THE DEUCE

THE DEUCE

Kim Greene
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13 Sep 2017, 13:28 #1

The latest new HBO drama by David Simon and George Pelecano (creator/writers of THE WIRE & TREME) is called THE DEUCE, and it's a drama set in early 1970s Times Square, that takes a look at the early days of the porn business while it was still basically underground. It's already gotten a lot of critical notice for the subject matter, as well as the fact that one of its main stars, actor James Franco, plays twin brothers (one a gambler, one a family man.) The pilot already came on (I tried to watch it at my friend's house, only to realize that I was watching it dubbed in Spanish,damn it.) Here's a review of it:

The New York Times---Review of the pilot for THE DEUCE

And here's a few minutes from a Charlie Rose interview this week with Simon and actress Maggie Gyllenhall, who not only plays in the series, but is also one of the show's producers:

Charlie Rose interviews cast/writers of THE DEUCE

The A.V. Club----Review of THE DEUCE premiere

The Guardian----It's Never Sexy--the women behind The Deuce


Here's an interview with DEUCE co-creators/writers Simon and Pelecano about what inspired them to come up with the series, and what they find that is still relevant about the issues it deals with/brings up:

DEUCE creators talk about where the show sprung from
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16 Sep 2017, 14:20 #2

Other actors who recently passed away are: actress Lola Albright, who did both TV and films (mostly TV) but is best known for her role as the glamorous nightclub singer Edie Hart on the classic private eye/crime series PETER GUNN. Despite her movie-star looks, beautiful name, and the fact that she was actually a really good singer in her own right (she was featured singing on PETER GUNN more than once) on she never was quite able to make it to leading lady status for some reason. I recall reading somewhere that she was up for a big role, and that her agent demanded too much money for it, therefore she didn't get it, and that may have hurt her chances of getting ahead in show biz. She pretty much retired from show biz in the mid-'80s. One film of hers I've always wanted to see is the 1961 indie drama A COLD WIND IN AUGUST, after reading about it some years ago, and possibly one of her few leading roles.

Lola Albright at IMDB

The Guardian---Lola Albright

Actor Jay Thomas, whose name I recognized but couldn't recall what I'd seen him in until I looked thru some pics on IMDB, also passed away last month at the age of 69. Turns out he's been in a good number of TV shows I liked from the late '80s throughout the '90s, such as MURPHY BROWN and many others. He also did films, but mostly TV--his last significant regular role was on the currently popular Showtime crime drama RAY DONOVAN. I mostly seem to recall as a comic actor, though.

Jay Thomas at IMDB

The Top Five Jay Thomas Roles Of His Career

Actor Richard Anderson, the handsome, stern-faced actor who had a long career in TV and some films, and whose best known role was as the boss of both the title characters in THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN and THE BIONIC WOMAN (he played a villain in THE NIGHT STRANGLER) also passed away last month at the age of 91:

Richard Anderson at IMDB

Actor Frank Vincent, a memorable film presence who was known for being on THE SOPRANOS, but also for having been played mobsters in such classic films such as RAGING BULL, GOODFELLAS, and CASINO (all Martin Scorsese films) passed away this week at age 80---(I remember his brief role in Spike Lee's DO THE RIGHT THING as a guy in a car who gets stopped by kids in the middle of a 'hood.) Here's some things on him:

Frank Vincent at IMDB

Paste Magazine
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21 Sep 2017, 14:56 #3

I straight up forgot the Emmys were on Sunday night, but it was cool to hear that their were some historical firsts were made----actress Lena Waite won an Emmy for writing and starring in an episode of the popular Netflix drama/sitcom MASTER OF NONE (she's also part of the regular cast) actor/rapper/writer Donald Glover won for best director of a comedy series (the FX comedy-drama ATLANTA) that he also stars in and writes on--he's the first African-American director to do so in that catagory. (Three black TV directors actually won in the directing catagory before,but mainly for directing dramas.) Actor/rapper Riz Ahmed also won for outstanding lead actor in the critically acclaimed HBO crime drama THE NIGHT OF.... (he's also the first Muslim actor of South Asian descent nominated in that catagory.) Here's a Muslim perspective on his win, and on how the media treats Muslims in general:

Muslim Girl-----Riz Ahmed's Emmy Win

There was also some disgust at how actor Sterling K. Brown (who co-stars on the popular NBC drama THIS IS US) got his acceptance speech cut off with music playing over him, and his mike cut off.)


Deadline----Donald Glover's Historic Win
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09 Oct 2017, 04:42 #4

Here's another perspective on THE DEUCE by TV director Ula Briesewicz, who did the most current and fifth episode of the show---she talks about how women shoot sex scenes as compared to how men shoot them,and the differences between their approach to said scenes----really interesting stuff:


Vulture---Directing on THE DEUCE
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28 Dec 2017, 15:13 #5

Here's an interesting article on how female-directed TV shows that deal with sex offer a different perspective on the subject---this includes THE DEUCE, but it also includes the Starz drama THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, and Netflix's new period mystery drama ALIAS GRACE:


Indiewire----How Female Directors Deal With The Subject Of Sex


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31 Dec 2017, 02:15 #6

Just found out that the rarely seen 1968-69 Western series, THE OUTCASTS (which ran for 26 episodes) is showing on the GET TV digital channel Saturdays at 6:00 p.m., which shows a lot of known and forgotten western series. I just saw one episode of it, starring Don Murray as a for Confederate slave owner/veteran who lost everything in the Civil War, and a recently freed slave played by Otis Young who makes a living as a bounty hunter.  Both men make a reluctant team together as they head through the West on regular everyday adventures. It still has never been made available on any format--not even on any streaming service, and rarely been rerun on TV top of that. Hopefully, it being currently featured on GetTV might re-stir some interest in getting it released at last---the fact that it was one of the first westerns to feature a black actor as one of the main stars makes it stand out from the usual old-school Western. Otis Young went on to co-star in the '70s classic THE LAST DETAIL, left the film business in the '80s, and became an ordained minister (he passed away in 2001.) Don Murray retired from the biz after a 50-year career in both film and TV (among them the 1956 Marilyn Monroe classic BUS STOP, which he also co-starred in) back in the early '00s, but recently came out of retirement this year to play in the new TWIN PEAKS reboot. Here's an article about the show:

The OUTCASTS, and why it should be released on DVD

Also saw two other Western series I'd never heard of----CIMARRON CITY, a 1958-60 series which I caught while looking for something to watch, and only watched this because it featured a tough-looking young Lee Van Cleef (minus his famous mustache) in his pre-spaghetti Western days---apparently, even in his starting years, he was already being cast in the shady-type dude mold. The other was a show called THE QUEST,a 1976 series starring a real young Kurt Russell and Tim Matheson (whom I've never seen in a Western before) as two brothers traveling through the West trying down their sister, who was kidnapped by Native Americans---in fact,one of the brothers was raised among Native Americans himself, so that gives him a unique approach to life. It was canceled after 15 episodes,though.
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