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Six Movies That Capture the Trials and Triumphs of Addiction and Recovery

  • Variety
Brad Lamm, founder of West Hollywood’s Breathe Life Healing Centers, offers his picks of recent movies that capture the trials and triumphs of addiction and recovery. For more from Variety‘s Recovery Issue, in which prominent entertainment figures offer insights on navigating a sober life in Hollywood, click here.

Crazy Heart, 2009

Director, writer: Scott Cooper

Jeff Bridges plays a fading, alcoholic country music star who begins a doomed romance with a writer (Maggie Gyllenhaal) that forces him to reassess his life.

You very well might have missed this alcohol-drenched gemstone of a flick inspired by the real-life song-cycle of country music star Hank Thompson. Bridges won the Oscar for best actor for “Crazy Heart,” and you deserve to see why.

The Hangover, 2009

Director: Todd Phillips

Writers: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore

Three friends in Las Vegas for a bachelor party wake up after a bacchanal of drugs and booze with
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‘The Deuce’ Creator Defends Decision To Keep James Franco & Why It Was Vital For The Show’s Ending

When HBO first announced that David Simon, the man responsible for “The Wire,” was teaming up with an all-star cast, led by Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco, for a period series about the porn industry, TV fans were very excited. However, after a critically-acclaimed first season, a dark cloud hung over the series moving forward, as allegations of misconduct were made against Franco, putting the entire future of the series in jeopardy.

Continue reading ‘The Deuce’ Creator Defends Decision To Keep James Franco & Why It Was Vital For The Show’s Ending at The Playlist.
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James Franco’s ‘The Deuce’ Series Finale Draws 412,000 Total Viewers Across All HBO Platforms

  • The Wrap
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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‘The Deuce’ Series Finale Is a Beautiful Goodbye to Two Distinct Eras

‘The Deuce’ Series Finale Is a Beautiful Goodbye to Two Distinct Eras
[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “The Deuce” Season 3, Episode 8, “Finish It” — the series finale.]

As future feminist filmmaking icon Eileen Merrell (Maggie Gyllenhaal) preps her actors for their roles in “A Pawn in Their Game,” the director’s future arthouse classic, one of her cast members gives pause.

“When I signed up for this, I thought I would be Ok with doing a fuck film,” she said. “I thought it would be fun sex. I didn’t think the script would get so dark.”

“It’s a tragedy,” Merrell responded, cooly. “There’s not a lot of tragedy in porn.”

Amid many all-encompassing lines over “The Deuce’s” telling look back to New York City of the ’70s and ’80s, this moment stands out. An unknowing actor, standing in for the unknowing audience at home, is complaining to the director, who’s so often been the filmmakers’ voice in the series, about how porn is
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The Deuce

Network: HBO.

Episodes: 25 (hour).

Seasons: Three.

TV show dates: September 10, 2017 — October 28, 2019.

Series status: Ended.

Performers include: James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gary Carr, Margarita Levieva, Lawrence Gilliard, Jr., Dominique Fishback, Emily Meade, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Chris Bauer, Chris Coy, Natalie Paul, Sepideh Moafi, Kayla Foster, and Michael Rispoli.

TV show description:

A fictional historical drama, inspired by real-life twins who would go on to operate business fronts for the Gambino family, The Deuce TV show centers on the rise of modern-day pornography in 1970s New York City. The cast of characters includes bartenders, pimps and prostitutes, police officers, and party people.

Flourishing barkeep Vincent Martino (Franco) is something of a promotional wiz. Despite his reluctance, Gambino
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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

  • Deadline
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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What to Watch on TV This Week: ‘The Morning Show’ Launches on Apple TV Plus

  • Variety
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, “The Deuce” comes to an end on HBO, and Apple TV Plus launches with a host of new series including “The Morning Show.”

The Deuce,” HBO, Monday, 9 p.m.

David Simon’s series about the rise of the pornography industry comes to an end this week on HBO. Tune in to see Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco play Candy and Frankie one final time.

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan,” Amazon, Friday

Season 2 of the spy series drops this Friday, with John Krasinski returning as the titular CIA agent. In this season, Jack Ryan ventures into a Venezuelan jungle to investigate an illegal arms deal.
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‘Nxt UK’ Review (Oct 24th 2019)

  • Nerdly
Welcome to this week’s Nxt UK review, right here on Nerdly. I’m Nathan Favel and I look like a buffalo with its legs chopped off. This episode has a match or two, so let’s call Kevin Nash to make fun of the whole thing. Hey…their knees aren’t shot. $!@# them! Okay, let’s get to this before Big Sexy hits on the girl from catering and…never mind.

