“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 would be easy to assume that the show’s short run is a reaction to the scandals surrounding Franco, Simon and Pelecanos have been on the record about a three-season plan since the show’s debut in 2017.
“We're always conjuringthe last scene before we write the first,” Simon tweeted last fall. “So much the better when we work for people who allow us to consistently plan, arc and execute as intended.”
Judging from the trailer, Season 3 begins on New Year’s Eve of 1985, and tracks the changes to the porn industry following the wide availability of the VHS tape. In addition to Gyllenhaal and Franco, the cast features plenty of friendly faces from the Simon/Pelecanos masterpiece “The Wire,” such as Gbenga Akinnagbe, Chris Bauer, and Michael Kostroff. David Krumholtz, Method Man, Zoe Kazan, Ralph Macchio, Dominique Fishback, Michael Rispoli, and Roberta Colindrez also star.
As part of creating a safe and acceptable working environment, “The Deuce” was one of the first shows to hire an intimacy coordinator to facilitate the filming of sex scenes. HBO works with Alicia Rodis, co-founder of Intimacy Directors International, an organization designed to help create a universal starting point for all dramatized sex scenes in theater, film, and television. Rodis has worked on multiple HBO projects, including “Watchmen,” the upcoming “Deadwood” movie, and next year's teen-centered show “Euphoria.”
HBO’s The Deuce remains critically acclaimed heading into its third and final season, which will arrive next month, courtesy of The Wire and Treme duo David Simon and George Pelecanos. For this round, the story once again does the time jump thing, strutting into the final moments of 1984 while the seedy underbelly of Times Square prepares to ring in 1985. If you’ll recall, the first season went down in 1971-72, and the second season advanced to 1977. Now, a newfangled invention called VHS not only represents the passage of time but presents the possibility of reinvention for the porn industry. However, a different kind of change is also on the horizon while NYC struggles to sanitize the neighborhood for good.
For the night represented in the above teaser, however, many familiar faces are content to forget all challenges and party the night away. Maggie Gyllenhaal’s Candy is still pushing forth as a filmmaker, but that mob money just might come back to punch James Franco’s twin characters where it hurts. Their mustache game is relatively strong, at least on Vinnie Martino’s end while Abby Margarita Levieva and Andrea Zoe Kazan hit the dance floor.
Here’s how Frankie Martino will appear in Episode 2. Oh boy, his mustache looks stressed out to the max.
The Deuce returns for its final season on Monday, September 9.
Also written by the 'Lady Bird' director, the adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel features a robust cast led by Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson and Timothée Chalamet.
The first trailer for Greta Gerwig's feature adaptation of Little Women dropped online Tuesday.
With a screenplay also written by Gerwig, the adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's 1868 novel — which recently passed its 150th anniversary — features a robust cast led by Meryl Streep, Laura Dern, Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet; the latter two starred in Gerwig's debut feature, Lady Bird, in 2017.
The film focuses on the lives of main characters Amy, Jo, Beth and Meg as they navigate their young adulthood in the aftermath of the Civil War.
Alcott's novel has been adapted numerous times for television and film, beginning with the 1914 silent Paramount film and including Gillian Armstrong's often-cited iteration in 1994, which starred Susan Sarandon and Winona Ryder. Most recently, there was a three-part BBC miniseries starring Angela Lansbury and Emily Watson.
Greta Gerwig delivered one of the best coming-of-age movies ever with “Lady Bird,” so it’s only fitting the Oscar-nominated writer-director is tackling one of the most iconic coming-of-age stories ever written for her next feature. Enter “Little Women,” Gerwig’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel of the same name. The source material is already responsible for several movie classics, including the 1994 Gillian Armstrong-directed “Little Women” starring Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, and Kristen Dunst, and now many cinephiles are hoping Gerwig can deliver another cinematic highlight with Alcott’s beloved characters.
Gerwig’s “Little Women” reunites her with “Lady Bird” Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet, plus “Midsommar” darling Florence Pugh, Emma Watson, Laura Dern, Meryl Streep, James Norton, Louis Garrel, Bob Odenkirk, and Chris Cooper. The story centers around the March sisters’ coming-of-age experiences in 1860s Massachusetts, but Gerwig has redrawn the narrative structure of Alcott’s novel to tell the events in non-chronological order.
