‘Boardwalk Empire’ Ends With Fifth Season

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Briefly: If you’d asked the creators of Boardwalk Empire last year about a possible end for the show, you probably wouldn’t have got much out of them. Terence Winter said in one interview “‘Where are we going? Do we see an end in sight here?’ That’s the debate we’re having now every day with each other. It’s let’s tell the best story possible and when we’re done we’ll move on and tell another story.”

But now things have changed, and it looks like that internal debate had a specific conclusion. HBO announced today that the fifth season of Boardwalk Empire will be the show’s last. Winter said in a statement,

We’re thrilled to get the go-ahead for a fifth season of Boardwalk Empire. After much discussion with my creative team and HBO, we’ve decided to wrap up the series after such a great run and look forward to bringing it to a powerful and exciting conclusion.

The show’s final season premiere will take place this fall.

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Only a few people have seen The Wolf of Wall Street, from Martin Scorsese — mostly guild members and Oscar pundits — but the word has been pretty enthusiastic. I’ve heard that the movie is funny and extraordinarily debauched; that NC-17 talk wasn’t idle chatter. (DiCaprio describes it as “a modern day Caligula.“) There’s a lot of talk about how good the cast is, and also some interesting notes about the music choices.

We’ll all get to see it soon, as the movie opens on Christmas Day, but for now you can either watch or bookmark this great roundtable talk with the creators. Scorsese takes part, with star/producer Leonardo DiCaprio, co-star Jonah Hill, and screenwriter Terence Winter. Read More »

Lawsuits be damned, Martin Scorsese got right into shooting The Wolf of Wall Street this year, with Leonardo DiCaprio as his star once again. This time Leo plays a fictionalized version of Jordan Belfort, a Wall Street big shot who partied his way through much of the ’90s before being targeted by authorities for securities fraud and money laundering. The whole sordid tale is told in Belfort’s book of the same name, which was the basis for a script by Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire).

The film shot as an indie, with Warner Bros. participating in early development, but now Paramount has picked up the domestic distribution rights, and is already planning a late 2013 release — in other words, the studio sees Scorsese’s new film as an awards contender. The cast also includes Matthew McConaughey, Jonah Hill, Jean Dujardin, Rob Reiner, Kyle Chandler, Margot Robbie and Jon Bernthal.

As rights are just being sold now and the film isn’t expected to hit for another year, we’ve probably got a while to wait before a trailer materializes, but  [Deadline]

 

Even as he continues to make audiences laugh in films like the upcoming The Watch (formerly Neighborhood Watch), Jonah Hill is making progress on the more serious side of his career as well. The Oscar-nominated Moneyball star is in talks for Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, joining lead actor (and frequent Scorsese collaborator) Leonardo DiCaprio. If Hill keeps this up, he could become an even bigger dramatic star than he is a comedic one. More details after the jump.

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If you were one of the diehard fans who stuck with Community through its three-month hiatus, you’re about to be rewarded with not one, not two, but three new episodes in one day. Also after the jump:

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  • Boardwalk Empire will jump forward in time for Season 3
  • Luck‘s failure costs HBO a ton of money

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We can stop wondering what Martin Scorsese will do to follow Hugo, and it won’t be his long-hoped for project Silence. Last month we heard that Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio would reunite to make their fifth film together: an adaptation of the Jordan Belfort memoir The Wolf of Wall Street. Now the ink is on their contracts. (At one point it looked like Ridley Scott might make the film with DiCaprio starring, but Scott moved on to other projects.)

And so The Wolf of Wall Street, working from a script by Terence Winter (The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire), will shoot in New York in August. More details follow. Read More »

As we head toward the holiday season, Boardwalk Empire winds down, 30 Rock gears up, and Terra Nova remains in purgatory. After the jump:

  • Showrunner Terence Winter explains the explosive Season 2 finale for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire
  • NBC drops an enticing teaser for 30 Rock‘s 6th season
  • HBO reveals a second trailer for its Judd Apatow / Lena Dunham series Girls
  • FX renews The League for a fourth season
  • Fox pushes its decision about Terra Nova‘s fate to next year

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Matt Damon and Ben Affleck earned worldwide fame and screenwriting Oscars thanks to the film Good Will Hunting. While each has developed his own career in the years since, the possibility of another collaboration between Affleck and Damon has always been a subject of inquiry. Now, only days after Damon announced his intent to direct his first film (an as-yet untitled legal drama he co-wrote with John Krasinski) and Affleck was said to be the chosen director for The Stand, we’ve got word that the two are going to re-team for a new Boston-set picture.

The subject of the film, which Affleck will direct, is recently captured gangster James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. Whitey Bulger was a prominent member of Boston’s notorious Winter Hill Gang (named for a Somerville, MA neighborhood) starting in the early ’70s, and took control of the gang in ’79. He  fled Boston in the mid-’90s and was on the run until this past summer, when he was arrested in Santa Monica. Other producers are putting together their own Whitey Bulger films, so will Affleck and Damon be able to beat them to the screen? Read More »

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