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Hunter Rider 03-06-2007 06:52 AM

HBO's Boardwalk Empire
 
http://www.comingsoon.net/news/tvnews.php?id=19207

Source: The Hollywood Reporter
March 6, 2007

Quote:

Oscar winner Martin Scorsese has teamed with his The Departed star Mark Wahlberg for a drama series project for HBO about the development of Atlantic City.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the project will be developed in conjunction with the book, "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City" by Nelson Johnson, which has been optioned by HBO.

Scorsese will executive produce the project with Wahlberg and Leverage Management's Stephen Levinson.

"Boardwalk" chronicles Atlantic City "from its birth as a quiet seaside health resort, through the notorious backroom politics and power struggles, to the city's rebirth as an entertainment and gambling mecca where anything goes."

Should be pretty good

Warhammer 03-06-2007 04:01 PM

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Oh snap....

Dark Donnie 11-23-2009 05:23 PM

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Quote:

HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' sets Jersey scene - in Brooklyn
By Alan Sepinwall/The Star-Ledger
November 18, 2009, 6:45AM
boardwalk-empire-set-night.jpgThe Atlantic City set of HBO's upcoming "Boardwalk Empire."

HBO’s next set of New Jersey wiseguys will be conducting business out of a parking lot in Brooklyn.
boardwalk-empire-steve-buscemi.jpgView full sizeSteve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson

“Boardwalk Empire,” which debuts sometime next year, deals with gangsters in Atlantic City at the dawn of Prohibition in the 1920s. (Steve Buscemi plays a character based on famed Atlantic City fixer Nucky Johnson.) It comes from both Martin Scorsese (who directed the pilot) and key “Sopranos” producer Terence Winter. But where Winter’s old boss, David Chase, insisted on filming Jersey exteriors in the Garden State whenever possible, “Boardwalk Empire” has recreated the classic Atlantic City boardwalk in Greenpoint.

Winter and his team — including a host of fellow “Sopranos” alums like director Tim Van Patten and production designer Bob Shaw — initially wanted to follow tradition and find a Jersey location.

The real Atlantic City boardwalk is too built up and modern to be usable, but Van Patten says, “Asbury Park was very tempting. Existing architecture on the water.”

In the end, production wound up in New York because the state provided a 15 percent larger tax break, and because the depressed real estate market gave them a good lease price on an undeveloped Greenpoint lot.
boardwalk-empire-set-day.jpgView full sizeThe "Boardwalk Empire" set.

But no matter what state “Boardwalk Empire” was filmed in, the boardwalk set that Shaw and his team constructed — and which reporters got to tour on Monday afternoon — is among the more impressive exteriors ever built for a TV series. (The town on “Deadwood” and the whole of “Rome” are the only ones I can think of that come close.)

The boardwalk isn’t an exact recreation of the real thing circa 1920, but Winter describes it as “historically accurate in that the architecture is what the architecture of the period looked like ... it’s an amalgam of what was there.”

Nucky Johnson, for instance, lived in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, which was a plain brick building. Buscemi’s character (named Nucky Thompson, so Winter won’t have to be completely bound by history) also will live in the Ritz, but the show’s version is modeled on the more ornate Glenham hotel of the period.

The set features more than a dozen storefronts and other exteriors, including the Ritz, Fralinger’s Salt Water Taffy, a fortune teller’s space and a hospital-turned-tourist-destination where people could look at premature babies in incubators for a 25-cent admission.
boardwalk-empire-michael-kenneth-williams.jpgView full sizeMichael Kenneth Williams as Chalky White

Buscemi is the only “Sopranos” veteran in the cast — other actors include Dabney Coleman, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon and Michael K. Williams from “The Wire” — because Winter wanted to help distinguish the two series. For the same reason, he chose to write about Nucky’s era when HBO brought him a copy of Nelson Johnson’s “Boardwalk Empire” book, which takes a more sweeping look at Atlantic City history.

“The Skinny D’Amato years of the 1950s started to feel too close to ‘The Sopranos,’ ” he says. “I worried, ‘This is going to feel like Tony’s dad’s show.”

Skinny’s Atlantic City would have been simpler to recreate than Nucky’s, but the production team was excited by the challenge of going back almost 90 years.

Though the boardwalk sits on pillars above several tons of trucked-in sand, the Atlantic Ocean and part of the skyline will be created through visual effects. The Empire State Building looms in the background of the arcade set at the end of the boardwalk, but can be digitally erased if it turns up in a shot.

Advances in digital effects make a show like this possible. When Winter was writing the script, he would describe lavish backdrops and scenes with dozens, if not hundreds, of extras, never expecting to be able to pull it off on a TV budget.

“Then I saw (the HBO miniseries) ‘John Adams,’ ” he says, “and there’s Paul Giamatti going to Versailles,” and he realized technology allowed for the scope he and Scorsese wanted.

Still, “this would have been a lot cheaper if (Nucky’s) office had been two blocks off the boardwalk,” Van Patten admits.

As with any period piece, the intermingling of past and present can be disorienting.

The extras wander around in heavy wool and argyle, yet stop to pose for digital pictures with each other. A crew member with a walkie-talkie takes a catnap under the boardwalk, briefly creating the illusion of the Atlantic City of a different era.

Some of the storefront sets are big enough to film scenes inside, but most interior filming is done at a nearby studio.

