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“Vinyl” comes outfitted with such a gaudy band and intoxicating setting – reuniting the “Boardwalk Empire” pairing of Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese, coupled with producer Mick Jagger, star Bobby Cannavale and a 1970s rock ’n’ roll backdrop – that it’s hard not to root for it. The two-hour premiere, though, is a big, messy affair, sometimes mesmerizing, occasionally aggravating, providing a taste of what’s to come while feeling too caught up in stylistic flourishes. All told, this is a huge project that perhaps only HBO could deliver. But so far, the album isn’t quite as good as the liner notes.
Cannavale plays Richie Finestra, a record executive who is introduced at his wit’s end, buying coke on the street and snorting it up with gusto. His frantic situation unleashes a series of flashbacks, not just regarding what brought him to this point, but to his early days in the music business, »
- Brian Lowry
You won’t find it on the show’s IMDb page, but cocaine plays such a major role in HBO’s new ’70s drama Vinyl (premiering Feb. 14 at 9/8c) that its name ought to be wedged into the credits somewhere between Ray Romano and Olivia Wilde.
From the moment we meet Bobby Cannavale‘s Richie Finestra — the spiraling owner of the spiraling American Century record label — he’s got Peruvian dancing dust on the brain, and soon after, up his nose.
Richie is a man haunted by a horrible secret, »
In 1989, Sam Kinison was riding high. As one of the most foul-mouthed funnymen to terrorize stages during the Golden Age of the Shock Comic, the hard-partying, beret-rocking dynamo was playing Madison Square Garden's Felt Forum and appearing on Married With Children and in Mötley Crüe's "Kickstart My Heart" video. (Rolling Stone also put him on the cover, dubbing him the "Beast of Comedy.") His gigs were part strip show, part heavy-metal concert, all primal-scream therapy. Rodney Dangerfield had championed him; Robin Williams and Howard Stern were fans. Three years later, »
Showtime has released key art for its new scripted Dice TV series. Check it out, above. Consisting of six half-hour episodes, the first season of Dice features the life of comedian, actor, and writer, Andrew Dice Clay.
The cast of Dice includes Clay, starring as himself. Also featured are Kevin Corrigan, with guest stars Natasha Leggero, Lorraine Bracco, Adrien Brody, Michael Rapaport, Wayne Newton, Criss Angel, and Rita Rudner. The single-camera comedy premieres this spring.
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4 items from 2016
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