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Boardwalk Empire: New Making-Of Promo

Thompson on Hollywood By Cameron Carlson | Thompson on Hollywood August 25, 2010 at 6:27AM

This HBO making-of promo for Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire (September 19) is tantalizing to say the least. The featurette includes interviews with Terence Winter (The Sopranos), Scorsese, and each of the leads, as well as more reveals on the story.
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Thompson on Hollywood

This HBO making-of promo for Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire (September 19) is tantalizing to say the least. The featurette includes interviews with Terence Winter (The Sopranos), Scorsese, and each of the leads, as well as more reveals on the story.

The series begins in 1920, the night Prohibition is enacted. Steve Buscemi's character, "Nucky" Thompson, is the puppet master and default king of Atlantic City. As crime and money take their toll on the seaside city, "Nucky" learns to integrate his version of the American dream with bootleggers, drugs, and the likes of a fledging Al Capone (Stephen Graham) and "Lucky" Luciano (Vincent Piazza).

Writer Terence Winter recounts a funny interaction with Scorsese. "I wrote the pilot and Marty really loved it, and at one point he said, 'Wow, I would like to direct this.' One of the next questions was, 'Well how do you think we should move this forward with HBO?' and I said, 'Well if you pick up the phone and say the words you just said to me, 'I want to direct this' that will probably move this forward.'"

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Video, TV, Martin Scorsese, Period, Drama, HBO


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.