“Building sets is just fine,” says Shaw (who also designed the original “Mad Men” sets, including the Sterling Cooper offices), “but location shooting is sheer terror” because of modern architecture, cars and other things they have to shoot around or else hide digitally. “If a script mentions someone’s home, you live in fear of the day when we have to show them walking out the front door.”

Scorsese filmed the pilot months ago. Van Patten is simultaneously directing the next two episodes right now, and production of the first season (the pilot, plus 11 additional episodes) will continue for months, going right through the winter on a location next to the East River and its winds.

“I believe this is the first outdoor set built in New York City since the 1920s, or possibly the teens,” says Shaw. “Give us time, maybe we’ll find out why the movie business was wise to move out to California.”
LINK

They debuted a clip last night that looked really good. I'll search for it.

Dark Donnie 01-14-2010 03:57 PM

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Teaser

Hunter Rider 01-14-2010 06:52 PM

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That is brimming with authentic Scorseseness.

Prison Mike 01-14-2010 06:58 PM

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I'm really looking forward to this!!

Dark Donnie 01-15-2010 12:12 AM

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Thought it looked great as well. Loving the cast.

Carmine Falcone 01-16-2010 06:37 AM

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Oh, what the ****!
HBO. Written by Terence Winter. Directed by Scorsese. Buscemi.
I'm so ****ing there. This looks great.

Bunker 05-17-2010 09:21 PM

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I saw a lil preview of this on HBO last night. Looks absolutely terrific.

CrypticOne 08-21-2010 05:55 AM

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Anyone see the trailer and promos for this?! Looks amazing! Can't wait.

Aesop Rocks 08-21-2010 05:57 AM

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I saw the trailer on Facebook's Boardwalk fanpage, I wasn't interested in it.

Heisenberg 09-10-2010 07:22 AM

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Rename thread to HBO's Boardwalk Empire?

Excellent behind the scenes feature. This, alongside Dexter, is my most anticipated show this fall.

VIDEO-CLick to Watch!:

Donut 09-19-2010 06:41 PM

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Premieres tonight

Dark Donnie 09-19-2010 09:22 PM

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In traditional Scorsese fashion a
Spoiler!!! Click to Read!:
few good head shots
:)

Thought it was real good IMO. Love see Buscemi in a leading role as well as Michael Pitt.

flickchick85 09-19-2010 09:23 PM

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Great Pilot. I'm gonna have to get used to Stephen Graham as Capone since he was SO awesome and memorable as Baby Face Nelson in Public Enemies.

Bunker 09-19-2010 09:44 PM

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The pilot was ****ing awesome. It set-up an impressive amount of characters and plot points in just an hour and 15 minutes. Nobody does a montage of gruesome murders better than Scorsese. Next week should be just as good.

kguillou 09-20-2010 09:39 AM

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I thought this was the best pilot i've seen in a while. Boardwalk empire's definitely got my attention.

P.S. Paz de la Huerta is a fine specimen.

piccolo 09-20-2010 09:46 AM

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7/10 pilot. Good, not fantastic. Kept me interested though.

When Al Capone introduced himself I almost crapped my pants.

KenK 09-20-2010 10:15 AM

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Originally Posted by kguillou (Post 18929603)
I thought this was the best pilot i've seen in a while. Boardwalk empire's definitely got my attention.

P.S. Paz de la Huerta is a fine specimen.

She most certainly is. Her character seems kinda crazy, too! I like that.

Matt 09-20-2010 03:33 PM

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I just finished it. What a show. Truly the spiritual successor to The Sopranos and if the pilot is any indication it will be just as good.

Golgo-13 09-20-2010 05:54 PM

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Good first ep. So the guy who took the fall, was the abusive husband right?

I've always had a crush on Kelly MacDonald. :heart:

DACrowe 09-20-2010 06:04 PM

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I really enjoyed the episode. Like a ll pilots, it is a bit stiff and top heavy due to all the exposition, but if one person could fly through it--that is Martin Scorsese. A very compelling intro to a fascinating era--prohibition.

I'd say Steve Buscemi's Nucky, at least at the start, is far more likable than Tony Soprano. Nucky has some reservations about wading into full-on gangster mode. But that may change as time goes on.

The setting makes this show great.I really enjoyed the episode. Like a ll pilots, it is a bit stiff and top heavy due to all the exposition, but if one person could fly through it--that is Martin Scorsese. A very compelling intro to a fascinating era--prohibition.

I'd say Steve Buscemi's Nucky, at least at the start, is far more likable than Tony Soprano. Nucky has some reservations about wading into full-on gangster mode. But that may change as time goes on.

The setting makes this show great.

Maximus One 09-20-2010 06:21 PM

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Ok Steve Buscemi and Michael Pitt ****ing OWN their roles! What Jimmy said to Nucky at the end was great! This show WILL be better than the Sopranos ever was. Especially if they keep the story so linear and progressive. One thing I always hated bout Sopranos was they would always start a story out and then just never follow up on it.
I dont care what anyone says I wanna know what happened to that damn russian in Pine Barrens!!!!

Catman 09-20-2010 06:24 PM

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Originally Posted by DACrowe (Post 18932418)
it is a bit stiff and top heavy due to all the exposition, but if one person could fly through it--that is Martin Scorsese.

Indeed.

Harry_Lime02 09-20-2010 06:27 PM

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This finally started? It feels like I've been waiting for it since forever. Gonna check it out as soon as I can. :)


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