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The Sopranos: David Chase Still Gets "Choked Up" Over the Last Episode

23 May 2016 7:40 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Sopranos creator, David Chase, still gets all choked up just thinking about the end of his long-running HBO series, starring the late James Gandolfini, pictured above with Edie Falco.

The Sopranos controversial TV series finale, "Made in America," first aired on June 10, 2007. Gandolfini passed away on June 19, 2013, in Italy. Speaking at Vulture Fest, Chase said, "I’ll tell you this about it. I’m filled with sadness when I see that ending. I get all choked up — just thinking about it, I get all choked up."

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The Sopranos Creator David Chase Admits the Finale Still Chokes Him Up and Praises Star James Gandolfini: 'He Just Laid Himself Bare'

23 May 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A version of this article originally appeared on EW.com."David Chase has some strong feelings about the ending of The Sopranos. Speaking at Vulture Fest on Sunday in New York, Chase revealed he gets "choked up" thinking about the show's denouement. "It's always been this way for me," Chase said of the final moments. "I'm filled with sadness when I see that ending. I get all choked up - just thinking about it, I get all choked up. That's the dominant emotion I have." According to the Sopranos creator, 70, that reaction comes from the way the scene is put »

- CHRISTOPHER ROSEN, @CHRISJROSEN

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'The Sopranos' Ending Still Makes Creator David Chase "Want to Cry"

22 May 2016 7:49 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

David Chase won’t explain the controversial end of The Sopranos, but after nine years since the HBO series went to black, the finale still makes the show’s creator sad. “I’ll tell you this about it,” Chase said, responding to an audience question at Vulture Fest in New York City on Sunday night. “I’m filled with sadness when I see that ending. I get all choked up — just thinking about it, I get all choked up.” And Chase was quick to clarify what he meant: “The way the thing builds and the music, to me, it gets me; it

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Paramedic Who Treated James Gandolfini Allegedly Stole Actor's Watch

18 May 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A paramedic who treated James Gandolfini in Rome shortly before his death is on trial for allegedly stealing from the actor. According to NBC News, Claudio Bevilacqua, who was one of the attending paramedics when the actor suffered a fatal heart attack in 2013, is being accused of swiping the Sopranos star's Rolex Submariner, which is worth $3,000. Bevilacqua, 43, went on trial on Monday, but the judge decided to push the start of the trial back to November. It has not been confirmed if the watch taken from Gandolfini's hotel room or if it was still on his wrist we he collapsed, »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Paramedic Who Treated James Gandolfini Allegedly Stole Actor's Watch

18 May 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A paramedic who treated James Gandolfini in Rome shortly before his death is on trial for allegedly stealing from the actor. According to NBC News, Claudio Bevilacqua, who was one of the attending paramedics when the actor suffered a fatal heart attack in 2013, is being accused of swiping the Sopranos star's Rolex Submariner, which is worth $3,000. Bevilacqua, 43, went on trial on Monday, but the judge decided to push the start of the trial back to November. It has not been confirmed if the watch taken from Gandolfini's hotel room or if it was still on his wrist we he collapsed, »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Watch: Supercut Of The First & Final Scenes Of Iconic TV Shows

5 May 2016 2:37 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

David Chase has had to explain the ending of “The Sopranos” far too many times, but a common theory posited among fans is that the show’s opening sequence – in which New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano suffers a panic attack and faints after witnessing a family of ducks congregating in his backyard pool – […]

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- Nicholas Laskin

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Watch: 90-Minute Career Spanning Talk With 'The Sopranos' Creator David Chase

26 April 2016 1:26 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With TV shows more often finding their way into the lineups of various film festivals, it's only fitting that the medium should have its own major event. The Series Mania festival in Paris aims to do just that, hoping to do for television, what the Cannes Film Festival does for movies. And in their seventh year, they landed some big gets, including the world premiere of AMC's upcoming "Feed The Beast," a work-in-progress screening of Netflix's "Marseilles," and much more. Organizers also landed "The Sopranos" creator David Chase to sit on the jury, and he also participated in a career spanning talk. Read More: 'The Sopranos' Creator David Chase Talks The Changing Creative Culture At HBO And for fans, it's a treat, as Chase discusses his life making television and movies, and is quite candid about his experiences. He shares that HBO initially wanted him to make a »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Series Mania: Argentine Drama ‘El Marginal’ Wins Grand Prix

25 April 2016 12:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris — Perched high up in his towering armchair, the excitable Seriesmaniac – Series Mania’s new festival trophy, as created by Parisian design studio Hartland Villa – certainly seemed to have his extremely wide eyes on shows from all over the globe.

