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Park Chan-wook, the director of films such as Oldboy, Thirst, and Stoker, has created a short film for the Italian fashion company Ermenegildo Zegna and Stefano Pilati. It's called "A Rose Reborn," and it stars Jack Huston from Boardwalk Empire and Daniel Wu. The story follows a young CEO who travels to meet a Chinese investor. Along the way he encounters a number of riddles and other strange transactions before they come to a deal. The film is wonderfully mysterious and there's a lot of great little subtleties that I enjoyed. Here's the synopsis:
A brilliant young CEO from London contemplates the possibility of selling his invention to a mysterious Chinese billionaire. Before actually meeting his potential investor however our protagonist must face a number of challenges in the form of journeys, riddles and the exchange of clothes.
This is a must watch short, so when you have the time to check it out, »
- Joey Paur
"If there is a creature that thinks only of the wind its entire life, what would it be?" Now this is cool. Even though it's a promotion for an Italian fashion company there's something very mysterious about this short film that I just love. Thanks to a tip from our friends at The Film Stage you can now watch the entire short film titled A Rose Reborn below, from director Park Chan-wook (who last made Stoker) starring Jack Huston (seen on "Boardwalk Empire") and Daniel Wu (seen in Europa Report, Tai Chi Zero, Warcraft). The short introduces us to a young CEO who travels to meet a Chinese investor but encounters a number of riddles and other odd exchanges before they can reach a deal. I really love the subtleties of this, nice work. Synopsis for the short from YouTube: "A brilliant young CEO from London contemplates the possibility of »
- Alex Billington
Boardwalk Empire was a grand tour through the 1920s that was ultimately about one man. Here's Michael's review...
This review contains spoilers
‘The first time I got a nickel I thought, the world is a marvellous place, but then I thought - a dime, a dime would be better.’
Nucky Thompson’s abiding motivation was a simple one, a theme of ambition that could be expressed in an anecdote so pat that it might have come from a parable. Everything else he’s striven for, love, power, his personal security, fleeing his father, all of these were merely nodes in a network that had money at its centre. In our final hour with him, and his final days on earth, the inadequacy of that ambition was laid bare. He was still, even at the lowest ebb we’d seen him, capable of making a huge amount of money (even »
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With more than nine years having passed between The Comeback‘s Season 1 finale and its upcoming Season 2 premiere (Sunday, Nov. 9, 10/9c On HBO), the question looms: What career peaks (and valleys) has ginger-haired sitcom actress Valerie Cherish (Lisa Kudrow) endured since we last saw her do “another classic Leno,” struggle with on-set drama playing Aunt Sassy on network sitcom Room & Bored and get her celebreality series picked up for a second season?
Below, we’ve put together a gallery of four red-hot posters from Val’s most recent projects (courtesy of HBO »
We got the first TV spot for Marvel’s Agent Carter yesterday [which you can watch here], and now Deadline has revealed that Meagen Fay (Murder in the First) has signed on to the cast of the Captain America spin-off for a minimum of four episodes, where she will play the woman who runs the boarding house where Peggy (Hayley Atwell) lives in New York City.
Agent Carter will air during the midseason break of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., with a cast that includes Marvel veterans Hayley Atwell and Dominic Cooper as Peggy Carter and Howard Stark alongside Shea Whigham (Boardwalk Empire) as Roger Dooley, Enver Gjokaj (Dollhouse) as Agent Daniel Sousa, Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill) as Agent Jack Thompson, James D’Arcy (Let’s Be Cops) as Jarvis and Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass) as Angie Martinelli.
