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Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Maggie Gyllenhaal defends keeping James Franco on The Deuce following sexual misconduct allegations
Source: The Cut
“I feel like it would’ve been the wrong consequence to those accusations to shut our show down," she said in an interview on SiriusXM's Sway in the Morning. It would’ve been like actually the opposite of the right thing to do,” Gyllenhaal “And yet, you know, look, I believe that there should be consequences for disrespecting or assaulting women. Of course, I do.” She added: “You know, we at the time that the accusations against James came out in the L.A. Times we read them all, we took them very seriously. We spoke to every woman on the crew and in the cast to find out if they felt respected and what their experience of working with James was and everyone said that they had been totally respected by him.”
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 4:08PM EDT
HBO renews The Deuce for a third and final season
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The David Simon 1970s porn drama starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal has been given a third season to wrap things up after performing with modest ratings. "We're always conjuring the last scene before we write the first," tweeted Simon. "So much the better when we work for people who allow us to consistently plan, arc and execute as intended. Thanks, @HBO, for the third and final season renewal and the chance for #thedeuce to tell its full story."
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
The Deuce used “period-appropriate” garbage to transform Coney Island back to its 1978 filth
Source: AM New York
The HBO drama spent weeks researching this week's episode set in the Staten Island of 1978, and was fully prepared with binges of garbage, detachable graffiti and vintage signs to tack onto newer storefronts. “The big thing for us was that Coney Island was much dirtier back in 1978,” says production designer Scott Dougan. “It’s winter; it’s deserted, plus the aging. We have two weapons at our arsenal: trash and post-production design.”
Posted Friday 9/14/18 at 11:17PM EDT
How The Deuce accurately re-created New York City's 1970s "brief golden era" for gay men
To ensure accuracy, the HBO series added writer Carl Capotorto, who played Little Paulie on The Sopranos. Capotorto actually lived New York City's gay life in the 1970s. Capotorto, says David Simon, "steered us away from some of our presumptions and steered us to stuff that we didn’t know about or would’ve gotten wrong." ALSO: Why The Deuce co-creator George Pelecanos hasn't given up writing crime novels.
Posted Wednesday 9/12/18 at 11:54PM EDT
David Simon resumes his feud with Twitter with a lengthy rant against "f*ckbonnet" CEO Jack Dorsey
"I thought, Mr. Dorsey, that we had an understanding," The Deuce creator, who quit Twitter, wrote on his blog. "I would not ever concede that telling you or anyone else they ought to die of boils was unjustifiable after their own rhetoric lapsed into abject slander, dishonesty or dishonor, and you — pretending that I had somehow threatened the actual well-being of another human, or that my words were measurably more cruel than telling someone to, say, take a long walk off a short pier or grow like an onion with his head in the ground — would continue to bar me from the demagogue-encrusted, Nazi-profiteering national agora that you call a social-media platform."
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 8:51PM EDT
The Deuce's David Simon: "I don’t think I’m ever going to work without an intimacy coordinator again"
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The work of Alicia Rodis as intimacy coordinator, or intimacy director, was recently profiled in The New York Times. Simon said he decided to add the position for Season 2 to make sure everybody felt safe on set in wake of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. “Her job is to facilitate the filming of simulated sex and intimacy in such a way that we’re protecting the emotions and the dignity of everybody who’s involved. ’Cause it’s hard work, a lot harder than violence,” Simon said. “You know, everyone’s an old pro about simulating violence. But I don’t think I’m ever going to work without an intimacy coordinator again. Because the truth is, we knew we were asking a lot of actors and directors and crew in terms of professionalism and to deliver this material bluntly and honestly. But you can ask all you want — at a certain point everybody has to trust everybody.”
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
The Deuce initially wanted a woman to sing Season 2's theme song, but settled on Elvis Costello
The HBO drama chose an Elvis Costello song for its new opening title sequence, instead of a female artist, because music supervisor Blake Leyh says “the misogyny of the music industry” in the late 1970s meant there were few female singer-songwriters. David Simon was able to get Costello's permission because he had appeared on his earlier HBO series Treme and the singer had watched The Deuce's first season.
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
The Deuce Season 2 struggles with its "James Franco problem"
Source: Vanity Fair
Franco's appearance as two characters months after he was hit with sexual misconduct accusations "works directly against the premise of The Deuce, which seeks to illuminate the hidden corners of an exploitative, but exciting industry," says Sonia Soraiya. She adds of The Deuce, which returns for Season 2 on Sunday: "It's maddening to watch his portrayal of the two Martino brothers—one an a**hole, one slightly less of an a**hole—because it seems to be a brazen reminder to the viewer that six public accusations have not touched his Hollywood career."