Voted for by an eclectic jury led by “The Sopranos” showrunner David Chase and comprising Israeli actress Yaël Abecassis, Anglo-Irish-French actress Amira Casar, British screenwriter Tony Grisoni and French screenwriter Fanny Herrero, Series Mania’s top Grand Prix went to gritty crime series “El Marginal” from Argentina, created by Sebastian Ortega and produced by Underground Producciones, in which an ex-cop goes undercover at a California jail to infiltrate a gang that was responsible for the kidnapping of the daughter of a senior judge.

“El Marginal’s” top Series Mania adds to the statute trove of Underground, the company behind some of Telefe’s biggest critical and ratings hits, such as »

- Damon Wise and John Hopewell

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Can 'Vinyl' be fixed after such a disappointing first season?

17 April 2016 7:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The year's still young, but it's safe to call HBO's Vinyl one of its biggest TV disappointments. Whether you're looking at ratings (where viewership for the initial Sunday night airing keeps coming in at well under 1 million), reviews (my lukewarm initial appraisal was kinder than many), or buzz, the show hasn't remotely been what either viewers or HBO executives might have hoped for from the team-up of Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger, and Terence Winter, who was fired as showrunner after this season wrapped. (He'll be replaced by The informant! and Bourne Ultimatum writer Scott Z. Burns, in his first real TV job.) For HBO to take such an aggressive move with Winter, who created Boardwalk Empire and was David Chase's top lieutenant for virtually all of The Sopranos, speaks both to a tenuous moment for the pay cable giant — which hasn't been able to turn a drama other than »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Series Mania: David Chase – ‘The Sopranos’ Was a Middle Finger at the TV Establishment’

17 April 2016 6:19 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris — The head of the jury at the 7th Series Mania, “The Sopranos” showrunner David Chase took to the stage for an extended interview, reflecting on a long and varied career that very nearly took some very different turns. Beginning with his childhood in New Jersey, he revealed that his youth was vital to his later career as a writer, but not for the reasons many expected. “We were one of the last families to get a television set,” he said. “My father didn’t want to do it. He thought I would spend all my time watching television. Which is what I did do once we got the television. He said he was going to put a lock on it, and he never did do that. But I did watch quite a bit on it.”

Describing post-war New Jersey as “sauvage,” painting a picture of an outgoing, outdoorsy child, »

- Damon Wise

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Series Mania: 10 Highlights or Trends to Track

16 April 2016 12:24 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

10 highlights, or trends, at this year’s 7th Series Mania, which kicked off Friday in Paris:

1.The Cup Runneth Over

From the U.S., David Chase, Cuba Gooding Jr. Harlan Coben, Frank Spotnitz and “Dexter” showrunner Clyde Phillips attend the Paris TV fest. Series Mania also showcases a clutch of Variety’s best-reviewed U.S. series of the year: “Mr. Robot,” “The Man in the High Castle,” “The People v. O.J. Simpson,” and “American Crime,” Season 2, which proves that Season One, Variety wrote, was no one-trick pony. One hell of a U.S. TV fix.

