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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.

Recap: Nucky & Gyp Rosetti Seemed Poised For A Showdown In ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Episode 3 'Bone For Tuna'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 1, 2012 10:04 AM
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While the opening two episodes of season three of “Boardwalk Empire” have been characteristically languid, the drama of this season seems to be finally coalescing; albeit still at a rather leisurely pace. But the character-driven show has always been more interested in the arcs and personal dilemmas of its various players over plot and yet, the show’s disparate arcs are starting to tether a little tighter, setting the stage for some larger showdowns down the road. The gait isn’t quick, but the wheels are in motion.

Recap: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 3, Episode 2 -- 'Spaghetti And Coffee' -- Is More Slow Bridge Building

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 24, 2012 10:05 AM
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If “Resolution,” the opening episode of “Boardwalk Empire” Season 3, was like the sleepy morning after awakening from the violent and explosive ending of Season 2, the unremarkable episode two of Season 3, “Spaghetti And Coffee,” was still in rebuilding mode; slowly setting up the events that will expand and surely boil over in this third season.

Review & Recap: 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 3 Opening Episode 'Resolution'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 17, 2012 1:35 PM
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Season 2 of the Terence Winter (“The Sopranos”) created, Martin Scorsese-exec-produced "Boardwalk Empire" ended in a spectacularly bloody and vengeful fashion that left many viewers in mourning (spoilers will follow for those who have not seen the show).

"How Many People Have You Killed?": New Trailer For 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 3 Promises A High Number For Many

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • August 27, 2012 9:19 AM
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Losing one of the series' most well-drawn characters alongside one of the least, season three of “Boardwalk Empire” has wasted no time in teasing the repercussions caused by the former's occurrence (sorry, Paz de la Huerta fans), and now a just-released teaser is here to continues that building tension.

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