HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Finale Down From Last Season

By | Monday December 3, 2012 @ 3:21pm PST

The Season 3 finale of HBO‘s Boardwalk Empire last night slipped from the end of Season 2. The Prohibition-era drama drew 2.7 million viewers to its 9 PM broadcast Sunday night, down from the 3 million … Read More »

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HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Renewed For Fourth Season

By | Tuesday October 2, 2012 @ 10:03am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Three weeks into its third-season run, HBO‘s Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire has been picked up for a fourth season, a nice present for series creator Terence Winter, who has a birthday today. “Terry Winter, Martin Scorsese and the rest of their outstanding team continue to produce a stunning show that never fails to surprise and entertain,” said Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. There is no word yet on Boardwalk Empire‘s companion Treme, though series co-creator David Simon recently announced that the series will get a renewal for an abbreviated fourth and final season. In their most recent airings Sunday, Boardwalk Empire drew 2.4 million viewers and Treme averaged 538,000. Read More »

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‘Boardwalk Empire’s Third-Season Premiere On Par With Season 2 Opener

By | Monday September 17, 2012 @ 12:23pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

The Season 3 premiere of HBO‘s drama Boardwalk Empire drew 2.9 million viewers at 9 PM last night, even with the series’ second-season debut. Across three airings (9 PM, 10 PM and 11 PM), the period mob drama … Read More »

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HBO Sets Season 3 Premiere Dates For ‘Boardwalk Empire’ And ‘Treme’

By | Monday July 9, 2012 @ 11:02am PDT

The third season of HBO‘s Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire will kick off Sunday, September 16 at 9 PM, HBO announced today. Season 3 of the series starring Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald and Michael Shannon will be made … Read More »

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‘Boardwalk Empire’s Michael Kenneth Williams Joins ‘Twelve Years A Slave’

By | Saturday June 23, 2012 @ 12:10pm PDT

Michael Kenneth Williams has been added to the cast of Twelve Years A Slave. The actor joins Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Brad Pitt in the Steve McQueen-directed film. Raising Hope‘s Garret Dillahunt, Paul Dano and SNL’s … Read More »

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EMMYS: ‘Boardwalk Empire’s Steve Buscemi

By | Friday June 8, 2012 @ 10:02pm PDT

Anthony D’Alessandro is managing editor/contributor to AwardsLine.

For anyone who found the first season of Boardwalk Empire pedestrian with its decadent sets and deliberate pacing, well then, watch season 2: HBO’s Prohibition Boardwalk Empiregangster saga is more breathtaking than a moonshine explosion, triggered in large part by its tin god Nucky Thompson, the crooked Atlantic City political boss played with pungent deftness by Steve Buscemi. In season 2, the beachside Camelot of bootleggers and politicians that Nucky propped up in season 1 emasculate him of Steve Buscemihis power with an election rigging scandal, leaving the fashion-plaid suited kingpin no choice but to off his rebellious protégé Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) in a shocking finale. While some critics scratched their heads in season 1 over the idea of a character actor playing the lead, it couldn’t be more clear that Buscemi’s steely acting was meant for the part. Look no further than the accolades Buscemi has racked up: a best actor drama Emmy nod last year and a best actor SAG win in January. His coarse stares, machine-gun diction and cocksure swagger are Nucky’s underpinnings as the pivot in this gangland’s Ferris wheel. Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather taught that such unhinged behavior leads a man to his inevitable doom, i.e. Sonny Corleone. But in Boardwalk, such manners are prerequisite for survival.

AWARDSLINE: Did you realize early on in the season that Nucky’s murder of Jimmy Darmody was inevitable?
Steve Buscemi: No, it wasn’t obvious to me or anybody. When I talked to Terry (Winter) about why Nucky was taking this course of action, Read More »

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EMMYS: Mike Fleming’s Q&A With ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Creator Terence Winter

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 1:24pm PDT
Mike Fleming

There is a direct lineage between HBO’s The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire and it is personified by Boardwalk creator Terence Winter. A lawyer who wrote on series like The Cosby Mysteries, Xena: Warrior Princess and Sister, Sister, Winter found his true calling as a writer/producer of David Chase’s groundbreaking mob saga. Winter four Emmys for writing and producing Sopranos episodes, including one directed by Steve Buscemi. Winter’s followup, Boardwalk Empire, garnered 18 Emmy nominations and eight wins its first season. It’s back for more after completing a second season with shocking doses of killings, incest, bootlegging and treachery that culminated in Buscemi’s Nucky Thompson executing his surrogate son-turned rival Jimmy Darmody, played by Michael Pitt. Here, Winter discusses the season past, and carrying The Sopranos torch that has changed cable series permanently.

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DEADLINE: When Steve Buscemi played Tony Soprano’s cousin in The Sopranos, how far into that season did it occur to you he could carry your next show?

