09:41 AM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 06/20/2013 09:40AM
In a nutshell: James Gandolfini gave one of the greatest performances in one of the greatest roles in one of the greatest series at the dawn of what is now regarded as television's new golden age.
In fact, you could probably remove those qualifying “one of"s and still find heads nodding in agreement among critics, viewers and whatever poor thugs are left hanging around the Bada Bing club, nursing their beers and watching the dancers.
Gandolfini, who died at age 51 in Rome on Wednesday, was known throughout the world for his six seasons on The Sopranos (1999-2007), the classic HBO drama about a mob boss living in suburban New Jersey with his wife, two kids and some occasional, possibly symbolic ducks in the backyard.
Mobster and "waste management" executive Tony Soprano, as brilliantly conceived by series creator David Chase, was perhaps meant to put the kibosh on the romanticized Corleones of The Godfather, ruthless killers who nonetheless had the smooth beauty of movie stars, eyes full of regret and an air of tragic inevitability.
Originally posted 06/20/2013 08:50AM
As tributes continue to pour in for James Gandolfini, the Sopranos star who died in Rome Wednesday night, details are also emerging about his final moments.
The actor's son Michael, 13, reportedly found his father alive but in distress in the bathroom of their Rome hotel room after the actor suffered an apparent heart attack.
NBC News reports that the teen called for help as his father lay alive but stricken in his room at the Hotel Boscolo around 10 p.m., Antonio D'amore, the hotel's manager, said.
Hotel employees attempted to resuscitate Gandolfini, 51, as they waited for emergency crews to arrive. The actor was still alive when his ambulance arrived at the hospital, but was later pronounced dead at Policlinico Umberto I hospital, located about three minutes away from the hotel, NBC said.
Originally posted 06/20/2013 07:45AM
Wednesday's shocking death of James Gandolfini not only leaves behind legions of bereft fans, but two major projects at HBO and another at CBS, all of whose immediate futures are now up in the air.
Those were in addition to his recently completed role in the theatrical film due for release next year, Enough Said, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus as a recently divorced woman and Catherine Keener as her friend and ex-wife of Gandolfini. Louis-Dreyfus falls in love with him, says the Hollywood Reporter.
According to Deadline.com, Gandolfini's HBO-based Attaboy Prods. had the actor-producer set to costar with Steve Carell in Bone Wars, about a pair of real-life paleontologists after the Civil War who discovered the fossils of more than 160 dinosaurs.
Originally posted 06/19/2013 10:00PM
It's a word kicked around a lot in Hollywood, but those who worked with James Gandolfini, who died Wednesday at age 51, say The Sopranos star truly was an acting genius.
"He is one of the greatest actors of this or any time," remembered the show's creator, David Chase. "A great deal of that genius resided in those sad eyes. I remember telling him many times, 'You don't get it. You're like Mozart.' There would be silence at the other end of the phone."
And like all great artists, Chase acknowledged, "He wasn't easy sometimes. But he was my partner, he was my brother in ways I can't explain and never will be able to explain."
Originally posted 06/19/2013 07:40PM
James Gandolfini, the three-time Emmy-winning actor who played mob boss Tony Soprano on HBO's hit series The Sopranos, died on Wednesday in Italy at age 51.
The actor suffered a possible heart attack while traveling in Rome, a rep for HBO says. Gandolfini had been scheduled to take part in the Taormina Film Fest in Sicily.
"We're all in shock and feeling immeasurable sadness at the loss of a beloved member of our family," HBO says in a statement. "He was special man, a great talent, but more importantly a gentle and loving person who treated everyone no matter their title or position with equal respect."
Originally posted 11/01/2010 08:20AM
Denise Borino-Quinn, who played a memorably overweight Mafia wife on The Sopranos, died Wednesday after a lengthy battle with liver cancer, said the Farmer Funeral Home in Roseland, N.J.
Borino-Quinn, who was 46, was a showbiz beginner when she attended an open casting session in 2000. The producers of the hit HBO series were searching for someone to fill the role of Ginny, the wife of Johnny Sacrimoni ("aka "Johnny Sacks").
Borino-Quinn, who accompanied a friend to the casting session, was surprised when she was picked – from among 14,000 wannabes.
Originally posted 06/12/2007 08:05AM
As fans struggled to make sense of the Sopranos finale on Sunday, one popular theory about its ambiguous ending was that creator David Chase wanted to leave the door open for a movie.
Originally posted 06/11/2007 01:00PM
So in the end no one in the immediate family got whacked. Instead the last scene was sort of a variation on the finale of the previous season: the Soprano nuclear unit sitting down and looking forward to a meal in a restaurant and smiling at each other despite the fact that, on different levels, they all know their life is built on crime and Daddy could be popped at any second. Fans may have felt, for a few moments, as if they had gotten caught up in one of those great Brian de Palma murder ballets as the camera lingered on suspicious-looking patrons (was that guy heading into the john to grab a piece from the toilet tank?), and with Meadow, late, parking and reparking her car. It all felt dreadful and full of Mrs. Robert Blake potential.
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