The Thrilling Finale of ‘The Deuce’ Will Tell Us Which Men Will Continue Successfully Exploiting Women

World Series Game #5 on Fox at 8:00pm ET. The series is all tied up so far, anyone with strong feelings about whether or not they’ll get to a Game 7 this year?

The Deuce on HBO at 9:00pm ET. 75 minute first season finale. I’ve been watching this and enjoying it, but I think it’s suffering a bit from a lack of central conflict. Each character’s story has conflict in it, but there’s not really any kind of a main motivating force driving the story forward so it’s hard to feel like you need to watch right away each week to see what happens. At least that’s how I feel. Maybe some of you really are on the edge of your seat to see if Candy/Eileen will continue to grow in her new porn work or if Fuck-Up Franco will fuck up this week and cause problems for his brother Morally Conflicted Franco, even though he seems to have miraculously stopped fucking up since the series started.

Ray Donovan on Showtime at 9:00pm ET. Fifth season finale.

The Walking Dead on AMC at 9:00pm ET.

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO at 11:17pm ET. I feel like this might be an extra-enjoyable night to watch.


The Case That’s Going to be At the Center of HBO’s ‘The Deuce’

Since starting HBO’s The Deuce, it’s been clear that the show is going to handle the development of legal porn in America. And that it’s taking place sometime in the 1970s. But I wasn’t sure what the legal provenance of the breakthrough actually was. I knew a bit about the Comstock laws, but those were struck down in 1957, so that clearly wasn’t going to be a factor. So I started paying attention to some other context clues about the time period, and last episode’s references to Muskie and Lindsey as still being in the race. This puts us in early 1972, as both of them had dropped out by the end of April. So, was there a big obscenity case sometime around 1972 that had far reaching effects on the production of pornography? You bet your ass there was!

Miller v. California actually started in 1971, when Marvin Miller was arrested for advertising pornography in a sales brochure, with graphic images, that was mailed to a restaurant in Newport Beach. The owner and his mother opened the brochure and promptly phoned the police. Miller was convicted. He appealed on the basis that the jury was not instructed on the proper standard for obscenity, that materials must be «utterly without redeeming social value,» and that there needed to be a national standard for obscenity. This argument was rejected. Miller then filed an appeal with the California Court of Appeals for the Third District, which declined the case, and then appealed to the Supreme Court for certiorari. In January 1972 oral arguments were heard at the Supreme Court.

The fight at the Supreme Court was particularly tough, and the case was reargued in October 1972. The decision didn’t actually come down until June 1973. The Court did end up upholding that obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment, but set standards for the states to regulate obscene materials. These standards include the «three prong test» (phrasing) with the last provision in particular being known as the «SLAPS» test (are we not doing phrasing?):

«1. Whether the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest;
2. Whether the work depicts or describes, in an offensive way, sexual conduct or excretory functions, specifically defined by applicable state law; and
3. Whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.»

These standards made applying the obscenity exception much more difficult and prosecutions for obscenity were heavily reduced. This allowed the adult film industry to flourish.
Given the timeline we’re working with, it seems like we’re still an episode or two away from reaching the summer of 1973 when this decision was handed down and pornography became an above-ground industry. And then, presumably, Candy, CC, Lori, Frankie, Darlene, and Abby will all embark on the exciting, second half of their grand adventure, presumably at The Deuce.


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Survey says men 18-25 prefer watching eSports over traditional sports

Here we have a study that is just factually incorrect. Now have I done any independent research? Nope. But there’s just no way millennial dudes like watching video games over regular sports.

From Business Insider:

Online gaming and eSports proves to be an increasingly popular category with younger men, with 22 percent of American male millenials watching eSports. The survey results show males 18-25 prefer watching eSports more than traditional sports or TV shows, coming in second only to movies.

This isn’t me being a hard ass, either. I know eSports is growing, but I don’t even know what channel it’s on, so how does one watch more eSports than normal ass football or baseball? It just doesn’t add up when you have traditional sports on 24/7/365 on a 100 different channels. I’m gonna need a second study on this one.