WINTER: I didn’t start developing Boardwalk until a little after The Sopranos but I’d been a fan of Steve’s literally from the second I saw him in a movie called In the Soup. He directed three Sopranos episodes for us and I got to know him first on that level. When I wrote the Boardwalk script I really didn’t have any actor in mind; we had the real Nucky in mind, from photographs. When it came time to cast, Marty Scorsese and I decided it didn’t matter what the real guy looked like because nobody knew him anyway. Let’s just pick an actor we love. I said what about Steve Buscemi and about a week later, Marty called and said, I can’t stop thinking about Steve Buscemi for this. I couldn’t either, and that was that. Some saw it as an odd choice, but Steve has covered every color in the human spectrum of emotion and there’s nothing this guy can’t do.

Related: EMMYS: Drama Series Overview

DEADLINE: Did you know then that in Season Two he would evolve into a stone killer?

WINTER: Yeah. I knew. Based on the research, as prohibition unfolded the game got much darker and if you were going to survive in that world you had to step up your game. After starting with a guy who was a corrupt politician who dabbled in criminal behavior of a relatively minor sort, things had to get darker for him. It was foreshadowed in the pilot w19thhen Jimmy Darmody tells Nucky, you can’t be half a gangster anymore, because there are people willing to kill for this, and that’s why you need a guy like me. Eventually we had to see Nucky cross that line himself. Read More »

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Reunion: Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Michael Pitt

By | Thursday April 26, 2012 @ 9:55pm PDT

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Fans of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire will be keen to know that Season 3 will pick up “15 months in the future from the end of season two,” as executive producer and series creator Terence Winter confided to a nearly packed house at the Leonard Goldenson Theatre tonight at the TV Academy in North Hollywood. “It’s New Year’s Eve 1922, going into 1923,” Winter teased the crowd. “The world has changed quite a bit,” Winter noted of the ongoing Prohibition era. “Things have gotten quite a bit more violent as Prohibition has gone on and people are running out of liquor. Hence Nucky’s world’s going to change.” Winter added that the upcoming season slated to begin in September will see a rise of gangsters like Al Capone and lots of “consequences and ramifications from what went on at the end of Season 2.” The young, now-orphaned son of the dead Jimmy Darmody who was played by Michael Pitt, will continue to be a part of the series, Winter added.

Is there a trumpet player in Boardwalk‘s future? Alluding to an earlier possible slip of tongue by actor Michael Shannon, Winter also jokingly promised that they’ve “got the band going.” Shannon, who plays disgraced Prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden, elicited sharp looks from Winter and star Steve Buscemi during the Evening With Boardwalk Empire event when he interjected, “Time to be someone else.” He quickly added, “Luckily I can play the trumpet,” to which Winter mockingly observed, “Oh. Thanks for giving it away.”

The liquor may not have been flowing speakeasy style, but the Atlantic City gang was all there. In addition to Buscemi, Shannon and Winter, the acclaimed Prohibition era series’ Kelly Macdonald, Vincent Piazza, Gretchen Mol, Michael Stuhlbarg and Michael Kenneth Williams took the stage at the Television Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre to discuss the past and, many hoped, the future of Boardwalk Empire. While recently announced Season three regular Bobby Cannavale was not there, former series star Pitt was very much in evidence. Read More »

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‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘Game Of Thrones’, ’30 Rock’, ‘Big Bang’ Nominated At Monte Carlo

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 1:24pm PDT

U.S. series nominees at the 52nd Monte Carlo Television Festival in the drama category are Boardwalk Empire (HBO), Game of Thrones (HBO) and The Good Wife (CBS Studios International). Comedy series nominees are 30 Rock (NBC Universal), The Big Bang Theory (CBS Studios International) and Modern Family (Twentieth Century Fox … Read More »

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Three Actors Book Recurring Gigs On Series

By | Thursday April 5, 2012 @ 6:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Chris Caldovino (The Sopranos) has joined the cast of another HBO mob drama, Prohibition-era series Boardwalk Empire, as a recurring. The actor, repped by Momentum Talent and McGowan Management, will play Tonino, a driver and strong arm.

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Tammy Blanchard To Do Arc On ‘The Big C’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Adds Duo As Recurring

By | Monday March 12, 2012 @ 4:00am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tammy Blanchard has booked a three-episode arc on the Showtime dark comedy series The Big C. She will play Giselle, a sexy, married, and uninhibited pilates instructor who enters into an unconventional relationship with Cathy’s (Laura Linney) brother Sean (John … Read More »

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‘Rango’ Wins 4 Visual Effects Awards; ‘Hugo’, ‘Apes’, ‘Transformers’, Take 2 Each

