News Nuggets: How did the bloody ‘Boardwalk Empire’ end Sunday night?

Craig D. Lindsey reviews the finale of HBO’s Emmy-winning “Boardwalk Empire” airing on Sunday night. SPOILERS AHEAD. Titled “Eldorado,” the show revealed that the young vagrant Joe Harper (Travis Tope) was actually a grown-up Tommy Darmody. His father Jimmy (Michael Pitt) had been killed years earlier by Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), so his mission in the finale was to return the favor. The deed happened on the Atlantic City boardwalk as Nucky took one last nighttime walk. Over the five-year run on HBO, the show received major Emmy nods, including for Best Drama Series and for Buscemi. Almost all of its wins were in technical categories, but supporting actor Bobby Cannavale and directors Martin Scorsese and Tim Van Patten also prevailed. Vulture

Low-budget thriller “Ouija” tops the box office charts for the weekend with $20 million. Keanu Reeves has a real surprise in the second spot with his latest film “John Wick” bringing in $14.1 million. The Brad Pitt film “Fury” falls to third place with $13 million. “Gone Girl” continues to do well after almost a month with another $11.1 million. Variety

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The first victim of the fall TV season turns out to be ABC’s “Manhattan Love Story.” Its fourth episode struggled with just 2.62 million viewers and a 0.7 rating among the coveted 18-49 demo. The comedy starred Analeigh Tipton and Jake McDorman as a mismatched couple falling in love in New York. ABC also had last year’s first cancelled show with “Lucky 7” being the unlucky choice. TV Guide

The Country Music Hall of Fame welcomes three new inductees at an all-star event Sunday night. Ronnie Milsap was inducted by Brenda Lee with performances by Vince Gill, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride, and Sam Moore. Songwriter Hank Cochran was inducted posthumously by Bobby Bare, Alison Krauss, and Gene Watson. Executive Mac Wiseman was inducted by Charlie Daniels, Gill, Jim Lauderdale, and Jo Walker-Meador. The Tennessean

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A round-up of reviews offers everything from praise to apathy for the new Sting Broadway musical “The Last Ship.” Inspired by the rocker’s own childhood in England, it is a sentimental coming-of-age tale with folk-rock tunes. Sting is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his band The Police and is on the ballot this year for the first time as a solo artist. He will also receive the Kennedy Center Honors in December. Playbill

Actress Marcia Strassman dies in California Saturday at age 66 of breast cancer. Her big break was in 1975 when she was cast as Gabe Kaplan‘s wife Julie in “Welcome Back Kotter.” Film audiences also knew her as the wife and mother in “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” with Rick Moranis. Deadline

British musician Jack Bruce, best known as the bassist for the rock group Cream dies Saturday at age 71 in England. Cream, which also included guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker, sold over 35 million albums when they started in the 1960s. The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993 and reunited for the first time to perform at that event. USA Today

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