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Did Nucky Thompson Just Admit Defeat on 'Boardwalk Empire'? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 14th 2011 4:00AM
'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Two Boats and a Lifeguard'It was the day Jimmy and the Commodore had been waiting for on 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO). A seemingly beaten and humbled Nucky Thompson walked into their presence and announced that he was done. Losing his father and nearly his own life has made him realize that he doesn't need all the chaos that goes with Atlantic City.

So he resigned his post as Treasurer and is looking to retire. The smile on Jimmy's face was probably enough to make Nucky grit his teeth, but he was playing the long game. Of course Nucky isn't going to ride off into the sunset. He's just reevaluating existing strategies and making new moves.

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'Boardwalk Empire' Gangster Index, Week 5: Police Chief Turns Police Chump & Heads Roll

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 24th 2011 1:35PM
On 'Boardwalk Empire,' the dominoes have started to fall in the aftermath of the Commodore's stroke. Having blindly followed the old man over the precipice, his co-conspirators are squirming and getting desperate now that he's incapacitated. In this week's 'Gimcrack and Bunkum,' they scrambled to save their hides, and the desperation manifested itself in the form of two brutal, head-mutilating murders.

Meanwhile, Jimmy continued to prove that he may be the only one with the smarts and toughness to make it on his own, while the women of 'Boardwalk' showed they can be just as violent and conniving as the men.

To keep track of the deals, deception and death, AOL TV is continuing our weekly 'Boardwalk Empire' gangster index, a guide to who's up and who's down among HBO's organized criminals.

Check out the index to find out how your favorite liquor-slinging sociopath fared this week ...

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Eli's Attempt to Reconcile With Nucky Ends Up in a Fistfight on 'Boardwalk Empire' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 24th 2011 4:30AM
'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Gimcrack & Bunkum'Who said anything about brotherly love superceding all. Loyalty is the stock Nucky trades in on 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO), and once you prove you're all out of it, he's got no further use for you. Even if you're a blood relative.

When Eli came to his brother, sobbing and apologizing and trying to make things right, Nucky told him in no uncertain terms where he stands now. He then proceeded to prove that even though he usually has other people get their hands dirty on his behalf, he's not above getting into the fray.

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Harrow Agrees to Let Angela Sketch Him on 'Boardwalk Empire' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 17th 2011 7:00AM
'Boardwalk Empire' - 'What Does the Bee Do?'Less than enthused about her latest attempts to paint on 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO), Angela struck upon a bold idea when Richard Harrow arrived to pick up her husband Jimmy. She asked if he would be willing to sit for her, so she can paint him.

At first, she painted him with his mask on. But as she worked, he began to open up to her about love and how the war changed him. He talked about how close he and his twin sister Emma were before the war.

"When I came back from the war, she nursed me and gave me morphine to keep the pain at bay, but suddenly I felt different toward her," he admitted. "I would stare at her and feel nothing."

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Nucky and Margaret Discuss the Plot Against Him on 'Boardwalk Empire' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 3rd 2011 8:45AM
'Boardwalk Empire' S02/E02This week on 'Boardwalk Empire' (Sun., 9PM ET on HBO) Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) comes to the harsh realization that several members of his inner circle have betrayed him.

As he ponders recent events, feeling isolated, Nucky fills Margaret in on his affairs in a way he hasn't before. When Margaret (Kelly MacDonald) asks, "Who is against you?" he replies "All of them ... " before listing his new enemies off one by one.

Happily for Nucky, Margaret has a core of pure steel, and as she comes to his aid in his current predicament she shows herself to be far removed from the downtrodden and abused wife she was at the beginning of Season 1.

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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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Vincent Piazza Talks Playing Lucky Luciano & 'Boardwalk Empire' Season 2

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 23rd 2011 4:30PM
HBO's 'Boardwalk Empire' centers on a crew of legendary American gangsters in the early stages of their rise to power.

For actor Vincent Piazza, signing on to play the brooding, quick-tempered Lucky Luciano was a daunting challenge. He learned everything he could about the iconic mobster, immersing himself in the history and lore associated with the man who would eventually organize the mafia into its five families.

I got the chance to talk with Piazza about where 'Boardwalk' is heading in its second season (premieres Sun., Sept. 25, 9PM ET on HBO), a season that will see the younger generation of gangsters start to carve out new roles for themselves as Prohibition drags on.

Keep reading to find out whether or not Lucky can work effectively with the Atlantic City crew after sleeping with Jimmy Darmody's mother in Season 1, and if 'Boardwalk' will show viewers the birth of an alliance between Luciano and Al Capone.

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Review: In Season 2, 'Boardwalk Empire' Proves to Be an Expensive, Expansive Misfire

by Maureen Ryan, posted Sep 22nd 2011 3:30PM
'Boardwalk Empire' (9PM ET Sunday, HBO) appears to have all the trappings of a quality cable drama.

It has a gifted cast and a conflicted central character. It has outstanding production values, a high-class pedigree and it spins out multiple narratives depicting people involved in questionable, if not nefarious, activities. It's an expensive period drama that airs on HBO, for goodness' sake.

And it should be to 'Boardwalk Empire's' credit that it does its utmost to lay out a meticulous panorama of Atlantic City in the '20s. We critics are always complaining about shows that drop plots, lose focus or go down blind alleys, but 'Boardwalk Empire' has a certain relentlessness when it comes to building the world of bootlegger and politician Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi).

But there's a problem here. Despite all the attention to detail, or maybe because of it, 'Boardwalk Empire' is a slog. For long periods of time, it's boring, glum, bloodless slog.

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