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The Deuce Season 2 Episode 3 Review: Seven-Fifty

The Deuce heads to Los Angeles for a glorious dose of sunshine that still can't fully hide all the ugliness.

This The Deuce review contains spoilers.

The Deuce Season 2 Episode 3

How is this world so ugly yet so beautiful?

The Deuce is all about beauty, ugliness and the ways they intersect. Porn itself is both ugly and beautiful. The people involved can be so damn pretty - all dolled up, clean, and shining. At the same time, porn is a commercialized bastardization of an act of love at best, or an ugly exploitation of our bestial urges at worst. The Deuce is this dichotomy writ large. And never has it been clearer than in “Seven-Fifty.”

“Seven-Fifty” takes us to the world of 1970s Los Angeles for the first time. Previous period television masterpiece, Mad Men, was infamous for using the West Coast as a major tonal shift for certain episodes.
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Kevin Smith Says Jon Hamm Would Be His Ideal Batman

Jon Hamm’s been rumored for a major superhero role ever since he made his name as Don Draper in the first season of Mad Men.

Over the years, he’s been a fan favorite bit of casting for Superman, actually played Mr. Sinister in New Mutants before being cut from the film and has been repeatedly linked to The Batman. With the presumed departure of Affleck from the role, that last bit of speculation has picked up steam lately, and Hamm has at least one major cheerleader in his corner: director and comics fan extraordinaire Kevin Smith.

On a recent episode of his podcast, Smith went into effusive detail on how great Hamm would be in the cape and cowl, saying:

“I roll deep on Jon Hamm as Batman. I think that’s a brilliant idea, I’ve been saying it for fucking years, I’ve been saying it
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‘Game of Thrones’: The Final Season May Still Have an Uphill Battle for Next Year’s Best Drama Series Emmy

‘Game of Thrones’: The Final Season May Still Have an Uphill Battle for Next Year’s Best Drama Series Emmy
Is it too soon to predict a show’s Emmy odds when the eligible season doesn’t even have a release date? What about when it’s been less than one week since the latest Emmys wrapped up? Ok, maybe, but… what if that show is “Game of Thrones”? Right, then it’s fine. After all, everything about the hugely anticipated final season is already under the microscope.

HBO’s two-time Emmy champion in the Outstanding Drama Series category took a victory lap Monday night when it won the 2018 race, beating the incumbent victor “The Handmaid’s Tale” in a much-anticipated showdown between defending champions. Many experts expected the Hulu drama to prevail, while maintaining “Game of Thrones” was far from a long shot.

But with Season 8 set for a debut in the first half of 2019, it’s time to look ahead, not behind — or to climb out of the Slaver’s Bay fighting pits,
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Nikki DeLoach Teases Awkward Holiday Reunion, Recalls 'Surreal' Experience on Grey's Anatomy and More

Nikki DeLoach Teases Awkward Holiday Reunion, Recalls 'Surreal' Experience on Grey's Anatomy and More
All Nikki DeLoach wanted for Christmas was an Awkward reunion, and she got it… a few months early. The actress formerly known as Lacey Hamilton is currently filming opposite her MTV husband Mike Faiola in Hallmark Channel’s Reunited at Christmas, a considerably more serious holiday movie than you might expect from the feel-good network.

“It’s a different kind of Christmas movie than I’ve ever done,” DeLoach tells TVLine. “It’s a family that has gone through a divorce, and they’re all being brought back together again at Christmas. This is a real ensemble Christmas movie. It’s been challenging,
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‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ won more Emmys than any comedy ever has for a single season

Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” set a new record this month for most Emmys ever won by a comedy in a single year, with eight. Its debut season received 14 nominations, winning Best Comedy Casting, Comedy Editing and Music Supervision at the Creative Arts ceremony, then Best Comedy Series, Comedy Writing, Comedy Directing, Comedy Actress (Rachel Brosnahan) and Comedy Supporting Actress (Alex Borstein) at the main telecast. Amy Sherman-Palladino is notably credited on four wins, making her the second person to receive four Emmys in a single year. The first was Moira Demos two years ago; she swept Best Documentary Series, Nonfiction Writing, Nonfiction Directing and Nonfiction Editing for “Making a Murderer.”

Atlanta” and “Barry” tied for the next most wins of any comedy this year, with three apiece. “Atlanta” had led all comedies in nominations, with 16. “Game of Thrones” led all programs, with nine wins from 22 nominations; this was
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‘Dietland’ Canceled After One Season at AMC

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‘Dietland’ Canceled After One Season at AMC
Dietland” has been canceled at AMC after one season.