2.The Shape Of Things To Come: ‘Midnight Sun’

“Midnight Sun,” unveiling in world premiere its two first episodes at Series Mania April 19. A high-end crime thriller backed by Canal Plus and Sweden’s Svt packing a singular setting, high-concept – Sami ritual killings in Arctic Circle Sweden – and a high-end budget. After Vivendi’s purchase of Mediaset Premium, »

- John Hopewell and Damon Wise

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'The Sopranos' Creator David Chase Talks The Changing Creative Culture At HBO

15 April 2016 8:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We recently took a hard look at the current state of HBO, which has seen the network hitting a rough patch of late, with a prestige drama that had a bumpy roll-out ("Vinyl") and a strong handful of projects from top-tier directors like Steve McQueen and David Fincher skidding to a stop. Clearly, there is some kind of dynamic shift happening behind closed doors as the network adjusts to a new climate where they are facing more competitors than ever, both on the air, and online. And David Chase, the man who arguably started the new golden age of TV with "The Sopranos," and cemented HBO's reputation for first-rate programming, has perceived a change in how things are done as he writes his mini-series for the network, "A Ribbon Of Dreams." Read More: 20 Indie Filmmakers Who Found Their Second Acts On TV "I haven’t worked with them for a »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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David Chase On ‘The Sopranos’ & Potential Prequel, His New HBO Project, James Gandolfini & Terence Winters’ ‘Vinyl’ Exit

15 April 2016 5:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Nearly nine years after a black screen abruptly left fans of The Sopranos debating the fate of mobster/patriarch Tony Soprano and the meaning of a Members Only jacket, the show's creator David Chase is gearing up for his next foray on the small screen. He's reteaming with HBO for A Ribbon Of Dreams, a six-part miniseries. Chase shared details about the Hollywood-set project when we sat down in Paris. He's in town this week as President of the jury for the Series Mania TV… »

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Series Mania: Founder Laurence Herszberg on Festival’s Growth and International TV Trends

14 April 2016 4:29 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Festivals, like so many international films, are director-driven. The event topper is not responsible for the quality of each year’s titles. But a festival’s design, controlling intelligence, hallmark emphases and above all, perhaps, talent roster are very much the responsibility of the festival director. Though growing muscularly, as TV drama emerges as a eyeball and subs driver and churn crimper for trad networks, Europe’s pay TV giants, quad-play telcos and global Ott behemoth Netflix, Series Mania is also Laurence Herszberg’s baby, founded by her six years ago just as “Borgen” first hit small screens in Denmark, consolidating the credentials of European fiction as a nascent international export phenomenon. As Netflix goes global, consumers watch series from over much of the world, so has the desire of key TV players the world over to step up in quality, scale and originality. Variety talked to Herszberg, also Paris Forum des Images general director, »

- John Hopewell

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Soderbergh May Return For More "Knick"?

12 April 2016 10:45 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Steven Soderbergh finished the second season of his hospital drama "The Knick" by essentially ending the show - closing off the storylines of practically all the major characters. Were it to progress, the show would have to recast and reinvent itself completely.

Earlier this year Soderbergh said that was a deliberate plan dating back to when the show was greenlit - he would steer the first two seasons, break out the story for the next two and then try and find a filmmaker or filmmakers to take over for the next two years.

Speaking with Vox this week, Soderbergh was asked to give an update on how plans for a third season of the Cinemax series are going. During the chat, Soderbergh revealed that he may be returning if the writing and ideas they're coming up with are compelling enough:

"One of the things that David Chase did that I'm »

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Series Mania TV Fest Unveils Jury Members

1 April 2016 5:06 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris’ 7th Series Mania TV fest has unveiled its jury members: Yaël Abecassis, Amira Casar, Tony Grisoni and Fanny Herrero. As previously announced, “The Sopranos” creator and seven-times Primetime Emmys winner David Chase will preside over the jury.

For the first time, an international jury will judge the international skeins competing at main section, which includes eight series, most of them world premiering at Paris fest.

Israeli actress-model Abecassis won best actress kudo for TV series “Hatufim” at the Israeli TV Academy Awards and for “Shabatot VeHagim” at the Israel Golden Screen Awards. Abecassis latest work was in Amos Gitai’s “Rabin, the Last Day.”