Match #1: Grizzled Young Veterans def. Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter The following is courtesy of wwe.com:

Last week, Oliver Carter came forth and volunteered to help Ashton Smith answer a challenge from the first-ever Nxt UK Tag Team Champions, Zack Gibson & James Drake. Noble as that gesture may have been, it wasn’t enough to overcome the tag team precision of a very focused Gibson & Drake on a mission to reclaim their crown, as they put a
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‘Synonyms’ Film Review: French-Israeli Identity Drama Pushes Protagonist, and Audience, to the Limit

  • The Wrap
‘Synonyms’ Film Review: French-Israeli Identity Drama Pushes Protagonist, and Audience, to the Limit
How much indulgence might you feel for a young man going through an existential identity crisis? “Synonyms,” the kinetic new drama from writer-director Nadav Lapid (the original “The Kindergarten Teacher”), is so wrapped up in the intense emotions of its millennial protagonist that tolerance becomes not only an expectation but also a requirement.

Though often surrounded by people, Yoav (powerful newcomer Tom Mercier) is also very much alone in his search for self-definition. He arrives in Paris after a traumatic stint in the Israeli army, to stay in a gorgeous but apparently abandoned rental apartment. His belongings are stolen immediately, which is particularly inconvenient since he’s just taken a freezing bath and is naked.

The chill nearly kills him, but his wealthy young neighbors, Caroline (Louise Chevillotte) and Emile, find him just in time. They rescue him, in a sense, warming him up and giving him clothes and money.
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David Simon and Emily Meade on What Lori Means to ‘The Deuce’

David Simon and Emily Meade on What Lori Means to ‘The Deuce’
This article contains full spoilers for this week’s episode of The Deuce.

When David Simon describes an actor’s performance as “one of the best I ever got on a show,” the compliment demands attention. From The Wire all the way through The Deuce, Simon has helped to make stars out of unknowns (Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan), has gotten remarkable work from established names (Oscar Isaac, Maggie Gyllenhaal), and has assembled a brilliant repertory company of character actors (Wendell Pierce, Khandi Alexander, Clarke Peters). Simon saying this about
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‘The Deuce’ Recap: Too Close for Comfort

‘The Deuce’ Recap: Too Close for Comfort
A review of this week’s The Deuce, “You Only Get One,” coming up just as soon as this hat makes me look like Joan Collins

A very familiar face returns to the Hi-Hat in “You Only Get One,” as Darlene — or Donna, as she goes by once again — stops by the bar to ask for Abby’s help in becoming a nurse despite her criminal record. Abby comes to Donna’s meeting with the appeals board, eloquently arguing that knowing her “made me realize that people are surprising, and
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‘Synonyms’: Nadav Lapid Makes A Sensational Statement About Identity & Nationality With Furious & Chaotic Energy [Nyff Review]

In his third feature, “Synonyms,” Israeli writer-director Nadav Lapid proves he has a fascination with people who take things too far, whether extremists, romantics, or some inextricable mesh of the two. His first film, “Policeman” follows anti-terrorist agents and the young radicals they clash with. His second, “The Kindergarten Teacher”—remade in English with Maggie Gyllenhaal in the titular role—traces the life of a poetry-obsessed elementary school teacher who finds deranged hope in an unlikely prodigy.

Continue reading ‘Synonyms’: Nadav Lapid Makes A Sensational Statement About Identity & Nationality With Furious & Chaotic Energy [Nyff Review] at The Playlist.
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Jake Gyllenhaal and French Model Jeanne Cadieu Take a Romantic Evening Stroll in N.Y.C.

Jake Gyllenhaal and French Model Jeanne Cadieu Take a Romantic Evening Stroll in N.Y.C.
Jake Gyllenhaal enjoyed a special night out with the French model Jeanne Cadieu.

The Spider-Man: Far from Home actor, 38, was spotted with Cadieu, 23, in New York City on Thursday night. The two smiled and laughed together as they chatted with friends on the sidewalk.

Gyllenhaal wore a light green button-down shirt, dark pants and white sneakers, while Cadieu looked laid back in a black sweater, jeans, multi-colored sneakers, a scarf and glasses.

The two recently stepped out together earlier this week, the day after the closing of his Broadway play Sea Wall/A Life.

They strolled arm-in-arm and later shared
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Julie Delpy Says She Was Paid ‘About a 10th’ of Costar Ethan Hawke's Fee in Before Sunrise

Julie Delpy Says She Was Paid ‘About a 10th’ of Costar Ethan Hawke's Fee in Before Sunrise
Julie Delpy is opening up about her own experience with pay disparity.

