Franco doubles up for '70s New York drama 'The Deuce'

NEW YORK (AP) -- George Pelecanos says it's tough to make a drama series about prostitution and pornography.

Pelecanos is a co-creator of "The Deuce," a new HBO series about New York's Times Square in the early 1970s, when hookers and peep shows ruled 42nd Street and a revolution in the sex industry was about to explode.

"The Deuce," whose other creator is David Simon, is a follow-up to the producers' acclaimed series "The Wire" and "Treme."

Now they've turned their sights on the flesh trade. Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco co-star.

Pelecanos says porn is a risky topic to explore. If, in the end, "The Deuce" has exploited the world of sex it focuses on, then it's guilty of the thing it's presenting. But he adds, "hopefully, we hit the mark."

"The Deuce" premieres Sunday.

Civil-rights group wants Kid Rock Detroit concerts canceled

DETROIT (AP) - A civil rights organization is demanding the cancellation of concerts by Kid Rock at a new sports arena in Detroit, saying his criticism of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a "dog whistle" to white-supremacist groups.

National Action Network Detroit chapter president Charles Williams II said Wednesday that his group will protest the concerts that start Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena.

Kaepernick, who is black, spurred controversy in 2016 when as a member of the San Francisco 49ers he knelt during the national anthem. Kid Rock is white. His real name is Robert Ritchie.


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He used an expletive about Kaepernick during a concert last month.

Ilitch Holdings President Christopher Ilitch says he can't control "what any artist does or says." Ilitch Holdings owns the company that operates the arena.

Kid Rock's publicist, Kirt Webster, didn't immediately reply to messages seeking comment.

Tom Ford launches Fashion Week with sequins, celebs galore

NEW YORK (AP) -- No one ever said Tom Ford didn't know how to make an entrance, or in this case, how to launch Fashion Week with a bang. Ford's show at the cavernous Park Avenue Armory was a celebrity event of major proportion, drawing everyone from Kim Kardashian West to Julianne Moore to Liev Schreiber to Chaka Khan to Ciara to Cindy Crawford. No wonder the opening song on the soundtrack was David Bowie's "Fame."

The lights dimmed, and Ford's models emerged, first wearing casual clothes like slouchy, satiny trousers, paired with billowing jackets or blazers with exaggerated shoulders. There were leather trenches in bright orange or brilliant white. Some of the trousers hung low enough to expose the wearer's hip bones, under their clingy bodysuits. A few mini-dresses were bathed in bright sequins and short enough that they revealed way more than legs.

Then the mood went from casual to glamorous; suddenly a parade of elegant gowns appeared, sheer and ruched, with bright sequins on the arms, for just enough bling.

As for Kardashian West, it certainly wasn't her first fashion show -- but it was her first Ford show.

"I'm such a big fan of the brand," she said in an interview. "I've worn him for so long. Such a fan since (his) Gucci days and beyond. So I'm really excited to see what this collection is going to look like."