of society.

But his nephew Robert Clift seeks to give a more nuanced portrait of his uncle in “Making Montgomery Clift,” a very revealing documentary that is based around a collection of audio tapes and other memorabilia kept by Robert’s father Brooks, who was Clift’s older brother. The Clift remembered here is not the doomed victim of so many mythologizing books and TV programs but a highly intelligent, mordantly funny man who successfully fought to keep his creative and sexual integrity intact.

“Making Montgomery Clift” is a provocative title that Clift himself might have enjoyed because it has a double meaning; to “make” someone, in old-fashioned slang,
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'The Room' Director Tommy Wiseau Reflects on Life After 'The Disaster Artist'

'The Room' Director Tommy Wiseau Reflects on Life After 'The Disaster Artist'
Once heroes only in the cult film world thanks to the “Citizen Kane of Bad Movies” that is 2003’s The Room, Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero last year found themselves thrust into the cinematic limelight amid the hype over A24’s comedy-drama The Disaster Artist.

James Franco’s chronicling of The Room’s notoriously shambolic creation and the unlikely alliance forged by Sestero and Wiseau, the long-haired, multiple belt-wearing and peculiarly accented figure still shrouded in his own self-styled mystery may not have garnered the Oscars attention once predicted. But it did win a Golden Globe for Franco (Wiseau’...
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The Deuce: Season Two Viewer Votes

How do you score the second season of The Deuce TV show on HBO? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether the TV show The Deuce is cancelled or renewed for season three. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of The Deuce season two episodes. **Status update below.

An HBO 1970s period piece, The Deuce stars James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Gbenga Akinnagbe , Margarita Levieva, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Michael Rispoli, and Chris Coy. A fictional historical drama, inspired by real-life twins who would go on to operate business fronts for the Gambino family,
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The Deuce: Season Two Ratings

Despite its James Franco double shot, the first season of The Deuce TV show ran in the middle of HBO's pack of shows. Does this porn industry series, from George Pelecanos and David Simon, have what it takes to attract a larger audience in its second season? Will The Deuce be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. **Status update below.

An HBO 1970s period piece, The Deuce stars Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Gbenga Akinnagbe , Margarita Levieva, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Michael Rispoli, and Chris Coy. A fictional historical drama, inspired by real-life twins who would go on to operate business fronts for the Gambino family, The Deuce centers on the rise of modern-day pornography in 1970s New York City. Season two picks up five years later, in 1977, during the golden age of porn, with
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The Deuce: Renewed for Third and Final Season on HBO

The Deuce: Renewed for Third and Final Season on HBO
Here's some bittersweet news, James Franco fans. HBO has renewed The Deuce TV show for a third and final season. The early renewal follows the season two premiere, which just aired last week. Reportedly, creators George Pelecanos and David Simon had always intended The Deuce as a three season series, and the renewal was issued after the episode-count was worked out.

An HBO 1970s period piece, The Deuce stars Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Gbenga Akinnagbe , Margarita Levieva, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Michael Rispoli, and Chris Coy. A fictional historical drama, inspired by real-life twins who would go on to operate business fronts for the Gambino family, The Deuce centers on the rise of modern-day pornography in 1970s New York City. Season two picks up five years later, in 1977, during the golden age of porn, with
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The Deuce Will Return for a Third and Final Season

If you're a big fan of David Simon's The Deuce, we have some good news and some bad news. The good news: HBO has renewed the series for a third season. The bad news: that third season will be its last, Deadline reports.

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Peter Bart: Novels New And Old Booking Hollywood Gigs Thanks To Streamers And ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

With Crazy Rich Asians closing on $200 million at the worldwide box office, its success continues to puncture several myths: that spandex heroes own the summer, that rom-coms can’t be cross-cultural, and that comics must provide the sole source material for franchises.

The surprise hit also points up Hollywood’s growing dependency on what some considered an arcane genre — the novel. Warner Bros was quick to announce that Kevin Kwan’s Rich novels will provide the basis for a new franchise (this was the studio obsessed with DC comics). Meanwhile, television producers and development executives are intensely competing for the rights to other once-obscure novels, having realized they lend themselves ideally to longer formats and to other streamer product.

All of this is good news for novice novelists – even several stars and filmmakers have tried their hands at fiction this year. It’s also relevant to those select companies like Random House Studio that develop scripted television by connecting published fiction to the fast-changing Hollywood universe.

Hollywood has always had its eye on revered literary titles, of course – witness The Great Gatsby, which was made (badly) four times. Movies based on Lord of the Rings and Gone with the Wind were giant hits, but some of Hollywood’s best movies stemmed from non bestsellers, such as Midnight Cowboy and In the Heat of the Night.

Hollywood’s appetite in genre and style has broadened in recent times, according to Peter Gethers, an accomplished book editor who is also Evp and general manager of Random House Studio, which is backed by Fremantle and Bertelsmann. The company has sold scripted projects to HBO, TNT and Showtime among others, along with three studio feature films.

