Showtime Orders Ben Affleck’s ‘City on a Hill’ Starring Kevin Bacon to Series

How about these apples? Showtime has ordered Boston-set drama “City on a Hill” based on an original idea by Ben Affleck straight to series. Affleck and buddy Matt Damon are both executive producers.

The 12-episode Season 1 stars Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Chapman and Jere Shea.

Kevin Dunn of “Veep” is set to recur.

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Created by Chuck MacLean, the new series is set in early 1990s Beantown, which Showtime reminds us was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm. That all changed in what was called the “Boston Miracle.”

In this fictional account according to Showtime, driving that change is assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rhodes (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.

Yeah, we know, it sounds an awful lot like “The Town” for TV — but that’s not a bad thing.

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In addition to MacLean and Pearl Street Films gang — which, of course, includes Jennifer Todd — MacLean, Michael Cuesta and James Mangold will also executive produce. Bacon earns a co-executive producer credit.

Cuesta directed the “City on a Hill” pilot.

“‘City on a Hill’ has the veneer of a classic Boston cops-and-robbers drama, but actually dives head first into challenging the very institutions it depicts,” Showtime President and CEO David Nevins said Thursday in a press release. “In reality, the series is a penetrating look at the larger criminal justice system and those who operate within it, with mesmerizing performances by Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge anchoring the suspense.”

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Showtime’s “City on a Hill” will premiere in 2019.

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How about these apples? Showtime has ordered Boston-set drama “City on a Hill” based on an original idea by Ben Affleck straight to series. Affleck and buddy Matt Damon are both executive producers.

The 12-episode Season 1 stars Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge, Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Chapman and Jere Shea.

Kevin Dunn of “Veep” is set to recur.

Created by Chuck MacLean, the new series is set in early 1990s Beantown, which Showtime reminds us was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm. That all changed in what was called the “Boston Miracle.”

In this fictional account according to Showtime, driving that change is assistant district attorney Decourcy Ward (Hodge), who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, Jackie Rhodes (Bacon). Together, they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to involve, and ultimately subvert, the entire criminal justice system of Boston.

Yeah, we know, it sounds an awful lot like “The Town” for TV — but that’s not a bad thing.

In addition to MacLean and Pearl Street Films gang — which, of course, includes Jennifer Todd — MacLean, Michael Cuesta and James Mangold will also executive produce. Bacon earns a co-executive producer credit.

Cuesta directed the “City on a Hill” pilot.

“‘City on a Hill’ has the veneer of a classic Boston cops-and-robbers drama, but actually dives head first into challenging the very institutions it depicts,” Showtime President and CEO David Nevins said Thursday in a press release. “In reality, the series is a penetrating look at the larger criminal justice system and those who operate within it, with mesmerizing performances by Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge anchoring the suspense.”

Showtime’s “City on a Hill” will premiere in 2019.

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‘Tom vs Time’ Director on Why the Obsession Around Brady and Gisele Is ‘Out of Control’

The world had to wait longer than expected to watch the final episode of Tom Brady’s “Tom vs. Time” series, as production was delayed due to the New England Patriots’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

The finale, that dropped on Facebook Watch Monday, featured the 40-year-old quarterback addressing the 41-33 defeat on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.

“When you think about the game, you think about the loss,” he told director Gotham Chopra. “When you think about the season, you think about the successes. When you think about the year, you think about everything.”

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Chopra had previously postponed the documentary’s swan song so he could film “one final exit interview with our guy before we could figure out what Chapter 6 was truly going to be about,” he said last month.

The wait was worth it, however, as the episode shows the MVP quarterback diving deep into everything from what went through his head in the final seconds of Super Bowl LII (“I thought we were going to win the game”) to that controversial hand injury (“I’m thinking I really don’t know what happened to my thumb, but I know it doesn’t feel good,” Brady said).

TheWrap sat down with Chopra ahead of Super Bowl LII to chat about the incredible inside access he got to football’s first couple.

