BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Cuanto”

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The past is coming alive on Boardwalk Empire, and not just through Nucky’s flashbacks.  As things begin to take a turn towards the end for the series, Nucky is confronted not only by how his experiences and choices as a young boy shaped his future, but how things like his relationship with Margaret also changed him.  The business of being a gangster is changing, too, with the new guard (led by Lucky Luciano) is looking to squeeze out the old, one way or another.  As Lucky tells Al Capone, his vision is to have the Italians unite and run things.  “Nucky Thompson ain’t Italian,” Capone opines regarding Atlantic City.  Lucky assures him: Nucky is being taken care of.  Hit the jump for what that means, and why “I haven’t blushed in 40 years.”

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “What Jesus Said”

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Even for someone who likes Boardwalk Empire‘s slowest and most meditative episodes, “What Jesus Said” necessitated the use of caffeine to get through it.  The summation of its vignettes seemed to be that you can’t escape who you are.  In the end, almost everyone was haunted by the past, or faced with the reality of a life they preferred to keep hidden.  Boardwalk‘s final season seems to be, in part, about consequence, and there’s no better way to drive that home than to consider what it is that got you there.  Hit the jump, boy!

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “The Good Listener”

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Was Boardwalk Empire‘s episode title referring to viewers this week?  It might as well have been.  “The Good Listener” was essentially a slate of conversations, mostly had by Nucky, that updated us on the current gangster alliances (which are always shifting).  It also was a reminder that if you don’t listen to every conversation, and catch every name, there’s a chance it won’t be repeated again and you’ll never catch up.  Even those with a photographic memory might have trouble telling apart all of these well-tailored white gangsters and politicians apart (and is there a difference?)  In this final season, it makes one wonder why kind of show Boardwalk Empire is aiming to be.  Hit the jump if you find it easier sometimes to despise someone rather than love them.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: Season 5 Premiere, “Golden Days for Boys and Girls”

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The first episode of Boardwalk Empire‘s final season was a dreamy meditation, punctuated by violence.  That’s also a pretty good way to describe the series at its best.  “Golden Days for Boys and Girls” also set the stage for what Boardwalk‘s final season is going to look like as a whole: acknowledging the pull of the past, but focused on moving forward.  Moving forward also means a time jump from Season 4′s 1924 setting all the way to 1931.  Hit the jump if you are an honest and true boy (or girl).

HBO Releases New Teasers for THE NEWSROOM, THE COMEBACK, and BOARDWALK EMPIRE

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Last night, HBO ran the series finale for True Blood (read Allison’s recap here), but also released teasers for three shows that will be premiering this fall.  On September 7th, Boardwalk Empire will begin its fifth and final season, and as this latest teaser reminds us, “No One Goes Quietly”.  Then in November, HBO will premiere the final season of Aaron Sorkin‘s The Newsroom, and I can’t decide if it’s narcissistic or clever that they’re using script pages to tease the show’s conclusion.  And while it may be “good-bye” to Boardwalk Empire and The Newsroom, it’s “Welcome back” to The Comeback, which will also premiere in November.

Check out The Newsroom final season teaser after the jump along with the teasers for Boardwalk Empire and The Comeback.

Full-Length BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 5 Trailer: Change Is Coming

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HBO has released the full-length Boardwalk Empire season 5 trailer, heralding the final stretch of episodes for the prohibition era drama series.  Though the final season consists of only 8 episodes instead of the usual 12, this trailer isn’t short on teasing the drama to come as “change” appears to be the theme of the 1931-set Season 5.  I haven’t watched the show since the first season so I’m not caught up on the events that fans are eager to see resolve this fall, but it will no doubt be interesting to see how showrunner Terence Winter brings the drama series to an end.

Hit the jump to watch the new Boardwalk Empire season 5 trailer.  The series returns on HBO September 7th.

HBO Announces BOARDWALK EMPIRE and THE COMEBACK Premiere Dates; Steven Soderbergh’s THE KNICK Renewed Early

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As the TCA’s are ongoing, HBO and Cinemax took the stage today to make a few announcements.  Boardwalk Empire season 5 will premiere on HBO on September 7th, kicking off the final stretch of episodes for the Steve Buscemi-fronted series.  Additionally, the return of The Comeback will take place in November, as the fantastic, Lisa Kudrow-led cult comedy returns for a six-episode limited series event following its short-lived first season back in 2005.

And on the Cinemax side of things, THR reports that creator/showrunner Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming drama The Knick has already been renewed for a second season, even though season one doesn’t premiere until August 8th.  Clive Owen stars as a surgeon at Knickerbocker Hospital in 1900 New York, an era in which medical procedures were extremely dangerous.  Soderbergh directed all 10 episodes of the first season and has stated his eagerness to return for season two.  Watch the trailer after the jump.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE’s Final Season Trailer Heralds the End of an Era

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When it premieres on HBO this September, the fifth season of Boardwalk Empire will have 13 episodes to bring the series to a close.  While that comes as sad news for fans of Steve Buscemi and his Atlantic City politician/gangster character Nucky Thompson, the good news is that at least the writers will be able to give the show a proper send off.  We got our first glimpse at the final season today thanks to a new teaser trailer that signals the end of an empire.  For more on the show’s conclusion, be sure to check out Steve’s recent interviews with stars Vincent Piazza and screenwriter Terence Winter.  Hit the jump to take a look.