- Season 2 maintains The Deuce's brilliant writing, immersive atmosphere and uncommonly excellent acting
- Female characters evolve in Season 2, while the male characters stay the same
- The two most powerful moments in the first four episodes are about women, power and patriarchy
- Season 2 feels lighter -- or at least has a lighter touch — than most of season one
- Maggie Gyllenhaal is operating on a whole other level in Season 2
- Dominique Fishback on playing a Deuce sex worker: "I don’t know that I’m drawn to gritty characters; I think they’re drawn to me"
Posted Friday 8/24/18 at 10:43PM EDT
The Deuce actress: Playing a porn star in the #MeToo era requires dealing with an "intimacy director"
Source: The New York Times
The Newsroom alum Margaret Judson was initially supposed to be partially naked for her one-episode prostitute role, but she ended up clothed for her intimate scenes due to script changes. Nevertheless, Judson explains how she was greeted by the show's "intimacy director," Alicia Rodis. Judson writes that she was confused at first. "But I quickly realized what a no-brainer it was for The Deuce to employ someone like Ms. Rodis," Judson writes. "In human terms, the producers were showing sensitivity to actors; in business terms, they were stopping potential problems (and their expensive repercussions) before they started. On the day of the shoot, Ms. Rodis watched over the set like a chaperone at prom. She made sure the man playing opposite me sanitized his hands before we started, and then wiped them down after every single take. She checked in with me constantly, bringing water and coffee and mints. She also choreographed certain movements, much like a stunt director. Ms. Rodis pointed out that in a simulated sex scene, an actor may be touched on a vulnerable part of the body, and therefore deserves the same attention and protections as in a combat sequence. Otherwise, she told us, intimate scenes won’t look seamless and natural."
Posted Monday 8/06/18 at 2:50PM EDT
HBO's The Deuce Season 2 teaser features James Franco
Franco's identical twin brother characters are featured in the first glimpse of the second season following the actor's sexual misconduct scandal.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 1:49PM EDT
HBO "felt comfortable" proceeding with The Deuce Season 2 after reviewing the James Franco sexual misconduct allegations
“When the Franco issue came up, we talked internally,” Bloys told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour. “We read the LA Times article. We talked to the executive producers, to Maggie (Gyllenhaal) the actors and actresses on the set. We all felt comfortable moving forward with the second season.” Bloys said HBO takes sexual misconduct allegations seriously, pointing to his network's decision to cut ties with Mark Halperin and Russell Simmons following their sexual misconduct scandals.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
James Franco is conspicuously missing from HBO's The Deuce premiere date announcement
HBO tweeted the first promo pic of Season 2, announcing that the 1970s-set David Simon New York City porn drama will return on Sept. 9. But Franco, who was accused of sexual misconduct earlier this year, is nowhere to be found in the image accompanying the announcement. Instead, the promo shows Maggie Gyllenhaal. According to TVLine, "HBO declined to comment, but a source for the cabler tells TVLine that the image accompanying the announcement is merely one of several Season 2 photos set to be released. The insider also stressed that the picture is not the official key art."
Posted Wednesday 6/20/18 at 1:32PM EDT
The Sopranos star James Gandolfini died five years ago: His actor son pays tribute
Michael Gandolfini was celebrating his junior high graduation with his dad in Rome on June 19, 2013 when the elder Gandolfini died of a heart attack in a hotel room. "5 years without your hugs, your laugh, and you smile. I miss you, but today is not about me," Michael wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. "As much as I hate that you’re gone, it in face was your time. And today I celebrate you and your life. I love you dad, miss you." Michael Gandolfini is now a student at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also has gotten into acting, playing a busboy on Ocean's Eight and appearing in at least three episodes of HBO's The Deuce.
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 2:52PM EDT
The Wire creator David Simon slams Twitter for blocking him from his account
The Deuce co-creator got in heated exchanges with Twitter users earlier this week, resulting in him being placed in Twitter's penalty box. On his blog, Simon wrote that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey should "die of boils," adding: "As far as I’m concerned, your standards in this instance are exactly indicative of why social media — and Twitter specifically — is complicit in transforming our national agora into a haven for lies, disinformation and the politics of totalitarian extremity. The real profanity and disease on the internet is untouched, while you police decorum.”
Posted Thursday 5/24/18 at 4:10AM EDT
Maggie Gyllenhaal fought to get The Deuce to film a masturbation scene that was eventually cut
Source: The Muse
When she found out the scene was cut, Gyllenhaal wrote a lengthy email to her fellow producers, asking: "Where is the orgasm?"