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TheWrap: Were you surprised about the level of excitement around the series when it debuted last year?
Gotham Chopra: The obsession around Tom and Gisele [Bündchen] in Boston is out of control. I knew what we had, so the buzz wasn’t surprising, but I think the broader reception and response has been interesting. It has been a really great response, and even people outside of the football world who are not fans have said that they all aspire to be the best version of themselves and like to see how this guy has been able to put that together across such a length of time.

I hear all the time things like, “I’m a Steelers fan and I’ve hated the Patriots forever and I hate Tom Brady, but damn do I respect him now after seeing how committed he is.”

Why do you think “Tom vs. Time” makes him seem so much more relatable?
You’re still a human being, you’re still a husband, you’re still a son. What his mum went through last year [battling cancer] and what they’ve endured as family — that’s relatable. Nobody cares if you’re Tom Brady; when your mom is sick, then your mom is sick.

He’s got a 5-year-old daughter. She doesn’t care when he comes home, if he won or lost against the Carolina Panthers — she’s just glad her dad is home, and she wants to go to Build-a-Bear, because that’s what he promised her. That stuff is human and makes his accomplishments over 18 seasons that much more admirable.

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One of the aspects that have made the series a success is your close access to Brady. How did you manage that?
I am not dealing with managers and agents. I am texting with Tom and figuring it out … there’s not this machine around him. There’s no handlers. He is very humble in that way. Here’s this simple guy at the epicenter of the success. It’s been a dream project, a special relationship, and one I feel a lot of responsibility for because he is not just some subject who I got to know. I have to pinch myself occasionally, as I’m still also a fan, having grown up in Boston around the game and the Patriots in particular.

How much were you at the whim of the Patriots’ 2017 season wins and losses in making the series?
As a storyteller, the thing you can’t control is the circumstances as the season goes on. There are ebbs and flows, controversies and come-from-behind wins. Even leading up to the AFC Championship game, I was joking with him that he was doing all the work for me with the thumb thing creating so much drama and conflict. You can’t really script that.

What would have happened if they’d had a losing season? 
It would have, obviously, been different … but prior to the season, Tom had already established himself as the greatest ever, or at least in a very elite category. So I think we would still have told that story. I worked with Kobe Bryant and, in the season that we profiled, he was coming back from an injury and then got injured again. It was not the glorious, amazing ending to his career on the court but there was still a poignancy to it. You figure it out as a storyteller, and these are called “unscripted” series for a reason.

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Is there going to be a Season 2?
Only if something is dramatically different. I think what makes this season special is: 1) He’s not done anything like this before and he’s historically so private, and 2) The circumstances of this past year have been pretty unique. As far as I know, he’s not retiring, so that is not changing. Unless the circumstances are dramatically different or we just came up with a new idea, I wouldn’t want to do Season 2 just “because.”

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What were your thoughts on the incident with the Boston sportscaster who criticized Brady’s daughter, Vivian, after she was on the show?
I was a little bit surprised and a little bit sensitive. I’ve gotten to know his family and kids … and I’m a parent, too. But then I also wasn’t surprised, everything Tom does in the fish bowl of Boston and its Boston radio. It is what it is. I wasn’t surprised at Tom’s response, either. He was instinctively protective on the one hand and then he when he heard the reaction, he was like, “Guys, let’s relax and not get this guy fired.” It was like “Monday” for him; by Tuesday it was something else.

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The world had to wait longer than expected to watch the final episode of Tom Brady’s “Tom vs. Time” series, as production was delayed due to the New England Patriots’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII.

The finale, that dropped on Facebook Watch Monday, featured the 40-year-old quarterback addressing the 41-33 defeat on Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.

“When you think about the game, you think about the loss,” he told director Gotham Chopra. “When you think about the season, you think about the successes. When you think about the year, you think about everything.”

Chopra had previously postponed the documentary’s swan song so he could film “one final exit interview with our guy before we could figure out what Chapter 6 was truly going to be about,” he said last month.

