Did you strip for a whole bunch of people this year? Why not? Pretty much everybody else did. And for once, our famous men seemed as happy to reveal as much as our celebrity women. Channing Tatum and crew sex-packed to the max in Magic Mike, Bobby Cannavale put the part into his part of an auto-asphyxiation-loving mobster on Boardwalk Empire, and Prince Harry came dangerously close to showing off his crown jewels in Las Vegas.
Get Your Gun
Wielded by Al Capone (Stephen Graham) in the Boardwalk pilot, this Remington cutoff shotgun will reappear in the season 3 finale on Dec. 2, having found its way into the hands of another character.
For Sonny Capone’s beloved stuffed animal, ”we looked at teddy bears in the Sears catalogs of the early 1920s,” says Silverman. ”This is a vintage mohair articulated bear found in a local antique shop.”
The Year in Review The Best & Worst issue is probably the one magazine I make time to read each year, period. I’m already looking forward to the recap for 2012.Gail Brockmann Downers Grove, Ill.
I’m with you. Ricky Gervais was a little disappointing at the Golden Globes. But in his defense, he really was in a no-win situation — a victim of his own success. We were so primed for him to shock us on the Globes’ Jan. 15 telecast, like he did the previous two years, that anything short of setting Natalie Portman on fire was bound to be a letdown.
What new TV shows were you excited about this time last year? There was AMC’s The Walking Dead (all six episodes of it), HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, and, uh…yeah. That’s about it. This fall, the question ”What’s your favorite new show?” actually sparked debate. Many were enchanted by ABC’s fairy-tale epic Once Upon a Time. A comedy fan might push for CBS’ 2 Broke Girls, and another could fight for the branded quirkiness of Zooey Deschanel on Fox’s New Girl or even ABC’s satiric Suburgatory.
Michael K. WilliamsBoardwalk Empire The ex-Wire star plays Chalky White, the undeclared leader of Atlantic City’s African-American constituents.Community As Professor Kane, a biology teacher with a degree from prison, Williams gets to sprinkle a little comedy into his menacing persona.
The series’ second season picks up on Valentine’s Day 1921. As Nucky’s (Steve Buscemi) closest allies conspire against him, the ladies are taking a more active role in gentlemanly affairs. A new female prosecutor, Esther Randolph (Julianne Nicholson) — who’s based on Mabel Walker Willebrandt, the real-life assistant attorney general in 1921 — gets busy hunting down bootleggers. Margaret and her children have moved in with Nucky, whose bad behavior might be rubbing off on her son, Teddy. Yet she’s still warming to her role as Nucky’s partner in crime.
A big, enjoyably nasty piece of work, Boardwalk Empire zooms in on Atlantic City in the 1920s. Prohibition has just gone into effect, and the city’s corrupt treasurer — Steve Buscemi’s oily, funny, nihilistic, knobbykneed Nucky Thompson — is handing out favors and calling in markers right and left. You barely need to check the credits to know that Martin Scorsese directed the pilot, because even the planks in the boardwalk gleam with his beautiful, cynical rot.
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