- Gary Collinson
If today’s big Phase Three announcement wasn’t enough to satisfy your Marvel cravings for the day, we’ve now got the first TV spot for the upcoming TV series Agent Carter, which sees Hayley Atwell’s Peggy getting ready for action. Check it out below courtesy of Cbm, and apologies for the poor quality…
See Also: Full synopsis for Agent Carter
Update – Here’s a high quality, official version…
#AgentCarter is coming to ABC Tuesdays this January. https://t.co/SjrLrVABgM
— Agent Carter (@AgentCarterTV) October 29, 2014
It’s 1946, and peace has dealt Peggy Carter a serious blow as she finds herself marginalized when the men return home from fighting abroad. Working for the covert Ssr (Strategic Scientific Reserve), Peggy must balance doing administrative work and going on secret missions for Howard Stark all while trying to navigate life as a single woman in America, in the wake of losing »
- Gary Collinson
HBO's Boardwalk Empire wrapped on Sunday, and if you weren't a fan of the show while it aired, now is the perfect time to binge watch the series - and you should. Fans (including us) were thrilled with the show's finale, so before you even begin watching, rest assured that you'll be satisfied with the ending. Set in Atlantic City, NJ, in the Prohibition era, the series was created by Terence Winter, the man behind The Sopranos, and both Martin Scorsese and Mark Wahlberg served as executive producers. The series mainly follows Nucky Thompson, a political figure who's tied to bootlegging, and over five seasons, the show brings together the stories of gangsters, politicians, and government agents, including some real-life figures like Al Capone. Not sure whether you should commit to watching the show? From the fascinating storylines to the must-see sets, here's why Boardwalk Empire should be your next binge-watch series. »
It should go without saying that a post titled in such a fashion will contain obvious spoilers, but yeah, don’t keep reading if you have not yet caught up with the recent Boardwalk Empire finale. As it turns out, at least someone was pretty good at predicting how the series would end, actor Michael Pitt, who was asked about the show’s finale back in July. “I think my son should assassinate Nucky Thompson,” Pitt said. “My son is about 11 now. Yeah, he needs to assassinate Nucky.” Given that Pitt hasn’t worked on the show since season two, it seems unlikely he had any actual knowledge that the series would end on exactly that note, with Jimmy Darmondy’s son Tommy killing Nucky on the Boardwalk in an act of revenge for all he’d inflicted against his family. Though if Pitt did know, perhaps he shared it out of spite as… »
Orange Is the New Black will definitely be down one inmate in Season 3, despite a rumor making rounds to the contrary.
Netflix tells Buzzfeed that Lorraine Toussaint will not be returning as Vee, whose fate was left unknown at the end of the Season 2 finale
The news comes on the heels of a TMZ report that the actress was recently seen on set filming.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
Eddie Redmayne always knew that the toughest critic of “The Theory of Everything” would be the man he portrays onscreen — Stephen Hawking. The 72-year-old physicist recently made the trek from his home in Cambridge, England, to Working Title’s production offices in London to watch the biopic based on his life. Hawking’s longtime battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als) has left him a quadriplegic, and he speaks through a computer-generated voice amplifier. Before the screening, he met Redmayne. “He took a while to type something, then said, ‘I’ll let you know what I think — good or otherwise,’ ” Redmayne recalls. “I said, ‘Stephen, if it’s otherwise, you don’t need to go into details.’ ”
- Ramin Setoodeh
Episodes: 56 (hour)
TV show dates: September 19, 2010 -- October 26, 2014
Series status: Ended
TV show description:
This TV show is set during the Prohibition Era in New Jersey and is based on the Nelson Johnson book, Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City. Martin Scorsese directed the pilot and continues to be involved with the production.
Back in 1920 in the Prohibition Era, Atlantic City is known as "The World's Playground," and is noted for being the place where rules don't apply. The entertainment rivals Broadway, and the boardwalk features motels, nightclubs, and amusement piers.
Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve »
Time to raise the Big Hug Mug in celebration: Three-quarters of True Detective‘s Season 2 cast are now on lockdown.
Taylor Kitsch, long rumored for the third male lead role in HBO’s gritty crime anthology series, confirmed in an interview with AdWeek that he’ll be joining Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn when the project begins shooting later this year.
