ATLANTIC CITY — Here's what we know as of Feb. 15, 2012.
Michael Pitt's beloved character Jimmy D. is dead.
Season Three pre-production is underway, with Grammy-winning music man Vince Giordano heading back into the studio to record a few new songs for the next season of Boardwalk Empire, which is expected to debut this fall, in October.
Stephen DeRosa, who only appeared in a few episodes of BE — as Eddie Cantor — during the HBO original series' first two seasons, is singing one of the tunes with Giordano and his Nighthawks.
Meanwhile, Justified and True Blood actor Stephen Root will appear on Boardwalk Empire starting in season three as "recurring lawman," according to Hollywood Reporter. Root will play "Gaston Means, a former swindler and murder suspect who now works for the Department of Justice."
Also, according to reports, actor Bobby Cannavale has joined the cast of the show as a series regular. He will play Gyp Rosetti, described as "a charming but ruthless gangster who challenges Nucky."
Finally, late last month, after taking home the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award for best actor in a drama series — for the second year in a row — for his portrayal of Nucky Thompson on Boardwalk Empire, Steve Buscemi gave a rare (but brief) interview to the Los Angeles Times.
The show's cast also won a SAG award for best ensemble cast in a TV drama, among other awards this award season.
In the interview, Buscemi said backstage: “I still feel like a character actor. It's being part of that ensemble that matters. For me the show is Atlantic City. We all live and work there, and Nucky does run things, but there are plenty of people who want that job as well.”
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According to the Hollywood insider publication Variety, HBO "will bring back the 12-episode third season of Boardwalk Empire on Sept. 16 while New Orleans saga "Treme" is back for 10-episode third season on Sept. 23.
"The ending caught me by surprise even though I know the history to which it's adhering. I thought it was such a bold and dramatic move. You sort of figured the series was going to be about these two characters and then one of them dies suddenly at the end of season two."
“[Empire’s] helped remind people of what a colorful history we’ve had as a city, and helped bring these things back into focus for some people. And I think the fact that the series is very well regarded only helps.”
Boardwalk Empire picked up a couple more awards last night from the Screen Actors Guild. The SAGs are the most prestigious awards next to the Oscars, since the SAGs are voted on by a performer’s peers.
In a “news” box on the upper right side of the Archeophone Records home page, there’s a list of the songs played thus far in the first two episodes of HBO’s 'Boardwalk Empire,' set in 1920s Atlantic City.
'The whole world now will start listening and really finding out how great the music of the 1920s is. It brings it up to the forefront.'
New York big-band leader Vince Giordano talks to Atlantic City Weekly about working on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and its GRAMMY-nominated soundtrack.
"Eddie lived in a kind of musically optimistic 1920s place even though he had a shitty childhood. His parents died when he was young but his grandmother raised him and he was little and scrawny so he got beaten up a lot. He learned to make jokes so he could avoid getting beaten up, so from then on he realized this singing and dancing thing could work."
"When I recorded the first two songs I got to record with the band, which I prefer — in the same room, we did it live. Coming from a musical theater background, I prefer to sing live because there's just this synergy when you have a band playing behind you."
“It’s been my love and passion ever since I was five years old and I think this music moves people. People who come to see us, they say, ‘When I got here I was in kind of a blah mood, not so good, or depressed, or whatever and I come out in just a whole different place. I’m laughing, my spirits are lifted, it’s cheaper than going to a psychiatrist!’”
"The book is the book, the show is the show, the book is what inspired the show and the show, with the benefit of some really creative people, is going to re-tell the story of Prohibition through the eyes of criminals. And the focal point of that is Nucky."
Martin Scorsese not only directed the 2010 pilot for HBO's Boardwalk Empire, but remains a very important part of the series set in 1920s Atlantic City, serving as executive producer on the first two completed seasons. He also filmed The Color of Money (1986) in A.C. Dylan, on the other hand...
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