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A Little White Lie Cranked Up The Tension During Idris Elba’s The Wire Audition

When you think of HBO’s classic mid-’00s series “The Wire,” it’s the characters that come to mind first — people like McNulty (Dominic West), D’Angelo, Kima (Sonja Sohn), or Stringer Bell (Idris Elba). All of them have their place in the show’s vast tapestry, but their stories never feel manufactured or inauthentic. Their major failures […]

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How to Watch Beast: Is the Idris Elba Thriller in Theaters?

Idris Elba is back on theater screens! The multi-talented actor, DJ, and musician is starring in Beast, a tense action thriller. Unlike Cats, where Elba played the dangerous cat McCavity, in Beast it’s Elba who is the victim of a dangerous feline. He plays Dr. Nate Samuels, a grieving widower who takes his children to […]

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John Boyega Says Michael K. Williams Was ‘Paid Peanuts’ to Star in ‘Breaking,’ Did It for the ‘Art’

John Boyega still can’t get over just how “incredible” it was to collaborate with the late Michael K. Williams in upcoming drama “Breaking.”The film, directed by Abi Damaris Corbin, who also co-wrote the script with Kwame Kwei-Armah, tells the true story of a Marine Veteran who was denied support from Veterans Affairs and turned to […]

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The 14 Best The Wire Episodes, Ranked

“The Wire” is one of the most influential television shows of all time. David Simon’s drama series explored the complexities of the drug war and allowed viewers to empathize with all of the different parties involved in the conflict. Not just a thrilling crime series, the show addressed themes of racism, systematic discrimination, drug abuse, plagiarism, educational […]

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How This Stanley Kubrick War Movie Influenced HBO’s The Wire

“The Wire” is the defining 21-century portrait of top-down institutional failure in the United States. Over five seasons, creator David Simon and his brilliant team of writers used the whole of Baltimore, from the corruption of City Hall to the get-over-or-get-dead hustle of housing projects, as a microcosm that demonstrates in excruciating detail how the […]

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The Wire Couldn’t Be Made In The Post-Game Of Thrones Age, According To Co-Creator Ed Burns

Twenty years ago, HBO’s original drama programming consisted of “Oz,” “The Sopranos,” and “Six Feet Under.” The pay-cable outlet had been blazing a daringly original trail comedy-wise with series like “The Larry Sanders Show” and “Mr. Show with Bob and David,” but this foray into seriousness shook up an industry that expected hour-long dramas to […]

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