Category: Boardwalk Empire

Steve Buscemi talks about the secret of 'Boardwalk Empire'

Steve Buscemi and Boardwalk Empire cast at the SAG Awards

Although Steve Buscemi took home a SAG award for best actor in a drama series Sunday night — his second in a row for the role of Nucky Thompson in the HBO show “Boardwalk Empire” — he doesn't see himself as a leading man.

“I still feel like a character actor,” the actor said backstage, surrounded by the show’s cast, which also won for ensemble cast in a TV drama. “It's being part of that ensemble that matters. For me the show is Atlantic City. We all live and work there, and Nucky does run things, but there are plenty of people who want that job as well.”

What makes for a good ensemble? The cast members agreed it’s the writing.

“Someone else writes the words,” said Gretchen Mol, who plays aging showgirl Gillian Darmody. “It’s always a surprise from week to week. At the end of the day, it’s really the writers in that room. I don’t know how they come up with what they do. It’s so bold and scary and I don’t know how they get away with it.”

For his part, Michael Pitt, who played Mol's character's son Jimmy Darmody, was already thinking about more practical things.

“I’m hungry, and I want a cigarette,” he announced, causing an indignant cry from one of the children in the cast.


'Boardwalk Empire' wins SAG award for TV drama ensemble

Steve Buscemi wins SAG award for actor in TV drama

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— Jessica Gelt

Photo: Cast of "Boardwalk Empire" at SAG Awards. Credit: Mark J. Terrill / Associated Press.

SAG Awards: Steve Buscemi wins for male actor in TV drama series

SAG Awards: Steve Buscemi wins for male actor in TV drama series. Click for full coverage.
Steve Buscemi won the SAG Award for male actor in a drama series for his role in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.” Buscemi plays Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, a politician modeled after real-life mob boss Enoch Johnson, who ruled Atlantic City during the Prohibition era.

Buscemi beat out Patrick J. Adams in USA’s “Suits,” Kyle Chandler in DirecTV’s “Friday Night Lights,” Bryan Cranston in AMC’s “Breaking Bad” and Michael C. Hall in Showtime’s “Dexter.”

This is Buscemi’s second consecutive win in this category for his role in “Boardwalk Empire.” Buscemi also won as part of the “Boardwalk Empire” cast at last year’s awards for ensemble in a drama series.

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The  18th Screen Actors Guild Awards show was broadcast nationwide by TNT and TBS from the Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles.


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Photo: Actor Steve Buscemi accepts the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series award for 'Boardwalk Empire.' Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


Golden Globes: Jessica Lange wins for supporting actress in a series

Jessica Lange in "American Horror Story"

Jessica Lange of "American Horror Story" won the Golden Globe award for supporting actress in a series, mini-series or motion picture made for television. Lange beat out Kelly MacDonald of "Boardwalk Empire," Maggie Smith of "Downton Abbey," Sofia Vergara of "Modern Family" and Evan Rachel Wood of "Mildred Pierce" for the award.

Lange plays intrusive neighbor Constance who, by use of her Southern charm, worms her way into the lives of her newly moved-in neighbors in the horror series on FX. This is Lange's 12th Golden Globe nomination and fifth win.

The Golden Globes are being held at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday and are being televised on NBC. 


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 Photo: Jessica Lange in "American Horror Story." Credit: FX

Golden Globes: 'Homeland' wins for TV drama series

Golden Globes: 'Homeland' wins for TV drama series

“Homeland” won the Golden Globe award for best television series — drama. It beat out “Game of Thrones,” “Boss,” “American Horror Story” and “Boardwalk Empire” for the award.

The series finished its first season on Showtime in December. Based on an Israeli drama, “Homeland” features Claire Danes as a CIA agent convinced that an American Marine (played by Damian Lewis) returning after years as a POW in Iraq is a terrorist. It was produced by Showtime Presents, Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet and Fox 21. This is the series’ first Golden Globe nomination and win.

The Golden Globes are being held at the Beverly Hilton and are being televised on NBC. We'll carry all the breaking TV news and reaction here on Show Tracker.


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Photo: Claire Danes arrives at the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards Credit: Matt Sayles / AP


2011's most gruesome TV deaths: The good, the blood and the ugly

On TV in 2011, the blood flowed on series such as "Boardwalk Empire" and "Breaking Bad"
The year 2011 may have been a groundbreaker -- as well as a neck-cruncher and arm-smasher -- when it came to showing TV characters being offed in creative, gruesome ways. The blood flowed not only on CBS procedurals such as the "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" franchise and "Bones," but on prestigious series such as "Boardwalk Empire" and "Breaking Bad." Some of the carnage was so extreme that even viewers who are usually strong of stomach found themselves covering their eyes during several of these horrific scenes.

1. "Breaking Bad," "Face Off": Drug kingpin Gustavo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) caused a lot of mayhem for enemies -- and friends-- on the AMC drama. But Gus really went out with a bang in the season finale when he was blown up in a bomb explosion in a nursing home. The blast tears half his face off, but he still has enough sense of style to straighten his tie before collapsing.

