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Boardwalk Empire' fills the void left by 'Law & Order,' hiring 1,200 and spending millions

 


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HBO's new series “Boardwalk Empire" is quickly filling the film industry void left when “Law & Order" was canceled.

The acclaimed series hired 1,200 people and poured millions of dollars into local industry coffers while filming in Brooklyn over the past year, Crain's New York Business reported Sunday.

The show about gangsters, set in Atlantic City in the 1920s, has a $65 million budget and is a huge boon for the city.

The acclaimed series hired 1,200 people and poured millions of dollars into local industry coffers while filming in Brooklyn over the past year, Crain's New York Business reported Sunday.

The show about gangsters, set in Atlantic City in the 1920s, has a $65 million budget and is a huge boon for the city.

New York beat out other locales, including the south Jersey casino town, due to favorable tax breaks and the high level of local expertise, Crain's reported.

"We are the biggest production of the season, " said Joe Iberti, co-producer of the show.

"In terms of scale and the number of people employed, it's on the level of a ‘Law & Order’ and is probably even bigger. “

The cancellation of “Law & Order" was a blow to the industry, as the television institution had pumped an estimated $79 million into the city's economy every year.

Flaubert got flashy at the Playboy salon. “Boardwalk Empire" actress Paz de la Huerta read aloud an excerpt from Lydia Davis’ new translation of “Madame Bovary" - “the most scandalous novel of all time, " according to Playboy - on Wednesday night at an event co-hosted by the House of Waris jewelry line.

De la Huerta had to keep shushing rowdy salonistes, who seemed less interested in 19th-century novels than vodka cocktails, but she found ways to hold their attention. A source says the often-nude actress went without underwear - giving audience members in the front row an eyeful of her Emma Bovary.

- Maria Cuomo Cole (sister of Andrew) and Kevin Breslin (son of legendary columnist Jimmy) have joined forces on a documentary - and it just made the short list for the Academy Awards.

"Boardwalk Empire" is at the beginning of its first season, but it was quickly renewed for a second season after a monster premiere that attracted 7.1 million viewers - the biggest for any HBO series in six years. boardwalk empire dvd

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