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Vinyl 

TV-MA | | Drama, Music | TV Series (2016)
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A New York music executive in the 1970s hustles to make a career out of the city's diverse music scene.
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Bobby Cannavale ...  Richie Finestra 10 episodes, 2016
Paul Ben-Victor ...  Maury Gold 10 episodes, 2016
P.J. Byrne ...  Scott Levitt 10 episodes, 2016
Max Casella ...  Julie Silver 10 episodes, 2016
Ato Essandoh ...  Lester Grimes 10 episodes, 2016
James Jagger ...  Kip Stevens 10 episodes, 2016
J.C. MacKenzie ...  Skip Fontaine 10 episodes, 2016
Jack Quaid ...  Clark Morelle 10 episodes, 2016
Ray Romano ...  Zak Yankovich 10 episodes, 2016
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen ...  Ingrid 10 episodes, 2016
Juno Temple ...  Jamie Vine 10 episodes, 2016
Olivia Wilde ...  Devon Finestra 10 episodes, 2016
Susan Heyward ...  Cece 10 episodes, 2016
Emily Tremaine ...  Heather 10 episodes, 2016
MacKenzie Meehan ...  Penny 10 episodes, 2016
Griffin Newman ...  Casper 10 episodes, 2016
Ephraim Sykes ...  Marvin 9 episodes, 2016
Thomas Gardner Thomas Gardner ...  Nolan / ... 9 episodes, 2016
Jack Doyle Smith Jack Doyle Smith ...  Otto / ... 9 episodes, 2016
Annie Parisse ...  Andrea Zito 8 episodes, 2016
Bo Dietl ...  Joe Corso 6 episodes, 2016
Jason Cottle ...  Detective Whorisky 6 episodes, 2016
Jay Klaitz ...  Hal Underwood 6 episodes, 2016
Belle Smith Belle Smith ...  Jenna Finestra 6 episodes, 2016
Michael Drayer ...  Detective Renk 5 episodes, 2016
Armen Garo ...  Corrado Galasso 5 episodes, 2016
Alex Bento Alex Bento ...  Ronnie Finestra 5 episodes, 2016
Robert Funaro ...  Tony Del Greco 5 episodes, 2016
Dustin Payseur Dustin Payseur ...  Duck / ... 5 episodes, 2016
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Set in the early/mid-1970s, the life and times of a record executive, Richie Finestra (played by Bobby Cannavale). His record company, American Century, has fallen on hard times and he is busy negotiating its sale to Polygram Records. We see how he started in the industry, the start of his company, its ups and downs, the casualties of his progress and what rock music means to him. Meanwhile, he is also an accessory to a murder. Written by grantss

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He didn't see the future. He heard it.

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Drama | Music

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English

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14 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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$100,000,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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Along with James Jagger, the band 'Beach Fossils' are featured as The Nasty Bits. See more »

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A EIKI 16mm film projector is incorrectly used. Any fully trained projectionist would notice the error, that when projecting forwards, the take-up reel correctly rotates clockwise, however the supply reel incorrectly rotates anti-clockwise. Always when screening movies on a film projector, for all 8mm/9.5mm/16mm/35mm/70mm motion picture films that are not on platters, the supply reel and the take-up reel rotate clockwise when projecting forwards, and on 8mm/9.5mm/16mm film projectors, the supply reel and the take-up reel rotate anti-clockwise when projecting the film in reverse. See more »

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Keeping the Beat
19 May 2016 | by Pavel-RSee all my reviews

Now here's a show that comes at you like a bullet being fired into your face by a Magnum 45. Scorsese, Jagger, and Winter are all tied up with this hard hitting drama about sex, violence, and rock n roll in that classically Scorsese way.

Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) is a coked-out-of-his-mind Scorsese archetype, but this isn't your typical Scorsese outing. This is a story about the underbelly of the music industry, and the blood and guts it takes to get ahead. Jagger and Scorsese both lived in this world of 1970s fight-the-establishment-rock-n-roll-lifestyle, and "Vinyl" captures that vibe and beat from the moment the needle drops on the first episode, to the final song on the last playlist in the season finale.

"Vinyl" follows a cocky records man named Richie Finestra, who chooses to not sell his company to a willing European conglomerate over plain prejudice, and blind rebellion. What ensues is a chaotic whirlwind of cause and effect, attributed to the faults of Finestra's deepest weakness: ego. But this isn't the story of the misunderstood monster, so much as its a story of bold entrepreneurship, and the dangers that come with artistic integrity and going at it on your own.

Bobby Cannavale has a raw acting quality that is perfect for a Scorsese lead, and reminds me of a young Marlon Brando; I mean the Brando of films like "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "On the Waterfront." There's some sort of star making quality there, and Cannavale sells the shows dramatic chops so effortlessly. By the end of the season, he really makes Richie Finestra into a great TV legend, like Walter White, or Sherlock Holmes (the Cumberbatch version), or Don Draper, or Frank Underwood.

This is definitely not a soap opera with lame characters. Often, "Vinyl" is insanely addictive to watch, and every episode pushes the story to unsuspecting arch's or twists. I am not shitting you when I say that I was enormously intrigued by how the characters talked and acted, and was still shocked to have the rug pulled out from underneath me when I least expected it.

"Vinyl" has a lot to offer in its first season, but it also leaves a lot to be desired, which is a good thing, as I feel many shows often try to say what they have to within their first season out of fear of not getting another chance. But Scorsese, Jagger, and Winter are all veteran talents, and consistently prove that with their good handle on great writing, directing and overall showmanship. "Vinyl," so far is one of my brand spanking new favorites from the 2016 run of HBO shows.


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