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Boardwalk Empire's Episode Five, Only for Nights in Ballygran

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 4, 2010 at 5:29AM

I'm continuing to enjoy the many pleasures of Boardwalk Empire, especially Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald, wily performers all. During one of the best episodes so far, Episode Five, "Only for Nights in Ballygran," set on Atlantic City on the eve of St. Patrick's Day 1920, Nucky Thompson (Buscemi) throws his annual Order of Celts party.
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Thompson on Hollywood

I'm continuing to enjoy the many pleasures of Boardwalk Empire, especially Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald, wily performers all. During one of the best episodes so far, Episode Five, "Only for Nights in Ballygran," set on Atlantic City on the eve of St. Patrick's Day 1920, Nucky Thompson (Buscemi) throws his annual Order of Celts party.

In the episode we hear the Irish ballad "Carrickfergus" several times: it's one of my favorite Van Morrison songs, below. And I predict that young actress Emily Meade, who plays an unlucky prostitute who tugs Pitt's heart, will land more juicy roles going forward. HBO provides how-they-did-it behind-the-scenes material here.


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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.