I’m something of an HBO fanatic, so I can’t wait to see what’s around the corner for the network in 2014. The final season of “True Blood”? Season three of “Girls”? Yes, please! Check out this teaser HBO released with clips of “Game of Thrones,” “The Normal Heart” and all the other shows and movies to get excited about. It even recaps the best of 2013 — Beyoncé’s documentary “Life Is But A Dream,” anyone? — for your pop culture nostalgia pleasure. See you on the couch. [Huffington Post]
Hey, let’s talk about how much I love Michael Pitt. He just has the most beautiful face in the world, and oh my god, “The Dreamers”! If you haven’t seen that movie, see it! Michael is probably the most socially appropriate of my top three celebrity crushes, right alongside Bills Murray and Clinton. I haven’t seen much of the former “Boardwalk Empire” star since he departed the show last season (Jimmy!), and his absence has not gone unnoticed, i.e. I have a Google Alert set to his name. So of course I’m thrilled to see him on the cover of Bullett‘s “Surreal” issue, on newsstands today, doing what he does best: brooding handsomely in a trenchcoat! Against my better logic, I will probably, definitely, go out of my way (and budget) to buy this $12 magazine today. I cannot resist the non-Brad Pitt. [BULLETT]
As far as mothers go, Gillian Darmody isn’t the best, but she’s certainly the most manipulative. This gangster moll was just a teenager when she was impregnated by the biggest political boss in the sordid snow-globe world of Prohibition-era Atlantic City. Fast forward twenty-five years and she’s the matriarch responsible for Jimmy Darmody, who is following in his illegitimate father’s footsteps as a hard and fast crook while his young mother continues her career as a showgirl and occasional mistress. What follows is a twisted web of scandal, sex, slaughter, and deceit, complete with an Oedipal love triangle and beyond. Gillian Darmody is one shady lady, but she has the kind of wardrobe that would drive any self-respecting flapper-lovin’ woman wild. After the jump, a few pieces to get you into the dancing mood, alcohol restriction and incest notwithstanding. Wear these individually to avoid the dreaded “Halloween costume” effect. Keep reading »
Played to perfection on “Boardwalk Empire” by my favorite hot mess-and-a half Paz de la Huerta, Lucy Danziger is a showgirl in every sense of the word. Intense, unpredictable, and attention-seeking, the former mistress of Atlantic City kingpin Nucky Thompson went from the ragtag life of a Ziegfeld Follies performer to a pampered concubine. Eventually exhausted by Lucy’s antics, Nucky meets Margaret Schroeder, a clever Irish widow, and casts his former squeeze to the wayside. Now pregnant with the child of Nelson Van Alden, a Prohibition agent with a long-distance wife and an unyielding religious conviction, Lucy is a miserable shred of what she once was. I prefer to think of her restored to former glory as Nucky’s arm candy, draped in jewels and sumptuous furs.
Here’s your guide to channeling Lucy Danziger’s opulent 1920s look this Halloween, and remember to tune in to HBO Sunday nights at 9 p.m. for the next installment of “Boardwalk Empire”! Keep reading »
Sunday night is when the A-game television shows come out to play. And just as we bid adieu to “True Blood
,” HBO trotted out its biggest gun ever—”Boardwalk Empire,” a Martin Scorsese-directed series about Atlantic City in the 1920s just as Prohibition has gone into effect. The show is one of the most expensive ever made—the pilot cost $50 million and required the building of a replica Atlantic City boardwalk in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. And so we all wondered if the series would be evocative of a specific era, à la its Sunday night TV neighbor “Mad Men
.” Or if it would be more like “Treme”—interesting, but I only tuned in once.
After watching last night, my verdict is … Keep reading »