The series starring Joy Nash and Julianna Margulies was a hit with many critics but drew a small audience that declined over the show’s 10-episode run, which ended in August. Marti Noxon shepherded the adaptation of Sarai Walker’s 2015 novel as executive producer and showrunner for Skydance Television.

AMC had high hopes for the show that revolved around themes of beauty and female empowerment. The cabler also carried a companion after-show, “Unapologetic,” hosted by Aisha Tyler.

“‘Dietland’ is bold, original and brave. We are beyond proud of our partnership with Marti Noxon, Joy Nash, Juliana Margulies, Skydance and everyone else involved in bringing Sarai Walker’s story to the screen,” AMC said in a statement. “Similarly, Aisha Tyler and our friends at Embassy Row delivered a unique companion show that led with fresh voices and important topics. ‘Dietland’ garnered critical
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When Will The Romanoffs Debut? Here's When to Tune In

Like its fellow streaming platforms Netflix and Hulu, Amazon Prime has been investing significant resources into its original programming lately. One of its hotly anticipated new series for the Fall is The Romanoffs. The series will follow the stories of several characters around the globe who are - or believe themselves to be - descendants of the last Russian royal family. With its intriguing concept and behind-the-scenes pedigree (its creator also created the perennial Emmy favorite Mad Men), The Romanoffs is a hot title for sure.

When can viewers catch the first episode? The series debuts on Oct. 12. However, Amazon is rolling out The Romanoffs a little differently than you might be used to. Instead of releasing all the episodes at once, like many streaming series do, the episodes will be released in small batches to mimic the style of "regular" TV. The first two episodes will be released on Oct.
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The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's Aunt Zelda Is No Stranger to Fantasy

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Everyone's favorite teenage witch is getting a modern update, thanks to Netflix's The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Set to premiere on Oct. 26, the highly anticipated series will present a darker version of the classic character Sabrina Spellman. The series comes from the minds behind Riverdale, and it stars Mad Men's Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina. As always, Sabrina's teenage witch years will be guided by her aunts, Aunt Zelda and Aunt Hilda. Comedic British actress Lucy Davis is set to play the more motherly of the two sisters, Aunt Hilda, while the stern Aunt Zelda will be played by Australian actress Miranda Otto.

Otto is no stranger to the fantasy and horror genres. She's best known for her role in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings films, in which she played the fierce shieldmaiden Éowyn. Her iconic character was one of the movie's few female heroes, and a kickass one at that.
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Bruce Greenwood Boards ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

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Bruce Greenwood Boards ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’
Exclusive: Bruce Greenwood is joining Warner Bros.Stephen King The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep in the role of Dr. John.

The description of Greenwood’s character is being kept under wraps.

Deadline exclusively broke the news about Doctor Sleep as well as its castings which Mike Flanagan wrote and is directing. Ewan McGregor stars as the grown up Danny Torrance, and the film also has Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe and Zahn McClarnon in key roles. Rebecca Ferguson plays Rose The Hat, the head of a cult that feeds on the “steam” created by young people who have a touch of the “shining” and her main target is Abra Stone. Back in August, we reported that young Broadway actress Kyliegh Curran landed the role of Abra Stone, a girl who has the gift of ‘The Shining’.

Flanagan rewrote Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel that picks up the
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‘Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable’ Review: A Nuanced Portrait of a New York Legend

Garry Winogrand hated being called “a street photographer,” even if he was regarded as the most essential of them all. The great success of Sasha Waters Freyer’s straightforward but evocative documentary “Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable,” is how well it explains why someone could have such a strong aversion to a term that was practically invented to describe them.

Winogrand, for better or worse, was allergic to bullshit. A hyper-masculine Bronx Jew who many of Freyer’s interviewees graciously refer to as “a man of his times” (perhaps because “misogynist” would end the inquiry they’re hoping to deepen), the late artist is often likened to the Norman Mailer of the visual world, a comparison that grows more fraught — and less flattering — by the day. “A photograph is a literal description of how a camera saw a time and space,” we hear Winogrand say in his thick Cassavetes
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Writers Guild Members Re-Elect Patric Verrone to Board Seat

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Former Writers Guild of America West president Patric Verrone has been re-elected to a board seat along with incumbents Patti Carr and Jonathan Fernandez.

