The Sopranos Finale: Who Got Whacked?
WHACKED: (Spoiler Alert: Ending of The Sopranos season finale to be revealed.) The fifth season of The Sopranos went out with a bang Sunday night, with Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) getting rid of his cousin, Tony Blundetto (Steve Buscemi), as a payback to rival New York Mob boss Johnny Sack (Vince Curatola). But then the FBI hauled away Sack. The stage is now dramatically set for the sixth and, reportedly final, season of the critically lauded HBO Mob hit.
OFFERED: Just a little bit of cash can win you fans a lunch date in Germany with Tom Cruise and a visit to the set of Mission: Impossible 3, Charlize Theron's The Italian Job red Mini-Cooper, set visits to CSI and Six Feet Under, and a kiss from Sharon Stone. It's all part of a celebrity auction to raise money for Project Angel Food, which delivers free meals to disabled people in Los Angeles. The bidding, conducted by the auction house Bonhams and Butterfields (see its Web site to participate), began Sunday. Bidding for the Cruise lunch starts at $12,500.
FETCHED: Some 421 items up for auction from the Barbra Streisand collection fetched an estimated $600,000, Darren Julien of Julien Entertainment, which organized the event (to benefit Streisand's charitable foundation), tells the Associated Press. A North Carolina dentist offered $23,000 for a satin shirt that the star wore on The Judy Garland Show in 1963, but was outbid by an Internet buyer. Still, the good doc reportedly went home with a rhinestone-covered gold silk and chiffon gown Streisand wore to the 1968 premiere of Funny Girl. Price: $5,250.
SOUGHT: Verne Troyer, 35, the diminutive actor best known for playing Mini-Me in the Austin Powers movies, has brought annulment proceedings against Genevieve Gallen, 31, described by Reuters as a leggy, blonde model. Troyer's attorney says his client filed papers Feb. 23 seeking to annul marriage claims, which he said were fabricated and financially motivated. "There is no valid marriage. That's why we're asking for an annulment," said lawyer Fred Silverberg. A hearing is set for June 17.
DISAPPOINTED: Smarty Jones lost his Triple Crown bid and his perfect record when Birdstone ran him down near the finish of Saturday's thrilling Belmont Stakes. Despite finishing one length short, Smarty and trainer John Servis will be back. Servis says he will rest Smarty for three months before bringing back the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner in either the Pennsylvania Derby at Philadelphia Park or the Haskell Invitational Handicap. "We'll give him a chance to fatten up," said Servis. "Not that he's lost a lot of weight, but he has earned a break." Makes horse sense.
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