Currently in development there as feature material are such novels as Social Creature by Tara Burton, a thriller about an ambitious career woman who winds up committing murder (it’s at Lionsgate); and Longbourn by Jo Baker, a Jane Austen-mode period piece set up at StudioCanal. Neither were runaway bestsellers but still found ready buyers. Random House Studio under Gethers also has optioned several books by Paulo Coelho as potential one-hour TV series. A Brazilian writer, Coelho’s books have sold more than 260 million copies, but The Alchemist, his best-known title, has proven difficult to translate because of its ethereal story line. In concert with Original Productions, Random House Studio has also moved aggressively into the documentary business.

From the point of view of Gethers, who also is the author of 12 novels, this moment in the media business holds out great opportunity for writers who may have struggled in a previous era. “Genre books ranging from The Thin Man to Maltese Falcon have always been ideal grist for films,” he points out. “The big difference today is that genre categories have shifted to TV, which eats up so much material that there’s opportunity for non-bestselling books. There’s room to fully develop characters and themes; the TV translation of the book doesn’t have to be crammed into two hours.”

Many of today’s “hot” filmmakers, of course, still rely on original material as the basis for their projects. The story of Roma was the creation of Alfonso Cuarón, while A Star Is Born, now in its fourth iteration, is credited to an original 1937 story by director William Wellman and three writers, one of whom was the legendary critic Dorothy Parker.

In a few famously reverse cases, however, the writing of the novels themselves was actually funded by studios for the purpose of translating them into films. The classic example was Love Story by Erich Segal; Paramount bought the script, then paid the author to novelize it. The studio also spent heavily on marketing the novel, with the promotional materials avoiding mention that the project originated as a script — a revelation that would have blemished its legitimacy. In the eyes of the literary establishment, it’s acceptable to film a novel, but not to manufacture one.
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‘The Deuce’ Starring James Franco Renewed For Third & Final Season By HBO

‘The Deuce’ Starring James Franco Renewed For Third & Final Season By HBO
Two episode into The Deuce‘s sophomore run on HBO, the premium cable network has renewed it for a third and has set an end date. Season 3 will be the period drama’ final installment.

Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, 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 existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market all ended the bawdy turbulence.

The Deuce returned with new episodes on Sept. 9 with ratings that so far have been below the show’s Season 1 performance.

The series drew scrutiny earlier this year when five women came forward with allegations of sexually inappropriate and exploitative behavior against star/executive producer Franco,
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‘The Deuce’ Renewed for Third and Final Season at HBO, Completing the Creators’ Original Plan

‘The Deuce’ Renewed for Third and Final Season at HBO, Completing the Creators’ Original Plan
The Deuce” will give viewers one final peek into Manhattan’s seedy former glory. HBO has renewed David Simon and George Pellecanos’ drama for Season 3, the last in the series.

For anyone thinking this is a reactionary move given the scandals surrounding star James Franco, think again: Simon and Pellecanos have been on the record about a three-season plan since before their latest drama debuted, and Franco will remain a part of the narrative in its final season.

Simon confirmed as much on Twitter, releasing a photo of the cast and crew with a message of thanks to HBO. “We’re always conjuring the last scene before we write the first,” Simon said. “So much the better when we work for people who allow us to consistently plan, arc and execute as intended.” Read the full statement below.

We’re always conjuring the last scene before we write the first.
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HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ Renewed, Will End With Third Season

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HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ Renewed, Will End With Third Season
HBO has renewed “The Deuce” for a third and final season.

Season two of the drama from David Simon and George Pelacanos of “The Wire” premiered Sept. 9 on the premium cable channel. Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the series tells the story of the rise of the porn industry in New York in the 1970s.

Executive producers for “The Deuce” are Pelacanos, David Simon, Nina Kostroff Noble, James Franco. Richard Price is co-executive producer; Marc Henry Johnson and Gyllenhaal serve as producers.

Franco’s continued involvement in the series has been a subject of scrutiny since allegations against him of sexual misconduct were published in the Los Angeles Times in January. Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour in July, HBO programming president Casey Bloys was asked about the Franco allegations. “We did,” Bloys said when asked if HBO looked into the accusations. “You know any time something
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HBO Renews David Simon’s ‘The Deuce’ for Third and Final Season

HBO has renewed its David Simon-helmed drama, “The Deuce” for a third and final season.

Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, “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 existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market all ended the bawdy turbulence.

The second season of the drama premiered on Sept. 9.

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The Deuce” is from Simon and co-creator George Pelecanos. Franco, Nina Noble and Richard Price are executive producers, with Gyllenhaal and Marc Henry Johnson as producers.

Simon, who also created HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme” has a habit of wrapping up his series quickly.
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The Deuce Renewed for Third — and Final — Season at HBO

The Deuce Renewed for Third — and Final — Season at HBO
Good news, and bad news, for fans of The Deuce: HBO has renewed the ’70s porn drama for a third season, TVLine has learned… but that third season will be the series’ last.

Set in the seedy underbelly of New York City during the 1970s, The Deuce chronicles the rise of the pornographic film industry through the eyes of the city’s prostitutes, pimps, cops and mobsters. James Franco stars in dual roles as twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, with Maggie Gyllenhaal co-starring as street hooker Candy, who discovers a new line of work in porn production. (Gyllenhaal
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HBO Renews 'The Deuce' for Third and Final Season

The Deuce has been renewed for a final season. The HBO drama, back for its sophomore run only a week ago, will conclude with a third season expected sometime in 2019.