French cinema-legit actress Casar has worked for a broad range of directors including the Quay brothers, Carlos Saura, Catherine Breillat, Tony Gatlif and Bertrand Bonello. Credits take in Canal Plus original series “Versailles” and Tomas Gilou’s Gallic hit “La vérité si je mens!.” Casar »

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‘Midnight Sun,’ ‘Feed the Beast,’ ‘The Kettering Incident’ World Premiere at 7th Paris Series Mania

23 March 2016 7:57 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris – Graced by David Chase, Cuba Gooding Jr. Harlan Coben, Stephen Poliakoff, Frank Spotnitz, Lucia Puenzo and “Dexter” showrunner Clyde Phillips, the Paris’ 7th Series Mania, a drive by French authorities to create a TV event that can sit side by side with Cannes Festival, will open April 15 with HBO’s sex-and-drugs laced 1970s music-scene drama “Vinyl,” whose creators include Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese.

Closing April 24 with Hulu’s Stephen King adaptation “11.22.63,” the premiere French TV festival will also boast a new eight-series international competition as it steps up in scale, ambition and government backing. Industry participation is also expected to grow from last year’s 980 execs.

Fest will also feature four other competitions, focusing on American, French, a worldwide Panorama and Web series, plus as industry highlights, a European TV Series Co-Production Forum running April 19-21, featuring 16 TV projects, and a work-in-progress sneak-peak of “Marseille,” Netflix’s first French original series, »

- John Hopewell and Elsa Keslassy

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Oscar & Diversity: 5 Ways to Fix Hollywood’s Imbalance

23 February 2016 4:24 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With Oscars fast approaching on Sunday, the talk about diversity will keep building. But it’s crucial to keep the conversation going long after the Academy Awards — and to come up with do-able solutions.

Variety addressed the topic with multiple individuals, who offered concrete actions. All agreed that diversity/inclusion can be confronted on multiple levels.The big challenge: These are all long-term plans, but many people want immediate solutions. AFI’s David Chase, vice dean of academic affairs, sums it up by saying, “There is no magic bullet. It’s not going to change overnight. The best strategy is to understand diversity in a multidimensional way.”

1. Investors need to be educated.

Studios and agencies are often cited as the culprits, but another big hurdle is investors. They need constant reminders that niche films can be extremely profitable, says Oscar-nominated actress Virginia Madsen. Her production company tried for years to »

- Tim Gray

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What happens when Mick Jagger visits a TV show writers room?

9 February 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When Bobby Cannavale turned up midway through the run of Terence Winter's HBO gangster epic Boardwalk Empire, the most surprising thing was that they somehow hadn't worked together before, whether on earlier Boardwalk seasons or during Winter's long run as David Chase's top lieutenant on The Sopranos. The half-Italian, half-Cuban actor has been no stranger to crime stories in his career (including a role on NBC's would-be Sopranos drama Kingpin), but the Boardwalk role of animalistic sociopath Gyp Rosetti (for which he would win an Emmy) was his first time working with Winter, and also with Boardwalk executive producer Martin Scorsese. Now, all three men have teamed up with, of all people, Mick Jagger, for Vinyl, HBO's new Sunday drama, where Cannavale plays Richie Finestra, a '70s record company executive with a great ear and a nose too prone to having cocaine shoved up it. The two-hour »

- Alan Sepinwall

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‘Hell on Wheels’ Alum Dominique McElligott to Star in Amazon’s ‘The Last Tycoon’ Pilot (Exclusive)

2 February 2016 4:35 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Dominique McElligott, who most recently starred in ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club,” has been cast as a series regular in Amazon’s pilot “The Last Tycoon,” Variety has learned exclusively. She will star alongside Matt Bomer, Kelsey Grammer and Lily Collins in the period piece drama.

Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel, “The Last Tycoon” centers on Monroe Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930’s, who is based on real-life film mogul Irving Thalberg. The series would follow Monroe as he climbs to the height of power, pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio, Pat Brady (played by Kelsey Grammer) who is inspired by MGM co-founder Louis B. Mayer.

McElligott will play Kathleen Moore, a pretty and intelligent waitress who works at the restaurant frequented by most of the studio’s writers, which is where she meets Monroe who »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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