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HBO’s ‘The Deuce’ Review: David Simon Has Earned The Benefit of the Doubt

The Deuce is not an aesthetically pleasing show. It has that 70’s Mean Street grime and though there is a lot of sex and nudity, it lacks the artificial sheen and well-choreographed positioning that so often makes onscreen sex alluring. Dicks and boobs are reduced to irregularly shaped commodities in cold but dangerous transactions (every scene with a prostitute feels like it could end in murder). There’s nothing sexy at all about The Deuce, which tracks the rise of the porn industry from Times Square in the 1970s, birthed apparently from the convergence of prostitution and the mob (largely fictional, the series is based in part on the accounts of a New York man who worked for the Mafia in both bars and massage parlors during that decade).

The series has a similar novelistic feel to the other collaborations between David Simon and novelist George Pelecanos (The Wire, Treme), and the nearly feature-length pilot episode feels like the opening chapter. It takes its sweet time establishing context and building characters, peopling this new universe in a way that suggest that minor actions or throwaway lines will pay off in episode seven. It’s table setting, but it’s engrossing and meticulously observed.

James Franco plays twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino in the series. Vinnie is a hardworking bartender trying to keep his family together while his bored, mobbed-up wife steps out on him (Zoe Kazan). Vinnie is no angel, however. He’s sleeping with an adventurous college student (Margarita Levieva) who takes an interest in him (I’m already eyeballing her as the Bambi Woods of The Deuce). Frankie, often mistaken for his identical twin brother, is also left responsible for the $ 20,000 in gambling debts that his brother Frankie has piled up. We don’t know yet how Vinnie and Frankie will get involved with porn, but it’s not too hard to figure out how Simon and Pelacanos’ wheels are turning.

Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Candy, a prostitute who dares to work freelance (that is to say, without a pimp). It’s a little more dangerous, and clients are more likely to stiff her, but as we see in the case of Darlene (Dominique Fishback), it’s better than the alternative: Being abused, beaten, and cut by a pimp for showing a reluctance to turn tricks in heavy rain. The prostitutes feel like The Deuce’s equivalent of corner boys: Characters with whom we will invest emotionally only to have them ripped away from us. Candy, meanwhile, may be the burgeoning Stringer Bell, a detached businesswoman with a son she has to support who she keeps at arm’s length (the episode’s finest moment, in fact, comes when Candy delivers a stern lesson in economics to a young man who wants to take a second ride for free after he prematurely blows his load. After the lecture, Candy refuses, but she does eventually agree to allow the boy to sign over a personal check from his grandmother).

It’s a David Simon series, so obviously there is also a fair-minded cop (The Wire’s Lawrence Gilliard Jr.) in a force of corrupt ones to keep an eye on things (Ralph Macchio will play a cop in future episodes) and a newspaper reporter (Natalie Paul) to document the rise of the sex industry, because it’s never too early for Simon to plant the seeds for the fifth season.

It’s early yet, but I don’t love the James Franco characters, nor really see the necessity of having him play twin brothers (it feels like an unnecessary gimmick), but I will grant that he looks the part of a guy who is likely to become a 70s porn producer. Some characters are also more defined than others, but we’ve witnessed enough of Simon’s work to know that a minor character this season may end up the focal point in a future season. Mostly, though, I get the same sense from the pilot that I got from early episodes of The Wire: That something is cooking, and while I am generally opposed to dramas that do no hook the viewers immediately, Simon has earned our trust (it wasn’t until the fourth episode that The Wire fully grabbed me). The Deuce may be a slow burn, but there’s every reason to believe it will pay off.


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Remember that O/U 4.99M PPV buys McGregor-Mayweather prop bet?

Pretty sure it’s going over. From the LVRJ:  Showtime officials are optimistic that the Mayweather-McGregor bout broke the PPV buys record of 4.6 million set by Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao in 2015. “This one felt special and felt like a new audience,” DeBlasio said. “People that haven’t experienced this (a boxing match) in the past, and wanted to be part of it. I think that we’re optimistic with a nice showing here. It was a great night.”

It’s going over. When my aunt is showing it at her house, it’s going to be a huge PPV number. Floyd’s going to owe the IRS a few more dollars after all is said and done.