Created by David Simon and George Pelecanos, The Deuce stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco and follows the rise of the porn industry in New York’s seedy Times Square of the 1970s and '80s.

"We're always conjuring the last scene before we write the first," Simon tweeted Thursday. "So much the better when we work for people who allow us to consistently plan, arc and execute ...
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The Deuce on HBO: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

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An HBO 1970s period piece, The Deuce stars James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Margarita Levieva, Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Chris Bauer, Michael Rispoli, and Chris Coy. A fictional historical drama, inspired by real-life twins who would go on to operate business fronts for the Gambino family, The Deuce centers on the rise of modern-day pornography in 1970s New York City. Season two picks up
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The Predator Score From Henry Jackman Available September 23 On Digital Download And CD

Lakeshore Records has announced the release of The Predator – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Ep on Digital Download on September 14, 2018. The full soundtrack will be available on September 23, 2018 on Digital Download and CD. The Album features original music by blockbuster Composer Henry Jackman.

From the black depths of outer space to the backwoods of southern Georgia, the Predators come to hunt in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the beloved series. Now, the universe’s most lethal hunters are stronger, smarter and deadlier than ever before. And only a ragtag crew of ex-soldiers and an evolutionary biology professor can prevent all humanity from becoming the Predators’ trophies.

“It was an honor to work on a film that had such rich thematic heritage,” said wonderful dynamic Composer Henry Jackman. “Alan Silvestri’s fantastic score from the original has always been a favorite of mine and when asked if I would like to
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The Deuce: That Season 2 Time Jump Is Bigger Than We Thought

Season two of HBO's The Deuce has arrived, and you may have noticed a slight change in the hairstyles, the fashions, and the look of Times Square this time around. That's because show creators David Simon and George Pelecanos made the decision to jump the series forward in time five years to focus on a "new era" in the New York porn industry.

The last episode of season one wraps up nicely, with the premiere of the 1972 porn classic Deep Throat, and talk about how the Stonewall Riots of a few years earlier have started to change things for the Lgbtq+ community.

Season two takes place in 1977 - and for good reason. According to the show's official synopsis, the year is "the apex of the Golden Age of Porn, when the dream of a mainstream X-rated film business is suddenly a credible reality, and the culture of pornography and
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Abby Has a New Look on The Deuce, but We Still Recognize Her From Her Other Roles

HBO's hit TV series The Deuce examines the lives of sex workers in New York City amid porn's controversial rise to popularity in the 1970s. It's an amazing drama with a phenomenal cast including James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, and many more (Method Man included). We've been anxiously awaiting season two's debut, and now that it's finally here, we can again dive deep into the show's heated plot points and enjoy the firecracker cast. With a new look on the show, one cast member in particular has been catching our attention.

Abby Parker stepped on the scene in season one as a trailblazing, vivacious college student who becomes Vincent Martino's (Franco) latest romantic interest. In the second season, we've jumped ahead to when Parker is about 26 years old. We think Margarita Levieva plays the character perfectly, so we couldn't help but wonder where else this actress has left her mark.
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The Deuce: That Season 2 Time Jump Is Bigger Than We Thought

Season two of HBO's The Deuce has arrived, and you may have noticed a slight change in the hairstyles, the fashions, and the look of Times Square this time around. That's because show creators David Simon and George Pelecanos made the decision to jump the series forward in time five years to focus on a "new era" in the New York porn industry.

The last episode of season one wraps up nicely, with the premiere of the 1972 porn classic Deep Throat, and talk about how the Stonewall Riots of a few years earlier have started to change things for the Lgbtq+ community.

Season two takes place in 1977 - and for good reason. According to the show's official synopsis, the year is "the apex of the Golden Age of Porn, when the dream of a mainstream X-rated film business is suddenly a credible reality, and the culture of pornography and
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The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs (2018) Movie Trailer: The Coen Brothers’ Six-part Western Anthology Film

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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs Trailer Joel Coen and Ethan Coen‘s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018) movie trailer stars James Franco, Brendan Gleeson, Zoe Kazan, Liam Neeson, and Tim Blake Nelson. The Ballad of Buster Scruggs‘ plot synopsis: “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a six-part Western anthology film, a series of tales about the [...]

Continue reading: The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs (2018) Movie Trailer: The Coen Brothers’ Six-part Western Anthology Film
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Movie Talk: Will WB/DC Reverse Course on Replacing Henry Cavill as Superman?

On this episode of Collider Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, Haleigh Foutch, and John Rocha discuss the following: THR reports that Henry Cavill is out as Superman in the Dceu; Cavill's manager and WB do not confirm it one way or the other. Deadline is reporting that there are rumors swirling around that if WB does decide to dump Henry Cavill than Michael B. Jordan would possibly step in to play Superman. Netflix releases the first trailer for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs from Joel Coen and Ethan Coen. The film stars James Franco, Liam Neeson, Zoe Kazan and Tim …
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