Ashley Gable, Betsy Thomas, Deric A. Hughes, David Slack and Travis Donnelly were also elected. Carr was the top vote-getter with 1,667, followed by Gable, Thomas, Hughes, Slack, Fernandez, Verrone, and Donnelly (972).

Eric Heisserer (927), Dante W. Harper (916), Spiro Skentzos (856), Deborah Amelon (751), VJ Boyd (661) also ran. A total of 2,475 valid ballots were cast. The ballot count was supervised by Votenet Solutions.

“This vote represents the largest turnout in Guild Board election history, due in no small part to an outstanding group of candidates,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman. “I’m thrilled to welcome the new Board members, and I’m very gratified to see, more than ever, writers engaging to strengthen our union.”

The seats are for two-year terms. The president, vice president, secretary-treasurer, and eight
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Emmys put away the rubber stamp in 2018: Voters said no to reruns as defending champs went down

Emmys put away the rubber stamp in 2018: Voters said no to reruns as defending champs went down
A common refrain here at Gold Derby is that Emmys love reruns. That’s how you get shows like “Modern Family” and “Mad Men” and actors like Jim Parsons (“The Big Bang Theory”) and Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) that win over and over (and over and over) again. But in 2018 the television academy bucked that trend by mostly rejecting repeat winners in favor of first-time champs. Is this the end of Emmy rubber-stamping?

SEEEmmy winners 2018: Full list of winners and nominees at the 70th Emmy Awards

In 2015 the television academy expanded voting to the entire television academy as opposed to the small, restricted judging panels that used to pick the winners. Then in 2016 the academy did away with preferential ballots in favor of a plurality vote: instead of ranking the nominees, now voters just pick one winner from the list of nominees. Those changes meant that episode submissions were no
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‘The Americans’ mirrored ‘Friday Night Lights” final Emmys run in more ways than you think

‘The Americans’ mirrored ‘Friday Night Lights” final Emmys run in more ways than you think
For a while, many were hoping and/or predicting “The Americans” would pull a “Friday Night Lights” at the Emmys: win Best Drama Writing for its series finale and Best Drama Actor in its final go-around just like “Fnl” did in 2011. It came true Monday night, when “Start,” written by Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg, won the former and Matthew Rhys took home the latter. That one-two punch, however, isn’t the only way their final Emmy runs were eerily alike.

The critically adored, criminally under-rewarded shows were up for the same four awards in their final seasons: Best Drama Series, Best Drama Actor, Best Drama Actress and Best Drama Writing (“Always” by “Fnl” executive producer Jason Katims). That’s not breaking news, and yeah, they lost the same awards, which quite a few people predicted as well. But to whom they lost those prizes is notable.

See Emmy Awards:
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‘Game of Thrones’ Emmy upset extends its all-time record to 47 wins

‘Game of Thrones’ Emmy upset extends its all-time record to 47 wins
At the Primetime Emmys telecast on September 17 we weren’t expecting “Game of Thrones” to win any of its five categories, but it surprised us twice, and they were pretty big surprises: it claimed Best Drama Series for the third time and also Best Drama Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage for the third time. That brings the show’s total awards for the year to 9 and its all-time total to 47, which is by far the most awards for a primetime drama or comedy in a single year.

It’s hard to imagine a behemoth like “Game of Thrones” being considered an underdog anywhere, especially at the Emmys where it earned the most nominations of any program this year (22), but most of our users thought last year’s winner, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” would carry its momentum for another year. However, “Handmaid’s” ended up shut out entirely at the telecast,
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Emmys 2018: Here’s how I knew that Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) would crush Best Drama Actress

Emmys 2018: Here’s how I knew that Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) would crush Best Drama Actress
God save the queen! I knew Claire Foy (“The Crown”) would win Best Drama Actress at the Emmys. I’ve known it for weeks, even though it looked like a real race to the finish line between Foy, Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”) and incumbent Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”). The show as a whole over-performed this year, also taking Best Drama Directing for Stephen Daldry (for the episode “Paterfamilias”) and winning three last weekend at the Creative Arts Emmys for its casting, costumes and cinematography, bringing its grand total to five.

