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The Night Of: John Turturro Ready to Make Season Two of the HBO Series

What's happening with The Night Of? Recently, star John Turturro spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about a second season of the HBO TV show.On season one of the drama, Turturro played John Stone, the lawyer for Riz Ahmed's Naz, a Pakistani/Iranian-American college student who is accused of murder. The cast also includes Afton Williamson, Amara Karan, Ashley Thomas, Ben Shenkman, Bill Camp, Chip Zien, Glenn Fleshler, Glenne Headly, Jeannie Berlin, Max Casella, and Michael Kenneth Williams.Read More…
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‘The Night Of’ Star Bill Camp on Letting Out ‘The Beast’ in His Dogged Detective (Video)

‘The Night Of’ Star Bill Camp on Letting Out ‘The Beast’ in His Dogged Detective (Video)
A version of this story on Bill Camp first appeared in the Down to the Wire issue of TheWrap’s Emmy magazine. The lead acting nominees from Richard Price and Steven Zaillian’s dark and riveting HBO miniseries “The Night Of” are Riz Ahmed as Naz, a young Pakistani-American student accused of murder, and John Turturro, who took over a role originally intended for the late James Gandolfini, as his weary attorney, John Stone. Both men give powerful performances, but two other cast members supply richly textured performances in supporting roles: Michael Kenneth Williams as a prison kingpin and Bill Camp as an.
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‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin

‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Italian-American actor-director John Turturro, who stars in Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s widely hailed limited series “The Night Of” (HBO).

Bottom Line: For 37 years, versatile New York actor John Turturro has delivered memorable characters who can be incredibly smart (“Quiz Show”) or insanely stupid (bowler Jesus Quintano in “The Big Lebowski”), lovable (“Fading Gigolo”) or menacing (the pool hustler in Martin Scorsese’s “The Color Of Money”). He’s a go-to player for both the Coens and Spike Lee as well as a reliable character actor for Hollywood tentpoles such as “The Transformers.”

Career Peaks: After winning a scholarship to the Yale Drama School and performing Ibsen, Ionesco, and John Patrick Shanley off-Broadway, Turturro got stuck playing violent killers in films like “Five Corners
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‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin

‘The Night Of’: Why John Turturro’s Itchy Lawyer Gets Under Our Skin
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Italian-American actor-director John Turturro, who stars in Richard Price and Steve Zaillian’s widely hailed limited series “The Night Of” (HBO).

Bottom Line: For 37 years, versatile New York actor John Turturro has delivered memorable characters who can be incredibly smart (“Quiz Show”) or insanely stupid (bowler Jesus Quintano in “The Big Lebowski”), lovable (“Fading Gigolo”) or menacing (the pool hustler in Martin Scorsese’s “The Color Of Money”). He’s a go-to player for both the Coens and Spike Lee as well as a reliable character actor for Hollywood tentpoles such as “The Transformers.”

Career Peaks: After winning a scholarship to the Yale Drama School and performing Ibsen, Ionesco, and John Patrick Shanley off-Broadway, Turturro got stuck playing violent killers in films like “Five Corners
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How ‘The Night Of’ Became a Cinematic Quality Procedural and Hitchcockian Thriller

How ‘The Night Of’ Became a Cinematic Quality Procedural and Hitchcockian Thriller
Richard Price and Steven Zaillian’s “The Night Of” balanced cinematic production values with the miniseries capacity to dig deeper into details that are necessary for delivering the procedural goods.

The HBO miniseries was like “The Verdict” meets “Law and Order,” with its cultural and political overtones, exploring the ugliness of New York City’s criminal justice system, where it’s a matter of survival for everyone.

The Night Of” is also Hitchcockian in its destruction of innocence and freedom. What starts as a sexual fantasy for Pakistani-American college student Naz Khan (Riz Ahmed) – who picks up an alluring young woman, Andrea (Sofia Black-d’Elia), in his father’s cab – ends in a surreal nightmare when he wakes up and finds her brutally stabbed to death. Khan is an easy suspect for Detective Box (Bill Camp) and a gift for struggling attorney John Stone (Emmy-nominated John Turturro).

