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September 14, 2012
* BOARDWALK EMPIRE. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO. NUCKY THOMPSON may be having more trouble getting over Jimmy Darmody than I am. As HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" enters its third season Sunday, it's the very eve of 1923, and Nucky (Steve Buscemi) is carrying a lot more baggage than he'd started out with at the dawn of Prohibition three years earlier. His once hopeful romance with Irish widow Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald) has degenerated into a sham of a marriage. No longer the "half a gangster" his surrogate son Jimmy (Michael Pitt)
NEWS
February 24, 2011 | By Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writer
ATLANTIC CITY - When Judge Nelson Johnson wrote Boardwalk Empire , his history of corrupt Atlantic City, he certainly had no idea the Prohibition-era chapters would inspire the celebrated HBO series. But he did know this: The chapter on the African American involvement in the creation of the resort - Chapter 3, titled "A Plantation by the Sea" - was destined to be the basis for another book. "It became apparent if you remove the black experience from Atlantic City's history, then the town never comes to be," Johnson said in a phone interview from his chambers in the Atlantic County Civil Courthouse in Atlantic City.
NEWS
September 16, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
HBO's Boardwalk Empire , which returns for its third season on Sunday, is a classic mobster story about men with big egos and bigger guns facing off - in ways bloody and brutal - against other men with big guns and bigger egos. The Prohibition drama, starring Steve Buscemi as Atlantic City political boss and bootleg booze-trader Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, has more than its share of male aggression, gun-and-switchblade-generated gore, and late-night grue, but it doesn't pretend its characters live in a vacuum.
NEWS
September 6, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* LAST TANGO IN HALIFAX. 8 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. * BOARDWALK EMPIRE. 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO.   WHAT COULD be sweeter - or safer - than a show depicting a rekindled romance between two people in their 70s? Quite a lot, if the show is "Last Tango in Halifax," which makes its U.S. debut on PBS Sunday. It's not that you couldn't dance this one with your grandparents (or with teenage grandkids, if you are grandparents). But like that other British import, "Call the Midwife," which has worked topics like abortion and incest into its deceptively cozy stories of nurse-midwives in 1950s London, "Last Tango in Halifax" isn't afraid to step on some toes.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2010 | By CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com 215-313-3134
Who would have thought that filmmaking titan Martin Scorsese and "The Sopranos" scriptwriter Terrence Winters would be the ones to deliver to Atlantic City what, in these troubled times for the gaming capital, appears to be the marketing equivalent of biblical manna from heaven? That analogy may be overstating the case, but there's no debating the town and its casinos are grabbing onto "Boardwalk Empire," HBO's based-in-fact historical drama set in Prohibition-era Atlantic City, like rescued sailors on a lifeboat.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2010
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Twenty-four hours after the cast of MTV's "Jersey Shore" caused a minor stir here simply by demonstrating the ability to stand upright and take questions for 20 minutes ? the network, in a departure from protocol, hadn't put out chairs for them, possibly fearing some sort of wardrobe malfunction involving tight, short skirts - HBO this weekend brought out some of the stars of its own Jersey Shore project. Easily the most anticipated new show of the fall among critics, "Boardwalk Empire," which premieres Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2010
HBO, SO FOND of telling us it's "not television," has a new TV series premiering on Sunday called "Boardwalk Empire. " Maybe you've heard of it. Set in Prohibition-era Atlantic City and loosely based on Nelson Johnson's history of the resort town, it's a show whose buzz started even before the first plank went in on the boardwalk-to-nowhere set in Brooklyn, N.Y., that will stand in for the Jersey Shore resort for the next 12 episodes....
ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2010
LOOK FOR Caesars Atlantic City to play a major role in a promotional campaign for the upcoming HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," which is set in Atlantic City during Prohibition. According to New York Times marketing columnist Stuart Elliott, the midtown pleasure palace is hosting what is shaping up to be a glammed-out Sept. 16 premiere of the highly anticipated historical drama, as well as a first-episode screening Sept. 19 (when the program debuts in its regular Sunday-night slot)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), one of the central heroes of Marvel's wildly successful comic-book film Guardians of the Galaxy , is a space rogue who was kidnapped as a kid from his Missouri home by a band of marauding interstellar pirates called the Ravagers. There's some planet called Morag, where Quill steals a superspecial orb, and an assassin named Gamora (Zoe Saldana) who goes after him. Huh? Don't worry if descriptions of director James Gunn's Disney film make it sound more complicated than the entire Lord of the Rings saga.
NEWS
September 4, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV Critic
Amazon Studios has a "head of half hours," which is not as funny as it sounds. It's maybe too on the nose for a company that bundles a streaming video subscription with two-day shipping to describe its programming by the size of the container. Yet "half hour" is the best packaging possible for some shows, including not only Amazon series like Transparent , but also FX's Louie , HBO's Girls , and Starz's Survivor's Remorse that occasionally may leave viewers wondering whether it's OK to laugh.
