the deuce trailer

James Franco seems to be continuing the trend of Hollywood actors making a splash on the small screen by playing double with his role as two brothers in The Deuce, HBO’s upcoming TV series from The Wire and Treme creator David Simon.

Franco is joined by Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal in the prestige drama series about possibly one of the least prestigious (but oh so tantalizing) topics: the porn industry. Deuce chronicles the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York and how the famous porn film Deep Throat came to be.

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The Deuce trailer

Move over, Ewan McGregor on Fargo: you’re not the only major Hollywood actor who’s playing twins on a prestige TV show this year. James Franco will be joining you this fall in The Deuce, a new HBO series from The Wire alums David Simon and George Pelecanos that’s set on the grimy streets of 1970s New York City and tracks the legalization and rise of the porn industry in Times Square.

Watch the first The Deuce trailer below, and get a sense of the stylized world we’re about to enter when the show premieres later this fall.
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The Deuce photos

David Simon‘s (The Wire) new HBO seriesThe Deuce, shows the rise of the porn industry in the 1970s. There to experience its beginning? Twins played by James Franco (The Disaster Artist), who not only played two roles but directed two episodes. He stars what Simon calls a “story about human beings and “a critique of market capitalism.”

Below, check out The Deuce photos.

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james franco porn show

The Deuce sounds like a dare gone horribly right. Here is a television series created by the great David Simon of The Wire fame, starring the never-not-fascinating James Franco, and set in the in the New York City porn scene during the ’70s. It’s like HBO said to Simon “Go ahead and pitch us anything!” and he called their bluff.

Because the TV gods are apparently real, The Deuce has been given a series order by HBO, which means this strange combination of talent and subject matter will eventually be something you can witness with your own two eyes.

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Show Me a Hero trailer

After delivering the acclaimed HBO series The Wire, David Simon is headed back to the cable network with the six-part miniseries Show Me a Hero.

Set in Yonkers, New York in the 1960s, the story follows the struggles of a young mayor (Oscar Isaac) trying to balance politics and justice. There’s quite the cast on display in the latest trailer for the miniseries, including Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and Winona Ryder. Looks like another future Emmy nominee for HBO. Watch the Show Me a Hero trailer below! Read More »

Show Me a Hero

On the cusp of his biggest movie role yet, Oscar Isaac is making his first major foray into television. Isaac stars in Show Me a Hero, a new miniseries by The Wire creator David Simon and Crash director Paul Haggis, as real-life Yonkers, New York mayor Nick Wasicsko.

When a federal court demands that the city build low-income housing units within the city’s wealthier white neighborhoods, the city threatens to tear itself apart, and destroy Nick in the process. Catherine KeenerAlfred MolinaWinona RyderLaTanya Richardson-JacksonBob Balaban, and Jim Belushi also star. Watch the Show Me a Hero trailer after the jump. Read More »

new David Simon show

Few creative voices out in the world inspire as much confidence as David Simon. The creator of The Wire, as well as Homicide, Generation Kill and Treme, is the king of making detailed, character based genre television that’s incredibly challenging to viewers. Because of that, most of the time the work isn’t appreciated as it airs, if at all. Still, there’s no denying his skill and HBO continues to work with him. His latest show, Show Me A Hero, will air in August and now he’s looking for a subsequent project. That project might be called The Deuce, a story about the world of sex and pornography in 1970s New York. Read about the new David Simon show below. Read More »

oscar-isaac

When Oscar Isaac was cast in The Wire creator David Simon‘s limited series Show Me a Hero, plenty of people knew he was a great talent, and there was plenty reason to be interested in a series that drew the two together. Now, however, we’ve all seen Isaac in Ex Machina, not to mention the trailers and photos from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So it’s a great time for new info on the HBO series, however brief it may be. The Show Me a Hero premiere has been announced for August, and we’ve got a bit more info below. Read More »

President Obama The Wire

A Presidential conversation with a TV creator admittedly is on the borderline of this site’s focus. But when that TV creator is David Simon, the man primarily responsible for arguably the best TV show ever, The Wire, and he’s talking about issues in that show with the sitting President of the United States, that’s something more. That’s historic and something anyone who is a fan of The Wire would be interested in seeing. Watch the President Obama The Wire video below. Read More »

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The Wire aspect ratio

We started to get bent out of shape earlier this week when HBO announced that the aspect ratio of The Wire HD remasters would be set at 16:9 rather than the original 4:3 broadcast ratio. Series creator David Simon quickly weighed in to provide a great deal of information on the remaster process, and we learned that in most cases these remasters would be using more information from the original camera negative, rather than cropping information from the top and/or bottom of the original presentation.

The gif above shows the basic result of this process, thanks to a couple example videos Simon has provided on his own site. Below, we’ve got a couple more examples, and some larger images you can check out to see the differences between the show’s original presentation and the new HD remasters. Read More »