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Hi, Bryan Here….

Atlantic City, New Year’s Eve, 1922: The Roaring ‘20s are about to begin in earnest. Despite a booming economy, alcohol is scarce and gangster violence is heating up. With his marriage to Margaret already on the rocks, Nucky Thompson faces the challenge of mending old relationships and encounters new competition from a hair-trigger gangster determined to siphon off his business.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

The debut dates for the new seasons of the HBO series BOADWALK EMPIRE and TREME have been confirmed. The 12-episode third season of BOADWALK EMPIRE kicks off SUNDAY, SEPT. 16 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Set in the 1920s in the early days of Prohibition, this Golden Globe-winning series chronicles the life and times of “Nucky” Thompson, the undisputed leader of Atlantic City.

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Hi Bryan Here….

HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ is easily one of the most brilliant and engaging series to air in the past decade.  It is full of colorful characters, gripping story lines, and tons of violence and sex.  And all of the series is based on actual people and events from the roaring 20’s in Atlantic City.  You can tell that everyone involved with the series has a passion and love for the show.  This bluray release is incredible.  The video and audio are top notch while the extras are a lot of fun for any fan of the show.  This gets my highest recommendation.  So let’s have a glass of scotch and be secret about it.

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Hi Bryan Here….

TV Line is reporting that Boardwalk Empire has not renewed Paz De La Huerta’s contract for season 3.  Huerta played Nucky Thompson’s unstable mistress, Lucy Danziger.  She was introduced in the first episode of season 1 and was in  the first half of season 2’s episodes.  In season 2, she has a baby with Michael Shannon’s character, Lt. Van Alden, and she then runs away leaving Alden with the baby.  That might be the last we will ever see of Lucy.

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Hi Bryan Here….

From Terence Winter (Emmy®-winning writer on HBO’s The Sopranos) and Oscar®-winning director Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire is set in Atlantic City in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition. The series chronicles the life and times of Enoch Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the city treasurer whose double role as politician and bootlegger makes him the city’s undisputed czar at a time when illegal alcohol has opened up highly lucrative opportunities for rumrunners and distributors. In a city defined by notorious backroom politics and vicious power struggles, Nucky must contend with ambitious underlings, relentless Feds, rival gangsters — including Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Al Capone — and his own appetite for women, profits, and power.

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HBO Renews ‘Boardwalk Empire’ For A Third Season!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 12th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here….

With the first few episodes of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ doing very well in the ratings, HBO has given the go ahead to make a third season for the gangster series.  This is much deserved.  ‘Boardwalk Empire’ is a magnificent achievement in television and is far better than ‘Sopranos’ ever was.

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Hi Bryan Here….

HBO will be releasing ‘Boardwalk Empire’ The Complete 1st Season on blu-ray come January 10th. 2012.  From Terence Winter (Emmy®-winning writer on HBO’s The Sopranos) and Oscar®-winning director Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire is set in Atlantic City in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition. The series chronicles the life and times of Enoch Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the city treasurer whose double role as politician and bootlegger makes him the city’s undisputed czar at a time when illegal alcohol has opened up highly lucrative opportunities for rumrunners and distributors. In a city defined by notorious backroom politics and vicious power struggles, Nucky must contend with ambitious underlings, relentless Feds, rival gangsters — including Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Al Capone — and his own appetite for women, profits, and power.

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Hi Bryan Here….

Episode #14:  “Ourselves Alone”

Debut: SUNDAY, OCT. 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT)

Other HBO playdates: Oct. 2 (11:00 p.m.), 4 (11:30 p.m.), 5 (8:00 p.m.) and 8 (10:45 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates:  Oct. 3 (10:00 p.m.), 6 (11:40 p.m.), 7 (9:00 p.m.), 9 (2:00 p.m.) and 13 (10:00 p.m.)

Concerned about losing his grip on Atlantic City, Nucky (Steve Buscemi) deliberates a countermove while trying to learn who in his inner circle betrayed him.  As agents scour the Treasurer’s office for incriminating evidence, Margaret (Kelly Macdonald) strikes a pose from the past to help Nucky avoid further trouble in the present.  In New York, Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) puts Jimmy (Michael Pitt) on hold, but Meyer Lansky (Anatol Yusef) and Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) loom as possible trading partners.  Chalky (Michael Kenneth Williams) is badgered in prison by Dunn Purnsley (Erik LaRay Harvey), a jailmate with an ax to grind; Owen Sleater (Ted Rooney), an advance man for Irish nationalist John McGarrigle (Ted Rooney), scouts the Thompson residence; the Commodore (Dabney Coleman) introduces Eli (Shea Whigham) to “the men who made this city.”

Written by Howard Korder; directed by David Petrarca.

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Hi Bryan Here….

