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HBO Scratches Scorsese/Jagger Music Drama ‘Vinyl’ After 1 Season

Last modified June 23, 2016 at 7:27 am

You won’t be seeing the revived Max’s Kansas City or other exotic throwback sets around the Lower East Side anymore. Or casting calls asking for extras. Vinyl was scratched from the HBO roster this week after a mere ten episodes on the network. The highly polarizing period piece (you either loved or loathed it) was produced by Martin […]

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David Simon’s HBO Porn Drama ‘The Deuce’ Filming on Rivington Street Today

Posted June 16, 2016 at 9:32 am

Recent HBO programming has a hard-on for the Lower East Side. It’s not just the seventies period piece Vinyl which recently scouted the neighborhood, but also porn drama The Deuce. Correct. The new show – centered on the porn industry that encapsulated Times Square in the 1970s – will film scenes on Rivington Street today. Standard “no […]

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‘The Jim Gaffigan Show’ Returns to Essex Street Today for More Filming

Last modified May 31, 2016 at 5:32 pm

Jim Gaffigan’s eponymous comedy series is back on the Lower East Side today. Producers from cable network TV Land will be filming scenes along Essex Street and points eastward. It’ll be hard to miss. Season 2 of The Jim Gaffigan Show – the comedy series focuses on a fictionalized version of the popular comedian – bows 10 […]

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Judd Apatow-Produced Rom-Com ‘The Big Sick’ Shooting on Jefferson Street Today

Posted May 16, 2016 at 10:18 am

Judd Apatow productions sure love filming movies and television shows on the Lower East Side. From Girls to Trainwreck. His latest feature, The Big Sick, now carries that distinction, too. Production is headquartered on Jefferson Street today, just below East Broadway. The Big Sick is an indie romantic comedy that touches upon the challenges of a […]

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Billy Leroy (of Antiques Fame) Stars in ‘Bourek,’ Now Playing at Cinema Village

Posted April 30, 2016 at 9:48 am

​Billy Leroy is not dead, okay? He’s just not on the Bowery anymore. Billy Leroy, whose eponymous antiques business folded five years ago, has taken on acting. The current Baggage Battles star is a leading man in the new movie, Bourek. It’s an independent romantic comedy filmed predominantly in Greece, and now playing on the big […]

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Streit’s Documentary is a Smash, Extended 2 More Weeks at Film Forum

Last modified April 29, 2016 at 7:25 am

The numbers are in, and the critically acclaimed documentary about Streit’s Matzo was a home run. In its short one-week residency at the Film Forum, intended to coincide with Passover, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream surpassed expectations. It became the highest grossing film at the movie house this past week. Due to the success, daily […]

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‘Famous Nathan’ Bringing Taste of Coney Island to City Lore Gallery Tomorrow

Posted April 27, 2016 at 10:33 am

Get your hot dogs here! City Lore has added some more Coney Island programming to its lineup.  This time, the advocates for grassroots cultures are presenting a screening of the 2014 documentary Famous Nathan. Directed by famous Nathan’s grandson, Lloyd Handwerker, the film chronicles both the personal and public history of the iconic Brooklyn eatery, Nathan’s Famous of Coney Island. It […]

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On its Final Night, Streit’s Doc Aims for Added Screenings Across the City

Posted April 26, 2016 at 4:35 pm

It seems the new documentary, Streit’s: Matzo and the American Dream, really struck a chord with local audiences. On the last day of its run at the Film Forum, filmmaker Michael Levine tells us that it’s been a great success. The screenings were all full. “Shows have been packed the last few days, which was […]

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Lower East Side Film Festival Snags Ethan Hawke as Celebrity Judge

Posted April 26, 2016 at 9:26 am

​One of its bigger celebrity get in recent years, the Lower East Side Film Festival announced last week that Ethan Hawke is aboard the judge panel this spring. This sixth outing runs June 9 through June 16 at several neighborhood venues, including the Landmark Sunshine Cinema, Hotel Indigo, and the new Ludlow House. As in […]

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See How these Artists Recreated ‘Game of Thrones’ at Angel Orensanz [PHOTOS]

Posted April 21, 2016 at 10:19 am

“You have left the gritty streets of New York City behind,” proclaimed press literature upon entering Angel Orensanz last night. For one evening, the historic Norfolk Street synagogue was transformed into an homage to Game of Thrones. As previously reported, HBO tapped five artists to reinterpret notable scenes/characters by creating “an immersive art experience influenced […]

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