July 15, 2013 |
Emmy nominations arrive Thursday morning, so it's time to do one last sweep through the high-profile categories to see who might be waking up early to field phone calls and talk about how honored they're feeling, how they heard the news and precisely how much caffeine they drank before the announcement came down. Let's have a look at the drama categories, shall we? DRAMA SERIES Surprise: "House of Cards" arrived with plenty of hype, but by the time Kevin Spacey did you-know-what to you-know-who (sorry ... but we don't know if you've binged yet)
May 29, 2013 |
It's no spoiler (hopefully) to note that in the world of television, sometimes even prominent characters and fan favorites meet an untimely end. In this clip from the recent Envelope Emmy Roundtable, five heavyweight showrunners - Alex Gansa of "Homeland," Terence Winter of "Boardwalk Empire," David Benioff of "Game of Thrones," Glen Mazzara of "The Walking Dead" and Vince Gilligan of "Breaking Bad" - speak to the Times' Martin Miller...
March 14, 2013 |
What is it with Hollywood and hyperbole these days? Last week saw "Oz the Great and Powerful" and now we have "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone. " Calling it "The Mildly Diverting Burt Wonderstone" would have been more accurate, but how many tickets is that going to sell? Neither as good as you might hope nor as dreadful as doubters may fear, "Wonderstone" has in Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey and Alan Arkin four of the funniest men working in movies today. But it doesn't seem to know how to consistently get the best out of them.
June 10, 2011
He's been a drunk guitar player in "The Wedding Singer," argued over pancakes in "Fargo" and gotten beaten up by Willie Nelson and Don Johnson in "Miami Vice" (seriously!). But it's the small things that matter with Buscemi. That's why we here at The Envelope have selected his straightforward, reasoned — but expletive-laced — take on refusing to tip a waitress as Mr. Pink in Quentin Tarantino's 1992 heist film "Reservoir Dogs" as his best scene: "I'm very sorry the government taxes their tips.
June 10, 2011 |
This is how low-key Steve Buscemi is in real life: He can enter the Cupping Room Café in New York's Soho district and initially go unnoticed even by someone keeping an eye out for him. Hard to imagine such anonymity for a man who has appeared in dozens of movies since the 1980s and who is currently starring in one of HBO's critically acclaimed new series, "Boardwalk Empire. " Eventually, he finds who he's looking for and takes a seat, speaking softly and thoughtfully. "I've had people, strangers, after I get to talk to them a little bit, say, 'Oh, you're calmer than the characters you play,' or something like that," he says.
December 2, 2010 |
In a memorable scene from "Boardwalk Empire," HBO's epic drama about Prohibition-era Atlantic City, N.J., bootlegger Nucky Thompson visits the childhood home where he suffered the abuse of his father, and after taking a grim last look, douses it with gasoline and sets it ablaze. "It's symbolic of the way he has remade himself by tearing down his past," says Steve Buscemi, the well-known character actor who's been unconventionally cast in a leading role as Thompson, a civic leader who leads a double life as a ruthless crime boss.