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‘The Night Of’s John Turturro On How His Character Got Under His Skin – Emmys

John Turturro's portrayal of Manhattan criminal court attorney John Stone in HBO's The Night Of is one of the Brooklyn native's most sublime 180-degree turns. Wrinkly clad and plagued by eczema like it's a cross to bear, Stone is a joke among cops and his legal peers. But one night the attorney encounters Nasir Khan (Riz Ahmed), a Pakistani-American academic college student who has been accused of murder. In a racially divided post-9/11 city, Stone may be Naz's only hope…
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John Turturro on Why He Starred in ‘Transformers’ After Resisting Tentpoles, Working With Woody Allen

John Turturro on Why He Starred in ‘Transformers’ After Resisting Tentpoles, Working With Woody Allen
The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert worked his second job — Montclair Film Festival moderator — over the weekend.

On Sunday as part of the sixth annual fest’s conversation series, the comedian, a Montclair resident, quizzed “The Night Of” star John Turturro about his prolific career on stage, in film, and television.

The actor-director spoke about his upbringing in Queens and how his Italian parents, with no ties to the entertainment industry, helped spawn his career trajectory after he realized that he was never going to be a professional basketball player. “I realized that it came naturally to hold friends’ attention and tell these exaggerated stories because that’s what everyone did in my family,” the thesp said.

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As for convincing fellow New Yorker, Woody Allen, to act in Turturro’s 2013 film, “Fading Gigolo,” the actor said it took a while.
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John Turturro on Why He Starred in ‘Transformers’ After Resisting Tentpoles, Working With Woody Allen

John Turturro on Why He Starred in ‘Transformers’ After Resisting Tentpoles, Working With Woody Allen
The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert worked his second job — Montclair Film Festival moderator — over the weekend.

On Sunday as part of the sixth annual fest’s conversation series, the comedian, a Montclair resident, quizzed “The Night Of” star John Turturro about his prolific career on stage, in film, and television.

The actor-director spoke about his upbringing in Queens and how his Italian parents, with no ties to the entertainment industry, helped spawn his career trajectory after he realized that he was never going to be a professional basketball player. “I realized that it came naturally to hold friends’ attention and tell these exaggerated stories because that’s what everyone did in my family,” the thesp said.

As for convincing fellow New Yorker, Woody Allen, to act in Turturro’s 2013 film, “Fading Gigolo,” the actor said it took a while.

“(Woody) said, ‘You write the script and I will help you edit it,’” he
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The 7 Best Endings to HBO Murder Mysteries

The 7 Best Endings to HBO Murder Mysteries
While all great stories need one helluva ending to put them over the top, murder mysteries are particularly reliant on the final reveal. Those final moments don’t have to be overly twisty or even surprising. The ending doesn’t need to reinvent the genre or go out of the way to be different. The final unveiling just needs to satisfy the story that preceded it — which, usually, is about more than just solving the mystery. Heck, sometimes there doesn’t even need to be a murder — but we’ll get to that.

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Over the past couple of decades, HBO has shown quite the knack for creating unforgettable murder mysteries, including last night’s top-tier “Big Little Lies” finale. So, to put Jean-Marc Vallee and David E. Kelley’s accomplishment in proper context, we
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‘Big Little Lies’: Inside Reese Witherspoon’s Twisty Foray Into Television

‘Big Little Lies’: Inside Reese Witherspoon’s Twisty Foray Into Television
Blame it on the weather. It was unseasonably cold in Monterey, Calif., when, deep into the 88-day shoot for “Big Little Lies” — after 10 straight days of late nights — the unthinkable happened: The usually unflappable Reese Witherspoon lost her temper. Faced with a difficult emotional scene, she yelled at director Jean-Marc Vallée.

Recalling the incident a few months later over tea at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena, the two — who share an easy, effortless camaraderie — laugh at the memory. “I’m so sorry!” she tells him, sheepishly hiding her face in her hands. In his French-accented lilt, Vallée says, “I felt so sad because I knew it wasn’t her.”

