Yep the Martin Scorsese produced and directed Boardwalk Empire was a total success it's first night playing to 4.7 million viewers. That success also netted boardwalk empire a renewal in Season 2 and season 1 hasn't fully aired.
This show is amazing. We've watched just about every episode, and each one is pretty solid. The best episodes are the ones featuring elaborate gadgets, fake coins, and other breaking vegas stuff. It's currently on the History Channel again, so TIVO or set your PVR to get it. The picture above shows one of the shows - Dice Dominator. This show has to be seen to be believed - but in a nutshell, they learn to throw dice in craps so precisely they can make the dice show whatever they want when they land. Amazing.
Breaking Vegas is a television series that premiered on The History Channel in the United States in the Spring of 2004. The series covers the great lengths people have gone to make money, often illegally, from casinos. It premiered in Pakistan on January 19, 2006 and was renamed Decoding Casinos in India on May 9, 2006. In the Spring of 2007, it aired on The History Channel and The Discovery Channel in Canada.
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That's right - the classic Martin Scorsese film Casino is on Blu-Ray. We can safely tell you this one holds up and is even better in HD.
Director Martin Scorsese reunites with members of his GoodFellas gang (writer Nicholas Pileggi; actors Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Frank Vincent) for a three-hour epic about the rise and fall of mobster Sam "Ace" Rothstein (De Niro), a character based on real-life gangster Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal. (It's modeled after on Wiseguy and GoodFellas and Pileggi's true crime book Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas.) Through Rothstein, the picture tells the story of how the Mafia seized, and finally lost control of, Las Vegas gambling. The first hour plays like a fascinating documentary, intricately detailing the inner workings of Vegas casinos. Sharon Stone is the stand out among the actors; she nabbed an Oscar nomination for her role as the voracious Ginger, the glitzy call girl who becomes Rothstein's wife. The film is not as fast paced or gripping as Scorsese's earlier gangster pictures (Mean Streets and GoodFellas), but it's still absorbing. And, hey--it's Scorsese!
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We haven't seen this Breaking Vegas, but we think it looks pretty solid.
Creating a foolproof plan to beat Las Vegas has been a goal for gamblers and grifters since the city was established, but only one group has come closest to making such a system pay off--a collection of math whizzes from M.I.T. The unique rise and fall of their blackjack team is the focus of this intriguing 2004 History Channel documentary.
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