See Emmy winners 2018: Full list of winners and nominees at the 70th Emmy Awards

Foy was an obvious choice for me. Most tellingly, back in January she triumphed at the SAG Awards for the second year in a row. Moss was the only other nominee from that event who also scored a nomination in this category at the Emmys this year,
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Netflix unveils promo images from Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Following the first trailer for Chilling Adventures of Sabrina [watch it here], Netflix has released a batch of character promo images from the supernatural drama series featuring Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka), Harvey Kinkle (Ross Lynch), The Weird Sisters: Agatha (Adeline Rudolph), Prudence (Tati Gabrielle), and Dorcas (Abigail Cowen), Susie Putnam (Lachlan Watson), Rosalind Walker (Jaz Sinclair), Sabrina’s aunts Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Zelda Spellman (Miranda Otto), Mary Wardwell/Madam Satan (Michelle Gomez), Ambrose Spellman (Chance Perdomo), Father Blackwood (Richard Coyle), and Nicholas Scratch (Gavin Leatherwood); take a look here…

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. Tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist, this adaptation finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.
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‘Game of Thrones’ dethrones ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at 2018 Emmys in first head-to-head battle for Best Drama Series

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‘Game of Thrones’ dethrones ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ at 2018 Emmys in first head-to-head battle for Best Drama Series
The Best Drama Series category at the 2018 Emmys marked the first head-to-head battle between 2017 champ “The Handmaid’s Tale” and 2015-16 winner “Game of Thrones,” which had been ineligible last year. Turns out Emmy voters much preferred fiery dragons to dystopian handmaids.

Game of Thrones” is now tied at three wins apiece with the 1950s anthology “Playhouse 90,” the 1960s legal drama “The Defenders” and the 1970s period piece “Upstairs, Downstairs.” It could equal the Emmy record of four wins next year as its final season is set to air in the spring. That would put “Game of Thrones” in the company of “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “Mad Men” and “The West Wing.” The success of that latter series meant HBO’s last big drama, “The Sopranos,” only won this race twice.

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Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) stops Elisabeth Moss (‘Handmaid’s Tale’) from winning 2nd Emmy for Best Drama Actress

Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) stops Elisabeth Moss (‘Handmaid’s Tale’) from winning 2nd Emmy for Best Drama Actress
Gold Derby predicted that Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) would easily win her second consecutive Emmy Award for Best Drama Actress, however Claire Foy (“The Crown”) stopped her at the finish line. Of Gold Derby’s 27 Emmy Experts from major media outlets, Foy was the pick of only two, giving her second-place odds of 8/1. Moss led with a whopping 18 Experts predicting her to win, resulting in leading 4/9 odds. Foy is TV’s reigning two-time SAG champ, so it really wasn’t a surprise to see her winning at the Emmys, particularly since she earned extra buzz from leaving Netflix’s regal drama along with the rest of the main stars in a massive re-casting ahead of Season 3.

See Emmys 2018: Here’s how I knew that Claire Foy (‘The Crown’) would crush Best Drama Actress

Moss plays June/Offred on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a woman who
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Elisabeth Moss on ‘Her Smell’ and Why She Won’t Do a ‘Mad Men’ Reboot

Elisabeth Moss on ‘Her Smell’ and Why She Won’t Do a ‘Mad Men’ Reboot
Elisabeth Moss puts it all out there as the strung-out rock star at the center of “Her Smell.”

The Alex Ross Perry drama earned raves for the Emmy winner when it screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, with many critics noting that the drug-addled, hard-partying singer is a change of pace role for Moss who tends to portray more outwardly composed characters in shows such as “Mad Men.” Moss learned to play the guitar and does her own singing in the film, a stretch that she found alternately terrifying and exhilarating.

Her Smell” is Moss’s third collaboration with Perry — the two previously worked together on “Listen Up Philip” and “Queen of Earth.” On the eve of the film’s Toronto debut, Moss spoke with Variety about drawing on Axl Rose for inspiration, the feminist side of punk rock, and why she thinks her Hulu hit “The
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Before Becoming One of Hollywood's Biggest Directors, Paul Feig Was on Your Favorite '90s Show

Before Becoming One of Hollywood's Biggest Directors, Paul Feig Was on Your Favorite '90s Show
Paul Feig is one of the biggest directors in Hollywood, but long before directing films like Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters, and A Simple Favor, he was an actor on one of our favorite '90s TV shows. During the first season of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Feig played Sabrina's dorky biology teacher, Mr. Eugene Pool. Even though his character was written out of the show after the first season, it was actually a silver lining for Feig, as he eventually turned to writing and directing instead.

After wrapping Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Feig went on to create, direct, and write for the fan-favorite show, Freaks and Geeks in 1999. Even though the series only lasted for one season, his career only skyrocketed from there as he went on to direct for shows like The Office, Arrested Development, Mad Men, Weeds, Parks and Recreation, and 30 Rock, just to name a few.

In 2003, Feig
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