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Just about every part of The Deuce, HBO’s new flagship drama that premiered this weekend, has the feel of an Oscar-level movie. Between a star-studded cast headlined by James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the lightning-sharp dialogue typical of David Simon and George Pelecanos, and the massive-scale recreation of the scumminess of 1971 Times Square,  The Deuce has a cinematic vibe from top to bottom. Simon and Pelecanos, who previously teamed together on HBO’s Tremé and...
Ethan Hawke has been, he tells me, “pushed into a state of melancholy far more intense than it probably should be.” It’s a sunny January afternoon in Boerum Hill, four days following winter storm Jonas, and Hawke is mourning Nina, his black and white border collie—named after Nina Simone—who died one day before the blizzard. “You know, powerful good friendships with human beings are complicated; they can be treacherous as well as benevolent but...
No matter what you think of prolific writer/actor/director/student/Instagrammer James Franco, it’s impossible to deny that the projects he works on are always ambitious and frequently fascinating. Franco’s latest is no exception: The Color of Time—which Franco produced and which stars Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain, Zach Braff, and Franco himself—is a film both written and directed in a collaborative effort by 12 NYU grad students who were taught by Franco. The film, shot on location...
If you weren't able to get tickets to BAM's screening of Do the Right Thing on Sunday, well, that's too bad! But there is something else that you can do, something culturally relevant, and that is go see the undeniably legendary Patti Smith and the undeniably ubiquitous James Franco read poetry on Fort Tilden beach.  As part of Rockaway!, a (totally free!) public arts initiative put together by the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy (JBRPC), Smith and Franco...

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