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NEWS
September 4, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TV Critic
Amazon Studios has a "head of half hours," which is not as funny as it sounds. It's maybe too on the nose for a company that bundles a streaming video subscription with two-day shipping to describe its programming by the size of the container. Yet "half hour" is the best packaging possible for some shows, including not only Amazon series like Transparent , but also FX's Louie , HBO's Girls , and Starz's Survivor's Remorse that occasionally may leave viewers wondering whether it's OK to laugh.
NEWS
February 12, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, MUSIC CRITIC
When we first meet Richie Finestra, the hero of Vinyl , the new HBO drama about the 1970s glory days of the music business premiering with a two-hour Martin Scorsese-directed pilot at 9 p.m. Sunday, the exec played by Bobby Cannavale is scoring an eight-ball of cocaine. It's 1973, and Finestra, the stressed-out head of American Century records, is in rundown Soho in Manhattan. Before breaking off his rearview mirror for a snorting surface, he has a brief conversation with his dealer.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 5, 2016 | By VERNE GAY, Tribune News Service
A new year is nearly upon us, and TV is nearly ready to submerge us: 2016 will have more series - and more new series - than ever before, a historic watershed that should beggar the imagination and attention spans. Streaming services will mostly contribute to this population boom, as channels such as Crackle and Pivot struggle to get out from under the growing shadows of Netflix and Amazon Prime. In this movable and viewable feast, there will be gems worth savoring and watching. There always are. Just don't be too surprised if they're harder to find in the crowd.
NEWS
November 2, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Steven Soderbergh's period medical drama, The Knick , which kicked off its second season on Oct. 16, has been praised for its vivid characterization, realism, historical accuracy, and visual style. It's all true enough, but I also love the Cinemax drama for its inclusive approach to history. Unlike traditional histories that portray only the rich and famous, The Knick also gives us faithful, realistic accounts of people who remain invisible in traditional histories - the working poor and the indigent, ethnic minorities, and women.
NEWS
June 29, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
ABC did it in the 1950s with The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin , a children's program based on the silent films of the 1920s. Bogie and Bergman's 1942 classic, Casablanca , was done over not once but twice, first in 1955 with Charles McGraw in Humphrey Bogart's role, and NBC's ill-fated 1983 version featured singer and TV cop David Soul as Rick and Scatman Crothers as Sam. Though it may seem the small screen today is virtually clogged with...
SPORTS
May 16, 2015 | By Robert Strauss, For The Inquirer
Pinky Kravitz has spent Fourth of July in Atlantic City since Nucky Thompson ruled the Boardwalk Empire, or at least nearly so. "There is nothing like the summer holiday at the beach. Everyone comes and everyone has a good time," said Kravitz, whose Pinky's Corner radio show on WOND-AM (1400) is in the midst of its sixth decade, and whose similarly named column runs in the Press of Atlantic City every Thursday. Kravitz, who will turn 88 a week after the Fourth, has, as they say, seen it all. He worked on the Steel Pier near the diving horses as a youth and has been part of the scene in earnest in the casino era. "The Fourth was the time when the ice cream vendors and the hotdog guys always did their best sales," Kravitz said.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
  P EARCE BUNTING , who played the bootlegger Bill McCoy in the hit HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," with Steve Buscemi , has returned to his hometown of Philadelphia to step into a new role. Edward Albee 's 1962 play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" premieres Wednesday night at the Plays & Players Theatre (1714 Delancey Place), in Rittenhouse Square. Bunting portrays the passive-aggressive George, who gradually loses his patience with his taunting, drunk wife, Martha, after she brings home a younger, married couple who - over the course of several hours of drinking - become enmeshed in George and Martha's domestic disputes.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 10, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), one of the central heroes of Marvel's wildly successful comic-book film Guardians of the Galaxy , is a space rogue who was kidnapped as a kid from his Missouri home by a band of marauding interstellar pirates called the Ravagers. There's some planet called Morag, where Quill steals a superspecial orb, and an assassin named Gamora (Zoe Saldana) who goes after him. Huh? Don't worry if descriptions of director James Gunn's Disney film make it sound more complicated than the entire Lord of the Rings saga.
NEWS
September 12, 2014 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
TORONTO - It's a good example of how international the movie business has become that a Belgian director (Michael Roskam), his stars from Great Britain (Tom Hardy), Sweden (Noomi Rapace), New Jersey (James Gandolfini) and Belgium (Matthias Schoenaerts) met the media in a hotel room in Toronto to discuss a movie set in Brooklyn written by a guy from Boston. The guy from Boston (Dorchester, actually) is author Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone," "Shutter Island"), who set "Animal Rescue," the short story "The Drop" is based on, in his usual Boston-area, working-class neighborhood, but was told by producers that they thought he had become a victim of his own success and that blue-collar Boston was played out. So they gave him some options, one of which was to shoot the movie in Philadelphia.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Werner Herzog has created some of the most indelible images in modern cinema: A riverboat being pulled over the side of a steep hill in the Amazon in Fitzcarraldo ; Klaus Kinski as the vampire Nosferatu, leaning over the sleeping body of Isabelle Adjani in Nosferatu the Vampyre ; the hapless conquistadors making their way down the Orinoco River in South America in Aguirre, the Wrath of God . The German filmmaker, who has directed more than...
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