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Old 08-18-2010, 10:48 PM   #1
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HBO DRAMA SERIES BOARDWALK EMPIRE DEBUTS SEPT. 19

America in 1920: The Great War was over, Wall Street was about to boom and everything was for sale, even the World Series. It was a time of change when women got the vote, broadcast radio began and young people ruled the world.

From Terence Winter, Emmy® Award-winning writer of “The Sopranos” and Academy® Award-winning director Martin Scorsese, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is set in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition, when the sale of alcohol became illegal throughout the United States. The new HBO drama series kicks off its 12-episode season SUNDAY, SEPT. 19 (9:00-10:15 p.m. ET/PT).

On the beach in southern New Jersey sat Atlantic City, a spectacular resort known as “The World’s Playground,” a place where the rules didn’t apply. Massive hotels lined its famous Boardwalk, which featured nightclubs, amusement piers and entertainment that rivaled Broadway. For a few dollars, a working man could get away and live like a king – legally or illegally.

The undisputed ruler of Atlantic City was the town’s treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi), a political fixer and backroom dealer who was equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role. Because of its strategic location on the seaboard, the town was a hub of activity for rum-runners, minutes from Philadelphia, hours from New York City and less than a day’s drive from Chicago. And Nucky Thompson took full advantage.

Along with his brother Elias (Shea Whigham), the town’s sheriff, and a crew of ward bosses and local thugs, Nucky carved out a niche for himself as the man to see for any illegal alcohol. He was an equal-opportunity gangster, doing business with Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg), “Big Jim” Colosimo (Frank Crudele), “Lucky” Luciano (Vincent Piazza) and Al Capone (Stephen Graham).

As BOARDWALK EMPIRE begins, Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt), Nucky’s former protégé and driver, returns home from the Great War, eager to get ahead and reclaim his rightful place in Nucky’s organization. But when Jimmy feels things aren’t moving quickly enough, he takes matters into his own hands, forming a deadly alliance with associates of Nucky’s that sets the Feds, led by Agent Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon), on his mentor’s tail. Complicating matters further is Nucky’s burgeoning relationship with Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald) a woman in an abusive marriage whom he tries to help.

The show also stars Michael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White, leader of the city’s African-American community; Dabney Coleman as Commodore Louis Kaestner, Nucky’s mentor; Paz de la Huerta as Nucky’s girlfriend Lucy; Aleksa Palladino as Angela, Jimmy Darmody’s Bohemian girlfriend and mother of their three-year-old son; Paul Sparks as Mickey Doyle; Anthony Laciura as Eddie Kessler; and Gretchen Mol as Gillian, a local showgirl with whom Nucky shares a long and complicated history.

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Scorsese and the brains behind the Sopranos=TV Gold


And for the Wire fans out there, a familiar cast member...

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Old 08-18-2010, 10:50 PM   #2
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Been waiting for this show for a loooong time.. I cant wait till its on.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:53 PM   #3
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Been waiting for this show for a loooong time.. I cant wait till its on.

Same here, and it's getting rave reviews (the first 6 episodes were sent to critics) but that's not at all surprising.
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:59 PM   #4
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Same here, and it's getting rave reviews (the first 6 episodes were sent to critics) but that's not at all surprising.
Yeah, I read an LA times article about it about 6 months ago. It sparked my interest and when I looked up everyone that was going to be involved I became totally excited. The creative people and the actors seem like they can make this be an epic show.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:04 PM   #5
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Wow, im going to have to go donate some blood/sperm so I can buy HBO so I can watch this and Hard Knocks.
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:09 PM   #6
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This and the zombie show on AMC is what I've been waiting for.

This looks awesome, and the casting crew seem to have done a great job.
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Old 08-19-2010, 12:15 AM   #7
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this sounds/looks excellent. can't wait





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Old 08-19-2010, 12:45 AM   #8
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Steve Buscemi? Omar Little? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paw_2EJBzFs
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:17 AM   #9
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Steve Buscemi? Omar Little? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=paw_2EJBzFs

If that's not rep worthy, then I don't know what is

From someone who's seen the first 6 episodes...

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First Look: Why you gotta watch 'Boardwalk Empire'
-James Hibberd

I may be in love. It's tough to say yet. "Boardwalk Empire" and I have only known each other for six episodes. You have to be cautious nowadays about giving yourself over to a serialized drama, especially one as ambitious as this. There are so many ways your relationship with a TV drama can all fall apart.
I should start at the beginning. You hear HBO is doing its second New Jersey organized crime series and your ears go up. Then you hear it's set in the 1920s, Atlantic City, during Prohibition, and Martin Scorsese is producing the series and directing the pilot. You have this vision in your mind what that TV show could ideally be.

