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Michael K. Williams Talks 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 2, 'Community' & Loving Twitter

by Maggie Furlong, posted Sep 24th 2011 11:00AM
Michael K. Williams, 'Boardwalk Empire''Boardwalk Empire,' which was nominated for 18 Emmys for its first season, is back for more, and Season 2 (premieres Sun., Sept. 25, 9PM ET on HBO) kicks off with a bang. Literally.

With the return of the white-hooded KKK to Atlantic City, Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) is forced to figure out where his allegiances lie: With his most prominent voters, or with his most powerful -- and black -- friend, Chalky White, played by Michael K. Williams.

Chalky is a fan-favorite character in the show's otherwise morally ambiguous landscape of prohibition era Atlantic City, and when I caught up with Williams to talk Season 2, he teased that it'll only get crazier this season on Chalky's path to finding justice.

We also talked about the emotional tug of reenacting such a horrific reality for blacks in the 1920s, and seeing more of Chalky's family, which Williams says is "the crack in his armor."

Then we talked about some lighter stuff, like his awesome turn as an ex-con turned biology teacher on 'Community,' his favorite shows on TV and his love affair with Twitter. Keep reading for more ...

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'Boardwalk Empire' Season 2 Trailer: Jimmy and the Commodore Make Their Move (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Aug 29th 2011 1:00PM
The first promo for Season 2 of 'Boardwalk Empire' was filled with a vague yet omnipresent sense of foreboding. Nucky was surrounded on all sides by enemies and people who want something from him. HBO has released a second, longer trailer that gives us a more specific sense of what's to come this season.

A few plotlines emerge from the trailer. We see The Commodore and Jimmy Darmondy taking over the Atlantic City's bootlegging trade, violently pushing out the competition, Nucky included. Agent Van Alden is stepping up his efforts to police the booze trade, ominously saying "heads will roll, gentlemen" and conducting raids. Racial tensions boil over -- the Ku Klux Klan fires a crazy rotary machine gun, and Michael K. Williams' Chalky White gives Nucky an ultimatum that he has to deal with them. Nucky begins to share more of his business dealings with Margaret Schroeder. There's even a shot at the end that hints Jimmy might be trying to get into politics. And through it all, Atlantic City's constant party rages on.

Check out the trailer after the jump. Season 2 of 'Boardwalk Empire' premieres Sun., Sept. 25 at 9PM ET on HBO.

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John Goodman Joins Cast of 'Community'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jul 26th 2011 7:45AM
John GoodmanThe casting gods have given us yet another reason to love 'Community.' It's been announced that none other than the great John Goodman has signed on for a recurring role in Season 3.

According to 'New York Magazine,' Goodman is joining Greendale Community College as the "new vice dean of its heretofore unexplored school of air conditioning repair."

He will appear in at least six episodes of the upcoming Season 3, starting with the season opener.

Goodman's character will reportedly become a major enemy of both Dean Pelton (played by newly promoted series regular Jim Rash) and the study group.

Series creator Dan Harmon said that "When I heard we were going after Goodman, I got really excited about the idea of Jim Rash and Goodman on camera together." He's not the only one!

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HBO's New 'Boardwalk Empire' Trailer: Break Out the Big Guns (VIDEO)

by Allyssa Lee, posted Jan 14th 2010 8:00PM
It's got 1920s classic cars, men with big guns and a nattily-dressed, slightly-mustachioed Steve Buscemi brandishing a cigarette. It's looks just like a scene right out of a gangster movie.

And then you see that it's HBO's just-released trailer for its upcoming new series 'Boardwalk Empire.' Produced by Emmy-winning 'Sopranos' writer Terence Winter AND Martin Scorsese, you know that this show is not just going to be gangster: It's going to be all-out, balls-to-the-wall, bloody gangsta.

Watch the video after the jump.

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