The wait was worth it, however, as the episode shows the MVP quarterback diving deep into everything from what went through his head in the final seconds of Super Bowl LII (“I thought we were going to win the game”) to that controversial hand injury (“I’m thinking I really don’t know what happened to my thumb, but I know it doesn’t feel good,” Brady said).

TheWrap sat down with Chopra ahead of Super Bowl LII to chat about the incredible inside access he got to football’s first couple.

TheWrap: Were you surprised about the level of excitement around the series when it debuted last year?
Gotham Chopra: The obsession around Tom and Gisele [Bündchen] in Boston is out of control. I knew what we had, so the buzz wasn’t surprising, but I think the broader reception and response has been interesting. It has been a really great response, and even people outside of the football world who are not fans have said that they all aspire to be the best version of themselves and like to see how this guy has been able to put that together across such a length of time.

I hear all the time things like, “I’m a Steelers fan and I’ve hated the Patriots forever and I hate Tom Brady, but damn do I respect him now after seeing how committed he is.”

Why do you think “Tom vs. Time” makes him seem so much more relatable?
You’re still a human being, you’re still a husband, you’re still a son. What his mum went through last year [battling cancer] and what they’ve endured as family — that’s relatable. Nobody cares if you’re Tom Brady; when your mom is sick, then your mom is sick.

He’s got a 5-year-old daughter. She doesn’t care when he comes home, if he won or lost against the Carolina Panthers — she’s just glad her dad is home, and she wants to go to Build-a-Bear, because that’s what he promised her. That stuff is human and makes his accomplishments over 18 seasons that much more admirable.

One of the aspects that have made the series a success is your close access to Brady. How did you manage that?
I am not dealing with managers and agents. I am texting with Tom and figuring it out … there’s not this machine around him. There’s no handlers. He is very humble in that way. Here’s this simple guy at the epicenter of the success. It’s been a dream project, a special relationship, and one I feel a lot of responsibility for because he is not just some subject who I got to know. I have to pinch myself occasionally, as I’m still also a fan, having grown up in Boston around the game and the Patriots in particular.

How much were you at the whim of the Patriots’ 2017 season wins and losses in making the series?
As a storyteller, the thing you can’t control is the circumstances as the season goes on. There are ebbs and flows, controversies and come-from-behind wins. Even leading up to the AFC Championship game, I was joking with him that he was doing all the work for me with the thumb thing creating so much drama and conflict. You can’t really script that.

What would have happened if they’d had a losing season? 
It would have, obviously, been different … but prior to the season, Tom had already established himself as the greatest ever, or at least in a very elite category. So I think we would still have told that story. I worked with Kobe Bryant and, in the season that we profiled, he was coming back from an injury and then got injured again. It was not the glorious, amazing ending to his career on the court but there was still a poignancy to it. You figure it out as a storyteller, and these are called “unscripted” series for a reason.

Is there going to be a Season 2?
Only if something is dramatically different. I think what makes this season special is: 1) He’s not done anything like this before and he’s historically so private, and 2) The circumstances of this past year have been pretty unique. As far as I know, he’s not retiring, so that is not changing. Unless the circumstances are dramatically different or we just came up with a new idea, I wouldn’t want to do Season 2 just “because.”

What were your thoughts on the incident with the Boston sportscaster who criticized Brady’s daughter, Vivian, after she was on the show?
I was a little bit surprised and a little bit sensitive. I’ve gotten to know his family and kids … and I’m a parent, too. But then I also wasn’t surprised, everything Tom does in the fish bowl of Boston and its Boston radio. It is what it is. I wasn’t surprised at Tom’s response, either. He was instinctively protective on the one hand and then he when he heard the reaction, he was like, “Guys, let’s relax and not get this guy fired.” It was like “Monday” for him; by Tuesday it was something else.

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Amazon Crushes Q4 Earnings Behind Monster Holiday Season

Wall Street had high expectations for Amazon, and company surpassed them by soaring past revenue and earnings estimates thanks to a massive holiday shopping season.