But back in that fraught moment on the set, he turned to her and said, “Great! Let’s do it,” pushing her to channel her frustration into her performance. Vallée reports that Witherspoon — perfectly cast as the fast-talking, multitasking mother of two, Madeline
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John Turturro Talks ‘The Night Of,’ Crime Scenes, Kalief Browder

At first, they look like any other subway ad for a certain low-level New York lawyer: A middle-aged man, a cheesy font, a name — John Stone. Unless you noticed the HBO logo in the corner, you wouldn’t know it was promoting HBO’s limited series “The Night Of,” starring John Turturro as one of those low-level New York lawyers who takes on the case of a Pakistani-American college kid from Queens accused of murder (played by Riz Ahmed).

“The lady who works at our house, she was on the subway and saw it, and went to take a picture of it,” Turturro, who lives in Brooklyn, tells Variety. “A guy saw her and said, ‘Do you know that guy?’ She said, ‘Yeah, I work for him,’ and he said, ‘Is he a good lawyer?'”

John Stone was a good enough lawyer, though his client suffered possibly irreparable psychic damage from his time on Rikers Island
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The Night Of: HBO 'Very Optimistic' About Season 2 Renewal

It appears The Night Of is not calling it a day.

HBO programming president Casey Bloys tells TVLine that series creators Richard Price and Steven Zaillian are currently “trading ideas” on what a potential season 2 will look like, adding that he’s “very optimistic” the duo will “crack” the case.

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“They’re going to come to us when they are excited about something,” he adds.

Season 2 would exist in the same world as Season 1, so don’t expect an American Crime-style reset. “I
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HBO Chief Talks Prospects for ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoff, ‘Deadwood’ Movie and More ‘Night Of’

HBO has a host of marquee projects coming down the pike, from the Reese Witherspoon-Nicole Kidman starrer “Big Little Lies” to the Amy Adams murder mystery “Sharp Objects” to comedies starring Pete Holmes and Bill Hader to the long-awaited Bernie Madoff movie “The Wizard of Lies.”

But HBO also has a handful of hot prospects that have yet to completely land. During the cabler’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour on Saturday, original programming president Casey Bloys gamely fielded questions seeking updates on where things stand for a handful of buzzed-about projects.

Game of Thrones” spinoff

There’s no certainty yet that a series related to the juggernaut fantasy drama will come to fruition, but Bloys notes that author George R.R. Martin, creator of the “Thrones” universe, has plenty of source material at the ready in terms of prequels and other story threads explored in the book series.

“All
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The 50 best TV shows of 2016: No 5 The Night Of

In HBO’s riveting plunge into the murky depths of the Us justice system, Riz Ahmed and John Turturro saw truth twisted and the sins of society go unpunished. See the rest of our TV countdown

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When Naz Khan, the 23-year-old student son of a Pakistani American cab driver, is found leaving a crime scene in a car containing the corpse – with 22 stab wounds – of a young woman with whom he spent a wild night, the case seems unlikely to detain a New York jury for long. In a typically arresting line, a cop summarises the evidence excitedly: “Sex, drugs, rock’n’roll – and he’s a Muslim!”

Yet this apparently simple “solve” remains, across the whole of this HBO eight-parter, ambiguous to the end – and possibly even beyond it. “The truth can go to hell!” is the warning to Naz from John Stone,
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Riz Ahmed Compares ‘Rogue One’ to a ‘War Movie,’ Says He Was Scared ‘The Night Of’ Was ‘Too Bleak’

Riz Ahmed Compares ‘Rogue One’ to a ‘War Movie,’ Says He Was Scared ‘The Night Of’ Was ‘Too Bleak’
After breaking out with his scene-stealing performance opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the Oscar-nominated thriller “Nightcrawler,” Riz Ahmed is ready for the spotlight in what’s expected to be one of the biggest films of the year. In “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Ahmed plays Bodhi Rook, a member of the secret rebellion team tasked with stealing plans for the Death Star before it becomes operational.

The opening of the new “Star Wars” movie comes on the heels of an already strong 2016 for Ahmed that included his critically acclaimed performance in the HBO limited series “The Night Of” as well as a strong supporting role in the latest Bourne movie, “Jason Bourne.”

In an interview with Variety, the British actor talked about how delighted he was to see “The Night Of” make a mark in a tough TV landscape, his work on “Rogue One” with director Gareth Edwards, and the timeliness of both projects.