Speaking to IndieWire at Sundance earlier this year, Pugh teased that Gerwig’s adaptation will feel both familiar and radically different to fan’s of the novel. “I think what Greta [Gerwig]'s done is make a classic that we've all seen and we've all heard and we've all read — if you haven't, you've heard your gran talk about it at some point — and she's made it relevant to us now and she's made these four sisters talk in a way that sisters talk,” Pugh said. “It was a really cool thing to be part of, and it's fresh. I'm looking forward to watching it, and I got to work with some amazing women — and men.”
With “Lady Bird,” Gerwig became only the fifth woman nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. Gerwig also picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, while the film landed in the Best Picture race as well. The award season success of “Lady Bird” which IndieWire recently named the 10th best film of the decade has made “Little Women” the late-hitting Oscar hopeful to watch for awards prognosticators.
Sony Pictures will release “Little Women” in theaters December 25. Watch the first official trailer below.
When Apple’s new streaming platform Apple TV+ makes its big debut this fall, it’s going to have some major star power courtesy of “The Morning Show.” The upcoming series pairs Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston for a comedy-drama about the behind-the-scenes happenings at a popular morning talk show. Witherspoon is no stranger to television and is coming off the second season of HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies,” while Aniston is an Emmy winner from “Friends” but has not had a series regular TV role since wrapping her run as Rachel on the mega-successful NBC comedy series.
“The Morning Show” is inspired by CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter's 2013 book “Top of the Morning,” which explored the morning show rivalry between NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The series’ plot specifics have yet to be revealed, although at an Apple TV+ event earlier this year Witherspoon teased the show is “a high-velocity thrill ride in which we pose questions without easy answers.”
If pairing Witherspoon and Aniston wasn’t enough star power for “The Morning Show,” the series is also bringing Steve Carell back to television in his first series regular role since wrapping “The Office.” The supporting cast includes indie film powerhouses like Bel Powley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup, and Mark Duplass. Néstor Carbonell of “Lost” and “Bates Motel” also stars. Behind the camera is Mimi Leder, the acclaimed director whose credits include “The Leftovers” and “On the Basis of Sex.”
For Apple TV+, “The Morning Show” is perhaps its most high profile title heading into its fall launch. While Disney+ will attempt to dominate the streaming market for kids and families, Apple TV+ is targeting young adults and adults with a huge slate of original drama and comedy series from the likes of J.J. Abrams, M. Night Shyamalan, “Outlander” creator Ronald D. Moore, “The Big Sick” Oscar nominees Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, and more. Apple has yet to announce the launch date for Apple TV+, but it’s likely “The Morning Show” debuts that day, given its star power should bring in potential subscribers.
“The Morning Show” will debut on Apple TV+ sometime this fall. Watch the first official trailer for the series in the video below.
The further we get from the Game of Thrones series finale, the more talkative the cast and Seth Rogen has become about the reception about the episode, and season eight in general. Conleth Hill Varys blamed the backlash on a “media-led hate campaign,” Lena Headey “wanted a better death” for Cersei, and Nathalie Emmanuel Missandei spoke out against the silly petition to remake season eight, saying, “You can’t ask for receipts on art. You just can’t. The art has been created for you, and you can either choose to like it or not.”
Natalie Tena is going with “not.”
The actress, who played wildling Osha on the HBO series, told Yahoo’s White Wine Question Time podcast that she enjoyed the first three episodes of the final season, including the Battle of Winterfell. “But after that… I just didn’t understand,” she said. “The caliber of writing towards the end and the plots and everything that happens and how they wrapped it up compared to any other season, any other bit, it just feels like it’s been written by different people. It doesn’t make sense, for me.” Tena, who admits she was wine-drunk at the time she picked the right podcast, “binge-watched the whole thing, but I ended up… my boyfriend had to leave the boat because I was ranting for an hour at him about how much I didn’t like it. And then I rang my friend to rant to him.”