After markets closed on Wednesday, Amazon reported revenue of $60.5 billion and earnings of $3.75 cents a share for the three months ending on Dec. 31. Analysts had projected $59.83 billion in revenue and earnings of   $1.85 cents a share on average. Amazon had a 38 percent year-over-year increase in sales.

Amazon’s $1.9 billion profit gave the company’s its 11th straight profitable quarter.

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Amazon accounted for nearly half of all online holiday sales, according to GBH Insights.

Shares jumped more than 6 percent in after-hours trading to about $1,475 per share.

CEO Jeff Bezos pointed to the success of Alexa, Amazon’s personal assistant featured in its Echo home speakers, as a key driver.

Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud storage business, was also a big winner for the company, pulling in $5.11 billion in quarterly revenue.

“Our 2017 projections for Alexa were very optimistic, and we far exceeded them. We don’t see positive surprises of this magnitude very often — expect us to double down,” said Bezos in a statement. “We’ve reached an important point where other companies and developers are accelerating adoption of Alexa. There are now over 30,000 skills from outside developers, customers can control more than 4,000 smart home devices from 1,200 unique brands with Alexa, and we’re seeing strong response to our new far-field voice kit for manufacturers.”

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The company pointed out 50 “highlights,” including hiring 130,000 workers in 2017. Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot were the best-selling products for the year, and Amazon’s 11-game Thursday Night Football package averaged 1.67 million viewers each week.

Amazon has not released its number of Prime members, but said more people signed up for the service in 2017 than before.

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Amazon Studios’ “The Big Sick” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2018, Amazon Studios is moving from indie projects to big-budget movies that appeal to a wider audience. This was evident at the Sundance Film Festival, where Amazon bid on several films, but ultimately walked away empty handed. The company did land the rights to a multi-season “Lord of the Rings” series during Q4, which Amazon hopes will entice consumers to buy Prime memberships.

Amazon has also turned its search for “HQ2” into a tech game show of sorts, narrowing its list down to 20 North American cities last month. The winning location will land up to 50,000 new jobs and a $5 billion cash infusion.

Earlier this week, Amazon partnered with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to create an unnamed health care company for its workers that’s “free from profit-making incentives and constraints.” The move immediately cut into the market cap of biggest healthcare companies.

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Before the call, Wall Street had big expectations for the company, with shares trading near its all-time high of $1,430 — nearly 30 percent higher since its last earnings call.

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Wall Street had high expectations for Amazon, and company surpassed them by soaring past revenue and earnings estimates thanks to a massive holiday shopping season.

After markets closed on Wednesday, Amazon reported revenue of $60.5 billion and earnings of $3.75 cents a share for the three months ending on Dec. 31. Analysts had projected $59.83 billion in revenue and earnings of   $1.85 cents a share on average. Amazon had a 38 percent year-over-year increase in sales.

Amazon’s $1.9 billion profit gave the company’s its 11th straight profitable quarter.

Amazon accounted for nearly half of all online holiday sales, according to GBH Insights.

Shares jumped more than 6 percent in after-hours trading to about $1,475 per share.

CEO Jeff Bezos pointed to the success of Alexa, Amazon’s personal assistant featured in its Echo home speakers, as a key driver.

Amazon Web Services, the company’s cloud storage business, was also a big winner for the company, pulling in $5.11 billion in quarterly revenue.

“Our 2017 projections for Alexa were very optimistic, and we far exceeded them. We don’t see positive surprises of this magnitude very often — expect us to double down,” said Bezos in a statement. “We’ve reached an important point where other companies and developers are accelerating adoption of Alexa. There are now over 30,000 skills from outside developers, customers can control more than 4,000 smart home devices from 1,200 unique brands with Alexa, and we’re seeing strong response to our new far-field voice kit for manufacturers.”

The company pointed out 50 “highlights,” including hiring 130,000 workers in 2017. Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot were the best-selling products for the year, and Amazon’s 11-game Thursday Night Football package averaged 1.67 million viewers each week.

Amazon has not released its number of Prime members, but said more people signed up for the service in 2017 than before.