How
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Riz Ahmed Compares ‘Rogue One’ to a ‘War Movie,’ Says He Was Scared ‘The Night Of’ Was ‘Too Bleak’

Riz Ahmed Compares ‘Rogue One’ to a ‘War Movie,’ Says He Was Scared ‘The Night Of’ Was ‘Too Bleak’
After breaking out with his scene-stealing performance opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in the Oscar-nominated thriller “Nightcrawler,” Riz Ahmed is ready for the spotlight in what’s expected to be one of the biggest films of the year. In “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Ahmed plays Bodhi Rook, a member of the secret rebellion team tasked with stealing plans for the Death Star before it becomes operational.

The opening of the new “Star Wars” movie comes on the heels of an already strong 2016 for Ahmed that included his critically acclaimed performance in the HBO limited series “The Night Of” as well as a strong supporting role in the latest Bourne movie, “Jason Bourne.”

In an interview with Variety, the British actor talked about how delighted he was to see “The Night Of” make a mark in a tough TV landscape, his work on “Rogue One” with director Gareth Edwards, and the timeliness of both projects.
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TV Latecomers to Season Still Have a Shot at SAG Awards

TV Latecomers to Season Still Have a Shot at SAG Awards
TV series are premiering with such frequency nowadays that there’s a whole raft of shows that debuted after the Emmy eligibility period that could prove to be disruptors in the upcoming SAG Awards. With May 31 being the cut-off for Emmy Awards, that left months of new shows that could still make the SAG Awards’ Oct. 24 deadline.

HBO’s “The Night Of,” “Insecure,” “Westworld,” and “Divorce”; FX’s “Atlanta” and “Better Things”; Netflix’s “The Crown” and “Stranger Things”; plus NBC’s “This Is Us” could all be in the running for SAG Awards.

“I hope we shake shit up as much as possible because that means people are paying attention,” says “Atlanta” actor Brian Tyree Henry, who plays Alfred “Paper Boi” Miles on the comedy. He says award nominations would be icing on the cake of his “Atlanta” experience. “I don’t say I’m going to work, I say I’m going to play with
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‘Street Gang’ Exclusive Clip: New Documentary Tells The Story of The Creation and History of ‘Sesame Street’

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‘Street Gang’ Exclusive Clip: New Documentary Tells The Story of The Creation and History of ‘Sesame Street’
Two weeks ago, Macrocosm Entertainment, in association with Citizen Skull Productions, announced the production of “Street Gang,” a feature-length documentary about the creation and history of beloved, long-running children’s TV series “Sesame Street.” Based in part on Michael Davis’ 2008 New York Times best-selling book by the same name, the film would tell origin story of the story and how creator Joan Ganz Cooney, director Jon Stone, and visionary Jim Henson came out of the ideals and the societal unrest of the sixties to make something that changed history. The producers have launched an Indiegogo campaign to help fund the project.

Watch an exclusive clip from the re-building of the set’s iconic stoop, and check out some additional exclusive images from the production’s rebuild of the “Sesame Street” season one set.

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HBO Wants Another Season Of The Night Of

As good as HBO’s The Night Of was, and for those who’ve seen it, you’ll know it was pretty damn good, it did feel like it ended on a sound note. It was always billed as a miniseries, after all, and there were never any real plans to extend it past the initial run of episodes. Everything was tied up in the finale, for the most part, and fans seemed to be pleased with how things wrapped up.

That being said, given that The Night Of turned out to be pretty successful for all parties involved, talk has naturally turned to producing another season. When asked about the possibility of seeing more of the show, Casey Bloys, HBO’s president of programming, had this to say:

Yes, absolutely. The only issue with doing another season is for them to come up with an idea that excites them.
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‘The Night Of’ DVD Review

In a perfect world, we would like the judicial system to work with the aim of protecting the innocent, but in this cynical age we know that this doesn’t always happen. The Night Of takes us through a trip through this system, showing just how dark and heartless it can be.

When Nasir (Riz Ahmed) borrows his father’s taxi without permission to go to a party, he finds himself with a beautiful woman in the back asking for a ride. When things lead to him partying with her at her home, a combination of drugs and alcohol lead to him passing out, only to wake up to find her dead. The only suspect in the murder, he soon finds himself in a fight for not only his freedom but also his survival of the judicial system.

The first episode of The Night Of is almost clinical in how
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