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Martin Scorsese praises HBO

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Film Director Martin Scorsese takes a trip to the Neue museum during the Berlin Film Festival

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Martin Scorsese has praised cable network HBO, the home of his new gangster series Boardwalk Empire.

The director told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour that he is a fan of the network's programming.

"A number of the episodes, in so many of their series, they're thoughtful, intelligent [and] brilliantly put together," he said. "It's a new opportunity for storytelling. It's very different from television of the past."

Boardwalk Empire will star Steve Buscemi as Enouch 'Nucky' Thompson, a 'rum-runner' in prohibition-era Atlantic City. Oscar winner Scorsese admitted that he had long been interested in directing for television.

"I've been tempted over the years to be involved with one of them, because of the nature of the long form," he explained.

Scorsese will executive produce the series and has also directed the pilot episode.

Boardwalk Empire - created by former Sopranos writer Terrence Winter - will premiere on September 19th on HBO.
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