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Johnny Webster Joins Thruline Entertainment As Talent Manager

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Exclusive: Talent manager Johnny Webster has joined Beverly Hills-based management/production company Thruline Entertainment.

Webster moves to Thruline from Industry Entertainment, where he spent the last three years, after stints training at management companies Impression Entertainment and New Wave Entertainment. He began his Hollywood career in production and then casting.

Webster brings a client list to Thruline that includes J. Alex Brinson (All Rise), Tobie Windham (Just Roll With It), Corey Reynolds (Resident Alien), Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman), Chyna Layne (She’s Gotta Have It), Jake Borelli (Grey’s Anatomy), Catherine Haena Kim (Ballers), Henri Esteve (Grown-ish) and Natalie Hall (Unreal).

“We are in a growth-oriented mindset at the moment, and were so pleased when we had the opportunity to meet Johnny, said Thruline principals Chris Henze, Jb Roberts, Willie Mercer and Ron West in a joint statement. “The film and television marketplace is in a unique transition. More
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‘I Was Proud to Do This Work With Him’: David Simon on James Franco Controversy

As a show about pornography, at various points in its three-season run HBO’s The Deuce naturally dramatized incidents where men on film sets coerced actresses into doing things on camera that made the women uncomfortable. The series also employed — as its leading man (playing two different roles), a producer, and a director — James Franco, who shortly after the first season ended was accused of these same on-set behaviors.

In a Los Angeles Times story published in January of 2018, Franco was accused of pressuring women — some of them students from
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James Franco’s ‘The Deuce’ Series Finale Draws 412,000 Total Viewers Across All HBO Platforms

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James Franco’s ‘The Deuce’ Series Finale Draws 412,000 Total Viewers Across All HBO Platforms
The Deuce” came to a pretty quiet close on Monday, when the HBO series starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal drew 412,000 viewers across all HBO platforms.

The David Simon drama about New York City in 1970s and ’80s — when porn and prostitution were rampant in Manhattan — ran for three seasons on HBO.

An HBO spokeswoman told TheWrap that last night’s series finale reached a season-high in digital viewing.

Also Read: Safe 'Sex' on Set: Inside Hollywood's Push for Intimacy Coordinators

Franco had a dual role on the series, playing twin brothers Vincent Martino and Frankie Martino.

Gyllenhaal’s work on “The Deuce,” which was co-created by George Pelecanos, earned her a Golden Globe nomination last year.

Not all of the PR for “The Deuce” was positive, however.

Also Read: James Franco Accused of Sexually Exploiting Acting Class Students in New Lawsuit

In 2018, Franco was accused of inappropriate conduct by five women,
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‘We Wrote the Last Scene First’: David Simon on ‘The Deuce’ Epilogue

‘We Wrote the Last Scene First’: David Simon on ‘The Deuce’ Epilogue
This article contains full spoilers for the series finale of The Deuce, which we reviewed here.

Though their subjects and locales are different, every David Simon show has certain common themes about individuals being crushed by the weight of American institutions. And every David Simon show ends more or less the same way: with a musical montage summing up that show’s themes while giving us a sense of what all the characters will be doing in the immediate future.

Or, rather, every David Simon show has ended that way until now.
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‘The Deuce’ Finale: Co-Creator George Pelecanos On NYC Porn Biz Series’ Fade To Black

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Warning: The following contains spoilers to tonight’s series finale of HBO’s The Deuce.

In the end of the go-go 1970s-80s boogie of New York’s Times Square underbelly, and the whole rush of sex, cocaine and switchblades, George Pelecanos and David Simon’s HBO series about the rise and fall of the big screen X-rated film industry, The Deuce, didn’t end so much with a bang tonight, but rather, pillow talk.

The order from Mayor Koch’s office was bestowed: Lock up the bath houses and sex parlors, a move which ultimately paved the way for the Rudy Giuliani mid 1990s commercial high-end overhaul of Times Square and other Manhattan neighborhoods.