Amazon Studios’ “The Big Sick” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2018, Amazon Studios is moving from indie projects to big-budget movies that appeal to a wider audience. This was evident at the Sundance Film Festival, where Amazon bid on several films, but ultimately walked away empty handed. The company did land the rights to a multi-season “Lord of the Rings” series during Q4, which Amazon hopes will entice consumers to buy Prime memberships.

Amazon has also turned its search for “HQ2” into a tech game show of sorts, narrowing its list down to 20 North American cities last month. The winning location will land up to 50,000 new jobs and a $5 billion cash infusion.

Earlier this week, Amazon partnered with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to create an unnamed health care company for its workers that’s “free from profit-making incentives and constraints.” The move immediately cut into the market cap of biggest healthcare companies.

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Tom Brady Doesn’t Want Radio Host Fired for Derogatory Comment About His Daughter

Tom Brady showed his human side on Monday at Super Bowl LII Opening Night when asked about the radio host who was suspended for calling the quarterback’s five-year-old daughter, “annoying little pissant.”

When questioned on the fallout following WEEI host Alex Reimer’s derogatory comments, Brady said: “We all have careers and make mistakes. I’d hate for someone to have to change their life over something like that. That was certainly not what he intended,” ESPN reported.

The five-time Super Bowl champion who is striving for his sixth ring on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles went on to say: “I just thought it was not very appropriate … Look, I think we all go through our life and sometimes we say things we shouldn’t say or make mistakes, and that happens. I can express it and you move on.”

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Reimer’s comment about Vivian, Brady’s daughter with supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen, came after the Boston radio host watched the Facebook Watch series “Tom vs. Time.”

Earlier on Monday, 40-year-old Brady cut short a regularly planned interview on WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan Show” after sharing his disappointment with their colleague. “My daughter, or any child, they certainly don’t deserve that,” he said.

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Reimer sometimes appears on the “Kirk & Callahan Show,” but made the disparaging remark on a different show last week.

Later Monday night surrounded by media at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Brady told reporters:  “I certainly hope the guy is not fired … I just know everybody is real protective of their kids. I never stayed away from criticism. I understand that criticism is part of sports. But I certainly don’t think that my children or anybody else’s children deserve to be in that. And that’s what I said.”

Brady and the Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET, airing live from the U.S. Bank Stadium on NBC.

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Tom Brady showed his human side on Monday at Super Bowl LII Opening Night when asked about the radio host who was suspended for calling the quarterback’s five-year-old daughter, “annoying little pissant.”

When questioned on the fallout following WEEI host Alex Reimer’s derogatory comments, Brady said: “We all have careers and make mistakes. I’d hate for someone to have to change their life over something like that. That was certainly not what he intended,” ESPN reported.

The five-time Super Bowl champion who is striving for his sixth ring on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles went on to say: “I just thought it was not very appropriate … Look, I think we all go through our life and sometimes we say things we shouldn’t say or make mistakes, and that happens. I can express it and you move on.”

Reimer’s comment about Vivian, Brady’s daughter with supermodel wife Gisele Bündchen, came after the Boston radio host watched the Facebook Watch series “Tom vs. Time.”

Earlier on Monday, 40-year-old Brady cut short a regularly planned interview on WEEI’s “Kirk & Callahan Show” after sharing his disappointment with their colleague. “My daughter, or any child, they certainly don’t deserve that,” he said.

Reimer sometimes appears on the “Kirk & Callahan Show,” but made the disparaging remark on a different show last week.

Later Monday night surrounded by media at the Xcel Energy Center in Minneapolis, Brady told reporters:  “I certainly hope the guy is not fired … I just know everybody is real protective of their kids. I never stayed away from criticism. I understand that criticism is part of sports. But I certainly don’t think that my children or anybody else’s children deserve to be in that. And that’s what I said.”

Brady and the Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET, airing live from the U.S. Bank Stadium on NBC.

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‘RoboCop’ Director Jose Padilha to Develop ‘Master Thieves’ at Sony

“RoboCop” director Jose Padilha is coming on board to develop “Master Thieves” as a possible feature film at Sony, TheWrap has learned.

Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl are producing.

David Beaubaire is overseeing the development for the studio. The screenplay is written by Wayne Lemon.

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“Master Thieves” is based on the true story of the 1990 Isabel Gardner Museum Heist in Boston.  It’s the single biggest property theft in the history of the United States. Over $500M worth of art was stolen and it remains one of the more celebrated unsolved mysteries. The art has never been recovered and the identities of the thieves has never been discovered.

Padilha’s next project, “Seven Days in Entebbe,” comes out in March for Focus. The trailer for the film was released yesterday.

Padilha is represented by CAA and Anonymous Content.

Lemon is represented by WME.

Sony had no comment.

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“RoboCop” director Jose Padilha is coming on board to develop “Master Thieves” as a possible feature film at Sony, TheWrap has learned.

Matt Tolmach and David Manpearl are producing.

David Beaubaire is overseeing the development for the studio. The screenplay is written by Wayne Lemon.

“Master Thieves” is based on the true story of the 1990 Isabel Gardner Museum Heist in Boston.  It’s the single biggest property theft in the history of the United States. Over $500M worth of art was stolen and it remains one of the more celebrated unsolved mysteries. The art has never been recovered and the identities of the thieves has never been discovered.

Padilha’s next project, “Seven Days in Entebbe,” comes out in March for Focus. The trailer for the film was released yesterday.

Padilha is represented by CAA and Anonymous Content.

Lemon is represented by WME.

Sony had no comment.

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Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge to Star in Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s ‘City on a Hill’ Showtime Pilot

Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge are set to star on Showtime’s drama pilot, “City on a Hill,” which hails from Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd.

“City on a Hill” is written and executive produced by Chuck MacLean, and directed and executive produced by Michael Cuesta. James Mangold also gets an executive producer credit, while Bacon will serve as co-executive producer.

“Kevin Bacon radiates intelligence and mystery with every role he plays,” Showtime president and CEO David Nevins said in a release to the media. “He is a gifted, mesmerizing actor who will be the perfect partner and foil to Aldis Hodge, one of Hollywood’s rising talents and someone primed to stand at the center of this powerful drama.”

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Here’s the official “City on a Hill” description, per Showtime:

In the early 90s, Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, and then it all suddenly changed. “City on a Hill” is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” The change agent is District Attorney “Decourcy Ward” (Hodge) who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, “Jackie Rhodes” (Bacon), who is deeply invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s city-wide criminal justice system.

Production will begin in Boston later this year.

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Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge are set to star on Showtime’s drama pilot, “City on a Hill,” which hails from Ben Affleck, Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd.

“City on a Hill” is written and executive produced by Chuck MacLean, and directed and executive produced by Michael Cuesta. James Mangold also gets an executive producer credit, while Bacon will serve as co-executive producer.

“Kevin Bacon radiates intelligence and mystery with every role he plays,” Showtime president and CEO David Nevins said in a release to the media. “He is a gifted, mesmerizing actor who will be the perfect partner and foil to Aldis Hodge, one of Hollywood’s rising talents and someone primed to stand at the center of this powerful drama.”

Here’s the official “City on a Hill” description, per Showtime:

In the early 90s, Boston was rife with violent criminals emboldened by local law enforcement agencies in which corruption and racism was the norm, and then it all suddenly changed. “City on a Hill” is a fictional account of what was called the “Boston Miracle.” The change agent is District Attorney “Decourcy Ward” (Hodge) who comes from Brooklyn and forms an unlikely alliance with a corrupt yet venerated FBI veteran, “Jackie Rhodes” (Bacon), who is deeply invested in maintaining the status quo. Together they take on a family of armored car robbers from Charlestown in a case that grows to encompass and eventually upend Boston’s city-wide criminal justice system.

Production will begin in Boston later this year.