Atlantic City, 1921: Though his fortunes have soared in the wake of the enactment of Prohibition, Nucky Thompson is paying a steep price for wielding ultimate power in “the world’s playground.”  Following the ’20 election, Nucky finds himself the target of an investigation for voter fraud and faces not only jail, but insurrection by some of those he considered his closest allies.

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Hi Bryan Here….

It’s almost time for the second season to start for HBO’s hit series ‘Boardwalk Empire’.  This show is so good and from the looks of it, the second season will be just as kick ass.  Looking forward to it.  Plus get some excellent first snap judgements from our own Sparky Shagwell.  Enjoy.

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Hi Bryan Here….

This just brings joy to my life.  The Force is strong with these people.  Documentarians Heidi Burkey and Tim Larson have been following students for over a year now Arts and Learning Children’s Conservatory in California during which these kids have put on a stage musical production of Empire Strikes Back.

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Hi Bryan Here…

Here is a very cool video of the before and after shots of the VFX used in HBO’S hit show, “Boardwalk Empire”.  All that computer work and use of blue/green screens was top notch and so amazing.

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Hi Bryan Here…

One of my favorite things is when I go into a theater expecting a certain caliber of film to be shown, and by the end of the film, not only is that expectation met, but was much much more than what i could have hoped and expected for.  I certainly got this from the new Harry Potter film which is the first of two parts of the final film in the series.

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Boardwalk Empire Has Been Renewed for a 2nd Season

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 21st, 2010

I knew this show would be a hit.  It was so well done.  Read my review of the first episode HERE.

HBO has ordered a 2nd season of Boardwalk Empire already.  No word on a premiere date or number of episodes, but it is in stone.  Also the premiere of the 1st episode this past Sunday had just under 5 million viewers which was HBO’s largest premiere in six years.  Well Done HBO.  Below is the press release.  ENJOY!

HBO RENEWS BOARDWALK EMPIRE FOR SECOND SEASON

“LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21, 2010 – Following resounding critical approval and high viewer numbers for the series’ Sept. 19 debut, HBO has renewed BOARDWALK EMPIRE for a second season, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.

“All the ingredients aligned for this one, from Mark Wahlberg and Steve Levinson’s initial pitch, to Martin Scorsese’s enormous contributions as director and executive producer, to the genius of Terry Winter and the expertise of Tim Van Patten, to a stellar cast led by Steve Buscemi,” said Lombardo. “The response from the media and our viewers has been nothing short of amazing.”

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.

Among the early critical raves, People called the show “not-to-be-missed,” hailing Steve Buscemi’s “brilliant, brutally funny performance,” while USA Today observed that BOARDWALK EMPIRE “looks to be the season’s best new show on any outlet.” The Philadelphia Inquirer said the series “stands at the pinnacle of TV achievement,” with the New York Observer noting, “It’s really, really good.”

The Sept. 19 premiere of BOARDWALK EMPIRE averaged 4.8 million viewers during the 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT) airing to score HBO’s largest premiere of any program in over six years (since March 21, 2004 – “Deadwood” with “The Sopranos” as lead-in). With additional plays at 10:15 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., BOARDWALK EMPIRE was watched by a combined 7.1 million viewers for the night.

Season one credits: Created by Terence Winter, BOARDWALK EMPIRE is executive produced by Terence Winter, Martin Scorsese, Tim Van Patten, Stephen Levinson and Mark Wahlberg; co-executive producers, Gene Kelly and Lawrence Konner; producers (series), Rudd Simmons and Rick Yorn; producer (pilot), David Coatsworth; supervising producers, Howard Korder and Margaret Nagle.”



Bryan Takes A Walk Through the Boardwalk Empire (Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 20th, 2010

HBO’s new prohibition gangster era series might be the best series to come out of the channel.  HBO already gave us an amazing gangster show at one point with The Sopranos.  But Boardwalk Empire takes the cake.

On the subject of The Sopranos, former writer/ producer of The Sopranos, Terrence Winter is the mastermind behind the new Boardwalk Empire series.  Add to that a former Sopranos victim, Steve Buschemi who plays the lead character, “Nucky Thompson” and you already have a start to a great show.

Martin Scorsese lends his talent to direct the first episode of the series which is nothing short of perfection.  Scorsese really has knack for making gangster films.  I believe this his first direction of something on tv that is fiction since the 1980’s.

It really seems HBO put tons of money into this show.  All the CGI and costumes to make the 1920’s look like the actual 1920’s is spectacular.  You can tall a whole lot of love and time went into making this show right and real.

In the first episode you will see the start of Al Capone, a midget boxing match, a silent film of Fatty Arbuckle, quite a bit of gore and uber extreme violence, and much much more.

Omar from “The Wire” makes a small appearance in the first episode.  I have a feeling that in episodes to come he will be a key character to Nucky.

Already this show has entranced me and I cannot wait until next Sunday.

I think the only other show that will be this good or better this year will be “The Walking Dead” on AMC.

What did you think of the first episode?



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