The jaw-dropping moments of the final season, set seven years after season 2 in 1985, had already occurred in previous episodes, specifically the murder of James Franco’s twin bad boy, Frankie, and the tragic suicide of
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‘The Deuce’ Star Thaddeus Street Signs With Apa

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‘The Deuce’ Star Thaddeus Street Signs With Apa
Thaddeus Street, who played the role of Black Frankie in HBO’s The Deuce for three seasons, has signed with Apa.

Street is best known for his performance as Verdon Coates Jr in the independent feature film DC Noir, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and Urban World Film Festival. The film was written and directed by Emmy-nominated writer and director George Pelecanos.

Additionally, he played opposite of Kj Smith (Bet’s Sistas) and Terayle Hill (Love Simon) in the upcoming romance drama The Available Wife, co-written and directed by Jamal Hill (Brotherly Love). He is also a lead in the upcoming crime action pic Paradise City.

Street is also repped by Cul∙ti∙vate Entertainment Partners
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‘The Deuce’ Recap: A Bitter End

‘The Deuce’ Recap: A Bitter End
A review of this week’s The Deuce, “That’s a Wrap,” coming up just as soon as I take a women’s study class…

I didn’t see it coming.

I absolutely should have.

It’s not just that “That’s a Wrap” is the penultimate episode of both Season Three and The Deuce as a whole, and that David Simon and George Pelecanos have long treated this slot as the one where the worst tragedies happen. It’s that The Deuce is a series built for tragedies, and
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‘The Deuce’ Recap: Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems

‘The Deuce’ Recap: Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems
A review of “Morta di Fame,” this week’s The Deuce, coming up just as soon as I run for town whore…

Late in “Morta di Fame,” Lori vents to her agent Kiki about the conditions of her recent porn shoots. “This thing doesn’t last forever,” Kiki warns her. “Not for anyone, not for you.”

This is the final season of The Deuce, and one back to an eight-episode order after last year’s experiment with nine. Other series from other creative teams might feel more urgency about getting their endgame into gear,
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‘The Deuce’ Season Premiere Recap: Times They Are A-Changin’

‘The Deuce’ Season Premiere Recap: Times They Are A-Changin’
The Deuce is back for a third and final season, and we’ve got a review of the premiere, “The Camera Loves You,” coming up just as soon as I tell you to see Repo Man

Early in “The Camera Loves You,” Vince and Abby are walking home along the Deuce when the local criminal element forces them to duck into a porn store for shelter. Vince laments, “I remember when this place used to be respectable.” An amused Abby replies, “When was that?”

Welcome back to The Deuce, where the more things change,
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‘The Deuce’ Review: Season 3 Ends a Magnificent Story Only Television Could Tell

‘The Deuce’ Review: Season 3 Ends a Magnificent Story Only Television Could Tell
World-building is a topic that tends to come up with science-fiction sagas or fantasy epics, but “The Deuce” is one of the most impressive examples in recent memory. Not only did the HBO drama immediately immerse audiences in a historical facsimile of 42nd Street, Manhattan, with XXX theaters and denizens of the night aplenty, but creators David Simon and George Pelecanos, alongside their producing partner Nina Noble and a top-notch crew lead by production designer Scott Dougan, replicated the so-called Deuce’s transformation over three separate time periods: first in 1971, then in the high-end porn days of 1977, and finally in the turbulent ’80s, specifically 1985, as the neighborhood is about to be transformed.

In terms of sheer artistic value, these touches can’t be praised highly enough. “The Deuce” isn’t breaking the budget, compared to other Home Box Office hits, but it’s a stunning, transportive experience each and every episode.
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David Simon’s Vision of America

If you were paying attention to HBO during the pay-cable giant’s breakthrough stretch at the turn of the century, it became a running gag that all the best shows came from a David. There was of course David Chase with The Sopranos, and David Milch with Deadwood. And in between, there was David Simon with The Wire. If not for its Seinfeld pedigree, one could be forgiven for assuming Curb Your Enthusiasm only got on the air because its creator and star was named Larry David.