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Boston Celtics Forward Gordon Hayward’s Horrific Ankle Injury Sparks Sympathy From Sports World

Just over five minutes into his debut with the Boston Celtics, Gordon Hayward suffered a devastating ankle injury live on national TV Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old small forward collided with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James while going up for an alley-oop pass, and landed awkwardly on his left leg.

As Celtics and Cavaliers players alike rushed to his aid, it was clear to viewers watching the opening game of the 2017 NBA season on TNT that this was a serious, agonizing injury.

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It was later announced by Celtics coach Brad Stevens that Hayward had dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia. He will now be flown back to Boston from Cleveland for medical treatment and will likely have surgery on Wednesday.

Despite playing on the opposing team, James went into the Celtics’ locker room to check on Hayward after the injury, according to ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst.

LeBron James just went into Cavs locker room where Gordon Hayward is receiving medical attention

— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) October 18, 2017

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Soon sports starts both around the national basketball league and across other sports expressed their sympathy and remorse after seeing the former Utah Jazz player writhing in pain.

“Can’t even put into words … Feeling for you man. Absolutely gut wrenching,” Houston Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt tweeted, just over a week after his NFL season ended due to a broken leg.

Can’t even put into words.
Gordon Hayward.
Feeling for you man.
Absolutely gut wrenching.

— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) October 18, 2017

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“God bless you bro @gordonhayward! help him thru this god!” NBA All-Star Paul George said.

God bless you bro @gordonhayward ! ???????? help him thru this god!

— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) October 18, 2017

The Cavaliers went on to beat the Celtics in a nail-biting game by 102-99.

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See more tweets below.

???????????????? For @gordonhayward. Come back stronger!

— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) October 18, 2017

#PrayforGordonHayward

— Paul George (@Yg_Trece) October 18, 2017

JUST AWFUL: First quarter of first game as a Celtic, Gordon Hayward falls awkwardly on alley-oop, looks like badly hurts knee.

— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) October 18, 2017

“You hurt for him,” Brad Stevens says of Gordon Hayward. “I really feel for him.”

— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 18, 2017

Feel for ya @gordonhayward ???????????????????????? First series, first game 2010…missed entire season, but haven’t missed a game since. pic.twitter.com/gTfjdtlGs3

— Connor Barwin (@ConnorBarwin98) October 18, 2017

Nba players in tears or near tears. Gordon Hayward foot broken. I can’t watch the replay. my kids ran out of the room at my reaction

— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) October 18, 2017

Never want to see that man!#thoughtsandprayers

— Zach LaVine (@ZachLaVine) October 18, 2017

The emotion was evident as the Celtics gathered together following Gordon Hayward’s injury pic.twitter.com/z7MklZKxTK

— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) October 18, 2017

Praying for my guy @gordonhayward!!! NEVER want to see any of the guys go through anything like that.

— DeAndre Jordan (@DeAndre) October 18, 2017

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Just over five minutes into his debut with the Boston Celtics, Gordon Hayward suffered a devastating ankle injury live on national TV Tuesday night.

The 27-year-old small forward collided with Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James while going up for an alley-oop pass, and landed awkwardly on his left leg.

As Celtics and Cavaliers players alike rushed to his aid, it was clear to viewers watching the opening game of the 2017 NBA season on TNT that this was a serious, agonizing injury.

It was later announced by Celtics coach Brad Stevens that Hayward had dislocated his ankle and fractured his tibia. He will now be flown back to Boston from Cleveland for medical treatment and will likely have surgery on Wednesday.

Despite playing on the opposing team, James went into the Celtics’ locker room to check on Hayward after the injury, according to ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst.

Soon sports starts both around the national basketball league and across other sports expressed their sympathy and remorse after seeing the former Utah Jazz player writhing in pain.

“Can’t even put into words … Feeling for you man. Absolutely gut wrenching,” Houston Texans defensive lineman JJ Watt tweeted, just over a week after his NFL season ended due to a broken leg.

“God bless you bro @gordonhayward! help him thru this god!” NBA All-Star Paul George said.

The Cavaliers went on to beat the Celtics in a nail-biting game by 102-99.

See more tweets below.

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