"Breaking Bad" runner-up -- "Box Cutter": Gus slashes the throat of an accomplice with a box cutter.

2. "Game of Thrones," "A Golden Crown:" A drunken Viserys (Harry Lloyd), who is jealous when his pregnant sister Daenerys (Emila Clarke) becomes popular with the Dothaki tribe, pulls a sword on her and threatens to cut out her child if her husband, Khal Drogo (Jason Momoa), does not conquer the Seven Kingdoms and win him a crown. Khal responds by giving him a true "golden crown," pouring a cauldron of molten gold on his head.

"Game of Thrones" runner-up -- "Cripples, Bastards and Broken Things":  Ser Gregor Clegane (Conan Stevens) pierces the neck of an opponent during a jousting match.

On TV in 2011, the blood flowed on series such as "Boardwalk Empire" and "Breaking Bad"
3. "Boardwalk Empire," "Gimcrack and Bunsum": Gangster Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) holds down a veteran of the American Indian wars who had earlier struck him with a cane, as accomplice Richard Darrow (Jack Huston) scalps him.

"Boardwalk Empire" runner-up "Gimcrack and Bunsum": Sheriff Eli Thompson (Shea Whigham) loses control and kills a man by bashing his head in with a wrench.

4."Dexter" -- "Get Gellar": Dexter and Miami Metro homicide detectives discover the body of a professor who has been killed by a serial murderer staging religious slayings. The body, which is on the stage of a lecture hall, has been drained of blood. When the detectives start to investigate, they trip a booby trap that opens up a huge container above them and rains blood and guts all over them.

5. "Sons of Anarchy"-- "Fruit for the Crows": Outlaw motorcycle gang member Juice (Theo Rossi) shoots an attacker point blank in the face several times, shattering the man's skull.

What were your favorite TV deaths of 2011? Tell us in the comments below.


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-- Greg Braxton 

Upper photo: Gustovo Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) puts on plastic garments before slashing the throat of an accomplice in "Breaking Bad.' Credit: Ursula Coyote / AMC

Lower photo: Michael Pitt, left, and Richard Easton in "Boardwalk Empire." In a scene from the episode, Pitt's character holds Easton's character down as he is being scalped. Credit: Macall B. Polay

Jack Huston is the man behind the mask of HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire'

Jack Huston in "Boardwalk Empire"

Jack Huston has a lot to hide when he plays gangster Richard Harrow in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" — particularly his face.

A tin mask with an eerily painted eye, spectacle and mustache covers Huston's face when he plays Harrow, a horribly disfigured veteran of World War I. Although Harrow is outwardly sensitive and vulnerable, his gentle nature is counterbalanced by his viciousness as a coldblooded killer.

The role has been a breakthrough for Huston, who is part of a prominent show business family — he is the nephew of Anjelica Huston and Danny Huston, and his maternal grandfather is legendary director John Huston.

"Taking this one has been a master class in acting," said Huston of his portrayal.

For more on Huston and "Boardwalk Empire," read this feature.


Extreme violence cuts a bloody path through top TV dramas

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— Greg Braxton

Photo: Jack Huston as Richard Harrow in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: Macall Polay/HBO.

Bringing the pain: Top TV dramas have a blood thing going on

A savage scene in "Breaking Bad"

Many of TV's most popular series, such as "The Walking Dead," "True Blood" and "Dexter," are known for high drama and high body counts. Spatter and gore are essential — and expected — parts of their DNA.

But extreme, sometimes unflinching acts of graphic, stomach-churning violence have also been spilling over into an unexpected arena: TV's elite dramas. "Breaking Bad," "Boardwalk Empire," "Sons of Anarchy" and other shows praised for their complex plots and high production values have lately displayed a new level of savagery.

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Photo: Gustavo Fring (GIancarlo Esposito) dons plastic overalls as he prepares to slash the throat of an accomplice with a box cutter on AMC's "Breaking Bad." Credit: Ursula Coyote/AMC.




HBO renews 'Boardwalk Empire'

HBO renews 'Boardwalk Empire'
HBO is doing anything but outlawing its Emmy-winning drama "Boardwalk Empire" -- instead, the network has renewed the drama for a third season.

The announcement comes three weeks after the second season launch of the Prohibition-set series, which brought in 2.9 million viewers, down 12% from its first season finale.

The pickup is more good news for the drama, which received eight awards at this year's Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for Martin Scorsese for directing in a drama series.


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Photo: Steve Buscemi as Nucky in "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: HBO

'Boardwalk Empire': Michael Shannon on Van Alden's future

Michael Shannon of 'Boardwalk Empire'

Michael Shannon, who plays the volatile Prohibition agent Nelson Van Alden on “Boardwalk Empire,” has managed to stay plenty busy while not busting bootleggers and fighting corruption. We recently caught up with Shannon about his two new films, “Take Shelter” (which opens Friday) and “Machine Gun Preacher” (in theaters now), but Show Tracker couldn’t resist asking him a few questions about Van Alden and what’s in store for his character in Season 2 of the acclaimed HBO drama. [Updated at 2:35 p.m.: An earlier version of this post stated that "Take Shelter" was already in theaters and has been corrected.]