Vincent Piazza Talks JERSEY BOYS, Working with Clint Eastwood, Deleted Scenes, Preparing for the Role, the Final Season of BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and More

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Now playing in theaters is director Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boys.  The film, which is based on the extremely popular stage musical, tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, chronicling the group’s rise in the 1960s with such hits as “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Walk Like a Man” and subsequent troubles that came with their success.   The film stars John Lloyd Young,  Vincent PiazzaErich BergenMichael LomendaRenee MarinoMike Doyle, and Christopher Walken.  For more on the film, watch the trailer or these clips.

At the New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Vincent Piazza, who plays Tommy DeVito.  He talked about landing the role, his month-long process of preparing for the film before the shoot, how he was the only principal cast member who didn’t come from the show, Clint Eastwood’s style of directing, deleted scenes, the final season of Boardwalk Empireupcoming projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

GAME OF THRONES Season 4 to Premiere April 6th; BOARDWALK EMPIRE to Conclude after Season 5

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The Television Critics Association panels are currently underway, and today was HBO’s turn to drop some news nuggets.  Chief among the cable network’s announcements is an official premiere date for the upcoming fourth season of Game of Thrones, which will kick off on Sunday, April 6th at 9pm.  The insanely popular fantasy series will be joined on Sunday nights by the third season of Veep and the debut of Mike Judge’s (Beavis and Butthead, King of the Hill) new live-action comedy series Silicon Valley, both of which will also premiere on April 6th.  Additionally, Ryan Murphy‘s feature film The Normal Heart will premiere in May, and Damon Lindelof‘s new series The Leftovers will debut this summer.

The fourth season of Game of Thrones will largely cover the second half of George R.R. Martin’s third book in his A Song of Ice and Fire series, A Storm of Swords.  We’ll see our first trailer for season four this Sunday, in front of the premiere of True Detective.  Good luck watching the opening credits without this song stuck in your head.  Hit the jump for news on the final season of Boardwalk Empire.

Screenwriter Terence Winter Talks THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, His First Draft of the Script, Adapting the Memoir, His Plans for BOARDWALK EMPIRE, and More

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Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street opens tomorrow, and for those who aren’t familiar with the film, it’s based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch.  The film also stars Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, and Matthew McConaughey.  For more on the movie, watch the trailer.

A few days ago, I got to talk with screenwriter Terence Winter, whose other credits include Boardwalk Empire and The Sopranos.  During our conversation, we discussed his first draft of the script, adapting Belfort’s book, the movie’s heavy use of voice-over, his plans for Boardwalk Empire, his new pilot for HBO which Scorsese is directing in April, and much more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

Year in Review: Allison’s Top 10 Returning TV Series of 2013

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In addition to a bevy of new and fantastic shows debuting in 2013, there were also plenty of trusted favorites to keep up with as well.  While BBC America and Sundance provided most of the best new content of the year, stalwart HBO dominates the list of returning programming.  Unlike the list of new series, the returning shows category features a few comedies, an acknowledgement that often it takes comedy series a little longer to get off the ground.  Bottom line, a good show is a good show regardless of format or genre.  Hit the jump for, in no particular order, the list of Top 10 Returning Series of 2013.

Screen Actors Guild Nominations Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE Leads with 4 Nominations

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The Screen Actors Guild nominations were announced this morning, and unsurprisingly, 12 Years a Slave led the pack with four nods including Best Ensemble, Best Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), and Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong’o).  The surprises came with the snubs.  The Wolf of Wall Street, Her, and Inside Llewyn Davis missed the cut, and it’s clear that The Weinstein Company was a heavy hitter by getting multiple nominations for Lee Daniels’ The Butler and August: Osage County.  Arguably, the biggest snub was Robert Redford for All Is Lost.  Not only is it an acclaimed performance, but also part of his momentum is supposed to be based on the respect he’s accumulated for his long career.  Keep an eye for Oscar Beat as Adam breaks down what the nominations and snubs mean in the long run. [Correction: Adam tells me Wolf of Wall Street was ineligible because it missed the SAG voting deadline, so it's not really a snub]

Hit the jump for the full list of nominations including the ones for television shows.  The winners will be announced on January 18th.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Season 4 Finale Recap: “Farewell Daddy Blues”

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This season of Boardwalk Empire has been a strange, but overall good, one.  Then came the finale.  Boardwalk‘s fourth season has been really reflexive, bringing up old grudges, old characters, and old sins like never before.  “Farewell Daddy Blues” incorporated a lot of that, including a kind of final resting for Jimmy.  However, last week I noted that this might be the first time (especially after such a relatively quiet penultimate episode) that things are not all answered in the finale — some of these “season-long villains” might actually last a little longer.  That was partially right, and partially wrong.  Some things were sewn up, but did they need to be?  Or did it all happen too fast?  Hit the jump for more.

BOARDWALK EMPIRE Recap: “Havre de Grace”

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Boardwalk Empire tinkered with its — an any expected — formula in “Havre de Grace.”  Instead of it being an action-packed slug-fest, the fallout from which we would be left to sort out next week, it was instead a fairly quiet hour.  Maybe it’s a reflective of Nucky’s new outlook.  Instead of a war — his default solution — Eli talks him into another meeting of the crime bosses, just like they did to start the season.  The stakes and causalities of last season’s finale should certainly be enough to give us, as well as the characters, pause.  As Eli says to Nucky, is it worth it?  Weighing that made Nucky realize none of it is, and he wants out.  But can he achieve it?  Hit the jump for more.

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