Paramount’s Rango dominated this evening’s 10th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards with four wins in animated feature categories — Visual Effects, Animated Character, Created Environment and Virtual Cinematography. Hugo, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes and Transformers: Dark Of The Moon took a pair of awards each in the feature categories. Boardwalk Empire and Game Of Thrones won two apiece in the TV categories. Stan Lee was honored with the VES Lifetime Achievement Award and visual effects pioneer Douglas Trumbull received the Georges Méliès Award. Ceremonies recognizing visual effects wizardry in 23 categories took place at the Beverly Hilton. The awards presentation will air at 7PM Pacific/10PM Eastern on ReelzChannel Sunday, February 19th. Complete list of winners follows:

Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
Rise of the Planet of the Apes: Dan Lemmon, Joe Letteri, Cyndi Ochs, Kurt Williams

Supporting Visual Effects in a Feature Motion Picture
Hugo: Ben Grossmann, Alex Henning, Rob Legato, Karen Murphy

Visual Effects in an Animated Feature Motion Picture
Rango: Tim Alexander, Hal Hickel, Jacqui Lopez, Katie Lynch

Visual Effects in a Broadcast Miniseries, Movie, or Special
Inside the Human Body: Phil Dobree, Sophie Orde, Dan Upton

Visual Effects in a Broadcast Series
Terra Nova – Occupation & Resistance: Kevin Blank, Colin Brady, Adica Manis, Jason Zimmerman

Supporting Visual Effects in a Broadcast Program
Game of Thrones – Winter is Coming: Lucy Ainsworth-Taylor, Angela Barson, Ed Bruce, Adam McInnes

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Bobby Cannavale Joins HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ As New Regular In Season 3

By | Friday February 3, 2012 @ 2:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

A new man will be threatening Nucky Thompson’s reign on the upcoming third season of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. Bobby Cannavale has joined the cast of the mob drama as a series regular. He will play Gyp Rosetti, a charming but ruthless gangster who challenges Nucky (Steve Buscemi). The cast of Boardwalk Empire, created by Terence Winter and executive produced by Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, is a regular short following the demise of Michael Pitt’s character in the second season finale. The series repeated as a double SAG Award winner this past weekend in the best drama ensemble and best actor (Buscemi) categories. Read More »

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SAG Awards TV: The Equivalent Of A Rerun

Nellie Andreeva

SAG Awards Live Blog, SAG Awards Winners List
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‘Adventures Of Tintin’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Lead VES Award Nominations

Los Angeles, January 9, 2012 – The Visual Effects Society (VES) today announced the nominees for its 10th Annual VES Awards ceremony recognizing outstanding visual effects artistry in 23 categories of film, animation, television, commercials, special venues and video games. Nominees were chosen Saturday, January 7 by distinguished panels of VES members who viewed submissions at the FotoKem screening facilities in Burbank and New York, FotoKem’s Spy in San Francisco, and other facilities in London, Sydney, Vancouver and Wellington, NZ. As previously announced, Stan Lee will be honored with the VES 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award and Douglas Trumbull with the Georges Méliès Award. The 10th Annual VES Awards will take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will air exclusively on ReelzChannel. The nominees for the 10th Annual VES Awards are as follows:

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects-Driven Feature Motion Picture
Captain America: The First Avenger
Charlie Noble
Mark Soper
Christopher Townsend
Edson Williams
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Tim Burke
Emma Norton
John Richardson
David Vickery
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Gary Brozenich
David Conley
Charlie Gibson
Ben Snow
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Dan Lemmon
Joe Letteri
Cyndi Ochs
Kurt Williams
Transformers: Dark of the Moon
Scott Benza
Wayne Billheimer
Matthew Butler
Scott Farrar

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‘Boardwalk Empire’s Shocking Finale Hits Season High, ‘Luck’ So-So In Preview

By | Tuesday December 13, 2011 @ 11:46am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Boardwalk Empire’s second season ended on a high note. The finale, featuring the shocking death of a major character (I won’t reveal more for the sake of procrastinating DVR viewers), averaged a season high 3 million viewers at … Read More »

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Is Time Warner Cable Really, Finally, Close To A Deal To Offer HBO Go?

It’s stange that a former corporate cousin of HBO — Time Warner Cable — remains the biggest pay TV company that still doesn’t offer subscribers the opportunity to access the HBO Go digital streaming service. But that will … Read More »

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UTA Says It Fired ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Actor

By | Friday October 21, 2011 @ 4:48pm PDT

UPDATE: I received a phone call earlier this week that UTA on Tuesday fired actor Michael Pitt who plays Jimmy Darmody on the HBO series. “If you decide to post about someone (probably WME) signing Michael Pitt, who is … Read More »

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‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season Premiere Down

By | Tuesday September 27, 2011 @ 10:24am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

HBO’s Prohibition-era drama Boardwalk Empire opened its second season with 2.9 million viewers. That was down 40% from Boardwalk Empire‘s series debut last September, when it posted HBO’s largest series premiere audience in six years. There was a mitigating factor: … Read More »

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