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Recap: ‘Boardwalk Empire’s ‘Margate Sands’ Is A Bloody, Intense & Satisfying Finale To Season 3

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • December 2, 2012 10:12 PM
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On the ropes all season long, it appeared that Atlantic City kingpin and bootlegger Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) would finally succumb to rival mobster Gyp Rosetti’s (Bobby Cannavale) attack. At the beginning of the season, Rosetti, a hot-headed gangster, was an irritation, but his hubris grew and grew and his meddling continued. When his counter-attacks backfired, his boss, New York mobster Joe Masseria (Ivo Nandi), essentially gave him an ultimatum (though Rosetti begged for the opportunity): wipe out his enemy Nucky Thompson or pay the price for his mistakes.

'Boardwalk Empire' Season 4 Will Get The Talents Of 'The Wire' Writers Dennis Lehane & George Pelecanos

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • November 29, 2012 3:13 PM
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“Boardwalk Empire” is set to air its third season finale on Sunday, and very early on in the third season’s run it was announced that HBO had renewed the show for a fourth season. Showrunner Terrence Winter seems to have a very definite roadmap in terms of the story he wants to tell on the show, and to date the program has reliably delivered a new 12-episode season every September. It seems that trend will continue next year, and with all eyes creatively on season four, the show has recruited two new collaborators who have a pretty good track record.

Nucky Thompson Finds Out Who His Real Friends Are In Boardwalk Empire's Best Episode This Season [Episode #11, 'Two Imposters']

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 25, 2012 10:41 PM
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We won’t look this gift horse in the mouth too much, but “Boardwalk Empire” Season 3 went from a passive slow walk to a mild trot, then finally to an explosive gallop late in the game. Patient and sometimes meandering, the first half of the season took a while to get cooking, but the gloves are now fully off. Episode #11, “Two Imposters” is positively detonating, even compared to “The Pony,” the episode where a bomb killed Nucky Thompson’s (Steve Buscemi) mistress Billie Kent (Meg Steedle) in a failed assassination attempt on the Atlantic City kingpin. The nearly unhinged and sociopathic mobster Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale) has the blessing of Joe Masseria (Ivo Nandi), and he’s out for blood.

What’s In The Box? ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Takes A Page From The ‘Se7en’ Playbook In Episode #10, ‘A Man, A Plan...’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • November 19, 2012 12:21 AM
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Bookended by images of whiskey bottles washing up on the shoreline like dead soldiers, perhaps this poetic image was fitting for the antepenultimate episode of “Boardwalk Empire” number ten, “A Man, A Plan...” where all contrivances went astray.

On The Verge Of War, Nucky’s Allies Abandon Him In 'Boardwalk Empire' (Episode 9, 'The Milkmaid's Lot')

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 11, 2012 8:59 PM
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In case you missed last week's "Boardwalk Empire" episode, "The Pony," well things concluded with a bang. Literally. In a plot to kill rival bootleggers Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) and Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza), Italian gangster Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale) attempted to obliterate them all with a well planted bomb, thanks to the information of their meeting whereabout supplied by Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol).

Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Builds Up To An Explosive Finale In Episode #8, 'The Pony'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 5, 2012 12:07 PM
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"Jimmy deserved better than this," Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) says with disgust. The "funeral" for Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) is equal parts sham, disgrace and an utter joke. Shockingly killed off at the end of season 2 by his mentor and only real father figure Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) as vengeance for an earlier betrayal, Jimmy's mother Gillian (Gretchen Mol) has spent the last few months in delusional mourning, claiming Jimmy was off on one of his "adventures" rather than acknowledging his death. But when faced with practical matters -- her brothel business is failing, the house being in Jimmy's name stopping her from acquiring a loan -- Gillian proves her head's not entirely in the clouds and she can be sinisterly lethal. Buried in lieu of Jimmy is the dead-ringer Roger McAllister (Billy Magnussen), a handsome bumpkin Gillian lured into her web for the specific purposes of having a surrogate body to bury. It's ruthless stuff and it makes Harrow, Jimmy's dear friend, ill and sickened by the charade Gillian puts on.

Family Takes Center Stage In ‘Boardwalk Empire’s ‘Sunday Best’ (Season 3, Episode #7)

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 28, 2012 6:42 PM
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The midway point of “Boardwalk Empire” suddenly came explosively alive, especially in the fifth episode, “You’d Be Surprised.” An unsuccessful assassination was attempted on the hostile and unpredictably bad-for-business gangster Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale) by Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) and Arnold Rothestein’s (Michael Stuhlbarg) men, and Washington is finally trying to take accountability for the failings of the Volstead Act (national prohibition). These after effects are still rippling outward, but the curiously involving “Sunday Best” takes a sharp detour from these plot points, which will rule the rest of the season, in favor of a quieter, character-driven episode that lets all of its players interact. And while we’ve complained in the past about a lack of momentum, this chamber piece is “Boardwalk Empire" at its best -- be patient, as good things are coming to those that wait.

Recap: Nucky Makes An Unlikely Offer At Mid-Point Of 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 3

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 22, 2012 1:03 PM
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The one episode we take off and stuff happens. Apologies for being gone last weekend for "You'd Be Surprised," but we assume you'll live. In last week's episode sparks finally flew. Atlantic City bootlegging kingpin Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) came to Jesus with his New York counterpart Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg) to discuss the violent loose cannon gangster Gyp Rosetti (Bobby Cannavale). Nucky called Gyp a wild dog that had to be put down, but Rothstein argued he was one of Joe Masseria's men (Ivo Nandi) and they had a truce that could not be broken. In the end, while Nucky and Rothstein landed more than a few insulting blows on one another, Rothstein's men, led by the hot-headed Benny Siegel (Michael Zegen) attempted to put a hit on Rosetti.

Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Continues To Spin Its Wheels With 'Blue Bell Boy'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 8, 2012 10:03 AM
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In retrospect, perhaps we’ve been too generous about the slow pace of “Boardwalk Empire” season three. After all, even one of our comrades at IndieWIRE, Anne Thompson, said she was dismayed at HBO’s decision to renew the show for a fourth season considering the molasses like rhythm of season three so far. It’s a wee bit hyperbolic a statement in the scheme of things, but it’s also a valid point: “Boardwalk Empire” has been moving painfully slow and the absence of the conflicted, but charming and handsome Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) is still being felt like an ache. While the season could be seen as a mourning of such, everyone, and every plot line, is taking far too long to develop. As patient as we’ve been, we’d like the fog to lift, the metaphorical grieving to stop, and for everyone to move on and move forward.

HBO Renews 'Boardwalk Empire' For A Fourth Season

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 2, 2012 1:12 PM
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Nucky Thompson will still be watching Atlantic City like a hawk next year, for yet another installment. The critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning show (which recently picked up 4 statues for Directing, Art Direction, Cinematography and Special Visual Effects; in 2011, the show won 8 trophies) has been renewed for a fourth season. This is hardly a surprise as the show continues to do what it does best, with the slow-burning drama building up to a boil that is often compelling and unforgettable. "Boardwalk Empire" is only three episodes into its current ten-episode season three, but with more breathing room confirmed, we'll be eager to see where Terrence Winter and hiswriting team take their characters next.

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