In the years
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The Deuce Season 3 Review (Spoiler Free)

The Deuce season 3 is the perfect conclusion to David Simon's pornographic period masterpiece.

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This The Deuce review contains no spoilers.

Midway through The Deuce season 3’s first episode, “The Camera Loves You,” former Times Square streetwalker turned arthouse porn director Eileen “Candy” Merrell (Maggie Gyllenhaal) attends the 1985 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

She and producing partner Harvey Wasserman (David Krumholtz) are there to hock their wares - stylish, slick, and largely feature-length pornography. As they sit behind their ill-attended booth, Candy and Harvey see two men wearing all black along with matching black pimp hats march in with a cadre of onlookers surrounding them.

“Who the fuck are they?” Candy asks, of the men gracelessly appropriating the world she used to live in.

“The Dark Brothers,” Harvey says. “They made a film Let Me Tell Ya ‘Bout White Chicks.It’s just a bunch
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‘Harriet’ to Open 2019 Urbanworld Film Festival

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‘Harriet’ to Open 2019 Urbanworld Film Festival
The lineup for the 23rd annual Urbanworld Film Festival was announced Friday, with Tony-award winning broadway actor Cynthia Erivo and Emmy award-winning director Roger Ross Williams making appearances at the event, which is geared towards representing and celebrating diverse, international voices in film, music videos, television, screenplays and shorts.

Director and co-writer Kasi Lemmons will open the festival Sept 18 with her Focus Features biopic “Harriet,” following the influential life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman who led slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. Following the screening, star Erivo, Lemmons and executive producers Debra Martin Chase and Daniela Taplin Lundberg will discuss the film with CBS This Morning Saturday’s Michelle Miller moderating. Lemmons is this year’s festival ambassador.

Other notable films include HBO’s documentary “The Apollo,” which features archival footage to chronicle the history of Harlem’s landmark venue the Apollo Theater. A Q&a with director Williams and
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HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ Final Season Trailer: Welcome to 1985, and Porn on VHS (Video)

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HBO released the trailer for its eight-episode third and final season of David Simon’s porn drama, “The Deuce” on Thursday.

Welcome to 1985. Here’s what’s going down this decade:

Season 3 of “The Deuce” brings us into the world of 1985, just as VHS overtakes film as the primary medium for porn production and distribution. The lure of the California sunshine, the city’s aggressive takeover of commercial sex properties in Times Square and the devastating impact of the AIDS epidemic mark the end of an era. With the party of the 1970s winding down, 42nd Street has deteriorated into a hive of uncontrolled violent crime and seedy video stores, making urban renewal seem more unlikely than ever before. Following the interconnected lives of Times Square’s barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, police, mobsters, porn actors and producers, the eight-episode third season of “The Deuce” brings the series’ arc to a dramatic conclusion.
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Best TV to See in September 2019: ‘Country Music’ Doc, ‘The Deuce,’ Walton Goggins in ‘The Unicorn’

Best TV to See in September 2019: ‘Country Music’ Doc, ‘The Deuce,’ Walton Goggins in ‘The Unicorn’
Remember when September was the big month for new TV programming? (Gather ’round, children, and let Grandpa tell you about the days when there were only three networks!) Yes, the traditional pilot season is once upon us, which means laugh-tracked comedies, curious cop shows and Lost-like mysteries are once again upon us. Also on deck: Ken Burns delves into an august tradition of American music; a documentary looks at an icon’s impact on sport and culture; and an under-seen triumph returns to HBO with meticulous period recreations intact. Here are the sitcoms,
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‘The Deuce’ First Trailer: Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes Us Home in Titillating Final Season

