Vinyl (2016)
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Pilot 

Richie Finestra considers selling his struggling record company; Richie takes a detour to an unplanned reunion with Lester Grimes; Richie orders his A&R department to find new acts; Richie ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Scorsese

Writers:

Terence Winter (teleplay by), George Mastras (teleplay by) | 8 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bobby Cannavale ... Richie Finestra
Paul Ben-Victor ... Maury Gold
P.J. Byrne ... Scott Levitt
Max Casella ... Julie Silver
Ato Essandoh ... Lester Grimes
James Jagger ... Kip Stevens
J.C. MacKenzie ... Skip Fontaine
Jack Quaid ... Clark Morelle
Ray Romano ... Zak Yankovich
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen ... Ingrid
Juno Temple ... Jamie Vine
Olivia Wilde ... Devon Finestra
Andrew Dice Clay ... Frank 'Buck' Rogers
Ian Hart ... Peter Grant
Susan Heyward ... Cece
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Richie Finestra considers selling his struggling record company; Richie takes a detour to an unplanned reunion with Lester Grimes; Richie orders his A&R department to find new acts; Richie jeopardizes his relationships with his wife and children.

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Genres:

Drama | Music

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 February 2016 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)
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16:9 HD
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Trivia

Bobby Canavale, Andrew Dice Clay and Max Cassella all had roles in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine". See more »

Goofs

The light switches in Richie's house didn't exist in the 70's. See more »

Quotes

Richie Finestra: I always tried to give the audience what they wanted and in return they made me ridiculously, stinking, fucking rich. Now you might want to hate me for that, but before you do, remember this you jealous prick - I earned my right to be hated.
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Connections

Features Blackboard Jungle (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Personality Crisis
Written by David Johansen and Johnny Thunders
Performed by David Johansen
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Scorsese Cranks up the Volume
20 February 2016 | by aciessiSee all my reviews

The long anticipated return of the Scorsese/Winter collaboration that gave us the genius of "Boardwalk Empire" and culminated with a new motion picture classic "The Wolf of Wall Street". They both return to tell the story of the dawn of the Punk scene in NYC, and the one record producer who saw it all. This Pilot episode recounts his fall from grace, and the moment in which his journey to redemption begins. From the early days of managing a blues singer, to the worst Led Zepplin deal of the century. Everything goes to hell by the end, only until he discovers the New York Dolls in a dingy rocker club. Just think, do you remember the time when you discovered a song that you really loved? The euphoria you felt? How you danced to it? Times that by a thousand, and you'll know how Richie Finestra felt.

This is a masterpiece of a film.. but it's not a film, it's the pilot to a new HBO series. To say that I'm hooked would be a total understatement. It just doesn't get any better than this. Scorsese and Winter are the duo of the decade. Just as we last saw them on "The Wolf of Wall Street", the editing, dialogue and storytelling is fast and loose. It's total chaos. Instead of sex and drugs, this time, it's music and drugs. It's vulgar, and proud of it. Bobby Cannavale is a damn hero. He is acting his heart out, with every last drag of his cigarette. Olivia Wilde shines as Richie's very beautiful, and very battered wife of his. Ray Romano is hysterical as Zak Yankovich, Richie's obnoxious head of promotions at American Century. The shining star of this episode, however, is Andrew Dice Clay as "Buck Rodgers", renowned radio owner and coke-binging psychopath. A climactic scene at Buck's house, which appears near the 90 minute mark of the pilot, is perhaps the funniest, craziest, musically genius scene i've seen since Dirk Diggler's drug deal in "Boogie Nights".

My praise doesn't get much higher than that. I'm ready for whatever this show is about to throw at me. Bring it on. Vinyl Rocks.


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