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What Is The Deuce? James Franco Is Starring in Your New, Raw HBO Obsession

James Franco has become quite the renaissance man in recent years, from starring in 11.22.63 to executive producing Lifetime’s Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? update to teaching classes at USC, UCLA, and NYU. Now he’s coming to HBO on The Deuce, playing twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino, based on a real pair of twins who were part of the emerging porn industry in New York City in the 1970s.

This realistic, raw drama explores the world of prostitutes and pornography, race relations, the rise of HIV/AIDS and the drug epidemic of the ’70s and ’80s against a backdrop of scene-setting ’70s fashions, cars, and musical cues. It costars Maggie Gyllenhaal as a Times Square sex worker, Lawrence Gilliard Jr. as an NYPD officer, and Chris Coy as a bartender and LGBTQ advocate.

The show comes to us courtesy of David Simon, the mastermind behind The Wire and Treme (who is also a former police reporter), and his frequent collaborator, writer George Pelecanos. The pair are highly concerned with portraying this time period the way it really was, so they’ve brought in former porn actors and directors from the era. Pelecanos told the 2017 Summer TCA press tour audience that their «biggest fear» is that someone will say their show is «bullsh*t» and that they «got it wrong.»

Part of having such a realistic look at the porn and prostitution industry means that there is a lot of violence (and sexualized violence) toward women on the show. But Simon says that the objectification of women is not one of the currencies driving the show. It’s the actual subject matter, and it’s hard to make a show about the pornography industry and clean it up.

Gyllenhaal added that with The Deuce,, they have «an opportunity to pick [misogyny] up and lay it on the table and to do it in a way that’s thoughtful and smart, I think, and also real, so that includes having to see things that look violent and uncomfortable.»

The actress also added that the show should titillate audiences because that’s part of the conversation. «If the show also turns you on a little and then makes you consider what’s actually turning you on, and the consequences for the characters who are turning you on and what’s getting you hot, I think it’s a better show,» says Gyllenhaal.

The Deuce, which has already been renewed for a second season, premieres Sept. 10 — set your DVRs now, because this is going to be your latest HBO obsession.

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Why am I enjoying the World Series of Poker on ESPN again?

Something weird happened Friday night. I spent like 2 hours sitting on the couch watching the WSOP on Day 4 with like 500 players remaining. For some reason it was interesting again. I’m not sure how I could go like 8-10 years of not caring after the whole Moneymaker era and then all of a sudden caring again. Maybe I just needed a night off from caring about anything in the world. Idk.

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The Warriors RUINED Vegas Last Month

One problem with having such a top-heavy NBA is that gambling gets all screwed up when the playoffs come around. When you have 2 teams just running through everybody, Vegas is going to get crushed. And boy did they: The books lost $ 4.4 million on basketball in May. It was their worst basketball month ever, shattering the previous record loss of $ 3.5 million in April 1997.“The books got hammered with the public loading up on the favorite and over during the NBA playoffs,” said Michael Lawton, research analyst for the Gaming Control Board, which released the numbers Thursday. The Warriors and Cavaliers went a combined 16-1 straight up in May, 11-5-1 against the spread and 12-5 over the total. “The Cavs and Warriors crushed the books,” Caesars Palace sports book director Frank Kunovic said.

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Jon Gruden’s 5-Foot-6 Fire Hydrant Son, Deuce, Wins World Lifting Gold Medal

Deuce Gruden is having himself a good time at the IPF World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Belarus. He already has a gold medal in his pocket and now he’s going to come back to the States as a viral sensation now that word is starting to travel around that the 5 foot 6 fire hydrant is a yoked beast. This is exactly the kind of news a legitimate blogger latches onto during June when all we have is the College World Series and some NBA draft stuff to fake care about.

How did Deuce Gruden get his name? His actual name is Jon David Gruden II, hence the ‘Deuce’ nickname. I know some of you were losing your minds over this one.

Deuce spent the 2016 NFL season as a strength and conditioning intern with Uncle Jay’s Redskins after graduating from Lafayette where he was a running back (16 carries, 46 yards over final two seasons). Legend has it that Deuce was a 350-pound bench pressing behemoth who played quarterback, wide receiver, linebacker and safety during high school.

Now he’s a competitive lifter with just 1,317 IG followers as I type this. That number is about to explode now that Deuce is out here dominating the world in powerlifting. Now he has a gold.

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