‘The Deuce’ First Trailer: Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes Us Home in Titillating Final Season
The Deuce,” David Simon and George Pelecanos’ gritty 1970s New York-set drama for HBO, has released a titillating first teaser trailer for its third and final season. “The Deuce” stars Maggie Gyllenhaal (who also produces) as sex worker-turned-filmmaker Eileen “Candy” Merrell, and James Franco as twin brothers. The series dramatizes the legalization and advent of the porn industry as told through a group of sex workers and brothel owners operating in the formerly seedy Times Square. After jumping in time from 1971 to 1977 between the first and second seasons, Season 3 will skip ahead to the mid-1980s.

According to an official logline, Season 3 of “The Deuce” will explore “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 first trailer promises plenty of ’80s-level partying, backseat seductions, and VHS filmmaking.

While it
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HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ Sets Premiere Date For Final Season

HBO has set Sept. 9 as the premiere date for the third and final season of The Deuce, the drama series starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal as porn-industry pioneers.

The return date was tweeted by HBO along with an image of a VHS tape, signaling the series’ leap in time from the previous 1970s setting to the 1980s.

Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon, The Deuce chronicles the establishment of the porn industry in the decidedly pre-Disney Times Square of the early 1970s through legalization, the rise of HIV, the cocaine epidemic and the big business of the mid-1980s, with the changing real estate market about to bring the deadly party to a close.

Franco plays twins Vincent, who as season 2 ended seemed to be transitioning from dive bar owner to budding porn mogul, and hapless, always-in-debt Frankie. Gyllenhaal plays Candy, the former porn actress turned producer and director.
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‘The Deuce’s Maggie Gyllenhaal Talks Similarities Of Her Character To Stormy Daniels – The Contenders Emmys

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As the HBO series The Deuce readies its third and final season, Maggie Gyllenhaal took the stage at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys to talk about the evolution of her character, Candy, a sex worker turned empowered porn director and how her journey reflects that of a certain person who has been making headlines as of late.

While Gyllenhaal talked to Deadline’s Pete Hammond about the story arc of Candy over the first two seasons, the name Stormy Daniels was brought up as she has had a very similar journey to Candy, who went from being an adult film star to a director.

Gyllenhaal said that it would be interesting if a porn star brought Trump down. “That would be great advertising for The Deuce,” she laughed.

Taking place in the late ’70s, The Deuce puts the spotlight on the porn industry, but also the treatment of women in it.
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Sterling K. Brown to lead The Fence

Fresh from his SAG Awards nomination earlier this week, This Is Us star Sterling K. Brown has signed on to star in The Fence, a drama in the works at Fox Searchlight.

Variety reports that the film will tell the true story of Michael Cox, an African-American undercover police officer who is mistaken for a suspect and brutally beaten by his own police force. As he seeks answers and justice, Cox finds himself on the other side of the “blue wall of silence” as the Boston Police Department covers up the incident.

The Fence is based upon the book by Boston Globe journalist Dick Lehr (Black Mass) and has Peter Nicks (The Force) attached to direct from a script by George Pelecanos (The Wire) and Dennis Lehane (Mr. Mercedes). Filming on the movie is expected to take place during the next production hiatus on This Is Us in the spring.
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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)

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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)
Following his SAG nomination for actor in a drama series, Sterling K. Brown is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s biopic “The Fence,” sources tell Variety.

Peter Nicks is on board to direct. George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, who originally brought the book to HBO before it landed at Searchlight, teamed up to adapt the script.

Based on the book by award-winning Boston Globe journalist Dick Lehr (“Black Mass”), “The Fence” follows the true story of Michael Cox, an African-American undercover cop who is mistaken for a suspect and brutally beaten by his own force following one of the largest police chases in Boston history. As Cox seeks answers and justice for what happened, he finds himself on the other side of the “blue wall of silence” as the Boston Police Department aggressively covers it up.

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