[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from Sunday's Season 4 finale of Boardwalk Empire. Read at your own risk.]
If there's one thing you can count on in a Boardwalk Empire season finale, it's a pile of dead bodies.
And although Season 4's final hour certainly delivered some brutal (and in some cases, heartbreaking) send-offs, the episode was most significant for the number of characters who managed to escape the mayhem. Perhaps the most notable survivor was ...
Patricia Arquette, Steve Buscemi
When Nucky Thompson lets a woman enter his world of dirty politics and bootleg hooch, she usually ends up in his bed. Or dead. Or both. Is the Boardwalk Empire crime lord, played by Steve Buscemi, finally ready to move beyond prostitutes, showgirls and helpless hausfraus? He'll give it a shot with Sally Wheet, a no-baloney speakeasy owner from Tampa played by Patricia Arquette, who spent seven seasons — and won an Emmy — as crime-busting psychic Allison DuBois on Medium.
Anthony Laciura, Domenick Lombardozzi
[WARNING: The following story contains major spoilers from Sunday's episode of Boardwalk Empire. Read at your own risk.]
A high body count is to be expected at this point on HBO's mob drama Boardwalk Empire. But Sunday's episode featured a heartbreaking death that was probably harder to predict....
Get ready to meet a different kind of gangster on Boardwalk Empire.
On Sunday's episode (9/8c, HBO) Nucky (Steve Buscemi) & Co. will meet Dr. Valentin Narcisse (guest star Jeffrey Wright), a Harlem crime lord who is drawn to Atlantic City to investigate the disappearance of one of his talent scouts — aka the man Dunn Purnsley (Erik LaRay Harvey) murdered in the Season 4 premiere. Needless to say, Narcisse comes to Chalky (Michael K. Williams) looking for answers.
Boardwalk Empire: Can Nucky walk away from being a gangster?
Unlike the hot-headed and physically imposing thugs of seasons past, Narcisse isn't necessarily seeking eye-for-an-eye vengeance. But that doesn't mean he should be underestimated...
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Is Boardwalk Empire's Nucky Thompson turning over a new leaf?
As the HBO drama enters 1924 and the Jazz Age, Atlantic City gangster Nucky (Steve Buscemi) is looking to make peace with his fellow crooks in New York whom he bloodied during last season's war with Gyp Rosetti. He's able to do so with a bag full of cash and the simple promise that he's no longer concerned with expanding his territory or operation.
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"Nucky is really keeping a much lower profile," creator Terence Winter tells TVGuide.com....
Last Tango in Halifax
Anyone seeking momentary relief from the dazzling darkness of the anti-hero vogue so prevalent on Sunday nights — epitomized by Breaking Bad's harrowing race to the finish line — will find a delightful tonic in PBS's Last Tango in Halifax (Sunday, check tvguide.com listings), a winning romance about two widowed seventysomethings and their supportive but screwed-up families.
Not a meth dealer (Bad), serial killer (Dexter), bootlegger (Boardwalk Empire) or brooding bully of a fixer (Ray Donovan) in sight, but life is still not without its complications in Halifax, a six-part charmer blessed with instant chemistry between the esteemed Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid (from the recent Upstairs, Downstairs remake) as Alan and Celia, lonely pensioners and former childhood pals who reconnect on Facebook after 60 years and impulsively decide to take a second chance on love.
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During Thursday's funeral service for James Gandolfini, The Sopranos' creator David Chase read a letter to the late actor as his eulogy.
"When I said before that you were my brother, this has a lot to do with that: Italian-American, Italian worker, builder, that Jersey thing — whatever that means — the same social class," Chase said at the 90-minute ceremony held in New York's Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, according to Hitfix.
Ellen DeGeneres, Kate McKinnon
This week, Jimmy Kimmel interviewed fans at the Coachella Music Festival about some hot new bands — the only problem is, the bands don't actually exist. But that didn't stop festival-goers from gushing about them. Elsewhere, Saturday Night Live's Kate McKinnon did her best Ellen DeGeneres impersonation in front of Ellen herself, and Boardwalk Empire's Steve Buscemi discovered a family connection with the band Vampire Weekend. Also, in random celebrity strokes of genius, Tilda Swinton led the audience at Ebertfest in a dance to Barry White in remembrance of Roger Ebert, and Buscemi's Boardwalk castmate Michael Shannon did a dramatic (and NSFW!) reading of a nasty letter from a sorority president. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of Top Videos:
Claire Danes, Damian Lewis
It's that time of the year again: awards season! The fete-ing all kicks off Sunday with the 70th Golden Globe Awards (8 ET/5 PT on NBC). Will Homeland continue its awards show winning streak? Is Lincoln the film to beat? Check out our predictions below and tell us your picks for the big prizes.