“Mm-hmm,” Kitsch noted when asked about whether True Detective is on his agenda. “I’m really excited. I’ve just been prepping. It’s been almost a full year since I’ve been on camera, so I’m itching, »
While twenty gazillion people were watching The Walking Dead last night, another great show took its final bow, but with such little fanfare you might not have noticed it at all. Boardwalk Empire is no more, and it leaves behind an odd legacy. Boardwalk Empire has been in a weird position since its inception as being one of the highest quality shows on TV with top notch directing, acting and writing in every episode. And yet, even after five years, it never really became a pop culture phenomenon on the level of HBO’s The Sopranos, and lately has been used to pass the time in between season of True Blood and Game of Thrones. The show is an example of something that can be incredibly well-made, but often fails to connect to fans on a personal level. It’s all just so bleak, the characters nearly all dislikable, that it’s hard… »
This article discusses events in the Boardwalk Empire series finale. Read our recap of that episode here. Most shows end long after they’ve worn out their welcomes. Boardwalk Empire goes on a short list of shows that ended just as they finally jelled. Seasons one through three of Terence Winter’s Prohibition potboiler were brilliantly cast, production-designed, and costumed to a fare-thee-well, but the pissing contests, sadism, and gore grew repetitive, and too many episodes were disorganized and undercooked: There were so many characters, locations, and subplots that what happened onscreen sometimes felt like an uncommonly decadent and voluptuous version of narrative housekeeping: What's Nucky Thompson up to? How about Lucky Luciano? Now let's check in on Al Capone, then watch Gillian suffer, then watch the villain of the season prepare to be bested by Nucky — and hey, look at the time. Then came season four, a masterpiece of »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Craig D. Lindsey reviews the finale of HBO's Emmy-winning "Boardwalk Empire" airing on Sunday night. Spoilers Ahead. Titled "Eldorado," the show revealed that the young vagrant Joe Harper (Travis Tope) was actually a grown-up Tommy Darmody. His father Jimmy (Michael Pitt) had been killed years earlier by Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), so his mission in the finale was to return the favor. The deed happened on the Atlantic City boardwalk as Nucky took one last nighttime walk. Over the five-year run on HBO, the show received major Emmy nods, including for Best Drama Series and for Buscemi. Almost all of its wins were in technical categories, but supporting actor Bobby Cannavale and directors Martin Scorsese and Tim Van Patten also prevailed. Vulture -Break- Low-budget thriller "Ouija" tops the box office charts for the weekend with $20 million. Keanu Reeves has a real surprise in the second spot with his latest film "John Wick" bring. »
Score the “Boardwalk Empire” finale as one HBO mob drama where viewers won’t be debating what happened a decade later.
In fact, the eight-episode fifth season steadily built, through its flashbacks in particular, toward the show’s powerful conclusion, while wrapping up various loose ends (and leaving a few dangling) along the way.
Series creator Terence Winter, in an interview, said the producers “told exactly the story we wanted to tell,” moving at their own pace and speed. Indeed, despite the amount of plot developments jammed into the last season, Winter said he determined the number of episodes after hashing out the climactic arc with the writing staff.
“They said, ‘What do you think you need to wrap it up?’” Winter said, referring to HBO. “I didn’t feel like we left anything out.”
As for the details of that wrap-up (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched »
- Brian Lowry
For every single Sopranos fan that was left disappointed by the cut to black open-ended series finale, Terence Winter has done no such harm with Boardwalk Empire. The series has concluded its fifth and final season bringing an end to a show that will likely grow more beloved over time after flying under the Emmy wins radar for several years. After HBO announced that season five would conclude the series in a mere eight episodes, writers were tasked with a nearly impossible job. Boardwalk Empire had been finely weaving several historically factual events revolving around a series of real life career criminals while still trying to tread it's own path and be creatively surprising and entertaining. With the very large time jump from the ending of season four to the beginning to season five »
- Keven Skinner
(Spoiler alert: Do not read on if you have not yet watched the series finale of HBO's “Boardwalk Empire” entitled “Eldorado.”) After five seasons on HBO, “Boardwalk Empire” said farewell Sunday night. A lofty and ambitious show created by “The Sopranos” writer and executive producer Terence Winter, “Boardwalk” never lived up to its predecessor in hype or consistency. While “The Sopranos” went out on top — ushering in the era of the split-by-a-year final season that AMC embraced for both “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” — “Boardwalk Empire” went out with more of a whimper. See photos: 10 ‘True Detective’ Acting Teams We Want. »
- Jason Hughes
Boardwalk Empire Season 5, Episode 8: “Eldorado”
Directed by Tim Van Patten
Airs Sundays at 9pm Est on HBO
That it seemed obvious for the series’ finale to send Nucky out was a bit of a given, considering the telegraphed nature of the flashback conceit which had been building for the entirety of this season. There were glimpses of hope, and chances for atonement but the clock had already run out by the time Nucky took his final stroll down the boardwalk.
It was an hour filled with subversion. The entire nature of the season seemed to be tailor-made for Nucky to come to Gillian’s aid, only it would appear that this particular outfit »
- Mike Worby
Terence Winter has professed his love for “The Sopranos” finale, but the “Boardwalk Empire” creator certainly didn’t choose to emulate his former show’s cryptic conclusion in crafting a fifth season that steadfastly built toward its final, revelatory sequences. And that’s to his and the program’s credit, as the HBO drama methodically detailed the history of its central character, Nucky Thompson, while tying up loose ends (or most of them, anyway) with a ruthless efficiency that would have made Michael Corleone proud.
Sunday’s closing hour (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched) saw Nucky become the embodiment of fellow mobster Johnny Torrio’s rueful admonition that there’s little point to being the richest man in the graveyard. In that, he joined a rather lengthy roster of key players who had bitten the dust in this fast-moving final flight of episodes, to the point where »
- Brian Lowry
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