Screen Junkies » terence winter http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:13:15 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Jamie Foxx Will Play Mike Tyson In An Upcoming Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jamie-foxx-will-play-mike-tyson-in-an-upcoming-biopic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jamie-foxx-will-play-mike-tyson-in-an-upcoming-biopic/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 16:08:14 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=263596 Better get that dialect coach on the phone.

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Jamie Foxx has reportedly signed on to make a film about beleaguered former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson. The film will be directed by Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire producer/director Terence Winter. It’s unclear what the scope of the film will be, as it seems most every chapter of Tyson’s life is pretty cinematic.

Given Jamie Foxx’s age, it’s unlikely that Foxx roles would focus on his troubled adolescent years in the Bronx and Catskills. But stranger things have happened. I hope that at least some of the film tracks against Tyson’s fighting days, so we can see what Foxx does to resemble the bulldog-sized Tyson in the late 80′s and early 90′s.

Despite Winter’s ties to HBO, and that networks release of its own Tyson film a few years back, this one is slated for a theatrical release, so expect some starpower behind it.

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Terence Winter Discusses ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Season 2: (Spoiler Alert) More Conflict! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/terence-winter-discusses-boardwalk-empire-season-2-spoiler-alert-more-conflict/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/terence-winter-discusses-boardwalk-empire-season-2-spoiler-alert-more-conflict/#comments Wed, 25 May 2011 23:05:38 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=213661 Disguised as a "set tour," this is really just a rundown of what we can expect next year.

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Boardwalk Empire” fans will definitely want to watch this video. Creator Terence Winter discusses not only the obvious season 2 plotline continuations that I’m not going to share here (watch the damn DVD’s already so I can!) but also the overarching themes for the next season. Namely, “family.”

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Those who watched the first season are aware of how much family plays a role in virtually every character’s life. Nucky and Eli are at odds in more ways than one, Jimmy deals with the fallout from his family situation, and it’s safe to assume that there will be a new character or two introduced that will undoubtedly make life difficult for the criminals and whores in this family drama.

Winter doesn’t say anything about the greatest character on the show, Chalky White (played by Michael Kenneth Williams). Gee, you think you might want to highlight a character that is as cool as Omar from “The Wire” but dresses like Andre 3000? you think people wanna hear about that guy, genius?

Sorry to get so salty. I just love Chalky White.

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Review: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-boardwalk-empire/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/review-boardwalk-empire/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Where the roaring 1920s lights of a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel meet with the violent crime sagas of a Scorsese classic, this what you can find in the fast-paced and explosive new gangster series “Boardwalk Empire.” On the eve of 1920 with his pockets full of cash and liquor in a high demand due to prohibition, Enoch 'Nucky' Thompson (played with tough talk and weak posture by Steve Buscemi) is at the top of his game as the Treasurer over the swinging and swindling lights of Atlantic City. Thompson has everything in place to create Atlantic City as the speakeasy capital of the world but as high stakes prove he has a lot more coming this way as the infamous decade will come of age in gangster warfare, political upheaval, and a crash and burn economy. More after the jump...

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Where the roaring 1920s lights of a F. Scott Fitzgerald novel meet with the violent crime sagas of a Scorsese classic, this what you can find in the fast-paced and explosive new gangster series “Boardwalk Empire.”

On the eve of 1920 with his pockets full of cash and liquor in a high demand due to prohibition, Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson (played with tough talk and weak posture by Steve Buscemi) is at the top of his game as the Treasurer over the swinging and swindling lights of Atlantic City. Thompson has everything in place to create Atlantic City as the speakeasy capital of the world but as high stakes prove he has a lot more coming this way as the infamous decade will come of age in gangster warfare, political upheaval, and a crash and burn economy.

More after the jump…

Yet that all comes about in several years time, so let’s relish in the atmosphere and the gleaming red hot allusion to infamous characters that director Martin Scorsese and “The Sopranos” writer Terence Winter paint for this series that blurs the lines between television narrative and feature films like never before.

