The Wire

HBO Orders David Simon’s ’70s/’80s Porn Drama… and It Stars James Franco… as Twins

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Alas, from that headline alone, you may be experiencing colliding feelings of ecstasy at the prospect of the ’70s/’80s Time Square porn industry seen through the lens of The Wire creator David Simon, and annoyance at the same ’70s/’80s porn industry that, like General Hospital, most universities, and Lana Del Rey’s trips to the beach, now features James Franco.
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‘The Simpsons,’ ‘The Wire,’ and Why You Should Care About Cropped TV Shows

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“I hold this truth to be self-evident, that all movies deserve to be seen in their original aspect ratios,” Roger Ebert wrote in 2001, describing a Chicago outdoor film series where classic movies were being “cropped” to create a widescreen presentation — leading, he fumed, to a screening of An American in Paris where “the projector was cutting off, among other things, Gene Kelly’s feet” and a Top Hat presentation “cutting off of the even more sublime feet of Astaire and Rogers.” That series was presented by HBO, who elected to screen the films in widescreen “so that people will not think we’re showing television.” That was 13 years ago, before HDTV put a wide screen in everyone’s living room, and now even television itself isn’t safe. Hard on the heels of FXX’s Simpsons marathon, which cropped all of the show’s pre-2009 episodes, HBO has announced a “remastering” of The Wire, and rumor has it that show will be cropped to widescreen as well. We’re seeing a trend here. And it’s a genuinely worrisome one.
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