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Porn Again: How 'The Deuce' Nails Seventies Skin-Flick Sleaze

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Times Square, 1971: The sleaziest cesspool in New York City is about to get sleazier. All around 42nd Street – known as "the Deuce" – the streets are full of pimps and hookers, XXX theaters and drug dealers, cops and johns and gangsters. The obscenity laws are relaxing, opening the way for the porn business to expand into the mainstream – massage parlors, private booths, sex shops. The cops let it all happen, as long as they keep getting their cut of the money. Everybody here is a tough crowd, because everybody's got a tough story. »

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James Corden Regrets Kissing Sean Spicer at Emmys 2017

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James Corden received backlash after the Emmy Awards when Variety posted an Instagram picture of Corden joke-kissing former White House press secretary Sean Spicer. Social media users expressed overwhelming disappointment with the host. Some people commented on the picture that they felt Corden was "normalizing fascism."

On Monday night, Corden responded to the controversy in a self-deprecating monologue. "I just want to say, I think people are forgetting that this man lied to the American people, and should not be embraced," Corden said as the incriminating picture of him and Spicer was revealed. »

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Bill Skarsgard on 'Really, Really Disturbing' Flashback Scene Cut from 'It'

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Bill Skarsgård revealed in a new interview that the recently released remake of Stephen King's It, for all its box-office success and nostalgic terror, originally included a scene that even he considered "disturbing."

"There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise]," he explained on an episode of Variety's Playback podcast. "The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I'm not the clown. I look more like myself. It's very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from. »

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Rob Sheffield on Emmys 2017: The Good, the Bad and the Sean Spicer Suck-Up

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"This is TV's highest honor – us celebrating us," Stephen Colbert announced at the start of the 2017 Emmy Awards. "Tonight, we binge ourselves." It was a joke about smug self-congratulation probably intended to sound more ironic than it did. The Emmy ceremony, as always, was a night of the television world celebrating itself as the best Western civilization has to offer, not to mention an all-around swell bunch of people. The ego in the room was a marvel to behold – even when Seth MacFarlane wasn't onscreen. Colbert did his best with his Trump gags, »

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John Oliver, Dave Chappelle Make 'DCPublicSchools' Go Viral at Emmys 2017

18 September 2017 9:59 AM, PDT

John Oliver and Dave Chappelle used their collective social media influence for good Sunday night by making the hashtag "#DCPublicSchools" go viral at the 2017 Emmys.

The movement began when Chappelle first took the stage with Melissa McCarthy to present the award for Best Director for a Comedy Series. The comedian started out off-script and managed to give a nod to Washington, D.C. Public Schools in the process.

"If you haven't heard, we are both Emmy winners this year," he began, in reference to McCarthy. "That's right, and it is an »

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'Singles' at 25: Cameron Crowe on Making the Definitive Grunge Movie

18 September 2017 8:50 AM, PDT

By the time Cameron Crowe made Singles in 1992, the 35-year-old director was already a decade into his career's second act. A former journalist for Rolling Stone, he'd pivoted towards the movies after adapting his book about going undercover at a Los Angeles high school – Fast Times at Ridgemont High – for the screen in 1982. And his directorial debut, Say Anything... (1989), proved that he had a knack for capturing teen spirit.

Crowe, however, wanted his audience to grow up with him, so for his follow-up movie, he turned his attention to twentysomethings. »

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Jackie Hoffman Riffs on Emmys Loss to Laura Dern: 'Damn It!'

18 September 2017 8:29 AM, PDT

Jackie Hoffman had quite the visceral reaction to losing out to Big Little LiesLaura Dern at the 2017 Emmys Sunday evening.

Instead of the standard polite smile and applause, Hoffman was spotted yelling "Damn it, damn it" and hitting the chair in front of her after Riz Ahmed announced Dern the winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama or Limited Series.

Best moment of the #Emmys so far: Jackie Hoffman yelling "dammit!!" when she lost to Laura Dern pic.twitter.com/euCWaRFsAy

— Adam Feldman (@FeldmanAdam) September 18, 2017

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Emmys 2017: 'The Handmaid's Tale,' 'SNL' Clean Up at Politically Charged Event

17 September 2017 9:07 PM, PDT

The Handmaid's TaleSaturday Night Live and Veep cleaned up at the 2017 Emmy Awards, befitting a three-hour ceremony that simmered with political outrage and proffered television as a haven for diversity, equality and opportunity – and perhaps an escape as well.

Host Stephen Colbert opened the show with a monologue packed with Trump burns, focusing specifically on the president's obsession with the Emmys and the fact that his long-running reality show, The Apprentice, never won. At the end of his speech, he introduced Trump's former Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, who rolled »

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Emmys 2017: The Complete Winners List

17 September 2017 8:00 PM, PDT

Outstanding Drama Series

The Handmaid’s Tale

Better Call Saul

The Crown

House of Cards

Stranger Things

This Is Us


Outstanding Comedy Series




Master of None

Modern Family

Silicon Valley

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Limited Series

Big Little Lies


Feud: Bette and Joan

The Night Of


Outstanding Television Movie

Black Mirror: San Junipero

Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Sherlock: The Lying Detective (Masterpiece)

The Wizard of Lies

Outstanding Lead Actor in »

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Watch Lena Waithe's Inspiring Emmys 2017 Speech for 'Master of None'

17 September 2017 7:16 PM, PDT

Master of None's Lena Waithe delivered an emphatic and empowering message to her "Lgbtqia family" after winning the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series with the show's co-creator, Aziz Ansari. The win notably made Waithe the first black woman to win the Emmy for Best Writing in a Comedy Series.

"I see each and every one of you," Waithe said during her acceptance speech. "The things that make us different – those are our superpowers. Every day when you walk out the door and put on your imaginary »

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'The Deuce' Recap: Skin in the Game

17 September 2017 7:00 PM, PDT

As a title for this week's episode of The Deuce, "Show and Prove" is a tough one to beat. Within its dirty world of 1971 Times Square, the phrase refers to the NYPD's demand for sex workers to produce paperwork proving they've already been arrested within the past 48 hours. This allows them a reprieve from the current night's "ho patrol" bust – a crime-stopping tactic so familiar that the police and prostitutes all order Chinese takeout and eat it in the precinct house's courtyard together.

But it's also an apt description of »

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Watch Stephen Colbert Recruit Sean Spicer for Emmys 2017 Monologue

17 September 2017 6:01 PM, PDT

Stephen Colbert recruited former White House press secretary Sean Spicer during the hilarious 2017 Emmy Awards opening monologue. "This will be the largest audience to witness an Emmys, period – both in person and around the world," a grinning Spicer, who rode in on a mobile podium, told the audience, poking fun of his outlandish press briefing claim that President Trump's inauguration crowd was the biggest in history. Spicer's Saturday Night Live impersonator Melissa McCarthy was among the many celebs in the audience seen gasping in shock in reaction to his unannounced cameo. »

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