The canvass presented here is full of Scorsese moments from long and majestic tracking shots through the gin joints, back rooms, and vaudevillian sidewalk entertainment to the freeze frames, smash cuts, and explosive moments of violence. Additional to these auteur signatures, Scorsese seems to be quite at home at being able to play with homages to his musical ragtime library and iconic screen images of the Keystone cops and Fatty Arbuckle shorts from the 20s, something that feature film Scorsese is limited to do.

While TV’s series pilots are difficult to pull all together, “Empire” has a canvass that can’t contain every character in one episode. The few characters we get to meet during the pilot besides Nucky are your standard characters in the gangster movie encyclopedia. From Nucky’s questionably loyal right hand man Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt in his best and most likable performance to date), gangster rivals Arnold Rothstein (Michael Stuhlbarg from A Serious Man) and a young Al Capone (Stephen Graham), abused Irish wife and possible love interest, Margret Schroeder (Kelly MacDonald, the saintly angel of Trainspotting and No Country For Old Men) and FBI spooks hiding in their fedoras (Michael Shannon with his signature stiff neck and twisted grin).

The rest of the all-star character actor cast that will be coming in the following episodes are seen only in passing. For example, Michael K. Williams of “The Wire” is given only one brief look as Chalky White, a man left waiting for a long time in Nucky’s office to discuss some certain business.

If anything, this pilot episode suffers from the sense of crime movie déjà vu. The climax has your typical juxtaposition of several mob hits going on at once, which is there to set up the 12 episode season, but takes away from the combustible color of lights and flurry that has been built in motion for this epic.

All of these elements mixed together go down with a bite, and turn “Boardwalk Empire” into one series that is primed to explode on your TV this coming fall season.

Grade: A-

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HBO Sets ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Premiere Date http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hbo-sets-boardwalk-empire-premiere-date/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/hbo-sets-boardwalk-empire-premiere-date/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 HBO's Martin Scorsese-produced, Terence Winter-created Steve Buscemi as a bad ass gangsta Prohibition drama series will debut Sunday, September 19 at 9PM. Buscemi plays "the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City and town Treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is described as “a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role." Check out the trailer here. I've already set a series recording on my DVR.

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HBO’s Martin Scorsese-produced, Terence Winter-created Steve Buscemi as a bad ass gangsta Prohibition drama series will debut Sunday, September 19 at 9PM. Buscemi plays "the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City and town Treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is described as “a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role." Check out the trailer here. I’ve already set a series recording on my DVR.

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New O.G. ‘Boardwalk Empire’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/new-o-g-boardwalk-empire-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/new-o-g-boardwalk-empire-trailer/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 We've seen the teaser and the first trailer for HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," and now there's a new trailer that is by far the most gangsta. The show, created by "The Soprano's" writer Terence Winter and exec produced by Martin Scorsese, who also directed the pilot, looks like "The Soprano's" but with fedoras, speakeasies, and hot lather barbershop shaves. Steve Buscemi is the new Tony Soprano, so we're trading in a weight problem for a dental one, but he appears just as menacing and short-tempered as the wheezing Mafia boss. He plays "the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City and town Treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is described as “a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role." Get ready for "Boardwalk Empire" to come at you like gangbusters this fall on HBO. And for God's sake, hide your barrels of bathtub gin. I recommend the bathtub. Check out the new trailer after the jump.

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We’ve seen the teaser and the first trailer for HBO’s "Boardwalk Empire," and now there’s a new trailer that is by far the most gangsta. The show, created by "The Soprano’s" writer Terence Winter and exec produced by Martin Scorsese, who also directed the pilot, looks like "The Soprano’s" but with fedoras, speakeasies, and hot lather barbershop shaves.

Steve Buscemi is the new Tony Soprano, so we’re trading in a weight problem for a dental one, but he appears just as menacing and short-tempered as the wheezing Mafia boss. He plays "the undisputed ruler of Atlantic City and town Treasurer, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, who is described as “a political fixer and backroom dealer who is equal parts politician and gangster and equally comfortable in either role." Get ready for "Boardwalk Empire" to come at you like gangbusters this fall on HBO. And for God’s sake, hide your barrels of bathtub gin. I recommend the bathtub.

Check out the new trailer after the jump.

 

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