Maggie Gyllenhaal on ‘The Kindergarten Teacher’, ‘The Deuce’ & Not Starring in Her Elena Ferrante Adaptation

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‘The Deuce’: David Krumholtz, Daniel Sauli, Sepidah Moafi & Olivia Luccardi Upped To Series Regulars On HBO Drama

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David Krumholtz, Daniel Sauli, Sepidah Moafi and Olivia Luccardi, who have recurred since season 1 of The Deuce, have been promoted to series regulars for the upcoming third and final season of the HBO drama.
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HBO Lands David Simon’s Fascism Drama ‘The Plot Against America’

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Though David Simon’s “The Deuce” is set to wrap up its third season next year, HBO is staying business with the former “Wire” creator.

The pay cable network has given a production commitment to Simon’s adaptation of the Philip Roth book, “The Plot Against America,” which will be a six-part miniseries.

Based on Roth’s 2004 book, the series imagines an alternate American history told through the eyes of a working-class Jewish family in New Jersey, as they watch the political rise of Charles Lindbergh, an aviator-hero and xenophobic populist, who becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism. In the novel, Lindbergh defeats Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1940 presidential election, with the story based on his own isolationist ideas from Lindbergh’s days as a spokesman for the America First Committee.

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Simon and Ed Burns will serve as writers and executive producers. Joe Roth, Nina Noble, Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Susan Goldberg, Jeff Kirschenbaum, and Philip Roth will executive produce, with Dennis Stratton co-executive producing.

Simon has been a key fixture at HBO for the better part of the 21st century. His critically-acclaimed drama “The Wire” ran for five seasons between 2002 and 2008, and his follow-up, the New Orleans-set “Treme,” aired for three seasons between 2010 and 2013. Simon co-created “The Deuce” with George Pelecanos, which tracks the rise of the porn industry in 1970s New York. That series just finished its second season on Sunday and will conclude next year.

The upcoming miniseries also comes as Amazon just premiered the third season of “The Man in the High Castle,” a similarly-themed drama based on Philip K. Dick’s novel of the same name, which imagines a world where the Axis powers won World War II.

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HBO Renews David Simon’s ‘The Deuce’ for Third and Final Season

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HBO has renewed its David Simon-helmed drama, “The Deuce” for a third and final season.

Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, “The Deuce” follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York’s Times Square from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed there until the rise of HIV, the violence of the cocaine epidemic and the renewed real estate market all ended the bawdy turbulence.

The second season of the drama premiered on Sept. 9.

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“The Deuce” is from Simon and co-creator George Pelecanos. Franco, Nina Noble and Richard Price are executive producers, with Gyllenhaal and Marc Henry Johnson as producers.

Simon, who also created HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme” has a habit of wrapping up his series quickly. “The Wire” ran for five seasons, with the fifth getting a shorter run, while the New Orleans-based “Treme” had just 36 episodes over four seasons.

On Twitter, Simon thanked HBO for “the third and final season renewal and the chance for #thedeuce to tell its full story.”

We’re always conjuring the last scene before we write the first. 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. pic.twitter.com/B1cOuady1X

— David Simon (@AoDespair) September 20, 2018

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‘The Deuce’ Creator Slams Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey as ‘F—bonnet for Our Time’

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David Simon isn’t done with Jack Dorsey just yet. “The Deuce” creator sounded off on Twitter’s chief exec on Wednesday, calling Dorsey a “f—bonnet for our time” in a lengthy, acid-tongued blog post.

Simon is still riled up after being slapped with a two-week suspension earlier this year for saying Dorsey should “die of boils” — and believes Twitter’s handling of his account crystallizes the platform’s love of censorship. Simon said Dorsey’s “s–itsquib, basement-dwelling minions” pressured him to delete his “boils” tweet, and when Simon refused, decided to stealthily remove the tweet for him.

“That’s right, you took it down yourself, quietly, secretly — and all the while kept pretending that until I did so you couldn’t possibly return me to your platform,” Simon wrote.  “You gutless, cheese-eating, back-dooring f—bonnet.”

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Simon continued: “Imagine my amusement to revisit my rusting hulk of thread on the old Twitter battleground and see that I have been studiously denying every one of your entreaties for me to remove this savage affront to personhood of Jack Dorsey, only to discover that no, Twitter and Jack Dorsey could bear it no longer.”

Twitter, commenting to TheWrap, pushed back against Simon’s claims, saying it doesn’t delete tweets.

“When we determine that a tweet violated the Twitter Rules, we require the violator to delete it before they can Tweet again,” a Twitter spokesperson told TheWrap. “We send an email notification to the violator identifying the tweet(s) in violation and which policies have been violated. They will then need to go through the process of deleting the violating Tweet or appealing our review if they believe we made an error.”

Simon’s blog comes after Dorsey has already gone through months of criticism for how Twitter polices its platform. Many have questioned whether the company shadow-bans prominent conservatives —  a claim Dorsey has adamantly denied — while Twitter was also skewered by left-leaning pundits for not joining Facebook, Apple and Google in banning conspiracy theorist Alex Jones last month. Twitter ultimately booted Jones last week for “abusive behavior.”

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“The Wire” creator pointed to the “filth” on Twitter — white supremacists, Nazis, the “professional ideological trolls” — and acknowledged the difficulty in making the platform more appealing. But Twitter’s muddled rules, coupled with its inability to enforce them consistently, makes it a laughingstock, according to Simon.

Simon included his two-step “correct response”  to dealing with racists: 1) “tell the f—-r he’s a piece of s–t” and 2) “block him.”

“You suck, Jack,” Simon added. “Seriously. Having had your platform misused against democratic ideals, you’ve now, amid political pressure, embraced censorship as a means to a quick and simple end. But of course as is always the case with censorship, you’ve done so incompetently and without regard to the ethical cost and inevitable blowback. You’ve butchered it. Badly.”

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Seeks Directing Debut With Italian Novel Adaptation (Exclusive Video)

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HBO ‘Felt Comfortable’ Proceeding With ‘The Deuce’ After Reviewing James Franco Accusations

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HBO “felt comfortable” proceeding with a second season of “The Deuce” after reviewing the accusations of sexual misconduct against James Franco and consulting with the show’s cast and crew, programming boss Casey Bloys said Wednesday.

“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 pointed to the network’s decision to cut ties with Russell Simmons and Mark Halperin — who faced accusations of rape and sexual harassment, respectively — as evidence of the network’s willingness to take action against troublesome behavior, but said the network did not see fit to end its relationship with Franco after reviewing the accusations against him.

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Franco was accused of inappropriate conduct by five women, including multiple former students of his Studio 4 acting school, in a Los Angeles Times report in January. The women said Franco took advantage of their willingness to learn from an experienced actor to manipulate them into sexually exploitative situations.

In an interview after the report was published, Franco said some of the accusations being made against him were “not accurate,” adding that he supports victims of abuse speaking out and hoped not to “shut them down in any way.”

The network, which had already renewed “The Deuce” prior to the accusations becoming public, said later that it would not affect Franco’s involvement on the second season.

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Bloys declined to comment the network’s decision to enlist Joss Whedon, who was accused of manipulative behavior by an ex-wife, for an upcoming sci-fi series, saying that he would not speak to the writer-producer’s personal life.

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