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"Boardwalk Empire? No, never heard of it," says Frank Vincent

Posted by Ed Williamson at 13:00 on 16 Oct 2014
"Boardwalk Empire? No, never heard of it," says Frank Vincent
Closer research reveals this is the 2010 film Chicago Overcoat, repackaged for its UK DVD release in 2013. It's almost as if they were trying to capitalise on Boardwalk Empire's popularity over here. (Though it isn't especially popular over here, so nice job all round.)

Man very good at pretending to be other man

Posted by Ed Williamson at 14:00 on 14 Oct 2014
Man very good at pretending to be other man
I should like to draw your attention to the fact that a 29-year-old Yorkshireman called Marc Pickering is currently playing a young Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire's flashback scenes, and giving the best Steve Buscemi impersonation you're likely to see.

Period detail on new Boardwalk Empire not what it was

Posted by Ed Williamson at 17:45 on 03 Aug 2014
Period detail on new Boardwalk Empire not what it was
They've got the clothes out of storage again but the cost of rebuilding the sets was a bit toppy so they just shot it in the car park.

(via Domenick Lombardozzi's Instagram.)

Too soon: the end of Empire

Posted by Ed Williamson at 21:30 on 13 Jan 2014
Too soon: the end of Empire
This year's fifth season of Boardwalk Empire will be its last. Most good shows these days have the knack of stopping just at the right time, but for me, this one could have run and run.

Top 20 TV shows of 2013

Top 20 TV shows of 2013
In years to come, we will remember 2013 as the year everything changed. Danny Dyer is now in Eastenders, and across the land all else has ceased to matter. But look upon the works of this medium, now so wholly transformed, and you will see more than this. And you might think it handy that some berk put it all in a list and bid you read it.

Michael Shannon: pretty much just mucking about these days

Posted by Ed Williamson at 23:30 on 29 Sep 2013
Michael Shannon: pretty much just mucking about these days
Whenever I watch Michael Shannon on Boardwalk Empire these days I get the distinct impression he's just goofing off.

Well done for looking old, Boardwalk Empire poster

Posted by Ed Williamson at 14:30 on 09 Aug 2013
Well done for looking old, Boardwalk Empire poster
Funny thing: Boardwalk Empire's all about old-timey people and stuff that happened to them in, like, olden times and that, but none of the promotional stuff's ever been made to look old before. I guess Instagram filters were less widespread this time last year. (Trailer here too, which would look a lot more authentically Prohibition-era if it wasn't on YouTube.)

Top 20 TV shows of 2012

Posted by Ed Williamson, Matt Looker, Luke Whiston, Rob Young at 22:30 on 02 Jan 2013
Top 20 TV shows of 2012
We spent 2012 doing what we do best: watching TV and putting off writing about it. And my stars, the things we've seen. If only there were some way to convey our preferences of one thing over another through hierarchical structuring. Wait a minute ...

Snooker tips with Arnold Rothstein

Posted by Ed Williamson at 09:30 on 27 Nov 2012


Arnold Rothstein, racketeer and crime kingpin, gives the first in an almost-certainly-not-regular series of tips on snooker. Jointly sponsored by Highland Spring mineral water and the Jewish Mob.

My favourite bit of Michael Shannon this week

Posted by Ed Williamson at 22:30 on 27 Oct 2012


Can't get enough of the guy.