While attending the Zurich Film Festival, the filmmaker and actress spoke about being paid reportedly less than costar Ethan Hawke on almost all of the films in the beloved Before trilogy.

“As a woman, you know you’re paid less than a man as a writer, as a director, as an actress,” Delpy, 49, said during an interview with Variety, claiming that she was only paid a fraction of what Hawke, 48, made for 1995’s Before Sunrise and the film’s 2004 sequel Before Sunset.

“On the before movies, the first
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Tessa Thompson, Lupita Nyong'o and More Eyed for Catwoman in The Batman?

  • MovieWeb
Casting is starting to heat up for The Batman and we may have narrowed things down on the Catwoman front just a bit. A handful of stars are said to be on the shortlist for the surely coveted role, and this shortlist contains several Marvel heroes. Lupita Nyong'o (Black Panther), Tessa Thompson (Thor: Ragnarok) and Alexandra Shipp (Dark Phoenix) are all said to be in the running for the part, amongst several others, who would star alongside Robert Pattinson's Caped Crusader.

According to a new report, writer/director Matt Reeves is narrowing in on his Catwoman. Other contenders for the part include Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Beauty and the Beast) and Logan Browning (Dear White People). This list is interesting for several reasons. For one, we've got two McU stars in the form of Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie, and Lupita Nyong'o, who plays Nakia. Catwoman would surely be a multi-film commitment,
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Wesley Snipes Finally Talks About His Scrapped 1990s Black Panther Movie

  • MovieWeb
Wesley Snipes Finally Talks About His Scrapped 1990s Black Panther Movie
Long before Black Panther became a pop culture phenomenon, thanks to Marvel's 2018 box office smash, Wesley Snipes wanted to adapt the Marvel Comics character for the big screen. The man who went on to play Blade was actively developing a movie adaptation in the 90s, which came to light last year. Now, Snipes has opened up a bit about what he would have done.

Wesley Snipes is currently promoting his latest movie, Dolemite Is My Name. During a recent interview, he was asked about what it meant to him to play Blade at a time before superhero movies were all the rage in Hollywood. That was when Snipes decided to remind us that he played the Daywalker because he couldn't play T'Challa. Here's what he had to say.

"I had the rights to Black Panther maybe four or five years before the Blade project came around. When Blade came around,
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Jake Gyllenhaal Stays Close to French Model Jeanne Cadieu in a Rare Outing

Jake Gyllenhaal Stays Close to French Model Jeanne Cadieu in a Rare Outing
Jake Gyllenhaal celebrated a successful stint on Broadway with a chilly walk alongside French model Jeanne Cadieu.

The pair were spotted staying close on a walk in New York City on Monday, the day after the closing of his latest Broadway appearance in the play Sea Wall/A Life.

Gyllenhaal, 38, and Cadieu, 23, strolled arm-in-arm and later shared a hug as they walked around the city.

The two were first linked in late 2018 when they were spotted on a walk in New York City. They were later seen sticking close a few days after Christmas during a chilly walk in Paris.
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Maggie Gyllenhaal Really Likes Robert Pattinson as The Batman

  • MovieWeb
Maggie Gyllenhaal Really Likes Robert Pattinson as The Batman
Count The Dark Knight star Maggie Gyllenhaal in for Robert Pattinson as Bruce Wayne, as the actress is thrilled to see the actor cast in The Batman. News of Pattinson's casting in the upcoming movie from director Matt Reeves has brought about a variety of opinions since the initial announcement, although it seems to be largely positive. Based on her involvement in a popular Batman movie from the past, Gyllenhaal was recently asked about how she feels of the casting, and it's clear the actress has no reservations about it at all. Here's what she told Variety.

"I really like him. So do I [think he's going to be great]. I think he's a really, really good actor. I really do, I think he's a super compelling actor, and I think, I mean, I don't know, I think that's going to be great."

Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight is still widely regarded as one
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Maggie Gyllenhaal “really likes” Robert Pattinson for The Batman role

Maggie Gyllenhaal, who played Rachel Dawes opposite Christian Bale in The Dark Knight, has shared her thoughts on the casting of Robert Pattinson as Batman. In an interview with Variety at the New York Film Festival premiere of The Irishman, Gyllenhaal stated that she believes Pattinson is a good choice for the role and praised his acting […]

The post Maggie Gyllenhaal “really likes” Robert Pattinson for The Batman role appeared first on Flickering Myth.
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