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‘The Slow Hustle’ Trailer: ‘The Wire’ Star Sonja Sohn Directs HBO Doc on Baltimore Police Death

Filmmaker and actress Sonja Sohn of “The Wire” returns with the follow-up to her 2017 documentary “Baltimore Rising.” The new film, titled “The Slow Hustle,” looks to be an equally powerful look at the continued corruption in the world of the Baltimore police department and the activists who seek to expose it.“The Slow Hustle” details […]

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12 Shows Like The Wire That Are Definitely Worth Watching

“The Wire” is one of the greatest television shows of all time. Alongside “The Sopranos” and “Breaking Bad,” this gripping exploration of the drug trade in Baltimore was a hallmark of the early stage of “peak TV,” in which networks like HBO and AMC proved they could tell compelling dramatic stories that matched (and frequently […]

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Michael Kenneth Williams Was a Master of Blending In While Standing Out

When my friends and I first watched “The Wire,” we’d call each other by the characters’ names. If you said something dumb, you’d be Prezbo. If you were smart enough to guess what happened next, then you got to be Lester. And whenever someone had a few too many sips of whiskey and fell asleep […]

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Spike Lee, Wendell Pierce, Joel McHale and More Mourn Michael K. Williams: ‘An Actor for the Ages’

As the news broke on Monday that Michael K. Williams had died at age 54 after being found in his Brooklyn residence, stars took to social media to remember the actor who starred in shows like “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire.”Director Spike Lee paid tribute to Williams in an Instagram post, featuring a photo of […]

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‘Equal Standard’ Review: The Ice-t-Backed Film at the Intersection of Racism and Law Enforcement Is Hindered by Uneven Acting and Untidy Priorities

Overlong and erratically paced, Brendan Kyle Cochrane’s New York City-based “Equal Standard” opens with a self-conscious scene that heavy-handedly hints at an impending tragedy. There in the sun-dappled kitchen of the happy Jones family, Detective Chris (Tobias Truvillion), Sergeant Jackie (Syleena Johnson) and their adorable daughter lovingly go about their rosy morning routine, while an […]

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Anonymous Oscar Ballot 2021: The Executive Who Missed Socializing and Binged TV

With Oscar ballots heading into Academy voters’ hands on April 15, we’re forging ahead with our fourth annual series of interviews with Academy voters from different branches for their candid thoughts on what got picked, overlooked, and overvalued in this strange pandemic year.[The Oscars] did a good thing moving back. I’m catching up.Because my business […]

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B.B. King Estate Announces Official Biopic, Clears Up Wendell Pierce Confusion (Exclusive)

An official biopic of iconic blues musician B.B. King is going into pre-production in 2021, Vassal Benford, chairman of King’s estate, tells Variety. This is a separate project from “The Thrill Is On,” which is a drama about King’s friendship with drummer Michael Zanetis starring Wendell Pierce as King.Confusion first arose when “The Wire” and […]

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