"Boardwalk Empire" is remarkably close to what you imagined.
And its success comes despite a seemingly a crucial weakness.
Steve Buscemi, as the main character, Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, a Boardwalk crime kingpin, is a bit … off. It's as if he's reading lines that were originally written for another actor, somebody of more earthy gravitas.
There's another issue too. The Boardwalk itself is a sprawling set that constructed with shops on one side, and a green screen on the other (where the ocean is digitally added). There's a dreamy, unreal, strolling-around-the-deck-of-1999's-"Titanic" quality to these scenes.

So wait, you say: Both the main character AND the Boardwalk set are less-than convincing? How can this show be any good?
Because everything else in "Boardwalk Empire" is terrific. And there's a whole lot of "everything else."

The cast is sprawling. Pretty much every character works. There's little about "Boardwalk" that feels like a TV show. It's rich and cinematic (many shots remind you of "The Godfather" trilogy), heightened with unique period music. There's so much more to the show than Nucky and the Boardwalk, particularly after the first episode (directed nicely by Scorsese, his camera prowling around, though his style stays out of the way of the story). It's almost like the network watched the pilot, then decided to expand the show's scope so Buscemi didn't have to carry the whole production himself.

The scripts are well researched, perhaps past the point of showing off. The research is utilized in interesting ways -- one detail will make you feel nostalgic, another will make you laugh, and still another will leave you horrified (such as a woman using Lysol as a contraceptive after sex).

Oh, and did you know that by the fourth episode, half the show takes place in Chicago? And that the Chicago storyline is, if anything, more compelling than the action in Atlantic City? (It's taking me every ounce of my anti-spoiler convictions not to say more about this subject).

Period pieces have a tough time drawing audiences. "Rome," "Deadwood," "Mad Men." As good as they were/are, attracting big numbers is a challenge. "Boardwalk Empire" might be able to break through. Not only is this an excellent organized crime drama, but the female characters are diverse and well done. That's a crucial element for any TV show to draw a large rating, and a rare quality in this particular genre (usually you have the one feisty heroine and an assortment of mob floozies … here, even a mobster's squeeze who's portrayed as colossally stupid, gorgeous, spoiled and cruel manages to generate unexpected empathy).

OK. That's enough. THR will have its official review closer to the "Boardwalk" premiere date (Sept. 19). Here's the third trailer for "Boardwalk" that seems designed to sell Buscemi as a tough-guy lead...

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Old 08-19-2010, 08:22 AM   #10
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Completely pumped. It's been a great year for HBO. Starting with The Pacific (which was definitely a little drier than Band of Brothers, but spectacular none the less). Then a great bounce back for True Blood. Just a fantastically entertaining season. And then Boardwalk for the next two and a half months. I have a buddy who started coming down for The Pacific. I talked him into True Blood, and basically he's going to have been a fixture on my couch every Sunday night for the whole year.
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I am not excited for this at all. Eh the material has been done to death. I would prefer if HBO got The Cocaine Cowboys property up and running.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:30 PM   #12
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I am not excited for this at all. Eh the material has been done to death. I would prefer if HBO got The Cocaine Cowboys property up and running.

Maybe.

But you have Scorsese, who is the undisputed master of the gangster epic, not only attached to the product, but also directing some episodes- including the Pilot. Then you have Terrence Winter who was a key writer and Producer on one of, if not the greatest shows ever on television. So you may have the same material but done by masters of the genre.

It's like watching 'Mean Streets' then saying, been there done that... I already saw a gangster movie by Scorsese, I don't need to see 'Goodfellas', 'Casino', 'The Departed', etc

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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Maybe.

But you have Scorsese, who is the undisputed master of the gangster epic, not only attached to the product, but also directing some episodes- including the Pilot. Then you have Terrence Winter who was a key writer and Producer on one of, if not the greatest shows ever on television. So you may have the same material but done by masters of the genre.

It's like watching 'Mean Streets' then saying, been there done that... I already saw a gangster movie by Scorsese, I don't need to see 'Goodfellas', 'Casino', 'The Departed', etc

If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
I have seen Mean Streets, Goodfellas, Casino, and unfortunately The Departed. The bloom is off for me when it comes to Scorsese and Gangster films. Italian Mafia/Prohibition is an incredibly tired genre. Seeing someone get their head bashed in while opera is playing in the background was fresh 30 years ago. Now it is cheesy.
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I have seen the previews and I cannot wait...
looks really good to me
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:44 PM   #15
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I have seen Mean Streets, Goodfellas, Casino, and unfortunately The Departed. The bloom is off for me when it comes to Scorsese and Gangster films. Italian Mafia/Prohibition is an incredibly tired genre. Seeing someone get their head bashed in while opera is playing in the background was fresh 30 years ago. Now it is cheesy.

Are you kidding me, that will never get old

And vampires are what's played out, by far. Now maybe if we can get HBO to combine Boardwalk and True Blood, get some money-laundering, bootlegging, skinny jeans-wearing androgynous fluid suckers, we'd have something fresh.
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