Do you consider Van Alden to be a good guy?

I think he’s a tragic character because I really do believe he has good intentions. I think he comes from a very difficult upbringing. I think his father was probably a monster, basically. And before he comes to Atlantic City, I don’t think he has much experience of the world. He’s not a very worldly person. I think he grew up in a very small community, ultra-religious, and then he’s exposed to Atlantic City. That’s one of the themes of the show: This city, you come into it one person and you leave someone else. It’s just this cauldron of sin and temptation. And I think that’s the point of it, to see how Van Alden’s going to deal with that.

How would you describe the character's mind-set at the beginning of this season?

I do think Van Alden realizes that he’s made a lot of mistakes and that he’s gone against a lot of his own principles, the principles that led him to Atlantic City in the first place. I think Season 2 is about him trying to redeem himself. He’s trying to make gold out of the straw he’s been given.

What does that mean for his marriage with Rose?

I think Van Alden loves Rose dearly. The night he spent with Lucy in Season 1 was a very dark night of the soul. He was trying to self-destruct, basically. But I think he actually really enjoys being with Rose.

What about his relationship with Lucy?

He wants to keep an eye on her to make sure that the baby’s OK. I think he cares about the baby more than anything. Lucy is an attractive woman, and Nelson’s a man — I don’t think he’s unattracted to her, but I just don’t think he’s in love with her. They have absolutely nothing in common. They have nothing to talk about, really, except this baby. I don’t really see there being much of a future with them, but who knows? It’s still early in the season.

What else can you tell us about what's ahead in Season 2?

The less you know, the better, I think.


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Photo: Michael Shannon as Nelson Van Alden in "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: HBO.

'Boardwalk Empire' is back, with Kelly Macdonald at the forefront


“Boardwalk Empire” -- with its shady backroom politics, gangster showdowns and whorehouse rendezvous -- returns to HBO for its second season this Sunday. And there are more than a few cliffhangers blowing in the Prohibition-era Atlantic City wind. 

Will Jimmy take Nucky down? Will Angela will reunite with her lesbian lover? And what will Agent Van Alden do about Lucy’s unplanned baby? We do know one thing, however: Irish immigrant-turned-grande-dame Margaret Schroeder will kick some serious butt this season. 

How do we know? She told us so. Or rather Kelly Macdonald, who plays her, did.

We recently met up with Macdonald at Gemma, a restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, where she opened up about working with director Martin Scorsese, her acting debut in "Trainspotting" and her steep and twisting character arc in "Boardwalk Empire." 

Mcdonald says,"From the pilot, I thought I knew who she was and kind of based everything around that. And then I had to change."

Read our full profile of Kelly Macdonald here.


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Photo: Kelly Macdonald and Steve Buscemi of "Boardwalk Empire." Credit: Abbot Genser / HBO

Emmys 2011: Martin Scorsese compares new prize to Oscar

Martin Scorsese

Now that Martin Scorsese has both an Emmy and an Oscar under his belt, which prize does he consider more gratifying?

“I must say, this is something I really never dreamed of,” Scorsese told reporters backstage of his Emmy win for directing HBO's period drama series “Boardwalk Empire.” “It’s a different medium in a way, although we approached ‘Boardwalk Empire’ as a film — a very long film. It’s just as exciting [as the Oscar win].”

Scorsese won his first Academy Award back in 2007 for directing “The Departed,” the crime drama loosely based on the life of Whitey Bulger. Asked if when he made the film he ever imagined that the mobster would ever be caught, Scorsese replied: “No. Absolutely not,” he said, beginning to chuckle. “I really didn’t. Who knew? He’s in California. Surprising, eh?”

The filmmaker said he was intrigued by “Boardwalk” because it allowed him the opportunity to develop characters over a longer period of time.

“It was almost like the way Victorian novels were written. They were serialized. Dickens wrote that way,” he explained. “We had always hoped in the '60s when films started to be made for television that long-form films were going to be created for the medium, and it didn’t really work out that way. I think you really have an opportunity here now, and I can see it even more so than what is possible in independent cinema.”


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Photo: Martin Scorsese backstage at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Photo credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images.

Emmys 2011: 'Mad Men' creator on 'Boardwalk Empire' rivalry

Elizabeth Moss

"Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner says he has nothing but respect for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," the show that Emmy watchers are saying could pose quite a threat to a "Mad Men" win in the Emmy Awards top drama series category. "We're not going to box it out or anything," Weiner joked of battling his rival, as "Mad Man" star Jon Hamm walked by on the red carpet and grabbed his shoulder.

The two men grinned at each other as Hamm sailed by. Alluding to how he and Hamm knew each other, he teased, "I don't know, I just met him in a St. Louis airport."


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Photo: Elisabeth Moss, nominated for lead actress in a drama series for "Mad Men," arrives at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Credit: Danny Moloshok


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