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September 19, 2010 | Matea Gold, Los Angeles Times
NEW YORK — Steve Buscemi does not bear much physical resemblance to Enoch "Nucky" Johnson, the tall, broad-shouldered political boss whose 30-year rule of Atlantic City inspired HBO's new Prohibition-era drama "Boardwalk Empire. " But that ended up working in his favor when executive producers Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter were looking to cast the role of Nucky Thompson, the series' fictionalized version of the powerful town treasurer. "We decided not to pigeonhole ourselves to think that way, of a strapping guy with a big booming voice," Winter said.
March 12, 2010 | By Meg James
Conan O'Brien rolled out his 30-city Legally Prohibited From Being Funny On Television Tour on Thursday, billing it as "a night of music, comedy, hugging and the occasional awkward silence." The comedian's live tour will begin in Eugene, Ore., on April 12 and make a stop, on April 24 and 25, at Universal Studios in Los Angeles (yes, the same entertainment complex owned by O'Brien's longtime employer, NBC Universal, and just a stone's throw away from the glitzy studio that NBC built for O'Brien to host "The Tonight Show," a job that lasted less than eight months)
November 29, 2009 | By Matea Gold
The sign on the chain-link fence warns "No Trespassing," and a passerby walking through this industrial Brooklyn neighborhood wouldn't think there was much to see beyond the barbed wire circling the lot, other than stacks of rust-colored shipping crates piled four high. But behind them lies the site of one of HBO's most ambitious series since "The Sopranos." What was once a parking lot has been turned into a miniature Hollywood back lot: a 300-foot-long replica of the Atlantic City boardwalk circa 1920, which functions as the main set for the network's new drama "Boardwalk Empire."
December 11, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Santa Claus posed with a huge kitty on his lap -- and now he might need rabies shots. Jonathan Bebbington was playing the jolly old man at a PetsMart store in Hamilton Township, N.J., when Benny the cat panicked because of dogs and bit him on the wrist and hand, Bebbington said. At least one witness thought it was a bobcat, estimating it weighed 30 pounds. Owner and cat vanished. "Her last words were, 'I have a permit and the cat has all his vaccines,' " Bebbington, 47, told the Press of Atlantic City.
August 21, 2008 | Associated Press
Bye-bye, Boardwalk. The Canadian metropolis of Montreal snagged the most expensive spot on a new global version of Monopoly, unseating the Atlantic City, N.J., fixture as the board game's most prestigious property. Montreal will be joined by the Latvian capital Riga, which grabbed the game's No. 2 Park Place spot, and 20 other world cities when Monopoly Here & Now: The World Edition goes on sale this month. Other cities featured, chosen by online vote, include Jerusalem, London, Paris, New York, Rome and Taipei.
July 12, 2008 | Scott Collins
HBO has ordered series pilots from "Sex and the City" star Sarah Jessica Parker, "The Sopranos" executive producer Terence Winter and "The Wire" creator David Simon. The proposed series fit well with HBO's programming strategy after the exit of longtime network architect Chris Albrecht. The plan seems to be to greenlight a greater number of shows than in the past, without fundamentally changing the notion of what an HBO series should be. "We've had to be a little more proactive" in pursuing projects, Michael Lombardo, president of the network's programming group, told reporters Thursday.
January 6, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Joseph Lazarow, 84, who presided as mayor of Atlantic City, N.J., during the dawn of the casino industry, died Thursday in St. Petersburg, Fla., after a long illness, said his daughter, Robin Lazarow. She declined to identify the illness. Lazarow, a low-key attorney and Atlantic City native who had little political experience, was elected to the City Commission -- now the City Council -- in 1972. His counterparts on the council named him mayor in 1976, the start of the aging beach town's transformation into a glittery gambling mecca.
November 2, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The former mayor of Atlantic City pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to enhance his veterans benefits, a crime that played a role in his three-week disappearance starting in late September. Making his first public appearance since resigning Oct. 10, Democrat Robert Levy admitted he had falsely claimed to have been awarded two military medals and had embellished his military record in order to increase his Veterans Affairs disability benefits.
October 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
atlantic city, n.j. -- MGM Mirage Inc. plans to build a mega-casino resort worth as much as $5 billion that will dwarf anything Atlantic City has seen before, the company said Wednesday. The move is part of a gamble by casino operators to polish Atlantic City's image and attract upscale customers who want to do more than just bet money. The project, which will be called MGM Grand Atlantic City, will cost $4.
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